Chaos DoT Soulrend Trickster Gear, Jewels and Flasks

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Summary – TL;DR

As per usual, nothing matters more than capping your Elemental Resistance before anything else. This means modifiers on gear are subordinate to Resistances as long as you’re not capped. Since you’ll be running a decent amount of Unique items, it’ll be important to look out for a lot of resistances on your Rare pieces!

We’re providing you with an extensive analysis further down the page but chose to start off with an overview / recommendation.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Crown of the Inward Eye Crown of the Inward Eye
Amulet Citrine Amulet Citrine Amulet with +2 to Int / Chaos Skills
Chest Sadist Garb Sadist Garb with as much Evasion and Energy Shield as possible
Gloves Sorcerer Gloves Sorcerer Gloves with Chaos DoT Multi and as much Energy Shield as possible
Boots Sorcerer Boots Sorcerer Boots with Movement Speed and as much Energy Shield as possible
Belt Bated Breath Bated Breath
Rings Rare rings with Energy Shield, Mana, Mana Regeneration and Attributes
Weapon Rare Wand with +1(or2) to Spell Skills, Chaos DoT Multi and DoT Multiplier
Shield Rare Titanium Spirit Shield Titanium Spirit Shield with Energy Shield when you Block and as much Energy Shield as possible

For crafting Rare items, you can check out all the affixes that can roll on an item base, depending on its level, influence, and many other factors, using our affix tool.

Armour Pieces

Helmet

Crown of the Inward Eye Crown of the Inward Eye is just extremely solid for the build while being super cheap / easy to buy or find. While it costs you about 200 Energy Shield, it gets you about 15% damage which is about 5% more for then you’d get from a BiS Rare Helmet. In case you’re paying SSF, this helmet drops from Sirus really commonly and it’s hardly worth every investing your currency into a well crafted Hubris Circlet. Should you insist, you’re aiming for 300 Energy Shield and a “Nearby Enemies have -9% to Chaos Resistance” modifier which only appears on Hunter-influenced items.

If you play trade league and you can find one, a Crown of the Inward Eye Crown of the Inward Eye with a “Soulrend fires an additional Projectile” is extremely useful for map clear. It’s not a big deal if you can’t get the enchant, but if you have some extra currency, its really really nice to have!

Body Armour

The best in slot piece here is a Sadist Garb Sadist Garb because it has the best Evasion on an Evasion / Energy Shield chest. This means that you’ll make more use out of it than any other base on a Trickster. Try focusing on getting one with really high Energy Shield and Evasion. The rest of the stats absolutely don’t matter.

  1. #% increased Evasion and Energy Shield (at least 100%)
  2. +#to Evasion Rating (at least 250)
  3. +#to maximum Energy Shield (at least 70)

Gloves

This is one of your only slots where you can find some additional damage. If you can pick up a Hunter-influenced modifier “Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier” on a high pair of Sorcerer Gloves, you would like to get one. This is a small upgrade and one that should generally come later on in the gearing process. Otherwise you’re just trying to focus on high Energy Shield and perhaps some Resistances.

  1. +# to Maximum Energy Shield
  2. #% increased Energy Shield
  3. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until cap)
  4. #% to Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier

Boots

Other than wanting high Increased Movement Speed and high Energy Shield, you’d like to find at least one Resistance here to help you cap your Resistances. Obviously, a pair of Sorcerer Boots is best as that is the highest Energy Shield base.

  1. #% increased Energy Shield
  2. +# to maximum Energy Shield
  3. #% increased Movement Speed (at least 20 – preferably 30)
  4. +# to Elemental Resistances (until cap)

Belt

Bated Breath Bated Breath is just incredibly hard to beat for how easy it is to acquire. It’s basically free in a trade-league, and in Solo Self-Found it’s generally not that uncommon to have one of these. However, should you find yourself in a scenario where you don’t have one of these, the best alternative would be a Crystal Belt Crystal Belt with as much Energy Shield and Resistances as you can find. Bated Breath, however, just offers so much “hidden quality of life” in the increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate that you’d almost always take it over a Rare belt anyway.

