Milestones

Level 68
Important

In terms of the Atlas skill tree, you have plenty of options to design it to your needs and preferences.  But assuming you are a new player, you most likely won’t have any idea what you need or what your preferences are. Therefore, I recommend taking the following steps:

  1. Start with this Atlas skill tree setup (it focuses on helping you to progress the Atlas by increasing the drop rate of maps and the spawn rate of important, possibly build enabling league mechanics like Essences, Harvest and Kirac missions)
  2. Continue with this Atlas skill tree setup (it adds very generic stuff like Strongboxes, Shrines and Harbringers)

Note: Due to the fact that these setups are very generic, the actual order of nodes picked doesn’t really matter, so don’t bother with it. Pick what sounds fun / useful to you (the only mistake you can do is to not pick something).

Once you have progressed your Atlas to the point where you can just invest a few more points (if any), it’s up to you: You can (1) stick to your current Atlas setup or (2) experiment a bit (I encourage you to do so!). In order to unskill Atlas skills, you can use Orbs of Unmaking which you can loot or buy from Kirac (you will then be able to immediately invest the skill point again).

And just so you know: This is my endgame Atlas skill tree setup for this build (which only has small differences to the generic version, especially the fact that I block specific league mechanics I don’t want to play at all)

Note: This setup isn’t the best option in terms of making currency. If you are looking for setups which provide bonuses for other things than your build’s progression, check out the setups from known streamers like ZiggyD, Gimro, Path of Math or Zizaran.

Level 68
Important

In order to be prepared for the moment you will sell your level 20 gems together with a Gemcutter’s Prism to receive level 1 gems with 20% quality, you want to buy your main skill setup once more and put it in your second weapon set to level it. The gems – which you can buy from Lilly in your hideout – are:

Note: Once you’ve sold your level 20 gems to get their respective counterpart at level 1 with 20% quality, you will put the level 1 gems into your second weapon set so they can gain experience. In the meantime, you will use the other set of gems to continue mapping (swap them back if your 20% gems have level 19+)

Level 68
Important

There are multiple ways to increase the quality of your flasks in order to enhance their effect and duration:

Note: There are other ways to increase the quality of your flask (even higher than 20%), but as of now, focus on these two options.

If you don’t have any/enough Glassblower’s Baubles: Hargan in The Sarn Encampment (Act 3) sells 1x Glassblower’s Baubles for 8x Blacksmith’s Whetstone.

Level 75
Important

In order to be able to access The Eternal Labyrinth, you have to be level 75 and you have to acquire an Offering to the Goddess which is a guaranteed drop if you successfully complete a Trial of Ascendancy in maps (random spawn). Once you’ve completed The Eternal Labyrinth you can invest 2 additional Ascendancy skill points. Here, you want to go for Conqueror next.

Note: The layout of The Eternal Labyrinth changes on a daily basis. You can find the optimal pathing for the current day here.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned items by using the trade website:

Level 01
Important

There are multiple ways to get 6-link items and it’s highly rng-based:

1. Divination Card: Humility (9x)

2. Divination Card: The Porcupine (6x)

3. Divination Card: Imperial Legacy (22x)

4. Vaal Side Areas

  • Vaal Side Areas can drop Corrupted 6-link items which can be useful from time to time. If you encounter them during mapping, it’s recommended to clear them. Additionally, you can open a Vaal Side Area from your hideout by putting a Sacrifice at Dusk, Sacrifice at Dawn, Sacrifice at Noon or Sacrifice at Midnight in your Map Device. While this isn’t quite the best way to acquire a 6-link, especially given that the item is corrupted (which means you cannot change the modifiers), it can be a nice alternation to the other farm methods from time to time. By the way: Even though socket colors cannot be changed on Corrupted items with the default method of using Chromatic Orbs, you can change the colors of Corrupted items by using your Crafting Bench (with the cost of additional Vaal Orbs for each craft).

