Path of Exile Best Classes Tier List 2021

1. Tier List of Best Path Of Exile Classes 2021

Ascendancy
Classes
Expedition
Tier
Expedition HC
Tier
SSF Expedition
Tier
SSF Expedition HC
Tier
Class
Ascendant 12% 2% 1% 2% Scion
Assassin 3% 0.7% 0.7% 0.8% Shadow
Berserker 3% 2% 2% 2% Marauder
Champion 0.9% 4% 2% 3% Duelist
Chieftain 0.9% 4% 3% 3% Marauder
Deadeye 8% 1% 2% 0.9% Ranger
Elementalist 2% 2% 0.7% 1% Witch
Gladiator 12% 22% 31% 30% Duelist
Guardian 3% 5% 2% 4% Templar
Hierophant 7% 8% 10% 6% Templar
Inquisitor 0.8% 1% 0.7% 1% Templar
Juggernaut 1% 5% 2% 4% Marauder
Necromancer 15% 15% 10% 10% Witch
Occultist 9% 6% 5% 5% Witch
Pathfinder 1% 0.9% 2% 1% Ranger
Raider 14% 11% 14% 12% Ranger
Saboteur 3% 7% 10% 9% Shadow
Slayer 2% 2% 2% 2% Duelist
Trickster 0.8% 2% 2% 3% Shadow

In Expedition and Expedition HC, the best classes are Necromancer, Gladiator, and Raider. For SSF Expedition and HC players, Gladiator, Raider, Necromancer, and Saboteur have the best tier.

In Expedition league, the best skill is Spectral Shield Throw. 17% of players use this skill as the main damage type. Among those players, 69% are Gladiator, 29% are Raider.

Raise Spectre is the best skill for Necromancer class. It has 11% popularity among all PoE players and 98% of Necromancer players use this skill.

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2. PoE Best Class and Skill Ranked 2021(3.15 updated)

Path of Exile Classes Best Skills Ranked
Ascendant
  • Spark: 20%
  • Anomalous Spark: 10%
  • Eye of Winter: 8%
  • Cyclone: 8%
Assassin
  • Spark: 29%
  • Cyclone: 22%
  • Penance Brand: 12%
  • Ice Nova: 11%
Berserker
  • General's Cry: 67%
  • Blade Flurry: 31%
  • Shield Crush: 22%
  • Aspect of the Crab: 20%
  • Shield Charge: 18%
Champion
  • Cyclone: 35%
  • Splitting Steel: 15%
  • Lancing Steel: 13%
Chieftain
  • Ancestral Warchief: 46%
  • Vaal Ancestral Warchief: 29%
  • Consecrated Path: 27%
Deadeye
  • Lightning Arrow: 41%
  • Tornado Shot: 26%
  • Barrage: 20%
  • Ice Shot: 20%
Elementalist
  • Summon Carrion Golem: 25%
  • Summon Stone Golem: 21%
  • Herald of Thunder: 11%
  • Storm Brand: 10%
Gladiator
  • Spectral Shield Throw: 81%
  • Shield Crush: 8%
Guardian
  • Signal Prey: 24%
  • Herald of Purity: 24%
  • Herald of Agony: 19%
Hierophant
  • Forbidden Rite: 70%
  • Anomalous Forbidden Rite: 15%
Inquisitor
  • Cyclone: 41%
  • Divergent Cyclone: 16%
  • Ball Lightning: 14%
Juggernaut
  • Boneshatter: 25%
  • Lightning Strike: 12%
  • Spectral Helix: 11%
  • Molten Strike: 10%
Necromancer
  • Raise Spectre: 70%
  • Signal Prey: 33%
  • Summon Skeletons: 13%
  • Vaal Summon Skeletons: 12%
  • Summon Carrion Golem: 11%
Occultist
  • Cyclone: 23%
  • Caustic Arrow: 21%
  • Death Aura: 21%
  • Divergent Cyclone: 12%
Pathfinder
  • Scourge Arrow: 28%
  • Toxic Rain: 27%
  • Anomalous Scourge Arrow: 17%
Raider
  • Spectral Shield Throw: 34%
  • Phantasmal Spectral Shield Throw: 22%
  • Toxic Rain: 17%
  • Lightning Strike: 15%
Saboteur
  • Ice Trap: 32%
  • Seismic Trap: 20%
  • Divergent Ice Trap: 20%
Slayer
  • Cyclone: 63%
  • Shockwave: 36%
Trickster
  • Essence Drain: 39%
  • Toxic Rain: 22%
  • Blight: 16%

3. Path of Exile Classes Guide

Path of Exile has seven classes: Marauder, Duelist, Ranger, Shadow, Witch, Templar, and Scion.

Upon completing the Lord's Labyrinth for the first time, you can pick an Ascendancy class from one of the three available for your class. There are 19 Ascendancy classes, each with its own additional Ascendancy Skill Tree to master.

Class Sublcasses
Duelist Slayer,  Gladiator,  Champion
Marauder Juggernaut,  Berserker,  Chieftain
Ranger Raider,  Deadeye,  Pathfinder
Scion Ascendant
Shadow Assassin,  Trickster,  Saboteur
Templar Inquisitor,  Hierophant,  Guardian
Witch Occultist,  Elementalist,  Necromancer

3.1 Duelist

Duelists can specialise into one of these three Ascendancy classes: Slayer,  Gladiator,  Champion.

The Duelist is Path of Exile's strength/dexterity hybrid class, making him unmatched at dealing and avoiding damage. He can effectively use a shield, but is equally comfortable slashing away with a powerful two-hander or fighting with weapons in both hands. His powerful arms can draw the strings of the heaviest and most lethal longbows. His highly honed reflexes give him a cat-like ability to dodge and parry incoming attacks, be they arrows or axe swings. The Duelist is a daunting foe, and his reputation as a ruthless killer is well deserved.

