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1 to 75 Death Seal Hunger Soul Lich | Leveling Guide | 0.8.3E

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Summary

  • This Video is a Leveling Guide to get you on your way as a Acolyte that wants to master as a Lich. Using lots of necrotic energy you will fire off death waves and hungering souls that can do both AoE (Death wave) and great single target damage (both Skills). Leech to hearts content with tons of damage that you do!

Main Interactions

  • Stacking as much necrotic damage as possible and at endgame applying damned on yourself to make death wave and hungering souls do as much damage as possible.

How to Play this build

  • Transform into reaper form when sealing your fate with death seal, which will shoot out hungering souls and death waves of necrotic damage while you run around :slight_smile:

Rating

  • Leveling 9/10
  • Gearing 8/10 (No Uniques required, But lots of leveling uniques make it FAST!)
  • Endgame 9/10 (Fast clear speed, Destroys Single targets)

Unique's

This build can use, but not limited to the following Uniques:

  • Vipertail (Belt)
  • Woven Flesh (Chest)
  • The Falcon (Chest)
  • Titan Heart (Chest)
  • Marina’s Lost Soul (1H wand)
  • Arboreal Circuit (Ring)
  • Curse of Perseverance (2 Hand Staff)
  • Bastion Of Honour (Shield)


Most Important Stats

Defense For You (Most important to Least important

  • Capped Resistances/armor
  • Critical Strike Avoidance/Endurance 60%
  • Health / Vitality
  • Leech Necrotic / All Damage (On hit works)

Offense (Most Important to Least important)

  • Adaptive Spell Damage
  • Spell damage / Necrotic Damage
  • INT

Lootfilter Attached Click Here

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1 to 75 Death Seal Hunger Soul Lich Lootfilter Pastebin Link


How the LootFilter is Setup


  • All Uniques/Set/Exalted items Will SHOW

  • WARNING: Unused Base Types and Non ACOLYTE Class Items ARE HIDDEN

  • TEAL/BLUE - 1+ Tier 5+ Class Specific Affix For Any Class (This is unselected by default, if you would like this to be active make sure to check the box!)

  • Light Blue - Early Game Items (1 affix Tier 1+) (Uncheck these boxes around level 25)

  • Green - Mid Game Items (1 affix Tier 3+) (Uncheck these boxes around level 40)

  • Yellow - Starting Endgame Items (1 affix Tier 5+) (Uncheck around level 60 or when you have multiple affixes wanted on each piece of gear)

  • Orange - Mid Endgame (Requires 3+ Affixes with 8+ Total Tiers) (This is separated by base type so you can make them more specific if you want a very specific base implicit)

  • Red - Late Endgame (Requires 3+ Affixes with 12+ Total Tiers) (This is separated by base type so you can make them more specific if you want a very specific base implicit)

  • Light Green - Idols



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Level 75 Gear and Build Planner As it is in video!


Level 75 Death Seal Hungering Souls Lich Leveling Gear/Blessings/Idols In One Fancy Place


Time Stamp Break Down Written Version with Build Planner at each Interval


Level 4

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find
  • Work towards getting void and physical resist as this is what most mobs you encounter will be throwing your way.

Build Planner at Level 4

Level 4 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 1 Point into “Necrotic Conviction” (1 Total)

Passives Acolyte

  • 2 Points into “Blood Aura” (2 Total)
Level 8

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find
  • Work towards getting void and physical resist as this is what most mobs you encounter will be throwing your way.

Build Planner at Level 8

Level 8 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 1 more Point into “Necrotic Conviction” (2 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Marrow tap” (1 total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 1 Point into “Ravenous” (1 Total)

Passives Acolyte

  • 5 more Points into “Blood Aura” (7 Total)
Level 13

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find
  • Work towards getting void and physical resist as this is what most mobs you encounter will be throwing your way.

Build Planner at Level 13

Level 13 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 2 Points into “Empty the graves” (2 Total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 2 More Points into “Ravenous” (3 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Grave Bond” (1 Total)

Passives Acolyte

  • 1 more Point into “Blood Aura” (8 Total)
  • 5 Points into “Stolen Vitality” (5 Total)
Level 20

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find
  • Work towards getting void and physical resist as this is what most mobs you encounter will be throwing your way.

