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Rive Void Knight Guide

Last Updated: February 20th 2024

Patch 1.0

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Welcome to the Rive Void Knight build guide. This Void Knight joins the fray with Rive, engaging in pure melee combat and quickly moving around the map with Healing Hands. Brutally slash your enemies to pieces, while the echoes finish anything strong enough to survive the first cuts.

By speccing Rive with Flame Drinker's Blade, this build is able to turn stacks of Ignite into powerful Physical Penetration buffs. Use Anomaly, Volatile Reversal and Sigils Of Hope for the great buffs they provide. Healing Hands supplements the Damage and provides mobility.

Thanks to Jasper's Searing Pride, stacking Ignites is easy. The build can be played even without this Unique, but you will be missing out on a lot of damage. Aside from Jasper's Searing Pride, this setup can also take advantage of other Uniques. Titan Heart and Aurora's Time Glass provide amazing tankiness for the build, while Siphon of Anguish and Shattered Chains raise the Damage considerably.

Overall, the Rive Void Knight is an amazing build capable of defeating all the content in the game. It's fun to play and has very high single target DPS. If you are looking for a melee build that destroys bosses, this setup is perfect for you!

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This build guide assumes you have a Level 70 Character.
Reach Level 70 with our Void Knight Leveling Guide.
If you are looking for a different playstyle, check all our Build Guides!

Pros
  • Easy To Play
  • Great Boss Killer
  • Amazing Single Target DPS
  • Great Scaling With Gear and Uniques
Cons
  • Limited AoE
  • Heavy Buff Management
  • Unlocking Crit Requires a Legendary
  • Melee Suffers Against Certain Enemies

Skills

Rive

Rive is your main Damage Skill. This setup focuses on maximizing its damage with Flame Drinker's Blade, Savagery and Ripples of Oblivion. Scrap Metal provides multiplicative Armor and Damage. Foe Cleaver is a big damage boost, as it doubles the Damage stats of a two-handed weapon.

Click the Nodes at the bottom to see Skill Tree Progression

Alternative Skills & Tips

Passives

Passives provide powerful effects that dictate the playstyle of a Class and its Masteries. Remember that you can allocate Passives on the first half of all Masteries regardless of the one you chose.

  1. Armour Clad grants Damage Reduction and is crucial for any Sentinel's survivability.
  2. Juggernaut, Abyssal Endurance, Holy Icon and Defiance provide tons of Resistances. Use them as needed.
  3. Place at least 1 Point into Gladiator, Steel Aegis and Honour for the Block Chance.
  4. Echoing Strikes, Time Legion and Avatar of Regret are necessary for maximum Echo uptime.
  5. World Eater has enough leech to single handedly provide us with enough sustain.
  6. Eternal Form is a massive increase to our health and therefore our survivability.
  7. Void Corruption is an easy source of Critical Strike Multiplier for almost no investment.
  8. Finality provides a Cull, which is great for Bossing.
  9. Invest Points into Time and Faith for the mana gain based on your needs.
  10. Placing Points into Phoenix Strike is an option for extra Damage.
Click the Nodes at the bottom to see Skill Tree Progression

Make sure to complete the Campaign to get all your Passive Points.

Gameplay

Dive in while spamming Rive to wreak havoc on your enemies. Make sure you are familiar with enemy mechanics to know when to use your Support Skills to stay alive. Pay attention to the telegraphed attacks of your enemies and stay out of their range.

Skill Usage/Rotation

  • Cast 4 Sigils Of Hope for their buffs.
  • Move with Healing Hands towards enemy packs.
  • Cast Anomaly and Volatile Reversal on top of enemies for their buffs and extra Damage.
  • Spam Rive and destroy your enemies.
  • Maintain 4 Sigils Of Hope at all times.
  • Maintain Time Bubble with Anomaly at all times.

Mapping

  • Rush to the objective with Healing Hands.
  • Be careful not to backtrack when using Volatile Reversal.
  • Group mobs before using Volatile Reversal to maximize its buffs.

