Albion Online Build Guide: Vampiric Build by AlbionMall
First of all, let me drive you all into the gear/skills:
With +15/+15 Armor/Magic Resist on Helm
With +134 Hitpoints on Helm
HEAD - Heavy Cloth Helm.
Spell choice - Emergency Heal
Passive choice - Increased armor/magic resist
Heal on helm is better than stoneskin for this build since it get the benefit of 50% increased healing of light plate chest and the 15% healing bonus of your shield making it 65% increased power self heal (At 8.3 epic chest, I heal 609 hitpoints). Stoneskin also cuts your damage for the duration, and thats something you really dont want with this build.
The Increased armor/magic resist is a must at earlie levels to compensate the light chest option. In endgame or when they fix Shields to have better armor, you can swap to hitpoints.
CHEST - Light Plate Chest
Spell choice - Blink
Light Plate Chest is the best for this build since you need to take the most of the high damage weapon heavy mana drain with the 60% increased damage. Any other armor will make you run out of mana before you kill your target. Another good thing is that this increases your helm healing power making it to heal huge numbers.
The spell choice in here is Blink because this build needs the mobility to go in and out as you wish. You are not squishy but sometimes you need that blink to finish off a running target/heal with vampiric strike.
BOOTS - Light Plate Boots
Spell choice - Refreshing Sprint
With light plate option, you have the best mobility in game since its a fast coldown sprint that allow you to chase people down and also lowers all your abilities timers allowing you to stack 3 rending strikes very fast, or recover that extra vampirc strike in 12s instead of 15s - increasing your damage, heal and mobility. For the passive, go 5% increased damage for sure.
Spell Choice - Fast-Healing Wounds (15% increased received healing)
Shields are nerfed at the moment but they are going to be buffed (you can see my legendary 7.4 shield has +26 armor only), wich means this build is getting even stronger in future patchs. But right now, it does ok with this build since the 15% increased received healing increases your Emergency Heal in your helm and your Vampiric Strike heal in your weapon.
WEAPON - Battleaxe
Spell on Q - Rending Strike - Does nice direct damage(200ish) and damage of time with low coldown and debuff received healing of your target in exchange of heavy mana usage.
Spell on W - Heavy Smash - Low coldown with armor debuff and heavy damage
Spell on E - Vampiric Strike - Your key ability. With 3 stacks of rending strike, it heals for 609 hitpoints on epic 7.4 plus very nice damage.
This build is very dps focused with high single target damage in low amount of time and low coldown timers. Its very effective to pick up light and medium armor users.
Besides of using light armor, dont get confused - you are still a nice tank (I managed to tank all Harrowdeep bosses without problem). You have 69% phys damage reduction and with 15% soup you have 3.3k hp plus 609 heal on your helm, plus 609 on your weapon every 15s (you do the math of how much hp you will end up with in a 15s pvp fight for exemple).
Blink also allow you to jump in and out of frontline in massive fights as well to chasedown running players.
Bleed from your rending strike counters invisibility.
You must be carefull vs iceblock players and try to avoid getting your vampiric or your heavy smash blocked by it
Retaliate on helm still hurts if you manage to hit your W on it, but since you self heal by a lot, sometimes I just ignore it and keep my damage per second taking advantage of target lowered armor.
Against archers/kiters, you must time your sprints/blink to be able to hit them - dont be afraid to use vampiric strike with only 1-2 charges.
If your going to duel in city, make sure to change your blink to Ice Block - no cursed staffs will win vs you (trust me - Ive dueled vs 6.6 curseds, 6.6 scythes, 6.6 glacial and had no problem at all even being 1-2 tiers below - UPDATE - JaGGer was the only cursed to really give me problems, but he had to run 50% spell dmg on helm and still had a tier of advantage in 6.6 chest piece - again, the duels were all close calls with me being able to even beat him a few times.
The weakspot for this build is the fame farming process because you burn too much of energy and you are single target. Your best bet is to solo the t8 elite áreas (yes, you can do it) and always walk around with energy drinks - even to mass pvp/gvg.
Hope you guys test/enjoy my build.
If you want to see me in action, come to Boneharbour and hit me up - I will duel/show you anytime.
This is an unnoficial Build Guide.
Not saying its best build in game but must alert that I never had problems in open world vs any bow user. You just need to time your Blink or Sprint to whenever you have QWE up.
Another thing: since your Sprint has very low CD, you probably will be able to get in range 3x at least wich is usually enought to finish up your target.
Also, poison sting does take a while to dmg 3.3k hp with 67% magic resistance and in mean while you probably will be able to hit the Helm heal twice (1.2k hp). Thats usually time to blink twice in your target and make like 3 maybe 4 sprints.
In duels, you will win vs bows ending in 100% hp most of the time.