I’ve had multiple Beastmaster pet builds since early Beta in 2019, well before Idols became part of the game. Since these characters were too high leveled to enjoy doing the quests to get the Idol slots, I decided to delete them and start fresh. Now, I have one Beastmaster pet build which I’m playing as my main build, but it’s only level 80, so I’m just starting to farm class-specific shards and everything. I’m theorycrafting a secondary build I’d like to try out, but I don’t want to use up the limited shards I have to come up with something that’s crap, so I’m humbly asking for advice.
This is the Primalist build I envision. It’s a cold-based build where both the Wolves and Scorpion should have the Cold tag on them since I take both the nodes that transform them to do Cold-based damage. Thanks to War Cry granting 100% Crit chance in general and another 100% Crit chance for Cold minions, I calculated it out and I should have 100% Crit chance for those 4 seconds after I use War Cry (I can write the calculations out if anyone has questions about it).
My aim is to take Frenzy Totem’s node that expands the Scorpion’s Aura. Combine that with the larger area nodes on the Scorpion tree and I should end up with a very large Poison Nova that stacks Frostbite stacks (since the Nova’s Poison chance is converted to Frostbite) and lower’s enemy Freeze resistance to the point where War Cry’s Freeze should be significantly more effective than a standard War Cry would last. For further defensive countermeasures, I use Earthquake as my “Melee” ability to afflict Stun and Slow while also stacking more Frostbite.
Now I haven’t actually run Empowered Monoliths yet since my only good character is Level 80, so I’m completely in the dark as to what’s considered good enough defenses. I account for resistances and critical hit avoidance, but nothing on Endurance or Dodge or Minion Dodge or anything. I’m hoping that the Earthquake / War Cry combo is enough to keep enemies at bay and let the minion Crit damage heal themselves back up, but it will take several weeks of farming and leveling until I can actually test the build.
So what do people think? Should this end up being effective? Do I need to replace the blessings I propose with something else entirely? Any Primalist pet build experienced with running Empowered Monoliths, send whatever advice you can give.