Esoteric Flurry Striker Raid Build Guide


Introduction

Esoteric Flurry Strikers are built around their Identity Gauge called Elemental Meter by using spender skills like Esoteric Skill: Tiger Emerges, Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation and Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger Strike.

With the help of the 3 spender skills, this build is less burst heavy and instead deals consistent damage. This might be an issue if the boss is very agile and doesn't give the player enough time to land their spells. But on the other hand, each spender skill adds high Stagger damage, which leads to faster Stagger like the one in the Necromancer's Origin Abyssal Dungeon.

The focus on the Swiftness Combat Stat reduces their cooldowns which brings out the "Flurry" of this build. But balance out Crit and Specialization for damage.

The Striker is a synergy class because of the Attack Speed buff and Crit Resistance debuff provided by Lightning Whisper. Synchronizing these with your team is crucial to dealing maximum damage.

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Esoteric Flurry
Master of Ambush

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 50 before transitioning to it. Check out the Striker Leveling and 1-50 Leveling guides to reach Level 50.

Check out the Deathblow Striker for an alternative Striker playstyle.

Check out the Guardian Raids and Abyssal Dungeons guides for an introduction to their content.

Difficulty
Easy
Mobility
High
Survivability
Average
Back Attack
Mandatory

Raid Skill Build

  • Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger Strike, Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation and Esoteric Skill: Tiger Emerges are the main damage Esoteric Skills for their upfront burst and higher single target damage.
  • Sky Shattering Blow is usually used as a Counter Attack and also provides massive Attack Speed and Movement Speed buff. The concern is that it competes with Vicious Tiger Dance if the player decides to go with 4 spender skills in their build.
  • Lightning Whisper generates large amounts of Elemental Meter and provides an 8% Attack Speed buff to everyone in the party. In addition to the -8% Crit Resistance debuff applied once you reach level 10, Fatal Lightning applies a -10% Crit Resistance debuff to target for a total of -18% Crit Resistance.
  • Moon Flash Kick and Vicious Tiger Dance are great Elemental Meter generators, especially when paired with the Wealth rune.
  • Storm Dragon Kick is great for procing rune effects since all 3 attacks count as casted skills. It's great to pair with the Rage rune for a higher chance to proc the Attack Speed and Movement Speed buffs.
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation

Alternatives

  • For your Awakening you can choose between Ultimate Skill: Explosive Heat Awakening for higher Stagger check and Ultimate Skill: Potent Heavenly Kick as they deal roughly the same amount of damage. Ultimate Skill: Potent Heavenly Kick is usually what players go for though for it's shorter animation lockout.
  • You can easily have up to 4 Esoteric Skills in the build if Wealth runes are available and at least 275 Specialization. Esoteric Skill: Call the Wind God can replace Sweeping Kick if you can afford to use a 4th spender.
  • Sweeping Hidden Dragon is another mobility skill.

Gameplay and Skill Rotation

  • Main Damage Rotation (with at least 275 Specialization and having the Wealth rune)
    1. Storm Dragon Kick x3
    2. Sky Shattering Blow/Vicious Tiger Dance
    3. Lightning Whisper
    4. Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger Strike
    5. Esoteric Skill: Tiger Emerges
    6. Moon Flash Kick
    7. Sky Shattering Blow/Vicious Tiger Dance
    8. Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation
    9. Esoteric Skill: Call the Wind God
  • Main Damage Rotation (without 275 Specialization or having the Wealth rune)
    1. Storm Dragon Kick x3
    2. Sky Shattering Blow/Vicious Tiger Dance
    3. Moon Flash Kick
    4. Lightning Whisper
    5. Sweeping Kick
    6. Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger Strike
    7. Esoteric Skill: Tiger Emerges
    8. Sky Shattering Blow/Vicious Tiger Dance
    9. Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation
    10. There is no need to repeat the rotation, just use any skills that are off cooldown to build gauge. Just remember to keep up Lightning Whisper for Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger Strike -> Esoteric Skill: Tiger Emerges combo, and use Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation when orbs are available.

Stats Priority

Tiers 1 and 2

Esoteric Flurry Strikers focus on Swiftness and Crit depending on their stats and the number of engravings the player has. Crit is prioritized for the main stats, but 200-275 Specialization helps smoothen out Elemental Meter gain. Swiftness provides comfort in the form of Attack Speed, Movement Speed and Cooldown Reduction.

Tier 3

In Tier 3 with at least Legendary grade accessories, you want to get your Swiftness stat to at least 800-900+ with 300-400 for both Crit and Specialization. Basically 50/25/25 ratio. When optimizing around having low cooldowns with Skill Tree levels and gems, you will show the true meaning of the "Flurry" part in Esoteric Flurry. This requires certain gear sets and Engravings to fix your low Crit Rate though.


Engravings

Class Engravings provide powerful stat boosts that dictate the playstyle of a class. Battle Engravings are generally used to increase damage. Below are the recommended Engravings for this build. 

Check out the Engraving Guide for more details.

Starter Engravings

  • Esoteric Flurry is essential, since it changes the Elemental Orb cost for all Striker's Esoteric Skills to 1 and increases their damage.
  • Master of Ambush since Strikers rely on Back Attacks for the extra 10% Critical Rate, this Engraving adds extra damage on top of it.

Add-On Endgame Engravings

  • Keen Blunt Weapon* requires a high Crit stat to make use of its bonus. Thankfully, you receive a free Crit Rate stat boost from using Lightning Whisper.
  • Adrenaline is excellent for fixing low Crit Rate, since Storm Dragon Kick can get 3 stacks by itself.
  • Raid Captain is a good alternative choice for damage engraving when you have high Swiftness ,while having a support in the party with their 4pcs Swamp of Yearning Set Movement Speed bonus buff, occasionally Rage proc and using Sky Shattering Blow with Blessing of the Wind to get speed buffs.

Advanced Engravings

Note: The Advanced Engravings are the Best in Slot setup for Tier 3 content. The penalties attached to these can be hard to overcome for new players. Only use the following engravings if you are experienced with the boss fight!

  • Cursed Doll* is a significant Attack Power increase at the cost of 25% healing penalty. The healing penalty can be punishing for inexperienced players not familiar with boss mechanics.
  • Mass Increase* is another option for increased damage if you have plenty of Swiftness to negate the 10% Attack Speed penalty.
  • Grudge* increases damage done while also increasing damage received. The engraving is a highly effective damage increase without needing specific positioning, making it worthwhile even with the penalty.

(*)These Engravings should only be used at Engraving Level 3.

Optimal Setups

Engravings are listed in order of priority from left to right.

Standard

Esoteric Flurry
Grudge
Cursed Doll
Adrenaline
Master of Ambush
Keen Blunt Weapon

Alternative

Esoteric Flurry
Grudge
Adrenaline
Master of Ambush
Keen Blunt Weapon

Gear Sets

These are the specific gear sets for each tier.
Check out the Gear Set Guide for more details.

Notes :

  • If speedrunning your alts, you can skip Abyss Dungeon Gear up to 1370 gearscore by just honing Chaos Dungeon Gear.
  • If you're close to 1445 gearscore and were already doing Valtan/Vykas Normal Mode, you can skip crafting the Legendary Legion Raid Gears.
  • If you have already crafted Relic Gears, hold onto them because once you unlock the Gear Set Conversion feature, you will be able to freely swap between Relic Legion Raid Sets.

"Play at your own pace" Route

Tier 1

340 gearscore
Seraphic Oath Set


460 gearscore
Boisterous Elemental Set

Tier 2

840 gearscore
Marvelous Earth Set


960 gearscore
Unyielding Will Set

Early Tier 3

1302-1370 gearscore
Twisted Dimensional Set

Tier 3 Argos Set

1370 -1415 gearscore
Preordained Diligence Set

Tier 3 Legion Raid Set

1415 - 1444 gearscore
Preordained Diligence Gloves & Shoulders
Demon Beast Strength 4 pc


1445+ gearscore
Earth's Entropy Set
or
Shrieking Hallucination Set


Runes

Runes enhance skills with extra bonuses. All Rune drops are account bound and have limited availability, so placement of Runes on the correct skills is important. Below are the recommended parings.

