What are the best classes for Grim Dawn in 2020?
As a new player, you will quickly discover that with Grim Dawn's engaging dual mastery system, you become a new class when you choose your second mastery, able to mix and match skills from both masteries to devise your own unique build!
With nine available masteries, there are thirty-six different combinations and many different ways to build each of those combinations. Let's take a look at some of the best classes in 2020!
A Battlemage dispatches some Cthonians with Olexra's Flash Freeze
The Battlemage is a combination of the Soldier and Arcanist masteries and is a great choice for a starter class. As a Battlemage, you have access to powerful passive and toggle buffs, as well as useful leveling abilities that are accessible early on in the skill tree, allowing you to have both respectable damage output, and survivability.
Why the Battlemage is Great
- Access to Forcewave makes leveling a breeze, and the Arcanist skill tree only further supports this with abilities like Mental Alacrity.
- Powerful passive and toggle buffs like Field Command, Maiven’s Sphere of Protection, or Oleron’s Rage can steeply increase your damage and survivability.
- There is a fair amount of Monster Infrequent support for Battlemages, like Shambler’s Heart, which adds flat physical damage to Forcewave, or Obsidian War Cleaver which adds 60% weapon damage to Forcewave.
- There is a lot of potential to switch to interesting endgame builds once you’ve reached level 94, like the Spellscourge set or the Krieg set.
Battlemage full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/11
A Druid faces off against a group of hero and boss enemies in the Crucible
The Druid is a combination of the Shaman and Arcanist masteries and makes for an okay choice to level up as if you choose Shaman as your first class. There is good synchronization within this class because both the Shaman and Arcanist skill trees have support for elemental damage. As a Druid, your damage output will be significantly higher than for example, a Battlemage, but you will be less durable and have to maneuver your character more often to survive.
Why the Druid is Great
- When starting out with the Shaman, you can use Primal Strike to level up. Primal Strike has high damage output, and the capability to excel in both AOE and single target damage.
- You have access to a wide variety of support for elemental damage with skills such as Wind Devil, Stormcaller’s Pact, or Ishkandra’s Elemental Exchange.
- Shaman spells like Storm Totem or Wendigo Totem can provide a lot of standing power.
- There are some powerful monster infrequents that can supplement your build, such as the Ugdenbog Sparkthrower which provides a very significant 40% crit damage to Primal Strike.
- There are a few very viable end game builds for the druid. For example, you can use the Trozan set along with a few other items to make a build focused on massive damage output with Trozan’s Skyshard while maintaining mobility.
Druid full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/19
A Ritualist faces off against Aetherial undead
The Ritualist is a combination of the Necromancer and Shaman masteries and is a great class for leveling up. There are strong supporting skills in both masteries for vitality damage, as well as pet-focused builds. When playing as a Ritualist, you will be both durable and yield high damage output. This is a very well rounded class.
Why the Ritualist is Great
- Access to spells like Wendigo Totem and Devouring Swarm allow you to do significant damage and sustain your health while staying mobile.
- There are a lot of monster infrequents that support this build, such as Bonespike, Lagoth’Ak’s Bloodbinding, or Ugdenbog Howler.
- Having pet spells in the Necromancer and Shaman skill tree allows you to summon a small army of minions to fight for you if you prefer a pet-oriented playstyle.
- Item sets such as the Dark One’s Gift, Beastcaller’s Regalia or Bysmiel’s Trinkets can make your Ritualist very powerful at the end game, capable of taking down very challenging bosses.
Ritualist full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/26
A Dervish attempts to kill the secret Crate superboss
The Dervish is a combination of the Nightblade and Oathkeeper masteries and is a solid choice for leveling up if you take Oathkeeper first. Both the Nightblade and Oathkeeper tree have support for vitality and acid damage, so you can choose to focus on either, but acid has a lot more support for it in both skills and items you can find. The Dervish is durable, has high damage output, and has great mobility.
Why the Dervish is Great
- The Nightblade skill tree has a lot of support for acid damage, and the Oathkeeper skill tree has a few ability modifiers that can, for example, change Righteous Fervor or Guardians of Empyrion to do Acid and Vitality damage.
