You can reach me at: david.allen @[email protected]

  1. Hey! Just wanted to say thanks for your guides! I got into GD about a month ago and got a 2H ranged firestrike purifier to 100. After a bit of farming on that character, I got bored. But then I realized I picked up a lot of BPs for helms and I realized that I had 2 pieces of the Light’s Defender in addition to the BP for the helm. Because some of my purifier gear could overlap with a vindicator, I decided to fire one up and I came across your guide! I’m not sure what happened on the GD forums, but just wanted to say thanks again for continuing the provide your builds, albeit on another site, despite what has happened. Looking forward to updates on vindicator guide as they come around!

  2. Thanks, Matthew! The ST/WD Vindicator is a lot of fun. It’s been requested to create a Primal Strike Vindicator build as well – not sure if I’ll get around to it soon as PoE Legion comes out on Friday. I’m working on a DW Physical/Pierce Tactician (Gun) build right now and hope to have it done and published by Thursday (if it performs really well).

    Thanks again and have a great week!

  3. Hi, I too have recently returned to Grim Dawn after an absence and really appreciate the effort that you have taken to create these guides. Please continue to do more as these have really helped me understand some of the mechanics behind the game and been great in letting me explore some of the other classes.

  4. Thanks for posting your guides!! I have almost 4700 hours into Grim Dawn and did a reset with the release of Forgotten Gods. I’ve been using a number of your guides and having a huge amount of fun.

  5. I have 7 of them on the go but I am really enjoying MR THUMPYSHARTS and BURN THE WORLD as I have never spent much time with either of these types of builds in the past.

  6. Just wanted to say thanks for all the builds! I’m currently trying out this scourge arrow slayer build and loving it so far! Only thing I was trying to figure out is why lacerate is in the build setup since it does not work with bows?

    Keep up the good work! love it.

  7. Thanks! Oops – Lacerate and MPD is just to level up the gems for use with another build (or to vaal and sell) – they aren’t used for this build. Sorry for the confusion!

  8. I am currently using the Skelly guide and it is working very well. I wanted to say thanks for all the guides. I am new to the game.
    Is there an Oathkeeper guide /WW style you might have somewhere or know of one i might use.
    Thank you again for all the hard work and making the game for me.

  9. Thanks for the feedback; I’m glad they are helping! With the buff to Skeletons in the latest patch, SIR CRUNCHYBONES should be doing very well!

    The reason I didn’t do an Eye of Reckoning build guide is I couldn’t find one that performed as well as these other builds all the way through to end-game with self-found gear. Fire EoR was the strongest, but it just lost its survival in Ultimate. Archon EoR was the strongest, but it required all BiS legendaries (which wasn’t feasible for a starting build). Without BiS/Complete Mythical sets, EoR just didn’t perform well, and that was before the nerf πŸ™

  10. I am really enjoying your guides, and I have found them very useful as a new player. I do, however, have one tiny suggestion. On Hardcore Veteran, because I haven’t unlocked Elite or Ultimate, yet, the Skeletons were getting wrecked in The Putrid Den. I found that a single point in Bone Harvest after the initial 6 in Skeletons solved that problem quite nicely.

  11. That’s great advice – especially with how tough Veteran is now (much tougher than when I made the guide). I’ll put a quick not in with your feedback. Thanks!

  12. Hello! Instead of adding to the build thread I’ll make the CrunchyBones reminder here!

    With GrimTools down, were you able to use the “archive” I linked to see why you added Spectral Binding and Spectral Wrath? It looks like they wouldn’t add to pet support? I can see the RR, but caster will be more than 2m away from things most of the time.

    To that point – from K Ross comment – how is Bone Harvest making that much difference? It again is an attack, and all I see is the -8% movement?

    Maybe these 2 things show a clear lack of concept of GD on my part!
    Thanks again for the time to read my confusion!

  13. GrimTools is back up! It’s actually Soul Harvest (the 3rd in the line of Bone Harvest) that empowers pets – that’s what he meant to say – so one point in Bone Harvest and one point in Soul Harvest. Give that a shot and let me know your thoughts!

  14. Hey Ross! GT is back up – now I can review your recommendation – did you mean a single point in Soul Harvest vs. Bone Harvest? (Soul Harvest is the only modifier that impacts pets). Can you elaborate on your experience mentioned above?

  15. I was a complete newbie and followed your guide from the moment I started playing. I think you need to stress in your guide that once you accumulate your 5000 ion cobalt that you need to place it in your starship inventory.

    I had 10000 ion cobalt which I spent hours mining. I had multiple opportunities to spend it but your guide said not to. I ended up getting killed by sentinel drones and lost the lot because they were in my exosuit. I didn’t know I would lose all of my inventory in my exosuit but keep my starship inventory.

    Please can you stress this in the guide and save someone else a world of hurt. Thanks.

    UPDATE: Never mind. Sorry. I was playing normal so I retrieved my items – phew!

  16. Glad you were able to retrieve the content! The vast majority of players are going to be in Normal mode, so they can retrieve any lost items at their grave. Generally only experienced players will be in Survival or Permadeath – BTW did you die at the egg farm where you get the blueprints? I might want to add something there about the dangers…

  17. Have you completed the Neverwinter upgrade because i am a mediocre player enjoying Rift and a cleric in NWN i cannot play her and stay alive i have made a lumpenclump ‘Barbie’ and tracked through to the undermountain in quick time..i discovered this looking for reasons and some wise assist on the matter

  18. I actually wrote the review right before the “big changes” so I can’t really comment on the game’s current state. My apologies; have you tried the Neverwinter Subreddit?

