its true that a monk is the best melee class soloer, but i dont think thats what he was really asking =)
i think he was looking for a class that solos melee style well. judging by the list of classes he was looking at =)
as far as back to my bard comment, yes bards do require time invested, as i have stated, but not too much time.
i personally soloed in ssra with my 65 bard who at the time had no more then 80aas and 5k hp. i soloed the voice of the serpent guy as a matter of fact =) all i really had was low PoP/DoN crystal gear (mostly unauged).
again, it is true that bards take some molding, though you have tons of options to get you through sticky situations where most would faulter, including doing things that others cant do at a lower level/gear level. very few times will you come across something too hard to do and the only time i can thing of something like that was when i tryed to solo the bard proof "shissar assassin" (unslowable/unsnareable/unmazzable and summons). ate through my charmed pet, then ate through me, i faded and used a potion and regen before he could regen much himself, but still i wasnt enough juice to kill him , but i got him to 4% before he took me out, which is pretty good considering the level of my equipment at the time (same as earlier) and it was solo.
but yea, you wont really see a huge difference in how much damage you do until you do get decent gear and some AAs, but as a melee soloer you cant fail unless you take on something rediculously out of your league or aren't paying attention.
good luck! hope you pick sometime fun that youll enjoy playing!
Edited, Feb 15th 2007 11:26pm by XmoneenX
Considering bards are not even melee soloers WTF are you talking about? Bards shouldnt even be meleeing at all solo if they tried to solo that way they would be toast fighting anything more than a LB con. If your going to look at it that way clerics are good melee soloers too....at least they can heal themselves....
If you want to consider hybrids etc go BL i can tell you that monks soloing ability becomes ridiculously difficult in the 40's i had a ridiculously twinked monk on FV that couldnt even solo DS at 45 without ALOT of downtime whereas my crap geared normal server BL was soloing there at 40. but with the new regen system i havnt been on the monk maybe that would level the playing field a bit but not enough for me.
Bl's really are the best of both worlds you get the utility, pet, heals, and have some nice melee ability wich rivals monks until later levels.