OMFG! Ikaros kicks “A-double-S” !!!!!
This is a direct copy and paste of a thread I started two years ago. It dawned on me today it would be better to post this in the guide section. Hope you find this as helpful as I did.
If you’re like I am (or was, until today) and thought Ikaros only came in handy as an eye spy in the sky, think again. Earlier today, I discovered he is so much more than I realised once he’s capped in “Eyes of Ikaros”.
Currently, I’m grinding my level 59 toon. As I was riding through the countryside, I aggro’d a pack of wolves that managed to knock me off my horse. Now that he’s leveI 3 with “Eyes of Ikaros”, I was vaguely aware Ikaros would help me if I was attacked by more than one mob and target one of them (I thought it would distract the mob, at best). However, as he was swooping into the fight I noticed how it didn’t take him much effort to kill the mob.
“OK. Ikaros is slightly OP? Really?” I thought.
So, I decided to test him out at the fortress I was heading for. This fortress also had a cultist I needed to kill. I summoned the hawk and targeted the cultist and selected “harass”. Ikaros swooped in and a few seconds later 1/4 of the cultist’s health was eaten. Rinsed and repeated. In the end, he 5 shotted the cultist! No cooldowns once he’s done, you can select him again straight away, target the mob again and BAM!!
I had no idea he was THAT OP. Chances are, many of you reading this are/were like me and had no idea how useful that bird is. He’s come in handy when I want to weed out a particularly dense area of mobs. He can’t die. Causes no aggro from the other mobs nearby. Best of all, you get no aggro. If a mob isn’t getting attacked by him, they’re oblivious and don’t run to help. You can clear half a dozen mobs in no time. Plus, some mobs only need 2 or 3 attacks to kill.
Anyway, thought I’d share this for the noobs like me who don’t know everything about the game yet. Since I’ve only noticed this since he’s capped in “Eyes of Ikaros”, I can’t rightly say how useful he is at levels 1 & 2. Still. I’d test it anyway. “Harass” is a very misleading command. “ATTACK” is the apt command.
One further point worth mentioning is Ikaros is far more effective than any animal you can tame. Why? Ikaros can not die. Most tamed animals I’ve used often dies quite easily. Ikaros has no cooldowns after “harassing” a mob. This means you can rinse and repeat his attacks in quick succession. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can clear a fortress, no mob is safe. Yes, the higher ranking mobs take more attacks. However, it’s not a ton. Anyway, you can clear the trash mobs and leave the captains and cultists for yourself. The choice is yours really. I’ve cleared a fortress relatively quickly using Ikaros alone. Test it, you’ll see. Best of all, you can remain hidden, out of sight at a safe distance and never get aggro. Plus, you still get XP for your kills. Finally, I forgot to point out that the mobs near to Ikaros’ attacks only react once the mob dies and they discover the corpse or were nearby when the mob died. It’s quite funny and breaks the game because the mobs start searching the area thinking a ground based attack occurred.
By Hugh Manatee
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