Kinetic Blast/Barrage Pathfinder Build Guide - "Fastest Clear Speed Around" (PoE Blight 3.8)

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing at Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing Essence Drain Essence Drain and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing Elemental Hit Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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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

Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast has been acknowledged as many to be one of the best skills in the game for reaching the best possible rates of experience per hour. Packs are torn apart in an instant, the screen exploding in a satisfying shatter, and it has the single-target damage to back it up on just about any content the game can throw at you. Kinetic Blast builds, also known as KB, are also widely considered to be among the most delightful to play, largely due to the speed, strength, and unique style that a wander presents. If you have tuned in to any of the biggest Path of Exile streamers over the last few leagues, you have doubtless seen them playing a Kinetic Blast build at some point.

While Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast is a fantastic skill for clearing, it lacks the heavy and sustained punch of a proper single-target skill. We also prefer to play builds that do not require you to constant swap out Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support with a single target special, such as Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support, each and every time you approach a boss. Not only is this a needless annoyance, but inevitably you end up accidentally dropping one of the gems instead of placing it in your inventory.

In order to properly address this deficiency, we have opted to use a Barrage Barrage link, similar to our Tornado Shot Deadeye build. These two builds share similar strengths: they smash through maps like the wind with unparalleled clear speeds, they clear multiple screens with that infamous Herald of Ice Herald of Ice crunch, and they both need a little help from Barrage to tackle the tankier targets. This builds clears about as fast as our Tornado Shot Tornado Shot guide, but it has better defenses and can deal with more content without as much investment. The Tornado Shot build, however, is designed to be set up as Magic Find option that will allow you to build piles of currency.

This build is well-balanced and especially suited for players looking to reach Level 100 efficiently, and is a perfect choice for Hardcore and Softcore alike.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Fastest build in Path of Exile for clearing
+ Strong defenses (95%+ chance to avoid attacks)
+ High movement speed (capped Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest speed bonus)
+ Top tier experience per hour
+ Good build for Hardcore players as well
+ Extremely fun to play (in most players’ eyes)
+ Excellent League Starter AND Finisher
+ One of the easiest builds to take to Level 100
+ Satisfying Herald of Ice Herald of Ice shatter-chains
+ Deals with practically all content

Cons

Mediocre single target without proper gear or links
Not specialized for boss hunting, but can deal with the standard bosses such as Uber Elder without issues
Can sometimes feel ‘too fast’

Playstyle

The primary purpose of this build is to achieve the fastest clear speeds possible while remaining safe and secure, all while maintaining respectable single target damage (~1.5 million DPS in end-game gear). Due to the massive amount of Evasion we accrue, Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest propels us to lightning-quick movement speeds, allowing us to zip through the maps while shattering everything on — and a lot of what is off — the screen.

Players looking to maximize their experience rates will find this to be the ideal build, because it does the two most important things incredibly well: it rips apart maps, and it is very safe. It is well suited to players who enjoy zippy, high tempo builds and enjoy the gratifying sensation of seeing everything around them explode into bits of ice. This build makes an excellent league starter, but newer or less experienced players who lack the knowledge to generate currency at the start of a new league may find they struggle to acquire the core items as quickly. Only a few Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs are needed to get the build fully online; decide for yourself whether or not you consider this to be “expensive”.

Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast is a wand skill, and one of the only wand builds that still remains a contender for the throne. Many players, even those who have played thousands of hours, have never actually played a wander. If this is the case for you, we definitely recommend giving this build a chance – you will almost certainly not regret it.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Gear

The Gear page explains, in depth, what the best item is for each slot of your character, and also provides recommendations for jewels and flasks.

Leveling

There are a variety of ways to level with this build, as it will not work straight from Act I. If you are not league starting as this build, the most convenient way to do it is as a Bow build, but you will need basic leveling uniques such as the Storm Cloud Storm Cloud in order to actually comfortably deal with Act bosses. Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows and Lightning Arrow Lightning Arrow are both fine choices, though it is a little easier to flesh out your links with the former.

Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support

If you are using a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa, you can add in additional support gems depending on your preference. If your leveling gear is good, for example, you can put in Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support and clear entire screens. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support (while you are low on Critical Strike), Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support, and Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support are great choices here. Grab Herald of Ice Herald of Ice and Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder as soon as possible for the added elemental damage.

If you are league starting as this build, you will have a more difficult time leveling as a bow build, but it is still doable. If you do not want to subject yourself to it, you will instead have to adjust your build and items to use a different skill until Piscator's Vigil Piscator's Vigil can be acquired; for example, Soulrend Soulrend or Essence Drain Essence Drain are good choices.

FAQ

How Do I Get Maximum Movement Speed from Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest?

Using a Jade Flask Jade Flask of Reflexes and Stibnite Flask Stibnite Flask pushes us well over 50,000 Evasion rating, which is past Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest‘s Movement Speed bonus cap (45,000 Evasion). Since we are playing Pathfinder and this build is fundamentally focused on clearing above all else, Flasks can be considered a virtually permanent bonus and a fundamental part of the build’s power and purpose — that is the entire reason of playing Pathfinder to begin with.

I Can’t Afford the Item You Recommend

Most of the items recommended in the guide, especially the Jewels, are not necessary right out of the gate. You can be smashing through maps in under 2 minutes without much gear at all. Once you have your Piscator's Vigil Piscator's Vigil, Thunderfist Thunderfist (great for early in the league due to the all the flat damage), and Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest, you will already be a race car. Many of the other recommended Uniques, like Atziri's Step Atziri's Step and Rat's Nest Rat's Nest, can also be obtained either day one or very early for only a few Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs.

Should I Use Grace Grace?

Check this comment response to see why we only bother to use the active component of Vaal Grace Vaal Grace, and not the base Grace Grace aura itself.

I’m Struggling to Level

Leveling Rangers is not always the most convenient, as many of the end-game builds that favor the use of this class are Critical Strike based and thus not as strong early in the game. If leveling very smoothly and efficiently is a priority, consider planning out another build purely for leveling that you can easily switch over once you have your feet under you in the league.

Why Don’t You Have an “of Heat” Flask?

The Master Alchemist node provides Elemental Ailment immunity during any Flask effect.

Is This Build Viable as Low-Life?

While it is viable as Low-Life, the movement speed from Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest is one of the staple benefits of this build. By adapting it to use Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings, or as Chaos Innoculation entirely, you are sacrificing the effectiveness of one of the build’s main strengths.

Changelog
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    Updated for Patch 3.7 Legion: Tree, Gear, Pantheon, and more!

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    Updated the Gear section and advice.

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    Added a new FAQ section regarding a question on Shavronne's Wrappings and added the About the Author section.

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    The guide states that If you use the Thunderfist gloves, you would need to swap added lighting from your kinetic link.
    But the suggested kinetic link doesn’t use this support gem.
    Barrage does use this gem, but seeing as that is a 6 link you wouldn’t be able to put it into your gloves?

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    On 06/05/2019 at 6:29 AM, Sral94 said

    The guide states that If you use the Thunderfist gloves, you would need to swap added lighting from your kinetic link.
    But the suggested kinetic link doesn’t use this support gem.
    Barrage does use this gem, but seeing as that is a 6 link you wouldn’t be able to put it into your gloves?

    Hmm, interesting — thanks for the catch, my brain must have been wandering when I wrote that. Obviously it’s the inverse, as the whole point of Thunderfist Thunderfist is the “5th link” due to the Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support. I’ll get this updated right away, and you are correct that it is your Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast 4-Link that should be socketed in those gloves.

    The only exception to this would be if it was extremely early in the League, or you were starting a character on SSF with Thunderfist Thunderfist already in your stash, when it would be more beneficial to get an early “5-Link” on your Barrage Barrage instead.

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    Great build & an excellent guide – THANKS. Couple of points – we’re using 3 gems that require mana reservation – HOI 25%, Wrath 50%, and Grace 50% – even with lvl 4 empower & enlighten supports (which i could never afford) for Wrath you still wind up with over 100% mana reserve – how have you been able to make it work? also, with QOTF’s -25% movement speed your “break even” requires 15k evasion – what sort of evasion total is the build capable of (including the evasion from Grace)?

