With permanent buffs and Ascension up
Mark of the Dreadblade buffs in 220.127.116.11 caught my eye, and reminded me of this old build.
This is the first build I shared on the forums and it was getting a little outdated, not to mention it was not well optimised, at least not to my current standards in terms of build.
So I thought of what I could improve and it turns out it was quite a bit.
18.104.22.168 GRIMTOOLS CLICK ME (Recommended version)
Now using a proper Oathkeeper belt and Gauntlets of Ignaffar to reach 24/16 Righteous Fervor. Gloves may seem like an odd choice over Krieg and since you can reach RF cap with Veilwarden bands, but elemental conversion from Magelord is too important here, and attack speed from veilwarden isn’t needed at all. Also changed pants to hard cap Arcane Empowerment and get better stun resist. Rebalanced wps to hard cap smite without going over 100% proc chance.
Anyway let’s talk results: Cut Ravager kill time and Crucible run time by more than a third. Also reached SR 90 without much issues, can probably go deeper but I’ll leave that for someone else to grind.
Not that amazing dps, but not bad nonetheless for a 1h gun build
SR 90 boss room Not the easiest room, but still plenty of time left on the clock.
6:59 Crucible 151-170 run In case you wanna sit through 7 minutes of embarassing piloting. Can facetank wave 170 + Korvaak just fine though.
Older videos and GT link are below.
**Old build discussion and videos**
In game, permanent buffs, Word of Renewal, Inquisitor Seal, Consecration and Ascension
This build revolves around the new Rutnick Pistol introduced in patch 22.214.171.124. The Watcher of Erulan adds some much needed tankiness and a nice skill modifier to Smite on top of the modifiers from the Bonemonger set. The Magelord rings allows us to cap Inquisitor Seal and convert about half of the elemental damage from multiple sources to aether.
126.96.36.199 Update: This build got slightly buffed in the last update. Rutnick’s gun got a flat damage bonus and Hydra got 10% attack speed now. Attack speed is now slightly overcapped meaning Shattered Reality affix on gun is less essential than before. Aura of Conviction bonus is now replaced by Death Sentence on boots, doesn’t change much for us really.
188.8.131.52 Updated and optimised build: GRIMTOOLS
Thanks to @grey-maybe and @fordprefect for their suggestions. Reallocated some skill points and attributes.
Early version of the build displayed in some videos: Grimtools
Apparently grimtools does not display the physical resist buff on the shield properly: it only shows an increase to physical resist of 10% instead of 18%. Phys res in game sits at 64%.
Went back to kill Ravager to test the changes, I killed him a lot faster:
184.108.40.206 Ravager in 3:20 [220.127.116.11] Rutnick Paladin vs Ravager of Flesh - YouTube
Ravager kill: Rutnick Aether Paladin vs Ravager of Flesh [GD 18.104.22.168] - YouTube
Avatar of Mogdrogen kill: Rutnick Aether Paladin vs Avatar of Mogdrogen [GD 22.214.171.124] - YouTube
SR 80 Boss Room: Rutnick Paladin vs SR 80 Boss Room - YouTube
Crucible 161-170 (around 6 min): Rutnick Paladin vs Crucible ~6 min - YouTube
I tried Crucible twice with the update. Could hardly do under 10 minutes. SR performance is more or less the same.