ESSENCE DRAIN

SUMMARY

CLASS: Shadow

ASCENDANCY: Trickster

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Damage over Time Spell

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 1/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is an Trickster based build focusing on the Skills Essence Drain with Contagion. This build has a great clear speed and it's particulary AWESOME to farm Monoliths. It's easy to level and great for beginners.

Pros

  • Easy to play

  • Good currency farmer

  • Awesome Clear Speed

  • Very Tanky and Evasive

Cons

  • The single target damage could be better

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
​Cloak of Defiance is mandatory for this build, providing more survivability. It grants up to 150 mana, 1% of maximum mana regenerated per second and 10% of damage taken from mana before life. It also has up to 291 Energy Shield + 1487 Evasio which is great because of Escape Artist.
  • WEAPON
- Cane of Unrevelling is the best budget option for this build, it grants +2 to level of All Chaos Gems, up to 30% increased Chaos Damage and up to +55% to Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier.
- If you have more currency get a Rare Bow with at least +1 to level of Socketed Gems, +2 to level of Socketed Support Gems and a bunch of Damage over Time Multiplier. Examples here.
  • HELMET
- ​I highly recommend you to use The Devouring Diadem, mainly because it already grants Eldritch Battery and saves 4 passive skill points. But don't think that's all, this helmet also consumes nearby corpses to grant Life, Mana and Energy Shield. It reduces mana reservation allowing us to use one more aura and grants 10% chance to start Energy Shield recover every time you use a skill. This helmet might to be a little expensive during the first weeks of a new League.
- If you can't afford it yet, you can use a rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and energy shield (But remeber that you'll also have to pick Eldritch Battery on your skill tree). Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- ​Rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and energy shield/armour. Examples here.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare boots with movement speed, life, elemental resistances and energy shield. Examples here.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #1
- A rare ring with life, strength and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #2
- A rare ring with life, strength and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- ​A rare Amulet with Life, Strength and some resistances. Examples here.
  • FLASKS
- Divine Life Flasks. Look for mods like ''instant recovery'', ''removes bleeding'' and ''removes freeze''. Examples here and here.
- Quicksilver Flask is awesome to increase your movement speed. Look for "Increased Duration" and "Increased Movement Speed during flask effect". Examples here.
- Sulphur Flask is another good choice, it grants 40% increased damage and more life regeneration. Exampler here.
- A Jade Flask is really important because it grants +3000 Evasion. Best mods are Increased Duration and Increased Evasion. Examples here
- A Witchfire Brew is good for this build, it grants increased evasion, creates a smoke cloud that blinds your enemies, up to 40% increased damage over time.
  • ENCHANTMENTS
- ​Helmet: 40% Increased Essence Drain Damage
- Gloves: Of Reflection
- 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: Corruption (Crimson + Black + Black)
- Alternative Option #1: //
- Alternative Option #2: //
  • FULL BUILD ATTRIBUTE REQUIREMENTS
- ​Strength: 98
- Dexterity: 111
- Intelligence: 155
GEMS
  • WEAPON
Essence Drain
Controlled Destruction
Empower lvl 3 or 4 (If 6 Sockets Linked)
Swift Affliction (If 5 Sockets Linked)
Void Manipulation
Efficacy
  • BOOTS
Contagion
Intensify
Vaal Righteous Fire
Increased Area of Effect
  • GLOVES
Wither
Multiple Totems
Summon Stone Golem
Spell Totem
Summon Stone Golem can't be linked to Spell Totem.
  • HELMET
Discipline
Malevolence
Summon Skitterbots
Flame Dash
  • BODY ARMOUR
Vaal Blight
Efficacy
Controlled Destruction
Infused Channeling
Void Manipulation
Swift Affliction
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 a 6 Linked body armour is expensive. How?
- 6 Linked body armour is not mandatory for this build to work. 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.