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[3.1] Tornado Shot Ranger (Pathfinder)

Intro & build description

This build is based of Neversink’s In-Depth Tornado shot guide on Path of Exile forums. This is Pathfinder version which in my opinion is one of the best ascendancies for the build. You clear very fast and have no problems even with the toughest bosses, can kill Uber Atziri, Guardians and Shaper.

Build Pros

  • Very fast clear
  • Great as league starter build
  • Uber Atziri viable
  • Very versatile in terms of skill gem choices (can use wide variety of skills not just Tornado Shot without skill tree changes)

Build Cons

  • Evasion can sometimes be unreliable as defensive mechanic

Passive tree(s)

Passive skill tree [118p]


Bandits Quest Choice
Help Oak

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Nature's Adrenaline
Labyrinth 2Master Surgeon
Labyrinth 3Nature's Boon
Endgame LabyrinthMaster Alchemist

Skill gem setup


Cast When Damage Taken Support

Immortal Call

Increased Duration Support

Vaal Haste (Unlinked)

Body Armor

Tornado Shot

Greater Multiple Projectiles Support

Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support

Physical To Lightning Support

Weapon Elemental Damage Support

Faster Attacks Support



Herald of Ash

Enduring Cry


Curse on Hit Support

Rain of Arrows

Assassin's Mark

Ice Golem (Unlinked)

2h Weapon


Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support

Slower Projectiles Support

Physical To Lightning Support

Faster Attacks

Added Fire Damage Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade


Rat's Nest

Great helmet for crit builds – gives you a lot of damage.

Body Armour

Assassin's Garb

Look for body armour with at least 85 life, some resistances and as much evasion as you can find.
5-link works pretty well but try to 6-link it for builds full potential.


Maligaro's Virtuosity

Great offensive gloves that are not expensive anymore.


Atziri's Step

Great defensive boots with 30% movement speed, life and high evasion. They also give us chance to dodge spell damage which is not-so-often seen mod on items.

They can be a bit expensive at the very beginning of new leagues, but usually drop in price rapidly.

Left Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Rings in this build serve defensive purpose – get as much life and resistances as you can on rings.
Attack speed and physical damage to attacks are nice bonuses.

Right Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Same as previously mentioned ring.


Agate Amulet

On amulet look for crit multiplier, life and maybe crit chance/elemental damage with weapons. Combination of all these can be expensive, so pick and choose the combinations that serve your situation better.


The Retch

This belt synergizes well with pathfinder ascendancy and gives you great movement speed boost.

Good alternative would be leather belt with high life, resistances and weapon elemental damage.


Spike-Point Arrow Quiver

On quiver look for crit multiplier, crit chance, elemental damage with weapons and some life.

Attack speed and physical damage to attacks are great mods to have on quiver but can get expensive.

2Hand Weapon

Harbinger Bow

Look for bow with at least 300 physical dps and 8 crit chance.


Flask setup

Flask setup for the build:

1.) Instant Recovery Divine Life flask with freeze removal
2.) Eternal life flask with bleed removal
3.) Taste of Hate
4.) Atziri’s Promise
5.) Surgeon’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline


Jewel Setup

Mods to look for on jewels:

1.) Increased maximum life
2.) Increased attack speed
3.) Increased attack speed with bows
4.) Increased Damage
5.) Increased Physical damage with bows

Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

About gems

Always tries to keep up with the game, its ever-changing mechanisms and explain them in understandable manner.


  1. Why would you get Soul Raker?

  2. would any unique bows work for this build?

  3. also i was wondering why pathfinder? is there any other classes that would work for this build?

  4. Vessel of Vinktar Topaz Flask is good here?

  5. Liking it so far except mana seems to be a huge issue especially with Hatred and Herald of Ash on. Any suggestions? Currently at the start of act 3.

  6. How do you deal with mana problems?

  7. How do you get mana with this build? You have no mana flask?

  8. Just curious, with life regen on the tree and the choice to help Oak, would would we take Vaal Pact?

    • gems

      We don’t take those nodes for life regen, it’s just a secondary stat to the stats we are looking for. Just because we use Vaal Pact, doesn’t take away huge boost of 10% increased max life from Golem’s Blood node.

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