[3.9] Brittleknee's Darkness Farmer - 200+ Depth, Fossils, Resonators, Currency - Video Included!

[3.9]Brittleknee’s Delve Darkness Farmer - 200+ Depth - Fossils, Resonators, Currency and Maximum Chill

Greetings Exiles, I’m Brittleknee!

The one thing I missed the most from Delve League was darkness farming. It was super chill- you’d throw on a show or movie, and just mindlessly farm. It was approachable by a wide variety of players and skill levels, and it did not take trading for chisels, sextants, fragments, etc. It was also an alternative to lab farming for those with family, jobs, and other real life demands, in that it creates a way of generating a decent amount of currency, even at modest time investments.

It was nerfed into the ground, due to changes in how Darkness works as well as changes to both Temp Chains and Phase Run. I honestly thought I’d never get to play a darkness farmer ever again.

Someone linked me Akane’s Indigon + Agnostic Miner build, and then it clicked. I knew it would be possible to re-create the original darkness farmer, and retain a lot of what made the original great. The new interaction would also make it so that the changes to Temp Chains and Phase Run didn’t matter: this build can take the hits.

Catch me Streaming on Twitch or in game as @Brittleknee!

I made a short video for this build, which gives you a tl;dr of the gear and interactions that make it work: Video Guide.

Please, please, please read the FAQ. Open up the Spoiler for it and Ctrl + F what you may be curious about. It will save us both some time.

Metamorph Update

This build is officially published!

I originally published this build via Youtube/Reddit two months ago, but was hesitant to release it on the forums due to the concern that the interactions that power this build would be changed and/or nerfed.

With the relative rarity of Indigon, Solstice Vigil and Watcher’s Eyes, it seems as though they are effectively rare enough to keep the item’s effects in tact. So, the good news is that the build is not changing. The bad news is that this is now fairly expensive for the average player to put together at the beginning of a league, but the prices fall dramatically as more and more players have access to the bosses responsible for the key drops.

Be sure to watch the video. It explains a lot of the core mechanics in a digestible format and won’t waste your time.

Also be sure to read the FAQ. A lot of the questions you may have when looking at this may be answered there.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your league!

Path of Building Links:

Basic Lady

Faster Lady

Tougher Lady

1.0. Introduction

1.1. Pros & Cons

  • Print Money: With no investment cap beyond the initial cost of putting the build together, and running down to whatever depth you’re wanting to farm at on another character, it costs you nothing but time to farm. No trading for fragments, sextants, no chiseling, nothing. Just run & reset as much as you’d like. Just pick up the stray azurite node to cover flare costs.
  • Self Sufficiency: If you are a crafter and don’t mind putting the time in on farming up the fossils yourself, then this is a great way to stay self-sufficient and independent of market fluctuations.
  • Grows with Investment: You can go pretty far down with higher investment, with 600+ depth being reported. You can use the azurite from the side rooms to help upgrade the resources you need on your main, such as darkness resistance or light radius.

  • Repetitive: In the end, like most farming, you’ll be doing the same thing over and over and over. It can be boring or fun, depending on your personal temperament.
  • Slow Burn: You will steadily gain profits over time both in fossils and raw currency. If you are impatient and expect every run to drop multiple fossils and resonators, then this may not be for you. You want to focus on total over an hour versus each individual run.
  • Now a Fairly Expensive Build: Due to the shift in the end-game, this is now harder to put together, but I think it still has a lot of merit and can return the initial investment, but breaking even will take more time than before. With map targeting largely defunct, this will hopefully fill in a void for players wanting something to farm while watching Netflix, etc.

1.2. Playstyle/How to Run in Darkness

Atypical of most builds, you will deal zero damage once you transition your gear and passive tree to be a darkness runner. While able to take more than a few hits, you will dish nothing out in return.

To prepare, you’ll want to use your main character to scout out a few pathways while you are going about your normal delving business. See ‘Choosing a Route’ in the FAQ for more information on how to pick out a pathway. Once you’ve settled on where you want to farm, you’ll want to find an adjacent, nearby pathway that is too short to run and break a wall. This is the only time you will ever break a wall on this build. Breaking a wall here will help center the “camera” near the node where you are planning to farm for continuity.

Once the camera is situated, it’s time to run. Scout your pathway, collecting everything you personally want to collect. Remember, do not break any of the walls or you will not be able to continue running your path as it cannot respawn loot if walls are broken.

Once you reach the end, you will log out and re-enter the game. You can do this manually or assisted by the HC Logout Macro. Remember that is is against ToS for a Macro to do more than one thing. Re-enter town, talk to Niko, and click on your path to return. This saves you the loading screen in the encampment. If you need flares, you’ll zone in the usual way via waypoint.

While running, you will spam your enduring flask until it can no longer sustain the incoming damage. Remember, with enduring flasks, you can “queue” the effect of by rapidly spamming the flasks, and the duration will last for as many charges you feed into it. You then will tap Lavi’s periodically with increasing frequency until you are no longer able to sustain the incoming stacks. Once things are uncomfortable, simply throw a flare at your feet while you run to reset your stacks.

