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Flicker Strike Ascendant Scion Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Flicker Strike Ascendant Scion Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

One of the fastest builds in Path of Exile. Zip around maps, instantly obliterating enemies with this seizure-inducing build

Flicker Strike
Ascendant/Scion build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
December 18, 2018
-Updated for Patch 3.5

Flicker Strike is the build with one of the fastest clear speed in the entire game. Zipping around entire maps, killing whole packs of monsters in no time while maintaining very high defenses is what make this build insanely good. On top of that, Flicker Strike scales not only with increased physical and melee damage but is also tagged as a movement skill, which combined with Bronn’s Lithe gives an amazing result. With this guide, you can play this build with either one or two-handed swords,  so if you are a fan of Terminus Est, The Dancing Dervish or Starforge, you can use them as well. New Unique two-handed sword Oni-Goroshi added in patch 3.1 also provides new options for this build in the endgame, and is a great leveling weapon at the same time, thanks to damage scaling with character level.

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1. Gameplay

This build is hybrid between melee and range, due to the mechanics of Flicker Strike, which teleports you between monsters, while doing damage in melee range. The build is very straightforward to play – you are killing whole screens with your Flicker Strike, and its' cooldown can be bypassed by expanding frenzy charges from Blood Rage skill. Endurance charges from The Red Nightmare jewel and Fortify effect from Champion ascendancy provides you with a lot of defenses, making it very easy to survive while teleporting all over the screen.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • insane clear speed
  • very high single-target and AoE damage
  • versatile build which has many variations of viable items and weapons
  • up to 100% Critical Strike Chance
  • very high defenses thanks to endurances charges and Fortify buff
CONS
  • it’s not viable for Hardcore mode because you can teleport yourself into dangerous situations
  • expensive if you want to reach this builds' maximum potential

3. Leveling tips

It’s recommended to use Oni-Goroshi or dual wield one-handed swords with the highest physical damage possible while leveling. For skill part, it’s recommended to use Cleave and Blade Flurry, and switch to Flicker Strike when you meat the level requirements to use all the endgame items. Try to level Flicker Strike Gems setup in your spare sockets.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cleave Cleave - Cleave will be first skill you are using, and replace it with Blade Flurry as soon as you hit level 28
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - great buff to your DPS
Maim Support Maim Support - this will increase your damage and maim enemies on hit, which slows their movement speed and increases the damage they take
Blade Flurry setup
Blade Flurry Blade Flurry  - you should start using Blade Flurry as soon as you hit level 28. We will use most of the Support Gems that are being used with Flicker Strike, so it will be easier to transition to FS when you can use all the required gear
Maim Support Maim Support
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - it's the most important Support Gem for this build. Buy it in act 2 as soon as you hit level 18
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support – increases your chance to Critically Strike
Utility Gems
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief – this totem increases your melee damage and deals a lot of damage by itself, which might come in handy versus strong rare monsters or bosses. You can buy it at level 28. You can link it to Maim, Faster Attacks and Culling Strike Support Gems to increase its damage
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. Will increase the chance to Critically Strike cursed enemies
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - this will be your movement skill, that you are going to use the whole game, combined with Faster Attacks will help you clear locations faster
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash – combined with Blade Flurry release explosions, which will obliterate big packs

Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Constitution 2) Eagle Eye 3) Strong Arm 4) Juggernaut

74 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Versatility 2) Blade Master 3) Barbarism 4) Disemboweling 5) Revenge of the Hunted 6) Acrobatics 7) Fangs of the Viper

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - a great Physical DPS leveling ring. Available as soon as level 1 will grant you amazing DPS bonuses
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
 
Belt of the DeceiverBelt of the Deceiver - extremely powerful belt, provides life, resistances and intimidate, which increases damage monsters receive by 10%. We are going to use it in endgame as well
(25-35) to Strength
(15-25)% increased Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
 
Wake of DestructionWake of Destruction - extremely powerful boots. This pair gives you a lot of damage and is available from level 28
Adds 1 to 120 Lightning Damage to Attacks
(20-60)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(10-20) Life gained on Kill
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
15% increased Movement Speed
 
Oni-GoroshiOni-Goroshi - definitely best in slot weapon for leveling, can be used in endgame as well (always have 6-links allowing to use 5 Support Gems since early levels)
Uses both hand slots
(70-90)% increased Critical Strike Chance
Adds 2 to 3 Physical Damage to Attacks per Level
Gain Her Embrace for 3 seconds when you Ignite an Enemy
While in Her Embrace, take 0.5% of your total Maximum Life and Energy Shield as Fire Damage per second per Level
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
 

