Tornado Shot Raider Build Guide (PoE Legion 3.7)

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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 Guide.

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.

Like most Tornado Shot Tornado Shot builds, the pathing of this tree is very flexible and can be adjusted to suit your needs. For example, if you find yourself wanting more tank value, consider stopping at Blood Drinker on the upper part of the tree, instead of continuing up through Resourcefulness. The points can then be allocated to path through Master of the Arena and up into the Constitution wheel, offer a large amount of extra Life.

Jewel sockets are low priority, unless you already have excellent Jewels ready to be socketed. You will want Inspired Learning Inspired Learning in the lower right part of the tree when it becomes an option for you. If you are using a lot of uniques and need more Elemental Resistances, drop the Acuity notable wheel in favor of Survivalist instead. This can also just be done for the additional defenses, as Acuity is not a fantastic notable if your accuracy is already high from Precision Precision.

Acrobatics can be acquired whenever it feels necessary. Typically we recommend picking this up in the latter half of the game, around the time you are looking to do Cruel Labyrinth. You will want to snap up all the Critical Strike nodes you can as you are leveling up — Lethality, King of the Hill, and Assassination are all exceptional notables to get your damage online as soon as possible.

Disciple of the Slaughter is optional and relatively low priority. It actually provides competitive damage per point across the five points invested to similar late game nodes, but until you actually acquire the notable (5% increased damage per Frenzy charge) itself most of the impact is non-existent.

Make sure you put a point into Mana Leech in the bottom right part of the tree, otherwise you will encounter issues sustaining your damage. Bow builds occasionally hit power troughs where you have a heavy Mana expenditure due to reaching your 6-Link, but you do not yet have enough scaling to support the drain on 10% Leech alone. If this is the case for your exile, spec out of Mana Leech and put two points into Mind Drinker on the upper part of the tree instead. Once your damage improves, you can swap the configuration back.

Point Blank

Point Blank is an optional choice for Tornado Shot Tornado Shot builds, and many players fall on both sides of preference. If you are not sure how you feel about Point Blank in this build, here are some very general rules of thumb:

  • Point Blank is a better choice for single-target damage
  • Playing without Point Blank offers better clear
  • Point Blank can be an asset very early on if you are struggling to kill bosses and rares

Overall, the power of Point Blank has its ups and downs depending on your gear. In very low gear levels, you may have an easier time dealing with Rares and Bosses. In mid range gear it is more of a matter of preference, as your clear will usually be noticeably quicker without it once Rares are no longer an issue, but your boss damage will suffer without it.

In end-game gear (30-35 Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs invested or more) the balance usually swings back towards Point Blank, as your Tornado Shot Tornado Shot should still be instantly killing everything, even at long range with the damage reduction. This will give you more damage to fight bosses without experiencing the typically reduction in clear speed.

Gems

Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is our main skill and our only required 6-Link for the build, comprising virtually all of our damage for both single-target and clear. If you are opting to use a second 6-Link, you can also incorporate a Barrage Barrage link to support your single target damage. With nerfs to Chin Sol Chin Sol, however, Tornado Shot Tornado Shot is typically more single target damage in end-game gear regardless, so this is more of an early or mid-gear alternative.

Tornado Shot Tornado Shot 6-Link

Here are the recommended end-game links for Tornado Shot Tornado Shot, in order of priority.

  1. Tornado Shot Tornado Shot
  2. Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Increased Critical Damage Support Increased Critical Damage Support

The sixth link is relatively flexible and can be adjusted to suit your needs. Lightning Penetration Support Lightning Penetration Support is a powerful choice if you are doing a lot of boss killing on the side, and Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support and Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support are both superior choices when you are starting out with low gear.

Barrage Barrage 6-Link

If you opt to incorporate Barrage Barrage, you should set it up as a secondary 5/6-link that’s primary purpose is single target damage.

  1. Barrage Barrage
  2. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  4. Lightning Penetration Support Lightning Penetration Support
  5. Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support
  6. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support

If you are using Barrage Barrage you must use Point Blank — or a corrupted quiver (such as Drillneck Drillneck with a Point Blank implicit — for it to be at all effective.

Auras 4-Link

This is the only required 4-Link in the build.

