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Setless Level Locked - A goal of Accomplishments
« on: May 15, 2023, 04:29:18 am »
Challenge runs! People love doing them. Contact completionists and badge hunters are two of the most common challenge characters. I've been having a tough time staying interested trying to clean out all my flash back arcs on my title character, Zinnias. So. I've done the only sane thing someone would do in this scenario. Devise a new challenge run

Allow me to introduce Setless Level Locked. A character challenge type revolving around getting accomplishment badges while being unable to slot anything with a Set Bonus and being unable to progress in levels at certain thresholds until goals are met. A mixture of badge hunter, contact completionist, and masochist difficulty run.

The base rules are simple
  • You cannot slot ANYTHING with a set bonus in its effects. No Performance Shifters! Going Rogue Pre-Order enhancements don't count (No set bonuses)
  • Your character level max is determined by level locks. If you have not cleared everything to the 14th level lock, you are unable to level past 14 as an example.
  • Unlocking a level lock requires obtaining the listed badges. Most of them are accomplishment badges from taskforces, trials and contact arcs.
Optional rules include
  • No Influence Gifts
  • Zone Locking (Must obtain all exploration badges in zone before it's 'open')
  • No Email or Prestige powers
  • Must Clear Incarnate trials Setless before you can use Sets

Some badges are acquired as soon as possible if they have a level range going all the way to 50. All locks are intended to be in place at the top of the level for the content required to unlock it.

So what do the level locks look like? I have prepared the Blueside level locks I have been using that I will now show in Spoilers. It's a long list.
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Why do all this? I wanted badges. I wanted to do it on a fresh character. Not using sets is simply to challenge myself. I might get to making a villain list when I progress a bit more into this.

Zinnias of Amber's current progress (5/26/2023)
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« Last Edit: May 27, 2023, 01:56:16 am by ElBee »
Issue 5 has been released! You can find the patch notes here:
https://forum.cityofheroesrebirth.com/index.php/topic,3564.msg4818.html

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Re: Setless Level Locked - A goal of Accomplishments
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2023, 03:14:01 am »
Should probably post on my progress.
All the way to 25 has been unlocked. My experiences thus far:
  • Endurance is a big issue if you can never slot the recovery uniques (Performance shifter, etc)
  • Inf can be made a number of ways and is best invested into generic IOs
  • Staff Fighting's Form of the Soul has been very helpful thus far
  • Ghost Slaying Axe is pulling far more weight than expected on non-undead thanks to Bruising
  • Inspirations has made big pulls and elite bosses possible solo, even without all the extra defense IOs.
  • I've gotten the First Aid Kit twice from safe guard missions so far. Having 15 charges of a small green inspiration on tap has been very handy in the early game.

I've had two issues arise during this run so far. Cavern of Transcendence caps at level 15, but the contacts won't give you missions if you're level 15 as they cap at 14. Additionally you can't access the arcs via Flashback at level 15. You have to be 16. I added the requirement to finish the contacts at 14 because the only way around this is an Alt putting you on Talshak the Mystic's arc via flashback to unlock it for your SLL character. Which I did alone and had to deal with 2x Trolls and Bosses. I was able to but it was really close a lot of the time!

I forgot to get the exploration badge in Skyway Safeguard. Necessitating raising an alt to get the safeguard to get the badge.

The challenge continues.
Issue 5 has been released! You can find the patch notes here:
https://forum.cityofheroesrebirth.com/index.php/topic,3564.msg4818.html