Bossing

  • Take advantage of all your defensive buffs and keep them active.
  • Use Volatile Reversal to ramp up your damage then spam Rive.
  • Use Anomaly to maintain Time Bubble.
  • Keep a Movement Skill off Cooldown for emergency situations or telegraphed Boss attacks.
  • Use unspecced Rebuke to tank telegraphed Boss attacks.

Advanced Skill Tips

Learn more about how to maximize your gameplay in the Build Scaling section of this guide.

Gear

Gearing in Last Epoch revolves around finding Items and then using the powerful Crafting System to enhance them. As long as an Item has Forging Potential left, players can upgrade or modify their Affixes up to Tier 5. However, the powerful Exalted Tier Affixes are drop only and can't be modified by players.

Using the correct Item Bases allows you to make use of their amazing Implicits, this is fundamental for gearing efficiently. Combine Implicits, Passives, Idols and Blessings to cap your Resistances and stack as many other defensive layers as possible. Plan ahead for your next upgrades and consider the final Empowered Blessings of your build while gearing. Finish up by farming Uniques with Legendary Potential and Sealing Affixes into Exalted Items to unleash all of your build's power!

Here are the Stat Goals for this build:

  • Capped Resistances
  • Capped Critical Strike Avoidance
  • Capped Endurance
  • 3000 - 4000+ Health
  • 55% - 65%+ Armour Mitigation
  • 70+ Strength
  • 30% - 40%+ Block Chance (with Sigils Of Hope)
  • 300%+ Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 400% - 600%+ Increased Damage
  • 100% Melee Critical Strike Chance

Gear Progression

Starting Gear
Advanced Gear
End Game Gear
BIS Gear

Milestone 1
Aim for good Item Bases with two valuable T5 Affixes. The defensive rolls on T5 Suffixes are very important at this stage as they can easily cap all your Resistances when combined with Item Implicits, Idols, Blessings or Passives. Get a Weapon with double T5 offensive Prefixes as soon as possible.

Milestone 2
Make sure your Critical Strike Avoidance is capped. Remember that Woven Flesh is always an option early on. It can be farmed by killing the Abomination in the Fall of the Outcast Monolith Timeline.

Milestone 3
Fit as much Health into your gear as possible. Hybrid Health and Health are extremely valuable, but can be hard to find early on. Use regular flat Health until you find them.

Starting Gear Planner

Milestone 4
Aim for T5 Level of Rive on your Body Armour to invest more points into its Skill Tree.

Milestone 5
While you look for this basic set of gear, start farming your Empowered Blessings and look for any Idols that can help you cap all your Resistances momentarily or increase your Damage output. Also be on the lookout for Ornate Solar Idols with Increased Area With Rive And Forge Strike and Critical Strike Multiplier With Rive And Judgement Prefixes and either Chance To Shred Armor on Hit or Physical Resistance Suffixes.

Milestone 1
When all your core Defenses are covered, start working on your Damage. Get Strength, Melee Attack Speed,Critical Strike Multiplier and Chance to Shred Armour on Hit to increase your DPS drastically.


Milestone 2
Get Chance to Apply Frailty on Hit to decrease the Damage enemies deal to you. This Ailment is really important and should always be kept in mind.

Milestone 3
Farm Jasper's Searing Pride. This item is a common world drop. It provides a stacking Searing Blades buff that grants Ignite chance, allowing you to take advantage of Flame Drinker's Blade. You can increase your chances of getting it with the Grand Chill of Death Blessing or by using Rune of Ascendance.


Milestone 4
Farm Siphon of Anguish for the Doom chance it provides. It's a common drop from Shade of Orobyss in any Monolith of Faith Timeline. You can farm this Unique while you look for Empowered Blessings.

Advanced Gear Planner

Milestone 5
Increased Area for Area Skills is an useful stat for this build, getting it on at least one piece of gear helps with clearing.

Milestone 6
As you finish up your Empowered Blessings keep a decent Health pool, capped Resistances, Endurance and Critical Strike Avoidance. Your goal is to have items with 4 valuable T5 Affixes, also known as T20. Keep an eye for Ornate Solar Idols with Increased Area With Rive And Forge Strike and Critical Strike Multiplier With Rive And Judgement Prefixes and either Chance To Shred Armor on Hit or Physical Resistance Suffixes.

