The Artificer

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  1. Fisher of Men

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    Presented for your approval, a never before described (I believe) PvM class for ultima online. The Artificer is a provoker, but he does not merely provoke the monsters available in a given location, he uses mining, and gargoyle pickaxes, to summon earthen minions.

    As a template, an Artificer can be as simple as three skills: Music, Provocation, and Mining. For this guide, I will be discussing an Artificer that is also a mage with the following 6 skills: Music, Provocation, Mining, Magery, Eval Int, and Meditation. The 7th skill is up to you, wrestling/anatomy or resisting spells would provide much needed defense. Personally, I like to live dangerously, and chose Discordance as my 7th skill. (It really helps soften up the tough monsters you will be fighting with this build.) Just keep magic reflect or reactive armor up and stay on your toes. Or, you could even forget magery altogether and go with a melee build.

    Notable Ore Elementals

    Shadow Iron Elemental.
    Immune to magic
    Immune to all poisons but deadly
    90% Physical damage reduction from provoked targets*
    Dispels Summons
    Barding Difficulty 61

    Copper Elemental
    Reflect Magic
    Dispels Summons
    Barding Difficulty 62

    Marble and Valorite Elementals
    Reflect Magic
    90% Physical damage reduction from provoked targets*
    Dispels Summons
    Barding Difficulty 63
    Strong Melee Attack ~ 25 points of damage

    *Sometimes a monster can re-aggro a target (for example a shadow iron elemental) outside of provocation mechanics, if you go out of range, or provoke the same monster onto multiple targets, due to the elemental damaging the monster. When this happens, the 90% damage reduction no longer applies.

    The shadow iron elementals do little damage, but are respectable tanks. The copper elementals are poor tanks, but they do alright versus weaker casting enemies, such as evil mages. Finally, the marble and valorite elementals are the cream of the crop. They reflect every spell thrown at them, and they are virtually immune to physical damage. In testing, one marble elemental can solo one for sure, and nearly two Balrons with no outside assistance. With just myself using discordance and casting flame strikes, one marble elemental is typically good for about four Balron kills.

    If you like to use blade spirits or energy vortex, all of the elementals have a handy auto dispel feature. Just position your summon so that the monster, and your elemental are between you and it, with the monster's backside closest to the spot where you summon. When the monster dies, and the BS/EV targets your elemental, he will dispel it away for you.

    There are some areas of the game where mining is not available, its true. But at least you dont have to GM Animal Taming. And bond. And train. And bonding quest. (Not hating on Tamers...just that all that business is too much for me.) One advantage Tamers maintain over an Artificer is that the AI they work with guards them...while the AI an Artificer works with is generally trying to kill the Artificer. An advantage the Artificer has over traditional provokers is the low barding difficulty of ore elementals. It is much easier to provoke a Balron onto an ore elemental than a 2nd Balron.

    Speaking of GMing skills, if you're lucky enough to already have a miner, like this one, for example, then raising mining on a provoker can be very easy. Just setup a macro to smelt ore one ingot at a time. I like to use dull copper ore from 65 all the way to 85 skill. Then you can start using golden ore, agapite, verite, and finally some valorite. An easy macro looks something like this with some pauses thrown in to make it work smoother:

    Restock Agent (2 of the smallest ore types)
    Absolute Target
    Double Click (iron ore)
    Wait for Target
    Target by type forge

    Finally to add spirit or flavor to the Artificer as a class, I like to incorporate as much outside help as money can buy. I'm talking potions, wands, even firehorns. Also consider earth shattering instruments; something like a super slayer for this build.

    Thanks for reading!
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    I actually just finished creating this build. It seems to be pretty great. The only downside is that you really need to heal yourself a lot, since your pets will try to kill you :).

    Still, I pulled up 1 valorite & 2 marble elementals and went to town on Balrons. I got through 10 or 12 of them and my elementals were still around 50% life.

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    That's awesome @Blendax . Should be relatively easy to provo them onto balrons too rather than balron on balron right? Especially if you have an elemental instrument.

    And here I thought I stumbled across all the old interesting threads already...
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    Yeah, I stumbled across this and had to give it a shot.

    You're absolutely right, it was stupid essy to provo the elementals onto the balrons. I did it with only a GM instrument, and only failed once!
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    The bad news is that anything with deadly poison will demolish even marble elementals. I tried this against the ancient wyrm... and I had to run out of there.

    Shadow wyrms were slightly more manageable.
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    I imagine ancient liches might be a good go. Wonder how marble ele would do against pod
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    I was wondering both of those things too. Really, val and marble eles should be able to handle most of the bosses.

    I should stop extolling the virtues, so I don't have competition, but I also like the fact that when I'm done I can either kill them or just recall away. Much nicer to just smash a recall macro than to worry about pets when a PK shows up.
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    I'm just going to leave this right here.
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    +1 for hype on this thread! The Artificer is the type of out-of-box build I love to see. :D
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