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Ice Shot Windripper Raider/Elementalist Scion Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Ice Shot Windripper Raider/Elementalist Scion Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Great map farming build with increased Item Rarity and Quantity bonuses

Ice Shot Windripper
Raider/Elementalist Scion
Build updated for Patch 3.3

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Estimated budget: medium (15-20 Exalted Orbs)
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Guide notes
April 25, 2018
-Build created
May 6, 2018
-Improved Final Skill Tree to solve Mana problems and increase the DPS
-Added Assassin's Mark instead of Immortal Call setup
June 16,2018
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.3
-Added gameplay video

Windripper is considered one of the best non-mirrored Elemental bows in Path of Exile. While at the first glance its' DPS looks rather mediocre, the high Attack Speed and Critical Hit Chance bonuses make up for it. Not to mention the amazing Item Quantity and Rarity bonuses, which makes this a real PoE currency farming machine.

This Windripper build revolves around the Scion class, which provides high defensive utility, and increased Life. Also, we have decided to choose Ice Shot as the main bow Attack. It may not have the AoE DPS of Tornado Shot, but with the much higher damage effectiveness, and a lot of flat added Elemental Damage to your Attacks, this is fully viable map farming choice.

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1. Gameplay

This is not a typical Ranged/Bow build. It provides very high Item Rarity and Item Quantity bonuses, and at the same time excellent Elemental DPS. It is a perfect build for PoE Currency farming, thus making the Windripper bow quite expensive (prices start at 1 Exalted Orb). The build's core mechanics are all about kiting/dodging incoming Spells and Attacks, and at the same time dealing very high Elemental Damage from a distance.  This build can easily provide 6,000 Life, and over 50% Attack and Spell Dodge chance, making you extremely hard to hit. 

0:06 Tier 9 Moon Temple
0:32 Tier 9 Waste Pool
1:02 Tier 11 Lair
1:24 Tier 12 Castle Ruins
1:48 Tier 10 Orchard

This video was recorded on a level 86 Scion, using Bisco's Collar for increased Item Rarity and Item Quantity


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • very high damage with great AoE
  • scales well with high flat added Elemental damage gear
  • It's a Magic Find build, which provides high Item Rarity and Item Quantity bonuses
  • very fast clear speed
  • you are not just another Tornado Shot user
  • great defenses, with high Life, Dodge chance, and high Evasion
  • Elemental Reflect immunity
CONS
  • Windripper is expensive
  • may require two 6-linked items to efficiently farm the end-game Bosses
  • requires three Labyrinths to be completed as soon as possible to access the Ranger's part of the Skill Tree

3. Leveling tips

The leveling phase with this build is rather easy. You can use pretty much any high DPS bow you come across or can buy from other players. Ice Shot is available as soon as level 1, and we obviously recommend it for leveling too. The only problem arises when you need to complete the 3rd Labyrinth to access the Deadeye's part of the tree. Other than that, this is rather straight-forward, and should not cause any troubles.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Ice Shot setup
Ice Shot Ice Shot - your primary Attack skill. It deals damage to the main target hit, and also enemies in a cone behind it
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - provides additional Cold damage
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases your Attack Speed
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of projectiles, which now deal slightly reduced damage
Blink Arrow setup
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - your main mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases the Attack Speed of your Blink Arrow
Utility Gems
Ice Golem Ice Golem - grants increased Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy Rating
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the recommended Curse for this build. It increases your chance to Critically hit cursed enemies
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds additional Cold Damage to your Attacks and causes slain monsters to explode
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - adds Lightning Damage to your Attacks

Bandits:

We recommend helping Alira for Elemental Resistances and Crit. Multiplier. Killing them all for 2 additional Passive Points is also a good option

Leveling Skill Trees:

29 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Harrier 2) Hired Killer 3) Constitution 4) True Strike

65 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Drinker 2) Herbalism 3) Finesse 4) Primeval Force

Recommended leveling items:

