*This build is meant for nemesis/Hardcore. It has been tested in map content and works even better than intended.
**This build DOES NOT require Bringer of Rain or Aegis Aurora, BUT they make it MUCH stronger. They each cost around 7 exalts in Nemesis.
Table of Contents
-Passive Skill Tree
-Leveling With The Build
This build began the day Nemesis was released. I leveled a scion and constantly changed the build to get it to what I feel is the best possible build for the skill Double Strike. The build is amazing because it can be done with no gear and can be done with great gear. The scaling on the damage is insane with gear and doesn't require many damage nodes at all. This guide will cover everything you need to know about the build, how to levle it, and what to expect.
Passive Tree Progression
Normal: Help Oak (40 HP)
Cruel: Help Oak (18% Phys Damage)
Merciless: Help Oak / Passive Point (Endurance Charge/Passive Point)
Leveling With The Build
First Character Leveling
This build is very noob friendly and it doesn't require much currency to get off the ground. The best way to level would be two-handed spectral throw. Get LMP in Act 2 and used that all the way until merciless Act 2-3. Once you get to this point, you can transition over to double strike and begin wrecking.
Using Leveling Gear
Leveling gear is the best. This build works great with Facebreaker + Infernal blow leveling because of the passive tree. Just spectral throw until you can equip Facebreakers + Infernal Blow + Melee Splash and then power through to Merciless Act 2-3. Once you get to Act 2-3 you can switch over to Double Strike.
Current Gear (Level 79)
Current Stats (Level 79)
Helm: Bringer of Rain is insane. It gives everything we need. The block is amazing for the max block of the build. It also supports our Double Strike with 3 useful gems and this essentially makes our main attack a 7-link. This is not a must for the build, BUT it makes the build MUCH stronger.
Weapon: This build focuses around axes because the optimal weapon is the Soul Taker. Running the Soul Taker would allow for all of our mana to be reserved for auras rather than having to blood magic our Double Strike or use mana leech. Just go for an axe with around ~250 dps.
Shield: Aegis Aurora is also insane. This shield gives back 4% of armor as ES when you block .This combined with max block from having a shield + passives + BoR makes you almost invincible. You need a high enough ES pool (around 500) and then you will almost never dip into your life when you get hit. The shield also gives all resist which is nice and max cold res. Aegis Aurora is also not a must, BUT it makes the build MUCH stronger.
Amulet: Stone of Lazhwar is a great amulet for max block builds. Making our block into spell block is great. This makes your character extremely tanky. Once you can afford to drop your amulet and lose the resists / life / stats, pick this up because you will need it in higher level maps.
Rings: Rings are very important because in the later stages of this build, they are one of the few items we can actually use to get resists. try to get life + 2 reists on each ring and really good other stats would be phys damage / mana leech. if you do not have soul taker or mana leech on gloves, you will NEED at least 2% on one ring.
Boots: Boots for this build can vary. Rainbowstride are ideal because of the spell block, but regular armor/es boots with life and resists are great too. These are not a crucial part of the build.
Gloves: Gloves are also not very important and should just be Armor/ES gloves with life and resists. If you don't have Soul Taker or mana leech on either of your rings, you will need it here.
Belt: The belt is also not very important to the build. Just use the belt for life and resists. Pick between life or phys damage base, but do not get any other.
- Double Strike + Melee Splash + Multistrike + Added Fire + Faster Attacks + Melee Phys Damage + Blind
- Hatred + Grace + Reduced Mana
- Clarity + Reduced Mana + Blood Magic
- Cast When Damage Taken + Immortal Call + Enduring Cry
- Leap Slam + Blood Magic + Faster Attacks
Catacombs Solo Clear