AA Pirate Blintz

I finally finished up the Alternate Advancement tree that gave me, among other things, the title Pirate.

It only took me 52 AA points to get it!

Why it took that many AA points is a tale that certainly says more about me than about the EQ2 Alternate Advancement process.

Way back when Blintz earned his very first AA point I went to spend it and found that there were two trees, the swashbuckler tree and the rogue tree. (Why is it the “rogue” tree? Isn’t the general class called “scouts?”) 

For your first point, the swashbuckler tree has a number of options, some that would improve combat skills with which I was already familiar.  The rogue tree, however, has only one choice: pick pocket.

“Pick pocket? Screw that useless skill!” was what flashed in my mind and I looked at the rogue tree no more.  I did not bother to check what was available after that, pick pocket being one of those skills I have found to be less than useful in most games.

So I spent that first point, and the next 26 after it, in the swashbuckler tree.  Then, in a comment on a post about upgrading my equipment to Feysteel, Van Hemlock mentioned the skill “Walk the Plank,” which is in the rogue tree. (Thanks for that tip, btw!  That skill is very useful to a back-stabby swashie!) 

I went back and looked at the rogue tree again, found the skill and the ones that lead up to it and thought that perhaps I was a bit hasty dismissing the whole rogue tree based on that first skill.

“No problem” I thought, “I’ll just respec my AA points and put all 27 in the rogue tree!”

That would have given me “Walk The Plank,” the title “Pirate,” and a couple other nice skills.

Why would I imagine that I could respec and move my AA points from one tree to another?  Because that is the way it works in World of Warcraft!  In WoW, spending the analogous points in a particular tree does not lock those points into the given tree.  If you respec there, your points all go into a pool to be spent freely.

Okay, so this is EQ2, not WoW, and as it often goes for me in games, I have to learn things the hard way.

I used up my free respec for the swashbuckler tree, tabbed over to the rogue tree, and found I had no points to spend there.  They were all allocatable only in the swashbuckler tree.

So I was NOT going to get “Walk the Plank” and my pirate title just like that.  I was still 25 AA points away.

So I spent no further points in the swashbuckler tree.  I concentrated, calculated, and spent only on the rogue tree.

Finally, on Sunday night, I hit my 52nd AA point and was able to finish up the tree and get the title.  Here I am, Pirate Blintz, out in the Sinking Sands, celebrating.


Only 48 more AA points to go until I max out.  Now which rogue line should I look into next?

2 thoughts on “AA Pirate Blintz

  1. Kilanna

    I reckon the titles are cool. My Templar only has i think 3 more aa points to go and she will have the title of Exorcist:)

    I found deciding where to spend AA to be a very difficult choice. At the moment she is concentrating on AA that will up her DPS, Str and Agi. This is fine while she is soloing – but I am sure she may want to respec to up the power of her healing, Wis and Sta when it comes time for her to raid.

    I was somewhat cynical regarding the benefits of aa’s until recently. I had been somewhat remiss and found that I had accumulated 10AA points without spending them. I consulted the official SOE forum for templars and looked at some of the comments there. (that might be a good place for your to start looking to help you decide where to spend your next points btw). After spending my AA I was absolutely astounded at the difference in combat.

    I guess many would be used to the power of these additional advancement pathways from WoW even if they dont quite work the same. (*grins sheepishly*)


  2. Kesselia

    The AA’s do make a tremendous difference in the game. As Kilanna mentioned above looking at the class specific forum might give you an idea of where to put the rest of the AA’s you will get in the future.

    Basically the way I’ve seen it is this: if you solo you will use certain aa tree’s..if you raid you use a different set. In some cases the two will overlap and other cases they won’t. Since I haven’t worked with my swashbuckler hardly at all I couldn’t even begin to tell you where to put your AA since I have focused mainly on my necromancer who has 100 AA. For some classes I have found the AA trees are done very well and for others I found that some AA abilities make no sense whatsoever. Some classes need to be twinked a bit in the AA dept because they were given useless AA abilities that in my opinion make no sense so I understood your comment about the pickpocket. However my husband got the pickpocket ability to work and I’ll tell you how: if you duel other people who are humans…ie. dark elves, high elves or the like and you use pickpocket before the duel you will get coin off them if you win. *chuckle* so keep that in mind if you enjoy dueling your friends who have classes that descend from the human line.

    Before I forget….Gratz on 52 AA and your pirate title!! Only 48 more AA to go!


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