TPOM's Grimarillion Build Compendium, Featuring Pets

Build Objective: Take two classes that are normally used for pet-scaled pets and instead focus on Witch Doctor’s player scaled pets.

Sources of RR:
Mythical Eurydice’s Wedding Band - 28 flat RR
Jade Harvester Haunt - 20 Cold RR
Plague - 30 Cold RR
Mass Paranoia - 30 Cold RR
Rumor - 23 Cold RR
Ethereal Veil - 18 Cold RR
Hand of Ultos - 25% Elemental
Total RR - 149 - 174 Cold RR, depending on initial Enemy resistance

Equipment
Weapon: Mythical Voo’s Juicer with Regular Speaker of the Dead
Components: Seal of the Night + Royal Ruby
Head: Jade Harvester’s Wisdom
Component: Sacred Plating
Shoulders: Jade Harvester’s Joy
Component: Sacred Plating
Hands: Jade Harvester’s Mercy
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Feet: Uliana’s Destiny
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Belt: Mythical Belt of Transcendance
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Pants: Jade Harvester’s Courage
Component: Ancient Armor Plate
Chest Armor: Jade Harvester’s Peace
Component: Living Armor
Amulet: Blessing of the Gods
Component: Tainted Heart
Rings: Mythical Band of Souls + Mythical Eurydice’s Wedding Band
Components: Purified Salt + Imbued Silver
Medal: Satyr Craft with +Nature Skills and Suffix “of the Wild”
Component: Black Tallow
Relic: Ethereal Veil with 3% DA bonus

Devotions: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/q2Mzax4V

The Jade Harvester set combines both Cold and Vitality damage, and since converting Cold to Vitality damage is dull and has been done before (Hint: it involves Storm), we instead go the opposite route and convert for Cold damage. Speaker of the Dead converts 50%, and Mythical Ulzaad’s Channeler could also be used for 25% Vitality to Cold conversion, if you aren’t aiming for maximum pets. Outside of what we’ve already seen with the Nature class, Tranquility of Water has a huge Energy regeneration stat, allowing the Jade Harvester to use Pierce the Veil with no Energy worries outside of building for Harp. Mass Confusion’s cooldown was sharply reduced in the latest D3 patch, making Refresh slightly less in utility than before, but multiple heal spells (one with invulnerability) more than justify Refresh’s usage.

The defining feature of Soul Harvest comes in the final node: if you kill an enemy with it, you summon a player-scaled pet that does Cold + Vitality damage. With our investment, you can summon up to 8 Slaved Souls at once - between CDR / Refresh and Jade Harvester set’s flat cooldown reduction, you can throw Soul Harvest quickly enough to slay multiple groups of trash mobs one after another. Ethereal Veil adds permanent pets that help with RR, so you can easily have over 10 pets attacking the enemy while getting your Soul Harvests ready to get the kill. Equipment is standard, OA is high enough to regularly Crit enemies with Pierce the Veil running, the other slots + devotions are focused on Crit damage. Chillspikes + Blizzard + Hand of Ultos add to DPS when there aren’t many pets in the background, and this build has one of the highest RR out of any of my builds thanks to the 5-pc set bonus and the double RR class selection. Devotions focus on getting Ultos first, then getting the available sources of Crit damage.

Sixth Class Feature is Elementalist!

With the hideously overpowered features of the other Zenith classes (Riftstalker’s innate CDR and 150% Crit Damage, Necrotic’s amazing passives and innate ADCTH, Champion’s stupidly strong passives and huge RR, Terror Knight’s great flat RR and Entropic Reign), Elementalist glides under the radar. Where other classes shine with their main damage abilities, Elementalist shines with its multiple buffs and supporting role - the most obvious of which is the ability to convert 100% Elemental damage to one of the three Elemental types. As such, I focused my builds on those that involve multiple Elemental types and benefit greatly from having Elementalist convert them into a single type. Surprisingly, there are not many classes that fit this mold: classes that do have good Elemental abilities such as Crusader or Wizard don’t have the RR to maintain a decent shred [Elementalist itself just has flat RR, which can easily be replaced by the Rhowan’s Crown devotion if you’re in need of skill points], and those who do have good Elemental RR like Occultist or Champion don’t have any abilities worth the Elemental type conversion. I’m sure that Elementalist’s main damage skills could carry a build if you give it enough skill point bonuses; for the purposes of this Compendium, though, we let it have a back seat so that we can demonstrate what other classes can do when they’re unleashed.

