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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 all-content viable

Frost Blades
Perma-Freeze Raider build

Updated for Patch 3.15

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Guide notes
September 20, 2020
-Updated for Patch 3.12
-Added new gameplay video
Major changes:
-Complete rework of our outdated guide from Patch 3.12 which includes new Passives, alternative Item options
January 24, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.13
April 20, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.14
September 03, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.15


Frost Blades is a Top Tier Melee Attack that can be used as early as level 1. It is a ranged projectile-based Attack with incredible AoE thanks to additional projectiles being released from your initial Hit and covering your entire screen. It is an amazing Skill for leveling, as well as, it allows extremely fast map clearing. At the same time, this build is able to clear all the content on a very reasonable budget.

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1. Gameplay

This build should be used mainly for extremely fast Maps farming but will do just fine against Bosses. The gameplay mechanics are pretty much the same starting from level 1. You use Frost Blades as your main Ranged Attack that deals with incredible AoE damage.  Frost Blades combined with Herald's of Ice explosions will clear entire screens of monsters within seconds. On the other hand, your defenses rely on Dodge and Evasion rolls, which should allow you to use Abyssus Helmet for maximum DPS. This build is also insanely fast with insane Movement Speed bonuses from Raider's Ascendancy.

Full gameplay video:

0:08 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
0:31 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:10 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
1:43 Tier 16 Shipyard
2:02 Tier 16 Volcano

The video was recorded on a level 93 Raider with 5,400 Life and approximately 2.5kk Frost Blades DPS in Patch 3.12. We have used only Rare equipment except for Flasks and Jewels

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • millions of single-target/Shaper DPS
  • amazing AoE allowing one of the fastest Map clearings in PoE
  • good mobility with insane Movement Speed bonuses from Raider's Ascendancy
  • very high Evasion and Dodge allowing you to face-tank Bosses (Guardians included)
  • vulnerable to Elemental Reflect
  • expensive when you want to scale your single-target DPS further


3. Leveling tips

This build uses Frost Blades right from the start. It offers very high farming speed and allows you to quickly progress through the campaign. Also, by using Claws, you get an easy way to recover your Life - by Life gain on Hit implicit modifiers which can be found on them. For your equipment, you should prioritize high Physical DPS Claws, added Physical Damage to Attacks, and Life/Elemental Resistances on your armor parts and jewelry.

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Frost Blades
Frost Blades Frost Blades - your main DPS Attack which releases additional projectiles from your initial Hit
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases your Frost Blades damage
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds flat Cold Damage to your Attacks
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - mandatory support Gem for the Frost Blade setup
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 Spell which increases your Attack Speed
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - the recommended Golem for this build which increases your Crit. Chance and Accuracy Rating


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

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Winter Spirit 3) Command of Elements 4) Herbalism 5) Claws of the Magpie

62 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Drinker 2) Assassination 3) Depth Perception 4) Point Blank

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) will be extremely useful. 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 granted by this Amulet, make it one of the best leveling items for this build
+(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 at least one of these. Your DPS will skyrocket after equipping Tasalio's Sign
+(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 character. 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:

114 Points Final Skill Tree
114 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Rapid Assault
  2. Avatar of the Chase
  3. Way of the Poacher
  4. Avatar of the Slaughter


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 Garukhan  +5% chance to Evade Attacks if you've taken a Savage Hit recently


