Skip to main content

"Grim Dawn": Oathkeeper Build Guides for Beginners

Arc is a self-help author/speaker and AI thinker. He also make apps as a side hustle.

The Oathkeeper is skilled with a shield.

The Oathkeeper is skilled with a shield.

Depending on your preferred path build, Oathkeeper is like the Holy Knight or Dark Knight character class that excels in using shield and spells.

Most skills of this mastery specialize in shielding and retaliation. It's also capable of summoning companions and dealing a large amount of damage.

Note: The recommended Devotions are not in order here. It is up to you what constellation you should learn first. Just in case you don’t know, devotion points can also be re-assigned in order to meet certain requirements.

When it comes to gear components, resistance to different damage types should be the priority for your character to survive on higher difficulties.

1. Flame Auradin (Oathkeeper + Inquisitor)

This is the most effortless play style build. Flame Auradin can quickly clear mobs by running through them using Aura of Censure and Guardian of Empyrion with Celestial Presence.

Attributes

Assign 10 to 20 points on both cunning and spirit for an increase in damage, offensive ability, and the ability to wear good equipment.

The majority of your attribute points should be put on physique.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Safeguard (12 points)
  • Eye of Reckoning (16 points)
  • Vire’s Might (16 points) – Volcanic Stride (12 points) – Tectonic Shift (4 points)
  • Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Celestial Presence (12 points)

Skills Inquisitor

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Aura of Censure (12 points)
  • Word of Renewal (12 points)
  • Deadly Aim (12 points)
  • Inquisitor Seal (12 points) – Arcane Empowerment (12 points)

Devotion

  • Order Crossroads
  • Turtle
  • Viper
  • Fiend
  • Quill
  • Empty Throne
  • Alladrah’s Phoenix
  • Magi
  • Behemoth
  • Chariot of the Dead
  • Ulzuin’s Torch

Equipment Priorities

To make this build more powerful, wear equipment that has chance to cast fire type spells every time you deal damage.

Equipment that adds extra damage and range to your Aura of Censure is also recommended.

How to Play

As I said earlier, this build is effortless to play. You can clean up mobs quickly by just passing through them. If you need to deal more damage, use Eye of Reckoning.

2. Basic Sword and Board Warlord (Oathkeeper + Soldier)

This is a well-balanced build. It deals physical damage with internal trauma and retaliation.

Scroll to Continue

Read More From Levelskip

Attributes

The main attribute here is physique. Putting points on cunning and spirit is dependent on your equipment requirements.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Righteous Fervor (16 points) – Consecration (12 points) – Retribution (12 points)
  • Safeguard (12 points)
  • Smite (10 points)
  • Shattering Smash (10 points)
  • Judgement (12 points) – Crushing Verdict (12 points) – Heart of Wrath (4 points)
  • Vire’s Might (1 point)
  • Divine Mandate (12 points)
  • Presence Virtue (12 points) – Haven (10 points) – Rebuke (10 points)

Skills Soldier

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Field Command (1 point) – Squad Tactics (12 points)
  • Decorated Soldier (8 points)

Devotion

  • Ascendant Crossroads
  • Bull
  • Hound
  • Scarab
  • Lizard
  • Anvil
  • Ulzaad, Herald of Korvaak
  • Shieldmaiden
  • Dire Bear
  • Vire, the Stone Matron

Note: For the three remaining devotion points, choose what resistance you need from Empty Throne.

Equipment Priorities

A shield is the most important item on this build. So wear the best one that you can get. The preferred item attributes are an increase in physical and internal trauma damage.

How to Play

Righteous Fervor is your basic attack here. Use Judgement whenever it is available for an AOE attack and crowd control.

3. Two-handed Warlord (Oathkeeper + Soldier)

This is a variant of Warlord that wields a two-handed mace weapon.

