Icicle Mine Saboteur 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 Icicle Mine Saboteur is a character that swiftly throws and detonates Cold-based mines in order to obliterate enemies. Both the base damage of Icicle Mine Icicle Mine and the Critical Chance are very solid, which allows us to easily scale the build’s damage. The skill releases Cold projectiles in a nova when detonated, adding more projectiles and Critical Chance for each mine thrown. This means that stacking a large amount of mines on the ground before detonating them will result in a higher damage output, which should be ideally done when fighting tougher enemies. For survivability, we achieve a decent Life pool, which in combination with Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics results in a durable character.

Build Summary

The build does not require any mandatory items in order to properly work and can be an excellent league-starter. A simple Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa can carry you to the endgame with ease. Gearing up the character early on will prove to be very easy and cheap, but you also have the option to heavily invest into gear later on in order to get ready for the hardest of bosses.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Can pre-throw mines in order to explode bosses on spawn
+ Smooth leveling experience
+ Can be played on a budget
+ Reflect does not matter

Cons

- The playstyle of laying and detonating mines might feel weird to players that have not played it before

Playstyle

Offensively, you should throw few mines and detonate them in order to destroy monster packs. Keep in mind that you can even detonate mines in the air if you need to do so. For tougher enemies, simply stack up more mines before you detonate them in order to take advantage of the aura-stacking mechanic mines have.

Defensively, the decent Life pool combined Acrobatics, Phase Acrobatic, the Blind and sustain from the ascendancy take care of most things passively. Steelskin Steelskin will soak up some incoming damage if used correctly. Movement skills like Smoke Mine Smoke Mine and Flame Dash Flame Dash can also save you in fatal situations.

For playstyle, you should keep in mind that nearby enemies are weakened via the Blind aura in combination with Enfeeble Enfeeble on Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support, so getting close and personal should not be that big of an issue for you and is most of the time safer than staying away.

Passive Tree

This is 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 Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Rare Body Armour
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Weapon
Shield Rare Shield

Leveling

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

Leveling Passive Trees

This is what your passive skill tree should look like around level 70.

Picking up Clever Construction and Volatile Mines early on will fix the clunkiness you might feel due to mines getting destroyed (mainly by AoE skills of monsters) before you detonate them. After that go for the main keystone notable and pick some Life and Damage whenever you feel you need it.

Useful leveling uniques

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.

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. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

At level 4, you should add Steelskin Steelskin.

At level 8, your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse should look like this.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

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

Finally, at level 12 you you can start using your signature skill Icicle Mine Icicle Mine.

  1. Icicle Mine Icicle Mine
  2. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

Once you are ready to use all the support gems, your Icicle Mine Icicle Mine should look like this.

  1. Icicle Mine Icicle Mine
  2. Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support
  3. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support
  4. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Increased Critical Damage Support Increased Critical Damage Support

FAQ

Is there any type of content the build cannot do?

The Icicle Mine Saboteur is a versatile build that does well in all types of content.

What makes mine builds better boss killers than other builds?

The mine play style is way more different than other builds. The thing that a mine build is better at than others is that it can setup damage before the encounter starts and deal a great burst of it, that can “phase” bosses in matter of 3 seconds or less.

What map mods should be avoided?

No Regeneration is a pain to deal with and should be skipped whenever possible.

Conclusion

The Icicle Mine Saboteur excels at throwing mines that deal huge amounts of Cold Critical Damage and shatter enemies. The build also makes great use of some utility skills that allow you to move around fast, replace mines and detonate them reliably and render enemies’ movement speed by a great deal.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build receives a well-deserved nerf but is still solid.

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    Build added.

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    Was planing to do this when I found this guide, this help a lot!

    First thing first, is the Haemophilia unique gloves as 3rd link for the Icicle Mine intentional ? or did you mistake something else for this.

  2. Vvckd

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    On 06/09/2019 at 9:53 AM, Covermyas5 said

    Was planing to do this when I found this guide, this help a lot!

    First thing first, is the Haemophilia unique gloves as 3rd link for the Icicle Mine intentional ? or did you mistake something else for this.

    Haha, this is a silly mistake on my end, fixing it now, the gem is Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support.

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    How do you feel about running Machina Mitts, the new Blight Unique?

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    On 12/09/2019 at 1:49 AM, Toadsly said

    How do you feel about running Machina Mitts, the new Blight Unique?

    Hey, the Gloves are decent but the Power charge loss might feel very clunky, Pyromaniac also allows you to have a decent sustain so the Life leech might not be as strong as it looks. Try them out, see if you like them.

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    You were right, after testing the power charge loss gets annoying so I swapped them with some rare gloves

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    Hey, new player here (started last season), LOVE this build so far! Used pierce support gem till I got it in the skill tree.

    I just wanted to say thank you! I was struggling to find detailed noob friendly guides that allowed me to view everything on my phone. So many require a PC for the PoB app, so this was a god send. Even has links to noob friendly guides for me!!! Way more fun than I expected as well.

