The Black Cane PoE Build Guide – Royal Sceptre

The Black Cane is a unique Royal Sceptre. Requires Level 50, 86 Str, 86 Int. Popularity: 0.01%.

Did some testing on this item; Dual-wielding them doesn't give you twice the stacks. Added Damage is based off the Phantasm Gem itself. At Gem lvl 1 it was ~1-2 add phys per phant Lvl 14 ~20-34 and Lvl 19 ~26-39 per. This counts as a character buff so doesn't matter what skill has the phant gem all spells on you are affected. Take the numbers with a grain of salt but I hope this helps anyone wanting to try it out!

PoE The Black Cane Build

The popularity of The Black Cane is 0.2%.

Character: 99 Guardian

Life: 1850 Strength: 225
Energy Shield: 2086 Dexterity: 170
Mana: 1061 Intelligence: 351
Evasion Rating: 583 Charges: E: 4 / F: 3 / P: 4
Armour: 7406

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Main Skills Build

Main skill: Winter Orb Winter Orb(7K). These are the support skill gems for it:

Skill Gems Build

Body Armour: Winter Orb Winter Orb, Summon Phantasm Summon Phantasm Support, Awakened Greater Multiple Projectiles Greater Multiple Projectiles Support, Awakened Controlled Destruction Controlled Destruction Support, Physical to Lightning Physical to Lightning Support, Inspiration Support

Weapon: Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity, Purity of Lightning Purity of Lightning

Offhand Weapon: Hatred Hatred, Vaal Haste Vaal Haste, Zealotry Zealotry

Helmet: Purity of Fire Purity of Fire, Purity of Ice Purity of Ice, Discipline Discipline, Enlighten Enlighten Support

Gloves: Herald of Ash Herald of Ash, Herald of Purity Herald of Purity, Blood Magic Blood Magic Support, Herald of Ice Herald of Ice

Boots: Herald of Agony Herald of Agony, Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder, Enlighten Enlighten Support, Blood Magic Blood Magic Support

Ring: Vaal Grace Vaal Grace

Passive Skill Build

The Black Cane Build

Equipment Build

Body Armour: Damnation Hide Saintly Chainmail

Weapon: The Black Cane Royal Sceptre

Offhand Weapon: Prism Guardian Prism Guardian Archon Kite Shield

Helmet: Chitus’ Apex Necromancer Circlet

Gloves: Hrimsorrow Hrimsorrow Goathide Gloves

Boots: Eagle Dash Dash Soldier Boots

Belt: Headhunter Headhunter Leather Belt

Amulet: Solstice Vigil Solstice Vigil Onyx Amulet

Ring: Rift Hold Unset Ring, Rage Rage Grip Unset Ring

The Black Cane Build Stats

Name Total stats
  • +(20-30) to Intelligence
  • 24% increased Elemental Damage
  • (8-15)% increased Cast Speed
  • Minions deal (40-60)% increased Damage
  • Physical Damage: 40.8–96
  • Critical Strike Chance: 6.00%
  • Attacks per Second: 1.20
  • Weapon Range: 11
  • (40-60)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
  • Each Summoned Phantasm grants you Phantasmal Might

Mechanics: Phantasmal Might

Phantasmal Might is a buff granted by The Black Cane which grants additional physical damage to spells.

Phantasmal Might grants Added Spell Physical Damage based on the level of the Phantasm. Multiple instances of Phantasmal Might stack.

Phantasmal Might

Black Cane build theorycrafting

I was thinking how to exploit the newest item, Black Cane.
On paper it seems average; the mod doesn't stack over two canes and is an inherently hybrid skill.
I believe I have at least part of the key to make it godly.

Some considerations:

  1. The phantasmal might buff seems to scale with Summon Phantasm and has a small range; it's approximately 40 phys added per phantasm at max level. Therefore, That's a hefty 440 phys damage added to spells.
    As such I believe you ought to use it in combination with Soulwrest on a weapon swap, which would give you 10 additional phantasms for another temporary 400~ phys added to spells.

  2. An interesting tidbit is that Phantasmal Might gives 1 tick of Mantra of Flames each, which might be amazing for for a fire skill, but other than Incinerate I don't think anyone can pull it off.

