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Doryani's Touch Berserker Build

Doryani's Touch Berserker Build

Berserker Build that uses very unique Doryani's Fist item to deal MASSIVE Lightning Damage

 Doryani's Touch
Berserker Build

Updated for Patch 3.19

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Guide notes
September 27, 2022
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Build Overview
Tags: [MELEE] [ELEMENTAL] [LIFE]

Budget: 

Defenses: 

Boss DPS:

AoE:

 

Doryani's Fist is one of the items that require building the whole character around it. It's a pair of gloves granting you a built-in Skill named Doryani's Touch. This Attack cannot be evaded so you won't have to worry about Accuracy, but to use it you're prohibited to wear any weapon. It adds a lot of Lightning Damage to Attacks to recompensate for this disadvantage, and for the inability to make it a 6-link setup. Berserker is a great class for any Attack Build, it includes this purely Elemental type of Attack. It's for the best to pick War Bringer, Crave the Slaughter, Rite of Ruin, and Aspect of Carnage. It results in a build heavily tied to Warcries and Rage to Exert Attacks and to gain more Damage. Doryani's Touch also counts as a Slam Attack, making it suitable for Tawoha Keysone from Chieftain's Ascendancy you can obtain via Forbidden Jewels.

This build uses Tempered by War keystone from Lethal Pride Jewel, Doryani's Prototype Armour, and Mahuxotl's Machination Shield. It creates a complicated web of many overlapping game mechanics that influence your defenses. To put it simply, you will take no Cold or Lightning Damage, only Fire, Chaos, and Physical. The Unique Body Armour encourages you to lower your own Lightning Resistance (up to -200%) to deal more Lightning Damage yourself to nearby enemies. With this setup, it is guaranteed to one-shot nearly all opponents and even some map bosses. As you take only one type of Elemental Damage, pick Purity of Fire for more Maximum Fire Resistance, which can be boosted up to nearly 90% after you gain enough Energy Shield. Your Maximum Chaos Resistance is also very high due to Divine Flesh. Armour is sourced From Determination, Defiance Banner, and Gear. It makes the build quite durable, it's capable of reaching around 5k of Maximum Life and some Energy Shield (which does not prevent any damage).

Mahuxotl's Machination is currently very expensive, but it's possible to play without it. It provides you only with defenses such as faster Leech and extra Elemental Resistances. Divine Flesh, however, is quite important to protect you completely from Cold Damage, so just be sure that you have Cold Resistance.

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1. Gameplay

Use Doryani's Touch to slay enemies. This skill can be enhanced by Warcries to Exert the Attacks and to gain some other bonuses. Intimidating Cry doubles the Exerted Damage, Seismic Cry makes it easier to Stun and Knockback, and increases your AoE. Enduring Cry is used defensively to regenerate Life, gain Endurance Charges, and mitigate Physical Damage. For a Curse, you can use Warlord's Mark, but Punishment is viable too. If you have a Corrupted pair of Gloves with some other Curse, it might be also beneficial. To enhance your performance use Blood Rage. During boss fights activate Berserk and Ancestral Warchief Totem for much more DPS. Molten Shell is the best Guard Spell, for better mobility use Flame Dash. For Auras use Wrath, Determination, Purity of Fire, Defiance Banner, and Blood and Sand.

 

This video was recorded on a level 95 Berserker with -200% Lightning Resistance. With Tempered of War, this feast requires you to get three reflected Rings with negative Lightning Resistance. But that's basically the only viable option to mitigate the downsides of using Doryani's Prototype and gain maximum DPS output


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • deals very high Lightning Damage
  • very large AoE ensures great clear speed
  • has a cheap version that doesn't require Mahuxotl's Machination
  • great defensives with very high Maximum Resistances
CONS
  • the build is quite expensive
  • can't run no-leech and reflect maps

 

