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Fire Elemental Hit Deadeye Starter build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Fire Elemental Hit Deadeye Starter build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Very powerful Starter/Budget build as of Patch 3.3. Utilize nearly 100% Fire Damage conversion of Elemental Hit

Fire Elemental Hit
Deadeye/Ranger Starter build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
July 13, 2018
-Build created
September 1, 2018
-Updated for Patch 3.4; which lowered the damage of converted Elements by 50% and total DPS by approximately 35%
December 13, 2018
-Updated for Patch 3.5

Elemental Hit has become a very popular skill since the buffs it received in Patch 3.3. Its' DPS comes from the skill itself and is less dependant on gear which makes it a great pick for a League Starter build. On top of that, you can convert nearly 100% of other Elemental Damage types it deals with Fire, thanks to Avatar of Fire passive (or Xoph's Blood amulet for wealthier players). Converting Damage nearly triples Elemental Hit's DPS when it picks the Fire element, and Combat Focus jewels can prevent the skill from choosing both Cold and Lightning Damage types. Sadly, Patch 3.4 nerfed the Damage of converted Elements by 50%, which lowers the total DPS output of this build by approximately 35%.

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1. Gameplay

This is a typical ranged/bow build. It is based on the reworked Elemental Hit, which deals only Fire Damage thanks to Avatar of Fire passive, Cold to Fire Support Gem and The Call of the Brotherhood unique ring. The skill provides insane DPS, requires no expensive gear and allows farming high T12+ maps on less than 1 Exalted Orb budget and 5-links. On the other hand, this build provides very good defenses with over 200% increased maximum Life from the Passives on the Skill Tree, over 20,000 Evasion and 40%/30% chance to Dodge Attacks and Spells.

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • budget-friendly
  • great as League starter with no expensive items required
  • decent defenses
  • scales well end-game with proper gear and character level
  • very fast clear speed
  • mediocre single-target DPS
  • requires to take a far route to Avatar of Fire Passive or expensive Xoph's Blood amulet
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect map mods

3. Leveling tips

Leveling as a Ranger, similar to other ranged classes, is rather easy. You can use Elemental Hit right after you reach level 12. At first, you should stick to using all elements, and go for the Elemental Conversion (Cold to Fire, Avatar of Fire, Call of the Brotherhood) when you are around level 70 and can get Avatar of Fire without skipping too many important nodes on your way up there. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Burning Arrow setup
Burning Arrow Burning Arrow - one of the first available bow skills in PoE
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - adds Lightning Damage to the Burning Arrow skill
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - this will make your BA quite viable for clearing bigger packs as well
Elemental Hit setup
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - primary attack skill used in this build. You can socket it right after you reach level 12
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - greatly increases the DPS of Elemental Hit
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Utility Gems
Ice Golem Ice Golem - the recommended Golem for this build which increases your Crit. Chance and Accuracy Rating
Poacher's Mark Poacher's Mark - quite a decent Curse for this build while leveling. It not only reduces the cursed monsters' chance to evade attacks but also grants amazing Life and Mana recovery on Hit
Herald of Ice Haste - increases your Attack and Movement Speed. If you can afford one early on, you can also use the Vaal Haste Gem instead with the Aura turned on


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

Leveling Skill Trees:

33 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Herbalism 3) Primeval Force 4) Fury Bolts 5) Bravery

64 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Lethality 2) Acrobatics 3) Blood Drinker 4) Bloodless

91 Points Skill Tree
Assuming you decide to switch to Fire Damage Conversion at level 70, you should have 91 Passive Points at that time. Don't forget to:

  1. Take the Avatar of Fire Passive
  2. Equip The Call of the Brotherhood Ring
  3. Use Cold to Fire Support Gem
  4. Switch Poacher's Mark Curse for Flammability and take the Life/Mana Leech nodes under Duelist to retain proper recovery
  5. Take two Jewel Sockets and use both of the Combat Focus Jewels to make Elemental Hit pick only the Fire Element

Recommended leveling items:

Goldrim Goldrim - one of the best leveling helmets in Path of Exile
+(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)
Lochtonial CaressLochtonial Caress - one of the best leveling gloves in Path of Exile, and they are available as early as level 1
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(15-10)% reduced maximum Mana
10% chance to gain a Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charge on Kill
Karui WardKarui Ward - grants amazing DPS boost to any bow builds during leveling
+(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 - extremely powerful Bow for Elemental Hit builds, which can also be used in the end-game (it is much cheaper than The Tempest and the difference in DPS is rather small)
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed

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. Fast and Deadly
  3. Gathering Winds
  4. Ricochet


