Path of Exile 3.17 Archnemesis Top Build Overview & Statistics
The latest Path of Exile Archnemesis League launched on February 4, 2022. This league included the Siege of the atlas expansion, focusing on a complete redux of the Atlas system, which added a completely new skill tree mechanic to end-game mapping.
Links to numerous complete guides for some of the strongest builds in the game can be found below.
While no new active skills were introduced with 3.17, the number of refinements and Atlas changes made this one of the best received leagues in years. The complete 3.17 patch notes can be found here.
While last league (Scourge) was dominated by Toxic Rain, the top skills this league are:
SSFHC | Explosive Arrow, Seismic Trap/Exsanguinate, Detonate Dead
Relative to this overview, I want to acknowledge how important play style is. Some people hate totems while others only play totem builds. Some like Melee while others love bow builds. The diversity of PoE is one of its greatest features, but also one of the most complex aspects of the game. While a build may be listed as “best” or “top”, some players may disagree because of the style(s) they prefer – but one thing is assured – the builds listed herein are all rock solid and viable for their represented roles. There are other more powerful builds, but they generally are much more complex, expensive, require respecing, and specific uniques — but the reality is most of these builds don’t provide enough of an advantage to the core requirements to outperform the below recommendations.
Before we begin, Path of Building is a very important tool to have when following a build guide since many of them share PoB links. Additionally, make sure you have a good loot filter. I personally recommend NeverSink’s Loot Filter.
Getting to maps and farming while surviving and having the ability to do all end-game content are key requirements for each of the recommended builds. This guide does not include ultra expensive builds for players who have accumulated a large amount of currency. This overview is perfect for new players, late league starters, or those who just want to try another build that will work for end-game and is fun.
The Leaderboard and Top Builds
Before I present the list, I want to say something very important: just because it’s on the top list doesn’t mean it’s a “best build”. Many (if not most) of the top players run builds that are designed solely to push 100 and nothing more (farming specific maps and pulling in a minimum XP/h amount); however many of these builds are capable of doing all content (Shaper, Uber Elder, Maven, Eater of Worlds), and delving deep. People on the top list are hardcore (play style not HC mode), experienced, and pushing 100 (while also delving) is an art all of its own that generally has no application to the average player – but we can still learn from these players and builds. I also want to elaborate on how I interpreted the top build from the leaderboards. These characters can be found on poe.ninja builds. There are three core categories to consider: Softcore, Hardcore and SSF (and variations of each). Keep in mind those who are 95+ and do not play SSF often group with others (including aura bots), which includes sharing items and maps. This augmentation can misrepresent the viability of an end-game build and its capability to run without a party and reach 100 as quickly as it has. This means SSF is the best indicator of a build’s capability to progress without aura bots and party support. SSF players that push 95+ are a special breed of dedicated folks who usually put 8-12+ hours of game time in each day. These are not average players; but average players can learn from them.
Below are the statistics pulled from the poe.ninja builds top characters in each league subsection. Note many profiles are set to private, so this data is only based on public profiles that have their skills shared with the community. The below list is in order of popularity and use.
As with most new leagues, we see a different collection of top builds across the different difficulties. As mentioned above, the combined top 5 builds this league are Explosive Arrow, Skeletons (Mages), Seismic/Exsanguinate Traps, Poisonous Concoction, and Spectral Helix. Explosive Arrow is simply amazing; it hits hard, clears maps and bosses, and has great ignite proliferation. Skeletons delete bosses, and the mages are awesome at mapping. Seismic/Exsanguinate Traps are just as strong as they were last league, both mapping and bossing very well – but the play style isn’t for everyone. Poisonous Concoction is still very popular due to its ability to zoom through maps, and Spectral Helix is also very popular due to its combined clear and bossing abilities. Sadly, melee doesn’t perform well at all this league, and few people are playing melee builds compared to previous leagues.
While Necromancer is the dominant Ascendancy due to the combined use of Detonate Dead, Skeletons, and Absolution, we see one of the biggest variations in secondary Ascendancies in quite some time. Champion is the second most popular for Hardcore, but for SSF, Elementalist is tied with Necromancer, with Occultist coming in third. Surprisingly, Inquisitor is #3 in HCSSF. Needless to say, the top Ascendancies this league really depend on the difficulty people are playing, which is a very good thing.
The top 10 used skills for Softcore (SSF and non-SSF) are:
Skeletons (Mages primarily, but melee as well)
The top 10 used skills for Hardcore (SSF and non-SSF) are:
The top Delve builds for this league are:
Normal | Blight Occultist | Depth: 1259
HC | Herald of Agony Cyclone Juggernaut | Depth: 409
And finally, I was very impressed with the Physical (Seismic / Exsanguinate) Trapper this league. It deletes bosses, has great survival, and is a lot of fun to play – and surprisingly, it has solid clear speed. Build Link: BigDuck’s Seismic / Exsanguinate Trap 3.17 Build Guide
Top 3.17 Archnemesis Builds List
As mentioned, the below list is based upon the Statistics pulled from poe.ninja; not just normal mode, but hardcore as well (which indicates fantastic survival). I will include links to what I consider to be the best build guides, many of which I have used myself.