[3.9] ShakCentral's Leveling Guides - Vortex | Tornado Shot | Other skills to come

Welcome to my leveling guide! Whether you're here from Tornado Shot For Dummies, Vortex For Dummies or just browsing the forums, I hope you enjoy this guide.

I intend to make this the one-stop-shop for both my current and (hopefully) future PoE leveling guides. This allows me more space in my actual guides and lets me update all leveling guides at once in the same place as future updates occur.

NOTE: This guide is aimed at newer players and/or people who have not leveled many characters efficiently before. It assumes a league start or SSF situation in which the player has no prior gear. The original guides that link to this leveling guide have a tl;dr leveling summary for experienced players.


June 24, 2020 Update: The leveling process for Vortex has undergone a significant change. The leveling guide has been updated with the new gem links as well as some minor updates for clarity and efficiency.


Color Key and How To Use The Guide

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Color code:

Red / Green / Blue = Get this gem, either as a free reward or purchase.

Pink - The first time you enter a zone, it is marked in pink. This allows you to more easily set up this guide on a second monitor or even print it out and reference it at a glance without losing your place.

Purple - Purple is used to show when to complete Labyrinth Trials and run the Lord's Labyrinth.

GGG / GGB etc : These are linked colors. G = Green links, B = Blue, and R = Red. GGG would be 3 green sockets linked together, GGB is Green=Green-Blue, etc.



Tornado Shot For Dummies - Leveling Guide
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Act 1

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👊 Make a Ranger and get going. Grab Burning Arrow and Pierce on your way to Hillock. Kill Hillock and enter Lioneye’s Watch.

👊 Choose between Ice Shot or Shrapnel Shot for your free reward from Tarkleigh. Either will work until level 12. I used to list Caustic Arrow as an option, but it's just too slow for single target. Check Tarkleigh for movement speed boots and a GGG linked bow. If he has none of these, keep your current bow and buy an iron ring from Nessa. Socket Pierce and your new skill and run from town to The Coast Waypoint (WP from here onward). During Act 1, keep an eye out for a Short Bow item or buy one from Tarkleigh. This will be your highest possible attack speed bow until Act 4 and you will use it starting at lvl 12.

👊 Do the Mud Flats quest, open The Submerged Passage, and grab its waypoint. Take the WP to the Coast, enter Tidal Island, and kill Hailrake. Try to hit level 3 to refresh the vendors. Go to town and get a Quicksilver flask from Nessa. Choose Onslaught or Mirage Archer as your reward and buy the other. Ignore Tarkleigh's first reward and grab Dash. Do another check for movement speed boots, GGG linked items, and buy an iron ring if possible.

Courtesy of "XownedbyyourmomX" : You can optionally buy a Decoy Totem gem if desired. It will help a lot to keep early bosses off of you, but you will likely need to urn a Heavy Belt to accommodate the Str requirement.

👊 Run Submerged to The Ledge. If you find Flooded Depths while searching for Ledge, open a portal and keep going. If you instead find the stairs/ramp into the second part of Submerged Passage first, drop your portal there instead.

👊 Run Ledge, grabbing the waypoint, and make your way through The Climb. If it's been more than a few minutes since you left your portal open near Flooded Depths, WP to town, take the portal, and kill the crab for a skill point. If not, keep running.

👊 Near the end of the Climb, kill the goat boss and save Navali. Enter Lower Prison. IF you haven't finished your skill point quest, do it now. Get a skill point from Tarkleigh, Added Cold Damage from Nessa, and buy Void Manipulation if yo ucan afford it. If you have a 3-link, use Main skill + Onslaught + Added Cold for clearing.

👊 Run Lower Prison. If you come across the Labyrinth Trial, run it now. If not, you can run it right before running the normal labyrinth. Find and run Upper Prison to the Warden's Chambers. Sub out Onslaught for Mirage Archer and kill Brutus.

👊 Go to town and pick up Blink Arrow from Tarkleigh. At this point, you should begin seriously looking for a decent weapon and quiver. Keep the following 2 vendor recipes in mind throughout leveling:

     1. Any bow + 1 Blacksmith's Wetstone + 1 magic or rare Rustic Sash, if traded to a vendor, will return a magic bow
with "+% Physical Damage" as a mod. Rare Rustic Sashes will return a higher roll than magic items.

     2. A white Sharktooth Arrow Quiver + a Rare Onyx Amulet + a 1% quality or higher Rain of Arrows + an Orb of Chance will give you the Hyrri's Bite Quiver, which can be used right up to end-game.
          2a. You can acquire an Onyx amulet by trading any other amulet with 1 skill gem of each color (blue, green, and red).

