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Elemental Hit Raider Build

Elemental Hit Raider Build

Fast-paced build that focuses on player's mobility with potential for being one of the best in both - mapping and boss-killing builds

Elemental Hit
Raider Build

Updated for Patch 3.15

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Guide notes
May 19, 2021
-Build created
May 21, 2021
-Added gameplay video
August 16, 2021
-Updated for patch 3.15

 

The build presented here is all about using an Elemental Hit, focused on dealing Fire Damage using a Bow. Use Combat Focus - Crimson and Viridian Jewels so that your Elemental Hit can only "pick" Fire Damage. Avatar of Fire granted by the Unique Amulet - Xoph's Blood increases your damage by converting it to Fire Damage, while you focus on increasing your Fire Penetration. 50% of all Lightning and 50% of all Cold Damage are converted to Fire. This includes the flat damage from the Gem. When Elemental Hit chooses fire - which it always will - it will then deal more damage. Your offensive mods can be narrowed to Critical Strike Chance, Attack Speed, and Fire Resistance Penetration. For better defenses look for Maximum Life and Evasion Rating. Path 3.15 requires you to be more mindful of your Mana Cost, but overall the build remains unchanged.

Elemental Hit Raider is a glass-canon-type build, it's excellent at mapping, and the amount of damage it deals to the single targets is one of the highest you can get. The downside is the survivability - it's going to be a challenge to reach 5k of Maximum Life, and your second defensive layer is Evasion Rating - around 3k, maybe even 4k or 5k combined with Wind Dancer Keystone. Ascendancy and Acrobatics Keystones provide you with more chances to dodge hits. Having Phasing, stacking Frenzy Charges, and being equipped with the right gear makes your character move and attack insanely fast, use it to your advantage by dodging foreshadowed attacks and approach enemies when you're safe to maximize your damage enhanced by Point Blank Keystone. 

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1. Gameplay

You're going to use Elemental Hit with Bow. One set up for mapping and the other one for boss-fighting, both 6-linked. Chain and Multiple Projectiles Support Gems offer better clear speed for a price of decreasing your damage, which is usually enough anyway. Hypothermia and Barrage Support Gems are for dealing with tougher opponents. You use Skitterbots to Chill and Shock enemies - it'll increase Elemental Hit Damage and you can use Hypothermia Support with it since your Elemental Strike can deal only Fire Damage. The gameplay is simple, you use a Dash to move around and hit Enemies with your Attacks. There are a couple of Curses and Wave of Conviction - it will be cast automatically from time to time. Other than using Elemental Hit and Dash - there isn't much to say about this build in terms of gameplay.


This video was recorded on a level 93 Raider wearing Asenath's Chant, Darkray Vectors, and a total of 9 Frenzy Charges. Single-target DPS was at around 15kk - while a bunch of projectiles will miss because of Barrage, you can easily melt all of the Bosses within seconds


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • extremely easy to play
  • excellent clear speed and mobility
  • enormous damage vs Bosses
  • unlimited DPS scaling
CONS
  • not really focused on survivability
  • can't run Reflect Maps

 

3. Leveling tips

You can start using Elemental Hit right from the start, it's available at level 12, but since your skill tree will be focused on Projectiles and Elemental Damage, Bow Attacks, and Maximum Life, the other obvious choice is Burning Arrow. By level 64 get yourself Xoph's Blood and start using Elemental Hit, if it's your starter character you probably won't be able to afford it, you can use The Ignomon or Xoph's Heart instead.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Burning Arrow setup
Burning Arrow Burning Arrow - use Burning Arrow until you can equip Xoph's Blood, The Damage conversion from Elemental Hit works given you have Avatar of Fire
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - your Attacks will deal more Elemental Damage
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - use do get through Acts faster
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - it gives you Elemental Damage and Critical Strike Chance while making your Skill cheaper
Aura setup
Ice Golem Precision - keep it at a level low enough that you can comfortably use your Attacks
Flame Golem Anger - at the cost of half of your Mana Pool it grants you more Fire Damage
Curse setup
Flammability Flammability - cast the Curse at stronger enemies to increase your DPS against them
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - makes your Flammability Curse lasts longer

Bandits:

Having two additional Passive Points is the best option, kill all the Bandits and talk to Eramir

