So I'm back to my SharpShooter now, the Warlock has pretty much been shelved. I didn't get to the 50-60% I had hoped for, although she currently sits at about 25%, I'm still satisfied. With the Ascendence of Heroes Event finally winding down, it ends on March 31, I figured I may as well try to solidify my spot within the top 5 for Bijou's Archers.
So now that there's some new repeats, I figured I may as well take advantage right? So the repeatable I'm currently undertaking is a 200 kill count, Fire Shella repeat. It's not so bad, I can finish this quest in about 20 minutes or so, solo and uncookied, with just a full complement of T4 scrolls. So from an expense perspective, it's extremely easy and worthwhile. The quest reward is around 8 million EXP, but I gain an additional about 9 million EXP killing the level 110 Shellas that populate DarkLand; they're roughly 45k EXP each while using a 100% EXP boost card. Netting about 17 million total EXP per turn in isn't so bad, but looking at the 1.4 billion EXP the 106-107 journey requires and it's still a tremendous undertaking.
To date, I've done this quest dozens of times already (I'm currently sitting at 65% 918m EXP), leveled my Fire Shella license twice already, but I decided to try something a bit different. It's not necessarily monumental or the least bit groundbreaking, but more of an "A HA!" moment for myself. First of all, I finally added Multi Blood Shot to my arsenal of AOEs. I never had it readily hot-keyed before because the skill was really buggy causing lockup on anything that has a CD including town scrolls, potions, HP stones, skills, etc., and it used to cost about 900SP per cast. My keys were pretty much laid out how I wanted them, so trying to squeeze MBS in was a bit of a chore and something I'm still getting used to. Casting MBS isn't so bad, but I moved Bone Shot and Nature's Protection (which I don't use really) and have to get used to Bone Shot's new spot when I just do single-target striking.
If you don't already have MBS ready, I advise you to start implementing it. The impact damage of the skill falls in-between Mist and a fully damage empowered Piercing Shot. I would not advise empowering the damage for MBS, however, because the 5 pt empowerment only nets you about +200 damage. If you absolutely have points to spare, go for it, but in my case, I didn't. MBS is still a bit buggy in that the DOT conflicts with Piercing Shot. If you're a 75+ Archer, you're already well aware of the conflicts of Piercing and Bone Shot, so I won't go into more detail.
|Piercing Shot with Malephar/Secret Lab Armors|
|Piercing Shot with Advanced Concentration Set|
Being that I use a T4 Speed scroll, along with T4 Evasion, Defense, M.Defense, and Vitality, it's rare that I get hit and when I do, unless I either lag hard or start dozing off, my chances of survival are pretty high. If you were curious, here's the breakdown:
In DarkLand, you should be kiting about 12-14 level 110 Fire Shellas at a time, as long as you can stay ahead of the mobs, you're fairly safe. Occasionally when you turn, have to backtrack for a drop, or just run through newly spawned mobs, you will get hit but the damage is survivable. I think the max I got hit at one time was about 2k.
So now that I've improved Piercing Shot next on my agenda is to try and track down 2 pieces of the Strike Jewelry Set. Sadly, I used to have 2 40 END rings from this set but sold them both about a year ago. But as you can see the 2 piece effect increases the damage on Nature's Mist. Hopefully I can find the necklace and 1 ring. Using 2 Strike Rings instead of my 2 Paradise Rings might hurt, but I guess I'll see how that goes. I guess I could also use a Point Jewelry Set, I think the 2 piece effect is the same, I don't have a screenie to verify though.
I'll keep you guys updated on my progress. Repeatables are always mind-numbing experience, but at least it gives me a goal to shoot for and I feel like I'm progressing. In the 4 days since I re-activated my SharpShooter, I've done just about 60% of 106, 15% a day is pretty significant. Sadly, I only have one 106 quest aside from my repeat, left to do.