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Chain-stacking Cobra Lash Deadeye Build

Chain-stacking Cobra Lash Deadeye Build

Cobra Lash build for a Deadeye that has increased damage from Chain mechanics

Chain-stacking Cobra Lash
Deadeye Build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
April 07 2022
-Build created
May 06, 2022
-Added gameplay video
Build overview
Tags: [RANGED] [CHAOS] [LIFE]

Budget: 

Defenses: 

Boss DPS:

AoE:

 

This Ranger build is based on a very niche mechanics that is Chain. Chaining is a property of a Projectile that allows it to bounce after hitting an opponent and let it automatically target the nearest one after that. There are ways to scale up your damage with the remaining Chain, meaning that the first enemy to be hit with a projectile that Chains multiple times will receive increased damage. These are "Follow-Through" Notables and the Quality of a Divergent Cobra Lash. With 6 of these Notables and Gem Quality at 50%, the damage will get increased by around 2000%. In general, the Passive skill Tree provides increased damage, the Gem setup grants more damage, and your gear provides you with flat, numerical damage. Cobra Lash is the only viable skill for this build as it has built-in 6 Chains at Gem Level 25, resulting in 11 Chains as the build is finished.

For an Asendacy pick Deadeye. Ricochet grants you an extra Chain and Far Shot gives you a suitably named Far Shot for more Damage against distant foes. Gathering Winds with Wind Ward are one of the few defensive perks thanks to the Gale Force and Tailwind. Your other defences are 4 to 5k of Maximum Life, a lot of Evasion Rating, Armour, Block Chance, and the ranged nature of the build. With 45 points spent on Cluster Jewels, you don't have many points left to invest in Critical Strikes, luckily with a moderate investment into Accuracy Rating you can pick Precise Technique for 40% more Attack Damage. Cobra Lash converts 60% of its Physical Damage into Chaos Damage. With Void Manipulation it's better to convert all of your Damage into Chaos - it can be done with Chaos Mastery, or Forbidden Flesh and Flame granting Nature's Reprisal.

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1. Gameplay

Use Cobra Lash is a great tool for clear speed due to the multiple Chains, but here it's also great against single targets, as long as they're one of the first targets of your Attacks. You want to keep a distance off of your enemies, not only because you have a Far Shot, but because the character is quite squishy - the Minions from Herald of Purity should keep your opponents busy. For a boss fights plant your Totems that cast Wither for increased Chaos Damage, and cast the Tornado linked to Chance to Poison Support. You're using Vile Toxins Support so you want your enemy to have at least 8 Poisons, even if it's not the type of damage you're specialized in. Your Auras are Grace, Determination, Defiance Banner, and Herald of Purity. If you lack Accuracy, add Precision. Your Guard Spell is an Immortal Call linked to a low-level Cast when Damage Taken. Additional Spells to use are Phase Run and Blood Rage. For a Curse use Despair - it adds extra Chaos Damage to your Attacks.


This video was recorded on a level 90 Deatheye with 11 total Chains. The gear was rather a budget-friendly one as we didn't want to invest too much in this experimental build. You can easily triple the total DPS and push the number of Chains to 13 in total for an even more damage multiplier


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • has a great clear speed due to the multiple Chains
  • solid single target damage thanks to the "Follow-Through" Notables
  • moderately tanky with its Evasion, Armour, and Life
  • it's a niche build, the items are fairly cheap
CONS
  • might run into Mana issues
  • min-maxing gets very expensive. 

 

3. Leveling tips

Cobra Lash is a great leveling Skill, and it's available since level 1. At first, build a general Attack Damage character dealing a combined Poison and Attack Damage, and at level 60, when you'll be able to socket your first Large Cluster Jewel, do so and start stacking the Follow-Through Notables. We recommend leveling with Tabula Rasa, there are a lot of great Support Gems you can use, bet keep in mind that you might run out of Mana without Clarity. Update your Claw frequently for one with a higher Physical or Chaos Damage, it will be progressively more important as you level up. Precise Technique is a tricky Keystone as you can't easily check your Accuracy without importing your character into PoB, but if you're dedicated to level efficiently you can pick it early on.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cobra Lash Cobra Lash - Cobra Lash is great for leveling, but it can be replaced with a similar attack
Chance to Poison Support Chance to Poison Support - use for Added Chaos Damage and increased Chance to Poison on Hit
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - use only after converting all of your damage to Chaos via Chaos Mastery, it makes you deal more Chaos Damage at the cost of Elemental Damage
Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support - You deal more Chaos Damage, Physical Damage, and Chaos DoT, but have less Attack Speed. One of the best Gems you can link here.
Nightblade Support Nightblade Support - Nightblade is extremely overpowered as of now, definitely one of the Support Gems you should use
various Gems
Precision Precision - increases your Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy Rating
Clarity Clarity - increased Mana Recovery Rate
Herald of Agony Herald of Agony - increased Chance of Poisoning and more Poison Damage, The Agony Crawler is a nice addition
Despair Despair - a Curse to make enemies receive additional Chaos Damage, lowers their Chaos Resistance, and makes them take increased DoT
Dash Dash - Dash is a simple mobility Spell that allows you to Dash

Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points.

