The other night one of the people I raid with was talking about how he was working on his Completionst Alt. But he was unsure as to how to level as a Pally. I find this topic intriguing as I am working on Samyus and I have found him to be fairly easy to level so far.
Other then a hand full of runs Samyus has been leveled solo. I used him to catch Tobril up with the group around level 6-7, some Shadow crypt runs, a last stand with Fopo and then a elite run through the eyes of stone chain for Tobril. The rest has been solo, elite streak btw.
Any way lets jump in to gear; +6 Con/Str/Dex items Cannith crafted btw, +5 mithral full plate and tower shield, hold over GS rapier (Ex3 damage, damage, AC) and a GS light pick (Ax3 ..ie haste clicky), Ring of Bad Ass aka Slayer, a Bloody Hooked Blade from the Cauldron of Sora Katra and a trinket he “stole” from Samius Nat Armor +3/Dog +1. There are some other bits and pieces of gear but nothing earth shattering.
He is a Human (travel marks) Fighter Stalwart Defender 2. Defender stance is like cheating btw. You get a ton of damage/Hp/Ac/Hate for -10% speed, yes please.
In combat I have two “modes” Ac which is GS rapier and the Ac trinket, At 12 that is about 57 AC. Not horrible… But thinking about it I need to find a +5 prot item… And I have body feeding “mode” where mainly all I do is swap weapons in to the Bloody Hooked Blade. Normally this means a boss fight or when I feel like I am being hit a little more then I would like.
How this ends up playing is really great. Gather a few guys cleave/great cleave cut off heads or earth grab something, stun one trip another and repeat. If I am taking damage swap to the hook blade and go go body feeder action. Incoming melee damage is rarely more then 15 points at a time so the only worry is from magic spells. Which Ship buffs and pro pots handle nicely for everything else there are Night Shield scrolls (75% via umd) and an upgraded Pale Lavender Ioun Stone. He is still a fighter so a he can use the magical help.
Guess I just want people to know that everyone can be somewhat self sufficient. And that it is not even that costly. I know a year ago if some asked me how to level a melee just to TR I would have said splash 2 to 3 monk or rogue levels. Now? Go defender if you can it is like cheating.