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Path of Exile 3.8 Blight Top Builds

Continuing the 3-month content release schedule players have been enjoying for years, the Path of Exile Blight League launched on September 6, 2019. It’s a tower-defense based mechanic which also added item Anointments, Blighted Maps, new Skills and Unique items, and made many skill and Ascendancy adjustments. The master quest mechanic (for mapping) was also changed.

There were numerous performance issues at launch, mainly tied to server crashes and slowdowns due to the high concentration of monsters in blight maps. Most of these issues have been resolved, but because of the sheer number of monsters on the screen in Blight maps, there are still performance issues with slower systems.

While last league was the Cyclone League, this league is the Minion League. Cyclone was nerfed, and it’s not nearly as popular this league, but that was expected due to how OP it was last league. With Blight and the buffs to Minions, pet builds are now the top builds in the game, and even more OP than Cyclone was last league. This includes many minion builds achieving more than 40M shaper DPS, and players killing Uber Elder with Zombies on a 4L. There’s no question minion nerfs are incoming for 3.9. The good news is after minion builds, there is more diversity in skills and ascendancies than last league.

Numerous new skills were introduced with Blight, but many fell short in play and support. Cobra Lash (which is basically poison Spectral Throw) is the most played new skill, but it accounts for only 1% of characters in the normal league (2% in HC and 6% in SSF). Pestilent Strike is nowhere to be found in the top builds. However Deathmark, Feeding Frenzy and Meat Shield all play a key role in minion support. Skitterbots have also become a standard for many builds with their cold support abilities. Icicle Mine (formerly Freeze Mine) has become the new top mine build, and with the refined mine and detonation play, it’s a ton of fun. 19 new Divination Cards and 16 new Unique items were also added.

Anointments allow players to combine oils (which drop from blighted nodes) and apply those combinations to Rings and Amulets to provide the benefits of Passive Skills or Tower Enchantments. I’ve personally found most players are ignoring the anointments because the benefits are so selective, but in some cases, it can be worth it (for example there’s an anointment that doubles your chaos Resistance). Anointed Oils can also be applied to Blight Maps, impacting pack size, tower damage, and even the experienced gamed. You can find the complete list of anointments here and an overview of Oil Craftinghere.

The Daily Master Quest adjustment is awesome as players now receive random daily quest iterations based on the tier of completed map, and can store those iterations for later use. This new system is fantastic; the only issue is players want to be able to set the master mission from the map device, not have to visit each master individually. Legion is also now a core game mechanic.

Ultimately, Blight is a more laid back league than before. The mechanic revolves around building towers to kill and hinder large groups of monsters that move along expanding paths. As such, builds that can handle large groups are prevalent this league. The complete 3.8 patch notes can be found here.

Let’s dive into things!

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Zombies… Zombies everywhere… Trading this league is very entertaining because whenever you go into somebody’s hideout, all you see are… Zombies (or spectres, but mostly zombies). When you don’t see Zombies or Spectres, you feel compelled to ask the other player what crazy build they are doing. While this is the minion league, many players are intentionally playing other builds to stay away from the meta, so it’s always interesting to meet other players through trade who aren’t running minions and asking what kind of build they’re running.

I played Blight for a few days when it came out, but then took a break to play Borderlands 3 (one reason this review is a bit late compared to the previous league releases). Once I got my fill of BL3 (and wrote a review), I dove back into Path of Exile and have taken the following builds to end-game. Note I intentionally play LOTS of builds each league to see how they perform so I can share the results:

  1. Ice Shot Deadeye
  2. Orb of Storms (multiple builds, including with Storm Brand and Golems) Assassin, Elementalist
  3. Zombie Necromancer (multiple)
  4. SRS Necromancer (Both Phys & Infernal/Instability)
  5. Storm Brand Trickster
  6. Scourge Arrow Assassin
  7. HoAG Guardian Delver
  8. Skeleton Necromancer (multiple)
  9. Max Block Lacerate Bleed Gladiator
  10. Freezing Pulse Totem Hierophant
  11. Icicle Mine Saboteur
  12. Bane Occultist & Trickster
  13. Poison Blade Vortex Assassin
  14. Impale Champion Tornado Shot
  15. Frostblades Slayer
  16. Ball Lightning Elementalist
  17. Impale Cyclone Slayer
  18. Caustic Arrow Trickster
  19. Frost Blades Berserker
  20. Freezing Pulse Assassin
  21. Volatile Dead Necromancer
  22. Cobra Lash Assassin
  23. Holy Flame Totem Hierophant
  24. Storm Burst Trickster

