Viper Strike Assassin Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

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This build is not updated for the current patch, but we have evaluated it and we consider it to still work as intended. You can try it out, but you may find slight differences between this guide and the current game state. Although viable, this build is not considered strong enough to be an optimal play choice during this league.

Gear

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources.

Helmet

A Rare Helmet is the best choice. Your Herald of Agony Herald of Agony can greatly benefit from a Helmet with additional gem levels to Minion gems. For labyrinth enchant, look for “30% increased Viper Strike Duration”. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. Nearby Enemies have -#% to Chaos Resistance

Body armour

Cherrubim's Maleficence Cherrubim's Maleficence provides a lot of Chaos damage, decent Life and Evasion Rating. Dendrobate Dendrobate can also be considered, although it is hard to cap the required Dexterity / Intelligence and the chest provides no Life. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 100)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Elder Prefix)
  4. Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance (Elder Prefix)

Gloves

Fenumus' Weave Fenumus' Weave is a great choice for the build, although it may be very hard to obtain and expensive. Instead you can just use a rare pair of well rolled Gloves. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 70)
  3. % increased Attack speed
  4. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks

Note: It is recommended to look for corrupted Gloves with Temporal Chains Temporal Chains on hit.

Boots

No particular unique Boots are best in slot for the build. Look for a well rolled rare Boots with enchant for additional Attack Speed if you’ve killed recently. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 70)
  3. % increased Movement Speed (at least 25%)

Belt

We need a rare Belt, preferably Leather Belt Leather Belt or Stygian Vise Stygian Vise. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % increased Chaos Damage (Aberrant Fossil Aberrant Fossil)

Amulet

For the Amulet slot we need a decently rolled one on which we can craft additional flat Chaos damage via the master crafting. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 60)
  3. Adds # to # Chaos Damage to your Attacks (crafted via the crafting bench)
  4. % to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks

Rings

Well rolled rare Steel Ring Steel Rings are best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 60)
  3. Curse Enemies with Level # Assassin’s Mark on Hit
  4. Adds # to # Chaos Damage to your Attacks (crafted via the crafting bench)
  5. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  6. % increased Damage with Ailments (Corroded Fossil Corroded Fossil)

Weapon

Bino's Kitchen Knife Bino's Kitchen Knife is a budget-friendly unique Dagger that has the potential to even act as an endgame weapon. Ideally you would want to craft a rare Daggers with high pDPS and the Delve mode for Chance to deal 100% more damage with Poisons via Corroded Fossil Corroded Fossils. The build dual wields two Daggers. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. % increased Physical Damage
  2. Adds # to # Physical Damage
  3. % chance for Poisons inflicted with this Weapon to deal 100% more Damage (Corroded Fossil Corroded Fossil)
  4. % increased Attack Speed
  5. % increased Critical Strike Chance

Flasks

Silver Flask Silver Flask provides Onslaught which is very handy, but can be dropped if you have an Abyssal Jewel for that purpose. Witchfire Brew Witchfire Brew provides a great amount of damage to the build. Instant or 50% instant Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask is mandatory for the build, it is recommended to have your Bleed removal on it. Coralito's Signature Coralito's Signature should be used instead of a regular Diamond Flask Diamond Flask. Jade Flask Jade Flask, Stibnite Flask Stibnite Flask, Quartz Flask Quartz Flask and Basalt Flask Basalt Flask are all strong utility flasks that ca be considered. Make sure you have your Curse, Freeze and Bleed immunities rolled on your utility flasks.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Jewels

Growing Agony Growing Agony is Viper Strike Viper Strike‘s threshold Jewel and should be socketed as soon as possible. A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with “Damaging Ailments you inflict deal #% faster while affected by Malevolence” can be used but it will probably be expensive.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % Increased Maximum life
  2. % increased Physical Damage with One Handed Melee Weapons
  3. % increased Physical Damage with Daggers
  4. % Increased Poison Damage
  5. % Increased Chaos damage
  6. % Increased Attack speed / Attack speed with Daggers

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. # to Maximum life (at least 35)
  2. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks with Daggers
  4. Adds # to # Chaos damage to Attacks
  5. Adds # to # Chaos damage to Attacks with Daggers
  6. % increased Attack speed

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    Why you don’t take Phase Acrobatic in this build?
    Are you reaching 100% crit chance or it’s okay to be at around 60% crit chance?
    Why Deadly Ailments instead of Unbound Ailments?

