[3.9] Trikosta's Bow + 4-Totem + Mirage Archer Toxic Rain (Easy Uber Elder) - low/medium budget
(Updated for 3.9 Metamorph League)
NOTE: this build is based on my "Rangercosta's 4-Totem + Mirage Archer Toxic Rain (Deathless Uber Elder)" which you can check out here: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2304536
Toxic rain is stronger than before, and this build is here to show you how.
I do not take credits for the idea, it is just a mixing up of all the best things PF and TR have to offer.
You can realistically expect a nice leveler for a low budget and an Uber Elder Killer with less than 10-12 exalts mid-league.
https://youtu.be/DboZHf1_UYA (T16 Guardian full map run)
https://youtu.be/5DsAFS8qaHs (Easy Uber Elder kill)
You can check more videos on my Pathfinder version of the build.
Using the skill Multiple Totems Support and Skirmish Quiver, you can get 4 totems shooting AND you bow attack plus Mirage Archer, all at the same time. The rest is just balancing attack speed, chaos damage and skill duration.
You can theoretically shoot more than 150 arrows per second with endgame gear (although usually much less than that), filling up a large portion of the screen with the spores
Why not use Herald of Agony?
HoA is increasingly better the more mana reservation it has. But even with a 6L, it cannot compare in terms of number of hits to the 4 totems for withering touch. Also, the spore duration allows an area to keep doing damage even if the enemy moves, because you create a floor mantle of spores around enemies. Also, while with HoA you have an autonomous source of damage besides your character, with the 4 totems you have 2 autonomous sources, which can be useful for things like Breach, and for keeping a constant flow of damage while you move around.
What about Caustic Arrow?
With this build, CA is useless agains bosses, very slow. It does give you better map clearspeed, even on T16 maps, because of the faster burst of damage it produces at start compared to TR...but you will have trouble killing bosses..it does not stack.
Note: use it in bow if you want, never in totems...useless.
Pro's & Con's
+ Very strong DPS for bosses
+ Ranged, so more survivability
+ Medium-high HP depending on options
+ Can do all map mods
- Not as tanky as other builds
- Totem playstyle not for everyone
- Can become difficult to see stuff in the map with so many spores!!
The only required piece of gear is:
NOTE: starting with 3.9, you can get the nodes for +1 ballista totem on the bottom right of the tree, instead...feel free to try and see if another quiver with more ele resistances makes things easier.
The corruption is optional, but the more arrows you have, the larger the screen area covered.
Best bow is actually a crafted one, like this:
If you can only craft a single mod, look for a cheap 6-link bow with a good attack speed and craft the non-ailment chaos damage over time multiplier (best mod to have)
Example of a league starter:
Other options for mid/end-game would be
Just be careful with the amount of mana spent when your attack speed is too high with Quill Rain...otherwise you have to change the passive tree for more mana regen to account for that.
Get an enchanted helmet - 40% increased TR damage or +1 arrow with TR
A good league starter is:
Reducing enemies chaos resistances is the best available mod, along with life and needed resistances:
This league I am using along with
Other good options are
(ignore gem colours)
This league the best mods are the non-ailment chaos damage over time multiplier. Attack speed is also very important here. My current gloves:
HP is also important, as usual
This league I am using
Movement speed is quite important for Uber Elder. Remember that onslaught gives you 20% more movement speed.
Another good option is:
Kaom's roots are not a good option due to unwavering stance zeroing your evasion.
Craiceann Gear Option
You can use the Craiceann set as a whole, it covers a lot of things that are required to make the build work, just not the new DoT multiplier mod. They do give you a lot more armour and phys dmg mitigation. If you only use the body armour and the boots, you can get the best of both worlds. Credits to Redrios for reminding me this still is an option :)
HP, resistances, attack speed
Aspect of the cat is a nice alternative to Haste, with less attack and movement speed but more survivability. Thanks to Afonsosp for the suggestion.
Thief's torment is a good league starter
HP, non-ailment chaos damage over time multiplier, resistances, attack speed, AoE
In Blight league, the best anointment is Whispers of Doom for the extra curse
Karui ward is a good league starter
Stygian vise is BiS
This league I am using
Previous league I used
Alternative for Silver flask, especially for Delve, where phasing is very important for this build
For Uber Elder, I prefer more speed
The following jewels show you the best mods
Watcher's eye is quite nice, if you can find it cheap. Grace or Vitality, depending on you choice, is what you want to look for
Best mods for items (in order of importance)
- HP, elemental resistances
- non-ailment chaos damage over time multiplier
- attack speed
- skill effect duration
- Increased chaos damage, increased damage over time
- increased Area of Effect
- increased damage during flask effects
- chance to gain onslaught (for delves, while using quartz flask)
Total strength requirements (at gem lvl 20) - 155
Total intelligence requirements (at gem lvl 20) - 155
Toxic Rain - Mirage Archer - Vicious Projectiles - Void Manipulation - Faster Attacks (or Swift Affliction) - Efficacy (+ Inc. Area of Effect)
Toxic Rain - Ranged Attack Totem - Damage on full life - Withering Touch - Vicious Projectiles - Swift Affliction -
Note 1: use Withering Touch on the totems, rather than on main attack. Since the skill has a short duration, the higher amount of arrows shot from the totems increase the chance to stack up to the maximum amount of 15 times.
Note 2: if you already have enough damage, you can switch Swift Affliction to Faster Attacks for map clearing. If you TR DoT without flasks is already above 10k in the Tooltip, then Faster Attacks might be the best option overall (still testing).
