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Can Companions heal or tank well enough in FPs?

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Can Companions heal or tank well enough in FPs?

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Rabelais
12.13.2011 , 08:09 PM | #1
Hi, I plan on playing the game with two other friends and was wondering if one of our companions would be good enough to either tank or heal all the different flashpoints. Or would it be best for two of us to fill those roles and just have a companion DPS instead? Thanks!

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Thirden
12.13.2011 , 08:16 PM | #2
Depends what you're asking, honestly. The quick and easy version is, yes, they CAN tank and/or heal flashpoints and still leave room for success.

The full truth is somewhat less promising, however. Unless things have changed dramatically since beta, companions will generally do fine tanking or healing in BT or Esseles, though players tend to do better (real intelligence vs AI). By about the second FP though, I found that they weren't really well-suited to tank, (again, mostly due to AI issues. Accidentally pulling pats and such). They may be ok to heal though, depending on how good your group is.
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Lostfett
12.13.2011 , 08:16 PM | #3
I know that my Assassin and my buddies Marauder at 13 did the Black Talon FP with a our friend on a lvl 10 Merc and his Companion healed it. Not sure if that type of deal would work in later levels though.

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groovygoo
12.13.2011 , 09:00 PM | #4
I did the first 3 flash points last beta with just a jedi and a consular and our compaions
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Hextor
12.13.2011 , 09:05 PM | #5
The answer is yes and no. A companion healer does ok but the tank tends to get killed easily due to boss mechanics that they can't react to. In fact many Flash Point bosses do things that normal people can avoid but companions will not. Best thing to do is have a companion healer and someone else who is dpsing also able to heal to keep everyone alive if needed.

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Rabelais
12.13.2011 , 09:44 PM | #6
Has anyone gone through one of the later flashpoints with a companion healing the whole flashpoint successfully?

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Lackies
12.13.2011 , 11:38 PM | #7
It certainly helps if the companion's gear is up to date, and that you remember healing companions won't move to heal you. So you need to stay in range of them.

If the player controlling the companion micromanaged their heals its possible you'd find a bit more success as well.

Any of the bosses that require the healer to move away/out of/dispel stuff are likely going to be extremely hard to do successfully as well.

Baring anything like that odds are if you out level the flashpoint by 2-3+ levels you could probably replace a player with a modestly geared companion without too much trouble or extra effort.

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firequill
12.14.2011 , 01:02 AM | #8
It took a bit of microing in the beta to be really useful, but certainly doable.
It's better than being a man short, but not as good as another player..
which is about right.

The ai is solid enough to just "summon and forget" without making other players useless.

There's really no reason not to fill the party up with companions if there are empty spots and can't get another player.

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nyxis
12.14.2011 , 05:50 AM | #9
Managed to solo BT last night with my companion, BH:Powertech + Mako..

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Allfader
12.14.2011 , 10:42 AM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Lostfett View Post
I know that my Assassin and my buddies Marauder at 13 did the Black Talon FP with a our friend on a lvl 10 Merc and his Companion healed it. Not sure if that type of deal would work in later levels though.
Downside to that is BT is a 2 man FP. Having three people with a healing comp was overkill.
I was able to solo all but the final boss on a level 12 Sorc with my companion tank in beta.
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