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Druid

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Druid
Class archetype
Priest
Armor class
Leather

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Preferenced statistics
Title at level 51 Wanderer
Title at level 55 Preserver
Title at level 60 Hierophant
Title at level 65 Earthshaper
Druid Links
A Druid's frog pet ribbits impatiently as his master awaits a friend within Surefall Glade.

The Druid is a nature based class, gleaning spells and abilities from the earth, trees, the air, and water. Very utilitarian in nature the Druid is quite a flexible class, being proficient in healing, resist based spells, speed buffs, damage shields, porting, direct damage, and damage over time spells.

Early on ( before level 20 or so ) the Druid is a good melee and/or caster; this melee ability drops down severely as you gain higher levels ( dependent slightly on your equipment as well ). Despite their decline in melee effectivness later on (like all casters), they are the only caster to have the ability to use 1hs weapons.

The Druid is very proficient at soloing with the ability to take on creatures many levels above their own using DoTs and snare. Later ( post 34 ) the druid can multi kite creatures using spells like careless lightning. Their excellent hunting spells coupled with their array of flexible utility spells and the ability to keep themselves healed gives them a huge amount of survivability. They also receive port and succor spells, which can really help if it looks like your group is going to go down.

Starting Statistics

The druid class receives 30 starting points to distribute in the various stats. The stats that the game deems important to the class are Stamina and Wisdom.

Race STR STA AGI DEX WIS INT CHA
Half Elf 70 80 90 85 70 75 75
Halfling 70 85 95 90 90 67 50
Human 75 85 75 75 85 75 75
Wood Elf 65 75 95 80 90 75 75


Skills

(*) Does not follow the 5(lvl+1) skill-up formula.

(**) Wood Elves start with 50 to Forage.

(+) Wood Elves and Halflings begin with Hide (50).

(++) Halflings begin with Sneak (50).

Combat Skills

Level <50 cap 50+ cap
1H Blunt 1 175 225
1H Slashing 1 175 225
2H Blunt 1 175 225
Hand to Hand 1 110 225
Offense 1 175 225
Defense 1 175 225
Dodge 15 120 180

Class Skills

Level <50 cap 50+ cap
Abjuration 1 200 250
Alteration 1 200 250
Conjuration 1 200 250
Divination 1 200 250
Evocation 1 200 250
Hide 1 + +
Sneak 1 ++ ++
Channeling 4 200 250
Forage** 5 150 200
Meditate 8 200 250
Track 20 150 200

Other Skills

Level <50 cap 50+ cap
Sense Heading* 1 200 200
Bind Wound 1 100 200
Swimming* 1 250 250
Fishing* 1 250 250
Baking* 1 250 250
Tailoring* 1 250 250
Blacksmithing* 1 250 250
Fletching* 1 250 250
Brewing* 1 250 250
Alcohol Tolerance* 1 250 250
Jewelcrafting* 1 250 250
Pottery* 1 250 250

Tips From Experience

Druids can teleport to "druid rings" located all across Dalaya, such as this one in Goblinskull Mountains.

The Druid is very wisdom based, try to get as much wis gear as you can. In groups use your damage shield on primary tank and your heals are very good. Snare things only if your group is kiting or if soloing (since mobs do not wimpy here, it is otherwise unnecessary). Do not root mobs unless your group is aware that you will be doing it, and you all understand the mechanics of root/combat (i.e. the mob will start hitting whatever is physically closes regardless of aggro once rooted). Nuking too soon will cause things to aggro on you so be familiar with your tank and his/her ability to hold aggro. With a good tank, you can begin nuking long before 50% and DoT's can be placed on a mob way earlier. Since in-combat meditation is all but non-existent in SoD, feel free to take advantage of your 1hs and melee for the tiny bit of damage you can add.

Solo standard that I use. I always try to find yellows or low reds. Snare, DoT, DoT, ( how ever many you have..currently I use all 4, drones of doom, creeping crud, immolate, and stinging swarm ) I then attempt to root, then I sit and med till root breaks or till I have to recast the DoT. If root is resisted too many times I just run it around and still sit and med. As a wood elf, I can also hide while I am sitting to stop adds. Immolate and root can be resisted a lot, don't waste a full bar trying to cast them.

Another very good tactic is to double kite. I found that I could solo two blues with about 4 blue bars of mana. At 42 (in the heartlands), I simply snare a bear, panther, etc then root, I then quad DoT him and start looking for another immediately. I do the same process to a second then begin waiting for dooming drones and immolate to wear off. I recast those as needed. If the mob has very low HP, I use stinging swarm or immolate.

Charisma is pretty vital to solo druid as well, stock up on some charisma gear also to help with immolation and root resist.

Approach your spell lineup with an open mind, I have found that my tried and true spell lineup from live isn't what works best for me in SoD. As previously stated, snare isn't too helpful in groups since mobs don't run. Unless you are all kiting or you're soloing you probably don't need snare memmed. Save yourself the spell slot. Root's usefulness is pretty much the same; mobs don't run, but sometimes you need to keep them in one spot. I personally find that I use invisibility far too much not to have it memmed, at least currently (mid 30's). Protip for all druids: Get innate camo, just get it. A.S.A.P. It will change your life, and if you use camo a lot then it will free up a vital spell slot.

Druids in general are very well balanced as opposed to their live counterparts. Their main heals are pretty much equivalent to cleric's, but druids lack the ability to crit their heals until they get the aa for it (and you should). Druid single heals lag a few levels behind cleric's, but their group heals are received at the same level. Group heals are actually very mana efficient, as long as at least two people are healed for the full amount you are actually SAVING mana. Avoid using them unless it looks like it's really needed, and definitely steer away from using them if you're the MH unless you have tons of mana to spare. They gobble up mana and the last thing you need to happen is your tank to die because you wanted to heal up all the casters that got hit with a harmless aoe and then ran out of mana.

At the same time, druid dps is also fairly respectable. It's about the same as it always was, nothing special if you aren't trying but you can turn a few heads if you work at it. tip: try casting your rain spell and then follow up with your main nuke. You can stack up some serious damage really fast like this, just be careful not to grab agro and keep in mind that rains spells ARE aoe. Still, resist rates in SoD are charisma based, and if you find you get a lot of resists you should probably consider healing more. If you're on damage duty and you notice mobs are a bit slow to die, don't hesitate to throw a DoT or two on. DoT dmg helps mitigate a mob's melee damage, the more DoT dmg you do the more mana you save your healer in the long run.

I know damage dealing is more fun, but heals don't get resisted, period. Work on getting a lot of charisma if you don't want to be a healbot. SoD is pretty open ended and balanced, with the addition of new spells and specializations druids are only as limited as they make themselves.

The key to playing your druid well is finding out what combination of spells works for different situations and how to use each spell properly at the right time. There is a lot of versatility in druid spells and there are only so many spells you can have memmed at once. Choose wisely. You should also try to keep pretty much all your specializations up. Most of them will come naturally, except divination. You really only need divination up at all for a certain quest, but it's optional. Otherwise a low level in it will suffice for your camo needs. ALL your other spell skills are important though, don't let any of them get too far behind.


Classes of Dalaya
Hybrid classes
Bard • Beastlord • Paladin • Ranger • Shadowknight
Melee classes
Monk • Rogue • Warrior
Priest classes
Cleric • Druid • Shaman
Caster classes
Enchanter • Magician • Necromancer • Wizard