Lich Mastery Leveling Build for Last Epoch

Last updated on Nov 30, 2023 at 20:30 by AaronActionRPG

This is the perfect leveling guide for new players wanting to start with Lich! This page will cover everything and anything you could need to know about leveling the class, including which skills to use, what stats to prioritize, and what uniques are useful early in the game.

Lich Mastery Leveling Build Guide


This Lich mastery leveling guide is designed to get us started in the right direction with your new mastery, by offering a simple skill setup to assist us while we play through main story act of the game and begin the Monolith endgame. We have chosen a set of skills and passives that create an effective and yet simplistic play style that can rapidly push our character to level 70 and complete the main campaign.

This build uses Harvest Icon Harvest as its main DPS skill, with a built-in Necrotic resistance shred for a boost to our damage. To add even more power to our Harvest skill, we will be incorporating Bone Curse Icon Bone Curse as part of our rotation. To apply Bone Curse, we use Transplant Icon Transplant to automatically apply it to enemies as we jump on top of them. This will add to our Necrotic damage output, but also help us move around the battlefield quickly. As you level this build past level 35 and unlock your Reaper Form Icon Reaper Form, you will be begin to see bigger gains in Damage until finally you hit you last skill, Death Seal Icon Death Seal. This final skill will activate a low-life option for us to lock our life at 30%, but boost our leech and overall damage to new heights. Bear in mind, our Health leech is one of main defensive mechanism and this build can be quite powerful, but squishy.


Lich Leveling Passive Trees

Class Passives Skill Passives
Acolyte Lich
Harvest Bone Curse Transplant Reaper Form Death Seal

Acolyte Passive Tree

Acolyte Passive Tree

Acolyte is our base class to start this character off with. Our goal in this passive tree is to gain some critical stats for our character, ways to augment our Harvest Icon Harvest, and eventually gain Reaper Form Icon Reaper Form. We start with Forbidden Knowledge to boost our Intelligence which directly help to scale our damage abilities. Next we want to take points in Blood Aura for the flat increased Damage to all of our skills. Stolen Vitality is taken for the boost to vitality to counter-act some of the Health drain our skills will inflict on us.

Now that we've completed our the Passive Tree for Acolyte, we will be moving on to our Mastery Passive Trees. For this build specifically, we will be focusing all of our points into the Lich Passive Tree, as they synergize the most with our kit and we have a limited amount of points that can be used for leveling.


Lich Passive Tree

Lich Passive Tree

We are going to invest the remaining Passive Points into the Lich Passive Tree. This being with the first 3 passive skills, we will be maxing out each of them. Apocrypha is going to boost our Intelligence and Mana Regen. Survival of the Cruel will grant us base Health and Health leech from spells. Dance with Death is going to increase our Damage, tripling in value when we are at low life which we will be triggering later through Death Seal Icon Death Seal. The next three passive skills will be focusing on our Necrotic Damage, Attack Speed and granting us more Health Leech. These passive skill points are aimed at making us Leech enough Health to counteract Reaper Form Icon Reaper Form and Death Seal Icon Death Seal's health decay, and boost our damage as much as possible. In this build, the greater our damage, the greater our defenses.



Harvest Skill Tree

The Harvest Icon Harvest skill tree has one main branch with two additional skill nodes selected. The main branch, starting with Harrowing Blade, is where we will invest our skill points first. We will follow the pathway on the left hand side all the way over to Symbol of Loss, amplifying our damage when a target is cursed. This will work with Bone Curse Icon Bone Curse, giving Harvest Icon Harvest some added synergy. Next, we want to invest in Finality adding a Kill Threshold to the ability.


Bone Curse

Bone Curse Skill Tree

This skill tree has two main pathways: top and bottom. We want to take the top branch first to get to Cursed Limbs. This will be very helpful with applying Bone Curse Icon Bone Curse. How this skill node works is when we cast Bone Curse, which we will be doing through Transplant Icon Transplant (more about that in the Transplant section), we will gain the ability to apply Bone Curse on hit for 5 seconds.

Take the bottom branch going left first to Marrow Thief which grants us a 30% chance to gain Bone Armor Icon Bone Armor when we will a target with the Bone Curse Icon Bone Curse on them. Finally, we go to the right hand side of the branch and take Sigil of Mortality, this grants our Bone Curse the ability to apply Marked For Death.



Transplant Skill Tree

Transplant Icon Transplant is a movement skill that acts very similarly to a teleport. We use several different utility nodes to take advantage of altering how the skill works. We will begin with the right hand side branch, passing through Acolyte's Fervor and going to Doom Bringer. Acolyte's Fervor will grant us two buffs (Haste and Frenzy) when we use the skill and Doom Bringer will cast Bone Curse on everyone around us when we arrive at our new location. Finish the right hand side with the bottom skill node Ethereal Body to convert the skill to Necrotic. Now we can head to the opposite side of the skill tree and use the remaining points to take Bone Armor Icon Bone Armor to add another buff to use when we use this skill. We will further augment our Bone Armor with the two skill nodes Plated Bone and Apostasy.