3.1.1 Slayer

The Slayer is an Ascendancy class for Duelists. It is a offense oriented class based around attacks. He is a effective boss killer with Headsman and Bane of Legends and gains access to defensive bonuses involving life leech, including the ability to leech beyond his maximum health pool with Brutal Fervour. He also possesses bonuses towards area of effect and critical strike attack builds, as well as Masterful Form for maximizing frenzy and endurance charges.

Name Notable passive skills
Headsman
BaneOfLegends
Gain 10% increased Movement Speed for 20 seconds when you Kill an Enemy
Gain 10% increased Attack Speed for 20 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Kill Enemies that have 20% or lower Life when Hit by your Skills
Overwhelm
CriticalAttacks
Base Critical Strike Chance for Attacks with Weapons is 8%
+10% to Critical Strike Multiplier per Nearby Enemy, up to +100%
Nearby Enemies have -30% to Critical Strike Multiplier
Bane of Legends
Headman
20% more Damage with Hits and Ailments against Unique Enemies
10% more Damage if you've Killed Recently
Cannot take Reflected Physical Damage
Endless Hunger
EndlessHunger
20% of Overkill Damage is Leeched as Life
You are Unaffected by Bleeding while Leeching
Cannot be Stunned while Leeching
20% increased Attack Speed while Leeching
Brutal Fervour
BrutalFervor
Life Leech effects are not removed when Unreserved Life is Filled
10% reduced Damage taken while Leeching
100% increased Maximum Recovery per Life Leech
Impact
Impact
5% increased Area of Effect per Enemy killed recently, up to 50%
+4 to Melee Strike Range
50% increased Global Accuracy Rating
Deal up to 15% more Melee Damage to Enemies, based on proximity
Masterful Form
Charges
Your Maximum Endurance Charges is equal to your Maximum Frenzy Charges
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges

3.1.2 Gladiator

The Gladiator is an Ascendancy class for Duelists. It is an Ascendancy class with a mixture of speed, power, and protection, revolving around certain stats. It covers two primary niches, one which is focused around maximizing block effectiveness, and another which enhances bleed with auxillary effects. The class also covers dual wielding and Blood Stance and Sand Stance bonuses.

Name Notable passive skills
Gratuitous Violence
GLADViolence
Bleeding Enemies you Kill Explode, dealing 10% of
their Maximum Life as Physical Damage
20% more Physical Damage over Time
Blood in the Eyes
GLADBloodInEyes
25% chance to Blind with Hits against Bleeding Enemies
Attacks Maim on Hit against Bleeding Enemies
Enemies Maimed by you take 10% increased Physical Damage
Attacks have 50% chance to cause Bleeding
Outmatch and Outlast
GLADOutmatchOutlast
25% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill with Main Hand
25% chance to gain an Endurance Charge on Kill with Off Hand
10% more Physical Damage while at maximum Frenzy Charges
10% reduced Physical Damage taken while at maximum Endurance Charges
Painforged
GLADPainForged
+8% Chance to Block Attack Damage if you were Damaged by a Hit Recently
Your Counterattacks deal Double Damage
Cannot be Stunned by Hits you Block
Violent Retaliation
GLADViolentRetaliation
8% increased Physical Damage for each time you've Blocked in the past 10 seconds
+1% Chance to Block Attack Damage for each time you've Blocked in the past 10 seconds
80% increased Physical Damage if you've Blocked Damage from a Unique Enemy in the past 10 seconds
+4% to maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
Versatile Combatant
GLADVersitileCombatant
Chance to Block Spell Damage is equal to Chance to Block Attack Damage
Maximum Chance to Block Spell Damage is equal to Maximum Chance to Block Attack Damage
Arena Challenger
GLADBloodAndSand
+10 to Maximum Challenger Charges
25% chance to gain a Challenger Charge when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy while in Blood Stance
Gain a Challenger Charge when you Kill an Enemy while in Sand Stance
2% more Attack and Movement Speed per Challenger Charge

3.1.3 Champion

The Champion is an Ascendancy class for Duelists. It is a mixture of defensive/offensive and support class who can act as a tank for his party by debuffing enemies through taunts and impale, buffing his allies with enhanced Banners, or Intimidate enemies to reduce their defenses. He bolsters his own defenses with Fortify, including the ability to permanently Fortify himself, or gains a burst of Adrenaline at low life for increased damage and defenses. The minor nodes grant increased armour and evasion rating across the board to further bolster his survivability.

Name Notable passive skills
Fortitude
Fortitude
Fortify
Unstoppable Hero
Unstopable
20% increased Attack Speed while you have Fortify
Cannot be Stunned while you have Fortify
+500 to Armour and Evasion Rating while you have Fortify
Conqueror
Conqueror
100% Chance on Hit to Taunt an Enemy
10% reduced Damage taken if you've Taunted an Enemy Recently
Enemies Taunted by you deal 20% less Damage with Hits and
Ailments against other targets
Worthy Foe
WorthyFoe
Enemies Taunted by you take 20% increased Damage
Enemies Taunted by you cannot Evade Attacks
Inspirational
Inpirational
Banner Skills have no Reservation
30% increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills
When you create a Banner, it gains 40% of the Stages of your placed Banner
You and Allies affected by your placed Banners Regenerate 0.1% of
Life per second for each Stage
First to Strike, Last to Fall
FirstStrikeLastFall
Your Hits permanently Intimidate Enemies that are on Full Life
Gain Adrenaline for 20 seconds when you reach Low Life if you
do not have Adrenaline
Remove all Ailments and Burning when you gain Adrenaline
Recover 25% of Life when you gain Adrenaline
Master of Metal
ImpalePassiveNotable
Impales you inflict last 1 additional Hit
If you've Impaled an Enemy Recently, you
and nearby Allies have +1000 to Armour
You and nearby Allies deal 6 to 12 added Physical Damage for
each Impale on Enemy

3.2 Marauder

Marauder can specialise into one of these three Ascendancy classes: Juggernaut , Berserker, Chieftain.

