[li]Introduction & History[/li]
[li]Pros & Cons[/li]
I - Introduction
Vitality caster has been an infamous build in Grim Dawn’s history for a while now, for it’s ease of access to build and survivability, but sheer lack of damage. But today, I say no more! Thanks to 18.104.22.168’s insane buffs to both Storm Totem and Bloody Pox (which included flat vitality!), a new breed of Vitality Caster has been born: The Wendigo! This build, instead of centering around Sigil of Consumption for damage, prefers to use Conjurer’s array of ADCTH to be used solely for sustain while the Vitality Storm Totem does the damage. Thanks to the insane array of defensive options Conjurer has access to, the build can safely use the Fevered Rage transmuter of Bloody Pox to amplify its damage across the board, something Vitality Caster has had tremendous trouble with in the past.
My personal experience with this build has been great. I have always enjoyed Vitality Caster’s gameplay, but lamented at the lack of raw power behind it. I can say with confidence that is no longer the case with this particular build: I’ve taken it to beat Wave 150 Gladiator on Hardcore a few times now and it’s pretty solid. I’ll try and get a video of that later, but for now have this Iron Maiden clip that took me a year to upload because of my awful internet:
Fevered Rage’d Iron Maiden
II - The Build
Grimtools link: http://www.grimtools.com/calc/r2B0PbZA
Head: Light’s Defender Helm (Leathery Hide + Mankind’s Vigil)
Shoulders: Light’s Defender Epaulets (Scaled Hide + Bladeward Powder)
Chest: Light’s Defender Plate (Kilrian’s Shattered Soul + Outcast’s Warding Powder)
Hands: Light’s Defender Gauntlets (Unholy Inscription + Bladeward Powder)
Legs: Stonehide Dreeg-Sect Legguards of Menhir’s Wall (Scaled Hide + Outcast’s Warding Powder)
Feet: Voidwalker Footpads (Mark of Mogdrogen +Bladeward Powder)
Belt: Girdle of Stolen Dreams (Rigid Shell + Mankind’s Vigil)
Ring 1: Thunderstruck Gollus’ Ring of Nature’s Bounty (Ectoplasm + Survivor’s Ingenuity)
Ring 2: Incorruptible Gollus’ Ring of Readiness (Soul Shard + Survivor’s Ingenuity)
Amulet: The Peerless Eye of Beronath (Arcane Spark + Survivor’s Ingenuity)
Medal: Mark of the Forbidden (Aether Soul)
Relic: Solael’s Decimation
Mainhand: Fang of Ch’thon (Symbol of Solael + Outcast’s Deathtouch)
Offhand: Orb of the Black Flame (Purified Salt + Outcast’s Deathtouch)
Dying God is a must in any Vitality build so I got it here - it’s HP/sec cost is laughable considering how this build can easily pay for it with the blood of its enemies.
Manticore is for the (flat) resistance reduction, something that is incredibly important for any build in Grim Dawn nowadays.
Aeon’s Hourglass is the interesting one. The Chinese lightning builds all run it to get another Storm Totem up quickly and get a few other nice copies of whatever at little cost thanks to the fact that Spear of the Heavens and Hourglass have very similar devotion costs. This build has the same idea since we take Dying God: An extra Storm Totem out sooner and more Sigils of Consumption are not to be overrated, not to mention the other great stats Hourglass offers. If I’m going to be real here, my experience with the devotion is pretty good.
Everything Else is for sustain. Who knew!
III - Pros & Cons
-Incredibly Survivable. As long as you’re not asleep at the wheel (and even if you are), it’s virtually impossible to kill this build.
-Incredibly Survivable x2. No, really, you can facetank a Fever Rage’d Iron Maiden with this build, it’s tanky.
-Amazing AoE. This build is pretty much entirely AoE-based, so cleans through legions like a knife through butter.
-Pauper Friendly. Without gear, this build is still going to get you through Veteran to Ultimate, and possibly up Challenger in Crucible.
-Cast All The Things! With an array of 9 spells to cast, this is very much an interactive caster build.
-Procs Galore. If you like walking through a room and being mildly confused what’s killing everything before realizing it’s you, this is for you.[/quote]
-Low Stun Resist. If you don’t like the idea of being stunned or frozen for long periods of time (and not mattering), this might be frustrating.
-Lack of Mobility. If you enjoy fast-paced Nightblade type builds, this is definitely not for you!
-Liability in Multiplayer. This build tends to get your friends killed thanks to Fevered Rage. However, that’s a pro for some people (like me).[/quote]
IV - Analysis
Storm Totem: The main source of damage in this build is in fact the newly buffed Storm Totem (with Corrupted Storm, obviously). While everything starts to do a lot when you involve Fevered Rage, this is the real kicker to the build, and Time Dilation lets you place them quicker than you would otherwise.
Sigil of Consumption: Almost the namesake of older Vitality Conjurers, this is one of the best sustain skills in the game despite being hard to utilize. This build utilizes it better than any other, and it goes very nicely with Time Dilation as well.
Wendigo Totem: A decent source of damage, but mostly a fantastic heal on a stick, Wendigo Totem is another namesake of this build. Make sure it’s 15/12 if possible, it’s another breakpoint above 12/12.
Passives: Between Blood of Dreeg, Mogdrogen’s Pact, and Wendigo procs, you’ll be swimming in passive HP regen.
Devouring Swarm: While the major function of this skill is the resistance reduction, do not underestimate the amount of life this skill can get you when shot at a crowd. If you have all your totems down, Bloody Pox is spreading, and Sigil is on cooldown, spam this skill.
Devouring Swarm: 62%
Curse of Frailty/Vulnerability: 30%
Symbol of Solael/Solael’s Flame: 10%
Manticore/Acid Spray: 25% (flat)
Total: 127% Vitality Resistance Reduction + Fevered Rage = one happy camper
V - Final Notes
I would like to specifically thank Ceno for not only helping me with my build when I first asked for help, but also for encouraging me to go further with the Vit Caster archetype. I would also like to thank DaShiv for his insights on ADCTH and Sigil of Consumption, Pox for encouraging me to incorporate Bloody Pox into the build, and TomoDaK/Barnacle_Ed/kidpid for helping me fine tune this thing into what it is now!