BUILD

SUMMARY

SHOWCASE
Blade Vortex
Main source of damage. Ethereal blades spin around you for a duration, repeatedly  damaging enemies they pass through. It hits several times per second, so the Poison potential is off the charts (You can and should use Vaal Blade Vortex)
Plague Bearer
Allows you to stock some of the poison you’ve dealt and release all this damage over time when you want to. We use it to increase our clear speed since we can get it up almost 100% of the time.
Whirling Blades
Awesome movement skill. And with this setup it also grants the Fortify buff for more survivability.
Wither
Totem Setup that is able to make your enemies receive up to 90% increased Chaos Damage, this is awesome against Bosses.
Malevolence
Grants 20% more Damage over Time Multiplier.
Herald of Purity
Grants 12% more Physical Damage.
Herald of Agony
Grants 10% more poison damage.
Vaal Grace
Temporary aura that grants a huge amount of chance to dodge attacks and spells. (Use it on bosses)
Summon Stone Golem
Grants extra life regeneration.
Steelskin
Gives you a shield that absorbs Damage. Keep it in your Left-Click shortcut so you’ll activate it while walking.
TREE
ASCENDANCY
  • FIRST LABYRINTH
- ​Noxious Strike
  • SECOND LABYRINTH
Toxic Delivery
  • THIRD LABYRINTH
Mistwalker
  • UBER LABYRINTH
Opportunistic
PANTHEON
  • MAJOR GOD
- ​Soul of Lunaris
  • MINOR GOD
​Soul of Garukhan
JEWELS
  • RECOMMENDED ATTRIBUTES
- ​x% Increased Chaos Damage
- x% Increased Maximum Life
- x% Increased Damage Over Time
- x% Increased Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier
  • 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
- Watcher's Eye with more Damage Over Time while affected by Malevolence. It's expensive and not mandatory at all. But it improves your damage.
  • CLUSTER JEWEL
- 1 Cluster Jewel with Overwhelming Malice. Examples here.
- 2 Cluster Jewels with Haemorrhage. Examples here.
- Cluster Jewel details here.
- If you don't have the Cluster Jewels use this TREE.
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 Caustic Arrow from level 1 to level 38 when you’ll start using Poison Blade Vortex after picking Noxious Strike in your Assassin Ascendancy Tree. 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)
- Silverbranch is a low level bow that provides + to level of Bow Gems, it can easily take you to lvl 38 (equipable at level 1).
- The Dark Seer grants up to 60% increased damage. Use 2 until level 62 when you'll equip 2 Cold Iron Point. (Use them on level 38 when you start using Blade Vortex as your Main Skill)
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.

CLASS: Shadow

ASCENDANCY: Assassin

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Damage over Time

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 1/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

POISON BLADE VORTEX

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