Concerning the Creator
TbXie has been enjoying Path of Exile for the reason that launch of Open Beta, enjoying quite a lot of leagues through which he has performed Onerous- and Softcore, Customary, and Solo-Self Discovered. He has a background in racing, profitable Demigods within the early race seasons in addition to ending excessive up in current Flashback ladders, reminiscent of Rank 1 Guardian (9th Overall), Rank 2 Berserker. He has expertise enjoying solo and each in push and MF teams, whereas being infamous for his WorldFirst Delve 6000 along with his crew & farming a number of Mirror of Kalandras each league. You possibly can comply with him on Twitch and Twitter or ask him your questions within the PoE Vault Discord.
This construct information is break up over a number of pages, each to stop it from getting too lengthy, in addition to that can assist you higher discover the knowledge you’re searching for. Along with the present web page, which presents basic details about the construct and likewise incorporates a Leveling and FAQ part, we’ve the next pages:
The Herald of Agony talent was launched in Path of Exile’s 3.Four Delve League Enlargement and instantly showcased it was superb at that enlargement’s theme. It has been used to Delve to nice success ever since, as a result of it is ready to get extremely tanky whereas meting out comparatively dependable and excessive injury. In truth, the Herald of Agony (HoA) builds that rose up, and we’ve seen fairly some variations of them (Dodge-focused Raiders, Tremendous tanky Juggernauts, or Power Protect-based Guardians), needed to get nerfed in GGG’s eyes with the discharge of 3.10 Delirium League. Admitted, they could have seen the addition of Cluster Jewels and extra notably Calamitous Visions as a doable purpose why the construct might get uncontrolled if it hadn’t been adjusted a bit of.
Calamitous Visions actually was a very nice bump within the construct’s injury potential which explains why we might be recommending a Cluster Jewel setup. Fear not although, even with out this Cluster Jewel setup, the construct will play completely nice, which is what makes it a really strong League Starter or Solo-Self Discovered candidate. It doesn’t search for any explicit injury modifiers on gear in any respect, so all of them are pretty straightforward to amass. On this information, nevertheless, we might be specializing in a Commerce League setting and might be together with some gadgets which can be extra optimum if you should buy them off the market. Gadgets like a Glorious Vanity or a Saffell’s Frame are fairly uncommon to seek out in Solo-Self Discovered however if you happen to’re conversant in methods to focus particular gadgets or if you happen to play quite a bit, getting them shouldn’t pose a lot of an issue.
This construct achieves 89% Elemental Injury Discount, 92% Bodily & Chaos Injury Discount, whereas nonetheless getting round 7000 Life. Moreover it has over 500 Life Gained on Hit and round 500 Life Regeneration. Whereas this clearly makes it very tanky, it nonetheless maintains a strong 1.7 million Shaper DPS on a talent that has 100% uptime! Don’t overlook that whereas different builds may be reaching extra DPS, their uptime positively is quite a bit decrease as they’ll’t deal injury whereas dodging incoming talents or assaults.
Moreover whirling round with Cyclone and urgent your flasks, there actually isn’t something it is advisable manually solid. We’ve harbored all the abilities in automated setups by way of Cast when Damage Taken Support so you possibly can give attention to enjoying and having fun with the content material whereas your character retains all of your buffs up for you.
Because you’re enjoying a Minion construct, it’s pretty vital that you just’re not going to be working round with an insane military of Summons. Moreover your Herald of Agony, which seems mechanically as quickly as you assault one thing, you’re solely working Summon Holy Relic to grant you some further utility with round 20% Extra Injury and an opportunity for them to Taunt enemies off of you.
As Juggernauts are clearly related to tankiness, we tried to not disappoint. This construct makes use of a Glorious Vanity with Divine Flesh which converts 50% of all Elemental Injury taken to Chaos Injury, and provides you further Most Chaos Resistance. Mixed with Saffell’s Frame, that brings you as much as 89% most Chaos Resistance which enormously reduces the general quantity of Elemental Injury you’re taking. Since Saffell’s Body additionally will increase your most Elemental Resistance, you’ll even have 80 or 81 most Elemental Resistances. By the Juggernaut Ascendancy and sustaining Endurance Fees, Bodily Injury additionally doesn’t scare us.
