This is a Forcewave guide meant to present the concept of a Physical variant of the skill using a Death Knight and a Commando. I also have grimtools links or build links to other variants of Forcewave including Lightning, Elemental and Fire.
Since we are going the Physical route it makes our build extremely newbie friendly.
Commando - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/a2Ej1wJV
*Screenshot with permanent auras only
Death Knight - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/Q2z6kjL2
*Screenshot with Soul Harvest
Faction Gear for new players (except pants and weapon) -
Commando - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/mN4QpOl2
Death Knight - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/dVb4QpmN
Videos (Credits to PrinceXavier) -
PrinceXavier’s Setup - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/eVL3xKM2
Alternative versions of Forcewave -
- Fire Forcewave Commando by Thrasheur - www.grimtools.com/calc/Q2zby1j2
- Fire Forcewave Commando by BladeAndShadow - http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65865
- Fire Forcewave Tactician by Shoppinh - http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69854
- Elemental Forcewave Tactician by Valinov - http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64245
- Lightning Forcewave Warder by Strannik - http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=615855#post615855
Which is better b/w the Death Knight and the Commando?
Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Commando is suited for those who don’t like more than one button, while Death Knight is good for those who can handle two or three buttons.
Both have high QoL
Is Falcon Swoop usable on the Commando version?
Sure it is, the devotions are interchangeable. But you’d need a good trigger for it on Commando and the only one I can recommend is Gaze of Beronath. Death Knight has it easy thanks to Siphon Souls
What makes this newbie friendly?
Focusing on physical damage type makes it easier to gear since enemies aren’t very resistant to it. We have a lot of gearing options at out disposal. Physical damage type is also usually associated with Heavy Armor and Physical Resistance making this one fairly tanky.
Which is the best version of Forcewave?
For a beginner Physical wins hands down, but end game you won’t feel the difference. Personally I prefer the Fire version purely for the aesthetics but I’d say from an end game POV Physical, Fire and Elemental are very comparable.
Is Octavius Set usable on the Commando?
Sure you can, like I said gearing is flexible.
Where to find an Obsidian Cleaver and what rolls to look for?
The faction version’s weapon of choice can be found in Chthonic rifts, make sure to farm it with affixes that have cast speed but no physical to “x” damage type conversion
What devotions should a new player get while leveling?
During leveling,you get Falcon Swoop first and rush to get Behemoth, Assassin’s Mark should be next on your list. These constellations help out with leveling, your constellation choices wary mostly on the basis of the gear you find while leveling.
Also refer to this - http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=56243
For specific doubts post here and I can help you out.
Firstly, thanks to JoV and korsar for clearing up ADCtH mechanics and to PrinceXavier for taking the time to do videos of this build.
Forcewave has come a long way since I made this guide and its nice to see its rise in popularity. I personally prefer the Death Knight version but the Commando is also pretty fun to play with. Overall this build was pretty fun to play with. Hopefully you guys enjoy it as much as I did.