Shadowfeind’s Guide to Next Level Scourge Warlocking

by Shadowfeind on June 23, 2016
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Shadowfeind’s Guide to Next Level Scourge Warlocking

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My name is Shadowfeind. I’m a Scourge Warlock and have been since the release of Neverwinter. I have played every class Neverwinter has to offer in depth and far and away the SW is easily the most unique and interesting class in the game. Although other classes may bring more versatility or utility, chances are if you have chosen to play a Scourge Warlock then you’re interested in one thing and one thing only. Damage…and lots of it. This is EXACTLY what the SW brings to the table. I’m here today on a mission of mercy as 80% of the SW’s in the game today, despite being well enough equipped to become a clear #1 DPS option, many fall short because they simply don’t understand how or they struggle to use the class correctly. The SW is different than other classes simply because it’s damage is not based simply on rotation(like a CW or GWF). Instead, the SW is based on synergy. As a Scourge Warlock, your encounter powers and At-Wills react differently based on the type of curse or lack there of are placed on your target. In my experience, I have found most SW do actually have the correct build( or very close too it) in order to achieve it’s max potential but just have a poor understanding on the mechanics of the class. So, all this being said this guide will focus more on the mechanics and theory-craft of the SW class in addition to providing the optimal powers, feats, boons, etc. If you’re looking for a simpler shorter version you may find it in your character selection screen under “Delete Character” as the SW is not a class for the short and simple. Let’s dive in! ūüôā



Dragonborn- This is the obvious choice as it gives you a clear advantage in the DPS front. The Dragonborn race will provide you +2 to any two stats that you choose. Those stats will almost obviously be CON and CHA to maximize your DPS. Otherwise you can see below under “Ability Scores” to see more about your other options. Additionally the Dragonborn race gives you “Dragonborn Fury” which will increase your Power and Crit each by 3%.(Disclaimer: I have been told that this stat is broken and may not work as intended. Some seem to believe that it’s UP TOO 3% and does not have 100% up-time. I have been unable to confirm or deny this. Seems like hearsay but I really just don’t know for sure.) Lastly, you also get 5% increased healing from all sources. This is a nice utility option as it applies to life steal which will eventually become an important stat. (Note: If you’re like me and are lucky enough to have pulled a Metallic Dragonborn Sigil out of a lock-box, then you can also use that however it’s important to note your sacrificing 2% of the incoming healing but gaining increased HP by 3% all in all making you a little more tanky, which is great for both PVE and PVP because SW’s can get kinda squishy.)

Tiefling- This is the less-expensive choice as it does not require a ridiculous amount of real life money or AD to purchase. This class is almost as good as Dragonborn just minus a few benefits. First, Tiefling provides +2 to Charisma. You then get your choice of +2 CON or +2 INT. This is perfect because even as a Dragonborn you would ultimately be deciding between those stats anyway. You may see below under “Ability Scores” to see what choice is best for you. Secondly, you gain Bloodhunt which grants you 5% increased damage to any target below 50% health. In a perfect world that would mean you’re getting 5% damage half the time, although it doesn’t always work out that way. Lastly, you are given Infernal Wrath which is another passive that provides you an ability where anytime you are hit, there is a 10% chance that your attacker will suffer a loss of 5% of their Power for 15 seconds. As insignificant as it seems, every little bit helps in PVE and even more so in PVP.

These are the only two classes I would even consider going over when talking about Scourge Warlocks because the truth is that choosing any other class would merely come down to atheistic preference, which I usually encourage…because at the end of the day, If you don’t like your character then you won’t be good at it. Fortunately, the best race and best looking race are both the same ūüėČ



When choosing your ability roles as a SW, you really only have 3 major stats to keep your eye on. The following stats are my priority in order. CON-CHA-INT. Simply put, if you’re looking for maximum damage potential you want to stack CON and CHA as high as you can and ignore everything else. If you want to be a little more polished I’d recommend keeping the following chart in mind.


For every point spent in:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† You’ll receive:

Strength                                               1% DoT Resist and 1% Stamina Regen

Constitution                                          1% Damage Bonus and 2% HP

Dexterity                                              1% AoE Resist and .5% Deflect

Intelligence                                           1% Recharge Speed and 1% Resistence Ignored

Wisdom                                                1% Control Bonus and 1% Control Resist

Charisma                                              1% Critical Chance and 1% Combat Advantage Damage


As you can see, the only point worth paying attention too is CON-CHA-INT in that order. When choosing your initial scores when creating your character or re-rolling, you max out your rolls to have 18 points in your primary stat, 13 for your two secondary stats, 10 for 2 others then 8 for your least important stat. This will give you a total of 72 total stat points. This is the ideal set up for max damage potential. However, it can also be important to note that if you even your stats out a little bit you can achieve a total of 77 total stat points but you’re going to have to sacrifice some damage potential for balance but if you ask me (or anyone in their right mind) sacrificing Damage, Crit, Recharge and Combat Advantage for Dot Resist and AoE resist hardly seems worth it. Max Damage rolls should look like either of the following:

Max DMG      More Crit         More Armor Pen

18 CON           17 CON         17 CON

13 CHA           14 CHA         13 CHA

13 INT             13 INT           14 INT

10 Any            10 Any          10 Any

10 Any            10 Any          10 Any

8 Any              8 Any           10 Any

When adding the points that you have gained through leveling, I strongly recommend going full CON and CHA. However, here is where you really need to decide what path to do down. If you are an established 70 and have some gear and guild boons and already have 60% Resistance Ignored, then CON/CHA is right for you. Otherwise, if your a new 70 then your first priority is to get your Resistance Ignored (Armor Penetration) to 60% before you start worrying about other stats. If you are not capped on Armor Penetration and need help reaching that 60% then you can ignore CHA for now and go for full CON and INT to help boost your RI%. Now, if you DO go INT over CHA then make sure to over cap on your RI, so you can then eventually re-roll back to full CON and CHA.



Since this guide is more about using the warlock correctly then going on and on about common information, all I’m going to do here is list the powers that I would invest in. The following powers are worth spending 3 points unless otherwise noted: (Note: No particular order of importance)

Dark Spiral Aura – At-Will

Shadow Walk – Class Feature

Dreadtheft – Encounter

Fiery Bolt – Encounter

Soul Scorch – Encounter

Borrowed Time – Class Feature

Essence Defiler – At-Will

Harrowstorm – Encounter(Optional for PVP)

Tyrannical Threat – Daily

Dust to Dust – Class Feature

Warlocks Bargain – Encounter

Immolation Spirits – Daily

Hadar’s Grasp – Encounter

All Consuming Curse – Class Feature


Now, If you’re like me then you have been playing since pre-Mod5 and probably have enough power points to put 4 points in to every power you have. If not then you need to prioritize which spells you put 4th points in too. I’ve debated this for a while and my opinion has changed several times and will probably change several times by the time you read this but here is my priority list for what you should spend 4th points into.

