Obikin89's Guide for Neverwinter

Stats

Stats have changed entirely recently : you can look at my article on the Stats on Preview on Reddit (they are still the same on Live) ! If you have access to the Early Access (by supporting me with 3€ a month), you can look at the updated version before everyone else : here !

Players, companions, and monsters, have stats. Primary stats (or ratings), work as a couple of offensive vs defensive stat.

Most of the items give combined ratings. These actually boost all of your primary stats, except Power and HP.

Secondary stats, like Movement Speed, Critical Severity, Outgoing Healing, Incoming Healing, etc., have no caps. But the ways to get them are limited.

How many stat points ?

Every 1k points in any stat above enemy ratings improve its efficiency by 1%, to a cap of 50% (50k points above enemy ratings). The only exception is Combat Advantage which caps at 100% (100k points above enemy ratings). Also, as everyone, including monsters, starts with 5k more Critical Strike, we need 5k more Critical Avoidance.

And so, the caps are, for most stats / critical avoidance / combat advantage :

Note that Paladins and Clerics need up to 10k more points in Critical Avoidance to be capped all the time, because they have a general feature that improves their Critical Avoidance by 10k, but this bonus disapears as their divinity goes down.

Also note that Clerics need up to 10k more points in Accuracy to be capped all the time, as they have a general feature that improves their Accuracy by 10k, but this bonus disapears as their Stamina goes down. In reality, 3-5k are enough, because you will rarely totally deplete your stamina, and it replenishes pretty fast.

Critical Healing

Critical Strike has a different formula for healing. It is not countered by Critical Avoidance. The formula is :

It sill caps at 50%, so there is no reason to have more points than 1.25 x Power. But it also means that gaining more Power above 0.8 x Critical Strike will yield lower returns (it still improves your average healing, but less than before), because it reduces your critical chances. But it does improve your minimum heal, and that makes your healing more reliable, especially for Heal over Time skills which will fully crit or never crit for the whole duration.

Note that Critical Severity is halved for healing. And that makes Power more important that Critical Strike in any situation. There are places where you cannot put Power (rings, companion gear), and that's where you should put Critical Strike, to maximize your healing. Always choose Power over Critical Strike, whenever you can, whatever your ratio is.

Which stats to focus on ?

As a Tank :

A Tank basically needs all of their stats capped, with the exception of Awareness. The most important ones are Defense and Armor Penetration. Then, Deflect and Critical Avoidance make a big difference, just like HP. Accuracy is important to make sure your skills are not deflected (which would result in less aggro building). Incoming Healing is primordial to make sure your healer can keep you alive. Then Critical Strike can significantly improve your damage. Eventually, Combat Advantage is usually better than Power (because you're supposed to give Combat Advantage to everyone in the group), so it's good to focus on it if you have stat points left and above 100k Power. If you position properly, you shouldn't need Awareness at all, but it's not bad to have some in the earlier dungeons to learn the ropes.

As a Healer :

A Healer needs their Defense capped. They also need their Critical Avoidance capped for ToMM (not necessary in other dungeons, but good to have). Then, it's all about Outgoing Healing, Power, Critical Strike, and Critical Severity. Always favor Power against Critical Strike or Critical Severity. Having plenty of HP, and Incoming Healing also helps a lot.

As a Damage Dealer :

A Damage Dealer needs all of their offensive stats, and Defense, capped. And as much Power and Critical Severity as possible (1% of Critical Severity is roughtly equal to 700-1000 Power, depending on your Power and Critical Severity). The other stats do not matter, though HP is important to be able to sustain big hits.