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Best Madness (Assassin) Companion? / Help me not be a noob please!

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Best Madness (Assassin) Companion? / Help me not be a noob please!

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Garneth
01.07.2012 , 07:18 AM | #1
I'm a sith assassin and I'm having a terrible time defeating elite (golden) mobs when I need to kill them. I'm not doing fast damage and Khem Val keeps dying quickly even though he's in tank mode and I've upgraded his gear constantly.

Am I doing it wrong?

I'm speccd madness, tried the other dps spec but I hated it.

I have Khem Val, Andronikos, and Ashara (I also have the droid but afaik that droid has no combat uses)

I'm level 35 on Quesh

Any help as to what I'm doing wrong would be great ^_^

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WrenTheWanderer
01.07.2012 , 08:01 AM | #2
If you're level 35 on Quesh, you're a bit on the low side for that planet. Certain classes are also just going to have an easier time soloing elites. Have you tried, even though you're Madness, using Dark Charge and trading hate with Khem? Don't forget to use Channel the Force if it's up, either.

Assuming you've tried all of that, though, the best advice I could give to make it easier is to do some Flashpoints or PvP for a level or two and then go back and hit it again.

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DarthRilous
01.07.2012 , 10:24 AM | #3
I had the same trouble with madness while I was leveling. First switch to dark charge. Second, you can use Ashara, but about half way, you will have to switch aggro. You are still gonna die alot. Once you get your healing companion around level 40, along with creeping terror, you can face roll elites. Madness just takes patience. also, if the elites are more than 2 levels above you, forget about it. 2 levels is very hard as it is.


I found out later that the droid can heal. You might be better off with him. A tanking companion is pretty much worthless for madness spec...then again, anrdo is even more than worthless.

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Garneth
01.08.2012 , 11:34 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by DarthRilous View Post
I had the same trouble with madness while I was leveling. First switch to dark charge. Second, you can use Ashara, but about half way, you will have to switch aggro. You are still gonna die alot. Once you get your healing companion around level 40, along with creeping terror, you can face roll elites. Madness just takes patience. also, if the elites are more than 2 levels above you, forget about it. 2 levels is very hard as it is.


I found out later that the droid can heal. You might be better off with him. A tanking companion is pretty much worthless for madness spec...then again, anrdo is even more than worthless.
I tried with the droid and his heals were mediocre...is there any way to make his heals stronger? I dont know if its his gear or whatever but i didnt find any droid gear on the trade market

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Ouchmyface
01.08.2012 , 11:38 AM | #5
wait 5 lvls till you get talos. problem solved.
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MrCute
01.09.2012 , 04:17 PM | #6
It depends on how many elites involved.

If only one, tank and spank with Khem Val is easy.

If more than 1, what I do is I mind trap 1 while I turn off Khem Val's AoE so he wont hit our CC target. I usually let Khem Val tank at the start of the fight. Midfight when his health get low, I switch to Dark Charge and start taunting to get the aggro. I always interrupt elite mobs big abilities.

You can manually control Khem Val's use of AoE.

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Theysay
01.09.2012 , 04:20 PM | #7
first step to not being a noob assassin is to respec into darkness or deception. Madness increases dot dmg-- sins only have 2 dots. Sorc's have more.
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MrCute
01.09.2012 , 04:36 PM | #8
On me, I just started this game. So far, I am not complaining with my Hybrid Madness Assassin. I can stealth and mind trap while having range Force Lightning and powerful range AoE.

I wish there's a damage meters mod I could use to see how gimp my dps is.

So far, I was able to beat flashpoints of my level including Mandalorian Raiders. Many of the encounters, I usually survive last. I cant even die on wipe becoz of Force Cloak. For now, I just dont agree that Madness Assassin sucks.

It's the player skill that sucks not the spec.

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Vaxum
01.09.2012 , 08:07 PM | #9
The droid is actually an excellent healer. Geared out, I'd prefer him to Thalos since he can take quite a beating.

As for gearing the droid: There is a repeatable heroic 2+ on Nar Shaddaa called Glitch, from Agent Ryleah in Network Security, that gives an orange droid part - do it twice and fill both part slots. 5xQuesh commendations give an orange Motor - get two of those. Toss on a boe earpiece +implants, maybe even hand-me-downs from you just to boost his HP. Buy him a green or blue shield generator, and on the Quesh quest line, pick the green moddable Sensor unit. Voila, baller healing companion with excellent survivability.

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Modyn
01.09.2012 , 08:46 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Vaxum View Post
The droid is actually an excellent healer. Geared out, I'd prefer him to Thalos since he can take quite a beating.

As for gearing the droid: There is a repeatable heroic 2+ on Nar Shaddaa called Glitch, from Agent Ryleah in Network Security, that gives an orange droid part - do it twice and fill both part slots. 5xQuesh commendations give an orange Motor - get two of those. Toss on a boe earpiece +implants, maybe even hand-me-downs from you just to boost his HP. Buy him a green or blue shield generator, and on the Quesh quest line, pick the green moddable Sensor unit. Voila, baller healing companion with excellent survivability.
I agree with this guy 90%. 2V-R8 is a great healer if you gear him.

That other 10% though: The droid is the single most annoying companion I've yet seen. I switched to Ashara as soon as I got her because the droid is SO FRACKING ANNOYING!! You hear us BW? For the love of God shut the damn droid up already! Please!
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