[3.20] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, fun to play



Hello. Welcome to my Scourge Arrow build guide. So, let me start with saying that I really love Scourge Arrow. I tried quite a few variations of SA and I think I like this one the most.

Why? well, mostly thanks to Master Toxicist awesome poison proliferation. It solves a lot of problems that Scourge Arrow has, and that is having to charge to deal good damage, having issues with struggler monsters near walls and having issues with outputing damage consistently (because of constant charge/release playstyle). Master Toxicist solves this by proliferating all our poisons to nearby enemies when they die, so we just need to shoot once, and everything around dies, including rares and leaves no strugglers behind. And for bosses, well, our poisons last around 5 seconds and we run Mirage Archer so boss will be constantly dealt decent DoT damage, even when we are dodging.

Also, in 3.7 and 3.8 poison builds received huge buffs on tree, and Darkscorn (currently one of the best bows for this build) received huge buff as well. Scourge Arrow was buffed too (we no longer have any issues with doors) so now it actually feels great to play even in closed areas.

If you have any questions about the build or just want to talk you can always @ me in PoE Discord (my username is deathbeam#0001).

Changelog

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Pro's & Con's

+ Relatively good single target after you get the playstyle down
+ Really good clear speed (because of Master Toxicist poison proliferation and Scourge Arrow coverage)
+ 170%+ increased movement speed
+ 75%+ evade chance
+ 100% spell suppression
+ 44% less elemental damage taken (thanks to scaled elemental flasks)
+ 65% of physical damage taken as either elemental or chaos damage and 3 Endurance Charges
+ Permanent flask uptime (Nature's Boon)
+ High life recovery (thanks to very high Life flask investment)
+ Can do most map mods (reduced flask stuff can be annoying)
+ Can do all content
- Scourge Arrow playstyle takes some time getting used to
- Very active playstyle (a lot of life flask pressing, a lot of active skills and positioning)
- Not very good league starter anymore because of all the nerfs over the years, now you basically play Poisonous Concoction until you can afford at least basic starter setup
- Enemies do not die instantly so sometimes we can take some dangerous hits (we combat this with our high defenses)

Content Done

- Uber Eater of Worlds
- Uber Searching Exarch
- Uber Shaper
- Uber Cortex
- Uber Uber Elder
- Uber Maven
- Uber Sirus
- Simulacrum wave 30
- T16 Blight Ravaged Maps
- 100% Delirious T19 Double Beyond maps
- Maven Invitations (Twisted, Hidden, Formed, Forgotten, Feared, Elderslayers)
- Delve depth 600+
- 5 way battle
- Mastermind
- Black Sun
- Infinite Hunger
- Uber Atziri

My characters using this build

- Legion character
- Blight character
- Metamorph character
- Delirium character
- Harvest character
- Heist character
- Ultimatum character
- Expedition character
- Archnemesis character
- Sentinel character

Path of Building

Path of Building is tool for PoE to plan gear, skill tree and calculate effective damage. It also contains Bandits and Pantheon choice. You can download it here. Important! Make sure you are on Path of Building Comminity version, the guide requires it. If you do not know how to use Path of Building, watch this video. After that simply import below Pastebin URL into PoB:

Path of Building code (last updated 3rd December 2022)

Navigating through PoB (important, read carefully)

There are trees for level 100, 90, 80, 70, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20 and 10. Bear in mind that low level trees are optimized for my playstyle and do not really prioritize taking a lot of life early.

There are also special trees for various build variations (see Build Variations section).
Use dropdown in bottom left corner of Tree section in PoB to cycle between the trees:




There are also special item sets for various build variations.
Use dropdown in top area of Items section in PoB to cycle between item sets:




There are multiple skill sets as well again for various build variations.
Use dropdown in top area of Skills section in PoB to cycle between skill sets:



How to configure PoB for your own character

To calculate the actual DPS your Scourge Arrow is doing simply multiply your damage by 8. And for ballistas by ballista count.

