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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 and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.
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:
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 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 with a single target special, such as 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 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 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 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.
+ Fastest build in Path of Exile for clearing
+ Strong defenses (95%+ chance to avoid attacks)
+ High movement speed (capped 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 shatter-chains
+ Deals with practically all content
– 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’
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 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 Orbs are needed to get the build fully online; decide for yourself whether or not you consider this to be “expensive”.
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
For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.
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.
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.
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 in order to actually comfortably deal with Act bosses. Rain of Arrows and Lightning Arrow are both fine choices, though it is a little easier to flesh out your links with the former.
|Rain of Arrows||Elemental Damage with Attacks Support|
|Added Lightning Damage Support||Elemental Focus Support|
If you are using a 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 and clear entire screens. Controlled Destruction Support (while you are low on Critical Strike), Added Cold Damage Support, and Mirage Archer Support are great choices here. Grab Herald of Ice and 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 can be acquired; for example, Soulrend or Essence Drain are good choices.
How Do I Get Maximum Movement Speed from Queen of the Forest?
Using a Jade Flask of Reflexes and Stibnite Flask pushes us well over 50,000 Evasion rating, which is past 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, Thunderfist (great for early in the league due to the all the flat damage), and Queen of the Forest, you will already be a race car. Many of the other recommended Uniques, like Atziri's Step and Rat's Nest, can also be obtained either day one or very early for only a few Chaos Orbs.
Should I Use Grace?
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 is one of the staple benefits of this build. By adapting it to use Shavronne's Wrappings, or as Chaos Innoculation entirely, you are sacrificing the effectiveness of one of the build’s main strengths.