The Path of Exile 3.13 Echoes of the Atlas expansion begins later today and it brings a lot of new content like the Ritual challenge league and Maven events which feature multiple boss fights. If you want to do all content the new expansion has to offer then picking a strong, budget and beginner friendly starter build for PoE Ritual will mean a lot in the later stages of the game. All of the Beginner Echoes of the Atlas PoE builds in this article link to the proper (and detailed) Ritual build guide that will provide you with all the information you could ever need– such as a passive tree, gem progression, gear progression and much more!
Other PoE Echoes of the Atlas Guides
- Top 3.13 Ritual – Echoes of the Atlas Loot Filters
- Ultimate Beginner’s Leveling Guide, Tips and Tricks
The information in this article applies to Path of Exile Echoes of the Atlas on PC, Xbox and PS4.
Essence Drain/Contagion Trickster
A few years have passed and ED Contagion builds still remain the best starter build for a new league. Although Trickster suffered some minor movement speed nerfs, the build is still incredible as it clears multiple screens of mobs at once while also doing decent single target damage for bossing. The Maven event will feature multiple bosses on screen at once so placing your DoTs on them and just running around & dodging their spells is what makes this build so good. The ED Contagion Trickster costs nothing and it can pretty much reach maps in a SSF 4 link– which makes it an excellent 3.13 beginner build.
Toxic Rain Pathfinder
Toxic Rain remains a very powerful starter build for the Ritual league because it only requires a 4 link to be viable in maps. Toxic Rain deals a lot of poison damage while slowing enemies and bosses and it also has incredible AoE so it’s a great build for both Rituals and Maven events, along with any other content the game has to offer of course. Like any other bow builds, the build has a rough time during the early game as you can’t really scale it very well and the damage will be low as you won’t have any access to uniques during league launch but the build starts scaling incredibly well towards maps. The TR Pathfinder is overall a great HC & SSF starter build.
Cyclone is arguably the best beginner skill gem because you just hold the right mouse button and move around while killing anything in the way. It’s fast, has good clear speed and incredible single target damage as well as being budget friendly which makes it an excellent Ritual starter build for any beginner wanting to do use a physical damage skill. Slayers received a minor buff in this Echoes of the Atlas expansion which improves their survivability through leech even more.
Summon Spectres Necromancer
Every new league release has new monster types that are often overtuned and quite powerful to use as a Spectre. For those of you that don’t know, the Summon Spectre skill gem lets you summon multiple dead monsters to fight by your side. It is often a very safe and tanky build as the summons don’t require a lot of damage nodes to be incredibly strong which lets you focus on health, energy shield and other various ways to mitigate damage. Spectre builds are most often the safest Uber Elder farmers and they will be perfect for the Maven event. This build requires no investment and it can run maps on a 3 link if need-be (as long as you summon the proper spectres).
Ball Lightning/Crackling Lance Inquisitor
Crackling Lance was supposed to be a great starter skill for the last league but it turned out to be trash. Therefore, it has received quite a substantial buff along with a buff to Inquisitor which means this skill will be incredible for Ritual beginners and it’s quite fun to play. The passive tree as shown in Ziz’s video guide is very flexible which means you can use pretty much any lightning skill (ball lightning, arc..) to clear most content in the game.
Earthshatter is probably the most fun melee skill I’ve ever used. Annihilating enemies with one click is always so satisfying and being very tanky due to the Juggernaut nodes will make this build great for any new player trying to play on a HC league. Earthshatter offers incredible AoE with substantial amounts of single target damage which will be great for the Maven Event or if you prefer to farm Uber Lab to become crazy rich in the first month of a league start. Juggernaut builds were usually very slow but it has now received buffs to attack speed (it scales with accuracy) and there’s a new unique for accuracy stacking which means this build has a lot of min-maxing you can do.
Volatile Dead Necromancer
Every streamer that’s racing this league will play Volatile or Detonate dead builds because they seem to be incredibly strong at the moment (even with the slight nerf to Necromancer). These skills are a little clunky to use as you need a constant stream of corpses to explode and deal damage to enemies so it’s not a beginner-friendly one button build but if you’re an experienced player then this build is the perfect Echoes of the Atlas league starter for you.
Cobra Lash/Venom Gyre Pathfinder
Cobra Lash received a substantial buff to damage with this patch (+5% more damage per remaining chain) which means that this skill is going to be melting enemies even faster than before. I’ve ran my fair share of Cobra Lash builds and this skill is very fun to use, it offers a fast playstyle while being very tanky and dodge/evasion which makes it hardcore viable for most of the content. If you are playing on softcore then sacrifice some survivability for more damage and you’ll destroy any boss in the game within seconds. A thing to note is that if you intend to play this build in the endgame, be ready to sink a lot of money on good Claws as min-maxing the damage for red tier maps can be heavy on the budget.