Grim Kaals semi-ultimate guide to cap(e)s

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Grim Kaals semi-ultimate guide to capes

(Fighter gearing advice)

After spending a stupid amount of time on studying Jannes website and Rainers wiki (and char creator ofc), I have come up with the following gearing to be as close as possible to min/maxing stats for M17 content for my Fighter Vanguard. If you need in depth info, check out the aforementioned websites.

Since people were asking for my set up in Discord, I have made this document to show what I think is the best way of gearing a tank in Mod 17.

This gearing advice is also 100% valid for those who choose to run a Barbarian Tank, possibly Paladin too (need confirmation on Paladin stat rolls). Note that the Barbarian and Fighter weapon sets have different stat rolls, so Barbarian needs to swap 2 insignias of Skill for insignias of Refuge. (Not valid for 30k counterstat build, see notes in that section)

Regarding boons for all loadouts : Use whatever you need to balance out stats. I prefer to add HP + Power first to unlock the tier 3 companion influence stat (5/5), then start balancing.

 

18k counterstat Fighter Vanguard with augment companion:

(M16 setup, will be updated with M17 gear)

Race:

Half Orc (+5% Crit Severity, 2 DEX, 2 STR) or (Metallic) Ancestry Dragonborn (+3% damage, 2 DEX, 2 STR) are best for my setup

Equipment :

Head : Dungeon Raiders Sallet or Crown of the Undead BIS (Crit Strike/Combat Advantage)

Head enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Chest : Gurdunn’s Defense (Armor Penetration/Accuracy, -Def +Pwr equip bonus)

Chest enchants : Radiant + Eclipse

Hands : Crash Guards (Armor Penetration/Crit Strike)

Hands Enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Main Hand : Mountaineer longsword (Watcher BIS)

Main Hand Enchants : 2 x Tenebrous 15, Lightning for trash/Bronzewood for boss

Off Hand : Mountaineer shield (Watcher BIS)

Off Hand Enchants : 2x Radiant

Feet : Plated Greaves of the Successor (Combat Advantage/Awareness, +5% Combat Advantage when tanking)

Feet Enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Neck : Wyvern (Critical Strike/Awareness)

Neck Enchants : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15 + Radiant

Ring 1 : Raid Ring of the Spys Guild. Ebonized BIS (Critical Strike/Combat Advantage)

Ring 1 Enchants : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15 + Radiant (If you dont have Successor boots, 2x Tac 15)

Ring 2 : Assault Ring of the Spys Guild. Ebonized BIS (Armor Penetration/Accuracy)

Ring 2 Enchants : 2x Radiant

Belt : Wyvern

Belt Enchants : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15 + Radiant

Shirt : Proteges Raid Shirt (Armor Penetration/Combat Advantage)

Shirt Enchant : Radiant

Pants : Proteges Assault Trousers (Deflection/Awareness)

Pant Enchant : Radiant

Artifacts : Wyvern (Active), Arcturias Music Box, Erratic Drift Globe, Trobriands Ring

Notes on gearing :

All items can be replaced with ones with same stat distribution (excluding artifacts ofc).

Make sure to use Assault + Raid rings, Raid shirt + Assault pants.

Gurdunn’s Defense is a MUST HAVE to avoid heavy overstacking on defense.

Upgrade radiants LAST to achieve stat caps faster

 

Companions :

Plated belt of the companion enchants : 2x Enigmatic Runestones, rank 15

Flowered Necklace of the companion enchants : 1x Recondite Runestone, Rank 15 + 1x Empowered Runestone

Choke Chain of the Companion enchants : 2x Empowered Runestone

As with radiants, upgrade Empowered Runestones LAST

Ioun Stone of Allure can be swapped for Red Dragon Ioun Stone.

Mount Bonuses:

Every single insignia is picked with stat balance in mind, one of the brutality insignias can be swapped for a Prosperity insignia as soon as you have 2 legendary brutality.

Mount equip power : +10k Power

Mount combat power: Swarm, T-Rex or Griffon

 

18k counterstat Fighter Vanguard with summoned companion:

 

 

Race:

Dwarf for easy defense cap, or same as augment build (balance out defense with boons/armor kits)

Equipment :

Head : Crown of the Lost King (Armor Pen/Accuracy)

Head enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Chest : Gurdunn’s Defense (Armor Penetration/Accuracy, -Def +Pwr equip bonus)

Chest enchants : Radiant + Eclipse

Hands : Slimy Bracers of the Kuo-Toa (Crit avoid/Combat Adv)

Hands Enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Main Hand : Mountaineer longsword (Watcher/Lionheart BIS)

Main Hand Enchants : 2 x Tenebrous 15, Lightning for trash/Bronzewood for boss

Off Hand : Mountaineer shield (Watcher/Lionheart BIS)

Off Hand Enchants : Radiant in offense + Demonic R15 in defense

Off Hand artifact modifications : Companion Influence + Max Combat Advantage

Feet : Plated Greaves of the Successor (Combat Advantage/Awareness, +5% Combat Advantage when tanking)

