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[3.1]Starter Tornado Shot Deadeye/Ranger - Odealo's Crafty Guide

[3.1]Starter Tornado Shot Deadeye/Ranger - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Tornado Shot Deadeye Ranger is one of the most well-rounded map farming builds in PoE. Find out how to build it on a reasonable budget

Tornado Shot
Deadeye/Ranger
Starter build

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
March 12, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.6

Tornado Shot Ranger is one of the most well-rounded ranged builds in Path of Exile. It can be extremely powerful as a Starter build with just a few physical DPS items required and one of the best clearing speed on lower tier Maps. Later on, it will allow you to face Shaper and the Elder as long as you can afford the required gear (including two six-linked items for both the Tornado Shot and Barrage setups). It is rather easy to play because of its' simple gameplay mechanics, good damage and amazing AoE.

This build is also extremely flexible. Players can freely choose between going either a full glass cannon (it requires kiting experience) or keeping a balance between offense and defense. Keep in mind that if you can't stay alive the build loses its' purpose - it's meant to be extremely fast.

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1. Gameplay

This build is very straightforward. Tornado Shot Deadeye is a ranged DPS class, that deals massive damage, and requires the player to kite and avoid enemy attacks. In order to be fully viable certain defensive mechanics have to be put to work, otherwise, you won't be able to fully utilize this class's potential. This build also provides amazing AoE, while may lack single-target DPS high-tier maps. This makes this build require second 5/6 linked item to put the Barrage skill in it, or swapping several Gems for boss fights if using Kaom's Fight. 

0:07 T14 Colosseum Map
3:53 T15 Lava Lake Map
9:48 T16 Pit of the Chimera


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • high single-target and AoE damage
  • good as a League starter build with no specific unique items required
  • can do all content on a proper budget
  • very fast clear speed
CONS
  • feels squishy if you don't have kiting experience 
  • vulnerable to reflect mods maps
  • requires two six-linked items for both single-target and AoE DPS setups
  • transition into end-game is expensive

3. Leveling tips

Leveling as a Ranger is of the easiest kind. It usually is more than enough to upgrade your gear with the self-found items, and the build itself provides a great balance between offense and defense. You can use at least a couple bow skills that will do just fine, with either higher single or AoE DPS. We recommend using Burning Arrow early on and replace it with Tornado Shot at level 28.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Burning Arrow setup
Burning Arrow Burning Arrow - one of the first available bow skills in PoE. It will do just fine until you get the Tornado Shot Gem
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - great buff to your DPS
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - this will make your BA quite viable for clearing bigger packs as well
Tornado Shot setup
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot - you should start using Tornado Shot as soon as it becomes available. Try to use(and level up) as many support Gems you plan to use later on with this setup. This always makes the transition to your final build much easier
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - you can use this Gem shortly after you get the TS running, just buy it as soon as you reach level 38
Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support - great DPS buff
Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support - another great (and available early) Support Gem, you also are advised to use it in the end-game phase
Utility Gems
Stone Golem Stone Golem - if you are properly upgrading your weapon (buying the recommended uniques, or high physical DPS rares) you should have no problems with your DPS output, on the other hand, some extra defensive stats might come in handy
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the recommended curse option for this build. You can start using it manually as soon as you reach level 24.
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds moderate DPS buff, as well as it's one of the recommended endgame Spells so you might want to start leveling it up early
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - adds Lightning Damage to your Attacks

Bandits:

We recommend helping Alira for increased Critical Strike Multiplier and Elemental Resistances

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Aspect of the Eagle 3) Heavy Draw 4) Deadly Draw

65 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Forces of Nature 2) Blood Drinker 3) Trickery 4) Coordination

Recommended leveling items:

Blackheart Blackheart - great physical DPS leveling rings
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
5% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 3 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(2-4) Life Regenerated per second
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
 
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - extremely powerful belt, which can be used even as endgame item for certain versions of this build
+(25-35) to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
+25 to Strength
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
 
Karui WardKarui Ward - amazing DPS and movement speed bonuses granted by this amulet, make it the best in slot leveling item for most ranger's builds
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
 
StormcloudStormcloud - the first unique bow we suggest using, available from level 8
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
 
DoomfletchDoomfletch - another recommended unique bow. Has level requirement of 28
(20-24)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds (12-16) to (20-24) Physical Damage
(10-14)% increased Attack Speed
60% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
Gain 100% of Bow Physical Damage as Extra Damage of an Element

 

 

