Being completely transparent, I start this thread today, with a what feels like the beginning of burnout, for the game. It’s not that I’m burnt out on actually playing, it’s that I’m burnt out on not getting upgrades.
I’m capable of clearing M4 Maliwan Takedown. But I’m just not quite able to get through True Takedown Solo, so I’ve been working to farm gear to try and make this easier.
I’ve run into the double digits of hours spent farming singular bosses for items. And it’s not just one item, it’s been multiple items. I know, I could trade. That’s not what I’m after. I’m trying to do this with gear that I farmed.
So, I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately, and I’m beginning to wonder if Gearbox had an “anticipated” amount of time farming for gear, based on anoints.
My expectation, was that I’d spend a few (for simplicity’s sake, let’s say 3) hours farming a boss to find things that I want, and at that point, I’d probably have a few different options / anoints of that item . At that point, I was already prepared to be staring at my loading screens on PS4 more than I spent playing the game, but that’s the console life, I guess.
But, here I am. I’ve given up on farming the Unstoppable. I just can’t anymore. I’m over 20 hours farming him to try and get an SNTL Movement Speed Band of Sitorak.
You know how many Band of Sitorak I’ve seen, in over 20 hours farming?
You know how many I’ve seen anointed for ANYTHING?
Not zero Good Anoints, or zero Zane anoints. Zero total anointed drops.
After the 20th hour ended with such terrible drop rates, I gave up. I have a decent enough Band of Sitorak, and I have a few other shields that I can make work, I guess, but the Band of Sitorak, with good rolls, and that anoint, would have been the perfect item. To see 5 total Bands, with 1 of them “sort of” having the rolls I am looking for, and zero of them being anointed, I just stopped. I was burnt out, angry, frustrated, and frankly tired of it.
So I moved on. I wanted an SNTL Cryo damage anointed Brainstormer, because I wanted to see how well my Clone and I could handle the mobs with it. (yeah, I’m clone & drone, I know, Barrier is better, blah blah blah) So, off I went to Katagawa Ball, thinking to myself: SURELY this wont be the same type of farm.
And… strictly speaking, It wasn’t “as bad”. 11 hours later, and I finally have a 100% Cryo Damage While SNTL is Active Brainstormer. It’s not “perfect”. It’s just that it took 11 hours to get it to drop with that anoint. Should I have expected 11 hours of farming to get a legendary off of a dedicated loot table, with a specific anoint? I don’t think so? I don’t personally think that’s a good way to go. I mean, I had multiple Tsunami’s and Wisps drop during that time with the anoint.
Hell, Kat Ball even dropped me an SNTL Anointed Maggie before I got the SNTL Anointed Brainstormer. I… I didn’t even know what to make of that.
I’m frustrated. I’m burnt out on farming. I wouldn’t have stuck it out at Kat Ball as long as I did, had it not been for the fact that the vending machines were treating me better than Kat Ball. I was able to purchase 10+ Cloning / Maddening / Mitsosis / Transfusion Anointed Tracker Grenades. I was able to pick up a dozen or so “amazing” to “Wow, that’s interesting, I’ll try that” Anointed Shields. That kept me going.
But man… I’m just left wondering; Did Gearbox anticipate farming times to be like this? Is this what I should expect moving forward?
I could understand, if we were talking PERFECT ROLLS.
But I’m not talking Perfect Rolls. I’m talking about seeing the item, with the anoint. Did I go into this with too low of an expectation for how long it would take to see the item with the anoint? Is this what I should expect when I try to farm a few Lobs?
Right now, the farming is just not fun. So often, I leave the loot laying on the ground, log out, log back in, wait through the loading screen, kill the boss, and repeat. All so I can continue to try and clear content.