Caustic Arrow CI Trickster Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

Brittleknee

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End Game PoB & Passive Skill Tree

End-game Caustic Arrow Caustic Arrow as CI/ES utilizes a Cluster Jewel set up. This may, understandably, take some time and patience to acquire and/or craft. I do not recommend going for the Cluster Jewels until you are CI/ES to save having to re-roll Cluster Jewels, since one of the attributes we stack is ES-specific. For the Life-based tree, make sure you check in the Leveling/Life-Based Section blow the main skill gems.

This is the PoB for the end-game CI/ES version of our build.

Caustic Arrow Caustic Arrow damage is calculated assuming max Wither Wither stacks, Frenzy Charges, and Despair Despair uptime on the target. The max stacks for Wither is 15 stacks. Note, sometimes you may not have all 15 Wither stacks, as the totems can get picked off by bosses and other mobs. Don’t worry! We couple Wither with Multiple Totem and Faster Casting supports to quickly re-ramp the stacks.

To get a quick cursory glance at the passive three, here’s a link for the part of the end-game build. Please note that PoE Planner does not support the use of Large Cluster Jewel Large Cluster Jewel, Medium Cluster Jewel Medium Cluster Jewel, and Small Cluster Jewel Small Cluster Jewel. So missing from this planner are the Cluster Setups outlined in the gearing section. Check out the screenshot below to get a better idea of these setups.

End Game Gem Links

6-Link Caustic Arrow

Make sure these are in your Bow to take advantage of the leveling scaling on well-crafted bows, as they only apply to socketed gems. When upgrading bows, some retain their older bows for a second 6L in lieu of manually swapping gems for trash/single target and just weapon swap in order to adapt to damage needs.

  1. Caustic Arrow Caustic Arrow
  2. Awakened Vicious Projectiles Support Awakened Vicious Projectiles Support
  3. Awakened Swift Affliction Support Awakened Swift Affliction Support
  4. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  5. Empower Support Empower Support
  6. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support (Single Target) / Awakened Arrow Nova Support Awakened Arrow Nova Support (Quick Clear)

Helmet

Here we choose to use 2 × 2-links, one for CWDT, one for movement.

CWDT can be dropped for Steelskin Steelskin/Immortal Call Immortal Call on Left Click if you prefer a non-triggered behavior for Guard skills. For Steelskin, its level 20 or bust, otherwise use Immortal Call as high as you can level it. You also can add in something else like Withering Step Withering Step if you prefer.

Gloves

Boots

Body Armor

For the body armor, it does not need to be a 6-link, just a minimum of 5-link and you can incorporate an extra curse with Awakened Hextouch Support Awakened Hextouch Support, or add in some utility with Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support as a 6-link if you’d prefer.

Leveling Information, Trees, and Life-Based End-Game

Here’s a quick album of the level trees for those who aren’t too sure to load up Path of Building yet.


29 points used


57 points used


80 points used


98 points used (Level 75)

Leveling Path of Building

Here is the Leveling Path of Building for the CA Trickster.

Leveling CA is pretty laid back and easy! Keep an eye out for +1 Socketed Bow Skill Gem bows, these are powerful for leveling! Silverbranch Silverbranch is a great example of this, but make sure you pay attention to the item level, as item level determines how many sockets an item can have.

Once you get to maps, don’t neglect your Syndicate. You’ll want to unveil and learn the “+40% Chaos Damage Over Time Multiplier” craft for your bow ASAP. Likewise, you can rush Catarina and attempt to unveil the “+2 Levels to Socketed Support Gems” craft as well. Don’t forget to use a Kalandra's Craft Kalandra's Craft prophecy before having Jun dispatch her, that way you get multiple copies of the Veiled items she drops. Lastly, use your Silver Coin Silver Coins. You’ll want to complete the Pale Court Prophecy chains to unlock “Can have Multiple Crafted Modifiers” and additionally the Deadly Rivalry prophecy chain for Kintsugi Kintsugi.

Leveling Gems and Links

Aside from Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support, which only comes from Ranger in a leaguestart situation, the Shadow reasonably acquires all of his gems along the way. You’ll have to do Library or pre-purchase Vicious Projectiles otherwise.

Main Link Progression

  1. Caustic Arrow Caustic Arrow – Acquired at level 2. It’s available at the vendor after completing Enemy at the Gate.
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support – Acquired at Level 3-4. It’s a quest reward from Mercy Mission.
  3. Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support – Acquired at Level 8. It’s a quest reward for The Caged Brute.
  4. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support – Acquired at level 18. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Root of the Problem. Stick in an offhand weapon to level until you get a 6L. This will be used later for bossing.
  5. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support – Minimum level 18. It’s available at the vendor after completing a Fixture of Fate (Library) or Fallen from Grace (Lily A6).
  6. Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support – Minimum level 31. It’s available at the vendor after completing a Fixture of Fate (Library) or Fallen from Grace (Lily A6).
  7. Efficacy Support Efficacy Support – Minimum level 31. It’s available at the vendor after completing a Fixture of Fate (Library) or Fallen from Grace (Lily A6). You use this until you level Empower Support Empower Support to level 2, where it outpreforms a Level 20 Efficacy.
  8. Empower Support Empower Support – Minimum level 38. This is a drop-only gem that doesn’t have any effect at level one and must be leveled to 2 before swapping out your Efficacy.
  9. Arrow Nova Support Arrow Nova Support – Acquired at level 8. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Caged Brute. Use this for clearing as needed, especially if you’re using TR/Puncture as single target during the story.