👊 Go to Prisoner's Gate WP, find the side that dips down, and follow it to Ship Graveyard WP. Find Ship Graveyard Cave, get the Allflame, and continue to Cavern of Wrath WP.

👊 Go back to Ship Graveyard WP, find and kill Fairgraves, and go to town. Get Toxic Rain from Nessa and the skill point from Bestel. As soon as you hit level 12, slot Toxic Rain + Mirage Archer + Void Manipulation. You want to use a short bow with this skill, as discussed earlier. Maximizing attack speed is paramount for Toxic Rain. Leave Added Cold and Onslaught in a piece of gear to level for Tornado Shot later.

👊 Run Cavern of Wrath to Cavern of Anger and find and kill Mervail. Move on to Act 2.



Act 2

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👊 Run Southern Forest to Forest Encampment. Sell to vendors if needed and head out the Old Fields exit. Find The Den, kill the beast, and continue through Old Fields to Crossroads WP.

👊 Go back to town, talk to Yeena, and get a second Quicksilver. You'll need a few Alteration Orbs to buy skill gems, but if you have excess Alts, you can try to roll the mod "of Adrenaline" on this Quicksilver for additional movespeed.

👊 Go to Crossroads and head north to Chamber of Sins. In Chamber Level 2, complete Labyrinth Trial and kill Fidelitas. In town, get Herald of Agony from Gruest. You will want a second 3-linked, all green item when you hit level 16.

👊 Go to Crossroads and head south to Fellshrine Ruins. Find The Crypt and complete the Labyrinth Trial. Go to Crossroads and head east to Broken Bridge. Kill Kraitlyn.

👊 If you are level 16, socket your Herald of Agony into your second GGG item and use it with Toxic Rain to crush everything. We'll link it with supports soon.

👊 Run left out of town to Riverways WP. Go north to The Wetlands, kill Oak, and get the WP before leaving. Go back to Riverways WP and continue west to Western Forest WP. Help Alira (don't forget the item!), go south, kill Captain Arteri, and open the passage.

👊 Run to Weaver’s Chambers and kill Weaver. In town, take Faster Attacks as your free reward gem and buy TWO Vicious Projectiles and one Elemental Damage with Attacks from Yeena. Socket Faster Attacks and 1 Vicious Proj with Herald of Agony and begin leveling the other Vicious Proj and EDwA. If you haven't yet, go to Lioneye's Watch in Act 1 and talk to Bestel for your skill point from opening the passage.

👊 Run Vaal Ruins, Northern Forest, The Caverns, and Ancient Pyramid. Kill Oversoul.




Act 3

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👊 As of Act 3, 4-linked gear can drop or be sold by vendors. Be on the lookout for a G-G-G-G and G-G-G-B item. If you find a G-G-G-G, use your second Vicious Projectiles support as the 4th link for your Toxic Rain.

👊 Run The City of Sarn and save and talk to Clarissa. Run The Slums to The Crematorium. Do Labyrinth Trial and boss. In town, get Grace from Maramoa and begin leveling it. Get keys from Clarissa.

👊 Go to Slums and into The Sewers. Find the busts and run to Marketplace WP. Get skill point in town, go Marketplace, and run The Catacombs for Labyrinth Trial.

👊 Go Marketplace to The Battlefront WP. Get Ribbon Spool from nearby cart, and run The Docks. Find Sulphite and run Battlefront to Solaris Temple WP. Trade spool and sulphite to Dialla for the Talc, go to Sewers, and blow up the butthole.

👊 Go to Ebony Barracks, get WP, and kill General Gravicius. Go to town, get Tornado Shot, and start leveling it. Go back to the WP and run east to Imperial Gardens WP.

👊 Go to The Library and complete quest. Purchase Assassin's Mark, Fork, and Minion Damage. If you have a GGGB item, slot Minion Damage as the 4th link for your Herald of Agony. If currency allows, buy up to 6 more Tornado Shot gems to level in your weapon swap.

👊 Go to Ebony Barracks and run Lunaris Temple. Kill Piety, get tower key, get skill point in town, and go to Imperial Gardens.

👊 Complete Labyrinth Trial, run The Sceptre of God, and kill Dominus.



Act 4

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👊 Run The Aqueduct to Highgate. If you're below level 30, control click the Aqueduct entrance to make a new one and farm Aqueducts until you're level 30. Begin to keep an eye out for a Grove Bow base. They require level 35 and will be your upgrade from your Short Bow as discussed in Act 1.