    Edited by Mr Oger on September 9th, 2019

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    On 09/09/2019 at 2:07 PM, Mr Oger said

    Why you don’t take Phase Acrobatic in this build?
    Are you reaching 100% crit chance or it’s okay to be at around 60% crit chance?
    Why Deadly Ailments instead of Unbound Ailments?

    Hey,

    picking Phase Acrobatics is a great idea if you have the points to spend.

    60% is definitely enough; keep in mind this high percent is also rolled twice via Diamond Flask Diamond Flask.

    Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support simply provides a bigger multiplier and we stack long-lasting Poisons any ways. You can definitely replace it with Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support if you like it more.

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    Thanks for the build, I’ve enjoyed it so far into yellow maps. I’m about lvl 86 and I’m using Bino’s and Taproot, and I have movement and wither totems set up and plaguebearer and dash and arctic armor and malevolence going on my weapons. I had a spare 4-link and so I put cast when damage taken, stone golem, and temporal chains on there, is there anything else that makes sense for end game skill setup? I saw that immortal call was nerfed so I haven’t been using it but I guess I could put it on there instead of stone golem, it’s not clear what works best.

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    On 23/09/2019 at 6:07 PM, asinine said

    Thanks for the build, I’ve enjoyed it so far into yellow maps. I’m about lvl 86 and I’m using Bino’s and Taproot, and I have movement and wither totems set up and plaguebearer and dash and arctic armor and malevolence going on my weapons. I had a spare 4-link and so I put cast when damage taken, stone golem, and temporal chains on there, is there anything else that makes sense for end game skill setup? I saw that immortal call was nerfed so I haven’t been using it but I guess I could put it on there instead of stone golem, it’s not clear what works best.

    Hey, the best gem setup is situational and also based on personal preferrence. I’d say the Immortal Call Immortal Call is not worth using indeed, you can use Steelskin Steelskin instead. Looks like you’ve got the hang of the other gem links properly. Let me know how it goes and if I can help you in any way.

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    Does “Voidheart” ring is good alternative ???

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    Tip if you want to increase damage and make build better add this option -your HEARALD OF AGONY MUST BE ON YOUR HEAD WITH +2 TO MINION GEMS .This will add more chaos damage :)

    Edited by Erch0 on September 29th, 2019

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    On 29/09/2019 at 2:07 PM, Erch0 said

    Tip if you want to increase damage and make build better add this option -your HEARALD OF AGONY MUST BE ON YOUR HEAD WITH +2 TO MINION GEMS .This will add more chaos damage :)

    Hey, this is definitely a good point, I will make sure to point it out in the gear section, thank you.

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    Hi

    Thank you for the build, I am having a lot of fun with it on my first character. I am currently lvl 86 and feel like I probably won’t progress much further after 90, which leaves me unsure which skills to get, or which 10 skills to leave out.

    I am currently missing:

    3 Nodes in True Strike
    Perfect Agony
    3 Nodes in Profane Chemistry
    3 Nodes in Herbalism
    2 Nodes 10+ Dex

    any advice?

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    On 14/01/2020 at 9:13 PM, Norkan said

    Hi

    Thank you for the build, I am having a lot of fun with it on my first character. I am currently lvl 86 and feel like I probably won’t progress much further after 90, which leaves me unsure which skills to get, or which 10 skills to leave out.

    I am currently missing:

    3 Nodes in True Strike
    Perfect Agony
    3 Nodes in Profane Chemistry
    3 Nodes in Herbalism
    2 Nodes 10+ Dex

    any advice?

    Hey, Perfect Agony is the single best passive keystone you can get for that build so I suggest picking it as soon as possible.

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    Mjallo all…

    Ive really been trying to get this build to work, since Ive got a GGG dagger. But even with really good gear life pool flats out around 5.4k hp :(

    Is it possible to get the OP’s up to date POB link?

    With regards!