Feet Enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Neck : Wyvern (Critical Strike/Awareness)

Neck Enchants : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15 + Radiant

Ring 1 : Leading Ring of the Sage (Combat Advantage)

Ring 1 Enchants : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15 + Radiant (If you dont have Successor boots, 2x Tac 15)

Ring 2 : Tanner’s Hardened Leather Ring (Armor Penetration/Accuracy)

Ring 2 Enchants : 2x Radiant

Belt : Wyvern

Belt Enchants : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15 + Demonic Enchantment, Rank 15

Shirt : Proteges Raid Shirt (Armor Penetration/Combat Advantage)

Shirt Enchant : Radiant

Pants : Proteges Assault Trousers (Deflection/Awareness)

Pant Enchant : Radiant

Artifacts : Wyvern (Active), Arcturias Music Box, Erratic Drift Globe, Trobriands Ring

Notes on gearing :

All items can be replaced with ones with same stat distribution (excluding artifacts ofc).

Gurdunn’s Defense is a MUST HAVE to avoid heavy overstacking on defense.

Upgrade radiants LAST to achieve stat caps faster.

Companions :

(Battleragers Discipline should be swapped for Skeletal Dog)

Imperial moonstone ring of the companion enchants :1x Enigmatic Runestone, Rank 15 + 1x Empowered Runestone

Choke Chain of the Companion enchants : 2x Empowered Runestone

Platinum-cased Grimoire of the companion enchants : 1x Enigmatic Runestone, Rank 15 + 1x Profane Runestone Rank 15

As with radiants, upgrade Empowered Runestones LAST

Battleragers Discipline should be swapped for Skeletal Dog

 

Mount Bonuses:

Mount equip power : +10k Power

Mount combat power: Swarm, T-Rex or Griffon

 

30k counterstat Fighter Vanguard with augment companion:

 

Race:

Dwarf. Preferably in Dwarven Battlerager fashion. (Metallic Dragonborn is unfortunately 100% BIS)

Equipment :

Head : Crown of the Lost King (Armor Pen/Accuracy)

Head enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Chest : Gurdunn’s Defense (Armor Penetration/Accuracy, -Def +Pwr equip bonus). Swap to Barkhide if Met Dragon.

Chest enchants : Radiant + Eclipse

Hands : Slimy Bracers of the Kuo-Toa (Crit avoid/Combat Adv)

Hands Enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Main Hand : Mountaineer longsword (Watcher/Lionheart BIS)

Main Hand Enchants : 2 x Tenebrous 15, Bronzewood or Bile

Off Hand : Mountaineer shield (Watcher/Lionheart BIS)

Off Hand Enchants : Radiant in offense + Demonic R15 in defense

Off Hand artifact modifications : Companion Influence + Max Combat Advantage

Feet : Plated Greaves of the Successor (Combat Advantage/Awareness, +5% Combat Advantage when tanking)

Feet Enchant : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15

Neck : Wyvern (Critical Strike/Awareness)

Neck Enchants : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15 + Radiant

Ring 1 : Bypass Silver Ring (Defense/Accuracy)

Ring 1 Enchants : Black Ice Enchantment, Rank 15 + Radiant

Ring 2 : Tanner’s Hardened Leather Ring (Armor Penetration/Accuracy)

Ring 2 Enchants : 2x Radiant

Belt : Wyvern

Belt Enchants : Tactical Enchantment, Rank 15 + Demonic Enchantment, Rank 15

Shirt : Shirt of the Killer (Armor Penetration)

Shirt Enchant : Black Ice Enchantment, Rank 15

Pants : Pants of the Sentinel (Defense)

Pant Enchant : Radiant

Artifacts : Wyvern (Active), Arcturias Music Box, Erratic Drift Globe, Trobriands Ring

Notes on gearing :

All items can be replaced with ones with same stat distribution (excluding artifacts ofc).

Gurdunn’s Defense is a MUST HAVE to avoid heavy overstacking on defense.

If running Metallic Dragonborn, swap Gurdunn’s Defense for Barkhide.

If building a Barbarian Sentinel, run all radiants in offense slots and make sure to replace off-hand Combat Advantage roll with Crit Avoicance roll. These adjustments are made to counter the stat differences in Fighter/Barbarian weapon set stats.

Upgrade radiants LAST to achieve stat caps faster.

Companions :

(Zhentarim Warlock can be placed in offense stat to open up for Energon in utility if more HP is prefered)

Imperial moonstone ring of the companion enchants :1x Enigmatic Runestone, Rank 15 + 1x Empowered Runestone

Imperial Quartz Necklace of the Companion enchants : 1x Empowered Runestone. If epic version with defese slot, +1 Recondite Runestone, Rank 15

Tarnished Ring of the companion enchants : Recondite Runestone, Rank 15, If epic version with defese slot, +1 Recondite Runestone, Rank 15

As with radiants, upgrade Empowered Runestones LAST

Mount Bonuses:

Mount equip power : +50k HP

Mount combat power: Swarm, T-Rex or Griffon

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