[3.12] Essence Drain 6.6 Mil DoT DPS | Very Beginner Friendly

Welcome to my Essence Drain guide!

I have been playing Path of Exile starting in 2013 ever since the first League was released.
There were a few reasons I created this guide. Mainly I just wanted to help others find a great build that can be SUPER easy to follow and can be enjoyed.

I started Essence Drain back in Legion league and I have been playing it every league since then.
I haven't had ANY issues with this build on any bosses and I kill everything that's tried to kill me..
EVERYTHING dies!!

League starting Heist! Check out my stream at launch or if you have any questions! Twitch.tv/Havoc209 if you have any questions!

Level 100 Expensive Low Life Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/64gY4bim

Below is a level Pastebin for anyone who wants to scroll past and check out a rough idea of the leveling:

Leveling to 90 Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/YqeGCWZ0 - Make sure to look at the "Notes" section.

Table of Contents
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~ My Video
~ What This Build Can Do
~ Path Of Building
~ How To Easily Level With NO Issues
~ Budget Gearing Before Low Life
~ Passives, Bandits, Ascendancy, The Pantheon
~ Gems
~ Gear & Flasks
~ Mapping & How To Boss


Video


What This Build Can Do
Pros & Cons
+ FANTASTIC League Starter
+ One of the safest builds in the game
+ Can kill enemies through Proximity Shield
+ Cheap, Safe, Effective
+ Top Tier Legion Farmer
+ Capable of killing EVERYTHING in the game. Can also run EVERY map mod with no issues
+ Able to make this build very cheap.. or very expensive
+ New Player Friendly
- Two casts can be hard to get used to
- Enemies with the mod "Allies are unable to die" are harder for us to kill, because our Essence Drain cannot spread around with these annoying monsters
- Needs levels on gems to have good DPS
- Doesn't kill bosses INSTANTLY like some other builds can
- Cannot face-tank hard-hitting bosses
- SSF League is not recommended as you NEED a few key items

Mechanics & How To Play
- First you cast Contagion which FIRST allows our Essence Drain to spread.. and it will also give us Arcane Surge (More damage & cast speed)
- Cast Essence Drain on the monster pack
- Everything affected by Contagion should die and spread
- Every now and then channel Blight for at least 0.6 to 1 second depending on if you have quality on your Infused Channeling to get "Infusion," which gives us more damage and less damage taken by a few types of moves
- Flame Dash away from enemies moves and make sure to try not to get up close to the monsters faces
- Use Wither Totems on Bosses to stack the Wither debuff so the boss will die very quickly
- Do not forget about the Vaal skills. For Damage, we have: Vaal Righteous Fire & Vaal Blight if there is ever someone who will not die.
- For Survavbility, we have: Vaal Discipline

Path of Building
Spoiler
Before we start, make sure you have Path of Building. If you do not; it will help you out immensely. If you have this already just skip straight to the pastebin below.
There is a new Path of Building that is called PoB Fork, it has been added on 6/19/2020 for Harvest League, and this guide has been updated with the new Path of Builing Fork download

Path of Building Download
(Open this link), click here and select "Download Zip"
Run The Application Program (Click Link)
How To Import Your Build (Adding someone else's build)
How to Export Your Build (Sharing your own build with others)

This Path of Building is the goal to get to. I have a leveling section included below in the section "Act 1-10 Leveling Section"

In the leveling section notes of the Path of Building I state that "Doedre's Damnings are Required," however, this is not true, it's required for the best leveling experience possible.

Level 100 Expensive Low Life Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/64gY4bim

Leveling Pastebin: It is the same as the leveling one above: https://pastebin.com/YqeGCWZ0

Level 90 CI Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/7ULTVCyW


Leveling Essence Drain Efficiently
Before Starting
Be Informed
There are a few websites and things that you should be aware about before starting that will help you out:
~ Path Of Exile Trade
- This website is used to trade with other players and to find items of something you will need to buy.
~ PoE Ninja
- This website will show currency trade ratio's on the left section, and if you click "Builds" on the top right, it will show each individual players build, and show which build is the most popular at the current league. (Note: This does not update when a new league starts until the 2nd day of the league)
~ Neversink's Loot Filter
- Above is a loot filter. There is just a ridiculous amount of loot in the end game. This is sadly needed in my opinion to fully enjoy the game without the clutter. This filter highlights what to pickup with colors and sounds. You can customize the filter colors and sounds at: Neversink's Filterblade Website
~ Awakened Poe Trade Overlay
- This is the PoE Overlay.
Download this one - Scroll down and click this - Download the Installer here
With this overlay, you can do some advanced searches that IMMENSELY help you out.
~ PoeDB
- This website will show Prefixes and Suffixes for certain crafts. Do not worry about this right now. Bookmark this website for further down the road.
~ Vorici Chromatic Calculator
- This is a fantastic website that will save you Chromatic Orbs. It's used for trying to color an item. It's not 100% accurate but it will give you a rough estimate of the best amount of Chromatic Orbs to use.

