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[3.0]Starter MoM/Chaos Glacial Cascade Miner - Odealo's Crafty Guide

[3.0]Starter MoM/Chaos Glacial Cascade Miner - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Very powerful and fun to play Saboteur build for Path of Exile. One of the best League Starter builds in the game

Glacial Cascade Miner
Starter build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
February 09, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.17
Build overview



Boss DPS:



Glacial Cascade Spell is a Spell that creates several ice cascades in front of the player that shatters nearly instantly to deal area damage. It has a very similar effect to the Ice Crash melee attack. Glacial Cascade is a Physical Spell with 100% of its damage converted to Cold. With the current upgrades to Saboteur Class and Miner archetype, it's becoming one of the best and most popular Starter builds in the game. At the same time, this build offers solid defenses based on Dodge, Life Regeneration, and Wind Dancer (as of the newest 3.17 version).

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1. Gameplay

The idea behind Remote Miner builds is to plan Mines that cast linked Spells when detonated. Shadow Tree has a lot of major Mine nodes, and the entire Saboteur Ascendancy Class is built towards Mines and Trap damage. This provides extremely fun to play gameplay mechanics while allowing amazing damage with not much currency investments - most of the damage comes from the Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and inexpensive Tremor Rod unique staff. We have also received Skitterbots in Patch 3.8 which detonates your Mines and increases your Mine Damage.

This video was recorded on a level 91 Saboteur using Tremor Rod, Carcass Jack, and a set of random Uniques. We had 4,500 maximum Life and the damage the final burst of our Glacial Cascade was at around 550k (sadly, it's extremely hard to calculate the maximum DPS of Miner builds). This video was recorded several Leagues ago - we shall update it in the following weeks

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • extremely fun to play providing completely different gameplay mechanics
  • easy to level up with your end-game Weapon available as soon as you reach level 40
  • great damage making the entire-build Shaper-viable on as low as 5 Links on your Staff
  • good survivability thanks to Dodge and insane Regeneration
  • reflect Mods immunity
  • mediocre Life Pool
  • can't do "no Regen" Maps


3. Leveling tips

The leveling phase with a Miner build is rather easy. You can start any Spell available early on (for example Ethereal Knives) and use Fire Traps for some additional damage during your first levels. At level 8 you can get the Remote Mine Support gem and link it to the Spell chosen. This will greatly increase the damage, and you should be able to boost it even further by taking the Saboteur node a couple of levels later. From this point onward getting to level 28 when you can start using Glacial Cascade should be a piece of cake. After you reach level 40, it's advised to get the Tremor Rod. You can start off by using as low as 3 or 4 links on it; it will still be more than enough to carry you to Act 10.

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Levels 1-28 recommended setup
Ethereal Knives Ethereal Knives - one of the first Spells available to the Shadow class. It is also a Physical Damage based Spell which will benefit from the suggested Passive Skill nodes
Remote Mine Support Blastchain Mine Support - gives you the ability to cast remote Mines that will trigger Ethereal Knives. It provides the Detonate Spell as well
Minefield Support Minefield Support - increases the maximum number of planted mines, increasing your overall DPS
Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support - grants additional DPS
Levels 28+
Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade - you can replace the Ethereal Knives gem with Glacial Cascade for some additional DPS
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - great for leveling if you are going to use the Glacial Cascade. For the remaining Gems, just use what we have listed above
Utility Gems
Hatred Hatred - the recommended Aura for this build which will greatly increase your Ethereal Knives/Glacial Cascade damage
Clarity Clarity - increases your Mana Regeneration Rate which is very important for this build
Flame Dash Flame Dash - the recommended Movement Skill for this build
Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - I have personally found Stone Golem to be the best addition during leveling. It increases your Life Regeneration Rate



We recommend helping Alira for increased Mana Regeneration Rate, Crit. Multiplier and Resistances. Killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points is also a valid option

Leveling Skill Trees:

36 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Siphon 2) Saboteur 3) Blast Waves 4) Devastating Devices -> Explosives Elements

65 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Successive Detonations 2) Blood Drinkers 3) Throatseeker 4) Soul Thief 5) Influence 6) Herbalism

Recommended leveling items:

