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Galvanic/Lightning Arrow Chaos Trickster Build

Galvanic/Lightning Arrow Chaos Trickster Build

An extremely fast Map farming build based on Galvanic/Lightning Arrow and Chaos Damage conversion

Galvanic/Lightning Arrow
Chaos Conversion
Trickster build

Updated for Patch 3.12

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Guide notes
November 19, 2020
-Build created
November 29, 2020
-Added gameplay video


Galvanic Arrow is one of the most visually appealing Bow Attacks in the game, which combined with Barrage Support and high Attack Speed makes it deal very high AoE damage in a cone shape in front of you. This is your primary single-target DPS ability which feels like you would be firing a powerful shotgun with a massive spread. Galvanic Arrow can be played in many ways, like most of the standard Bow Attacks, but this wouldn't differ much from our Tornado Shot or Ice Shot Ranger builds, so we have decided to make it a little bit different. We have picked Trickster Ascendancy and Eternity Shroud to provide high Elemental to Chaos Conversion, which you benefit from twice, by converting Galvanic/Lightning Arrow's base Lightning Damage to Cold by using two Call of the Brotherhood Rings. If you can manage to obtain all the gear pieces which are influenced by the Shaper, you will get tons of extra added Damage and Ignore enemies' Chaos Resistance entirely. At the same time, Trickster offers second to none mobility and speed, which combined with Lightning Arrow's chain and radius, makes this one of the fastest and most efficient farming builds for a Bow character.

The only downside here is that it's quite expensive. This build requires specific Uniques, which in the best case scenario should be influenced by the Shaper. Only with full Shaper gear, you will deal enough damage against end-game Bosses to farm them efficiently, otherwise, it's just a solid Tier 15-16 Map Farming build.

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1. Gameplay

In terms of playstyle, this is a typical ranged/bow build that utilizes two different Attacks for general clearing and single-target damage. You are going to use Galvanic Arrow which deals area damage in front of your character, which has a small radius but deals very high damage, and for general clearing/farming, you will be using Lightning Arrow which has an increased number of Projectiles, deals damage to additional targets after the first one, and Chains to additional enemies multiplying its effect. It will also create a Mirage Archer (if you are going to use the corresponding Support Gem that we strongly recommend using) allowing you to quickly progress through areas while it continuously uses the skill for a few seconds duration. For the defenses, this build offers a decent Life pool with high Dodge and Ghost Shrouds from Trickster's Ascendancy which reduces your damage taken, and grants Stun immunity (among other less significant bonuses). 

0:08 Tier 16 Chateau
0:25 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
0:58 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
1:42 Tier 16 Siege
2:03 Tier 16 Volcano

This video was recorded on a level 94 Trickster with approximately 4,500 Maximum Life and 2.33kk Shaper DPS with Galvanic Arrow. We only had 6 Shaper Items so the damage against Bosses was a bit low, but it was still possible to take down most of the content 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • fantastic clear speed with tons of chaining projectiles that hit multiple targets
  • amazing mobility
  • it's a unique non-meta build 
  • all content viable
  • reliable defenses with high damage reduction bonuses and Dodge
  • low Life pool
  • mediocre single-target damage which requires you to equip all Shaper items to deal with end-game Bosses


3. Leveling tips

Leveling with Bows is very easy as it offers great clear speed and solid damage. When you combine it with Trickster's fantastic mobility, you should be able to complete the campaign in a jiffy. Lightning Arrow offers amazing clear speed and it's pretty much all you need for this phase of the game. You can still use Galvanic Arrow as extra damage against Bosses while your Mirage Archer keeps the Lightning Arrow up. Below you will find the recommended leveling setups and several powerful Unique Items that will help you rush through the campaign. On all the other equipment you are looking to get Added Elemental Damage to Attacks, Maximum Life, Resistances, and possibly Movement Speed.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Lightning Arrow setup
Lightning Arrow Lightning Arrow - your primary skill in this build for general clearing and killing trash enemies. It will also deal extra damage even when you are busy firing Galvanic Arrow thanks to the use of Mirage Archer Support
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - creates a Mirage Archer on your back that will use linked Skill (Lightning Arrow in this case) with reduced damage and Attack Speed
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - adds high bonus Lightning Damage to linked skills
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - greatly increases Elementa Damage dealt by linked attacks
Galvanic Arrow setup
Galvanic Arrow Galvanic Arrow - whether you use Galvanic Arrow for the leveling as well, is entirely up to you. Though it will surely offer more Boss damage and since it's one of the core abilities used here, it's recommended to level it up at least while completing the storyline
Barrage Support Barrage Support - greatly increases the single-target damage of Galvanic Arrow
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Utility Gems
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - you won't be using a Golem on higher levels, but during leveling the extra Accuracy and Crit. Chance will make a difference
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - a Mark (old Curse) type of Spell which increases your Projectile Damage significantly against targeted enemy
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - adds extra Lightning Damage to your Attacks
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - another Herald Spell which adds Cold Damage and causes AoE explosions when you slay frozen enemies
Dash Dash - the recommended Movement Skill for this build


