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Old 03-22-2017, 01:23 PM
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Thumbs Up [1.0.0.9] Iskandra’s Necromancer (Pet/Aether Hybrid Warlock, Solo Gladiator)

Prologue:
Spoiler!


Videos:
[1.0.0.9] Port Valbury: https://youtu.be/YPN1DWIt8fc

[1.0.0.9] Gladiator Crucible: https://youtu.be/bIcrszPPm6k
Waves 141-150, no consumables used. Title screencap taken at 1:55.



ISKANDRA'S NECROMANCER

“Hold on, before reciting from this old book – did Mistress decree that these undead were PETS or PESTS to be taken care of? Let’s make sure that we perform the correct ritual this time.”

I. Design
II. Build
III. Analysis
IV. Guide
V. Updates


I. DESIGN



Can’t wait until the expansion to command skeletons? Iskandra’s Necromancer is a concept build based on the Raise the Dead celestial power to let you BECOME A NECROMANCER TODAY!

Primary damage types are: (1) aether damage for skeletons and for Devastation to raise them; and (2) pet damage for all other pets.

Our damage bonuses are pretty widely spread out, so a strategy of “quantity over quality” helps to compensate. Which is to say, we use lots of pets – up to 17 max.


II. BUILD

The key feature of our build is a high skill cooldown rate of 48%. Other features include:
  • 17 max pets with 1.6s cooldown between new skeletons.
  • 18/16 overleveled Devastation with 53% uptime.
  • 32% invulnerability uptime (Mirror of Ereoctes).
  • 41% physical resistance.
Our build plays as a purely ranged caster. She lets her pet army charge into combat while she alternates between debuffing and raining down Devastations from afar to raise more undead. Defensively, she relies on CC, kiting, and timely damage mitigation to survive.


(Stats include procs and self-buffs.)

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Head: Iskandra's Hood (Leathery Hide / Spellward Powder (Death's Vigil))
Shoulders: Mantle of the Patron (Silk Swatch / Mankind's Vigil (Black Legion))
Chest: Iskandra's Vestments (Chains of Oleron / Mankind's Vigil (Black Legion))
Main hand: Decree of Aldritch (Enchanted Flint / Witch's Powder (Black Legion))
Offhand: Iskandra's Texts (Enchanted Flint / Witch's Powder (Black Legion))
Hands: Necromancer's Deathgrips (Unholy Inscription / Mankind's Vigil (Black Legion))
Waist: Phantom-Thread Girdle (Rigid Shell / Demonbane Powder (Kymon's Chosen))
Legs: Formidable Bysmiel-Sect Legguards of Menhir's Wall (Silk Swatch / Mankind's Vigil (Black Legion))
Feet: Formidable Exalted Treads of Featherstep (Mark of Mogdrogen / Mankind's Vigil (Black Legion))
Amulet: Iskandra's Focusing Prism (Aether Soul / Mogdrogen's Blessing (Rovers))
Rings: Warding Gollus' Ring of the Untamed (Corpse Dust / Mogdrogen's Blessing (Rovers))
Rings: Subjugator's Gollus' Ring of the Untamed (Corpse Dust / Mogdrogen's Blessing (Rovers))
Medal: Legion Mark of the Void (Black Tallow)
Relic: Primal Instinct

Note: Rares listed in green can be freely substituted, including using better items such as double-rare MIs if available.

Click here to view equipment configuration

Grimcalc without items: http://grimcalc.com/build/1009-RI8dzh
Grimcalc with items: http://grimcalc.com/build/1009-wVxu73

Skill Trees:
Spoiler!

Devotions:
Shepherd’s Crook | Bat | Vulture | Revenant | Bysmiel’s Bonds | Panther | Sailor’s Guide | Eel | Crossroads Primordial | Dying God | Manticore (5/6)


III. ANALYSIS


(Stats include procs and self-buffs.)


PET DAMAGE

1. Number of pets. The most obvious feature is that our build commands a maximum of 17 pets. Appropriately, half of them are undead:
  • 1 hellhound (Summon Hellhound)
  • 1 raven (Summon Familiar)
  • 1 eldritch hound (Bysmiel’s Command)
  • 6 swarmlings (Primal Instinct)
  • 5 skeletons (Raise the Dead)
  • 3 bound spirits (Necromancer’s Deathgrips)
2. Flat damage. It's impractical to maximize aether/vitality % bonus (for skeletons) along with pet % bonus (all other pets) simultaneously. Instead, we buff both player-scaled skeletons and pet-scaled pets by stacking as much flat damage as possible. Skeletons start with a base damage of 168 before multipliers, but gain an additional +226 base from group auras. This flat damage bonus also applies to all other pets (except raven).
  • Iskandra’s Elemental Exchange (22/12): +94 base (elemental)
  • Blood of Dreeg (16/16): +44 base (acid)
  • Storm Spirit (14/12): +38 base (elemental)
  • Hellfire (16/16): +30 base (chaos)
  • Burning Weapons (x2): +20 skeleton base & +16 pet base (fire)
3. Crit profile. Pet crits are a vital part of any pet build’s true DPS potential. Here’s the crit profile for our build:

