Dex Stacking Cold Rain of Arrows Deadeye Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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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

Here we have a bow build that specializes in staying as far as possible while shattering enemies with freezing arrows falling from the sky. If you like the archer type of play style this build will satisfy your needs for sure. Two main items the build is based around are Shaper-based bow that gives additional flat cold damage per 10 dexterity and the unique quiver Hyrri's Demise Hyrri's Demise. Combining these two items and reaching at least 450 dexterity is enough to crush endgame content. Considering how Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows’ projectiles fall closer and farther from you in a single attack makes relying on Point Black not a good choice. This is why we choose to play around the Deadeye’s Far Shot. Shooting from a distance and critically striking enemies with bows has great synergy with Far Shot because you also knock foes even further away via King of the Hill.

Build Summary

Before acquiring the shaper bow you can play with one of the most solid unique bows Lioneye's Glare Lioneye's Glare. Although it is a bit out of the cold theme and dexterity stacking we are going for, it will carry you until you get the bow you are looking for. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows is insanely strong when it comes to single target not only with its damage potential but the 150% Maim barely lets them move. At the beginning of a league you can buy a Shaper-based bow off the market for couple of Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs and start rolling it. Look for attack speed, critical strike chance, 3-5 cold damage per 10 dexterity and 20% Chance to deal double damage. It is recommended rolling a Spine Bow since it has the best balance between attack speed and critical chance. A starting bow of this kind should cost around 50Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs or less to be crafted, after that buy Hyrri's Demise Hyrri's Demise and you have the foundation.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed
+ Strong single target
+ Safe to play due to the great distance you can attack from

Cons

- Endgame gear can get expensive

Playstyle

Offensively, shoot from as far as possible to make sure you get the maximum bonus from Far Shot. A combination of your huge area of effect and Herald of Ice Herald of Ice will clear monster packs easily. Save Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows charges for tougher enemies. A Frost Bomb Frost Bomb with Curse On Hit Support Curse On Hit Support setup can be utilized to further improve your single target damage. Blood Rage Blood Rage is a good addition to the build.

Defensively, your big life pool, evasion rating and a combination of Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics make you very hard to kill. The build’s play style do not even give the enemies a chance to strike you. You also have a reliable life and mana leech which keeps you safe.

For Playstyle, keep your distance and utilize Far Shot as much as possible. You will have extreme burst potential when you combine Vaal Rain of Arrows, the helm enchant of the skill, the chance to deal Double Damage along with the huge critical strike chance and critical multiplier. If you get lucky enough and all of these things proc at the same time, you can melt bosses in a second. Good uptime on your Diamond Flask is essential when you try to maximize your damage output. When you get hit, your life leech should be enough to recover your life pool. Use Blink Arrow for mobility and to dodge lethal game mechanics. Keep in mind it has a cooldown and should be used wisely.

Passive tree

Here is an endgame version of the passive tree. We pick some very efficient Claw nodes, which are converted to Bow nodes via the Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall unique Jewel, if you do not have the Jewel simply do not pick them and acquire leech in other spots of the passive tree like the ones near the Duelist starting area.

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 Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Hyrri's Ire Hyrri's Ire
Gloves Tombfist Tombfist
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Opal Ring Opal Ring
Bow Rare Shaper-based Bow
Quiver Hyrri's Demise Hyrri's Demise

Leveling

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

Leveling a character like this can be very fast and easy if you invest into leveling gear. Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows is not only a viable endgame choice, it is also one of the best leveling bow skills. It has great clear since the beginning and its vaal version will take care of bosses. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support and Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support combined with a fast attacking Bow will carry you through levels. Use Silver Flask Silver Flask and Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask to move and attack quickly while leveling.

Leveling Trees

Before transitioning to Critical Strikes.

Pick all the Life and elemental damage nodes early on, this will be enough to carry you through the whole leveling content. Spec into Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics as early as you want, it will improve your survivability by a great deal.

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. Storm Cloud Storm Cloud and Ondar's Clasp Ondar's Clasp will carry you damage wise.

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. Ice Shot Ice Shot
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you can add Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support to your Ice Shot Ice Shot link. You can also pick Frost Bomb Frost Bomb for additional single target damage output.

