Pure Physical Spectral Shield Throw Deadeye Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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Introduction

The Spectral Shield Throw Deadeye is a type of character that excels at reaching exceptional clear speed with the potential to also deal great amounts of single target damage. In this particular build guide, we focus on building around pure Physical damage in combination with strong Impale effect. Since we do not build around Critical Strikes, getting Resolute Technique is very efficient.

When it comes to survivability the build reaches a very respectable Life pool along with great amounts of Armour, which can result in more than 15k Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell.

Build Summary

Overall, the build can be very cheap to start and only requires the threshold jewel of the skill – Divide and Conquer Divide and Conquer. Besides that, getting a decent Shield with respectable amount of Armour will carry your damage needs. Other item pieces can be well rolled rares, which allows you to play the build even in a SSF environment as long as you have the jewel.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Fast and satisfying clear speed
+ Great damage mitigation
+ Very few map mods you need to avoid

Cons

- Single target can feel clunky if the boss does not have any adds

Playstyle

Offensively, a single Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw will be enough to chain and kill the whole screen, even offscreen monsters sometimes. Keeping up Blood Rage Blood Rage will ensure faster clear speed and more reliable Life Leech. Shield Charge Shield Charge will allow you to move around extremely fast.

Defensively, keeping up defensive flasks like Granite and Basalt will result in even better Physical mitigation, capping you at 90% most of the time. Using Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell wisely can be Life-saving in certain situations, this skill can provide you with great amount of extra Life.

For playstyle, moving forward with Shield Charge Shield Charge and throwing a single Shield should be enough to clear packs of nearby monsters. When you see incoming damage, make good use of Molten Shell or its Vaal version depending on the amount of incoming damage you are expecting. A non-linked Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector can be used for the additional Attack Speed multiplier. Keep in mind the build uses Point Blank, so staying near tough enemies when possible will ensure additional damage output.

Ascendancy, Passive tree, Bandits and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Ranger – Deadeye)

  1. Gathering Winds
  2. Far Shot
  3. Ricochet
  4. Powerful Precision

Gathering Winds multiplies your overall action speed depending on how fast you are using your skills; this can be a great speed boost overall (up to 20%).

Far Shot provides a bit of damage but is not that important, unfortunately it is unavoidable since we need to pick it on our way to Ricochet, which improves our damage potential by a great deal.

Powerful Precision smooths out the clearing of the build because only the secondary projectiles can pierce, which allows you to benefit from both the Chain and Pierce mechanics that this ascendancy class provides.

Passive tree

Here is an endgame version of the passive skill tree.

We scale the build’s damage by picking up all the efficient Shield nodes along with keystones like Point Blank and Iron Grip. Besides that, the build easily achieves more than 200% increased Maximum Life from the passive tree, which is very respectable and will result in 6,5k+ Life when properly geared in the endgame. Resolute Technique is not recommended in the passive tree simply because we get this keystone from a corrupted Prismatic Eclipse Prismatic Eclipse.

Bandits

The Act II quest Deal with the Bandits presents few character choices for us. Considering the build does not benefit from helping any specific bandit we choose to kill them all.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of Lunaris is a great Pantheon choice for the build, as it provides the important Movement Speed along with providing additional Physical damage mitigation. Prior to it using Soul of the Brine King can be very helpful if you are having problems with Stuns and Freezes.

Minor: Soul of Shakari – Poison immunity is always a good addition to a build. Other minor gods can be chosen depending on personal preference.

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 have killed the boss and captured his soul, you need to deliver the vessel to Sin in Oriath.

Gems

Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw is your signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, you should use mainly Shield Charge Shield Charge, and having Leap Slam Leap Slam in order to jump over ledges can be helpful. We recommend a defensive buff setup like Determination Determination, Arctic Armour Arctic Armour and Dread Banner Dread Banner, but you can improvise and use buffs based on your personal preference. Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector is used for the utility of the totem. A Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell is strongly recommended, it can also be used in combination with Vaal Grace Vaal Grace for extreme survivability boost.

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.

Spectral Shield Throw (6-Link)

Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw is a skill that allows you to scale your damage solely depending on the power of your Shield item piece. We aim to scale the added flat physical damage as much as possible by getting a Shield with as much Armour as possible. The skill’s main projectile Chains and cannot Pierce, while the secondary projectiles can only Pierce and not Chain. We recommend two different gem links.

