Flicker Strike Slayer Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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Build Introduction

Here we are going to take a look at what might be the fastest build in the game. It is extremely fun and interesting build that will be using Flicker Strike Flicker Strike as its main skill. With this build, you will be clearing maps within seconds which means more loot and experience. We will have a huge amount of Life Leach and some Dodge chance for defenses, and as for offense we will depend on Critical Strikes and we will support Flicker Strike with Auras .

The only side effect to everything mentioned until now is that we will have almost zero control of our character – which means we will not be able to avoid some attacks. Due to the huge sustain of this build the only way we can get killed is if we get one-shot somehow. What will help us keep up our Frenzy Charges and keep flickering all of the time is the mandatory unique Terminus Est Terminus Est.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Might have the fastest clear speed in the game
+ Good boss killer
+ Fairly cheap items
+ Huge amount of Life Leech

Cons

- Impossible to avoid some attacks because of Flicker Strike Flicker Strike
- Cannot do “Cannot Leech Life/Mana from Monsters” map mods
- Must switch two support gems on tougher boss fights
- Almost impossible to Delve (due to Flicker Strike mechanics)
- The high clear speed can cause lag spikes

Playstyle

The playstyle of this build is actually pretty simple – we will be holding down the button for Flicker Strike Flicker Strike and everything within range will just die. While there are no enemies around we will be using Leap Slam Leap Slam for mobility. On tougher boss fights we will have to switch two of our support gems and we will use flasks for extra damage. Due to the high amount of Life Leach of this build, the best way to survive is to just keep using Flicker Strike Flicker Strike. We will also be supporting Flicker Strike with Auras such as Pride Pride.

Passive tree

Early Game

This build might be a little tricky to level up – we must start using a Two Handed Sword as soon as possible and your Passive Tree should look like this —-> Early Game Passive Tree

Mid Game

In the Mid Game we will keep taking more Life Nodes and Critical nodes and we will be preparing to switch to Flicker Strike Flicker Strike by taking some extra Frenzy Charges – your Passive tree should now look like this —-> Mid Game Passive Tree

End Game Passive Tree

End Game Passive Tree should look like this —> End Game Passive Tree

Ascendancy – Slayer

Normal Lab – Endless Hunger

Endless Hunger will make our leveling a lot easier as it will give us a decent amount of Life Leech when we overkill the enemy. It also makes us immune to Bleeding effects, which is great.

Cruel Lab – Brutal Fervour

Next we will pick Brutal Fervour from the Cruel Lab. It gives us a huge amount of damage increase and some damage taken reduction.

Merciless Lab – Impact

Impact will increase our Area of Effect, Damage, and Accuracy – overall it is a great node.

Eternal Lab – Headsman

Headsman will simply give us more damage and make us immune to Reflected Physical Damage (which means one less map mod we need to worry about).

Gem Links

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.

Flicker Strike (6-Link)

This should be in your Body Armour or your Weapon, and the main gem links are as follows.

  1. Flicker Strike Flicker Strike
  2. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  3. Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support
  4. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support
  5. Increased Critical Damage Support Increased Critical Damage Support
  6. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support

Note: Against tougher bosses, always change Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support & Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support for Brutality Support Brutality Support & Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support.

Another note: If you manage to get both a 6-linked weapon and armour – you can just use 2 separate Flicker Strike Flicker Strike links, one for bosses and one for clearing.

Leap Slam (4 link)

This will be our movement skill when we are not jumping around with Flicker Strike.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  4. Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support

Immortal Call / Ice Golem (4 link)

  1. Immortal Call Immortal Call – level up gem to level (14)
  2. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support – level up the gem to level (12)
  3. Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem – level up gem to level (14)
  4. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Auras

These gems do not need to be linked.

Note: Be careful when you are leveling your Precision Precision, and make sure you always have at least 10% of your mana. You can link your Precision Precision with Enlighten Support Enlighten Support.

Bandits & Pantheon

Bandits

Help Alira.

Pantheon

Major God

For a major god, the best one is Soul of Lunaris for the extra damage reduction.

Minor God

For a minor god, the best one is Soul of Garukhan for the bonus evasion and movement speed.

Gear / Items

Weapon

The mandatory weapon for this build is Terminus Est Terminus Est because it gives us Frenzy Charges on critical strike. There is no replacement.

Helmet

One of the best options here is Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head, as it gives us good amount of Life, Evasion, and Crit. Hands down the best option for Softcore players is Abyssus Abyssus (please do not use Abyssus in Hardcore!) – and even in Softcore you will still get one-shot from time to time. Another option is a Rare Helmet with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % increased maximum Life

Note: There is an “#% increased Flicker Strike Damage” Lab enchant. One of the benefits if you choose to use a Rare Helmet is that you can buy one with the Enchantment much cheeper, instead of trying to get Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head or Abyssus Abyssus with the enchant.

Body Armour

The recommended uniques here are Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast & Loreweave Loreweave, however these two are quite expensive. Start with a Rare chest with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % increased maximum Life

Gloves

For gloves the best in slot are Rare Gloves with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + Curse Enemies with Level Vulnerability on Hit
  4. + % increased Attack Speed

Belt

A Rare belt (ideally a Stygian Vise Stygian Vise) is the best option with:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % increased maximum Life

Boots

You can use Atziri's Step Atziri's Step or just a regular rare boots with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % Movement speed increase
  4. + % Chance to Dodge Attack hits

Note: The recommended enchant from the Lab here is “Movement Speed increase if not struck recently”.

Rings

For rings, having two rare Diamond Ring Diamond Rings is the best option. Stats to look for on these rings are:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  4. + Adds Physical Damage to Attacks

Amulet

The best in slot and almost mandatory unique is Carnage Heart Carnage Heart. Here, we will not recommend a unique because Carnage Heart Carnage Heart is simply too good for this build and it is extremely cheap to get. It gives us 30-40% increased damage and 50% increased Life Leach, plus increased resistance and bonus to all stats.

Jewels

We are going to prioritize Abyssal Jewels over regular ones, and make sure they have the following stats:

  1. + % increased Global Physical Damage
  2. + % increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  3. + % increased Melee Critical Strike Chance
  4. + % increased Damage with Swords

Flasks

For Unique flasks, we would recommend Lion's Roar Lion's Roar for the extra physical damage. Other than that, go for a Diamond Flask Diamond Flask, one Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask and two instant recovery Health flasks. Make sure you have remove Freezing (of Heat) and Burning (Dousing) effects on your flasks. Another good unique flask is Forbidden Taste Forbidden Taste, because we can easily compensate the damage it deals to us with our Life Leech.

Leveling

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

This is build is a little bit tricky to level up. Start leveling with Ground Slam Ground Slam and at level 12 get Sunder Sunder. Get Herald of Ash Herald of Ash for the extra damage.

Link your Sunder Sunder with Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support & Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support & Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support. At 28 level we can start using Cyclone Cyclone and finally switch to a Two-Handed Sword to get the bonuses. Link Cyclone with Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support & Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support. If you are using Shiversting Shiversting, you should not run out of mana.

We will keep leveling with this setup until we get to level 51 and start using our Terminus Est Terminus Est. You can now switch to Flicker Strike Flicker Strike and link it with Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support Multistrike Support Multistrike Support Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support. At this point, your Critical Chance will not be high enough to get Frenzy charges from Terminus Est Terminus Est alone. Use Blood Rage Blood Rage until you get enough Critical Chance. Another option is to temporarily use Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark with Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support (instead of pride) or Mark of Submission Mark of Submission with Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark in it.

Other useful leveling items are:

Conclusion

This might be the fastest build in the game with great survaivability and boss killing potential. However the Flicker Strike mechanics sometimes are the biggest drawback.

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    I personally love this build. It’s so damn fast.

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    Great build, Thanks!

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    Hi can some one look at my flicker build plz and tell me how i can get to 1mil.so frustrated atm..i dont do crafting and it seems to overwhelming for me anyways.i rather buy the ex and by gear frm poe trade.my character is “stateofthem” i have two terminus btw,1 for clearing and 1 for boss..

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/regidon/characters?characterName=stateofthem

    have a look for me plz i beg u some good advice,gear change, remember i only buy gear so i want to know wot should i add to increase dps

    **even hittin 300k would be awesome.. thanks guys

    **my total DPS according to pob is 71842

    **my total dps for my 2nd terminus(boss killing) is 180474

    Edited by regidon on August 18th, 2019

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    On 17/08/2019 at 9:53 PM, regidon said

    Hi can some one look at my flicker build plz and tell me how i can get to 1mil.so frustrated atm..i dont do crafting and it seems to overwhelming for me anyways.i rather buy the ex and by gear frm poe trade.my character is “stateofthem” i have two terminus btw,1 for clearing and 1 for boss..

