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Build:N/any Order of Undeath

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The PvXwiki community finds this to be an excellent build.

Through the PvX vetting system, it has reached an overall rating in the range from 4.75 to 5.0 and thus qualifies for the highest category of working builds: Great.

This build has been designed for the following use:

This build uses Bone Fiends with Order of Undeath to deal large amounts of damage.

Attributes and Skills

12 + 1 + 3
12 + 1
Template code
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Variable skill slots:

  • Damage
    • Putrid Bile Putrid Bile – additional damage.
    • Necrosis Necrosis – deal damage until you could rise enough bone fiends.
  • Energy Management
    • Glyph of Lesser Energy Glyph of Lesser Energy – energy management.
    • Signet of Lost Souls Signet of Lost Souls – energy management.
    • Angorodon's Gaze Angorodon's Gaze – energy management. To be used with Foul Feast.
    • Foul Feast Foul Feast – keep physicals in your team functioning. To be used with Angorodon's Gaze.
  • Utility
    • Animate Vampiric Horror Animate Vampiric Horror – few melee minions which help to counter your health loss.
    • "Fall Back!" "Fall Back!" – heal your minions and move faster to the next encounter. Set command to 8.
    • "Stand Your Ground!" "Stand Your Ground!" – increase your team's survivability. Only use alongside "Fall Back!".

Variant

  • Replace Order of Undeath with Aura of the Lich for a general damage boost for your bone fiends. Don't combine with additional minion spells.

Equipment

Weapons:

Armor

Usage

Weapon sets:

  • Use your 40/20/20 soul reaping to cast Masochism and other soul reaping spells.
  • Cast death magic spells using your 40/20/1 staff or 40/40 set death magic.
  • Switch to your high energy set when you're in need of the energy.
  • Switch to your shield set when idle or under attack.

Build:

  • Maintain Masochism to boost your attributes.
  • Raise bone fiends. If playing with vampiric horrors, try to keep 3–4 of them at a time.
  • Cast Ebon Battle Standard of Honor standing next to your bone fiends to boost their damage.
  • Cast Order of Undeath to boost your minion damage.
  • Use Blood of the Master to keep your minions alive.
  • Make use of your energy management:
    • Activate Signet of Lost Souls targeting foes below 50% health to gain energy.
    • Use Angorodon's Gaze while suffering from a condition. Drain weakness, crippled, blind and deep wound condition from martial attackers in your team.
    • Cast expensive spells under the effect of Glyph of Lesser Energy.

Purpose, team integration

Bone fiends attack ranged with a 66,6% attack speed boost compared to other minions, resulting in great pressure and occasional spikes. Their damage can be further increased by team support, most notably:

  • Cracked armor for up to +41% damage.
  • Mark of Pain and Barbs triggered by the minion attacks. Mark of pain may cause scattering.
  • "Go for the Eyes!" to boost the next attack's damage by 41%. Note that critical hits don't automatically pick the highest damage of the bone fiend's base damage range of 17-35, other than critical hits of weapons.

To ensure the survival of the bone fiends, further measures can be taken, most notably:

  • Blood Bond, Life and Recuperation for additional healing. If the team is based on multiple bone fiend minion masters, consider bringing a curses support with Avatar of Dwayna.
  • Shelter, Union and Displacement for additional defense.

This build benefits from external energy support such as Blood is Power

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Counters

  • Lack of exploitable corpses.
  • Too many minions in the team increasing the health sacrifice of blood of the master to critical levels.
  • Holy damage killing the bone fiends, especially Ray of Judgment.
  • Consume Soul, Spiritual Pain, Holy Spear and Banishing Strike.

See Also