Explanation of 8 multi:
- DPS * 6 because of 6 Thorn Arrows
- DPS * 2 because Release is worth exactly 2 Thorn Arrows

After importing your character to PoB, follow these steps to properly configure it to show your actual stats:

1. Go to skills section and set Scourge Arrow as active on left side. Then set stages to 5 and switch from Release to Thorn Arrows
2. Find Scourge Arrow under Socket Groups, set count on it to 8 and tick Include in Full DPS
3. Find Siege Ballista under Socket Groups, set count on it to 6 and tick Include in Full DPS
4. Enable all flasks in items section and switch to configuration section
5. Check Do you use Frenzy Charges? (if you have Anomalous Blood Rage)
6. Check Are you Focused?
7. Check Do you have Lifetap?
8. Check Do you have Alchemist's Genius?
9. Check Are you Leeching?
10. Check Have you Crit Recently?
11. Check Is Infusion Active?
12. Set # of Withered stacks to 15
13. Set Is enemy boss? to Guardian/Pinnacle Boss


Build Variations

Starter

Damage: 6/10
Survivability: 5/10
Initial investment:: 3/10

This setup is not utilizing anything special, only base tree without Cluster Jewels and basic gear. It is the ideal setup for league start after you can get the gear or as temporary setup before getting enough currency for one of the alternative setups. Also it is most straightforward setup, what makes it easy to follow.

You can start transitioning to other setups from default setup at level 90+.

Standard

Damage: 8/10
Survivability: 6/10
Initial investment: 7/10

This setup is utilizing Cluster Jewels and Glorious Vanity for increasing the damage and then stacks some extra flask effect on top and some leech from Immortal Ambition for more recovery and mitigation. It also grabs endurance charges to round up defense against physical damage.

Leveling and gearing

Gem progression

The gems and setup below are sorted vertically based on priority, where stuff on bottom is less important in each level breakpoint section. Gem names that are italic are the ones that changed since previous level breakpoint.


Level 1
3 link - Caustic Arrow (Act 1 - Enemy at the Gate - Nessa)
    Pierce Support (Act 1 - Enemy at the Gate - Nessa)
    Chance to Poison Support

Level 4
3 link - Caustic Arrow
    Pierce Support
    Chance to Poison Support
1 link - Dash (Act 1 - Breaking Some Eggs - Nessa)
1 link - Steelskin (Act 1 - Breaking Some Eggs - Nessa)

Level 8
4 link - Caustic Arrow
    Pierce Support
    Void Manipulation Support (Act 1 - The Caged Brute - Nessa)
    Chance to Poison Support
1 link - Dash
1 link - Steelskin

Level 10
4 link - Caustic Arrow
    Pierce Support
    Void Manipulation Support
    Chance to Poison Support
1 link - Dash
1 link - Steelskin
1 link - Withering Step (Act 1 - The Caged Brute - Nessa)

Level 12
5 link - Poisonous Concoction
    Void Manipulation Support
    Unbound Ailments Support (Act 3 - A Fixture of Fate - Siosa)
    Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support (Act 1 - The Caged Brute - Nessa)
    Chance to Poison Support
1 link - Dash
1 link - Steelskin
1 link - Withering Step

Level 16
5 link - Poisonous Concoction
    Void Manipulation Support
    Unbound Ailments Support
    Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support
    Chance to Poison Support
1 link - Dash
1 link - Steelskin
1 link - Withering Step
1 link - Herald of Agony (Act 2 - Intruders in Black - Yeena)
1 link - Blood Rage (Act 2 - Intruders in Black - Yeena)

Level 18
6 link - Poisonous Concoction
    Deadly Ailments Support (Act 2 - Sharp and Cruel - Yeena)
    Void Manipulation Support
    Unbound Ailments Support
    Vicious Projectiles Support (Act 2 - Sharp and Cruel - Yeena)
    Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support
1 link - Dash
1 link - Steelskin
1 link - Withering Step
1 link - Herald of Agony
1 link - Blood Rage

Level 24
6 link - Poisonous Concoction
    Deadly Ailments Support
    Void Manipulation Support
    Unbound Ailments Support
    Vicious Projectiles Support
    Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support
1 link - Dash
1 link - Steelskin
1 link - Withering Step
1 link - Herald of Agony
1 link - Grace (Act 3 - Lost in Love - Clarissa)
1 link - Despair (Act 3 - Lost in Love - Clarissa)
1 link - Blood Rage

Level 31
6 link - Poisonous Concoction
    Deadly Ailments Support
    Void Manipulation Support
    Unbound Ailments Support
    Vicious Projectiles Support
    Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support
2 link - Dash
    Second Wind Support (Act 3 - A Fixture of Fate - Siosa)
2 link - Steelskin
    Increased Duration Support (Act 3 - A Fixture of Fate - Siosa)
1 link - Withering Step
1 link - Herald of Agony
1 link - Grace
1 link - Despair
1 link - Blood Rage

Level 38
6 link - Poisonous Concoction
    Greater Multiple Projectiles Support (Act 4 - The Eternal Nightmare - Petarus and Vanja)
    Deadly Ailments Support
    Void Manipulation Support
    Unbound Ailments Support
    Vicious Projectiles Support
2 link - Dash
    Second Wind Support
2 link - Steelskin
    Increased Duration Support
1 link - Withering Step
1 link - Herald of Agony
1 link - Grace
1 link - Despair
1 link - Blood Rage

After you are done with leveling (so after you finish Act 10) switch to Scourge Arrow setup. This will cost also around 14 regrets, but you should get that from quests anyway.


