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Basic Cleric Build for Mod 16 + Level 80 Build

Note about Basic Builds: These guides are not meant to be comprehensive “bibles” on how you must build your class, but offer solid alternatives to get started in this new mod. Each of these builds should offer a solid foundation for you to start playing the new mod, but do not necessarily represent “BiS”, as that can depend on your prefered playstyle, gear, and stats.

Cleric Notes: If any class is going handily solo group content, the DPS Cleric is that class. The cleric is doing good damage, but does have some limitations in longer fights due to divinity generation, but makes up for this with the dodge mechanic and healing powers available in the DPS path. 

For level 80 healing Devout Cleric build information, check out Lord Willow’s Cleric build video

DPS Cleric for leveling
Heal Cleric – Make sure you check out the video for level 80 information

Level 80 Cleric Arbiter Build

Notes: Here’s the level 80 powers and boons from alliance member and streamer Backpetal. If you want the narrative about these choices and how her rotation works, make sure you check out her video. Enna builds to her playstyle and is not a “min/max’er”. Go to 21:00 for the discussion of the powers selected below and go to 28:00 for information on gear. Thanks Enna!

Level 80 Arbiter Cleric Build
Arbiter Cleric Boons

If you want, you can always check out our initial Cleric builds blog post for Mod 16.

Basic Paladin Build for Mod 16 + level 80 build

Latest M18 Build Information

NEW – Lord Willow has released a video on his approach to the Mod 18 Paladin.

Basic Build Notes: These guides are not meant to be comprehensive “bibles” on how you must build your class, but offer solid alternatives to get started in the next mod. Each of these builds should offer a solid foundation for you to start playing in the new mod, but do not necessarily represent “BiS”, as that can depend on your preferred playstyle, gear, and stats.

Paladin Notes: The paladin is the only class in the game without a DPS path, but don’t let that worry you too much. The paladin is really not much slower to level than a DPS class. What you gain is a class that is both a great healer and tank. 

As a Paladin tank you need to decide what your preferred playstyle is going to be. Are you going to be board and sword, or more just sword? Both are viable tanking options. You will see better survival going with a shield-heavy playstyle, but play is less dynamic and you do a lot less damage Check out the new level 80 Paladin build information below and check out Lord Willow’s new Paladin build video.

Solo (Justicar)

This is the same build you would use for a attack heavy tanking build (same feats, different class features)

Solo Offensive Paladin for leveling
Sword and Board Paladin for leveling
Heals Paladin for leveling

Level 80 Paladin build

The level 80 paladin optimally uses multiple loadouts in the party tank role, the solo DPS role and the party healer role. Check out Lord Willow’s video for details. The Paladin can be quite complex to manage the many options. Powers for the three builds are as follows:

Powers for Paladin build in party tank role

Powers for solo DPS Paladin build; yes, this is an Oathkeeper build!
Party Heals Paladin build

If you want, you can always check out our old builds blog post for the paladin.

Basic Rogue Build Mod 16

Basic Build Notes: These guides are not meant to be comprehensive “bibles” on how you must build your class, but offer solid alternatives to get started in the new mod. Each of these builds should offer a solid foundation for you to start playing the new mod, but do not necessarily represent “BiS”, as that can depend on your preferred playstyle, gear, and stats.

Rogue Notes: The Rogue Assassin is in a decent place and can benefit a party not only with great single target damage, but also by granting combat advantage from powers like Smoke Bomb.

For a narrative of the level 80 Rogue, including rotations for powers, make sure you check out Lord Willow’s level 80 Rogue build video.

Leveling Builds

Rogue Main Single Target Build

Alternative build: There is none; the whisperknife path is a bit on the sad side. But if you insist…

Rogue Whisperknife

Level 80 Builds (AoE and Single Target)

These builds are thanks to Lord Willow. Make sure you check out his Rogue build video to understand how the AoE and Single Target loadouts work from a power rotation perspective.

Assassin AoE level 80 Rogue build
Assassin Single Target level 80 Rogue build

You can always check out our initial Rogue build blog for M16.

Companions in M16

Updated: The official developer blog for companions has been published.

Female companion in neverwinter

Companions have always been a huge part Neverwinter. There were a several of aspects Cryptic addressed in module 16 (Mod 16; M16). The first issue was that fighting companions were extremely necessary due to their stat sharing from to Bonding Runes; augments were used in niche builds. Another issue was that different classes all used the same companion because that companion was best in slot (BiS), e.g. Chultan Tiger, Archons, etc.

