Wizard101 Best Level 130 Death Gear

 

Last updated 6/13/2020 (updated Road Warrior wand to level 130)

 

What’s the best Death gear at max level (currently level 130)?  We’ve seen this question many times, so we’ve provided our recommendations about the best Death gear below, in a format to help you compare options.

We’ll take a moment to review our criteria first, since the “best” Death gear depends on your role and objectives.

Our Criteria

We consider the gear listed below the best max level death gear if your wizard is:

  • Questing by yourself (solo)
  • Questing in a group & playing the role of a hitter, or
  • Playing PvP in an offensive or traditional role

If you are questing in a group and playing a support role (i.e., buffing the wizard that is going to hit and/or healing) or if you are playing a very defensive PvP strategy, we assume you are more interested in global resist and outgoing healing.  We suggest that you check out Cody’s guide on gear with the best outgoing healing, as it includes several high-resist death gear options as well.

There are three types of recommendations, depending on your focus:

1. Damage Focus

Typically used against opponents with high block, such as bosses.

  • Primary objective is to maximize damage
  • Secondary objectives are power pips, accuracy and pierce

2. Critical Focus

Typically used against opponents with low block, such as mobs.  Some PvP builds focus on high critical as well.

  • Primary objective is critical
  • Secondary objectives are damage, power pips and accuracy

3. Balanced

Typically used in PvP or against bosses that hit hard (e.g., Storm Titan anyone?):

  • Primary objective is to provide decent damage and several helpful stats, including universal resist, power pips, accuracy, pierce and important jewel sockets
  • Many balanced items contain some critical, although it’s typically not a “critical” objective (pun intended)

 

Gear Set Bonuses

Gear set bonuses provide stats in addition to whatever stats the gear provides, based on how many pieces of that set you’re wearing.  We list relevant bonuses here so you can consider them when selecting gear for your Wizard.

Death Gear Set Bonuses of Interest

 

Dragoon’s Deadly Set

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Best Death Hats

For balanced hats, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Death Hats

Reminder: Other Death hats of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage & Critical

Dragoon’s Deadly Helm

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Damage

Deathly Paradox Conical

Drop from Astral Forest and Storm Titan Chest

Recommended Balanced

Krokopatra Oblivion Fez

Drop from Krokopatra Exalted Duel

Alternative Balanced

Death Lord’s Veil of Woe

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Highest Damage

Zamunda Tribal Helm (Level 130+)

Zafaria Safari Hoard Pack

Highest Critical

Mantis Cowl of Lamentation

Crafted: Recipe from Kazidan the KeenEye in Sardonyx

Highest Critical

Mask of Elegies

Crown Shop

Other Death Hats of Interest

 

Alternative Damage & Critical

Vanguard’s Deadly Helm

Drop from Fellspawn & King Detritus and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Recommended Damage & Critical

Soldier’s Deadly Helm

Drop from King Detritus (and possibly others)

Alternative Damage (and good Critical)

Alphoi Warrior Helm

Crafted: Recipe from Romar in Nimbus Citadel

Alternative Damage

Treeminder’s Druidic Cowl (Level 130+)

Druid’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Damage & Critical

Sinister Harlequin Mask (Level 130+)

Creepier Carnival Bundle

Alternative Damage (and good critical)

Monarch’s Diadem

Fantastic Fairytale Bundle

High Critical

Hades’ Veil of Woe

Drop from Hades the Unseen

Highest Pierce

Thunderous Karanahn Veil (Level 100+)

Pharaoh’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced Pierce

Valiant Jouster’s Helm (Level 120+)

Grand Tourney Gauntlet

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Best Death Robes

For balanced robes, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Death Robes

Reminder: Other Death robes of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage, Critical & Balanced (damage and critical focus)

Baleful Light Brigade Armor

Drop from Corporal Tenni’syn

Recommended Damage, Critical & Balanced (accuracy focus)

