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Starter Nightmare Pistols/Shotgun

Build created by Chaosetor
Posted by Chaosetor on May 17, 2015
Last updated by Vikestart on October 12, 2015
  • Abilities
  • Gear
  • Rotation
  • Auxiliary
  • Effectiveness
TypeDungeon DPS Build
AP Cost641
AP CostQL 10 Rare
  • AbilityThe Business
  • AbilityShootout
  • AbilityOut for a Kill
  • AbilityLock, Stock & Barrel
  • AbilityDeadly Aim
  • AbilityBreaching Shot
  • AbilityBombardment
  • AbilityIron Maiden
  • AbilityDark Potency
  • AbilityBrawler
  • AbilityBloodsport
  • AbilityElemental Force
  • AbilitySalt in the Wound
  • AbilityGross Anatomy
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Suggested Rotation
Suggested Auxiliary Abilities
Ability Ability Very handy for numerous fights in Nightmare dungeons and should therefore be a priority.
Ability Ability Great for AoE damage and easy to use, can be combined with an augor or a binding signet.
Ability Ability Can be very hard to aim, but does great damage if combined with an imprint signet.
Gear Stats
2500+Attack Rating
400+Hit Rating
You should have 650 Hit Rating in .4 this should be your top priority once you reach 600 Penetration. You can glyph one minor talisman with Crit Rating once you have about 8-900 Penetration without it. You should have Crit Rating on your shotgun and Crit Power on your pistols.
Head:Signet of Laceration
Majors:Signet of Violence
Minors:Signet of Liquidation
Pistols:Signet of Abuse
Shotgun:Signet of Aggression

The Polaris

Hell Raised

The Darkness War

Hell Fallen

The Ankh

The Facility

Hell Eternal

The Slaughterhouse

The Penthouse

The Manufactory

Manufactory Breached



New York

Agartha Defiled



El Dorado







This is a very versatile build aimed at players who are new to Nightmare dungeons. The rotation is fairly simple as you spam the business to build resources, use out for a kill whenever you can and time shootout with elemental force. Keep in mind that this is a build designed for those who are not in .4.4 gear yet. Once you have the stats for it you will be better off using a full proc build such as this one.

This build can be used, and will perform well even though your penetrating rating is below the recommended amount.

This build should NOT be used in the New York Raid.

Situational ABilities


Use this as your elite when you need to cleanse your group, or purge something. Can be handy versus several bosses in the 18s


Use this when youhave to cleanse yourself or your group, also very handy in the 18s.


As you are not likely to have the penetration rating to use perjury in the beginning, using collaboration as a secondary builder will allow you to cleanse yourself every 5 seconds.

Bond, Strong Bond

Replace shootout for even more cleansing, combine with win-win, collaboration or cleanup for fights where you need to cleanse multiple determinal effects.


Can be used to cleanse yourself, however, if you have low penetration rating (less than 800) you should look into the active options instead until you get your pen rating up.

How it works

The rotation is very simple:

  • The Business x5
  • Auxiliary Weapon Attack/The Business
  • Out for a Kill
  • Shootout (Elemental Force)
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