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CoC Ice Spear Deadeye Build

CoC Ice Spear Deadeye Build

Powerful Cast on Critical build which unleashes a torment of icy projectiles to obliterate your foes

CoC Ice Spear
Deadeye build

Updated for Patch 3.16

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Guide notes
November 16, 2020
-Build created
January 14, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.16


Deadeye hasn't been a popular class in quite some time now. Even though it's basically the primary choice when you want to play a Bow character. Your standard Attack/Bow Build will be simply too expensive, and it's not easy to scale enough damage for casual players to deal with the end-game content. At the same time, you need to think about your defenses, which are reliant on Dodge/Evasion rolls - not something you want to be dependant on when on a low budget - where you get one-shotted when they fail. Still, we set up a goal to make an enjoyable Deadeye character that doesn't require you to spend tons of currency on and will allow you to efficiently farm most of the content. We ended up making this Cast on Critical Strike Ice Spear Deadeye, who relies on several triggering mechanics to simultaneously cast tons of Skills including two instances of Ice Spear, Freezing Pulse, Ensnaring Arrows, and Frenzy. We may have been lucky when buying equipment (Lvl. 20 CoC + 110% Spell Damage Sniper Bow for 20 Chaos Orbs and 110 Life, 10% Life as Extra ES, and flat Attack Crit Chance for 50 Chaos Orbs, without links, may have been a bargain) but still, it's way cheaper then your typical Bow/Attack builds. In this build, you will be dealing Cold Spell Damage mainly from several Projectile Spells, so picking up Deadeye which grants an extra Projectile, Pierce, Crit. Chance and Tailwind is a great option.

Please note that you can also play this build as an Assassin (more Critical Multiplier/Damage) Pathfinder (Flask sustain).

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1. Gameplay

This feels like your typical Attack/Bow Ranger build, however, you will be dealing mainly Spell Damage with Spells triggered by your Bow. You are going to use Barrage linked with Cast on Critical Strike Support, which will fire several projectiles simultaneously and Crit multiple times with each Attack, triggering Freezing Pulse and Ice Spear. At the same time, equipping Asenath's Chant Helmet will trigger another instance of Ice Spear via its unique property, which will deal less damage but will offer Energy Shield Leech. If you are going to use Maloney's Mechanism, you can also socket additional Bow Attacks there - Ensnaring Arrow and Frenzy, which will slow down enemies, increase projectile damage taken by them, and generate Frenzy Charges for your character. 

This build also offers very unique defensive mechanisms. Unlike your typical Deadeye build, you will not benefit from Dodge (unless you get it from Elusive buff or affixes on Rare equipment) and your Evasion Rating won't be high either, however, you should have approximately 8,000 to 9,000 combined Life and Energy Shield, and by utilizing Corrupted Soul, you will be able to benefit from both types of Leech simultaneously - Energy Shield Leech from Helmet's Ice Spear setup, and Life Leech from Doryani's Lesson on a Cluster Jewel. 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • Deadeye build doesn't cost a fortune
  • amazing mobility and clear speed
  • great AoE and area coverage from tons of piercing projectiles
  • solid defenses based on Energy Shield and Energy Shield Leech
  • solid single-target DPS
  • vulnerable to Elemental Reflect
  • no Stun Immunity
  • can't do No Leech Maps


3. Leveling tips

You won't be able to level up this build with CoC support, and even after it becomes available it won't be efficient enough to carry you through the campaign. We recommend leveling up as a standard Bow/Attack character using Rain of Arrows - you can also use two instances via Lioneye's Paws Unique Boots which will offer amazing bonus DPS and clearing potential. Until level 12 when you can start using Rain of Arrows, it's best to use Split Arrow. It has a high base DPS and fires multiple projectiles.

It's recommended to respec at around level 70. You should be able to get a CoC Bow by then, which will give you the 7th link, and you should already have a reasonable Critical Strike Chance. Below you will find the recommended leveling Skills and several useful Unique Items that may come in handy on lower levels. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Rain of Arrows setup
Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows - fires multiple projectiles that deal a moderate amount of damage in an area, making it one of the best leveling Bow Attacks in the game
Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support - increases Physical Damage dealt by Rain of Arrow's projectiles
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - a mandatory Support Gem for leveling, which creates a Spectral Archer on your back that will use the linked Attacks for you
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds high flat Cold Damage to linked Spells, and you are going to use this Gem in your end-game setup, so it's good to level it up early
Barrage setup
Barrage Barrage - you may also want to use Barrage to get some extra single-target DPS against Bosses. It's also one of the core Gems used so it's worth leveling it up while doing the campaign
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Barrage's Projectiles
Hypothermia Hypothermia Support - grants very high bonus damage against Chilled enemies
Utility Gems
Precision Precision - great Aura Spell which increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Flame Wall Flame Wall - grants high added Fire Damage to your Attacks if the projectiles fired by them fly through the Wall
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants additional Cold Damage and causes Icy Explosions that shatter whole packs of monsters
Dash Dash - the mobility skill used in this build


