Enyo’s Mod 11 Solo PVE / Master Infiltrator / Executioner Build (With Video Guide)
This guide aims to present a practical, efficient end-game TR set-up, while also discussing the basics for players new to Trickster Rogues & even Neverwinter in general.
For those who, like me, hate reading, there’s a video guide available on YouTube. Click here to watch it. It’s a little lengthy, but I did my best to make it very thorough for new and/or returning players, and those generally new to Trickster Rogues.
Side note; English isn’t my first language. There’s probably a lot of grammatical errors and a lot of mix ups. Apologies if there’s any confusions! I know watching back I heard several so….. Sorry sorry sorry!
This guide was originally posted December 17th, 2016. It was last updated April 23rd, 2017. Typically updated every 2-3 weeks.
Well, welcome everyone. I’m Enyo, I’ve played Neverwinter for close to 4 years now. I’m a member of the guild Chronic Legion, which is part of The Winterfell Alliance. I’m here to share everything about my TR. This guide includes my enchantments, my companions, mount bonuses, insignia bonuses, powers, feats, boons as well as anything and everything I’ve learned throughout the 3+ years I’ve played my TR. I’ve personally never created a guide for my build before this one, so this is an adventure for me! And… let’s get started!
So my build is basically Power/Recovery/Life steal/Crit build, which may be pretty typical for a TR. I prioritise Power above all other stats, especially since I have enough Armor Penetration (60% Resistance Ignored) as it stands. I’ve built up my life steal to help keep my HP up and help keep myself alive. Recovery is to reduce cool-downs on my Encounters, and build up my Action Points quickly. Critical Strike being of course to land more hits and deal more damage – but I’ve only gone up to 85-90% as Stealth can probably cover the rest (since it gives 100% critical chance!) In the end my TR is hard to kill off in PvE, and still capable to deal top DPS in various raids. It’s a slightly different take on TR’s, but I have fun with it!
——– Stats (with Bonding Enchantments R12, & real time self-buffs, 100% solo play, real-time combat)
Choosing Your Race
To begin, my TR is a Sun Elf. If you really want to maximise yourself, I’d suggest choosing the Human race. Human race gives an additional 3 heroic feat points, which can be used to your advantage if you select wisely. Races do give extra bonuses, I personally haven’t been too particular about it, so I’ve just stayed as a sun elf, Sun Elves do give an extra 2% Action Point Gain, which can be useful for a TR. We’ll learn more about that as we go deeper into the build though.
I feel like for TR’s, the ability rolls are fairly straight forward. Mostly you want to invest in both STR and DEX, with CHA being your third most important. STR is your damage, DEX is your critical chance and deflection, and CHA is your combat advantage, along with even more deflection. I personally have invested more into DEX, as I get both critical chance and deflection. This way I can invest “less” into critical chance/deflect, and more into power elsewhere. I found this to be much more effective than what some other builds have suggested – not to say they’re wrong, there’s no such thing as “wrong”. It’s just what I personally found best.
As stated in the title, this is a Master Infiltrator/Executioner build. Between Saboteur, Scoundrel and Executioner, Executioner is the path most-based on dealing high damage. Below is what I’ve invested points in, and why I chose that feat in particular to level up.
- Heroic Feat Points
Weapon Mastery 3/3 – This feat increases your Critical Chance. You cannot go wrong with extra Critical Chance, it’s such a huge necessity I believe for any TR build.
Toughness 2/3 – This feat increases your over all health points by 3/6/9%. The more health points, the more damage you can take technically. Since you need 5 points spent to get to the next column of feats, I invested 2/3 heroic points into this as basically a filler. Can’t hurt to have more HP, right?
