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Lightning Trickster is a build archetype that is old as the game itself. It was always a fun build, usually assembled with two Crystallum swords. But it was never a build fit for endgame content since it was never supported by gear and Nightblade mastery didn’t provide any synergy for Lightning damage. My goal was to try and create a Lightning Trickster that’s not just fun but also a real powerhouse (pun intended) spec capable of consistently farming all endgame content.
I am expecting few questions about why this item and not that, so I will explain some gear choices right away. Shattered Guardian set is what makes otherwise squishy class combination a real tank. Unfortunately, Trickster lacks quite a bit of important for a melee character stats, SG set seems to cover it. Dual Mythical Empyrion’s Mercy is the bis setup, no other sword/scepter combination provides that much flat damage. Unfortunately, just one aura works at a time. Rings provide unparalleled flat damage, crafting bonus and a bonus to our exclusive skill. Stormtitans health bonus scales beautifully on this build, and its proc damage reduction is actually pretty handy.
Now, why didn’t I cap Savagery at 24 points with Direwolf Crest + Crimson Claws combination? I have tested it, and damage output is similiar, single target is a bit better, but aoe drops a bit. But, with Direwolf Crest + Crimson Claws our DA drops and with it build’s consistency. Plus Korvaak’s medal adds bonus to Storm Touched which also scales beautifully on this build.
Skills and Devotions
Devotion map is a standard one for a Lightning build. I have tried setup with Eye of the Guardian (because we convert acid damage with our weapons), but damage output is identical, but lack of additional 3% ADCTH and 2% DA from Quill makes build very inconsistent. I found out (through testing) that Storm Touched scales much better than soft-capped Nightblade’s WPS.
I recommend looking for leveling guides on this forum written by Sir Spanksalot, Stupid Dragon, Maya, Malawiglenn or Nery. They can be found here.
Build almost cannot die in Crucible. Only real threat is wave 169 with both Korvaak and Anasteria or Korvaak on wave 170 coupled with Grava’Thul. By “threat” I mean you can die against them if you mess up really badly. Usually it’s facetanking from start to finish. Try and proc set’s proc when fightning big Nemesis by not healing with Pneumatic Burst. Build’s huge health pool allows it.
For Shattered realm I recommend sticking to Shards 65-66 farming. Build will be more consistent there. SR 75-76 is possible, but a lot would depend on boss arena draw and you should expect to die there quite often.
With Lethal Assault and Savagery charges up
Magical with ring procs
26 seconds Lokarr kill (yawn inducing facetank)
9,5 seconds Mad Queen kill (9-10 seconds average kill timer)
7:10 Crucible Gladiator run (should be ~30 seconds faster on a good pc)
Shard 76 run (lucky boss draw, would still recommend sticking to SR 65-66 or Crucible)
Shoutout to all the real and creative builders who make original builds, you know who you are people. True builds will always shine.