YouTube Guide with Gameplay :
Storm Crow Crowstorm Swarmblade 400k Crit Druid Last Epoch Build Guide Patch 8.5 - YouTube
So I was told that people actually read written guides? For the longest of times I stopped making them because it seemed nobody read them or cared, so my time was better spend making the video associated with the build. Prove me wrong and read the post, and I will probably make more written guides in the future Storm Crows are actually cool, and I’ve enjoyed them immensely here. Hopefully with some more gear I can finally say I made non snapshot crows t4 jurla viable.
Thanks to the mini rework of Swarmblade in patch 8.5c, we now can gain rage on Locust summon, meaning we do not need to run Eterra’s Path or a large amount of critical strike chance support to allow us to stay inside Swarmblade form while farming monoliths. This reduces how much investment we need to remain in form.
Crowstorm is a companion ability, that when used will create a large lightning aoe that scales with Storm Crow’s minion lightning spell damage, and it also gains 50% more damage per contributing crow. I thought this was the case before I played with it extensively, but Crowstorm is one single hit, not multiple. Hard to tell because the animation but that is the case. One big hit!
So the normal version of Crowstorm (that barely anybody plays for a reason), you need stuff like Eterra’s blessing to bypass the Crowstorm Cooldown (which is like 6 seconds with some investment),
but it costs an insane amount of mana to do so. Thats why we are Swarmblade, as it allows us to use a Crowstorm every 3 seconds instead of 6, and it also costs no mana to proc, allowing us to actually be able to spam it. Now since we are forced down to only 3 crows (4 if you use the summon wolf bug, yes it is a bug), it means we do significantly less damage than the Beastmaster version…but we pretty much get to spam Crowstorm like twice as much, so its great QoL and we have access to entangling roots which is like 40 adaptive spell damage, which helps us catch up to Beastmaster’s damage output.
crow damage scales hard
being able to spam big AoE solves minion AI problems
Mobility of Swarmblade
Almost can do T4 Jurla
- lots of investment (can be a good or bad thing)
1a. crows are naturally squishy and need investment not to die constantly
has a buy in of at least Artor’s legacy and Ribbons of Blood
Healing from Maelstrom isn’t a good sustain source but is our best choice sadly, can’t
build health regen because slots are too tight and too expensive
- Dual wield is required to pump out good damage
Well Crows have some of the lowest base HP in the entire game, so they require a bit more investment than your normal build to function. Attribute stacking (strength and attunement in this case) which Druid is good at doing, is the best way to keep your crows alive. It gives them a large amount of base HP to work with, which then if we get close to like 700%-ish increased minion health, I think you’d be happy then. We also use a ribbons of blood so they won’t be crit, a reach from the grave so that they have leech from their attacks, and a Jurla’s obsession with some resistances which are normally hard to get, it means the setup I have for crows are a lot more durable than most people’s setups. Right now I have like 400% inc minion HP, but if I got minion HP on the chest id be at 700% easily.
Maelstrom healing is our main sustain source. Since with stuff like Aspect of the Boar and Impervious, along with Serpent Strike armor stacking, it means we become pretty tanky for a minion build. Sadly Maelstrom healing is our only out, as all the other sources of sustain for a minion build are locked away with really really good gear (like HP regen on an Artors and Jurlas obsession)
Skill rotation for single target :
So thanks to the nature of transformations, they allow you to constantly spam Swarmstrike and Crowstorm, as cooldowns are reset when you enter and leave form, so we leave Swarmblade form, use Entangling Roots, use a Crowstorm, use Entangling Roots again, then swap into Swarmblade Form (which will proc a Crowstorm so be ready to place it), then Swarmstrike again, then of course Swarmstrike again, rinse and repeat. Really fun to do, feels like you are rewarded for form swapping.
Storm Crows are nice enough to give a lot of their own base crit inside their own tree, as we can easily get close to 40% base crit with the nodes in the lower left of the tree. Its a 20% chance on melee hit to gain a bunch of base crit for 10 seconds, which stacks to 3 times, so as long as we are melee’ing enemies (which we are thanks to serpent strike and swarmstrike) it means we are close to capping our crit chance with a few idols or a Jurlas Obsession with crit on it.
Focused Wrath’s 30% reduced rage decay is very important, as it allows us to sustain with only Locusts while in Swarmblade while monolith farming, while on single target it doesnt matter because we are constantly leaving and entering Swarmblade form as it fills us up to full every time.
Impervious is insane for us, as since we are constantly attacking, the DR is up all the time.
Aspect of the Boar is of course Best Boar.
Attribute stacking and healing effect on the tree are very valuable, as its stacks we need to make the build feel good.
Artor’s Legacy, Reach from the Grave and Ribbons of Blood are mandatory in my opinion, while Jurla’s Obsession is a flex spot. You don’t technically need Deathrattle, and when you get minion crit multi on chest and helm you won’t need this.
We can get +1 to storm crows sealed, Minion crit multi and Minion Health %, which are absolutely insane for us. We don’t need +3 to crows, more like +1 to feel comfy, so we’re completely fine only having a T1 on our chest. Didn’t get one so I used the one in the video.
Minion Crit Chance on prefix with Healing Effect on suffix is our most important setup. a throne of ambition goes a long way on single target.
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YT video with gameplay of the build :
Last Epoch Build Planner With Current Gear :
- Dr3ad from Epoch Builds