[3.18] 20ex CWDT Ward loop Fakeblood Scion, very easy guide

Rejoice, the build lives


Drought Bringer

Regenerate 1.5% of Life per second
Removes a Power, Frenzy or Endurance charges on Hit
Nearby Enemies' Flasks lose 15 Charges every 3 seconds

3.18 Drop the Omniscience amulet, buy a Crit multiplier and +1 to int and +1 to cold skill gems, also stop attribute stacking, spend points on crit nodes

Be careful around monsters with Drought Bringer modifier

3.18 Leveling guides


Copy the ranger tree for spectral helix, just play this on scion

20 ex was the cost late league, now the prices will change and everyone will want to play the build, so be smart with your trades and crafts.

This should be possible in under 20 ex if you are savvy with your crafts. If you buy things out right it can be 25 ex or possibly 30 ex.

This is going to be a very easy copy paste guide with trade links.

Youtube video

Sirus kill with occultist, same items, 20 ex

  • PoB
  • Build Mechanics
  • How to level up
  • Level and Life Math
  • Ascendancy
  • Flask
  • To Dust
  • Jewels
  • Clusters
  • Rings
  • Amulet
  • Body Armour
  • Weapon
  • Belt
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Skeleton gems
  • Gem links
  • CWDT Gems
  • Flasks
  • Swap weapons
  • Pantheon
  • Life Required Math
  • Start Stop Loop
  • Map mods
  • Upgrades

VERY IMPORTANT - No Chaos Resistance or No Armour unless you can do the math yourself.
Do math here, its easy actually

When you buy items make sure they don't have Armour or chaos resistance


3.18 POB medium budget, 40 ex, 20 ex coming soon!
Example 1
Example 2
Example 3

3.17 POB
Template pob

The actual pob I made by using this guide

Level 76 POB

How the build works
Build Mechanics

Expedition items have Ward
Ward will absorb the damage done to you

If you have 1500 ward, and a monster hits you for 2000, only 500 damage will go to life and your ward will disappear, it breaks

Ward will be recharged after 5 seconds

Olroth's flask

When this flask is on, your ward will not break/disappear
The goal is to permanently have Olroth's flask on
If Ward is always on, then ward will absorb the damage

Permanent Olroth's flask effect


Using Brutal Restraint - The Traitor keystone, very high flask duration and very high flask charges gained and also Pathfinder ascendancy

Then we use Heartbound loop ring.

You summon skeletons, and when skeleton die, it will do damage to you
Since you are damaged, CWDT will cast spells linked to it

The damage skeletons do will be 420, its less than 1500 ward. So you take no damage. If you have 300 ward then you will take 120 damage to life.

CWDT gem needs to be level 20 to cast level 20 spell gems

For CWDT level 21, you should take about 3580 damage to cast spells

We use 3 skeletons and forbidden rite gem to reach self 3580 damage

Forbidden rite is a skill that will deal damage to yourself
If you cast forbidden rite, it will deal a lot of damage to your life


As long as your ward is more than the Forbidden rite self damage, you will take no damage to life

How to Level up

Level and Life



Check this calculator


Required level

This build will work from level 80, you just need 1700 life minimum. And also allocate all necessary staff nodes. You can make it work below that, but its not worth the hassle.

Also complete all the labs and get pathfinder and elementalist.

420 heartbound loop ring requires 1700 life

350 heartbound loop ring needs 2400 life



Elementalist and Pathfinder

Olroth's Resolve Flask


Olroth's Resolve

Option 1
Buy the flask for 1ex
Divine it for 40, 41 or 42 increased charges used
Anything more that 42 is bad
Once you buy this, make it 28% quality with Hillock from T4 Research Betrayal
You can do this yourself or buy this craft from TFT Services channel

Option 2
Or you can simply buy the flask with 28% quality
If not less than 42, divine it to make it less that 42 increased charges used

Divine for 40, 41 or 42

Craft Reused at end of flask effect

To Dust Jewels


We will need to buy 3 - To Dust jewels
Two with 20% reduced skeleton duration
One with 19% reduced skeleton duration

How to smart craft
You can buy 3 To Dust jewels and divine first, second, third
And which ever becomes 19 or 20, keep them aside then Divine the other two
Then finally simply buy the third one from trade

If you don't want to divine them yourself, just buy from trade using the following links

One - 19%


Two - 20%


Other Jewels


Survival Secrets

Act 2 Yeena quest reward, buy this or do the quest
First kill the white beast and then do this quest

