Explosive Trap Trickster Build Guide (PoE Metamorph 3.9)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

When it comes to trapper builds, Saboteur usually sits at the top of the ascendancy class choices. With this build concept though, we managed to make a very strong and effective Trickster trapper that excels at killing tough endgame bosses.

The main idea behind the build is playing around Trickster’s Harness the Void for the immense amount of extra damage it can provide, along with the great amount of Cast Speed in combination with Architect's Hand Architect's Hand, which can result in a lot of Trap Throwing Speed. The build also ideally uses Tinkerskin Tinkerskin in combination with The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem; this combination of unique items allows you to have Eldritch Battery (this passive keystone makes your Energy Shield protect your Mana pool instead of your Life pool) while also having a very reliable Energy Shield sustain via the Tinkerskin. On top of that you are also using Mind over Matter for additional defence, essentially your Energy Shield pool guards your Life and allows you to be more offensive by spending it instead of Mana and freeing you up from Mana problems.

The skill of choice is Explosive Trap Explosive Trap because of the great base damage, great base Critical Chance and the fact the skill has initial damage conversion, which makes Harness the Void that much more effective.

Build Summary

Even though the build requires some specific unique items in order to reach its final form, it can even be played as a league starter. The unique items required for the endgame just improve the build by a great deal, but are not build-enabling. Tinkerskin Tinkerskin and The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem are two unique items that are not very expensive. Architect's Hand Architect's Hand should be acquired very early into a league since they are very cheap and will improve your damage potential by a good amount. While levelling, you can use a full set of rare gear in order to progress through the content.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Amazing single target damage potential
+ Very fast trap throwing speed allows for smooth trapper playstyle

Cons

- Not recommended for new players
- The endgame version of the build requires a bit of game knowledge and gear/gem optimizing

Playstyle

Offensively, you should be using Explosive Trap Explosive Trap for both clearing and single target. The great thing about this skill is that you will not even have to swap gems for the two different purposes. Pinning down a tough target with Bear Trap Bear Trap will allow you to land more damage on it because of its slowed movement speed in combination with the additional trap damage it takes.

Defensively, a decent Life pool in combination with Mind over Matter and Eldritch Battery adds a good amount of defensive layers upon your character. Trickster’s Ghost Shrouds make you even harder to hit and will keep you immune to Stun most of the time. You should keep your distance most of the time and not get into melee range with mobs.

For Playstyle, a single throw of traps should be enough to clear packs of monsters even in endgame maps. As a trapper, you are able to pre-set your traps on some boss encounters, which allows you to instantly phase them because of the immense burst of damage you are doing.

Passive Tree

This is an example for the endgame passive skill tree.

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

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

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

Gems

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

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Tinkerskin Tinkerskin
Gloves Architect's Hand Architect's Hand
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare One-hand
Shield Rare Shield

Leveling

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

The Explosive Trap Trickster can be leveled with its signature skill since level 1. The leveling experience feels very smooth and you should not have any problems with damage output or survivability.

Leveling Trees

Here is an example of a leveling passive skill tree that does not require any unique items and can be used as a league-starter. At this point you are using decent Mana pool in combination with Mind over Matter, you also have all the important Trap and Critical nodes in order to deal great amounts of damage. When it comes to the Trickster Ascendancy while on a budget, you should pick Harness the Void and Weave the Arcane first (Weave the Arcane should be respeced later when you have Tinkerskin Tinkerskin and The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem).

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. Dual wielding two Axiom Perpetuum Axiom Perpetuum while leveling can make your transition to Critical Strikes way easier and help you one-shot leveling content bosses.

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. Explosive Trap Explosive Trap
  2. Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support

By level 8, your Explosive Trap Explosive Trap link should look like this.

  1. Explosive Trap Explosive Trap
  2. Multiple Traps Support Multiple Traps Support
  3. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

By level 18, your Explosive Trap Explosive Trap link should look like this.

  1. Explosive Trap Explosive Trap
  2. Multiple Traps Support Multiple Traps Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support
  6. Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support

At level 24, you should add Hatred Hatred or Zealotry Zealotry for additional damage output.

By level 38, your Explosive Trap Explosive Trap link should look like this.

  1. Explosive Trap Explosive Trap
  2. Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support
  6. Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support

Note: Once you acquire Architect's Hand Architect's Hand and start picking up Critical nodes you should drop Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support for Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support.

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

No regeneration should be very annoying to deal with, although it will probably be manageable.

Why choose Trickster over Saboteur for a trapper build?

The many game mechanics we take advantage of in this build just have great synergy with one another. All the damage conversions in combination with Trickster’s Harness the Void have great endgame potential that is also very fun to play around. Stacking a lot of Trap Throwing speed via the Architect's Hand Architect's Hand is something that is easier with all of the Cast Speed the Trickster ascendancy class provides.

Conclusion

The Explosive Trap Trickster annihilates his foes with great amounts of Elemental and Chaos damage dealt by his rapidly placed traps. The build has great endgame damage potential and is a decent boss killer.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build remains with very strong single target and decent clear speed.

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    Revisited and updated passive trees for Blight 3.8. The build has been buffed via the direct numeric changes to Explosive Trap.

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    Build added.

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    How much dps is this build please? Do you have a pob link?

  2. Vvckd

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    On 12/12/2019 at 11:29 AM, teamemb99 said

    How much dps is this build please? Do you have a pob link?

    Hey, unfortunatelly we do not create PoB links for now since we are heavily invested in updating text build guides and keeping them fresh. After playing the character myself I can ensure you that even on a budget (5-Link) it blows up all of the early and mid map content with ease.

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    On 12/12/2019 at 12:32 PM, Vvckd said

    On 12/12/2019 at 11:29 AM, teamemb99 said

    How much dps is this build please? Do you have a pob link?

    Hey, unfortunatelly we do not create PoB links for now since we are heavily invested in updating text build guides and keeping them fresh. After playing the character myself I can ensure you that even on a budget (5-Link) it blows up all of the early and mid map content with ease.

    hmm ok fair enough, I want something with atleast 1-2m shaper dps forendgame tho, since this is tagged as a boss killer

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