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Path of Exile: A Brief Introduction to the Shadow Class

Path of Exile Shadow Class

If you are new to the popular ARPG Path of Exile, then several features may seem a bit alien to you at first. There are a few things that you need to wrap your head around, such as utilizing PoE Orbs, jewellers orb, and buy PoE currency. Perhaps more importantly, you just need to figure out how certain classes work and whether or not they cater to your personal gaming style. This article will discuss one of the classes that will be available to you during your time in the game.

The Shadow Class is one of the hybrid classes in Path of Exile. Choosing this class will see the player opting for quick-use melee weapons such as daggers, claws and other close-range short-but-deadly weaponry. The way of the Shadow also sees a tactical approach with the use of traps, as players attempt to always stay one step ahead.

The class itself isn’t without its drawbacks, however. It is considered by many players to be one of the hardest classes to play since they are far more fragile to attack than other classes. Nevertheless, the evasive techniques used by the Shadow allow players to counter this disadvantage, courtesy of the traps used and energy shield at their disposal. The Shadow also adopts the use of masks, coats, spiked shields, garbs, raiments, and mitts for their armor.

Ascendancy Classes

Ascendancy classes are sub-classes that can be chosen by the player and be made use of after completing the Labyrinth for the first time. From here, players will be able to access the Ascendancy skill tree which caters to their specific class. Ascendancy skill points can be gained for completing the Labyrinths, which can be unlocked as you progress through the Acts in the game. A total of eight points can be spent on new skills, following the unlocking of the Eternal Labyrinth, but you don’t need to worry about that until you reach post-game.

There are three Ascendancy classes for the Shadow, which are made up of the Assassin, Saboteur, and Trickster.

Assassin

By choosing the Assassin, players will experience a methodology that focuses on critical striking. There are a number of skills available to the Assassin which will enhance how effective these strikes are, with power leveling charges being progressed and bonus damage being attached to them. These strikes are subject to certain conditions, but can have devastating effects on their opponents. This ascendancy gives players the feel of a true Shadow, allowing them to further their critical damage bonuses with the use of poison, as well as increasing their speed with particular buffs.

Saboteur

The Saboteur approach differs slightly but is all the same just as deadly a choice as the Assassin if used correctly. As mentioned in the introduction, the Shadow class makes use of traps and mines, and that is where this ascendancy comes directly into play, managing to use the specialist skill to gain a significant advantage. On the subject of advantages, the Saboteur also possesses the ability of regeneration and is immune to many ailments that the opponent may choose to inflict upon them.

The Saboteur specializes in traps and mines to greatly enhance their utility. The class also possesses other utility bonuses like blind synergy, area of effect bonuses, regeneration, and ailment immunities.

Trickster

The Trickster sub-class offers a potent mixture of speed and evasion that resembles the true mark of the Shadow. There is also a heavy focus on defence, using the likes of Shade Form and Escape Artist to add further dimensions to their defenses. While this does encourage the player to take the odd hit, the rewards are certainly beneficial for doing so. Reduced mana consumption is also a highlight from such instances as Weave the Arcane, and can also gain charge generation for Power and Frenzy.

Now that you have an idea of the benefits of choosing the Shadow class, you should be ready to delve deeper into the depths of Path of Exile and explore different builds to make you an extremely formidable force. Don’t forget to learn more about buying PoE Orbs, chaos orbs, exalted orbs standard league, an orb of fusing and experiment with your character’s build to make the most of your PoE currency!

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PATH OF EXILE LOOT FILTERS GUIDE

There are so many loot filters you can choose from, but there are only a few that can be considered great—especially for beginners. Using loot filters is essential when playing Path of Exile, especially if you’re planning to play all the way to the endgame content. The premise of item sorters is to be flexible to each player according to their needs, so if you’re looking for certain filters that are designed for racing or for a certain class, then we’ve got you covered. We’ll be showing you the best PoE items drop sorters to use in various situations like for farming PoE Currency and PoE Orbs plus a general overview of what they are.

Path of Exile Loot Filters Guide

What Are Loot Filters?

Loot filters allow you to customize which item labels you want to be displayed in your inventory. Whether it’s the color of the text, drop sound effects, size of the text, or certain items for your class, you can choose which of the resources you want to be displayed. This automatically hides any potentially bad items that you’ll get—or ones that aren’t necessary for your class. By completely hiding certain item drops that you don’t need, this sorts out your inventory and makes it look more organized. However, do note that this will remove your ability to pick up hidden items unless you hold down the item drop hotkey for a good second.

