Are you ready for another strong Chaos build? Are you ready to spell doom on your enemies? If the answers are “yes”, then welcome. If “no”… Ah, nevermind . Take a seat and hear my story.
Rahbinger (or Harzin) is an old, powerful build archetype that utilizes two full sets at once - The Harbinger’s Message and Rah’Zin’s Torment. They are good by themselves, but together present an astonishing combination. Heavy-hitting Doom Bolt, great Touch of Chaos as a filler, tons of Chaos Damage and RR, amazing procs - everything you ever need for a great Chaos build. You can kite and take enemies from afar if needed, or just facetank most of the encounters. No wonder it got my attention .
I decided to make Witchblade because it is one of my favorite classes in GD and to fully utilize Rah’Zin’s set mastery combination. Nightblade is not suitable for Rahbinger at all, leave Witch Hunters for DW Melee playstyle.
The results are pretty good. Build feels comfortable to play, with great damage and decent survivability. Even my sloppy gameplay did not spoil endgame beating .
Here it is.
1. Grimtools link.
Abomination + Dying God destructive combination, Hydra, Kraken, Ghoul - the most enjoyable Devotion tree is possible thanks to flat RR and DR from sets.
2. In-game character stats.
general stats, only passive buffs and Blood of Dreeg are active. Damage Per Second is for Touch of Chaos
DB damage breakdown
3. Gear/Build explanation.
Rahbinger sets fill most of the equipment slots, not much variations left, mostly mandatory items . Because it is an AA build with DB as a nuke, I tried to make WPS skill pool full to the brim (99% only unfortunately ).
- Core items.
Set 1. The Harbinger’s Message. Massive DB support (heavy nuke with in-built flat RR), great procs, CC/Damage circuit-breaker, +2 to Occultist on top. Amazing, just amazing .
Set 2. Rah’Zin’s Torment. Great Chaos set for Witchblades that boosts already upgraded Zolhan’s Technique skill, provides RR for CoF, an AA replacer with even more %RR and DR, racial Damage to Chthonics (beware Benn and Grava). What else do you want for great Chaos build, huh?
- Mandatory items.
Rings. Voidheart and Combustion Band. Do not ask me what they are for, just take them! Chaos RR and some Fire-to-Chaos conversion
Relic. Plunderer’s Talisman. Nice WPS skill with high chance to passthrough, some Damage, Health, %Total Speed. Bonus can be any. Big thanks to @RektbyProtoss and his HC SSF Tactician video series for pointing out that those relics work with 2H Ranged weapons as well.
Medal. Markovian’s Stratagem. Allows us to hardcap ZT and gives some %WD to Markovian’s Advantage, skillpoints on top. Other than that - nothing useful, proc does not exist.
Boots. Voidwalker Footpads. I took them over Timewarped ones because of DA, Spirit (our Energy regen sometimes can be tough) and nice defensive proc. Overall good Boots slot.
- Can be changed.
Pants. Solael-Sect Legguards. In-built lifesteal and %Freeze Res. Can be changed to some good-rolled Dreeg-Sect ones. Look for %Stun Res, % Chaos Damage and DA (optional).
If you got pants with %Freeze and %Stun Res on them, craft with whatever you want (my helmet has %Physique and chest does not have any crafting bonuses ). Or Reduced Stun/Freeze Duration (bonus is provided by Malmouth blacksmith in Steelcap District).
About Resistance Reduction. Total amount is ~133% (-25% from modified CoF, -20% from Harbinger’s Mark proc, -10% from Voidheart ring proc, -8% from Combustion Band proc, -35% from Solael’s Witchblade devotion proc and flat 35 from modified DB) plus 20% from Touch of Chaos, so it can vary. For Chaos it is huge . No problems so far with Nemeses and SR bosses (except my reckless playstyle ).
Debuff everything with CoF, nuke fat targets or tight crowds with DB, shoot. Uptime BoD, Amatok’s Breath for battlefield movement. Pretty simple . Position yourselves properly so that our ZT and Volley pierce as many enemies as possible in one line (AoE is not the strongest trait of this build). Sometimes you will need Energy potions.
Kra’Vall (its followers can mess our targeting).
Clones of Bourbon (chugged almost every potion just because I can )
SR 75 full
Avatar of Mogdrogen (potions and some Fire+Lightning augment swap, shown in video. The boss is blind, his minions are sometimes annoying. No Aether Clusters, occasional healpots)
Ravager of Minds facetank (potions are in the video, no Aether Clusters, occasional healpots).
Callagadra with kiting (Pierce augments swap and potions are in the video, no Aether Clusters, occasional healpots)
Since the build is great at single-target damage and not so much in AoE, why not kill Crate itself? (potions are in the video, one tactical Aether Cluster, occasional healpots)
Another amazing Chaos build, I like it . What about you? Feel free to comment.
Hope to make more build topics in the future. For now, though, have fun and thanks for your support!