The Trickster is a versatile hybrid class that mixes high speed, maneuverability, and slippery defenses. It is well-suited for Shadows that deal harm more than time, as Swift Killer and Patient Reaper each grant substantial enhancements to damage more than time effects. Swift Killer also allows a reliable method to create Power and Frenzy charges while escalating the maximum of both. Ghost Dance and Shade Type provide dominant hybrid defenses while additional rising the Trickster's speed. Finally, Weave the Arcane and Stroll the Aether grant bursts of mana and rate, respectively.
List the Path of Exile Trickster Builds.
The choice between the two abilities comes down to personal preference, and some enjoy to cast Essence Drain and spread it by having a Contagion cast before you use ED. However, we felt that the approach of using Bane was smoother, faster, and honestly, better in all ways.
Poe Caustic Arrow is a bow attack that fires an arrow dealing with chaos damage and spreading caustic ground. Trickster also has some enormous DoT damage boost in the Ascendancy, which works well with CA. All these combined results in probably the safest character we ever played with moderate single target damage and impressive apparent speed.
Poe Toxic Rain is an attack skill where the user fires multiple arrows in the air, which land and drop spores, dealing with chaos damage. This Build takes on a Toxic Rain based Trickster, which focuses on damage output through the Plague Bearer gem. The original concept of the Build was to utilize plague bearer AND Death's oath armor aura. However, Death's oath aura provided so little damage, and it became much more valuable to get the extra HP. Also, plague bearer melts all mobs instantly while mapping anyways.
This build I have many requirements that must be met. I want a build that can clear ALL content. It must be FUN and ENGAGING, not cost an extraordinary amount of currency, and have the ability to be a league starter with the ability to do all content later on as you upgrade and invest into your character. On top of this, it must have fast movement or move skills and not have to worry about any weird issues that ruin builds for me.
In POE 3.8, Scourge Arrow is a very powerful skill. Like Volatile Dead and other similar abilities, its AoE damage is powerful enough there is no need for a single target as well. With the upcoming changes to Scourge Arrow’s projectiles, there will be no more annoying clipping through doorways and hallways, leaving it up to you if you’d like to add in a Rain of Arrows secondary link for clear. This build can do all content! Though not extremely impressive in Delves 500+ with patience you could hit 600 for End Game Grinds.
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.