[3.16 Juggernaut] Megaton Sweeper

[3.16 Juggernaut] Megaton Sweeper

Build Metrics (out of 10)
Damage (8)
Defense (9)
Mobility (8)
Ease of Play (10)
Aura, Curse, Minion Composite (2)
Party Utility (2)
Affordability (8)

Justifications
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Damage Big AoE, 3 damage sources, exerted attacks, and ability to do damage most of the time.
Defense AoE stun, 9 endurance charges, Fortify(26), high maximum resistances, around 6k life, around 10k armor, easy end. charge generation, regeneration, and near permanent flask up time.
Mobility Movement speed boots and ascendancy, faster attacks leap slam, quicksilver flask (Rotgut), and frenzy charge conversion to onslaught (Rotgut).
Ease of Play Simple, 2 button execution of leap slam and sweep. Intimidating cry is instant and flasks can be used all at once.
Aura, Curse, Minion Composite 3 enhanced auras, 1 curse, and no minions
Party Utility 3 enhanced auras that are shared and 1 curse benefitting the party
Affordability This build can be sourced for around 10 ex., with a starting cost of around 1 ex.


Path of Building
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I caution against using software to produce estimates of a builds merits. It's very difficult to discern accuracy and without actually playing it first hand, a build can be dismissed too easily. The following is provided as another avenue to assess the build and should not be used as a definitive appraisal.

https://pastebin.com/fjUVBt5i

Software estimates can easily lead to snobbery and sensationalism with people boasting xxxx effective HP and xxxx damage, stay above the hype.


Text Based Gear and Gems
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Chest- Blunderbore
Helm- The Gull
Gloves- Rare Spiked Gloves
Boots- Death’s Door
Weapon- The Tidebreaker
Necklace- Replica Atziri’s Foible w/ Tenacity allocated
Belt- Rare Leather Belt
Rings- Kaom’s Way (2)

Consider using the following website to select preferred influences and desired affixes. Reference the Modifiers tab at the top. This can also be used to select helm, gloves, boots, and belt enchantments from the labyrinth and also see alternative quality modifiers from different sources throughout the game. The different tiers of enchantment can be gained through running higher difficulty Lord's Labyrinths, with Eternal Labyrinth being the highest and requiring an offering to the Goddess.

https://poedb.tw/us/

6-Link Weapon
Sweep
Shockwave
Melee Physical Damage
Brutality
Faster Attacks
Impale

6-Link Chest
Vengeance
Melee Physical Damage
Brutality
Impale
Pulverize
Endurance Charge on Melee Stun

4-Link Helm
Purity of Fire
Purity of Ice
Purity of Lightning
Enlighten

4- Link Gloves
Immortal Call
Intimidating Cry
Bloodrage
Lifetap

4-Link Boots
Leap Slam
Hextouch
Punishment
Faster Attacks


Skill Tree
Bandits
Kill all bandits to receive 2 extra skill points

Pantheon
Major God- Soul of Solaris
Minor God- Soul of Tukohama


Leveling Path and Items
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Travel left towards Bone Breaker and Skull Cracking (Mace damage nodes), then down towards Steadfast (Fortify nodes). Pick up Resolute Technique and Call to Arms, then branch out towards life and damage nodes as level and gear allow. Every time a mastery becomes available, fill it in with one of the recommended options. For the first 2 ascendancy points allocate Unflinching.

Prioritize the best 2h mace available or a scepter and shield. Sweep's level requirement is 12, although, so is Static Strike's. With Static Strike and a high damage weapon, the buff kills nearly everything we run close to for 3sec. Purity of Elements, Dread Banner, Clarity, and Vitality can be used before the reservation requirements can be met for the recommended auras. Be sure not to level up Clarity and Vitality too much, otherwise the flat mana reservation can quickly become a hinderance.

Prioritize getting Tidebreaker first, then Kaom's Sign, which is cheap and can be upgraded through the prophecy King's Path, which is cheaper than buying Kaom's Way directly. Blunderbore and The Gull are next and sourcing them together is preferred. Death's Door is a bit mediocre and kind of pricey. Any good rare or +1 endurance charge boots will do to keep costs down. Replica Atziri's Foible is the most expensive and preferably acquired last, using lower level gems and possibly a divine orb on Blunderbore to get our attribute requirements settled.