Swift Footwork 2/5 – Just like Toughness, I honestly use this one as a filler as well. This feat increases your stamina by 2/4/6/8/10%. As a TR you dodge a lot, so extra stamina, just like the extra HP from Toughness, doesn’t hurt to have at all,
Cunning Ambusher 3/3 – I have this feat maxed because it works in coordination with Shadow of Demise (Final feat in the Executioner Paragon Path). We’ll learn about Shadow of Demise further down, but to sum it up, for 6 seconds while under the Shadow of Demise effect, you want to deal as much damage as possible, as 50% of the damage dealt in 6 seconds, is dealt again after 6 seconds is up as damage that cannot be deflected or ignored. Shadow of Demise is triggered by casting an encounter power while stealthed. The Cunning Ambusher feat grants 6% more damage after leaving stealth – in other words, whenever you’re using the Shadow of Demise effect. It adds up to massive damage.
Endless Assault 3/3 – This feat increases your Encounter Power’s damage by 2/4/6%. Obviously your Encounters deal a lot of damage, so I think this one speaks for itself. You want to deal more damage, so a damage bonus is perfect.
Twilight Adept 2/5 – I think in most TR builds, this feat is not invested into. This feat grants 2/4/6/8/10% of your stealth every time to dodge roll. The reason I put 2/5 points in this one is because first of all, I need stealth to activate Shadow of Demise, right? Sometimes if you’re consistently taking damage, its hard to get your stealth back up. Honestly, this feat has saved me so many times. While it is useful, there are more useful feats to invest into – hence why its only 2/5. 4% Stealth restored still does the trick, so!
Disciple of Straight 3/3 – Last but not least, this feat increases the bonus damage STR gives you by 2/4/6%. Again, more damage being dealt is never a bad thing. It’s a good Feat to invest into honestly.
Scoundrel Training 2/3 – Basically this increases your damage towards enemies who are not targeting you by 3/6/9%. Mostly useful in group raids where the tank is taking aggro, so its unlikely enemies are going to be targeting you – plus, TR’s have low aggro, so even without a tank, its very unlikely you’re going to be the one enemies are targeting. Solo play this doesn’t really help unless your companions carrying the aggro.
Also, any feats at 0/3 and not listed here, I wouldn’t bother with them. They won’t benefit you in any way, so just ignore them honestly.
- Paragon Feat Points
Arterial Cut 5/5 – This feat increases your Critical Severity by 3/6/9/12/15% while stealthed. Stealth gives you 100% Critical Chance, so its a guaranteed bonus 15% Critical Severity (Your critical hits deal more damage) when you attack while stealthed. This includes when activating Shadow of Demise.
Vicious Pursuit 5/5 – You’re going to start seeing this 6-second pattern going on in many of the feats. This is due to Shadow of Demise. Vicious Pursuit makes the target you’ve dealt damaged to take 2/4/6% more damage from you for 6 seconds. I don’t believe there’s a cool-down for this feat, but don’t take my word on it. It doesn’t stack, but still, a consistent 6% more damage is fairly beneficial.
Dying Breath 5/5 – So basically, when an enemy close to you dies, you gain 5/10/15/20/25% more Run Speed and Critical Severity. This buff lasts for 10 seconds, it doesn’t stack, but every time an enemy dies near you or by you, the timer resets back to 10 seconds. It’s a really great buff to have.
Deathknell 0/5 – Increases your damage to enemies/foes below 30% health. Doesn’t sound fantastic, I know. In reality its maybe not the best. I run a lot of Dragonflights with my Alliance, and almost always am solo finishing a Dragon – which is basically why I would consider choosing this. It’s not bad, but it’s not ideal for probably most players. It’s worth mentioning though!
Last Moments 5/5 – This is a really nice damage buff. When your enemy, your foe, is below 40% health, you deal 5/10/15/20/25% more damage to them. While stealthed, this buff takes effect when your enemy is below 70% health. This is especially helpful in raids where it takes a longer time to kill the boss, so there’s lots of time when the enemy is below 40% health. Like I said, it’s an excellent damage buff.
