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30s. Gay. Star Trek lover.


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This is my go to when I play a cleric. Or my go to for Shadowheart. Makes the game so much easier.

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The Ray of Frost machinegunner.

Draconic bloodline sorcerer. Take a cold option. Get the Morning Frost staff in the Underdark and the Winters Clutches gloves from the lady in mountain pass who wants gith egg. After killing gith boss, there’s a necklace of elemental something or other in the room to the right. In Last Light there’s a room in the back on the bottom floor with a floorboard that has a snowburst ring hidden in it. Also get the super awesome Potent robes from the Bard tiefling by going to Moonrise and saving everyone. While you’re there, stop in the necromancers room for the coldbrim hat. Also have someone nearby with create water. Make sure to take haste.

Congrats. You’re now pumping out a minimum of an extra 10-15 damage per hit from ray of frost without them being wet and a huge attack roll bonus. The ray will also stack something called encrusted with frost which can outright freeze them solid and make them skip their turn and chilled as well which gives them cold vulnerability. Patches of frost will also immediately appear under them, forcing them to make a save or fall probe. Everytime you hit them they also have to make saves. Burn every spell slot for metamagic and twin/quicken to your hearts content. Hasten yourself and you’re harder to hit and blast more.

So much fun. I can write a better guide if people want. I’m on toilet and half asleep at moment.

Edit: I did write a better guide.

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Okay. So.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This build can work with a Durge build but requires extra steps. They will be listed.

Level 1: Draconic Sorcerer. Take whatever cold option you want but personally I’d recommend White as it gives you Armor of Agathys. You won’t be using many spell slots in the game so it’s worth having. This is sort of a given, but take the Ray of Frost cantrip as a Sorcerer option. You can choose whatever race you want but if you choose Ray of Frost through racial stuff this build will immediately fail as it requires the spell to be scaling off your Charisma and not another ability like Intelligence, which is what your spell will scale off of if you take it as a half-elf as an example.

Level 2+: Keep taking Sorcerer. Your metamagic options should be twinned and quickened. Other options are personal choice but Distant works well. When given the option for a Feat, take an ability score increase. Keep doing so until you have a 20 in Charisma. Hag Hair also works. You can take a Bard level very early on (Your second level) if you’re so inclined but it will mess with that ASI. I usually do for extra skill bonuses or performance stuff. I would also heavily recommend taking the Haste spell when you gain access to it. As a spellcaster, you should almost always be concentrating on a spell to begin with and nothing is better for this build than perpetual Haste concentration. Although you could also slap Haste on Gale and just have him hide in the corner, boosting you and protecting himself. A third option is to twin cast Haste (such an amazing option) and slap them on Frontline, have Gale cast Haste on you, and then proceed to fucking destroy everything in a three mile radius. Also would highly recommend taking Create Water on a separate caster to increase damage.

However this build does revolve specifically around effects and items. Here is a list of those effects and items.

DURGE WARNING: One of these items requires that Tiefling bard to be alive in the Second Act of the game. As you may or may not be aware, that bard will die if you’re playing Durge. To prevent her death you must sneak up behind her and knock her out. Make sure to use non-lethal damage. Magic will kill her so stick to physical attacks. Leave her there unconscious and then go meet Kagha. Once you meet Kagha, leave the grove and take a long rest. Normally at this point Alfira the Bard will drop by your camp but she’s knocked out so you get the secondary NPC, Quill Grootslang, who will come to your camp during that Long Rest instead. Guide here.

Status 1 | Wet: Affected entity is immune to burning, Wild Magic: Burning, resistant to fire damage and vulnerable to cold and lightning damage.

Item 1 | Morning Frost: Continue the game as you normally would until it is time to go to either the Mountain Pass or the Underdark. We will be going to both but choose the Underdark first. Once there make it your lifes mission to get the three pieces of Morning Frost and assemble it. The benefit of Morning Frost is that it adds 1 to all cold damage and it also has the chance to apply Chilled to the target. What’s Chilled you ask?

Status 2 | Chilled: Affected entity is Vulnerable to Cold damage and Resistant to Fire damage. Combining this with Wet will replace both conditions and make the target Frozen. (Sidenote but we’ll get to Frozen in a bit.)

Item 2 | Winter’s Clutches: Once you’ve got the staff, you can either continue to fuck up the Underdark or head off to the Mountain Pass and return later. In the Mountain Pass, well before the Creche, is an NPC named Lady Esther. Before you do anything else with her, go to her trading options and buy an item called Winter’s Clutches. They are a set of gloves. Their benefit is that whenever you do cold damage you apply 2 turns of Encrusted with Frost.

Status 3 | Encrusted with Frost: Affected entity has disadvantage on Dexterity saving throws. When there are 7+ turns of Encrusted with Frost applied to an enemy, they must make a DC12 Con Save. On a success they take 1d4 cold damage (effected by your items/abilities). On a failure they become Frozen. The item will say otherwise but the items text is wrong. Or was. Not sure if they fixed that.