On prime of that, with instantaneous Warcries by way of Name to Arms, you possibly can reliably put Enduring Cry on left mouse button and mechanically solid it with no delay as you’re transferring round. This, along with Vaal Molten Shell, makes the character take care of bursts of injury rather well too.
This construct is extremely able to coping with all essentially the most tough content material within the recreation. By its nearly silly quantities of mitigation, it’ll be good as a personality so that you can check out bosses for the primary time or farm them with out feeling in danger at any level. We opted for this variation of the construct versus Guardian or Raider due to how simple it’s to gear it and to know its gearing course of. Subsequently, it’s completely fitted to each new and veteran gamers. It makes use of no super-expensive gear wherever and could be very properly executable for somebody who takes his time getting costly gadgets.
Execs & Cons
+ Actually strong construct for Hardcore
+ Completes all boss fights within the recreation
+ Very straightforward to play
+ Doesn’t depend on flasks an excessive amount of
+ Top-of-the-line Delve builds
+ Very new participant pleasant
+ Can really feel a bit of gradual
+ Doesn’t get essentially the most insane DPS numbers
+ You don’t deal injury your self
Playstyle, Mechanics & Strengths
The very first thing we have to perceive is how Herald of Agony truly works. Activating the Herald doesn’t truly spawn the minion that assaults (the Agony Crawler), however as a substitute simply grants an inherent probability to Poison. The Agony Crawler will spawn so long as you may have not less than one Virulence stack, stacks which you achieve by poisoning enemies. The Agony Crawler scales extraordinarily properly from Virulence stacks, so you actually wish to maintain as many stacks up as doable. With Cluster Jewels, the utmost Virulence stacks turns into 50 as a substitute of 40, so it is advisable hit comparatively quick to inflict sufficient Poisons to have the ability to maintain them up reliably.
An additional mechanic that comes into play right here is The Golden Rule. Poisons you inflict on your self depend in the direction of your Virulence stacks, so this jewel successfully doubles your Virulence stacks. Clearly, this implies we do Poison ourselves however as a consequence of our actually excessive tankiness and Chaos Resistance, this doesn’t actually damage us that a lot. In any case, Poison scales off of your hit injury and also you’re utilizing a low degree gem to maintain your Poisons low.
Whereas utilizing Cyclone to inflict the Poisons on enemies, you additionally hyperlink it to Life Gain on Hit Support which supplies you an incredible quantity of restoration. Moreover, since you’re linking it to Fortify Support, you need to nearly at all times have the Fortify buff up and working.
Being targeted in your Herald of Agony, you’d be forgiven for forgetting in regards to the different Minion talent the construct makes use of. The Summon Holy Relic might be linked to Culling Strike Support, Meat Shield Support, and Feeding Frenzy Support to supply further utility. It procs each time you hit an enemy (which might be fairly often), which implies it additionally grants you a pleasant quantity of flat Life Regeneration, which is certainly good and provides much more to our tankiness.
In any other case, apart from having Enduring Cry getting used mechanically appropriately in your left mouse button, there isn’t an excessive amount of to elucidate mechanic-wise or playstyle-wise. The strengths of this construct lie within the injury uptime. When you are whirling round with Cyclone whereas nonetheless dodging every thing, our Herald of Agony simply shreds each boss / trash pack you encounter. This in itself is already an enormous upside to nearly any construct and is a big purpose as to why Manufacturers or Totems see a lot recognition with newer gamers or boss killers.
If you happen to can afford a suffix in your gear (we’ll speak about these selections within the gear section), we’re capable of run an additional Side. Whereas there’s upsides to nearly all of them, we advocate working Side of the Spider, because it supplies as a lot offense because it does protection. This requires some very profound optimizing of your Resistance rolls although, or counting on Endurance Fees to get you capped.
Passive Ability Tree
If you happen to’re searching for extra info relating to selections and choices, please try our devoted Passive Ability Tree web page.
Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons
Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Energy web page goes into element about all the alternatives it is advisable make in these regards.
The entire gem hyperlink selections are totally defined on our Gem Web page.
