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Kinetic Combat: How do I know when Particle Acceleration has procced?


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Without staring at my buff bar that is.

 

My Scoundrel procs Upper Hand and she giggles and gets a glowy orange mesh effect.

 

My Sentinel procs for available Riposte with a blue glow/burst center screen.

 

I have to look at the buff bar or notice critical fly-text numbers to know that Particle Acceleration is up? There's no other visual or audio cue like other characters/effects, or am I missing it?

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I don't think so. You have the same issue with harnessed shadow, which is a little trickier (for particle acceleration you only need to see if you got an extra buff. For harnessed shadow you need to see how many you got. Though i guess harnessed shadows is 100% so you can just count your projects, particle isn't...)
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After about a week my eyes adjusted to micro vision. Sorry there no added help, and the fact that the icon is yellow makes it much harder to see.

 

I find our dark green and purple procs much easier as I dont have to actually look at the design on it.

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Same thing with Force Strike procs for free & instant Mind Crushes from the Balance tree. No audible indicator that I can discern, and no visible trigger that I have seen.

 

At least Force Strike uses a purple icon. Yellow-colored icons blend together with your technique and self-buff when glancing at your minuscule buff bar to see if your skill tree-defining proc is active or not. :(

 

Really frustrating.

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Without staring at my buff bar that is.

 

There's no other visual or audio cue like other characters/effects, or am I missing it?

When Particle Acceleration procs there's a brief golden glow on your character (similar to the green glow when you receive a heal)

 

It's pretty easy to miss while in middle of combat, though. You might want to use the Whirling Blow while in some quiet spot, to trigger the effect a few times and familiarize yourself with it.

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When Particle Acceleration procs there's a brief golden glow on your character (similar to the green glow when you receive a heal)

 

It's pretty easy to miss while in middle of combat, though. You might want to use the Whirling Blow while in some quiet spot, to trigger the effect a few times and familiarize yourself with it.

 

I didn't even know about the glow, I keep an eye on the tool bar for the little brown indicator and when it pops up I hit force potency and project.

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I didn't even know about the glow, I keep an eye on the tool bar for the little brown indicator and when it pops up I hit force potency and project.

 

I didn't either, that's good to know. Sometimes I feel like I spend too much time looking at my buffs to be able to pay attention to the fight. :-/

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  • 6 months later...

At the top of my screen I have quickbar 4 set to oversized and to show 5 abilities.

 

Of those are

Force Potency | Project | Slow Time | Spinning Kick | Force Pull

 

I project then double strike until the big project icon at the top of my screen has it's cooldown disappear (PA resets) and telekinetic throw when my character has a big white ball surrounding their abdomen.

 

I try to pop force potency every 3rd project so telekinetic throw gets the distance buff from the second force potency charge.

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You can edit your UI and move your portrait/buffs to a location on the screen that you look at the most, that way looking for the buff is no extra effort.

 

I tend to position my portrait so that my buffs are displayed right above my 1st quickbar - this makes looking at cooldowns on my abilities a 2-in-1 with checking my procs. It works well given the lack of addon options to monitor procs.

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I've found you can sorda train yourself to see it fairly well if you just go hit some dummies in Coruscant or Dromund Kaas for a while.

 

Unfortunately, you still have to be staring at your toon to catch it, same problem if you edit the UI, you still have to stare at a specific point on the screen.

 

At least with say the sith sorceror, your hear a distinct sound, and the flash it gives is much easier to see and the lightning affect catches your eye even if you're not staring at it.

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