Relative to this overview, I want to acknowledge how important play style is. Some people hate totems while others only play totem builds. Some like Melee while others love bow builds. The diversity of PoE is one of its greatest features, but also one of the most complex aspects of the game. While a build may be listed as “best” or “top”, some players may disagree because of the style(s) they prefer – but one thing is assured – the builds listed herein are all rock solid and viable for their represented roles. There are other more powerful builds, but they generally are much more complex, expensive, require respecing, and specific uniques — but the reality is most of these builds don’t provide enough of an advantage to the core requirements to outperform the below recommendations.

The below list was created based on a combination of my personal experience with the builds, the experience and recommendations of my friends and colleagues in PoE, comments and feedback from players in Reddit and the PoE forums, builds run by active PoE streamers taken to end-game, and cross-comparing the top leaderboard builds.

Before we begin, Path of Building is a very important tool to have when following a build guide since many of them share PoB links. Additionally, make sure you have a good loot filter. I personally recommend NeverSink’s Loot Filter.

Getting to maps and farming while surviving and having the ability to do all end-game content are key requirements for each of the recommended builds. This guide does not include ultra expensive builds for players who have accumulated a large amount of currency. This overview is perfect for new players, late league starters, or those who just want to try another build that will work for end-game and is fun.

Before I present the list, I want to say something very important: just because it’s on the top list doesn’t mean it’s a “best build”. Many (if not most) of the top players run builds that are designed solely to push 100 and nothing more (farming specific maps and pulling in a minimum XP/h amount); however many of these builds are capable of doing all content (Shaper & Uber Elder), and delving deep. People on the top list are hardcore (play style not HC mode), experienced, and pushing 100 (while also delving) is an art all of its own that generally has no application to the average player – but we can still learn from these players and builds. I also want to elaborate on how I interpreted the top build from the leaderboards. These characters can be found on poe.ninja builds. There are three core categories to consider: Softcore, Hardcore and SSF (and variations of each). Keep in mind those who are 95+ and do not play SSF often group with others (including aura bots), which includes sharing items and maps. This augmentation can misrepresent the viability of an end-game build and its capability to run without a party and reach 100 as quickly as it has. This means SSF is the best indicator of a build’s capability to progress without aura bots and party support. SSF players that push 95+ are a special breed of dedicated folks who usually put 8-12+ hours of game time in each day. These are not average players; but average players can learn from them.

Below are the statistics pulled from the poe.ninja builds top characters in each league subsection. Note many profiles are set to private, so this data is only based on public profiles that have their skills shared with the community. The below list is in order of popularity and use.

As we can see, Zombies and Spectres have been king this league with either Cyclone, Skeletons or Icicle Mines as the third choice (depending on hardcore, etc.). The Necromancer ascendancy has dominated the game even more than Slayer did last league.

The follow-up most used skills for Softcore are:

  1. Tornado Shot
  2. Icicle Mine
  3. Ice Nova (CoC)
  4. Toxic Rain
  5. Vortex

The follow-up most used skills for Hardcore are:

  1. Vaal Skeletons
  2. Vortex
  3. SRS
  4. Cobra Lash
  5. Blade Vortex

When it comes to Delving in Softcore, Scourge Arrow Raider is king with an achieved depth of more than 5,000. When you’re that low, no amount of damage mitigation works, so the builds focus on not being hit (dodge/evade). Scourge Arrow is dominating in this area, but the players die all the time, so it’s not HC viable.

Looking at Delving in Hardcore, Dan has dominated as the best player. He’s created 3 builds that have gone as deep as 1400, two being Cyclone Juggernauts and the third being an ES Vortex/Cold Snap Occultist.

The deepest SSF HC Delve is low 400’s, achieved with Spectres and the next following up with Zombies, so minion builds are rock solid in Delve.

Before I dive into the recommended build list, I wanted to share my favorite builds from Blight so far.