Death Lord’s Cloak of Woe

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

Bonesmasher Robe of Strife

Drop from Rattlebones Exalted Duel

Alternative Balanced (health, pierce & damage)

Turquoise Eagle’s Raiment (Level 130+)

Skyvern’s Hoard Pack (Retired) & Spellemental Skyvern Pack

Alternative Balanced (health & block)

Dragoon’s Deadly Armor

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Highest Damage

Royal Fusilier’s Dress Coat (Level 130+)

Yuletide Pack

Other Death Robes of Interest

Alternative Damage & Critical (with Outgoing Healing)

Zeus’ Wicked Ploy Armor

Drop from Hades the Unseen

Alternative Damage & Balanced

Darkwraith’s Shroud of Penance (Level 120+)

Nightmare Pack

High Critical

Charred Nirini Robe (Level 100+)

Pharaoh’s Hoard Pack

Highest Pierce

Nightfall Torment Guise (Level 120+)

Harrowing Nightmare Pack

Alternative Damage, Critical & Pierce

Glorious Avenger’s Armor (Level 100+)

Phoenix Hoard Pack

High Damage

Uniform of the Condemned

House of Scales

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Best Death Boots

For balanced boots, we prioritize universal resist.

Recommended Death Boots

Reminder: Other Death boots of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage, Critical & Balanced

Dragoon’s Deadly Boots

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Balanced (with Accuracy)

Silent Knight’s Snowboots (Level 130+)

Winter Wonder Pack

Alternative Balanced (with pips)

Greaves of the Briny Deep (Level 130+)

Undersea Enchantment Bundle

Alternative Balanced (more resist)

Abyssal Warrior’s Boots

Fantastic Voyage Bundle

Highest Damage

Zamunda Tribal Boots (Level 130+)

Zafaria Safari Hoard Pack

Highest Critical

Dragon’s Eye Striders (Level 120+)

Nightmare Pack

Other Death Boots of Interest

 

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

Vanguard’s Deadly Boots

Drop from Fellspawn & Prince Viggor and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Damage, Critical & Balanced

stats slightly less than Vanguard’s Deadly Boots

Soldier’s Deadly Boots

Drop from Prince Viggor (and possibly others)

Prior Damage & Critical

Deathly Paradox Boots

Drop from Astral Forest and Storm Titan Chest

Prior Damage & Critical

Alphoi Warrior Boots

Crafted: Recipe from Romar in Nimbus Citadel

Alternative Damage & Critical

Cabalist Stompers of the Finality

Drop from Secret Tunnel and other bosses in Empyrea

Alternative Balanced (with block & pierce)

Death Lord’s Greaves of Woe

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Highest Pierce

Hades’ Furtive Stalkers

Drop from Hades the Undying

Balanced Pierce

Marvelous Avenging Boots (Level 100+)

Phoenix Hoard Pack

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Best Death Wands

For balanced wands, we prioritize pierce and critical.

Recommended Death Wands

Reminder: Other Death wands of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage

Zamunda Spear and Shield (Level 130+)

Zafaria Safari Hoard Pack

Alternative Damage

Ebony Pandamonium Jian (Level 130+)

Pandamonium Hoard Pack

“Wish You Had It” Damage

Kapudan’s Boarding Hook (Level 130+)

Was in Sinbad Hoard Pack but not available anymore.

Alternative Damage (with Pierce)

Qismah’s Focused Dagger

Crafted: Recipe from Ignus Ferric

Alternative Damage (with Critical)

Dragoon’s Deadly Broadsword

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Damage (with Critical)

Nimbari Praetor Scimitar (Level 130+)

Nimbari Hoard Pack

Recommended Critical

Tormentor’s Shredder (Level 120+)

Harrowing Nightmare Pack

Recommended Balanced Offense

Admiral’s Boarding Hook (Level 130+)

Sinbad Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced Offense

Witch Hunter’s Arbalest (Level 120+)

Witch Hunter’s Bundle

Recommended Balanced with Block

Deathmetal Skull (Level 130+)

