Scourge Arrow Ascendant Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree, Bandits and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Scion – Ascendant)

  1. Passive point
  2. Raider Ascendancy
  3. Path of the Ranger
  4. Juggernaut Ascendancy

Taking the passive point on our way to Raider is the first thing we have to do. Picking up Raider will allow us to sustain Frenzy charges against single target bosses, while also improving our clear speed via the other perks this ascendancy provides.

Path of the Ranger allows us to start from the Ranger starting point on the passive skill tree. This will save a few passive skill tree points, making our pathing more efficient.

The Juggernaunt Ascendancy provides a great amount of flat Accuracy Rating, which is very important in every Critical-based build. Stun and Chill immunities are very useful against strong end game bosses. The Endurance charge generation is just another layer of defence the Juggernaut ascendancy provides.

Passive Tree

On the passive skill tree we focus on life, critical chance and multiplier, attack speed and elemental damage. For end game, a great amount of our damage will come from all the Frenzy charges we have picked up, along with the jewel sockets, which will provide a respectable amount of flat elemental damage added to our attacks via Abyssal jewels.

When fighting tougher enemies, keep in mind you have Point Blank, which essentially allows you to deal more damage when you are closer to targets. If you do not have Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills, you can pick up Piercing Shots in order to improve your clear speed.

Note: For leveling passive skill trees prior to this one and more detailed explanation of the passive skill tree progress early on, go to the leveling section of the guide.

Bandits

For this specific build we should help Alira in Act II. The critical multiplier and 15% all elemental resistances are stronger than the 2 passive skill points.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of Solaris along with all upgrades provides a good amount of passive damage mitigation. Based on personal preference, you can play any other Major Pantheon. Keep in mind that you are Immune to Stun, so we do not recommend picking Soul of the Brine King.
Minor: Ralakesh makes you Immune to Blind and Maim when upgraded; in general this is the best minor god choice.

Gems

Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow is your signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, you should use Blink Arrow Blink Arrow. Blood Rage Blood Rage can be used for the additional attack speed. Based on personal preference, you can use Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder, Wrath Wrath for additional damage. Hatred Hatred can only be utilized in this build if you have well rolled Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye. For defensive buffs, both Vaal Grace Vaal Grace and Arctic Armour Arctic Armour are a great choice.

Scourge Arrow (6-Link)

Standing in place and channeling Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow will allow you to not take degeneration damage from Hopeshredder Hopeshredder. This allows us to utilize Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support. Scourge Arrow is an amazing single target skill, while also having a very good clear speed. The following link we recommend is good at both clearing and single target.

  1. Scourge Arrow Scourge Arrow
  2. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support
  5. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  6. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

Blink Arrow (2-Link)

Blink Arrow Blink Arrow is a great mobility skill. Keep in mind it has a cooldown, you should use it wisely.

  1. Blink Arrow Blink Arrow
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

Immortal Call (2-Link)

Immortal Call Immortal Call provides a decent amount of damage mitigation for a short period of time, which can be lifesaving sometimes.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call

Other Gems

Blood Rage Blood Rage provides additional attack speed. Herald of Ice Herald of Ice is recommended when it comes to offensive buffs. Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder and Wrath Wrath can be used until you get a Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Hatred Hatred mods. Auras can be linked with Enlighten Support Enlighten Support in order to reduce their mana reservation cost.

Gearing

Capping elemental resistances is essential and top priority in every build, it is the first thing you should 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. You should start using Hopeshredder Hopeshredder at level 60. For more damage focus buying Tombfist Tombfist and Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail along with decently rolled Abyssal jewels.

Helmet

If you decide to play around Aspect of the Cat, your best in slot helmet is Farrul's Bite Farrul's Bite. Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head is also a great choice. For helmet enchant, look for “Scourge Arrow creates an additional spore pod at Maximum Stages”. A simple well rolled rare helmet can be used until you have access to the uniques mentioned above. Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil)
  4. # to Accuracy Rating (at least 150)

Body Armour

Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart will improve your life pool a lot. Farrul's Fur Farrul's Fur will augment your Aspect of the Cat even futher, if you have the currency to spend on it. Any rare chest piece can be used prior to these. Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil)

Gloves

Tombfist Tombfist is the best in slot gloves, simply because of the additional power they provide via the Abyssal sockets. Ideally, you want a corrupted pair with additional Frenzy charge. Use any rare gloves prior to them. Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 60)
  3. % increased Attack Speed

Boots

Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail is best in slot for the same reasons as gloves – Abyssal sockets. Any rare boots with movement speed and life can be used prior to Bubonic Trail. For enchant, look for Attack Speed or leech. Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 60)
  3. % increased Movement speed (at least 20%)

Belt

Rare Stygian Vise is best in slot. Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 20-25%)

Amulet

Aul’s Uprising with Hatred Hatred or Wrath Wrath mod can be very strong. Use any rare amulet prior to this one. Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 50)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 20-25%)
  4. % to Global Critical Multiplier (at least 20%)
  5. % increased Critical Chance

Rings

In the best case scenario, we recommend using Mark of the Elder Mark of the Elder in combination with a rare Shaper-based ring. Before that just use two rare rings. Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 50)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 20-25%)

Bow

We are looking to get Hopeshredder Hopeshredder as soon as possible. You can use Storm Cloud Storm Cloud or any other bow to your liking up until level 60.

Quiver

Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills is best in slot when it comes to clearing, the Fork it provides boosts clear speed by a great deal. Prior to it use any rare quiver. Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 70)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 20-25%)

Flasks

Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask will improve mobility. The Wise Oak The Wise Oak will help with resistance penetration, you should have your cold resistances higher than others, considering that big portion of the damage you will be dealing is cold damage. Diamond Flask Diamond Flask is mandatory in every Critical-based build. Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise provides a great amount of bonus damage along with the life leech effect, which can be useful in sticky situations. Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask can be used whenever life leech is not enough.

Jewels

There are no build-enabling jewels that the Scourge Arrow Ascendant depends on. If you have the currency to spend, there are unique jewels that can be very expensive, but provide a great amount of power to your character. Using two Might of the Meek Might of the Meek in combination with Unnatural Instinct Unnatural Instinct near the Scion starting area is very beneficial to a Critical-based characters such as this one. Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with additional Critical Chance and Cold penetration while Hatred Hatred is active can also be very strong and at the same time expensive. If you do not have the currency to spend on the unique jewels mentioned above, simply use Abyssal jewels instead. The build does not benefit enough from regular jewels.

Abyssal jewel Affix Priority

  1. # to Maximum Life (at least 30)
  2. Adds # to # Cold damage to Bow Attacks
  3. Adds # to # Lightning damage to Bow Attacks
  4. Adds # to # Cold damage to Attacks
  5. Adds # to # Lightning damage to Attacks

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 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?

  9. Vvckd

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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!

  11. Vvckd

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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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