Level 95 Crit Lightning Strike Champion3.17

Life: 5,839171%
ES: 269
Mana: 58
eHP: 349,053
Resistances: 75%/75%/75%/0%
Evade: 87%
Supp: 100%
Armour: 59,629
Evasion: 57,120
DPS: 28,255,914
Speed: 7.80
Hit Chance: 99%
Crit Chance: 99.00%
Crit Multi: 675%
Config: Sirus, 25% Scorch, 10% Brittle, 15% Sap, Frenzy, Power
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Gems

Vaal Lightning Strike
Trinity
Inspiration
Nightblade
Awakened Elemental Damage with Attacks
Awakened Added Lightning Damage
Awakened Added Cold Damage
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Added Lightning Damage
Added Cold Damage
Ancestral Call
Herald of Ice
Enlighten
Vaal Grace
Determination
Mark On Hit
Assassin's Mark
Defiance Banner
Precision
Flame Dash
Smoke Mine
Lightning Warp
Cast when Damage Taken
Vaal Molten Shell
Withering Step
Ancestral Protector
Whirling Blades
Enduring Cry
Blood Rage
Static Strike
Power Charge On Critical
Less Duration

Tree

Level 100 (123 passives)
Level 95 (118 passives)
Level 95 (118 passives)
Level 90 (113 passives)
Level 75 (98 passives)
Level 52 (64 passives)
Level 31 (37 passives)

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Notes

Guide written and maintained by Donkster5. You can find the forum post with links to other material here: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3145653

I DO NOT ADD SUFFIXES, except very important ones, onto most of the gear. I do this because, depending on your gear, different suffixes will be necessary at different stages.

As a result, there are plenty of suffix positions open to get all the resistances or attributes that you need. See the config tab where I've added some arbitrary but obtainable, even modest, values to fill in the gaps.

If you see a major mistake in this PoB, please notify me via discord so I can fix it.
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Updates: 5/11/22 - Okay, so the fix for this PoB ended up being much easier than anticipated. I have allocated Utmost Might and cut the "suggested" Omniscience to a level that will fill your resistance stats (with endurance charges). The great news
				is that number is 400 and very easily obtainable. 

				On the Trade league trees, there are 11 open suffixes (Not including weapon) to get at least 400 Omni and 60 chaos resistance. You could fill the Omni with just two very well rolled rings or a combination across your gear.
                Without endurance charges (No Replica Farrul's) and no Enduring Crying it out, and that omni level, you need one crafted Fire/Lightning resistance on gear to max resistances. If you don't have enough Omni early on, use a Stygian 
				Vise as your belt until you have better Omni on other gear.

				On the SSF tree, there are 16 open suffixes (Not including weapon) to get at least 400 Omni and 60 chaos resistance. With that Omni level (easier to go well above that number with 16 openings) and
				without endurance charges, you need one crafted Fire/Lightning resistance on gear to max resistances. If you don't have enough Omni early on, use a Stygian 
				Vise as your belt until you have better Omni on other gear.

				The DPS is still top notch, especially for this amount of tankiness and can be overcome with well rolled gear. From the original HC PoB described in the video, this results in a loss of 5 - 15% of top end DPS
				from the various trees with the largest loss being the min/max version (Only 28+M sDPS ... so sad).

				The biggest divergence between the HC PoB and the SC PoB items is that Replica Farrul's with The Interrogation will still be BIS in HC (Trade league), mainly because of free endurance charges. 

                For Aura skills, we use Determination and Grace with HOI to help proc Trinity. We do NOT utilize Anger, as we favor the defensive power of Determination.

				Perseverance is BiS belt because we have high armor and evasion with Aura's.

General Notes 3.18: 

* There are three item sets, three end-game trees, and several general leveling trees. Make sure you are following the right one for your league type and stage.

* If you've played this build before, note that we will only be using the Static Strike setup to generate Power Charges if needed (No Interrogation Jewel or Farrul's Fur). This opens up a number of gem slots. 

* Once you have Perseverance, pay attention to your Armour and Evasion levels. Try to get gear so that they stay roughly equal in order to maximize your DPS.

