The First Descendant: Best Blair Build Guide

Discover the Best Blair Build Guide for The First Descendant and how to create a powerful character with Skills, modules, and weapons.

The First Descendant Best Blair Build Guide

Creating an effective build in The First Descendant involves carefully selecting and optimizing various components of your character, including modules, reactor stats, weapons, weapon mods, and skills. We will focus on optimizing your skill power and survivability for a Blair build. Let us walk you through creating the best Blair Build in the First Descendant with our guide below.

This guide has been updated for Patch 1.0.2 of the First Descendant.

Best Blair Build Guide for The First Descendant

Blair is a damage-over-time (DOT) character who can maximize critical hit damage through his passives and abilities. As a flame-based character, his playstyle resembles that of a wizard with a gun. However, Blair’s potential damage output is generally lower than other descendants, especially in a game that prioritizes DPS and quickly defeats enemy bosses.

To build Blair effectively, focus on maximizing the potential for critical hit damage through his passive skill, Pitmaster. Blair aims to apply the burning status effect, which increases his critical hit rate and damage. These bonuses stack, so the more burning targets there are, the greater the buff. However, Blair lacks survivability enhancements, so players must remain strategic and constantly aware of the battlefield to ensure success.

Blair Build ProBlair Build Cons
AOE DamageMaster of None
Critical PassiveWeak Mobility
Good SkillsBetter DOT damage
Best Blair Build Pros and Cons – The First Descendant Guide

Features and Mechanics for Blair Build in The First Descendant

Blair Skills and Combat Gameplay The First Descendant

The following list presents all the essential Blair Build Features and Mechanics for the First Descendant:

  • Best Modules: Classic Chef, Fire Specialist, and Focus on Fire
  • Descendant Attribute: Fire
  • Best Reactor: Burning Phase (Fire and Dimension)
  • Best Weapon: Greg’s Reversed Fate Machine Gun
  • Best Weapon Mods: Fire Enhancement, Concentration Priority
  • Best External Component: Max Shields
  • Skills
    • Blaze Up
    • Extinguish
    • Burn Taste
    • Deadly Cuisine
    • Pitmaster (Passive)
  • Playstyle: Do damage the dealer in close range with fire.
  • How to Unlock: Research or purchase in the store.
  • Story: As the best chef in Albion who had prepared the final meal for many years, Blair possessed an incredible talent for cooking.

How to play Blair in The First Descendant

The First Descendant Blair Character

The best way to play Blair in The First Descendant is to focus on applying Burn and creating Flame Zones to maximize your Critical Hit Rate and Critical Hit Damage. Critical Hit damage increases when you inflict Burn, while your Critical Hit Rate increases with the number of Flame Zones you create. Mastering Blair requires practice and skillful play in various situations.

Area Damage and Single-Target Damage: Blair’s abilities are geared more towards area-of-effect damage than single targets. Start combat by creating a fiery explosion within a four-meter radius using Blaze Up. For single-target damage, use Burn Taste to deal fire damage and focus on one target. For optimal AOE damage, stack Burn up to three times before using Deadly Cuisine, though it has a significant cooldown.

Movement and Speed: Blair has average speed in The First Descendant and none of his abilities increase his movement speed. While he isn’t slow, players who prefer fast and nimble characters might find Blair less appealing.

Bosses and Ultimates: When fighting bosses, keep stacks of Burn consistently applied. Rotate between Blaze Up and Burn Taste, and use Extinguish when low on MP or in need of a defensive boost. For burst damage during critical phases, consume Burn stacks with Deadly Cuisine. Manage your cooldowns carefully, primarily using Blaze Up due to its frequent availability.

Defenses and Survival Tips: Blair lacks direct defensive skills, so his best defense is a strong offense. He has a skill that helps replenish MP, which can be useful in tight situations or when you need to reset your attack strategy. While this comes at the cost of some damage, it provides a valuable tool for survival.

How to unlock Blair in The First Descendant

How to Unlock Blair in The First Descendant

To unlock Blair in The First Descendant, you must either purchase him from the store, or research him. Moreover, if you choose to purchase Blair he will cost 600 Caliber, which is the premium currency. Otherwise, to craft Blair, you will need:

  • Blair Enhanced Cells
    • Ceramic Composite x408
    • Hellion x303
    • Anode Ion Particle x26
    • Blair Enhanced Cell Blueprint
    • 200,000 Gold
  • Blair Stabilizer
    • Compound Coating Material x239
    • Carbon Crystal x554
    • Crystal Biogel x39
    • Blair Stabilizer Blueprint x1
    • 200,000 Gold
  • Blair Spiral Catalyst
    • Repton x422
    • Semiconstant Plasma x290
    • Balanced Plasma Battery x44
    • Blair Spiral Catalyst Blueprint x1
  • Blair Code

Finally, in order to craft Blair you must speak to Anais in the Albion Mountains area. She will grant you access to the Research Institute, where you can choose to craft several additional descendant characters.

Skills

The premise behind Blair’s skills is inflicting the burning status effect and producing small burning zones called “stoves.” Retireving these Stoves with the skill Extinguish is how you sustain MP and increase your DEF stat. Therefore, Blair’s combat gameplay loop applies burning DOT damage, collecting stoves for resources, and rotating through skills on cooldown to maintain high DPS. Below are all of Blair’s skills in the FIrst Descendant and how to use them:

  • Blaze Up: Unleashes flames that damage nearby enemies and create a Burn Zone. Burn Zones inflict continuous damage and the Burn effect on nearby enemies.
  • Extinguish: Collects Stoves from the battlefield and restores Mana. Retrieving Stoves also temporarily increases DEF.
  • Burn Taste: Fires flames forward, dealing continuous damage and the Burn effect to enemies at the point of impact.
  • Deadly Cuisine: Throws a large fireball that splits into smaller fireballs upon impact, causing additional explosions. The explosions inflict the Burn effect and create a Burn Zone on the ground.
  • Pitmaster (Passive): Increases Critical Hit Damage when attacking Burning enemies. Critical Hit Chance increases based on the number of active Flame Zones.

All characters in The First Descendant have one passive skill and four active skills.

  • Passive skills: Passive buffs and bonuses are automatically applied or under certain conditions.
  • Active skills: These are activated by a player (effects on demand) and vary by character. Each character has unique skills to match their role and playstyle.

Blaze Up

Blaze Up - Blair Skill The First Descendant

Blaze Up Features in The First Descendant:

  • Description: Spurts flame to deal damage to nearby enemies and creates Stove. Stove inflicts constant damage and Burn effect to nearby enemies.
  • Descendant Attribute: Fire – Dimension
  • Cooldown: 12 seconds
  • MP Cost: 25
  • Max Stacks: 3

How to Use Blaze Up: Blaze Up is a powerful damage attack with a low cooldown that inflicts a burning status effect and generates a Stove. You’ll want to use this when multiple mobs are together or to inflict burning or generate a stove. The radius is 3.5 meters, and the duration is 5 seconds of burning, so inflict early, then switch to weapon for damage while the enemy’s health bar is melted.

Blaze Up Advanced Stats

Flame Zone Values

  • Continuous Damage: Skill Power x 24.2%
  • Damage Interval: 1 second
  • Duration: 12 seconds
  • Effect Range: Radius 3.5 meters

Burn Values

  • Continuous Damage: Skill Power x 6.5%
  • Damage Interval: 1 second
  • Duration: 5 seconds

Extinguish

Extinguish - Blair Skill The First Descendant

Extinguish Features in The First Descendant:

  • Description: Retrieves Stoves in the battlefield and restores Mana. Retrieving Stoves increases DEF for a short period of time.
  • Descendant Attribute: Fire – Singular
  • Cooldown: 28 seconds

Aggressive Flavour (MP Recovery) Values

  • MP Recovery Amount per Flame Zone: 19
  • Firearm ATK Increase Amount: 10%
  • Skill Power Increase Amount: 10%
  • Duration: 10 seconds

How to Use Extinguish: this skill is your main resource sustain and DEF boost. You’ll want to use this when you see small flame spots on the ground called Stoves. Typically, you’ll want the stoves doing damage to enemies, but they are useful if low on resources or need damage reduction via the DEF stat. Moreover, the skill cooldown is longer, so use it conservatively. It is not necessary unless you need more MP or DEF.

