[3.0] Dark Pact Berserker - 10k+ Life

Hi,

this is my first guide so please be gentle :) I will rework this post from time to time to make it better.

Pro & Con
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Pro
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Tanky
2 Buttons
ALL Map mods except no LL
works with cheap gear


Con
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Life Management
Uber LAB Traps are pain



My Current Char - PoB Link
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For up to date info please check my profile and import it from there
https://pastebin.com/ys8fHfCL


Gear and Gems

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I will link my gear when I find out how to do it in the forum (sorry) :)

Weapon

Pledge of Hands is the best Unique Weapon you can get. A Rare Staff with +3 Skills and spell damage and casting speed with 6 links would also be great but should be much more expensive.

Life Leech is a must have for a good substain. You will die too oftern without and can't facetank without a savage hit)

5L

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Pledge of Hands (5L): Dark Pact => Life Leech => Void Manipulation => Concentrated Effect => Controlled Destruction


6L

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Pledge of Hands (6L): Dark Pact => Life Leech => Void Manipulation => Concentrated Effect => Controlled Destruction => Added Chaos Damage


Chest

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Kaoms Heart

Best Chest to get.Cherrubim's Maleficence is a good and cheap alternative. Belly is also good. Carcass Jack is also fine. Rare Chest with Life also works for the beginning.



Boots

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Kaoms Roots
Shouldn't be to hard to get these. No Stun No Freeze No Temp Chains. Perfect.



Rest is Life + Resist + Strenght for more life. Rings and Amulet with casting speed / spell damage are also nice. Gloves can be fingerless silk gloves for more spell damage

I run Flame Dash + Faster Casting for Movement. CWDT lvl1 + Warlords Mark lvl5 for extra Leech on bosses and endurance charges on kill

I run CWDT lvl1 + BV lvl8 + Culling Strike + Item Rarity for Culls and Loot on Bosses

Flasks

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Get The Writhing Jar. You can leech yourself full on these worms.

Divine Life Flask of Staunching for anti Bleed

All other flasks can be any other utility flask






Leveling, Skilltree and Paragon

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Since we spend all our skill points in life nodes and are trying to rush vaal pact it is preferred to level with Firestorm at lvl 12 in a +1 fire skill wand or you can get a SRS gem and use this.

Sunder leveling works also but we don't get any melee nodes and why bothering with new weapons all 5 levels


It is recommended to transition into Dark Pact at least when you have vaal pact and can use the life leech gem and the first Ascendancy. Also it is recommended to run Blasphemy + Warlords till you go into BloodMagic

Bandits

Kill All

Ascendancy


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Pain Reaver => Cloaked in Savagery => Crave the Slaughter => Aspect of Carnage


44 Points - Vaal Pact




64 Points



93 Points



112 Points



123 Points




Paragon

Take what fits best for the map

Solaris / Lunaris are both OK for general usage

Gruthkul is also fine for general usage



Videos
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Please be aware that I am not sooooo trained in the Higher Maps because I never killed shaper or a guardian.



Twin Boss Bazar

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjCDXySaUfI

Twin Boss Underground Sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzw0OsPNXhs

Overgrown Ruin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN-drgWFV5Y


Abyss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miVsbUVKU4w



This is my first time killing Guardians and i didn't spoiler myself about mechanics, so a skilled player do can do it better :)

Chimera
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1VtjFxH43A

Hydra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jc6B8AT6Ts

Minotaur
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub2Dz8oqI-E

You can check my twitch / VoD for some Red Map boss/ Twin boss kills and stupid german voices :(

https://www.twitch.tv/bleuce


Last edited by bleuce on Aug 13, 2017, 5:59:03 AM
Last bumped on Aug 25, 2017, 11:41:35 AM
Hey nice guide, i want to try the build. You can run tier 15 whit it?
Solid build mate, I have a similar one running atm.

Have you considered Cherrubim's Maleficence for your chest piece? It's +70-100 life and +50-80% chaos damage. Much cheaper alternative to Kaom's Heart (1c vs 320c) but better than Belly and most rares.

You can also build without BM and run an Arctic Armour and Blasphemy + Temp Chains/Enfeeble/Warlords Mark setup. Using Warlords Mark frees up a gem slot for Arcane Surge or Faster Casting which is a notable increase to dps (and leech too funnily enough).

You might want to invest in a wither totem too (one of the reasons I prefer Cheeribs to Kaoms Heart or rare boots to Kaoms Roots). It's a notable single target dps increase.

I've found using Leap Slam + FA + Fortify to be a good way speed up clears. Leap in, don't move, DP til dead, then move on. Similar to the old Leap and Sweep type builds.
Hey I made a similar build if you want to trade notes

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1944675
Last edited by lolbifrons on Aug 10, 2017, 1:48:23 AM
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claydbp wrote:
Hey nice guide, i want to try the build. You can run tier 15 whit it?


yes




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bluetalon wrote:
Solid build mate, I have a similar one running atm.

Have you considered Cherrubim's Maleficence for your chest piece? It's +70-100 life and +50-80% chaos damage. Much cheaper alternative to Kaom's Heart (1c vs 320c) but better than Belly and most rares.

You can also build without BM and run an Arctic Armour and Blasphemy + Temp Chains/Enfeeble/Warlords Mark setup. Using Warlords Mark frees up a gem slot for Arcane Surge or Faster Casting which is a notable increase to dps (and leech too funnily enough).

You might want to invest in a wither totem too (one of the reasons I prefer Cheeribs to Kaoms Heart or rare boots to Kaoms Roots). It's a notable single target dps increase.

I've found using Leap Slam + FA + Fortify to be a good way speed up clears. Leap in, don't move, DP til dead, then move on. Similar to the old Leap and Sweep type builds.


