Icicle Mine Saboteur Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree , Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Shadow – Saboteur)

  1. Bomb Specialist
  2. Demolitions Specialist
  3. Pyromaniac
  4. Born in the Shadow

Bomb Specialist is the first choice, and this will improve the burst potential of the build and overall it feels better to play with more mine throwing speed.

Our second choice is Demolitions Specialist. This ascendancy node provides great damage gain along with the ability to Hinder enemies.

This is where Pyromaniac comes in handy: Ignite and Shock immunity means we do not have to worry about these Elemental Ailments at all and that also frees up flask mods. The Life and Mana Regeneration brings mine builds sustain that was previously unobtainable.

Last but not least, Born in the Shadow Blinds all enemies nearby. Blind is a defensive mechanic, often undervalued, which can save you many times.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree.

Bandits

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

Pantheons

Major: Soul of the Brine King helps you avoid getting chain stunned. Others can be used based on personal preference.

Minor: Soul of Shakari makes you immune to poison damage if you upgrade it. Soul of Ralakesh is always a viable choice when it comes to doing labyrinth runs.

Pantheon powers can be upgraded by using Divine Vessel in the Map Device while you are activating the particular Map that contains the boss you need. Once you’ve killed the boss and captured his soul, you need to deliver the vessel to Sin in Oriath.

Gems

Icicle Mine Icicle Mine is the build’s main skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. Both Smoke Mine Smoke Mine and Flame Dash Flame Dash can be used for mobility. Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots is a great utility gem that reserves 35% of your Mana. Detonate Mines Detonate Mines can be casted by a Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support in order to improve single target damage output. Steelskin Steelskin is used for additional defense. We recommend utilizing Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity in order to solve Mana problems when you get hit or need to spam mines. Enfeeble Enfeeble used in combination with Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support will result in an aura that reduces damage done and Accuracy Rating of nearby enemies, which greatly complements the Blind aura we already have from Saboteur’s Born in the Shadows.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority, 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. 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.

Icicle Mine (6-Link)

Icicle Mine Icicle Mine is a Cold-based mine skill that fires projectiles in a nova when detonated. In order to boost the clear speed of the skill we allow these projectile to Pierce by picking Piercing Shots on the passive skill tree. We recommend one 6-Link that works well for both clearing and single target respectively.

  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

Smoke Mine (2-Link)

Smoke Mine Smoke Mine provides a great amount of movement skill to the build

  1. Smoke Mine Smoke Mine
  2. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Detonate Mines (3-link)

This is the Totem setup that allows you to just spam mines, which will automatically get detonated by the Totem. This is useful, especially for single target encounters.

  1. Detonate Mines Detonate Mines
  2. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support
  3. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

Enfeeble (2-Link)

The Enfeeble Enfeeble Curse is turned into an aura around the character by using it with Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support. This improves our survivability by a considerable amount.

  1. Enfeeble Enfeeble
  2. Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support

Other Gems

Flame Dash Flame Dash can be used for additional mobility. Steelskin Steelskin can be used for additional damage mitigation. Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots summons two invulnerable minions that seek mines in order to detonate and replace them. Bear Trap Bear Trap will help you pin down tough foes while destroying them with your mines.

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.

Helmet

A well rolled rare Helmet is the best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)

Body Armour

Well rolled rare Body Armour is best in slot. A simple Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa can carry you a long way. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % increased Maximum Life (Elder Prefix; Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. Spells have #% to Critical Strike Chance (Shaper Suffix)

Gloves

Rare Gloves are the best choice. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)

Boots

Well-rolled rare Boots are best in slot. For hard endgame bosses you can use Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots in order to prevent Freezes and Stuns; Atziri's Step Atziri's Step are also great unique Boots that can be used. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. % increased Movement Speed (at least 20-25%)
  3. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)

Belt

Leather Belt Leather Belt and Stygian Vise Stygian Vise are good bases for the build. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage (Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil)
  4. % increased Cold Damage (Frigid Fossil Frigid Fossil)
  5. % increased Flask duration
  6. % increased Flask charges gained
  7. % Reduced Flask charges used

Amulet

We are looking for a rare Amulet. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 50)
  3. % increased Spell Damage
  4. % increased Cold Damage
  5. # to Dexterity; Strength
  6. +#% to Chaos Resistance

Rings

Well-rolled Ventor's Gamble Ventor's Gamble is always a good addition to every build. Opal Ring Opal Rings can be used as a crafting base. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 50)
  3. # to Dexterity; Strength
  4. +#% to Chaos Resistance

Weapon

Having a Shaper-based Wand is strongly recommended, as it allows you to roll “Damage Penetrates #% Elemental Resistances”, which is very strong for this build; keep in mind that this mod requires the item to be at least item level 83. Tremor Rod Tremor Rod is another very solid weapon choice for the build. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. % increased Spell Damage
  2. Damage Penetrates #% Elemental Resistances (Shaper Suffix, requires item level 83)
  3. % increased Cold Damage

Shield

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % increased spell damage

Flasks

Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise brings survivability with the 35% Chaos Resistance along with a lot of damage. Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask is where we should roll Bleed Immunity and Instant Recovery. The Wise Oak The Wise Oak adds additional Cold Penetration while your Cold resistance is highest. Other utility flasks like Jade Flask Jade Flask, Stibnite Flask Stibnite Flask, Quartz Flask Quartz Flask, Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask and Basalt Flask Basalt Flask can be utilized to a great effect. Make sure you have Curse, Bleed and Freeze immunity rolled on your utility flasks.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Jewels

There is no mandatory Jewel the build requires, you should mainly focus on getting regular rare Jewels with Life and damage.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % Maximum Life
  2. % increased damage
  3. % increased area damage
  4. % increased mine damage
  5. % increased spell damage
  6. % increased spell damage while holding shield/ while dual wielding
  7. % increased Cold damage

Note: If you have Stygian Vise Stygian Vise belt you should look for an Abyssal jewel with Life, Mana and preferably flat Cold damage added to Spell.

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.

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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.

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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

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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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