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Unable to raise parrying beyond 83.5

Discussion in 'UO Warrior' started by Cala42, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. Cala42

    Cala42 Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I'm unable to raise my parrying skill higher than 83.5. All other skills like swordmanship, tactics, bushido etc. go up fine. Just parrying is stuck. I've tried all kinds of monsters but nothing seems to work. At that skill I should get skill ups from daemons?

    I fight with a 2h battle axe, but I've also tried with 1h scimitar without and with shield (I know that makes no sense with bushido, but tried it anyway to see if I get gains). I would expect to gain at least 0.1 because of GGS.

    The skill is set to raise and I have skill points left. I'm at a loss here. Is something broken or am I doing something wrong?

    One more thing to note: the skill went up nicely until the last patch 2 weeks or so ago. Then it stopped going up abruptly.

  2. Obsidian

    Obsidian Crazed Zealot
    Stratics Veteran Alumni Stratics Legend Campaign Supporter

    May 21, 2008
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    Parrying can be tricky. First thing, if you also have bushido on the character, remove it temporarily onto a soulstone.

    Next, grab yourself a bunch of npc (or basic gm crafted) shields and put on a garbage suit to get 70 physical resist. This part is key... get a weapon that you have 0 skill in. For example, if you are a swordsman, get a kryss. If you are a macer, get a katana. I do not know exactly why, but this is critical to allow the attacker to pass the hit check everytime and then it comes down to your parrying ability. Oh, and make sure the weapon skill matching your selected weapon is locked at 0. Also, grab about 500 bandages and put anatomy and healing on your character. You can buy these both to 40 in New Haven (if necessary). You can remove these skills after your training is done. Also, have your Dex set to raise as high as it will go as this will reduce the time it takes to apply each bandage.

    Ok, once ready to start, to the a sheep pen somewhere. There are two I use. Either go east from New Haven over my the archery area. Or two, go into one of the pens outside yew. You need about 8 sheep in the area.

    Then, while holding your shield and the weapon you have 0 skill, aggro on all of the sheep. DO NOT KILL THEM. Tab out and let them all whack you. You are already at 83 so it will take a few min for the sheep to raise their "wrestling" skills. Heal every hit. Eventually, they will get quite mean and start hitting you harder and more consistently. Keep healing. If you must run to heal, do so, and then let them all pile on you again.

    It takes about 3 hours of dedicated sheep time to go from 40-120. Just keep at it. There also seems to be some tricks about when to hold the weapon and when not. Always buy parry to 40. My recollection is that you hold the shield and no weapon from 40 until about 70. Then at 70 you add the weapon you have 0 skill in all the way to 120. And again, this is assuming you have 0 bushido.

    I used this method just a few days ago to get my parry mage from 95-100 parrying. It still works post Pub 71.

  3. Cala42

    Cala42 Guest

    Thanks a lot! I don't understand the game mechanics behind it but the sheep thing worked very well :)

  4. Lorax_Pacific

    Lorax_Pacific Lore Master
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    Sep 1, 2006
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    In addition to what Obsidian states...If you went necro first you could go into beast form and not need any bandages nor any armor just your underwear. Also, use a self repair shield.

  5. Kellgory

    Kellgory Certifiable
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    May 14, 2008
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    By using a weapon that you have 0 skill in you're not blocking their attack with your weapon and it then checks to see if you parried the attack...at least that's my theory and at this point right or wrong answers really doesn't matter as long as it sounds plausible.
  6. PlayerSkillFTW

    PlayerSkillFTW Slightly Crazed
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    May 12, 2008
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    Basically when it comes to Parry training, it doesn't matter what type of creature you're fighting, it basically comes down to how many you're fighting. Although, creatures with high DEX and low damage help. Basically what i did to train Parry up to GM or 120 on my chars, is i put a HP Regen suit with 70 Physical Resist on (Bloodwood Darkwood Set works wonders for this, since it has SR too), equipped a wep i had no skillpoints in (This is so the creature passes the Hit check, which is based upon the creatures Wrest, and the skill you have in your equipped weapon), then went into Moloch Form (Horrific Beast spell), and "aggroed" all the creatures in the Jhelom pens on me, and just sat there and let them attack me for an hour or two. One way to really skyrocket the gains, is to use a tamer to get a bunch of Gamans in the pen first and release them, then train Parry on them.