Stealthy Arcane Psyshot
I really enjoy playing the Stealth Bomber build, but I could not make it work in Madness, as I could not deal damage fast enough. OK, so what can deal damage fast enough? Magical Combat is always a good choice, but melee weapons do not mesh well with stealth. So, how do I combine the two? Psyshot is the answer.
Here is my insane winner:Akira
Unfortunately, I am not sure that I can beat madness with this build, but my character has made it to level 30:Maddy II
If you want to pummel monsters with magical procs, this is the build for you.Initial Talents
Cunning / Stealth
Steamtech / Psytech gunnery
Spell / Temporal
Technique / Magical combat
Chronomancy / Flux
Celestial / Light
Psionic / Finer energy manipulationsBuy
Technique / Combat training
Buy the Shoot talent.Level 10
Technique / BloodthirstLevel 36
Unlock TinkeringWyrm Bile
Steamtech / FurnaceHow to Play the Build at Various Stages1: Until Level 12
Forget about using stealth. It will drop before your first shot hits. Wield a steamgun in your psionic focus slot and in your main hand. Wield a mindstar in your off hand. Equip some shots. I recommend buying the best you can find from the Zigur or in Last Hope. Something with the sentry ego (increases the ammo capacity) or that provides auto-loading is a really good idea. You will go through ammo twice as fast as Psyshot, so you need all the ammo you can find.
Equip a movement infusion or a rune of teleportation. Running away is very important.2: Once you Have Unseen Actions (Level 12)
Keep stealth equipped as much as possible. Try to save some thief escorts so that you can increase your infravision range. A wand of clairvoyance will be very handy.
You can now hurt monsters very badly and very quickly. Start increasing Reshape Weapon/Armour and Resonant Focus to increase your damage.3: Unstoppable (Level 22)
Unstoppable is your insurance policy. If you are cornered in some place where you cannot run away (e.g. random encounter or some of the prides), this will help you for up to seven turns. The good news is that you will be healed for every mob you kill during this time. Plan to run away when the clock runs out if you cannot kill enough of your enemies.Essential EquipmentItems
The best guns you can find or build. Randarts from the Merchant are a fantastic idea.
Shots with the sentry ego.
Creative and sand egos on your mindstars.
Items that have procs. You will be hitting a lot, so it makes sense to stack the debuffs.Inscriptions
Start with 2 wilds, a steam generator and teleportation or movement.
Switch to injectors once you are proficient at Tinkering.
I ditched the teleportation for heroism on the insane run and used a torque of psychoportation for High Peak.