Fire Blade Vortex Assassin Passive Skill Tree & Gems

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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.
For more information about the appropriate gear choices and their breakdown, please refer to our Gear page.

Gear Page

Progression Advice

This build relies on levels to build health. You cannot drop many of your Passives other than Life earlier on, therefore we recommend to take leveling responsibly. Try to do content that’s appropriate for your level, and don’t do too insane content while being low-leveled, as you do want to keep grinding that experience and not lose it!

Here’s a level 80 Path of Building and a PoePlanner to give you an idea of how your tree should look whenever you’re at about that level. This should carry you to the stages where you can afford some nice item upgrades!

Gem Links

Blade Vortex Blade Vortex – Main Link (6-Link)

Since Awakened Gems are extremely nice, and some of them are really cheap, we decided to list them here. Obviously, before you have the currency to buy those, feel free to just use regular versions.

Disclaimer: If you opt to go for a level 21 Blade Vortex gem, this offers you a really big damage increase but it also makes it so you require a Dexterity roll on a piece of gear (which would have to be on a Cluster Jewel)

  1. Vaal Blade Vortex Vaal Blade Vortex
  2. Awakened Unleash Support Awakened Unleash Support
  3. Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support
  4. Awakened Elemental Focus Support Awakened Elemental Focus Support
  5. Awakened Controlled Destruction Support Awakened Controlled Destruction Support
  6. Awakened Fire Penetration Support Awakened Fire Penetration Support

Movement

Since your Cluster Jewel only offers you Arcane Surge on Unique enemies, we link Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support here to get that up permanently! Dash Dash is chosen here because it feels absolutely great when you’re fast. Optionally, you can run a Withering Step Withering Step here too as it resets your Elusive and makes you a lot tankier.

  1. Dash Dash
  2. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support (Level 7)
  4. Withering Step Withering Step

Debuff Setup

As mentioned before, you’re going to have to use Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction on bosses once to apply Flammability and Combustion. These makes it so the boss has greatly reduced Fire Resistance and thus takes more damage. The Wave of Conviction choice is made because it naturally applies Element Exposure, another damage multiplier.

  1. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction
  2. Hextouch Support Hextouch Support
  3. Combustion Support Combustion Support
  4. Flammability Flammability

Herald of Ash

Herald of Ash Herald of Ash is the primary Damage dealer in your build. It does incredible Damage to packs of monsters which then allows Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart to kill enemies with the explosions and thus chain. We link it to two supports to further help it deal damage.

  1. Herald of Ash Herald of Ash
  2. Enhance Support Enhance Support (Level 4)
  3. Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support

Defenses

Since you’re squishy, you want to keep your Cast when Damage Taken setup rather low level. Since you’re linking an Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support you’re also socketing your Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire here as it will last longer. Vaal Righteous Fire is to be used on bosses to melt them as fast as possible.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 1)
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 3)
  3. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
  4. Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire

Aura / Mark

Since you’re running the Small Cluster that grants you Lone Messenger, this makes it so all your Auras do nothing. Arctic Armour Arctic Armour is not classified as an Aura and thus can still be run. It’s not the greatest of Auras, but besides Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and Aspect of the Spider , it is the only thing we can reserve our Mana with so why not! On top of that, since Marks no longer compete with Curses, you might as well cast an Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark on the boss while your blades are murdering it!

  1. Arctic Armour Arctic Armour
  2. Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark

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    Is this path of building current? I’m showing 100% all different gear than listed in build.

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    On 29/10/2020 at 8:39 AM, Scuba_Man said

    Is this path of building current? I’m showing 100% all different gear than listed in build.


    Pushing an update right now, the correct one is listed on the main page for sure. The one on the skill tree will be fixed somewhere today when I can get the update pushed

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    I’m only 69, just barely got geared. The Vaal Righteous fire is popping off with CWDT – From what I read i have this right and linked to duration. This drains me to 1hp, even with flasks. Is this intended? (its popping the normal version of RF auto) Is there some part of build counters this drain later on that i’m missing?

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    On 31/10/2020 at 8:34 AM, Scuba_Man said

    I’m only 69, just barely got geared. The Vaal Righteous fire is popping off with CWDT – From what I read i have this right and linked to duration. This drains me to 1hp, even with flasks. Is this intended? (its popping the normal version of RF auto) Is there some part of build counters this drain later on that i’m missing?

    Gemlevels I assume? Your Righteous Fire shouldn’t be going of if your cast when damage taken is level 1

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    Thanks, I had CWDT at level 1, but didn’t have Vaal RF high enough to not trigger – sorta new to game. Thanks for the info.

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    I’m thinking of duoing this with a necro aurabot, any tips on adaptations I should make please?

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    On 19/01/2021 at 8:31 PM, Elzibub said

    I’m thinking of duoing this with a necro aurabot, any tips on adaptations I should make please?

    Poison Doesn’t work with an aura bot. You’re better of playing something like penance brand or a bow character

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    On 19/01/2021 at 9:54 PM, TbXie said

    On 19/01/2021 at 8:31 PM, Elzibub

    I’m thinking of duoing this with a necro aurabot, any tips on adaptations I should make please?

    Poison Doesn’t work with an aura bot. You’re better of playing something like penance brand or a bow character

    I thought this was a Fire BV guide?! Where’s the poison?

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    On 19/01/2021 at 10:59 PM, Elzibub said

    On 19/01/2021 at 9:54 PM, TbXie

    On 19/01/2021 at 8:31 PM, Elzibub

    I’m thinking of duoing this with a necro aurabot, any tips on adaptations I should make please?

    Poison Doesn’t work with an aura bot. You’re better of playing something like penance brand or a bow character

    I thought this was a Fire BV guide?! Where’s the poison?

    Yeah, I realized this as I was answering yesterday and realized you were asking this for Fire BV and not my Poison BV Guide and somehow I must’ve gotten distracted at that point and forgot to change it. This build works fine with an Aurabot although it doen’t really benefit from Cast Speed that much. There is better builds for it, but you should be having a blast as this build does pack a punch and a Support helps it survive which is its main downside usually when playing solo :)

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    Hey, like the build it’s very good, but I have an Issue with the mana reserved. I can’t get arctic armor running with Aspect of the Spider and Herald of ash. I don’t see any “ reduced mana reserved “ on the tree / jewels so I was wondering how did you manage that. Thx !

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    On 15/02/2021 at 12:21 PM, Macoflash said

    Hey, like the build it’s very good, but I have an Issue with the mana reserved. I can’t get arctic armor running with Aspect of the Spider and Herald of ash. I don’t see any “ reduced mana reserved “ on the tree / jewels so I was wondering how did you manage that. Thx !

    Herald nodes mybe?

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    hey, got one quick question, i can’t find the “Storm’s Gift” gloves with the implicit “#% of Physical Damage converted to Fire Damage” on the trade site, do i buy a random one or its usseles without the implicit?

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    On 20/02/2021 at 10:19 AM, Akadyte said

    hey, got one quick question, i can’t find the “Storm’s Gift” gloves with the implicit “#% of Physical Damage converted to Fire Damage” on the trade site, do i buy a random one or its usseles without the implicit?

    You kinda need the conversion though.

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    On 20/02/2021 at 5:16 PM, TbXie said

    On 20/02/2021 at 10:19 AM, Akadyte

    hey, got one quick question, i can’t find the “Storm’s Gift” gloves with the implicit “#% of Physical Damage converted to Fire Damage” on the trade site, do i buy a random one or its usseles without the implicit?

    You kinda need the conversion though.

    Kinda stuck with the same problem here :/
    Is there another way to get this implicit or shall we farm the Memories maps for those ?

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    On 19/03/2021 at 6:37 PM, feedy said

    On 20/02/2021 at 5:16 PM, TbXie said

    On 20/02/2021 at 10:19 AM, Akadyte

    hey, got one quick question, i can’t find the “Storm’s Gift” gloves with the implicit “#% of Physical Damage converted to Fire Damage” on the trade site, do i buy a random one or its usseles without the implicit?

    You kinda need the conversion though.

    Kinda stuck with the same problem here :/
    Is there another way to get this implicit or shall we farm the Memories maps for those ?

    https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Ritual/8rgp5w8iV()

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    Oh ok ! Thank you good sir. Feels bad, i was looking in explicit this is why.

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    What do I change to the build if I want to incoporate Badge of the Brotherhood since its relatively cheap now?

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    What do I change to the build if I want to incoporate Badge of the Brotherhood since its relatively cheap now?

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