This is a build made by @mad_lee, I am posting it on his behalf.
This is my favourite build from the builds that I’ve put together lately: it’s one of the very few Bleeding builds that combines unparalleled (for Bleeding builds) consistency with the very respectable damage output. Besides that, it’s very versatile and relatively easily completes all of the endgame challenges in Grim Dawn.
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*Craft for %physique and Energy Regeneration
**Physical resist affix on a shield is a must for optimal build’s performance
***For Celestial fights use Solael’s 150hp/16da armor augments while covering relevant resists
But weren’t Blade Spirits nerfed in the Public Test patch?
Yes, but Scarab’s Shell bonuses have been fixed even so build’s performance improved a little, I’ve tested it.
Are Wendigo Totem and Dryad the only real healing sources here? How does this work?
Elite top-builder’s magic. (but honestly, it’s the combination of multiple defensive layers: damage absorption, damage reduction, high hp and physical resistance, high OA shred, etc.)
Isn’t Guthook Belt a better offensive option? And you can get damage reduction from Attuned Lodestone.
While it is a better offensive option (albeit marginally), consistent damage reduction from Lacerator Girdle in a radius is really what makes this tank shine
Skill distribution is pretty standard, the devotion route includes almost every Bleeding devotion, with the only “weak” link being Crane, but unfortunately Crate added very few pure yellow devos. Most gear pieces should be easy to farm, except the medal.
Just watch the videos to learn how to play the build. Should be pretty easy.