👊 Run The Dried Lake. Kill Voll and run The Mines. Free Deshret in The Mines Level 2: Electric Boogaloo. Run to The Crystal Veins WP.

👊 This is a perfect time to run Normal Labyrinth. Finish the Low Prison Trial if you didn't do it in Act 1. Go to The Sarn Encampment, enter The Aspirant’s Plaza, and kill Izaro. Take Gathering Winds as your first ascendancy.

👊 Buy some fire resistance rings if you’re under-capped and run Kaom’s Dream to Kaom’s Stronghold and kill Kaom. Run Daresso’s Dream to The Grand Arena and kill Daresso. In town, get Chain as a quest reward and buy Curse on Hit from the PDA couple. Begin leveling both.

👊 Go to Crystal Veins and run Belly of the Beast Levels 1 and 2. Defeat Piety, run The Harvest, and kill Malachai. Run The Ascent and enter The Slave Pens.



Act 5

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👊 Run The Slave Pens and enter Overseer’s Tower. Run The Control Blocks, get the Miasmeter (top left), and run to Oriath Square WP.

👊 Go to town, get skill point and a choice of Stibnite or Silver Flask. Don’t neglect your resists. You’ll need more soon!

👊 Run Oriath Square to The Templar Courts and into The Chamber of Innocence. Kill Innocence. The zone permanently changes after this fight. Go to town and take the Waypoint to a changed Chamber. Go through the door into The Torched Courts.

👊 Run to The Ruined Square. Get WP, then run The Ossuary.

👊 Run The Reliquary and get skill point. Run Ruined Square to The Cathedral Rooftop and kill Kitava.



Act 6

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👊 Surprise! Your resists suck now. Fix them.

👊 Run from Lioneye’s Watch to The Twilight Strand and clear the zone. You can now buy (nearly) any gem in the game from Lilly Roth. Take stock of your gem setups. Buy any of the needed gems to finish the following:

      Toxic Rain + Mirage Archer + Void Manipulation + Vicious Projectiles. If you've found a 5L, add Deadly Ailments.

      Herald of Agony + Damage on Full Life (Swap Faster Attacks to Blink Arrow) + Vicious Projectiles + Minion Damage. The 5 and 6 links for this are Withering Touch and Maim.

      If you're taking a lot of damage, you could run a low level Cast when Damage Taken and Molten Shell setup.

      Blink Arrow + Faster Attacks

      You should be leveling Tornado Shot, Elemental Damage With Attacks, Greater Multiple Projectiles, Added Cold, Fork, Chain, Herald of Ice, Onslaught, Curse on Hit, Assassin's Mark, Grace, Vaal Haste (If you find one or can make or trade for it; we don't use regular haste), and Blood Rage. These are all for Tornado Shot later, so they can be leveled unlinked in any available slots. If you have additional slots, level as many additional Tornado Shot gems as possible.

👊 Run The Coast to The Mud Flats and kill Queen. Run The Karui Fortress, kill Tuko, and get skill point. Run Karui Fortress to The Ridge to The Lower Prison. Complete Labyrinth Trial, enter Shavronne’s Tower, and kill Shav/Brutus. Grab the crafting recipe inside!

👊 I recommend doing the two skill point quests in Act 6 (Killing Abberath and The Puppet Mistress) once you reach Act 8 or 9. Go Prisoner’s Gate to Western Forest to The Riverways. Grab WPs in each zone and a crafting recipe from Alira’s old camp in W. Forest.

👊 Run Riverways to The Southern Forest to The Cavern of Anger. Pick up the banner inside and run to The Beacon. Complete the escort quest and light the beacon.

👊 Travel to The Brine King’s Reef and catch a big crab. Take Weylam’s boat to The Bridge Encampment.



Act 7

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👊 Run The Broken Bridge and find locket. Run to The Crossroads WP, go to town and turn in locket for your choice of flasks.

👊 Go to Crossroads WP and South to The Fellshrine Ruins and into The Crypt. Complete Labyrinth Trial and run Level 2 to get Maligaro’s map.

👊 Go to Crossroads WP and North to The Chamber of Sins WP. Talk to Silk and kill Maligaro in his map. Complete Labyrinth Trial in Chamber 2 and enter The Den.

👊 Run The Den to The Ashen Fields and fight Gruest. Get The Northern Forest WP and run The Dread Thicket for Fireflies. I recommend leaving Gruthkul until Act 10.

👊 Go to Northern Forest and run to The Causeway. Find quest item near the end and run to The Vaal City WP. Go to town for skill point, back to Vaal City, set Yeena on fire and run The Temple of Decay Levels 1 and 2 to kill Arakaali. Enter The Sarn Ramparts.



