[3.19] Lightning Tendrils Trickster | New video : The Eradicator (Possessed)

Intro

Hi Exiles,

The Infused Trickster is an experimental and quite complex build destined to make the most of Lightning Tendrils and go full Palpatine-style.

PoB 3.19
PoB : https://pastebin.com/9Q4uhhmU
Phantasmal Lightning Tendrils ; channeling Crackling Lance or Shock Nova. Galvanic Field.

Latest videos

#4 : Eradication. Possessed Eradicator with 45% life as extra ES.

#3 : A Digital Storm. LT + Cast While Channeling + Shock Nova.

#2 : Going to level 95
Using Phantasmal Lightning Tendrils to inflick big shocks. Galvanic Field against bosses.

#1 : Electronic Nightmare
Shock Nova, Galvanic Field.

3.18

* Raw Power
> 4mn of complete run in a juicy Minotaur map, played live on the music !
The video displays the character with Skin of the Lords, legacy sceptre and Born in the Shadows from Forbidden jewels.

* The Essential Guide to the Infused Trickster

> The main mechanics of the build, explained in a short format.



* Lightning Tendrils Trickster
* Self-cast
* 50% lightning / 50% cold dmg
* Life based
* High Phys Dmg Reduction
* Low-life without being low-life
* Elemental Ailments immune
* Curse immune


3.17 PoB links in Archnemesis league, from level 21 to 93

Archnemesis League

- level 93 : https://pastebin.com/eVXLfAuU
- level 92 : https://pastebin.com/fg8DWimS
- level 90 : https://pastebin.com/HCGs8dSr
- level 88 : https://pastebin.com/N75aCJKk
- level 85 : https://pastebin.com/2tsJGwPq
- level 78 : https://pastebin.com/HyE9fEq6
- level 69 : https://pastebin.com/UaTuquFt
- level 39 : https://pastebin.com/pnaBj0Lu
- level 21 : https://pastebin.com/JppSQpVH


Updated : 08/20/22



Current gearing in Standard

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Inspirations and flair

* The legendary intro from Syndicate Wars (1996). It doesn't get anymore cyberpunk than this !
* Overlord and Crime Scanner, by Irving Force.
* All things steampunk and retro new-wave.
* Star Wars, of course

Videos

3.17

#6-7 : Born In The Shadows, Raised In The Fury !
#5 : The Rampage. LT level 30, 10M DPS with Strong Pulse. A lot of farming and bossing.
#4 : Electric Judgement. The Searing Exarch.
#3 : The Trial. T16 Coward's Trial in league.
#2 : The Stormweaver. T4 map in league with Ritual and Archnemesis.
#1 : Divine Wrath. Showcasing the "unlimited power" of the build after the 3.17 huge buff to Lightning Tendrils.

3.13 to 3.16

3.16

#1 : Traffic Jam
#2 : Divine Shield

3.15

#3 : The Eradicator. A kind of cyberpunk short movie against the master of Lightning Tendrils !

#2 : Steam Wars. Using Secrets of Suffering to brittle and sap enemies, while the Skitterbots still shock and chill them.

#1 : Metamorph Factory. T16 Foundry, twinned bosses, Metamorph.

3.14
#4 : Steampunk. A Cyberpunk-inspired video, with a 10-boss fight and some intense farming.

#3 : Force Lightning. Two Cast While Channeling skills : Crackling Lance for farming, Wave of Conviction for bossing.

#2 : Liquid Nitrogen. Self-chill setup.

#1 : The Dark Seer - Fanaticism. A variant of the build with the Inquisitor, featuring Fanaticism.

#1 : Pain Attunement. Testing the Viridi's setup in several encounters : Ritual in Vaal Temple boss room, T16 Infused Beachhead...

3.13

#8 : Alive and Kicking ! The Shaper with Maven. Leap Slam replaces Lightning Warp.

#7 : T16 Towerless Blighted Map. Using Hydrosphere as a moving tower that replaces all the other !

#6 : Righteous Discipline. Adding Vaal Righteous Fire against bosses.

#5bis : Playing bowling with Hydrosphere - US version. An alternative edit of the previous video, which is blocked in the USA due to copyright claims.

#5 : Playing bowling with Hydrosphere.

#4 : 10 boss fight.

#3 : T16 Cage - Rampage up to 1000 !

#2bis : Pure Uul-Netol's breachstone. Correcting calculations for Phantasmal LT from the previous video.

#2 : The Elder with Maven. Using Phantasmal LT.

#1 : Trinity. Using this new support thanks to a Call of the Brotherhood ring.


Detailed mechanics

> The build is very complex, so here I will analyze all its mechanics in 10 points.

LT = Lightning Tendrils

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1- Level 29 Lightning Tendrils gem.

The spell skills scale very fast with the level of the gem. We reach level 29 with :
* A level 21 gem for LT
* Skin of the Lords : +2 levels to all socketed gems
* Empower level 3 becomes level 5 with Skin of the Lords : +4 levels
* Awakened Added Lightning Dmg at least level 3 : +1
* On the shield : +1 level to all lightning spell skill gems

* For level 30, you'd need "+1 level to all lightning skill gems" on the amulet.

