[11.2 ONS] Eldritch Battery Arcitc Armour Tank EK Ranger by chiviet234

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Introduction

Hi this is Chiviet234, and this is my EB tanky EK ranger guide. The concept of this build is to be tanky like an EK marauder, but have the mana regen of a witch getting the eldritch battery passive to sustain lvl20 arcitc armour. I came up with this build after the 11.2 patch came out, and I am currently lvl 92 in onslaught running in high 70s maps.

7/26/2013 last night I did my first 75 in a group with no problem, also confirmed that the 73 map cells voidbear boss does not hurt at all due to arctic armour mitigation.

8/9/2013 Ran first shipyard, goal of doing 77 map accomplished thanks to Howdoyouci and his map rng

8/14/2013 shav drop from crematorium! also hit 89

8/27/2013 - lvl 90!

9/6/2013 - lvl 92!

9/11/2013 - #1 ranger onslaught!

Pros of the build

-very safe tanky build which can get to 5k health and 15k armour (probably more with gear and lvls)
-onslaught map viable (better in groups but also solo viable)
-EK damage requires minimal nodes
-don't need blood magic gem = another damage support gem!
-230+ mana regen allows for lvl 20 arcitc armour! (theoretically 23 with a wand)
-arctic armor now mitigates reflect damage making reflect irrelevant
-5 endurance charges (82% phys mitigation with around 15k armour)
-gear is not so expensive, since CI gear is more popular atm (also EV/ES hybrids are not extremely popular)
-tanky ranger looks badass :D

Cons of the build

-Jewelry requires very specific stats (in general all gear needs good life and resists)
-need good hybrid ev/es chest and shield for mana
-damage will be on low end at first, but with gem lvls and quality it will sky rocket
-requires alphas howl to run all auras, but there is a variation build with the mana reserve nodes if you don't have an alphas

Why Arctic Armour?

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I think arctic armour is underrated, especially for end game content. It mitigates incoming phys and fire damage after the armour mitigation, making attacks of multiple smaller hits very insignificant (however, it is less effective to large hits so be careful of something like a vaal smash). This means void bears are a joke, even the 73 map cells boss does no damage. I have yet to try the crematorium boss, but the fire mitigation should make it a lot safer then some builds. Max level AA with good armour and high life seems like an area not fully explored and I want to test its limits.

It also fully nullifies phys reflect, and double reflect. Lightning thorns can still be a pain though.


Build Progression

**Updated**

Current Build
I recently respecced at lvl92 to this varition which offers more evasion/es (110)



36 point build - Iron Reflex (get through normal)
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http://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/AAAAAgIAAF4F-QguDq0UdRmOI_YknSmlMgFKfVb6Wkhh62JaZ6B0QXpTfXWHdpcGmyabjaOKshm748Siz3rTft-Y7YPuDu967_D8xf66

68 point build - Eldritch Battery
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http://www.pathofexile.com/passive-skill-tree/AAAAAgIAAF4EfgX5CC4OSA6tEZYUdRXwGY4i6iP2JDwknSepKaUyATpYSVFKfVYtVvpaSFptYeJh62JaZ6B0QXpTfXV_xoIehxmHdofbiGuXBpmamyabjZu1oqOjiqdcrH-yGbb3u-PB88M6xKLPetN-2wve5d7235jjhOd06NbrY-2D7g7veu_w_MX-ug==

98 point build - more tankiness (lvl 80)

98 point variation if you don't have Alpha's Howl - (10% mana reserve nodes)

Old build at lvl89 (107) 8/18/2013

Current Gear
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Current stats of build *Back at level 80, needs to be updated

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@Lvl92 after respec - 5.1k HP, 25.4k armour, 3.1k mana, 79 all res, lvl 22 arctic armour, 90% phys mitigation with 5 endurance charge before arctic armour mitigation applies.

EK - lvl 20 gems, 5 link (Added fire, faster projectiles, faster casting, iron will (I could use life leech but I haven't found it necessary so far) 5.5k dps with hatred

Auras - Using alphas howl and lvl 20 reduced mana you can run

purity (40%)
determination (40%)
hatred (30%)
discipline
clarity
grace

**You can use the alphas howl trick to get +2 level of 3 auras. (no longer works since patch)**

Gearing Guide

Spoiler
Wand - spell damage, cast speed, projectile speed (+2 cold gem if u want to go for lvl 22 arctic armour in future)

Shield - EV/ES hybrid with good ev/es, res, high life

Chest - most difficult piece? requires good EV/ES, life, resists, 5L or 6L (screw you kevin)

Ammy - % increase ES (gives tons of mana since you are EB), mana regen, life, if possible spell damage, cast speed, or res

Rings - mana regen, life, + max int, + max es, res

Belt- rustic sash or leather belt, lots of life, lots of res, armour

Gloves - EV/ES base, + max int, life, res

Shoes - EV/ES base, life, res, move speed


Sustaining Arctic Armour
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You want to hit around 3k mana (int, es on gear) and 150% mana regen from gear (rings*2, ammy and wand as wel) in order to get 230 mana regen/s. You don't need 230 right away since this is for when the gem levels to 20. Resists should not be too hard to cap, especially since we are running purity. However, it can get complicated since almost all the jewelry require high mana regen, finding a piece with mana regen, high life, and high resists may take some time.