Where pets are involved, Zenith creator Ceno gave all the vanilla pet items such as Primal Instinct to the Elementalist. Two AoE buffs could be used in a pet build, especially since flat Fire damage is great for Swarmlings; however, the focus on fire means that as a support type, Elementalist is particularly outclassed by the Earth class, much less the other 2 Primal Instinct classes Shaman and Nature. Instead, we stick with the player-scaled theme and build around Elemental Seekers. These pets last for 3 seconds and detonate at the target of their choosing; focused on one Elemental type, these Seekers can do great damage, especially with the large Crit bonus they have. With enough CDR to reduce their cooldown to 1 second or less, this devotion proc is amazing with tick debuffs such as Occultist’s Curse of Frailty or Inquisitor’s Word of Pain. In addition, the Flametongue relic provides mini-Seekers of its own; not only is their damage great, but they provide 10% Stackable Elemental RR as well. As such, my Elementalist builds will feature both of these pets. With Blind Sage’s 10 Ascendant and 18 Eldritch affinity requirements, you have to build your devotions around satisfying that and a nice T3 Elemental ability. Fire has Meteors and Cold has Leviathan; sadly, Lightning is the odd man out in this equation.

Build Objective: To use Elementalist’s full Elemental conversion to make single-type Seekers, along with Demon Hunter’s Devastation-like spell, but if Devastation projectiles were birds falling out of the sky.

Sources of RR:
Elemental Storm - 32 flat Elemental RR
Demon Hunter Bolt - 30 Elemental RR
Rumor - 23 Cold RR
Flametongue - 10 Elemental RR
Total RR = 93 Cold RR

Equipment
Weapon: Mythical Etrayu
Components: Seal of the Night
Head: Mythical Silver Sentinel’s Mask
Component: Sacred Plating
Shoulders: Mythical Spaulders of Zakara
Component: Sacred Plating
Hands: Mythical Chilling Grip of Hagarrad
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Feet: Uliana’s Destiny
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Belt: Hunter’s Wrath
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Pants: Mythical Arcane Harmony Leggings
Component: Scaled Hide
Chest Armor: Uliana’s Heart
Component: Titan Plating
Amulet: Mythical Executioner’s Judgment
Component: Tainted Heart
Rings: Alkamo’s Touch of Anguish + Alkamo’s Touch of Dread
Components: Purified Salt + Imbued Silver
Medal: Satyr Craft with +Elementalist Skills and Suffix “of Scorched Runes”
Component: Tainted Heart
Relic: Tongue of Flame with 3% DA bonus

Devotions: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/4Vxg1jv2

The Rain of Beasts ability naturally converts 100% of its Pierce damage into Cold damage, so we take the rest of the build and focus on Cold damage. The build originally used the Mythical Frigid Quillbreath which was primarilly Physical damage. Uliana’s Heart converts 25% Physical to Cold Damage; combined with the Weapon, Amulet, and Component conversion, the build featured 95% Physical to Cold in addition to 55%-60% Pierce to Cold. Then Grimer introduced Mythical Etrayu, and this build transformed from great to monstrous. Hungering Shot is a Savagery-like skill that can reach up to 140% Weapon damage. Hunter’s Wrath adds a 4% Total damage modifier; when added to the 10% modifier from the Demon Hunter’s passive, you can plow through enemies with nothing more than the auto-attack.

Demon Hunter’s Ballistics gives flat Piercing damage, Rapid Fire and Elementalist’s Flame-Touched like buff provides flat Fire damage. With the new 1.0.7.0 augments, you get flat Lightning damage as well; most of the Pierce and all of the Elemental damage is converted to Cold damage. The real pets in this build are Elemental Seekers and Tongue of Flame, both of which are primarily Elemental damage - having them converted into 1 damage type maximizes their damage output - Tongue of Flame specifically has great damage for an Empowered Relic. Chillspikes, Blizzard, and Leviathan provide the AoE, and hard-capping the last node of Hungering Shot provides a near 75% chance to pierce through enemies. Alkamo’s Rings are incredibly tough to find; if you want the Pierce to Cold conversion, Nightscorn rings do just as well, but you would need to find places to get an appropriate OA.

