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[3.6] Magma Orb Gloomfang Shadow (Assassin)

Intro & build description

If you enjoy spellcasters and haven’t played Magma Orb yet, this is your chance because of the reworked assassin ascendancy it is stronger than ever. Damage is so crazy it even feels like cheating sometimes. Have no idea what to play in an upcoming league? Give gloomfang magma orb assassin a shot.

Build Pros

  • Broken damage
  • Very fun to play
  • Cheap to start with
  • Can do all content in the game
  • Ranged
  • Most of the gear is very affordable

Build Cons

  • Might destroy your fps :)

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.6] Full Build


Bandits Quest Choice
Help Alira

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Ambush and Assassinate
Labyrinth 2Opportunist
Labyrinth 3Unstable Infusion
Endgame LabyrinthDeadly Infusion

Skill gem setup


Lightning Warp

Less Duration Support

Faster Casting Support

Swift Affliction Support

Body Armor

Magma Orb

Spell Echo Support

Controlled Destruction Support

Elemental Focus Support

Chance to Ignite Support

Greater Multiple Projectiles or Slower Projectiles Support


Orb of Storms

Power Charge on Critical Support

Mana Leech Support

Arcane Surge Support (5 lvl)


Vaal Clarity

Vaal haste

Increased Duration Support


2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Immortal Call (8 lvl)

Increased Duration Support

Cast When Damage Taken Support (7 lvl)

Offhand weapon / shield

Decoy Totem

Summon Stone Golem


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

High life, elemental resistances.

Note: You want to buy helmet with ”Magma orb chains an additional 2 times” enchant.

Body Armour

Rare Body Armour

Rare chest with high life, elemental resistances. Best in slot chest would be with mod ”+1 to level of socketed active skill gems”. Make sure it is intelligence based since getting 5 blue on evasion or strength based chest would be pain.


Rare Gloves

Rare gloves with dexterity, maximum life and elemental resistances.


Rare Boots

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

Left Ring

Rare Ring

Elder’s ring with ”Curse enemies with warlord’s mark” mod. Some life and elemental resistances.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

Life, elemental resistances and strenth.



Core item for the build, hence the name. It grants solid mana regeneration, extra damage as chaos and some leech.


Darkness Enthroned

If Darkness Enthroned is something you can’t afford, regular Stygian Vise will do just fine. Make sure to put your strongest jewels into Darkness Enthroned since it has mod ”50% increased Effect of socketed Abyss Jewels” mod.

1Hand Weapon

Void Battery

Build stacks power charges, must have wands for late end-game. Any wands with spell damage, fire damage, cast speed will do just fine.

1Hand Weapon

Void Battery



Build uses 2 Inevitability threshold jewels socketed  into jewel slots next to ”Instability” and ”Quick Recovery” notables.


Rare Jewels

Stats on rare jewels:

  1. Adds fire damage to spells while dual wielding
  2. Maximum life
  3. Increased global critical strike multiplier
  4. Increased global critical strike chance



Flask Setup:

  1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
  2. Chemist’s Silver Flask of Heat
  3. Chemist’s Diamond Flask of Warding
  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.

About prime

Prime is knowledgeable in everything builds related. Mostly focuses on writing build guides and tutorials on how to play with certain skills.


  1. U could update asc guide, since tree was reworked

  2. How to deal high single target dmg? Since magma orb is an aoe?

    • Gloomfang increases damage the more times magma orb bounces, which makes it insane. Swapping out GMP for slower projectiles makes it even more absurd.

  3. So why the controlled destruction on Magma, if you’re running a crit build?

    • More spell damage multiplier, it doesn’t mean you can’t crit at all, it just reduces your critical strike chance and gives you a huge amount of spell damage.

      • Ok gotcha ty, also can you suggest a chest other than a crafted that would be easier to get or a cheaper Unique that would work sufficiently?

