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I am eager to switch Marek to a utilitarian ranger once he has all his stars, but I have been struggling since about two weeks ago when I try to get his last Golden Knight and Hydra star.
I was wondering if anyone who may be hunting for these stars and would take him along for the learnin'.
If not, it's all good - I'll keep plugging away at it. But I'd greatly appreciate it if it's at all possible for someone who knows what to do and is able to do it (e.g., I cannot do the barrel-hydra trick for the life of me and I've read countless time people saying they've done it for a star).
I gotta laugh here for a bit. I've been after a Lordly Cloak for a while to see how it would look on my Arisen, and got two of them (one DF'd in the Forsaken Cathedral.) Dark Bishop did me a grand favor this time around.
Emphasis works with magical-based spell damage. Some of the spells have a physical component which is affected by the caster's STR stat-- I am not sure if Impact has any influence on that portion of damage, but I suspect not. The spells that are definitely affected by the STR stat are Bolide, Glicel and probably Seism, but the latter spell has not been specifically tested that I know of.
Your best bet is to use Emphasis, which is an invisible add to knockdown... and maybe try experimenting with the Cursed King's Belt and two Barbed Nails, which is the best way to bring up a melee pawn's knockdown/stagger. I have never tried this out on a sorcerer, though, so I'd be very interested in hearing if your pawn's knockdown/stagger stats go up when equipped with these.