Path of Exile: Best Builds List

Path of Exile is a game where your success depends on the build you choose for your character. There are seven different classes in PoE and each of them has at least three ascendancy classes, that makes the game more variable and complicated at the same time. That’s why we have decided to make the list of the best builds for Path of Exile that can help you play any class at any time.

Builds by Class

Duelist

Marauder

Ranger

Scion

Shadow

Templar

Witch

These Path of Exile best builds lists consists of descriptions and links to detailed builds. You can use navigation by clicking on the portraits above and below. All builds are adjusted to the current PoE league and 3.13 patch. We will modify it as any changes hit the game.

Duelist

Slayer ascendancy
Slayer
Gladiator ascendancy
Gladiator
Champion ascendancy
Champion

Slayer Builds

Slayer ascendancy

[Melee] Dexyn’s 1h Impale Cyclone Slayer
About this build:
Fully updated for 3.13. This is an Impale Cyclone build that I made during Legion league that I plan to update consistenly throughout the future leagues. It can be played as any Duelist/Marauder ascendancy except for Chieftain and the main focus is to demolish endgame content without spending a fortune. Previous leagues I’ve spent roughly 10 exalts to clear all endgame content deathless including things such as Sirus 8, Uber Elder, Shaper, Aul, Cortex etc.”

[Melee] Torstein’s Oni-Goroshi Slayer Cyclone
About this build:
This build is capable to complete all content on a medium budget (around 6-7 Exalted orbs) and at the same time be very smooth to play with decent life and defenses. It’s also a thematic build revolving around this unique sword that Goddess of Swords is! If you never leveled a character with Oni-Goroshi it will be a different leveling experience because this is not just another unique item, it’s very special.

[Melee] Devon’s Pure Phys Crit-Cyclone
About this build:
“Simple, Spin to win and crit! The most important interaction is of course criting while wielding a Starforge. Since we’re purely physical the slayer ascendancy allows 100% physical reflect immunity. With that we’re able to do most map mods without having to worry about any form of reflect. The other notable difference from other builds is the use of Impresence where our Vulnerability + Blasphemy setup becomes free.”

[Melee] Konsta’s Slayer Double Strike Starter
About this build:
“This Build is being updated for 3.13. I designed this build for 3.9 Metamorph league. Since it was a bow league itemization was a lot more expensive for bows so I opted for melee. Double strike duelist is an old concept and I’ve started with similar build twice before. I can vouch that it is fast and effective on minimal investment. While not designed for HC, the defences are solid and a lot of content can be simply facetanked. I’m not a HC player myself, but anything is a HC build if you’re brave enough :)”

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Gladiator Builds

Gladiator ascendancy

[Ranged] Angry_roleplayer’s Bleed Bow Gladiator
About this build:
“Bleed Bow is probably one of the most popular Gladiator builds out there. What makes it so great? Few things. Great clearspeed with built-in “pop” effect because of Gladiator’s explosive ascendancy. Good tankiness as you can stack armour, some block, and a lot of chaos resistance. With the addition of Assailum helm, introduced in Delirium league, single target has also become great with Puncture. The build carries hard through any league and it makes it one of the few best league starters available as well.”

[Ranged] DankawSL’s Crimson Bow RoA + Puncture Gladiator
About this build:
“This build features a reasonably tanky and well-rounded character capable of tackling all of the content this game has to offer. It uses Rain of Arrows for map clear and Puncture for single target damage, with bleed being the primary damaging mechanic. Guide also contains optional end game version of the build which uses Siege Ballista for single target instead.”

[Melee] Blazer’s Glad Flicker/Cyclone God
About this build:
“Are you tired of dying? Are you sick from slow builds? do you wish for a build that has insane clear speed but also crazy high DPS? do you wanna go AFk in the middle of a pack of monsters and get back to find them dead at your feet? Then this build is definitely for you!. With this build, you can literary clear, kill, eliminate, and destroy everything the game has to offer! best part is, all this on 5L!”

[Melee] Poisom’s The BLOCKMAN Cyclone Gladiator
About this build:
“This build is perfect for a league that you will need to survive to fight a full ritual encounter to get more loot and facing up to 10 bosses at once. Can be done as league starter , can easily run all maps with rare gear you can check it doing conqueror’s on low budget in the videos.”

[Melee] KissMeQuick’s Reave Gladiator: REBORN
About this build:
“This is your rare opportunity to play a build which can handle the hardest content in the game without breaking the bank! The build has evolved through hundreds of patches – always capable of playing the hardest content cheap, fast and safe! Once you start with this build and progress your character, you’ll finally experience how it really feels to play a power demon build which is not based on deceptive language, unrealistic gear or hidden PoB tricks.”

