[3.12]g00fy_goober's Ultimate EleBuzzsaw Raider (Easily Clear All Content)

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Note: If you have any questions pertaining to the build. Please post them here or if you want feel free to ask in stream. Please do not PM me in game or on forum as you will not get a response.

Note 2: Guide is fully up to date except for cluster jewels. More than likely at least 1 series (maybe 2) of cluster jewels should be worked into the build for maximum output. To do this other nodes will have to be dropped. Currently i do not have time to redo every build of mine and find out which notables on cluster jewels are best and change all the trees/gear around to fit them in. Build works fine without cluster jewels but anyone wanting to push the build should definitely incorporate cluster jewels into it!

3.12 Nothing really changed via patch notes for 3.12 for this build. HOWEVER the entire build was completely revamped and redone like it very much needed to be for awhile now... The guide itself is not updated but I have the POB link and fully changed/revamped and theory crafted the hell out of it at the end of last league. Only waiting to actually make it this league and try it out before publishing it, but I am very very VERY excited to play my favorite build of all time again!

3.11 Not much changed for this build. Few crit/crit multi nodes got tuned down a bit. Everything is the same mostly but in reality this build needs a complete overhaul with updated gear/gems/annoints etc.

3.10 No changes to build

3.9 Point blank received a nerf. Largely unchanged overall though.

3.8 Nothing major. Few number changes from raider ascendency, get like 40% inc dmg extra or something like that now.

3.7 Spectral throw received minor buffs to damage. Also passives changed just a bit. Ele damage rolls on weapons can be higher now but much harder to get the top tier rolls. That being said abyss jewels flat damage and life were both nerfed so mostly build will feel the same.

3.6 No changes

When I look for "Top Tier" in a build I have many requirements that must be met. I want a build that can clear ALL content (maps/shaper/lab/atziri + ubers etc). It must be FUN and ENGAGING, not cost an extraordinary amount of currency, and have the ability to be a league starter with the ability to do all content later on as you upgrade and invest into your character. On top of this it must have fast movement or move skills and not have to worry about any weird issues that ruin builds for me (such as running out of mana, dying to random one shots, not lacking in single target capability, etc etc.)

All in all finding a build that suits me and has all of these things can really be a tall order to fill. Luckily I have perfected my spectral throw ele buzzsaw build which fits me perfectly! Hope you all enjoy!

Very fun and engaging build to play
Spectral Throw MTX's all look amazing! (Hope to get Lunaris boss from act 8 MTX at some point!!)
Very fast pace build
Incredible movement speed with whirling blades
One of the best AOE clears in the game hands down
Amazing Single Target capabilities as well
Vaal Haste + Vaal Grace take it yet another step further
Free frenzy charge generation via ascendancy class
Vaal pact + insane damage gives ridiculous amounts of leech
Can do almost all map mods (avoid no leech, ele reflect)
Able to do all content (all maps, uber atziri, all labs, shaper and guardians, uber elder)
Nice defensive capabilities
Easy/Cheap to gear with room for lots of improvements as you get more currency

Ele Reflect maps are NOT possible
Can not leech maps are NOT possible
Can be decently expensive to fully min/max yourself for end game gear

Quick Leveling Guide

- Definitely league start capable

- Spectral throw can be used to level the entire way through. 4 Link it when you can with LMP at level 8 (GMP at level 38), added lightning damage, and Elemental damage with attacks (EDWA).

- Use any 1 hand rare weapon with the most flat ele dmg on it. Crit/Attack speed don't matter much at this point though I hate slow weapons personally. Base does not matter at all here either. Claws, Swords, Daggers w/e is fine while EARLY leveling. Once you need leech, you need to have a claw for soul raker passive.

- For armor pieces (helm/chest/boots/gloves etc) just try to get a good amount of res and any life you can.

- Use a mana flask until your mana leech is good enough to sustain your skill. Especially for boss fights in which you will run out of mana quickly. For awhile I do not even use herald of ice, only wrath just to give me more mana. Don't really start using Herald of Ice until I stop using mana flask mostly.

- Use normal leveling uniques if not at start of league: Tabula/Goldrim/-mana cost Jewelry. For Weapons just find rares with ele dmg based on your level. Also Wake of Destruction boots are great for leveling. They give you 1-120 lightning dmg to attacks, 15 movespeed, and life on kill. Absolutely great to level with.

How Point Blank works

As the projectile begins to move from its point of origin, the attack deals up to 50% more damage. As the projectile travels a greater distance, the attack deals up to 50% less damage at the maximum distance of projectiles.

Gear breakdown & Stat Prioritization

Rat's nest is really the only choice here. Highest global crit the better. Crit, attack speed, move speed. Only thing missing on this baby is life.

Claw is 100% mandatory for this build. Can use swords/daggers to early level with, but as soon as you need to leech life/mana and you start picking up claw nodes on tree, claw will be required.

Base: Best base is imperial claw or any claw that has 1.6 base APS and 6.0 base crit. Gemini claw is not bad either as it has mana gained on hit which helps with some early on mana issues and has 1.5 Aps with 6.3% crit. Few things to note here... 1.) Any claw with less than 1.5 aps is not going to be a very good idea. 2.) Physical damage on claw means NOTHING AT ALL. Everything you do is ele damage, so the difference between imperial claw or say noble claw is not much (only the life gained on hit/mana gained on hit changes for the implicits). 3.) Claws with things like 2% physical damage leeched as life do absolutely nothing for you, having an implicit like that does not benefit you in anyway so try to avoid them.

Your first "mapping" claw should be dual ele dmg with crit + attack speed. Upgrade later on to HOPEFULLY the same thing but with the crafted attacks with this weapon penetrate xx% ele res along with 1.9+ attack speed and 7.5%+ crit. Crit multi is very hard to get with the 5 other mods you need and it will cost you a LOT.

Lycosidae is truly a great shield. It's stats are not to spectacular but it gives you 100% chance to hit. This allows you to not have to get accuracy rolls on your jewelry and even then you would still only have like 90-92% chance to hit give or take. Your res will be easily capped with gear/tree so you don't lose out very much by using this low level unique.

Loreweave is just the best option here. Maximum resists all being 80% is just so good. Try for 50+ life, 50+ crit, 40+ ele dmg as well, but 80 max res is almost mandatory.

Rare gripped gloves with the projectile damage implicit. Get some life + res's and a good solid roll of attack speed.

Good rare pair of boots is the best option here. Whirling blades is used for 99% of your movespeed. So in actuality movespeed on boots matters very little if at all. I like to get a bit just because if I click to pick up item or something I move normally for a second or two. You can get a split base evasion/armor or evasion/es that will help with early chroming. Two Toned base is also a very good idea for even more res.

Stats: High life > Tri Res > Movespeed > Evasion

Another Good rare piece is the best bet here. Easy to get remaining resistances and super high life & elemental damage with attacks. Strength on this would be a bonus for your red gems like fortify/reduced mana/Inc Duration and would give you even more life.

Stats: Highest life possible > EDWA > Finish Resistances you need > Strength > Flask stuff

Jewelry is to fill out as much dmg and the rest of ur defensives as you can. Really good pieces can get really expensive. The good thing is that with belly + rare gloves/boots + Passives you should already have a good chuck of your resistances filled out. Opal ring base is slightly better than Diamond Ring base for rings (getting res ones if you need or life ones are not terrible, but less damage) Lapis/Amber/Agate/Onyx base for ammy would be best. You need some str + int, personally agate is my favorite.

Stats: EDWA > Life > Any remaining resistances > Crit/Crit Multi (Ammy only) > Flat lightning damage > Attack Speed (Ring only)

Abyss jewels straight across the board for every slot and in your tombfist and in your stygian vise if you have one. Abyss jewels are incredibly OP for ele builds and this build is no different. Even after nerfs abyss jewels are still the way to go.

Grab 1x watcher eye jewel with damage penetrates x% lightning dmg while affected by wrath for your tree.

For rare abyss jewels look for: 2x high ele dmg rolls (lightning is the best) and 40+ life if you can manage it). Other ele dmg rolls are ok but not quite as good as lightning damage.

Gems & Links

4L Setup (use for leveling): Spectral Throw - GMP - Added Lightning Damage - EDWA
5L add Inc crit damage
6L add Lightning Pen
*NOTE* Swap in slower projectiles for GMP on single target kills when needed for map bosses, atziri, shaper, guardians, etc.

3L Setup: Vaal Haste - Vaal Grace - Inc Duration
3L Setup: Wrath - Ancestral Protector - Portal
2L Setup (tombfists): CWDT (lvl 20) - Summon Lightning Golem
4L Setup: Orb of Storms - Herald of Ice - Curse on Hit - Ele Weakness
4L Setup: Whirling Blades - Faster Attacks - Fortify - Blood Magic

*Note* Keep a Slower Projectiles in your inventory to swap for single target kills


Vessel of Vinktar is the huge one here. Just a glorious flask all around. Flat added lightning damage to ATTACKS is the only choice here really. Lightning pen is not awful, bu lower damage than attack vinktar.

Atziri's promise is up next. Lots of extra damage & also gives us more leech which is nice. Obviously elemental damage is the roll we care about as all our damage is elemental.

Diamond Flask is the best and only option for utility flask. Increased duration is my favorite roll coupled with shock immune now that we do not use avatar of the veil and do not have shock immunity, we need to have it rolled here to prevent Vinktar from making us take 50% increased damage. Diamond Flask itself now brings your crit chance from about 40% to about 65%(this will not show in tooltip).

Bottled faith is super OP if we can still get/use in 3.7. If a div card or something comes out go with this over sulphur flask.

Crit Chance with Diamond Flask
In general your crit chance should be around 40%based on your gear. Here is a nifty little table that explains it better than I ever could:

No No Map Mods
- Ele Reflect is by far the worst and can't be done
- No Leech is best to avoid
- Temp Chains as always sucks because being slowed feels awful. So I always reroll without fail.

Gloves - Any you want. However a corrupt pair of tombfists will be better than any enchant you can get (ele weakness on hit, frenzy charge, even %max life are all better)
Boots - Two-Toned boots are one of my favorites if you can find a good pair, the extra resists really help. Leech/stun/increased attack + cast speed are all good ones too but all work if you have killed RECENTLY (within last 4 seconds) so does not work with single target + bosses which is by far the most important.

That being said the BiS enchant would probably be 1 to 160 lightning damage added if you have NOT killed recently. Meaning this would work almost exclusively with single target damage which as previously stated is by far the most important.

Helm - 40% ST Damage is BiS. 25% from merc is ok, would really go for 40% though.

*NOTE* Deceleration might be better for single target on something like uber elder but that is it: See full breakdown on Page 346 a few posts from the top.


Help Alira for the 5 mana regen/s, 15 to all resists, and 20% crit multi

Ascendancy Points

Way of the Poacher > Avatar of the Slaughter > Rapid Assault > Avatar of the Chase


Minor God - Shakari. I simply like the reduced chaos dmg, caustic cloud dmg, and immune to poison.

Major God - Brine king is the one I run just for the ability not to get stun locked... Additonally now that we are not immune to status ailments any longer due to the ascendancy changes... the 50% reduced effect of chill and the cannot be frozen if you have been frozen recently is great quality of life.

Feel free to change this as needed or use whatever other Major god you would like if Brine King is not for you.

PoB link

T13 Casual Map Run - https://youtu.be/WzljhF6zDBk

Why does my damage feel low? The most likely answer is probably because of skill gems. The last few levels on the gems add a HUGE amount of damage as well as quality on all the gems. 21/20 gems are even better. For example the increase from level 20 to 21 on added lightning damage and wrath alone is a huge chunk of damage. Other things to look at would be the EDPS/APS/Crit chance on your claw, ST enchant on helm, attack speed on gloves, gripped gloves increased projectile damage, and all the EDWA rolls on your belt + jewelry. All of these things adds up one by one until it becomes a big difference overall.

Why don't I have enough Str/Int? For level 21 wrath you need a whopping 159 intelligence, and for a level 20 Ancestral Protector you need 155 strength. The tree gives you a good bit but you have to be mindful of what you will need on the rest of your jewelry/belt/jewels. Try to get a good base for your amulet that has some str. A good strength roll on a belt would also be great.

I don't like this or that with your build. Do I have to do it? 100% Absolutely Not. This is a build that I tweaked specifically to fit me. Do to you what feels right and looks good for YOU. YOU are the one that has to play it and enjoy it. Trust me when I say if you change your damage by a few hundred or even a few thousand or swap your defenses around it will not make or break the build for the most part. However keep in mind that I will always advise people to do what I have laid out in the build.

Herald of Ice vs Herald of Thunder Personally I use herald of ice as when monsters shatter (which is like always) it does an aoe effect, this aoe effect curses other monsters. Where as herald of thunder only curses monsters that the lightning bolt comes down and strikes. Technically lightning damage will stack slightly better due to lightning penetration from wise oak. However the damage difference is practically negligible. Also the aesthetic appearance of herald of ice looks way better.

Loreweave Vs Belly A well rolled loreweave (high life + crit + max res + ele dmg) will definitely be a lot better than a belly of the beast especially dps wise. However you will have to realize that losing 40% from belly and only getting like a +50 something roll on life from loreweave will make you lose hundreds of hitpoints. You will either have to deal with this or make up the life somewhere else which can be pretty hard to do.

Why do I keep running out of mana? At low levels you WILL run out of mana. Either use elreon jewelry if it is not start of league, or just run a mana flask. Once you get the mana leech node now called "Soul Raker" in the claw wheel and a decent amount of damage you shouldn't really run out anymore.

Where do we get leech from? Their is now two places on the tree that we get leech from. The biggest source is the Soul Raker passive in the claw wheel up by shadow. It grants 1.2% ATTACK damage leeched as life and .8% ATTACK damage leeched as mana. The second passive is blood drinker which grants an additional .4% ATTACK damage leeched as life. Both are more than sufficient to keep your life/mana at full once you start dealing enough damage to sustain it. It is based on a % of the damage you deal afterall.

How do we generate frenzy charges? The frenzy charge generation comes from the first labs ascendancy points "Way of the Poacher". Also ice bite now gives us some extra frenzy charge generation but is not needed at all.

Is this build SSF/HC Viable? SSF I would say definitely not. It would be very hard to get a lot of the stuff I feel is required. HC I would say its possible, but other builds would be a lot better for HC. This build, while pretty safe if built properly, is far from being super tanky for HC play. The way POE works with random mods rolled on maps and certain types of monsters being deadly can really kill a lot of experienced players let alone newer players.

EXAMPLES: See devourers with a map that rolled: Vulnerability + moster damage + massive crit
See Tentacle Miscreations with a map that rolled: - Max res + 106% extra fire dmg + 103% extra cold damage + increased attack/cast/move speed mods.

Why do we not use elemental focus when it gives the best dps increase? While elemental focus gives us a chunk of dps increase it is not worth losing our ability to inflict status ailments. For general clearing shock alone increases your damage by a huge percent let alone the QoL + defenses that chill/freeze give you. Furthermore all bosses can be shocked/chilled as well now since 3.0. This includes guardians + shaper. Now it is impossible to figure out the calculations of shock now based on our dps + the amount of life shaper has but how new shock works reads as the following: A purely Lightning hit which removes 10% of an enemy's life will increase the damage that enemy takes by 50% for 2 seconds, scaling linearly down to 0% at no Lightning damage dealt. This means that while we don't know the % some shock will still apply at all times.

Also do not forget that vinktar also applies shock. If you use vinktars you will not shock the enemy.

As for all fights that are not shaper/guardians (99.9% of playing), you can pull up POB and see the damage difference between ele focus and increased crit dmg. Then put back on inc crit damage and check calculations and tick is enemy shocked. Then look at how much more drastically your effective dps changes. It is a million times more than ele focus.

Hope you all enjoyed the guide and hope it allows many players to enjoy this wonderful game even more. If you have any questions/comments/vouches you are encouraged to post up as long as you have FULLY read the guide. Again you are also encourage to come ask questions on my stream. Happy farming my fellow exiles!
Last edited by g00fy_goober on Sep 16, 2020, 10:56:46 PM
Last bumped on Dec 1, 2020, 8:40:39 PM
Looks interesting! Gonna keep my eyes on this build :)
This is pretty close to what I have on my PoEplanner tree right now, except I wanted to try to build around Wild Strike and dual Hands of Wisdom and Action. Think it could be viable?
Arnseb wrote:
Looks interesting! Gonna keep my eyes on this build :)

Feel free, its a build I have enjoyed the most with this game so far!

PetraTouVorra wrote:
This is pretty close to what I have on my PoEplanner tree right now, except I wanted to try to build around Wild Strike and dual Hands of Wisdom and Action. Think it could be viable?

HOWA are wonderful as they are right now. I know GGG said they would hold off on nerfing until they change their poison/double dipping and other changes as well. I do not know for sure what is going to make it into 2.6 and what will hold off till 3.0 but its pretty safe to say that sooner rather than later HOWA will not be as good as they are now. Other than that I can not say, cross your fingers and hope for the patch notes :)
Thanks for posting this.. I wasn't sure what I wanted to run with the new league. Had a few possibilities, but nothing I was in love with.

Wanted something along these lines, liked your requirements for a build.
In Wraeclast, if someone tries to kill you... you just kill them right back.
Trapperkeeper wrote:
Thanks for posting this.. I wasn't sure what I wanted to run with the new league. Had a few possibilities, but nothing I was in love with.

Wanted something along these lines, liked your requirements for a build.

Glad you like it. Ya I can be very picky when it comes to a truly good build. I just want some of everything :)
Last edited by g00fy_goober on Feb 28, 2017, 12:16:31 PM

Very interesting build, thanks for your work.

Just a question, i saw this in the 2.6 manifesto :

"Daggers now have a lower implicit value. This will also apply to already-existing dagger implicits. Previously daggers granted 40%, 60% or 80% increased critical chance. These values have been changed to 30%, 40% and 50%. This is to reduce the impact specific base types had on weapon choices, and lower the power of the standout critical caster weapon base type."

Is there a inpact for your build ? The 10% crit decrease is significant ?

Thanks you,


Might be playing this as starter and switch to ES/Int and 2xHOWA later
Thoughts on going CI with Aegis Aurora? added elemental damage with energy shield replenish. with enough accuracy could u ignore the current shield u have?
Requesting you use the URL feature and redo the links to your skill trees.
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