Act 1-10 Leveling Section
Act 1
~ First leveling gems setup you want to grab are:
Freezing Pulse - Onslaught
Blight - Infused Channeling - Void Manipulation - Arcane Surge (If you can buy a Vaal Blight, this will help)
Smoke Mine
Auras you will currently use by level 10 are: Clarity: Level 1. The max level you want to get this is level 2-3 for now

Pickup these gems from Nessa and level in off-hand: Wither - Spell Totem - 5x Essence Drain Gems (Yes 5, you will level these up for later)

If you can afford unique gear to speed the leveling process up.. here are some amazing leveling items that are cheap:
(These links will take you to the Softcore Delirium trade website)
Wanderlust (Boots)
Lifesprig x 2 (Weapons)
Doedre's Damning (Ring)x1 (We used to need two, but now only one is needed at level 24 for hands down the BEST and the best leveling
Rare Ring(Ring)x1 Get the cheapest one with the highest life and resistances so our fingers are warm
Goldrim (Helmet)
Rare Amulet (Amulet) (We used to use Atziri's Foible, however it has gone up in price immensely)
Doedre's Tenure (Gloves)
Tabula Rasa - Body Armour This is Expensive but it is worth.. do not buy if you are just starting out
Bated Breath (Belt)

Passive Skill Goal
Act 2
~ The gem setup you will continue to level with will be linked as:
Blight - Infused Channeling - Void Manipulation - Controlled Destruction (If you can get your hands on a 6-Link grab Faster Casting & Arcane Surge)
(Optional) Freezing Pulse - Onslaught - Controlled Destruction - Faster Casting
Smoke Mine
Auras you will want to use at level 22 are: Clarity level 1
Essence Drain - Controlled Destruction - Void Manipulation (If you can afford these links. Essence Drain is very useful on bosses and yellow tanky monsters)

Pickup these gems from Yeena and level in off-hand: Contagion

Passive Skill Goal
Act 3
~ This is where it starts to get EXTREMELY FUN. You will be walking through everything! (Checkout the section after Act 10 if you have interest in trying Spellslinger, keep in mind it has been nerfed in Heist, 3.12)
As SOON as you hit level 24. Replace your main Blight setup. You only need to link Vaal Blight with Infused Channeling.
If you have enough links and can afford the 2-link, it is a DPS increase while leveling!

You will need gems linked as:
Bane - Despair - Temporal Chains - Controlled Destruction - Void Manipulation - Efficacy

Make sure to have the talent "Whispers of Doom" so Despair & Temporal Chains are used to their fullest potential

(You can use a Doedre Damning Ring for more damage, if you happen to use this, replace the Controlled Destruction for an Enfeeble curse)

Essence Drain - Controlled Destruction - Void Manipulation - Efficacy (For bosses / yellows)
Smoke Mine

Vaal Blight - Infused Channeling - Void Manipulation - Controlled Destruction

Auras you will use at level 22 are Clarity level 1 & pick up Malevolence & Flesh And Stone.

Pickup these gems from Clarissa and level in off-hand: Zealotry - Intensify Support

Passive Skill Goal
Act 4
This act should be SUPER fast and easy with the above gem-links mentioned. If you are having an issue, make sure you have the correct links and the gear suggested.. next act you will be picking up new gear.

Pickup these gems from the quest and level in off-hand: Increased Area of Effect

You will also need to start leveling an Empower as fast as possible (This will be a little expensive but you will need this later on so it's WORTH the investment.. I would recommend throwing Gemcutter's Prisms (GCP) onto the Empower to level it quicker.

