Go Back   Grim Dawn Forums > Grim Dawn Gameplay > Classes, Skills and Builds

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-20-2017, 03:08 PM
Chthon's Avatar
Chthon Chthon is offline
Ascendant
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8,602
Default [Cold Caster] Phantasmal Blades Cold-based Spellbreaker

This is a a Cold based Phantasmal Blades build using the flat Cold Damage in Nether Edge and the item Speaker for the Dread.

Do remember that Phantasmal Blades is a Shotgun skill and the sheet DPS is that of a single projectile.

Actual DPS = Sheet DPS x No. of Projectiles.



Grimtools-

Cold PB Breaker -https://www.grimtools.com/calc/lNkqJL4V



*Screenshot with Pneumatic Burst


Cold Devastation + PB Breaker -https://www.grimtools.com/calc/mN4W6n0Z



*Screenshot with Pneumatic Burst


Aether PB Reaper - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/aZqK7jd2



*Screenshot with Soul Harvest, Pneumatic Burst and Hungering Void



FAQ -

Can the Cold PB work with an Infiltrator/Reaper?

Yes, I personally prefer the defenses of Arcanist so went with it


Which is the best setup among these?

The Cold Spellbreaker is my absolute favorite, the reaper is a close second while the Cold Devastation Spellbreaker is a third. These are just my personal preferences, they're in no way an actual comparison. Performance wise I don't have any comments regarding which one is better.


Why go with Time Dilation on Cold Devastation Setup but not on the Cold Breaker Setup?

On the Cold Devastation Setup, Leviathan works just fine. Time Dilation allows me to chain devastations (well 2x at best ).
On the Cold Breaker Setup however TD doesn't do much besides help us reduce Mirror's cooldown. But TD's defensive capability isn't needed for main campaign and therefore from a damage POV Leviathan is much better for it in MC.


Can non-Transmuted PB be used in rotation with TSS?

Yes, it works but you loose out on Frenetic Throw's constant life leech. Although w/o the transmuter each throw is an almost full heal.


Can the Aether Concept work with a Spellbreaker?

The lack of RR is why I am apprehensive to even attempt it.


Why isn't Lethal Assault being used on the Breaker but Soul Harvest is used on the Reaper?

I personally have a hard time maintaining the temp buff of ABB due to the nature of its activation trigger, it's a major hit to QoL of the build so I choose not to use it. Bone Harvest on the other hand doesn't affect our QoL at all and adds to the DPS so the Reaper can afford it.


Will this work w/o specific rolls on this particular dagger??

You don't need the exact MI dagger, you need a cold weapon with Assassin's prefix with bonus to Phantasmal Blades.


Is Mark of Consumption usable here?

Mark of Consumption can be used as Medal instead of MoD for even more Life Leech.
I prefer the Circuit Breaker over it.


Isn't Ultos better than Leviathan?

It is, Ultos constellation would be a great addition for the RR and %Lightning bonuses (for TSS).
I just like Leviathan's proc and decide to stick with it.



Leveling Tips (Spellbreaker):

1. Skills-

-I never leveled with Phantasmal Blades, no idea how that'd work out

-Use Searing Ember/Flintcore bolts (preferably the latter), their granted skills are Fireblast and Greater Fireblast and should help you a ton till you reach Homestead

-When you reach Homestead spec, to Panetti's Replicating Missiles. They're energy intensive so don't go too deep into them, just get enough to clean trash.

-At level 50 switch to Phantasmal Blades, now you're set to go. Make sure you have Ectoplasm in your ring slots to cover energy issues that you encounter in the early stages (end-game has zero energy issues)


2. Stats-

All into Physique, spirit investment is required for equipping gear. Make sure your spirit investment isn't more than the requirement for BiS setup.


3. Devotion-

-Get Elemental Storm (attach it to P. blades) and Wolverine first.
-Get Behemoth
-Then when you have points for Leviathan respec into the devotion setup in the GrimCalc


4. Faction Rep-

-All faction rep is easy to get except Black Legion.
-Kill the Outcast in Normal/Veteran and farm her dungeon and get Legion rep to half way from Honored to Revered
-Make sure you don't kill her in Elite and Ultimate, she's important lore wise but that's not it her resistance augments are priceless.



