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rakenan
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Where to grind before Inferno

Post by rakenan » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:23 am

OK, so I'm at the point where the next step in my quest is to go to the Inferno. I get slaughtered in the Inferno, need to farm at least a few (more like a lot) more levels. I expected that - I don't even have all my Archmage spells, that kind of suggested that I needed to work on things.

Is Horon's Sanctuary the best farming spot, or is there some place else I should go hunting for some juicy experience and loot?

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Visstar
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Re: Where to grind before Inferno

Post by Visstar » Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:43 pm

rakenan wrote:OKIs Horon's Sanctuary the best farming spot, or is there some place else I should go hunting for some juicy experience and loot?
In my opinion, Horon's Sanctuary is the best farming in this part of the game because there are so many fixed encounters. You can easily pick up 100-150,000 XP with a good route that hits the fixed encounters, then exit, re-enter, and do it again.

The loot isn't bad, either. You'll have to drop a lot of things to keep room for better stuff, but you should be able to upgrade some characters with andursteel armor, runes, harmonic gems, horns, etc.
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rakenan
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Re: Where to grind before Inferno

Post by rakenan » Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:57 am

Visstar wrote:In my opinion, Horon's Sanctuary is the best farming in this part of the game because there are so many fixed encounters. You can easily pick up 100-150,000 XP with a good route that hits the fixed encounters, then exit, re-enter, and do it again.

The loot isn't bad, either. You'll have to drop a lot of things to keep room for better stuff, but you should be able to upgrade some characters with andursteel armor, runes, harmonic gems, horns, etc.
Do you have any route advice? I tend to go north from the sanctuary entrance and just wander around the rooms, but there don't seem to be any fixed encounters. Maybe they went away when I claimed the shard. The random battles are usually pretty good, but not as consistent as finding something like the 18 stosstruppen in the Bandet Hideout.

Edit: Never mind the "missing" fixed encounters. I was just misinterpreting the term, there are plenty of spots that always generate fights, just not fixed roster encounters.

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Re: Where to grind before Inferno

Post by Visstar » Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:54 pm

Rakenan, here's the route I take. The fixed encounters are red circles. You can hit more by doing the ones in the south as well. To reset, just exit the sanctum and re-enter. You can do this for days as long as you drop any junk you pick up and only hang on to the valuable items, like Andursteel armor, rings, horns of fury, etc.
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rakenan
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Re: Where to grind before Inferno

Post by rakenan » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:46 am

Thank you, that's a solid route, and you found a couple of encounter hotspots I missed.

You did miss one spot I've been hitting. At the end of the last arrow on your suggested path, there's a door to your right. There's an encounter hotspot directly behind it.

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Re: Where to grind before Inferno

Post by rakenan » Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:42 am

Horon's Sanctuary is definitely a solid grinding spot. I'm taking the opportunity to level a Paladin to replace my under-performing Hunter. For a character who allegedly instantly kills her targets 99% of the time, she leaves enemies alive way too often. A Paladin with the Stone Blade is probably as good at close combat, and better against crit-immune enemies. I can hopefully rely on my Rogue with 99% Thief Mastery to instagib distant high-threat crit-susceptible enemies.

The loot drops are really good too. Plenty of good armor drops.

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Re: Where to grind before Inferno

Post by Visstar » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:47 pm

rakenan wrote:I can hopefully rely on my Rogue with 99% Thief Mastery to instagib distant high-threat crit-susceptible enemies.
A rogue with the Dragonbone Bow is outstanding at killing things, but they do have to be susceptible to critical hits, as you say. Since so many things I face now are not, I put my rogue in the front ranks with her Assassine and use Close Combat or Great Tattoo as needed to pull things into melee range.

I had my paladin using the Axe of Souls for a while but went back to the Stone Blade. It's so satisfying to see all those nasties turned to stone — though I wonder why the landscape isn't littered with statues of monsters by now. :)
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Re: Where to grind before Inferno

Post by rakenan » Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:33 am

And now I am discovering just exactly how slow it is to build Spell Mastery for Sodar's Wrath. At least all the fights are super easy.

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Re: Where to grind before Inferno

Post by Visstar » Wed May 02, 2018 6:05 pm

On my latest play through I wanted a sorcerer's hood to use in the Bandit's Cave, so I went to the Ridge Fault after finishing the Burial Mound. I found I could take the Mountain Dwellers, who are at least as tough as Stosstruppen, with the same trick (Farther Foe + Hailstorm or Flame Horn). There aren't many fixed encounters, but there are a few, and it makes fairly good grinding, especially if you're looking for good gear.
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