[1.1.7.0] Ele Mental - tanky elemental Cadence Battlemage with Scion of Arcane Force, SR 65+

UPDATED to patch 1.1.7.0!!!

INTRODUCTION

The reason behind this build is to make use of a weapon from Monster Totems (Voidtouched totems for farming) - Scion of Arcane Force. Build uses elemental Cadence. Easier to do is the Witchblade with Occultist’s elemental resistance reduction but I went for the harder option of the Battlemage and made it work even with low available RR. There are two versions of this build. One using Shattered Guardian set and the other version using Iskandra’s Unification set. Both have very high DPS and crit damage to compensate for low RR. Typical crits in main campaign are from 300k - 500k. In SR I managed to do 1 milion crit. But lack of RR causes that they are not fast cleaners but rather slower and methodical (but not extremely slow). SR version is a bit tankier and the slightly better one but not by much. They are both close to each other. Iskandra’s version has a bit more DPS and is here for those who do not want to use the SR set. Both are competent farmers of SR 65-66.

I have another build with Scion of Arcane Force here.

Version 1 - SR set - a bit tankier version

For tankiness build uses Shattered Guardian set. It is quite tanky. I tanked in SR 65-66 Reaper of the Lost, Father Kymon and Lagoth’Ak all at once and used only one health potion (didn’t even have to use Mirror) but it was wild. I think this version is the slightly better one but differences are small.

GRIMTOOLS https://www.grimtools.com/calc/DV9Ln6P2

crafting bonus on medal is to physique

image from the game with passive buffs only

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image from the game with passive buffs + Deadly Momentum, Elemental Imbalance and Fighting Spirit

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I do not have the best rolled Scion of Arcane Force, so DPS could go higher.

OFFENSE

high DPS from 160k to 230k

high base weapon damage

high attack speed 189 % (with best rolls you can get 200 %)

high critical damage - base 69 % (87 % with Elemental Imbalance)

high OA - base around 3050 OA (with fighting spirit around 3350 OA)

55 DA reduction to enemies from component

low resistance reduction - from weapon bonus to Cadance and Viper (compensated by high DPS and critical damage)

damage from devotions - Elemental Seeker and Arcane Currents

DEFENSE

OK life above 14000 HP

base DA close to 3000 DA (+Arcane Will increases it)

55 OA reduction to enemies from component

nice lifesteal 15 %

damage reduction from War Cry and Masterful Korvan Swiftness (if you time it correctly it is always up)

capped important CC resistances

capped disruption resistance - Eternal Band ring + bonus from Blind Sage

disruption to enemy skills from War Cry

reasonably overcapped resistances

+3 to maximum all resistances

OK armor - close to 2400

OK physical resistance 26 %

% damage absorption from Maiven’s Sphere of Protection

Ghoul

Shatterguard

Menhir’s Will

Prismatic Rage from component

Mirror of Ereoctes (saves the day when things go tough)

Nullification

Version 2 - Iskandra’s set - a bit more DPS version

This version is tanky as well as the first one. I tanked in SR 65-66 Slathsaar while standing in his fumble pool. It is for those who do not want to use the SR set. This version has slightly changed devotions, components and augments.

GRIMTOOLS https://www.grimtools.com/calc/a2EkoKjZ

crafting bonuses on medal and helm are to physique

image from the game with passive buffs only

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image from the game with passive buffs + Deadly Momentum, Elemental Imbalance, Fighting Spirit and Inspiration

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I do not have the best rolled Scion of Arcane Force, so DPS could go higher.

OFFENSE

high DPS from 170k to 230k

high base weapon damage

high attack speed 189 % (with best rolls you can get 200 %)

high critical damage - base 69 % (87 % with Elemental Imbalance)

high OA - base around 2950 OA (with Fighting Spirit and Inspiration above 3200 OA)

55 DA reduction to enemies from component

low resistance reduction - from weapon bonus to Cadance and Viper (compensated by high DPS and critical damage)

damage from devotions - Elemental Seeker and Hyrian

DEFENSE

OK life above 12500 HP

base DA over to 2900 DA (Inspiration and Arcane Will increase it)