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Champion Builds

Champion ascendancy

[Melee] Dragoon’s DW Calling Lancer
About this build:
“Today i present a build that is kind of an “open secret” for those with sharp eyes out there, capable of doing true endgame “on a budget” although is very hard to make it league-starter. In truth, i picked up many builds out there and optimized the pathing and items for my needs and budget, making so that i could scale in red maps and breeze through endgame content.”

[Melee] Frezziee’s Bladestorm Impale Champion
About this build:
“I finished playing Harvest league with my Bladestorm build and noticed pretty heavily that there really weren’t any good build guides on Bladestorm at all so I thought I’d throw my hand at it and share my experience on how to progress the build to be endgame viable, which was pretty easy. I’ll be posting a cluster jewel version and a non-cluster jewel version.”

[Melee] Bergerbrush’s Impale Cyclone Champion
About this build:
“Welcome to the Facetanking Impale Cyclone Champion Build! I made several versions for newer players and for experts, so everyone can easily understand why we make certain choices and what different mechanics means for this Build. All information necessary to go from Level 1 to reach Endgame will be heavily detailed. Let’s start very simple by talking about some general information about the character!”

[Minion] Peterrabbit’s Fortified Summoner Champion
About this build:
“I made this build because I really enjoy the low-stress ease and dependability of the champion spec, and wanted to see if a 35k+ armour, perma-fortify melee class could make a summoner playstyle work. This build is extremely tanky and forgiving, and just as importantly FUN to play, with an absolute minimum of the random deaths that are so frustrating in higher level content. We are melee after all, taking large hits to the face comes with the territory!”

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Marauder

Juggernaut ascendancy
Juggernaut
Berserker ascendancy
Berserker
Chieftain ascendancy
Chieftain

Juggernaut Builds

Juggernaut ascendancy

[Melee] Hybrid’s Molten Strike Jugg
About this build:
“I tried many kind of builds when i started playing POE but was never fully satisfied. So i decided to create one by myself that fill my needs. Being tanky isnt enough, i also wanted the build to feel smooth and nice for clearing, so attack speed helps for both. At this point i felt the build is in a good state and decided to share it in the forum so i released my Molten Strike Juggernaut!”

[Melee] HeroEvermore’s Ice Crash-Jugg-2h-AxeVersion
About this build:
“I saw the new Ice Crash coming in 3.11 and decided to make a crit focused build to freeze the game. Inspired by Fleshripper Axe and free Ice Crash conversion. While most went Earthquake builds I saw huge advantage to the AoE with Ice Crash being able to protect you better while Chilling and Freezing. I really never expected my damage to get to these numbers and have been overjoyed by the private messages and thoughts about the build!”

[Melee] Angry_Roleplayer’s “Eq Jugg” Earthquake Juggernaut
About this build:
“EQ JUGG is one of the most Iconic builds in Path of Exile history. Arrived in 2016 and still strong ever since. After a series of nerfs and buffs, he is still T H I C C and amazing for Uber lab and ALL CONTENT!”

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Berserker Builds

Berserker ascendancy

[Melee] Frost’s Warbringer Slaming Serker
About this build:
“Slamming Serker is in my opinion is one of the more underused and beginner friendly builds the game has to offer. It has a linear scaling and easy to understand gearing investments. This build is capable of doing any and all content in the game, and a great league starter.”

[Melee] Torstein’s Death Angel BF + FB Berserker
About this build:
“Welcome to my 6th and my most insane build, Blade Flurry (single target) + Frost Blades or Infernal Blow (clear) and 2 Oni-Goroshi swords. Probably every league so far since I started playing PoE, I’ve had one Oni-Goroshi character in every one of them. It’s by far my favorite item in the game and one of the few truly unique items.”

[Melee] Harest’s Cyclone Impale RT Berserker
About this build:
“Much as most players are hyped with Cyclone, i am too. And the only issues left i had with Cyclone are now gone, so that’s the perfect timing to try it back. I’ll try to keep it short contrary to my previous builds way more detailed. Sum-up of the build : Cyclone, non crit full physical with RT (Resolute Technique) and 100% Chance to Impale with Axe.”

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Chieftain Builds

Chieftain ascendancy

[Spell] Jauer’s Bladeblast Chieftain
About this build:
“From looking at changes to chieftain and skills, the build stands equal strong for 3.13 even more juicy then last league since access to harvest crafts, i tested my chief in perm HC against full simulacrum and uber elder and it was smooth as ever.”

[Melee] Jenno’s One shot Tectonic Slam Chieftain
About this build:
“Are you looking for a build that can be both a good league starter and a strong end-game character? Are you looking for a fun build with a unique play style, fast clearing speed, and satisfying experience of one-shotting bosses? Then this build might be perfect for you.”

