Mayhem Berserker Raid Guide

Introduction

Berserkers have two viable raid builds that center around either Mayhem or Berserker's Technique. This article focuses on the former, the Mayhem Berserker.

Mayhem Berserkers enjoy not having to build Fury Meter (Identity Gauge) to enter Burst Mode over Berserker's Technique Berserkers. In fact they can enter and exit the mode whenever they want! While they lose the +20% Crit Rate in the mode, they enjoy a flat Attack and Movement Speed increase of 15% and a 65% Damage Reduction with nearly 100% uptime.

Mayhem Berserkers have other benefits as two of Berserker's Skill Tree benefit from their naturally low health state. Deadly Blow for Hell Blade and Flame Storm for Sword Storm come to mind. Combined with Red Dust, Mayhem Berserker's skills hit hard.

As one might expect, these luxuries come with tradeoffs. The moment Mayhem Berserkers enter their Burst Mode they take a max HP penalty and can never go above 25% of their max HP. Shields applied are also only 25% effective. They cannot be healed for over 25% HP as well. Healing efficiency is also reduced while in this mode from all sources.

The HP penalty is not for everyone, and even gives some players anxiety. It is sometimes difficult to determine if a stray boss attack will kill you. For example, let's say normally your max HP is 100. You take 40 damage. You're left with 60 HP. With Mayhem and Burst Mode on, your max HP is now 25. You take 65% decreased damage, which means that same 40 damage skill would do 14 damage to you out of 25. You're now left with 11 HP. You've lost more than half your health in this situation, but it didn't kill you. It takes some getting used to.

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 50 before transitioning to it. Check out the Berserker Leveling and 1-50 Leveling guides to reach Level 50.

Check out the Berserker's Technique Berserker for an alternative Berserker playstyle. Check out the Guardian Raids and Abyssal Dungeons guides for an introduction to their content.

Decent Mobility ✔
High Burst Rotations ✔
Always in Burst Mode ✔
Good Counter, Stagger, Destruction ✔

❌ HP Anxiety
❌ Less Room For Error
❌ Long Skill Cast Times
❌ Class Engraving Required


Raid Skill Build

  • Chain Sword serves two purposes, first as a self-buff and second as a Counter skill. Both Vital Point Strike and Swift Attack Prep provide self-buffs for Crit Rate and Attack Speed.
  • Red Dust is an important skill that amplifies damage done to a target. Hitting Red Dust will grant 24% Attack Power for 6 seconds. Damage Amplification provides a 6% party buff when hitting the skill. 800-900 Swiftness with at least a lv6 cooldown gem can almost keep the debuff up permanently with just 1-2 seconds downtime.
  • Due to Mayhem, Hell Blade does even more damage due to Deadly Blow. It is one of your highest damage skills. You can also use it as a gap closer after dodging mechanics.
  • Strike Wave damage varies depending on the hit box for bosses. The skill deals damage in 4 successive strikes in a line extending outwards. Some bosses require certain positioning to get all 4 hits in. Other bosses, no matter what you do, can only be hit 3 times.
Use the Scroll Bar to see the minimum Skill Point allocation
  • Finish Strike offers high damage and high Stagger. The first row Skill Tree, Tenacity, offers Push Immunity, allowing you to ignore certain soft crowd control patterns.
  • Sword Storm is used by Mayhem Berserkers only because of their 3rd row Skill Tree, Flame Storm. This causes bonus damage when the user is below 50% health, which is always active. Quick Preparation is taken over Vital Point Strike to fit into the optimal damage rotation.
  • Tempest Slash is a decent damage and Stagger skill.
  • As you require no Fury Meter gain, Berserk Fury is used as an Awakening skill over Chain of Vengeance.

Alternatives

  • For players that don't like the slow wind-up on Chain Sword, you can replace Vital Point Strike with Nimble Movement.
  • Finish Strike's first Skill Tree can be switched to Enhanced Strike for increased damage. The issue is that without high agility and higher tier versions of Galewind, the skill can be annoying to cast and might not be fast enough to fit into your damage rotation.
  • Sword Storm can be equipped with the Crit Rate Skill Tree Vital Point Strike if you cannot optimally use your damage rotation or if you have a high enough Swiftness.

Skill Rotations

Short DPS/Stagger Check

  1. Red Dust
  2. Finish Strike.
  3. Tempest Slash.
  4. Sword Storm

DPS Rotation

  1. Red Dust.
  2. Hell Blade or Strike Wave.
  3. Finish Strike.
  4. Sword Storm.

Basic Combo

  1. Chain Sword.
  2. Dark Rush or Tempest Slash.

Gameplay

  1. Shoulder Charge can used as a gap closer or to dodge.
  2. Hell Blade can also be used as a gap closer after a mechanic dodge.
  3. When you know a bosses' Stagger mechanic is coming, save high Stagger skills like Finish Strike or Tempest Slash.
  4. Chain Sword can be used as a Counter Attack skill.
  5. Always be wary of how much health you have remaining.

Stats Priority

Mayhem Berserkers aim for Crit and Swiftness. While it's all preference, here are some potential stat spreads:

  • All-Around Build: Split 50/50 of Crit and Swiftness. Not much to say. This stat spread is one size fits all.
  • Critical Build: 800-900 Swiftness then get as much Crit as possible. This stat spread is more about high Crit Rate with a sprinkle of Swiftness. This helps compensate for the loss of the +20% Crit Rate from Burst Mode with Mayhem Berserker. The Swiftness helps give you Movement Speed to increase your damage when using Raid Captain. Near the end of Tier 3, your Crit will only get higher.

Engravings

Class Engravings provide powerful stat boosts that dictate the playstyle of a class. Battle Engravings are generally used to increase damage. Below are the recommended Engravings for this build. 

Check out the Engraving Guide for more details.

Starter Engravings

  • Mayhem is a core part of this build. You only need to reach the first level for this engraving as all levels provide a flat bonus of 15% Attack Speed, 15% Movement Speed, and 65% Damage Reduction. The only stat that changes is the increased damage at greater levels.
  • Master's Tenacity complements Mayhem Berserkers incredibly well as you are naturally going to have less than 50% HP. It is a damage engraving that has no downsides like Grudge or Cursed Doll.

Add-On Endgame Engravings

  • Keen Blunt Weapon* requires a high Crit stat to make use of its bonus. It should only be considered as your 5th or 6th engraving.
  • Raid Captain is a decent engraving if the player is running high Swiftness. At 140% movement speed, Raid Captain provides 18% increased damage output.
  • Master of Ambush is an alternative choice to Grudge without downsides, as most of Berserker's skills have Back Attack.

Advanced Engravings

Note: The Advanced Engravings are the Best in Slot setup for Tier 3 content. The penalties attached to these can be hard to overcome for new players. Only use the following engravings if you are experienced with the boss fight!

  • Grudge* is another common DPS engraving for most classes as it has no positional requirement. The increased damage penalty is somewhat offset by Mayhem, external heals, and shields. You should be dodging boss basic mechanics any way.
  • Increases Mass* increases Attack Power with a penalty of 10% reduced Attack Speed. The penalty can be offset by the Swift Attack Prep Skill Tree on Chain Sword.
  • Cursed Doll* offers a flat damage boost. which is good since it's a unconditional damage increase but with healing received penalty.

(*)These Engravings should only be used at Engravings Level 3.

Optimal Setups

Engravings are listed in order of priority from left to right.

Standard

Mayhem
Master's Tenacity
Grudge
Keen Blunt Weapon
Raid Captain
Ambush Master

Alternative

Mayhem
Master's Tenacity
Grudge
Keen Blunt Weapon
Raid Captain
Increases Mass

Gear Sets

Check out the Gear Set Guide for more details.

Notes :

  • If speedrunning your alts, you can skip Abyss Dungeon Gear up to 1370 gearscore by just honing Chaos Dungeon Gear.
  • If you're close to 1445 gearscore and were already doing Valtan/Vykas Normal Mode, you can skip crafting the Legendary Legion Raid Gears.
  • If you have already crafted Relic Gears, hold onto them because once you unlock the Gear Set Conversion feature, you will be able to freely swap between Relic Legion Raid Sets.