55 OA reduction to enemies from component

nice lifesteal 15 %

damage reduction from War Cry and Masterful Korvan Swiftness (if you time it correctly it is always up)

capped important CC resistances

capped disruption resistance - Eternal Band ring + bonus from Blind Sage

disruption to enemy skills from War Cry

smaller overcap of some resistances

OK armor - close to 2100

nice physical resistance 29 %

% damage absorption from Maiven’s Sphere of Protection

Ghoul

Menhir’s Will

Prismatic Rage from component

Mirror of Ereoctes (saves the day when things go tough)

Nullification

SR, CRUCIBLE FOR BOTH VERSIONS

This build does SR 65-66 easily. It doesn’t have problem tanking nemesis, sometimes more of them (depending on the combination). Killing Grava takes time though. It is definitely tankier than my 2H melee Ultos Warder. I don’t push my characters higher but it can go higher if you are a skilled player. I don’t play Crucible so I don’t have a time number for it.

image from SR 66 for the SR set version

image from SR 66 for the Iskandra’s set version

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Hey, man, A+ for posting your builds but this

This couldn’t be further away from truth. Please, avoid from making statements like that unless you have made extensive tests and have videos to back it up.

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Actually the SR set makes things tankier than the Ultos set. I tried it with my last build. But OK for you I will change it to - my 2H melee Ultos Warder. Satisfied? And by stronger I meant tankier.

Edit - this post replies to other posts that are no longer here.

I corrected it to my Ultos build! Which I agree may not be among the strongest (because it does not use Savagery). Yes I can upload it.
And quite frankly I don’t care about your deep SR and fast Crucible times. It is just like showing who has bigger d*ck.

2nd edit - uploaded files removed (testers had enough time to download them if they wanted them)

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I have seen you multiple times trying to talk down on other people’s builds if you don’t like someone’s build simply don’t type anything negative this is grim dawn anyone is free to post whatever they want this is not a competitive game where you have the “i’m better that you” mentality so chill

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Yup looks almost exactly as the build I planned to do, though I planed to use slightly different devotions :stuck_out_tongue: :wink: I guess this means I have to move that build higher up in my priorities now! Or perhaps I should do witchblade version?

I know you like this game, but do you think it should be treated as rigorously as nuclear physics?

People can claim whatever they want, there is no part in the forum rules that one needs to have video proof or whatever.

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Good effort mate, only thing i still hate about this is the insanely low RR but theres not too much you can do about that with a battlemage. Im not sure why they put flat RR on the weapon when you can get flat RR from elemental storm. Would have made more sense to put -%RR cadence modifier instead.

Yes some - % RR should be added on something for battlemage only though. But I am not sure where. Perhaps special set for elemental cadence Battlemage.

Not all skills can have the -%RR modifier on them.

It is possible to get all tier-2 -%RR devotions though, but I don’t think that it is a general good solution - though it might be worth testing here.

yeah good luck convincing zantai to do that

It clears SR 65-66 OK but it is its tankiness. It could clear it bit faster. It is not slow but not fast either. Any other build without SR set would have big problems.

someone else did that on discord, they specced into all the elemental RR devos but the build was a squish fest with bad resists

it’s impossible to put -%RR to such skills as Cadence or any other AA.
that’s how game engine works

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Then new set for elemental cadence battlemage with skill that gives - % RR. Set could be farmble only from totems :slight_smile: 4 piece set like vanquisher set but for battlemage.

That was the first version of my build with all elemental RR from devos. But I changed it to this version. It is better.

Damage reductions do not stack btw.

I know but they last shorter than their cooldowns. So you use them after each other for continuous damage reduction. You jump in with rune and after 3 seconds you use war cry. Lasts for 5 seconds and then rune again and so on.

Damn, I need that Scion of Arcane Force to my 2H Melee Sorcerer. I farmed dozen of times FG completely with every totem and hero and Kaisen but no chance… Nice build, btw why are you using SR set with every build?

Being a soldier skill, Cadence base values are designed with low -RR% in mind. If you’re pulling SR65+ it doesn’t need a new set added just to buff this one niche archetype.

Not with every build. With this one there is no substitute that can survive good enough in SR 65-66. In my previous character I tried at first to use Ultos set but farming SR 65-66 was very incosistent with too many deaths for my taste. So I switched it to SR set as well. It is just a good allrounder set that is sometimes better than dedicated sets. And sometimes there are no sets to use and combination of other items is inferior. I have so far posted 8 builds. Only 2 of them used SR set. In both cases I at first tried different set ups.

For Scion of Arcane Force you need to farm Voidtouched totems. Here is a good video about it.

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