Build Objective: To use both the Wizard’s Hydra skill with the Hydra Scepter, while nearly maximizing Wizard’s Mirror Image as well

Source of RR:
Elementalist Bolt - 25 flat Elemental RR
Hydra - 45 Elemental RR
Eldritch Fire - 23 Fire RR
Flame Tongue - 10 Elemental RR
Elementalist Flame Pillar - 100% Elemental RR
Total RR - 103 Fire RR - 138 Fire RR, depending on initial Enemy Resistance



Equipment
Weapon: Mythical Serpent’s Sparker with Mythical Silver Mirror
Components: Seal of Might X2
Head: Vyr’s Gaze
Component: Sacred Plating
Shoulders: Vyr’s Pauldrons
Component: Sacred Plating
Hands: Vyr’s Grasping Gauntlets (with wrong bitmap, lol)
Component: Restless Remains
Feet: Mythical Firebird’s Tarsi
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Belt: Mythical Fazula’s Improbable Chain
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Pants: Mythical Legwraps of the Trainquil Mind
Component: Scaled Hide
Chest Armor: Vyr’s Astonishing Aura
Component: Titan Plating
Amulet: Divine Blessing of the Gods
Component: Tainted Heart
Rings: Divine Star Stone + Divine Seal of the High Priest
Components: Bloodied Crystal X2
Medal: “Elementalist Skills” Satyr Medal with Suffix “Of Arcane Balance”
Component: Black Tallow
Relic: Tongue of Flame with 3% DA bonus

Devotions: Coming soon

I had wanted to make a multiple Hydra build ever since I knew Serpent Sparker came into existence. At the time, Wizard did not have any Elemental Resistance Reduction, so I had attempted a Dual-Wield Serpent Sparker which just barely came into viability. However, once Hydra itself received Elemental RR and the Vyr’s Astonishing Arcana set came out, I respecced out of it and created this beauty. The 4-piece Vyr’s Set comes with a 30% Heal when you use the Archon buff, along with a drastically reduced cooldown. It is, no doubt, an incredibly good set, especially when you combine the other items to hardcap Hydra and Magic Weapon. With the heal from the set, Dryad’s Blessing, and Behemoth bound to Unstability (the level 50 skill at the top right), you have a very sturdy caster on your hands. This allows me to dump as many points into Spirit as possible, resulting in an extra 800% to all magical damage.



To maximize Serpent Sparker’s output, I use Elementalist to convert all the Elemental damage to one type. I could have selected any of the types, but an earlier version of the build used Meteor with the transmuter to convert its damage to fire (all transmuters have top priority over standard conversions like Elementalist). Instead of taking the nuke, however, I decided to go for a magical spin-to-win and take both Arcane Orb and Elementalist’s Might of Magic. Both skills, when you land a hit with them, proc multiple orbs to surround the player; add 4 Magic Mirror at 20/12 and bind Flame Torrent to them and you have a cornucopia of Fire orbs swirling around everywhere.

This build has 40% Physical Resistance, maxed out Secondary resistances, and multiple forms of sustain. This is one of my favorite SR 65-66 runners out there, so I hope that this set and its amazing bonuses can remain intact.

Whoa, this dual Serpent Sparker build is pretty insane. Great work! Will we see a build involving the Monk and his new immortal Mystic Ally? That aura buff he gives is just too sweet. Wondering if it stacks for 2 allies summoned via crudest boots.

I tried using the Mystic Ally before it became immortal and I was miffed at how quickly it kept dying, so I dropped it fairly quickly. Looking through GDStash, the only equipment that gives +Mystic Ally points is Crudest Boots, and outside the Uliana’s Set, there are barely any items that give +Monk skills. That sadly makes it rather limited in how I can fit the Mystic Ally in a build.

I haven’t seen the new aura yet, but having worked with other pet builds with auras, buffs from multiple pets do not stack.

Thanks for the answer. I was wondering how good a player scaled pet build involving the monk would be (maybe with blade spirits). The Mystic Ally aura is really good now, gives %dmg and OA, armor, phys and pierce resist. Combined with one of the 2 defensive mantras, inner sanctuary and the dmg boost from breath of heaven, it could help pets both offensively and defensively. But, as you say, not many +skills to Monk :o

The seventh class feature is Rogue!

With a total of four different damage types to work with and main skills that emphasize each of these damage types, Rogue can help support a multitude of builds with minimal Skill Point investment compared to other classes. A healing ability that provides flat DA, a projectile that provides ample amount of RR as well as damage reduction, a Cadence-like autoattack that can be transmuted from Physical/Pierce into Acid/Vitality, and a passive which provides Attack and Casting Speed; Rogue can greatly help other classes’ abilities shine. Rogue even has its own player-scaled pet for those like having minions around them, but it is not so great that it is mandatory for those who don’t care for such.

