Kinetic Blast & Barrage Trickster Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree , Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Shadow – Trickster)

  1. Harness the Void
  2. Swift Killer
  3. Ghost Dance
  4. Escape Artist

Harness the Void is an ascendancy node that has the potential to deal incredible amounts of damage in a single hit.

Swift Killer provides great ways to generate Power and Frenzy charges, which are also sustainable in single target fights.

Ghost Dance allows you to make use of the Ghost Shroud charges, which in the long run will keep you safe and give you great amount of cast speed; this ascendancy node also provides a good amount of chance to Evade attacks and spells, along with 10% movement speed.

Escape Artist implements a very interesting mechanic, which is not seen very often in Path of Exile; this ascendancy node allows you to have even more Energy Shield depending on the Evasion Rating of your Body Armour and the reversed effect for your Helmet (more Evasion Rating per point of Energy Shield). You also become immune to Stuns while you have Ghost Shrouds, you get increased Attack Speed per Ghost Shroud, and 20% chance to Evade spell hits if you have energy shield.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree. The main key notable we build around is Chaos Inoculation, which reduces our Life to 1 point and makes us immune to Chaos damage. This way we are able to only scale Energy Shield to great amounts; Zealot’s Oath converts all of our useless Life Regeneration to Energy Shield Regeneration. Piercing Shots allows us to drop Pierce Support Pierce Support for a better damage multiplier; Mind Drinker solves all of the build’s Mana problems once you reach a certain damage output. On the passive tree we also pick up all of the strong Critical, Wand and Energy Shield nodes along with Spiritual Aid, simply because it is very point-efficient and we are nearby any ways.

Bandits

For this specific build we should help Alira in Act II. The Critical Multiplier and 15% all elemental resistances are stronger than the 2 passive skill points.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of the Brine King helps you avoid getting chain-stunned. Others can be used based on personal preference.

Minor: Soul of Shakari makes you immune to poison damage if you upgrade it. Soul of Ralakesh is always a viable choice when it comes to doing labyrinth runs.

Pantheon powers can be upgraded by using Divine Vessel in the Map Device while you are activating the particular Map that contains the boss you need. Once you’ve killed the boss and captured his soul, you need to deliver the vessel to Sin in Oriath.

Gems

Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast and Barrage Barrage are the two main skills the build uses, they can be linked in gear simultaneous or swapped between each other. Both Shield Charge Shield Charge and Dash Dash can be used for mobility. Steelskin Steelskin should be used in hairy situations. Wrath Wrath and Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline should be used in order to reserve Mana, War Banner War Banner can also be considered if you are comfortable with having low amount of unreserved Mana.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority, meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom. Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.

Kinetic Blast (6-Link)

Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast is an attack skill that can only be used with Wands; it excels in clearing and has low single target damage potential. Here is an example of a universal 6-Link that works great for clearing.

  1. Kinetic Blast Kinetic Blast
  2. Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
  3. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support
  4. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  5. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  6. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

Barrage (6-Link)

Barrage Barrage is our single target skill; for maximum damage output you should stay closer to the target if possible. We will provide an example of a 6-Link, but you will probably do enough damage even in a 4-Link while doing regular maps. Having the skill in a pseudo 5-Link in Thunderfist Thunderfist can also be very efficient.

  1. Barrage Barrage
  2. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support
  3. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

Shield Charge (3-Link)

Shield Charge Shield Charge is a great choice for a mobility skill. Hitting enemies while using it will provide a Fortify effect for free with the following link.

  1. Shield Charge Shield Charge
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support

Other Gems

Dash Dash can be used for additional mobility. Steelskin Steelskin can be used for additional damage mitigation. Wrath Wrath, Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline and War Banner War Banner should be used in order to reserve your Mana. Precision Precision also deserves mentioning but is problematic if you do not have any reduces to Mana reservation.

Gearing

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources.

We will recommend a set of full Shaper-based gear simply because we chose to play around The Eternity Shroud The Eternity Shroud for this particular build. You can of course use any decent rares and uniques early on, and Shaper bases are not needed if you are not using The Eternity Shroud.

Helmet

A well rolled rare Shaper-based Helmet is the best in slot. For the labyrinth enchant, look for “Barrage fires an additional Projectile” or Barrage Barrage Attack Speed. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 250)

Body Armour

Our ideal Body Armour is The Eternity Shroud The Eternity Shroud, which is expensive at any point in the league, so acquiring it may take some time; you also have to invest even further into well-rolled Energy Shield Shaper-based gear in order to complement this unique Body Armour choice, and until then you can simply use Incandescent Heart Incandescent Heart. A well rolled Vaal Regalia Vaal Regalia can also be used, and you will gain some survivability and lose damage if you choose to do so. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 600)
  3. Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance (Elder Suffix)

Gloves

Rare Shaper-based Gloves are the best choice. You can play with Thunderfist Thunderfist for the psuedo 5-Link early on. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 150)
  3. Adds # to # Cold Damage
  4. Adds # to # Lightning Damage
  5. Adds # to # Fire Damage

Boots

Well rolled rare Shaper-based Boots are best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. % increased Movement Speed (at least 20-25%)
  3. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 150)

Belt

Crystal Belt Crystal Belt and Stygian Vise Stygian Vise are good bases for the build, again, we are looking for a Shaper-base. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. % increased Elemental Damage (Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil)

Amulet

We are looking for a rare Shaper-based Amulet. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  3. % to Global Critical Strike Multiplier (at least 20%)
  4. Flat amount of elemental damage added to attacks

Rings

Shaper-based Opal Ring Opal Rings are best in slot for the build, on this base we can also roll Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark on Hit. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. Curse Enemies with Level # Assassin’s Mark on Hit (at least iLvl 75, Shaper Suffix)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. Flat amount of elemental damage added to attacks

Weapon

Piscator's Vigil Piscator's Vigil is a budget-friendly unique Wand that can carry you a long way. When it comes to rare Wands we are mainly looking for decent Attack Speed and Critical Chance. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. % increased Critical Strike Chance (at least 8%)
  2. % increased Attack Speed
  3. Damage Penetrates #% Elemental Resistances (Shaper Suffix)
  4. Adds # to # Cold Damage
  5. Adds # to # Lightning Damage
  6. Adds # to # Fire Damage

Shield

For the Shield we are looking for the purely defensive aspect of the item; having high Energy Shield is what we need. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 300)

Flasks

Diamond Flask Diamond Flask is mandatory in every Critical-based build, this is a good flask to have Curse or Freeze immunity on. Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise brings a lot of damage to the build. Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask, Basalt Flask Basalt Flask, Granite Flask Granite Flask, Jade Flask Jade Flask, Stibnite Flask Stibnite Flask and Quartz Flask Quartz Flask are all great utility flasks that the build can make great use of. Make sure you have Bleed, Freeze and Curse immunity rolled on your flasks.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Jewels

It is recommended to have at least two Volley Fire Volley Fire Jewels as soon as you can afford them. Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Wrath Wrath mods is the endgame goal, but it can get very expensive at this point. You should prioritize Abyssal Jewels over regular ones due to the nature of the build.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % increased Maximum Energy Shield
  2. % increased Damage
  3. % increased Projectile Damage
  4. % increased Critical Multiplier

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. +# to Maximum Energy Shield
  2. % chance to gain Onslaught for # seconds on Kill
  3. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Wand Attacks
  4. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Wand Attacks
  5. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Wand Attacks
  6. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks
  7. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Attacks
  8. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Attacks

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
  •   

    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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