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How do i tank as a powertech!!! Please help

emrit's Avatar

09.16.2013 , 05:36 PM | #1
i am a level 34 powertech and i keep trying to do flash points and i keep getting kicked out because i cant tank everyone says i need to taunt although i am not sure how to do this please help me if u know how!!!

TrillOG-'s Avatar

09.16.2013 , 05:55 PM | #2
Read your abilities, go over your skill tree, search powertech/vanguard tanking in google.
Neural jolt is your taunt, sonic round is your aoe taunt.

Jzimmer's Avatar

09.16.2013 , 06:48 PM | #3
Vanguard/Powertech tanking: apply face to keyboard, roll from side to side... profit

Galsarus's Avatar

09.16.2013 , 10:18 PM | #4
Hi Emrit,
First of all, there will be a bit of text so I apologize in advnace.

For PT Tanking, you need to make sure you are in the Tanking tree (the far left tree) and also you are using Ion Gas Cylinder which increases your threat generation (along with a few other goodies). In addition, try to stack defensive stat mods in your armor as much as you can (Def Rating, Shield Rating and Absorb Rating).

Now, be absolutely certain of 1 point - It is you who initiate an engagement. If the DPS and/or Healer initiates an engagement, the practice is to let them at it (DPS dies its tough, Tank or healer or both dies, its a wipe). To that degree, you need to generate enough threat at the beginning of the engagement to get aggro. To this end, you can try the following rotation to see how you go -

>Explosive Dart (provided you haven't called any CCs) - Delayed AOE attack, so watch for the splash damage from your dart.
>Leap in (I think its call Jet Boost) - Initiate the fight
>Flame Sweep - This to generate threat and also hold it
>Rocket Punch - broken jaws tend to generate hate, anger and loathing towards you
>Rapid shot a few times (I use Rapid shots within my rotation to Manage heat though I tend to believe not everyone does this and I'm an oddity)
>Rail Shot on Proc
>Flame Burst for for a bit of extra burner
>Flame Thrower(AoE attack so may want to be a wee bit careful).

Use Rocket Punch as often as soon as its off CD as RP generates aggro. also, try to keep targets bunched up around you. in some flash points your targets will be spread out. in which case, ask the rest of your group to wait, select a distance target and grapple it in to a nearby group for the DPSers . Your Grapple will generate aggro which will pull the whole mob to you (This is on the premise you want said distance group dead, if not you can ignore this part ) for your DPSers to AOE Burn.

In Boss fights, I pretty much follow the above rotation, but also throw in Neural jolt in the mix. this makes sure I have the boss's attention at all times.

Over in the class discussion, specifically in the Vanguard section, there's a nice easy to follow guide by a fellow name Cae. I found it to be wonderfully helpful. Check it out and have a read through. What server are you on? I'm on Harbinger, feel free to send me a private message with your toon name (if you're on harbinger).

emrit's Avatar

09.18.2013 , 07:47 PM | #5
Thx this helped alot but another question what is the taunt power people keep telling me to use it although i am not sure what it is and how to use it if u could help i would very much appreciate it

Hammamelis's Avatar

09.19.2013 , 12:15 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by emrit View Post
Thx this helped alot but another question what is the taunt power people keep telling me to use it although i am not sure what it is and how to use it if u could help i would very much appreciate it
Taunt is a tank's ability to force one or more enemy mobs to attack him, and no one else.

Powertechs get two such abilities:

- Neural Dart against a single target. 30 m range, 15 sec cool down

- Sonic Missile against a group of targets, centered around the enemy you hit with it. 30 m range, 45 sec cool down

Both taunts last six seconds.

Typical situations for their use:

- you fight a boss, he calls a group of mobs, and one or more of them go after the healer of your group. Target one and fire off Sonic Missile. The mobs will turn around and attack you instead.

- you fight an enemy, and he suddenly turns away from you and attacks a party member instead,e.g. a DpS player. Using Neural Dart on him will make sure he leaves the DpS alone and turns back on you.


In order to tank successfully as a Powertech, you must be have your Ion Gas Cylinder turned on, and should have most of your skill points in the Shield Specialist tree.