Passive Skill Goal
Act 5
Make sure to pick up the "Spreading Rot" Jewel from the quest. I place it here https://prnt.sc/t35xo1 You are going to most likely need to look for new gear either this act.. or next act. I will describe what to look for here.. and next act section I will post the links.
BEFORE Buying ANY new item.. make sure the "Max Item Requirements" On the item search is level 40.
I would also suggest searching for life on your items
Look for 2 wands with % Spell Damage and Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier %
Look for a Bated Breath Chain Belt. Preferably a corrupted one with the implicit stat "Malevolence has % increased aura effect). This will be our end game belt. It may be costly so if you cannot afford this, just get a non-corrupted Bated Breath Chain Belt.
On the Path of Building I found some cheap wands on the trade website that you would replace for Lifesprig.
If survivability is an issue, look for a shield with at least 50 Energy Shield minimum and Spell Damage % at least 40%.
Look for some new gloves. Look for at least 40 life, 30 Energy Shield minimum & Psuedo % Elemental Resistance to 40% AT LEAST. If it is too expensive for these items then lower the energy shield to 35 and the resistances to 30%.
If it's too cheap try to raise the Energy Shield to 50 and Elemental Resistance to 50%
Look for new body armour is you cannot afford a Tabula Rasa. Tabula Rasa is the absolute best to start off with because it's the cheapest option for a 6-Link. If you aren't using a Tabula, look for a chest with Energy Shield base - Maximum life 50 and Elemental Resistance at least 40%.
Look for some new boots. Look for at LEAST 20% Movement Speed & 40 Energy Shield minimum, Life 30, and Psuedo +40% Elemental Resistance. Lower again if it is too expensive and raise these if it seems too cheap

Passive Skill Goal
Act 7
- You will notice yourself be very squishy.. just make sure you do not run too close to monsters. Make sure to go to the Dread Thicket once you get to the Northern forest and grab the Fireflies for Yeena's quest called "Lighting the Way"

This act, we pickup the talents "Mind Over Matter," and Eldritch Battery. This means our Energy Shield becomes our Mana, and we take a % damage from our mana, so we can change up our auras a little bit.
Remove Clarity and pickup a Discipline gem for more Energy Shield.
We will also be using Malevolence, these are the two auras for now.
We can also drop Arcane Surge

Passive Skill Goal
Act 8
- Get Waypoints from friends if possible - it is VERY Quick with waypoints.
- Also during this act, (Hopefully done in act 7 now it has been updated but I will leave this here for more information) when you get the passives "Mind over Matter" and "Eldritch Battery," there is no need for the skill gems: Arcane Surge as well as the aura Clarity. What Eldritch Battery does, is it converts your energy shield to mana. So what Mind over Matter does.. is damage is taken 30% of your mana before your life. So the Energy Shield is an extra life barrier.
- TL:DR.. Drop Arcane Surge and Clarity for now if you haven't already from the previous act!

Passive Skill Goal
Act 9
- Super Short And Easy.

Passive Skill Goal
Act 10
- After act 10 is complete, we switch over from Bane to Essence Drain + Contagion. If you find yourself not high enough level to do maps at this point farm The Blood Aqueduct until level 66.

Also make sure you type /passives after completing the story.
24 Is the maximum number of skill points you can get from quests.

I recommend going CI at the start of your league, if you find yourself struggling with not being able to buy some of the items required.

Shavronne's Wrapping's is REQUIRED for the low-life build
Presence of Chayula is REQUIERED for the low-life build as well, you can get around without it, but being stunned is not fun.

-Please make sure before you switch over to Low Life or CI you remove the talents leading up to "Mind over Matter" and "Eldritch Battery" as these will severely hurt you if you still have them.

To get your Trials of Ascendancies done for the Uber Labrynth, there is a function to join a group giving them away.
Type /global 820 and make sure your global chat is turned on.

Passive Skill Goal - Level 67


AFTER THE STORY:

Passive Skill Goal - Budget Level 80 (Mind over Matter, Finishing story, BEFORE Low Life/CI)

Passive Skill Goal - Budget Level 85 CI (Recommended for early league / low currency)

Passive Skill Goal - Finished Level 90 CI (Recommended early / low currency)

Passive Skill Goal - Finished Level 90 Low Life (Recommended early / low currency)
HARVEST TESTING - Spellslinger
I tried Spellslinger in Heist, and it did not seem as strong as the Bane + Blight + Essence Drain combo, I will leave this here for anyone wishing to experiment.

I only see it being really strong early on to stack with Soulrend, and to compensate for the low levels and from not having Empower, I do not see this Spellslinger build going too far, but I could be wrong!

I did NOT Level with this build, and it MIGHT BE EXTREMELY STRONG, maybe better than Bane!!! So if someone wants to test it and let me know, that would be great. I will do some more testing a little later on to see how it is myself, just not at this moment.


I will link my entire setup and link my pastebin for what I am using here.
Remember if you cannot afford the full 5 or 6 link, drop the end gems.
THIS SETUP IS POSSIBLE ONLY WITH HAVING 3 COLORED BLUE, 3-LINKED ITEMS.

