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Pillars of Eternity Story Companions Builds

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Hello all, I am a lazy soul who hates to skim through videos to just get two bits of information, so I’m taking the time to write down the information found in the Nerd Commando Game Studios videos (Part 1 here, and Part 2 here). I make ZERO claims this is my original work, all I’m doing is writing the information down, because I’m a reader not a visual learner.

Note: the recommendations are a mix of personal opinion and what Nerd Commando recommends. The beauty of this game is you can mix and match tons of talents a builds, so nothing is set in stone ever. Have fun experimenting too!

Pillars of Eternity Story Companions Builds

Aloth Ranged Build

Aloth Ranged build

Recommended AI setting: Crowd Control
Recommended weapons: Rod, scepter, wand & mandatory spell book
Recommended armor: light/medium

  • Level 2- Chill Fog, Blast
  • Level 3- Bewildering Spectacle, Curse of Blackened sight
  • Level 4- Miasma of the Dull-Mindness, Arcane Veil
  • Level 5- Kalakoth’s Minor Blights, Deleterious Alacrity of Motion
  • Level 6- Llengrath’s Displaced Image, Penetrating Blast
  • Level 7- Confusion, Essential Phantom
  • Level 8- Maura’s Writhing Tentacles, Marksman
  • Level 9- Ryngrim’s Enervating Terror, Arkemyr’s Wonderous Torment, Minoletta’s Minor Missiles
  • Level 10- Malignant Cloud, Wound binding
  • Level 11- Citzal’s Martial Power, Gaze of the Adragan, Infuse with Vital Essence
  • Level 12- Arcane Reflection, Dangerous Implement
  • Level 13- Substantial Phantom, Wall of Draining, Deleterious Alacrity of Motion
  • Level 14- (Doesn’t really matter but picked Tayn’s Chaotic Orb), Hardened Veil
  • Level 15- Wall of Many Colors, Caedebald’s Blackbow, Paralyzing fireball if available or Confusion
  • Level 16- Kalakoth’s Freezing Rake, for wands pick Weapon Focus Adventurer and for the warbow pick Spirit of Decay

Eder the Tank build

Eder Tank build

Recommended AI setting: Hold Ground
Recommended weapons: I like a sabre and shield personally
Recommended armor: HEAVY.

  • Level 2- Weapon and Shield
  • Level 3- Defender
  • Level 4- Wary Defender
  • Level 5- Vigorous Defense
  • Level 6- Hold the Line
  • Level 7- Overbearing Guard
  • Level 8- Superior Deflection
  • Level 9- Weapons Specialization (pick whichever one you outfit your Eder with weapons wise)
  • Level 10- Weapon Mastery of whatever was picked above
  • Level 11- Take the Hit
  • Level 12- Wound Binding
  • Level 13- Unbroken
  • Level 14- Weapon Focus (of your choosing)
  • Level 15- Triggered Immunity
  • Level 16- Apprentice’s Sneak Attack

Durance “The Plan B” build

Durance “The Plan B” kinda sorta off tanky build

Recommended AI setting: Tbh I’ve found they all kinda sorta stink, so… Aggressive is the best bet I’d imagine, then maybe support.
Recommended weapon: Sword and shield, due to inspired flame
Recommended armor: Medium/Heavy

  • Level 2- Weapon and Shield Style
  • Level 4- Cautious Attack
  • Level 6- Superior Deflection
  • Level 8- Inspired Flame
  • Level 9- Prayer Against Fear
  • Level 10- Scion of Flame
  • Level 11- Prayer against Infirmity
  • Level 12- Heart of the Storm
  • Level 13- Dire Blessing
  • Level 14- Bonus 4th Level spell
  • Level 15- Prayer against Bewilderment or Devotion for the Faithful
  • Level 16- Bonus 3rd level Spell

Kana the Bow Shooter build

Kana Shooter build

Recommended AI: Summoner
Recommended weapon: War bow
Recommended armor: medium/light

  • Level 2- But Reny Daret’s Ghost, Ancient Mastery
  • Level 3- Come, Come Soft Winds of Death
  • Level 4- White Worms Writhed, Beloved Spirits
  • Level 5- Sure-Handed Ila Nocked Her Arrows with Speed
  • Level 6- At the Sound of His Voice the Killers Froze Stiff, Marksman
  • Level 7- Dull the Edge Blunt the Point
  • Level 8- Rejoice My Commrades!, Apprentice Sneak Attack
  • Level 9- The Dragon Thrashed
  • Level 10- Oh, but Knock Not on the Door, Weapon Focus Adventurer
  • Level 11- Whatever the last first level spell is
  • Level 12- Seven Nights She waited, Secrets of Rime
  • Level 13- Aefyllath Ues Mith Fyr
  • Level 14- Their Champion Braved the Horde Alone, Interrupting Blows
  • Level 15- Whichever 5th level phrase you want
  • Level 16- The Bride Caught their Rose, Outlander’s Frenzy

Sagani Build

Sagani build
Recommended AI: Aggressive
Recommended weapon: War bow
Recommended armor: medium

  • Level 2- Resilient Companion
  • Level 3- Predator’s Sense
  • Level 4- Vicious Companion
  • Level 5- Vicious Aim/Driving Flight
  • Level 6- Weapon Focus Adventurer
  • Level 7- Stalker’s Link
  • Level 8- Marksman
  • Level 9- Binding Roots
  • Level 10- Merciless Companion
  • Level 11- Stunning Shots
  • Level 12- Apprentice’s Sneak Attack
  • Level 13- Twinned Arrows
  • Level 14- Outlander’s Frenzy
  • Level 15- Defensive Bond
  • Level 16- Strengthened Bond