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    On 05/02/2020 at 1:27 PM, SlipStreamDK said

    Mjallo all…

    Ive really been trying to get this build to work, since Ive got a GGG dagger. But even with really good gear life pool flats out around 5.4k hp :(

    Is it possible to get the OP’s up to date POB link?

    With regards!

    Hey, unfortunately we do not create PoB links for now. If you provide a link to your PoE profile I can answer questions.

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    Thank you so much for responding. Unfortunatly ive given up on the build to try out a pestilent/pathfinder/armour instead. (still lacking life tho lol)

    I am still rocking your Double Strike build as my main in this league and loving it! – Please keep up the good work!

    With regards!

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    On 06/02/2020 at 1:50 PM, SlipStreamDK said

    Thank you so much for responding. Unfortunatly ive given up on the build to try out a pestilent/pathfinder/armour instead. (still lacking life tho lol)

    I am still rocking your Double Strike build as my main in this league and loving it! – Please keep up the good work!

    Thank you for the kind feedback!

    With regards!

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    I noticed that the Exceptional Performance notable adds a good chunk of damage on PoB. Might be worth mentioning that skill effect duration is good to pick up wherever you can with viper strike.

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    On 12/03/2020 at 4:10 AM, Xury said

    I noticed that the Exceptional Performance notable adds a good chunk of damage on PoB. Might be worth mentioning that skill effect duration is good to pick up wherever you can with viper strike.

    Hey, Skill Effect Duration is great for the build but unnecessary simply because of Assassin’s Noxious Strikes.

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    Ive got a question. what bases do you use for the rare items (Armour, Energy Shield, Evasion) since i havent found something about that. or is it up to my own preferences?

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    On 13/03/2020 at 7:54 PM, niklas22 said

    Ive got a question. what bases do you use for the rare items (Armour, Energy Shield, Evasion) since i havent found something about that. or is it up to my own preferences?

    Hey, you should try getting Evasion bases if possible.

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    So I’m playing this build in the current League, I am Level 88 but I’m very Squishy, I die at least 1 time while running delirium encounter on maps >Tier 9, and some map bosses or Conquerors are really hard to do.

    I am using a 5-Link Viper Strike, Herald of Agony on Head with +2 Lvl of Minion Gems, Plague Bearer and Wither. As Mana reservations I use War Banner and Grace.
    Cherrubim’s Maleficence, Bino’s Kitchen Knife (Main Hand), Growing Agony in Skill Tree.
    My other Jewel in Passive has mainly damage mods. maybe i should dig for a jewel with more defense mods?

    Some other stats:
    around 4,9k HP
    50% evade attacks
    75% All Res
    40% movement speed
    around 23k viper strike dps (tooltip)

    Missing Nodes on Skill Tree:
    True Skrike
    Backstabbing
    1 Jewel Socket
    Heartseeker
    Harrier

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    On 10/04/2020 at 2:12 PM, niklas22 said

    So I’m playing this build in the current League, I am Level 88 but I’m very Squishy, I die at least 1 time while running delirium encounter on maps >Tier 9, and some map bosses or Conquerors are really hard to do.

    I am using a 5-Link Viper Strike, Herald of Agony on Head with +2 Lvl of Minion Gems, Plague Bearer and Wither. As Mana reservations I use War Banner and Grace.
    Cherrubim’s Maleficence, Bino’s Kitchen Knife (Main Hand), Growing Agony in Skill Tree.
    My other Jewel in Passive has mainly damage mods. maybe i should dig for a jewel with more defense mods?

    Some other stats:
    around 4,9k HP
    50% evade attacks
    75% All Res
    40% movement speed
    around 23k viper strike dps (tooltip)

    Missing Nodes on Skill Tree:
    True Skrike
    Backstabbing
    1 Jewel Socket
    Heartseeker
    Harrier

    Hey, running 5-Link at this time in the league is pointless. You can easily buy a decent 6-Link for 20c, even if it is not Cherribum. Can you please provide a link to your PoE profile so I can check your character and give you some hints.

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    hey, are there any cluster jewels which can be considered using? I guess not, since the only reachable cluster socket is behind projectile damage passives..

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