Raid Shadow Legends: Gnishak Verminlord Champion Guide

Gnishak Verminlord is a legendary force affinity champion from the skinwalkers faction in Raid Shadow Legends. He is a fantastic attack based champion with poison and bomb attacks being core to what he does best. This makes him viable for soloing end game content such as Dragon 25, Ice Golem 25, Faction Wars and Doom Tower Bosses. In this guide we will provide a solo setup and build, with masteries, stats and gear selections showcased. Followed by advice and tactics for each of the different types of content.

Gnishak Stats Overview

Gnishak Verminlord avatar
  • Faction: Skinwalkers
  • Type: Attack
  • Affinity: Force
  • Rarity: Legendary
  • HP: 17175
  • Attack: 1365
  • Defense: 1068
  • Critical Rate: 15
  • Critical Damage: 50
  • Speed: 105
  • Resistance: 30
  • Accuracy: 20
  • Aura: Increase Ally ATK in by 30
  • Books to Max Skills: 12

Gnishak Skills Overview

Pestilent Censer

A1: Pestilent Censer

Attacks 3 times at random. Each hit has a 40% chance of placing a [Bomb] debuff for 2 turns. [Bomb] debuffs placed by this skill on enemies whose MAX HP is equal to or higher than 200,000 will deal double damage.

Upgrades as follows:

  • Level 2: Damage +10%
  • Level 3: Buff/Debuff Chance +5%
  • Level 4: Damage +10%
  • Level 5: Buff/Debuff Chance +5%
Verminlord's Command

A2: Verminlord’s Command

Attacks all enemies. Has a 75% chance of placing a 50% [Decrease ATK] debuff for 2 turns. Also has a 75% chance of decreasing the detonation countdown of all [Bomb] debuffs by 1 turn, and increasing the duration of all [Poison] debuffs by 1 turn.

Upgrades as follows:

  • Level 2: Damage +10%
  • Level 3: Buff/Debuff Chance +10%
  • Level 4: Buff/Debuff Chance +15%
  • Level 5: Cooldown -1
Unclean Banquet

A3: Unclean Banquet

Attacks all enemies. Has a 75% chance of placing 2 [Bomb] debuffs on each target for 2 turns, then grants an Extra Turn. [Bomb] debuffs placed by this skill on enemies whose MAX HP is equal to or higher than 200,000 will deal double damage.

Upgrades as follows:

  • Level 2: Damage +10%
  • Level 3: Buff/Debuff Chance +10%
  • Level 4: Buff/Debuff Chance +15%
  • Level 5: Cooldown -1
Rat Plague [P]

A4: Rat Plague [P]

Every time a [Bomb] debuff placed by this Champion detonates or is removed, places two 5% [Poison] debuffs for 2 turns. These debuffs are protected.

Upgrades as follows:

  • No books needed.

Gnishak Verminlord Solo Build Guide

Gnishak Verminlord is a Legendary Attack champion from the Skinwalkers faction. He is one of the strongest Poison champions in the game as every skill of his relates to Poison in some way – his A1 and A3 set Bomb debuffs that apply Poisons upon detonation and his A2 extends the duration of any Poisons on enemies.

As is the case with many strong Poisoners, Gnishak is capable of soloing some of the late game Dungeons and Doom Tower bosses. As Gnishak provides no means of self sustainability, he requires Regeneration/Bolster/Immortal gear for such builds. What does make stat requirements somewhat easier to achieve is Gnishak has both an Extra Turn (allowing him to receive double Healing off of his sets on some turns) as well as AoE Decrease Attack (which substantially reduces the amount of damage he takes during these runs).


Depending on your needs and the stats you are able to achieve, there are several Mastery setups that could work for Gnishak. Of the selection shown below, the primary focus is increasing the value of Heals (such as Lay on Hands), increasing Turn Meter (such as Oppressor) and damage reduction (such as Blastproof). The noteworthy choices are Spirit Haste that grants additional Speed once fodder champions are killed and Arcane Celerity that grants Turn Meter once Bomb debuffs detonate or Poisons expire. You could also choose to go with either Unshakeable or Eagle Eye in place of Oppressor should you lack either Resistance or Accuracy.

Another choice that you could opt for is forfeiting the Defense Tree in favour of Offense. While most mastery choices here do not benefit Gnishak’s solo capabilities, Whirlwind of Death grants additional Speed should that this stat be lacking and Warmaster can aid his damage output and allow for faster runs. However, Warmaster is a dangerous choice against Ice Golem as it can trigger the bosses passive which can lead to unsuccessful runs.

Gnishak masteries

Gear & Stats Build

In order for Gnishak to be able to solo content he requires sets that provide Healing such as Regeneration or Bolster. Bloodshield is also a requirement for soloing Scarab King. While Bombs are capable of providing substantial damage, relying on Gnishak’s Poison debuffs allows us to focus building his HP and Defense stats, making him tanky and hard to kill. Another stat to focus on is Speed as the more turns he takes, the faster he Heals back up.

Accuracy and Resistance are also important stats to focus on with Gnishak with the their levels depending on the content you are aiming to clear. Accuracy for Dungeon 25 stages is 220 or so and 350 for the final floor of Scarab King in Doom Tower Hard.

Soloing Dragon requires much less Resistance than other content as the Dragon’s Stun is the only debuff of concern and this cannot be Resisted – around 240 Resistance is sufficient for this. Ice Golem requires Resistance in the neighbourhood of 320 (and there are far more problematic debuffs to deal with such as Heal Reduction and Decrease Accuracy) and the final floor of Scarab King requiring around 370 Resistance.

Recommended Main Stats

  • Gauntlets: Def%
  • Chestplate: HP%
  • Boots: Speed
  • Ring: Def
  • Amulet: HP
  • Banner: Resistance
Gnishak gear and stats build

Solo Dungeon Run Strategies

Dragon 25

Gnishak has clear viability as a solo Dungeon clear champion. Running him with fodder champions allows you to efficiently farm both gear and XP at the same time. Gnishak does have a quirky AI as he prioritizes his A2 if Bombs are out on enemies already, rather than putting out more Bombs with his A3 first and then using his A2. Setting his A3 as priority would speed up the runs a little as you may rack up Poisons faster.

Gnishak dragon 25

Faction Wars

Gnishak can also quite easily solo the Skinwalkers Faction Crypt. He is well suited to the Stage 21 boss who has a debuff transfer skill since Gnishak’s Poisons are Protected and thus can’t be reflected back to Gnishak himself. So, even if you’re lacking in Resistance, Gnishak will only receive a Decrease Attack debuff.

Gnishak faction wars

Ice Golem 25

While Gnishak is often able to solo clear Ice Golem 25, the 2nd wave of this floor possesses both Increase Crit Rate buffs and Increase Atk buffs. This allows the enemies to hit substantially harder and can spoil solo runs. As such, the stat requirements are fairly higher than most solo builds to achieve consistent clears hence the addition of Elva as an additional safety net.

Gnishak ice golem 25

Scarab King

Poison is a fairly fast way to clear the Scarab King Doom Tower boss. In the following run, Mithrala is used simply for her Aura skill to assist Gnishak with his runs.

Some form of Bloodshield accessory is required for this as it would be impossible to out-heal the damage from the counterattacks. Workable Resistance is also important as without it, Gnishak could get Provoke locked and have Decrease Speed placed on him (which means less healing), leaving him unable to place Decrease Attack on the boss (which means more damage) and can lead to unsuccessful runs.

Gnishak scarab king

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