The Marauder (known as Marauder of Ngamakanui from Nessa's dialogue) is Path of Exile's pure strength class, which means that he's great at taking hits, and even better at dishing out punishment. His melee skills encompass a wide range of assault, from massive single target damage to devastating area of effect. This brute of a man bolsters his impressive physical arsenal with a variety of shouts and cries, skills that rally his allies and strike terror into the hearts of his enemies.

3.2.1 Juggernaut

The Juggernaut is an Ascendancy class for Marauders. It is the premier tank class, possessing endurance charge generation and bonuses, healthy boosts to armour and damage mitigation, and protection against slows and stuns. The tree also offers some offensive bonuses like accuracy and stun bonuses.

Name Notable passive skills
Unstoppable
Unstoppable
Action Speed cannot be modified to below base value
Movement Speed cannot be modified to below base value
10% increased Movement Speed
Cannot be Stunned
Unbreakable
Unbreakable
Armour received from Body Armour is doubled
5% reduced Damage taken
Regenerate 2% of Life per second
1.5% of Total Physical Damage prevented from Hits in the past 10 seconds is Regenerated as Life per second
Unyielding
Unyielding
8% increased Damage per Endurance Charge
25% chance to gain an Endurance Charge when you Stun an Enemy
10% increased Stun Duration on Enemies per Endurance Charge
6% increased Area of Effect per Endurance Charge
Undeniable
Undeniable
+500 to Accuracy Rating
1% increased Attack Speed per 150 Accuracy Rating
Gain Accuracy Rating equal to twice your Strength
Unflinching
Unflinching
30% chance to gain an Endurance Charge when you are Hit
+1 to Maximum Endurance Charges
25% chance that if you would gain Endurance Charges, you instead gain up to maximum Endurance Charges
Gain 1 Endurance Charge every second if you've been Hit Recently
Unrelenting
Unrelenting
8% reduced Elemental Damage taken while at Maximum Endurance Charges
1% additional Physical Damage Reduction per Endurance Charge
+4% to Chaos Resistance per Endurance Charge

3.2.2 Berserker

The Berserker is an Ascendancy class for Marauders. It is an offense oriented class that gears towards being in the heat of combat, with skills that offer unparalleled power at a downside. Berserkers can be built around Rage and make it even more powerful at the cost of life degen with Rite of Ruin, trade consistent critical strike chance for faster attacks with Blitz, or gain straight-up more damage for vulnerability with Aspect of Carnage. The class also offers bonuses to leech and warcries.

Name Notable passive skills
War Bringer
WarBringer
Warcries grant 10 Rage per 5 Power if you have less than 25 Rage
Warcries Sacrifice 10 Rage if you have at least 25 Rage
Exerted Attacks deal 50% more Damage if a Warcry Sacrificed Rage Recently
Rite of Ruin
RiteOfRuin
Inherent effects from having Rage are Tripled
Cannot be Stunned while you have at least 25 Rage
Lose 0.1% of Life per second per Rage while you are not losing Rage
Defy Pain
DefyPain
Gain Defiance for 10 seconds on losing Life to an Enemy Hit, no more than once every 0.3 seconds
25% increased Armour per Defiance
50% increased Maximum total Life Recovery per second from Leech while you have Defiance
At 10 Defiance, take Reflected Physical Damage equal to maximum Life, then lose all Defiance
Flawless Savagery
CloakedAgony
50% increased Critical Strike Chance
+25% to Critical Strike Multiplier
Adds 20 to 30 Physical Damage if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Crave the Slaughter
CombatFrenzy
Gain 1 Rage on Hit with Attacks, no more than once every 0.3 seconds
+10 to Maximum Rage
Aspect of Carnage
AspectOfCarnage
10% increased Damage taken
40% more Damage
Blitz
Blitz
Gain a Blitz Charge on Critical Strike
2% more Attack Speed per Blitz Charge
8% reduced Critical Strike Chance per Blitz Charge
+20 to Maximum Blitz Charges

3.2.3 Chieftain

The Chieftain is an Ascendancy class for Marauders. It is focused around fire damage and totems. The class offers a wide variety of effects revolving around fire damage, with damage bonuses via damage conversion, penetration, and covering enemies with Ash. They can enhance their totems to weaken nearby enemies or leech life for them. The class also boasts a variety of sources of life regeneration and life leech, as well as endurance charge generation, making the Chieftain surprisingly tough to kill in the heat of combat.

