Path of Exile Scourge League Builds

October 15, 2021
by GamerDiscovery
PoE Scourge Builds 3.16 League Starters Path of Exile

The Path of Exile Scourge 3.16 league is launching on October 22nd and it brings seven new skill gems, a rework to the passive skill tree, changes to the Atlas endgame, new endgame content and a fresh batch of unique items. In PoE Scourge you must fill the Blood Crucible with the blood of your enemies then shift into an alternate Wraeclast where an apocalyptic event rages, in order to slay powerful demons and craft potent items. In this article we'll be going over the best Path of Exile Scourge builds that are good for starting out in the new 3.16 challenge league, and doing all content as a beginner. In case you're looking for more information about this league check out the Scourge announcement page on the Path of Exile website.

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Table of contents

  1. Ranged Builds
  2. Melee Builds
  3. Summoner & Totem Builds

Ranged Builds

Armageddon Brand Elementalist

Armageddon Brand has been the go-to skill for a lot of racers such as RaizQT because of the minimal investment required to make this skill shine. The build offers an incredibly fast and safe playstyle as you cast a Brand onto an enemy and run around until the pack has been cleared (in most cases the monster pack dies from one-two hits). There are no must-have unique items and Armageddon Brand performs quite well even on a four link making it one of the most popular Scourge beginner builds. A four linked item should be more than enough for the leveling phase. Here's the build guide on the PoE forum. For Hardcore Scourge league though, it might be a better idea to go with a Chieftain ascendancy instead for more survivability.

High Clear Speed
Incredible Beginner Build
SSF, HC and SC viable
Decent survivability

✖ Takes time to ramp single target damage
✖ AB is usable from level 28
✖ Needs a mana flask

Toxic Rain Deadeye

Toxic Rain has been a well performing skill for several leagues now, and for a reason. It has great clear speed, high single target damage and stays relatively safe due to Toxic Rain's innate ability to slow enemies down. This build is among the best PoE Scourge builds because you can do all map mods, allowing you to save up on those juicy Alchemy and Scouring orbs for red maps. Speaking of red maps, Toxic Rain Scourge league builds do require quite a bit of investment to safely cruise through those, as the damage tends to fall off and the DoT doesn't kill enemies quickly enough to make the maps safe. Build guide on the PoE Forum.

Great Clear Speed
High Boss Damage
SSF, HC, SC viable
Relatively Tanky

✖ No Ailment Immunity
✖ Needs investment for Red maps

Poison Blade Blast Assassin

The Assassin Ascendancy was nerfed during the last league and Bladefall & Blade blast builds still remained among the favorites for racing and Ziz's gauntlet event start. The idea of this build is to shoot Bladefall, which can then be exploded by using Blade blast. This combo gives the build a lot of insanely fast AoE clear while also being able to dish out a lot of single target damage. Though, the Blade Blast Assassin can feel clunky to play due to the two-button playstyle which might not be enjoyable for everyone. Also a thing to note is that this build is not as tanky as some of the other PoE Scourge builds we're mentioning in this article.

Insane Clear Speed
High Boss Damage
SSF, SC viable
Beginner-friendly

✖ Low Survivability
✖ Not HC Viable
✖ Two Button Playstyle

Essence Drain Contagion Trickster

There have been a lot of nerfs to builds in the 3.16 balance change, and ED builds are surely one of them. Essence Drain builds are one of the safest Scourge builds in the game; they kill enemies through proximity shields, off-screen enemies and delete Legion mobs within a second of them spawning. On top of that, it is a DoT build which means the player can cast the spell combo and run around to dodge hits while the enemy is being damaged. A thing to note is that while it makes mapping a breeze, the leveling phase can be boring as the single-target damage may be lacking without proper gem links. To combat this, you'll want to follow a proper build guide.

Insane Clear Speed
Fantastic starter
SSF, HC and SC viable
High survivability
Easy to play, beginner friendly

✖ Mediocre Single Target
✖ Can feel clunky to play
✖ Reliant on gem levels for high maps

Melee Builds

Cyclone Slayer

Cycloners are the most popular beginner league starter builds because they offer a very safe, but strong one-button playstyle. All you've got to do is hold down a button while spinning around and killing everything in your way. The Cyclone build cruises through the leveling phase and most content the game has to offer can be done on SSF (but weapon-crafting knowledge will be required). Even though the build has high survivability, it cannot facetank some of the end-game bosses without proper investment in gear. You really can't go wrong with a cyclone build if you're looking to play melee-based builds in the Scourge league. For more info check out the build guide on the PoE Forum.

Decent Clear Speed
Beginner-viable Build
SSF, HC and SC viable
High survivability

✖ Needs high dps weapons
✖ Can't facetank endgame bosses

Earthshatter Impale Champion

Warcry skills have become the meta for melee builds and they synergize really well with Earthshatter in particular which makes this build very popular. The Earthshatter Impale Champion doesn't require any specific uniques or gear which makes it one of the strongest builds. Permanent fortify allows the player to facetank most monsters in the game, making it incredibly safe for new players. On top of that, the build doesn't require any cluster jewels to perform well and it can clear most content the game has to offer on a relatively low budget (the only requirement is a good weapon). Explore the build guide on the PoE Forum.

