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Carino Zealot of War Leveling Guide

Last Updated: July 4th 2024

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Welcome to the Carino Zealot of War Leveling Guide. Carino's Zealot of War grants you the ability to switch between 2 distinct modes. Annihilator Mode grants a massive attack and cast speed buff and can be considered your damage mode. Whereas Mobile Mode grants you effects that increase your clear and movement speed. The switch can be automated later on with a Hero Relic modifier. As you gain additional projectile you also gain Magazine Capacity which directly impacts the number of Heat Up stacks you can generate. This effect grants bonuses based on which mode you're in.

After allocating Blank Shots you continue to fire after reducing your ammo to 0. Managing this buff and not having more Overheated stacks than Heat Up is the best way to deal a consistently high amount of damage and reduce ramp up time. Spend too long Overheated and you'll enter Burning Red massively increasing your damage, but forcing you to reload after 10 seconds.

The leveling guide is intended to take your character to Level 90.
This is the last level with unlimited free respec points.
Be sure to check the final section of the guide for recommendations on how to transition into the Endgame!
Carino Zealot of War Leveling Gear Preview
Level 90 Hero Overview
  • Smooth progression
  • High Damage potential
  • Diverse Endgame Character
  • Must play close range
  • Ramping Damage
  • Clunky before Memories & Relic

Check out the Complete Story Walkthrough for tips on how to complete the Campaign.

Treasure Troves

Treasure Troves are a way to super-charge your leveling experience. They give vastly more experience than regular zones and yield exclusive Legendary items. You need to complete each of them once for a Talent Point. For an easier leveling experience, you repeat the Treasure Trove until you're 8-10 levels above the zone, then rush through the next few areas. Follow your side quest to find the Treasure Trove locations.

Keep an eye out for the following Legendary items as you clear Treasure Troves.

  • New Ear Hills (L7): Look out for Pentagram Astrolabe, Lonesome and Glorious Journey.
  • Nectar Valley (L16): Look out for Boor's Iron Crown.
  • Dawn Avenue (L27): Look out for Plain Echo and Ralph's Ambition.
  • Sanctuary of Solitude (L35): Look out for Lonesome and Pentagram Astrolabe.
  • Silver Sands' End (L44): Look out for Howling Wind and Marksman Bracers.
  • Hall of Grandiosity (L54): Here you should farm to level 60 to reach your next Hero Trait before completing the campaign.

AUTHORS NOTE: Wind Chasers are a great item that allow you to use Aim without suffering the movement speed penalty. Setting you movement speed to 130% also prevents you from using Blurry Steps. Replace Blurry Steps with Aim and use Blink Bow to move around if you are comfortable with the playstyle.

Leveling Tips and Tricks

  • Your first active skill slot (top left in the Skills menu) is your "Main Skill," this matters because many items and Hero Traits have effects that only apply to the Main Skill.
  • If you're ever in doubt of where to go, click the campaign quest on the left of your screen and a golden path shows you the way.
  • This guide assumes you get most of your levels through Treasure Troves and rush to the objectives in other zones for maximum efficiency.
  • When allocating Pact Points, prioritize Elemental Resistance first, then select Damage nodes until you fill the section. If you have leftover points, put them into Drop nodes as you begin farming the Netherrealm.
  • Complete all 10 Levels of the Hero Forge to unlock all of your Hero Trait abilities and gain 6 additional Talent Points.
  • All support gems become available from the Skill Shop at level 55. At this stage cross reference with the embeds to make sure you're set up for the Netherrealm.
  • In Chapter 3 gear you find comes with varying amounts of Energy, after changing your gear, be sure to go to the Energy Menu under Skills to reassign missing Energy.

Equipment & Stat Priorities

Main stats to be looking for while progressing the campaign

Look for these Offensive stats on weapons:

  • Dexterity / Strength
  • Physical Damage to Attacks
  • Fire/Lightning/Cold Damage to Attacks
  • Projectile Damage
  • Projectile Speed
  • Attack Speed
  • Critical Strike Rating
  • Critical Damage

Look for these Defensive stats on armor:

  • Max Life
  • Life %
  • Erosion Resistances
  • Elemental Resistances
  • -x% Additional Physical Damage Taken

Core Skill

  • During Zealot of War leveling, it is important to switch between Firing Modes dependent on the situation. Whilst clearing packs of monsters and travelling through the map, use Mobile Mode. For stronger enemies switch to Annihilator Mode for a massive boost to projectile damage. This can be automated later on via the use of Hero Memories and Relics.
  • Blazing Bullet is a Fire Projectile Skill that explodes in a small area when hitting an enemy. It deals additional damage per Penetration.
  • Use Compound Source to quickly regenerate Life and Mana whenever needed. Limber Stretch also grants a large movement speed bonus, use it liberally in combination with Blurry Steps to zip around.
  • Burst of Anger grants a large additional Attack Speed multiplier that resets upon killing an enemy. Focus on maintaining this buff as close to 100% of the time as possible.
  • Aim provides a massive boost to projectile damage at the cost of movement speed.

Leveling Progression

WARNING: The following levels are a guideline, you might complete the quest/unlock the Skill a few levels early, or a few levels later!

Skill Progression
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Passive Skill Progression
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Use the Embed to the left to follow along with Support Skill progression!