Name Notable passive skills
Arohongui, Moon's Presence
ArohunguiMoonsPresence
Enemies near your Totems deal 8% less Damage
Enemies near your Totems take 16% increased Physical and Fire Damage
Totems are Immune to Fire Damage
25% increased Area of Effect while you have a Totem
Ngamahu, Flame's Advance
NgamahuFlamesAdvance
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Every 10 seconds, gain 100% of Physical Damage
as Extra Fire Damage for 4 seconds
Hinekora, Death's Fury
HinekoraDeathsFury
1% of Fire Damage Leeched as Life
10% increased Strength
Cover Rare or Unique Enemies in Ash for 10 Seconds on Hit
Tasalio, Cleansing Water
TasalioCleansingWater
15% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage
Unaffected by Ignite
+100% to Fire Resistance
50% increased Life Recovery Rate if you've taken Fire Damage from an Enemy Hit Recently
Tukohama, War's Herald
TukomahaWarsHerald
2% of Damage dealt by your Totems is Leeched to you as Life
Ancestor Totems have 100% increased Activation range
100% increased Effect of Buffs your Ancestor Totems grant while Active
Tawhoa, Forest's Strength
TawhoaForestsStrength
Trigger Level 20 Tawhoa's Chosen when you Attack with a Non-Vaal Slam Skill near an Enemy
Ramako, Sun's Light
RamakoSunsLight
Damage Penetrates 15% Fire Resistance
25% chance to Ignite
+25% to Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Valako, Storm's Embrace
ValakoStormsEmbrace
+1 to Maximum Endurance Charges
Regenerate 0.5% of Life per second per Endurance Charge
15% more Damage if you've lost an Endurance Charge in the past 8 seconds
Gain 1 Endurance Charge every second if you've used a Warcry Recently

3.3 Ranger

Rangers can specialise into one of these three Ascendancy classes: Raider, Deadeye, Pathfinder.

The Ranger is Path of Exile's pure dexterity class, which befits her slim and graceful appearance. She is agile and fast, darting in and out of combat to deliver vicious critical strikes that often fell her enemies in a single blow. Her natural quickness grants her a profound ability to avoid damage through a high Evasion, and she tends to garb herself in light leathers and cloth. She has tremendous proficiency with ranged weapons, but she is as lethal as any man on the battlefield with a sword.

3.3.1 Raider

The Raider is an Ascendancy class for Rangers. It is class focused on speed and evasion that's centered around frenzy charges, Onslaught, or Phasing. The nearest notables provide practically permanent uptime on these effects, while the notables gated behind them further enhance the bonuses they give. Avatar of the Chase gives Onslaught huge bonuses to attack speed, movement speed, and evade chance, Avatar of the Slaughter gives frenzy charges a bigger variety of bonuses, and Avatar of the Veil provides significant defensive bonuses and elemental exposure to Phasing.

Name Notable passive skills
Way of the Poacher
AvatarOfFrenzy
20% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill
20% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
Avatar of the Slaughter
WayOfThePoacher
10% increased Attack Damage per Frenzy Charge
4% increased Movement Speed per Frenzy Charge
4% increased Attack Speed per Frenzy Charge
10% increased Evasion Rating per Frenzy Charge
Rapid Assault
AvatarOfOnslaught
Onslaught
Avatar of the Chase
RapidAssault
35% more chance to Evade Melee Attacks during Onslaught
35% more chance to Evade Projectile Attacks during Onslaught
100% increased Onslaught Effect
Quartz Infusion
AvatarOfPhasing
15% chance to Dodge Attack Hits
15% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Phasing
Avatar of the Veil
QuartzInfusion
Nearby Enemies have Fire, Cold and Lightning Exposure while you have Phasing, applying -20% to those Resistances
Nearby Enemies have 20% less Accuracy Rating while you have Phasing
50% chance to Avoid Elemental Ailments while Phasing

3.3.2 Deadeye

The Deadeye is an Ascendancy class for Rangers. It is a offense-oriented class focused around projectile skills and modifying them to enhance their power. While bow builds have obvious synergies with the Deadeye, wand and projectile spell builds can also easily benefit from the utility the class provides. Ricochet and Endless Munitions gives the class convenient access to chain and additional projectiles, Occupying Force modifies Mirage Archer Support to give more damage potential, and Far Shot enhances long-range combat and makes Barrage shots effective at long range. They can also gain Tailwind to hasten themselves and their allies. They also have access to bonuses related to Marks and bleed damage for crit builds.

Name Notable passive skills
Focal Point
Mark
75% increased Effect of your Marks
25% less Damage taken from other Enemies near your Marked Enemy
Marks you inflict are not removed from Dying Enemies
Ricochet
Ricochet
Skills Chain +1 times
Projectiles have 30% chance to be able to Chain when colliding with terrain
Endless Munitions
Additionalprojectile
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles
Far Shot
FarShot
Far Shot
Projectile Barrages have no spread
Rupturing
SharpAndVenomous
Critical Strikes which inflict Bleeding also inflict Rupture
Gathering Winds
GatherWinds
Gain 1 Gale Force when you use a Skill
15% increased Effect of Tailwind on you per Gale Force
action speed -% [-8]
Occupying Force
Mirage
Mirage Archers are not attached to you
+2 to maximum number of Summoned Mirage Archers
Cannot Summon Mirage Archers while near your Mirage Archers
Wind Ward
ProtectiveWinds
3% less Damage taken per Gale Force
Lose all Gale Force when Hit

3.3.3 Pathfinder

Pathfinder is an Ascendancy class for Rangers. It is focal point is her flasks, which she uses with increased effectiveness. Many of the Pathfinder's skills can conserve or gain extra flask charges, give flasks additional offensive or defensive effects while they're active, or protect them from harmful ailments. Her remaining skills enhance elemental damage, chaos damage, or poison. The Pathfinder is a flexible class that benefits both spell and attack builds effectively, particularly ones that use damage conversion.

