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[3.21] Lightning Strike Raider

Intro & build description

An amazing build to start in the upcoming Crucible league. The build has balanced offensive and defensive capabilities to carry you through the vaults. While the build is considered a melee, using lightning strikes properly can help take on enemies from a distance which makes this build quite safe.

Build Pros

  • Fast clear speed
  • Very mobile
  • High damage potential
  • Quite tanky

Build Cons

  • Melee build

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Full Build
PoB Link


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Way of the Poacher
Labyrinth 2Avatar of the Slaughter
Labyrinth 3Quartz Infusion
Endgame LabyrinthAvatar of the Veil

Skill gem setup


Divergent Precision

Flame Dash

Whirling Blades

Elemental Weakness

Body Armor

Vaal Lightning Strike

Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

Inspiration Support

Nightblade Support

Divergent Multistrike Support

Trinity Support



Enlighten Support

Herald of Ice


Phantasmal Ancestral Protector

Culling Strike Support

Anomalous Ancestral Warchief

Multiple Totems Support

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Blood Rage

Mark On Hit Support

Assassin's Mark

Offhand weapon / shield

Withering Step

Vaal Molten Shell

Cast when Damage Taken Support

Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Helmet

Rare helmet with high life, elemental resistances and intelligence.

Body Armour

Rare Body Armour

Rare body armour with life, elemental resistances and additional curse.

Use a rare armour with life and resistances before you can come across or buy an armour with extra curse.


Rare Gloves

Rare gloves with life, elemental resistances. If you can, get a pair with attack speed or flat elemental damage.


Darkray Vectors

Darkray Vectors are best in slot boots and for most of the raider builds. They are usually very cheap or easy to come by as well which is a cherry on top.

Any rare boots with high movement speed, life and elemental resistances will do just fine before you get vectors.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

Rare rings with life, increased elemental damage with attack skills and elemental resistance.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

Rare rings with life, increased elemental damage with attack skills and elemental resistance.


Rare Amulet

Rare amulet with life, critical strike chance, multiplier and flat elemental damage.



An amazing overall build and is usually quite cheap. Rare belt with high life, elemental damage and resistances will do just fine until you acquire Perseverance.

1Hand Weapon

Rare Claw

Elemental claw with high attack speed (2+ APS), critical strike chance and global critical strike multiplier.


Rare Shiled

Rare shield with life, elemental resistances. If you can, for extra damage get a shield with flat elemental damage.


Rare Jewels

1) Increased damage
2) Increased critical strike multiplier
3) Increased maximum life
4) Increased attack speed


Inspired Learning

Inspired Learning can get quite expensive, but it is well worth it. Socket it in the jewel slot next to the “Fervour” notable to get the bonus.


Lethal Pride

Socket the jewel in the jewel slot next to the “Frenetic” notable.


Flask Setup

1) Careful Divine Life Flask of Stealing
2) Doctor’s Jade Flask of Dove
3) Bottled Faith
4) Masochist’s Granite Flask of Incision
5) Flagellant’s Quicksilver Flask of the Tortoise

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

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