[3.12] Hasunic's Toxic Rain / Caustic Arrow Trickster | Leaguestarter | Ailment Immunity | SSF

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The Guide is updated for 3.12 no meta changes whatsoever
I have played this in 3.9 and 3.10. I took down Awakener 8 multiple times on SSF HC in Delirium too.

I adjusted the build path to include the best cluster jewels from 3.10.
3.11 brought alot of small passive tree changes and cluster jewel nerfs.
This made Toxic Rain have a very bad endgame dps compared to before, where Caustic Arrow were mostly untouched.

Passive tree were changed many places and it made me revisit if using Thread of Hope were necessary. I don't think it is to be honest.




Path of Building Pastebin


I am using PoB Community: https://github.com/PathOfBuildingCommunity/PathOfBuilding/releases
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Path of Building 3.12: https://pastebin.com/0YbAuKfU

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The PoB is complete with Leveling trees - Multiple trees with Cluster Jewel/Jewels - Thread of Hope
In the note section I explain what to get in each act.

In the gear section, there are different gear sets, so you know what you could expect in different stages of the game.


If you end up getting a bunch of ES items + ES Clusters you can go CI, but I havnt tested it myself: https://pastebin.com/Fm8ri9g0

3h56min ssf hc leaguestart kitava act 10 + norm/cruel lab + skill points VoD - It's muted a bit because of music rights: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/640613407

SSF HC Awakener kill 3.10: https://youtu.be/tlhTn47T8g8


T15 Cells Clear Delirium 3.10: https://youtu.be/Et4AiSsSckE

New Video Guide for 3.11 https://youtu.be/YNzsymS8ttM


Old Video Guide (3.9) https://youtu.be/fzN9xtFH1ag

Gear within 1 day in ssfhc in 3.11 Harvest (without harvest crafts)
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Gear
Before you scour through this page keep in mind. The first thing you should get is a good bow! It is a leaguestarter, so it functions just with a decent bow. You should just try to get high resistances and life on your gear otherwise.
I would prioritize (if I could choose) in the following order: Hunter Amulet, Hunter Quiver, Hunter Ring/ Delve despair curse ring, Shaper Two-Toned Ring, Hunter Stygian Wise, Hunter Gloves.

Getting elemental ailment immunity: A slick combination of 3 things are required to get Elemental Ailment immunity. Untill you can get these items, use your flasks to get immunity in the following priority order: Bleed, Freeze, Curse, Shock and Burn.

The full life cluster at Thick Skin grants 20% chance to avoid elemental ailments.
Stacking 25% crafted elemental ailment avoidance on gloves and helmets leaves you with needed 30% elemental ailment avoidance.
You can craft this either on the prefix on the chest, craft shaper boots with 30% ailment avoidance or get a small dodge cluster with Elegant Form

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Bow
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Use either Maraketh or Thicket Bow for lategame
You can farm Imperial Legacy cards in Foothills for a 6link Imperial bow which you can craft with fossils: Corroded + Metallic + Jagged
Unlock Chaos Dot multi craft by unveiling Syndicate Weapons

You can get very far with a 5link +2 Bow

Very lategame you can craft a +3 Levels, +75% Chaos Dot multi and Attack Speed bow


Crafting a Perfect TR Bow with metacraft:
https://youtu.be/XuEelZIXiAI



Body Armour
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There are many useful unique body armours that you can use and very strong rare endgame.



You can also craft powerful Influenced Items (Redeemer = Frenzy Charge on hit, Crusader = Explode on kill)





Quiver
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Use a Rare Penetrating Arrow or Maloneys Mechanism (You can skip Maloneys if you have a frenzy charge on hit chest + Curse on hit ring)
Good Mods: Life, Dot Multi(hunter), +1 Arrow(Shaper), Resistances, Movement speed(hunter), attack speed
How to craft: Fossil (Aberrant + Pristine), Chaos Spam, Alteration+Regal or Awakener Orb



Helmet
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Vertex are usually very cheap and fits Trickster perfectly with high ES and Evasion. It also adds levels to your Aura setup making your enlighten level 5 and yields good chaos resistance.

You can craft a ilvl 85 Hunter Hubris Circlet for -9 Chaos resistance to nearby enemies, but this can be very costly.
To craft it you need to use Aberrant Fossils + Dense fossils for high ES or pristine or just use Aberrant Fossils alone if you want hybrid LIFE/ES.




