If you ever have a problem, you can count on your friendly local Berserker to solve it as quickly and efficiently as possible. Provided, of course, that your problem lies somewhere in the realm of "How exactly am I going to splatter this evil wizard's innards all over the dungeon?" Hobbies include wearing bearskins, drinking mead and saying unkind things about magic users.
- BLOODLUST: Deals an extra 20% damage on normal attacks against higher-level foes
- SPELLKILL: +50% starting magic resistance
- MAGESLAY: All glyph-activated abilities cost an extra 2 mana, but starting attack bonus is +20%
The Orc Berserker is the paragon of all things savage and furious. By combining the berserker's high situational attack bonuses with the boosted base attack of an orc, you can create a fearsome offensive powerhouse. Both the berserker and orc are well-suited for fighting enemies who are stronger than yourself. The Orc Berserker is very reliant on his bloodlust class feature, so avoiding becoming a 10th level character is preferable. This can actually be difficult on some of the longer dungeons. The Glowing Guardian can be helpful in this regard with his Humility boon.
The Human Berserker is generally inferior to the Orc, but is situationally useful on dungeons where you cannot avoid becoming a 10th level character. With items to boost his base attack he can exceed the damage of the Orc berserker, but only at the 10th level. If you have not yet unlocked the Orc, the Human is a perfectly acceptable substitute.
Halfling Berserker can use their potions to tank damage from higher level enemies you are looking to fight anyway. Due to your high resists you get more out of your health and thanks to all the extra health potions from item conversion you will be able to use them more liberally while leveling up while still leaving resources for the boss. An additional benefit is that with some glyph use ( CYDSTEPP or GETINDARE) you're perfectly capable of fighting even physical damage enemies if necessary, and you're also highly resistant to poison. The Trisword is a superb item for the Halfling Berserker, giving a sizable situational boost to base attack that synergizes with the Berserker's attack bonus.
The Berserker one of the more specialized classes, with massive magic resistance, attack bonuses, and a significant penalty to spellcasting. Because of his heightened spellcasting cost, repeatable glyphs such as HALPMEH, PISORF, and BURNDAYRAZ have limited usefulness, but single-use glyphs such as APHEELSIK or GETINDARE glyphs are extremely helpful. The heightened mana cost is manageable if you're only using the glyph once. As a result, the Berserker tends to favor utility glyphs. Although the CYDSTEPP glyph works well for him, he needs to acquire two mana boosters before it's usable, which can be a bit of a problem.
The berserker works best when fighting enemies with magic damage, which he can carve apart with great ease. Bosses such as Aequitas the Warlock are easy prey to the Berserker. He has considerably more difficulty fighting physical-resist enemies, and will need to leverage his advantage against those with magic damage to prevail overall. By fighting powerful dragonspawn or warlocks, a Berserker can earn large amounts of bonus experience and level up quite quickly. This enables him to leave large numbers of weaker monsters on the board for later, which he can kill to level-up mid-battle against the boss.
One curious aspect about the Berserker is that he's often stronger as a 9th level character than he is as a 10th level character. This is because he gains a damage bonus against monsters that are higher-level than him, and once he reaches level 10 he loses this bonus against the boss! In addition, his favorite spells are not affected by character level. As a result, worshipping the Glowing Guardian in order to gain the humility boon is very useful for the Berserker, and he also benefits nicely from the Absolution boon. Since the Berserker is not very effective with Fireballs, the Glowing Guardian's Cleansing boon is one of the best ways to deal with physically-resistant bosses. The Berserker obviously works well with Taurog since he casts spells sparingly; however, you should be cautious as Berserkers who use the APHEELSIK glyph can do poorly with Taurog and should delay worship or else worship a different deity entirely.
Base attack is the most important attribute for a berserker, so equipping items to boost it is a very good idea. The Trisword is a highly recommended item in this regard, especially on a Halfling Berserker. Don't hesitate to power it with mana potions, either.