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[3.0]Frost Blades Perma-freeze Raider - Odealo's Crafty Guide

[3.0]Frost Blades Perma-freeze Raider - Odealo's Crafty Guide

One of the best Raider builds out there. Perma-freeze, insane farming speed, great aoe damage, and Shaper viable

Frost Blades
Raider-Ranger build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
March 4, 2018
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.2
December 20, 2018
-Added a complete PoB link
-Updated for Patch 3.5

Frost Blades is an amazing Attack Gem that can be used as early as level 1. It is a ranged projectile based attack that requires a melee weapon. It provides incredible AoE. It is amazing for leveling as well as allows extremely fast map clearing. Provided you can afford high-end gear (would assume a 30+ Exalted Orbs budget) you will be also able to take Shaper and Uber Atziri down.

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1. Gameplay

This build should be used mainly for extremely fast map farming (mid to high tier depending on your gear and level). The gameplay mechanics are pretty much the same starting from level 1. You use Frost Blades as your main ranged attack that deals incredible AoE damage. Your goal is to stack added physical damage on every possible piece and manage a reasonable Life pool.

Full gameplay video:

0:07 Tier 13 Arsenal Map
2:55 Tier 14 Colosseum Map
6:05 Tier 16 Pit of the Chimera

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • perma-freeze most of the enemies, generating frenzy charges as well
  • amazing AoE damage allowing one of the fastest map clearing in PoE
  • good mobility with whirling blades being one of the fastest mobility skill
  • one of the most budget-friendly builds for mid-tier map farming
  • squishy unless you learn to kite properly (not a Hardcore build)
  • mediocre single-target DPS
  • clearing end-game content will require expensive gear (e.g. good rolled Opal/Steel Rings)

3. Leveling tips

This build uses Frost Blades - the same Cold damage attack starting from level 1. This allows us to basically go for the Final Skill Tree right away, prioritizing Physical/Cold damage and Life nodes. Below you will find several interesting unique items for the leveling phase

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Frost Blades
Frost Blades Frost Blades - your main DPS ranged attack
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - grants amazing damage boost to Frost Blades. If you can afford it early on, buy the Gem with high quality
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - mandatory support Gem for the Frost Blade setup
Life Leech Support Life Leech Support - leech Gems are a good choice for a 6L Tabula Rasa setup
Mana Leech Support Mana Leech Support - same as above
Utility gems
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants added Cold Damage and causes AoE explosions on killing Frozen enemies
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - your primary mobility skill
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - Totem skill which increases your Attack Speed


Both killing all the Bandits for two additional Skill Points and helping Alira for Mana Regeneration, Critical Damage Multiplier, and Elemental Resistances are good options.

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Flash Freeze 3) Winter Frost 4) Fangs of Frost

72 Points Skill Tree
Follow the path up from the bottom right. Prioritizing 1) Claws of the Magpie 2) Soul Raker 3) Forces of Nature and all the nodes towards the 4)Coordination

Recommended leveling items:

Last Resort Last Resort - amazing starting weapon, will grant a lot of DPS until you reach a higher level to swap for better DPS weapons
+3 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
25% increased Attack Speed when on Low Life
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 2 to 10 Physical Damage
100% increased Claw Physical Damage when on Low Life
100% increased Accuracy Rating when on Low Life
PraxisPraxis - in order to maintain your mana this ring (or even two of them) might be required. After all, you won't get much Mana/Mana Regeneration from your Passive Skill Tree
+(20-25) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
(3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
-(8-4) to Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
Karui WardKarui Ward - great damage and movement speed boost
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
Tasalio's SignTasalio's Sign - if you can manage your Mana without the Praxis Ring, it's recommended to grab two of those. Your DPS will skyrocket after equipping those
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
Adds (7-10) to (15-20) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(200-300) to Evasion Rating
50% chance to Avoid being Chilled
10% chance to Freeze
Adds 40 to 60 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
Ewar's MirageEwar's Mirage - an amazing weapon for leveling a Frost Blades characeter. This is not a claw though and you might want to postpone the claw nodes in your Skill Tree until you actually start using Claws
+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
(40-55)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds 1 to (45-55) Lightning Damage
(16-22)% increased Attack Speed
Attacks Chain an additional time when in Main Hand
Attacks have an additional Projectile when in Off Hand