Shadowborn 5/5 – This is another Feat that works well for my build, because I’m entering Stealth usually 2 and sometimes 3 times in a row within Shadow of Demise’s 6 seconds. Whenever I enter stealth, this feat increases my power rating by 20/40/60/80/100% for my next attack. Very useful
Shadow of Demise 1/1 – This is the Shadow of Demise feat we’ve been reading about through all my feats. This feat, is the key to a good chunk of the damage you deal. Basically, when you use an Encounter Power on an enemy while stealthed, Shadow of Demise will proc. The total damage you deal within the following 6 seconds is added up, and when 6 seconds are up, the enemy who you targeted with Shadow of Demise, takes an additional massive hit for 50% of the total damage you dealt in those 6 seconds. This massive hit of damage cannot be deflected or ignored – it’s piercing damage. So basically, you deal an extra 50% raw damage. It’s a very powerful feat, and it’s where an unbelievable amount of your total damage is going to come from. This feat makes the Executioner Paragon Path what it is – a DPS path.
Bloody Brawler 5/5 – I’ve really focused on my Life Steal for this build, so for me this feat is valuable. It increases my Life Steal over all, which always helps. I prefer Life Steal over Deflection because Life Steal restores Health Points, and a high amount of HP as well. Deflection doesn’t restore any HP at all. Life Steal keeps me alive longer!
Press The Advantage 5/5 – Basically whenever you use the defensive encounter power “Impossible to Catch”, you also gain an offensive 10% power increase. I recommend this for players that are working with high power. If you’re not working with… I’d suggest at least 35’000 power during combat, this feat probably won’t help you out that much. So, refer to the Sabotuer feats listed below.
Back Alley Tactics 5/5 – Basically when your AP Gauge is empty, you gain a 25% damage bonus which slowly diminishes as your AP Gauge refills once again, all the way until its full, where your damage bonus is then reduced down to 0%. Now, why this is rather useful is because when you cast a daily power (so your Whirlwind of Blades or Lurker’s Assault, both offering a damage buff of sorts) you’re now also gaining a 25% damage bonus increase because yes, you guessed it – you just used your Daily Power so your AP Gauge is 100% empty, giving you the full effects of the buff. Fun fact; Lurker’s Assault blocks AP gain from all sources while its buff is up – minus the AP bonus from your Neck Piece. So basically for the entirety of Lurker’s damage buff, you also gain the buff from Back Alley Tactics.
Shady Preparations 0/5 – This is to bring your cool-downs down just a little more. If you’re looking to replace Back Alley Tactics for whatever reason like.. you’re not using Lurkers and your AP Gauge refills too quickly for example – this is probably the feat you’ll want to go with. Honest opinions though, you can probably make an extremely good use from Back Alley Tactics because chances are, your AP Gauge fills up slowly still – meaning that damage buff lasts longer for you.
Knife’s Edge 0/5 – This feat decreases your cooldowns by 3/6/9/12/15% whenever you cast/use a Daily Power. If you’re too low power still and you can’t make much use of Press The Advantage yet, and don’t have a need or desire for Back Alley Tactics (but if that’s the case your AP probably doesn’t regenerate quickly, so Back Alley Tactics might be a good option!)
There’s a lot to cover for which powers you should focus on using. Most of the time I use Whirlwind of Blades, Shocking Execution for my Daily Powers, Skillful Infiltrator, Invisible Infiltrator for Class Features, Smoke Bomb, Dazing Strike, Lashing Strike for my Encounters, and Sly Flourish, Duelists Fury for my At-Will’s. Here’s a basic explanation of what Powers I’ve ranked up, and why I ranked them up. I’ll explain my rotation at the end of these;
Cloud of Steel (4) – I’ve ranked this up to 4 because it’s a good quick ranged At-Will attack. It’s actually the only ranged At-Will you’ll have following the Master Infiltrator path. It can be extremely useful when in a position where you can’t afford to play melee (close combat).
Sly Flourish (4) – Another really great At-Will attack, perfect for when you can’t take a whole few seconds to cast Duelist’s Fury, which takes several seconds to finish cast. Sly Flourish also gives whats called Broken Armor, which is if in the event you finish the powers combo, the target takes 5% more damage from all sources – great for group runs.