Or you can buy this


Brutal restraint

Balbala for The Traitor keystone

The number does not matter


Buy this and put it in your tree
Make sure your Jewel does not grant you Alchemist's Genius, this will break the build
If your Brutal restraint gives you alchemist genius, then simply buy a new one

Intuitive Leap

Fill the rest of the jewel sockets with int/str/dex jewels or resistance jewels

More stats

Cluster jewels


5p Voices


Blessed rebirth Minion jewel


Flask clusters

Option 1 - Buyout, correct option for no risk gamers

You can just buy them from trade
Trade buyout url

Option 2 - Craft

Buy the base and simply use Chaos orb spam till you get

Fasting + 25 effect
Fasting + distilled perfection

Base url




Buy 2 heartbound loop rings with 420 physical damage
Or buy a ring and use noxious catalyst on it

If you buy 350 damage rings then you will need 2400 life.
You can buy 350 rings with good corruption

Such as Ingite immunity, poision immunity, lightning or cold damage to spells.



Craft it by using Blessing of Tul and The Halcyon amulet

Crystallised Omniscience

You can buy the corrupted 25% with anoint for cheap

Body Armour


Easy option
Skin of the Loyal
You can buy 2 Red, 2 Blue , 2 green
Or 2 Red, 3 Blue, 1 Green


Skin of Lords - MORE DPS
Know what you are doing

You can only insert corrupted gems in Skin of the lords
And Cast When Damage taken should be level 19/20 corrupted
If you buy one with an incorrect keystone, build will break, see the wiki and read the keystone you are buying


Lots of choices for budget weapon

Either buyout 6-linked weapon or
6-link using the bench recipe
Or you can ask a friend to 6-link it for you
Or you can try the TFT discord for 6link harvest craft

3.18 Best weapon is

The Annihilating staff

Buy a 5-link if you cannot afford 6-link

For 3.18 get resistance on helm and gloves.
And use resistance flask

Duskdawn - more easy dps, simple to understand and search


Cane of kulemak


Rare staff 6-link with essence


Use the link to get a cheap belt

Divine orb the belt for 19% or 20% reduced flask charges used
You can also do reroll suffix lucky harvest


Craft CDR on it, craft using bench
You can buy the craft in TFT or ask a friend

Crafting this belt

You can also chaos spam it or alternation spam it to get T1/T2 life and reduced flask charges used. Then craft CDR on bench

I have spent more than 2000 alterations and high life and reduced charges used is pretty common, will definitely hit it

Or you can chaos spam till you get life and reduced flask charges used

Crafting CDR


Crafting guide for helm/gloves/boots coming soon
Short summary
Just spam dense fossil and craft suffix using eldtrich currency
On helm/gloves you can block accuracy with bench
You can watch LOLCOHOL video on how to craft, its the same for helm/gloves




The Pandemonius Helm for 3.18

Omni Helmet, if you have Omni amulet
Craft Dex on it in the suffix

I got lucky with this one, I purchased it for 1 ex and used a sacred orb and divined it.




The Pandemonius gloves

Resists, all about resists here again

Omni gloves, dex/int

Another steal deal here, I purchased this for 2ex and divined it
Crafted Int on it in suffix




Boots are the same for all builds, only resistances

I managed to grab a nice pair again with 2 ex


Skeleton gems


Anomalous minion speed

Level does not matter, but quality should be 20%


Gems in helm, very important keep same levels

CWDT level 5

Summon skeleton level 11 - Minion speed x/20 - Forbidden rite 1 - Cast When Damage taken 5

Buy Skeleton Gem using this link, sell gem to vendor with Orb of Scouring to reduce level

The levels of these gems should be fixed, do not level it up

CWDT must be 5, skeleton must be fixed at 11

Don't change these in the helm, or else you need to do math

Gem links





Cast When Damage Taken - Body armour

It should be 20/20 for Skin of the Loyal

It should be 19/20 for Skin of the Lords

Reason is Skin of the lords has +2
Skin of the loyal is +1

CWDT should never go above level 21, if you make CWDT level 22, build will fail.

19/20 Corrupted CWDT, cheaper to make it than buy it

20/20 for Weapon

20 for gloves

21/20 for weapon if your skill gem levels are 21

Also don't link CWDT gem to Righteous fire, flame dash or phase run
Make gloves 3-link and use Righteous fire in gloves
Or use RF 21 in gloves, that way CWDT 20 won't tirgger RF

Helm and glove implicits

See POB please, just spam greater ichor and lesser ember till you get it

Gloves - Cold exposure with Greater ichor, and lesser ember for unnerve
Helmet - Spell damage with ichor and ember for lightning damage.