Best Path of Exile Loot Filters to Use

With all kinds of loot dropping in Path of Exile, the helpfulness of item filters can make sorting through the treasure much faster compared to tediously sifting through your items one by one. While you can make a custom filter for yourself, the only drawback is that it’s pretty time-consuming to make. As such, we’ve rounded up a list of the best Path of Exile items drop sorters you can use.

StupidFatHobbit’s Loot Filter

StupidFatHobbit’s l is primarily designed for racers. But it’s doesn’t fall short when it comes to mapping and end game content either. The filter automatically transitions as you level up, do some mapping, and when you’ve reached the endgame. There are 3 presets in StupidFatHobbit’s items sorter: General, Strict, and Uberstrict. You can use it from level 1-100 with ease and without doing any modifications at all, making it an item sorter that you should consider using.

Neversink’s Loot Filter                                                         

Neversink’s item sorter is one of the most widely known filters in Path of Exile. Designed to serve as an all-in-one leveling plus endgame item sorter, this extremely versatile filter gives strong visual cues in order to distinguish a good treasure to a god-tier item drop. Neversink’s loot filter has preset that you can select ranging from Soft to Uber-Strict, making it flexible and great for new players or low-level characters. As such, the loot filter is commonly used throughout the community and is considered to be the best one due to its user-friendliness.

Greengroove’s Loot Filter

Greengroove’s offers a ton of features and presets—making it a favorite for both beginners and advanced players. With five unique options for you to choose from such as: Leveling, Caster, Endgame, Racing, and Magic Find, the customization it provides for players is top tier. There are also special audio cues for certain drops. To add an extra depth of customizability, Greengroove’s item sorter can be switched to six different color themes: Amethyst, Antlantisite, Bloodstone, Jade, Zoisite, and Game Like. Undoubtedly, this filter is perfect for whatever stage you are in the game.

And there you have it! The three best item sorters you can use to make your life easier when farming items for PoE currency and PoE orbs. Are there some notable loot filters that we’ve left out? Let us know by leaving a comment or two to let us know!

PATH OF EXILE GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS

If you want to know what it’s like to farm PoE orbs and PoE currency, then why not try out Path of Exile for yourself. A game with a large community that’s more than willing to help beginners like you, this dungeon-delving RPG gained an even bigger audience share since its release on the PS4. Path of Exile is inspired by Diablo 2 that focuses on getting loot, slaying hoards of enemies, and upgrading your character’s intricate skill tree. That being said, despite being a free game, Grinding Gear Games pulled out all the stops to make this game worth your time. With the game highlighting deep gameplay mechanics, our guide will explain what Path of Exile has to offer such as its class system and more along with helpful tips to get you started.

Main Attributes

There are three main attributes in Path of Exile: Dexterity, Strength, and Intelligence. By gaining 10 points in each of these abilities, you’ll gain bonuses added to the stats of your character. Here are the effects in which you can get when upgrading these attributes.

Ability Effects
Strength Your maximum HP will increase by 5 points. Melee damage to be increased by 2% per upgrade.
Dexterity Your accuracy will increase by 20 points. Evasion to be increased by 2% per upgrade.
Intelligence Your maximum mana pool will increase by 5 points. Energy shield to be increased by 2% per upgrade.

It’s important to upgrade attributes as gears in Path of Exile often have minimum requirements. Meaning that in order to equip a high-level weapon, you’ll need to have a certain amount of points to your main attributes to be able to use it.

Path of Exile Classes

There are seven playable classes for you to choose from in PoE: Duelist, Templar, Witch, Ranger, Marauder, Shadow, and Scion. These classes come equipped with different starting stats and begin at a different spot on the Passive Skill Tree.

Duelist – The Duelist class fights through the use of melee attacks. They can also summon AI minions to fight alongside them. Their attributes are Strength and Dexterity.

Templar – The Templar fires projectiles and offers a variety of lightning-based attacks. Their attributes are Intelligence and Strength.

Witch – A Witch is a female spellcaster that boasts high magic damage. Similar to mages, Witches use staffs to draw out their power. Their main attribute is Intelligence.

Ranger – The Ranger class uses a bow as their primary weapon, but can wield a sword as well as a secondary weapon. They are dexterous and nimble, making them a class that is very much agile. Their main attribute is Dexterity.

Marauder – The Marauder is a melee fighter that has great strength. A juggernaut that’s meant to be either be a defense-oriented tank or high damage dealer, their main attribute is Strength.

Shadow – The Shadow is a fighter that slices its foes through the use of short-range weapons and traps in battle. A cunning class with great speed, their main attributes is Dexterity and Intelligence.

