Frost Blades Raider Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree, Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Ranger – Raider)

  1. Way of the Poacher
  2. Avatar of the Slaughter
  3. Quartz Infusion
  4. Avatar of the Veil

Way of the Poacher provides a great Frenzy charge sustain mechanic. Avatar of the Slaughter improves the benefits of Frenzy charges even further. Quartz Infusion will allow you to utilize the Phasing mechanic, which will make you even harder to detect and hit. Avatar of the Veil gives the very important elemental ailment immunity while Phasing, which is very powerful, since you will not have to worry about getting Shocked, Frozen or Ignited.

Note: For even greater clear speed you can choose to go with Avatar of the Chase instead of Avatar of the Veil.

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+.

Bandits

For this specific build we should help Alira in Act II. The critical multiplier, flat mana regeneration, and 15% all elemental resistances are stronger than the 2 passive skill points.

Pantheons

Major: All major pantheons can be used based on personal preference, but we recommend using Soul of Solaris.

Minor: for critical-based attack builds Soul of Ralakesh is probably the best minor got, since he can provides Blind immunity.

Gems

Frost Blades Frost Blades is your signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, you should use Whirling Blades Whirling Blades. Hatred Hatred and Herald of Ice Herald of Ice should be active all the time. War Banner War Banner provides a good amount of accuracy; this skill will boost your single target damage potential by a great deal for a short duration when you drop the banner on the ground. Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief can be used to augment your single target damage even further. Frost Bomb Frost Bomb can be placed on the ground to lower enemies’ cold resistances. Blood Rage Blood Rage will provide % increased attack speed.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority (starting from the top left, going to the right on each row of the links), 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 (with the bottom right being the last). 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.

Frost Blades (6-Link)

Frost Blades Frost Blades is a very fun melee skill to use, its initial hit will only damage one target, the projectiles that appear behind the target will destroy whole monster packs. Combining this skill with Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support will result in three times more projectiles. We recommend two different links for both clearing and single target.

For clearing, use the following link.

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

For single target, use the following link.

  1. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  3. Nightblade Support Nightblade 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

Whirling Blades (4-Link)

Whirling Blades Whirling Blades will improve your mobility by a great deal. Hitting enemies with the skill will give you the Fortify buff for a short duration.

  1. Whirling Blades Whirling Blades
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  4. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support

Other Gems

You can socket in Blood Rage Blood Rage for additional attack speed. Steelskin Steelskin can be used as another layer of defence, it should be activated manually. Hatred Hatred and Herald of Ice Herald of Ice will give you a lot of cold damage. Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief can be used for the damage multiplier while it is active. War Banner War Banner will help out with its Adrenaline buff. Drop Frost Bomb Frost Bomb on the ground against tanky enemies.

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. You should have two Fight for Survival Fight for Survival unique jewels as soon as possible. Acquiring two Touch of Anguish Touch of Anguish Claws will allow you to start destroying content. These are the only mandatory items for the build.

Helmet

Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head is a great choice for the build. A rare helmet can also be used. For enchant, look for “#% additional increased Attack Speed granted by Blood Rage”. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance (Frigid Fossil Frigid Fossil)

Body Armour

Both Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast and Loreweave Loreweave are great choices for the build. If you choose to play with a rare body armour, look for high Evasion Elder base. The Rare Affix Priority is:

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

Gloves

Tombfist Tombfist unique gloves are a great addition to the build. A rare pair of gloves will also do the work. You would preferably want a corrupted pair of gloves with 1 additional maximum Frenzy charge. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (60)
  3. % Increased Attack Speed
  4. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  5. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks

Boots

Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots can be used since you are moving around with Whirling Blades Whirling Blades, which is not affected by movement speed. A rare pair of boots can be also used. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (70)
  3. % increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. % increased Movement speed (not mandatory)

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 25%)
  4. % increased Cold Damage (Frigid Fossil Frigid Fossil)
  5. % increased Elemental Damage (Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil)

Amulet

The Pandemonius The Pandemonius is a great choice for the build. Aul's Uprising (Dexterity) Aul's Uprising (Dexterity) can also be very powerful if you manage to get a Hatred Hatred mod. Both of these unique amulets can be pricey, if you cannot afford them simply use a rare amulet. 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 25%)

Rings

Mark of the Elder Mark of the Elder can be a good addition to the build. Well rolled rare rings are also a great choice for the build, preferably Opal Ring Opal Rings. 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 25%)

Weapons

Touch of Anguish Touch of Anguish is the best weapon for the build if you want to achieve great clear speed. If you want to fight endgame bosses with the Frost Blades Raider, you can use well rolled rare physical Claws, look for at least 350pDPS. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. % increased Physical
  2. Flat Physical Damage
  3. % increased Attack Speed
  4. % increased Critical Strike Chance

Flasks

Diamond Flask is mandatory in every critical-based build. Divine Life Flask should used as Instant or half-Instant along with Bleeding Removal suffix. Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise can provide a lot of damage for the build. Taste of Hate Taste of Hate can provide a lot of offense and defense for the build, but can also be expensive. The Wise Oak The Wise Oak will help you penetrate enemies’ Cold Resistances better, make sure your Cold Resistance is the highest if you choose to use this flask. You can also use any utility flask you prefer, just make sure you have Freeze, Bleed and Curse immunity flasks until you get Avatar of the Veil.

Jewels

You will need two Fight for Survival Fight for Survival threshold jewels. A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Hatred Hatred mods can provide a lot of damage, this jewel can also be very expensive.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % increased Maximum Life
  2. % increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
  3. % increased Attack Speed with One Handed Melee Weapons
  4. % increased Attack Speed with Claws

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Maximum Life (at least 35)
  2. % chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
  3. % increased Attack Speed if you’ve dealt a Critical Strike Recently
  4. Added Cold Damage to Attacks and Attacks with Claws

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
  •   

    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

  2. Vvckd

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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 ?

  4. Vvckd

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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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