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1st Rune Beetle, a keeper or not?

Discussion in 'UO Tamer' started by startle, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. startle

    startle Siege... Where the fun begins.
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    Just tamed my first rune beetle (that I thought would be pretty good), but after checking the Pet Power Calculator - I'm wondering if it's as good as I thought....

    Ok, here's some pics and my thinking going into taming it. I've read some threads here regarding Rune Beetles and what to look for in a good one to tame, including this one:

    http://vboards.stratics.com/uo-tamer/117890-keeper-rune-beetles.html

    Here's the pre-tamed shot that I have:

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    Now, here's the post tamed (zero training) shots:

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    According to the Pet Power Calculator this guy is only a 2.6 !

    So, when you look at what he has - what are his major drawbacks - that would only rate him a 2.6?

    He's got good Poisoning and EI, his resistances don't seem that bad for me (pre-trained).... His Strength and Dex seem decent... I just don't understand what is the big MINUS here that would have him rank a lowly 2.6??

    But then, I'm not all that "well read" when it comes to all things pet related, having "inherited" a tamer after years of playing other roles.

    I will certainly appreciate any input you'd like to share... :eek:
     
  2. Farsight

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    This beetle has absurdly low dexterity, cold resist and energy resist.

    This means that it's slower and isn't a good match against cold-based creatures.

    But the very high poisoining and eval-int means that the bug could be good for intense bursts of damage.

    Overall, it's a pretty good beetle (despite the low score), as long as you don't plan on using it as the tank.
     
  3. startle

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    Thanks Farsight.... I've read so many of your posts/threads over the past few months, that I really respect your input.

    And yes, now that I look at other threads that show 170 Dex on beetles, I guess this one is a bit "short" in that respect. I could get his low resists built up, but can't do anything about his dex.

    I intend to pair my runey's with bakes, so have some latitude there (this beetle not being the tank)... But I'm thinking I'll go back out and try to find a better one - while this one is sitting his week out at the stables.

    One thread that got my attention was this one:
    http://vboards.stratics.com/uo-tamer/117890-keeper-rune-beetles.html

    You had some very good advice in that thread, but the one post that I kept looking at and wondering about was this one from Sarphus:

    What do YOU think about his "general" advice regarding what to look for?
     
  4. jbfortune

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    Hi, afraid if you mean his Elemental resists rather than Magic Resist, they won't train up either. Stuck with what they are I'm afraid.

    When I look for a pet, I always check resists first. For example, with CU's I total them up, if they go over 300, I check into the pet further.

    I'd rather better resists than higher HP. Of course, both is nice!
     
  5. startle

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    Very good advice and it makes sense... I'll start using that 300 total in the future... Thx to all of you for your kind help.

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  6. jbfortune

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    That's only for CU's but the same kinda thing applies with any pet. Find out what a decent amount of resists total up to and it makes searching through them a lot easier. At first I used a calculator, but now I've done it so much I can just kinda tell!
     
  7. Wenchkin

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    A very basic but easy way to remember resists...

    Say a pet has 20/50/60/90/40
    I tend to remember that as 25694. Though I also carry a notebook on my tamer with the maximum stats and resists so I can show that on screen as I lore pets. It does burn into your brain after a while though. BTW, if you start mumbling stats in your sleep - it's time for a taming break ;)

    Wenchy
     
  8. startle

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    OMG, now that is simply elegant ! I've been playing this game for 13yrs now and I can't believe I've never thought of carrying a book for info. That's just brilliant, Wenchy.

    Had to chuckle on that one... I DO have a RL, believe it or not, but just this morning as I was laying in bed thinking about what I needed to do today (RL stuff), I found myself thinking about the snow white CU I had in the stable waiting to bond.... And now that I'm thinking about that, I finally saw someone (char in UO) yesturday with something in her profile. It said: "And they say heroin is addicting."
    :thumbsup: