Grim Dawn Mastery & Build Guide

Grim Dawn Mastery and Grim Dawn Build complete guide will help you dispel the encroaching darkness with ease.

Grim Dawn is one of the most popular in action RPG games. The game is a thematically dark fictional world loosely based on the Victorian era. In this game, you can select from several different classes, known as Masteries. These Masteries are basically the ones that represent the world of Grim Dawn. The game has a wide variety of ways to dispel the encroaching darkness. With dozens of class combinations through the game’s Mastery system and multiple builds for each combo

In our today’s article, we have compiled a list of lost of few Grim Dawn Builds and mastery. This will help you create your own customized play style. These builds will be the best choice for beginners while seasoned players can also refer to them to get a better understanding.

Grim Dawn Mastery And Build Guide

We have also given a class combination chart above for you guys to get a better understanding of the same.

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Grim Dawn Build and Mastery Guide

Without future ado, let’s check out some of the best Masteries in the game.

Grim Dawn – Arcanist

The Arcanist is similar to a  “mage-like” character in Grim Dawn. They believe that the manifestation of magic is not some unexplainable mystery or the will of the gods, but a science.  Arcanists can take advantage of Fire, Cold, Lightning, and Aether elemental damage. And with the right choice, you will be able to take Chaos damage. Certain skills will require a caster off-hand to equip. They tend to stay at a distance during the battle and are best to be paired with a one-handed gun.

Grim Dawn Mastery And Build Guide

Grim Dawn Spellbreaker (Arcanist/Nightblade) Build – Frozen III: Grim Song

Summary: Cold Damage Bulky Caster

  1. This spellcasting build takes advantage of Cold damage while relying wholly on Olexra’s Flash Freeze, Blade Spirit, and Trozan’s Sky Shard to do most of the work.
  2. Boost your cold damage and cooldown reduction and help you in getting higher resistance against difficulties
  3. TSS has a pretty good range it is best to drop it off on enemies.
  4. Maiven’s Sphere of Protection and Pneumatic Burst will make you quite durable for a caster.
  5. For cold damage, you can also use Tsunami and try building Amatok the Spirit of Winter.
  6. Make sure to put your stats into the Spirit (around 24) and rest into your Physique. 


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Olrexa’s Flash Freeze 12/12 > Absolute Zero 12/12
  • Mirror of Ereoctes 1/12
  • Trozan’s Sky Shard 16/16 > Frozen Core 12/12
  • Maiven’s Sphere of Protection 12/12
  • Arcane Will 10/10
  • Nullification 1/10
  • Star Pact 12/12


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Pneumatic Burst 12/12
  • Blade Barrier 5/12
  • Elemental Awakening 12/12
  • Merciless Repertoire 12/12
  • Blade Spirit 16/16

Free Points: 3

Grim Dawn – Demolitionist

Pyrotechnic masters of the imperial army; Demolitionists are part engineer; part sorcerer. They are the king of Fire damage. With a barrage of explosives, traps, and munitions they can beat even the strongest of enemies. Their balanced growth and lack of weapon dependency will open the build for either melee or ranged combat.. They also provide a pretty damn good utility with skills like Flashbang.

Grim Dawn Mastery And Build Guide

Grim Dawn Commando (Demolitionist/Soldier) Build – Hot Drinks

Summary: Fire/Physical Melee Bruiser

  1. Two-handed weapons will be the best choice to get the best results.
  2. This build will end up using all of your Mastery Points.
  3. You can drop Menhir’s Will to upgrade Flashbang or Stun Jacks instead and wait until you have acquired a specific weapon.
  4. Increase your Fire and Burn damage along with resistance.
  5. Make use of Flashbangs/Stun Jacks whenever needed.
  6. Try acquiring an Infernal Brimstone, a unique two-handed mace that grants Rain of Fire on critical hits and boosts all of your Demolitionist skills.
  7. Put most of your points to Physique, but 20 or so level-ups into Cunning which will let you get reliable critical hits.
  8. Also, Spirit will be needed to get some jewelry as well.
  9. Devotions that boost Fire damage will help, Make sure to check out the Kraken and Ulzuin’s Torch.


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Fire Strike 12/12 > Explosive Strike 12/12 > Searing Might 3/3 > Static Strike 12/12 > Brimstone 12/12
  • Stun Jacks 1/12
  • Flashbang 1/12
  • Flame Touched 12/12
  • Vindictive Flame 16/16
  • Blast Shield 12/12


  • Mastery 32/50
  • Markovian’s Advantage 12/12
  • Fighting Spirit 12/12
  • Menhir’s Will 14/16
  • Military Conditioning 10/10
  • Blitz 1/16
  • Field Command 12/12 > Squad Tactics 12/12

Free Points: 0

Grim Dawn – Nightblade

Nightblades were clandestine warriors that sold their services to the great houses of the empire. They excel in all kinds of martial weapons and are feared for their deadly blade magic. They have a  variety of illusory blades and prefer surgical strikes to prolonged fights. They specialize in Physical, Cold, or Poison damage depending on their setup. Typically Nightblades make use of a two one-handed weapon that moves as if it’s dancing in combat.

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Grim Dawn Blademaster (Nightblade/Soldier) Build – Blender White Noise 10 Hours

Summary: Quick, Lethal Piercing/Bleeding Attacker

  1. Adding attributes to two weapons will give you a bit of flexibility
  2.  You’ll want to enhance Piercing/Bleeding damage and increase your resistances for higher difficulties.
  3. Consider putting points in Phantasmal Armor, or into Deadly Momentum in the Soldier tree.
  4. Your other actives and passives will make you the Magic Bullet of Grim Dawn builds.
  5. Put more points into Physique balance it out on Cunning as well to wield top-tier one-handed weapons.
  6. Spirits will help you equip trinkets so do spare some on it.
  7. Invest in constellations such as The Assassin’s Blade and Blade of Nadaan


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Dual Blades 16/16 > Belgothian’s Shears 8/8 > Amarasta’s Quick Cut > 8/8 > Whirling Death 8/8 > Execution 8/8
  • Shadow Strike 1/16
  • Phantasmal Armor 1/12
  • Ring of Steel 16/16 > Circle of Slaughter 12/12
  • Blade Barrier 12/12
  • Blade Spirit 16/16


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Cadence 1/16
  • Field Command 12/12 > Squad Tactics 12/12
  • Oleron’s Rage 12/12

Free Points: 5

Grim Dawn – Occultist

Occultist’s craft focuses heavily on summoning and borrowed powers granted by the three witch gods Bysmiel, Solael, and Dreeg. They specialize in inflicting curses and spells that inflict damage with poison, acid, and entropic energy. These builds will be focusing on dealing damage to your enemies. While it is doing so you will have to ensure your safety and keep summoning pets and fighting.

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Grim Dawn Pyromancer (Occultist/Demolitionist) Build – Witch Time

Summary: Chaos/Vitality damage rifleman with a Hellhound to help

  1. Enchant your bullets with Chaos and Vitality damage.
  2. Use a two-handed ranged weapon and play like any ranged character.
  3.  Boost your Chaos damage and cover weaknesses, as normal.
  4. With points that are left, you can ake Stun Jacks or Flashbang.
  5. Drop points into Cunning and then Physique. Spirt is not a concern but does keep an eye on Solael’s Witchblade and Dying God.


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Solael’s Witchfire 12/12 > Consecrated Blades 3/3 > Second Rite 12/12
  • Sigil of Consumption 1/12 > Destruction 12/12
  • Summon Hellhound 16/16 > Hellfire 12/12 > Infernal Breath 12/12
  • Doom Bolt 12/12
  • Possession 12/12


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Fire Strike 1/12 > Searing MIght 3/3 > Brimstone 12/12
  • Thermite Mine 1/16 > Hellfire Mine 12/12
  • Blast Shield 12/12

Free Points: 3

Grim Dawn – Shaman

Shamans were the spiritual leaders and guardians of their people. Shamans are capable of wielding the terrible forces of nature against their foes or even calling upon savage beasts to come to their aid. They’re also combatants capable of making good use of two-handed weapons. And usually specialize in Lightning damage.