[Melee] Kira’s Ngamahu’s Flame Cyclone
About this build:
“Changes to Chieftain pretty much make it perfect fit for Ngamahu Flame (Free Molten Burst that does impressive damage with huge AOE granting high clear speed. Requires 0 link. You just want to pop support gems into this weapon to buff Molten Burst) so I decided to make a build for it utilizing Elemental Overload.”

[Totem] Guggelhupf’s Ancestral Warchief Chieftain
About this build:
“This Build uses the Facebreaker Gloves – unique gloves which provide a huge physical damage boost to your unarmed attacks. Because of them it is possible to create a powerful character who has no weapon and uses only his bare fists! Very tanky and hard to die because you stay behind your Totems.”

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Ranger

Deadeye ascendancy
Deadeye
Raider ascendancy
Raider
Pathfinder ascendancy
Pathfinder

Deadeye Builds

Deadeye ascendancy

[Ranged] ZaPwner’s Ice Shot Barrage Deadeye
About this build:
“The build becomes LESS expensive due to Harvest crafting and due to Map ascendancy allowing for cheaper Craicic Chimerals. I’m guessing the top builds will be at least 30% cheaper if not 50% for the top one. Also it allows for a tanky version, which together with Wind Ward might make the Deadeye quite resilient. I would go even further and add Vaal Pact and constitution anointment and the deadeye might end up face taking.”

[Ranged] AdonFPS’s Ice Shot Deadeye
About this build:
“Too expensive! This build has insane clear, good single target damage with investments with turbo fast movement speed and can do phys reflect since we are converting 100% with ice shot. But it comes with cons – a bit squishy if not fully geared and very expensive to gear up and min-max.”

[Ranged] Angry_Roleplayer’s Lightning Arrow/barrage Deadeye
About this build:
“Lightning Arrow was always a popular choice for levelling, but rarely was it used in the end-game. I kind of fell in love with LA during my Kinetic Blast levelling process and decided i am gonna min-max it and push through Uber Elder and all content to see where “borders” are. It has same speed as Tornado Shot, can be MF just as TS, and at the same time can kill Uber Elder not-as-any-Tornado-Shot while being cheaper as no-one gives a damn about lightning jewels.”

[Ranged] Devon’s Impale Barrage-RoA/TS/SA Deadey
About this build:
“Shoot Rain of Arrows and move, RoA and move, Barrage a tough Rare or a tough Boss, RoA and move, RoA and move. You get the gist of it 😀 Evasive af: dodge, spell dodge, evasion, phasing. Fast map clears, decent Boss killer and more important – works on a budget.”

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Raider Builds

Raider ascendancy

[Melee] Heinarc’s Oro’s Flicker Strike Raider
About this build:
“This character is a well-balanced fire damage melee build based on the Oro’s Sacrifice unique sword. It is designed to be an enjoyable, solid and extremely fast mapper, able to chain super juiced up endgame maps a rate of 15-20maps/hours or more. This character is able to consistently generate more than 500c/h of revenue; and is tanky enough to consider pushing lvl 100 doing only rare T14+ maps. While boss killing is not the build speciality, its still strong enough to solo all hard bosses, such as Sirus A8 or Uber Elder.”

[Melee] Dang’s Infernal Trinity Palm Raider
About this build:
“Satisfying Explosions and Extremely Fast Speed! Hollow Palm is a blank canvas for many different builds. At its core it is a Stat Stacking build meaning we are grabbing as much Dexterity as possible. Dexterity letting us scale both Offense and Defense per point. Infernal blow is our boss damage and also our clearing tool. The 2 totems are placed for single target almost exclusively.”

[Melee] Fiver’s Frost Blades Raider
About this build:
“This build is a Claw & Shield based Frost Blades build. It utilizes a fast clear speed, high mobility, high evasion, and high damage to clear all the available content. The high evasion and dodge chance helps keep us alive, but this isn’t a tanky AFK build. You need to stay on your toes.”

[Ranged] DankawSL’s Caustic Arrow Raider
About this build:
“Starting with the most important question: “Why Raider of all classes?”
For powerful defensive abilities, QoL features and speed. When damage is not a problem, these are more valuable qualities than slightly higher dps number. That’s why i believe this is the best ascendancy choice for life based CA.”

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Pathfinder Builds

Pathfinder ascendancy

[Ranged] Thedeathbeam’s Scourge Arrow Pathfinder
About this build:
“So, let me start with saying that I really love Scourge Arrow. I tried quite a few variations of SA and I think I like this one the most. Why? well, mostly thanks to Nature’s Reprisal awesome poison proliferation. It solves a lot of problems that Scourge Arrow has, and that is having to charge to deal good damage, having issues with struggler monsters near walls and having issues with outputing damage consistently (because of constant charge/release playstyle).”