Leveling Items
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Quecholli https://poedb.tw/us/Quecholli
Astramentis https://poedb.tw/us/Astramentis (consider applying intrinsic catalysts)
Le Heup of All https://poedb.tw/us/Le_Heup_of_All
Goldrim https://poedb.tw/us/Goldrim
Tabula Rasa https://poedb.tw/us/Tabula_Rasa (6-linked sockets, no requirements chest)

The Megaton Sweeper does not apologize for kicking ass. Leap slam in, use sweep, loot grab, and move on. Repeat this until desired result is reached. 1-2 sweeps at most, for most, more for rares and bosses. If we have to kite, circle the pack, attack, move, and attack again. Despite sweep being a melee skill, our AE is so strong we can avoid damage and still do damage. Don’t aim, just avoid damage and sweep until winning happens. Bloodrage provides frenzy charge fuel for Rotgut making our movement speed top tier, all the while taking almost no damage from it due to high flat physical damage reduction from endurance charges. 7-Link on Tidebreaker provides amazing scaling with Shockwave, and vengeance provides a third damage source that triggers when we get hit, which is always (1.2sec internal CD). Don’t be shy about using flasks and Immortal Call, flask and endurance charges are gained almost as fast as they are depleted. Exerted attacks only apply to sweep, but we get 3 of them every 6.7sec for double damage. Double damage bleed and impales are huge. Defensively, + to max resistances, stun, and overwhelming damage are key. Make sure to prioritize strength, life, resistances, regen, some dexterity, and some kind of mana sustain on gear/jewels.

Ascendancy
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Unflinching provides us with an additional endurance charge, as well as, increasing our endurance charge generation rate through a variety of condition based sources.

Unyielding provides strong damage through endurance charges, which we have a lot of.

Unrelenting provides additional defenses through endurance charges. This ascendancy is a nice source of free chaos resistance and also gives resistance to more common damage sources.

Unstoppable provides a lot of freedom of movement. The language "cannot be modified to below base value" includes conditions like chill, freeze, temporal chains, and anything that would slow you down. In a game where sometimes you need to be somewhere else quickly, I find this ascendancy to be quintessential.

Honorable Mentions Unbreakable provides a lot of raw defenses and if this suites your playstyle better, it is definitely worth considering.


End Game
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All T16 content no problem. This build can push end game content like bosses, blight maps, and deep delves as well. Knowing the mechanics and strategies for boss fights, blight maps, etc.. is recommended, as not all mechanics can be tanked and sometimes avoiding damage is required for success.


Tectonic Slam Build Variant
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Tectonic Slam is an extremely fun skill to use with lots of AoE. It offers us more defense through being able to off-screen enemies, but less offense than Sweep since we have to split our damage between fire and physical. The following are the only alterations required to switch from Sweep to Tectonic Slam.

6-Link Weapon
Tectonic Slam
Fist of war
Melee Physical Damage
Ruthless Support
Faster Attacks
Pulverize or Added Fire Damage

4-Link Boots
Leap Slam
Hextouch
Flammability
Faster Attacks

It should be noted that Fist of War, Ruthless, and exerted attacks can all coincide, resulting in some truly spectacular damage.


Gear
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Flasks
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(1) Eternal Life Flask, (2) Ruby Flask, (3) Sapphire Flask, (4) Topaz Flask, (5) Rotgut
Charges when hit prefix, bleed and corrupt blood immunity suffix (Einhar), any poison, curse, or elemental ailment suffix
Consider using an amethyst flask, amethyst ring, or Ming's Heart for the Sacred Grove, Hunter Conqueror, or any heavy chaos damage encounter


My Other Builds
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[3.16 Guardian] Chaos Flesh Knight
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3196665



Path of Exile Compendium
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Leveling Items
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Astramentis https://poedb.tw/us/Astramentis (consider applying intrinsic catalysts)
Le Heup of All https://poedb.tw/us/Le_Heup_of_All
Goldrim https://poedb.tw/us/Goldrim
Tabula Rasa https://poedb.tw/us/Tabula_Rasa (6-linked sockets, no requirements chest)


Bosses
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A Word on Bosses
While it is routine to clear maps and their associated bosses, End game content (Uber Bosses, blight maps, etc.) represent a significant challenge, and unless respected, no advantage through gear or build will allow you to overcome them. With Path of Exile running at light speed, slowing down to respect an encounter can be difficult. Even veteran players struggle with this content using their best builds and strategies, although, this isn't something that's advertised. My best advice for challenging yourself in Path of Exile is not to get discouraged and to realize it probably isn't your build or your gear. Knowing the fight provides a significant advantage. You will still have to execute your build and strategy to their utmost to be successful, but don't get too down if you lose all your resets, lose all your experience, and have nothing to show for your time except the feeling of disappointment. It is worth mentioning that if the encounter is not Unique, Path of Exile can present us with an unwinnable circumstance. Due to it's complexity these situations really do exist. It is our role as the player to play to our strengths and create optimized scenarios that best suite us.