5. Using currency

  • As you already know, you can use your currency to create 6 sockets (Jeweller’s Orb) and 6 links (Orb of Fusing). Nevertheless, I would only recommend this method if you already have found a decent enough item. In terms of the body armour this would be one with at least 4 useful modifiers (check the ‘Increase of Survivability’ to see which modifiers are decent) and in terms of a bow this would be a bow with ‘+2 Level of Socketed Bow gems’ and a free suffix (see below: “Get a 6-link bow with ‘+2 to Socketed Bow Gems’ and “‘+#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier’ modifiers”).

Additionally, 6-linked items can drop randomly, of course.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned items and cards by using the trade website:

Level 75
Important

Cluster Jewels play a very important role when it comes to scaling damage and they occasionally drop from Delirium encounters (which spawn randomly in maps). They are a class of jewels that can be socketed in the outermost sockets of the passive skill tree and they extend the skill tree by creating new clusters of nodes, which can contain basic nodes, notable skills and even keystones. This build utilizes the cluster jewel node above the ‘Piercing Shots’ node at the right of the skill tree and after you’ve equipped all you cluster jewels your skill tree should look something like this.

There are 3 types of Cluster Jewels (large, medium & small). This build uses one large and two medium Cluster Jewels which should have the following modifiers:

  • Large Cluster Jewel
    • Adds 8 Passive Skills
    • 2 Added Passive Skills are Jewel Sockets
    • Added Small Passive Skills grant: 12% increased Chaos Damage
      +
    • 1 Added Passive Skill is Touch of Cruelty
    • 1 Added Passive Skill is Unholy Grace
    • 1 Added Passive Skill is Wicked Pall
  • Medium Cluster Jewel (2x)
    • Adds 4 Passive Skills
    • 1 Added Passive Skill is aJewel socket
    • Added Small Passive Skills grant: 10% increased Projectile Damage
      +
    • 1 Added Passive Skill is Repeater
    • 1 Added Passive Skill is Shrieking Bolts

The amount of added passive skills per jewel is random (Large Cluster Jewels can have 8 to 12 added passive skills, Medium Cluster Jewels can have 4 to 6 added passive skills). Therefore, you should work with what you get, but don’t invest to much currency onto bad Cluster Jewel bases when it comes to crafting (see next section).

The chances that these cluster jewels drop with having the exact modifiers needed is pretty low, but there are ways to change the modifiers. So once you have a fitting cluster jewel base (meaning the first 3 modifiers of the list above) check out the Endgame Crafting section below, to get more details on this topic.

Once you’ve acquired one or more cluster jewels, you most likely have to change your skill tree in order to have enough points to invest into the added passive skills. You can do this by unskilling (a part of) the upper part of the tree (nodes: Atrophy, Influence, Written in Blood). Your endgame skill tree with cluster jewels should look something like this. Note that if you already use (G) Grace instead of Vitality (see above), you have to use an (G) Enlighten Support Level 3+ in your aura setup to get rid of the upper part of the skill tree. Otherwise you won’t have enough mana to use all auras (the reason why is that if you get rid of the upper part of the skill tree, you also get rid of the ‘8% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency for Skills’ node near the ‘Influence’ node.

Important note, especially for Solo Self-Found (SSF) players: There currently exists a strategy which helps you to efficiently farm cluster jewels with 8 passive skills and the modifiers you need in The Foothills in Act 9. Here, the strategy is to open a new instance to The Foothills, run a few seconds into the area and check if there is a Delirium Mirror like this one (normally, it is very close to the waypoint of The Foothills, so you should recognize it fast). If there is one, clear the area with Delirium activated as fast as possible and get the rewards. If you don’t see a Delirium Mirror, run back to the waypoint immediately and open a new instance. Repeat.

