Introduction / Build Concept:
I have been always been a big fan of the concept of player-scaling pets and it’s midway playstyle between being a pet build and a regular build. And amongst the player scaling pets, the pets from the Blood Knight Set and the Deathstalker relic have been my favourite - both stylistically and build performance. I’ve had lots of fun running builds with these seperately and now I have decided to write my first guide/build with these two together and showcase a bleed build done with some player-scaling, pet flavour.
The Build: Grimtools Link
The build focuses on a (kite - while applying AoE bleeds) gameplan and has a relaxed playstyle. By relaxed, I mean it steps away from the auto attack/WPS side of bleed builds to focus on having 1 or 2 large AoE bleed skills and letting your ambient damage handle the rest (such as pets w/ devotions, and equipment procs). This incentivizes us to ignore stats like attack speed/cast speed and any non-DoT damage bonuses and lets us explore more ‘ambient’ sources of bleed damage and put focus more on the stats that pump bleed damage: high OA, Crit Damage, and Flat/% Bleed Damage.
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AS AN ASIDE: I want to say Mythical Bloodbathed Link is a HOUSE - man is that belt is good. I’m surprised it’s not included in every bleed build; (it has 2 procs, 30% for 202 bleed over 3s and 10% for 1015 bleed over 10s) - that sums up to 270 flat bleed per second from one item !! Likewise, Gutripper is also a house (albeit a smaller one) - being a ranged weapon is nice (when combined with Decapitate from Bloody Whetstone) and having high base bleed damage of (510 over 3 sec - 170/s ) is great BUT the proc (100% chance on crit) of 675 bleed over 3 sec (225/s) is what tops it all off since with our build - we’re almost always making a critical hit and we have so many sources of hits even if we’re not attacking ourselves (e.g. blade spirits and other pets).
I am not sure about SR and Crucible because I haven’t done it on this character yet, but killing celestials is very managable - I can kite and kill Callagadra in Ultimate in roughly 6 minutes without using any consumable besides energy potions (or health potions if I mess up kiting - which I usually do near the end LOL).
If you debuff training dummies with Devouring Swarm, use the pet attack command on them, use Decapitate, then use Ring of Steel - you can get bleed ticks over 600k.
… More write-up to come, will iteratively update this topic:
- Explaining item choices
- Explaining devotion choices
- Theme and playstyle
- Add pictures and videos