I already shared my Arcane Warrior group play build last week – this week, I’m sharing my Arcane Warrior solo build! With this build, it is pretty easy to solo Perilous at Level 13-16. It is possible to do it at Level 10 or 11, too – I’ve seen it done, I just haven’t done it myself, so I’ll only vouch for my own gameplay :)
First, for all the people who are about to comment, “Proof or it didn’t happen”, here’s a vid of me tanking some Perilous with the Arcane Warrior (it’s kinda messy, I didn’t do it very well):
Ok, now to go through the build – as usual, you can watch this video or keep scrolling for text:
The active powers you’ll need are Spirit Sword, Chain Lightning, Fade Step, and Fade Cloak – all fully upgraded. Spirit Sword is a no-brainer. Chain Lightning is super useful for getting your barrier up and paralyzing enemies so you can destroy they with Spirit Sword.
Fade Cloak is absolutely required for this build. It makes you immune to damage for two seconds and when you de-cloak, you do 1000% (yes, that says one thousand) damage to every enemy around you. Because you get swarmed so quickly on Perilous solo, that means you’ll have 100% barrier instantly almost all the time you use the power. Also, activating Fade Cloak gets you up immediately, so if you’re knocked down by the Demon Commander for example, you can instantly get up and keep doing damage. This makes Demons the easiest faction to solo against on Perilous, FYI.
Fade/Frost Step is also critical. Here’s why – it’s easy to keep barriers up when you’re swarmed by enemies, but it’s hard when there are ranged enemies picking at you. Frost Step helps you close with ranged enemies so you can do massive Spirit Sword or Fade Cloak damage.
You’re probably wondering why I skipped Pull of the Abyss (PotA) – basically, PotA is good for grouping a bunch of enemies together. On Perilous solo, enemies all swarm against you anyway, so it’s really not necessary to have PotA. I always have an easier time solo-ing all factions using Frost Step than PotA.
You can spec out almost all the passives using this build as well. Make sure to spec out anything that increase mana regeneration and armor. Now here’s the important thing about passives:
DO NOT SPEC OUT STRENGTH OF SPIRITS.
DON’T DO IT! Ok. I know the 50% barrier sound tempting, but it actually makes your barrier deplete faster if you take this boost. This is because your barrier depletion rate is based on MAX barrier, not your actual barrier. Here’s the math: let’s say as a base, you have 100 max barrier that depletes at 10% per second. So, you lose 10 barrier per second. Strength of Spirits gives a 50% max barrier boost, giving you 150 max barrier. Your barrier still depletes at 10% per second, so you lose 15 barrier per second. Let’s say your attack gives you 90 barrier. In the first case, your barrier will last 9 seconds because you’re losing 10 barrier per second. In the second case (with Strength of Spirits), your barrier will last only 6 seconds because you’re losing 15 barrier per second. Make sense?
Anyway, that’s the Arcane Warrior build I use for solo-ing … Hope you enjoy!
Have you solo’d Perilous mode with another character? Let me know in comments!