Purple Haze


Purple haze, all in my brain
Lately things they don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
Excuse me while I kiss this guy

(Well, I think that’s how it goes.)

Poison is a highly underestimated attack. I don’t know of others that talk much about it.

The reborn Ryncletica knows better. At level 11, she’s still using two of the level 4 Tiefling Assassin’s Blade to mow down enemies that are three times the weapon’s level–and shows no sign of stopping.

I recently posted Ryncletica’s build in greater detail as a favor. While doing that I learned about the Primal Avatar’s Epic Moment and a lesser ability that also has Poison damage with a stacking effect similar to Ninja Poison. However–it might not work if my attacks aren’t still piercing or slashing.

I’m so looking forward to returning to Epic play. But for now I wanted to show just how deadly Ninja Poison can be–more so than when Kiricletica went Viper Style on many, many enemies during her first life.

Everything about Ryncletica is venomous. Every attack she makes delivers a Poison dose: the Tiefling blade, Venomed Blade effect, Sting of the Ninja on critical hits, and Poison Soul Ninjutsu on Touch of Despair strikes.

When Ninja Poison kicks in, even in small stacks, the vulnerability effect takes hold very, very quickly with that much Poison damage seeping into the pores of any enemy.

The result is that purple damage numbers from Poison appear almost immediately on most enemies I attack. Even if I switch targets, any enemies I’ve previously attacked are still being damaged by Ninja Poisoning.

Isolated enemies are either paralyzed first and then hacked very quickly away. Tougher orange-names might be paralyzed and hacked away. Red-named bosses get Touch of Despair attacks to weaken their fortification and get the full Ninja Poison dosage to rid them of their hit points.

Recently, I took both Kiricletica and Ryncletica through “Hiding in Plain Sight” Elite. Kiri prefers no hirelings. Despite her Single Weapon Fighting, her Half-Elf Cleric dilettante healing, healing amplification, her low-kill tactics and similar defenses to Ryn, at level 12, it was hard on Kiri to make it through the quest. By the boss fight, the three orange-named lieutenants were more threatening because Kiri’s weaker saves kept getting her held by Hazadil’s dancing-balls.

But Ryncletica, at level 11, had it easier. With the hireling out of combat and parked away in case of HP crisis, Ryn snuck up to the bosses, quickly paralyzed and slew one of the orange-named lieutenants and sent the other two on a goose-chase, with Hazadil trying to hold Ryn in dancing-balls. But Ryn’s saves were too strong.

When Hazedil made the mistake of coming down from his perch, Ryn poured on the poison and the boss died in a fraction of the time that it took Kiri and her faster melee speed.

I’m usually conservative in leveling the Ninja Spies. I try to have at least a 1-level advantage when entering an Elite quest (that is, I’ll enter a level 12 Elite quest on character level 13).

But Ryncletica’s power and her higher defense for her level is allowing me to match levels or even enter below Elite difficulty level.

And baby needs a pair of Envenomed Blades with greater Poison damage.

Video Example

Talk is cheap. Here is a video of Ryncletica carving up things in “Eyes of Stone” Elite, two levels under, using level 4 shortswords.

Watch all the purple. There’s purple everywhere. Purple haze, all in their brains. And spleen, and many other body parts.

Click on the CC to see captions.

U.S. Holiday

This week is more like a fourteen-day version. Things may be quiet on the blog this week while I enjoy family time during the Thanksgiving holiday and prepare for yet another week-long business trip immediately after. Let’s hope the online gods will grant us stronger wifi at our base hotel this time.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tom Aparo
    Nov 23, 2014 @ 19:26:17

    I always thought the line was “Excuse me, while I kiss the sky.” I didn’t have to make too much sense as it was a song from the 60’s and I think it is a reference to Apollo.

    • teachersyn
      Nov 23, 2014 @ 20:41:17

      It’s “kiss the sky.” I was having fun with a popular mangling of the song. The first link points to Kissthisguy.com, a website dedicated to songs that are commonly mis-sung, like “Blinded by the Light.”

  2. DDOCentral
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 02:08:54

    Reblogged this on DDOCentral.

  3. ddomicki
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 02:26:16

    🙂 I’m a big fan of poison too. Not sure if it was the change to how poison works that did it, but yeah, it seems to work really well.

    • teachersyn
      Nov 24, 2014 @ 09:36:00

      Definitely the change of U14 and later in three ways. First, classifying it as three types with various degrees of pain, rather than a mere stat-damaging effect, as would elemental damage. Second, weaponized poison, both enemy and player. Third: Ninja Poison. As the video shows, it kills very, very well, and most red names can’t shake it. Further, it’s poison vulnerability debuff makes any allied poison attack more dangerous.

  4. geoffhanna
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 07:32:24

    Revved up like a goose you know the preacher in the night …

  5. Laurel Ann Elliott
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 13:05:01

    I always thought it was ‘Wrapped up like a ‘douche’, you know the runner in the night”. (Later, I decided it was “Deuce”) 🙂

  6. erdrique
    Nov 27, 2014 @ 23:32:39

    Nice run indeed!! Poison is definitely effective :).

  7. Kavatch8.3
    Dec 04, 2014 @ 13:28:03

    lol quivering quiver

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