Gear Abstract / TL;DR
Numerous that is defined extra in depth within the Gear Web page, nevertheless we’ll give you a primary concept of what gear you’re searching for on this quick abstract.
|Merchandise Slot||Merchandise Title|
|Head||Ideally a Bone Helmet w/ “+2 to Degree of Socketed Minion Gems”, Life & Resistances|
|Amulet||Uncommon Turquoise Amulet with excessive Int & Dex, Life, Resistances, Channelling abilities have -# to Whole Mana Price, Anointed w/ Ravenous Horde|
|Gloves||Titan Gauntlets with Poison & Sooner Assault Helps, Life, Resistances & Minion Injury|
|Boots||Two-Toned Boots with Dexterity, excessive Life, Motion Pace & Resistances|
|Belt||Stygian Vise with excessive Life, Resistances, and Side of the Spider|
|Rings||2x Circle of Nostalgia with HoA Buff Impact & Crawler Injury|
|Weapon||Cold Iron Point|
Since we’re very adamant about attempting to offer you a leveling expertise that lies as near your endgame playstyle as doable, we might be offering you a option to degree up with Herald of Agony. In case you are searching for essentially the most optimum option to degree a personality to maps, we refer you to the next guides.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which permits much more skilled gamers to avoid wasting time and pace by way of the leveling course of.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling course of.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which solutions most of the questions new gamers may need and can set you on the suitable path.
In an effort to degree this construct as a Herald of Agony construct it is advisable make your option to degree 16 to have the ability to use the gem, and also you’ll want a Quill Rain for essentially the most optimized HoA leveling. If you happen to’re not planning on getting a Quill Rain at degree 16, you wish to delay the transition till degree 28 when you will get Cyclone.
Attending to Brutus & Merveil
For starters, create a Marauder in whichever league you wish to begin. Optionally, you possibly can create a Scion and kill Hillock rapidly to give you the chance retailer the Onslaught Support it will get from working Tidal Island. Marauder can’t entry this gem in any other case till Act III. Ensure that to retailer the Onslaught gem and swap again to your Marauder to begin leveling.
You’ll want to begin out by shopping for two Axes from the seller. On prime of that, decide up a Molten Strike or a Perforate as a quest reward. After you’ve run the Mud Flats, you’ll proceed to kill Hailrake within the Tidal Island with Perforate or Molten Strike.
From there on, you’ll be capable to decide up your first Quicksilver Flask and an Ancestral Call Support out of your quest rewards and maybe a Chance to Bleed Support from the seller. Your major Molten Strike hyperlink ought to look one thing like this:
Transition to Herald of Agony at 16-18 with Quill Rain
For starters, it’s vital to know that Marauder doesn’t get loads of the Ability Gems required for this leveling course of. Subsequently, in a Solo-Self Discovered setting, you’ll must progress to Act Three Library with a purpose to purchase them from a vendor. If you happen to’re enjoying Commerce League you possibly can clearly ask somebody in international, a good friend, or worst case simply go purchase them on the official trade site.
The explanation why the transitioning turns into a lot simpler when you may have a Quill Rain is the bottom Assault Pace the bow gives. Due to its insanely excessive assaults per second, maintaining Virulence stacks will turn out to be very easy, even at low ranges and low increments on Assault Pace. You’re going to make use of Rain of Arrows to keep up stacks, as it might hit a single enemy a number of instances and thus generate a number of stacks per assault.
- Herald of Agony
- Vicious Projectiles Support (requires degree 18)
- Damage on Full Life Support (requires degree 18)
- Pierce Support / Faster Attacks Support (use Sooner Assaults for bosses)
Within the case of the HoA hyperlink, it would clearly solely be doable so as to add the 4th gem while you acquire a 4-link. Don’t worry an excessive amount of if this isn’t but the case in your character.
Transition to Herald of Agony at 28 with out Quill Rain
If you happen to can’t get a Quill Rain early on, and also you actually wish to swap earlier, you would use Storm Brand and rush the Runebinder Keystone for two Storm Manufacturers per Enemy. Your hyperlink could be:
In any other case, you can begin utilizing Cyclone at degree 28. Cyclone inherently feels good to make use of whereas gathering stacks in your Crawler and due to this fact is chosen. Your Cyclone hyperlinks for now needs to be:
- Lesser Poison Support (change to Poison Support after doing Library in Act 3)
- Fortify Support
- Faster Attacks Support or Life Gain on Hit Support
Whether or not you employ Sooner Assaults or Life Achieve on Hit depends upon your general quantity of Virulence. If you happen to really feel just like the stacks / injury of your Crawler is doing nice, then Life Achieve on Hit clearly supplies a good chunk of Defenses, in any other case Sooner Assaults will get you extra Virulence uptime.