These are the gems:

Essence Drain - Spellslinger - Efficacy - Controlled Destruction - Swift Affliction - Void Manipulation
(If you find Mana is an issue, remove the Void Manipulation Gem from the 6-link)

Soulrend - Spellslinger - Efficacy - Greater Multiple Projectiles

Contagion - Spellslinger -
The last gem will be Increased Area of Effect, HOWEVER You can NOT use this gem until you get some Reduced Mana Reservation nodes in the passive tree.

Below is the setup we use to cast our spells, make sure to cast the above spells as auras, you will need to cast 3 of them for this to work.

Frenzy - Greater Multiple Projectiles - Curse on Hit - Despair

Wither - Spell Totem - Multiple Totems

Vaal Blight - Infused Channelling

Vaal Righteous Fire
Flame Dash

This is currently my personal character.
I only got to level 75ish, and will continue to update.

Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/pqtmNv4d

So I ended up Level 78, but I switched back to self cast Essence Drain and Contagion, and I have gone CI.
I really have no clue which is better I need to do more testing, but for those interested here is my current character CI Pastebin:
Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/DZ8nKxVC


Budget Gearing Before Low Life
Spoiler
First, I will explain what you need to look for on gear. And then if you wanted to jump straight below to the spoilers, I will have links which will take you to the Path of Exile Trade website, and will tell you what to you should buy. There will be a Budget and Expensive gear section with links.
You will need as high of Energy Shield gear as you can get for as cheap as possible.

Make sure to NOT buy "Mirrored" or "Corrupted" gear, as you cannot modify these or craft onto them like we need to.

So first let me explain the trick if you want to buy gear for cheap:
You will first need to understand the basics of how items work.
An item can have 3 prefixes and 3 suffixes, for a total of 6 modifiers.
Sometimes this changes depending on hybrid rolls, it can be tricky.

You are going to look for high-ish Energy Shield base items with only ONE Energy Shield modifier onto it, and an open prefix.
For example:Look at this item.
Notice how it only has ONE Energy Shield Modifier on it? You can craft another Energy Shield Modifier onto it

Also another AMAZING Stat to look up while you are searching for gear is:
"Total Elemental Resistance." (Click on it)
But like I said, make sure a piece of gear does NOT have crafted Elemental Resistance, unless you really need it.
I highly, HIGHLY suggest looking for Chaos Resistance on gear. Capping Chaos Resistance is HUGE now, ever since Delirium league has been released.

For Helmet: Look for a high energy shield base helmet with resistances. At end game, we will need to buy an iLvl 85 Hubris Circlet that is Hunter's influenced, so that we can craft -9 Chaos Resistance, but this is very expensive and only needed for when you have the currency.

For Armor: So our goal is to get a Shavronne's. This may be expensive early and not the best option until we have high enough energy shield.
We need a High Energy Shield Base body armor. Look for one with about 350-400 Energy Shield and MAYBE some Resistances if possible. We will craft Energy Shield onto this.

For Gloves: Look for Spell Damage, with Energy Shield and Elemental Resistances if possible.
Chaos Damage Over Time is a lot of damage but it is expensive and only recommended for very late game when you are rich.

For Boots: Look for Movement Speed, at LEAST 20%. If you are picky look for 30%. You will need to look for 70-80 Energy Shield with an open Prefix and an open Suffix. The reason for the open suffix is you will use these boots for end game with Aspect of the Spider through beast-crafting.

For Weapons: Early I recommend going for Two Wands. Look for Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier, with a Spell Damage Implicit. Look for something with NO Spell damage on the explicit so you can craft your own spell damage. I will have a link below in the description.
A Bow is actually better than Wands, however it is not optimal early as there are not a lot of cheap 6-link bows that are on the market.
Buy a 6-Link Short Bow, or The Porcupine Divination cards.
You will use Orb of Transmutation on this bow, and the you will keep using Orb of Alterations until you hit "+1 Level of Socketed Gems."

For Rings: We need one of our rings to have at LEAST 49 Strength on one of them (We need this for the Empower,) a high amount of Maximum Energy Shield, and a high amount of Resistance.
We do not want any resistance modifiers crafted onto it, and we would like an open Prefix to craft "Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate"
Look for at LEAST 60 Total Elemental Resistance and see if you can find a ring that fits you. There will be a link will below if you would like an example.

For Amulet: Presence of Chayula is going to be the goal, but this is not optimal only until we are switched over to low life with Shavronne's. Look for a high energy shield amulet, with a high amount of resistances on it for now, and if you can, some spell damage would be nice.

For Belt: Bated Breath, Chain Belt corrupted with Malevolence aura. In my experience it's usually not too expensive. I usually get it for 5-20 Chaos.

