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Soulrend/Bane Trickster Shadow Build

Soulrend/Bane Trickster Shadow Build

A swift Chaos DoT mapping build for the niche Trickster class

Soulrend/Bane
Chaos DoT Trickster build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
March 08, 2019
-Build created
March 22, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.17
Build overview
Tags: [CASTER] [CHAOS] [ENERGY SHIELD]

Budget: 

Defenses: 

Boss DPS:

AoE:

Soulrend and Bane are two gems that were introduced in patch 3.6. They are both Chaos Damage over Time Gems, that synergize with each other very well. Soulrend is a projectile skill, that pierces through all enemies, applying DoT effect in an area around enemies. Bane skill not only applies DoT but also all linked the Curses on each cast, dealing much more damage for each Curse applied this way. On top of massive chaos damage, this build has insane Defense, thanks to curses like Enfeeble or Temporal Chains and Energy Shield leech from Soulrend. It's also a great starter build because it doesn't require expensive uniques to start dealing massive damage.

The build uses Chaos Inoculation for a complete Chaos Immunity, and so for defenses, you're forced to rely on Energy Shield only, which you can get up to 6k of. The character is capable of accumulating a lot of Evasion Rating - 50k to 100k of it, and up to 100% Spell Suppression Chance. Use Ghost Dance and Patient Reaper Keystones for quick ES Recovery. Soulred Skill itself grants you a lot of ES too. You'll also have a somewhat decent Block Chance against Spells as well as Attacks that can be expanded on. The damage is extremely easy to scale - Soulrend is one of the few Skills that Spell Damage scales with its DoT - a lot of mods will match the build.

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1. Gameplay

In order to reach the maximum potential of this build, you need to cast Bane on packs of enemies to apply all the curses and then send projectiles that should kill whole packs in no time. For your movement, you are going to use Flame Dash. During boss fights deploy Spell Totems - these will apply withered debuff increasing your Chaos Damage. The Mana Reserving Spells that are best-suited for this build are Malevolence, Discipline, Grace, Defiance Banner, and Tempest Shield.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • relaxing playstyle
  • insane defenses thanks to Trickster Ascendancy
  • Up to 7000 Energy Shield and 70k Evasion Rating
  • scales well end-game with proper gear and character level
  • immune to reflect damage map modifier
CONS
  • mediocre single-target DPS

 

3. Leveling tips

For leveling, we are going to use Blight, before we can switch to Bane/Soulrend setup. Every node on the Passive Skill Tree that we are picking for the final build will boost our leveling skills as well, so leveling should be very fast and easy. On top of that, we can add Spell Totem that will cast Wither to increase Chaos Damage Taken by enemies. You're forced to start as a Life build, and later transition to ES one after allocating Chaos Inoculation.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Blight setup
Blight Blight - one of the first available Chaos spells in PoE
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - adds additional damage and Mana Regeneration
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - increases Chaos damage
Soulrend setup
Soulrend Soulrend - this will be your main skill. Start using it as soon as it's possible to buy it from a vendor
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - insane damage boost to Damage over Time which is our main source of damage
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
Efficacy Support Efficacy Support - more DoT and Spell damage
Bane setup
Bane Bane - this will be our secondary skill. It will apply more DoT and cursed linked to it
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - insane damage boost to Damage over Time which is our main source of damage
Temporal Chains Temporal Chains - insane survivability curse, lowering enemies Attack and Movement speed
Despair Despair - increases Chaos and DoT damage versus cursed enemies
Utility Gems
Malevolence Malevolence - a great aura that increases Damage over Time
Discipline Discipline - grants additional Energy Shield

Bandits:

We recommend killing all bandits for 2 Passive Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

36 Points Skill Tree
for a patch to Atrophy, picking up Growth and Decay, Written in Blood, Fangs of the Viper, Wasting, and Blood Spihon on your way there

70 Points Skill Tree
pick Blood Drinker and Cruel Preparation for more Life, Influence for Mana Reservation Efficiency, and Corruption with Heart of Darkness for more DPS

