[Pet] [220.127.116.11] (cr) (sr+) (hc) (vid) Unstoppable Briar-Swarm Conjurer (Deeblemin)
- Damage: Pet Physical, Pet Bleeding
- Active Skills: Summon Briarthorn, Conjure Primal Spirit, Curse of Frailty, Dreeg’s Evil Eye, Grasping Vines, Wendigo Totem, Doom Bolt, Blood of Dreeg, Call of the Beast, Displacement, Summon Hellhound
- Passive Skills: Primal Bond, Mogdrogen’s Pact, Bonds of Bysmiel, Swarm Mind
Grimtools (18.104.22.168): Conjurer, Level 100 (GD 22.214.171.124) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator
(126.96.36.199): Conjurer, Level 100 (GD 188.8.131.52) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator
( 184.108.40.206): Conjurer, Level 100 (GD 220.127.116.11) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator
Original post (18.104.22.168): Conjurer, Level 100 (GD 22.214.171.124) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator
This was my first hardcore character. It was built from the ground up solo self-found. The primary goal for the build was to find a good balance between building up character defenses (over-capped resists, all crowd-control resistance capped, run speed capped, high enough DA to not get crit, reasonable armor/absorb, and at least one circuit-breaker) and building up enough pet offenses to have decent kill speed. I wanted the build to be able to clear a broad range of content, but wasn’t focused on it being the fastest at any particular clear/kill.
The build has 5 green MIs - which means it’s not practical to (legitimately) copy exactly, but which also gives a fair amount of flexibility to mix and match different affixes between all of them to fix any resistance holes etc. There are clearly better rolls / affix combos that could be found on the MIs in the posted build - but this is the best combined set that I’ve acquired so far. Note that as of the latest update for 126.96.36.199, the affixes here are pretty good - I’ve been playing this character for more than a year now and have spent large amounts of time target farming these items. So, don’t expect to find a similar set quickly. That said, the build can very much function with less rare/optimal combinations - you can take a look at some of the ones I used in earlier versions for ideas.
Here are some screenshots of the actual in-game stats (out of combat without any temporary buffs/procs active, except blood of dreeg).
Here are some videos to demonstrate performance of the build (as of 188.8.131.52). Note that this is just me running around and doing each of these once - no time for multiple tries and cherry-picking especially good runs:
- All available main campaign nemesis fights.
- Crucible 150-170 (4 buffs, 3 tier 1 banners.
- SR shard 75.
- Assorted boss fights (including all rogue-like dungeon end bosses, Lokarr, Ravager, and others).
I have had a lot of fun with the build, and will no doubt continue to try changing details here and there - but I am pretty happy with how it is doing so far.
Description of updates for 184.108.40.206: Equipment wise, the most noticeable update is probably the move from Bloodsworn Codex to Fleshwarped Bulwark. The nerf to Bloodsworn Codex in 220.127.116.11, removing flat physical damage and reducing briarthorn % total damage, prompted me to explore other options to see how they compared. I was pleasantly surprised to find that for this build at least the Flushwarped Bulwark, which was obviously superior defensively, also seemed to be stronger offensively (based on dummy kill speed) due to the flat physical added to both Blood of Dreeg and Mogdrogen’s Pact as well as the additional skill points to Mogdrogen’s Pact - this was even the case with my well-rolled “Houndmaster’s Bloodsworn Codex of Caged Souls” which has 22% pet attack speed (perhaps partially due to already reaching 200+% attack speed most of the time even with the Bulwark?). The main thing I miss from the Codex is the decreased cooldown on Summon Briarthorn… but that’s mostly a minor convenience right when entering the game world, since circumstances where the pets actually die in battle are pretty rare. Aside from this change, other changes are mostly that I’ve spent a lot of time farming the green MI’s in the build and have managed to obtain a collection of them which all have the “of the Wild” suffix along with some useful resistances on the prefix. This allowed me to move some points from Summon Briarthorn to Vulnerability for the DA shred, and kept pet attack speed high even with the move from the Codex to the Bulwark.
During 18.104.22.168, I leveled up another character targeting this build so that I could post a possible progression to follow for those interested. Not focused on being the strongest/fastest leveler, but shooting for a similar play style / skill set as the endgame build. I tried to grab a grimtools link every 10 levels or so, here they are: