Greetings everybody! Today I bring to you another build guide. I’ve done a full video on all the in’s and out’s of it, click here to check it out. Or, click here for the Grimcalc link.
This build is probably my personal favourite, to-date. It achieves a monstrous amount of bleeding (and some vitality) damage and a wide variety of debuffs, all with very solid crowd control. I’ve taken a bit of a different tact by selecting three reasonably offensive Devotion constellations (with % chance to activate attacks) to make it all come together. And yes, the build is most certainly viable against the undead - the amount (and variety) of debuffs means that even they melt pretty quickly
Curse of Frailty + Vulnerability
Used, of course for the debuffs to bleeding and vitality damage to our enemies. The slowness is also quite nice.
Blood of Dreeg + Aspect of the Guardian
In effect, this is our heal spell. Some of the extra stats are “nice to have”, but we mostly want this for the healz.
Our single target nuke. Most of the build is focused around relying on crowds of enemies to spread damage as quickly as possible. So, this can come in handy if you’re 1 vs. 1 with a hero/boss.
Devouring Swarm + Falcon Swoop from Devotion
One of our main attack skills. At max level, this offers a decent amount of bleed + vitality damage as well as a nice debuff. However, more important is that it’s a great carrier for Falcon Swoop, as it passes through enemies and “ticks” for several seconds. This means Falcon Swoop triggers very frequently.
Grasping/Entangling Vines + Rend from Devotion
Decent bleed damage and has an really great slow/entrapment to keep crowds under control. Also, the amount that it ticks makes it perfect for triggering Rend almost all the time
Storm Totem + Corrupted Storm + Acid Spray from Devotion
Does a decent amount of Vitality damage, but the solid range as well as being able to have multiple of them summoned makes it great at spreading Acid Spray, which we use for it’s enemy debuffs (making our other skills more effective)
Tasty amount of %bleed damage and extra survivability, why not?
Mogdrogen’s Pact skill line
EVEN MOAR survivability, especially useful as you get to late Elite/Ultimate. Also, the energy regen is very helpful as this build is pretty heavy on the skill spam.
The primary constellations to choose are:
As discussed above, this is to get their triggered skills in action. When used as described above they form a delicious medley of debuffs and damage.
Falcon Swoop does massive bleed damage and uses a percentage of our weapon damage (nice!!). Huntress does a heap of bleeding damage, but also debuffs enemy Offensive ability and bleeding resistance. And finally, Manticore serves as another layer of debuffing goodness, taking down enemy resistances and armor.
The consellations to “unlock” our primary constellations are:
And finally, other helpful constellations for resistances/survivability are:
- Empty Throne
- Scales of Ulcama (unlocked by getting Lion + Crane)
I’m not big on recommending specific pieces of gear, this should work as long as you’re selecting gear relevant to the damage types being done. The kinds of stuff you should be keeping an eye out for includes:
- %bleeding damage (which often comes with %vitality damage)
- %total damage
- Extra energy regen or -%skill costs
- +Shaman skills
- The usual stuff (extra offensive ability, crit damage)
Defensively, it’s the standard fare: resistances, defensive ability and armor value
I will give a special mention to the Wildblood Vanguard Legendary set, as it’s perfect for the build. If you can get your hand on all of that goodness… Well, it’s awesome. Links below!
Also, make sure you’re using a 2-handed weapon ASAP once you have Falcon Swoop. As it uses a % of our main hand damage, we want to have as much main hand damage as possible! This makes Falcon Swoop demolish most enemies very quickly.
So, yeah! I hope this is helpful and I hope you have fun trying this yourselves. If you have the time, I would recommend watching the video as it’s a bit more detailed than what I’ve provided here. Cheers!