Arc Mines Saboteur (PoE The Forbidden Sanctum 3.20)




Due to the latest balancing changes, we do not recommend playing this build anymore, as it does not meet the high standards we apply to our guides in terms of fun and performance. We are leaving it up as a reference and it might be revived in a later patch.

Our Arc Mines Saboteur is a premium build that remains a powerhouse league in and league out. If you enjoy trappers/miners, or you want a welcome change of pace or style, there are few builds more capable than this one.

Build Assessment


+ Can Clear the whole screen with one push of detonate mines

+ Can actually off screen mobs if they are clumped together enough through arc chaining

+ Can actually deal with any affix without modifications or loss of clear speed

+ Very fast clear speed and movement speed


Pure Glass Cannon

Miner playstyle is not for everyone

Not the best build for inexperienced players

You must know the mechanics and how to dodge the abilities of bosses, If you die on bosses it IS a skill issue

Path of Building

Path of Building data for this build can be found here

Included in the Path of Building are skill trees, all gem links and possible variations, and an example set of gear with room for upgrades. For simplicity’s sake, Elemental Resistances are not included on gear, and you can fill them in as you like depending on available gear.

Build Mechanics and Playstyle

This is a fast moving build that clears without interruption. As you dash through maps, lay your mines and Arc Arc will do the rest, clearing everything on screen in a single press. Flame Dash Flame Dash can be used to clear troublesome obstacles, ledges, and fences that impede our movement.

This may take a little bit of practice to get a good feel for, but in reality it is not very difficult to pull off for general mapping. Once you have this guerrilla style of clearing honed it is very easy to consistently and safely replicate using this build, making it a great jack-of-all-trades that chews through maps easily enough and lays a proper amount of hurt on the game’s toughest bosses. Some players find this playstyle relaxing due to its predictable pattern, while others can find it irksome and jarring. Miners are a polarize archetype within Path of Exile, but have received consistent quality of life improvements over the last few years of the game which has opened them up to a wider audience of players than ever before.

Skill Trees

Hybrid Life/ES Based

Here is our recommended skill tree for a Hybrid Life/ES version of the build.

For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page thoroughly.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Life Based

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Eater/Exarch Rare
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Rare Chest
Gloves Rare Gloves Warlord
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings (Opal Ring Opal Ring or Diamond Ring Diamond Ring ideal)
Weapon Rare Wands

For much more detailed information on the best gear, jewels, and flasks to use, be sure to check out our Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page.


As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

Arc Arc can be acquired as early as Level 12. You can opt to level as self-cast or simply start using Blastchain Mine Support Blastchain Mine Support immediately, obtainable after defeating Brutus. Set up your links as shown:

  1. Arc Arc (Act 1)
  2. Blastchain Mine Support Blastchain Mine Support (Act 1)
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support (Act 1)
  4. Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support (Act 2)

You can opt to use Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support immediately to start leveling it, or pick up Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support and use that until Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support is available in Act II.


What Anointment Should I Use for my Amulet?

Savagery or Fervour Is the best available option for all variants.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown


  • Updated for 3.20 The Forbidden Sanctum. 

  • Updated for 3.17 Archnemesis. 

  • Updated for 3.16 Scourge.

  • 3.15 Expedition updates.

  • 3.14 Ultimatum first round of updates.

  • 3.13 Ritual; fully updated for the new challenge league!

  • Updated Path of Building, updated Gem Links, updated Gear recommendations, fixed overlapping references to different versions of the build.

  • Ready for Heist 3.12; Path of Building added for Eternity Shroud variant, all skill trees updated, new gear recommendations, and text body updates.

  • Updated for 3.11 Harvest with new trees, gem recs, and more.

  • 3.10 Delirium; updated all three trees with low-life in particular receiving a few major adjustments, new formatting, updating text body. More changes to come with cluster jewels.

  • Greatly expanded Playstyle and Build mechanics section.

  • Updated Gear Summary for Life Based build.

  • Updated Gear section with new advice and some edits made to correct references to older variants of the build.

  • Initial update for Patch 3.8 Blight League — Passive Tree, Gear Recommendations, Build Assessment, Gem Links, Ascendancy, and more.

  • Updated for Patch 3.7 Legion!

  • Updated for Synthesis 3.6.

  • Updated and expanded the "Gems" section of the guide!

  • Added an "About the Author" section, and made a few small Betrayal related edits!

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