We recommend helping Alira for extra Crit. Multiplier and Elemental Resistances

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Aspect of the Eagle 2) Herbalism 3) Master Fletcher/King of the Hill 4) Lethality

63 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Trickery 2) Resourcefulness 3) Written in Blood 4) Heartseeker

Level 70+ Skill Tree (level 70+ - the moment of respecc to COC Ice Spear)
Priorities: 1) Throatseeker 2) Cruel Preparation 3) Heart and Soul 4) Melding

Level 70+ Skill Tree (level 70+ - when you start using Barrage + CoC + Ice Spear)

Recommended leveling items:

Hyrri's BiteHyrri's Bite - an amazing leveling Quiver which adds a ton of flat added damage and additional Attributes so that you can easily use all the Items and Gems
+(3-4) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
+(15-25) to Strength
+(35-45) to Dexterity
+(15-25) to Intelligence
Adds 10 to 20 Cold Damage to Attacks
(7-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(2-3) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
10% increased Area of Effect
Karui ChargeKarui Charge - amazing Amulet, that increases your Damage, Attack Speed, and Movement Speed
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
GoldrimGoldrim - amazing leveling Helmet which grants very high Elemental Resistances bonuses
+(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)
Lioneye's PawsLioneye's Paws - an amazing leveling pair of Boots that grants you an extra triggered Rain of Arrows. It also basically grants you a cheap 5-links on it
Trigger Level 5 Rain of Arrows when you Attack with a Bow
+(40-60) to Strength
+(40-60) to Dexterity
Adds 12 to 24 Fire Damage to Attacks
20% increased Movement Speed
40% reduced Movement Speed when on Low Life


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

112 Points Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewel)
119 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Far Shot
  2. Endless Munitions
  3. Powerful Precision (if you decide to run CoC+Ice Spear earlier, you will need to prioritize this Passive the extra Pierce)
  4. Gathering Winds


Major God: Soul of Solaris 6% Physical Damage Reduction if there is only one nearby Enemy; 20% chance to take 50% less Area Damage from Hits

Minor God: Soul of Garukhan 60% reduced Effect of Shock on you


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Barrage/Ice Spear/Freezing Pulse setup
(Shaper Bow)
Barrage Barrage - the recommended Attack to trigger linked Spells. It fires tons of extra projectiles in quick succession making it very easy to Crit constantly. You can get Divergent Barrage for extra Attack Speed
Ice Spear Ice Spear - the main damage dealing ability in this build. Ice Spear has greatly increased Critical Strike Chance in its second form, making it the best DPS Spell when you are fighting from a distance
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - a second Spell triggered by this setup. It's also a Cold/Projectile Spell which deals tons of damage to enemies it passes through
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - grants very high bonus Critical Strike Chance and Elemental Damage, while reducing the Mana Cost of linked Skils (Barrage in this case)
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds a ton of extra Cold Damage. You can try getting an Awakened variant which will increase the level of your linked Cold Skill Gems
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Projectiles of all three supported skills. It also has an Awakened variant which grants +1 Projectile
Gems granted by Shaper Bow:
Cast on Critical Strike Support Cast on Critical Strike Support - the most important Gem in this setup. It will cause Barrage trigger linked Spells (Ice Spear and Freezing Pulse)
[UTILITY] Arcanist Brand setup
Arcanist Brand Arcanist Brand - a Brand skill that in this build is used to apply debuffs and buff your character. It will trigger all linked Spells. You don't need to force yourself to get six links here, as most of the Gems in this setup are optional. You should prioritize Frost Bomb + Bonechill here
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - applies Cold Exposure to enemies, reducing their Cold Resistance
Cold Snap Cold Snap - chills enemies and allows you to generate Frenzy Charges when you kill them. If you are using Maloney's Mechanism with Frenzy, this isn't that useful anymore
Bonechill Support Bonechill Support - increases Cold Damage taken by enemies affected by Chill from linked Spell. Divergent Bonechill even further increases this effect
Innervate Support Innervate Support - grants added Lightning Damage to linked Spells, and occasionally it will grant you the Innervation buff which grants extra Lightning Damage
Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - the recommended Golem Minion which will increase your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
[UTILITY] Dash/RF/Flame Wall setup
Dash Dash - the recommended Movement Skill which increases your mobility
Flame Wall Flame Wall - adds high bonus Fire Damage to projectiles that fire through the Wall
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire - grants increased Spell Damage for a short duration when you use the Vaal part of this skill. Don't use the regular Righteous Fire or you will most likely die in the process
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - grants extra Dash charge and reduces the cooldowns of all linked abilities
[UTILITY] Herald/Auras setup
Hatred Hatred - greatly increases your Cold Damage
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants added Cold Damage and causes frozen enemies to explode dealing AoE damage
Precision Support Precision - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance. It's extremely important in this build as it defines the rate at which you trigger all your Spells
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of Mana Reserved by Supported Spells
[DPS] Ice Spear setup
(in Asenath's Chant)
Ice Spear Ice Spear - in this setup, Ice Spear will be triggered whenever you Attack with your Bow, and it will Leech Energy Shield
Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support - increases the damage of linked Skills and gives you Energy Shield Leech which is mandatory for this Hybrid/Corrupted Soul build
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - grants high bonus damage against Chilled enemies
[UTILITY] Ensnaring Arrow/Frenzy setup
(in Maloney's Mechanism)
Ensnaring Arrow Ensnaring Arrow - increases the projectile damage taken by affected enemies and slows them down. If you get the Divergent version of this Gem, it will also increase Spell Damage taken per point of Quality on it
Frenzy Frenzy - will generate Frenzy Charges which increase your DPS
Enhance Support Enhance Support - increases the effectiveness of Ensnaring Arrow. It's even more important if you have the Divergent Ensnaring Arrow

