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Armour Stacking Smiter Scion Build

Armour Stacking Smiter Scion Build

Armour-stacking build for Scion that uses Smite

Armour Stacking Smiter
Scion Build

Updated for Patch 3.16

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Guide notes
November 21, 2021
-Build created
December 08, 2021
-Added gameplay video


It's an Armour-stacking build that uses Replica Dreamfeather Unique Sword that increased Attack Damage per Armour. You will be using Smite that Converts half of your Physical Damage to Lightning Damage, and the two Call of the Brotherhood Unique Rings to convert Lightning to Cold. Smite also grants you an Aura to increase your Lightning Damage witch is especially beneficial since you're using multiple auras with their effect magnified many times over, this includes Smite's Aura. While Stacking Armour is relatively easy - you seek Armour or Evasion Rating to convert it later with Iron Reflex keystone, fitting all the Auras is a bit more tricky as it requires multiple sources of Mana Reservation Efficiency. To help with that you should use March of the Legion Unique Boots and Support your Auras with the highest cost with the Blessing Skill that this pair of boots provides - you pay the cost of the Skill Reservation once, and the Aura lasts for ten to twenty seconds and then you'll able to cast them one-by-one.

Smite is a short-range Elemental Strike Attack that should have a somewhat high Critical Strike Chance, for that use Precision; if your Crit chance is low, allocate Elemental Overload Keystone. you should also have Wrath and Hatred to boost your Damage. Your Block Chance should be high as you're using Aegis Aurora. You will use CI Keystone that makes you immune to Chaos Damage so you're forced to rely on Energy Shield only, around 3 to 7k depending on your gear. Character's Armour will be obviously very high, over-capping the Physical Damage Reduction easily, use Purity of Lightning, Fire, and Ice for extra Maximum Elemental Resistances, Discipline for more ES, Determination, Grace, and Defiance Banner for more Armour, Vitality for Life Regen, and Clarity for Mana Regen. It's a lot of Auras, some of them won't fit in your Mana Pool at level 20, and some might not even fit at all, but it should be your primary objective to do so. You will be also using as many Small Cluster Jewels with Introspection for increased Aura Effect, Voices are extraordinarily expensive, so use four Large Cluster Jewels with 8 Passive Skills.

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1. Gameplay

It's a very simple gameplay-wise build, use your Smite to attack enemies, Ancestral Totems to boost your damage, Molten Shell as a Guard Spell, Leap Slam as a Movement Attack, and most importantly - you will have to constantly enable your four Blessed Auras socketed in March of the Legion, the rest of the Auras stays on at all times. Your Curse can be applied by finding a Gloves' Corruped Implicit such as "Curse enemies with Elemental Weakness on Hit". Support your Smite with Ancestral Call Support to have a bearable clear speed.

Full gameplay video:

The video was recorded on a level 94 Scion with approximately 400k maximum Armour Rating when fully buffed. This is enough to get this character running and be nearly immortal, but it's just a fraction of what this build can do when you apply more Aura effectiveness on your equipment (and spend several hundred Exalted Orbs more) - top players can reach as much as 2kk Armour Rating with this build, resulting in tens of Millions of realistic DPS

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • great damage that has the potential to grow up to millions of DPS
  • Great defences due to Armour, Elemental Resistances, Block Chance with ES on Block, and CI
  • it quickly gets really expensive and hard to assemble
  • Melee Strike Skills tend to be unappealing to most players


3. Leveling tips

Leveling Scion build such as this is especially difficult, the late-game Skill Tree focuses mostly on outer Sockets and Aura Clusters, and you can't level like that. Additionally, it's a Chaos Inoculation build, but you have to begin leveling with Life instead of ES, and later transition to Energy Shield. Your best option is to start with Smite Skill and link it with Ancestral Call, then focus on Attack Damage and Maximum Life. After you've allocated around 70 to 90 Passives, switch to CI and Energy Shield by respecing a lot of previously needed Life Passives.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Smite setup
Smite Smite - you can safely start with Smite, it's a good leveling Skill that's great with Ancestral Call
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - allows you to target more enemies, it significantly speeds up the leveling process
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases Melee Physical Damage of Smite Skill
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - more Crit Chance and Elemental Damage while the cost of Skill gets lower
Auras setup
Wrath Wrath - Wrath increases your Lightning Damage you deal with Smite significantly
Purity of Elements Purity of Elements - Grants immunity to Elemental Ailments and tons of Resistances
Precision Precision - higher Accuracy Rating and Crit Chance, you can keep it at a low level if you don't have high Mana Reservation Efficiency yet
Curses and Leap Slam setup
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - killing cursed enemies restore Life and mana on Kill, your Crit Chance, and Multiplier against them is increased, and it grants Power Charges
Leap Slam Leap Slam - your main mobility Skill that you will use through the rest of the game


Kill all three bandits and be rewarded with two additional Skill Points


Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Passive Tree
Get some Maximum Life and Physical Damage nodes

67 Points Passive Tree
Start allocating Mana Efficiency on Aura Clusters, get more Maximum Life, and Damage


Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - more Damage, Attributes, and Elemental Resistances
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
GoldrimGoldrim - it grants a lot of Resistances which are important at all stages of the game
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - The best leveling item in the game, allows you to link any 6 gems
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - it's cheap and you can equip it very early on, it boosts your Attacks and Life
+(25-35) to Strength
+25 to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
Terminus EstTerminus Est - One of the best two-handed Swords for Leveling, all its stats are great for nearly any Attack builds
+360 to Accuracy Rating
(180-220)% increased Physical Damage
20% increased Attack Speed
(50-75)% increased Critical Strike Chance
+10 Mana gained on Kill
10% increased Movement Speed
Gain a Frenzy Charge on Critical Strike

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

78 Points Final Passive Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels nor Thread of Hope)
128 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Champion
  2. Necromancer
  3. Path of the Duelist


Major God: Soul of The Brine King: 1% You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds

Minor God: Soul of Abberath: 60% less Duration of Ignite on You


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Smite setup
Smite Smite - With this Strike, you Hit twice - once with an Attack and then with lightning to strike that deals area damage near the target's location, but one enemy can't be hit by both unless you can target more than one opponent to double-dip. Use one with Phantasmal Quality for more Attack Speed.
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support - use it to penetrate Cold Resistance for your opponents
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - Strike skills target additional enemies, heavily recommended even for boss fights since you can strike them with the lightning component of the Attack for more damage
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - you repeat the attack with increased Attack Speed and deal more damage as the result
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - Attack Skills deal more Elemental Damage
increased Critical Damage Support increased Critical Damage Support - increases you Critical Strike Damage, Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support is a great alternative if your Critical Strike Chance is low
[UTILITY] Blessed temporary Auras setup
socketed in March of the Legion
Wrath Wrath - adds additional Lightning Damage to your Attacks
Hatred Hatred - you gain Extra Cold Damage from your Physical Damage, and your Cold Damage is increased
Determination Determination - increases and adds more Armour which is very important
Grace Grace - grants you Evasion Rating which is converted into Armour
[UTILITY] Aura setup
preferably socketed in an item with +2 Level of socketed Aura Gems
Purity of Ice Purity of Ice - increases your Cold Resistance, try to reach gem level 23 for extra Maximum Cold Resistance
Purity of Fire Purity of Fire - increases your Fire Resistance, try to reach gem level 23 for extra Maximum Fire Resistance
Purity of Lightning Purity of Lightning - increases your Lightning Resistance, try to reach gem level 23 for extra Maximum Lightning Resistance
Discipline Discipline - you gain more Energy Shield and increased ES recharge rate
[UTILITY] Aura setup
Vitality Vitality - Vitality regenerates your Life, with Zealot's Oath it regenerates your ES
Clarity Clarity - it's the least important Aura so keep it at a low level, it helps to regenerate Mana faster
Precision Precision - prioritize the gem level of Precision in this setup to increase your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Tempest Shield Tempest Shield - enabling it grants you more immunity to Shock and Chance to Block Spell Damage, it's great when combined with Aegis Aurora
[UTILITY] various Gems
Defiance Banner Defiance Banner - It increases your Armour and Evasion Rating while reducing enemies' Critical Strike Chance
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - it grants you more Attacks Speed for as long as it stays active
Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief - it grants you more Melee Damage for as long as it stays active


[UTILITY] Guard Spell
Molten Shell Molten Shell - a Guard Spell that's more effective the more Armour you have which is especially good for this Armour-stacking build
[MOBILITY] Movement setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - use it to jump over obstacles and to increase your mobility
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - you can use Leap Slam more often making you even faster

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6. Gear Setup

Build Requires specific Unique items, and it additionally heavily relies on Flasks to increase your Damage and Surviavbilty - use Evasion and Armour Flasks and aim for at least half a million Armour while these are active. To never run out of Flask Charges have a way to constantly gain these Charges back with items or Flask mods. Cluster Jewels are crucial as you can get increased Aura Effect, and Mana Reservation Efficiency on just one well-rolled Small Cluster Jewel, multiply it by eight and it adds up to an 80% increased Aura Effect and 48% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency just from these, additional sources are found on Skill Tree and gear. Look for Armour, and Evasion Rating that is transformed into Armour after allocating Iron Reflex. You won't need as much Resistance as normally since the Purity of Fire, Ice, and Lightning should provide 132% of Total Elemental Resistances. The more significant portion of your Armour won't actually come from gear but from Auras. Seek Elemental or Cold Damage with Attacks, Critical Strike Chance, and Attack Speed for more Damage, and Energy Shield for a bigger "Life" Pool. Grace requires you to get 155 Dexterity which you will need to look for, Strenght and Intelligence should be easily covered by your Skill Tree.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. increased Aura Effect
  2. Mana reservation Efficiency
  3. Armour and Evasion Rating
  4. Energy Shield
  5. Chance to Block
  6. Elemental Ressitances
  7. Dexterity
  8. Attack Speed
  9. increased or added Elemental or Lightning Damage with Attacks
  10. Critical Strike Chance
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - use Rare Helmet with increased Mana Reservation Efficiency and Energy Shield, additionally seek Armour, Evasion Rating, and Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
10% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency of Skills
+40 to maximum Energy Shield
Optional affixes:
Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance
Evasion Rating
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Elemental Resistances
increased level of socketed AoE Gems
Mask of the Tribunal(Helmet) Mask of the Tribunal - The Synthesised implicit mods you want are the increased Effect of Auras or +2 to Level of Socketed Gems. It's a good option for when you have high Dexterity and Strength.
<One to three random Synthesis implicit modifiers>
+(25-30) to all Attributes
(150-200)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
Nearby Allies have (4-6)% increased Defences per 100 Strength you have
Nearby Allies have +(6-8)% to Critical Strike Multiplier per 100 Dexterity you have
Nearby Allies have (2-4)% increased Cast Speed per 100 Intelligence you have
2% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency of Skills per 250 total Attributes
Alpha's Howl(Helmet) Alpha's Howl - a budget option that's still useful since it synergizes good with Auras and offers some defences
+2 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
(80-100)% increased Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
25% chance to Avoid being Chilled
Cannot be Frozen
16% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency of Skills
Helmet enchantments:
Smite enchantment mods
Replica Dreamfeather(Weapon) Replica Dreamfeather - obligatory item, it's the core of the build as it increases your Damage with Armour allowing you to reach very high DPS
+475 to Accuracy Rating
Adds (40-65) to (70-100) Physical Damage
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(180-200) to Armour
3% reduced Movement Speed
+(280-300) to Accuracy Rating
1% increased Attack Damage per 450 Armour
Aegis Aurora(Weapon) Aegis Aurora - it's a very important item for survivability, as you block it Replenishes 2% of Armour as ES, at 500 000 Armour it's 10 000 ES on Block - more than you will ever have; Replenish means instant recovery
(300-400)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+5% to maximum Cold Resistance
+6% Chance to Block
Replenishes Energy Shield by 2% of Armour when you Block
(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - try to obtain a copy with high Energy Shield, increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skill, and additional Crit Chance
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Energy Shield
20% increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skill
Attacks have +1% to Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
increased Energy Shield
March of the Legion(Boots) March of the Legion - mandatory Unique, it allows you to have more Auras than you can actually afford by making them temporary, socket your Auras with the highest reservation cost here
+2 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 25 Blessing
(250-300)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(12-18)% to all Elemental Resistances
(20-30)% increased Movement Speed
Shaper's Touch(Gloves) Shaper's Touch - your goal is not to stack the attributes, but your Intelligence is going to be high anyway, increasing your Evasion which increases your Armour, it's also a great source of Energy Shield and Damage
(80-120)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+4 Accuracy Rating per 2 Intelligence
+1 Life per 4 Dexterity
+1 Mana per 4 Strength
1% increased Energy Shield per 10 Strength
2% increased Evasion Rating per 10 Intelligence
2% increased Melee Physical Damage per 10 Dexterity
belt(Belt) Rare Belt - Rare Crystal belt offers a lot of Energy Shield, but a Stygian Vise is a great option too, focus on Energy Shield and missing stats
Min. requirements:
+40 to maximum Energy Shield
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
20% increased Energy Shield from Body Armour
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
String of Servitude(Belt) String of Servitude - one of the most popular choices, this belt can increase Aura Effect, and then Triple this effect - look for "Grace has increased Aura Effect", all the other mods are mediocre at best
< 1 to 2 Random corrupted implicit modifiers>
Implicit Modifier magnitudes are tripled
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
Mageblood(Belt) Mageblood - it's one of the most useful-for-all-purposes Belts and one of the most expensive Unique items in the game, but it's especially good for this build as you rely on your Flasks heavily - if you run out of charges you're doomed
+(25-35) to Strength
+(30-50) to Dexterity
+(15-25)% to Fire Resistance
+(15-25)% to Cold Resistance
Magic Utility Flasks cannot be Used
Leftmost (2-4) Magic Utility Flasks constantly apply their Flask Effects to you
Magic Utility Flask Effects cannot be removed
Aul's Uprising(Amulet) Aul's Uprising - It allows you to have one of your Auras up for free, go for one of the expensive ones, but not Auras you have socketed in your March of the Legion, Discipline or Purities are good choices, it also grants you increased Flask Charges gain and other good stats
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(20-30) to Dexterity, Strength or Intelligence
(15-20)% increased Evasion Rating
+(50-70) to maximum Life
Nearby Enemies grant 25% increased Flask Charges
Monster gives 25% increased Flask Charges on death (Hidden)
<Random Dexterity, Strength or Intelligence aura> Reserves no Mana
Recommended Anointments:
Call of the Brotherhood(Ring) Call of the Brotherhood - You want to convert your Lighting Damage to Cold Damage, with two of these augmented with Turbulent Catalysts at 20% you can convert 96% of Lightning Damage which should cover it
+(12-16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
+(15-25) to Intelligence
(15-25)% increased Lightning Damage
(30-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
40% of Lightning Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Your spells have 100% chance to Shock against Frozen Enemies
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - get some Jewels with increased Energy Shield and fix your missing Attributes and Resistances, for damage go for Cold Penetration and Critical Strikes

