[3.10] Essence Drain 6.6 Mil DoT DPS | Very Beginner Friendly
Welcome to my Essence Drain guide!
I have been playing Path of Exile starting in 2013 ever since the first League was released.
There were a few reasons I created this guide. Mainly I just wanted to help others find a great build that can super easy to follow and can be enjoyed. I started Essence Drain back in Legion league and I tried to perfect it this league. I have not had ANY issues with this build on any bosses and I have killed everything that's tried to kill me.. EVERYTHING dies!!
I will be playing this build this league and I will be streaming at Twitch.tv/Havoc209 if you have any questions!
Level 100 Expensive Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/iHmrNfGx
Down below is a leveling Pastebin for anyone who wants to scroll past and wants to check out a rough idea of the leveling:
Leveling to 90 Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/KEPhvKsb - Make sure to look at the "Notes" section.
Table of Contents
Level Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ7nArMY31I
Expensive Low Life Build: Not Here Yet!
What This Build Can Do
Pros & Cons
+ FANTASTIC League Starter
+ One of the safest builds in the game
+ Can kill enemies through Proximity Shield
+ Cheap, Safe, Effective
+ Top Tier Legion Farmer
+ Capable of killing EVERYTHING in the game. Can also run EVERY map mod with no issues
+ Able to make this build very cheap.. or very expensive
+ New Player Friendly
- Two casts can be hard to get used to
- Enemies with the mod "Allies are unable to die" are harder for us to kill, because our Essence Drain cannot spread around with these annoying monsters
- Needs levels on gems to have good DPS
- Doesn't kill bosses INSTANTLY like some other builds can
- Cannot face-tank hard-hitting bosses
Mechanics & How To Play
- First you cast Contagion which FIRST allows our Essence Drain to spread.. and it will also give us Arcane Surge (More spell damage & cast speed)
- Cast Essence Drain on the monster pack
- Everything affected by Contagion should die and spread
- Every now and then make sure to channel Blight for at least 0.6 to 1 second depending on if you have quality on your Infused Channeling to get "Infusion," which gives us more spell damage and less damage taken by a few types of moves
- Flame Dash away from enemies moves and make sure to try not to get up close to the monsters faces
- Use Wither Totems on Bosses to stack the Wither debuff so the boss will die very quickly
- Do not forget about the Vaal skills. For Damage, we have: Vaal Righteous Fire & Vaal Blight if there is ever someone who will not die.
- For Survavbility, we have: Vaal Discipline
Path of Building
Before we get started, make sure you have Path of Building. If you do not; it will help you out immensely. If you have this already just skip straight to the pastebin below.
Path of Building Download
(Download This One)
How To Import Your Build (Adding someone else's build)
How to Export Your Build (Sharing your own build with others)
This Path of Building is the goal to get to. I have a leveling section included below in the section "Act 1-10 Leveling Section"
Level 100 Expensive Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/ZLqky1dq
Leveling Pastebin: It is the same as the leveling one above: https://pastebin.com/KEPhvKsb
Level 90 CI Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/XUAY6sSs
Leveling Essence Drain Efficiently
There are a few websites that you should be aware about before starting:
~ Path Of Exile Trade
- This website is used to trade with other players and to find items of something you will need to buy.
~ PoE Ninja
- This website will show currency trade ratio's on the left section, and if you click "Builds" on the top right, it will show each individual players build, and show which build is the most popular at the current league. (Note: This does not update when a new league starts until the 2nd day of the league)
~ Neversink's Loot Filter
- Above is a loot filter. There is just a ridiculous amount of loot in the end game. This is sadly needed in my opinion to fully enjoy the game without the clutter. This filter highlights what to pickup with colors and sounds. You can customize the filter colors and sounds at: Neversink's Filterblade Website
~ PoE Trade Overlay
- This is the PoE Overlay. (Download this one) With this overlay, you can do some advanced searches that IMMENSELY help you out.
- This website will show Prefixes and Suffixes for certain crafts. Do not worry about this right now. Bookmark this website for further down the road.
~ Vorici Chromatic Calculator
- This is a fantastic website that will save you Chromatic Orbs. It's used for trying to color an item. It's not 100% accurate but it will give you a rough estimate of the best amount of Chromatic Orbs to use.
