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[3.20] Explosive Trap Saboteur (Budget Boss Killer)

Intro & build description

The explosive trap has been one of the best boss-killing skills for a while and this build is no exception. The skill itself has shotgunning mechanism, which allows us to deal a lot of damage to bosses in a short time span.

To start bossing with this particular build, you just need a half-decent weapon and shield, a 6link, and leveled gems.
There are some higher-price items recommended for this build, but they are in no way required for smooth gameplay in the first week of the league.

Build Pros

  • Fantastic boss killer
  • Does not rely on unique jewels
  • Versatile in item choices and can squeeze in increased item rarity mods

Build Cons

  • Not the fastest mapper

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.20] Skill Tree
PoB Community (Pastebin)

Bandits

Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Perfect Crime
Labyrinth 2Chain Reaction
Labyrinth 3Explosives Expert
Endgame LabyrinthPyromaniac

Skill gem setup

Helm


Determination

Grace

Herald of Ash

Flame Dash


Body Armor


Eplosive Trap

Fire Penetration -> Empower LVL 4 (when you can afford it)

Concentrated Effect Support

Added Fire Damage Support

Swift Assembly Support

Trap and Mine Damage Support


Gloves


Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL2)

Vaal Molten Shell (LVL 10)

Increased Duration (Support

Bear Trap


Boots


Shield Charge

Faster Attacks Support

Summon Skitterbots

Infernal Legion


2h Weapon


None


1h Weapon


Inspiration Support

Divine Blessing Support

Zealotry


Offhand weapon / shield


Assassin's Mark

Wave of Conviction

Arcanist Brand



Build uniques / Example rare gear


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Helmet

Devouring Diadem

The Devouring Diadem is our helmet of choice for the endgame. It’s a great all-around helmet that enables the build to use more auras.

It’s going to be expensive for the first week of the league, so until you can afford it, rare helmet with high life and resistances should work just fine.


Body Armour

Skin of the Lords (Avatar of Fire)

Skin of the Lords with Avatar of Fire keystone is how this build converts physical damage to fire in the endgame.

Before you can get a body armor like that, Tabula Rasa or a rare corrupted 6link with 3G-2R-1B socket colors would work just fine.

If you wanted to convert physical -> fire damage without Avatar of Fire, you could use gloves for that and easily get 100% conversion, since the skill has 50% conversion built-in.


Gloves

Rare Gloves

Look for generic rare gloves with high life, resistances and chance to suppress spell damage.

In terms of implicit, look for Fire exposure on hit.


Boots

Rare Boots

Look for generic rare boots with 30% increased movement speed, at least 70 life and as much resistance as you can get.


Left Ring

Circle of Anguish

In the endgame, look for 2x Circle of Anguish rings with:

– Increased Herald of Ash Buff effect
– Increased Fire damage while affected by Herald of Ash

Please note that rings like that are going to be quite expensive, so until you can afford them, use cheaper combination:

1) Rare Ring with elder influence that has high life and resistances
2) Mark of the Shaper


Right Ring

Circle of Anguish

In the endgame, look for 2x Circle of Anguish rings with:

– Increased Herald of Ash Buff effect
– Increased Fire damage while affected by Herald of Ash

Please note that rings like that are going to be quite expensive, so until you can afford them, use cheaper combination:

1) Rare Ring with elder influence that has high life and resistances
2) Mark of the Shaper


Amulet

Leadership's Price

Good amulet for the build that gives us Brittle, Sapping and Scorching conflux if 2 of our highest attributes are equal. In addition to that, it also provides a fair amount of maximum resistance if you can get your hands on a well-rolled amulet.

When you start using this amulet, make sure 2 of your highest attributes are equal.


Belt

Rustic Sash

On belt, it’s important to get Trap and Mine throwing speed mod from Essence of Zeal.

So to get that, buy Rustic Sash with fractured life mod. Then, use essence of zeal until you are happy with the result.


1Hand Weapon

Rare Sceptre

Build uses Scepter and shield, in order to be able to use Shield Charge.

On the scepter, look for core damage mods:

1) +1 to all physical or fire / spell skill gems
2) Increased spell damage
3) Critical strike chance for spells

It’s also recommended to craft increased trap throwing speed on your weapon.


Offhand

Rare Shield

Look for rare shield with:

1) At least 70 to maximum life
2) +1 to level of physical / fire spell skill gems
3) Critical strike chance for spells


Jewel

Jewels

On regular jewels, we are trying to get as much crit multiplier as possible, so look for following mods:

1) Crit multiplier with fire skills
2) Crit multiplier with spell damage
3) Global crit multiplier
4) Increased maximum life
5) + To all elemental resistances

Build also uses cluster jewels, 1 large and 2 medium. On them, look for:

Large Cluster
– Force Multiplier
– Iron Breaker
– Master the Fundamentals

Medium Clusters
– Arcane Pyrotechnics (1x)
– Guerilla Tactics (2x)
– Surprise Sabotage (1x)


Flask

Flasks

Build uses 5 magic flasks:

1) Quicksilver Flask
2) Divine Life flask with bleed removal and instant recovery
3) Quartz Flask
4) Diamond Flask
5) Jade Flask



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

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