Flasks are probably the most undervalued thing in Path of Exile. Most people dismiss them as buffs of too little value requiring too much effort to use or “keep up” all the time. The truth of the matter is these are some of the most powerful items in Path of Exile. Each flask can have one prefix and one suffix unless they are unique flasks. You can also use Glassblower’s Baubles on flasks to increase their effectiveness. This will be the first of multiple articles discussing different types of flasks. Today I will be discussing prefixes and suffixes of a life flask.
Life Flask Prefixes and Suffixes
A life flask is, in my opinion, the biggest reason to still go life-based. Life Flasks are very powerful and give a huge defensive boost. They let you sustain blood magic, stay alive, and sometimes just clear a little faster by being more aggressive. In general, you don’t want to have 5 life flasks. You usually want to be using quicksilver and unique flasks to boost your damage and speed. I will be talking about some good mods to roll on life flasks.
There is a wide variety of prefix options for flasks but I will only be discussing two that stand out to me. Remember that this is all personal preference based on my experiences in Path of Exile.
Bubbling – 50% reduced Amount Recovered, 135% increased Recovery Speed, 50% of Recovery applied Instantly. This is what I would consider a panic flask. It doesn’t recover all of your health at once which lets you tank damage even after you get your instant health. There are other, more specific, panic flasks that you can use but I would consider this the most powerful.
Surgeon’s – 20% chance to gain a Flask Charge when you deal a Critical Strike. Even after the massive nerf this flask received, it is still the most powerful flask prefix hands down for crit builds because it eases the micromanagement and skill level required to always keep flasks up.
Other Flasks – Besides these two options, there are other prefixes on flasks that in essence, let you get healed more. From here, its up to you to decide which other prefixes you want to use. Keep in mind, I do not suggest more than two or three life flasks on any given build. If you are a crit build. you may want to consider only using Surgeon’s.
All suffixes on flasks are fairly powerful and there are a lot of options to pick from. You usually pick suffixes based on your build so I will be discussing a large variety of them here.
Iron Skin – (60 to 100)% increased Armour during Flask effect. Generally I would hesitate to suggest this flask because if you’re an armor-based build, you probably use Granite Flasks which can also have this mod on them. This is always something to consider though.
Reflexes – (60 to 100)% increased Evasion Rating during Flask effect. For the same reason as Armour, I would not suggest this flask as you can use this mod on Jade Flasks.
Gluttony – 0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect. This is a useful flask if you cannot find physical leech anywhere else.
Staunching – Immunity to Bleeding during Flask effect, Removes Bleeding on use. This is probably the best flask to use because it removes bleed and mkaes you immune. This is a very dangerous mechanic in the game many challenging bosses such as Dominus have.
Grounding – Immunity to Shock during Flask effect, Removes Shock on use. This is very powerful as are the other elemental flasks. They remove status effects from your character.
Dousing – Immunity to Ignite during Flask effect, Removes Burning on use.
Heat – Immunity to Freeze and Chill during Flask effect, Removes Freeze and Chill on use.