Elemental Buzzsaw - Solo the entire game, quickly and cheaply 1.1.0 update

Videos can be found at the bottom of the post

If you love being elemental and are ready for a more advanced/expensive/deeps spec go here for my Windripper build: http://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/870140

I came up with this spec at the start of Domination league because I saw how ridiculously powerful the elemental auras now were and could be with the right spec. This spec abuses wrath, anger and haste through spectral throw and buffing your auras drastically.

Your end total should be something like 70% more effectiveness of auras which is the bulk of your damage and defense through purity of lightning/fire. I am also purely evasion based. This is because I find with very few points invested into defense in your passive tree, evasion far outweighs the effectiveness of armor. I believe armor to be stronger when it is very high but to achieve that with my spec you'd sacrifice alot of dps and utility.

For me, this was the ultimate solo spec. I did every boss in every map and managed to outplay them all. However this spec is just as powerful in groups as you will literally double the damage of any other non spell users. People will get addicted to having you in group and you'll quickly be a permanent member of any group you want to be. This is not however a "aura bitch" spec as I wanted to be able to do my own dps and carry my weight.

Lastly I will say this is not a braindead aegis aurora/immunity spec. You will still have to not be shit at the game to do the hardest of the hard stuff. To me part of playing Dom/standard is testing and knowing the limits of your character so trial and error by attacking every type of boss with every type of mod was necessary, to know what you can and can't do or how hard certain abilities hit, etc. I'd never shy away from a challenge even if it seemed like there was little chance of winning.

I've solo'd every boss from double Dominus in Palace to temp chain double Courtyard bosses to GMP pieties and -max fire furies. With this spec, being a ranged and your own skill nothing should stop you from doing the same.

My gear on Domination (scion lvl 96):

My gear on Ambush (shadow lvl 93):

About gearing for this spec - it is really quite cheap. The essentials you need to be effective are an Alpha's Howl, atleast a 5L and a fast 1h wep preferably with good ele damage (2.0 aps or higher). You then try to get life and weapon ele damage on rings, amulet and belt. Get attack speed on gloves and whatever you want on boots. If you don't like running then by all means just leap around because it's very fast with this spec.

A 6L unlocks faster attacks which raises your dps by about 30%. I used a 5L up until about lvl 93 and you can still do everything in the game, you'll just be a little slower than me. I found crafting a ele weapon was rather easy by alt/regaling and getting atleast good attack speed and 2 elemental damages. I got lucky by eternal/exatling the last few stats.

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My dps stats: (pre 1.1.0)

My defensive stats: (pre 1.1.0)

Choosing the class for you:
Currently there are 3 options to choose from when starting the build. Scion, Shadow and Ranger. All 3 are really close together in terms of what you'll be getting with minor differences. Shadow is probably the one which gives the slightest edge but if you're going to be avoiding Resolute Techniques then Ranger is better. I also believe Ranger and Scion are more versatile if you want to change the spec up a bit.
By going Scion you get 13% attack speed and 1 extra passive.
By going Shadow you get 6% attack speed, 3% movement and 24% projectile damage.
By going Ranger you get 8% attack speed, 20% accuracy and 24% projectile damage.
The specs:
Scion start

Ranger start

Shadow start and what my current spec looks like

General idea of how I would spend passives leveling:

19 pts -

39 pts -

61 pts -

77 pts -

97 pts -

That's probably how I'd level, something along those lines. It's really up to you what you want to prioritize and when. Enjoy.

Bandits: 40 life // 8 attack speed // free passive

Things to mention about the spec - You won't be running all 5 auras like I do until you have a lvl 20 reduced mana and all of those reduced mana nodes. That's not too big a deal, it's the 3 damage ones that are essential for the build to work best.

You can always sacrifice some dps and go for Acrobatics, Ondar's Guille or Phase Acrobatics but I've found they're not all that necessary. Just build a high life pool, good resists and play with your head and you'll be fine.

Ele reflect can be a slight problem until you get good resits and life like me. Using both topaz and ruby flasks helps greatly when attacking large packs with reflect.

I'll answer any questions people have and I'm trying to upload a video of just a random boss kill to see the spec in action.

VIDEOS - Apologies for the quality, can't go higher than 480p with how slow the upload is on my internet.
Most of my newer videos can be seen in 720p if you manually change the quality.

Videos post 1.1.0

Filmed one of my Apex runs now that I'm more geared. Gives you a feel for how well this spec can do.

Full Atziri fight with a bit of commentary.

Apex of Sacrifice 2nd bosses

Tough Crematorium and gameplay discussion, bit of a lengthy 1.

Videos Pre 1.1.0

78 Palace Dominus with monster damage and some other random stuff

77 Piety with turbo and some other random stuff

76 Crematorium 2x boss:

77 Shrine 4 proj boss:

Picking up an Echoing shrine, a video for the lols

Double turbo Dominus 74 Residence

Small clip vs ele reflect mob with ele reflect/-max on the map, 74 gorge.

74 Maze boss - Vaal with temp chains, monster life, few other things.

Mathil! Life leech vs Life on hit, why? Where? When? How do I life?

Right, so at the moment I use life leech in my 6L almost all of the time. I do however have a high quality and level Life on Hit gem with me at all times which I will swap in over life leech usually only for maps that have 50% regen and some sort of damage resistance. With 50% regen and enfeeble for example, life leech will have a tough time keeping you up so you'll find life on hit to be the superior gem in that situation. You're still better off swapping your life leech gem back in for bosses/single target because that is where life on hit truly does near nothing.

Mathil! I want to shock everything and I read what static blows does and I think it is good and I want to use it and why shouldn't I use it and tell me how to use it.

Whoa now, slow your roll. I've tried static blows and I found almost no difference when it matters. See how it works is when shocking something it gets shocked for a duration based on how much lightning damage you do as a percentage of their health. So if for example you take a swing at piety and deal 1% of her hp in damage and your chance to shock procs, you will shock her for roughly 0 time meaning your next hit won't gain any benefit from a shock stack. If however you swing at a white monster, deal 50% damage and your chance to shock procs you will shock him for infinite time. The problem with that is the monsters you are shocking are already taking a huge amount of damage from you and don't need to be shocked, it is therefor wasted on them. The places were you need the shock stacks are the high hp monsters which don't want to get shocked. Since our damage is so steady and regular you won't ever be shocking high hp monsters for any real amount of time. Skip these passives.

Mathil! I found this .00002 attack speed 2h maul with MEGA elemental damage on it. Time to equip it and pwn face right?

Wrong my friend. This spec relies so heavily on damage from Anger/Wrath and attack speed that what you want is a weapon as fast as possible, in most cases forgoing high amounts of elemental damage even. You want to aim for a foil (1 handed sword) with over 2.0 attacks per second, ideally 2.1+. The ideal weapon has this type of speed as well as elemental damage on it but that may be hard to come by for a lot of people as it is rare and expensive.

Yo Mathil! So you're a scrub, scrubbing it up on scrubcore with your scrub friends and... a question? Oh right. Since you're a scrub and I'm better than you in every way possible I am going to play Hardcore. I WILL make this Hardcore viable. Is it hardcore viable?

First of all, excuuuuuse you.
To answer the question though, yea you can play this in Manmodecore. There isn't any real difference in the spec, it all comes down to playstyle. The reason I have and do sometimes die on my spec is because I go deep, balls deep. I'm always zipping around, going through and into large packs and testing every hard boss/mob I come across. Change the playstyle to suit hardcore more and sure, there's no reason you won't survive all the way to 100. Something like a lightning coil becomes more desirable when doing a hardcore build and you may forego some damage nodes for a bit more life. Not a great deal changes though.

Oh man Iron Reflex. That passive is dope, I'm so taking it. Who is ready to praise my genius and ingenuity for changing the way you breath air itself? Wait what?, I shouldn't take it?

Well... I personally am not for it. I don't think you can get enough armor in this spec to make it worth taking, especially since you will not have unwavering stance. Yea you can grab extra evasion/armor% passives or run grace instead of haste (you just lost 40% attack speed, congrats) but you're losing dps or life in most cases by doing so. Right now I believe the tankiest you can be is with a lightning coil, a granite flask and evasion gear everywhere else. Acrobatics is also an option and one I took all of last league. It hasn't changed and is still great but I've gone without it so far and haven't really missed it. If you're struggling it may be one for you to take.

DoubleU-tee-eff Mathil, why do I only have 2k deeps while you have a bajillion? Please look at my gear and tell me why I didn't read your guide or look at your gear?

No. But to answer the dps question: This spec relies on everything working together in sync. You'll be surprised at how all the little things adding up give you a massive boost. Are your gems level 20? Are you wearing an Alphas? Do you have WED on your rings, belt and amulet? Do you have 15 attack speed on gloves? Does your weapon have 2.1 APS? Are your gems 20%? Do you have a 6link? Are you close to level 90? When you have answer yes to most of these things you'll be breaking 10k deeps easily.
To give you an example when levelling my wrath from 19-20 I gained 300 dps. Then anger levelled, st, lmp, wed, etc. I gained close to 1k dps just by having my gems go 19-20. Now you can even get funky stuff like level 21 gems or +1 to gems in your Alphas. This spec should cap out at around 16-20k dps which believe me, is quite a lot for a resolute technique spec. Having a constant reliable source of dps like that in many cases beats the higher dps specs that have streaky damage.

God damnit Mathil you sexy beast. How did you get so good looking? I love your spec and will never wash my eyes after having read this guide. Thank you for posting and coming up with it and please sign my mousepad.

Aww well thanks. I actually get this type of message quite a lot (maybe not exactly the above...) and you're absolutely welcome. I appreciate the support and am glad you enjoy it as much as I do. This spec to me is THE spec and god help us if they ever nerf anything to do with it.
Last edited by Mathil on March 31, 2014 3:18 PM
Thank you for this awesome guide!
I'm using elemental ST too, but gears are not as good though.
Before I put some point to block and make my spell block max when swap shield and amulet.
It was very dangerous for me when facing some high spell damage bosses with "- max res".
Do you think these block passive points necessary?
IGN: ShockGunCombo ;(Sorry for my bad English)
Last edited by Arxile on December 11, 2013 5:34 PM
I'm personally not big on block. I've tried little bits of % block added to spells and it didn't feel worth getting unless you're going for alot of it. I'm not sure what your own goals are or if you play on Nemesis/hardcore, as if you did I could understand the desire for the extra defense.

For myself I never really died unless I made a mistake. I've died plenty, yes but since 92+ or so I've probably only died once or twice outside of extremely hard boss mods and as I've said, it's my fault for making the mistake in doing so.

I think you should atleast have ballistic mastery because for spectral throw it is a very powerful talent.
Completed 2 ChallengesMathil wrote:
I'm personally not big on block. I've tried little bits of % block added to spells and it didn't feel worth getting unless you're going for alot of it. I'm not sure what your own goals are or if you play on Nemesis/hardcore, as if you did I could understand the desire for the extra defense.

For myself I never really died unless I made a mistake. I've died plenty, yes but since 92+ or so I've probably only died once or twice outside of extremely hard boss mods and as I've said, it's my fault for making the mistake in doing so.

I think you should atleast have ballistic mastery because for spectral throw it is a very powerful talent.

Because of location I play, there are always random lagging spike and very high ping which forced me to max survival.
But my hp is too low comparing to your 6k, may not need block when 6k hp.

Tried ballistic mastery after read your guide, and that's a nice node!
Was worried about it may lower my dps, but now I think it make me safer.
IGN: ShockGunCombo ;(Sorry for my bad English)
looks great.

i've thought of an ele-1h build for a while, because i found a lot of decent e-weapons.
however i played 2h-physical throw as my first ladder char.

now im lvl80 and still didnt found too much sellable (neighter didnt found a single exalt -.-) and want to start a new char.

so some questions:
- can play more or less selffound on a vanilla account?
- How important is alpha howl for the build? is it still working with 2 auras?
- Why did you decide to go for swords, over claws or axes?
- can you give a short lvl-guide for the milestones and when to claim them?

best regards
Last edited by hunTShoo on December 10, 2013 6:05 PM
Self found is fine, this char isn't very gear dependent.

Alpha's howl lets you run the 3x 60% auras + 2x 40% auras. Without it you're going to miss out on 1 of those 40% auras. Along with that you will lose something like 1-50 lightning and 20-30 fire which for me is around 500-1k dps.

You use swords and foils in particular because they are the fastest 1h wep. This build is all about how fast you attack and when you level/play you'll notice the faster your weapon is the higher your dps goes almost regardless of what is on the weapon. Foils are a 1.7 base, a good corsair can compare at 1.65 if you find the right stats with it.

It's not too important how you spec when leveling since both sides of the tree will be fairly similar. I'd say to start go out to Harrier and then move along to Charisma or be near it for when you hit lvl 24 and can get a blood magic gem. When you can do that you need Charisma to be able to run both wrath and anger which will be the bulk of your damage leveling. Then go for the circle of life just below scion tree and move your way towards Resolute Techniques and up to Catalyse and the templar life nodes. By this point you can probably grab Acrobatics and start filling out the tree as you see fit.

I've found when leveling characters, especially ones that kill quickly, you need little to no defense at all so something like Acrobatics isn't needed until maybe 55+.

Focus on getting your life and damage up.
RT + surgeons on flasks says it all about this guy.
Gorillagripbuttcheeks - Ambush
PinkSlot - Domination - Retired lvl 96
RT + surgeons on flasks says it all about this guy.

Never bothered to reroll my flasks to make them optimal. Sorry for offending you.
Build looks really cool, I have never tried an elemental build in all my time of playing poe, I was thinking of trying elemental LA but this looks far more enjoyable.

I adjusted it for hardcore I think I am going to try something like this. Not running acrobatics/evasion probably just with 3 auras Wrath Anger and grace, will probably 1 shot myself on reflect but it should be fun thanks!


One question im interested in is how much mana less reserved do I need to run 3 60% auras?
You should have plenty with that passive tree for 3x 60% auras.

It's also pretty hard to 1 shot yourself to reflect. The damage is so steady and consistent that you literally have to attack into a large ele reflect pack on an ele reflect pack with -max res. Otherwise you're just slowly killing yourself with more than enough time to stop attacking and realise what is happening.

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