Summoners also are wise to pay attention to this class, as Rogue, along with the Storm and Earth classes, provides predominantly Physical pets with the ability to convert their damage into another type. In this case, Physical damage is converted to Acid damage, and it comes with the added benefit of bringing a chance to Fumble / Impaired Aim simply with their attacks. As we have seen with the Nature + Necrotic pet build, Acid is a nicely-supported pet type in Grim Dawn, with multiple equipment and auras that provide flat Acid or Poison damage. In fact, those who are buying the Fallen Gods expansion will treat themselves to the Ghol’s Malice set, which not only enhances pet Poison capabilities, but summons additional pets upon completing the set. I will be theorycrafting a Ghol’s Malice pet build, which I obviously cannot test but will be glad to share my thoughts for optimizing its abilities.

Build Objective: To showcase one of Grim Quest’s full sets and maximize the Call of the Wild Wolves


Source of RR:
Manticore or Bysmiel’s Command - 28 flat RR
Rogue’s Poison Flask - 30 Poison RR
Plague [Nature’s skil] - 35 Poison RR
Rumor - 30 Poison RR
Aura of Bast pet (Relic) - 10 Poison RR
Total RR = 133 Poison RR

Equipment
Weapon: Divine Strength of the Wild + Divine Cerebus’ Eye
Components: Purified Sale + Imbued Silver
Head: Divine Call of the Wild
Component: Eldritch Mirror
Shoulders: Divine Wisdom of the Wild
Component: Scaled Hide
Hands: Mythical Overlord’s Grip
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Feet: Mythical Grim Harvest Boots
Component: Spellscorched Plating
Belt: Divine Dementer’s Sacred Leaves
Component: Spellscorched Plating
Pants: Mythical Runebrand Leggings
Component: Scaled Hide
Chest Armor: Divine Resilience of the Wild
Component: Eldritch Mirror
Amulet: Skillful Amulet with +Nature or +Rogue Skills and Chaos/Pierce Resistance
Component: Aether Soul
Rings: Mythical Yogul’s Ichor X2
Components: Ectoplasm X2
Medal: Divine Talisman of the Wild
Component: Aether Soul
Relic: Sigil of Bast

Devotions: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/nZo81EoN

The Divine Aspect of the Wild set is a 5-piece set that’s modeled after the Beastcaller’s Set. Instead of providing 2 Biarthorns, however, it provides +2 to all Nature skills, which is incredible considering how point-heavy the Mastery is. With this set, the Off-hand, the belt, and the relic providing +all skills to Nature, it’s no secret that you’ll be able to maximize the Call of the Wild skill as well as most of the pet abilities. With Bull bound to the Wolves, you get a heavy AoE ability that works perfectly with the wolves’ lanky frames. The Sylvan Nymph provides full Elemental damage, so we ditch it to use Thorn Sprites for additional Poison damage from a distance. And let’s not forget Force of Nature, which does massive damage - especially when you can convert all Physical damage into another damage type.


Rogue class is there with the Mythical Yugol Rings to complete 100% Physical to Acid conversion and give a second source of RR, but that’s not the only thing it gives. The third node of Envenom provides pets with 6% Attack Damage converted to Health, so even with the low amount of external heals, Wolves have been able to survive difficult battles. The second node provides Poison and Acid and Vitality resistance, which is especially helpful as none of the set items provide that particular resistance. Grace of the Korbyites provides a great low cooldown heal.

If you obtain Pierce resistance in the Amulet, you can use Mythical Tasker and Theo gloves as a way to keep your damage RNG-proof, but please, fix this (look at the Armor value):


Build Objective: Use Claw of Hagaraz’s skill modifier in order to have a certifiable Beserk buff while leaving some build room to let pets shine as well.

Source of RR:
Black Star of Deceit - 15 flat RR
Acid Bomb - 30 Vitality RR
Spectral Wrath - 35 Vitality RR
Rattosh - 25 Vitality RR
Total RR - 105 Vitality RR




*Screenshots are with all permanent and temporary buffs active

Equipment
Weapon : Claw of Hagaraz X2
Components: Haunted Steel + Imbued Silver
Head : Mythical Circlet of the Great Serpent
Component: Living Armor
Shoulders : Mythical Dread Knight’s Guard
Component: Living Armor
Hands : Mythical Overlord’s Grip
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Feet : Mythical Fiendflesh Greaves
Component: Boon of the Trapped (Rare D3 Blacksmith Component)
Belt : Mythical Spiritseeker’s Cord
Component: Spellscorched Plating
Pants : Mythical Wildshorn Leggings
Component: Scaled Hide
Chest Armor : Mythical Dread Armor of Azragor
Component: Titan Plating
Amulet : Conduit of Undying Whispers with Vitality Blight Fiend prefix and Aether resistance suffix
Component: Aether Soul
Rings: Divine Persephone’s Ring + Wildpact Emerald
Components: Royal Diamond X2
Medal: Mythical Black Star of Deceit (Zenith mod provides innate dual-wielding; I’d like to avoid this exploit wherever I can, but for a meme hybrid build I’m willing to make exceptions).
Component: Aether Soul
Relic: Mogdrogen’s Ardor with Stun Resistance bonus

