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Six-Curse CI Elemental Hit Trickster Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Six-Curse CI Elemental Hit Trickster Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Very fast and versatile Chaos Inoculation build that relies on insane ES recharge rate and 6-curses, that greatly boost your DPS

6-Curse Chaos Inoculation
Elemental Hit Trickster
Build updated for Patch 3.2

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Guide notes
March 17, 2018
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.2
-Adjusted Ascendancy passives to utilize the reworked Trickster's potential

Elemental Hit is a very niche skill. The main reason for that is the fact that it does not scale with weapon damage, and is in general weaker than other attack skills. This clear disadvantage, however, allows alternative and, at the same time, powerful item choices. This build relies on high Energy Shield and its' insane regeneration through recharge passive nodes and Leeching. Also, it utilizes Doedre's unique armour and helmet, which allow you to use six curses at a time, and each of them will increase damage enemies take by additional 20%. It is also extremely budget-friendly, as it does not require more than 4 links, and the most expensive item (The Taming unique ring) is luxury and can be replaced with cheap alternatives.

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1. Gameplay

Elemental Hit Trickster is a melee build, which is based on very high attack speed, high elemental damage, which is further amplified by Doedre's unique items - Doedre's Scorn that increases damage enemies take per curse, and Doedre's Skin which allows 6 curses to be used at the same time. On top of that thanks to Trickster Ascendancy, this build has insane Energy Shield regeneration rate, which allows to facetank most of the mid/high tier content. 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • very high single target elemental damage
  • budget-friendly with only 4 links required in your gear
  • can use six curses which is a great addition to any party
  • good defenses based on high ES and its' insane regeneration mechanics
  • you can shock your friends, with how powerful your Elemental Hit build is
  • low area damage and moderate clear speed
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect map mod

3. Leveling tips

Leveling with Elemental Hit is rather easy. You can use two cheap unique items early on, which will provide amazing damage, nearly all the way up to end-game when you replace your gear. Elemental Hit does not scale with weapon damage either, so you do not need to alter the gear much, except for the survivability part.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Elemental Hit setup
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - your main DPS skill. It deals a fixed amount of Elemental Damage of a random element
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - adds flat Lightning Damage to your attacks. It's one of the first Support Gems available for this character class
Elemental Damage with Attack Skills Support Elemental Damage with Attack Skills Support - greatly boosts your Elemental Damage
Faster Attack Support Faster Attack Support - greatly increases your Attack Speed
Blink Arrow setup
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - your main mobility skill during the leveling phase
Faster Attack Support Faster Attack Support - increases your Attack Speed, which means faster mobility with BA skill
Utility Gems
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds flat cold damage to your attacks and a moderate area damage effect which increases your clear speed
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - this golem increases your Attack Speed
Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness - recommended curse for the leveling phase


We recommend killing all bandits for the additional 2 passive points

Leveling skill trees:

30 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Trickery 2) Coordination 3) Coldhearted Calculation 4) Heart and Soul

60 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Retribution 2) Discipline 3) Elementalist 4) Catalyse 5) Elemental Overload
Note: Taking this route will require about 15 points to be refunded when you switch to Energy Shield gear, but will make your leveling much smoother 

Recommended leveling items:

StormcloudStormcloud - amazing bow for this build. During leveling you only to upgrade it once, at level 32. You replace it with its' own upgraded version the Tempest 
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
The TempestThe Tempest - improved version of the Stormcloud bow. You can use it until you equip your end-game gear
No Physical Damage
100% increased Lightning Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
GoldrimGoldrim - the best leveling helmet. Will cover all your elemental resistances needs until end-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)
Karui WardKarui Ward - the best leveling amulet for ranged/projectile based characters
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage

Hyrri's BiteHyrri's Bite - great quiver option for this build. It may work fairly well for the whole leveling phase unless you are feeling underpowered you may try to find a better rare upgrade for this piece

+(3-4) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
+(15-25) to Strength
+(35-45) to Dexterity
+(15-25) to Intelligence
Adds 10 to 20 Cold Damage to Attacks
(7-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(2-3) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
10% increased Area of Effect

PrismweavePrismweave  - amazing elemental DPS belt that greatly increases your attack damage

