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Growing Breeze Iris Leveling Guide

Last Updated: March 1st 2024

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Growing Breeze Identity

Forsaken Iris is a Summoner Hero that specializes in Empowering Spirit Magi. By placing a Spirit Magus Skill in an Active Skill Slot you can activate it every few seconds to grant your Spirit Magi Nourishment stacks which increase their damage significantly. Hero Traits such as Amazing Friends allow you to unlock the full potential of Spirit Magi by unlocking their Ultimate ability at the cost of -1 Maximum Spirit Magi Quantity and Socialite lets you build a larger army by increasing that number by 1 instead.

The leveling guide is intended to take your character to Level 80.
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!
Iris Leveling Guide Gear Preview
Level 80 Hero Overview
Pros
  • Very Mobile Friendly
  • Safe & Easy Beginner Playstyle
  • High Damage On Low Budget Gear
Cons
  • Low Mobility
  • Ramping up damage
  • Spam Buttons To Keep Buffs Active

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

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.
  • Stay on level with the Zone as much as possible! You receive reduced experience for being too under or over leveled so ensure you kill enough monsters to remain as close to the zone level as possible.
  • When allocating Pact Points, prioritize Resistances 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 4 gear you find comes with varying amounts of Energy, this can make it difficult to determine whether or not an item is an upgrade. In general if you don't get enough Energy to add a Support slot pick upgrades based on their stats. 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:

  • Fire/Spell/Minion Skill Level
  • Minion Damage
  • Chance for Minions to Deal Double Damage
  • Minion Critical Strike Chance
  • Minion Critical Strike Damage

Look for these Defensive stats on armor:

  • Max Life
  • Life %
  • Elemental Resistances
  • Erosion Resistances
  • Regenerates Life per second
  • -x% additional Physical Damage Taken

Core Skill

  • Use Summon Flame Spirit to deal damage. Activate it on Cooldown to grant your Spirit Magi Nourishment stacks that increase their damage.
  • With Blink you move faster through the zones.
    • Support it with Quick Mobility for even faster movement.
  • Use Dazzling Bloom to teleport your Minions to your target location and to buff their damage for a short duration.
  • Nourishment of Life grants your Spirit Magi stacks of Growth.
    • For every 100 stacks of Growth your Spirit Magi have, they reach a higher Stage which empowers their abilities.

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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Level 1: Support Summon Frost Spirit with Savage Growth.
Level 2: Purchase and equip; Blink.
Level 5: Purchase and equip; Dazzling Bloom. Support Compound Potion.
Level 7: Replace Summon Frost Spirit with Summon Flame Spirit and Support it with Elemental Duo.
Support Compound Potion with Emergency restoration.
Level 9: Support Blink with Quick Mobility.
Level 11: Purchase and equip; Nourishment of Life.
Level 12: Purchase and equip; Rejuvenation.
Level 13: Complete the first Hero Trial and allocate; Friends We Are.
Level 18: Purchase 2 copies of Extended Duration and support Dazzling Bloom and Nourishment of Life with it.
Level 21: Purchase and equip; Elemental Resistance.
Level 22: Support Summon Flame Spirit with Servant Damage.
Level 28: Replace Servant Damage with Elemental Fusion.
Level 32: Complete the second Hero Trial and allocate; Struggle Free.
Level 38: Purchase and equip; Elemental Amplification and Charged Flames. Purchase Seal Conversion and Support Rejuvenation with it.
Level 50: Complete the 3rd Hero Trial and allocate; We Shall Protect You.
Level 55: Support Summon Flame Spirit with Spell Concentration. At this point you have access to every skill in the game, continue to follow the embed shown as you gain more Energy. If you don't have enough mana to use all of your Auras get Divinity Slates with -Sealed Mana modifiers.

To learn more check out the Skills and Passives Guide.

Talents

Iris Leveling Guide Talent Tree
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God of Machines

This is your core Talent Tree where you put your first 20 points before moving onto Alchemist. Return here later to allocate additional points.

Alchemist

Allocate 25 points in Alchemist. Source lets you use more Auras by reducing Sealed Mana for Spirit Magi Skills. Later return here and allocate 36 points to get Talons of Abyss which increases damage and Cooldown Recovery Speed of Spirit Magi for every stack of Growth they have.

