Doomfletch's Prism Rain of Arrows Trickster Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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Introduction

The Doomfletch’s Prism Rain of Arrows Trickster is a type of character that is purely built around a single build-enabling unique item. In this case the item is Doomfletch's Prism Doomfletch's Prism, a very powerful Bow that, if properly used, can deal immense amounts of damage. We choose the Trickster this time around simply because with a fast hitting skill like Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows we can make great use of Harness the Void; these extra damage calculations also work very well with how the Bow’s extra damage is scaled. The Trickster is a very balanced ascendancy class overall and provides a lot of survivability along with all the extra damage.

Build Summary

The build’s only requirement is the Doomfletch's Prism Doomfletch's Prism, which is a Fated version of the regular Doomfletch Doomfletch unique Bow. The Bow is upgraded by using the Ancient Doom Ancient Doom Prophecy. You can buy the Bow off the market or upgrade it yourself; the process is very easy and not expensive. Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall allows us to pick up very efficient Critical and Leech nodes and should also be acquired as soon as possible. Besides that, we focus on stacking a lot of Physical damage added to Attacks on Quiver, Rings, Amulet, and Abyssal jewels.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great single target damage
+ Most enemies will not reach you due to your long range and constant Critical Strikes that freeze everything

Cons

- Bad Physical damage mitigation
- Cannot do Reflect maps

Playstyle

Offensively, dropping a single Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows on a pack of monsters will be enough to obliterate it; the vaal version of the skill should be used against tough single targets. Staying aggressive will prove to be very efficient, since this will allow you to sustain Power and Frenzy charges via Swift Killer.

Defensively, keeping your distance in such a build is very important. Steelskin Steelskin and Vaal Grace Vaal Grace should be used in sticky situations. A Decoy Totem Decoy Totem will distract enemies while you deal tons of damage from distance.

For playstyle, you should stay aggressive and keep in mind you have a lot of defensive power through your utility skills. The build has decent Life and Mana leech, so you will not have any issues with sustain. Staying as far as possible from monsters will result in extra damage via the Longshot passive node.

Ascendancy, Passive tree, Bandits and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Shadow – Trickster)

  1. Harness the Void
  2. Swift Killer
  3. Ghost Dance
  4. Escape Artist

Harness the Void is an ascendancy node that has the potential to deal incredible amounts of damage in a single hit; it is also very fun to use.

Swift Killer provides great ways to generate Power and Frenzy charges, which are also sustainable in single target fights.

Ghost Dance allows you to make use of the Ghost Shroud charges, which in the long run will keep you safe and give you great amount of cast speed; this ascendancy node also provides a good amount of chance to Evade attacks and spells, along with 10% movement speed.

Escape Artist implements a very interesting mechanic, which is not seen very often in Path of Exile; this ascendancy node allows you to have even more Energy Shield depending on the Evasion Rating of your Body Armour and the reversed effect for your Helmet (more Evasion Rating per point of Energy Shield). You also become immune to Stuns while you have Ghost Shrouds, you get increased Attack Speed per Ghost Shroud, and 20% chance to Evade spell hits if you have Energy Shield.

Passive tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree for the build. You have the option to drop some damage in order to pick more Life, which will result in more than 180% increased maximum Life on the passive skill tree, which is very respectable. This tree is designed with having Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall in mind; if you do not have the Jewel, simply drop that Jewel socket and all the Claw nodes around it and pick more Life and damage elsewhere.

Bandits

As in every Critical-based build, we recommend helping Alira for the additional Critical Multiplier, 15% to all resistances and Mana Regeneration. These stats are relatively strong, you can also choose to kill all if you have very good gear.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of Lunaris is a great Pantheon choice for the build, as it provides important Movement Speed along with additional Physical damage mitigation.

Minor: Soul of Shakari – Poison immunity is always a good addition to a build. Other minor gods can be chosen depending on personal preference. Soul of Ralakesh allows you to become Maim and Blind immune, which is very good when playing an Attack-Critical-based build, and it also reduces your Physical damage taken over time, which is good against Bleeds and traps in The Labyrinth.

Pantheon powers can be upgraded by using Divine Vessel in the Map Device while you are activating the particular Map that contains the boss you need. Once you’ve killed the boss and captured his soul, you need to deliver the vessel to Sin in Oriath.

Gems

Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows is your signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Blink Arrow Blink Arrow and Dash Dash. For Mana reservation skills you should use Herald of Purity Herald of Purity, Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone, and Precision Precision. Decoy Totem Decoy Totem can be very handy in some situations. For additional defense, you should use Steelskin Steelskin and Vaal Grace Vaal Grace. Blight Blight can be socketed and kept at level 1 and used whenever you need to generate charges before tough boss fights (via the Swift Killer ascendancy node).

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority, meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom. Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.

Vaal Rain of Arrows (6-Link)

Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows is an area of effect Bow skill that deals a great amount of hits in a single second; this works very well with balancing the RNG portion of Trickster’s Harness the Void. We recommend one 6-Link that works well for both clearing and single target.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
  6. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support

Blink Arrow (2-Link)

Blink Arrow Blink Arrow is you mobility skill with short cooldown that will help you save time by jumping over map terrain and dodge lethal game mechanics.

