Essence Drain Trickster

The PoE Essence Drain Trickster has been a mainstay for quite some time now and it continues to be a constantly solid build. It is, of course, not immune to the game’s changes, and so the build has adapted to the new things Heist brought about.

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Pros:

  • Can handle all endgame bosses
  • Hardcore-viable
  • Affordable gear

Cons:

  • Relies on DOT, killing bosses may take time
  • Meta-reliant
  • Playstyle not for everyone

Passive Skill Tree: Here’s the Passive Skill Tree.

PoE Essence Drain Trickster Gear and Gem Links

  • Weapon: Rare Bow with increased movement speed, DOT multiplier, and +1 to level of socketed gems and +2 to support gems
    • Essence Drain with Awakened Controlled Destruction, Efficacy, Empower, Awakened Void Manipulation, and Awakened Swift Affliction support gems
  • Quiver: Soul Strike (Unique) for +1 Skill Chain, dexterity, chaos damage to attacks, attack speed, and energy shield
  • Helm: Rare Circlet with increased Essence Drain damage, elemental resistances, energy shield, and lowered chaos resistance to nearby enemies
    • Malevolence, Discipline, and Flame Dash with Enlighten support gem
  • Gloves: Rare Gloves with increased spell damage, chaos damage over time, lightning damage, accuracy rating, Culling Strike, and life
    • Contagion with Intensify, Awakened Increased Area of Effect, and Faster Casting support gems
  • Belt: Stygian Vise with increased life, damage, flask charges, and elemental resistances
  • Boots: Rare Two-Toned Boots with bonuses to life, elemental resistances, 25-30% movement speed, chance to dodge hits, and immunity to desecrated ground
    • Wither with Spell Totem, Increased Duration, and Multiple Totems support gems
  • Accessories:
    • Rare Rings with increased life, elemental resistances, damage, and endurance charges
    • Rare Amulet with increased Damage over Time multiplier, life, mana, mana regen rate, and +1 to level of all chaos skill gems
  • Jewels:
    • Transcendent Mind (Unique) for damage over time and mana recovery
    • Spreading Rot (Unique) for Blight to inflict Withered and Hinder
    • Watcher’s Eye (Unique) for increased energy shield, life, mana, and damage over time while affected by Malevolence
    • The Green Nightmare (Unique) for cold damage, resistance, and chance to dodge attacks
    • Lethal Pride (Unique)
    • Rare Crimson Jewel for increased damage, damage over time, cold damage, and life
    • Medium Cluster Jewel for Exposure Therapy, Flow of Life, and a jewel socket
  • Flasks:
    • Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching for life recovery and bleeding recovery
    • Witchfire Brew (Unique) for 100% evasion and increased damage over time
    • Chemist’s Quartz Flask of Heat for chance to dodge attacks and spells; freezing/chill recovery
    • Chemist’s Sulphur Flask of Warding for increased damage, Consecrated Ground, and curse recovery
    • Chemist’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline for movement speed

The PoE Essence Drain Trickster is as good then as it is now, so if you haven’t tried it yet, there’s no better time to do so than right now!

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