By the way: If you’ve already used this strategy when you first did Act 9, you might already have some of the needed cluster jewels bases in your Stash, so check them out.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned items by using the trade website:

Level 75
Important

Viridian Jewels are the best base jewel type for this build because they can roll a decent amount of useful stats and their bases are very craft-friendly. The stats you are looking for on your jewels are (in order of importance):

  • +#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier
  • #% increased Maximum Life
  • #% increased Attack Speed
  • #% increased Attack Speed with Bows

Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned  items by using the trade website to buy veiled items:

Level 68
Important

You can unlock important crafts by playing the ‘Betrayal’ league mechanic, also known as Immortal Syndicate, When encountering the Immortal Syndicate you have to fight its members who – if defeated – have a chance to drop veiled items. These items can be unveiled by talking to Jun in your hideout. When unveiled, the unveiled modifier will also be available for your Crafting Bench (some of them need more than one unveil to be unlocked).

The three crafts you you’re looking for are:

  • +#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier
  • +# to Level to Socketed Support Gems

You can get the ‘+#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier’ from any veiled weapon and ‚+# to Level to Socketed Support Gems‘ from the Syndicate endboss.

Note: As long as you don’t know what you are doing, I recommend the following:

  • Increasing the ranks of Syndicate members or destroying their items is always a decent choice.
  • Never ever choose the option to remove all rivalries.

Immortal Syndicate encounters can appear randomly in maps. Additional, there are two ways to enforce encounters:

  • Atlas Missions
    If you put a map into your Map Device you can add ‘Area will contain Immortal Syndicate activity’ by activating the respective option at the bottom (Immortal Syndicate is the second option from right). By the way: Each time you kill a map boss, there’s a chance you get a random Atlas Mission.
  • Immortal Syndicate Safehouses
    Each time you encounter Immortal Syndicate members, their respective Safehouses gain progress. Once the progress reaches 100%, you can enter the Safehouse and defeat Immortal Syndicate members that are assigned to it. Once you’ve cleared enough Safehouses, you can face the Syndicate endboss by entering the Safehouse at the top of the Syndciate board.

By the way: Once you’ve acquired all crafts you can unskill the Betrayal-related nodes on the Atlas skill tree and invest them elsewhere.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned crafts by using the trade website to buy veiled items:

Level 75
Important

Your mid-endgame bow is supposed to be a 6-link and should at least have the following modifiers:

  • +2 to Level of Socketed Bow Gems
  • +#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier (Craft)

In order to acquire/craft your mid-endgame bow, you have to follow these steps:

1. Acquire a 5-6-link bow (item level 64+)

  • This can be a random drop or you can farm specific content.

2. Add ‘+2 to Level of Socketed Bow Gem’ modifier to the bow

  • Besides looting a bow with this modifier, there are 2 ways to get it:
    1. Use Orbs of Alteration on a magic bow until you hit ‘+2 to Level of Socketed Bow Gem’ (you can transform a normal item to a magic one by using an Orb of Transmutation). Then, use a Regal Orb to make the bow rare and hope that it has a free suffix (The reason why you need a free suffix is that you want to be able to craft ‘+#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier’ modifier which is a suffix – see below)
    2. Use a Shrieking Essence of Dread or Deafening Essence of Dread on your bow and hope that it has a free suffix. The reason why you need a free suffix is that you want to be able to craft ‘+#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier’ modifier which is a suffix (see below). If the bow doesn’t have a free suffix after you’ve used an Essence, you can use an Orb of Annulment to remove a random modifier from it, but there’s also a chance that you will remove the ‚+2 to Level of Socketed Bow Gems’ modifier – if that’s the case, you have to use another Essence

3. Craft ‚‘+#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier’ on the bow

  • Use your Crafting Bench to craft ‘+#% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier’ (check two tasks before to see how to unlock this modifier for your Crafting Bench)

