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SiliconScout
01-18-2016, 01:02 PM
Hey there.

Some background, I am looking for this for a Heroic life only. Once the toon hits 2 she's headed back to the grist mill. Having said that I have 2 Sorc and 3 Wizard lived carved and am looking for a change of pace.

What I am wondering is if anyone has an Eldritch knight Sorc build that manages Epics. Currently the toon is 3rd level and fire specced but that can change super easily.

I would prefer a sword n board type build for flavour and I am using Drow for Race.

So any builds / pointers gratefully accepted.

Thanks

Discpsycho
01-18-2016, 02:01 PM
I saw somebody running a EK Sorc as a swashbuckler pretty effectively, which would be the best sword-and-board EK damage.

If you want evasion and traps, I'd go 15 Sorc / 3 Bard / 2 Rogue (or 13/5/2 if you don't like the EK T5). For Stalwart Defense, 14 Sorc / 3 Fighter / 3 Bard. I'm slightly biased, but I'd tend to run DC over LD for a build with this much mana (and since you could get decent spellpower, your Consecration wouldn't be half bad aoe damage / heals). Either PDK for tactical boosts via Cormyrean Knight Training or Warforged for repair spells.

If you'd like me to write up a more complete build, I'd be happy to, though I'm no unbongwah

Edit: Apparently the next person to reply to this post is, though :)

unbongwah
01-18-2016, 03:16 PM
I have a wiz 15 / bard 3 / rog 2 build which can be adapted to sorc, but it's less effective since INT becomes your to-hit, dmg, DC, and Reflex stat on a wiz. I suppose it work okay on a PDK using short swords, but I've never planned it out.

SiliconScout
01-20-2016, 12:21 AM
Given I don't have an LR on this toon and I am not spending TP on it I think I will go with a bard sorc splash. I can get CHA to damage there and go air sorc and pump up the resonance damage. Not too sure if there's all that much in the EK tree though that I would hunt hard. Does anyone know of the arcane spell failure reductions from Drow and EK stack? It might be worth it to try and get into medium for sure maybe heavy if I can keep it down.

I expect this life will be kinda gimp though the stat distribution on my toon simply wasn't planned for a melee build ... might have to abandon the idea all together but then I need to play another toon in the stable for a while. 6 caster lives (and I do a past life in 2-6 months slow) means I have been playing a caster for over 2 years now and I am definitely "over" it.

unbongwah
01-20-2016, 08:38 AM
Does anyone know of the arcane spell failure reductions from Drow and EK stack?
Yes.

It might be worth it to try and get into medium for sure maybe heavy if I can keep it down.
Swashbuckling restricts you to lt armor.

Tahkhesis
01-20-2016, 09:03 AM
12 Sorc/ 6 Bard/ 2 Rogue worked swimmingly for me.

I would totally post the build, but I can't get the character planned to work on my Mac, so if you have questions just hit me up. (even though the peeps above me kinda summed a lot of it up)

The main points would be to go earth savant, grab the freeze-y stuff from warchanter, go swashy to skirmisher (then use a buckler and a short sword, or a khopesh if you don't care about low blow), swf line, shield mastery line, CHA specced (can grab DEX to hit, CHA to dmg).

unbongwah
01-20-2016, 09:10 AM
go swashy to skirmisher (then use a buckler and a short sword, or a khopesh if you don't care about low blow)
Why use khopesh on a Swashbuckler? You don't benefit from Swashbuckling crit bonuses, so your crit spec remains 17-20/x3 w/IC:Slash; whereas any Swashie weapon will be 15-20/x3 - better if you use one of the weapons on this list (http://ddowiki.com/page/List_of_Swashbuckler_weapons_with_improved_crit_pr ofile). Khopesh is d8 vs d4 or d6, but the extra base dmg doesn't make up for the lost crit dmg, IMO, particularly if you add in Resonant Arms.

Tahkhesis
01-20-2016, 09:26 AM
Why use khopesh on a Swashbuckler? You don't benefit from Swashbuckling crit bonuses, so your crit spec remains 17-20/x3 w/IC:Slash; whereas any Swashie weapon will be 15-20/x3 - better if you use one of the weapons on this list (http://ddowiki.com/page/List_of_Swashbuckler_weapons_with_improved_crit_pr ofile). Khopesh is d8 vs d4 or d6, but the extra base dmg doesn't make up for the lost crit dmg, IMO, particularly if you add in Resonant Arms.

Because you wouldn't be swashbuckling, per se. You'd be benefitting from the SWF with a buckler Skirmisher passive feat. Also, On the Mark and En Point don't require Swashbuckling to benefit. The rest of the DPS can easily be made up in Warchanter. BUT, I'm always partial to swashbuckling personally--however, it's a good alternative in certain flavor builds (the Skirmisher passive, that is).

unbongwah
01-20-2016, 09:30 AM
Because you wouldn't be swashbuckling, per se. You'd be benefitting from the SWF with a buckler Skirmisher passive feat. Also, On the Mark and En Point don't require Swashbuckling to benefit.
I'm still not seeing the upside, though, because you also give up the +10% Dodge from Skirmisher. So you're losing DPS and defense.

Now, if you wanted to use med/hvy armor, that would be another matter; but you splashed rog 2 presumably for Evasion, so you'd still be stuck with lt armor regardless.

Tahkhesis
01-20-2016, 09:37 AM
I'm still not seeing the upside, though, because you also give up the +10% Dodge from Skirmisher. So you're losing DPS and defense.

Now, if you wanted to use med/hvy armor, that would be another matter; but you splashed rog 2 presumably for Evasion, so you'd still be stuck with lt armor regardless.

That's true, however with an upgraded Parasitic Breastplate and a dodge item, it still worked nicely. Now, I'm not saying Swashbuckling isn't amazing, was just offering an alternative that I tried that I found super effective. A 2 Fighter over 2 Rogue though would def make the transition to M or H armor more feasible. And there's plenty of ways to kill ASF, so it would fly.

This would be way easier if I could get that character planner to work. The whole "scribbles on a cocktail napkin" thing and all.