Scion – The Scion class is not available at the beginning of the game, but instead can be permanently unlocked by rescuing her on Act 3. She can adjust to any character build, making her a flexible class. The Scion’s main attributes are Dexterity, Intelligence, and Strength.

PoE’s Passive Skill Tree: A Spider’s Web

The Passive Skill Tree of Path of Exile looks a tad bit intimidating due to its somewhat complex spider-web appearance. But don’t fret as it doesn’t take very long to figure out exactly how it works. This expanding map is what makes Path of Exile unique to its competitors.

As you go up a level, your character will also gain a skill point. You can collect up to a total of99 skill points from leveling, but you can further earn 24 more from quests. Each of these skill points is to be added to your skill tree. If you add the points to the smaller nodes on the map, it’ll offer you small bonuses such as permanent additional points to your main attributes and/or small boosts to your damage. The larger nodes offer more unique upgrades to your abilities. Basically, choosing where to put your skill points in these large nodes is what makes your skill tree stand out apart from the others.

It’s best to first plan out exactly how you’ll be allocating your points down the line since the Passive Skill Tree is so massive. Should you completely want to try a new build, you can earn “Refund Points” through certain quests to re-allocate your skill points in a different build that you may desire. Do note that you can’t buy skill points with PoE orbs or PoE currency; you’ll have to earn them the hard way!

Path of Exile Delve: Fossil Crafting Guide

Fossils are a special type of PoE currency, much like PoE Orb. They were introduced in the Delve league and can be socketed into resonators. Furthermore, they are considered to be a special type of crafting material. There is a wide variety of Fossils that can be found within the Delves—a randomly generated mine that you can explore between each checkpoint. With our Fossil Crafting Guide, we’ll be discussing where the optimal locations to find these fossils are and how you can craft them in the easiest manner possible.

Fossil Crafting

As earlier stated, Fossil crafting was introduced in Delve expansion league. While you’re delving down in the mine, you will find these fossils along with resonators. The fossils can be placed inside the resonators, and when they are full the resonators are used to apply to an item the same way as a chaos orb or essence. These resonators have between one to four sockets, allowing you to craft both mid-tier and even extremely powerful items in the process.

However, unlike essences, fossils do not guarantee anything. Although they can be used to block off stats you don’t want, or weight rolls towards stats that you do want. A prime example would a Pristine Fossil weight rolls on an item towards having a life roll, but it also guarantees that the item will not have an armor, energy shield, or evasion rating roll. By using multiple fossils at once, you can effectively block entire sections of modifiers, and guarantee certain results to some extent.

Besides that, there are also a few extremely rare and expensive fossils that roll the item with all new modifiers that can only be found from fossils. This includes Hollow Fossil and Bloodstained Fossil. Hollow Fossil guarantees one abyssal socket on a rare item, but it is added as a modifier which will be removed should the item be rolled again. The Bloodstained Fossil adds all-new vaal modifiers, which in turn affects how vaal skills are used. While these fossils are extremely expensive to try, they can altogether result in some of the strongest items in the game!

Fossil Locations

Fossils are mostly found within the short side areas in the darkness, though they sometimes even appear in areas in which your cart can move. Sometimes, Fossils can even spawn behind Fractured Walls, so you’ll have to destroy them with Dynamite before you can access the Fossil spawn location. Currently, there are a total of 30 different Fossils which spawn in certain Fossil locations aka Fossil biomes within the Delve mine. There are seven of these Fossil locations which are listed down below:

  1. Mines Biome – Metallic Fossil, Serrated Fossil, Pristine Fossil, and Aetheric Fossil
  2. Fungal Caverns Biome – Dense Fossil, Aberrant Fossil, Perfect Fossil, Corroded Fossil, and Gilded Fossil (Note: Gilded Fossil spawns rarer than the other Fossils in this location, making it more valuable and is hidden behind Fractured Walls.)
  3. Petrified Forest Biome – Bound Fossil, Jagged Fossil, Corroded Fossil, and Sanctified Fossil (Note: Sanctified Fossil spawns rare than the other Fossils on this location, therefore it is worth more and can only be found behind Fractured Walls.)
  4. Abyssal Depths Biome – Aberrant Fossil, Bound Fossil, Gilded Fossil, and Lucent Fossil (Note: Gilded and Lucent Fossils can only be found behind Fractured Walls.)
  5. Frozen Hollow Biome – Frigid Fossil, Serrated Fossil, Prismatic Fossil, and Sanctified Fossil (Note: Sanctified Fossil is rare and can only be found behind Fractured Walls.)
  6. Magma Fissure Biome – Scorched Fossil, Prismatic Fossil, Pristine Fossil, Enchanted Fossil, Encrusted Fossil, and Faceted Fossil (Note: Encrusted and Faceted Fossils are rare fossils, and therefore can only be found behind Fractured Walls.)
  7. Sulfur Vents Biome – Metallic Fossil, Perfect Fossil, Aetheric Fossil, and Encrusted Fossil

Fossil farming and crafting is a rather common thing to do during new leagues, simply because Fossils can be quite expensive and can be considered a really good PoE currency and PoE orbs making method. But in order to be an efficient farmer, it’s critical to know the Fossil locations and spawn rates before crafting them.