Act 8

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👊 Go to Prisoner’s Gate WP (Act 6), find the Valley of the Fire Drinker, kill Abberath. Go to The Riverways WP (Act 6), run The Wetlands, find The Spawning Grounds, kill The Puppet Queen. Go Lioneye’s Watch for 2 skill points.

👊 Run The Sarn Ramparts to The Sarn Encampment. Run The Toxic Conduits to Doedre’s Cesspool and kill Doedre.

👊 Keep right and run The Quay. Stay south, find the Ankh, and the Resurrection Site. Kill Tolman and run The Grain Gate, killing the Legionnaires. Run to The Imperial Fields WP and go town for 2 skill points. Go to Imperial Fields WP and run The Solaris Temple 1 and 2 and get the Sun Orb.

👊 Go to Doedre’s Cesspool WP and go left. Run The Grand Promenade to The Bath House WP. Complete Labyrinth Trial and run to The Lunaris Concourse WP. Leave High Garden skill point for post-Act 10.

👊 Run The Lunaris Temple 1 and 2 and get the Moon Orb.

👊 Go to Lunaris Concourse WP, run to the center of The Harbour Bridge, and kill Solaris/Lunaris. Enter The Blood Aqueduct.



Act 9

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👊 As Act 9 begins, some people will opt to stop progress, farm a Tabula Rasa, and switch to Tornado Shot now. I generally do not recommend this. Toxic Rain and Herald of Agony are significantly better at boss killing at this point, and it makes much more sense to me to continue through the story, easily finishing bosses and skill points, and then farm Blood Aqueducts after Kitava. Obviously, the choice is yours.

👊 Run Aqueduct to Highgate. Run Cruel Labyrinth if you haven’t yet and take Far Shot.

👊 Run The Descent to The Vastiri Desert WP. Run to The Foothills WP, run The Boiling Lake, and kill the boss.

👊 Go to Foothills WP and run The Tunnel. Complete Labyrinth Trial and run The Quarry WP.

👊 Run The Refinery and kill boss. Bring Powder and Acid to Sin.

👊 Take Vastiri Desert WP. Find the Storm Blade and look for a sandstorm blocking an area. TP, talk to Sin and the PDA couple, TP back to Vastiri. Enter The Oasis and kill boss.

👊 Go to Quarry WP and find Shrine of the Winds. Kill boss. Go to Highgate and pick up 2 skill points.

👊 Go to Quarry WP, run The Belly of the Beast. Run The Rotting Core. Kill the 3 mini-bosses, then kill The Depraved Trinity. Travel to Oriath Docks.




Act 10

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👊 Go to The Northern Forest WP in Act 7. Enter The Dread Thicket, kill Gruthkul, TP for skill point. Go to The Bath House WP in Act 8. Enter The High Gardens, find Pools of Terror, kill Yugul, TP for skill point.

👊 Run Cathedral Rooftop and save Bannon. Run the Rooftop to The Ravaged Square and get the WP.

👊 Go to Ravaged Square WP and run to The Control Blocks. Kill Vilenta, TP for skill point. Run The Ossuary and complete Labyrinth Trial.

👊 Run The Torched Courts and into The Desecrated Chamber. Kill boss, TP, talk to Bannon.

👊 Run Merciless Labyrinth if able and take Ricochet. If not, see about getting a carry, even if it's paid. It will be harder after Kitava lowers your resists.

👊 Run The Canals to The Feeding Trough. Kill Kitava. Your resists suck again.



Post Act 10 & Pre-Maps

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👊 Get 2 skill points in Oriath.

👊 Run Merciless Labyrinth if you haven’t.

👊 Fix resists. As you'll be in Blood Aqueducts for a little while, this can wait if absolutely necessary.

👊 Return to Tornado Shot For Dummies to continue from here. Thanks for reading!





Vortex For Dummies - Leveling Guide
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Here are the images for the 5 progressive leveling trees to use while leveling:
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Act 1

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👊 Make a Scion and go, grabbing Onslaught from the chest on your way (If you haven't ever completed Act 3, you don't have the Scion. Just skip this part and don't use Onslaught for now until you're more experienced). Kill Hillock and enter Lioneye’s Watch.

👊 Choose Split Arrow for your free reward from Tarkleigh (don't sell it; can be used later for a vendor recipe) and check his inventory for movement speed boots. Buy Stormblast Mine from Nessa and if you have any wisdom scrolls left, check her for BBG, BG, or BBB linked wands (in that order). Sell the random gear pieces you picked up form Hillock, Put everything else in your stash and log out.

