I am a 49 Rogue and I am having some difficulty understanding my course of action. I have a 65 ranger buddy that got me into EQ, and even though he helps me a ton, his rogue understanding is a bit limited. I have spring break coming up, and since I am broke, I plan on doing some serious EQ'in, but I want to have some goals. I am planning on raiding with my buddy so I only have end-game in mind. With that said, here are my questions:
1. Equipment- There is just a ton of equipment in the EQ realm, much more than DX2 or any other game I have played, and I am a bit confused. Mostly I am curious on whether I should be constantly upgrading, or just wait till I get closer to endgame so I can upgrade once or twice rather than five or six times.
tradeskills/abilities- Bindwound, PickPocket ,Disarm,Fishing,fletching etc. which of these do you use end-game and which don't you.
Information- I would love someone just to give me a link so I can read and understand myself rather than having someone who has posted ten millions posts to n00bs. I have been to many eq sites, but with all the new expansions coming out so fast, many seem very dated, and incorrect.
1. When selecting gear go for items that increase your STR first then HP second. Why? More STR means you do more DMG. More HP means you're less likely to be a casualty and, therefore, a group/raid liability.
2. I'd recommend getting your epic, while Ragebringer is approaching being obsolete in todays mudflation, it is still a fine item for a low to mid 50's level rogue and is a great offhander for some of the newer, droppable piercers out there.
3. Level > AA+Flags. Get to level 65 first then work on AA's/Flags. You might get Run Speed III and Innate Regen III, but I'd seriously wouldn't worry about them until you're 65.
4. LDoN is a wonderful thing; it lets you get some exp while garnering Adventure points (The gear is pretty damn decent for non-raid level equipment) and making some pp on the side.
5. LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE CLASS AND BE A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF A GROUP AND RAID. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice Practice Practice... it's the same for being a good player in any class in EQ; be aggressive in testing the abilities of the class and find out what you excel in. Rew's Magelo
2. Definitely get your ragebringer as soon after hitting 50 as you can. Can't beat 40% haste + 40 ATK for a while.
3. Level is definitely > AA, but do get run 3 (and regen 3 if you want baron title). At 63 you WILL want Shroud of Stealth.
You need pickpocket for ragebringer quest, and i pity you if you haven't raised it up as you leveled, because it's boring as hell to raise. Same with lock pick. If you plan on doing Ssra temple, sense / disarm traps is useful, and it comes in handy in LDoN adventures too.
As for information on how to play the class, that's something you can only really learn as you play. If you were power-levelled to 49, you have some learning to do, especially surrounding aggro control.
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Not quite sure what you have equipmentwise, but some general thoughts (opinion, only ):
1. If you haven't raised your str, it's a good idea to do so, but only to a point, that point being 180 or so. With 180str, a shaman will max it out at and before lvl 60. Need about 205str to max it out at 65 (without investing pts into Planar Power AA).
In general, tho', don't focus on raising str. Most rogue gear, even generic stuff, will come with str. So if you focus your gear as Happi (and, I'm sure, others to come) suggests, your str will raise as well.
And to reiterate, get Ragebringer as soon as possible. Even with mudflation, that will last you a long time. 40% haste (third highest item haste in the game, next to 46 and 41%, I'm pretty certain) and 40attack is not easily reproduced until much much later, plus the stats are great too.
And use your best judgement as to whether to buy a series of upgrades or save for the "big deals." Scour the bazaar on a regular basis, get a feel for price values for items you're interested in, then look for deals on those items. If you bargain shop, you'll come out ahead in the long run, usually. There's always someone trying to get rid of higher end merchandise "cheap," so try to keep /ooc and /auc on in most zones you're in. (Unless the monotony gets too much; sometimes in Dreadlands, Overthere, Plane of Knowledge, and Plane of Tranquility, it's all I can do NOT to turn off those channels. haha)
As far as your skills go, try to work on all actual skills. No tradeskills, tho', are required for higher end game, except as means of fun or profit. Fishing, however, usually falls under "fun" category, except in a few rarer situations.