[Ranged] Remi’s Toxic Rain Pathfinder
About this build:
“This build allows you to safely faceroll any maps of your choice. Any map mods, just name it! It can be reflect, no regen, or whatever, this build DOMINATES all map mods. You are able to kill conquerors and guardian in matters of seconds, looking their life pool getting drained so quick that if you blinked you might didn’t saw what happened to them. But of course this does comes with a price, the more you invest the more damage you will get.”

[Ranged] WolfieNa’s Poison Barrage-VF / Scourge Arrow / TR PF
About this build:
“This build introduces a platform to create super tanky ranged characters that deals very high poison DPS. There are two main variants of the build: Scourge Arrow/Blasts Rain and Barrage/Blast Rain, both of which utilize poison as main damaging mechanics.”

[Melee] TorsteinTheFallen’s Ultimate Claw Poison Pathfinder
About this build:
“First I want to say that build is very much inspired by Mathil’s Viper Strike build from 3.7 league. I liked the attack poison based play style and wanted to push it to the next level in dps with totally different defenses. He did a great job by scaling that build the right way. Guide will cover 2 melee attack poison skills Pestilent Strike and Viper Strike. Ranged skills are discontinued as I will make guide for Assassin.”

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Scion

Ascendant Builds

Ascendant ascendancy

[Trap/Mine] Remi’s Ball Lightning Miner
About this build:
“My goal here is to bring out a new experience to those who have not played mana builds before, to both new players and experienced players, also to allow people enjoy both the fun of this build and to experience the Scion Ascendancy as she is quite underrated due to her complexity, general weakness and weird design.”

[Spell] KobeblackmambaTTV’s LL Winter Orb/ Arc / Spark Ascendant
About this build:
“I finally reached 400% Aura Effectiveness, letting me reach 61% physical damage reduction with 16 Auras. This has resulted in my character feeling much tankier even with the same amount of ES. Another thing I want to bring up is Glorious Vanity, and how OP it is for reaching 400% if you get a super juiced up jewel. I get asked a lot about Budget Gear, so I thought I would price it all out.”

[Spell] Kelvynn’s Ice Dancing Queen – Icestorm/Cyclone/CI
About this build:
“Turn Wraeclast into a skating rink and pirouette all over the endgame! The main idea is to be tanky and mobile enough to faceroll everything in your way. No boss is too hard, most are too easy. All maps with most any mods are a joke. I’ve been using this build to do 40/40 challenges on my own merit in many leagues, this is my go-to build to get things done.”

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Shadow

Assassin ascendancy
Assassin
Saboteur ascendancy
Saboteur
Trickster ascendancy
Trickster

Assassin Builds

Assassin ascendancy

[Spell] Gr0bbs’ Poison Blade Vortex Assassin
About this build:
“Blade Vortex is the best way to stack a high number of poisons on a target. With no limits in how many poisons you can apply at one time, you can expect some very strong damage ramp up (If your target has enough life to withstand more than a few seconds of the damage). Elusive increases your dodge and movement speed. This keeps you alive. If you feel you need 100% uptime you can easily integrate Withering step to gain permanent elusive. I don’t feel I need it at this stage, but it’s an option.”

[Spell] Chazua’s Blade Blaster Assassin
About this build:
“This is a written guide based on the Blade Blast Assassin that was popularized by Ahhcrying who hit level 100 with it in Harvest HCSSF. I’ve adjusted the build for SC trade, opting for more damage/clearspeed. The build still ends up being absurdly tanky with enough damage to decimate end game bosses and clear maps extremely quickly. I’ve spent around 40 ex on this build, ~25 of that has been from Bottled Faith, the chest piece and Awakened gem. This build can do all content on less than 3 ex, in SSF.”

[Spell] Kami’s Life/LL/CI CoC Ice Nova Assassin
About this build:
“I wanted to make a complete and detailed build guide, from a near zero Life Based CoC Ice Nova Assassin up to a real dps or tank Hero LL/CI Character. With this build it’s possible to do all Content. It doesn’t matter if its Delve 1k+, kill Sirus A8 or farm juiced T16 maps. I played CoC Assassin already like 20 times in many different variations, some where Tanky as hell with okayish dps, some were very high dps but squishier, some were for a balanced gameplay.”

[Spell] Memoria’s HoT Autobomber Assassin
About this build:
“This build utilizes the Storm Secret ring and it’s buff to Herald of Thunder in combination with Inpulsa/Crit chest explosions. We also need some talents/jewels/items to counter the total of 500 unmitigated lightning damage we take from each Herald of Thunder proc. There are several ways to play this build but the basics is to proc Herald of Thunder in some way, it could be with Orb of Storms, Storm Brand, Ball lightning etc. Then run around and watch everything explode by the help of Inpulsa.”

