Night Wisp’s Hybrid AC-DC [Mod 10.5 PvE]
Since there had been a huge patch on the whole DC-Class today I will overlook some powers in the next few days as for now I can’t say if anything will change in my build due to these changes to the class.
Welcome the madness…
Heyho guys! It’s me Night Wisp, a.k.a. Amelie, a.k.a. @thesilentforce and due to me procrastinating from doing my stuff for university I decided to write down my build on here, so
welcome to my Anointed Champion Hybrid Build!
Some important stuff first: English isn’t my first language so please excuse any errors.
So what’s this build all about?
Healing, buffing and dealing damage.
Who might like this build?
If you like to be at the battlefront and if you dislike to stand far away to throw in a heal at times; if you like to stay close to all the damage dealers to hand out buffs and if you like to play a lot and actively with your Divine Power.
I want to hand out a WARNING at this place: I respecced Night Wisp to this build when I was at about 2.4k Gearscore or so and changed it/worked on it ever since. But this means that I have NO idea how this build might work out while leveling up and such.
Can we cut the build down to a few lines?
Most certainly yes. As said above, this build runs for healing, buffing and own damage. It’s like the path in between being a damage dealer, a healer and a buffer. You are none of them all, but at the same time you are all of them at once.
You will heal, maybe even more than virtuose and faithful clerics with some training, but you could easily get outnumbered regarding the heals in a 1vs1 against a virtuose. (This could happen, it may also be that you outnumber a virtuose depending on the situation)
You will buff your allies, but you won’t buff as much as some other cleric builds will do (due to them focusing on recovery and power). The biggest difference? >> You will most likely not be able to have a 100% uptime of Anointed Army with this build. You might get close to it, but you won’t accomplish it.
You will deal damage, but not as much as a full DPS-DC may deal. On the other hand, you will be able to heal yourself while a full-DD-DC will be struggling to do so. As your GS keeps rising you will find yourself dragging groups with “low-GS-players” through some dungeons, which is a thing I love to do. You might as well find yourself being a tank at times, since you’ll generate tons of aggro.
Please note, that everything that I got on Night Wisp is not bought with money and that it took a long time to get to this point which also still is far away from being “maxed out”. Please keep in mind that gearing up can mean a lot of grinding and patience 🙂
(a few lines… well that’s what she said)
Things I’m testing out right now:
- Switching out Healer’s Lore for some other class features. Results are yet to be seen!
- Different insignia boni like Artificer’s Persuasion. Results are also yet to be seen!
- Active companion slots: How much of a difference my Laughing Skull may make (or won’t…) and how good a young yeti will be. Still testing!
So let’s get started, shall we?
Char and Stats
As you can see I chose an Half-Elf as my cleric-to-be. There is no deeper meaning to it other than maybe the +2 to Wisdom Half-Elves can get.
I wouldn’t call this the non-plus-ultra class, personally I love it and I always like to believe there is no use in playing the “best race” for your class if you dislike looking at it. You won’t play a char which you hate looking at 😉
But as much as Half-Elves are not all bad, here is a short listing of all the races which fit well with this:
Half-Elves (oh the irony): +2 Con and +2 Wis can come in really handy. Also your critsev is increased by 1% which is really great for this build (huehue)
Humans: +2 into Wisdom or Strengh (I’d take Wisdom), a great race for every class, especially because of the +3 heroic feat points
Dragonborns: I think I don’t have to say anything about them, they are as humans: good for every class since you can decide freely what to spend your 2x +2 Ability Points into.
As you can see: All points into strengh and wisdom. strengh gives us critchance and this is very important for this build!
Powers and Talents
Anointed Champion, definitely Anointed Champion!
Why? Out of various reasons. Mostly because we need some of the powers an Anointed Champion has, such as:
Blessing Of Battle
Clerics got really awful heroic feats but well… we need to spend our points, don’t we?
“Greater Fortune” 3/3: Grants 3% more healing through Wisdom, and with this build we will be happy to have those!
“Toughness” 3/3: More HP is always great and since you will regenerate a whole lot of aggro with this build at times (which hadn’t been intended in the first place though) you’ll fall in love with these 9%
“Holy Resolve” 3/3: This has a pretty long cooldown, however it can be a lifesaver at times. 15% of your max.HP as temporary HP can really be amazing!
Quick site note: If you are really not amazed with this feat, put three points into “Healing Action” instead. DON’T use “Domain Synergy”, doing the math that one sucks.
“Weapon Mastery” 3/3: An increase of 3% to our critical chance is great since this build is focusing on critical hits. Don’t leave this one out under any circumstances!
