Thanks for the response!! Now I'm thinking Assassin may not be for me, hah.
What class in your opinion would fit the following criteria;
- Easy Soloing
- Does not require 100 abilities pressed correctly to be decent dps
- Benefits very well with the 5pp upgrading gear / abilities
- Allows me to afk safely while juggleing another videogame
Actually, that's an assassin, haha.
It really is a lot easier to solo in the game now. When I said it was hard for me, I'm talking about how it was about 3-4 years ago. Gear has been upgraded so much now that it's almost stupid-easy in some places. In fact, I'm leveling a second assassin (cause they're just too fun) on another server and I'm having a MUCH easier time than I did the first time around.
Also, scouts get the Sneak ability, which means you can pretty much be invisible to almost everything. Unless it's the kind of mob that sees through sneak, or is waaaaaay too high for you.
Mercs - are they needed? Do they hinder my experience, do they require me to gear them up, and where do I get them? Also whichever class you inform me to grab - which Merc would best suit me?
There's so much I don't know about this game.
Mercs are not needed, but they are nice to help you in a bind every now and then. Most of my characters have used a merc at some point, but I don't use mine all the time. It's nice to have them for tougher fights, or to go duo a zone that you have trouble soloing, but it's not really necessary to find a group for. My assassin is currently using a DPS caster merc, instead of a healer. I figure we can burn down stuff so fast that we won't need to be healed.
Should I be trying to grandmaster my level 5 abilities if I'll be replacing them with level 10 abilities eventually?
I don't think you get the opportunity to GM anything until level 14. And from there it's every few levels... every 5 or 6, can't remember right now. In game, hit your L button and scroll down the first tab there and you'll be able to see the levels that you're able to GM a spell or ability.
What level should I worry about mounts? I really need a guild lol.
You can technically have a mount at level 1 if you have the money for it, or you buy a Collector's Edition of an expansion that comes with a mount. Otherwise, if you go through all the newbie quests, you'll get a free mount, which will be almost as good as the stuff you can get later. All ground mounts give a run speed of %130. Later mounts will also give you a few buffs that are active as long as you are mounted.
I'll probably be on tonight, most likely on Enica, my assassin. Sometimes I'm on Nadenu. Also, Cyliena is on a lot, in some form or other, as well as Dyadem, his character is Gaftep. We chat in the Asylum channel, so just /join asylum when you log in.