Devotions: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/YNnXLMgV (Ignore the equipment, it was from an old draft)

With the Rogue class no longer providing 100% Acid to Vitality damage, I was uncertain as to whether I would stick with it as with the Necromancer Conduit, I could have Blight Fiends doing 100% conversion without a second class to help. Ultimately, I decided to stay with Rogue, as its Vitality Cadence skill was the key to having this build survive. Dual Wield Claw of Hagaraz provides 600% Vitality bonus and 20% Crit Damage to the summoner when you use both of them together, and Envenom’s second node provides flat Vitality damage while the third node gives you Attack Speed and ADCTH. This build would not be able to survive if it weren’t for these generous bonuses, and Calculated Strike hitting for over 100K on crits helps single-target DPS tremendously, while the Blight Fiends wrap up the AoE damage.

As Call of the Grave serves as a longer-lasting but longer cooldown Shepherd’s Crook [pets get nearly 350% Vitality Damage and 38% Crit damage], Devotions follow the Vitality 3T3 setup: Hungering Void + Time Dilation + Rattosh for the great 25% additional Vitality RR, which the Blight Fiends are great in sticking to the opponent. Rogue’s Shadow Heal + ~20% ACDTH before Bloodthirster + Bat makes Dying God’s health drain less of an issue than a pet build that didn’t also do melee. Sadly, the larger focus on resistances and sustainability means that I can’t focus on 22/12 Soul Harvest nor can I use the Bound Wraiths from Bonescavenger Deathgrips. The Blight Fiends do a great job, and having Time Dilation bound to 17/16 Reap Spirit allows you to summon 2 Spirits at once, meaning you can better focus on keeping your Blight Fiends on the battlefield.


The most important thing to keep yourself alive against the likes of Fabius and Iron Maiden is to make you have Mark of Torment applied to them so you can prepare your Soul Harvest + Dying God + Call of the Grave mega-buffs ready and give yourself the melee DPS you need to leech through their damage. I’m not sure how it would fare against Kubacabra or Grava, but being able to handle base-game content is good enough for a hybrid pet / melee build.

Build Objective: To throw as many Eyes of Dreeg at the enemy as possible.

Source of RR:
Manticore - 28 flat RR
Rogue Skill - 35 Poison RR
Rumor - 23 Poison RR
Deathstalker - 10 Poison RR
Total RR - 96 Poison RR

Equipment
Weapon: Mythical Quillthrower of Dreeg
Components: Seal of Shadows
Head: Cowl of the Venommblade with Outrider Skills
Component: Living Armor
Shoulders: Radaggan’s Mantle
Component: Living Armor
Hands: Mythical Quickdraw Gloves
Component: Consecrated Wrappings
Feet: Mythical Golemborn Greaves
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Belt: Blade Breaker Sash with Outrider Skills
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Pants: Mythical Chausses of Barbaros
Component: Ancient Armor Plate
Chest Armor: Radaggan’s Shroud
Component: Living Armor
Amulet: Mythical Amulet of Dreeg
Component: Seal of Annihilation
Rings: Seal of the High Priest X2
Components: Purified Salt + Imbued Silver
Medal: Satyr Craft with Rogue Skills and Suffix “Of the Wild”
Component: Tainted Heart
Relic: Deathstalker with 3% OA bonus

Fortune is your friend for this Fortune’s Friend as the combination of Hercate’s Sorcery, Envenom Weapons, Seal of Shadows, and the innate conversion from the weapon leads to 100% Physical to Acid conversion, making Outrider’s default attack optimal for damage. Full Acid damage also means fully Acid Deathstalker as well as fully acid Epalios - which thanks to Outrider’s CDR passive allows you to take the transmuter and summon 3 of them without any worry. Outside of your Dreeg Eyes and class pets, your main skills are using Biting Blades for easy devotion procs and Outrider’s Biobomb for absolutely massive Poison DoT. Survivability is bolstered by 2 on-demand heals as well as Ghoul, all helped by great CDR.

