(Outdated) Viper Striker (Scion)

Submitted by ZenocideGenius on December 26, 2013 - 9:16PM CST
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Description

Lvl 25+ Viper Strike, Very effective AoE Solo efficiency

Suggested Leagues: Standard, Hardcore, Domination, Nemesis

Passive Skills

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Gems

Gem Set #1

Viper Strike

Inflicts a debuff on the foe, which deals chaos damage over time and can stack up to four times. Each time it is re-applied, the duration is refreshed. Requires a claw, dagger or sword.


Viper Strike
Melee Splash

Adds an area of effect splash radius to a single target melee attack.


Melee Splash
Empower

The attached skill gem gains additional levels.


Empower


Gem Set #2

Cast When Damage Taken

Supported skills have a chance to cast supported spells when you take damage. You cannot cast supported spells directly. Also reduces damage taken.


Cast When Damage Taken
Immortal Call

Discharges Endurance Charges, making the character invulnerable to physical damage for a short time, proportional to how many endurance charges were expended.


Immortal Call
Increased Duration

Increases the duration of the skill.


Increased Duration
Molten Shell

Summons fiery elemental shields providing additional armour for a short duration. If cumulative physical damage prevented by your blocking or armour reaches a threshold, the shields explode outwards, dealing fire damage to surrounding enemies.


Molten Shell


Gem Set #3

Reduced Mana

Reduces the mana cost of the skill.


Reduced Mana
Grace

Casts an aura that grants evasion to you and your allies.


Grace
Haste

Casts an aura that increases the attack speed and cast speed of you and your allies.


Haste


Gem Set #4

Enduring Cry

Performs a warcry, adding endurance charges proportional to the number of surrounding enemies. Taunts all nearby enemies to attack the caster.


Enduring Cry


Gem Set #5

Frenzy

Performs an attack that gives the character a frenzy charge if it hits. Frenzy charges increase your attack speed.


Frenzy


Gem Set #6

Vulnerability

Curses all targets in an area, making them take increased damage from physical attacks and degeneration, and easier to stun. The target's energy shield will regenerate more slowly.


Vulnerability


Gem Set #0

Whirling Blades

Dive through enemies, dealing weapon damage. Only works with daggers, claws and one handed swords.


Whirling Blades
Faster Attacks

Increases the attack speed of physical skills.


Faster Attacks


Flasks

Flask Set 1

Life Flask

Restores 960 Life over 8 seconds.

Consumes 10 out of 30 charges on use.

Each percentage of quality adds 1% Life restored.


Life Flask
Jade Flask

Increases your Evasion Rating by 3,000 for 5 seconds.

Consumes 40 out of 60 charges on use.

Each percentage of quality adds .04 seconds to the duration.


Jade Flask
Mana Flask

Restores 550 Mana over 7 seconds.

Consumes 20 out of 40 charges on use.

Each percentage of quality adds 1% Mana restored.


Mana Flask
Mana Flask

Restores 550 Mana over 7 seconds.

Consumes 20 out of 40 charges on use.

Each percentage of quality adds 1% Mana restored.


Mana Flask
Quicksilver Flask

Increases Movement Speed by 40% for 5 seconds.

Consumes 20 out of 50 charges on use.

Each percentage of quality adds .05 seconds to the duration.


Quicksilver Flask


Bandits

Help Oak in Normal Difficulty - Rewards +40 to Maximum Life
Kill all the bandits in Cruel Difficulty - Rewards 1 Passive Skill Point
Help Kraityn in Merciless Difficulty - Rewards +1 to Maximum Frenzy Charge

Gear

Pure Evasion gear with High life and res. Attack speed helps but is not mandatory. Plus to damage is literally worthless in this spec.

Guide

Blood Dance Sharkskin boots - 30% preferred considering it is your main source of regen.
A FAST dagger/claw/sword that has +1 to all gems and +2 to melee gems

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To start things off use enduring cry. This allows immortal call to last ~3 seconds because of increased duration with only 3 charges. You will be dodging/evading a lot but when you get hit the immunity is a perfect amount of time to regen your life.

Stack your frenzy charges using Frenzy Rank 1. Keep it rank 1 because the mana cost of Frenzy gets very high the more you lvl it. It is simply there for the regen the Blood Dance boots provide. I currently have 6 charges and I feel it isn't worth the 3 extra points to get the 7th in the Duelist tree.

Now viper strike your heart out! Melee splash 20% is preferred considering it gives you 20% more AoE on your applications. Viper Strike 20% is also preferred in fact I bought a Lvl 20/ Q 20% so soon as I hit lvl 68 I was able to have my Lvl 25 Viper Strike.

Empower lvl 2 is a MUST for this build. It benefits from the +1 to all gems in your weapon making it lvl 3 and now giving +2 to all gems. Viper Strike also benefits from +1 to all and +2 to Melee gems making it +5 ATLEAST. My empower in nemesis is lvling slowly but eventually will be lvl 3 (making it lvl 4) and giving me a lvl 26 Viper strike.

The only thing that buffs Vipers damage is + to gems, Damage over time nodes and chaos damage nodes. Vulnerability is an amazing curse because it provides 40% more damage over time damage (at lvl 1) which helps a lot versus Chaos resistant mobs. When lvling up vulnerability it only provides more AoE for the curse and physical damage % increase which we don't do. I lvled mine up because I like the range it provides but it is not required.

This build is a FAST farming build and literally you can DoT and run. Most mobs only need two applications to melt very fast. Chaos resistant mobs however needs 3 to 4 charges considering there is no chaos penetration/curse gems in the game as of yet. Make sure o run back and check loot (I nearly missed an exalted myself!!)

Lastly, put clarity on blood magic reduced mana for health reserve. This is something I did around lvl 55 ish and it really helped with mana sustain. Also run haste once you pick up charisma.

I have also tested the new unique dagger and it does FAR less damage than a +1 +2 dagger can provide regardless of the extra bells and whistles I would not invest in it at all unless you are playing softcore and want to put it in your offhand. Shields give FAR too much evasion/life/block/resist to pass up for any hardcore league.

For any further questions message me in game IGN Zenocidegenius. Also my stream is usually up for about 4-8 hours a day depending if I'm working or not that day. ENJOY!

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