Budget Gear
Spoiler

Helmet Search #1 - Craft Energy Shield
Helmet Search #2 - Craft Energy Shield
Body Armor Search #1 - Craft Energy Shield
Body Armor Search #2 - Craft Energy Shield
Gloves Search #1 - Craft Energy Shield
Gloves Search #2 - Craft Energy Shield
Boots Search #1 - If you can look for Chaos Resistance instead of Elemental, if too expensive, remove looking for resistances. You will craft Aspect of the spider on these with the open Suffix.
Boots Search #2 - Craft Energy Shield
Amulet - Craft Flat Energy Shield on this.
Ring (With High Resistance) - Craft Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate on this.
Ring (With High Strength) - Craft Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate on this.
Belt
Wands - These are for Early League, Cheap, and before getting the 6-Link bow.
6-Link Bow - Craft "+1 Level of Socketed" Gems onto this with Orb of Alterations
6-Link Bow(Already Crafted with +1) - This is if you are unlucky or do not want to craft.
We will get someone to craft 36-40% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier onto this bow for now until we can afford the main bow in Expensive Gear.
To find someone to craft this:find a Crafting Service located here
Quiver - Use this when you get the bow.

Expensive Gear
Spoiler

Helmet (Craftable) - We will need to spam until we get -9% to nearby enemies chaos resistance, also try to get high Energy Shield on this. Spam Dense and Abberant fossils with Potent Resonator's.
Helmet (Already Crafted) - This will be more expensive but less of a headache. Look for HIGH energy Shield on this and some Elemental Resistances if possible.
Body Armor - Shavronne's Wrappings - You will need to get this armor 6 Socket, 5 Link.
Gloves Search #1
Gloves Search #2 (EXPENSIVE)
Boots - If you can look for Chaos Resistance instead of Elemental, if too expensive, remove looking for resistances. You will craft Aspect of the spider on these with the open Suffix.
Amulet - You will Annoint this with Tranquility.
Ring (With High Resistance) - You will craft Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate on this
Ring (With High Strength) - You will craft Faster Energy Shield Recharge Rate on this
Belt - Try to look for Resistances, this will be very expensive, and honestly probably not worth it
Quiver - It doesn't help us out too much. The price is very unreasonable but if you can afford it.. might as well

There will be 3 options for the bow, you can craft it yourself.. or buy it, skip to the "Craftable" bow with the Spoiler tab if you wish to craft yourself

6-Link Bow (Half-Crafted) - You will need to craft this bow and it will cost 4 Exalted Orbs to craft on top of buying this bow.

6-Link Bow (FULLY Crafted) - (7-10 Exalted Orbs) - This is fully crafted and ready to go.. Expensive but a HUGE and our BIGGEST upgrade.

6-Link Bow (Craftable) - Purchase this one if you are feeling LUCKY or enjoy crafting! Click the Spoiler tab to see how to craft the Expensive Bow (Costs 8-10 Exalted Orbs)
Spoiler
WARNING:
(DO NOT BUY -IMPERIAL- OR ANY -INFLUENCED- BOW (this will not allow you to roll the stats you need, as you will only have ~149 Dex with no items)

You will need to spam Alteration orbs until you get 31-35% Damage Over Time Multiplier On the Bow.
After you get this, you need to Regal the bow for it to turn yellow.

You need 3 Open Prefixes total
You will need the bow to have 2 Suffixes before crafting
You will craft "Cannot Roll Attack Modifiers - so it will be 3 in total, you SHOULD have NO space for ANY more suffixes)

If you do hit a Prefix on the bow with the Regal, you will need to use the beast craft "Farric Lynx Alpha Beast" (This turns the Prefix into a random Suffix)
Link Here For Beast-Craft
You will need the craft called "Cannot Roll Attack Modifiers." If you do not have it, you will need to buy the prophecy called The Plaguemaw V

You will craft "Cannot Roll Attack Modifiers" onto the bow.
This will cost 1 Exalted Orb.

You will slam 1 Exalted Orb onto the bow (Right Click and Use, yes, you will use this Exalted Orb)
You will get +1 Level Of Socketed Gems (This is one of the Prefixes you NEED)

You can now craft "This Item can Have Up to 3 Crafted Modifiers."
This will cost 2 Exalted Orbs
If you don't have the craft you can purchase the pieces of the set here

I highly recommend you click the link below and find someone to craft you these on here, as you most likely will not have the crafts, as they are from random or deep Syndicate encounters.
You will need +2 to Socketed Support Gems (This costs 2 Exalted Orbs) and 36-40% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier (This costs 4 Chaos Orbs)
This Link to PoE Forums
This is not recommended as I do not have great luck from experience, but you may like the gamble.