  • Level 1: Support Blazing Bullet with Projectile Penetration.

Equip the following as you obtain them:

  • Level 3: Support Compound Potion with Limber Stretch.
    • Blink Bow is the fastest mobility option. It is a very divisive skill as it requires you to aim behind you character. If you do not like this playstyle; replace it with Blink.
  • Level 7-11: Support Blazing Bullet with Wind Projectiles.
  • Level 12-16: Equip Burst of Anger
  • Level 20: You unlock access to all of your Active Skills. Equip Aim.
  • Level 21: Support Blazing Bullet with Added Fire Damage
  • Level 26-54: Continue filling out supports on your utility skills. Now, the goal is to slowly add on Supports and Auras as you gain Energy and levels.

Level 55: At this point you have access to every skill in the game, continue to follow the embed shown as you gain more Energy.

To learn more check out the Skills and Passives Guide.


Carino Zealot of War Leveling Talent Tree
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God of Hunting

Start by allocating 24 points in this tree, the - Skill Cost nodes are important later when you start using Passive Skills.


This tree provides 2 very powerful Major Talents; Gale and Three Birds with One Stone. The latter option provides a massive bonus to both damage damage and Magazine capacity.


This tree provides strong offensive nodes as well as further scaling your Knockback synergies.

There are tons of different Talent Trees to explore, if you want to learn more about this robust system check out our Talent Tree Guide.

Traits, Relics and Memories

Hero Traits

Carino Lethal Flash Leveling Hero Traits, Relics & Memories

Level 45: Shackles of Mania prevents you front needing to reload when you switch between shooting modes. It also grants the ability to eliminate non-Elite enemies under 1% life on hit. This value stacks based on Heat Up stacks.

Level 75: Ceasefire causes you to lose Overheated stacks whilst moving whenever you have more Overheated stacks than Heat Up stacks. Gain +1% additional damage for every stack of Overheated lost this way.

Level 90: Endless Frenzy grant's the ability to scale your damage with Knockback Distance. It also cause you to Knock yourself back when firing in Mobile Mode. In Annihilator Mode each stack of Heat Up grants additional Knockback Distance.

Relics and Memories

Look for any combination of the following stats on your Hero Relics and Memories;

Hero RelicHero Memories
Automatically Switch between Annihilator Mode when there is an Elite within 15m.During Blank Firing, each time a Projectile Skill is cast;
chance to gain 1 additional stack of overheated
and additional damage for this attack.
Heat Up is not lost and ammo is not reloaded after switching modes.Knockback direction is revered. Increased Knockback Distance.
Starts with max stacks of Heat Up but does not reload ammo at the beginning.Magazine Capacity
(71-80%) of the increase or decrease in movement speed applies to Knockback Distance.

To learn more, check out our Hero Relic and Hero Memory Guide.

Divinity Slates

After defeating the Steel Forge Timemark 3 Watcher and completing the Netherrealm quest you unlock the Divinity Slate Talents. These can be farmed from different forms of content, but primarily drop from the Cube of Rapacity. Look to brand Divinity Slates with the following nodes;

Micro and Medium TalentsLegendary Talents
Attack SpeedIncreases and Decreases to knockback distance apply to damage.
Maximum Life+2 Projectile Penetrations
Critical Strike Rating+1 Fire Skill Level
Critical Strike Damage+1 All Skill Levels
Projectile SpeedAdditional Damage to Enemies in Proximity


To learn more, check out our Pacts and Pets Guide.

The Netherrealm

Racing through your Netherrealm quests as quickly as possible results in you becoming under leveled for the required zones to progress further, stay within 3 levels of the zones you're completing to avoid a harsh experience penalty. Check out our How to Progress the Netherrealm if you're unsure of anything.

Here's a list of things to do while progressing the early stages of the Netherrealm;

  • Level 60, The Trade House is unlocked. Be sure to read and understand our Trade House for Beginners Guide before making any big purchases.
  • Higher item levels of gear come with higher quantities of Energy. Look to improve your current gear with items that have increased Energy so that you can use more Support Skills.
  • Utilize Prototype Crafting and Enchanting to greatly increase the power of gear you come across. It costs very low amounts of Flame Sand to lock 1 good affix in place and reroll up to 4 new modifiers. Legendary Gear with Legendary Aptitude allows you to roll mods and craft on those items well.

Legendary Items


  • The Pentagram Astrolabe grants a large amount of Flat Damage to your Active Skills.
  • Blind Vision synergizes perfectly with Gale converting you projectile speed into additional damage.
  • Bow of Endless Dusk is a massive damage upgrade over anything you can realistically craft during early game.

Set Items

As you complete the Netherrealm you encounter Chaos Cards that provide a Set Item. These items are very powerful at a base, and provide powerful set bonuses. Be sure to farm the following Voyager's Commemorative Set Items;

  • Voyager's Commemorative Boots
  • Voyager's Commemorative Brooch
  • Voyager's Commemorative Cape
  • Voyager's Commemorative Cufflinks
  • Voyager's Commemorative Goggles
  • Voyager's Commemorative Pinky Ring

Continue the Journey

Congratulations on completing the Carino Zealot of War Leveling guide! To continue your Endgame journey check our Build Database!


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Reviewed by: Tenkiei

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