- If you take Oathkeeper first, you can focus completely on Vire’s Might and blaze through the early levels until you are comfortable enough to switch to a different set up.
- The Dunefiend can convert Eye of Reckoning and Shadowstrike to do acid damage, as well as provide significant bonuses to both skills, making for a good feeling character with high mobility, fun abilities and huge damage output.
Dervish full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/3
A Vindicator prepares to continue his adventure
The Vindicator is a combination of the Inquisitor and Shaman masteries. It is an easy class to level with, whether you choose to start out as Shaman or Vindicator. Both skill trees have support for elemental damage, primarily lightning. The Vindicator is a well rounded class capable of impressive damage output while maintaining reasonable defenses.
Why the Vindicator is Great
- Access to powerful leveling skills in both the Shaman and Inquisitor tree such as Primal Strike, Storm Box of Elgoloth, and Word of Pain make for a smooth leveling experience
- There are useful monster infrequents such as Ulraprax’s Sting, Ugdenbog Sparkthrower or Korvan Storm Halberd that can give you an edge while leveling, and can be viable for some end game content
- Access to multiple ways to reduce elemental resistance with abilities like Wind Devil or Aura of Censure allow you to pump out some serious damage
- Defensive abilities such as Aura of Censure or Mogdrogen’s Pact make the Vindicator sturdy for a damage-oriented class.
Vindicator full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/33
A Warlord in the Warborn armor set prepares to resume his journey
The Warlord is a combination of the Soldier and Oathkeeper masteries. This class has remained powerful throughout the lifespan of Grim Dawn, persisting through the many patches that we’ve seen since the game’s inception. It is a great choice for leveling and has the potential to be one of the most powerful end game builds with the proper set up. The Warlord is a versatile class, able to focus on many different damage types, but I would strongly recommend that you focus on retaliation versions of those damage types for the end game, because that is the true strength of the Warlord class.
Why the Warlord is Great
- The Oathkeeper and Soldier are both great choices for a first class to level with due to abilities like Forcewave or Vire’s Might.
- The skill trees from both masteries heavily support retaliation damage builds, with abilities such as Righteous Fervor, Counterstrike, or Aegis of Menhir.
- There are many powerful sets that support the Warlord class, such as the Armor of Octavius, Stoneguard, or Avenger’s set.
- There are also many monster infrequents that can support you while leveling up, such as Shambler’s Heart or Zarthuzellan’s Archive.
- The Warlord is a very tanky class that feels great to play.
Warlord full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/9
An Infiltrator stands victorious over the corpse of a god, The Ravager
The Infiltrator is a combination of the Nightblade and Inquisitor masteries. It’s a decent choice for leveling if you take inquisitor first, and has support for both piercing and cold damage, but excels in piercing damage. If you’re looking to play a class that has huge damage output and sustain, while maintaining decent survivability, the Infiltrator is a great choice.
Why the Infiltrator is Great
- Inquisitor makes for a good mastery to level with first because of abilities like Storm Box of Elgoloth and Word of Pain.
- If you choose to use the Belgothian set, your Infiltrator will have the potential to deal impressive damage, trivializing some boss fights that may have given you trouble with other classes.
- There is some good monster infrequent support for leveling up as Inquisitor, like Ulraprax’s Sting.
- Spells like Inquisitor’s Seal allow you to have unrivaled standing power for a Nightblade based class.
Infiltrator full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/21
A Sorcerer uses Albrecht's Aether Ray to disintegrate a Skeletel Monstrosity
The Sorcerer is a combination of the Demolitionist and Arcanist masteries. It is easy to level up with either Arcanist or Demolitionist as a starter class. There is heavy support for fire and lightning damage between the Arcanist and Demolitionist skill trees. The sorcerer is not the most resilient class, but it is capable of outputting huge amounts of damage while staying mobile.
Why the Sorcerer is Great
- There are some great Monster Infrequent options to support your build, such as Zarthuzellan’s Codex or Slathsarr’s Crest to boost strong starter skills like Blackwater Cocktail or Panetti’s Replicating Missile.
