Hello. I wanna share some tips about polearm tanking. I spent more time on polearm than on shield so i have a lot of experience about this specific play style. You will be able to tank all physical dungeons and raids in Age of Conan. Check guide and Enjoy!
1 : Good AoE agro, more fun than s&s, good also sometimes better agro than other tanks, more dps.
2 : Polearm tanking is possible only on physical bosses. Never try it on magical bosses - not useful and low survivability. You must know physical bosses uses miscellaneous ways of fight. So, some bosses hiting by thier hands, claws etc… and some casting physical attack on agro holder. And here is very important thing - Polearm tanking is very usefull and survability is very good (sometimes more than good!) On bosses which hiting by thier hands, claws etc… like I said before because you are able to dodge attack often.
Main Build : https://goo.gl/kiSoRR
Second Main Build with some Evade : https://goo.gl/hQrK11
Full Evade Build : https://goo.gl/KNuyWn - with this build I solo tanking last boss in Sepulcher of the Wyrm.
- Elusive Nature + Decisive Strikes - Guard criticals are very high so more chance in crit is important.
- Empovered Vitality + Rear Guard
- Stall of Advance
If fight is starting.
Iritate + Cry of Havoc + Intimidating Shout
Disarming Agression + Hateful Strikes + Cunning Deflection/Stal of Advance(If you wanna agro lock)
1: Storm Strike(High agro generating combo and high damage, use always on start if you can)
2: Flashing Arc VIII
3: Flashing Arc VII [Important! FA 7/8 = two arrow combos. These combinations mainly hold and growth agro]
4: Reckoning - Use always if available.
5: Guard V. Counterstrike + Armor Buff
- And here is your main rotation. Guard V can be used before as to situation or tank decision.
- Remember! Don’t miss any white hit, arrow hit. It’s damage so if you put in air arrows you generating less agro.
Ability - Lightning Reflexes
Very helpful ability if you wanna evade some attacks. Only usefull if you are agroholder. It’s 35% evade, not high but if you have 5 points in Expanded Sidesteps and with active Reflexes you will double tap right/left you have 45% evade! Also! If you double tap back you have aditional 25% evade = 70% chance to evade + active maneuvr you have +5% evade so finally you have 75%.
During fight you can sometimes double tap left/right to get more survivability by chance to evade.
Combos from s&s. You must know you can use combos from shield to generate more agro and make more damage on target.
Guard Destroyer: -15% Slashing etc.
Counterstrike IV: You are abto to counterstrike every melee attack to target/boss.
So! On start you can make some agro on polearm then you swap to s&s to use Guard Destroyer and Counterstrike IV then back to polearm and put Guard V - You must remember to first use s&s combos before use Guard V because if you swap to s&s with Guard V buff you will lose bonus armor! You don’t wanna that. You are kepping damage on boss by Storm Strike, Flashing Arc 7/8, you are using Guard Destroyer, Counterstrike then swap to polearm and use Guard V. Sometimes if you see 1/2 second to refresh Storm Strike you can use fast nice combination Disable and always use all of your skills.
- Expanded Sidesteps, Empovered Flashing Arc, Improved Guard Destroyer, Vitality, Veteran, Warmaster.
At the end.
If you are tanking with other tank you don’t need swap to shield because you will lose some agro and your fast polearm rotation will be broken for few seconds. Also if you wanna generate more agro you should use Stall of Advance/Cunning Deflection with Hateful Strikes( only if you are agro holder - counterstrike damage from SoA/Deflection generating hate). Remember to sometimes swap between Provoke and Defense tactic depends on situation. If you wanna lose some agro and get more armour you swap to Defense tactic also you have more survivability.
Some helpful tips to be good newbie tank, Health, Gear
- 14-16k HP.
- 55%+ mitigation
- T1 set + T1 polearm is enough to have good agro then gear up with head, chest, legs - Fearless Souls. All small pieces of set should have +hate or maybe some dps.
- On my first guardian I had 26% hate normally so i was agro beast on my polearm. Now i have 22% and it’s very good % of hate. If you are not geared you will have 16+17% hate but… good agro is starting up 19%.
Guardian! Equip your old polearm and show your power!
(Very sorry for my bad english)