Kinetic Blast & Barrage Saboteur Mine Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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This build is not updated for the current patch, but we have evaluated it and we consider it to still work as intended. You can try it out, but you may find slight differences between this guide and the current game state. Although viable, this build is not considered strong enough to be an optimal play choice during this league.

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 Kinetic Blast & Barrage Saboteur is an unpopular but very strong character when it comes to clear speed. Using Mines in order to deal damage with attacks is often underestimated simply because it is easier to rely on your own attacks and take advantage of things like Life and Mana leech. We solve sustain problems by picking up Saboteur’s Pyromaniac.

The build’s main idea is to lay Mines that will then release an immense amount of projectiles when detonated. Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast is used for clearing while Barrage Barrage excels at dealing a great amount of single target damage. The character also reaches a respectable amount of survivability by combining decent Life pool, Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics, the Blind aura from Born in the Shadows, and some strong defensive flasks.

Build Summary

The build can easily be played on a budget. The Barrage Barrage threshold jewels Volley Fire Volley Fire will drastically improve single target damage. Piscator's Vigil Piscator's Vigil is a great unique Wand when it comes to elemental damage done with Wand attacks, it can be replaced later with well rolled rare one.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed
+ Can be played on a budget
+ Reflect does not matter

Cons

- The playstyle of the build might not be suitable for everyone
- Has mediocre single target if not well geared

Playstyle

Offensively, place mines while keeping your distance from enemies. When detonated, Mines will target the closest monster. Considering that you can manipulate the way Mines aim, positioning can be key in most situations. A single set of Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast Mines should be enough to clear multiple packs of monsters when properly geared. When you encounter tougher enemies you can drop down your Detonate Mines Detonate Mines Totem, activate Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity and start to lay Barrage Barrage Mines rapidly, which will result in a great amount of single target damage.

Defensively, the large Life pool combined with Acrobatics, Phase Acrobatic, the Blind and sustain from the ascendancy take care of most things passively. Steelskin Steelskin can soak up additional incoming damage whenever needed. Movement skills like Shield Charge Shield Charge and Flame Dash Flame Dash also can save you in fatal situations.

For playstyle, keep your distance whenever possible and place one set of mines; it should be enough to clear most packs. Sometimes, letting monsters get near you is not so bad, since they will be Blinded via Born in the Shadows ascendancy.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive 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.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

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

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.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Carcass Jack Carcass Jack
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Piscator's Vigil Piscator's Vigil
Shield Rare Shield

Leveling

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

As a Shadow, pick Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse. This spell will carry you to level 12 when you can get Icicle Mine Icicle Mine. This gem combined with Minefield Support Minefield Support will get you to level 28 quickly, then you can just start using Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast. While leveling you can use Clarity Clarity aura to deal with mana problems.

Leveling Passive Trees

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

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 for the additional damage mitigation.

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.

At level 12, you should replace your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse with the following Icicle Mine Icicle Mine link.

  1. Icicle Mine Icicle Mine
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support

By level 18, your Icicle Mine Icicle Mine link should look like this.

  1. Icicle Mine Icicle Mine
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support

At level 28, finally, you can transition from Icicle Mine Icicle Mine to you signature skill Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast. At this point you should also have a 4-Link Barrage Barrage setup.

Kinetic Blast

  1. Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast
  2. High-Impact Mine Support High-Impact Mine Support
  3. Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

Barrage

  1. Barrage Barrage
  2. High-Impact Mine Support High-Impact Mine Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

At this point you can also make a great use of Detonate Mines Detonate Mines which should be linked with Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support.

FAQ

What map mods should be avoided?

No regeneration maps are doable but very nasty to deal with.

Why choose to do Mines with an attack skill?

Although this might be a different approach to an attack skill, it proves to be very efficient, especially for clearing multiple screens of monsters. By using Mines we eliminate the Attack Speed portion of the skill and mainly focus on extra damage, our attack rate only depends on our mine laying speed (this allows us to save points and gear more easily without worrying about Attack Speed).

Conclusion

The Kinetic Blast & Barrage Saboteur is a Mine build that excels at clearing very fast while maintaining respectable amount of single target damage. The build uses a combination of attack skills which are then turned into mines, a method often unused and underestimated, it proves to be very efficient in this particular case.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build is getting buffed. It remains a clear speed monster and looks great for the new league.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build remains great at what it does and mainly - clearing.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build remains solid and strong overall.

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    Build added.

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