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Is there a viable warrior build that does not rely on Bushido in modern day UO? I’m asking because I always liked this style and some shields in the game have very good stats. I mean I know it’s doable but what are the pros and cons do you think?
The short answer is yes, depending on what "viable" means to you. However, it does take a lot of tweaking, the gear has to be very specific (even to the mob), and a standard sampire is probably still going to do slightly better if you're soloing. (At least, this would be my experience.)
If you're in a group x-healing, then a lot would change of course.
The character I go adventuring with the most (when I'm actively playing) is a pure paladin. I just don't like the idea of having chivalry and necro/bushido on a character. With this guy's current setup (mid range gear at best), I can solo all of the mini champs, baracoon, most paragons, and have keyed dreadhorn and travesty, but have never bothered to learn to fight them.
With some better gear (and probably a better player at the keyboard) this character feels like it has the potential power to do most or maybe even all of the high end content. The gear would have to be specific to each boss though.
It really comes down to what you mean by viable. Are you looking to solo the roof encounter? Are you out on a dungeon crawl with guildies? Are you just randomly running through the landside whacking whatever comes your way?
(120 Healing on a soulstone. Switch out resist for healing for x-healing in a group)
There are far more knowledgeable and skilled players out there who run warriors. I'm sure they will have far better input than I, but at least this can get you started.