Phoenix Wave Assassin (also Vesselsin)

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Phoenix Wave Assassin Guide 2.4


Let the waves wash over you™



PREFACE


This is an endgame build, meaning I don't recommend you swap to this until you get a half of a
Radiance
Radiance
Tiara (Sacred)

Defense: 725 to 820
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 392
Item Level: 120
+2 Spell Focus per 1 Light Radius
+3% Fire Spell Damage per 1 Light Radius
-1% Cold Spell Damage per 1 Light Radius
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
-(15 to 20)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
Physical Resist 10%
Cannot Be Frozen
-5% to All Vendor Prices
Socketed (4)
setup up and running. As far as the full gear setup goes, it does not have to be anything crazy and can be achieved in less than 200tg in total.



PROS/CONS


+ Very good sustain through permanent Bloodbath
+ Very good defenses by being an assassin
+ Cheap-ish
+ Amazing clear
+ Good singletarget for non-TP
+ Fast
- Actual build comes into play at lvl130-135
- Slight mana problems, fixable with Sur and 1pt Meditation
- Gear/shrine requirements can be tough on season start

ABBREVIATIONS/TERMS


STR: Strength
DEX: Dexterity
DUMP: Put all your leftover points here
FPA: Frames per action
FCR: Faster Cast Rate
FBR: Faster Block Rate
FHR: Faster Hit Recovery
CB: Crushing Blow
DS: Deadly Strike
T1-T4: Tiered unique tier 1-4
MO: Mystic orb
MF: Magic Find

BASICS


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Phoenix Wave is an oskill available on assassin claws and
Bartuc's Curse
Bartuc's Curse
Lamellar Armor (Sacred)

Defense: (4647 - 5680) to (5040 - 6160)
(Sorceress Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 499
Item Level: 105
2% Base Block Chance
+100 Spell Focus
+(25 to 50)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(1 to 50)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(1 to 15) to Phoenix Wave
+(80 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
(21 to 25)% to All Attributes
-30% Gold Find
Socketed (6)
. The skill is unique in its scaling: fire gives 1.9 efficiency in damage, where as cold, lightning and poison work at -0.8 efficiency. Check FAQ section for an example. Do note that phys/magic is not counted.

The skill also has much higher skill level scaling than spells normally do, due to the restricted scaling of the skill. This means +all skill is a really good stat to have, despite generic SD rolls, like on
Lunar Eclipse
Lunar Eclipse
Light Belt (Sacred)

Defense: (2091 - 2422) to (2171 - 2514)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 550
Item Level: 120
+2 to All Skills
+(51 to 60) Spell Focus
25% Cast Speed
30% Hit Recovery
+(10 to 15)% to Spell Damage
+(90 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
+(40 to 50) to Energy
+100 to Life
Elemental Resists +15%
+5 to Light Radius
Socketed (2)
.

Phoenix Wave is a skill that works similar to Fire Trap from Classic Lord of Destruction. It shoots a fire wave that hits a single time, piercing and covering a very large area. It also heals you on cast, but we don't care about that as an assassin.

We use Pyroblast (+ Banish) for stationary singletarget, Phoenix Wave for TP bosses if necessary. Damage should be there either case.

My leveling consists of clawsin until 115 then swap to psionic. Stay psionic until you get your Phoenix Wave shrinecrafted Wrist Blades. More on that later. Mind Ripple + Shuriken can get you easy farming and easy ubers.

STR SETUP


Strength: Enough for gear
Dexterity: Enough for gear
Vitality: DUMP
Energy: 1996 or 2100 for breakpoint

From siosilvar's stormzon guide:
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Breakpoints


FPA  FHR            FPA  FCR
6 27 8 40
5 48 7 75
4 86 6 152
3 200


Early game (1-115)


Ninja tree: Blink 1 | Domain 1 | Shadow Refuge 1 | Perfect Being MAX | Shadow Rush MAX
Claw tree: Noctule 1 | Way of the Gryphon MAX | Shadow Dancer MAX | Batstrike 1 | Summon Familiars 1 | Winged Calamity MAX | Vampiric Strike MAX
Mastery tree: Melee Devotion 1
Reward Tree: Prismatic Cloak MAX | Way of the Raven MAX

