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Soulrend/Bane Trickster Shadow build

Soulrend/Bane Trickster Shadow build

Tanky map farming Trickster build based on the new Soulrend DoT/Projectile Spell

Soulrend/Bane
Chaos DoT Trickster build

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
March 08, 2019
-Build created
March 17, 2019
-Added gameplay video

Soulrend and Bane are two new gems, that are 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.

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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 Shield Charge and Quicksilver Flasks which combined with Trickster's Ghost Dance will make you move through maps with lightning speed. 

0:06 Tier 13 Malformation
0:52 Tier 14 Crimson Temple
1:20 Tier 14 Park
2:00 Tier 16 Elder Strand

This video was recorded on a level 87 Trickster using Cerberus Limb and mainly Rare Gear


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • relaxing playstyle
  • insane defenses thanks to Trickster Ascendancy
  • Up to 10000 Energy Shield
  • 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.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Blight setup
Blight Blight - one of the first available Chaos spells in PoE
Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support - adds additional Chaos damage 
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:

35 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Soul Thief 2) Atrophy

61 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Essence Surge 2) Arcane Expanse 3) Corruption 4) Unnatural Calm 5) Whisper of Doom

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:

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. Patient Reaper
  4. Prolonged Pain

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
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
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 to use Empower gem
Efficacy Support Efficacy Support - a great boost to both Spell and DoT damage
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
[AURA] Malevolence, Discipline, and Clarity
Malevolence Malevolence - a great Aura that increases Damage over Time
Discipline Discipline - grants additional Energy Shield
Clarity Clarity - grants Mana Regeneration
Enlighten Enlighten - reduces the amount of Mana Reserved by linked Aura
[DPS] Contagion setup
Contagion Contagion - use it to keep Arcane Surge buff active
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - after casting Contagion you will gain the Arcane Surge buff which increases Spell Damage and Cast Speed
Faster Casting Faster Casting - increases Contagion's cast speed
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - increases the AoE of Contagion
[MOBILITY] Shield Charge setup
Shield Charge Shield Charge  - the best Movement Skill if you are using a shield
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support  - faster movement with Shield Charge
Fortify Support Fortify Support  - grants Fortify buff for more survivability
[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


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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. Elemental Resistances
  3. Spell Damage/Chaos Damage
  4. Damage over Time
  5. Cast Speed
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - this is our best choice for fixing both Elemental Resistances and Energy Shield

Min. requirements:
250 to Energy Shield
30% to Fire Resistance
30% to Lightning Resistance
30% to Cold Resistance

The Vertex(Helmet) The Vertex - optional Helmet if you don't need more Elemental Resistances. Provides a lot of defensive stats and reduces Mana Cost of linked skills
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
(245-280)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(30-40) to maximum Energy Shield
+(24-30)% to Chaos Resistance
Enemies Cannot Leech Mana From you
Socketed Gems have 50% reduced Mana Cost
Helmet enchantment:
Soulrend deals 40% increased Damage
Cerberus Limb(Weapon) Cerberus Limb - definitely Best in Slot weapon for this build. Adds a lot of DPS and Energy Shield
(70-100)% increased Spell Damage
(15-20)% increased Cast Speed
0.5% of Spell Damage Leeched as Life if Equipped Shield has at least 30% Chance to Block
+1 to Maximum Energy Shield per 5 Armour on Equipped Shield
+5 to Armour per 5 Evasion Rating on Equipped Shield
+20 to Evasion Rating per 5 Maximum Energy Shield on Equipped Shield
Rare Dagger(Weapon) Rare Spell Dagger - a good alternative to Cerberus Limb. Aim at highest Spell/Chaos Damage and Damage Over Time
Min. requirements:
70% Spell Damage
10% Cast Speed
20% Damage over Time
Optional affixes: 
+25% to Non-Ailment Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
Rare Shield(Shield) Rare Shield - if you are using Cerberus Limb, this is the best option. Rare Shield with the highest Armour will grant very high bonus Energy Shield
Min. requirements:
2200 Armour
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Rare Energy Shield(Shield) Rare Shield - if you are using Rare Wand, then this is the best option. Try to get one with highest Energy Shield and Spell Damage
Min. requirements:
350 Energy Shield
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Fire Resistance
50% Spell Damage
Vaal Regalia(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - definitely best in the slot, try to get one with highest Energy Shield possible

