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[PC,PS4,Xbox] PoE 3.7 Essence Drain Shadow Trickster Cheap Build

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If you are seeking a Essence Drain Shadow Trickster Build that can start with a very low budget with possible upgrades with more currency, just try it. This great build that allows you to level as itself without any external abilities required.

[PC,PS4,Xbox] PoE 3.7 Essence Drain Shadow Trickster Cheap Build

[PC,PS4,Xbox] PoE 3.7 Essence Drain Shadow Trickster Cheap Build


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About this build

  • + insanely high exp/h gain
  • + can level as itself without any external abilities required.
  • + start with a very low budget
  • + It's works wonders in low budget to accumulate enough currency fast for the higher budget version.
  • + Has one of the most amazing feeling


Defence & Utility

The build utilizes Mind over Matter with tons of mana unreserved and getting help from the Ascendancy nodes to sustain your effective HP pool.

Here is a link to a downloadable calculator for how much effective HP you'll have with Mind Over Matter: Mind Over Matter eHP Calculator

To help with the massive HP on map bosses we will be using Vaal Lightning Trap to increase the damage taken.

Shield Charge is combined with Fortify for that sweet defensive buff as well!


Skill Tree 

Ascendancy: Patient Reaper -> Ghost Dance -> Prolonged Pain -> Swift Killer

Bandits: kill all


The Pantheon List

Major God - Soul of Lunaris

Basically just helps with avoiding some projectile damage

Minor God - Soul of Ryslatha

Basically just an additional layer of defence when you're on low life.

Passive Tree & PoB

48 points -> 71 points -> 97 points -> Finished skill-tree


The jewel slot at the Shadow starter area is only to be picked up for the Spreading Rot Jewel and should obviously not be used until you're using Blight totems (if at all).

You should only ever pick up Mind over Matter if you can sustain the mana or be close to the required unserved mana based of the MoM calculator provided below.

Don't bother going into the Eldritch Battery unless you can take the Mind over Matter node as well as having Escape Artist ascendancy node sorted.

Here is a link to a downloadable calculator for how much effective HP you'll have with Mind Over Matter: Mind Over Matter eHP Calculator


Path of Building Link: https://pastebin.com/eaf2k2F1


PoE 3.7 Essence Drain Shadow Trickster Passive Skill Tree






Gems Setup

PoE Skill Gems Essence Drain(Essence Drain), Void Manipulation, Controlled Destruction, Swift Affliction, Efficacy, Empower lvl 3+

Note: Before you can afford an Empower lvl 3+ you can use Pierce or Decay!


PoE Skill gems Cast When Damage Taken(Cast When Damage Taken), Immortal Call, Increased Duration

Note: The lvl of CWDT is suppose to be low, this comes down to a matter of taste, I prefer to keep it at lvl 3 with the Immortal Call at lvl 5, if it's higher it won't work. It also does not require Endurance Charges to function though the duration will be rather low without which is still enough to keep you from getting instantly killed by Porcupine packs that dies!


- Flame Dash

- Phase Run, Vaal Righteous Fire Increased Duration, Efficacy

Note: You only want to use the Vaal Righteous Fire, not the regular Righteous Fire!


- Malevolence, Discipline

Wither / Blight Totems

This part is tricky, you either run a standard Wither setup like this:

- Spell Totem, Multiple Totems, Wither, Faster Casting

Or you run with the "hindered" effect via Blight threshold jewel Spreading Rot, which requires 1 of those jewels and looks like this:

- Spell Totem, Multiple Totems, Blight, Faster Casting




Low Budget

Since we are utilizing Energy Shield it is important that we try to get as much ES as we can get, but don't let this focus tip you away and discard LIFE rolls, Life is still the number 1 effective HP providing modifier for the build, the ES is your secondary. So all your gear pieces must provide ES and Life to be of optimal state, obviously you always want to make sure you have 75% at least of your elemental resistances at least after act 6/7+.

The only time this changes is thanks to the Escape Artist ascendancy node, this allows you to get ES from evasion providing chest pieces. This allows you to use items such as Hyrri's Ire, Atziri's Splendour (Make sure the splendour is the Evasion/ES providing one) or even items such as Queen of the Forest. If you'd prefer a rare item you can go for Hybrid Evasion/Energy Shield pieces to bump up your effective HP a LOT.

Other unique items you could be using depends on personal preference, I found that Atziri's Step Slink Boots are perfectly fine, but getting a rare pair will significantly make it easier to sort resistances for you.

There are a tonne of unique items you can utilize for this build, however, rare items will ultimately be the better choice in most slots.

Higher Budget Examples

Higher budget items include multi-crafted weapons and in general higher numeric values on the rare items. Higher budget unique suggestions would consist in the form of Solstice Vigil to allow for a free Temporal Chains curse but the hinder effect is already provided by the Blight Totem setup, so if you really want to go high budget with the build you can truly let your mind roam free due to the extensive amount of options. My favorite style would be the Devouring Diadem which would demand some socket/gem changes but would absolutely work very well with the hybrid style this build promotes.

Stat Priority

Defensive Stats

  • Life
  • Resistances
  • Mana

Offensive Stats

  • Non-ailmen chaos damage over time multiplier
  • Chaos Damage
  • Spell Damage
  • Damage over Time


  • Chaos Damage
  • Spell Damage
  • Spell Damage Whilst Wielding a Shield
  • Damage over Time
  • Non-ailment chaos damage over time multiplier
  • Life
  • Energy Shield


  • 1x Seething Divine Life Flasks <w/e sufix>
  • 1x w/e Stibnite Flask of Warding
  • 1x w/e Sulphur Flask of Heat
  • 1x w/e Jade Flask of Reflexes
  • 1x Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline



Recommended Unique Items

Hyrri's Ire, Atziri's Splendour(Evasion/ES version), Queen of the Forest, Atziri's Step, Spreading Rot

Recommended Leveling Uniques

  • Tabula Rasa
  • Lifesprig
  • Goldrim helmet for resists4c currently as of 9/3/2018
  • Wanderlust boots for movement speed and cannot be frozen 1c

Other tips

1. Freezing Pulse till you can equip yourself with ED/Contagion which you'll use till you get Bane then use this to level with all the way.

2. Items such as Goldrim, Lifesprig, Wanderlust helps a lot to speed up the leveling process.

3. If you get a Tabula Rasa early on you're gucci all the way!

4. If you sell a blue rarity WAND to a vendor together with any of the chaos gems you get a +1 lvl of socketed chaos gems wand back!

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