Weapon:
Arihan's End
Arihan's End
Blade Talons (4)

One-Hand Damage: (8 - 9) to (25 - 31)
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 11
Required Dexterity: 84
Item Level: 17
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
5% Chance to cast level 4 Crucify on Melee Attack
5% Attack Speed
+(16 to 20) to Maximum Damage
+(61 to 90)% Damage to Demons
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Damage
+(71 to 100) to Life
Fire Resist +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (1)
One-Hand Damage: (22 - 24) to (52 - 64)
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 29
Required Dexterity: 120
Item Level: 33
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
10% Chance to cast level 14 Crucify on Melee Attack
15% Attack Speed
+(26 to 35) to Maximum Damage
+(121 to 150)% Damage to Demons
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Damage
+(121 to 150) to Life
Fire Resist +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (2)
One-Hand Damage: (55 - 60) to (108 - 123)
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 49
Required Dexterity: 232
Item Level: 54
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
15% Chance to cast level 24 Crucify on Melee Attack
25% Attack Speed
+(41 to 50) to Maximum Damage
+(181 to 210)% Damage to Demons
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Damage
+(181 to 225) to Life
Fire Resist +(41 to 45)%
Socketed (2)
One-Hand Damage: (71 - 76) to (136 - 152)
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 57
Required Dexterity: 456
Item Level: 90
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
20% Chance to cast level 29 Crucify on Melee Attack
30% Attack Speed
+(51 to 60) to Maximum Damage
+(211 to 240)% Damage to Demons
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Damage
+(251 to 300) to Life
Fire Resist +(46 to 50)%
Socketed (3)
Hail

Hail
Assassin Claws

'MalBer'
Runeword Level: 78
7% Chance to cast level 29 Shower of Rocks on Kill
+2 to Assassin Skill Levels
40% Attack Speed
Adds 40-80 Damage
Adds 63-188 Cold Damage
+(171 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
(8 to 10)% Chance of Crushing Blow
Slow Target 3%
3% to All Attributes
in T4 Blade Talon with ED MO's before you make the RW
Offhand:
Black Sheep Wall
Black Sheep Wall
Totem Shield (4)

Defense: (47 - 51) to (91 - 100)
Chance to Block: 4%
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 6
Required Dexterity: 44
Item Level: 10
+1 to Assassin Skill Levels
+(4 to 5) to Maximum Damage
Adds 6-8 Magic Damage
2% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(12 to 23)% Enhanced Defense
4% to Dexterity
+2 to Light Radius
Socketed (1)
Defense: (175 - 189) to (290 - 313)
Chance to Block: 4%
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 24
Required Dexterity: 65
Item Level: 27
+2 to Assassin Skill Levels
+(7 to 9) to Maximum Damage
Adds 18-23 Magic Damage
4% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(35 to 46)% Enhanced Defense
8% to Dexterity
+4 to Light Radius
Socketed (4)
Defense: (442 - 473) to (701 - 750)
Chance to Block: 4%
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 41
Required Dexterity: 137
Item Level: 48
+3 to Assassin Skill Levels
+(15 to 18) to Maximum Damage
Adds 61-68 Magic Damage
6% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(58 to 69)% Enhanced Defense
12% to Dexterity
+7 to Light Radius
Socketed (5)
Defense: (650 - 693) to (1025 - 1092)
Chance to Block: 4%
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 50
Required Dexterity: 282
Item Level: 82
+4 to Assassin Skill Levels
+(31 to 36) to Maximum Damage
Adds 150-200 Magic Damage
7% Chance of Crushing Blow
+(69 to 80)% Enhanced Defense
16% to Dexterity
+10 to Light Radius
Socketed (6)
/
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Large Shield (4)

