[3.9] Fivers Frostblades Raider ||| Clears all content |||

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---------> LATESTS CHANGES AND MOST RECENT POB <---------
3.9 changes

Check changelog for details on updates.

New PoB: https://pastebin.com/bnCYptWv (updated 2020-02-07)

Multistrike is disabled and a workaround is on the boots. This is because it isn't calculated properly in the default version of PoB.
The damage you see in the PoB isn't entirely accurate if you use the default version of PoB, it is slightly higher than shown.



____________________________INTRODUCTION____________________________________

This build is a Claw & Shield based Frost Blades build.
It utilizes a fast clear speed, high mobility, high evasion, and high damage to clear all the available content. The high evasion and dodge chance helps keep us alive, but this isn't a tanky AFK build. You need to stay on your toes.



_______________________________F_A_Q________________________________________

Please read the guide thoroughly before asking questions.
I get a lot of questions, and I don't mind helping out, but there's a good chance that it may have been answered already. :)
F.A.Q


What should I annoint on my amulet?
Answer
There are many good choices, depending on what you need.
Highest damage: Disemboweling.
Quality of Life: Tribal Fury.

Budget damage: Claws of the Pride.
Damage + Resist: Holy Dominion
Damage + Stats: Divine Fervour


The colours on the sockets in PoB doesn't match the gems. Why?
Answer
It's just not important. Changing the socket colours in PoB doesn't do anything unless you are using items that gets bonuses from different colours.
Also, since it doesn't matter much which items you actually have your gem setup in, there's not really any point.


I'm having issues with mana. How do I solve this?
Answer
When you are leveling it might be difficult to maintain mana. You need to use a mana flask for a while, but you can also grab one of the mana leech nodes near Essence Sap. All such mana issues will disappear when you have Soul Raker, later on.

What about when I'm whirling?
As long as you have about 100 free unreserved mana this shouldn't be a problem. If you still feel that it is, then here's a few tips:
Remember to not link your Whirling Blades with too many support gems. Fortify and Cast on Critical strike is enough. You don't need Faster Attacks.

You can also link it with Reduced Mana cost or Blood Magic, but that means you have to skip the Cast on Crit setup. This is a good option when you are leveling though.


Why are you not using Point Blank?
Answer
The melee attack of Frost Blades does not count as a projectile, so Point Blank doesn't work for single target.
The range in which point blank is effective is also VERY short, so it's not really THAT effective for clearing either.


Why are you using a shield instead of 2 claws?
Answer
The extra damage you can get from 2 claws just isn't worth it. This build already has a pretty low amount of life. You'll get 5k+ in average gear but that's low compared to a lot of other builds.
Having a shield also makes it a lot easier to reach your resistance and evasion cap.

If you also get a shield with reduced mana reservation, you can fit in another herald/aspect, which makes the difference in damage pretty low.


How can you afford to use 4 auras/aspects?
Answer
If you have a shield with 15% reduced mana reserved, you can have Hatred and Herald of Ice in that one, together with an Enlighten gem.
You also have to use your Precision on a low level (maybe even level one).
This gives you enough mana to use another Herald or Aspect.



My single target damage is low. What do I do?
Answer

If you are struggling with single-target damage, or damage in general, here's a couple of tips.

- Don't forget to swap out Ancestral Call for something else when you are fighting bosses!! (ruthless or Multistrike)

- Don't start using Hypothermia right away. When you are leveling, it doesn't scale very good. Use something like Added Cold Damage instead. A lvling 4L should be something like FB - EDWAS - Added Cold - Ancestral Call/multistrike

- Use Ancestral Protector with 3+ Links on it while leveling. Add some damage to it.

- Get your buff/debuff skills and make sure to use them! Ancestral Protector, Vaal haste, Vaal ancestral warchief, Berserk, Frost bomb, they are all important.

- If you can get a vaal double strike, it helps a lot early on.

- Don't forget to upgrade your gear! When you are playing any melee build you will encounter issues if you don't properly maintain your gear. You need to upgrade your weapon as often as you can when you are leveling, and try to stack as much "added damage" as possible on your rings/amulet/gloves/etc.

- Get flasks! From quests you can get Silver Flask & and later on Diamond Flask. Use those. If you find a Sulphur Flask, those are also a good source for damage. When you are level 70+ you should make sure that you have the flasks you should. There are cheap alternatives and expensive alternatives, but the flasks are important.

- Don't blindly follow the skill tree! Grab Fangs of Frost, or Primeval Force or whatever if you are having issues.
The route that I take is just the way that I prefer doing it. But if you've actually had a look in the PoB, this is in the notes:


And if you have problems, please just hop on to the discord or join me on my stream and we can try to figure out the problem. I try ty stream most days around 19:00-23:30 Swedish time


I can't meet my INT/STR requirements. What do I do?
Answer

Multiple options.
When you get a Lethal Pride, that will solve all strength problems. Otherwise you can get "Prowess" from the passive tree. You can also use lower level gems on your Ancestral Protector/Warchief and Berserk.

If you can't match your INT problems, make sure you have your flame dash and frost bomb at low level. There is literally no reason to level these gems.

Get the +30 INT node from the passive tree if needed.


I don't have a 6L. What gems should I use?
Answer

5L: Frost Blades - EDWAS - Hypothermia - Rage - Ancestral Call/Multistrike
4L: Frost Blades - EDWAS - Hypothermia/Added cold - Multi/AC


Why are you using Frost Bomb instead of Wave of Conviction?
Answer
In a cast on crit setup in Whirling Blades, wave of conviction seem to miss the target you whirl through, making it a bad option against bosses.
If you cast it manually, then this isn't a problem.
Frost Bomb also debuffs the enemy so they regen life/es much slower.


Why are you using Avatar of the Chase instead of Avatar of the Veil?
Answer

This is actually a very hard decision and you don't have to use Chase.

You get more damage from Chase (quite a lot), but the phasing, elemental ailment immunity, and spell dodge from Veil is very good.

Veil is really good if you delve a lot, but in general I think Chase is better.


How do I fix my privacy settings so you can view my character in PoB?


Why are you using Bloodseeker in the budget version instead of Wasp Nest or Touch of Anguish?
Answer
While they are all good alternatives, Bloodseeker gives us instant leech. This is incredibly strong for survivability. It is one of few items in the game that on it's own lets you facetank Shaper-beam.

Like this:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt0XISDDVJA
Or this: https://www.twitch.tv/holyfivr/clip/LittleProtectiveDumplingsRlyTho?filter=clips&range=7d&sort=time

Also the dps on Bloodseeker is more than enough for most content.

If you would rather use one of the other though, then by all means, go for it! They are still good alternatives.


Why are you using 2 Fight for Survival jewels? You haven't taken enough dexterity to support them.
Answer
I think a lot of people are confused with the wording on this jewel, and I get why. There are threshold jewels that require you to have allocated a certain amount of dex/str/int within their radius in order for them to actually work.
Fight for survival is not one of those. The dexterity requirement on Fight for Survival doesn't have to be allocated. As long as there is 40 dex within the radius, it works.
You don't actually need to take the points.


What stats should I look for on Jewels?
Answer
Prefix:
% Maximum Life
Crit Multiplier with One-handed Melee Weapons
Crit Multiplier with Cold Skills
Attackspeed
% Damage rolls. (Cold or Phys)

Suffix:
Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
Critical Strike Multiplier with Elemental Skills
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Attack speed / Damage


Abyss Prefix:
+# to Maximum life
Claw cold damage
Claw phys dmg

Abyss Suffix:
Cold damage
Crit multiplier
Attack Speed


Can I play this build in harcore?
Answer
No, I wouldn't recommend it. Staying alive with this build isn't a problem most of the time, but every now and then you can get surprised by something that will completely annihilate you.

I have actually made a HC Frost Blades Gladiator that works pretty good. It has good clearspeed, however it has very bad single target damage.

I can give you the PoB, but it's not a build that I will be help out with questions and shit about. It was just meant as a side project for me to get all the hardcore achievements. The build was made in 3.7 so you may need to adjust a few things. If you're playing hardcore, I'm sure you are skilled enough to do that. https://pastebin.com/r1g48W5B


I have heard that frost blades has low single target damage. Do you have an alternative setup for that?
Answer
The single target damage on Frost Blades is more than enough to clear all content in the game. In 3.7 I could kill Shaper from 100% in less than 3 seconds. If you have doubts about the single target, check out some videos from my Youtube channel and decide for yourself if you think it's enough.
Most melee/attack skills with aoe/multiple projectils have bad single target unless you scale them properly though.


Where do you get your leech from without vitality void? How do you sustain mana?
Answer
The node Soul Raker is the source for most of our leech, including mana leech. We also get some life leech from the node blood drinker.

Also, when you are using Imperial Claws you will also gain a bunch of Life Gain on Hit from the implicit modifier.