Dust to Dust – This may be the most important because as a Scourge Warlock, you’re damage is centered around your daily. Tyrannical Threat is a large reason you will be topping charts day in and day out and the more you cast it, the more damage you spread. For that you need AP gain.

Tyrannical Threat – You have the AP class feature to use TT and now it’s time to spend in to TT itself. As a majority of your damage output, TT is your bread and butter. This will give an extra 10% damage link.

Soul Scorch – This is what will help you reach those 18 million critical strikes. ’nuffsaid.

Borrowed Time – Obviously in order for you to be able to bank action points (or AP) off of Dust to Dust, you need to get healed from your soul sparks. This is what will help you get that done, so go ahead and throw a point here.

Dreadtheft- A huge amount of your encounter damage when building soul sparks.

Immolation Spirits- Those little buggers can be NASTY!

Warlock’s Bargain

Hadar’s Grasp

Anything after these, it really just comes down to preference.


Since the nerf back in Mod6 Hellbringer has gone from the top dog spec to not even close to being viable. At it stands right now, Soulbinder is the only way to go. Why? Soul Sparks! The Scourge Warlock’s damage, whether Fury or Damnation is centered around Action Points and Soul Sparks. They will provide added damage boosts and they are also used as a currency for some of your strongest abilities. This guide will be focused on the Damnation tree as a Soulbinder. In my experience, Fury is also a solid option if your looking to focus on PVP and can also be effective in PVE. In fact, Fury has more overall damage potential than Damnation. However, considering where the top players are at nowadays, if you’re a top-tier Fury Warlock in a top-tier group with other high level 70’s, it’s going to be difficult to find any mobs or bosses in this game that will survive long enough for you to be able to reach your maximum damage potential. Unlike a GWF or a TR who are excellent burst classes, the Warlock needs a little time to get the juices flowing before they can really let the damage rip. As a Fury Warlock it’s going to take considerably longer for you to reach your peak than a Damnation Warlock. Now, unless your in a group full of terrible players in the last 2 phases or Edemo or Tiamat, there’s nothing in this game that has enough health to live long enough to allow you to do so. It becomes very frustrating to be in a boss fight, doing your thing. Then all of the sudden you finally get all your Soul Sparks built up, you fill your Action Points, pop your daily, hit your wheel, wait for a DC to hit Hallowed Ground and once that’s all in order…there’s no boss left to hit! So, because of this, the most effective class is Damnation in terms of damage potential. I’m not saying Fury cannot be viable…but again, this guide is about getting the most out of your later game SW and that implies you will be running end game content with other stacked characters.



Here I will give you a build that I’m sure 99% of you already have or have already seen. This build is no government trade secret. In fact, it’s been out and viable for quite some time. Unfortunately, since this is my first guide, I haven’t yet been able to figure out how to take pictures and screenshots and upload them. So until I can figure that one out, I will just list a text wall. Look Below:

3/3 Weapon Mastery- 3% increased Critical Chance. Yes please.

4/5 Energizing Curse- At-Wills generate an extra 24% more Action Points (or more commonly known as SW nom noms) against cursed targets (Note: If you’re really squishy and are concerned about surviveability, then take 3 points from here and place in to Toughness)

3/3 Empowered Rituals- Encounter powers deal 6% more Damage. More Damage? No thanks. Syke!

5/5 Determined Casting- Encounter cooldowns are reduced by 10%. Unfortunately, short of the Recovery that you’ll get from gear you won’t really have the opportunity to go out of your way to add more so we gotta take it where we can get it. The more powers you can use in a minute, the more damage you can do. I’m really sorry if my general blanket statements insult your intelligence…I’m just trying to be thorough.

3/3 Devastating Critical- You’ve specced for critical chance. Now, throw some severity at it.

2/5 Blood Pact of Cania- From what I’ve read, this feat is broken past two points so anything more than that is a waste. Besides, it’s worth getting the extra Critical Severity from Dev Crit.


Starting in the Fury Tree

5/5 Critical Promise- Anytime you land a Crit, you will deal 10% of your weapon damage (as necrotic damage) on your next hit.

5/5 Burning Soul- Your damage is increased by .3% for each soul spark. I gotta be honest with you, at first I thought it wasn’t a big deal seeing as you only get 5 soul sparks (meaning you only get an extra 1.5% for full soul sparks), however I’ve tested this out personally and the difference is huge. I’ve notice that if you look closely that each spark has 6 little sub sections in each one that gets filled every time you hit a target. This means you need to hit a target 6 times with an At-Will in order to fill a full spark. I’m about 99% sure that it’s actually .3% X 30 rather than .3% X 5. Thus resulting in a total of 9% increased damage instead of the assumed 1.5% seeing as the difference with or without is noticeable. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t notice a 1.5% increase.

Damnation Tree-

5/5 Parting Blasphemy- This is one of my favorite feats. Every time a curse is removed from a target, you deal 6% of your weapon damage to that target. Curses are only removed from your target every freakin’ second…ha! If you’re playing the class right, you’re cursing between every Encounter power.

5/5 Sparkbinder- You’re Immolation Spirits daily now lasts 5 seconds longer. This is always nice as longer duration means more damage. Those things spit pretty often and hit pretty hard. Other than that it’s just somewhere to throw 5 feats in order to unlock the next row.

5/5 Spiritfire- Foes near your soul puppet take 50% of your weapon damage every second. This is a nice little AoE for anything near your puppet. Just imagine if your puppet has a permanent harrowstorm on him.

5/5 Burning Puppets- Your puppet has a 25% change to apply lesser curse when they attack a target. So ideally 1 out of every 4 swings from your puppet will put lesser curse on an enemy. Lesser curse is simply just a Damage Over Time ability. It’s a nice little boost.

5/5 Ghastly Commander- While your Soul Puppet is active(which is always), you deal 10% more damage and you Life Steal 2% more. Damage is what we’re chasing, no?

5/5 Wrathful Souls- Your Soul Puppet now deals 100% more damage and also Life Steal 15% more, healing you. So now, between you and your puppet. You as a unit deal 110% more damage and Life Steal 17% more within the last 2 feats alone.

1/1 Soul Desecration- Perma-Puppet. That’s it. Just spawns a puppet upon dealing damage every 15 seconds as well as anytime you kill a cursed target.



When it comes to choosing your boons, your choices are pretty simple. They will rarely leave you indecisive. 99% of all times you have a choice between offense and defense, go offense. As of right now, you can almost negate the need for defensive stats by taking the offensive route allowing you to kill things before they hit you! Per an article I’ve recently read by the developers, this may change soon. According to this article the developers are looking to balance things out a little bit by making it more imperative and forcing players to think about both offense and defense. If and when that time comes I will adjust my gameplan accordingly. However, until then I will continue to choose PewPewPewYourFaceOff options.

Sharandar Campaign-

Tier 1- Dark Fey Hunter- 400 Power – Obviously, I shouldn’t have to say but just in case I haven’t made it obvious, this is all about damage. Damage comes from Offensive stats. However, if you ARE going to choose a defensive boon, Defense is not a bad way to go.

Tier 2- Fey Precision- 400 Crit – One and done. Deflect is not a good alternative.

Tier 3- Elven Haste- 3% Action Point gain – Another tempting alternative boon in 1600 HP to make us less squishy. However, Action Points are just way to important to pass us. Considering the ability to reach the Action Point Gain cap (2000) is very difficult to do without spending an Godlike amount of AD or real life money.

Tier 4- Elven Ferocity- When striking a foe you have a chance to deal up to 20,000 Arcane damage- Pretty sweet, here. The alternative is only attractive to PVPers. Another perfect example of surviveability Vs. damage output. Damage wins.

Tier 5- Elvish Fury- When you kill a foe you gain 135 Power for 45 seconds. Stacks up to 30 times. This wont really help you in single-target boss fights. However, at the end of a dungeon or raid, a large chunk of your overall damage will come from the AoE from trash mobs. When I see this boon, I immediately think of Skeleton Hallway in Castle Never. At it’s maximum buff it provides 4,050 Power. Temporarily giving you more Power than a legendary Power mount. (Note: Do not let the utility of the other boons fool you in to passing on Elvish Fury)

Dread Ring Campaign-

Tier 1- Conjurer’s Gambit- 250 Critical Strike and 250 Movement- Awesome! something with Movement I can actually use! This is a tough choice. Anytime you have to choose between Power and Crit it’s a bittersweet event. When faced with this choice I always consider that Power is the most common stat and the easiest to stack from ALL sources. Also, keep in mind anytime you Crit, it helps you generate Soul Sparks faster which in turn lets you PEW more often ūüôā

Tier 2- Evoker’s Thirst- 400 Life Steal- The alternative is 400 Regen and Regen has been broken for quite some time. Regen determines the amount of health you regenerate outside of combat. It does not work IN combat. Life Steal does. If you can help it, avoid any and all Regen forever and replace is with literally ANY other stat and you will be better off for it. Once they fix Regen, then I might reconsider.

Tier 3- Forbidden Piercing- 3% Resistance Ignored- Obviously as you first start out your number one priority in regard to your stats would be to get to the Armor Penetration cap at 60%. If you have yet to reach that, this will help. However, even if you have already met 60%, it’s still a good idea to select this one because it will allow you the ability to substitute any ArmPen you may have on your gear for other stats. (i.e If you are wearing an assault chest piece, you can not swap that out for Raid and replace the ArmPen for Crit, Power, Recovery or even any of the other stats. See “Stat Priority” for a complete list of what you’ll be looking for.)

Tier 4- Shadowtouch- When dealing damage you have a chance to deal 20,000 over a few seconds. Once this effect ends, the target takes 25% less healing from all spells for 10 seconds. This boon does have an internal cooldown of 80 seconds. Now, when it says that it deals damage over a few seconds, it means 4 seconds to be exact. Now, this is where a lot of people get confused. When the tooltip tells you that there’s a “chance”, it’s fair to wonder exactly WHAT that chance is. In this case it approximately 1%. However, it’s a 1% chance on any and all hits. We’re talking At-Will, Encounter, Weapon damage from feats, items, etc. It even has the chance to proc on EACH tick of any DoT (Damage Over Time) abilities. This is actually more beneficial for a SW then any other class because other classes, take the GWF for example have an extremely lower rate of attacks per second but each hit is monstrous…but a Scourge Warlock hits WAY more frequently for much smaller amounts. So where the GWF will hit its target 100 times a minute(Purely a guess, don’t hold me to that figure), a Warlock will hit it 200 times a minute thus making it twice as likely to proc and twice as often too.

Tier 5- Rampaging Madness- When you deal damage, you will gain a stack of “Madness”. When you reach 50 stack of “Madness”, you will receive a buff of 4000 Power, 4000 Life Steal and 4000 Regeneration. Obviously it’s the Regen we all want, right? No. Yeah, simple enough Power and Life Steal are great.

Icewind Dale Campaign-

Tier 1- Encroaching Tactics- 400 Combat Advantage Bonus- Don’t be fooled. CAD(Combat Advantage Damage) is very important to a Scourge Warlock’s endgame build. It’s not just for Melee. In fact, if you’re DPS. You need CAD and you need it bad. After Action Point gain, it’s your next most important special stat.(AP gain, CAD, Incoming healing, AoE resist, Control Bonus and resist, etc.)

Tier 2- Refreshing Chill- 400 Stamina/Guard Gain- This is the only boon that I went the utility route and the ONLY reason for that is that it works hand in hand with the Tier 4 boon where your damage is increased based on stamina missing. Before nuking a boss or a mob, I’ll generally Shadow Slip around in circles a couple times to drain all my stamina, nuke the boss and then this just helps get that stamina back in case I need to evade attacks or get somewhere quick.

Tier 3- Sleet Skills- 2% Crit Severity- This one was a tough call because the alternative is 400 recovery which despite the fact that it’s not an essential stat, I still love dearly. However, since this build is focused on mostly Critical Chance to help generate Soul Sparks, it’s important to load your Crit severity to make those Crits hurt! There’s a major difference in damage between 50% Crit Severity and 110%, you’re going to be Critting one way or another. May as well make it hurt!

Tier 4- Cool Resolve- You gain up to 2000 Power based on how much Stamina or Guard you are missing. Select this and keep it in mind when you use your cooldowns and and nuke the boss, try to do so with 0 stamina. This is why I chose Refreshing Chill in order to gain it back quicker when I’ve used it all. It’s important to rely on your Shadow Slip to get you out of sticky situations. You are very slow and practically immobile without it. Since I’m building offensively and ignoring defensive stats, Shadow Slip is what helps me survive.

Tier 5- Winter’s Bounty- Chance to gain 10% Action Points when killing a target. Another tough call because it was between that and Rousing Warmth which gives you a change to gain up to 3000 power on the next attack when healed, which does proc off of Life Steal. However, the Winter’s Bounty procs more often (I’ve tested it and it’s noticeable). I’ll just put it into simple terms¬† Gaining 10% of your AP and being able to cast your TT and spread damage between 3 targets without having to curse in between allowing you to cast freely will ultimately net you way more damage than 3000 Power on just ONE hit. If Rousing Warmth procs and you cast an At-Will, then that’s it. Your done. Go home. But full AP gets you way more.

Tyranny of Dragons Campaign-

Tier 1- Dragon’s Claws- 400 Power- Simple. Power> HP.

Tier 2- Dragon’s Gaze- 400 Critical Strike- Over Deflect? Yuh-huh!

Tier 3- Draconic Armorbreaker- 400 Armor Penetration- Woo hoo! 3 Consecutive boons that I don’t haven’t had to go off on a tangent explaining why! Offense>Defense.

Tier 4- Dragon’s Greed- 400 Life Steal- Again, Regen broke. So yeah.

Tier 5.1/5.2/5.3- Dragon’s Thirst and Dragon’s Fury- 6.5% Crit Severity and 3% Life Steal- This is a 3 tiered boon. You get 3 total points to spend in either Life Steal, Incoming Healing, Crit Severity or Control Strength. The biggest stat here is obviously Crit Severity, that’s where my first point goes. With my second point, I went Life steal just because you get 3% for the first point here rather than a total of 1.5% for the next point in Crit Severity. With the 3rd point, that problem didn’t exist. It was a choice between equal parts Life Steal and Crit Severity with a difference of only .5% (splitting hairs at this point) and I certainly wasn’t choosing Incoming healing or Control.

Underdark Campaign-

Tier 1- Primordial Might- 400 Power and 1600 HP- Clear cut Offense V. Defense.

Tier 2- Primordial Focus- 400 Critical Strike and 1600 HP- Always want Life Steal but not at the cost of Crit. Soul Sparks Pl0x. Thx.

Tier 3- Drow Ambush Tactics- 10% Combat Advantage Damage Bonus- Shadowfeind, Are you SURE you don’t want 1200 Regen, instead? I hope I have made things clear enough at this point for to join me when I say, “LOLOLOLNOTHANKS!”

Tier 4- Dwarven Stamina- 5% faster Stamina Regen- I only choose this, again, to interact with my Teir 4 boon in Dread Ring. However, If you so choose the 5% shorter control effects on you, I wouldn’t blame you.

Tier 5- Abyssal Strikes- 10% increased damage against Demons- This is pretty meh for a final boon but it’s the best of the bunch. It’s great in Edemo, though.

The Maze Engine-

Tier 1- Abyssal Siphoning- 5% Life Steal Severity- Finally! I’ve been saying for a long time now that they should incorporate this in to the game and the Neverwinter God’s have smiled down upon me! Anyway, this is the way to go.

Tier 2- Demonic Influence- 400 Combat Advantage Bonus- Again, CAD is hard to come by so you gotta take it where you can get it.

Tier 3- Demonic Swiftness- 3% faster Action Point Gain- More Nom Noms.

Tier 4- Baphomet’s Might- When striking a foe, you have a chance to gain 2000 Crit for 6 seconds-If you’re curious as to how this boon works, think Ring of Sudden Precision!


When it comes to deciding which stats you want to chase, the decision is relatively easy. IMPORTANT: You’re first and foremost goal is to get your Armor Penetration to 60% Resistance Ignored in order to get the most out of your other stats (Power, Critical, Etc.). 60% seems to be the most Damage Resistance that bosses have in this game so far. I’m not kidding, you could literally have 20K Power, Crit, Recovery, Etc, but it’ll mean nothing without the 60% Resistance Ignored to back it up because you will only be doing about 40% of your total damage potential. So, Priority #1- 60% Resistance Ignored. Please note that if you are looking to be a force in PVP, then there is no cap on Armor Penetration and it’s wise to keep going. After you’ve reached the soft cap for Armor Penetration please refer to the following stat priority listing:


Critical Strike- This is obviously state #1- Most top SWs will gem up for full Azures to reach the most Critical Strike possible. This is not a bad idea by any means

Power- Obviously Power=Damage. More Power, more Damage. Personally, instead of going full Crit with my Enchantments, I decided to split it up between Crit and Power by slotting Brutals all the way around. I like to do this because even thought your getting less Crit or less Power than a single stat enchantment, you end up getting more overall stat. For Example, a Rank 12 Azure Enchantment gives you +700 Critical Strike in an offense slot and the same thing with Radiant Enchantments which give you +700 Power. If you slot a Rank 12 Brutal Enchantment it’ll net you +420 Power and +420 Critical Strike. So, if you were to add those two together, you would get a total of 840 total stat. This is only ideal if done across the board, otherwise I’d recommend single stat enchantments. Obviously this can get expensive but it’s way worth it. You want to avoid being too one sided. Having all Power or all Crit is cutting your nose to spite your face, so to speak. Unless your doing the whole Owlbear cub anti-crit build, in which case this is not the class to be doing that.

Recovery- This is going to sound odd but Recovery isn’t really that big of a deal for SWs, especially because it equates to Action Point gain. Don’t get me wrong, I understand the value of it and very much appriciate it. However, I get plenty of it through gear and never have difficulties managing my cooldowns. I mainly focus on Action Point Gain itself through Artifacts and Companions rather than focus on Recovery. Especially because most of the time it’s at the cost of Crit or Power. Get it where you can but don’t break your back for it.

Ideal offensive enchantments in order of importance:

Dark Enchantment, Rank 12(where necessary) – Brutal Enchantment, Rank 12 – Azure Enchantment, Rank 12 – Radiant Enchantment, Rank 12


Hit Points- The only reason I’m putting this first is because it’s a great idea to stack a bit of HP before going after your Defense. Once you get enough HP to be able to take a hit or two then head over to the Defense department.

Defense- This is what beefs up your Damage Resistance. You will need a ton of this considering that the Scourge Warlock is one of the most squishy classes in the game. We are, in it’s very essence, a glass cannon. Like mentioned above, I would recommend getting a bit of health before focusing on Defense just so you can afford to take a hit or two, but from then on go Defense. I would recommend doing so until about 40% Damage Resistance. In fact, what I did defensively is the exact same thing I did offensively and just went full Brutals to stack Defense AND HP at the same time to make it easier. However, this is a bit more expensive but so worth it.

Life Steal- Once you’ve stacked enough HP, gotten your DR to 40% then it becomes Life Steal or bust.

Deflection- I don’t know why I’m seeing Scourge Warlocks walking around with significant amounts of deflect on them, it just isn’t as effective as Life Steal. I understand that it returns damage but the amount of damage it creates in minimal unless you REALLY stack it and that will cut into your HP and Defense. If you’re really looking for an intricate defensive class, I suggest GF, Pali, TR. SW is pure offense.

