Path of Exile

Path of Exile 3.16 Scourge build compilation, with notes

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a top PoE player. My notes are mostly parroting top streamers and builders, but I may have gotten things wrong.

If I've gotten something wrong, please yell at me.

Thanks. – Cane

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Path of Exile: Scourge Builds compilation

I have compiled a large list of builds, with links, PoBs, etc. I thought I'd share it here. Maybe someone will find it useful.

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TOXIC RAIN

This is the build everyone thinks is good this league. Champion is the hardcore favorite, while Raider will shine in softcore.

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• Quantrik's Toxic Rain Raider •

PoB: Quantrik Trade League: https://pastebin.com/zcCxsgW0

PoB: gadam93's SSF Version: https://pastebin.com/01v6Hn4H

The Raider version has better clear speed, but is more frail. This is the softcore pick, and it achieves good damage with budget gear. Quantrik's build is all the rage at the moment, while gadam93 made a personal SSF version.

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• Lightee7's Toxic Rain Champion •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/YgAscx7X

YouTube:

This is Lightee7's current high-armor tank, specifically made for hardcore: lower clear speeds, but it's just not going to die. The PoB is great and has good leveling trees, and Ziz's YouTube video is fantastic as always.

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Other Versions

• Asmodeus' Champion:

• Seberus' Raider:

How to craft the bow you need:



CHAOS DOT – ED/BANE/CONTAGION

ED/Contagion is probably going to be great this league, and it'll play well with the league mechanic. Bane is always a popular alternative.

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• Zizaran's ED/Contagion Trickster Leaguestarter •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/E27xXd0T

YouTube:

Zizaran is sticking with Trickster here, which traditionally has been the best and most obvious choice, but people have theorized that Occultist may be stronger this league. Ziz's build still looks very strong though, and is probably the best presented.

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• Subtractem's Bane Occultist •

PoB: Final-ish tree: https://pastebin.com/6LxuSps5

PoB: Leveling guide: https://pastebin.com/nNZPVUQj

YouTube: Build overview:

YouTube: Leveling guide:

Subtractem swears by this build as a starter, and a lot of people believe him. It looks really strong.

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• Ghazzy's Chaos DoT Occultist •

PoB: Low budget: https://pastebin.com/4NMG77XY

Guide: https://www.poe-vault.com/guides/chaos-dot-occultist-build-guide

Not a very good PoB (no leveling tree, skills not bound to items, he's too busy updating 48 other subpar guides lmao gottem), but Ghazzy's Chaos DoT has always been a strong and popular standout.

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Lahkesis, Queen of Chaos

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1963181

This is an annoying and confusing guide without up-to-date leveling PoBs, but the author said he's hoping to get it updated soon™.

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Havoc's ED/Contagion Low Life Occultist

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3187314

Havoc made a fairly popular Trickster build, but his Occultist build has issues (read page 2). Adding it here in case he fixes some of it going forward.



EYE OF WINTER

People love EoW as it's just fun to use. Hydrosphere and EoW combine to make for a fun effect.

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• Path of Matth's Eye of Winter Saboteur •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/z2daFKjE

YouTube:

Most people don't like miners as much because it makes them stand still for a while, but they're just so powerful. A Saboteur with High Impact Mine makes this a breeze.

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• jungroan's Eye of Winter Inquisitor •

PoB: Spellslinger (weaker): https://pastebin.com/GVPmngpS

PoB: Blastchain Mine (stronger): https://pastebin.com/aG9yLECT

YouTube: Spellslinger version:

YouTube: Miner version:

jungroan thinks the miner (Blastchain Mine) version is better, but people wanted to see a Slinger version so he made one. Either would be fine until late red maps, and jung himself is possibly using the miner as a league starter.



MINIONS

Summoners are always viable in some form or another, and I always make at least one per league. The gameplay style isn't for everyone, but it's most definitely for me.

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• Kay's Minion Army Necromancer •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/sT5vZeAe

YouTube:

Thread: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3179145

Kay is the most popular minion master, and her guides (and PoBs) are always gold. This is the league starter version intended to get you up to yellow maps, but once you have some currency and items, you should transition into your preferred variant.

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• Ghazzy's Spectre Necromancer •

PoB: Low budget: https://pastebin.com/rc1WX1E3

PoB: Medium budget: https://pastebin.com/8DmJSfGY

YouTube:

Ghazzy just updated this one so I haven't had time to look, but have fun with the clickbait YouTube video.



VOLATILE DEAD / DETONATE DEAD

VD is such an interesting spell. You can precast ahead of bosses, hide behind walls, and just let your homing orbs speak for themselves. It also ruins your framerate unless you literally buy an MTX to change the look of the VD orbs.

