[3.1 Video Guide] Dark Pact Totem Ascendant (Beginner Friendly) Atziri/Uber Izaro/Shaper Viable

For gameplay footage & verbally describing the build, check out this video guide: Crit DP Totem Ascendant (Video TBA!)

Path of Building Link for the guide: https://pastebin.com/3wL4XNnP
Simply go to "Import/Export Build" > Click the "Import from Pastebin" paste the link in there, and then click "Import"

If you have any questions you can always come to my twitch stream to get them answered or just to enjoy the stream:

Ghazzy's Livestreaming Channel

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Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for a beginner friendly crit DP build.

2. A build that is not only viable in both hardcore & softcore, but also Atziri & Uber Izaro viable.

3. Very high eHP with good clear speed & great boss kill potential.

4. No spell switching for lvling.

5. If you prefer a build guide that has a video linked to it.

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Build Enabling/Enhancing Items:

If you wish to keep your budget down you could use the Divinarius Dagger as your spell dmg weapon which allows for your shield charging whilst still providing really good stats. This is later replaced by a better rolled rare one.

By using the "PURE TALENT JEWEL" (FIX LINK LATER GHAZZY) with the planed skilltree you are provided with extra crit chance as well as a nice attribute bonus to help gearing.

Atziri's Foible is a solid amulet choice which helps gearing attribute requirements as well as helping you with the mana sustaining of your MoM effect.

You can always drop some ehP & damage for the nice boost of Magic Finding with the Bisco's Collar.

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Defence & Utility

A standard CWDT setup is in place as well as a Wither CWC Skeleton approach to increase chaos damage taken by the enemies as well as a manually cast DESPAIR CURSE (FIX LINK LATER GHAZZY), this helps you keep enemies away from you as well as significantly making boss fights easier.

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Pantheon Choices:

Pantheon List

Major God:

- Soul of Lunaris
Basically just helps with avoiding some projectile damage

- Soul of the Brine King

Minor God:

- Soul of Ryslatha
Basically just an additional layer of defence when you're on low life.

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Skill-gems & Setups:

6L Dark Pact:

- Spell Totem, Dark Pact, Increased AoE, Increased Critical Strikes, Void Manipulation, Added Chaos Damage

Switch Inc. AoE for Concentrated Effect vs bosses.

3L Mobility:

- Shield Charge, Faster Attacks, Fortify

3L Utility:

- Flame Golem, Clarity, Despair

4L Wither CWC Skellies:

- Wither, Cast While Channeling, Summon Skeleton, Minion Life

4L CWDT + Vaal Haste:

- CWDT, Immortal call, Increased Duration, Vaal Haste

Note: Vaal Haste doesn't proc, you'll have to cast it manually!

4L Utility:

- Immortal Call, Increased Duration, Arcane Surge, Flame Dash

Note: Flame Dash is used for obstacles when you need to. Immortal Call is used manually to proc Arcane Surge.

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Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes:

Ascendancy Nodes:

You'll want to start with the Hireophant via Templar Ascendancy for that sweet extra totem on a 4L till you get better stuffs later, this can also be abused heavily if you get yourself a nice Elder item with any of the support gems you want in your 5-6L.

After this you will want to head over to the Assassin via Shadow Ascendancy to get yourself extra crit chance.

Ultimately you'd want to continue on the Assassin path to get yourself the starter points over at the Shadow for more dmg & some extra HP.


Leveling skill-tree, 26 points

Leveling skill-tree, 60 points

Finished skill-tree

Note:

When the skilltree is finished you have 3 options:
1) Get Power Charges (including the spell dmg per power charge node above witch starter area)
2) Mana nodes to help sustain the MoM
3) Jewels
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Leveling Tips:

Simply use Dark Pact totem as soon as you get it and self-cast skeletons vs bosses, super smooth!


Bandits:

- Save Alira for extra defence & offensive stats.

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Gearing & Stat Priorities

What base items to use:

The base items of this build really doesn't matter as we don't care about the base defensive stats such as armour(str), evasion(dex) or energy shield(int). So instead the base items will follow the stat priority listed in this guide.
However, the attribute requirement of the items will base how hard it is to chrome (color) which will be the only thing we will think about when planing our gearing.
So, if you need 4 blue sockets in an item the recommendation is to get an item that has Energy Shield (int) base or a hybrid base which includes Energy Shield (int).