Status 4 | Frozen: Affected entity is utterly enameled in ice and is Incapacitated. If it is dealt Bludgeoning, Thunder, or Force damage, the ice shatters, ending the condition. Gains Vulnerability to Bludgeoning, Damage Types Thunder, and Force damage. Gains Resistance to Fire damage. Gains immunity to Burning and Encrusted with Frost until no longer Frozen.

Item 3 | Necklace of Elemental Augmentation: Enter the Creche. Do what you want but once you get to the Inquisitor and vanquish him, the room to the right (if facing the same direction as when you entered) has said necklace. The benefit is that when one of your Cantrips deals Acid, Cold, Fire, Lightning, or Thunder damage, add your Spellcasting Modifier to the damage dealt. By now this should be a +4 or a +5.

Item 4 | Coldbrim Hat: Whenever you’re done with the Mountain Pass and the Underdark, head on to Act 2 through whatever method you prefer. Once in, head directly to Moonrise Towers and act as if you belong. If you follow that Half-Orc lady and talk to her, she’ll give you a key to Balthazar’s room. Take it and head in, close the door, and check one of the corpses for a heart on the floor. Grab it. Then walk up to the bookcase. There are multiple books that act as levers with most being trapped. Find the one talking about organs and pull it. When you do, a pedestal will open. Add the heart. Another room will open. Inside the chest in that room is the Coldbrim Hat. The benefit of the hat is that whenever you apply any condition to an enemy, they also now gain 2 turns of Encrusted with Frost. Because Encrusted of Frost itself is also a condition that is being added from your Clutches, you are now adding 4 turns of Encrusted with Frost on every successful attack.

Item 5 | Potent Robe: Upon getting the hat, head towards the Prison/Dungeon in the basement of Moonrise. Here there are a number of Tieflings that are held behind bars with some guards patrolling around. Whether through conversation or violence, make sure that you will not be seen and help the Dwarves. I would highly recommend either giving them a hammer or going to get the hammer they require. While you can just open the gate, they’ll head through the front door and things will be way more difficult. When they smash open the wall they’ll save the Tieflings and escape through a secret passage that leads to a boat. You can go with them if you like or just head to Last Light Inn yourself and meet them there. Inside the main chamber of the Inn is Alfira, the bard. She is reunited with someone close to her and celebrating. Talk to her and she will give you the Potent Robe, the best set of robes any Charisma Caster can ask for. Why? The benefit of the Potent Robe is all of your cantrips now do damage equal to your Charisma modifier and at the start of every turn you will gain temp HP equivalent to your Charisma modifier.

But there’s still one more thing to grab.

Item 6 | Snowburst Ring: On the ground floor of the Inn, in the back right (provided you’re facing the direction when you came into the building) is a single room with a Tiefling child in it. Upon passing a perception check you will spot some floorboards that are loose. When you remove them you find the ring. The benefit of the ring is that whenever you apply any cold damage, a patch of ice 4.5m/15ft will appear under the enemy and they must make an immediate dexterity saving throw or fall prone.

At this point your Ray of Frost should be getting +15 to all damage thanks to your subclass and various items, provided your Charisma is 20. When the enemy becomes chilled from your staff (or wet from other stuff) they take double damage for a minimum of 32 points of damage with a maximum of 70. You’re also getting a pretty decent bonus to your attack rolls so the vast majority are going to hit anyway. Even more so If someone has Faerie Fire. Then you have the Encrusted with Frost that has a low save which means most people are succeeding and then taking even more cold damage which somethings will affect. Because that cold damage is coming from you, it also means other things can apply and because of your hat, anytime something applies so does Encrusted with Frost. You just keep stacking up psychotic amounts of cold damage. Now that’s from a single fucking cantrip that outperforms most spells but you’re a sorcerer. You can fire three of those, minimum, per turn. Add in haste? 5 attacks per turn.

Congratulations. You’re now terrifying. Have fun!

Stamets,
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Well I’m doing another run with this build atm so I’ll add it in. Thanks for the tips!

Stamets,
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I was asked. I deliver.

Stamets,
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Completely agree buddy. I can’t wait to test this out.

Stamets,
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Ima be real here but if someone didn’t watch the Game Awards then they’re probably not going to watch a video about the game awards. Especially when everything in it could be made text with zero loss of information.

Stamets,
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I so want to play honor mode with someone… Anyone wanna kill time on PC or PS5 sometime? I’ll play my cleric/sorc OC <3

Trust me. He’s useful.

Stamets,
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Bethesda doesn’t fix their bugs at all and makes them worse. Larian is actively working with the community and releasing major patches to fix major bugs.

Your complaint has no validity.

Stamets,
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It’s 100% accurate, that’s the insane thing. The fact it all happens so fucking casually too blows my damn mind. I might be misremembering it a bit but it really did feel like Gramps casually was like “Oh yeah by the way, here’s a remote control so you can control the bomb in your chest. Kill yourself and fix everything.”