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Allocate Finesse, Ballistics, Entropy, Assassination, Blood Drinker, and Resourcefulness

68 Points Skill Tree
Allocate the Claw Cluster, Force Shaper, Atrophy, and the Large Jewel Socket
 

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - adds Physical and Chaos damage, increases Physical Damage, and grants Maximum Life with a bit of Life Regeneration, a great Ring overall
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
Mark of SubmissionMark of Submission - you can socket the Despair Curse here so that it's easily applied to all enemies you Hit
Has 1 Socket
Curse Enemies with Socketed Hex Curse Gem on Hit
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - provides you with the necessary Strenght adds Physical Damage to Attacks, grants Cold Resistance, and Maximum Life
+(25-35) to Strength
+25 to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate

GoldrimGoldrim - offers a lot of useful Elemental Resistances

+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
SnakebiteSnakebite - with Claw Mastery it's very easy to generate Frenzy Charges, combined with the Poison Mechanics results in a decent leveling item
(150-180)% increased Evasion Rating
+(60-70) to maximum Life
2% increased Attack Speed per Frenzy Charge
6% increased Accuracy Rating per Frenzy Charge
10% reduced Frenzy Charge Duration per Frenzy Charge
Attacks have 60% chance to Poison while at maximum Frenzy Charges
+5% to Damage over Time Multiplier for Poison per Frenzy Charge
The Wasp NestThe Wasp Nest - It has all the good stats that you will need, but it can be easily outclassed by a Rare Item after level 80
+40 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
(150-170)% increased Physical Damage
(20-25)% increased Attack Speed
(20-25)% increased Critical Strike Chance
+(330-350) to Accuracy Rating
20% chance to Poison on Hit
Attacks with this Weapon deal 80-120 added Chaos Damage against
Enemies affected by at least 5 Poisons

 

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

78 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Unique or Cluster Jewels)
123 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Gathering Winds
  2. Ricochet
  3. Wind Ward
  4. Far Shot

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 Shakari: You cannot be Poisoned while there are at least 3 Poisons on you, 50% less Duration of Poisons on You

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Cobra Lash setup
Cobra Lash Divergent Cobra Lash - Use a Divergent Version of it, it's the equivalent of two and a half Follow-Through Notables. It should be possible to increase the level of this gem to 25 for an additional Chain. You will rely mostly on the Hit Damage, the Poison Damage is insignificant.
Added Chaos Damage Support Added Chaos Damage Support - it adds flat Chaos Damage to your Attacks one of the most valuable stats. The Awakened version increases the Gem Level of Cobra Lash.
Chain Chain Support - makes your Projectile Chain additional times, use the Awakened version for the extra Chain
Void Manipulation Void Manipulation Support - provides you with more Chaos Damage. Use Awakened Version as it will increase the Gem level of Cobra Lash
Empower Empower Support - Empower increases the Level of Cobra Lash. use level 3 Empower if you have Divergent Cobra Lash at level 21, but if not, use the level 4 version of this gem
Vile Toxins Vile Toxins Support - grants you more Hit Damage per Poison on an enemy. It doesn't have to be inflicted by the linked Skill, so your Chance to Poison is not really that important.
[UTILITY] Auras setup
Grace Grace - Grace grants you increased and additional Evasion Rating
Determination Determination - use it for more and increased Armour
Defiance banner Defiance banner - increases your Armour and Evasion Rating and makes nearby enemies less likely to deal Critical Strikes
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - creates Minions which can help you with keeping distance from enemies, and grants more Physical Damage
[UTILITY] Wither setup
Wither Wither - It's an important part of the build, the de Debuff it applies to enemies makes them receive increased Chaos Damage. It can be stacked up to 15 times.
Spell Totem Spell Totem Support - Wither is cast via Totems so that you won't need to cast it manually instead of attacking
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - three Totems will cast Wither three times as fast as one
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases the Cast speed so that the 15 Stacks are applied almost instantly
[UTILITY] Tornado setup
Tornado Tornado - Tornado is a Skill used mostly for utility, it can absorb your projectiles to later deal reflected damage to enemies based on the received damage
Chance to Poison Support Chance to Poison Support - in this setup Tornado is used to apply Poison on enemies to activate Vile Toxin's damage bonus
increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - Tornado last longer so that you won't have to cast it often
[MOBILITY] Dash setup
Dash Dash - Dash is a default Blink Skill used to move faster and avoid danger
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - spend Life instead of Mana on linked Skills
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - you can Dash an additional time
[UTILITY] Immortal Call setup
Immortal Call Immortal Call - keep it at level 5, it will make you take Less Elemental and Physical Damage
Cast when Damage Taken Cast when Damage Taken - it activates linked Spell when you take a certain amount of damage. Keep it at level 2
[MOBILITY] Phase Run
Phase Run Phase Run - Phase Run increases your Stealth, Movement Speed, and grants Phasing. It will last longer per Frenzy Charge consumed.
[UTILITY] Blood Rage
Blood Rage Blood Rage - Blood Rage grants you more Attack Speed, Life Leech, and Frenzy Charges on a kill at the cost of your Life