I agree that Cherrubim's is a good starter chest. Will add it. Thanks for input.

Wither Totem feels too clunky on high maps because it dies very often and you have no time to rebuild it because you need to leech to survive. Maybe switching to Wither + CWC + Dark Pact in Chest with a Cherrubim and a breath of the council/ shield setup. I will theorycraft abit around with it.
Nice! DPS will be about same with


But ~1500 life less

The real bonus of wearing a socketed chest is probably LL not need in staff with warlords and can run haste putting DPS well over the top. You could run enfeeble as well which is probably better than 1500 less life. I think sockets are DPS option and Koams is the EHP option.


Also try this for your insane Leech lots of DPS on boss



My tree is very different little more deeps and no BM I've made too many guides so just gonna leave here.

https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/AAAABAECAASzBx4I9AthDc0OSA-rES0RlhQgFr8W6RbzHM4c3CGQIuoi9CQ3JIsmPCaVKgsqOCtQLJwvnTIBMtE1kjY9OuE8BTwtPV89_ESrRUdFnUkTSVFJsU3jUEdSU1NSVUtVrlhjXEBd8l8_X9Bh4mKsZ5to8mpDbAtsjG0ZbWxwUnWefIN_xoIQg1-DzITFh8uJ04ngjDaMz48aj6aP-pMfkyeVLpf0mFea4Ju1naqhL6IAplenm64-r2yvp7IZtUi3Przqvoq_CMBmwzrE9sauxtjPFc9618_Yvd-w5FHmWOoQ6-7vDu9874jwH_DV8kX2SPhf-Tf-Cv5U_o8=?accountName=Aim_Deep&characterName=Short_Bus_Rider




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Last edited by Aim_Deep on Aug 10, 2017, 7:48:06 AM
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Aim_Deep wrote:
Nice! DPS will be about same with


But ~1500 life less

The real bonus of wearing a socketed chest is probably LL not need in staff with warlords and can run haste putting DPS well over the top. You could run enfeeble as well which is probably better than 1500 less life. I think sockets are DPS option and Koams is the EHP option.


Also try this for your insane Leech lots of DPS on boss



My tree is very different little more deeps and no BM I've made too many guides so just gonna leave here.

https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/AAAABAECAASzBx4I9AthDc0OSA-rES0RlhQgFr8W6RbzHM4c3CGQIuoi9CQ3JIsmPCaVKgsqOCtQLJwvnTIBMtE1kjY9OuE8BTwtPV89_ESrRUdFnUkTSVFJsU3jUEdSU1NSVUtVrlhjXEBd8l8_X9Bh4mKsZ5to8mpDbAtsjG0ZbWxwUnWefIN_xoIQg1-DzITFh8uJ04ngjDaMz48aj6aP-pMfkyeVLpf0mFea4Ju1naqhL6IAplenm64-r2yvp7IZtUi3Przqvoq_CMBmwzrE9sauxtjPFc9618_Yvd-w5FHmWOoQ6-7vDu9874jwH_DV8kX2SPhf-Tf-Cv5U_o8=?accountName=Aim_Deep&characterName=Short_Bus_Rider






Hey Aim, I am looking over your tree and just wonder instead of using MoM are you getting the defensive benefit from enfeeble and more offense with the haste?

Do you choose one curse to run at a time? When do you use warlords vs enfeeble?

Also, how did you go about leveling?

Thanks!

Last edited by KeenSenses on Aug 10, 2017, 10:50:53 PM
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Aim_Deep wrote:
Nice! DPS will be about same with


But ~1500 life less

The real bonus of wearing a socketed chest is probably LL not need in staff with warlords and can run haste putting DPS well over the top. You could run enfeeble as well which is probably better than 1500 less life. I think sockets are DPS option and Koams is the EHP option.


Also try this for your insane Leech lots of DPS on boss



My tree is very different little more deeps and no BM I've made too many guides so just gonna leave here.

https://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/AAAABAECAASzBx4I9AthDc0OSA-rES0RlhQgFr8W6RbzHM4c3CGQIuoi9CQ3JIsmPCaVKgsqOCtQLJwvnTIBMtE1kjY9OuE8BTwtPV89_ESrRUdFnUkTSVFJsU3jUEdSU1NSVUtVrlhjXEBd8l8_X9Bh4mKsZ5to8mpDbAtsjG0ZbWxwUnWefIN_xoIQg1-DzITFh8uJ04ngjDaMz48aj6aP-pMfkyeVLpf0mFea4Ju1naqhL6IAplenm64-r2yvp7IZtUi3Przqvoq_CMBmwzrE9sauxtjPFc9618_Yvd-w5FHmWOoQ6-7vDu9874jwH_DV8kX2SPhf-Tf-Cv5U_o8=?accountName=Aim_Deep&characterName=Short_Bus_Rider



Why take the Assassination cluster/path and Trickery (near shadow) ? is it for the little bit of crit you get? You could drop those 4 points and get the jewel slot above Witch.. more dps to be gained there.

Build looks almost the same a mine, I have just path-ed to get more jewel nodes.
When I was lv37 , I had vaal pact but the daamge of dark pact just only had 160 lol

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Why take the Assassination cluster/path and Trickery (near shadow) ? is it for the little bit of crit you get? You could drop those 4 points and get the jewel slot above Witch.. more dps to be gained there.

Build looks almost the same a mine, I have just path-ed to get more jewel nodes. [/quote]

Would you mind sharing your tree. I am working on one as well but am not sure how I am going to path around the shadow area.

I would like to avoid running Blood magic, but not sure if it will work out well.

Thanks.
Last edited by KeenSenses on Aug 10, 2017, 10:53:07 PM

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