Newbie need advice for build

All damage types are viable. And besides


Thank you so much, it’s good to have people like you and other nice guy on the forum.



As TqFan said, every dmg types is viable. Some are slightly weaker and less common, for example Bleed.

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I found something who looks good, but i don’t know if it is. All other one i saw was outdated.

Can someone tell me if this is viable in term of skill? (not from me, i found it online)

That seems to be the build from Mad Lee?

It’s perfectly viable build, although for CT build, I would go Spellbinder.

That’s my iteration: Spellbinder, Level 100 (GD - Grim Dawn Build Calculator

Other than that it’s possible to use 2H weapon instead of full set or even skip set pieces. In beginner’s compendium there’s build by Stupid_Dragon and there you can find cheaper setup, cause again majority of end game sets/gear is random drop, so before you can build stash with good items, you need to use good alternative ones.


Thanks for the good advice as usual.

Damn you know everything on this forum lol.

it’s this one

But on the last comment, there is an updated build from grimtool, that’s the one i took.

It’s even easier than the primal strike shaman for now, lvl 20ish and i wreck everything. If you say that this skill tree looks ok, that’s what i will do then, and i will continue to look for the kind of gear i will need for endgame

Thanks :smiley:


I tried a big portal on he forgotten gods DLC, the big blue portal where you need to get fragment at at the end you have a boss.

Is this something worth spending my time on at my level or not?

I had plenty of items at the end but nothing extraordinary.

No. On Ultimate you get a few skill points from doing 25 levels.
Your subsequent characters don’t have to grind it because of waystones to specific levels that can be crafted.

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Is there any build who is not specific gear dependent?

Every build i’ve seen, the skill are chosen because of the gear the character have.
Is there some build where you can have gear whit stat you need but not THAT specific item for the build like i read a lot?

Every build i read NEED to have specific items, is it a thing in Grim Dawn?

I read like 5-6 sorcerer build, and everytime, they need at least one specific item to make the build work…

This one is the only one i found where you can change the gear, but i’m not sure it’s still updated.

Depends on what you want to do in the game. If just the main campaign that doesn’t really need any special gear for builds. Tackling Nemesis, doing Crucible and/or Shattered Realm you need more specific. And remember the builds in the Compendium are endgame builds which do focus on Crucible/SR.

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I think i’m overthinking this thing way too much, like always…

I’ll see later what i will do then.

You can always ask and someone will make you a theorycraft / sketch of a build with only easy to get / target farmable items.
There’s a whole compendium for that btw but no sorc there atm because builds with all gear available are naturally more popular amongst builders Beginner build guides Compendium (for AoM + FG expansions)

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If i do that, i will do that every 10 level lol.

I’m bored of callidor, i’m lvl 28 and wanted to see what i could do. There a tons of sorcerer build and 95% of them don’t even use attack from arcanist, just passive and buff.

I’m full buffed +%fire damage so i think i’ll look at some demolitionist skills to use then :smiley:

Wow, okay you made all that, great thanks buddy :smiley:

You could also play Aether Ray or Trozan Sky Shard as Sorc if you’d like to use some Arcanist skill
here’s some Fire Aether Ray build for example (weapon is a faction item at least so it’s easy to get)
Some players just want to watch the world burn ! - Sorcerer(-ess) (Arcanist + Demolitionist) Fire Albrecht Aether’s Ray

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Thanks i’ll check on that :smiley:

You could also use another Fire Ray from a component which is strong too, doesn’t need an investment and has a lovely +1 to Demo: Conflagration

this can be vendor farmed if you don’t have it (you reset vendor till he has blueprint you want), 3rd act at the earliest
Here you can find YT vid showing this skill: :damage_chaos: Skills granted by items [video, GT links, damage types, source item types]

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Lol, i just kill the warden and i start forgotten gods like people told me to.

Thanks for the tip, as always :smiley:

When i see Demo skill, it seems more appropriate to use his skill for damage than arcanist. Cause except ray and callidor, arcanist is not that good in fire (i think i don’t know i’m a noob).

Maybe i push my arcanist too much and not enough my demo. When i saw video of skill like mortar it’s just amazing lol.

How do i know when i will be in act 3? For now, i kill the warden and i need to repair a bridge. don’t even know which act am i.

Act 2 is behind that bridge. Act 3 is after you kill Act 2 boss Cronley. When you get to Homestead in Act 3, you can go to a dungeon called Port Valbury and get Conflagration there if you want although it’s not necessary and might be too much / overwhelming for a new player. Just mentioning it if you’d like to use this Fire Ray I mentioned asap but you won’t need it.

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GD by Acts according to the Grim Misadventures

Act 1 up to Warden Krieg

Act 2 up to Cronley or Deadman’s Gulch since iirc we got stopped at that point - not sure

Act 3 Pt 1 up to Homestead

Act 3 Pt 2 area around Homestead

Act 3 Pt 3 up to Darkvale Gate

Act 4 Asterkarn onwards

Then later for the expansions during playtesting it was

Act 5 Gloomwald up to Altar of Rattosh - again initially we could only test that far

Act 6 to end of Ashes of Malmouth content

Act 7 Forgotten Gods content


There’s a reason why I am making these beginners guides :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

But to be more precise, majority of these builds you see posted are meant to tackle hardest possible content, so their goal is to have best in slot gear across the board. Of course some of the pieces are interchanggeable and build can function without every specific piece of gear.

But of course there’s different gear requirements for builds. For instance if you see build, which relies on more monster infrequent gear without specific affixes and without sets, they are easier to make. Or target farmable sets or gear like Dark One.

At this point of the game this isn’t point of concern. Choosing a build is though :stuck_out_tongue: