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Grim Dawn: Oathkeeper Build Guides for Beginners

Updated on May 21, 2019
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Depending on your preferred path build, Oathkeeper is like Holy Knight or Dark Knight character class that excels in using shield and spells.

Most skills of this mastery specialized on shield and retaliation. Plus its also capable of summoning companions and dealing large amount of damage.


Note: Recommended Devotions are not in order. Meaning, it is up to you what constellation you should learn first. Just in case you don’t know, devotion points can also be re-assign in order to meet certain requirements.

When it comes to gear components, resistance to different damage types should be the priority for your character to survive on higher difficulty.


Flame Auradin (Oathkeeper + Inquisitor)

This is the most effortless play style build. Flame Auradin can quickly clear mobs by running through them using Aura of Censure and Guardian of Empyrion with Celestial Presence.


Attributes

Assign 10 to 20 points on both cunning and spirit for increase in damage, offensive ability, and ability to wear good equipment.

The majority of your attribute points should be put on physique.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Safeguard (12 points)

Eye of Reckoning (16 points)

Vire’s Might (16 points) – Volcanic Stride (12 points) – Tectonic Shift (4 points)

Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Celestial Presence (12 points)


Skills Inquisitor

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Aura of Censure (12 points)

Word of Renewal (12 points)

Deadly Aim (12 points)

Inquisitor Seal (12 points) – Arcane Empowerment (12 points)


Devotion

Order Crossroads

Turtle

Viper

Fiend

Quill

Empty Throne

Alladrah’s Phoenix

Magi

Behemoth

Chariot of the Dead

Ulzuin’s Torch


Equipment Priorities

To make this build more powerful, wear equipment that has chance to cast fire type spells every time you deal damage.

Equipment that adds extra damage and range to your Aura of Censure is also recommended highly.


How to play?

As I said earlier, this build is effortless to play. You can clean up mobs quickly by just passing through them. Then if you need to deal more damage, use Eye of Reckoning.


Basic Sword and Board Warlord (Oathkeeper + Soldier)

A well balanced build. It deals physical type of damage with internal trauma and retaliation.


Attributes

The main attribute here is physique. Putting cunning and spirit should based on equipment requirements that you’ll be wearing.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Righteous Fervor (16 points) – Consecration (12 points) – Retribution (12 points)

Safeguard (12 points)

Smite (10 points)

Shattering Smash (10 points)

Judgement (12 points) – Crushing Verdict (12 points) – Heart of Wrath (4 points)

Vire’s Might (1 point)

Divine Mandate (12 points)

Presence Virtue (12 points) – Haven (10 points) – Rebuke (10 points)


Skills Soldier

Mastery Bar (32 points)

Field Command (1 point) – Squad Tactics (12 points)

Decorated Soldier (8 points)


Devotion

Ascendant Crossroads

Bull

Hound

Scarab

Lizard

Anvil

Ulzaad, Herald of Korvaak

Shieldmaiden

Dire Bear

Vire, the Stone Matron

Note: For the 3 remaining devotion points, choose what resistance you need from Empty Throne.


Equipment Priorities

Shield is the most important iteam on this build. So wear the best one that you can get. The preferred item attributes are increase in physical and internal trauma damage.


How to play?

Righteous Fervor is your basic attack here. Use Judgement whenever it is available to for AOE attack and crowd control.


Two-handed Warlord (Oathkeeper + Soldier)

A variant of Warlord that wields two-handed mace weapon.


Attributes

Put majority of your attribute on physique. Get some cunning if you prefer more damage. Little points on spirit is required until you can wear the best amulets and rings.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Eye of Reckoning (16 points) – Soulfire (12 points)

Vire’s Might (1 point)

Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points)

Judgement (12 points) – Crushing Verdict (12 points)

Divine Mandate (12 points)

Ascension (12 points)

Presence of Virtue (5 points) – Rebuke (10 points)


Skills Soldier

Mastery Bar (32 points)

Field Command (12 points) – Squad Tactics (12 points)

Menhir’s Will (16 points)

Military Conditioning (10 points)

Decorated Soldier (8 points)


Devotion

Bull

Lion

Hammer

Hawk

Empty Throne

Sheperd’s Crook

Kraken

Dire Bear

Ulzaad, Herald of Korvaak

Rhowan’s Scepter

Oleron

Note: Put the remaining 2 devotion points on Crab.


Equipment Priorities

You need to equip two-handed mace weapon or Kraken and Rhowan’s Scepter won’t work. Primary stats of your equipment should be physical and internal trauma damage.


How to play?

Your main damage dealer here is Eye of Reckoning with the help of Judgement and Guardians of Empyrion.


Retaliation Archon (Oathkeeper + Shaman)

Retaliation stats complements really well with Oathkeeper because the mastery has skills that gets additional damage from retaliation.

So retaliation builds that is based on oathkeeper doesn’t need to wait for enemies attack in order to deal damage.


