[3.12]🏹 Poison Scourge Arrow / Toxic Rain + Blast Rain PF | Bottled Fortify | Ultra Tanky + High DPS


           FORTIFY UP & CRUISE THROUGH ALL END-GAME CONTENTS

            -One of The Tankiest (if not the tankiest) Rangers since 3.10-
                  90%+ less damage taken from hits
                Comprehensive video walkthrough available
             -Extreme customization! Clear all contents PoE has offered-
                    no clunky withered totems
               reliable & high DPS with consistent withered stacks




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Offense wins games but defense wins league.

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Let's win both games and league then. -wolife_poe



QUICK LOOK


Face up against wave-20 Kosis


Tank the Shaper's laser beam and tele-slam (a testament to the build's defensive effectiveness)


Tank Sirus Awaken 8's Multi-clone Beam and Hyper Beam Barrage, and Uber Atziri's Empowered Flameblast (memes with Grasping Vines)



!! NEW !!

Voltaxic Rift Pathfinder: From League-starter to End-game Finisher
https://youtu.be/boUL0fMGvcE (comprehensive build walkthrough)


PREFACE

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  • This build introduces a platform to create super tanky ranged characters that deals very high poison DPS. There are two main variants of the build: Scourge Arrow/Blasts Rain and Toxic Rain/Blast Rain, both of which utilize poison as main damaging mechanics. In addition, you can do poison Barrage/SA, or poison Barrage/Caustic Arrow.
  • The guide aims to provide all information you would need such as build mechanics, gearing recommendation, crafting guide, league-starting guide, etc. It may appear to be intimidating at first, but be patient and treat it as a journey. I promise the build will reward you handsomely at the end.
  • There are multiple phases in the game that influence the way that a character is played and equipped. We use some cheap gears in the early game until we are able to equip a Voltaxic Rift bow (SSF-viable, chaos damage that can shock) for the mid-game or end-game. For the end game, we could either all-in with a powerful rare bow (highly recommended) or a unique such as Darkscorn+Divine Flesh, which is not recommended since it is not fully compatible with our less damage taken defense. A comprehensive crafting section is provided to help you transition to the end game smoothly.




PROS VS CONS

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+ Well-rounded build.
+ Good clear speed and great single-target DPS (upto ~20M DPS from Scourge Arrow + ~3M DPS from Blast Rain/MiArcher with Malevolence).
+ Extreme surviving capabilities thanks to 1.4x Fortify + 5xEndurance charges + multi-layered defense.
+ High HP (~7,000) on top of 90% less damage taken from hit with Immortal Call (57% uptime) and 71% less damage taken from hit when Immortal Call on cooldown.
+ Super durable: high regen; long utility flask duration + good life recovery (~14000life/6sec+Fortify from flask) + fast charge recovery.
+ All contents were cleared smoothly and deathlessly. All map mods.
+ I've reached level 100 (variant 1, variant 2)with this build.
+ Hardcore viable.
+ Have reliable way to build up withered stacks (lasts ~5sec) by Blast Rain/MiArcher.
+ Comprehensive league-starting guide.
+ Our original league-starter variant: Voltaxic Rift Scourge Arrow + Blast Rain can carry you from mid-game to pre-red maps with very small investment (30-35c). This should allow you to save up for end-game gears.
+ Final gears are affordable.
+ Comprehensive crafting guide for gears and cluster jewels that updated constantly.
+ Comfortable farming T16 juiced map in the Delirium mist [3.10].
+ Able to handle the ultimate end-game challenge: 100%-Delirious fully-juiced T18 map (T19 is a possibility) [3.10].

- Scourge Arrow style takes time to adapt.
- Need to press many flask buttons.
- Not suitable if you don't like being reliant too much on flasks.
- You need to understand the Scourge Arrow mechanics to be able to maximize your poison DPS against the single targets (we have a comprehensive guide on this for you, too).
- This build ambitiously aims to create an ultra tanky yet high-DPS SA character. Therefore, it follows a step by step upgrade, starting with defense first. This may cause the early DPS to appear to be low, until we get the offense upgrade.
- Not a one-button press build.



THE BUILD MECHANICS

Build Mechanics Explained (must read)
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Every time we consume a life flask charge, we have Fortify thanks to the Hardened Scars anointment on the amulet. A life flask would stop discharging when the character reaches full health, so to get fortify up for the full duration of the flask, we go with a special affix named foreboding. This foreboding is a prefix that force mana recovery occurs at the end of the flask effect, ensuring the flask grants fortify during its entire duration.





Instead of casting wither thru multiple spell totems, which is slow and not practical in crowded mobs clearing, esp. Simulacrum, this build shoots blast rain with zero cast time and generates withered stacks on the target (boss or mobs). Blast Rain also provides a bit of extra damage (400K sirus DPS) that makes it really useful in softening up bosses or mobs. It works great with poison DoT.

So why Blast Rain, one may ask! One of the most appealing characteristics of Blast Rain is that all the explosions overlap on the target. This is great for withered stack generation. We add GMP or Awakened GMP to have 11 or 12 of overlap explosions, each of which has 25% chance to inflict withered. So the question is can we fast enough to max cap the withered stack within withered duration of 2 sec?

Instead of trying to answer that hard question, let's tackle it from a different angle: increase the withered stack duration. The build invests quite a bit into increasing skill effect duration so that we have Mirage Archer (MiA) lasts for ~10sec and withered lasts for ~5sec (original: 2sec). To offset MiA low attack speed (60% less AS), we invest into faster AS from frenzy charges, flask, etc.. So we manually shoot a volley of Blast Rain to the target and let MiA lock on to that target for 10 seconds, a duration that is more than enough to kill any single-phase monster, such as metamorph, Conquerors, Omniphobia, etc.

If our manual Blast Rain misses the target on the initial shooting, we need to shoot it again. But usually, I don't spend too much time on that. Just shoot the mobs with BR once in about 10sec and shoot Scourge arrow the remaining time.





This is a standard SA setup. Awakened gems are great to have. However, in early league, I did just fine with regular gems.


Scourge Arrow Mechanics and Single-target DPS
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Read further if you want to know more about the SA's mechanice or are having issue with your single-target DPS.

From the wiki:
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Scourge Arrow is a channelling bow skill. Channelling the skill charges up an arrow that creates spore pods as the arrow travels when released. The pods explode to fire thorn arrows around them. The arrow and pods deal physical damage converted to chaos damage.

But there's a catch. The thorn arrows from the same pod cannot all hit the same target since they are emitted at the same time. See Chris' notice:
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All projectiles now behave like arrows. Multiple projectiles emitted at exactly the same time can no longer hit the same target. Their area of effect damage can still overlap, dealing damage to the same target multiple times. Many skills have received balance changes as a result. We now have far better ability to balance projectile skills because Multiple Projectiles support gems aren't absolutely mandatory any more. Many skills that we have previously been unable to create due the presence of projectile shotgunning are now possible. In addition, melee characters aren't at as much risk from monsters with multiple projectiles.

So it's the number and position of the spore pods with regard to the target that determines the damage dealt on that target by thorn arrow hit.

All that said, I recommend +1 arrow for your SA, mostly for the purpose of dealing maximized DPS against single target.

With one arrow (+0)


With two arrows (+1)


With three arrows (+2)



Advices on playstyle and DPS from players
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Poison Toxic Rain
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Read more here (this post's reached word limit).


Voltaxic Rift's Shock Efficiency my spreadsheet
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Scourge Arrow vs (Poison) Toxic Rain
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CHANGELOG

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2020/09/22:
  • Update Heist end-game PoB with addition of some economy version of the gears.
  • Check the Path of Building section.


2020/09/17:


2020/07/28:
  • Added the highest-possible DPS PoB which employs 2 large clusters (testing purpose).


2020/07/26:
  • Added final end-game PoB with Harvest crafts.
  • Cleared T19 100% Delirious juiced map with beyond.
  • Detailed explanation: read here.


2020/07/18:
  • Added poison Barrage+Caustic Arrow build variant.


2020/06/24:
  • Update Voltaxic Rift SA + BR (level 82, 1.5M mob DPS after grabbing Master Toxicist, 4.85K HP).


2020/06/23:
  • Added new league starter variant: Voltaxic Rift Scourge Arrow + Blast Rain: super cheap and efficient.


2020/06/23:
  • Update Ascendancy section for new order of notable to take.


2020/06/20:
  • Added updated PoB for level 70-80-90 in one PoB.


2020/06/19:
  • Added Leveling suggestion for those who want to league-start with our build. Please find it in the Leveling Section (near the end of the post).


2020/06/18:
  • Added end-game PoBs for Harvest League (3.11).


2020/06/14:
  • Added PoB which I used for leveling from 98 to 100.
  • Added build variant section.
  • Add build variant that used Grasping Vines to tank all Sirus A8's attack.
  • Add another (meme) variant that can tank Uber Atziri's empowered flame blast.
  • This marks the end of Delirium league.


For the older changelog, please see the archive: here. (word limit)



MEDIA

Comprehensive video guide(MUST SEE).

Cruise through all end-game contents PoE has offered.



PATH OF BUILDINGS

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Select the PoB ver that you like.

[Original] Voltaxic Rift Scourge Arrow (League-starter):
+ Voltaxic Rift bow: https://pastebin.com/MsmzBReA (level 64-85).
+ Leveling up: https://pastebin.com/PJurd7wy (level 1-60).
+ Final end-game: Use the same PoB of Elder Thicket bow below. Replace Flesh and Stone gem by Herald of Thunder, Elder bow by Voltaxic Rift.
+ An Original affordable efficient mid-game to end-game build based on Voltaxic Rift unique bow.
+ Chaos damage can shock. Guarantee shock with stage-5 SA.
+ SSF friendly (Tranquility divination cards).
+ No Divine Flesh/Darkscorn.
+ Updated 2020/09/09.

Poison Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain Final End-game:
+ Used for both Elder bow and V-Rift: https://pastebin.com/f8q2dFhK .
+ Non-Harvest crafts.
+ Notes: Items with the name "People's Choice" are economy versions. There are better versions in the drop-down list.
+ Pick your body chest: -mana cost (people's choice ver.), frenzy (best for single target), or explode (best for clear).
+ Supports 2 skills: poison TR or SA.
+ Provides 2 tree setups: one with Iron Reflexes (IR) and one with Acrobatics. If you choose IR tree, swap Flesh and Stone for Herald of Purity. Blind is granted by "Silent Steps" notable. I'd recommend the Acrobatics tree for starter.
+ No Divine Flesh/Darkscorn.
+ Detailed explanation: video.
+ Updated 2020/09/22.

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For the older PoB, please see the archive: here. (word limit)



ASCENDANCY & BANDIT

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Getting your Pathfinder's ascendancy points in the following order:
1. Nature's Boon <-- auto flask gain
2. Nature's Reprisal <-- DPS
3. Master Alchemist <-- immune to ele ailment (free defensive flasks for offensive ones)
4. Master Toxicist <-- DPS

Note:
Nature's Adrenaline is an opportunity-cost trap. Master Alchemist grants elemental ailment immunity which is significantly better in all situations.

With Master Alchemist, You don't need to worry about getting ignited / freezed / chilled / shocked etc. under effect of any flask, which should be ~100% uptime. You will appreciate this node more when you get into the fight with Sirus at Awakening level 8.

All in all, regardless of the nature of the league you are doing, take Master Alchemist instead of Nature's Adrenaline.


Bandit
Kill them all.



FLASK SETUP

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Flask is one of the cornerstones of our build. Here is my recommendation of the flask setup and the reasoning behind each of the choices. Remember that these flask options are highly customizable and should be optimized based on the contents you want to focus farming.

Vessel of Vinktar: great offensive and defense. It gives us 30% less lightning damage taken (great against all type of lightning damage, esp. again lightning-detonate boys). Also trigger 16% shock, i.e. a Skitterbot from a bottle. Assuming 150-160% inc flask effect. In addition, since we are immune to shock (Master Alchemist), we do NOT take 50% increased damage by shock as Vinktar side effect. So, this is a great flask with no effective side effect at all.

Coralito's Signature: Great offensive stuff. Update (Aug. 2020): we've opted for Vinktar flask and using initial arrows for clear (end of Harvest league henceforth). Coralito reduces hit damage by 30%, so it's not really great for clear. It is however good for single-target DPS as it increases poison duration. At the end-game you can remove Coralito if you have enough DPS without it.

Overflowing Challice: This flask doubles the charge replenishment plus huge chunk of life regen. Very useful in boss fights.

Foreboding Hallowed Hybrid: this flask generates Fortify thanks to the cool interaction with Hardened Scars anointment. Every time we consume a life flask charge, we have Fortify. A life flask would stop discharging when the character reaches full health, so to get fortify up for the full duration of the flask, we go with a special affix named foreboding. This foreboding is a prefix that force mana recovery occurs at the end of the flask effect, ensuring the flask grants fortify during its entire duration.

Basalt Flask: Our source of physical damage reduction and curse immunity. To make it even better, we crafted an Alchemist prefix onto it that increases the flask effect with the expense of reduced duration. Since we already have tons of duration increased thanks to our cluster jewels and passive tree, we are good. In addition, curse immunity is important to have. People usually underestimate adverse curse effects; we will not.

Cinderswallow Urn: 3% max life regen on kill + stun avoidance.

Dying Sun: Very useful with the +2 arrows (+3 with our total increased Flask effect). Help cover the whole screen with initial arrows which are our primary clear mechanics (rapid poison with high APS). Init arrows deal more damage, and don't have any delay or lifetime expiration compared to the thorn arrows. Some first experiment with init arrow clearing (3 arrows) video: here. Also useful with less fire damage taken, given we can craft phys damage taken as fire damage on the chest.

Ruby flask: with Alchemist prefix; good at tanking Fire-focused damage.

Quartz flask: with Alchemist prefix and warding suffix; good for mapping thanks to +15% attack/spell dodge and Phasing, which helps move thru mobs. I found myself constantly use the Alchemist's Basalt Flask of Adrenaline(+30% speed) and Alchemist's Quartz flask of Warding when leveling up from level 98 to 100.

Alternatives:


Bottle Faith: triple radius of consecrated ground compared to Overflowing Chalice and amplified damge taken for enemies, guaranteeing a good return of investment considered its hefty price. Bottle Faith is the luxury that is well-worth when you are either trying to minimize the risk of dying around level 98 or 99, or doing 100% delirious fully-juiced map. Absolutely not a mandatory flask to have.

Taste of Haste: synergize really well with the phys. damage taken as cold damage from the helmet. Can be used in substitution for the Overflowing Chalice.

Basalt Flask: with +30% movement speed: in bossfights (no curse immunity required). Total movement speed: ~110%.

Quicksilver: for easy-going league like Harvest, I'd use a Quicksilver flask for mapping. There is little danger except for the Tier3-4 Harvest monsters.

Rumis' Concoction: used in our Iron Reflexes tree setup. Great flask for defense.

Regardless of your choices, try to craft +26% quality on your flasks by making Hillock the blacksmith the captain + leader of Research syndicate (so he grants 2 crafting benches on safe-house raid).



