Lightning Strike Raider Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

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Passive Skill Tree and PoB Link

This is the Endgame Goal Passive Skill Tree for the build. We focus on picking up all the efficient Impale, Sword and Crit nodes along the way, as well as a ton of health, some defensive clusters, such as “Soul of Steel”, as well as all the relevant Keystones (Call to Arms, Wind Dancer, and lastly Point Blank).

You can find the Path of Building for the Endgame Goal right here. This PoB was created using the PoB Community Fork, managed by LocalIdentity. If you are using the official Path of Building, developed by OpenArl, you might not be able to access all the relevant information. We recommend switching over to the Community Fork for the best experience.

This is the Leveling Passive Skill Tree for the build. Try to aim to pick up these nodes FIRST, before moving onto the Endgame Goal Tree.

Gems

Lightning Strike Lightning Strike will be our signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, you should use Leap Slam Leap Slam. Blood Rage Blood Rage is an offensive buff that should be active all the time once you have enough Life Regeneration to sustain it.

Your ideal buff setup looks like this: Hatred Hatred, Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, Precision Precision.

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.

Lightning Strike (6-Link)

Lightning Strike Lightning Strike is a melee attack with a ranged/projectile component. We focus on scaling untyped damage modifiers, rather than melee or projectile fosued ones, as they will apply to everything. For this particular build we dual wield One-Handed Swords, which allows us to use the incredibly powerful tThe Saviour The Saviour unique sword later on. We recommend one link that works great for both clearing and single target.

  1. Lightning Strike Lightning Strike (level 12)
  2. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support (level 4)
  3. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support (level 8) for damage
  4. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support (level 38) for damage/speed
  5. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support (level 18)
  6. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support (level 31)

For your end-game setup, featuring the slow iAS weapons Paradoxica Paradoxica and The Saviour The Saviour, the following will likely be our best-in-slot gem setup:

  1. Lightning Strike Lightning Strike
  2. Awakened Ancestral Call Support Awakened Ancestral Call Support
  3. Awakened Added Cold Damage Support Awakened Added Cold Damage Support
  4. Awakened Multistrike Support Awakened Multistrike Support
  5. Awakened Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Awakened Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  6. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support

As Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support applies a 10% LESS attack speed multiplier, it heavily impacts the attack speed of these slow base weapons. It is better to switch it out for something else, for QOL purposes. If you are fine with slower attack speeds, it DOES add a lot of damage to the projectile portion of this attack, however.

Ancestral Protector, Blood Rage & Portal (3-Socket)

Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector will be your boss buff, which you can place down to gain a large boost in your attack speed for a short time. Place it together with your Blood Rage Blood Rage and Portal Portal gems into one of your weapons. Use your Blood Rage on cooldown. You want to make sure it is active 24/7.

  1. Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector
  2. Blood Rage Blood Rage
  3. Portal Portal

Leap Slam (4-Link)

Leap Slam Leap Slam is your main mobility skill which will let you dodge lethal game mechanics and make you more time-efficient in general, by allowing you to cover great distances very rapidly and also jump over pit-falls or other environmental blocks.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  3. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  4. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support OR Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support OR Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support

Personally, I use this setup to generate the majority of the Endurance Charges for this build, so I’d recommend the Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support , but any of the ones listed here are fine.

CWDT-Setup (4-Link)

  1. Frost Bomb Frost Bomb (level 11)
  2. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support (level 20)
  3. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (level 3)
  4. Frost Wall Frost Wall (level 11)

The Frost Bomb + Frost Wall in this CWDT setup will provide a great amount of QOL and defensive capabilities to the build. The Frost Bomb takes care of a lot of the regen-heavy bossfights (especially with the Maven healing bosses 24/7 now), while the Frost Wall makes kiting and staying at the Goldilocks range for the Ancestral Call shotgun easier.

Other Gems

Hatred Hatred, Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, Precision Precision will be your perfect aura setup. Feel free to include an eEnlighten Support Enlighten Support to free up more mana.

Blood Rage Blood Rage should be active all the time, same with Enduring Cry Enduring Cry. Simply put the cry on your left-click and it will automatically trigger on CD. As we have the “Call to Arms” keystone, the cast is instant and does not interrupt your overall play at all.

Make sure to pick up a Poacher's Mark Poacher's Mark as soon as possible (“Lost in Love” Act 3), to greatly enhance your single-target damage. Simply mark the boss you’re fighting and you’ll have a WAY easier time, as it provides a great deal of flat damage, overwhelm and life/Mana on hit throughout the fight.

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    I’m very new to PoE and using community resources. The pastebin link for PoB is erroring out on my when I attempt to import the build to look at the skill tree. Is there an update issue I’m running into?