We recommend killing all bandits for the additional 2 Passive Points but if your effective chance to Critically Hit is close to 100% the extra Multiplier from helping Alira may be a better option

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Assassination 2) Revenge of the Hunted 3) Forces of Nature 4) Herbalism

63 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) King of the Hill/Master Fletcher 2) Primeval Force 3) Lethality 4) Thick Skin 5) Far Sight

Recommended leveling items:

Storm Cloud Storm Cloud - alongside its Fated version, this is one of the best Bows for the leveling phase when playing Lightning Arrow Trickster
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
PrismweavePrismweave - an excellent Belt that adds a ton of extra Elemental Damage to your Attacks
(12-24)% increased Global Physical Damage
Adds (7-8) to (15-16) Fire Damage to Attacks
Adds (5-6) to (12-14) Cold Damage to Attacks
Adds 1 to (30-34) Lightning Damage to Attacks
+(6-8)% to all Elemental Resistances
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills during any Flask Effect
10% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Karui WardKarui Ward - the best Amulet for leveling with Bows
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
GoldrimGoldrim - the best Helmet for leveling which grants a lot of extra 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)


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Using Point Blank is optional, if you are comfortable staying in Melee range versus Bosses, it's best to use it for the extra damage, but if you are playing it safe from a distance, it's better to skip it entirely

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Swift Killer
  2. Harness the Void
  3. Ghost Dance
  4. Escape Artist


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


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Lightning Arrow
(general usage and AoE DPS)
Lightning Arrow Lightning Arrow - one of the core skills used in this build. It will fire multiple piercing projectiles, which also hit additional targets next to the initial one. This skill is used for general clearing, as it damages enemies all over your screen
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - creates a spectral archer on your back who will use Lightning Arrow for you, however, with reduced speed and damage
Physical to Lightning Physical to Lightning Support - allows you to convert 100% of your Physical Damage to Lightning, which is then converted to Cold by your Rings
Chain Support Chain Support - projectiles from linked skills will Chain to additional enemies greatly increasing your clear speed
Greater Multiple Projectiles Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of your Lightning Arrow's projectiles
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - reduces the Mana Cost of linked Skills and grants high Elemental Damage and Crit. Chance bonus
[DPS] Galvanic Arrow
Galvanic Arrow Galvanic Arrow - this skill offers the highest Bleeding Damage out of all skills that can be used with Bows. It's used solely for taking down Bosses so you will be fine with it firing just one projectile
Barrage Support Barrage Support - supported skill fires additional projectiles in very quick succession and in a linear pattern, greatly increasing the skill's single-target damage
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Hypothermia Hypothermia Support - increases your damage significantly against chilled enemies
Physical to Lightning Physical to Lightning Support
[UTILITY] Sniper's Mark
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - a Mark Spell which greatly increases your damage with projectiles against affected targets. It's used to boost your damage against Bosses mainly
Dash Dash - the recommended Mobility Skill. It gives you a quick way to avoid Attacks and Spells and progress through areas faster
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - increases the number of Dash's Charges and increases their cooldown recovery speed
Wrath Wrath - grants a high bonus to your Lightning Damage
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - grants flat added Lightning Damage to your Spells and Attacks
Precision Precision - use a low-level Precision (between 4 and 10 depending on your Mana pool) which grants increased Accuracy and Critical Strike Chance
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces Mana Reservation cost of Supported Spells. Has to be level 2 or higher to have any effect
[UTILITY] Ensnaring Arrow
Ensnaring Arrow Ensnaring Arrow - a very useful Bow Attack that slows down enemies and increases Projectile Damage they take. This Skill will be used by your Ranged Attack Totem
Ranged Attack Totem Support Ranged Attack Totem Support - allows you to place a Totem which will use Ensnaring Arrow for you
[UTILITY]  Immortal Call
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts Supported Spells after you take a certain amount of damage. Use a level 11 Gem here for more frequent casts
Immortal Call Immortal Call - the recommended Guard Spell for this build which will greatly reduce incoming Physical and Elemental Damage. Use a level 13 Gem so that it's triggered automatically
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for Galvanic/Lightning Arrow Chaos Conversion Trickster. This build requires a number of specific Uniques and is best played with a full set of Shaper Items, so it doesn't leave much space for creativity. It's not exactly a budget-friendly build either if you are looking to farm high Tier Bosses, but if you just want a non-meta Map farming build - it will do the job more than fine. 

