5 foolproof builds to blast Path of Exile

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Path of Exile can get quite complex and it only takes one look at the skill tree to make many players give up on the game.

Check out our list of builds that offer great flexibility for those starting out or those looking to return to the game.

Ethereal Knives / Mind Over Matter

This build is focused on getting to the end of the game quickly. To do this, you make a massive use of a damage spell and use an ability that turns your mana into durability.



Basically, you will constantly throw your knives, while reducing around 30% of your damage through mana. The bosses will be a little more difficult, but overall, you'll be able to get to the final content of the game very quickly.

Also, the main power of this build doesn't come directly from your equipment, although it does gain some improvement through it.

  • Ethereal Knives: is a spell where you can throw five knives in front of you that deal physical damage to enemies.
  • Mind Over Matter: this passive ability allows your mana to absorb a portion of the damage dealt in your health.

Download the build for your Path of Building here.

Freeze Shot Totems

This build uses the Freezing Shot spell and the Support: Magic Totem gem to let your totems do most of the work for you.

By using these two abilities, your character is free to fight stronger monsters, which your totem could not immediately destroy.

These totems have great attack speed and can eliminate all enemies on the screen in a matter of seconds. This makes this build one of the most efficient for quickly reaching max level.



Against high-damage opponents, you can expect a little more difficulty, but your totems will give you a big advantage by keeping you clear of weaker threats.

  • Freeze Shot: is a cold spell that launches a projectile with a 100% chance to pierce your opponent.
  • Support: Magic Totem: this support gem modifies the spell it is applied to so that instead of being cast directly, it is replaced by a totem that uses it automatically.

Download the build for your Path of Building here.

Two-Handed Ancestral Warchief

This build is very powerful and can be a lot of fun to play due to the level of interaction you have in battle. It is centered around one of the strongest totem skills in the game. If you're new to the game, this build is also easy to get used to, as long as you pick up a good two-handed axe.

While you won't be able to clear enemies as quickly as you can with other skills, you'll be able to effectively destroy bosses. Take this build if you like to stay in the middle of the fight, because with it you will always be involved in the fight.

  • Ancestral Warchief: is an ability that creates a totem, which attacks multiple enemies at once as long as the player stays close. In addition, it also increases your damage dealt.

Download the build for your Path of Building here.


Berserker Rupture


Rupture is one of the most powerful multi-target attacks in Path of Exile, so it's no wonder it's a player favorite.


This build is good for helping you level up quickly, gaining gear along the way, and it also works great in late game scenarios.

Sometimes, you can also use a combination of Rupture with the Support: Multi-Attack gem to create a wave of successive attacks.

  • Breaking off: melee attack that creates a wave thrown forward, dealing damage to enemies in its path. Targets hit by the wave also release shockwaves dealing additional damage to other nearby enemies.

Download the build for your Path of Building here.

Essence Drain Rogue / Contagion

This build is very popular for newbies. Combined with Contagion, Essence Drain creates one of the most devastating synergies in the game, granting you an insane amount of experience per hour.


While you can get this build with both Rogue and Occultist, the Rogue archetype is able to deal more damage to bosses. However, you sacrifice some survival.

  • Essence Drain: is a spell that launches a chaotic projectile that deals damage over time to your enemy. The spell also regenerates a portion of your health. If the target dies while affected by Contagion and Essence Drain, the duration of the effects is spread across nearby enemies.

Download the build for your Path of Building here.

If you want to go to a more advanced level, learn how to create your builds with Path of Building!

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