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Grab some Maximum Life and Damage nodes with Wind Dancer Keystone

61 Points Skill Tree
More Life, More Damage, Frenzy Charges, Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics Keystones, and Jewel Sockets are what you want to have after that

 

Recommended leveling items:

The IgnomonThe Ignomon - really cheap amulet that will be enough for the first few Acts
(12-20)% increased Rarity of Items found
+10 to Dexterity
Adds 12 to 24 Fire Damage to Attacks
+(100-150) to Accuracy Rating
+(100-150) to Evasion Rating
+20% to Fire Resistance
Ngamahu's SignNgamahu's Sign - decent Ring for Fire Damage builds. Adds a bit of extra Fire Damage but also offers extra Life Recovery mechanic
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
+(15-25) to Strength
Adds (8-10) to (12-14) Fire Damage to Spells and Attacks
15% increased Ignite Duration on Enemies
10% chance to Ignite
Recover (20-30) Life when you Ignite an Enemy
Xoph's InceptionXoph's Inception - Until you can afford a good Rare Bow you'll have to use a substitute. Xoph's Inception is a bow that grants you a lot of Damage, but no Critical Strike-related mods.
(70-90)% increased Physical Damage
+(20-30) Life gained on Killing Ignited Enemies
Gain 20% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
10% chance to Ignite
death's harpDeath's Harp - another alternative for a decent Rare Bow. It's more Critical Strike-oriented which will increase your damage. It fires an additional Arrow which is useful
(30-50)% increased Critical Strike Chance
(100-125)% increased Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+50% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Bow Attacks fire an additional Arrow
GoldrimGoldrim - Goldrim is one of the best leveling Helmet due to the amount of Elemental Resistances it gives
+(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)
 
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - Best and most versatile leveling Body Armour in the game
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
AshrendAshrend - five-linked Ashrend with the right sockets is arguably better than Tabula for this build, both Tabula and Ashrend are considered bottom-tier Body Armours so six-linked versions are valued at around one Divine Orb
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Added Fire Damage
(80-100)% increased Evasion Rating
+(30-50) to maximum Life
+(40-50)% to Fire Resistance
Cannot be Ignited
(10-15)% increased Physical Damage with Ranged Weapons
-(7-5) Physical Damage taken from Attack Hits


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

122 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels)
122 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Way of the Poacher
  2. Avatar of the Slaughter
  3. Quartz Infusion
  4. Avatar of the Veil

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 Garukhan: +5% chance to Evade Attack Hits if you've taken a Savage Hit Recently

 

5. Final Gems links

[SINGLE-TARGET DPS] Elemental Hit setup
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - an Attack that randomly chooses an Element and Deals Damage of that type. In this situation, it will deal only Fire Damage
Barrage Support Barrage Support - your Arrows are fired one after another in rapid succession, focusing damage output on a single point
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - core Support Gem for all Elemental Attack builds. It grants one of the highest DPS bonuses
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support -  decreases Mana cost, while increasing Damage of linked Skills
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - more Elemental Damage - Fire in this case
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - enemies which are chilled will receive much more damage. You chill them with your Skitterbots
[AOE DPS] Elemental Hit setup
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - An Attack that randomly chooses an Element and Deals Damage of that type. In this situation, it will deal only Fire Damage
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - you fire more Arrows in a spread pattern. You don't need the Greater Multiple Projectiles, your AoE is good enough.
Chain Support Chain Support - Elemental Hit will Chain, bouncing into other enemies
Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support - to Penetrate Fire Resistance
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support -  decreases Mana cost, while increasing Damage
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - increases your Elemental Damage with Attacks
[UTILITY] Auras and Skitterbots setup
Anger Anger - use it for more fire damage, there is no better Aura than Anger for that
Precision Precision - at low levels it reserves little to no Mana while still providing Accuracy and Critical Strike Chance
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots -  Summons Minions that Chill and Shock enemies. It is very important to have Skitterbots if you want to use Hypothermia Support Gem. Useful Spell overall.
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - linking it with skills that reserves Mana decreases their cost
[MOBILITY] Dash setup
Dash Dash - your mobility spell, having increased quality improves your Cooldown Recovery Rate
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - you can use your Dash an additional time
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your damage and Life Leech while slowly draining your Life
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - a brief buff that increases your Attack and Movement Speed, use only Vaal variant 
[UTILITY] Wave of Conviction and Curses
(place it in your Asenath's Chant Unique Helmet)
Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction - cripples enemy Fire Resistance by 15% on hit
Combustion Support Combustion Support - enemies Ignited by Wave of Conviction have their Fire Resistance decreased by another 10-19%
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - Cursed enemies take more damage from Projectiles, Hitting them recharges your Life Flasks, and your Projectiles split when you hit Cursed Target. Use Flammability Flammability if you can cast another curse


