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Ice Shot Raider speed-farming Build

Ice Shot Raider speed-farming Build

Guide on one of the fastest Map-arming Bow builds with fantastic clear speed, and with unlimited damage scaling via Dexterity stacking

Ice Shot
Deadeye build

Updated for Patch 3.16

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Guide notes
August 10, 2020
-Updated for Patch 3.11
-Updated gameplay video
-Changed Ascendancy to Deadeye for better clear speed
January 27, 2021
-Updated gameplay video
April 17, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.14
September 02, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.15
November 30, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.16


Ice Shot Deadeye (optionally 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 required. We will be stacking flat Cold Damage bonuses with a self-crafted Bow and unique Items like Voidfletcher or Hyrri's Ire. This is currently the most popular and powerful Bow Build in the game, with unlimited damage scaling potential from a huge variety of sources of damage. Our build currently utilizes Deadeye Ascendancy for better clear speed, but it can be played with a similar effect as a Raider, Pathfinder, Berserker, and possibly some other classes as well. This build falls entirely in the Glass Cannon category, but if you are looking for the fastest Map farming build, this is something you definitely have to check out!

Playing as a Deadeye and dealing Converted Elemental Damage with an Attack Skill while possessing high Crit Chance and Crit Multiplier might be the most efficient way to get through the game content with ease. It's a ranged glass-canon build that uses Bow, combined with a variety of Unique and Rare Items, the most prominent being Headhunter - one of the chase items that are usually beyond the reach of an average player. With this belt, you gain mods of each Rare Monster you've killed for the next 20 seconds, so when there's a high monster density this build performs exceptionally well. It just so happens that the end-game content offers such conditions - try this build on Breachstones, Legion 5-way Domain of Timeless Conflict, and Simulacrums.

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1. Gameplay

Ice Shot Deadeye is a typical Bow Build that allows insanely fast map farming and offers high single-target DPS with Barrage. 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 you are currently facing.

0:08​ Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
0:31​ Tier 16 Caldera
0:52​ Tier 16 Pit of the Chimera
1:32​ Tier 16 Park
1:53​ Tier 16 Shipyard

This video was recorded on a level 94 Deadeye with 4,300 Maximum Life and approximately 1,3kk Ice Shot DPS (up to around 5kk with Barrage as single-target) in Patch 3.13. We didn't exactly increase the DPS with the newest setup, but as you can see, the defenses are on a whole new level now. Facetanking Minotaur has never been an option until now

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • very high DPS both single-target and AoE
  • fantastic mobility and clear speed
  • one of the best Bow builds at the moment
  • nearly unlimited damage scaling
  • 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 Resistance 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) Fangs of Frost with Mastery 5) Lethality

70 Points Skill Tree
Get more Maximum Life and Damage, then put Lioneye's Fall between Frenetic and Infused and allocate Claws and Daggers Passives in its range

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
+50% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Bow Attacks fire 2 additional Arrows
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:

104 Points Final Skill Tree  (doesn't include Unique Jewels)
121 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Ricochet
  2. Endless Munitions
  3. Gathering Winds
  4. Wind Ward