Going Underground: Path of Exile: Delve

Overseas, down memory lane, and even parallel universes – some of the few places Path of Exile has brought players. So this time, the game is bringing exiles to where they’ve never been before: underground. Next expansions going way down, literally: it’s no other than Path of Exile: Delve. Time to mine some POE items.

A Bit of Downtime

Path of Exile: Delve will be taking players to what seems like the bottomless Azurite Mine. There, they’ll be confronting dangers they’ll never find on the surface of Wraeclast and Oriath.

The Azurite Mine is deadly as it is mysterious because of the darkness that has consumed the place for two and a half centuries and cast the Eternal Empire out. The darkness also kills anyone who enters the mines, making exploration impossible. Inventor Niko, however, built the Crawler, a cart-like automaton that can light the mines up. Powered by Voltaxic Sulphite, it’s the only contraption that can perform this feat. Thus, with Niko’s work and your very own courage and readiness, be ready to venture into the deep unknown down below.

Darker, Longer, Better

But rather than the Crawler following you, it will be the other way around. You’ll have to go along with the Crawler, lest you be left behind in the darkness, which will deal damage over time. But don’t worry about not being able to keep up, as the Crawler’s movement speed is very much like yours.

The more you delve deeper, the more the mine becomes harder to explore. To get past these limitations, upgrading the Crawler and other mining gear is a must. For that, you’ll need azurite, which you’ll find in the mines. For example, if you want to stay longer in the mines, you need a higher carrying capacity of Voltaxic Sulphite. Like what’s been previously said, you’ll need azurite for that. Other than that, azurite is used to improve darkness resistance, light radius, as well as upgrade and buy flares and dynamites.

Can’t Stay Below

In true hack-and-slash dungeon crawler fashion, the deeper you reach in the Azurite Mine, the stronger the enemies will be. Also, true to the genre’s conventions, stronger enemies mean better POE items and more PoE currency. Aside from the positive feedback loop grinding, you can also find packets of hidden rewards simply by exploring. And if you’re into the lore, you’ll find ruins of ancient civilizations as an added bonus. The devs have even teased players that there’s a dragon somewhere down there. With so many surprises, it’s no surprise that players will want to keep going down and down.

How long? For as long as they can, because the Azurite Mine is Path of Exile’s first infinite dungeon. And because you can go and on and on while the mobs get stronger and stronger, you might even eventually come to a point where the encounters can be tougher to beat than some endgame content. So don’t just aimlessly go lower and lower; be prepared.

Also, don’t think that you can stay in Azurite Mines for as long as you can. This is because you’ll be consuming Votaxic Sulphate on a regular basis, and the stuff can only be found on regular maps. Think of it as playing Path of Exile, because you’ll have to go out from time to time in order to get food Don’t take it so hard, that’s just how the mining industry works.

Path of Exile: Delve is already online; that means a lot of us will be digging deeper and deeper in its rich content. So, what are you waiting for? Log in now and start getting down to business.

Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Scion

Path of Exile Scion

The last (but not at all the least) PoE class you’ll encounter is the Scion. Because of the difficult learning curve she has, the Scion is initially unavailable until you meet and rescue her in Act 3. She sits right at the center of the skill tree, aligned with all three stats. She isn’t associated with any PoE item equipment (armor and weapons) and can use them all. The player, you, has the choice of building her stats and equipment.

She is also unique in that she only has one Ascendancy Class, the Ascendant.

Strengths and Weaknesses

In general, the build you give her will dictate her strengths and weaknesses. Being in the center puts her in a very unique and enviable position as she has the opportunity to reach all the passive skill nodes easily. The challenge lies in allocating the points properly.

Paradoxically, her vast potential and adaptability is both a strength and weakness at the same time. The number of builds available to her is staggering. Done well, she can be a juggernaut, a mage tank, or the most cunning sneak. However, making one mistake in allocating nodes can break your build in the worst possible way. Collecting the best skill gems and equipment for the build might also prove to be a challenge. Then again, you can collect the items with another character first.