Your Herald of Agony hyperlinks are the identical as they have been within the Quill Rain setup. Must you be enjoying with a Tabula Rasa you possibly can add Maim Support and Minion Damage Support. In any other case, as you’re caught on a 4-Hyperlink you possibly can add a Hatred linked to Generosity Support in Act 3 / After Library Quest.
Crafting a +1 to degree of Minion Abilities Helmet
Only a few folks truly notice this vendor recipe exists however it’s a GREAT assist for leveling Summoners! Now, to amass this helmet you’ll need the next gadgets:
- Any 4-Hyperlink (magic) Helmet with the suitable colours in your Herald of Agony
- Any Life Flask
- Any Bone Spirit Shield
- 1 Orb of Alteration
- 1 (or 2, relying on whether or not your Helmet is Magic) Orb of Transmutation
Initially, you’re going to promote 1 Orb of Transmutation, 1 Life Flask (of any form) and the Bone Spirit Shield to the seller. It ought to return you with a Flask of Animation which you’ll need to do the following recipe.
Because you acquired your Flask of Animation, you’re now going to promote that collectively together with your 4-Hyperlink Helmet (be sure that it’s Magic, use an Orb of Transmutation in any other case) and an Orb of Alteration, and the seller will return you with a Helmet with the identical colours and hyperlinks because the one you gave him however with an additional “+1 to All Socketed Minion Abilities modifier” on it.
At this level, you wish to socket your Herald of Agony setup on this helmet, as that’s the one approach we profit from the gem level-up. Degree-ups are actually robust in your Crawler although, so don’t skip this step!
The Holy Relic & Different Buffs
Everytime you get the likelihood to get a Summon Holy Relic setup rolling, particularly with the Feeding Frenzy Support, that’s an enormous bonus to your Herald of Agony. Moreover, establishing a Cast when Damage Taken Support with all of the buffs linked will present loads of assist as properly.
- Cast when Damage Taken Support (Degree 2)
- Spirit Offering (Degree 8)
- Desecrate (Degree 8)
- Projectile Weakness (Degree 6)
We created a leveling Passive Ability Tree you should utilize to get an concept of how your construct needs to be wanting on the transition level. From right here on out, you’re actually simply progressively finishing your Endgame Passive Ability Tree. Here’s what we predict your leveling tree ought to appear to be.
Helpful Leveling Distinctive Gadgets
As you start a brand new character, there are a few gadgets that may make your leveling course of quite a bit smoother. Tabula Rasa means that you can have a 6-Linked talent as early as you’ll be able to use particular assist gems. Wanderlust provides a good quantity of motion pace, which can make your leveling that rather more environment friendly and a Goldrim supplies loads of Elemental Resistances which assist a terrific deal in the course of the leveling.
In case you are a brand new participant (or if that is your first character for the league), notice that getting these things might be very tough, if not inconceivable. They’re uncommon drops, which you’ll in any other case solely purchase when you have saved up foreign money, so don’t give attention to them an excessive amount of, and as a substitute merely search for gadgets that match the affix priorities listed within the Gearing part.
My Agony Crawler Appears to Die a Lot
Your Agony Crawler is definitely immune to break. Nevertheless, for it to not disappear it is advisable be hitting enemies and maintain your Virulence up. If you happen to’re not seeing your Crawler, it’s as a result of you may have most certainly dropped your Virulence to zero making, it go away. Ensure that to purpose for lots of assault pace and have a The Golden Rule to get as many stacks as doable if you happen to’re dealing with this concern.
This Herald of Agony Juggernaut is a rather well balanced construct. Whereas it’s impervious to most sorts of injury it nonetheless packs fairly a punch within the offensive division. It’s extraordinarily fitted to essentially the most difficult content material within the recreation, reminiscent of decently deep delving or endgame bosses. It finds its place each in Solo-Self Discovered and League Starter environments whereas nonetheless being enjoyable to get upgrades must you be in a Commerce League.