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[3.12 PoE Build] Blade Vortex Shadow (Assassin)

Intro & build description

Great endgame build to push the content and see how far you can go. This build can get quite expensive, however, it scales insanely well with currency invested. If you have never played a blade vortex build before, now is a great time to try.

Build Pros

  • Insane damage
  • Scales very well with the currency invested
  • Pretty tanky with decent life pool and energy shield
  • MoM and Acrobatics/ Phase acrobatics
  • Works as a league starter

Build Cons

  • Not the cheapest build out there

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Full Build
PoB Code


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Unstable Infusion
Labyrinth 2Deadly Infusion
Labyrinth 3Opportunistic
Endgame LabyrinthMistwwalker

Skill gem setup



Second Wind Support

Arcane Surge Support (6 lvl)


Body Armor

Immortal Call

Cast When Damage Take Support

Increased Duration Support


Withering Step



Enlighten Support

Herald of Ash

Precision (1 lvl)


Armageddon Brand

Combustion Support

Curse on Hit Support


2h Weapon

Blade Vortex

Controlled Destruction Support

Elemental Focus Support

Fire Penetration Support

Unleash Support

Empower Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Helm

Rare helmet with high life and elemental resistances.

Body Armour

Rare Body Armor

Preferably Rare Vaal Regalia with ”Enemies you Kill Explode, dealing % of their Life as Physical Damage” mod. Rest of the mods on the armor are considered extra.


Rare Gloves

High life and elemental resistances. If resists are capped, can use a pair to match your stat needs.


Rare Boots

Rare boots with high movement speed, high life and elemental resistances.

Left Ring

Circle of Anguish

Circle of Anguish with HoA reduced mana reservation.

In Endless Delve, look for regular, rare rings with life, resistances / attributes.

Right Ring

Circle of Anguish

Circle of Anguish with increased fire damage while affected by HoA.


Rare Amulet

Rare amulet with life, +1 to level of all physical skill gems to boost the BV damage and global critical strike multiplier.


Rare Stygian Vise

Rare belt with high life, ES and elemental resistances.

2Hand Weapon

Rare Bow

Rare bow with spell damage, + to level of socketed gems and if possible, % to deal double damage.

Well crafted bow can get quite expensive.


The Signal Fire

Must have to convert remaining physical damage into fire damage.

In Endless Delve, use regular rare quiver with critical strike multiplier, life and perhaps a defensive mod or 2.


Watcher's Eye

Perfectly, if possible, get Watcher’s Eye with critical strike multiplier while affected by Precision.


Rare Jewel

  1. Life
  2. Critical strike multiplier
  3. Spell damage
  4. Area damage


Flask Setup

  1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Dousing
  2. Chemist’s Quartz Flask of Heat
  3. Cinderswallow Urn
  4. Experimenter’s Diamond Flask of Warding
  5. Surgeon’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

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

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  1. Hello! Thanks for the awesome guides!
    I’m leveling Blade Vortex with your guide and I wonder when are u going to update the passive tree, if there’s any change.

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