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Healing while leveling

Orikx's Avatar

12.21.2011 , 10:28 AM | #11
One thing I've noticed that some people do that is a waste is putting Barrier up on everyone. You will go OOF quickly if you do that and don't have the reduced costs skill in the corruption tree. I don't have that skill yet in my build so I'm not sure how costly it is after picking it up.

I only keep barrier up on the tank and use it re-actively on others that are taking heavy dmg. To keep it on everyone is a waste of force and often someone will take a small amount of dmg that someone will cast shield when all you need is a heal to top them off but people will cast the barrier then a heal. The barrier wears off before they take dmg again.

At level 20 I haven't had major force problems in any heroics or Hammer Station except the one Heroic group I had that everyone was doing there own thing and no one was tanking so I had 4 people including myself taking heavy dmg. I left that group though after trying to get them organized a few times then watching them split up and go attack two separate groups of Elites. I do have the first 5 points in lightning though to help with force and that seems to help a ton.

I also don't find it slow to level. I keep Khem in offensive mode almost all the time and DPS with him only casting heals when needed to keep him up. I blaze through mobs with little problem.

MylzDavis's Avatar

12.21.2011 , 10:44 AM | #12
Right now im LV30 and i've been going healing all the way

I've done all the heroics up to Tat and i'll probably finish those today
Ran a couple of the first instances and have a fair good idea on what im doing

if you gotta heal whole party every fight.. your DPS suck.. cant control their hate
give them warning about concentrating on tank and tell them to scale it back cause if ya run outta force.... its not gonna be pretty.

Static Bubble... learn it.. live it... love it!!

do consumption every once in a while, dont wait til your force is down to 5% to start spamming it.. do a few heals, use it... wait til the side effect goes away... few more heals.. use again...

not meant to refill ya all the way just keep the force loss to a trickle than a pour

med packs for you really help too. slap one on after ya do consumption so ya dont have to heal yourself

(dont know name of spell off top of my head) stun spell, not whirlwind, but other one helps too, stuns most stuff, even gold stars for 3-4 seconds, helps your tanks out

if ya havent got derp-ing dps that like to spam aoe, throw a whirlwind on somehting thats away from the action, stuns it for a minute, helps tons when everyone knows CC

MPJester's Avatar

12.22.2011 , 05:35 PM | #13
Just to update, I respec''d back into healing, got into a different group, and it went a lot better. I still OOF sometimes, but took 2 back to back elites and we all survived. Just goes to show you, CC, get decent tanks, and healing is much better. Get a retarded team, and my god, the horror.

Cuellar's Avatar

12.26.2011 , 11:01 AM | #14
L20 here, and only noticed the following things:

- Some DPS suck. They don't focus fire, so you have 4 elites beating on the whole group for a long time.

- Seems like people don't use damage avoidance sometimes. They have skills (not sure what they are), and stuns to help out with healing.

- I usually bubble people right before a fight as we move, then seeth for 2 seconds before the fight to get my force back up. You really don't need to start fighting for a few seconds after the battle starts anyway, so I seem to be able to seeth to refill post-bubbling pretty easily.

- If I run low on force, I try to consider why that is happening. Does the group DPS suck? Am I DPSing too much? If the group DPS sucks, I often start out the fight with a little DPS to help eliminate a guy or two, plus with the other tactics above (bubbles then seeth), I can often do better than just healing during the fight.

- As noted above, use your stun on gold mobs. A few seconds is a few seconds less dps. Also, pop your interrupt at nearly the END of their cast time to really reduce some damage.

Obviously those are newbie tips... so take it with a grain of salt.

Zidaen's Avatar

12.26.2011 , 12:57 PM | #15
Healing tree isn't required until Cademimu though mando will be hard. There is no cap on respec costs so respec less often. Leveling as healing I find only a little slower but once you get force storm... It's simple.

The issue with healing without the healing tree is force. you will run out in a long fight or a heavy healing fight. Electric induction is mandatory. Once you get innervate life gets easier and more efficient but boarding party last boss will use your whole force bar and then some.

One point in force surge removes the need to conserve force. 2 points and I have not been out of force since.

I did not have 2 points in reserve for the extra 100 force until the last 2 levels. I found rushing to innervate was more important. 3 points in electric induction is mandatory.

hiddenpuudji's Avatar

12.26.2011 , 02:58 PM | #16
also resurgence/force bending will greatly improve your FP healing. you can cast a resurgence on anyone and then get a cheap dark heal or a fast infusion (and other benefits to future abilities). a great way to use consumption is as soon as you use infusion, use consumption a few times and then cast a resurgence on yourself. it'll give you a HoT to help with the consumption costs and then gets you a nice cheap/fast heal for whoever you've been neglecting :P
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hiddenpuudji's Avatar

12.26.2011 , 03:04 PM | #17
a lot of good feed back here for folks looking for it...i felt obliged to post with the 2000+ views and only 14
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Xodusprime's Avatar

12.26.2011 , 05:13 PM | #18
From what ive seen up to level 23

Ive spent all points into the healing tree current build here and have no real troubles leveling or healing FPs or heroic 4. A lot of it will come down to your group skill level. If you have 2 dps that just want to do maddps in groups with their aoes without regard of the tank or the healer then your going to be hurting. Let them die you and the tank alone can handle most boss encounters up to my current level.

Test dark heal speed vs force regen and see how fast you can cast this while keeping close to your mana regen levels. This was one of the first things I did to figure out which heal was more efficient. The bigger heal is the way to go since its nearly the same force cost as the fast one. This stays true ill you get force bending which makes the fast one nearly free which I use usually to top off dps or myself.

Consumption needs to be looked at, its not the worse form of this type ability ive seen but seems to need help. I consumption 3 times (depending if im topped off), hot myself and use the fast cast big heal to use a the force bending to your advantage. Then use the hot to continually top yourself off till full and use the speed of the big heal throughout the fight.

Leveling seems way easier. Ive leveled an assassin to 33 and it was a lot more difficult than it has been as a healer. You MUST KEEP KHEM GEARED, if you do that it will be all good. Also learn to control Khem and who he attacks and when. PLay him like a character and not a pet to keep agro on him. I play him as a tank or dps, depends on the situation. So far I haven't had any problems what so ever.

So far the class/spec has been more about management than just going all out. Manage your pet, manage your force and you win.

Barrier is key and only for the tank in most scenarios. Hammer station first boss is the only real time I use it on non tanks because when others get targeted by the laser, if they are low level that can take a chunk off of a toon.
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Eria's Avatar

12.26.2011 , 05:24 PM | #19
I leveled a sorc to 34 as lightning, then switched servers and I'm currently 33 going with a healing spec. So far there's been little difference...maybe a bit slower, but it sure is easier to find groups.
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SandsOfArrakis's Avatar

12.26.2011 , 05:39 PM | #20
I'm 8 Lightning / 2 Corruption at the moment with my level 19 Sorceress. Going futher down the healing tree from now on.

The runs I have done so far were a mixed lot. Some runs went smooth as silk and I could throw out some Force Lightning in between shielding and healing. Other runs had me thank God for picking up the extra 100 Force and 9% Force reduction talents from the Lightning tree right away. And of course the 20% extra damage absorption on our shield.

For solo the Sorceress rocks. Just got my 2nd companion. You know. That very annoying blabbering Droid. He loves breaking any CC I apply but at least he heals. Just wished I could use Force Lightning on him to get him to shut up.

Leveling up with a healer build is definately viable in this game.