Hello and welcome to another Path of Exile guide! With Delirium league dropping in a few short days, this is the best time to decide on that perfect starter build. If you’re a new player this choice is quite important as it can make the difference between actually enjoying the game or giving up in frustration. And if you’re already somewhat experienced then you likely understand that a good start can set the stage for success for the rest of the league. Before going through the builds themselves, I just need to talk a bit about what actually is and makes a good league starter build. A league starter is a build whose purpose is to get you, as fast as possible, to the point where you can farm tier 7 or 8 maps. That is a sweet spot where you start generating a good amount of currency and get decent drops, which should allow you to buy or craft proper gear.
A good starter should be able to transition from that point to become an end-game build by acquiring better and more expensive items. Ideally this should be possible with minimal passive points re-speccing. Since starting a new league means you have absolutely nothing in your bank, a good starter build should be able to reach that Atlas mid-tier with self found gear and cheap items. It shouldn’t rely on expensive or hard to get unique items but rather ones that are always in abundance or obtainable using divination cards which can be easily farmed.
And just to clarify, while all builds will have some end-game recommended gear that is more expensive, at that point we’re no longer talking about a starter build. For example, the Arc Mine build does perfectly fine as a starter with self found rare items but for end-game a Shavronne’s Wrapping armour is necessary. This does not however mean it needs that item to be an effective starter build. By the point you’ll get it, you’re no longer in the starter phase. Then, a good starter should be able to run any type of content and most if not all map mods. While boss killing is outside the scope of a league starter, it should however do fairly well in a wide range of scenarios. An ideal starter should also use its main skill early on so you get plenty of practice and not waste too much time on changing your gems setups.
Another key aspect for a league starter is that it shouldn’t rely on mechanics, skills or items that are introduced in the upcoming league. Not only would that involve a lot of guesswork but such elements are always prone to be changed in the first weeks of a new league. In fact going off-meta is always a good idea for league starter builds. In addition to that, a good starter should be easy to play, without complicated mechanics or combos and supported by a clear build guide. No matter how great a build is, if you’re wasting hours to figure out how to play it or choose the wrong leveling path in the passive tree, your efficiency will drop significantly.
Finally, all the builds that I’ll showcase have been tested, fine tuned or designed by myself. They worked great as starter builds for a number of leagues now and are proven to be reliable for new players and veterans alike. I also cannot really endorse or recommend builds that I haven’t personally tested and played extensively. So, now that it’s clear what makes a good league starter, here are my recommendations for the next league. First up is the amazing Arc Mines Saboteur which is incredibly efficient at clearing very large packs of mobs. And since Delirium is all about spawning huge waves of angry monsters, this build is perfectly suited to take on that type of content. With mines most of your damage comes from gems themselves so even if you rub two sticks together you’ll still end up with very solid DPS, which is excellent in a fresh league economy. The few unique items used in this build are only necessary once you’re running mid-tier maps, so, long after you’ve passed the league starter phase.
By then you’ll also amass tons of currency with this great farmer build, allowing you to properly pimp your character. Finally, with the previous Metamorph league content being here to stay, it’s definitely good to start with a build that’s great at killing bosses as well. Arc Mines Saboteur does exactly that ? laying down all your explosives and detonating them as soon as you engage a boss will generally obliterate them. Damage-wise this will likely be the best build you’ve ever played, being capable of easily surpassing 10 million DPS even with basic gear.
If this sounds like what you’re looking for then check out the full guide by following the link in the pinned comment and video description. My second suggestion for a league starter is an absolute beast of a summoner, the Skelemancer. This necromancer relies on raising an army of skeletons along with a few other minions who are there to support them, most notably zombies and spectres. What makes this build an amazing league starter is first and foremost its complete gear independence: almost none of your minions damage comes from equipment; no strength stacking, no expensive jewels or mandatory uniques which are crucial for the build’s performance. As long as your resistance are capped you’re good to go and your skeletons will obliterate everything in their path. Even the best-in-slot, end-game gear, costs less than what most builds need to clear white maps. The Skelemancer is equally good at clearing large packs of mobs as well as killing bosses or other tough targets.
