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Poet's Pen Blade Vortex/Bladefall Poison Assassin - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Poet's Pen Blade Vortex/Bladefall Poison Assassin - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Another approach to the extremely popular Poet's Pens unique wands. Our Assassin build rely on very high Poison damage

Poet's Pen
Blade Vortex / Bladefall
Poison Assassin build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
July 19, 2018
-Build created
January 3, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.5

Poet's Pen is one of the most popular wands in Path of Exile. It provides unique trigger mechanic which makes your attacks cast spells socketed in Poet's Pen. On top of that, Poet's Pen increases the level of socketed Gems, making them more potent as your progress. It makes Poet's Pen one of the best leveling items in PoE (you can use Poet's Pen starting at level 12) and also, an extremely powerful weapon even in the late game.

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1. Gameplay

Like most Poet's Pen builds, our build uses Frenzy as the primary attack. Frenzy has high Attack Speed and generates Frenzy Charges for even more Attack Speed(and damage). In this build, you aim to reach 4 Attacks per second (Poet's Pen has an internal cooldown of 250ms so reaching four attacks is optimal) and with each attack, you will trigger spells socketed in your wands. Because of high Attack Speed, it's easy to quickly reach 20 stacks of Blade Vortex, which combined with Frenzy and Bladefall casts can easily apply over 100 Poisons on a single enemy while fully buffed. 

For defenses, this build utilizes Dodge Chance, Evasion, and moderately high Life, which should allow you to farm all the Path of Exile's content with proper investment in gear. 


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • amazing DoT damage
  • amazing AoE and clear speed
  • smooth leveling as soon as you get the Poet's Pen wands
  • high Evasion, Dodge Chance, and Life
  • like most Poet's Pen builds, it is enjoyable to play
CONS
  • no proper mobility skill that can be effectively used in these Poet's Pen's setups
  • requires you to stay in melee range for maximum DPS
  • crafting three green sockets on the wands will require Vorici level 3. The easiest way is to craft it by the "guaranteed two green" recipe that cost 25 Chromatic Orbs each

3. Leveling tips

Poet's Pen is one of the best leveling weapons in Path of Exile. You can wield them from level 12, and you don't have to worry about the weapon slots forever. Merely upgrade other gear, which should increase your defenses (top priority) and grant Attack Speed and Spell Damage bonuses.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Frenzy setup 
Frost Blades Frenzy - your primary attack skill. Attacks with this skill to trigger Poet's Pens' spells. You can use any other attack until Frenzy becomes available
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Life on Hit Support Life on Hit Support
Ethereal Knives
Ethereal Knives Ethereal Knives - one of the first Spells available for the Shadow class. Can be used until you are level 28 and can socket Bladefall instead
Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support - adds Chaos Damage and grants 40% chance to Poison on Hit
Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support - increased the damage you deal with Poison and its' duration
Blade Vortex
Blade Vortex Blade Vortex - spawns ethereal blades around you which deal damage with every hit
Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support
Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support
Utility Gems
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - will increase your Attack Speed which is the core attribute of every Poet's Pen build
Despair Despair - the recommended Curse for this build
Haste Haste - one of the best Auras for the early levels

Bandits:

We suggest killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Trickery 2) Fangs of the Viper 3) Fatal Toxins 4) Acrobatics

59 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Toxic Strikes 2) Thick Skin 3) Heart of Oak 4) Harrier

Recommended leveling items:

PraxisPraxis - amazing leveling ring which will help you sustain your Frenzy spam
+(20-25) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
(3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
-(8-4) to Total Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
 
Doedre's TenureDoedre’s Tenure - the best gloves leveling gloves for this build. They provide insane Spell Damage bonus with no downside for Poet's Pen
(50-60)% increased Spell Damage
+20 to Intelligence
15% reduced Cast Speed
+32 to maximum Energy Shield
 
Poet's PenThe Poet’s Pen - the core weapons for this build. They can be used as soon as you reach level 12 (and can afford them)
(11-15)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Active Skill Gems per 25 Player Levels
Adds 3 to 5 Physical Damage to Attacks with this Weapon per 3 Player Levels
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Attack
 

GoldrimGoldrim - amazing leveling helmet. Used mainly for the 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
 

BriskwrapBriskwrap - perfect Armour for this build which can carry you all the way to Act XI

10% increased Attack Speed
+(120-180) to Evasion Rating
+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed
(20-25)% increased Mana Recovery from Flasks
15% increased Dexterity

 

