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Werebear Form Max-Life Druid Build for Last Epoch

Werebear Form Max-Life Druid Build for Last Epoch

Truly savage Melee build based on high Life pool and fighting on Low-life with greatly increased DPS

Werebear Form
Max-Life Druid Build

Updated for Patch 0.7.10c
 

Build notes:
October 25, 2020
-Build created

 

Build Overview

This is one of the most enjoyable Melee builds in the Last Epoch. It's based on Druid shapeshifting which utilizes the Werebear form for massive Melee damage bonuses. The main idea behind this build is to keep your character in low Health (below 35%) which makes you deal several times more damage because of the allocated Passives. In order to stay alive in combat while damaged that badly, you are going to stack all the Max Health/Vitality Passives possible, in order to reach over 2,000 Maximum Life, meaning you will still feel pretty comfortable even when below 35% Health. You are also obviously looking to maximize your damage reduction by capping Resistances and getting extra Armor on Items and Skills. Overall, this feels like the most savage Melee build in the game currently, with tons of damage, insane Crits, and good survivability. 

You are also looking to reduce your cooldowns and mana cost of skills in order to maximize your Werebear form uptime. You will transform back into the human form when you run out of mana, so obviously the lower the mana cost of skills the longer you can stay shapeshifted. Still, you should be dealing solid Melee damage even without transformation, which should be more than enough to deal with regular enemies. 

You can also check our other Last Epoch builds and character guides

 

 Pros  Cons
 One of the most enjoyable Melee builds in Last Epoch  Requires balancing your Health Regeneration, Leech, and defenses so that you can stay on low-health during combat without dying
 Good mobility  Mediocre performance when in human form
 Insane single-target damage  
 Very high life pool with strong defenses  

 

Passive Skill Trees


Primalist Skill Tree (26 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. Gift of the WildernessGift of the Wilderness - grants extra Health which is one of the most important stat you want to gain from Passive Skills
  2. Ancient CallAncient Call - another important Passive that grants bonus Life
  3. BerserkerBerserker - the core and most important Passive used in this build. It increases your damage by 100% when you are below 35% Health and reduces your damage taken by 30%

Beastmaster
Beastmaster Skill Tree (8 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. Ursine StrengthUrsine Strength - increases your Strength and reduces damage taken from nearby enemies by a fair amount

Druid Skill Tree (65 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. BarkskinBarkskin - grants high bonus Health and Armor
  2. Eternal NatureEternal Nature - grants bonus Health and Attunement which increases your maximum Mana, basically extending the duration of your Werebear form
  3. Ursine ClawsUrsine Claws - increases your Strength and grants extra Crit. Chance
  4. Ursine MawUrsine Maw - greatly increases your Global Critical Strike Chance and Physical DPS

You basically want to maximize your Max Health, so all such Passives have to be allocated, and your secondary priority is DPS which you can increase by Strength, Melee/Physical Damage, and Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier

 

Skills

Swipe

Swipe - your primary attack and damage-dealing ability which you use both in Human and Werebear form. All the Passives allocated will apply to Swipe in both your forms, so it's a must to have this skill leveled. All the Passives allocated are meant to maximize your damage, and since you don't want to run on over 35% Health in most cases, you might want to skip the Leech part of Swipe's Tree entirely. Your goal is to max the number of Aspect of the Panther stacks as soon as possible thanks to your high Attack Speed and increase its effectiveness via Passives on this Skill Tree

Swipe

Fury Leap

Fury Leap - Leap is used mainly for mobility, and its presence in this build is completely optional - you can replace it with any other Skill you want. The way we decided to build this skill, is to stun enemies upon landing and increasing your damage slightly after you Fury Leap so that playing around in Human form is less clunky

Fury Leap

Werebear Form

Werebear Form - the build-defining skill. It allows you to transform into a Werebear which has greatly increased stats and damage. You also get a set of four new abilities, though the "new" Swipe also benefits from the Passives on the "regular" Swipe Skill Tree. While in Werebear form you can't regenerate mana, and when your Mana reaches 0 you will be transformed back to the human form. In order to maximize the duration of the Werebear form, it's a must to pick up Invigoration Passive which grants you Health and Mana whenever you Roar based on the number of enemies in a radius. You can also consider picking up Wizened Claws and Star Claw Passives, which will make Spell Damage apply to your Melee Damage and Crit. Chance. You should have a few Passives that boost Spell Damage, and you may find yourself using equipment with some extra bonuses to it, so it might be one of the best single point Passives on this Tree

Werebear Form

Ice Thorns

Ice Thorns - they are used for this build only because they are triggered automatically when you are Hit. On top of being activated while you are using Werebear Form, and you wouldn't be able to use any of the other skills anyway, it will increase your Armor before the Torns are released, making Ice Thorns one of the best utility skills in this setup

Ice Thorns

Summon Thorn Totem

Summon Thorn Totem - another Skill which is completely optional in this setup. However, we have found it to be extremely useful during leveling, and the extra Freeze chance comes in handy when you are dealing with tougher enemies while in your human form. The extra CC reduces your damage taken slightly and makes it easier to stay alive before you can transform into your Werebear again

Summon Thorn Totem

 

Items

Stat priority:

This build is primarily focused on maximizing your Health and then raw Physical/Melee damage. You are looking to get maximum Health on pretty much all your gear, then stack Strength and high Physical Damage. You also want to increase your Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier. Like any other build, you also want all your Resistances capped at 75%

  1. Health
  2. Strength
  3. Melee/Physical Damage
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier & Chance
  5. Attack Speed
  6. Armor

Recommended Unique Items:

Undisputed

Undisputed  - one of the best Unique One-Handed Weapons in the game currently. It has high base damage and Attack Speed. You just need to make sure that the Leech from overkills doesn't make you run above 35% Health for too long

Titan Heart

Titan Heart - this piece of armor grants insane bonus Health and Armor. On top of it, it reduces all your damage taken by 10% which makes it one of the best Items in Last Epoch defense-wise

 

END NOTE

This is the beta version of our Werebear Max-Life Druid build for Last Epoch. It's one of the best and well-rounded Melee builds that we have tested in Last Epoch and definitely one of the most Unique builds in the game so far. Neither of the other popular ARPGs offered a shape-shifting build, so it was truly an extremely enjoyable time leveling and playing this character. Obviously, as the game gets new content updates, we will be updating this guide regularly, though it may be impossible to be done after each Patch.

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