Trying to build around Dryad, I wondered what build would get the most out of it, and the chosen one for this proof of concept is the trozan druid : it has high CDR, hungers for sustain, and is a natural fit thematically.
Instead of the conventional Chains of Brandis + Bat, I use for sustain the same defensive devotion trio that proved to be quite good on my beginner Trozan guide : Dryad, Chariot of the Dead, Behemoth. We don’t use life leech here (unless you 1-point Blood Pact for extra safety).
Thanks to the huge CDR (45% average, 50% with top rolls) and Eternity, we achieve nearly 100% uptime on Wayward Soul and Arcane Will, and low cooldowns on our chunk heals.
Only the hat can be crafted, I chose movement speed since it’s not capped and important to kite.
Purple Anubar rings are probably best in slot, but rare ; the blue version has the same stats, minus the proc.
Other options are Allagast rings, Living rings (preferably with acid or chaos resistance).
Mark of Calamitous Desires, it’s craftable and provides the acid resistance we are short of.
Rolderathis’ Tome is best in slot. Any affix works, but prefer a prefix with physical resistance for sturdiness (Thunderstruck, Glacial). I took a Celerity suffix to maje the skill rotation smoother, of Fallen Skies would provide more damage.
The build farms SR75-76 very easily, even with bad mutators like Resistant. Be careful with heavy physical hitters. You can adjust the physique/spirit ratio for more safety.
It has not been tested higher or in crucible (yet).
SR75 completed with rather bad mutators, against Reaper, Gargabol, Valdaran and some useless Void Leech boss.
If you want to level this build, you can adapt my beginner Warlock guide to a Druid :
The guide focuses on cold damage while this build is cold+lightning (with some emphasis on the lightning) thus the devotions are a little different, but the core is the same.
The equivalent of Vulnerability is Raging Tempest, your “heal” is Wendigo Totem, free resistances are from Oak Skin. You can get extra damage with Maelstrom or Storm Totems.