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[PoE 3.12 Build] Bladefall Mines + Blade Blast Shadow (Assassin)

Intro & build description

A mine build is always a solid choice for a league starter and this one is not different. Cheap, reliable and doesn’t require any specific items to make it work. You could expect to easily go mapping, complete heists and kill endgame bosses with this build.

Build Pros

  • Good survivability - 7000+ effective hp
  • Good clear and single target damage
  • Perfect as a league starter since it doesn't require any specific uniques to function
  • Cheap to start and scales well with currency invested
  • Immune to reflect due to the fact that it's primarily a mine build

Build Cons

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.12] Skill Tree
Path of Building link


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Ambush and Assasinate
Labyrinth 2Unstable Infusion
Labyrinth 3Deadly Infusion
Endgame LabyrinthOpportunistic (Offense) / Mistwalker (Defense)

Skill gem setup



Herald of Ash

Enlighten (LVL 4 ideally)

Elemental Weakness

Body Armor

Blade Blast

Awakened Increased Area of Effect Support

Awakened Controlled Destruction Support

Inspiration Support

Hypothermia Support

Energy Leech Support


Flame Dash

Arcane Surge Support (LVL 8)

Second Wind Support

Faster Casting Support / Void Sphere for porcupines


Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 3)

Enfeeble (LVL 7)

Wave of Conviction (Max LVL)

Vaal Righteous Fire (Max LVL) - only use Vaal version for dps

2h Weapon


High-Impact Mine Support

Minefield Support

Awakened Controlled Destruction Support

Concentrated Effect Support / Awakened Increased Area of Effect Support

Trap and Mine Damage Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Hubris Circlet

Look for rare Hubris Circlet with 40% increased Bladefall or Blade Blast damage labyrinth enchantment.

Ideally, it should have at least 90 maximum life, at least 200 energy shield and decent elemental resistances.

Body Armour

Rare Vaal Regalia

Look for Vaal Regalia with at least 90 life and one high energy shield prefix. Craft “Gain 10% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield” on it using crafting bench.
This is a Gravicius signature mod and can be unlocked by unveiling body armours.

In Endless Delve, just look for body armour with as high life and energy shield as possible.


Rare Fingerless Silk Gloves

Look for Fingerless Silk gloves with at least 70 life, high resistances and dexterity mod. Any extra energy shield mods are also great.


Inya's Epiphany

Great, cheap pair of boots that give us life, some ES and damage.

Alternatively, you could use rare energy shield based boots with Hunter influence and Tailwind mod, but those are way more expensive.

You could also use regular energy shield boots with high life, 30% increased movement speed and resistances, if you cannot cap them with other items.

Left Ring

Mark of The Shaper

Quite expensive early in the league, but very affordable after a week in.
The ring works with the build extremely well giving a lot of damage, increased maximum life and energy shield.

In Endless Delve, use regular rare rings, you could also consider Delve rings with curses on hit.

Right Ring

Rare Two-Stone Ring with Elder Influence

Look for rare Two-Stone ring with Elder Influence for the Mark of The Shaper synergy.

Mods to look for – at least 60 to maximum life, resistances, dexterity. Energy shield mod would be good as well.

If you have some extra currency, you could buy one with Poacher’s Mark on Hit mod for easy Frenzy Charge generation.


Rare Citrine Amulet with Elder Influence

Look for rare Citrine Amulet with elder influence.

The main mod we are looking for here is “Gain Gain x% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage” since it gives a lot of damage to our build. Other mods to look for are life, global critical strike multiplier, resistances, strength and dexterity.

Potential Anointments:
Whispers of Doom, Constitution, Heartseeker, Force Shaper.


Rare Crystal Belt

Look for rare Crystal Belt with high life, energy shield and some resistances. You could also craft % increased damage on it.

2Hand Weapon

Eclipse Staff with Elder Influence

The main item of the build is an Eclipse Staff with Elder influence and “Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 16 Power Charge On Critical Strike” mod.

This mod gives us the 7th link for our Bladefall skill.

I suggest trying to craft this staff yourself by using Aetheric Fossils for more common caster modifiers.

Other good mods beside Power Charge on Critical strike would be +x to level of all Physical Spell gems / all spell skill gems, 90%+ increased spell damage, lightning/cold/fire damage to spells, increased critical strike chance for spells.

In Endless Delve, regular staff without influence would work as well.


Rare Jewels

Since this build doesn’t lack in damage, we use 3 defensive rare jewels for attributes and resistances.

Mods to look for:

1.) Increased maximum life / increased maximum energy shield (ideally both)
2.) + To Strength and Dexterity
3.) +x% to all resistances
4.) If you have attributes and resistances handled, look for global critical strike multiplier mod as a suffix

This build also uses Thread of Hope unique jewel. It’s quite expensive early in the league, but it drops in price dramatically after a week or so. We use this jewel in slot above Devotion node to allocate Divine Wrath and Divine Fury nodes, both of those are really strong for our build.


Flask Setup

Build uses following flasks:

1.) Divine Life flask with instant recovery and bleed removal
2.) Quicksilver Flask of adrenaline
3.) Basalt Flask with freeze removal
4.) Cinderswallow Urn
5.) Atziri’s Promise

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

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