Poison Blade Vortex Assassin Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

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Passive Skill Tree

You can find an optimized Level 93 Path of Building here. If you are not comfortable with Path of Building, we also have a PoePlanner for you.

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

Gear Page

Progression Advice

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!

Gem Links

Blade Vortex 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.

  1. Vaal Blade Vortex Vaal Blade Vortex
  2. Awakened Unleash Support Awakened Unleash Support
  3. Vile Toxins Support Vile Toxins Support
  4. Awakened Deadly Ailments Support Awakened Deadly Ailments Support
  5. Awakened Unbound Ailments Support Awakened Unbound Ailments Support
  6. Awakened Void Manipulation Support Awakened Void Manipulation Support

Auras

Whenever you have acquired a The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem you can reserve all of your Mana by using the following setup. In case you don’t have this item yet, you can drop the Herald of Purity Herald of Purity.

  1. Herald of Purity Herald of Purity
  2. Herald of Agony Herald of Agony
  3. Malevolence Malevolence

Withering Step setup

As talked about, Withering Step 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.

  1. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support (Level 8)
  2. Withering Step Withering Step
  3. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support
  4. Enhance Support Enhance Support (optional) (at least level 3)

Plague Bearer

Plague Bearer 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.

  1. Plague Bearer Plague Bearer
  2. Enhance Support Enhance Support (Level 4)
  3. Awakened Increased Area of Effect Support Awakened Increased Area of Effect Support
  4. Empower Support Empower Support (Level 3 or 4)

Defensives

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 4)
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 5)

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.

  1. Dash Dash
  2. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support

Despair

Despair becomes free when you use the Impresence (Chaos) Impresence (Chaos) amulet. Therefore, you can use it with Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support for a free Curse Aura.

  1. Despair Despair
  2. Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support

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    Hello trying out the build here couple questions about it. when is is best to use plague bearer. also map mods to avoid? and best amulet enchantment. didnt see it posted on the page

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    The best annoint for Damage would be Corruption. You could also annoint Discipline of The Slaughter for some Frenzies or something Defensive like Soul of Steel.

    About plaguebringer, just whenever its fully stacked sounds best to me

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    Awesome build! Just hit lvl80- wondering, does crit chance matter as we’re using Coralito’s Signature? Does crit do additional damage with this or not?

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    On 01/11/2020 at 1:15 PM, Dilemma said

    Awesome build! Just hit lvl80- wondering, does crit chance matter as we’re using Coralito’s Signature? Does crit do additional damage with this or not?

    Yes! Crit Chance definitely matters cause crit multi applies to DoT

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    question, how is Arcane Surge Support suppose to be proc? keep only using my energy shield as a recourse spender and not mana. Which isn’t applying the buff unless I spam blade vortex enough to get into my mana pool.

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    On 01/11/2020 at 10:19 PM, Durbyn said

    question, how is Arcane Surge Support suppose to be proc? keep only using my energy shield as a recourse spender and not mana. Which isn’t applying the buff unless I spam blade vortex enough to get into my mana pool.

    You don’t, it’s a little tech for should you end up spending all your Energy Shield. It adds like no Damage whatsoever. But if you should run out of ES, it does activate, which means you’re using your tiny mana pool and arcane surge will grant you some extra mana regen.

    Nothing to worry about, its a rare case but we had a socket there so why not

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    thanks for the information, I’m new to poe lol. about how much damage can this build effective do? and what gear should I look for as for upgrades beyond the gear guide gear?

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    On 02/11/2020 at 3:29 AM, Durbyn said

    thanks for the information, I’m new to poe lol. about how much damage can this build effective do? and what gear should I look for as for upgrades beyond the gear guide gear?


    If you have all the guide the gear tells you to have you should be fine. Is that the case?

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    Played this as my second character is Heist SSF…crushed most of the content in the game in just a few short days.

    This passive tree in particular is fantastic. There are several guides for this kind of character out there, but they seem to put a lot of emphasis on having good cluster jewels. This version feels REALLY great to play with the skill effect duration from scion and the mana regeneration from ranger.

    thumbs up, highly recommended!

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    On 02/11/2020 at 5:00 PM, shhpeaceful said

    Played this as my second character is Heist SSF…crushed most of the content in the game in just a few short days.

    This passive tree in particular is fantastic. There are several guides for this kind of character out there, but they seem to put a lot of emphasis on having good cluster jewels. This version feels REALLY great to play with the skill effect duration from scion and the mana regeneration from ranger.

    thumbs up, highly recommended!

    Thanks for the kind words :)

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    Hey there !
    First of all, I wanted to say that I fell in love with this build, the best thing I have done is rerolling my cyclone coc.
    I have just a few questions: for around 1M poison dps, how much do you think I could get up to with a corrupted dagger ?
    Second, could it be better in very late game to switch to the kind of OP bows you see on toxic rains players with a lot of gem level and a big damage over time quiver ? I was wondering if it would (or not) make us lose to much defensive ability.
    Thanks for building this thread, this is a very good job you’ve done.

