How To Scout For Freeps
This guide is brought to you by a suggestion I received from a good friend of mine as we were prowling around the moors on our wargs last night. In fact quite a bit of this blog and its information has come from him. No don’t ask who he is, but if you play on my server then I guarantee you will know his warg.
Scouting is a very important aspect of playing a warg, especially when in a raid. Now some may think that it is simply a case of wandering around the Moors looking for freeps and posting the results in OOC. Well it’s a little more involved than that and you can greatly aid your side by knowing how to scout properly and how to accurately report on the freeps’ movements and composition.
First things first, get your maps. All of them. Yes even the Isendeep maps. These are your bread and butter tools for scouting. They will allow you to instantly travel over large ranges to effectively scout. Without them you are not going to be much use as a scout.
Maps are definitely the most important of your tools, but another often overlooked tool is a run speed buff. This can either be through using a buff acquired through bartering stones in Grams or it can be a destiny point perk. The destiny point perk is the more economical of the two options and persists even if you are killed unlike the barter buff. Increasing your out of combat run speed again helps you cover large distances quickly and also allows you to keep up with mounted freeps that little bit longer.
Make sure you have the rank 9 and rank 10 tracking skills equipped if you have access to them. Obviously if you are not yet rank 9 or rank 10 you can ignore this part, but if possible acquire those skills. Being able to track will allow you to not only detect freeps, but also size up their numbers both quickly and accurately as well as giving you the names of any one prominent who may be leading.
The Game Is Afoot
The reference to Holmes in the title is apt because you are very much on the trail of a mystery … where are the freeps? There are two basic approaches you can take to looking for freeps; checking the various keeps and checking the other points of interest around the Moors. Let’s start with the keeps.
With a full compliment of maps you can very quickly check every keep in the Ettens for signs of freep activity. The following is a list of the best maps to use for checking each keep. The maps listed are the ones that will take you closest to each keep:
- Tol Ascarnen – Good Map to Tol Ascarnen (Poor Map to Tol Ascarnen is preferred, but this will likely be on CD due to the TR map below)
- Tirith Rhaw – Poor Map to Tirith Rhaw
- Lugazag – Good Map To Lugazag
- Grimwood Lumber Camp – Good Map To Grimwood Lumber Camp
- Isendeep – Good Map To Isendeep
Make sure that you map in with stealth activated since enterprising freeps might be camping the map points for arriving freeps. Once you have arrived proceed quickly to the relevant keep and take a look at the entrance. Are there dead NPCs at the keep? If so there could be freeps nearby. If not there might still be freeps there who have simply run past the initial NPCs and reset them. If you have a tracking ability use it at this point to detect any nearby freeps.
If you don’t have a tracking ability actually move inside or around the keep a bit and watch your combat log for signs of fighting. If there are none then the keep is safe.
Scouting Points Of Interest
The second approach involves checking various points of interest around the map. I am going to list the major ones here and the relevant map to use to get as near to them as possible. As with keeps above make sure you map whilst stealthed to avoid detection.
- Elf Camp – Good Map to Tol Ascarnen
- Orc Camp – Crude Map to Tol Ascarnen
- The Cow Field – Good Map to Tol Ascarnen/Poor Map to Grimwood/Crude Map to Grimwood
- South Outpost – Good Map to Grimwood
- River Outpost – Good Map to Tol Ascarnen/Crude Map to Lugazag/Crude Map to Grimwood
- Plains Outpost – Good Map to Tol Ascarnen/Crude Map to Lugazag/Poor Map to Grimwood/Crude Map to Grimwood
- Isendeep Outpost – Good Map to Isendeep
- Coldfells Outpost – Crude Map to Tirith Rhaw
- Dar Gazag – Crude Map to Lugazag
- Ost Ringdyr – Good Map to Tirith Rhaw/
- Grothum – Crude Map to Isendeep
- Hoarhallow – Good Map to Tol Ascarnen/Good Map to Grimwood/Poor Map to Grimwood
The crucial point here is that there may not be a specific location for you to focus on e.g. the Cow Field. Other times there will be e.g. an outpost. In either case you will need to move around the area a bit to get a sense of who is, if anyone, is around. Don’t just map in, take a quick look around and declare that the area is empty. You need to look properly and remain int he area for a minute or two to get a sense of whether anyone is coming or going.
Look out for dead NPCs, listen for the sound of horses, watch for lag, etc. All these are signs of nearby freeps or at least that freeps have been in the area recently.
So You’ve Found Freeps …
… now what do you do? The first thing you do is nothing. Do not engage them. You are here to spy on them, not to fight them. The longer they remain unaware of your presence the more information you can gather on them.
If you have either the rank 9 or rank 10 tracking abilities get close enough to include all the freeps in a track. This will allow you to determine accurately how many freeps are present. When the tracking window appears it will contain a list of names. The tracking window displays 8 names before the cut-off and you have to scroll down to see who else is present. You can this to quickly count the number of freeps because if you remember who was in the 8th position you can quickly scroll down to the 9th name and see who is in the 16th position before scrolling down again and repeating the process until all names are accounted for. Each time you scroll down will be 8 names so you can simply multiply the number of times you scroll by 8 to get a total.
For those wargs who do not yet have tracking abilities it will be a case of using good old fashioned guess work. You can attempt to individually count the freeps present, but if there are any more than a handful you will probably end up with an incorrect result. It’s usually better to do a ‘quick count’ where you simply estimate the number of freeps present. This take a little practice to get right, but in time you can become quite good at guessing with reasonable accuracy.
The other thing you are looking out for is who is present. Do you recognise any prominent freeps? If so they might be leading or acting as RAT. Make a note of their names. You will also be searching for targets; freeps with very low morale, for example. Again note their names.
You are also looking at the composition of the freep group. Do they have a lot of a particular class? Do they lack a particular class? Do they have a lot of healing? A lot of heavies? This is pretty important information for the main creep raid so do your best to size them up.
One last thing you need to observe is what the freeps are currently doing. Are they mounted up ready to ride out? Are they moving at the moment? If so in what direction? Are they attempting to take a keep? Are they simply waiting at a keep? It’s all information you should be collecting.
Once you have found the freeps and have gathered your information it is time to share that information. There are two key things to remember when reporting on freeps: keep it to the point and keep it accurate. The following is a list of information to include in your report:
- The freeps current location
- Where the freeps are currently heading
- The number of freeps present
- Who might be leading them
- Any odd group composition e.g. no minstrels, lots of Lore-masters, etc
- The status of a keep the freeps are attacking e.g. whether they have pulled the tyrant or not
To give you an idea of how this would look here is an example report:
freeps at tr 24 of them lots of hunters joebloggs leading tyrant pulled
Note the short nature of the report, yet it is crammed with information. The main creep raid now knows where the freeps are, what they are doing, how many of them there are, who is leading them and the fact that they have a lot of ranged damage and poison removal.
Things To Remember
You are a spy. You do not want to be detected so watch out for Hunters tracking or Burglars or Lore-masters getting too close to your position.Keep a safe distance from the freeps; you are there to observe them, not to fight them.
Make sure you have your escape skills off cooldown so that you can get out of there should the freeps detect you. There’s no point in giving them a free meal when you will likely have no backup and thus no chance of taking any of them down.
Don’t report your opinion. No one is interested in what you think of an outfit one of the freeps is wearing. Stick to facts and keep your reports short. By all means give an assessment if appropriate e.g. the tyrant is down already and you think the main creep raid won’t make it to the keep in time to save it.