Create your actual Witch and get to town. Get the items from your stash and check Nessa again for wands. Take Freezing Pulse from Tarkleigh and check for MS boots. Socket Onslaught with Freezing Pulse. If you have a BBG, socket Arcane Surge as well. Socket Stormblast Mine as well (don't forget to place Detonate Mines on your skillbar). Leave Arcane Surge at level 1 for now, so it procs as often as possible. Run from town to The Coast Waypoint (WP from here onward). Keep an eye out for Iron Rings. We'll need them for vendor recipes.

👊 Do the Mud Flats quest, open The Submerged Passage, and grab its waypoint. Take the WP to the Coast, enter Tidal Island, and kill Hailrake. Try to hit level 3 to refresh the vendor inevntories. Go to town and get a Quicksilver flask and Elemental Proliferation from Nessa. Buy either Orb of Storms or Frost Bomb from Nessa, buy Swift Assembly from her as well and choose the Frost Bomb or Orb of Storms gem that you didn't buy from her as your Tarkleigh reward along with Frostblink. Do another check for movement speed boots and wands if needed.

👊 Run Submerged to The Ledge. Once you hit level 4, abandon Freezing Pulse and run Frost Bomb + Onslaught, Orb of Storms + Ele Prolif, Frostblink + Arcane Surge, and Stormblast Mine + Swift Assembly. You probably won't have links for all of that already, and if not, prioritize Stormblast mine links for single target damage and Frost Bomb for clear. If you find Flooded Depths while searching for Ledge, open a portal and keep going. If you instead find the stairs/ramp into the second part of Submerged Passage first, drop your portal there instead.

👊 Run Ledge, grabbing the waypoint, and make your way through The Climb. If it's been more than 5-6 minutes since you left your portal open near Flooded Depths, WP to town, take the portal, and kill the crab in Flooded Depths for a skill point. If not, keep running.

👊 Near the end of the Climb, kill the goat boss and save Navali. Enter Lower Prison. If you haven't finished your skill point quest in Flooded Depths, do it now. Get a skill point for killing the crab from Tarkleigh and Added Lightning Damage from Nessa. If you have the links, go Stormblast Mine + Swift Assembly + Added Lightning for big single target damage.

👊 Run Lower Prison. If you come across the Labyrinth Trial, run it now. If not, you can run it right before running the normal labyrinth. Find and run Upper Prison to the Warden's Chambers and kill Brutus.

👊 Go to town and pick up Flame Dash from Tarkleigh. At this point, you should be looking for a BBG or BBB wand to turn yourself into a damage monster. Do the following vendor recipe as soon as you have the available items:

     1. Obtain a magic (blue) BBG or BBB wand. Transmute a white one if you need to.

     2. Identify blue and yellow items and sell them to vendors to get Alteration Shards and build up to an Orb of Alteration.
     
     3. Obtain an Iron Ring and sell it to a vendor along with your Split Arrow to receive a Topaz Ring. (If you haven't found one, you can buy iron rings from the vendor for 3 wisdom scrolls.

     4. Trade the magic wand, the Alteration, and the topaz ring to a vendor to receive a BBG linked wand with added lightning damage to spells.

👊 Go to Prisoner's Gate WP, find the side of the road that dips down into another area, and follow it to Ship Graveyard WP. Find Ship Graveyard Cave, get the Allflame, and continue in Ship Graveyard to Cavern of Wrath WP.

👊 Go back to Ship Graveyard WP, find and kill Fairgraves, and go to town. Get Wintertide Brand for free and get the skill point from Bestel. As soon as you hit level 12 you can start using Wintertide Brand as a damage complement.

👊 Run Cavern of Wrath to Cavern of Anger and find and kill Mervail. Move on to Act 2.


Act 2

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👊 Run Southern Forest to Forest Encampment. Sell to vendors if needed and head out the Old Fields exit. Find The Den, kill the beast, and continue through Old Fields to Crossroads WP.

👊 Go back to town, talk to Yeena, and get a second Quicksilver. You'll need a few Alteration Orbs soon to buy skill gems, but if you have excess Alts, you can try to roll the mod "of Adrenaline" on this Quicksilver for additional movespeed.

👊 Go to Crossroads and head north to Chamber of Sins. In Chamber Level 2, complete Labyrinth Trial and kill Fidelitas. In town, get Cold Snap from Gruest, and buy Summon Skitterbots from Yeena. Turn on Skitters as soon as you hit 16.