Dazing Strike (4) – Dazing Strike first and foremost dazes your opponents. Casting it while stealthed is well worth it – not only does it active Shadow of Demise, but it also damages and dazes multiple targets. This is really helpful in keeping yourself alive; if players are dazed, they cannot attack you. This gives you time to deal as much damage as you can while Shadow of Demise is active.
Lashing Blade (4) – Lashing Blade is going to be your main DPS Encounter, It deals the most damage of any other Encounter, but also has a longer cool-down than most of the Encounters. It’s a must-have encounter.
Whirlwind of Blades (4) – Another power that in my opinion, is a must-have. This Daily deals really decent damage to multiple enemies at once. When you’re in battle, and you have a crowd of enemies around you, this spell tallies up some really major damage. Plus, you gain power for every enemy you hit – so in this case, the more the merrier! Approximately each enemies hit grants you roughly 20k Power, at least from my calculations. Might be slightly less, but its a huge amount of power you gain either way!
Impossible to Catch (4) – Basically, you dodge your enemies attacks making you untouchable, and gain 50% Damage Resistance. At Rank 4, this buff lasts for 5 seconds. The cool-down for it is 10 seconds, sometimes 9 in combat with buffs – so over half the time. You can empower your defences with this buff, and using it in-line with the Press The Advantage feat – also gain a good power buff, increasing your offences. Win-win situation all the way around (just be sure you have the feat, and enough power to make it worth your while).
Duelist’s Fury (4) – Very powerful At-Will. It does take a few seconds to finish its combo (it casts in 3 stages). Using this has a chance to add a Bleed Effect which deals even more additional damage, and this can stack up to 10 times. Very useful, very powerful.
Skillful Infiltrator (4) – This class feature gives you everything you could want – additional run speed, deflection chance, and critical chance. At Rank 4, it gives 20% Run Speed, 4% Deflection Chance, and 4% Critical Chance. It adds up, and can be really useful.
Smoke Bomb (4) – Smoke Bomb dazes opponents just like Dazing Strike, but affects a larger area, and dazes for a longer period of time. On a critical hit, this Encounter can deal some really nice damage to multiple enemies over a period of time. When used Stealthed it does add a Slow effect, but find that part to be a bit useless. Note: Smoke Bomb doesn’t activate Shadow of Demise the same way other Encounters do. You have to activate Stealth AFTER casting Smoke Bomb, while Smoke Bomb is still actively dealing damage-over-time to trigger Shadow of Demise.
Lurker’s Assault (4) – Lurker’s Assault doesn’t deal damage but it still works with Invisible Infiltrator (Class Feat Below), meaning it will still restore your stealth meter on initial use. Lurker’s Assault then continues to restore your stealth meter at a very rapid speed, This Daily Power also grants you +25% damage, which is a big damage buff. The stealth meter restoration and damage buff both last 10 seconds, which is also a great length of time. It takes a while to get used to implementing this in your rotations, but it is worth the while trust me.
Invisible Infiltrator (4) – This Feat restores all your Stealth upon casting a Daily Power. This can really help you during your Shadow of Demise rotations, and other situations. I actually depend on it a lot for my rotations, as the extra Stealth Bar fill allows me to cast something with a guaranteed Critical Hit.
For my rotations, I usually cast Impossible to Catch, Lashing Blade (Stealthed), Lurker’s Assault/Whirlwind of Blades, and Smoke Bomb (Stealthed), followed by Duelists Fury x1 or x2 depending how much time you’re working with. By the time Duelists Fury is done casting, all cool-downs on my powers are done, and Shadow of Demise is reset. I usually by this point only have maybe 75% of my Action Points, but once I cast Lashing Blade (Stealthed) and cast Smoke Bomb, I’m at 100% Action Points, and can then cast either Lurker’s Assault or Whirlwind of Blades depending on whether I’m battling a single target (Lurker’s Assault), or a mass of targets (Whirlwind of Blades). That then refills my Stealth Bar because of the Invisible Infiltrator class feat, allowing me to cast Smoke Bomb (Stealthed) before Shadow of Demise resets.