* We are again using Assassin's Mark with the Mark on Hit gem when we transition toward a late game Crit based build.

* My testing shows that you want 90+ mana unreserved at endgame to never feel like you're missing attacks/casts.

* There are a number of potential damage increasing boxes I have left unclicked in the config tab, including Full Life, Enemy is Maimed, Cat's Agility, and Scorch (if you have The Interrogation) is set to 25 instead of 30.
   Play with those as you will if you want to PoB Warrior with the endgame DPS. 

* Also in the Config tab, make sure to transition between Shock (Default) and Scorch/Brittle/Sapped depending on whether you have The Interrogation or not. I've tested the numbers, and at endgame
  Shock at 20+, Scorched at 25+, Brittle at 10+, Sapped at 15+ are all acheivable numbers on everything except maybe Simulacrum Wave 29/30 (Billions of Boss Life). At endgame, if you aren't getting those numbers 
  and your damage feels light, then something is wrong. Reach out to the community thread or discord and someone will likely try and help.

* Lastly, remember that the DPS displayed to the left for Full DPS is theoretically your DPS with proper positioning and both Vaal wells down. It is unlikely you'll need Vaal wells on anything but a nice damage
  boost on a boss. Regular hitting with proper positioning is roughly 2/3 of the Full DPS, as you can see from the "2x Lightning Strikes".

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Leveling Notes:

Grab early melee skill of choice (I like Splitting Steel) until Lightning Strike is available around level 12 (just when you enter Merveil's caverns). A good idea is to have a separate three or four link setup
with Spectral Helix. That way you can have both options up until you get a VLS.

For Spectral Helix, link SH - Trinity - Added Cold Damage - EDwA.

Some people suggest leveling with Splitting Steel and using Lancing Steel when its available in Act 3. I've never felt the need, but you can choose what is best for you.
If you do this, take some of the starting phys dps nodes from duelist start and respec later.

Once you have a Vaal Lightning Strike switch immediately from whatever leveling skill you were using. (You can Vaal Orb LS for a 20% chance of getting VLS, if you're playing SSF)

I suggest dual wielding until you are nearing the end of acts or in early maps. The natural breakpoint is when you have a fast claw with 1.9+ APS.

Any high attack speed melee weapon(s) with elemental dps will do at the beginning. One claw is mandatory when you get the claw nodes and mastery. That should be enough to drop your mana 
flask, or at least make relying on it much less necessary.

Upgrade your melee weapon(s) about every 10-15 levels at the most. In mid to endgame, a Noble Claw is basically as good as an Imperial Claw (BIS).

Use Precise Technique (Notable Passive) until you are ready to switch to a crit based setup. At league start this may be well into maps depending on your gear (yellows or early reds). 
If you are playing this as a secondary build and have decent gear stashed away, it'll be much earlier. 
MAKE SURE to keep your accuracy above your max life in order to enjoy the juicy 40% attack damage.

Transitioning from the Lvl 90 tree to lvl 95 trees has two assumptions:
1) You have enough spell suppression on gear to not need Magebane.
2) You have Crystallized Omniscience
That transition may, or may not, occur at the same time. Take it step by step depending on your gear.


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Gem Availability while Leveling: QR = Quest Reward, P = Purchase, U = Use, L = Just Level(You generally want to stay out of towns while leveling, so some rewards are stacked)

Act 1:

After Hillock:
QR Splitting Steel U link with Chance to Bleed 

After Hailrake/Breaking some Eggs:
QR Dash U and Ancestral Call L
P Ancestral Protector U and Steelskin U (Place steelskin on left click/movement)

After Brutus:
QR  Enduring Cry U
P Blind U (link to AP), Whirling Blades U, and Precision L (When you get Precise Technique notable, use precision at a level just high enough for your accuracy to be greater than your max life)

After getting to Merveils Carvern WP (Siren's Cadence):
P Lightning Strike (link with Ancestral Call) and P Onslaught/Added Fire (depending on gem link colors)
P Spectral Helix

