[3.7] BRO, DO YOU EVEN SUMMON? Skeleton crit Dark Pact BOSSKILLER
************************3.7 LEGION LEAGUE INFO************************
With an upcoming 3.7 patch pretty much all spelcasters are being nerfed. The number 1 problem is that Warlord's Mark no longer works with spells. It used to be the primary source of life and mana recovery for this build. Now, here is what I recommend:
-for life leech use Gloomfang (it used to be our secondary only-for-endgame-bosses amulet but now it's the only one amulet I recommend using)
-for mana leech early in a fresh league use either Mana Leech support (it sucks sacrificing a gem link for it I know...) or level with Bane instead since it has lower mana cost and it's a great levelling skill
-use mana flask until your damage is good enough to sacrifice a gem socket for Mana Leech support
-after you farm some currency you should invest in Shaper rings with 'mana gain on spell hit' and '-# to mana cost of skills' craft. Here are examples:
With these rings mana cost of my Dark Pact is 37 and I have no problems with mana sustain against Shaper and Uber Elder:
Also Immortal Call won't be as effective against physical damage as it was, however it will now be effective also against elemental damage. I think now it will be more worth to link it with Increased Duration so throw out Cold Snap from CWDT setup if you are following my guide 1:1.
Since patch 3.5 Energy Shield recharge is no longer interrupted by a) self-casting Dark Pact, b) hitting enemies with Gloomfang equipped. However, hitting enemies with Gloomfang will insta kill you if you are a CI char as long as the life gain on hit does not compensate the life lost on hit (thank you Jalkar for pointing that out).
-millions of dps with affordable gear (10mil with 3-5ex budget shouldn't be a problem if you follow my guide right)
-can run any combination of any map mods
-cheap to start with
-good league starter
-great delver (depth 1000 achieved)
-doesn't rely on flasks
-maxing your gear may sink some currency
-not super tanky
Assassin is also a good option for this build. It has higher dps potential but doesn't provide +1 curse bonus and cannot apply curses on Hexproof enemies so you will need to spend +3 points on Whispers of Doom and you may struggle with running Hexproof maps.
I recommend the following Ascandancy order for the Assassin:
2.Ambush and Assassinate
3.7 Path of Building
Some things you should keep in mind when working on your char in PoB:
-check 'Do you use Power Charges' window [Configuration]
-set 'is the enemy a Boss' at Shaper/Guardians [Configuration]
-set '# of Intensity' at 4 [Configuration]
-set Wither stacks at 15 [left side panel]
-set Dark Pact at 'Cast on Skeleton' [left side panel]
-check all your flasks [Items]
-check 'Show Minion Stats' window [Calcs\Summon Skeleton]
-manually type in Skeleton Life value into 'Skeleton Life' window [Configuration]
-manually multiply Total DPS value [left side panel] by 3 (by 4 if you have a Gloomfang) to get the real value of your dps
Hybrid Life + ES:
Endgame mapping/bossing/delving montage:
3.5 SHaper 1 second kill
Syndicate Mastermind fight:
t16 Guardians on 1ex gear:
Shaper on 1ex gear:
t16 Guardians on 12ex gear:
Shaper on 12ex gear:
Uber Atziri full run:
Uber Elder deathless:
t16 Chimera smoke phase skip:
1 second full HP Shaper kill
t16 Vaal Temple Trio
showcase of self-cast:
Elder and Guardians (white tier):
Elder and Guardians (yellow tier):
Elder and Guardians (red tier):
Vaal Temple trio:
If you have a video of you playing with my build and want it to be featured here, let me know! However, I don't know yet if I want to put here every single video you submit or just the selected ones.
3.5 Elder Armoury MF run:
3.5 Delve depth 1000:
3.7 Gems and links
Followed setup works with Life version of this build.
Chest: [Dark Pact + Intensify + Spell Echo + Void Manipulation + Concentraded Effect/Increased Area of Effect + Controlled Destruction] use Mana Leech support if you cannot sustain mana
Elder Helmet with minion life support mod: [Summon Skeleton + Unleash + Arcane Surge + Empower]
Non-Elder Helmet: [Summon Skeleton + Minion Life + Arcane Surge + Empower]
Boots or Gloves: [Blasphemy + Temporal Chains + Despair] [Flame Dash]
Boots or Gloves: [Phase Run + Vaal Righteous Fire + Vaal Blight + Increased Duration]
Weapon: [Wither + Spell Totem + Multiple Totems]
Weapon: [Cast When Damage Taken + Immortal Call + Increased Duration]
Your Gear doesn't have to be multimod crafted like mine. If you are playing on a league you should be able to buy similar gear for a less cost than multimod craft. The most crucial items are Shaper rings with flat mana reduction and flat mana gained on spell hit and Gloomfang as it's our only source of Life Leech and +1 chain is a big dps boost. Everything else is just life, es, damage and res.
If you want to craft gear by yourself, use Essence of Fear or Pristine/Dense, Bound and Aberrant fossils.
