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"Grim Dawn": Shaman Build Guides for Beginners

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The shaman is proficient at using the elements and summons to deal damage.

The shaman is proficient at using the elements and summons to deal damage.

Shamans are masters of wielding the forces of nature by producing storms, casting life tapping magic, and summoning wild creatures. They’re also proficient in wielding any two-handed weapons to brutally crush their foes with ferocious strength.

The recommended Devotions are not in order here. It is up to you on what constellation you should learn first. 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. Bleeding Pet Ritualist (Shaman + Necromancer)

This is a summoner-type build that is also proficient in making foes bleed to death. Your main pet in this build is Summon Briarthorn, which is good in handling mobs alone since it's capable of retaliation. Of course, this pet build is also aided by Blight Fiend and several skeletons.

Attributes

Put points on cunning since your main damage type is bleeding. Then put a lot of points in physique so that you won’t die easily.

By the way, only invest on spirit if you are planning to wear a caster off-hand.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Summon Briarthorn (16 points) – Ground Slam (12 points) – Emboldening Presence (12 points)
  • Devouring Swarm (16 points)
  • Grasping Vines (12 points) – Entangling Vines (12 points)
  • Wendigo Totem (2 points) – Blood Pact (12 points)
  • Conjure Primal Spirit (12 points)
  • Primal Bond (12 points)

Necromancer Skills

  • Mastery bar (12 points)
  • Raise Skeletons (16 points) – Undead Legion (12 points) – Will of the Crypt (12 points)
  • Summon Blight Fiend (16 points)

Devotion

  • Order Crossroads
  • Panther
  • Hound
  • Fiend
  • Raven
  • Empty Throne
  • Wolverine
  • Bysmiel Bonds
  • Staff of Ratosh
  • Behemoth
  • Mogdrogen the Wolf

Note: Put the remaining devotion points on Lion.

Equipment Priorities

Wear items that grant bonuses to your pets, especially on all-damage and different resistances.

How to Play

Your main pet, Briarthorn, is the point man here. It should have an aggressive behavior so that it can take as many enemies as possible, while your other pets and you can freely hit with less worry. One good thing about this build is that it doesn’t rely on its summons alone for damage. Devouring Swarm and Grasping Vines can also deal serious bleeding damage to groups of enemies.

Finally, don’t forget that you have Wendigo Totem to support both yourself and your pets.

2. Bleeding Pet Conjurer (Shaman + Occultist)

This is a variant of the Bleeding Pet build. Summon Briarthorn is still your main pet in this build, and it is aided by Summon Familiar and Summon Hellhound.

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Attributes

Same as the Bleeding Pet Ritualist.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Summon Briarthorn (16 points) – Ground Slam (12 points) – Emboldening Presence (12 points)
  • Devouring Swarm (16 points)
  • Grasping Vines (12 points) – Entangling Vines (12 points)
  • Wendigo Totem (12 points) – Blood Pact (12 points)
  • Conjure Primal Spirit (12 points)
  • Primal Bond (12 points)

Occultist Skills

  • Mastery bar (15 points)
  • Summon Familiar (16 points)
  • Summon Hellhound (16 points)
  • Curse of Frailty (10 points)
  • Blood of Dreeg (9 points)

Devotion

Same as the Bleeding Pet Ritualist.

Equipment Priorities

Same as the Bleeding Pet Ritualist.

How to Play

Just like the Bleeding Pet Ritualist, Briarthorn will still take the point. Make sure you set its behavior to aggressive. Then let your Familiar and Hellhound aid Briarthorn in dealing damage. As usual, you can also attack using Devouring Swarm and Grasping Vines, or weaken your enemies first with Curse of Frailty.

3. Bleeding Warder (Shaman + Soldier)

I consider this shaman build to be the most brutal and ferocious one. Bleeding Warder can deal a massive amount of bleeding damage by wielding a weapon called The Guillotine and using a transmuted version of Blade Arc.

Attributes

The majority of your attribute points should be put on physique so that you can go toe-to-toe with multiple enemies in a melee fight. You should also put enough points on cunning to increase your bleeding damage and the chance to land a critical hit.

To wear high level jewelry, don’t forget to put a few points on spirit, just enough for the item requirements.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Brute Force (1 point) – Feral Hunger (10 points) – Upheaval (10 points)
  • Savagery (16 points) – Might of the Bear (3 points) – Tenacity of the Boar (12 points)
  • Primal Bond (12 points)
  • Mogdrogen’s Pact (1 point) – Heart of the Wild (10 points)

Soldier Skills

  • Mastery bar (32 points)
  • Blade Arc (16 points) – Clean Sweep (1 point) – Laceration (12 points)
  • Blitz (1 point)
  • Fighting Spirit (12 points)
  • Field Command (12 points) – Squad Tactics (12 points)
  • Menhir’s Will (11 points)
  • Military Conditioning (10 points)

Devotion

  • Falcon
  • Assassin’s Blade
  • Stag
  • Fox
  • Empty Throne
  • Berserker
  • Kraken
  • Harvestman’s Scythe
  • Huntress
  • Mogdrogen the Wolf

Equipment Priorities

The recommended weapon is a legendary two-handed axe called The Guillotine or the Mythical Guillotine on higher levels. You should attach a Seal of Blades component to your weapon. In case you haven’t found the Guillotine yet, any two-handed axe that increases your bleeding damage will do.

The main damage dealer of this build is bleeding. So equip items that increase this damage type.

How to Play

Be the first to initiate the battle using Blitz, then quickly swipe enemies with your transmuted Blade Arc.

While Blade Arc is on cooldown, you can still continuously attack your target with Savagery. The skill can make your next Blade Arc deadlier than your previous swipe.

4. Bleeding Trickster (Shaman + Nightblade)

This is a variant of the Bleeding Warder. Bleeding Trickster can summon Blade Spirit, which automatically targets and damages multiple enemies.

Attributes

Same as the Bleeding Warder.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Brute Force (1 point) – Feral Hunger (10 points) – Upheaval (10 points)
  • Savagery (16 points) – Might of the Bear (3 points) – Tenacity of the Boar (12 points)
  • Primal Strike (16 points) – Storm Surge (12 points)
  • Primal Bond (12 points)
  • Wendigo Totem (1 point) – Blood Pact (12 points)

Nightblade Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Shadow Strike (1 point)
  • Blade Spirit (16 points)
  • Blade Barrier (10 points)
  • Anatomy of Murder (12 points)

Devotion

Same as the Bleeding Warder.

Equipment Priorities

Same as the Bleeding Warder.

How to Play

Always summon Blade Spirit whenever the skill is available to use. When your are ready to attack, use Shadow Strike to easily fill the gap between you and your target. Once in melee range, use Primal Strike whenever it is available. You can use Savagery when all your other attack skills are on cooldown.

When you're in great danger, immediately use Blade Barrier to protect your character from damage.

5. Thunder Warder (Shaman + Soldier)

This build is also known as Thor because of the connection with lightning and being a melee fighter.

Attributes

Cunning is your first priority until you have enough offensive ability to frequently land critical hits. Then put points on spirit since you will be dealing lightning damage.

The majority of your attribute points should be put on physique since this build is a melee fighter.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery Bar (50 points)
  • Brute Force (12 points) – Upheaval (10 points)
  • Savagery (16 points) – Might of the Bear (3 points) – Tenacity of the Boar (12 points) – Storm Touched (12 points)
  • Storm Caller’s Pact (12 points)
  • Mogdrogen’s Pact (12 points) – Heart of the Wild (10 points)

Soldier Skills

  • Mastery bar (32 points)
  • Field Command (12 points) – Squad Tactics (12 points)
  • Blitz (1 point)
  • Markovian’s Advantage (12 points)
  • Fighting Spirit (12 points)
  • Menhir’s Will (4 points)
  • Military Conditioning (10 points)

Devotion

  • Order Crossroads
  • Ascendancy Crossroads
  • Eldritch Crossroads
  • Tsunami
  • Tortoise
  • Eel
  • Jackal
  • Tempest
  • Kraken
  • Chariot of the Dead
  • Harvestman’s Scythe
  • Rhowan’s Crown
  • Spear of the Heavens

Equipment Priorities

Equip items that can increase your lightning and electrocute damage.

For weapons, you should be equipping two-handed weapons to gain bonuses from Kraken, Brute Force, and Upheaval.

If you are planning to wear a set of items, I highly recommend Ultos’ Storm.

How to Play

Start the fight by using Blitz, then continuously attack your opponents with Savagery. Let your celestial powers proc themselves.

6. Storm Druid (Shaman + Arcanist)

This is a caster-type build that can summon auto target storms, wide area freezes, and huge shards from above.

Attributes

Spirit should be your main attribute so that you can equip the best caster off-hand in the game. You should also invest on cunning since the build relies on critical hits to proc celestial powers. Put the rest of your points on physique.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Wind Devil (16 points) – Raging Tempest (12 points) – Maelstorm (12 points)
  • Storm Totem (16 points)
  • Stormcaller’s Pact (12 points)
  • Mogdrogen’s Pact (12 points) – Heart of the Wild (10 points)

Arcanist Skills

  • Mastery bar (40 points)
  • Olexra’s Flash Freeze (12 points)
  • Maiven’s Sphere of Protection (12 points)
  • Trozan’s Sky Shard (16 points) – Frozen Core (12 points) – Shattered Star (12 points)

Devotion

  • Chaos Crossroads
  • Tsunami
  • Tortoise
  • Raven
  • Hawk
  • Owl
  • Vulture
  • Amatok the Spirit of Winter
  • Tempest
  • Rhowan’s Crown
  • Ultos, Shepherd of Storms

Note: Put the remaining Devotion points on Empty Throne.

Equipment Priorities

Since this is a caster build, wearing your caster off-hand is required.

Equipment that grants bonuses to lightning, cold, electrocute, and frostburn should be your priority.

How to Play

Always cast Storm Totem and Wind Devil whenever it is available. This will grant you multiples of those summons in the field. These summons can take down mobs and elites in no time while you are moving.

Trozan Sky Shard is usually used to take down tougher opponents.

To delay multiple enemies approaching you, use Olexra’s Flash Freeze to disable them.

7. Thunder Gunner Elementalist (Shaman + Demolitionist)

This is a two-handed ranged attacker that can also deploy auto target skills.

Attributes

Put points on cunning first to wear the best two-handed ranged weapons in the game. It will also let you land critical hit often, which is important to proc your celestial powers.

Spirit is also important to increase your lightning damage more.

But do not forget to also invest on physique so that you have a higher chance of survival.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Primal Strike (16 points) – Thunderous Strike (1 point) – Torrent (12 points) – Storm Surged (12 points)
  • Brute Force (12 points)
  • Storm Totem (16 points)
  • Wind Devil (1 point) – Maelstorm (12 points)
  • Stormcaller’s Pact (12 points)

Demolitionist Skills

  • Mastery bar (32 points)
  • Flame Touched (12 points)
  • Blast Shield (12 points)
  • Flashbang (12 points) – Searing Light (6 points)
  • Vindicative Flame (1 point) – Ulzuin’s Wrath (12 points)
  • Mortar Trap (1 point) – Heavy Ordnance (12 points)

Devotion

  • Tortoise
  • Wraith
  • Quill
  • Hydra
  • Kraken
  • Tempest
  • Rhowan’s Crown
  • Chariot of the Dead
  • Bard’s Harp
  • Ultos, Shepherd of Storms

Equipment Priorities

Raka’Jax or Mythical Raka’Jax is the weapon that I highly recommend here. But if you cannot find one, any two-handed ranged weapon that grants bonuses to lightning damage will do. This also applies to your other equipment as well.

How to Play

Plant all your auto target skills first (Wind Devil, Storm Totem, Mortar Trap).

Your normal attack will be Primal Strike, which will be transmuted to Thunderous Strike.

When there are dangerous approaching mobs, you can disable them with flashbang.

8. Thunder Gunner Vindicator

This Thunder Gunner alternative may not have mortars or flashbangs, but it can deal better critical damage with Deadly Aim. It can also heal itself and any surrounding allies with Word of Renewal.

Attributes

Same as the Thunder Gunner Elementalist.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Savagery (16 points) – Might of the Bear (3 points) – Tenacity of the Boar (12 points) – Storm Touched (12 points)
  • Brute Force (12 points) – Upheaval (10 points)
  • Storm Totem (16 points)
  • Wind Devil (1 point) – Maelstorm (12 points)
  • Stormcaller’s Pact (12 points)
  • Mogdrogen’s Pact (12 points) – Heart of the Wild (1 point)

Inquisitor Skills

  • Mastery bar (40 points)
  • Deadly Aim (12 points)
  • Word of Renewal (12 points) – Word of Arms (1 point)
  • Storm Spread (10 points)

Devotion

Same as the Thunder Gunner Elementalist.

Equipment Priorities

Same as the Thunder Gunner Elementalist.

How to Play

Just like its counterpart, plant your Wind Devil and Storm Totem first. Hit your enemies continuously with Savagery while it also procs your celestial powers.

Don’t forget to always cast Word of Renewal to both buff and heal your character.

9. Lightning Spin Archon (Shaman + Oathkeeper)

This is a spin to win build that focuses on Eye of Reckoning’s Soulfire, which deals lightning damage.

Attributes

Same as the Thunder Warder build.

Shaman Skills

  • Mastery bar (50 points)
  • Brute Force (12 points)
  • Storm Totem (16 points)
  • Stormcaller’s Pact (12 points)
  • Wind Devil (16 points) – Maelstorm (12 points)
  • Mogdrogen’s Pact (12 points) – Heart of the Wild (10 points) – Oak Skin (10 points)

Oathkeeper Skills

  • Mastery bar (40 points)
  • Eye of Reckoning (16 points) – Soulfire (12 points)
  • Vire’s Might (1 point)
  • Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Rebuke (10 points)
  • Resilence (6 points)
  • Ascension (12 points)

Devotion

Same as the Thunder Warder build.

Equipment Priorities

Same as the Thunder Warder build.

How to Play

Basically, you just spin with Eye of Reckoning until your enemies are dead. For the best results, assign the Reckless Tempest on it.

But wait, Eye of Reckoning is not the only spinning skill here. There is also Wind Devil with Maelstorm.

You also have a stationary Storm Totem that serves as another passive source of damage.

The skill tree of the Shaman.

The skill tree of the Shaman.

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