  1. The best build I played this league was the Caustic Arrow Trickster. With the Poison rework of 3.8, this build destroys all game content, melts Uber Elder and can safely delve very well. It can do all map mods, is tanky as all getgo, and clears maps very quickly. And because few people are playing it (most players simply don’t realize how powerful it is now, and single target is solid), the gear is very affordable. It’s also HC and SSF viable. Here’s a PoB of the build I ran; look in the Notes section for leveling information.
  2. When it came to minions, I had the most “fun” with SRS Necromancer. There’s just something magical about releasing those nasty face-eating homing bees, ravens, or whatever MTX you have to decimate enemies off-screen. Plus SRS rocks with Blight maps. I recommend Brittleknee’s SRS build. Note I did try Infernal Legion Minion Instability SRS, but found it to be weaker at end-game than Brittle’s SRS.
  3. Keeping an eye on the leaderboards, I saw a Korean who had nearly 27M DPS with his L100 Storm Brand Trickster build. I spoke with him and decided to try it out, and it ROCKS. It’s safe, fun, and absolutely deletes content (destroys Minotaur in <1 second). There isn’t an official guide, but I put together a Path of Building with skill progression in the notes section for those who want to try the build out.
  4. I really enjoyed the Block Bleed Lacerate Gladiator. While it’s slower in speed compared to other builds (it can still pull ~200M/hr XP in the 80’s), it’s so tanky that it can delve below 500 in hardcore and kill all bosses in the game deathless (including Uber Elder). While there’s not a guide I’m aware of, I’ve included a PoB for this build (which is based on Stafford’s character). Check the notes section for additional details. There are also Multiple Skill Trees to help with leveling.
  5. I hadn’t played Bane since it was added in Synthesis, and have to say that Bane Occultist is a lot of fun in Blight; it’s tanky, can do blight maps, bosses, and delves well. You just have to be patient with bosses since they take a bit of time to melt. For those who want to try to Occultist version, Thi3n’s Bane Occultist Guide is good for those who are interested. However, I think Bane Trickster is the superior version. While it doesn’t clear as fast as the Occultist version (due to Bane AoE and explosions from the Necro ascendancy) it has superior single target DPS with a 6-link Essence Drain, and I found it to be tankier than the occultist version. Here is the PoB for the build I recommend. Check the notes section for additional details.
  6. I love the Orb of Storms Storm Brand Assassin, and it’s probably one of (if not the) best map farmers in the game. It also delves very well. Surprisingly, there really aren’t any good guides for this build on the forum. I tried 4 variations this league and have put together what I believe is the best version, which has a 4L OoS (with the unique Tempest Binding mask) and 6L Storm Brand (which is a must if you want to do bosses). Here’s a copy of the PoB for the build. Check the notes section for additional details.
  7. The Impale Cyclone Slayer is still top notch, even after the nerfs from last league. It can do all content, can delve below 1000 and this particular build uses dual Ahn’s Might blades (which are very cheap). While it’s not as tanky as a block build, the survival is fantastic and it’s definitely HC viable. Here’s the PoB of the build I ran, which melted end-game.

As mentioned, the below list is based upon the Statistics pulled from poe.ninja; not just normal mode, but hardcore as well (which indicates fantastic survival). I will include links to what I consider to be the best build guides, many of which I have used myself.

  1. There are really 4 Minion build styles. While most use a mixture of minions, each build focuses on a different minion type as the primary damage source.
    • Zombiemancer is very popular this league, often referred to as the “walking simulator” that destroys everything. Here’s the build guide I recommend.
    • Spectres are the most popular minion build this league. I recommend Kay’s spectre summoner guide.
    • My understanding is Skeletons are currently the highest DPS, able to hit more than 40M. I believe DatModz has put together the best build and have his PoB here. There’s tons of information in the Notes section.
    • Summon Raging Spirits (SRS) is a ton of fun, can do all content, and can hit 100. I recommend Brittleknee’s SRS build.
  2. Cyclone is still very popular this league, but not like before. Most end-game cycloners are Juggernauts pushing Delve, Claw+Shield for life gain on hit and max block, or dual Nebuloch (which was also one of the best deep delvers last league). Plenty of people are still playing Champion and Slayer, and we’re also seeing many Assassin Cyclone builds (Cospri’s Cast on Crit with Ice Nova).
  3. Icicle Mines are popular because of how smooth mines have become and how much damage the Icicle Mines do to the entire screen.
  4. Cobra Lashis one of the most popular skill in SSF after minions, however not a single person in SSF has hit 100 with it, but many have hit 100 in Softcore Blight. Assassin is the strongest variation.
  5. Scourge Arrow is the deepest delve pusher this league, but as mentioned at the beginning of this overview, that variation is a 1-shot squishy build that has no hardcore viability, however many have taken it to level 100 which means it has solid speed and XP gain potential (second only to Minion builds). Raider is the most popular ascendancy in Softcore, but Pathfinder is most common in Hardcore.

There are definitely other great builds that could have made it on the list, but the above list represents the most popular (and “meta”) builds players are embracing this league.

I hope this list helps the PoE community; here’s to the continued success of Path of Exile and the fantastic job Grinding Gear Games has done with the game!

Sours: https://www.requnix.com/path-of-exile-3-8-blight-top-builds

All Guide Pages

  1. Essence Drain/Contagion & Blight Trickster
  2. Passive Tree & Gem Links
  3. Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers
  4. Gear, Jewels, & Flasks

Table Of Contents of this Page

  1. Introduction
  2. Build Assessment
  3. Path of Building
  4. Playstyle and Build Mechanics
  5. Passive Skill Tree
  6. Gems
  7. Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon
  8. Gear Summary / TL;DR
  9. Leveling
  10. FAQ

A Note on This Build

This build was requested by readers after Furty finished the Legion League. Instead of presenting a build that meets popular consensus or aims to provide the highest damage possible, this build is as close as possible to Furty’s character from the league. The top priorities when designing the blueprint were clear speed and safety while still having enough damage to clear end-game bosses such as the Uber Elder. There are many other viable configurations to this build and archetype, however, they will not be included here.


Essence Drain Essence Drain and Contagion Contagion have long formed a powerful tag team, presenting the player with near unparalleled clear speeds and experience per hour. The denser the monsters, the more this potent combo shines, playing wonderfully into many of the league mechanics that go core league by league. There is no better build for reliably breaking every Legion mob from their monolith stasis, and better yet, it . Essence Drain Essence Drain was truly the king of Legion League, and has remained one of the strongest and most popular league starters to this day.

With monoliths and blight gone core and no real nerfs to the capability of this build, our Essence Drain Essence Drain Trickster remains a powerful choice to tear apart maps with near unmatched clear speed. A great league starter at a bargain price, this build scales well into the end-game and feels satisfying as it spreads its deadly chaos damage, devouring pack after pack with ease. this build remains one of the best in the business for screen clear and near unmatched experience rate.

This build was used by the author, Furty, to hit Rank 5 on the Legion Solo Self-Found Ladder, and has once again become one of the most meta builds available. Viable in all leagues — Softcore, Hardcore, and Solo Self-Found — the Essence Drain Essence Drain Trickster is one of the best candidates in the current meta for reaching Level 100, if not the superlative article itself.

Uber Elder

What really makes this build special is its flexibility across the board. Trickster is one of the strongest defensively-oriented Ascendancies in the entire game, even despite the (repeated) Ghost Shroud nerfs, and it offers offensive choices that play directly into Essence Drain Essence Drain‘s strengths. We are looking at a build that feels incredibly stable to play, even against some of the game’s most lethal opponents — heavily modded Betrayal mobs, monolith rares, Uber Elder , you name it — this build feels formidable in the hands of any player. Our Essence Drain Essence Drain Trickster is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to experience clear speed at its finest, climb to the highest levels possible, annihilate monoliths, and do it with the fastest experience per hour we can deliver.

Build Assessment


+ Exceptional clear speed and experience per hour rates

+Essence Drain Essence Drain + Contagion Contagion is the way to deal with monoliths and similar league mechanics (breaches, incursions, etc.)

+ Extremely safe build — great defenses, mobility, immune to all reflect and map mods, and able to off-screen with DoT damage

+ Viable for Hardcore and Solo Self-Found

+ Great league starter

+ All damage penetrates proximity shields

+ Gearing path is very flexible

+ Cheap


– Single target damage does not scale as well as top tier bossing builds

Allies Cannot Die aura is a pain to deal with (prevents Contagion Contagion from spreading Essence Drain Essence Drain)

– Does not deal burst damage (can struggle in situations like Shaper opening portals to attack Zana if your gear is not good, although Blight Blight mitigates this somewhat)

Path of Building

Here is Furty’s Rank 5 character from the SSF Legion League: https://pastebin.com/Fkprwxny

This can be used as a reference point, however, bear in mind that not all gear used is absolutely ideal as it is a Solo Self-Found character. It will not be updated for future patches.

