Pyroclast Mine Saboteur Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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Introduction

The Pyroclast Mine Saboteur is a build that relies on throwing mines and detonating them in order to deal damage. The character has very good damage potential along with great survivability. Combining around 190% increased maximum Life on the tree along with Acrobatics, Phase Acrobatics, Mind over Matter, and things like Saboteur’s Blind aura (and even Enfeeble Enfeeble on Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support) can result in a surprisingly tanky character. The Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine has great area coverage along with enough base damage to tackle the hardest of bosses in the game.

Build Summary

The build does not require any mandatory items in order to properly work and can be an excelent league-starter. A simple Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa can carry you to the endgame with ease. Carcass Jack Carcass Jack can be used for the extra area coverage and damage it provides. Considering we choose to go the non-Crit route, we mainly have to focus on Spell damage, flat amount of added damage to spells, Life, and Mana. Gearing up the character early on will prove to be very easy and cheap, but you also have the option to heavily invest into gear later on in order to get ready for the hardest of bosses.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Can pre-throw mines in order to explode bosses on spawn
+ Smooth leveling experience
+ Can be played on a budget
+ Reflect does not matter

Cons

- The playstyle of laying and detonating mines might feel weird to players that have not played it before

Playstyle

Offensively, you should throw few mines and detonate them in order to destroy monster packs. Keep in mind that you can even detonate mines in the air if you need to do so. For tougher enemies simply stack up more mines before you detonate them in order to take advantage of the aura-stacking mechanic mines have.

Defensively, the large Life pool combined with Mind over Matter, Acrobatics, Phase Acrobatic, the Blind and sustain from the ascendancy take care of most things passively. Steelskin Steelskin will soak up some incoming damage if used correctly. Movement skills like Shield Charge Shield Charge and Flame Dash Flame Dash can also save you in fatal situations.

For playstyle, you should keep in mind that nearby enemies are weakened via the Blind aura in combination with Enfeeble Enfeeble on Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support, so getting close and personal should not be that big of an issue for you and is most of the time safer than staying away.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree , Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Shadow – Saboteur)

  1. Bomb Specialist
  2. Demolitions Specialist
  3. Pyromaniac
  4. Born in the Shadow

Bomb Specialist is the first choice, and this will improve the burst potential of the build and overall it feels better to play with more mine throwing speed.

Our second choice is Demolitions Specialist. This ascendancy node provides great damage gain along with the ability to Hinder enemies.

This is where Pyromaniac comes in handy: Ignite and Shock immunity means we do not have to worry about these Elemental Ailments at all and that also frees up flask mods. The Life and Mana Regeneration brings mine builds sustain that was previously unobtainable.

Last but not least, Born in the Shadow Blinds all enemies nearby. Blind is a defensive mechanic, often undervalued, which can save you many times.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree.

Bandits

Considering the build does not benefit from helping any specific bandit, we choose to kill them all for the two additional passive skill tree 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

Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine is the build’s main skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. Both Shield Charge Shield Charge and Flame Dash Flame Dash can be used for mobility. Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots is a great utility gem that reserves 35% of your Mana. Detonate Mines Detonate Mines can be casted by a Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support in order to improve single target damage output. Steelskin Steelskin is used for additional defense. We recommend utilizing Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity in order to solve Mana problems when you get hit or need to spam mines. Enfeeble Enfeeble used in combination with Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support will result in an aura that reduces damage done and Accuracy Rating of nearby enemies, which greatly complements the Blind aura we already have from Saboteur’s Born in the Shadows.

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.

Pyroclast Mine (6-Link)

Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine is a mine skill that is laid on the ground when used, and then the mine has to be detonated manually or via Detonate Mines Detonate Mines Totem. It is worth mentioning that the Fire Nova Mines’ additional repeats are affected by Cast Speed, so acquiring more Cast Speed will result in faster novas. We recommend two different 6-Links that should be used for clearing and single target respectively.

For clearing, use the following link.

  1. Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine
  2. Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support
  6. Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support

For single target, use the following link.

  1. Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine
  2. Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support
  6. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect 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. Whirling Blades Whirling Blades
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support

Detonate Mines (3-link)

This is the Totem setup that allows you to just spam mines, which will automatically get detonated by the Totem. This is useful, especially for single target encounters.

  1. Detonate Mines Detonate Mines
  2. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support
  3. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

Enfeeble (2-Link)

The Enfeeble Enfeeble Curse is turned into an aura around the character by using it with Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support. This improves our survivability by a considerable amount.

  1. Enfeeble Enfeeble
  2. Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support

Other Gems

Flame Dash Flame Dash can be used for additional mobility. Steelskin Steelskin can be used for additional damage mitigation. Bear Trap Bear Trap will help you pin down tought foes while destroying them with your mines.

