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Building my first Dual Blades/Dark Armor character, what archetype would be best with this set? I'm leaning towards tank but wouldn't mind a different option and what are the best build options while leveling/reaching lvl 50. 

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I have a Dark/DB tank. I love it, it is unkillable in all content though the damage is not really anything to write home about. I'll post my build for you, however this is definitely a level 50 build.


While leveling, I would take Typhoon's Edge for the AOE and only drop it when you have other, better options. I recommend taking Oppressive Gloom over Cloak of Fear at first since it costs basically no End and Dark/ is a well-known end hog. Also, the combo system in Dual Blades is not that great and you're generally better off just rotating through the highest damage powers - but I do like the Weaken and Sweep combos while leveling. 


If you can afford it definitely slot the Steadfast Protection/Gladiator's Armor +3% def enhancements as soon as possible. Dark is a strong resist set with layered defensive options in Cloak of Darkness and the strongest heal in the game. The 6% def from those IOs stacked with Cloak's 5% goes a long way.


You'll also want to get the Theft of Essence +end proc and slot it into Dark Regeneration ASAP. It costs more than 1/3 of your end bar to use, but with the proc, using it in a group will fill your bar to 100%.


Some folks will recommend Hasten and more +recharge because the ideal DB attack chain is Blinding Feint -> Ablating -> Sweeping -> Ablating -> repeat, which takes a significant amount of recharge. I built my tank to be an unkillable monster with strong AOE so it doesn't bother me to be a little slower, but just FYI that is the "optimal" way to go. Soul Transfer and Fold Space are definitely not necessary so replace one of those with Hasten if you like.


Lastly, if you are really worried about not being at the defense cap you can pick up Darkest Night from Soul Mastery to effectively get you up to the cap. I don't like it because it takes so long to animate and in my experience 30% def is just fine considering where my resists are at. 


Have fun and I hope you like it! This guy is one of my most fun toons to play at all levels.


This Hero build was built using Mids Reborn 3.4.7

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Nightfall: Level 50 Mutation Tanker
Primary Power Set: Dark Armor
Secondary Power Set: Dual Blades
Power Pool: Teleportation
Power Pool: Fighting
Power Pool: Leaping
Ancillary Pool: Soul Mastery

Hero Profile:
Level 1: Death Shroud -- EndRdx-I(A), EndRdx-I(3)
Level 1: Nimble Slash -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Dark Embrace -- UnbGrd-ResDam(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(9), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam(9), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(11), GldArm-3defTpProc(11)
Level 4: Murky Cloud -- UnbGrd-ResDam(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(13), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam(13), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(15), StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(15)
Level 6: Obsidian Shield -- UnbGrd-ResDam(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(17)
Level 8: Dark Regeneration -- ThfofEss-+End%(A), ThfofEss-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(17), TchoftheN-Acc/EndRdx/Heal/HP/Regen(19), TchoftheN-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(19), TchoftheN-%Dam(21), ThfofEss-Acc/EndRdx/Heal(50)
Level 10: Ablating Strike -- TchofDth-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(A), TchofDth-Dmg/EndRdx(21), AchHee-ResDeb%(23), TchofDth-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(23), TchofDth-Acc/Dmg(25)
Level 12: Cloak of Darkness -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def(25), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(27), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(27), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg(29), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(29)
Level 14: Teleport -- BlsoftheZ-ResKB(A)
Level 16: Taunt -- PrfZng-Dam%(A)
Level 18: Combat Teleport -- EndRdx-I(A)
Level 20: Blinding Feint -- SprGntFis-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), SprGntFis-Rchg/+Absorb(31), SprGntFis-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(31), Hct-Dam%(31), GssSynFr--Build%(33)
Level 22: Cloak of Fear -- EndRdx-I(A), EndRdx-I(33)
Level 24: Kick -- Empty(A)
Level 26: Tough -- UnbGrd-Max HP%(A), UnbGrd-ResDam(33), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(34), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(48)
Level 28: Vengeful Slice -- SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg(A), SprMghoft-Dmg/Rchg(34), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(34), SprMghoft-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(36), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(36), SprMghoft-Rchg/Res%(36)
Level 30: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(37), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(37), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(37), Rct-ResDam%(39)
Level 32: Combat Jumping -- Krm-ResKB(A), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(50)
Level 35: Sweeping Strike -- SprGntFis-Acc/Dmg(A), SprGntFis-Dmg/Rchg(39), SprGntFis-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(39), ScrDrv-Dam%(40), Obl-%Dam(40), FuroftheG-ResDeb%(40)
Level 38: Soul Tentacles -- Ann-ResDeb%(A), Ann-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(42), PstBls-Dam%(42), PstBls-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(42), Bmbdmt-+FireDmg(43), Ann-Acc/Dmg(43)
Level 41: Dark Obliteration -- Ann-Acc/Dmg(A), Ann-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(43), Ann-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(45), PstBls-Dmg/EndRdx(45), PstBls-Dam%(45), JvlVll-Dam%(48)
Level 44: One Thousand Cuts -- Arm-Dmg(A), Arm-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(46), Arm-Dmg/Rchg(46), Arm-Dmg/EndRdx(46), Arm-Dam%(48), Erd-%Dam(50)
Level 47: Soul Transfer -- Heal-I(A)
Level 49: Fold Space -- RechRdx-I(A)
Level 1: Gauntlet 
Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A)
Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Swift -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Hurdle -- Empty(A)
Level 1: Health -- Mrc-Rcvry+(A), NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(3), Pnc-Heal/+End(5)
Level 1: Stamina -- PrfShf-End%(A), SynSck-EndMod(5), SynSck-EndMod/+RunSpeed(7), PrfShf-EndMod(7)
Level 50: Task Force Commander 
Level 50: The Atlas Medallion 
Level 50: Portal Jockey 

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