 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

1. Noxious Strike
2. Toxic Delivery
3. Unstable Infusion
4. Deadly Infusion

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/TRIGGER] Frenzy setup
Frenzy Frenzy - your primary Attack Skill. Because of high Attack Speed, it can also deal significant damage with Poisons it applies, that's why it's the best to set it up in a 6-linked Dendrobate
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Frenzy's projectiles
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - increased the damage of ailments caused by Frenzy
Added Chaos Damage Support Added Chaos Damage Support - adds flat Chaos Damage to supported skill
Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support - again, used to increases the Damage of your Frenzy's Poisons even further
[AURA] Clarity
Clarity Clarity - grants increased Mana Regeneration
[GOLEM] Lightning Golem
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - this Golem increases your Attack Speed
[AURA/CURSE] Despair
Despair Despair - the recommended Curse for this build
Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support - makes your Despair Curse work as an Aura around you
[DEFENSE] Immortal Call setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast supported skills after a certain amount of damage is taken by the player. It is required to keep this Gem at level 1 
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. Is auto-cast and should be at maximum level 3
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Immortal Call and Vaal Grace buffs
Vaal Haste Vaal Grace - increases your Dodge Chance for a brief duration. Also grants the Grace Aura spell which should be used for the increased Evasion Rating
[UTILITY] Wither Spell Totem
Flame Dash Wither - Wither applies a stacking debuff on affected monsters that increases Chaos Damage they take. Wither is cast by your Spell Totem
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - allows you to spawn a Totem which uses the supported spell; Wither in this case
Arcane Surge Arcane Surge Support - grants increased Spell Damage and Mana Regeneration. Keep this Gem at level 5 so that spawning your Totem will grant the buff
[DPS] Blade Vortex
(1st Poet's Pen)
Blade Vortex Blade Vortex
Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - grants increased Damage with Poison
[DPS] Bladefall setup
(2nd Poet's Pen)
Bladefall Bladefall - a great AoE Spell that greatly increases your clear speed
Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support


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5. Gear Setup

Poet's Pen builds extremely powerful and does not require any expensive gear. You can easily play this build with just four links and grind your way up. Below you will find all the required and recommended gear. Like most of our builds, we try to list only moderately cheap and easily obtainable items.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Chaos Damage, Damage over Time, Poison Damage
  4. Attack Speed (at least 4 Attacks per second are required)
  5. Critical Strike Multiplier
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - this is our only recommendation for the helmet slot. It grants Attack Speed and Movement Speed which are extremely important in this build (not to mention you are not using any movement skill at all)
10% reduced Global Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Helmet enchantments:
Blade Vortex has +3% to Critical Strike Multiplier for each blade
12% increased Blade Vortex Area of Effect
Bladefall has an additional Volley
Poet's Pen(Weapon) The Poet’s Pen - the core items for this build
(11-15)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Active Skill Gems per 25 Player Levels
Adds 3 to 5 Physical Damage to Attacks with this Weapon per 3 Player Levels
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Attack
Dendrobate(Body Armour) Dendrobate - is the best Body Armour for its' amazing Poison Damage and Duration bonuses. If you are low on currency, you can craft 4-links on it, and it will be still fully viable
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Lesser Poison
(130-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+40 to maximum Energy Shield
+(15-25)% to all Elemental Resistances
(75-100)% increased Damage with Poison if you have at least 300 Dexterity
(15-25)% increased Poison Duration if you have at least 150 Intelligence
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
350 Evasion Rating
30% increased Movement Speed
40 Dexterity
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Atziri's Step(Boots) Atziri's Step - great pair of boots for this build. It will, however, require you to get additional Dexterity on other pieces of equipment
180% increased Evasion Rating
+(55-75) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
(14-16)% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Boot enchantment:
Adds 120 to 180 Chaos Damage if you've taken a Critical Strike Recently
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - aim to get the highest defensive stats
Min. requirements:
120 Maximum Life
27% Fire Resistance
33% Lightning Resistance
32% Cold Resistance
Impresence Chaos(Amulet) Impresence (Chaos) - grants increased Damage over Time, additional Chaos Damage as well as makes your Despair Aura reserve no Mana
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
100% reduced Despair Mana Reservation
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
(Ring) Ring Rare Ring - dual-res ring will save you up a bunch of Chaos
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40 maximum Mana
40% Fire Resistance
40% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating (increases the number of Poisons caused by Frenzy)
increased damage with Poison (Essence of Delirium crafted jewelry)
Ring (Ring) Rare Ring - this time with Fire and Lightning Resistances 
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40 maximum Mana
40% Fire Resistance
40% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating (increases the number of Poisons caused by Frenzy)
increased damage with Poison (Essence of Delirium crafted jewelry)
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
400 Evasion Rating
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
abyss jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - at least one Abyss Jewel is recommended with the chance to Hinder on Spell Hit
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Added Chaos Damage to Spells
chance to Hinder on Hit with Spells
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Chaos Damage/Damage over Time
Optional affixes:
Attributes  (to match Dendrobate requirements)
Witchfire Brew(Flask) Witchfire Brew - grants increased Damage over Time 
100% increased Evasion Rating
Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use
50% increased Charges used
(25-40)% increased Damage Over Time during Flask Effect
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
Coralito's Signature(Flask) Coralito's Signature - grants increased Poison duration, which greatly increases your maximum DPS output
Your Critical Strike Chance is Lucky
Take 30 Chaos Damage per Second during Flask effect
25% chance to Poison on Hit during Flask effect
Your Critical Strikes do not deal extra Damage during Flask effect
(50-75)% increased Duration of Poisons you inflict during Flask effect
Grants Perfect Agony during Flask effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Reflexes (increased Movement Speed and Evasion Rating)
Witchfire Brew Coralito's Signature Divine Life FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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