Name Notable passive skills
Nature's Adrenaline
NaturesAdrenaline
20% increased Attack Speed during any Flask Effect
15% increased Movement Speed during any Flask Effect
Master Surgeon
MasterSurgeon
Gain a Flask Charge when you deal a Critical Strike
Removes Bleeding when you use a Flask
Removes Corrupted Blood when you use a Flask
Recover 6% of Life when you use a Flask
Nature's Boon
AlchemistGift
6% reduced Elemental Damage taken
Flasks gain 3 Charges every 3 seconds
20% chance for Flasks you use to not consume Charges
Master Alchemist
MasterAlchemist
20% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite during any Flask Effect
Removes Elemental Ailments when you use a Flask
Veteran Bowyer
MasterFletcher
Damage Penetrates 10% Elemental Resistances
Gain 15% of Physical Damage as Extra Damage of a random Element
Enemies you Kill that are affected by Elemental Ailments
grant 100% increased Flask Charges
Nature's Reprisal
MasterHerbalist
15% more Chaos Damage with Attack Skills
Chaos Skills have 30% increased Area of Effect
40% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
Master Toxicist
Master%20Toxicist
Poisons you inflict during any Flask Effect have 20% chance to deal 100% more Damage
When you kill a Poisoned Enemy during any Flask Effect, nearby Enemies are Poisoned

3.4 Scion

Scions can specialise into this Ascendancy class: Ascendant.

The daughter of corrupt nobles, the Scion was exiled to Wraeclast for killing her husband on their wedding night. She is aligned with all three core attributes - strength, dexterity and intelligence, which places her in the center of the passive skill tree. This unique position allows her to develop into almost any type of character build, while lacking the dedicated specialisation that the other six classes offer.

3.4.1 Ascendant

The Ascendant is the Ascendancy class for Scions. It offers more flexibility than any other class by allowing the player to take passives based on other Ascendancy classes. These passives offer similar benefits representing the class's overall tree, but with mitigated effects. Only one Ascendancy class passive can be taken from each base class.

Name Notable passive skills
Path of the Ranger
Dex
Can Allocate Passives from the Ranger's starting point
Path of the Witch
Int
Can Allocate Passives from the Witch's starting point
Path of the Marauder
Str
Can Allocate Passives from the Marauder's starting point
Path of the Duelist
StrDex
Can Allocate Passives from the Duelist's starting point
Path of the Shadow
DexInt
Can Allocate Passives from the Shadow's starting point
Path of the Templar
StrInt
Can Allocate Passives from the Templar's starting point

3.5 Shadow

Shadows can specialise into one of these three Ascendancy classes: Assassin, Trickster, Saboteur.

The Shadow is Path of Exile's dexterity/intelligence hybrid class. He prefers to use fast-hitting weapons such as daggers or claws to dart in and out of battle, while laying traps or mines and controlling the flow of combat. He makes surgical use of offensive spells while dodging attacks, always outmaneuvering his opponents.

The Shadow is one of the more difficult classes to play due to his fragility, but he more than makes up for it if handled with skill. His hit-and-run style of combat makes the most of his natural evasion and energy shield, and rewards strategic coordination of attacks, spells, and traps.

3.5.1 Assassin

The Assassin is an Ascendancy class for Shadows. It is a offense-oriented class centered around critical strikes. The class offers skills that enhance their power charges and bonus to critical strike effectiveness and utility under certain conditions. He has access to poison themed skills like Noxious Strike, as well as allowing poisons to synergize off of critical strikes to higher levels via Toxic Delivery. Furthermore with Mistwalker the Assassin has the ability to gain the Elusive buff on critical strikes and additional benefits while being affected by it.

Name Notable passive skills
Unstable Infusion
UnstableInfusion
20% chance to gain a Power Charge on Non-Critical Strike
10% chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike
+1 to Maximum Power Charges
Deadly Infusion
DeadlyInfusion
+5% to Critical Strike Multiplier per Power Charge
+1.5% Critical Strike Chance while at maximum Power Charges
Ambush and Assassinate
Ambush
+40% to Critical Strike Multiplier against Enemies that are on Full Life
100% more Critical Strike Chance against Enemies that are on Full Life
Critical Strikes have Culling Strike
15% more Damage with Hits and Ailments against Enemies that are on Low Life
100% more Critical Strike Chance against Enemies that are on Low Life
Opportunistic
Assassinate
Damage from your Critical Strikes cannot be Reflected
20% reduced Damage taken while there are at least two Rare or Unique Enemies nearby
25% more Damage while there is at most one Rare or Unique Enemy nearby
Toxic Delivery
ToxicDelivery
Poison you inflict with Critical Strikes deals 25% more Damage
+0.5% to Critical Strike Chance per Poison affecting Enemy, up to +2.0%
Noxious Strike
NoxiousStrike
5% increased Poison Duration for each Poison you have inflicted Recently, up to a maximum of 100%
Recover 0.5% of Life per Poison affecting Enemies you Kill
40% chance to Poison on Hit
Mistwalker
Elusive
50% increased Elusive Effect
You take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes while Elusive
Gain Elusive on Critical Strike

3.5.2 Trickster

The Trickster is an Ascendancy class for Shadows. It is a versatile hybrid class that mixes high speed, maneuverability, and slippery defenses. He is well-suited for damage over time builds with his strong recovery from Patient Reaper and further damage over time specialization like poison via Prolonged Pain. The Trickster also gains added layers of defense to his evasion and energy shield from Ghost Dance and Escape Artist, rewarding playstyles that focus on taking hits periodically. Furthermore he is able to generate and enhance power and frenzy charges either from killing enemies or channelling an ability with Swift Killer. He can also choose to specialize in strong mana-based bonuses from Weave the Arcane or a chance to gain large amounts of extra chaos damage via Harness the Void.