Accessories

Amulet

This is one of two slots where the main throughput of the build sources from. You want to Awaken 2 +1 to Level of Gems modifiers together here on an amulet. This requires an Awakener's Orb Awakener's Orb. Before you acquire this, a single of these modifiers will do you fine up to that point. Whenever you awakener orb those modifiers together depending on how your Mana Sustain feels, you’re going to want to craft Mana Regeneration, Energy Shield or % increased Maximum Energy Shield.

  1. +# to Level of all Chaos Skill Gems
  2. +# to Level of all Intelligence Skill Gems
  3. Crafted Mana Regeneration (if needed)
  4. % increased maximum Energy Shield (if needed)

Anoint

Deflection is the anointment required for the build. It gives you an incredible amount of Block and Spell Block chance which you need to reach cap. Additionally, you’re getting a decent amount of Energy Shield from the Increased Defenses from Equipped Shield. It’s also relatively cheap so there’s no point in delaying this whatsoever.

Rings

This is where you find most of your Resistances, Mana Sustain, and, whenever possible, some extra Energy Shield. Ideally you get some kind of Resistance base, an extra Energy Shield roll, as much Resistance as you can find a high Mana or Mana Regeneration roll, crafting whichever one of those you’re missing. If you want to save a Skill Point, you’re probably going to need to find a little bit of Dexterity here too.

  1. +# to Dexterity (as much as needed)
  2. #% increased Mana Regeneration Rate / #+ to maximum Mana (at least 50)
  3. +# to Elemental Resistances (until cap)
  4. +# to maximum Energy Shield

Shield

Your shield is one of your main Energy Shield slots. Your goal here is to find as much Energy Shield as possible while getting “Recover 5% of Energy Shield when you block” as well. This is a Shaper modifier, so it’s a little tricky as you ideally want a Titanium Spirit Shield Titanium Spirit Shield base because of its much greater Energy Shield potential. Should you get a base, you can easily use Orb of Alteration Orb of Alterations and eventually multimod the remaining affixes to make the Shield decently strong!

  1. Recover #% of Energy Shield when you Block (5)
  2. +# to maximum Energy Shield (at least 80)
  3. #% increased Energy Shield (at least 70)
  4. +#% to Quality (crafted)

Weapon

Since you’re able to get double DoT modifiers here, you only require a single modifier to gem levels being either +1 to Level of all Chaos Spell Skill Gems or +1 to Level of all Spell Skill Gems. Additionally, you’re looking for either #% to Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier or #% increased Damage over Time. Whenever you get two of those, you’re going to just craft the other one on the crafting bench. Otherwise, you can get just the level modifier and multi-mod the two other bench-stats.

Flasks

I believe flasks are highly preference-based. One isn’t just outright better than another one for specific / certain builds. Obviously, sometimes, there’s a set in stone set of Flasks you should be using just because they synergize with your build so well. I wouldn’t say those really exist in this setup, but I’d strongly advise you to stick with the setup listed here.

In a Trade-League environment you’d be running two Unique Flasks in Dying Sun Dying Sun and Witchfire Brew Witchfire Brew. Dying Sun is really nice because together with the Helmet enchant it enables you to not have to run some source of multiple projectiles in your Links. If you don’t have the Helmet enchant or a Dying Sun you probably would swap out one of your green gems for a Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support while mapping to re-swap it on the boss. The Witchfire Brew is there to not have to rely on getting a Despair on Hit ring. Should you somehow be able to get that on a ring while maintaining all of the other requirements, you could run another defensive Flask here.

For your non-unique Flasks, the first one you want to run is a Jade Flask Jade Flask. A Jade Flask scales your Evasion which in turn makes you recover more Energy Shield when you lose your Ghost Shrouds. It is mandatory in every single Trickster Build that picks up Ghost Dance in my opinion. Next up is a Basalt Flask Basalt Flask, which greatly reduces the incoming Physical Damage.

The last Flask in your setup is an Enduring Eternal Mana Flask Eternal Mana Flask. This makes you never run out of Mana whatever you do. Since Soulrend is a fairly expensive spell, it’s hard to sustain Mana otherwise. If you really push Mana and Mana Regen on your Jewellery (and maybe on your shield) you could eventually, with really good gear, drop this Flask. Whenever you do, swap it out for a Quartz Flask Quartz Flask.

