BALiSTiC’s Buff/Heal/DPS DC [Mod 10]

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BALiSTiC’s Buff/Heal/DPS DC [Mod 10]

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Purpose of this build

High buffs to the party while being able to do decent dps for soloing and still maintain good healing. Since this build is to maximize your buffs you will not be providing the best heals or dps; your contribution to the team will be high but you will likely not appear favorably in the leader boards at the end of a dungeon.  Note that I am playing on Xbox and while the build should apply to PS4 and PC, PC is always a little ahead so there may be some things to look out for.

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Path

Anointed Champion – It is very important to go with AC and not divine oracle as this will give you the Anointed Army daily and Battle Fervor feat.  Personally I think Battle Fervor is very important as we can see our power jumping north of 250k in Dungeons, so sharing an additional 15% of our power is huge. I believe Mod 10 may stop power share of anything not part of our “Base Power” so this won’t be as important then.

If however you don’t care about healing and you feel that you need additional damage, then divine oracle in the path for you (more dps will help if you solo a lot).  You can still spec yourself very similar to my build below, but you will be running with Terrifying Insight (Class Feature) rather then Battle Fervor and Prophecy of Doom (Encounter) rather then bastion of health as well as Brand of the Sun (At Will) rather then Blessing of Battle.  There will be a bunch of other small changes as well with feats and gear as well so I’d suggest taking a look at Divine Oracle build.

Remember that there is no wrong answer, it just depends on what role you are looking to play, your buffs will still be massive as a Divine oracle (though I still prefer the extra 15% power share) and you will be able to do a noticeable amount of extra dps compared to the anointed champion; but you wont be able to play the healer in the group.

Race

Drow if you are looking to maximize your buffs (You have 5% chance when attacking a foe to apply Darkfire for 4 seconds, reducing its Defense by 10%.).  I’ve never played drow so I’m not sure how much you would actually notice this though.  I’ve gone with Either Half Elf (which I selected) but , Human or Dragonborn are good choices as well. Personally I don’t think it matters which one of the 43 you select, they all have some benefit.  Though I’m not a fan of the Dragonborn look.

Ability Rolls

Wisdom is by far the most important as it is for both damage and healing bonus. I would say Charisma and Strength are then equally second as you would need a mix of AP gain and critical chance. With your initial stat roll get your wisdom as high as possible, it doesn’t matter which of str or cha is higher as you can even them out as you level up.

Feats

Feats

Greater Fortune (3/3) – 3% additional healing – very helpful
Toughness (3/3) – 9% HP boost which is noticeable as your hp grows
Domain Synergy / Healing Action(3/3) – I don’t really care for either of these but one of them will need 3 points in it.
Weapon Mastery (3/3) – 3% additional crit isn’t that much but the most useful of your options.
Repurpose Soul (3/3) – I’m not sure how much this heals but your only other option is Initiate of faith (.6% of power to crit) which even with keeping your power around 60000 in battle, this gives your crit stat 360…  If you are seeing your power jump north of 250k, this is then 1500 crit and would then be good to go with.
Bountiful Fortune (4/5) – 12% more divine power, very useful but you will want to put a power point into cleanse so only 4/5
Cleanse (1/3) – 10% chance to remove a damage over time effect from an ally. 10% should be enough, especially if your throwing astral seal out every now and then.

*If you have selected Human as your race, put one more point in Cleanse and Bountiful Fortune.

Righteous Tree:
Astral Fury (5/5) – You deal 10% more damage. You need this if you want to be able to solo all areas.
Righteous Suffering (5/5) – When you take damage you deal 10% more damage. It is hard to say if this or Furious Intervention which gives you 10% more AP would be better. The AP gain will help somewhat even at endgame but I’ve gone with the extra 10% more damage.  Neither choice is wrong but you might go with Furious Intervention if putting out dailies fast is important to you.
Weapons of Light (5/5) – Give 10% to allies within 30’. This is very important to have.
Bear your Sins (5/5) – 10% more dmg from all sources when you use damage over time.
Condemning Gaze (5/5) – 15% more damage from all sources for 15 secs.
Fire of the Gods (5/5) – You need this to help Bear your Sins to work.
Avatar of Light (1/1) – Obviously take this for extra dps

Virtuous Tree:
Lasting Wishes (5/5) – You heal for 10% more.
Batter Fervor (5/5) – When you use Blessing of Battle, you give your allies 15% of your power.

