Just looking for a bit of input on my build so far. I’ve heard Ultimate is pretty challenging so I thought I’d post up my build/stats/gear to see if anyone can offer any pointers on what I can do to optimize the character going forward.
Elite was pretty much a breeze once I sorted out my defensive abilities (Giant’s Blood, Wayward soul, ADctH, Blast Shield, HP & resistances). I’ve started Ultimate and am early Act 1, no problems so far.
Weapon: Enchanter’s Imperial Carbine of Alacrity w/Blessed Steel & Potent Outcast’s Inferno
Head: Shadowspark Hood w/Leathery Hide and Demonbane Powder
Chest: Elite Outcast Burning Cuirass w/Chains of Oleron & Demonbane Powder
Shoulder: Resistant Ascended Epaulets of Vitality w/Mutated Scales & Outcast’s Warding Powder
Gauntlets: Empowered Zealot’s Gauntlets w/ Restless Remains & Outcast’s Warding Powder
Leg: Empowered Mistwalker Leggings w/ Mutated Scales and Demonbane Powder
Boots: Footpads of the Grey Magi w/ Mark of Mogdrogen and Venomguard Powder
Belt: Impenetrable Chosen Girdle w/Antivenom Salve & Demonbane Powder
Amulet: Vampiric Necklace of Clout w/Vicious Jawbone & Kymon’s Will Augment
Ring 1: Tempest Obsidian Band of Alacrity w/Mark of Illusions & Conjurer’s Powder
Ring 2: Gollus’s Aggressive Ring of Alacrity w/ SAME AS RING 1
Medal: Impervious Bloodsworn Sigil of Readiness w/ Dread Skull
Talisman: Marauder’s Talisman
Stats and Tree in screenshots below:
Chariot of the Dead
Magi Fissure bound to Fire Strike
Behemoth (3 points)
Rhowan’s Crown Elemental Storm bound Flashbang
Hydra (1 point)
I have 170% attack speed, over 50% crit damage (not sure how this works, is it multiplicative??), 135% run speed. I have +1 to all Demolitionist Skills from helmet and several + specific skills on other gear (boots, leg armour, shoulder etc).
As you can see I have mostly green items. To be honest, the vast majority of blues/purples I have found are total garbage. Attack speed (which I’ve tried to stack) AdCTH, useful + skills are all rare. I’m not sure why this is exactly. I feel as though items generally had more useful stats in TQ. My amulet is a yellow as the 6% AdctH, OA and 5% total speed are useful. I was trying to farm for this stats on one of the special rares from that Merchant in Blood Grove, but no success so far (I think his roll with default %health).
I wish I had more + skills (Stonbinders or +2 all skills amulet in TQ come to mind) so I’m not sure what I should be looking out for here. I’d probably take Arcanist to 32 if I had +skills to free up some points. As it is, I’ll probably finish leveling Maiven’s and the Iksandra tree in my last levels.
Overall I’d say I’ve struck a reasonable balance between defense/offense, in terms of gear, skills, devotions. But probably 40/60 in favour of offensive capability. My sheet DPS is 24k but is probably at least another 10K with procs - I also don’t know if or how Static Strike or Overload “chance for” skills add to DPS. Ive mainly stuck to “elemental” sources of damage rather than just fire, so I have good fire+lightning damage and respectable cold. Decent burn too.
I’m not sure how to finish up Devotions. I’ve put a point in to Order crossroads to pick up either Dryad, Turtle or Lion. I feel as though I need to finish off with a defensive choice. But I also plan to place 3 points into Hydra as the flat elemental damage and %all damage should boost DPS by a few thousand.
Any input is welcome. For example I have a bunch of Ancient Hearts and know you can forge Legendaries in Tyrant’s Hold. Are there any in particular I should be on the lookout for?