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Ice Shot Raider speed-farming Build

Ice Shot Raider speed-farming Build

Insane Uber Elder farmer builds with rock-solid defenses. It's based on the Doomfletch's Prism Bow

Ice Shot
Raider build

Updated for Patch 3.9

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Guide notes
December 13, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.9
December 16, 2019
-Fixed the single-target DPS setup


Ice Shot Raider is currently one of the fastest map farming builds which allows smooth end-game Bossing on a very reasonable budget. This build offers very high damage with no specific or very expensive Unique Items. We will be stacking flat Cold Damage bonuses with a self-crafted Bow and unique Items like  Voidfletcher or Hyrri's Ire. This usually tends to be cheaper than your usual end-game Tornado Shot builds. The damage scaling potential is insane, and you can reach millions of Shaper DPS without excessive spendings.

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1. Gameplay

Ice Shot Raider is a typical Bow Build which allows insanely fast map farming and offers high single-target DPS. You can breeze through most Maps with your Mirage Archer taking down enemies while you progress to the Boss Area. The damage and clear speed are very high even on a reasonable budget, with only self-crated Shaper Bow being an expensive must-have item. However, you are nearly guaranteed to craft a decent Weapon for around 6-7 Exalted Orbs. You can easily reach a few million Shaper DPS with the Barrage setup which will be used for single-target mainly.

This build also offers very high Evasion Rating and Dodge, which are your core defensive mechanics. It's quite convenient since this build's maximum Life Pool is capped at around 5,000 so it's essential that we have a very high chance to avoid damage entirely. Overall this build provides a very smooth playstyle with not many concerns on what enemies we are currently facing.

0:06 Tier 16 Pit of the Chimera
0:31 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
0:57 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:21 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
1:50 Tier 17 Shaper

This video was recorded on a level 90 Raider on Standard Softcore mode

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • very high DPS both single-target and AoE
  • great mobility and clear speed
  • cheaper for end-game Bosses than Tornado Shot
  • very high Evasion and Dodge
  • can't do No Leech and Reflect Maps
  • low Life Pool


3. Leveling tips

Leveling is quite easy, however, on lower levels, it's better to focus on Physical Damage Bows as getting Cold ones that are viable is pretty much impossible. You should also prioritize getting high added Physical Damage to Attacks and Life/Elemental Resistances on Rare Equipment. If you manage to get enough DPS and make your Mirage Archer one-shot normal enemies, leveling will be extremely fast. Below you will find several extremely useful Uniques for the level part and basic Gem setups. During the leveling phase you don't need to use two alternative Attack Skills, you should be fine to deal with Bosses with properly linked Ice Shot as well.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Ice Shot setup
Caustic Arrow Ice Shot - primary Skill used in this build. It's best to use it for the leveling part as well to have it leveled up when we reach Maps. Ice Shot itself deals decent damage to your target, and create a cone of Ice behind it slowing enemies and dealing extra damage
Mirage Archer Mirage Archer Support - summons a Mirage Archer which will also cast Ice Shot with lower Attack Speed. It will work even when you run around greatly increasing your clear speed and allowing faster progress
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - grants very high bonus Cold Damage to your Attacks
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - greatly increases Elemental Damage dealt by Supported Attacks
Utility Gems
Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants extra Cold Damage to your Attacks and causes AoE Explosions when you kill Frozen enemies
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - the recommended Mobility Skill used in this build
Portal Portal - lets you portal to Town without the necessity to use a Scroll. You should link it to Faster Casting Support, or the animation may feel very long


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Herbalism 3) King of the Hill 4) Blood Drinker

60 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Coldhearted Calculation 2) Trickery 3) Coordination 4) Thick Skin

Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - this Rings provide all the important stats for lower-level characters and can be used even on lower-tier Maps
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best leveling Helmets which grants sufficient Elemental Resistances for most of the leveling process
+(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)
SilverbranchSilverbranch - one of the first Unique Bows available in Path of Exile which offers high base DPS and extra Mana gained on kill which helps greatly during the leveling phase
+1 to Level of Socketed Bow Gems
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+10 Mana gained on Kill
+30 to Accuracy Rating
Death's OpusDeath's Opus - one of the best mid-level Bows in the game. It can be used efficiently on Maps if you have enough added Damage to your Attacks
(30-50)% increased Critical Strike Chance
(100-125)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (10-20) to (30-35) Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+100% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Bow Attacks fire an additional Arrow
Bow Attacks fire an additional Arrow
Karui WardKarui Ward - a very cheap and powerful leveling Amulet for Rangers. You can also Anoint Aspect of the Eagle on it which costs just a few low Tier Oils
+(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:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

