i have spent years mastering celeste and she is my main. now, these builds may not be viable in competitive play, but if you can master her and use her shortcomings to your advantage, they work amazingly.
her captain build :
frostburn : slow incoming enemies and peel for allies.
fountain of renewal : obvious reasons
war treads : works in tandem with frostburn
clockwork : overdrive core collapse for a sweet aoe stun as well as significantly decreased cooldown
metal jacket : defense against more mobile heroes
last item is situational. i usually use aftershock/ crucible/ echo (two stuns)/ storm crown.
remember, celeste still fragile so do not get too close but also don’t be afraid to lead the way with war treads or slow enemies from afar and initiate. core collapse is not a good initiation and it’s very different from other stuns in the game as it is very defensive in nature as opposed to other more initiative stuns. core collapse has a decent lasting stun on overdrive so always max that second. use solar storm to slow enemies from across the map when they are pursuing allies. remember to stay close to allies but also don’t be too close to enemies as you are still relatively fragile!
her auto-attack build :
aftershock : amazing dps booster and also allows you to heal in battles and you’ll need to in order to survive battles
alternating current : every two auto attacks is 120 % of your crystal power. very critical to this build and works divinely with her perk (75 % crystal ratio per auto attack)
journey boots : also critical to get in and out as well as pursue because you’ll be at close range and need to avoid being kited
aegis : critical to avoid crowd control and defense against kiting
metal jacket : also important because you’ll be in close range
last item is situational but i usually go with broken myth to counter enemy defense.
i would build aftershock first as it is essential in sustain as well as energy regeneration because with this build your celeste will have somewhat of an energy problem so use your skills conservatively. but, use heliogensis in battle to trigger aftershock as much as possible. it is crucial for dps and life steal. this is absolutely essential to making this build work. celeste has the closest range of all ranged heroes so if you’re not careful you will be poked to death.
if you guys like, i can make this into a guide. these builds (especially the auto attack celeste) are more viable than you might think. trust me i’ve had a lot of practise with these builds. it’s not the best for competitive play, but it does totally add many more dimensions to her playstyle and can turn her weaknesses into strengths. they’re also really fun! feel free to ask any questions! trust me, as i’m sure developers know, celeste is much more flexible than you guys think!
sadly i have to make this clear for the umpteenth time : THIS BUILD IS FOR EXPERIMENTING AND FUN. IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO BE USED COMPETITIVELY UNLESS YOU HAVE THE COMPETENCE TO DO SO. I’M PUTTING THIS IN LARGE LETTERS BECAUSE IT APPARENTLY ISN’T VERY CLEAR TO CERTAIN PEOPLE.