Name Notable passive skills
Swift Killer
UncontrolledVigour
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges and Maximum Power Charges
15% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge and a Power Charge on Kill
5% increased Damage per Frenzy Charge
5% increased Damage per Power Charge
Gain a Power or Frenzy Charge each second while Channelling
Patient Reaper
CorruptedRecovery
70% increased Recovery Rate of Life, Mana and Energy Shield if you've Killed an Enemy affected by your Damage Over Time Recently
Recover 3% of Life on Kill
Recover 3% of Mana on Kill
Recover 3% of Energy Shield on Kill
Ghost Dance
AcrobaticWillpower
When Hit, lose a Ghost Shroud and Recover Energy Shield equal to 5% of your Evasion Rating
3% reduced Damage taken per Ghost Shroud
Every 2 seconds, gain a Ghost Shroud, up to a maximum of 3
Escape Artist
HeedfulRecovery
Cannot be Stunned while you have Ghost Shrouds
5% increased Attack and Cast Speed per Ghost Shroud
+5 to Evasion Rating per 1 Maximum Energy Shield on Helmet
+1 to maximum Energy Shield per 6 Evasion Rating on Body Armour
Prolonged Pain
TricksterEssenceSurge
10% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time
20% more Damage over Time
20% increased Skill Effect Duration
Weave the Arcane
SpiritSurge
30% increased maximum Mana
30% chance to Recover 10% of Mana when you use a Skill
Movement Skills Cost no Mana
20% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've used a Movement Skill Recently
Harness the Void
HarnessTheVoid
27% chance to gain 25% of Non-Chaos Damage with Hits as Extra Chaos Damage
13% chance to gain 50% of Non-Chaos Damage with Hits as Extra Chaos Damage
7% chance to gain 100% of Non-Chaos Damage with Hits as Extra Chaos Damage

3.5.3 Saboteur

The Saboteur is an Ascendancy class for Shadows. It specializes in traps and mines. With Bomb Specialist and Demolitions Specialist he gains large bonuses towards mines, whereas Perfect Crime and Chain Reaction further enhances traps. The class has access to a blinding aura and further benefits against blinded enemies via Born in the Shadows, as well as life regeneration and reduced mana cost for traps and mines with Pyromaniac. Last but not least Explosives Expert allows for large damage bonuses versus enemies which are affected by multiple elemental ailments.

Name Notable passive skills
Pyromaniac
BlindedAssult
Regenerate 2% of Life per Second for each Trap Triggered Recently, up to 10% per second
Regenerate 2% of Life per second for each Mine Detonated Recently, up to 10% per second
Immune to Ignite and Shock
Born in the Shadows
ShadowsDarknessBlind
Cannot be Blinded
Blind Enemies on Hit
10% reduced Damage taken from Blinded Enemies
Nearby Enemies are Blinded
Explosives Expert
ExplosivesExpert
Damage Penetrates 10% Elemental Resistances against Chilled Enemies
+40% to Critical Strike Multiplier against Burning Enemies
80% increased Critical Strike Chance against Shocked Enemies
Bomb Specialist
BombSpecialist
25% increased Mine Throwing Speed if you Detonated Mines Recently
You gain 5% increased Area of Effect for each Mine
Mines have 25% increased Detonation Speed
Perfect Crime
PerfectCrime
You gain 10% increased Damage for each Trap
25% Chance for Traps to Trigger an additional time
25% reduced Cost of Skills that throw Traps
Demolitions Specialist
DemolitionSpecialist
150% increased Effect of Auras from Mines
Mines Hinder Enemies near them for 2 seconds when they Land,
reducing Movement Speed by 40%
Chain Reaction
ChainReaction
50% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate for throwing Traps
When your Traps Trigger, your nearby Traps also Trigger
Skills used by Traps have 50% increased Area of Effect

3.6 Templar

Templars can specialise into one of these three Ascendancy classes: Inquisitor, Hierophant, Guardian.

The Templar is a strength/intelligence hybrid character class.

3.6.1 Inquisitor

The Inquisitor is an Ascendancy class for Templars. It generalized on enhancing elemental damage in very different ways. He can, among other things, specialize in critical strikes with Righteous Providence and Inevitable Judgement, consecrated ground with Sanctuary and Pious Path to make them more dangerous against enemies, give huge defensive bonuses to themselves and allies, and increases its uptime even outside of it, and Instruments of Virtue and Instruments of Zeal to gain powerful bonuses for utilizing both attack and spell skills.

Name Notable passive skills
Righteous Providence
ElementalMastery
+50 to Strength and Intelligence
1% increased Critical Strike Chance per point of Strength or Intelligence, whichever is lower
Inevitable Judgement
ElementalForce
Critical Strikes ignore Enemy Monster Elemental Resistances
Non-Critical Strikes Penetrate 10% of Enemy Elemental Resistances
Augury of Penitence
ElementalDomination
Nearby Enemies take 16% increased Elemental Damage
Nearby Enemies deal 8% less Elemental Damage
Sanctuary
Sanctify
You have Consecrated Ground around you while stationary
Consecrated Ground you create applies 15% increased Damage taken to Enemies
Pious Path
GloryOfTheSavant
Effects of Consecrated Ground you create Linger for 4 seconds
Consecrated Ground you create causes Life Regeneration to
also Recover Energy Shield for you and Allies
Instruments of Zeal
InstrumentsofZeal
+4 to Maximum Fanatic Charges
Gain 1 Fanatic Charge every second if you've Attacked in the past second
Gain Fanaticism for 4 seconds on reaching Maximum Fanatic Charges
Lose all Fanatic Charges on reaching Maximum Fanatic Charges
Instruments of Virtue
InstrumentsOfVirtue
10% more Attack Damage for each Non-Instant Spell you've Cast in the past 8 seconds, up to a maximum of 30%
Battlemage

3.6.2 Hierophant

The Hierophant is an Ascendancy class for Templars. It offers a mixture of non-conventional sources of damage, defenses, and overall utility aimed towards spell users, particularly spell casting totems and brands. They can utilize a large mana pool effectively by converting it to offensive and defensive bonuses while also conserving and regenerating it. They can also utilize Arcane Surge with large bonuses to spellcasters attached to it, as well as stacking endurance and power charges. They also generally use the Mana before Life defensive technique.

