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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 3.5

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Guide notes
December 7, 2018
-Updated for Patch 3.5
-Replaced Explosives Expert with Born in Shadows for better defensive utility

Glacial Cascade spell has received a significant boost with the 3.0 content update. It is a spell that creates several ice cascades in front of the player that shatter nearly instantly to deal area damage. It has a very similar effect to Ice Crash melee attack. With the most recent updates, Glacial Cascade is purely Physical damage spell with 60% of it converted into Cold. It has also been further enhanced by increasing its' damage by 33% at all levels. As of Patch 3.3, this remains one of the best Starter builds in the game, with insane DPS and very low item cost.

It has also become a very popular and powerful solution to link Glacial Cascades with Remote Mines support gem, and benefit from the extremely powerful Saboteur Ascendancy points.

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1. Gameplay

The idea behind Remote miner builds is to plan mines that cast linked supported 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.

0:06 Tier 16 Elder Ramparts
0:38 Tier 16 Elder Strand
1:01 Tier 16 Elder Beach
1:29 Shaper's Realm

This video was recorded on a level 91 Saboteur on Delve Softcore. It's an end-game version of this build which uses two Shaped Daggers. We are currently working on a video guide for this version of the build, but the gameplay mechanic is very similar

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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 staff 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
  • decent survivability with Mind over Matter passive
  • reflect mods immunity
  • not in the top-tier regarding clear speed
  • might feel a bit flimsy if you can't afford high Life/Mana gear
  • clearing end-game content will require a lot of positioning/kiting experience

3. Leveling tips

The leveling phase with a Miner build is rather easy. You can start with physical damage melee attack 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 Ethereal Knives. 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 skills
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 Remote Mine Support - gives you the ability to cast remote mines that will trigger Ethereal Knives spell. 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 spell instead


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:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Saboteur 2) Clever Construction 3) High Explosives

60 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) High Explosives 2) Volatile Mines 3) Blast Cascade

Recommended leveling items:

Belt of the Deceiver Belt of the Deceiver - great belt for both leveling (and possibly late-game too). 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 mana ring, that will help you with mana-management when casting your mines as low-level shadow
+(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 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
+(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:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Bomb Specialist
  2. Demolitions Specialist
  3. Pyromaniac
  4. Born in Shadows


Major God: Soul of the Brine King You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds

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] Glacial Cascade Remote Mines
(Tremor Rod)
Glacial Cascade

Glacial Cascade - your main DPS Spell. 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
Trap and Mine Damage Support Mine and Trap Damage Support - a great DPS support gem
Minefield Support Minefield Support - increases the number of maximum number of mines that can be planted at a time
Spell Cascade Support Spell Cascade Support - this new gem introduced in patch 3.1 repeats the supported spells twice, allowing it to affect areas both after and before the targeted location. It works in a smiliar way to Spell Echo (which will however not work in the Remote Mine setup), reapeting the spell two additional times, but instead of increasing their casting speed, it makes it cover a wider area
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - great dps buff
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - great for single target dps (bosses/rares)
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - a good option for leveling and farming
Remote Mine Support Remote Mine Support - this is the core Support Gem of the entire build. However, it is provided by the Tremor Rod
[AURA] Hatred in Essence Worm
Hatred Hatred - the best dps aura for this build. We are using Essence Worm so that no extra mana is reserved and you have no problems managing it with the Mind over Matter passive
[UTILITY] Vaal Clarity and Detonate Mines
Clarity [1 Link]Vaal Clarity - the only skill that will reserve some of your mana. It will however compensate it with greatly increased mana regeneration rate
Cast when Damage Taken Support [2 Links]Cast when Damage Taken Support - will help you detonate your mines, and stay alive in various encounters. Keep this Gem at level 1
Detonate Mines [2 Links]Detonate Mines  - linked with CwDT Support gem will periodically help you detonate your mines
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - your main mobility skill. It can also be used to hop on cliffs and bypass walls/closed doors
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - grants faster "movement" with Flame Dash
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 Flame Dash's mana cost and upgrade Arcane Surge with accordance to it - you have to make sure to gain the buffs with every Flame Dash cast
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - used mainly to increase Flame Dash's Mana Cost, so that you can get the Arcane Surge buffs with every cast
[UTILITY] Frost Bomb setup
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - is an AoE/Duration Spell that applies a debuff to monsters. It lowers their Resistance to Cold damage
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases the Casting Speed of Frost Bomb
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - increases the radius of Frost Bomb
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - will make Frost Bomb last longer
[UTILITY] Utility Gems
Ice Golem [1 Link]Ice Golem - our recommended Golem for this build, which increases your Crit. Chance
Enfeeble [2 Links]Enfeeble - a decent defensive curse option. In this build, you have to apply it manually (hence linking it to Faster Casting Support is advised)
Faster Casting Support [2Links]Faster Casting Support - makes your character cast Shield Charge faster - meaning you move faster
Cast when Damage Taken Support [3 Links]Cast when Damage Taken Support - will periodically cast Immortal Call granting you brief immortality. Keep it at level 1
Immortal Call [3 Links]Immortal Call - will grant brief immortality when you receive a certain amount of damage. Do not upgrade above level 3
Increased Duration Support [3 Links]Increased Duration Support - used simply to extend Immortal Call duration