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Frost Blades setup
Frost Blades Frost Blades - your main DPS attack. It releases additional projectiles from your main Hit, covering nearly the entire screen and obliterating enemies
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - core Support Gem for Elemental Attack Skills
Multistrike Multistrike Support - makes your Attack repeat two additional times with greatly increased Attack Speed and Damage
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants high bonus Melee Damage, and also a very strong defensive buff making it one of the most convenient Support Gems in this setup. You can swap it for Ice Bite SupportIce Bite Support if you already have Fortify buff source.
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds Flat Cold Damage to your Attacks which is a very important stat
Ice Bite Support Hypothermia Support - grants an insane damage bonus when you Hit enemies that are Chilled
[MOBILITY] Dash setup
Dash Dash - the recommended Movement Skill you can use in this build
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - grants additional Dash charges and increases its' cooldown recovery speed
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - makes Dash cost Life instead of Mana
(Socketed in the recommended Shield)
Hatred Hatred - the best Aura for this build. It grants a lot of extra Cold Damage and opens up new powerful options on Watcher's Eye jewel
Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone - blinds nearby enemies, and reduces your damage taken from enemies which are beyond this Aura's radius. If you don't have the Shield with Reduced Mana Reservation Cost, just skip this Aura
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds extra Cold Damage to your Attacks and causes AoE Explosions on killing Frozen enemies
[UTILITY] Immortal Call / Frost Bomb
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 damage reduction buff for a short duration. Keep this Gem at level 1 to 3
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - applies Cold Exposure to enemies. Keep this Gem at a level not higher than 10
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
[UTILITY] Phase Run/Golem
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - keep this Gem at level 9 in this setup
Phase Run Phase Run - grants Phasing for a short duration, but also increases your Melee Damage when it expires. Keep this Gem at level 11
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - the best Golem for this build. It increases your Accuracy Rating and Crit. Chance
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Watchief - allows you to summon a Totem which increases your Melee Damage, and by Supporting it with additional Gems, it actually deals quite decent damage on its own
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - one of the best Support Gems here. Also, if you don't have Intimidation from Lethal Pride, you can get an Awakened Gem here with a chance to apply it via your Totem
Maim Support Maim Support - increases your Totem's damage and causes enemies to be slowed down
Culling Strike Culling Strike Support - will make your Totem instantly kill enemies below 10% Life

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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, however, if you want to get all the Influenced gear with expensive affixes, there is basically no upper limit on how much it can cost. In general, all of the equipment can be replaced with Rare gear, as this build offers amazing flexibility in that matter.