1.3. Origins

I loved Darkness Farming in Delve League. I loved the ability to create currency independent of trading. No sextants, no chisels, no maps, no atlas strategies, just something I can put my time in and get profit out.

When I came across the way to revive the original build in the current state of the game, I couldn’t possibly resist.

I don’t know how long we’ll have with the build, but I hope it will be a while. We shall see.

2.0. Skill Trees, Ascendancy, and Leveling

Leveling this build can be done a few different ways. There’s no “right way” to go about it. You can honestly use whatever skill you like.

Going as a caster is likely the best way, as spells scale well with leveling, and since you can thread through the witch area and then regret nodes/clean up the pathing later. Others have reported success with mines.

This is a generic Lightning Spell Tree which can be transitioned into the Darkness tree.

You can strong arm your way through the leveling process using the tree you will end up with, but it will be a miserably long experience full of death even with the nicest twink leveling gear.

If you already have heaps of regrets or don't care at all about regretting a majority of your tree, then go ham and play what you know is fast. You'll be happy you did.

2.1. Ascendancy Choices

Ascendancy: Pathfinder/Heirophant
While you can go in any order you prefer, but it is best to start with Pathfinder since you’ll eventually be allocating some nodes in her starting region.
  • Dexterity and Passive Point
  • Pathfinder and Passive Point
  • Path of the Ranger and Str/Int in Templar area.
  • Passive Point and Heirophant
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2.2. Pantheons

  • Arakaali and the Damage over Time mitigation helps with Darkness.

  • Soul of Garukhan for Speed.

2.3. Bandits

Alira can help balance resists if you are pressed on budget for now.

Otherwise you’ll want every point you can get (go with helping Eramir) so you don’t have to level any more than necessary.

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Last edited by brittleknee on Jan 16, 2020, 3:53:15 AM
Last bumped on Feb 8, 2020, 4:18:00 AM

3.0. Basic Lady Gear (No Bells and Whistles)

Here’s the gear for the most basic version of this build.

PSA: Belts have really nice corruptions for this build including +All Res, Movement Speed during flask effect and Grace Aura effect. Don’t forget to check for corrupted belts or take a stab at corrupting a few yourself!

3.1. End-Game Gem Setup

Phase Run (Quality is important), Enhance (3), Increased Duration (Quality is important), Efficacy, Arcane Surge.

Helmet (if +2 Curse Helmet), Otherwise where-ever:
Temporal Chains, Enhance (3), Blasphemy, Empower (3)

Essence Worm:

Empty Sockets:
Fill with portal gems. Tell people Delve is great XP and you’re trying to flip them for profit.

If you are farming in the Lava Biome, a CWDT-Steelskin may help with some of the Tiki Damage.

3.2. Flasks

Between your gear and flasks, you need to hit 45k evasion to max out your Queen’s movement speed.

3.3. Jewels

Militant Faith
Name: Venarius
Helpful stats per 10 Devotion are:
+2% Resistance
Aura Effect of Non-Curse Auras
Mana Regenerated per Second

ProTip: The stats cannot change via Divine. Only the seed # and the name changes with a divine. If the Aura/All Res Venarius become too expensive, you can buy a different one and divine it into a Venarius one.

Intuitive Leap

We use this to save some talent points. You can omit this and just level higher to avoid the cost.

Watcher’s Eye

Mana Recover Rate While Affected by Clarity is the MOST important Mod.
Other useful mods include Movement speed while affected by Grace, chance to blind enemies that hit you while affected by Grace.

Misc Jewels
Abyss are a good source of Flat Life, Flat Mana and Res Jewels, which are nice to round out holes in your gear. Evasion or movement speed can be useful, too.

5.0. Faster Lady & Tougher Lady

5.1. Faster Lady

The Faster Lady is essentially the same as the Basic Lady, however we trade in Coward’s For a super nice rare belt to help balance out Life/Resistances and use Seven-League Steps. Don’t forget the lab enchant for increased MS if not hit recently. I did. Feelsbadman.

Faster Lady’s belt can also have Mana Flask Recovery which is super good!

If you're feel like you're taking too many hits with the loss of evasion from Seven Leagues, you can step up to a 21 Grace.

5.2. Tougher Lady

Tougher Lady utilizes Might of the meek for higher eHP values. This pairs best with a double-clarity watcher’s eye for deeeeep darkness farming (400-600) but those watcher’s eyes are likely to be very expensive.

Tougher Lady also has to use Feastbind as a belt for the build to still feel comfortable. Might of the Meek cuts off Arcane Chemisty, which reduces flasks charges used and has good synergy with Pathfinder. Feastbind is a happy medium.

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6.0. Frequently Asked Questions

6.1. How to Choose a Route

This is one of the most frequent questions, and also one that is misunderstood the most. I finally found a pathway I like this league, so now I have pictures to share!

You’ll want the longest pathway you can find within the single biome you’re targeting. Make sure map mods are friendly (no hexproof, dodge chance is unlucky, etc.)

The delve instances are 5x5 grids, so sometimes a pathway will stretch beyond the instance and you’ll get cutoff from the full route. So while a long route can be nice, sometimes they're not optimal.