Death's OpusDeath's Opus - one of the most powerful leveling bows in PoE. Grants amazing DPS with the 2 additional arrows, and it just might carry you till the mapping phase with proper supporting gear (mainly with added flat physical damage)
(30-50)% increased Critical Strike Chance
(100-125)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (10-20) to (30-35) Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+100% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
2 additional Arrows
 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Far Shot
  2. Ricochet
  3. Fast and Deadly
  4. Gathering Winds

Pantheon:

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] Tornado Shot
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot - your main DPS spell. It grants amazing AoE, and very good single target DPS
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - one of the best support Gem for farming with TS ranger
Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support - boosts your overall DPS
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - since this build relies on nearly full elemental damage conversion, this grants a lot of extra DPS
Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support - another good DPS support Gem
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - increases your Tornado Shot's chance to Critically Hit
[DPS] Barrage setup
Barrage Barrage - this build's main single-target DPS skill. You either have to use Belly of the Beast for this setup, have another bow to swap for bosses/single-target enemies, or just carry the replacement Gems with you
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support
Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support - slows Barrage projectiles, but increases it's DPS by a lot
[AURA/CURSE] Hatred + Herald of Ice setup
Hatred [1L]Hatred - grants the highest DPS boost out of all available Path of Exile's auras
Herald of Ice [3L]Herald of Ice - grants moderate DPS boost, and will also apply your curse
Curse on Hit Support [3L]Curse on Hit Support - this Gem linked with HoI will make it apply the supported curse
Elemental Weakness [3L]Elemental Weakness - our recommended curse for this build. You can also use defensive curse if you are still gearing up and have problems staying alive (Enfeeble/Temporal Chains for example)
[UTILITY/DEFENSE] Immortal Call + Vaal Haste setup
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - increases your movement and attack speed. This skill has been nerfed recently
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will make it cast supported spells after a certain amount of damage is taken by the player. Keep it a level 1. (It will not auto-cast Vaal Haste, but link all the Gems together to increase the duration of both supported skills)
Immortal Call Immortal Call - will grant brief immortality. Do not level it above the level of CwDT support Gem
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - this Gem will extend the duration of both Immortal Call and Vaal Haste
[MOBILITY/UTILITY] Ice Golem / Blink Arrow setup
Ice Golem [1L]Ice Golem - it grants additional Critical Hit chance and accuracy rating. One of the most suitable golems for this build
Blood Rage [1L]Blood Rage - this skill applies a buff that increases your attack speed, life leech, and generates frenzy charges. It deals some damage to your character, but as long as you are fighting (and leeching) this will not be an issue
Blink Arrow [2L]Blink Arrow - your main mobility skill. Link it with Faster Attacks to make it teleport you faster
Faster Attacks Support [2L]Faster Attacks Support


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5. Gear Setup

Tornado Shot Ranger is an extremely flexible build. It can be fully viable even with a very tight budget. While our list of recommended items will include some more expensive gear options, this can be always replaced with cheaper alternatives for the leveling/early mapping phase.

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The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Help you cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS and Life to start mapping successfully
  3. You will save at least a couple of hours since all the item requirements are listed

