Sappy backstory: I used to have a friend that played GD with me. We spent hundreds of hours pre-AOM just making builds and screwing around, abandoning most at 75 or so. My friend got sick, and ended up in a coma with extremely little chance of ever waking up. I couldn’t do much for him, so I decided to at least honor our times together by completing our favorite game.
- Beating the game and completing all the quests, duh!
- Completing all achievements
- Completing the “maximum challenge” (which was Crucible 170 with extra spawn, I guess)
- Beating all the hidden bosses - Clone of John Burbon, Lokkar and the dreaded Crate of Entertainment.
Since Shattered Realm is an infinite dungeon, it cannot be “completed”. Thus I just decided to clear just SR60 and buy the set to consider completing the content.
A quick note: I am firmly against copying others, so I didn’t do it with any “builds”, I never even read them (with the sole exception of yesterday, checking Maya’s summoner ideas for reference - but summoners bore me, so this was just research ;)). I cleared the content with my own ideas of builds, non-meta as they may be. Though, judging by the power of most of them (facetanking ravager, clearing cruci 170 without breaking a sweat) they are pretty meta without me knowing it.
Today, I completed the final task - beating the Crate of Entertainment, thus, finishing my quest.
High points of the journey:
Beating Crate of Entertainment! This devilish boss took me over a week of testing and changing my builds, which ended up with a sad conclusion that the mechanics of this fight are highly against my chars, all of them heavily invested in AoE and life stealing. So I created a new character, modifying the Warder (which became a lil uninteresting after reliation nerfs - it was a Dawnbreaker lightning retal dude) to become an Avenger set based healing machine, peaking at 14k HP regen per second if all buffs/procs were activated while maintaining safe stats (around 3.2k OA and DA, 22k HP and 100k DPS, 25% base physical resistance, 50% pr on avenger’s buff and 3300 armor with 100% sorb, finally - 80% stun/petrify/freeze resistance). And… I still couldn’t do it! But it wasn’t the build. it wasn’t my sloppiness. It was the new targeting system. You know how Crate often creates those “NAME ME” things? well they are easy to kill and on death, they do 75% health reduction to you and a massive physical/aether damage bomb, which usually kills you outright. And with non-classic targeting, when the boss moves (or worse, backdashes) you will attack the nearest thing and it’s REALLY easy to accidentally kill it and die. When I finally understood the issue and turned on Classic Targeting, I beat the boss in 2nd try. It still was pretty tight, but I managed, haha, despite a “shattered” mutator. A little hint: soldiers are privileged in this fight. The “Unassuming Crates” which are the source of problems in this fight have high resistance to all CC… EXCEPT disruption, IIRC they only have 18% disruption resistance. So “break morale” stops them from firing for the duration. It also forces them to move towards you, making it easier to hoard them in one place and then move to another. You can beat infinite number of crates if you have a cooldown reduction for war cry - such as Mythical Warborn helmet for -3 seconds. I haven’t used the helmet though.
Beating Callagadra. I did it with fairly crappy Warlord, and I did it the “EZ way”. 100% chance to block, 100% recovery. Callagadra couldn’t damage me at all during Overguard+Absolution. So it turned into a blitz-land some hits for 6 seconds-backdash-kite-repeat kind of game. Callagadra would slowly kill itself against my high physical retaliation during those clashes. Sadly, this was done after retaliation nerf, so it took like 15 or 20 mins. Ugh.
Beating the Hardcore. I was playing untwinked, so I selected the (IMHO) best untwinked build, Phantasmal Blades Trickster (though, as it was pointed to me, Reaper could’ve been a better choice). This build only needs an easy to get, green ghost crossbow to do powerful damage, which lifesteals, is ranged, and pierces through foes! Conquering Kymon on Ultimate scared me but went well (About to face Father Kymon on Hardcore Ultimate - untwinked) and SR25+ was even tougher, requiring some mutator fishing (ugh),but I lucked out with manageable bosses and not a single Nemesis during the whole run. I prayed for no Grava at SR 25-3 (the ultimate middle finger) and fortunately that’s what happened.
Beating Cruci 170+extra spawn point. Honestly? my main build could just take all those nemesis, facetank them and laugh. It’s the same guy that lolwrecks ravager under 2 mins while facetanking him. Secret build! No nerf plz! For safety reasons I’m not going to say what it is haha. Sadly, he can’t take on Crate of Entertainment, at least not without losing his identity since there’s too much AOE here.
So… is this “THE END”? well, honestly, I am pretty tried after the whole Crate of Entertainment ordeal (honestly, it takes way too much effort to beat. And as a completionist, I had to beat it!). I wish it was a little less crazy (hint: CRATE NERF PLZ @Zantai) and possible to beat for a bigger amount of builds, not just summoners and high dps high regen builds. At least I devised the build that beat it myself, not copied others, haha But enough of that Crate of Entertainment moaning. I’m pretty sure there will be 3 more achievements next patch (beat the Riggs dungeon boss, beat it at Ultimate, beat it in Hardcore), so I’ll be returning for that, and maybe for MOAR. I still want to finish my 300k DPS retal 2w Dervish and see how well it does against Crate of Entertainment. But for now, I need a vacation. A long one.
For now, thank you Crate for this fantastic game, years of fun, and thousands of hours sunk in. Hopefully, it’s not the end of the road for Grim Dawn, or Grim Dawn 2. Whether it’s a 3rd expansion, or GD2… I will be there, day one. Goodbye for now