  1. Wrath Wrath
  2. Precision Precision*
  3. Vaal Grace Vaal Grace / Vaal Haste Vaal Haste
  4. Enlighten Support Enlighten Support (Level 3/4)

We do not use the aura components of the chosen Vaal skill (Grace Grace or Haste Haste); only the “active” Vaal skill is to be used.

*Precision Precision should be kept at a level that leaves you with enough Mana to comfortably use Tornado Shot Tornado Shot but keeps your Accuracy rating at or very close to 100%.

Defensive Aura Alternative

If you are looking to reach Level 100 and want to give yourself the best possible chance, consider using this setup instead. We drop Wrath Wrath in favor of more Evasion and safety:

  1. Vaal Grace Vaal Grace (with Grace Grace active)
  2. Herald of Ice Herald of Ice
  3. Precision Precision
  4. Enlighten Support Enlighten Support (Level 4)

This leaves you with 17% unreserved Mana, allowing you to also fit Dread Banner Dread Banner into another link (ensure it is not linked to any support gems). Dread Banner Dread Banner causes nearby enemies to have 21% reduced Accuracy at maximum level, which functions as pseudo-avoidance in addition to the huge boost from Grace Grace.

Herald of Ice Herald of Ice 2/4-Link

For maximum damage we keep Herald of Ice Herald of Ice in its own link, where it can procure additional buffs and damage for us. If you are opting to use the Defensive Aura Setup, you can repurpose this link for any number of setups, including golems, Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support defensive curses, Dread Banner Dread Banner, and so on.

If you are using more than one 2 Abyssal Socket items (Lightpoacher Lightpoacher and Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail) this will be a 2-Link:

  1. Herald of Ice Herald of Ice
  2. Innervate Support Innervate Support

If you have room for a second 4-Link in addition to the Wrath Wrath 4-Link, add these 2 gems to the link:

  1. Curse On Hit Support Curse On Hit Support
  2. Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark

Blink Arrow Blink Arrow 2-Link

A simple mobility link and the best one for the build.

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

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support Alternative

Instead of 4-linking your Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, you can also opt to have a separate 2-Link within the same item (2× 2-links) utilizing Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support and a guard skill of choice

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 1)
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 3)

Other Links

As we touched on above, depending on what gear you are using you may have more or less links to play with. You can use these however you feel best supports your current power level — Tornado Shot Tornado Shot’s scaling coupled with the vastly differing defenses you might have based on your items make it difficult to give a definitive recommendation.

Our Recommendations

Based on the gear used in the Gear Summary / TL;DR section, we advise using the following links from the section above:

Number of Links Link Name Link Location
6 Tornado Shot Tornado Shot 6-Link Weapon
4 Auras 4-Link Helmet
4 Herald of Ice Herald of Ice 4-Link Gloves
2 Blink Arrow Blink Arrow 2-Link Boots

If you are pushing for 100, we highly recommend swapping to the Defensive Aura Alternative setup and incorporating Dread Banner Dread Banner for maximum chance of survival.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Ascendancy

Ascendancy

  1. Way of the Poacher
  2. Avatar of the Slaughter
  3. Quartz Infusion
  4. Avatar of the Veil

Additional Information

  1. Way of the Poacher gives you organic Frenzy charge generation and is a generally strong leveling choice, since most of the other Raider benefits require Frenzy Charges to be useful. It also opens the way to the most important Ascendancy node, or at least the most iconic one.
  2. Avatar of the Slaughter is the quintessential Raider ascendancy keystone, granting attack and movement speed per Frenzy Charge. By the time we have reached the end-game, this is 14% additional Movement Speed and 21% Attack Speed, plus the benefit of an additional Frenzy Charge.
  3. Quartz Infusion is essential to providing permanent Phasing during clear, which adds a lot of safety. A fantastic node for delving as well, where phasing is virtually essential.
  4. Avatar of the Veil adds more movement speed, damage, and immunity to elemental ailments while phasing, which is all the time (we having phasing at maximum Frenzy Charges, and Way of the Poacher ensures we always do). This is the perfect icing on the cake to keep you safe and sturdy while still adding a nice chunk of damage to your end-game.

Deal with the Bandits Reward

Either Kill them All or Help Alira — either choice is fine and both are very similar. We prefer the Passive Points in the end-game, however, if you cannot make good use of them (ideally for an additional Jewel slot) then they quickly lose value. Alira is a nice choice earlier in the league as it also provides additional Resistances.

Pantheon

Major Gods

  • Soul of Solaris remains one of the supreme choices for defense when properly upgraded, preventing crit chains against your character and reducing rogue-wave elemental damage.
  • Soul of Lunaris is an option for a little extra movement speed.

Minor Gods

  • Soul of Gruthkul is the best choice if you have not upgraded any of your Pantheon.
  • Soul of Shakari is recommended once you have upgraded it to provide Poison immunity.

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.

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)

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)

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

Armour

Chest

Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart is the clear winner for this build in the end-game if gaining experience is important to you. If you can afford a Corrupted version with the 40-50% Increased Damage, this chest is unbeatable. Even without the Constitution wheel on the Passive Skill tree you can easily get upwards of 7000 Life with Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart. Combined with your Ascendancy, Evasion, and Phase Acrobatics, your exile becomes very elusive and beefy to match.

Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest is the best option for flat out clear speed. It is possible to reach Level 100 using Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest, and experienced Tornado Shot Tornado Shot players will sometimes option to use this chest instead when farming Shaped maps due to the sheer clear speed and high Evasion it offers. The extra gem slots are not extraordinarly useful, which is partly why Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart is so attractive, but the discerning exile can put them to good use.

Loreweave Loreweave strikes a balance between damage and defense, but since this build is not exactly designed for boss hunting there is no real reason to recommend this as a default choice. It provides great damage, but less clear speed than Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest and less defense than Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart. On paper it is a very attractive choice, but it sits in a slightly awkward spot where the only great way of utilizing its strengths is for dealing with bosses like The Shaper.

Helmet

In most cases you will want to seek out a Rare helmet with the relevant enchant and craft it yourself to save on cost.

Recommended Enchantment: Tornado Shot Tornado Shot fires 2 additional projectiles.

This enchantment is non-negotiable; it is one of the most important parts of the build. While it is not required right when you start mapping, it is a very high priority as one of your first major upgrades. An explanation of why extra projectiles matter so much is provided in the FAQ.

Prioritize affixes on your helmet as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. +# to Intelligence
  4. % Increased Evasion/Armour/Energy Shield
  5. +# to Evasion/Armour/Energy Shield

Rare Helms can be easily crafted with Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossils.

There are also a few Unique options that are quite attractive. Bear in mind that enchants for popular Uniques are usually far more expensive:

  • Lightpoacher Lightpoacher (2 sockets) is the absolute best possible helmet, however, only with perfect Abyss jewels. Enchanted versions are often unrealistically expensive, and for that reason this helmet is rarely used despite its potential.
  • Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head is the de-facto all around Unique helmet for Critical Strike stacking builds, with solid defense and a nice Critical Strike bonus. The Dexterity roll is not very useful for this build, but it is a great helmet regardless.
  • Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion is the best possible option for pure clear speed and the ideal choice if you are just farming the same Shaped map over and over. This item is best combined with a full clear speed oriented setup using Queen of the Forest Queen of the Forest and a Jade Flask Jade Flask of reflexes to maximize that movement speed bonus.

Gloves

Gripped Gloves Gripped Gloves are usually the ideal choice. Rares can have so many valuable stats that they are often the best choice, giving the added freedom of some extra Resistances to take the pressure off of your other items. Prioritize affixes as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Attacks
  4. % Increased Attack Speed
  5. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks

There are also a few Unique options that are quite attractive:

  • Tombfist Tombfist (2 sockets) can be the best option for survivability and offer very competitive damage. Their effectiveness is almost entirely dependent on the quality of your Jewels, however, and they limit the number of links you have access to if you are also using Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail.
  • Sadima's Touch Sadima's Touch can be used for Magic Find farming, and despite recent nerfs to their quantity bonus, they are still the best option.