[Melee] Angry_Roleplayer’s Poisonous (CL/BF/PB) Assassin
About this build:
“With the revamped Poison and Assassin ascendancy i decided to dive deep into the matter to find out the answer to the important question: How viable is Poison nowadays? The short is answer is: YES. It’s not a meme at all. It does the job. It kills things. And it does so without trillion-attacks-per-second-molten-strike and mirror gear.”

[Ranged] Thedeathbeam’s Power Siphon/Kinetic Blast Poison Assassin
About this build:
“So, I wanted to convince myself to actually like wanders after the nerfs for quite a while, but they weren’t in really good place. But now they finally are thanks to Barrage Support which is pretty damn good with Power Siphon. Thanks to this the build has very high hit rate, and what scales really well from very high hit rate? Poison Assassin. So let’s have some fun :)”

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Saboteur Builds

Saboteur ascendancy

[Trap/Mine] BeerLeague’s HC/SC/SSF Any Mine Skill LL/CI Saboteur
About this build:
“This build guide has been requested from many people so I’ll do my best to go into as much detail as I can. I’m going to go ahead and assume that the reason this build guide has been requested so much is because people haven’t been satisfied with the weak top end of the life based builds and the poor survival of the Eternity Shroud builds. Both of those coupled with the fact that LL/CI is dominating the leader-boards without guides seems to warrant this being written.”

[Trap/Mine] Angry_Roleplayer’s Glacial Cascade Mines Saboteur
About this build:
“While everyone were playing Icicle mine in Blight League i was busy revamping the glorious Glacial Cascade build to it’s former glory. I’ve been on a holy crusade for single target and on a quest for clear speed.
What you see here is a monstrous one-shotting build with literally unparalleled (for miners) AOE and great clear speed. I took it quite far, beyond the horizon, to see the limits of true POWER. That is GLACIAL CASCADE SABOTEUR. Throwing 23 mines now! One-shotting all bosses in under a second!”

[Trap/Mine] DissentXTV’s Lightning Trapper
About this build:
“Playing & developing on this build since betrayal league (3.5), always doing all content, with an emphasis on not dying! (works for HC) and clearing everything with ease and relatively good map speed (nice for SC, lots of damage!). 3.13 has not changed anything crucial, in fact we’ve received some buffs in terms of better survivability and slightly more damage.”

[Trap/Mine] BlaydeX15’s Doomfletch Split Arrow Mines Saboteur
About this build:
“Welcome to Doomfletch Mines. One of the most unique builds I’ve managed to create in my many years of playing PoE, and one of my proudest achievements. I took a pre-league “MSPaint Meme Build”, and turned it into an endgame rolling, boss stomping, name taking and gum chewing monster.”

[Trap/Mine] Angry_Roleplayer’s Arc/Lightning Spire Traps Saboteur
About this build:
“It’s time to share the build that i created and played back in Harbinger. Yes, i played Arc Trapper in Harbinger. Looong before it became the “meta” in Incursion. Later Saboteur ascendancy was reworked in 3.2, i returned to my original build and now it was a much smoother experience! With some jewels and abyssal gear and regen in the ascendancy it became much better, yet still sucked for single target in general. So i’ve been waiting for some single target help and looks like it finally arrived in 3.3! More damage per chain and CRAZY 8 second traps!”

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Trickster Builds

Trickster ascendancy

[Ranged] GokuTD’s Toxic Rain + Caustic Arrow Trickster
About this build:
“This is another standard Toxic Rain build with my own spin on things. The build is incredibly tanky, decent to high life pool, and has great damage and clear speed. This guide should be rather comprehensive, so if I left anything out, just ask in the comments. I also added some example calculations at the bottom if you want to calculate your own DPS.”

[Spell] Darkxellmc’s Ultimate EDTrickster
About this build:
“This is my take on ED-Contagion trickster. It is made for all content in the game, intended for trade softcore. While there are many other ED guides out there, the concepts shown here are the ones that prove to work best overall to clear the most game content. Most of them are nothing new, but this guide compiles the best ones to provide a well rounded character.”

[Spell] Gryph’s CI Vortex + Coldsnap Trickster
About this build:
“I started Synthesis league with Cold Snap/Vortex Occultist. Got her to 94 before starting a second character. Loved the build, loved the playstyle but I really wanted to try out the new Trickster buffs as I have a long-time love for shadows…They reminded me of my favorite class from Diablo 2–the Assassin. This time I chose to go with Cold Snap + Vortex again after messing around with PoB for a while.”

