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:
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 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.
The build does not require any mandatory items in order to properly work and can be an excellent league-starter. A simple 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
+ 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
- The playstyle of laying and detonating mines might feel weird to players that have not played it before
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 will soak up some incoming damage if used correctly. Movement skills like Smoke Mine and 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 on 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.
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.
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.
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As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
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 allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters.
Using 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.
At level 4, you should add Steelskin.
At level 8, your Freezing Pulse should look like this.
At level 10, you should add Flame Dash for additional mobility.
Finally, at level 12 you you can start using your signature skill Icicle Mine.
Once you are ready to use all the support gems, your Icicle Mine should look like this.
- Icicle Mine
- Swift Assembly Support
- Hypothermia Support
- Increased Critical Strikes Support
- Added Cold Damage Support
- Increased Critical Damage Support
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.
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.