Frost Blades Raider 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

Frost Blades Frost Blades is a melee skill that shoots a cone of projectiles behind the first target you hit. This is why the skill is great for clearing and also has respectable single target damage potential. Touch of Anguish Touch of Anguish unique Claws have great synergy with the skill, since they allow the projectiles to chain, resulting in even greater area coverage.

The ascendancy of choice is Raider; this class has great synergy with Touch of Anguish. With this ascendancy, Frost Blades becomes a very fast map-clearer without any expensive investments. Dealing mostly cold damage and playing a critical-based build means you will Chill and Freeze enemies most of the time, which will keep your character safe. For sustain, you have a lot of leech via the Claw passive node Soul Raker. The build is also able to achieve over 180% Increased Maximum Life on the passive skill tree, which results in a respectable life pool.

Build Summary

The Frost Blades Raider can be played on a budget, with the potential to become very powerful if you choose to invest vast amount of currency into the build. Early on, two threshold jewels Fight for Survival Fight for Survival will allow you to penetrate 30% Cold Resistances. Touch of Anguish Touch of Anguish is your endgame weapon, which should be cheap, even in the start of a new league. Loreweave Loreweave is a good addition to the build, but you can play without it early on. A pair of Tombfist Tombfist gloves will carry you a long way.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Cheap to start
+ Great clear speed
+ Active playstyle, fun to play

Cons

- Dies to Elemental Reflect
- Needs good investment in order to achieve great single target damage

Playstyle

Offensively, attacking with Frost Blades Frost Blades will result in a massive amount of chaining projectiles that will clear whole screens of monsters. When it comes to fighting tougher bosses, you can utilize a totem, banner and cold resistance reductions like Frost Bomb Frost Bomb. For mobility, you should use Whirling Blades Whirling Blades all the time. Hatred Hatred and Herald of Ice Herald of Ice will provide a lot of damage.

Defensively, keeping your distance is key, considering from how far the skill can attack. You will rely on Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics’ dodge chance as a main defensive mechanics. When you get hit you will have a decent amount of life to soak the damage, then you will be able to recover it with life leech and life gain on hit.

The Frost Blades Raider can easily achieve over 7 Frenzy charges, which makes the build extremely fast and fun to play. You will feel very mobile and shattering enemies’ with your cold hits is always satisfying. Once you become a bit more experienced with the skill, you will rarely get hit.

Passive Tree

This is what your endgame passive skill tree should look like.

We mainly focus on picking all the powerful Claw nodes, all the Frenzy charges, Acrobatics, Phase Acrobatics, Point Blank, and a decent amount of life. As in all critical-based builds, we recommend transitioning into Critical Strikes at level 60+.

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 Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head
Amulet The Pandemonius The Pandemonius
Chest Loreweave Loreweave
Gloves Tombfist Tombfist
Boots Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings
Weapons 2x Touch of Anguish Touch of Anguish

Leveling

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

The Frost Blades Raider can be leveled with its signature skill since level 1, the build is also a decent league-starter, although you might struggle until you get Touch of Anguish Touch of Anguish unique Claws.

Leveling Trees

This is the passive tree, which will get you through the leveling content.

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. Unique Claws like Last Resort Last Resort, Al Dhih Al Dhih and Ornament of the East Ornament of the East will carry you through the leveling content.

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. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you should add Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector, War Banner War Banner and Frost Bomb Frost Bomb for better single target damage. Your Frost Blades Frost Blades should look like this.

  1. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support

At level 8, your Frost Blades Frost Blades should look like this.

  1. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

At level 10, you should add Whirling Blades Whirling Blades for additional mobility.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Ice Herald of Ice for additional damage.

By level 18, your Frost Blades Frost Blades should look like this.

  1. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

At level 24, you should Hatred Hatred for additional damage.

At level 28, you can replace Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector with Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief.

By level 31, your Frost Blades Frost Blades should look like this.

  1. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Nightblade Support Nightblade Support
  3. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support
  6. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

Elemental Reflect is impossible to do; you can do Physical Reflect without any issue since you fully convert to cold.

What content is the build good at and what it is bad at?

The Frost Blades Raider excels at clearing super fast; this build is a top-tier clearer. It is bad at running Labyrinths, and it is also slower when fighting tough bosses, compared to boss killers.

Conclusion

The Frost Blades Raider is a dual wielding Claw build that excels at striking the enemy with strong cold attacks. The build requires fast reactions and is very fun to play.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build receives an indirect buff via changes to the Freeze mechanic.