Burn Taste

Burn Taste - Blair Skill The First Descendant

Burn Taste Features in The First Descendant:

  • Description: Spurts flames forward. Enemies near the flames’ arrival point are inflicted with constant damage and Burn effect.
  • Descendant Attribute: Fire – Dimension
  • Basic Info: Values
  • Cooldown: 30 seconds
  • MP Cost: 35
  • Continuous Damage: Skill Power x 121.8%
  • Damage Interval: 0.3 seconds
  • Duration: 4.5 seconds

The Burn Values

  • Continuous Damage: Skill Power x 6.5%
  • Damage Interval: 1 second
  • Duration: 5 seconds

How to Use Burn Taste: this skill is the channeled skill that shoots out fire from your hand in front of you in an up-close range. The best way to utilize this in Blair build is to melt enemies and inflict the burning status effect, doing constant damage while you channel the ability. Either skill cancels Burn Taste, or you don’t use it until you are likely not taking any damage, so you don’t lock into a long animation.

Moreover, Burn Taste does not create Flame Zones and has a longer cooldown. While the skill looks cool and the damage can be substantial, this won’t feed your resource sustain and defensive play loop with Stoves. However, this skill can be great for single target or AOE applications if you aren’t taking damage when channeling.

Deadly Cuisine

Deadly Cuisine - Blair Skill The First Descendant

Deadly Cuisine Features in The First Descendant:

  • Description: Throws a large fireball forward. Large fireball splits into small fireballs causing extra explosion. Explosion damage inflicts Burn effect and creates Stove on the ground.  Stove deals constant damage to nearby enemies and inflicts them with Burn effect.
  • Descendant Attribute: Fire – Dimension
  • Cooldown: 120 seconds
  • MP Cost: 60

How to Use Deadly Cuisine: this skill acts as your “ultimate” ability with a long cooldown, a giant fireball, and three smaller fireballs, all dealing damage and triggering burn and flame zones. Deadly Cuisine is so powerful that it has one of the longest cooldowns of any skill in the game and should be used to burn down bosses or large mob fights.

Deadly Cuisine synergies well with the Pitmaster passive, rewarding you for extra critical chance and damage based on the flame zones on the ground. Up to 3 activate at a time can reward you with ultra-high damage, thus you can rotate between Deadly Cuisine and Blaze up to keep your passive bonus active.

Deadly Cuisine Advanced Stats

Giant Fireball: Values

  • AoE Damage: Skill Power x 359.8%
  • AoE Damage Range: 6-meter Radius

Small Fireball Values

  • Amount: 3
  • AoE Damage: Skill Power x 553%
  • AoE Damage Range: 3.5-meter Radius

Flame Zone Values

  • Continuous Damage: Skill Power x 25.7%
  • Damage Interval: 1 second
  • Duration: 12 seconds
  • Effect Range: Radius 3.5-meters

Burn Values

  • Continuous Damage: Skill Power x 6.5%
  • Damage Interval: 1 second
  • Duration: 5 seconds

Pitmaster (Passive)

Pitmaster - Blair Skill The First Descendant

Pitmaster Features in The First Descendant:

  • Description: Critical Hit Damage increases when attacking enemies in Burn state. Critical Hit Chance increases depending on the number of Stoves in battlefield.
  • Descendant Attribute: Fire
  • Critical Damage Increase: 10%
  • Critical Chance Increase from 1 Flame Zone: 5%
  • Critical Chance Increase from 2 Flame Zones: 9%
  • Critical Chance Increase from 3 Flame Zones: 14%

How to Use Pitmaster: this passive rewards you for attacking burning (burn) status effect enemies and creating flame zones. The bonuses stack, so you can have three flame zones and a burning enemy to trigger a high critical chance and critical damage bonus. This passive is the key to making Blair do incredible DOT damage and melt enemies with fire.

To trigger burn and flame zone, use Blaze Up as often as possible because it triggers both Flame Zones and Burn status effect.

Descendant Modules for Blair Build

Classic Chef, Fire Specialist, and Focus on Fire are the best modules (mods) for a Blair Build in the First Descendant. Classic Chef is a transcendent mod that increases the flame zones after using the Deadly Cuisine, giving an already powerful skill even more utility. Fire Specialist helps increase your fire skill damage, while Focus on Fire increases fire skill power and reduces cooldowns.

In The First Descendant, modules are essential components that enhance and customize your character’s abilities, stats, and overall performance. Modules can be acquired through questing, missions, loot drops, and vendor items. Moreover, you have limited resources to slot mods; some slots may be empty depending on your chosen setup using the best Blair Build Guide for the First Descendant.

