Essence Drain/Contagion and Blight Trickster Passive Tree and Gem Links



Passive Skill Tree

“This is our Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.
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Essence Drain Essence Drain forms the bulk of our damage, and is the gem that we keep in our 6-Link. It is relatively inflexible in what it can be supported by, as Damage over Time (DoT) can only be scaled by a few gems, as can Chaos damage. Contagion Contagion has its own 4-Link, as does Vaal Blight Vaal Blight, which helps maximize the strengths of these skills, while minimizing any baseline deficiencies they have.

Since we do not have any need to use Mind Over Matter, we can run several auras. Our preference is to use Malevolence Malevolence to increase our Skill Effect Duration and Damage over Time. Determination Determination and Grace Grace as defensive auras. This adds a huge amount of survivability that is not to be understated. Despair Despair is applied with Bane Bane until we get a Curse on Hit Ring or Wand to increase damage to tanky targets when appropriate.

Flame Dash Flame Dash is or mobility skill of choice, and is a far stronger choice than any other for us, Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support is linked to give us a near-permanent buff when we are clearing properly. Finally, a classic Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support link is incorporated to help us apply a defensive curse (our pick is Temporal Chains Temporal Chains) and reduce damage taken via Immortal Call Immortal Call.

Essence Drain Essence Drain 6-Link

Decay Support Decay Support can be used in place of Empower Support Empower Support, however, it is only marginally better than a Level 2 Empower and categorically worse than Level 3. Empower Support Empower Support should be acquired and implemented as soon as possible, and leveling it yourself does not take as long as many might think.

In order of priority:

  1. Essence Drain Essence Drain
  2. Efficacy Support Efficacy Support
  3. Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support
  4. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  5. Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support
  6. Decay Support Decay Support / Empower Support Empower Support (Level 3/4)

Contagion Contagion 3-Link

With Contagion Contagion‘s you will want to use two area increasing supports to maximize spread potential.

  1. Contagion Contagion
  2. Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support
  3. Intensify Support Intensify Support

Vaal Blight Vaal Blight 1-Link

Blight Blight is fine on its own, however, you will want to implement Vaal Blight Vaal Blight as soon as you can acquire it. We put it in our Unset ring.

  1. Vaal Blight Vaal Blight

Aura’s 3-Link

  1. Malevolence Malevolence
  2. Determination Determination
  3. Grace Grace

Mobility/Utility 4-Link

  1. Flame Dash Flame Dash
  2. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support (Level 7)
  3. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support
  4. Molten Shell Molten Shell

Wither Totems

  1. Wither Wither
  2. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support
  3. Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support
  4. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

Despair/Bane 3-link

  1. Despair Despair
  2. Bane Bane
  3. Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support

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