👊 Go to Crossroads and head south to Fellshrine Ruins. Find The Crypt and complete the Labyrinth Trial. Go to Crossroads and head east to Broken Bridge. Kill Kraitlyn.

👊 Run left out of town to Riverways WP. Go west to Western Forest WP. Alira is on the WP side of the road against the far wall of the zone. Kill her, go south, kill Captain Arteri, and open the passage.

👊 Run to Weaver’s Chambers on the opposite side from Alira and kill Weaver. In town, take Elemental Focus as your free reward gem, and buy as many of these as you can from Yeena in this order: Controlled Destruction, 2nd Elemental Focus, 2nd Controlled Destruction, Trap and Mine Damage, 3rd Elemental Focus. If you haven't yet, go to Lioneye's Watch in Act 1 and talk to Bestel for your skill point from opening the passage. If you have a Transmutation Orb, buy Increased Critical Strikes from Nessa.

Your links should now be:

- Stormblast Mine + Trap and Mine Damage + Added Lightning
- Wintertide Brand + Elemental Focus + Controlled Destruction
- Orb of Storms + Onslaught + Increased Critical Strikes
- Cold Snap + Elemental Focus + Controlled Destruction
- Skitterbots
- Flame Dash + Arcane Surge

👊 Go to Riverways WP and head north to The Wetlands. Kill Oak, and get the WP before going to town and getting 2 skill points and the quest item from Eramir.

👊 Run Vaal Ruins, Northern Forest, The Caverns, and Ancient Pyramid. Kill Oversoul.



Act 3

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👊 As of Act 3, 4-linked gear can drop or be sold by vendors. Be on the lookout for B-B-B-B and B-B-B-G items.

👊 Run The City of Sarn and rescue and talk to Clarissa. Run The Slums to The Crematorium. Do Labyrinth Trial and Piety. In town, get Malevolence from Maramoa. Buy Discipline and Frostbite from Clarissa and begin leveling both in off-hands if you have sockets. Get keys from Clarissa.

👊 Go to Slums and into The Sewers. Find the busts and run to Marketplace WP. Get skill point in town, go Marketplace, and run The Catacombs for Labyrinth Trial.

👊 Go Marketplace to The Battlefront WP. Get Ribbon Spool from nearby cart, and run The Docks. Find Sulphite and run Battlefront to Solaris Temple WP. Trade spool and sulphite to Dialla for the Talc (Take the Dex amulet as well), go to Sewers, and blow up the butthole. Get the Ebony Barracks WP and kill General Gravicius.

👊 Run east to Imperial Gardens WP. Go northwest to The Library and complete the quest.

TP to town and buy Vortex from Nessa. Start leveling Vortex in an offhand.

👊 Note: This is the point at which you need to take stock of your linked sockets and how many Chance Orbs you have. As long as you have at least 1 Chance Orb, TP to town, buy Vortex from Nessa, and start leveling Vortex in an offhand.

As you accumulate Chance Orbs, purchase gems from Siosa in this order: Efficacy 1, Hypothermia 1, Efficacy 2, Hypothermia 2,
Efficacy 3, Second Wind (luxury gem for Flame Dash, not necessity).

Once you're level 31, have at least 2x Efficacy and Hypothermia, and have at least a BBBB, BBBG, and BBG piece of gear, you can transition to full Cold DoT.

Links:

- Vortex + Efficacy + Elemental Focus + Hypothermia
- (Vaal) Cold Snap + Efficacy + Elemental Focus + Hypothermia
- Wintertide Brand + Efficacy + Elemental Focus + Controlled Destruction
- Malevolence, Skitterbots
- Orb of Storms + Onslaught + Increased Critical Strikes (For triggering Elemental Overload on bosses)
- Flame Dash + Arcane Surge + Second Wind


GEMS TO BUY (IF NEEDED) AND LEVEL IN OFF-HANDS/OPEN SLOTS AS AVAILABLE:
- Frost Bomb, Tempest Shield, Frostbite, Discipline, Blasphemy, Temportal Chains, Zealotry, Hatred,

👊 Go to Ebony Barracks and run Lunaris Temple. Kill Piety, get tower key, get skill point in town, and go to Imperial Gardens.

👊 Complete Labyrinth Trial, run The Sceptre of God, and kill Dominus.


Act 4

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👊 Run The Aqueduct to Highgate. If you're below level 30, control click the Aqueduct entrance to make a new one and farm Aqueducts until you're level 30.

👊 Run The Dried Lake. Kill Voll and run The Mines. Free Deshret in The Mines Level 2: Electric Boogaloo. Run to The Crystal Veins WP.