  3. In combination with Araakali's Fang, which gives you 240% poison damage and another 20 ticks mantra of flame ticks, you get hefty 165sh fire damage to spells. Why Arakaali's Fang? The main opportunity cost of using Black Cane is making sure the phantasms stay up and are on your main link. Fang saves you from that - spiders are invincible so they would sustain phantasms as long as they are in effect and you can swap it in smoothly for melee splash.

  4. Since we receive a hefty 240% poison damage and have a source of withering touch from spiders, physical poison or Volkuur's gloves is a very valid consideration. Sadly there doesn't seem to be any physical to fire spell that's good for poison other than perhaps Holy Flame totem. As such, I believe you're better off either using a pure fire skill and just consider the phys added as cherry on top or just use a pure physical spell like Blade Vortex and disregard Volkuurs.

  5. With Mother's Embrace belt you could scale your own as well as your minions poison damage via flasks.

Tl;dr Ultimately I believe as such as a Black Cane user would be an Arakaali's Fang offhand and Soulwrest weaponswap, Mother's Embrace belt Assassin that uses a physical or converted physical spell for poison. I get to like 10 mil shaper PoB Blade Vortex damage, but granted I take it with a grain of salt, it being an poison assassin.

Got the Black Cane and Build with it

I got the Black Cane and i'm building around it (Lv. 62).

Sadly the item itself does not show how much phys. damage added per stack of Phantasmal Might.

But testing a little bit i was ALMOST sure that 2x Cold Iron Point > 1x The Black Cane + 1x Cold Iron Point or 1x The Black Cane + Shield.

Running BV with Unleash + Brutality + Arcane Surge + Controlled Destruction + Summon Phantasm and HoP w/ Feeding Frenzy i got something around 15k BV damage with 9 ghosts up + arcane surge + feeding frenzy buff.

Running BV with Unleash + Brutality + Arcana Surge + Controlled Destruction + Efficacy and HoP w Feeding Frenzy i got something around 9k BV damage with Arcane Surge + Feeding Frenzy buff.

My tests were pretty simple and we can't define anything by that, but until now i can say that the Black Cane > 2x Cold Iron Point for Phys. spells build.

I'll be leveling for more 6-8 hours, probabily will get 85 before getting to bed, if you want to add me ingame to discuss the progress i can PM you my in-game name.

When you make Arakkali's Fang a "casting" dagger

I fucking love the complexity of this game. A fun interaction that I came across while theorycrafting is the Mantra of Flame works with the new Unique Black Cane because it gives you a buff for each phantasm, but it worked better than I guessed because each phantasm gave me a seperate buff in Mantra's eyes. This meant I could easily get 10 stacks for mantra by just having phantasms. So I set off to scour the wiki for more stackable buffs and remembered one of my favorite uniques gave a buff per spider. Low and behold it gave me a Stack for each of my 20 possible spiders =D. I'd love to hear any suggestions or other ideas that may have the same concept of this that I may have glanced over.

After experimenting with using both weapons in POB, the physical damage from Black Cane is much higher, although in practice it would be hard to ramp this damage against bosses. Pathfinder and Writhing Jars could help, but you'd also need to link it to another skill, possibly to Raise Spiders in Arakaali's Fang. Otherwise, with 11 phantasms, the best way to scale this build would be a physical to fire spell such as Purifying Flame, with 2 Circle of Anguish for the Herald of Fire buff effect. Mantra of Flames and Anger would only provide about 6% more damage each, so it might not even be worth it to build around Mantra. If so, Earendel's could be a better weapon to wield than Arakaali's, for the guaranteed Covered in Ash (if not playing as Chieftain). Or maybe another setup would work better for Arakaali's Fang and Mantra of Flames, possibly with Consuming Dark so the spiders serve as an easy source of wither stacks.

The Black Cane Price

The following is the price of the The Black Cane Royal Sceptre. You can obtain it by exchanging a Chaos Orb Chaos Orb.

The Black Cane

The Black Cane Farming – How to get it?

Drop from the Conquerors the unique bosses. It cannot be chanced.

Amount Ingredient General Notes
8 Arrogance of the Vaal random corrupted item
10 Time-Lost Relic random league-specific item
4 Jack in the Box random item


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Item class: Sceptres

Royal Sceptre Unique Versions

Item Level
The Black Cane 50

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