Pleaso note:  There’s a chance to simultaneously roll the ‚+1 to Level of Socketed Gems‘ modifier in addition to the ‘+2 to Level of Socketed Bow Gem’ modifier, but it’s heavily rng-based. SSF players can give it a shot, but for Trade League players I’d recommend to either buy one or to go directly for the late endgame bow.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the mentioned items by using the trade website:

Level 75
Important

Once you’ve acquired a decent amulet with ~4-6 useful modifiers, you can anoint it. Anointments on amulets basically allow you to gain one node of the skill tree as a modifier on your amulet. There are two recommendations regarding anointments:

  • Mid and late endgame
  • Very late endgame (if you want to use Grace as an extra aura – optional)
    • Anointment: Sovereignty
    • Effect: 12% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency of Skills / 10% increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills
    • Costs: 3x Silver Oil
    • Note: This is a significant loss of damage if you’ve used the ‚Corruption‚ anointment before, namely around 13% less damage and should only be used if you want to switch to a more defensive setup  and as long as you can’t afford the helmet that is needed to use (G) Grace (more information can be found here)

You can anoint items by talking to Sister Cassia in your hideout and you can get oils by completing Blight encounters in maps or Blighted Maps. By the way: You can sell 3 oils of the same type to get one oil of the next higher tier.


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Level 75
Important

Once you’ve acquired decent rings with ~4-6 useful modifiers, you can anoint them. Anointments on rings increase specific powers of specific Blight towers, making it easier to deal with the Blight mechanic. There are two recommendations regarding Anointments:

  • Early endgame
    • Anointment: Empowering Tower Effect
    • Effect: Your Empowering Towers have 25% increased Effect
    • Costs: 1x Azure Oil, 1x Sepia Oil
  • Mid and late endgame
    • Anointment: Empowering Tower Range
    • Effect: Your Empowering Towers Have 25% Increased Range
    • Costs: 1x Black Oil, 1x Verdant Oil

As a result, you want to build Empowering Towers, when dealing with Blight encounters. Additionally you can go with a mix of both minion towers (purple), but don’t hesitate to test what suits you the most.

You can anoint items by talking to Sister Cassia in your hideout and you can get oils by completing Blight encounters in maps or Blighted Maps. By the way: You can sell 3 oils of the same type to get one oil of the next higher tier.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the mentioned items by using the trade website:

Level 75
Important

As already mentioned before, you can upgrade your Pantheons to become more powerful. In order to do so, you have to put a specific map (see below) and an empty Divine Vessel into your Map Device, defeat the respective map boss and then deliver the filled Divine Vessel to Sin. Your Pantheon upgrade paths are as follows:

  • Major Pantheon: Soul of the Brine King
    1. Upgrade: Frozn Cabins Map (Effect: 30% increased Stun and Block Recovery)
    2. Upgrade: Atoll Map (Effect: Cannot be Frozen – once acquired, you don’t need to have Freeze immunity anymore on your flask. Instead, get Ignite Immunity if you don’t have it yet)
    3. Upgrade: Coral Ruins Map (Effect: 50% reduced Effect of Chill on you)
  • Minor Pantheon: Soul of Garukhan
    • Upgrade: Dig Map [Effect: Cannot be Blinded & You cannot be Maimed – You can get 100% reduced effect of shock on you with a combination of this Pantheon and the craftable modifier ‘X % Reduced Effect of Chill and Shock on You’ on boots or gloves (as well as 90% reduced effect of chill on you if you have upgraded your major Pantheon)]

Note: There will most likely be changes in 3.18 in terms of the maps needed to upgrade your Pantheon. This will be updated as soon as possible, but be aware of the fact that you can also put in the name of the desired Pantheon into the Atlas search function to highlight the maps needed to unlock the respective Pantheon.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the Pantheons by using the trade website:

Level 75
Important

In the endgame, you can get a ring with the modifier ‚Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit, with #% increased Effect“. Once you’ve acquired this ring, you no longer have to use (B) Despair manually – in fact, you don’t have to use the Despair gem anymore at all. Instead, all enemies will be cursed when you hit them. Check the ‚Late-Endgame Items‘ section (Ring 1) to see how you can aquire this ring.

