Thanks to Ptirodaktill for giving some initial input.
Update 1: More Slow Resist, adjust devo a bit, adjust WPSes
Update 2: Adjust Devo omitting suboptimal procs, back to 2x seal of void. The WPS is just too good with fire strike
with all permanent buff + Pneumatic Burst and Lethal Assault.
DPS shown is fire strike.
- DW melee, Fast Killer
- Awesome AoE and Single Target Damage
- Auto-Attack Build with 100% WPS, fluid gameplay
- 3 Circuit breaker + 1 emergency button
- Yes, the build is using 4 MIs
- Even with that much circuit breaker, multiple deadly nemesis can still kill you, full concentration is needed in 160 and 170 cruci wave.
This is cold strike build. Utilizing some of the new equipments for cold conversion and Nightblade WPS + Seal of the Void for 100% WPS. I haven’t even thought that it will be this powerful. and I honestly doesn’t understand the build fully because of the complex interaction between fire strike skill line to the WPS.
What I feel from the build, only nightblade’s WPS that have nice synergy to fire strike is amarasta quick cut. It hits 3 times and trigger explosive strike, brimstone, and static strike along the line. This build exploded when I try double seal of the void for maximizing the WPS. It seems that burning void hit max 3 enemies, then they each proc explosive strike, static strike, and brimstone, shotgunning each other. Thus, group of enemies and bosses drop even faster.
For Defense: good life leech by almost 200% effective AS, ±3400 effective DA, 18% reduced physical damage by BWC, Fumble & Impaired Aim by Flashbang, blast shield & Mark of Divinity as hard circuit breaker, ghoulish hunger as soft circuit breaker, and blade barrier as panic button. Also aether cluster as another panic button :p.
Most of the equipment is core, try to have good rolls on the conversion and +% attack speed. Also, craft any equipments in Arngrim for+% armor or +% physique
Helm: Rimetongue Mask. Plus to both masteries, converting max 36% fire to cold
Chest: Mythical Frostdread Cuirass. huge flat cold and % cold damage (something that this build lacks), also good resist
Shoulder: Kra’vall Shoulderguards. Only use for its chaos to cold conversion, use any prefix/suffix you like
Alternative Shoulder: Mythical Silver Sentinel’s Shoulderguard. Usually Bis for any cold nightblade build, but not for this build. It can still act as a good placeholder for this build though. As a bonus, it make it easier to cap lethal assault
Main Hand: Ugdenbog Chillstrife. We use general dagger for cold build. Mainly because the build lack of +% cold damage. Get prefix/suffix that boosting cold damage. Also the suffix must have +% attack speed, so “of alacrity” or “of shattering” is a must
Off Hand: Mythical Chillflame Evoker. Build defining item, converting all fire damage in fire strike to cold. Also have general fire to cold damage (max 54%)
Amulet: Ellena’s Necklace. more RR for Veil of shadow and physical conversion to cold. “of Alacrity” suffix is a must. For prefix, using kra’vall shoulderguards make it harder to cap lethal assault, so the assassin prefix with +3 lethal assault would be nice, otherwaise use whatever you like for prefix.
Alternative Amulet: Mageslayer’s protector. even more RR for Veil of shadow but harder to cap attack speed.
Ring: Elemental Harmony set. No contest. The best ring for this build
Gloves: Mythical Chilling Grip of Hagarrad. Converting max 30% piercing to cold and more RR with +Night’s Chill.
Alternative Gloves: Mythical Iceskorn Talons. For easy capping of lethal assault
Pants: Kubacabra’s Chausses. For capping lethal assault. Use whatever prefix/suffix you like
Boots: Stoneplate Greaves. to cover resistances, get any prefix/suffix you like
Belt: Mythical SpellBreaker Waistguard. +Nightblade, +flat cold, good stats overall
Medal: Mythical mark of divinity. hard circuit breaker and in line plus skills to the build
Alternative Medal: Mythical Undying Oath. If you want to be more offensively-oriented, unbeatable for cold nightblade build
Relic: Mogdrogen’s Ardor. Plus all skills and total speed, get %DA as completion bonus
Update 2: just realized that whirlpool is horrible in this build because AoE is already excellent. Blizzard would be nice, but it is hard to gather enough OA for this build as the proc is on crit. If you can rack up about 3000 effective OA, take it. Update 2 devo version only take the 4 necessary procs, while the rest of the points are used to take good stats nodes.
Flame Torrent > to Fire Strike
Rumor > to Amarasta’s Blade Burst
Elemental Storm > to Flashbang
Ghoulish Hunger > to whatever permanent buff
LMB: Fire Strike
RMB: Amarasta’s Blade Burst
Mouse scroll up: Flashbang
Mouse scroll down: Pneumatic Burst
Middle mouse button: Shadow Strike
Keyboard 1: Blackwater Cocktail
Keyboard 2: Blade Barrier
Scroll up and down to activate Flashbang and pneumatic burst, triggering multiple Elemental storm
Shadow strike in, then Maul your enemy with Fire strike while right click for activating lethal assault and spreading rumor.
Make sure lethal assault and flashbang in cooldown. Always cast BWC to strong enemies.
Do not let yourself to be surrounded. Try to move around a bit or escape with shadow strike so there are no enemy behind you.
It is preferable to isolate one nemesis from the other, and kill them one by one. If you need to face multiple, just make sure that they are in front of you not behind. AoE is really good, when you kill one, the other will be almost dead, except kuba because he heals.
The build is tuned for crucible. It can farm 150 crucible even without buff. 150 with buff feels like cheating.
For 170 Crucible, screenshot with 3 buff (resist, damage, HP) (update 1 build):
As always, you can measure the clear speed from the remaining duration of the buff. For +151, the most dangerous enemy is kubacabra for its high cold res. Do not facetank him too long as standing in its blood pool make killing him longer. Kite every 1.5 seconds to avoid his blood pools. Also, kill him last.
The second most dangerous is Reaper due to its charge type savagery, just kite a bit every second. for Grava’thull, just avoid his chaos pool. The build has no problem inflicting damage to them, just need to pay attention. For this two nemesis, kill them first
The third most dangerous is moonsilauke due to high cold res and high burst damage. Dodge when it wants to do its overhead double hand smack something. For this nemesis, kill him lastest
All other nemesis and bosses is a joke for this build really. Other Vanilla nemesis got killed easy, even zantarin and mad queen because we have mark of divinity & blast shield.
I originally plan this build with full rimetongue set. The concept is to trap the enemy and finish them with fire strike. Unfortunately the Trap resist RR from the set is not enough to trap all nemesis, so I scrapped the idea and chose to focus on cold strike instead.
I think that is all, I hope you can enjoy the build