Kinetic Blast & Barrage Trickster Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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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

The Kinetic Blast & Barrage Trickster is a character that attacks with a Wand in order to deal damage. The build is Chaos Inoculation-based, meaning we rely on Energy Shield instead of Life. For damage, we stack a lot of Elemental damage to attacks, and the Trickster’s Harness the Void and Swift Killer also provide a great amount of extra damage. The other two ascendancy nodes of the Trickster focus on the defensive capabilities of the character.

The Kinetic Blast & Barrage Trickster can reach more than 10k Energy Shield and makes great use of Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support. The character does very well in the endgame but can be expensive to min-max.

Build Summary

The build can be played on a budget with a few unique items early on. 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. Thunderfist Thunderfist can act as a pseudo 5-Link for your single target skill while you have your main link in your Body Armour. Incandescent Heart Incandescent Heart is a great budget chest for the build. Ideally you would want to wear full Shaper-based gear with The Eternity Shroud The Eternity Shroud. Achieving this will surely take a lot of time and currency but will result in a very strong character that can deal with everything in the endgame.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed
+ Amazing endgame potential

Cons

- Getting best in slot items is very expensive
- Cannot do Elemental Reflect

Playstyle

Offensively, you are clearing with Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast and using Barrage Barrage for single target encounters. Staying close to enemies will ensure that most of Barrage’s projectiles hit the enemy.

Defensively, having 8-9k+ Energy Shield can even be achieved on a budget. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support allows you to sustain very well; Trickster’s Ghost Dance and Escape Artist also takes care of the defensive aspect of the build passively.

For playstyle, one or two attacks of Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast will be enough to clear whole screens of monsters. When fighting tough bosses you should stay close and spray them with Barrage Barrage whenever possible. Steelskin Steelskin can mitigate a lot of incoming damage while Dash Dash and Shield Charge Shield Charge will improve your mobility and allow you to easily dodge lethal game mechanics.

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 Shaper-based Helmet
Amulet Rare Shaper-based Amulet
Chest The Eternity Shroud The Eternity Shroud
Gloves Rare Shaper-based Gloves
Boots Rare Shaper-based Boots
Belt Rare Shaper-based Belt
Rings Rare Shaper-based Rings
Wand Rare Shaper-based Wand
Shield Rare Shaper-based Shield

Leveling

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

The character can be easily leveled early on by using a simple Storm Cloud Storm Cloud and a Bow skill like Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows.

Leveling Passive Trees

This is what your passive skill tree should look like around level 65-70.

At this point the build is ready to respec all the Life and transition to CI as long as you have the gear to do so.

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. War Banner War Banner should also be used for the Adrenaline buff. Dash Dash will improve your mobility.

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 12, you should replace your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse with the following Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows link and start using Storm Cloud Storm Cloud.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

By level 18, your Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows link should look like this.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

At level 28, finally, you can transition from Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows to you signature skill Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast. At this point you should also have a 4-Link Barrage Barrage setup. You can definitely keep levelling with your Bow setup up to level 40+ without any issues though so it is up to personal preference.

Kinetic Blast

  1. Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast
  2. Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

Barrage

  1. Barrage Barrage
  2. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

FAQ

What map mods should be avoided?

No regeneration and Elemental Reflect should be avoided at all costs.

Why Trickster? Ascendancies like Deadeye and Pathfinder look much more suitable for this type of skills.

Deadeye, Pathfinder and other ascendancy classes are great Wanders for sure, but what Trickster excels at in this particular case is dealing insane amounts of extra damage via Harness the Void and greatly scale Energy Shield, other Wander build are Life based because they do not have access to enough Energy Shield on the tree. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support also becomes very strong at this point.

Conclusion

The Kinetic Blast & Barrage Trickster is a ranged Attack-based type of character that uses Wands. The build requires some serious investment to reach its true potential and some understanding of game mechanics, therefore we do not recommend it for newer players.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build remains a solid choice for the new league but is not recommended as a league-starter.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build is buff via changes to Volley Fire and Wand damage.

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    Revisited and updated passive trees for Blight 3.8. The build pretty much remains untouched with the exception of the slight nerf to Ghost Dance, which is practically nothing to worry about.

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    Build added.

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    Thanks for making these builds!

  2. Vvckd

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    On 15/12/2019 at 6:04 AM, Arcayn said

    Thanks for making these builds!

    That is very kind, thank you!

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    Have you actually tried levelling like this in 3.9? It is next to impossible. The damage just isn’t there. You won’t have access to wands, and going all the way on the top of the tree with all the INT nodes will leave your character weak and prone to get one-shot without doing any damage. Even with a 6link and unique phys wands converted to elemental damage just can’t fight against the content. If you do find a solution, I’d love to see the levelling // gearing progression part updated so players actually stand a chance against monsters//bosses while levelling.

  4. Vvckd

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    On 23/12/2019 at 11:00 AM, pukefist said

    Have you actually tried levelling like this in 3.9? It is next to impossible. The damage just isn’t there. You won’t have access to wands, and going all the way on the top of the tree with all the INT nodes will leave your character weak and prone to get one-shot without doing any damage. Even with a 6link and unique phys wands converted to elemental damage just can’t fight against the content. If you do find a solution, I’d love to see the levelling // gearing progression part updated so players actually stand a chance against monsters//bosses while levelling.

    Hello, I have levelled the character myself and as long as you have a general idea you should be good to go. What do you mean by “You won’t have access to wands”, and I say this respectfully, but picking up Intelligence on the tree has nothing to do with getting one-shot. If you provide a link to your profile I’d be more than glad to help out.

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    On 23/12/2019 at 11:00 AM, pukefist said

    Have you actually tried levelling like this in 3.9? It is next to impossible. The damage just isn’t there. You won’t have access to wands, and going all the way on the top of the tree with all the INT nodes will leave your character weak and prone to get one-shot without doing any damage. Even with a 6link and unique phys wands converted to elemental damage just can’t fight against the content. If you do find a solution, I’d love to see the levelling // gearing progression part updated so players actually stand a chance against monsters//bosses while levelling.

    I suggest to picked up the first two ascendancy (Ghost Dance + Escape Artist) and make sure you are running evasion/energy shield gear – i am not having any issues.

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