The images are an old version, as it barely has any attack speed - the current version goes as much in for Attack Speed as I could get. In addition to the equipment and component changes from the image, this build trades in its machine guns for Mobile Fortress and its great Attack speed boost; be warned that you move half as fast with the buff on, but it is very easy to toggle on and off. The helm and belt are +Outrider so that you can take as many of the passives and buffs as you can get. Battle Awareness + Quickdraw glove procs means that you will have decent uptime for having good Attack Speed.

Due to no GQ rings giving all bonuses to Rogue skills, we will be shorthanded if you don’t take the +1 to all skills rings. Normally, I’d provide a simpler way of getting all skills, whether it’s through the helmet, amulet set bonuses, or relic, but all the above slots are already taken, so we must abuse the +All skills rings (or use the Satyr and craft one +Rogue and one +Outrider, effectively cutting the skill bonuses on the rings to +1 each). 2-pc Radaggan is taken for the resistance bonus, the Pierce conversion on the chest, and the Stun resistance on the shoulders.

The final class feature (at least before Fallen Gods) is Crusader!

Gaze upon the sky and be blessed with heavenly strength. The Crusader’s array of skills is nearly wholly focused on the Holy Attribute - in this case, the combination of Fire and Lightning. An auto-attack called Punish, a high WD strike called Condemn, auras centered around Laws, and throwing giant maces that remind you of Thor throwing down the hammer; whatever the Crusader lacks in abilities, it does not lack in thematic fervor. The auras are fairly mundane compared to other classes, and as they are Exclusive abilities, Crusader does not mix well with other classes who are reliant on their Exclusives. What makes this class stand apart then? The Heavenly Strength buff! The Crusader has been bestowed by the Gods of Cairn with such might that it can carry Melee Weapons all other classes require lifting with 2H and lift them easily on its shoulders; the only catch is that it requires you to place a Shield in your Off-hand slot for it to work. The most obvious way to take good advantage of this is to use the 45% Physical Conversion (to either Fire or Lightning) and combine it with a 15% Conversion Shield to get nearly 100% conversion just by using 10% conversion components in both weapon slots. The other interesting way of using this unique ability is combining shield-centric sets with Crusader weapons to bring out the most of that set.

Crusader also brings two player-scaled pet skills into the fray. The first is Phalanx, and unfortunately, ever since the cooldown was increased to 30 seconds, I find this to be an utterly worthless skill. There are simply many better uses of skillpoints - whether they be the autoattack skill, the passives, or the second pet skill: Ray of Light. This skill is a true death beam coming from the sky and you can direct it towards enemies using the Pet Attack key. Only recently have they been given stackable Resist Reduction, which made a great skill even better. If there is any reason to play this class, it’s to rain down a column of death beams from above. Rounding out the Crusader’s abiities are a Mirror-like invulnerability skill, a Blitz-like mobility skill, and a circuit breaker that activates on low health. All in all, it’s a well-rounded class that’s only limited by small damage variety and skill point distribution.

Build Objective: Take Crusader’s Phalanx and Ray of Heaven as high as they go by near full damage conversion and high Holy [Fire + Lightning] RR.

Sources of RR:
Blackwater Cocktail - 28 flat RR
Thermite Mines - 30 Elemental RR
Ray of Heaven - 32 Fire + Lightning RR
Eldritch Fire - 23 Fire RR
Arcane Bomb - 35 Lightning RR
Tongue of Flame - 10 Elemental RR
Total RR - 123 Fire RR & 135 Lightning RR

Equipment
Weapon: Crusader’s Sharzul’s Worldeater with Stronghold Defender
Components: Seal of Destruction + Seal of Resonance
Head: Helm of Arkkhan
Component: Living Armor
Shoulders: Pauldrons of Arkkhan
Component: Sacred Plating
Hands: Tal Rasha’s Grasp
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Feet: Sabatons of Arkkhan
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Belt: Mythical Angel Hair Braid
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Pants: Cuisses of Arkkhan
Component: Scaled Hide
Chest Armor: Breastplate of Arkkhan
Component: Chains of Oleron
Amulet: Shard of the Eternal Flame
Component: Tainted Heart
Rings: Mythical Reign of Ice & Fire + Mythical Seal of the Blazing Inferno
Components: Purified Salt + Bloodied Crystal
Medal: Regular / Mythical Mark of Divinity
Component: Runebound Topaz
Relic: Tongue of Flame with 3% DA bonus

