Storm Burst Trickster Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

The rework of Storm Burst Storm Burst in patch 3.6 made the skill much more useful and easy to scale than before. Storm Burst gains charges as you channel, the maximum number of charges depends on your cast speed and skill effect duration.

The Trickster ascendancy class has good synergy with Storm Burst, simply because Harness the Void and Swift Killer bring so much offensive power to the build. Essentially with this build we aim to scale the base damage of the skill, while also maintaining decent critical strike chance. After that we focus on gaining great amounts of extra damage via flasks and Harness the Void. The Storm Burst Trickster is a powerful spell-based caster that has good mobility, decent clear speed, great single target damage potential and a respectable life pool.

Build Summary

The character can easily be played on a budget. Simple things like Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa can carry you all the way to red maps. Later when you have the currency to invest, we recommend acquiring The Eternity Shroud, this chest will provide a great amount of chaos damage as long as you have Shaper-based items equipped. When all your items are Shaper bases you will also ignore enemies’ Chaos Resistances, which is very powerful when you consider how much chaos damage you will be doing via Harness the Void, The Eternity Shroud, Sin's Rebirth Sin's Rebirth and other sources.

The build can also be played low-life with Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings; Pain Attunement will provide a lot of spell damage and your energy shield sustain will be very good with the new Energy Shield leech passive nodes.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great single target damage potential
+ Great range, can off-screen immobile monsters

Cons

- Can get quite expensive late game when you aim to fully gear with best in slot items
- Cannot do elemental reflect areas

Playstyle

Offensively, holding down Storm Burst Storm Burst for a second or less will be enough to kill most monster packs. You should have a good up time on your flasks and Frenzy/Power charges. Flame Dash Flame Dash will allow you to move around quickly when needed, the great amounts of cast speed you achieve make this skill feel very good.

Defensively, the build has a few layers of defence that make you take less damage. Arctic Armour Arctic Armour reduces incoming Physical and Fire damage. Ghost Shrouds from the Trickster ascendancy provide additional damage mitigation. Passive nodes like Singular Focus will keep you safe while channelling. The build easily achieves over 6k effective life pool.

For Playstyle, you should stay aggressive for the most part. Although you cannot freeze enemies due to the fact you are using Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support, your hits are doing enough damage to stun-lock most enemies. Moving around and clearing fast will guarantee good uptime on Power and Frenzy charges via the Swift Killer ascendancy. Before tough bosses, you can build up charges just by channelling the skill instead. You do not need to get next to mobs, so keep your distance whenever possible. Channelling around a second will guarantee you get the buff from Infused Channelling Support gem.

Useful tip: You can kill Proximity Shield monsters instantly by channelling your skill out of the bubble and then instantly Flame Dashing into the shield; the explosions from Storm Burst will deal damage right after you’ve teleported and the Proximity Shield mob will die. You can deal with Porcupines by using Wave of Conviction totems as a meat-shield.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree for the build.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive Tree Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Gem Link Page

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Shaper-based Helmet
Amulet Rare Shaper-based Amulet
Chest The Eternity Shroud The Eternity Shroud
Gloves Rare Shaper-based Gloves
Boots Rare Shaper-based Boots
Belt Rare Shaper-based Belt
Rings Rare Shaper-based Rings
Weapon Rare Shaper-based One-hand
Shield Rare Shaper-based Shield

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

Storm Burst Storm Burst is a great leveling skill and you can start using it since level 12.

Leveling Trees

This is what your passive tree should look like around 70 points in, this is one of the few builds where we recommend speccing into Critical Strikes early on, simply because if you dual wield two Axiom Perpetuum Axiom Perpetuum you can achieve high Critical Chance early on with low investment.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Two Axiom Perpetuum Axiom Perpetuum will allow you to build around critical strikes from early on, which will make your content progress that much easier.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Explosive Trap Explosive Trap
  2. Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support

At level 8, your Explosive Trap Explosive Trap should look like this.

  1. Explosive Trap Explosive Trap
  2. Multiple Traps Support Multiple Traps Support
  3. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

At level 12, you should drop the Explosive Trap Explosive Trap link and start using your signature skill, Storm Burst Storm Burst.

  1. Storm Burst Storm Burst
  2. Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support
  6. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

At level 16, you should add Arctic Armour Arctic Armour and the following Wave of Conviction gem setup.

  1. wWave of Conviction Wave of Conviction
  2. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support

By level 18, your gem link should look like this.

Storm Burst

  1. Storm Burst Storm Burst
  2. Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support
  3. Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  6. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support

Wave of Conviction

  1. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction
  2. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support
  3. Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support

At level 24, you should add Zealotry for additional damage.

At level 34, you should add Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem.

FAQ

Why do you choose Trickster over Inquisitor, Occultist or any other ascendancy class?

The Trickster is an ascendancy class that has very good balance between offence and defence, it also allows you to have very good clear speed, while also maintaining insane endgame single target potential. It is also a more budget-friendly compared to other ascendancy classes in most cases.

What map mods does the build struggle with?

Elemental reflect is impossible to do. No regeneration maps are tough, but doable if you manage to get the Mana cost of Storm Burst Storm Burst to via crafts on rings and amulet.