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• Ruetoo's VDDD Spellslinger Assassin •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/azcQ3Yp1

Build guide: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_tcxAaozJo77twb4w8EzHD5D3IIboKXXtqLjFF1gW-8/edit

Leveling guide (old): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1meZu8JQYZtJlkZTIo-UuW7A-BX2WKcLwkJrcQIUKweA/edit

Leveling overview VOD: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1182212726?t=00h57m52s

This is my tentative personal favorite, and I'm very tempted to play it this season.

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• jungroan's VDDD Spellslinger Inquisitor •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/Qe0Qu4jC

YouTube:

jungroan's Inquisitor has a lot of recovery, and he still somehow manages to pump his damage numbers to respectable levels. The Assassin has more damage, however, and Ruetoo says it'll scale a lot better in the endgame.

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• Ruetoo's VDDD Armabrand Spellslinger Necromancer •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/JrRACusq

The Necro version is weaker (lack of damage is its biggest killer), but it's more survivable and better for hardcore. It's also easier to level, as you just follow the tree.

Bonus clip:

https://www.twitch.tv/ruetoo/clip/BloodySlickPistachioRalpherZ-iD_Q8LyKwYioVGxT



EXSANGUINATE / REAP

Exsang/Reap Phys DoT is a strong contender. It stacks physical damage over time, and can proliferate it in AoE using various skills. Very popular with Spellslingers.

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• jungroan's Scion Bloodslinger for SSFHC •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/SVa9Fyns

Low damage but fantastic map clear, Atlas clear, and currency farm. jungroan has league started with this before, with good success.

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• Ruetoo's Scion Exsang Reap Phys Dot •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/FbV9qWCZ

Ruetoo made a bunch of builds this league, all very viable, though he does say this one is "less cost efficient" than the rest–but still good. Higher damage than the Spellslinger variant.

Example exsanguinate gameplay from Ziz a few leagues ago:



OTHER FUN BUILDS

• Ghazzy's Dark Pact Necromancer •

PoB: Budget gear: https://pastebin.com/B8rQ3xsm

Guide thread: https://www.poe-vault.com/guides/dark-pact-necromancer-build-guide

Guide video:

A very unique build, targeting your own Summon Skeletons with Dark Pact to deal damage, and using Trigger wands with Convocation/Desecrate/Bone Offering and the like. It looks great this league, and Ghazzy said he'll league start with it to make sure it lives up to the hype.

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• Ruetoo's Armageddon Brand Assassin •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/g9k6mg08

YouTube: Gameplay example:

This is Ruetoo's probable league starter. It offers tons of damage and lights whole screens on fire. What's not to love.

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• jungroan's Storm Brand Spellslinger Inquisitor •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/z0KD3qDJ

YouTube: Quick overview:

YouTube: Gameplay example:

Twitch: Mapping example: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1182843118

Ruetoo doesn't think Storm Brand is league starter viable, but jungroan is a god who made this work in the last league when Spellslinger was worse. I'm going with jungroan on this one.

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• ShakCentral's Cold DoT For Everyone •

PoB: SSF/HC: https://pastebin.com/RwK8C3wa

PoB: SC/Trade: https://pastebin.com/0dnMBAmw

Thread: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2661120

YouTube:

Cold damage is useful for crowd control, and this is one of the strongest. People have loved it as a league starter in the past because it can do almost everything, and with minimal effort.

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• Nugiyen's Poisonous Concoction Pathfinder OR Occultist •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/E4RQLHQ9

YouTube:

This is a new skill which are always risky as we don't know how it'll play out yet, but Nugiyen will be league starting with this and he's one of the better and more prolific builders in the game. As Ziz says in the video, Nugiyen will likely fix any issues with the build that come up, and you can re-spec this into Toxic Rain if things go wrong. It's an interesting choice.

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• Fuzzy Duckzy's Lightning Strike Raider •

PoB: https://pastebin.com/56vdg0gQ

YouTube:

Thread: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3186978

Melee builds aren't for everyone, but I really liked this one. Lightning Strike builds tend to be fast-paced and fun, but a little annoying to level and very item-dependant for scaling the damage. In my experience, it's very subpar until you get a good claw.



OTHER LINKS

jungroan's builds, most of these are viable (but read the notes):

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XK8Hv7gxyUvPJ9DQGJeuc4ksK1mWzc6unOYmDu5NSQU/edit#gid=0

Ruetoo's builds, all of these are viable:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1D97vtwE2r2DX8ajWH9oOjsf6hObskLB7mjM0ihLrV8w/edit#gid=0

Crouching Tuna's BIG community list of good builds

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/e/2PACX-1vRbgryH5f28SYRIAIy7AKb9V8KKmYgp7MoCWWHQtWmEZOe5Duhrmf_VUvb04arYWBwTOG_30vBd_I8Q/pubhtml

And finally, here are some quotes from Lightee7 who made the Champion TR build: IF YOU ARE SOFTCORE, USE RAIDER, NOT CHAMPION!

https://clips.twitch.tv/TubularCoySushiOMGScoots-jM_tDUaXRrmOcaaU

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