Level 68
Important

The moment you get a curse on hit ring and you therefore get rid off the (B) Despair gem, you should have an empty gem socket available.

You should use this socket to add a Cast When Damage Taken setup. A Cast When Damage Taken setup consists of a (R) Cast When Damage Taken Support (generally referred to as ‘CWDT’) linked to one or more skill gems. Once linked with CWDT, these skills can’t be used manually anymore. Instead, the linked skill is triggered each time you’ve received a specific amount of damage. There a few things to consider when using a CWDT setup:

  • The damage threshold is dependent on the level of the CWDT gem. For example: If linked to a level 1 CWDT, a skill is triggered each time you’ve received 528 damage.
  • A skill is only triggered if the level requirement of the skill gem is the same or lower than the level requirement of CWDT (this doesn’t apply to support gems connected with a skill supported by CWDT)

As a consequence – and taking the build’s already high defense into account – it’s recommended to use the following CWDT setup [next to your (R) Defiance Banner setup so that the triggered Molten Shell also benefits from (R) Increased Duration Support]:

By doing this, you will get a big shield based on your current armour provided by Molten Shell each time you receive 1485 damage (provided that Molten Shell is not on cooldown).

By the way: In case you already have leveled Molten Shell higher than level 16, you can sell it together with an Orb of Scouring to any vendor to lower its level by 1 (you can repeat this several times to get the gem level you need). You can buy Cast When Damage Taken Support from Lilly Roth in your hideout.

Level 75
Important

As mentioned above, gem levels gain quite a substantial amount of power with increased levels and quality. Once you’ve leveled your quality gems to level 20 (usually referred to as “20/20 gems”), you can try to get level 21 gems. There are two ways to do that.

1. Option: Use a Vaal Orb

  • Using a Vaal Orb on a level 20/20 gem has a chance to transform the gem into a level 21/20 gem. But there’s also a chance that the gem loses levels and/or quality, so you might have to repeat this process quite a few times.*

2. Option: Use the Incursion league mechanic

  • After completing 12 incursions in maps (which can either be encountered randomly or are guaranteed to appear when the respective Atlas Mission is chosen) you gain access to The Temple of Atzoatl, which can contain Doryani’s Institute (Tier 3) that allows you to double-corrupt a gem with a potential outcome of the gem being level 21 and having 23% quality.*

The moment you use a Vaal Orb (or the double-corrupt option from the The Temple of Atzoatl) on a gem, the gem becomes Corrupted which means you won’t be able to modify it anymore (e.g. adding quality). As a result, there’s a chance to have to level multiple gems to level 20 and add 20% quality to then finally receive a level 21/20 or better gem. But also note: A Corrupted gem which has lost a level can still gain experience and level up so you will always be able to have the maximum default gem level, even if it’s Corrupted.

By the way: There’s no need to add quality to (R) Vitality, (G) Determination, (B) Malevolence or (R) Lifetap Support due to the fact that they don’t provide anything beneficial (if you play solo), so going for a level 21/0 gem here is enough.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned gems and items by using the trade website to buy veiled items:

Level 75
Important

Corrupted Blood is a debuff that inflicts physical damage over time to you and can hurt a lot. Therefore, this guide has recommended you to use a flask ‚of Staunching‘ which removes the Corrupted Blood until now since it was the most reliable way to do so. But while progressing the endgame, you have two other options:

