Hello everyone. I have been leveling some alts through Crucible and I figured you guys might like some tips/things I’ve learned.
This setup can work with some “twink” gear and without. The main idea is a “fake caster” in the sense of high mana regen mainly using spells to level even if you plan on making a different build.
Gear : Explorer’s Set, Guardsman Set, Maiven’s Set, Herald’s Set, Alchemist Belt, Perdition Set, Praetorian set, Medal with resistance/survival stat, Rings/Ammy with resistance/survival stat, any relic, Ectoplasms, and a spell based component.
(This gear is mainly based on choice. There’s all kinds of lvl 20-40 sets you can use. I’d suggest Maiven’s/Herald’s for better casting/regen and Perdition because it’s an entire set so no thinking required :D)
No Gear or Crafted : Explorer’s, Guardsman, Witchstalker Pistol, Ranger’s Badge with resistance/survival stats, Rings/Ammy with resistance/survival stats, miscellaneous crafted/self found greens/epics. Check the crucible vendor for some early medals.
Components : Flintcore Bolts (spell, small aoe/dot), Ectoplasm (mana regen), Riftstone (small aoe, mobility), Devil Touched Ammo (spell, small heal), Anti Venom Salve (health regen), Mark of Dreeg (spell, dot) and whatever else you might prefer for auras.
- Start the character and grab Francis’ Gun/Olman’s Axe from the 2 houses and any nearby books (prison book). (This will get you a few levels just from mobs/books)
- Pick your Leveling mastery and choose 1-2 damage spells to use for leveling. You may need additional mastery points to reach them. (Ideally 1 single target and 1 aoe)
- Enter the Crucible and start with waves 1-10. After completion grab your loot and use some of the early items and buy pots or send some over.
- When you quickly hit lvl 7 you can equip one of the early components to gain a usable spell or just use one from your leveling mastery. Also set up your rings/ammy/helmet with some Ectoplasms for early regen. (Spells like Cracked Lodestone spell, Olexra’s Flash Freeze, Eye of Dreeg, etc)
- Keep working towards higher waves as you feel comfortable. Ideally the quicker to 50+ the better. At level 15, equip a higher component like Flintcore Bolts/Devil Touched Ammo/Mark of Dreeg for a better version of the spell. (Put all stat points into Physique for early use of solid armor.)
- At level 20, you can begin wearing some crafted/found gear like the Explorer’s set and the Guardsman set at 22.
(You can craft 2p of both if you have the recipes, if not just use the gear from the chests and craft a Witchstalker Pistol, if possible, for component usage and extra regen.)
- At 25, you can equip Maiven’s if you have it. At 29, you can equip the Alchemist belt to have a circuit breaker. At 35, you can equip Herald’s. (Try to grab a defensive ability/spell to help survival if you have additional points.)
- At 40, you can equip the Perdition set for massive armor/retaliation. This improves squishiness from earlier gear.
(At this point, you can begin powering through Normal mode (ideally with Reputation Bonuses, or you can wait till 50)
- At 50, you can equip the Praetorian Set for insane tankiness.
(At this point, definitely power through Normal/Elite to get reputation for augments.
This is relatively quick leveling depending on what Mastery you have chosen to level with. Early tributes should be spent on devotion points (after 24 devotion points, the cost becomes prohibitive, 18+ tributes per) until you are comfortable enough to hit 50+ waves. At this point, save enough points to start at the checkpoints (5-8+) for highest exp and remaining points can be spent on devotions. It’s about 1-1.5 levels per 50-70+ waves after completion for loot. This should let you finish a speedrun through Normal ending with 50 devotion points.Your devotion choices are your choices, nothing required to min max this :D. If you can, push to wave 90. That boss is super easy and you gain a solid amount of tributes for a 50-90 push. For example, a normal run would look like this: start at wave 50 for 8 tributes, push to 70/90, get loot, refresh at wave 50/70 for 5 tributes, push to 70/90, get loot, repeat at wave 50 for 8 tributes.
Masteries : Some examples of masteries/spells are
- Arcanist - OFF+, Trojan Shards+, Panetti’s Missiles+
- Nightblade - Veil+Night’s Chill, Amarasta’s+, Phantasmal Blades+
- Occultist - Dreeg’s Eye+, Blood of Dreeg+, Curse of Frailty+
- Demolitionist - Vindictive Flame, Stun Jacks+, Cocktail+, Greater Fireball (Flintcore Bolts)
- Soldier - Forcewave (1 pt)+Internal Trauma (maxed), Field Command, Warcry, Blade Arc+
- Shaman - Devouring Swarm, Grasping Vines+, Wind Devil+
- Inquisitor - Word of Pain++, Word of Renewal++
- Necromancer - Raise Skeletons++, Blight Fiend+Blight Burst, Bone Harvest++, Ravenous Earth++. Spectral Binding+, Ill Omen
Recommended masteries are Inquisitor (Word of Pain++, Word of Renewal++) and Necromancer (Pretty much everything)
EXPAC NOTES : Both new masteries are EXCELLENT ways to level alts. They both can handle the limitations the other masteries have in Crucible.