Milestone 1
Upgrade your T20 set up with Exalted items, high value Sealed Affixes or ideally both. Obtain the Affixes included in the Planner, but prioritize the indicated Item Bases for their Implicits. Make sure to Seal highly efficient low tier Affixes.

Milestone 2
Farm Jasper's Searing Pride with Legendary Potential. Getting Melee Critical Strike Chance on it is required to scale Crit. Since the Weapon is a common world drop and getting it with 1 LP is not too difficult, you can even craft it with T5 Melee Critical Strike Chance, which will be enough to unlock Crit.

Milestone 3
Look for Shattered Chains with Legendary Potential. This Belt grants more Damage per stack of Doom and other valuable stats. Getting Ward and Ailment Cleansing on Potion Use on it is crucial. Farm it by killing the Shade of Orobyss at 120+ Corruption. At the same time, farm Siphon of Anguish with Legendary Potential.

End Game Gear Planner

Milestone 4
Farm Titan Heart with Legendary Potential. This item provides a lot of %Health and Damage Reduction. Health Regen is disabled when using this item, but it's not a big downside for this build since it relies on Leech for sustain. Get at least Level of Rive on it.


Milestone 5
Aurora's Time Glass is an excellent addition to this build for extra survivability, if you happen to find it.

Milestone 6
Focus on finishing your Ornate Solar Idols with Increased Area With Rive And Forge Strike and Critical Strike Multiplier With Rive And Judgement Prefixes and either Chance To Shred Armor on Hit or Physical Resistance Suffixes. You also want Stout Lagonian Idols with %Health Prefix and Health Suffix. The Suffixes on these Idols can also have Resistances, use them as needed.

Milestone 1
Keep upgrading your gear with Exalted Items with Sealed Affixes. Get every stat in the right place and in the correct Item Base. Min/Maxing your gear in Last Epoch can be pushed to the extreme as Items with multiple Exalted Affixes are technically possible.

Milestone 2
Get as close to perfect rolls for all your Empowered Blessings and find all your desired Idols with the best in slot Prefixes and Suffixes.

Milestone 3
Quicksilver Coil is a great option if you find one with high LP, for the extra Movement Speed provided by the Haste buff. Consider replacing your Ivory Ring for it.


Milestone 4
Continue farming Jasper's Searing Pride, Siphon of Anguish, Shattered Chains and Titan Heart with the maximum Legendary Potential you can find. Remember that some Unique Items are extremely hard to get with multiple Legendary Potential. Good luck with the chase!

BIS Gear Planner

Learn the basics for crafting gear with our Beginner Crafting Guide.
Check our Unique Item & Set Farming Guide and learn how to get them!
Want to know more about Legendary Items? Check our Legendary Guide!

Blessings

Completing a Timeline in the Monolith of Fate lets you choose one of several randomized Blessings from its unique pool. Their benefits are permanent and persist even outside of the Monolith of Fate.

Empowered Blessings are a fundamental part of all builds, so getting the correct ones for each is key.

The sooner you reach Empowered Monolith, the faster you can start farming your desired Blessings!

End Game Blessings
Normal Blessings
Empowered Combat Blessings
Empowered Drop Rate Blessings

Normal Blessings are not important as they are eventually replaced by Empowered Blessings. However they can still be a great source of Resistances, Critical Strike Avoidance or Life Leech for your build early on.

Pick up these Normal Blessings on your way to Empowered:

  • Echo of Solarum
  • Winds of Oblivion
  • Bastion of Divinity
  • Survival of Might
  • Persistance of Will
  • Protection of Heorot
  • Resolve of Grael
  • Heart of the Caldera
  • Body of Obsidian
  • Embers of Immortality

Note: Don't target farm Normal Blessings. Get to Empowered Monolith as fast as you can.

Reaching Empowered Monolith unlocks all the level 100 Timelines and the ability to farm Empowered Blessings. Unlike Normal Blessings, these need to be farmed until you get the desired ones for your build. It is extremely important to get this set up as fast as possible to free up affix slots on your gear. Remember, the more value you get from your Blessings, the easier it is to craft efficient gear!