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 the best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. +# Maximum Mana (at least 50)

Body Armour

When it comes to unique Body Armour choices we can choose between Carcass Jack Carcass Jack, Cloak of Defiance Cloak of Defiance or Skin of the Loyal Skin of the Loyal. A simple Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa can carry you a long way. Well rolled rare Body Armour is also a good choice. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % increased Maximum Life (Elder Prefix; Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. % of Damage is taken from Mana before Life (Lucent Fossil Lucent Fossil)
  5. +# to Maximum Mana (at least 50)

Gloves

Rare Gloves are the best choice. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. +# to Maximum Mana (at least 50)

Boots

Well-rolled rare Boots are best in slot. For hard endgame bosses you can use Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots in order to prevent Freezes and Stuns; Atziri's Step Atziri's Step are also great unique Boots that can be used. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. % increased Movement Speed (at least 20-25%)
  3. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  4. +# to Maximum Mana (at least 50)

Belt

Leather Belt Leather Belt and Stygian Vise Stygian Vise are good bases for the build. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage (Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil)
  4. % increased Fire Damage (Scorched Fossil Scorched Fossil)
  5. % increase Flask duration
  6. % increased Flask charges gained
  7. % Reduced Flask charges used

Amulet

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

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 50)
  3. +# to Maximum Mana (at least 50)
  4. % increased Spell Damage
  5. % increased Fire Damage
  6. # to Dexterity; Strength
  7. +#% to Chaos Resistance

Rings

Well-rolled Ventor's Gamble Ventor's Gamble is always a good addition to every build. Opal Ring Opal Rings can be used as a crafting base. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 50)
  3. +# to Maximum Mana (at least 40)
  4. # to Dexterity; Strength
  5. +#% to Chaos Resistance

Weapon

Having a Shaper-based Wand is strongly recommended, as it allows you to roll “Damage Penetrates #% Elemental Resistances”, which is very strong for this build; keep in mind that this mod requires the item to be at least item level 83. Tremor Rod Tremor Rod is another very solid weapon choice for the build. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. % increased Spell Damage
  2. Damage Penetrates #% Elemental Resistances (Shaper Suffix, requires item level 83)
  3. % increased Fire Damage

Shield

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to Maximum Life (at least 80)
  3. % increased spell damage

Flasks

Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise brings survivability with the 35% Chaos Resistance along with a lot of damage. Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask is where we should roll Bleed Immunity and Instant Recovery. The Wise Oak The Wise Oak adds additional Fire Penetration while your Fire resistance is highest. Other utility flasks like Jade Flask Jade Flask, Stibnite Flask Stibnite Flask, Quartz Flask Quartz Flask, Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask and Basalt Flask Basalt Flask can be utilized to a great effect. Make sure you have Curse, Bleed and Freeze immunity rolled on your utility 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

There is no mandatory Jewel the build requires, you should mainly focus on getting regular rare Jewels with Life and damage.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % Maximum Life
  2. % increased damage
  3. % increased area damage
  4. % increased mine damage
  5. % increased spell damage
  6. % increased spell damage while holding shield/ while dual wielding
  7. % increased Fire damage

Note: If you have Stygian Vise Stygian Vise belt you should look for an Abyssal jewel with Life, Mana and preferably flat Fire damage added to spell.

Leveling

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

Leveling Passive Trees

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

Picking up Clever Construction and Volatile Mines early on will fix the clunkyness you might feel due to mines getting destroyed (mainly by AoE skills of monsters) before you detonate them. After that go for the main keystone notable and pick some Life and Damage whenever you feel you need it.

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.

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 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

Finally, at level 28 you you can start using your signature skill Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine.

  1. Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine
  2. Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support
  6. Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support

FAQ

Is there any type of content the build cannot do?

The Pyroclast Mine Saboteur is a versatile build that does well in all types of content.

What makes mine builds better boss killers than other builds?

The mine play style is way more different than other builds. The thing that a mine build is better at than others is that it can setup damage before the encounter starts and deal a great burst of it, that can “phase” bosses in matter of 3 seconds or less.

What map mods should be avoided?

No Regeneration is a pain to deal with and should be skipped whenever possible.

Conclusion

The Pyroclast Mine Saboteur is a budget-friendly mine build that is very good for both clearing and single target. The character achieves a very reliable sustain and survivability via decent Life and Mana pool in combination with Mind over Matter, Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics.

Changelog
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    Fire Nova Mine has been reworked in the patch for Blight 3.8 and is now Pyroclast Mine. The whole build guide has been reworked and is a solid choice if you want to try out mines.

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    Build added.

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    is there any path of building pastebin for this build ?

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    On 06/09/2019 at 5:24 AM, mirzamahzan said

    is there any path of building pastebin for this build ?

    Hey, unfortunately for now we are mainly focusing on text guides. There is no PoB link for the build.

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    What about a Greater Multiple Projectiles for Pyro?

