Shadow survivability

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Hi guys,


I hope this isn't covered elsewhere on the site. I am currently level 92 and I am having a hard time surviving encounters with more than 2 regular mobs or when facing some of the tougher quest mobs and rare elites. Currently I can only use shadow when I am only facing one or two mobs at a time. Otherwise I use disc.


How can I use shadow on these tougher encounters?



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If you don't use it, I would recommend using Psychic Horror on the second mob or to fear the boss. Using as many orbs as you can will allow you to keep it pinned for a max of 6 secs, and during this time you can cast at it and it will not break the fear. Other than that, hotkey your shield and use it on cd, and don't be afraid to use Desperate Prayer (if you chose this tier 1 talent).

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  1. Bring a guildie with you who can hold aggro. I know this won't always be an option, but it's the single best thing you can do to improve your survivability.
  2. Do your damnedest to only pull one mob at a time.
  3. Bring a bodyguard (i.e. a follower assigned to your barracks). If you don't have a follower tank, bring one with nice AoEs to help when you pull a second mob.
  4. Power Word: Shield yourself pre-pull, and renew it on cooldown.
  5. Pile your DoTs on the secondary target. (I usually replace mind spike in my rotation with applying DoTs on non-primary targets.)
  6. Carry Healing Tonics to help you last a little bit longer - they're like lock cookies, but better.
  7. Use crowd control (I like Void Tendrils) to help you keep distance from melee.
  8. Have dispersion ready for when things go sour.

And, ultimately, understand that you're just a little bit squishier than most. I couldn't solo Direfang Alphas until I was 650 or so.

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