Skill Gems & Passive Tree

Lightning Strike Champion Endgame Skill Gems, Auras, Jewels & Passive Skill Tree.

Skill Gems

Ensure your skill gems are of the right quality (normal, anomalous, divergent or phantasmal).

Some gems need to be a certain level to function. This is especially important for some auras and certain defensive setups.

Follow the guides instructions to get the specifics on what levels and qualities are needed. Not every gem needs to be at maximum level.

Skill Breakdown

Lightning Strike

  • Vaal Lightning Strike - is a melee strike attack skill with a secondary effect that launches projectile that deal damage based on weapon damage.
  • Awakened Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - is a major unconditional damage boost and at maximum level grants immunity to elemental reflect.
  • Divergent Inspiration Support - Greatly reduces our mana cost and grants considerable elemental damage and a minor amount of critical strike chance.
  • Awakened Added Lightning Damage Support - grants a large amount of additional lightning damage to hits.
  • Trinity Support - Substantially enhances our elemental damage and penetration and is always active.
  • Anomalous Nightblade Support - Causes attack skills to grant Elusive on critical strike. The elusive buff grants a substantial boost to both your Critical Strike Multiplier and Chance as well as some damage reduction. The anomalous quality grants increased effect of the elusive buff granted by the supported skill.


Core Auras
  • Anger - Provides a large amount of added fire damage to hits.
  • Determination - Scales our physical damage reduction and Molten Shell shield value.
  • Grace - Scales our evasion stat giving us a much higher chance of avoiding attack based damage.
  • Enlighten Support - linked to all core auras to allow for activation of Blood and Sand and higher Anomalous Precision levels.
Secondary Auras
  • Anomalous Precision - Provides much needed accuracy that must be replaced from the loss of Dexterity scaling due to Crystallised Omniscience. The alternate quality of this gem provides increased mana reservation efficiency which in allows for additional levels.
  • Defiance Banner - Provides a modest increase to both Evasion and Armour improving defence.

Asassin's Mark

  • Assassin's Mark - Provides a large amount of base critical strike chance and multiplier against cursed enemies.
  • Mark On Hit Support - automates the casting of Sniper's Mark at the expense of a considerable trigger mana cost.
  • Lifetap Support - Converts the high mana cost of Sniper's Mark into a life cost that is easily recoverable.


  • Flame Dash - is a movement spell that causes the player to teleport to a target location. It is essential for mobility and dodging attacks.
  • Whirling Blades - Dive through enemies for mobility and to unleash a spiral of caught projectiles damaging targets all around you.
  • Cast when Damage Taken Support - Automatically triggers the primary skill gem when taking a hit. Lower levels of Cast When Damage Taken require less damage to trigger (Use Level 6 for this build).
  • Molten Shell - provides an immense absorption shield based on your armour for a short duration. Molten Shell will trigger when taking damage to grant you mitigation when you need it most (Use level 13 for this build).
  • Increased Duration Support - Grants increased skill effect duration.
  • Blood Rage - Is a temporary buff that grants attack speed, Frenzy charges on kill and attack damage leech at the cost of losing 4% of your health per second.
  • PhantasmalAncestral Protector - Summons a totem which while near it grants you a more attack speed buff. The phantasmal quality increases the effect of the ancestor totem buff.
  • [poe-item id=8e7e67b4 quality=1]Anomalous Ancestral Warchief[/poe-item] - Summons a totem which while near it grants you a more melee damage multiplier. The anomalous quality grants totem placement speed.
  • Multiple Totems Support - Increases the total maximum number of summoned totems by 2.

Passive Tree Progression


Jewel Locations

Certain Jewels require specific placement on the passive tree, you can find these locations below.

Cluster Jewel 1

The Jewel Socket on the edge of the passive tree Near Point Blank should only be allocated after you have acquired the LS Champ Cluster jewel to socket within it. After socketing clusters ensure you allocate all points needed to fully unlock all jewel sockets and socket your Forbidden Flame and Forbidden Flesh into them.

Massive Thread of Hope

The jewel socket near Supreme Ego is where you'll socket your massive Thread of Hope. Once socketed allocate the following nodes within it's radius:

Weapon Artistry
Aspect of the Lynx
Forces of Nature
Sleight of Hand
Blood Siphon
Hired Killer
Path of the Hunter

Inspired Learning

The Jewel Socket at the shadow frenzy charge is where you'll place your [Inspired Learning Jewel which grant a significant boost in map clearing by stealing a single modifier from a rare monster when it is killed for 20 seconds.

Brutal Restraint

The Jewel Socket at the ranger frenzy charge is where you'll place your Brutal Restraint Jewel which will enhance the allocated clusters in it's radius.