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[3.17] Ice Trap Saboteur | Full Guide

Intro & build description

This Ice trap saboteur starter build for Scourge league will definitely interest you if you like good AoE, freezing, and shattering everything. This build provides a really safe, engaging gameplay that with enough investment, can do all the content game has to offer.

Build Pros

  • Really cheap to start - perfect as a league starter
  • Can forget about reflect as a trapper
  • Good survivability with decent life + energy shield pool, recovery from Tinkerskin
  • Great clearspeed
  • With more currency invested, can take down any boss

Build Cons

  • Top tier items can get expensive really fast

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.16] Skill Tree
[3.17] Skill Tree
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Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Explosives Expert
Labyrinth 2Perfect Crime
Labyrinth 3Pyromaniac
Endgame LabyrinthBorn In The Shadows

Skill gem setup


Bear Trap

Vaal Grace

Summon Skitterbots


Body Armor

Ice Trap

Hypothermia Support

Awakened Cold Damage Support

Trap and Mine Damage Support

Cluster Traps Support

Charged Traps Support


Siphoning Trap

Bonechill Support

Frost Bomb

Spell Cascade Support


Flame Dash

Arcane Surge Support (LVL 6)


Cast on Death Support

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Shield Charge

Fortify Support

Faster Attacks Support

Offhand weapon / shield

Cast When Damage Taken (LVL 1)

Immortal Call (LVL 3)

Tempest Shield (LVL 1)

Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Helmet

Look for rare helmet with at least 80 to maximum life and as high resistances as possible.

Good endgame helmet would also have “nearby enemies have -x% to cold resistance” mod.

Body Armour


One of the best items in the game for trappers. It gives us life, energy shield and frenzy charge generation.

It also has great defensive capabilities in the form of phasing and life & energy shield recovery on trap triggers.


Slavedriver's Hand

Great gloves for trappers. They give a great increase to trap throwing speed by utilizing cast speed.

They also have other modifiers that are desirable for trappers, for example charge generation and spending life instead of mana for trap throwing.

Until you can get these gloves, use rare ones with high life and resistances.


Rare Boots

Look for rare boots with 80+ to maximum life, 30% increased movement speed and some resistances.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

Look for rare ring with “Curse enemies level x frostbite on hit” mod and some life.

Right Ring

Malachai's Artifice

We use Malachai’s Artifice and socket Armageddon Brand in it to apply Elemental Equilibrium as well as frostbite on hit from other ring’s mod.


Rare Amulet

Our ideal amulet would have at least 70 maximum life, global critical strike multiplier and +1 to level of all cold skill gems.


Rare Stygian Vise

Look for rare Stygian Vise with high life and resistances.

1Hand Weapon

Rare Sceptre

Look for rare sceptre with at least 60% increased spell damage, +1 to level of all spell skill gems and some cast speed. You can bench craft critical strike for spells on it later.

We use sceptre so we can use shield charge, which cannot be used with wands.


Rare shield

Look for rare shield with %increased spell damage, +1 to level of all cold spell skill gems and if you can afford it, critical strike chance for spells on top of that. Cast speed is a great mod to bench craft afterwards.


Jewel Setup

Build uses 3 rare jewels. Look for following mods on them:

1) Increased maximum life
2) Global critical strike multiplier / critical strike multiplier with cold or elemental skills
3) Spell damage while holding a shield mod
4) Any resistance or attribute mods if you are lacking

A good endgame option would be Watcher’s Eye with any beneficial Zealotry mods you can get, like increased cast speed or elemental penetration.


Flask Setup

Build uses following flasks:

1) Life flask with instant recovery and bleed removal
2) Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
3) Bottled Faith (Cheap and good alternative would be Atziri’s Promise)
4) Diamond Flask with freeze removal
5) Quartz Flask with curse removal

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

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