Tasalio's Sign Tasalio's Sign - an amazing leveling Ring for this Elemental DPS build
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
Adds (7-10) to (15-20) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(200-300) to Evasion Rating
50% chance to Avoid being Chilled
10% chance to Freeze
Adds 40 to 60 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
 
Praxis Praxis - another great Ring, that will help you with Mana-management at lower levels
+(20-25) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
(3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
-(8-4) to Total Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
 
PrismweavePrismweave - amazing DPS belt that will serve you well till the mapping phase
(12-24)% increased Global Physical Damage10% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
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
 
Karui WardKarui Ward - the best leveling amulet for Bow/Ranged classes. Can be upgraded to Karui Charge at level 24 which also increases Attack Speed
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
 
StormcloudStormcloud - great unique bow which  we suggest using from level 8
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
 
StormcloudThe Tempest - the Fated version of Stormcloud bow. Has greatly increased DPS
No Physical Damage
100% increased Lightning Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed

 

 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final skill tree:

119 Points Final Skill Tree
119 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Ranger Ascendancy - Raider
  2. Path of the Ranger
  3. Witch Ascendancy - Elementalist

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Arakaali - 5% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time 10% chance to Avoid Lightning Damage when Hit

Minor God: Soul of Ryslatha - Life Flasks gain 3 Charges every 3 seconds if you haven't used a Life Flask Recently

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Ice Shot setup
Ice Shot Ice Shot - your primary DPS attack skill
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - a mandatory support Gem for this setup. Otherwise, your clear speed will be way too slow to farm efficiently
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support - grants added Cold Damage as well as generates Frenzy Charges for increased Attack Speed, Damage, and Onslaught effect (Raider Ascendancy)
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - another core Support Gem for this setup
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support - makes your Ice Shot penetrate a great portion of monsters' resistance to Cold Damage
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - increases Critical Strike Chance of your Ice Shot 
[DPS] Barrage setup
Barrage Barrage - the best single-target bow attack in Path of Exile. Can be socketed in Body Armour, or in the weapon-swap slot
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support
Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support - slows Barrage projectiles, but increases their damage
[CURSE] Heral of Ice Support
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants additional Cold Damage to your Attacks and causes AoE explosions on killing frozen enemies
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - recommended Curse for this build
Innervate Support Innervate Support - will grant you the Innervate buff on killing Shocked enemies with Herald of Ice, which is a nice portion of extra Lightning damage
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - makes Herald of Ice apply your curse
[UTILITY] Herald of Thunder and Power Charge generation
Herald of Thunder [1L]Herald of Thunder - adds additional Lightning Damage to your spells and attacks 
Orb of Storms [3L]Orb of Storms - is used to generate Power Charges
Power Charge on Critical Support [3L]Power Charge on Critical Support - crits with supported skills will generate a Power Charge
Blind Support [3L]Blind Support - may add an extra layer of defenses with the Blind chance
[MOBILITY/UTILITY] Golems and Blink Arrow setups
Ice Golem Ice Golem - this Golem grants additional Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy Rating. The best Golem for this build
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - grants Increased Attack and Cast Speed. May as well be replaced with Stone Golem for increased Life Regeneration
Blink Arrow [2L]Blink Arrow - your main mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support [2L]Faster Attacks Support - used for better mobility with Blink Arrow


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5. Gear Setup

This Ice Shot Windripper build should not be considered a budget-friendly and/or League Starter build. It revolves around a rather expensive and popular Bow, which may be very hard to obtain during early days of a new League or for casual players in general. If you would still like to try it out, but you lack PoE Currency, we are delighted to invite you to visit our PoE Marketplace where you can buy cheap PoE Currency and get all the required items.