This makes for a mass of damage during Shadow of Demise. I also typically use my Mount Combat Power and Artifact Power before this particular rotation as well, giving me a huge damage buff, but we’ll learn more about that later!
For boons, I focused and prioritized Power, Critical Strike, Life Steal (And Severity), and Recovery where I could. As I mentioned at the beginning, these are the main stats I invest in. Below is a list and preview of all my selected boons:
*** I’ll be selecting Vision of Beyond as circled above
Please note for the Stronghold Boons, they’re 100% dependent on the progress of whichever guild you’re a part of. Currently my guild Chronic Legion is at Guild Hall 11, so we still don’t have very powerful boons yet. I gain 3000 Power, 6400 HP, and 15% Experience Bonus right now. We’re working towards improving that!
Gear & Enchantments
Straight and to the point, I’m not a huge fan of the new Relic Gear. I’ll admit, it’s mostly laziness in not wanting to keep up with the voninblod empowerment on them. So, I’ve stuck with Elemental Dragonflight Raid gear, apart from the Armor Piece, in which case I use the Lifesilk Spinneret which comes from Temple of the Spider (Master). I still get the 3/3 set bonus from Dragonflight, and get better stats/more item level from the Armor Piece.
In my Defense and Utility slots I’ve placed Dark Enchantments (Movement and Life Steal). As I’ve said previously, Life Steal keeps me alive! Moving faster is cool as well, so the Dark Enchantments are just a nice bonus to that. For my Overload slots I use the Greater Green Dragon Glyphs mostly because of the poison aspect. Honestly though, majority of the time my Overload slots are empty. I honestly filled them up just for this. I also use a Negation Enchantment, which builds up Damage Resistance and a small amount of recovery at Transcendent level. Again, makes me a little more solid, much less squishy.
As for Reinforcement Kits, I invested in Critical Strike on 3/4 pieces, and in Power on 1/4 pieces as you can see below. This is just to help build up more Critical Strike – I prioritize Power, but I felt inclined to prioritize Critical Strike on this. Sets my Critical Chance at an exact 60% outside of combat; much higher in combat.
Next is my Artifact Weapons. I recently finished restoring and refining the Aboleth weapons that come from the River District Campaign. I really was mostly after the set bonus (As all 4 relic weapons in the River District give the same stats). They’re great and work well for me, and are very easy to obtain as a solo player. If you don’t mind grinding Shadewalker’s is also a great Weapon Set, though mostly for players closer to endgame, as they require an item level of 2800+ at the absolute minimum.. If you’re just starting fresh in the game, Drowned Daggers weapon set is really helpful / useful if you’re finding yourself to be a bit squishy and dying a lot.
For Enchantments I use Radiant’s in my offense slots, and a Vorpal Enchantment in my weapon enhancement slot. I prefer the Vorpal over Dread for a few different reasons. It’s just that its +50% Critical Severity across wall powers, not just encounters. I feel like I get way more out of it that way, then being confined to only Encounter powers (Dread).
Now we have my Neck Piece, Belt, and both Rings. For starters, I chose to go without an artifact set. I wanted the extra dexterity (for Critical Chance & Deflect), and didn’t want armor-penetration-overkill from the neck piece (I have more than enough as it is!). I’ve also heard the bonuses don’t add up to much either, so I don’t particularly feel I’m missing out on too much. As for the rings, I like having that solid stat there, not a cool-down stat. In place of Rosegold Rings, you can always use the Personalized Adamant Rings crafted through Level 25 Jewelcrafting – much more affordable option. Stats arent as good, but still double slotted, solid stats… good place to start off.
For enchantments, I finally fixed up most of all the randomness – goal is all Utility and Defense Slots have Dark Enchantments, and all Offense slots have Radiant’s, apart from potentially the 1 seen below (Neck Piece). Utility isn’t a huge deal though. My amount of Recovery is perfect, it’s where I want it to be.
