Kinetic Blast & Barrage Trickster 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 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 Jewel 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!

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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.

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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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    what the hell, there is essentitally no way for me to slot in my second volley fire into your passive tree? it all shows you cannot use this item. its stats will be ignored??

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    On 06/04/2020 at 4:49 PM, Crhom said

    what the hell, there is essentitally no way for me to slot in my second volley fire into your passive tree? it all shows you cannot use this item. its stats will be ignored??

    Hey, the Jewel is limited to one since 3.9. Sorry for misleading you, will find and fix the issue immediately.

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    After 10 hours of gameplay and 15 ex spent on his gear I can bravely say this shit is not even close to being “Hardcore viable”
    I wipe on every single boss after act 5, and after I finished act 10 and brought his useless ass to my 1st map (a T1 map) got wiped like im nothing and thats on level 73. I am pretty new to the game but hell this build is imposible to play with, deals shit damage, got no sustain and all it takes is 1 wrong dash and you and all of your 2700 shield are gone, 1 shoted. First two labs wend smooth and then it came the third one which guess what :D got 1 shoted at level 70. Keep in mind thats 15 ex build im running here, for comparisson, my cyclone slayer cost me not more than 10 ex and its doing 100 times better, hope i can sell all this garbage items and forget about the experience that is this build, I guess its a good build if you have like couple of hundred exalted orbs lying around. Not recomending to new players and poor guys such as myself :D

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    On 28/04/2020 at 11:12 PM, Dan said

    After 10 hours of gameplay and 15 ex spent on his gear I can bravely say this shit is not even close to being “Hardcore viable”
    I wipe on every single boss after act 5, and after I finished act 10 and brought his useless ass to my 1st map (a T1 map) got wiped like im nothing and thats on level 73. I am pretty new to the game but hell this build is imposible to play with, deals shit damage, got no sustain and all it takes is 1 wrong dash and you and all of your 2700 shield are gone, 1 shoted. First two labs wend smooth and then it came the third one which guess what :D got 1 shoted at level 70. Keep in mind thats 15 ex build im running here, for comparisson, my cyclone slayer cost me not more than 10 ex and its doing 100 times better, hope i can sell all this garbage items and forget about the experience that is this build, I guess its a good build if you have like couple of hundred exalted orbs lying around. Not recomending to new players and poor guys such as myself :D

    Hey, sorry to hear about your bad experience. From what I’ve gathered you do not have a general idea of what to do with the character and I’d be glad to help you get a decent gear. At this point you’ve probably ditched the character but I can honestly say that having 2,7k ES at level 70 or so is quite impressive, not sure how you achieved that low amount. Not to mention the 15ex spent, I am curious what you have bought. If you provide a link to your PoE profile I’d be glad to navigate you and help you fix the character.

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    Why is War Banner being used? It inflicts physical damage but the Piscators Vigil has 0 physical damage? Also, isn’t frostblink a better gem for mobility rather than Dash because Shield Charge is essentially Dash with no cooldown. And last thing. Kinetic Blast is mostly for crowd clearing and Barrage is for single target, how come you wouldn’t suggest Barrage for the 6 socket and Kinetic as the 4 socket as crowds are generally pretty easy to clear and unique bosses are the bigger challenge. I had it your way but then switched it around and I’m cruising through maps way faster now and hardly dying.

    I’ve only played this game for a couple months so I could be way off with everything. I’m more so asking questions. Thanks for the great build guide!

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    On 01/05/2020 at 11:11 PM, KILLFOYL said

    Why is War Banner being used? It inflicts physical damage but the Piscators Vigil has 0 physical damage? Also, isn’t frostblink a better gem for mobility rather than Dash because Shield Charge is essentially Dash with no cooldown. And last thing. Kinetic Blast is mostly for crowd clearing and Barrage is for single target, how come you wouldn’t suggest Barrage for the 6 socket and Kinetic as the 4 socket as crowds are generally pretty easy to clear and unique bosses are the bigger challenge. I had it your way but then switched it around and I’m cruising through maps way faster now and hardly dying.

    I’ve only played this game for a couple months so I could be way off with everything. I’m more so asking questions. Thanks for the great build guide!

    Hey, War Banner War Banner is used for the Accuracy and mainly the Adrenaline buff it provides, it helps you burst down bosses fast. Dash Dash is instant and when paired with Second Wind Support Second Wind Support it is an excellent movement skill that feels smooth to use. You can definitely replace it with whatever mobility skill you like. Switching gem links between clearing and single target is a good thing you did. With less gear the build’s single target can feel clunky. Thanks for the kind feedback!

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    On 23/05/2020 at 1:55 PM, Hitis said

    Hey,
    This is my first league and I wanted to try a CI build and chose this but I’m struggling a little bit.
    My single target damage is etremely low, sometimes it is even being hard to kill rares.
    Also my energy shield is not at a good level even though I tried and buy the recommended items. It is around 4k right now.
    I know that I’m doing something wrong but couldn’t solve the problem, if you can help me with that it would be great.
    http://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Respeon/characters (Hitis_kb)
    Thanks for making guides like this, thanks to you I can have some fun during quarantine ^^

    Hey, this build scales with a ton of gear and is a bad choice for new players in general. Here is a great budget-friendly CI build.

    When it comes to your character there are a lot of things that can be tweaked. Your support gems seem to be quite low level and pretty much your whole gear set can be replaced with better pieces. I’d recommend running a Wand with high base ATS and not a Convoking Wand Convoking Wand.

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    Hello everyone!
    I’m new as a member (and this is my first season playing POE too), but reading and enjoying your builds for some months.
    To start, just say thanks so much for the huge work you are doing. I really apreciate it.

    I made your build yesterday, just to test how CI and wand works.
    After some hours looking for items and expending about 25 ex, I noticed that I clean REALLY quick compared to my Berserker (even having tens times less dps than him). But I have troubles dealing with single target and any boss. I also tried making barrage in the 6 links and nothing changed

    My character name is “Invercom”. Please, can you give me some advice? I’d like to beat bosses as good as i kill trash.
    Thank you very much for all.

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    On 07/06/2020 at 7:39 AM, Xampa said

    Hello everyone!
    I’m new as a member (and this is my first season playing POE too), but reading and enjoying your builds for some months.
    To start, just say thanks so much for the huge work you are doing. I really apreciate it.

    I made your build yesterday, just to test how CI and wand works.
    After some hours looking for items and expending about 25 ex, I noticed that I clean REALLY quick compared to my Berserker (even having tens times less dps than him). But I have troubles dealing with single target and any boss. I also tried making barrage in the 6 links and nothing changed

    My character name is “Invercom”. Please, can you give me some advice? I’d like to beat bosses as good as i kill trash.
    Thank you very much for all.

    Hey, I’d love to help out but I need a link to your PoE profile. Thanks for the kind feedback.

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    Hello again!
    Didn’t know how exactly I could share the profile. Hope this is what you were talking about:

    https://es.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Xampa/characters
    The character name is: Invercom

    If It is not what you expected, I can share the pob link too.
    Thank for your help

    Edited by Xampa on June 12th, 2020

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