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Bard/Tamer : what would be a good template ?

Discussion in 'UO Tamer' started by popps, May 29, 2009.

  1. popps

    popps Always Present
    Stratics Veteran Stratics Legend

    Feb 27, 2004
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    Mainly for Peerless and Doom.

    Any advice ?

    Particularly, since Taming takes up 3 of the 6 possible skills, and magery takes up another, basically, since musicianship is a must have for barding, a Tamer can only pick either Discord, Peacemake or Provoke.

    Question is, for a tamer, not being able to pick more than one, which of these 3 (Discord, Peacemake or Provoke) is better and for what high end monsters ?

    Or just scrap the Bard/Tamer althougether and go for a Spellweaver/Tamer ??

  2. Auladan

    Auladan Guest

    This will be my first post on the Stratics forums; I'm a newly-returned player to UO, having never gotten very far, but now that I'm back I've wound up building what I call a "War Shepherd".

    The template is:

    Animal Taming (110)
    Animal Lore (110)
    Veterinary (100)
    Herding (90)
    Magery (100)
    Musicianship (110)
    Provocation (110)

    *Note: I'm not GM yet on any of my skills, so the caps are subject to change.

    Now I don't know how this, the War Shepherd, will fare in places like Doom (as I've never been to such dungeons), but so far it's been a blast. The general theme is that I can herd an army of creatures behind me to sling in to battle on my behalf, beside the might of my diligently trained pet, with Provocation.
  3. Aibal

    Aibal Slightly Crazed
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    May 14, 2008
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    Disco tamer is probably the most practical/useful. I switch between bard/tamer and mage/tamer, as needed. I roll with

    120 Taming
    120 Lore
    120 Vet
    120 Magery
    120 Music
    120 Disco

    You could take a few points from tame/lore/vet if you need them, you really can control anything with 110 taming/lore, but I want the extra stall spaces. I also have peace and spellweaving on stones to make the templates more versatile. When I'm rolling as a mage/tamer I replace the music/disco with eval/med.
  4. This is the template I'm currently using (not quite fully trained) for my bard/tamer:

    Taming 90 (110)
    Lore 105 (110)
    Vet 100 (100)
    Music 110
    Peace 120
    Disco 110 (120)
    Magery 85 (95)

    I use a +15 taming/+10 disco ring and a +10 magery bracelet, alongside the Birds of Britannia Talisman, to bring the skills up to the paranthesed skills.

    That gives me nearly the best bard skills, both defensive and offensive, alongside the ability to control with 99% Greater Dragons and below, as well as decent healing (magical and veterinary) and the ability to cast Invisibility without fail.

    Had I the money for it, I might try soulstone hijinks to trade peacemaking and discord around, but I don't, so I won't.
  5. Wenchkin

    Wenchkin Babbling Loonie
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    May 16, 2008
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    I've got a very similar template to Kazumi's, just using real skill for the taming skills and with provo instead of peace. I wear +10 music arms and provo jewels if necessary.

    If I need the boost to magery eg for resurrecting folks in a group I'll take out a magery item or two, or just use scrolls, but I find 85 does me pretty well.

  6. That tells me I'm doing something RIGHT for once... Thanks, Wenchkin! :D