Act 1-10 Leveling Section
~ First leveling gems setup you want to grab are:
Freezing Pulse - Onslaught
Blight - Infused Channeling - Void Manipulation - Arcane Surge (If you can buy a Vaal Blight, this will help)
Auras you will currently use by level 10 are: Clarity: Level 1. The max level you want to get this is level 2-3 for now
Pickup these gems from Nessa and level in off-hand: Wither
If you can afford unique gear to speed the leveling process up.. here are some amazing leveling items that are cheap:
(These links will take you to the Softcore Delirium trade website)
Lifesprig x 2 (Weapons)
Doedre's Damning (Rings)x2 (This is needed ONLY at level 24 for hands down the BEST and the QUICKEST leveling
Atziri's Foible (Amulet) (Not usable until Act 2)
Doedre's Tenure (Gloves)
Tabula Rasa - This is Expensive but it is worth.. do not buy if you are just starting out
Bated Breath (Belt)
Passive Skill Goal
~ The gem setup you will continue to level with will be linked as:
Blight - Infused Channeling - Void Manipulation - Controlled Destruction (If you can get your hands on a 6-Link grab Faster Casting & Arcane Surge)
(Optional) Freezing Pulse - Onslaught - Controlled Destruction - Faster Casting
Auras you will want to use at level 22 are: Clarity level 2
Essence Drain - Controlled Destruction - Void Manipulation (If you can afford these links. Essence Drain is very useful on bosses and yellow tanky monsters)
Contagion - Faster Casting (You should not be using this.. it will be the main move later on, casting both Contagion + Essence Drain)
Passive Skill Goal
~ This is where it starts to get EXTREMELY FUN. You will be walking through everything!
As SOON as you hit level 24. Ditch the Blight setup. You only need to link Vaal Blight with Infused Channeling.
You will need gems linked as:
Bane - Despair - Poacher's Mark - Temporal Chains - (If you can get your hands on a 6-Link; add Controlled Destruction & Faster Casting) (Make SURE to use 2 Doedre Damning Rings)
Essence Drain - Controlled Destruction - Swift Affliction - Efficacy (For bosses / yellows)
Flame Dash - Arcane Surge Level 1 (do not level)
Auras you will use at level 22 are Clarity level 2 & pick up Malevolence & Vaal Discipline. Also pickup a Zealotry and an Intensify Support.. however we will not use these until later on (So put it in your off-hand to level.)
Passive Skill Goal
This act should be SUPER fast and easy with the above gem-links mentioned. If you are having an issue, make sure you have the correct links and the gear suggested.. next act you will be picking up new gear.
Pickup these gems: Increased Area of Effect - Empower (This will be a little hefty price but you will need this later on so it's WORTH the investment.. I would recommend throwing Gemcutter's Prisms into the Empower to level it quicker.
Passive Skill Goal
Make sure to pick up the "Spreading Rot" Jewel from the quest. I place it here https://prnt.sc/rga7ai You are going to most likely need to look for new gear either this act.. or next act. I will describe what to look for here.. and next act section I will post the links.
BEFORE Buying ANY new item.. make sure the "Max Item Requirements" On the item search is level 40.
I would also suggest searching for life on your items
Look for 2 wands with % Spell Damage and Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier %
Look for a Bated Breath Chain Belt. Preferably a corrupted one with the implicit stat "Malevolence has % increased aura effect). This will be our end game belt. It may be costly so if you cannot afford this, just get a non-corrupted Bated Breath Chain Belt.
On the Path of Building I found some cheap wands on the trade website that you would replace for Lifesprig.
If survivability is an issue, look for a shield with at least 50 Energy Shield minimum and Spell Damage % at least 40%.
Look for some new gloves. Look for at least 40 life, 30 Energy Shield minimum & Psuedo % Elemental Resistance to 40% AT LEAST. If it is too expensive for these items then lower the energy shield to 35 and the resistances to 30%.
If it's too cheap try to raise the Energy Shield to 50 and Elemental Resistance to 50%
Look for new body armour is you cannot afford a Tabula Rasa. Tabula Rasa is the absolute best to start off with because it's the cheapest option for a 6-Link. If you aren't using a Tabula, look for a chest with Energy Shield base - Maximum life 50 and Elemental Resistance at least 40%.
