In Path of Exile, there are multiple basic ways to get mana: Mana Flask, Leech, Mana Gain on Hit, Mana on Kill, Mana Regen, these can be on gear or from passives. There are multiple basic ways to spend or reserve mana: Using Active Skills (IE: Dual Strike and Lightning Strike), Using Auras (IE: Hatred), Using Heralds (IE: Herald of Ash).
Auras and Heralds reserve mana and reduce the mana pool you may draw from to use skills. Active skills spend the mana and their expenditure of mana is based on a base rate which is modified based on the support gems you have attached to it.
When you first start out playing, you having enough poe currency, you will need to use mana flasks unless you are wearing Elreon’s ” – X mana cost” rings. I prefer mana flasks that deliver their effect over longer periods of time. The Grand flasks have a 10-second delivery time, which is good, because this build usually doesn’t have hundreds of mana that need to be replenished instantly. The slow and steady replenishment means that you have to use flasks less often.
Wurm’s Molt is a unique belt that is cheap and can last you a long time for this build. If you happen to find or buy this belt, it will solve your mana problems for a long time with a couple caveats:
- Your physical damage (not damage per second or even physical damage per second) has to be high enough to create good leeching mechanics.
- Your attack speed can’t be so insane that you are spending mana faster than you can leech based on 1.
Another player choice while leveling comes in the form of use of Auras and Heralds. With most of your maximum mana reserved, you will generally run out of mana faster. You can simply elect to turn off one of these mana-reserving situations if it is really annoying for you until you figure out a better way to address the situation. Ask yourself: “Self, if it means I have to use mana potions, would I like a lot more DPS? Should I use Hatred? Or should I just leave it off for now until I find some better poe items?”
Should you be out of options on the mana forefront, you can always spec into some mana-based nodes on the passive tree, such as Mind Drinker. Then you can eventually refund those points and put them to use elsewhere. Lastly, I would like to add that once you get to the mana leech under the Duelist area and/or get the leech from Soul Raker, you will not need any more mana leech, period.