End Act 1 Skills/Links:  
Lightning Strike - Ancestral Call - Onslaught/Added Fire (If leveling with LS)
Ancestral Protector - Blind
Dash
Steelskin

Act 2:

After Rescuing Helena (Intruders in Black):
QR Herald of Ice U
P Blood Rage and Defiance Banner U

After Killing Weaver:
QR Trinity U (replace Onslaught/Added Fire as soon as possible and make sure you are building resonance)
P Elemental Damage with Attacks L (or link to AP if you have room/links)

End Act 2 Skills/Links
Lightning Strike - Ancestral Call - Trinity 
Ancestral Protector - Blind
Dash
Steelskin
Blood Rage
Auras = Herald of Ice, Defiance Banner

Act 3:

After turning in Tolman's Bracelet:
QR Grace L
P Anger U (Turn off HoI if you need the mana)

Just run past Gravicius

After Siosa:
QR Fortify U (4th LS Link until after second lab)
P Culling Strike U (link to AP), Flame Dash or Smoke Mine U for ledge jumping, and Conductivity U (for bosses)

End Act 3 Skills/Links
Lightning Strike - Ancestral Call - Trinity - Fortify
Ancestral Protector - Blind - Culling Strike
Flame Dash
Steelskin
Blood Rage
Conductivity (You may not have enough intelligence for this)
Suggested Auras = Anger, Defiance Banner

Act 4:

After killing Malachai (Eternal Nightmare):
P Cast when Damage Taken U (Link to Steelskin when levels match)

Lightning Strike - Ancestral Call - Trinity - Fortify
Ancestral Protector - Blind - Culling Strike
Flame Dash
Steelskin - CWDT
Blood Rage
Conductivity
Suggested Auras = Anger, Defiance Banner

Act 6:

After clearing Twilight Strand:
P Nightblade U (when you have 5 Link for LS) and any gems you missed or want to level before using. Assassin's Mark and Mark on Hit are available here, but probably not needed yet. Switch to those when you switch to a crit based build.

Refer to Skills section and info below for suggested skills/links

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Ascendancy: Unstoppable Hero, Fortitude, Inspirational, First to Stike/Last to Fall (the last two are interchangeable based off your desires. Inspirational allows you to run Defiance Banner for no cost)

Bandits: Kill All is recommended (Alira or Kraityn are acceptable choices as well for leveling)

Pantheon: Major: Arakali early (Solaris is end-game recommended major normally, but Lunaris is safer for mapping and getting levels)
				 Minor: Garukhen (A case can be make for Shakari or Ralakesh as well depending on your gear)

Allocation: Cheap: Elemental Focus / Endgame: Utmost Might. Other good options based on budget, Omniscience number, and gear are: Tenacity (BIS), Mark the Prey, Lethality, Divine Judgement, Claws of the Falcon

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VLS Links: (See skills tab for other gem setups)

Lightning Strike 3L: (V) Lightning Strike - Ancestral Call - Trinity (Make sure Trinity is building max resonance, but it should be with HoI)

Lightning Strike 4L: (V) Lightning Strike - Ancestral Call - Trinity - Fortify (till 2nd Lab) THEN Elemental Damage with Attacks  (If at any point you're struggling to proc Trinity, Added Cold Damage should replace EDwA or Added Lightning Damage)

Lightning Strike 5L: (V) Lightning Strike - Ancestral Call - Trinity - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Nightblade

Lightning Strike 6L: (V) Lightning Strike - Ancestral Call - Trinity - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Nightblade - Added Lightning Damage OR Added Cold Damage <---- especially SSF

Lightning Strike 6L with +1 Strike Gloves: (V) Lightning Strike - Trinity - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Nightblade - Inspiration - Added Lightning Damage OR Added Cold Damage <---- especially SSF

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Aura Skills: 

Early on, Utilize Herald of Ice to proc Trinity's resonance. Precision should be run at just a high enough level to keep your accuracy above your max life (For Precise Technique).

Mid-Game -  Defiance Banner and Herald of Ice plus your choice of Grace OR Determination. Precision should be run at just a high enough level to keep your accuracy above your max life.