Other Gem Progression

  1. Steelskin Steelskin – Acquired at level 4. It’s available at the vendor after completing Breaking Some Eggs. You can put this in an offhand for later or self-cast it in defensive situations.
  2. Dash Dash – Acquired at Level 4. It’s a quest reward for Breaking Some Eggs.
  3. Wither Wither – Acquired at level 8. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Caged Brute.
  4. Flame Dash Flame Dash – Acquired at level 10. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Caged Brute. Use Dash or Flame Dash, whichever you prefer.
  5. Clarity Clarity – Acquired at level 10. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Caged Brute. Leave it low level for Mana regen as needed and reserve allows.
  6. Frenzy Frenzy – Acquired at level 16. It’s a quest reward for Intruders in Black. Can use it or level it in offhand. Its only purpose is creating and generating frenzy charges, not dealing damage.
  7. Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots – Acquired at level 16. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Root of the Problem.
  8. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support – Acquired at level 18. It’s available as a quest reward for completing Sharp and Cruel. Put in an offhand to level, and link later to your Wither Totem Setup.
  9. Malevolence Malevolence – Acquired at level 24. It’s a quest reward for Lost in Love.
  10. Despair Despair- Acquired at level 24. It’s available at the vendor after completing Lost in Love.
  11. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support – Minimum level 31. It’s available at the vendor after completing a Fixture of Fate (Library) or Fallen from Grace (Lily A6). Link to your movement skill.
  12. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support – Link to Steelskin – Acquired at level 38. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Eternal Nightmare.
  13. Hextouch Support Hextouch Support – Link to Frenzy, Despair and GMP – Acquired at level 38. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Eternal Nightmare.
  14. Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support – Link to Frenzy, Despair, and Hextouch – Acquired at level 38. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Eternal Nightmare.
  15. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support – Link to Wither. Minimum level 8. It’s available at the vendor after completing a Fixture of Fate (Library) or Fallen from Grace (Lily A6).
  16. Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support – Link to Wither, Spell Totem Support and Faster Casting. Acquired at level 38. It’s available at the vendor after completing The Eternal Nightmare.

Life-Based Tree and Path of Building and How to Respec Later

Above is how your tree should roughly look up to level 95 as you stay life-based until you are ready to go CI/ES. This tree is extremely generous in the health department as it is scaled for HCSSF, reaching 214% as a Trickster. If playing softcore, you can decide to strip away as much of the health away as you want for things like damage nodes, jewel sockets, or minor cluster setups. In this PoB I used gear I had, not even perfect itemization as a proof of concept with real gear versus simulated gear, all made with the crafting methods I outline in detail in the gearing section. There’s a few additional notes in the PoB as well.

Here is Life-Based Path of Building for the CA Trickster.

To get from the Life-Based Version to the CI/ES Version, you can also use this handy PoB to follow along the step-by-step stages of using Regret Orbs to redistribute your passive points efficiently. Note: This does not assume Cluster Setups. You’ll want to regret to the tree listed at the top of the page if you have your full cluster setup.

How to move from Life-Based to CI/ES.

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    Brittleknee.

    Great guide.

    The only issues I have (and it’s entirely on me) is that I have the worst of luck when I comes to crafting. Would there be any uniques I could use to suffice while I craft my gear? And how far in the game is it usually when you transition into pure ES? Mapping or pre Kitava?

    Speebs

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    Your defenses on this character are numerous and sound. While you’re leveling you’ll use Mind over Matter

    We do not have active MoM on our skill tree. Is it mistake or I don’t uderstand something?

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    @tuchor

    I thought I’d snipped that out. That’s totally on me, personally.

    With Archmage a thing now, Cloak is no longer the 10C Day 1 Unique it used to be, so this MoM-Based version of the tree isn’t used anymore. We go Wind Dancer + Kintsugi until we transition to CI now. As long as you’ve been looking at the PoBs, they’re correct. I just need to comb through this a little closer and remove these last references to the MoM build.

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    Hello, thanks for the guide. What changes should be made to accommodate for the 10% increase in flesh and stone reservation in 3.14?

  5. Brittleknee

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    Hey, gonna be pushing out the update soon. You’ll swap your helm enchant from CA deals increased damage to Flesh and Stone has reduced mana reservation. This allows us to keep Corruption as the anoint. With the new chaos damage ring bases we’ll get back some of, if not most increased damage lost by swapping helmets. Things shuffle around a bit but it basically all results in the build playing the same as before.

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    Hi Brittleknee,

    thx for your great build here, i’m using it as a league starter. One quick question:

    Do you have a recommendation for the CWDT setup, what level should the CWDT support gem be if i’m using Immortal Cry and what level with Steel Skin?

    Thx

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    Just wanted to say thanks for the great in depth guide! Have been thoroughly enjoying the build and even killed Uber Elder and Maven for the first time!

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