Now let's buff LT as much as we can !

2- Trinity

Trinity support grants a lot of dmg, but you need to alternate between two kinds of elem dmg.
Basically, you'd need two skills, for instance one fire and one cold.
But we can do this with LT alone, by using Call of the Brotherhood ring : it converts 40% of lightning dmg to cold, which is sufficient to proc Trinity effect.
Due to the high variance in lightning skill dmg, some hits of LT will deal a majority of lightning, some a majority of cold.
You can add elem quality with Tubulent Catalysts to get 48% lightning converted to cold, but that's not necessary.

3 - Elemental dmg gained as extra chaos

Harness the Void node on the Ascendancy grants a % of elemental dmg gained as extra chaos.
Since we convert a portion of lightning dmg to cold dmg, Harness the Void use is doubled.
Because "gained as extra" is counted before "converted to".

This is a bit technical, so let's take simple numbers:
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Let's say you deal 100 lightning dmg and have 40% of lightning converted to cold dmg :
Then, you deal 60 lightning + 40 cold.
Simple.

Now, say you still deal 100 lightning dmg and you gain "10% of elem dmg gained as extra chaos dmg".
Now you deal : 100 lightning + 10 chaos = 110 total.
Simple again.

But what do you get when you convert 40% lightning to cold and gain 10% elem as extra chaos ?
You may think that you will have : 60 lightning + 6 chaos + 40 cold + 4 chaos, right ?
Actually, no.

First, the gained as extra is calculated, so you get 10 chaos from your 100 lightning.
Then conversion is calculated, so you get 4 chaos from your 40 cold.
Total, you deal : 60 lightning + 40 cold + 14 chaos.
"Gained as extra" is counted BEFORE "converted to". So you get 14 chaos damage and not 10.


4 - Secrets of Suffering

Secrets of Suffering (SoS) grants a LOT of dmg !
Sure you can't shock and freeze.
But Cold ailment becomes Brittle, which raises your base crit chance, making it easy to get 100% crit chance.
You have two sources of SoS :
- The Interrogation small cluster jewel
- An Alternating Sceptre, which has SoS as implicit

Additionnaly, the lightning ailment becomes Sap, which reduces the dmg dealt by enemies.

Which leave us the last alternate ailment to consider...

5 - Scorch

With SoS, Fire ailment becomes Scorch, which reduces ALL enemies elemental resistances.
Nearby enemies are scorched thx to Legacy of Fury boots, which also proc cool burning explosions.
And we increase Scorch effect with Increases effect of elemental ailments on the tree.

Now it's time to add Auras.

6 - Reduced mana reserved

We use three clusters on the tree to reduce the mana reservation of auras : Influence, Charisma and Sovereignty.
+ we link Wrath with Divine Blessing to make it a temporary aura that reserve no mana.

Auras : Determination, Discipline, Purity of Elements, Vitality, Zealotry + Wrath.
To reserve all these auras, you will need an Enlighten level 3 linked to Determination, Purity and Zealotry.

7 - Upgrading Energy Shield

- With Eldritch Battery + Mind Over Matter, we can reserve all our mana and still use the ES to take 30% of dmg before life.
- With Frost Shield, we can buff our ES while stationary, taking less dmg.
- With Divine Shield keystone, we quickly regen ES when hit by phys dmg. (/!\ You will need to remove it against the Infinite Hunger, because its debuff will destroy your armour, preventing you from regenerating ES.)

* Optionnally, we can use Corrupted Soul from a Glorious Vanity jewel of Doryani to get 15% of life as extra ES.

8 - Curse immunity + pseudo low-life setup

- Immunity to all elem ailments from Purity of Elements.

- Curse immunity comes from :
Viridi's Veil helmet + magic ring in right slot + Coward's Legacy belt.

- 30% more spell dmg while on low-life with Pain Attunement keystone.

9 - Cast While Channeling

I use LT + CwC + Crackling Lance for farming.
Crackling Lance feels like a natural extension for LT, giving it the AoE it lacks.

Other skills you can channel :
* Arc
* Ball Lightning
* Shock Nova (with Secrets of Suffering, it becomes a Sap Nova !)

* Storm Call is too slow and weak
* Ice Spear can be ok.

10 - Miscellaneous

- Assassin's Mark for more dmg.
- I like to use Vortex on left-mouse button. Despite the use of Secrets of Suffering, Vortex can still chill enemies, which is a good defense.
- Withering Step, if that's not too much button clicking for you.


My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant
Last edited by rahsaan on Nov 20, 2022, 4:52:19 PM
Last bumped on Nov 20, 2022, 4:52:44 PM
Several defenses improvements :
* Max attack block with Rumi's flask + some spell block
* Allocated Disciple of the Unyielding on the amulet, for endurance charges
* Mind Over Matter + Eldritch Battery. Added The Devouring Diadem as a choice for helmets.
The build truly lacked defenses and had mana issues with LT. So both are solved at the same time now :)

We've just learnt that in 3.11, Glancing Blows will be on the skill tree, NW from Marauder, near the totem cluster.
So we can get it without a Lethal Pride jewel, after pathing to the big life wheel of Scion.