The Goddess ScornedThe Goddess Scorned - another nice sword, that will use both hand slots, very high base critical strike chance combined with Increase Critical Strike Chance Support Gem and passive nodes will make it hit like a truck

+190 to Accuracy Rating
Uses both hand slots
(250-300)% increased Physical Damage
(90-110)% increased Critical Strike Chance
+(20-30)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
+(40-50)% to Fire Resistance
Cannot be Ignited
100% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Ignited Enemies Burn 50% faster
You can only deal Damage with this Weapon and Ignite
 

Rigwald's ChargeRingwald's Charge - if you prefer two-handed sword it’s a nice option for leveling, can be used since level 44

+305 to Accuracy Rating
(120-150)% increased Physical Damage
20% increased Attack Speed
+(150-200) to Accuracy Rating
10% increased Movement Speed

 

 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Shadow Ascendancy - Assassin
  2. Path of the Shadow
  3. Ranger Ascendancy - Raider

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] Flicker Strike 6L setup
Flicker Strike Flicker Strike - your main DPS skill. It grants amazing AoE, and very good single target DPS
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - the most important Support Gem for damage increase
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - great Support Gem, doubles your base critical strike chance, which scales very well with all critical strike multipliers nodes on Skill Tree and affixes on your equipment
Maim Support Maim Support - increases physical damage and maim enemies, which increases the damage they take
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - boosts your attack speed by a lot, and will make your Flicker Strike hit 2 additional times
Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support - each hit of your Flicker Strike will also deal damage to nearby enemies
[UTILITY] Vaal Haste and Immortal Call
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - Vaal Aura which briefly increases your Attack, Cast, and Movement Speed
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - will cast supported spells after a certain amount of damage is taken. Keep this Gem at level 5
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. Keep this Gem at level 7
Increased Duration Increased Duration Support
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades -  your mobility skill, used for faster transition between packs of monsters. If you plan to use a two-hander, it should be replaced with Leap Slam
Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support - it will make Whirling Blades casting cost taken from Life instead of Mana
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - it will make your whirling blades cast faster
Fortify Fortify Support - increases physical damage and grants the Fortify effect. Buff reduces your damage taken by 20%
[CURSE] Assassin's Mark Aura
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - recommended curse for this build. Increases Frenzy Charge generation
Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support - makes your curse work as an aura around you
[UTILITY] Ice Golem
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - increases your Accuracy Rating and Chance to Critically Hit
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support
[UTILITY] Blood Rage
Blood Rage Blood Rage - on top of increasing your Attack Speed and Life Leech, Blood Rage is our primary way to generate Frenzy Charges