Blair Best Modules for Leveling

Below is a list of the best leveling mods for Blair Build Guide in the First Descendant:

  • Skill Expansion – Increase skill range.
  • Skill Extension – Increase skill duration.
  • Increased Shield – Increases your Max Shield
  • Fire Specialist – Increases the Skill Power of your Fire skills
  • Skill Expansion – Increases the Effect Range of your skills
  • Focus on Fire – Improves the Skill Power of your Fire Skills, and slightly reduces Skill Cooldowns
  • Dual Claw – Changes your Sub Attack to a Dual Claw attack. Increases Max Module Capacity
  • Increased DEF – Increases your DEF
  • Increased HP – Increases your max HP
  • Regeneration Boost – HP leech modifier.
  • Nimble Fingers – Considerably reduces your Skill Cooldown.
SlotModuleQuality
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2Skill ExpansionStandard
3Skill ExtensionStandard
4Increase ShieldStandard
5Fire SpecialistStandard 
6Focus on FireRare
7 (Sub Module)Dual ClawStandard 
8Increased DEFStandard 
9Increased HPStandard 
10Regeneration BoostStandard 
11Nimble FingersStandard 
12Empty
Best Leveling Mods for Blair Build Guide – The First Descendant

Blair Best Modules

Below is a list of the best mods for Blair Build in the First Descendant:

  • Classic Chef – Changes Pitmaster skill to increase firearm and skill critical hit rate and, using Deadly Cuisine, increases the number of flame zones to 4.
  • Skill Range Mastery – Improves the Range of your Skills
  • Increased Shield – Increases your Max Shield
  • Fire Specialist – Increases the Skill Power of your Fire skills
  • Skill Expansion – Increases the Effect Range of your skills
  • Focus on Fire – Improves the Skill Power of your Fire Skills, and slightly reduces Skill Cooldowns
  • Dual Claw – Changes your Sub Attack to a Dual Claw attack. Increases Max Module Capacity
  • Willpower Efflux – Increases your DEF and slightly improves HP Heal
  • Increased DEF – Increases your DEF
  • Increased HP – Increases your max HP
  • Nimble Fingers – Considerably reduces your Skill Cooldown.
  • Regeneration Boost – HP leech modifier.
SlotModuleQuality
1 (Skill Module)Classic ChefTranscendent
2Skill Range MasteryRare
3Increased ShieldStandard 
4Fire SpecialistStandard 
5Skill Expansion Standard 
6Focus on FireRare
7 (Sub Module)Dual ClawStandard 
8Willpower EffluxRare
9Increased DEFStandard 
10Increased HPStandard 
11Nimble FingersStandard 
12Regeneration BoostStandard 
Best Mods for Blair Build Guide – The First Descendant

Best Reactor Stats for Blair in The First Descendant

Burning Phase is the best reactor for a Blair build in the First Descendant because it boosts your Fire and Dimension skills.  Fire is your descendant attribute and Dimension increases Extinguish, Burn Taste, and Deadly Cuisine.  The second choice is Burning Singularity, which buffs the Fire and Singularity type and is an effective extinguishing skill.  Below is our recommendation for the best Blair reactors:

  1. Optimization Condition: Sniper (Afterglow Sword)
  2. Skill Power Boost Ratio
    • Burning Phase: Boost to Fire and Dimension type
    • Burning Singularity: Boost to Fire and Singular type
  3. Bonus Conditions: Fire power boost ratio and Skill critical hit rate

In The First Descendant, reactors are powerful enhancements significantly impacting a character’s abilities, stats, and overall performance. Each reactor comes with an “optimal condition,” which requires a specific weapon type to be equipped to activate. Therefore, this should be your primary weapon for the build. They function as core components that provide substantial boosts and unique effects, enabling players to tailor their characters to specific playstyles and strategies.

Weapons for Blair Build

Greg’s Reversed Fate, Secret Garden, and Afterglow Sword are the best weapons for a Blair build. Greg’s Reversed Fate creates a burn status effect, which increases our overall DPS to that target, and it’s easy to trigger. Simply attack someone with max shields, creating a bombardment 3-meter radius, and burn for 3 seconds. Second is Secret Garden because we use Dimenson skills, and that can trigger resource generation. Lastly, for a long-range weapon, Afterglow Sword is the best Sniper rifle to give some extra range to Blair.