[Spell] Angry_Roleplayer’s Creeping Frost Trickster
About this build:
“In 3.5 we’ve got a massive rework of Cold Skills, giving as a lot of new ways to scale cold damage. While everyone were playing Cold Snap and Vortex, i was pretty thrilled with the Arctic Breath (Creeping Frost) rework. The damage was not there yet in 3.5, but surprisingly, in 3.6 the damage HAS ARRIVED and skill is more viable than before now! Look no further if you want to play something off-meta and not a meme build as well :)”

[Spell] xMustard’s Ignite Fireball/FW Agnostic Trickster
About this build:
“This “build” is a baseline Agnostic Trickster tree and gear which can be used in various ways for many offensive options that one might prefer. A tanky version of the ignite Fireball/Flamewall Trickster with plenty of damage by mana scaling. Using Stormfire ring, Archmage, and Arcane Cloak to scale offense while simultaneously scaling defense with MoM, Agnostic, and Arcane Cloak. Utilizing Kitava’s Thirst helmet to automatically cast damage augmenting abilities to keep the quality of life and smooth playstyle feel alive. This makes regular mapping a breeze with 1 button press clears and bossing retains its hit and run tactic.”

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Templar

Inquisitor ascendancy
Inquisitor
Hierophant ascendancy
Hierophant
Guardian ascendancy
Guardian

Inquisitor Builds

Inquisitor ascendancy

[Spell] Thi3n’s Storm Brand Inquisitor
About this build:
“This is a beginner-friendly, league-starter viable, solo-self-found viable, and comprehensive Storm Brand Inquisitor guide. The leveling section in this guide is meant to take players with a fresh install or in a fresh league and get them into maps and started on a powerful character. Interested readers can find gear priority, stat suggestions, mechanics explanations, and a whole bunch of links that might be useful for newer players.”

[Spell] 1337fun’s Spark Inquisitor
About this build:
“I wanted to make a build, which could do Blight encounters and maps with ease. But also not be lacking in other aspects of the game and also not be a meta one, so it will be cheaper to do. The only piece of content, i haven’t mastered with this build, is HoGM.”

[Spell] Moethelion’s Blazing Salvo Fireball Inquisitor
About this build:
“This is my build guide for a self cast Blazing Salvo Fireball Inquisitor. I played this build to 40/40 challenges in Heist and had probably the most fun ever in PoE, so I decided to start this thread and play the build again in Ritual. Turned out even stronger than before.”

[Spell] Bergerbrush’s Divine Ire Inquisitor
About this build:
“This build is a part of my “Project Builds” where I try to make a viable Build out of every ascendancy in the game that can get you from zero to hero. My plan is that you should be able to start this Build with no investment or as a League Starter and work your way up to Red Maps on an extreme budget. Invest as you play along and be able to clear up to Red Maps including bosses and later with heavier investment be able to clear mostly all endgame content.”

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Hierophant Builds

Hierophant ascendancy

[Spell] Aniki_Leads_people’s Archmage Ball Lightning Hierophant
About this build:
“Amazing clear speed. One cast and the whole screen is clean. High survivability. 3.6k life with 50% MOM plus arcane cloak absorption. Also, it has plenty of block chance. High sustainability with 2000+ life regeneration per second. No worry about elemental alignments! League start friendly. Very smooth to gear up and not so expensive to reach a very strong level.”

[Spell] RudyBaby’s Archmage Blade Vortex Hierophant
About this build:
“This is an extremely strong build, balancing both very high tankiness with very high DPS. As a result its a very strong deep delver and boss-killer. It also has huge AoE making it a good map clearer (including 100% delirious ones). I delved to depth 2000 with this build, and was ranked #1 among all non-zhp delvers in 3.1”

[Spell] Arcinde’s The Perfect Ice Nova Hierophant
About this build:
“This is my version of the Frostbolt/Ice Nova Hierophant build, a well rounded build with high single target DPS and EHP. I first developed the Hierophant variant of this build in 3.8 in response to the mana rebalancing patch. Since then I’ve been playing and refining the build every league.”

[Totem] Dr_John_Dee’s Blazing Salvo Hierophant
About this build:
“This will be my first ever build after a few seasons playing totems! So without further a due I am excited to present the Totem Bombardier. This build will focus around the skill introduced in Heist called Blazing Salvo. This is a semi tanky build with up to 10m Sirius dps. Thanks for stopping by.”

[Totem] Vei’s Elemental Hit Ballista Totem Hiero
About this build:
“The Main Goal of this guide is to provide a Budget Friendly and Accessible Build that everyone can use and doesn’t require one to invest tons of currency into it before it starts working(Handling Red Maps, and Other Endgame content) and this is done through the usage of Frostferno, Quill Rain, 2x Combat Focus and Rain of Splinter early on, and later on through Kaom’s Heart and Lethal Pride(Akoya) for Chainbreaker and never requiring any 6 Links throughout.”

