Thanks for the participation so far in my previous thread. I got my first character to 50 a couple weeks ago, and I recently started to document my struggles to make peace with the RNG gods.
Today’s post is about Havoc:
That was my reward for finishing Normal (Veteran). Grim Dawn is awfully weird about its legendaries - hey, you need to play a pistol soldier now! Look at these weirdly specific bonuses that scale only off of physical/bleed/trauma!
I’m tempted to go pure Soldier just to wait and see if Vanquisher will be the optimum 2nd class. But Demolitionist seems to be pretty obvious choice, two, together with Gunslinger’s Talisman or whatever dual-pistol unlock is lying around.
Some more items in the stash:
It seems like the dual pistols (Havoc and Empowered Slugger) don’t leave much room for Occultist shenanigans because of damage types. The attack speed on Witchfire might be nice to have, but probably not worth giving up Demolitionist (or Vanquisher, depending on how that shapes up).
As much as I would want to just hold off, there aren’t enough point sinks for a dual-pistol Soldier. Somewhere around 30 or 40, the Cadence line should be all maxed out already. If you crank up all the passives, this only gets you to level 65. Of course, I could do that and respec into a second class later, but it doesn’t sound very efficient after 30 or so.
I’m somewhat concerned about efficiency against hordes. A pure single-target DPS build would be great in a party, but with no tank and no AoE, it could be painful trying to clear mobs. Some kind of trap or totem might be necessary, or at the very least, some CC.
I’m not sure what the best devotions are, either. Do I try to stack more physical/trauma, or do I want to go for some radical AoE destruction procs, or is there a cool path that accomplishes both? More defenses are always welcome, too.