BLADE VORTEX

BUILD

SUMMARY

INFORMATION

This is a Assassin based build focusing on the Skill Blade Vortex. Cast several blades around you to kill any enemy that dare getting closer to you. A very fun build and totally recommended for beginners.

Pros

  • Cheap

  • Great Clear Speed

  • League Starter

  • Great Single Target Damage

  • Very Evasive

Cons

  • Evasion Dependent

  • Stays too Close to enemies

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR 
- If you want more clear speed and sweet explosions you can buy a rare body armour with Evasion + Energy Shield, At least 70 Life and "Enemies you kill explode, dealing 3% of their life as physical damage". This kind of armour is expensive though. Examples here.
​Carcass Jack is the awesome budget alternative. It grants up to 50% Area Damage and Increased Area of Effect, 70 Life, 12% to all elemental resistances and 1045 Evasion.
  • WEAPON
- Cold Iron Point dagger is mandatory for this build, it grants +3 to level of all Physical Spell Gems. Wearing 2 we have +6 levels to Blade Vortex, this grants a big load of extra damage.
  • HELMET
- ​I recommend Starkonja's Head because it grants a good amount of life, critical chance, evasion and Dexterity.
- ​A rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and evasion. Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- ​Rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and energy shield. Examples here.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare boots with movement speed, life, elemental resistances and Armour. Examples here.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with strength, life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #1
- ​An Essence Worm ring is mandatory in order to use all Auras and Buffs together.
  • RING #2
- ​A rare ring with strength, life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- A rare amulet with strength, life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • FLASKS
- ​2 Divine Life Flasks. Look for mods like ''instant recovery'', ''removes bleeding'' and ''removes freeze''. Examples here and here.
- 1 Stibnite Flask for evasion boost and blind source for your enemies. Examples here.
- 1 Quicksilver Flask for more clear speed. Examples here.
- 1 Diamond Flask for more critical chance. Examples here.
- The good old Atziri's Promise for a big boost to your damage and life leech. 
- If you have a good amount of currency you can also use Sin's Rebirth for more damage
  • ENCHANTMENTS
- ​Helmet: 40% Increased Blade Vortex Damage
- Gloves: Of Fury
- Boots: Movement Speed
P.S. Enchantments are not super important, so don't feel bad if you don't have the right ones ;)
  • RECOMMENDED ANOINTMENTS
- ​First Choice: Overcharge (Crimson + Black + Silver)
- Alternative Option #1: 
- Alternative Option #2: 
  • FULL BUILD ATTRIBUTE REQUIREMENTS
- ​Strength: 155
- Dexterity: 155
- Intelligence: 155
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Vaal Blade Vortex
Intensify
Controlled Destruction
Unleash
Power Charge on Critical
Empower lvl 3 or 4 (If 6 Linked Sockets)
  • BOOTS
Flesh and Stone
Maim
Herald of Purity
Enlighten
  • HELMET
Cast When Damage Taken (level 11)
Vaal Grace
Steelskin (level 16)
Increased Duration
  • GLOVES
Arcanist Brand
Purifying Flame
Vulnerability
Arcane Surge (level 6)
  • WEAPON
Vaal Righteous Fire
Clarity (level 7)
Increased Duration
  • WEAPON
Summon Stone Golem
Dash
Second Wind
  • RING
Pride
THIS BUILD'S FAQ
  • Is there a good place to buy unique items?
- Not only for unique items, poe.trade or pathofexile.com/trade are great websites for trading your items.
  • I'm lvl 40 and I'm dying a lot, what can I do?
- Please take a look at your Elemental Resistances, they are really important for your survivability. After lvl 40 try to keep at least 50% of each. The meximum is 75%, try to reach that when on end game.
  • I don't have as much HP as the gameplay shows and I've followed the Skill Tree step by step. Can you help me?
- Look for more HP at your rare gear. You can have ''+89 to maximum life'' on your helmet for instance.
  • You say the build is cheap, but there are some expensive recommended items there. How?
- Those items are only recommended and not mandatory. Maximize a build with the best possible items and 6 Linkeds takes a good amount of currency. Start using 4 Linkeds on low tier maps in order to farm currency to upgrade your gear.
  • Controlled Destruction removes 100% of my critical chance, does this mean that I'll never dead critical strikes?
- No, actually 100% reduced critical chance means that of all the amount of extra critical chance you get from the Tree, Items and Jewels, you are going to lose 100%. Example: If you get 450% increased critical chance from Tree, Items and Jewels, the amount goes down to 350% when you support your skill with Controlled Destruction.

CLASS: Shadow

ASCENDANCY: Assassin

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Area Spell

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 1/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here