How do I use Path of Building to measure my dps?
Answer
When you measure your dps, you click "configuration" and then cross the following:
✓Do you use frenzy charges?
✓Do you have onslaught?
✓Rage: 30

✓Is the enemy chilled?
✓Is the enemy blind?
✓Is the enemy intimidated? (if you use Tombfist or have it on Lethal Pride)
✓Is the enemy a boss?: Shaper/Guardian

Make sure your flasks are active in the items page by checking the checkbox.
Make sure you have Ruthless equipped instead of Ancestral call.

If you are using the default version of PoB, then you need to use a workaround for Multistrike, since it doesn't work in the normal version. To do this, just add this text to any of your existing items, and then click save:
44% more melee attack speed
10% less attack damage
10% increased melee physical damage
22% more damage

This is the equivalent of what a 20/20 Multistrike would give you.
After this, you need to remove multistrike from your actual skill setup, otherwise it will show wrong DPS.
If you are unsure if you are using the default version or not, then you are using the default version.

And finally, make sure you are looking at the right place. On the left side, you choose Frost Blades under "Main Skill".
Also make sure you are looking at "total DPS" and not "Average Damage"


I am having trouble with Atziri's mirror-clone. How do you avoid killing yourself in that fight?
Answer
This fight is all about positioning. When she splits up in 4, you need to look for the one holding the mirror. Then you stand with your back turned towards it, and stay as close to the opposing clone as you can.
Check out this video: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/490517245

Also, don't forget to remove Ancestral Call. That will kill you.


Different Video Guides

I have made several different video guides on a couple of different PoE-related subjects. Some of them may be slightly outdated due to changes to crafting in 3.9.
Some of the videos are pretty long, but they all have a timeline added in the description, and in the comments.

Crafting Weapons:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHG1608oSc8
As of 3.9 this video is slightly outdated. The basics are the same, but the multimod recipe has changed.

Crafting a Curse on Hit ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwFq3OZkxZs
As of 3.9 this video is slightly outdated. The basics are the same, but the multimod recipe has changed.

Crafting(gambling) a good Armour with fossils: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dn21BhjXuA
As of 3.9 this video is slightly outdated. You can no longer get maim on body armour. The crit chance is still good though.

Getting the right colours and links on your items: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPz-54Ia4PU

A beginners guide to Path of Building - Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFFq7YLmc00
In this video I just go through the basics of Path of Building. If you are somewhat familiar with PoB, then the information in this video is probably not something new. It is primarily aimed at new players.

A beginners guide to Path of Building - Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eQFq48vDBU
In this video I focus on how to properly assess a build that you've imported into PoB, and some important things that you should be aware of and look out for.

A beginners guide to Path of Building - Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5zMJo-op1o
This video goes through how to import your own character in Path of Building, and how to properly measure your own DPS.

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Path of Building


Multistrike is currently bugged in path of building, so I have disabled it and added a workaround on the boots. So don't be alarmed. I'm not trying to inflate the dps.

BLUEPRINT: https://pastebin.com/bnCYptWv
It is a very extensive POB, with 4 different item-sets depending on your budget. The different sets are:
Budget - Standard - Expensive - Very Expensive

The item-set for the budget version still contains a Watcher's Eye and Lethal Pride. Remove these to better reflect the actual damage output of the budget version. The reason they are still there is because I can't assign them to a specific item-set.

Also, keep in mind that the leveling trees are just a suggestion to the way that I usually do it. If you are playing this as a league starter, or experiencing issues with single target damage, then you should take some of the damage nodes while you level.


Skills

Ascendancy


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


Bandits

Alira
Good damage and resists.
Pantheon

Major: Soul of Solaris or Lunaris - I usually use Solaris
Minor: Soul of Gruthkul is the one I use the most.

When it comes to pantheons, I want it to be said though, that they can be highly situational. In 3.9 I played with Soul of Shakari a lot since chaos damage was such a big deal. In blight maps Soul of Abberath is really good to avoid getting killed by burning ground.



Frost Blades:




If you can get some of the Awakened versions of the skillgems, then that is really good. Some of them are pretty easily obtained, others are more expensive. If you can get an Awakened Added Cold Damage, then you can replace your Hypothermia with that one.


When mapping, use Ancestral Call instead of Ruthless. Ancestral call together with Frost Blades is incredibly powerful.

Here's why

This is how Frost Blades normally work:

The maximum amount of targets it can hit is 8.
This is how Frost Blades work with Ancestral Call:

When we use Frost Blades together with Ancestral Call, it adds 2 melee hits.
Basically, you are throwing 3 Frost Blades at the same time.
The maximum amount of targets it can hit is 24.
But here's where it gets cool:
Ancestral Call can attack in all directions. So you are not only throwing 3 Frost Blades at the same time, but you can jump into the middle of an enemy pack, and just explode them from inside in all directions, if you should wish.


And we're not done...
Let's assume we are fighting only 3 targets, and they are perfectly lined up for maximum destruction.
Here's how Frost Blades work:

Each target gets hit one time.
Here's how Frost Blades work with Ancestral Call:

The targets on the sides gets hit 2 times.
The target in the middle gets hit 3 times.


This is why Ancestral Call is so incredibly strong for clearspeed.
Yes, we get lower DPS.. It is extremely bad to have equipped when we are fighting single targets.

But:
+ it can hit more targets
+ it can shoot in all directions
+ it can hit the same targets multiple times





I've noticed that when a lot of people send me pastebins, you have forgotten to compensate for multistrike not working in PoB. I add a little text to my Darkray Vectors to compensate for it. Make sure you have done that before you check your DPS, if you want it to reflect your actual damage. You can add the text to any item.
how to do it

Url to bigger gif:
https://gfycat.com/SmartBlackandwhiteGnatcatcher.gif

Text to copy:
MULTISTRIKE WORKAROUND
44% more melee attack speed
10% less attack damage
10% increased melee physical damage
22% more damage
MULTISTRIKE WORKAROUND




3-Link: Auras
Keep Herald of Ice and Hatred in your shield, together with Enlighten.
If you get a shield with 15% reduced mana reserved, you can fit in another Herald or Aspect. In this case make sure to use a lvl 1 precision



4-Link: Whirling blades
If you don't have an Assassin's mark ring you will need to use a different setup, but this is how it should look when you do.
Having a curse on hit setup in your whirling blades is a good way to easily debuff bosses by just whirling through them. You want to whirl through them anyway to keep your fortify up, so why not debuff them at the same time?




4-Link: Totems and Flame Dash
Use Ancestral Protector whenever you fight any tougher mob. Vaal ancestral warchief should be used on bosses. You can use both at the same time, even though they are both totems.
Have Flame Dash linked together with them, and then add a Culling Strike. This way you can cull bosses with both the totems and flame dash.



4-Link: Cast When Damage Taken
Keep the gems on low level to make sure it proccs as often as possible. CWDT should be level 1.



3-Link: Vaal haste - Berserk - Precision
Vaal Haste and Berserk should be used when you need that extra burst. Preferably together with Ancestral Warchief.


Gear


Something like this






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Boots:

Darkray Vectors are best in slot. They are also very cheap.
You should also try to get the enchant that says Damage Penetrates 10% of Enemy Elemental Resistances if you haven't Killed Recently.
There are only 16 enchants that you can get on boots from the uber lab, so this enchant is very farmable.
Get a Twice Enchanted prophecy and grab all the darkshrines, and you can get up to 3 enchants per run.

Amulet:

A good rare amulet will beat other alternatives. We want Critical Strike Multiplier, Life, Resists, Elemental damage with attacks, added cold/phys etc.
There are also a lot of cool influence modifiers you can get on amulets from the different conqueror's, shaper, and elder.
You can get really good prefixes from Reedemer exalts, for example.
Check out this link to see all the mods you can get. http://poedb.tw/us/mod.php?cn=Amulet

Other options are:

Both of these are incredibly strong.


Rings:

Mark of the Elder together with a shaped rare ring.
You want to get a ring with "Curse enemies with level # Assassin's Mark on hit". That frees up some gem slots for you.
Those can be expensive early on though so until you get one, just find something with life, resists, and some damage.

Helmet:

Starkonja's is a really great helmet and will last you a long time. At some point you may want to switch to a rare helmet crafted with Frigid Fossils though. This gives you about the same damage, but allows you to also get resists and other stuff from your helm.

40% increased Frost blades damage enchant is ideal of course.
You can also get enchants for blood rage, ancestral protector, berserk, etc.

Jewels:

We're using Frost Blades, so yeah..
Try to get a pair with Corrupted blood cannot be inflicted on you.
This allows you to get rid of your bleed immunity on the flask and you can craft crit on it instead. See flasks.


This jewel modifiers to the passive points within it's radius. It will give you different bonuses depending on what number it has and where you place it. Try to get one and place it in different spots. If it's not good use divines on it when you can, until you find a good one. You will see the bonuses you get from it by mousing over the passive points in the radius. Only way to know if it's good or not is to test it.
I made a short video about lethal pride a while back, where I explain and show how it works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozMUYx5e0CQ
Try to look for chance to intimidate on it. That modifier is very powerful.
After that: double damage > crit multi > crit chance > melee/phys damage.



May be expensive, but I would recommend getting some version of it.
The best ones tend to be the ones that give Crit chance/Added cold damage/Cold penetration. All of those three are good and the one that is best for you may depend on your current gear.

What to look for on rare jewels
Prefix:
% Maximum Life
Crit Multiplier with One-handed Melee Weapons
Crit Multiplier with Cold Skills
Attackspeed
% Damage rolls. (Cold or Phys)

Suffix:
Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
Critical Strike Multiplier with Elemental Skills
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Attack speed / Damage


Abyss Prefix:
+# to Maximum life
Claw cold damage
Claw phys dmg

Abyss Suffix:
Cold damage
Crit multiplier
Attack Speed



Weapon:


When it comes to claws, you should look for claws with high physical dps. If a claw has T1 cold damage on it, then a hybrid claw can be really cool.
The absolute best scenario is to have a claw with high physical dps, and also some form of elemental penetration on it.
Redeemer exalts have a couple of really cool prefixes that you can get, so if you have a crafted claw with a free prefix on it, then you can slam a redeemer on it and hope it lands T1 cold penetration.
Also, make sure that your claw also has increased critical strike chance on it. I cannot stress this enough.



You should always have it as your goal to get a rare claw, but if you don't have a high budget my favorite alternative is a Bloodseeker.
The instant leech you get from this claw is incredibly powerful and I have cleared most content with it. You can facetank Shaperbeam with this badboy.
Like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt0XISDDVJA
Or this: https://www.twitch.tv/holyfivr/clip/LittleProtectiveDumplingsRlyTho?filter=clips&range=7d&sort=time

Other good alternatives are Wasp Nest and Touch of Anguish. Both of these gives more damage than Bloodseeker.


Shield:

A rare shield with:
Life
High evasion
Resists
Reduced mana reservation

Anything beyond that is just a bonus. The Aura Reservation saves us a gem slot otherwise used for Enlighten. A shield with high evasion is a big source for our evade chance and helps a lot with reaching 95% evade.
If you have a shield with an open suffix, you can also craft cool stuff like 5% chance to deal double damage on them. That modifier gives a lot of damage.


Gloves:


Shaper's Touch is best in slot unless you have insane currency. Only downside with them is the lack of resist. Getting a pair with +1 frenzy charge corruption is ideal.

Since the introduction of Warlord Exalts you can also get +1 to frenzy charge on rare gloves as an affix. This means that you can theoretically get +2 frenzy from your gloves. At this point we're talking many exalts though.
You can also get a cool modifier from the Hunter Exalt that makes your attacks strike an extra nearby enemy. I don't think it's worth getting it because it's only good for clear speed and QoL. You should know that the option exists though.

Tombfist are also a great option. Socket them with a Murderous Eye Jewel, and you will also get intimidate from them.

Body Armour:


A good rare body armour is our best option. Lots of HP and high evasion is the goal to start with.
You can no longer get maim on body armours, but you can still get the critical strike chance modifier. You can craft these armours yourself as long as you have an Elder influenced armour (Check video about fossil crafting armours in the video section).
Until you can afford/craft one of these, first priority is to get one with high life and evasion.


There are a lot of options until you find a good rare. You'll have to decide for yourself which works best for you. These can all be good alternatives if you can make them fit and make up for the lost stats you can get from a rare.


Yriel's Fostering (Rhoa or Ursa) - This is also an incredible DPS boost. It has decent evasion and decent max life. An all around good chest.
Cons: It lacks resists

Farrul's Fur
Another really good armour. Decent evasion and decent life.
It allows for the use of Aspect of the Cat, without having to reserve any mana. Aspect of the cat is a great buff both offensively and defensively.


Belt:

Stygian belts are superior to all other belts for this build.
We want Life/resists/EDWAS. If you use Frigid + Prismatic fossils on a belt, you can get really good ones that have both increased cold damage - increased elemental damage AND increased elemental damage with attack skills.

Critical strike multiplier and attack speed are both very good on the jewel. Life and resist may also be a good idea if you are in need of it.

I mean.. This is also an option I guess.

Headhunter isn't really good for anything else than speedfarming stuff though. Against things like shaper/uber elder, it is useless. So don't go and buy a Headhunter and think it will magically make you super-strong. It doesn't work like that. :)


Flasks:


If you can corrupt one of your jewels with corrupting blood immunity, that means you can swap out your life flask for one of these instead:

It gives a lot of damage.

If you have a big budget and can afford it, you can get:

It varies from league to league, but in 3.9 this flask cost about 14-15 exalts. So this one is obviously only relevant when you already have good gear on other spots.

Skill Tree

I used to have a skill-tree walkthrough video, but I have decided to remove that one for now, since it's outdated. I may make a new one later on, but it's not in the pipeline right now.
In the PoB pastebin there are multiple different passive trees to simulate the leveling progress. You can find them by clicking the dropdown menu in the bottom left corner of the passive tree.

Also, keep in mind that this is just the skill tree I usually go by. If you are using this as league starter and feel that you are lacking damage, you may need to get some of those nodes before all the life nodes.


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Videos

Video Guide (25m 24s)

This guide is outdated since it was made in 3.7. I plan on making a new one, but all the basics are the same as they are in this one.


Deathless lvl 8 Awakener (4m 16s)
https://youtu.be/lavQ4x8tjUk

Destroying the Conquerors (1m 14s)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzQm7yxF2So

Showcase Video vs Bosses (2m 18s)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubW2eK5RuCM

Deathless Uber Elder (2m 29s)
Full fight is 2 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N46jW3ayPRE

Full Shaper fight in 2 minutes (2m 16s)
Full fight is 2 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T73pPkgskmI

7 second Shaper kill
Killing phase 3 shaper from 100% hp (well, almost) in a 7 second burst.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbkQYpWJMOA

Ikordan's MF version (2m 46s)
(T16 with MF gear.)
https://youtu.be/KHFMeyAjX0w

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Leveling Tips


single target damage when leveling


Ok, so if you are struggling with single-target damage, or damage in general, here's a couple of tips.

- Don't forget to swap out Ancestral Call for something else when you are fighting bosses!! (ruthless or Multistrike)

- Use Ancestral Protector with 3+ Links on it. I'm using an AP with Increased Melee Physical Damage and Ruthless.

- Get your buff/debuff skills. Get vaal haste if you can, frost bomb/wave of conviction, etc. They can make a big difference.

- If you can get a vaal double strike, it helps a lot.

- Don't forget to upgrade your gear! When you are playing any melee build as a league starter you will encounter issues if you don't properly maintain your gear. You need to upgrade your weapon as often as you can, and try to stack as much "added damage" as possible on your rings/amulet/gloves/etc.

- Don't blindly follow the skill tree!
The route that I take is just the way that I prefer doing it. But if you look in the PoB, this is in the notes:



And if you have problems, please just hop on to the discord or join me on my stream and we can try to figure out the problem.



There are 4 different sets of items in the PoB link.
There are also 5 different passive skilltrees to simulate your progress at different levels.
There are A LOT of notes in the 'notes' section in the PoB-pastebin.
If you want to make it easier for yourself, you should read those.

I'm gonna leave the old info below here, but I really suggest you look in the PoB.

You can pretty much start with frost blades from the start.
Use something like Last Resort until you get to lvl 26, and then you switch into 2xEwar's Mirage.
Ewar's mirage is a seriously underestimated weapon. You can use those badboys up to lvl 70 with ease. They scale so good.
It is also entirely possible to just pick up good rares.

In order to get the most out of Ewar's Mirage, you need to stack some flat damage on gear. There are shitloads of good options for this.
Anything with Adds # to # phys/cold/light/fire damage is good. There are lots of cheap lowlvl uniques that are great for this.
Some examples:


Well, you get it..

If you feel that you are having trouble with mana while leveling, I recommend using Praxis rings or Elreon rings.




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Last edited by Fiver on Feb 7, 2020, 12:51:12 PM
Last bumped on Feb 18, 2020, 1:33:14 PM
Changelog

2020-02-07:

The Path of Building link is updated.
New pastebin: https://pastebin.com/bnCYptWv

These are the changes:

- Added Bottled Faith to the Very Expensive gear set.

- Removed the alternative skillsetup for assassin's mark and rearranged some skills. If you don't have an assassin's mark ring, then you can still fix it by going with Frost bomb - Coh - AM, but I removed the option from the PoB because it caused a lot of confusion.

- Notes section has been edited and cleaned up.

- I have moved around some items and changed some items in the different gear sets. I have adjusted the values on a lot of items.

- Shaper's Touch are back in the Standard gear set.

- I have changed the gloves in the Very Expensive gearset to a pair of double frenzy gloves. These will obviously be very expensive.

I have also made some changes to the guide.

- The skill section is changed. I have removed the optional setup if you don't have an Assassin's Mark ring, just like in the PoB. It has also been cleaned up to be easier to read.

- Cleaned up a bunch of unnecessary text.




2020-02-06:
MAJOR rework of the guide.

- 3S Shaper deletion removed since it was old.

- Showcase of me killing the conquerors added instead.

- Link to above showcase video is added to the build. You can click the gif itself, or you can find it in the videos section.

- Title updated. It previously said "5+ million shaper dps". I am currently at 10M shaper dps myself but I don't want to put that number in the title, since I know that most people won't reach that. At the same time I don't want to use a lower number than what the build is capable of. Maybe I'll change it again, idk.

- "Introduction" section changed. Minor changes to the text, but new image on what content the build can handle, and what pros and cons it has.

- F.A.Q section changed. A lot of stuff removed & some stuff added. Mostly just rewriting stuff.

- Pantheon information changed.

- Skills section changed. Added awakened gems (not multistrike)

- Gear section changed (a LOT). I don't know where to start with this to be honest. Added new flasks. Added new belt. Added new shield. Added new claws. Added a rare option to helmets. Added new amulet along with updated suggestions for what to look for. Replaced boots with a pair that has enchant on them. Changed the section on body armour so it doesn't have maim armours in it.... You get it. I also added a new tab in there that just says "something like this" that gives a quick look at what kind of gear I use.

- Changed the Video section. Removed some old/outdated stuff and added new video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzQm7yxF2So

- Fixed some spelling errors.


I haven't made any changes to the actual build, but I have changes in the PoB that I plan on sharing soon. Just need to mix a bit with it first.



2020-01-26:
- Pastebin updated

- Build has been adapted to make it easier to get resists, which will make it possible to get max chaos resistance. Chaos resist hasn't been a huge issue previously, but since 3.9, having maxed Chaos Res is a big deal.

- Shaper's Touch are back, but no longer BiS. They are still very good of course, and they have dropped in price significantly during the league. Getting a pair with +1 frenzy isn't even that expensive.

- Rare gloves are added as BiS. This is, however, assuming you have a good budget. With the new warlord exalt you can get +1 to frenzy on gloves, which allows you to theoretically get +2 frenzy from gloves.
If you have a pair of rare gloves with +1 frenzy, they do slightly less damage than ST, but they allow for more resists on the build.

- Starkonja is replaced for a rare helmet with "Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance". This also allows for more resists.

- The passive tree has been rerouted to help fill up chaos resist. It has sacrificed Revenge of the Hunted to go for Method of Madness instead.

- The passive tree now gets Claws of the Falcon instead of Primeval Force. Not only does CotF give more damage, but this also allows us to annoint something else. Disemboweling is the best annoint for damage. Tribal Fury is really cool though.

- Awakened Melee Physical Damage is removed and instead we use Ruthless, like in previous versions of the build. The damage is better with ruthless, and you can get the intimidate on a Lethal Pride anyway.



2019-12-16:
- Pastebin updated
- Budget and Standard gloves has been changed to Tombfist, because of the very expensive price on Shaper's Touch.

If you are using awakened version of MPD, tombfist are useless for you and you are better off going for a pair of rare gloves. Preferably with the new modifiers that adds +1 to frenzy.


2019-12-12:
- Build updated for 3.9. Check the summary in the main post for more info.


2019-09-24:
- Pastebin updated
- Pandemonius is no longer BiS
- Other small changes in the guide


2019-09-18:
- Pastebin updated
- Nightblade out - Hypothermia in.


2019-08-24 to 2019-09-11:
Over this time-span I have more or less changed the structure of the entire guid. There are STILL things that need to be changed, but I'll get to them when I have the time and energy to do so. If you saw the actual "code" that I go through every time I change the build, you would understand how much of a time-sink it can be.

Most recent update, 2019-09-11, I made HUGE updates to the build.

- Changed the structure of the build
- Fixed links and added info about the platforms I am available on
- Made VERY big changes in the FAQ section. There's a LOT of stuff there now.
- Clarified some of my skill/item-choices
- Fixed bad grammar and poor wordings on some things



2019-08-23:
2 MAJOR UPDATEs
- Massive rework of the Skill section
- Massive rework of the Item section


2019-08-22:
2 MAJOR UPDATES
- Video Guide added!
- Extensive rework of the written guide!


2019-08-12:
- Added links to my social media platforms.


2019-08-01:
- Updated current gear and PoB link. 14M+ dps now.
- Edited the recommended gear section. Switched priority on gloves.
- Made EXTENSIVE changes to the original Path of Building blueprint.


2019-07-31:
- Added a video-tutorial on how to craft a good body armour with fossils.


2019-07-28:
- Added Vaal Ancestral Warchief to the DMG boost section.


2019-07-18:
- Made a new showcase video.
- Changed the top GIF.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDn2Oj-MhXA

2019-07-13:
- Updated my current PoB pastebin. 10M+ dps now.

https://pastebin.com/dH24wmrh

2019-07-12:
- Added 2 minute Shaper video (full fight)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T73pPkgskmI

2019-07-11:
- Added video guide on how to craft a Curse on Hit ring.


2019-07-10:
- Added Uber Elder walkthrough video.


2019-07-09:
- Added gif on how to compensate for Multistrike not working in PoB.


2019-07-07:
- Changed the crafting section in the FAQ.
- Added weaponcrafting video.
- Updated some items in my current gear.


2019-07-06:
- Added Deathless Uber Elder fight.
- Added video showcase of Ikordan's MF version.
- Updated my current PoB Pastebin. 7.3M dps now.


2019-07-05:
- Updated my current PoB Pastebin. 6.5M dps now.


2019-07-04:
- Added Shaper's Touch as an option for gloves.
- Updated my current PoB Pastebin. Close to 6M dps now.


2019-07-01:
- Added video walkthrough for the passive skill tree.


2019-06-28:
- Removed the +1 curse setup.
- Changed the PoB to reflect some recent changes to the build.
- Added a Shaper video
- Added Hall of Grandmasters to the list of viable content.


2019-06-27:
- Added showcase video
- Added Uber Elder video.
- Changed a few things in the FAQ.
- Edited the Pantheon section.


2019-06-25:
- Reworked the entire gear section to be up to speed with the current patch.
- Added my own current gear.
- Major changes to the skills section. A couple of skills have been replaced or been put to use in different ways.
- Major visual changes throughout the guide, to make the guide easier to read.


2019-06-24:
- Added video of Red Elder - 100 to 0 in 3 seconds.
- Added Lethal Pride Jewel (Thank you MasterIJ).
- Moved around some items.
- Changed a little in the crafting section.
- Changed the debuff/curse setup.
- Changed the movement setup.
- Added Dash


2019-06-23:
- Added deathless Shaper video..
- Changed Tombfist from legacy version to the current one..


2019-06-15:
- Removed the Lycosidae version. The one with rare shield is better in pretty much every way now, since it's very easy to reach 100% hit chance.



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Last edited by Fiver on Feb 7, 2020, 12:54:51 PM
Update:
+New PoB link to match my current stats
+Added videos


Don't panic.
Update:
+Further updates and minor changes.
+New printscreen from PoB stats to reflect my up-to-date character
+Added and removed some videos. (Deathless shaper added)
+Changed title


Don't panic.
hi, i have tried gem link in your way:
Ancestral Protector + COH + frostbite
But it does not seem to work, I do not see the curse on the boss.
Can you explain me?
thank you very much !!!
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nohssiw19592 wrote:
hi, i have tried gem link in your way:
Ancestral Protector + COH + frostbite
But it does not seem to work, I do not see the curse on the boss.
Can you explain me?
thank you very much !!!



Right, I'm just stupid. It's not supposed to work with ancestral protector. I originally had it linked to Orb of Storms, but decided to use ancestral protector instead, without changing up the curse setup. I'll have to find some workaround to this.

Edit. Fixed the links and switched around a bit. Ditched warlord's mark, because we don't really need it anyway.


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Last edited by Fiver on Feb 4, 2018, 11:46:08 AM
Added level progression and ascendancy order.


Don't panic.
Previously u noted in your build to kill all bandits for passive point, but now u changed it for allira. Is it that much critical to help her as I’m currently lvl 70 and killed all of them. Thnx in advance.
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pms_techka wrote:
Previously u noted in your build to kill all bandits for passive point, but now u changed it for allira. Is it that much critical to help her as I’m currently lvl 70 and killed all of them. Thnx in advance.


No it isn’t.
It’s basically a tradeoff between survivability and damage.
By picking alira you get some crit multiplier and all res.
If you kill all you get the same res, no crit multiplier, but a couple extra % chance to evade attacks. I have 2 skillpoints aswell, and for me, I think I get about 3% melee and 5% projectile evade.

Both options are good imo.


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Fiver wrote:
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pms_techka wrote:
Previously u noted in your build to kill all bandits for passive point, but now u changed it for allira. Is it that much critical to help her as I’m currently lvl 70 and killed all of them. Thnx in advance.


No it isn’t.
It’s basically a tradeoff between survivability and damage.
By picking alira you get some crit multiplier and all res.
If you kill all you get the same res, no crit multiplier, but a couple extra % chance to evade attacks. I have 2 skillpoints aswell, and for me, I think I get about 3% melee and 5% projectile evade.

Both options are good imo.


Thanks for reply. Any suggestions about pantheon?

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