3. Leveling tips

As a Berserker we recommend starting with an Attack Skill, it doesn't really matter which one as long as it can be affected by Warcries. Dealing Fire Damage could be advantageous as there are a lot of Fire-related Attack Skills and nodes near your starting location on a Skill Tree, and it'd also improve Infernal Cry, which is great for clearing when utilizing Fire Damage. Doryani's Prototype requires level 67, and Doryani's Fist - 63. Switch to Lightning Damage and the final setup after you've acquired these two items, and in addition to that, be sure that your rare Jewelry grants you negative Lightning Resistance. If you have Lethal Pride for Tempered By War Keystone and Mahuxotl's Machination Shield, be sure that you also have a lot of Chaos Resistance. As you've equipped the Unique Gloves and Body Armour you can start respecing the unnecessary passives to get more Lightning Damage. At this point, you should have a really high Armour Rating, so you don't have to do it immediately at level 67 if you don't - you can comfortably get into yellow or red maps as the fiery Tectonic Slammer. Cluster Jewels are the least of your concerns, but the small ones for extra Reservation Efficiency might be very cost-efficient.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Ground Slam
Ground Slam Ground Slam - At level 1 you can pick up this Slamm Attack, it's able to hit opponents far away with Physical Damage.
Onslaught Onslaught Support - Onslaught is used for more Movement and Attack Speed.
Added Fire Damage Added Fire Damage Support - It adds Fire Damage sourced from Physical Damage.
Tectonic Slam
Tectonic Slam Tectonic Slam - Tectonic Slam converts 60% of its Physical Damage to Fire. It creates Fissures and consumes Endurance Charges to enhance its Damage.
Added Fire Damage Added Fire Damage Support
Pulverise Pulverise Support - Increases Area Damage and Area of Effect at the cost of Attack Speed.
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support - Simply grants more Physical Damage, again at the cost of Attack Speed.
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - Grants more Elemental Damage with Attacks.
Fist of War Fist of War Support - Every two-or-so seconds your Slam Attacks are Ancestrally Boosted dealing increased Damage and having increased AoE.
Mana Reservation setup
Anger Anger - Adds Fire Damage to your Attacks and Spells.
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - Grants 15% of your Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage, and makes enemies "explode" on death.
Clarity Clarity - Use it to regenerate your Mana faster.
various Gems
Flammability Flammability - A Curse that lowers the Fire Resistance of affected foes.
Infernal Cry Infernal Cry - Covers nearby enemies in Ash, Taunts them, and makes them explode on death dealing Fire Damage. Your Exerted Attacks Trigger Combust, for even more Damage.
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - A Warcry that regenerates your Life and provides you with Endurance Charges.

Bandits:

you should kill all three Bandits for two additional Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

25 Points Skill Tree
Start with Elemental Resistances, Fire Damage, Maximum Life, and head for Resolute Technique

73 Points Skill Tree
Head for more Maximum Life, Elemental Damage, Warcry clusters, and Mana Reservation Efficiency. You should also allocate the Mace cluster, or if you're using another type of weapon, its corresponding cluster is also there - between Blood Magic and Resolute Technique.

 

Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - it's a great leveling Ring for it grants a lot of Attributes, Damage, and Resistances
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
Marohi ErqiMarohi Erqi - If you don't mind the reduced Attack Speed you can use this Mace, it has a very high base Physical Damage.
45% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
(400-500)% increased Physical Damage
25% reduced Attack Speed
(40-50)% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
-500 to Accuracy Rating
DreadarcDreadarc - It's more comfortable to wield this weapon than Marohi Erqi - it applies Flammability on Hit. You can use it as soon as you hit level 16. Keep in mind it's an Axe, not Mace.
Adds (5-15) to (20-25) Physical Damage
Adds (5-15) to (20-25) Fire Damage
(7-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(15-25)% to Fire Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed
Curse Enemies with Flammability on Hit, with 40% increased Effect
GoldrimGoldrim - this Unique Helmet offers a lot of Elemental Resistances
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - use Tabula for the six, white, linked sockets
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

101 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster or Unique or Cluster Jewels)
121 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Crave the Slaughter
  2. Rite of Ruin
  3. War Bringer
  4. Aspect of Carnage

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of the Brine King: You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds; Cannot be Frozen

Minor God: Soul of Abberath: 60% less Duration of Ignite on You; Unaffected by Burning Ground