Check the Rune Guide for more details.

SkillsRunes
Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger StrikeGalewind
Esoteric Skill: Tiger EmergesOverwhelm
Esoteric Skill: Blast FormationGalewind
Overwhelm
Sweeping KickGalewind
Wealth
Moon Flash KickWealth
Lightning WhisperWealth
Storm Dragon KickRage
Sky Shattering BlowWealth
Quick Recharge
Bleed
Vicious Tiger Dance*Wealth
Esoteric Skill: Call the Wind God*Galewind
Overwhelm

(*)optional skill choices.

  • Storm Dragon Kick is paired with Rage a higher chance to proc the speed buffs because all 3 attacks counts as casted skills.
  • Moon Flash Kick and Lightning Whisper are paired with Wealth runes since these skills generate the most Elemental Meter in the build. Sweeping Kick can be paired with it as well if the player can't generate Elemental Meter efficiently. When you have high enough skill points to max out Sky Shattering Blow, it too can be paired with a Wealth rune.
  • As most other skills long cast times, it is recommended to pair them with Galewind to reduce skill animation time.

Gear Skill Tree

While Gems add benefits to skills, you can also increase the effects of Skill Tree themselves. Skill Tree levels go up to 5 and each level can increase the damage, cooldown reduction or buff that they provide.

For more information on how to add equipment Skill Tree and how to get them, please visit our Skill Tree System Guide.

Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger StrikeSingle Strike
Weak Point Detection
Charged Kick
Esoteric Skill: Tiger EmergesQuick Preparation
Single Strike
Ascension
Lightning WhisperQuick Preparation
Moon Flash KickWhite Flame Kick
Excellent Mobility
Sky Shattering BlowBlessing of the Wind
Abundant Resources
Sweeping Kick*Weak Point Detection
Light of Justice
Pure Excellence
Storm Dragon KickExcellent Mobility
Esoteric Skill: Blast FormationWeak Point Detection
Flame Explosion
Great Explosion
Esoteric Skill: Call the Wind God*Lightning Storm
Growth Attack
Summon Storm

*optional skill chocies.


Gems

Gems grant bonus damage and cooldown reduction to specific skills. You can only equip 11 of these Gems at a time so it is recommended that you prioritize the Gems for your most important skills.

Please visit our Gem System Guide for more information like how to create higher tier Gems.

Attack Gems

Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger Strike
Esoteric Skill: Tiger Emerges
Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation

Sweeping Kick*
Esoteric Skill: Call the Wind God*

Cooldown Gems

Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger Strike
Esoteric Skill: Tiger Emerges
Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation
Moon Flash Kick
Sky Shattering Blow
Lightning Whisper

Sweeping Kick*
Esoteric Skill: Call the Wind God*

*optional skill choices.


Card Sets

Cards are an endgame system for maximizing your character. Below are the recommended sets for this class.
Check out the Card Guide for more details on how to obtain them.

Budget Card Set

Optional Card Set

Optimal Card Set


Summary

  • Esoteric Flurry Strikers can unleash up to 3-4 Esoteric Skills(e.g. Esoteric Skill: Blast Formation) because of the 1 Elemental Orb cost benefit change from Esoteric Flurry. This allows you to have comparatively more Stagger output than Deathblow Strikers.
  • Lightning Whisper provides excellent team synergy buffs with Attack Speed buff and increased Crit Rate.
  • Make sure to use Esoteric Skill: Lightning Tiger Strike and Esoteric Skill: Tiger Emerges in the optimal buff and debuff windows.
  • Swiftness is the main priority stats for Esoteric Flurry. While splitting the sub stats, Specialization to increase damage of Esoteric Skills and Crit to further increase damage.

Credits

Written by Rei
Reviewed by Raxxanterax


Changelog

Aug 13th 2022
Updated Pros and Cons section.

Jun 16th 2022
Adjusted Gearsets section to include Vykas parts.