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    Updated passive trees for Blight 3.8. The build received a great buff via the changes to Raider.

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    Updated passive skill trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Hi !
    Sorry but skilltree have a problem here too :D
    Good luck

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    Hey Atix, thanks for the comment. The trees are fixed now, sorry for the inconvenience. We were forced to update most trees before the launch by using poeplanner, which turned out to be an unreliable passive skill tree source. We will be replacing all links with the original PoE passive skill trees soon.

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    Hi, for Frost Blade build, Raider is better than champion ?

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    On 10/04/2019 at 6:13 PM, Atix said

    Hi, for Frost Blade build, Raider is better than champion ?

    They are both good choices, Raider has better clear speed and mobility for sure, Champion can have better survivability.

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    Hi! Its not crit build ,as I understand?I should prefer nods in skilltree with physical dmg that crit mult and crit chance?

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    On 29/06/2019 at 10:25 AM, GameRuiner said

    Hi! Its not crit build ,as I understand?I should prefer nods in skilltree with physical dmg that crit mult and crit chance?

    Hey GameRuiner, the build is Critical-based. On the endgame passive tree you can see we pick many Critical modifying nodes like Heartseeker, Claws of the Hawk and Assassination.

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    I’m pretty new to this game and don’t have a ton of experience with builds. I’m messing with this one cause it seemed fun but … I’m having a issue with intelligence required for some of these claws. I have TONS of dex and fairly high str but my int is terrible its like 40ish and I’m level 62? Just trying to figure out how i can get it up enough to be able to use touch of anguish at level 68

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    On 20/07/2019 at 4:50 AM, Termites said

    I’m pretty new to this game and don’t have a ton of experience with builds. I’m messing with this one cause it seemed fun but … I’m having a issue with intelligence required for some of these claws. I have TONS of dex and fairly high str but my int is terrible its like 40ish and I’m level 62? Just trying to figure out how i can get it up enough to be able to use touch of anguish at level 68

    Hey, you can get great amounts of Intelligence (40+) on Rings, Amulet and Helmet.

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    How are you getting full cold conversion? edit It’s on the tree reading comprehension obviously isn’t a strong point for me

    Edited by Whatisround on August 18th, 2019

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    On 18/08/2019 at 3:56 AM, Whatisround said

    How are you getting full cold conversion?

    Try picking up Winter Spirit early on(passive tree node). In the late game you can get Cold conversion on rare Gloves(crafted via Betrayals) or simply use Hrimsorrow Hrimsorrow

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    You could really add more depth to the guide, especially for the gearing section. An example for a full set of items that you are using would help tremendously. Also adding more affixes to list of desirable mods for different gear. On a side note, is the increase in damage much better with the FB jewel or could I just use a regular one with really good rolls?

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    On 19/08/2019 at 4:38 PM, Seriousedy said

    You could really add more depth to the guide, especially for the gearing section. An example for a full set of items that you are using would help tremendously. Also adding more affixes to list of desirable mods for different gear. On a side note, is the increase in damage much better with the FB jewel or could I just use a regular one with really good rolls?

    Hey, I strongly recommend using the Fight for Survival Fight for Survival unique jewels, mainly because they provide an immense amount of Cold Penetration. I will make sure to improve the gearing section and at least add some more recommended affixes.

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    thanks for the build, im a beginner and i did this build, enjoyed the game :)

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    Hi, correct me if i’m wrong but i don’t think Point Blank works for frost blades

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    On 04/10/2019 at 9:23 PM, Waybster said

    Hi, correct me if i’m wrong but i don’t think Point Blank works for frost blades

    Hey, the projectiles are affected by Point Blank.

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    Hey, I’m a new player, so I’m probably not understanding something, but in the gem slot on the passive tree next to Golem’s Blood I’m not seeing 40 dex in the medium gem radius—so how do you get the full benefits of the Fight for Survival gem?

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    On 20/11/2019 at 6:43 PM, Zardoz said

    Hey, I’m a new player, so I’m probably not understanding something, but in the gem slot on the passive tree next to Golem’s Blood I’m not seeing 40 dex in the medium gem radius—so how do you get the full benefits of the Fight for Survival gem?

    Hey, place Fight for Survival Fight for Survival next to the Heartseeker node.

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    In the guide you say to use two—so how does that work with the second one? Sorry, again very new here.

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    On 30/11/2019 at 5:09 PM, Zardoz said

    In the guide you say to use two—so how does that work with the second one? Sorry, again very new here.

    Hey, the second one you can socket right above Blood Drinker.

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