Road Warrior’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced with Block

Eye of the Soothsayer (Level 120+)

Terror’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Balanced with Block

Aquilan Charioteer Lance (Level 110+)

Immortal’s Lore Pack

Highest Pierce

Lord of Death’s Dragonstaff

Drop from Darkmoor Graveyard

Other Death Wands of Interest

 

Alternative Damage (with Critical)

All Souls Cranium Wand (Level 120+)

Gloomthorn Nightmare Pack

Alternative Damage (with critical)

Wysteria Warrior’s Longsword (Level 130+)

Wysteria Lore Pack

Alternative Critical (with accuracy)

Polarian Explorer’s Pickaxe (Level 120+)

Polarian Explorer’s Bundle

Alternative Critical (with pierce)

Shard Warrior’s Hammer (Level 120+)

Jewel Crafter’s Bundle

Highest Block

Teeth of the Lords of Night (Level 100+)

Shaman’s Lore Pack

Alternative Pierce

Sherlock’s Eyeglass (Level 130+)

Great Detective Bundle

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Best Death Athames

For balanced athames, we prioritize power pips and two circle slots (typically for pierce or critical jewels).

Recommended Death Athames

Reminder: Other Death athames of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage and Balanced

Lord of Death’s Razor

Drop from Yevgeny Nightcreeper

Recommended Damage and Balanced

Mercy of Shadow and Light

Drop from Morganthe

Alternative Balanced (Health & Block)

Dragoon’s Deadly Dagger

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Recommended Critical (PvP Only)

Duelist’s Fatal Razor (Level 100+)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Death Athames of Interest

 

Alternative Balanced (with one less Circle Jewel slot)

Blade of the Felled Titan

Drop from Cronus

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Best Death Amulets

For balanced amulets, we prioritize pierce, universal resist, critical and helpful item cards.

Recommended Death Amulets

Reminder: Other Death amulets of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Balanced

Shadow Queen’s Grace

Drop from Morganthe

Recommended Critical and Pierce

Death Seeker’s Talisman

Drop from Shane von Shane in Upper Halls

Recommended Resist (and 4-pip AoE)

Dragoon’s Deadly Charm

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Resist

Jawniak’s Torc of Deceit

Drop by Rasputin

Recommended Damage

Charm of the Soul Devourer

Drop from Chest behind Skeleton Key Door in Lower Zigazag

Alternative Damage

Phylactery of the Wicked

Drop from Moh’Lharz

Other Death Amulets of Interest

 

Alternative Balanced

Amulet of Divine Influence

Drop by Hades the Unseen

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Best Death Rings

For balanced rings, we prioritize power pips and a ciricle jewel slot (typically for pierce or critical jewels).

Recommended Death Rings

Reminder: Other Death rings of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage and Balanced

Lord of Death’s Coil

Drop from Aphrodite II

Recommended Critical

Dragoon’s Deadly Ring

Drop from Fellspawn and Crafted (Recipe from Zasha Emberforge)

Recommended Pierce (PvP only)

Duelist Daredevil Ring (Level 100+)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Highest Damage and Critical (PvP only)

Duelist Daredevil Ring (Level 130+)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Death Rings of Interest

 

Alternative Critical & Damage

Vanguard’s Deadly Ring

Drop from Fellspawn & the Devourer and Crafted (Zasha Emberforge)

Alternative Critical & Damage

Soldier’s Deadly Ring

Drop from the Devourer

Prior Critical

Deathly Paradox Ring

Drop in Spiritual Forest

Alternative Balanced

Alpha and Omega Ring

Drop by Gladiator Dimachaerus

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Best Death Decks

For balanced decks, we prioritize a triangle socket, critical, and max copies.

