Tornado Shot Raider Build Guide (PoE Metamorph 3.9)

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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

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 — this streetsweeper ensures you never have to look back.

Soul Eater

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.

Check out the classic Deadeye version in our Tornado Shot Deadeye build.

So if Deadeye is so popular and prolific, what does Raider offer to entice?

For starters, Raider is a better end-game mapper. If you want to play your Tornado Shot Tornado Shot build to the highest levels and find a compromise between strong damage and magic find, the Raider is a competitive option that can even outpace the Deadeye in many situations.

Extreme movement speed, virtually permanent phasing, immunity to elemental ailments, and 7 Frenzy Charges allow this build to run wild through any map. Additionally, you have superior boss damage with Raider, which gives this version more of an “all-rounder” feel if you have the urge to hunt Shaper or Uber Elder on the side.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Phenomenal clear speed (arguably one of the fastest builds in Path of Exile) — clears multiple screens of enemies with one click
+ Flexible gear set-ups — can easily be reconfigured to Magic Find if you prefer
+ Stronger late game than Deadeye and deals with bosses better
+ Long ranged build and very safe, particularly in the hands of seasoned players
+ Satisfying “screen shatter” with Herald of Ice

Weaknesses

Weaker than Deadeye in low/moderate gear
Expensive end-game build
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is a scaling ability — without investment and levels it is not powerful

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 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 Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

For more details on the Passive Tree, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information.

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 Powers 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 page thoroughly.

End-Game / Standard

Example end game gear:

Example Gear

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet or Lightpoacher Lightpoacher (2 sockets)
Amulet Rare Amulet (Agate Amulet Agate Amulet is ideal)
Chest Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart
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 in-depth recommendations for gear, flasks, jewels, and crafting advice be sure to read our Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page.

Magic Find

We will not cover this gear in-depth in the Gear section, as it is already described in detail in our Tornado Shot Deadeye Build Guide, while this guide aims to present a more potent end-game version of the skill.

Example Magic Find Gear:

Magic Find

This table is provided as reference, should you wish to set up your Raider this way — not only is it very viable, but it provides comparable clear speed. In some cases, you may want to mix-and match some of the Magic Find gear. For example, you can use Ventor's Gamble Ventor's Gamble and Windripper Windripper in combination with end-game gear for a pretty nice quantity bonus that is still survivable and powerful.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
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 Shaped +1 Projectiles Spike-Point Arrow Quiver Spike-Point Arrow Quiver (all round) OR Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills (clearing)

For in-depth recommendations for gear, flasks, jewels, and crafting advice be sure to read our Gear, Jewels, and Flasks 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

What Annointment Should I Use for my Amulet?

  • Throatseeker typically adds the best increase in top-tier gear.
  • Farsight adds a fair amount of damage and accuracy.

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.

I’m Struggling with Mana

Spec out of Mana Leech and get Mind Drinker instead (2 point investment). This will also allow you to level up Precision Precision a little more if you need to.

Check out the rest of the guide for more information:

Changelog
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    Updated for 3.9 Metamorph; Passive Skill Tree, Gear Recommendations, Gem Links, and Annointment Advice.

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    Updated for Patch 3.8 Blight: Gear, Passive Skill Tree, and more!

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    Build added.

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    I followed the guide and I’m right now at level 79. Finished Story, Tornado Shot and most support gems now on level 19, have 3 of 4 Ascendarys, and started mapping.

    My problem at the moment is that I have big problems with damage and survivability. I cant clear screens, but have to kite around at most mob packs and especially rare mobs. I have 3000HP at the moment, but I get often insta killed in Tier 4-5 maps. My Tornado Shot DPS is at 14000, which seems really bad to me.
    Im not an really experienced player, I played Cyclone in Legion and had none of those problems (got 100k later up to 300k DPS)

    Im feeling like I’m doing something generally wrong or missing something. I would like to know: Whats the most important DMG source for this build ? Is it a good rolled bow ?(I have a 6L imperial at the moment but not good rolled) Is it the Tornado shot helmet enchantment?