Frequently asked questions (F.A.Q)

Why am I not doing damage?

This question is asked way too often. So here is list of things you should make sure you have and do:

1. Darkscorn
2. +1 Arrow quiver (think about this modifier as 30% more damage, it beats most other options and its not close)
3. Scourge Arrow helmet enchant
4. Source of Despair on hit
5. Ailment Duration focus mod on Helmet
6. Anomalous Scourge Arrow
7. 100% chance to poison, check your character sheet in game and check SA and make sure it has 100% chance to poison. If not grab some extra from tree
8. Mana leech (from tree or clusters) and reduced mana cost craft on one of your flasks. I know this should be obvious, but if you cant sustain your own mana then you cant properly DPS stuff
9. Source of Wither (Glorious Vanity, Withering Touch, Withering Step, Wither totems)

Why am I dying?

Here is another checklist for you:

1. Do you have proper flask setup. Flasks are #1 thing for Pathfinder, well rolled defensive flasks are super important
2. Do you have capped elemental resistance
3. Do you have at least positive chaos resistance
4. Do you have enough sources of physical damage taken as elemental damage
5. Do you have Phasing (tree, abyss jewel, this is very important)

Why is extra arrow so important and how to play with it?

Extra arrow changes how your pods are spread when you shoot. They are spread between all your arrows, so +1 arrow is not adding extra pods. But it significantly improves the overlaps.

When bossing, you want to position your mouse cursor close to your character so you shoot the pods in nice V shape like this:



For comparison this is how it looks with single arrow:




Media

Mapping
T19 Double Beyond 100% Deliriums Malformation Lvl 96
Malformation 100% Delirious Beyond + Nemesis Lvl 96
Beachhead Lvl 84
Phantasmagoria/Cells Lvl 85
Crystal Ore Lvl 88
Esh's Breachstone Lvl 88
Tul's Breachstone Lvl 88
Pit of the Chimera Lvl 88
Glacier Monolith Farming Lvl 90
Vaal Temple Lvl 90
Elder Burial Chambers Lvl 94 (Tornado Shot)
Cage Lvl 72 (Mapping with Plague Bearer)
Delve Depth 364 Lvl 94 (Tornado Shot)
Lair of the Hydra Lvl 90 (Vicious Projectiles bow + Devoto)
Leyline Lvl 92 (Mapping with Chainbreaker)
Silo Lvl 85 (League start with Petrified Blood)
Burial Chambers Lvl 92 (Petrified Blood + Perma Berserk)
Level 100 ding Juiced Cemetery
Crimson Temple Mapping with Nightgrip

Bossing
Ahuatotli Delve Depth 483 Lvl 95
Warlord Lvl 80
Redeemer Lvl 82
Hunter Lvl 84
Metamorph Level 80
Atziri Lvl 88
Red Elder Lvl 91
Shaper Lvl 91
Elder Lvl 92
2 way battle Lvl 94 (Tornado Shot)
5 way battle Lvl 93 (with HoAG disabled by accident)
Simulacrum Wave 19-20 Lvl 95
Sirus Lvl 96
The Twisted Lvl 95 (Petrified Blood + Divine Flesh)
Black Star
Infinite Hunger
Eater of Worlds
Searing Exarch
Simulacrum Wave 30 Kosis + Omni (Kosis one shotting ballistas so its pretty damn slow)
Uber Eater of Worlds

Misc
Difference between having and not having SA enchant on helmet
Mapping with Lightning Warp + Asenath's Chant
Siege Ballista only clearing
Flask sustain
Flagellant in action
My builds:
[3.17] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2551841
Last edited by thedeathbeam on Dec 3, 2022, 1:50:27 PM
Last bumped on Dec 3, 2022, 1:44:41 PM
Small update:

Added info about Soul of Shakari and Darkscorn synergy, as I completely forgot to mention this. Basically, it is also physical damage reduction (at 25% effectiveness, but still).
My builds:
[3.17] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2551841
Your build seems dope. I'll do it right now and review later.