👊 This is a perfect time to run Normal Labyrinth. Finish the Lower Prison Trial if you didn't do it in Act 1. Go to The Sarn Encampment, enter The Aspirant’s Plaza, and kill Izaro. If your survivability is fine and you think you'll be good until lvl 50-55, you can take Void Beacon for damage. Otherwise, take Vile Bastion as your first ascendancy.

👊 Buy some fire resistance rings if you’re under-capped (75% resistance) and run Kaom’s Dream to Kaom’s Stronghold and kill Kaom. Run Daresso’s Dream to The Grand Arena and kill Daresso. In town, get Bonechill and Summon Lightning Golen as quest rewards. Once you hit level 38, take Ele Focus out of Cold Snap and put in Bonechill.

👊 Go to Crystal Veins and run Belly of the Beast Levels 1 and 2. Defeat Piety, run The Harvest, and kill Malachai. Run The Ascent and enter The Slave Pens.


Act 5

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👊 Run The Slave Pens and enter Overseer’s Tower. Run The Control Blocks, get the Miasmeter (top left), and run to Oriath Square WP.

👊 Go to town, get skill point and Silver Flask. Don’t neglect your resists. You’ll need more soon!

👊 Run Oriath Square to The Templar Courts and into The Chamber of Innocence. Kill Innocence. The zone permanently changes after this fight. In the bottom right of the Innocence boss room there is a door to a changed Chamber. Go through the door into The Torched Courts.

👊 Run to The Ruined Square. Get WP, then run The Ossuary.

👊 Run The Reliquary and get skill point. Run Ruined Square to The Cathedral Rooftop and kill Kitava.


Act 6

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👊 Surprise! Your resists suck now. Fix them.

👊 Run from Lioneye’s Watch to The Twilight Strand and clear the zone. You can now buy (nearly) any gem in the game from Lilly Roth. Take stock of your gem setups. Buy any needed gems.

👊 Run The Coast to The Mud Flats and kill Queen. Run The Karui Fortress, kill Tuko, and get skill point. Run Karui Fortress to The Ridge to The Lower Prison. Complete Labyrinth Trial, enter Shavronne’s Tower, and kill Shav/Brutus. Grab the crafting recipe inside!

👊 I recommend doing the two skill point quests in Act 6 (Killing Abberath and The Puppet Mistress) once you reach Act 7 or 8. Go Prisoner’s Gate to Western Forest to The Riverways. Grab WPs in each zone and a crafting recipe from Alira’s old camp in W. Forest.

👊 Run Riverways to The Southern Forest to The Cavern of Anger. Pick up the banner inside and run to The Beacon. Complete the escort quest and light the beacon.

👊 Travel to The Brine King’s Reef and catch a big crab. Take Weylam’s boat to The Bridge Encampment.


Act 7

Spoiler
👊 Run The Broken Bridge and find locket. Run to The Crossroads WP, go to town and turn in locket for a Quartz flask.

Note: At this point you can start utilizing flasks much better than just 3 life/mana flasks and 2 Quicksilvers. Use your better Quicksilver (from the Den) along with your neq Quartz and the Silver flask we got in Act 5. Start practicing using those as you run through zones. You have Onslaught, movement speed buff, and phasing up most of the time. Keep 1 mana and 1 life flask for emergencies, and if your mana is good enough, maybe even a large HP flask and 1 HP flask rolled with a bubbling or seething prefix for a quick instant heal.

👊 Go to Crossroads WP and South to The Fellshrine Ruins and into The Crypt. Complete Labyrinth Trial and run Level 2 to get Maligaro’s map.

👊 Go to Crossroads WP and North to The Chamber of Sins WP. Talk to Silk and kill Maligaro in his map. Complete Labyrinth Trial in Chamber 2 and enter The Den.

👊 Run The Den to The Ashen Fields and fight Gruest. Get The Northern Forest WP and run The Dread Thicket for Fireflies. I recommend leaving Gruthkul skill point until Act 9/10.

👊 Go to Northern Forest and run to The Causeway. Find Kishara's Star skill point near the end and run to The Vaal City WP. Go to town for skill point, back to Vaal City, set Yeena on fire and run The Temple of Decay Levels 1 and 2 to kill Arakaali. Enter The Sarn Ramparts.


Act 8

Spoiler
👊 Go to Prisoner’s Gate WP (Act 6), find the Valley of the Fire Drinker, kill Abberath. Go to The Riverways WP (Act 6), run The Wetlands, find The Spawning Grounds, kill The Puppet Queen. Go Lioneye’s Watch for 2 skill points.