Stamets,
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You say that like Gale actively planned to try and kill Mystra. He was trying to give her back a piece of something that he thought was part of her. Meanwhile she was such a fool she couldn’t see that this mortal was pining to do something for her. Instead of saying it was dangerous she just kept saying “Nah babe, I don’t need anything, I’m good.”

So I’m not sure saying “Here. Kill yourself.” REMOTELY fits the ‘crime’ of making a mistake in trying to display admiration for your aloof idiot girlfriend who is supposedly a God but too blind to see what is right in front of her.

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Hell yeah! Voted for all the BG3 stuff but the “Playstatiom Game of the Year?” also voted for RE4 hoping it would win and sure enough, it did!

God I love those two games so much

Stamets, (edited )
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So the boomer mindset but about video games. Great.

This take is so exhausting. Especially when they act like this is a universal issue. It isn’t. Not everyone shares the same opinion.

This is the exact same bullshit as “Kids music these days is garbage” or “TV isn’t as good as it used to be” but about video games.

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There was another video post to this community last night at around the same time (although was later deleted) saying “Why aren’t games fun anymore?”

This entire thing feels shallow as hell and just one angry dude who’s pissed about things not being like they used to be so he’s whining about it to other people who are angry.

There is literally nothing objective about this. It’s all using heavy skewed data to try and prove its point. He has absolutely no clue what he’s talking about. He’s just angry and saying things that he thinks are intelligent to try and back up his point.

Only thing I’ve discovered from this post is another “analyzer” to avoid at all possible costs.

Stamets,
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It’s just people being weird and conservative and nostalgic. “Game that doesn’t make me feel like a child” = “modern game”.

Old. They’re being old. This is EXACTLY the same energy as a boomer saying “Music these days don’t get it” or “No one pays attention to this anymore” or “Nothing’s as good as it used to be”.

The take hyper focuses on negativity and would rather whine and complain about everything bad NOW, while nostalgia is living in their head rent free, because things are passing them by.

A friend of mine started saying BG3 was garbage recently. When I asked why he couldn’t adequately get out a reason. They were all weird and dismissive. We ended up in a heated discussion because I felt he wasn’t being fair at all to the game. Turns out I was right. He eventually ended up saying “Listen I just think the game fucking sucks because there is too much in it. I don’t have the time for all this. I miss when games were good and didn’t sprawl on forever, forcing you to get confused and lost.” When I pointed out that his complaint was based entirely in what he likes and not what’s good, he changed subject.

Nine times out of ten these “IT’S NOT GOOD ANYMORE” are based purely in nostalgia that ignores everything negative because they’re not looking to criticize. They’re looking to vent their frustrations but don’t know how to do it in a healthy or fair manner.

Stamets,
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Happy with the bloatware that games have become

You’re openly saying you didn’t play older games. You don’t get to say what something has become when you’re not familiar with the originating form. Games ALWAYS had “bloatware”. Console and PC. They were always designed to be padded and stretched out.

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I loved MK11 and still have it on my PS5, years later. That rarely happens. But I hate the multiplayer. Primarily because I suck. The single player I can at least try and can say “input reading” when I get my ass kicked. But online? Just ends up being disrespectful douchebags. Kick my ass, fine, but do you have to be so fuckin toxic about it?

Knowing there’s a huge drop in single player content just simply means I’m not getting the game. At least not without a drastic sale. Considering Liu Kang is now a God (FUCK him, the aggravating little twat) I was already kinda meh on it. Knowing that I’d be shoved towards the ‘community’? Love you Ed Boone but you can fuck off now.

Stamets,
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 (PS5): I am gonna be getting the DLC when I can and I needed to check out the new update they dropped a couple months ago. The new perks are insane and the game has never felt so alive, clean and breathing. Love it and I already had a few hundred hours into it previously.
  • Elden Ring (PS5): Always looking for co-op players. Seriously. I need more people to play with. Shoot me a message. I love the game but I can’t say I’m good at it despite like… 600 hours. I mean I can hold my own but I’m not awesome or anything. Doesn’t help that I am running a spellcaster build.

Also reinstalled a couple base builders and RTS games like Planet Coaster, Evil Genius 2, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, etc.

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Well I can get through most bosses. I just end up running screaming from most of them lol

Stamets,
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I’ve been a die hard fan of both Bond and Hitman for a very long time. This game has had my attention since its announcement. I platinumed Hitman 3 in like 2 weeks. Look forward to doing the same as Bond.

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I kinda left Wyll hanging in such a bad way. I was playing a Sorcerer and there was a scene with Gale where he was teaching me how to do some spell. I chose all the Sorcerer options and he went from the ribbing about me being a sorcerer to a very gentle/light ribbing and I just fucking fell in love with him and started to romance him then and there.

Like two nights later, if not the next night, Wyll came up and was like “Dance with me!” and I did for a bit and then he said “Bone?” and I said I was with Gale.

The fucking puppy dog eyes that man made as he slunk off… holy fuck. I have never felt so guilty in my life over pixels.

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