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Physical/Elemental Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Accuracy Rating (at least 90% is recommended)
  6. Attack Speed
Lightpoacher(Helmet) Lightpoacher - the best in the slot. You should aim to get 2 Abyss Jewels with flat added Physical/Elemental damage to Attacks. Greatly increases clear speed
Has 2 Abyssal Sockets
Trigger Level 20 Spirit Burst when you Use a Skill while you have a Spirit Charge
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Recover (4-5)% of Life when a Spirit Charge expires or is consumed
(15-20)% chance to gain a Spirit Charge on Kill
+1 to Maximum Spirit Charges per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - beginner and budget-friendly option for the helmet slot. Grants decent additional DPS
15% increased Attack Speed
(60-75)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
150% increased Evasion Rating
(20-25)% increased Rarity of Items found
10% increased Movement Speed
10% reduced Character Size
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - another helmet option worth considering. Grants extra Chaos Resistance, Movement Speed, and Attack Speed
10% reduced Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Helmet enchantment:
Tornado Shot fires 2 additional secondary Projectiles (clear speed)
Barrage fires an additional Projectile (Bosses)
Harbinger Bow(Weapon) Rare Bow - preferably Harbinger Bow for the extra crit chance. 
Min. requirements:
320 Physical DPS
Optional affixes:
Increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Elemental Resistances
Lioneye's Glare(Weapon) Lioneye's Glare - provides high DPS at a low cost. Is a good alternative early on, while good rolled one may be fully viable for end-game content as well
(20-24)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
(150-175)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (6-12) to (20-32) Physical Damage
(10-20)% increased Attack Speed
+(80-100) to maximum Mana
Hits can't be Evaded
Far Shot
The Signal Fire(Quiver) The Signal Fire - the best in slot quiver for the full elemental conversion variant of this build. It is also great as a leveling item, because of very low-level requirements
Adds 4 to 8 Fire Damage to Bow Attacks
10% increased Attack Speed
+(80-100) to Evasion Rating
+(10-30) to maximum Mana
Gain (25-35)% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Adds 5 to 10 Fire Damage to Bow Attacks
Queen of the Forest(Body Armour) Queen of the Forest - the best Body Armour for this build. With the recent buffs to Deadeye's Evasion, it provides insane movement speed bonuses. It is also used for your Barrage setup
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(200-240)% increased Evasion Rating
+(60-70) to maximum Life
+(6-10)% to Fire Resistance
+(26-40)% to Cold Resistance
+(11-25)% to Lightning Resistance
25% reduced Movement Speed
1% increased Movement Speed per 450 Evasion Rating, up to 100%
-(50-40) Physical Damage taken when Hit by Animals
Zodiac Leather(Body Armour) Rare Evasion Armour - until you can afford the Kaom's Heart, you can use any rare Body Armour, with decent life and elemental resistance bonuses. This should provide sockets for the Barrage setup, or if you prefer to replace them in your bow, you can input some Decoy Totem or other supportive setups in this slot
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - one of the best defensive oriented body armours in Path of Exile
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 boots(Boots) Rare Boots - get a pair with the highest maximum Life bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% increased Movement Speed
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength
Atziri's Step(Boots) Atziri's Step - one of the best in slot boots for this build. Like most of the other uniques, it lacks elemental resistances. Picking this pair will require you to invest much more in other items, in order to cap you resistances
180% increased Evasion Rating
+(55-75) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
(14-16)% chance to Dodge Spell Damage
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Stygian Vise - the best in slot option for this build. If you are using Lightpoacher, the additional Abyss Jewels increases the number of Spirit Charges you can have and also can add a fair amount of flat added damage to your attack skills
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Rare life/res belt(Belt) Rare Belt - again, we try to grab one with the highest maximum life and elemental resistances bonuses
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Physical Damage
Strength (to reach the Kaom's Heart req.)
Doryani's Invitation(Belt) Doryani's Invitation - great, inexpensive belt. Grants additional elemental damage buff and all three elemental resistances. The only downside to it is no maximum Life bonus
+(25-35) to Strength
(20-30)% increased Fire Damage
+(300-350) to Armour
+(30-35)% to Cold Resistance
+(30-35)% to Lightning Resistance
0.2% of Fire Damage Leeched as Life
10% chance to Ignite during any Flask Effect
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Strength (to reach the Kaom's Heart req.)
Coral RingCoral Ring(Ring) Rare Rings
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 5 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Accuracy Rating
Strength (to reach the Kaom's Heart req.)
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - extra attack speed may be a good addition in end-game versions of this build
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% Fire resistance
25% Lightning resistance
25% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Atziri's Acuity(Gloves) Atziri's Acuity - one of the best gloves in Path of Exile for crit-based builds. They have been significantly nerfed in patch 3.1 but still, remain a very good pick. They temporarily grant Vaal Pact after kills, which means you can skip this passive in your Tree. You need to find an additional 25% of each elemental resistance on other gear parts if you decide to choose this over the rare pair listed above 
+(60-80) to Intelligence
+(60-75) to maximum Life
(200-220)% increased Armour
(25-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
You have Vaal Pact if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - this should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Physical/Projectile Damage
% increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
% increased Projectile Speed
% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - mandatory Flask for this build. Grants extra DPS and life leech during Flask Effect. Not to mention it is very cheap
+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
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - grants bonuses to both your DPS and sustainability. Replace with an immunity Life Flask until you can afford it
+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
30% chance to Avoid being Frozen during Flask effect
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - grants great DPS buff with 2 additional projectiles. Replace with an immunity Life Flask, or Diamond Flask of choice until you can afford it
+50% to Fire Resistance
+6% to maximum Fire Resistance
(-10-10)% increased Charges used
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill)
Atziri's PromiseTaste of HateDying SunDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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