Pet base OA: +46% (from character sheet)

Other +OA/-DA: 283 net bonus
  • +138 OA – Blood of Dreeg (16/16)
  • -75 DA – Vulnerability (10/10)
  • 70 reduced DA – Corrupting Touch of Aldritch (proc)
Crit multiplier bonus: +163%
  • +10% – Dying God node
  • +50% – Hungering Void power
  • +25% – Shepherd’s Call power
  • +5% – Panther node
  • +25% – Elemental Balance (12/12)
  • +48% – equipment

SURVIVABILITY

1. Mitigation. 100% damage absorption (Mirror) with 32% uptime. During Mirror’s downtime, the following stacked defenses are used:
  • 41% physical resistance
  • 18% physical damage reduction (Focused Gaze)
  • 20% damage absorption (Maiven’s Sphere)
2. Sustain. Multiple healing types are used:
  • Regen: +162/sec during Hungering Void (100% uptime).
  • Damage to health: Twin Fangs at 0.3s cooldown.
  • Active healing: 3k health every 7.8s from Blood of Dreeg. Tonic of Mending for emergencies.
3. Crowd Control (CC). 8 total CC effects are used:
  • Curse of Frailty (-% Movement)
  • Olexra’s Flash Freeze (Freeze)
  • Absolute Zero (Slow)
  • Dying God (Slow, Stun, Terrify)
  • Revenant (Slow)
  • Corrupting Touch of Aldritch (Confuse)
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Pet/Vitality Hybrid Cabalist: The Night Kinghttp://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=574127

Understanding Pet Damage: http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=499409
Necromancer Abilities for Pet Builds: http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=574133
Pet Devotions for AoM: http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=574136

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IV. GUIDE

This section is intended for newer players.

DEVOTIONS

Shepherd’s Crook | Bat | Vulture | Revenant | Bysmiel’s Bonds | Panther | Sailor’s Guide | Eel | Crossroads Primordial | Dying God | Manticore (5/6)

Binding and using devotions:

Shepherd’s Call – Sigil of Consumption
A single sigil can proc Shepherd’s Call twice. Make sure there’s always at least one sitting under an enemy.

Twin Fangs – Curse of Frailty
CoF’s huge radius, long duration, and frequent ticks allow you to constantly snipe enemies for health, no matter which way you’re running or how far away they are.

Bysmiel’s Command – Dreeg’s Evil Eye
Spam at every cooldown for debuff and a free summon.

Raise the Dead – Devastation
The main concept behind our build. With its 53% uptime, spam Devastation constantly to grow and maintain your undead army.

Hungering Void – Olexra’s Flash Freeze
If there's no trash to steal health from during a boss fight, then Hungering Void won't refresh itself.

Acid Spray – Bloody Pox
Acid Spray’s debuff is much too valuable to be wasted as a pet binding, especially with its 0.5s reduced cooldown. Bloody Pox spreads fast and ticks fast, and so will your Acid Spray.

Devotion Path:



Add: Crossroad Ascendant
1. Shepherd’s Crook
Remove: Crossroad Ascendant
Add: Crossroad Eldritch
2. Bat
Remove: Crossroad Eldritch
3. Vulture
Add: Crossroads Chaos
4. Revenant
Remove: Crossroads Chaos
Add: Scholar’s Light - all 3 nodes
5. Bysmiel’s Bonds
Remove: Scholar’s Light - all 3 nodes
Add: Crossroads Order
6. Panther
Remove: Crossroads Order
7. Sailor’s Guide
8. Eel
9. Crossroads Primordial
10. Dying God
11. Manticore (5/6)


EQUIPMENT NOTES
Spoiler!


LEVELING GUIDE

Invest your first 70 attribute points into physique. Split the remaining 20 points between physique and spirit to reach 715 spirit with your final endgame items. Remember that you can adjust skill points in Inner Focus as needed to reach or maintain the 715-spirit threshold.

Factions: Side with the Outcast in all difficulties. Choose Order of Death’s Vigil during Veteran and Elite for their pet bonus items while leveling, and stock up on their augments. In Ultimate, switch to Kymon’s Chosen to access their augments.

Leveling: Milestones below may differ by 1-2 levels depending on your quest progression. Additional skill points are available from “Kasparov's Experiment” and “The Hidden Path”.

Levels 1-9:
Take Occultist mastery to rank 10 and max out Summon Hellhound. At level 7, apply Searing Ember to your focus and use Fireblast as your primary attack. Let the hellhound handle most of the trash, but be sure to spam Fireblasts on named heroes and bosses. To speed up fights, use the hellhound’s nuke ability (explode upon death) by resummoning him whenever he’s surrounded by enemies.

Levels 9-15:
Take Arcanist mastery to rank 5 and max out Olexra’s Flash Freeze (OFF). At level 15, swap in Flintcore Bolts on your focus for Greater Fireblast.

