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Old November 1, 2016, 01:28   #1
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rod of curing ... why?

i don't get the various rod / staff of curing, and how they appear deeper than potions of CSW / CCW. Don't potions heal AND cure?
It's not just that, but there's quite a few items that seem to show up way too late to be useful ... dragon armors, for example; have the AOE but no resists, by the time that you can find them, you'll generally have a +2 str/con with 2-3 resists. same for the big weapons, scythe and BoC, even with the +2 attacks, they have the same damage of many arti weapons, but none of the added bonuses, be they resists, speed, +stat ..
lanterns of true sight tend to show up after the phial. many artifact weapons show up after others which are stronger in many ways .. obviously your mileage may vary, but i've generally used a -thanc dagger until long way down, and then swap it with something better when i hit DL 40/50 and the stat potions come rushing in, since the daggers are still some of the best DPS until then.
(is potion of speed now native to DL1 ?? sure this item is a bit OP at such low levels ...)
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Old November 1, 2016, 01:52   #2
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Junk. Throw away. Always.
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Old November 1, 2016, 01:58   #3
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Rods of Curing are hardly junk
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Old November 1, 2016, 02:19   #4
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Rods and Staves of Curing aren't that great, mostly because they're not reliable. If C*W potions were a lot more rare, then they'd be more useful. As for your other items:

* The lesser dragon armors can show up quite early, and their breath weapons are great for softening up targets. The higher-tier armors can still potentially be useful if they get a Dwarven or Elvenkind ego on them.

* SoS/BoC/MoD are potential Morgoth killers because of their high potential damage output. Absolutely not useless. If you're playing a melee class, then your weapon has 1 job, which is to do as much damage as possible. Everything else is just a bonus.

* Lanterns of True Sight are better than the Phial. pBlind is rare and the Phial does nothing especially important.

* The *thancs are kind of ridiculously good. They used to be 1d4 (+4, +6) and even that was quite useful for the early game (being a lightweight weapon with decent +damage and effectively 3d4 dice against most enemies). Their stats basically got doubled at some point and now they're entirely too powerful.

* Potions of Speed have always been native to dlvl1, but they're rare, so I've never really felt like they're unbalancing. They're borderline necessary for fighting Bullroarer on your first dungeon dive if you're unlucky enough to encounter him without a ranged weapon and a good stock of ?Phase. More generally they make it feasible to take on many of the early game uniques in melee the first time you see them, which is usually out of the question.
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honestly, i dont remember very well, but i thought potion of speed started generating around level 10. the thing is, they trivialize most low level uniques, such as the various orc captains, which all move at speed 10, and last long enough for the whole fight, doubling your damage output; add a potion of berserker rage and you are there.

the rods and .. staff, of curing, seem completely redundant to me. after maybe my 3rd trip down to the dungeon, i can afford to stash 4-5K gold for CCW, some scrolls of satisfy hunger, drop to DL1, and rest long enough to stock 20-30 potions, not to mention another roll at the Black Market inventory stash. I've found *healing*, healing, pots of speed, rods of detection (frees up 2 inventory slot, as generally you have traps / items / doors), banishment, even a pot of experience that i could afford.
maybe ironman gear, ok, but even then it's an inventory slot for something which has limited use .. sure it can cure stun, but you would *still* need to heal those hp.
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Old November 1, 2016, 04:14   #6
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I'm pretty sure rods of curing would be good if I could ever fit 1 in my pack. I mean it's something that takes a space that something else that I'm going to be dead with if I don't fill a space with....
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Old November 1, 2016, 04:17   #7
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the rods and .. staff, of curing, seem completely redundant to me. after maybe my 3rd trip down to the dungeon, i can afford to stash 4-5K gold for CCW...
Yeah, like I said, if potions weren't so easy to come by, then the rods/staves would have more potential use. As it stands, there's zero reason outside of unlucky ironman games for the player to use a failure-prone item that IIRC doesn't even restore HP. Not that it should restore HP, it's just strictly worse in effect and utility than potions, because its only benefit, being replenishable, isn't relevant.
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Old November 1, 2016, 04:30   #8
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honestly, i dont remember very well, but i thought potion of speed started generating around level 10. the thing is, they trivialize most low level uniques, such as the various orc captains, which all move at speed 10, and last long enough for the whole fight, doubling your damage output; add a potion of berserker rage and you are there.
The thing is a ?teleport & fight them later trivializes most low level uniques. !speed gives you the rush of taking them early, & it's a limited resource at that depth.
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Old November 1, 2016, 09:50   #9
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Useful!

For ironman rods of curing are useful. I always keep them for a while. They allow you to take more risk regarding e.g. confusion without depleting resources.
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Old November 1, 2016, 15:43   #10
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For ironman rods of curing are useful. I always keep them for a while. They allow you to take more risk regarding e.g. confusion without depleting resources.
+ 1 to that.
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