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Poison Aura of Decay Lich 0.8.2G Build Guide


This Build Tier Rating is:

  10/10 --->--->--->---> 5/10 >--->--->--->---> 1/10

Build Overview (1 to 10 Rating System)
  • Defense - 9/10
  • Offense - 8/10
  • Empowered Bosses - 8\10
  • Speed Running Echoes - 9/10
  • Arena - 8/10
  • Average - 8.4 (A Tier)

Rating System Breakdown


  • S Tier - Face tank Empowered Bosses
  • A Tier - Face tank Bosses (Non Empowered)
  • B Tier - Face tank Some Bosses But No All
  • C Tier - Cannot Face tank Any Bosses Must dodge Choreographed Abilities
  • D Tier - One Shots are frequent
  • F Tier - Trash mobs are fearsome


  • S Tier - Empowered Abomination < 10 Seconds (once Soul Cages are destroyed)
  • A Tier - Empowered Abomination > 10 Seconds < 30 Seconds (once Soul Cages are destroyed)
  • B Tier - Empowered Abomination > 30 Seconds < 60 Seconds (once Soul Cages are destroyed)
  • C Tier - Empowered Abomination > 60 Seconds < 120 Seconds (once Soul Cages are destroyed)
  • D Tier - Empowered Abomination > 120+ Seconds (once Soul Cages are destroyed)
  • F Tier - Empowered Abomination = Gave up.

Empowered Bosses

  • S Tier - Not a challenge
  • A Tier - Some are challenging
  • B Tier - Not empowered boss friendly
  • C Tier - Some NON empowered bosses are challenging
  • D Tier - All NON empowered bosses are challenging
  • F Tier - Don’t even bother.

Speed Running (Echoes)

  • S Tier - Doesn’t Stop Moving and Things die as you go + Fast Movement Speed
  • A Tier - Only Stops for rare’s/bosses
  • B Tier - Frequent Stops to kill things
  • C Tier - Frequent Stops to kill things or wait for mana
  • D Tier - Very Slow
  • F Tier - Painfully Slow


  • S Tier - 300+ Waves
  • A Tier - 225-299 Waves
  • B Tier - 150-224 Waves
  • C Tier - 100-149 Waves
  • D Tier - 80-99 Waves
  • F Tier - Less Than 79 Waves

Tier Converted to Points

S - Tier is 8.5+
A - Tier is 7-8.499
B - Tier is 5.5-6.99
C - Tier is 4-5.499
D - Tier is 2.5-3.99
F - Tier is 2.499 and less

Brand New Lootfilter Layout

Please let Me know if you find anything messed up

GREEN - Early Game Items (Tier 1+)

BLUE - Mid Game Items (Tier 3+)

RED - Endgame Items (Tier 5+)

YELLOW - ENDGAME ITEMS (Requires 3+ Affixes with 8+ Total Tiers) First Test

PINK - Exalted/Set/Unique Items

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

Pastebin Link

Lich Poison AoD Lootfilter Pastebin Link

Text File Download

Poison AoD Lich 0.8.2G.xml (76.7 KB)

Dammitt's Builder Link Now Updated For 0.8.2G

Poison AoD Lich Gear/Idols/Blessings

Most Important Stats

Defense (Most important to Least important

  • Health, Hybrid Health, As Much Health As Possible
  • Healing Effectiveness (400%+)
  • 60% Endurance (Dont stack Endurance Threshold)
  • Damage As Leech (As Much as you can get, Leech ON HIT useless)
  • 100% Crit Avoidance
  • Resistances (capped if you can)

Offense (Most Important to Least important)

  • Damage over time
  • Poison Damage
  • Spell Damage
  • Everything Else


  • Initially posted June 2nd 2021. Viable for 0.8.2G




Spirit Plague
Wandering Spirits
Reaper Form
Aura of Decay

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Thanks for another build guide @boardman21 !
This is my first forum post and just wanted to leave some feedback:
As a beginner, the new “Most Important Stats” section is great to start figuring out what to prioritize! Thanks for adding it.


Love it man, already had a Poison lich just need to make a few minor adjustments. THANK YOU for your awesome guides

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Welcome to the community!

If you find anything to still be a struggle and something new added to the guides would help let me know :slight_smile:

Leveling a Lich similar to this, using armor shred in the lower levels to prevent the poison then switching out when hitting the 400% is excellent advise to mention in the description for those who do not watch the videos.

Hi! Great Build! I’m currently playing your former Poison Lich build and it feels great, always felt like it would be awesome to use Aura of decay as poison damage and not armor shred.
Got two question on this one:
Why Physical spell crit chance on idols? aren’t health or Poison chance on spell hit better for this build?
And is it impossible due to the health decay to use the plague bearers unique staff on this one?

You can use plague bearers if you like.
Healing Effectiveness Idols are the most important mine just had physical spell crit on them. If you have ones with better suffixes, i would use them.

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Hi. Thank you for the build.
Want to ask about Aura of Decay points allocation:
After removing 2 points from Poison Skin and 2 from somewhere else (maybe sacrifice some frequency or Loathing) will give us 4 points to allocate into Inoculation->2p Vulnerability => Fume Weaver.
It will decrease significantly the poison resistance of enemies. Is it worth it?

Is poison a better direction to go compared to necrotic damage? I made a very similar build but focused on necrotic damage and I’m wondering if I should change it. I’m finding mine feels pretty slow, especially for empowered bosses.

I’m not Boardman, but those nodes generally aren’t worth it. Each stack of poison on an enemy is already reducing their poison resist by 5%, and coupled with the increased strain Fume Weaver puts on your resistances makes it a poor option.

Actually, recalculated the resistance reduction we have. Probably you are right. We already have a lot of resistance reduction + penetration. Just I don’t like Poison Skin(can lead to death) and Loathing(chance is too low while fighting a single boss)

If you really don’t like those nodes, you could swap them out for Chill to the Bone and Undertow for additional survivability.

No offense, but maybe add some guide to your build showcase? At least just retype your “skill rotation” part from the video here.

So, what am I missing here? How does Healing Effectiveness has any effect here, when it states it doesnt apply to any form of regen or leech?

Healing effectiveness applies to the Aura of Decay node that heals you for a percentage of your missing life every second. :slight_smile:

Oh snap, totally did not see that little detail! Thanks mate!

Necrotic dmg v/s Poison on belt?

and I have to say: I have played a lot of Acolyte. I do not have a single one of these idols. As a result I am constantly coming out of reaper form

Can someone help me out here…Does Health Leech on Hit not count for DoT damage like poison? Is there a place that lists those types of things?

New to the game and just trying to understand

DoT doesn’t hit, so no, Health Leech on hit will not count for it.
With DoT, you need global leech.