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Messing around with Bouras


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drakhgard

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Hi there,
I've got some more questions to ask, so I hope you could help me a bit around.

Talking about Bouras - They are easy to tame, they are tough and they deal a good amount of damage. I've tryed to clear Despise and it worked for me easily. I only had Problems with Ogre Lords so far (because I'm missing healing abilites at the moment but I'm about to improve that).

One of my characters is a beginner Tamer-Mage. He has 2 Lowland Bouras now + a Horse. Anyways, I'm about to improve things and will soon combine a High Plains Boura with a Lowland Boura - I've heard it's a pretty sweet combination.

So with those Bouras and a healing ability, what am I actually able to farm? Let's assume I have a nice mana pool, a 100% succes on "In Vas Mani" and of course a well-trained Veterinary Skill (like 60-70).

Additionally, I came up with the idea of taming those Bouras which need Taming Skill below 20. So I shall be able to tame those with my Human Crafter and use them as weapons for collecting tons of leather.

I'd like to hear your opinions as I have no real clue about the potential of those beasts.

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Boura are one of the more underrated pets in the game.

The lowland boura are great because you need 0 taming to control them, so you can transfer them to your elf or gargoyle with no worries. This gives them great tanking abilities with no extra skill investment.

With only 90 vet and 90 lore (or more, of course), you can also ressurect them when they pass on.

The advantage to this is that with a very small amount of training time, you can use them to tank some very serious monsters (I wouldn't use them in PvP, but that isn't the question)

When boura were new, I did some tests and found that I could do exactly the same things with a high/low boura combination as I could with a cu sidhe (but with a lot more difficulty), which means pretty much anything except peerless.

Their biggest disadvantage is that they have low resists, and thus require quite a bit of healing to get through the day (and no horse on the side for a high/low combo)

So until you have enough taming skill to tame nightmares, bake kitsune and rune beetles, the boura will certainly get you through some difficult hunts.
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hunt mud pies and stuff witht hem in the new shame. That will train them well and give you some money. May even pull some good jewelry

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i use them to tame baki's. They live long enough to let me tame baki's with out them aggro'ing on me.

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Been a while since I was posting this. Now I recently grabbed my Tamer and improved him further. I used to run around with 2 Lowland Bouras + Mount. After training them a bit and hitting like ~90 vet, I noticed that I could kill more than just Ogres and stuff, since they really hit for a good amount of damage and they do have nice amount of HP for "beginner pets".

As Tamer Mage I'm currently able to farm Miasma with just those 2 little Bouras. Ofc I'm having a good challenge, but most of the time it's quite "easy".

I came up with the idea of setting up a human Necromageweaver who's running around with 2 Ruddy Bouras (just need 17,1 Taming at all) and farming out stuff like a boss.

But I wonder if I should skill Vet while having Spellweaving (Gift of Life). This would force me to put down Necro and SS just for the aspect of being a Wraith.

My idea was:

-120 Magery
-120 EvalInt
-120 Meditation
-120 Spellweaving
-100 Spiritspeak
-80 Veterinary
-40 Necromancy


Once the character would have the crystalline ring and 720 skill cap he could head for:

-100 (+20) Magery
-120 EvalInt
-100 (+20) Focus
-120 Spellweaving
-120 Spiritspeak
-120 Veterinary
-40 Necromancy

Making him even better in healing his pet and improving his mana leech from Wraith Form.

Any other opinions about this?

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I love bouras myself and have several non-taming templates who run around with them. In fact, every one of my non-tamers that are upgraded to ML have two bouras in the stables. I'm referring to the lowland bouras. I prefer them to the high/low combo because of their pack instinct. You don't get that bonus with the high/low combo.

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This is some cool info. I had no clue you could use these things with non tamers.

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Being a wraith you can drop meditation down to 80 and still be fine, you could also drop SS to 80 and still be good. This would give you 80 points toward animal lore which would help you healing with bandies alot, and allow you to res them if they died without gift of life.

Also, even with crystalline no need for focus for MR purposes 120 focus= 60 med.

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I love bouras myself and have several non-taming templates who run around with them. In fact, every one of my non-tamers that are upgraded to ML have two bouras in the stables. I'm referring to the lowland bouras. I prefer them to the high/low combo because of their pack instinct. You don't get that bonus with the high/low combo.

Do they bond to you without taming and lore and follow your commands? I was thinking about getting 2 lowlands for my bard and my archer.
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Yes, they will bond with you with no taming. They are just liked horses, dogs, timber wolves, and other low level tamed creatures.

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Awesome, got the 2 for the bard tonight and will get some more for my other chars. Since my tamer is only 85 tame I think I might try the high/low combo with him for a bit. These things are pretty cool pets, I wonder why they aren't used more often by tamers and non tamers alike.

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Thanks for the further input so far - really helped me out making up a new character. With all the new hints I've gathered, I came up with the following:

-100 (+20) Magery
-120 EvalInt
-120 Spellweaving
-80 Spiritspeak
-80 Veterinary
-80 Meditation
-80 Animal Lore
-40 Necromancy

Which makes me a pretty good Mageweaver in Wraithform. I wonder which kind of challenges I could beat with it.


Talking about bards. I think they would do pretty well with a Bard. So i thought of:

-120 Musicanship
-120 Provocation
-120 Peacemaking
-120 Discordance
-80 Veterinary
-80 Animal Lore
-60 Magery

That would enable me to Mark and Recall with my bonded Bouras and let them beat up some enemies, while I provocate most of them. Maybe I could pick up some +Magery to cast Invis reliably.

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Awesome, got the 2 for the bard tonight and will get some more for my other chars. Since my tamer is only 85 tame I think I might try the high/low combo with him for a bit. These things are pretty cool pets, I wonder why they aren't used more often by tamers and non tamers alike.

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UO trends get pretty set in their ways. For instance when chivalry and necromancy were first introduced, I created a dark paladin character which combined both skills. I got so much flak from players who said it would never work due to karma issues, they never listened to me when I said it was more viable than one might expect. Of course these days, Chiv is typically a standard with the ever popular sampire, but back then I was a lunatic mad tinker.

For tamers, it's greater dragon or bust. Of course you get quirky players like myself who try all manner of different oddball templates (mongbat tamer anyone?). Who knows? Maybe our discussions here will lead to the next great template.

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Well I think the 2 lowlands are going to work great with my bard. Makes me laugh to think I have never considered pet help for anything but a tamer.

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So far the best high plain I have found is a 2.6...the hunt continues. The lowlands don't even have a spot on the pet calculator so I guess I just pick the one with the best hp.

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There's another question which came up to my mind while playing with Lowland + High Plains Combo:

- Right now, I'm an Elf Tamer who's about to become a Tamer/Weavermage.
- Once I got the Greater Dragon, I have no slot left for a mount. Also, the Highplains + Lowland Combo needs 5 slots.

Should I just don't care about the 20 mana bonus and race change to a Gargoyle?



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