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Druidic not common healer weapon.

    • 17 posts
    September 25, 2020 3:54 PM PDT

    Looking at the weapons available to druids and other healers, I noticed the Shaman can use spears and the Cleric can use hammers but druids can only use the common "healer" weapons which they will always be in competetions with other healers for. Is the druid going to get a weapon like a sword or something that the other healers can't compete for? 

    • 195 posts
    September 25, 2020 5:07 PM PDT

    I always think of staffs for Druids but in the past I enjoyed running a scimitar on mine.

    • 17 posts
    September 25, 2020 6:39 PM PDT
    I did too in eq2 on my warden. It seems to me that not having a higher dps weapon like clerics and shaman will make them solo better then the druids who travel alone in the wilds. I know u won't always have time to group and dontcwantv
    • 17 posts
    September 25, 2020 6:42 PM PDT
    typing or i should say fat fingering my phone here. I know I won't always have time to group and don't want the druid to be like cleric and shaman in eq and eq2 that had to have a group to kill mobs solo at a decent pace to level etc.
    • 24 posts
    September 26, 2020 6:21 PM PDT

    I probably can't see my self running around with anything but a staff. Maybe even a short staff and small shield at most. In my mind druids that stray or even go dark use deadlier weapons. Plus, I would feel it pretty hard to use a sword made from iron, and leather straps. Because you know the leather came from something you proudly could have been friends with ( talking from a druidic point of view of course)


    This post was edited by Venickt at September 26, 2020 7:02 PM PDT
    • 411 posts
    September 28, 2020 1:05 PM PDT
    Maybe VR will get creative and add something like whips (it would fit an animal tamer version of Druids).
    • 17 posts
    March 5, 2021 4:46 PM PST

    Yes, I second the great disappointment of being stuck with the standard common healer weapons. Give druids the Scimiters or duel weild short sword anything that doesn't make us look like the only healer class that was forgotten when making healers unique from each other in melee offensive weapons and abilities when soloing or doing easy content as a second/backup healer and not needing to heal much in a group.  As someone with a 5 year old, their will be times that i need to jump up at any time to take care of him, feed him, ect. and can't group effectively. Nothaving a weapon different from other healers and priests also means that druids will always be getting the short end of the stick when dividing up loot since clerics and shaman will be rolling for/asking for good staff weapons while claiming their special healers weapons for themselves as the druid can't use them anyway. Unless they add druid only to a good portion of the healer basic weapons so that other healers can't roll for them. Still concerned like others for the ability to defend ourselves from melee attackers when traveling the wilderness. 

    • 6 posts
    March 7, 2021 3:11 AM PST

    I would love to have the Scimitar and small shield in my hands while roaming the world of Terminus

    • 1109 posts
    March 7, 2021 2:28 PM PST

    From everything we've been shown so far, neither Shaman nor Druid have a single offensive melee ability. While you will auto-attack with a melee weapon in between using your abilities, Druid damage should easily be well over 90% by magic, whether solo or in a group. I can understand wanting different weapons for the 'flavor' of your character and yes, Druid is certainly down near the bottom of the list for variety there - as are Enchanter, Summoner and Monk. But as far as actual killing, adding another weapon type or two won't really make a significant difference.

    The Druid class page on the current site is very short on listing offensive abilities, but the old site gave us a much larger sample of them for Druid. Those abilities can still be seen on the Wiki and there are quite a few of them. While there's no guarantee that the abilities on the wiki will be in at release, I seriously doubt that VR took away ALL the class abilities that didn't make it to the new class pages when they switched to the new website recently. They just standardized page format, which shortened the lists. I believe that the larger lists we had in the past are a good indication of what was intended for each class, even if any specific ability might be changed or eliminated.

    Here is the Druid Abilites page on Wiki

    As far as competition for weapons goes, there's no reason not to expect that the RATE at which various weapons drop as loot will be proportional to the number of classes that can use a given weapon. I.E. there are 7 classes that can use a Quarter Staff and one class that can use a Long Bow. So I expect to see 7 times as many Quarter Staves in loot as Long Bows.

    When it comes to defense, I guess that's all in one's perspective. To me, Healers have arguably the best defense one can have. Druid can keep HoTs on himself while soloing, as well as spot heals. Druid has a variety of damage shields. He can buff himself with extra armor class, or extra health regeneration, or -if all else fails - a speed buff to 'Run Away!!'. Finally, at some point in leveling, he will be able to teleport away from danger.

    I think you'll be pleased with the abilities that Druid has, based on the current image of him that we have. (Oh yes, I'll be playing one as well)

     


    This post was edited by Jothany at March 7, 2021 2:28 PM PST
    • 203 posts
    April 19, 2021 9:20 PM PDT

    I'm curious about what the Druid will wield in the off-hand slot.

    There's nothing obvious on the class page like a focus type item.

     

    The Shaman is also listed without anything obvious, but in the recent stream we saw the Shaman able to use shields again and on the shield tooltips it showed Warrior, Paladin, Cleric, Shaman only.

    • 1109 posts
    April 20, 2021 4:19 PM PDT

    I never expected to see any non-DPS/Tank class dual wielding (or wielding 2-handers). I've mostly been assuming that the Druid would have either a shield for offhand or an item connected to their healing role in one hand.

    It IS interesting that we have no info on that.