  19. Really enjoying the builds. Do you have any plans for a retaliation build? I’ve seen some impressive end-game Warlords but I enjoy your levelling guides. Thanks.

  20. Hey David, I really enjoy the No Man’s Sky Beyond complete guide but it is a bit outdated in critical ways and could use an update. For example, the entire section on nanite farming doesn’t work anymore. The eggs don’t regenerate as they did, however they do regenerate on the order of once a week. I think your quick guide is a valuable resource to allow folks to fast track into the core of the game and don’t want gamers to be turned off because they think it is outdated. As I write this, NMS Beyond is at build 2.15.

  21. Hey Ed! Yup, I recently heard about this change. So they regenerate once a week in real time? Ouch. I figured it might be once a day. That means one would need to find numerous bases and network them all together for farming and hit them once a week (over a period of days). This does change a big part of the guide. I’ll need to think about how to address this. Are you 100% sure they regenerate once per week? Is this documented somewhere?

  22. Hi there read your post about the grim dawn community
    Wel what to say besides it was long πŸ™‚

    I skipped the forums all tougether and wend straight to
    your guides (as a returning player myself) and found them very helpfull

    Just wanted to say your guides are great keep up the good work!! πŸ™‚

  23. Hi David,

    Just wanted to drop a note thanking you for all your hard work. I am new to Grim Dawn and started off overwhelmed and lost, but your starter builds helped me gain understanding of the many gear/skill/devotion mechanics and now I absolutely love this game. Your “Burn the World” Purifier is actually my main atm and it is just a joy to play. I plan to do many more characters as well.

    Thanks again for all you do!

  24. im somewhat new to GD and have all the expansions. Do I need to purchase all in game tabs first before I can use GDitem assist?
    I’m also launching the game using GDinternals. Thanks for your help!

  25. Welcome! You can start using GD Item Assist at any time, but you do need to unlock the different stash tabs to enable the built-in management. If I recall you can go into the GD Stash settings and have it use Stash 1 or 2 as the deposit stash, so technically you could enable it earlier – but IMO you don’t really “need” GD stash until you can afford to buy all tabs anyway πŸ™‚

  26. Hello David.
    Just read your update on the toxicity of the forums. I’d like to thank you for your good build guides, and I’m sorry to see you lost the spark for Grim Dawn. I will be hoping to see you in other games and more positive communities.
    (Primary character is Crunchy, since I sometimes fall asleep while playing casually, and the pets really save me) πŸ˜‰

  27. David, My name is David also. I am sorry for what happened to you by Crate. I will admit I am one of those people who have come back to Grim Dawn every 6 months or so and always thought it was odd that people were advised to Theory craft, or use a final guide without any knowledge of the game. Which was on of my biggest turn offs, the other turn off of this game I have is once I am 100 and have BiS what then??

    Are you going to be going over the next PoE update that is coming out this upcoming Friday?

  28. It’s actually quite difficult to get all BiS for any single build, which is part of the fun of Grim Dawn; which is why people run multiple builds so they can find items to build their “account”. But it is unfortunate how most of the “information” on the forums is for end-game snapshots that most people don’t have a clue how to “get to”, which is why I made my guides.

    Yup; I’ll be playing Delirium when it launches on Friday.

  29. Hello david.
    I have already asked you on some occasion some doubts I had about a couple of Grim Dawn builds.
    I have to say that the work of doing these guides is wonderful and I encourage you to continue expanding the repertoire with some more, I think they could help many people like me, I think Grim Dawn is a great game and in the official forum The guides are nothing more than character captures.
    I am enjoying your Skelemancer Cabalist a lot.
    Today I wanted to ask for advice on how to build a character.
    I loved the paladin and the hammerdin crusader in Diablo 2 and Diablo 3 respectively.
    I was wondering. Is there a combination of classes or a build in Grim Dawn to replicate the hammerdin?

  30. Thanks for the feedback, Guamedo! Crunchybones is one of my favorite builds. I haven’t played GD in such a long time, I’d have to do substantial research on how to create something similar; in reality, you would probably have a better response from the GrimDawn subreddit. I hope this helps!

  31. The hell are we supposed to do with this paste bin(PoE)? And why isn’t it explained on this site? Why do I have to even ask?

  32. Morning Joe! Sorry for the frustration; the beginning section did have:

    Path of Building is required to view many of the below builds. Additionally, make sure you have a good loot filter. I personally recommend NeverSink’s Loot Filter.

    However, I’ve added a new section with the proper stand-out border and background right above the start of the new builds that reads:

    For new players, you need Path of Building to view the PoB files.

    I hope this helps!

  33. I just checked; it’s fine. Note there are multiple trees – it defaults to Phase I for leveling; click on the combo box and you’ll see Phase I, Phase II, etc. And you’ll find additional details in the Notes section.

  34. Hi David,

    I’m new to GD and really appreciate the time that you put into these guides.

    Any thoughts about which of your beginner builds will fare the best in the current version (


  35. Thanks for the support! My favorite builds are Sir Crunchybones (Skelemancer) and Sir BloodyDots (Bleed Conjurer). But it really comes down to the play style you prefer. All of the builds should be viable with the current version of the game. Enjoy!

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