Hello, my name is Arlius and I wanted to share the scion version of my LA/frenzy build. This build is similar to my marauder variant but is much more offensive and provides even greater aura support in addition to conduit but at the cost of less life , armor, and unwavering stance. This build has the highest self buffed damage potential of any bow build in the game (assuming the same bow of course) and imo, one of the 2 best ranged builds in the game.
Golden Destroyer bow scion
- one of top Tier 1 end game builds
- Highest possible self buffed LA DPS
- Extremely resistant to reflect due to voltaxic and 83/77/77 resistances , acrobatics, evasion, ondars
- Runs up to 5 auras [3 * 60% + 2 * 40%]
- Able to achieve a ridiculous high 700 life regen
- Massive synergy with blood magic keystones users as you will usually double their dps
- Absolutely amazing solo as well as group play
- Able to do any map except blood magic but including hard ones containing -max , ele reflect, no regen.
- Conduit and massive aura radius
- Ondars guille provides huge evasion against projectiles
- No unwavering stance
- Almost zero armor
- Reliant on skill to do impossibly hard bosses
- Extremely high level and gear requirement to be optimal
- Very little flexibility in gem configuration due to auras
Current level: 96
Deaths to date: 16
leveling guide and tree progression
I would take the points leading up the life node cluster to the south west of scion. You can start with life/life regen or the projectile nodes, which ever you prefer.
Then, I would take the ias starting nodes and loop around until i can get static blows and frenzy charges, then acrobatics, then make a beeline for ondars. Then take nearby life nodes near ranger then heart of the oak, then the aura nodes near ranger. Then the aura nodes near shadow. You can take additional life nodes as needed as well as conduit and aura radius but it shouldnt be a big deal.
Finally, progress to marauder area to get elemental adaptation then finally the last aura node cluster near templar.
If youre a marauder make a beeline for blood magic keystone, every other class, use clairty + pendrus seal + atziri's fobile to support your skills until 44 when you can use blooddance to help upkeep blood magic gem costs.
Level using split arrow and get as much flat ele gear as possible:
1-10: use spectral throw with the last resort nailed fist
10-35: use storm cloud
35:-56: use a ele grove bow
56+: use either a lionseye , rare bow or voltaxic
Sample leveling gear:
budget gear set
I put together a gearset from random stuff in my stash, i dont think a single item is more than 4 or 5 exalts.
These are the output stats:
6970 LA dps
352 life regen
Obviously I would need to change my tree to be more defensive (dps for life nodes) but the point is that the gearset is incredibly cheap and still very reflect reistant. A large amount of your damage is coming from auras so this alleviates a lot of pressure from requiring a top notch weapon. If you upgraded the tabula to a big 6 link eva armor, youre basically going to avoid 50-60% of all reflected attacks.
With a proper chest piece, an modest ele bow with crit and some regret orbs you can easily manage something like 6000 LA dps (still higher than BIS gearset for blood magic keystone volt builds), 4500-5000 life, and 400 life regen while still maintain a very high level of reflect resistance due to your ridiculous evasion synergizing with ondars and acrobatics.
level 77 template
The tree should be molded to fit your needs and preferences instead of copy paste. Do not ask for a full tree.
If youre going crit based, get the crit nodes near ranger and shadow, if youre going non crit RT then get RT in addition to the WED nodes near templar.
Note you can take the starting projectile nodes instead of the life regen node based on preference. I would also strongly urge getting ondar's guile when you can as it will be of immense help vs reflect and projectiles.
Ranger version: WIP
DPS Stats - fully self buffed - Version 1 (4 auras)
328 DPS lions - 47k frenzy, 13k LA , 6900 life, 220 life regen
338 DPS volt - 34k frenzy, 10k LA , 6900 life, 220 life regen
DPS Stats - fully self buffed - Version 2 (5 auras)
338 DPS volt - 41k frenzy, 10k LA , 6600 life, 680 life regen, 57 ms, ondars guille
glyph flight DPS harbinger - 19.7k LA, 122k-132k frenzy(6L)
full clear - 77 shrine map - max resist, ele reflect
-note the outer wall clear formation as well as potion management which helps in doing efficient runs
-I run into double reflect once and crit weakness it for good measure ;)
-I was able to showcase ondar's amazing evasive abilities vs ice form piety briefly
full clear : 76 crematorium map - double reflect, frenzy, fleet boss
-evangelist mobs, flicker mobs some of the toughest for ranged to deal with
full clear : 77 shipyard map - 147 quantity, max res, half regen, fleet
full clear : 76 academy map - 99 quantity,vulnerability , ele reflect, added lightning damage, chain
boss fight : 76 creamatorium map - max resitance, + monster damage, + boss damage/speed
boss fight : 76 crematorium map - dual boss, no curse, - max resistance
helm - haste - anger - wrath- reduced mana [GRRB]
boots - reduced mana - purity of fire - vitality - crit weakness(1) [RRRB]
weapon - LA - WED - LMP - Chain - Life leech - blood magic [RRRGGG]
gloves - Frenzy - PCOC or life leech - WED - blood magic [RRGB]
Normal: Passive point
Cruel: Help Kraitlyn (8 ias)
Merciless: Pick power charge for hard crit/glass cannon , frenzy for blood dancer build, or passive point
What items NOT Mirror:
-Mirroring boots, belts, gloves or helms is the stupidest thing you can do in poe. These items provide very little DPS gain and overstacking resists is pointless. There will never be point where it will be worthwhile to burn 160 exalts on any of these gear slots.
What items worth it to Mirror:
-Rare rings - Rings define your build, simply put. Much of your life or dps will come from here and are one of the best investments due to the difficulty of rolling rings
-Rare Amulets - I have not seen a mirroable one yet but these would be one of the better ones to mirror
-Rare quivers - One of the highest damage sources - able to get an amazing 5 dps related affixes - generally vastly easier to roll than rings/amulets/weapons
-rare bows - sadly useless for this build because of reflect. I would urge players to NOT use any mirror bows because it will be nearly impossible to progress due to excessive damage and reflect.
You DO NOT need a full set of mirrored items to be play at the very highest level and I would urge players against rmting hundreds to do so.
Character building is about balance. Don't go overboard on dps. Focus on survivability(life) first and foremost and try to get mobility(movespeed) and utility(life regen) if at all possible. DPS is just a number and simply having more of it does not mean you will be able to advance levels and clear maps efficiently.
Overstacking resists: Do not over stack your resistances, this is lazy and badly optimized. Get exactly enough to hit max or a little over and swap vitality for purity of elements on ele weak maps.
Aura swapping: its a good idea to swap out anger for haste for elemental reflect and -max maps.
You should also swap out vitality for purity of lightning on no regen maps.
Bow - Voltaxic is arguably the best bow if you want to level your character past level 90. Reflect is simply too dangerous but remember thorns will still gimp you. Lions eye or a rare ele thicket works as well and are a cheaper option. Rare mirror thicket bows will give you nice dps but you will probably never level past 88.
Armor - Koams heart is mandatory for the build unless youre willing to sacrifice a lot of crit/dps nodes. +500 hp koams will also work and provide a decent boost to your damage.
Gloves - Thunderfist are fantastic due to shock duration and maligaros will help you proc crits. Its totally up to you
Belt - A rare belt with tri res and life is ideal, WED is a nice bonus but not mandatory
Ring/Amulet - Life + wed + ele or some flavor of the 3 and some resists- these along with your quiver will be the biggest source of dps and it will be the biggest determinate in your final damage output, you also need them to provide a large chunk of resistances based on the rest of your gear choices
Quiver - life, crit dam, wed, accuracy , ias, crit chance in that order
Helm - personal choice but i recommend rat's nest for 4 aura builds. starkonjas is also an option. For the 5 aura variant you will need to use alpha's howl.
Boots - life, movespeed and as much resists as you can find though i personally love blooddance as they provide a lot of life regen and are very inexpensive. Note you will have to make up the life and resists elsewhere. These are my favorite uniques and one of the most unappreciated items in the game.
Class rankings/Build variants
Marauder = 9/10 - Very high life starting nodes but somewhat dps limited
Ranger = 9/10 - A few wasted nodes, almost identical to scion but goes through evasion nodes instead of scion starting nodes and has less dps as a result
Shadow = 6/10 - Some wasted nodes due to spell/int nodes
Duelist = 4/10 - Mediocre starting nodes in a quadrant you dont need to traverse to
Scion = 10/10 - the ideal class for this build, almost no wasted points
Templar = 3/10 - Awful class to use bows as or pretty much any build
Witch = 1/10 - Worst class to use life based bows as
Level 100 marauder comparison:
LA dps with frenzy charges: 7669
frenzy dps with frenzy charges: 34600
*30% crit damage reduction
Level 96 scion comparison:
LA dps with frenzy charges: 9248
frenzy dps with frenzy charges: 43477
life regen: 695
Special thanks to:
http://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/MonopolyLegend For making one of the best designed and underappreciated uniques in the game.
http://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/VenatorPoE For starting the bow marauder revolution.
http://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/dakoos For being a good friend through out the years.
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