Path of Exile’s content update 3.7.0 introduces the Legion Challenge League as well as a much-deserved melee overhaul. This time around, rebalances haven’t managed to offset too many of the community’s sure-fire favourites, but the way has been paved for a few exciting new archetypes. In Path of Exile: Legion, players will take up arms against the five strongest armies Wraeclast has to offer. So many builds, so little time!
So instead of picking your brain for the best possible combinations, why don’t you check out this here list of deadly, infallible builds?
And before you go spelunking in the list below, do make sure that you pick up a guide for beginners to Path of Exile, as well as a quick reference leveling guide, in case you’re either new to the game or need to brush up on your Wraeclastian.
- The Soulrend Trickster quickly became an all-round favourite following the skill’s introduction in Path of Exile: Synthesis. This S-grade, Chaos-based build is created with survival and comfort in mind, but still manages to maintain a very high experience per hour rate. Level 100 is easily achievable even on the tightest of budgets, making this a perfect pick at the start of the league. Bane will be your best friend when it comes to applying curses, while Blight and Wither will be your go-to choice when dealing with bosses. Despite suffering some miner blows due to nerfs to the Trickster Ascendancy itself, the Soulrend Trickster build for Legion will still deliver a vast health pool (>9000) with stunning defenses. This build is an excellent choice for all leagues – be it softcore or hardcore, standard or solo self-found.
- The Caustic Arrow Trickster build for Legion makes use of the heavily reworked throughout the years Caustic Arrow. Now delivering an ecstatic 1714 damage per second at level 20, the build excels at chaos with little investment – something as simple as a Silverbough will get you a long way. You’ll be needing a decent boost in survivability and clear speed, however, which uniques such as Kaom's Heart and f Devoto's Devotion would be more than happy to provide. This build is Damage Over Time-based, which isn’t ideal for some, so do bear that in mind.
- A skill as old as time, Spark is about to make a swift return and cosy up to you real fast. The Spark Inquisitor build for Legion is a self-casting terror which provides an excellent combination of damage, defense, and economy. Thanks to Spark’s crazy-long range, you’ll effortlessly deal with more intimidating foes, and thanks to Call of the Brotherhood’s conversion to cold, enemies will freeze and shatter before they get the change to even say “Brrr”. This, along with some well-rounded defenses and amazing damage output without much of an investment, make for an excellent hardcore and solo self-found choice.
- Purifying Flame is another Synthesis-introduced skill, which is quite unique and incredibly fun to play. The Purifying Flame Inquisitor build for Legion takes good advantage of this gem and can easily achieve 2 million Shaper DPS without much of an investment. The build may feel a bit slow at clearing, but it packs quite a punch in terms of life regeneration and overall defenses, making it a good pick for hardcore enthusiasts.
- Here we have our glass cannon: the Ancestral Warchief Inquisitor build for Legion packs quite the punch, but at a cost – it’s an extremely squishy build; very engaging, not recommended for newcomers. Along with a cunning Abyssus, you’ll be converting your damage to elemental while simultaneously activating your elemental penetration key node for devastating effects; your Critical Strikes will always deliver at 100% with an up to 700% multiplier, 100% of the time, all while penetrating all resistances. This could make even the mightiest of Wraeclast weep in despair.
- The Storm Brand Elementalist build for Legion remains a good all-rounder, despite receiving some well-expected nerfs alongside the release of Legion. Still, a classic is a classic, and the combination of f Storm Brand + Brand Recall remains positively cataclysmic. Single-target damage isn’t one of the Storm Brand Elementalist’s strong suits though, so you may need to rely on traps now and again, but packs will prove to be no issue whatsoever. This is a very mobile character, a great boss killer and a fast clearer.
- As the name might suggest, the Uber Labyrinth Farmer Juggernaut build for Legion has been designed to run Labyrinths quickly and efficiently, with no danger to your life whatsoever. You’ll mostly rely on Earthquake Earthquake, as well as a vast variety of Two-handers, though Atziri's Disfavour is what you truly desire to hold in your hands. This build might not be great at late-game, but should help you rise up the ranks in Legion quick.
- Combine Cyclone with a decent Two-hander (such as Kaom's Primacy) and you’ve got the makings of an unstoppable war machine. The Cyclone Slayer build for Legion is an engaging and fun to play beefy ol’ brute, dealing good single-target damage while keeping decent sustain. Leveling is smooth and will mainly be handled by Sunder and Earthquake, but you will need to grab a Haemophilia or similar. A negative side to this build is that you will need to kill in order to survive, since you’ll practically lack health regeneration of your own.
- Earthquake has lived through many a buff, nerf and tweak throughout its tenure in Path of Exile, and Legion has proven no exception, having catapulted the skill back into popular meta. The Earthquake Slayer build for Legion is the lovechild of the aforementioned gem and the now insanely buffed Slayer, which can easily conquer both hardcore and softcore on standard and solo self-found alike. You won’t need any special gear to get the gears turning, because uniques as cheap as Marohi Erqi will help you immensely on your path to greatness. Although it might feel a bit slow at the beginning, this Slayer is a decent clearer and can achieve excellent end-game damage (~6.5 million Shaper DPS).
- Instant life leech has been hard to achieve in Path of Exile for quite some time. The Double Strike Gladiator build for Legion, however, seems to know his way around thanks to Bloodseeker in combination with Vaal Double Strike and Ancestral Warchief! While cheap to start, you might want to keep your eyes peeled for Loreweave or Belly of the Beast, but you’ll mostly be focused on expanding your health pool so as to avoid one-shots.
- And lastly, the pièce de résistance, here we have the Cyclone Blood and Sand Gladiator build for Legion! The Gladiator Ascendancy has become a fantastic all-rounder thanks to recent buffs, and Cyclone is a perfect match – after stacking a whole lot of damage, Attack Speed, Bleeds, and Movement Speed, this Cyclone Gladiator glides through maps and packs like butter. You won’t be able to rely on Cyclone until late-game, but Sunder and similar skills will easily carry you towards your goal.