Unsanity’s Challenge for those that want to level a character differently, mainly because you bored as all hell or have the need for many alts.
Limit Devotions to damage types that your character doesn’t use, including damage transmutes.
For example, my Warder uses Physical, Bleeding, Piercing, Internal Trauma, Lightning, Electrocute, Vitality, and Vitality Decay. My choice of devotions can only Fire, Burn, Cold, Frostburn, Poison, Acid, Chaos, Aether, and Elemental damage.
Can use any gear with any damage type, as well as any benefits to class skills, including +1 to all classes or specific ones. Can use any components and/or augments.
Same as Tier One, but with further limitations for a greater challenge.
Limit one devotion for each damage type. If a devotion has two damage types, the one that provides the greatest damage will be counted.
Gear of any kind can only have damage or bonus to damage types that will benefit Devotions, not skills. Can still use gear that benefits class skills or provides a +1 to all classes or specific ones. Can use components and/or augments that provide resistances, but any damage type can only apply to devotions, not skills.
Same as Tier Two, but with further limitations for a greater challenge.
Can’t use any gear that will benefit any used skills. If you change a skill and a piece of gear has a bonus to that skill, use a different piece of gear. Can still use gear that will add a +1 to all classes or specific ones.
Same as Tier Three, but with further limitations for a greater challenge.
Can’t use gear that will provide a +1 to any class, including the +1 to all classes. This limitation includes any set items or set item bonus that would provide a +1 to all or any class.
My current idea for skills and devotions for my Warder. Of course subject to change as I level and get a better feel for this challenge.
Off I go to get this started. I am looking forward to the journey and I hope it works.
THIS IS GOING TO BE NUCKIN’ FUTTZ!!!
Edit: Progress as I level.
@ Level 25: Very slow up until level 20. So far I am just grabbing whatever items allow me to do the hardest whacks with Savagery and have my vines tear through mobs. But I am paying more attention to what’s on the items vs. looking at one or two things. I only have one devotion right now, Eel, but it helps a bunch. I was getting tossed around like a rag doll till I completed that devotion. I have a feeling I will get a better picture of this idea’s viability by level 50. Playing as tier 3 atm.
@ Level 50: I struggled in the 30’s due to lack of devotion and skill support. Once I got Blizzard from Amatok and all of Kraken, I was doing fine. Ghoul and 3 points into Behemoth helps a lot too. Then again so does being pre-100. Most noticeable challenges were Naren Kur the Ostracized in the Corrupted Tomb (I was 32 he was 38), the Grand Priest Zarthuzellan in Misery (My penguin in the study always faces due south - sorry couldn’t resist - Kathy Bates is scary af) (I was 34 and he was 39), and the Herald of Flame in the Conflagration (I was 36 and he was 42). Killed core boss at level 50, no problem at all. Started Ashes instead of Elite difficulty.
@ Level 75: Started Ashes at level 51 and almost died to the boss in Overgrown Cellar. At level 52, almost died to level 61 Slashsarr Aethergaze in Feral Thicket. At level 57, almost died to level 63 Bandragos, Thrall of Dravis in Cinder Waste. Level 63, almost died to level 63 Shar’zul, Harbringer of Chaos in Entropy. Started Forgotten Gods at level 63 and beat it at level 66, no problems. Started Elite difficulty at level 66 and got first death at level 68, almost 69, from a random mob that spawned from a totem in Burrwitch Village (next to Harvey the Drifter). I got bum rushed and dotted. Potion and Apothecary gloves didn’t help. Went back and almost dies 3 more times, had to kite mobs around house. Now I am really starting to feel the challenge, next 6 levels will be a pian. And they were too. Two more deaths, at 71 to a totem mob (second time for that) and at 73 to Kur the Ostracized in Corrupt Tomb. That boss was 79.
@ Level 100
Started Ashes at level 81. Took a while to dps level 85 Avris Marrowill in the Overgrown Celler. I ran away like a chicken from the beast nemesis in Ugdenbog when I was level 82. I didn’t see his level, too busy running FOR MY LIFE LOL. I went splat at level 87 to level 94 boss in the Swelling Depths. I died to the Malmouth boss in the second phase, didn’t even scratch him. I was level 88. I grinded out 2 levels on trash mobs so I could start Forgotten Gods at level 90. I died to the totem mobs at 90 in the Temple of Osyr. The all rushed me and instakilled me good. I died right after I dinged 91 to level 95 Razmul, High Priest of Osyr. I was given 2 deaths to a shrine (yes I know most my deaths are from shrines:) in the Remnants of Korvan City. I tried my luck with Dravis and he handed me my butt 2 times when I was level 93, I didn’t scratch him at all. I started Ultimate difficulty. My last death was to the boss in the Depraved Sanctuary when I was level 97.
It was a long and… uh… interesting trip from level 1 to 100. I went splat 12 times. But I had FUN!