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Doryani's Touch setup
Herald of Purity Doryani's Touch - A Slam Attack that deals Lightning Area Damage, it has insanely high added damage efficiency, and the Attacks cannot be evaded.
Added Lightning Damage Added Lightning Damage Support - It adds Lightning Damage to the Attacks.
Increased Area of Effect Increased Area of Effect Support - Use it for an increased Area of Effect, but it can be swapped for Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support during boss fights.
Pulverise Pulverise Support - Pulverise lowers Attack Speed but grants much more Area Damage and Area of Effect.
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - Supported Attacks deals more Elemental Damage.
[UTILITY] Aura setup
Wrath Wrath - Wrath adds Lightning Damage to your Attacks, which is distinctly desirable.
Determination Determination - Use it for more and increased Armour Rating.
Purity of Fire Purity of Fire - Provides you with additional Fire Resistance and Maximum Fire Resistance - the only type of Elemental Damage you're receiving.
Defiance Banner Defiance Banner - It not only Increases your Armour and Evasion but also reduces Critical Strike Chance for nearby enemies.
Blood and Sand Blood and Sand - You can switch between Blood and Sand Stance to gain more Area Damage at the cost of Area of Effect and vice versa.
[UTILITY] Blood Rage & Curse setup
Punishment Punishment - Punishment is one of many viable Curses, this one magnifies your damage against opponents with less than 50% of their Maximum Life.
Blood Rage Blood Rage - Blood Rage grants you Life Leech and increases your Attacks Speed at the cost of slowly draining your Life. Level 1 is enough as it will require too much Dexterity later on.
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - Linked Skills cost Life but no Mana.
Cast when Damage Taken Cast when Damage Taken Support - This Gem should automatically cast Punishment and Blood Rage after you take some damage. You will activate it quite often due to self-inflicted damage from Echoes of Creation​​​​​​.
[UTILITY] Warcry setup
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - Regenerates your Life and grants an additional Physical Damage Reduction.
Intimidating Cry Intimidating Cry - Taunts all the enemies and causes your Attacks to deal double Exerted Damage.
Seismic Cry Seismic Cry - Your Attacks knock enemies back and are much more likely to Stun. Your Exerted Attacks have a greater Area of Effect.
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - Raises a Totem for more Melee Damage.
[UTILITY] Berserk
Berserk Berserk - You can Spend all of your Rage to gain very formidable bonuses to your Damage and defenses that deplete over time.
[UTILITY] Molten Shell
Molten Shell Molten Shell - Prevents a portion of incoming damage for some time, it's more potent the more Armour you have.
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - A simple movement spell that allows you to teleport over a short distance.