Conclusion

The Storm Burst Trickster is a very solid build choice for every player that prefers the powerful channelling spell caster.

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    Hi, can you explain why you use increased crit support as well as controlled destruction … seems counter intuitive

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    On 11/04/2019 at 9:40 PM, null said

    Hi, can you explain why you use increased crit support as well as controlled destruction … seems counter intuitive

    Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support is a big damage multiplier, although it reduces Critical Chance by 100%, it is still worth using. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support increases the base Critical Chance of your skill, essentially the skill being not 6% base Critical Chance, but 7,9% at level 20 of the gem. I can see where your confusion comes from, yes it does seem counter intuitive on first look, but Controlled Destruction scales the base spell damage of your skill, while Increased Critical Strikes counters the % reduction from the first gem, and adds base % Critical Chance on top of that, which is very powerful when scaling Critical Chance.

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    Hi!!

    Another nice work here!!!
    With the change in the endgame get all shaped itens got harder.

    Any advice on this or what item alternatives can we use?

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    Hi,
    So i’m running this build and i’m currently level 70. I have a few questions.
    1) Why aren’t you grabbing any ES on items? I’m a little confused.
    2) I’ve followed the tree exactly, I have life and capped res on all items, but im only at 3.7k hp and i’m getting one shot in tier 1 maps. What can I do to fix this?

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    On 21/12/2019 at 6:45 AM, Anxiety said

    Hi,
    So i’m running this build and i’m currently level 70. I have a few questions.
    1) Why aren’t you grabbing any ES on items? I’m a little confused.
    2) I’ve followed the tree exactly, I have life and capped res on all items, but im only at 3.7k hp and i’m getting one shot in tier 1 maps. What can I do to fix this?

    Hey, can you please provide a link to your PoE profile. I’d be glad to help out.

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    Im also having the same issue as Anxiety. Feel like i am taking a lot more damage then i would like especially on a build that you want to play aggresive. PoE profile: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Unkown517/characters

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    On 22/12/2019 at 4:21 AM, ImShrubz said

    Im also having the same issue as Anxiety. Feel like i am taking a lot more damage then i would like especially on a build that you want to play aggresive. PoE profile: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Unkown517/characters

    Hey, your character looks fine, I’d recommend swapping your Hallowed Life flask with a Granite with % increased Armour during flask effect and start using Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell on a regular basis, or you can use Steelskin Steelskin instead. Storm Burst allows you to deal damage from a great distance so take advantage of that too, positioning is always key.

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    Hey!

    Kinda new player here trying out this build, all went well through the acts but it feels like i’m getting squishy at the moment.
    Any tips?

    Character link : https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Pain_SD/characters?fbclid=IwAR22T9-hZ5gJMsicHd9pOqr3hbxHnzDfh1ELR1uODQZNocqHD5vt02GNxQo

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    On 22/12/2019 at 6:53 PM, Painsd said

    Hey!

    Kinda new player here trying out this build, all went well through the acts but it feels like i’m getting squishy at the moment.
    Any tips?

    Character link : https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Pain_SD/characters?fbclid=IwAR22T9-hZ5gJMsicHd9pOqr3hbxHnzDfh1ELR1uODQZNocqHD5vt02GNxQo

    Hey, you have quite a lot of improvements to make when it comes to gear. You Helmet has very low Life roll, same for the Amulet, and both of your Rings. Your Gloves, Boots and Belt do not provide Life at all. I’d also recommend rerolling or buying a better Sceptre because this one provides little to no benefits. Picking the Increased Duration nodes on the passive skill tree will improve the maximum charges of Storm Burst Storm Burst by a considerable amount.

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    Hi, I’m really new to this I hope you answer my question cause everyone in game either laugh at me or think i’m stupid.

    I’m trying to to that totem thing you’re talking about. So I put Wave of Conviction + Ballista Totem Support + Physical to Lighting Support into an item with links together. When I use the attack it just makes me cast the Wave instead of spawning a totem. It’s in my boots btw. So I read again and it said it has to be a Wand attack, so I switched them into a wand and it didn’t work. :/ im trying to figure it out myself but i’ve started playing a few days ago and i have no idea what’s going on. Thanks :).

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    On 03/02/2020 at 4:20 AM, marcuslop said

    Hi, I’m really new to this I hope you answer my question cause everyone in game either laugh at me or think i’m stupid.

    I’m trying to to that totem thing you’re talking about. So I put Wave of Conviction + Ballista Totem Support + Physical to Lighting Support into an item with links together. When I use the attack it just makes me cast the Wave instead of spawning a totem. It’s in my boots btw. So I read again and it said it has to be a Wand attack, so I switched them into a wand and it didn’t work. :/ im trying to figure it out myself but i’ve started playing a few days ago and i have no idea what’s going on. Thanks :).

    Hey, the problem is that you are using Ballista Totem Support Ballista Totem Support instead of Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support. Ballistas are for ranged Attacks while the Spell Totem casts Spells.

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    Hey there, how do you leech life and mana without the shaper gear?

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