[3.14] "Budget" Aura-stacker (Semi-Aurabot) Might Still Work (Showcase)

Hi, first time writing a showcase (NOT A GUIDE).
This is a showcase for those who want to play semi-aurabot that can solo farm most content.
With upcoming 3.14 nerfs to First Among Equals and Replenishing Presence, budget version of aura-stacker almost seemed impossible. However, with a couple changes, I think aura-stacker is still viable. Considering budget, guardian is a superior choice over scion (due to aura effectiveness in its passive tree).

Edit 6: Added spell selection. You will need fire damage to spells (on Nebulis or abyss jewel, etc.) to ignite enemy to get benefit of Cinder flask.

Edit 5: If you still see mana reservation issues, import your character fresh from server onto POB again. This should solve the mana reservation miscalculations.

Edit 4: POB update resolved life/mana reservation issue. No content update.

Edit 3: POB life/mana reservation is very off. I just logged in and check my character. I am able to reserve all my auras/buffs perfectly fine. Build is still viable, just don't trust life/mana reservation calculations on POB yet.

Edit 2: POB update has thrown my life/mana reservations off. I'll join in-game and see what's going on and check if this build is still viable.

Edit 1: 3.14 changes to blood magic support gem turns out to be a buff. Largest damage buff is from 25% increased effect of aura from Hatred. A fair portion of DPS loss from nerfed passives is made up from the blood magic support gem split (for my character, I am losing less than 10% of dps from 3.14).

What is still possible as a budget aura-stacker/semi-aurabot:
Aura Effectiveness of 250+%
15+ Auras
4.5k+ ES + 90 All Res + Capped Chaos Res

DPS enough for basic solo farm content

Spell Selection:
Spark, EK, Crackling Lance, Arc, Winter Orb, etc.
Both Spark and EK are balanced in terms of single target and clear.
Arc is not as good because it is not a proj/aoe gem. Thus, we cannot benefit from +2 proj/aoe corruption from Shav and we cannot make use of intensity mechanics.
Winter Orb is not as good because we have lower portion of lightning damage relative to cold damage. Thus, double dipping damage from Nebulis becomes less effective.
Crackling Lance is interesting. It has built in intensity mechanic and we can support it with intensify. Thus we double dip from the intensity mechanic and the single target damage is pretty much 2x the Spark or EK at max intensity. However, its clear is very limited; the clear speed is nowhere near Spark or EK (the beam pretty much has width of a single ice spear projectile).

My suggestion for spell depends on Shav selection. If you are using simple +1 max res corrupted Shav, swap between spells and see which one you like the most. If you have enough currency to buy double corrupted Shav, I suggest buying +2 aoe / +1 max res Shav and swap between Spark and Crackling Lance for clear/bossing. You don't need +2 proj gem for Spark for clear speed. If you are lazy and want to stick with a single spell, I'd say Spark or EK with EK being slightly better due to finding a decent Watcher's Eye is cheaper with Phys to Light conversion mod being the number 1 priority.

Passive Tree:
You can look at my character profile by selecting guardian character. One difference with other aura-stacking builds is the use of Pinpoint Support Gem with Intensity Notable on passive tree. 3 points spent toward Intensity Notable gives 10+% MORE dps.

Sample Itemization:
These are my gears. Some of them are NOT budget but I will mention budget items which you can swap. Current peak DPS with flasks up and without vaal RF is 25M and 5.7k ES.

Low Budget:

General: Ignore all corruptions on items. They are optional. We can get rid of dread banner and herald of purity and sacrifice damage. If you are getting corruptions, aim for cast speed and extra aura (lack of gem sockets is a problem).

Belt: Use a cheap rare crystal belt with Strength, ES, and Chaos Res. If purchasing mana reservation jewel is a problem, use stygian vise with ES and use mana reservation abyss jewel.

