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Chaos Magma Orb Gloomfang Trickster build

Chaos Magma Orb Gloomfang Trickster build

Potent spell-caster build which utilizes the Mind over Matter/Eldritch Battery/Energy Shield Leech combination

Chaos Magma Orb
Gloomfang Trickster build

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
March 20, 2019
-Build created

Magma Orb combined with Gloomfang is one of the highest DPS Spells in Path of Exile. Gloomfang Amulet grants added Chaos Damage every time your skill has chained, and it can sum up to 120% additional Chaos Damage on the 6th chain if you manage to get all the recommended gear. The damage this build offers is simply absurd, and the only downside to it is learning Magma Balls logic and how the fun part usually happens off-screen. With the upgraded Trickster Ascendancy this build gained insane swiftness and some additional defensive utility. We have also decided to utilize Mind over Matter and Eldritch Battery Passives, which combined with Energy Shield Leech, allow you to reserve up to 100% Mana, remove the issues with spamming Magma Balls, and grant extra defenses.

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1. Gameplay

This is one of the fastest spell-caster builds in Path of Exile. You are going to use Magma Orbs which fires fiery projectiles from your location that bounce several times and deal area damage when they hit enemies. By increasing the number of chains(bounces) the skills range is increased, and in its final form, the maximum damage is dealt off-screen. However, this is a double-edged sword. While you are far from enemies you don't have to worry about big physical hits, but on the other hand, when dealing with Bosses like Shaper or Minotaur, you may miss their animation and come in late to avoid their deadly abilities. In order to further increases your damage, Gloomfang amulet is used, which adds up to 20% additional Chaos Damage based on the number of chains Magma Orbs has completed before it hits. This brings this builds DPS to absurd levels and allows easily clearing all the content in Path of Exile. 

0:06 Tier 14 Palace
0:47 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
1:09 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:40 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
2:04 Shaper

This video was recorded on a level 87 Trickster wearing Rat's Nest, Carcass Jack, and Rare Sceptre


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • absurd DPS both single-target and AoE
  • decent damage mitigation with 5,000 Life and Mind over Matter
  • terrific mobility and clear speed
  • all content viable
CONS
  • requires understanding Magma Balls logic and how it chains
  • vulnerable to Elemental Reflect and No Leech/Reduced Regeneration mods

3. Leveling tips

It's recommended to level up using Magma Balls. The skill itself is not the best leveling tool, but it's good to learn how it works before you get into the end-game. It's also available right from level 1, and you can upgrade all the necessary Gems for your final build while you level up. Below you will find the basic recommended Gem setups for this build and several useful unique items that can aid you during the campaign. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Magma Orb setup
Magma Orb Magma Orb - the primary skill used in this build. It's recommended to use it right from the start
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - greatly increases Elemental Damage dealt with by supported skills
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - increases Spell Damage at the cost of reduced Chance to Critically Hit
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Firestorm setup
Firestorm Firestorm - later on, it will be used solely in a CwDT setup to apply Combustion debuff, while at earlier levels it is a great AoE spell for leveling
Chance to Ignite Support Combustion Support - grants increased Fire Damage and reduces monsters' Fire Resistance
Increased Area of Effect Increased Area of Effect Support
Utility Gems
Zealotry Zealotry - grants increased Spell Damage
Clarity Clarity - grants increased Mana Regeneration Rate
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - the recommended Golem for this build which increases your Attack and Cast Speed

Bandits:

We recommend helping Alira for increased Elemental Resistances and Critical Strike Multiplier

Leveling Skill Trees:

35 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Trickery 2) Coordination 3) Blood Drinker 4) Doom Cast

59 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Throat Seeker 2) Cruel Preparation 3) Arcanist Dominion 4) Heart and Soul

Recommended leveling items:

Goldrim Goldrim - one of the best leveling helmets in Path of Exile which grants up to a total of 120% (!) increased Elemental Resistances
+(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)
 
Lochtonial CaressLochtonial Caress - powerful Gloves which grants increased Cast Speed and a chance to generate all three types of Charges
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(15-10)% reduced maximum Mana
10% chance to gain a Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charge on Kill
Conduit
 
WanderlustWanderlust - perfect Boots for leveling
+5 to Dexterity
(20-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+(10-20) to maximum Energy Shield
20% increased Movement Speed
Cannot be Frozen
 
Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - this Ring provides all the important stats for leveling
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
LifesprigLifesprig - one of the best weapon options for leveling on the early levels
(4-6)% increased Cast Speed
(100-140)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Fire Damage to Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds 1 to (10-12) Lightning Damage to Spells
 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Ghost Dance
  2. Escape Artist
  3. Swift Killer
  4. Harness the Void

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Lunaris 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%; 1% increased Movement Speed for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%

