Tornado Shot Deadeye "Like the Wind" Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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 Essence Drain and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing Elemental Hit Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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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

The classic clear speed focused bow build is as old as Path of Exile itself, undergoing constant evolution to keep up with the times. Since the release of Windripper Windripper, this build has become incredibly popular as a currency farmer, particularly for players hunting The Doctor The Doctor, which builds into the infamous Headhunter Headhunter. Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is one of the fastest and most prolific builds to ever grace Wraeclast’s shores. This is an ability that can clear multiple screens at a time with a single click. Anything that survives the initial salvo is quickly mopped up by Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support — blow through maps like the wind and have no need to look back.

Soul Eater

Few builds can rival the incredible clear speed and magic find potential of this one, but a leviathan slayer it is not. While this build may be incredible for farming maps and generating piles of currency, it is poorly suited for high tier mapping and boss killing. Windripper is all about watching the currency stack up as you blast through maps, bolstered by the Deadeye Ascendacy, which quickens clear speed immensely.

Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is most famously played as the Deadeye ascendancy. Deadeye is light and speedy and kicks into the end-game faster than the other two Ranger ascendancies, immediately boosting your clear with high impact bonuses like chaining and additional projectiles. The Deadeye variant is well known for being an exceptional Magic Find build, and is commonly set up as a currency farmer.

Raider, on the other hand, is a stronger end-game mapper and has a better time with bosses. If you would rather try that instead, check out our Tornado Shot Raider Build Guide.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Phenomenal clear speed (arguably one of the fastest builds in Path of Exile) — clears multiple screens of enemies with one click
+ Ideal for Currency and Divination Card farming — the quintessential build for hunting The Doctor The Doctor
+ Can function on a moderate budget, but the sky is the limit for investment — great to play and outfit over an entire league
+ Long ranged build that freezes and shatters enemies — safe and satisfying
+ Multiple gear and tree configurations allow you to play the build your way

Weaknesses

Lackluster boss killer — Uber Elder is doable, but this is not designed to be a boss hunter
Magic Find configuration can feel squishy in high tier Maps
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is a scaling ability — without investment and levels it is not powerful
Requires commitment and heavy investment to be truly monstrous

Playstyle and Build Mechanics

Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is a hugely popular skill for good reason. It is truly the “shotgun” of Path of Exile, firing off tens of projectiles at a time that cover multiple screens. Anything that is not immediately wiped out by this mass coverage is typically dealt with by shatter-chains caused by Herald of Ice Herald of Ice. Should anything remain standing, the Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support cleans up the remains.

So what kind of playstyle does this create? A fast “fire-and-forget” style of bow build that likes to move very quickly. Players who want to zip through maps as fast as possible will be the ones to truly appreciate and unlock the potential this build contains, pushing some of the highest experience rates possible without any cheesy mechanics or systems to rely on. In most maps you will fire a single Tornado Shot Tornado Shot at the first pack you see and immediately Blink Arrow Blink Arrow towards the next one. Keeping your flasks up does a lot for this build; some of the potent unique options, such as Dying Sun Dying Sun, can nearly double your entire damage output when active. Keeping the Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask active at all times also helps facilitate even more dizzying clear speeds.

Cycling your chosen Vaal Auras, such as Vaal Grace Vaal Grace or Vaal Haste Vaal Haste, can further boost your damage, clear, and survivability. In proper end-game gear, virtually all your additional gem links are optional. If you decide to use Abyss items, such as Lightpoacher Lightpoacher and Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail, you will have fewer options for additional luxury links, but higher damage potential. If you are utilizing items with traditional sockets you will have access to a few luxury links to kit out your build, such as curses or Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support.

Where to Aim Tornado Shot

Tornado Shot Tornado Shot should be aimed to land just behind your intended target. This results in the most possible projectiles converging on a single position and conferring the maximum damage to a single area. Aiming Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is extremely important to maximizing damage — unlike many builds, your aim actually has a massive influence over your damage output. First time players of Tornado Shot Tornado Shot will notice a huge difference in their damage by the time they become seasoned veterans.

Passive Skill Trees

These are our recommended Passive Skill Trees:

For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

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. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks section in its entirety.