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 for clear
Ice Shot Ice Shot - the primary Attack used in this build 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 - to keep the Mana Cost low you can skip this Gem for 5-linked setup is enough to comfortably clear maps
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - more projectiles for better area coverage
Fork Support Fork Support - makes projectiles from Supported Skills to fork, which massively increases your clear speed
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - increases Elemental Damage and Crit. Chance of your Ice Shot, while reducing its' Total Mana Cost
[DPS] Single-target Ice Shot
Barrage Support Barrage Support - this Support Gem makes your projectiles fire in a straight line instead of the default spread to focus your damage on one target
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds extra flat Cold Damage
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - can be swapped for Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support for comparable damage
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support
Ice Shot Ice Shot
[UTILITY] Aura setup
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] Hydrosphere, Creeping Frost, and Sniper's Mark setup
(to be socketed in Asenath's Chant)
Hydrosphere Hydrosphere - Creates a sphere of water that Drenches and damages enemies nearby. It can be Hit to make your projectiles Chain and Fork off of it. Keep at level 1 so it won't increase the Intelligence Requirements for the whole build and cost less mana.
Creeping Frost Creeping Frost - a projectile that creates expanding Chilled Grounds on hit which will not only Chill enemies but deal Cold DoT
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - the most preferable Curse for this build, it increases the damage enemies take from Projectiles, Hitting Cursed Enemies with Projectiles Split them towards additional targets, grants Mana and Life Flask Charges.
Bonechill Support Bonechill Support - increases the effect of Chill and makes the enemies affected by this Affliction take more Cold Damage
Dash Dash - the recommended mobility Skill used in this build
Steelskin Steelskin - your Guard Spell which is the most optimal option to reduce the damage you take
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed and generates Frenzy Charges for an even higher DPS bonus
Vaal Grace Vaal Grace - use Vall grace for a temporary increase in Evasion Rating and Chance to Dodge Hits, but if you can deal the low Mana Pool by having low Mana cost of Skills, use regular Grace in the aforementioned Aura setup instead of Precision

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find the recommended gear for our Ice Shot Deadeye build. Most of the item choices are flexible, getting a crafted Shaper Bow that has added Cold Damage per every 10 Points of your Dexterity is useful if you stack a lot of Dexterity. You can also craft it yourself, which shouldn't cost above 7 Exalted Orbs for a decent six-linked one. The most important stats besides the defensive ones are added Cold Damage and increased Cold Damage, Critch Chance and Multiplier, Attack Speed, and Accuracy Rating.

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. increased Cold Damage
  6. Critical Strike Multiplier
  7. Critical Strike Chance
  8. Accuracy Rating
Asenath's Chant(Helmet) Asenath's Chant - The BiS Helmet for this build. It automatically triggers socketed Spells at a high rate with some other additional stats improvements
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Attack with a Bow
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(100-120) to maximum Energy Shield
(30-40)% increased Stun and Block Recovery
30% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
5% increased Movement Speed
Helmet enchantments:
40% increased Ice Shot Damage
Barrage fires an additional Projectile
Rare Bow(Weapon) Rare Shaper Crafted Bow - this is a must-have item for this build, look for the highest added flat damage and increased Physical Damage, that is later converted to Cold anyway. additional Arrows, Attack Speed and Crit Strike Multiplier are other great mods you should look for
Min. requirements:
Adds 100-200 Cold/Physical Damage
150% increased Physical Damage
Optional affixes:
Bow Attacks fire 2 additional Arrows
Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks with this Weapon per 10 Dexterity
Increased Elemental Damage with Attacks
Damage Penetrates #% Elemental Resistances
Chance to deal Double Damage
increased Attack Speed
Critical Strike Multiplier
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
Voidfletcher(Quiver) Voidfletcher - it adds a lot of Cold Damage to your Attacks, grants Mana on Kill, Cold Res, and has the unique Void Charges mechanics able to reach an additional 1 mil DPS with Void Shots
Arrows Pierce an additional Target
Consumes a Void Charge to Trigger Level 20 Void Shot when you fire Arrows with a Non-Triggered Skill
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
Rare Armor(Body Armour) Rare Armour - the BiS option. Make sure to have a high Life bonus and added base Critical Strike Chance
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
Attacks have +1.5% to Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Maximum Life%
High Evasion Rating
You can apply an additional Curse
Hyrri's Ire(Body Armour) Hyrri's Ire - grants very high bonus Cold Damage and extra Dodge making it a very reasonable choice for this build
+(40-50) to Dexterity
(140-220)% increased Evasion Rating
25% increased Chill Duration on Enemies
Adds (105-145) to (160-200) 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, don't look for Tailwind mod - you have Gathering Winds Keystone already
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
30% Movement Speed
Chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
10% Chance to Dodge Attack Hits if you've taken a Critical Strike 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:
60 maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
27% increased Elemental Damage if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently (veiled)
Optional affixes:
Added Cold Damage to Attacks
Projectile Attack Damage (Gripped Gloves only)
Accuracy Rating
Critical Strike
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - the best option for the Belt which offers an additional Abyssal Socket
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
90% to Elemental Resistances
35% Increased Elemental Damage with Attacks
Optional affixes:
Headhunter(Belt) Headhunter - Headhunter fits this build especially well - it's designed for fast-paced gameplay and glass-canon builds such as this one, the powerful buffs last only 20 seconds after all
+(25-40) to maximum Life
+(40-55) to Strength
+(40-55) to Dexterity
+(50-60) to maximum Life
(20-30)% increased Damage with Hits against Rare monsters
When you Kill a Rare monster, you gain its Modifiers for 20 seconds
The Pandemonius(Amulet) The Pandemonius - the best Amulets for this build which increases your Cold DPS, as well as, grants some insane defensive utility by greatly slowing down nearby enemies
+(20-30) to Dexterity
(20-30)% increased Cold Damage
+(35-40)% to Cold Resistance
Chill Enemy for 1 second when Hit, reducing their Action Speed by 30%
Blind Chilled Enemies on Hit
Damage Penetrates 20% Cold Resistance against Chilled Enemies
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
adds 10 to 40 Cold Damage to Attacks
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Curse enemies with level # Assassin's Mark/Frostbite on Hit (only if you can apply more than one Curse)
Elemental Damage with Attacks
adds Cold Damage against Chilled or Frozen Enemies
Mark of the Elder(Ring) Mark of the Elder - this Ring adds tons of Flat Cold Damage to your Attacks, but your other ring has to be Shaper-influenced limiting your choices and increasing the overall cost of the build
Adds (3-4) to (10-14) Physical Damage to Attacks
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Tentacle Whip on Kill
Adds (26-32) to (42-48) Cold Damage to Attacks
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Attack Damage if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
Cannot be Stunned by Attacks if your other Ring is an Elder Item
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewel - just get extra Life and DPS bonuses (like Added Cold or Crit. Multiplier)
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Added Cold Damage to Bow Attacks
Optional affixes:
Increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Increased Damage if you have killed recently
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - use Large Bow Cluster Jewels with Notables as mentioned below, alternatively, small nodes could be one of the most beneficial if enhanced by other mods instead of added Notable passives and if that's the case then you don't have to look for a Jewel with a small number of added passives
Recommended Notables:
1 Added Passive Skill is Martial Prowess
1 Added Passive Skill is Blanketed Snow
1 Added Passive Skill is Disorienting Display
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Calamitous
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight
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 and Dagger nodes and Masteries in the upper right of the Skill Tree to apply to your Bow Attacks making it a mandatory Jewel in this build.
Melee and Melee Weapon Type modifiers in Radius are Transformed to Bow Modifiers
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
(125-150)% increased Charges used
(40-60)% reduced Duration
(10-20)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - one of the best Utility Flasks in Path of Exile for all Crit-based builds. It gives you a very high bonus Crit. and Damage against enemies that are within the Consecrated Ground it creates. You can also use Cinderswallow Urn here instead if you can't afford Bottled Faith Flask
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(20-40)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Flask effect
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - this Flask offers increases your survivability and DPS as you deal mostly Cold Damage that's converted from Physical
+50% to Cold Resistance
20% less Cold Damage taken
(10-15)% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Cold Damage during Flask effect
Gain (10-15)% 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
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask with random ailment removal
  2. Diamond Flask with Freeze immunity/removal
  3. Quartz Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
Dying SunBottled FaithDivine Life FlaskDiamond FlaskQuartz Flask

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