Levels 15-21:
Take Occultist mastery to rank 15. Add the following skills in listed order:
• Add 1 point to Sigil of Consumption (SoC). Bind Shepherd’s Call to SoC once available.
• Add 4 points to Blood of Dreeg (BoD) and make sure that BoD is always active.
• Add 3 points to Curse of Frailty (CoF) and 3 points to Vulnerability. Bind Twin Fangs to CoF once available.
• Add 1 point to Dreeg’s Evil Eye (DEE) and 1 point to Focused Gaze. Bind Bysmiel’s Command to DEE once available.
• Level 18: Equip Calamity (relic) if available.
• Level 20: Apply Enchanted Flint to your weapon for Burning Weapons.

Levels 21-47:
Take Arcanist mastery to rank 50, maxing out the mastery bar. Add the following skills along the way:
• Level 21: 1 point in Inner Focus.
• Level 23: 1 point in Mirror of Ereotes. This is your panic button.
• Level 25: 2 points in Maiven’s Sphere of Protection.
• Level 27: 1 point in Absolute Zero.
• Level 27: 1 point in Nullification. Use this on any named hero/boss to strip their buffs.
• Level 32: 1 point in Mental Alacrity.
• Level 35: Equip Savage (relic) if available. Shop for pet gear from Rovers and Order of Death’s Vigil.
• Level 38: Max out Devastation. Bind Raise the Dead to Devastation once available.
• Level 40: Equip Black Grimoire of Og’Napesh (focus) if available.
• Level 44: 11 points in Star Pact. To make best use of its bonus, keep CDR items equipped in all 4 CDR slots (head, amulet, focus, and weapon).

Levels 47-60:
Take Occultist mastery to rank 32 and STOP. Do NOT take Occultist mastery past rank 32 – THIS CANNOT BE UNDONE! Max out Hellfire. Swap in a second Enchanted Flint to your off-hand for another Burning Weapons. At level 55, shop for pet jewelry from Black Legion. At level 58, equip Necromancer’s Deathgrips (hands) if available.

Level 60-72:
Max out Blood of Dreeg (BoD), then max out Iskandra’s Elemental Exchange (IEE). At level 70, equip Primal Instinct (relic) if available and shop for elite pet gear from Rovers and Order of Death’s Vigil. Stock up on augments from Order of Death’s Vigil since you’ll be siding with Kymon’s Chosen in Ultimate.

Level 72-85:
Increase spirit to 715. Put 1 point into Summon Familiar, then max out Storm Spirit. Max out Vulnerability, and finally max out Curse of Frailty (CoF). Remove points from Summon Hellhound, OFF, and other skills as needed, and reassign points based on your own items and needs. Use Grimcalc for final build as reference. At level 75, equip endgame legendaries if available.

As you progress toward endgame, always keep your flat damage auras (IEE, BoD, Hellfire, Storm Spirit) and resist reduction (CoF, Vulnerability) maximized to support your pets. Don’t overinvest in OFF and Absolute Zero since they don’t work on bosses. If you’re short on skill points, omit Summon Familiar and Storm Spirit until your equipment allow you to include them in your build; the raven’s buff is much less consistent than other damage auras.

Avoid getting carried away by trying to improve Devastation too much, and don’t be afraid to temporarily take points away from it if you have more urgent needs elsewhere. You’ll be casting it mostly to proc undead summons and provide AOE support damage. It’s far more important to equip for your own survivability and for pet offensive bonuses than to maximize Devastation. Let your pets do most of the work: treat Devastation as just another proc you’re simply maintaining as you rotate through your debuffs during combat.

Have fun! And if you have any questions that haven’t already been answered in all the posts above, feel free to post them in the comment thread below.
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Pet/Vitality Hybrid Cabalist: The Night Kinghttp://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=574127

Understanding Pet Damage: http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=499409
Necromancer Abilities for Pet Builds: http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=574133
Pet Devotions for AoM: http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?p=574136

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Gameplay looks a bit boring though
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Amazing guide, and amazing concept! Grats on taking a unique build and making it solo Gladiator worthy. I didn't think I'd be excited to play another character after this current one I'm playing but I may just try this guy!
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Thumbs up for the creativity !

I really need to get some Decree of Aldritch ..
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Gotta say, even if it has 4 double rares, this is a really cool build. Also, nice choice of binding Hungering Void to OFF.
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Gotta say, even if it has 4 double rares, this is a really cool build. Also, nice choice of binding Hungering Void to OFF.
Thanks! A few notes:

1. Under the "Equipment Notes" header of the Guide section, I had included this setup using no lengendaries/MIs to help people who are getting started.
2. Only two of the MIs listed are double rare (leggings and boots), and double rare crafted boots are pretty standard on endgame builds.
3. None of the MIs are actually required for the build to function. For physical resistance stacking, I was using Wildshorn Legguards and Empowered Stonewrought Groundbreakers before finding my MIs.
4. The legs, boots, and both rings are completely open slots to cap resistances for this build - feel free to use whatever you find, including even better rares (such as Incorruptible rings).
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Well written and comprehensive guide.

Creative concept.

Numbers overlaid on constellation map.

4 pieces of Iskandra's Unity.

Humor.


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Good guide mate. Keep it up!
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