The Furry Ravager
Difficulty = PotD v. 2.0
Solo: Possible, needs more testing
Class: Helwalker / Berserker
Base stats: Priority goes PER > DEX > MIG
MIG: 15 (17)
CON: 8 (10)
DEX: 18 (20)
PER: 20 (22)
INT: 8 (10)
RES: 8 (10)
I took Effigy: Devil of Caroc, but take whatever you like for that.
Skills: Whatever you want really. I like to have a moderate Athletics and set my AI to use when near death. Points in alchemy if you wanna use drugs. Passives I like to spread them around, but if you plan to use Giftbearer’s then pump History.
Lvl 1 – Frenzy/Swift Strikes
Lvl 2 – Lesser Wounds
Lvl 3 – Blooded
Lvl 4 – Thick Skinned/Two Weapon Style
Lvl 5 – Barbaric Blow
Lvl 6 – Long Stride OR Wilder Hunter
Lvl 7 – Blood Lust*/Swift Flurry*
Lvl 8 – One Stands Alone*
Lvl 9 – Bloody Slaughter*
Lvl 10 – Bloody Frenzy*/Duality of Mortal Presence
Lvl 11 – Wild Sprint
Lvl 12 – Stunning Blow
Lvl 13 – Barbaric Smash/Stunning Surge
Lvl 14 – Enervating Blows OR Interrupting Blows*
Lvl 15 – The Long Pain
Lvl 16 – Lion’s Sprint/Turning Wheel
Lvl 17 – Brute Force
Lvl 18 – Improved Critical
Lvl 19 – Blood Thirst/Heartbeat Drumming
Lvl 20 – Instruments of Pain
**Levels 7-9 can be taken in any order, though this is the order I took them in.
**You can take Lightning Strikes then respec to Swift Flurry later, if you feel you aren’t critting enough early on.
**Spirit Frenzy can be taken at lvl 10, however stun overrides staggered. Also if you use a rogue tank for persistent distraction, this will remove it so bear that in mind.
**I'm undecided on which is better out of Interrupting/Enervating Blows, but need to drop one for The Long Pain.
Head: Fair Favor/Helm of the White Void
Armor: Devil of Caroc Breastplate
Gloves: Aegor’s Swift Touch, or anything that increases DEX/MIG
Amulet: A few choices here; Bone Setter’s Torc, Precognition, and Orishia are my favourites. Amulet of (greater) health is good for early game
Rings: Greater Regeneration + Voidward
Belt: Undying Burden/Upright Captain (very handy in BoW)
Boots: Anything that increases DEX. Early on you can use Boots of the Stone, BiS is Footprints of Ahu Taka. Boots of Speed are also nice
Cloak: Still not set on this slot yet; for pure damage you could go Violet Redemption; Nemnok’s will save you in a pinch, but will make you even more squishy; Giftbearer’s or (Greater) Protection for the will; (Greater) Deflection is probably the overall safest choice.
Trinket: Waidwen's Sundial/Eye of Rymrgand. Both strong defensively, Sundial also has a debuff though this can be applied by a party member. Per rest so if you don't like abusing rest (I don't) then save for big fights/rough situations.
Scordeo’s Edge: You will want to go to Ashen Maw early. Put it in your main hand and leave it there.
Rust’s Poignard: Obtainable early, though the fight can be tough. I was able to do it at lvl10 without much trouble, so I’m sure it can be done earlier.
Worthy mentions/situationally good:
Grave Calling: BiS OH for skeleton fights. +15 accuracy vs vessels makes this the obvious choice, as a bonus we can summon minions with it too. This will also probably be your main hand until you get Scordeo’s.
Modwyr: Solid weapon, however the action speed buff doesn’t apply to your other weapon whereas Rust's does (the lashes do though). A solid option pre Scordeo/Rust, also against Fampyrs.
Aldris Blade of Captain Crow: Good synergy with our high crit chance. If you are having trouble with healing then you will like this sabre.
Beza's Toothed Blade: Only one reason to use this, and that is Veil Piercing. Veil-Touched (all ghosts have this passive) grants -50% damage taken and 100% incoming crit to hit conversion. Only way to circumvent this is with Veil Piercing, showcased in the Onadere bounty video below.
Tarn’s Respite: Very good early-mid game weapon due to +1 PEN and a cold lash. The upgrades are only really good against bosses.
