[3.4] Frostblades Assassin SSF Viable. 700K DPS w/ Budget gear! League starter! Insane Clear Speed

Hi, welcome to my build guide. This guide is for people who want a league starter or have little to no currency. This build has farmed me a headhunter in the span of two weeks.

The build does 600K+ DPS with a 35C Budget. You can go cheaper (15c or lower) and get about 400K DPS.

If the touch of anguish's are expensive at the start of the league, don't worry. You can safely use two wasp nest until about tier 11+ maps.

3.4 (UPDATE) The build is just as strong as ever. It should make delve feel like a breeze. I fully expect it to reach very far in the delves themselves. Have fun!


Look here for the Path of building Link! (LAST UPDATED 8/29/2018 At 12:41 AM)


ENDGAME SKILL TREE: www.poeurl.com/b4f7 (Please refer to the path of building for gear and up-to-date passive trees.)

If you don't how to use these pastebin links, google "Path of Building". It's a desktop application for looking at gear,passive trees, the authors notes on how to use the build, and so much more.

If you need immediate help with the build or just wanna chill, you can watch me on twitch. No question is too nooby. We were all new once. https://www.twitch.tv/reload24

Here's the build in action and also a very in depth video guide. https://youtu.be/t3fxNz5A8Zs

This is my discord where you'll be able to post questions about the build and chill with other people who watch my stream.


Q. What are those little ice spikes in the video?

A. That is a MTX called "Gloom Herald" in the microtransaction shop.

Q. How do I use these pastebin links? It's just text.

A. You need to download a program called "Path of Building" via github. After you install it, press new build, click import & export, select import via pastebin and paste in the pastebin link I have provided.

Q. I keep dying to izaro / any other high damage dealing boss.

A. This build has whirling blades, make use of it. This build uses positioning more than most builds you will play in PoE.

Q. You don't have the allocated dexterity for the jewels to work!!!

A. You don't need to have the dexterity allocated to make the jewels work.

Defense/Offense Stats

Defense No buffs

Defense With Buffs

Offense No Buffs

Offense with Buffs

Leveling Skilltrees

www.poeurl.com/b2zj Around Act 6ish.
www.poeurl.com/b2zl Around Act 8-9ish
www.poeurl.com/b2zn Early-mid Endgame

After you reach endgame start to get soul raker ASAP (The claw wheel area) after you get soul raker, use your respec points on the life leech / mana leech nodes by vaal pact.

Skillgem Order
Frostblades - Ancestral call - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Multi-strike - Added Cold - Hypothermia (You'll sub in Ruthless in place of ancestral call on boss fights)

Herald Of ice - Curse On hit - Assassin's mark - Hatred

Cast When Damage Taken (Level 1) - Immortal Call ( Level 3) - Increased Duration (Level 20)

Whirling Blades - Faster Attacks - Fortify

Ancestral Warchief - Melee Phys - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Conc Effect

Ice Golem - Ruthless (This is where you put the Ruthless you sub in for bosses) - Cast When Damage Taken (Level 20)

Take Alira

These are highly situational and entirely depend on what you need for your current gear. However with that in mind, Brine king is a must have for our build. For the minor ones you have more flexibility, such as Yugul and pretty much any other.
For the most part however, Brine king and yugul will be on.

Leveling Uniques

(Use any of the following) Wasp nest are great for early endgame

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Ewar%27s_Mirage (Place this in the main hand)







If you play SSF don't worry about the uniques just make use of rare high phyiscal DPS claws, and since you use rare claws you can feel free to mess around with shaper mods. The DPS will be obviously lower compared to playing a trade league character, but it won't be too massive. It will sill clear maps out really well. Just going to have to farm your gear before red maps most likely.

What to pick first for Ascendancies

Ambush & Assassinate
Unstable Infusion
Deadly Infusion

Last edited by Reloads on Sep 9, 2018, 5:12:12 PM
Last bumped on Oct 3, 2018, 12:36:40 AM
I’ll give a try
For some reason I can't watch the youtube link because my interwebs lags too much.

Do you reckon this build would be able to do uber lab from the get-go? Would be nice with a fast mapper which can do uber as well :P
Kennobi1975 wrote:
I’ll give a try

Cool. Let me know if you run into any troubles when the league starts. I'd like to make this as painless as possible for people trying it out.

Completed 17 ChallengesGarash wrote:
For some reason I can't watch the youtube link because my interwebs lags too much.

Do you reckon this build would be able to do uber lab from the get-go? Would be nice with a fast mapper which can do uber as well :P

I think it would. You might want to wait until your a pretty high level (80+) but other than that it should work even better than a raider frostblades in terms of DPS against bosses.
Last edited by Reloads on Mar 1, 2018, 2:42:17 PM
Only 4500 life?
Completed 17 ChallengesHardSide wrote:
Only 4500 life?

4.5K life with pretty awful gear. You can get 5k+ if you have a belly with above average gear.

But this is a softcore build. So I usually play a more glass cannon like build. However 4.5K life is plently with Vaal pact. If you do want more life just get some more life nodes :) You can grab heart of the oak for about 4-5 Points.
Last edited by Reloads on Mar 2, 2018, 10:20:55 AM
Updated the Path of Building links with some last minute changes. I'd say this build is now ready for the league. I'm really excited to report back with details at the end of the day.
Hi, do you think this build has good progress routes with big currency investments? I''m talking about t16 and end game bosses. Would some major tweaks be necessary or perhaps other ascendancy like raider? I'm really keen on giving assassin a go and try to make it work in endgame. Never really played a FB character.
Looking forward to trying this out. Assassin and Frostblades are exactly what I want to play this time around.

This will only be my 2nd league. I started mid last league, but now have a nice understanding of the game.

I never got to kill Shaper in Abyss, so I'm looking forward to downing him this time around. Do you think this will be able handle all end-game content, assuming I have better than budget gear at higher levels...and how much life would you say I should be aiming for, to do so?

I'll be sure to let you know how I progress with your build.
Is it necessary to pick the 3 leech nodes at Vitaly Void? (Without picking Vitaly Void) Because you already got Mana leech at Soul Raker.
Thanks for an answer.

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