  1. Blink Arrow Blink Arrow
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

Steelskin and Vaal Grace and Decoy Totem (3-Link)

Steelskin Steelskin provides a shield for a short duration while Vaal Grace Vaal Grace gives you a decent additional amount of Chance to Dodge Attack and Spell Hits. Decoy Totem Decoy Totem will Taunt enemies away from you and give you breathing room to dish out your damage.

  1. Steelskin Steelskin
  2. Vaal Grace Vaal Grace
  3. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Other Gems

For Mana reservation skills, you should use Herald of Purity Herald of Purity, Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone, and Precision Precision. You can use Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem for the additional Critical Chance and Accuracy Rating.

Gearing

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources.

Helmet

A well—rolled rare Helmet is best in slot for the build. Unique Helmets like Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head and Rat's Nest Rat's Nest can also be used. For Labyrinth enchant, you should look for “Rain of Arrows has 15% chance to fire an additional sequence of arrows”. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)
  3. % Increased Maximum life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)

Body Armour

A Loreweave Loreweave is a great choice for the build due to how important flat Physical damage added to attacks is. You can also make use of Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart if you have your 6-Link in the Bow. Other unique Body Armours, such as Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast, can be used. A rare Body Armour will also do the work. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)
  3. % Increased Maximum life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil; Elder Prefix)
  4. Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance (Elder Suffix)

Gloves

Oskarm Oskarm is very good budget pair of Gloves for the build. Tombfist Tombfist can also provide a great amount of damage via the Abyssal sockets. A rare pair of Gloves can also be used. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  4. % Increased Attack speed

Boots

A rare pair of Boots is best in slot. Atziri's Step Atziri's Step and Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail are also great options. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Movement Speed (at least 20%)

Belt

A well rolled Stygian Vise Stygian Vise is best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 20%)
  4. % increased Global Physical Damage (Jagged Fossil Jagged Fossil)
  5. % increased Elemental Damage (Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil)

Amulet

A well rolled rare Amulet is best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  4. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 20%)
  5. % to Global Critical Multiplier
  6. % increased Critical Chance

Rings

Well rolled Steel Ring Steel Rings are best in slot. If you choose to drop Oskarm Oskarm, you can acquire a ring with the “Curse enemies with level # Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark on Hit” Shaper-based Ring, but this can be expensive. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  4. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 20%)

Weapon

The build is using the irreplaceable Doomfletch's Prism Doomfletch's Prism.

Quiver

A well rolled rare Quiver should be equipped. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  4. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 25%)

Flasks

As in every Critical-based build, a Diamond Flask Diamond Flask is mandatory. Instant or half instant Life flask is also very important to have. A Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask will improve your mobility by a considerable amount. The Wise Oak The Wise Oak can be utilized for the additional Penetration; this flask can be very powerful if you manage to triple-balance your resistances. Other utility flasks like Basalt Flask Basalt Flask, Silver Flask Silver Flask, Stibnite Flask Stibnite Flask, and Jade Flask Jade Flask can be used.

Note: Make sure to have Bleed (of Staunching) and Freeze (of Heat) immunity on your non-unique flasks.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Jewels

There are no mandatory jewels for the build although we strongly recommend having a Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall. A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Precision Precision mods can also be used. Besides that, you should only use Abyssal jewels due to how strong they are compared to regular rare jewels.

Rare Abyssal Jewels Affix Priority

  1. +# to maximum Life
  2. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Bow Attacks
  3. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. % chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
  5. % increased Attack Speed
  6. % to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  7. % increased Global Critical Strike Chance

Leveling

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

The character can be leveled really fast and easy if you have a few leveling unique items.

Leveling Trees

This is the early version of the passive skill tree you should be using, as in every other Critical-based build, we recommend investing into Critical nodes after level 55-60.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. A simple Storm Cloud Storm Cloud will carry you up to level 40, when you can finally start using Doomfletch's Prism Doomfletch's Prism.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Ice Shot Ice Shot
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you should pick Decoy Totem Decoy Totem, Dash Dash and Steelskin Steelskin.

By level 8, your Ice Shot Ice Shot should look like this.

  1. Ice Shot Ice Shot
  2. Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support
  3. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  4. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

At level 10, you should get Blink Arrow Blink Arrow for additional mobility, along with Precision Precision.

At level 12, you should drop your Ice Shot Ice Shot for the following Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows gem setup.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  4. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

At level 16, you should pick Herald of Purity Herald of Purity and Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone.

By level 18, your Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows gem link should look like this.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

Once you equip Doomfletch's Prism Doomfletch's Prism at level 40, your Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows should look like this.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
  6. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support

FAQ

What map mods should be avoided?

Reflect and Cannot Leech map mods should be avoided at all costs.

Conclusion

The Doomfletch’s Prism Rain of Arrows Trickster is a Bow character that deals its damage from great distance. This is achieved by taking advantage of the Bow’s very powerful damage gain mechanic; the build deals all types of damage simply because in we scale Physical damage, which is then gained as an extra damage of each Element; then we have Trickster’s Harness the Void which can result in a lot of extra Chaos damage.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated passive trees for Blight 3.8. The build pretty much remains untouched with the exception of the slight nerf to Ghost Dance, which is practically nothing to worry about.

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    Build added.

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