Defense: 85 to 162
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 4
Required Strength: 27
Required Dexterity: 45
Item Level: 6
+(21 to 30) to Vitality
Maximum Elemental Resists +1%
Elemental Resists +(6 to 10)%
Fire Absorb 1%
Lightning Absorb 1%
Cold Absorb 1%
(4 to 7)% Gold Find
(5 to 10)% Magic Find
Socketed (1)
Defense: 240 to 405
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 21
Required Strength: 53
Required Dexterity: 67
Item Level: 25
+(31 to 40) to Vitality
Maximum Elemental Resists +1%
Elemental Resists +(11 to 20)%
Fire Absorb 2%
Lightning Absorb 2%
Cold Absorb 2%
(9 to 12)% Gold Find
(11 to 20)% Magic Find
Socketed (3)
Defense: 501 to 817
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 39
Required Strength: 184
Required Dexterity: 139
Item Level: 46
+(41 to 50) to Vitality
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Elemental Resists +(21 to 30)%
Fire Absorb 2%
Lightning Absorb 2%
Cold Absorb 2%
(14 to 17)% Gold Find
(21 to 30)% Magic Find
Socketed (4)
Defense: 684 to 1113
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 48
Required Strength: 368
Required Dexterity: 288
Item Level: 80
+(51 to 60) to Vitality
Maximum Elemental Resists +2%
Elemental Resists +(31 to 40)%
Fire Absorb 3%
Lightning Absorb 3%
Cold Absorb 3%
(17 to 19)% Gold Find
(31 to 40)% Magic Find
Socketed (4)

Rest: Any good physical items you find,
The War Cloak
The War Cloak
Quilted Armor (4)

Defense: (28 - 30) to (59 - 64)
Required Level: 1
Required Strength: 10
Item Level: 1
Adds 5-9 Damage
2% Life stolen per Hit
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(7 to 15)%
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+20 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (2)
Defense: (149 - 161) to (224 - 241)
Required Level: 18
Required Strength: 50
Item Level: 20
Adds 10-14 Damage
3% Life stolen per Hit
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(16 to 30)%
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+40 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)
Defense: (403 - 430) to (572 - 610)
Required Level: 35
Required Strength: 175
Item Level: 41
Adds 15-18 Damage
4% Life stolen per Hit
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(31 to 45)%
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+60 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (5)
Defense: (595 - 632) to (834 - 887)
Required Level: 44
Required Strength: 350
Item Level: 73
Adds 20-25 Damage
5% Life stolen per Hit
Enhanced Weapon Damage +(46 to 60)%
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+80 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (6)
,
Death Spur
Death Spur
Heavy Boots (4)

Defense: 27 to 39
Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 27
Item Level: 5
1% Chance to cast level 6 Spike Nova on Kill
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.09375 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(11 to 15) to Strength
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: 109 to 141
Required Level: 20
Required Strength: 55
Item Level: 24
1% Chance to cast level 10 Spike Nova on Kill
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.15625 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(21 to 25) to Strength
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: 248 to 310
Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 193
Item Level: 44
1% Chance to cast level 14 Spike Nova on Kill
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.21875 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(31 to 35) to Strength
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (3)
Defense: 346 to 427
Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 386
Item Level: 77
1% Chance to cast level 16 Spike Nova on Kill
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+0.25 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(36 to 40) to Strength
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (4)
,
Wormtongue
Wormtongue
Light Belt (4)

Defense: (53 - 58) to (71 - 78)
Required Level: 3
Required Strength: 26
Item Level: 5
(31 to 50)% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 5-13 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
(2 to 4)% Life stolen per Hit
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
+(11 to 15) to Dexterity
Socketed (1)
Defense: (214 - 231) to (259 - 279)
Required Level: 21
Required Strength: 55
Item Level: 24
(71 to 90)% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 19-50 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
(8 to 10)% Life stolen per Hit
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
+(21 to 25) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: (544 - 581) to (649 - 693)
Required Level: 38
Required Strength: 192
Item Level: 45
(111 to 130)% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 75-150 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
(14 to 16)% Life stolen per Hit
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
Defense: (801 - 851) to (946 - 1006)
Required Level: 46
Required Strength: 384
Item Level: 77
(131 to 150)% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 100-250 Poison Damage over 2 seconds
(17 to 19)% Life stolen per Hit
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 40) to Dexterity
Socketed (2)
etc.

