Scourge Arrow Ascendant Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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This build is not updated for the current patch, but we have evaluated it and we consider it to still work as intended. You can try it out, but you may find slight differences between this guide and the current game state. Although viable, this build is not considered strong enough to be an optimal play choice during this league.

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

Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow has been shining with its damage potential since it has been added to the game. This is the only channelling Bow skill. Essentially, you have to stand in place and channel a powerful shot and release it in order to deal damage. When combined with a high attack speed, Scourge Arrow feels good to play, simply because you can reach maximum stages quickly. For the following build guide we choose to completely ignore the Chaos portion of the skill. Focusing on elemental damage is simply the best way to achieve immense damage output with Scourge Arrow.

Our weapon of choice is Hopeshredder Hopeshredder. Using this bow and having elemental damage added to our attacks from other sources will guarantee a great amount of burst damage when you release a 5-stage Scourge Arrow. To maximize Hopeshredder’s potential we focus on acquiring 6+ Frenzy charges. The Scion’s Raider ascendancy synergizes well with the bow and allows you to have Frenzy charge sustain against bosses.

Build Summary

The Scourge Arrow Ascendant can definitely be played on a budget, considering your main bow can bought for few Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs. For best in slot items for this specific character you have amazing end game potential, which can be very pricey. The build’s damage is heavily augmented by decently rolled Abyssal jewels. For survivability, you have the option to improve your life pool by using Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart. For damage and clear speed, you can choose to play around Farrul’s Aspect of the Cat.

Early on, you should mainly focus on acquiring the Hopeshredder Hopeshredder bow; it will easily carry you up to red maps without any other damage investments. Your life leech and life regeneration should be enough to counter the bow’s degeneration effect.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed
+ Amazing single target damage potential

Cons

- Playing a Dodge/Evasion character means you will rely on RNG when it comes to mitigating incoming damage
- End game gear can be expensive

Playstyle

Offensively, a single 5-stage Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow should be able to clear whole packs of monsters. Having Blood Rage Blood Rage up all the time is useful for the additional damage it provides. For mobility, Blink Arrow Blink Arrow will take you wherever you need to be in a split-second. Herald of Ice Herald of Ice will improve damage even further.

Defensively, your Evasion and Dodge chance will keep you safe most of the time. Whenever you get hit, the great amount of life leech Hopeshredder Hopeshredder provides will keep your life pool full. A standard Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support and Immortal Call Immortal Call gem setup is used in order to prevent deaths from consecutive physical hits, such as exploding Porcupines.

For every build that relies on Evasion/Dodge in order to survive there will always be one dangerous thing – big physical hits. Since you are using Acrobatics, you will have little to no Armour Rating, which means every physical hit will hurt. Especially physical spells, since you can only Evade attacks, and the only mitigation you have for physical spells is Phase Acrobatic’s dodge chance for spells.

Most of the time you will be able to keep your distance in order to avoid getting hit. Against hard encounters you can use Vaal Grace Vaal Grace for additional dodge chance. Your high movement speed and mobility via Blink Arrow Blink Arrow will allow you to run out of fatal game mechanics.

Passive Tree

On the passive skill tree we focus on Life, Critical Chance and Multiplier, Attack Speed and elemental damage.

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 Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart
Gloves Tombfist Tombfist
Boots Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Hopeshredder Hopeshredder
Quiver Rare Quiver

Leveling

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

The Scourge Arrow Ascendant can be leveled with several bow skills. Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows is a great skill, especially for leveling. Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow is also a good skill, but keep in mind that if you do not have a good amount of attack speed early on, the skill might feel a little clunky. Overall the leveling of this character should be easy, you should rely on sources of flat elemental damage added to attacks for damage. A simple Storm Cloud Storm Cloud will carry you a long way.

Pick Acrobatics as soon as you feel like it. As long as you have capped resistances and a decent amount of life you should be fine while leveling, as long as you know the dangerous Act encounters.

For newer players, we recommend having 300 life per Act, this means by Act VI for example, you should have around 1800HP. This amount of life will allow you to tank most hits, which will help you learn game mechanics better.

Leveling Trees

Starting off as a Scion means that you will not have the ability to start pathing your passive skill tree from the Ranger starting point. You are essentially forced to put in some points that you will have to re-spec later. Here is an early version of the passive skill tree; we head to Acrobatics, picking up life nodes and some damage on the way.