Recommended Death Decks

Reminder: Other Death decks of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Critical

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Deathly Paradox Deck

Drop in Astral Forest

Recommended Balanced (Size & Copies)

Luphilim’s Grim Gallery

Drop from Omen Stribog

Alternative Balanced (Copies)

Rasputin’s Wicked Hand

Drop from Rasputin

Highest Copies

Lord of Death’s Bitter Hand

Crafted: Recipe Sold by Harker

Highest Damage (Treasure Cards only)

  • Sideboard 64
  • 500 Health
  • 10% Death Damage
  • 150 Flat Life Resist
  • Power pip

Life Deckathalete’s Deck 10

Crafted: Recipe Sold by Kara Runewright during Life Deckathalon

Highest Damage (with Trained Spells)

Gallery of the Woebegone

Drop by Bosses in Khrysalis

Alternative Balanced (PvP only)

Duelist’s Devil-May-Care Deck (Level 130+)

Sold by Brandon Mistborn

Other Death Decks of Interest

 

Alternative Critical

Grim Zanadu Deck

Drop by Bosses in Empyrea Part 2

Highest Pip Conversion

  • 98 Health
  • 90 Death Pip Conversion
  • 40 Global Block
  • Triangle Socket
  • Size: 64 / 36
  • Max Copies: 4 / 6
  • Starting Pip

Heavy Kalamar Deck

Drop by Bosses in Empyrea Part 2

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Best Death Mounts

Recommended Death Mounts

Reminder: Other Death mounts of interest are listed in the next tab.

Recommended Damage

Death Ghulture

Ghulture’s Hoard Pack

Highest Pierce

Vulpine Avenger

Avalon Outlaw’s Bundle

Highest Pierce

Clockwork Courser

Cuckoo Clock Gauntlet

Other Death Mounts of Interest

 

Alternative Damage

Balance Ghulture

Ghulture’s Hoard Pack

Alternative Damage

Battle Havox

Battlemage Keep Bundle

Alternative Pierce

Festive Fox 

Crowns Shop (Christmas only)

Alternative Damage

Battle Narwhal

Polarian Explorer’s Bundle

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Suggestions & Sample Builds

We provide gear suggestions for questing and PvP below. If you feel like we’ve missed an important gear piece, please let us know in the comments.

We also calculate the highest damage possible, as well as the highest damage possible with 100% critical.  If you identify a way to get it higher, please share it and we’ll update the guide so it’s as accurate as possible for everyone else.

Suggested Gear for Questing (PvE)

  • Hat
    • Damage & Critical focus
      • Dragoon’s Deadly Helm or Deathly Paradox Conical
    • Balanced
      • Krokopatra Oblivion Fez or Death Lord’s Veil of Woe
  • Robe
    • Baleful Light Brigade Armor, Death Lord’s Cloak of Woe or Bonesmasher Robe of Strife
  • Boots
    • Dragoon’s Deadly Boots
  • Wand
    • Damage & Critical focus
      • Admiral’s Boarding Hook and others
    • Critical focus
      • Tormentor’s Shredder
    • Damage focus
      • Zamunda Spear and Shield, Qismah’s Focused Dagger and others
  • Athame
    • Lord of Death’s Razor or Mercy of Shadow and Light
  • Amulet
    • Shadow Queen’s Grace (for item blades), Dragoon’s Deadly Charm (for 4-pip AoEs) or Death Seeker’s Talisman
  • Ring
    • Damage & Critical focus
      • Dragoon’s Deadly Ring
    • Damage and Power Pip focus
      • Lord of Death’s Coil
  • Deck
    • Deadly Paradox Deck and others
  • Mount
    • Death Ghulture