Attributes

Put the majority of your attribute points on physique. Put some points on cunning if you prefer more damage. A few points on spirit is required until you can wear the best amulets and rings.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Eye of Reckoning (16 points) – Soulfire (12 points)
  • Vire’s Might (1 point)
  • Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points)
  • Judgement (12 points) – Crushing Verdict (12 points)
  • Divine Mandate (12 points)
  • Ascension (12 points)
  • Presence of Virtue (5 points) – Rebuke (10 points)

Skills Soldier

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Field Command (12 points) – Squad Tactics (12 points)
  • Menhir’s Will (16 points)
  • Military Conditioning (10 points)
  • Decorated Soldier (8 points)

Devotion

  • Bull
  • Lion
  • Hammer
  • Hawk
  • Empty Throne
  • Sheperd’s Crook
  • Kraken
  • Dire Bear
  • Ulzaad, Herald of Korvaak
  • Rhowan’s Scepter
  • Oleron

Note: Put the remaining two devotion points on Crab.

Equipment Priorities

You need to equip a two-handed mace weapon. If you don't, Kraken and Rhowan’s Scepter won’t work. The primary stats of your equipment should be physical and internal trauma damage.

How to Play

Your main damage dealer here is Eye of Reckoning with the help of Judgement and Guardians of Empyrion.

4. Retaliation Archon (Oathkeeper + Shaman)

Retaliation stats benefit the Oathkeeper class because the mastery has skills that get additional damage from retaliation.

Retaliation builds don't need to wait for enemies to attack in order to deal damage.

Attributes

You won’t be needing to put points on cunning for this build.

If possible, assign everything on physique. Just remember that you need to put some on spirit for wearing high level rings and amulets.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (40 points)
  • Aegis of Menhir (1 point) – Avenging Shield (10 points) – Aegis of Thorns (1 point) – Reprisal (12 points)
  • Judgement (12 points) – Heart of Wrath (12 points)
  • Righteous Fervor (1 point) – Consecration (12 points) – Retribution (12 points)
  • Presence of Virtue (12 points) – Haven (10 points) – Rebuke (10 points)
  • Resilence (12 points)
  • Ascension (12 points)

Skills Shaman

  • Mastery Bar (40 points)
  • Mogdrogen’s Pact (6 points) – Heart of the Wild (10 points) – Oak Skin (10 points)
  • Summon Briarthorn (1 point) – Emboldening Presence (12 points)

Devotion

  • Hound
  • Scarab
  • Wolverine
  • Tortoise
  • Lion
  • Spider
  • Messenger of War
  • Hyrian, Guardian of the Celestial Gate
  • Alladrah’s Phoenix
  • Shieldmaiden
  • Obelisk of Menhir

Equipment Priorities

Wear items that add and multiply your retaliation damage. It is also important to boost your defensive ability, armor, and resistance from different types of damage since you’ll be relying more on enemy attacks than yours.

How to Play

Tank as much enemies as you can while you attack them with your skills.

5. Firestorm Shieldbreaker (Oathkeeper + Demolitionist)

This is a shield build that wields both fire and lightning damage.

Attributes

Same as the Sword and Board Warlord build.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Eye of Reckoning (16 points) – Soulfire (12 points)
  • Safeguard (12 points)
  • Vire’s Might (1 point)
  • Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Celestial Presence (12 points)
  • Judgement (12 points) – Heart of Wrath (12 points)
  • Divine Mandate (12 points)
  • Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Haven (10 points)

Skills Demolitionist

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Flame Touched (12 points)
  • Vindictive Flame (14 points) – Ulzuin’s Wrath (12 points)
  • Blast Shield (12 points)

Devotion

  • Chaos Crossroads
  • Lizard
  • Jackal
  • Scholar’s Light
  • Quill
  • Tempest
  • Rhowan’s Crown
  • Hyrian, Guardian of the Celestial Gates
  • Chariot of the Dead
  • Behemoth
  • Ulzuin’s Torch

Note: For the three remaining devotion points, choose what resistance you need from Empty Throne.

Equipment Priorities

Your shield is the important equipment here. For equipment stats, prioritize fire, lightning, burn, and electrocute damage.

How to Play

Basically, you just use Vire’s Might to quickly cover the gap between you and your opponents. Execute judgement, then continuously attack with Eye of Reckoning. Your Guardian will take care of additional damage.

6. Vire’s Might Shieldbreaker (Oathkeeper + Demolitionist)

This is a Shieldbreaker build that uses a two-handed weapon instead of a shield. The insane damage of Vire’s Might with Volcanic Stride lets you level up and finish the game quickly.

Attributes

Put the majority of your points in physique, but you should also invest points in both cunning and spirit for better damage.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Vire’s Might (16 points) – Volcanic Might (1 point) – Volcanic Stride (12 points) – Tectonic Shift (12 points)
  • Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Celestial Presence (12 points)
  • Judgement (12 points) – Heart of Wrath (12 points)
  • Divine Mandate (12 points)
  • Ascension (12 points)

Skills Demolitionist

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Flame Touched (12 points)
  • Vindictive Flame (16 points)
  • Blast Shield (12 points)
  • Flashbang (5 points) – Searing Light (4 points)

Devotion

  • Lizard
  • Fiend
  • Spider
  • Empty Throne
  • Kraken
  • Solael’s Witchblade
  • Magi
  • Chariot of the Dead
  • Behemoth
  • Ulzuin’s Torch

Note: For the last remaining devotion point, assign it on Scholar’s Light.

Equipment Priorities

Equip your best two-handed weapon with fire and burn damage affinity.

How to Play

Just spam Vire’s Might to move from one place to another. Let the trail of flames from Volcanic Stride be your main damage dealer.

7. Acid Shield Sentinel (Oathkeeper + Occultist)

This is a versatile build that is capable of range, melee, defense, retaliation, and summoning companions.

Attributes

Same as the Sword and Board Warlord. However, you can put more points on spirit if you prefer better damage.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Aegis of Menhir (16 points) – Avenging Shield (12 points) – Aegis of Thorns (1 point) – Reprisal (12 points)
  • Righteous Fervor (16 points) – Dreeg’s Reproach (1 point) – Consecration (12 points)
  • Vire’s Might (1 point)
  • Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Scion of Dreeg (1 point) – Celestial Presence (12 points)
  • Path of Three (12 points)
  • Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Haven (10 points) – Rebuke (10 points)
  • Resilence (5 points)

Skills Occultist

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Blood of Dreeg (16 points) – Aspect of Guardian (12 points)

Devotion

  • Crossroads Primordial
  • Crossroads Ascendant
  • Tortoise
  • Viper
  • Rat
  • Eye of the Guardian
  • Akeron’s Scorpion
  • Manticore
  • Chariot of the Dead
  • Behemoth
  • Affliction – Choose the Acid damage path only. Don’t complete this constellation.
  • Abomination – Choose only the path to Tainted Eruption. Don’t complete this constellation.

Equipment Priorities

Equip items that increase your acid and retaliation damage.

The Perdition set is the most recommended gear since its attributes complement the build.

How to Play

Spam Aegis of Menhir whenever it is available. When the mentioned skill is on cooldown, you have Righteous Fervor as your basic attack. Then let your summoned companions and retaliation take care of the rest.

8. Acid Shield Dervish (Oathkeeper + Nightblade)

This is a variant of the Acid Shield Sentinel build. This build may not have the same retaliation effectiveness, but it can move faster and maneuver better.

Attributes

Same as the Sword and Board Warlord. However, you can put more on spirit if you prefer better damage.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Aegis of Menhir (16 points) – Avenging Shield (12 points) – Aegis of Thorns (1 point) – Reprisal (12 points)
  • Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Scion of Dreeg (1 point) – Celestial Presence (12 points)
  • Path of Three (12 points)
  • Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Haven (10 points) – Rebuke (10 points)
  • Ascension (12 points)
  • Resilence (2 points)

Skills Nightblade

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Merciless Repertoire (12 points)
  • Shadow Strike (1 point) – Nidalla’s Justifiable Ends (12 points)
  • Pneumatic Burst (12 points)
  • Blade Barrier (12 points)

Devotion

Same as the Acid Shield Sentinel build.

Equipment Priorities

Same as the Acid Shield Sentinel build.

How to Play

Hit your enemies with Aegis of Menhir as long as it's available. When the mentioned skill is not available due to cooldown, you can quickly go melee with Shadow Strike. When you're in a dangerous situation, use Blade Barrier as your panic button.

Pneumatic Burst plays multiple purposes here. The skill is used for health recovery and a movement speed buff.

9. Elemental Templar (Oathkeeper + Arcanist)

This is a two-handed wielder templar that dashes and spins to deal heavy elemental damage.

The build is energy hungry due to Eye of Reckoning, but thanks to Iskandra’s Elemental Exchange, you’ll be relying less on energy potions.

Attributes

Same as the Vire’s Might Shieldbreaker build.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Eye of Reckoning (16 points) – Soulfire (12 points)
  • Vire’s Might (16 points) – Volcanic Might (1 point) – Volcanic Stride (12 points) – Tectonic Shift (12 points)
  • Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Celestial Presence (12 points)
  • Resilience (4 points)

Skills Arcanist

  • Mastery Bar (25 points)
  • Iskandra’s Elemental Exchange (12 points) – Overload (12 points) – Elemental Balance (12 points)
  • Mirror of Ereoctes (12 points)
  • Maiven’s Sphere of Protection (12 points)

Devotion

  • Crossroads Eldritch
  • Crossroads Ascendant
  • Tortoise
  • Fiend
  • Quill
  • Scholar’s Light
  • Owl
  • Kraken
  • Chariot of the Dead
  • Behemoth
  • Rhowan’s Crown
  • Blind Sage

Note: Put the remaining two devotion points on Empty Throne.

Equipment Priorities

The priority here is a two-handed weapon with bonus to elemental damage types like burn, frostburn, and electrocute.

How to Play

The pattern in playing this build is to dash and spin. Use Vire’s Might. When that skill is on cooldown, use Eye of Reckoning.

10. Vitality Shield Oppressor (Oathkeeper + Necromancer)

This is another variant of the Sword and Board build that deals vitality damage.

Attributes

Same as the Sword and Board Warlord. However, you can put more points on spirit if you prefer better damage.

Skills Oathkeeper

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Righteous Fervor (16 points) – Dreeg’s Reproach (1 point)
  • Vire’s Might (1 point)
  • Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Scion of Dreeg (1 point) – Celestial Presence (12 points)
  • Path of Three (12 points)
  • Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Haven (10 points)
  • Ascension (12 points) – Clarity of Purpose (12 points)
  • Resilence (10 points)

Skills Necromancer

  • Mastery Bar (32 points)
  • Bone Harvest (16 points) – Dread (12 points) – Soul Harvest (12 points)
  • Reaping Strike (10 points)

Devotion

  • Crossroads Eldritch
  • Toad
  • Bat
  • Tortoise
  • Gallows
  • Lotus
  • Jackal
  • Typhos, the Jailor of Souls
  • Revenant
  • Wendigo
  • Rattosh, the Veilwarden

Note: Put the remaining five devotion points on Affliction. Then choose the path that increases your Vitality damage.

Equipment Priorities

Use items that increase damage to vitality and vitality decay.

How to Play

Your primary damage dealer here is Bone Harvest. To make it more powerful, attach Rattosh, the Veilwarden’s skill to it. While waiting for Bone Harvest to be available again, you have Righteous Fervor as your basic attack. Then Guardian’s of Empyrion will assist you in dealing extra damage.

The skill tree for Oathkeeper.

The skill tree for Oathkeeper.

© 2019 Arc Sosangyo

Related Articles