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Finishing City Core and Starting Seratos May 21, 2013

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, Rift.
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While Middle-earth has been calling again of late… my relationship with that game has become as complicated as my relationship with EverQuest at this point… I have still found a bit of time to expand my reach in Storm Legion.

Previously I had made my way through Cape Jule and Pelladane, finishing up what are the first two Storm Legion zones.

I started off in City Core, which was close to hand and had a portal right near the entrance.

City Core is a small zone, and I would say more in the tradition of the game, with things rather tightly packed and a lot of use of varied elevations.  Rolling through it was a bit more like the old game than the first couple of zones.  But it was also quick.  I racked up the key zone achievements and found myself spilling out into adjacent zones.

City Core Achievements

City Core Achievements

Those are the achievements for exploring the whole zone, completing the story line, finishing up the carnage quests, and killing a set of named mobs around the zone.

While the zone was more in line with older zones in Rift, the story was pretty forgettable.  Well, I have forgotten it already, though I remember the climax, which involved a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid jump into a lake.  And there wasn’t even an achievement for the jump.

After City Core, I was distracted for a bit by crafting.  My warrior is an armor smith, but does not have butchering, so he needs to get leather from other sources.  The price of the leather I needed was too high, so I got out my hunter spec’d rogue and sent him out to harvest leather.  That took a bit, but the rewards were worth it.  The crafted armor is noticeably better than the quest reward armor at this point. (Though, with the plan to sell equipment being part of the F2P conversion plan, I expect we’ll see crafting as a business die off.)

That done, I took my first run into Seratos.

This is a huge zone.  It looks big on the map.  It feels bigger when you get there.

Storm Legion so far

Storm Legion so far

I went into the zone one evening with the sole purpose of finding a portal, so I could get back to the zone easily.  I ended up on a 90 minute expedition zig-zagging across the zone until I finally ran into a portal in the southeast portion of the zone in the city of Necropolis.

Later I looked up a map that had the portals on it, and I found that I missed at least three portals on my way across the zone.  That, however, is a testament to its width and depth… and perhaps my bad luck.

Necropolis also had the now “must have in every MMO” quest.

SerKTR

I will say that they were very big rats.  Level 55 elite rats the size of horses, actually.

So now I have to head back across the zone to find those portals and to pick up the threads of the story line that no doubt runs through the zone.  And work on the carnage quests.  I looked at the achievement and there are more than 50 in the zone.

So that is where I stand in Storm Legion.  Pkudude99′s suggested warrior build has worked out nicely.  In fact, it has kind of spoiled me for builds and classes where I have to press more than two buttons in combat.

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1. pkudude99 - May 21, 2013

There’s an achievement to kill 100 of those rats too, IIRC.

I have the carnage achievement for that zone. It took a LOT of exploring in places where the main storyline of the quests doesn’t take you.

Glad to hear the warrior build is working out for you. FWIW, when solo on my rogue it’s only 3 buttons and my cleric is 4. The mage uses a bunch more, though. IDK… it seems like mages are needlessly complex at times.

2. Wilhelm Arcturus - May 21, 2013

I wasn’t using any special rogue build, just the default “hunter” spec they give you as an option. It worked, but it wasn’t pretty until I got some gear upgrades going. At 51 with a new bow it become viable.

My tactic on carnage quests now is to try to tag one mob from each one whenever I see one, and then go back and clean them up later. That got me all but one in City Core. We’ll see in Seratos.

3. pkudude99 - May 22, 2013

Granpa said knock you out <– My favorite Rogue solo build. I've also tried "the Martian" (Marksman/Tactician) but didn't care for it. 36 Ranger/ 40 Marksman with the upgraded tank pig worked ok unless you got 3-4 mobs and then it was let the pig die while you run (where "granpa" would take them all out fine). I tried assassin builds, bard builds, tactician builds… and always went back to Granpa. It's just that good.


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