Midgame (115-135) Psionic


NOTE: Follow Psionic Mind Ripple Assassin Guide for more specific details, this is my version of getting extra damage to Mind Ripple at 115 at the cost of Perfect Being and Shadow Rush. Also possibility transitioning into vesselsin (through
Sagittarius
Sagittarius
Cestus (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 41 to 43
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 349
Item Level: 120
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
Vessel of Judgement: +3 Targets
+7 to Assassin Skill Levels
+100% Damage to Vessel of Justice
+100% Damage to Vessel of Retribution
+(50 to 60) to Vessel of Judgement
+(100 to 150) to Energy
+(300 to 400) to Life
Maximum Mana +(20 to 25)%
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (3)
) if needed.
Ninja tree: Blink 1 | Shadow Refuge 1 | Perfect Being 1
Psionic tree: Shuriken Flurry MAX | Psionic Scream 1 | Psionic Storm 1 | Energize MAX | Mind Ripple MAX | Pinnacle MAX | Cognition MAX (you need 125 cognition)
Mastery tree: Meditation 1
Reward Tree: Prismatic Cloak MAX | Doom MAX

Weapon:
Killing Vector
Killing Vector
Cestus (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 41 to 43
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 90
Required Dexterity: 349
Item Level: 1
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
+(1 to 3) to Assassin Skill Levels
+(33 to 55) Spell Focus
(21 to 30)% Cast Speed
+(16 to 20)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(9 to 16) to Doom (Assassin Only)
+200 to Energy
Socketed (3)

Universal Law
(Assassin Psionic Set)
Mind Rake
Mind Rake
Claws (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 42 to 44
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 400
Item Level: 120
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
10% Chance to cast level 60 Doom on Death Blow
+(3 to 5) to Assassin Skill Levels
-50% Cast Speed
+(51 to 70)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
Regenerate Mana +33%
Physical Damage Reduced by 50
+100 Life after each Kill
1% Reanimate as: Random Monster
Socketed (3)
Sagittarius
Sagittarius
Cestus (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 41 to 43
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 349
Item Level: 120
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
Vessel of Judgement: +3 Targets
+7 to Assassin Skill Levels
+100% Damage to Vessel of Justice
+100% Damage to Vessel of Retribution
+(50 to 60) to Vessel of Judgement
+(100 to 150) to Energy
+(300 to 400) to Life
Maximum Mana +(20 to 25)%
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (3)

Offhand:
Dead Lens
Dead Lens
Totem Shield (Sacred)

Defense: (1390 - 1737) to (1610 - 2012)
Chance to Block: 5%
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 80
Required Dexterity: 527
Item Level: 1
1% Base Block Chance
(31 to 40)% Block Speed
+(100 to 150)% Enhanced Defense
(21 to 25)% to Dexterity
+(21 to 25) to Vitality
+100 to Energy
Socketed (6)

Universal Law
(Assassin Psionic Set)
The Collector
The Collector
Bone Shield (Sacred)

Defense: 965 to 1119
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 110
Required Dexterity: 527
Item Level: 120
Gematria
(Bonus per Socketed Great/Elemental Runes)
+1 to All Skills
+10 Life after each Kill
+25% Total Character Defense
+8% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
Orb Effects Applied to this Item are Doubled
Socketed (6)
with 6 Ghals →
Sagittarius
Sagittarius
Cestus (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 41 to 43
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 349
Item Level: 120
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
Vessel of Judgement: +3 Targets
+7 to Assassin Skill Levels
+100% Damage to Vessel of Justice
+100% Damage to Vessel of Retribution
+(50 to 60) to Vessel of Judgement
+(100 to 150) to Energy
+(300 to 400) to Life
Maximum Mana +(20 to 25)%
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (3)

Helm:
Giyua's Sacrum
Giyua's Sacrum
Bone Helm (Sacred)

