FROST BLADES

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is a Raider based build focusing on the Skill Frost Blades. Great build for fast clearing maps. Has an easy leveling process and it's cheap, great for beginners looking for a build to start a new League.

Pros

  • Cheap

  • Great Clear Speed

  • Great Single Target

  • High Evasion

  • Fun Playstyle

  • League Starter

Cons

  • Evasion Dependent

  • Vulnerable to Physical Damage

  • Abyssus highly recommended ( up to 50% increased physical damage taken)

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
- I recommend a Belly of the Beast, it provides up to 40% increased maximum life and 15% to all elemental resistances.  
- Another good alternative is Queen of the Forest, it grants up to 2163 evasion, 70 life, elemental resistances and more movement speed.
- A Lightning Coil is also an awesome choice because it provides "30% of physical damage taken as lightning damage" It helps to endure the extra damage taken because of Abyssus.   
- ​You can also use a rare body armour with life, elemental resistances and evasion. Examples here.
  • CLAW
- I recommend The Wasp Nest, it has up to 256 physical DPS, 25% attack speed, increased critical chance and it's super cheap.
- Or a rare claw with high physical dps. Examples here.
  • HELMET
- ​I recommend Abyssus , because it gives a huge amount of extra damage. You become vulnerable to physical damage though.
- Starkonja's Head is a good alternative if you want to stay safe, it provides up to 100 maximum life and a huge evasion buff when on low life.
Rat's Nest is a good balance between defensive (Starkonja's) and offensive (Abyssus), it provides 15% attack speed and up to 75% increased critical chance.
- Or 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.
-  You can also use Atziri's Steps that provides high amount of evasion, life, movement speed and chance to block spells. 
- Darkray Vectors are great boots as well, porviding more Frenzy Charges, Movement Speed and Chance to Dodge Attacks.
  • SHIELD
- ​A rare shield with good evasion, life and elemental resistances. Examples here
- If you want to spend a little more currency I recommend Lycosidae for 100% hit rate.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life, elemental resistances and elemental damage with attacks. Examples here.
  • RING #1 
- ​A rare ring with life, elemental resistances and elemental damage with attacks. Examples here.
  • RING #2
- ​A rare ring with life, elemental resistances and elemental damage with attacks. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- A rare amulet with life, elemental resistances and elemental damage with attacks. Examples here.
  • FLASKS
- ​ Divine Life Flasks. Look for mods like ''instant recovery'', ''removes bleeding'' and ''removes freeze''. Examples here and here.
- 1 Stibnite Flask for evasion boost and blind source for your enemies. Examples here.
- Diamond Flask for more critical strikes. Look for mods like "increased duration" and "increased armour during flask effect". Examples here.
- A Wise Oak to boost your damage with cold penetration. Remember that your uncapped cold resistance must be the highest. Details here.
- The good old Atziri's Promise for a big boost to your damage and life leech. 
- If you have a good amount of currency you can also use Taste of Hate for more damage
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Frost Blades
Multistrike
Change Ancestral Call for Ruthless  when facing bosses
Ancestral Call
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Melee Physical Damage (If 5 Linked Sockets)
Hypothermia (If 6 Linked Sockets)
  • GLOVES, BOOTS OR HELMET
Herald of Ice
Assassin's Mark
Curse on Hit
Hatred
  • GLOVES, BOOTS OR HELMET
Whirling Blades
Faster Attacks
Blood Magic
Fortify
  • GLOVES, BOOTS OR HELMET
Cast When Damage Taken (level 1)
Immortal Call (level 3)
Vaal Haste
Increased Duration
  • CLAW
Cast When Damage Taken (level 9)
Frostbite (level 12)
Frost Bomb (level 14)
  • SHIELD
Ancestral Protector
Summon Lightning Golem
Culling Strike

SUMMARY

CLASS: Ranger

ASCENDANCY: Raider

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Melee Attack

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 2/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

 
 
 
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.
  • Why Cast When Damage Taken  at level 1 and Immortal Call at level 3?
- Cast When Damage Taken can only support spell gems that have the same required level or lower.  At level 1 the required level of Cast When Damage Taken is 38, the same as Immortal Call at level 3. 
  • Cast When Damage Taken cannot trigger Vaal skills, why do you put them on the same setup?
- Vaal Haste is not there to be triggered by Cast When Damage Taken, but to be supported by Increased Duration. 
  • How do you generate Frenzy charges?
- The ascendancy Raider has a passive called Way of the Poacher that grants 20% chance to get a Frenzy charge on kill and 20% chance to get a Frenzy charge when hit a rare or unique enemy.
  • Why Immortal Call if you don't generate Endurance charges?
- Endurance charges are not mandatory for Immortal Call to work, they just make it last longer.
  • My Forst Bomb + Frostbite setup is not working, can you help me?
- Please make sure that Cast When Damage Taken is level 9, Frost Bomb level 14 and Frostbite level 12.

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