Reaper Form

Reaper Form Skill Tree

This is our brawling form, which we will try to stay in as much as possible. The first skill node we need to target is Unholy Dominion at the bottom right hand side of the skill tree. This separates our Transplant Icon Transplant and Reap Icon Reap into their own cooldowns - very important as we want to use them independently of each other. Next, we augment our Reaper Form Icon Reaper Form with increased Damage, increased Critical Strike Chance, Swiftness on Kill and Attack Speed. Our goal is to stay and fight in our Reaper Form as much as possible.


Death Seal

Death Seal Skill Tree

Our final skill, Death Seal Icon Death Seal, pushes our build into low-life using the skill node Deadlock for a very large boost in damage. While this does mean you are more susceptible to dangerous game play and getting 1-shot, your damage is so high you should just cut down most enemies before they get a chance to hit you. We also pick up the skill node Mortal Pulse to add a damage aura around yourself, which we will buff with Cycle of Decay and Curdled Flesh. These two skill nodes amplify our Necrotic pulse as long as enemies are poisoned, which will happen quite often with Pustulent Presence.

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Mechanics and Playstyle

This build is played very similarly to a damage aura build, using Death Seal Icon Death Seal to constantly pulse damage at enemies while we run around with Transplant Icon Transplant. Bone Curse Icon Bone Curse gets automatically applied to enemies as we 'arrive' at locations with Transplant. These two skills have such great synergy by not only helping to maintain our curses, but each of them also grants us buffs (Frenzy, Haste and Bone Armor) and offer us a chance to Shred Armor. Bear in mind that our Death Seal Icon Death Seal will keep us at Low Health, while we brawl in Reaper Form Icon Reaper Form with Harvest Icon Harvest.


Gearing and Affixes

We are going to target weapons for dual wielding, swords or axes. The rest of our gear will be straight forward filling in the slots with the recommended list of Affixes below. You should aim to upgrade your gear using a loot filter to highlight the gear you need with the right affixes. This game also carries a substantial crafting system where you will be able to augment pieces of gear you find with either strong affixes or craft new one you can add to an empty slot. There is a deeper look at the crafting system in the link below.

Attributes Offensive Defensive
Necrotic Damage
Necrotic Damage while Transformed
Melee Critical Strike Chance
Critical Strike Multiplier
Melee Attack Speed
Health on Kill
Health on Melee Hit
Health Regen

Useful Uniques

As you go through the game we will come across many uniques. While the majority of low-level uniques should be set aside for leveling alts, we will want to keep our eyes out for these specific items to assist with the build. While none of these have huge build changing affixes, the majority of them are good items you can scale easily with. One of the themes you will see with these uniques is Movement Speed; this affix accelerates gameplay even just from being able to go around faster the battlefield.

If you happen to come across the unique two-handed axe Bone Harvester Icon Bone Harvester, this will likely be your best options for a weapon until we find something we can craft with higher values in our 40s or 50s. Despite its level, this unique weapon can take you into the endgame if it has Legendary Potential, allowing us to boost the Necrotic Damage on it.

Another great unique for this build is the Chimaera's Essence Icon Chimaera's Essence. This amulet is fantastic, as our Reaper Form Icon Reaper Form counts as a transformation. It also has many other valuable stats for our build besides the damage, so keep your eyes out for one.

Our next targeted unique are the gloves Fighting Chance Icon Fighting Chance. Despite their level 15 requirement, these gloves can be a massive damage boost and help accelerate you through the game. The only draw back is the increased damage taken, but everything else about them is amazing.

Speaking of accelerating, we must talk about unique boots, particularly the Advent of the Erased Icon Advent of the Erased. These boots boots can grant us Haste, and while this chance is small, it is likely to happen frequently with mob groups.

Lastly, we want to mention the unique relic called Grimoire of Necrotic Elixirs Icon Grimoire of Necrotic Elixirs. This relic offers a great set of bonuses on potion use that our build can benefit it from, especially during a boss fight. That boost of Necrotic damage can really help take down a high-health target a lot easier.

Despite the lower level of these uniques, they are quite valuable and can help push you that much faster to level 70. These can all be expanded into fantastic items if found with Legendary Potential for any future leveling needs. Good luck hunting and may your luck be high!



Idol slots are gained through the campaign, unlocking small bonuses and unique affixes for the player to discover and augment their builds with. The Idol screen consists of a grid system for the player to fill out with different sized idols, eventually filling in every part of the grid. As the Idol shape increases (1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, etc.) the stronger an affix you might find for your build.

The target Affixes we want to look for in our Idols are:

  • +% Health
  • + Health
  • Chance to Chill on Necrotic Hit
  • Resistances

Progressing to Endgame

This build will carry you all the way to the start of the Monolith, where you will need to decide on an Endgame build to follow. We have several options available for Lich.



  • 30 Nov. 2023: Guide added.
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