Frost Blades Slayer 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

The Frost Blades Slayer is a mid-range type of character that uses two-handed Swords in order to deal massive amounts of Cold damage. This build has great clear speed while also maintaining respectable and high enough single target damage to deal with the endgame content. Slayer’s overleech mechanic allows for great and reliable sustain while the Execution at 20% Life via Bane of Legends practically makes some boss fights a joke.

Build Summary

The Frost Blades Slayer 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 Fight for Survival Fight for Survival threshold jewels will allow you to penetrate 30% Cold Resistances. Loreweave Loreweave is a good addition to the build, but you can play without it early on.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Cheap to start
+ Great clear speed

Cons

- Dies to Elemental Reflect

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 Leap Slam Leap Slam 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 Slayer’s overleech mechanic for surviving after getting hit hard.

For playstyle, you should Leap Slam near monster packs and obliterate them with one or two attacks of Frost Blades Frost Blades. Blood Rage Blood Rage should be active all the time.

Passive Tree

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

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 Rare Helmet
Amulet The Pandemonius The Pandemonius
Chest Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast
Gloves Tombfist Tombfist
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Two-hand Sword

Leveling

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

The Frost Blades Slayer can be levelled with its signature skill since level 1, the build is also a decent league-starter.

Leveling Trees

This is the passive tree, which will get you through the levelling content. As in all Critical-based builds, we recommend investing into Critical Strike nodes after level 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.

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 Leap Slam Leap Slam 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. Onslaught Support Onslaught 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 Slayer excels at clearing super fast. It is bad at running Labyrinths, and it is also slower when fighting tough bosses, compared to boss killers.

Conclusion

The Frost Blades Slayer is a two handed Sword build that excels at dealing tons of Cold damage from mid-range. The build has great clear speed along with very respectable single target and survivability.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build receives a nerf with the changes to Point Blank and a buff via changes to Freeze.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build practically remains unchanged; the Crit version is slightly nerfed via changes to the Overwhelm ascendancy node.

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    Build added.

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    what is the orded for the skill tree

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    how can i link leap slam with 4 other gems , shoul i use it on the 6 linked sword ???

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    On 22/07/2019 at 12:13 AM, brenomwm123 said

    how can i link leap slam with 4 other gems , shoul i use it on the 6 linked sword ???

    I linked Whirling Blades Whirling Blades instead of Leap Slam Leap Slam by mistake, it is now fixed, I apologise.

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    On 22/07/2019 at 6:06 AM, Vvckd said

    On 22/07/2019 at 12:13 AM, brenomwm123 said

    how can i link leap slam with 4 other gems , shoul i use it on the 6 linked sword ???


    no problem man

    I linked Whirling Blades Whirling Blades instead of Leap Slam Leap Slam by mistake, it is now fixed, I apologise.

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    im a very new player in the game , so i dont understand most of the things yet , could you add to the guide a final build itens ? like everithing max linked and what gems in each piece of armor , i really would apreciate , thank you a lot for the guide, im lvl 40 and im loving the build <3

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    On 21/07/2019 at 1:50 PM, Vvckd said

    On 21/07/2019 at 4:28 AM, brenomwm123 said

    what is the orded for the skill tree

    Hey, follow the levelling passive skill tree and then start investing into the Sword Crit nodes that are present in the endgame passive skill tree.

    in the late game should i remove the nodes from cold dmg ?

    Edited by Vlad on July 31st, 2019

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    On 22/07/2019 at 5:05 PM, brenomwm123 said

    im a very new player in the game , so i dont understand most of the things yet , could you add to the guide a final build itens ? like everithing max linked and what gems in each piece of armor , i really would apreciate , thank you a lot for the guide, im lvl 40 and im loving the build <3

    Hey, first of all thanks for the kind feedback. When it comes to endgame “min-maxed” characters in Path of Exile, with time you will realise it is really hard to provide such information, since you can have a perfect gear for the particular character, but that works just for bossing, or just for clearing, or Delve etc. We focus on giving one or few recommendations per item slot, which helps players choose based on their personal liking and content they are doing. If you have any specific questions I would love to help but providing a full list of perfect gear is an unrealistic goal you would aim for, especially if you are a new player.

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    in the leveling skill tree we get winter spirit nodes , in the late game they dissapear , we respec them out ???

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    On 24/07/2019 at 12:38 AM, brenomwm123 said

    in the leveling skill tree we get winter spirit nodes , in the late game they dissapear , we respec them out ???

    Hey, Winter Spirit is used early on in order to support your full conversion to Cold, after that you can use other sources of conversion (as the mod on Gloves) and save up these unnecessary passive points.

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    can you add the final gems of the build ? like with everithing max linked , all the gems and support gems , like eyou did with the lap slam and frost blads , but to all gems , i would really apreciate , thx man

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    On 24/07/2019 at 4:22 PM, brenomwm123 said

    can you add the final gems of the build ? like with everithing max linked , all the gems and support gems , like eyou did with the lap slam and frost blads , but to all gems , i would really apreciate , thx man

    These are pretty much the only two links you will need, all of the other gems shown in the 5.3 Other Gems section can be used non-linked.

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    i have 2 six links , kondo and the lore , im using the blade vortex on kondo , what can i use on the lore 6 links ?

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    On 25/07/2019 at 5:49 AM, brenomwm123 said

    i have 2 six links , kondo and the lore , im using the blade vortex on kondo , what can i use on the lore 6 links ?

    Why would you use Blade Vortex Blade Vortex in this build?

    Edited by Vvckd on July 26th, 2019

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    On 26/07/2019 at 5:50 AM, Vvckd said

    On 25/07/2019 at 5:49 AM, brenomwm123 said

    i have 2 six links , kondo and the lore , im using the blade vortex on kondo , what can i use on the lore 6 links ?

    Why would you use Blade Vortex Blade Vortex in this build?

    woopsie , i mean frost blades , i have the frost blades om the sword 6l , and i have a spare 6 link on the chest , what could i fit there

    Edited by Damien on July 31st, 2019

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    I might be missing something but how do you achieve the full cold conversion with this?

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    On 11/08/2019 at 10:14 PM, Jaytheproduct said

    I might be missing something but how do you achieve the full cold conversion with this?

    This is achieved with specific gear in the endgame, but early on simply get Winter Spirit on the passive tree.

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    All the talent tree links take me to a duelist build instead of ranger :(

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    On 24/09/2019 at 10:50 PM, Czeksmyx said

    All the talent tree links take me to a duelist build instead of ranger :(

    Hey, this is because the build guide is tailored around the Slayer, which is a Duelist.

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    Yeah, I figured that out right after I posted it and I gotta admit I feel pretty smart.

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