Currency Farming
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Use this website to source gear https://poe.trade/
Use this website to trade currency https://currency.poe.trade/
Please note that it is almost always cheaper to trade in the community rather than try to use currency to get the items and affixes desired

The best way to farm currency is to use the chaos orb recipe of x1 chest, boots, gloves, helm, amulet, belt, 2-hand weapon, and x2 rings, all between ilevel 60-74 and all unidentified. Note that if you use a bow it does not require a quiver and this recipe can also be used with a 1h and shield. It provides x2 chaos orbs per turn in and an additional chaos orb can be gained by raising the quality of all items to 20% except for the belt, rings, and amulet, they do not require quality. This ilevel range is found in white tier maps. It is possible to only use 1 item between 60-74 ilevel and the rest be higher in ilevel, allowing us to only have to back farm occasionally. Note that this recipe can be used with identified items, but will only yield x1 chaos orb.

It is worth noting that rings and amulets are a bottleneck, while the other components drop in abundance. This allows us to only collect rings and amulets, while collecting the other components later. This provides convenience without the fear of missing a turn in.

Although it is laborious, picking up all rares, or even just the ones requiring 3-4 squares of space, identifying them, and then vendoring them provides for a lot of orbs of alteration. These can then be traded at a 6:1 ratio for chaos orbs (current as of 10/31/21). Save time by not looking at the stats and holding down shift after right clicking the identify scroll to quickly apply it to multiple items.

Don't forget to use Nessa (act 1) and Yeena (act 2) to convert lower tier currency to higher tier currency. Typically we will have a lot of jewelers orbs which we can convert into orbs of fusing at a 4:1 ratio with Yeena.


What to pick up
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Please note that the following are suggestions only and not suitable for league starters

I only pick up chromatic orb yielding items taking up 3-4 squares of space, influenced items, items used in the chaos recipe, currency items at or above jewelers orbs, essences, mid-tier and above unique items, jewels, flasks w/ quality, gems w/ quality, and currency present in a large stack size. This is handled through editing the filter from filterblade because the above is ambiguous. I always pick up rare rings and amulets for use in the chaos recipe, while having a small collection of other components readily available for a turn in. The following will be instructions on how to edit filterblade to include the most valuable options, while discarding those that impede gameplay.

(1) Go to https://www.filterblade.xyz/
(2) Select Semi-Strict if it isn’t selected already
(3) Click the customize tab at the top
(4) Click “chancing bases” and disable both options
(5) Click currency-normal, then general currency. Disable basic tier 4, basic tier 3, basic tier 2, and basic tier 1. Minimize general currency. Click portal scrolls and disable stacked currency – portal small, minimize portal scrolls. Click scroll of wisdom and disable stacked currency – wisdom small, minimize scroll of wisdom. Minimize currency normal.
(6) Select unique items. Disable tier 5, tier 4, then minimize this category
(7) Select crafting. Right click over this category and select “turn OFF all rules,” then minimize.
(8) Scroll to the top, select the download tab, name and download this filter
(9) In game go to options---> game and click the folder. Copy paste this filter into this folder. Select the filter in game, refresh, and save.

This gets rids of all bases that aren’t influenced, single instance versions of low tier currency, and low tier unique items, while preserving influenced items, valuable currency, and large stack size currency.


Atlas
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Bonuses are gained for completing a map either rare or corrupted rare, while bonuses for unique maps are gained by completing them normally. Each completion provides 1.5% chance for a map to drop one tier higher. At 67 completions this benefit will always cause a map to drop one tier higher. After 67, each completion provides a 1.5% chance for a map to drop two tiers higher, with a maximum benefit of 77% at 118 completions.

Awakening Bonuses are gained by completing higher tier versions of maps with a required awakening level. Awakening Level increases by socketing the different regions of the atlas with watchstones. Our awakening level increases for each 2 watchstones socketed. The Awakening Level increases the benefits and difficulty of every map. The Awakening Bonuses also increase the benefits and difficulty of every map. The Awakening Bonuses are realized for every 4 bonuses gained, with a maximum benefit reached at 116/118.

