My first attempt at a more or less "pure" Darkness freeform build for self-sufficient DPS, soloing PvE content.PowerHouse (Link to this build)Name:Archetype: FreeformSuper Stats:Level 6: Ego (Primary)Level 10: Constitution (Secondary)Level 15: Endurance (Secondary)Talents:Level 1: The DiscipleLevel 6: ImpresarioLevel 9: CoordinatedLevel 12: NegotiatorLevel 15: AcrobatLevel 18: Healthy MindLevel 21: Quick RecoveryPowers:Level 1: Shadow BoltLevel 1: Shadow Embrace (Rank 2, Dark Displacement)Level 6: Grasping ShadowsLevel 8: Defiance (Rank 2, Rank 3)Level 11: ConcentrationLevel 14: Dark Transfusion (Rank 2, Blood Sacrifice)Level 17: Spirit ReverberationLevel 20: Ebon Ruin (Rank 2, Nyctophobia, Paranormal Paranoia)Level 23: Lifedrain (Rank 2, Rank 3)Level 26: Shadow Shroud (Rank 2, Rank 3)Level 29: Ebon Void (Voracious Darkness)Level 32: Summon Shadows (Devouring Darkness)Level 35: Masterful DodgeLevel 38: Ego Surge (Rank 2, Nimble Mind)Travel Powers:Level 6: Shadow Wings (Rank 2, Rank 3)Level 35: TeleportationSpecializations:Ego: Force of Will (2/2)Ego: Insight (3/3)Ego: Follow Through (2/3)Ego: Sixth Sense (3/3)Vindicator: Aggressive Stance (2/2)Vindicator: Merciless (3/3)Vindicator: Focused Strikes (3/3)Vindicator: Modified Gear (2/2)Guardian: Fortified Gear (3/3)Guardian: Ruthless (2/2)Guardian: Find the Mark (2/3)Guardian: The Best Defense (3/3)Mastery: Ego Mastery (1/1)
Fairly self-explanatory. EGO for ranged damage, the spec tree, and Concentration scaling. CON for general survivability and Spirit Reverb scaling. END for a big max energy limit, combined with Dark Transfusion to get a big equilibrium. Basic plan is to summon shadow minions, open with Grasping Shadows to lay down fear (so the subsequent attacks can Reverb), then AoE the henchmen with Shadow Embrace and blast the villains with Ebon Ruin, Life Draining as needed. (Obviously, it's a retcon build, and I'd use Shadow Blast as the single-target hitter until I could retcon into Ebon Ruin.)
I wanted Regen as the passive, but if I'm reading things right, Dark Transfusion would make it useless. So I went with Defiance instead, which provides resistance and scales off of CON. Would I be better off with Invulnerability or Lightning Reflexes?