The Path of Exile: Delirium league finally launched yesterday, and it was met with a record number of players. Their Steam numbers hit a concurrent player count of 115,000, which is the most players ever reported by SteamCharts for Call of Duty.
We’ve put together five great starter guides for the new league, all of which are budget-friendly and capable of clearing all of the Path of Exile: Delirium content. Most importantly, these are FUN builds to play.
Arc Witch Elementalist (by Enki)
The most popular build we recommend for Delirium is the Enki Witch build. Enki does a great job keeping this build totally up to date and relevant for every patch. The lightning skill Arc is a strong skill by itself that chains multiple enemies, which is what this build is centered around. It’s a budget-friendly build great for new players and veterans alike.
With this build, you will be able to leech and become immune to elemental damage. You can run this build entirely on average rare gear, but some recommended items would be Inpulsa’s Broken Heart, Mind of the Council, Essence Worm, and Doryani’s Catalyst.
Enki’s guide is easy to follow and will help new players learn a lot of things about Path of Exile. Check out his guide here and follow along if you enjoy playing caster builds. You will not be disappointed.
Bane Witch Occultist (by Thi3n)
Thi3n always has some great builds that are well received by the Path of Exile community. This build is centered around Bane, which applies chaos damage debuffs to enemies in an area. With more area of effect, you can cover more area with the skill.
Chaos damage debuff deals more damage and lasts longer for each curse applied to the enemy. For this reason, you should link curses to the Bane skill to scale the damage. This build uses the Occultist ascendancy to benefit from Profane Bloom passive, which grants a 25% chance for enemies to explode and do chaos damage to enemies around them.
Profane Bloom also makes curse immune enemies able to become cursed, which is a huge benefit for the build. Occultist also provides other great keystones to help with the build. Overall, this is a great build to use as a league starter and leveling build if you follow Thi3n’s guide.
Incinerate Elementalist (by TorsteinTheFallen)
This witch build focuses on incinerate, a channeling skill that grows the longer you channel it. There are eight stages to this skill, and when you stop channeling it explodes in a large area and ignites everything in its path dealing an additional 500% damage.
For this build, you’ll use the Elementalist ascendancy to help with higher direct damage, bigger AoE, and additional herald utility. The build is overall fun to play, capable of clearing all content, and flexible.
Cyclone Slayer (by Dex2644)
Dex2644’s cyclone build is a solid league starter build that can complete most content the game has to offer. There are no specific required items for this build, making it a great budget build. If you like the cyclone playstyle it is worth checking out and giving it a try.
Cyclone is a channeling movement speed attack spell that grows more powerful the longer you channel it. This build utilized the impale mechanic, which lets you stack damage onto the enemy for each hit. It’s one of the best ways to reach high physical DPS numbers in the current meta.
You’ll want to use the Duelist and spec into Slayer ascendancy so you can increase damage against bosses and use cull, which will kill bosses instantly when they reach 20% health. The area of effect and crits from cyclone will also be increased, with a nice bonus to crit multiplier.
Cyclone Champion (by Bergerbrush)
Here’s another cyclone build, which is mainly different from Dex2644’s because this one uses claws instead of foils. One of the benefits of claws is the ability to life leech, allowing you to gain life on hit. This cyclone build is also played as the Champion ascendancy instead of Slayer.
The build utilizes the Taunt mechanic, which also works as a direct damage multiplier. You also don’t need to worry about hit chance with Champion because you will have 100% hit accuracy against taunted enemies, allowing you to focus on other stats like damage or health.