Watchstones have the chance to drop from defeated conquerors, as well as, The Maven herself when confronted as a Boss to defeat. The Conquerors have the chance to influence a map that is beyond a certain tier. Once a specific conqueror has appeared in our maps a certain number of times, as tallied to the right our watchstone inventory, we are able to challenge them. We do this by talking to Officer Kirac and then Zana who will have the option to travel to a given conqueror’s citadel. The map offered by Zana can be influenced with currency and once opened, portals appear around our map device like any other map. The map boss must be defeated and afterwards the portal to that conqueror’s citadel will open. If we fail, conqueror credit must be accumulated again before we can challenge that conqueror. A note on vocabulary. The Watchstone inventory appears on the left hand side our atlas map and if watchstones are placed there, they will have no impact on the atlas. A watchstone cradle appears in each region and is where watchstones are placed to influence a given region and also, our atlas as a whole. If we wish to quickly raise our awakening level without having to progress through the conqueror track, we can trade in the community for Platinum, Titanium, or Chromium watchstones. These watchstones can drop from The Maven when encountered as a boss. Platinum watchstones influence different game systems, titanium watchstones influence masters, and chromium watchstones influence currency drops. These watchstones can either be of normal or magic rarity, with the maximum benefit of 1 prefix and 1 suffix. The modifiers tab of the following website can be referenced in regard to watchstone affixes https://poedb.tw/us/.

The Maven influences the bosses of maps and can be turned on or off by clicking the orb in our map device. Credit is gained by killing a boss under the influence of the Maven. When enough credit has been accumulated, the boss that provided the final credit required will drop a Maven’s Invitation for that region. This invitation can be placed in the map device to open portals that require us to fight the bosses we defeated under Maven influence, only this time, together. Beyond the invitations that are quest, invitations can have a rarity up to rare, making it much harder to complete. If the encounter is not defeated, Maven credit must be accumulated again, so care must be taken when increasing difficulty. Once completed we receive 2 skill points to use within that region. These points can be allocated by opening our atlas map and clicking the center of the watchstone cradle. This will open the passive map for that atlas region. A total of 10 points for each region can be acquired. The skill Frost Bomb can be used to mitigate the healing provided by the Maven.


Masters
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Each day, at 8pm EST, one mission for each Master is added to our Atlas of either white, yellow, or red tier based on the color of the last map completed.

Einhar the Beastmaster, requires us to slay beasts, capturing them in the process to later be used as ingredients. His associated area is called the Menagerie. Visiting the Menagerie lets us use the blood altar to activate recipe combinations, which then require us to slay the associated beasts, either giving us an item(s) or applying an affix. There are also other areas for flavor. A Bestiary journal also exists for us to reference the different enemies present in Path of Exile. Use the following link to see all the options available to us as recipes. https://poedb.tw/us/Bestiary_Recipe

Alva the Explorer missions are referred to as Temporal Incursions. These require us to race against the clock, killing enemies to add time, and picking up stones of passage to unlock doors. The map Alva shows us displays the Temple of Atzoatl and the green and red orbs refer to doors that are either still locked (red) or open (green). A quick look before we enter, lets us know which red orb to try and open if we get a stone of passage. This is important because we only get so many incursions before the Temple of Atzoatl is discovered. The more meaningful passages we open, the more rooms we have access to during our run of the Temple. It should be noted that when the Temple of Atzoatl is discovered, Alva will display an exclamation above her head and we can no longer do Her missions until we either open the Temple or select a chronicle of Atzoatl to run later in our map device.

Niko the Miner lets us use the Crawler to delve into the depths of Wraeclast, revealing treasure and terror alike. His missions only require us to find him in the map and click the sulphite vein, triggering Him to appear and begin mining the ore. It should be noted that map tier and item quantity modifiers on maps, can greatly increase the amount of sulphite awarded from each vein. The sulphite gathered is used to power the Crawler, which has a small light source we need to stay close to in order to avoid generating darkness stacks. Darkness acts like a DoT, stacking over time, and doing more and more damage. As we delve and collect Azurite, we can increase our darkness resistance, increase crawler light radius, and increase our maximum sulphite capacity. While in darkness, enemies can hit us, but we cannot hit them. Flares can be used to drop our darkness stacks and let us hit enemies. When we reach our destination, we have the option of going back (the area should now be lit along our path) to explore dark areas we didn't have time to before, giving rise to the use of dynamite, which can open areas to paths previously blocked. Depth represents difficulty and level 83 enemies (same level as a T16 map) can be found around 200 depth. The minable area is infinite in all directions, limiting us only in the amount of sulphite we have. Fossils are associated with delving, as well as, resonators. Fossils must be applied via resonators which have one or many socket to incorporate fossils. Consider using the following website to quickly reference different fossil conditions. Reference the Modifiers tab at the top. https://poedb.tw/us/

Jun is the Veiled master and Her role is tracking down and eliminating the Immortal Syndicate. Jun missions require us to kill different Syndicate members under different conditions which include fortification, transportation, research, and intervention. Once killed, we can click on a portrait of them and select either interrogate, bargain, or execute (only 2 options will be available). The text associated with these options will change, so be sure to select the option you most prefer. Intelligence provides incremental access to safehouses, higher rank members provide more intelligence and better rewards, and the other options are more direct. Safehouses provide a good source of scarabs (enhance maps) and also provide unique options like adding quality past 20% and changing a socket color white. The veiled items can only be unveiled by Jun and once unlocked provide a permanent crafting option albeit at a lower tier.