Recommended leveling items:

Goldrim Goldrim - one of the best leveling helmets in Path of Exile, will fix your Elemental Resistances during leveling
+(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 provide Cast Speed and Power/Frenzy/Endurance Charges generation
(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 granting a lot of Movement Speed that you can use since level 1
+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 - they provide everything - Attributes, Damage, and Resistances. Perfect choices for the whole leveling process
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
LifesprigLifesprig - great leveling wand, that adds a lot of Spell Damage and Cast Speed. It's recommended to dual-wield them
(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:

98 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels)
117 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Patient Reaper
  2. Prolonged Pain
  3. Weave the Arcane
  4. Escape Artist (only if you're not using Crown of the Inward Eye and Skin of the Lords)

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] Soulrend
Soulrend Soulrend - your primary source of DPS, it's a Projectile that deals Choas Damage over Time and prices through all enemies
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support- insane damage boost to Damage over Time which is our main source of damage
Void Manipulation Void Manipulation Support - makes you deal much more Chaos Damage - it's highly recommended to use the Awakened version for an additional Gem Level
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - high Spell Damage boost at the exchange of reduced Critical Strike Chance, which doesn't affect our build
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - this is our support for faster map clear. For bossing it's recommended swapping to use Empower gem
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - it's the best option to increase your Damage, it's even better after allocating Arcane Heroism
Optional gem options
Empower Empower - should replace Greater Multiple Projectiles Support for bosses. Increases level of Soulrend, which scales really well
[UTILITY] Bane setup
Bane Bane - this will be our secondary skill. It will apply more DoT and Curses linked to it
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - insane damage boost to Damage over Time which is our main type of damage
Temporal Chains Temporal Chains - insane defensive Curse, which lowers enemies' Attack and Movement speed
Despair Despair - increases Chaos and DoT damage versus cursed enemies
[UTILITY] Auras setup
Malevolence Malevolence - a great Aura that increases Damage over Time
Discipline Discipline - grants additional and increased Energy Shield
Grace Grace - grants additional and increased Evasion Rating
Tempest Shield Tempest Shield - it's optional to use it, but it grants you increased Spell Block Chance
[UTILITY] Defiance Banner
Defiance Banner Defiance Banner - it's used for its Evasion Rating and the reduction of nearby enemies' Critical Strike Chance
[UTILITY] Wither setup
Wither Wither - it can be stacked up to 15 times, affected opponents take increased Chaos Damage
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - Wither is cast by Totems so you don't have to
Faster Casting Faster Casting - increases Totem's cast speed
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - additional Totems are used to apply the 15 stack of Wither even faster
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - one of the best Movement Skills you can use
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support  - stores an additional charge for Flame Dash
[UTILITY] Immortal Call setup
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep this Gem at level 3
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


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5. Gear Setup

This Soulrend/Bane Trickster is a moderately expensive build. Below you will find all the recommended gear. If you would like to have the end-game items also added here please let us know in the comments below. 

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The recommended items from our list will:

