Last updated on December 24th, 2017
Welcome to our weekly series that features a community submitted Dark Souls 3 build. Dark Souls 3 build crafting is one of the most enjoyable parts of the game and a big reason for its longevity. Who better to turn to when in need of a new idea than your fellow players? To have your build featured on the blog, you may submit your best setups on our forum thread and every week we will select one at random to be featured here. Feel free to discuss and debate the build’s strengths and weaknesses but as always be constructive with your fellow Dark Souls players. This week’s build, “Mad Bomber Pyro” comes from community member Rizen and is a Pyromancy focused build.
Dark Souls 3 Build of the Week: Mad Bomber Pyro
This build is intended to focus on the short game when invading or playing Undead matches. Power Within not only increases attack but also stamina regeneration, which aids nuke spells like Chaos Bed Vestiges that consume large quantities of stamina. Snipping by free aiming spells and surprises are ideal but not mandatory.
At first, try to overwhelm the enemy with Vestiges and kill them before they can get to you. If they close in, switch to close range spells like Black Serpent or Black Flame and play keep away. The Target Shield parries rush attacks and Blessed to offset Power Within’s damage to your character. The Blindfold Mask increases mid and close-range Dark Spells and Sword damage.
Stats & Vitals
- Build Name: Mad Bomber Pyro
- Starting Class & Soul Level: Pyromancer 120-130
- Focus: PvP Invasion and Undead Match Glass Canon
- Main Stats: Pyromancy
- Vigor: 30
- Attunement: 30
- Endurance: 24
- Vitality: 10
- Strength: 10
- Dexterity: 15
- Intelligence: 40
- Faith: 40
- Luck: 10
*Depending on SLv and preferences add points to Vit, Vig, End, etc as desired.
Weapons, Armor, Rings & Spells
- Right Hand: Pyromancer’s Flame, Dark Long Sword
- Left Hand: Blessed Target Shield
- Armor: Blindfold Mask
- Other Armor: Depends on if you prefer light rolls or defense. Gael’s Armor has high def for low weight.
- Rings: Ring of Favor (+3), Witch’s Ring, Great Swamp Ring, Sage’s Ring (+2)
- Spells Attuned: Black Serpent, Chaos Bed Vestiges, Black Flame, Power Within
The idea is to keep the enemy off-balance while they struggle to come to you, then make attacks risk being parried. Play strategic-aggression as stamina regen is a big part of the strategy, but only lasts 30 seconds. You can trade the Ring of Favor for the Lingering Dragon Crest ring to increase Power Within’s duration; but then you lose significant Health, Stamina and Carry Weight boosts. If all else fails, you still have a powerful straight sword to fall back on.
The downsides are if you’re geared toward offense and can’t take much damage or fight a drawn out battle. But invading is very kill or be killed anyway. It’s better to take out gank members fast than have them surround you.
As a side note, this build can be highly effective to quickly take out bosses and mini bosses vulnerable to Fire, Dark or Parry if you’re confident. Waves of enemies can exhaust you so it’s not recommended for exploring levels.
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