As part of my Grim Dawn experience/playstyle I like to experiment with some weird build opportunities - thus retaliation saboteur emerged. It's stupidly slow, but it works and somewhat fun to play around.
After checking some skills and items to make a build around them I ended up focusing on Blade Barrier and lowering it's downtime.
Initially I tried using [Daega's Oath] while dual-wielding [Mythical Basilisk Claw] but the performance and survivability were underwhelming. The best thing about that setup - it's still totally viable for Ultimate and an actual joke to pilot:
- jump into the crowd
- turn on Blade Barrier
- jump out as soon as Barrier ends
- run around and survive for about 3-4 seconds
The version presented below is more durable and can technically clear even SR75, but I couldn't add proper defense to this mix to consistently survive multiple bosses as once. SR65 is a bit more consistent, although boss rooms still could be painful. Running chunks is fairly simple using the same steps from DW variation above.
Crucible on the other hand (with arena buffs) is almost a face-roll carnival. Insanely... Slow... One...
Daega’s Toxic Snail:
|Boots||[Mythical Stormtitan Treads]|
|Amulet Component||[Seal of Annihilation]|
|Shield Component||[Seal of Might]|
Video: Crucible 160~170 (very slow, timecoded by wave)
|Amulet Component||[Seal of Ancestry]|
|Shield Component||[Seal of Resonance]|
Video: SR65 Boss Room (easy one, faster than usual)
Grim Tools - DW + Daega’s Oath
Video: SR50 3rd chunk + Boss Room (1 death, timecoded)
Video: Crucible 166~170 (last 5 minutes, buffs + defenses)
I have no shame in enabling everything in Crucible for this build variation.
It’s just not suited for that. (or perhaps I’m just bad at this)
[Retal] [18.104.22.168] (mi) (sr) (vid) Spiky Snail - Retaliation Saboteur (Fretheo)
- Damage: Retaliation
- Active Skills: Dreeg’s Wounds, Shadow Strike, Blade Barrier, Pneumatic Burst, Absolution, Grenado
- Passive Skills: Veil of Shadow, Flame Touched, Vindictive Flame, Blast Shield, Presence of Might
[Retal] [22.214.171.124] (sr-) (vid) Daega’s Toxic Snail - Retaliation Saboteur (Fretheo)
- Damage: Retaliation
- Active Skills: Dreeg’s Wounds, Shadow Strike, Blade Barrier, Pneumatic Burst, Blackwater Cocktail
- Passive Skills: Veil of Shadow, Flame Touched, Vindictive Flame, Blast Shield, Presence of Might, Arcane Resonance
This "guide" is more of a short version of character journey
Level 10 ~ Around Flooded Passage
With a new game start hoarding retaliation gear and (for now) fire damage as well
Retaliation - just for the build foundation, Fire - for Vindictive Flame
Level 30 ~ Around Arkovian Undercity
Thanks to FG shrines we have Behemoth constellation. Back on track of the main game storyline.
Keep hoarding/updating retaliation gear. After leveling Vindictive Flame and Flame Touched (with their upgrades) go for base Nightblade masterty leveling, next target - Merciless Repertoire.
Level 40 ~ Next to Swarm Queen Ravna
Already have one [Perdition] item, now slow down leveling/questing to get full set before the character outlevels it. Took me 1 level of farming act 1 totems (Lower Crossing, Wightmire, Foggy Bank, Burrwitch Outskirts) to get 5 pieces. After that you either already have some Eldritch Essence or need to farm FG areas for it (to reroll set pieces)
When Merciless Repertoire is maxed - go for Blade Barrier (finally). We’re still far away, but now the playstyle is somewhat close to endgame one.
At level 45 - Loghorrean is dead.
Level 50 ~ Around Malmouth Crown Hill
Collecting as many shrines as possible before moving to Elite.
Al level 55 - Moving to Elite
No more tracking - it doesn’t seem to matter going further
Feel free use any route you want
Level 60 ~ Just progressing through
All devotions, more resistances. Now you could either be thorough and complete every side quest. Or just rush to Ultimate - what I did for this playthrough.
Level 75 ~ Just progressing further (already on Ultimate)
Level 94 ~ Last milestone
At this point put some retaliation gear you should’ve gotten while leveling and just continue forming the build. You’ve reached the endgame.