Name Notable passive skills
Divine Guidance
MindOverBody
30% increased maximum Mana
10% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life
Transfiguration of Mind
Sanctuary of Thought
MindOverBeing
Gain 20% of Maximum Mana as Extra Maximum Energy Shield
10% less Mana Reservation of Skills
50% less Mana Cost of Skills
1% increased Area of Effect per 50 Unreserved Maximum Mana, up to 100%
Pursuit of Faith
SpiritualEmpowerment
+1 to maximum number of Summoned Totems
100% increased Totem Duration
100% increased Totem Placement speed
Ritual of Awakening
AncestralZeal
You and your Totems Regenerate 1% of Life per second for each Summoned Totem
Regenerate 0.5% of Mana per second for each Summoned Totem
5% more Damage per Summoned Totem
Conviction of Power
DiscipleOfRuin
+1 to Maximum Power Charges and Maximum Endurance Charges
+4 to Minimum Endurance Charges
+4 to Minimum Power Charges
Illuminated Devotion
ItemAugment
30% increased Area of Effect while you have Arcane Surge
0.5% of Spell Damage Leeched as Life while you have Arcane Surge
Non-Damaging Ailments have 50% reduced Effect on you while you have Arcane Surge
Arcane Blessing
ArcaneSurge
Gain Arcane Surge when you or your Totems Hit an Enemy with a Spell
50% increased Effect of Arcane Surge on you
Sign of Purpose
SignOfPurpose
Brand Recall has 100% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
Brands have 100% more Activation Frequency if 75% of Attached Duration expired

3.6.3 Guardian

The Guardian is an Ascendancy class for Templars. It is a powerful option for a tank/support or minion based Templar, possessing passives with an emphasis on enhancing and protecting his allies. Guardians can specialize in Auras, granting up to 4 additional unique and powerful defensive auras to their party or allies, as well as charge generation and sharing and periodical, powerful defensive skills. Furthermore he can speed up his allies with Onslaught and give his allies the ability to intimidate and unnerve enemies on hit to reduce their defenses.

Name Notable passive skills
Time of Need
TimeOfNeed
80% reduced Effect of Curses on you
Every 4 seconds, Regenerate 30% of Life over one second
Radiant Faith
RadientFaith
Grants maximum Energy Shield equal to 10% of your Reserved Mana to
you and nearby Allies
Grants Armour equal to 160% of your Reserved Life to you and nearby Allies
Bastion of Hope
ShieldMastery
If you've Blocked in the past 10 seconds, you
and nearby Allies cannot be Stunned
+50% Chance to Block Attack Damage for 2 seconds every 5 seconds
If you've Attacked Recently, you
and nearby Allies have +10% Chance to Block Attack Damage
If you've Cast a Spell Recently, you
and nearby Allies have +10% Chance to Block Spell Damage
Harmony of Purpose
HarmonyOfPurpose
Nearby Enemies cannot gain Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charges
You and nearby Party Members Share Power, Frenzy and Endurance Charges with each other
20% chance to gain a Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charge on Hit
Unwavering Faith
UnwaveringFaith
Auras from your Skills grant +1% Physical Damage Reduction to you and Allies
Auras from your Skills grant 0.2% of Life Regenerated per second to
you and Allies
Radiant Crusade
Radient%20Crusade
While there is at least one nearby Ally, you and nearby Allies deal 10% more Damage
While there are at least five nearby Allies, you and nearby Allies have Onslaught
+20% to all Elemental Resistances
Unwavering Crusade
Unwavering%20Crusade
Nearby Allies have 20% increased Attack, Cast and Movement Speed
Nearby Allies have 30% increased Area of Effect
Nearby Allies Intimidate Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit
Nearby Allies Unnerve Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit

3.7 Witch

Witches can specialise into one of these three Ascendancy classes: Occultist, Elementalist, Necromancer.

The Witch is Path of Exile's pure intelligence class, making her an unmatched master of the elemental and dark arts. She wields the power of raw magic to decimate her foes from a distance. Her tremendous will surrounds her with a shimmering barrier against physical and magical attacks, a barrier that must first be pierced before the Witch herself is vulnerable. In addition to pure damage-based magic, the Witch can also cripple and kill her enemies with curses and diseases. She is a leery friend, and a dangerous enemy.

3.7.1 Occultist

The Occultist is an Ascendancy class for Witches. It is a Witch class that specializes in cold and chaos damage over time (DoT) effects as well as curses, with a minor affinity for both energy shield and power charges. The class is capable of reliably generating said Power Charges without needing to trigger on-kill effects, using Forbidden Power. Malediction and Profane Bloom are a great boon to builds that utilize curses in any form, though to bring out their full potential you would ideally combine them with other sources of non-chaos damage. Withering Presence and Frigid Wake, the two specialized damage over time nodes behind Void Beacon, amplify the power of chaos and cold damage over time respectively.