Recommended affixes:
7% increased maximum Energy Shield
Cold Penetration
Critical Strike Chance

Thread of Hope(Jewel) Thread of Hope - you can use one with a Large Ring and socket in between Overcharge and Endurance, this way you can allocate Glancing Blows, and Sovereignty with one Reservation Efficnecy next to it
Only affects Passives in Large Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
Conqueror's Potency(Jewel) Conqueror's Potency - increased Flasks Effect and Auras Effect are highly desirable stats
4% increased Effect of your Curses
Flasks applied to you have 8% increased Effect
3% increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - Critical Strike Chance and Critical Strike Multiplier are some of the best mods, you can find them as Precision, Wrath and Hatred mods. You're using a lot of Auras so it will be easy to find even a remotely useful Jewel
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - Blanketed Snow and Snowstorm are best Notables here, it's more important to get a low number of Passive Skills than to look for useful third Notable. You will need four of these.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Blanketed Snow
1 Added Passive Skill is Snowstorm
1 Added Passive Skill is Widespread Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Thunderstruck
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Disorienting Display
Small Cluster Jewels(Jewel) Small Cluster Jewels - Eight Small Cluster Jewels with Introspection and a low number of passive Skill Point are what you're looking for
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Introspection
Voices(Jewel) Voices - it's very hard to afford Voices with few empty passive nodes, but as a luxury upgrade it will serve you well
Adds 3 Jewel Socket Passive Skills
<Random empty passive skill node mod>

Suggested Flasks:

  1. Alchemist's Jade Flask of Impala for Evasion Rating
  2. Basalt Flask of Armadillo for Armour
  3. Silver Flask of the Dove for Attack Speed
  4. Granite Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  5. Diamond Flask with random ailment removal
Jade FlaskBasalt FlaskSilver FlaskGranite FlaskDiamond Flask

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