LIGHTNING STRIKE

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is a Raider based build focusing on the Skill Lightning Strike. 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

  • Obstacles slow down your clear speed

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
- I recommend a Loreweave, it provides up to 50% increased elemental damage, +60 to maximum life, 60% increased critical chance and increases maximum resistances. It's also very easy to get the colors you need.  
- Another good alternative is Belly of the Beast, it provides up to 40% increased maximum life and 15% to all elemental resistances.   
- ​You can also use a rare body armour with life, elemental resistances, evasion and energy shield. Examples here.
  • DAGGER
- I recommend Sanguine Gambol, it has up to 280 physical DPS, high critical chance, inflicts bleeding, 40% increased damage against bleeding enemies and it's super cheap.
- But if you have lots of currency, you'll be better with rare dagger with high physical dps. Examples here.
  • HELMET
- 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 more offensive, 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
- I highly recommend you to get a pair of Tombfist as your gloves. They grant up to 10% attack speed, 6% maximum life and intimidate enemies on hit (enemies with intimidate take 10% more damage)
- ​Or you can use rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and evasion. Examples here.
  • BOOTS
- ​ For boots I highly recommend Voidwalker, mainly because they make your projectiles pierce enemies, increasing a lot your clear speed. 
- Rare boots with movement speed, life, elemental resistances and evasion. Examples here.
  • 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.
- If you don't have problems with Currency you can also use Choir of the Storm for 50% increased lightning damage and 75% increased critical strike chance.
  • 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 evasion 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. 
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Lightning Strike
Multistrike
Elemental Focus
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Added Lightning Damage (If 5 Linked Sockets)
Lightning Penetration (If 6 Linked Sockets)
  • GLOVES
Ancestral Protector
Summon Ice Golem
Culling Strike
Minion and Totem Elemental Resistances
If you are using Tombfist, remove Minion and Totem Elemental Resistances. 
  • BOOTS
Orb of Storms
Conductivity
Curse on Hit
Power Chage on Critical Strike
  • HELMET
Cast When Damage Taken (level 1)
Immortal Call (level 3)
Vaal Haste
Increased Duration
  • DAGGER
Wrath
Enlighten
Herald of Thunder
  • SHIELD
Shield Charge
Fortify
Faster Attacks

SUMMARY

CLASS: Ranger

ASCENDANCY: Raider

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Melee/Projectile 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.

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