Great job on the FX change - I love how much it gives Reap Spirit the chaos look
I had been hoping to show off a pet build using the Black Scourge weapon for a long, long time. The common wisdom is to do away with hybrid pet / summoner playstyles, and for the most part, it’s true. However, I have to thank the team for not giving up on this weapon, as I love the concept of being able to cast spells and summon these creatures on Enemy Death.
The great part about a Chaos Cabalist is that the pets that are doing nearly all of the damage are either immortal - as in the case of Reap Spirit - or are easy to summon quickly and have powerful On-Death effects - as in the case of Blight Fiend and the Black Scourge critters.
Sources of RR
Fiendgaze Tome = -15% Chaos RR
Occultist Conduit = -15% Chaos RR
Eldritch Fire Devotion Proc = -35% Chaos RR
Symbol of Solael = -10% Chaos RR
Acid Spray Devotion Proc = 28 flat RR
Total Chaos RR = 103 Chaos RR
Reap Spirit and pet Stats are with permanent buffs, Dying God, and Frenzied Devotion active
Skill Point Allocation
Ignore the free skill points - the Grimtools link has the proper skill point allocation
This build has 3 100% conversions to Chaos: Vitality (from the 2 rings), Cold (from the Off-hand), and Physical (Off-hand + Consecrated Blade). The Cold + Vitality conversions make Reap Spirit 100% Chaos damage, and the Physical + Vitality conversion makes Blight Fiend a fitting choice, especially as previous versions of this build had really poor AoE. Although the pet stats tab only lists a 1,271% Total Damage, it does not count specific damage types: when you combine Mythical Fiendmaster Raiment, one of the Voidwhisper Ring Procs, 22/12 Hellfire, and the 370% Chaos damage from Dying God, both you and your pets have around 2,000% Chaos damage, which is pretty neat considering how hard it is to balance both the player stats and pet stats. Pet Cabalists are very point-starved in general, so to make use of Bysmiel’s Domination and its amazing proc, we take as many “All Skills in Occultist + Necromancer” as possible - the head slot and the belt. Sadly, that means none of the items have %Pet Speed in them, but we use a combination of 22/12 Manipulation, Dying God, and Frenzied Devotion to give the pets acceptable speed.
For defense, especially as we’re using Dying God and its health Drain, we focus on Health Regeneration, including taking Behemoth, Dryad’s Blessing (which goes perfectly with Reap Spirit), and equipment choices like Mythical Undying Oath, which also gives pets 20 flat Chaos damage thanks to the Blood of Dreeg modifier. Frenzied Devotion gives a huge 30% Physical and Elemental Resistance, and it’s huge when fighting hard-hitting Nemeses like Kubacabra and Reaper.