What stats to focus on for a basic shadow build?

#1ChargrilledPosted 1/25/2013 12:47:30 AM
I would have thought he needed dexterity and evasion stuff?

Dual wield rather than sword and board?
Focus on skills that add dexterity, evasion and damage increase?

Any thoughts or general rules of thumb for this char?
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#2sadjesturePosted 1/25/2013 2:06:54 AM
A shadow is a hybrid int/dex character. Since you mentioned Dual wield then you should definitely pursue Dex as that raises Accuracy Ratings and Evasion. You should also add Str for the ability to equip certain Swords.

You intuition is correct, but what you should focus on is what Dex doesn't provide you. Since you'll need Dex naturally, you should focus on Life/Energy Shield/Mana since they aren't as prevalent as Dex in Shadow's side of the tree. (at least at the beginning). There's a skill in the Ranger's side of the tree called "Iron Reflexes" which converts all your evasion to armor. This is more of a "paradigm shift" keystone which changes the dynamic gameplay so pursue this only if you know that's what you want.

Overall, since you're pursuing melee, you'll need to be tanky.