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5. Gear Setup

Your goal here is to accumulate enough Accuracy Rating to activate Precise Technique Keystone - you have to have more Accuracy Rating than Maximum Life. The most important part when it comes to damage is the Flat Physical and Chaos Damage, it can be found in great quantity on your Rare Weapon, and some of it is common on Rings, Shield, and Murderous Abyss Jewels. Attack Speed is also important. We've decided not to pursue Critical Strikes mods, there is simply not enough space for it as it requires a lot of investment, which the build cannot afford. All the remaining Skill Points which are not spent on Cluster Jewels will be dedicated for defenses, not for more damage. The key Unique Items are Ashes of the Stars, Replica Voidwalker, and some cheap Flasks. the Attribute most searched for will be Strength - 155 is needed for Determination. The build also has a hidden potential that is only available under certain circumstances - a Replica Eternity Shroud with Elder-influenced items. It's a great way to gain more Damage as the build sources its Damage from a Physical to Chaos conversion.

 

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. added Physical or Chaos Damage to Claw Attacks
  4. Strength
  5. Accuracy Rating
  6. Mana Leech or Mana on Hit
  7. Evasion Rating
  8. Attack Speed
  9. Armour
  10. Spell Suppression Chance
  11. Chaos Resistance
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - is good for a start, it offers great offensive stats, but sadly no Accuracy Rating, no Elemental Resistances, and no Maximum Life
+(50-65) to Dexterity
10% reduced Global Physical Damage
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - The only good stats are Maximum Life, Elemental Resistance, and Accuracy Rating - try to gain as much of it as you can. Remember to get the Lab enchant - it's responsible for a quarter to a third of your total DPS.
Min. requirements:
+50% to Elemental Resistances
+60 to Maximum Life
+400 Accuracy Rating
Optional affixes:
increased Global Accuracy Rating
chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Armour
Evasion Rating
Helmet enchantment:
Cobra Lash Chains 3 additional times
Claw(Weapon) Rare Claw - It's a very important part of the build, you will need a lot of base damage so it can later be increased and to have more of it via Support Gems and Passive Skills. Search for Gemini Claw as it grants Mana on Hit.
Min. requirements:
Adds 20 to 50 Physical Damage 
Adds 80 to 120 Chaos Damage   
pseudo 22% total Attack Speed    
75% increased Physical Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Chaos Damage
Accuracy Rating
Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
chance to gain Unholy Might for 3 seconds on Kill
Great Old One's Ward(Off-hand) Great Old One's Ward - It's a shield that adds Damage to Attacks, increases Attack Speed, and grants Maximum Life. Probably one of the best offensive-oriented shields.
3% increased Movement Speed
(8-12)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
Adds (8-12) to (15-20) Physical Damage to Attacks
(6-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(50-70) to maximum Life
Shield(Off-hand) Rare Shield - If you need Elemental Resistances, Reservation Efficiency, or Accuracy, pick a Rare shield with such stats
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Evasion Rating
Socketed Gems have 30% increased Reservation Efficiency
Attributes
Chance to Block
Accuracy Rating
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - a Body Armour with a lot of Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and Evasion Rating will be fine. There are a lot of rare mods which can be really useful, found mostly on Influenced items.
Min. requirements:
+100 to maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Socketed Attacks have -15 to Total Mana Cost
+1 to Level of Socketed Active Skill Gems
+(5–10)% to Quality of Socketed Active Skill Gems
chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Strength
increased maximum Life
Replica Eternity Shroud(Body Armour) Replica Eternity Shroud - It has a huge potential, but building around it is extremely expensive. It's fine with just one or two Elder items, but you probably won't be able to have all of your items Elder-influenced as it's impossible to do so with Ashes of the Stars and Replica Voidwalker​​​​​
Trigger Level 20 Shade Form when Hit
(100-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(70-100) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Gain (3-5)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage per Elder Item Equipped
Hits ignore Enemy Monster Chaos Resistance if all Equipped Items are Elder Items
Voidwalker(Boots) Replica Voidwalker - It allows your Skills to Chain an additional time, which makes it one of the best items you can get. It also provides you with nearly-permanent Phasing that makes you take increased damage.
+(30-50) to Dexterity
(140-180)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
30% increased Movement Speed
10% increased Damage taken while Phasing
You have Phasing if you've Killed Recently
Projectiles Chain +1 times while you have Phasing
Celestial Footprints
