[3.2] Zerphi EA Pathfinder - Instant Heal / Magic Find / HoGM / PvP

3.2 Update: Build is fine! Just use 3 or more Fevered Mind jewels. Zerphi is available in Bestiary!

Hey Everyone!

Here you can see an overview of the Zerphi Explosive Arrow build that I'm currently playing and enjoying. It's a very special build. The core mechanic of the build is the interaction of Blood Rage, Mind over Matters, Blood Magic and Zerphi's Last Breath. When Blood Rage is active, your mana will slowly decrease. This enables you to use Zerphi's Last Breath. Zerphi heals you for 800% of mana costs / attack. You are able to attack over 7 times / second which will result in massive healing. Blood Magic within your links allows you to spam Explosive Arrow and also increases the mana (life) costs of Explosive Arrow which benefits the healing.

This build is a very good Hall of Grandmasters farmer and one of the current top tier PvP builds.

This build is NOT an allround mapper. It's NOT a beginner friendly build either. You can complete Atlas with it up to T16, but you will struggle to kill bosses that you can't get next to a wall/object. That's because of the very bad single target dps of Explosive Arrow. If you can manage to get the boss next to a wall, shoot the wall and the AoE of Explosive Arrow will kill it quite fast though.

My suggestion for mapping: focus on farming maps with bosses that you can position next to a wall.

For further information about Explosive Arrow check out the links at the bottom.


Hall of Grandmasters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84AaPptTb8g
Hall of Grandmasters with 101% IIQ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCymmmxdrcA
T16 Minotaur - Facetank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID67WeESFLM
T16 Phoenix - Facetank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jfMN1qNC0E
T16 Chimera - Facetank with IIQ + Bisco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4g8GcIbQugk
T16 Hydra - Facetank with IIQ + Bisco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC76jDwLzaM
T16 Minotaur with 101% IIQ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M94i5V9RjkQ
T12 Vault with IIQ + Bisco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uITm13bWhe4
T15 Beachhead with IIQ + Bisco: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRsAyc7kvzc
50c Budget Version - T16 Minotaur: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtufxH_uYEY
50c Budget Version - HoGM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz4ZMF3xLN8

50c budget version:

Note: level 81, cruel lab
Tree: www.poeurl.com/bAWf
PoB: https://pastebin.com/6bbGWP52

IIQ gear for Hall of Grandmasters:

IIQ gear for mapping:

PoB: https://pastebin.com/41gbPuqm

Gear for PvP:

Helmet - 15% increased Explosive Arrow Attack Speed
Gloves - Trigger Commandment of Winter when Hit
Boots - Damage Penetrates 10% of Enemy Elemental Resistances if you haven't Killed Recently

Rank 1 PvP EU - September 17:
Screenshot PvP ladder: https://imgur.com/a/LOGba

Note: In some situations you may have to adjust your gear/gems depending on the opponents build.

Loot overview: 100x HoG with only some IIQ gear:

2174c: https://imgur.com/a/zxJJV


Lvl 89 Poeplanner: www.poeurl.com/bySH
Lvl 89 PoE website: www.poeurl.com/bySI

Note: After 89 you may skill more life nodes or another jewel socket or attack / movement speed nodes - whatever you prefer.

Lvl 94 PvP tree: www.poeurl.com/byVh
Lvl 98 PvE tree: www.poeurl.com/bAWh


6L: EA + Blood Magic lvl 1 + GMP + Less Duration + Fire Pen + Elemental Damage
2L: Blink Arrow + Blood Magic
For HoGM: Cast on Death + Portal
2L: CWDT + Flammability (or anything else - whatever you prefer)
1L: Haste
1L: Blood Rage
1L: Arctic Armour

- Ele dmg gem is working for EA + Explosion / AoE since 3.0 - more dmg than Chance to Ignite / Empower 4


Kill all

Ascendancy (Pathfinder):

Nature's Boon, Master Alchemist, Veteran Bowyer, Nature's Adrenaline



- Fire Damage % and Life %
- Nice to have: Projectile Damage / Area Damage / Attack Speed / Resists

Note: You may use a Conqueror's Potency jewel to gain another projectile from Dying Sun, because it will increase your "Increased Flask Effect" to over 50% (if you have all ascendancy nodes and "Alchemist"). Concider it's also increasing your mana regen.


- Gruthkul
- Solaris

Note: also unluck the upgrades for both pantheon powers (capture at least Garhall and Stormflay)


- Blood Rage + Mind over Matters to get rid of mana -> to be able to use Zerphi
- If you don't degen mana when Blood Rage is active, your life may be too low and/or your mana regen is too high - some ways to fix the problem: remove Conqueror's Potency or mana regen nodes / flask effect nodes or don't use Goldwyrm
- Bisco's Collar doesn't work in HoG: 2.6.0f Patch Notes: "Fixed an issue where Bisco's Collar treated Grandmasters as white monsters."
- How to kill the "Block" GMs (Mull Guben,...): stay at walls/pillars -> shoot wall/pillar -> AoE of EA will deal with them

EA Mechanics:

To understand how to scale EA damage, I highly recommend to read:

References / Resources:

Zerphi 3.0 by Márkusz: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1965971
[2.6] Explosive Arrow Pathfinder by dingis: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1712493


To Memes_Vortex - first draft for Tree / Links inspired by him.
Check out his HoG clear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsqXczR9K3M
He is playing Zerphi EA in PvP. If you're doing PvP you may know him ;)
Last edited by 99prosorc on Apr 30, 2018, 8:02:16 AM
Last bumped on Jun 15, 2018, 10:21:15 PM
pastebin please :)
asafgb1 wrote:
pastebin please :)

Last edited by 99prosorc on Sep 21, 2017, 11:54:56 PM
I'm just facetanking those annoying Scorching Ray / Blight players on Harbinger, such an awesome build.

i try to berserker version of this build
Last edited by maninsomnia on Sep 12, 2017, 11:53:10 PM
maninsomnia wrote:
How to kill mull guben and sculi guben they immortal are still worth witjout killing them

Don't shoot them directly -> stay next to a wall/pillar -> shoot wall/pillar -> AoE of EA will take care of them ;)
Last edited by 99prosorc on Sep 12, 2017, 10:42:17 PM
i use scorcing ray in my second slot to kill them
Last edited by maninsomnia on Sep 12, 2017, 11:54:30 PM
Pretty nice and strong build , congrats to my friend @Memes_Vortex for the original build idea and thank you very much for sharing this nice version @99prosorc

Hi, I really liked this build, and I'm thinking of creating it, but I have some doubts..
How does it look on red maps?
Would empower/wed be better than chance to Ignite?

Thanks for the guide!
dehpills wrote:

Hi, I really liked this build, and I'm thinking of creating it, but I have some doubts..
How does it look on red maps?
Would empower/wed be better than chance to Ignite?

Thanks for the guide!

T16 Mino: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID67WeESFLM

It's viable vs. map bosses that walk on top of you. In this case you will kite them to a wall -> shoot wall -> AoE of EA takes care...

Check out my links at the bottom for more information about scaling EA damage!

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