Playstyle and Build Mechanics

This build pairs together two skills to deal the bulk of its clear: Essence Drain Essence Drain and Contagion Contagion. When an enemy dies while affected by Contagion Contagion, the debuff and associated degeneration effects (namely Essence Drain Essence Drain) spread to nearby enemies. This causes your debuffs to cascade outwards through an enemy pack and sometimes across several screens at a time. Here is an example of dealing with an entire Legion on a heavily modded Tier 15 Summit Map Summit Map:

Summit Map

Vaal Blight Vaal Blight is also incorporated to add a ton of extra damage in an AoE, which helps a lot when dealing with particularly tanky enemies such as Betrayal squads or monolith rares. This build has two curses, although we do not use a multi-curse node to have them applied simultaneously, such as Whispers of Doom. Instead, Despair Despair can either be applied manually, or by Witchfire Brew Witchfire Brew if you are opting to use that flask. Temporal Chains Temporal Chains is linked to a Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support gem which helps us deal with bursts of damage or ranged enemies.

Our Ascendancy Nodes of Ghost Dance and Escape Artist go a long way to providing a suite of defenses — a ton of bonus Evasion and Energy Shield, and automatically regenerating Ghost Shrouds that replenish our entire Energy Shield on-hit every 2 seconds. The Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone aura is also invaluable for reducing ranged damage and providing permanent Blind Support Blind Support to nearby enemies. Most of our flasks are defensively oriented, as our clear is already more than enough, adding another layer to the defense of the build.

If you like builds or archetypes that rely on combos, this is one of the most engaging and active builds you will have to opportunity to play. You will constantly need to fire off Essence Drain Essence Drain and Contagion Contagion a fraction of a second apart — if you have quick fingers, you can shoot off an Essence Drain Essence Drain and quickly land Contagion Contagion for an instant spread. Essence Drain Essence Drain kills most enemies so quickly, however, that the safer combination for most players is to land Contagion Contagion and then immediately Essence Drain Essence Drain. You can manually apply Despair Despair on packs that do not immediately die, such as monolith rares.

Vaal Blight Vaal Blight should generally be used as often as possible, unless you are anticipating a difficult fight in the near future, such as a Betrayal encounter. Blight Blight should also be used when appropriate, and is an essential component of our single target damage for bosses. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support should also be kept up as often as possible, which is much easier now with the instant-cast Flame Dash Flame Dash changes. The infusion buff, should you opt to use Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support in your Vaal Blight Vaal Blight link, should also be kept active on tanky bosses, such as the Shaper or the Uber Elder.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our Level 96 Passive Skill Tree.

For more details on the Passive Tree, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page in its entirety.

For much more detailed information on the best gear, jewels, and flasks to use, be sure to check out our Gear Page in its entirety.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Historic Legion Jewels

The new Legion Jewels present a variety of unique opportunities to augment your build in powerful but unpredictable ways. For example, Furty’s Rank 5 Solo Self-Found character managed to procure the Glorious Vanity Glorious Vanity Jewel shown below, with some of the Notables pictured so you are able to see the potency.


There are numerous Jewels that can be placed all over the Passive Tree that have enormously powerful influence over your damage and defense. The seed for the above Jewel is pictured below.

Glorious Vanity

Be sure to experiment with Jewels you find or see on the market, as they can transform your build in ways no other items can match.


As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

We recommend starting with Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse, which works well with Lifesprig Lifesprig if you have one. Blight Blight can also be acquired at Level 1, but should instead be purchased as soon as possible from Nessa instead of being chosen as the Hillock quest reward, as it is an inferior leveling skill. You will want to acquire Vaal Blight Vaal Blight as soon as possible and replace Blight Blight once you have it.

Contagion Contagion can be acquired at Level 4 from the Breaking Some Eggs quest, which you should socket immediately while continuing to clear with Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse.

You can switch to Essence Drain Essence Drain as early as Level 12, and it is obtained from The Siren’s Song quest from Nessa after entering the Cavern of Wrath.

in order of priority:

  1. Essence Drain Essence Drain
  2. Efficacy Support Efficacy Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support
  5. Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support
  6. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

If you are league starting and operating on a 3-Link, link Essence Drain Essence Drain, Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support, and Efficacy Support Efficacy Support as soon as possible and you are set to start ripping apart packs. Follow the advised links for Contagion Contagion, but in Act I you can make do with Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support and Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support. Blight Blight should be linked with Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support and Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support in Act I if you have the links to spare.