Reinforcement kits, I went AP Gain all over. Of all the kits that go on Neck/Belt/Rings I felt like this benefited my character the most, though extra Stamina wouldn’t be a bad choice either. Action Points mean more Daily Powers cast though and more stealth bar refills. More stealth leads to a lot more critical hits, and thus, more damage! Win-win situation if you ask me.
So I use the Gemmed Exquisite shirt/pants. Best stats really for shirt/pants, though the Everfrost shirt/pants have a fairly beneficial set bonus depending on your build. I used to be a critical hit / deflection build (I’ve always enjoyed exploring builds) and I actually used the Everfrost shirt/pants for the deflection set bonus. The lifesteal bonus, I don’t find as useful and neither the stats on it, but I still carry the shirt and pants for group runs like Fangbreaker Island and Assault on Svardborg where Everfrost Resistance is really beneficial.
Enchantments, again, I use Radiants and Darks. Same as mentioned before, 2 really important stats that I personally invest as much as I can in.
Armor Reinforcements, technically there aren’t kits for shirt/pant equips, not any that give stats like power or stamina anyway. There are however Everfrost Resistance Kits that give Everfrost Damage Resistance. As I mentioned earlier, this resistance really helps you get by in Storm King Thunder’s campaign areas (Bryn Shander, Lonelywood, Cold Run, Sea of Moving Ice, Fangbreaker Island and Assault on Svardborg). As well, to enter the dungeon and skirmish, you need 28% Everfrost Resistance, so this is a great boost towards that as well. Note; this kit, unlike other greater reinforcements, only grants +1 or 2 points to your Total Item Level – it’s not a lot.
For my artifacts I use;
Eye of the Giant – I use this as my main Artifact. It adds a pretty sweet buff. Adds some power and damage resistance – and the more enemies, the merrier. It also increases your size and speed, which I’m not sure if the size increase actually benefits you or if its just for show (if you know, let me know in the comments!), but speed is always a fun buff. Mixing this with the Artificer’s Persuasion Insignia Bonus and the Tenser’s Transformation Mount Combat Power (both mentioned later in this guide under the Mounts section) – hand in hand, they all tie together to make a really sweet buff.
Sigil of the Hunter – This artifact grants Power, Recovery and Stamina – 3 stats which are fairly vital to this build. I never use it as my primary artifact in combat, but it does deal AoE damage – smoke bomb more or less covers that though.
Sigil of the Controller – I never use as my primary artifact – it grants Critical Strike and Power, Easy to obtain and I think it speaks for itself why it’s such a great Artifact to have.
Wheel of Elements – This is a really really good artifact. The reason I don’t use it as my primary artifact, is because I lag these days. I lag bad, and bad enough that its really difficult for me to pick up the Fire bonus which gives the damage bonus. Personally though, this is a MUST-HAVE artifact as long as you can land that Fire bonus. I would recommend this as your primary artifact without doubt.
Looking for something cheaper, more affordable maybe? Here’s a list of a few artifacts you can take a look at as well;
Heart of the Blue Dragon (Crit & Recovery)
Symbol of Fire (Power, Recovery, Defense)
Symbol of Air (Power & Recovery)
Tiamat’s Orb of Majesty (Power, Crit, Recovery, Armor Pen, AP Gain)
Belial’s Portal Stone (Power & Lifesteal) If you’re really desperate and needing to depend on lifesteal for the time-being.
Rod of Imperial Restraint (Recovery & Lifesteal) If you’re really desperate and needing to depend on lifesteal for the time-being.
Sphere of Black Ice (Recovery & Lifesteal) If you’re really desperate and needing to depend on lifesteal for the time-being.)
Shard of Valindra’s Crown (Power & Lifesteal) If you’re really desperate and needing to depend on lifesteal for the time-being.
Sigil of the Devoted (Power & Defense) Great to use as a Primary Artifact if your AP gain is low
Please note these are just recommendations / suggestions if there happens to be any Artifacts that I currently use and example as my top recommendations that may seem unaffordable, unobtainable or useless for you.