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Gloves are one of the items where you can easily find Accuracy Ratings, so you definitely should get some here. For the more expensive mods, look for an Elder or Hunter-influenced ones. Prefixes can get you Life and added Damage, Suffixes are great for Accuracy, Resistances, and Attack Speed.
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
+400 Accuracy Rating
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Evasion Rating
chance to Suppress Spell Damage
increased Global Accuracy Rating
chance to Intimidate Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit
Mana gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - Maximum Life, Strength, and Elemental Resistances are the most important mods to look for
Min. requirements:
+90 maximum Life
+50 to Strength
+70% to Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Maximum Life
increased damage
Ashes of the Stars(Amulet) Ashes of the Stars - The Level and Quality are incalculably important for your Cobra Lash. Extra Attributes and Reservation Efficiency will also be of great use.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(5-10)% increased Experience Gain of Gems
(10-20)% increased Reservation Efficiency of Skills
+1 to Level of all Skill Gems
+(20-30)% to Quality of all Skill Gems
Recommended Anointments:
Corruption
Art of the Gladiator
Weathered Hunter
Charisma
Life Raker
Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - Rings offer a wide variety of some of the best mods. The Despair of Hit on one of your Rings is a must-have. Maximum Life and Resistances are mandatory to gain basic survivability stats. For the offensive mods prioritize added Physical Damage to Attacks.
Min. requirements:
+70% to Elemental Resistances
+60 to Maximum Life
Curse Enemies with Despair on Hit
Optional affixes:
Adds Physical Damage to Attacks
Non-Channelling Skills have -7 to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
increased Attack Speed
Accuracy Rating
Strength
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - The Auras you're using are Grace and Determination. These offer exclusively defensive mods that suit your character nonetheless.
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Replica Conqueror's Efficiency(Jewel) Replica Conqueror's Efficiency - It lowers the Mana Cost of your Cobra Lash by 9. It's a huge bonus to your Mana sustain and you should definitely get one.
4% increased Skill Effect Duration
+5 to Maximum Rage
Non-Channelling Skills have -9 to Total Mana Cost
Forbidden JewelsForbidden Jewels(Jewel) Forbidden Flame & Forbidden Flesh - Nature's Reprisal is an amazing addition to the build - it converts your remaining damage to Chaos and grants 15% more Chaos Damage with Attack Skills
Requires Class <<Random Character Class>>
Allocates <<Random Ascendancy Notable>> if you have the matching modifiers on Forbidden Flame/Forbidden Flesh
Recommended Keystone:
Nature's Reprisal
Jewels(Jewel) Rare Jewels - although Abyss Jewels are better in most cases, the "reduced Mana Cost of Skills" can be found only on the default Jewels
Recommended affixes:
increased Maximum Life
Strength
Elemental Resistances
reduced Mana Cost of Skills
increased Attack Speed
increased Global Accuracy Rating
Abyss Jewels(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - There are a lot of Jewel Sockets you can fill in, Abyss ones are great for this purpose since you can get the flat Added Damage with Claws mods. Prioritize them over the regular Jewels.
Recommended affixes:
Added Maximum Life
Accuracy
Added Physical Damage with Claw Attacks
Added Chaos Damage with Claw Attacks
Strength
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - The build requires three of these. In total, you will need one Disease Vector Notable, two Fan of Blades Notables, and if you need Mana Leech - allocate Fuel the Fight.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight
1 Added Passive Skill is Fan of Blades
1 Added Passive Skill is Disease Vector
1 Added Passive Skill is Martial Prowess
1 Added Passive Skill is Drive the Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Smite the Weak
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - Follow-Through is the core element of the build, it's required on each one of your six Jewels. Streamlined increases your Projectile Speed - it's recommended since Cobra Lash fires rather slow Projectiles. Repeater increases your Attack Speed, thus damage.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Follow-Through
1 Added Passive Skill is Repeater
1 Added Passive Skill is Streamlined
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - use it for the Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage, Life Leech, and Chaos Resistance
+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
Sin's Rebirth(Flask) Sin's Rebirth - it grants you the unholy Might for the additional 30% of physical damage as extra chaos damage
20% more Evasion Rating
Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use
Gain Unholy Might during Flask Effect
Grants Immunity to Ignite for 4 seconds if used while Ignited
Removes all Burning when used

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Life Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  2. Silver Flask with random ailment removal
  3. Jade Flask with random ailment removal
Atziri's PromiseSin's RebirthLife FlaskSilver FlaskJade Flask


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