If you’re short on companions, head over to the Epic Temple of the Spider, Great Wolf Den, or Cragmire Crypts. The second chests in these dungeons seem to drop companions at a reasonable rate. These second dungeons require a key purchased with 15 acorns from the Acquisitions Incorporated campaign.

At a high level, here are some of the changes to companions for Mod 16:

Companions Unbound

Companions have been separated from their bonus powers so that players have more freedom in choosing what companion visual they want fighting by their side. Abilities and bonuses such as “Reduces the target’s defenses by X” are now slottable powers similar to how mounts work. This means when you get a companion, you actually get a pack of assets that is the companion and the slottable powers associated with that companion.  Similar to the mounts stable, companions are now stored in your Companion Roster. Which companion you select as active from your roster is still important in that it still has unique attack abilities and/or is an augment, so in that regard there will still be BiS companions – however it’s significantly less important than before.

screen shot of layout with choices
You choose which companion powers to apply from a list of possible powers drawn from all companions on your roster.

Companions also provide bonus stats or effects, such as “Chance to heal you and your companion”, or “2% damage to enemies not facing you”, or straight stats like “+4000 Power, +2000 Awareness”. These bonus stats or effects slot in either Offense, Defense, or Utility slots. (The slots not surrounded by the red square in the image above or the Offense, Defense and Utility slots). The types of slots you have is completely driven by your class. The most important part of these stats is that they are not subject to scaling. Any “+x” amount of stats stays the same regardless of whether your in a scaled zone or not. Because these stats are not downscaled, your choices here are an important part of your strategy to deal with scaled content. The numerical value of these bonus stats increase as the companion is upgraded. For example, green companions give +2,000, blue is +4,000, purple is +6,000 and orange is +8,000.

Content creator Rainer has been hard at work creating tools to help with Mod 16. You can subscribe to his YouTube channel for his latest updates. His MOD16 pocket wiki details even companion, their type (i.e. utility, offense or defense) and all the bonuses. This is really an invaluable tool for defining your companion strategy:…

Bonding Runestones

The 3 runestone slots are now Bonding Runestone slots. Bonding runes will be used for both augment and fighting companions, and they are now a passive power instead of needing a companion to attack to share the stats. The direct stat bonus has been removed from Bonding runestones and Eldrich runestones will no longer function. Eldritch Runestones will have a trade in for Bonding Runestones.

Using Bonding Runestones, both Augments and Fighting companions are viable. During Mod 16 testing on the preview server, many of our alliance members found success running a fighting companion during solo adventuring (they can grant positional Combat Advantage) and switching to an Augment for group play.

Companion Equipment

Companions now only use companion equipment, and companion equipment takes runestones as the slottable gems instead of enchantments.  All the stats that you get from runestones become scaled and become the equivalent of Rank 7 of that runestone type in scaled areas. So anything you slot above Rank 7 will only benefit you in level 80 content (i.e. non-scaled) areas.

screenshot of new layout
The left side of the interface selects the active companion. The right side of the interface controls companion and player bonuses independent from the choice on the left.

Companion Type Bonus

You now only have one companion slotted from your roster at a time, as opposed to 5 on live (you have multiple companion powers though, as seen in the screenshot above in the lower right corner). So what about the legendary companion stat bonus? With this, they changed the “mastery bonus” to companions be a “bolster bonus” based on how many companion of that type you have (Humanoid, beast, magical, etc) and how leveled up they are. This bonus caps out at 5 of the same type at legendary quality but gives a bonus even if you don’t have a legendary companion. The bolster bonus affects the power of your companion, i.e. you companion does more damage based on the bolster bonus.

Reddit user Michael_DarkAngel prepared a clever spreadsheet that calculates the effect of bolster (as well as other companion factors), which can be found linked via this post.

The companion bolster stat bonus is now sorted by companion type.

New Companion Gear for M16

New Companion Gear for M16

Due to the restriction that companions can only use gear that specifically allows use by companions, there’s new companion gear dropping in the Undermountain Mod 16 release. As you play through the Undermountain campaign you will receive new companion gear. As with player gear, this is a much higher Item Level than any gear from the pre-Mod 16 era and also contributes to the Combined Rating aggregated across gear.
The Combined Rating adds a flat amount to every statistic that has a resistance. The Combined Rating adds the amount on the gear to everything except Power and Hit Points.

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