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6. Gear Setup

There are many mods that you can look for, which makes this build really expensive to min-max for you could have great use of all Prefixes and Suffixes. This Build consists of a few semi-expensive Unique Items, so looking for good Rare Items with a lot of Elemental Resistances is a task that will require a decent amount of currency. Take a look at the list of Stat Priorities below and try to find items matching your budget, just remember to cap your Elemental Resistances first.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Critical Strike Chance
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Adds Fire Damage to Attacks
  6. Adds Physical Damage to attacks
  7. Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  8. Fire Penetration
  9. Attack Speed
Asenath's Chant(Helmet) Asenath's Chant - It triggers a Socketed Spell with a Bow Attack every 0.3 seconds, which is often. This is why I mentioned putting Wave of Conviction and Curse Spells here, so you won't ever have to worry about casting it and focus on not getting hit.
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:
15% increased Elemental Hit Attack Speed
Elemental Hit deals 40% increased Damage
Bow(Weapon) Rare Bow - A good Bow is the most important part of your gear, so don't be cheap. This is where most of your damage mods will be located, look for Critical Strike, +2 to Level of Socketed Bow Gems, and Attack-related mods.
Min. requirements:
+2 to Level of Socketed Bow Gems
15% increased Attack Speed
30% increased Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Bow Attacks Fire 2 Additional Arrows
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
#% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Attacks with this Weapon Penetrate #% Elemental Resistances
Quiver(Weapon) Rare Quiver - The most valuable mods are one that gives you more Life and has more Arrows being fired. Other than that, look for additional Elemental Resistances and Critical Strike-related mods.
Min. requirements:
+80 to maximum Life
Bow Attacks fire an additional Arrow
30% increased Critical Strike Chance with Bows
Optional affixes:
+#% to Critical Strike Multiplier with Bow
#% increased Attack Speed
Adds # to # Fire Damage to Attack
Elemental Resists
Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - Having a lot of increased Maximum Life is the most important aspect of Body Armour. Look for Hunter's and Crusader's Influence for you can stumble upon some of their best Mods on Body Armours for your build here.
Min. requirements:
+90 to Maximum Life
+50% to Elemental Resistances
Attacks have +1,5% to Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resists
#% chance to gain a Power Charge on Critical Strike
You can apply an additional Curse
Enemies you Kill have a #% chance to Explode, dealing a tenth of their Maximum Life as Physical Damage
#% increased Area of Effect
#% increased Maximum Life
Darkray Vectors(Boots) Darkray Vectors - And Additional Maximum Frenzy Charge should already catch your attention. With Avatar of the Slaughter Ascendancy, your character can really benefit from it. Additional mods that scale well with the number of Frenzy Charges and other mods are really good for your build.
(40-70)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(20-40)% to Lightning Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed per Frenzy Charge
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
40% reduced Frenzy Charge Duration
25% reduced Light Radius
2% chance to Dodge Attack Hits per Frenzy Charge
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Gloves are where you can focus on Elemental Resistances. Gripped Gloves should be an obvious choice for a base since it grants Projectile Damage.
Min. requirements:
70 Maximum Life
70 Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Increased Critical Strike Chance
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - As was the case with the Gloves, look for Maximum Life and Resistances. A Stygian Vise is a great option, you can put an Abyss Jewel there. Hunter's influence could increase your Maximum Life even more
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
70 Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
#% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
#% increased maximum Life
Xoph's Blood(Amulet) Xoph's Blood - Avatar of Fire - this is the reason this Amulet is an absolute necessity. Spend your first hard-earned currency on this particular item. Other than that, its other mods are great for your build too.
+(20-30) to Strength
10% increased maximum Life
+(20-40)% to Fire Resistance
10% increased Strength
Damage Penetrates 10% Fire Resistance
Cover Enemies in Ash when they Hit you
Avatar of Fire
Recommended Anointments:
Lava Lash
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - Both of your Unique Rings should provide Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances, you don't need Curses on Hit or other inadequately useless fancy mods. Steel, Diamond, Vermilion, or Amethys bases are desirable.
Min. requirements:
90 Maximum Life
90 Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Non-channeling Skills have (-7–-6) to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
Added Fire Damage to Attacks
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges (VERY expensive Synthesised Implicit mod)
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - They should provide extra Life and Critical Strike. You can try your luck by Corrupting one and hoping for immunity to Corrupted Blood.