Once you ascend into Raider, you should start picking up the Frenzy charges on the passive skill tree. We recommend investing into critical strike nodes around level 65-70. This is what your passive skill tree should look like around level 80.

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. Ondar's Clasp Ondar's Clasp will help out with the damage early on. Storm Cloud Storm Cloud can carry you up to level 60 due to its fast attack speed.

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.

Ice Shot Ice Shot Pierce Support Pierce Support Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you can add Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support to your Ice Shot Ice Shot link.

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 should replace Ice Shot Ice Shot with Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows.

  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 Rain of Arrows 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

At level 28, finally, you can start using your signature skill, Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow.

  1. Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow
  2. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

FAQ

Are There Any Map Mods the Build Cannot Do?

You will one-shot yourself to Elemental Reflect maps. The Cannot Leech map mod will also render your ability to leech mana, which might slow your clear speed considerably. Besides these two map mods, you should be fine doing any other map mods, even no regeneration, because you can still leech life and mana.

Is There any Particular Content the Scourge Arrow Ascendant Slacks At?

Due to the nature of the skill, clearing tight tunnels such as Delve caverns can feel clunky at times. Besides that, Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow is great for any other content the game has to offer.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a bow build that channels powerful shots and releases them in order to destroy foes, the Scourge Arrow Ascendant might be just for you.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build requires a lot of gear investment and remains a powerful endgame choice.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build received a well-deserved nerf but is still perfectly playable.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build remains as strong as before.

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    Revisited and updated for Legion 3.7.

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    Updated passive 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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    Such an Awesome build ! i like it .. but just a question can i transition in end game when i got the currency ( Arborix bow) and (Voidfletcher quiver) ?! ..

    and can this build do all the content ?! like Uber Elder and all maps , etc ?! .. and do u have any videos for this amazing build ?

  2. Vvckd

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    Hey iMcZeus, thank you for the kind feedback. Unfortunately we do not have any videos of the gameplay. You should feel free to improvize and try out new things for sure, this is what Path of Exile is all about.

    Edited by Vvckd on March 23rd, 2019

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    Don’t u have a PoB for this build ?! … u didn’t mention the rest of the gems ! .. you put some choices out there .. but i should choose only 2 aura’s from all this or 3 max … what about the other like 2 items with 4 links .. and the other 6 link other than the main skill ?! .. other than the Gems section the guide is amazing .

    and what other options for (Quiver) than this expensive one ?

    btw , this build is up to date and viable in 3.6 right ?! .. anyway thanks for the great work and keep it up ^^

    Edited by iMcZeus on March 23rd, 2019

  4. Vvckd

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    Hey iMcZeus, unfortunately we do not have Path of Building links for these guides. When it comes to gem combinations, you do not need to have all sockets full in order for a build to be viable; you can always socket in gems that you think might synergize well with the build. For quiver, Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills is best in slot when it comes to clear speed, for single target you can simply choose a rare quiver with life, resistances, critical modifiers and Elemental damage with attacks. The build guide is updated and 3.6 Synthesis viable. Thank you for the kind feedback.

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    Hi just wanna let you know you passive tree in poe planner seem to be not counting additional passive point from Ascendant Ascendancy and cause some of the tree to be missing (the new shadow note) can you check about that that would be very helpful and do you we grab additional frenzy charge on the tree in the link it only 1

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    On 19/04/2019 at 4:00 PM, null said

    Hi just wanna let you know you passive tree in poe planner seem to be not counting additional passive point from Ascendant Ascendancy and cause some of the tree to be missing (the new shadow note) can you check about that that would be very helpful and do you we grab additional frenzy charge on the tree in the link it only 1

    Thank you for pointing that out, passive skill trees are fixed on, apology for the inconvenience.

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    Oh sorry my apologies my bad i was forget to change bandit rewards when i import the tree into PoB it all good

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    I have a question:

    Why is it in the skill tree builder under the section “4.2 Passive Tree” you have 5 points spent in a claw attack/crit tree? It’s directly to the right on the Shadow’s tree in the outer rim of the tree?