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    On 04/11/2020 at 10:20 AM, leroinero1 said

    Hey there !
    First of all, I wanted to say that I fell in love with this build, the best thing I have done is rerolling my cyclone coc.
    I have just a few questions: for around 1M poison dps, how much do you think I could get up to with a corrupted dagger ?
    Second, could it be better in very late game to switch to the kind of OP bows you see on toxic rains players with a lot of gem level and a big damage over time quiver ? I was wondering if it would (or not) make us lose to much defensive ability.
    Thanks for building this thread, this is a very good job you’ve done.

    The reason why TR runs bows is because a) You need to wield a Bow to use TR and b) it’s not a physical skill so Cold Iron Point Cold Iron Point doesn’t work.

    Another comparison here is Fire Blade Vortex, this is probably the best comparison. The main reason why those builds give up Cold Irons is because it allows them a Quiver Slot for 50% Fire Conversion.

    What I’m trying to say here is that for physical gems that scale with levels, CiP’s are incredibly overpowered!
    Also, Mistwall is really strong, I wouldn’t want to give it up.

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    Thanks for the fast reply !
    You are really helping and reading comments on your build is always good for all theknowledge it grants.

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    Where did you put the Despair+Blasphemy+Enhance link gems?

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    On 15/11/2020 at 7:32 PM, Madrugo said

    Where did you put the Despair+Blasphemy+Enhance link gems?

    When I got my Empower to link to Plague Bearer, I dropped the Enchance on Despair due to socket limitations. Otherwise there’s a lot of “little” things you could do. Could move the Enhance from Withering and link Dash there for example to save the socket :)

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    On 15/11/2020 at 10:11 PM, TbXie said

    On 15/11/2020 at 7:32 PM, Madrugo

    Where did you put the Despair+Blasphemy+Enhance link gems?

    When I got my Empower to link to Plague Bearer, I dropped the Enchance on Despair due to socket limitations. Otherwise there’s a lot of “little” things you could do. Could move the Enhance from Withering and link Dash there for example to save the socket :)

    After thinking for a while, I arrived at this setup:

    Chest: Blade Vortex 6 link
    Helmet: Plague Bearer 4 link
    Weapon: 3 Auras
    Shield: Despair+Blasphemy+Enhance
    Gloves: Withering Step 4 link
    Boots: CWDT+Immortal Call 2 link + Dash+Second Wind 2 link

    While I can’t get 2 Vermillion Rings, I’m using Portal and Stone Golem on 2 Unset Rings.

    PS: Great build! I was able to easily complete t14 maps (IQ + 80%) even though I was at level 72

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    On 16/11/2020 at 4:18 AM, Madrugo said

    On 15/11/2020 at 10:11 PM, TbXie

    On 15/11/2020 at 7:32 PM, Madrugo

    Where did you put the Despair+Blasphemy+Enhance link gems?

    When I got my Empower to link to Plague Bearer, I dropped the Enchance on Despair due to socket limitations. Otherwise there’s a lot of “little” things you could do. Could move the Enhance from Withering and link Dash there for example to save the socket :)

    After thinking for a while, I arrived at this setup:

    Chest: Blade Vortex 6 link
    Helmet: Plague Bearer 4 link
    Weapon: 3 Auras
    Shield: Despair+Blasphemy+Enhance
    Gloves: Withering Step 4 link
    Boots: CWDT+Immortal Call 2 link + Dash+Second Wind 2 link

    While I can’t get 2 Vermillion Rings, I’m using Portal and Stone Golem on 2 Unset Rings.

    PS: Great build! I was able to easily complete t14 maps (IQ + 80%) even though I was at level 72

    Great to hear

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    I’m fairly new to POE (i think about 800 hours/2 leagues in) and this is by far, the best build I’ve tried. I didn’t try full delirious maps but everything else just melted. I tried using BV while levelling which wasn’t easy for my first time, then all of a sudden it kicked in and what a blast it was. I rerolled my assassin to try a Mathil build which ended up failing miserably- I’ll be trying one of your builds this time round, thank you!

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    On 19/11/2020 at 8:37 PM, Dilemma said

    I’m fairly new to POE (i think about 800 hours/2 leagues in) and this is by far, the best build I’ve tried. I didn’t try full delirious maps but everything else just melted. I tried using BV while levelling which wasn’t easy for my first time, then all of a sudden it kicked in and what a blast it was. I rerolled my assassin to try a Mathil build which ended up failing miserably- I’ll be trying one of your builds this time round, thank you!

    Thanks for the kind words!

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