Endgame - Grace, Determination, Herald of Ice, Defiance Banner, Precision, Aspect of the Cat once you have Farrul's or Replica Farrul's.

Why no Vaal Grace or Molten Shell? Vaal skills share Vaal Souls gained between them. You'll get more uses out of VLS if you just use the regular versions of Grace and Molten Shell. 
(Don't worry, if you read this and didn't know that, you're not alone. I just realized that while preparing this PoB... I know, stupid build-maker)

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Flasks:

1. If you don't have The Interrogation (Unique Jewel), use a Diamond Flask with Gain a Charge on Crit (Prefix) and Increased Crit Chance (Suffix) (ilvl 82 can give T1 of both mods)

At most one other flask should have Gain a Charge on Crit Prefix as those flasks split the granted charge(s) between them

2. Granite Flask
3. Jade Flask
4. Quicksilver OR Silver Flask (if no reliable Onslaught source) OR Sulpher Flask
5. Divine Life Flask (I prefer Panicked Life Flask of Staunching until I get a corrupted blood jewel)

For mods on the utility flasks I prefer More Duration or Increased Charges Gained
For Suffixes, look for Increased armor during flask effect, increased Evasion during flask effect, remove chill/freeze, remove curses, or immune to shock. 

Unique Flask of note = Bottled Faith, can take the place of Diamond and Sulpher Flask which opens up a flask slot

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Endgame gearing priority in general order of importance: Feel free to jump around as you see fit or can afford

Claw ilvls of importance:
iLvl 63 can give T3 Lightning Damage and T2 Attack Speed
iLvl 74 can give T2 Lightning Damage
iLvl 77 can give T1 Attack Speed
iLvl 82 can give T1 Lightning Damage

1. Keep looking for better claws until you have a great one (T1/0 Attack Speed, T1 Flat Lightning Damage, T1/2 Crit Chance (Benchcraft is okay), and anything else useful (Other Flat Elemental Damage, Crit Multi). 
    With Omniscience, the best prefix benchcraft is flat ele damage. The best suffix is crit chance or multi in that order.
	If no Omniscience, the best prefix benchcraft is likely elemental penetration. The best suffix is crit chance or multi in that order. 
	If you have The Interrogation, you do NOT necessarily need crit chance on your claw (which can make it much cheaper if purchasing)

2. Farm Essences (Stockpile those) and Jun missions to get some nice gear upgrades and also find the +1 pierce craft for gloves/helmet.

3. Diamond Flask as described above

4. Dragonscale Gloves: Implicits = Searing Exarch for +1-2 Strike. Eater of Worlds for +1-2 pierce or Lightning Exposure on Hit ("In presence of a Unique boss" is best).

5. Perseverance Belt

6. Crystallized Omniscience Amulet and Attribute Gear (Use the Essensces you've been stockpiling)

7. Farrul's Fur then Replica Farrul's Fur (BiS) - Beastcraft Aspect of Cat (Suffix) wherever you have space on Gloves or Hat. 
An unlinked red gem socket on whichever item has AoC should have a less duration gem in order to always have charges

8. The Interrogation jewel

9. Enlighten Level 3 or 4

10. Lethal Pride or other endgame jewel you think works best

11. Tailwind Boots

12. Cluster Jewels

13. Bottled Faith

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If playing SSF:

I've dropped a Perseverance at some point in every league I've played. A well rolled Stygian Vise is more defensive power, but Perseverance allows us to maximize our DPS while still being defensively strong.

Crystallized Omniscience drop rate is currently unknown. If it is impossible to farm reliably from Searing Exarch (Chase Unique rareness), then I'll revert the build and recommend something else in a post-leaguestart update.
There are already other Amulet examples available in the item set.

At endgame, scaling damage really comes down to maximizing crit chance. Focus on that alot as high Crit Multi is built in.

I've chosen the Searing Exarch and EoTW implicits for Gloves, Boots, Helmet, and Armor that I feel are best, but you can roll with whatever you want. 

For the Helmet, if you happen to drop a Blizzard Crown with a random ritual (it is farmable) then that is BiS for DPS.