Boots

Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail (2 sockets) are far and away the best option. Great damage and survivability coupled with a nice movement speed roll make these our go-to for any situation.
Rare Boots are fine for defense and filling out Elemental Resistances when you are starting out. Prioritize the affixes as:

  1. % Increased Movement Speed (25%+)
  2. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  3. +# to Maximum Life

There are also a few other Unique options:

  • Atziri's Step Atziri's Step are cheap and have good Life, Movement Speed, and Evasion. If you have enough Resistances, these are likely your best bet when heading into Maps early on.
  • Goldwyrm Goldwyrm are the best option for Magic Find setups.
  • Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots can be used for Uber Elder if you need them, since you do not really need Blink Arrow Blink Arrow if you have these.

Recommended Enchants:

  • 16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you’ve Killed Recently (Best Clear)
  • Adds 1 to 160 Lightning Damage if you haven’t Killed Recently (Best Boss Damage)
  • Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you’ve Killed Recently (Strong Budget Option for Clear)

Weapon and Quiver

Weapon

Windripper Windripper is the quintessential bow for Tornado Shot Tornado Shot builds and remains one of the best options. It is relatively inexpensive, has high base Critical Strike chance and Elemental Damage, Attack Speed, and a natural Quantity and Rarity increase. Even if you are not setting up your build for Magic Find, Windripper Windripper is the “handshake” that will give you good enough damage to take on all content in the game as well as providing a nice Magic Find bonus to keep your pockets brimming.

For the best possible damage and clear, upgrade to a Rare Bow. Prioritize affixes as follows:

  1. Adds # to # Lightning Damage
  2. Adds # to # Cold Damage
  3. % Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. % Increased Critical Strike Chance
  6. Adds # to # Fire Damage
  7. % Increased Attack Speed

All the above affixes are very close in priority, however, the most important are the Lightning and Cold damage rolls. These form the base damage of your bow. You should try to get at least five of these affixes on your Rare bow, which should ideally be either a Harbinger Bow Harbinger Bow or an Imperial Bow Imperial Bow.

There are many Shaped and Elder mods for bows, and specifically Tornado Shot Tornado Shot, that can be extremely overpowered in certain combinations. They are a little too complicated to explain in list format since the priorities can quickly shift with current gear and combinations of affixes, however, if you have questions please feel free to ask for clarification in the comments!

Quiver

A Shaped Spike-Point Arrow Quiver Spike-Point Arrow Quiver is usually your best bet, giving some nice Critical Strike on the implicit. Try to get Resistances on your other items to allow you to itemize as much damage as possible on your Quiver. Prioritize as follows:

  1. +# to Maximum Life
  2. Adds an Additional Arrow (Shaped Prefix)
  3. % Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. % Increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  6. % Chance to Gain Onslaught for 4 Seconds on Kill (Shaped Suffix)
  7. % Increased Attack Speed
  8. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Attacks
  9. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks
  10. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Attacks
  11. Resistances

Rigwald's Quills Rigwald's Quills is a luxury option for clearing and is virtually unbeatable in this respect. It is best utilized if you are farming the same high tier Shaped map over and over for experience and/or divination cards.

Accessories

Amulet

A Rare amulet is the best choice, particularly if you can get a base that gives you stats that you desperately need (Intelligence and Strength) such as the Agate Amulet Agate Amulet. Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. % Increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  6. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Attacks
  7. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks
  8. % Increased Damage
  9. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Attacks

Bisco's Collar Bisco's Collar is the best option for Magic Find builds. An alternate option is a Shaped Amulet with an 8-10% Increased Quantity of Items Found roll, as this combines the Magic Find setup with some extra damage and defense.

Rings

Rare Rings are your best bet, as it is likely you will be looking to make up a lot of Resistances on these items to cover for the rest of your gear.

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. Adds +# to # Lightning Damage to Attacks
  5. Adds +# to # Cold Damage to Attacks
  6. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  7. % Increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  8. Adds +# to # Fire Damage to Attacks
  9. % Increased Damage

Belt

A Stygian Vise Stygian Vise is the best base for a Rare. They can also be crafted relatively cheaply using Fossils. We recommend using an Item Level 86 base and combining Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil, Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil, and Metallic Fossil Metallic Fossil in Powerful Chaotic Resonator Powerful Chaotic Resonators. This gives you a chance at the “holy trinity” — Life, % Increased Lightning Damage, and Elemental Damage with Attack Skills.

You can also purchase a belt, as crafting can have variable results depending on your luck. Whatever you choose, prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. +# to Strength (if needed for Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart)
  5. % Increased Lightning Damage
  6. % Increased Cold Damage
  7. % Increased Effect of Flasks
  8. % Increased Damage

Headhunter Headhunter is a great choice. This build uses this legendary belt better than most, and is a whole lot of fun to play with. Check out our Headhunter Guide for more information on how to go about obtaining it as quickly as possible. The Strength is particularly helpful if you are using Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart.

Unique options for Magic Finding are:

  • String of Servitude with a quantity roll offers the best possible Quantity bonus by a wide margin.
  • Bisco's Leash Bisco's Leash offers a small amount of Quantity, some nice defense, and a hefty Rarity boost.

Jewels

Unique Jewels

Inspired Learning Inspired Learning is a Unique Jewel that many have come to call Headhunter Lite, or mini-Headhunter. You gain one randomly selected mod when you defeat and Rare enemy and it is applied to the player.

This is a fantastic gem to use in combination with Headhunter Headhunter as the effect stacks with the Headhunter Headhunter mods.

Inspired Learning

This is the best placement for this Jewel, as we naturally acquire these notables through our build path with or without this gem.

Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye Choices

Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye is always a fun luxury item, and there are some great options for this build. None of them are required, and this should be one of your last upgrades if you choose to use one. Prioritize them as follows:

  1. (70-100)% increased Critical Strike Chance while affected by Wrath Wrath
  2. (40-60)% increased Lightning Damage while affected by Wrath Wrath
  3. +(30-50)% to Critical Strike Multiplier while affected by Precision Precision
  4. (10-15)% increased Attack Speed while affected by Precision Precision
  5. Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Lightning Resistance while affected by Wrath Wrath

Be sure to check this for yourself in Path of Building before making any big investments, as this priority can shift based on your current stats.

Abyss Jewels

This build is an amazing user of Abyss Jewels, and they outperform their “standard” counterparts in every instance. The rest of our Jewel slots should be filled with Searching Eye Jewel Searching Eye Jewels, which are the best available option. Jewels can be pricey, but they are well worth the investment.

If you are using Tombfist Tombfist, you will also want to incorporate a Murderous Eye Jewel Murderous Eye Jewel to socket in your gloves. If you are using Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail you will want a Murderous Eye Jewel Murderous Eye Jewel and Hypnotic Eye Jewel Hypnotic Eye Jewel (1 of each, does not matter where they are socketed in your gear or tree). Do not bother with Ghastly Eye Jewel Ghastly Eye Jewels as they have nothing of value.

Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. +# to Maximum Life
  2. % Chance to Gain Onslaught for 4 Seconds on Kill*
  3. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Bow Attacks
  4. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Attacks
  5. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Bow Attacks
  6. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks
  7. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Bow Attacks
  8. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Attacks
  9. % Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  10. % Increased Global Critical Strike Chance

*The % Chance to Gain Onslaught for 4 Seconds on Kill is only necessary on one or two Jewels, depending on the roll. You want around 6-10% chance to gain Onslaught on kill, which will allow you to keep it up most of the time while clearing.

If you are using Murderous Eye Jewel Murderous Eye Jewel and Hypnotic Eye Jewel Hypnotic Eye Jewel your stat options are more limited. Try to get ones with Life, Global Critical Strike Chance and/or Multiplier (both is the absolute best outcome), and one other useful stat. There are quite a few niche Abyss Jewel stats you can make use of, such as % Increased Damage if You’ve Killed Recently, so do not be afraid to scoop one of these up on these Jewels if you spot them.

Flasks

This is our recommended Flask setup. We have immunity to Elemental Ailments at Maximum Frenzy Charges, giving us a lot of flexibility of choice.

Flasks

Dying Sun Dying Sun can be swapped out for another flask until you can afford it, ideally either a Silver or Jade flask with an Adrenaline suffix.

Vessel of Vinktar Vessel of Vinktar with flat lightning damage adds a large injection of damage at the cost of leech. Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise, on the other hand, is very cheap and can be used virtually forever in the end-game. We recommend Vinktar if the rest of your gear is already exceptional, and Atziri’s flask otherwise.

The Wise Oak The Wise Oak is also exceptional for this build if you are able to balance your resists evenly, but otherwise not worth using.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

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

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.

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