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Default [Cold Caster] Phantasmal Blades Cold-based Spellbreaker




This build was made because i wanted to play a Cold caster and i didn't want to use Trozan's Sky Shard so i decided to make use of the Flat Cold damage present in the Nether Edge part of the Phantasmal Blades line.



Build Concept-

1. Shotgun build-

If anyone is wondering then build's like Tremors, Stun Jacks, Phantasmal Blades and Winter King's Might are classified as Shotgun builds the sheet DPS is that of a single projectile.

Actual DPS = Sheet DPS x No. of Projectiles.


2. Stacking Flat Damage and Nether Edge-

Now the obvious way to do this in a Nightblade is to keep Lethal Assault up 24/7. I found it a little too tedious so i didn't go for that route. The other option is to use Frostdread Cuirass, but since i needed plus skills i didn't go that way either. Instead i used some different gear and component choices to stack flat cold damage.

One can choose to use Lethal Assault but it's too tedious to keep up the buff and i prefer QoL.

One other way is to use the Legendary Alkamos rings to convert 30% of the Skill's Pierce Damage to Cold


3. Innate ADCtH-

This skill is famous for having high amounts of ADCtH which allows you to facetank a lot of the toughest bosses and even a pack of flesh hulks (a small one though )





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This is the level 100 version of GrimTool link. Please refer to this from now on, the rest of the guide will be updated at some later point

BiS Version - http://www.grimtools.com/calc/m23XE3qV


Note:

-The Alkamos Rings can be replaced with Mythical Reign of Ice & Fire + Mythical Band of the Eternal Haunt
-Olexra's Chill Scepter (Non-Mythical) is an excellent choice for the weapon but you loose Cast Speed and RR
-Mythical Crescent Moon is good choice for weapon, you gain RR but loose Cast Speed
-You don't need the exact dagger/MI, you need a cold weapon with Assassin's prefix with bonus to Phantasmal Blades
-Demonslayer Set adds 2 extra projectiles to PB, I realized despite the Off-Hands Vitality to Cold conversion the build will still end up as a mix of damage types. So decided to drop the idea
-Mark of Consumption can be used as Medal instead of MoD for even more Life Leech



Concept Extension:-

Due to added support through conversion on gears it is now possible to make an Acid Based PB Witch Hunter as well

http://www.grimtools.com/calc/wV15LP7V

The Witch Hunter Setup is gear dependent though as Acid PB itself lacks actual gear support we build the entire thing through conversions and MIs



GrimCalc including plus skills and devotions-

http://grimcalc.com/build/1009-82HarP




Keybinding-

LMB- Phantasmal Blades (w/ Acid Spray)
RMB- Ring of Steel
Keyboard 1- Shadow Strike
Keyboard 2- Pneumatic Burst
Keyboard 3- Mirror of Ereoctes
Keyboard 4- Nullification
Keyboard 5- Nemesis (w/ Whirlpool)
Keyboard 6- Blade Barrier




Screenshots (Include Toggled Auras and Pneumatic Burst which stays up 24/7)-




A slight error at the end but was a smooth fight-






Items-

Weapon- Frostborn Loxmere's Frostblade of Fury
Off-Hand- Speaker for the Dead
Helm- Clairvoyant's Hat
Shoulders- Stonehide Moosilauke's Pauldrons of Kings
Chest- Korvoran's Chestguard
Legs- Warding Bysmiel-sect Legguards of Insight
Hands- Light's Defender Gauntlets
Feet- Stonehide Exalted Treads of Kings
Belt- Spellbreaker Waistguard
Amulet- The Peerless Eye of Beronath
Ring 1- Alkamos' Touch of Anguish
Ring 2- Alkamos Touch of Dread
Medal- Mark of Divinity
Relic- Nemesis



Some points regarding resistances, OA and other gear choices:-

-The gearing is flexible

-If you don't have Loxmere's dagger then use any other cold dagger.

-Signet of the Fallen has +2 to Nether Edge and is an option

-Iskandra's Relic can be been chosen for the granted skill.

-The Alkamos Rings aren't an absolute must, the previous setup used Gollus Rings. Basically look for Cast Speed, OA and Resists




Small note on Aether/Chaos Resistances-

Depending on the area you run you'll need to make changes to the glove slots to gain that specific resistance

-Voidsteel Gauntlets for Chaos Resistance

-Aethereach for Aether Resistance

This isn't necessary but i added this for those who're worried about resistances






Leveling Tips:

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.




Bosses-

You should be fine, your a caster so you're expected to stay out of range. But if you want to facetank it should be doable most of the time. The good ADCtH returns, PB and Mirror help a lot.


Psychotic Green Bug-

Rashalga is a special case, you're firing 6 projectiles at her and her aura retaliates when projectiles hit her. So you're pretty much screwed w/o the knowledge to beat her.
It's pretty simple, when she screams notice if her red aura activates.
Nullify her red aura and keep firing PB
If you take heavy damage or mistime nullify then pop the Mirror and tank her




In Closing-

Kudos to Sobertooth for letting me know that Night's Embrace is useless now, neither this build nor Winter's Embrace relied on freezing. It was just a QoL feature.

It's a common practice to convert a portion of PB damage to Aether or to Chaos. My very first PB Caster did the same using DS Set, Blood Orb, Dying God and Wendigo to make use of Chaos/Vitality synergies.

This setup on the other hand makes use of the flat Cold damage in Nether Edge to make a powerful shotgun cold-skill.

Since i haven't seen any build do this and due to the general lack of unique cold casters i decided to post this one.

I hope you guys enjoy this.
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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.
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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?
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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.

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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.
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