[Totem] Angry_Roleplayer’s Siege Ballista Hierophant
About this build:
“In metamorph i really wanted to try Ballistas as a League Starter and later decide which ones are better now. Well, it appears that the classic Iron Commander Siege Ballista build is still one of the best, if not the ABSOLUTELY best “RAT” possible. Would definitely recommend for all content, a league starter and a valid all-around totem experience.”

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Guardian Builds

Guardian ascendancy

[Minion] Moosseolini’s Holy Relics Guardian
About this build:
“Hello everyone! I wanted to share with you an interesting build which revolves around scaling Summon Holy Relic for our main damage source, and triggering the relic nova spell using either Static Strike or Cyclone. The build features many defence layers, alongside great utility, and high and consistent damage. We do not require flasks or combat buffs to deal our damage, making everything that much more predictable.”

[Minion] Angry_Roleplayer’s Herald Of Agony Mana Guardian
About this build:
“Herald of Agony Mana Guardian is definitely one of the tankiest builds in the game, but one of the most expensive too. It is one of these “elusive” builds that you always wanted to try but never had the currency for it. Well, luckily for me, i’ve got enough this league to actually taste all the power of the build and so i, present you different versions of it. I wanted to make it more affordable for newer audience, while still providing mirror tier gearing options for those who can handle that.”

[Minion] Chromino’s HoA The Agonyca Arachnophobia Guardian
About this build:
The Arachnophobia Allstars are using a special combination of the managuardiansetup, gear like the memory vault, and his ascendancies like Radiant Faith. The build reaches also a peakhigh ES 7000-10000, maximal molten shell and frostshield on stun, maximal use of two defensive vaal skills, top Ailments resistances and not flasks-depending. Offensive it’s very effective and balanced with it’s dreamteam-mix of immortal ranged and melee minions. It’s center is the Herald of Agony and speedful spiders with wonderful aggresive style.

[Minion] GhazzyTV’s Dominating Blow & Herald of Purity Guardian
About this build:
“If you are looking for a top tier league starter build or a build that is viable in both hardcore & softcore. Is Extremely cheap build with TONS of upgradable options for end-game. And if you prefer a build guide that has a video linked to it, then this build is for you!”

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Witch

Necromancer ascendancy
Necromancer
Occultist ascendancy
Occultist
Elementalist ascendancy
Elementalist

Necromancer Builds

Necromancer ascendancy

[Minion] WaffleT’s Radiating Carrion Golems Necromancer
About this build:
“I started off Harvest league as an aura stacking necromancer since its something that can clear the atlas with budget gear and then upgrade into endgame content and I have to say it was my smoothest league starter and fastest Awakening 8 Sirus kill. My focus was on aura effect, the build is very unique heavy so all crafting can be focused on cluster jewels making it really easy to hit 200% effect to give 90% elemental resistances and very healthy minion damage”

[Minion] Kay’s Necro Summoner (Spectres / Spiders / SRS)
About this build:
“This necro summoner is a very flexible build. The build start off with using a small minion army, and then gives you the choice to specialise on boss killing, fast mapping or a combination. You can do all content in the game with just one character! This build is based on my own character as well as the suggestions and theorycrafting of many other players. So a big thank you to everyone who has contributed!”

[Minion] Brunowa’s King Of All Summoners
About this build:
“This build was so insanely OP when it was created in 3.8 that it has been nerfed every league since then. So unfortunately you can no longer experience the game-breaking mechanics of this build… but it has now become an average to strong, casual and relaxed style build that can still carry you all the way through the game with some investment.”

[Minion] iLL3aT’s Cold Skeleton Warriors/Archers/Mages Summoner
About this build:
“Skeleton builds have always been great characters for beginners to learn the game, as well as for veterans who want an efficient league starter and/or a strong build that can clear all content. For beginners, skeletons offer a simple playstyle with few gear requirements and impactful, incremental upgrades. It is also great to learn boss mechanics on, since you can focus on dodging while your minions do the work. A skeleton focused build can bring you to the endgame (Shaper and Sirus) at a cost of around two exalted orbs worth of currency. Some players have killed their first awakener ever using this build!”

[Spell] Zzang’s LL VD+DD Spellslinger Necromancer
About this build:
“This build is for you if you like massive single target damage combined with tankiness that has screenwide AoE autoaim one button gameplay skill which off screens and clears all game content including Hall of Grandmasters easy and deathless.”

[Spell] Gryph’s Thirsty Archmage Cremation Necromancer
About this build:
“The simple explanation is that we use Desecrate to spawn corpses. We cast Cremation on a corpse–which triggers our helmet, let it kill everything in sight and move on. It feels a lot like Vortex/Coldsnap in a lot of ways. I like to use Kitava’s Thirst helmet to spam debuffing spells. And that’s it, as we cast Cremation we’ll trigger the spells in our helmet for maximum convenience.”