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5. Gear Setup

This build is 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).

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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. Mana
  5. Critical Strike Multiplier
  6. Critical Strike Chance
Rare Int helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - with additional maximum Mana
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
45 maximum Mana
22% Fire Resistance
22% Lightning Resistance
22% Cold Resistance
Rare ES Chest(Body Armour) Rare Armour
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40% Fire Resistance
40% Lightning Resistance
40% Cold Resistance
Tremor Rod(Weapon) Tremor Rod - amazing Staff for any remote miner's build. You can get it as early as level 40 and it will carry you till late game easily
18% Chance to Block
Socketed Gems are Supported by level 10 Remote Mine
35% less Mine Damage
(40-60)% increased Spell Damage
(15-20)% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
(40-60)% increased Mine Laying Speed
Mines can be Detonated an additional time
Rare Str Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - dual-res with with a minimum of 20% increased Movement Speed
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - with the highest bonus Life you can afford
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
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:
80 maximum Life
30 maximum Mana
20% Global Critical Strike Multiplier
50 Intelligence
50 Dexterity
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - which shouldn't be expensive, and will grant some extra DPS and defensive bonuses
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
10% Cold Damage
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Elemental Resistanaces
Berek's Grip(Ring) Berek's Grip - much better alternative to the Rare Ring, but comes at a much higher cost
+(12-16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
(25-30)% increased Cold Damage
Adds 1 to (50-70) Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(30-40) to maximum Life
1% of Damage Leeched as Life against Shocked Enemies
1% of Damage Leeched as Mana against Frozen Enemies
Essence Worm(Ring) Essence Worm - use it to socket your Hatred Aura. It will not reserve any Mana
Has 1 Socket
+2 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
Socketed Gems Reserve No Mana
40% increased Mana Reserved
STR gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - which should cap your Resistances
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
50 maximum Mana
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Spell Damage
The Long WinterThe Long Winter(Jewel) The Long Winter - Glacial Cascade tresshold Jewels. They allow 100% damage conversion to Cold and maxime your DPS
(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
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Generic/Spell/Cold/Elemental/Area Damage
Optional affixes:
increased All Elemental Resistances
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - pretty much the best offensive flask for this build. Also grants amazing Life leech bonus during flask effect, and it's very cheap
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
Lavianga's Spirit(Flask) Lavianga's Spirit - great utility flask. Untill you can afford it replace it with any Mana flask
(30-50)% increased Amount Recovered
100% increased Recovery Speed
Your Skills have no Mana Cost during Flask effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
  3. Any Mana Flask of Warding/Grounding
Atziri's PromiseLavianga's SpiritDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskSanctified Mana Flask 

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