You might have noticed that more and more adventurer’s are running around with a companion that’s a standard buy from the Emporium vendor. The Con Artist has gained popularity after a sustained period in which the Fire Archon represented the meta. It seems weird that a highly accessible standard companion can actually make it to the endgame, but in this article I’m going to outline why that’s the case. More than that, the Con Artist might actually be the perfect companion right now.
Easy to obtain
As said the Con Artist is easy to obtain in the Grand Emporium. No lockboxes, no events, no dungeons, just two gold. This means you can pick him up as early as level 16 and keep him through your whole journey. Although acquiring and advancing companions is no longer as expensive as it once was, it’s convenient to level it alongside you. Neither do you waste Aastral Diamonds for upgrqading a pet you might have to switch later, nor for the wrong type of companion gear.
Consumed by Battle
The main thing why the Con Artist gained popularity is its debuff. The skill “Consumed by Battle” that unlocks at level 30 adds an uncapped 10% debuff that stacks with itself. That’s pretty unique behavior to be honest. Normally the best debuff to bring to a fight is the one nobody else has. The Con Artist however apparently is so good at trickery that it can circumvent this general rule. The Dancing Shield for example technically has a better debuff, but only provided there’s not another one present. With the Con Artist you give the group a 10% boost no matter what.
The three ring slots
Ring slots on companions are great and the Con Artist has three. The range of stuff to put there is just way higher than on any other type. Storm Kings Thunder, Cloaked Ascendancy and Tomb of Annihilation all feature endgame rings that can be slotted. There is pretty much no way you can’t get the stat distribution you favor.
What about the Sellsword?
It’s so easy to gear up the Con Artist that I’d personally would rate it slightly over the Sellsword, which features the same debuff but comes with three offensive runes compared to only two of the Con Artist. In case you have the right gear for the Sellsword, it can be better for DPS. The Con Artist however is much more convenient, especially if you’re just starting out.
In my opinion the combination of accessibility, options and convenience in gearing up as well as the unique debuff makes the Con Artist the best overall companion there is. What’s your take? Do you use it or favor another one? Share your thoughts in the comments below or visit the corresponding thread on our message board!
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