Boots
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Just get high movement speed + Resistances + Life
Atziri's boots are good cheap early game

You can get Shaper Boots with 30-35% chance to avoid elemental ailments (It's a suffix).

It took me about ten attempts to hit the showcased shaper boots. Use Shuddering (For Speed and remove mana rolls), Pristine (Rolls life and Removes Armour/ES) and Prismatic (Adds elemental rolls - Like reduced chance to be affected by elemental ailments) - If you are rich, you can choose to add a Sanctified Fossil for lucky rolls.







Gloves
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Hunter ilvl 84+ Gloves
Good mods: Life, High ES, Dot Multi, Attack Speed, Resistance. Crafted ailment avoidance.
You can craft good hunter gloves by using Aberrant Fossil + Either Dense or Pristine or none.
The crafted ailment avoidance(suffix)



Jewellery - Amulet/Rings/Belt

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Amulet
Ilvl 82 Hunter Influenced - Crafted with Aberrant fossil
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ood mods: Life, ES, Resistances, +1 Gems level, Chaos Dot Multi, Reduced Malevolence reservation


Rings
Good Mods: Life, ES, Despair on hit, Resistances, attributes, Reduced mana cost, Mana Regen %
I usually buy these, but you can try to craft the curse on hit ring with aberrant fossils. This also increases the odds of getting chaos resistance on the ring. I would include a pristine in this crafting process for life.



You can use the new Skitterbot curse ring too, It's pretty good for early appliance of high level despair and skitterbots are almost as good as malevolence but reduces less mana (use left ring slot)


Belts
Hunter Influenced ilvl 85 Stygian Wise
Good mods: Life, ES, Life%(hunter), Chaos Damage(Hunter), Str, Resistances

It took me alot of attempts to craft this belt, and it can be quite hard to get. Use Aberrant + Pristine for the sweet % life mods, chaos damage and chaos resistance. I endedup mastercrafting the suffixes on this, because it was so hard to hit.
You can also add a Prismatic fossil for more elemental rolls, but this makes it harder to roll life since you can higher chance of hitting WED (Elemental damage with attacks)



Regular Leather belts are also decent, but it saves you a jewel socket to use Stygian Wise for your Onslaught + Life jewel





Jewels
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Regular Jewels good mods: Life, ES, Attack Speed, Resistances - Damage mods: Projectile Damage, Damage over time, damage over time multi, Chaos Damage

Abyssal Jewels: Good Mods: Life, ES, Onslaught On Kill, Resistances, Damage over time

Watchers Eye: Malevolence( Damage over time multi, Immune to Bleed)
Clarity (Reduced mana cost)
Discpline (Faster start of ES Recharge)
Cluster Jewels
Large 8 Points ilvl 75 Chaos Damage, Go for 2 points + Wicked Pall and Unholy Grace. Unwavering Evil are also fine, but Touch Of Cruelty is also fine.

Medium 4 or 5 Points chaos dot multi cluster with Wicked Pall, Jewel Socket and Eternal Suffering are good.
Edit: After the changes don't get more than 2 Eternal Suffering.
I can recommend either Student of Decay(Chaos damage + chaos res), Flow of Life or Vile Reinvigoration as the last cluster notable
There are also 10% dot multi clusters available that should be fine.
Also if you need mana regen, you can go for the Dot multi % + Mana

Small 3 Points Life Clusters with Chaos resistance and Fettle or Sublime Sensation are good

Small 2 point dodge clusters with Elegant Form to achive elemental ailment immunity If you need the shaper influence boots with 30%+




Gem Links

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1. Bow: Caustic Arrow + Vicious Projectiles + Void Manipulation + Swift Affliction + Pierce + Empower

Early Links: Caustic Arrow + Pierce + Void Mani/Mirage Archer. I realy like having Mirage Archer with my Toxic Rain and use Void manipulation.

In act 3/act 4 when you get a 4link and a penetrating arrow quiver, you can replace the pierce with a Arrow Nova Support and add Vicious Projectiles. I found out today that it felt awesome clearing, but you still need a 4link and a penetrating arrow quiver to have sufficient damage imo.

2. Chest: Toxic Rain + Vicious Projectiles + Void Manipulation + Mirage Archer + Swift Affliction + Empower or Culling Strike

Early Links: Toxic Rain + Void Manipulation + Ballista Totem/Mirage archer
You can try the Ballista Totem Support in act 1 (It's red). I personally prefer selfcasting because the damage is higher.
In act 3 when you get a 4link, you can add Vicious Projectiles. It's hard sustaining enough mana for a 5link untill later.


3. Wither Totem: Wither + Spell Totem Support + Multiple Totem Support + Faster Casting
Late game this is a much have. While leveling this isnt an important setup and the auras + the Flame Dash+Smoke Mine + Second Wind link are much more important. (Speed is king while running the acts)


4. Auras: Malevolence or Skitterbots + Flesh And Stone + Discipline + Enlighten
Early you will not have access to high ES pools or Enlighten, so just use Malevolence or Skitterbots and Flesh And Stone.


5. Flame Dash + Second Wind - Vaal Grace + Free of Choice (Clarity/smoke mine/dash

Flame Dash + Second Wind + Smoke Mine are realy important while leveling. It provides a huge speedboost to you.


Ascendency + Bandits + Pantheon
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Bandits: Help Alira. You can shift to +2 passive points very lategame if you are managing your mana regen and have enough resistances.

Ascendency
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Pantheon:

Major:

Use Soul of Lunaris for mapping, and Soul of Arakaali for Awakener. Soul of Solaris is also good in some situations.

Minor:

Primarily I use Soul of Abberath to always be immune to burning ground, but I shift to Soul of Shakari while fighting hunter :)

Soul of Gruthkul is very strong early and makes labtrials easier in my opinion because you take less bleeding damage :)



Levelling Trees
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15 points
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30 points
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49 points
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72 points
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91 points
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Video Showcase
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Awakener 8 (15th deathless Awakener) https://youtu.be/PVD0WiAQWjs

Full Simulacrum run (20/20 waves) first time:https://www.twitch.tv/videos/570032928

Caustic Arrow + TR T15 mapclear: https://youtu.be/KiXFU7iozFk

Full Act1-Act10 SSF Leaguestart run: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/563600552

Crafting a Perfect TR Bow with metacraft:
https://youtu.be/XuEelZIXiAI

Cortex: https://youtu.be/nQC12RUfCnI


SSF HC BTW

SSF HC Part 1 Leveling/kitava/merc lab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jLozz78lrs

SSF HC Part 2: Level 88, Uber Lab, 8 watchstones: https://youtu.be/22tu9941ZYw





Mana Issues + Fixes
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I don't have enough mana to attack, how do I get more mana reduction?
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You can use points to increase your mana pool on either Primal Spirit (near Ranger), Reduced Mana Reserved with Charisma by investing points into this or respeccing your passive tree like this with an intuitive leap.


Getting Unnatural Instinct also provides additional mana + mana regen.

You don't have to use all the auras untill lategame.

Get rings with -mana cost and/or % mana regen / flat mana regen.

Use an enduring mana flask (this was heavily nerfed though)

Spec into Heart And Soul, near witch


[3.9]Hasunic's Toxic Rain Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2712106
[3.7]Voidforge Flicker Strike Slayer: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2532214
[3.7]Oni-Goroshi Fire Vaal Reave Zerker: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2583978
Last edited by Hasunic on Sep 26, 2020, 1:28:10 AM
Last bumped on Sep 27, 2020, 7:27:50 AM
3.10 Gear, Gems and PoB

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PoB Level 97 Trade - 23/03-2020) https://pastebin.com/4VPDsTDZ - Wither = 5, Onslaught, 3 Frenzy Charges
I'm using Thread of Hope, and I allocate Phase Acrobatics to skip the Acrobatics ES Penalty.
Furthermore I have allocated Silent Steps for 5% reduced damage taken from blinded enemies and Fatal Toxins for the 10% chaos resistance (im low on chaos resistance) And also Allocated Hunter's Gambit

It can be hard to fit all aura's with reduction nodes, but with a level 4 enlighten and vertex it is possible.
Otherwise use 4 points for reduction passives. You can also use clarity for easier mana sustain.

Gear
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Gem links 3.10
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3.9 Gear, Gems and PoB

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Current PoB(Level 100 SSF - 22/02-2020) https://pastebin.com/eK1rhrCU Same pastebin as of 22/02-2020, but updated for 3.10
I'm using Thread of Hope, and I allocate Phase Acrobatics to skip the Acrobatics ES Penalty.
Furthermore I have allocated Silent Steps for 5% reduced damage taken from blinded enemies and Hunter's Gambit, because I did not have enough points to reach it.

Caustic Arrow + TR T15 mapclear https://youtu.be/KiXFU7iozFk


Current Delve: 600(trade), 500 (ssf)

Gem links
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Note: I am using a ring slot for either Flame Dash or Withering Step because I wanted 5link for my Awakened Curse on Hit, but if you don't have level 5 awakened Curse on Hit just use Despair and you don't need an unset ring
I am using Caustic Arrow for mapclear and Toxic Rain for bossing with GemSwap. When you get loads of +1 arrows and a penetrating quiver Caustic Arrow feels so strong and fast for mapclear.




My Gear
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Note that using unnatural instinct in the intuitive leap spot can give about the same rewards, but save passive points. It's price can vary.




[3.9]Hasunic's Toxic Rain Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2712106
[3.7]Voidforge Flicker Strike Slayer: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2532214
[3.7]Oni-Goroshi Fire Vaal Reave Zerker: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2583978
Last edited by Hasunic on Jun 13, 2020, 7:43:58 AM
This has some neat twists! - nice vid and guide thanks - will see what I can implement in my build.
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Tannhauser1 wrote:
This has some neat twists! - nice vid and guide thanks - will see what I can implement in my build.


Thank you for the appretiation :)
[3.9]Hasunic's Toxic Rain Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2712106
[3.7]Voidforge Flicker Strike Slayer: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2532214
[3.7]Oni-Goroshi Fire Vaal Reave Zerker: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2583978
Thank you for the guide. I am having a real smooth leveling-experience right now. Just started today and am already lvl 56 after around 5h of playtime.
I am using Quill Rain and it works nicely with the skill.
Last edited by Kampfdoener on Dec 26, 2019, 3:57:12 PM
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Kampfdoener wrote:
Thank you for the guide. I am having a real smooth leveling-experience right now. Just started today and am already lvl 56 after around 5h of playtime.
I am using Quill Rain and it works nicely with the skill.


Thanks for the appreciation, I'm glad you like it.
[3.9]Hasunic's Toxic Rain Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2712106
[3.7]Voidforge Flicker Strike Slayer: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2532214
[3.7]Oni-Goroshi Fire Vaal Reave Zerker: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2583978
just leveled my trickester and started gearing and i got myself the imperial bow to start crafting i threw around 20 fossils on it so far but still no satisfying rolls, so i dicided to just roll with the 6L for now but thats when i noticed that its going to be hard to get the required 212 dex instead of the 179 required from thicket bow any tips on what you'd do?
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Exzentrile wrote:
just leveled my trickester and started gearing and i got myself the imperial bow to start crafting i threw around 20 fossils on it so far but still no satisfying rolls, so i dicided to just roll with the 6L for now but thats when i noticed that its going to be hard to get the required 212 dex instead of the 179 required from thicket bow any tips on what you'd do?


yeah It is a bit harder, but you can get some dex on the tree. I used a dex craft to start with and some of the dex on the tree.

20 attempts seems so much, what were u going for?
[3.9]Hasunic's Toxic Rain Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2712106
[3.7]Voidforge Flicker Strike Slayer: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2532214
[3.7]Oni-Goroshi Fire Vaal Reave Zerker: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2583978
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Hasunic wrote:
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Exzentrile wrote:
just leveled my trickester and started gearing and i got myself the imperial bow to start crafting i threw around 20 fossils on it so far but still no satisfying rolls, so i dicided to just roll with the 6L for now but thats when i noticed that its going to be hard to get the required 212 dex instead of the 179 required from thicket bow any tips on what you'd do?


yeah It is a bit harder, but you can get some dex on the tree. I used a dex craft to start with and some of the dex on the tree.

20 attempts seems so much, what were u going for?




so i crafted what i wanted on the bow after 37 fossils and some god blessed rng got the chest from trade and fixed the stats with the chest and amulet for now this is the gear i currently have, still need watcher's eye and rare jewel also no corrupted blood yet, i do have the unnatural instict. So rn i just need to craft or maybe search the market for the quiver
So, I've been spamming alterations on a bow for days now trying to hit attack speed and dot multiplier together.

Here's a quick video on how to finish the perfect bow for Toxic Rain if you finally hit it. (I know, I could get more attack speed)




https://youtu.be/XuEelZIXiAI
[3.9]Hasunic's Toxic Rain Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2712106
[3.7]Voidforge Flicker Strike Slayer: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2532214
[3.7]Oni-Goroshi Fire Vaal Reave Zerker: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2583978
Last edited by Hasunic on Dec 27, 2019, 12:16:39 PM

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