Recommended affixes:
7% Maximum Life
Critical Strike Multiplier mods
Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Chance with Fire Skills
increased Critical Strike Chance with Elemental Skills
increased Global Critical Strike Chance

Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - exact same case as with other Rare Jewels, focus on Life and Elemental Resistances.
Recommended affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Critical Strike Multiplier Mods
Maximum Life
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Added Fire Damage with Bow Attacks
chance to gain Phasing for 4 seconds on Kill
Intuitive Leap(Jewel) Intuitive Leap - place it between Herbalism and Survivalist to take all the Notables in radius - they are all very useful.
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
combat focus(Jewel) Combat Focus - Viridian Jewel, place it near Golem's Blood to activate it. You really want to Hit only with Fire with Your Elemental Hit.
(10-15)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Elemental Hit and Wild Strike cannot choose Lightning
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Elemental Hit and Wild Strike deal 50% less Lightning Damage
combat focus(Jewel) Combat Focus - Crimson Jewel, place it near Mind Drinker to activate it. You really want to Hit only with Fire with Your Elemental Hit.
(10-15)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
With 40 total Strength and Intelligence in Radius, Elemental Hit and Wild Strike cannot choose Cold
With 40 total Strength and Intelligence in Radius, Elemental Hit and Wild Strike deal 50% less Cold Damage
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye -  You'll have two Auras - Anger and Precision. Look for Watcher's Eye with at least one mod matching your Auras
(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:
Anger: Fire Penetration
Anger: Inc Crit Strike Mult
Anger: Inc Fire Damage
Anger: Phys Added As Fire
Anger: Phys Converted To Fire
Precision: Inc Attack Damage
Precision: Inc Attack Speed
Precision: Inc Crit Strike Mult
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - Two Cluster Jewels are what you're looking for. What I recommend is having one Fire Damage-based and the other Damage with Bows-based. The first one gives you Doryani's Lesson - to Leech Life, the Second one provides you with Fuel the Fight - for Mana Leech. Both Cluster has their Unique Notables which makes them more preferable than the others, you can use both Bow Damage or both Fire Damage Clusters, it's not really that important if you already have your Leech needs covered
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Doryani's Lesson
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Cremator
1 Added Passive Skill is Martial Prowess
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight
1 Added Passive Skill is Calamitous
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewels - with four of these in the final version of your build there are only two Notables worth mentioning - Pressure Points and Quick Getaway. You can find them on Critical Strike-based Clusters.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Pressure Points
1 Added Passive Skill is Quick Getaway
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - the Critical Stike Chance and Consecrated Ground effect are extremely good in almost every build, especially in this build
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(20-40)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Flask effect
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - most of the build using Projectiles crave this flask for it is really good with its additional Projectiles and Fire Resistance
+50% to Fire Resistance
20% less Fire Damage taken
(125-150)% increased Charges used
(40-60)% reduced Duration
(10-20)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
Cinderswallow Urn(Flask) Cinderswallow Urn - Great offensive and defensive Flask. Look for Recover (1-3)% of Life when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect.
Onslaught
+90 to Maximum Charges
Recharges 5 Charges when you Consume an Ignited corpse
(175-200)% increased Charges used
Enemies Ignited by you during Flask Effect take (7-10)% increased Damage

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
  2. Perpetual Diamond Flask of Warding (Immune to Curses)
Cinderswallow UrnBottled FaithDiamond Flaskquicksilver flaskdying sun


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