Build Planner at Level 20

Level 20 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 3 More Points into “Necrotic conviction” (5 total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 1 More Point into “Ravenous” (4 Total)
  • 3 Points into “Unholy trinity” (3 Total)
  1. Transplant
  • 1 Point into “Acolyte’s Fervor” (1 Total)
  • 2 Points into “Sadism” (2 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Pale blood” (1 Total)

Passives Acolyte

  • 3 More Points into “Stolen Vitality” (5 Total)
  • 4 Points into “Forbidden Knowledge” (4 Total)
Level 24 (Mastery)

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find
  • Physical/Void/Necrotic Resist Most Important At this point.

Build Planner at Level 24

Level 24 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 1 More point into “Marrow tap” (2 Total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 1 More Point into “Ravenous” (5 Total)
  1. Transplant - DESPECIALIZE

  2. Reaper Form

  • 2 Points into “Mistress of Decay” (2 Total)
  • 1 Point into “harbinger of blood” (1 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Soul for a soul” (1 total)

Passives Lich

  • 6 Points into “Survival of the cruel” (6 Total)
Level 35

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find.
  • Physical/Void/Necrotic Resist Most Important At this point.

Build Planner at Level 35

Level 35 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 3 More points into “Marrow tap” (5 Total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 2 More points into “Grave bond” (3 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Necrotic Pact” (1 Total)
  1. Reaper Form
  • 2 More Points into “harbinger of blood” (3 Total)
  • 3 More Points into “Soul for a soul” (4 total)
  • 1 Point into “Reaper’s Ascendance” (1 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Reaper’s Curse” (1 Total)
  1. Transplant
  • 1 Point into “Acolyte’s Fervor” (1 Total)
  • 2 Points into “Sadism” (2 Total)
  • 2 Points into “Pale blood” (2 Total)

Passives Lich

  • 2 More Points into “Survival of the cruel” (8 Total)
  • 5 Points into “Apocrypha” (5 Total)
  • 8 Points into “Dance with death” (8 Total)
Level 42

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find.
  • Physical/Void/Necrotic Resist Most Important At this point.

Build Planner at Level 42

Level 42 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 2 Points into “unbound Necromancy” (2 Total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 1 Point into “isolation” (1 Total)
  1. Reaper Form
  • 2 More Points into “Mistress of Decay” (4 Total)
  • 1 More point into “Harbinger of blood” (1 Total)
  1. Transplant - DESPECIALIZE

  2. Death Seal

  • 2 Points into “Moratorium” (2 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Devouring Release” (1 Total)
  • 3 Points into “Corrupted Consciousness” (3 Total)

Passives Lich

  • 5 More Points into “Apocrypha” (10 Total)
  • 4 Points into “Unclosing wounds” (4 total)
  • 1 Point into “Necrotic enery” (1 total)
Level 50

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find.
  • Physical/Void/Necrotic/Poison Resist Most Important At this point.

Build Planner at Level 50

Level 50 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 1 Point into “Soul Catcher” (1 total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 1 Point into “Great soul” (1 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Piercing gaze” (1 Total)
  1. Reaper Form
  • 1 More Point into “Reapers Curse” (2 total)
  1. Death Seal
  • 1 more Point into “Moratorium” (3 Total)
  • 5 Points into “Insatiable soul” (5 Total)
  • 2 More Points into “Corrupted Consciousness” (5 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Moral Pulse” (1 Total)
  1. Aura of Decay
  • 1 Point into “Undertow” (1 Total)
  • 3 Points into “Corrosive Aura” (3 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Decrepify” (1 total)
  • 2 Points into “Absence of life” (2 Total)

Passives Lich

  • 8 More Points into “Necrotic energy” (9 total)
Level 55

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find.
  • Physical/Void/Necrotic/Poison Resist Most Important At this point.

