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Falconer Build Guide in Last Epoch

falconer build guide

Compared to the other Masteries in Last Epoch, Falconer only came out with the full game release. A new Mastery for the Rogue class, your character gets an instant bonus of 12 Dexterity should you pick it. When you become a Falconer, your Mastery skill is Falconry. It has two parts: active and passive. The active aspect of Falconry is Falcon Strike—which turns your falcon’s attacks into a rapid assault. It’s a powerful skill for handling tough single targets or mobs. Meanwhile, the passive part gives you a falcon companion that flies around you and attacks enemies nearby or those you target.

What’s great about the falcons is that, unlike a Primalist’s companion, they act as minions that can’t be hit. They don’t have health, but their damage can be increased through the gear and passives you get that boosts minion damage. In this guide, we’ll divulge all the details about the best builds you can do for your Falconer.

Dive Bomb Falconer Build

The Dive Bomb Falconer build wipes out foes by raining down Falcons on opponents. It’s an incredible leveling build with enough damage to one-shot any monster in the campaign and scales well into the endgame. With its defensive capabilities and mobility, you’re also guaranteed to dodge hits.

Skills

Explosive Trap

Explosive Trap is a skill that makes use of Fire Damage. You can pair it with the Trap Spinkler in its tree to multiply its total DPS, making it deadlier. Plus. Clustered Explosives multiplies the effects of Trap Sprinkler—these two nodes are the most important for this build. Thanks to your gear's Chance to Ignite stats, Explosive Trap with the nodes quickly stacks up your Ignite/Burn DoT.

Shift

This will serve as your main form of mobility. Pairing Shift with Velocity reduces its cooldown, making it more viable to reposition yourself in heated battles. You can add a few points to Critical Opening, so your next non-channeled attack generates a critical hit, allowing for massive burst damage through Cinder Strike’s most powerful attack. We also recommend getting Shadowslip to get complete invulnerability whenever you use Shift, which is handy since it removes much of the need for positioning.

Cinder Strike

Cinder Strike will be your primary non-mana skill. Take Fire Walker to significantly boost your Fire DoT effects based on your Dexterity stats. Make sure to take Flammable Toxin as well since it’s a node that converts all your Chance to Poison effects into Chance to Ignite whenever you use Cinder Strike.

Decoy

Decoy helps draw attention, but we’re not using it for that. Instead, the Dive Bomb Falconer build uses it as an offensive AoE nuke. On Fire stacking Ignite on surrounding targets coupled with Burning Oil, Meticulous Construction, and Short Fuse turns the skill into a massive bomb. You can also take Backup Buddy to fire two nukes instead of one.

Falconry

The signature skill of the Falconer, the Falconry skill for this build will be paired with Rending Talons to give your falcon a chance to apply Bleed, Slow, and Poison, as well as shred resistances based on a portion of your stats. Because of that, Chance to Poison stats have a higher value. However, we’re taking this node to shred resistance for better Fire Damage. Then, add Trained to Hunt to scale your falcon through your global bow damage, melee damage, and throwing damage.

Passives for the Dive Bomb Falcon Build

Rogue Passive Skills

  • Swift Assassin (5/8) - Increases Attack Speed and Physical Damage
  • Steady Hand (8/8) - Increases Dexterity and Health
  • Guile (1/8) - Increases Dodge Rating and Poison Resistance
  • Evasion (1/5) - Increases Dodge Rating and decreases damage while moving
  • Agility (5/5) - Increases damage by 1% increased movement speed and Haste on Hit Chance

Marksman Passive Skills

  • Draining Arrows (8/8) - Increases Health gained and Bow Attack Speed

Falconer Passive Skills

  • Wilderness Scout (5/8) - Increases Health and Dodge Rating
  • Handler (5/8) - Increases Minion Damage by 35%
  • Agile Hunt (8/8) - Increases Dexterity
  • Stamina of the Rover (6/6) - Increases Dodge Rating and Mana Regen
  • Ranger’s Mark (1/7) - Increases Damage with Bow, the chance to buff falcon, and falcon Melee Damage buff
  • Tactician (6/6) - Increases Melee and Throwing Damage for Falcon, as well as Bow Damage for Ballista
  • Coordinated Fade (1/5) - Increases Health and Ability
  • Intuitive Connection (1/1) - Lets you instant cant falcon abilities
  • Relentless Talons (3/5) - Increases Damage and Minion Damage
  • Evasion Tactics (6/6) - Increases Armor, Dexterity, and Dodge Rating
  • Needle Like Precision (6/6) - Increases Critical Chance, Minion Critical Chance, Critical Multiplier, and Minion Critical Multiplier
  • Finesse Them (7/7) - Increases Critical Avoidance and Health gained on Crit

Gear

Early Game Gear

Slot

Item

Helmet

Rogue’s Leather Mask of Deflection

Armor

Vital Outcast Coat of Deflection

Ring 1

Blighted Silver Ring of Deflection

Ring 2

Blighted Silver Ring of Deflection

Amulet

Warrior’s Jade Amulet of Deflection

Gloves

Blighted Leather Gloves of Deflection

Boots

Vital Leather Boots of Deflection

Relic

Blighted Venom Phial of Deflection

Main Weapon

Blighted Bastard Sword of Conflagration

Off Hand Weapon

None

Belt

Warrior’s Sash of Deflection

Late Game Gear

Slot

Item

Helmet

Rogue’s Falconry Helm of Insulation

Armor

Rogue’s Falconry Armor of Insulation

Ring 1

Dexterous Sapphire Ring of Hope

Ring 2

Dexterous Sapphire Ring of Hope

Amulet

Rejuvenating Bone Amulet of Acid

Gloves

Manafused Arcane Bracers of Embers

Boots

Dexterous Heroborean Boots of Life

Relic

Eviscerating Silver Grail of Remedy

Main Weapon

Eviscerating Dreadthrown Bow of Sleet

Off Hand Weapon

Dexterous Skalnir Quiver of Deflection

Shadow Daggers Falconer Build

Soar through the skies with the help of the Shadow Daggers Falconer build! With Aerial Assault, you can flap your imaginary wings while dropping Umbral Blades from below. This is one of the fastest builds in the game. You only have short cooldowns on your movement skill, which is also your primary source of damage.