Regeneration- HA! That’s all…

(Note: Regeneration only works outside of combat. Unfortunately, You will likley never find yourself in a situation where you URGENTLY need to regen health outside of combat unless really into PVP, even then it’s not that great. How often does a TR sneak up on you and you have enough time to get out of combat and let your HP Regen? Probably unlikely.

Ideal defensive enchantments in order of importance:

Brutal Enchantment, Rank 12 – Radiant Enchantment, Rank 12 – Azure Enchantment, Rank 12 – Dark Enchantment, Rank 12



Transcendent Dread Enchantment- 60% Crit Severity on encounter powers. Additionally you deal 20% weapon damage as Necrotic damage to foes every second for 4 seconds. You induce terror in to your foe reducing their defense by 30%.

Transcendent Vorpal- You stike with an additional 50% Crit Severity. Additionally your Critical Strikes now reduce the targets Damage Resistance and Damage by 2%

Transcendent Feytouched- Deal an additional 18% weapon damage as Psychic damage. Your encounter powers siphon away 18% of your targets damage. This damage is converted to 18% damage for you. This effect is a 3 target AoE, lasts for 20 seconds and may only occur once every 20 seconds.

When considering what weapon enchantment is best for you, consider that even though the Crit Severity is higher on dread, it only applies to encounter powers where the Vorpal applies to any and all sources of damage. The Feytouched is ONLY worth it at Transcendent level and it is only a good option as your still developing your Crit Chance. Once you get your Crit Chance around 50% or so, then it becomes more valuable to use Dread or Vorpal. The way I see it, Dread is going to give you more DPS than Vorpal but looks terrible. Vorpal is not as good but looks AWESOME! If you’re like me, the looks are almost as important as the stats!


Transcendent Negation- When taking damage each hit stacks a 3% increase to your Damage Resistance, a 1% increase to Incoming Healing and a 1% increase to your Recovery for 9 seconds. This effect can stack 10 times.

Transcendent Elven Battle- You are 200% more resistant to slows, immobilizes, disables and stuns. Their duration is reduced. Your Stamina Regen is also increased by 30%

Transcendent Soulforged-  When you fall in combat your Soulforged Armor will resurrect you and heal you for 7,020 and 1,260 every second for 3 seconds. When you are resurrected you do 3,240 damage to any foes nearby and gain 3 seconds of CC immunity. This effect can only trigger once every 75 seconds.

When considering an Armor enchantment, you just need to ask yourself


UPDATE: Orcus set has established itself as the clear cut winner. Since the nerf, Lostmauth has lost a bit of it’s step. This is due to the efforts of the developers desire to balance it out a little bit. They do not want players to feel “forced” into choosing one set as it is the only option to do great DPS. If the Orcus set is too expensive for you then LM is still the way to go. However, Black Ice is not necessarily a terrible option either. Just keep in mind the Black Ice set only has a chance to proc on encounters where as the LM set procs upon Crit. The LM set used to deal damage that would adjust based on your buffs, resulting in MEGA damage but it does not do that anymore. However, you still Crit a lot more often than use encounter powers. Keep that in mind.

When it comes to choosing your artifacts there is little debate as to what is currently BEST IN SLOT. Obviously as it stands right now the best Artifact Set for any DPS class to get is the Lostmauth set including the Lostmauth Horn of Blasting, Golden Belt of Puissance and the Lostmauth’s Hoard Necklace. The set bonus reads as follows. “Do an additional hit of weapon damage on a critical hit. This is where Neverwinter really starts to show it’s sometimes puzzling nature. So many questions arise. When they say “weapon damage” does that include current buffs? How is this effected by Bonding companions(See “Companions”)? No one really knows 100% what exactly is involved here, to the best of my knowledge. Maybe it’s even bugged because it’s far and above the best set available right now. However, this will change shortly because Neverwinter has already announced they will be nerfing the LM set and giving players the option to swap their LM set with other sets. The goal is to balance the game out and to make it so you actually have a choice instead of DPS players feeling like they only have 1 option. After these changes take effect, my suspicion is that the Orcus set will be the best but we will have to wait to see. In short, you want the Lostmauth Set now and can always trade it in when it gets nerfed.

The other 3 artifacts that are best in slot for the Scourage Warlock is as follows

Sigil of the Devoted- Also known as the “DC Sigil”. This will be your active Artifact as it will boost your Action Point generation tremendously. At this point, my SW generates so many AP that I rarely need to use this anymore but that’s only because I have 2k AP gain, a legendary snail, the right class features, etc. If you’re already at this point then go ahead and throw your lantern in here but until then the DC sigil is the perfect active Artifact. At Mythic, the Sigil of the Devoted gives you +1000 Power, +1000 Defense and +600 Incoming Healing. The stats are good but the real value comes from the use.

Lantern of Revelation- This Artifact isn’t just pure stats although it does give three of the most important stats you can have. At Mythic, the Lantern gives you +1000 Critical Strike, +1000 Armor Penetration and +600 Combat Advantage Bonus. Don’t let the need for Action Points blind you, Combat Advantage Bonus is VERY important. Between you, party members, other allies, companion and your puppet you will almost ALWAYS have Combat Advantage. This provides an extreme boost to your DPS and the Artifact itself serves as a great alternative to the DC sigil when you no longer need the Action Points. When activated the Lantern deals 5,500 damage to nearby enemies and increases the damage they take by 16% for 6 seconds. That’s about 6 Soul Scorches. I’d almost recommend this over the DC sigil if your APs didn’t account for MORE than a 16% increase to damage. Oh, also in those 6 seconds you can see hidden targets. This could probably be paired will with a Ring of Stealth Sight in PVP for an advantage over those pesky TR’s.

Thayan Book of the Dead- This Artifact IS just pure stats. The perfect compliment to the Lantern. It too gives you +1000 Critical Strike, +1000 Armor Penetration and ZOMGZOMGZOMG +600 Action Point Gain!

If you need to conserve costs and don’t want to spend so much another good option is the Sigil of the Controller. Also known as the CW Sigil. The CW Sigil gives you +1000 Power, +100 Critical Strike and +600 Control Resist. The only reason I don’t recommend this over the others is because of the dead 3rd stat. CAD or AP Gain are both a worlds worth of value better than CR. Now, please don’t look me up and call me a hypocrite because I don’t have either the Thayan book or CW Sigil. I’m currently using the Tiamat Orb for a good balance of stats. It gives +500 to Power, Critical Strike, Recovery, Armor Penetration and +600 to Action Point Gain. The only reason I am rocking the Tiamat orb is because at the time I had like 2 in my bank leftover from Mod 5 and the TBOD was a bagillion AD and I didn’t have a CW for the Controller Sigil.