By using this chrome calculating website: https://siveran.github.io/calc.html you can easily track how hard it will be to chrome the colors you need. This YouTube playlist can help a lot for new players and also includes a few tricks when coloring items with the "wrong attribute requirements" for your build: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuu-MdPs0Af8A4e3gSsJ1xDKNNcdFwY1r


Weapon Choices:

A good rolled rare will be the top choice but till currency allows you could use the Divinarius Dagger.

Defensive Stats:

1. Life
2. Mana
3. Resistances


Offensive Stats:

1. Spell Damage
1. Chaos Damage
1. Area Damage


Jewels:

1. Chaos Damage
1. Spell Damage
1. Damage
2. Life
3. Resistances


Flasks:

1x Ample Eternal Life Flasks <w/e suffix>
1x <w/e prefix>Eternal Life Flask of Staunching
1x <w/e prefix> Diamond Flask of <w/e suffix>
1x Ample Basalt Flask of Staunching
1x Ample Quicksilver Flask of Heat

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Recommended Unique Items:
Divinarius Dagger.
Atziri's Foible

Recommended LvLing Uniques:


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Outro:

For gameplay footage & verbally describing the build, check out this video guide: Crit DP Totem Ascendant (Video TBA!)

Before you start posting questions I would recommend checking the video. I am as always available in my stream!

Hope you guys will enjoy the build! Below you can access my other build guides:

Build Guides


//Ghazzy
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Last edited by Ghazzy on Aug 23, 2017, 2:23:51 PM
First xD

PS: like your Stream :)
Last edited by Kirby1978 on Aug 23, 2017, 1:32:45 PM
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Completed 11 ChallengesKirby1978 wrote:
First xD

PS: like your Stream :)


<3
Due to popular demand and me not being a full-time streamer I'm unable to go through all forum threads as I used to, however, I still respond to every question on my YouTube videos!
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Will make the video in a few min.

Do report any issues or problems you might notice in the guide please! :)


Edit:

Video done and uploaded & posted.
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Last edited by Ghazzy on Aug 23, 2017, 2:24:05 PM
Uber lab is cloaked in savagery but in your vid you say you took it in merc
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Completed 7 ChallengesLillotus wrote:
Uber lab is cloaked in savagery but in your vid you say you took it in merc


Oh shit, I actually say:

Merc Lab i pick up "Pain Reaver" leech and then Merc lab I took "Cloaked in Savagery"... :P

To clearify, follow the written guide which states:
Normal Lab - Crave the Slaughter
Cruel Lab - Aspect of Carnage
Merc Lab - Pain Reaver
Uber Lab - Cloaked in Savagery
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Im lloking to try this build in hc, are there any important changes with going hc? Also which of the gear versions would be better for it? Thirdly could you have a pledge on weapon swap for boss killing?

Thanks in advance
Do you think this would be doable in ssf? I was thinking of aiming towards a covenant and 1h + shield approach. Then make changes depending on what gear I'd find.
Hey guys,

Let me begin with apologizing for the very late responses in all my threads, my girlfriend turned 25 so I haven't had the time!


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Completed 1 ChallengePuxz wrote:
Im lloking to try this build in hc, are there any important changes with going hc? Also which of the gear versions would be better for it? Thirdly could you have a pledge on weapon swap for boss killing?

Thanks in advance


Hey,

Having enough leech before moving over to DP is highly crucial or you simply will die, I will say that for hardcore I don't think Pledge of Hands will feel safe, I found myself in situations out of range of enemies that almost killed me since I couldn't quickly shield charge to them properly. However, switching weapons for the boss kills is doable but again, not something I would recommend as it will take some time away from you leeching up your lost HP.

So my recommendation for HC is Covenant or Carcass Jack with any 1H + Shield, you could run maps with a Brightbeak for speed and weapon swap to 2x 1H for more damage but I don't think it's worth the investment or hazzle.



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Completed 12 Challengesketunreika wrote:
Do you think this would be doable in ssf? I was thinking of aiming towards a covenant and 1h + shield approach. Then make changes depending on what gear I'd find.


I believe the build can work as SSF yeah, however, I honestly wouldn't want to switch to DP till I had either a Doedre's Elixir with Cloaked in Savagery (Uber Lab) or at least 1 Atziri's Promise, which you can easily get by lvling the character as AWT and speccing a bit more in to that type of damage to kill regular Atziri with before switching to the DP as it relies so heavily on leeching when it comes to boss kill potential.
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