Bandits

Spoiler
Normal - kill all three - passive point
Cruel - help oak - increase in damage
Merciless - help oak - extra endurance charge
OrenoChinko_EK - 92 Onslaught
NessaSwagSixtyNine - 83 HC
OreNoChinkoSearingTouch - RIP 81 Oslaught (7/7/2013)
Last edited by chiviet234 on September 12, 2013 5:24 PM
Looks pretty solid

If you had a 6L, what would you use as support?
The original Hillockfarms
RIP IHavSixLinkSearingTouch (73 dual incinerate templar) 8/11/2013
RIP TwoShavronnesOneFlask 9/11/2014
Ideally you would use EK-added fire-faster prof-faster cast-iron will-lifeleech
OrenoChinko_EK - 92 Onslaught
NessaSwagSixtyNine - 83 HC
OreNoChinkoSearingTouch - RIP 81 Oslaught (7/7/2013)
Very interesting build. I might give it a try since I just started playing onslaught and was looking for a non conventional ranger spec to play.

Unfortunately I will probably have to reroll my ranger since he is level 23 and my passive tree went in a completely different direction than yours.

Did you use wands and EK to level or is it something you switched to later in game?
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Did you use wands and EK to level or is it something you switched to later in game?


I used a 4 link with added fire, faster proj, mana leech in the beginning since mana regen was not very high in the beginning.

For leveling I recommend going down to get IR first, then going up the tree for eldritch battery. Something like you will have plenty of life, armour and damage from the nodes to roll through normal.

Then progress to something like After that you basically get a lot more armour and life to become super tanky. As you get more mana from ES/EV gear you should be able to take mana leech off, level arctic armour, and add more auras :)
OrenoChinko_EK - 92 Onslaught
NessaSwagSixtyNine - 83 HC
OreNoChinkoSearingTouch - RIP 81 Oslaught (7/7/2013)
Last edited by chiviet234 on July 26, 2013 8:46 PM
I'm curious about IR.

I thought it was generally accepted now that dex characters aren't worth going IR because they don't get as large of a benefit?

Maybe I just misread that information. Could you elaborate on why you chose to go with IR?

Oh and thank you for your feedback on my previous post. Much appreciated.

too bad about the so many dex nodes being used though, they give nothing, no evasion (cuz ir) and you don't need accuracy, that's a shame. other than that, gg ;) keep it updated please, i will prolly have more questions soon.
IGN = DipzMipz
thanks for the input guys. It is true that you waste the dex in both ways (no bonus to IR, EK does not require accuracy), however I feel IR is still necessary. I initially thought of going full evasion based but I decided stacking the Armour mitigation with the arctic armour mitigation was better. I will keep updating as I progress.
OrenoChinko_EK - 92 Onslaught
NessaSwagSixtyNine - 83 HC
OreNoChinkoSearingTouch - RIP 81 Oslaught (7/7/2013)
Hi
any idea if this build can work as CI?
i got the gear for ci more than i got it for life, can u think of some similar ci build? (i just hope i wont have to respec loads)
IGN = DipzMipz
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Hi
any idea if this build can work as CI?
i got the gear for ci more than i got it for life, can u think of some similar ci build? (i just hope i wont have to respec loads)


Well, you could do a CI EK build, however for this particular build to work you need to use Eldritch Battery which makes your energy shield 0. Therefore CI is only possible if you are ok with losing a large mana pool hence a large mana regen = low level arctic armour. At that point it is not really this build anymore :( I don't think EK goes very well with a CI build in the first place because the cast speed is not very fast...

If you wanted to do it as CI I recommend going shadow or witch, since ranger nodes are evasion/life. You could try full evasion CI EK as ranger but I have no idea how strong it is.

Something like this?

OrenoChinko_EK - 92 Onslaught
NessaSwagSixtyNine - 83 HC
OreNoChinkoSearingTouch - RIP 81 Oslaught (7/7/2013)
Last edited by chiviet234 on July 29, 2013 11:21 PM

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