Primalist Leveling Build for Last Epoch

Last updated on Nov 30, 2023 at 15:30 by AaronActionRPG

This is the perfect leveling guide for new players wanting to start with Primalist! This page will cover everything and anything you could need to know about leveling the class, including which skills to use, what stats to prioritize, and what uniques are useful early in the game.

1.

Introduction

This base class leveling guide is designed to get you started in the right direction with Primalist, by offering a simple skill setup to assist you while you play through the first major act of the game. We have chosen a set of skills and passives that create an effective and yet simplistic play style that can rapidly push your character to their mastery selection at the End of Time.

This guide will showcase the specialization nodes for each of the three skills we have selected. These specialization slots unlock at levels 4, 8, 20, 35 and 50, granting you access to your skill trees to augment your chosen skills. For the purpose of this guide, we will only be using the first three of our skill trees to augment our character's chosen skills by adding ten nodes at most to each tree. While the maximum is 20, our goal is to have you transition into your chosen Mastery by the time you hit level 30 and continue on with your chosen mastery leveling guides as seen below.

2.

Primalist Basic Leveling Trees

Class Passive Skill Passives
Primalist
Swipe Fury Leap Warcry
Primalist Passive Tree

Our base class is the Primalist, which acts as a generic caster, brawler, or companion summoner. Our character will be offered an opportunity to select an Advanced Mastery once we have completed the first act of the campaign. Each base class has three possible masteries to choose from. For the Primalist, we have access to the Mastery Tree Passives for Beastmaster, Shaman and Druid. Upon selecting a Mastery and placing 20 Passive Points into the Primalist Tree, you'll then be able to place Passive Points into the Mastery Trees.

For this guide will be focusing on the first 25 passive points for you character, you may choose to move on to a Mastery after you have completed the first story arc of the game and reach the end of time. This may or may not occur before you have all the passive points for this class tree. Do not worry, and simply move on to one of our Mastery Leveling Guides located at the top of the page.

As for the leveling Primalist passive tree, we will be focusing on a blend of offensive and defensive increases to help round out our character. While you can deviate from this selection, be aware that not have a balanced setup could slow you down as you progress through the campaign.

2.1.

Primalist Passive Points

  • 8 points into Primal Strength: Increases our Strength and Health Regen.
  • 5 points into Hunter's Restoration: Increases our health and gains health on hit.
  • 1 point into Harmony of Blades: Allows for your character to dual wield.
  • 6 points into Survival of the Pack: Increases our melee damage and minion damage, we also gain health leech for both us and minions.
  • 5 points into Berserker: Increases our Melee damage and Damage reduction when we are below 35%.

The order here is not overly specific, but you want to unlock your Harmony of Blades as quickly as possible.

Swipe Skill Tree
2.2.

Swipe

This melee skill hits all enemies in front of your character. This will be our main DPS skill as we progress through the first major act of the game. On our journey to the End of Time, we will be scaling this skill the entire time so it should have 8-10 passive points available to spend just based upon standard play. Remember when you respec a skill in Last Epoch you will lose some of your skill points and have to re-level the skill to get them back. Bear that in mind if you so chose to swap around some of the nodes, while they do offer you an accelerated increase in experience to get your passive points back to where it was before, it will take some extra time.

For our skill tree selection we have chosen several nodes to amplify our main skill. The most important of these nodes is listed below:

  • 5 points into Way of the Hunt: Increases our damage and gives us Health Leech.
  • 3 points into Wengarian Reach: This will increase our damage and AoE of the skill.
  • 2 points into Culling: Adds a kill threshold to the skill.

These chosen nodes play into the way Swipe Icon Swipe is played, attacking non-stop for the majority of our DPS.

Fury Leap Skill Tree
2.3.

Fury Leap

This skill is our traversal skill, where we leap to our target location. As we strike the ground we will deal damage to all nearby enemies when you hit the ground. On our journey to the End of Time, this will be our second specialization skill which we will open up at level 8. We will be scaling this skill up rather quickly and it should have 8-10 passive points available to spend just based upon standard play. Remember when you respec a skill in Last Epoch you will lose some of your skill points and have to re-level the skill to get them back. Bear that in mind if you so chose to swap around some of the nodes, while they do offer you an accelerated increase in experience to get your passive points back to where it was before, it will take some extra time.