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/regidon/characters?characterName=stateofthem

    have a look for me plz i beg u some good advice,gear change, remember i only buy gear so i want to know wot should i add to increase dps

    **even hittin 300k would be awesome.. thanks guys

    **my total DPS according to pob is 71842

    **my total dps for my 2nd terminus(boss killing) is 180474

    Hey,

    If your goal is to reach the highest DPS numbers is use Abyssus Abyssus, i still think Carnage Heart Carnage Heart is better option as an amulet. Get the 40% flicker strike damage enchant on your abyssus if possible. Get enchant % increased attack speed if you’ve killed recently on your boots. Your jewels could definetely use an improvement , please read above in the guide what stats to look for , if you are willing to make the investment you can also get a Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with pride/precision mods.

    Huge NOTE : Pride Pride for example doesn’t count to your total DPS . if you use like 2-3 herald you will get a better DPS numbers of course.
    That being said I do NOT recommend for any player to aim for DPS numbers as they are pretty much irelevant . Also the goal of this build is not to reach high amount of dps.

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    Can I use Hatred instead of Pride?

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    On 25/08/2019 at 5:59 AM, Navel said

    Can I use Hatred instead of Pride?

    Sure, you can but since we focus mostly on physical damage Pride is better and better for boss killing especially.

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    The only thing i don’t get is the Herald of Purity. Is it just to distract aggro off you? From what I can tell it only gives you a tiny bit of extra damage and everything else is minion related.

    An what about critical damage support traded for close combat?

    Edited by FondleMonster on September 10th, 2019

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    On 10/09/2019 at 11:43 AM, FondleMonster said

    The only thing i don’t get is the Herald of Purity. Is it just to distract aggro off you? From what I can tell it only gives you a tiny bit of extra damage and everything else is minion related.

    An what about critical damage support traded for close combat?

    Hey, Herald of Purity’s main use is for the little bit physical damage indeed and also to distract some agro. The goal was to make pure Physical Damage build with no elemental stuff and to increase the damage with Pride Pride.

    On Close Combat Support Close Combat Support you are completely correct. It grants us both the attack speed bonus and the extra physical damage. They are both viable options.

    Please feel free to choose whichever you want and note that it’s not uncommon for players like you to come with good suggestions for improvement :) .

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    Hi! What node do you think is better to choose with the new Anoint items mechanic from blight league?

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    On 11/09/2019 at 1:59 AM, Eliohs said

    Hi! What node do you think is better to choose with the new Anoint items mechanic from blight league?

    My personal choice would be to pick Golem Commander as it gives us 20% flat damage while we have a golem and i would add Summon Flame Golem Summon Flame Golem as it will allow us to summon 1 extra golems and also increases the buff provided by both the ice and flame golem – in total it gives us around 45% damage increase. However this option is too much hassle and you can simply pick Assassination instead :)

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    On 12/09/2019 at 7:16 PM, FondleMonster said

    Would it be viable to sacrifice a ring slot for Mark of Submission Mark of Submission and use either Poacher's Mark Poacher's Mark for the flask up time, leech and frenzy gains, or perhaps Vulnerability Vulnerability for the damage/attack rate.

    Edit: sorry, meant punishment

    Hey, sorry for the late response. If you feel confident in your resistance you can definitely give it a shot. We don’t really need Poacher's Mark Poacher's Mark as we already have enough leech and frenzy charges, however Punishment Punishment sounds good. If you want to give it a try thought I’d recommend you go with Essence Worm Essence Worm for your Pride Pride and link Punishment Punishment with Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support – that way you get 2 levels to your Pride Pride as well.

    Again I still feel a decent rolled ring can pretty much have the same effect , but they sometimes are too expensive so you can give it a shot.

    Edit : if you want to improve your rings and have curses – another way you can go around is watch for a ring with elder mods such as : Curse Enemies with Level % Warlord’s Mark on Hit or Curse Enemies with Level % Poacher’s Mark on Hit. This way you can the Poacher Mark without sacrificing a Ring and I think Warlord’s mark is also a viable option for the extra leech and endurance charges.

    Edited by Cappie on September 13th, 2019

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    What about anointments and tree changes with that ?

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    On 15/09/2019 at 2:06 PM, Niezniszczalnik said

    What about anointments and tree changes with that ?

    Hello,

    Pretty much nothing has changed. The Passive Tree above is updated for 3.8, however there were pretty much no changes.

    As for anointments I already mentioned Golem Commander or Assassination above.

    However Tribal Fury is the best as it will allow your Flicker to target 1 additional nearby enemy. You can obtain Tribal Fury with Golden Oil Golden Oil Silver Oil Silver Oil and Opalescent Oil Opalescent Oil. If you have Tribal Fury – you can take out Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support and replace it with Brutality Support Brutality Support. So the annointment system pretty much allows us to have one extra gem while clearing.

    Edited by Cappie on September 15th, 2019

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