Essentially these feats will give you the following:
Personal DPS: 60%
Healing: 13%
Power Share: 25%
Team DPS Increase: 25%
Add In empowered Break the spirit (30% Team DPS), hallowed ground (20% Team DPS) and your lantern (16% Team DPS) which results in increasing team DPS by 91% while also increasing everyone’s power by 25%.  It isn’t that likely for you to have everything up at once, but its a good potential.

Powers

Powers

At Will:

Astral Seal – I always keep this slotted at it heals everyone attacking the target that you hit it with and it also will give you AP gain which can be very noticeable in large groups.
Blessing of Battle – This is very important to use when playing with others as the Feat “Battle Fervor” will increase everyone’s power by 15% of yours.
Sacred Flame (optional) – When running solo you may want to use this rather than Blessing of Battle as it’s much easier to use while dodging. It’s also much faster.

Daily:

Hallowed Ground – This is the best daily you can use to increase dps when running with a group.
Anointed Army – There is a feat that improves anointed army which we aren’t selecting (Ancient Warding), however this is still a good daily to use. Hallowed ground is preferred for increasing dps, but anointed army is good to use in situations where the group needs some added protection and still provides some dps buff. Hallowed ground also does not stack, if there is another DC who has already used it, use this instead.
Flame Strike – When you are running solo, I would suggest using flame strike as your daily as it does decent damage.

Encounters:

Divine Glow – This is a very useful power as it does good damage, it heals and it de-buffs. I always start any fight (with a group) by using three of these in divinity mode which will give you three stacks of empowerment. You may need to hit them with Blessing of battle first if your divinity is not full when starting the fight. When you are fully empowered, if there is a single powerful target use break the spirit, if not decide if you want to use Astral Seal/Blessing of Battle and regain divinity while you wait to decide how to use your empowerment, or use empowered divine glow to do decent dps and heal a little. If your party is dying an empowered Bastion of health will be the best tool to bring them up to full health.
Break the Spirit – This is your best buff power; but only use it when you are fully empowered as it will increase everyone’s dps by 30% for 8 seconds.
Bastion of Health – This is the best healing power that a dc has. It has a large radius, it’s very fast to use in divinity and when you are fully empowered it can fully restore everyone’s health. You can also target people who are far away from you fairly easily.
Chains of Blazing Light – I use this when running solo and remove break the spirit, I find it the best dps power that we have.
Astral Shield – You would run with this if you’re in a group that has a GF running with into the Fray; I replace Break the Spirit and throw out empowered Astral Shields instead. This combination is getting nerfed soon though but it’s still an okay power to have if your team needs extra protection.
Forgemaster’s Flame (Optional) – This can be good to use (empowered) rather then break the spirit when fighting mobs.  Also  if you have a second DC in the group one may what to use break the spirit and the other Forgemaster’s Flame.

Class Feature:

Healer’s Lore – This improves our healing ability greatly, when you are the group’s healer, I suggest having this on.
Divine Fortune – Always have this turned on, your at will powers will take too long to build divinity otherwise.
Holy Fervor – This will let you generate action points faster.  If you find that you can turn off Healer’s Lore and still provide strong enough healing, you may want to switch to this so that you can put your daily up faster.

Battle Rotation

For any fight try to end with full Divinity.  If you don’t, start the fight with Break the spirit and Astral Seal to get it up.

Dungeon/Boss/Any Group Fights (quick video to show rotation: https://youtu.be/O2ocZDCYDz8 ) 

At Will: Astral Seal / Blessing of Battle
Daily: Hallowed Ground / Anointed Army
Encounters: Divine Glow / Break the Spirit / Bastion of Health

Your typical battle rotation will be as follows:

  • 3xDivine Glow in Divinity mode
  • Hallowed Ground
  • 1xBlessing of Battle
  • 1xBreak the Spirit (This is fully empowered)
  • 1xAstral Seal
  • 1xBlessing of Battle

Hallowed Ground can be moved around anywhere in the rotation and put down as it’s available. When fighting mobs you can switch out Break the Spirit(BtS) for Forgemaster’s Flame (FF) if you want (or if there is another DC coordinate with them so your running different dailies and Bts/FF). You will need to use Bastion of health as needed anywhere in the rotation, which can mess things up, but just remember to get yourself fully empowered before using Bts or FF.  Bastion can also be used in divinity rather than divine glow to get your divinity up.

