*Chaos magic and pyromancy as seen by DeepAI
Well, how many times can one man come back from retirement? The question is rhetorical of course. My passion for creating and min-maxing builds (plus a forum ban lift) is reeling me back in yet again. The appeal of Chaos damage is pretty strong: together with Physical damage it’s the damage type that feels like it can work really well on single resist reduction class combos or even on class combos without chaos resist reduction. It devours monsters no matter the weather.
However Pyromancer rarely features in top-tier builds discussions. Besides quite a few synergies there are only two really top-tier Pyromancer builds worth mentioning (that is a Darkblaze gunner of course and to lesser extent Harbinger). There was never a caster Pyromancer that could be considered really great though (I even tried making one long ago). During the most recent playtest I decided to give it another go and here is what came out of it.
Moved few skill points and components around. Gloves now have physical resistance so we can drop Seal of Might for more damage and OA by slotting in Silvercore Bolts. Also Health Regeneration is really strong nowadays so maxed out it sources in masteries.
126.96.36.199 grimtools are still here for anyone who decided to stay on that version.
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*Craft for Slow resistance and Freeze resistance
**Try to get at least one “of Vitality” suffix as getting high HP is really important on this build
***Beasts damage crafting bonus on Oblivion is nice to have but not essential
There is no way the build is playable with this DA. Are you serious??
Unfortunately getting DA on Occultist builds is notoriously hard and even with the maximum Physique dump it will still be underwhelming. That’s why I focused on other defensive mechanics such damage absorption/reduction, decent physical resist and overcaps as well as good diversified sustain and some strong fail safes.
Are all those spells really needed here? Seems like an unnecessary big piano
Yes, every spell is vital to build’s performance, I tested a lot of combinations and this is the one that makes the build special. It is a “piano” but once you get a hang of it the results are very satisfying
Mark of Illusions in the ring and Arcane Spark in the medal? Are you using those just for energy regeneration?
Exactly. It was really hard bringing this build’s energy consumption to the point where you don’t need to chug Energy potion on cooldown. The Occultists and energy regeneration has long been a meme
Build: has few essential gear pieces: Bloodsworn Repeater with the “of Abyss” suffix, Conduit, helmet, gloves, off-hand and relic. All those items enable the build. Solael pants fit great because we need to buff our adtch for that Oblivion spam and then Freeze resistance is heavensent there. When it comes to all other slots there is a bit of leeway but those items are preferred.
In terms of devotions I emphasized healing and leeching (Ghoul’s proc boosts leeching from Flame Torrent and Guardian’s Gaze pretty well) and of course damage.
Skill distribution it’s pretty standard however I maxed out Blast Shield at 13 and despite 13/12 not being a breakpoint it’s still important to have Blast Shield as high as possible.
For leveling please check beginner guide (link to one at the bottom!), this is an endgame build
Everything can be facetanked in buffed Crucible. Remember that build has a lot of range with its spellls and use it.
In Shattered Realm
SR 75-76 is pretty easy but be mindful of Arcane heroes and watch your Blast Shield cooldowns. Again, everything is facetankable but if you have bad mutators and your blast shield/ghoul are down maybe it’s not a good idea to stand on Gargabol volcanoes or aggro too many dangerous monsters at once.
In SR90 use range as much as possible and you will be all right.
Ravager is doable but requires a careful rotation of fail saves. Plus all the pharma you can get and an Aether cluster at the ready. Success rate would be around 80%.
Callagadra fight is doable with a lot of kiting while only facetanking here when you have Blast Shield or Cluster.
Crate is fairly doable as well.
Watch the videos to learn how to play the build.
As great as this build turned out to be I think that Pyromancers could use a bit of more support in items (as you can see the only “intersection” those gear pieces have is support of both Hellfire Mines and Doom Bolt and then good old BWC bonus on
Entropic Coil Voidheart). Plus the energy regeneration is really lacking despite all the energy leech and additional measures. And of course Petrify resist is nowhere to be found (in case Zantai is reading this).
A leveling guide by @Evil_Baka !
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*Craft for slow and freeze resistance
This a very solid CT caster overall with a pretty exotic flavor in terms of itemization and class choice. Very fast in Crucible, facetanks Ravager, can farm SR 75-76 reliably. A bit clunky due to Mines and the way Chaos devotions’ activation works but not the Pianomancer. It’s essential to get “of Abyss” suffix on the weapon for it to work.
Here are some videos with build’s performance
See you in the realm of Solael.