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Good Melee character that does insane DPS but with some survivability??

neutralknowledgeneutralknowledge Posts: 11 Arc User
edited January 2017 in Builds and Roles
I just recently switched from Silver to Lifetime and I'm completely lost about building Free Form builds.... I have a good Unleashed AT character that does some decent damage; she usually does 6k-12k damage with her Dragon's Wrath, but she's toooo squishy. My Unleashed is a Dex/Str.

Can anyone recommend me a good melee DPS build, preferably dual blades but with some survivability????

Thank you so much.

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  • flowcytoflowcyto Posts: 11,803 Arc User
    Can use Dragon's Claws in combination w/ Blade Tempest to put up Shredded. It gonna be tough to match a good AT's dps since they have a lighter DR on passive dmg bonuses, but DC gains extra severity on crits to help make up for that:

    (Unnamed Build) - Freeform

    Super Stats
    Level 6: Strength (Primary)
    Level 10: Dexterity (Secondary)
    Level 15: Constitution (Secondary)

    Talents
    Level 1: The Master (Con: 10, Str: 10, Dex: 10, Rec: 8)
    Level 6: Covert Ops Training (Str: 3, Dex: 3, Con: 3, Int: 3)
    Level 9: Acrobat (Dex: 5, Con: 5)
    Level 12: Physical Conditioning (Str: 5, Con: 5)
    Level 15: Martial Focus (Str: 5, Dex: 5)
    Level 18: Quick Recovery (Con: 5, Rec: 5)
    Level 21: Impresario (Dex: 5, Rec: 5)

    Powers
    Level 1: Rain of Steel
    Level 1: Blade Tempest (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 6: Form of the Tempest
    Level 8: Way of the Warrior (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 11: Strike Down
    Level 14: Steadfast
    Level 17: Conviction (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 20: Dragon's Claws (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 23: Eye of the Storm (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 26: Resurgence (Rank 2)
    Level 29: Retaliation (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 32: Ego Surge (Rank 2, Nimble Mind)
    Level 35: Rebirth
    Level 38:
    Adv. Points: 30/36

    Travel Powers
    Level 6:
    Level 35:

    Specializations
    Strength: Swole (2/3)
    Strength: Physical Peak (3/3)
    Strength: Brutality (2/2)
    Strength: Juggernaut (3/3)
    Warden: Fortified Gear (3/3)
    Warden: Ruthless (2/2)
    Warden: Upper Hand (2/3)
    Warden: The Best Defense (3/3)
    Vindicator: Aggressive Stance (2/2)
    Vindicator: Merciless (3/3)
    Vindicator: Focused Strikes (3/3)
    Vindicator: Mass Destruction (2/3)
    Mastery: Strength Mastery (1/1)

    Uses STR PSS for Juggernaut's high Defense when combined w/ Con SS. Still gears mostly for Dex and Con, though. Last power slot can be w/e.
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  • neutralknowledgeneutralknowledge Posts: 11 Arc User
    edited January 2017
    Quick question, what does DR mean??

    "It gonna be tough to match a good AT's dps since they have a lighter DR on passive dmg bonuses."
  • jaazaniah1jaazaniah1 Posts: 4,572 Arc User
    DR = Diminishing Returns.
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  • servantrulesservantrules Posts: 306 Arc User

    Quick question, what does DR mean??

    "It gonna be tough to match a good AT's dps since they have a lighter DR on passive dmg bonuses."

    Archetypes have one clear advantage over Freeforms, and that's a less penalizing diminishing returns on damage. This is why Archetypes like Unleashed and The Soldier can potentially deal more DPS than a freeform with relatively equal set of powers, mods, and gear.
  • jaazaniah1jaazaniah1 Posts: 4,572 Arc User
    In fact, at Cosmics, ATs can often top the charts for that reason.
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  • flowcytoflowcyto Posts: 11,803 Arc User
    Yea, the lighter DR on passive dmg means a geared AT can deal anywhere from ~30-45% more final dmg w/ the same power using the same setup/gear as an FF.

    FF's do have flexibility and more potential to make an optimal build w/o weaker_unused powers (say have more AOs, or more debuffs, etc). DPS ATs that are good at their role are still role-limited and are mostly glass canons.
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  • pantagruel01pantagruel01 Posts: 7,033 Arc User
    Yeah, it's pretty unlikely that you'll come up with a freeform build that out-dpses an Unleashed (a freeform can be a lot more durable than any AT, but ATs have a distinct advantage for DPS builds, and the Unleashed happens to also be reasonably well constructed).
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