“Repurpose Soul” 3/3: When one of our spells critically hit there will be a small area affect heal to heal us and our allies for 15% of the spell’s effect. Since we will crit most of the time this will happen pretty often, so yaiii free healing!
“Cleanse” 2/3: A 20% chance to remove a negative effect from an ally. This has a 20 sec cooldown per ally but remains awesome, you will be very happy to have this feat many many times!
“Bountiful Fortune” 3/5: Gain 9% more divine power. Divine power is the life spirit of any cleric out there and I think no build in this world doesn’t use this feat.
Quick site note: As a human you can max out “Cleanse” to 3/3 and Bountiful Fortune” to 5/5 too. At the same time, if you feel like 10% chance for “Cleanse” will also do, feel free to spend just one point into that one and four into “Bountiful Fortune”
“Astral Fury” 5/5: 10% more damage, do I have to say anything else about it?
“Righteous Suffering” 5/5: You deal 10% more damage for 10 seconds after taking damage. This effect ALSO procs when you dodge an attack. Since you’ll always stand next to all the DPS-classes in your group you might also take a hit from time to time, so…
“Weapons Of Light” 5/5: Allies within 30′ have their Power increased by 10% of our power, amazing group buff!
“Bear Your Sins” 5/5: Also adds up to our list of “amazing group buffs”. Foes affected by one of your DoT powers will take 10% more damage from all sources. This will be up constantly, you will soon see why.
“Condemning Gaze” 5/5: Your damaging powers build up stacks of “Condemned” on the target. At 5 stacks the target will take 15% more damage from all sources for the next 15 seconds. This effect can not be renewed until expired.
Note to this: Divine Glow also counts as a “damaging power”.
“Fire Of The Gods” 5/5: This is the reason why “Bear Your Sins” will be up constantly. When you critically strike a foe they will take a huge DoT-damage for 15 seconds every second. As said above, this build specializes on critical hits, more to that below!
“Avatar Of The Divine” 1/1: “When you enter combat you gain Avatar. Avatar increases your damage by 40% and increases your cooldown speed by 40% for 25 seconds. After you have activated Avatar you cannot benefit from it again for 60 seconds. Avatar will reactivate automatically when it is ready. Leaving combat cancels Avatar and resets its cooldown.”
Just one thing to say: Awesoooome!
“Lasting Wishes” 5/5: We heal for 10% more. We will need this, trust me.
“Battle Fervor” 5/5: The buff of “Blessing Of Battle” is not also increasing the power of allies affected by that At-Will by 15% of your own power. Again: “awesome group buff”!
Many powers just got points because of XP-Overflow points which I had to spend somewhere.
So to the powers which you NEED to level up, I won’t write something down to every single one of them. However if you want me to do so, please tell me.
“Blessing Of Battle”
“Chains Of Blazing Light”
“Bastion Of Health”
“Break The Spirit”
“Annointed Armor” (huehue that’s what she said, I know I didn’t really spend points into this myself)
Out of these powers, the ones which you will use the most will be:
“Blessing Of Battle” and “Astral Seal”, slot them and never unslot them!
“Bastion Of Health”, “Divine Glow” (<– another power will shall never leave your power trail again!) and a third power which might change depending on the dungeon you are running and the people/classes you are running with.
- Your group is dashing through the whole dungeon? >> “Forgemasters Flame” or “Break The Spirit”
- Your group is pretty low and/or needs a lot of healing? >> “Healing Word” or “Astral Shield” (for more protection)
- You feel like any further buff would be unneccessary or you are running as a DPS? >> “Daunting Light”
Note: “Running as a DPS” doesn’t exclute healing. If you run as a full DPS, switch out “Bastion Of Health” to “Break The Spirit” too.
- You are running solo? >> “Daunting Light”, and switch out “Bastion Of Health” to “Chains Of Blazing Light” or “Break The Spirit”
“Hallowed Ground” and “Annointed Army”
“Annointed Army” shall never leave your tray again, for solo runs I would switch out “Hallowed Ground” to “Flame Strike”.
“Healer’s Lore” and “Holy Fervor” as class features.
NEVER switch out “Healer’s Lore”. Since we are running a build which is using most feats of the righteous path your healing may lag behind and +20% help a lot to compensate. Why our healing won’t lag behind with this slotted will be explained later on. “Holy Fervor” because of an Offhand-Bonus that can come with this class feature which grants you +5% bonus damage when dealing a critical hit. If you don’t have that Offhand-Power or if you don’t care about those percents , you can switch that one out against “Annointed Armor” (if you feel like you struggle to survive) or “Hastening Light” (amazing feature, I’d use it if I would have a third class feature slot 😉 I will test this out the next days and switch out Healer’s Lore for Hastening Light to see how much my healing would break in at this point. I know that it did cut my healing down quite drastically some time back but my char has also grown in the meantime so I will test and keep you updated! )
Do you want me to say anything about them? Let me know, otherwise I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves. If you got questions why I chose something, tell me!