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for our CoC Ice Spear Deadeye. This build requires several Uniques and specific Crafted Rares so it's not the best pick for a League Starter or a budget-build, but still, it should perform exceptionally well for a Deadeye in this budget. 

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Our recommended items will:

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Critical Strike Multiplier
  4. Critical Strike Chance
  5. Added Cold Damage to Spells
Asenath's Chant(Helmet) Asenath's Chant - a must-have item for this build. It will trigger linked Spells whenever you attack with your bow. In our case, it's a secondary Ice Spear setup which will Leech Energy Shield and deal substantial damage
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Attack with a Bow
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(100-120) to maximum Energy Shield
(30-40)% increased Stun and Block Recovery
30% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
5% increased Movement Speed
Helmet enchantments:
Ice Spear fires an additional Projectile
Rare Bow(Weapon) Crafted Shaper Bow - another mandatory and BiS item that gives you an extra 7th link. If you can't get/afford one, just make sure to get a random Bow with Elemental Damage Penetration/Spell Damage bonuses and build up currency to get the "right" one
Min. requirements:
Socketed Gems are Supported by level # Cast on Critical Strike Support
100% Increased Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Elemental Damage Penetrates #% Cold Resistance
Maloney's Mechanism(Quiver) Maloney's Mechanism - the BiS item which allows you to use two useful Utility Spells that greatly increase your damage and slow down enemies
Has 1 Socket
Has 2 Sockets
Trigger a Socketed Bow Skill when you Attack with a Bow
(7-12)% increased Attack Speed
+(50-70) to maximum Life
5% chance to Blind Enemies on Hit with Attacks
Rare Quiver(Quiver) Rare Quiver - if you can't get Maloney's just aim to get high defensive stats here and possibly a chance to generate Frenzy Charge on a kill from it 
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
30% Critical Strike Multiplier
Chance to gain Frenzy Charge on Kill
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armor - Body Armour with Maximum Life and % of Maximum Life gained as Extra Maximum Energy Shield is the best option. You should also aim to get 
Min. requirements:
110 Maximum Life
Gain 10% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield
Optional affixes:
Energy Shield
Elemental Resistances
Loreweave(Body Armour) Replica Loreweave - a very strong option for Body Armour. It doesn't grant as much Energy Shield as the Rare piece, and reduces your Maximum Elemental Resistances, but offers a good DPS bonus and very high bonus Life/Mana/Crit/Attributes
Has 6 Sockets
Adds (4–10) to (14–36) Physical Damage to Attacks
+(8–24) to all Attributes
(Attributes are Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence)
(120–160)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(150–200) to maximum Energy Shield
+(120–160) to maximum Life
+(120–160) to maximum Mana
(6–30)% increased Rarity of Items found
(15–50)% increased Elemental Damage
Your Maximum Resistances are (70–72)%
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - again, stack Life/Energy Shield, Movement Speed, and possibly Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
100 Energy Shield
60 Maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
30% Increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
Sin Trek(Boots) Sin Trek - offers very high Movement Speed, Energy Shield, and extra Attributes which can come in handy to use all the required Items and Gems
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Intelligence
(80-100)% increased Evasion Rating
+(100-150) to maximum Energy Shield
30% increased Movement Speed
Enemies Cannot Leech Life From you
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Cold Damage if you've been Hit Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - you can use Stygian Vise for Abyssal Socket, or Crystal Belt for much higher Energy Shield bonuses
Min. requirements:
90 Maximum Life
110% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Elemental/Cold Damage
Maximum Life%
Pandemonius(Amulet) The Pandemonius - one of the best Amulets you can use in this build. It offers very high bonus damage, and at the same time, powerful defensive utility
+(20-30) to Dexterity
(20-30)% increased Cold Damage
+(35-40)% to Cold Resistance
Chill Enemy for 1 second when Hit, reducing their Action Speed by 30%
Blind Chilled Enemies on Hit
Damage Penetrates 20% Cold Resistance against Chilled Enemies
Recommended Anointments:
  • Heart of Ice
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - use two Rare Rings for Mana Cost Reduction and possibly Assassin's Mark on hit affix