Zana, master of the Atlas, provides us with a map within a map experience. She can offer unique maps and corrupted rare maps. If we perish while attempting a Zana mission we only lose a reset for the Zana map and not an additional reset for our primary map.

While not a master, Navali makes use of our silver coins to provide prophecies, up to 6 at a time. Valuable prophecies like Twice Enchanted and The Beautiful Guide which give more enchants at the end of a labyrinth and 20% quality to a map respectively, are a welcome addition to our adventuring. Pale court keys can also be gained through following different prophecy chains. If a prophecy does not suite us, we can easily seal it and ask for another one.


Expansions
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Blight encounters can be experienced during normal progression through maps and also through blight specific maps that can drop. If selected as an affinity, the purchasable blight stash tab will collect blight maps. This content is a tower defense like concept. Once initiated through Cassia, we are given a timer to distribute different towers at predefined locations along a path that enemies will follow. Once a given tower is selected, it can further be upgraded again by clicking the same button used to create it. The final upgrade allows for a powerful tower to be built. These towers can be augmented by anointments placed on rings. Use the same anointing process used for amulets. These ring anointments stack with all other benefits and as of this writing only pertain to blight encounters. Further strategy is beyond this guide and it is recommended that deeper exploration be done before attempting blight maps. These maps are rare and highly lucrative if accomplished.

Ritual Altars can sometimes appear in maps and can appear 3 or 4 times depending on how lucky we are. Once enough surrounding enemies are killed, the altar becomes powered. Clicking this powered altar begins an encounter using a defined, circular area. Waves of enemies will spawn and killing them gives points used to purchase items after the ritual is complete. More points and items become available the more enemies killed and rituals completed. Points can be used to purchase a random assortment of items. We can reroll the items displayed for a cost. If we cannot afford an item we can defer it. This costs 15% of the items cost up front, allowing us to encounter it again at a 10% cost reduction. It should be noted that after the maps boss is defeated it can appear during a ritual.

Delirium mirrors are the glossy crystalline vortexes encountered during maps. Going through this delirium mirror will alter the maps aesthetic and spawn egg-like sacks on the ground. If we run over these areas enemies will spawn in addition to the ones already present in the map. These encounters are seeded with a varying reward type such as, jewelry, currency, essence, etc. The more enemies we defeat while the encounter is running, the more rewards we get at the end of the delirium. If desired, we can end the delirium using a defined key in the options menu.

Breach encounters are the purple-red crystal pillars sometimes present in maps. If we run over it, it immediately starts to expand, spawning purple enemies at a frantic pace. Killing enemies provides normal loot and also splinters and breach rings. Ground spawns can sometimes appear, which we can open like chests. These will disappear if not opened before the encounter closes. When it closes, the ring will rapidly contract taking with it all enemies undefeated.

Legion encounters are the dark crystalline pillars sometimes present in maps. Once interacted with, a time-stopped legion of warriors appears. Killing these warriors causes them to become active after a time. Defeating them after they’ve become active provides normal rewards and rewards specific to them, like timeless splinters. Care should be taken not to activate too many, as the difficulty can quickly escalate.

Essence encounters are the frozen circle of enemies sometimes present in maps. After clicking the central enemy a few times, they all become active. Killing them awards us with the listed essences under the enemy’s name. An essence of corruption can be used to modify the encounter.

Sacred Grove portals can be discovered in maps by following the charged, bluish roots to a central trunk with portal. 3 or 4 pairs of growths present themselves with varying rewards and associated enemies. Once activated, a horde of enemies spawn and must be defeated in order to get the selected reward and activate the remaining trees. The area is such that it provides elevation, as well as, choke points to aid in thinning out and defeating the activated enemies. Without familiarity of the enemies being spawned, it is recommended that extra chaos resistance be considered, along with kiting tactics. It should be noted that up to 10 reward options can be banked using the option to the left of the reward. These banked options can be accessed via the horticrafting station in our hideout or in the sacred grove itself. Reward options allowing us to reroll an item can be used with maps and offer a great way to save orbs of scouring and alchemy orbs, in order to get a preferably rolled map.

