This is my latest offering in the form of a 50 min video featuring my 'Chaos' spec. The spec is a version of that posted here
but different in that it uses a change in gear, a major change in skill points (like using Shattering Glaive) and is different enough in playstyle that I felt it warranted its own thread. Not necessarily because it's better, I just wanted to avoid confusion as it (like the video) is focused purely on endgame. I haven't levelled with this spec. The furthest I have gotten is 56 on EHC with it pre-100.
EDIT: Thats a lie, got to 100, its fine for levelling, move along!
The video is in two parts, the first is excerpts from an NG5 speedrun (so *spoiler alert*, most bosses are covered) and the second part is some high-level Tartarus fun.
Warfare (66pts):Rapid Fire: 10/15.
You need 10pts for the range increase, otherwise its just not a solid attack. Used to lock down Bosses, debuff fatties, and kill things that are bunched up in a line.Rune Vault: 1/15.
Excellent escape tool. I would argue that more spent in this is always a waste, regardless of the bonus tier abilities.Chaos Burst: 15/15.
The main attack. Spammable, scales well, devastating when it bounces, applies Blind and Stun to whole groups at once. It also gives the very important Poison debuff. Works as both a single-target Boss attack and a conal AOE on groups.Shattering Glaive: 15/15.
Sniping tool. Hits extremely hard, can go to the edge of the screen, AOE detonation and debuff in the form of a slow effect. What I use rather than chase after mobs that wander too far out of my range.Venomous Hail: 10/15.
AOE, Indirect, Poison. 15 pts really is overkill, plus with Cooldowns factored in after 4 secs Chaos Burst spam is doing more DPS.Shotgonne Mastery: 15/15.
I want to be certain as I can that when I hit a mob, its Blinded. Hence 15 pts. The Stun increase is also very valuable when paired with Venomous Hail.Lore (16pts):Bramble Wall: 1/15.
It's a shield, it can block things, use it to gain Charge before bosses, a very handy 1pts wonder, even at endgame it takes hits that could be meant for you.Share the Wealth: 15/15.
It's hard to find a more consistently solid investment of points than this skill.Sigil (50pts):Repulsion Hex: 5/15.
The Flee is quite valuable, but not so much that another 5pts here are worth it. At 5 points its firing fast enough. You have so much crowd-control as it is being a Shottylander, it is normally only lone stragglers that get to be intercepted by the Hex.Stone Pact: 15/15.
Vastly increases your ability to stand toe-to-toe with even 150+ mobs, and great for topping up from ranged attacks.Shadowmantle: 15/15.
Ranged deaths were my number one problem in Tartarus before I took this. I admit that now I have Shattering Glaive to pick on mobs that are ranged at extreme range, this is less of a problem in general, but the ability to pop it and basically stand firm, taking a huge amount of projectiles while maintaining DPS is very powerful, especially during bosses+missile packs. Requires a couple of missile reflect gems to be totally reliable, imo.Master of the Elements: 15/15.
Gives a solid boost to all your offensive attacks, particularly in the case of poison.Stats and Gear:
You want to put points into Dex to reach 109. The rest goes into Strength. I would recommend putting the first 50 points in Strength.
For levelling, Strength, Health and Damage Reduction are the main stats. Weapon Embers in a gun really help sub 30. After this, a little mana regen is good, and keep an eye out for Shotgonnes that do Poison damage.
At 100, gear enough mana/regen so you can spam Chaos Burst non-stop. Usually I would advocate Focus rather than Mana Regen, as otherwise mana regen is a useless stat that doesn't boost damage, but the amount of Focus required to make this happen ate into my Strength stat. Ultimately DPS was highest when preserving Str wherever possible and socketing mana regen. I happened to get some powerful Focus enchants on my gear alongside Str and left them in place as they were still very useful, but its not a stat I would recommend aiming for at the expense of Strength. After about 1600 Strength, start trying to add in a little Cast Speed. It makes Chaos Burst brutal.My current list of Best-In-Slot would be as follows:Boots: Aristocrat Boots of Strength/Movement Speed
Pants: Aristocrat Pants of Strength
Chest: The Chevalion
Ring 1: Ring of the Players
Ring 2: Ring of the Players
Shoulders: Unearthly Brassarts
Belt: Aristocrat Belt of Strength
Hands: Hands of Orlac
Gun: Day of the Beast
Feel free to correct me if you believe any item listed has a better equivalent, I am happy to test things out. My spells are Concentration, Willpower, Marksmanship and Haste.
As a final note, Willpower
as a spell is really, really good for us, especially when we need to reposition as a matter of life or death. Rune Vault isn't everything, and it gives an edge against ice mobs that can really be felt.
Same goes for Bee Swarm
on your pet. They cast it all the time, and every little helps. The build is about confusion and control, and being able to DPS constantly while this is happening. My pet uses Animal Handling, Treasure Hunting, Silence and Bee Swarm.Video Collection:CHAOS THEORY:Direct Download
(complete movie, best quality)Youtube Part 1
(NG5 Speedrun/Bosses)Youtube Part 2
(Tartarus lvl 187-189 mobs)RICOCHET:Direct DownloadYouTubeEASTER EGGS:YouTubeMods used:
4-socket mod this
Repulsion Hex mod here
Draw Distance mod here
.A Note on Guns:Here is a list of recommended guns, in order of desirability:1) Day of the Beast
2) Teslas Coilgun
2.5) 800 Bullets
3) Earths ROAR
4) Steam Valve Rifle (4 sockets)
5) Clonus Horror with upgrade
6) Bullet Naga OR Screwbarrel Express
Ones to look out for while levelling: Bulletsnake, Fleshrender, Lifespring Sniper, Baron Falkensteins Gun (my actual favourite gun, what a beauty!).
With this I pretty much consider my efforts with tweaking the Shotgonne over until there are more challenges available when GUTS comes out. Thank you very much for all the kind e-mails and IMs, they are very much appreciated.
EDIT 1: Mods added.
EDIT 2: Broke 2000 Str, WOOHOO!
EDIT 3: Added short requested video, hastily titled 'Ricochet'.
EDIT 4: Gun list and pet info added.