You can also use her to see if certain builds for the other classes are viable, to an extent. Test out gimmicky builds with her as well. Take note that you need to have careful planning and proper handling to play the Scion effectively.

Ascendancy Class

The Ascendant has access to passives based on other Ascendancy Classes. These passives have effects similar to the class skill tree it’s based on, albeit with weaker effects. She can only take up to two, and they have to be from different base classes. One more benefit she has is further investment in one class’s path. Taking that skill lets her use that class’s starting point on the passive skill tree. A majority of her notable skills are named after the Ascendancy Classes, and the rest are named ‘Path of (base class)’.

The former skills, the ones named after other Ascendancy Classes, provide general bonuses that are representative of that class. For example, the passive Raider provides increased attack damage, movement speed, and chance to dodge attacks. It also provides Onslaught on full Frenzy Charges, and a 10% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge when hitting a rare or unique enemy. These effects are what Raiders focus on, and the Raider passive reflects that.

The Path of (base class) skills, on the other hand, grants 2 passive skill points and allows the Ascendant to allocate passives from that class’s starting point. It allows the Ascendant to further focus on one base class of the two Ascendancy Class passives she took.

The Verdict

Of course, being unavailable to beginners, this is hardly a proper choice for players only starting out in Path of Exile. However, if you’re considering playing Path of Exile as one, you’d better have a build in mind. As stated earlier, one mistake can break the build all too easily. It gets worse not plotting your course of action ahead of time. The Scion is the one that is the most like a blank slate. If you’re careful and patient, a beautiful painting appears in it. If you’re hasty and careless, she’ll end up an unappealing mess to play. Keep that in mind when you come across her in Act 3.

 

***7 Best Path of Exile Character classes***

  1. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Scion
  2. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Shadow
  3. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Templar
  4. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Ranger
  5. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Duelist
  6. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Marauder
  7. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Witch

Ascendant Scion

Scion Build Guides for Delve – Starter and Non-Starters

Infernal Flicker Strike Build – Ascendant Scion

Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Shadow

Path of Exile Shadow

The Shadow is the Intelligence-Dexterity aligned class in Path of Exile. He’s an agile, spell-slinging trapper. Playing as one will require quite a bit of skill as he is rather fragile—similar to both the Witch and Ranger. He uses weapons like claws and daggers. His armor consists mostly of masks, jackets, coats, raiment, garbs, mitts, boots, and spiked shields. To understand how you can branch out his passive skills, remember that he starts out in the upper right area of the skill tree, between the Ranger and Witch.

His Ascendancy Classes are Assassin, Saboteur, and Trickster.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Being a hybrid class, Shadow shares most of the Witch’s and Ranger’s strengths and weaknesses. He can make good use of dexterity’s increased projectile damage for his intelligence-augmented spells. While not exactly big on physical damage, strategic use of attacks, spells, and traps is very rewarding. Several of his skill nodes exploit any critical hit he deals, though his normal attacks won’t be nearly as strong.

His natural evasion and ease at keeping up an energy shield add to his overall survivability. However, he is far from many of the HP-boosting or regen nodes, making him quite vulnerable at times. If his evasion fails and his shield breaks, he’s only one lucky hit away from getting squished like a bug.

Ascendancy Classes

The Assassin focuses on dealing critical strikes and enhancing Power Charges. He may also use poison to augment his critical and normal damage. Of the three Shadow Ascendancy Classes, he is the one who relies on hit-and-run tactics the most. Two notable skills of his are Unstable Infusion along with the Ambush & Assassinate.

Unstable Infusion increases the change to gain a Power Charge on critical by 10%. It also gives a 20% chance to gain the same on non-critical hits. The skill Ambush and Assassinate give different bonuses depending on whether or not the enemy is on full HP. It gives 30% increased damage on low-HP enemies. On full HP enemies, it adds 40% to the critical strike multiplier. It also doubles the critical strike chance on enemies that are on either side of the HP spectrum.

Lastly, it gives a Culling Strike effect on every critical strike.

The Saboteur is the expert trapper. His skills enhance his trap and mine-laying skills. He has other utility bonuses as well, such as synergy with the blind ailment, area of effect bonuses, regeneration, and ailment immunities. His notable skills are ‘Born in the Shadows’ and Perfect Crime.

The first gives the Saboteur immunity to blindness. Not only that, it blinds nearby enemies and reduces damage taken from them by 10%. It also makes his strikes have a 25% chance to blind more enemies, and even increases the damage of his hits or ailments by 30%. The second reduces the cooldown time of throwing traps. It increases damage by 8% for each trap and gives a 20% chance for traps to trigger once more.

