*when you ran out of ideas for build pictures like 5 builds ago
Bonus build is at the end of the post
The idea for this piercing magic was born when I was testing different variations of a well known Pierce Blade Arc Blademaster. Looking at Mythical Nadaan’s Reach I thought that the concept of a pierce caster is worth exploring and given that successful pierce casters have been done before, (like this pierce rune Infiltrator by @Plasmodermic), I decided to make something worth playing myself.
Update 188.8.131.52 - Builder’s Rebuke
Sigh, Crate completely ruined conversion on Nadaan targeting this build among others. Pretty sad.
Oh well, had to rework the build and make it a bit stronger than before. And it’s easier to gear now.
Decided to add Attuned Lodestone to the build - proc is just too good pass up.
Redid this monster with some new gear and devotions. Unfortunately, Vengeance relic has to go in favour of more stable Serenity option. Build is an absolute slayer tho and is even faster than before.
Update 184.108.40.206 - part 2
Vengeance relic is here to stay! Build is insanely fast now.
So after a little bit of drama with Blade Spirits Conduits this build comes back to life! Modernized this spec a bit and made seperate versions for Crucible and Shards 75+ (Shattered version is still perfectly capable in Crucible).
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*Rolls on green pants are mostly irrelevant, but try to get ones with some OA/DA on them. Try to get Slow Resistance on either pants or shoulders. Craft for %Physique or cc-resists, depending on your items.
**Craft for slow resist
***You can drop Shadow Strike if the build is too much piano for you
Pierce Storm Box? Pierce Biting Blades? What is this dark sorcery?
Actually, most of the damage in the build is done by Blade Spirits. Everything else is for support damage, proccing and sustain
Why so many points in Storm Box then? Can’t you invest them somewhere else?
Storm Box deals decent damage, and with more investment it has higher aoe damage for better proccing and DA debuff that amplifies the damage from other skills
Why not take Chillspikes? They seem to have more damage, plus component gives OA
Initially tested with them, damage is indeed a bit better, but ADTCH is low because of low weapon damage
How crucial are green pants to build’s performance?
I’d say they are nice to have, but build works perfectly fine without them if your pants patch stats/resists that you are missing
Core of the build is Nadaan’s Reach sword. Everything else is interchangeable, just gather enough %damage, stats and resists. The combination of gear that I’ve used is pretty much optimal here, in my opinion.
You can invest a couple of skill points into Horn of Gandarr or/and Shadow Strike if you are prepared to play the piano: it might help in high Shards and with mobility.
Devotion map is somewhat standard for two-handed Pierce builds albeit a bit conservative.
For leveling check out levelin guides on these forum. This is the endgame build and it works the way it was advertised once you equip core build items/skills/devotions at level 100.
General (before Deadly Aim)
Bonus Build: Guy Pearce (6:30 Crucible, Pierce Rimetongue Infiltrator)
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I actually tried it just for the memes, but it works. Somewhat tanky too. Worse in every way than Pierce Brosnan tho.