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Stop pickin at it!

Discussion in 'UHall' started by Prince Caspian, May 28, 2008.

  1. I have a sub-250 skill character with 99.5 lockpicking. By the GGS tables, I should raise every 6 hours.... but it seems I only raise once each game day.

    Also, even with GM chests, I've never gotten a bump out of picking player-made chests. I spent an hour repetitively locking and picking a GM chest set, and not a gain. I pop over to Trinsic Brigand Camp, and get a bump the very first chest I try. Go fig.
  2. TheScoundrelRico

    TheScoundrelRico Stratics Legend
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    Aug 12, 2001
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    With RoT, you'd get a gain every 15 minutes at that level...la
  3. What is ROT? I see it mentioned often but I remain clueless (more so)
  4. TheScoundrelRico

    TheScoundrelRico Stratics Legend
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    Rate over Time. It's the gain system Siege uses...la
  5. I don't play Siege. I'll stay in my Trammie house and eat my milk and cookies thank you. (wearing my water wings)
  6. silent

    silent Lore Master
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    May 12, 2008
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    If you happen to get discorded by something in a certain place you should be able to get that last .5 pretty easily.
  7. Rico... did Jeebus build your hotrod?
  8. HeathBar

    HeathBar Guest

    On the old forum there was a nice guide on how to get the last few gains.

    Basically, go to the area where the Swoop and Dread Horn are.

    1. Attack a satyr and wait until you get disco'd.
    2. Invis or run out and back in quickly.
    3. Start picking.
    4. Stay close to satyr and wait for gains.

    I don't remember if you should use a GM box or 70ish one though. Maybe someone else can chime in here.
  9. packrat

    packrat Guest

    I did the last .5 at the yew cript chest. It went pretty quick. there are 3 spots that I hit and when I would get done with round one the other was almost ready to spawn again.
    When I did it, you could only get to 80ish with tinker made chest and no further. You had to hit the higher level chest.
    I have a runebook set with all the chest and different levels. The key is different levels. You have to hit the hardest chest to get the last .5. Those were (yew cripts, north cripts and the chest in the destard (dragons) the ones in the side room worked well.
  10. TheScoundrelRico

    TheScoundrelRico Stratics Legend
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  11. Tazar

    Tazar Guest

    There was info on the old professional forum that said that it was impossible to gain from player made chests once you pass (I think) 95 skill. After that, you have to go to the dungeons or other npc chests.
  12. packrat

    packrat Guest

    Here you go. I did your homework for you lol

    0 - 30: Train at NPC Thief or Tinker.
    Either use a lockpicking house or create your own boxes. It is best to fill a backpack with 20 boxes each and put all keys for that bag on a Keyring. You will need approximately 100 boxes of each type to ensure enough targets. If you don't gain on one box, you need to gain on another before returning to that one.

    30 - 50: Pick locked boxes made by 50 skill Tinkerer.
    50 - 70: Pick locked boxes made by 70 skill Tinkerer.
    70 - 95: Pick locked boxes made by 100 skill Tinkerer.
    After 95 skill there are 2 different ways to reach Grandmaster.

    Method 1: Pick level 4 treasure chests in dungeons or do level 4 Treasure Maps.
    Method 2: Go to Twisted Weald and bring a Satyr over near the entrance/exit teleporter. Attack the Satyr and wait until you under the effect of its Discordance. When your skills drop jump into the sparkle teleporter and start picking boxes. When your skills return to normal repeat the process. You should reach Grandmaster in a couple hours.
    Addendum After being discorded, go out the sparkle and come right back in. The Satyr will no longer target you, but as long as you stay close to him you will stay discorded forever. Be careful as sometimes the pixies will remain aggressive towards you. Just keep going in and out of the sparkle until you are discorded and but nothing is aggressive towards you.
  13. Tina Small

    Tina Small Stratics Legend
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    May 12, 2008
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    Note: This post has been edited to add headings, the level 4 dungeon chest information, and to correct the Fel Vesper bank reference.

    PC, I think you stop gaining off GM-tinker crafted locked boxes at about 92 lockpicking. (95 just doesn't sound right, but perhaps it is.) After that you have to either go to Twisted Weald and do the discord thing or pick a bunch of Level 4 spawning chests. Trying to endlessly pick Level 5 or 6 chests doesn't work, although trying to pick slightly easier chests you have no hope of opening when your skill level is lower seems to give gains. Go figure.