Playstyle & Divine Power Management
Yep, this would have fitted perfectly underneath the powers. Aaaaanyway, now let’s talk about my playstyle.
As said many times before this build is focusing on critical hits, which means it is also HEALING through critical hits because yes, healz can hit critically too and that is pretty cool. Since we got many buffs which only affect a small area (“Annointed Army”, “Blessing Of Battle”, “Weapons Of Light”…) we need to ALWAYS stay close to our teammates.
This is not a cleric build to stay in the back and watch the others fight. You need to stay in between all your teammates to buff and heal them.
Writing down a rota for a cleric is always difficult. Especially if you run something in between a healer and a DPS monster. Your rotation will always depend on your teammates, the dungeons and with how many crosses of Divine Power you enter the battle.
Therefore I don’t know how to write down a proper rotation, sorry for that.
Playing a cleric is mostly about being good in Divine Power management.
Life hack #1: Try to always keep one cross of Divinity for worst-case-cases. It happens pretty often that something is happening you aren’t prepared for and your group needs healing instantly. If all your cooldowns are up at that time it might be that you all are doomed. So being able to cast a Divine Bastion Of Health can really save the day.
Life hack #2: Try to end up with casting Empowered Divine Glow OR Empowered Astral Shield. If you use Break The Spirit Or Forgemasters Flame those should also be empowered from time to time.
Apology #3: Sorry if I have to disappoint you here, but there IS no “real” and “only” rota. I can only give you some advises at this point. But rotas will always change, as said above.
I will link a video of mine at this point and yes, it’s an older video but that doesn’t change a fact other than the numbers and that I don’t have a crit chance of 70% buffed anymore and moreover a buffed crit chance of 93%. But however.
At around 6:00 min I start playing through different rotas and a bit later on at 8:30 min again!
And yes, this video will be updated some time in the future, I didn’t get to recording one up to now sorryy!
Enchantments & Enhancements
Offense slots: Azure Enchantments (crit), or high ranked brutals (but those are really expensive once more…). Radiant Enchantments for power are also great but since we are working on a high crit chance we want the crit.
Defense slots: Azure Enchantments (Defense) or Radiant Enchantments (HP), depending on what you prefer. I got Azures.
Utility: Whatever you prefer. Dragon’s Hoard Enchantments, Fey Blessing Enchantments, Quartermaster’s Enchantments…
Weapon Enchantment Slot: Dread Enchantment. Other possibilities: vorpal, plaguefire (just for the buff though, that one wouldn’t be that great for the build itself)
>> Using a Dread Enchantment or a Vorpal Enchantment is important because it increases our healing and damage. A higher critsev = higher damage through critical hits = besser healing through critical hits.
Armor Enhancement Slot: I’d use a Soulforged Enchantment or a high negation/elven battle. Personally I use a Transcendent Elven Battle Enchantment since the bonus stamina is really great. I sometimes even take the aggro away from tanks and then I have to run around a lot 😉 Soulforged however is the safest way to go in the first place.
Armor Set: When it comes to the armor sets I’m still running with the Dragonflight Armor because of my lag of time to get any of the others… And it is still great!
Stat-wise: Always take those with power and crit, eventually also armpen.
Talking about the rings:
Ring of Rising Power/Ring of Sudden Power
Ring of Rising Precision/Ring of Sudden Precision
Regarding the weapon set: I would restore the new artifact weapons, but there is no time to farm the stuff to do so and I’m not that wealthy to buy all the stuff off the AH ;P
So I’m still with my twisted set, but it is doing just fine!
Now where do I begin…
A companion with Bonding Runestones is a must-have, but very expensive.
If you don’t have enough AD’s to buy bondings, get an augment companion or gather ADs. In whichever way, it also took me a long time to get mine and to get mine to that rank, it surely didn’t happen over night!
Yes, the Harper Bard companion got two Defense Slots and most players who run for DPS would do a facepalm at this point.
There is a reason though why I decided to run with this companion (since yesterday huehue). He is freaking expensive and I had to save up a bunch of ADs for him, but the buffs… THE BUFFS HE GIVES ARE JUST THE BEST! It decreases your own damage a bit but lifts up the damage of the whole party; therefore it’s great 😉
… and I’m willing to give away some of my power for those buffs. You can see “Nightingale”, a Sellsword in my active companion list. She had been my summoned companion before I got this one. She had 3 offense slots and she had the power to shred the armor of enemy by 10% which was also a great buff (that buff unlocks on rank 30 on the Sellsword).
