Long have this select group of bleeders lurked in the shadows, watching BA brutes and suicidal tricksters make a mess of things with no finesse. Now with the new AoM arsenal they have emerged to show their unquestionable effectiveness.
This build was on my mind pre AoM but it didn’t cut it damage wise back then. Now, with gear mods and much improved PB, they are a force to be reckoned with and nigh immortal when used right. With PB always critting a single target and mobs, amazing slow CC via CoF, max run speed and slow resist, this build has superbly consistent bleed damage and the ability to stay alive no mater what. it’s not the highest damage but it’s enough and very consistent (200k-350K in crucilble all the time) with extreme duration. Adding to this, the leveling experience is really fun, fast and simple to attain
[v188.8.131.52]Video: 159-170 Gladiator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4yf09xAL8M The only “threat” vs this build is Grava who is fast and fas ranged burst skills. In the vido he appers 3x at 160-165(with valdaran)-170 and I get burst only once and use BB which is normal for this build. There si room for mistakes and if you don’t lag like i do you’ll forget BB exists.
Phantasmal Blades -> Falcon Swoop
Ring of Steel - > Mogdrogen
CoF -> Rend
Blade spirit -> Acid Spray
Pic with Mogdrogen proc up
Why it’s easy to survive :
- Everything is slow relative to you and you are fast with near 80% slow res(this is very important to acheive). CoF -% slow+ % slow from either Belt/Nightcalw/Timeflux procs are key. Boots can be replaced with very nice Magelord’s Greaves
- Ridiculous heal. Aside from the natural Pneumatic/BoD heal, Phantasmal Blades Insta Heal you to full hp due to natural skill mod, medal mod, regular % life steal
Why you kill so well and laugh:
Consistent 200 - 350K bleed ticks that have superb AoE for Kiting and they last for eeever and ever and ever:
- PB real duration is 351%. To sum up, you strike once and you strike true
You are a kiting king/troll. Just be a bit more unpredictable every 6 secs with Alex around as for Grava make sure you are outside his AoE’s or duck around the corner. Keep your hands on your heals and if you fail or feel like you are suddenly in a bad spot Blade Barrier(4:41 in vid Valdaran trolls me. Being randomly sandwiched between Vald and Grava is a moment you wanna deny:) )
All you need are 3x Ectoplasm to do this
Start with ABB and keep it at 6-7 until you get Frenetic throw. Now you can respec for 5 pt PB and put 4-5 into Heart seeker. With this you will lay waste to act 1 at the and of which you bind Falcon Swoop to PB.
Now you can put 3-4 pt in CoF as well. After this just go full mastery while dumping 3-4 pt in Pneumatic and 3 CoS. When You reach Blade Spirit slowly max it along with PB (10-11 pt max).
When you are done with the above put 1 pt CoS every leveland go for Occult mastery. Put some in Pneuma here and there
In Act 3 somewhere you should get Rend bound to CoF (unlock with hawk and Jackal). Now you can start thinking about removing PB transmuter and maxing PB. Precast BS and COF in a fight followed by PB. Cos anything that dares to come near you…profit
Whatever. You can get a Death Effigy for more PB damage or Spectral Arbalest.
Later on you can gear Bloodreaper set if you have, want, by no means a requirement, or you can do all Veteran with Lokarr set.
I recommend Zealot Gauntlets or any yellow gloves with Cast speed affix( often found with vendors) with or without transmuter with restless remains as soon as possible.
Any of the above or combination of, or having none, will mean a fast and fun leveling experience:)