Now, this is the one area that I will fully disclose that I can’t tell you for 100% that this is the best way to go. Currently I’m rocking all Elemental Dragonflight that has been refined through Black Ice Shaping. Now, I still need to do due-diligence to find out what the optimal set up is. I know that the Dusk set gives you a bonus of +1000 Power +1000 Defense and +5000 Hit Points which is pretty enticing considering that it’s only a 2 piece set where the Dragonflight only gives you +500 Power and you need 3 pieces to get that. However, whenever I look at the Dusk gear, I’m losing way too many vital stats giving up 2 pieces in exchange for 2 piece Dusk. So, I haven’t pulled the trigger on that. Now Drowcraft is only the same level as Dragonflight as is Elemental Drowcraft to Elemental Dragonflight. As it stands right now, I have decided to go full Elemental Dragonflight and stick with it but if anyone can shed new light on this, be my guest below.



When it comes down to companions there are a LOT of choices. However, you may be inclined to choose companions that give Crit Severity or AP gain or Power and almost 90% of the time, I wouldn’t blame you. However, when trying to achieve max DPS, the “obvious choices” may not always be so obvious.

Summoned Companion: Legendary Mercenary- First off, this companion only comes from purchasing the Heirloom Pack from the Zen Market. Once you do get it, it starts off at rare quality(blue). Then you need to get it to legendary status which is a good 1.75M AD. Doing this, even though it’s expensive, is VERY worth it. First off at orange, you’ll be getting 15% of this companions stats.

Equip with:

3 Rank 12 Bonding Runestones- When your companion activates a power, it has a chance to proc “Companion’s Gift”, which will grant you 95% of your companion’s stats. Also each Rank 12 gives you +840 Power and +840 Defense.

2 Adorable Bites Rings- Each ring will give your companion +521 Power and +348 Critical Strike and 2 Offense slots, which you would ideally fill with 2 Rank 12 Brutal Enchantments.

The reason this is the only real option when chasing max DPS is because of the multipliers. When you factor in the 15% stats from legendary status and the Rank 12 Bondings, you’re talking about a total of 300% of your companion’s stats when all 3 Bondings proc.

Active Companions(All of them should be Epic or Purple quality)

Air Archon- 5% Increased Damage to all foes not at 100% health. This means 99% up-time.

Intellect Devourer- 5% Combat Advantage. Obviously, I don’t need to tell you why this is good. Combat Advantage is extremely easy to obtain, this will help.

Blink Dog- 5% Combat Advantage- Another CA companion? Yes. Why? Here’s where it gets juicy. Common sense would tell you that 5%+5%=10% Combat Advantage, right? WRONG! I don’t know if this is intentional or if this is bugged, but when you combine these two companions at epic level, you actually get 25% Combat Advantage, which makes a HUGE difference. I don’t think it’ll show up in your stat sheet but the increase of damage is WAY too big to pass up.

Erinyes- Critical Severity



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  • Matt
    June 24, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    What is your rotation and normal button/key assignments and equipped class feats? Thanks!

  • Shadowfeind
    June 24, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Hey Matt! Thanks for taking the time to read and reply. I have no idea how this got posted so early. Its not even done so I’m sorry for the missing info. My powers and all are very situational. Effectivly thought I will run with the following:
    X- Soul Scorch
    Y-Hadars Grasp/Warlocks Bargain
    ClassFeatures:Shadow Walk and Dust to Dust
    Note: Early on before teaching 4k I ran with Dust to Dust and Borrowed Time since the extra heals give extra AP gain. I recently equipped Shadow Walk only for the speed since my AP gain is maxed.

    Please post any other questions you have. I promise to finish this soon! Feel free to add me too [email protected]

    • Evil_Demos
      August 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm

      First, awesome build.
      I know that it is still a work in progress but I would like to know your attack order. What do you cast first and so on and so forth. I get awesome DPS numbers but think I can do better.
      Thanks in advance.

  • Weibe
    June 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Hi I am using your build on my sw on Xbox and curious to know what companions you are using or suggest for the build

    • June 24, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to check in. My companion situation is as follows:
      Summoned: Legendary Mercenary (from the Heirloom Pack) equipped with 3 Rank 12 Bonding Runestones and 2 Adorable Byte Rings with Rank 12 Brutal Enchantments in both Offense and Defensive Slits.
      Active Companions:
      Epic Air Archon- 5% Dmg to anyone not at full health.
      Epic Blink Dog- 5% Combat Advantage
      Epic Intellect Devourer- 5% Combat Advantage
      Epic Erinyes- 10% Crit Severity

      No compainions other than my Mercenary have gear or enchant because they serve no use unless summoned. Also, please note my guide is not complete. Check in later to see the complete product! Feel free to add me or ask me anything else you need that I don’t cover!
      [email protected]

      • Weibe
        June 24, 2016 at 7:29 pm

        Thanks for the reply and I have all of those companions just need to get them to epic and work on rank 12 bonding stones and them adorable gear items my warlock is at an item level 3011 and slowly getting artifacts leveled up and enchantments and thanks for all the info and suggestions

      • Weibe
        June 24, 2016 at 7:46 pm

        Thanks for the info and them are all the companions I use just need rank 12 bonding stones and adorable gear my warlock is finally made it to 3011 item level and slowly getting everything leveled up

  • Shadowfeind
    June 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Yeah no problem, mate.

    The Adorable Bytes can get expensive. I recommend using a Ring of Sudden Precision and Sudden Power until then. Also the CA companions are only REALLY effective at epic. As far as your artifacts Gianni hope your holding all of your refinement untill double refinment weekend. At that point you can easily level them up quickly by is ring the big feed method. I.e. lets say you want to level a Artifact of Union. Go buy 3 other Union Artifacts and level two of them to level 59(epic). Drop both those 59s into the 3rd artifact and use reagents to get it to legendary. Drop that into your main artifact and you’ll get a huge boost. Hope that helps!

    • Weibe
      June 24, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Yes I do use the feeder method for my artifacts as that is the quickest way to mythic lol and thanks for the suggestions

  • Farran
    June 26, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I recently started a SW I’m choosing path of black ice rather than LM is it a viable choice since LM is going to get a nerf?? Also artifacts are kessel’s sphere tbod beholder and devotion still working on companions trying to save for cambion Magus for another 10% crit severity. Any tips or changes you would make?

  • Shadowfeind
    June 29, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    The LM set has already been nerffed. Black Ice is not necessarily a bad choice. However, LM is still the ideal set as it’s based off of Crits which should be coming left and right. If your asking me the best set in terms of damage, I’d have to say the Orcus set is now the creme of the crop.