Losing a few skeletons will never cripple you as raising some more doesn’t require corpses. Now yes, I know what some of you might say: summoners will be nerfed in the upcoming league. However, the overall damage output of this build is way higher than it realistically needs. Even if necromancers would be rolled back to what they were 3 leagues ago, this build would still clear everything without breaking a sweat. You can go to the video guide for ?Skelemenacer? by clicking on that ?i? thing in the upper right corner or following the links in the video description and pinned comment. My next recommendation is an Essence Drain/Contagion build.
If chaos spells, curses and a general Warlock vibe are more appealing to you then this is definitely the right choice. One of the best farming builds in the entire game, it uses a very simple combo between two spells to spread a chaos damage-over-time debuff from a single enemy to all nearby mobs. Sometimes it’s enough to cast this combo once and everything you can see on the screen dies almost instantly. This makes it perfect for a league whose main mechanic is to spawn tons of monsters coming in from every direction.
You get pretty much all the necessary skill gems very early on so you don’t need to use other spells while leveling. And since most lower level monsters don’t have much chaos resistance, you’ll cut through them like a hot knife through butter. The build is also not at all gear dependent but rather gains most of its efficiency from gem levels and passives.
This makes it ideal for a league starter as it allows you to push through the game without having to slow down because you couldn’t find certain items. While the end-game version of the build requires a specific unique helmet, that can be skipped until you start running red tier maps. And speaking of maps, it can run all the existing map mods, saving you time and currency, allowing you to quickly complete most of your Atlas. Running higher tier content ahead of other players means you have a better chance at selling items for more currency, giving you a leg-up for the rest of the league. You can find the extensive build guide linked in the pinned comment and video description. My fourth suggestion is the amazing Scourge Arrow Ranger. Incredibly fast paced and with amazing clearing capabilities, this poison build is a farming and leveling beast. Firing a charged, piercing, arrow will create spore pods which explode into countless projectiles that shred enemies to bits and poison them.
No special aiming or targeting is required and this fits perfectly with the new league mechanic of spawning a large number of monsters from all directions. Most of its efficiency comes from gems and passives rather than gear, making it perfect for the first days of a new league. It doesn’t really need any mandatory uniques and even its best-in-slot gear is usually really cheap.
Just grab any bow with decent attack speed and you’re good to go. Focus your other gear on defenses and you’ll cruise through story mode and the first Atlas tiers. And, as any respectable farmer, it’s able to run literally every map mod and that is a huge advantage when you start going through the Atlas. You won’t waste any time or currency to reroll maps and get much more drops, greatly boosting your efficiency. Finally, the next great starter build is the badass Cyclone Slayer. If fast paced, brutal melee combat is more to your liking than casting spells, then this is the perfect build for you! Grab two swords with decent physical damage and spin your way through the entire game.
If you’ve ever played whirlwind barb in any Diablo game, well, this is Path of Exile’s equivalent. Incredible mobility, excellent clearing speed and really solid damage are all perks of the now famous Cyclone Slayer. On top of that it uses one of the very few skills in the game which can continuously apply damage while constantly moving. Killing enemies while repositioning and evading dangerous stuff is a great defensive mechanism. The build is also not at all gear dependent and doesn’t need any specific unique items. Op top of that, items boosting physical or melee damage are always abundant so you’ll have plenty to chose from. This version of the build is also intentionally designed as a very budget-oriented one, making it ideal as a league starter. Absolutely no insanely expensive items which are impossible to obtain at the beginning of a league. While its efficiency was somewhat nerfed in Blight league I’ve added a few great workarounds in the guide’s pinned comment. Make sure to check that out to make the best out of the build. Finally, it is a very fun build to play and if you’re a new Path of Exile player then this will provide a perfect taste of what the game has to offer.
You can find the link to the full guide in the pinned comment and video description. Clicking on the ?i? thing in the upper right corner will take you there as well. Learn anything new, exile? If you did, then you’ll be happy to hear there are more videos coming up in the near future with more exciting builds to try. Make sure not to miss them by subscribing to the channel so you get notified when that happens. And while you’re at it why not like this video as well or drop a comment down below to let me know your thoughts.
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