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Vamp Guide for End Game

IceIce
edited July 2017 in Player Guides

Hi, I’m Ice (Frost in CBT) and I’ve been playing Vamp since the start of CBT. You may have seen me running around 1 shotting bosses. This guide will tell you how. I will focus solely on an end game skill build for PvE. I’ll try to keep it short for now as OBT will likely have many changes.

Vamps are melee casters with high burst. We excel in nuking bosses as well as having a decent kit for grouping mobs. Since our version is the most difficult, this guide will take into account the need for more filler skills.

Skills (sorted by category, self explanatory):

Blood drains - Sinister Pulse, Meat Hook, Blood Drive, Exsanguinate, Impale, Death of 1000 Bites (D1KB), Predation

Spammables/Bread and Butter - Heart Stopper, Meat Hook, Red Tide

Room clear AoEs - Thorn Spray, EX Thorn Spray, Red Tide, Nest of Thorns

Nukes - Red Tide, Thorn Spray, Arterial Burst, Scythe Rift, Bloody Hell

Utility - EX Sinister Pulse, Blood Rush, Blood Drive, Impale, D1KB, Blood Ties, Predation

Iframes - Nest of Thorns, D1KB, EX D1KB, Predation

Skill Point Distribution:

These are going to be your must haves:

Exsanguinate is not levelled because it does poor damage and the blood drain is not needed.
Sinister Pulse is left at level 1 for its blood drain, the damage scaling is awful. Impale and D1KB are one point wonders that help with bossing, not damage. Blood Ties is maxed for its decent damage scaling as well as being able to juggle elites and arena bosses.

You now have 54 skill points left to choose the skills you like more. There is very little difference in damage whether you choose to level Blood Rush, Impale, or D1KB. They will each give approximately 3000% multiplier with the remaining 54 points.

This is my personal build.

Awakening Passives:

Core skills.

Porphyria is for easy blood regen. Damnation and Bloodlust for its insane damage boost. Crimson Flood for a low cooldown, high burst skill.

This is my recommended build.

Thorn Spray is a very good AoE burst skill and benefits a lot from Thorny Doom due to its already high base attack power. Heart Breaker and Meat Hook are for buffing up spammable filler skills to take down bosses that you can’t nuke in just a few skills, such as arena/invasion bosses.

Other awakenings to consider:
Arterial Spray if you really like the skill. This is the only other awakening to have a 10% increase per level.
Blood Feast is good if you find that you need the extra blood drain for bossing. Note that this awakening costs 2 points per level.

Awakenings to avoid:
Sinister Pulse and Exsanguinate - Can’t get it either way.
Adrenaline Rush - Blood Rush is purely a mobility/mobbing skill.
Storm of Thorns - There are better awakenings to spend points on that provide more damage.
Transfix - Noob bait, 1s extra stunlock when you already get 6s won’t make a difference.
Razor Rift - Similar to Storm of Thorns, this is low priority.

Tips and Tricks

  • Untick autotarget from every skill. You don’t want to suddenly shift directions because of it.
  • Play in FPS mode. Some skills will juggle the boss and sometimes they go too high. You can wait for the boss to fall or miss your skill. The better option would be to hold down S in between and during casts so you’re less likely to miss and accidentally go through the boss. The microsteps matter.
  • Use dash+LMB to run out of AoEs. Preferably use RMB first then dash+LMB to fully clear it. RMB is cancelled by dash, whereas the LMB portion has a small animation lock that can’t be cancelled by RMB.
  • Use RMB to offensively reposition around the boss. RMB has no unit collision so you can phase right through the boss to get behind it for the extra damage. Don’t do this to bosses with fast animations, just go around them.
  • RMB will still move you during cutscenes. Useful for getting closer to invasion bosses that have unskippable cutscenes.
  • Blood drain skills can be used on dead mobs and even objects. Do this to top up your blood pool.
  • Blood Rush can change directions if you dash during the animation. This is useful for weirdly positioned mobs or dodging AoEs.
  • Since Blood Drive is castable at any point, use it right before a damage tick to maximize its duration.
  • Arterial Burst is best used as a quick cast. Press the skill key and immediately right click for a nice burst of damage. Only full charge if you are far away.
  • D1KB has no max range so it will always target something as long as the map isn’t empty. Useful for lazy people as you can cast Blood Ties after to pull mobs in.
  • Only use Predation for the iframe or to lock down a boss for your party. The damage is not worth it considering the long animation time.

And finally what everyone is waiting to see, the bossing formula: Impale the boss, RMB behind it, Tab, Blood Drive, Bloody Hell (ggez), Red Tide, EX Thorn Spray, Thorn Spray, Meat Hook, actually ggez.

