There is some lick involved with hits, and things, but I have passed third for someone else when they insisted it was not possible with their char. But not having seen you (or remembering if you showed me), I don’t know if t here are any flaws with your technique. Dai is right about the # of swings ratio: you should only open yourself to attack to only one at a time and only when you are going to counterattack or attack first. I realize as you get stronger you might not practice this in the field, but if you can perfect only facing one at a time most of the time and placing the creatures where you want them in the field in any area you will have an easier time ding it in the test.Sonny_Bill wrote:Could just be a placebo. However, I believe I read that the wooden shield definitely does decrease atkus and balance recovery. Not sure about steel armour?Osito wrote:Armor solely decreases movement speed, therefore it can be a huge help for tests because it increases damage mitigation significantly. Even wearing armor you should be able to dance around and fight only 1-2 critters at a time. Armor becomes even more useful the more histia/higgrus one trains. The more health, the more armor does for you.Sonny_Bill wrote:
I tried... nobody volunteered to help (viewtopic.php?f=5&t=10100). The offer is still open if anybody's keen though.
If somebody's on I do, otherwise it I just give it a go for practice. FWIW I actually go better without armour most times. I suspect that armour decreases some important stats?
I don't think my clicking skills are in question (you're welcome to try passing the test with my character next week if you're confident it's my skills at fault). A number of people who have watched me and coached me (who I won't get involved in this) can confirm that I'm capable of doing the test pretty well flawlessly. I usually get to the stage where I've taken no damage from the vermine and bersek and am controlling the rage with strings 1-on-1, however he hits harder and has more health than me. Eventually I'll be better than him 1-on-1 so he'll fall.
My point here is that some days you get really bad luck! This week all 4 enemies went right at me in the bottom left corner and surrounded me. I did well to shake them, isolate the rats and then have a few shots at the berserk. However, I'd already last half my health by this stage. This is why I think 3 chances could help. Sometimes you really do just get dealt rotten luck with the test so don't get a fair go at passing.
The two offers remain open though:
1) If it is my skills/tactics, I'm happy for you to show me how it's done.
2) If anybody wants to help me out... the moonstone network and PM function are both there. Give me a buzz and we can arrange a time for some power ranking.
If you’re clicking only once a week, if you haven't already, practice facing one at a time in a solo run to an area with multiple creatures to warm up before you test so you can get you timing and movements down, and not go into the test cold.
If you are running out of health before it does and don’t whiff, then take care of your Achilles heel of Histia, and you might pass faster. But if you are whiffing more than 30% then I would say hit up Evus to increase Histia and atkus & darkus while you’re at it and reap the ~25% bonus.
As others have said, the test doesn’t really give you access to much, it is just a goal without a big reward at the end (when you pass a circle test you should get a bonus rank or 2 IMO). It is a measure of not only ranks but skill, so as long as you have the skill, then the ranks will come. When I passed the 3rd circle test for someone, I did it pretty easily, so skill at positioning yourself and the creatures you fight has very much to do with combat effectiveness, but there is always the roll of the dice, and I have been “robbed” during tests with multiple whiffs like everyone. There really doesn't need to be a reform of the tests: they have been static for al long as I remember. once a week makes sense. If anything, maybe they could include 1 retest immediately after a failure so you at least get 1 do over, but I don’t think they will simply because it forces you to approach each test more focused.