Grim Dawn Mastery And Build Guide

Grim Dawn Warder (Shaman/Soldier) Build – Mjolnir

Summary: Lightning Melee Crit-Bruiser

  1. Seek out Lightning damage and two-handed weapons.
  2. Supplement your defenses with resistance boosters from monsters.
  3. You can spend leftover points on Menhir’s Will or another Soldier passive.
  4. Keep in mind thatMogdrogen’s Pact and Heart of the Wild improve the Health and Energy regeneration and boost Physical damage of allies in the area.
  5. Invest in cunning and Spirit to boast the Lightning damage also invest in Physic to get past melee.
  6. Also get  Kraken, Tempest, and Spear of the heavens with your Devotion Points.


  • Mystery 50/50
  • Brute Force 12/12 > Upheaval 10/10
  • Savagery 16/16 > Might of the Bear 3/3 > Tenacity of the Boar 12/12 > Storm Touched 12/12
  • Mogdrogen’s Pact 12/12 > Heart of the Wild 10/10
  • Stormcaller’s Pact 12/12


  • Mastery 32/50
  • Markovian’s Advantage 12/12
  • Fighting Spirit 12/12
  • Menhir’s Will 5/12
  • Military Conditioning 10/10
  • Field Command 12/12 > Squad Tactics 12/12

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Grim Dawn – Soldier

Soldiers prefer the use of close combat weaponry, such as a sword and shield, but can also prove formidable with firearms. They are not flashy but do make up for practicality. Soldiers can be used as a subclass for their strong passives and bonuses as well as a tank or heavy melee hitter, and a firearm build depending on the build you wanna make.

Grim Dawn Witchblade (Soldier/Occultist) Build – The Tick

Summary: Self-sustaining Vitality Sword-and-Board Tank

  1. Steal health from enemies and use it to fill your own health bar.
  2. Cover resistances on higher difficulty levels, especially as a tank.
  3. Fills its stats with the Occultist Mystery, Menhir’s Will for emergency healing, or Shield Training to make shields better.
  4. You can also put more into Vitality and Vitality Decay damage to go wild.
  5. Most of your points will go in Physique, with a bit of Cunning and Spirit.
  6. For constellations, go for the Bat, Wendigo, and Rattosh, the Veilwarden.


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Markovian’s Advantage 12/12
  • Cadence 1/16
  • Fighting Spirit 12/12
  • Military Conditioning 10/10
  • Blitz 1/16
  • Field Command 12/12 > Squad Tactics 12/12
  • Menhir’s Bulwark 12/12


  • Mastery 32/50
  • Solael’s Witchfire 12/12 > Second Rite 12/12
  • Bloody Pox 12/12 > Wasting 12/12
  • Blood of Dreeg 16/16 > Aspect of the Guardian 12/12

Free Points: 18

Grim Dawn – Inquisitor

Inquisitors gathered countless relics of unimaginable power. They excel with ranged weapons, Inquisitors are armed with an arsenal of relics and arcane runes that allow them to be more than capable in close-quarters combat. Many specialize in ranged combat while ire, Cold, Lightning, and Piercing damage are all at their fingertips.

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Grim Dawn Purifier (Inquisitor/Demolitionist) Build – Tricolore

Summary: Multi-elemental Dual-Pistol Striker

  1.  Keep your distance and use skills like Flashbang to keep enemies back.
  2. Do not neglect resistance while boasting Fire, Cold, and Lightning (Elemental) damage.
  3. With 9 extra Mastery Points, you can add to and upgrade a few different components of the build.
  4. You can take Vigor to get some resistance or maybe improve your Flashband.
  5. Cunning and Physique will be important to be but your points into.
  6. Rhowan’s Crown and Attak Seru, the Mirage will give you elemental damage bonuses.


  • Mastery 40/50
  • Ranged Expertise 10/10
  • Bursting Round 10/10
  • Word of Renewal 12/12
  • Deadly Aim 12/12
  • Chilling Rounds 10/10
  • Steel Resolve 10/10
  • Storm Spread 10/10


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Fire Strike 12/12 > Explosive Strike 12/12 > Static Strike 12/12 > Brimstone 12/12
  • Stun Jacks 1/12
  • Flashbang 1/12 > Searing Light 1/10
  • Flame Touched 12/12
  • Blast Shield 12/12

Free Points: 9

Grim Dawn – Necromancer

The Necromancers of Cairn seek balance through research and mastery over the ultimate fate that awaits all mortals: death. Necromancers make heavy use of conjuring forth skeletal minions and sapping the very vitality from their unwary foes. They can also elect to skip pets entirely and instead focus on necrotic spells to deal Vitality and Aether damage with some Cold and Poison added.

Grim Dawn Mastery And Build Guide

Grim Dawn Cabalist (Necromancer/Occultist) Build – Too Many Cooks

Summary: Wow, lots of pets

  1. Mix and match with Shaman totems for an alternative. Focus on your own survival, letting the minions do the heavy lifting.
  2. 7 Mastery Points can improve any of your various pets, especially on the Occultist side.
  3. level up Will of the Crypt to further enhance your skeletons.
  4. Adding another active skill to your repertoire is also a good choice.
  5. Focus your pints on Physique and some into Spirit will let you equip better items as well.
  6. Make use of whatever makes your pets stronger.
  7.  Dying God or Mogdrogen the Wolf is the perfect choice for you.


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Raise Skeletons 16/16 > Undead Legion 12/12 > Will of the Crypt 1/12
  • Bone Harvest 1/16 > Soul Harvest 12/12
  • Summon Blight Fiend 16/16
  • Reap Spirit 16/16
  • Master of Death 12/12


  • Mastery 50/50
  • Summon Familiar 16/16
  • Summon Hellhound 16/16
  • Bonds of Bysmiel 1/12
  • Manipulation 12/12

Free Points: 7

Grim Dawn – Oathkeeper

All Oathkeepers have two things in common: unflinching loyalty and zealous fury. They were added in the Forgotten God’s expansion for Grim Dwan. Physical and Fire or Acid/Vitality damage depends on their beliefs.

Grim Dawn Mastery And Build Guide

Grim Dawn Archon (Oathkeeper/Shaman) Build – I Need Six Human Teeth

Summary: Two-handed bruiser with two attack options

  1. Retribution gear helps in increasing the effect of Retaliation.
  2. Shuffle your points around to increase your defenses with Mogdrogen’s Pact or Heart of the Wild.
  3. Add to Righteous Fervor/Retribution and Savagery/Storm Touched for more damage
  4. Max the Mastery and pick up the appropriate Exclusive Skill with your remaining points.
  5. Make sure that your weapons are two-handed and put points into Physique, but look at Cunning and Spirit.
  6. Cunning is more important if you’re working with a Lightning build. If building with Fire, look at the Commando’s Devotions
  7. Kraken is a must-pick for your two-handed build.


  • Mastery 50/50 (Fire build) OR 32/50 (Lightning build)
  • Righteous Fervor 16/16 OR 1/16 > Consecration 12/12 > Retribution 12/12
  • Smite 10/10
  • Presence of Virtue 12/12 > Rebuke 10/10
  • Resilience 12/12
  • Divine Mandate 10/12 OR 0/12


  • Mastery 32/50 (Fire build) OR 50/50 (Lightning build)
  • Brute Force 12/12 > Upheaval 10/10
  • Savagery 1/16 OR 16/16 > Might of the Bear 3/3 > Tenacity of the Boar 12/12 > Storm Touched 12/12
  • Mogdrogen’s Pact 5/12 > Heart of the Wild 5/10
  • Stormcaller’s Pact 0/12 OR 1/12

Free Points: 0

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