For something more in-depth on the WildStar Stalker than the article below, I strongly recommend getting this guide walkthrough. So far, it is the best leveling guide and walkthrough I have found. This saved me from researching by myself and thus giving me more time for gaming.
The Stalker is a truly unique class in the world of MMOs. It’s a stealth based class, which most seasoned MMO players would expect to be a standard damage dealer, but in WildStar, the Stalker can also be a highly effective tank. Those fancy claws you’re wearing? They’ve never been more fun.
Unlike other tanking classes which focus on damage mitigation, Stalkers focus on evasion– in other words, they won’t take as many hits as your bulky WildStar Warrior and the WildStar Engineer because they’re going to dodge most of them instead. Stalkers are somewhat prone to damage spikes because they’re wearing medium armor, so as a stalker tank, you’ll want to stay on your toes. Fortunately one of this class’s many tricks is access to self-heals to help offset this, and that’s just scratching the surface. If you’re looking for an unconventional tank with a unique playstyle (and some classy nanoarmor to top it off), then this might just be the class for you.
Let’s take a look at the sort of tools that a stalker tank would be using. We’ll start with the basics: a tanking stance. Stalkers come with three stances (or types of Nano Skin as the game calls them), and the evasive stance is the one you’ll be using as a tank. The evasive stance ups the Stalker’s damage deflection as well as threat generation to ensure that the enemy is attacking the Stalker, and not their party members, at all times. This stance also reduces the Stalker’s damage output a bit, but remember: as a tank, your job isn’t to dish it out, just to take it!
Once your Stalker is in evasive stance, you’ve got plenty of tools to make sure that the enemy remains focused on you. These include Whiplash, which increases threat as well as dealing damage, and Reaver, which taunts the enemy, forcing it to attack you and only you– useful for when you’ve got allies that the enemy wants to devour.
Things are starting to look dicey? Not a problem. Activate Nanofield, which heals you for 75% of the damage you deal. Still need a quick escape? False Retreat allows you to leap back out of the action for a while, and then jump right back to where you started when you’re ready.
With deadly claws, access to stealth, a Nanosuit, and all sorts of utility, Stalkers make for a refreshing and fascinating tank. Tired of hitting the same old things with the same old sword? Give a Stalker a try and make tanking fun again!
For something more in-depth on the WildStar Stalker than the article above, I strongly recommend getting this guide walkthrough. So far, it is the best leveling guide and walkthrough I have found. This saved me from researching by myself and thus giving me more time for gaming.