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Poison Seismic Trap Saboteur League Starter – Patch 3.23

Check out our Poison Seismic Trap Saboteur League Starter – Patch 3.23, including Leveling, Path of Building, Endgame and even more!

Path of Exile 3.23 – Affliction

League Starter Build Guides for 3.23 – Affliction

In Path of Exile: Affliction, you’ll cleanse the Viridian Wildwood of its Affliction, earn valuable rewards and learn the ancient ways of the Azmeri Wanderers.

Our December expansion introduces the Affliction challenge league, three new Wildwood Ascendancy Classes, the return of the Ultimatum League, over a hundred new Transfigured Gems, and much more!

Check out the full League Summary for Patch 3.23 here.

Leveling Act 1-10

In order to be able to play this Build, you have to choose a Shadow in the Character Creation.

Before you reach the Endgame, players have to finish all 10 Acts of the Campaign. Most of the times, you will not be able to use the same abilities in the early game as you do in the Endgame. Here is an overview how you can progress easily throughout the Campaign. In this List, you will find all Gems to use in the Early Game, and To-Do Lists for all Act 1 – 10.

For even further advice to Leveling, refer to our Leveling Guide here.

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 3-Linked Items
  • Pick a Quick Silver Flask as a Quest Reward
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Prison”
 
Abilities

In Town, buy Caustic Arrow and replace it as your Main Skill.

At Level 4, get Pierce Support as Quest Reward and buy Mirage Archer from Nessa.

  • Caustic Arrow – Void Manipulation – Pierce
  • Puncture – Mirage Archer – Chance to Bleed
  • Dash (Flame Dash at Level 10)
  • Withering Step
To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 3-Linked Items
  • Pick a new Quick Silver Flask as a Quest Reward
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Crypt” and “The Chamber of Sins”
 
Bandits

In Act 2, Players are tasked to kill three Bosses, Oak, Kraityn and Alira. You can either “Help” or “Kill” them, whenever you engage with them. You can “Help” only one of them, or kill them all. This Quest will grant Players a Bonus for their Character Power, depending on their choice. This choice can be changed later on if you made a mistake.

In our Build, we kill all Bandits.

 
Abilities

At the Start of Act 2, buy Poisonous Concoction from Nessa in Act 1.

  • Poisonous Concoction – Void Manipulation – Lesser Multiple Projectiles
  • Flame Dash
  • Withering Step
  • Herald of Agony
To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
  • Complete the Side-Quest in “The Library” to unlock the Gem Vendor
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Crematorium”, “The Catacombs” and “The Imperial Gardens”
 
Abilities
  • Poisonous Concoction – Void Manipulation – Lesser Multiple Projectiles – Volley
  • Flame Dash
  • Withering Step
  • Herald of Agony
  • Despair
  • Shield Charge – Faster Attacks
  • Grace
To-Do List
  • After Act 3, complete the Trial of Ascendancy to unlock your first Ascendancy
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Check your Resistances (Hotkey: C — Defence), Use Crafting Bench in Hideout if needed (if <75% Resistance)
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Lower Prison”
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Crypt” and “The Chamber of Sins”
 
Abilities
  • Seismic Trap – Trap and Mine Damage – Unbound Ailments – Advanced Traps
  • Exsanguinate – Trap – Cluster Traps – Chain
  • Summon Skitterbots
  • Flame Dash
  • Withering Step
  • Herald of Agony
  • Despair
  • Shield Charge – Faster Attacks
  • Vitality
To-Do List
  • After Act 7, complete the 2nd Trial of Ascendancy 
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items if still needed
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Bathhouse”
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Use The Blood Aqueduct zone to Level up to ~60 if needed
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Tunnel”
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Ossuary”
  • Complete the 3rd Trial of Ascendancy before you kill the last Boss of Act 10!
 
Abilities

Unchanged

Talents - Ascendancy - Pantheon

Talent Masteries: 
  • +50 to Maximum Life
  • 40% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
  • Poisons you inflict deal Damage 20% faster
  • 8% increased Damage for each of your Aura or Herald Skills affecting you
  • 10% more Skill Effect Duration
  • 60% increased Trap Trigger Area of Effect
 
Ascendancy:

Ascendancies are Specializations of your Character, which are granted after solving the Trial of Ascendancies. There are 4 Trials that will reward these unique Talent Points.

  • After 1st Trial of Ascendancy: Skill Chain Reaction
  • After 2nd Trial of Ascendancy: Skill Pyromaniac
  • After 3rd Trial of Ascendancy: Skill Like Clockwork
  • After 4th Trial of Ascendancy: Skill Bomb Specialist
 
Pantheon:

Pantheon (Hotkey: Y) grant Players passive bonuses. You can change them at any time, but you also have to unlock more passives by using a Divine Vessel with the specific Map in your Map Device.