Note 3: for more clear speed, you can change TR to Caustic Arrow, just don't try to kill bosses or syndicate with it
Note 4: changed Increased Duration support and Damage on Full Life because with Efficacy you get the best of both if you get the extra nodes in the tree for more skill duration
Note 5: Changed Efficacy on totems to Swift Affliction, because you increase the initial damage output of the totems, which is meaningful since they can die easily in bosses, and can kill faster in speed mapping.
Note 6: If you can craft Vicious Projectiles on your bow as a mod, then you can used a 7-link with Inc. AoE
Note 7: for uberpowered bows with +1 to skills and +2 to bow skills, with attack speed and maybe vicious projectiles, use Empower (only lvl 4 is worth it) instead of Efficacy.
Using Trickster instead of Pathfinder, which gives me Frenzy charges easily, I tried a different approach away from Blood rage and Vitality I used before, which gave me the option to use Bane with 2 curses, along with Grace and Vaal Grace.
So, the 4 link setups are as follow for Trickster:
Temporal Chains - Despair - Bane - Efficacy
Grace - Blink Arrow - Enduring Cry - Enlighten
CWDT lvl 4 - Immortal Call lvl 6 - Increased Duration lvl 20 - War Banner lvl 20
Aspect of the Crab comes from Body Armour, but should be activated as well.
This was the skill setup used in Pathfinder version:
Vitality - Despair - Malevolence - Enlighten
Blood Rage - Enduring Cry
Summon Lightning Golem - Cast When damage taken Lvl 20
From personal experience, better not to connect CWDT to blood rage
CWDT lvl 4 - Immortal Call lvl 6 - Increased Duration lvl 20 - Blink Arrow lvl 20
Passive Tree (at level 96) - for Bane with 2 curses/Grace check Trickster version
Skill Tree: http://bit.ly/2MKygOd
Path of building: https://pastebin.com/dR2x2G8G - Updated for 3.8
Bandits: Help Kraytin
Patient Reaper - Prolonged Pain - Swift Killer - Weave the Arcane (in this order)
Pantheon: Soul of Lunaris & Soul of Tukohama
(For Uber Elder, I use soul of Lunaris + Yugul)
Cast your totems in front of your walking pattern, they will start shooting even before you see the enemies. While killing bosses, run around them:
Cast 1 pair of totems, run a bit, cast another pair, run a bit, shoot main weapon, run......repeat
Try to place your totems in a clear spot, not very near the enemies.
What about Bane, War Banner, Enduring Cry, Blink arrow, etc?
Either place your four left hand fingers over the skill buttons (not the flasks) and spam click the flasks every 4 seconds or so or use a gaming mouse with lateral thumb buttons.
Personally I use Logitech G602 and it works great because of the 6 lateral buttons for the thumb.
Button setup (from most important to less important, thus from most accessible to less)
left mouse button - movement
right mouse button - weapon main attack (TR)
middle mouse button - despair/bane (for big mob groups or boss... despair has a huge duration with this build, so dont need to click often)
Most accessible key/thumb button - Totem TR
Second - Blink arrow (use only for emergencies, to escape stuff... cooldown is still long)
Third and fourth/fifth - Vaal Grace/Enduring Cry and Lightning golem (click both every once in a while, especially right before big mob groups for 3 endurance charges)
Less accessible key/button - War Banner - takes a bit to get used to, but it's a great help for bosses, delves and harbingers
Note:put auras in second row of buttons, otherwise you will most likely misclick it and disable it during stressful situations
1.0 First release
1.1 Small update for 3.9 league
Gear For speed runs
Auras: Grace and Haste
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Last edited by jlncosta on Dec 29, 2019, 6:00:35 PM
Last bumped on Dec 29, 2019, 6:07:28 PM
on Oct 16, 2019, 11:02:04 AM
on Oct 16, 2019, 8:05:56 PM
You think this version of TR with trickster can do more dmg? im in difficult..don't know if i have to follow this trickster build or the Pathfinder version :(
on Oct 23, 2019, 7:06:55 AM
Yes, it does a bit more damage
on Oct 25, 2019, 3:36:16 AM
on Oct 25, 2019, 3:32:18 PM
Very nice guide, thank you. Do you think this build will be good as starter for the new league?
on Dec 2, 2019, 3:25:15 PM
I was searching for a build like this for the next league. After I've seen what TR can do with bow, I thought it would turn out an amazing build with the ballista support skill for 3.9. The support skill will already have +2 to max ballsistas, increasing your total totems to 6 if you choose to keep the multiple totem support. I think that 4 totems should be enough and we could use the slot to increase damage or attack speed.
With this improvement, what other changes can we speculate to the build? Should we still keep TR in the main weapon or can we ballance it out now with a higher clear speed skill? I was thinking that, if the ballista skill is clearing maps fast enough, you won't be using the main skill that often. Doesn't this makes HoA more attractive to use along with the ballista supported TR?
on Dec 5, 2019, 12:16:01 PM
Right.. so never mind what I said.. I tried it out and fund that HoA does not proc from totem. So.. any other idea?
on Dec 5, 2019, 6:43:56 PM
I am hoping to update this thread shortly after the new skill gems are released in PoB...have to theorycraft a bit to min max the build for 3.9 changes...which I hope will be awesome for the build :)
on Dec 5, 2019, 7:19:26 PM
Hey, any thoughts as to whether this is HC viable?
on Dec 9, 2019, 8:49:30 AM