    Stratics has a nice guide to dungeon chests at http://uo.stratics.com/thb/info/dungeon/dungeonguide.shtml . It even explains the difference between "static" and "spawning" chests.

    Some of my favorite places to find Level 4 spawning chests are the south Trinsic bank in Fel, the chest area on the east side of Destard, the ogre lord island in lower level Despise, and the chests on the south end of the Yew crypts in Trammel. (See http://uo.stratics.com/thb/info/dungeon/yewcrypts.shtml for a nice map of the Yew crypts. Also, I previously said Vesper bank but meant Trinsic. I found a note that said if the doors there are locked, try standing back about 4 tiles and use telekinesis spell on the doors.) Or attack a pile of level 4 chests that you've been stashing for a rainy day. :D

    Level 4-6 Paragon Chests

    The following paragons in Ilshenar drop Level 4 chests: Cyclops, Juka Mages, Liches, Meer Mages, Ophidian Avengers, Ophidian Knights-Errant, and Terathan Avengers.

    These Ilshenar paragons drop Level 5 chests: Demons, Dragons, Efreets, Elder Gazers, Lich Lords, Sand Vortices, Serpentine Dragons, and Terathan Matriarchs.

    And these Ilshenar paragons drop Level 6 chests: Ancient Wyrms, Balrons, Betrayers, Blood Elementals, Ethereal Warriors, Meer Eternals, Poison Elementals, Rotting Corpses, Skeletal Dragons, Succubi, and Titans.

    I'm not sure what the levels are for some of the other newer monsters that drop chests (e.g., dark wisps), but I'm pretty sure they give at least Level 5 if not Level 6 chests.

    Level 4 Dungeon Chest Locations

    This is a list derived from the above-mentioned dungeon lockpicking guide on Stratics.

    Covetous Dungeon - Water Ele room on Level 2. The boxes and barrels room on Level 3. The rotting corpse room on Level 4. East side of level 4 near staircase by the dragons and drakes.

    Deceit Dungeon - Lich Lord room on Level 4.

    Demon Temple - Room behind the steps and one outside it to the west.

    Despise Dungeon - Ogre Lord island. Acid elemental spawn area.

    Destard Dungeon - Throughout the big room on Level 1. Level 1 east side chest area. Level 2 close to the entrance. Level 3 ancient wyrm area.

    Fire Dungeon - Level 2 near red NPC mages.

    Hythloth Dungeon - Gargoyle and Demon room on Level 2. Five different rooms scattered around Level 3. Three rooms on Level 4.

    Ice Dungeon - Arctic Ogre Lord spawn area close to ratmen and entrance. Both Arctic Ogre Lord spawn areas past the bridge. White Wyrm spawn area. At both the top of the stairs and at the bottom of the steps where the Ice fiends spawn.

    Shame Dungeon - Level 3 poison elemental spawn area by the lake and building with the red mages. Some of the islands on Level 4.

    Terathan Keep - Balron room on Level 2 and near the descending ladder (I think this is close to where the nightmare spawns).

    Wind Dungeon - Dragon/drake spawn area.
  14. when you hit 99.5 you need to do Dungeon chests, check in the Library at THB tower for locations [rune book on the table in the corner]

    Under GGS you will get a gain or two every day, so in five days or less be GM
  15. Might want to give a run at the chests that drop off the Dark wisps in glow

    Just a thought
  16. Millie

    Millie Guest

    I gained all the way to GM off the chest in the 3rd room of vesper bank. It takes alittle longer but it is safer than doing dungons.
  17. uoBuoY

    uoBuoY Guest

    I almost posted an identical thread yesterday!!!
    I have 2 chars with under 333 total skill points:
    A Tamer at 109.3 (329.3 total)
    A Bard at 110.8 Disco and 116.0 Peace (326.8 total)

    All 2 skills should gain every 10.3 hours according to the GGS table.
    I have been logging in twice every day on these two chars approximately every 12 hours.

    Strange...I always get all 3 GGSs in the evening hrs but only 1 out of 4-5 of the A.M. attempts.
  18. galefan2004

    galefan2004 Guest

    Go get discorded in Blighted Grove and keep picking the same GM player made chest over and over...you burn picks like crazy but you get from 95.0 to 100.0 in around 3 hours.