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building(PoB) link
First, you should grab two Jewel nodes on the right side and socket two Fight for Survival in them. Later on simply follow the Tree to the Duelist nodes (mainly for Dervish, Bravery, Art of the Gladiator).  Final steps will be taking the remaining Life nodes, Jewel Sockets, and Claws of the Pride and Vaal Pact

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Quartz Infusion
  2. Avatar of the Veil
  3. Rapid Assault
  4. Avatar of the Chase


Major God: Soul of Lunaris 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%, 1% increased Movement Speed for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%

Minor God: Soul of Gruthkul 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Frost Blades setup
Frost Blades Frost Blades - your main DPS attack. It chains to enemies covering nearly entire screen around you. The attack itself has a small range, however, the Frost Blades hitting your main target spread to other targets behind it, as well as chaining to then. This provides amazing area coverage and damage at the same time
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - great DPS boost. With this build, you will deal only Cold elemental damage
Multistrike Multistrike Support - grants additional Attack Speed (extremely important for Frost Blade's DPS) and your attack repeats two additional times
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - grants extra Physical damage to Frost Blades which is converted entirely to Cold elemental damage
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - grants flat attack damage bonus with each point of quality, as well as amazing damage boost with every third attack. Considering this Raider's attack speed this procs frequently giving amazing results
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support - the flat damage increase is higher than the Cold Penenetration's Support Gem. You won't benefit from the frenzy charge generation aspect of this Gem though because of the Raider's Ascendancy nodes
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - your main mobility skill. It grants also extra damage reduction from Fortify buff so try to proc the on-hit effect
Faster Attack Support Faster Attack Support - attack speed makes you move faster when using Whriling Blades
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a powerful damage reduction buff
[UTILITY/CURSE] Frostbite / Assassin's Mark setup
Orb of Storms Orb of Storms - this spell is used to apply your Curse
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - will make Orb of Storms apply your supported Curse
Frostbite Frostbite - our suggested "farming" Curse. Will grant additional chance to freeze monsters and reduce their cold resistance
Assassin's Mark (optional)Assassin's Mark - second Curse option. This one is recommended for boss fights as you won't be able to freeze them anyway
Power Charge on Critical Support Power Charge on Critical Support -a great addition to this setup. Orb of Storms Critical Hits will generate Power Charges increasing your overall DPS
[UTILITY] Immortal Call setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - keep this Gem at level 1 in order to make it cast supported Gems more frequently
Immortal Call Immortal Call - will grant brief immortality - do not upgrade above level 3
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - will lower the affected enemies' Cold Resistance with each "tick". Do not upgrade it above level 10
[UTILITY] Vaal Haste
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - the extra buff for Boss fights
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Vaal Haste
[AURA] Herald of Ice + Hatred
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants additional Cold Damage
Hatred Hatred - even more Cold Damage
[UTILITY] Golem and Ancestral Protector
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Protector
Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - this is our recommended Golem for this build which increases your Attack Speed
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - your Golem and Totem will be able to finish off low Life monsters with this Gem socketed
Faster Attack Support Faster Attack Support

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5. Gear Setup

This is the most interesting part of every Odealo's Crafty Guide. You will find all the recommended gear with minimum stat requirements for each item. This build in total shouldn't cost more than 10-15 Exalted Orbs (assuming you go for the six-linked Body Armour).