The following list presents the best weapon choices for Blair Build:

  • Greg’s Reversed Fate – Machine Gun
  • Secret Garden – Tactical Rifle
  • Afterglow Sword – Sniper Rifle

Greg’s Reversed Fate

Greg’s Reversed Fate Machine Gun- the First Descendant

Greg’s Reversed Fate features in the First Descendant:

  • Firearm ATK: 33
  • Fire Rate: 342
  • Reload Speed: 1.4 seconds
  • Effective Range: 55 meters
  • Shaping Destiny: On hitting an enemy with a Max Shield, proc Bombardment on the enemy’s location with a set chance. Inflict Burn on enemies hit by Bombardment.

This weapon fits our build, triggering burn on enemies with a max shield. The burn status effects increase our overall damage to that target via our passives, making it the best weapon for a Blair build.

Secret Garden

Secret Garden Tactical Rifle - the First Descendant

Secret Garden features in the First Descendant:

  • Firearm ATK: 62
  • Fire Rate: 199
  • Reload Speed: 2 seconds
  • Effective Range: 35 meters
  • Gardener: When using a Dimension skill, recovers Custom Resource with a set chance. When using a Tech skill, grants the unique ability Pest Control with a set chance.

The Secret Garden tactical rifle is a good choice because you can trigger resource recovery using Dimension skills like Blaze Up, Burn Taste, and Deadly Cuisine.

Afterglow Sword

Afterglow Sword Sniper Rifle - the First Descendant

Afterglow Sword Sniper Rifle features in the First Descendant:

  • Firearm ATK: 240
  • Fire Rate: 66
  • Reload Speed: 2.5 seconds
  • Effective Range: 55 meters
  • Nightmare Reaper: on hitting an enemy’s weak point, inflicts the unique ability death propagation. On hitting an enemy commander or collossi, increase firearm critical hit rate and apply the effect to the attack.

The Afterglow Sword is the best choice for ranged precision weak point damage. Once you trigger Death Propagation, you gain increased reload and damage on weak points. Use this weapon for ranged headshots if possible.

External Component

Unlike other parts of our build, you cannot enhance External Components. These are random (RNG) based drops only when you are at max level. Therefore, they are the finishing touches on your build. Prioritize the following stats for External Components:

  • Max Shields
  • Max HP
  • HP Recovery
  • DEF

Blair Story in the First Descendant

Fresh vegetables, toast free of sawdust, savory and thick soup, and a juicy, processed meat steak that has been perfectly matured and grilled. Such a meal would be considered excessive even during a festive period for the desperate members of humanity, but whenever this menu appeared at the mess hall, the troops were unable to hide their gloom. Known as ‘The Last Supper’, it was a part of a military tradition where soldiers were fed this meal just before a dangerous operation.

As the best chef in Albion who had prepared the final meal for many years, Blair possessed an incredible talent for cooking which had even exempted him from conscription, but he no longer wished to cook for the military. After all, did his best cooking have any meaning for those who ate it with a heavy heart? Instead, Blair always wanted to be able to cook delicious meals for the troops who may be having their final meal on any given day, and he had a promising plan to realize this desire. If he could find and open the hyper-cold ingredients vault that had been designed a century ago, during humanity’s golden age, his plan would no longer be unachievable.

Blair Story Continued 

However, one day, there was an incident during which a Colossus had appeared above the ingredients vault which the Recon Squad had painstakingly discovered. After a failed Intercept Battle, the Colossus landed in Ingris and the nearby area was bathed in an infernal blaze… Hearing this, Blair followed the Descendants who had been deployed, only to find that the vault door had been twisted beyond imagination by the scorching heat and the ingredients within withering away in the flames. Stunned at this sight, Blair failed to realize that he had become the next target of the Colossus. Blair was engulfed in the flames that the Colossus spewed towards him, leading the Descendants present at the scene to believe this to be the end of Blair. It seemed that Albion’s greatest chef, full of dreams and romance, had met his demise.

However, their predictions would soon be proven wrong. A grappling hook shot out from the flames and lodged itself in the Colossus’s weak point, and Blair flew forward, bombarding the weak point with the fire emanating from both of his hands, and thus defeating the Colossus. In his moment of crisis, he had awakened as a Descendant.

After this, Blair found himself facing two choices: become a soldier as a Descendant, or remain a chef and continue to cook ‘The Last Supper’. Blair made the decision to become a Descendant. The reason: If he became a Descendant and incinerated all of the Vulgus, then ‘The Last Supper’ would no longer need to be cooked.


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