DOOMBABY - DW Dervish, superboss killer (c+)(SR+)(g3)

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GT link and in-game stats (with Lethal Assault, Pneumatic Burst, Ascension, Righteous Fervor and Dying God) if you are lazy to read the whole text.

Skills and devotions explanation
Let’s start from main points in skills distribution:

  • Maxed Amarasta’s Blade Burst is the main DPS skill dealing significant AoE damage and applying huge DoTs.
  • Softcapped Righteous Fervor. I don’t see much difference between 16/16 and 24/16 RF. So I dropped points for smth more useful. But in theory 24/16 RF has more weapon damage that helps you to lifeleech better. Feel free to experiment
  • 7 points in Anatomy of Murder. Racial damage helps much with Alex (he has 94% poison res) on wave 161 wave and Anasteria on wave 169.
  • Maxed Ascension protects you against DoT damage. Also it’s a good source of damage (+216% to all damage and 11% OA). And, finally, it’s your source of CC res.

Devotion map
First of all, you need to learn that Venomblade Dervish is a kind of unique melee build. Dervish doesn’t have good damage reduction like Inq, no % absorption like Arcanist, no Mirrors, Marks of Torments or Blastshields ect.
Instead Venom has cooldown reduction (CDR) and different safe abilities. Each abilities helps you in its turn:

  • First proc - Resilience
  • Second - Prismatic Diamond
  • Third - Ghoulish Hunger
  • Fourth - Blade Barrier

The right rotation should be like that:
Resilience -> Prismatic Diamond + Pneumatic Burst heal -> Ghoulish Hunger -> Blade Barrier (if necessary) -> Aeon proc.
Aeon allows you to keep up Ascension for almost 100% time.

The conclusion: you may have slightly better damage output with classic devotion map. But if you want to do some serious business, I recommend you the CDR setup.

Gear explanation and alternatives
Note: craft all items for stun res.
Obviously the Vileblade set is a core of the build, and you can’t replace its items.

In Crucible is much harder then ever. You can’t play mindlessly anymore. There are some key points

  • Don’t play basketball with Aleksander, avoid his meteors.
  • Focus on the bottom left corner. There are Alex, Reaper, Grava coming out from this there on nemesis waves. Both Reaper and Grava have low poison res and die fast. Alex isn’t so dangerous without meteors.
  • Grava uses his manaburn in Cruci. It deals significant damage. If you aren’t sure you can survive this, use blade barrier.
  • On wave 159 kill Sentinel first
  • Beware wave 168 with Gargoyles
  • On wave 169 kill Anasteria first as fast as possible - blink with rune and Shadow Strike her. Then kill Dravis if he appeared.

Shattered realm
Since SR75 is no more farm and fun run. It’s the toughest test for the build. If you want to conquer this, be ready to the some butthurt :wink:
Besides some RNG and unbeatable combos, several enemies are dangerous one by one. The most dangerous are:

Useful links
Beginner’s pre-Venom Dervish by Stupid_Dragon
DW Witch Hunter by Nery
DW Witch Hunter by afanasenkov26
Shattered Guardian Based Dervish by thejabrixone
Venomblade Dervish by ya1




Grimtools link is for a Deceiver, not Dervish.

Aw, sorry, fixed

The cool acid Dervish is back!I don’t keep backups of my build,but hope others do!

I don’t either. T_T

Looks like we both have to redo them bloody beginner guides.

:oHow we become the stupid guys on forum:D.Other builds are with shorter description,but bloody beginner ones are notebook sized.

I’m just thankful that I didn’t lose my devotion guide, or my loot/levelling guide.

I would not have done them again. :smiley:

Oh gosh, yes.
I won’t be hurt again, doing back up for everything from now on.

When the rain stop falling,you put your hoodie.Actually all my national proverbs are hilariously,whe you have to translate them in English:p

Hi, what is the best way to level this build?
Thanks for your work!

Hey Dmt,

Good to see you reposting this. If I may ask, why not hardcap Fervor when you can? I know max charge is at 24/26 but it’s still 23 flat, 3% wd and some %dmg to every hit for 2 points. Nowhere else do you get these returns for point invested.

You are welcome:)
Level up with Aegis, Guardians and Night’s Chill
As first devotions take Guardian’s Eye and Bat, then go for Murmur and further to main devotions, drop Eye and Bat later

For Cruci you may drop the whole Presence of Virtue line and go for WPS/RF for more damage

I’m glad that haven’t done beginner guide for Dervish before Rollback :smiley:
Anyway, good luck with recovering;)

I leveled full fire Vire’s Might. Grab a two-hander with fire damage (like Homestead one). For devotions go Ghoul, Fiend (bind this one to guardians), Solael’s Witchblade (to VM), Kraken, Rhowan’s Crown. Get fillers as needed.

You can start with a few points in Aegis, then 1 point Vire’s Might, max Volcanic Stride (take out the points in Aegis now), max Celestial Presence (without transmuter ofc), max VM and Tectonic Shift. Next get 1 point in buffs to bind devotions and pump Nightblade mastery.

Once you get to lvl 94, simply chug a potion to refund all devotions and take out all points from VM (or just leave 1 for mobility, you can zip-zap across the map so fast with 3 movement skills).

Seriously, full fire VM is amazing and might be a proper build by itself.

Vire is strong, and there is the build by itself already

This build is awesome. Just one small question: can I drop Ring of Steel and pick up one point in Blade Spirit for Tainted Eruption? The fumble from RoS is nice but at 24% chance to apply it feels a little unreliable. Am I missing anything?

RoS is undeniably best for Tainted Eruption. It’s cooldown is identical, and with 51% chance to proc it procs just about every time you cast RoS.

It’s similar to ABB bound to Scorpion.

24% fumble is worth two points. Some experienced players even opt for spending a point for each extra 2% chance. Damage Blade Spirits do with the build’s conversion is not worth one point.

That’s optimization-wise. But if you like Blade Spirits it’s ok to take them, one point is not a huge difference. Personally I don’t like them as they just clutter the screen.

Heh, I’m just a bit too lazy to add the extra button, that’s why. Blade Spirit is an essentially passive proc source.

Ya is right, Tainted Eruption to Ring of Steel is the best and fumble is a too big deal to be ignored