- There are some very strong item sets to support this class, such as Pyran’s Vestments.
- At the end game, you will deal a ton of damage while maintaining mobility, allowing you to take down challenging bosses.
- You can use the Granted Skills from components such as Fireblast or Greater Fireblast to carry your build and free up skill points for passive and toggle buffs until you reach a point where you want to redesign your setup for end game viability.
Sorcerer full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/28
A Spellbinder prepares to continue his journey and employ aether magic to destroy his enemies
The Spellbinder is a combination of the Necromancer and Arcanist masteries. It is a decent class to level up as, and has some versatile and potent end game potential. You can build a Spellbinder many different ways, but I’d say aether damage is your best bet. The Spellbinder is a resilient class with good mobility, high damage output, solid sustain, and high versatility in being capable of playing many different build types.
Why the Spellbinder is Great
- Although the Spellbinder is not the easiest class to level, it isn’t weak for that purpose either.
- The Spellbinder’s real strength comes in its endgame viability for so many different and powerful builds. You can play as a powerful melee character with the Krieg set for example, or take a more caster-focused route and use sets like Diviner’s Vision or Agrivix’s armor.
- The Spellbinder has access to passive and toggle buffs and skills that make it very durable with high sustain and damage, such as Maiven’s Sphere of Protection, Spectral Binding, or Devastation.
Spellbinder full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/29
A Conjurer faces off against waves of enemies in the Crucible
The Conjurer is a combination of the Occultist and Shaman masteries, and is one of the most powerful classes you can play, both for leveling and end game. The Shaman and the Occultist are both viable options to start out with for leveling, and the Conjurer class has some serious endgame potential, able to sustain itself, stay mobile, and deal high damage without sacrificing durability.
Why the Conjurer is Great
- The Occultist and Shaman are both great options for starting out leveling, with access to abilities such as Devouring Swarm, Bloody Pox, Blood of Dreeg and Sigil of Consumption relatively early on.
- If you want to play a strong pet build, the Conjurer can support that build effectively, with access to different minions such as Summon Familiar, Summon Briarthorn or Summon Hellhound, and buffs that affect them, like Blood of Dreeg.
- There are some strong sets to support a vitality Conjurer like the Dark One’s set, affording the class with further sustain and damage, and allowing it to compete with the very best builds for boss killing.
- Sets like Beastcaller’s Regalia or Bysmiel’s Trinkets can make your pet build top tier, capable of clearing almost any content.
- The combination of sustain, mobility and damage output can put you leagues ahead of many other classes.
Conjurer full build details: https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/build-compendium-x-forgotten-gods/49673/15
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Grim Dawn can be tackled on three increasingly challenging difficulties: Normal, Elite and Ultimate. Each subsequent difficulty is unlocked by defeating the Final Boss of the game on the previous difficulty (ex. to unlock Elite Difficulty, you must first complete Normal Difficulty).Is Grim Dawn mastery or skill? ›
Grim Dawn's skill classes are known as Masteries. Each Mastery has its own skill tree which represents the various character archetypes within the game. On reaching level 2, a player chooses a Mastery for their character to specialize in.How many hours is Grim Dawn? ›
When focusing on the main objectives, Grim Dawn is about 21½ Hours in length. If you're a gamer that strives to see all aspects of the game, you are likely to spend around 161 Hours to obtain 100% completion.What is the fastest farmer in Grim Dawn? ›
The fastest farmer in the game would be a skater using volcanic stride. It is also very easy to gear for.Can you combine classes in Grim Dawn? ›
Dual Class – Combine any of nine distinct classes with over 25 skills and modifiers per class. Choose from: Soldier, Demolitionist, Occultist, Nightblade, Arcanist, Shaman, Inquisitor, Necromancer, and Oathkeeper. Collect hundreds of Items – Common, magical, rare, epic, and legendary classes of loot.What is the hardest boss in Grim Dawn? ›
- Crate of entertainment.
- Avatar of Mogdrogen.
- Clone of John Bourbon.
