POE 3.8 Essence Drain Trickster - All Content, Friendly, Beginner Build

By u4npoe - Views: (958) - Sep,11,2019

Build Summary

This is my take on Essence Drain-Contagion trickster. It took on all content in the game in 1.5 weeks, around 55 hours played at the time. It focuses on much more defenses than other Essence Drain guides you will find out there while achieving similar to higher damage numbers. While there are many other Essence Drain guides out there, the concepts shown here are the ones that prove to work best overall to clear the post-game content.

Build Items

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  • 100
  • 122847.74
  • 1109849.61
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  • 140
  • 136
  • 295
  • 197
  • 299
  • 155
  • 5884
  • 168
  • 5884
  • 100
  • 508.59
  • 1053
  • 28
  • 10
  • 0.95
  • 50.1
  • 2768
  • 129
  • 102
  • 21325
  • 139
  • 40
  • 40
  • 104
  • 12
  • 2.93
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  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
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Build Description

INTOR:
This is my take on Essence Drain-Contagion trickster. It took on all content in the game in 1.5 weeks, around 55 hours played at the time. It focuses on much more defenses than other Essence Drain guides you will find out there while achieving similar to higher damage numbers. While there are many other Essence Drain guides out there, the concepts shown here are the ones that prove to work best overall to clear the post-game content. Most of them are nothing new, but this guide compiles the best ones to provide a well-rounded character for all content.

This is a chaos DOT build. There is absolutely nothing special. We scale spell damage, chaos damage, damage over time and most importantly: chaos DOT multiplier. We are NOT lowlife based so we are missing a quarter of the maximum theoretical Essence Drain damage, bu we more than makeup for it in survivability. Lowlife also quickly becomes expensive.

This build has around 1.1M Essence Drain dps, 7-8k EHP and 2k effective regeneration per second. As any ed build, it relies on Essence drain and contagion for map clear and regeneration. It also has a 6 free sockets in your chest where you can put any chaos dot skill to effectively double your dps.


PROS & CONS:

+ Fast mapper
+ All endgame bosses viable, including deep delve bosses.
+ Hardcore viable
+ Cheap, clear upgrade path. Shaper 3EX, uber elder 8EX.
- Doesn't do the deepest delve bosses
- You are a meta slave
- Performs really poorly in the timeless domain, requires heavy swaps for HoGM
- Potentially clunky 1-2 playstyle


ASCENDANCY:


1. Ghost Dance
2. Escape Artist
3. Patient Reaper
4. Prolonged Pain


BANDITS:
Kill all of them. 2 passive points is better than anything they give.


PANTHEON:
Major God - Soul of Lunaris
Minor God - Soul of Shakari