In Closing-

Back when I first posted this I hadn't seen any build do this and due to the general lack of unique cold casters I decided to post this one, to my surprise Crate gave a shit ton of support to it and now the concept is really OP.

The other concept is a cute Aether Reaper for those peeps who've been looking for Aether Casters that aren't Arcanist hybrids.

I hope you guys enjoy this.
__________________
All my builds can be found on my profile page

--------
Useful mods-
Spoiler!

Last edited by Chthon; 06-18-2018 at 07:05 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-20-2017, 03:09 PM
Chthon's Avatar
Chthon Chthon is offline
Ascendant
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8,602
Default

Reserved for later
__________________
All my builds can be found on my profile page

--------
Useful mods-
Spoiler!

Last edited by Chthon; 01-20-2017 at 04:38 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-20-2017, 03:09 PM
Chthon's Avatar
Chthon Chthon is offline
Ascendant
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8,602
Default

Reserved /10cahr
__________________
All my builds can be found on my profile page

--------
Useful mods-
Spoiler!

Last edited by Chthon; 01-20-2017 at 04:38 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-20-2017, 03:52 PM
TZ Tz TZ Tz is offline
Emissary
 
Join Date: Nov 2016
Posts: 907
Default

Quote:
I'll update in a the next 30 minutes
30 Five Minutes too late ...
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-20-2017, 04:14 PM
PrinceXavieR's Avatar
PrinceXavieR PrinceXavieR is offline
Champion
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 1,712
Default

i need a new build now!

__________________
"For Erulan!"
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-20-2017, 05:23 PM
Chthon's Avatar
Chthon Chthon is offline
Ascendant
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8,602
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TZ Tz View Post
30 Five Minutes too late ...


Shhh


Quote:
Originally Posted by PrinceXavieR View Post
i need a new build now!
Already here
__________________
All my builds can be found on my profile page

--------
Useful mods-
Spoiler!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-20-2017, 06:00 PM
JoV's Avatar
JoV JoV is offline
Champion
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 2,169
Default

Nice one

Could you post PB skill tool tip breakdown? I cant resist the feeling that manticore acid spray would be much better than rowans crown elemental storm.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-20-2017, 06:45 PM
Chthon's Avatar
Chthon Chthon is offline
Ascendant
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8,602
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by JoV View Post
Nice one

Could you post PB skill tool tip breakdown? I cant resist the feeling that manticore acid spray would be much better than rowans crown elemental storm.
Yeah that's another route one could take, bind Manticore to CD CT and use Whirlpool with Blades. Personally it was too many buttons for me to push.



Btw, do you agree that the modifier for Pierce to Vitality conversion should be a separate transmuter?
__________________
All my builds can be found on my profile page

--------
Useful mods-
Spoiler!

Last edited by Chthon; 01-20-2017 at 06:52 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-20-2017, 06:54 PM
PrinceXavieR's Avatar
PrinceXavieR PrinceXavieR is offline
Champion
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Posts: 1,712
Default

that loxmere though! farming loxmere now as we speak!
__________________
"For Erulan!"
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-20-2017, 06:59 PM
Chthon's Avatar
Chthon Chthon is offline
Ascendant
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 8,602
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PrinceXavieR View Post
that loxmere though! farming loxmere now as we speak!
Want my honest opinion? I like Shard of Asterkarn more. I went for the dagger cause i got 199% Cast speed w/o PB and because the granted skill (Frostborn prefix) is perfect for shotgun build such as this.

Quote:
Originally Posted by PrinceXavieR View Post
farming loxmere now as we speak!
He's a nice chap, he even nullifies you for free.

P.S he can't kill me thanks to his strongest thing (energy leech) not affecting me due to 80% resistance to it.
__________________
All my builds can be found on my profile page

--------
Useful mods-
Spoiler!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
aether, cold, phantasmal blades, reaper, spellbreaker

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


Grim Dawn ©2018 Crate Entertainment, LLC.
vBulletin® 3.8.4 ©2000-2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.