[3.9] CoC Volatile Dead Assassin - 1M+ Per Ball Explosion - All Content Easy

Hello everyone and welcome to my guide about my CoC Volatile Dead Assassin.

First, I'd like to mention that I "created" this build when I saw Magefist's video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnmzEq3FCos).
I just added my own spin on it and more currency to make it even better than it already was.

But first, why should you play this build?


Pros:
- Fast mapping
- Fast and easy bosses
- Good damage
- Can be played on a budget

Cons:
- High end optimization requires currency investment
- Can't do ele reflect/no regen maps


Introduction
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This build revolves around a CoC Bow and an Asenath's Chant helmet. These will be your two mandatory items for the build to work.

The helmet will proc Desecrate everytime you use your barrage and this will allow the volatile dead to proc when you crit.


Videos
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Video guide + All bosses showcase (timestamps in description): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6anpcYVv-T0


Gear
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Bow
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The only mandatory roll on the bow is "Socketed gems are supported by lvl X Cast on Critical Strike". This roll is required for the build to work.


Flasks
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If you do not have enough money for a bottled faith, use a Wise Oak instead and balance your resistances to have fire resistance as the highest one.


Rings
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If you can not get "#% of fire damage leeched as life" as an implicit on a Circle of Anguish you will need to drop one and get this stat on a rare ring.


Quiver
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On a budget you can swap out the Maloney's quiver for a rare one with life and critical strike multiplier. You will lose the frenzy charges generation.


Chest
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You can swap Kaom's Heart for a Loreweave. Kaom's Heart is still the best option here.


Helmet
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Asenath's Chant is mandatory.


Gloves
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A pair of rare gloves with life and resistances will do the trick.


Belt
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A rare stygian vise with high life and resistance is the best option here.


Boots
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A pair of rare boots with movement speed, life and resistances will work just fine. You can get a pair with Tailwind if you have enough money but this is not mandatory.


Amulet
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Xoph's Blood is the best option here. However you can drop it and get a rare amulet instead, but you will have to allocate Avatar of Fire on the tree.


Jewels
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- We are using Volley Fire to give our barrage more AoE. Try and get one with the corrupted blood corruption, they are cheap.
- We use Tempered Mind on the witch socket to get more accuracy.
- I use Intuitive Leap in the Ranger socket to get some more good passives, but if you feel like you do not need it it's not mandatory.
- Best in slot Watcher's Eye would be a double crit multi Anger/Precision but they are really expansive.


Bandit
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Help Alira.


Gem Links
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Bow
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Barrage - Volatile Dead - Concentrated Effect - Inspiration - Elemental Focus - Empower

Note: If you do not have the +2 support gem craft or an Empower lvl 4, swap out Empower for Fire Penetration.


Helmet
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Desecrate - Flammability - Wave Of Conviction - Spell Cascade


Boots (Aura Setup)
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Anger - Herald Of Ash - Precision - Enlighten


Gloves (CWDT + Movement Ability)
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Cast When Damage Taken - Steelskin
Flame Dash - Arcane Surge


Quiver
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Frenzy - Combustion - Mirror Arrow

Note: I use Mirror Arrow as a decoy. You can swap it for Culling Strike if you want.


Skill Tree
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Ascendancy
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PoB Link


Pantheon
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- Major God: Soul of Lunaris
- Minor God: Soul of Shakari


Changelog
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13/01/2020: Created Guide



Thank you for reading everyone, I hope you liked the guide. Special thanks to Magefist for inspiring me. :)

If you have questions or remarks, please post them here and do not add me in-game.
My builds :

CoC Volatile Dead Assassin - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2742649

Vaal Spark Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2302486/page/1
Last edited by iRa38 on Jan 13, 2020, 6:17:07 PM
Last bumped on Jan 24, 2020, 7:11:40 AM
Any suggestions on how to level with this?
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RickFails wrote:
Any suggestions on how to level with this?


Hello.

You can level as anything you want. I used BV until I got a tabula, at which point I started using a CoC setup in it. And then you just slowly grind currency to afford the rest of the gear. :)
My builds :

CoC Volatile Dead Assassin - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2742649

Vaal Spark Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2302486/page/1
Thanks for posting, volatile dead is one of my favourite skills, good to see its still being used in interesting ways.

How would you push the damage (not that you need to) with more currency? element weakness on hit on gloves + whispers of doom annoint? CDR on belt? Or at this point its just worth focusing on defence?