  • Major Pantheon: Soul of the Brine King
  • Minor Pantheon: Soul of Shakari

Affliction Ascendancy

Primalist Ascendancy: 
  • Skill Might of the Bear
  • Skill Charm Socket
  • Skill Charm Socket
  • Skill Charm Socket

 

Suggested Charm Sockets:
  • Explosion on Kill
  • Area Damage
  • Onslaught

Gear - Flasks - Jewels

Low Budget ItemDesired Item

Pig-Faced Baskinet

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Spell Suppression
  • Level to Socketed Gems

    Mana Reservation Efficiency  /  Despair Curse Effect

The Devouring Diadem, Necromancer Circlet

  • Either Trap Throwing Speed, Attributes or Chaos Resistance

Full Dragonscale

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Spell Suppression

    Determination Aura Effect  /  Effect of Non-Curse Auras

Dialla’s Malefaction, Sage’s Robe

 

Dragonscale Gloves

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes
  • Spell Suppression

Dragonscale Gloves

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes
  • Spell Suppression

    Chance to Poison  /  Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier

Dragonscale Boots

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Movement Speed
  • Spell Suppression

Dragonscale Boots

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Movement Speed
  • Spell Suppression

    Action Speed  /  Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage

Stygian Vise

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Stygian Vise

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Attribute Amulet

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Attribute Amulet

  • Level of All Gems
  • Level of Physical Skill Gems
  • Damage over Time
  • Life
  • Attributes

    Annoint: Whispers of Doom

Resistance Rings x2

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Resistance Rings x2

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Cold Iron Point, Ezomyte Dagger

Rare Dagger

  • Level of All Gems
  • Level of Physical Skill Gems
  • Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
  • Damage over Time Multiplier

Rare Shield

  • Life
  • Resistances
  • Attributes
  • Spell Suppression

Rare Shield

  • Life
  • Resistances
  • Attributes
  • Spell Suppression
  • Maximum Resistances
  1. Check the market for Cold Iron Point, Enzomyte Dagger. These are very cheap after a day into the Season.

  2. Save some Currency for a Thread of Hope Jewel.

  3. Work on a Necklace with either +1 or +2 Gem Level. Seismic Trap scales incredibly well with Level.

  4. Next expensive Item you should buy is Devouring Diadem.

  5. Dialla’s Malefaction is rather expensive, but increases your damage a lot while sacrificing Survivability.
Flasks:

Divine Life Flask – Instant Recovery  /  Grants Immunity to Bleeding
Replace with Bottled Faith if you have the Currency for it, and you are Corrupted Blood Immune

Quartz Flask – Gain Charges When Hit  /  Reduced Effect of Curses on You during Flask Effect

Granite Flask – Gain Charges When Hit  /  Increased Armor during Flask Effect

Jade Flask – Gain Charges When Hit  /  Increased Evasion Rating during Flask Effect

Quicksilver Flask – Gain Charges When Hit  /  Increased Movement Speed during Flask Effect

 
Jewels:

Thread of Hope – Unique Jewel
Allocate in Large Ring

Cobalt Jewel – Trap Damage  /  Chance to Poison, Poison Damage  /  Maximum Life

Large Cluster Jewel – Chaos Damage  /  Grim Oath, Unwaveringly Evil, Wicked Pall 

Medium Cluster Jewel – Trap Damage  /  Careful Handling, Guerilla Tactics

Abilities

Main Skills:

Seismic Trap – Trap and Mine Damage – Advanced Traps – Unbound Ailments – Chance to Poison – Empower

Exsanguinate – Trap – Cluster Traps – Chain

 
Other Skills:

Determination Vaal GraceHerald of AgonySummon Skitterbots
Use Defiance Banner instead of Skitterbots until you get Mana Reservation from Jewels or Helmet

Shield Charge – Hextouch – Despair – Temporal Chains

Flame Dash

Cast When Damage Taken (Lvl.1) – Vaal Molten Shell (Lvl.10)

Malevolence – Divine Blessing (Lvl.1)

Withering Step

Atlas Talent Tree

The Atlas Talent Tree can alter your game experience heavily. This Tree is designed to empower and direct certain League Mechanics towards your personal preference. Beware that the suggested Talent Tree works pretty well with the current Build, but this may differ for each individual player. Take this Suggestion with caution!

Atlas Tree: Map Progression / Early Game / Fast Map Tier Upgrades

External Links

We want to keep our League Starter Guides as simple as possible. We understand that using Path of Building and other 3rd Party Tools might not be the best way for New Players. 

  • Refer to our New Players Guide here.
  • Refer to our Path of Building Guide here.

 

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