Our recommended gear pieces will always:

  1. Cap your resistances
  2. Grant sufficient Life pool for mapping
  3. Give you more than enough damage to mid/high tier map farming
  4. Save you at least a couple of hours on planning your build!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. Physical/Cold/Melee/Projectile Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - grants a terrific damage boost. And since this build is not exactly the tanky type, you will have to learn kiting and positioning anyway. It is also a good idea to farm Labs in order to get the increased Frost Blades damage enchantment
Adds 40 to 60 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(20-25) to all Attributes
+(100-125)% to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
(100-120)% increased Armour
(40-50)% increased Physical Damage taken
Helmet enchantment
40% increased Frost Blades damage
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - great defensive stats. It's also dex/str based so makes it easier to get the right colors on your sockets. Can be replaced with any high Life/Res chest
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(150-200)% increased Armour
(30-40)% increased maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
Extra gore
Touch of Anguish(Weapon Slot) Touch of Anguish - a must have items for this build. They are also extremely cheap BiS uniques for this build. Simply aim for the highest Crit and Physical Damage. Even nearly perfectly rolled ones shouldn't be too expensive
+46 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
Adds (40-50) to (130-150) Physical Damage
30% increased Cold Damage
(30-40)% increased Critical Strike Chance
20% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Killing a Frozen Enemy
Skills Chain an additional time while at maximum Frenzy Charges
10% chance to Freeze
Critical Strikes do not always Freeze
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - we recommend picking a high Life/Res. Leather Belt. Elemental damage with attacks is also a very important affix that you should seek for
Min. requirements:
58 maximum Life
27% Fire Resistance
27% Cold Resistance
27% Lightning Resistance
32% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Optional affixes:
increased Physical Damage (Rustic Sash only)
Two-toned boots(Boots) Rare Boots - getting the highest of the two and at least 20% increased movement speed is important. A dex-based pair is recommended to get the right socket colors (3G + 1R)
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
27% Fire Resistance
27% Cold Resistance
27% Lightning Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Rare gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves -  once again, highest Life/Res. and possibly Attack Speed is preferred. You should search for Int/Dex based gloves to easily match the required socket colors
Min. requirements:
55 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
increased Attack Speed
Onyx Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - you should be easily able to add the %increased Cold Damage affix on the amulet since we are only "expecting" Lightning Resistance here (or the other element you have no taken up on your Gloves earlier)
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
Added 8.5 Physical Damage to Attacks
30% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Cold Damage
Opal RingOpal Ring(Rings) Rare Rings - with added flat Physical Damage bonus are the best options here if you can afford them. The price will be usually over one Exalted Orb per Ring
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
Added # Physical Damage to Attacks
10% All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Fight for Survival(Jewel) Fight for Survival - have two of those equipped (preferably in the right part of the Skill Tree) with the perfectly rolled %Increased cold damage (they will be cheap anyway)
(10-15)% increased Cold Damage
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Melee Damage
dealt by Frost Blades Penetrates 15% Cold Resistance
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Frost Blades has 25% increased Projectile Speed
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - have the maximum Life bonus on each Jewel equipped, as well as any combination of the recommended stats found below
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Generic/Elemental/Cold/Projectile/Physical Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
increased Attack Speed with Claws
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - grants both amazing DPS and defensive bonuses. If you can't afford it just grab another sapphire flask - you will need to have the highest cold res. cap in order to get the extra cold damage penetration from The Wise Oak flask
+50% to Cold Resistance
+6% to maximum Cold Resistance
20% of Physical Damage taken as Cold Damage during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage during effect
30% chance to Avoid being Chilled during Flask effect
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's promise - a great unexpensive flask. It's one of the most popular flasks in Path of Exile - grants additional chaos damage and life leech 
+35% to Chaos Resistance
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (10-15)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - will grant additional Elemental Resistances and Cold Damage Penetration (as long as your Cold Resistance is the highest)
+35% to all Elemental Resistances
During Flask Effect, 10% reduced Damage taken of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is lowest
During Flask Effect, Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Resistance of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is highest
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Divine Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
Taste of HateAtziri's PromiseThe Wise OakDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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