Lightning/gadgeteering build

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Lightning/gadgeteering build

Post by manekineko » Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:12 pm

Critique please! I tried to input the skills so they were added in a logical order as I level up.

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: Level 40 Champion

Superstats:
Level 5: Super Endurance
Level 13: Super Recovery

Powers:
Level 1: Electric Bolt
Level 1: Chain Lightning
Level 5: Sparkstorm -- Rank 2, Rank 3, Accelerated Metabolism
Level 5: Flight -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 8: Electric Form -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 11: Lightning Arc -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 14: Electrocute
Level 17: Field Drones -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 20: Sonic Device -- Rank 2, Deafening Dissolution
Level 23: Resurgence -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 26: Force Shield -- Rank 2, Force Sheath
Level 29: Thunderstrike -- Ionic Compression
Level 32: Orbital Cannon -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 35: Electric Sheath
Level 35: Teleport
Level 38: Miniaturization Drive

Talents:
Level 1: Electric Potential
Level 6: Energetic
Level 9: Tireless
Level 12: Amazing Stamina
Level 15: Boundless Reserves
Level 18: Quick Recovery
Level 21: Enduring

23 (5 + 8 + 5 + 5) con
30 (12 + 8 + 5 + 5) end
5 str
5 dex
5 int
5 ego
5 pre
30 (12 + 8 + 5 + 5) rec

108 total

Overview: I basically have a spike-death character here with force shield, bots, and resurgence for self heals, defenses, and recovery. I thought this wouldn't be enough for survival but it did pretty well in arenas. For stats I went with endurance/recovery for mana and electric form synergy and I most efficiently stacked end, rec, and con with the other talents.

Damage: I have various forms of damage dealing here. I have PBAoE sparkstorm, an EXCELLENT move, which has a synergy with the advantaged sonic device for that initial AoE spike damage. Single target damage is handled well using lightning arc (highest possible single-target damage compared to other lightning/gadget moves) and either sonic device or miniaturization drive for a damage boost. Ranged AoE is handled with rank 3 orbital canon. I KNOW, NO GIGABOLT. Is that okay?

Note: Electric sheath is there as an oh-shit button--it does a lot. It helps you get out of holds, increases damage, boosts energy and recovery, and allows you to gain energy each time you're attacked.

Blocks/heals: I chose force shield for its added energy absorption and the advantage which allows you to continue gaining energy from attacks after the shield goes down. Field drones synergize well with the block because you gain energy and block while getting a huge health boost. Resurgence is an obvious choice that doesn't really need explaining.

CC: electrocute is a single-target mez that is effective in holding targets under an orbital canon or keeping them from attacking while you charge or block/heal. Thunderstrike's advantage roots all enemies in a clump to get out of sticky situations. Teleport is a last-ditch escape plan.

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Post by Xelissa » Wed Aug 26, 2009 7:55 pm

First off, Sonic Device looks nice - I might have to find room in my build for it if possible. How much extra damage does it do at the different ranks?

Is Sparkstorm one of your most used skills? I just thought it was odd that this was the only one you decided to get the Accelerated Metabolism advantage for. If energy is a problem (which seems like it might be unlikely with your superstats being end and recov?), maybe slap Acc. Meta on your energy builder instead for super energy goodness?

Superconductor on Electrocute seems really nice; have you had a chance to mess around with it? Maybe it's not as good as it seems, but a 60 second debuff sounds really hot to me.

Since it doesn't seem like you're focusing on a super high hp build, is rank 3 of resurgence necessary? I was using it at rank 2 on one of my characters and it was already healing most of my health. I know that at real 40 we'll have more hp, but maybe rank 2 + drones might be enough if you want to free up any advantage points?

If Electric Sheath mostly functions as an "oh crap" button, maybe you could try one of the shields instead (Electric sheath has a FOREVER cooldown ><), like Ice Barrier or Protection field?

I also tried Reciprocating Gizmo on mini drive and I have to say, I loved it. I'm not sure how much it actually buffs you, but it was neat =D

These are mostly nitpicky things; it looks like a fun build =D

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Post by manekineko » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:13 pm

It hit for around 1200-1400 in an AOE burst when it's rank 2 and advantaged.

You're right about resurgence. To be frank, I could do rank 2, but I'm afraid that it'll be on the nerf chopping block. In its current form, you're absolutely right. I was healing for 1000 more health than I had and can certainly use those 2 points elsewhere.

I use sparkstorm and lightning arc depending on the situation. I plan on starting most fights by using sparkstorm assuming mobs are together. Lightning arc is for single targets and is WAY useful in PVP so maybe it can afford the buff too. I had 1 point left over and thought spark storm's aoe might make it better for that effect.

I haven't tried out either of those advantages (electrocute, mini drive). If I free up advantage points from resurgence or elsewhere I will definitely give it a shot. Which one do you think is better?

Electric sheath + electric form + sonic device + orbital canon/sparkstorm/lightning arc = WTFFFFFDAMAGE, which is my main reason for electric sheath. Te other effects are just handy. I may try protection field instead though.

I was considering gigabolt but thought that pesky "lose your energy form" thing would slow me down, so I took similarly damaging but SLOW and EXPENSIVE orbital canon instead. Agree/disagree with my choice?

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Post by Xelissa » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:45 pm

On paper electrocute looks better, but who knows how much it debuffs and all that.

If you're relying on an energy form, then losing an energy form for gigabolt probably isn't any good, so you probably made the right choice. I've heard good things about Anvil of Dawn for Orbital Cannon - maybe you could try it out and see how it works?

And is that 1200-1400 JUST from Sonic Device ALONE? So 1200-1400 + regular damage from whatever attack you use?

