Passive Skill Tree
For more information about the appropriate gear choices and their breakdown, please refer to our Gear page.
Since Poison mostly scales with Gem levels and Passive Points / Ascendancy, you’re going to be able to stay relatively tanky even while being lower level.
Here’s a level 80 Path of Building and a PoePlanner 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!
Blade Vortex – Main Link (6-Link)
As we’re playing an Ailment-based build, our Awakened Gems are generally relatively cheap and extremely powerful! Don’t neglect these upgrades as they are significant but you can obviously use the non-Awakened version initially.
- Vaal Blade Vortex
- Awakened Unleash Support
- Vile Toxins Support
- Awakened Deadly Ailments Support
- Awakened Unbound Ailments Support
- Awakened Void Manipulation Support
Withering Step setup
As talked about, Withering Step does allow you to keep up your Elusive permanently, if you so chose. In case you want to do it that way, we recommend putting Withering Step on your left mouse button so it automatically gets popped as soon as possible. Otherwise, you want to pop it every 5-10 seconds to keep up Arcane Surge Support.
- Arcane Surge Support (Level 8)
- Withering Step
- Second Wind Support
- Enhance Support (optional) (at least level 3)
Plague Bearer is a really strong buff which “incubates” Damage and then unleashes it over time if you pop the gem. This gives you a tremendous amount of extra clear speed and feels really nice to use. Therefore, you should try to buff it up as much as you can.
- Plague Bearer
- Enhance Support (Level 4)
- Awakened Increased Area of Effect Support
- Empower Support (Level 3 or 4)
Optional Movement Skill
As I explained, Withering Step will consume your movement skill charges. However, it can be handy to have one on your bar anyhow for when you need to get over a ledge or something like that.