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Character Build: The Obsidian Sentinel

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  • Member
    January 31, 2014

    Strange, I'll see if I can test it out on the PC when I get time on my hands.. I'll keep you posted :)

  • January 31, 2014


    Sure, its been a while since I tested potions with secondary effects and I know I was sure at the time that the secondary effect (frost weakness) did factor into how the game read the potion stacking. I'll re-test at some point maybe...

    You would definitely want to run a slightly gimped (interesting) build to enjoy so much health regen. Its been pointed out that I run sword n board for most of my builds but I think with a caster or maybe a two handed character I'd enjoy pushing at health regen a little more.

    As a rule you don't notice health regen much when it's anything below 100% (double), but then it seems to surge massively when you have anything at or over 150% on master difficulty. I do really like health regen, it's good for those kamikaze moments...

  • Member
    February 1, 2014

    Alright after setting aside a bit of time I was able to tested it. In order to stack you just need 2 different types of potion with different effect description (ie. different magnitude or an additional effect, it doesn't matter which).

    Using only generic potions the max you'll get is 90%, stacking anymore will diminish the effect due to the multiplicative %. [Max stack 2: Initial (Elixir), 1st stack (Philter), 2nd stack, (Elixir)]

    Using custom potions made with Alchemy at 100 and with the entire tree perked, you're potions will peak at 149% (game rounds it up to 150% during calculations) anymore will diminish the effect due to the multiplicative %. With additional alchemy gear, you should be able to stack more and your effects be even stronger. [Max stack 8: ...]

    In regards to destruction, using both generic and custom potion I was veritably unable to replicate the stacking potion stacking principle. I also had a volunteer test it on her PS3 for me and likewise she was unable to replicate it using the following above.

  • February 2, 2014

    I'm thinking of starting this build tomorrow.  Been playing as a Sorcerer which, although I do love, is at level 37 and now has 2 synergized silver swords and the twin souls perk, and is becoming a bit easy.   I also really miss beheadings, which I see the Sentinel has.  One question though, why no Impact perk?  I assume because it's kind of cheap and repetitive, but I usually take it when I take dual cast in destruction, and I'm thinking with 100% stunted magicka it might be nicely balanced since you wouldn't be able to spam it all that much right?  Just wondering if there was a roleplay reason or something.  Anyway, really enjoying your builds so far, that Kingslayer looks interesting as well...

  • Member
    February 3, 2014

    I love the look of this build, but I am wondering about the armor.

    Am I understanding right that the enchanted armor you have listed is store bought? So you'll have to wander around towns, waiting for inventories to refresh to find the right pieces, correct? So any enchanting you do is just done without perks to give you little boosts till you find the listed pieces?

    Also, about using alchemy to boost the atronach stone, can you only do that once? Meaning you should get alchemy leveled and perked before you use the stone?

  • Member
    February 3, 2014
    All the enchanted armour is shop bought, just save, kill the owner and reload til you get the pieces you want. You obviously need to be level 38 to get all the pieces though.
    No you can swap the stone for another, then drink your potions then get the Atronach stone again.
  • February 3, 2014

    Yeah, if you plan to put that list of equipment together you're going to have to spend a few hours shopping. Definitely learn how to quickly cycle merchants stock by giving them a quick slap between loads...

    You can tamper with the atronach stone as many times as you like, just remember to re-set it with another stone first (it's not good when you drink several decent resto potions and then find out you already had the stone selected).

  • February 3, 2014

    When magical enemies are stunned (through impact) they can't replensh your magicka, it actually works against you. The character doesn't have the means to spam magic for long and dual casting those impact spells drain him pretty quick if he's not being constantly replenished by casters or diseases....

  • Member
    February 3, 2014

    Thanks for the clarification! My new sentinel is lvl 9 now, with a perk or two in all of the above listed trees, but now I'm going to concentrate on getting smithing up and get into that sweet robot armor. :D

  • February 4, 2014
    Thanks Mason, makes perfect sense. I wasn't thinking like a person with stunted magicka. I'm level 7 I think and haven't gotten the atronach stone yet, I hit Embershard Mine for some iron and went to Arcadia's as well, leveling up my smithing and alchemy a bit, but I think it's now time to go get that stone before I hit Bleak Falls Barrow. As someone who has never leveled alchemy before, I was psyched when I found a steel helm of alchemy in the mine--clearly this character was destined to become a sentinel. This playthrough will definitely be a new and unique experience for me, with both alchemy and the advanced atronach stone, I only wish I had tried it sooner.