Solo Fight

At Will: Astral Seal / Blessing of Battle (or Sacred Flame)
Daily: Flame Strike / Anointed Army
Encounters: Divine Glow / Chains of Blazing Light / Bastion of Health

Your typical battle rotation will be as follows:

  • 1xDivine Glow in Divinity mode
  • 2x Chains in Divinity mode
  • 1x Chains Empowered
  • 3xBlessing of Battle or 4xSacred Flame (however many you need to get full empowerment)

Use Flame Strike as needed and bastion of health on yourself if your life is dropping.  You can also hit a strong target with astral seal to give you some additional health if needed.

Companions

Companion

There are all different types of companions that can help, typically you will want to go for the ones that give you some type of % gain.  For your main summoned companion I would suggest the Con artist due to (The final strike of Wicked Strike now shreds 10% of the target’s defenses.  However just make sure that the companion you are running with has an attack with a 2s or less cooldown and put the highest bonding stones on it that you can afford.  I also suggest making sure that the companion you are using has at least one ring slot so that you can put a ring of brutality on it (11400 power when it procs and you have 3x r12 bonding runestones)

You may want to focus on your companion’s stats even before your own as having 3 rank 8 bonding runestones on it gives you 105% of its stats.  Every upgrade to the bonding stones will give you more and more of their stats.  Other companions worth mentioning are as follows:

Fire Archon – Increases your damage against targets with less than 50% Hit Points by +7%
Air Archon – Increases your damage against targets not at full health by +5.0%.
Pseudodragon – 20% chance to restore some Stamina/Guard when attacking.
Rust monster – On Damage Taken 25% chance to inflict a 5% damage debuff on attacker. Stacks up to 3 times.
Owlbear Cub – On encounter use, if you fail to critically hit, do an additional hit for damage equal to 50% of your power.
Erinyes of Belial – Critical Severity. 5% on rare, 10% on epic.
Dancing Blade – Critical Severity. 3% on rare, 5% on epic
Polar Bear Cub – 5% outgoing heal bonus
Young Yeti – On Damage Taken 10% chance for you or your companion to become bloodthirsty increasing damage dealt by 10%

Gear

Since we are a Righteous cleric for the most part, we have given up a lot of feats that increase our healing, I’ve gone with the Tiamat set to help offset this loss a little, plus it provides Wisdom and Charisma.

Waist: Tiamat Sash (provides wisdom and Charisma)
Neck: Tiamat’s Orb of Majesty
Artifact for Set: Amulet of Tiamat’s Demise
3 of Set: Increases Outgoing Healing by 5% and Incoming healing by 5%.

Artifacts

Lantern in your main slot as it increases damage from all sources by 16% for 6 seconds. Some people like the sigil of the devoted, but as you get closer to end game most bosses don’t stay alive long enough for the sigil to be needed.  It’s pretty easy to get the sigil though and the active stats are good, so its not a bad idea to have it and switch between it and the lantern if you feel you need it.  The artifacts I’ve gone with are below, but you can really use whatever is available; I’d suggest looking for ones with Power first, then Armor Pen/Critical Strike and finally Recovery. A mix may be good too; determine which stats that you need based on what enchants you have and gear you are using.

Lantern of Revelation – Critical Strick/ Armor Penetration/Combat advantage
Symbol of Fire – Power/Recovery/Defense
Thayan Book of the Dead – Critical Strike/Armor Penetration/Action Point Gain.
Tiamat’s Orb of Majesty – Power/ Critical Strike /Recovery/Armor Penetration/Action Point Gain.

Articats

Weapon and Offhand

Twisted Set – This is giving you 3840 extra power, you will get hit and this is reduced to give you extra defense instead, but the 3840 extra power is worth it. Some DC’s like the burning set as you may get your daily back right away. Personally I think our AP gain is fine and hallowed ground only accounts for 20% of our 91% potential in team dps gain, so spending too much to ensure its always down isn’t worth it.

Enchantments

Offense slot – Radiants for Power (25% of your power is being shared if you are using blessing of battle often). I also like the vicious enchantment for power & armor pen. If you have a mix of enchantments though, your radiants should go on your companion’s gear’s offensive slots if it’s giving you more then 100% using bonding stones. My Armor pen is a little low so I put vicious enchants on my pet to get it up.

Defense slot – Azures for defense.