  • Brian
    July 6, 2016 at 5:21 am

    Im not a full 70 yet and i have no idea which armor to buy. Any tips? Right now i have the lostmauth gear. Any idea what i should change to? And should i go more for crit strike or armor pen?

    • July 6, 2016 at 1:04 pm

      As discussed in my guide I would say LM set is your best bet until you can get your hands on an Orcus set. I would stack Armor Pen until you hit 60% resistance ignored. Then stack Crit and Power in that order. Thanks for posting. Hope this guide was helpful.

      • Brian
        July 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm

        Should i go full orcus or the artifact only. If it is the full gear. What are they called?

        • Shadowfeind
          July 6, 2016 at 10:56 pm

          I would. If you can afford it. Orcus Shard is the Artifact. Demogrogons Girdle is the belt and the neck, I can’t remember off the too of my head but you get it upon completion of the Maze Engine campaign. The artifact is not worth equipping without the whole set.

  • Fridge
    July 7, 2016 at 1:27 am

    Hey shadow,

    I had been using this setup for a bit and was in love with it but recently decided to respec and see how good the fury tree is, just for the lols. Boy did I make a mistake. Sure, fury’s creeping death grants constant dps, but the damage is soooo small. Granted, I only recently hit 70, but the time it took to kill my testing dummy of choice (a fire giant in the fiery pit) was much longer as a fury lock than it was as a damnation lock. Sebastian (my soul puppet) hits like a truck. Fantastic guide, and I promise never to stray from the path to power again.

    • July 7, 2016 at 12:44 pm

      Ha! I appreciate the love. Yeah, I have met a few Fury locks that can belt out good dps, I just haven’t figured out what they’re doing. I once saw a buddy of mine one shot Goristro(2nd boss in Edemo) using Killing Flames(obvious a glitch). Its only viable at high levels. Damnation is the way to go. It allows you to be last and just let your puppet do the work.

  • Fridge
    July 7, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Quick question- how can you get a digit of the devoted on a SW? am I gonna have to level cleric up? I can’t find one for sale in the auction house.

    • Shadowfeind
      July 7, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      There is only one way to get a Sigil of the Devoted. That is to get a Cleric to level 60 and complete the Nine Vaults quest. Same as you would for Sigil of the Scourge. If this is undoable, I’d recommend a Wheel of Elements or Heart of the Blue/Black Dragon.

  • Fridge
    July 7, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    *sigil of the devoted. Gotta love auto correct.

  • Kentrell J Hill
    July 14, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Hey do you play this on Xbox 1. If so could you assist me as a lol 22 scorch lock…I could give you a Microsoft card

  • Crixus
    July 14, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    Excellent post…any more tips for moons…lol 25

  • Padrion
    July 17, 2016 at 10:53 am

    Hi Shadow,

    I’ve seen on a few other sites/forums that secondary stats such as AP gain are capped around the 1k mark and anything above that is a waste due to diminishing returns. You say you’ve got 2k currently – have you seen a noticeable difference in your AP generation when going this high?

    Currently my AP is at 1230 from mount insignias, AP gain jewels in some accessory items and an Epic Thayan Book of the Dead (which I had planned to refine down the track for even more AP gain). After reading about diminishing returns on secondary stats, I’m now rethinking that plan unless I can see evidence showing that 2k is better than 1k.

  • Bolted
    July 18, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Any look at preview server for upcoming changes? Feedback or a preview of how your build might change, or the possible viability of fury with capstone procing off any damage, would be greatly appreciated.

  • Submoa
    July 24, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Hey bro. I just started playing the game on ps4 and was wondering if anything has changed in your build because I noticed that there was an update to scourge warlocks after your build was posted. Any info would be great thanks

  • HEROsoul91
    July 24, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    If you mentopned it then i missed it but does this build also work well in pvp?

  • Mack
    July 25, 2016 at 1:19 am

    What do you mean when you say 60% Armour Pen? Im new on the PlayStation and have no clue what this means, on my character stat sheet it says I’m at 500 armour pen…

  • Nekros
    July 25, 2016 at 6:09 am

    First of all, thanks for the updated build, I was looking for this and I followed an outdated Hellbringer build and my SW simply got rekt at level 65 on the PC. Now that Neverwinter has been released on the PS4 I’m following your build and I’m having a blast with the SW now, currently at level 60.
    Do you know any solid alternatives for the Dragonflight set? The problem is: I play in a very small guild so the Dragonflight event probably won’t be even a thing for us.

  • WarpPigeon
    July 26, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Feats: why damnation over fury?

  • Ditto
    July 27, 2016 at 5:09 am

    This guide really doesn’t help new players beyond putting points into where. What about a rotation? I’m level 64 and I get murdered whenever I try to solo content. Stuck on the beach with those crabs and the cursed soldiers, just getting wrecked over and over again.

    No idea what I’m doing wrong because this guide gave no clue at all what we are meant to do once we’ve followed it.

  • FoBo
    July 27, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    You cant roll 18 con… its no mainstat. So what should i choose for max dmgoutput? 16(+2) con 16(+2) char OR 13(+2) con and 18(+2) char? pls help.

  • Daniel
    July 30, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Hey great guide as I’m brand new to neverwinter and sw. I love your guide. If you were to make a build for pvp just on feats and powers and such what would yours b

  • Daniel
    July 30, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Also if you were to spec as such, what would the best pve build be from That pvp spec. If possible again new here and only lvl 45 so far

  • Daniel
    July 30, 2016 at 8:23 am

    Also are u running borrowed time and deadly curse without shadow walk?

  • Tristan
    August 1, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Hey can you do boons for elemental evil ? I know the first 3 are straight up go for power,life steal,crit , but what would the last boon you would choose for he elemental evil campaign?

  • iceman
    August 1, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    thanks for posting this! it has been a GODSEND! whats the best way to go about leveling companions?

  • babwvb
    August 1, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Hello which EE weapon set should i get?

  • Metal
    August 2, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Hey Shadow!
    I’ve been following your guide for my own SW however i will need to respect since i found your guide at level 30!
    Just to clarify, i should prioritise my stats in the following order :
    Armor pen -> Crit strike > Power -> Recovery for offense
    HIt points -> Defense -> Life steal for defense

    However, what should i prioritise overall? Should i focus more on offense or Defense? What are you end stats like if you dont mind me asking?

    August 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    what is your weapon?

  • ShuckTDM
    August 4, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Other than getting a DC to level 70 and doing th3 vault of the nine i’m assuming thete is no other way tomobtain a DC Sigil? Also what if i don’t have or can’t find a fast enough way to get the currency to get some if the gear?