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] Elemental Hit
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - your primary source of DPS
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Cold to Fire Support Cold to Fire Support - converts 50% of Cold Damage to Fire allowing 100% conversion
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Chain Support Chain Support - makes your Elemental Hit chain to nearby enemies
Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support - makes Elemental Hit penetrate a big portion of monsters' Fire Resistance
Optional gem options
Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support - should replace Chain Support again tougher Bosses
[CURSE] Flammability setup
Orb of Storms Orb of Storms - will apply your Curse and generate Power Charges
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - makes supported spells apply the supported Curse
Flammability Flammability - the recommended Curse for this build
Power Charge on Critical Support Power Charge on Critical Support - makes Orb of Storms generate Power Charges
[AURA] Vaal Grace
Hatred Vaal Grace - Grace should be used as an Aura and it can be switched between Haste, according to your personal preference and tier of maps you are farming
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Vaal Haste setup
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - increases your Attack and Movement Speed for a brief duration
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast supported spells after a certain amount of damage is taken by the player. Do not upgrade it above level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep this Gem at level 3
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - will extend the duration of Immortal Call and Vaal Haste effects
[UTILITY] Ice Golem / Blood Rage setup
Ice Golem Ice Golem - Ice Golem grants increased chance to Critically Hit and increased Accuracy Rating
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases Attack Speed, Life Leech, and generates Frenzy Charges
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - this time use it at max. level
[MOBILITY] Blink Arrow setup
Ice Golem Blink Arrow - your main mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support  
[UTILITY] Phase Run setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - in this setup, keep this Gem at level 5
Blood Rage Phase Run - grants increased Movement Speed and makes you less visible to enemies (making them more likely to target your Golem or clones created by Blink Arrow)
[UTILITY] Arctic Armour
Arctic Armour Arctic Armour - grants extra Physical and Fire Damage mitigation while stationary. If you are facing Mana issues you can "disable" this Spell on lower levels when it's not exactly necessary

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5. Gear Setup

This Elemental Hit Fire Conversion Deadeye is a very budget friendly build and below you will find all the recommended gear. If you would like to have the end-game items also added here please let us know in the comments below. 

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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. Fire Damage/Elemental Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Attack Speed
  6. Accuracy Rating (at least 90% is recommended)
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - one of the best helmets for this build. At the same time, it is very cheap and easily obtainable even early in the League
50% reduced Damage when on Low Life
+(50-70) to Dexterity
10% increased Attack Speed
25% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(100-130)% increased Evasion Rating
+(80-100) to maximum Life
150% increased Global Evasion Rating when on Low Life
Helmet enchantments:
Elemental Hit deals 40% increased Damage
The Tempest(Weapon) The Tempest - this is one of the best bows for this build and at the same time it is quite cheap (Storm Cloud is even cheaper and just slightly less powerful)
No Physical Damage
100% increased Lightning Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
Quiver(Quiver) Rare Life/Crit quiver - preferably Harbinger Bow for the extra crit chance
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
20% Increased Critical Strike Multiplier
20% Increased Critical Strike Chance
20% Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Optional affixes:
Increased Attack Speed
Added Fire Damage to Attacks
Daresso's Defiance(Body Armour) Daresso's Defiance - very good option for this build. It also received significant buff in Patch 3.5 increasing the effect of Onslaught by 60-100%
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(160-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(60-90) to maximum Life
(0.4-0.6)% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
6% chance to Dodge Attack Hits
You lose all Endurance Charges when Hit
You gain an Endurance Charge on Kill
You gain Onslaught for 5 seconds per Endurance Charge when Hit
(60-100)% increased Onslaught Effect
Zodiac Leather(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - basically any armour will do but Endurance Charges and Onslaught are always nice
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
2000 Evasion Rating
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
22% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
22% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
10% all Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Evasion Rating
Call of the Brotherhood(Ring) Call of the Brotherhood - mandatory item for this build, which allows 90% Lightning Damage conversion to Fire
+(12-16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
+(15-25) to Intelligence
(15-25)% increased Lightning Damage
(30-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
40% of Lightning Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Your spells have 100% chance to Shock against Frozen Enemies
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Ring
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
50 maximum Mana
25% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
200 Accuracy Rating
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
Rare boots(Boots) Rare Boots - get a pair with the highest maximum Life and Movement Speed bonuses you can afford
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% increased Movement Speed
24% Fire Resistance
40% Lightning Resistance
24% Cold Resistance
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
22% Fire Resistance
22% Lightning Resistance
22% Cold Resistance
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - extra attack speed may be a good addition in end-game versions of this build
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
28% Fire resistance
38% Lightning resistance
28% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
high Evasion Rating
increased Attack Speed
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - the recommended jewels will not be the best in the slot but should be relatively cheap
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Global Accuracy Rating
increased Attack Speed with Bows
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Combat Focus(Jewels) Combat Focus - Crimson jewel that blocks the Cold element
Elemental Hit deals (10-15)% increased Damage
With 40 total Strength and Intelligence in Radius, Elemental Hit cannot choose Cold
Combat Focus(Jewels) Combat Focus - Viridian jewel that blocks the Lightning element
Elemental Hit deals (10-15)% increased Damage
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Elemental Hit cannot choose Lightning
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill)
  3. Catalysed Eternal Mana Flask of Reflexes (increased Evasion Rating)
  4. Ample Diamond Flask of Grounding (increased Crit. Chance)
  5. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
Divine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskEternal Mana FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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