*Inquisitor’s Word of Pain++ is a strong elemental dot (multiple damage types) that hits single target and aoe equally (only the beefiest mobs don’t die in the first tick when maxed). Word of Renewal is also a strong early buff and on-demand heal that can be of great use in low level Crucible. Inquisitor is greatly strengthened by the gear listed here due to the focus on elemental damage.
*Necromancer has a multitude of options for Crucible. You can go pets (Skeletons++, Blight++, Bone Harvest++ or Ravenous Earth++), caster with cc (Bone Harvest++, Ravenous Earth++, Ill Omen), melee caster (Bone Harvest++, Ravenous Earth++, Spectral Wrath+) and more. Basically, Necromancer is Soldier with magic. Bone Harvest comes with multiple damage types and hits like a truck AND buffs you and your pets. Ill omen can be used to cc if you get overwhelmed. Ravenous Earth is a solid, low cd aoe that is also greatly buffed by Soul Harvest. Spectral Binding+ is a nice aura that puts a strong resistance debuff and dot to those who attack you. Necromancer is especially strong in that, it really doesn’t matter what gear you wear. I don’t even use my trusty fireball on my Necromancer. I simply use Bone Harvest and Ravenous Earth. My buddy is going full pets and does extremely well.
Combat : The main idea of combat is ranged spells to kill them quickly before they hit you. Less time running means faster spawns and more exp. If they reach you then just kite or use a health pot. (If you have the Perdition set equipped they will just kill themselves if they reach you.) Mobs don’t start hitting very hard until the 50+ waves (main leveling done through waves 40-70 or 50-90). Because you are ranged, ideally the best Crucible map is the Crucible of the Dead. This map has the large open square with 4 spawns on each corner. This allows you to fire at multiple directions very quickly. One issue is missing spells and abilities. Try to grab some extra OA from devotions or gear as you can get it. Try to get multiple damage types because there’s always someone highly resistant to a damage type. (For example, fire/poison, physical/lightning, and so forth.) You can spend tributes on banners/buffs for combat bonuses. I leave this choice to you.
Example Gear Setup : This is what I normally run on my toons from 1-50 (gear lvl requirements apply). If you need a circuit breaker, Guardsman’s Shoulders +shield +gun will work. If you have Alchemists Belt, use the Spellfire Wand +tome for the sweet damage. Here is a small link (http://www.grimtools.com/calc/qNY88AZ6) with the most used items and devotions.
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Slith_Primal_Ring x2 +Ectoplasm (quest reward)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Sister's_Amulet_of_Lifegiving +Ectoplasm (quest reward)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Maiven’s_Lens +Mark of Illusions (crafted)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Maiven's_Hood +Ectoplasm (found)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Witchstalker +Flintcore Bolts (crafted, paired with shield)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Elementium +Enchanted Flint (found, paired with gun)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Spellfire_Wand +Enchanted Flint (crafted, paired with Maiven’s Tome)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Maiven's_Tome +Flintcore Bolts (found, paired with Spellfire Wand)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Guardsman's_Spaulders +Antivenom Salve (found)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Guardsman's_Breastplate +Antivenom Salve (crafted)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Explorer’s_Trousers +Antivenom Salve (crafted)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Explorer's_Footpads +Mark of the Traveler (found)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Equilibrium_(relic) (crafted)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Alchemist’s_Belt +Antivenom Salve (found)
- http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Zealot's_Gauntlets +Spellwoven Threads (found)
- At 40, you can mix and match with http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/Perdition (found)
- At 50, you can mix and match with http://grimdawn.wikia.com/wiki/The_Praetorian (found)
Example Devotion Setup : This is what I normally run when leveling my toons. These add extra regen, damage, reduced resistance, and extra aoe. Level 1 should be enough, but if you want to go deeper you can go level 2. I almost always choose Sailor’s Guide no matter the build. Love the stats and movespeed :).
Level 1: Spider, Owl, Rowan’s Crown, Viper (18 points)
Level 2: Candle, Magi (28 points)
You can, pretty much, choose whatever devotions to use. For example, you can go all passives with Sailor’s Guide/Lion/Scythe or Behemoth/Viper/Crossroads or even Viper/Lion/Scythe.
EXPAC NOTES : The expansion opened up so many more constellations to use for early Crucibles. Toad, Quill, Murmur, Rattosh, and Harp are VERY strong low-cost choices in addition to those above. Inquisitor’s could even skip Behemoth since they already have a heal. Necromancers have many options due to their multiple damage types (cold, aether, poison, pierce, vitality, and vitality decay).
Let me know if you have any questions/comments. Thanks for reading :).