I might try this but give up divine judgement (4 points) pickup 4x5% life nodes and craft a fire leech vermillion ring (fire leech implicit circle is expensive) that gives you about +700hp. Its a more budget friendly version, although a decent loss in damage.

I see you skipped +1 frenzy charge nodes, do you think they aren't worth it?

Excluding the +1 volatile enchant, are there any other good enchants for this build? the main ones I'm thinking of are +15% attack speed barrage, +30% effect flammability, perhaps +3 corpse desecrate?

Either way, fun looking build, finally got something to sink a decent amount of currency into now.


Last edited by Merakon on Jan 15, 2020, 5:12:42 AM
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Merakon wrote:
Thanks for posting, volatile dead is one of my favourite skills, good to see its still being used in interesting ways.

How would you push the damage (not that you need to) with more currency? element weakness on hit on gloves + whispers of doom annoint? CDR on belt? Or at this point its just worth focusing on defence?

I might try this but give up divine judgement (4 points) pickup 4x5% life nodes and craft a fire leech vermillion ring (fire leech implicit circle is expensive) that gives you about +700hp. Its a more budget friendly version, although a decent loss in damage.

I see you skipped +1 frenzy charge nodes, do you think they aren't worth it?

Excluding the +1 volatile enchant, are there any other good enchants for this build? the main ones I'm thinking of are +15% attack speed barrage, +30% effect flammability, perhaps +3 corpse desecrate?

Either way, fun looking build, finally got something to sink a decent amount of currency into now.




Hello, I am glad you like the build.
To push the DPS even further beyond, even though it is not necessary as you said, you could indeed use an Ele weakness curse corruption on the gloves and get Whisper Of Doom on the amulet. But you would lose a lot of survavibility by doing so.
Honestly I think at this point, the damage is more than ok. I can kill the conqueror before they do anything (even Drox, I can burst him down before he gets in his damage reduction phase), the map bosses get annihilated and same for the Metamorphs.
You should prioritize defense rather than offense because even with 6k+ life you can still get one shotted quite easily if you're unlucky with your dodge chance.

The option of using a Vermillion ring is quite good. I have been experimenting myself with an opal ring instead of a second circle of anguish (check my profile) and you almost don't feel the damage loss.

I skipped the frenzy charges nodes to focus on life and accuracy (especially in the intuitive leap slot).

Honestly +1 VD is the BEST enchant you can get. But I know that it is expensive. Flammability effect would probably be the second best option, although I haven't checked in PoB.
My builds :

CoC Volatile Dead Assassin - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2742649

Vaal Spark Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2302486/page/1
Hi!
This build looks awesome. How would you say it compares to the cyclone version?

Thanks!
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Hi!
This build looks awesome. How would you say it compares to the cyclone version?

Thanks!


This version has more damage and is safer due to the fact that you're attacking from range.
My builds :

CoC Volatile Dead Assassin - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2742649

Vaal Spark Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2302486/page/1
The build looks really awesome <3
Would be nice to have some leveling steps like 30 points, 60 points, 90 points and final build :)
Last edited by Jeevanlive on Jan 17, 2020, 3:10:06 PM
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iRa38 wrote:
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Hi!
This build looks awesome. How would you say it compares to the cyclone version?

Thanks!


This version has more damage and is safer due to the fact that you're attacking from range.


Thanks for your reply.
I think I am going to give this a try.

Whats the best way to approach crafting the bow? Just user Aetheric fossils? or better in a combo?

Only Leech is from the fire leech implict? Are there any other options as that ring if 20 ex or so atm?

Thanks again for your help.
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iRa38 wrote:
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Hi!
This build looks awesome. How would you say it compares to the cyclone version?

Thanks!


This version has more damage and is safer due to the fact that you're attacking from range.


Thanks for your reply.
I think I am going to give this a try.

Whats the best way to approach crafting the bow? Just user Aetheric fossils? or better in a combo?

Only Leech is from the fire leech implict? Are there any other options as that ring if 20 ex or so atm?

Thanks again for your help.


Don't know much about crafting, I bought it as is.
And yes, only leech is from the ring implicit.
Other option would be to drop one circle of anguish and get leech on a rare ring. It's way cheaper
My builds :

CoC Volatile Dead Assassin - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2742649

Vaal Spark Pathfinder - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2302486/page/1

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