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The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Help you cap your Elemental 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. Added Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Added Lightning Damage to Attacks
  6. Accuracy Rating
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - just try getting as much Life and Resistances here as possible. It should be easy to get a Shaper-base Helmet with such affixes
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
90% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Helmet enchantments:
15% of Galvanic Arrow Physical Damage gained as extra Lightning Damage
Lightning Arrow hits 2 additional Enemies
Bow(Weapon) Rare Bow - the BiS option in the Weapon slot. You are looking for the highest possible Physical DPS, and possibly a Shaper one. Obviously, a Shaper base will be much more expensive, so if you want to ignore Monster's Chaos Resistance entirely, you are looking to lose at least 20% of your Bow's base DPS
Min. requirements:
400 Physical DPS
Optional affixes:
Shaper base
Critical Strike Multiplier
Gain % of Elemental Damage as Chaos Damage
Rare Quiver(Quiver) Rare Quiver - another BiS option which should grant high Maximum Life and additional DPS bonuses (there are plenty of useful affixes it can carry for this build) 
Min. requirements:
90 Maximum Life
30% Elemental Damage with Attacks
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Critical Strike Chance
Elemental Resistances
Eternity Shroud(Body Armour) The Eternity Shroud - build defining Item which grants tons of extra Chaos Damage per Shaper Item equipped. It has increased effect thanks to Lightning -> Cold Conversion from two Call of the Brotherhood Rings
Trigger Level 20 Glimpse of Eternity when Hit
(100-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(70-100) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Gain (3-5)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage per Shaper Item Equipped
Hits ignore Enemy Monster Chaos Resistance if all Equipped Items are Shaper Items
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - get a pair with the highest maximum defensive stats and high Movement Speed. Again, preferably a Shaper pair
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35 Strength
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
Elemental Resistances
Boot enchantments:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Adds 1 to 160 Lightning Damage if you haven't Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - Stygian Vise with appropriate stats will be your best choice
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Increased Damage/Elemental Damage
Citrine Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - primarily focus on getting Life, Attributes and Crit multiplier on a Shaper Ring. Then you can try getting some extra DPS mods
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
35 Strength
35 Intelligence
30% Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Gain % of Physical Damage as Extra Lightning Damage
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Recommended Anointments:
Divine Wrath
Call of the Brotherhood(Ring) Call of the Brotherhood - you need to equip to of those for nearly 100% Lightning to Cold Damage Conversion. You can also try getting Shaper's Call of the Brotherhood Rings, but they will be among the most expensive items in this build. Also, make sure to use Catalyst on them to increase the values of Elemental affixes
+(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 Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - primarily focus defensive Stats here and extra Accuracy
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
400 Accuracy Rating
Optional affixes:
Projectile Attack Damage
Added Physical/Lightning Damage to Attacks
Lioneye's Fall(Jewel) Lioneye's Fall - it has to be socketed above Acrobatics to turn all the Claw/Dagger nodes above to apply to your Bows and grant very high DPS bonuses and Leech
Melee and Melee Weapon Type modifiers in Radius are Transformed to Bow Modifiers
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - the Jewel which increases your DPS significantly. You can get one that boosts your damage while you are affected by Wrath and/or Precision and a bunch of bonuses will work for this build
(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:
Gain a Flask Charge when you deal a Critical Strike while affected by Precision
(40-60)% increased Attack Damage while affected by Precision
+(20-30)% to Critical Strike Multiplier while affected by Precision|
Gain (15-25)% of Physical Damage as Extra Lightning Damage while affected by Wrath
(40-60)% increased Lightning Damage while affected by Wrath
Thread of Hope(Jewel) Thread of Hope - another must-have Jewel in this build. You need to get one with a "Medium Ring" modifier on it. It will allow you to pick up Passives that allow you to get Frenzy and Endurance Charges and increase your damage based on the number of active Charges you have
Only affects Passives in <size> Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
Allocates Passives:
Disciple of the Unyielding
Disciple of the Slaughter
Fury Bolts
Viridan Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and Damage Bonuses
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Critical Strike Multiplier (Global/with Elemental Skills)
Optional affixes:
Damage with Bows
Rare Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewel - you should get one Abyss Jewel with a chance to gain Onslaught buff and some extra Life
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Chance to gain Onslaught buff on kill
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Added Physical/Lightning Damage to Attacks
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - a must-have Flask for this build. It adds extra damage based on your Physical Damage and converted Lightning and Cold Damage types
+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
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Quartz Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
  3. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Adrenaline (Increased Movement Speed)
  4. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
Atziri's PromiseDivine Life FlaskQuartz FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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