BUILD

SUMMARY

SHOWCASE
Blade Vortex
Main source of damage. Ethereal blades spin around you for a duration, repeatedly  damaging enemies they pass through. (You can and should use Vaal Blade Vortex)
Flesh and Stone
Needs to be on Flesh stance all the time, it maims nearby enemies for up to 29% increased physical damage taken (when supported by Maim).
Flame Dash
Good movement skill that will also trigger Arcane Surge for more spell damage and cast speed.
Summon Skitterbots
They are going to keep chilling and shocking your enemies for more damage and survivability.
Orb of Storms
Linked with lvl 7 Arcane Surge it will always grant a Spell damage and Cast speed buff when used. It also instant kill enemies with 10% life or lower because of Culling Strike.
Steelskin
When linked with Cast When Damage Taken gives you a shield that absorbs Damage when you take a certain amount of Damage (Keep CWDT at LVL 11 and Steelskin at LVL 16)
Vaal Grace
Temporary aura that grants a huge amount of chance to dodge attacks and spells. (Use it on bosses)
Vaal Righteous Fire
Grants 8 seconds of 39% more spell damage. Great to use during a big fight. WARNING: Righteous Fire is going to kill you! You have to use VAAL Righteous Fire.
Summon Stone Golem
Grants extra life regeneration.
Purifying Flame
Auto cast as soon as you take a little amount of damage. This will create a Consecrated Ground, granting more life regeneration for you and 100% increased critical strike chance on your enemies.
Pride
Cause nearby enemies to take a huge amount of extra physical damage.
TREE
ASCENDANCY
  • FIRST LABYRINTH
- ​Unstable Infusion 
  • SECOND LABYRINTH
Deadly Infusion
  • THIRD LABYRINTH
Mistwalker
  • UBER LABYRINTH
Opportunistic
PANTHEON
  • MAJOR GOD
- ​Soul of Lunaris
  • MINOR GOD
​Soul of Garukhan
JEWELS
  • RECOMMENDED ATTRIBUTES
- ​x% Increased Physical Damage
- x% Increased Maximum Life
- x% Increased Area Damage
- x% Increased Cast Speed
- x% Increased Spell Damage
  • ABYSSAL JEWEL
- I highly recommend you to get an Abyssal jewel with "Chance to gain Onslaught on kill", it increases a lot your clear speed. Examples here.
  • TIMELESS JEWEL
- I highly recommend getting a Militant Faith. It grants Inner Conviction, that gives you 3% more damage for each power charge. Click here for more information about this jewel and how to use it.
BANDIT
  • HELP ALIRA
- ​Help Alira and get 20% critical multiplier, 15% to all elemental resistances and mana regeneration.
LEVELING
  • LEVELING SKILLS 
This build has an easy leveling process. You can start using Spark until level 12, then change to Blade Vortex. For auras and detailed leveling setups click here. 
  • LEVELING ITEMS
-​ Elreon Jewelry are in my opinion the best items to level any build, imagine goes all the way until lvl 50 ~ 60 without needing to spend one single Mana point. But low level ones might be hard to acquire if you are not playing on Standard. If you are playing on the Challenge League check the next ring.
-​ Praxis are the mana rings you want if you couldn't get a nice Elreon Ring. It grants a lot of mana regeneration and -8 to total mana cost of skills. (equipable at level 22)
- Lochitonial Caress for gloves, mainly because of it's cast speed buff. (equipable at level 1) 
- Asenath's Mark is an offensive helmet, gives you even more cast speed. equipable at level 8)
- Goldrim is a defensive Helmet, gives you more elemental resistances (equipable at level 1)
- String of Servitude is another awesome and cheap way to get a lot of elemental resistances. (equipable at level 1).
- Wanderlust for movement speed and frozen immunity (equipable at level 3)
- Tabula Rasa is a great body armour for leveling, it provides a 6 Linked starting on level 1, not so cheap though. (equipable at level 1)
- Lifesprig is awesome to level cast speed characters, use two of them. (equipable at level 1)
- Axiom Perpetuum is totally awesome for leveling up this build, it grants elemental damage, cast speed and a LOT of critical chance. (equipable at level 10)
- Heartbreaker is your option when you reach level 50, it grants up to 70% increased spell damage, 30% critical chance and Culling Strike. Use two until you reach level 62 and start using 2 Cold Iron Point.
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.
  • Why Arcane Surge at level 7?
- Arcane Surge is activated by the amount of mana you spend with the supported spell. A level 7 Arcane Surge requires 36 mana to be sctivated, the same amount your Flame Dash uses to be casted. This way everytime you cast Flame Dash, you get the Arcane Surge Boost.
  • 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

BLADE VORTEX

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