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


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 Attacks if you've taken a Savage Hit recently


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Ice Shot
Ice Shot Ice Shot - the primary Attack used in this build which will Chain to nearby enemies and have massive area coverage and very high Damage. With Herald of Ice's explosions and Mirage Archer, you will be able to breeze through Maps with ease
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - grants very high bonus Elemental Damage
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
Hypothermia Hypothermia Support - grants very high bonus Damage against Chilled enemies and since we are dealing mainly Cold Damage, this will apply to all your targets
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the maximum number of your Ice Shot's projectiles
Chain Support Chain Support - makes Ice Shot Chain to two nearby targets
[DPS] Barrage
Barrage Barrage - in this setup it's used purely as a burst single-target DPS Skill
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds extra flat Cold Damage
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - greatly increases Elemental Damage, but makes Supported Skill unable to inflict Elemental Ailments
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support - makes Scourge Arrow ignore a big portion of your targets Resistance to Cold
Hypothermia Hypothermia Support
Hatred Hatred - grants bonus Cold Damage, and if you manage to get the recommended Watcher's Eye, it will also increase your Critical Strike Chance
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants extra Cold Damage and causes AoE explosions
Precision Precision - increases our Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy Rating. We need to use a low-level Precision Gem so that it doesn't Reserve too much Mana (preferably between level 1-5)
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the Mana Reservation cost of all Supported Spells. Has to be level 2 or higher
[UTILITY] Blood Rage
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed, Life Leech, and generates Frenzy Charges
[UTILITY] Ice Golem
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - use at max level to Summon a level 20 Ice Golem
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
[UTILITY] Blink Arrow
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - the recommended Mobility Skill for Bow builds
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
[UTILITY] Frost Bomb
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken - use a level 1 Gem for most frequent casts
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - applies Cold Exposure to your targets reducing their Cold Resistance. Do not upgrade it above level 10. It's triggered automatically but you may as well cast it manually which is less convenient but more efficient that way
Bonechill Support Bonechill Support - increases the effect of Chill and increases Cold Damage deal to affected enemies depending on this effect

