Every since nemesis I've felt that Dyadus was and is a very interesting unique item. Back then I was also stuck in the mindset that you had to dual wield the axe to make the build work which would render your characters defences weak. The creator of the unique item recently came out with a video showing of how he thought the item should be used but his build seemed lackluster in a lot of aspects. I recently had a bit of an epiphany on how you could make this build work. The final outcome was more than I could have ever hoped for.
If you have any suggestions for improvements feel free to PM me or post a comment below!
Cheap to get the build working - People will literally toss the Key Unique after you because they think it’s shit.
Good damage.. (Can 1-shot packs in 3-man Poorjoy's Asylum)
High Melee and Spell block chance (50+%).
Does not require a 5L.
Does not suffer from elemental reflect, like other typical burn builds.
Gets nearly all of the needed Gems from Quests.
Makes good use of Avatar of Fire.
Can double curse.
Low movement speed, mostly because you won’t be taking Leather and Steel and you will be using pretty heavy items.
Takes a long time to transition into the intended build (level 69).
Cannot run maps with; No regeneration, Blood Magic.
Will struggle a little against curse immunities, and high fire resistant enemies.
Requires +32 Dex / +32 All Attributes from gear to wear the key item Dyadus (76 Dexterity).
Not the quickest boss killer.
It’s not the typical cookie cutter build that plays itself, you will actually need to self-cast curses and perhaps enduring cry.
Tooltip Damage (Level 81)
Amulet: Stone of Lazhwar with +1 to curses (with this you can replace Windscream and run Rainbowstride for more spellblock), Otherwise a rare neck with;
- Life, Resists, Weapon Elemental Damage, %Fire Dmg, Added Fire Dmg.
- 32 Dex / Onyx with + All Attributes.
Ring: Any rare with;
- Life, Weapon Elemental Damage, Resists, %Fire Dmg, Added Fire Dmg.
- Mana Regen (Only 1 with around 40%+) - Important if you want to maintain upkeep of Heavy Strike on Bosses.
- 32 Dex.
Belt: Doryani’s Invitation or a rare belt with;
- Weapon Elemental Damage, Resists, Armor and Life.
- 32 Dex.
Shield: Aegis Aurora, if you cannot afford that a Lioneye’s Remorse or a rare shield will work just fine.
Head (Armor and Energy Shield - To achieve 3 Blue, 1 Red socket color easier):
- Life, Resists, %Armor+ES, +Flat Armor.
- 32 Dex.
Gloves (Pure Armor - For 2 Red, 2 Green):
- Life, Resists, % Armor.
- 32 Dex.
- Elemental or Physical Damage.
Boots: Windscream (Double curse) or Rainbowstride (Spell block).
Chest (Armor): Rare Glorious plate with:
- Life, Resists, %Armor, +Flat Armor.
The reason to why 32 Dexterity is listed on so many of these items, is because the skill tree will only provide you with 44 Dexterity whilst you’ll need 76 to equip Dyadus.
Why Avatar of Fire?
If you're playing solo Avatar of Fire will not give you a huge damage boost. The reasoning behind taking the keystone is that there is no point dealing any other kind of damage since the majority of your damage comes from the burn. A 20% Quality Dyadus has 54-90 Physical Damage which is technically useless for this build. Now with Avatar of fire 50% of that will be converted to fire damage which means we'll recieve a 27-45 Fire Damage boost for the weapon. Also when playing in parties auras like Hatred and Wrath will also be converted into fire damage instead of being next to useless. While playing solo it will provide you with ~300 dps boost which is quite good for one skill point.
Why Double Curse?
Mostly used to reduce resistances since fire resistant monsters can be a real pain. It's also a great way to increase your damage output.
I would personally recommend leveling this build as a Templar even though the build can be done as a Marauder. Doing a Burn Flameblast build (Flameblast + Elemental Proliferation + Chance to Ignite + Concentrated Effect) is in my opinion a lot stronger than using Ground Slam. This is of course just a recommendation and you can level this build in whichever way you prefer.
Burn Flameblast Templar
Ground Slam Marauder
Level 70; The Transition
If you’re playing in a party with someone running a grace or smoke mine it might be worth not taking unwavering stance.
Norm: Help Oak
Merciless: Help Oak
Gems and Links
Heavy Strike (level 9)/ Infernal Blow (level 4) - Weapon Elemental Damage - Chance to Ignite - Elemental Proliferation - Fire Penetration - Increased Burning Damage. (Remove Burning Damage for a 5L and Fire Penetration for a 4L)
Why Heavy Strike? Its quite simple really, the only skill with 150% damage effectiveness, why say no to more damage? Infernal blow does a very similar amount of damage and the explosion will also trigger the burn. If you don't like the knockback of Heavy Strike use Infernal Blow.
Clarity + Reduced Mana + Enduring Cry (Remove Enduring Cry and replace it with Blood Magic if you don’t want to snapshot Clarity with Malachai’s Simula. Also run whatever level of clarity you feel is needed.)
Determination + Anger + Reduced Mana
Elemental Weakness + Flamability + Blood Magic + Faster Casting.
Cast When Damage Taken + Immortal Call + Molten Shell + Increased Duration. (I’m using a level 8 CwDT, run it at whatever level you feel works best.)
If you don’t run Enduring Cry in your Clarity + Reduced Mana setup, you might want to swap Molten Shell out for it.
Vaal Cyclone + Faster Attacks + Life Gain on Hit + Leap Slam.
Leap Slam for the mobility, should be kept at level 1 to keep the mana cost low.
Vaal Cyclone is a great skill to use for just about any build. I personally like to apply the burn to a monster and then Vaal Cyclone all nearby monsters into the proliferation, when the Cyclone ends you just curse and re-apply the burn.
Malachai’s Simula and Snapshotting
Since this character has a rather small mana pool its not possible to run the clarity of mana which is why we’ll need to run it on life. Now you could use a blood magic gem which at level 20 has a mana multiplier of 196%, this will of course increase the amount of life reserved. So to lower the life reservation you can (instead of using the blood magic gem) put on Malachai’s Simula (which grants the blood magic keystone). Now you can cast a lower reservation clarity and then remove the head afterwards, the only drawback with using this method is that you’ll have to reapply all your auras every time you enter a new zone. If you equip the mask right before you enter a new zone you will only need to recast your auras that reserve mana.
Thanks to Carrybit for helping to theorycraft the build and to Derpey for being man enough to make the character and to Devmoon for showing me how not to make an Avatar of Fire build.
20/04/2014 - Guide Created
26/04/2014 - Updated with new gear, also eqited the "Dream Gear" and "Gems" sections slightly.