Magic Find

Example Magic Find gear:

MF Setup

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion
Amulet Bisco's Collar Bisco's Collar
Chest Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest or Greed's Embrace Greed's Embrace
Gloves Sadima's Touch Sadima's Touch
Boots Goldwyrm Goldwyrm
Belt Headhunter Headhunter OR String of Servitude (Quantity Roll) OR Bisco's Leash Bisco's Leash
Rings Ventor's Gamble Ventor's Gamble
Weapon Windripper Windripper
Quiver Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills (maximum clear speed) OR Shaped +1 Projectiles Spike-Point Arrow Quiver Spike-Point Arrow Quiver (all round)

End-Game / Hardcore

Example end game gear:

Example Gear

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet or Lightpoacher Lightpoacher (2 Abyssal sockets)
Amulet Rare Amulet (Agate Amulet Agate Amulet is ideal)
Chest Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart or Shroud of the Lightless Shroud of the Lightless (1 Abyssal Socket)
Gloves Rare Gripped Gloves Gripped Gloves or Tombfist Tombfist (2 sockets)
Boots Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail (2 sockets)
Belt Headhunter Headhunter (clearing) OR Stygian Vise Stygian Vise (bosses/all round)
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Windripper Windripper or Rare Harbinger Bow Harbinger Bow/Imperial Bow Imperial Bow
Quiver Shaped +1 Projectiles Spike-Point Arrow Quiver Spike-Point Arrow Quiver (all round) OR Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills (clearing)

For much more detailed information on the best gear, jewels, and flasks to use, be sure to check out our Gear page.

Leveling

Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is not a suitable skill for leveling. While it may have exceptional scaling and late-game potential, the base damage of this skill is exceptionally low. If you try to level using Tornado Shot Tornado Shot, even with a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa, you may become frustrated due to a lack of single target damage.

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character as efficiently and easily as possible.

Bow builds are infamously poor for leveling but it is absolutely possible to do it from scratch, even as a league starter. If it is not a league starting character, however, you will definitely want to get your hands on some leveling gear — even just a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa and a Storm Cloud Storm Cloud will go a long, long way.

You will want to start out with Split Arrow Split Arrow, linking this to Onslaught Support Onslaught Support and whatever other supports you can get your hands on as soon as possible.

Pick up Precision Precision immediately after killing Brutus and activate it. Avoid leveling this gem past Level 5-6 during the leveling process.

Once you are Level 12 and have entered the Cavern of Wrath, start using Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows as your main skill. Links for Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows are pretty flexible, but we recommend:

  1. Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows (Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows is even better)
  2. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  3. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

Most of these gems are obtainable in Act I, but if you are using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa then you will want to hold on to your Onslaught Support Onslaught Support gem (in place of Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support) for as long as you can, as it is an exceptional gem for boosting leveling speed. Once you feel like you need more damage, you can swap in Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support.

The skill tree is similar enough that you do not need to make any major deviations. Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows can be used all the way into maps if you like — simply swap in Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support for Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support.

Be sure to pick up Herald of Ice Herald of Ice while leveling and activate it. You can level up Wrath Wrath as you proceed through the game, but do not bother activating it yet, as you simply will not have enough Mana to sustain it with the other two auras running.

FAQ

Which Annointment Should I Use for my Amulet?

Annointments allow you a high degree of flexibility to take notables that make sense within the context of your own gear and power level, so do not be afraid to deviate from these recommendations to take a node that fits your situation better. That said, we advise:

  • Divine Judgement: Grants a fair amount of elemental damage as well as penetration for all our elemental damage, resulting in a big damage increase and better ability to deal with map bosses.
  • Constitution: Great option for bolstering survivability and reducing the possibility of random one-shots.
  • Throatseeker: Competes as a damage option depending on your current gear. Check Path of Building for more accurate comparisons.

I’m Always Running out of Mana. How do I sustain?

Make sure you are putting the single point into the Mana Leech wheel near the bottom right of the tree. Alternately, you can use the Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall Jewel to access the Soul Raker notable, which should be more than enough to sustain you.

Can I Do X and X with the Build?

Of course! Tornado Shot builds can be built in a variety of ways, and between leagues we have built our own characters in many different ways. If you were to play this build on Hardcore, for example, you would want to acquire the Scion wheel of life and focus more on Life. As long as you have a 6-link, decent Jewels, and Flasks, you are set to clear.

Bisco's Leash Bisco's Leash vs. Perandus Blazon Perandus Blazon vs. String of Servitude ?

