Trickster is one of the vanilla combinations.It is Nighblade+Shaman.Generally,since both classes have cold RR,is easy to build cold melee.DW is more suitable,because Nightblade have some strong DW weapon pool skills and Savagery from Shaman is excellent auto attack replacer.Tricksters are so called glass cannon build,they deal damage,but are not so tough.
So what are the goals of main build?
As often I provide tips for beginners,but also budget end game version.The goal is to have fast moving DPS machine.
This build was inspired from multiple DW Tricksters posted.So how end game build is looking!
*pick with perma buffs.Note this is pic from previous patch.Currently Stun resistance is much higher,because of Stormcaller pact changes
GRIM TOOLS LINK https://www.grimtools.com/calc/w260eJbZ
Savagery Our main attack.It has charges,that increased potency of attacks.Also triggers WPS skills.Put as many points as possible.Tenacity of boar is excellent nuff.
Amarasta Blade Burst It’s used mainly for Lethal Assault buff.One point and max LA
Shadow Strike Mobility skill,with Nightfall can proc devotions at good rate
Ring of Steel Used y for freezing enemies crow control and fumble
Pneumatic Burst Healing skill,with excellent defensive bonus from Shadow dance,must for any DW Nightblade.
Wind Devils Used as RR source.Elemental means all three of them-cold,lightning,fire
Charge with Shadow Strike to close gap and apply Rumor debuff,use Ring of Steel for fumble in melee range.Attack with Savagery and charge Lethal Assault.Heal yourself with pots and PB.Keep Pneumatic Burst active all time.
Core set is Silver Sentinel,super common blue set,but also
Weapons Best are Chillstrifes.They"re farmed from bosses Janaxia and Larria in act 5.Look for attack speed suffix and maybe elemental or cold prefix.Mine used here are one rare and one common affix and are farmed in legit way in campaign.Note,I used in all builds other than daggers only double common items.Chillstrifes RR is key.Good rolled Malkadar blade can be used.
Amulet Crafted low level blue,it has +1 all skills.
Rings Blue Alkamos rings.Super good,lots of cold damage and OA.Farmed from SoT ofc.Options:cheapest possible are Coven sky seals from reputation.Also eternal haunt+Reign of Ice and FIre,if you have the recipes.Blue elemental balance rings with recipe,or Nightscorn randm blue.
Medal Dreeg faction rep,cheap and good with cold flat damage and DA
Relic Nemesis,cold low level relic.Best is Nidalla,Serenity is good defensively
Belt Not flat damage,but every other stats are king,random blue item.
Gloves Any cold or elemental gloves with attack speed can be used.If you don’t have any of them,use random green with speed.
Pants Kuba pants,so good with that LA and Boar bonuses.Hard part is kill Kuba with cold build.Maybe in elite? If you can’t farm them,settle for eastern legs or Solael greens
Boots Stoneplate cradts,just to cover resistances.
Gear priorities and problems
The key is to cap all resistances.Cold flat damage is key stat for this melee build.Problem can be lack of damage reduction.I use in my ring Kymon Will augment for that,sacrificing some damage.Recommended stats-2.9 or 3k at least OA to capitalize on the crit bonus.2750 is min DA you need,since the build have OA shred.
There are few T3 cold constellations on the map.Leviathan isn’t impressive and Yugol route is too expensive.On purpose I don’t use Dying God,which will further creates defensive problems,so choice to take Amatok,Ultos+utility devotions.End game devotion path
15.Green,remove Scholar’s Light
16.Ultos to proc
Build can finish Gladiator 170,but is not reliable to farm.I manage to complete few runs,without even phoenix or aether cluster,but require some skills.I suggest 150,maybe even in Challenger in Crucible for items.Dungeons are easy.SoT for rings is my idea.SR is really not suited for the build.
Video from Gladiator https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UaQBkgA15E&t=8s
*Note in my original version,I used viper instead of phoenix,but realize it’s not worth it,unless you struggle with OA
Idea is to level early with ABB and swith to Savagery
*notes change upper right level of difficulty in GT links.
GT for level 10 https://www.grimtools.com/calc/O2Gz8lJN
Start with Nightblade,put few points in ABB,and one in dual blades to unlock ability to use two weapons.Woek your way to Pneumatic burst for heal,LA and start with Night chill for cold RR.
Devotions,standard treatment,green and then bat.
GT for level 30 https://www.grimtools.com/calc/r2BzBoB2
Don’t rush with choosing Shaman.Put first points in LA and Night’s chill.Then at 18-19 unlock it.Goal is to reach Maelstorm for second source of RR.Put some points in Heart of the Wild.
Devotions,after bat go for Elemental storm proc from Crown devotion.Take Quill and purple nod.
GT for level 50 https://www.grimtools.com/calc/M2glqWBV GT was sadly lost,this is just skill progression and devotions.To compenate for my mistake,here is video from Log fight in level 50
At level 35-40 you can switch to Savagery.Is good if you replace Spectral weapons with Malkadar ones.Take the points from ABB and leave it to 1,then pump Savagery and few points in Boar.Work Nightblade to the end of mastery,their is located Execution,the best single target damage WPS.
Devotions,Sailor’s guide for mobility and then Murmur for RR
50-70 GT for level 70
More points in Savagery and WPS.I left some blanks points for personal selection.Option is to go to stormacaller pact quickly or to use WPS heavy system.If you are dying,more points in shadow dance and PB.Items,you can use now augments to cover resistances.Survivor ingenuity is early option for jewel augments
You will start to find legendary gear,that and revered faction items will help you level deep in game.DPS will increase and you will have chance to use life steal from it to stay alive.70+ require also more armor and physical resistances to negate enemy physical damage.
Side with Outcast and with Barrowholm.Kymon is MUST in order to farm for Malkadar blade.Dreeg is recommended faction in FG.
Faction Gear build
Here’s really cheap version courtesy of TomoDak
Here’s Malawiglenn take https://www.grimtools.com/calc/a2dlbRL2
End Game prospects
Test Trickster for Crucible time,speed farmer ,By Nery(me) https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/1-1-2-5-dw-chillstrifes-cold-trickster-gladiator-5-25/81931
Hardcore and defensive bu @Lumina https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/1-1-2-5-korbas-dw-cold-trickster-hc-ravager/51236
Credits to @malawiglenn for the idea!
This is budget build with full Stormserpent blue set,which fully covert pierce to lightning.Also faction rings and shoulders.Medal Blueprint is faction,Solael pants and Stoneplate boots to cover resistances.Amulet is common blue one.Augments and components are BiS,but they can be substituted with cheap,without hurting the build much.
Weapons are guaranteed drop from Dalia’s Secret Quest https://grimdawn.gamepedia.com/Daila%27s_Secret_Quest
Video from SoT(Alkamos) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhEub5ZMkF4&feature=youtu.be
Lightning Trickster in this configuration has good DPS,also life steal,but is little glassy and cold offers more resist reduction.
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