BioWare's Anthem Catch-All

Kehama wrote:

If you're getting masterworks from hard missions it states that "some" masterworks are available at that level while grandmaster 1 difficulty and up says "all" masterworks are available. So I'm guessing they have a small pool of masterworks available at hard difficulty to act as starters to let people at least kill enemies in GM1 difficulty but they don't want you hanging out in hard to farm all your loot.

It seems like at hard difficulty there are only MW weapons, and that other slots are at grandmaster level.

Garrcia wrote:
Kehama wrote:

If you're getting masterworks from hard missions it states that "some" masterworks are available at that level while grandmaster 1 difficulty and up says "all" masterworks are available. So I'm guessing they have a small pool of masterworks available at hard difficulty to act as starters to let people at least kill enemies in GM1 difficulty but they don't want you hanging out in hard to farm all your loot.

It seems like at hard difficulty there are only MW weapons, and that other slots are at grandmaster level.

That's correct. And not all weapons are available on Hard.

The upshot of this is when you transition into Grandmaster you will be able to kill things, but you will be VERY fragile until you loot some orange components.

I keep saying I'm done with this, but the legendary contracts are good little chunks of the gameplay I still enjoy, so I'm still doing 2 a night. (Come to think of it, I'm only getting them offered by Brin and Yarrow, I assume the Matthiases should also be offering them too, I wonder if that's a bug or if I'm failing to do something to tic that along to the final step--I did complete the Maur storyline FWIW). Last night I had to search to see if they'd fixed the loot or something, because in one legendary contract I snagged 1 Legendary and 3 Masterworks. Don't see any reports of changes out there, though, so I guess I just got some lucky RNG.

For the last few days trying to open Anthem has been an exercise in frustration. If I reboot my PC I can launch Anthem. If I exit the game though I can't relaunch it until I completely reboot the PC again. No idea what's causing that. Two things can happen, either the Play button in Origin will be transparent and not clickable or if I launch from a desktop icon the screen will flash one and then nothing will happen. I've made sure it's not updating and I've tried completely closing and logging out of Origin but nothing works. It's frustrating when you can't even launch a game.

Assuming I can eventually play the game again, how have some of you geared up your Storms for GM1? I've got some weapons for them but haven't found any of their real skills that I use. Do I have to just hope for a few carries in GM1 to start getting MW upgrades to my lightning strikes or is there a chance of getting some in hard difficulty since that one suit really needs those to kill stuff in GM1?

I got a set of MW weapons and a complete set of MW components in hard before transitioning to GM1, and from playing through with my son he was getting the same things in missions rather than strongholds; only thing I only got in GM1 were abilities/seals. The armor/health difference of the MW components will make a huge change in survivability.

I recommend for your first foray into GM1, try to group with someone whos already done it, be careful, craft purple consumables. Storms are good and valuable even a little under leveled. Frost is the most useful, followed by lightning. Frost isnt clear cut better, because so many colossus run fire, and that reduce frost effectiveness. Lightning is gret for clearing shields. Make sure to run at least one primer. Under-leveled, double detonator or a non-primer detonator is a no-no.

If you can, run a legendary contract or first. Then dabble in the strong holds after getting a few MW components from contracts. THEN, go strong holds for MW gears. After a few gear and components slots filled, the worlds your oyster.

If you do run with GWJ on PC, Cow, Black, Spy, me and a few others are always happy to run GM1 if you see us online.

These changes include:

Masterwork & Legendary drop rates have been increased for Grandmaster 2 and Grandmaster 3 difficulty levels.

Masterwork & Legendary drop rates have been increased for harder enemies at all difficulty levels. This includes: Legendary Titan, Epic Titan, Legendary Fury, Legendary Acid Ursix and Legendary Luminary Elder.

Time to hit up GM2+3!

Kehama wrote:

For the last few days trying to open Anthem has been an exercise in frustration. If I reboot my PC I can launch Anthem. If I exit the game though I can't relaunch it until I completely reboot the PC again. No idea what's causing that. Two things can happen, either the Play button in Origin will be transparent and not clickable or if I launch from a desktop icon the screen will flash one and then nothing will happen. I've made sure it's not updating and I've tried completely closing and logging out of Origin but nothing works. It's frustrating when you can't even launch a game.

I've had similar issues. I've had some success bringing up the task manager, looking at the advanced view, and killing the Anthem process that's still running in the background. The tell for if I need that fix is if Origin doesn't reopen its window when I exit Anthem.

Yeah I always manually kill anthem in task manager :/ it sucks.

I haven't been on Anthem in a while due to lack of content after all the javelins are geared up, but I decided to try it out again today. Still a pretty miserable experience. First I tried running a GM3 contract. Only one other person joined the whole time and the mobs are still way overtuned, even at 710+ gear score. It would seem no one is running GM3 because of the terrible difficulty/reward ratio. Tried to run another contract at GM2 and the game locked up 3 times in a row during the load in screen.

This game is a significant disappointment.

Nomad wrote:

I haven't been on Anthem in a while due to lack of content after all the javelins are geared up, but I decided to try it out again today. Still a pretty miserable experience. First I tried running a GM3 contract. Only one other person joined the whole time and the mobs are still way overtuned, even at 710+ gear score. It would seem no one is running GM3 because of the terrible difficulty/reward ratio. Tried to run another contract at GM2 and the game locked up 3 times in a row during the load in screen.

This game is a significant disappointment.

Bummer to here about the GM3 contract, I think people only run contracts for the guaranteed component so most just stick with GM1.

They did push out a loot adjustment last night and GM2 Freeplay was great. 11 masterworks and 1 legendary in about 90 minutes.

The game's a mess, no doubt about it, hopefully they keep plugging away until it finishes baking.

Some anecdotal data, Ran a ton of GM1 strongholds yesterday and usually got 1-2 masterworks and topping out at 3 one time. Ran my first GM2 stronghold and got 6 masterworks on the first run. I've only run across 2 legendaries so far and both of those came from GM1 elite contracts.

I was running a masterwork level ranger with a legendary weapon and GM2 already feels like the mobs are massive bullet sponges so the idea of trying GM3 isn't very appealing. Pouring a ton of rounds into a run of the mill skorpion to kill it got pretty old pretty quick.