Grab Flame Dash Flame Dash as soon as possible in Act I and link it to Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support (only level this one to Level 2). Dash Dash is a good mobility skill to make use of in the time before Flame Dash Flame Dash can be acquired.

Be sure you have all the gems you need before leaving Act II (Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support, Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support).

In Act III, acquire Malevolence Malevolence and Despair Despair immediately after Lost in Love and start using them. It is worth doing The Library quest on Solo Self-Found, and even if you are league starting on a trade league (especially Hardcore) to pick up Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone as well, along with Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support and Efficacy Support Efficacy Support.

Make sure to get Spreading Rot Spreading Rot in Act V after killing Innocence and socket it as soon as possible.

Leveling is pretty straightforward with this build, and the gameplay is the same as in the end-game: apply Contagion Contagion, fire off your Essence Drain Essence Drain in the same moment, and watch it spread. Blight Blight is to be used for tanky enemies and bosses and Izaro.


What Annointment Should I Use on my Amulet?

There are several strong options to consider:

  • Whispers of Doom: Overall the best choice, particularly if you are using Impresence (Chaos) Impresence (Chaos) or Witchfire Brew Witchfire Brew.
  • Constitution: A good defensive option to add a large chunk of additional Life. A good option if your damage is sufficient and you are grinding towards 100, but lack the currency to use Whispers of Doom or do not want to enchant an amulet you will replace.
  • Hunter’s Gambit: Some decent bonuses to damage and skill effect.
  • Graceful Assault: Adds free Onslaught during clear (more movement speed and clear speed) but no real offensive or defense power. This is purely for adding experience per hour.

In general, defensive options are better than offensive ones for this build (excepting Whispers of Doom, which improves both) as our tree already has virtually all of the nodes that improve Essence Drain Essence Drain‘s damage directly. Since this build focuses primarily on clear speed and the survivability to get to Level 100, we recommend selecting a defensive or utility option that will fill in any cracks your build may currently have.

How About Using a +Level Gems Bow or Cane of Unravelling Cane of Unravelling?

These are both fantastic options for damage and are perfectly viable choices. In most cases you will lose a bit of clear and survivability but gain noticeably higher single target and bossing capability.

Are There Any Map Mods This Build Has to be Concerned About?

This build can deal with every mod without issues, but we recommend avoiding No Regeneration maps. They are somewhat inconvenient as you can not afford to waste Mana on Flame Dash Flame Dash, and despite Patient Reaper refilling your Mana and Life every pack you can still find yourself in uncomfortable situations. They are very doable if you take it slow, but generally not worth the extra annoyance.

Check out the rest of the guide for more information:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

  • 3.15 Expedition updates in. Will make a great league starter.

  • 3.14 Ultimatum updates are complete.

  • 3.13 Ritual; Updated for the new league!

  • Ready for 3.12 Heist; new skill tree, body of text updates.

  • Initial updates for 3.11 Harvest.

  • 3.10 Delirium; Initial updates, including tree, format, FAQ, build assessment, and more.

  • Initial updates for Metamorph 3.9: Gear, Passive Skill Tree, Introduction, Build Assessment, FAQ, and Annointment Advice.

  • Updated leveling advice.

  • Updated for Patch 3.8 Blight League — Skill Tree, Build Assessment, Gearing Recommendations, Ascendancy Information, Gem Links, Jewels, and more.

  • Updated gear recommendations!

  • Updated multi-mod Wand crafting advice.

  • Added Uber Elder example.

  • Updated and added a new section on Legion Jewels!

  • Guide added!

Sours: https://www.poe-vault.com/guides/essence-drain-trickster-build-guide
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[3.9] Paragon of Death CI Occultist Death Aura/Blight

Body Armour

No choice here - this build works around Death's Oath so we need to use it.
Getting 5 offcolours is not going to be easy tho' you can start with a 4-socketed one and work your way up.


As mentioned earlier you can get Allelopathy but I didn't want to lose Vaal Blight so I went with rare gloves - focus on Energy Shield and Resists.


Rare with as much Energy Shield, Resists and movespeed. Mine lack the movespeed unfortunately and this is probably the next item that I will change.


Rare with Energy Shield, Resists - same as boots minus the speed.