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Comments

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod
    edited June 2017

    Reserved for additional stuff probably.

    Memes too

  • awsome thanks for this

  • oh um what sythe is better for the vamp?

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @ArbitarVegas said:
    oh um what sythe is better for the vamp?

    Depends if you want more attack speed or more damage. Your choice.

  • Any chance you'll do one for valk too?

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @CGXK6DJ3GF said:
    Any chance you'll do one for valk too?

    I don't play valk.

  • LightandAngerLightandAnger Member
    edited June 2017

    After seing your build ... i think you would have a heart attack if you have seen mine :'D

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @LightandAnger said:
    After seing your build ... i think you would have a heart attack if you have seen mine :'D

    I've seen them all.

  • Will you also be doing a guide on gear?

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @Rainer2 said:
    Will you also be doing a guide on gear?

    Not sure

  • @RyceCream said:

    @Rainer2 said:
    Will you also be doing a guide on gear?

    Not sure

    Yes! Do one!

  • What was ur CR when you did the solo insane skyship above

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @TJ6EHF9N5E said:
    What was ur CR when you did the solo insane skyship above

    Around 100k or less.

  • How did you get to 100k CR? I tried many way but only end up around 22k CP.

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @XNX7GL55KC said:
    How did you get to 100k CR? I tried many way but only end up around 22k CP.

    That's a bit hard to explain, you just have to experiment with gear.

  • @XNX7GL55KC said:
    How did you get to 100k CR? I tried many way but only end up around 22k CP.

    In general -

    High grade sigils.
    High grade badges.
    65 legendary weapon.
    60+ legendaries in all other slots.
    High grade CR boosting soul gems in non-accessory slots.
    High grade CR boosting charms in non-accessory slots (weapon too if it already has your preferred elemental conversion natively).
    High grade artifact.
    High grade power core.
    Min-maxed appraisals and calculations on all of your items.
    Maximum enhance level (or as close to breakpoints as possible) on items which contribute to CR - weapon, accessories, gloves, helmet.
    Proper emblem and title.
    Throw in consumables and perma devotion buff if you want.

    --

    You'll need to throw money at the game if you want to reach that level quickly as several of these things are heavily timegated otherwise.

  • What element do you use on your weapon?

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @TJYG9W4ACM said:
    What element do you use on your weapon?

    I took poison because it was the first one I got. There's very little dps contribution from the elemental procs so just choose any element for the bonus % dmg.

  • EyriesEyries Member

    It's an interesting guide. I have my own private vamp build but it's interesting to see what other people think.

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod
    edited June 2017

    @Eyries said:
    It's an interesting guide. I have my own private vamp build but it's interesting to see what other people think.

    PM me your secret build? I'm just curious.

  • EzosEzos Member

    Was the RMB meme video just a troll video to show that you can quick clear the zone using only one button (implying that you can run it much faster if you actually cared and used more than RMB), or was actually showing that RMB was actually the most effective way to clear it? Just curious -- never got a chance to play Vamp in the CBT but they look very interesting/fun. I'm assuming it was the former considering you RMB'd the boss instead of 1 shotting it XD

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @Ezos said:
    Was the RMB meme video just a troll video to show that you can quick clear the zone using only one button (implying that you can run it much faster if you actually cared and used more than RMB), or was actually showing that RMB was actually the most effective way to clear it? Just curious -- never got a chance to play Vamp in the CBT but they look very interesting/fun. I'm assuming it was the former considering you RMB'd the boss instead of 1 shotting it XD

    Purely a meme. Anyone saying you can actually RMB an entire map has to be really geared. Although I was actually surprised at how fast the boss melted.

  • EzosEzos Member

    In regards to competitive arenas, do you think Vamp can perform well for the higher ranks?

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @Ezos said:
    In regards to competitive arenas, do you think Vamp can perform well for the higher ranks?

    Can't really answer this question until other players put time into arena. Also, arena is flawed because of the RNG nature as well as not being able to properly time runs for various reasons.

  • what stats we should be aiming for on our gear? ele dmg, speed, crit? which gems to use etc

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @4JXLGLF96J said:
    what stats we should be aiming for on our gear? ele dmg, speed, crit? which gems to use etc

    You should be trying to get all stats equally. Also stacking element and accuracy where possible. Soul gems can be used to increase stats that are lacking from gear.

  • Which elements should I be aiming for?

  • which bonus element benefits vamp?

  • I'm not sure, but probably they don't have any.

  • IceIce Member, Player Moderators mod

    @4JXLGLF96J said:
    Which elements should I be aiming for?

    @H53EF9F999 said:
    which bonus element benefits vamp?

    Pick any element you want. They're all about the same and you're really only after the bonus damage that it provides.

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