By level 8, your Ice Shot Ice Shot link should look like this.

  1. Ice Shot Ice Shot
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

At level 10, you should add Blink Arrow Blink Arrow.

At level 12, you can start using your signature skill, Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows. It will replace your Ice Shot Ice Shot link.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

At level 16, you should add Herald of Ice Herald of Ice.

By level 18, your Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows should look like this.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer 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. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support

FAQ

Is there any particular content the build is bad at?

The Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows Deadeye has great clear speed and single target damage for maps, does well in Delve and is both great in Incursion and slaying Einhar’s beasts. The build also performs well when it comes to dealing with Syndicate members.

How important is the Shaper-based bow?

You can play without one up until higher red-tier maps, then your damage might start lacking and you will need one.

Conclusion

You will be surprised how good it feels to play the build. Being decent in every type of content is not a quality that every build can have, this build’s versatility is on the high end. If you prefer the archer type of character this is a great build to look at.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build remains unchanged and plays out as before.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. Changes to Shaper items are negative for the build but this is compensated by the buff to Rain of Arrows.

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    Revisited and updated passive trees for Blight 3.8. The build remains untouched and is still solid as before.

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    Updated passive trees for Legion 3.7.

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    Improved Gem and Gearing sections.

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    Updated passive skill trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Made the playstyle section more descriptive, and improved the gearing section by providing more detailed recommendations.

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    Reworked Gem Link and Gem Progression sections for improved visibility

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    For level 18 under the leveling section it lists elemental focus twice. Maybe a Ele Dmg w/ Attacks was meant for one of these spots?

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    That is correct, thank you for pointing that out.

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    Have a question, qhere i can find the skill tree? i just sse it until lvl 60

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    Hello Ezlyy, here is the endgame passive skill tree. It is located in the 4.2. Passive Tree section, while the passive tree you were probably looking at is 7.1. Leveling Passive Trees, which are used for leveling purposes.

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    What do you think about Carcass Jack as chest piece ?

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    Hey Zanisss, Carcass Jack Carcass Jack augments area of effect by a great deal, with the Rain of Arrows Deadeye you do not really lack that stat tough, it is up to you.

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    Where would you suggest putting Faster Casting and Blink eye if i decide to use Kaom’s Heart? I would use the 6-Link on my bow and i cant have sockets on Kaom’s Heart.

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    Hello TYRONEbtw, I think you are refering to a Faster Attacks & Blink Arrow setup. Even with Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart you should have enough sockets to use this mobility setup.

    Edited by Vvckd on March 20th, 2019

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    why didn’t you do Ascendancy skill tree? can you do it please?

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    Hello Bixlow, please refer to the Ascendancy section of the guide (4.1.)

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    Thanks for the build! i have a few questions, why my herald of ice don’t explode? and how you solve the huge int problem if all your recommended gear choose high dex on it?

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    Is there a guide for making the shaper bow?

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    On 05/04/2019 at 5:08 AM, WehttaM said

    Thanks for the build! i have a few questions, why my herald of ice don’t explode? and how you solve the huge int problem if all your recommended gear choose high dex on it?

    Hey WehttaM, regarding your question about Intelligence requirements, you can pick 30 Intelligence nodes on the passive skill tree and have Int rolls on Amulet and Rings. Not sure why enemies don’t explode via Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, you are probably not doing enough cold damage to freeze them. When it comes to the Shaper-based bow, we do not have a guide for crafting it, your best bet will probably be to buy one off the market in order to start playing and then try crafting a better one by yourself, most people spam Alteration Orbs until they hit decent mods, then Regal and Multi-mod it.