Very important - Use only 3 flasks



In this build you can only use 3 flasks not use more than 3.
You will die if you use more than 3 flasks

Get a flask with shock immunity and another flask with reduced effect of curses

Dont buy armour flask, its useless


Weapons in second slot


Buy wands from Act 1 Nessa
And use Essence of insanity

You can put cast when damage taken and portal in 2nd weapon

Pantheon - Very important again


Soul of Brine King

Soul of Yugul

You need to kill the bosses to get freeze/chill immunity
And also kill Shrine map boss for reduced curse effect

Atoll map boss

You can also change craft on boots to give you chill immunity

Start / Stop

Swap weapons to start, Press X

To stop remove belt and put it back on
Or you can remove helm for one second

Map mods


You can do reflect and no regen, easy


Elemental reflect
No regen


Reduced cooldown recovery rate
Reduced flask charges gained

Upgrade 1 - Anomalous summon skeleton

Anomalous Summon Skeleton

This will help you get rid of Voices cluster.
Buy this and remove the minion life cluster, the blessed rebirth cluster


Then you can remove voice and replace it with a damage cluster
High budget

Low budget

Upgrade 2 - Watcher's eye

Watcher's Eye

Hatred critical - Divine it for more than 1.7


Upgrade 3 - Rare Ring

Rare Ring

Its time to remove one heartbound loop and use a rare ring

Examples, they are missing life, so they are quite Ok, not great

What and why and how

For this upgrade, there are 2 - ways
Increase life to 3626, or Use Divergent Cast When Damage Taken
Assuming you have a 420 heartbound ring, and level 11 Skeleton

Lets find out how much life required

Level 21 CWDT requires 3580
Heartbound 420 does 1260, its 3 skeleton X 420

3580 - 1260 = 2,320
2320 / 0.4 / 1.6 = 3,625

2320 should come from Forbidden rite.
0.4 is Forbidden rite damage, see the gem text
1.6 is -60 chaos resistance

So you need at least 3625 life.

Forbidden rite should deal 2320 damage to reach 3580 for CWDT 21
The problem with this is, when you ward is 1800 or even 1900, around 300 damage will go to your life pool. And this is really bad for sustain and makes you squishy.

Buy Divergent cast when damage taken

Weapon 20/20

Body armor 19/20 for Skin of the Lords

You need 2510 life for Heartbound 420
You need 2840 life for Heartbound 350



You can make this yourself by corrupting

If you lose quality, don't worry, you just need to increase your life pool.
Keep increasing your life pool till skills get cast.

Get 3020 life for 420, the worst quality level 11
Get 3400 life for 350

Upgrade - 4 - Empower 4 and gems

Just buy Empower 4 support

Ice spear 21, creeping frost 21

Weapon keep 20/20, its easier, because divergent CWDT 21 is 50 ex ore more

Upgrade - Unnatural instinct

It goes here, make sure to change the tree pathing.

Helm Enchant


Ice Spear fires an additional Projectile

Righteous Fire grants 30% increased Spell Damage

Awakened GMP

This is a lot of damage, buy this if you can

27% cdr

We are now in uncharted territory, this can get complicated from here
Do all the above upgrades before doing this.

Especially the divergent cast when damage taken upgrade.

I am not a fan of Level 21 summon skeleton, the reason is, its complicated, because of trigger order, it gets messy.

And you will run out of Mana issue with 27% cdr and this causes a lot of frustration

Yes you need mana to cast the skills, mana is used when CWDT casts the skill.

Make sure you have 6% Mana Recoup on the Ring as well!!! Else mana issue.

Get a belt from here

Get some CDR on boots

Also get CDR on abyss jewel

Total must be 27 or more.

To Dust
Update To Dust for 20/20/18
Total 58

20+20+18 = 58
20+19+19 = 58

Gems in helm now become

Skeleton + Minion speed + Less Duration 4/20 + CWDT 5

Forbidden Rite goes to gloves

420 heartbound ring
Forbidden Rite level 1 + CWDT level 9 + sniper mark 12

350 heartbound ring
Forbidden rite level 1 + CWDT Level 7 + sniper mark 10

You also need to downgrade sniper's mark in gloves
To level 10 or level 12

The Annihilating staff

This is a complicated upgrade.
For this upgrade, get at least 1300 omni.
Buy perfect rings

Get perfect resistances on helm, gloves, boots

55 int on hlem, craft 30 dex
55 dex on gloves, craft 30 int

Then use the staff.
There is no other way.

