In Path of Exile, to optimize damage and defense you should buy poe items. Also if you wanna go even further, I am using Brightbeak for speed trashclear and actively swap for high hp targets such as bosses or abyss cracks/breaches which we don’t want to move away from anyways. I also keep Vaal clarity with this set up in case I get hit while charging from a huge hit which drains the mana pool.
Arcane surge: This should be active as much as needed, it adds a huge chunk of dps. around 20% of it. We activate this by linking it with Increased Duration and Projectile Weakness. Now remember, even with increased duration Arcane surge is only active for about 7 seconds.
Vaal haste: Great for movementspeed and cast speed.
Maintaining power charges: Is A and O in this build, the damage isn’t bad without them but they add way to much damage to not keep up during the map and on bosses. Just place totems more often if you feel you are having problems with maintaining them.
Curse immunity flasks: Are super important to keep up as much as possible, you should use these flasks smartly. And if you are doing a bossfight and run out, a town visit will re-charge them and can save you time.
Flame dash: We are NOT supposed to flame dash over mobs in this build, that’s the reason we’re scion and using totems in the first place. When you crit a mob you take 400 x 2 x amounts of power charges you currently have active. This is why I highly recommend brightbeak in weaponswap, partly for backtracking but also to move forward sometimes if there’s a big space to next pack.
“I’m taking damage but I am not using flame dash over mobs?” This means you probably have a glove enchant which does some damage and can crit. If you feel very squishy and you are around level 65-80. Some of the recommended gear is not to be used during this stage of the build, prioritize hp before damage!
Also, don’t use shimmeron before you’ve done cruel lab. As stated, they won’t be amazing without power charges!