Belt of the Deceiver Belt of the Deceiver - a great Belt for leveling. It grants extra Physical damage, Life, and Resistances
+(25-35) to Strength
(15-25)% increased Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
PraxisPraxis - great leveling Ring which will help you with Mana Management when spamming your Mines
+(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
The PrincessThe Princess - this item will grant an incredible DPS boost to both Ethereal Knives and Glacial Cascade Spells
40% increased Accuracy Rating
(20-50)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (3-4) to (5-8) Physical Damage
15% increased Attack Speed
Gain (25-30)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
10% increased Damage taken from Skeletons
10% increased Damage taken from Ghosts
HrimsorrowHrimsorrow - another excellent leveling item that can boost your Spell DPS and convert Physical Damage to Cold. It became less impactful for Glacial Cascade as it currently converts 100% of its base damage to Cold
+(20-30) to Strength
Adds (5-7) to (13-15) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(40-50) to Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Reflects 10 Cold Damage to Melee Attackers
Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - this Ring is extremely well-round for leveling. Provides everything except for added Life. Good rolled ones can be quite expensive though early in a League
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

117 Points Skill Tree
117 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Bomb Specialist
  2. Explosives Expert
  3. Pyromaniac
  4. Born in Shadows


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 Attack Hits if you've taken a Savage Hit Recently


5. Final Gem links

[DPS] Glacial Cascade Remote Mines setup
(socketed in Tremor Rod)
Glacial Cascade

Glacial Cascade - your main DPS Spell that deals massive AoE damage. It has its base Physical Damage fully converted to Cold. Its' damage can be increased by the following affixes:

  1. Increased Physical Damage
  2. Increased Elemental Damage
  3. Increased Area Damage
  4. Increased Cold Damage
  5. Increased Spell Damage
Trap and Mine Damage Support Mine and Trap Damage Support - a great DPS Support Gem for Mines and Traps
Hypothermia Hypothermia Support - greatly increases the damage you deal against chilled enemies
Charged Mines Support Charged Mines Support - increases Mine Throwing Speed and Critical Strike Chance
Swift Assembly Swift Assembly Support - you have a small chance to throw additional Mines per throw, and increased Mine Throwing Speed
Reduced Mana Support Inspiration Support - increases Elemental Damage, Critical Strike Chance, and reduces the Mana Cost of your GC Mines
provided by Tremor Rod
Remote Mine Support Blastchain Mine Support - this is the core Support Gem of the entire build. A level 10 of this Gem is granted by the Tremor Rod Unique Staff
Hatred Hatred - the best DPS aura for this build. It adds a ton of extra Cold Damage directly from its' bonus and via extra Damage Conversion
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - summons two Minions that Chill and Shock nearby enemies. They also help you detonate Mines and increase your Mine Damage
Bonechill Support Bonechill Support - increases the effect of your Skitterbot's Chilling Aura, and enemies affected by it will take increased Cold Damage
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of Mana Reserved by linked Spells, making it easier to manage your Mana with all the Mines planted
[UTILITY] Mobility Skill
Dash Dash - recommended Movement Skill for this build. You can also use Flame Dash, which's up to your personal preference
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - adds an extra Dash Charge, and increases its' cooldown recovery speed
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - grants a buff that increases their Spell Damage and Mana Regeneration Rate. Always make sure what is your current Dash's Mana Cost and upgrade Arcane Surge in accordance with it - in our setup, we had Arcane Surge on level 5
[UTILITY] Frost Bomb/Curse setup
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - is an AoE/Duration Spell that applies Cold Exposure to affected enemies reducing their Cold Resistance
Arcanist Brand Arcanist Brand - creates a Brand that will use linked Spell, in this case, Frost Bomb and Frostbite
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the best Curse for this build which increases your chance to Critically Hit enemies
[UTILITY] Immortal Call/Vaal RF setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will automatically cast Supported Spells when you take a certain amount of damage. Use a level 1 CwDT Gem for most frequent casts
Immortal Call Immortal Call - the best Guard Skill for this build which grants a brief, but very potent defensive buff
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire - you should only use the Vaal part of this Spell to increase your Spell Damage, but it's advised to link it here so that it benefits from the Increased Duration as well
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

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5. Gear Setup

Our Glacial Cascade Miner is a League Starter build which makes it very budget-friendly. Tremor Rod is the only required unique that doesn't cost much if you want to start off with just three or four links on it (when you reach level 40 it is more than enough). This build also has many other variations (both Budget and end-game ones) which include, among others, a Low-Life build and Wand + Shield version. Let us know if you would like to have another version added here as well!

