Totem Perks for Physical Stats Outdated

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Beard Master Flex
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Totem Perks for Physical Stats Outdated

Post by Beard Master Flex » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:16 am

So for a good while now a druid can soft buff almost to cap on Strength/Dex/Con with no real investment, sacrifice or gear. Not a complaint I like that.

Zoo Buff (+7) + Aura of Vitality (+4) = 11.

If a druid has +1 Str/Dex/Con on an item they've reached the soft cap for physical attributes.

The unfortunate side of Totem Pacts for Bear, Snake, Panther and Wolf is they all offer a soft bonus to physical stats while the rest of the Totems offer some other tangible benefit while still being able to achieve the "bonus" of Bear, Wolf and Panther which in years past was being able to more readily achieve the soft cap while shape shifted. Aura was a short term buff you could not maintain permanent uptime on, zoo spells could only give you a max of 5.

I'd rather see the soft bonuses for physical stats become either hard bonuses or removed altogether in favor of a flavorful skill boost or an immunity. Maybe Wolf gets more Spot/Hide/MS in line with what Eagle, Bat or Raven receive in their respective stats, Panther receives even more but does not gain the Spot of Wolf. Maybe Bear gets a bonus carry capacity or some free saves to reflect its hardy nature.

TLDR; Some totem pacts are quietly depowered after the last few years of druid buffs and while they'll always remain a valid RP choice its a bummer they're not as exciting mechanically given ALL druids can reach the soft cap very easily.

Drowboy
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Re: Totem Perks for Physical Stats Outdated

Post by Drowboy » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:20 am

Totem should be switched to cosmetic (and take-able with other subclasses) and something else should replace it.
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Beard Master Flex
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Re: Totem Perks for Physical Stats Outdated

Post by Beard Master Flex » Fri Mar 27, 2020 5:25 am

I'm in favor of that as well given that the ultimate perk of -totem used to be the instant shape shifting as a free action. Moving it to the Ranger cosmetic only option is a worthy solution too.

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