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Strengths and Weaknesses
Seismic Trap is your main damage skill. Lay all your trap charges down on Bosses. While mapping, only throw one here and there to help out clearing the screen and take out tougher enemies like Rare Monsters.
Exsanguinate linked with Trap Support is your secondary damage skill. Use it as a clearing skill for mapping and also as a filler skill when dodging attacks or waiting for your Seismic Trap charges to refill.
Utility And Auras
Keep the advised Aura gems active at all times and remember to reactivate them after dying. Flame Dash or Dash should be used whenever available to assist with movement.
When playing as Seismic Trap Saboteur your primary focus is to lay down your Seismic Traps and Exsanguinate Traps in good positions to maximize your damage output on the targets. The rest of the time, you're free to run around targets and surgically dodge attacks.
While mapping, Exsanguinate Traps become your main source of damage, spam them near targets and only throw Seismic Trap to help clear out very dense screens or tougher enemies.
Traps allow you to frontload damage (spend all trap charges at once to stack them) in order to create massive damage bursts, which makes the Seismic Trap Saboteur a great bossing character and single target character in general. When fighting a Boss, curse them with Assassin's Mark and let Seismic Trap do most of the work. Exsanguinate Trap is used as a filler while dodging and waiting for Seismic Traps charges to refill, it adds some secondary damage, kills small adds and keeps up the Perfect Crime Ascendancy damage buff.
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 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 Life wherever else possible.
Take note of the below modifiers as they should be avoided or run with caution when they appear on your maps:
- Avoid No Regen and Less Recovery because your only source of recovery is Life Regen. Be careful even if you are confident enough that you can take care of these Maps with only your Life Flask.
- Beyond is always problematic when progressing since Beyond Monsters are deadly and can easily kill you off guard.
- Minus Global Resistances and Reduced Suppressed Spell Amount are modifiers you should always be looking for since they dramatically increases the damage you take.
- Physical Damage Reduction is a no-go for tougher content since it reduces your damage output by a straight 40%.
Recommended Farming Content
The first step is to progress through the Atlas following our Atlas Progression Guide. As a mapping focused character you should focus on the mechanics listed below depending on what level of content your character is currently capable of completing. If you're struggling in higher tier content it is always recommended you go a step back and farm up more Currency and Gear. Clicking the League Mechanics below takes you to either a full Explanation Guide or a detailed Currency Farming Guide based around maximizing your profits from that mechanic or content.
Mid Game Gem Setup
As you transition into The Devouring Diadem, you can replace Lifetap Support with Concentrated Effect Support on your 6-Link Seismic Trap. At the same time, you can add in Determination or Pride with some Level 2-3 Enlighten Support. If you went full offense with Pride and want even more, add Herald of Purity instead. You can change your Movement Setup to something smoother like Whirling Blades or Dash.
End Game Gem Setup
As you get expensive upgrades, Ashes of the Stars lets you add the last Aura you were missing. You can focus on getting Corruption Implicits, all Awakened & Alternate Quality Gems as well as all Level 21 Gems to pimp your Setup.
Skill Tree Progression
Key Build Info
The Skill Tree Progression is really straightforward up until obtaining Cluster Jewels. Some Late Game Upgrades such as Thread of Hope and Impossible Escape require some Skill Tree Tweaks.
One thing to check during ever point of your build progression is how many Seismic Trap ticks per Trap you have. As seen above, this tickrate scales with Trap Throwing Speed while Skill Effect Duration allows for longer Traps which may get you one more tick. Don't hesitate to throw a Seismic Trap in your hideout to check the numbers of ticks you currently have and if it is worth to go for more Trap Throwing Speed or if you can remove some.
Upon completing this guide you will have an amazing Bosskiller character with fairly decent capabilities of Mapping, a great "All-Rounder" character, able to deal with almost any content in the game. If you're looking for the next step of your Seismic Trap journey, you can transition this Physical Seismic Trapper into a Cold Conversion Seismic Trapper which is more expensive to build early on but has a higher damage ceiling allowing to wreak havoc on the battlefield even more!
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