Metamorph enemies are created using samples collected throughout the map containing them. The button above our experience bar summons Tane, along with a specimen tube used to create our metamorph. Care should be taken to select the desired reward types associated with each sample, along with consideration of the attributes being added to the metamorph. The bar at the right fills up as samples are added, with higher rarity samples providing a greater benefit. If we fill the bar completely and defeat the metamorph, it will provide us with an itemized sample. We can collect a number of these samples to later combine in Tane’s laboratory, providing another metamorph encounter. Metamorphs provide a significant challenge and the use of Frost Bomb is recommended if a created metamorph has too much regeneration.

Heist content is accessed by right clicking a Rogue’s Mark, which opens a portal to the Rogue’s Harbour. Not much can be done here unless we have accumulated different quest related content found in Smuggler’s Caches. In general, NPC’s are unlocked, their associated skill leveled, and heists are run which function much like maps except without quality. During a heist we have an alert bar that raises any time we open a chest or for various other reason during the heist. Filling the alert bar prompts imminent lockdown, which can also occur if we are not fast enough. Imminent lockdown lasts for a default 22 seconds or less depending. The goal is to get the heist target at the end before this timer is up and lockdown occurs. During this phase of a heist, all previously available loot areas will be locked and we have to fight our way out in order to gain all that we’ve plundered. Along with normally spawned enemies, each loot area functions as a spawn point assuming it was accessed prior to lockdown. If we fail to make it out, we lose all loot gathered, personal experience, and NPC experience. It should be noted that if NPC experience and rogue’s marks are not desired, a heist target does not need to be acquired and we can exit any time to lock in gains.

Expendition
To be added…

The following are present in general and do not require significant explanation

Rogue Exiles are much like us and are presented as unique enemies that use skills similar to ours
Beyond demons spawn from beyond portals and offer difficulty similar to influenced enemies
Harbingers are immortal monsters that summon enemies which they empower


Ascendancy
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First encountered in act 3, the Aspirant’s Plaza can be accessed by following the stairs up from the stash and clicking the plaque. The stone door will then lift, providing access. Not to be confused with the zone in to the pvp arena. Additional access is provided by the Waypoint stone by clicking the reference point to the right of the map. Referred to as the Lord’s Labyrinth, this trap filled, maze like, trial, allows us to prove ourselves, by making it through and defeating Izaro. 4 difficulties of the Lord’s Labyrinth exist, normal, cruel, merciless, and eternal. In order to attempt each difficulty, trials encountered through the Story must be completed. Progression through these difficulties awards 2 ascendancy skill points per difficulty level. Additionally, different tiers of enchantments exist at the end that can be applied to either the helm, gloves, boots, or belt. The highest tiers of enchantment can be accessed by completing the Eternal Labyrinth which requires an Offering to the Goddess. Completion of the higher difficulties is also required to get access to enchantments affecting the boots and belt. Offerings to the Goddess can be acquired through completing different trials that can appear while running maps.


Hideout
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Since the Hideout is highly personal, the following will include only utility based functions. Convenient locations to the following are highly recommended.

Map Device used to access the majority of end game content
Stash used for collecting and transferring between characters
Navali can provide easy access to prophecies and also selling
Heist Locker that once selected as an affinity (box located at the bottom right after accessing the locker) can be placed in a less noisy part of the hideout
Expedition Locker that once selected as an affinity (box located at the bottom right after accessing the locker) can be placed in a less noisy part of the hideout
Waypoint Stone used to easily access most parts of the game
Office Kirac used to instigate conqueror encounters once enough credit is achieved
Zana used to open portals to conquerors and other bosses. Also offers maps for purchase
Alva used to open the Temple of Atzoatl
Jun used to unveil items
Niko used to check sulphite balance. Note that we can only purchase from Niko at the mine encampment (resonators and sometimes fossils both costing azurite)
Dannig used to open expedition maps
Cassia used to anoint rings and amulets (anointments can also be done using the purchasable blight stash tab)
Helena used to select a preferred hideout
Gwennen, Rog, and Tujen used for expedition related functions
Horticrafting Station used for referencing and applying stored Sacred Grove options
Crafting Bench used for applying affixes

(*) After the hideout menu is opened (tab located on bottom right of experience bar) and the decorations are accessed, quickly locate hideout objects using the search feature at the bottom of the menu.