Regardless of which utility Flasks you go for and whether you follow our recommendations or not, you’ll need to stick to the suffixes we have picked for you (Staunching, Warding, Heat). The affixes on your non-unique Flasks can be changed around, but I recommend the following setup (based on the Flask duration, charges, and affix priorities):

Our recommendation:

Slot Flask
1 Experimenter’s Jade Flask Jade Flask of Heat
2 Chemist’s Basalt Flask Basalt Flask of Staunching
3 Witchfire Brew Witchfire Brew
4 Dying Sun Dying Sun
5 Enduring Eternal Mana Flask Eternal Mana Flask of Warding

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Jewels

Cluster Jewels

Cluster Jewels are amazing for this Build. When perfectly optimized, they make up a huge portion of your total damage. Worry not though, generally, they wont be incredibly expensive.

If you are looking for the most optimal way to acquire your Cluster Jewels, or have any other questions whatsoever about them, such as how to craft or price them, we refer you to our complete guide on Cluster Jewels.

Because most of the power comes from Large Cluster Notables, you’re running a Single Large Cluster with just one Medium Cluster. Additionally, you’re running two Small Cluster Jewels to give your Energy Shield a huge boost! On your Large Cluster Jewel Large Cluster Jewel you’re looking for 3 Notables. Any combination of the following notables is fine, as long as you get an 8-Passives Cluster Jewel.

  • Touch of Cruelty
  • Wicked Pall
  • Unwavering Evil
  • Dark Ideation
  • Unholy Grace
  • Unspeakable Gifts

The single Medium Cluster Jewel you want to run most optimally has Exposure Therapy and Eldritch Inspiration. If you want you can add a second one of those, as it provides you with a huge amount of damage but it’s just really hard to find the skill points in this build as there are so many awesome nodes on the tree as well.

The Small Cluster Jewels are just there to provide you with Energy From Naught modifiers which greatly improve your overall Energy Shield. They generally are super easy to roll yourself or buy for a couple of Chaos Orb Chaos Orb on trade.

Rare Jewels

Because you want to stay relatively tanky, I really like grabbing #% increased maximum Energy Shield on every single one of my Rare jewels. Your best modifiers are Damage over time Multiplier followed by any generic increases to Chaos Damage. Therefore, I suggest you pick up one Multiplier modifier alongside a generic damage mod.

  • #% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • +#% to Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
  • +#% to Damage over Time Multiplier
  • #% increased Chaos Damage
  • #% increased Spell Damage while holding a Shield
  • #% increased Spell Damage
  • #% increased Damage over Time
  • #% increased Projectile Damage

Main Page / TL;DR

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    Dude you get too many shield nodes from skill tree and saying use 2 wands :D You need to change a lot of things before publishing…

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    On 02/12/2020 at 9:13 AM, wishdropper said

    Dude you get too many shield nodes from skill tree and saying use 2 wands :D You need to change a lot of things before publishing…

    I never said you were supposed to use 2 wands whatsoever =). The PoB is clearly using a shield! However, that somehow got cut off in the recommendations, I’ll push an update about that today.

    Edit: Update Pushed! Thanks for letting me know!

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    Hello, it seems shadow cannot get storm brand until the A3 quest.

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    On 05/12/2020 at 4:40 PM, tomwaits said

    Hello, it seems shadow cannot get storm brand until the A3 quest.

    This is correct. They changed that with the recent update to vendor rewards. Try to get one from someone in trade maybe. Otherwise, Orb of Storms + Stormblast mine is the way to go.

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    I like some of your builds I just wish you would use the regular POE skill tree, the format you use only comes up as code on my PC.

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    Hello, When the full patch notes come out I’d be interested in getting your opinion on the viability of this build for 3.14. They already said they are nerfing vaal RF. Is vRF still the best choice or would you replace it with something else? (https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3079632) Thanks!

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    On 13/04/2021 at 2:33 AM, whitefish066 said

    Hello, When the full patch notes come out I’d be interested in getting your opinion on the viability of this build for 3.14. They already said they are nerfing vaal RF. Is vRF still the best choice or would you replace it with something else? (https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3079632) Thanks!

    The full patch notes dropped. I noticed a few changes relevant to this build.