Devotions: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/bVAlgz72

This build was originally designed to take Phalanx as close to full overcap as possible: Grimer increasing the cooldown from 20 to 30 seconds brought the skill down to unrecoverable trash tier. A skill that does as little damage as it does has no right to have such low uptime. Once the news of those nerfs hit, I decided to go full Akkhan set and leave it at that. We take a Primordial + Order Devotion layout [and yes Bard’s Harp is especially mandatory] as Crusader’s Crit exclusive and 22/12 Flame Touched grant a huge amount of flat Offensive Ability. You can use Justice Hammers to heal yourself for 4% every throw (and strikingly, you have 180% Cast Speed against 120% Attack Speed), but Justice is more of a quick heal while Dryad - which was 100% on Shield Bash even before the cooldown buff - as your main source of healing. With Blast Shield, Crusdaer’s Iron Skin, and 2 Circuit Breakers [Crusader’s Unbreakable + Mark of Divinity], you won’t need much more than a few Justice Throws here and there to get your health back at a good rate.

We take full advantage of Crusader’s Heavenly Strength by taking Crusader’s Sharzul’s Worldeater + Stronghold Defender: Not only does the mace get you to 22/12 Flame Touched and the Shield give you +1 to all skills, but having both weapons convert Physical damage means that you have around 65% Physical to Fire Damage. Throw in Shard of the Eternal Flame (also having Flame Touched bonuses), Seal of Destruction, and Seal of Resonance, and you have nearly 90% Physical to Fire conversion. Phalanx gets a boost being nearly all Fire damage, and Light of Empiryon is a great T3 devotion to take as not only is the proc good damage, but it reduces opposing damage by 24%.

Punish is the Crusader’s auto-attack - use it once and you get a litany of buffs for 5 seconds. We softcap the initial node to get the most oomph out of it as well as get the 100% Health regeneration increase, and hardcap the third node to get the sweet Lightning bonuses and Crit damage. Due to the build’s dreadful Attack Speed, we don’t spam Punish but instead use it for initial buffing and Eldtich Fire binding and rotate between Sharzul’s mace, Ray of Heaven + Mines, and Flashbang for that sweet fumble. This is one of my more button-heavy builds, so I flip bindings to get Phalanx and Akkhan’s Champion when the time calls for it as they have similar cooldowns.


Smite the Unbelievers!

Build Objective: Use the Spellscourge set to convert 100% of Elemental to Physical Damage and combine Devastation and Ray of Heaven for complete death from above!

Sources of RR:
Inferno - 17 Flat Physical RR
Assassin’s Mark - 32 Physical RR
Ring of the Matriarch - 10 Physical RR
Deathstalker - 10 Physical RR
Bombardment - 45% Physical RR (usually around 10-15 stackable RR)
Total RR - ~80 Physical RR

Equipment
Weapon: Mythical Crusader’s Mortal Drama with Spellscourge Bullwark
Components: Seal of Blades + Oleron’s Blood
Head: Spellscourge Visor
Component: Prismatic Diamond
Shoulders: Spellscourge Vanguard
Component: Living Armor
Hands: Mythical Thundertouch Bracers
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Feet: Mythical Earthshatter Trends
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Belt: Mythical Angel Hair Braid
Component: Ugdenbog Leather
Pants: Mythical Chausses of Barbaros
Component: Scaled Hide
Chest Armor: Platemail of Octavius
Component: Chains of Oleron
Amulet: Spellscourge Deflector
Component: Tainted Heart
Rings: Mythical Ring of the Black Matriarch + Seal of the High Priest
Components: Purified Salt + Imbued Silver
Medal: Mythical Combat Medic’s Mark
Component: Tainted Heart
Relic: Deathstalker with 3% OA bonus

Devotions: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/bVAlgz72

I saved likely my favorite Grimarillion build for the end - hope the wait was worth it! As you can see from the picture, it’s a torrent of boulders featuring Crusader’s Bombardment and Arcanist’s Devastation. How do you use Devastation while using Crusader’s Heavenly Strength, you ask? Enter the Spellscourge set: an Elemental to Physical set with the Shield containing a hidden passive that allows you to use Devastation. As the set revolves around the Shield, Crusader’s Mortal Drama goes perfectly with it. This mace wasn’t introduced until one of the later Grimer updates, but its +1 to Bombardment modifier was highly worth the wait.

We take Octavius Chest to complete the 100% Elemental to Physical conversion, so the Fire from both Bombardment and Devastation are fully converted to Physical [Devastation’s Aether damage is converted by the Shield Modifier]. As an additional thanks to the set, both rain abilities also have Weapon damage, so we get some ADCTH and leech with these abilities, as well as our multiple >100% WD item skills. For an extra touch, we take Tree of Life and the Combat Medic medal to give us extra healing when waiting for the bombardment to cool down. If that wasn’t enough, we have Mirror + Iron Skin + 25% CDR + Time Dilation to take as much advantage of invulnerability as possible.

