I’m a healer and the husband is a tank. One would think that, for questing, we’d grab 2 DPS companions and just go from there.
Yech, that did not work. It was much better to have his companion heal. I felt a little inadequate.
(1) They Can Target Better
Ok, it is bad enough that we don’t have mouseover macros. But at least in flashpoints using ops frames with 4 people, I can see all the bars together and heal accordingly.
When it’s just me and another person and our 2 companions, it’s not so easy. The ops frames are one place. My companion is on the bottom left. His companion is nowhere. As a workaround, I can use Alt-F to focus his companion but the focus frame is clear on the other side of the screen. Not to mention, the focus disappears every time we get on a speeder.
Which leaves me looking in 3 different places for health bars. The companion has no such problems with its cheater AI
This is a perpetual tank problem. The tank wanders off and starts pewpewing and you’re back going where did you GO? If we use the tank’s healing companion as our healer, he can never get out of range of his own companion without some serious maneuvering. So that solves that.
(3) My Companion Management
If I’m healing, I usually start out HEALING people. But then my companion just stands there and doesn’t get the memo to join the combat. So I have to be sure to click on the appropriate mob who isn’t already dead, send the companion, then retarget health frames. Honestly, it’s a hassle. If I go in DPSing, on the other hand, my companion simply follows my lead and I don’t need to do much with the companion interface.
(4) Exception: C2-N2
Ok, you CAN outfit C2-N21 to heal, but it’s only effective for comic relief. You can use droid parts with +aim and +endurance to make him more effective and sturdier but he does not use a weapon of any type. And, indeed, he technically can heal.
However, he’s kind of a moron. Even with heal mode toggled on, he will find time to neglect his healing duties and punch the mobs (remember, he can’t hold a weapon). If you put him on passive, he will not punch. He also will not heal you, and will watch you croak. Lovely.
In Summary: A real-person healer will shine in flashpoints with a full group of real people, but for duoing quests, I am finding the companion-healer far better. What about you?
- For you dirty imps, that’s your ship droid ↩