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Shadow tank offhand?


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mattnaik
02.28.2012 , 07:27 AM | #1
I'm trying to gear up my guild for end game PvE as they approach 50. The first tank to 50 will be a Shadow (well respec-ing as a tank when he gets to 50). I assume a shield makes the most sense as a tank for offhand if they are going to be stacking absorption but there doesn't appear to be any shields with Willpower on them in the entire Artifice catalog. There are focuses but no shields. Do focuses react to the absorption stat or should I just make him a high endurance guardian type shield?

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Geryboy
02.28.2012 , 08:22 AM | #2
dude that's a awful horrid question. Focus is for dps only. And there should be willpower shields at the artifice trainer.
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JLapp
02.28.2012 , 08:23 AM | #3
You need a shield generator in order to shield/absorb an attack. There aren't any high level craft-able shadow shield generators (not sure if there are even lower level ones).

Go to the GTN and you can probably find a level 50 (or close to it) blue off-hand to use until you can get one through hard mode flashpoints or operations.

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mattnaik
02.28.2012 , 09:05 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Geryboy View Post
dude that's a awful horrid question. Focus is for dps only. And there should be willpower shields at the artifice trainer.
Right..."should be" and "is" are two different things in this world we live in.

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ThumbToe
02.28.2012 , 09:17 AM | #5
I don't think there are any normally craftable force shields for level 50s, yet. I could be wrong, but your best bet might be this: Ultratech Survivor's Shield Generator.

For a list of shields, check this torhead page: http://www.torhead.com/items/catg/2/subcatg/8

That site isn't quite up to the same standard as its WoW counterpart just yet, and some information on there is incomplete or ambiguous, but it's a start. I hope this helps answer your question.

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mattnaik
02.28.2012 , 09:17 AM | #6
http://www.torhead.com/item/a9sjRBa/...ield-generator

that one doesn't look too bad and could be had with minimal PvP dailies.

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RuQu
02.28.2012 , 09:18 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by mattnaik View Post
I'm trying to gear up my guild for end game PvE as they approach 50. The first tank to 50 will be a Shadow (well respec-ing as a tank when he gets to 50). I assume a shield makes the most sense as a tank for offhand if they are going to be stacking absorption but there doesn't appear to be any shields with Willpower on them in the entire Artifice catalog. There are focuses but no shields. Do focuses react to the absorption stat or should I just make him a high endurance guardian type shield?
I believe there is exactly 1 Willpower shield in the artifice catalog, high 30s or low 40s I think. Just the one though.

More to the point, you cannot shield without a shield, and you cannot tanking without shielding.

Do take some time to read through Gankstah's Primer stickied on this forum, it will give you some good info on the hit table system, which it is key that any tank understand.

Short version, without a shield in your offhand, you cannot shield an attack, which means shield and absorption rating are worthless and you will take huge amounts of damage. Get a shield, use Combat Technique.
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Slaggy_
03.02.2012 , 09:49 AM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by mattnaik View Post
Right..."should be" and "is" are two different things in this world we live in.
I'm not entirely certain someone who asks a question quite as profoundly obvious as yours has any right to pass judgement of any kind. And your tanking friend might have luck finding a good willpower shield as a quest reward (that's where my assassin got a majority of his).

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highstandard
03.02.2012 , 09:52 AM | #9
Quote: Originally Posted by mattnaik View Post
Right..."should be" and "is" are two different things in this world we live in.
Ok then. There IS. I'm level 400 artifice and when I was leveling my shadow I made myself new shields as I leveled up. And yes, they were endurance/willpower. You either havent trained them, or havent looked hard enough.
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Battilea
03.02.2012 , 12:57 PM | #10
The upgrade route I went with my Assassin at 50:

1. Bought the Corellia commendation one, a blue 50.
2. When I had enough Tionese commendations, bought the Tionese one, purple 50.
3. And I run Battle of Ilum HM daily, trying to get the columi offhand to drop.