Defense: (1742 - 2129) to (1888 - 2307)
Required Level: 90
Required Strength:
312 to 375
Item Level: 1
+(0 to 3) to Necromancer Skill Levels
+(16 to 20)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(80 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
+(151 to 200) to Life
+(21 to 25) Life after each Kill
(101 to 150)% Bonus to Defense
Requirements -(40 to 50)%
Socketed (4)

Celestial Orchard
(Necromancer Malice Set)
Arcane Protection
Arcane Protection
Circlets

'ArcSur'
Runeword Level: 100
Psicrown Now Explodes Upon Impact
+(1 to 2) to All Skills
+(5 to 10)% Bonus to Spell Focus
+(15 to 20)% to Spell Damage
+(6 to 9) to Psicrown
+(400 to 600) Defense
Regenerate Mana +(20 to 25)%
Physical Resist (5 to 10)%
Elemental/Magic Damage Reduced by (15 to 25)
+(20 to 30) Life after each Kill
+(20 to 30) Mana after each Kill
(20 to 30)% Magic Find
/
Black Masquerade
Black Masquerade
Bone Helm (Sacred)

Defense: (2420 - 2904) to (2622 - 3147)
Required Level: 80
Item Level: 120
+100 Spell Focus
+100% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(150 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+200 Life Regenerated per Second
Physical Resist (0 to 10)%
Requirements -100%
Socketed (4)
with low PR
Body Armor:
Hypersurface
Hypersurface
Leather Armor (Sacred)

Defense: (8272 - 8918) to (8579 - 9257)
Required Level: 80
Required Strength:
315
Item Level: 1
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+2000 Defense
+200 to Energy
+(401 to 500) to Life
+(101 to 150) Life after each Kill
Requirements -40%
Socketed (6)

Universal Law
(Assassin Psionic Set)

Gloves:
Quantum Bevel
Quantum Bevel
Gauntlets (Sacred)

Defense: (1339 - 1506) to (1567 - 1763)
Required Level: 80
Required Strength:
375
Item Level: 1
+(16 to 20)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(140 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
+100 to Energy
Maximum Mana +(11 to 15)%
(16 to 20)% Magic Find
Requirements -40%
Socketed (4)

Universal Law
(Assassin Psionic Set)

Belt:
Moonwrap
Moonwrap
Sash (4)

Defense: (16 - 18) to (20 - 21)
Required Level: 1
Required Strength: 25
Item Level: 1
5% Cast Speed
+3% to Spell Damage
+(18 to 29)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(11 to 15)%
Cold Resist +(11 to 15)%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (119 - 129) to (131 - 141)
Required Level: 17
Required Strength: 50
Item Level: 20
15% Cast Speed
+9% to Spell Damage
+(41 to 52)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(21 to 25)%
Cold Resist +(21 to 25)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (331 - 353) to (370 - 395)
Required Level: 35
Required Strength: 125
Item Level: 41
25% Cast Speed
+15% to Spell Damage
+(64 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(31 to 35)%
Cold Resist +(31 to 35)%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (493 - 524) to (542 - 576)
Required Level: 43
Required Strength: 250
Item Level: 72
30% Cast Speed
+20% to Spell Damage
+(75 to 86)% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +(36 to 40)%
Cold Resist +(36 to 40)%
Socketed (2)
Treachery
Treachery
Belts

'ArcPhul'
Runeword Level: 110
+1 to All Skills
+(5 to 10)% Bonus to Spell Focus
10% Hit Recovery
+(15 to 20)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(12 to 15) to Singularity
(15 to 20)% to Energy
+(150 to 250) to Mana
Physical Resist 5%
+(100 to 200) Life when Struck by an Enemy

Boots:
Wake of Destruction
Wake of Destruction
Greaves (4)

