Psionic Storm Assassin

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Psionic Storm Assassin


Introduction
The Psionic Storm Assassin is a fun caster build that destroys 1-130 content on a super tight budget. You alternate between casting Psionic Storm to farm/boss/heal and left clicking to move forward and collect loot.



STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
For:
  • Easy to gear. Each upgrade feels meaningful. Perfectly ok to play this SSF.
  • Boss melting damage with enough area coverage for farming comfortably.
  • Good sustain - 10% max hp healed per cast ([email protected])
  • 65% avoid, shield block in double digits, free 50% dr with shadow refugee
Against:
  • Absolutely needs to farm 400 signets as soon as you can handle hell Nihlathak. (doubles your damage in early game)
  • Need the set for the build to take off the ground.
  • Have to chug mana potions constantly. Each cast drains 10% of your total mana in addition to its flat cost. You also don't heal when casting below 10% mana.




PSIONIC STORM
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HOW TO PLAY
Buff up. Pinnacle, Beacon. Keep shadow Refugee Buff going. Keep Bloodbath and Queen of Blades up if you are trying extra hard.
My keybinds:
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ATTRIBUTES
Str: Enough for gear. With enough stat charms you dump all your points into energy.
Dex: As above.
Vita: 0
Energy: MAX.




SKILLS
  • Max Psionic Storm, Perfect Being, Prismatic Cloak
  • 20 in Doom to max -% to enemy magic resist, 1 in Beacon for 50% move speed, 1 in Shadow Dancer for 2% block during bloodbath.
  • 1 or spare points into Shadow Refugee for move speed and physical damage reduction.





BREAKPOINTS
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EARLY GAME GEAR
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MID TO LATE GAME GEAR
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VIDEOS
Kabraxis
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Astrogha
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Xazax
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Uldyssian
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Videos were done in the 52k dmg UMO setup, but the quests are almost just as easy in the mid/late gear which gets to around 31k dmg
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Vincendra
Stone Warrior
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^Have you tried Eerie crafted Tiara Base with Psicrown? Clears nice, scales with Ene, doesnt fuck your mana pool while farming ( no potting)
TTraw
Jungle Hunter
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For early game I recommend
Void
Void
Weapons

'Lo'
Runeword Level: 59
+(58 to 72)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 7-13 damage
Slow Target 33%
Cold Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +30%
Physical Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
+(11 to 13) Mana on Striking
2% Reanimate as: Banshee
. Queen of Blades w/ 4-5 targets restores your energy to full and spamming Psionic Storm made a much easier experience than the TU Wrist Blades with downtime on your Psionic Storm. Only 114 lvl w/ her rn but so far she is getting better with each upgrade.

Which leads me to the question: How do you deal with mana at late game without
Void
Void
Weapons

'Lo'
Runeword Level: 59
+(58 to 72)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 7-13 damage
Slow Target 33%
Cold Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +30%
Physical Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
+(11 to 13) Mana on Striking
2% Reanimate as: Banshee
? There's no doubt that psychic set will give a huge boost to dmg but that damn mana downtime will be here wont it?
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TTraw wrote:For early game I recommend
Void
Void
Weapons

'Lo'
Runeword Level: 59
+(58 to 72)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 7-13 damage
Slow Target 33%
Cold Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +30%
Physical Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
+(11 to 13) Mana on Striking
2% Reanimate as: Banshee
. Queen of Blades w/ 4-5 targets restores your energy to full and spamming Psionic Storm made a much easier experience than the TU Wrist Blades with downtime on your Psionic Storm. Only 114 lvl w/ her rn but so far she is getting better with each upgrade.

Which leads me to the question: How do you deal with mana at late game without
Void
Void
Weapons

'Lo'
Runeword Level: 59
+(58 to 72)% Enhanced Damage
Adds 7-13 damage
Slow Target 33%
Cold Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +30%
Physical Damage Reduced by (11 to 15)
+(11 to 13) Mana on Striking
2% Reanimate as: Banshee
? There's no doubt that psychic set will give a huge boost to dmg but that damn mana downtime will be here wont it?


MO your rings and amulets with mana regen and pop a potion every 6 seconds. Good mana regen oskills (Hounfor, Mana Tide Totem) are unavailable to Assassin. Its not possible to continously cast psi storm currently and I think it was designed that way.
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Holy Moly...
TTraw
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bapcja wrote:MO your rings and amulets with mana regen and pop a potion every 6 seconds. Good mana regen oskills (Hounfor, Mana Tide Totem) are unavailable to Assassin. Its not possible to continously cast psi storm currently and I think it was designed that way.


I mean,
Demhe (Xis)
Demhe
Maces, Scepters
Except Hammers

'ZoXis'
Runeword Level: 120
25% Chance to cast level 55 Infected Roots on Melee Attack
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
+(126 to 250) to Maximum Damage
Stun Attack
+(39 to 45)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(39 to 45)% to Poison Spell Damage
-(39 to 45)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
-(39 to 45)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
Slow Target 2%
+(51 to 125) Mana on Striking
Cannot be Unsocketed
exists but that's probably too much of a DPS loss and chances to get high mana on striking are unbelievably low. I guess the "Out of Mana" voiceline spam will be something to get used to.
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TTraw wrote:
bapcja wrote:MO your rings and amulets with mana regen and pop a potion every 6 seconds. Good mana regen oskills (Hounfor, Mana Tide Totem) are unavailable to Assassin. Its not possible to continously cast psi storm currently and I think it was designed that way.