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5. Gear Setup

Flicker Strike Ascendant/Scion is extremely versatile build. It can be played with a lot of different item variations. In general, it is rather expensive to build, assuming you want to truly have fun with it. It is best played with a 6 linked Flicker Strike setup, and either Starforge or 380 Physical DPS one-handed swords (each worth at least a couple Exalted Orbs). Having said that, we would like to invite you to our PoE Currency market, where you can easily restock the missing Orbs to complete your desired build.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully
  3. Save you at least a couple of hours, as it's already all planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Physical Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Accuracy Rating (at least 90% is recommended)
  6. Attack Speed
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - beginner and budget-friendly option for the helmet slot. Grants a lot of extra DPS and critical strike chance which scales well with our critical strike multiplier nodes
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
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - best in slot helm. It provides one of the biggest damage boosts in this build thanks to a lot of flat Physical Damage and Critical Strike Multiplier
Adds 40 to 60 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(20-25) to all Attributes
+(100-125)% to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
(100-120)% increased Armour
(40-50)% increased Physical Damage taken
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Flicker Strike Damage
Jewelled Foil(Weapon) Rare Sword - this weapon is the best for damage output. Preferably it should be Jewelled Foil base type
Min. requirements:
300 Physical DPS
1.75 Attack Speed
7% Critical Strike Chance 
Optional affixes:
Increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Lycosidae(Shield) Lycosidae - if you decide to go one-handed Sword, it's best to use Lycosidae shield with it. That way you can save a lot of effort to increases your Accuracy Rating
+(10-20) to maximum Life
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(120-160) to Armour
+(30-40) to maximum Life
Your hits can't be Evaded
+(3-5)% Chance to Block
Adds 250 to 300 Cold Damage to Counterattacks
Starforge(Weapon) Starforge - if you prefer to use two-handed weapons, it’s the sword to go. One of the highest physical damage swords in the game, and on top of that can shock enemies. Don't use Hatred Aura if you decide to use Starforge
30% increased Accuracy Rating
(400-500)% increased Physical Damage
(5-8)% increased Attack Speed
+(90-100) to maximum Life
20% increased Area of Effect for Attacks
Deal no Elemental Damage
Your Physical Damage can Shock
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Terminus Est(Weapon) Terminus Est - another great two-handed sword, that generates frenzy charges by itself, so you don’t need to use Blood Rage
+360 to Accuracy Rating
(220-260)% increased Physical Damage
20% increased Attack Speed
(50-75)% increased Critical Strike Chance
+10 Mana gained on Kill
10% increased Movement Speed
Gain a Frenzy Charge on Critical Strike
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - best in slot armour for this build. You should link Flicker Strike with all Support Gems in this piece. This chest gives an insane amount of Life for your build and extra Elemental Resistances which helps you cap them
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
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Bronn's Lithe(Body Armour) Bronn’s Lithe -this chest provides insane damage boost at the cost of defensive stats. Flicker Strike is considered movement skill, so this chest provides up to 50% increased damage and adds 2 FS Gem levels
+2 to Level of Socketed Movement Gems
10% increased Attack Speed
(35-50)% increased Damage with Movement Skills
(200-250)% increased Evasion Rating
10% increased Movement Speed
15% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've used a Movement Skill Recently
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - get a pair with the highest maximum Life bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
20% increased Movement Speed
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Kaom's Roots(Boots) Kaom’s Roots – while they don’t provide any Elemental Resistances, they give an extremely high amount of flat life. If you want to use it, you should add more elemental resistances in different parts of your gear in order to cap resistances
Has no Sockets
Cannot be Knocked Back
+(150-200) to maximum Life
You cannot be slowed to below the base speed
Unwavering Stance
Boots enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Leather 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
Belt of the Deceiver(Belt) Belt of the Deceiver - despite being very cheap, it’s a mighty belt. It provides life, resistances and on top of that it increases damage monsters receive by 10%
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet – if you decided to use more unique items in this build, you should get more elemental resistances on the amulet slot to cap them
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Accuracy Rating
Attributes
Steel RingSteel Ring(Ring) Rare Steel Rings - same as the amulet, remember to cap resistances with the rings
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 10 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Accuracy Rating
Spiked Gloves(Gloves) Rare Spiked Gloves - extra attack speed may be a good addition to the 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
Accuracy Rating
Maligaro's Virtuosity(Gloves) Maligaro’s Virtuosity - this is a very good pair of gloves. They provide a lot of damage increase at the cost of defensive stats. They are an excellent option if you can cap your Elemental Resistances without the rare pair of gloves
+(20-30) to Dexterity
5% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(20-30)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
(60-80)% increased Evasion Rating
Glove enchantment:
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Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare jewels - this should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Generic/Physical Damage
increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
The Green Nightmare(Jewel) The Green Nightmare - additional damage, chance to dodge and chance to gain Frenzy Charges on kill. The best spot for this jewel is in the jewel socket right over the "Juggernaut" major Passive
Gain 5% of Cold Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
Passives granting Cold Resistance or all Elemental Resistances in Radius
also grant Chance to Dodge Attacks at 35% of its value
Passives granting Cold Resistance or all Elemental Resistances in Radius
also grant an equal chance to gain a Frenzy Charge on Kill
The Red Nightmare(Jewel) The Red Nightmare - additional damage, chance to block and chance to gain endurance charges on kill. The best spot for this jewel is in the jewel socket under the Scion starting point
Gain 5% of Fire Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
Passives granting Fire Resistance or all Elemental Resistances in Radius
also grant Chance to Block at 35% of its value
Passives granting Fire Resistance or all Elemental Resistances in Radius
also grant an equal chance to gain an Endurance Charge on Kill
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - great flask, which provides both additional cold damage based on physical damage, reduces a lot of incoming cold damage and grants freeze/chill immunity
+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
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion’s Roar - increases your melee damage, armour and adds knocback to your attacks
+3000 to Armour
Adds Knockback to Melee Attacks during Flask effect
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(20-25)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area when you use a Flask
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri’s Promise - grants additional Chaos Damage and Resistance, and Life Leech
+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
Sin's Rebirth(Flask) Sin’s Rebirth - grants immunity to ignite and  Unholy Might effect which grants additional chaos damage based on physical damage
Gain Unholy Might during Flask Effect
Immunity to Ignite during Flask effect
Removes Burning on use
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Cautious Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
Taste of HateLion's RoarAtziri's PromiseSin's RebirthDivine Life Flask


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