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:
Spectral Throw has seen its fair share of highs and lows throughout Path of Exile’s tenure, but no one will deny that it has solidified itself as a perennial skill in the meta-scape for many years past. The high tempo playstyle and ability to approach any content with confidence have long been attractive qualities of Spectral Throw builds. One of the iconic cosmetic skins, Seraph Spectral Throw, has led to this type of build being called the “Buzzsaw”, as it resembles a circular saw as it literally and figuratively carves its way through end-game content.
Though “Buzzsaw” builds can be done in many forms, our guide focuses on the Raider Ascendancy, which focuses on the use and enhancement of Frenzy Charges and Onslaught. This grants us the speed and mobility to zip through maps, run circles around bosses, and maintain a fat rate of experience per hour.
In the Spectral Throw skill remains untouched and unchanged.
+ Extremely fast clear speed
+ High tempo and engaging build
+ Functions as both a league starter and a late game investment
+ Extremely high mobility
+ Feels powerful in virtually every environment, great all rounder
– High tempo build and engaging build cuts both ways (not for everyone — requires a lot of attention and button pressing, very “zippy”)
– Can feel a bit squishy — enables the player to deal with mechanics easily but does not make them indestructible
– Limited flask suffixes (must choose between Freeze Immunity and Curse Immunity)
– Not a great delver at depths greater than 400
Here are some example videos done using the build during 3.4 Delve League.
Playstyle and Build Mechanics
This build utilizes 7 Frenzy Charges and permanent Onslaught, allowing for extremely fast and fluid gameplay. Whirling Blades feels like a blink as you zip through the map, ripping through enemies with waves of Spectral Throw. Keeping your tempo and clear high and consistent is paramount to maximizing efficiency, as you always want to remain near enemies for the bonus from Point Blank. Getting a subconscious feel for the timing when you can dash forwards into the upcoming packs while your remaining blades clear the packs behind is crucial to unlocking some of the fastest clear speeds possible.
For single target encounters, Greater Multiple Projectiles Support is not a suitable gem and affects your damage and life leech considerably. For this reason, it is necessary to carry around a gem swap for difficult bosses, although it is not necessary for the majority of mapping. Slower Projectiles Support is the best option for maximizing single target, especially combined with Point Blank, allowing you to annihilate bosses that otherwise would cause you grief. You can also lay down Elemental Weakness using Orb of Storms and Curse On Hit Support, and Ancestral Protector to further enhance your single target damage.
Overall, the quintessence of this build is its frenetic pace; this build feels fast. This is a great choice for people looking for a build that can legitimately do it all, from day one of a league to farming the Shaper and the Alluring Abyss. Most of the defense from this build comes from high Life leech and mobility, and for this reason it is not a suitable build for a fresh player. You will have to perform mechanics to succeed in the extreme end-game, however, the mobility and speed of this build enables and empowers the player to do so.
Check out our dedicated page for in-depth recommendations.
Check out our Gems page for the the full list of possible links.
Ascendancy, Pantheon, and Bandits
Our “Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.
Gear Summary / TL;DR
These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Gloves||Rare Gripped Gloves|
|Belt||Rare Stygian Vise|
|Ring 1||Rare Opal Ring|
|Ring 2||Rare Opal Ring|
|Weapon||Rare Imperial Claw|
For much more detailed information on the best gear, jewels, and flasks to use, be sure to examine our dedicated page.
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
Why Am I Always Out of Mana?
Most of our Mana recuperation comes from Leech as well, specifically, the Soul Raker notable. Until this node is acquired, or if you are struggling while leveling, it is entirely fine to run a Mana flask. Once you reach mapping, your damage should be more than sufficient to sustain without issues.
How Do I Improve My Single Target Damage?
Always use Slower Projectiles Support gem instead of Greater Multiple Projectiles Support when dealing with difficult bosses, as it vastly improves your single target damage and makes it significantly easier to hit all your blades. The combination with Point Blank is extremely potent, however, you will need to play around the boss mechanics appropriate when at extreme close range. Gem levels make a large difference for this build, and enchants are also extremely valuable. Your damage during Flasks is also significantly increased; in particular, always look to maximize uptime when Vessel of Vinktar (Adds Lightning Damage to Attacks) is active.
Do I Have to Use Claws?
A claw is necessary to make this build work. The main reasons we prefer claws over other weapons are:
- Soul Raker notable is one of the most efficient in the game for damage, point for point
- High Attack Speed
- Imperial Claw implicit is actually very powerful with Spectral Throw, adding a ton of uncapped “pseudo leech” due to the amount of blades in the air
Is This Build Viable in Hardcore?
This build is not recommended for Hardcore players. It is possible to play, but there are builds that are better suited to it.
Why Do I Feel Squishy?
A large portion of our defense originates from mobility and leech. This build is meant to always be on the move, while still having ample defenses to survive the “rogue wave” hits that occasionally penetrate our evasion. Proper use of Vaal Grace can add a huge amount of comfort to your clear, although we have never had issues all the way up until Guardians.
About the Author
Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing at Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing Essence Drain and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.