Jewelry/Rings

Best to have – Almost any +5 rings with two offensive slots

Best possible is: Ring of Brutality+5 and Ring of Sudden Precision +5

If you don’t have the ring of Brutality+5 then I would go with the Ring of Brutality+4 and any of the following +5’s

Ring of Sudden Precision +5
Ring of Rising Power +5
Ring of Sudden Precision +5
Ring of Rising Precision +5
Ring of Rising Focus +5
Ring of Sudden Lifesteal +5
Ring of Rising Lifesteal +5

If you only have + 4’s, I do not suggest any of the “Rising” ones as we can rarely keep up enough stacks to make it worthwhile within the 4 second window, the sudden ones are much better.  If you don’t have either then keep making your way there!  Personalized rings are still good as well but not worth crafting if you don’t already have them.

Weapon and Armor enchantment

For weapon – Likely go with Terror or Plague Fire or maybe Holy Avenger. I’m using a feytouched right now but I can’t really recommend it. Even dread or vorpal should work well; I don’t find the choice of weapon enchantment to be something that makes a large difference for this build though.

For Armor – Soulforged. Most classes will use negation, for most dc’s (unless you’re trying to be a tank) I would say Soulforged is best, as you will likely die accidentally and you have the ability you quickly heal yourself when soulforged brings you back.

Armor

Armor Set, Shirt/Pants, Reinforcement Kits, etc… This is just the best that you can afford and go with the stats that you need.  For now Dragonflight Gear is what you should be trying for, mod 10 has new armor which xbox isn’t at yet but its likely what to aim for on PC.

Stats to go for

Stats

Power – Power is the most important by far, we will be sharing 25% of our power to those around us.

Recovery – 6-10k recovery. After 6k start focusing on other stats, don’t go too high with this stat, it will be a waste as you need time to build divinity and use your encounters and daily. If you have massive recovery, sure your powers will be available sooner, but it won’t matter since you won’t be ready to use them.

Critical Strike – Crit is always a good stat to have; usually the choice will be between crit and armor pen, and you need a mix of both.

Armor Penetration – You want to get to 60% Resistance ignored which can be difficult. Since this build is really for buff’s and heals I wouldn’t focus on it too much until you’re a very high level. But if your having trouble doing solo tasks getting this up will help.  If you put armor pen on your companion and it is sharing it with you, this may be bringing your armor pen to 60 anyways. This is what I’ve done rather then go to high with this stat.

Action Point Gain – This helps to get your daily’s up faster, but there isn’t many ways to get this too high, so just take it as its available.

Defense – Defense is something that is easy to get since the other options for defense slots are hp, life steal and deflect. Life steal isn’t important to a dc as you can heal yourself in numerous other ways and I don’t suggest working on deflect with this build as you’re not tanking. This leaves Defense and HP; personally I throw everything into defense that I can, but if you want a little towards HP you can do that as well, especially since your toughness feat is giving you 9% hp gain.

Boons

Most Boons are fairly obvious but there are also a few that don’t really matter which one you choose, especially a couple of the final ones in the Campaigns.  Below I’m going to show which ones I’ve gone for:

Campaign

Campaign1

Campaign2

Campaign3


Mounts

There are two things to look for when getting mounts, the first is always check check to see what type of insignia bonus power that it supports first.  If it doesn’t support a bonus power that you want, then don’t bother getting it (unless you just want it for the looks, but try to concentrate on the bonus powers first. Second is the equip power, I’d suggest getting one with +2000 power, but you could also go for +2000 armor pen or +2000 critical strike if your lacking in those stats. The bonus powers that will help the most are as follows:

Artificer’s Persuasion (Barbed/Barbed/Illuminated) – Whenever you use an Artifact Power, your Recovery, Movement, Action Point Gain, and Stamina Gain are increased by 10% of your Power for 15 seconds.

Gladiator’s Guile
(Regal/Illuminated/Enlightened) – When your Stamina is above 75%, you move 15% faster. When your Stamina is below 25%, you gain 15% of your Power as Stamina Gain

Magistrate’s Patience (Barbed/Barbed/Enlightened) – Whenever you perform a Critical Strike, your target will gain a stack of Magistrate’s Consideration.  Enemies affected by Magistrate’s Consideration take Psychic Damage equal to 10% of your power over 4 seconds.  Allies affected by Magistrates Consideration are healed for 3% of your maximum Hit Points over 4 seconds.

Protector’s Camaraderie (Regal/Regal/Barbed) – Whenever your summoned Companion attacks, you gain 3% of your Power and Defense for 10 seconds. This effect can stack up to 4 times.

Shepherd’s Devotion (Regal/Barbed/Illuminated) – Whenever you use a Daily power, your teammates Defense, Deflection, and Movement are increased by 5% of your power for 10 seconds.

