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New to MMO's, is it normal that I often get killed if I don't use my healer..

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New to MMO's, is it normal that I often get killed if I don't use my healer..

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DPswfan
03.01.2014 , 02:45 PM | #1
I am a level 53 sith juggernaut. I am new to the MMO world and so I find all of this armor and stats and other things like that overwhelming. Anyway, I have found that throughout my leveling experience, it is difficult for me to kill some enemies of my level (usually elite ones), or even ones at level lower than me if I don't use my healer. I like my other companions but they aren't even close to as useful? It this normal?

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Essence_of_Light
03.01.2014 , 02:51 PM | #2
Quote: Originally Posted by DPswfan View Post
I am a level 53 sith juggernaut. I am new to the MMO world and so I find all of this armor and stats and other things like that overwhelming. Anyway, I have found that throughout my leveling experience, it is difficult for me to kill some enemies of my level (usually elite ones), or even ones at level lower than me if I don't use my healer. I like my other companions but they aren't even close to as useful? It this normal?
For new players, yes, this is normal. Seeing as you haven't fully grasped the concept of maxing your stats, using your abilities to maximize the damage you do, etc.

Another thing to take into account is what role you are playing. Depending on the role you choose (DPS, Tank, Healer) you need to use different companions to succeed. If you are playing DPS and/or Tank then it is normal for you to need a healer companion to pull you through.

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jaytdasme
03.01.2014 , 02:56 PM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by DPswfan View Post
I am a level 53 sith juggernaut. I am new to the MMO world and so I find all of this armor and stats and other things like that overwhelming. Anyway, I have found that throughout my leveling experience, it is difficult for me to kill some enemies of my level (usually elite ones), or even ones at level lower than me if I don't use my healer. I like my other companions but they aren't even close to as useful? It this normal?
it's definitely normal if you're new to the game.. but most people catch on by 53.. First make sure you're build is sound and you aren't trying use all skill trees. Focus on if you want to damage or tank. Then gear up accordingly. it's important that you're gear is current particularly if your tackling 50+ content. It would take way too much for me to tell you how to gear so you should probably research that. But, personally i think companions kind of give us a little crutch and don't think they even belong in an MMO but since we have them, once your gear is in order try to get them equipped decently as well. Until then i'd stick to only using your healing companion. If you have a fair amount of credits saved up I'd spend some time Shopping GTN as most of what you find outside of OPs/FPs quickly becomes obsolete.
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Khevar
03.01.2014 , 03:01 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by DPswfan View Post
I am a level 53 sith juggernaut. I am new to the MMO world and so I find all of this armor and stats and other things like that overwhelming. Anyway, I have found that throughout my leveling experience, it is difficult for me to kill some enemies of my level (usually elite ones), or even ones at level lower than me if I don't use my healer. I like my other companions but they aren't even close to as useful? It this normal?
I had the same experience on my first character.

In addition to maximizing your gear potential (as the other posters have mentioned), there are other ways to improve your survival with other characters. Sending your companions in first, knowing which are the most damaging enemy abilities and interrupting them (as a Juggernaut you have more than 1 interrupt), killing the enemy healers (and weaker enemies) first, these are all things that help.

It used to be that an Elite enemy was too difficult to tackle on my own. Once I got more comfortable with all of the skills at my disposals, taking on three at a time became doable.

I would recommend reading up guides on running group content, as the skills you learn there will help you solo the more difficult enemies as well.

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DPswfan
03.01.2014 , 03:05 PM | #5
Thanks for the replies, for the record I am a Tank but I chose the skill tree that is more damage focused.

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Callaron
03.01.2014 , 03:40 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by DPswfan View Post
Thanks for the replies, for the record I am a Tank but I chose the skill tree that is more damage focused.
Then you aren't a Tank, the other two are DPS trees.
I'd highly recommend not trying to tank hardmode Flashpoints when you reach level 55 unless you actually take the spec that says tank - you'll save yourself a lot of headaches (and angry groupmates).
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OddballEasyEight
03.01.2014 , 03:43 PM | #7
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Thanks for the replies, for the record I am a Tank but I chose the skill tree that is more damage focused.
Then you really arn't a tank

You are only a tank if you choose the tanking tree basically. You might be a hybrid kinda thing, but for all intents and purposes, you are not a tank.

As a DPS (which you would be then) you need your healing companion.
Tanks need a DPS companion.
Healers need a Tank companion.

For the record, the Advanced Class doesn't determine if you are a tank or not. I have a pure DPS Power Tech Bounty Hunter for example.
And you can be a Bounty Hunter Mercenary that isn't a healer. And so on and so forth.
Goes for all the classes.
Most advanced classes can be either DPS or Tank/Healer. The ones that can't are usually split in AOE, direct or DOT specials...
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Elly_Dawn
03.01.2014 , 03:43 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by DPswfan View Post
Thanks for the replies, for the record I am a Tank but I chose the skill tree that is more damage focused.
then you're not quite a tank, you're a hybrid which is harder to manage than a dedicated Tank, Healer, or DPS would be... not impossible, but a bit more difficult... i'd suggest going back to fleet and re-spec for a true Tank (the Defense Tree)...
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OddballEasyEight
03.01.2014 , 03:44 PM | #9
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then you're not quite a tank, you're a hybrid which is harder to manage than a dedicated Tank, Healer, or DPS would be... not impossible, but a bit more difficult... i'd suggest going back to fleet and re-spec for a true Tank (the Defense Tree)...
I'd reccomend DPS since that is easier for someone who is new to MMO's.
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Callaron
03.01.2014 , 03:47 PM | #10
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I'd reccomend DPS since that is easier for someone who is new to MMO's.
Less pressure during group oriented stuff as well.
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