Greetings, seekers of builds!
Today I would like to present a build, which idea is considered weak here. Yes, you guessed it right . One-handed Blade Arc. A skill that is great with two-handers and terrible with one-handed weapons despite numerous Crate attempts to make it attractable via different sets (like Spellscourge) and items (Nightclaw axe, Eldritch Gaze - for Witchblades, numerous MIs etc.). Ok, I decided, let me try it as well and see if the situation is dire indeed. And what are my conclusions? Well… mixed, to be honest . But let us see the build I constructed.
First, I want to mention @RektbyProtoss and @fordprefect. Their Tactitian and Warlord/Warder Blade Arc builds gave me a lot of ideas (as well as fashion ). Thanks, guys!
1. Grimtools link
Warlord, Level 100 (GD 126.96.36.199) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator - original setup
Warlord, Level 100 (GD 188.8.131.52) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator - with Sandclaw Slicer
Warlord, Level 100 (GD 184.108.40.206) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator - Divine Mandate exclusive instead of Oleron, less Physical RR
Oleron+Mogdrogen combination is pretty powerful, also easy to build if we can omit flat RR from devotions (thanks to Terrify transmuter of War Cry skill). About Attribute points distribution - I wanted to have ~3000 DA with permanent buffs, so I invested more into Physique. The build has some OA shred, so if you want more Cunning - you can do it as well. Bloodied Crystals + Titan Plating are used for Armor mostly, you can use Marks of Illusions + Chains of Oleron instead (but I recommend more Armor).
2. In-game character stats (original setup)
general stats, only passive buffs are active
Blade Arc breakdown
3. Gear/Build explanation
By itself, one-handed Blade Arc is not particularly strong, so it need some “beef”. In this case - Bleeding Damage. It helps dealing with tough targets that do not die to our usual feeble swipes . We have such items in the game. Here they are:
- Core items.
Set. Bloodrager’s Endless Frenzy. Currently the best Physical/Bleeding set, supports our Damage types and Blade Arc completely. What about Baldir? Well, it… exists . Maybe for Bleeding Judgment concept. But Bloodrager is better thousand times.
Pit Master’s Axe. 40% WD to our Blade Arc is huge.Sandclaw Slicer. More damage and lifesteal to Blade Arc, good bonuses to Presence of Virtue beat other MIs in 220.127.116.11. About prefixes/suffixes. “Tyrant’s” prefix is great (helps by reducing enemy’s Damage when War Cry is on cooldown), also “Bloodthirsty” is good for Bleeding part (and more lifesteal). “of Alacrity” or similar are mandatory.
Shield. Kalis’Ka’s Harvest. Enormous Physical/Bleeding damage modifiers to Presence of Virtue, flat damage to Blade Arc as well. About prefixes/suffixes. You need to get Physical Resistance, others are interchangeable. My current ones are decent, so I do not farm for better shield that hard.
Medal. Mark of Consumption. More Bleeding Damage to Blade Arc + life leech. Craftable.
Gloves. Grasp of Unchained Might (or as I called them Unchas ). 20% Weapon Damage to Blade Arc, Physical/Bleeding Damage bonuses etc. These are the best-in-slot for almost every Blade Arc build (except for Pierce BA Tactitians).
- Mandatory items.
Ring 1. Cronley’s Signet. Bleeding Damage, Laceration points, Attack Speed. About prefixes/suffixes. If you use Deathstalker Relic, “Incorruptible” prefix is mandatory. Suffix is up to you. I look for “of the Dranghoul” because or Armor bonuses (so far I got only Resistant/of the Dranghoul ones ).
Ring 2. Ring of the Black Matriarch. Build deals good Physical Damage as well, so why not take another Physical RR item, right?
Pants. Chausses of Barbaros. Great pants for our build with an amazing proc. Crate has to try harder to make other options more favorable than those Barbroses .
Boots. Bloodhound Greaves. Laceration points and Slow Resistance. Low Armor unfortunately.
- Can be changed.
Belt. Ugdenbog Girdle. +1 to Soldier, %Armor. About prefixes/suffixes. I chose “Stonefaced” because of additional %Armor, “of Readiness” is always nice to have. The alternative is Reforged Chains of Oleron (more Damage, %Crit) or any belt with +1 to Soldier.
Relic. Deathstalker. Pet provides another -8% Physical/-10% Bleeding RR in a big area, bonuses are up to you. If you want more Skill Points, Resistances, Reflected Damage Reduction and circuit-breaker - Serenity is your choice. Combine the slot with your Cronley’s Signet and choose for yourselves the best variant.
Craft items with Reduced Freeze Duration (bonus is provided by Malmouth blacksmith in Steelcap District).
About Resistance Reduction. Total amount is ~93% for Physical (-10% from Matriarch ring, -8% from Deathstalker pet aura, -25% from Guardians of Empyrion aura, -32% from Assassin’s Blade constellation and flat 18 from Terrify modifier of War Cry skill) and ~85% for Bleeding (-10% from Deathstalker pet aura, -25% from Guardians of Empyrion aura, -32% from Huntress constellation and flat 18 from Terrify modifier of War Cry skill). Not the best, but good enough.
Charge through Blitz/Violent Delights, War Cry to apply Damage Reduction/RR to enemies and swipe everything you see with Blade Arc. Ascension for damage boost/flat damage absorption. Overguard for extra toughness (it reduces your damage, so I do not recommend using it constantly). Remember - it is a fighter build, not a tank, so do not be too arrogant. Sometimes you need Energy potions.
5. Videos (done with original setup)
Morgoneth (sometimes easy, sometimes hard )
Avatar of Mogdrogen (pretty hard, potions are shown in the video, one augment for fire+lightning Resistance. Forgot to use Elixir of the Ancients )
Shattered Realm runs
I tried Ravager, but he hits too hard even on Phase 1. Even though I killed him (used same potions as with Mogdrogen plus Elixir of the Ancients), but it was with constant running, so I do not consider it a win.
Overall this build is not tanky enough for Celestials. For SR and other stuff (did not try Crucible) it is decent. If only it was tankier. Damage-wise it is not as bad as I thought. So my feelings are mixed . But I like it. This is my favorite class combination, and gameplay is satisfying. And yes, remove Terrify effect from War Cry modifier, it is annoying!
Thank you for reading this topic. Hope you glean some useful information from it if you want to try one-handed Blade Arc concept as well. Feedback/critique is welcomed as always.
Have a nice day!