June 4 2006 4:07 PM EDT
With a single fireball mage which will help him out the most?
a RoS then have a base AS cause the RoS will help that out a lot to help give the mage more life.
a RoE which will help reduce dmg done to him which in return will also help him stay alive longer.
a FF which will help do dmg and also get attacked which will help deal out more dmg and also help me stay alive as it takes dmg to.
I have a RoS that is lvl 43,720 that is gonna go on my sfbm when i unretire him and i will either re ink this one or insta it up a little so i was wondering which of the 3 tats would be the best. My max tatto lvl on my sfbm is around 55-60k.
June 4 2006 4:36 PM EDT
I wouldn't go with a FF, as it will start killing you *if* it makes it to melee. I used a large Tattoo of Endurance with my sfbm but then changed to a steel familiar, they both have advantages, but at the end of the day they offer similar benefits. the SF does allow me to take a lot less damage against other fireball characters.
June 4 2006 6:10 PM EDT
RoS adds a % i believe, so having it and a base AS will do little or no good for you, so you can throw out that idea.
A RoS is wasted on a single minion. you could train AS and have the RoS boost it and protect it from DM, but you get around 43% HPs from it than you would trianing just HP alone.
The ToE will reduce the damage you take and reduce AMF backlash, so it's very good for mages.
A RoE will help you pump your MPR.
Any of the Familiar tattoos will be placed before your mage, soak up some damage, and in FF/SF case do some damage (an IF probably wouldn't last until melee...)
June 4 2006 8:46 PM EDT
the RoS will give roughly 1/2 its lvl as a boost to an ED so a base AS will get a boost of 1/2 the RoS lvl and give 1/2 that for hp so you don't really get that much from it the ToE is the best IMO for a single mage. With the max tat lvl being lowered you can't get a high enough familiar but a ToE will still reduce damage you take from attacks and from AMF backlash
June 4 2006 8:52 PM EDT
This has been hashed and rehashed numerous times.
Use a ROE to about 1/3 the top MPR as there are many useless/forgotten characters out there for you to get great rewards on.
Then switch to a FF or TOE as they are very close in their ability to let you fight up.
And forget about everyone telling you that with a FF you'll start killing yourself. With a FF you use DM as to avoid getting into melee rounds anyway.
If you use a TOE, IMO, AMF would be a better spell for you to use.
June 5 2006 7:06 AM EDT
Out of the options you present both the ToE and the FF will help you fight higher than the others, presenting you with higher rewards.
The RoS strategy, whilst a bit more interesting, is really not worth it. No really. I'm experimenting with that at the moment and have done in the past. An extra 200k HP from AS from a RoS of about 600k in level was less effective than the same size ToE. A lot less effective. In fact the time I did a single mage with RoS and AS, and then inked the tattoo to a ToE my score jumped by 400k....
Dunno why I decided to do it again...........
I'll agree with Ranger about the RoE. There are some people using it at higher levels - Sutekh and Bast for two. But if you want to create a powerful single FB mage at higher levels then ToE or FF. No contest.
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