I’ve really been playing a lot with my companions lately. Trying new ones out, switching old ones out, then back in…. I’ve found so far though for this set up to be working probably better than any of the past ones I’ve tried which trust me – has been a lot of companions. Hoarding about 70 different companions right now, seriously trying everything out there possible.
Please note: The equipment doesn’t grant you anything on your Active Companions – only on your Summoned Companion. Yes, my alts are filled with gear and runestones, but by no means do they benefit me. They’re not something you want to invest in, unless you have absolutely nothing better to do and want to show off. Only invest in your Main, Summoned Companion!
Also, you only need 1 companion at Legendary to get the Legendary bonus on any Summoned Companion – mine are upgraded just for show, don’t follow my example on that… it is not in any way whatsoever necessary.
The Air Archon
This is my main companion. I’ve upped it to Legendary quality, and equipped it with x3 Bonding Runestones, Rank 12. For the Companion gear, I’ve chosen x2 Loyal Commander because it gives Power and Recovery, and x1 Loyal Avenger for Power, Critical Strike and Armor Penetration. I was using +4000 Armor Penetration for my Mount Equip Power, but with the Archon and Loyal Avenger – I can get the Armor Penetration I need, while sacrificing only about 600 Recovery. Then I can set my Mount Equip Power to +2000 Critical Strike or 4000 Recovery (I alternate between the 2) – so in the end its a win-win situation.
On a side note, the Loyal Commander/Avenger/Master/Defender gear is no longer obtainable in the game. Any existing Loyal Gear is currently considered a Legacy item at this point, and thus fairly expensive on the Auction House. My suggestion is to run Illusionists Gambit skirmish, as it drops Companion Gear ranging from common to epic level.
For enchantments I’m using Brutals in the Offense slots, and Dark’s in the Defense. Brutals offer both Critical Strike and Power, while the Darks offer Life Steal.
The Archon also basically gives +5% damage to enemies not at full health, which is the entire combat really. Air gives x3 Offense slots, is ranged as well and gives power/crit/armor penetration as it’s base stats. Why Air over Fire? Really no difference between the two – I had reasons before to use Air over Fire, although now I don’t, but I’ve gotten used to Air…. Fire Archon does work too for this though – same base stats even. Just different appearance really.
Erinyes of Belial
This companion grants +10% Critical Severity, as said previously, an extremely good stat to invest in. Pretty much all to say about it!
The Siege Master
I decided to use The Siege Master companion. The active bonus gives +4% increased damage, and +8% increased damage when on the Stronghold map – so great for Dragonflight runs especially. Over all though, +4% increased damage is awesome, increases your over all damage, and it does make a difference. Great bonus for increasing your damage.
The Earth Archon
Of all 4 Archons, this one is probably one of the more useful ones. The other ones all depend on your enemies health; this one depends on your own HP, and whether its full or not. The good thing is, your health can increase back to full HP, while your enemies cannot and god forbid them if they ever do. So while at full HP, the Earth Archon gives +6% damage. I’ve placed Eldritch Runestones of a slightly higher rank than my other Companions but honestly – I don’t gain anything from it, even though I wish I did. Don’t worry about doing that kind of thing!
The Fire Archon
I’ve always been on and off with the Fire Archon but after testing 4-5 other companions in place of this… I have to admit it’s one of the better choices, especially if you’re using any of the other Archons. Grants +7% damage against foes with less than 50% HP. It’s not all bad, and it really does help, I can’t deny that. Hence why I am using it again.
Important Comment About Companions – READ
Over all, I haven’t put too much importance in what runestones, gear and enchantments my companions have apart from my Main companion. If you aren’t summoning them, you’re mostly only getting the Active Bonus from them anyway, so gear and stats don’t matter too much on them in the end. Honestly, unless you’re completely done your character and your main companion, don’t even bother investing into runestones and gear for your other companions – what you get is honestly, 100% – nothing.