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    hello stumbled on this build a few days ago and im having issues throwing it together

    Currently i am level 24 buy am unable to equip a large amount of the strength and intelligence gems (elemental damage sup, cold pen, ect;) i currently have 19 strength, 19 intel and from the guide “Elemental Focus Support” should be slotted by level 18 but i have no idea where to get 33 intel from before then since your skill tree never takes any (Would i take theifs craft early before i keep pathing the rest)

    i have tabula rasa, ondar’s clasp, Araku Tiki necklace, Blackheart ring, dusktoe boots and other misc rares

    and i was told by a popular streamer that Herald of Ice wont explode because of Elemental Focus Support not allowing it and to take mirage archer instead in its place

    also on your “before crits” link you have points in “Fangs of the viper, Resourcefulness, and cold hearted calculation” and i was wonder how you got them since there are no skills pathing directly to them https://imgur.com/a/DadOkz2

    Edited by on April 10th, 2019

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    On 10/04/2019 at 10:54 PM, null said

    hello stumbled on this build a few days ago and im having issues throwing it together

    Currently i am level 24 buy am unable to equip a large amount of the strength and intelligence gems (elemental damage sup, cold pen, ect;) i currently have 19 strength, 19 intel and from the guide “Elemental Focus Support” should be slotted by level 18 but i have no idea where to get 33 intel from before then since your skill tree never takes any (Would i take theifs craft early before i keep pathing the rest)

    When it comes to the attribute struggles, use any Amulet, Heavy Belt or any other item that helps out with stats. Picking up stats on the passive tree and then respecing is also a viable choice. When it comes to the Herald of Ice Herald of Ice explosions this is correct, I thought you had ###item:elemental-focus### linked with the Herald itself. You should indeed use Mirage Archer instead of Elemental Focus, a mistake on my end, will fix it. For the passive tree, that is an issue that will also fixed shortly.

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    Made an account just to give you props for this build. I don’t usually roll range characters as I am an old school dual wield frenzy barb from the days of old. Tested this build the last 2 weeks, although the build is the most expensive I’ve tested (900 Chaos Orbs to get most of the Uniques and 60 Exalted just for the boots) I have to say WOW! I am currently level 78 and clearing Tier 12 maps. I don’t even know what the mobs look like in these maps as they melt even before you get to see them! I find QotF to be BIS over Kaom and Lore at my level for Uniques, have some tweaking to do as res is 170+ on all 3. Do you have a recommendation for additional damage/crit in a rare armor piece opposed to a Unique?

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    On 20/04/2019 at 11:47 AM, null said

    Made an account just to give you props for this build. I don’t usually roll range characters as I am an old school dual wield frenzy barb from the days of old. Tested this build the last 2 weeks, although the build is the most expensive I’ve tested (900 Chaos Orbs to get most of the Uniques and 60 Exalted just for the boots) I have to say WOW! I am currently level 78 and clearing Tier 12 maps. I don’t even know what the mobs look like in these maps as they melt even before you get to see them! I find QotF to be BIS over Kaom and Lore at my level for Uniques, have some tweaking to do as res is 170+ on all 3. Do you have a recommendation for additional damage/crit in a rare armor piece opposed to a Unique?

    First of all, thanks for the kind feedback. When it comes to a Rare Body Armour, you can use and Elder base for the additional Critical Chance, here is the Rare Affix Priority:

    1. Elemental resistances (until capped)
    2. Maximum Life (at least 100)
    3. % Increased Maximum Life (Elder Prefix; Pristine Fossil)
    4. Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance (Elder Suffix)

    Overall it should be a good damage boost, but it might cost a fortune to craft such armour.

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    Tombfist Gloves still the best for this Build after Nerf (no Attack Speed anymore)?
    @and Thx for this fantastic Guide!

    Edited by Eduard Laser on April 25th, 2019

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    On 25/04/2019 at 10:56 AM, null said

    Tombfist Gloves still the best for this Build after Nerf (no Attack Speed anymore)?
    @and Thx for this fantastic Guide!

    Tombfist Tombfist are still outclassing other gloves, simply because of the Abyssal jewels, you can use other alternatives based on personal preference for sure. Thanks for the kind feedback.

    Edited by Vvckd on April 25th, 2019

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    Need Help again pls…

    https://www.imagebanana.com/s/1408/wHZhTmRo.html

    https://www.imagebanana.com/s/1408/PwU38YYC.htML

    https://www.imagebanana.com/s/1408/aQcBPYtH.html

    Which Bow should i use / is better?

    Thx & Regards

    Edited by Eduard Laser on May 1st, 2019

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