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    On 21/01/2021 at 8:20 PM, PitchDarknes said

    I’m very new to PoE and using community resources. The pastebin link for PoB is erroring out on my when I attempt to import the build to look at the skill tree. Is there an update issue I’m running into?

    You might have the wrong version of POB. All the content creators use a community fork that is managed by LocalIdentity, rather than the official POB< as the official one is often times outdated and vastly behind in terms of features.

    If that is not the case, it might be that pastebin itself is overloaded, trying it again at a later time might be your other option.

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    Hi,

    thank you for the guide, I am just confused that the gem links (especially in the CWDT setup) are vastly different in the endgame POB than in the description. Would you currently recommend the enfeeble or the frostbomb CWDT?

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    On 04/02/2021 at 10:23 AM, Nezyrael said

    Hi,

    thank you for the guide, I am just confused that the gem links (especially in the CWDT setup) are vastly different in the endgame POB than in the description. Would you currently recommend the enfeeble or the frostbomb CWDT?

    Oh my bad, I forgot to update that one!

    Thanks for pointing that out.

    I’d highly recommend the Frostbomb, as otherwise the Enfeeble will constantly override your Poacher’s Mark during boss fights, heavily reducing your single-target DPS.

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    I always wanted to try a lightningstrike or wildstrike build, ever did because all the feedback ive seen were they cant kill mapbosses etc. Youve tried this now, will I be able too zoom the maps, do the rituals etc w/o chain dying on 4 k hp?

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    On 11/02/2021 at 3:04 PM, Swingie said

    I always wanted to try a lightningstrike or wildstrike build, ever did because all the feedback ive seen were they cant kill mapbosses etc. Youve tried this now, will I be able too zoom the maps, do the rituals etc w/o chain dying on 4 k hp?

    Should be fine, yes!

    Single Target is not amazing, as that’s the major problem that the ability has, but it’s completely fine for mapping. You might struggle a bit more with things like A9 Sirus and equivalents, but outside of those, with proper gear, you’ll be fine.

    Especially mapping wise, Lightning Strike has always been a blazingly fast clear ability.

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    Hey I have couple of questions.

    1. What do you think about Impulsa chest?
    2. Where do you cover in details Thread of Hope issue?
    3. I’ve seen you are speaking something about Divine Flesh, can you give me some more details about that?
    4. There are really no good cluster jewels that excel in this build?
    5. No good watcher’s eye either?
    6. What about mana issue, I see you are speaking about Poaching mark, but i don’t see it anywhere. In path of building i see jewel that is called Mana fix, +2 mana on hit gonna make it for us since we do no phys dmg?

    I am really looking forward to play LS because I believe it was my first skill when I started the game, but I failed my character completely and dropped it. Now I believe I am gonna hit late game hard :)

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    On 16/04/2021 at 9:36 AM, Exathil said

    Hey I have couple of questions.

    # What do you think about Impulsa chest? # Where do you cover in details Thread of Hope issue? # I’ve seen you are speaking something about Divine Flesh, can you give me some more details about that? # There are really no good cluster jewels that excel in this build? # No good watcher’s eye either? # What about mana issue, I see you are speaking about Poaching mark, but i don’t see it anywhere. In path of building i see jewel that is called Mana fix, +2 mana on hit gonna make it for us since we do no phys dmg?

    I am really looking forward to play LS because I believe it was my first skill when I started the game, but I failed my character completely and dropped it. Now I believe I am gonna hit late game hard :)

    Hey there! Sorry for the late reply here!

    1. Inpulsa is really good, for clear. It doesn’t do anything for bossing, which is Lightning Strike’s only real weakness. As a result, I’d generally recommend against it and instead opt for a more single-target focused chest piece, as LS is one of the best clear skills in the entire game already.
    2. I’m not entirely sure what you mean with the Thread of Hope issue in particular, my apologies! Thread of Hope is quite useful for our build here, as it allows us to pick up another 18% max life, as well as a couple strong nodes, such as Versatile Stance and potentially the Disciple of Slaughter/Unyielding nodes as well.
    3. My entire rundown of Divine Flesh can be found in the 2.1 section of this page here: https://www.poe-vault.com/guides/impale-cyclone-champion-gear-jewels-and-flasks
    4. There are no cluster jewels that blow the passive tree out of the water. If you min/max extremely well, I’m sure there are some cluster jewel combinations that could beat corresponding passive tree clusters, but the gain is not as big as with other builds, so I opted into omitting them entirely instead.
    5. Any of the Hatred Watcher’s Eyes, aside from “Phys to cold conversion”, is considered an upgrade. Unfortunately there’s no real game-changer ones like an extra +2 Impales for Pride or similar, which is why I mostly ignored Watcher’s Eyes for the build. The gain is not large enough to justify chasing one, in my opinion.
    6. +2 mana on hit should fix you up for clearing easily. If you require even more mana leech, I fear that you won’t get around picking up one of the two % attack damage mana leech nodes on the tree. Poacher’s Mark will help you sustain mana on bosses and single enemies. And you’re right, I forgot to add Poacher’s Mark to the skill setup. It requires only a singular gem slot, so just throw it in somewhere that you find space. You’ll be self-casting it on the specific bosses that you require the help on (it also vastly increases ST target too!).

    Thanks for the in-depth questions. I hope I was able to clear some of them up.

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    Thanks for reply! <3 This is gonna be my only character for leauge, so I am gonna post some question soon for sure.. I’ve just hit maps I have 2 Ichimonjis and running 5L but dmg is poor unfortunately. What is the real health pool I can reach with decent items? And do we have any life leech / sustain ability here?

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    On 18/04/2021 at 8:19 PM, Exathil said

    Thanks for reply!

    Single target is definitely on the poorer side for Lightning Strike. You can try out the newly buffed Vaal Lightning Strike, see if the extra buffs it received can bump up the Single Target a bit, but it’s unlikely to ever reach levels similar to a Bladestorm. The real strength of Lightning Strike lies in extremely fast mapping!

    You can expect about 5-5.5k HP with decent gear.

    For sustain, there are multiple layers. Firstly, you’ll always want to make sure you got your Panicked Divine Life Flask of Staunching with you. Blood Drinker will provide you with proper life-leech (attack damage leech), as well as Poacher’s Mark providing you with on-hit life gain on bosses.

    Later on for the late-game, you can try to get a poacher’s mark on-hit ring, which will indefinitely provide extra single-target and life-gain/mana-gain on hit against all rares/uniques and bosses.

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    Hmm. 5k is not that much. I hope it will be enough for late game.

    • Is not worth to swap ancestrall call for any other gem for bossing?
    • I see that I have serious attribute problems, we need to grab those on equipment?
    • And what about some source of piercing? When I am surrounded I am hitting only those enemies which are close to me. Should we not grab any?
    • And what is the purpose of enduring cry? End charges? Or ? Is it that good to worth to pick it?
    • And last question for now about CWDT – it is optimal setup? It reminds me very old times. Maybe we should some sort of the golem to it?

    I am gonna to look at your guide about Divine Flesh.
    About Thread of Hope those nodes you’ve listed. Are they fit to our build? We don’t use Blood Stance nor Sand Stance. Those about frenzy / Endurance charange seems meaningless too. Or am I missing something.

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    On 18/04/2021 at 10:26 PM, Exathil said

    Hmm. 5k is not that much. I hope it will be enough for late game.

    * Is not worth to swap ancestrall call for any other gem for bossing? * I see that I have serious attribute problems, we need to grab those on equipment? * And what about some source of piercing? When I am surrounded I am hitting only those enemies which are close to me. Should we not grab any? * And what is the purpose of enduring cry? End charges? Or ? Is it that good to worth to pick it? * And last question for now about CWDT – it is optimal setup? It reminds me very old times. Maybe we should some sort of the golem to it?

    I am gonna to look at your guide about Divine Flesh.
    About Thread of Hope those nodes you’ve listed. Are they fit to our build? We don’t use Blood Stance nor Sand Stance. Those about frenzy / Endurance charange seems meaningless too. Or am I missing something.

    1. Ancestral call is the best option for bossing on Lightning Strike, as it has a unique interaction with it. If you stand far enough away from the boss to only hit the ranged portion of it, but close enough to let ancestral call trigger, you can hit the boss twice (ancestral call hitting it in melee, while you hit from ranged), despite the ability usually only being able to hit one OR the other. It’s similar to the old Molten Strike overlap, if that helps you imagine it. If you end up getting a +1 target for strikes glove, or similar, then ancestral call can be switched out for other gems that might fit your needs better, but generally we don’t AIM for that, specifically.
    2. Yes, mostly on the amulet and boots, is where I like to fix things up. You can also take the +30 str/int nodes in a crutch, before you can finalize your gear.
    3. We do pick up an early pierce node on the tree. I just realised I somehow messed up the order of PoB tree. If you check the Level 95 tree, you can see the 2 nodes below Arcobatics/Phase Acrobatics that will provide the QOL pierce, before you can acquire your helmet enchant. I will try to get this sorted asap, so it’s properly fixed for the lower-level POBs.
    4. Enduring Cry’s purpose is life recovery, endurance charges and the physical damage reduction it provides. As we automatically trigger it as our movement button (leftclick/rightclick), it’s going to be used on cooldown, allowing for extremely easy access to endurance charges and a VERY potent healing income for free.
    5. Enfeeble CWDT is still an extremely strong option, especially for defensively-light builds. If you want, you can try to place Steelskin in a different slot (if you have one left over) and add a Frost Wall into it. As we’re raiders, we completely ignore it (permanent phasing), but it provides an insane amount of survivability against ranged attacks.