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Post by manekineko » Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:12 pm

Yep, one simple click and one simple 20 second cooldown. It's awesome. A lot of people say on the forums that you might as well include resurgence, field drones, force shield, and sonic device on every build you make, lol.

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Post by Xelissa » Thu Aug 27, 2009 3:54 pm

Definitely will pick it up then, probably instead of the telekinesis knockback.

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Post by manekineko » Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:48 pm

I made some updates to the build after some advice. I went with gigabolt over sonic arrow or orbital canon. I'm also afraid of pyre's inevitable nerf and I already have a reliable pbaoe in sparkstorm. I lost the force sheath on my shield in order to gain the hot on nanobot swarm.

Does anyone see a good way to get some points into the cone advantage on sonic blaster(2 adv points in game, btw, not 3 points) or rank 2 on nanobot swarm? Do I need these things?

Thanks again :D

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Kilowatt: Level 40 Champion

Superstats:
Level 5: Super Endurance
Level 13: Super Recovery

Powers:
Level 1: Sonic Blaster
Level 1: Chain Lightning
Level 5: Sparkstorm -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 5: Flight -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 8: Electric Form -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 11: Lightning Arc -- Rank 2, Never Strikes Twice?
Level 14: Electrocute -- Superconductor
Level 17: Field Drones -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 20: Sonic Device -- Rank 2, Deafening Dissolution
Level 23: Unbreakable -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 26: Gigabolt -- Rank 2, Death Arc
Level 29: Nanobot Swarm -- Rejuvenating Injectors
Level 32: Force Shield -- Rank 2
Level 35: Electric Sheath
Level 35: Teleport
Level 38: Miniaturization Drive

Talents:
Level 1: Technological Intuition
Level 6: Energetic
Level 9: Tireless
Level 12: Amazing Stamina
Level 15: Boundless Reserves
Level 18: Quick Recovery
Level 21: Enduring

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Post by manekineko » Wed Sep 02, 2009 11:15 am

Field Drones are nerfed to all hell but they still fit with my theme.

Skills available that I'd be okay using:

Field Drones
Bountiful Chi Resurgence
Resurgence
Arcane Vitality
Empathic/Psionic Healing
others? let me know

Keep in mind that I'll still CURRENTLY planning on using unbreakable and the HoT on nanobot swarm. I also still want to get an advantage point over to add force sheath on my shield for the defensive bonus and energy absorption effect.

What do you guys think?

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Post by manekineko » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:06 pm

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Kilowatt: Level 40 Champion

Superstats:
Level 5: Super Endurance
Level 13: Super Constitution

Powers:
Level 1: Force Bolts -- Energy Refraction
Level 1: Chain Lightning
Level 5: Sparkstorm -- Rank 2, Electric Personality
Level 5: Flight -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 8: Lightning Arc -- Rank 2, Never Strikes Twice?
Level 11: Defiance -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 14: Telekinetic Shield -- Rank 2
Level 17: Electrocute -- Superconductor
Level 20: Sonic Device -- Rank 2, Deafening Dissolution
Level 23: Resurgence -- Rank 2
Level 26: Gigabolt -- Rank 2, Death Arc
Level 29: Nanobot Swarm -- Rejuvenating Injectors, Rank 2
Level 32: Enrage
Level 35: Electric Sheath
Level 35: Teleport
Level 38: Miniaturization Drive

Talents:
Level 1: Abyssal
Level 6: Tireless
Level 9: Energetic
Level 12: Amazing Stamina
Level 15: Boundless Reserves
Level 18: Quick Recovery
Level 21: Enduring

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Post by manekineko » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:56 am

Thanks again for all your help last night, guys. I know I got really salty on vent last night--I'm so ridiculous. Sorry :\

I'll certainly be taking part in the dueling festivities on retcon day. If anyone needs build help ever, let me know and I'll research it at work instead of getting my work done. :D

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Post by manekineko » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:16 am

Now I'm struggling with the fact that enrage scales with strength. Is it even worth it to take the skill (especially because I have no points to rank it?)

I'm also probably switching mini drive with ionic reverberation (get energy when your electric attacks arc) since I won't be able to rank it either. It seemed a little unnecessary anyway when I was running my level 40 character with rank 2 advantaged sonic device instead.

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Post by manekineko » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:16 pm

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Kilowatt: Level 40 Champion

Superstats:
Level 5: Super Endurance
Level 13: Super Recovery

Powers:
Level 1: Force Bolts -- Energy Refraction
Level 1: Chain Lightning
Level 5: Sparkstorm -- Rank 2, Electric Personality
Level 5: Teleport -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 8: Lightning Arc -- Rank 2, Never Strikes Twice?
Level 11: Regeneration -- Rank 2, Rank 3
Level 14: Electrocute -- Superconductor
Level 17: Resurgence -- Rank 2
Level 20: Sonic Device -- Rank 2, Deafening Dissolution
Level 23: Electric Form -- Rank 2
Level 26: Gigabolt -- Rank 2, Accelerated Metabolism, Death Arc
Level 29: Nanobot Swarm -- Rejuvenating Injectors
Level 32: Ionic Reverberation
Level 35: Electric Sheath
Level 35: Flight
Level 38: Telekinetic Shield -- Rank 2

Talents:
Level 1: Electric Potential
Level 6: Tireless
Level 9: Energetic
Level 12: Amazing Stamina
Level 15: Boundless Reserves
Level 18: Quick Recovery
Level 21: Enduring

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Post by manekineko » Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:38 pm

Okay, this build is ridiculously imbalanced.

I hope regen gets a little toned down or something--it's a little crazy.

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