Path of Exile: Synthesis’ end-of-league Flashback event is just around the corner! The rewards, ranging from a free Glimmerwood Mystery Box and small cosmetic items to full armour sets, are presented to the top players in each Ascendancy class as well as through various prize draws.
In preparation of the event, we’ve collected a number of builds we think would be most useful in the upcoming race to the top. In part two of this series, you’ll learn about the best Duelist, Marauder, Shadow and Templar builds, all of which are hardcore-viable. You can find builds for the Witch, Ranger and Scion in Part 1 of our Flashback builds series.
- The Cyclone Slayer is a well balanced build, created using the Two-Handed Weapon + Cyclone recipe. It’s very fun to play build, combining the allure of high single-target with decent clear speed and sustain for a good ol’ beefy melee brute. The Cyclone Slayer mainly relies on Sunder or Earthquake for leveling and you will have to get your hands on a Haemophilia or similar. The down side of this build is that it’s necessary to deal damage in order to survive due to having practically no health regeneration. The leveling experience is smooth, however, and you’ll have no issue in dealing with most types of content.
- Instant life leech has been hard to achieve in Path of Exile as of late, but the Double Strike Gladiator knows what’s up: a hearty combination of Bloodseeker with Vaal Double Strike and Ancestral Warchief means you’ll be pummeling bosses and gulping up their health like nobody’s business. You can definitely go hardcore with this build, but keep in mind your main focus will be on gaining a larger health pool in order to prevent one-shots.
- The Holy Flame Totem Chieftain is perfect for an SSF environment due to its lax equipment requirements. Set up around the Holy Flame Totem skill, which fires physical-based projectiles with 50% conversion to fire, the build feels quite safe to play, has a great life pool and decent life sustain mechanics. A cheap unique like Doon Cuebiyari will take you a very long way. it’s clear speed isn’t all that good, but you’ll find that bosses are no problem at all.
- With the Juggernaut’s extreme damage mitigation and Molten Strike‘s incredible single-target damage potential, the Molten Strike Juggernaut can become stunningly powerful if properly equipped. Nebuloch will be your preferred weapon, though a Brutus' Lead Sprinkler will help you gear up faster towards your goal. Wildfire will ensure you do decent damage early on, while Dying Sun will help with additional projectiles. This build can get quite pricey, but with the right luck you can achieve more than 90% physical and 80% elemental damage mitigation.
- Specifically created for running Labyrinths fast and efficient without a shred of danger for your life, the Uber Labyrinth Farmer Juggernaut relies on Earthquake and a wide variety of unique two-handers, though Atziri's Disfavour is what you should ultimately be aiming for. This is an extremely tanky build. Albeit not that good at handling late-game content, we do believe it’ll help you rise to the tops of the Flashback Juggernaut ranks.
- The Arc Mines Saboteur is a jack of all trades. The build has remained a powerhouse despite recent nerfs and is arguably the most dominant of all Arc variants, and is a great choice for both Standard and SSF leagues. The Arc Mines Saboteur offers a wide variety of modifications, is a very fast clearer and can deal some heavy amounts of damage with very little investment; movement speed is also pretty crazy on this one.
- Let’s start off the Trickster category with the Caustic Arrow Trickster. Caustic Arrow can deal a silly amount of damage at level 20 – a whopping 1714 per second! The build itself does not require a specific set of uniques and a simple Silverbough will do you well until you manage to get your hand on some more currency. Kaom's Heart and Devoto's Devotion will give you a very nice boost in survivability and clear speed. Damage-over-time builds are an acquired taste though, so choose wisely.
- The Divine Ire Trickster makes good use of the brand new Divine Ire gem. This is a physical-based channeling skill with 50% conversion to lightning; while channeling you gain stacks (capped at 20) which can then be released into a +1900% damage mega beam. Spiffy! A few precise nodes + The Eternity Shroud will give us a nice ol’ boost in Chaos damage, too, but a Tabula Rasa is a decent start which can carry you a long way into your journey. Overall, this is a well balanced build which is great at killing monsters off-screen. You will have to stay still in order to channel your skill and deal damage, however, which can put you in some tight situations.
- Here we have a build with exceptional defences: the Kitava’s Thirst Flame Surge Trickster is very high-tempo and does a great job at making your enemies explode into hundreds of pretty lights. The Flame Surge skill is carefully woven around Kitava's Thirst in order to create very strong single-target damage with potent energy shield restoration mechanics. The randomness of effects might affect your gameplay a tad though, and all the lights could be off-putting to some.
- The Soulrend Trickster is a good Chaos-based option for pretty much any league (SSF, Hardcore and Softcore). What’s essential about this build is that it is created with survival and comfort in mind, all while maintaining a very high rate of experience per hour. You can reach Level 100 safely and on a very tight budget, which is perfect for the Flashback event. Bane will help you apply curses, while Blight and Wither will be your right-hand boss killers. You get a deep health pool (>9000) with great defences and… what else could you need?
- Storm Burst is another great channeling skill which earned more love during 3.6. A simple Tabula Rasa goes a long way in the Storm Burst Trickster build, though The Eternity Shroud would do you wonders once you can afford it, and you will be focused on acquiring Shaper-based items in order to ignore your enemies’ Chaos resistances. The build offers nice single-target damage and great range, but doesn’t do that well in elemental reflect areas and the best equipment can become quite pricey.
- Another decent totem build would be the Frostbolt/Glacial Cascade Totems Hierophant. Your main spells will be, surprise, Frostbolt and Glacial Cascade due to their strong base damage – the former being a good clearer, while the latter excels at single-target. The life-based version of the build should be better suited to your Flashback needs, since it does not require any specific uniques but a Frozen Trail in order to work. Being totem-based, this build feels nice and safe to play, and you’ll have quite a bit of mobility. Depending on the type of content, though, you might need to swap gems here and there.
- Purifying Flame is quite new in Path of Exile, having been introduced alongside Synthesis. Building around this gem doesn’t require much of a budget, and it can easily achieve 2 million Shaper DPS. The Purifying Flame Inquisitor has lots of life regeneration, decent defences, very high damage at a low cost, and is incredibly easy to play, albeit a little slow at clearing.
Good luck in the Flashback, Exile!