Steel Vanguard

Finally, allocate 36 points in Steel Vanguard. Many Minor and Major talents in this Talent Tree reduce Sealed Mana which is required to fit all of your Auras. Then their effectiveness is increased thanks to Reflection. Knowledgeable increases the effectiveness of all Empower Skills including Iris's Trait Skill!

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

Iris Leveling Guide Hero Traits, Relics & Memories

Level 32: Struggle Free reduces Sealed Mana for Spirit Magus Skills which allows you to use more Auras. On top of that it increases the maximum amount of Nourishment stacks by 2 which further increases the damage of your Spirit Magi.

Level 62: Socialite increases Maximum Spirit Magus Quantity by 1 which allows you to summon a total amount of 3 Spirit Magi. As a small penalty it increases the chance that Spirit Magus is going to lose a stack of Nourishment when it uses a Skill by 10%

Level 80: Grow With It makes scaling Spirit Magi with Skill Levels even more powerful by reducing the chance that they lose a stack of Nourishment when they use a Skill, by 3% per +1 Skill Level above base Skill level up to 42%. On top of that it grants Spirit Magi 3% chance per stack of Nourishment to deal 100% additional damage with -50% Attack and Cast speed penalty. Because slower cast speed reduces how often Spirit Magi lose a Nourishment stacks this "penalty" often acts as a bonus.

Relics and Memories

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

Hero RelicHero Memories
% of your Empower Skill bonus also applies to Spirit Magi+ Max Nourishment stacks
Triggers Dazzling Bloom if there is an Elite nearbyIncreased chance for Spirit Magi to use an Enhanced Skill
Additional Growth per stack of Nourishment a Spirit Magus has% Spirit Magus Skill Area
% Empower Skill Effect% Empower Skill Effect

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

Pacts

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 non-Legendary gear you come across. It costs very low amounts of Flame Dust and Flame Sand to lock 1-2 good affixes in place and reroll up to 4-5 new modifiers.
  • If you don't have enough mana to use all of your Auras get Divinity Slates with -Sealed Mana modifiers.

Transitioning to Endgame

Weapon

  • Search Beacons or the Trade House for items with any of the following modifier on Wands, Staffs or Two-Handed Hammers
    • Fire/Spell/Minion Skill Level
    • Minion Damage
    • Minion Critical Strike Damage
    • Minion Critical Strike Chance
    • Chance for Minions to Deal Double Damage
    • Cooldown Recovery Speed
    • Aura Effect
    • Spirit Magi's Enhanced Skills +% additional damage
  • Craft the items using prototype crafting until you have at least 1 Fire, Spell or Minion Skill Level modifier and any combination of other modifiers listed above.
  • Enchant the item to finish it.

Remaining Gear

Focus on crafting the remainder of your Armor and Jewelry with the following goals in mind;

  • Cap all of your Resistances at the 75% maximum.
  • Have a healthy Life pool.
  • Increase Minion Damage.
  • Increase Skill Level of Spirit Magi.
  • Increase the amount of Growth your Spirit Magi have.
  • Increase Aura Effectiveness.
  • Reduce Sealed Mana.

Legendary Items

Leveling

  • Scorching Words Provides +1 to Fire Skill Gems.
  • Alternatively, Interlocking Soul provides a good amount of Minion damage at the cost of draining your Life any time you use a Summon Skill.
  • Oversight Provides +2 to all Spell Skill Gems
  • Wear Horn Ring to increase the damage of your Minions as well as Critical Strike Damage when you use anEmpower Skill.

Endgame

  • Winter of Origin Provides 3-4 stacks of Focus Blessing and changes its effect to +6% additional Minion Damage.
  • Gloves of the Mage's Assistant Lets you Leap Attack extremely fast while using Staff or Two-Handed Hammer by overwriting your base attacks speed to 3-4 while you have Focus Blessing.
  • Friend Nemesis Increases Spirit Magi Skill damage and provides an additional 50 Growth.

Continue the Journey

Congratulations on completing the Iris leveling guide! To continue your Endgame journey check the Hero Rankings to see what other Hunters are playing.

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Credits

Written by: Zen_M
Reviewed by: Tenkiei

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