Offensively, we have Ray of Heaven piercing through the skies, and converting both of its damage types to Physical damage maximizes its output. Callidor’s Tempest + Inferno is responsible for applying a large internal Trauma DoT, and Ground Smash is present for both the Chaos resistance and an item skill to proc Time Dilation. Oleron’s Blood is taken for the reduced damage debuff. Devastation has enough cooldown reduction that if the first barrage doesn’t finish them off, it won’t be too long before the second barrage is ready; just remember to use Mirror while using the first barrage and Iron Skin to reduce the waiting time before setting off the second barrage and refresh all of it with Time Dilation.

Hey man, could you post the abilities screenshots without hovering over the skill or add them to grim calc? I’m a new player and it’s kinda difficult to see which one should I take now. Thanks!

Unfortunately, Grimtools does not work on modded classes. If it was, I’d have much less of a need for all these screenshots. I hover my mouse on the most important skills to demonstrate the build’s potential. Most of the classes in my features have enough screenshots from the multitude of builds that you can figure out which skills to soft cap or hard cap and which ones are just one-pointers.

I am glad to help you with any build posted on here. Let me know which build you’re interested in playing and I’ll post the skill point allocation, devotion binding, and anything else that’s not explicitly stated in the screenshots.

Thanks for the reply. I was playing around with nature/necrotic build you recommended in the grimarillion thread but now i’m very curious about the last build (arcanist/crusader) if it’s as fun as you say. Would be great if you could post more info like you mentioned!
Besides that - what is your favorite pet build and could you post something more about it? Thanks.

My favorite part of the Arcanist / Crusader is you have Heaven’s Fury + 2 Bombardment skills so you’re pelting enemies to death from above. The caveat is that you absolutely need the Spellscourge set or else the build doesn’t work at all. Keep that in mind if you want to pursue it.

Crusader Skill layout:
Fully max Heaven’s Fury, Bombardment, & Laws of Valor (the one that gives Crit damage)
Get to 10/10 Hold your Ground, Iron Skin, and Fervor (I have Fervor up to 13/10 but outside of some %damage and speed, this one is not as important)
Divine Fortress and Indestructible I have at 5/10.

Arcanist layouy:
Fully max Devastation & Maiven’s
Get to 12/12 Mirror, Elemental Balance, Inner Focus, and Inferno (the skill next to Callidor’s Tempest)
1 point in everything else, though you can put some extra points in Nullification to reduce the cooldown.

As for favorite pet build, I like the player-scaled pets more than the regular summoner pets. For summoner pets, I like the Nature + Necrotic build as you get the most out of all of your pets, and it’d be interesting to see how well the Ghol’s set goes with it.

I made a point in the Grimarillion thread that I’ll be leveling my favorites further in the game - I’ll definitely have 1 Summoner build, 1 Hybrid (either the Reap Spirit one or the Blight Fiend + Rogue hybrid), and a few player-scaled pets one. In addition to the Bombardment Mage, I like all the 2H gunner builds I’ve made - it’s really hard to limit myself to a few since they all have something interesting.

That’s a bit off puting about the spellscourge set to be honest. I think i’ll stick with nature/necrotic then, could you posting some more info about this one too?
Also any other non-pet build that’s fun and not that gear dependent you can think of?

edit: actually, I started a barb/crusader since the new Grimarillion update is here and i’m having tons of fun with whirlwind, will you be giving it a try? Very curious about a build you’d put together for it.

Out of my current builds, the least gear-dependent ones I have are ones where the conversion is built into the masteries. Champion Mastery’s Army of None is one of my favorite skills because it really feels like an Army and - unlike other skills - feels really rewarding when you overcap the abilities. 100% Lightning to Aether conversion is built into the Storm Mastery, so all you need is a good Physical to Aether weapon and you’re most of the way there.

Any build incorporating the Zenith masteries is going to be fun; Ceno did a wonderful job with these masteries, even if they were designed to be more OP than the regular classes. Since their abilities are very good, they are less gear-dependent than other classes would be, as often weak skills need either gear conversion or massive overcap before they become reliable.

I’d tell you about Oathkeeper and Barbarian, but I’d have to get the expansion first. :stuck_out_tongue: No ETA on when that will happen, and I wouldn’t be able to say anything about the new gear as GDStash won’t be there to give a look into anything related to Barbarian.