The Trickster is a versatile damage-over-time class. Some of his skills add to his survivability. Others enhance his Power and Frenzy Charges. He has the speed and maneuverability to slip through attacks while dealing his own. Some of his notable skills are Escape Artist and Prolonged Pain.

The former gives +5 to the evasion rating per 1 maximum energy shield on helmet. It also gives a +1 to maximum Energy Shield per 6 evasion rating on armor. In addition to that, he cannot be stunned if he hasn’t been hit recently and takes 8% less damage as well. The latter increases skill duration effect by 20%, and reduces damage taken over time by 10%. It also increases Poison duration by 20% and damage over time by 15%.

The Conclusion

The Shadow is probably the hardest of all PoE characters to play. He needs quite a bit of thought and strategy to be effective. In short, he isn’t a straightforward character. If hit-and-run tactics are your thing though, he just may be the perfect class for you. His strength is in burst damage in critical hits and damage over time with status ailments. Do note, however, that he’s practically wet tissue paper when his shield’s down and his evasion fails him. Sure, this could be mitigated with certain PoE items, but that often proves to be an expensive prospect. It’s highly recommended that you do a significant amount of research before playing the guile Shadow.

 

***7 Best Path of Exile Character classes***

  1. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Scion
  2. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Shadow
  3. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Templar
  4. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Ranger
  5. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Duelist
  6. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Marauder
  7. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Witch

 

Saboteur Shadow

Assassin Shadow

Trickster Shadow

Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Templar

Path of Exile Templar

The last dual hybrid class in Path of Exile is the Templar. He looks like a fragile old man, but don’t let that fool you. Behind that façade lies a cunning character! Being the perfect balance of brains (Intelligence) and brawn (Strength), he knows multiple ways to prove he’s anything but fragile. In fact, he can use most weapons, from swords to staves. However, he won’t use bows or daggers. He’s garbed in chainmail coifs, helmets, chainmail or ringmail, mesh or chain gloves and boots, and kite shields.

His Ascendancy Classes are Inquisitor, Hierophant, and Guardian.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Like the other hybrid classes, the Templar shares the strengths and weaknesses of his neighboring classes. He has the brute strength of the Marauder as well as the magical aptitude of the Witch. The combination of stats also makes him the best at deftly dealing with swarms and hordes of enemies. The strength side of his tree boosts his defense and vitality, letting him wade into a crowd of hostiles. Equipped with sweeping or slamming attacks as well as a myriad of elemental spells, he can clear out waves of attackers with but a few gestures.

His big weakness, however, is his low dexterity. As he starts on the opposite side of the Ranger, he doesn’t have access to many dexterity nodes. Sure, he can deal with many enemies at once, but he’ll have difficulty trying to hit a specific one. Using spells can mitigate this weakness, although it might be inefficient. Consider saving up PoE Orbs to compensate for this somehow.

Ascendancy Classes

His first Ascendancy Class, Inquisitor, enables him to manipulate the elements. The class grants skills that increase elemental damage or resistance, critical strikes, or buffs. Inquisitors can also have the ability to create the unique ground effect ‘Consecrated Ground’. It confers various beneficial effects, depending on the skills acquired. Augury of Penitence and Inevitable Judgement are some of his notable skills.

Augury of Penitence makes nearby enemies take both 16% more elemental damage and deal 8% less elemental damage. Inevitable Judgement improves the Inquisitor’s critical and normal strikes. It makes normal strikes penetrate 10% of the enemy’s elemental resistances. Critical strikes ignore those resistances completely.

His second Ascendancy Class, Hierophant, deals with unconventional sources of damage and defense. His skills also increase totem and spell utility. He’s more of a magic-oriented class. His skills bolster spellcasting more than physical prowess. Also, he has skills that make use of his large mana pool, either by converting it to defensive bonuses, or conserving and regenerating it. Notable Hierophant skills include Arcane Blessing and Divine Guidance.

The first skill activates Arcane Surge when he or his totem attacks an enemy with a spell. As an added effect, while he has Arcane Surge, he’s immune to elemental ailments. The second skill adds 150 to his total mana, and 10% of damage gets taken from mana first before life.

His third and final Ascendancy Class is Guardian. As the name suggests, he’s a class for tanking and support. His skills put an emphasis on the defense and support of a party. What’s more, even summoned minions can benefit from his skills as well. His notable skills are Radiant Faith and Prayer of Glory.

The former grants an energy shield equal to 15% of the Guardian’s mana to himself and his allies. It also grants armor that’s 160% of his reserved life to himself and his allies. The latter skill makes using warcries instant without costing any mana. It also grants 15% increased attack, cast speed, and movement speed if he used a warcry recently.