  • Option A (recommended)
    • Get a jewel with the implicit modifier ‚Corrupted Blood cannot be inflicted on you‘ (preferably one with useful modifiers, but having Corrupted Blood immunity is way more beneficial than having a bit more damage or a bit more survivabilty from other mods on a jewel)
  • Option B (only if absolutely needed)
    • Pick the ‚Resistance and Ailment Protection Mastery‘ near the ‚One with Evil‚ node (you have to invest 4 skill points to do so)
  • Please note the following:
    • Corrupted Blood cannot be inflicted on you‘ is an implicit modifier which can only roll on corrupted jewels (there are exceptions, but let’s focus on jewels). You can corrupt a jewel by using a Vaal Orb (but keep in mind that using this orb can also brick the item by changing its modifiers).
    • You will frequently fight mobs in maps who can apply Corrupted Blood so having Corrupted Blood immunity is very beneficial, especially if you are not used to recognize/react if it’s applied to you.
    • In terms of pinnacle endbosses you absolutely want to have Corrupted Blood immunity if you fight Sirus, Awakener of Worlds since his Beam always Corrupted Blood.

Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned  items by using the trade website to buy veiled items:

Level 75
Important

To get the maximum damage out of (G) Toxic Rain, you need 39% increased Area of Effect from all sources. You can achieve this quite easily by …

  • picking the ‚Bow Mastery‘ near the ‚Hunter’s Gambit‚ node on the skill tree (+20% increased Area of Effect)
  • having a (G) Toxic Rain gem with 20% quality (+10% increased Area of Effect)
  • having a ‚+9% increased Area of Effect‘ modifier on one of your items (e.g. amulet, gloves or helmet)

That being said, keep in mind that 39% is the sweetspot. As long as you are below or above this value, you won’t get the maximum damage out of your (G) Toxic Rain. If you want to learn about the theorycrafting regarding this specific stat, check out this video.

Level 75
Important

Spell Suppression is a layer of defense that gives you a chance to halve spell damage, meaning 50% of damage from suppressed spell hits is prevented and damaging ailments they inflict deal that much less damage.

Since you are playing a Champion there are several ways to get 100% chance to Suppress Spell Damage through your skill tree:

  • Inveterate‚ node
    • +15% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
  • Small nodes near the ‚Inveterate‚ node
    • 3x +8% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
  • ‚Spell Suppression Mastery‘ near the ‚Inveterate‚ node
    • +12% chance to Suppress Spell Damage if your Boots, Helmet and Gloves have Evasion
  • Quickstep‚ node
    • +10% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
  • Small nodes near the ‚Quickstep‚ node
    • 2x +3% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
  • Intuition‚ node
    • +8% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
  • Reflexes‚ node
    • +10% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
  • Small nodes near the ‚Reflexes‚ node
    • 6x +4% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
  • Revenge of the Hunted‚ node
    • +10% chance to Suppress Spell Damage while on Full Life
  • Magebane‚ keystone
    • +1% Chance to Suppress Spell Damage per 15 Dexterity

On top of that you can roll the ‚+% chance to Suppress Spell Damage‘ modifier on several items, such as Boots, Helmet, Body Armour or Gloves.

Level 75
Important

Awakened support gems are a subtype of support gems that are better versions of existing support gems which at level one are more powerful than the level 20 versions of the ones they replace.

While there are a lot of builds that can benfit from quite amount of awakened support gems, this build only benefits from the following ones:

Awakened support gems are a random drop from the Elderslayers (known as Conquerors). There is an atlas passive skill (Thaumaturgical Awakening) that increases the drop chance from Sirus. In addition, there is a harvest crafting recipe that gambles a base support gem to change it to an awakened support gem. However, it is not guaranteed to succeed.

Note: Unlike regular gems, the quality 20 recipe vendor will not work on them, as a result using Gemcutter’s Prism will be far more important. Corruption works the same as for regular support gems, sometimes adding or removing a level or up to 10 quality. Quality is hardcapped at 23%.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned gems by using the trade website:

Level 75
Important

Catalysts allow you to add quality to jewellery (ring, amulet or belt) which increases the value of specific modifiers on the respective item. Which modifiers are increased when using a Catalysts depends on the type of Catalyst you are using. For this build, the following ones are recommended:

Please note: The quality of jewellery items can only be enhanced by one type of catalyst. Using a different type of catalyst on an item removes the existing one  and adds a new one (starting at 0% quality).

