Nightclaw got changed in patch 220.127.116.11 to now convert all physical damage to pierce on Blade Arc. That and one of my viewers requesting me to theorcraft a build around it made me actually also try it out ingame, so here we are. With the right rolls and right affixes on your greens you can push this build to 80% physical resistance and 200% attack speed. However the base damage of 1 handed Blade Arc and especially pierce Blade Arc is really mediocre, so the build is tanky but has really underwhelming dps.
^ingame stats with all permant buffs up including Word of Renewal, without temporary buffs. DPS shown is Blade Arc, highest crit 218k.
Highlight video from patch 18.104.22.168:
vs dummy ~45s
SR 65-66 on patch 22.214.171.124
Gladiator Crucible 1-150 naked (only three tier 1 stormcaller beacons) & 3x 150-170
on patch 126.96.36.199. It can do 1-150 naked, however…
150-170 #1 (only 2 blessings) in 15 min 19 sec
150-170 #2 (standard 4+3) 10 min 33 sec
150-170 #3 (standard 4+3) 11 min 25 sec
Don’t use this char to farm 150-170!
I talk a bit about how to level with 1h Blade Arc in the highlight video above.
Otherwise feel free to level with 2h Forcewave like in my guide.
VoDs of me speedleveling this build with 2h Forcewave:
Feedback & Final Words
While the Character can facetank ravager and clear Crucible Gladiator waves 1-150 basically naked, it really struggles damage wise in waves 150-170 and clearing SR 65-66 in a reasonable time. DPS of one handed pierce Blade Arc is pretty abysmal and maybe this weapon should instead be played on a pierce/bleed hybrid build. Maybe a different class like Warder would also perform better for that, no clue.
Overall I like the build, but 1h pierce Blade Arc really needs a buff imo. Maybe I’m just building it wrong, so as always any kind of feedback is apprechiated!
Feel free to check out my other builds in my HC build collection!