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[3.24] Scourge Arrow of Menace Ballista Pathfinder

Intro & build description

If you like quick clear and safe playstyle, this is a great league starter build to do it with. The build can clear entire screen pretty reliably due to the ballistas each shooting a number of arrows. The build is not as innately tanky as a juggernaut, for example, but it makes up for it with the ability to keep a safe distance from the monsters.

In 3.24 we no longer have access to tincture that allowed all elemental damage to poison, so it will be slightly harder to build, however, build is still a very solid choice to start with. It’s possible that some of the Necropolis mods will allow us to do the poison thing though.

Build Pros

  • Cheap, so excellent for a league start
  • Solid boss killer
  • Fast mapper

Build Cons

  • Poison damage has some delay in killing monsters initially, so have to be careful not to run in the middle of them

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.24] Skill Tree
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Bandits

Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Master Toxicist
Labyrinth 2Nature's Reprisal
Labyrinth 3Nature's Adrenaline
Endgame LabyrinthMaster Surgeon

Skill gem setup

Helm


Cast on Death Support

Portal


Body Armor


Vaal Haste

Flame Dash

Frenzy

Steelskin

Lifetap Support

Precision


Gloves


Malevolence

Grace

Petrified Blood

Despair


Boots


Cast When Damage Taken Support

Immortal Call

Enfeeble

Void Sphere


2h Weapon


Scourge Arrow of Menace (Transfigured gem)

Ballista Totem Support

Lifetap Support

Unbound Ailments Support

Deadly Ailments Support

Greater Multiple Projectiles Support


1h Weapon


None


Offhand weapon / shield


None



Build uniques / Example rare gear


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Helmet

Wilma's Requital

One of the core items that allows us to get ancestral bond without going all the way to the top of the tree. Try to get it as one of the first items.


Body Armour

Lightning Coil

Lightning coil is one of the main defensive layers for the build.

Go with Tabula Rasa / rare armor before you can afford 6-linked LC.


Gloves

Rare Evasion Gloves

Go for rare evasion gloves with at least 80 life, high resistances and some attack speed.


Boots

Rare Boots

Look for rare boots with 30% movement speed, high life and 40+ strength and intelligence. If those are expensive, can easily use rings to meet the attribute requirements.


Left Ring

Rare Ring

Look for rare ring with high life, strength and intelligence.


Right Ring

Rare Ring

Look for rare ring with high life and either str/int or resistances, whichever you need at the time.


Amulet

Rare Amulet

Look for rare amulet with chaos damage over time multiplier and damage over time multiplier mods as the main ones. Pair them with high life / chaos damage or resistances.


Belt

Rare Stygian Vise

Look for rare stygian vis with high life and resistanes.


Quiver

Rare Quiver

Look for rare quiver with chaos damage over time multiplier with attack skills, accuracy and high life. Attack speed is a nice bonus.


2Hand Weapon

Rare Bow

Look for rare bow with chaos damage, chance to poison, damage over time multiplier.


Jewel

Jewel Setup

This build uses 2 unique jewels and a number of rare ones.

For the unique ones, get Thread of Hope with Large Ring and Xibaqua version of Glorious Vanity – please note that these are not first day upgrades.

We use large cluster jewel with 3 notables – Unwaveringly Evil, Unholy Grace, Wicked Pall.

We use a medium cluster jewel with Distilled Perfection and Spiked Concoction notables.

We also need one small cluster jewel with Malevolence reservation efficiency node.


Jewel

Flask Setup

1. Dying Sun (Endgame)
2. Divine life flask with bleed removal
3. Topaz Flask
4. Jade Flask
5. Quicksilver Flask



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

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