Attributes

You won’t be needing to put points on cunning for this build.

If possible, assign everything on physique. But of course, you need to put some on spirit for wearing high level rings and amulets.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (40 points)

Aegis of Menhir (1 point) – Avenging Shield (10 points) – Aegis of Thorns (1 point) – Reprisal (12 points)

Judgement (12 points) – Heart of Wrath (12 points)

Righteous Fervor (1 point) – Consecration (12 points) – Retribution (12 points)

Presence of Virtue (12 points) – Haven (10 points) – Rebuke (10 points)

Resilence (12 points)

Ascension (12 points)


Skills Shaman

Mastery Bar (40 points)

Mogdrogen’s Pact (6 points) – Heart of the Wild (10 points) – Oak Skin (10 points)

Summon Briarthorn (1 point) – Emboldening Presence (12 points)


Devotion

Hound

Scarab

Wolverine

Tortoise

Lion

Spider

Messenger of War

Hyrian, Guardian of the Celestial Gate

Alladrah’s Phoenix

Shieldmaiden

Obelisk of Menhir


Equipment Priorities

Wear items that adds and multiplies your retaliation damage. It is also important to boost your defensive ability, armor, and resistance from different types of damage since you’ll relying more on enemies attack than yours.


How to play?

Tank as much enemies as you can while you attack them with your skills.


Firestorm Shieldbreaker (Oathkeeper + Demolitionist)

This is a shield build that wields both fire and lightning damage.


Attributes

Same as Sword and Board Warlord build.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Eye of Reckoning (16 points) – Soulfire (12 points)

Safeguard (12 points)

Vire’s Might (1 point)

Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Celestial Presence (12 points)

Judgement (12 points) – Heart of Wrath (12 points)

Divine Mandate (12 points)

Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Haven (10 points)


Skills Demolitionist

Mastery Bar (32 points)

Flame Touched (12 points)

Vindictive Flame (14 points) – Ulzuin’s Wrath (12 points)

Blast Shield (12 points)


Devotion

Chaos Crossroads

Lizard

Jackal

Scholar’s Light

Quill

Tempest

Rhowan’s Crown

Hyrian, Guardian of the Celestial Gates

Chariot of the Dead

Behemoth

Ulzuin’s Torch

Note: For the 3 remaining devotion points, choose what resistance you need from Empty Throne.


Equipment Priorities

Shield is the important equipment here. For equipment stat, prioritize fire, lightning, burn, and electrocute damage.


How to play?

Basically, you just use Vire’s Might to quickly cover the gap between you and your opponents. Execute judgement, then continuously attack with Eye of Reckoning. Your Guardian will take care of additional damage.


Vire’s Might Shieldbreaker (Oathkeeper + Demolitionist)

A Shieldbreaker build that uses two-handed weapon instead of shield. The insane damage of Vire’s Might with Volcanic Stride lets you level up and finish the game quickly.


Attributes

Majority of points in physique, but you should also invest points in both cunning and spirit for better damage.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Vire’s Might (16 points) – Volcanic Might (1 point) – Volcanic Stride (12 points) – Tectonic Shift (12 points)

Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Celestial Presence (12 points)

Judgement (12 points) – Heart of Wrath (12 points)

Divine Mandate (12 points)

Ascension (12 points)


Skills Demolitionist

Mastery Bar (32 points)

Flame Touched (12 points)

Vindictive Flame (16 points)

Blast Shield (12 points)

Flashbang (5 points) – Searing Light (4 points)


Devotion

Lizard

Fiend

Spider

Empty Throne

Kraken

Solael’s Witchblade

Magi

Chariot of the Dead

Behemoth

Ulzuin’s Torch

Note: For the remaining 1 devotion points, assign it on Scholar’s Light.


Equipment Priorities

Equip the best Two-handed weapon with fire and burn damage affinity that you can find.


How to play?

Just spam Vire’s Might to move from one place to another and let the trail of flames from Volcanic Stride be your main damage dealer. Repeat.


Acid Shield Sentinel (Oathkeeper + Occultist)

An all around build that is capable of range, melee, defense, retaliation, and summoning companions.


Attributes

Same as Sword and Board Warlord. But you can put more on spirit if you prefer better damage.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Aegis of Menhir (16 points) – Avenging Shield (12 points) – Aegis of Thorns (1 point) – Reprisal (12 points)

Righteous Fervor (16 points) – Dreeg’s Reproach (1 point) – Consecration (12 points)

Vire’s Might (1 point)

Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Scion of Dreeg (1 point) – Celestial Presence (12 points)

Path of Three (12 points)

Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Haven (10 points) – Rebuke (10 points)

Resilence (5 points)


Skills Occultist

Mastery Bar (32 points)

Blood of Dreeg (16 points) – Aspect of Guardian (12 points)


Devotion

Crossroads Primordial

Crossroads Ascendant

Tortoise

Viper

Rat

Eye of the Guardian

Akeron’s Scorpion

Manticore

Chariot of the Dead

Behemoth

Affliction – Choose the Acid damage path only. Don’t complete this constellation.

