[3.4] Bashtart's Poet's Pen Champion * Herald Summoner * destroy it all!


Hi, guys atm I am working on a Poet's Pen Champion build. It is a hybrid wander / summoner / caster build. So far everything was pretty easy, the build is tanky, has very good dps and the playstyle is fun and easy. Atm I reach level 91 and could clear maps up to T15 with hards mods really easy and reached a delve from about 417 (no where near the limit). I also could kill an T15 Elder without too much problems and do some other endgame stuff.

Video: How to create & improve builds with Path of Building: https://youtu.be/Spw7tfVAAto

Pro's and Con's:
+ Tanky
+ High Dps
+ Budget friendly (two poet's pen wands and you are good to go)
+ Easy & fun playstyle
+ stun immune

- some uniques are mandatory (2x Poet's Pen & 1x Volkuur's Guidance)

If you have any questions about the build please use this build thread. I will not answer to PM's!!!

Path of Building:
https://pastebin.com/rEjC1tBf

Videos:
Poet's Pen Champion Build Overview
T16 Hydra Gameplay

Gear & Skills:


Skills

Poet's Pen 1:
Volatile Dead > Blade Vortex > Concentrated Effect

Poet's Pen 2:
Unearth > Bodyswap > Greater Multiple Projectiles

Frenzy:
Frenzy > Greater Multiple Projectiles > Faster Attacks > Life on Hit

Herald's:
Herald of Agony + Herald of Purity > Minion Speed > Withering Touch > Minion Damage > Damage on Full life
(Without the coming calamity use Enlighten > Blind as last two links)

Cast When Damage Taken:
CWDT + Immortal CalL + Enfeeble

Utility
Summon Flame Golem
Summon Holy Relic + Vaal Haste + Blood Rage + Arcane Surge
(Level Arcane Surge only so high that it will always proc when you use Blood Rage... with that in mind you can have nearly 100% uptime on Arcane Surge!)


Passives & Ascendancy
Skill Tree level 93: Click Me!

Ascendancy Champion:
1) Conqueror
2) Worthy Foe
3) Unstoppable Hero (makes only sense with Fortitude before you get your last asendancy points you can take First to strike, Last to Fall)
4) Fortitude

(If you use this build as league starter or you cannot afford two poet's pen you can just level it as melee with sunder or so and then you would go Unstoppable Hero first.)

Why did I pick Champion as ascendancy?
Champion is great for this build because it provides us with natural tankyness. Additionally Champion increases the damage taken from enemies and they can't evade attacks when they are taunted. The great thing about that is that our character and our minions proft from it.


Pantheon & Bandits:
Pantheon:
Soul of Araakali / Soul of Solaris
Soul of Gruthkul

(Soul of Araakali for great sustain and defense against DoT effects. Soul of Solaris helps with oneshot mechanics and gives additional physical damage mitigation.)

Banits:
Kill them all for two extra passive points.

Work in Progress!
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
Last edited by bashtart on Dec 7, 2018, 12:08:04 AM
Last bumped on Dec 2, 2018, 1:56:20 AM
Looks interesting! I may give it a try if I can muster up the will to build another.
I have never done a poet's pen build do you think this would be a good starter pen build?
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Completed 10 ChallengesArrgath wrote:
I have never done a poet's pen build do you think this would be a good starter pen build?

Yes I think so... I mean it is pretty cheap to start... more or less if you can afford two poets pen wards you are good to go. Volkuur's Guidance also are not really expensive. Leveling is really easy & fast with two poet's pen ward.

I invested about 4-5ex in my char and atm I delve in deep of about 370. Did some T15 Elder and some other endgame stuff pretty easy.
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
Last edited by bashtart on Nov 11, 2018, 6:30:40 AM
So this is more of a HoAg/P build than poet's pen? Do VD balls deal noticeable damage by themselves or is it like the MS build that uses MS just to trigger HoAg? Build looks very original and creative though. I will def try it. (just sold my poet's pens unfortunately)
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So this is more of a HoAg/P build than poet's pen? Do VD balls deal noticeable damage by themselves or is it like the MS build that uses MS just to trigger HoAg? Build looks very original and creative though. I will def try it. (just sold my poet's pens unfortunately)

It is a hybrid... so i guess the main damage still comes from VD balls. The heralds push the dps mainly in boss fights because normally the minions are a bit behind while mapping. The minions are also great because they will take some damage for us. More or less all spells, attacks and minions poison so they buff the Agony crawler. The minions use withering touch which increases the poison damage of all sources.
The build is already really stromg but I am sure there is still a lot of room for improvements.
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
why do you call the wands wards? lol
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Completed 12 ChallengesULTRALUL wrote:
why do you call the wands wards? lol

typing error I guess...
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
Can i farm full izaro safely with this build?
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Svettguud wrote:
Can i farm full izaro safely with this build?

I would guess that every build can farm uber izaro safely... but this build should be able to farm more or less all content.
[3.2] Bashtart's Spark Inquisitor: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1838569
[3.2] Oni-Goroshi Frost Blades Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2077486
Last edited by bashtart on Dec 1, 2018, 7:47:51 AM

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