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Passive Skill Tree
You can find an optimized Path of Building here. Every build I release will use the community fork of Path of Building, which is maintained and updated in a much more regular fashion than the original one. You can find PoB’s Fork, by LocalIdentity, here.
If you are not comfortable with Path of Building, we also have a PoePlanner for you. Do note that PoE Planner does not support Cluster Jewels and some specific unique jewels and it is highly recommended you install Path of Building to follow builds most optimally.
This build scales pretty well off of everything, which means levels are equally as important as gear is. Therefore, you will feel significantly weaker while you’re progressing through the game, but since Dark Pact does relatively well at lower levels, that shouldn’t be an issue.
Here’s a level 80 Path of Building and a “PoePlanner“https://poeplanner.com/ABYAAMEAFiUAAF0c3IPzCPRR-48avOq2-o5kwGbDCSL01YG5k_IdoS8qEwSzEMyuEprgW6CVLkWdf8ZmnuNijEYRLTLRfA6vbIVt6-6TJ0PIHRQWb08EzRaiAPDVbAv1-h8YsTbGrvAfPC0LYRVQj_rr9RbzBx63OPfBbRmDX6Py42rYJL6KNsVOrhGW-tIk2I9GpwhTUiY8WOWnVSu2hTJaK3yD96ZJUWjyLJxFRy-d-JNqQwOacWJ1KismOhYEUWhahoIAAAAAAA== to give you an idea of how your tree should look like whenever you’re at about that level. This should carry you to the stages where you can afford some nice item upgrades!
Dark Pact – Main Link (6-Link)
As you notice, this build runs a couple of Awakened Gems. While they’re definitely a nice thing to have, they’re not required whatsoever and you’ll do completely fine with regular versions.
- Dark Pact (level 21/20 ideally!)
- Spell Totem Support
- Multiple Totems Support
- Awakened Controlled Destruction Support
- Empower Support (level 4)
- Awakened Void Manipulation Support
Since you want to make thee most use of Mind over Matter, you’re only using Precision and Vitality, as they reserve flat amounts of Mana and you have plenty of total Mana. This makes it so they don’t interfere with your tankiness from MoM. As you don’t require any links to them, feel free to socket your Vaal Righteous Fire here. Use Vaal RF whenever you’re on a boss and need the extra DPS.
Power Charge Generation
The skill of choice for you to generate Power Charges is Storm Brand. Storm Brand has a really high activation rate, which means it crits fairly often and is very suitable for Power Charge On Critical Support. If you have a trigger wand, this goes in your wand so it automatically gets cast and you don’t have to worry about it.
Wither makes your enemies take increased % Chaos Damage. Since this is a very big damage amplification, and you have plenty of time of casting it yourself, you’re linking it to Cast while Channeling – Despair to apply a curse on monsters. You should be casting this whenever monsters don’t die to the first tick of your Dark Pact totems.
Since you will not be taking Damage regularly (as you mostly hide behind your Totems and their absurd damage), we chose to keep the Cast when Damage taken fairly high level. This enables the Stone Golem to be linked to it and still maintain a high level and a high uptime for more Energy Shield regen! Immortal Call is there to get you out of iffy situations and provide that extra bit of mitigation.
Flame Dash is the preferred movement skill just because of the absurd amount of Cast Speed you’re picking up. This makes it feel almost instant which is really nice! You’re linking it to the Arcane Surge buff, which is to be kept up as much as possible!