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Old 04-04-2017, 12:17 PM
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Default [1.0.0.9] Cold/Frostburn Crossbow Spellbreaker

This is the first build guide I make, enjoy.
I always build my characters around a theme or an idea and I don't much like mixing all kind of gear and looking like a clown or shitting out poison everywhere when you're a fire demo, I also tend to value my Grim Fashion more than my dps and so I present to you...




I found the generic Shadow Strike melee Spellbreaker to be quite boring to play so I wanted something a bit more original, I searched through my stashes for inspiration and stumbled upon the almost-never-used Northern Wyrm and this is how the whole build idea started.



- The Build -

Base: http://grimcalc.com/build/1009-JRUjin
+skills: http://grimcalc.com/build/1009-uoP3YR
Grimtools: http://www.grimtools.com/calc/8NK79nND

Attributes: All into Physique (Put some points into Cunning if you don't have the 494 required to equip The Northern Wyrm)

Devotions:
Whirlpool -> Amarasta's Blade Burst
Elemental Storm -> Ice Wyrm's Breath (Weapon skill)
Blizzard -> Blade Spirit

This setup is fine for most of the content, if you find that your Blade Spirits aren't critting enough due to low OA, put the Whirpool on them instead and the Elemental Storm on your Amarasta's Blade Burst, this is also a good setup for single bosses since the Blade Spirits don't cleave multiple enemies and so they don't crit as much.


- The Gear -

Head: Clairvoyant Hat
Shoulders: Chilldread Mantle / Deathmarked Shoulderguard / MI of your choice
Chest: Frostdread Cuirass
Hands: Iceskorn Talons
Waist: Spellbreaker Waistguard
Legs: Empowered Legplates of Valor / Deathwhisper Leggings / MI of your choice
Feet: Golemborn Greaves / MI of your choice
Weapon: The Northern Wyrm
Ring 1: Alkamos' Touch of Anguish / Band of the Eternal Haunt
Ring 2: Alkamos Touch of Dread / MI of your choice
Amulet: Empowered Essence of Beronath / The Peerless Eye of Beronath / Starfury Emerald
Medal: Mark of Divinity / Mark of Dark Dreams
Relic: Nemesis

Gear isn't set in stone, I am lacking the perfect MIs to cap my resists and could always use more OA so feel free to adapt to your personal drops.
The Northern Wyrm could also be swapped for a MI if you find a crazy cold rifle or something but what the point swapping out this beauty for an ugly ass generic skin?
Slot Vengeful Wraiths into your rings along with the Malkadarr's Chillbane augment if you want a more offensive build.


- How it works -

The build makes use as Amarasta's Blade Burst as its main attack, the skill has a short cooldown but it increases all your cold damage from any source while it is recharging. For this reason, Attack speed isn't as valuable as in other non caster builds.
Blade Spirit should be cast on cooldown, they deal decent AoE cold damage and proc Blizzard which deals an enormous amount of Frostburn damage and should proc quite often when cleaving multiple enemies.
Ice Wyrm's Breath is your CC skill, it will freeze all the targets in it's path, and will proc Elemental Storm, use it whenever it comes off cooldown. Extremely good against trash mobs.
Nullification, Mirror of Erectote and Blade Barrier are all situational skills used to debuff enemies or make yourself invulnerable for those 'oh shit' moments.

The build is somewhat squishy, so feel free to spend more points into Maiven's Sphere of Protection if you really value your life, other than that, kiting plus all the freeze procs should do the job nicely while Frostburn keeps ticking.

It is Hardcore viable if you play it safe, I personally didn't play this build for my entire leveling, using a generic Shadow Strike Spellbreaker build instead but it is completely viable once you reach level 75 to finish Ultimate and clear the roguelike dungeons.
I wouldn't bring this build in the Crucible though, but feel free to experiment.



Thanks to everyone in the GD community, all the people coming up with amazing builds.
Chthon with his Dual pistol Cold Spellbreaker build that helped me with the final touches.
Ryzel for the interesting read about gearing for cold/frostburn in his Blademaster Guide.
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:26 PM
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Lol, i just replied to you in my own thread

Glad you took the time to post this

Btw, i'd change somethings

-RR devotions like Elemental Storm should preferably be attached to your LMB skills

-Blade Spirits can spawn multiple Whirlpools so they are better sources to proc them

-You already mentioned needing better items for gear, consider Empowered Essence or Peerless Eye

-MIs are a bitch, don't worry


Btw, had to ask. How is Blizzard treating you? I never found that devotion to be very attractive compared to Tempest for Lightning
Is it considerable (after new patch i mean)?
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Old 04-04-2017, 12:58 PM
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Btw, i'd change somethings
I actually had the Whirpool and Elemental Storm skill links swapped most of the time and only changed them for Log since the Blade Spirit would just fly all over the place instead of where I wanted them, on the boss. I'll fix that, thanks.

I crafted the Starfury Emerald just for the proc because its looks pretty cool and fits the theme but you're right, it's not a huge increase though but I'll add that as an option.

Blizzard isn't that great due to its on-crit nature and the skill it's linked to but it looks cool as well plus the constellation gives me both damage and some much needed HP. It's really up to you, there are better options for defense.
I didn't try Tsunami.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 04-04-2017, 01:02 PM
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-Tsunami works wonders with Wind Devils/ Bladespirit but it's not a mandatory skill in any cold/lightning build

-Peerless/Essence should give you something far more valuable than the proc.

-Ty for the feedback on Blizzard
Guess i won't be going for it anytime soon then

-Btw i noticed do you not have Nemesis bound to your hotbar? Cause the pet is pretty decent

-And forgot to say this but the freeze effect on the stat screens looks cool
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Looks awesome man, I considered making a similar Spellbreaker and will probably follow your setup.

No Kraken? IMO Kraken is probably superior to Viper so I would probably get that.
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Looks awesome man, I considered making a similar Spellbreaker and will probably follow your setup.

No Kraken? IMO Kraken is probably superior to Viper so I would probably get that.
I'd drop Amatok for Kraken

Viper is needed for RR
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I have all my passive buffs/summons on my second skillbar.
By the way, do you have any idea what sort of damage the summoned chillmane from Heart of the Mountain deal? And if it would be worth using without pet stats?
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Night's Embrace is an option for your Amulet BTW. Chillmane isn't worth in a non-pet build IMO.
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I have all my passive buffs/summons on my second skillbar.
By the way, do you have any idea what sort of damage the summoned chillmane from Heart of the Mountain deal? And if it would be worth using without pet stats?
It ain't worth it. That amulet slot seems too precious to be wasted like that imo

If you want another Summon then Nemesis fits the part

Even if you're trying to unique, Chillmane would only be a waste of mana in tough boss fights.


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Night's Embrace is an option for your Amulet BTW. Chillmane isn't worth in a non-pet build IMO.
Night's Embrace doesn't work anymore iirc
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Thanks for the feedback guys, gotta farm some aether crystals and then I'll play around with devotions.
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