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[3.17] Lightning Strike Poison Assassin | Full Build Guide

Intro & build description

A build that does not require a major investment to do pretty much all the content in the game. This build has been tested up until the upcoming Archnemesis league and was able to do pretty much all the content in the game on about 1exalted budget. With the upcoming league, the build looks to be even stronger.

Build Pros

  • An amazing league starter build
  • Very high damage with very modest gear
  • Mobile
  • Can run pretty much every map mod
  • Good clear speed

Build Cons

  • Melee build

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.17] Full Build
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Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Noxious Strike
Labyrinth 2Toxic Delivery
Labyrinth 3Mistwalker
Endgame LabyrinthOpportunistic

Skill gem setup


Flame Dash

Plague Bearer

Increased Area of Effect Support

Poacher's Mark

Body Armor

Vaal Lightning Strike

Immolate Support

Ancestral Call Support

Multistrike Support

Vicious Projectiles Support

Nightblade Support


Whirling Blades

Faster Attacks Support

Determination or Anger



Molten Shell

Cast When Damage Taken Support

Increased Duration Support

Withering Step

2h Weapon


1h Weapon


Blood Rage

Defiance Banner

Offhand weapon / shield

Ancestral Protector

Multiple Traps Support

Withering Touch

Build uniques / Example rare gear

Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade


Rare Helmet

Rare helmet with high life and elemental resistances. Any other stats on the helm are just bonus.

Body Armour

Cherrubim's Maleficence

An amazing and cheap item to boost the damage. Absolutely not necessary, but nice to have. If you prefer, you can use rare chest with high life and elemental resistances.


Rare Gloves

Rare gloves with high life, elemental resistances and for defense, chance to suppress spell damage.


Rare Boots

Regular rare boots with high movement speed, high life and elemental resistances. If you can, get chance to suppress spell damage as well for additional defensive layer.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

A ring with Despair on Hit. Rest of the stats are just bonus but would highly suggest prioritizing life if possible.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

Regular ring with life and elemental resistances. If you are running into mana problems, I suggest crafting “non channeling skills have -# of total mana cost” mod.


Ungil's Harmony

An amazing amulet for poison based builds. As we stack DOT damage, downside of the item does not apply to us.


Rare Stygian Vise

Rare belt with high life and elemental resistances. If elemental resistances are capped, look into stat roll to cap the stat requirements for skills/gear.

1Hand Weapon

Rare Dagger

The main key point for the weapon is the implicit “All damage from hits with this weapon can poison”.

Focus on high elemental damage, critical strike chance and critical strike multiplier. If you can, get decent attack speed as well.


Rare Shield

Shield with high life, high chance to suppress spell damage and elemental resistances.


Rare Jewels

1. Increased damage with poison
2. Increased maximum life
3. Attack speed with daggers


Cluster Jewels

1. Circling Oblivion
2. Haemorrhage
3. Feed the Fury
4. Fuel the Fight
5. Martial Prowess
6. Fettle


Flask Setup

1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Alleviation
2.Flagellant’s Jade Flask of the Impala
3. Flagellant’s Granite Flask of Armadillo
4. Flagellant’s Silver Flask of Warding
5. Abecedarian’s Diamond Flask of Piercing

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

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