Secondary slot setup has multiple uses. Any warcry socketed into Brinerot Flag gives you 2 Power Charges. Wand with a 'Trigger socketed spells when you use a skill' craft lets you use 2 spells at 1 cast. Cold Snap spawns chilled ground and it slows down enemies and generates Frenzy Charges if they die while standing on it. Abyssal Cry makes that Porcupines don't throw out any spikes on death. Enduring Cry gives you Enduring charges and life regen. Let's be honest, nobody is going to cast it before every monster pack but it may be helpful before some hard encounters like Syndicate, between Uber Elder phases or when delving. Just cast it once before the encounter to gain Frenzy and Endurance charges for a few seconds. Rallying Cry may help you with mana sustain if youo have a problem with it.
General advices if you don't have much currency:
-don't buy Empower lvl 4, buy lvl 3
-don't buy neither +1 curse Gloomfang nor curse on hit ring. Curse on hit setup is mostly a luxury for better clear and this build is strong enough without it
-good rare wands still should be cheaper than Void Batteries but it depends on current market situation
3.7 Hybrid Life + ES 2-curse gear
Secondary weapon slot:
3.6 Life 3-curse gear
Secondary weapon slot:
3.7 Tree and levelling
Life version lvl 97:
Hybrid Life + ES version lvl 97:
Start with any of the skills available from the begenning like Freezing Pulse, Arc, Volatile Dead or Firestorm. At 28 get the Dark Pact gem. At lvl 31 link it with Mana Leech or Life Leech if you don't have to fully rely on flasks.
Start off with a right side of the passive tree in order to get enough dexterity to use Phase Run as soon as possible. Life nodes are the highest priority. At around lvl 85-90 start picking power charge nodes. This is also the right time to get Void Batteries and Brinerot Flag.
Here is the list of key skill gems you should know when to pick as a Witch:
-Dark Pact (requires lvl 28, available from act 3)
-Mana Leech (requires lvl 31, available from act 3)
-Energy Leech (requires lvl 31, available from act 3)
-Summon Skeleton (requires lvl 10, available from act 1)
-Minion Life (requires lvl 18, available from act 2)
-Wither (requires lvl 10, available from act 1)
-Spell Totem (requires lvl 8, available from act 1)
-Flame Dash (requires lvl 10, available from act 1)
-Phase Run (requires lvl 34, available from act 6)
-Faster Casting (requires lvl 18, available from act 2)
-Increased Duration (requires lvl 31, available from act 6)
-Temporal Chains (requires lvl 24, available from act 3)
-Blasphemy (requires lvl 31, available from act 3)
3.7 A bit of theory
We are casting Dark Pact on our skeletons therefore sacrificing their life to damage our enemies. We can sacrifice our life if there are no skeletons summoned next to us but it would drain our hp pool pretty quick. Also dps is higner if we use skeletons.
We scale our damage with investing into crit multiplier (it has to has either 'global' or 'for spells' label to work), cast speed, minion life, spell/chaos/AoE damage, Power Charges and crit chance (also with either 'global' or 'for spells' label only).
Maximizing damage on bosses - some bosses in PoE won't get activated until we get close to them. We can use it at our advantage. Things we can do before activating such boss:
-summoning Skeletons a few times to proc Abyss Jewel cast speed bonus
-casting Cold Snap under boss's feet slowing it down
-activating Vaal RF
-pllacing Wither Totems
-pre-casting Dark Pact for a while to make all 4 chains overlap as well as get 4 Intensify stages
-casting Vaal Blight just before activating a boss
Major - Soul of the Brine King. Choose your minor depending on a boss you gonna fight against.
Exile: I'm dying too much on higher maps.
Me: Try to get as much life and strength on your gear as you can. Take all life nodes and jewel slots on Passive Tree as early as possible. Put life jewels into that slots. Use Temporal Chains, Phase Run, Warlord's Mark, Cast When Damage Taken setup and Vaal Blight. Pre-cast Cold Snap on bosses before they activate to slow them even more. Swap out Spell Echo and put Faster Casting into your 6L to prevent being locked by casting animation.
Exile: Which gems use for 4L/5L?
Me: You should always check it in Path of Building. As you progress, certain supprt gems become more or less effective than others (e.g. Power Charge on Critical is pretty useless at the begining of your adventure, but it becomes really powerful once you have picked all +1 Power Charge nodes on a tree and you have 2 Void Batteries).
Exile: My dps is't satisfying.
Me: Show me your gear and Passive Tree so I could help you.
Exile: I'm confused what scales my dps the best.
Me: It depends on your current gear/tree. Let me quote my representation when I was having 8.4mil dps and my skeleton hp was 15210:
It may vary depending on your current gear, e.g. if your crit chance is low then crit multi won't be that effective. Or if you maybe have low cast speed, any cast speed modifier will be godlike for your dps. You should always import your char into Path Of Building and compare all increases there.