  4. The ascendancy section doesn’t match what is currently in game. I’m assuming the order would be Ambush and Assassinate for the first pick, followed by Opportunistic, Unstable Infusion, then Deadly Infusion. Is this correct?

  5. Does this build run the “Inevitability” Jewel?

    • Also, why do we run Controlled Destruction when we are playing a build that wants to crit? Isn’t Increased critical strikes better?

      • Controlled Destruction reduces our crit chance, yes, but it gives more spell damage multiplier which out-scales any other gem.

    • Yes, 2 of them. They are socketed next to ”Instability” and ”Quick Recovery”.

      • Thank you for the replies.

        Do you think that Carcass Jack or Belly of the Beast are also good options for a chest? I know getting the colours is hard but aside from that, they seem good?

        • Carcass is an option if you feel like you need more area of effect or even more damage, but keep in mind, rare chest with high life would make it safer. As for coloring, based on Vorici Chromatic Calculator – https://siveran.github.io/calc.html , it only takes 20 chromes on average to get 5b1g on carcass but 36,847 chromes to get these colors on belly. Hope it helps. Feel free to experiment with any gear you wish, these build guides are just templates. If you find something that works even better, share it with us. 🙂

      • I don’t see how i am getting the 40 int bonus with the jewel next to quick recovery?

  6. first of all, thanks for sharing out this build, already hit lvl 65 with this build and now ready for some action
    but i’ve got few questions.

    1. what jewels should i use and where should i socket them ?
    2. about the gems with capped lvl, where it says the lvl of the gem in scope
    for example Immortal call (8 level) should be held at that level and not be increased ?
    if yes, why so ? why shouldnt i level up all the gems ? (the question might sound stupid but im not that experienced player unfortunately)
    3. general question, my resistance currently at around 65-70% except the chaos resistance which is at around -30%.
    should i focus on increasing the chaos res or keep it like that and focus on getting the main build items ?

    Thanks in advance!

  7. Im 47 level by now with this build. The damage is insane but i have big problem with survi. Gold mob can kill me with 2 shots. What can i do at this point to get some more survi?

  8. how do u generate endurance charges for immortal call?

  9. hey atm i dont really know much about the abyss jewels and do not know what mods to look for on them is there any you would say i should look for?

  10. Leveling suggestions?

  11. Hi guys im playing this build but im not sure about the lategame defence typ. What do you recommand for endgame content armor?

  12. Which Gods of the Pantheon?

  13. What does the 7 lvl or 8 lvl mean?

  14. What does the 7lvl mean?

  15. Any tips on levelling gear/skills? I’m having a hard time surviving and doesn’t seem like I’m killing fast enough without the build required uniques . Thanks

  16. Can you play this build with any staff weapon ?

  17. For example Spell Of Hands can be a pseudo 7 link and gain a free gem slot.

    • You can try to play with Pledge of Hands of course, but keep in mind your critical strike chance and damage won’t be that high. With Void Batteries and passive skill tree in the guide, we maximize critical strike chance and stack power charges for strong and reliable crits. Also, if you want to try pledge of hands, make sure to pick up Serpent Stance notable for global critical strike chance and multiplier while wielding staff. Let us know how it works out for you.

      • yeah i didnt realise u are going full power charges + crit , im gonna try pldege of hands tho cause void battery is kinda expensive atm. do u use 2 void batteries or just 1 an a shield ?

  18. does it mean not to lvl up past those gem lvls for the gems with lvl next to it?

  19. what do you do vs bosses that have fire res or elemental res? not sure how to take down those bosses

  20. cant find any where Chemists flasks (not even in POE)
    do you mind sending a link for these flasks ?

  21. Hey Prime could you post a poe.trade for rare wands that are decent for leveling, and end game the unique ones are a bit pricey and it would be nice to have a nice in-between option.

  22. How good is that flask effect–Alchemist node ? I see there’s a possible jewel socket slot down to Pain Attunement (3 points away).