For our skill tree selection we have chosen several nodes to amplify this traversal skill. The most important of these nodes is listed below:

  • 5 points into Warrior's Entrance: This will grant us a global damage buff.
  • 1 point into Frenzied Onslaught: This will buff us with Frenzy once we land.
  • 4 points into Panther Strike: Increases our damage and Cooldown recovery.
  • 1 point into Heorot's Protection: Grants Immune status while leaping.

These chosen nodes play into the way Fury Leap Icon Fury Leap works, we will be using it whenever the cooldown is up. We want to continue to push ourselves forward dragging the enemy along with us to kill off with our main skill Swipe Icon Swipe.

Warcry Skill Tree
2.4.

Warcry

This skill unleashes a deafening roar that knocks any nearby enemy back and stuns them for 1.5 seconds. We also augment the skill to offer us some offensive buffs. On our journey to the End of Time, this will be our third specialization skill which we will open up at level 20. We will be scaling this skill up rather quickly and it should have 8-10 passive points available to spend just based upon standard play. Remember when you respec a skill in Last Epoch you will lose some of your skill points and have to re-level the skill to get them back. Bear that in mind if you so chose to swap around some of the nodes, while they do offer you an accelerated increase in experience to get your passive points back to where it was before, it will take some extra time.

For our skill tree selection we have chosen several nodes to amplify our defensive skill. The most important of these nodes is listed below:

  • 1 point into Staggering Roar: Increases the knockback distance.
  • 1 point into Kinetic Scream: Skill now deals Physical Spell Damage.
  • 2 points into Eviscerating Howl: Skill now causes enemies to Bleed.
  • 1 points into Shallow Breath: Lowers the cooldown of the skill by 50%.
  • 1 point into Juggernaut: For one second after skill use you will be invulnerable.
  • 1 point into Berserker: This grants us a damage buff on skill use.
  • 2 points into Brutality: Increases the duration of our Berserker buff.
  • 2 points into Fury Strikes: Berserk stacks now grant Attack speed.
Image courtesy of Last Epoch Tools
3.

Gameplay Rotation

This build starts off with our Fury Leap Icon Fury Leap to crash down into a group of mobs, we then use Warcry Icon Warcry to buff our character to start attacking with Swipe Icon Swipe. It is simple and easy to follow, with the majority of our DPS coming from Swipe Icon Swipe.

4.

Gearing and Affixes

Below we have recommended the specific affixes to target with this build. Dedicating specific gear recommendations outside of uniques is quite challenging as you will be constantly swapping out different pieces of gear as you level. Your goal should be to use gear that has the targeted affixes on it and stack those affixes as high as you can. This is completely dependent on what drops you come across, and you may not find your ideal pieces of gear, but you should be able to find items that can still be of assistance to your build.

Attributes Offensive Defensive
Strength
Vitality
Melee Damage
Physical Damage
Critical Strike Chance
Critical Strike Multiplier
Armor
Resistances
Physical Damage Leech
Health on Kill
Increased Health
4.1.

Useful Uniques

Early on, if you happen to find come across any of these low level uniques they can be a fantastic addition to helping you level this character, and others. Be sure to setup a bank tab for them and keep them as you out grow them.

Gear Slot Unique Name Level
One-handed Weapon Taste of Blood Icon Taste of Blood Level 13
Helmet Peak of the Mountain Icon Peak of the Mountain Level 12
Chest The Kestrel Icon The Kestrel Level 1
Belt Thorn Slinger Icon Thorn Slinger Level 12
Amulet Bleeding Heart Icon Bleeding Heart Level 4
Rings Arboreal Circuit Icon Arboreal Circuit Level 1
Gloves Stormhide Paws Icon Stormhide Paws Level 6
Boots Advent of the Erased Icon Advent of the Erased Level 16
Relic Tome of Elements Icon Tome of Elements Level 1

If you manage to find any of these items later in game with Legendary Potential, be sure to keep them. You can add an affix to it to make it even more effective for leveling any of your alt characters.

5.

Changelog

  • 30 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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