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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
Perma-Freeze Raider build

Updated for Patch 3.8

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Guide notes
September 8, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.8
September 26, 2019
-Updated Gameplay video


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:

0:06 Tier 16 Tower
0:27 Tier 16 The Constrictor
0:51 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
1:10 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:37 Tier 16 The Purifier

The video was recorded on a level 90 Raider with Rare 370 p.DPS Claw and Rare Body Armour

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • millions of Shaper DPS
  • amazing AoE allowing one of the fastest map clearings in PoE
  • good mobility with insane Movement Speed bonuses from Raider's Ascendancy
  • one of the most cost-effective Melee builds in the game currently
  • reliant on Dodge and Evasion Rolls for defenses


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

64 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Primeval Force 2) Blood Drinker 3) Forces of Nature 4) Assassination

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
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - grants increased Melee/Physical DPS caused by your Frost Blades
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - makes every third Hit with Supported skills deal much higher damage
Ice Bite Support Hypothermia Support - grants insane damage bonus when you Hit enemies that are Chilled
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - one of the fastest Movement Skills in the game which can be used for this build
Faster Attack Support Faster Attack Support 
Reduced Mana Support Reduced Mana Support - reduces the Mana Cost of your Whirling Blades
[UTILITY/CURSE] Herald of Ice/Frost Bomb
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - applies Cold Exposure to enemies affected, reducing their Cold Resistance
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - will make Frost Bomb and Herald of Ice's explosions apply your supported Curse
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds extra Cold Damage to your Attacks and causes AoE Explosions on killing Frozen enemies
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the recommended Curse. It increases your Chance to Crit. and generates Power Charges (for even more Crit. Chance)
[UTILITY] Immortal Call / Golem
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - keep this Gem at level 14 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 16
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - increases your Crit. Chance and Accuracy Rating - keep this Gem at level 16 as well
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
(preferable in Shaped Shield)
Hatred Hatred - the best DPS Aura for this build
Precision Precision - has to be kept at low level depending on your current gear because of the Mana Reservation cost. It increases your Accuracy Rating and Crit. Chance
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the Mana Reservation cost of linked Spells
[UTILITY] Blood Rage and Ancestral Protector
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Protector - allows you to summon a Totem which increases your Attack Speed
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed, Life Leech, and generates Frenzy Charges on Kill

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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

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 cost
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 - a decent pick which grants 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 choice
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
1200 Evasion Rating
Attacks have +1% to Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Gemini Claw(Weapon Slot) Rare Gemini Claw - grants very high Life and Mana on Hit bonuses. You should try to get over 300 Physical on It to match the Touch of Anguish's DPS
Min. requirements:
350 Physical DPS
1.8 Attacks per Second
Optional affixes:
Hits can't be Evaded (Crafting Bench)
Touch of Anguish(Weapon Slot) Touch of Anguish - budget-friendly and very solid weapon for this build. It offers high DPS and increases your clear speed via extra Chain
+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 reduced the amount of Mana Reserved by Socketed Spells, allowing us to increase Precision's level
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
800 Evasion Rating
Optional affixes:
Socketed Gems have #% Reduced Mana Reservation
Leather Belt(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:
80 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
32% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Optional affixes:
increased Physical Damage (Rustic Sash)
Abyssal Socket (Stygian Vise)
Two-toned boots(Boots) Rare Boots - aim for the highest defensive stats and high Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Darkray Vectors(Boots) Darkray Vectors - massive Raider's bonuses for each Frenzy Charge active, make Darkray Vectors one of the best 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
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Accuracy Rating
Tombfist(Gloves) Tombfist -  a corrupted pair with +1 to maximum Frenzy Charges and two Abyssal Sockets is the best in the slot. Make sure to socket two different Jewel Types for maximum bonuses acquired from it
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:
40 Strength
40 Intelligence
60 maximum Life
30% increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Elemental Resistances
Opal RingOpal Ring(Rings) Rare Rings - with added flat Physical Damage bonus are the best options here if you can afford them
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
Added 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
70% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Fight for Survival(Jewel) Fight for Survival - use two of those for the insane Cold Damage Penetration Bonuses. They can be used on the right part of the Skill Tree, anywhere in the Shadow/Ranger section
(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
Abyss JewelAbyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - with flat Added Physical Damage and Life
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Physical Damage to Attacks/Claw Attacks
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Chance to grant Unholy Might on Kill
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 Elemental/Cold/Projectile/Melee Damage
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Global Accuracy Rating
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
+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 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 (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (10-15)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - grants a very high Melee Damage bonus
+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. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
Taste of HateAtziri's PromiseLion's RoarDivine Life FlaskDiamond Flask

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