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    On 08/05/2019 at 9:20 PM, Badfox said

    Great build & an excellent guide – THANKS. Couple of points – we’re using 3 gems that require mana reservation – HOI 25%, Wrath 50%, and Grace 50% – even with lvl 4 empower & enlighten supports (which i could never afford) for Wrath you still wind up with over 100% mana reserve – how have you been able to make it work? also, with QOTF’s -25% movement speed your “break even” requires 15k evasion – what sort of evasion total is the build capable of (including the evasion from Grace)?

    Regarding the auras, you use HOI and Wrath as your auras, and you only use the active Vaal effect of Vaal Grace (active it like a cooldown).

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    On 08/05/2019 at 9:20 PM, Badfox said

    Great build & an excellent guide – THANKS. Couple of points – we’re using 3 gems that require mana reservation – HOI 25%, Wrath 50%, and Grace 50% – even with lvl 4 empower & enlighten supports (which i could never afford) for Wrath you still wind up with over 100% mana reserve – how have you been able to make it work? also, with QOTF’s -25% movement speed your “break even” requires 15k evasion – what sort of evasion total is the build capable of (including the evasion from Grace)?

    Grace Grace is unnecessary; even with the basic affordable Uniques recommended in the guide you should end up around ~18k Evasion Rating. The active component for Vaal Grace Vaal Grace has a fairly high uptime in and of itself, so we rely on it as an extra layer of security when dealing with troublesome foes like the Syndicate. With Rare gloves, your Evasion will be even higher. Remember that you can easily maintain 100% uptime on your Flasks as well, and the Stibnite is a nice boost to that Evasion chance.

    Here’s a fun tip as well, if you need extra defense: add a Jade Flask of Reflexes (as recommended in our Basic Flask Setup section!) and your Evasion is over 50,000 — over the movement speed cap of Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest (45,000 EVA) and leaving us at 87% Evade Chance, 74% Dodge Chance, and 75% Spell Dodge Chance (97% Melee/Projectile Avoidance, 75% Spell Avoidance). Grace Grace simply is not worth the Mana cost when you’re already this elusive!

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    On 09/05/2019 at 8:24 AM, Vlad said

    On 08/05/2019 at 9:20 PM, Badfox said

    Great build & an excellent guide – THANKS. Couple of points – we’re using 3 gems that require mana reservation – HOI 25%, Wrath 50%, and Grace 50% – even with lvl 4 empower & enlighten supports (which i could never afford) for Wrath you still wind up with over 100% mana reserve – how have you been able to make it work? also, with QOTF’s -25% movement speed your “break even” requires 15k evasion – what sort of evasion total is the build capable of (including the evasion from Grace)?

    Regarding the auras, you use HOI and Wrath as your auras, and you only use the active Vaal effect of Vaal Grace (active it like a cooldown).

    Thank you, Vlad!

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    Ahhhh………….that makes sense. Thank you Furty & Vlad ! I just reached lvl 70 and finally able to ramp up the build with proper endgame gear. a little problematic getting full elemental res with all the great offensive stats available but i’ll just have to sacrifice some offense to get high res on my 2 rings and belt. also planning on taking Survivalist (3 passives get me 14% all res, 1% to max cold res, and 48% evasion) instead of the 3 passives just above and to the right that give me 8% proj dmg and a jewel socket – perfect jewels are really expensive and i think it may be a good trade-off. what do you think?

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    On 10/05/2019 at 12:24 AM, Badfox said

    Ahhhh………….that makes sense. Thank you Furty & Vlad ! I just reached lvl 70 and finally able to ramp up the build with proper endgame gear. a little problematic getting full elemental res with all the great offensive stats available but i’ll just have to sacrifice some offense to get high res on my 2 rings and belt. also planning on taking Survivalist (3 passives get me 14% all res, 1% to max cold res, and 48% evasion) instead of the 3 passives just above and to the right that give me 8% proj dmg and a jewel socket – perfect jewels are really expensive and i think it may be a good trade-off. what do you think?

