submitted by lifebane on Aug 2nd, 2007
Tags: dark rebuke, necro trick, soul blight, soul trap, undead
Greetings my macabre brother and sister necromancers of Telon. It has come to my attention that not all necros are conniving enough to think of how best to use their evil little necro abilities and the most unique trick in the Necromancer's arsenal escapes them. What am I babbling about this time you say? Well read on and learn.
Necromancers can mez undead... quite useful for those undead infested regions of Telon to be certain. Sadly though, it is utterly useless against the living. A shame that we can not kill everything then if they rise again mez them!! Oh wait, what about turn them into undead while they still live and then mez them! skip that whole middle kill them first step.
Well friends, now you too can do just this very trick by sending me 3 monthly payments of $ 29.99 and I will umm... oops. Guess I shouldn't try to sell you something you already have huh.
My twisted sense of morality forbids me from charging for this so I suppose I'll dispense with what many necros consider common knowledge, yet others have never how do you say it.. connected the dots?!
Starting at level 26 (upgrades at 34 and 44) necromancers obtain an ability called Soul Blight. This ability does the following:
"Debuffs enemy spiritual resistance by 200 for a brief time and causes the target to become an undead creature, which in turn makes them susceptible to any abilities that effect the undead."
Now let's re-read that last part one more time:
"...causes the target to become an undead creature, which in turn makes them susceptible to any abilities that effect the undead."
Hrmmm... wait a Second, at level 18 and then later at 40 we get a spell called Soul Trap which states the following:
"A mez type spell for undead that prevents the target from moving, casting or attacking. Any damage done to the target after it is mez'd will break the effects of the spell. Only one target may be Trapped at once."
Let's focus once more on that first sentence there:
"A mez type spell for undead that prevents the target from moving,"
Great Scott! Holy Flux Capacitor! Does this mean what I think it does? Why yes it does! You CAN mez any creature under the effect of Soul Blight via your Soul Trap ability, yes I know, it's the revelation all over again.
So there ya have it folks. How to pretend you are a mez master even when not on undead mobs. Keep in mind though that not all mobs can be mez'd.
Okay I bet that sounded fun right? But wait! There's more!!
Let's see now, if that Soul Blight ability will turn things into undead... is there anything we can abuse then with this? Oh yes.. indeed there is. Let's take a quick look at Dark Rebuke , an ability we get at level 18 (upgrades at 26, 34, 42, and 50). This ability states the following:
"Spiritual energy attack which damages your target.
NOTE: This spell causes additional damage to undead."
Woah.. what was that line again?
"NOTE: This spell causes additional damage to undead."
So what you are saying is that I toss up Soul Blight and then I can mez things AND nuke them harder with my insta-cast Dark Rebuke DD? OMG OMG! It's the revelation part two! Remember kids, Soul Blight is your friend.
Toss in the added benefit that paladins and clerics have some anti undead abilities and you can make for a nice group DPS boost by simply tossing on one debuff even if you do not intend to mez the target. Do make sure you let those arrogant holy roly types know that they weren't recently blessed with divine power and are kicking butt more because of it... let them know they owe it all to your dark evil conniving mojo! Seriously though, let them know what you are doing and train them to look for the buff, it can help quite a bit.
Oh yes, did I bother to mention that this debuff lowering the targets spiritual resistance would enhance your own spiritual based attacks? hrmm...
Enough rambling for one post. Think long on what I have said and intoxicate yourself in the glory that is necroness! err.. yeah.. I need some caffeine.
To see a thread about this neat class feature, CLICK HERE
PLEASE NOTE: There are certain problems / bugs currently with this ability. You can search for them in the Bug-O-Matic and find some in the recent top 10 Necro Issues that were sent to the devs for follow up.