Warlord’s Inspiration (Regal/Regal/Enlightened) – Your summoned Companion does 20% more damage.

If you have a legendary mount:

Cavalry’s Warning (Crescent/Barbed/Enlightened) – Whenever you activate a Mount Combat Power, you gain an increase of 10% to your Power, Recovery, Armor Penetration, Critical Strike, Defense, Deflection, Regeneration, and Life Steal.

Mounts
The stats Insignia’s provide can actually add up to quite a bit since you are able to have up to 15 of them on you.  My favorites are:

  • Insignia of Aggression – Armor Penetration/Action Point Gain
  • Insignia of Dominance – Power/Companion Influence
  • Insignia of Skill – Critical Strike/Combat Advantage Bonus

At first you will essentially take whatever you can get, blue ones drop randomly in dungeons fairly often so it wont take too long to get them.  Getting the type you want may take longer but they can get pretty inexpensive on the trade house so remember to check for the ones you want.  If you happen to get 15 Purples though, that is a 4500 gain on stat 1,

 

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  • Filip
    August 20, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    This is build for mod 9 right?

  • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
    August 21, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Yes it’s for Mod 9, I’ll actually add that to the title so its clear. From what I’ve seen on Mod 10, its unlikely there will be any changes affecting the build though.

    • Jimmy Gregorio
      September 3, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Can you add recommended rotations please?

      • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
        September 6, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        Something must have happened to the site since a bunch of comments are missing and my build reverted to a previous version (prior to me adding in Rotation, Boons & Mounts). I’ll be adding them all back today though.

  • September 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Add Boons plz “_”

  • crandera
    September 6, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Hi,

    Great guide! One question: I noticed that in your solo rotation, there appear to be four encounter skills in play: Divine Glow, Chains of Blazing Light, Bastion of Health, and Break the Spirit. I can only equip 3. Is there something I’m missing here?

    Thanks again for the awesome guide!

    ~Cran

  • Trea7s
    September 9, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    Hello great guide I just wanted to ask what alternative artifacts would you recommend that are cheap? I will still have lantern of revelation, instead of Tiamat I will get lathander set but what should I get for the other two? DC sigil and what else. Thank you in advance

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      September 10, 2016 at 5:37 am

      Eye of lathander is union & DC sigil is union. Lantern is Power, so your going to want a Stability artifact as your last one since you are going to get a lot of bound stability stones. If you don’t mind grinding out another character, then I like the sigil of the hunter (power/recovery/stamina). Sigil of the controller (power/crit/control resist) is good too. Even though they are free, I’m not a big fan of the sigils since they can’t be used as feeder artifacts if you ever change your mind. If your fine with never changing it (or loosing all refinement you put into them) even if you come across a better one, then there’s no problem. You’ll also get a stability feeder artifact (Bruenor’s Helm) in the dwarven king story. Cheapest way though is to just use Bruenor’s helm until you come across a better one, like the thayan book of the dead or Black Ice Beholder (check the trade house, Beholder can get pretty inexpensive); they also randomly introduce new ones. Also remember that the best way to level artifacts is by using feeder artifacts during double refinement, don’t pour refinement directly into the artifact that you are using.

      • Trea7s
        September 10, 2016 at 9:15 am

        Thank you very much for the reply, I have almost all sigils except gf and op and I shall look into it, once again great guide!! Thank you.

  • Bössan
    September 15, 2016 at 7:32 am

    You dont happen to have some videos of you playing this build? Thanks for a great guide.

  • GhostMerK
    September 23, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    How did you get all of your skills to rank 4? Im still learning about the game so if its an obvious answer i apologize.

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      September 27, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      Once you hit level 70, every time you fill your xp bar after that you will get a reward. The odds of a power point being included seem to be about 1/4 or 1/5 in my experience. I have 97 power points (it used to be much easier to rank up when the cap was 60) so everything I have is rank 4 (except for 1 which has 1 point in it). There is also a quest in the Sharandar campaign that you can do for a power point (Assist War effort).

  • Angryjuice
    October 2, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    OK, I’m clueless on companion part. I actually am struggling to get 60 armor pen. Could you tell me which companion and what are the names of what I need to put in it to get arpen higher?

  • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
    October 6, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    The companion you choose isn’t too important, just make sure that it has a 2s attack time or less and at least 1 ring slot; preferably at least 2 ring slots and 3 offensive slots though. I like the Pseudodragon or Fire Archon, not to say there aren’t other good choices. What is very important is that your companion has 3 good bonding runestones on it; getting these up to at least rank 10s will make a big difference. Then you just slot dark enchants in the offensive slots of the companion equipment (ring, neck, etc). If the companion only has rank 8 bondings, or maybe even rank 9s then you might want to slot the dark enchants directly on your own gear’s offensive slots. Remember though, when you put it on your companion, you wont see it on yourself until the bonding stones proc in battle.

  • BiffGoo
    October 14, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Quick question…didn’t Divine Glow get changed to where it doesn’t stack in Divinity? I remember something about that because testing it revealed it never actually stacked at all and they corrected the tooltip. Am I not thinking of the right skill?

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      October 15, 2016 at 6:08 am

      You are thinking of the right skill, not certain if it ever stacked though. The reason to do 3 hits in divinity rather then 1 is to get empowered quickly. It does decent dps too though, but you could use bastion in divinity if people are dying since its fast as well. You could swap it out if it doesn’t feel right with your play style; something like Forgemaster’s flame or anything else that is quick in divinity like chains should work. It wont break the build, but divine glow does heal and you don’t really have passive healing so you might find yourself needing to use bastion more often.

  • William
    October 24, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I have the Lathander’s set right now. Just got the full Tiamat set. Should i hold onto the lathander set or just feed it into the Tiamat set when double refinement gets here. Thanks

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      October 24, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      If you are sure that you want to switch over, wait for double refinement and feed the neck and belt; there is no need to hold onto them. Before you switch over though remember that there isn’t a large reason to do so if you are still going to have the Eye of Lathander equipped; for the Neck = you will trade AC for AP gain, for the belt = Trade Defense for Crit. Neither set bonus is a big deal so the large difference comes in the artifact (orb is much better for stats), as long as you have 3 other artifacts that work for you then feeding the eye into the orb during double refinement is a good idea.

      • William
        October 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm

        Thank you. I am running power/recover spamming daily. item lvl just shy of 3100. The AC is nice but been running with out it on for a couple of CN and it seems to be fine. Just did not know if the Lathander set would be worth putting in the bank, running with sigil of devoted, hunter and wheel and Eye. orb will replace eye.

  • October 30, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Hi perfect build Like it alote, my questions is, is it Still good on mod 10 or do i have to respect my build again

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      November 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      So far I haven’t found anything in Mod 10 that would change the build. Just the new armor to look out for once you unlock fangbreaker island. It seems like it will take a while to get there but I’ll likely add something about the armor when I do.

  • Dante
    November 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

    My compliments for this build. I think is one of the best you can find online.
    I just don’t agree with one thing: the twisted set. I’m explaining why.

    You say: “AP gain is fine and hallowed ground only accounts for 20% of our 91% potential in team dps gain, so spending too much to ensure its always down isn’t worth it”…. 20% with hallowed ground is a good percentage. Moreover with twisted you gain 3800+ power after hitting 24 time and so you share 25% of this with player (less then 1000) and just if the feats are working. These are too many conditions for having just 1000 pow to share. Hollowed ground grants you 20% more damage in every case and having this ready asap I think is more important.

    What do you think about this? I’m still in doubt.

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      November 7, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      Thank you. Also for the question if the burning set let us keep up hallowed ground (HG) 100% of the time, then I would easily go for it. But it only restores 25% of your AP after using a daily power (it says chance but I’ve heard that it’s either guaranteed or pretty much). Which means that you need to determine how much time it takes you to fill your AP bar 25% of the way to understand the benefit. I find that it takes me around 6-10 seconds to get my daily back, so the 25% reduction would make this 4.5-7.5 seconds instead (1.5-2.5 sec reduction). Also I find that most fights don’t last long enough to use HG twice.

      So If I went with burning, I would likely use AA when I start the battle, get my AP up and then use hallowed ground (since hallowed stops AP gain while it’s down). I already do this sometimes now, if I think the battle will be 20 seconds or longer, but with burning I would likely try to do this more.

      For the twisted typically I find that I never fall under 20 stacks of Paranoia, but if you are then you’re getting defense, which you might need if you’re falling lower. So the decision would be a trade of 3840 power gain (or power/defense) for restoring 25% of your AP after using a daily. To me the 2 seconds isn’t worth loosing that much power for myself let alone what I’m sharing. I wouldn’t say you’re wrong to go with burning instead; it just means that you need to make sure that you’re good at using your daily right when it’s ready. Also the longer the battle lasts, the more benefit you will see from the burning set.