Shaman is just good all around for bleed support. You can go Archon but i believe Trickster (Shaman + Nightblade) or Warder (Shaman + Soldier) are better choices for builds based around bleed damage.Is Light Armor better than heavy Grim Dawn? ›
Chest armor In Grim Dawn comes in three different types: Light, Heavy and Caster. Heavy armor has a higher armor rating and Physique requirement than light armor, while caster armor has an extra Spirit requirement and offers additional energy regeneration.Is Grim Dawn endless? ›
They are endless, but eventually you will get YOUR OWN last shard because of gear and playstyle.
you can start whenever you want. hit n run tactics will work most of the time. after level 70 it'll be pretty safe. armor augments from revered factions give some resist to stay alive in ultimate.What is the highest level in Grim Dawn? ›
The level cap is 85, increased to 100 with the Ashes of Malmouth expansion. At levels 2 through 50, you earn 3 skill points per level. At levels 51 through 90, you earn 2 skill points per level.Which class has pets Grim Dawn? ›
Occultist, Shaman and Necromancer masteries all have pet skills.Are there healers in Grim Dawn? ›
Additionally, Occultists pet raven can heal you, and Shamans Wendigo Totem also heals you and allies in range. Beyond class skills, there are several items, relics, and devotions which can heal you and your allies as well!Does Grim Dawn have guns? ›
Pistols are a firearm type in Grim Dawn. They usually fire quickly, however then tend to have relatively low damage. This page lists all one-handed ranged weapons in the game.How many attribute points at level 100 Grim Dawn? ›
How many skill and attribute points does a fresh level 100 character have? 248 skill points.How long is the scythe? ›
A scythe consists of a shaft about 170 centimetres (67 in) long called a snaith, snath, snathe or sned, traditionally made of wood but now sometimes metal.Can I play Grim Dawn solo? ›
Singleplayer is the definitive way to experience Grim Dawn's storytelling and choice-based questing. Singleplayer can be played offline (ex. using Steam's offline mode), so you never have to worry about losing your internet connection or latency.
OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10. Processor: x86 compatible 2.3GHz or faster processor (Intel 2nd generation core i-series or equivalent) Memory: 2 GB RAM. Graphics: 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series or ATI Radeon X800 series or better.
The Loghorrean, the Voice of Ch'thon is a unique boss creature located in the Edge of Madness. He is the final boss of Grim Dawn and must be killed to access the next difficulty and complete The Bane of Cairn quest.
Pets are allied creatures summoned by the player to fight enemies. Pet stats and damage are increased by Bonus to All Pets affixes, although some that are granted by items will have their base attributes (Health, Energy, etc) scale with player level.What is the max number of players in Grim Dawn? ›
In Grim Dawn's multiplayer, players can form a party of up to 4 members. The strength and toughness of monsters scale with the number of players, as does the amount of loot. To host a Multiplayer session, select Host Multiplayer prior to loading a character into the world.Does Grim Dawn have legendary items? ›
Legendary Items represent the pinnacle of power in Grim Dawn. These are the items about which tales are told and legends are born. They bestow the most potent bonuses and item skills. Rightfully so, Legendary items are even harder to find than Epic items.How many skeletons can you have in Grim Dawn? ›
This skill allows the player to summon 3 Skeletal Warriors. The first Modifier gradually adds 1 to 5 additional skeletons to the summon limit, +7 at maximum ultimate rank.What class is Templar Grim Dawn? ›
Templar is a combination of Arcanist and Oathkeeper – two masteries that have one obvious thing in common – fire damage support. It's essentially a twin class of Sorcerer, except that you can easily build Sorcerer into lightning damage too, while Templar is serving only to the Fire.Is Saltbaker the hardest boss? ›
4 Chef Saltbaker
The hardest boss of the Delicious Last Course DLC has to go to Chef Saltbaker. This chef isn't cooking everything with love, only pain, and suffering. Not only is he downright creepy, but his attack patterns get even more sporadic as time goes on. Given that he's the final boss it only makes sense.
Top 1: Nameless King – Dark Souls 3
And what do you know, it is what we believe is the hardest video game boss in history. Bow down to the Nameless King…well, you'd certainly do that willingly or not.