Edit: After playing through BoW I have made some adjustments and removed some weapons, because honestly Scordeo/Rust can't be beat (outside of immunities and ghosts). Even the 21 slash/pierce armour snow bears couldn't slow me down. I was even able to prone-lock the final boss at half health thanks to Rust and a good Blade Cascade proc; fight ended about 15 seconds later.
For other gear, there aren't many changes. The Helm of the White Void provides us +10 accuracy on Stunning Surge, so is a very strong contender for the head slot. Looks weird if you're not also wearing the Guardian's Plate though. Added trinket recommendations. New ring (Prosperity's Fortune) from the Deck of Many Things DLC is interesting, however you'd have to drop the ring of regen. Also appears to be no in game indication whatsoever of how much hit to crit chance it gives, so can't recommend at this stage.
Most of this gear is obtainable early, providing you know where to look and have the cash. Most of the expensive ones can even be stolen with mechanics 14, which is nice.
My fight against the Kraken was quite bizarre; hopefully you find it as amusing as I did playing it! I had to equip Eder with the Bounding Boots to get him out after. It is very easy to stack Scordeo against, the results of which I show at the end.
And this is why Swift Flurry is so strong; this was before I got Scordeo so my accuracy wasn't even that crazy:
Some videos of bounties (almost solo) pre patch 2.0:
And some more bounties from 2.0 patch day:
So as you can see the build is still very strong after the nerf to SS; basically don't spam it until you have high Scordeo and/or they are sufficiently debuffed.
So, how it all fits together. Stunning surge will provide us with 2 mortification if it crits, this used to apply to both attacks meaning it was possible to generate Mortification (patch 2.0 limited it to one refund). It also gives you 2 wounds; though this is likely a bug. This is why we want to maximise our crit chance, and is why Scordeo’s Edge is so good here. Each hit with it grants +2 accuracy, which stacks. Swift Flurry and Heartbeat Drumming have a chance to trigger an additional attack when you crit; the important thing to note is that the additional attack seems to always be with the main hand (which is why Scordeo’s must be in MH slot), and they can proc several times on a single attack (most I’ve seen is 8, sometimes you will literally make a mob explode with a single hit). This means it is very easy for us to stack our accuracy, leading to more crits, more SS spam, and more free attack procs! I've also added in Instruments of Pain, which allows us to hit from a distance - don't use the Long Pain as it will replace your weapons, just wait for the upgrade. Against some bosses you may want to not use it, as you can't flank from range.
Next up we have Lion’s Charge, which gives +15 accuracy (note this doesn't stack with Priest's Devotions of the Faithful). The description states it is only for the first hit, however it is currently bugged and will last for the duration of the encounter. This will eventually get fixed, but even then it will still be a solid choice as you want to get those free attacks pumping ASAP. Sprint is also great for rushing the backline at the start of a fight if you want to take out a caster quickly, and repositioning in general. Bloodlust and Blood Thirst to increase our AS when we kill things, which will be alot. Bloody Slaughter and Barbaric Smash for finishing off low health enemies. Rust's Poignard - Shank gives 3% AS per stack against flanked enemies (also works on your MH, though tooltip it doesn't always show on the weapon), so you will want a Rgoue tank and/or Cipher to spam Phantom Foes. Lay Low is also very powerful when it procs (prone and -10 all defenses). It even works on bosses so if you get a Blade Cascade proc you can lock them down for a solid duration (Salvation of Time extends it).
For basic fights I have a script handle pretty much everything for me, which I can upload if anyone is interested. Athletics when near death - auto cast frenzy, swift flurry, and instruments of pain - if mortification > 5 then use SS on lowest deflection - if rage > 5 AND enemy is near death then use barbaric smash. Activate sprint at beginning of combat after your auto cast buffs and pick your first target. You will be disgusted at how efficient this is when you get a Blade Cascade proc. Note: This is no longer strictly recommended in 2.0. Take control early then once the momentum has built up let it spam.
I think that's everything, if you have any suggestions or critiques I'd love to hear them!
Edit: Updated for 2.0, added a bunch of videos, changed some formatting.
Edit: Can't believe I'd never tried out The Long Pain/Instruments of Pain before, so much fun! Take them at 15 and 20.
Edited by thundercleese, 04 August 2018 - 03:25 PM.