I’m lucky enough to own a Tenser’s Floating Disk. As result, I use the Tenser’s Transformation combat power. You can read what it says below; it’s a huge buff to your character, I would consider one of, if not the best combat power available from a mount at the moment. For my equip power, I use Ruthless Efficiency from the Heavy Howler or Rage Drake mount. +2000 Critical Strike – like I said, I’m trying to build some crit so anything from anywhere helps. In the future I’m aiming for +4000 Power from I believe it’s the Black Ice Horse or the Arcane Whirlwind Mount – but I need to save up a bit! As for Speed; that doesn’t add to your damage, it’s just fun (It is a Legendary bonus though).
Onto Insignia’s. So these are relatively new in the game, but they’ve been around long enough now. Basically they’re like attaching a runestone to your companion, but… they go on your mounts, and if you combine them correctly, you get an Insignia bonus (similar to a set bonus). I use 5 different bonuses, mostly because the bonuses don’t seem to stack very well. It’s not worth the while most of the time to stack them.
I use this to counter with my Tenser’s Transformation combat power. As we already read, Tenser’s Transformation gives a major buff. This insignia bonus gives a 10% buff to all stats whenever you use a mount’s combat power. So whenever I use Tenser’s Transformation… I get an even bigger buff. It’s pretty sick actually.
I actually have this bonus stacked twice or in other words, I use it on 2 different mounts. Basically it takes 12% of my Defense, Deflect and Life Steal, combines all 12% of each stat, and adds the total amount as a power stat. Basically, it’s a power buff and it doesn’t affect my Life steal/deflect much, and even less for my defense (since I haven’t invested into it).
Artificer’s Persuasion gives a really good buff to just about everything whenever I use an Artifact Power which is relatively often. 10% of your power added to Recovery, Movement, Action Point Gain, and Stamina Gain – not a bad deal really. Note**; you don’t lose any of your Power when activating this buff. This buff also drastically increases in combat in relation to the Bonding Runestones proc, since your stats are much higher with Bonding Runestones. Really good buff, well worth it, and if you use your Tenser’s Disk and Artifact at the same time – triple buff right there, it’s amazing.
In order to proc your Bonding Runestones, your companion has to attack the foe/enemy. Basically with this Insignia Bonus, whenever your companion attacks you gain a 3% Power and Defense for 10 seconds, and this can stack up to 4 times, totally to 12%. Mostly investing in this for the Power, but the Defense is good to have too. Works really well, it’s effective, and it’s a bonus that in my opinion is worth having.
I really only use this for extra run speed. It’s more of an accessory than a necessity. Not to say its not useful because it sure is, but its something that if you would take an extra DPS bonus over some run speed bonus; this would be the one you’d want to replace it with. I personally really enjoy it though.
For Insignias you can see I went with a lot of Power/Crit. Going to replace the Armor Penetration Insignia’s with power soon though. Insignia’s are a very under-estimated way of getting a huge amount of stats.
ACT (Advanced Combat Tracker Program)
Some people get fancy with this program. For those who are interested here’s what the damage stats are for my TR, I ran Lake Crisis Heroic Encounter (Might have been Hideaway Crisis, can’t remember!) in the Stronghold solo, on my own, no other players, with my current set up.
Extra Note*** This hasn’t been updated since last December, and a lot has changed in my build since then. There’ll be an updated one soon. ACT has been giving me technical difficulties, but I’ll get that fixed, no worries!
That concludes my guide. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below or contact me in-game. If you have any suggestions or constructive criticism, it’s also more than welcome. Anything that might help improve this is well appreciated.
If you’re looking for tutorials and know-hows in the game (maybe a new or returning player), my friend Ekemon Incubore@shjags runs a really great YouTube channel with lots of back-to-the-basics videos to help get you started! Check his channel out here.
Here’s a list of useful links you might find useful that I put together a while back. You can check those out here.
Again – you can watch / listen to this guide via YouTube here. Also more videos on my channel if you wanted to see my TR in real-time combat. Most of the videos are a little older, need to upload some more current ones, I know… soon!
You can find me in-game at Enyo@yopuko. I’m online a lot, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find me. If you can’t find me online, just send a Mailbox Message. Thanks again, and… Ciao for now!