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    Lucky Looter VS Better Barter?

    Is Lucky Looter any good?
    I did a test with bookstore crates and LL level 5 gave me consistently less and worse loot than LL level 0.
    It was a lvl 45 character artificially leveled up.

    I'm just wondering "lucky looter" VS "better barter". One needs PER, other needs INT, my character has neither. Going both is too freaking expensive.

    #2
    I believe Loot is also tied to your Gamestage. So even though you leveled to 45, you have no zombie kills and such. I never use Lucky Looter though so can't say (it's a stupid perk imo) but always put at least one point in Daring Adventurer and Better Barter during a play through.

    But ya the higher the gamestage the better the loot.

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      #3
      Originally posted by toores View Post
      I did a test with bookstore crates and LL level 5 gave me consistently less and worse loot than LL level 0.
      It was a lvl 45 character artificially leveled up.
      LL does not give more loot, it just gives better loot... in from of better quality items. Afaik it does not increase your chance of finding a speciel book, especially that one you are searching for. But with LL you have a better chance to get lvl6 sniper instead of just a lvl5 one.

      Better Barter is imho self explaining. If you trade a lot, the skill is worth it. If not, then not.

      So if you go looting a lot and just trade occasionally, skill lucky looter.
      If you go less looting and hope for getting good items primarily by buying them of a trader, skill better barter.

      If you do both nearly equal, both skills are usefull, however better barter will give better "visible" results then lucky looter, because you never will know what items a chest would have given to you if you would have lucky looter not skilled.

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        #4
        Originally posted by Liesel Weppen View Post
        LL does not give more loot, it just gives better loot...
        I don't know how to explain this then:
        LL lvl 0
        I looted 10 book crates a few times. Got plenty of books and other stuff as well.
        LL lvl 5
        Did the same, 10 crates. Got half as many items and half as many books.

        Repeated both again and got similar results.
        LL lvl 5 resulted in fewer items in inventory and always fewer books...

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          #5
          Originally posted by Liesel Weppen View Post
          Better Barter is imho self explaining. If you trade a lot, the skill is worth it. If not, then not.
          ...and if you EVER want to get a solar bank, get BB lvl 5

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            #6
            You are playing with RNG and expect to see reliable results. That doesn't work. Lucky Looter does not switch RNG off, it just changes the possibilities.

            Doing the same just twice does not leed to any usable results. Do it 100 times or so and look again.
            And as i mentioned: LL doesn't affect the amount of loot, nor makes drop more books or whatever you see as "good" loot.

            I guess to make the effect of lucky looter better visible, open weapon bags (or the big shotgun messiah crates, ...) multiple times and then look at the QUALITY of the dropped items, not at the amount of items!

            If BB also affects the quality of the trader items or even BB at a certain level is needed for certain items at the trader, BB becomes more important, sure.

            I guess in the end you finally answered your own question by yourself, didn't you?
            Last edited by Liesel Weppen; 01-09-2020, 03:33 PM.

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              #7
              If there's a trader nearby, then both perks are worth it and they have synergy. Lucky Looter gets you more dukes from selling higher quality loot, especially in the early game - Q1 items sell for much less than Q2 and Q3. Better Barter gets you more value for your dukes, but more importantly it improves the tier and quality of items to buy (especially the Secret Stash).

              Maxing out both might not be worth the investment, but going for 5 PER / 5 INT and 4 LL / 3 BB definitely has value.

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                #8
                In games I've played with friends, we've gotten tons of miles out of having whoever specs into int picking up BB. It plus cigar and awesome sauce helped up buy 2 trucks for barely more than the price of 1 in one of our recent playthroughs.

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                  #9
                  I'm pretty sure leveling lucky looter unlocks exotic loot in the crates and it's a forced perk in A18. Forced as in you have to max it up to get all the magazines and recipes easier.
                  I have both lucky looter and better barter maxed and I think the lucky looter is a necessity early and late game. Early because you require exotic loot, late because you loot too much and would otherwise waste a lot of time searching.

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                    #10
                    Dang, I had no interest in PER or INT whatsoever. I can even live with getting there slowly (tier 6 items) but I hate that without BB lvl5 I'll never get some items. And I really dislike that they are tied to builds. (...as PER and INT are tierd to weapons)

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                      #11
                      I find some points in LL essential because it makes looting itself faster. But the bonus to gamestage is just that, a bonus to gamestage. You get there automatically with or without LL. Leaving LL low doesn't make stuff vanish from normal loot lists, that would be a really braindead feature

                      In my current single player game I have LL level 2 (because of the loot-timer-reduction) and I find a lot of quality 6 items.
                      Last edited by meganoth; 01-10-2020, 01:55 PM.

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                        #12
                        LL & BB all the way up for every game, that's my personal style. I can live without quite a few of other perks just fine, so maxing out these two is not a big deal for me, quite the opposite, they give me just what I need, because I am a hoarder.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by meganoth View Post
                          But the bonus to gamestage is just that, a bonus to gamestage.
                          This bears repeating. All LL does is give you +50 or whatever to your gamestage when you open a lootable. Get that +50 gamestage the old fashioned way, and you'll eventually get the same loot.

                          Option 1: Take the perk Lucky Looter, and get loot results like you're a higher-level character!
                          Option 2: Be a higher-level character!

                          Loot results will be the same (in the long run; RNG can be an ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥).

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                            #14
                            Cool, so INT is all I actually need if I want solar power. I guess I'll get into it a late-game then.

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                              #15
                              I believe lucky looter simply increases the quality of items found. Higher quality items can be sold for a much higher price. Regardless if you invest in lucky looter or not, as you level up and increase in gamestage you will find better items when looting.

                              As far as the barter skill, I have no clue as I have never invested a single point in it.

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