Reaping Knives (so good for Soul Blade & also Ascendant), Time Parasite (stacks! I get up to 175% bonus), Driving Echoes (put on a caster) and Death of 1000 Cuts (best bosskiller) are all really great. But even more so Shared Nightmare (paired with Reaping Knives). With 200 Focus you'll have +200% AoE size.
Yeah, but amplified wave (note, that's a level 6 ability -- I said those were great!) already has a huge radius. It's enough to take on the whole battlefield even without the benefits of Shared Nightmares, at least if you have decent intelligence (which you should if you're a single classed cipher). Main benefit of SN is if you want to turn Eyestrike into Phantom Foes, or amplify the AoE radius of specific weapons in niche builds. Most Cipher powers already have more AoE than they really need even without it.
Reaping Knives might be great with the right build, sure. Time Parasite is good but you get diminishing returns from increasing action speed bonuses in deadfire, so it's not as good as it was in the first game just because of how that's changed mechanically.
Driving Echoes is probably too good -- it trivializes the whole armor penetration system. It's also balanced badly, but in the other direction people don't usually complain about. It' should probably be +3 or +4 penetration max, but a party buff (just because at that point you're running out of time to cast different buffs ).
1,000 Cuts seems nice at first but mathematically, in a party setting, it's going to be superseded almost every time by Combusting Wounds, because CW re-triggers additional damage off of every wound, whereas 10k only triggers additional DoT duration off of specific "shred" keyword attacks (i.e., Mind Blades or Disintegrate, since Ectopsychic Echo and Amplified Wave are both Echo keyword). It's basically just Disintegrate's expansion pack. Not bad, but far from the best boss killer in the game, unless you're talking specifically fire-damage-immune enemies.
I mean, don't get me wrong, the only cipher power that right now I think is genuinely *bad* is Haunting Chains (*maybe* screaming souls given Cipher's limited power selections). Everything else I can at least conceive a build that could get some worthwhile mileage out of it, HC though just make a wizard instead.
Edited by Dr. Hieronymous Alloy, Yesterday, 02:29 PM.