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Hopeshredder Scourge Arrow Raider build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Hopeshredder Scourge Arrow Raider build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Swift and deadly Raider build based on the Elder Hopeshredder bow and the new Scourge Arrow Attack Gem

Scourge Arrow Raider build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
October 10, 2018
-Build created
December 21, 2018
-Updated for Patch 3.5

Scourge Arrow is a very powerful channeled Bow Attack introduced in Patch 3.4. While it has been most popular in Poison/Chaos builds because of the Physical to Chaos Damage conversion, there are no reasons to not use it with an Elemental Bow, and enjoy the 650% increased Damage when releasing the skill at five stacks. Our build revolves around Hopeshredder and Raider class for maximizing the effectiveness of Frenzy Charges. This build provides insane DPS, and easily 330% bonus Movement Speed (if you decide to use Quicksilver Flask and Phasing).

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1. Gameplay

Hopeshredder Scourge Arrow Raider is a Ranged/Elemental build with insane Cold DPS nearly 300% bonus Movement Speed and high Dodge Chance and Evasion Rating. The main idea behind this build is to release Scourge Arrow at 5 stages for insane Damage bonuses caused by Hits. Scourge Arrow one-shots everything on the map except for Bosses. Also, killing frozen enemies causes additional explosions from Herald of Ice greatly increases your clear speed. The only downside of this build is the low Life pool it has, but it can be nullified by adding Life bonus items in the Helmet, Gloves, and Boots slot.

0:06 Tier 15 Reef
0:27 Tier 13 Villa (Enslaver Boss)
0:54 Tier 15 Basilica
1:27 Tier 15 Lava Lake

This video was recorded on a level 89 Raider on Delve Softcore equipped with Rare Body Armour. Queen of the Forest makes the character even faster!

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • terrific DPS (both single-target and AoE) with over 1,000,000 Shaper DPS
  • can easily reach over 300% bonus Movement Speed
  • high Evasion and Dodge Chance
  • all content viable
  • vulnerable to Elemental Reflect
  • vulnerable to Frostbite Curse
  • backtracking may require you to get rid of Frenzy Charges by using Phase Run
  • the optimal gear listed provides mediocre Life

3. Leveling tips

We recommend playing this build with Elemental Hit, which provides high DPS and will let you easily switch to your final build without refunding half of your Passive Skills. It's best to be played with the Storm Cloud or the Tempest bow. Most of your Rare and Magic gear should focus on defensive stats, Movement Speed and Attack Speed bonuses.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Elemental Hit setup
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - very good leveling skill which deals high damage based mainly on Passive Skills and your weapon's Attack Speed
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - summons a Mirage Archer on your back which uses the Supported Skill with slightly reduced Attack Speed and Damage
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attack Support - increases Chaos Damage dealt by supported skills
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Elemental Hit's projectiles
Utility Gems
Haste Haste - increases your Movement Speed and Attack Speed
Projectile Weakness Projectile Weakness - recommended Curse for this build
Ice Golem Ice Golem - grants increased Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy Rating
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - Movement Skill that can be used with Bows


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

38 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Heart of Oak 3) Herbalism 4) Primeval Force 5) Revenge of the Haunted 6) Blood Drinker

58 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Lethality 2) King of the Hill 3) Assassination 4) Thick Skin

Recommended leveling items:

GoldrimGoldrim - the best leveling Helmet 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)
Storm CloudStorm Cloud - the best leveling Bow for this build. You can replace it with the Fated version at level 32
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed

Storm CloudThe Tempest - Fated version of Storm Cloud. It doubles your damage when Elemental Hit chooses Lightning

No Physical Damage
100% increased Lightning Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed

Karui WardKarui Ward - one of the best leveling Amulets for Bow characters

+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Rapid Assault
  2. Avatar of the Chase
  3. Way of the Poacher
  4. Avatar of the Slaughter


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] Scourge Arrow
Toxic Rain Scourge Arrow - primary Skill in this build. It deals insane damage basically one-shotting everything except for Bosses
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds flat Cold Damage to supported skills
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - greatly increases Elemental Damage
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - increases the damage you deal to frozen and chilled enemies
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support - grants very high bonus Cold Damage based on the number of Frenzy Charges
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - increases Critical Strike Chance of your Scourge Arrow
[DPS] Rain of Arrows
Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows - is mainly used to clear white mobs, you can still do it with Scourge Arrows but it slows you down a bit
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts supported spells when you take a certain amount of damage
Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - Ice Golem increases your Crit. Chance and Accuracy Rating
[MOBILITY] Blink Arrow
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - the only movement skill which can be used with Bows
[UTILITY] Phase Run
Phase Run Phase Run - Phase Run grants increased Movement Speed, but it's mainly used in this build to get rid off unwanted Frenzy Charges. It comes in handy if you need to backtrack a bit or you are running Elemental Weakness Map and can feel the Hopeshredder's DoT
[UTILITY] Herald of Ice
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants extra Cold Damage and will make frozen enemies explode and deals extra AoE Damage
[UTILITY] Vaal Impurity of Ice
Vaal Impurity of Ice Vaal Impurity of Ice - it is used for both Purity of Ice Aura and the Vaal skill which makes you ignore Cold Resistance of nearby enemies for a brief duration
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Vaal Haste
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-cats support spells. Keep this Gem at level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. Do not upgrade it above level 3
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - provides increased Attack and Movement Speed for a brief duration
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
[CURSE] Projectile Weakness
Orb of Storms Orb of Storms - Orb of Storms is used to generate Frenzy Charges and apply the supported Curse
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - makes supported spell apply supported Curse
Projectile Weakness Projectile Weakness - recommended Curse for this build. If you time Vaal Impurity of Ice well, Projectile Weakness will grant higher bonus DPS
PcoC Power Charge on Critical Support - makes Orb of Storms generate Power Charges