Min. requirements:
600 Energy Shield
29% Fire Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
29% Cold Resistance

Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - with the right stats this will be best in slot
Min. requirements:
40 maximum Energy Shield
20% increased Maximum Energy Shield
15% increased Spell Damage
20 All Attributes
Aul's Uprising(Amulet) Aul's Uprising - a great alternative to Rare Amulet which can remove the Mana Reservation cost for Discipline
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(20-30) to Intelligence
(15-20)% increased maximum Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
2% additional Chance to receive a Critical Strike
Nearby Enemies have an additional 2% chance to receive a Critical Strike
Discipline Reserves no Mana
Vivinsect(Ring) Vivinsect - a great option if you can afford to increase Mana Reservation cost of the socketed Aura. Socketing Discipline or Malevolence here will greatly increase their effect thanks to increased Gem level
+5 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
Socketed Gems have 10% increased Mana Reservation
+(15-25) to all Attributes
15 Life Regenerated per second for each Uncorrupted Item Equipped
-2 to Total Mana Cost of Skills for each Corrupted Item Equipped
<One Veiled Mod>
Rare RingRare Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - the best pick. Should grant added Energy Shield and cap your Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
40 to maximum Energy Shield
12% to all Elemental Resistances
29% to Fire Resistance/Cold/Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength
Rare boots(Boots) Rare Boots - get a pair with the highest maximum Energy Shield and Movement Speed bonuses you can afford
Min. requirements:
150 Energy Shield
20% increased Movement Speed
29% Fire Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Crystal Belt(Belt) Rare Belt
Min. requirements:
100 Energy Shield
22% Fire Resistance
22% Lightning Resistance
22% Cold Resistance
Bated Breath(Belt) Bated Breath - best in the slot. Grants increased Damage and very high maximum Energy Shield bonus
+(9-20) to maximum Energy Shield
10% increased Damage
+(15-25) to Intelligence
+(20-30) to maximum Energy Shield
20% increased maximum Energy Shield
50% increased Energy Shield Recharge Rate
Energy Shield Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - extra Attack Speed may be a good addition for faster movement with Shield Charge
Min. requirements:
150 Energy Shield
29% Fire resistance
29% Lightning resistance
29% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Vixen's Entrapment(Gloves) Vixen's Entrapment - insane Gloves that were added to the game in Synthesis League. They allow you to apply an additional Curse and grant Energy Shield Leech. Best for our build if you can afford to lose the Elemental Resistances a Rare pair would provide
+64 to maximum Energy Shield
You can apply an additional Curse
16% increased Cast Speed with Curse Skills
0.2% of Spell Damage Leeched as Energy Shield for each Curse on Enemy
Trigger Socketed Curse Spells when you cast a Curse
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels
Recommended affixes:
increased Maximum Energy Shield
increased Spell Damage/Spell Damage while holding a Shield
increased Chaos Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Cast Speed
increased Damage over Time
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - priority is maximum Life and flat damage to spells
Recommended affixes:
maximum Energy Shield
added Damage to Spells
Optional affixes:
increased Spell Damage
increased Cast Speed

Witchfire Brew(Flask) Witchfire Brew - a great boost to Damage over Time

50% increased Charges used
(25-40)% increased Damage Over Time during Flask Effect
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Chemist's Sulphur Flask of Heat (immunity to Freeze and Chill)
  2. Perpetual's Basalt Flask of Warding (immunity to Curses)
  3. Chemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
  4. Experimenter's Aquamarine Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
Witchfire BrewSulphur FlaskBasalt FlaskQuicksilver FlaskAquamarine Flask


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