I’ve made a weapon-specific build which works really well and can be flexible. It’s based on The Predatory Blade in the Unnamed City. Armor is completely up to you, just factor in bonuses for the stats.
First, get The Predatory Blade. It’s a 1-h sword that does 101 damage, but only when using light attacks. That’s technically the highest damage weapon in the game, but you have modifiers due to the light attacks.
Second, spec into STR 30. This gives you +25% damage to light attacks, and an additional +10% damage to anyone with a status effect. I generally rely on a spear for an opener, then switch once the bleed has been applied. This will work with any weapon with status effects, i.e. poison, etc.
Since you don’t need STR 40+ to do absolutely ludicrous amounts of damage, this frees up points for:
- 30 Vitality
- 40 Grit
- Anything else you want to spec, but at least 10 AGI for the sprint cost reduction.
This build allows you to:
Do massive amounts of damage using the Predatory Blade
Dodge eight times consecutively in light armor, or six times in medium armor (i.e. not get hit)
Swim for up to 20 minutes without going dry on STA.
Sprint from the Obelisk at The Black Keep to the middle of Godsclaw Passage with one bar.
Due to the 40 Grit perk, you should not run out of stamina while attacking with light attacks.
Due to the 20 Grit perk, you can easily regen between dodges waiting for 2-3 seconds.
During a solo boss fight with any boss but the snake boss, you can essentially get away from any large area attack (his hitbox is too large to avoid; bring a tank thrall) and still dodge back in to attack.
Combat is pretty simple, even with large groups:
Make sure not to get boxed in.
Run in, perform a 3-hit on light on the first NPC/foe/boss.
Dodge roll left or right, then when they whiff with their attack, roll back into range, and do hte light combo finisher.
If you are surrounded by more than 5 foes, do light slashes, dodge, light slashes, dodge, choosing different targets each time. You’ll win by attrition alone, needing no healing unless lag spike or an unlucky blocked dodge - which is why I recommend:
Lifeblood spear. This weapon immediately when equipped gives you +1 health regen per second. Vit 30 is currently .5 health per second. This will fade on damage tick, so if you’re bleeding or poisoned, or cold, no bueno. BUT, when out, it gives you (with VIT 30 perk) essentially 150% regeneration. With roasted haunch, you will regen to full health at 480 HP in ~ 6-8 seconds.
I have named this the “Blade dancer” build, and it’s pretty effective, even in PVP vs pike. It’s VERY effective against heavy epic armor wearers. You’ll out-stamina and out-dodge in almost every situation, and meanwhile, be able to deliver more damage per attack than Mr. Pike-wielding plate wearer.