Defense: (90 - 102) to (135 - 152)
Required Level: 9
Required Strength:
17
Item Level: 16
+(4 to 6)% Bonus to Spell Focus
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(11 to 13)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(6 to 8)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(6 to 8)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(24 to 40)% Enhanced Defense
+(21 to 25) to Energy
Requirements -20%
Socketed (1)
Defense: (333 - 369) to (462 - 512)
Required Level: 27
Required Strength:
33
Item Level: 32
+(7 to 9)% Bonus to Spell Focus
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(15 to 17)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(10 to 12)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(10 to 12)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(58 to 75)% Enhanced Defense
+(26 to 30) to Energy
Requirements -25%
Socketed (2)
Defense: (854 - 930) to (1152 - 1254)
Required Level: 44
Required Strength:
158
Item Level: 51
+(10 to 12)% Bonus to Spell Focus
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(19 to 21)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(14 to 16)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(14 to 16)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(92 to 109)% Enhanced Defense
+(31 to 35) to Energy
Requirements -30%
Socketed (3)
Defense: (1274 - 1378) to (1713 - 1853)
Required Level: 52
Required Strength:
272
Item Level: 86
+(13 to 15)% Bonus to Spell Focus
(10 to 40)% Movement Speed
+(23 to 25)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(18 to 20)% to Fire Spell Damage
+(18 to 20)% to Poison Spell Damage
+(109 to 126)% Enhanced Defense
+(36 to 40) to Energy
Requirements -40%
Socketed (4)

Rings: +1sk, PMSD, spell focus, life
Amulet: 3-4 all skills, PMSD, spell focus, life, stats →
Vizjerei's Necklace
Vizjerei's Necklace
Amulet

Required Level: 100
Item Level: 105
+(1 to 3) to All Skills
+(20 to 30)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
(10 to 20)% to Energy
Maximum Mana +10%
+(25 to 50) Life after each Kill

Weapon swap: Shrinecrafted Wrist Blades with +4sk +4 Bloodlust
Mystic orbs:
Armor: PMSD, SF
Weapon: PMSD, FCR
Jewellery: Life, MF, PDR
Socket: Tal or PMSD/SF jewels

Intermission to shrinecraft


Okay, so you've been playing clawsin and psionic and have hopefully accrued some Fascinating Shrines and Positronic Brains from Fauztinville. Now let's put those to use by crafting 2x Wrist Blade (specifically this base and no other). Use primarily Fascinating until you run out of them and then start using other caster shrines and lastly any shrine you have, until you get one of the rolls below:

Best one

you win the lottery if you get one of these

+4 All Skills
30+ fire spell damage and or 20+ fire pierce
10+ Phoenix Wave

Good one

Example #1 - Example #2

+4 All Skills
10+ Phoenix Wave
anything else useful

Starter claws

Example #1

10+ Phoenix Wave
good shrine rolls and bless

Things to keep in mind

Keep an eye out for +4 All Skills and +4 Bloodlust, since they might come in handy for psionic/vesselsin. Once you have 2 Phoenix Wave claws, move on to the next section. Not before.

NOTE: Like I mentioned in the BASICS-section, stay away from generic spell damage. It lowers your damage.

Phoenix Wave 130+


Ninja tree: Blink 1 | Shadow Refuge 1 | Perfect Being MAX | Shadow Rush MAX
Naginata tree: Way of the Phoenix DUMP
Psionic tree: Shuriken Flurry 25 | Psionic Scream 24 | Psionic Storm 1 | Energize 9 | Mind Ripple 1 | Pinnacle MAX | Cognition MAX (you need 100 cognition and not more)
Mastery tree: Meditation 1 (only 1 point for mana regen)
Reward Tree: Prismatic Cloak MAX | Beacon 1

Weapon: Phoenix Wave Wrist Blade
Offhand: Phoenix Wave Wrist Blade
Helm:
Radiance
Radiance
Tiara (Sacred)

Defense: 725 to 820
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 392
Item Level: 120
+2 Spell Focus per 1 Light Radius
+3% Fire Spell Damage per 1 Light Radius
-1% Cold Spell Damage per 1 Light Radius
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
-(15 to 20)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
Physical Resist 10%
Cannot Be Frozen
-5% to All Vendor Prices
Socketed (4)

Body Armor:
Blazing Armament

Blazing Armament
Body Armors

'IgnGhalOhn'
Runeword Level: 115
+25 Defense per 1% Fire Spell Damage
2% Chance to cast level 59 Fire Cannonade on Death Blow
+2 to All Skills
+(80 to 100) Spell Focus
60% Hit Recovery
+(1 to 15)% to Fire Spell Damage
-30% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(250 to 350) to Life
Maximum Fire Resist +4%
(15 to 25)% Bonus to Defense
+(3 to 5) to Light Radius