Fun to play
Beginner Build
SSF, HC and SC viable
High survivability
Uber Lab/Boss farmer

✖ Reliant on high dps weapons
✖ Can't do physical damage immune maps

Herald of Agony Juggernaut

Herald of Agony builds are currently one of the tankiest budget builds in the game. The HoAG Juggernauts can facetank most bosses the game has to offer (if you're running good gear). This is a great build for those wanting to try out Hardcore Scourge league as the chances of dying to anything below red maps are quite low. Overall, the HoAG Juggernaut is an incredible boss killer which comes at a price of mediocre map clear speed.

Close to unkillable
SSF, HC and SC viable
Uber Lab/Boss farmer

✖ Bad clear speed
✖ Slow leveling phase
✖ Reliant on the HoAG summon

Lancing Steel Raider

Lancing Steel Raiders offer a fast and active melee playstyle that most players are going to enjoy. The build is really easy to level with and doesn't require any specific items other than a strong weapon. Main downsides of this build are that it requires a lot of currency to min-max for the absolute end-game and can't run physical reflect maps. Along with that, the fast, Raider edition of this build isn't really hardcore viable but you can pick a Duelist instead which is a lot more hardcore viable. You can find all of this information in the guide.

Fast, active playstyle
Beginner Build
SSF, HC and SC viable
All content

✖ Expensive to min-max
✖ Not party friendly (lots of projectiles drop the fps)
✖ Active management of Steel Shards required

Summoner & Totem Builds

Ancestral Warchief Totems Chieftain

Scourge Build Totem Warchief

Melee totem builds received a lot of buffs during the last expansion and they are still solid starters for Scourge. The new gem, Earthbreaker allows players to equip skills such as Tectonic Slam onto their totems which makes them very fun to play with. While the Ancestral Warchief build is a totem build, it's generally a lot more fun than spell totems because it offers a much active playstyle. The build is easy to gear, excellent for boss killing and has decent map clearing speed which places it within the top tier of Scourge builds. You can find more information about the build in the guide.

Active playstyle
Beginner Build
SSF, HC and SC viable
Boss Killer/Uber lab farmer

✖ Totem build
✖ Mediocre clear speed

Elemental Hit Ballista Totems Hierophant

In case you're a seasoned player looking to change things up a bit and try new things, or simply a beginner looking for a fun build, the Elemental Hit Ballista Totems might be for you. The build is very fun to play, achieves high dps and has relatively high survivability due to monsters focusing Totems instead of you. It can do most content the game has to offer, on a relatively low budget. The only requirements for red maps are uniques such as: Frostferno, Quill Rain, 2x Combat Focus and the Rain of Splinter jewel. Learn more about this build here.

Beginner Budget Build
Mostly a softcore build
Safe Playstyle
Great clear speed

✖ Mediocre Single Target damage
✖ Uses totems (might get boring for some)

Zombie, Spectres & Skeleton Summoner

Generic summoner builds are usually very popular league starter builds, especially for new players because they don't require any specific gear, uniques or jewels. They're incredibly easy to equip as well because all you'll need on gear is resistance, life and +levels to minions. This particular build uses both Zombies, Spectres and Skeletons to zoom through content with high clear speed and kill bosses with ease due to its high single target damage output. To learn more about it check the build guide.

Best New Player build
HC SSF and SC SSF viable
Incredibly Safe Playstyle
Great clear speed
Insane boss killer

✖ Reliant on summons to deal damage

Summon Raging Spirits Summoner

Raging Spirits have been very strong in the last league because they melt through maps and bosses with ease, while providing a very active summoner playstyle. This build focuses on exploding Raging Spirits by utilizing the Minion Instability keystone on the passive tree and pairing it with the Tavukai Coral Amulet to deal insane amounts of damage. Don't worry though, this build performs perfectly fine as a league starter and the Tavukai Coral Amulet is just icing on the cake for high level content because you can just avoid the Minion Instability node until you've acquired the amulet. The build guide can be found here.

Budget-friendly
HC and SC viable
All content and map mods
High survivability from block
Insane boss killer

✖ Reliant on summons to deal damage
✖ Somewhat SSF viable
✖ Squishy during leveling

Conclusion

The whole build-making aspect of Path of Exile can still be daunting, even for experienced players. Making a build takes a lot of time and planning, as well as testing by trial and error. During new league launches, most players don't want to spend time planning out a build and this is where the Path of Exile forum comes in— an excellent source of pre-made PoE Scourge Builds for them to pick from. We have searched through the forum to find the best Path of Exile 3.16 builds that will be suitable for any beginner (and experienced player) to play with. These Path of Exile Scourge builds will allow you to pass all content the game has to offer, farm currency with ease and most importantly a majority of them are HC & SSF viable.

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