Thank you for your work :)
Looks good, going to try this out - any levelling guides for 30/60/90 so we know which way to assign passives?
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PJ1985 wrote:
Looks good, going to try this out - any levelling guides for 30/60/90 so we know which way to assign passives?


I still need to add them, sorry :/ But for now, on tree, try to get all poison chance on hit nodes on tree early, life, evasion and Master Fletcher, those are mostly core part of the build.

If you are lacking evasion for QoTF get avatar of the hunt early, otherwise skip it. If you are getting stunned a lot, either take Brine King, or Unpredictable Offensive, otherwise skip it as well. Avatar of the Hunt and Unpredictable Offensive are weak nodes for this build, they are purely for utility on the final tree, and can be easily skipped.

Oh, also, get the bottom-right mana leech node for sure.


EDIT:

Also, small update. For leveling, I addeed Quill Rain as great option (more info in the leveling section in the guide)

My builds:
[3.17] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2551841
Last edited by thedeathbeam on Jun 22, 2019, 6:07:20 AM
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thedeathbeam wrote:
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PJ1985 wrote:
Looks good, going to try this out - any levelling guides for 30/60/90 so we know which way to assign passives?


I still need to add them, sorry :/ But for now, on tree, try to get all poison chance on hit nodes on tree early, life, evasion and Master Fletcher, those are mostly core part of the build.

If you are lacking evasion for QoTF get avatar of the hunt early, otherwise skip it. If you are getting stunned a lot, either take Brine King, or Unpredictable Offensive, otherwise skip it as well. Avatar of the Hunt and Unpredictable Offensive are weak nodes for this build, they are purely for utility on the final tree, and can be easily skipped.

Oh, also, get the bottom-right mana leech node for sure.


EDIT:

Also, small update. For leveling, I addeed Quill Rain as great option (more info in the leveling section in the guide)



Awesome thanks for the quick response!
1) What about the Legions? Is it good at clearing them? Does poison proliferate off "freed" mobs?

2) Is it any good in Timeless Conflict?

3) Are DMG reflect maps doable? (both ELE and Phys)


Looks really interesting, might give it a try. Receiving these answers might just tip me over the fence, lol. Good job!
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Rallige wrote:
1) What about the Legions? Is it good at clearing them? Does poison proliferate off "freed" mobs?

2) Is it any good in Timeless Conflict?

3) Are DMG reflect maps doable? (both ELE and Phys)


Looks really interesting, might give it a try. Receiving these answers might just tip me over the fence, lol. Good job!


1. It is decent, SA spread is pretty big, in good areas you can clear the whole monolith. But, for the poison prolif, no, atm it do not works with legion, but GGG mentioned that they will be looking about some ascendancy on kill effects not working with legion (and hopefully this includes Pathfinder)
2. Did not tried the build in 4 or 5 way battle so I dont know yet, but, the damage and clear is pretty good, so I imagine it will not be very bad there (ofc, it cant compete with stuff like TS, as that is on whole another level)
3. Yes, you can do both. Honestly, so far no map mod was an issue for me, I just alch and occasionally corrupt everything without even looking at the mods.
My builds:
[3.17] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2551841
Started this build today, feeling decent leveling with Scourge Arrow itself.

I would like to know why Master Alchemist over Nature's Adrenaline? In PoB Nature's Adrenaline seems to give more total damage, and movement speed and attack speed is always welcomed. We are not doing any elemental damage anyway, so the Master Alchemist does not seem all useful beside the immunity.
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cyruszin wrote:
Started this build today, feeling decent leveling with Scourge Arrow itself.

I would like to know why Master Alchemist over Nature's Adrenaline? In PoB Nature's Adrenaline seems to give more total damage, and movement speed and attack speed is always welcomed. We are not doing any elemental damage anyway, so the Master Alchemist does not seem all useful beside the immunity.


It's solely for immunity, so we can use better flasks.

E.g, when not using Master Alchemist, you will have to give up suffix on either Jade flask or Quicksilver flask, and losing it on either of them means big loss in movement speed, so basically taking Nature's Adrenaline will make you slower in the long run.

But yeah, it is more damage for sure, as that 20% attack speed is very nice. It's mostly personal preference I guess, but I prefer the extra movement speed from Master Alchemist (thanks to better flasks) a lot more.
My builds:
[3.17] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2551841

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