Gloves:
Iblis
Iblis
Gloves

'TyrSur'
Runeword Level: 90
+40 Spell Focus if Sanguine Covenant is Active
+10% Maximum Mana if Solar Flare is Active
+(37 to 42)% to Fire Spell Damage
(25 to 35)% to Energy
Regenerate Mana +(10 to 15)%
Fire Absorb 4%
+10 to Light Radius
and
Geleb's Greed
Geleb's Greed
Light Gauntlets (Sacred)

Defense: 1608 to 1830
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 600
Item Level: 115
1% Chance to cast level 37 Fire Fountain on Death Blow
+1 to All Skills
-15% to Enemy Fire Resistance
+(23 to 31) to Pyroblast
+200% Enhanced Defense
+5 Fire Absorb
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (4)

Curse of the Zakarum
(Zakarum Set)
for Pyroblast ST
Belt:
Fuse
Fuse
Belts

'Mhal'
Runeword Level: 110
20% Chance to cast level 28 Ignis Fatuus when Struck
Adds 38-113 Fire Damage
0.375% to Fire Spell Damage (Based on Character Level)
+(7 to 12) to Path of Flames
+(143 to 171)% Enhanced Defense
5% to All Attributes
Fire Resist +(75 to 100)%
Level 5 Blast Wave (40/40 Charges)
/
Lunar Eclipse
Lunar Eclipse
Light Belt (Sacred)

Defense: (2091 - 2422) to (2171 - 2514)
Required Level: 100
Required Strength: 550
Item Level: 120
+2 to All Skills
+(51 to 60) Spell Focus
25% Cast Speed
30% Hit Recovery
+(10 to 15)% to Spell Damage
+(90 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
+(40 to 50) to Energy
+100 to Life
Elemental Resists +15%
+5 to Light Radius
Socketed (2)
/
Lilith's Temptation
Lilith's Temptation
Plated Belt (Sacred)

Defense: (3680 - 4089) to (4031 - 4479)
Required Level: 100
Item Level: 105
3% Chance to cast level 2 Time Strike on Striking
+(170 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
-100 to Life
(60 to 100)% Magic Find
Requirements -100%
Socketed (2)

Boots: Honorific Sacred Boots with vendor MO: FSD, SF, Hit Recovery, MF, energy
Rings: Rare with 1sk, FSD, SF, life →
Ras Algethi
Ras Algethi
Ring

Required Level: 100
Item Level: 105
2% Chance to cast level 44 Magic Missiles on Melee Attack
+(40 to 50) Spell Focus
+(15 to 20)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(15 to 20)% to Fire Spell Damage
-10% to Enemy Fire Resistance
Physical Resist -2%
or 15 Light Radius Void quest rings
Weapon swap:
Cold Blood
Cold Blood
Crystal Sword (Sacred)

Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity:
1020
Item Level: 120
Innate Cold Damage:
(35.0% of Dexterity)
Regens 20% Life Over 5 Seconds Upon Taking Weapon Damage
4% Chance to cast level 50 Shatter the Flesh on Kill
1% Chance to cast level 50 Blizzard on Striking
25% Attack Speed
Adds (450 to 550)-(700 to 800) Cold Damage
-10% to Enemy Cold Resistance
+20 to Banish
Maximum Mana -50%
Requirements +100%
Socketed (6)
filled with -req jewels +
Cloudladder
Cloudladder
Spiked Shield (4)