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Occultist Builds

Occultist ascendancy

[Spell] ShakCentral’s Vortex For Everyone
About this build:
“Do you hate having to choose between high damage builds and ones with great defenses? Do you want a single build that can take on deep delves and still crush Awakener 8 Sirus? This guide is your stop for all things Vortex. Whether you want a character easily geared in SSF, a safe boss killer, or just a build that deals constant damage with maneuverability, you’ll find what you need!”

[Spell] Clydehart’s Coldslinger / Vortex / Creeping Frost Occultist
About this build:
“This build focuses on Cold DoT (damage over time), where it uses the combination of two cold DoT spells for the main damage: Vortex and Creeping Frost. However, instead of the traditional, clunky self-cast, it utilizes two separate Spellslinger setups to launch out Frostbolt and Creeping Frost. When Vortex is self-cast while there are frostbolts on the screen, it will consume the Frostbolt to dump a Vortex there. Turns out, you can cover your map in about 3-4 attacks.”

[Spell] Ichigo’s Lahkesis Queen of Chaos ED/Bane/Contag Occultist
About this build:
“Enemies will have to bypass solid evade/dodge layer first, then face all the mitigation, have to avoid getting hit by ED (yeah good luck with that while being slowed to a crawl) AND have to deal good damage to give the queen enough trouble. This makes her very resilient to all kinds of damage. However, watch out for any spell-dominant users with good damage like Atziri, Elder, Shaper, and don’t get too cocky and try to facetank everything in the game.”

[Spell] Angry_Roleplayer’s Essence Drain / Bane / Soulrend Occultist
About this build:
“Essence Drain Occultist / Trickster is a well known, solid league starter with countless guides existing! Let’s take a DEEPER look into current state of ED and also find out how well skills like Soulrend / Malevolence / Bane will work together! Why “ULTIMATE”? Because it gives you FOUR different setups to play! From offensive to defensive, from poor newbie to rich expert!”

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Elementalist Builds

Elementalist ascendancy

[Spell] Enki’s Arc Elementalist
About this build:
“With this guide I want to provide a simple caster build for beginners that is fun and easy to play. Instead of just showcasing a build, this guide is made to be a comprehensive learning experience. There’s many indepth explanations and links to various wiki pages for new players to understand. I’ve tried to keep it short, but some things just can’t be explained properly with only a few words.”

[Spell] Dejuvenate’s Flameslinger Elementalist
About this build:
“This is the best starter build for fresh league bar none. Requires only flame wall to work. Flamewall is one of the highest damage over time skills in the game. It requires almost nothing to work. 2-3 link is enough to carry us thru entire story. 4 link is superfluous. You can run it as your first character. The clear as flameslinger is kinda unethical.”

[Spell] Rumblepie’s Elemental Hit Elementalist
About this build:
“Super fast, super tanky generally just super strong. Can do fast mapping, and hard bosses / 100% delirius hardness with only a slightly different flask setup. Reasonably easy to get started. It is really comfortable to play in all content, except for AL8 where you need to know the fight well.”

[Spell] Aziire’s CwC Hydrosphere Elementalist
About this build:
“Drenching and shocking enemies with the only new skill – Hydrosphere :D! At first glance Hydrosphere might seem a little bland however there is always a way to spice things up in Path of Exile. Hydrosphere itself comes with a built in debuff which is applied to enemies within it’s area or those it moves through. While Drenched, enemies suffer from Cold and Lightning Exposure which lowers their matching resistances. You are then able to hit Hydrosphere with either a Lightning or Cold skill to cause it to pulse and do damage to any enemy that is Drenched.”

[Spell] SoupJoond’s Divine Ire Igniter Elementalist
About this build:
“The new Elementalist allows for some crazy damage conversion into ignite, so I wanted to take advantage of this as much as possible. First, we are going pure lightning damage. No fire damage dealt means we get zero effort Elemental Equilibrium, which drastically increases our ignite damage. Additionally, our highest damage will be lightning, so Shaper of Storms grants us 25% more effect of shock, a rare instance of a “more” ailment modifier. Because all of our damage ignites, we can take Elemental Overload for a flat 40% more damage. Our golems now automatically respawn and grant life regen, physical damage reduction base and more damage total.”

[Minion] Angry_Roleplayer’s Flame Golems Elementalist
About this build:
“Since i cleared most of the end-game content with this exact setup and literally no extra effort, i decided to leave this build as easy and straightforward as possible to both old and new players. It’s a very easy setup here, without complex double-curse curse-on-hit, EE selfcast stuff and other unnecessary things that are literally not worth it for 99.99% of the game.”

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