Above is my current route. It doesn't look like much, right? Why would anyone want to farm this? All of these routes look short, and surely this can't be useful?

However if we apply the 5 x 5 instance boundaries overtop of our "start" node, you'll see the loop and offshoot all exist within the same instance. I can even take the end point back to the beginning node with this route and it will re-load the instance. No need to leave!

Here it is after I did a run. Needless to say, there's tons of places to check, and oh lawd the azurite.

Hope this helps you pick out a route you like!

6.2. More Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you not break walls?

When you break a wall, you prevent that node’s ability to repopulate loot. This build is about chaos per hour, a slow and steady targeted farm of non-walled fossils.

Do you get fossils every time?

No, sometimes there will be runs where you will get neither fossils or resonators. It’s just RNG. I suggest loading up Exilence or a similar tracker and watch your Chaos/Hour to help keep things in perspective.

What do you do at the end of your route?

Log to character select, then relog, talk to Niko in town, and click your node to resume your route. If you need to restock on flares, you’ll have to deal with an extra loading screen to go to the encampment to buy them.

What depth is best?

It depends on your personal investment. If your main can get down deeper and you want to farm lower, you can. Fossils are statistically more likely the deeper you go, in addition to the azurite clusters yielding more as well.

Why would I bother with the Azurite?

You can turn excess azurite into additional chaos/hour by purchasing resonators from Niko. Additionally if you’re still working on upgrades to capacity, resistance or radius for a main, you can upgrade the machine to help your main delver. Delve states are shared across your entire account within a league.

How do I move the camera?


When you finally get your character leveled, you’ll want to go to a zone that is near where you are gonna run, but a nearby, short node. You’ll break a wall in that Node and it will recenter your camera. This is the only instance where you should ever break walls.

What level do I need to be to get started?

82 for Basic and Fast Lady
83 for Tough Lady

Should I be res capped?

Ideally, yes! Shouty boys are brutal in deeper delves, as are some of the glacial hammer crashes from the ice elementals, etc. All of it will hurt more and more the deeper you go until you fix your res. Don’t forget about zone mods, too.

I trudged through the story and everything sucks. How do I level to 82?

Join public or guild rotas for things like Coward’s Trial, Poorjoys, Breachstones. Ask a friend for help and say that you will go scout fossils from them while they do normal delving and give them all the fossils you find as thanks.

Does it HAVE to be a Scion?

For the most part, yes. The best build for deeper depths is the build with the most MoM %. You can hit up to 48% MoM mitigation without sacrificing speed as a Scion.

Why do you not use Wind Dancer?

You can only have 1 Timeless Jewel. I feel Agnostic is far more synergistic, but feel free to pick which one you prefer.

How much money do you make?

Last league, with the fossils in the frost biome being sought after, I was making 270-350 C/Hr based on RNG.

However your results will vary by node, biome, depth, market and efficiency.

What fossils are found where?

Here’s an old cheat sheet. Remember you will not find any labeled with (FW) in the wild. They are only behind walls and we do not break walls.

Is a +2 Curse Indigon Worth it?
If your goal is to stay on the 200ish side of things, no. However if you plan on going deeper you should very much consider it.

6.3. Troubleshooting Common Issues

My life drains before my mana.

You are likely not Darkness Res capped for your respective depth, have the wrong name on your jewel, or you have more mana than life.

I’m getting oneshot by Tiki Totems.

You won’t have spell avoidance, as we do not have Phase Acrobatics in this build unless you are Lv100. If you are specifically farming Pristines in the Lava Biome, consider Atziri’s Step boots and a nice Rare Belt for resists.

My phase run doesn’t last longer than its cooldown.

Make sure you’re using the various recommended skill effect duration nodes, in addition to allocating Fleetfoot via Anoint. You also may be hitting Phase run, then flaring, which will make you wait on a cooldown. Create a good habit of flaring before you refresh Phase Run.

7.0. Media

8.0. Credits, Updates, Changelog


Thank you to Akane, who’s video about their Miner that used Agnostic + MoM + Agnostic inspired me to revive this iconic build from Delve League.


Archived updates posted at the top of the guide at the beginning of a new league will be moved here at the league’s conclusion.


31 December 2019 - Build Published

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Last edited by brittleknee on Jan 16, 2020, 4:07:05 AM
Decent Freaking Farmer. Thanks for the guide :D works well in 80+ zones
been farming darkness with this build for a while now love it thanks for the guide so i can invest more into the build now
Been looking forward to this one :))
Loved how chill darkness farming was back in Delve league, definitely going to re-make one now using your guide!
Thank you very cool
I am really struggling leveling this character it sucks :(
Just got the build up and running, loving it. So relaxing.

Watcher’s Eye

Mana Recover Rate While Affected by Clarity is the MOST important Mod.
Other useful mods include Movement speed while affected by Grace, chance to blind enemies that hit you while affected by Grace.

I had bought and thought the 10% damage on mana before life mod was more important?

Also a question i think i answered but just wanted to make sure. Did you use the invisible Buff Effect on temp chains to remove the white circles around the monsters?

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