Min. requirements:
65 Maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Non-channeling Skills have -# to Total Mana Cost
Optional affixes:
Trigger level # Assassin's Mark when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy
Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana

Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - just aim for high defensive stats and possible extra damage while Leeching or against Chilled enemies
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Increased Damage while Leeching/against Chilled enemies
Glorious Vanity(Jewel) Glorious Vanity - a mandatory Jewel for this build which grants you the Corrupted Soul Passive. We had a "Bathed in the blood of 43xx sacrificed in the name of Doryani" which replaced the Perfect Agony Passive and granted extra Cold Damage instead of Ballistic Mastery. You can also try replacing Pain Attunement for the Corrupted Soul, so just make sure to find out which has better smaller nodes on it
Bathed in the blood of (100-8000) sacrificed in the name of (Ahuana-Doryani-Xibaqua)
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Vaal Historic
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - a Watcher's Eye with Hatred's flat Critical Strike or Cold Damage Penetration and Flask Charges gained on Crit. with Precision is the best Jewel you can get
(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
Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Cold Resistance while affected by Hatred
Adds (58-70) to (88-104) Cold Damage while affected by Hatred
Gain a Flask Charge when you deal a Critical Strike while affected by Precision
+(20-30)% to Critical Strike Multiplier while affected by Precision
Volley Fire(Jewel) Volley Fire - increases the number of Barrage's projectiles making it Crit. more consistently. It's quite cheap so you can try getting a corrupted one with "Corrupted Blood cannot be inflicted on you" Implicit modifier
(7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
With at least 40 Dexterity in Radius, Barrage fires an additional 6 projectiles simultaneously on the first and final attacks
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - aim for extra Life and Crit. Multiplier - both Global and with Elemental Skills will work
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Critical Strike Multiplier with Elemental Skills
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - same as above. You can also try to get one with the chance to Hinder on Spell Hits
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Added Cold Damage to Spells
Chance to Hinder enemies on Spell Hits
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - you need one Large Cluster Jewel with Dorayni's Lesson Passive which is mandatory in this setup. It provides Life Leech on which you rely for your defenses. The other two Passives should just increase Elemental Damage/Cold Damage depending on what type of Jewel you got 
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Doryani's Lesson
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Sadist
Cinderswallow Urn(Flask) Cinderswallow Urn - one of the best Utility Flasks for this build. It recovers a % of your Life and Energy Shield on kill and grants Onslaught buff. It's also recommended to get extra Stun avoidance as the Veiled mod
Recharges 1 Charge when you Consume an Ignited corpse
Enemies Ignited by you during Flask Effect take 10% increased Damage
Recover (1-3)% of Life when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
Recover (1-3)% of Mana when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
Recover (1-3)% of Energy Shield when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
<One Veiled Mod>
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - grants very high bonus Crit. Chance and damage. It's the most expensive and supposedly the best Flask for any Crit. build in the game
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(30-50)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
+(1-2)% to Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Effect
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  2. Experimenter's Diamond Flask with random ailment removal
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask with random ailment removal
Cinderswallow UrnBottled FaithDivine Life FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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