These are the core Combat Empowered Blessings for this build:

  • If you are lacking Crit Avoidance, start with Grand Survival of Might. If you're building Reduced Bonus Damage Taken from Critical Strikes, go for Grand Cruelty of Strength or Grand Resolve of Humanity instead.
  • Grand Winds of Oblivion grants a large amount of Critical Strike Chance, freeing up affixes on your gear.
  • Grand Heart of Ice provides Chill for this build, greatly reducing the Action Speed of your enemies. If you have Chill on your Weapon, you can go for any of the defensive Blessings available in this slot, for example Grand Bulwark of the Tundra.
  • Farm the best rolled Grand Body of Obsidian you can get. It grants a large amount of Flat Armor that helps increase the survivability of the build.
  • Finish up by farming Grand Crash of the Waves for the high chance to Stun enemies.

These Empowered Blessings are flexible and depend on your current needs and goals.

These are valuable Empowered Drop Rate Blessings for this build:

  • Grand Favor of Souls helps us find the best Idols for our build. Once you find all your Idols, you can switch to the Grand Winds of Fortune and focus on Uniques instead.
  • Farm Grand Chill of Death to find more Jasper's Searing Pride.
  • Lastly, take Grand Slumber of Morditas to find more Relics or Grand Embrace of Ice to find more Body Armours, such as Titan Heart.

Learn how to farm Blessings fast with our Advanced Monolith Strategies.

Idols

Idols grant your character bonuses when equipped in the dedicated Idol Container. Unlock all the slots of your Idol Container by completing the Campaign and some of its Side Quests. Remember that some Idols are Class specific and you won't be able to equip them with other non-compatible Classes.

These are the Idols recommended for this build:

  • Get 2 Ornate Solar Idols with Increased Area With Rive And Forge Strike and Critical Strike Multiplier With Rive And Judgement Prefixes. Get Physical Resistance and Chance To Shred Armor on Hit Suffixes.
  • You also want 2 Humble Eterran Idols with Vitality Prefix and Poison Resistance Suffix.
  • Stout Lagonian Idols with well rolled %Health and Health will make a big difference on your health pool.
  • Any additional space can be filled with Resistances, Health, Armour and Increased Stun Chance depending on your needs.
End Game Idols

Other useful Idol Affixes

Make sure to complete the Campaign to get all your Idol Slots.
Learn how to be efficient with Idols with our Advanced Idols Setups Guide.

Build Scaling

This Void Knight unleashes Rive on enemies, dealing high Physical and Fire Crit Damage. The build focuses on scaling Physical damage, and it also gets some Flat Fire Damage when using Jasper's Searing Pride. This build also has good survivability thanks to the multiple defensive layers it can take advantage of.