Suggested Gear for PvP

  • Hat
    • Health & Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Deadly Helm
    • Balanced
      • Krokopatra Oblivion Fez or Death Lord’s Veil of Woe
  • Robe
    • Health & Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Deadly Armor
    • Balanced
      • Turquoise Eagle’s Raiment, Baleful Light Brigade Armor, Death Lord’s Cloak of Woe or Bonesmasher Robe of Strife
  • Boots
    • Dragoon’s Deadly Boots
  • Wand
    • Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Deadly Broadsword
    • Damage & Critical focus
      • Admiral’s Boarding Hook and others
  • Athame
    • Health and Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Deadly Dagger
    • Balanced
      • Lord of Death’s Razor or Mercy of Shadow and Light
  • Amulet
    • Health and Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Deadly Charm
    • Balanced
      • Death Seeker’s Talisman
  • Ring
    • Critical and Set Bonus
      • Dragoon’s Deadly Ring
    • Pierce
      • Duelist’s Daredevil Ring (Level 100+)
  • Deck
    • Deadly Paradox Deck (for stats), Luphilum’s Grim Gallery (for max copies) and others
  • Mount
    • Damage
      • Death Ghulture
    • Pierce
      • Vulpine Avenger or Clockwork Courser

Highest Possible Damage

Note: Excludes Life Deckathlete’s Decks, which can add up to 10% Death Damage if you’re only using Treasure Cards.

174% Death Damage:

  • Hat: Zamunda Tribal Helm (27% Death Damage)
  • Robe: Royal Fusilier’s Coat (26% Universal Damage)
  • Boots: Zamunda Tribal Boots (32% Death Damage)
  • Wand: Zamunda Spear and Shield (22% Universal Damage)
  • Athame: Mercy of Shadow and Light (17% Death Damage)
  • Amulet: Charm of the Soul Devourer (2% Death Damage)
  • Ring: Lord of Death’s Coil (12% Universal Damage)
  • Deck: Gallery of the Woebegone (1% Death Damage)
  • Mount: Death Ghulture (3% Death Damage)
  • Pet (max stats): With Death-Dealer, Death-Giver, Death-Boon, Pain-Giver, Pain Bringer, Mighty Jewel (21% Death Damage; 11% Universal Damage)
  • Gear Set Bonus: None

100% Critical and Max Damage

Note: Excludes Life Deckathlete’s Decks (if you’re only using Treasure Cards, higher damage may be possible with it).

844 Death Critical (100%) and 144% Death Damage:

  • Hat: Dragoon’s Deadly Helm (155 Death Critical; 25% Death Damage)
  • Robe: Baleful Light Brigade Armor (100 Death Critical; 20% Death Damage)
  • Boots: Dragoon’s Deadly Boots (129 Death Critical; 30% Death Damage)
  • Wand: Admiral’s Boarding Hook (120 Universal Critical; 17% Universal Damage)
  • Athame: Mercy of Shadow and Light with 2 Sparkling Death Critical Jewels (36 Death Critical; 17% Death Damage)
  • Amulet: Death Seeker’s Talisman (35 Universal Critical)
  • Ring: Dragoon’s Deadly Ring with 1 Sparkling Death Critical Jewel (121 Death Critical; 10% Death Damage)
  • Deck: Deathly Paradox Deck (50 Death Critical)
  • Mount: Death Ghulture (3% Death Damage)
  • Pet (max stats): With Death-Dealer, Pain-Giver, Death Assailant, Death Striker, Critical Striker, Thinkin’ Cap (64 Death Critical; 34 Universal Critical; 11% Death Damage; 7% Universal Damage)
  • Gear Set Bonus: 3 pieces of Dragoon’s Deadly Set (4% Death Damage)

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Any alternative perspectives on best death gear?  Let us know in the comments!

Do you have screenshots for any of the death gear we are missing?  Please email them to finalbastion@gmail.com.  Thank you!

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Patrick

Patrick enjoys sharing insights about gear, pets and optimizing various activities in Wizard101 and Pirate101. He helps out with technology, gear guides and often covers new dungeon/boss strategies and speed runs after story updates.

25 COMMENTS

  • I don’t know if any of the other class guides are updated yet but when will this one be updated?, it’s kinda dated now i would think.

    • Please be patient, we will get to it in the near future. Our writers are still questing through the world, as are many other players.

  • Sycorax’s Crook of Illusions dropped by the Aethyr Elemental is pretty good.

  • It may not be the “best” at anything, but I believe Dworgyn’s hood alone should be listed in the hat section, for the mass feint alone.

