[3.4] MoM Essence Drain & Contagion Trickster [HC/SC/Uber Izaro/Uber Atziri/Shaper]

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Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for a build with insanely high exp/h gain.

2. A build that allows you to level as itself without any external abilities required.

3. If the build you seek can start with a very low budget with possible upgrades for higher currency.

4. If you like to play a build that works wonders in low budget to accumulate enough currency fast for the higher budget version.

5. If you prefer a build guide that has a video linked to it.


This build is designed for general map clearing & to be an excellent league-starter build. However, if you are looking to kill end-game bosses this build CAN do them, but will require investment and even at that point there are a lot of other builds that would work better than this. You can always switch around as the guide will go in-to from a 1H/Shield approach to a +2/+3 Chaos Gem LvL staff which makes it able to farm bosses easier, but as mentioned; Other builds will be stronger for that purpose.


Defence & Utility

The build utilizes Mind over Matter with tons of mana unreserved and getting help from the Ascendancy nodes to sustain your effective HP pool.

Here is a link to a downloadable calculator for how much effective HP you’ll have with Mind Over Matter: Mind Over Matter eHP Calculator

To help with the massive HP on map bosses we will be using Vaal Lightning Trap to increase the damage taken.

Shield Charge is combined with Fortify for that sweet defensive buff as well!


Pantheon Choices: Pantheon List Major God:

– Soul of Lunaris
Basically just helps with avoiding some projectile damage

Minor God:

– Soul of Ryslatha
Basically just an additional layer of defence when you’re on low life.


Skill-gems & Setups: Essence Drain:

Essence Drain, Void Manipulation, Controlled Destruction, Swift Affliction, Efficacy, Empower lvl 3+

Before you can afford an Empower lvl 3+ you can use Pierce or Decay!


Contagion, Faster Casting, Increased Area of Effect, Arcane Surge

Make sure to read the Arcane Surge gem so that you know what lvl of gem will work with your current gem lvls!

Cast When Damage Taken:

Cast When Damage Taken, Immortal Call, Increased Duration, Vaal Lightning Trap

The lvl of CWDT is suppose to be low, this comes down to a matter of taste, I prefer to keep it at lvl 3 with the Immortal Call at lvl 5, if it’s higher it won’t work. It also does not require Endurance Charges to function though the duration will be rather low without which is still enough to keep you from getting instantly killed by Porcupine packs that dies!


Spell Totem, Increased Duration, Wither, Faster Casting Shield Charge:

Shield Charge, Faster Attacks, Fortify Auras:

Clarity, Blasphemy, Enfeeble Could use TC over Enfeeble (matter of taste).


Faster Casting, Arcane Surge, Increased Area of Effect, Contagion => On Allelopathy Gloves can help single target boss fights a bit!

With this setup I would recommend using 2x Spreading Rot Jewels and simply wait with the Grand Spectrum Jewels till later.

Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes: Ascendancy Nodes: Start with taking “Weave the Arcane” and after those 2 points it comes down to a matter of personal taste;
You’ll chose from these nodes: “Swift Killer” or “Patient Reaper“. After these nodes you’ll want to pick up: “Prolonged Pain” and you’re done!

Leveling skill-tree, 41 points Note:
Don’t take the extra Frenzy charge node unless you’ve gotten the ascendancy node Swift Killer! Leveling skill-tree, 73 points Leveling skill-tree, 91 points Finished skill-tree

A few notes:

You can use Mind over Matter before you can afford Cloak of Defiance and before you get any of the mana providing Grand Spectrum Cobalt Jewels. I would recommend going for the jewels before the chest piece, and simply use a high life providing chest till you can afford the cloak!
Another note to be made about Cloak of Defiance is this: If you don’t use CoD, then you are not in any need of the Grand Spectrum Cobalt Jewels, also that I personally prefer any chest that gives +1 lvl of socketed gems such as a corrupted Tabula, Shaper/Elder chest and/or Skin of the Loyal for the sake of extra dmg.

Also, don’t spec into double curses till you get yourself a Witchfire Brew Stibnite Flask.

Here is a link to a downloadable calculator for how much effective HP you’ll have with Mind Over Matter: Mind Over Matter eHP Calculator


Leveling Tips:

1. Magma Orb till you can equip yourself with Essence Drain & Contagion then use those to level with all the way.

2. Items such as Goldrim, Lifesprig, Wunderlust helps a lot to speed up the leveling process.

3. If you get a Tabula Rasa early on, I’d recommend using Elreon jeweleries early on to ease up on the mana cost.

4. If you sell a blue rarity WAND to a vendor together with any of the chaos gems you get a +1 lvl of socketed chaos gems wand back!


– Kill them all or save Alira. It comes down to a matter of taste. I personally prefer to kill them all.


Gearing & Stat Priorities What base items to use:

The base items of this build really doesn’t matter as we don’t care about the base defensive stats such as armour(str), evasion(dex) or energy shield(int). So instead the base items will follow the stat priority listed in this guide.
However, the attribute requirement of the items will base how hard it is to chrome (color) which will be the only thing we will think about when planing our gearing.
So, if you need 4 blue sockets in an item the recommendation is to get an item that has Energy Shield (int) base or a hybrid base which includes Energy Shield (int).

By using this chrome calculating website: https://siveran.github.io/calc.html you can easily track how hard it will be to chrome the colors you need. This YouTube playlist can help a lot for new players and also includes a few tricks when coloring items with the “wrong attribute requirements” for your build: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuu-MdPs0Af8A4e3gSsJ1xDKNNcdFwY1r Low Budget Gearing

Rare items will follow the stat priorities written below.

Uniques can be anything from a Tabula Rasa to Cherrubim’s Maleficence or a Death’s Oath depending on market price.

Note: If you go with the Death’s Oath you’ll need to color it with the “socket coloring” trick which can cost a bit of currency, here’s a guide for how to do that: Socket Coloring Guide

Weapon choices are simple, either get an Essence of Delirium crafted dagger (so you can still use shield charge) or if currency allows use the Breath of the Council. Shield wise for lower budget you can use a rare one, this goes with the rest of the gear as well.

High Budget Gearing

For higher budget gearing you’ll want to first grab 3x mana providing Grand Spectrum Jewels then get yourself the Cloak of Defiance!

Weapon choices remain the same as the low budget version, however, you can use a few nice uniques if resistance & currency allows, these items ranges from:
* Rathpith Globe * Atziri Slink Boots * Bisco’s Leash

Personally I would strive towards being able to use the belt as Rampage is extremely effective and very underestimated in the game.

Softcore Note on High Budget: You can use Death’s Oath over the Cloak of Defiance to lower your eHP a bit but increase your damage done.

Defensive Stats:

1. Life
2. Resistances
3. Mana

Offensive Stats:

1. Chaos Damage
1. Spell Damage
1. Damage over Time

They are all worth equally much for this build.


1. Chaos Damage
1. Spell Damage
1. Spell Damage Whilst Wielding a Shield
1. Damage over Time
2. Life
2. Mana


2x Seething Divine Life Flasks
1x Witchfire Brew be weary of your curse applications on enemies with this flask, you want to get a second curse running this. If not, replace it with another utility flask
1x w/e utility flask I’d recommend …of Heat as a suffix
1x Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline


Recommended Unique Items:
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Recommended LvLing Uniques:
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This build thread is merely a rough guide to lead you in to the builds basics. If you wish to see more details about this beautiful build check out the video guide: Trickster: Essence Drain & Contagion Build Guide Video Low Budget [HC/SC & Atziri Viable]

Before you start posting questions I would recommend checking the video. I am as always available in my stream!

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