When Path of Exile’s 3.0 patch launched, Grinding Gear Games added three new offensive skill gems. They also tossed in a host of support gems, but only three of them are used as actual skills: Storm Burst, Charged Dash, and Dark Pact. Both Storm Burst and Charged Dash have been regarded as disappointing by a majority of the community. Dark Pact, however, might be one of the new strongest meta skills.
Dark Pact Build 1: Totem Variant
This build clears trash mobs quickly, but its sustained damage is a bit lacking. You don’t have a wither totem to build up your damage because all your totems are focused on damaging. Also, the totems kill themselves as they attack, so you have to recast them often, even if the boss isn’t hitting them. The way to do extra damage to bosses is to make use of Vaal Summon Skeleton. It summons a mob of skeletons and your totems use their life to deal damage to the boss. This makes your damage a bit higher, and extends the length before the totems need to be recast. It also keeps boss fights stupidly safe, with 20 extra skeletons between you and the boss.
Dark Pact Build 2: Skeleton Variant
Dark Pact is a skill that was clearly made with the intent of using skeletons. However, virtually no one is doing that. The reasoning is fairly simple. There are stronger skeleton builds out there, so if you’re going to play skeletons, you don’t want to kill them off. At the end of the day, Dark Pact and skeletons don’t play nicely together.
Dark Pact Build 3: Self Cast Variant
The self cast variant of Dark Pact is undeniably the strongest. No matter what situation you’re in, this build is, without question, the most effective way to use Dark Pact. It’s slightly weak during leveling where Dark Pact hurts you more than you are leeching, but it’s significantly more dangerous than the other builds. That being said, the damage is multiple times higher than either of the others.
Self casting Dark Pact removes 6% of your max health every single cast. It also casts incredibly quickly. Once you’ve stacked enough damage to outheal the 6%, you can start flying around the map.
Posted by GM2V