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6. Gear Setup

The build uses many Unique Items which are all very important for optimal performance. It leaves you with only Rare Jewelry and Boots whose main purpose is to get Chaos and Fire Resistance, get enough Intelligence, and add some Lightning Damage. It can be easily acquired, but the real issue is to lower your Lightning Resistance to -200%. Previously it had to be done with Melding of the Flesh or The Annihilating Light, but in path 3.19 you can easily find the negative values on your Rings and Amulet, and it's achievable with just two Rare pieces of Jewelry. The build uses up to two Large Cluster Jewels, but one is enough. Remember to get more than enough Fire Resistance, the maximum value will grow by an extra 5% after reaching maximum Energy Shield. You will take a lot of Chaos Damage so be sure that you have the required 80% Chaos Resistance. Energy Shield, Critical Strike mods, and Accuracy Rating are purposeless.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Fire and Chaos Resistance
  3. Added Lightning Damage
  4. Mana Reservation Efficiency
  5. Intelligence
  6. Armour
  7. Attack Speed
Echoes of Creation(Helmet) Echoes of Creation - As you're using three different Warcries, it is recommended to pick up this Helmet as it simply grants up to 45% more Damage for the first Attacks after using these skills. It will damage you each time you Attack, which won't occur very often.
Socketed Warcry Skills have +1 Cooldown Use
(80-120)% increased Armour
+(50-70) to maximum Life
When you Attack, take (15-20)% of Life as Physical Damage for
each Warcry Exerting the Attack
Skills deal (10-15)% more Damage for each Warcry Exerting them
Helmet enchantments:
Determination / Wrath / Purity of Fire has increased Mana Reservation Efficiency
increased Curse Effect
Warcry enchantments
Berserk has 30% increased Buff Effect
Mahuxotl's Machination(Off-hand) Mahuxotl's Machination - This Shield is essential to redirect Elemental Damage to be taken as Chaos, combined with Tempered by War it disables Cold and Lightning Damage you take. It also grants Extra Maximum Elemental Resistances after gathering 100% Energy Shield.
Corrupted Soul
Divine Flesh
Eternal Youth
Everlasting Sacrifice
Immortal Ambition
Vaal Pact
Doryani's Prototype(Body Armour) Doryani's Prototype - A Body Armour that makes your Armour affect your Lightning Resistance, and your Lightning Resistance affects nearby enemies. You should lower it to negative 200%.
(150-200)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(60-90) to maximum Life
Deal no Non-Lightning Damage
Armour also applies to Lightning Damage taken from Hits
Lightning Resistance does not affect Lightning Damage taken
Nearby Enemies have Lightning Resistance equal to yours
Doryani's Delusion(Boots) Doryani's Delusion - If you have no trouble acquiring enough Fire and Chaos Resistances, you can use a specific version of Doryani's Delusion for added Lightning Damage and Level 25 Purity of Fire.
(100-120)% increased Armour
+(60-70) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
<One Purity of # mod of one element and One Added # damage mod of one element>
Adds (1-3) to (68-72) Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
Grants Level 25 Purity of Fire Skill
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - Besides Movement Speed, Maximum Life, Resistances, and Intelligence, there's not much to look for on your Boots.
Min. requirements:
30% increased Movement Speed
+70 to maximum Life
+70% to Fire and Chaos Resistance
Optional affixes:
Intelligence
Freeze Immunity
Doryani's Fist(Gloves) Doryani's Fist - This build-enabling piece of equipment grants you the Doryani's Touch Skill, your Support Gems for this Attack should be socketed here. You can seek the Corrupted versions, but more importantly, get on with high roll on added Damage to Attacks.
Grants Level 20 Doryani's Touch Skill
+(80-100) to maximum Energy Shield
30% chance to Shock
Adds (150-225) to (525-600) Lightning Damage to Unarmed Melee Hits
Adds (90-135) to (315-360) Lightning Damage to Spells while Unarmed
+(200-250) Energy Shield gained on Killing a Shocked Enemy
30% increased Effect of Lightning Ailments
Arn's Anguish(Belt) Arn's Anguish - You can easily grab some extra Maximum Endurance Charges and turn them into Brutal Charges for much more Damage. This Belt also grants tons of Fire Resistance and Maximum Life, definitely a great pick.
+(600-700) to Armour
(12-15)% increased maximum Life
+(40-60)% to Fire Resistance
+1 to Maximum Endurance Charges
Modifiers to Minimum Endurance Charges instead apply to Minimum Brutal Charges
Maximum Brutal Charges is equal to Maximum Endurance Charges
Gain Brutal Charges instead of Endurance Charges
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - If you're concerned more with Chaos Resistance and Maximum Life you can always go for the reliable Rare Belt.
Min. requirements:
+90 to Maximum Life
+90% to Fire / Chaos Resistances
Strength
Optional affixes:
increased Maximum Life
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Lightning Damage
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet  - Maximum Life, Added Lightning Damage, Intelligence, Fire, and Chaos Resistance are the most desirable stats to seek. Remember that there are a lot of redundant negative stats that you can gain from Mirror of Kalandra at the cost of the ones you actually want.
Min. requirements:
+40 Maximum Life
+50% to Fire and Chaos Resistances
Adds Lightning Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
Mana Reservation Efficiency
Intelligence
Recommended Anointments:
Charisma
Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - The Jewelry should lower your Lightning Resistance by 200%, it's possible with Mirrored items. On the Rings seek Life, Attributes, and damage modifiers.
Min. requirements:
+40 Maximum Life
around -100% reduced Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Fire and Chaos Resistance
Intelligence
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds Lightning Damage to Attacks
Jewels(Jewel) Rare Jewels - Try to get more Maximum Life, Resistances, Attributes, and added or increased Lightning Damage with Attacks.
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
Intelligence
Fire Resistance
Chaos Resistance
Increased Lightning Damage
Increased Area Damage
Lethal Pride(Jewel) Lethal Pride - Use it to gain more Strength and to change one of your Keystones into Tempered by War, we recommend placing it near The Agnostic.
Commanded leadership over (10000-18000) warriors under Rakiata
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Karui
Historic
Forbidden FlameForbidden Flesh(Jewel) Forbidden Flame & Forbidden Flesh - Chieftain's Tawoha is great for upgrading your Slams, but you can also go for the Unstoppable, Unbreakable, or Unflinching.
Allocates <<Random Ascendancy Notable>> if you have the matching modifiers on Forbidden Flesh
Allocates <<Random Ascendancy Notable>> if you have the matching modifiers on Forbidden Flame
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - You're using Wrath, Determination, and Purity of Fire. Wrath can get you increased Damage, Determination has a lot of defensive options, and Purity is great for Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage.
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - Large Cluster Jewels offer basic Attack modifiers for increased Damage or some defensively-oriented Notables for when you're holding a Shield.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Calamitous
1 Added Passive Skill is Gladiator's Fortitude
1 Added Passive Skill is Smite the Weak
1 Added Passive Skill is Feed the Fury
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - Use the Medium Cluster Jewels for Warcry Buff Effect such as Haunting Shout or Lead By Example.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Haunting Shout
1 Added Passive Skill is Lead By Example
1 Added Passive Skill is Mob Mentality
1 Added Passive Skill is Cry Wolf
1 Added Passive Skill is Warning Call
Small Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Small Cluster Jewel - Uncompromising grants 50% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency for Determination, Electric Presence does the same for Wrath.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Uncompromising
1 Added Passive Skill is Electric Presence

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
  2. Granite Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  3. Quartz Flask with random ailment removal
  4. Sulphur Flask with increased Armour
  5. Life Flask with random ailment removal
Sulphur FlaskGranite FlaskQuartzquicksilver flasklife flask


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