Bisco's Leash Bisco's Leash is affordable, provides good Quantity and Rarity, and boosts clear speed noticeably via Rampage. The small upgrade in Quantity from Perandus Blazon Perandus Blazon is absolutely not worth the trade-off, however, the almost triple increase in Quantity from String of Servitude can be attractive. If you are running exclusively Burial Chambers maps and not [yet] using Headhunter Headhunter, the String is the best option. If you are running a Hybrid MF and leveling setup and pushing into a few higher tier maps, Bisco’s will be your best bet in combined MF and clear speed.

Playing Without Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall

Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall has long been a staple item of this build, providing everything we could ask for from the Soul Raker Claw node — a healthy amount of Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier alongside Mana and Life Leech. While we have described it as “mandatory” item in the guide above, could this build be played without this essential Jewel?

The answer is, as you might expect, yes — but to varying degrees of effectiveness. If you are playing this build in the extreme end-game, where you are making investments of multiple Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs on each item slot, it is likely you will actually gain noticeable damage by swapping out Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall with a top-tier Abyss jewel. A single point will have to be re-allocated to Mana Leech beneath the Herbalism notable, to compensate for the lost Mana Regeneration. A relatively high level is also necessary to properly make use of the points you will gain, as is an innately high Critical Strike chance, as you will lose a fair amount of it.

Overall, even with the best possible gear, many players will still opt into Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall for the consistency of Criticals and Leech. It is a matter of preference, though for most players we recommend defaulting to Lioneye’s Fall due to ease of use and effectiveness earlier in the end-game.

Changelog
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    Added Annointment advice.

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    Added Annointment advice.

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    Massive update for Patch 3.8 Blight: Full facelift to one of our earliest and most popular guides. Introduction, Mechanics, Skill Trees, Gems, Ascendancy, Bandits, Gear, tons of new sections and much more. You name it, we added it!

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    Updated pros/cons and build assessment.

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    Updated Passive Skill tree.

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    Updated skill trees and made sure the build is accurate for Legion 3.7.

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    Removed conflicting references concerning Blood Rage, updated Gear recommendations, updated Enchants.

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    Added section concerning Lioneye's Fall Jewel.

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    Fixed broken links to an image and String of Servitude.

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    Updated Quiver recommendations and affix priority.

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    Added a new FAQ section regarding Magic Find belts.

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    Added a new suggested link for Lightpoacher/Tombfist users as well as additional clarity in the gems section.

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    Cleaned up a few sections of the guide.

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    Updated passive skill trees.

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    Updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Added new Amulet recommendations for the build.

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    Updated and expanded the "Gems" section of the guide, and added more context to Ascendancy choices.

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    Cleaned up the beginning of the guide, added Farrul's Fur.

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    I am confused by the some of the melee and claw passives chosen in the tree.

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    On 13/03/2019 at 8:37 AM, madaje said

    I am confused by the some of the melee and claw passives chosen in the tree.

    This is explained in the guide (for example in the Jewels section regarding Lioneye’s Fall).

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    So much for reading, eh? Sorry about that

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    On 23/03/2019 at 5:55 PM, madaje said

    So much for reading, eh? Sorry about that

    No worries at all!

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    Nice Guide but I’m missing a Path of Building Link. Any Chance we can get one or am I just not seeing it?

    Edit: just found the LInks to the Passives Trees…Colorblindness doesn’t help :P

    Edited by excel on March 25th, 2019

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    Thanks for the guide!

    Where do you get the int to run wrath in this build? I’m struggling to get the 111 curse on hit as it is unless I run a rare ring.

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    On 25/03/2019 at 6:03 PM, excel said

    Nice Guide but I’m missing a Path of Building Link. Any Chance we can get one or am I just not seeing it?

    Edit: just found the LInks to the Passives Trees…Colorblindness doesn’t help :P

    Glad you found them in the end, sorry about the confusion!

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    On 29/03/2019 at 2:34 PM, Iscellaneous said

    Thanks for the guide!

    Where do you get the int to run wrath in this build? I’m struggling to get the 111 curse on hit as it is unless I run a rare ring.

    There are a few points in the tree that provide us with a little bit of a buffer to get started. After that, you’ll either have to find it on Jewels or slap an extra point or two into your tree. If you’re going full Magic Find, this won’t affect your clear at all, since the damage loss will be negligible. If you’re going for Level 100, or want to smash apart some Elder maps with a little more ease, it can make it a lot easier to hybridize the build a bit — you can keep a few quantity items equipped, and Windripper itself provides a natural boost, but working in some potent Rares.

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    Hi, some of your builds are missing leveling sections. Can I expect you add them in the future? They are very helpful to know which gems to pick.

