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Shield/DM build?

Todd Z

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Level 50 Magic Tanker
Primary Power Set: Shield Defense
Secondary Power Set: Dark Melee
Power Pool: Fighting
Power Pool: Leaping
Power Pool: Leadership
Power Pool: Speed
Ancillary Pool: Energy Mastery

Hero Profile:
Level 1: Deflection -- ShlWal-Def(A), ShlWal-Def/EndRdx(3), UnbGrd-ResDam(3), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(5), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam(5), UnbGrd-Max HP%(7)
Level 1: Shadow Punch -- SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg(A), SprMghoft-Dmg/Rchg(7), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(9), SprMghoft-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(9), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(11), SprMghoft-Rchg/Res%(11)
Level 2: Battle Agility -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def(15), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(17), Rct-ResDam%(17)
Level 4: Shadow Maul -- SprGntFis-Acc/Dmg(A), SprGntFis-Dmg/Rchg(19), SprGntFis-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(19), SprGntFis-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(21), SprGntFis-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(21), SprGntFis-Rchg/+Absorb(23)
Level 6: True Grit -- UnbGrd-ResDam(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(23), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam(25), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(25), Prv-Absorb%(27), Prv-Heal(27)
Level 8: Active Defense -- EndRdx-I(A)
Level 10: Taunt -- PrfZng-Dam%(A)
Level 12: Against All Odds -- PrfZng-Dam%(A)
Level 14: Phalanx Fighting -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def(29)
Level 16: Siphon Life -- Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(A), Mk'Bit-Dmg/EndRdx(29), Mk'Bit-Dmg/Rchg(31), Mk'Bit-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(31), Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(31), Mk'Bit-Dam%(33)
Level 18: Grant Cover -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def(33)
Level 20: Kick -- FrcFdb-Rechg%(A)
Level 22: Tough -- UnbGrd-ResDam(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(33), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam(34), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(34), StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(34), GldArm-3defTpProc(36)
Level 24: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def(36)
Level 26: Shield Charge -- OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg(A), OvrFrc-End/Rech(36), OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg/End(37), OvrFrc-Dmg/End/Rech(37), OvrFrc-Acc/Dmg/End/Rech(37), FrcFdb-Rechg%(39)
Level 28: Soul Drain -- Arm-Dmg/Rchg(A), Arm-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(39), Arm-Acc/Rchg(39), Arm-Dmg/EndRdx(40), Arm-Dam%(40), GssSynFr--Build%(40)
Level 30: Combat Jumping -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def(42)
Level 32: One with the Shield -- PwrTrns-+Heal(A), RgnTss-Regen+(42), Ags-Psi/Status(42), ImpArm-ResPsi(43), SynSck-EndMod/+RunSpeed(43)
Level 35: Dark Consumption -- SprAvl-Acc/Dmg(A), SprAvl-Dmg/EndRdx(43), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(45), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(45), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(45), SprAvl-Rchg/KDProc(46)
Level 38: Midnight Grasp -- SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg(A), SprBlsCol-Dmg/EndRdx(46), SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(46), SprBlsCol-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(48), SprBlsCol-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(48), SprBlsCol-Rchg/HoldProc(48)
Level 41: Assault -- EndRdx-I(A)
Level 44: Hasten -- RechRdx-I(A), RechRdx-I(50)
Level 47: Conserve Power -- RechRdx-I(A)
Level 49: Physical Perfection -- PwrTrns-+Heal(A), PrfShf-End%(50)
Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Gauntlet
Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Swift -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Health -- Pnc-Heal/+End(A), NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(13), Mrc-Rcvry+(13)
Level 1: Hurdle -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Stamina -- PrfShf-End%(A), PrfShf-EndMod(15)
Level 50: Cardiac Core Paragon


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5 hours ago, jackdaw1234 said:

I'm going to play my first melee AT ever...  Wondering if anyone can share an updated Shield/DM build for a tanker?  Thanks!


Hello - shield was one of my first uber nigh indestructible shield builds - so this is something I have many game hours playing over the years - lots of fun!


Tanker (Shield Defense - Dark Melee).mxd


I based this off of my tried and true Captain Infinitum build - which is pretty darn close to being as survivable as my Invul Build - and honestly with this having Dark Melee you have all the benefits of Shield's superb Positional Defenses combined with a small heal and high damage attack in Siphon Life - plus an endurance booster in Dark Consumption to offset Shield's hungry endurance nature - This is why I go straight for Resilient instead of Cardiac - because you should be set for endurance with Dark Consumption ready roughly every 54 ish seconds.


With all that it is probably a bit better than my shield build and probably directly on par with my Invul Build - which means you are unkillable unless a gas pump takes you out somewhere (they are becoming a bit vicious and not gentle at all these days)


Other features - if you look at the by the numbers screenshot below you have Incarnate softcapped defenses in both melee and aoe ~65% and 60% respectively and well above softcapped defense in ranged ~52%.  You also have the option of bolstering this with Hover should you feel like you needed it - but you probably wouldn't


To bolster this your resistances are all around 70 which is where you want them - except for Psi which is near 60 and S/L which is at 80.  One note about these is that is based off of one stack of Might of the Tanker - if you spam shadow punch you can easily get that to 3 stacks which would be an additional 13.4 res to every category.




Active defense should easily double stack which would for most of the time get you DDR at 87% which is one of the best numbers in the game at that point - which means all that lovely defense will be really hard to break through - and even if it is you have all that nice resistances to hold the ground the rest of the way.


I really looked for a way to include touch of fear - but couldn't find room - I don't think you will miss it - but if you did you could always replace it in Hover's place and borrow a slot from health - maybe the absorb there.


Anyway - Hope this helps - it has been a lot of fun for me over the years - honestly I might try the Dark Melee version here to see how this plays on my Shield framework - it really looks durable and fun.  :-)  Also if you have any questions please feel free to message me any time!


One last thing - since you are new to melee - feel free to take a look at my post here - I have a lot of melee builds Scrapper,Stalker,Brute,Tanker of varying Primary and Secondaries that are all really durable and fun to play.


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50 minutes ago, Golden Azrael said:

A sound build, there.


Shield and Dark Melee.


There's a thought.



I know right?  I cant believe i never thought of that.  I made my character last night. lol. ZPE is its name Zero Pont Energy


Credit goes to @jackdaw1234 pointing me to this awesome synergy.

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