    That’s fine — try to get a nice Stygian Vise Stygian Vise with two Tier 2+ Resistance rolls to do a lot of the heavy lifting in the Resistances department. If you can enchant a third one on, all the better. Survivalist is a fine node and you can always respec out of it when Jewels are more available to you.

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    Hi, Im currently only level 69 but I was wondering about what you said about the evasion we should have which was around 18k. Im using all the recommended items except Atziri’s Step and I only land at 8047 evasion, but even if I would equip the boots I would land at less than 9k evasion (8990). What am I doing wrong? :D Character name is Kaz_Flashback.

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    On 23/05/2019 at 6:25 PM, Kazaimon said

    Hi, Im currently only level 69 but I was wondering about what you said about the evasion we should have which was around 18k. Im using all the recommended items except Atziri’s Step and I only land at 8047 evasion, but even if I would equip the boots I would land at less than 9k evasion (8990). What am I doing wrong? :D Character name is Kaz_Flashback.

    How much increased Evasion do you currently have?

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    I’ve got 44% increased evasion on my tree currently, and I haven’t picked up the bravery node yet (24% evasion).

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    On 25/05/2019 at 2:04 AM, Kazaimon said

    I’ve got 44% increased evasion on my tree currently, and I haven’t picked up the bravery node yet (24% evasion).

    You’re still well and truly fine if you run Jade and Stibnite — should still push you above 50k without issues.

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    Hey there,

    I’ve been following your build, and I’ve come across a problem. The Vessel of Vinktar (Flat Lightning Damage to Attacks) is what I’m having an issue with. I can’t seem to find one anywhere on poetrade that “Adds lightning damage to attacks.” All I can find are ones that “Add lightning damage to spells.”

    I know that on the gamepedia website, it does exist. https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Vessel_of_Vinktar_(Added_Lightning_Damage_to_Attacks)

    I was wondering — how necessary is this flask in general? for tier 15 maps can I use a healing flask, with staunching, instead? Also, would “adds lightning damage to spells” be just as good, if not better?

    Thanks!

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    Hey there,

    I’m back, so there’s a few things I want to point out about this build. Now, I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, but I’m pretty much out of mana constantly. Even if I turn off the lightning damage aura and only have the herald of ice aura on, I’m running out of mana basically every 5 seconds. Is the curse effect not working? I checked the sockets in my boots and they certainly are socketed together correctly. I’m using every single unique you’ve recommended in this guide, with rings that I farmed on my Gladiator, both of which (for now) are just supplying me with Life and the resistances I need.

    I am level 70, and can’t even kill a t2 map boss in under 5 minutes. It took me literally 8 minutes to kill the boss cause I’m just simply out of mana the entire fight, using my 7k dmg barrage skill in my 5 linked Forest chest piece. I also don’t feel very fast, even with a 20% quality, level 20 Phase run being spammed with an Adrenaline flask. I even bought Dying Sun, and this build just feels very, very mediocre compared to my gladiator. I can’t move around the map as fast as I can with Leap slam, and can’t seem to faceroll through the maps like you said I’d be able to in the introduction.

    I dunno man, I invested a lot of time and currency in this build and it doesn’t seem to be doing what you said it should. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but some help here would be greatly appreciated to relieve some of this frustration I’m going through. Feels SO fucking bad to have spend all the time leveling this, buying every single unique, gem, and flask, just to fail on tier 2 maps.

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    On 26/06/2019 at 11:44 PM, BigBootyPotato said

    Hey there,

    I’m back, so there’s a few things I want to point out about this build. Now, I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong, but I’m pretty much out of mana constantly. Even if I turn off the lightning damage aura and only have the herald of ice aura on, I’m running out of mana basically every 5 seconds. Is the curse effect not working? I checked the sockets in my boots and they certainly are socketed together correctly. I’m using every single unique you’ve recommended in this guide, with rings that I farmed on my Gladiator, both of which (for now) are just supplying me with Life and the resistances I need.

