I've always thought Privateers were overpowered. In fact, I have a page dedicated to them HERE. However, I wanted to (a) see for myself if they were as overpowered as I'd claimed, and (b) get some actual experience playing one. I started my Privateer secretly...
Keeping QuietIn Pirate101, it isn't too hard to solo most battles. In fact, playing with friends can slow you down a lot, not because they've incapable, but because the number of enemies increases with them, and more enemies usually equals more time spent. Ship quests, however, are a different story. Assuming you don't buy and fully equip a ship every chance you get (who has the gold for that?), you usually need assistance. Thankfully, Autumn Dreamwalker's nautical experience parties were of some assistance, but you also gain less experience when you're leveling your nautical level above your character level, so I still had some difficulty later on.
There were some pretty great moments while questing. I met up with a number of interesting people, and had a variety of questing partners. One I'll not soon forget, shown above, is a battle in which we filled the space up entirely. Not necessarily on purpose. In fact, I'd normally have one person join and the others wait a round to save enemies, but sure enough, this one filled up.
When requesting help, I'd have to leave out my class... and discreetly send out True Friend Codes for those willing to assist. So many people were happy to help, that I'm surprised things didn't slip any sooner. Many were aware for quite some time, including Duncan Stormthief, who works very closely with Alric.
Now, of course, keeping the secret was all in fun! But it was work, too. People'd occasionally catch me and drop a hint. Kelsey Fireheart even saw me and posted a picture, asking if it were my pirate!
Speed Questing BeginsI was about level 28 and well into Cool Ranch when I first heard of Captain Swing's gear (see it HERE). I had to have it. However, you could only farm Swing during Bonnie Anne's last promotion quest, and this Privateer was the closest I was to level 57. And so, I began spending an increased amount of time in-game over the past week to quest as quickly as possible to hit 57.
It was a wild ride - I finished Cool Ranch and did Mooshu (15 levels) in two days. Marleybone took longer than expected, but after defeating Rooke, I finally hit 57, and used my points to level Bonnie up and do her promotion quest up to the point of Captain Swing.
Since then, I've been actively farming him in-game for an entire gear set or two, but particularly his hat. Naturally, that'd be the toughest piece to obtain. I'm now on Run #86, having received two outfits, three sets of boots, and five sets of slicers, but no hats. I'll be patiently fighting until I receive at least one.
Are Privateers Overpowered?To be honest, playing a Privateer has been... interesting. Fun would probably be a little bit extreme of a word. Hehe...
I will say that it's been interesting to obtain companions I've never had before, and try out various talent combinations and whatnot. I even redeemed my Handsome Dan from my Admiral's Bundle on him.
After playing through level 58 and completing Marleybone, I have to say that Privateers are not as overpowered as I'd imagined. In fact, it takes a painfully long time to defeat enemies in combat when you've got to do them one at a time, with only one AoE, and the rest not scaled to do damage appropriate for your level. Whereas on a Musketeer, any turn you're NOT hitting multiple enemies is a waste.
There's one thing that sets them apart, though. Espirit de Corps and Battle Zeal. You see, agility, strength, will, damage, and all of those other stats are entirely irrelevant if your accuracy or dodge can't match your enemy's. And so, in PvP particularly, you can essentially make your companions invincible to all but select Musketeer companions and the enemy pirate. When melee units and having a show-down, though, and a Riposte war occurs, if you can win, that can be a devastating blow. And with these buffs, there's no question that Privateers win.
A Conclusion?Truthfully, I can't say I've decided yet how well I enjoy Privateers, but it's been very interesting to play one, and I now certainly have some experience with the class. For now, I'll not be doing Aquila, however, I'll be busy farming Captain Swing with a Privateer friend of mine...
It wasn't until I requested some assistance with Armada ships in Marleybone that my cover was blown. When Alric figured out, it was a pretty great moment on Twitter. Talk of my "double life" followed, and I'm fairly certain that we were all entertained. I will definitely have to point you to some tweets you may be interested in. Click on the number to view them: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
It's been... dare I say it? Fun! Thanks for reading and see you in the Spiral!