  • I have a suggestion Kapudan’s Boarding hook, and give a critical hitter on the pet.

    • Kapudan’s Boarding Hook isn’t available anymore (it had death damage by mistake; they let people keep it who bought it before the catch), so not using in sample builds.

  • Can you list all of the stats of the full set builds at the bottom? I just want to know if I can try to shift some stuff around if the defense or something is too low. Thanks in advance!

    • Just reworked the sample builds section to include typical suggested “best” gear. Would suggest comparing your gear to that and then looking at the stats differences for specific gear pieces. Decided not to include stats for those since it would have been very time consuming to keep updated — sorry couldn’t help ya more.

  • I wish these guides would apply what the accuracy and pip chance are as I’m who will give up a little damage for 100 pips and 100 accuracy & 100 critical

    • Just reworked the sample builds section. Decided not to include stats for those since it would have been very time consuming to keep updated.

  • Wouldn’t this be better?
    hat = dragoon
    robe = tenny
    boots = dragoon
    wand = admiral’s boarding hook
    athame = morganthe
    amulet = shane
    ring = dragoon
    deck = paradox
    mount = ghulture
    pet = Dealer(11%) Giver(7%) Assailant(36%) Striker(28%) Hitter(34%) Thinking Cap Ultra Jewel **** NEEDS MAX STAT****
    = 140 damage 844 critical 😀

    • The jewels will have 3 18 crit circle jewels you can choose to farm these or get 17s or 16s if your pet is max stat, but if not you will likely need 17s or 18s

      The triangle jewels work out nicely because you will have 1 10% pip opal and 1 accuracy opal to achieve 27 accuracy and 97 power pip or you can go double pip chance and get 107% pips but 15% accuracy- only spells you will fizzle is qismah and winged shadow spells

    • Nice catch — got 1% more damage! Updated the guide. Thanks for the feedback.

  • what about the dragoon gear

    • We’ll be updating these guides to reflect the new gear soon. However, this process may take some time, so please bear with us.

  • Thanks to Eevee918 for some pics! Appreciate it.

  • There’s a Kapudan’s Boarding Hook that gives 20% death damage and 4% pierce, better than everything listed. You should update that.

    • I added it for reference. It’s not available anymore (was a special accommodation to wizards that bought it when it incorrectly showed death damage instead of myth) so excluded it from sample builds.

  • Death can have 130% damage and 100% critical.

    Paradox Hat 26D/137C
    Tenn Robe 20D/100C
    Paradox Boots 30D/114C
    Paradox Deck 50C
    Death Seeker’s Talisman 35C
    Tormentors Shredder 195C
    Quad Damage, Double Crit Pet 25D/62C (Crit Striker+Assailant)
    Morganthe Athame 17D
    Paradox Ring 9D/91C
    3x 18 Crit Jewels 54C
    Death Ghulture 3D

    130 Damage, 839 Critical.
    You’re Welcome 🙂

    • Good catch — looks like I forgot about the crit jewel in the ring. Updated. And you’re welcome too! 🙂

    • You can get 152 damage and max crit with 50+ rest and 7500 life

      • Build?

  • For the PVP balance section, could change it to Bonesmasher Robe of Strife because it’s better than Death Lord Cloak of Woe and change Bonesmasher Robe of Strife to recommended

    • Agreed, the only thing that the Death Lord Cloak of Woe has that’s really better is accuracy. Death only needs 18% accuracy to not fizzle (unless things like Black Mantle and Smoke Screen are present). The death paradox hat, Rattlebones robe of strife and Lord of Death’s Razor would be all that’s needed to not fizzle. That frees up the triangle slots for stuff like power pips, shadow pips and spells.

    • I polled the staff and they actually prefer the Baleful Light Brigade Armor since it “has higher stats in everything except accuracy and accuracy is high enough to compensate.” Variety is the spice of life, eh?

      All of those Robes are pretty close in stats, so you could pick whichever one complements your build the best, especially since there are a lot of viable stat combinations with the boots these days.

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