The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS and Life to start mapping successfully
  3. Save at least a couple of hours of gear-planning since it's already there

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Elemental Damage to Attacks
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Attack Speed
  6. Accuracy Rating (at least 90% is recommended)
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - one of the best Ranger helmets in Path of Exile. Provides amazing defensive utility, Crit. Chance, and Attack Speed. Note: Picking this helmet will require you to adjust Elemental Resistances on Rings and Gloves
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
Enchantment: 
increased Ice Shot Damage
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - another great helmet. It adds up a lot of important stats for increased clear speed and mapping. The reduced Physical Damage does not affect you in any way when using this Windripper build. Note: Picking this helmet will require you to adjust Elemental Resistances on Rings and Gloves
10% reduced 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
Enchantment: 
increased Ice Shot Damage
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Life/Res. - another good choice. Will make capping your resistances much easier
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Enchantment: 
increased Ice Shot Damage
Windripper(Weapon) Windripper - the core of this build. It could possibly be replaced by a rare elemental DPS bow, but in terms of general performance, your character will be way behind
(20-24)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds (32-40) to (48-60) Cold Damage
Adds 1 to (80-100) Lightning Damage
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(60-80)% increased Critical Strike Chance
15% increased Quantity of Items Dropped by Slain Frozen Enemies
30% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Slain Shocked Enemies
Rare Harbinger Bow(Weapon) Rare Elemental DPS Bow - not a bad pick for early mapping/leveling phases, but in general this is not recommended in the long run
Min. requirements:
280 Elemental DPS (mainly Cold)
10% increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Chance
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Rare Quiver(Quiver) Rare Life/Res. Quiver - the best option for this build. Can be corrupted, and add the additional arrow, if you can manage that in your current budget
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
increased Attack Speed
added Elemental Damage to Attacks
increased Weapon Elemental Damage
Hyrri's Ire(Body Armour) Hyrri's Ire - the best in slot body Armour for our build. Grants high bonus Cold Damage to Attacks and increased Dodge Chance
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(40-50) to Dexterity
Adds (50-60) to (70-80) Cold Damage to Attacks
(140-220)% increased Evasion Rating
25% increased Chill Duration on Enemies
10% chance to Dodge Attacks
10% chance to Dodge Spell Damage
Zodiac Leather(Body Armour) Zodiac Leather - good and cheap alternative. Simply look for high Life, Resistances, and Evasion Rating
Min. requirements:
2000 Evasion Rating
90 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - always a solid pick for Life builds
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
Atziri's Step(Boots) Atziri's Step - a cheap and very solid pair of boots
180% increased Evasion Rating
+(55-75) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
(14-16)% chance to Dodge Spell Damage
Rare boots(Boots) Rare Life/Res. boots - get pair with the highest maximum Life bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise with socketed Abyss jewel that adds flat Cold Damage to Attacks/Bow Attacks
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Rare life/res belt(Belt) Rare Life/Res. belt - try to get one with the highest maximum life and elemental resistances bonuses
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Bisco's Collar(Amulet) Bisco's Collar - the best in slot item, if you are going Magic Find 
(12-20)% increased Rarity of Items found
(100-150)% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Slain Magic Enemies
(35-50)% increased Quantity of Items Dropped by Slain Normal Enemies
The Pandemonius(Amulet) The Pandemonius - a great DPS amulet for this build 
+(20-30) to Dexterity
(20-30)% increased Cold Damage
+(35-40)% to Cold Resistance
Chill Enemy for 1 second when Hit, slowing them by 30%
Blind Chilled Enemies on Hit
Damage Penetrates 20% Cold Resistance against Chilled Enemies
Opal RingOpal Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res. rings
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
10% All Elemental Resistances
Added Elemental Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Accuracy Rating
Attributes
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res. gloves - aim for high defensive stats
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% Fire resistance
25% Lightning resistance
25% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Rarity of Items found
increased Projectile Attack Damage
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare jewels - this should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Cold/Elemental Damage
% increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Rare jewels - prioritizing flat added Elemental Damage to Attacks
Recommended affixes:
added Elemental Damage to Attacks/Bow Attacks
added maximum Life
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - a great utility Flask for this build. Grants extra DPS and Life Leech. It is also very cheap
+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
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - grants excellent DPS buff with its' 2 additional projectiles. Replace with an immunity Life Flask or a Diamond Flask of choice until you can afford it
+50% to Fire Resistance
+6% to maximum Fire Resistance
(-10-10)% increased Charges used
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Curing (immunity to poison)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill)
Atziri's PromiseDying SunDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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