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    On 08/04/2019 at 6:06 PM, Kaelos said

    Hi, some of your builds are missing leveling sections. Can I expect you add them in the future? They are very helpful to know which gems to pick.

    It’s possible, but currently my focus is more on creating new builds and guides. We have existing guides on the site that provide template leveling builds and item recommendations that can be used in any build — for this build, for example, you would level as Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows if you wanted to level as a bow build.

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    really nice write up man, as a new ps4 player whos working on a TS Deadeye Can i ask why are you prioritising lightning over cold for added flat damage to gear/jewels? would seeking added cold and by picking up fangs of frost & Winter spirit be better overall for dps?

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    On 19/04/2019 at 5:25 PM, null said

    really nice write up man, as a new ps4 player whos working on a TS Deadeye Can i ask why are you prioritising lightning over cold for added flat damage to gear/jewels? would seeking added cold and by picking up fangs of frost & Winter spirit be better overall for dps?

    They’re very close in Path of Building, but Lightning usually results in more damage. If you want to build for more Cold damage, however that’s a perfectly viable alternative.

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    I’m new to PoE and wanted to thank you for the guide. I looked all over the place for a well explained ranger build with tornado shot and this one is solid. Multiple item choice+passive tree choice and you actually take the time to explain the choice of item and why. Hats off to you and again thanks for taking the time to make a excellent guide.

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    On 24/04/2019 at 3:24 AM, Micheal102 said

    I’m new to PoE and wanted to thank you for the guide. I looked all over the place for a well explained ranger build with tornado shot and this one is solid. Multiple item choice+passive tree choice and you actually take the time to explain the choice of item and why. Hats off to you and again thanks for taking the time to make a excellent guide.

    Thanks Micheal, I’m glad you found it helpful. Best of luck out there, and feel free to leave questions if you have any!

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    Hey ahem currently struggling with intel is there anyway to go around it? gearwise anything? lvl 58 atm

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    Just picked up a Farrul’s Fur, should I use the Farrul’s Bite or a rare helmet with Aspect of the Cat beastcrafted onto it?

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    On 08/05/2019 at 5:40 AM, Wafeeq said

    Hey ahem currently struggling with intel is there anyway to go around it? gearwise anything? lvl 58 atm

    Hey. Assuming you aren’t playing SSF, you should pretty easily be able to find an item or two (rings, neck) that has the required intelligence. http://poe.trade/search/ahohukimokahit is a decent search to start from (lower the amounts of int or life to what you need to widen the results).

    If it is SSF (or as an alternative) you could take the Thief’s Craft passive point for 30 intelligence.

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    On 08/05/2019 at 5:40 AM, Wafeeq said

    Hey ahem currently struggling with intel is there anyway to go around it? gearwise anything? lvl 58 atm

    As Vlad mentioned, either craft it onto an existing item or talent into it on the tree.

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    On 08/05/2019 at 11:56 PM, LOLHysteria said

    Just picked up a Farrul’s Fur, should I use the Farrul’s Bite or a rare helmet with Aspect of the Cat beastcrafted onto it?

    It doesn’t have to be a Helmet to have Aspect of the Cat; any Rare piece will do. It’s easier if you can craft it yourself since you have a bit more flexibility. Farrul's Bite Farrul's Bite is an okay placeholder, but as far as Uniques are concerned Lightpoacher Lightpoacher is still your best bet for damage, Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion for clear speed, and Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head for a happy marriage between the two.

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    On 09/05/2019 at 8:38 AM, Furty said

    On 08/05/2019 at 11:56 PM, LOLHysteria said

    Just picked up a Farrul’s Fur, should I use the Farrul’s Bite or a rare helmet with Aspect of the Cat beastcrafted onto it?

    It doesn’t have to be a Helmet to have Aspect of the Cat; any Rare piece will do. It’s easier if you can craft it yourself since you have a bit more flexibility. Farrul's Bite Farrul's Bite is an okay placeholder, but as far as Uniques are concerned Lightpoacher Lightpoacher is still your best bet for damage, Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion for clear speed, and Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head for a happy marriage between the two.

    Okay. I think i need to use helmet position because everything else is fully kitted for MF. I have Windripper in bow slot, rigwalds in quiver, double ventor’s, bisco’s collar, sadima’s, goldwyrm’s and a headhunter, leaving only the helmet up for change. Are there any specific stats on a rare helm I should try to get?

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