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Energy Shield
  2. Gem Level of Chaos/Spell Gems
  3. Elemental Resistances
  4. Evasion Rating
  5. Spell Damage/Chaos Damage
  6. Spell Suppression Chance
  7. Damage over Time
  8. Strength
  9. Block Chance
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - the basic Energy Shield and Evasion Rating with a bit of Spell Suppression Chance is a good enough option
Min. requirements:
100 Energy Shield
+50% Total Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies have -#% to Chaos Resistance
Optional affixes:
Evasion Rating
Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
increased Energy Shield
Crown of the Inward Eye(Helmet) Crown of the Inward Eye - The Life and Armour aspects grants you nothing, but it's still one of the best Helmet - it provides you with a lot of ES and Evasion Rating
333% increased Armour and Energy Shield
(9-21)% increased maximum Life, Mana and Global Energy Shield
Transfiguration of Soul
Transfiguration of Body
Transfiguration of Mind
Helmet enchantment:
Soulrend deals 40% increased Damage
Rare Dagger(Weapon) Rare Spell Dagger or Wand - it can be expensive if you aim for two global Gem Level modifiers, but that's the best way to increase your Damage
Min. requirements:
+1 to Level of all Spell Skill Gems
+1 to Level of all Chaos Spell Skill Gems
Optional affixes:
Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
increased Chaos Damage
Shield(Shield) Rare Shield - try to achieve as much Energy Shield and Evasion Rating as you can, on top of that you should get more Elemental Resistances and Chance to Suppress Spell Damage here
Min. requirements:
30% Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
+50% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Evasion Rating
Energy Shield
increased chance to Block
Skin of the Lords(Body Armour) Skin of the Lords - the reasons for it being the best Armour are increased Global Defences - ES and Evasion, and +2 to Level of Socketed Gems - it includes Empower Support
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Sockets cannot be modified
+2 to Level of Socketed Gems
100% increased Global Defences
You can only Socket Corrupted Gems in this item
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
<Random Keystone>
Rare boots(Boots) Rare Boots - seek Energy Shield, Evasion Rating, Movement Speed, and Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
+60% Total Elemental Resistances
100 Energy Shield
25% Increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Evasion Rating
chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
Energy Shield Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Energy Shield, Evasion Rating, Elemental Resistance, and Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Min. requirements:
+70% Total Elemental Resistances
100 Energy Shield
15% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Evasion and Energy Shield
increased Spell Damage
Evasion Rating
Bated Breath(Belt) Bated Breath - Bated Breath is a cheap Belt for more Energy Shield
+(15-25) to Intelligence
10% increased Damage
+(20-30) to maximum Energy Shield
20% increased maximum Energy Shield
50% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate
Crystal Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - It's a great opportunity to get more Strength. Get more Energy Shield and Elemental Resistances too. 
Min. requirements:
+30 to Strength
+40 to maximum Energy Shield
+70% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Damage
15% increased maximum Energy Shield (Crusader's)
Ashes of the Stars(Amulet) Ashes of the Stars - all the  mods here are great, there is no doubt about it being the only viable Amulet
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(5-10)% increased Experience Gain of Gems
(10-20)% increased Reservation Efficiency of Skills
+1 to Level of all Skill Gems
+(20-30)% to Quality of all Skill Gems
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - It is the best pick. Should grant added Energy Shield and cap your Elemental Resistances. Iolite Rings are good as they grant you increased Chaos Damage.
Min. requirements:
+35 to maximum Energy Shield
+70% Total Elemental Resistances
+140 Evasion Rating
Optional affixes:
Non-channelling Skills have -# to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
Strength
increased Chaos Damage
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - with 3 Large Cluster Jewels you will have a lot of Jewels Sockets, use them mostly for Rare Jewels
Recommended affixes:
increased Maximum Energy Shield
increased Spell Damage/Spell Damage while holding a Shield
increased Chaos Damage
increased Damage over Time
Watcher's Eye(Jewels) Watcher's Eye - it can enhance your Auras, the additional Damage over Time Multiplier with Malevelonece seems like the best option
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewels(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - these can get you a lot of Chaos Damage increases, and Arcane Heroism which is great for its Arcane Surge modifiers
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Wicked Pall
1 Added Passive Skill is Unholy Grace
1 Added Passive Skill is Unwaveringly Evil
1 Added Passive Skill is Arcane Heroism
1 Added Passive Skill is Sap Psyche
1 Added Passive Skill is Conjured Wall

Witchfire Brew(Flask) Witchfire Brew - a great boost to Damage over Time - it grants Despair Curse Aura if you're not using one already

20% more Evasion Rating
Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use
50% increased Charges per use
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Jade Flask of Impala for increased Evasion Rating
  2. Sulphur Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  3. Quartz Flask with random Ailmet Removal
  4. Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline for increased Movement Speed
Witchfire BrewJade FlaskSulphur FlaskQuartz FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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