    I would be really happy to get an answer. Right now the build feels frustrating for me but I hope that will change with the time.

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    On 13/09/2019 at 3:32 PM, Lurcamera said

    I followed the guide and I’m right now at level 79. Finished Story, Tornado Shot and most support gems now on level 19, have 3 of 4 Ascendarys, and started mapping.

    My problem at the moment is that I have big problems with damage and survivability. I cant clear screens, but have to kite around at most mob packs and especially rare mobs. I have 3000HP at the moment, but I get often insta killed in Tier 4-5 maps. My Tornado Shot DPS is at 14000, which seems really bad to me.
    Im not an really experienced player, I played Cyclone in Legion and had none of those problems (got 100k later up to 300k DPS)

    Im feeling like I’m doing something generally wrong or missing something. I would like to know: Whats the most important DMG source for this build ? Is it a good rolled bow ?(I have a 6L imperial at the moment but not good rolled) Is it the Tornado shot helmet enchantment?

    I would be really happy to get an answer. Right now the build feels frustrating for me but I hope that will change with the time.

    Tooltip DPS for this build is not worth looking at. Instead of being per attack, Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is per arrow — it’s commonly known that “tooltip” (ingame) DPS is worse than worthless, but I feel obliged to point it out again here just in case. As stated in the Build Assessment, however, this is not a single target build — it’s meant to farm packs.

    It’s not a cheap build to achieve total dominance. As stated in the “Cons” section, it’s an expensive end-game build. Seasoned players can league start this build fairly easily, but if its your first time playing this build it is a different story. If you’ve never played a Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is a scaling skill than an immediate end-game powerhouse.

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    Hi there!

    Following the guide, I added my Raider MF gear. I have great success with it so far!
    My itemization deviates from the recommended MF gear in that I have a Doryani’s belt, a rare helmet and ring giving resistances, until I could get to two triple +res Ventors. I am level 89, short of the nodes in the southern part of the tree.

    However, I got several questions:

    • How do you get enough intelligence for a high enough lvl Wrath Wrath? Without getting +30 nodes, I end up with ~85 int. I assume the 4-link curse gems could be left lvl 1. My helmet gives +40 int and the other ring cannot be crafted +Int due to it being a triple res.
    • Can cold damage be the direction instead of lightning? Switching Hyrri's Demise Hyrri's Demise to Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills, I have problems shattering enemies, even with HoI on. The TS gems are at least lvl 18 and most of them 20%.
    • How crucial is it to have a 6-link on TS? With 5 links, I can comfortably remove packs and burst bosses as long as the Diamond flask is on.

    Thanks in advance!

    Edited by ScaraB on September 26th, 2019

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    why is everyone doing deadeye-ts?

    i have 120ex now
    can I use this build?
    or is deadeye build better?

    Edited by null on September 27th, 2019

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    On 26/09/2019 at 2:10 PM, ScaraB said

    Hi there!

    Following the guide, I added my Raider MF gear. I have great success with it so far!
    My itemization deviates from the recommended MF gear in that I have a Doryani’s belt, a rare helmet and ring giving resistances, until I could get to two triple +res Ventors. I am level 89, short of the nodes in the southern part of the tree.

    However, I got several questions:

    • How do you get enough intelligence for a high enough lvl Wrath Wrath? Without getting +30 nodes, I end up with ~85 int. I assume the 4-link curse gems could be left lvl 1. My helmet gives +40 int and the other ring cannot be crafted +Int due to it being a triple res.
    • Can cold damage be the direction instead of lightning? Switching Hyrri's Demise Hyrri's Demise to Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills, I have problems shattering enemies, even with HoI on. The TS gems are at least lvl 18 and most of them 20%.
    • How crucial is it to have a 6-link on TS? With 5 links, I can comfortably remove packs and burst bosses as long as the Diamond flask is on.

    Thanks in advance!

    The gear is pretty flexible, so whatever you need to complete your setup for the time being is usually just fine. A six link is pretty imperative for red maps and it scales the damage hard, but I guess the necessity of such upgrades is usually based on what type of content you are clearing and your priorities as a player.

    For Intelligence requirements there is really no way to do it without Passive Tree if you are going full Magic Find, or without adjusting the aura setup to a different one, such as Grace Grace. I might even consider Grace Grace preferable with full Magic Find gear, as you’re going to be pretty squishy.

    You can opt for Cold or Lightning damage. As you might expect Lightning gives you a higher top end but might be more expensive or difficult to acquire. The difference is not so large as to be egregious, however, and many variations of this build will even use Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support over Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support. These versions will often opt to use Winter Spirit, for example, to scale their damage even further.

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    On 27/09/2019 at 5:58 AM, null said

    why is everyone doing deadeye-ts?

    i have 120ex now
    can I use this build?
    or is deadeye build better?

    This is addressed in the Introduction section of the guide. Deadeye is a more popular Ascendancy in general, which plays a big part in players simply defaulting to it. For this build, Raider is a better late-game mapper and gives you more options for dealing with bosses if you want the build to be more than a mere clear speed farmer. Deadeye is faster to get off the ground, better in the earlier stages of gearing, and arguably the better choice if you just want to farm Shaped Burial Chambers Map Burial Chambers Map all day long.

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    So im playing this build, lvl91 and im confused as to how to scale the damage. Is the only way to do it with abssal jewels? I opted to go for Hyrrs Chest to get a bit more damage. But still in Blight encounters in t13 Maps im having trouble to kill the mobs.

    My Profile if it helps: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Shazal/characters
    The Character is Gina_The_Machina

    And i would like to know some recommendations on what to annoint since i’m not really sure on that matter.

    Thanks for all your guides!

    Edited by Shazal on October 4th, 2019

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    Can the MF build in the recommendation tab run all map tiers?

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    On 04/10/2019 at 4:45 PM, Shazal said

    So im playing this build, lvl91 and im confused as to how to scale the damage. Is the only way to do it with abssal jewels? I opted to go for Hyrrs Chest to get a bit more damage. But still in Blight encounters in t13 Maps im having trouble to kill the mobs.

    My Profile if it helps: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Shazal/characters
    The Character is Gina_The_Machina

    And i would like to know some recommendations on what to annoint since i’m not really sure on that matter.

    Thanks for all your guides!

    Sorry for the slow response – for some odd reason it didn’t pop in my notifications. It looks like you are playing Elemental Hit Elemental Hit now! Let me know if you still want some pointers.

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    On 10/10/2019 at 7:43 PM, knempp said

    Can the MF build in the recommendation tab run all map tiers?

    It depends on how good your support gear is. Certainly it can clear the maps with the right Jewels, flasks, and gems, but you likely won’t be able to kill high tier (14+) map bosses with a full magic find setup (or it will just take forever).

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    Heii love the build,

    i used the deadeye hardcore skill tree until i got til 89, and then switc to the raider to get some more defence.

    how can i improve it so far.

    I know i am missing a frenzy charges, and still waiting so i can get +83-84 jewel and make a bunch of them.
    my profile https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Ashare/characters
    named ZarashaMF on normal blight leaugem
    any tips, love the guides here.

    Edited by Ashara on November 14th, 2019

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    Edited by Sakain on December 26th, 2019

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    Would an older 6 link rare evasion chest and an older 6 link Harbinger Bow also work? I would like to play my old ranger char, and I don’t have the currency for new stuff.

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    On 08/01/2020 at 8:24 PM, Paul980 said

    Would an older 6 link rare evasion chest and an older 6 link Harbinger Bow also work? I would like to play my old ranger char, and I don’t have the currency for new stuff.

    That works fine.

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    Thanks for the reply. Can you take a look at my current raider? I need the last two ascendancy points and my gear (besides the hh) is pretty weak. But atm I only have one ex left. Does my phys bow make sense, when it doesn’t have any elemental rolls on it? Thanks in advance :)

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/RaveHeart1985/characters

    Edited by Paul980 on January 9th, 2020

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    Hello and thanks for the great guide – is a Farruls Fur worth using in this setup – I have a 6 link and if it is a viable alternative what would you use the links for gem wise? – thanks for any help!

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