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The recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life/Mana to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Spell/Cold/Elemental/Area Damage
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance
  6. Mana
Rare Int helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - simply aim for high defensive stats and possibly some extra Attributes
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
50% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes
Nearby enemies take #% Increased Cold Damage
Maximum Mana
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Glacial Cascade Damage
Glacial Cascade gains 10% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
Rare ES Chest(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - just anything with some Life, additional Crit Chance, and Elemental Resistances will do just fine here
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
+1% to Spell Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
increased Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
You can apply an additional Curse
Carcass Jack(Body Armour) Carcass Jack - solid armor for this build which greatly increases your AoE and DPS
(120-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(9-12)% to all Elemental Resistances
(40-50)% increased Area of Effect
(40-50)% increased Area Damage
Extra gore
Tremor Rod(Weapon) Tremor Rod - an amazing Staff for this build. It's a perfect leveling weapon and also, grants free the seventh link later on for a massive DPS bonus
+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
+2 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Blastchain Mine
(40-60)% increased Spell Damage
(15-20)% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
Mines can be Detonated an additional time
Rare Str Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - preferably two Elemental Resistances, Dexterity, Life, and Movement Speed bonuses
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
+60% to Total Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Cold Damage if you've been Hit Recently
Regenerate 2% of Life per second if you were Hit Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - with the highest bonus Life you can afford
Min. requirements:
+90 maximum Life
+70% to Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Damage
increased Maximum Life
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - grab one with the highest bonuses out of all selected stats. You can skip Elemental Resistances as they should be capped with the other equipment
Min. requirements:
+60 Maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
25% Global Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Area of Effect
Recommended Anointments:
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - try to cap your Resistances and get some extra Life
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
50 maximum Mana
70% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Cold/Elemental Damage
Mark of the Shaper(Ring) Mark of the Shaper - grants very high bonus Spell Damage if you have an Elder Ring in your other slot
(15-25)% increased Elemental Damage
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Summon Volatile Anomaly on Kill
Adds (13-18) to (50-56) Lightning Damage to Spells
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Spell Damage if your other Ring is an Elder Item
Cannot be Stunned by Spells if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
STR gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - which should cap your Resistances
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
70% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Spell Damage
Increased Critical Strike Chance against Shocked enemies
The Long Winter(Jewel) The Long Winter - Glacial Cascade threshold Jewels. They greatly increase your DPS by creating additional bursts. They are cheap, so they are simply perfect for low-level and low-budget characters. Later on, it's advised to replace them with standard Life/Crit. Multiplier Jewels with other bonuses
(10-15)% increased Cold Damage
With 40 Intelligence in Radius, Glacial Cascade has an additional Burst
With 40 Intelligence in Radius, 20% of Glacial Cascade Physical Damage
Converted to Cold Damage
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - Life is the most important bonus on all the Jewels and you should try to get at least one damage amplifying mod
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Generic/Spell/Cold/Area Damage
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Critical Strike Chance
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - it's not exactly a budget item, but if you want to upgrade your build eventually, it's one of the easiest ways. You can find a lot of powerful Hatred-related Aura modifiers on this Jewel that will boost your damage significantly
(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
Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Cold Resistance while affected by Hatred
(40-60)% increased Cold Damage while affected by Hatred
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - pretty much the best offensive Flask for this build. It adds extra Chaos Damage based on Glacial Cascade's base physical Damage, and then again, based on the converted Cold Damage
+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
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - it's the best Flask for the Physical to Cold builds, such as this one
+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
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Quartz Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  2. Life Flask with random ailment removal
  3. Diamond Flask with random ailment removal
  4. Enduring Eternal Mana Flask with random ailment removal
Atziri's PromiseDivine Life FlaskDiamond Flask of WardingQuartz Flask Eternal Mana Flask

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