So get a Sellsword if you don’t want to buy a Harper Bard Companion.
Regarding the active boni:
Errinye of Belial: 10% CritSev
Fire Archon: +10% more damage against targets with less than 50% health
Air Archon: +5% damage against targets not at full health
Earth Archon/Yeti/Blink Dog: Right now I got the +300 Power of the Sellsword slotted, however I will switch that one out again, most likely for the bonus of a young yeti.
I used to have more mounts slotted with the bonus of “Protector’s Camaraderie”, however the Harper Bard is not attacking that fast and therefore it is not that usefull anymore. If you got a companion like an archon or the Sellsword who is attacking fast, feel free to use that bonus on as many mounts as you please.
“Magistrate’s Patience” is a great addition to that one though, or in my case I will switch out every bonus to that one eventually. The healing it can afflict is not that bad and the damage is also pretty decent. I fell in love with the Heal Over Time it does~
Sigil Of The Devoted (Power/Defense/Incoming Healing Bonus): The AP-effect of this artifact is amazing and you’ll need it a lot. You may switch it for the lantern in dungeons like tiamat where it all comes down to max. damage in no time.
Lantern of Revelation (Crit/ArmPen/Combat Advantage Bonus)
Sigil of the Controller (Power/Crit/Control Resist)
Shard of Orcus’ Wand (Power/Movement/Aoe Resist); together with the Orcus’ Set.
Great alternative: Lostmauth’s Horn of Blasting (Power/ArmPen/Control Bonus)
>> I would recommend getting the Lostmauth-Set at first, since the Orcus’ Set is lagging behind when it comes to ArmPen. Just if you feel like you got enough ArmPen (which should be at around at least 6k buffed), think about switching sets.
Alternative good artifacts:
Wheel of Elements (HP/Power/Stamina Gain)
Sigil of the Great Weapon (HP/Power/ArmPen)
Speaking about leveling…
So as I said before I didn’t level up my char like this. Night Wisp was former known as “Sternenschimmer” and was a faithful cleric for over a year, before she changed her name and converted to being a virtuose healer for nearly another year. And since a little more than a year she is a righteous healer.
That being said, I leveled her years ago and many things have changed as some of you may know. Therefore, I can only guess what would be the best set-up to level with.
So I think it IS possible to also level up with this build. However, I would recommend to focus on power over crit while leveling up. Maxing out stats and shaping your character is something that is just possible once you reach lvl70 and there is no use in trying to optimize your cleric while leveling.
You still got enough time to start focusing on crit once you are getting geared up for endgame and when you are about to choose which armor to buy.
Try to always have one healing power slotted while leveling, it will make stuff way easier. Once you hit lvl50 and can use “Divine Glow” that one might also do, depending on how much healing you need for yourself.
Running the small dungeons you can either way decide between going full damage or, as in endgame, switch out some of your encounter powers for healing powers like healing word. But that will always depend on the group you are running with 😉
Quick side note: Basically “Bastion of Health” is way more efficient to work with when it comes to healing. In normal mode it has an unbearable long casting time but in divine mode it gives out a fast and sometimes really large heal. However, “Healing Word” has multible stacks you can use (3x) and is therefore sometimes a more pleasant power to work with. It feels to me like it heals less though. Decide for yourself which you prefer and which suits your playstyle.
Encounter powers like “Daunting Light” and “Chains of Blazing Light” will make leveling way easier.
Try it like this: Throw the chains at your enemies and get them chained to the ground that way (hehe), then throw in Daunting Light as nuke damage. Divine Daunting Light might be a better way to go here than the “normal” Daunting Light, since the normal Daunting Light also got an insanely long casting time and it might be that the chains will break before it will hit your enemies.
Hitting enemies with Daunting Light is something which takes a lot of training. Sometimes you are lucky, sometimes you have to anticipate in which direction the enemies will run so that you can place it slightly in that direction. You’ll miss enemies with it a lot and I also still miss them a lot with it; but if you can make sure that they won’t move a lot within the next two seconds an empowered Daunting Light can be really badass 😉
_a note from the author_
I’d been writing this down in one sitting now and I should also stop procrastinating now. I will look over this build within the next days once more to fix spelling mistakes and such and maybe also to add some stuff. If you read this in the meantime, feel free to tell me what you feel is missing and I will try my best to put it into this as soon as possible!