3.18 EXPLOSIVE ARROW BALLISTA ELEMENTALIST - League-Start to End-Game. Easy mode.

This build is for you if you like to easily clear all content without thinking, and like to kill bosses in seconds.

Haha, we have millions and millions IGNITE DPS and still have amazing tankiness. Yeh... everything just melts.

Here is an end-game video for those working towards it:

3.18 Videos:
Note that these were recorded within a few hours of league launch. I just wanted to see how my 3.17 character tested against the Uber Bosses. We can down them all. Here are a couple I recorded:
1. Uber Maven: https://youtu.be/vDBIMiWsmwk
2. Uber Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/USo7DNmXelE

3.17 Videos:
1. The Black Star: https://youtu.be/afaWjclnFx8
2. The Infinite Hunger: https://youtu.be/yBpRdIvNapc
3. The Searing Exarch: https://youtu.be/VgnU_WaFwtU
4. The Eater of Worlds: https://youtu.be/UtibtVGvN_U
5. Sirus: https://youtu.be/ZBa1JqxnAAc
6. Maven: https://youtu.be/GIig_CuiMOI
7. T16 Mapping/Clear - Minotaur: https://youtu.be/jyKJMM20Fqw
8. T16 Mapping/Clear - Crimson Temple (influenced): https://youtu.be/eINmK2aiRNo


Pro's and Con's

+ Amazing DPS
+ Amazing clear
+ Amazing bossing
+ Amazing tankiness
+ Very simple gameplay
+ Drop totems and run


- Have to backtrack for some items that drop




Gear Overview




Gear Detailed

Bow:
You want to prioritise ATTACK SPEED. Attack speed is essential for this build, so you MUST have a short/thicket bow.

Short/Thicket Bow
+1 socketed gems
+2 socketed bow gems
17%+ Attack Speed
Craft fire DOT or gain fire as extra chaos.

Can use a Quill Rain or Storm Cloud early on for cheap. Upgrade when you have the $$.


Quiver:
Fire damage over time
Attack speed
Life
Elemental damage with attacks
Resis


Chest:
Lots of options here to suit your needs:
- Hyrri's is fantastic - spell suppression and DPS.
- Rare with spell suppression and life
- Rare with Life and resis,
- Loreweave.
- Brass Dome for ultra defence.
- Queen of the Forest for ultra speed.


Helmet:
Blizzard crown with life, resis, -9%+ fire damage.


Gloves:
Damage over time
Attack speed
Spell suppression
Life
Resis


Boots:
Movespeed
Spell suppression
Life
Resis

Can use Atziri's Splendour for a cheap option, and provides great stats.


Amulet:
Damage over time
Life
Resis
Elemental damage with attacks
Bonus if you can get +1 gems or even better +2 gems (fire/dex gems).



Ashes of the Stars is a good alternative if you are stacking some kind of quality gem or as an intermediary before you get a better rare.


Rings:
Life
Accuracy
Resis
Curse on hit with flammability
Elemental damage with attacks

The new ring Polaric Devastation is AMAZING for the extra DPS by covering enemies in ash. If your defence/life is all good, then opt for this ring in your LEFT slot.


Belt:
- Dyadian Dawn. Use catalysts to get ignites to deal damage faster at 42%.
- Headhunter is best in slot for end-game (mapping).
- Mageblood is good too, or other life/res as needed.




Gems


Bow:
Explosive Arrow, Ballista Totem, Awakened Burning Damage, Awakened Elemental Damage With Attacks, Lifetap support, Ignite Proliferation. Swap in Awakened Deadly Ailments for Pinnacle Bosses.

Chest:
Determination, Grace, Purity of Elements, Defiance Banner, Precision, Enlighten (4)

Culling strike setup (throw on bosses to cull them):
Arcanist Brand, Flame Surge, Lifetap, Culling Strike.

Frenzy and Combustion setup (fire frenzy for charges, and throw trap on bosses for combustion):
Frenzy, Lifetap, Lightning Spire Trap, Combustion.

Other:
Molten Shell, Flame Dash, Ice Golem, Lifetap



Levelling

Palsteron has a full levelling video guide. You can check that out:

https://youtu.be/QmbuheS_HL8

Kill all for bandits and points.

Ascendencies:
1) Shaper of Flames
2) Mastermind of Discord
3) Heart of Destruction
4) Bastian of Elements for defence, or Shaper of Storms for offence.


POB

More well-rounded version:https://pastebin.com/HAgV48NG

40+ Million Ignite DPS version: https://pastebin.com/GZcwMhAL

Use Awakened Deadly Ailments for pinnacle bosses.
Use Ignite Proliferation for everything else.


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Thanks to Schejian for the mini write-up on using POB for Explosive Arrow below:


1, Don't look at "Total Damage per Ignite" (useless). We only care for ignite DPS and Attack Rate




2, Don't set your Fuses to 20 if you can't reach them. Otherwise POB will give you false numbers on everything.
AttackRate *6 Totems * Hitchance * (increased duration) = Fuses



EA Explosion description is kinda misleading here.
You might think:
"Well I get 5% more Damage per Fuse.
10x Fuses = 50% More
20x Fuses = 100% More
So im kinda fine with only 10Fuses, i'm just losing out on the 50%more"

But the way the multiplier stacks its actually WAYYY more than that:

Going from 10->15 Fuses is 75% MORE DPS
Going from 15->20 Fuses is 52% MORE DPS
Going from 10->20 Fuses is 166% MORE DPS


(Yes. Double your Attackspeed, get 166% more DPS)


Have a look at the more Multiplier in PoB:




That's why im pestering everyone here to go for more Attackspeed. It's by far the best way to scale our damage.




Further detail being added as needed overtime.
Last edited by brunowa on May 15, 2022, 6:26:48 AM
Last bumped on May 23, 2022, 12:51:20 PM
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Thanks for starting the tread. Your gear is insane.
Thanks for the build and videos!

Folks considering the build should definitely watch your T16 map clear - I think the playstyle will not be everyone's cup of tea.
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Arundel86 wrote:
Thanks for the build and videos!

Folks considering the build should definitely watch your T16 map clear - I think the playstyle will not be everyone's cup of tea.


Yep. Obviously the more DPS you do the smoother and quicker it is. It's like running through, dropping a bomb, and continue running. Some people may not like it.

Also, I was using mana in that video. You can see on the boss fight I don't have max totems summoned for most of it so DPS is significantly lower. I have since changed to using Lifetap and consistently have max totems summoned... so it's a big DPS buff compared to what you see there.
I haven't played totem build, how's leveling with this build, use totem directly or respec to totem later?
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brunowa wrote:
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Arundel86 wrote:
Thanks for the build and videos!

Folks considering the build should definitely watch your T16 map clear - I think the playstyle will not be everyone's cup of tea.


Yep. Obviously the more DPS you do the smoother and quicker it is. It's like running through, dropping a bomb, and continue running. Some people may not like it.

Also, I was using mana in that video. You can see on the boss fight I don't have max totems summoned for most of it so DPS is significantly lower. I have since changed to using Lifetap and consistently have max totems summoned... so it's a big DPS buff compared to what you see there.


So you are not using ignite proliferation in mapping? How does that feel? I mean the proliferation feels amazing

EDIT: Also did you forget to respec out from Ash, Frost and Storm cluster since you don't have Shaper of Storms anymore from Elementalist? Not much use for that cluster without it unless you get shock from somewhere else.
Last edited by Guilty1 on Feb 2, 2022, 1:00:35 PM
Thanks for the guide.

Is it easy to counter the life-drain effects from Lifetap especially when you use Lifetap with multiple skills? Is there a certain point (like an amount of HP) when you should switch to Lifetap and use Mana in prior to that point?
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Guilty1 wrote:
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brunowa wrote:
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Arundel86 wrote:
Thanks for the build and videos!

Folks considering the build should definitely watch your T16 map clear - I think the playstyle will not be everyone's cup of tea.


Yep. Obviously the more DPS you do the smoother and quicker it is. It's like running through, dropping a bomb, and continue running. Some people may not like it.

Also, I was using mana in that video. You can see on the boss fight I don't have max totems summoned for most of it so DPS is significantly lower. I have since changed to using Lifetap and consistently have max totems summoned... so it's a big DPS buff compared to what you see there.


So you are not using ignite proliferation in mapping? How does that feel? I mean the proliferation feels amazing

EDIT: Also did you forget to respec out from Ash, Frost and Storm cluster since you don't have Shaper of Storms anymore from Elementalist? Not much use for that cluster without it unless you get shock from somewhere else.


I am undecided on Ignite Proliferation. Ideally you would swap it Prolif for mapping and swap in something else for bossing. The clear is still amazing without Ignite Proliferation... but it does make it that bit smoother when you have it on.

Ash, Frost, and Storm still gives good elemental DPS and I was using Sadist in my cluster. But checking it out I don't think Sadist works with ballistas. So thanks for point this out. I'll play around with it.

EDIT: I have removed Ash, Frost, and Storm and opted for an extra jewel socket (rain of splinters), 6% more life, and 2% life regen whilst moving.
Last edited by brunowa on Feb 2, 2022, 7:45:41 PM
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dragothica wrote:
Thanks for the guide.

Is it easy to counter the life-drain effects from Lifetap especially when you use Lifetap with multiple skills? Is there a certain point (like an amount of HP) when you should switch to Lifetap and use Mana in prior to that point?


Life drain with LifeTap is very minimal at end-game... I don't even notice it. It's not like we are spamming skills constantly either. It's more like "drop a totem and move", in which time any life leech/regen etc would balance it out before you drop your next totem.

When to switch? Whenever it feels comfortable.

For levelling, Palsteron has a full video guide on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmbuheS_HL8
Last edited by brunowa on Feb 2, 2022, 7:47:08 PM

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