Minor God: Soul of Gruthkul 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Magma Orb
Magma Orb Magma Orb - your primary source of DPS
Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support - makes supported Spells repeat and additional time with greatly increased Cast Speed
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support - this Gem provides very high bonus damage while you are Leeching, and since you use your Energy Shield instead of Mana, you should be Leeching all the time when you cast spells
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - increases Area Damage at the cost of reduces skill's radius
[UTILITY] Firestorm setup
Firestorm Firestorm - used as a low-level auto-cast utility Spell that applies Combustion debuff and instantly kills enemies below 10% Life. Use this Gem at level 12
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Firestorm when you take enough damage. Keep it at level 8
Combustion Support Combustion Support - makes enemies ignited by supported Spell have reduced Fire Resistance
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - makes Firestorm instantly kill enemies below 10% Life 
[AURA]  Zealotry and Anger
Zealotry Zealotry - grants increased Spell Damage and Spell Critical Strike Chance
Anger Anger - grants increased Fire Spell Damage
Enlighten Enlighten - reduces the amount of Mana Reserved by linked Auras
[UTILITY] Lightning Golem
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack and Cast Speed
[MOBILITY] Shield Charge setup
Shield Charge Shield Charge  - the best Movement Skill if you are using a shield and a one-handed weapon (Sceptre in this case). Do not force yourself to upgrade this Gem to the maximum level
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support  - makes the movement with Shield Charge much faster
Fortify Support Fortify Support  - grants Fortify buff for better defenses
[DEFENSE] Immortal Call setup
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep this Gem at level 3
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - will extend the duration of Immortal Call 
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast supported spells after a certain amount of damage is taken by the player. Do not upgrade it above level 1
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - grants briefly increased Attack, Cast, and Movement Speed


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for this build. Most of the items should be easy to acquire, just make sure to alter your searches depending on the Elemental Resistances you find on specific Rare Gear. Keep in mind that all of the items listed below except for Gloomfang can be replaced with random Rares.

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The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Help you cap your Elemental Resistances 
  2. Give you enough Life, DPS, and Energy Shield to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Spell/Fire Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Cast Speed
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - my favorite pick for this build. It grants very high bonus damage and even more swiftness for this character
15% increased Attack Speed
(60-75)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
150% increased Evasion Rating
(20-25)% increased Rarity of Items found
10% increased Movement Speed
10% reduced Character Size
Helmet enchantment:
Magma Orb Chains an additional 2 times
Sceptre(Weapon) Rare Sceptre - the best in the slot, but at the same time it can get very expensive depending on your desired stats
Min. requirements:
60% Spell Damage
10% Cast Speed
90% Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Optional affixes:
#% of Fire Damage added as Chaos Damage
Added Fire Damage to Spells
Doryani's Catalyst(Weapon) Doryani's Catalyst - very decent pick and at the same time it's cheap and easy to obtain
32% increased Elemental Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
Adds (65-85) to (100-160) Physical Damage
(11-15)% increased Attack Speed
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(30-40)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
(80-100)% increased Elemental Damage
Rare Shield(Shield) Rare Shield - look mainly for offensive stats, but some extra Life and Elemental Resistances will be helpful
Min. requirements:
60% Spell Damage
90% Critical Strike Chance for Spells
60 maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Carcass Jack(Body Armour) Carcass Jack - one of the best Armours for this build. It grants very high bonus damage
(120-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(9-12)% to all Elemental Resistances
(40-50)% increased Area of Effect
(40-50)% increased Area Damage
Extra gore
Gloomfang(Amulet) Gloomfang - build-defining item. It grants increased damage each time your skills chain
(48-56)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
0.5% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life
Lose (15-10) Life for each Enemy hit by your Spells
Lose (25-20) Life for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
Skills Chain +1 times
Projectiles gain (15-20)% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage per Chain
Mark of the Shaper(Ring) Mark of the Shaper - grants very high bonus damage if your other Ring is an Elder item
(15-25)% increased Elemental Damage
Adds (13-18) to (50-56) Lightning Damage to Spells
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Spell Damage if your other Ring is an Elder Item
Cannot be Stunned by Spells if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Summon Volatile Anomaly on Kill
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Elder Ring - it's important to get a Ring which curses enemies with Warlord's Mark on Hit
Min. requirements:
55 maximum Life
30 Strength
Curses enemies with level # Warlord's Mark on Hit
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Attributes
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots 
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - you can use any Rare Belt, but Abyssal Jewels grant very high bonuses so it's the optimal pick
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30 Strength
Maligaro's Virtuosity(Gloves) Maligaro's Virtuosity - this is a very cheap pair of Gloves, but it's not stopping them from providing the highest damage bonus for this build. Corrupted pair with increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells is the best in the slot option
+(20-30) to Dexterity
5% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(20-30)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
(60-80)% increased Evasion Rating
Glove corruption:
Spells have +#% to Critical Strike Chance
Inevitability(Jewels) Inevitability - two such Jewel are required. It increases the number of Magma Orb's projectiles and the area of effect with each consecutive chain
(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Magma Orb
has 10% increased Area of Effect per Chain
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Magma Orb fires an additional Projectile
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Spell Damage/Spell Damage while holding a Shield/Fire Damage/Area Damage
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Cast Speed
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - priority is maximum Life and flat Damage to Spells
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Chaos Damage to Spells
added Fire Damage to Spells
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier

Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - this Flask grants very high bonus damage and extra Leech

+35% to Chaos Resistance
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (10-15)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Ample Basalt Flask of Warding (immunity to Curses)
  3. Ample Diamond Flask of Reflexes (increased Crit. and Evasion)
  4. Ample Silver Flask of Heat (immunity to Freeze and Chill)
Atziri's PromiseDivine Life FlaskBasalt FlaskDiamond FlaskSilver Flask


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