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Xalek as a tank?


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wtfcharles
03.02.2012 , 12:38 PM | #11
Xakek is bugged, and wears light armor. He has the same skills as khem mostly, but khem wears heavy armor. Khem is a better tank, overall.

However, I still suggest using Xalek, just send him in with his charge ability. He engages packs faster then khem and will provide for a fated leveling experience.

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pinkfreudHC
03.02.2012 , 12:54 PM | #12
Xalek gets really good when you can dump your excess Cent comms into gear for him.

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Kantoro
03.02.2012 , 01:11 PM | #13
Exsanguination is superior to perforation. I have tested this.

Let me break it down.

Khem and Xalek can both tank effectively. Khem is better, atm. He has better long term mitigation and his dps stance is clearly superior.

Andi for trash

Ashara for anything under a champion, and yes, she will require a bit of maintenance, she is the best single target dps you have.

Talos for truly hard fights.
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JohnTGalt
03.02.2012 , 02:14 PM | #14
Kantoro:

Your recommendations are based on what class/spec? As an assasin tank, I haven't used anyone but Talos since I got him b/c being able to survive was way more important to me than DPS that didn't get the mobs dead before I was.

At this point, my gear is good enough that I'm going to try Ashzara out, but she's in lvl 30greens so I have a ways to go before I can do that.
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Natarii
03.02.2012 , 02:23 PM | #15
I have Ashara in Tionese/Columi Marauder gear and she's beastly for solo'ing most everything, even elites. She will require some shielding and heals, but her dmg output in good gear is awesome. She has over 15K hps (which is more than most fresh lvl 50 players!). She far outstrips the dmg of either Khem or Xalek. I shield her, send her into the strongest mob in the pack, then drop force storm and stuff falls over.

I suppose I should add that I currently play as Corruption (heal) spec, and so her dmg output is actually better than mine!

I have always thought Andronikos was a tool, and so I never used him. Talos really does nothing for me as a heal-spec'd sorcerer.

When I actually need a tank for a champion elite, I pull out Xalek, whom I have decked out in full Tionese and Columi gear from excess drops that I dont need. He is able to tank the Champion elite from the heroic 4 on Belsavis with np (i've even solo'd him with Xalek tanking, although it took almost 15 minutes!). Khem has simply become my Artificing slave.
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pinkfreudHC
03.02.2012 , 02:24 PM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by JohnTGalt View Post
Kantoro:

Your recommendations are based on what class/spec? As an assasin tank, I haven't used anyone but Talos since I got him b/c being able to survive was way more important to me than DPS that didn't get the mobs dead before I was.

At this point, my gear is good enough that I'm going to try Ashzara out, but she's in lvl 30greens so I have a ways to go before I can do that.
Her sabers are green, so the dailies can quickly give her 126 (I think that's the number) rating on her weapons.

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scorions
03.02.2012 , 07:07 PM | #17
Thanks for comments and insights folks. At this point, I am using Xalek if I do not want to be bothered with taking dmg. while dps'ing. That was one sore point with both Ashara and Andronikos for me.

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Kantoro
03.02.2012 , 07:21 PM | #18
Quote: Originally Posted by JohnTGalt View Post
Kantoro:

Your recommendations are based on what class/spec? As an assasin tank, I haven't used anyone but Talos since I got him b/c being able to survive was way more important to me than DPS that didn't get the mobs dead before I was.

At this point, my gear is good enough that I'm going to try Ashzara out, but she's in lvl 30greens so I have a ways to go before I can do that.
Sorry, my recommendations are for a sorc. I have a 'Sin as well though. With a 'Sin, Ashara is even more superior to Andronikos, cuz if she pulls threat, you don't have to run over to where she is to finish the mobs like you would with Andronikos. The same holds true for everything else mostly. As a dps 'Sin, you will mostly likely want to have a tank out to use Maul, unless it is a mob you will have trouble killing before you yourself run out of help, in which case, use Talos.

While leveling my Sorc, I used Talos for exactly 3 fights. It would involve spoilers, so that I will leave to your imagination. I used Khem til I got Xalek, then I used Xalek til I got Ashara geared, and now I never use anyone but Ashara unless I am testing something.

While leveling my 'Sin (as a tank) I used Khem til I got Andi, Andi til I got Ashara. And now I used Ashara unless I am fighting a particularly nasty Elite or a champion. Use of CC and my own AoE capabilities makes using Ashara very easy to manage.

Just my 2 creds:

Sorc, Ashara > Khem > anyone else
'Sin, Ashara > Talos > everyone else.

Imo, Ashara is clearly the best companion. But you have to know how to use her and be willing to gear her. You also have to utilize all your abilities, CDs, etc.
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scorions
03.02.2012 , 08:47 PM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by Kantoro View Post
Imo, Ashara is clearly the best companion. But you have to know how to use her and be willing to gear her. You also have to utilize all your abilities, CDs, etc.
So, what exactly 'knowing how to use her' means? Can you please expand on that?

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wtfcharles
03.03.2012 , 03:57 AM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by scorions View Post
So, what exactly 'knowing how to use her' means? Can you please expand on that?
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