Passives, Bandits, Ascendancy, The Pantheon
Spoiler
Passives:

Level 85 Life / Mind Over Matter Passives

Level 90 CI Passives

Level 90 Low-Life Passives

Level 100 Passives
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Bandits: Kill ALL for the 2 passive skill points

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Ascendancy:

Patient Reaper - (Normal Lab): Increases our DoT DMG and also gives us "Recovery on kill" for unbelievable Life/Mana recovery

Ghost Dance - (Cruel Lab): This increases our movement speed and gives us chance to evade attacks with Energy Shield

Escape Artist - (Merciless Lab): This allows us to not be stunned (If Shrouds are active), it even gives us extra spell dodge. This also gives us increased evasion / energy shield depending on our helmet/body armour setup. You are going to re-spec this ascendancy talent at the end game when you have Presence of Chayula, and are low life to: "Swift Killer".. Otherwise, you will be stunned and this will be VERY frustrating.
Make sure to pickup a Jade Flask in place of either the Sulphur Flask or the Basalt Flask.

Prolonged Pain - (Uber Lab): This gives us INSANE amounts of damage. It is VERY good.. but in my opinion not needed until the VERY last one.
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The Pantheon:
These are little buff effects you get to decide what to use after killing the respected boss for their soul. You can upgrade these effects by placing a Divine Vessel along with your map in your map device and killing the boss. A soul item will spawn in the map device after the boss is dead, and you bring it to Sin. He will upgrade your Pantheon powers. (By default the key is Y)

Major God: Soul of Solaris - Damage reduction and chance to take 50% less area damage from hits
Minor God: Soul of Shakari - reduced chaos damage and half poison damage when upgraded.


Gem Setup:
Spoiler
Tip: If you level a gem to level 20, sell it to a vendor along with a Gemcutter's Prism; the gem will de-level back to level 1 BUT it will be 20% Quality!

END Game 6-Link:
(Make sure these are socketed in your weapon if it has + ANY levels.. for example look at my bow)
Spoiler
Essence Drain is the MAIN skill that we use for killing. You do not NEED to buy gems this high level or quality.. Just level them yourself.
The BIGGEST Gem Upgrade is an Essence Drain level 21, do NOT worry about quality

Awakened Gems help.. but not as much as you would think they should.
I would look into a level 21 Essence Drain and see how expensive those are.. If you buy a 21 Essence Drain.. it will boost your damage a TON
Empower 4 is SUPER helpful but expensive, level 3 is fine.

5th Link: Void Manipulation - This would be the 5th link

6th Link: Empower 3 - This actually gives more damage than Void Manipulation but it costs more

Essence Drain - Act 1 Nessa after quest 'The Siren's Cadence'
Void Manipulation - Act 1 after quest 'The Caged Brute' -
(If you are rich purchase an Awakened Void Manipulation)
Controlled Destruction - Act 2 Yeena after quest 'Root of the Problem'
Efficacy - Act 3 after quest 'A Fixture of Fate'
Swift Affliction - Act 3 after quest 'A Fixture of Fate' -
(If you are rich purchase an Awakened Swift Affliction)
Empower Get a Level 3 - Buy it from the Trade Website. Purchase a level 4 one when you can afford it.. it's VERY expensive (be careful do NOT get scammed by the wrong level.. look TWICE before buying!)

END Game 5-Link
Spoiler
This is our 5-link setup in the Body Armour. Vaal Righteous Fire does NOT need to be linked. We only need 1 6-Link Setup for Essence Drain and 1 5-Link Setup with Contagion. Make sure to NOT level Arcane Surge past 9 or else it will not give you the effect when you cast Contagion. You will need to constantly be moving for "Intensify Support." Constantly moving will give you the most area of effect.. which is the BEST for Contagion so it can spread EASILY to everything in sight. Again you do not NEED Awakened Increased Area of Effect.
Contagion - Act 1 after quest 'Breaking Some Eggs'
Arcane Surge - Act 1 after quest 'Mercy Mission' - Do NOT level past 9
Faster Casting - Act 2 after quest 'Sharp and Cruel'
Intesify - Act 3 after quest 'A Fixture of Fate'
Increased Area of Effect - Act 4 after quest 'The Eternal Nightmare' -
(If you are rich purchase an Awakened Increased Area of Effect)
Vaal Righteous Fire - This does NOT Need to be linked!! We only use this skill for the Vaal skill

END Game 4 Link
Spoiler

Blight - Act 1 after quest 'Enemy at the Gate'- I recommend buying a Vaal Blight from the trade website
Infused Channeling - Act 1 after quest 'Mercy Mission'
Zealotry - Act 3 after quest 'Lost in Love'
Malevolence - Act 3 after quest 'Lost in Love'

END Game 4 Link
Spoiler
Clarity Act 1 - after quest 'The Caged Brute' - Do NOT Level past level 10
Discipline - Act 3 after quest 'Lost in Love.' I recommend buying a Vaal Discipline off of the trade website.
Flesh and Stone - Act 6 (We cannot buy this as a shadow until Act 6 - but you don't need this until you are low life)
Blood Magic Act 6 (We cannot buy this as a shadow until Act 6 - but again it's only needed when you are low life)

End Game 3 Link
Spoiler
Wither - Act 1 after quest 'The Caged Brute'
Spell Totem Act 6 (We cannot buy this until act 6.. but we don't need this until later on)
Multiple Totems Act 6 (We cannot buy this until act 6.. but we don't need this until later on)
Flame Dash - Act 1 after quest 'The Caged Brute' (You do NOT Want this linked)

Gear & Flasks
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Mapping & How To Kill Bosses
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Before Mapping:

After finishing Act 10.. You will lose resistances again. Make sure to cap these resistances by buying better gear with higher resistances and as much Life / Energy Shield as you can possibly get for cheap. Resist cap is 75% once you complete act 10.
I would strongly recommend having at LEAST 3000 Energy Shield to start with CI (Chaos Inoculation) for maps. Make sure you upgrade all of the leveling gear and you replace each flask with newer ones

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Boss fighting:

Before going into the boss room; I channel Blight until I get the Infused Channeling (Infusion) buff.. and then I enter
I start the fight off with these moves for the maximum amount of damage:
Contagion - Essence Drain - Wither - Totems - Run away - Channel Blight for a second "IF" Possible - Contagion -Essence Drain
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Map Mods:

This is my FAVORITE thing about this build. We can do EVERY Map mod possible. The most annoying Map Mod that I would say is "Players Cannot Regen Life, Mana or Energy Shield."
It's not impossible to do this map.. we just need to swap our Sulphur Flask for a Mana flask.. or even take off a Zealotry. Make sure to re-cast before next map though!


F.A.Q:
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Q: - Why do you go after Minion Damage.. you don't have any minions?
A: We grab the node "Spiritual Aid" which increases to minion damage affect us. Lord of the Dead has "Minions Deal 15% Increased Damage," instead.. WE Deal 15% increased damage!

Q: - Where does our damage come from?
A: - The majority of comes from Gem Levels & Wither stacks.
6% increased damage per Wither stack, the enemy can have 15 stacks.
These stacks are reached quickly through the use of Multiple Spell Totems..
6% x 15 = 90% MORE damage

+ level of gems gives a ton of damage with Empower, which gives more levels to Essence Drain.

1+ level of socketed gems, and +2 of supports turns Empower 4 into Empower 7, which gives SIX more levels to Essence Drain.
that makes an Essence Drain 21 turn to a level 28.

Level 21 Essence Drain gives 1683.9 base chaos damage per second
Level 28 gives 3672 base chaos damage per second.

From levels we're looking at a 125% more damage

Q: Why low life?
A: It gives us the best output for damage as well as having great dodge from Flesh and Stone from being in Sand Stance.. so we get great defensive's from it


This guide has been HEAVILY updated with Heist as of 9/20/2020.

There was a few formats that I was looking at.. none stuck out to me as much as Enki's guide.
After asking for permission to make my layout similar to Enki - Here's a quick shout-out.
Thank you Enki!
Last edited by Havoc209 on Sep 22, 2020, 6:40:53 AM
Last bumped on Sep 22, 2020, 9:56:00 PM
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Very well written guide. Definitely league starting this for Delirium!

Hopefully ED/CONT is op for the mechanic :D
POB here is posted for ES variant. How to level this as league starter? just grab random ES gear and hope for the best? Never tried ES build as a starter

Nvm, I found the levelling trees in levelling section :P
Last edited by Deziowy on Mar 13, 2020, 4:27:13 AM
Hi, do you think is possible use spellslinger to not cast ED manualy?
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Findejs wrote:
Hi, do you think is possible use spellslinger to not cast ED manualy?

I was actually thinking that exact same thing.. I will need to do some testing this league and update.. but theoretically it SHOULD work!
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Havoc209 wrote:
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Findejs wrote:
Hi, do you think is possible use spellslinger to not cast ED manualy?

I was actually thinking that exact same thing.. I will need to do some testing this league and update.. but theoretically it SHOULD work!


