“Quantity has a quality all its own”
- Stalin, Lenin, Callaghan, Napoleon or maybe Clausewitz …
It’s my first writeup so please be gentle (constructive criticism always welcomed!!) … I was going to create a forcewave Death Knight and levelled it that way for about 20 or so levels but then got lonely, bored of deaths when my archaic computer froze up and simply didn’t rate the gameplay (I’ve already got a forcewave commander) … So I thought I would at least level with skellies as they are my favourite part of the game!
The result is the strongest character I have played to date and quite frankly the most fun !!
The gameplay goes like this: You Blitz in, hit WarCry/Call of the Grave/Sovereign and the skellies/blightfiend/dirge/spiders/hounds kill everything. It’s hilarious and great fun. With 30k hit points you are reasonably safe.
So at its core the build is a pet build which is ably supported by the soldier side. War Cry and Field Command make the pets quite beastly. Mark of Torment is ready if things go south.
The full lineup is usually 14 Skellies, Blightfiend, Dirge, 2x hounds from Marrowbands and a few spiders from the Ghol’s Reach. Quite the lineup.
Items (let me just say most of the items are flexible and the build goes great with a few variations. When levelling just look for something with either a pet bonus or a bonus to necro or soldier skills):
Headgear: I went with the Lost Souls mask as I had it (I don’t have the full set). I had run most of the game with an Ascendant Cowl which allows 4 more skellies to be summoned (let’s face it, this happens a fair bit). Also an option is the Spectral Crown (from Morton’s Claim) or the Fleshwarped Casque (for WarCry and good stats).
Amulet: I love the Sovereign Ruby here, but have used the Deathward which is ace (+1 to all skills is great plus its protective thing), also Whispers of the Dead and I’m sure the Lost Souls amulet which I don’t have would be fine.
Rings: Since very early on I just used the marrow bands and they are great. I’m sure there’s something better out there but I haven’t bothered looking. Please comment below with recommendations!
Weapon: Guardian of Death’s Gate !!! I don’t have a Lost Souls Beacon so that’s not on the agenda, but some alternatives while I have been levelling have been - Warden’s Judgement (you know where to get it and it gives a spare skelly), Deathbeater (Undead Legion and Raise Skelly bonus), Veilpiercer (extra skelly and great bonuses), Korvaak’s Burning Blade (summon heaps of skellies!! Use with an Ascendant Cowl for many many iin one summon. Core of my other pet build, fire skellies and Olexra’s Flash Freeze for best crowd control ever).
Offhand: Ok so the weapon I use is a two hander but some other things I have used and loved have been - Grimoir of Og’Napesh, Dreadguard, Lichguard, Warden’s Fortress, Reaper of the Accursed.
Shoulders: Mantle of Lost Souls. It’s good, but by no means essential. I have only just got them and many green shoulders will do the job when levelling.
Chest: Necrolord Shroud, mainly as the name is cool but I guess it does add some great bonuses along with it’s aura. I used the Rovers one for ages when levelling which is pretty good.
Gloves: Ghol’s Reach is what she currently wears but I used Bonescavengers for a long time and they are great too.
Pants: Wildshorn Leggings are good, also Rifthound Leguards.
Boots: Fiendflesh Greaves are cool. I love their damage reduction!
Belt: Currently Spritseeker Cord but is usually an Ugdenbog Girdle as it gives +1 to soldier, either is great.
Medal: Must must must be a Wendigo Gaze … an extra skellie is cool This plus the weapon (and undead legion at 20 or above) gives 14 skellies.
Relic: Dirge of Arkovia. He is so tanky and great plus I simply can’t bring myself to try and forge another one so I don’t know if the Mogdrogon one is better, probably is. Mortality is cool when you are levelling.
Shepherds Crook (WarCry)
Staff of Rattosh
Light of Empyrion (Call of the Grave)
Ishtak (Spectral Binding)
I can’t tell you how to level these as I have changed them a few times with the spirit lady. Again, any comments are welcomed with open arms, I have no idea what I’m doing.
No videos yet as I haven’t done much SR or Crucible but I think it would go ok?