    Lastly, for the Thread of Hope parts, Versatile Stance is a 30% increased damage node for 1 point, which is solid. By default, your character is considered to be in Blood Stance, which is why Versatile Stance can be taken, even by builds that don’t use Blood/Sand switching mechanics at all.

    The Frenzy/Endurance charges provide further uptime for Endurance charges, specifically, as it grants you an 8% chance to get them on-kill, meaning that you’ll have them maxed out during mapping 100% of the time. Furthermore, both provide an 8% increased damage multiplier, meaning that during mapping, those two nodes will provide an additional 48% increased damage and (at least, as enduring cry can provide more charges during bossing) 16% increased damage for all other purposes, as it will provide 1 of each charge permanentely.

    I hope this cleared more stuff up!

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    Hm. Ufnortunately we gonna use unique dex ammy. So we have to look on int / str somewhere else. Thanks!

    And very thanks for this pierce node, I did not notice it, because I was looking at Poe Planner mainly :)

    About CWDT setup once again. I saw in PoB you linked lvl 3 CWDT with lvl 20 steelskin. It will work?

    So CWDT + Enfeeble + Steel Skin + Frost Bomb / Frost Wall which in your opinions suits us better?

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    On 19/04/2021 at 4:15 PM, Exathil said

    Hm. Ufnortunately we gonna use unique dex ammy. So we have to look on int / str somewhere else. Thanks!

    And very thanks for this pierce node, I did not notice it, because I was looking at Poe Planner mainly :)

    About CWDT setup once again. I saw in PoB you linked lvl 3 CWDT with lvl 20 steelskin. It will work?

    So CWDT + Enfeeble + Steel Skin + Frost Bomb / Frost Wall which in your opinions suits us better?

    Yes at a later stage we’ll be using Pandemonius, but until we get there, you can fix your stats on the amulet first. I generally try to aim for Intelligence on the Helmet, Strength on the gloves and boots. Those are usually the easiest to acquire. Rings can also be used for those purposes fairly easily.

    Steelskin won’t be triggered automatically. You’ll have to use it yourself. It’s just in the link for gem-slot purposes.

    Frost Wall is vastly superior, defensively. If you got a 4-link available (as some gems are optional, like smoke mine for example), then put Steelskin outside of the CWDT link and go with CWDT + Enfeeble + Frost Wall + either Frost Bomb OR Increased Duration support, depending on if you run into a lot of trouble with regenerating enemies (metamorphs, deliriums for example) or not.

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    Och. So many things to trigger manually.. Mark, Warcry, Blood rage, steel skin.. I think I am gonna leave on cwdt maybe for now..

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    On 19/04/2021 at 6:44 PM, Exathil said

    Och. So many things to trigger manually.. Mark, Warcry, Blood rage, steel skin.. I think I am gonna leave on cwdt maybe for now..

    Warcry is auto-triggered. We put it on our leftclick as it allows us to normally walk while on CD and it’s an instant-cast thanks to Call to Arms.

    Blood Rage is a 1-time cast at the beginning of a new instance and should not be a problem to keep up.

    Marks are only used on bosses or really tough enemies.

    So for your normal mapping experience, the only thing you’re really self-casting is Steel Skin.

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    Hehe :) I played blade blast last leauge and now I want as small clicks as possible ^^ Tell me.. I run two ichimonjis, sword with how many pdps outclass them before I can take paradoxica / saviour?

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    On 20/04/2021 at 7:52 PM, Exathil said

    Hehe :) I played blade blast last leauge and now I want as small clicks as possible ^^ Tell me.. I run two ichimonjis, sword with how many pdps outclass them before I can take paradoxica / saviour?

    It’s hard to exactly say, as it entirely depends on the exact state of the build.

    I’d recommend importing your build into POB with the import function and then simply checking which swords out-DPS them that way.

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    I’ve hit 93 right now. But started to struggle a lot. Especially vs bosses, I literally do almost no dmg. I’ve uploaded my build to Path of Building, and when I comparing Ichimonjis to Beltimber, Ichimonjis wins in dps-wise. Ichmonjis even outscale 400ish pdps swords. I really don’t know what should I first focus to boost my dmg :) Because I need it so much. Still don’t have pandemonius, because it is extremely expensive at the moment. I’ve gathered 13 ex so far and wondering at what should I focus first..

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    Haha, I just realised that according to PoB Paradoxica is way better than godlike 770+ pdps sword. Am I doing anything wrong? :S

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