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What primary pairs best with Dark Manipulation?


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DM just screams blapper to me. I have put together a rad/DM build but really no idea if its any good:


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Level 50 Magic Blaster
Primary Power Set: Radiation Blast
Secondary Power Set: Darkness Manipulation
Power Pool: Flight
Power Pool: Fighting
Power Pool: Speed
Power Pool: Leadership
Ancillary Pool: Soul Mastery

Hero Profile:
Level 1: Neutrino Bolt -- AchHee-ResDeb%(A), TchofLadG-%Dam(7), ShlBrk-%Dam(9), Thn-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(9)
Level 1: Penumbral Grasp -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Irradiate -- Arm-Dam%(A), Arm-Dmg(3), Arm-Dmg/Rchg(3), Arm-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(5), Arm-Acc/Rchg(5), AchHee-ResDeb%(7)
Level 4: Death Shroud -- SprDfnBrr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), SprDfnBrr-Acc/Dmg(11), SprDfnBrr-Dmg/Rchg(13), SprDfnBrr-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(13), SprDfnBrr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(45)
Level 6: Electron Haze -- PstBls-Dam%(A), PstBls-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(15), PstBls-Dmg/Rchg(15), PstBls-Dmg/EndRdx(40), PstBls-Acc/Dmg(43)
Level 8: Aim -- RechRdx-I(A)
Level 10: Shadow Maul -- Obl-Acc/Rchg(A), Obl-Dmg(11), Obl-Dmg/Rchg(43), Obl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(45), Obl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(46), Obl-%Dam(46)
Level 12: Hover -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A)
Level 14: Fly -- Empty(A)
Level 16: Soul Drain -- SprAvl-Acc/Dmg(A), SprAvl-Dmg/EndRdx(17), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(17), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(23), SprAvl-Rchg/KDProc(23), FuroftheG-ResDeb%(46)
Level 18: Cosmic Burst -- Apc-Dam%(A), Apc-Dmg/EndRdx(19), Apc-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(19), Apc-Dmg/Rchg(21), Apc-Dmg(21)
Level 20: Touch of the Beyond -- Heal-I(A), SphIns-ToHitDeb(40), SphIns-Acc/ToHitDeb(48), SphIns-Acc/Rchg(48), SphIns-ToHitDeb/EndRdx/Rchg(48), SphIns-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(50)
Level 22: Boxing -- Empty(A)
Level 24: Tough -- StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(A), GldArm-3defTpProc(25), UnbGrd-Max HP%(25), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(27), UnbGrd-ResDam(27), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(29)
Level 26: Neutron Bomb -- SprBlsWrt-Rchg/Dmg%(A), SprBlsWrt-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(34), SprBlsWrt-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(37), SprBlsWrt-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(37), SprBlsWrt-Acc/Dmg(40)
Level 28: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def(29), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(31), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(31), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg(34)
Level 30: Hasten -- RechRdx-I(A), RechRdx-I(31)
Level 32: Atomic Blast -- Obl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), Obl-Dmg(33), Obl-Acc/Rchg(33), Obl-Dmg/Rchg(33), Obl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(34), Obl-%Dam(50)
Level 35: Dark Pit -- AbsAmz-Stun(A), AbsAmz-Stun/Rchg(36), AbsAmz-Acc/Stun/Rchg(36), AbsAmz-Acc/Rchg(36), AbsAmz-EndRdx/Stun(37)
Level 38: Dark Embrace -- UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(A), UnbGrd-ResDam(39), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(39), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam(39)
Level 41: Midnight Grasp -- SprBlsCol-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(A), SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg(42), SprBlsCol-Dmg/EndRdx(42), SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(42), SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(43)
Level 44: Oppressive Gloom -- Stp-Acc/EndRdx(A), Stp-EndRdx/Stun(45)
Level 47: Maneuvers -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def(50)
Level 49: Assault -- EndRdx-I(A)
Level 1: Defiance 
Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Swift -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Hurdle -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Health -- NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(A)
Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-End%(A)

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I guess generally the answer is always FIre/* 😆


Overall I think blappy secondaries benefit from primaries that have good pbaoe (or targeted aoe you can cast near/around yourself), which Fire has (as do others) but of course FIre brings the damage and dead enemies can't hurt you.   I'd probably avoid primaries with cones.  Water could be good if you really want more mitigation (but dead enemies can't hurt you either).  Nothing really wrong with Rad or even Psi, per se, but I like the quick animations and targeted AOE of Fire.  DP/Dark as mentioned would likely be stylish but so is DP/Martial, at that point you just should find what's fun.


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I main a Dark/Dark.  I really enjoy it. I am starting to play like a Blaster and not a Brute lol. Still not blapping though. I bop on for soul drain, T9 Blackstar and then head for the hills.  I have 4 cones to hose the unwashed masses and of course nice long range ST

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My rad/dark blaster is about 40 and is lots of fun.  Not as punchy punchy (or as well defended) as my dark/atomic was, but my ranged damage feels *much* higher.


I skipped neutrino bolt and electron haze from the primary (considering dropping neutron bomb) and skipped Death Shroud and Suck Maul from the secondary.  

Who run Bartertown?


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