THE CHOICES OF GEAR

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Anointment

Very straightforward! There is only one choice: Hardened Scars so that we can have Fortify on life flask drink. (Note that a Hybrid flask is also considered life flask).

To anoint Hardened Scars, you need:


Cluster jewel Setup


A cluster jewel with Enduring Composure is our source of endurance charges. When we get hit, it generates one endurance charge per second. And when we at max endurance charges and get hit, the cluster jewel refreshes the duration of the charges. It essentially gives us semi-perma endurance charges (4 in our build).

Not only does endurance charge help use directly reduce physical damage (both hit and DoT), it also has a great interaction with Immortal Call. With the presence of Enduring Composure jewel, we have perma max endurance charges which guarantee that Immortal Call procs with maximum potential (up to 71% less physical damage taken with 4 endurance charges). Remember that we already have a long 3.5-sec Immortal Call (the base duration is 1-sec).

It's also worth to mention that while Immortal Call is proccing, the endurance charges will keep stacking up by Enduring Composure if we get hit. Enduring Composure cluster just synergizes too well with our whole defense system, thus it's a must-have.

[Harvest league exclusive] We can craft Enduring Composure on the body chest. That frees up the small cluster jewel for more life roll.



Nature's Patient enables Grasping Vines, which grant a total of 10% less damage taken (both hits and Dot) for 5 seconds being stationary. This looks more like a meme, but it actually has a certain synergy with Scourge Arrow mechanic, which requires us to stand still to fire arrows. I'd suggest that if you'd like to try this one, do it only when you have enough life pool. This one would replace Fettle cluster in our setup if you ever choose to deploy it.

We can facetank all Sirus A8's attacks with the addition of this cluster jewel.


These cluster jewels serve two purposes. We aim to increase the skill effect duration, for Withered lasts much longer than the default value, and flask duration / flask recovery, for longer Fortify and everything.

Wicked Pall, Circling Oblivion: great for both offense and defense.

Touch of Cruelty: great for both offense and defense. Hindered enemies are 30% slower, which means they can't approach us too fast and we can kill them more easily. Hindered targets 10% increased chaos damage, which is good for our Scourge Arrow.

Unspeakable Gift: gives us poison explosion chain. Work really great in tandem with Scourge Arrow mechanics in mapping and Simulacrum. Switch to Unholy Grace if you're having problem with single-target DPS or doing limit test (T18/19 100% Delirious fully-juice map with x2 Beyond).

Unholy Grace: great offensive node for this build. Craft this node instead of Unspeakable Gift if you want more single-target DPS.

Spike Concoction, Distilled Perfection: provides flask recovery and prolonged duration. With Druidic Rite node, we have 6-second Fortify.

Fettle More life! We only deploy 1 fettle cluster (~+500 life) at most because we want to give one slot for Enduring Composure.


End-game Gears

- See the crafting section for a further recommendation on each piece of gears and how to craft them. Below is the gear setup used in the previous leagues.

Harvest league:
Offers insane crafting mods that allow us to have multiple influenced mods on the same item in an unprecedented way.






Alternatives :

- V-Rift: Great affordable option from early to end game. Scale damage hits with initial arrow to inflict large shock damage.
- Impulsa chest: Works great in tandem with V-Rift. Explosion is a secondary damage that is subject to conversion. With V-Rift, we got 60% lightning -> chaos damage that can be increased by mods. A nearly well-rounded option for V-Rift. Not having -mana cost chest makes us to use a mana flask though.
- Hyperboreus belt: This belt helps reduce Focus cooldown from 12s to 8s (max roll). Focus has 4s active time.
  • The interesting thing about Focus CD is that the CD starts right away when you hit the Focus button. So without Hyperboreus,Focus has 4/(12-4+4) = 30% uptime. With Hyperboreus, Focus has 4/(8-4+4) = 50% uptime.
  • If you have a setup with Focus (on helm and on chest), try Hyperboreus. Bind Focus on left mouse and see how it improves your QoL. 50% uptime with +120% Fortify is great for defense, and 50% uptime with +140% poison duration is great for offense.


Non-Harvest End-game Gears:
- See the crafting section for a further recommendation on each piece of gears and how to craft them.

- The difference is that we stack increased fortify effect up to 40% to have 1.4x = 28% less damage taken from hit. This can be done by the new helmet and amulet. In addition, we also want to get as many endurance charges as we can, thus the new boot. With all these defense layers, it is better to go with more raw life (around +600 more) rather than Divine Flesh. In addition, we opt for a rare bow with higher DPS instead of Darkscorn.


Note that we still want the +x% phys damage taken as elemental damage from the helmet for insurance (in such a case that Immortal Call is on cooldown).

If we cannot have +x Intel from the amulet, we can get Intel from regular jewel and cluster jewel.


Full set:
A snap shot of my gear at end of Delirium league (no Darkscorn, no Divine Flesh). A small note: A Stygian vise belt is preferred to a Leather belt (see the harvest belt).





Alternative:




Bow: Darkscorn is cheap and powerful that can carry this build from the early map to the end. Become less favorable at the very end-game setup which we optimize defense through less damage taken and offense through rare elder poison bow.
  • When you have the bank, do not forget to divine Darkscorn to have good accuracy rating (25-30%). This build needs high accuracy to cap hit rate without using Precision.
  • Good roll of (145-150%) increased physical damage is our target.
  • Get 28% quality since we convert the bow's phys damage to chaos damage.
  • If you play in Standard in the future, always check if you have a legacy Darkscorn or not. A general rule of thumb is that a legacy item should not be divined.


Gloves: Fenumus Weave with despair on hit corruption is the best in slot in my opinion. It delivers great DPS boost, a little life, and offer spider webs that synergize well with Touch of Cruelty cluster jewel. Embalmer with despair on hit corruption is also a good alternative. If you don't have access to despair on hit rolled on the gloves, don't worry. Just get it from ring at the cost of one suffix.

Amulet:
  • T1 life roll.
  • +48 intel (this build needs intel and accuracy).
  • Some resist
  • Optional: regen is good to have.
Depending on the situation that we would apply +20% life mod inc or +20% resist increase on the amulet. For the current gear, I went with +20% life mod inc.

Ring 1: one should be a Nostalgia ring with:
  • Increased chaos damage.
  • Chaos resist. HoAg's increased buff effect is very tempting, but there's simply nothing better than being able to cap your chaos resist (85% if you go Divine Flesh route).
  • Look for increase %life on the implicit.
  • Catalyst: we want to apply +20% resis catalyst on both rings.


Ring 2: I recommend a rare ring instead of another Nostalgia ring in the 2nd ring slot. A rare ring provides us the flexibility that the offensive Nostalgia doesn't have, esp. in the defense department (and it's never been enough to stress that we favor good defense over offense). Things to look for on the rare ring:
  • Good life roll.
  • Decent resists.
  • Good accuracy rating to cap hit chance, so we can use Dread banner (for +evasion chance) instead of Precision.
  • Catalyst: we want to apply +20% resis catalyst on both rings.


Boot:
  • T1/T2 life roll
  • Tailwind. ~100% uptime with SA. (highly recommended)
  • +30% movement speed.
  • The Hunter's mod 'Inflicted poison deals damage faster' is great to have.
  • Optional: additional chaos resist if you need



Gem setup



This is my gem setup at level 100. Courtesy of poe.ninja.

Some comments:
  • On Blast Rain setup: Knockback support for mapping; it helps push the mobs back. Quite useful since SA requires you to stand still while channeling. Update: Harvest league offers not much of a challenge, so feel free to replace knock back by Increased duration for good.
  • On Blast Rain setup: replace Knockback support by either Increase Duration, Fast Attack, or Awakened Void Manipulation in bossfights.
  • On auras and heralds: when you have level-4 Enlighten support, you can replace Dread Banners by Arctic Armour for extra physical/fire damage reduction.
  • On Stone Golem Support: it is optional. You can replace it with other movement skill such as Withering Step. You can also buff it and make it defensive + tanky by attaching a Meat Shield Support to it.