Defense: (102 - 116) to (203 - 230)
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 7
Required Dexterity: 55
Item Level: 12
+1 to All Skills
+1 to Druid Skill Levels
+1 to Sorceress Skill Levels
+(41 to 60)% Enhanced Defense
+20 to all Attributes
+10 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (1)
Defense: (372 - 414) to (629 - 699)
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 24
Required Dexterity: 81
Item Level: 29
+(1 to 2) to All Skills
+(1 to 2) to Druid Skill Levels
+(1 to 2) to Sorceress Skill Levels
+(71 to 90)% Enhanced Defense
+30 to all Attributes
+20 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (4)
Defense: (920 - 1007) to (1503 - 1645)
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 42
Required Dexterity: 170
Item Level: 49
+2 to All Skills
+2 to Druid Skill Levels
+2 to Sorceress Skill Levels
+(101 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
+40 to all Attributes
+30 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (5)
Defense: (1443 - 1687) to (2346 - 2743)
Chance to Block: Class%
Required Level: 51
Required Dexterity: 353
Item Level: 84
+2 to All Skills
+2 to Druid Skill Levels
+2 to Sorceress Skill Levels
+(131 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
+50 to all Attributes
+40 Life Regenerated per Second
Socketed (6)
or Abandoned shieldcrafted shield with dex sockets so you can wear Cold Blood
Amulet:
Locket of Dreams
Locket of Dreams
Amulet

Required Level: 100
Item Level: 105
+(2 to 3) to All Skills
+100 to Vitality
+(150 to 200) Life when Struck by an Enemy
25% Gold Find
+10 to Light Radius

Mystic orbs:
Armor: FSD, SF, MF
Weapon: FSD, FCR
Jewellery: Life, MF, PDR
Socket: Tir/Tyr or jewels rolled with attribute catalyst: 2fsd, 15sf, ene%, life
Relic: Unlike previous guides, I'm gonna suggest Phoenix Wave relic to be used with this. Skill level matters to the damage so much and the relic is like wearing a third claw.

NOTE: Like I mentioned in the BASICS-section, stay away from generic spell damage. It lowers your damage. Only fire spell damage where possible

MERCENARY


I can't recommend any merc in specific, but go A3 if you really want one.

Refer to The Hireling Handbook for specifics

FAQ



Why is generic spell damage bad?


Per the skill description (here), you get 190% efficiency with fire spell damage and -80% efficiency with cold, lightning and poison. That means 10% generic spell damage is actually -5% spell damage to Phoenix Wave. Like Quov Tsin trophy gives the charm that 10%, which translates to:

+19% damage gain (fire)
-8% damage loss (cold)
-8% damage loss (lightning)
-8% damage loss (poison)
totals out to -5% "spell" damage lost (19 - 8 - 8 - 8)

Why wrist blade, and no other base?


They are the only IED base, and IED bases have some great affixes that can spawn on them, as opposed to physical. 10% all attributes, 300 life, cannot be frozen, just to name a couple.

UBERS


Scosglen Video: Stutter step phoenix waves, banish + pyroblast the trees. Easy game.

Big thanks


mortimer_85: for Phoenix Wave showcase and helping with item recommendations
siosilvar: for Phoenix Wave maths and helping with item recommendations
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Starting this after work even though I'll be stuck doing claw/psionic for a while cuz broke. Thank you much for the great guide Fuppy!

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Hey, nice guide! Just wondering have you tried using fire set and how would it compare to radiance setup?
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oztor wrote:Hey, nice guide! Just wondering have you tried using fire set and how would it compare to radiance setup?

I assume you mean Zakarum set? In my opinion, most of the power of that set comes from the synergy that you can uses Minefield and craft strong caster jewels in every slot instead of purified bloodstones. Since we're locked into using the claws, I don't like the set too much. Especially because of the helm's absurb strength requirement.

Gloves are nice for singletarget. You can basically run around Scosglen with them instead of Iblis.
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fuppy wrote:
oztor wrote:Hey, nice guide! Just wondering have you tried using fire set and how would it compare to radiance setup?

I assume you mean Zakarum set? In my opinion, most of the power of that set comes from the synergy that you can uses Minefield and craft strong caster jewels in every slot instead of purified bloodstones. Since we're locked into using the claws, I don't like the set too much. Especially because of the helm's absurb strength requirement.

Gloves are nice for singletarget. You can basically run around Scosglen with them instead of Iblis.

Yeah you're right, forgot about str req for the helmet. Thanks for clarifying.