    I just found that odd and I spent those points elsewhere, but I just was curious as to why it was there and if it was not a mistake why in the claw tree?

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    On 16/06/2019 at 11:21 PM, drak273 said

    I have a question:

    Why is it in the skill tree builder under the section “4.2 Passive Tree” you have 5 points spent in a claw attack/crit tree? It’s directly to the right on the Shadow’s tree in the outer rim of the tree?

    I just found that odd and I spent those points elsewhere, but I just was curious as to why it was there and if it was not a mistake why in the claw tree?

    Hey, by socketing Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall in the jewel socket below we are able to convert all the Claw Critical Chance and Critical Multiplier into Bow Critical modifiers, consider this more of an endgame goal.

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    One Question:

    Where is the best place to put my Might of the Meek jewels?

    It seems like anywhere i put it it gets rid of some strong notable passive skills

    Thanks in advance!

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    On 25/06/2019 at 9:39 AM, cremp000 said

    One Question:

    Where is the best place to put my Might of the Meek jewels?

    It seems like anywhere i put it it gets rid of some strong notable passive skills

    Thanks in advance!

    Putting it near the Scion Life wheel is one of the most efficient spots.

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    I’m immensely enjoying the build. However, with the amount I move I rarely find myself at full life. What supports would you recommend instead of Damage on Full Life? I currently use Cold Penetration instead.

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    On 04/11/2019 at 9:34 AM, Scrattlebeard said

    I’m immensely enjoying the build. However, with the amount I move I rarely find myself at full life. What supports would you recommend instead of Damage on Full Life? I currently use Cold Penetration instead.

    Hey, Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support is definitely one of the best gems you can use.

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    The passive skill tree seems to miss some points in the middle section. Is that intended and we can just skill whatever we want to get to the other section, or is it a bug?

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    On 20/12/2019 at 12:15 PM, Wimibold von Humbug said

    The passive skill tree seems to miss some points in the middle section. Is that intended and we can just skill whatever we want to get to the other section, or is it a bug?

    Hey, as the Ascendant you can start from other starting points (in this case Ranger, by picking Path of the Ranger ascendancy).

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    Hi, I’m still new to this game. I’ve been trying several builders of now and I was thinking of making a scourge arrow build this league, but I’m confused as to how the scourge arrow damage counted? Is there a conversion from chaos to elemental damage? Therefore, the added cold damage etc?

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    On 25/12/2019 at 9:41 AM, Eternity said

    Hi, I’m still new to this game. I’ve been trying several builders of now and I was thinking of making a scourge arrow build this league, but I’m confused as to how the scourge arrow damage counted? Is there a conversion from chaos to elemental damage? Therefore, the added cold damage etc?

    Hey, there is no conversion going on in this build and we mainly focus on stacking a lot of Cold damage and scaling it to a great effect. Considering you are new to the game I’d recommend skipping this build because it requires some solid currency investment to reach its full potential. I have another Scourge Arrow guide that is very budget-friendly and has very similar playstyle; it is Poison-oriented. If you do not like the idea I’d be glad to help you build this character or choose something else.

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    On 25/12/2019 at 3:37 PM, Vvckd said

    On 25/12/2019 at 9:41 AM, Eternity said

    Hi, I’m still new to this game. I’ve been trying several builders of now and I was thinking of making a scourge arrow build this league, but I’m confused as to how the scourge arrow damage counted? Is there a conversion from chaos to elemental damage? Therefore, the added cold damage etc?

    Hey, there is no conversion going on in this build and we mainly focus on stacking a lot of Cold damage and scaling it to a great effect. Considering you are new to the game I’d recommend skipping this build because it requires some solid currency investment to reach its full potential. I have another Scourge Arrow guide that is very budget-friendly and has very similar playstyle; it is Poison-oriented. If you do not like the idea I’d be glad to help you build this character or choose something else.

    Thx for the fast reply. So i’m currently playing an ice shot deadeye for my starter, but i felt my single target dps is still lacking with just ice shot single target or barrage single target because i’m still lacking the gear (trying to kill a metamorph on tier 6+ needs a lot of time and serious kiting). So I was thinking of trying to use SA for the single target bossing for now seeing the skill tree wasn’t that much different. and so i wasn’t quite clear as to the link between SA and the cold damage support.

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