    I am level 70, and can’t even kill a t2 map boss in under 5 minutes. It took me literally 8 minutes to kill the boss cause I’m just simply out of mana the entire fight, using my 7k dmg barrage skill in my 5 linked Forest chest piece. I also don’t feel very fast, even with a 20% quality, level 20 Phase run being spammed with an Adrenaline flask. I even bought Dying Sun, and this build just feels very, very mediocre compared to my gladiator. I can’t move around the map as fast as I can with Leap slam, and can’t seem to faceroll through the maps like you said I’d be able to in the introduction.

    I dunno man, I invested a lot of time and currency in this build and it doesn’t seem to be doing what you said it should. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but some help here would be greatly appreciated to relieve some of this frustration I’m going through. Feels SO fucking bad to have spend all the time leveling this, buying every single unique, gem, and flask, just to fail on tier 2 maps.

    Did you put the point into the Mana leech node in the Essence Sap wheel?

    There are four Vessel variants — this (Vessel of Vinktar (Adds Lightning Damage to Attacks) Vessel of Vinktar (Adds Lightning Damage to Attacks)) is the one you are looking for.

    Link me your POB or character sheet and I can take a look. Something is definitely wrong — Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast is one of the most prolific and revered builds for clear speed and Level 100 grinds and I’ve played several of them to 100 myself, so I should be able to discern what the error is and fix it for you.

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    On 26/06/2019 at 9:47 PM, BigBootyPotato said

    https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Vessel_of_Vinktar_(Added_Lightning_Damage_to_Attacks)

    Also, this Flask is not necessary at all for clearing. I personally prefer using a Jade Flask Jade Flask of Reflexes for the speed bonus.

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    www.pathofexilecom/account/view-profile/disarray3/characters

    edit: can you see this link? it says its hidden for me, you want me pathofexile profile right?

    Edited by BigBootyPotato on July 1st, 2019

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    I guess my comments are inactive / hidden. my username is disarray3

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    On 01/07/2019 at 5:57 PM, BigBootyPotato said

    I guess my comments are inactive / hidden. my username is disarray3

    So are you experiencing this Mana drain with the Mana Leech node? Your gear seems pretty solid, but your Gems aren’t helping. Your Barrage Barrage seems to be Level 11, which costs 2 less Mana but deals far less damage. The links you are using are also not the advised setup, which can hamper damage a bit. As is the case with virtually every build, Gems are among the most important, if not the most important, influences on damage.

    Investing into 20/20 gems as early as possible would go a long way. The 6-Link is also fairly important for single target damage, since this is a clearing focused build. Altogether, the 6-Link + the enchantment + 20/20 gems would increase your damage by at least 750% (from about 40k DPS in POB to over 300k). Adding to this is the fact you are a very low level and there’s still quite a bit of damage for you on the tree. You also lack Merciless and Uber Lab, both of which are massive damage injections for any build.

    If I complete Merc + Uber Lab, add a Labyrinth enchant, fill out the remaining damage and crit nodes on your tree (required Level 75 only), 6-Link your chest, and make your gems 20/20, your POB Barrage Barrage DPS goes from 40k DPS to 1,061,613 DPS. This is without optimizing your gear or changing it in any way (which could go a long way in and of itself). You can imagine that 10% of Attack Damage Leeched as Mana is a lot more even with only a small upgrade to gear.

    Your priorities should be: Lab > Gems = 6-Link > Enchantment

    I appreciate the effort and cost you might have expended to acquire the recommended Uniques, but you need to realize they are only the “skeleton” behind the build. If there aren’t any muscles holding it all together, it kind of just flops over. None of the Uniques are as important as your basic tree/ascendancy and gem levels.

    Finally, I do recommend that Jade Flask Jade Flask for making your Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest movement speed bonus really sing. Your Evasion will go through the roof, and as a Pathfinder with Alchemist we can keep our flasks active in perpetuity.

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    Gotta say, this build is a BLAST, pun intended. But i was wondering. I have a couple items that buff curses, and was thinking of a way to squeeze in “Cast on Crit Support” and the curse “Projectile Weakness” to the barrage setup, and if it would be of any benefit at all.

    Thanks for sharing, your guides are by far the most in depth.

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