Boots: This is where we can be a little more creative. Stampede Boots with Soul of Steel anointment for +1 max res. Stampede boots has decent amount of ES and evasion, which we are stacking through aura and gears.
We can swap to Doryani boots once we get +1 max res corruption on Shav.


General: The jewels are going to cost you the most currency.

Large Cluster Jewels:
Since we are on budget, we are going to use 3x Cold Damage Large Clusters. Despite nerfs, Snowstorm and Vengeful Commander are must. We want random 3rd passive on these clusters and as the last suffix, chaos resistance is a solid choice.

Medium Cluster Jewels:
We need the following passives:
5x First Among Equals or Replenishing Presence
2x Purposeful Harbinger
1x Sublime Form
1x Pure Aptitude
1x Pure Guile
1x Pure Might
1x Self Control

These can be distributed over 6x 6 Passive Aura Stack Medium Clusters.
Suffixes in priority: Strength (unless enough from belt), Chaos Res, All Attributes, Intelligence, Life Regen, then Mana Regen.

Other Jewels:
1. Corrupted Blood Corruption on Might of the Meek (corruption is optional but relatively cheap)
2. Silence Corruption on Unnatural Instinct (corruption is optional but almost no difference in price vs. uncorrupted one)
3. Watcher's Eye for EK or Spark (corruption is optional)
4. EK or Spark Threshold Jewel with 1% reduced mana reservation (corruption is a MUST but relatively cheap)
5. 5x Cobalt Jewels with %ES (4 of 5 Cobalt Jewels need 1% reduced mana reservation) Additional mods which are good: Cast speed, Crit chance, Cold/Light/Phys(if EK) spell dmg
6. Conqueror's Efficiency with 1% reduced mana reservation (corruption is optional if 5 of 5 cobalt jewels have 1% reduced mana reservation)

Summary: I still think budget aura-stacker/semi-aurabot is viable. If you guys have any interesting ideas for improving this budget version showcase, please leave a reply.
Last edited by xyeno on May 6, 2021, 2:56:02 AM
Last bumped on May 3, 2021, 2:23:57 PM
Any pob?
Phantuke wrote:
Any pob?


This is with no awakened support gems and no corrupted equipment. I didn't change flasks or jewels because I'm lazy.
It is 11M dps with 4.5k ES and 90 capped res running 14 Auras including aspect.

As for improved gear, just import my character on POB. Should be public.

Im looking for a build like yours for this season, how do you level it? wich skill/supps and do you have an orientative tree for level 60-70?

Goonx wrote:
Im looking for a build like yours for this season, how do you level it? wich skill/supps and do you have an orientative tree for level 60-70?


I am sure that this cannot be a league starter, but what I suggest is you start as a storm brand templar if league starting. Any other guide should work. You'll need to do a full respec once you have collected all items and you have character levelled to 93 (we will put points into Intensity and Retribution later as we go from 93 to 97).
Why not Headhunter? Or aspect of the spider is that important?
Corruption on jewel for mana reservation does not stack.
Davoscs wrote:
Why not Headhunter? Or aspect of the spider is that important?

Headhunter works but it isn't really "cheap". I mean the build is already expensive to be a limited budget build but HH just going to further increase cost. Also, we are not self cursing and the HH buff won't last that much. I do own a HH and I tried HH but it is mediocre. Most useful thing from HH is the occasional movement speed buff but we can take care of it with a flask. Rare belt with no resistances but just chaos res and strength is cheap. Crafting Aspect is also cheap. You can choose a different aspect but in terms of non-burst DPS and survival, spider was the choice for me. Avian also may work depending on if you like the cycling of the buffs (I personally don't).

Corruption on jewel for mana reservation does not stack.

I went through patch notes again and there is no mentioning of this. My character in standard stacks mana reservation jewels fine and works fine. Other aura stacking guides are not mentioning any changes regarding this. Check your resource for your claim and post again.
Corruption on jewel for mana reservation does not stack.

One maybe stupid question: why Maligaro as Gloves?

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