"Play at your own pace" Route

Tier 1

340 gearscore
Seraphic Oath Set


460 gearscore
Boisterous Elemental Set

Tier 2

840 gearscore
Marvelous Earth Set


960 gearscore
Unyielding Will Set

Early Tier 3

1302-1370 gearscore
Twisted Dimensional Set

Tier 3 Argos Set

1370 -1415 gearscore
Preordained Diligence Set
(For split 50-50 Crit and Swiftness build)

Harsh Oath Set
(For high Crit focus build)

Tier 3 Legion Raid Set

1415 - 1444 gearscore
Preordained Diligence Set Glove and Shoulder or Harsh Oath Set Glove and Shoulder
Demon Beast Strength 4 pc


1445+ gearscore
Nightmare Flower Set


Runes

Runes enhance skills by providing bonuses such as Attack Speed or Cooldown Reduction. Runes have limited availability and you cannot acquire them from the same source twice. For some runes there are 2 sources and as such, you can acquire two of the same rune. Therefore, it's important to place your Runes on skills wisely. Below are the recommend rune placements for Mayhem Berserker.

Check the Rune Guide for more details.

SkillsRunes
Finish StrikeGalewind
Overwhelm
Tempest SlashFocus
Overwhelm
Red DustBleed
Strike WaveGalewind
Hell BladeGalewind
Overwhelm
Sword StormGalewind
Overwhelm
Chain SwordPurify
Galewind
Rage
Quick Recharge
Shoulder ChargeQuick Recharge
Protection
  • Bleed works best on skills with low cooldown. For Berserkers though, we are putting it on Red Dust.
  • Galewind should be applied on almost all your damage skills when we get enough rarities of them in the future. Most of Berserker's skills have a long cast time.
  • Wealth is useless as you can enter Burst Mode immediately.
  • Quick Recharge helps you with a chance of reducing the overall cooldown of skills.
  • Purify can be slotted on any skill just for the chance of removing a debuff.
  • Overwhelm helps increase Stagger damage done from skills, but it's mostly used as an alternative if the other runes are not available.

Gear Skill Tree

While Gems add benefits to skills, you can also increase the effects of Skill Tree themselves. Skill Tree levels go up to 5 and each level can increase the damage, cooldown reduction, or buff that they provide.

For more information on how to add equipment Skill Tree and how to get them, please visit our Skill Tree System Guide.

Finish StrikeEnhanced Strike
Weak Point Detection
Kill Confirm
Tempest SlashQuick Preparation
Weak Point Detection
Storm Slash or Driving Hit*
Hell BladeDeadly Blow
Earth Flip
Chain SwordVital Point Strike
Strike WaveWave
Limit Break
Earth Flip
Sword StormQuick Preparation
Weak Point Detection
Flame Storm
Red DustVital Point Strike
Red Wave

*(shorter animation and better stagger)


Gems

Gems grant bonus damage and cooldown reduction to specific skills. You can only equip 11 of these Gems at a time so it is recommended that you prioritize the Gems for your most important skills.

Please visit our Gem System Guide for more information like how to create higher tier Gems.

Attack Gems

Tempest Slash
Finish Strike
Hell Blade
Strike Wave
Sword Storm

Cooldown Gems

Tempest Slash
Finish Strike
Hell Blade
Strike Wave
Sword Storm
Red Dust


Card Sets

Cards are an endgame system for maximizing your character. Below are the recommended sets for this class.
Check out the Card Guide for more details on how to obtain them.

Budget Card Set

Optimal Damage Card Set


Summary

  • Mayhem Berserkers free themselves of annoying Fury Meter. They can immediately enter Burst Mode and enjoy an instant 15% increased Attack, 15% Movement Speed and 65% damage reduction.
  • Lead with Red Dust into your other heavy hitting skills. If done properly, you'll be able to fit in your entire rotation within the 6 second debuff window.
  • Most Berserker skills have high Stagger and contribute significantly to boss mechanics.
  • Master's Tenacity is the ideal engraving for Mayhem Berserkers.

Credits

Written by Rei
Edited by Yaen
Reviewed by Raxxanterax


Changelog

Jun 11th 2022
Adjusted Gearsets section to include Vykas parts.

May 17th 2022
Updated Gearsets to include Valtan gears. Adjusted new information regarding Red Dust.