  • Jay
    November 28, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Hey whats the initiak roll upon creating, 20wiz 13str 13cha ?

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      November 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      Looking at my own stats didn’t help since its modified by items and such, but I think 18 is the max for the roll, so 18WIS, 13CHA, 13 STR… But if you can do 20, then 20 it is!

  • Profile photo of Stonekold
    November 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Just a question or two. Why choose cha over str? And what artifacts would you suggest for someone who’s just hit 70? All I have atm are the pally one, devoted, latern,bruenor’s. and the one from Sybella. I just hit 70.

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      November 28, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Charisma is AP Gain, Recharge speed, Combat advantage and companion stat. Strength is Crit chance, DoT Res, and Stamina Regen. Strength is a little less needed since stamina is easy to get though other things, so its more just for crit chance; you could even go a little higher with Charisma then I did since it gives a bunch of useful stats. But really you need some of both and i don’t think it would make a big difference going with 20 STR and 19 CHA.

      When you 1st hit 70 your likely not going to want to be refining your end game artifacts. So the 4 that your using will likely be cheap or free ones that you can use as feeders; note that the sigils can’t be used as a feeder, I dont like them because of that so before you use too many refinement points on any of them make sure you want to keep them. Typically you never want to put refinement points directly into the artifact that you intend on keeping; Sybella artifact and bruenor’s helm are feeder artifacts, so level them until you get end game ones to feed them into. Also I wouldn’t suggest keeping both the dc and op sigil since they both have a defence stat on it which isn’t what you want. Look on the exchange for the cheapest purple artifacts and these are what I would suggest using until you get end game ones. I’ve seen Kessell’s Spheres of Annihilation go for pretty cheap (this may depend on if your on pc, xbox or ps4) which is a good end game artifact.

      • Profile photo of Stonekold
        November 28, 2016 at 7:14 pm

        Thank you responding. I was using Jarek’s build but I like the design and effect of yours although I am almost 1800 ilvl. I will do that with the artifacts.

        another question: would it be worth working on getting the drow armor while trying to get the dragon armor? and what about starting rings? I have +2 rising rings ilvl 137 for both deflection and recovery. and I have the artifact belt but it seems to be more for the dc:do rather than dc:ac.

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          November 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm

          I am on xbox one just fyi

          • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
            November 29, 2016 at 1:42 pm

            Well I know on Xbox artifacts are crazy expensive right now, due to double refinement (everyone buying feeders) so you might want to hold off on buying them.

        • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
          November 29, 2016 at 2:04 pm

          Drow armor would be worth picking up, depending on how often your guild runs dragonflight. Likely it is worth getting since the currency is pretty easy to farm from heroic encounters in the well of dragons. Essentially you want to get the drow armor or dragonflight if you can, then buy some rank 8 enchantments to put on it. This should get your gear score high enough to run regular demogorgon, which your going to want to do a lot until you get some good +4 rings. The +2 rings that you use up until you can get into demo aren’t too important.

          For the belt use the Tiamat Sash or Greater Lathander’s Belt, both are cheap, but making a tiamat set can be hard, so the lathander is a good alternative. But even if you don’t ever get a full set of any of them it isn’t a big deal.

          • Profile photo of Stonekold
            November 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm

            Again thank you so much 🙂 I normally run with a friend who is an op and I changed just to using your at-wills and encounters/dailies and personals in well of the dragons and it was so smooth! Thank you again awesome build!

  • Bollaren
    December 31, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Do you often get people asking why Fire Archon? I recently brought one to Epic and am running the Erinyes, air archon, polar bear cub, Rhemorazz (switching when I can) and fire archon (after reading the build). I am lvl 2600+ and not sure if I should idle the fire Archon and go with the mercenary main as most builds are these days.

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      January 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Active bonus on the fire Archon is much better then the mercenary. The mercenary was great for stacking the bonding stones mod 9 and previous, its still good, but as far as I’m aware it isn’t going to stack much better then other companions with 2s or less cooldown strikes (it jumps into the fight quickly so maybe ever so slightly quicker). The problem is that it has a bad active bonus which is a reason not to use it if you have better ones. If in mod 9 you got it to legendary and spent a lot on a belt its unlikely your going to stop using it.

      • Bollaren
        January 6, 2017 at 11:29 pm

        Thank you for the response.