A couple choices - you can go with a Breath of the Council to start off and then transition into a rare One Handed weapon with Increased Chaos damage, Chaos Over Time Multiplier and/or Dmage Over Time.
Since we do lack ES compared to most CI builds as Death's Oath is an armor chest I decided to go with Ephemeral Edge - it adds a bunch of Energy Shield making us way tankier. If you feel like you need more damage and your survivability is fine, then stick to a rare damage weapon.


Rare with as much Energy Shield as you can grab - also resists.


You can start with Bated Breath - very cheap and gives decent ES. Has 0 resists though so you need to cover them elsewhere. Later on switching to a well rolled Crystal Belt will give even more ES with the possibility of having some ressists too.


Dream Fragments gives us a lot of Cold Resist and Immunity to Chill and Freeze which makes it a lot safer when opening storage boxes for example - not a mandatory unique tho' since you can simply have a flask with freeze immunity but I treat it as a quality of life item - I don't have to remember to actually use the damn flask.
Other than that - Energy Shield again, some resists and Strength. Death's Oath require a whopping 180 strength which is gonna be a high ammount for a Witch so you need to get that strength from somewhere.


Flat ES + %ES + Strength - the main source of our strength. Of course if you can get the strength somewhere else you don't have to get is here but it's easiest to grab it on jewelry.
As for annointments - early on you can annoint Beef for +30 STR if you can't meet Death's Oath's requirements. Later on I recommend Sanctity - it gives 20% armor, 10% maximum ES 1% life regen and 10 to STR and INT - every stat is good for us.

1x Spreading rot - Boosts our Blight
1x Energy From Within - Place it in the jewel socket on the left of the "Melding" Passive
2x Rare with
- Damage over time
- %ES
- Chaos Damage ovr time multiplier
- Chaos Damage


Rumi's and Basalt for Physical Damage Reduction - you don't have to use Rumi and you can get a regular Granite Flask instead.
Sulphur for additional Damage
Quicksilver for movespeed
Witchfire brew is very important - it not only gives additional damage over time but it also gives us a free level 21 Despair Aura which is our only source of this aura.
Make sure to have Immunity to Bleed and Ignite on your flasks - those two ailments will prevent your Energy Shield from Recharging unless you use Vaal Discipline.

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[Path of Exile] TRIPLE GOLDEN OIL AFK Tier 16 Blighted Map (4 Great AFK Blight Builds) - 748

[3.15 Ready] ED/Bane/Blight Occultist | Max Block | low to high budget | 15M+ DPS


We apply 2 curses with Bane, one is always Despair, the other can be Enfeeble or Temp Chains. Enfeeble is a straightforward survivability increase, Temporal chains makes our DoTs last longer, so you have to apply ED less often and most importantly, you can reach 20 stacks of Blight after channeling for ~4 seconds

Shield Charge + Fortify is a great movement skill for mapping, but for bossing you will mostly use Flame Dash because it's instant and lets you pass through dangerous zones.

If your Bane is not killing mobs quickly enough (low gear or you're doing juiced Delirium or other hard content) just switch to 6-link Bane

Leveling and leaguestart

In Act 1 and Act 2 use the typical Witch skill setups like Stormblast mine, Frostbomb, Orb of storms. In A3 you can switch to all the skills of this build - Bane with Despair and Temp chains, ED, Blight, Malevolence, Discipline. For tree, you start with picking spellpower to Arcanist's Dominion, whil you will later respec away. Then continue to Atrophy, after that Growth and Decay, Entropy, Lethal assault. then you move to Corruption and finish the build tree. Get a large cluster asap, you will need it for the must-have notables.

There are 3 core items that you need to get when you're entering white maps - Brush with Death cluster jewel, Evil Eye cluster jewel and a shield with ES on block. Without these items you will not have a good time in maps. After 3.15 nerfs Shav's is the most important item to get early because of the huge damage it provides.

Crafting endgame gear

Cost ~30ex

Cost ~12+ ex

Cost ~30-50ex

Cost ~30ex

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on May 26, 2021, 4:27:08 PM

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can you post an ascendancies order?


Silienia wrote:

can you post an ascendancies order?

Void Beacon -> Withering Presence

Then Profane Bloom and Malediction is a matter of preference, Bloom would help with mapping at league start, Malediction will enable second curse for more utility, and it itself is a small offense/defense bonus.
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looks good man! definitely gonna try this out if my Max block forbidden rite is a failure haha, hopefully no crazy things in the balance manifesto / patch notes.

