The reason behind this build is to use Stormrend axe from totems + shield for Primal Strike. Natural class combination for this is Archon. Primal Strike hits hard even with one weapon, added to that we have shield throw (Aegis of Menhir) and two movement skills (Masterful Rahn’s Might and Vire’s Might) with which you can avoid getting hit if needed. You can facetank most of the single boss enemies even in SR 65-66.
Here is a list comparing all my Primal Strike builds from best to worst. All are at least SR 65-66 capable.
Dragonborn – great build, 2H melee physical PS, good offensively and very powerful defensively (best of my PS builds)
Thor – great build, 2H melee lightning PS, offensively similar to Dragonborn, defensively noticably weaker than Dragonborn
Aetheros Ranged – great build, 2H ranged aether PS, offensively a little weaker than Dragonborn, defensively a little weaker than Thor
Aetheros – great build, 2H melee aether PS, offensively a little better than Aetheros Ranged (and a little weaker than Dragonborn), defensively a little weaker than Aetheros Ranged
Colderos – great build, 2H melee cold PS, offensively noticably better than Dragonborn (best of my PS builds), defensively a little weaker than Aetheros
Colderos Ranged – great build, 2H ranged cold PS, offensively a little weaker than Colderos, defensively a little weaker than Colderos (actually only when facetanking bosses otherwise you can take out enemies from distance)
Meme Striker – good build, 2H melee lightning PS, offensively similar to Colderos, defensively noticably weaker than Colderos Ranged
Storm Knight – good build, 1H melee + shield lightning PS, offensively noticably weaker than Aetheros Ranged, defensively a little weaker than Meme Striker
Storm Blitzer – good build, 1H melee + shield lightning PS, offensively a little weaker than Storm Knight, defensively a little weaker than Storm Knight
Savage Stormrender – OK build, DW melee lightning PS on cooldown, offensively noticably weaker than Storm Knight, defensively a little weaker than Storm Knight
Crafting bonuses on helm and medal are to slow resistance.
Stats of the build
nice DPS for one handed weapon + shield - around 150k DPS
high crit damage 68 %
high OA - base around 3000 OA and with Ascension around 3250 OA
55 DA reduction to enemies from component
OK resistance reduction from Wind Devils, Revenant, Viper and Widow
damage from devotions - Spear of the Heavens, Widow and Revenant
nice life around 14000 HP
nice DA - above 2900 DA (Resilience increases it when needed)
150 OA reduction to enemies from component and Arcane Bomb
nice lifesteal 19 % (with Wendigo Totem)
with good movement you can reduce getting hit if necessary but you can facetank easily most of the time
OK CC resistances without Ascension (high CC resistances with Ascension)
reasonably overcapped resistances
high physical resistance 33 %
OK armor - above 2000
flat damage absorption from Ascension
Prismatic Rage from component
blocks from shield
image from the game with passive buffs only
image from the game with passive buffs + Ascension
I play SR with camera pointed away from enemies and I try my builds only in SR 65-66 and SR 80. I play around 10 SR runs per character.
This build does SR 65-66 relatively easily. It doesn’t even have any great problems with Grava which melee lightning builds usually do. I tried SR 80 with and it is too glassy for it.
I don’t play Crucible so I don’t have a time number for it.