Player character resistances have a soft cap of 80%, which some items can raise to the hard limit of 95%.What weapon has the best bleed? ›
The Uchigatana is one of the best bleed weapons, with a fast moveset and insane physical damage. It can be converted into a full bleed weapon by equipping the bleed affinity. The Reduvia Dagger is another one of the best bleed weapons, with quick physical damage and long-range attacks.What is the best bleed damage talisman? ›
The best Talismans for a Bleed build
The only Talisman that's directly related to this build is Lord of Blood's Exultation, which increases your attack power when blood loss occurs nearby. This Talisman can be obtained by killing Esgar, Priest of Blood inside the Leyndell Catacombs.
The Claw Talisman is the least effective, while the Lord of Blood's Exultation is the most effective when it comes to the bleed build.Is Dragon scale the best light armor? ›
The best light armor set in Skyrim is undoubtedly the Dragonscale armor.Which mist armor is better? ›
Ivaldi's Deadly Mist set is arguably the best armor outside of those that are exclusive to New Game Plus mode. Once fully upgraded, it provides 85 Strength, 68 Runic, 168 Defense, and 50 vitality, along with the familiar Regenerating Essence perk that constantly heals Kratos.What race is best for light armor? ›
Redguards are the best race in Skyrim for people looking for a lightly-armored warrior like a scout or a skirmisher, especially considering Redguards favored skills in One-Handed, Block, and Archery.Is it possible to beat Until Dawn without Death? ›
Sam and Mike are both impossible to kill until Chapter Ten, where you will get a chance to kill not only them but a few other characters as well. If you've followed every step up until now, the characters should all be alive when hitting the grand finale of the game.What does SR mean Grim Dawn? ›
Edit. The Shattered Realm is an endless dungeon introduced with the Forgotten Gods Expansion, and can be accessed by speaking to Mazaan, Keeper of Portals in the Conclave of the Three.What is Grim Dawn based on? ›
Grim Dawn is an action role-playing game (ARPG), developed and published by Crate Entertainment for Microsoft Windows in February 2016 and released for Xbox One in December 2021. Developed using the Titan Quest engine, it is set in a thematically dark fictional world loosely based on the Victorian era.What is the highest skill level in Grim Dawn? ›
You will also gain access to up to two Masteries (level 2 you have the option to pick your first Mastery, level 10 you have the option to pick a second Mastery). The level cap is 85, increased to 100 with the Ashes of Malmouth expansion. At levels 2 through 50, you earn 3 skill points per level.What is the max attributes in Grim Dawn? ›
A total of 90 Attribute Points are available to each character in the base game, with an additional 15 points opening up with the increased level cap introduced by the Ashes of Malmouth expansion: With forgotten Gods it is increased to 107.What is the max reputation in Grim Dawn? ›
Friendly faction reputation tiers:
Respected (5,000 to 9,999) Honored (10,000 to 24,999) Revered (25,000)
Everything just stays the same. In normal they have a cap, elite as well then ultimate basically scales to your level in each area.Can you get more than 55 devotion points Grim Dawn? ›
Restoring a Shrine
A restored shrine will shower you with mortal wealth and grant you a single Devotion Point, which you can spend in the Devotion Window. You can earn up to 50 Devotion Points throughout Grim Dawn's 3 Difficulty Modes. (With the Ashes of Malmouth expansion, the Devotion Point cap is increased to 55.)
Cosmetic pets also exist in game, but only a total of 3 can be out at any time. Some pets can be issued direct commands, such as to attack a specific target or to move to a specific location.Are there mounts in Grim Dawn? ›
There will never be mounts in GD.Can weapons break Grim Dawn? ›
Weapons can't break in this game. They don't break and there is no repair, so you seem to be confused. Congratulations on spelling 'break' incorrectly in two completely different ways.Do pets scale with level Grim Dawn? ›
increase with player level are basic of pet, they all scale with owner player level, only pet that "scale with player damage bonuses" increase by player bonus. Pets that scale with player bonuses aren't affected by "bonus to all pets" stuff. They pretty much only care about your % damage bonuses and Offensive Ability.