The Shadow Daggers Falconer build has excellent clearing capabilities thanks to the explosions made by your active and passive skills. Single-target DPS is also solid, making it an excellent all-around option that excels in farming.

Skills

Umbral Blades

When applied with Shadow Daggers, Plumed Daggers, and Lethal Darkness, Umbral Blades turns your combo ability into an absolute menace. You can cast it through Aerial Assault and use Explosive Blades and Cacophony of Steel to maximize your damage.

Aerial Assault

Aerial Assault serves as your major component for damage and movement skill. Twilight Strike will proc it, while Plumed Daggers double the number of stacks Shadow Daggers applies. You can use Skyward Swoop to decrease your cooldown whenever your falcon attacks.

Net

We chose Net to be a part of your skills because it procs Puncture through Spear Trap. It also applies buffs and debuffs through Entangled Weapons, Leading the Hunt, Tangled and Prone, and Quick Throws.

Puncture

Puncture will be your secondary source of Shadow Daggers via Death’s Imprint. You can proc this skill using Net. It applies Physical Resistance Shred through Splinter and Armor Shred capabilities through Shatter, which increases your damage.

Smoke Bomb

Use Smoke Bomb to gain a damage boost through Smoke Blades. The defensive bonuses become more powerful if you get Silver Shroud from Moonlight Bomb, Dusk Shroud from Shrouded in Darkness, and Crimson Shroud from Concealed in Carnage.

Passives for the Shadow Dancers Falconer Build

Rogue Passive Skills

  • Swift Assassin (8/8) - Increases Physical Damage and Attack Speed
  • Dodge and Parry (5/5) - Increases Glancing Blow Chance and Dodge Rating
  • Twin Blade (1/1) - Lets you equip Swords and Daggers in Offhand, but increases damage taken while dual-wielding
  • Steady Hand (5/8) - Increases Health and Dexterity
  • Guile (1/8) - Increases Poison Resistance and Dodge Rating
  • Evasion (5/5) - Increases Dodge Rating and decreases damage taken while moving
  • Agility (5/5) - Increases Haste on Hit Chance and damage per 1% increased Movement Speed

Bladedancer Passive Skills

  • Cloak of Shadows (8/8) - Increases Dexterity and Glancing Blow Chance
  • Pursuit (5/8) - Increases Throwing Attack Damage and Melee Damage
  • Once (8/8) - Increases Throwing Physical Damage, Melee Physical Damage, and Dodge Rating if hit recently
  • Shroud of Dusk (8/8) - Increases Health and the chance to gain Dusk Shroud when hit

Falconer Passive Skills

  • Wilderness Scout (8/8) - Increases Dodge Rating and Health
  • Raptor’s Wings (5/5) - Increases chance to gain Haste, damage with Haste, and the falcon’s melee Attack Speed
  • Outlander’s Tenacity (5/5) - Increases Dodge Rating and maximum Health gained as Endurance threshold
  • Agile Hunt (4/8) - Increases Dexterity and falcon’s Throwing Damage
  • Fencing Grace (5/7) - Increases damage with One-Hand weapon
  • Deflect and Weave (5/5) - Increases Blow Chance, Glancing Blow Chance, and Health on Glancing Blow or Block
  • Coordinated Fade (1/5) - Increases Health and lets you gain three stacks of Silver Shroud after using a certain ability
  • Evasion Tactics (6/6) - Increases Dodge Rating, Dexterity, and Armor
  • Final Souvenir (1/6) - Increases Health, Dodge Rating, and the chance to throw Caltrops on dodge
  • Poise (5/5) - Increases Glancing Blow Chance
  • Strike Their Flank (3/6) - Increases damage and slow duration
  • Tailwind (6/6) - Increases Movement Speed and Dodge Rating and decreases damage taken while moving

Gear

Early Game Gear

Slot

Item

Helmet

Rogue’s Sealed Pinnacle Helm of Endurance

Armor

Dexterous Elite Regalia of Life

Ring 1

Siphon of Anguish

Ring 2

Dexterous Ivory Ring of Remedy

Amulet

Catapult’s Bone Amulet of Hope

Gloves

Leeching Sealed Eternal Gauntlets of Deflection

Boots

Dexterous Solarum Greaves of Lucidity

Relic

Eviscerating Antidote Vial of Hope

Main Weapon

Marauder’s Katana of the Fox

Off Hand Weapon

Marauder’s Kris of Stillness

Belt

Catapult’s Sealed Praetorian Belt of the Giant

Late Game Gear

Slot

Item

Helmet

Rogue’s Sealed Dragon Visage of Endurance

Armor

Dexterous Sealed of Gorgonscale Coat of Life

Ring 1

Ballista’s Siphon of Anguish of Life

Ring 2

Dexterous Sealed Ivory Ring of Remedy

Amulet

Catapult’s Sealed Bone Amulet of Life

Gloves

Dexterous Sealed Eternal Gauntlets of Life

Boots

Dexterous Advent of the Erased of Lucidity

Relic

Eviscerating Sealed Antidote Vial of Deflection

Main Weapon

Marauder’s Sealed Katana of the Fox

Off Hand Weapon

Eviscerating Smoke Weaver

Belt

Warrior’s Sealed Praetorian Belt of the Giant

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