Look for some new boots. Look for at LEAST 20% Movement Speed & 40 Energy Shield minimum, Life 30, and Psuedo +40% Elemental Resistance. Lower again if it is too expensive and raise these if it seems too cheap
Passive Skill Goal
- You will notice yourself be very squishy.. just make sure you do not run too close to monsters. Make sure to go to the Dread Thicket once you get to the Northern forest and grab the Fireflies for Yeena's quest called "Lighting the Way"
Passive Skill Goal
- Get Waypoints from friends if possible - it is VERY Quick with waypoints.
- Also during this act when you get the passives "Mind over Matter" and "Eldritch Battery," there is no need for the skill gems: Arcane Surge as well as the aura Clarity. What Eldritch Battery does, is it converts your energy shield to mana. So what Mind over Matter does.. is damage is taken 30% of your mana before your life. So the Energy Shield is an extra life barrier.
- TL:DR.. Drop Arcane Surge and Clarity for now.
Passive Skill Goal
- Super Short And Easy.
Passive Skill Goal
- After act 10 is complete, we switch over from Bane to Essence Drain + Contagion. If you find yourself not high enough level to do maps at this point farm The Blood Aqueduct until level 66.
Also make sure you type /passives after completing the story. 24 Is the maximum number of skill points you can get from quests.
I recommend going CI at the start of your league, if you find yourself struggling with not being able to buy some of the items required.
Shavronne's Wrapping's is REQUIRED for the low-life build
Presence of Chayula is not Required, but it is HEAVILY recommended that you get this before switching over to low life. (This actually is pretty much recommended now, with the heavy focus on Chaos Resistance starting to be a big thing.)
-Please make sure before you switch over to Low Life or CI you remove the talents leading up to "Mind over Matter" and "Eldritch Battery" as these will severely hurt you if you still have them.
To get your Trials of Ascendancies done for the Uber Labrynth, there is a function to join a group giving them away.
Type /global 820 and make sure your global chat is turned on.
Passive Skill Goal
Budget Gearing Before Low Life
This Section Was Added And Updated as of 3/30/2020.
So, where do I begin?
So first, I will explain what you need to look for on gear. And then if you wanted to jump straight below to the spoilers, I will have links which will take you to the Path of Exile Trade website, and will tell you what to you should buy. There will be a Budget and Expensive gear section with links.
You will need as high of Energy Shield gear as you can get for cheap.
Make sure to NOT buy "Mirrored" or "Corrupted" gear, as you cannot modify these or craft onto them like we need to.
So first let me explain the trick if you want to buy gear for cheap:
You will first need to understand the basics of how items work.
An item can have 3 prefixes and 3 suffixes, for a total of 6 modifiers.
Sometimes this changes depending on hybrid rolls, it can be tricky.
You are going to look for high-ish Energy Shield base items with only ONE Energy Shield modifier onto it, and an open prefix.
For example: Look at this item.
Notice how it only has ONE Energy Shield Modifier on it? You can craft another Energy Shield Modifier onto it
Also another AMAZING Stat to look up while you are searching for gear is:
"Total Elemental Resistance." (Click on it)
But like I said, make sure a piece of gear does NOT have crafted Elemental Resistance, unless you really need it.
I highly, HIGHLY suggest looking for Chaos Resistance on gear. Capping Chaos Resistance is HUGE, especially for this league.
For Helmet: Look for a high energy shield base helmet with resistances. At end game, we will need to buy an iLvl 85 Hubris Circlet that is Hunter's influenced, so that we can craft -9 Chaos Resistance, but this is very expensive and only needed for when you have the currency.
For Armor: So our goal is to get a Shavronne's. This may be expensive early and not the best option until we have high enough energy shield.
We need a High Energy Shield Base body armor. Look for one with about 350-400 Energy Shield and MAYBE some Resistances if possible. We will craft Energy Shield onto this.
For Gloves: Look for Spell Damage, with Energy Shield and Elemental Resistances if possible.
Chaos Damage Over Time is a lot of damage but it is expensive and only recommended for very late game when you are rich.
For Boots: Look for Movement Speed, at LEAST 20%. If you are picky look for 30%. You will need to look for 70-80 Energy Shield with an open Prefix and an open Suffix. The reason for the open suffix is you will use these boots for end game with Aspect of the Spider through beast-crafting.