For clearing, use the following link.

  1. Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw
  2. Impale Support Impale Support
  3. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  4. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
  5. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  6. Chain Support Chain Support

For single target, use the following link.

  1. Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw
  2. Impale Support Impale Support
  3. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  4. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
  5. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  6. Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support

Shield Charge (4-Link)

Shield Charge Shield Charge is your main mobility skill, which boosts your overall speed by a great amount; hitting enemies with it will provide the Fortify buff for additional damage mitigation.

  1. Shield Charge Shield Charge
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  4. Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support

Vaal Molten Shell (2-Link)

Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell is a very powerful Guardian skill that should be manually used.

  1. Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell
  2. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Other Gems

For buffs, we recommend keeping Determination Determination, Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone, and Dread Banner Dread Banner active; other gems like Herald of Purity Herald of Purity, Arctic Armour Arctic Armour and Pride Pride can also be considered. Blood Rage Blood Rage should be used for the additional damage it provides. Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector can be placed down when fighting tough enemies. Leap Slam Leap Slam will allow you to jump over ledges.

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.

Helmet

A well rolled rare Helmet is best in slot. For labyrinth enchant, look for “Spectral Shield Throw fires 5 additional Shard Projectiles”. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)
  3. % Increased Maximum life (Pristine Fossil)
  4. Nearby Enemies take #% increased Physical Damage (Jagged Fossil)
  5. # to Strength

Body Armour

A well rolled rare Body Armour is ideal, as it can act as a psuedo 7-Link. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (100)
  3. % Increased Maximum life (Elder mod, Pristine Fossil)
  4. Socketed Gems are supported by Level 1 Maim (Serrated Fossil)
  5. # to Strength

Gloves

Well rolled rare Gloves should be used; there are no particularly powerful unique ones. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (60)
  3. % Increased Attack speed
  4. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  5. # to Strength

Boots

Well rolled pair of Boots is best in slot. For labyrinth enchant, look for “% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you’ve Killed Recently”. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Movement Speed (at least 20%)
  4. # to Strength

Belt

A well rolled rare Belt can be very powerful for the build. The Nomad The Nomad is also a very good choice when it comes to unique Belts. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Global Physical Damage
  4. # to Strength

Amulet

A well rolled rare Amulet is best in slot. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  4. # to Strength

Rings

Well rolled Steel Ring Steel Ring can provide a great amount of damage. Considering the build does not utilize any curses you can also use a Curse on Hit ring with Warlord’s Mark for example. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  4. # to Strength

Weapon

A corrupted Prismatic Eclipse Prismatic Eclipse that provides Resolute Technique is best in slot for the build; this weapon should ideally also have 3 green sockets. Ewar's Mirage Ewar's Mirage can be used while leveling. Other than that the weapon slot can only be used to fill in resistance gaps and have better Attack Speed for your mobility skills.

Shield

Here we are looking for as much Armour as possible, other stats are not as important. A well rolled rare Shield with 2500+ Armour will be enough for you to deal with all the endgame content; using Dense Fossil Dense Fossils on item level 86 Colossal Tower Shield Colossal Tower Shield can result in a great shield for this purpose. While leveling, you can use unique shields like Trolltimber Spire Trolltimber Spire and Titucius' Span Titucius' Span.

Flasks

Instant or half instant Life flask is mandatory for the build. A Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask can be utilized for the additional movement speed, but is not mandatory. Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction will augment your Block Chance even further. Other utility flasks like Basalt Flask Basalt Flask, Silver Flask Silver Flask, or any other based on content and personal preference can be used.

Note: Make sure to have bleed (Staunching) and freeze (Heat) immunity on your non-unique flasks.

Jewels

Divide and Conquer Divide and Conquer is a mandatory unique jewel for the build. Besides that, a Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Pride Pride or Determination Determination can provide a lot of power but can be very expensive.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % Increased Maximum life
  2. % increased Physical Damage
  3. % increased Projectile Damage
  4. % increased Damage
  5. % increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield
  6. % increased Attack speed

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Maximum life (at least 30)
  2. % Chance to gain Onslaught on kill (at least 4%)
  3. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. % chance to Blind Enemies on Hit with Attacks

Leveling

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

The character can be leveled by using Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw since level 12, having the threshold jewel and few unique high Armour Shields will ensure a smooth and easy leveling experience.