(12-24)% increased Physical Damage
10% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds (7-8) to (15-16) Fire Damage to Attacks
Adds (5-6) to (12-14) Cold Damage to Attacks
Adds 1 to (30-34) Lightning Damage to Attacks
+(6-8)% to all Elemental Resistances
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills during any Flask Effect

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

117 Points Final Skill Tree
117 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Harness the Void
  2. Weave the Arcane
  3. Swift Killer
  4. Ghost Dance


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

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] Elemental Hit 4L setup (in Thunderfist)
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - your main DPS skill. It deals a fixed amount of elemental damage of a random type
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - adds flat Lighting Damage to your attacks. This Support Gem is provided by the Thunderfist unique gloves - do not socket it on top of that
Elemental Damage with Attack Skills Elemental Damage with Attack Skills Support - increases all Elemental Damage dealt with supported skills
Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support - greatly increases your damage while on full Life, which is always active in CI builds
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - makes your attack skills (Elemental Hit) repeat additional time with greatly increases speed. This is good for applying different status ailments since each hit grants a chance to do that 
[CURSE] Doedre's Effigy 6 socket setup
Doedre's Effigy Doedre's Effigy - unique skill provided by the Doedre's Skin body armour. It summons a stone (similar to Totem) that casts all socketed curses as auras around it. The curses cast this way ignore the curse limit and have reduced effectiveness
Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness - will reduce cursed enemies' elemental resistances 
Conductivity Conductivity - reduces lightning resistance,  which is your highest damage type
Enfeeble Enfeeble - the best defensive curse in Path of Exile. Reduces the chance of enemies hitting you
Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark - this curse will grant Life and Mana leech
Frostbite Frostbite - reduces enemy cold resistance, and grants a chance to freeze them. This procs the Frenzy Charge generation from Herald of Ice, as well as increases your damage if you are using The Taming Ring
Temporal Chains Temporal Chains - slows movement and attack speed of cursed enemies
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades -  your main mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - link it to your Leap Slam for faster movement
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants damage reduction buff
[AURAS] Discipline and Herald of Ice
Discipline [1L]Discipline - will increase your maximum Energy Shield
Herald of Ice [3L]Herald of Ice - grants moderate DPS buff, AoE explosions, and Frenzy Charge generation mechanics
Ice Bite Support [3L]Ice Bite Support - will allow Herald of Ice's explosions to generate Frenzy Charges
Culling Strike [3L]Culling Strike - this Gem will increase the effectiveness of this Frenzy Charge generation mechanics
[UTILITY] Vaal Gems
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - increases your movement and attack speed
Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline - provides insane ES Regeneration rate, as it is not affected by damage taken
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - will increase the duration of both supported buffs
[OTHER] Golem and Immortal Call setup
Stone Golem [1L]Stone Golem - Stone Golem will provide additional ES regen. through Zealot's Oath passive
Immortal Call [3L]Immortal Call - grants brief immortality. Match this Gem's level with CwDT Setup Gem
Cast when Damage Taken Support [3L]Cast when Damage Taken Support - this Gem will auto-cast your Immortal Call after a certain amount of damage is taken. Keep this Gem at level 1
Increased Duration Support [3L]Increased Duration Support - will increase the duration of Immortal Call buff