Then, we could get another conquered Keystone with the jewel near Pain Attunement. IMO that would be Divine Flesh or Wind Dancer (will be on the tree, but too far).
They have to announce new Keystones on the Timeless jewels, though. So we'll see.

Updated PoB : https://pastebin.com/wafmdpY4

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Here are two videos :

#1 : T15 Lightouse map. Cassia encounter, then having fun with Smoke Mine, jumping between the floors.

#2 : T16 Chateau, dual bosses, 86% more monster life. Play dead, good doggies !

My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant
Last edited by rahsaan on Jun 4, 2020, 4:37:29 AM
Here is a new video :

#3 : Phoenix and Hydra

Still got to improve the DPS.
Need to rework the tree for 3.11 : Glancing Blows will be directly on the tree, just near the Sanctuary cluster for block chance.
My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant
hey,

If you would make hierophant version, it would be cool, because of large aoe bonuses- sanctuary of thought 100% aoe and arcane surge node "arcane capacitor" another 50% increased aoe. I have made it not very long ago, impressive aoe but it was somewhat unsuccessful in damage.
Last edited by Andrius319 on Jul 17, 2020, 1:27:33 PM
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Andrius319 wrote:
hey,

If you would make hierophant version, it would be cool, because of large aoe bonuses- sanctuary of thought 100% aoe and arcane surge node "arcane capacitor" another 50% increased aoe. I have made it not very long ago, impressive aoe but it was somewhat unsuccessful in damage.


Thx for the advice, will try it. I think the problem comes from the skill itself, which has bad targetting. It's a bit better without Conc Effect.
I will post an update at the end of the month.
My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant
Version 3.11 update

PoB : https://pastebin.com/KKTSaQ4r

- Removed Glancing Blows, as I needed the points for new cluster notables. Plus, I'm not sure it is that good for the build in its current state.

On top of Overshock and Cold Conduction notables, I've added :
- Disorienting Display : 10% to blind nearby enemies when using an elem skill
- Snowstorm : gain 10% lightning as extra cold against chilled enemies
- Supercharge : non-crit dmg is lucky

Not using Concentrated Effect, as it makes Lightning Tendrils too clunky : more often than not, you will just channel in thin air, especially against bosses.
Instead, I'm using Inc AoE or Inc Crit Dmg.

For the helmet, I've chosen Crown of the Inward Eye. Good all around piece. Crown of the Tyrant is better DPS-wise but has only one socket. And I want the sockets for a 4L Lightning Warp :
LW + Faster Casting + Swift Affliction + Less Duration

LW is such a pleasant skill to use now. Its duration has been reduced in 3.10 and it has received a nice cosmetic change in 3.11. Really feels like thunder !
Same for Orb of Storms (it's way too classy to be cast by those filthy Goatmen shamans !)

Last but not least, I've added the new Arcanist Brand to cast Frostbite and Wave of Conviction.

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Here are two new videos in 3.11 :

#1 : T16 Delirium Dungeon. Brutus got overshocked !

#2 : T18 Harbinger Shore. A failed D-Day for the Harbingers !

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Good luck and have fun, Exiles.
My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant
Last edited by rahsaan on Aug 1, 2020, 7:53:41 AM
Made a mistake last time with my PoB : Orb of Storms had Arcane Surge support, which cannot work since I'm using Eldritch Battery.
Here is a corrected version :
https://pastebin.com/ny5UYhn6

Still working to improve the build, finding the good balance between defense and DPS.

Here is a new video, that seemed hard at first but actually went quite smoothly :

#3 : T15 Synthesis map + Beyond

Hope you like it :)
My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant
Last edited by rahsaan on Aug 3, 2020, 11:57:51 AM
Hi Exiles,

here is a new video. This one features four of my characters in 4 difficult delves.
The Lightning Tendrils Trickster ( aka the LTT ;) ) is in second position.

Behold :

The Unholy Four - Delve 666

Note that, although the build is not suited for delving, the lightsplosions actually come very handy in this situation.
Hope you like it !
My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant
Hi Exiles,
I'm still working to improve the build. Trying to emulate FastAF version, which has 7M DPS with GG gear. Currently, I'm sitting at 3M DPS but I still have room for (not mirror-worth) improvements.

PoB : https://pastebin.com/Aw11h39L

Here is a new video : a T16 Vaal area, followed by a Blight encounter then T15 Drox.

The heir to the Gemling Legion unleashes the power of lightning in :

#4 : More Machine Than a Man

Hope you like it :)

Next episode will be in a tough T15 map.

My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant
Here is a sequel to episode #4.
This time, it is a tough T15 Pen, with extra dmg, chaos and elem res + double life for monsters.

#5 : Escape from Pen

Hope you like it :)

PoB level 92 : https://pastebin.com/CuM1u3bp
My builds on the forum : The Nightblade Assassin | The Pestilent Viper Occultist | The Infused Trickster | The White Wind Raider | The Energy Blade "Jedi" Hierophant

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