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance
  6. Attack Speed
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - grants a terrific damage boost. This will also make you vulnerable to high Physical Damage hits, so you should try to avoid any Attacks at all costs. We are yet to test the Relic version, but possibly it might be an even better alternative with a less significant downside
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
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - a Rare Helmet with high defensive stats which reduce the Cold Resistance of nearby enemies is a solid and well-rounded choice. It's also possible to get a Helmet with extra Crit. Multiplier for some additional DPS too
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance
75% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Helmet enchantment
40% increased Frost Blades damage
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - a decent and budget-friendly pick that grants an insane Life bonus and some extra Elemental Resistances
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
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - an Elder piece with high Life, Evasion Rating, and added Crit. Chance to your Attacks is the BiS item here
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
1200 Evasion Rating
Attacks have +1% to Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
maximum Life%
Gemini Claw(Weapon) Rare Gemini Claw - grants very high Life and Mana on Hit bonuses and you can get one with some insane base Physical DPS
Min. requirements:
320 Physical DPS
1.8 Attacks per Second
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Critical Strike Chance
Touch of Anguish(Weapon) Touch of Anguish - budget-friendly and very solid weapon for this build. It offers high DPS and increases your clear speed via extra Chain but will limit your single-target DPS against end-game Bosses because of the relatively low base DPS
+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
Rare Shield(Weapon Slot) Rare Shield - mainly for defensive stats (Life/Evasion) but a Shaper Shield can also reduce the amount of Mana Reserved by Socketed Spells, allowing you to use additional Aura life Flesh and Stone or Precision
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
Socketed Gems have #% Reduced Mana Reservation
Optional affixes:
High Evasion Rating
Global Physical Damage
Elemental Resistances
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - we recommend picking a high Life/Resistances Rare Belt. You can use almost any base, but preferably Leather Belt, Rustic Sash, or Stygian Vise
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
75% Total Elemental Resistances
32% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Optional affixes:
increased Damage/Elemental/Cold Damage
Two-toned boots(Boots) Rare Boots - aim for the highest defensive stats and high Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
Chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Chaos Resistance
Darkray Vectors(Boots) Darkray Vectors - massive Raider's bonuses for each Frenzy Charge active, make Darkray Vectors one of the best budget picks for this build
(40-70)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(20-40)% to Lightning Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed per Frenzy Charge
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
40% reduced Frenzy Charge Duration
25% reduced Light Radius
2% chance to Dodge Attack Hits per Frenzy Charge
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Gripped Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves -  very solid choice which will help you Cap your Resistances. Also, Gripped Gloves and Spiked Gloves will both provide a decent DPS increase. End-game items should add extra Frenzy Charge via affix or corrupted Implicit modifier
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
Tombfist(Gloves) Tombfist -  a corrupted pair with extra Frenzy Charge can also be a  very reasonable choice. Though if you get Intimidate from other sources (Awakened MPD Gem or Lethal Pride Jewel) it kind of loses its purpose
Has 2 Abyssal Sockets
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
With a Murderous Eye Jewel Socketed, Intimidate Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit with Attacks
With a Searching Eye Jewel Socketed, Maim Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit with Attacks
Onyx Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - required to get all the Attributes for Item Requirements. Some extra offense stats will be also useful here
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
25% increased Critical Strike Multiplier
30% Elemental Damage with Attacks
Optional affixes:
Opal RingOpal Ring(Rings) Rare Rings - Rings offer the widest variety of extra affixes from this build. Make sure to Cap your Resistances, get some extra Life, and any of the following DPS-oriented bonuses. You should also aim to get one with Frostbite Curse on Hit
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
Missing Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Curse enemies with level # Frostbite on Hit
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Added Cold Damage per Frenzy Charge
Added Cold Damage against Chilled enemies
Increased Critical Strike Multiplier if you have Shattered an enemy recently
Fight for Survival(Jewel) Fight for Survival - use two of those for the insane Cold Damage Penetration Bonuses. They can be socketed pretty much anywhere around Ranger and Duelist's part of the Skill Tree
(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
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - one of the best end-game Jewels for this build. You should get one with flat added Critical Strike Chance while you are affected by Hatred
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Recommended Aura modifiers:
+(1.2-1.8)% to Critical Strike Chance while affected by Hatred
Adds (58-70) to (88-104) Cold Damage while affected by Hatred
Lethal Pride(Jewel) Lethal Pride - socketed on the top right of your Tree (above Blood Drinker) and with proper rolls, can greatly increase your DPS. You are looking to get a Chance to Intimidate on Hit, Melee Damage/Melee Crit. Multiplier/Melee Crit. Chance, or extra Life. Our Jewel had Commanded leadership over 16277 warriors under Kaom, but you could try out other rolls as well for possibly even better bonuses
Commanded leadership over (10000-18000) warriors under (Akoya-Kaom-Rakiata)
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Karui
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - it's recommended to get one Medium Cluster Jewel with the Cold Conduction Passive, which will let you Shock enemies that get Frozen by your Attacks
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Astonishing Affliction
1 Added Passive Skill is Cold Conduction
Small Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Small Cluster Jewel - if you are using Small Cluster Jewel, just get the Fettle Passive for its high Life Bonus
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Fettle
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - with flat Added Physical Damage and Life
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Physical Damage to Attacks/Claw Attacks
Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Chance to grant Unholy Might on Kill
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) 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
Global/Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Damage with Claws/Projectile/Melee Damage
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - grants both amazing DPS and defensive bonuses making it one of the best Utility Flasks in the game
+50% to Cold Resistance
20% less Cold Damage taken
(10-15)% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Cold Damage during Flask effect
Gain (10-15)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage during effect
30% chance to Avoid being Chilled during Flask effect
30% chance to Avoid being Frozen during Flask effect
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - a great inexpensive 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 (5-8)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (5-8)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - grants a very high Melee Damage bonus. Optionally you can replace it with Bottled Faith for similar DPS bonuses but without the (sometimes) annoying Knockback
+1500 to Armour
Adds Knockback to Melee Attacks during Flask effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area when you use a Flask
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(7-10)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to Freeze)
  2. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
Taste of HateAtziri's PromiseLion's RoarDivine Life FlaskDiamond Flask

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