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Is Mako the only real useful companion?

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Is Mako the only real useful companion?

Racheakt's Avatar

01.17.2012 , 07:44 AM | #41
Quote: Originally Posted by Onslaughter View Post
Mako is useful? News to me. She's either too busy channeling electroshock or shooting my target while I'm dying. I hate her with a burning passion.

I've been using Torian consistently for everything and never looked back.
as others have said turn those abilities off.

as a PT shield tank, Mako is your minion of choice. I have no issue taking on an equal level champion. Sure it takes a while, but with Mako I have almost no downtime, if I use the DPS pets I cannot take on a champion. Though as a tank it is possible to "ping-pong" mobs with Blizz with you and him alternating taunts at maximum distance from each other.

My issue with the BH storyline is that you don't get tanking minions (Torian, Blizz) untill way later; on the SI your first companion is a tank, makes it easy to go healer/dps.

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01.17.2012 , 09:18 AM | #42
I am bodyguard spec'd and I haven't used Mako once since I got Gault. Now, at 47, I switch between Torian and Skadge. If the mobs are going to be more difficult, I use Skadge. If I know I can breeze through them, I use Torian. I rarely have to use anything other than Kolto Shell or Kolto Missile to keep them up. This also allows me to lay down my mediocre DPS. If something goes wrong, like a patrol joining the fight, throwing out an Emergency Scan every once in a while keeps us up.

Myself, Torian, and Skadge are also exceptionally geared (Don't think I have used a green item since lower 20's). I am one of those people that always has to have the best of the best gear and mods, even if I know I will out level them in a couple levels. Just my play style. Bc of this, Torian and Skadge are in full Orange/Purple sets at 47. They tear through things ridiculously fast. The gear is what really makes the difference. There is another Merc in my guild that is also 47 and he sports mediocre gear and is well under 2k hit points from me, Torian, or Skadge.

Dharagada's Avatar

01.17.2012 , 10:11 AM | #43
I really don't understand why people have so much trouble with Mako or her CC ability.

I made great use of it while leveling, I felt no need to turn it off at all, I just made sure she was targeted on the mobs I wanted her to CC and attack when going through her rotation and not in the middle of healing me.

Rexking's Avatar

01.17.2012 , 10:42 AM | #44
Mako's CC ability is awsome when fighting many elites/champs. It gives you enought time to kill one of them, then focus on the other. Maybe blizz is the only one good besides mako for arsenal, since you always outaggro the others.
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01.17.2012 , 12:50 PM | #45
Quote: Originally Posted by Diora View Post
good god no. I ditched her for gault, then torian.

My Torian now has 2 pieces of rakata gear and is pimped out in purples from hard modes...he's beast.

Oh, I'm arsenal specced. I have run with a DPS companion the entire time. Mako was only for the toughest bosses, until I got blizz to be a sacrifice while i nuked them down to about 25%.

Killing is so much faster with a DPS pet, so the heals aren't as necessary.
I also like Torian for PvP in open world. He cuts through all the staple healer companion in seconds and then its 2 on 1 in no time. I am Merc Pyro. You would think I would use a Tank or Healer. On occasion I use Blizz (he has better aggro imo) for PvE.
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01.17.2012 , 01:14 PM | #46
I play a PT in tank spec, so I only use Mako for Heroic places I am trying to solo.

Every other circumstance, I find Gault or Torian better. Honestly Torian shreds it up in melee with me, and I am starting to use him more than Gault. I haven't messed around with the other two really yet.

I mainly just play with the companion that I want to work on affection for, they are each good for different things IMO.
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01.17.2012 , 01:18 PM | #47
I'm a Mako man myself, given that I levelled as tank.

Though these days when I grind dailies I usually take either Torian or Gault, only bring out Mako if I need a healer. Probably because I'm geared well enough to stop worry about dying to a same level elite now.

Between Gault and Torian I prefer Gault, even though Torian is better geared with my hand-me-downs, he takes too much damage from random AEs.

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01.17.2012 , 03:58 PM | #48
I switched to Torian at ~ lvl 40 (I'm full arsenal spec). Thought the lack of heals would be a huge problem, but its been working out ok. For tougher mobs I just go balls to the wall DPS, draw aggro, and when my life gets low I heal myself while Torian finishes the kill. Having to recharge after basically every fight is a bit tedious though.

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01.17.2012 , 05:49 PM | #49
When specd healer I use Blizz, or Skadge in guardian stance.

When DPS spec I mostly use Mako. Blizz or Torian in DPS mode work too...

I haven't really used Gault as much as I'd like...

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01.17.2012 , 06:10 PM | #50
Quote: Originally Posted by motheius View Post
Gault doesn't seem to engage quickly enough for me.

I start out a pull of a few mobs with Death From Above and during the whole time he just sits there and does nothing. Sure, I could send him in first, but seriously a companion should be keyed into what you are doing. If I'm attacking something, so should he.
This is something that a macro would fix, since companions don't attack unless you've unleashed a *targeted* attack or something attacks you. A combined command for your pet to attack and the activation of the DFA circle. Just mouse target whatever you want the companion to hit first, click the macro and then one final mouse press for DFA to go off since your mouse is already hovering over the right spot.

As it is, I send in Torian first since he's a melee and then DFA the pack when they collapse in around him.
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