Expeditions? Char lvl? Wings of Ishmir? Sliding off of ledges? Melee build for beginner?

Expeditions: what is this, and can I play it on 1.2.8?

Can the character level go higher than 20?

Wings of Ishmir: my char is constantly sliding around, out of control, as though in quicksand. This has become very annoying. Is there anything that can be done about this?

I'm constantly falling off the ledges in SOF. Every blue moon I'll parachute down into town. But, 95% of the time I get stuck in limbo. Then, I have to restart a new game via the Character Screen. Funds are never reimbursed, and my efforts are waisted. Is there anything that I can do, or is there anything being done, about this?

My beginners build has been melee, but there are only a few skills, here, that are really useful in SOF. Could someone direct me to a few nice mage skills to try out? And, would I need to carry a staff to use them?

Replies: 3

Created: 3 years, 1 month ago

Category: Gameplay

Expeditions: what is this, and can I play it on 1.2.8?
Expeditions are one of the two Options in Soldier of Fortune mode. you need to select the game type in the character screen to have those available. the NPC's for them aren't in story mode, and IIRC you need to finish the storyline at least once to unlock it. Story is fast though.

Can the character level go higher than 20?
Not at this time. They will upon official release, which is currently planned late January 2020.

Wings of Ishmir: my char is constantly sliding around, out of control, as though in quicksand. This has become very annoying. Is there anything that can be done about this?
Not sure about this, I'm having no issues with "sliding". I do get knocked around on occasion when landing. There's a delay after land that allows mobs to hit you, and some of them have a knockback effect. If you have multiple mobs like this in a group, it can easily feel like your being ping ponged around, very frustrating. Personally I think they need to look at the delay after landing with wings...the stun effect is almost a necessity give this deadly delay. If you aren't using the stun, I highly recommend it.

I'm constantly falling off the ledges in SOF. Every blue moon I'll parachute down into town. But, 95% of the time I get stuck in limbo. Then, I have to restart a new game via the Character Screen. Funds are never reimbursed, and my efforts are waisted. Is there anything that I can do, or is there anything being done, about this?
Not sure about this, I haven't experienced this yet. Post it in the bug forums...make sure you seach for the bug first so were not double posting bugs.

My beginners build has been melee, but there are only a few skills, here, that are really useful in SOF. Could someone direct me to a few nice mage skills to try out? And, would I need to carry a staff to use them?
My initial build, that I'm still using for the most part is a melee build based around high crit and moderate bleeds. I leveled with a 2h weapon...it instagibs most mobs very easily. I switched to a 1h+shield combo once I started end game vet levels and so far it's going pretty smooth.
Skills are:
Wings of Ishmir
Bleeding Edge
warpath
Anvil of Woe

Last skill is flexible. I used Sovereign shout for ages until I got a Quintet of Sundowns shield, which allowed me to use Bulwark of dawn (very helpful in mid+ vet runs). Emphasis in skill mods are stuns. if it has a stun, use it. Anvil hits like a truck on stunned opponents (make sure you take the passive for it).

Passive tree highlights crit damage, crit change, and then I take the Blood Reaper keystone in warmonger for rend damage (bleeds). Take the shield passives in praetorian for extra defense. Currently stacking heavy armor for the resist all, and it has a nice blend of defense and offense. I also take the nodes for extra stamina points, and use the skill mods for Wings that eliminates the Cooldown. With that and the stun on it, you'll be abel to clear easily with the huge crits on Anvil, and then you can kite with Bleeding edge in tense situations.

This isn't an optimized end game build at any case, but really more of an evolution of the skills I picked up along the way. It has a high movement, fast paced style with big hits that I like, and it can do mid vet levels with no problems.

If you want something slightly different, here's a link to a hybrid caster/melee build by Marty GameDK. fun build, I'm using it on an alt, but it does require a specific unique to play out. But This unique seems to drop regularly...I've gotten it 4x or so since I started playing, which was only a week ago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkDmc2db5VQ&feature=emb_logo

(Edited 3 years, 1 month ago)

Created: 3 years, 1 month ago

Thanks a lot for the great info on weapon and passive use. I was relying a great amount on bleeding edge to put high damage on boss characters. I gave up on ANVIL for a while, because the bosses would pulverize me when trying to use it. And because of DiABLO, I was under the impression that stun would not work on the major bosses. Also, I'd give up on the one-hand weapon, because it was so ineffective. is there any special 1H to watch for? I'll look into all of this again, redirect my passives, and probably have a great time learning this method. Thanks for directing me to the new youtube channel for WOLCEN.

Created: 3 years, 1 month ago

keep an eye open for damage, attack speed, crit damage, and sockets. anything else is gravy. There's a legendary Axe, think it's called "The Edge" that has bleed stats on it. Thats a nice one. I'm currently using a scimitar w/3 sockets and nice damage. any sockets I fill with damage gems, since I have a decent ailment chance the more damage types the better.

You have to time the stuns, but yeah they work :). stun, get an anvil or two off, and kite around. Often if i miss my stun on wings, I'll kite a bit and use warpath. Rage nodes are important, I also take the rage when hit in the soldier tree, and the rage on kill in the WArmonger tree.keeps your rage bar full quite nicely, except for boss fights, but many bosses have adds so they can help with the rage. There's only a few bosses that give me issues, end up kiting them allot. The rest are pretty straightforward. Currently running vet 4 with no real issues so far (except just periods of stupid on my part :D )

Created: 3 years, 1 month ago

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