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    On 08/09/2019 at 4:27 PM, joshthexxiii said

    What about a Greater Multiple Projectiles for Pyro?

    It is a good link but it reduces the damage considerably, if you have enough AoE in order for the projectiles to overlap it should not be that bad.

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    So why would Clear Mind work if the mines reserve mana? I looked around the wiki but could not find anything.

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    On 13/09/2019 at 2:41 PM, Dominyx said

    So why would Clear Mind work if the mines reserve mana? I looked around the wiki but could not find anything.

    Unfortunatelly mine builds cannot benefit fully from Clear Mind Clear Mind anymore.

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    Hi, is % spell damage more important than Flat fire damage? I’m having more dps if it’s flat than %

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    On 16/09/2019 at 3:42 PM, AkasahIhasakA said

    Hi, is % spell damage more important than Flat fire damage? I’m having more dps if it’s flat than %

    Hey, flat damage is more important when the gem is low level. When it gets higher (like gem level 18+) % increased Spell Damage should be more beneficial. It also depends on the amount of % damage you have, if you have a great amount on both gear and passive tree, it will scale the flat amount better.

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    Hello Vvckd

    Some people are saying that it would be better to put point on Explosive Expert in Saboteur Skill,

    that case we can bring significant amount of Critical, what do you think Vvckd?

    Is there a reason you did not go for Explosive Expert?

    Edited by Casanopark on September 19th, 2019

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    On 19/09/2019 at 1:15 AM, Casanopark said

    Hello Vvckd

    Some people are saying that it would be better to put point on Explosive Expert in Saboteur Skill,

    that case we can bring significant amount of Critical, what do you think Vvckd?

    Is there a reason you did not go for Explosive Expert?

    Hello, there are two main reasons I chose not to recommend Explosives Expert. The build is non-Crit based and Explosives Expert is heavily Crit-oriented. The second reason is, you are basically choosing between Demolitions Specialist and Explosives Expert; having the aura in mind I prefered going with the more “stable” damage output overall. You can definitely choose to pick Explosives Expert and invest into Critical Strikes, the build will work just as good if not even better, but will require further currency investment and gear-setupping. You will also lose on the Hinder effect, which helps you pin enemies down and therefore deal more reliable damage.

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    HELLO~VVCKD

    I was wondering why would you use VAAL Clarity, as long as mine uses reserved mana?

    I tried using Vaal to stop using mana, but mines reserves mana so it wont work for mines….

    Am I doing something wrong? or were you confused? Tell me please T T

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    On 05/10/2019 at 11:59 PM, shhpeaceful said

    Thanks for these mine guides – they are very helpful. I noticed a few things that may prove helpful if updated:

    1. You suggest Shield Charge as the movement skill of choice, but the gem links still contain Whirling Blades.

    2. This guide seems to share enough in common with the Icicle Mine build (which has an SSF tag) to warrant its own SSF tag. This seems important since Cappie’s crit-based pyroclast mine build uses a lot of uniques and yours could be a nice alternative.

    3. With the change to mines reserving mana, it seems that Mind Over Matter would not be a wise choice any more.

    Lastly, I’ve had good experiences with the new Enduring Mana Flask, particularly when having to push through a “no mana regeneration” map mod. Do you think the unique mana flask is still superior?

    Again, thanks for your work, and take care!

    Hey,

    1) You can choose between the two skills depending on the Weapon you are using.

    2) Mine builds are somewhat similar in many ways, you mainly differenciate them between the type of skill you are using (projectile or AoE) and scale them depending on that.

    3) MoM can still be very powerful defensively, although you can also choose not to use it.

    The Enduring Mana Flasks are very strong indeed. Lavianga's Spirit Lavianga's Spirit might still be one of the best choices, you can definitely do it with a regular flask for sure too.

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    On 05/10/2019 at 9:02 PM, Casanopark said

    HELLO~VVCKD

    I was wondering why would you use VAAL Clarity, as long as mine uses reserved mana?

    I tried using Vaal to stop using mana, but mines reserves mana so it wont work for mines….

    Am I doing something wrong? or were you confused? Tell me please T T

    Hey, Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity no longer work as intended due to how Mines were changed. It can still help you in some situations by making your other skills cost no Mana, but in general you can swap it with something like Vaal Grace Vaal Grace for better defense.

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    Two quick questions:
    Can elemental overload be proct by your mines or only your shield charge?
    And does physical to fire damage scale the pyroclast mines?

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    On 07/10/2019 at 10:03 AM, SilverTab said

    Two quick questions:
    Can elemental overload be proct by your mines or only your shield charge?
    And does physical to fire damage scale the pyroclast mines?

    Hey, Elemental Overload can be triggered Shield Charge Shield Charge, but not your mines. Physical to Fire conversion does not scale this mine’s damage simply because it is not a Physical spell.

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