TSW: Kaidan at last!

When I first started getting excited about playing The Secret World back in the summer last year the blogosphere was full of posts about the Tokyo zone of Kaidan. Issue 9 had finally dropped and the secrets of Tokyo, hinted at for much of the main story arc, were suddenly within reach.

Neon vistas

Neon vistas

This post is a bit out of sync in terms of my journey in the game as over the course of the two sessions we’ve played this week we first did the short but very interesting Venetian Agenda mission series. The intro to Tokyo and our first run around the zone was too impressive to pass up writing on though.

Neon vistas

Is that symbol familiar, perhaps?

 

As always we’re playing as a tank/healer/dps trio. This gives us a gentler introduction to the aegis system than I guess a solo player would have. Mobs now have damage shields of a specific type and we have to use attuned items of the right type to burn those shields down. You can equip one of the three ‘controllers’ per hand and that links the damage type to your main or off-hand weapon. That alone caused a “stop and think” moment. My current tanking build has four sword abilities and one hammer damage ability – I may want to rebalance my damage abilities between my two weapons to make better use of the off-hand controller slot.

An important training video!

An important training video!

I can imagine the first few sessions in Tokyo playing solo would be pretty brutal unless your character was stacked with very good purple gear. We had a mix of some mission-reward purples and QL 10 greens and blues, but as a trio it seems ok so far to cope with the new mechanics and the increased difficulty. We’re not sure yet whether to all develop all three controller types, or whether it would be more sensible to specialise on two or even one of the three in a coordinated fashion so we can cover all eventualities between us.

A change of scenery

A change of scenery

I’m really looking forward to exploring the storyline in this new zone, we might even manage to catchup with the current content before long!

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4 Responses to TSW: Kaidan at last!

  1. Sylow says:

    “I may want to rebalance my damage abilities between my two weapons to make better use of the off-hand controller slot.”

    It for sure is what i did when fighting multi-shielded enemies in Kaidan when i started there. Now that my Aegis skills are far up and my swap speed is very low, it often is more efficient to use the same aegis type on both weapons so i can use both consumers and just swap Aegis type when one shield is gone.

    “I can imagine the first few sessions in Tokyo playing solo would be pretty brutal unless your character was stacked with very good purple gear.”

    They were. Although gear is only a small factor, the more brutal part is that a number of commonly used survival mechanics and builds are extremely weak against it, so setups had to be changed a lot or created anew to get the necessary survivability.

    Gear on the other hand mostly just reduced killing speed, so i didn’t consider it that important. Sure, my main character in all 10.4 or better can kill stuff much faster in Kaidan than my alt, who never entered a dungeon yet and thus has a mix of QL10 green along with the purples you get from the issues. But both are able to fight and survive there.The difference rather is “enjoyable” than “doable”, but in a group fights should not become too slow.

    Also as a positive sidenote, as far as i remember, there is no mission which can’t be done in group in Kaidan. Some are adviseable to be done solo since doing an infiltration mission in group is harder than in solo (the more people there, the more likely somebody triggers a trap) and since one infiltration mission sometimes has (or had, no idea if it was fixed) some bugs when group members die there repeatedly, but everything can be accessed in group.

    “We’re not sure yet whether to all develop all three controller types, or whether it would be more sensible to specialise on two or even one of the three in a coordinated fashion so we can cover all eventualities between us.”

    My advise: bring one controler, no matter which one, to 1.9 quickly. The highest controler you have determines which capacitors you can use, and those can boost Aegis damage a lot. Once that is done, you can progress any way you like, i personally think it’s then a good idea to level up all other controlers (shield included, once you have them) at about the same pace. (Depending on personal preferences, some weighting could be done, but talking about that would be spoilering, and it actually matters so little, that i’d rather not do that. )

    So, welcome to Kaidan. 🙂

  2. Sylow says:

    PS: If you have not done so yet, i advise to do the missions from the tank several times. (Tower defense is the first one, the other one i just can’t remember the name. ) You can pick additional controlers as reward, to have your full set of six controlers.

  3. As mentioned above, AE capacitors are what determines most of your AEGIS power. The level of capacitor you can equip is determined by your highest controller, so focus on upgrading one controller first. And yeah, the missions from Kurt at the tank will get you more controllers.

    Some people like to adjust their build to fit AEGIS. Myself I just used my regular build and swapped both controllers when necessary, and that worked fine. I would recommend investing heavily in the skill line that reduces the global cooldown on AEGIS swaps.

    Having just wrapped up Tokyo myself, I’m a bit mixed on it. I liked it a lot more than Egypt, but not quite as much as Solomon Island or Transylvania. I do think playing through it piecemeal while new content trickled out hurt my enjoyment, so you’ve got the advantage of being able to play it all at once.

    If you haven’t already, make sure to get the Last Pagan sidestories pack. Ricky Pagan is up there with Nassir, Said, and Montag for all-time greatest TSW characters. Nothing beats battling the Filth with the awesome power of ROCK.

  4. Sylow says:

    Cruel, so cruel… mentioning Ricky Pagan and then i should not spoiler! So cruuuuel!!!!

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