Affixes, Enchantments, and Influences
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Consider using the following website to select preferred influences and desired affixes. Reference the Modifiers tab at the top. This can also be used to select helm, gloves, boots, and belt enchantments from the labyrinth and also see alternative quality modifiers from different sources throughout the game. The different tiers of enchantment can be gained through running higher difficulty Lord's Labyrinths, with Eternal Labyrinth being the highest and requiring an offering to the Goddess.

https://poedb.tw/us/


Do It Yourself Build Template
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The most crucial part of starting a build begins with how you see yourself in game and subsequently the skills and playstyle you like. This may sound nerdy, but PoE IS an RPG. Interest for a build can quickly wane if the only reason you play is to min/max, item collect, and boast. For a lot of people the latter is sadly the reason they play. This can often be seen in how they live their lives too. Without too much prejudice, the former will keep you playing and having much more fun.

Active and Movement Skills https://poedb.tw/us/Active_Skill_Gems
Support Skills https://poedb.tw/us/Support_Skill_Gems

Due to its complexity, PoE is prone to lawyer speak and if it sounds too good to be true, it often is. This shouldn't keep you from getting excited about powerful combinations that do exist though. They are out there and when a build comes together, it's a great feeling.

Select an active skill that you absolutely love. How the skill is used and what it accomplishes deserve careful consideration. PoE does a great job at balancing skills and curtailing abusive combinations between the skill tree, gear, metadata, and support gems. Choose more if it suites you, but be careful to take into consideration your action economy and limited number of linked sockets to enhance your choices. It is often better to have fewer strong skills than many mediocre ones. It should be noted that affixes exist on influenced gear that allows more support skills to affect an active skill. This gear is rare and expensive, but make it possible to get better performance on gear with fewer sockets. Don't spread yourself too thin and have fun, there's a lot!

Determine how easy it is to include auras, curses, warcrys, and minions. Many times these options can be added at a low cost to increase performance. Reserving large swathes of mana is common place for most builds, taking advantage of 3 or more auras. Sustaining mana can be done through a variety of sources, with or without a mana potion.

Choose a movement skill that you feel comfortable using and that allows you to be somewhere else quickly. Even the tankiest builds have to avoid damage sometimes.

Select relevant unique items that really highlight your build. There are a literal ton of items in PoE. Use the following website to see gear associations for skills and featured mechanics (ignite, leech, block, etc.).

https://pathofexile.fandom.com/wiki/Path_of_Exile_Wiki

The PoE database website referenced at the beginning is more up to date and preferred, but the wiki has been around forever and still has a lot of great information.

Keep in mind that 1h and shield options can have 3 linked sockets max, while helm, boots, and gloves can have 4, and chest and 2h 6. This is in general and some exceptions exist. It should be noted that item quality does influence socket number and socket links. Make sure to use blacksmith whetstones and Armour Scraps before spending jewelers orbs and orbs of fusing. The crafting bench can also be used and the cost represents an average for achieving the desired number of sockets and/or links.

Str (red) armor, Int (blue) energy shield, and Dex (green) evasion rating. These attributes, colors, and defenses have a bias in their randomness in regards to what color sockets we get on gear. Meaning we are much more likely to get red sockets on armor only gear, while at the same time much less likely to get blue and green sockets. It is possible to get any color socket combination on any piece of gear, albeit sometimes at extreme rarity. Use the crafting bench options to save chromatic orbs.


