I want to play a Caster ...

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Archma
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I want to play a Caster ...

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Awesome. I rock. I have awesome mana balance. Traumaturgy is a life saver .... oooo crap you didn't mention undead ....

If someone wanted to make a caster character what would be a good choice ?
What should we NOT do !!! What is recommended ? What is your favourite build ?
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Archma
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Re: I want to play a Caster ...

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Ages ago someone helped me and mentioned this build, cannot remember who ;<

Istari Build of god knows what race? Possibly Gnome.

Mana 50, Fire 50, Temporal 50, Divination 46, Udun 35, Conveyance 35
Water 6, Earth 25, Rest Spell Power and Magic.

Manathrust, Fireflash, Hellfire, Essence of Speed, Elemental Shield, Wraithform.
Vision, Disarm, Detect Traps, Stone Prison, Dig, Vapor

Disruption shield, Identify, Fireflash (holy = burns cursed items)

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PowerWyrm
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Re: I want to play a Caster ...

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Skills have changed recently and I didn't play an Istar for ages, but that's roughly the build. You need Mind if you want ESP now, and other skills will probably pump Magic to 50 without having to spend points. But yeah, an updated build from veteran players would be nice to have...

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Re: I want to play a Caster ...

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Here's a good build from Kurzel taken from another post. For a level 50 gnome istar:
- Mana 40.9 (21 skill points): for Manathrust, Elemental Shield, Disruption Shield (dunno the % fail at that level), and mana resistance
- Fire 50 (32 skill points): Fireflash + immunity to fire
- Earth 32 (20 skill points): Stone Prison (good fail rate) + shards resistance
- Conveyance 6.4 (4 skill points): Phase Door + Disarm
- Divination 40 (25 skill points): for Identify and Vision (which becomes Enlightenment at that level) + all detection spells at low level
- Temporal 50 (32 skill points): for max Essence of Speed + time resistance
- Udun 35.2 (22 skill points): for Wraithform (high fail???) + teleportation resistance
- Mind 30.4 (19 skill points): for Sense Minds (ESP)
- Spellpower 42 (70 skill points)

This leaves you with Magic at 38.65 (taken from the skill builder), so if you want you can replace some spellpower by points in Magic to get 50 for max mana. But remember that post-king skill points will still increase Magic, so these points will be lost if you plan on leveling your char above 50.

The problem with this build is the early game with no AoE spell until Fireflash becomes castable. For convenience, 6.4 in Water (4 skill points) would give a low level Vapor and Ent's Potion to avoid carrying satisfy hunger scrolls. Or you could put some points in Air for a low level Noxious Cloud. Low Conveyance means carrying scrolls of teleportation and recall, and wands/rods of teleport other. If you prefer going full Conveyance (30 up to Recall or 35 for Probability Travel), you'll have to sacrifice some spellpower. For the Mind school, that's really up to you: as soon as you get an ESP item, it becomes obsolete, except if you plan on pumping it to 50 and get the insanity resistances.

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Re: I want to play a Caster ...

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Is it good idea to train only Sorcery and be able to use ALL magic? :) Is it ok for NE mode? Anyone tried it?
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you will get 50 on sorcery at 50 character lvl, and you will have 1 spare skillpoint.
If you skill a specific magic school as istar, you get bonuses from school, so most player prefer get bonuses.

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Hm.. So I do not get bonuses if I level up sorcery? I though that for example 30 sorcery would give shards resists. Is it not true?
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Sorcery doesn't give any additional bonuses.

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Damm.. Thanks. Now I see why there is not so much people with sorcery around in NE-mode...
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Re: I want to play a Caster ...

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one more problem with sorcery is putting skills in archery/swordmastery/combat decrease sorcery and the other way, so bad for mixed builds.

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