Name Notable passive skills
Profane Bloom
LotusExtract
Cursed Enemies you or your Minions Kill have a 40% chance to Explode, dealing a quarter of their maximum Life as Chaos Damage
Your Hexes can affect Hexproof Enemies
Malediction
FatefulEchoes
You can apply an additional Curse
15% increased Effect of your Curses
Enemies you Curse have Malediction
Vile Bastion
SoulCatalyst
Regenerate 2% of Energy Shield per second for each
Enemy you or your Minions have Killed Recently, up to 10% per second
Cannot Be Stunned while you have Energy Shield
Regenerate 40 Energy Shield per second
Void Beacon
VoidBeacon
Nearby Enemies have -20% to Chaos Resistance
Nearby Enemies have 100% reduced Life Regeneration rate
Nearby Enemies have -20% to Cold Resistance
Forbidden Power
VowOfDamnation
+1 to Maximum Power Charges
6% increased Area of Effect per Power Charge
6% increased Damage per Power Charge
Gain a Power Charge after Spending a total of 200 Mana
Withering Presence
WitheringPresence
15% more Chaos Damage
+60% to Chaos Resistance
Every second, inflict Withered on nearby Enemies for 15 seconds
Nearby Hindered Enemies deal 15% reduced Damage over Time
Frigid Wake
FrigidWake
15% more Cold Damage
Cannot be Chilled
Cannot be Frozen
Every 4 seconds, Freeze nearby Chilled Non-Unique Enemies for 0.6 seconds
Every 4 seconds, 33% chance to Freeze nearby Chilled Unique Enemies for 0.6 seconds
Nearby Chilled Enemies deal 10% reduced Damage with Hits

3.7.2 Elementalist

The Elementalist is an Ascendancy class for Witches. It deals in all things elemental. They can enhance the power of elemental ailments to be more powerful, even against bosses, and make them compatible with other damage types. They also have access to Mastermind of Discord to make elemental Exposure more powerful, Heart of Destruction to gain powerful conditional offensive bonuses, and Bastion of Elements to ward off against elemental damage. Finally, Elementalists have access to golem-related skills, which not only enhance their survivability, but also give bigger enhancements to your own character the more golems you have active.

Name Notable passive skills
Liege of the Primordial
LiegeOfThePrimordial
Summoned Golems are Resummoned 4 seconds after being Killed
+1 to maximum number of Summoned Golems
100% increased Effect of Buffs granted by your Golems
Mastermind of Discord
PrimevalForce
Exposure you inflict applies an extra -25% to the affected Resistance
Regenerate 1% of Mana per second if you've inflicted Exposure Recently
Heart of Destruction
PendulumOfDestruction
Gain Convergence when you Hit a Unique Enemy, no more than once every 8 seconds
60% increased Area of Effect while you don't have Convergence
Bastion of Elements
IridescentFlesh
Triggers Level 20 Primal Aegis when Allocated
Primal Aegis can take 75 Elemental Damage per Allocated Notable Passive Skill
Other Aegis Skills are Disabled
Cannot take Reflected Elemental Damage
Elemancer
ElemancerIcon
+1 to maximum number of Summoned Golems
Summoned Golems are Immune to Elemental Damage
25% increased Effect of Buffs granted by your Golems per Summoned Golem
Shaper of Flames
IgniteSpecialisation
All Damage with Hits can Ignite
Your Hits always Ignite
25% more Damage with Ignites you inflict with Hits for which the highest Damage Type is Fire
Shaper of Storms
ShockSpecialisation
Your Hits always Shock
All Damage with Hits can Shock
25% more Effect of Lightning Ailments you inflict with Hits if the highest Damage Type is Lightning
Shocks from your Hits always increase Damage taken by at least 15%
Shaper of Winter
ChillSpecialisation
All Damage with Hits can Chill
50% more Effect of Cold Ailments you inflict with Hits for which the highest Damage Type is Cold
Chills from your Hits always reduce Action Speed by at least 15%
Your Chills can reduce Action Speed by up to a maximum of 40%

3.7.3 Necromancer

The Necromancer is an Ascendancy class for the Witch. It is an Ascendancy class themed around the dead and the undead. They are an excellent choice for minion-based builds, having access to minion-enhancing skills, as well as bonuses related to auras and Offering skills. They also have skills based around corpses, gaining powerful bonuses from spawning and consuming corpses, which makes them pair well with corpse-based skills like Unearth and Detonate Dead.

Name Notable passive skills
Mindless Aggression
GenericMinionNotable
Minions deal 30% increased Damage
Minions have 10% increased Attack Speed
Minions have 10% increased Cast Speed
Minions have 10% increased Movement Speed
Unnatural Strength
OffensiveMinionNotable
+2 to Level of all Minion Skill Gems
Bone Barrier
DefensiveMinionNotable
Grants Level 20 Bone Armour Skill
1% additional Physical Damage Reduction per Minion, up to 10%
2% increased Recovery Rate of Life and Energy Shield per Minion, up to 20%
Minions have 20% more Maximum Life
Mistress of Sacrifice
GiftsOfTheDamned
40% increased Skill Effect Duration
Your Offering Skills also affect you
Your Offerings have 50% reduced Effect on you
Essence Glutton
EssenceGlutton
Regenerate 4% of Mana over 2 seconds when you Consume a corpse
Regenerate 8% of Energy Shield over 2 seconds when you Consume a corpse
For each nearby corpse, you and nearby Allies Regenerate 5 Mana
per second, up to 50 per second
For each nearby corpse, you and nearby Allies Regenerate 0.2% of Energy Shield per second, up to 2.0% per second
Commander of Darkness
CommandingTheDarkness
Auras from your Skills grant 3% increased Attack and Cast
Speed to you and Allies
You and nearby Allies have +30% to Elemental Resistances
You and nearby Allies deal 30% increased Damage
Plaguebringer
PlagueBringer
With at least one nearby corpse, nearby Enemies deal 10% reduced Damage
With at least one nearby corpse, you and nearby Allies deal 10% more Damage
If you've Consumed a corpse Recently, you and your Minions have 30% increased Area of Effect
Corpse Pact
CorpseConsumptionNotable2
Corpses you Spawn have 50% increased Maximum Life
Enemies near corpses you Spawned Recently are Chilled and Shocked
2% increased Attack and Cast Speed for each corpse Consumed Recently, up to a maximum of 200%

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