  • Noah
    August 5, 2016 at 2:16 am

    What skill set ups do you use for Questing/ Farming/ Epic dungeons, i know you picked alot but what do you like to use going around doing quests/ farming/ epics, i know they all will be different set ups


  • Daylisky
    August 7, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Sweet guide I just started playing nw with some friends and decided to roll a lock. Just had a quick question about your build, does it work well in pvp? I’m gonna be doing a lot of pvp and I was wondering if you had any tips to tweak it for more of a pvp build.

  • SJH
    August 8, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Hey Shadowfiend,

    This is great information & hugely appreciated. I am playing on the PS4 now & just hit Level 70 so the info provided herein has been massively helpful.

    Hitting level 70 has been very confusing, I feel like things must have been more linear for those that player earlier MODs & then took on new content as it was introduced.

    A friend & I just hit 70 & jumped into the skirmishes to get ichor because we heard twisted weapons were the way to go. Wow, we sank that team as newbies & I felt awful!

    There are so many quests in my log & campaigns to do, no clue where to start. This build will be my cornerstone. If you have any other suggestions on how to pursue gear as a new 70 & then longer term, can you please share them as well?

    Thanks so much again!

  • Lucarnus
    August 9, 2016 at 4:04 am

    Hey, great guide and great detail. But, i have a minor problem or rather, a question. At lower levels, let’s say 30 to 60, i cant get my resistance ignored that high at all, without sacrificing Power\Crit. Should I worry about it, or is their a goal I should still try to obtain, for instance, 10, 20, or 30% Resistance ignored?

    • SJH
      August 9, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      Same issue, but my lock is a fresh level 70.

      I had focused my stats too much on lifesteal & sacrificed a lot of RI% long the way. I was able to gem up my gear & get RI% close to 30% & my critical % only dropped by around 3%.

      It resulted in a major gain for me, another 15% of my damage was getting through at the sacrifice of maybe 6% total damage before mitigation. I would definitely focus on RI% ahead of critical, but if you’re on PS4 & new I think 60% is a stretch. Somewhere else I read that regular mob have a maximum of 40% RI so maybe aim for that??

      That’s my 2 cents at least, but I defer to the expert author of this article…

      • @Fayeth88
        June 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm

        Also for those new that don’t know what RI is… its resistance ignored/armor pen

  • Jimmy Gregorio
    August 14, 2016 at 4:41 am

    Not entirely sure if I want to take advice from someone who can’t even spell their own name correctly….
    All joking aside, this guide is helping a lot as I level my first SW up. Thanks for taking the time to write it!

  • Jimmy Gregorio
    August 21, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    I just realized there is no power called “Tyrannical Threat” … there’s a Tyrannical Curse… is that the same thing? VERY confused as I’ve followed the guide to the letter so far and there’s no TT and it seems to be important for this build.
    Lucky that they just gave us a respec in case I can’t follow this guide since the update.

    • @Fayeth88
      June 9, 2017 at 2:52 pm

      I’ve been using this build for my SW since day 1(of me starting it). This is my 2nd character, my 1st is a HR. For me, I am really starting to see results even though prior to reaching 70, I was pretty squishy, now I’m really loving the build. Yes TT is now TC. I attempted to reach out to the author, but couldn’t get a response. I’m sure with so many people taking an interest in the build he got bombarded with questions.

  • Kemo
    September 9, 2016 at 7:09 am

    I picked hellbringer is there anyway I can switch to soulbringer

    • @Fayeth88
      June 9, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      A respec token. You can get one from the chick behind the door to the left of Lord Neverember.

  • Jeffrey
    September 12, 2016 at 2:32 am

    I have a question. I just started playing on PS4 and will be playing with friends as dps. How would you recommend leveling into this build and what rotations do you use for enemy groups versus single target?

  • Nevy81
    September 17, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Can you update this with pictures and include mount suggestions?

  • Loki
    October 4, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    EE boons….?

  • sllim228
    October 10, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I go with an elemental drowcraft chest and 3 piece dragonflight for the 10% damage resistance from demons which is almost all of the end game content at the moment.

  • Savy
    October 13, 2016 at 5:07 am

    Hey ShadowFiend! Im like your biggest fan. Right now Im running a soulbinding damnation warlock named Leyliana (who is also a dwarf). So right now Im running the lostmauth artifact set (was blackice) and am thinking of switching to the orcus set. Is that a good idea? Also, can you explain to me the changes to TT (now TC) in the next update?
    Lol Thanks.

  • October 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I’ve been using your build since I started playing and I’ve enjoyed it all the way. Mod 10 landed on ps4 yesterday however and I’m wondering if the build still holds up well? If not is there anything I should change?


  • ChrisMc0110
    October 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Hey shadowfiend. I was just wondering will you be updating or changing this guide since the balance update came out on the ps4 for the SW?

  • October 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    This build in Mod 10 still is top dps dog, my current GS is 2475 on PS4 top dps with those 2.8-3k GS in my party and I’m no where near done. Just curse, Hadar, dreadtheft, SS, with my AP gain being 1.5Dailies after use Immolation spirits.

  • November 5, 2016 at 3:34 am

    What mounts are you using? For the stat bonus…

  • TeraIshida
    November 7, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Will you be updating for mod 10 or is this build still viable? I’m still working on it, but I need to respect and I don’t want to go down the wrong path since I have a lot of enchantments and items to get.

  • Basworm
    November 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Currently i am a lvl 50 SW and im following your guide, but im a little bit lost on how to get a soul puppet with your skills. Maybe i’m blind or i’m not far enough with leveling to get a puppet somehow.

  • David
    December 27, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Wait but Scourge Warlock hasn’t been here since the realease of Neverwinter, Only Trickster Rogue, Control Wizard, Devoted Cleric, Great Weapon Fighter, and Gaurdian Fighter :/ misleading heading

  • Fenix2713
    January 10, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Descobri essa build matadora. Agora meu SW vai fazer dano!!

  • Leo
    February 15, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Ive chosen Human, can you advise me where to put the extra 3 feat points? Thank you and amazing guide

  • Caio
    February 21, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Shadowfeind, good afternoon,
    Does this article is still valid ? I play it on Xbox One. I started the game a few days ago and I’m trying to learn more about it.

  • Janet Harris
    April 19, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I am just starting out. I would like to make my SW as strong as possible, both in ability to take a hit as well as able to deliver max damage. I like to play by myself most of the time. I am playing on the PS4 which will soon be on Mod 10.5. With that in mind, would you change any recommendations in this article? If so, what would you change?

  • Screache
    May 11, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    I am wondering, I play HB Dom, I have not tried your build but I love Dom. I an 70 with a 12k item lvl and I do good dps and survive most anything. Have you tried HB? What is the benefiet of SB over HB in Dom. build

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