Abomination – Choose only the path to Tainted Eruption. Don’t complete this constellation.


Equipment Priorities

Equip items that increases your acid and retaliation damage.

Perdition set is the most recommended gears since the set’s attributes complements really well for this build.


How to play?

Spam Aegis of Menhir whenever it is available. When the mentioned skill is on cooldown, you have Righteous Fervor as your basic attack. Then let your summoned companions and retaliation takes care of the rest.


Acid Shield Dervish (Oathkeeper + Nightblade)

A variant of Acid Shield Sentinel. This build may not have the retaliation effectiveness but it can move faster and maneuver better.


Attributes

Same as Sword and Board Warlord. But you can put more on spirit if you prefer better damage.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Aegis of Menhir (16 points) – Avenging Shield (12 points) – Aegis of Thorns (1 point) – Reprisal (12 points)

Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Scion of Dreeg (1 point) – Celestial Presence (12 points)

Path of Three (12 points)

Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Haven (10 points) – Rebuke (10 points)

Ascension (12 points)

Resilence (2 points)


Skills Nightblade

Mastery Bar (32 points)

Merciless Repertoire (12 points)

Shadow Strike (1 point) – Nidalla’s Justifiable Ends (12 points)

Pneumatic Burst (12 points)

Blade Barrier (12 points)


Devotion

Same as Acid Shield Sentinel build.


Equipment Priorities

Same as Acid Shield Sentinel build.


How to play?

Hit your enemies with Aegis of Menhir as long as its available. When the mentioned skill is not available due to cooldown, you can quickly go melee with Shadow Strike. When in dangerous situation, use Blade Barrier as your panic button.

Pneumatic Burst plays multiple purpose here. The skill is used for health recovery and movement speed buff.


Elemental Templar (Oathkeeper + Arcanist)

This is a two-handed wielder templar that dashes, then spins to deal heavy elemental damage.

The build is energy hungry due to Eye of Reckoning but thanks to Iskandra’s Elemental Exchange, you’ll be relying less to energy potions.


Attributes

Same as Vire’s Might Shieldbreaker build.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Eye of Reckoning (16 points) – Soulfire (12 points)

Vire’s Might (16 points) – Volcanic Might (1 point) – Volcanic Stride (12 points) – Tectonic Shift (12 points)

Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Celestial Presence (12 points)

Resilience (4 points)


Skills Arcanist

Mastery Bar (25 points)

Iskandra’s Elemental Exchange (12 points) – Overload (12 points) – Elemental Balance (12 points)

Mirror of Ereoctes (12 points)

Maiven’s Sphere of Protection (12 points)


Devotion

Crossroads Eldritch

Crossroads Ascendant

Tortoise

Fiend

Quill

Scholar’s Light

Owl

Kraken

Chariot of the Dead

Behemoth

Rhowan’s Crown

Blind Sage

Note: Put the remaining 2 devotion points on Empty Throne.


Equipment Priorities

The priority here is two-handed weapon with bonus to elemental damage types including burn, frostburn, electrocute.


How to play?

The pattern in playing this build is dash and spin. Use Vire’s Might first then Eye of Reckoning while the said skill is on cooldown.


Vitality Shield Oppressor (Oathkeeper + Necromancer)

Another variant of sword and board build that deals vitality damage.


Attributes

Same as Sword and Board Warlord. But you can put more on spirit if you prefer better damage.


Skills Oathkeeper

Mastery Bar (50 points)

Righteous Fervor (16 points) – Dreeg’s Reproach (1 point)

Vire’s Might (1 point)

Summon Guardian of Empyrion (16 points) – Scion of Dreeg (1 point) – Celestial Presence (12 points)

Path of Three (12 points)

Presence of Virtue (1 point) – Haven (10 points)

Ascension (12 points) – Clarity of Purpose (12 points)

Resilence (10 points)


Skills Necromancer

Mastery Bar (32 points)

Bone Harvest (16 points) – Dread (12 points) – Soul Harvest (12 points)

Reaping Strike (10 points)


Devotion

Crossroads Eldritch

Toad

Bat

Tortoise

Gallows

Lotus

Jackal

Typhos, the Jailor of Souls

Revenant

Wendigo

Rattosh, the Veilwarden

Note: Put the remaining 5 devotion points on Affliction. Then choose the path that increases your Vitality damage.


Equipment Priorities

Use items that grants increase damage to vitality and vitality decay.


How to play?

Your primary damage dealer here is Bone Harvest. To make it more powerful, attach Rattosh, the Veilwarden’s skill to it. While waiting for Bone Harvest to be available again, you have Righteous Fervor as basic attack. Then Guardian’s of Empyrion will assist you in dealing extra damage.


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