For Weapons: Early I recommend going for Two Wands. Look for Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier, with a Spell Damage Implicit. Look for something with NO Spell damage on the explicit so you can craft your own spell damage. I will have a link below in the description.
A Bow is actually better than Wands, however it is not optimal early as there are not a lot of cheap 6-link bows that are on the market.
Buy a 6-Link Short Bow, or The Porcupine Divination cards.
You will use Orb of Transmutation on this bow, and the you will keep using Orb of Alterations until you hit "+1 Level of Socketed Gems."
For Rings: We need one of our rings to have at LEAST 49 Strength on one of them (We need this for the Empower,) a high amount of Maximum Energy Shield, and a high amount of Resistance.
We do not want any resistance modifiers crafted onto it, and we would like an open Prefix to craft "Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate"
Look for at LEAST 60 Total Elemental Resistance and see if you can find a ring that fits you. There will be a link will below if you would like an example.
For Amulet: Presence of Chayula is going to be the goal, but this is not optimal only until we are switched over to low life with Shavronne's. Look for a high energy shield amulet, with a high amount of resistances on it for now, and if you can, some spell damage would be nice.
For Belt: Bated Breath, Chain Belt corrupted with Malevolence aura. In my experience it's usually not too expensive. I usually get it for 5-20 Chaos.
Helmet Search #1 - Craft Energy Shield
Helmet Search #2 - Craft Energy Shield
Body Armor Search #1 - Craft Energy Shield
Body Armor Search #2 - Craft Energy Shield
Gloves Search #1 - Craft Energy Shield
Gloves Search #2 - Craft Energy Shield
Boots Search #1 - If you can look for Chaos Resistance instead of Elemental, if too expensive, remove looking for resistances. You will craft Aspect of the spider on these with the open Suffix.
Boots Search #2 - Craft Energy Shield
Amulet - Craft Maximum Energy Shield % on this.
Ring (With High Resistance) - Craft Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate on this.
Ring (With High Strength) - Craft Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate on this.
Wands - These are for Early League, Cheap, and before getting the 6-Link bow.
6-Link Bow - Craft "+1 Level of Socketed" Gems onto this with Orb of Alterations
6-Link Bow(Already Crafted with +1) - This is if you are unlucky or do not want to craft.
We will get someone to craft 36-40% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier onto this bow for now until we can afford the main bow in Expensive Gear.
To find someone to craft this: find a Crafting Service located here
Quiver - Use this when you get the bow.
Helmet (Craftable) - We will need to spam fossils for this to be used. Spam Dense and Abberant fossils with Potent Resonator's.
Helmet (Already Crafted) - This will be more expensive but less of a headache. Look for HIGH energy Shield on this and some Elemental Resistances if possible.
Body Armor - Shavronne's Wrappings - You will need to get this armor 6 Socket, 5 Link.
Gloves Search #1
Gloves Search #2 (EXPENSIVE)
Boots - If you can look for Chaos Resistance instead of Elemental, if too expensive, remove looking for resistances. You will craft Aspect of the spider on these with the open Suffix.
Amulet - You will Annoint this with Tranquility.
Ring (With High Resistance) - You will craft Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate on this
Ring (With High Strength) - You will craft Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate on this
Belt - Try to look for Resistances, this will be very expensive.
There will be 3 options for the bow, you can craft it yourself.. or buy it.
6-Link Bow (Craftable) - Purchase this one if you are feeling LUCKY or enjoy crafting! (DO NOT BUY IMPERIAL BOW OR INFLUENCED BOW)
You will need to spam Alteration orbs until you get 31-35% Damage Over Time Multiplier On the Bow. If you get 2 Modifiers, you MAY need to use an Orb of Annulment and hope you get lucky! (Welcome to crafting!)
You need 3 Open Prefix and 1 Open Suffix.
After you get this, you need to Regal the bow for it to turn yellow.
If you hit a Prefix on the bow, you will need to use the beast craft "Farric Lynx Alpha Beast" (This turns the Prefix into a random Suffix)
Link Here For Beast-Craft
You will need the craft called "Cannot Roll Attack Modifiers." If you do not have it, you will need to buy the prophecy called The Plaguemaw V
You will craft "Cannot Roll Attack Modifiers" onto the bow. This will cost 1 Exalted Orb.