    • Flask nodes are very effective because of the sheer power of flasks in Path of Exile, if you feel like going for extra jewel socket instead of that 28% flask effectiveness, go for it. 🙂

  23. Hi, for the skill gem setup, why do you have Elemental Focus and Chance to Ignite? Its just Elemental Focus prevents status ailments which makes Chance to Ignite useless unless there is something in the build which I am missing. Thanks.

  24. Hello, may i know which god (Minor or Major) do you recommend for this build?

    • Pantheon powers are swapped depending on the content you are about to engage, there is not a single one which is better 100% than others at all times. Soul of the Brine King is very powerful and saves you from stunlock.

  25. How do you survive with this build . I just hit maps which was hell , and everything almost one shots me . My life is about 2.5k which I don’t think is bad for just hitting maps and my resistances are all 75

    • 2.5k life is indeed very low. Upgrade your gear for more life or make some adjustments in passive skill tree for more life while sacrificing some damage.

  26. Why chance to ignite and not say faster casting wouldn’t the faster casting be a bigger dmg boost since you are running elemental focus or am I just not noticing something

    • Chance to ignite is used for ”more damage multiplier”. Faster casting is an option, of course. Keep in mind, as you cast faster, your mana will be spent much faster as well.

  27. Got my health up to 3.5k and still getting wrecked . Not sure how to progress with this build . I’ve never really had trouble leveling with all the other builds I’ve played . Is it the lack of having like dodge,block, evasion etc?

  28. What Jewels would you recommend for the belt for example?
    What are the best stats to look for?

  29. I wish this guide told new people how to start from level 1? I have no idea what skills i should be using.This guide explains end game

  30. How do you dual wield wands? Is there a passive?

  31. Thanks for the guide, having lots of fun with this, only level 50 but with 2 Inevitability’s i have a nice 90 degree cone of damage. Think it will get boring but it’s my first character and a great place to start.

  32. Do you go with magma orb from the start, what do you recommend for leveling ssf?

  33. What gem going to use on the abyssal socket ? I’m thinking about start in the new league with this build. But the guide don’t tell us what is the best jewels to the belt.

    Can you upgrade the guide with this information ?

  34. Is this build updated for 3.5? I see it says 3.5 but updated last February. I want to try this badly, just need to know if it’s current.

  35. I’ve got all me res max and got 5,5k life. But i keep getting one hit in tier 1 maps and higher lmao.
    The damage i deal is very good but if i get one hit everytime what is the point of this build?
    Is there something i am missing here?

    • Were you accidentally running elemental reflect maps or took a shot from Syndicate member? Because 5.5k life is more than enough to map even to highest tiers of maps..

      • No i run no mods on maps just tryna level. The normal monsters in the map drain my hp so fast and i die like 2-3 times in a tier 1-3 maps… I mostly run melee builds in new leagues. Maybe my arrmour is not good? Still have low level arrmour with a tabula

        Edit: i got 4,5k life my fault*

        • Hmm, maybe you have gotten used to melee playstyle too much? When playing a caster you almost never should be in a position where you can be hit easily, especially in red maps, where few hits mean you are dead instantly. I wouldn’t stack armour, try keeping bigger distance from mobs, also, enable Soul of The Brine king on the pantheon for stuns.

  36. I found 2x Divinarius royal skean daggers, are they a decent option to start with?

    Thnx in advance!

  37. Hey was just wondering is the skill tree updated on this build for 3.10? if not could you possibly whip up a skill tree build that can be used with the equipment on here already? I played back in 3.6 and this was my first build. Now this build is really good with deadeye and has equipment specific to that. I can change ascendancy to deadeye but should I? Considering the equipment is now different.

  38. Is the skill tree still viable for 3.10. If not can you post an updated version that can still relate to these items?
    please and thank you in advance 😀

    • Yeah, after checking it, I can say that it’s easily viable for 3.10. There are 14 unspent points in the tree – you can use those for cluster jewels and get some life/damage, whichever you need more.

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