ETHEREAL KNIVES

BUILD

SHOWCASE
Ethereal Knives
Main source of damage. Fires a nova of knives which deals physical damage
Frost Bomb
Supported by Cast When Damage Taken, it will automatically cast a bomb that pulses, debuffing the cold resistance of your enemies.
Shield charge
Awesome movement skill.
Immortal Call
Grants temporary physical damage immunity. Linked with Cast When Damage Taken to be activated everytime you recieve a certain amount of damage.
Vaal Haste
Temporary buff that grants massive attack speed, use it on bosses. 
Vaal Clarity
Temporary buff that grants mana free skills, use it on bosses.
Herald of Ice
Not only increases your damage and clear speed, it also grants the Onslaught buff.
Blood Rage
Provides 36% attack speed buff and Frenzy charges on kill
Summon Lightning Golem
A minion that grants attack and cast speed.
Hatred
A aura that grants a % of your physical damage as extra cold damage.
Blade Vortex
Meant to be used for big bosses like Guardians and Shaper. Use it in your secondary weapon that should be a Pledge of Hands.
TREE
ASCENDANCY
  • FIRST LABYRINTH
- ​Unstable Infusion for Power charges generation
  • SECOND LABYRINTH
​Deadly Infusion for more critical chance and multiplier. 1 additional Power charge
  • THIRD LABYRINTH
Ambush and Assassinate for Culling strike, critical chance and multiplier.
  • UBER LABYRINTH
​Opportunistic for more movement speed and damage against bosses.
  • STEP BY STEP
Check the steps here
PANTHEON
  • MAJOR GOD
- ​Soul of Lunaris
  • MINOR GOD
​Soul of Tukohama 
JEWELS
  • RECOMMENDED ATTRIBUTES
- ​x% Increased Physical Damage
- x% Increased Maximum Life
- x% Increased Spell Damage
- x% Increased Cold Damage
- x% Increased Cast Speed
- x% Increased Critical Multiplier
  • UNIQUES
- Ring of Blades (Mandatory)
- Inspired Learning (Recommended)
- Place them like this.
BANDIT CHOICE
  • HELP ALIRA
- ​Help Alira and get 20% critical multiplier, 15% to all elemental resistances and mana regeneration.
LEVELING
  • LEVELING SKILLS 
This build has a very easy leveling process. You can start with Spark until level 12, then change for Blade Vortex until level 38 when you are going to start using Ethereal Knives. For detailed auras and 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. It's very cheap and you can start using already at lvl 1. I like to use 2 or even 3 of them for leveling
- 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)
- 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)
- Heartbreaker has a great amount of spell damage and critical chance. (equipable at level 50)
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 Cast When Damage Taken  at level 1 and Immortal Call at level 3?
- Cast When Damage Taken can only support spell gems that have the same required level or lower.  At level 1 the required level of Cast When Damage Taken is 38, the same as Immortal Call at level 3. 
  • How do you generate Power charges?
- The ascendancy Assassin has a passive called Unstable Infusion that grants Power charges on critical hits.
  • How do you generate Frenzy charges?
- Blood Rage provides Frenzy Charges on kill
  • How do you generate Endurance charges?
- Warlord's Mark aura grants Endurance charges on kill
  • My Frost Bomb setup is not working, can you help me?
- Please make sure that Cast When Damage Taken is level 1 and Frost Bomb level 10
  • I don’t understand why there’s a Pledge of Hands with a Blade Vortex setup there, can you explain?
- This Blade Vortex setup is for big bosses like Guardians and Shaper where Ethereal Knives is not a very good skill. You need to keep Pledge of Hands as Secondary weapon and change it pressing “X” when the time is right.
  • I’m having mana problems, can you help me?
- Please make sure that your Warlord’s Mark aura is active, you need to have the curse Warlord’s Mark linked with Blasphemy Support. Also activate Vaal Clarity on Bosses. It provides a long time with mana free skills.
Vaal Grace

SUMMARY

CLASS: Shadow

ASCENDANCY: Assassin

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Spell Projectile

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 2/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

Temporary buff that grants massive chance to dodge, use it on bosses. 

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