Use another Exalted orb on the bow (Yes you will slam the bow with an Ex)
You should get +1 Level Of Socketed Gems (This is a Prefix you NEED)
You can now craft "This Item can Have Up to 3 Crafted Modifiers." - This will cost 2 Exalted Orbs
If you don't have the craft you can purchase the pieces of the set here
I highly recommend you click the link below and find somoene to craft you these on here, as you most likely will not have the crafts.
You will need +2 to Socketed Support Gems (This costs 2 Exalted Orbs) and 36-40% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier (This costs 4 Chaos Orbs)
This Link to PoE Forums
This is not recommended as I do not have great luck from experience, but you may like the gamble.
6-Link Bow (Craftable) - You will need to craft this bow and it will cost 4 Exalted Orbs to craft on top of buying this bow.
6-Link Bow (Crafted) - This is fully crafted and ready to go.. Expensive but a HUGE and our BIGGEST upgrade.
Quiver - It really doesn't help us out too much. The price is very unreasonable but if you can afford it.. might as well
Passives, Bandits, Ascendancy, The Pantheon
Level 85 Life / Mind Over Matter Passives
Level 90 CI Passives
Level 90 Low-Life Passives
Level 100 Passives
Bandits: Kill ALL of them for the 2 passive skill points
Patient Reaper - (Normal Lab): Increases our DoT DMG and also gives us "Recovery on kill" for unbelievable Life/Mana recovery
Ghost Dance - (Cruel Lab): This increases our movement speed and gives us chance to evade attacks with Energy Shield
Escape Artist - (Merciless Lab): This allows us to not be stunned (If Shrouds are active), if even gives us extra spell dodge. This also gives us increased evasion / energy shield depending on our helmet/body armour setup. You are going to re-spec this ascendancy talent at the end game when you are fully geared for: "Swift Killer".. You will switch this out later at low life. Make sure to pickup a Jade Flask in place of either the Sulphur Flask or the Basalt Flask.
Prolonged Pain - (Uber Lab): This gives us INSANE amounts of damage. It is VERY good.. but in my opinion not needed until the VERY last one.
These are little buff effects you get to decide what to use after killing the respected boss for their soul. You can upgrade these effects by placing a Divine Vessel along with your map in your map device and killing the boss. A soul item will spawn in the map device after the boss is dead, and you bring it to Sin. He will upgrade your Pantheon powers. (By default the key is Y)
Major God: Soul of Solaris - Damage reduction and chance to take 50% less area damage from hits
Minor God: Soul of Shakari - reduced chaos damage and immune to poison when upgraded.
Tip: If you level a gem to level 20, sell it to a vendor along with a Gemcutter's Prism; the gem will de-level back to level 1 BUT it will be 20% Quality!
END Game 6-Link:
(Make sure these are socketed in your weapon if it has + ANY levels.. for example look at my bow)
Essence Drain is the MAIN skill that we use for killing. You do not NEED to buy gems this high level or quality.. Just level them yourself. I was trying to maximize my character to the fullest potential. Awakened Gems help.. but not as much as you would think they should.
I would look into a level 21 Essence Drain and see how expensive those are.. If you buy a 21 Essence Drain.. it will boost your damage a TON
Empower 4 is SUPER helpful but expensive. Look into an Empower 3 for now
5th Link: Void Manipulation - This would be the 5th link
6th Link: Empower 3 - This actually gives more damage than Void Manipulation but it costs more
Essence Drain - Act 1 Nessa after quest 'The Siren's Cadence'
Void Manipulation - Act 1 after quest 'The Caged Brute' - If you are rich purchase a Awakened Void Manipulation
Controlled Destruction - Act 2 Yeena after quest 'Root of the Problem'
Efficacy - Act 3 after quest 'A Fixture of Fate'
Swift Affliction - Act 3 after quest 'A Fixture of Fate' - If you are rich purchase a Awakened Swift Affliction
Empower Get a Level 3 - Buy it from the Trade Website. Purchase a level 4 one when you can afford it.. it's VERY expensive (be careful do NOT get scammed by the wrong level.. look TWICE before buying!)