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    On 13/09/2019 at 4:01 AM, Thigh_Bruiser said

    Hey, new player here (started last season), LOVE this build so far! Used pierce support gem till I got it in the skill tree.

    I just wanted to say thank you! I was struggling to find detailed noob friendly guides that allowed me to view everything on my phone. So many require a PC for the PoB app, so this was a god send. Even has links to noob friendly guides for me!!! Way more fun than I expected as well.

    I am very happy to read your comment. Best of luck to you!

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    Hey, thanks for the detailed build. I’ve been following along and am at level 70 now and having a lot of fun. Something I noticed, however, is that vaal clarity doesn’t seem to combo with mines like described in the build. Maybe due to the mana reserve changes? Was a bit disappointing when I wasn’t able to spam bosses as I hoped. Maybe I just need a larger mana pool to start with. I’ll do some more testing.

    Edit: Even with more mana it still doesn’t work. Feelsbadman

    Edited by Gorjorm on September 20th, 2019

  9. Vvckd

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    On 20/09/2019 at 2:16 AM, Gorjorm said

    Hey, thanks for the detailed build. I’ve been following along and am at level 70 now and having a lot of fun. Something I noticed, however, is that vaal clarity doesn’t seem to combo with mines like described in the build. Maybe due to the mana reserve changes? Was a bit disappointing when I wasn’t able to spam bosses as I hoped. Maybe I just need a larger mana pool to start with. I’ll do some more testing.

    Edit: Even with more mana it still doesn’t work. Feelsbadman

    Hey, then I’d recommend getting a Mana flask with the new mode “Flask Effect is not removed at Full Mana”, this should solve all existing Mana problems.

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    Hey, then I’d recommend getting a Mana flask with the new mode “Flask Effect is not removed at Full Mana”, this should solve all existing Mana problems.

    Oh, good idea. Sounds perfect. Thanks, homie

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    Hi, I want to ask, is voidwalker is recommended here ? I’ve got nice atziri’s step but I think voidwalker will do good to, especially on packed blight map. What do you guys think ?

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    On 22/09/2019 at 4:59 PM, dioxix00 said

    Hi, I want to ask, is voidwalker is recommended here ? I’ve got nice atziri’s step but I think voidwalker will do good to, especially on packed blight map. What do you guys think ?

    Hey, Voidwalker Voidwalker‘s pierce can do work for sure, try it and see if you like them better.

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    On 23/09/2019 at 6:40 AM, Vvckd said

    On 22/09/2019 at 4:59 PM, dioxix00 said

    Hi, I want to ask, is voidwalker is recommended here ? I’ve got nice atziri’s step but I think voidwalker will do good to, especially on packed blight map. What do you guys think ?

    Hey, Voidwalker Voidwalker‘s pierce can do work for sure, try it and see if you like them better.

    Unfortunately, It wont give any phasing since I’m not the one who kill it, the mines did it. Unless you got phasing flask, you can’t pierce with voidwalker.

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    I don’t think Vaal Clarity or that unique mana flask helps with spamming mines anymore since it is mana reservation not mana cost. Enduring mana flask SHOULD be used instead. Any idea what can I replace Vaal Clarity with?

    Edited by renely on September 28th, 2019

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    On 28/09/2019 at 6:56 PM, renely said

    I don’t think Vaal Clarity or that unique mana flask helps with spamming mines anymore since it is mana reservation not mana cost. Enduring mana flask SHOULD be used instead. Any idea what can I replace Vaal Clarity with?

    Hey, Vaal Grace Vaal Grace should be a decent substitute if you want to mitigate damage. Vaal Lightning Trap Vaal Lightning Trap will allow you to Shock even endgame bosses if you are looking for more damage.

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    It’s been slow going for me b/c of work, but hit lvl 80 today. Able to deal with Tier 7 maps so far no problem! Apparently one of the 3% of PS4 players that made it to end game.

    Edit: Did T11 today, no issues, still easy.

    Edited by Thigh_Bruiser on October 6th, 2019

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    Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but do you have any anointment recommendations? Piercing shots would free up a few points on the tree, but I wonder if there’s something on the left side that’s not normally accessible.

    Thanks for the guide!

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    On 11/10/2019 at 7:23 PM, shhpeaceful said

    Sorry if I missed this somewhere, but do you have any anointment recommendations? Piercing shots would free up a few points on the tree, but I wonder if there’s something on the left side that’s not normally accessible.

    Thanks for the guide!

    Hey, Piercing Shots is a great annointment indeed, go for it!

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    hey, faster casting support doesnt seem to work with the detonate mines totem? and what would your opinions be on a CWDT 2 link to go alongside one of the other 2 links in the build.

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    On 18/10/2019 at 6:32 AM, PrinceTNT1 said

    hey, faster casting support doesnt seem to work with the detonate mines totem? and what would your opinions be on a CWDT 2 link to go alongside one of the other 2 links in the build.

    Hey, Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support helps you summon the Totems faster. You can definitely do a CWDT setup if you want to.

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