Leveling Trees

Here is an example of the early passive skill tree for the build. You can use the jewel socket located east from the Ranger starting area for Divide and Conquer Divide and Conquer until you reach the Duelist starting area. Picking up Point Blank and Iron Grip in combination with all the Impale nodes will ensure you are dealing good amount of damage in order to get through the levelling content, then simply go to the Marauder starting area for more Life and Armour.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

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.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

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. Cleave Cleave
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 4, pick Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector in order to improve single target damage output. Dash Dash will help out with the additional mobility it provides.

At level 10, you should add Leap Slam Leap Slam for the additional mobility.

At level 12, you should drop Cleave Cleave and start using your signature skill, Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw.

  1. Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw
  2. Maim Support Maim Support
  3. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  4. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  5. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  6. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

By level 18, your Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw link should look like this.

  1. Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw
  2. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  6. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 24, you should add Dread Banner Dread Banner and an aura based on your personal preference, we recommend using Grace Grace while levelling.

By level 38 your Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw link should look like this.

  1. Spectral Shield Throw Spectral Shield Throw
  2. Impale Support Impale Support
  3. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  4. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
  5. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  6. Maim Support Maim Support

FAQ

Why Deadeye and are there any other viable ascendancy choices?

Deadeye provides an amazing balance between speed an overall offense for this particular build. Other ascendancy classes like Gladiator, Champion and Berserker can be played but they pretty much lock you into playing a pure physical version of the build, while the Deadeye has the potential to even do elemental conversion shenanigans if you have enough game knowledge and vast amounts of currency.

What map mods should be avoided?

Physical Reflect, No Regeneration and Cannot Leech are super nasty for the build, besides that everything else should be doable.

Conclusion

The Spectral Shield Throw Deadeye is a character that excels at rapid clearing by swiftly dealing great amounts of Physical damage. The build also achieves very satisfying amount of damage mitigation and great Life pool in order to feel safe for the endgame.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated passive trees. The build received a slight buff via the change to the secondary projectiles. The Impale mechanic remains the same so the build is just as strong as before, if not more.

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    Build added.

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    On 16/09/2019 at 12:33 PM, SirDreko said

    Aaah I see! I did not know they stacked, that’s very handy to know!

    I’ve been having some issues with extra combos to add to the build though, I’ve even thrown in a stone golem for some extra regen. I’m left with 5 empty gem sockets and I’m wondering if there could be a potential 4 link to add in here for extra survivability? Maybe a cast when damage taken curse? (I know they exist, though I’m not familiar with them)

    I’m also wondering what to put in a 3 socket green linked Prismatic, I’m eyeing some cheap 2g/1r or 3g but I still have no clue what to put in them (Considering the only green socket I’m using is Blood Rage).

    What would you suggest in this situation? (Also thanks for the reply, it’s been helping me alot!)

    Hey, if you want to improve your survivability even further you can run an Enfeeble Enfeeble or Temporal Chains Temporal Chains on Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support. Keep in mind you do not have to fill all of your sockets for the build to be good. This applies especially to builds with one main link like this one.

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    Question, in the guide it says you can use the jewel spot east of the Ranger but does it not lack the ST and DX nearby for the divide and conquer work?

    Just starting out on this and have the jewel so want to put it in asap.

    Thanks,
    Jaketugo

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    It is chaining in the eastern slot from ranger so I must be missing a strength boost somewhere…oh well…nevermind!

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    On 25/09/2019 at 2:05 PM, Jaketugo said

    It is chaining in the eastern slot from ranger so I must be missing a strength boost somewhere…oh well…nevermind!

    Hey, next to ranger allows you to start using the jewel very early on, then you should move to the duelist (next to Golem’s Blood) as soon as possible.

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    I want something other than summoner is this build 3.8 viable and viable for the blight mechanic?

    Also do the nodes like precise interception help boost damage or just defense?

    Edited by Adreankael on September 26th, 2019

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    On 26/09/2019 at 2:37 PM, Adreankael said

    I want something other than summoner is this build 3.8 viable and viable for the blight mechanic?

    Also do the nodes like precise interception help boost damage or just defense?

    Hey, this build is definitely great in 3.8. Precise Interception is definitely a good node for the build.

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