Note: As long as you don’t specificly do the Metamorph league mechanic, you don’t want to use Catalysts on medicore items since they are quite rare, especially the good ones.


Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the above mentioned items by using the trade website:

Level 75
Important

In the late endgame, you want to use (G) Grace as an additional aura for additional defense. Due to the fact that you already use a bunch of auras, you currently don’t have enough mana reservation to use Grace, but you can fix that by following these steps:

1. Get ‚x% reduced Mana Reservation for Skills‘ Eater of Worlds modifier on your helmet

  • Use Eldritch Ichor currencies (e.g. Lesser Eldritch Ichor or higher) until you hit ‚x% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency for Skills‘ (the amount of precentage doesn’t matter; but the higher the better, of course).

2. Get ‚8% reduced Mana Reservation of Skills‘ modifier on your helmet

  • Use a Shrieking Essence of Loathing or Deafening Essence of Loathing on an armour/evasion base helmet and repeat this until you have 4-6 decent modifiers. Ideally, the helmet which you use your Essences on already has the Eater of Worlds modifier mentioned above (note: The Eater of Worlds modifier does not change when you use Essences on the helmet, only prefixes and suffixes will be changed).

Important information: If you care more about survivability than about damage, you can also choose to anoint ‚Sovereignity‚ on your amulet which gives you 12% increased mana reservation efficiency and thus you only need one of the above mentioned mana efficiency modifiers on the helmet. But note that this is a significant loss of damage if you’ve used the ‚Corruption‚ anointment before, namely around 13% less damage.

3. Get an Enlighten Support Level 3 or 4

  • An Enlighten Support at level 3 provides 8% reduced Mana Reservation of Skills. At level 2 it provides 4%. At level 1, it’s absolutely useless because it does nothing. So if you get a level 1, you have to level it first to level 3 first in your second weapon set since you need at least 8%. This might take a while since Enlighten Support needs way more experience to level up than regular gems.
  • The higher the quality of an Enlighten Support is, the more experience it gains and there are 2 ways how you can increase the quality of the gem:
    • Add quality to the gem by using Gemcutter’s Prisms.
    • Put the gem in an item that has the modifier ‘+#% to Quality of Socketed Support Gems’ (you can also craft this modifier on weapons with the help of the Crafting Bench)
  • The drop rate of an Enlighten Support is pretty low, so for an SSF this might not be your best option. Nevertheless, you can farm Crimson Temple Map and Ivory Temple Map for the Divination Card ‘The Enlightened’ to get it.
  • Don’t worry about socket shortage; you can make it work.
  • By the way: There are also options to increase the level of the Enlighten Support (and thus the mana reservation efficiency for skills) by having the aura setup in an item which provides additional (support) gem levels, e.g. Viridi’s Veil (which has a chance to drop when defeating The Maven).

4. Get your new aura setup including Grace

  • As soon as you you have a helmet that provides the modifier ‘8% reduced Mana Reservation of Skills’ and an Enlighten Support Level 3, you can use the following gem setup:
  • Additionally, you have to pick the ‘Evasion Mastery’ node near ‘Revenge of the Hunted’ as soon as you use Grace. Here, you pick ‘Grace has 25% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency’.
  • Note: As you might have noticed, you don’t use Vitality anymore once you’ve switched to Grace. If you’ve taken the Life Mastery node on the skill tree which grants ‘Vitality has 100% increased Mana Reservation Efficiency’, make sure to pick ‚+50 to Maximum Life‘ as your mastery instead.
  • Also note: As you might have noticed, you don’t have any socket slots left for (G) Blood Rage anymore. As a result, you can’t use it anymore. Alternatively, you can continue using Blood Rage and give up on using (G) Withering Step – choose what you prefer.

Trade players can speed up the acquisition process of the mentioned items by using the trade website:

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