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find the recommended gear for this build. Our suggested items grant the highest Movement Speed and clear speed, while you can also you the alt items to increase your Life and survivability. Depending on your character level and gear, and whether you want to farm Maps or defeat end-game Bosses, you may swap your gear and match it with your current objective. 

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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. Cold Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Evasion Rating
  6. Attack Speed
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - grants very high bonus Movement Speed and good DPS bonus. The downside of this Helmet is negligible in this purely Elemental build
10% reduced Global Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - is one of the best Helmets for this build in terms of defensive utility
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(Helmet) Rare Helmet - preferably Evasion-based
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
High Evasion Rating
Helmet enchantment:
Scourge Arrow deals 40% increased Damage
Scourge Arrow creates an additional spore pod at Maximum Stages
Queen of the Forest(Body Armour) Queen of the Forest - the best in the Slot for this build. With Queen of the Forest, you can easily reach over 300% bonus Movement Speed
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(200-240)% increased Evasion Rating
+(60-70) to maximum Life
+(6-10)% to Fire Resistance
+(26-40)% to Cold Resistance
+(11-25)% to Lightning Resistance
25% reduced Movement Speed
1% increased Movement Speed per 450 Evasion Rating, up to 100%
-(50-40) Physical Damage taken when Hit by Animals
Zodiac Leather(Body Armour) Rare Armour - can be relatively cheap and do the job just fine
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
1500 Evasion Rating
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Chance to Dodge Attacks
Hyrri's Demise(Weapon) Hyrri's Demise - grants high bonus Cold Damage and All Attribute bonuses which lets you use higher level Blue Gems. You can also try to corrupt it for additional Cold Damage added to Bow Attacks
+(3-4) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
+(15-30) to all Attributes
(7-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(2-3) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
10% increased Area of Effect
Adds 1 to 2 Cold Damage to Attacks per 10 Dexterity
Adds 1 to 2 Fire Damage to Attacks per 10 Strength
Adds 0 to 3 Lightning Damage to Attacks per 10 Intelligence
Darkray Vectors(Boots) Rare Boots - provide extra Frenzy Charge and high Movement Speed and Dodge Chance bonus
(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 Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - with high defensive stats, Life, and Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
High Evasion Rating
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attacks
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
added min. 15 Cold Damage to Attacks
30% Global Critical Strike Multiplier
10% All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Opal RingOpal Ring(Ring) Rare Rings
Min. requirements:
Adds min. 8 Cold Damage to Attacks
60 maximum Life
200 Accuracy Rating
25% Elemental Damage with Attacks
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Maligaro's Virtuosity(Gloves) Maligaro's Virtuosity - good and inexpensive Gloves for this build
+(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
Gripped Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - good rolled Gripped Gloves are the best in the slot
Min. requirements:
Adds min. 8 Cold Damage to Attacks
75 maximum Life
200 Accuracy Rating
Optional affixes:
Projectile Damage
Elemental Resistances
Attack Speed
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Force
Commandment of Frost
Viridian Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Cold/Projectile Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed with Bows
Searching Eye Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - depending on your other gear, Abyss Jewels may provide higher DPS Bonus
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Cold Damage to Attacks/Bow Attacks
Optional affixes:
Evasion Rating
Atziri's Promise(Jewels) Atziri's Promise - very powerful and inexpensive Flask. One of the most popular Flask in Path of Exile too
Your Critical Strike Chance is Lucky
Take 30 Chaos Damage per Second during Flask effect
25% chance to Poison on Hit during Flask effect
Your Critical Strikes do not deal extra Damage during Flask effect
(50-75)% increased Duration of Poisons you inflict during Flask effect
Grants Perfect Agony during Flask effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Ample Diamond Flask of Heat (inc. Crit. Chance and immunity to Freeze)
  3. Ample Jade Flask of Reflexes (inc. Evasion Rating and Movement Speed)
  4. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (inc. Movement Speed)
Atziri's PromiseDivine Life FlaskDiamond FlaskJade FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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