[] Sentinel of the Three Witchblade CR 4:40 + 5:50EX naked/ 100sr with Fevered Rage + 2.5kDA / Celestials -> Ravager 33 sec + Crate ~1 min facetank + Callagadra 44 seconds note
I made some tests vs Ravager only (100% consistency), got around ~34 seconds fastest so 1 second slower than last patch and I did not fish a lot. It means damage is not decreased much, probably going to be really a little bit slower (matter of few seconds I guess) in crucible but won’t be visible by average player, in SR especially. Build stay as it is, scales still works well, no gear changes required. Do not be afraid to play it :wink:

After many nerfhammers build is still doing good. Crucible is sub5, can push high sr and farm 75-76 without troubles taking agro of all bosses (Grava need extra caution), Ravager is 33-40 seconds, Crate can be facetanked in around 1 min. The only real nerf is versus Callagadra performance, very inconsistent, took her down under 1 min but she was walking around sometimes. Annyoing and full of rng fight.

Damage setup: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/YVWnyyd2

Alternative gear options:
Medal - Mythical Mark of Stone will is very good either because of retal damage + resistances.

Boots - Stonetreaders or Golemborn

Helmet - Targo still is okay because of elemental->physical conversion so it’s second choice after Callagadra.

Crucible 4:40 real time, 4:33 buff time

Crucible naked + extra spawn 5:50

Ravager 33 seconds

Crate boss facetank 1min

SR 100 all bosses with fevered rage

Callagadra 44 seconds, walked away as usually. Perfect run should be around 40-41 seconds.

1.1.6 prenerf performance


@banana_peel ~4:30 run 150-170cr

My run 5:04 with no crucible experience, I’ve just killed everything what showed on my screen

SR 105 with Fevered Rage (I didn’t use it only vs Valdaaran because no way to kill him with it without even more kiting). 110 without fevered rage and defense oriented devotion tree should be possible.

Ravager 25 seconds

Ravager 23 seconds with new setup

Callagadra 31 seconds

SR 80 full room of not hard meelehitting bosses for fun (fevered rage either)

Crate boss ~1 min (with sr setup)





Congratz on the strongest build in the game.

Phys is the weakest non-retal dmg type and S&B is the weakest non-retal build archetype. So this state of things is metaphorically “retaliated” into a monster among retaliation builds.

That’s why we love this game.

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@Dmt looks like something went wrong during typing values for balance :rofl:

@arcane_undo I was trying Sentinel, it can’t survive with fevered rage. Even my 35 seconds Ravager with clasical physical items (much more tankier) had like 10% consistency vs him, not even mention how bad it could be in crucible or sr. But try it, maybe you will do it better than me so I am looking forward for results!

@banana_peel Thanks! I think except set, first Fevered Rage should be changed for retaliation, like some penalty. Without it build is not as strong.

3 parts set were existing but this patch it’s just more worth to use full set and conversion for physical builds. I think I’ve even wrote in some of your build’s topic that 4 parts +targo/rare belt seems be strange strong after this patch.

Absolution should stay at it is imo, problem is in buffed set and in some way from Witchblade tankyness so it can survive with fevered rage and bosses just kill themselves.

I agree retaliations should stay tanky, it’s their identification - slow turtle build who doesn’t care about anything.


I think it’s time to remove racial damage from Sanctified Bone and Anatomy of the Murder!


I just realised i forgot to put the diamond into the helm for Crucible :smile:

Oh well, it only affects survivability here :slightly_smiling_face:


Added Crate boss fight, took around 1 min with fevered rage too, wasn’t really speedrunning, just 1 attempt because was curious if it can die too. It can easy.


Same as my friend. 24s & 32s

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Haha looks like everyone is playing this set now :sweat_smile: He killed him 1 second faster, rng or similar build? Could you post gt link?

he didn’t post GT link yet. I ask him later

Ah cccsennn, I saw his channel in like 1.1.4 but can’t find it now in your videos site, I remember there were a lot of great builds with leveling guides included. I think guys here were writing somewhere he was one of the best builders here in old times with crazy superbosses times. Can you send me his channel in PM if he doesn’t want to make it public?

Really good post, much respect for everyone involved! Love you guys’ effort, honesty, transparency and sacrifice finally showing the true power of retaliation in all its glory.
Now it can finally get nerfed properly :hammer:


heh, maybe conversion is the ticket?

Try some fevered rage on HC vs Grava’thul, I will give you a cookie if you dodge his nullify without animation :scorv:

@Boromonokli It’s all about conversion, going from some halfass belt with 50% into 60% improved ravager time from 39 seconds into 25. And grinding in gd stash for one hour for almost perfect rolls).

Buff all builds to be like this and this build is no longer broken. :scorv:

I predict Counter Strike mods on the set and maybe the skill itself being nerfed, mainly because it seems to be the thing that is allowing Warlord/Witchblade to deal so much damage. Combined with the fact that Sentinel is nowhere as consistent, even though it has double physical RR, just makes it seem Counter Strike has a lot of the blame here since Sentinel doesn’t have that skill, for obvious reasons.

*If all builds are broken, it’s called Diablo 3. We don’t wanna end up there…


Sentinel is less consistent because of survivality mostly, witchblade is way tankier. Set itself is problem and fevered rage, some penalty for retaliation vs fevered enemies should be made imo.

I am looking forward to see chinese version, our kill times are similar so maybe combine ideas will result in even faster times :scorv:

I use shield bash to apply 15% reduced target resistances from Essence of cthon, I guess at least 100% weapon damage to apply full value is necessary to it - or I am wrong and I’ve just wasted one skill slot. However Mark of myrmidon seems interesting idea with its more flat retal (for 8 seconds but maybe will do the difference in short boss fight), gonna try it later.

That is correct. Brutal Shield Slam has a cooldown though and because Essence of Chthon has a chance to apply that resistance reduction, you can get unlucky and take several attempts to apply it. And there’s a three seconds delay between each attempt.

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