If only it came with a pet Gargabol (the image is one of the only ones I could get of Gargabol and is not related to the build)
Roughly three years ago, I came up with a Physical Pets Vindicator that was more like a hipster non-Conjurer Physical pets. Once Fallen Gods came out, I largely put it to the side, as it wasn’t particularly useful or different enough to stand out from other pet builds. Then along came Warden’s Judgment which provides Aether flat damage to Arcanist’s IEE and bonuses to Raise Skeletons. Naturally, we use neither Arcanist or Necro Skeletons and focus purely on the pet Physical to Aether conversion.
Mythical Beastcaller’s Set: Wear the full set, get the second Briarthorn, swim in all the nice pet bonuses.
Warden’s Judgment + Mythical Aethereach converts 100% of pet Physical and Elemental Damage to Aether.
Mythical Heart of the Mountain: A full Aether damage pet which helps a bit in AoE. You can also take the Zaria’s amulet for more damaging Briarthorns, but having a second reliable pet for devotion procing is more worth it, in my opinion.
2X Gollus Rings (prefix to cover resistances, suffix “Of the Wild”): Gollus rings are excellent as they have very good health regeneration bonuses as well as points to Mogdrogen’s Pact, arguably the most important skill to hardcap due to the flat Physical damage being converted to Aether. If you want a non-Green version, Bysmiel Chilling Seal would be the best option due to +Points to Briarthorn and flat converted damage.
Mythical Hammerfall Girdle: Sup, dawg. So I heard you like ARMOR. +Points to Steel Resolve are always welcome as even after the softcap, points provide flat Physical damage as well as additional Aether and Chaos resistances to your pets. The main reason I take this belt, however, is that the belt alone accounts for 500 Armor points and armor absorption. The difference between having 1500 Armor and 2000 Armor in high SR is huge; going to 2500 Armor is not as stark, but still makes a good difference.
If you want to provide a more pet-centric belt, there’s always Mythical Nosferattis for extra pet Physical Resistance and + points to Mogdrogen’s Pact, or you can bolster your skill points with Mythical Arcanoweave Cord if you need more time to get all your pieces together.
Mythical Skyreach Bulwark: Provides +skills to both classes, a small amount of CDR, and great Physical resistance. Definitely worth it over an off-hand.
The remaining items are more standard pet items which grant +pet resistances or + all damage, as the biggest weakness of Vindicator is a lack of + all damage bonuses for pets.
Despite having lower damage values than Arcanist pets or Demo pets, Inquisitor shines above both thanks to having a burst heal and free +Aether and +Chaos resistances. Word of Renewal also has a great benefit of granting pets Racial damage (the only way that pets can obtain these bonuses) and Movement speed, which is a huge boon for our Aether Primal Instinct critters which tend to move slow without good bonuses.
The Nemeses in SR85 most likely to kill your pets are Reaper and Archmage Alexander. For Alex, the most important thing is to burst through the crystals every time he summons them; they are much more dangerous than the giant meteor, and with your Physical resistance, you’re able to take a meteor fine.
Reaper is by far the most dangerous Nemesis - you simply have to be patient and kite him out, making sure to not be shotgunned by multiple Wraiths (who have stackable Physical RR) + hit by Reaper’s Savagery.
I have completed Crucible with this build in a blazing time of… 10 minutes. It’s much more efficient to use SR75-76 to farm loot, as even with the bosses you don’t see in SR85, none of them are as difficult as SR85 Reaper.