This is my first time in ultimate, like a virgin i was highly encouraged by the denizen of this forum to come to the “big boys pool”, so as a welcome i saw my beautiful resistances plummet from their pretty 80s to the “not so funny 50s area” (not to mention my 57% aetherial resistance going down to a sad 32%)
It was like hearing a voice from the ninth circle of hell (where their game desing company must have their offices) mocking me “Oh, you like your DPS chocolate? now eat your resistance vegetables” and “Do you remember the sarcastic witch? go be her errand boy and buy her augments”.
First i was "No mother, im a big boy now and i can do what i want, 30% difference in resistances its not a lot. Except mother knows better. Mommy knows you pssd off half the world in elite (and not only that, she knows you looked in the internet how to do it faster and harder)
So now i lay here, in the grave of my DPS dreams, hoping and wanting one day, to use those beautiful damage augments that i worked so hard in elite to buy and use.
So, in the immortal words of Barney Gomez: Dont cry for me, im already dead.
I think for first time players it can be jarring how much of a damage jump it is. Elite is an autopilot difficulty and playing that for 10+ hours then getting rocked in early ultimate can be a bit of a shock.
To the OP, having a ret build may be making it feel worse. It’s a build that requires you get hit to kill things so defense has to be your main priority. Ranged builds and casters can get away with low defense for obvious reasons that you don’t have the luxury of having. If you don’t have augments in your gear that is an obvious place to start, but focus on poison and aether resists for act 1 ultimate.