👊 Run The Sarn Ramparts to The Sarn Encampment. Run The Toxic Conduits to Doedre’s Cesspool and kill Doedre.

👊 Keep right and run The Quay. Stay south, find the Ankh, and the Resurrection Site. Kill Tolman and run The Grain Gate, killing the Legionnaires. Run to The Imperial Fields WP and go town for 2 skill points. Go to Imperial Fields WP and run The Solaris Temple 1 and 2 and get the Sun Orb.

👊 Go to Doedre’s Cesspool WP and go left. Run The Grand Promenade to The Bath House WP. Complete Labyrinth Trial and run to The Lunaris Concourse WP. Leave High Garden skill point for Act 10.

👊 Run The Lunaris Temple 1 and 2 and get the Moon Orb.

👊 Go to Lunaris Concourse WP, run to the center of The Harbour Bridge, and kill Solaris/Lunaris. Enter The Blood Aqueduct.


Act 9

Spoiler
👊 Run Aqueduct to Highgate. Farm Aqueduct as needed for levels. When you're up to it, run Cruel Labyrinth the get whichever of Void Beacon / Vile Bastion you didn't previously get.

👊 Run The Descent to The Vastiri Desert WP. Run to The Foothills WP, run The Boiling Lake, and kill the boss.

👊 Go to Foothills WP and run The Tunnel. Complete Labyrinth Trial and run The Quarry WP.

👊 Run The Refinery and kill boss. Bring Powder and Acid to Sin.

👊 Take Vastiri Desert WP. Find the Storm Blade and look for a sandstorm blocking an area. TP, talk to Sin and the PDA couple, TP back to Vastiri. Enter The Oasis and kill boss.

👊 Go to Quarry WP and find Shrine of the Winds. Kill boss. Go to Highgate and pick up 2 skill points.

👊 Go to Quarry WP, run The Belly of the Beast. Run The Rotting Core. Kill the 3 mini-bosses, then kill The Depraved Trinity. Travel to Oriath Docks.


Act 10

Spoiler
👊 Go to The Northern Forest WP in Act 7. Enter The Dread Thicket, then Den of Despair, and kill Gruthkul, TP for skill point. Go to The Bath House WP in Act 8. Enter The High Gardens, find Pools of Terror, kill Yugul, TP for skill point.

👊 Run Cathedral Rooftop and save Bannon. Run the Rooftop to The Ravaged Square and get the WP.

👊 Go to Ravaged Square WP and run to The Control Blocks. Kill Vilenta, TP for skill point. Run The Ossuary and complete Labyrinth Trial.

👊 Run The Torched Courts and into The Desecrated Chamber. Kill boss, TP, talk to Bannon.

👊 Run Merciless Labyrinth if you're able and take Frigid Wake. If you can't solo, see about getting a carry, even if it's paid. It will be much harder after Kitava lowers your resists, so get it done beforehand, even if you have to farm levels a bit.

👊 Run The Canals to The Feeding Trough. Kill Kitava. Your resists suck again.


Post Act 10 & Pre-Maps

Spoiler
👊 Get 2 skill points from Kitava kill in Oriath.

👊 Run Merciless Labyrinth if you haven’t.

👊 Fix resists. As you'll be in Blood Aqueducts for a little while, this can wait if absolutely necessary.

👊 Return to Vortex For Dummies to continue from here. Thanks for reading!

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Eh, why not, let's reserve one more for the future.
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I would add decoy totem as a gem to pick up. Either pick up heavy belt or amber amulet.
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I would add decoy totem as a gem to pick up. Either pick up heavy belt or amber amulet.


That's a great point. I usually don't take the time to pick it up, but I have 2500 hours or so played and I forget about how useful decoy totem is for newer players all the time. Thanks!
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Another thing you might add for newer players:

1.
A rough number to aim for of life and damage on the bow (and maybe mana) per act. Resistance of course as high as possible.
Just so you know if your difficulties come from lacking stats or are normal at this point.

2.
How to gemslot if you got another character that finished the story and have access to a tabula rasa, Lily and all the other stuff.
Maybe other items you could try to get (mostly farm) with the other one in preperation beforehand.

3.
When you could change to tornado shot at the earliest if playing on its own and when you have access to the things from 2.
Thanks, the walkthrough was helpful.

I did try out Herald of Agony + Toxic Shot but it just wasn't as effective as Rain of Arrows + Concentrated Effect for either clear or bosses.
Hi, why take in act 9 on vortex build a passive skills assassination, that gives critical strike chance/multi, they also do not work elemental overload. And overall the guide is very cool.

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