Velyna's Ice Trap Saboteur Build Guide (PoE The Forbidden Sanctum 3.20)




Cruise through the acts into endgame quickly and easily with Ice Trap Ice Trap! For most of PoE’s history traps have been known as a strong leaguestarter, not requiring expensive uniques or heavy crafting to kill bosses early, and this remains true today. Often overlooked despite the built-in defense layer of freeze/chill, our gear remains cheap. Just toss a couple salvos near a pack and move on, the traps have big AoE and hit hard. We also don’t overlook defense like some trappers out there.

Below is a video guide I made for Youtube. This is a good place to start and goes over gearing as well as Pros/Cons. The PoB’s and guide may be more current so make sure to check!



✔️ Power Curve: Tons of power from ascend and cheap early uniques make this build feel great at all gear stages.

✔️ Fantastic Leaguestarter: The acts and early mapping are essentially free with this build. When it’s time to upgrade, the next pieces are cheap as well.

✔️ Bossing: I killed 6/7 Ubers, some of them with a level 16 Ice Trap gem.


Defense: Although tankier than many trap builds, it doesn’t fully come together until you get Determination Determination running. This can be done earlier or later based on preference.

Playstyle: Some people love it, some hate it. Traps are a different feeling from attacking or casting directly, it’s more like playing Brands.

How Does it Play?

Ice Trap Ice Trap has big AoE and can be thrown into the center of packs, making it great for mapping. Throw a few traps and move on, anything that doesn’t die will be chilled/frozen for you to quickly finish. For bosses you can stack traps between phases, or during the fight whenever you get a chance. You can have over 20 traps out at a time for single target damage.

Damage and Defensive Scaling

Ice Trap is a cold-based spell, so we want to stack gem levels and %spell/%cold mods. Cast speed can be used later, when you get Slavedriver's Hand Slavedriver's Hand. Since this is a crit build we love that as well, it can roll quite high on wand and shield. Our ascend has 2 points dedicated to damage, and finally we stack as much double damage chance as we can from Lethal Pride Lethal Pride.

Defensively this trapper is fairly stacked, running Grace Grace + Blind and Determination Determination with Defiance Banner Defiance Banner. Capped spell suppression is easy to hit. Not only do we blind everything near us, we take 15% reduced damage from blinded enemies. There is also Ghost Dance with ~700ES, and we have enough armour to run Molten Shell Molten Shell.

PoB Imports

The current PoB’s for this build are always available in My Discord or on the page linked below:

Pobs and Skills

For help with this build, the best place to ask is my Stream or the PoE Vault Discord.

Gear Stages

Leaguestart: Used for fresh leagues, or a start with near-zero currency. Its purpose is to get established farming early maps and buying gear for the next stage.

Midrange: We have dropped our leaguestart uniques for spell suppression rares, to make up for removing some on tree. Tinkerskin Tinkerskin with at least 5 links takes over the chest slot. We are stacking up reservation efficiency to fit in our next big aura, either Determination Determination or Hatred Hatred. This includes the beginnings of a cluster jewel setup, at least one medium and the reservation small.

Endgame: Full cluster setup, well crafted rares, Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye, Lethal Pride Lethal Pride. Switching to Slavedriver's Hand Slavedriver's Hand and getting a reservation helm enchant allows us to drop Clarity Clarity and fit in our last big aura.

Detailed info about gear can be found here:


Ascend, Bandits and Pantheon

A full explanation of bandit, pantheon and ascend choices can be found here:

Ascendancy, Bandits & Pantheon


All of my Leaguestart PoBs contain step by step trees as shown below.

Act 1

Before lightning trap, run Explosive Trap Explosive Trap with Chance to Poison Support Chance to Poison Support and then with Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support when available.

I put Steelskin Steelskin on my move button so it autocasts as a free defence layer. If the mana cost is too much stop leveling it or take it off entirely for awhile.

Keep Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support at level 3 max, so it procs often.

You will need some STR on gear to run Vitality Vitality, keep checking the vendor every time you level for an Amber Amulet Amber Amulet.

Act 2

Don’t forget the Great White Beast quest gives a second Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask.

Kill all the bandits.

Act 3

I ran lightning trap until the end of act 3, but you can probably swap at the library if desired.

Lab was very easy to do right after Dominus and I took Perfect Crime.

Act 4-10

I dropped Vitality Vitality and cClarity Clarity to level 1 and added Grace Grace once I had most of the reservation mastery on tree, then levelled them back up as I gained more available mana.

This was the setup I ended the acts and started mapping with, from here I moved towards matching the Leaguestart PoB.

Need Help?

I try to give all the information needed to enjoy the build and succeed, but questions do come up. If you need any help with my builds the best place to go is either My Stream or My Discord

You can also check out these handy resources here on the site:

GL out there, Exile!

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