I have played Grim Dawn on and off, vanilla and Grimarillion, pet builds and non-pet builds, but there’s something about a decrepit army spreading Poison all around the region. I first made this build in early AoM thinking the Elemental conversion to Acid modifiers to Blood of Dreeg applied to pets as well (sadly, as I would learn later, it doesn’t happen that way). Then Blight Fiends and Unstable Anomaly finally became a viable way to play Blight Fiend, and the build evolved around it. Now, with FG and all of Crate’s glorious patch updates, I was more excited to test this build more than any other pet build I’ve made.
[188.8.131.52] The Wretched Army
[184.108.40.206] The Wretched Army - Combined Poison & Bleeding
I haven’t had the chance to fully play the new FG content yet, but this is what the build would fully look like once you obtain all skill and attribute points from quests. Gone is the gun + board waiting for Skeletons to apply Poison ticks; this is now a balls-to-the-wall offensive build combining Unstable Blight Fiends and Reap Spirit with 50% of Vitality and 25% of Cold converted to Acid. Getting Reap Spirit to 23/16 allows you to summon 3 Reap Spirits at once; as they are immortal, they are perfect for racking up Poison damage and body-blocking.
With the new-found focus on Reap Spirits, we now take Mythical Tome of the Arcane Wastes for the off-hand slot. What makes it stand out from the standard Cataclysm’s Eye is the fat Energy bonuses; maintaining 3 Blight Fiends and 3 Reap Spirits at once takes a ton of Energy, and if you’re not playing Crucible for the Energy Blessing, you need to use Energy Potions from time to time. The CDR is great to keep the pets running, alongside more frequent Blood of Dreeg heals and Call of the Grave + Mark of Torment. Ill Omen received a huge buff as it now reduces all damage, making the QoL much greater than originally having to cast Ravenous Earth and funneling enemies towards it.
I have fully revamped the FAQ section in the two posts below, so if you had not seen this guide in a while, this will be all new content for you.