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5. Gear Setup

Our Elemental Hit CI Trickster is a budget friendly build. It requires a number of specific uniques, however, they are all very inexpensive, and will not require anything above 4 links. The most expensive part of this gear is the Taming Ring, which is an optional luxury, and may as well be replaced with a rare ring alternative, while you build up your wealth.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/ES to start mapping successfully
  3. Save you at least a couple of hours, as it's already all planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Energy Shield
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Elemental Damage
  4. Attack Speed
Doedre's Scorn(Helmet) Doedre's Scorn - mandatory item for this build. It provides 120% increased damage versus enemies affected by your Doedre's Effigy
+2 to Level of Socketed Curse Gems
+(20-30) to Intelligence
+(100-120) to maximum Energy Shield
(30-50)% increased Curse Duration
20% increased Elemental Damage
(10-20)% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments per Curse on Enemy
Essentia Sanguis(Weapon) Essentia Sanguis - good and inexpensive claw that provides the required Ghost Reaver Passive, which saves you a couple passive points. You do not deal any physical damage, and this claws are rather cheap, so you may as well try to get corrupted one that increase your block chance while dual wielding
2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
8% additional Block Chance while Dual Wielding Claws
(140-180)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 200 Lightning Damage
(20-30)% increased Attack Speed
+(30-40) to maximum Energy Shield
Life Leech is applied to Energy Shield instead
Hand of Wisdom and Action(Weapon) Hand of Wisdom and Action - great claw for this build. Provides additional stats, that increase your attack speed and damage. Same as previously, you may want to get a corrupted pair with increased block chance
+46 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
(25-30)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
(8-12)% increased Dexterity
(8-12)% increased Intelligence
Adds 1 to 10 Lightning Damage to Attacks with this Weapon per 10 Intelligence
1% increased Attack Speed per 25 Dexterity
Doedre's Skin(Armour) Doedre's Skin - mandatory item for this build. It provides the unique Doedre's Effigy power, which allows you to use 6 curses
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Socketed Curse Gems are Supported by Level 20 Blasphemy
Grants Level 20 Summon Doedre's Effigy Skill
Socketed Curse Skills are Triggered by Doedre's Effigy when Summoned
Socketed Curse Skills ignore Curse Limit
+(30-40) to Intelligence
(130-150)% increased Energy Shield
(33-25)% reduced Effect of your Curses
Rainbowstride(Boots) Rainbowstride - this boots provide everything you need for this build. They are also very cheap
(20-25)% of Block Chance applied to Spells
+(40-60) to maximum Mana
(140-180)% increased Energy Shield
+20% to all Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Crystal Belt(Belt) Rare Crystal Belt - get one with the highest ES bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Energy Shield
28% Fire Resistance
28% Cold Resistance
28% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Thunderfist(Gloves) Thunderfist - this pair of gloves provide cheap quasi-5link for your Elemental Hit setup
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 18 Added Lightning Damage
Adds 1 to 100 Lightning Damage to Attacks
10% increased Attack Speed
+(25-30) to maximum Energy Shield
100% increased Shock Duration on Enemies
10% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
The Taming(Ring) The Taming - the best in slot DPS ring for this build. It is also the most expensive item in this build, and may also be replaced with a cheaper rare alternative
+(8-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
20% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments per Freeze, Shock and Ignite on Enemy
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
+(20-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
30% increased Elemental Damage
10% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare ES/Res ring - just grab one with the highest ES bonus and cap your resistances
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Energy Shield
26% Fire Resistance
26% Cold Resistance
26% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Attack Speed
added flat Elemental Damage to Attacks
Astramentis(Amulet) Astramentis - this amulet provides all required attributes for your Gem and gear requirements
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(80-100) to all Attributes
-4 Physical Damage taken from Attacks
Energy from Within(Jewels) Energy from Within - this Gem converts all Life passives in radius to Energy Shield. Socketed right from Shadow's starting point it provides approximately 450 maximum Energy Shield
(3-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
Increases and Reductions to Life in Radius are Transformed to apply to Energy Shield
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - used mainly to cap resistances, increase Life and grant extra Intelligence
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Energy Shield
% increased Generic/Melee/Lightning damage
Optional affixes:
% increased Attack Speed
% increased Attack Speed while dual wielding
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - very good Flask which provides extra damage, Elemental Resistances and Life 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
Vessel of Vinktar(Flask) Vessel of Vinktar - provides additional Lightning Damage to your attacks during Flask effect
+50% to Lightning Resistance
+6% to maximum Lightning Resistance
(80-100)% increased Charges used
Shocks nearby Enemies during Flask effect, causing 10% increased Damage taken
You are Shocked during Flask effect, causing 50% increased Damage taken
Adds (25-35) to (110-130) Lightning Damage to Attacks during Flask effect
20% of Lightning Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Ample Quartz Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Silver Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill effects, and Onslaught effect)
  3. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Grounding (used for increased mobility, and to remove the Vessel's self-shock effect)
Atziri's PromiseVessel of VinktarQuartz FlaskSilver FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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