Leveling Poison Seismic

Last Updated: December 12th 2022

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Learn about the key build info and how to increase damage and defense with your stats and gear for the Poison Seismic Trap Saboteur Build.

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Key Leveling Notes

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.

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Act 1
Act 1
  • Start as a DUELIST, reach Lioneye's Watch and choose Splitting Steel as your reward. Stash your inventory and then make a Shadow character.
  • Reach Lioneye's Watch and grab everything from your stash, including Splitting Steel.
  • Complete the quests Mercy Mission and Breaking some Eggs.
    • Talk to Nessa and choose Quicksilver Flask and ignore the gem.
    • Talk to Tarkleigh and ignore the first gem and get Frostblink.
  • Complete the quests Dweller of the Deep and The Caged Brute.
    • Reach Lower Prison and use the Waypoint back to town, then talk to Nessa and grab: Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support.
    • Talk to Tarkleigh to grab your Passive Skillpoint after Dweller of the Deep.
  • Go back to Lower Prison, complete the Trial of Ascendancy, and slay Brutus.
  • After killing Brutus, return to town and choose Flame Dash. This replaces Frostblink.
  • Purchase Precision from Nessa. Be careful, as it reserves more mana depending on the level of gem.
  • Complete the quest The Marooned Mariner and grab the waypoint in Merveil's Caverns.
  • After killing Fairgraves and reaching the Waypoint in Merveil's Caverns, return to town and talk to Bestel for a Passive Skillpoint.
  • Purchase Poisonous Concoction and Withering Step from Nessa, then complete The Siren's Cadence.
  • Poisonous Concoction requires you to unequip the weapon slot, allowing you to still use a shield. Using this skill will consume your Life Flasks, so make sure to use at least two.
Act 1 Tips
  • You create a Duelist for Splitting Steel, as it is the best physical gem you can use from levels 1-12.
  • Note that The Way Forward is an Act 1 quest that is only completable in Act 2.
  • Use a two-handed weapon base from level 8 until 12, then swap to a shield and nothing in your main hand.
  • Equip a Sapphire Ring for Merveil to mitigate her Cold Damage. Kill her and move onto Act 2!


Poison Seismic Pantheon

For information about the Pantheon and how it works, don't hesitate to consult 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 Shakari and upgrade it. This gives you defences against Poisons and Chaos Degens.

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 item that is not Magic or Rare already. Items with an open modifier slot can be crafted on. Head to the Crafting Bench and craft Resistances wherever possible according to what you need and Maximum Life wherever else possible.

Map Modifiers

Take note of the below modifiers as they should be avoided or run with caution when they appear on your maps:

  • Players cannot Regenerate Life, Mana or Energy Shield
  • -X% maximum Player Resistances
  • Monsters have a X% chance to avoid Poison, Impale, and Bleeding

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