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#1 Jul 26 2010 at 1:21 AM Rating: Decent
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I decided to roll a Shadowknight for tanking. I'm a noob to game and was wondering if anyone could tell me the basics I need to know.. Theres alot of spells and stuff on my action bar and I'm not sure how to distinguish whats a taunt and whats not xD so any help would be greatly appreciated..

If it matters I'm level 16 with 8 AA's
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#2 Jul 26 2010 at 5:42 AM Rating: Decent
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Examine all of your spells and read the descriptions. You are looking for spells that increase hate or threat. SKs are not hugely endowed with taunts, and at level 16 you probably haven't started all of your spell lines yet either. Taunts need boosting within your AAs as you earn them, if your prime concern is tanking.

The lines you have, or will have soon (according to ZAM list) are:
Insidious Whisper
Blasphemy
Innoruuk's Caress
Hateful Slam (requires shield?)
Grave Sacrament

... which will do you for now. There are some other new spell lines that come in after level 60 or so.

Watch out for the colour coding of the spells. Icons with blue backgrounds are AOE (area of effect) and will ensure that any creature within range will then try to chew your face off. Green backgrounds only affect the current mob (all the members targeted). SKs have quite a few AOE spells, so it's worth arranging your hot bars so you don't hit them by accident (as that's a very quick way to wipe a group - yes, I have the T shirt).

If memory serves, your taunts will be the icons that flash for the second stage of an Heroic Opportunity most of the time.
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#3 Aug 22 2010 at 10:29 PM Rating: Decent
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This may seem obvious, but if you are truly new to tanking, you may not know this yet. The more hit points, the better. This is served by getting +sta items, and of course, +hp items. Yes, you will usually have a healer, but a little cushion never hurts... :)

Also, you may want to look into a paladin. They are the good version of a shadowknight, and they get their own heals, which make soloing pretty easy...

Edited, Aug 23rd 2010 12:38am by aubsp
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#4 Aug 22 2010 at 11:50 PM Rating: Good
If you're new to tanking this may also come as a surprise to you but as a tank, your main job is not to dish out damage to the mob, it is to absorb damage from the mob.

As such, your focus will always be on keeping the mob from dealing out damage to the members of your group who are wearing tissue paper armor...
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#5 Aug 28 2010 at 8:01 AM Rating: Decent
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HubertKerfuffle wrote:

Hateful Slam (requires shield?)


From what I remembered, you don't need a shield. The ability's like EQ 1's racial slam. As a leveling ShadowKnight, from what I can remember, I always have 2h when I solo, for extra damage, and 1h + shield when I'm tanking.

I've seen some people tank with a 2h, but it doesn't work as well, actually nothing ever beats 1h + Shield. Practice body pulling. It will be your most common method of pulling, and as stated already just use your threat causing abilities as much as possible!

If it's a group, your AoE's will shine here and your threat shouldn't be much of an issue. Patience is the key to doing this.
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#6 Aug 28 2010 at 12:21 PM Rating: Good
Kupoback wrote:
HubertKerfuffle wrote:

Hateful Slam (requires shield?)


From what I remembered, you don't need a shield.


Correct. This ability changed with GU57, prior to that you did need to have a shield equipped to use it.

Pretty much everything has been said to get you started. Later levels you should have enough STA that you can focus more on STR (since that is what will increase your power pool).

Look for gear that says "+number ability mod" as this will increase your taunts, as well as your other attacks/abilities.

Mitigation and resists! If you plan on tanking heavy duty group or raid zones those will help just as much (if not more) than having a lot of hp, since this will help reduce the overall damage that you take.
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#7 Aug 30 2010 at 7:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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Always stay on top of your armor. Don't let it get rusty! Replace it every ten levels or so - a tank's armor is his life.

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#8 Aug 30 2010 at 1:56 PM Rating: Decent
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Samira wrote:
Always stay on top of your armor. Don't let it get rusty! Replace it every ten levels or so - a tank's armor is his life.



QFT. To add, keep your threat and heal abilities above par too. EG Hateful Slam. Try to aim for Adept for your self heals for sure, and threat if you plan to tank a lot.
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