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

  • Safe Ranged Build

  • Great Clear Speed

  • Very Tanky and Evasive

Cons

  • The single target damage isn't great.

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.
  • WEAPON
- Look for weapons with Spell Damage, Damage over Time, Non-Ailment Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier and if possible Chaos Damage. Example of a cheap one here and expensive 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 also reduces mana reservation and grants 10% chance to start Energy Shield recover every time you use a skill. This helmet isn't cheap, but it's also not mandatory, you can take your time to farm currency to buy it.
- Meanwhile you can use a rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and energy shield. 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
- ​An Essence Worm ring is mandatory, so we can use the Malevolence Aura without sacrificing a huge amount of mana.
  • 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 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.
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Essence Drain
Controlled Destruction
Empower lvl 3 or 4 (If 6 Sockets Linked)
Void Manipulation (If 5 Sockets Linked)
Swift Affliction
Efficacy
If you don't have Empower lvl 3 or 4 use Decay instead.
  • BOOTS
Wither
Multiple Totems
Faster Casting
Spell Totem
  • GLOVES
Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 11)
Vaal Righteous Fire
Increased Duration
Steelskin (lvl 16)
  • HELMET
Discipline
Summon Chaos Golem
Flame Dash
Enlighten
  • MAIN HAND
Contagion
Increased Area of Effect
Faster Casting
  • OFF HAND
Bane
Despair
Efficacy
  • RING
Malevolence
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.
 
 
 

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