Things I wish I Knew Sooner
Spoiler

(*) The chaos orb vendor recipe can be used with higher ilevel items if 1 item is 60-74
(*) The Sacred Grove rerolls can be used with maps
(*) The map stash tab displays which bonuses you’ve completed for each map and Maven status
(*) Glassblower’s bauble adds 5% quality when applied to a normal rarity flask
(*) Cartographer’s chisel adds 5% quality when applied to a normal rarity map
(*) Nessa (act 1) and Yeena (act 2) can convert low tier currency to higher tier currency
(*) Every gem can be purchased from Lilly Roth (act 6) except Empower, Enlighten, Enhance, Portal, and Awakened gems.
(*) Casting level 1 Frost Bomb every 5 seconds to reduce healing from regen and The Maven
(*) Getting atlas bonus and awakening bonuses back by completing a corrupted rare T16 map, before converting them with the map stash tab or vendor sell window.
(*) Using the vendor sell window to add gems and flasks with quality for the recipe instead of adding them manually.
(*) Having your currency stash tab be the last tab referenced so you don't have to have currency in your inventory to buy/sell from NPC's, use the crafting bench, etc.
(*) Holding down shift+crtl to force an item into a stash tab, bypassing an affinity
(*) Holding down shift after right clicking a currency item in order to apply it multiple times to either one item or many different items, allowing for quick application of Identity scrolls, chromatic orbs, etc.
(*) Checking the box in the bottom right corner of the Heist locker and Expedition locker to set them as an affinity for their respective items
(*) Str (red) armor, Int (blue) energy shield, and Dex (green) evasion rating. These attributes, colors, and defenses have a bias in their randomness in regards to what color sockets we get on gear. Meaning we are much more likely to get red sockets on armor only gear, while at the same time much less likely to get blue and green sockets.
(*) An item's quality affects its chance to get more sockets and more links
(*) Using the vendor sell window to add a level 20 gem and a single gem cutter's prism to get a level 1 version of the same gem with 20% quality. Note that this will not work with Empower, Enlighten, Enhance, Portal, and Awakened gems.
(*) Using the vendor sell window to add a gem and an orb of scouring to get the same gem one level lower
(*) Creating a stash tab to stage all the maps and items to be modified allowing us to use the search feature of the stash to find unwanted affixes like reflect and elemental weakness, as well as, making it easier to run maps back to back
(*) Using an item filter. Use this link https://www.filterblade.xyz/ leave everything alone and select the download tab at the top. Click download and then while in game, go to options--> game, then click the folder icon. Move the filter into this folder and then select it as a filter. At the minimum, this will provide a lot of quality of life, even with just the semi-strict option we selected.
(*) Holding down Alt to see an items ilevel. Higher ilevel allows us to get higher tier modifiers and modifiers that weren't available at a lower ilevel.
(*) Trading for non-unique watchstones to quickly raise the awakening level permanently
(*) Flask charges gained from killing enemies apply to all flasks
(*) Bandit choice can be referenced with the quest menu for Act 2

Last edited by Cerce86 on Nov 7, 2021, 1:23:49 AM
Last bumped on Dec 2, 2021, 6:18:50 AM
For ascendancy: all of the endurance charge ones? What about the 4th, unbreakable or unstoppable?
Unbreakable is stronger for raw defense, but Unstoppable offers both clear speed potential and defense through enhanced mobility. Unstoppable will give you immunity/resistance to chill, freeze, temporal chains, stun, and anything that will lower your movement and action speed. Being more mobile helps you avoid damage, clear faster, and execute your build/strategy more effectively. This is the reason Unstoppable is allocated over Unbreakable.

Additionally for Ascendency points, allocate all the Endurance charge ones: Unflinching, Unyielding, and Unrelenting.

My apologies for not including a complete skill tree and a section on Ascendancy. I have edited the post to include both.

Last edited by Cerce86 on Oct 31, 2021, 1:07:56 AM
Cheers for that. Its been a good tanky build. I need to squeeze some more single target damage out of it, but its been fun. Great for delve too. Easy and cheap enough to get the 6-links for it too with all of the tainted currency.
I'm going to try this out. Thanks for not overfilling your post with countless Spoilers.
Excellent! I hope you enjoy. I will always keep my builds as clean as possible. Please let me know if something was confusing and I will amend the post to clarify.
Google for Path of Building, it's the best tool for sharing builds.
I'd recommend the community fork of it, as it's more maintained.

Tidehunter is actually Tidebreaker in English.

The POB for your current build is
https://pastebin.com/kB5kM1Ag

You have 1 extra skill point over 123 btw, I removed 1 str point above life, near duelist.
Your current forum-linked gear has a bit less stats than required by items, but you didn't link the jewel you use, so I guess that's where you get the rest.

Your total DPS is in POB 153k / 199k with Endurance charges up.
I'd recommend researching builds in poe.ninja as well, for inspiration on dmg.
Last edited by Eskeev on Nov 2, 2021, 12:09:41 PM
Thank you! I admit that I had heard of Path of Building, but was reluctant to use it because it was new to me. I think I allocated everything appropriately and have posted a link at the top of the build. I caution against using software to produce estimates of a builds merits. It's very difficult to discern accuracy and without actually playing it first hand, potentially strong builds can be dismissed too easily.
Last edited by Cerce86 on Nov 2, 2021, 2:44:57 PM
I could not find the stray skill point, but I error corrected the linked skill tree to make sure it is 123 skill points only. You are correct, the remaining build requirements are made up for in the equipped jewel. I added the jewel to the gear section for clarity and also added a bandit section to make clear which reward to select while progressing through the story. All instances of Tidehunter have been replaced with the correct name Tidebreaker
Last edited by Cerce86 on Nov 2, 2021, 2:46:06 PM
Thanks for the build! I'm thinking of starting with it soon. Any advice for leveling (nodes to path to early on the tree, leveling skills etc)?

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