Path of Exile Chaos DoT Soulrend Trickster Build

Path of Exile Chaos DoT Soulrend Trickster Build

Path of Exile Chaos DoT Soulrend Trickster Build

Due to its effects, Soulrend is a popular skill to build around. It fires a projectile that deals with Chaos Damage and leeches 4% of it as Energy Shield. Also, it has a damage over time area of effect around it. With the correct gear and build, you can melt bosses with the skill easily enough. It also doesn’t need much PoE currency, at least not as much as the truly expensive PoE builds.

Because you won’t be dealing direct damage but mostly be waiting out the DoT, you’ll need to be tanky. You also won’t need any PoE uniques to make this Soulrend Trickster build viable. That makes it perfect for the SSF leagues, where you can’t use PoE trade. However, it will be hard to optimize in those leagues, and you won’t reach incredibly high damage numbers.

So here’s what you need for this kind of build!


Look for these stats on your equipment

  • Chaos Damage
  • Spell Damage
  • Damage Over Time
  • Damage Over Time Multiplier
  • Evasion
  • Energy Shield
  • Elemental Resistances

You’ll want to pump up your Energy Shield so PoE items that increase its capacity would be good. Those that boost your survivability (Dodge Chance, Evasion, Energy Shield) are also good picks. Preferably, your gloves should have at least 100 Energy Shield and the Aspect of the Spider. Those that lower Chaos Resistance would be preferable as well.

Enemies in Path of Exile may rarely resist Chaos Damage, but any kind of help to raise your damage is beneficial.

Some PoE unique items you can use are:

  • Hyrri’s Ire for Dodge Chance, high Evasion Rating, and with Escape Artist, 500 more shields
  • Cane of Unravelling for +2 level of all Chaos Gems, Increased Chaos Damage, and Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier
  • The Vertex for Energy Shields and Evasion
  • Sin Trek for Movement Speed, Energy Shields, and Evasion

You don’t need to have these uniques, some rare gear works better. Those can be expensive, and these unique PoE items can be cheaper than the better alternatives. At any rate, it’s up to you to decide where to spend your precious PoE orbs.

If you want Enchantments, get the following:

  • ‘Soulrend deals 40% Increased Damage’ for your helmet
  • The suffix ‘Of Reflection’ for your gloves
  • Movement Speed for your boots

These aren’t important so don’t worry if you don’t get these exact ones.

For Anointments, only Utmost Intellect will help this PoE build.

Gem Links

Here are the recommended gem links for your equipment.


  • Soulrend
  • Controlled Destruction
  • Efficacy
  • Greater Multiple Projectiles
  • Swift Affliction (if 5-linked)
  • Empower (if 6-linked)

Body Armor:

  • Essence Drain
  • Controlled Destruction
  • Efficacy
  • Void Manipulation
  • Swift Affliction (if 5-linked)
  • Empower (if 6-linked)

Various 4-linked sets:

  • Vaal Blight, Vaal Righteous Fire, Flame Dash, Increased Duration
  • Wither, Spell Totem, Multiple Totems, Summon Stone Golem
  • Discipline, Malevolence, Clarity, Enlighten

Passive Skills and Ascendancy

Take the top path of Physical and Chaos Damage and Life nodes toward Coordination. Go up and take Blood Siphon and the surrounding Life nodes. Go down from Coordination to Method to the Madness, taking the Chaos Damage Over Time Nodes. Going right, grab these nodes:

  • Entropy
  • Fangs of the Viper
  • Resourcefulness
  • Lethal Assault
  • Coldhearted Calculation
  • Growth and Decay

Take the following nodes along the way:

  • Damage Over Time
  • Evasion, Energy Shield, Life, and Resistances
  • Damage, Area, and Projectile Speed
  • Intelligence
  • Damage Over Time and Life Regeneration

Going left, take Written in Blood, Atrophy, Chaos Inoculation, Arcane Focus, Arcane Will, and Melding. Make sure to open the Jewel Socket near Melding. Moving from there, take Foresight, Dreamer, the nearby Jewel Socket, going to Corruption. Next, you move to get Insightfulness, Sovereignty, and Zealot’s Oath.

At first, you won’t be taking the Arcane Focus and Will, Dreamer, Chaos Inoculation, and Zealot’s Oath nodes. You take Purity of Flesh and Cruel Preparation first. Later, you’ll reset to get the above-mentioned skills. You’ll get Unnatural Calm as well.

When you get your Ascendancy, take Ghost Dance, Escape Artist, Patient Reaper, then Prolonged Pain.


Take the Soul of Lunaris as your major, and the Soul of Garukhan for your minor. Both of these will increase your survivability. Their upgrades will also help you survive even longer. Make sure to take the time to upgrade!


Like equipment, here are the best stats to look for on your jewels:

  • Spell Damage
  • Chaos Damage
  • Damage Over Time
  • DoT Multiplier
  • Maximum Life

An Abyssal Jewel with a ‘Chance to Get Onslaught on Kill’ characteristic would increase your clear speed. Consider getting one for your Trickster. Also, grab a unique jewel ‘Energy from Within’. The Watcher’s Eye can help as well, but that’s optional.

For Cluster Jewels, one with the Touch of Cruelty passive, and two more with Vile Reinvigoration will boost your Path of Exile build in various ways.


Kill all the bandits for 2 extra skill points.

Remember that you won’t deal much damage with this PoE build. You’re going to boost up your DoT damage and outlive your enemies. So be evasive and tanky with a big Energy Shield capacity and maximum life. Some of the Trickster’s Ascendancy skills will also help. Chaos Inoculation sets your maximum life to 1, which makes you rely entirely on shields for survival.

You won’t have to shell out lots of PoE orbs to get a good set of equipment for this PoE build. The best and most optimal gear can be expensive, but it will be worth it.

You can’t go wrong with this Soulrend Trickster build. However, it needs quite a bit of research and optimization to get the most out of it. While it can be decent in SSF-leagues, the limitation on PoE trade won’t let you get the best out of it as well.

At any rate, have fun with your PoE Trickster, and keep enjoying Path of Exile!

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