Last edited by brant09081992 on Jul 10, 2019, 12:17:11 PM
Last bumped on Jun 5, 2019, 9:17:48 AM
on Nov 9, 2017, 7:58:59 PM
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on Nov 9, 2017, 9:49:02 PM
Thanks for listing Kwitch! I have added Uber Atziri fight and Gorge full run.
on Nov 14, 2017, 2:33:56 PM
⚡ Lightning Golems:
⛄ Ice Golems:
on Nov 15, 2017, 6:52:23 AM
Hi this really looks like a fun build and one I want to test for next season when my Harbinger chars move to standard.
Just wondering how you feel about its mapping speed? From the Gorge run video it looks a bit slow when it comes to mapping.
edit: Just found out about the VP nerf, ouch!
Last edited by Eathb on Nov 18, 2017, 4:10:35 AM
on Nov 18, 2017, 3:24:07 AM
Hey! I'm not a big fan of fast clearing but you can self-cast DP if you want to make it faster and use skeletons once you reached to the boss. However, VP changes will push us now to use skeletons in most encounters I think. I messed a bit into PoB yesterday and made a CI concept of this build based on fast ES recharge and that's how I'm gonna probably play in upcoming league. I don't know how reliable would self-casted DP be without insta leech. I'm gonna play the current variant of my build on Mayhem HC to enjoy the last days with current VP mechanics and I recommend you to do so if you want to try that one ;)
on Nov 18, 2017, 3:11:17 PM
I have something like u, but in video u kill much easily despite my items are a bit better. I think its because of Onslought and Sulphur flasks. Vaal Clarity which allows u to fire from distance and dont aggro helps a lot too.
I do with Power Charges 160k dps (without golem and Arcane Surge`, 7 Poweer Charges), hp is 4.8k and minions hp is almost 7.9k. 5.5k hp when minions life 6.8k.
I like idea of Vaal Clarity as mana is problem if out of leech range.
Main problem is with aggro: exile aggro instead of minions almost all time; while outside of curse range(?), minions are usually attacked first (but this theory fails if something is shooting out of screen like spiders, harbingers totems, demons..).
I was using Lightning Warp, but its really bad if have to play in range of aggro. Maybe if Vaal Clarity is present than Lightning Warp can be more useful. But maybe I just lack of skill, but its not Whirling Blades and even Flame Dash is faster.
Problem with this build is mainly that skeleton do almost no aggro, u have to press too many buttons to start shoot, u fire stationary with possibility of not leeching and can be under fire while dp is "casted" from minions. Heavily flask dependent. Sustain of Power Charges is also tricky.
But hey, at least we gave a try..
I have another Dark Pact on Scion totems and is much better overall: better hp, better dps, better dodge, no flask dependent at all, but lucky flask is useful, much faster clear speed, and much better survival ability overall.
Last edited by Rexeos on Nov 22, 2017, 11:55:03 PM
on Nov 22, 2017, 9:28:01 PM
That's a bummer to read, your damage looks like it should be even better than the video with your gear, which should more than compensate for the flasks you mentioned.
You aren't using Vaal Summon Skels for bosses, are you? That seems like it would totally tank your DPS as DP dmg is based off skel life, and lvl 24 skels + lvl 24 minion life has to be a gigantic boost over unbuffed VSS.
I was considering this build so hopefully the OP can weigh in.
on Nov 23, 2017, 1:56:57 PM
Is 7 your maximum number of charges? I have 9 max and 2 charges more = 108% increased damage with my setup. Also flasks make a difference indeed as well as the boot enchant. The rest of your gear is comparable or better than mine. I think the biggest difference could be into your passive tree.
I don't have any problems with exiles either meele or ranged ones. I sometimes find regular monsters more dangerous when one of them comes close to me in a very moment I just spawned my skeletons a few meters away and I can't attack it until skeleton cooldown expired. I keep Vaal Clarity mainly to always have a possibility to spam DP while keeping a distance from any danger. Atziri's Promise does its job when it comes to leech from an out of curse range.
I have started playing with this build when it was already levelled which resulted with dps being good enough that I didn't have any issues with having lightning warp as my movement skill. But if I played it from scratch Flame dash would be a better option if it comes to sustain longer boss fights and mechanics avoidance but it actually all depends on the content you face. While Whirling blades is being a top tier movement skill, it cannot be used with void batteries. You can use Brightbeak in addition to the Brinerot Flag and Whirling Blades into one weapon slot for fast clearing and Flame Dash with Void Batteries into another and swap on them only for bosses and that's something which I also probably should consider when I will be playing at the next league.
To be honest my build is not flask depentend and I could do all the endgame content without flasks. After a few days of playing with DP I have already got used to its playstyle and now I can minimize the risk caused by bad skeletons placement.
The thing with power charges sustain is that you always gonna call a warcry when they are about to expire. I have no problems with it but I understand some players may find it uncomfortable.
I don't like totem playstyle but I have to admit that totems are indeed really strong and safe option. I bet most of HC players gonna play DP with totems on the Abyss League especially after the Vaal Pact changes.
on Nov 23, 2017, 2:28:34 PM
i can't view any of your gear or anything
on Nov 24, 2017, 3:46:26 AM