Leveling Maw of Mischief

Learn about the key leveling notes and campaign step by step for the Maw of Mischief Elementalist Build.

Leveling Section

This leveling will primarily use Freezing Pulse from levels 1 until 16, at which point you will swap to using Wave of Conviction alongside Orb of Storms. Place down Orb of Storms, then cast Wave of Conviction a couple times to kill all packs. Although this is an Ignite build, it is substantially better to level this build using Lightning and generic Elemental Damage, eventually respeccing to Ignite.

The "Wand Craft" is the easiest way to make any caster leveling better. Selling a magic wand, an Orb of Alteration, and a normal Topaz Ring produces a wand like this: Snapping Driftwood Wand.

If you need a magic wand, purchase a 3-linked wand from Nessa with favorable colors, those being Blue-Blue-Green, Blue-Blue-Blue, or Blue-Green-Red. Then use an Orb of Transmutation on it. If you need a Topaz Ring, you can sell an Iron Ring with any Skill Gem that is colored Green.

Note: Selling rare items identified will give you Alteration Shards, while selling them unidentified gives Transmutation Shards.

Campaign Step By Step

Beginner players should follow Enki's Campaign Progression guide.

The levels listed below are based on speedrunning. Always be greater or equal to the levels listed.

Wave of Leveling Gems
Wave of Conviction Leveling Tree

Mapping Preparation

You're done with the Campaign and are ready to take on the Path of Exile Endgame. Priority #1 is to ensure your Elemental Resistances are capped (75%) and that you have sufficient Attributes to continue leveling your Skill Gems. Use Essences you have gathered on any items that are not Magic or Rare already. Items with an open modifier slot can be crafted on. Head to the Crafting Bench and craft Life and Resistances wherever possible according to what you need.

Recommended Farming Content

After completing the campaign the first step is to progress through the Atlas following our Atlas Progression Guide. Focus on the mechanics listed below depending on what level of content your character can complete QUICKLY. If you're struggling in higher tier content it is always recommended to step back and farm up more Currency and Gear in the previous tier. Clicking the League Mechanics below for an Explanation Guide or a detailed Currency Farming Guide based around maximizing profits from that mechanic.

Map Modifiers

Always re-roll or avoid running the following modifiers when they appear on your maps.

  • Monsters reflect X% of Elemental Damage
  • Players cannot Regenerate Life, Mana or Energy Shield
  • Monsters have X% chance to Avoid Elemental Ailments

Consider re-rolling or avoiding the following modifiers when they appear on maps:

  • Unique Bosses are Possessed
  • Players have x% reduced effect of Non-Curse Auras from skills
  • -X% maximum Player Resistances


Corrupting Fever Pantheon

For information on the Pantheon read our Pantheon Guide!

For Major Pantheon, select Brine King to gain Immunity to Freeze and Reduction of Chill Effect. This bonus is not baseline and needs to be acquired with a Divine Vessel.

For Minor Pantheon, select Garukhan. This gives 60% Reduced Effect of Shock on You and You cannot be Blinded/Maimed.