END Game 5-Link
This is our 5-link setup in the Body Armour. Vaal Righteous Fire does NOT need to be linked. We only need 1 6-Link Setup for Essence Drain and 1 5-Link Setup with Contagion. Make sure to NOT level Arcane Surge past 9 or else it will not give you the effect when you cast Contagion. You will need to constantly be moving for "Intensify Support." Constantly moving will give you the most area of effect.. which is the BEST for Contagion so it can spread EASILY to everything in sight. Again you do not NEED Awakened Increased Area of Effect.
Contagion - Act 1 after quest 'Breaking Some Eggs'
Arcane Surge - Act 1 after quest 'Mercy Mission' - Do NOT level past 9
Faster Casting - Act 2 after quest 'Sharp and Cruel'
Intesify - Act 3 after quest 'A Fixture of Fate'
Increased Area of Effect - Act 4 after quest 'The Eternal Nightmare' - If you are rich purchase an Awakened Increased Area of Effect
Vaal Righteous Fire - This does NOT Need to be linked!! We only use this skill for the Vaal skill
END Game 4 Link
Blight - Act 1 after quest 'Enemy at the Gate'- I recommend buying a Vaal Blight from the trade website
Infused Channeling - Act 1 after quest 'Mercy Mission'
Zealotry - Act 3 after quest 'Lost in Love'
Malevolence - Act 3 after quest 'Lost in Love'
END Game 4 Link
Clarity Act 1 - after quest 'The Caged Brute' - Do NOT Level past level 10
Discipline - Act 3 after quest 'Lost in Love.' I recommend buying a Vaal Discipline off of the trade website.
Flesh and Stone - Act 6 (We cannot buy this as a shadow until Act 6 - but you don't need this until you are low life)
Blood Magic Act 6 (We cannot buy this as a shadow until Act 6 - but again it's only needed when you are low life)
End Game 3 Link
Wither - Act 1 after quest 'The Caged Brute'
Spell Totem Act 6 (We cannot buy this until act 6.. but we don't need this until later on)
Multiple Totems Act 6 (We cannot buy this until act 6.. but we don't need this until later on)
Flame Dash - Act 1 after quest 'The Caged Brute' (You do NOT Want this linked)
Gear & Flasks
Mapping & How To Kill Bosses
After finishing Act 10.. You will lose resistances again. Make sure to cap these resistances by buying better gear with higher resistances and as much Life / Energy Shield as you can possibly get for cheap. Resist cap is 75% once you complete act 10. I would recommend having at LEAST 3000 HP with Mind over Matter and Eldritch Battery. Make sure you upgrade all of the leveling gear and you replace each flask with newer ones
Before going into the boss room; I channel Blight until I get the Infused Channeling (Infusion) buff.. and then I enter
I start the fight off with these moves for the maximum amount of damage: Contagion - Essence Drain - Wither Totems - Run away - Channel Blight for a second "IF" Possible - Contagion - Essence Drain
This is my FAVORITE thing about this build. We can do EVERY Map mod possible. The most annoying Map Mod that I would say is "Players cannot Regenerate Life, Mana or Energy Shield." It's not impossible to do this map.. we just need to swap our Sulphur Flask for a Mana flask.. or even take off a Zealotry just for the map. Make sure to re-cast before next map though!
Q: - Why do you go after Minion Damage.. you don't have any minions?
A: We grab the node "Spiritual Aid" which increases to minion damage affect us. Lord of the Dead has "Minions Deal 15% Increased Damage," instead.. WE Deal 15% increased damage!
Q: - Where does our damage come from?
A: - The majority of the damage comes from Gem Levels and Wither stacks. 6% increased damage taken per Wither stack, and you can have up to 15 stacks. We reach those stacks very quickly through the use of Multiple Spell Totems casting quickly. 6% x 15 = 90% more damage
+ level of gems gives a ton of damage when you pair it with Empower, which gives even more levels to Essence Drain.
1+ level of socketed gems, and +2 of supports turns Empower 4 into Empower 7, which gives SIX more levels to Essence Drain.
that makes an Essence Drain 21 turn into a level 28.
Level 21 Essence Drain gives 1683.9 base chaos damage per second
Level 28 gives 3672 base chaos damage per second.
From levels we're looking at a 125% more damage
Q: Why low life?
