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[3.5] Arc/Vaal Arc Mine Shadow (Saboteur)

Intro & build description

3.3 patch brings some insane buffs to already strong arc miner. Damage is absurd already, but 3.3 content upgrade makes it even stronger, like, really, really stronger. Playstyle is very straightforward, place mines and detonate – watch screen full of monsters die. Not a single complex mechanic, new players wouldn’t feel overwhelmed. Clear speed and damage are great while clearing maps, but it excels at killing bosses and toughest encounters game has to offer. If Arc is something you would like to revisit or play it for the first time, now is great time.

Build Pros

  • Super easy to play, place mines and detonate
  • No complex mechanics
  • Cheap to start with
  • Can do any content in the game
  • Can do any map mod
  • Hall of Grandmasters farmer

Build Cons

  • No shield charge

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.5] Full Build


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Bomb Specialist
Labyrinth 2Demolitions Specialist
Labyrinth 3Pyromaniac
Endgame LabyrinthExplosives Expert or Born in the Shadows if you want more defence

Skill gem setup


Flame Dash or Lightning Warp

Faster Casting


Summon Ice Golem

Body Armor


Cast When Damage Taken Support


Immortal Call

Increased Duration Support


Orb of Storms

Curse on Hit Support


Arcane Surge

2h Weapon

Vaal Arc (Use Arc till you get Vaal Arc)

Trap and Mine Damage Support

Minefield Support

Increased Critical Strikes Support

Controlled Destruction Support

Lightning Penetration Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Helmet

Rare helmet with high elemental resistances, high life.

Body Armour

Kaom's heart

Kaom’s Heart or Loreweave. If you want to have higher life pool, go for kaom’s heart – if you prefer damage and high maximum elemental resistance cap instead, pick Loreweave.


Rare Gloves

Fingerless Silk gloves with 70+ life and decent elemental resistances. If possible ,try to get some dexterity on gloves as well for gem and gear requirements.


Rare Boots

Boots with high movement, at least 25-30%, high life and elemental resistances.

Left Ring

Essence Worm

Wrath aura is socketed into Essence Worm, so we don’t lose any mana reserved. Use Clear Mind jewel only once you have Essence Worm.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

Ring with life, elemental resistances and any stat you need for gear or gem requirements.


Rare Amulet

Rare amulet with life and global critical strike chance, global critical strike multiplier. If your resistances aren’t capped, feel free to drop one of the offensive mods for resistances or stats.


Stygian Vise

Stygian Vise with high life and elemental resistances.

2Hand Weapon

Tremor Rod

Very underrated and strong weapon for miners. Only downside is, you can’t use shield charge with it.


Clear Mind

Since build uses Mind over Matter and Essence Worm, we have 100% unreserved mana. Clear mind is very strong jewel.


Watcher's Eye

Watchers Eye with lightning penetration while affected by wrath. I know these gems are expensive, use any rare jewels instead of watchers eye till you have enough currency to afford one.


Rare Jewels

  1. Maximum life
  2. Global critical strike multiplier
  3. Global critical strike chance
  4. Increased damage
  5. Lightning damage


Abyss Jewels

  1. Adds lightning damage to spells while wielding two handed weapon
  2. Maximum life
  3. Elemental resistances
  4. Global critical strike multiplier


Flask Setup

  1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
  2. Chemist’s Stibnite Flask of Heat
  3. Lavianga’s Spirit
  4. Chemist’s Diamond Flask of Warding
  5. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

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

About prime

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  1. How is this an arc mine build dont you need remote mine in your 6 link

  2. can this build kill uber elder too?

  3. You have increased critical strikes but also controlled destruction? Am I missing something here?

    • Controlled destruction doesn’t mean you can’t crit, it just lowers your critical strike chance a bit and gives a huge amount of spell damage.

  4. I was just wondering, do you suggest going ES, Armor or evasion with this?

  5. What about pantheon?

  6. Looking at the skill planner, how do I know in which order the skills should be acquired?

    • Get all points around shadow’s starting point, go for ”Clevel Constructions” notable, then move to witch’s starting point. If you lack hp, pick hp first. It really depends on gear you’re playing with.

  7. Hello Prime !

    How did you obtain a 6 socket tremor rod ? I bought the rod , its level 45 and had 3 socket, i upgrade it to 4 but it doesn’t seem to go any higher.

    • Hello.
      You will need to check your tremor rod’s item level(different from level requirement), press alt while hovering your mouse cursor over the item and check if it is at least 50. If it isn’t, buy another one. You can’t possibly roll 6 sockets on sub-50 ilvl tremor rod manually. However, if item level is above 50, you haven’t spent enough jeweller’s orbs yet. Sometimes it takes as much as 300+ on a single item to get it to max sockets. Hope it helps.

  8. What kind of jewels would you recommend? I’m not sure I fully understand how it’s being introduced in the guide, especially the abyss jewels.

  9. How will I charge Vaal Arc. I don´t have any other damage skill

  10. Like in the build I can use Loreweave instead of Kaom’s Heart. And what are the best gem’s (like aura gems) to insert into Loreweave’s sockets?

    • Loreweave is a great option for more damage, yes. I wouldn’t suggest using any more auras for the build – since the build is using MoM, reserving your mana will greatly reduce your survivability for very little gain. You can use the sockets for something like Vaal Clarity, Decoy Totem setup to distract monsters while you put down mines or perhaps Enduring Cry to cast from time to time.

  11. the best pro of this build is listed as a con, we are forced to use a much better movement skill than most miner builds… I guess I’ll try it

  12. First of all, nice builds, they’re a lot of fun to play ;-). I have a question: Is Lavianga’s Spirit amount recovered important? A 49% amount recovered one is double the price than say a 30%ish one. I’m assuming no, but a more experienced opinion doesn’t hurt. Thanks for taking the time!

    • Depends on how high your mana pool is really, if you can recover entire pool with worse rolled flask, go for it. You could also buy cheapest one and invest in a divine or 2.

  13. so, I’m playing this, got a TR, 6 sockets, all colored right, and got to the level, but then I noticed, I only have 14 str… tremor rod requires 78, I can go for it, but then Kaom’s needs 198, do you have any tips on that? Like, even with an Astramentis I’d still be only half way…
    once again thanks for this great fun build

    • Don’t go for Astramentis, your options are getting 60 STR from the tree in 2 notables – Might and Physique. Also, try to get at least 40 strength on your rare ring. With a few jewels and / or helm with strength on it, you should be good to go.

  14. Hey is there a reason your Chest piece doesnt show any gems?

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