    • Vaal Righteous Fire
      Now deals 80-99% of Sacrificed Energy Shield and Life as Fire Damage per second (previously 161-180%).
      Now Sacrifices 60% of your total Energy Shield and Life (previously 30%).
      Now grants 10-19% more Spell Damage (previously 15-28%).
      Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 6 seconds (previously 12).
    • The Cluster Jewel notable Exposure Therapy now grants a +8% to Damage over Time Multiplier (previously +10%).
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    On 13/04/2021 at 2:33 AM, whitefish066 said

    Hello, When the full patch notes come out I’d be interested in getting your opinion on the viability of this build for 3.14. They already said they are nerfing vaal RF. Is vRF still the best choice or would you replace it with something else? (https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3079632) Thanks!

    Didn’t have numbers so didn’t know. VRF is still fine, just a bit dangerous :P So it’s a bit like living on the edge :)

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    On 14/04/2021 at 12:47 AM, whitefish066 said

    On 13/04/2021 at 2:33 AM, whitefish066

    Hello, When the full patch notes come out I’d be interested in getting your opinion on the viability of this build for 3.14. They already said they are nerfing vaal RF. Is vRF still the best choice or would you replace it with something else? (https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3079632) Thanks!

    The full patch notes dropped. I noticed a few changes relevant to this build.

    * Vaal Righteous Fire
    Now deals 80-99% of Sacrificed Energy Shield and Life as Fire Damage per second (previously 161-180%).
    Now Sacrifices 60% of your total Energy Shield and Life (previously 30%).
    Now grants 10-19% more Spell Damage (previously 15-28%).
    Now has a Soul Gain Prevention duration of 6 seconds (previously 12).

    * The Cluster Jewel notable Exposure Therapy now grants a +8% to Damage over Time Multiplier (previously +10%).

    Jup, those don’t really matter whatsoever to be honest!

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    Hey,

    Just started leveling this and picking up the life regen node, then noticed we dont take zealot oath? so the life regen doesnt get used and we have no ES regen other then on kill. Im sure this is an mistake in the POB but wanted to check.

    Many thanks

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    On 02/05/2021 at 10:36 PM, ShellCarnage said

    Just started leveling this and picking up the life regen node, then noticed we dont take zealot oath? so the life regen doesnt get used and we have no ES regen other then on kill.

    it just happens to pick up a couple of regen nodes. However, that made me wonder whether its worth grabbing ZO for one point and I think it is. So I think the play is to drop the 30 strength node, use a level 1 fortify instead of a 20 (as that doesn’t matter) and drop your immortal call 1 or 2 levels so you can get by with Sub 100 strength & pick up ZO instead.

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    How do you deal with all that requirements for reservation from Discipline and Malevolence, btw I’m level 77 only. I have almost all the required items, also using shield from the other soulrend build 3.11 because I liked permanent onslaught.

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    I’m using permanent onslaught, but even if I was not I would rather switch out Enduring Cry with Infernal Cry since it gives leech damage as energy shield

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    Hey Dude,
    I loved your guide… im playing poe for a long time and i consider myself not the worst player in general but i suck so hard at poe. With that build i reached and actually survived a bit in endame maps.

    3.16 will bring a lot of changes but im sure there will be a way to change that guide into smth really sweet and theres one thing i know for sure
    i will not be the one able to do a build like that :D….

    So please dude, help us to establish a good build again for 3.16 soul rend :D
    I m begging you

    1. Thank you so much! i was giving up but was checking that page every day :D you re a hero
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    Hello thx for this build i really like it .
    But i have some questions if you can answer me it would be great.
    1.in the new tree you don’t use chaos innoculation so you are not immune to chaos and poison is that normal?
    2.if i take chaos innoculation shoul i take the big nodes 30% spell damage when low life?
    3.there is 3 auras malevolence tempest shield an discipline i can only run two of them caus e 25% 28% and 50% reservation is there a solution ?
    3.2 and if there is a solution how do you deal with your spell cost if all your mana is reserved?
    4.my shield charge doesn’t grant me fortity when i hit ennemies ? did i do something wrong?

    many thx for your time and your build i really appreciate it.<3

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    I also cant get fortify from shield charge. Google says its a known bug: cant get forti from wand+shield. Some ppl says its becasuse low accuracy. Any solutions?

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