Build Planner at Level 55

Level 55 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 1 Point into “Mind Catcher” (1 total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 1 more Point into “Piercing gaze” (2 Total)
  1. Reaper Form
  • 1 More Point into “Reapers Curse” (3 total)
  1. Death Seal
  • 1 Point into “Soul Stability” (1 total)
  1. Aura of Decay
  • 2 More points into “Absence of life” (4 Total)
  • 4 Points into “Inoculation” (4 Total)
  • 2 Points into “Loathing” (2 Total)

Passives Lich

  • 1 More Point into “Necrotic energy” (10 total)
  • 4 Points into “Ageless ascetic” (4 Total)
Level 65

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find.
  • All Resistances are important at this point. Aim for 75% of all.
  • Try to get to 100% Critical Strike Avoidance

Build Planner at Level 65

Level 65 Build Planner

Skills

  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 2 more Points into “Mind Catcher” (3 total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 1 more Point into “Piercing gaze” (3 Total)
  • 1 More point into “Great soul” (2 Total)
  1. Reaper Form
  • 1 More Point into “Reapers Curse” (4 total)
  • 1 Point into “Death’s Door” (1 Total)
  1. Death Seal
  • 1 Point into “the quick and the dead” (1 Total)
  • 1 Point into “Doomcall” (1 Total)
  1. Aura of Decay
  • 1 More Point into “Loathing” (3 Total)
  • 2 Points into “Plague Rate” (2 total)

Passives Lich

  • 1 More Point into “Ageless ascetic” (5 Total)
  • 5 Points into “Soul Maw” (5 total)
  • 4 More points into “Unclosing wounds” (8 Total)
Level 75

Helpful Hints:

  • At this point in the game just wear whatever you find.
  • All Resistances are important at this point. Aim for 75% of all.
  • Try to get to 100% Critical Strike Avoidance

Build Planner at Level 75

Level 75 Build Planner
  1. Summon Skeleton
  • 1 Point into “Memory Catcher” (1 total)
  1. Hungering Souls
  • 1 More point into “Great soul” (3 Total)
  1. Reaper Form
  • 1 Point into “Death’s Door” (2 Total)
  1. Death Seal
  • 1 more Point into “Doomcall” (2 Total)
  1. Aura of Decay
  • 1 More Point into “Plague Rate” (3 total)

Passives Lich

  • 5 Points into “grasp of fate” (5 total)
  • 5 Points into “Deathbringer” (5 Total)

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Looking at this to level up to play a Necrotic DoT Lich for the new patch, how is the leveling if I don’t have the uniques? Or would you recommend running something else to level if I don’t have them?

You can run something else to farm the unqiues, this leveling guide is possible without the uniques it will just be/feel slower

It’s hardly worth the time to farm for uniques just to save some time while leveling up. Would be better to take that time to just level. I’ll try it out without them!

I don’t think you really need them at all- Avarice is a quest reward off one of the first quests if you return the ledger to the non-gambler NPC (just for elemental resistances). I didn’t really use Falcon, didn’t use Vipertail, only had one ring and it’s more a quality of life. The staff is nice but you outgrow it fairly quickly.

The biggest issue with the build is it’s kind of clunky toward the mid game- your minion damage falls off and your AoE is lacking until you pick up Death Seal (~lvl 50 IIRC). It’s not like it’s hard or particularly slow to play, just not impressive like most LE builds that seem to continuously feel stronger as you level- this one kind of has a dead zone from maybe 30-55.

With that said, the new crafting mechanic is fantastic for leveling, Following along with Boardman’s YouTube guide, my stats were typically crushing what he was posting when leveled back in 8.3.

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Love it! I’m at level 42 and so far it’s super fun, I kill everything fast. I already had the curse of perserverance staff but not the other uniques.

Switching to this from another Lich build I used is a bit rough, but this is already quite a lot of fun! Would you mind updating the Loot Filter for this, @boardman21 ?

The build planner link for lvl 55 links to the lvl 50 build planner.

This build is so powerful especially in late game. I love it.

I been doing different dot lich build and having a blast so far and the single target is insane so is your leech its very hard to die and im level 84 right now i really wanna go for 100 with this build if anyone wants insane lootfilter for this build go to this build

and download filter from there also i dont know if i can link somones else build into this build thread but idk how else i can link the lootfilter

Is there an updated version of this guide for 0.8.4f? I’ve been following it religiously but I’m completely gated at Spymaster Zerrick in the high 30s – I’m doing barely any damage with Hungering Soul even when I have three minions alive, the minions die almost immediately, and the clear is absolutely horrible, so I’m assuming something changed in one of the recent patches.

No, nothing changed in 0.8.4.

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