My overview of the Balance Manifesto for this build.

Arcane Surge nerf - slightly annoying for bossing, missing a few ED in a row and have not enough mana to try again would feel bad.

Fortify Effect nerf - I was rarely using Shield Charge against bosses anyway, it's a bit risky.

Damage over Time Multiplier change - this is a small buff, allows crafting stronger endgame wands.

Veiled Mods nerf - this hurts our endgame crafts a bit, but nothing too serious.

Flame dash nerf - no big deal, maybe will make the Feared a bit dangerous.

Now we wait for patchnotes, hopefully GGG didn't think that Chaos support gems are OP and need nerfs.

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Patch notes are out. No active skill or aura nerfs (Bane received a tiny irrelevant nerf).

All support gems nerfed. Mana costs will be greatly increased. Efficacy took a huge hit. I inserted lower level gems in my PoB and my Standard character lost around 33% DPS.

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desu wrote:

Patch notes are out. No active skill or aura nerfs (Bane received a tiny irrelevant nerf).

All support gems nerfed. Mana costs will be greatly increased. Efficacy took a huge hit. I inserted lower level gems in my PoB and my Standard character lost around 33% DPS.

So you fall from like 18mln to 12mln dps? That suck :/. You think it's still viable to play as league starter? And worth overall to play, as you put 400ex to get, now, 12mln dps? I wanted really to play it but didn't expect that it's going to hit dmg so hard, without really touching damage and only mana multi.

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JohnnsonsBaby wrote:

So you fall from like 18mln to 12mln dps? That suck :/. You think it's still viable to play as league starter? And worth overall to play, as you put 400ex to get, now, 12mln dps? I wanted really to play it but didn't expect that it's going to hit dmg so hard, without really touching damage and only mana multi.

Literally all builds in the game got their DPS nerfed by similar amounts, and some probably got hit much harder, like Archmage or crit builds. I think this build got off relatively easy.

You're not paying 400 ex for just DPS, you're paying for the ability to facetank Maven & Shaper, do the Feared deathless and generally not die to mistakes.

I still have an ace up my sleeve - using Righteous Fire for bosskilling while ED is up. That's a huge DPS boost, I didn't use it previously because I didn't felt like I need it and it's a bit clunky, because you have to cancel it with flask during phase transitions. Now it might be worth doing it.

Still, I'm waiting for PoB patch to tell exactly how much the changes will affect this build.
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Do you have any leveling trees? Which would be the best notables to target?

PoB has been updated. The build lost ~30% DPS. Mana costs significantly increased, which might result in clunky gameplay. First thing I'm gonna do at launch is to login to my Standard character and see how the build performs against bosses.


Buurner wrote:

Do you have any leveling trees? Which would be the best notables to target?

I haven't tried leveling as this build, but my plan is to take SP nodes to Arcanist's Dominion first, then continue as the build tree - move to Atrophy first, Fangs of Viper & Growth and Decay second, Corruption third. Then finish the tree, at some point respec Arcanist's Dominion branch,

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Builds poe blight

PoE Blight Build Trickster

The drop level of BlightBlight is 5. You can get it by killing enemies, opening Gemcutter’s Strongbox.

Related Items

1.Helmet Enchantments

The following helmet enchantments affect Blight.

NameLevelStatsSpawn Weighting
Enchantment Blight Damage 16625% increased Blight Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Blight Damage 27540% increased Blight Damagehelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Blight Area Of Effect 16616% increased Blight Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Blight Area Of Effect 27524% increased Blight Area of Effecthelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Blight Secondary Skill Duration 166Blight has 20% increased Hinder Durationhelmet 100
default 0
Enchantment Blight Secondary Skill Duration 275Blight has 30% increased Hinder Durationhelmet 100
default 0

2. Related unique items

The following unique items are related to Blight:

ItemBase ItemLvl.Stats
Spreading RotCobalt Jewel1(7-13)% increased Chaos Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Blight inflicts Withered for 2 seconds
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Blight has 50% increased Hinder Duration
AllelopathySorcerer Gloves69Grants Level 22 Blight Skill
(20-30)% increased Damage over Time
(100-120)% increased Energy Shield
10% increased Area of Effect
Blight has (20-30)% increased Hinder Duration
You cannot be Hindered

3. Microtransactions

The list below shows microtransactions for Blight.

Celestial Blight EffectYour Blight becomes a Celestial Effect.
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