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Last Updated: September 12th 2023

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Poison Spark Pathfinder 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.

Example Poison Spark Pathfinder Skills

Skill Breakdown

Phantasmal Spark

  • Phantasmal Spark is your main Skill Gem. It's quality converts Lightning damage to Chaos, to Poison enemies.
  • Divergent Void Manipulation Support - Provides a large Chaos damage multiplier, the Divergent quality allows you to leech Chaos damage as Life.
  • Anomalous Spell Echo Support - Causes your Casts to repeat, and provides a massive More multiplier to Cast Speed.
  • Awakened Deadly Ailments Support - Provides a massive boost to Ailment damage at the cost of Hit damage.
  • Awakened Unbound Ailments Support - Increases the damage and duration of your Poisons.
  • Awakened Elemental Focus Support - Gives More Elemental Damage and +1 Skill Level, in exchange for being unable to inflict Elemental Ailments.

Movement & Utility

  • Flame Dash - Is a movement spell that causes the player to teleport to a target location. It is essential for mobility and dodging attacks.


  • Portal - Saves you inventory space, with this you don't need any Portal Scrolls.
  • Anomalous Blood and Sand - Provides increased Projectile Speed and therefore damage/clear speed. Ensure this Aura is always active in Sand Stance.
  • Enhance Support Provides additional gem quality to Blood and Sand granting additional Projectile Speed.


  • Cast when Stunned Support - Triggers the linked Spell Skills when you are Stunned.
  • Anomalous Withering Step - Grants the Elusive Buff, temporarily increasing our Movement Speed and Damage Avoidance. It also applies the Wither Debuff to nearby enemies, increasing the damage they take from Chaos Damage.
  • Anomalous Blood Rage - Gives you a chance to Generate Frenzy Charges on kill or when hitting Unique Enemies.
  • Immortal Call - Provides a potent Damage Reduction with a short duration.


Poison Spark Pathfinder Core Aura Skills (4-Link)

  • Grace - Scales Your evasion stat giving us a much higher chance of avoiding attack based damage.
  • Malevolence - Provides More damage over time and Skill Effect Duration.
  • Divergent Arctic Armour - Gives a reduction to Physical and Fire Damage taken from Hits while standing still (such as when you Cast).
  • Enlighten Support - Reduces the necessary Mana Reservation for supported Aura Skills.

Blessing (4-Link)

  • Vaal Haste - Drastically increases your Attack, Cast and Movement Speed while activated.
  • Divine Blessing Support supports permanent auras, changing their reservation to a cost and making them temporary.
  • Increased Duration Support - Grants increased Skill Effect Duration.
  • Divergent Inspiration Support - Greatly reduces your Energy cost allowing the Blessing to be cast.
  • Divergent Herald of Agony Grants more damage with Poison, as well as Poison chance on hit.
  • Vitality, this Level 1 Vitality is only used to support Vitality Watcher's Eye modifier.

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 between Ranger and Shadow, below the Perfect Agony Keystone is where you place your first Cluster Jewel Honour Heart. Make sure to refer to the gear page for information on what clusters you must use for this build.

Honour Heart located between Ranger and Shadow

Cluster Jewel 2

The Jewel Socket on the edge of the passive tree between Shadow and Witch near the Eldritch Battery Keystone is where you'll place your second Cluster Jewel Dragon Vessel. Make sure to refer to the gear page for information on what clusters you must use for this build.

Dragon Vessel located between Shadow and Witch

Brutal Restraint

The Jewel Socket at the Supreme Ego Keystone is where you'll place your Brutal Restraint Jewel which enhances the notables in it's radius.

5322 is a great seed, but consider other options with chance to gain Alchemist's Genius when you use a Flask, and at least 2 of the following;

  • You gain Onslaught for 8 Seconds on Kill
  • Increased Damage with Poison
  • Increased Effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills
  • Poisons you Inflict deal damage 10% faster
  • 10% increased Flask Charges gained
  • increased Maximum Life

Learn more about Timeless Jewels and how to find the best seed!

Pay close attention to the seed, and use PoB's "Find Timeless Jewel" feature when shopping for your Brutal Restraint

Impossible Escape

Use an Impossible Escape that affects Passives in radius of Chaos Inoculation and allocate the following:

  • Atrophy
  • Serpentine Spellslinger
  • Influence
  • Whispers of Doom
  • 2 Small Curse Effect Passives
Be sure to allocate ALL of the listed nodes.


Passive Skill Tree Tattoos redefine character building in Path of Exile! They excel at covering for a build's weaknesses by converting unneeded Attributes into Resistances, damage, and quality of life. Choosing the ideal Tattoos for your build often comes down to your specific gearing choices, to learn more about optimizing Passive Skill Tree Tattoos check out our full guide here.

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