I mean,
Demhe (Xis)
Demhe
Maces, Scepters
Except Hammers

'ZoXis'
Runeword Level: 120
25% Chance to cast level 55 Infected Roots on Melee Attack
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Damage
+(126 to 250) to Maximum Damage
Stun Attack
+(39 to 45)% to Cold Spell Damage
+(39 to 45)% to Poison Spell Damage
-(39 to 45)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
-(39 to 45)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
Slow Target 2%
+(51 to 125) Mana on Striking
Cannot be Unsocketed
exists but that's probably too much of a DPS loss and chances to get high mana on striking are unbelievably low. I guess the "Out of Mana" voiceline spam will be something to get used to.


Nothing short of maybe partying up with necromancer to give you mana tide totem while chugging mana pots will work. Thats not a bad thing though. The build kills uldyssian in 3 to 6 minutes in set, its ok to have a downside.
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Didn't some level 140 psionic storm sin say a week ago that using mana regeneration runes solves all mana problems? Have you tried it out?
akbugger
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Imo,
Vizjun's Monitor
Vizjun's Monitor
Katar (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 36 to 37
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 80
Required Dexterity: 333
Item Level: 1
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
+4 to Assassin Skill Levels
25% Hit Recovery
+(21 to 25)% to Lightning Spell Damage
(20 to 25)% to Energy
(20 to 25)% to Vitality
+50 to Strength
Socketed (3)

Vizjun's Devices
(Assassin Trap Set)
is better than
Killing Vector
Killing Vector
Cestus (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 41 to 43
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 80
Required Dexterity: 349
Item Level: 1
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
+(33 to 55) Spell Focus
+(1 to 3) to Assassin Skill Levels
(21 to 30)% Cast Speed
+(16 to 20)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
+(9 to 16) to Doom (Assassin Only)
+200 to Energy
Socketed (3)

Universal Law
(Assassin Psionic Set)
. I also use
Sagittarius
Sagittarius
Cestus (Sacred)

One-Hand Damage: 41 to 43
(Assassin Only)
Required Level: 100
Required Dexterity: 349
Item Level: 120
Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.13 per Dexterity)%
+3 Targets to Vessel of Justice
1.4% Singularity Damage Leeched as Life
+7 to Assassin Skill Levels
+100% Damage to Vessel of Justice
+100% Damage to Vessel of Retribution
+(50 to 60) to Vessel of Justice
+(100 to 150) to Energy
+(300 to 400) to Life
Maximum Mana (20 to 25)%
Physical Resist 5%
Socketed (3)
, maybe a craft, or a 2nd Vector would be just as good, if not better,but Sagi is +7 to skills, +5% PR.
For Bis boots, I'd vote
Megalith
Megalith
Boots

'Ath'
Runeword Level: 90
+1 to All Skills
25% Cast Speed
15% Hit Recovery
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) to Strength
Regenerate Mana +30%
Physical Resist 5%
. Mana regen is just as important on this build as energy, if u wanna go fast. Some really good craft is mayhap better, but Megalith is so cheap and obtainable....
For mana, socket weapons with Sur Runes as guide says. With dual wield, you get 3x15x2 = 60% faster mana regen from weapons alone. Add
Megalith
Megalith
Boots

'Ath'
Runeword Level: 90
+1 to All Skills
25% Cast Speed
15% Hit Recovery
+(115 to 143)% Enhanced Defense
+(41 to 50) to Strength
Regenerate Mana +30%
Physical Resist 5%
, and u're golden. Unfortunately you can't socket shields with mana regen.
Crafted armor >
Hypersurface
Hypersurface
Leather Armor (Sacred)

Defense: (8272 - 8918) to (8579 - 9257)
Required Level: 80
Required Strength:
284
Item Level: 1
+(172 to 200)% Enhanced Defense
+2000 Defense
+200 to Energy
+(401 to 500) to Life
+(101 to 150) Life after each Kill
Requirements -40%
Socketed (6)

Universal Law
(Assassin Psionic Set)
. % to all stats, +2 skills, + flat energy (Erie craft+bless). Gloves -
Lorekeeper
Lorekeeper
Light Gauntlets (Sacred)

Defense: (1018 - 1179) to (1159 - 1342)
Required Level: 80
Required Strength:
272
Item Level: 120
+3 to All Skills
20% Combat Speeds
+(5 to 10) to Firedance
+(90 to 120)% Enhanced Defense
Regenerate Mana +(40 to 60)%
Requirements -50%
Socketed (4)
. By long and far this is Bis. Up to 60% mana regen (!), guaranteed +3 to skills, can't beat that.
I've got my assassin up to labs 14. She can't farm that (I'd say her limit is 12 which she can do easilly, 13 gets tricky and super slow) but I don't have super-UMOs (not a single
Orb of Annihilation
Orb of Annihilation
Mystic Orb

Cube Reagent
Cube with Any Weapon to Add Bonus
10% Chance to cast level 1 Detonate on Melee Attack
+5% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
5% Bonus to Energy
+10 Required Level
, and if u don't invest in mana regen u'll die so quickly there it won't even be funny. Your mana regen IS your life pool.
And finally, invest into FHR. You'll get hit, and you need fastest u can have.
Just for record, my sin :

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akbugger wrote:For mana, socket weapons with Sur Runes as guide says. With dual wield, you get 3x15x2 = 60% faster mana regen from weapons alone.


But guide says socket Topazes in weapon and Um Runes in armor. Sur runes were never mentioned. And 3x2x15 = 90%