CAUSTIC ARROW

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is a Pathfinder based build focusing on the Skill Caustic Arrow and all the DoT it brings. Archers are very popular among players and this one is not different. Its easy and cheap leveling process makes it a great choice for a beginner to try.

Pros

  • Cheap

  • Easy to play

  • Great Clear Speed

  • Safe Ranged Attacks

  • Satisfying Gameplay

  • League Starter

Cons

  • Evasion Dependent

  • Vulnerable to Physical Damage

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
- Cherrumbim's Maleficence is my first choice. It grants up to 100 Life, 80% increased Chaos Damage and 1526 Evasion.
- Other good alternatives are Hyrri's Ire, Queen of the Forest and Belly of the Beast.
  • BOW
- The Ideal bow ia a rare one with +1 Level of Socketed Gems and +2 Level of Socketed Support or Bow Gems and a lot of Damage Over Time Multiplier, like these. But they are expensive. While Saving currency to buy it you can use a Medium Range bow with +1 Level of Socketed Gems and +2 Level of Socketed Support or Bow Gems and some Chaos Damage Over Time Multipier, like these.
- But if even the Medium Range Bow is still too expensive for you, use the budget +2 unique bow Silverbough.
  • HELMET
- ​A rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and evasion. Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- ​Rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and evasion. Examples here.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare boots with movement speed, life, elemental resistances and evasion. Examples here.
  • QUIVER
- ​I highly recommend Quiver for increasing clear speed is one with "Bow Attacks Fire an Additional Arrow", even better if have some life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
- Of course if you have more currency you can also use a Quiver with a lot of Damage Over Time Multiplier for more damage. Examples here.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #1
- A rare ring with life, strength and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #2
- A rare ring with life, intelligence and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- ​A rare Amulet with Life, Strength and some resistances. Examples here.
  • FLASKS
- ​1 Divine Life Flasks. Look for mods like ''instant recovery'', ''removes bleeding'' and ''removes freeze''. Examples here and here.
- 1 Jade Flask for a huge evasion boost. Examples here.
- 1 Quicksilver Flask for more clear speed. Examples here.
- Whichfire Brew is just perfect for this build, increasing damage over time and cursing surrounding enemies with Despair. 
- Dying Sun is awesome for this build. It grants 2 extra arrows and allows us to replace Lesser Multiple Projectiles with Void Manipulation for more damage.
  • ENCHANTMENTS
- ​Helmet: 40% Increased Caustic Arrow Damage
- Gloves: Of Reflection
- Boots: Movement Speed
P.S. Enchantments are not super important, so don't feel bad if you don't have the right ones ;)
  • RECOMMENDED ANOINTMENTS
- ​First Choice: Corruption (Crimson + Black + Black)
- Alternative Option #1: //
- Alternative Option #2: //
  • FULL BUILD ATTRIBUTE REQUIREMENTS
- ​Strength: 130
- Dexterity: 155
- Intelligence: 155
GEMS
  • BOW
Caustic Arrow
Vicious Projectiles
Swift Affliction
Lesser Multiple Projectiles
Concentrated Effect (If 5 Sockets Linked)
Empower (If 6 Sockets Linked)
When facing bosses, replace Lesser Multiple Projectiles with Void Manipulation.
  • GLOVES
Clarity
Malevolence
Enlighten
Vaal Grace
  • BOOTS OR HELMET
Cast When Damage Taken (level 11)
Steelskin (level 16)
Vaal Haste
Increased Duration
  • BOOTS OR HELMET
Wither
Spell Totem
Multiple Totems
Dash
  • BODY ARMOUR
Vicious Projectiles
Toxic Rain
Void Manipulation
Swift Affliction
Empower (If 6 Sockets Linked)
Concentrated Effect (If 5 Sockets Linked)
Replacing Void Manipulation with Mirage Archer is also very good
THIS BUILD'S FAQ
  • Is there a good place to buy unique items?
- Not only for unique items, poe.trade or pathofexile.com/trade are great websites for trading your items.
  • I'm lvl 40 and I'm dying a lot, what can I do?
- Please take a look at your Elemental Resistances, they are really important for your survivability. After lvl 40 try to keep at least 50% of each. The meximum is 75%, try to reach that when on end game.
  • I don't have as much HP as the gameplay shows and I've followed the Skill Tree step by step. Can you help me?
- Look for more HP at your rare gear. You can have ''+89 to maximum life'' on your helmet for instance.
  • You say the build is cheap, but there are some expensive recommended items there. How?
- Those items are only recommended and not mandatory. Maximize a build with the best possible items and 6 Linkeds takes a good amount of currency. Start using 4 Linkeds on low tier maps in order to farm currency to upgrade your gear.

SUMMARY

CLASS: Ranger

ASCENDANCY: Pathfinder

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Projectile DoT

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 1/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here