Pallegina Off-tank Build

Pallegina Off-tank build
Recommended AI: before respec Aggressive, but after support
Recommended Weapon: video suggests a weapon and shield, however I like two handed swords on her, so to each their own
Recommended armor: Heavy

  • Level 2- Vielo Vidorio
  • Level 3- Zealous Focus
  • Level 4- Weapon and Shield Style
  • Level 5- Sworn Enemy (later respec to Lay of Hands)
  • Level 6- Wrath of Five Suns (later choose greater lay of hands)
  • Level 7- Reviving Exhortation
  • Level 8- Superior Deflection
  • Level 9- Hastening Exhortation
  • Level 10- Critical Focus
  • Level 11- Reinforcing Exhortation
  • Level 12- Deep Faith
  • Level 13- Scared Immolation
  • Level 14- Scion of Flame
  • Level 15- Coordinated Attacks
  • Level 16- Weapon Focus (whatever you have equipped)

Hiravias Shapeshifter build

Hiravias Shapeshifter build
Recommended AI: Shapeshifter
Recommended weapon: Shapeshifter means use those claws, unarmed 🙂
Recommended armor: Medium/Heavy (not sure on that last one tbh)

  • Level 2- Wildstrike Shock
  • Level 4- Heart of the Storm
  • Level 6- Greater Wildstrike Shock
  • Level 8- Apprentice’s Sneak Attack
  • Level 9- Nature’s Mark/Nature’s Vigor/Tanglefoot
  • Level 10- Savage Attack
  • Level 11- Hold Beasts
  • Level 12- Weapon Focus Peasant
  • Level 13- Purge of Toxins
  • Level 14- Two Weapon Style
  • Level 15- Wicked Briars
  • Level 16- Beast Slayer/Fast Runner

Grieving Mother rapier/siletto/hearths harvest build

Grieving Mother build
Recommended AI: Defensive or Damage, though I don’t imagine crowd control would be bad either.
Recommended weapons: Rapiers, silettos, the hatchet Hearths Harvest & shield
Recommended armor: light/medium

  • Level 2- Antipathetic Field, Weapon and Shield style
  • Level 3- Mental Binding, Psychovampiric Shield
  • Level 4- Amplified Trust, Biting Whip
  • Level 5- Ectopsychic Echo, Puppet Master
  • Level 6- Recall Agony, Draining Whip
  • Level 7- Body Attunement, Going Between
  • Level 8- Phantom Foes, Weapon Focus (Noble, or whatever you use)
  • Level 9- Tactical Meld, Secret Horrors
  • Level 10- Ringleader, Vulnerable attack
  • Level 11- Amplified Wave, Disintegration
  • Level 12- Mind Plague, Apprentice’s Sneak Attack
  • Level 13- Time Parasite, Stasis Shell
  • Level 14- Borrowed Instinct, Bloody Slaughter
  • Level 15- Defensive Mindweb, Reaping Knives
  • Level 16- Detonate, Superior Deflection

[WM] Devil of Caroc dual wield build

Devil of Caroc dual wield build

Recommended AI: Cautious, she’s not a super tank, gotta be sort of gentle
Recommended weapons: dual wielding fast weapons (silettos, rapiers, daggers)
Recommended armor: Cannot remove her default armor, but you can enchant it some at least…

  • Level 2- Two Weapon Style
  • Level 3- Reckless Assault
  • Level 4- Vulnerable Attack
  • Level 5- Finishing Blow
  • Level 6- Devastating Blow
  • Level 7- Dirty Fighting
  • Level 8- Vicious Fighting
  • Level 9- Persistent Distraction
  • Level 10- Weapon Focus (whatever you have on her)
  • Level 11- Deathblows
  • Level 12- Deflecting Assault
  • Level 13- Sap
  • Level 14- Weapon Focus (whatever the second weapon on her)
  • Level 15- Coordinated Positioning
  • Level 16- Shadowing Beyond

[WM] Maneha Tanky DPS Build

Maneha Tanky DPS build

Recommended AI: Either one!
Recommended Weapon: Whatever one handed weapon you’d like and a shield
Recommended armor: Medium/Heavy

  • Level 2- Weapon and Shield Style
  • Level 3- Savage Defiance
  • Level 4- Vulnerable Attack
  • Level 5- Bloodlust
  • Level 6- Accurate Carnage
  • Level 7- Frenzy
  • Level 8- Superior Deflection
  • Level 9- Barbaric Shout/Thick-skinned
  • Level 10-Apprentice’s Sneak Attack
  • Level 11- One Stands Alone
  • Level 12- Weapon Focus (Ruffian, or whatever you have on)
  • Level 13- Barbaric Retaliation
  • Level 14- One-Handed Style
  • Level 15- Dragon Leap/Echoing Shout
  • Level 16- Stalwart Defiance

[WM] Zahua Unarmed build

Zahua unarmed build

Recommended AI: N/A
Recommended weapons: Unarmed
Recommended Armor: Medium

  • Level 2- Lesser Wounds
  • Level 3- Turning Wheel
  • Level 4- Two Weapon Style
  • Level 5- Swift Strikes
  • Level 6- Lightning Strikes
  • Level 7- Duality of Mortal Presence
  • Level 8- Apprentice’s Sneak Attack
  • Level 9- Crucible of Suffering
  • Level 10- Savage Attack
  • Level 11- Iron Wheel
  • Level 12- Weapon Focus Peasant
  • Level 13- Long Stride
  • Level 14- Beast Slayer
  • Level 15- Resonant Touch
  • Level 16- Sanctifier

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