Shadow Killer (PvM Build) Alright, this is the final build for the most part of my Kicker variant. Comments and critique is still welcome. As with all Dragon Talon builds, its possible to get high kick damage, but you have to center your entire build around it. This is what this build does. You will be focusing on getting lots of Strength, lots of Crushing Blow, and lots of Increased Attack Speed. SKILL POINTS 20 Dragon Talon 20 Fade 20 Cloak of Shadows 20 Weapon Block Rest in Venom and Blade Shield, or invest in Shadow Master or Burst of Speed (For IAS). (Reasons explained below) STAT POINTS (Out of five stars [*****]) STR: [****_] DEX: [*____] VIT: [*****] NRG: [_____] EQUIPMENT (Not finalized yet) HELM: Natalya's Totem. You want one with max STR bonus (+20). Also socket a Perfect Amethyst for more STR if you want. ARMOR: Currently, I have a Boneweave Enigma. You can afford the STR cost for high-level armors because thats a stat you focus in, so you could probably go for even better armors than a Boneweave. As I said I use an Enigma for now, but Fortitude might be a better option for this build. PRIMARY WEAPON: Shadow Killer Battle Cestus, socketed with a Ber. Lots of good mods are on this weapon for a kicker, which is why the build is named after it. It gives Freezes Target, chance of Frost Nova, and Crushing Blow from the Ber. With 5 kicks per burst, you'll be releasing rapid frost novas and freezing everything around you, an excellent bonus for a melee build. SECONDARY WEAPON: Jade Talon. You want this for the +Skills to help out your Fade and whatever else you enhance yourself with, plus it gives resistances. Kicks only receive mods from your PRIMARY weapon, so you're free to put whatever claw you want here. If you don't need resists, Bartuc's is probably a better option. GLOVES: Crafted "Blood" Vampirebone Gloves. Recipe is Magic Heavy/Sharkskin/Vampirebone Gloves, Nef Rune, Perfect Ruby, and any Jewel. Easy stuff to come by that gives you glvoes with EXCELLENT mods. The ones I crafted got 20% Increased Attack Speed, 3% Life Leech, and 8% Crushing Blow. Try and go for the IAS and max Crushing Blow (10%). Note that PREVIOUS MODS ON GLOVES AND JEWELS DO NOT MATTER. Mods will be re-rolled when you craft, so grab random useless Jewels from Cow games and gamble yourself some gloves. Alternatively you can get some Steelrends, but I find the crafted gloves to be better. BELT: Verdungo's Hearty Cord. You won't have the ability as much as other builds to invest in VIT, so Dungo's is a must for the health support. AMMY: Highlord's Wrath. Unfortunately, Deadly Strike does not work with kicks, but the +1 Skills and Increased Attack speed is what you need from it. RING 1: Bul-Kathos. (Though I have a Dwarf Star) + Skills, 'nuff said. RING 2: Stone of Jordan. (Though I have a Manald Heal) +1 Skills, and I think some Mana support. BOOTS: Upgraded Goreriders. (Though I have Marrowwalk) Absolutely awesome, these give Crushing Blow, and when upgraded, turn into Myrmidon Greaves, the best Kick Damage boots in the game. Nothing better to ask for, really. MERC: I found a Cold Wolf (Act III) to be the most useful, but am unsure what to equip him with. FAQ: Why no Death Sentry? I realise corpse explosion helps a lot, but I got to thinking... You're using a Shadow Killer. 95% of the enemies you kill will SHATTER. There's nothing for Death Sentry to cast it on. Ever. Complete waste of points. Why focus on STR? Simple, STR is put into the Kick damage equation twice. You want all the help you can get to boost Kick damage. Why Dual Claw? Firstly, because the build is centered around Shadow Killer's amazing mods. Secondly, because Weapon Block can block spells. This is extremely useful against enemies like Black Souls. Why Venom and Blade Shield? You only hit one enemy at a time, so I figure a little extra help would be nice in crowds. Blade Shield sucks on its own, but it receives poison damage from Venom, not to mention Venom also applied to kicks. Its not that much extra damage but it helps a bit, plus I couldn't think of anything else to invest points into. Any further questions will be added to this FAQ. Critique and Comment please!