Damage
Defense
  • Melee Flat Damage: This build focuses on scaling Physical Flat Damage, and it gets a ton of it thanks to the Foe Cleaver node doubling the Damage stats on a two-handed Weapon for Rive. Jasper's Searing Pride also provides some Flat Fire Damage with its Searing Blades buff.
  • Ignite Chance: This Ailment provides a massive amount of Damage for this build. With the Flame Drinker's Blade node in Rive, Ignites are consumed and turned into Physical Penetration buffs. Jasper's Searing Pride provides all the Ignite Chance we need.
  • Attack Speed: Attack faster for more Damage and Ailments.
  • % Increased Damage: Anything that increases Physical Melee Damage is welcomed.
  • Strength: Rive gains 4% Damage per point of Strength. Additionally it grants 4% Armour per point, which adds a nice defensive layer for the build.
  • Critical Strike Chance: This build reaches high Crit Chance easily, as long as you have Melee Critical Strike Chance on your Weapon. Decimation in Anomaly provide a good amount of Crit Chance. The Grand Winds of Oblivion Blessing further helps with Crit.
  • Critical Strike Multiplier: Increases the Damage your Crits deal. We get a lot of it from Void Corruption. Build as much as you can on your gear.
  • Sigils Of Hope: They grant increased Damage in this setup.
  • Volatile Reversal: The Harbinger of Dust Node applies a powerful debuff on your enemies that makes them take additional Damage.
  • Level of Rive: This is a big boost to our damage since it allows us to invest in additional multipliers from the skill tree.
  • Physical Resistance Shred: Since this build gets so much Physical Penetration from the Flame Drinker's Blade node, Physical Shred is not required. Resistance Shred and Penetration are additive with each other since they both reduce the resistance of the enemy.
  • Armour Shred: Shredding Armor is good for all hit builds, but it is especially impactful for Physical. Getting Armour Shred stats on our Gloves, Idols and Helmet is a huge damage boost to the build.
  • Doom: Granted by Siphon of Anguish, this Ailment greatly increases the Melee Damage taken by enemies. 4% per stack, maximum 4 stacks. Shattered Chains scales this further, with an extra 5% more Melee Damage per stack.
  • Penetration: Flame Drinker's Blade grants a stacking buff for 3 seconds that provides 3% Physical Penetration per stack of Ignite consumed. This can result to over 300% Physical Penetration when Bossing.
  • Finality: This passive provides a Cull. Great for Bossing.
  • Armour Clad: Grants Damage Reduction and is crucial for any Sentinel's survivability.
  • Block Chance: Block is a defensive mechanic that grants a chance to reduce the Damage taken from Hits. Whenever you take a Hit, your Block Chance is rolled to determine if you Block the Hit. On a successful Block, a percentage of the Damage is mitigated. This build can have anywhere between 30% and 40% block. We get it mostly from Jasper's Searing Pride and Sign of the Guardian inside Sigils Of Hope.
  • Block Effectiveness: The percentage of Damage reduced on Block depends on how much Block Effectiveness you have. The percentage cannot exceed 85%.
  • Endurance: It allows you to take up to 60% less Damage while below a certain Health threshold. The Iron Sigils node from Sigils Of Hope makes this especially valuable for Sentinels.
  • Strength: Grants 4% Armour per point.
  • Armour Mitigation: This setup can get high Armour. Combine the Armour from your Item Implicits and all the %Armour this build has to reach 55% to 65%+ Mitigation.
  • Health: This build can stack a decent Health pool that can surpass the 3000 mark without sacrificing other defenses. Health is very effective when combined with all the other defensive layers.
  • Leech: World Eater provides this build with enough sustain. Siphon of Anguish grants even more Leech.
  • Chill and Slow: Ailments that greatly reduce the Action and Movement Speed of your enemies.
  • Frailty: This Ailment reduces the Damage dealt by enemies by 6% for 4 seconds. Stacks 3 times.
  • Ward and Ailment Cleansing on Potion Use: Cleanse all Ailments on Potion use.
  • Aurora's Time Glass: This powerful Unique can save you from dangerous situations. Make sure its internal cooldown is ready before you engage your enemies.

Our Damage Explained Article covers all you need to know to scale Damage.
Learn all you need to know to scale Defense with our Defense Explained Article.

Loot Filter

Loot Filters are critical in Last Epoch. Making sure you highlight all the related valuable Item Bases, Affixes, Uniques and Idols is crucial to ensure your character's progression. As your gear gets better, remember to hide the rules that are no longer useful to avoid screen clutter.

Here is the Endgame Loot Filter for this build:

Learn how to load and make Filters with our Loot Filter Guide.

Video Guide

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Summary

Overall, the Rive Void Knight is a powerful warrior capable of defeating all the content in the game. While it's a fast mapper, the highlight of the build is the insane single target DPS, making it great for Bossing. The build also has great survivability thanks to its multiple defensive layers.

  • Use Healing Hands] to charge across the battlefield.
  • Spam Rive while boosting your Damage with Flame Drinker's Blade to destroy your enemies.
  • Thanks to Jasper's Searing Pride, stacking Ignites is easy without any extra gear investment.
  • Maintain 4 Sigils Of Hope and Time Bubble up at all times for the amazing buffs they provide.
  • Use Volatile Reversal on top of enemies for extra Damage.
  • While they are not mandatory, Siphon of Anguish, Shattered Chains, Titan Heart and Aurora's Time Glass are great Uniques that you want to get to scale the build to its full potential.

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