You need to buy Unnatural instinct as well.

Make you tree like this

4 - Flasks


For this use Replica pure talent, change Ascendancy to connect to Ranger side.
And use these clusters


Also balbala jewel that gives 10% or 20% charges gained
You can skip fasting on one of the clusters
Big image warning

Big image

Forbidden Flame/Flesh

Deadeye is the best, or you can buy pathfinder and use deadeye in the tree.

Inquisitor is a good option
Occultist if you can fit another curse.

That's all folks for now.
Last edited by Akshay on May 27, 2022, 10:00:06 AM
Last bumped on May 27, 2022, 11:38:13 AM
just got all items
how far are you in maps?
what can we do with this build ? and this budget
It can clear everything, I have almost setup everything, will record a video after work.

Did your build work? or something is missing.

i updated guide with flask info and 2nd slot weapon
Last edited by Akshay on Apr 4, 2022, 10:03:23 PM
Akshay wrote:
It can clear everything, I have almost setup everything, will record a video after work.

Did your build work? or something is missing.

i updated guide with flask info and 2nd slot weapon

my loop don't work can you take look
JuhlDk wrote:
Akshay wrote:
It can clear everything, I have almost setup everything, will record a video after work.

Did your build work? or something is missing.

i updated guide with flask info and 2nd slot weapon

my loop don't work can you take look

Yes I checked, you have done everything perfectly.
Except you need to craft cooldown recovery on the belt

Now you just need more levels

What you need is more life. you need around 1700 life. See image for exact life.
Here is the math for it


Last edited by Akshay on Apr 5, 2022, 3:02:26 PM
Fuck ye
working now :D
what is the next step now?
JuhlDk wrote:
Fuck ye
working now :D
what is the next step now?

Next steps for you:

Anomalous Summon Skeletons

More Ward
Drop one Heartbound Loop for a stat stacked ring.
You hit the 9% CDR. Go for the 27%.

Get a Skin of the Lords. Can get one that benefits you defensively or offensively. Just make sure it doesn't work against you. Even if it provides no benefit, the + skill is good.

Divergent Ice Spear.

Belt - Reduced Charges Used and Increased Flask Effect Duration. Make sure they're both T1.

Eldritch Currency the gloves, helms and boots.
Inflict Cold Exposure/Unnerve - Gloves.
Spell Damage/Critical Strike Chance for Spells - Helm. There's a couple you can use here.
Posts are what I believe to be true. Please point out if it's not. I'm here to understand things.
chrischoi wrote:

Drop one Heartbound Loop for a stat stacked ring.

What are the requirements to drop one of the rings? Is there a minimum life / mana or anything to reach first as it's going to reduce the damages taken?
Diuuude123 wrote:
chrischoi wrote:

Drop one Heartbound Loop for a stat stacked ring.

What are the requirements to drop one of the rings? Is there a minimum life / mana or anything to reach first as it's going to reduce the damages taken?

Here check this out

Level 11 skeleton gem

3625 life normal cwdt
2507 life divergent cwdt


Level 21 Skeleton, 4 skeleton


So the combo that works best are

Level 21 skeleton and Normal CWDT

Level 11 Skeleton and Divergent CWDT

Level 11 skeleton and Normal CWDT with 3625 life is a bad idea, because your Forbidden rite will do 2300 damage, your ward is 1600, even with mind over matter, you will die in maps.
Last edited by Akshay on Apr 7, 2022, 9:14:27 AM
My build is a little different. I was able to have it up and running with lower ward and life. Ward and life were probably around 1200-1400 each. Only summoning 3 skeletons.

The CWDT and 11, I've never had to have that much life. I get the math adds up, but I think there's a lot that's missing.

CWDT 9 - 1221
Forbidden Rite 12

Anomalous Skeletons 11
CWDT 5 - 812
Less Duration 5

I'm able to proc all skills with CWDT 20/21.
Damage recoup as life and mana keep it topped off.

It's all the recoup stacked and spread through MoM/Life/Mana that buffers a crazy amount.

Just some things I can't facetank. Are you able to facetank everything?

Gotta give you credit for CWDT and Portal on swap. Playing CWDT for a while now and never thought of that. That's genius!

Posts are what I believe to be true. Please point out if it's not. I'm here to understand things.
Last edited by chrischoi on Apr 7, 2022, 5:33:19 PM

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