The Conclusion

The Templar is a solid choice for anyone who wants a more survivable magic user. He’s in a very beneficial position. That is, most of the Marauder’s strengths cover the Witch’s weaknesses and vice versa. His only real flaw is his general lack of accuracy to deal with single enemies in an efficient manner. Other than that, he’s a good all-rounder who’s tough & reliable. While he’s not very flashy, he certainly gets the job done.

 

***7 Best Path of Exile Character classes***

  1. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Scion
  2. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Shadow
  3. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Templar
  4. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Ranger
  5. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Duelist
  6. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Marauder
  7. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Witch

Templar Build Guides for Delve – Starter and Non-Starters

Smite Summoner Build – Guardian Templar

Critical Arc Build – Inquisitor Templar

Magma Orb Build – Inquisitor Templar

Low Life Righteous Fire Build – Guardian Templar

Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Ranger

PoE Ranger Build

The Ranger is another ‘pure’ class in Path of Exile. Being attuned to dexterity means that she focuses on evasion as a defense. She is also very proficient with bows as her main weapon, but she’s no slouch with swords either. Claws, axes, wands, shields, and daggers are alright with her as well, but blunt weapons are not her forte. The equipment associated with her are caps or hoods, armor made of leather, garbs, tunics, hide gloves and boots, and bucklers. She starts at the southeastern area of the skill tree, between the Duelist to the left, and the Shadow on the right. Her skills focus on increasing ranged damage output, as well as increasing evasion.

Her Ascendancy Classes are Deadeye, Raider, and Pathfinder.

Strengths and Weaknesses

The Ranger has the astounding ability to avoid most of the damage coming to her. Since attacks aren’t hitting, the negative status effects that go with them also won’t stick. However, as no defense is truly perfect, once she gets hit it could be the end.

Movement and attack speed boosters are also available to her very early, making up for the relatively smaller damage output she deals. The movement speed boosts are even almost exclusive to her. Other classes would have to go through many points to get there, and Rangers can access those practically right off the bat.

Because of her high dexterity and precision, her attacks will rarely miss. It’s especially good for active skills, as there will be less wasted mana.

However, she can’t use the heavy hitting weapons, preferring agility and accuracy over brute force. Besides that, any kind of minion she may have from necromancy or a pet will be weaker than usual. It’s a result of the good passive skills for it being a little far from her starting point.

Ascendancy Classes

The Deadeye is the most offensive-oriented of the three. Her passives increase projectile damage and area of effect. Even better, it works on all kinds of projectiles, even those from wands and some spells.

That gives a bit more versatility to the class. Two of her more notable skills are Endless Munitions and Ricochet.

Endless Munitions adds 200 to accuracy, increases area of effect of skills by 50%. Also, it makes skills fire an extra projectile. for more damage and an added chance for any additional effects. Ricochet makes skills chain to one more target, as well as adding 10% more damage for each remaining chain.

The Raider focuses on buff maintenance as well as conferring bonuses through kills. She can specialize in one of the following: Frenzy Charges, Onslaught, or Phasing buffs, enhancing its effects.  Her skills seem to come in pairs, evidenced by Quartz Infusion and Avatar of the Veil.

The first raises the chance to dodge by 6%, and grants Phasing at maximum Frenzy Charges or while you have Onslaught. It also provides Phasing for 3 seconds after a successful kill. The second grants a 40% increase in elemental damage, as well as a 10% increase in movement speed, and a 10% chance to dodge spells. It also gives immunity to elemental status ailments while Phasing.

Finally, the Pathfinder specializes in flasks. She can improve her flasks to boost offensive or defensive abilities. It gives her flexibility to use spells and attacks whether elemental, physical, or chaos effectively. Some notable skills are Master Alchemist and Nature’s Adrenaline.

Master Alchemist makes the Pathfinder immune to elemental status ailments, gives a 40% increase in elemental damage, and a 20% chance for elemental statues to afflict an enemy during flask effects. With Nature’s Adrenaline, there’s even a 15% increase in movement speed and a 20% increase to attack speed while using a flask.

The Conclusion

The Ranger is a good choice for those who prefer finesse and elegance rather than brute force. There are Ranger builds for those who prefer ranged or melee combat, so that’s not something to consider. Take note that while Rangers are good at dodging, they can’t dodge everything. You’d better invest those PoE orbs on something that can help your Ranger survive getting hit.

