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[3.0] Dark Pact Marauder (Berserker)

Intro & build description

Tanky marauder build with great damage and really good defense. Dark Pact is a chaos spell that removes some life from one of your Skeleton minions near you or the targeted location to deal chaos damage in an area around it. This effect will chain to your other nearby skeletons. If you have no skeletons near you or the targeted location, it will sacrifice your own life to deal damage instead. While fighting bosses use Vaal Summon Skeletons and start spamming Dark Pact, very straightforward gameplay.

Build Pros

  • Very safe
  • High life pool
  • Instant leech due to Vaal Pact
  • Cheap to start with
  • Good damage

Build Cons

  • Build takes a while to ramp up

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Leveling [39p]
Leveling [76p]
Full Build


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Crave the Slaughter
Labyrinth 2Aspect of Carnage
Labyrinth 3Pain Reaver
Endgame LabyrinthCloaked in Savagery

Skill gem setup



Spell Totem Support

Faster Casting Support

Increased Duration Support

Body Armor

Dark Pact

Spell Echo Support

Added Chaos Damage Support

Controlled Destruction Support

Void Manipulation Support

Increased Area of Effect or Concentrated Effect Support


Shield Charge

Faster Attacks Support

Fortify Support

Culling Strike Support



Poacher's Mark

Blasphemy Support

Enduring Cry

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Flame Dash

Vaal Lightning Trap

Increased Duration Support

Offhand weapon / shield

Vaal Summon Skeletons

Minion Life Support

Minion and Totem Elemental Resistance Support

Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Helmet

Rare helmet with life as high as possible paired with elemental resistances. If possible, get strength as well to boost life pool even further.

Body Armour

Carcass Jack

BiS chest piece for Dark Pact, till you can afford Carcass, use rare chest with high life and resistances.


Rare Gloves

Generic gloves, high life and elemental resistances. Best in slot setup would be gloves crafted with Essence of Insanity (Socketed Gems have 16% more Attack and Cast Speed) and placing Shield charge setup in there for fluid and fast movement.


Rare Boots

Rare boots with high life, at least 25% movement speed and elemental resistances.

Left Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Two-Stone ring with stength, high life and elemental resistances.

Right Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Best way to boost chaos damage is crafting jewellery with essence of envy(23-26)% increased Chaos Damage). That is endgame goal and could be expensive to craft a decent one with life and resistances.


Bisco's Collar

Great amulet for extra drops, if you can’t afford it – use any rare amulet with high life, elemental resistances and stats you need.


Leather Belt

High life, strength and elemental resistances.

1Hand Weapon

Rare Sceptre

Increased spell damage (60%+), attack speed (for fluid movement with shield charge) and cast speed.


Rare Shield

Shield with high life, cast speed and spell damage. If you are lacking elemental resistances, ditch spell damage or cast speed for more defensive shield.



  1. Increased maximum life
  2. Increased damage
  3. Increased spell damage while holding a shield
  4. Cast speed


Flask Setup

  1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
  2. Chemist’s Silver Flask of Warding
  3. Experimenter’s Stibnite Flask of Heat
  4. Atziri’s Promise
  5. Chemist’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

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One comment

  1. This looks really fun, how difficult would it be to get this going as a season starter, and are there any specific skills you would use for leveling until the build starts to get fleshed out?

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