What would be the point? Instead of using a skill (ED) you use another skill (wand attack) to achieve the same end result, sending out a projectile. Due to scaling the wand attack should not contribute any meaningful amount of damage, but your ED-projectile is less guided - I personally missed with ED in the past against quick monsters.

On top of that you would have to reserve quite a bit of mana (like 50-65%) for ED to do good damage as you need all the supports as well.

I could see casting Contagion via Spellslinger as it is AoE (therefore does not need to hit) and needs fewer supports, so is cheaper on the reservation side. Even then though, why trade one button for another - especially as you'll probably have the same or even slower wand attack speed than Contagion cast speed.
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Serdoa wrote:
What would be the point? Instead of using a skill (ED) you use another skill (wand attack) to achieve the same end result, sending out a projectile. Due to scaling the wand attack should not contribute any meaningful amount of damage, but your ED-projectile is less guided - I personally missed with ED in the past against quick monsters.

On top of that you would have to reserve quite a bit of mana (like 50-65%) for ED to do good damage as you need all the supports as well.

I could see casting Contagion via Spellslinger as it is AoE (therefore does not need to hit) and needs fewer supports, so is cheaper on the reservation side. Even then though, why trade one button for another - especially as you'll probably have the same or even slower wand attack speed than Contagion cast speed.

Yeah the reserving part makes it not really worth it... but it would still work theoretically.. I still plan on testing it to see how it works.
Last edited by Havoc209 on Mar 17, 2020, 9:44:11 AM
Actually interesting.
LL Edtrickster is a build I usually disregard as being strictly inferior to hybrid, but this is pretty good.

You should replace eldritch knowledge with Transcendent mind, it's 12% dotmulti in your setup, and you'd even gain some mana recovery rate.
I don't like the use of skitterbots, a 10% shock on top of spider and wither is just a waste of 35% mana imo. Even a purity would be more value (or maybe a blasphemy... idk about that).

That said, what's the point? With a hybrid version using both ED and blight (exactly same playstyle as this, since you use blight for infusion anyways), you're achieving very similar damage numbers. But the tankyness just goes through the roof. 8.5k ES is alright, especially with ED's massive regen, don't get me wrong. But no phys/ele reduction and 8k es means oneshots are still present. Also, it's hard to do hard delve bosses with this setup.
If you go hybrid, you're less starved for passive points, able to get 75% dodge, same to higher HP pool, wind dancer for a sweet oneshot protection and 20k evasion jsut as a bonus. Damage wise, I'm at 2M dps on ED and 3.5M on blight, so it's exactly the same (I don't use vaal rf).

For lowlife, I'd rather just go occultist tbh. But I get the need for trickster's speed, occultist sure is slower.

Anyways. Thanks for the guide. I'll be sure to redirect people who want to play LL ed-C trickster here instead, as this is the only setup that actually tickles my interest!
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Darkxellmc wrote:
Actually interesting.
LL Edtrickster is a build I usually disregard as being strictly inferior to hybrid, but this is pretty good.

You should replace eldritch knowledge with Transcendent mind, it's 12% dotmulti in your setup, and you'd even gain some mana recovery rate.
I don't like the use of skitterbots, a 10% shock on top of spider and wither is just a waste of 35% mana imo. Even a purity would be more value (or maybe a blasphemy... idk about that).

That said, what's the point? With a hybrid version using both ED and blight (exactly same playstyle as this, since you use blight for infusion anyways), you're achieving very similar damage numbers. But the tankyness just goes through the roof. 8.5k ES is alright, especially with ED's massive regen, don't get me wrong. But no phys/ele reduction and 8k es means oneshots are still present. Also, it's hard to do hard delve bosses with this setup.
If you go hybrid, you're less starved for passive points, able to get 75% dodge, same to higher HP pool, wind dancer for a sweet oneshot protection and 20k evasion jsut as a bonus. Damage wise, I'm at 2M dps on ED and 3.5M on blight, so it's exactly the same (I don't use vaal rf).

For lowlife, I'd rather just go occultist tbh. But I get the need for trickster's speed, occultist sure is slower.

Anyways. Thanks for the guide. I'll be sure to redirect people who want to play LL ed-C trickster here instead, as this is the only setup that actually tickles my interest!

I definitely appreciate your feedback! I will try that and see how it works. Yeah this build is more focused on damage as opposed to survival. My goal was to farm Legions at the hardest and highest tier possible. The Skitterbots setup is only for the end game bosses since there is no need for the blind from Flesh and Stone AND you don't really need the mana regen if you don't spam. I actually directed a few hardcore players to your build who were interested in playing Essence Drain. You put out a great guide as well that I was checking out earlier today!
Good guide, will play this for 3.10 league start.

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