 

***7 Best Path of Exile Character classes***

  1. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Scion
  2. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Shadow
  3. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Templar
  4. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Ranger
  5. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Duelist
  6. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Marauder
  7. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Witch

Ranger Build Guides for Delve – Starter and Non-Starters

Ice Shot Build – Deadeye Ranger

Tornado Shot Build – Deadeye Ranger

Caustic Arrow Build – Pathfinder Ranger

Fire Elemental Hit Build – Deadeye Ranger

Toxic Rain Build – Pathfinder Ranger

Cold Spectral Throw Build – Raider Ranger

Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Duelist

PoE Class Duelist

A hybrid Path of Exile class, the Duelist, takes advantage of strength and dexterity. He has good defenses from strength, augmented by the evasion boosts dexterity gives. Whether by bow or sword, enemies fall at his hand. He can use PoE items such as swords, axes, maces, and bows. He wears helmets, scale/brigandines/doublets/lamellar, scale gauntlets and boots, and round shields. His skills are a balance between his two primary stats. Strength for armor and damage. Dexterity for attack speed and evasion.

His Ascendancy Classes are Slayer, Gladiator, and Champion.

Strengths and Weaknesses

He shares many of the strengths and weaknesses of his neighboring classes, the Marauder and Ranger. Because of his affinity for strength, he can deal powerful blows and tank damage. His other affinity, dexterity, grants him increased dodge and movement speed. It also grants increased accuracy, making more of his hits land on enemies. He gets the best of both worlds. Dual wielding is also his forte, and he starts out quite near the needed nodes for that.

As the intelligence skill nodes are on the opposite side of where he starts, he has a limited mana pool. Any spell he casts will also be weak, as he cannot reach the spell modifiers. To keep on using skills, he must rely on mana leech and conservative magic. While not as fragile as a Ranger, he can’t tank at the level of Marauders either.

Ascendancy Classes

The Slayer specializes in two-handed weapons, such as bows and greatswords. His skills revolve around power and sustaining it. They also boost life leech and stun, with some passives boosting damage against tougher monsters. Some notable skills are Headsman and Endless Hunger.

Headsman activates when you’ve killed recently. It increases damage and radius of area skills by 20%. As a bonus effect reflected physical damage doesn’t hurt him. Endless hunger makes 20% of overkill damage turn into leeched life and gives immunity to bleeding while leeching.

The Gladiator maximizes the Duelist’s hybrid nature. His skills synergize well with dual wielding or one-handed weapon and shield combinations. He can then improve on that by applying bleed, improving blocking, or enhancing Endurance and Frenzy Charges. His notable skills are Outmatch and Outlast and Blood in the Eyes.

The former provides a 25% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on kill with the main hand. It also provides the same opportunities to obtain an Endurance Charge on kill with the off-hand. Then, at max Frenzy Charges, he deals 10% more physical damage. At max Endurance Charges, he takes 10% less physical damage. The latter provides a 25% chance to make enemies bleed. Upon hitting a bleeding enemy, his attacks maim and has a 10% chance to blind. Lastly, maimed enemies take 10% more damage.

The Champion supports his allies through taunts, buffs, and de-buffs. He can even boost their already high defense or gain a burst of adrenaline. His skills all focus on increasing his survivability. Notable skills of his are Worthy Foe, Fortitude, and Unstoppable Hero.

Worthy Foe makes enemies he taunts take 20% more damage. It has the added effect of making taunted enemies unable to evade attacks. Fortitude grants permanent Fortify. Then, it activates the effects of Unstoppable Hero. That skill allows a 10% increase in attack speed and a 30% increase in armor and evasion. What’s more, it adds 1000 to his armor and evasion, and he cannot be stunned. He becomes genuinely unstoppable at that point.

The Conclusion

The perfect balance between brute force and finesse, the Duelist, is an excellent physical all-rounder. He has enough power and defense to defeat his enemies, helped by his natural agility and grace. Take note that due to his positioning on the skill tree, he’ll never be good at slinging spells. He’s a good choice for those preferring physical damage to spells, but not the brute strength of the Marauder nor the fragility of the Ranger.

***7 Best Path of Exile Character classes***

  1. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Scion
  2. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Shadow
  3. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Templar
  4. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Ranger
  5. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Duelist
  6. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Marauder
  7. Path of Exile Class Spotlight: Witch

 Duelist Build Guides for Delve – Starter and Non-Starters

Vaal Double Strike Build – Champion Duelist

Sword Cyclone Build – Slayer Duelist

Flicker Strike Build – Slayer Duelist

Bloodseeker Frost Blades Build – Champion Duelist

Blade Flurry Block Gladiator – A Great League Starter – Build Guide

One Punch Build (Infernal Blow) – Slayer Duelist