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

SHOWCASE
Essence Drain
Main source of damage. Fires a projectile that applies a damage over time debuff when it hits. You are healed for a portion of the debuff damage. The debuff is spread by Contagion.
Contagion
Spreads Essence Drain.
Wither
Wither totems are going to apply the Wither debuff for a lot of extra chaos damage taken.
Bligh / Vaal Blight
Adds multiple layers of damage over time on bosses. This is going to highly increase your single target damage. Vaal Blight will cause bosses to take 20% increased chaos damage.
Flame Dash
Great movement skill to dodge heavy attacks.
Vaal Righteous Fire
Temporary aura that grants 39% more spell damage. (use it on bosses)
Skitterbots
Keep Shocking and Chilling enemies for more damage and survivability.
Malevolence
Aura that grants more Damage over Time.
Discipline
Aura that grants extra Energy Shield.
TREE
ASCENDANCY
  • FIRST LABYRINTH
- Ghost Dance
  • SECOND LABYRINTH
- Escape Artist
  • THIRD LABYRINTH
- ​Patient Reaper
  • UBER LABYRINTH
- Prolonged Pain
  • STEP BY STEP
Check the steps here
PANTHEON
  • MAJOR GOD
- ​Soul of Lunaris
  • MINOR GOD
​Soul of Tukohama 
JEWELS
  • RECOMMENDED ATTRIBUTES
- ​Spell Damage
- Chaos Damage
- Damage over Time
- DoT Multiplier
- Maximum Life
  • 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.
  • UNIQUES
Transcendent Mind (x1 recommended)  
- Place it like this.
  • WATCHER'S EYE
- With +X% to damage over time multiplier while affected by Malevolence. It's expensive and not mandatory at all. But it improves your damage. Examples here.
  • CLUSTER JEWEL
- 1 Cluster Jewel with Touch of Cruelty.  Examples here.
- 2 Cluster Jewels with Flow of Life. Examples here.
- Cluster Jewel details here.
- If you don't have the Cluster jewel use this TREE.
BANDIT CHOICE
  • KILL ALL BANDITS
- ​Help Eramir and get 2 extra Passive Points for your Skill Tree.
LEVELING
  • LEVELING SKILLS 
This build has an easy leveling process. You can start using Spark until level 12, then change to Essence Drain/Contagion. 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)
- The Dark Seer grants up to 82% increased damage. Use 2 until level 60 when you'll equip Cane of Unravelling. (equipable at level 32)
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.