Author - EisWolf
Because there\'s alot of rumors, tutorials, guessings, facts and such about the STR vs. DEX facts on warriors [and my mainchar is a warrior himself..], I were, as I began, for sure interested to know what was better.. So in the last 2 weeks I read douzends of Tutorials, Guessings etc. etc while I leveled my main.. This doesnt prevent me from trying my own builds, too, so I know what I speak about..
Btw, those builds are tested unfounded, means: I didnt try them with Kickass-Items, so I know they work with usual items well.
Okay, to tell some basic facts:
You can reset only twice - at 25.. and at 26 -> 48. 49 [RL 1] = No more resetting as far as I got out yet [my main is 46 now.]
My previous main was a STR-Build with only 10+ CON and more a "tryout" then a real goal. Because I liked DEX-Builds in other games, I started my new Main with the following stats
[Lend from Zanpakutous very good Newbie-Tutorial! Credits for this to him! ]
I put the stats in like it was written by Zan
RECOMMENDED STAT BUILD AT LEVEL UP
RECOMMENDED STAT BUILD EVERY 6 LEVELS (Losing Self 6, Gathering Chi 12)
RECOMMENDED STAT BUILD AT CHI BREATHING
and my own experience was: It worked great! I could easily knockout oranges, even reds in the beginning [up to level 15] without any serious problems. If you skill like this, then I\'m sure you\'ll never have to ask [if you want to join HD]: "How do I pass the entrance test?!" I got over 1 Minute left on second try. [So if you want to join HD, no matter what you\'ll become laters on, I suggest you to go like this build!] Btw: I used fists until 25, it\'s no problem to change to Saber laters on, you don\'t need the beginning skills anymore after 25.
On 25+, after I\'ve resetted [I put none in ESS/WIS, like 2 in DEX and 1 in STR/CON] DEX slowly got not-so-good anymore.. It still dodged alot, it still got me only a few "Miss"es but it got worse and worse. About my VitPoints: I didnt need ESS because I got around 400 VitPoints through Items. I wouldn\'t suggest to ever put in ESS your StatPoints, better use Items with +Ess [Hint: Relics..] or just meditate once more.
At around level 32 I stopped this build and tried for ~6 levels different things.. one time more in DEX, other time more in STR. Result: Even slight changes make a big difference. So a bit experimenting can\'t be bad for you, too!
One thing to be told: As a DEX-Build you\'ll NEVER do as much damage as STR-Builds, but in the first Phase of "Life" it will make you level ways quicker. After around Level 32 - 35 I guess - IF you want to be PVP, stay like this.. but you\'ll have a ways harder life because even yellows will hit you pretty often in higher levels and your damage doesnt kill them quick. This means you -can- kill oranges but you have to meditate pretty often then [1-2 Kills]. If you want to level quick, kill quick, being able to tank ALOT of lower things [for a friend, maybe.. or for fun ] and even some yellows without probs, then I guess you\'ll do the same as me.. reset again and go STR...
If you want to go on as a STR-build, put only the minimal amount you need to hit ~85% of the time into DEX [Including Itembonis, not including buffs!], some in CON [depends how much you like. I would put in ~50 with level 50 and keep it [you\'ll get more bonis through better items/accessoires, later on] and the remaining in STR.
The minimum amount of DEX should be around:
OC - 40
RC - 50
RL - 60
FD - 70
SM - 80
EC - 130
[Thanks to Lentz for this! Credits to him, too!]
Another note: I don\'t like PVPing that much, so I dont tested it well, but this tutorial is meant for Beginners in the game, as a basic "Finding your own way"-Summary. If you want PVP laters on you\'ll have enough time to choose your path even after 25.. which will probably include more DEX.
Btw: I don\'t think, STR is bugged. I know that the COLOUR in that Monsters appear to you AFFECTS BOTH DODGE AND DAMAGE! I just don\'t know how it is calculated. STR-Builds will dodge alot on Light-Blue enemys, without any higher dodge then before as they were green. Same goes for the damage they deal to you.
As a DEX-Build you can\'t tank Greens very well [they do alot of Damage to you, if they hit.] but you can solo single Oranges. As a STR-Build you can farm Greens/Lightblues/Whites.
I hope this Topic helps you find your own way to your "Perfect Warrior" with a bit less searching [It\'s a Summary with the impemented own experience].
I might edit this post if something important changes in later levels, but for now - that\'s it!
[Edit: Little FAQ added!]
Q: How\'s the hitrate with a STR-Build later on [3X - 5X]?
A: Pretty good. With the min. dex posted above you\'ll not miss that much. If you get a DEX-Buff, you\'ll not miss more than a DEX-Build.
Q: How\'s the hitrate with a DEX-Build? What\'s about the criticals?
A: You\'ll hit more often than a STR-Build but even with PURE-DEX you WILL MISS sometimes. I couldnt see a big difference between a STR-Build with DEX-Buff and a DEX-Build. Crits.. Oh yea. Okay, listen: STR-Builds do alot of Crits on Green and below Enemys.. Even more if you DONT GOT VIT POINTS LEFT and you just attack them with your active skill.. It\'s funny but useless. DEX-Build will crit more often but it\'s not like a 50% Increase. I would say they might crit on every enemy once in an overall summary [if the enemys are white]. On greens and below they\'ll hit more often.
Q: What about the time it takes for life / vitpoints to run out?
A: They\'ll almost never run out at the same time - and as a warrior that wouldn\'t be great, anyways! You should get less Vit then Health [You\'re Warrior for a reason, ain\'t you? Or are you a caster? ] and so in most cases it takes less time to meditate your vitpoints full then your health. So, if you plan on fighting greens and you use an average of 4 skills with a total of 40 vit per enemy, then plan on getting enough vitpoints / health to get both nearly full at the same time after your fights are done. This will save you ways more time as if they would run OUT the same time.
Q: You &#!@! Go home!
A: Thanks, I\'ll go home after my work for today is done.. Ahh and before I forget it: I dont care.
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