Turtle – Coralshell Lurker (54)
Overall Rank: 16/23 -Not Recommended
Damage reduction: 53.28%
Skills: Bite, Shell Shield
|Solo: (C+) SS is great for soloing elite mobs if you can get enough of a head start with agro to heal through it.
Instance: (C-) Would be a great emergency off tank if you could get him agro…
BG: (D) Helps when you need a tank for one of the AV bosses, but nothing beyond that
Arena:(D) Armor does nothing if he’s not being attacked.
I was prepared to place turtles right above Sporebats in my rankings, but they surprised me quite a bit. From an outside perspective Shell Shield seems incredibly weak. For increased survivability, it reduces damage dealt at a time when you most likely need agro on multiple mobs and is only usable every 2 minutes which seems too long. In practice, the 2 minutes is no problem. If you’re running into survivability issues more often than that you need to slow down and find a safer place. Additionally, the benefit of half damage is greater than you’d think at first as if you think of it, as it makes your healing incredibly effective for a short while, or it may keep him alive long enough for you to finish off one of the mobs allowing the turtle to swich targets and generate agro through your heals.Notice both of those really mean ‘good on a single target.’
On auto-cast, it will go off when the turtles HP hit 50%. For me that was great timing to let me know “heals now” if I wasn’t paying attention. FYI agro from SS is somewhere between 19-28.
Not much else to say about utility. No focus dump meant I had problems with agro as always. HP improvements seem more worthwhile than armor yet again. The only real use is when survivabilty is more important than agro and those instances are few and far between.
Animations were fine. It was odd to see a turtle acutally running beside me, but it was nowhere near as awkward as with crocolisks. Idle animations were cool. The attack sound didn’t seem to really fit a turtle, but I couldn’t really say was exactly was wrong with it (if anything). Maybe it’s used for something else in the game…