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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.
Since Chaos DoT skills generally scale really well with levels, you’re always going to feel like you’re missing some damage when you’re lower level. However, through pathing efficiently, you can make the skill feel incredible even in the low 80s. Therefore, I’ll leave you with this Path of Building give you an idea as to what I would suggest your tree looks like at the beginning of maps.
If you’re not comfortable with Path of Building, here’s a PoePlanner to give you an idea of how your tree should look like whenever you’re at about that level.
Soulrend – Main Link (6-Link)
Awakened Gems are really strong for this build. Therefore, upgrading to them is pretty big and should be something you work towards fast as most of them aren’t that expensive. If you’re not running Dying Sun and / or a Helmet Enchant you might find it better to swap out Void Manipulation for Greater Multiple Projectiles Support while mapping and swap back on a boss.
- Empower Support (level 4)
- Awakened Swift Affliction Support
- Awakened Controlled Destruction Support
- Awakened Void Manipulation Support
- Efficacy Support
Auras and Buffs
The build runs Malevolence for damage and Discipline for Energy Shield. Since you’re only running two Auras, you’re completing these sockets with a Vaal Blight which you should pop on bosses and an Enduring Cry to get you Endurance Charges. Keep the Enduring Cry on cooldown as much as possible and pop Vaal Blight on bosses to make them take increased damage.
Cast when Damage Taken
Since you want as much mitigation as possible, you’re using a mediocraly-leveled Cast when Damage Taken Support to mitigate some incoming damage. Since you have a free socket in a 4-Link, this also is where you Vaal Righteous Fire buff goes. Make sure to pop Vaal Righteous Fire on bosses simultaneously with Vaal Blight for maximum DPS output.
- Cast when Damage Taken Support (level 5)
- Immortal Call (level 7)
- Tempest Shield (level 10)
- Vaal Righteous Fire
As Wither increases your damage tremendously but also requires constant casting to keep its uptime, you’re using a Spell Totem Support to cast it for you. Drop them on the boss before you start the fight so they keep applying wither to the boss as you hit and dodge! Should they die, make sure to put them up again as they apply over 60% increased damage taken to the enemies it hits.
Because there’s a ton of downtime when fighting, and because it’s not necessarily much worse than the second mobility skill you’re using, you should use Shield Charge regularly as it is linked to the Fortify Support. Keeping up Fortify is mandatory to your Character’s survival and should not be neglected!
As Shield Charge doesn’t get you over ledges, Flame Dash comes to the rescue. You want to use this once every 5-10 Seconds to maintain the Arcane Surge Support buff! This should be your movement skill of choice while Shield Charging once every couple of seconds to keep up the Fortify. Make sure not to over level Arcane Surge as you want it to go off every time you cast a Flame Dash.