Pantheon

Soul of Solaris: not consecutive crit damage.
Soul of Tukohama: upto +8% phys damage reudction while stationary, which this build loves to stand and shoot. It also provides a sweet chunk of life regen while stationary. Quite good synergy with the build.




AURAs & HERALDS

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You need a level-3 Enlighten with Arcane Chemistry, or a level-4 enlighten without Arcane Chem. There're some configuration for the aura gems being discussed in our thread so far:

The original setup:
Flesh & Stone - Arctic Armor - HoAgony - Aspect of Spiders - Enlighten.
Malevolence (free reserv with Aul's Uprising amulet).
Malev should be paired with a watcher eye that grants 22% DoT multi.

The Envy setup:
Arctic Armor - HoAgony - Malev - Enlighten.
Envy (free reserv with Aul's).
(May want to grab Silent Steps to blind on hit).
Malev should be paired with a watcher eye that grants 22% DoT multi.



BUILD VARIANTS


This section discusses different variant of the build.
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Poison Toxic Rain
Read more here.


Strength-stacking with Replica Aberon's Warpath



Darkscorn + Divine Flesh
This is the traditional Scourge Arrow Pathfinder. Even work better with our Fortify and Blast Rain setup. Update (June 2020): Divine Flesh becomes less and less favorable with our increasingly polished less damage taken system. Darkscorn can be replaced by either Voltaxic Rift on a low budget or a high-end Elder thicket bow on a high budget.



CRAFTING YOUR END-GAME GEARS


Crafting rare Bow
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This is the rare bow I used in leveling up from 99 to 100 in Delirium league. The best strat for crafting such bow is fossil-crafting. You'd go with a 3-socket resonators:

+ Abberanth Fossil: more chaos, no lightning
+ Metalic Fossil: more lightning, no phys
+ Corroed Fossil: more poison, no ele

The most important mods you want to land on the rare: "60% chance poison inflicted with this weapon to deal double damage", T1 added chaos damage, T1 increased chaos damage/poison on hit chance.

Then bench-craft +40% chaos DoT multiplier.

In the final end-game: try to craft T1 APS (+19% attack speed) instead of hybrid damage/poison chance (suffix). The reason is that this T1 APS directly modifies the base APS of the character, so it has significantly higher impact on the overal APS of the build.

An example of the final elder bow would be (no need for +1 arrow or increased AoE):




Crafting Cluster Jewels
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Contributed by DarkWolfGod32 : read here. (This OP has reached word limit).



Crafting Helmet read below options:
Note that the +140% increased ailment duration (bench-craft) is much more powerful than the -9% chaos resist. However, the former requires some practice to take advantage of while the latter is a passive boost.
Crusader Helmet with Fortify (recommended)

- S1: Get an ilvl-81 (83 preferable) dex based with the SA +1 pod enchant. Slam a crusader orb.
- S2: Alt spam + Aug until getting Fortify (T1 preferable) and at least a T2/3 life roll.
- S3: Regal hoping for 2 open suffixes. Annul if not. If brick, go to step 1.
- S4: Multi-mod: craft +140% increased ailment duration when Focused (suffix) and 8% phys damage taken as fire damage (prefix), which has good synergy with Dying Sun (30% Less damage taken for fire) and Arctic Armor (12% LDR fire).

Estimate cost at step 2.

Crusader+Hunter Helmet with Fortify and -9% chaos resist (expensive)

- S1: Get an ilvl-85 dex based with SA +1 pod enchant. Crusader orb, then alt spam until getting T1 Fortify.
- S2: Get an ilvl-85 Hunter helm with -9% chaos resist to nearby enemies.
- S3: Awaken orb to fuse the helm in step 2 with the helm in step 1 to add the -9% chaos resist to nearby enemies mod to the helm in step 1. And pray we get a life roll and an open suffix.
- S4: If we can't get the open suffix. Annul hoping for the open suffix.
- S5: If everything works out: we have a life roll and an open suffix, go ahead and craft +140% increased ailment duration while Focused.

Redeemer Helmet with 10% phys taken as cold (hard to craft after the mod-tag changes in 3.11) (not recommended)

NOTE (9/27/2020): in 3.11 GGG has removed the caster tag from the "Unleash" mod. The below crafting guide may not yield the expected outcome with confidence as before. Use with caution.

The idea of this craft is to incorporate the following defensive mods:
  • (Redeemer's prefix)'10% of Physical damage taken as (Elemental = Cold) damage'.
  • (prefix) T1 or T2 life roll.
  • (suffix) One resistance roll.

with the best-in-slot offensive mods (crafted from the bench):
  • (suffix) 130-140% increased duration of ailment you inflicted while focused

We also want to steer away from the Hunter's mod: 'nearby enemies have -x% chaos resistance' mod because, first, it is too expensive to buy the required level-85 base with the +1 pod enchant. Second, the chance to roll this mod is pretty low. Finally, we can craft much better offensive mod instead of this suffix.

The process is as follows:

  • S1) Get a base helm of level 83 or 84 with the +1 pod enchant. Reminder: don't get the level 85 helm with +1 pod because of the aforementioned reasons. But if you have an excessive war chest, there is nothing that stops you from getting such a base.
  • S2) The following step can be done by either alteration spam or Fossil crafting. Alteration spam is straightforward: you spam alt until hit either T1/2 life and an acceptable roll of elemental resistance suffix of your choice, i.e. lightning resist, and regal. If you hit any useful roll, e.g. accuracy rating, intelligence, etc., stop and proceed to step S5. What you want from step S2 is 1 prefix (T1/T2 life) and 2 suffixes, one of them is an elemental resistance needed to cap your resist.
  • S3) If you don't like alt-spam, you can do a fossil-crafting with Potent Chaotic Resonator (2-slot) + Pristine Fossil (more life), and one kind of fossil that rolls more elemental of your choice. For example, if you want one lightning resistance + life, roll with Pristine Fossile (more life) and Metallic Fossil (more lightning).
  • S4) Once you arrive at 1 prefix (T1/T2 life), and 1-2 suffixes (lightning resist in this example), stop fossil-crafting. If you have 3 suffixes, try to annul out one suffix that's not the resist roll you want.
  • S5) The next step is to roll 'Physical damage taken as cold damage' as a prefix. The reason we want this specific mod is two folds. First, it gives more physical damage mitigation since our physical resistance is less than cold resistance. With the similar 'physical damage taken as cold damage' on your chest (if you can craft) and a Taste of Haste bottle, you are close to the cap of physical damage mitigation. Second, roll 'taken as cold damage' is much easier and nearly deterministic due to the number of mods on the Redeemer's prefix that can be rolled.
  • S6) To do it, first block the 3rd suffix with 'Cannot roll caster mods' (cheap). This will block the 'Unleash support' roll that we don't need and leave us with 1000/1500 or ~67% chance to roll 'Physical damage taken as cold damage', which is a very good deal.
  • S7) Take a deep breath and slam a Redeemer's exalted orb.
  • S8) If you have above average luck (it's 67% after all), voila! You have made a very good helmet. Otherwise, you end up with '+% chance to gain power charge on kill' which is a very good mod (even better for many builds). List this item for sale and start with another helmet if you still have the funding.
  • S9) The last step is to bench-craft the '130-140% increased ailment duration.. while focused' replacing the 'caster mods cannot be rolled'.
  • S10) Nicely done! Congratulations if you reach this step.



Crafting Quiver
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The idea is to incorporate the following mods (getting as many optionals as we can):
  • (Hunter's suffix)+25% chaos DoT multiplier.
  • (Warlord's prefix)+1 arrow.
  • (prefix)Life roll or bench-craft.
  • (Hunter's suffix)+% chance to poison on hit / increase poison damage.
  • (suffix) DoT multiplier. [Optional]
  • (suffix)+x Accuracy rating (if you haven't cap your hit rate). [Optional]
  • (Hunter's prefix)+n% to maximum chaos resistance.[Optional]

The process involves slamming an awakener's orb on a Hunter's base (+25% chaos DoT multiplier) and a Warlord's base (+1 arrow). Purely luck involved since the desired affixes are on both suffix (the chaos dot multiplier) and prefix (the +1 arrow). Best of luck!

Reminder: there are alternatives that still work fine for this build without the +25% chaos dot multiplier. An example of such alternative is a (Warlord/Shaper) quiver with T1 life, +1 arrow, +x% Attack speed, maim on hit, or even a nice roll of DoT multiplier if you are lucky. Awakener's orb is just a deterministic way to have both chaos dot multiplier and +1 arrow although the process after that is not so deterministic.



Crafting Chest: 4 ways
Single-influenced chest with -mana cost and Fortify

- S1: Get an ilvl85 warlord chest (Assasin's Garb preferred).
- S2: Fossil crafts (see figure below, price drops over time).
- S3: Regal and hoping for 2 open suffixes. Pray and annul if it doesn't.
- S4: Multi-mod: +120% Foritfy effect while Focused (suffix), +8% life/+7% mana (prefix).

Estimate cost for the craft in step 2:


Double-influenced chest with -mana cost and explode

- S1: Get an ilvl85 warlord chest (Assasin's Garb preferred) with -mana cost mod.
- S2: Get a crusader chest with explode mod.
- Note: each item in S1 and S2 can have no more than one influenced mod, i.e. the chest in S1 has no other influenced mod but -mana cost, and the chest in S2 has no other influenced mod but explode. This guarantees after awaken fusion, chest in S3 has both -mana cost and explode.
- S3: Awaken orb to fuse S2 onto S1, adding the explode mod into the chest in S1. It's more likely that we can have an open prefix + an open suffix. Best case is 2 open suffixes with a life roll.
- S4: If we got 2 open suffixes, multi-mod: +120% Foritfy effect while Focused (suffix), life roll or +8% life/+7% mana. Done!
- S5: If we only got 1 open suffix, craft +120% Fortify effect while Focused (suffix)

Double-influenced chest with -mana cost and +1 curse

- S1: Get an ilvl85 warlord chest (Assasin's Garb preferred).
- S2: Get a Hunter chest with +1 curse mod. Note: you need to find a way to utilize the 2nd curse/hex/mark.
- S3: Awaken orb to fuse S2 onto S1, adding the +1 curse mod into the chest in S1. It's more likely that we can have an open prefix + an open suffix. Best case is 2 open suffixes with a life roll.
- S4: If we got 2 open suffixes, multi-mod: +120% Foritfy effect while Focused (suffix), life roll or +8% life/+7% mana. Done!
- S5: If we only got 1 open suffix, craft +120% Fortify effect while Focused (suffix)

Double-influenced chest with -mana cost and frenzy chance (could be tricky)

- S1: Get an ilvl85 warlord chest (Assasin's Garb preferred) with -mana cost mod (otherwise, alt spam until getting one).
- S2: Get a redeemer chest with 10% chance to gain frenzy charge on hit.
- Note: each item in S1 and S2 can have no more than one influenced mod, i.e. the chest in S1 has no other influenced mod but -mana cost, and the chest in S2 has no other influenced mod but frenzy chance. This guarantees after awaken fusion, chest in S3 has both -mana cost and frenzy chance.
- S3: Awaken orb to fuse S2 onto S1, adding the frenzy chance into the chest in S1. Hope we get a life roll and an open suffix.
- S4: Craft +120% fortify effect while focused (suffix) or if you only have an open prefix, craft life or +8% life/mana.



Crafting Boots
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There are many ways to do it. But the most preferred mods are:
- Tailwind (10% more action speed): with enough APS (attack speed), we nearly get 100% Tailwind uptime with SA. This is the most important mod on boost.
- +1 Endurance charge. Needless to say how important endurance charge is to our defense. It's a straight boost to phys damage reduction and gives nice bonus to Immortal Call.
- T1 Life roll (It's OK to bench-craft T3 life).
- Movespeed (It's OK to craft 24% MS).

You can either go with a single-influenced boost with Tailwind, or fuse Tailwind (Hunter) with +1 endurance (Warlord).

Not recommended mod:
- Elusive on crit: not practical for SA.
Poison Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain + Blast Rain PF| Bottled Fortify:
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2851574
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Last edited by WolfieNa on Nov 13, 2020, 1:09:10 PM
Last bumped on Dec 3, 2020, 11:57:43 PM

LEVELING UP GUIDE

Spoiler

My Harvest league-starer: Voltaxic Rift Scourge Arrow + Blast Rain: new league starter build

Level 70
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I would suggest a corrupted 6-link armour (10-15c cheap) with proper color for Scourge Arrow. Suggested link: SA - Added Chaos - Unbound Ailment - Deadly Ailment - Vile Toxins - Infused Channelling.

Also, bring an Enduring Mana flask until you can craft a rare chest with -mana mod.


Level 85





Suggested aura/herald setup with Voltaxic Rift: Herald of Thunder + Herald of Agony + Flesh and Stone (haven't got Enlighten gem yet). Use an Enduring mana flask to sustain your 5-stage SA in bossfight.

Start working on your rare bow (one as below). When you are able to craft such a bow, replace Herald of Thunder by Skitterbot support.


And when you are able to get your level-3 Enlighten, switch to either:
- Aspect of the Spider if you have full cluster jewels setup with Touch of Cruelty. Aspect of the Spider can be crafted or come with Fenumus' gloves. Aura/Herald setup:
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Herald of Agony + Flesh and Stones + Dread Banner + Aspect of the Spider + Level-3 Enlighten.

- Otherwise, go with Malevolence instead of Aspect of the Spider. Aura/Herald setup:
"
Herald of Agony + Flesh and Stones + Malevolence + Level-3 Enlighten.


When you have level-4 Enlighten:
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Herald of Agony + Flesh and Stones + Arctic Armour + Aspect of the Spider + Level-4 Enlighten.


League starting (level 1-69):
Spoiler

- Attack gem:
  • Caustic Arrow / Toxic Rain -> Scourge Arrow (when getting V-Rift)
  • Caustic Arrow setup (early): Caustic Arrow - Pierce - Void Manipulation - Vicious Projectiles.
  • Caustic Arrow setup ((5-link): Caustic Arrow - Lesser multipler projectile - Void Manipulation - Vicious Projectiles - Mirage Archer. (pierce should be provided by Drillneck)
  • Toxic Rain setup: TR - Lesser Poison - Faster Attack - Vicious Projectiles/Void Manipulation
  • Should be put on an Embalmer gloves (+level 20 Vile Toxin)[/*]



- Gears:
Spoiler

Rings:

I would start with 2x Kaom's Sign and use Enduring Cry to gain 5 endurance charges in case I have to engage a crowded mobs.

Amulet:


Weapon:

Silverbranch -> Quill Rain -> (Death's Harp/Lioneye's Glare) -> Death's Opus

Update: Voltaxic Rift + Stormcharger seem to be an eco version of Death's Opus, i.e. much cheaper while having similar performance and the potential to scale into the end game.

Chest:


Gloves:


Helmet:


Boots:


Quiver:

Drillneck is well-rounded choice for our build and will be our quiver until we can grab something better for the end-game.

Belts:


Flasks:

Coralito and Witchfire are main DPS boost. A mana flask would be useful in the early game.



Update for Harvest League:
Spoiler

- Also new in Harvest League: I spec out to a new notable named 'No Witnesses', which used to be exclusively available on cluster jewel. This notable grants chance to gain Elusive on kill.

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Leveling gears (level 70-90): this section was made in Delirium league. Make sure you read the Harvest's league-starter with Voltaxic Rift above first.
Spoiler



For the rest of the gears, check out related PoBs in the Path of Building section.

Level 70
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Grab 3/4 ascendancy notables:
As soon as possible.

Focus:
- Life.
- Chance to poison. We start with small chance to poison on hit. No need to go ham on pure DPS node because low chance to poison = low DPS.

Gear:
- 5-link Voltaxic Rift
- 6-link body chest (a cheap corrupted with proper colors will do).
- Try to save fossil for the rare bow crafting, or grab a Darkscorn as soon as possible (much more expensive).

Grab Iron Reflexes:
IR converts all evasion into armor. This tremendously improves our physical damage reduction. Remember that armor is much more useful against small hits than evasion, and small hits are what we could expect in the early maps.

Skip all the cluster jewels:
Cluster jewels have a fixed penalty of 3 skill points minimum. Don't spec out onto cluster jewels until we have enough skill points.

Run Barrage Poison as main DPS:
Early game, Scourge Arrow deals little DPS. Instead, a Barrage Poison as main DPS for bossfights and Scourge Arrow/MiA for clearing are better choices I think.

Level 80
Spoiler


Grab 4/4 ascendancy notables:
- As soon as possible.
- If you have difficulty in finding missing trials: Camp on global channel 820 (type: "/global 820"). People there often share trial for a small amount of tip).

Focus:
- Life.
- Damage.

Gears:
- Should start working on a rare Elder Thicket bow (recommended) or a Darkscorn, and start 5-link it.
- 6-link body chest (buying a cheap corrupted 6-link is the easiest).
- Start crafting the cluster jewels: medium flask cluster -> small Enduring Compusure cluster -> large cluster (as PoB) -> medium Chaos DoT cluster -> small Fettle cluster.

Level 90:
Spoiler


Focus:
- DPS: should have a rare Elder Thicket bow (recommended), or a Darkscorn + 6-link chest from level 80.

- Cluster jewels:
  • If you have everything, plug them in.
  • If you haven't finished the set, prioritize medium flask cluster -> Enduring Composure cluster first. Plug these two into your tree first since they give significant boost to the overall defense.
  • Note that in Harvest league, we can craft Enduring Composure on chest. This essentially frees the small cluster jewel that grants Enduring composure. See crafting section for how to craft such a chest with Harvest mods. This is exclusive for Harvest league.
  • Plug in the rest of the cluster set in you skill tree.
  • No need to rush. One piece at a time. Only start spec'ing into cluster when you have the two aforementioned clusters.


Gear
- Start crafting end-game gears: helmet, quiver, chest.
- Start looking for corrupted gloves with Despair On Hit on the implicit.

Spec'ing out Iron Reflexes and preparing to pick up Divine Flesh:
- Armor is no longer our best defensive mechanism since we gonna receive multiple savage hits from end-game mobs/bosses.
- Shift focus to evasion-based defense and mitigating hits.
- Embrace Divine Flesh for further physical and elemental damage mitigation.

Run Scourge Arrow as main DPS:
- Your Scourge Arrow should feel good by now.
- Main DPS: Scourge Arrow. Support (withered gen): Blast Rain/MiA or Barrage-Chain/MiA (up to you).
- If you want, you can also keep running with Barrage poison as main DPS and Scourge Arrow/MiA as clearing as you have done up to this point.



OTHER DISCUSSION


Road to level 100
Spoiler

I have reached level 100 with this build in Delirium league (3.10).

I would suggest speed-running fully-juiced T16 map either Canyon / Promenade / Malformation.

Thank you for making this far! If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to let me know. I also collected some of the questions I got asked in my video. Please see the FAQ in the comment below this post.


Update


Reserved for the latest updates.



Resource for Leveling up:

https://www.reddit.com/r/pathofexile/comments/h9esr9/updated_leveling_route_for_all_sp_and_trials/


FAQ

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1.
"
I was wondering why you didn't put Faster Attacks on the blast rain setup. My understanding is that the primary focus of those links is to inflict wither, so would FA not help with that? Or is it too slow to make any real impact on Mirage Archer?

Answer:
Long story short: Awakened Added Chaos Damage provides better bang for the buck since we have extra 200K DPS from MiA. Long answer.

2.
"

This is really impressive life recovery, is this all cinderswallow or the life regen?

Answer:
It's the combination of high life regen (+1200) from stationary, enduring cry, the passive tree + cluster jewels, and plus the cinderswallow (recover 3% life when kill). With enough life regen and high DPS to wipe out targets we can constantly get back to full life even in the middle of crowded mobs.

3.
"

Somehow I can't figure out where you get fortify from.

Answer:
Every time we consume a life flask charge, we have Fortify. A life flask would stop discharging when the character reaches full health, so to get fortify up for the full duration of the flask, we go with a special affix named foreboding. This foreboding is a prefix that force mana recovery occurs at the end of the flask effect, ensuring the flask grants fortify during its entire duration.



DELIRIUM (3.10): END OF LEAGUE REMARK

Spoiler

  • This is the first time I've reached to level 100 (with this build) and regularly played the whole league. My profile on poe.ninja Delirium.
  • The build has accomplished all end-game challenges in Delirium league such as 100% Delirious T18 juice map, Sirus A8, Uber Elder, etc. Except for the 100% Delirious maps, everything else was done with ease.
  • I would like to thanks the following companions:
  • bahamut458, Ghostboner, who have been with us since the very start of the journey.
  • Perce79, and skg94, who were late to the party but constantly giving feedback and participating in the discussion.
  • Also a special thanks to our friends: Viktranka who often dropped by and helped answer some of the burning questions.
  • Sorry I couldn't list everyone. I do love you all and hope you will have a good league ahead.



PoB Archive
Spoiler

Harvest League (3.11)

Update to fix the medium cluster jewel being broken by the PoB tool update.
https://pastebin.com/kB4eFJc4

[v1.0x, v1.1x] https://pastebin.com/kB4eFJc4
  • Incorporate the new notable 'No Witness' (Elusive buff) into the tree (v1.03 and v1.13).
  • 4 end-game versions with and without Malevolence.


[v.1.x] https://pastebin.com/kB4eFJc4
  • 4 end-game versions v1.1 to v1.4
  • For detailed changes, please read here.


[v.0.1] https://pastebin.com/jqsKs7fs
  • Leveling up (level 70 - 80 - 90).
  • Updated for Harvest League. One PoB for 3 levels with different gears.


[v.0.0] Leveling up (lvl 70 - 80 - 90) [out-dated]:
Spoiler

[v0.2] https://pastebin.com/5q8bL8RN
  • Leveling PoB: Level 90.
  • See leveling guide section.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v0.1] https://pastebin.com/A2rpKT4E
  • Leveling PoB: Level 80.
  • See leveling guide section.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v0.0] https://pastebin.com/hEf4cSHB
  • Leveling PoB: Level 70.
  • See leveling guide section.
  • Delirium league (3.10)



Delirium League(3.10)
Spoiler

[v4.0] https://pastebin.com/VfumEBgN
  • Grasping Vines-based build. Can tank all Sirus A8's attacks.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v3.1] https://pastebin.com/a7g78Qeu
  • A build variant that I used for leveling from level 98 to level 100. Quite solid
  • I went with a rare bow instead of Darkscorn. Either would be fine.
  • No Divine Flesh.
  • Delirium league (3.10).


[v3.0] https://pastebin.com/Kuer5vCp
  • New gears + adjusted passive tree.
  • 40% increased Fortify effect, i.e. 28% less damage taken from hit.
  • 4 endurance charges (+1).
  • 89% less damage taken with Immortal Call.
  • DPS = 12.2M, HP = 6.2K, no Malevolence.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v2.1] https://pastebin.com/hHTUt7v8
  • Offensive Final PoB (in 3.10).
  • 69% physical damage reduction.
  • DPS = 13.1M, HP = 6.4K, Malevolence.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v2.0] https://pastebin.com/bi6jiCyZ
  • Defensive Final PoB (in 3.10).
  • 90% physical damage reduction.
  • DPS = 8.5M, HP = 6.4K, Malevolence.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v0.2] https://pastebin.com/5q8bL8RN
  • Leveling PoB: Level 90.
  • See leveling guide section.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v0.1] https://pastebin.com/A2rpKT4E
  • Leveling PoB: Level 80.
  • See leveling guide section.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v0.0] https://pastebin.com/hEf4cSHB
  • Leveling PoB: Level 70.
  • See leveling guide section.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[vMeme] https://pastebin.com/LHyp5ytk
  • Meme build: Grasping Vine + Barrage
  • Video above
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v1.2] https://pastebin.com/tBMgNQFw
  • Level 98
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v1.1] https://pastebin.com/3qUZVpN4
  • Level 97
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v1.0.2] https://pastebin.com/q9E8WbDF
  • Level 95
  • Based on v1.0.1: added Insta Warcry nodes at the expense of some life.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v1.0.1] https://pastebin.com/mYW74Pnd
  • Level 95
  • Based on v1.0.0: removed Mana Leech node. Use this if you have the -15 mana chest.
  • Delirium league (3.10)


[v1.0.0] https://pastebin.com/mCgSCVmA
  • Level 95.
  • Delirium League (3.10)


Note: download community fork ver of PoB from their official github page.


Changelog Archive:
Spoiler

2020/06/13:
  • Reached level 100 with this build in the Delirium league ladder.

2020/06/31:
  • New gears + adjusted passive tree. (PoB v3.0)
  • Video vs. 100% Delirious T18 juiced map (deathless).
  • 40% increased Fortify effect, i.e. 28% less damage taken from hit.
  • 4 endurance charges (+1).
  • 89% less damage taken with Immortal Call.
  • DPS = 12.2M, HP = 6.2K, no Malevolence.
  • Delirium league (3.10)

2020/05/24:
  • Added Final defensive and offensive PoB (v2.0 and v2.1) for PoE 3.10-Delirium league.
  • New: Malevolence + Aul's Uprising for DPS.
  • New: Enduring Composure (small cluster) for sustaining endurance charges, i.e. reliable phys+elemental damage mitigation when proc'ed by Immortal Call.

2020/05/24:
  • Added leveling up PoB and guide (level 70 - 80 - 90).

2020/05/19:
  • Added meme build's PoB & video: Grasping Vine + Barrage.

2020/05/17:
  • Revamped section: End-game gear setup.
  • Added section: Guide of Guide.
  • Added section: Crafting End-game Gears -> Helmet and Quiver.
  • Added PoB v1.0.1-Remove Mana Leech node if you have -15 mana chest.
  • Added PoB v1.0.2-Enable Instant WarCry (smooth endurancy charge gen.) at the expense of life

2020/05/14:
  • Added Scourge Arrow Mechanics. Read if you have problem with single-target DPS.

2020/05/12:
  • Finish Delirium league's ultimate challenge: 100%-Delirious fully-juiced T18 map.

2020/05/05:
  • Add Divine Flesh at the expense of one Fettle node and instant warcry. Level 98, grab more life. [PoB v1.2]
  • Crafted new helmet with %x phys. damage taken as cold. Add Taste of Haste Flask and basalt flask with +30% movespeed. Level 97. [PoB v1.1]

2020/05/01:
  • Add new. Level 95. [PoB v1.0.0]



Testimonial
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2851574/page/78#p23369417


Harvest Crafting (obsolete after 3.11)
Harvest league offers extreme freedom to craft insane gears.
Crafting a decent Rare Bow
We can craft a powerful bow

  • Inflicted poison chance to deal 100% more damage (Prefix)
  • Increase Attack Speed (Suffix)
  • +1 arrow (Suffix)

Then, use Harvest augment-chaos to add flat chaos damage.
The reasoning:
  • Having +1 arrow on bow frees the slot for +1 arrow on quiver. Therefore, we can craft both DoT multi and chaos DoT multi on quiver.
  • Increased attack speed crafted on bow directly increases the base APS (attack per second) which improves the whole APS much better than having it crafted elsewhere.

The recipe: more expensive than the traditional method
- Fossil: spamming Corroded + Metallic + either Serrated or Shuddering until you get the poison prefix, the +1 arrow and increased APS. An easier way is to roll only the +1 arrow and the poison prefix, then augment speed by Harvest. There are only 3 possible roll for speed on the bow, 2 of which are attack speed.
- Block suffix (if not blocked) and Harvest augment chaos to craft Added Chaos Damage to the prefix.
- Bench-craft +40% chaos DoT multi.

Crafting end-game SA ring


See crafting details here(word limit).

Crafting 4-influenced body chest in Harvest league
:

How to craft this:
(1) Get a Redeemer chest with +10% chance to gain frenzy charge on hit.

(2) Get a Warlord chest with ilvl85 +1 endurance / sec if hit recently. Assassin's Garb base is preferred (high evasion + extra movespeed).

(3) Awaken slam the chest in (1) onto the chest in (2) (want to keep the ilvl85 Assassin's Garb). I was lucky and got 4 mods:
+ Double influenced mods in the suffixes.
+ T10 life and reflect damage in the prefixes.

(4) Harvest-augment "attack" mod onto the chest --> gain -mana cost suffix. All suffixes are populated.

(5) Harverst-remove physical mod --> remove reflect mod.

(6) Harvest-remove life mod --> remove T10 life mod and roll T5 life.

(7) Craft +8% increased life.

(8) Next: either Harvest-augment with Cold mod to add "10-15% phys damage taken as cold" or gamble with ex to have +1 level to socketed support gems or both. Metacrafting in a Harvest league seems a bit easier than before. Having +1 level support gem, 15% phys damage as cold plus T1 life would be nut.

Also, check aurican65's sharing in the comment. aurican is the 1st one able to craft this chest.

Credit:
u/Hafth for his generous support of the Harvest-crafting seeds that made this chest possible.




(OLD) Build Variant
Spoiler

Grasping Vines Variant 1

Tank all Sirus A8's attacks. This is an all-rounded variant that should be taken seriously.
Video: https://youtu.be/537D3zZEanA
PoB: https://pastebin.com/VfumEBgN

Grasping Vines Variant 2

This is more of a meme build focusing on achieving a specific goal (tanking the empowered flame blast) rather than one that can be taken to other end-game contents.
Video: https://youtu.be/537D3zZEanA
PoB: https://pastebin.com/cMT95zX7


Poison Barrage Variant

Main DPS: Barrage - Withering Touch - Awakened Added Chaos - Awakened Deadly Ailment - Awakened GMP - Awakened Unbound Ailment
(if GPM costs too much mana, replace it by Vile Toxins or Awakened Void Manipulation).

For clear, pick either:
Scourge Arrow: SA - MiA - Awakened Deadly Ailment - Awakened Unbound Ailment - Infused Channelling - Vile Toxins
Caustic Arrow: CA - MiA - Awakened Void Manipulation - Arrow Nova (or GMP) - Awakened Vicious Projectiles - Awakened Swift Affliction (or Empower Support)
Rain of Arrow: RoA - MiA - Awakened Unbound Ailment - Vile Toxin - Awakened Void Manipulation - Awakened Swift Affliction (or Awakened Deadly Ailment)

Poison Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain + Blast Rain PF| Bottled Fortify:
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2851574
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Last edited by WolfieNa on Oct 7, 2020, 1:51:36 AM
I saw your build posted on reddit and was curious about few things, nice you posted it here too.

Can you explain how exactly the blast rain setup works? Do you just alternate casts of blast rain and scourge arrow?

Second thing is do you ever feel a lack of quicksilver and instant life flask in this build? You also don't use any anti-bleed flask, how do you deal with it? Just use corrupted blood jewel and take normal bleeds & outheal them?

Your idea with foreboding hybrid flask + hardened scars looked very interesting but I'm worried about giving up flask slot for that, especially the quicksilver... do you stack any movement speed from other sources to counteract it? I don't see any withering step or other speed ups, is dash just enough?
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I saw your build posted on reddit and was curious about few things, nice you posted it here too.

Thank you. The idea of posting here for retrievability was actually from a gent in reddit. :)

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Can you explain how exactly the blast rain setup works? Do you just alternate casts of blast rain and scourge arrow?


So instead of casting wither thru multiple spell totem, which is slow (cast time) and clunky, my build shoots blast rain with zero cast time and generates withered stacks on the target.

One of the most appealing characteristics of Blast Rain is that all the explosion overlaps on the target. This is great for withered stack generation. We add GMP or Awakened GMP to have 11 or 12 explosions on the target, each of which has 25% chance to inflict withered. So the question is can we fast enough to max cap the withered stack within 2sec (withered duration?

Instead, I have a better way: increase the withered stack duration. The build invests quite a bit into increasing skill effect duration so that we have Mirage Archer (MiA) lasts for ~10sec and withered lasts for ~5sec (instead of only 2sec). Remember MiA has 60% less attack speed, we need to invest into faster AS from frenzy charges, flask, etc.. So we manually shoot a volley of Blast Rain to the target and let MiA lockdown on that target for 10 seconds, a duration that is more than enough to kill any single-phase monster, such as metamorph. If our manual Blast Rain misses the target on the initial shooting, we need to shoot it again. But usually, I don't spend too much time on that. Just shoot the mobs with BR once in about 10sec and shoot Scourge arrow the remaining time.
Poison Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain + Blast Rain PF| Bottled Fortify:
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2851574
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Last edited by WolfieNa on May 1, 2020, 10:57:02 PM
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Viktranka wrote:


Second thing is do you ever feel a lack of quicksilver and instant life flask in this build? You also don't use any anti-bleed flask, how do you deal with it? Just use corrupted blood jewel and take normal bleeds & outheal them?

Initially, I had a quicksilver flask. But when I started to farm more in Simulacrum, I realize that silver flask wouldn't help much in a confined area that filled with tons of crazy mobs. Furthermore, with a silver flask, I tend to move faster or forced to move around more often than I should. I, however, feel this doesn't work too well with Scourge Arrow which requires one to stand still and channel the skill for a few seconds. Quicksilver buff is wasted in this stationary period.

Instant life flask: it usually gives you around 900 life recovered instantly. My life flask recovered 12000 life over 6 sec, so it's 2000 life/sec. And we have fortify during the effect of this life flask too, so it's effectively 12000*1.2 = 14400 life / 6 sec (napkin math). Should be more than enough to outpace any instant life flask.

We also have a great amount of regen if we are stationary (~1200 life/sec), so in theory, not even a corrupted blood jewel is needed. However, if we forget to press the flask button or not pressing it fast enough when the corrupted blood starts stacking, we risk dying. I don't like that chance, so I go with an insurance method of using a corrupted blood-immune jewel. Regular bleed is nothing to worry about.


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Your idea with foreboding hybrid flask + hardened scars looked very interesting but I'm worried about giving up flask slot for that, especially the quicksilver... do you stack any movement speed from other sources to counteract it? I don't see any withering step or other speed ups, is dash just enough?


As aforementioned in previous post, I prefer not to go with quicksilver since it doesn't work well with the approach and style I usually play (and I don't have the extra space for it, too). However, I do have +29% movement speed buff from the cinderswallow flask (onslaught + 9%ms) which lasts for 9 seconds.
Poison Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain + Blast Rain PF| Bottled Fortify:
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2851574
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Last edited by WolfieNa on May 1, 2020, 11:19:42 PM
Sorry for another question, but wanted to be sure, hybrid flasks don't gain charges from life flasks, i.e. Ryslatha's pantheon and "Mender's Wellspring" cluster node? The only way to get "free" charges is pathfinder's ascendancy?
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Viktranka wrote:
Sorry for another question, but wanted to be sure, hybrid flasks don't gain charges from life flasks, i.e. Ryslatha's pantheon and "Mender's Wellspring" cluster node? The only way to get "free" charges is pathfinder's ascendancy?


Hybrid flask is considered life flask as well. Therefore, Soul of Ryslatha and Mender's Wellspring should work with it just as with other regular life flask.

Update on speed flask: when I ran Uber Elder for recording purpose, I crafted +30% movement speed to the Basalt flask replacing curse immunity. It works just fine. So with the Basalt flask + Cinderswallows, I have +116% move speed. Hope that would ease up your concern on the lack of quicksilver.

Uber Elder fight.
Poison Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain + Blast Rain PF| Bottled Fortify:
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2851574
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Last edited by WolfieNa on May 2, 2020, 11:27:56 PM
Is 12,000 life recovery over 6 seconds all from the hybrid flask and if so mind helping me understand the math to get from ~3500 to 12000? (New to flask finder).
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bahamut458 wrote:
Is 12,000 life recovery over 6 seconds all from the hybrid flask and if so mind helping me understand the math to get from ~3500 to 12000? (New to flask finder).


bahamut458: Good to see you here.

The maths behind it is as follows:

Total %x inc. flask effect: +25%
- Pathfinder: +20%
- Mana and flask effect: +5%

Total %x inc. flask duration: +46%
- Druidic Rite: +20%
- Cluster jewel: +26% = passive node (+6%) + Distilled perfection (+20%)

Total %x inc. life recovery from flask: +85%
- Hardened Scars: +15%
- Herbalism: +20%
- Cluster Jewel: 50% = Distilled Perfection(+25%) + Numbing Elixir (+25%)

Total %x inc. flask recovery rate, i.e. shorten duration: +20%
- Herbalism: +20%

Total: 11,344 life / 6.08 sec
- base: 3466 life / 5 sec.
- new base (with inc. flask effect): 4333 life = 3466 * 1.25
- duration: 6.08 sec = 5 sec * 1.46 / 1.2
- life recovery: 11,703 life = 4333 * 1.46 * 1.85

So the hybrid flask recovered: 11,703 life over 6.08 sec.

This matches with the number of my latest PoB in the screenshot below.



*Latest PoB (level 97, new helmet, add Taste of Haste flask):
https://pastebin.com/UuPGTryZ

Poison Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain + Blast Rain PF| Bottled Fortify:
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2851574
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Last edited by WolfieNa on May 3, 2020, 11:56:14 AM
Looks like a very good build!

What are your thoughts on replacing blast rain with toxic rain? It would probably be more difficult to maintain 15 wither stacks, but the skill itself has more synergy with the damage scaling on the tree and you get up to 60% less movement on tethered enemies to stack with hinder.

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