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find the recommended gear for our Ice Shot Raider build. Most of the item choices are flexible, however, getting a crafted Shaper Bow which has added Cold Damage per every 10 Points of your Dexterity is mandatory. You can also craft it yourself, which shouldn't cost above 7 Exalted Orbs for a decent six-linked one. We didn't include extra Dexterity in the recommended stats below since searching for specific items with high Dexterity will greatly increase the prices. However, it can be found on all the Rare Items in this build, so if you get to chose, always try to get gear with extra Dex.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your Elemental Resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks
  4. Added Cold Damage to Attacks
  5. Critical Strike Multiplier
  6. Critical Strike Chance
  7. Accuracy Rating
Fractal Thoughts(Helmet) Fractal Thoughts - the BiS Helmet for this build. Always make sure to have your Strenght higher than Intelligence if using it, or you will be missing a lot of extra bonuses
(140-180)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(25-40)% to Critical Strike Multiplier if Dexterity is higher than Intelligence
15% increased Dexterity if Strength is higher than Intelligence
1% increased Elemental Damage per 10 Dexterity
+2 to Maximum Life per 10 Intelligence
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - always worth considering if you can't afford/obtain Fractal Thoughts. Just make sure to squeeze in as much defensive stats and Dexterity as possible
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
40 Dexterity
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Nearby enemies have -#% to Cold Resistance
Helmet enchantments:
40% increased Ice Shot Damage
Rare Bow(Weapon) Rare Shaper Crafted Bow - this is a must-have item for this build which also has one required attribute, all the others can be crafted
Min. requirements:
Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks with this Weapon per 10 Dexterity
10% increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
Added Cold Damage
Increased Elemental Damage with Attacks
Damage Penetrates #% Elemental Resistances
Chance to deal Double Damage
Critical Strike Multiplier
Voidfletcher(Quiver) Voidfletcher one of the best options for the Quiver Slot. It grants very high bonus Damage and makes you shot Void Arrows for some additional Cold DPS. Make sure to corrupt it so that it no longer grants the extra Pierce, or your projectiles won't be able to Chain properly
Arrows Pierce an additional Target
Consumes a Void Charge to Trigger Level 20 Void Shot when you fire Arrows
Adds (30-40) to (80-100) Cold Damage to Attacks
+(80-120) to maximum Energy Shield
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(20-40) Mana gained on Kill
30% increased Projectile Speed
5 Maximum Void Charges
Gain a Void Charge every 0.5 seconds
Hyrri's Demise(Quiver) Hyrri's Demise - this Quiver can possibly grant a higher DPS when compared to Voidfletcher if you manage to have extra Attributes on your equipment. Possible differences are easy to calculate in PoB
+(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
Hyrri's Ire(Body Armour) Hyrri's Ire - grants very high bonus Cold Damage and extra Dodge making it the best Armour for this build
+(40-50) to Dexterity
(140-220)% increased Evasion Rating
25% increased Chill Duration on Enemies
Adds (173-188) to (240-262) Cold Damage to Bow Attacks
10% chance to Dodge Attack Hits
10% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - just grab the highest possible Life, and Movement Speed you can afford
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Movement Speed
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
High Evasion Rating
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Gripped Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - again, aim for high defensive stats. Extra Damage will be also nice but that shouldn't be your first concern when choosing a pair of Gloves
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Added Cold Damage to Attacks
Projectile Attack Damage (Gripped Gloves only)
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - the best option for the Belt which offers an additional Abyssal Socket
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
35% Increased Elemental Damage with Attacks
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - can carry a lot of useful stats, just prioritize max Life, Crit Multiplier, and possibly some Attributes
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
32 Global Critical Strike Multiplier
30 Strength
30 Intelligence
Optional affixes:
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Recommended Anointments:
  • Throatseeker
  • Heart of Ice
  • True Strike
  • Constitution
  • Discipline and Training
Rare Rings(Ring) Rare Rings - try to get them as your last items, make sure one of them is Shaper with Assassin's Mark on Hit (you can craft one yourself as well) and Cap Resistances with the other one
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
75% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Curse enemies with level # Assassin's Mark on Hit
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewel - you will be using one of those in your Stygian Vise
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Added Cold Damage to Attacks
Added Cold Damage to Bow Attacks
Optional affixes:
Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Increased Damage if you have killed recently
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - properly rolled one can be the single-best Jewel for any build. It's optimal to get one with extra base Crit. Chance while affected by Hatred, or increased Crit. Multiplier while affected by Precision (those two combined can cost a fortune)
Recommended affixes:
+(1.2-1.8)% to Critical Strike Chance while affected by Hatred
(40-60)% increased Cold Damage while affected by Hatred
(40-60)% increased Attack Damage while affected by Precision
+(30-50)% to Critical Strike Multiplier while affected by Precision
Lioneye's Fall(Jewel) Lioneye's Fall - makes Claw nodes in the upper right of the Skill Tree to apply to your Bow Attacks making it a mandatory Jewel in this build. Otherwise, you will have to get extra Leech from other sources
Melee and Melee Weapon Type modifiers in Radius are Transformed to Bow Modifiers
Brutal Restraint(Jewel) Brutal Restraint - grants permanent Onslaught, around 140 Dexterity, 4% Maximum Life, 20% Projectile Damage, 25% Critical Strike Chance, and other bonuses when socketed to right of Ranger's starting Point. You can check the exact location here 
Denoted service of (500-8000) dekhara in the akhara of Nasima
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Maraketh Historic
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - increases the number of our projectiles by two making it an exceptional Flask for Bow builds
+50% to Fire Resistance
20% less Fire Damage taken
(-10-10)% increased Charges used
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Ample Jade Flask of Reflexes(increased Evasion Rating)
  3. Ample Stibnite Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
  4. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
Dying SunDivine Life FlaskJade FlaskStibnite FlaskDiamond Flask

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