So after way too many hours testing different classes, skills, gear and devotions - I finally landed on what I think is the most versatile Retaliation build in B31.
You’ll notice fairly quickly that there aren’t ANY offensive spells in the build. (I’ll address that a little bit later on) On the surface, the build appears to be entirely centered around survivability and retaliation damage. It doesn’t really start to make sense until you start looking at the gear itself and the devotions tree.
Messenger of War
Obelisk of Menhir
Light of Empyrion (5/7 for resists)
Tree of Life ( all but the 12% health node)
Handgaurds of Justice
Mark of Divinity
Heart of Ulzuin
Closed Fist of Vengeance
Other Ring = Rare ring w/ poison resist
The idea behind the gear is to increase tankiness, health, health regen, retalliation damage and of course fire and lightning damage. A few items probably aren’t best in slot (namely the boots and ring) but for the most part this is your target gear.
Aether Soul= Aether Resistance
Antivenom Salve = Poison & Acid Resistance
Corpse Dust = HP / Regen / Vitality Resist
Sanctified Bone= Chaos Resist / Vitality Resist
Serrated Shell = Block Recovery Time / Retaliation Damage
Mark of Myromidan = Block Recovery / HP / DA
Silk Swatch = Bleed Resistance / Pierce Resistance
Spined Carapace = Armor / Retaliation Damage
WardStone = Bleed Resist / Resist Elements
Mark of Dreeg = AOE DPS
Mark of Mogdrogen= HP / HP Regen
Unholy Inscription = Vitality Resistance / Bleed Resistance
Shard of Beronath = Grants “Beronaths Fury” - Primary DPS Skill
The majority of your builds damage will be coming from ulzuin’s wrath & retaliation damage. The reason this build is so much more effective than most retaliation builds though is because of it’s dps and multiple proc abilities to keep you alive and dish out dps to ranged casters. In most cases you will run up to a group of casters, melee units will trigger all your proc effects (there are several from gear + devotions) and they will get demolished ALMOST as quickly as the melee units.
Make no mistake, this is rare for retaliation builds.
Since the commando build relies entirely on health regen and high defensive stats to stay alive, simply pop overgaurd when you enter a fight and you shouldn’t take any damage by the time the fight is over and overgaurd is off cooldown. (not that overgaurd is really needed in most fights!)
Finally - You’ll need to farm/trade your self a shard of beronath. This is your single target dps skill, and how you’ll be clearing content faster than any other tank. With all of the increased elemental, fire, lightning and % all damage increases you get from this build - You’ll be sitting at 10k+ dps with a full stack of beronath. (12k+ with fighting spirit maxed).
Combined with your retaliation, tsunami, ulzuins wrath and ulzuins pyroclasm procs even ranged only bosses should go down relatively fast.
Health = 12k
Energy = 1k (after buffs - but no need for energy potions)
Block Chance = 77%
Block Recovery = 55% (100% w/ overgaurd)
Retalliation damage = absurd
Beronath DPS = 10k (will full stacks / 12k+ with maxed fighting spirit procs)
HP Regen Per Sec = 630 base
12.5k Armor (Without procs)
Resists = All maxed / over-max%
Video coming soon!