A: Low life gives us the best possible output for damage as well as having the blind from Flesh and Stone from being in Sand Stance.. so we get great defensive's from it
This guide has been updated as of 4/13/2020.
There were a few formats for the guide that I was looking at.. but none stuck out to me as much as Enki's guide. After asking Enki for permission to make my layout similar - Here's a quick shout-out. Thank you Enki ~
Last edited by Havoc209 on May 3, 2020, 1:48:44 PM
Last bumped on May 23, 2020, 9:15:17 PM
on Mar 13, 2020, 3:36:01 AM
Very well written guide. Definitely league starting this for Delirium!
Hopefully ED/CONT is op for the mechanic :D
on Mar 13, 2020, 3:54:38 AM
POB here is posted for ES variant. How to level this as league starter? just grab random ES gear and hope for the best? Never tried ES build as a starter
Nvm, I found the levelling trees in levelling section :P
Last edited by Deziowy on Mar 13, 2020, 4:27:13 AM
on Mar 13, 2020, 4:26:00 AM
Hi, do you think is possible use spellslinger to not cast ED manualy?
on Mar 13, 2020, 4:54:32 AM
I was actually thinking that exact same thing.. I will need to do some testing this league and update.. but theoretically it SHOULD work!
on Mar 13, 2020, 4:57:24 AM
What would be the point? Instead of using a skill (ED) you use another skill (wand attack) to achieve the same end result, sending out a projectile. Due to scaling the wand attack should not contribute any meaningful amount of damage, but your ED-projectile is less guided - I personally missed with ED in the past against quick monsters.
On top of that you would have to reserve quite a bit of mana (like 50-65%) for ED to do good damage as you need all the supports as well.
I could see casting Contagion via Spellslinger as it is AoE (therefore does not need to hit) and needs fewer supports, so is cheaper on the reservation side. Even then though, why trade one button for another - especially as you'll probably have the same or even slower wand attack speed than Contagion cast speed.
on Mar 13, 2020, 5:09:39 AM
Yeah the reserving part makes it not really worth it... but it would still work theoretically.. I still plan on testing it to see how it works.
Last edited by Havoc209 on Mar 17, 2020, 9:44:11 AM
on Mar 13, 2020, 5:16:01 AM
LL Edtrickster is a build I usually disregard as being strictly inferior to hybrid, but this is pretty good.
You should replace eldritch knowledge with Transcendent mind, it's 12% dotmulti in your setup, and you'd even gain some mana recovery rate.
I don't like the use of skitterbots, a 10% shock on top of spider and wither is just a waste of 35% mana imo. Even a purity would be more value (or maybe a blasphemy... idk about that).
That said, what's the point? With a hybrid version using both ED and blight (exactly same playstyle as this, since you use blight for infusion anyways), you're achieving very similar damage numbers. But the tankyness just goes through the roof. 8.5k ES is alright, especially with ED's massive regen, don't get me wrong. But no phys/ele reduction and 8k es means oneshots are still present. Also, it's hard to do hard delve bosses with this setup.
If you go hybrid, you're less starved for passive points, able to get 75% dodge, same to higher HP pool, wind dancer for a sweet oneshot protection and 20k evasion jsut as a bonus. Damage wise, I'm at 2M dps on ED and 3.5M on blight, so it's exactly the same (I don't use vaal rf).
For lowlife, I'd rather just go occultist tbh. But I get the need for trickster's speed, occultist sure is slower.
Anyways. Thanks for the guide. I'll be sure to redirect people who want to play LL ed-C trickster here instead, as this is the only setup that actually tickles my interest!
on Mar 13, 2020, 5:53:29 AM
I definitely appreciate your feedback! I will try that and see how it works. Yeah this build is more focused on damage as opposed to survival. My goal was to farm Legions at the hardest and highest tier possible. The Skitterbots setup is only for the end game bosses since there is no need for the blind from Flesh and Stone AND you don't really need the mana regen if you don't spam. I actually directed a few hardcore players to your build who were interested in playing Essence Drain. You put out a great guide as well that I was checking out earlier today!
on Mar 13, 2020, 6:19:47 AM
Good guide, will play this for 3.10 league start.
on Mar 13, 2020, 10:45:26 AM