        One last question now that the Con Artist conversation is running, and I don’t have the Mercenary was only considering it, here is my current Companion set: Erinyes, Air Archon, Polar Bear Cub, Deva Champion, Fire Archon all at Epic. I have the Air Archon as my summoned main (tried the fire archon seemed longer to kill the NPC’s) as he seems to take down the baddies and will keep them busy while I get off my Chain and Divine in solo combat also has extra 0.5 addition to damage from the Fire Archon slotted. Do you think I would see gains in solo by swapping either him out or the Fire Archon for the Con Artist or do you have a suggestion for a different summoned main?

        As a side note I slotted this way for the Polar Bear Cub/Deva Champion/Tiamat Set Bonus for group heals (I sure hope they stack!) so I could pull the Deva during solo play and slot a different summoned there if so.

        Thanks again for your time on the thoughtful answers.

  • mr.J
    December 31, 2016 at 4:31 am

    What about those underdark rings ? Do they share their power through the DC feats ? Since they work like bonuses and buffs unlike the other fixed values gear. Do u know about that ?
    Because if they dont share then whats the point of power rings ? Would rather have higher crit or recovery right ?

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      January 4, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      I’m not 100% certain, but I have a feeling that they don’t or at least aren’t supposed to share their power anymore. I would go with Power and Crit rings as an end game build, but if you have less then 9k recovery then you might want that ring instead. My suggestion with recovery though is make sure that you don’t have more then you need; if powers aren’t available when you need them in your rotation then you need more, if they are showing up too soon, then your wasting what could go elsewhere.

  • Bill
    January 1, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Hi! Great build!

    I can’t understand one thing! How you can reach 250k power???
    I have a 4.2k item level DC. My build is identical to your build, same companion, legendary mount (tenser), 15 insigna of dominance and the Protector’s Camaraderie bonus.

    My avarage power il 85k with a maximum of 150k… so I can’t explain how did you reach 250k… Are there other players’ buff or what?

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      January 4, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Very similar to the power I’m seeing on myself in Mod 10. But even in Mod 9, to go higher you would need other buffs to go above that; if you got a group of people together with power share and you could break the game with your power going so high that it broke the game and went into the negatives and threw you into the air. 250k was with a 2nd DC in the group with power share, even with a 2nd dc your not going to hit that anymore.

  • Bill
    January 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Sorry another question: regading companions you didn’t mention the Coin Artist, why?

    • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
      January 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm

      Hmmmm I forgot about him… I’ll add him to the list, he really should be your summoned companion.

      • mr.J
        January 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        Why not sellsword ?
        I feel sell sword is better. No need for the rng rings grind and she has 3 offense slots

        • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
          January 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm

          Personally I think the rings are BiS for companions, having a companion (Sellsword) with waist, neck and sword knot sounds terrible to me. Not sure if trading the loss of rings for the offensive slot would be worth it on pc because of the companion gear (still sounds like a 50/50 choice to me), but on xbox/ps4 I can’t imagine its worth loosing the ring slots.

          • mr.J
            January 6, 2017 at 10:51 pm

            Since the bonding power doesnt share It doesnt matter much. Everything u get will be applied to u only. The only ring that would make it worth it is sudden precision. If I ever get this ring only then I will try to switch to con artist. I feel like he’s slow and hangs around too much. Unlike sellsword where she moves quicker.
            Am I just wrong ?

          • Profile photo of BALiSTiC
            January 13, 2017 at 2:28 pm

            Haven’t tried Sellsword and I doubt I will because of the gear but if you find its working for you I wouldn’t argue it. Also even though boding power doesn’t share, the purpose of this build is for personal dps when running solo as well as healing, getting your power very high is important for both. I’m trying the con artist and I haven’t found it slow, but I’m thinking I may stick with my Pseudodragon. I’m not finding that the 10% damage reduction is happening often enough to use it, it really only is useful on large targets, and even then it seems to take about 8 seconds or so before it procs. So it may help a lower geared team but the 10% reduction doesn’t seem that important on even most bosses as they are usually almost dead before it starts. The benefit of this will highly depend on the people you run with.

  • Brandon (Kurai Tsuki)
    January 8, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Hi I’ve been using basically this set up and I love it thank you so much. I never looked at your equipment and artifact requirements but I felt they were best suited to this build and got them anyway; so nice to know that I have the right grasp on your build. One thing what armour pieces or set would you recommend and why if possible?

  • Gavin
    January 9, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Can you add your storm kings thunder boons please?

  • mr.J
    January 13, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Does gift of haste feat give 5% AP even if the target’s hp is full or they have to be damaged ?

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