Build: The Transcendent
Alternate Classes: Any monk except shattered pillar, who can't generate wounds with scepter
Description: A midline skirmisher that can debuff and charm enemies
Solo: Not intended for solo
This build is an evolution of the Flagellant https://forums.obsid...the-flagellant/ which never really got fleshed out. The idea here is to take advantage of the fact you can dual wield a ranged weapon with a melee weapon in this game and still get the dual wield bonus with each weapon, in particular you will want to offhand a scepter (The keybreak scepter). Now normally dual wielding a melee weapon with a ranged weapon is a downside because it doesn't take advantage of both weapons for full attacks, however with the Transcendent this isn't a problem at all because all available wound spenders and your soul annihilation attack are primary attacks. The reason you want to use a scepter is because the modal slightly damages you when attacking which lets you build up wounds that you can use to unload your monk abilities. It's honestly one of the best weapon modals, the self damage is pretty small, and you can get this build up to 17 penetration with scepters, lol. Unfortunately there are few good scepters and you can get the best one for this build when you meet Aloth...
EDIT: Thunderous blows and destructive channeling do not stack, you can only reach 15 penetration using a scepter.
The result is a character that can quickly float between melee and ranged attacks while building up resources for both cipher and monk abilities. Disclaimer: There are no real gimmicks here, you won't be super OP but you will be nearly as strong as a single class monk while having the ability to debuff and charm your foes, though once you get body attunement and borrowed instinct you become significantly tougher than a single class monk. Unfortunately by that point in the game toughness doesn't have a lot of value.
Now, onto the details. Quick disclaimer, I decided to copy the format of the recently posted "Lady of Pain" for maximum readability, sue me.
Edited by Climhazzard, 04 June 2018 - 04:44 PM.