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Lightning Strike Raider Build

Lightning Strike Raider Build

Lightning Strike build for Raider that uses Frenzy Charges to deal a lot of damage at a rapid pace

Lightning Strike
Trinity Raider Build

Updated for Patch 3.16

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Guide notes
November 3, 2021
-Build created

 

Lightning Strike is an Attack that can be performed with a melee weapon that converts a portion of your Physical Damage to Lightning Damage and fires Projectiles to Hit your enemies later. You will use it with Trinity Support and a Claw, the reason for this is an excellent synergy a Raider has with Elemental Attacks, and a huge variety of Added Flat Elemental Damage Affixes you can find on a Claw, their high base Crit Chance, great passives near your Starting Location, and Life gained on Hit Implicit mods. Trinity Support Requires you to have a somewhat equalized amount of each of the three Element's Damage you will be dealing - you can't use only one type of Elemental Damage because you won't create Resonance stacks. The most important stat to look for is a Flat Elemental Damage of various types - a fixed amount of added damage is better than an increase in your already existing damage. That's why it is recommended to use Anger over Hatred and Wrath and Herald of Ice over Herald of Ash or Thunder.

It's a Life-based build with a high Evasion Rating - it's possible to achieve 4 or 5k of Maximum Life and up to 50k of Evasion Rating and 100% Spell Suppression Chance. It is, however, glass cannon build - your most reliable defensive layer is to kill enemies instantly. The build can reach millions of DPS with the right gear. It offers fast-paced gameplay like most of the Raider builds do; you should constantly have 7 Frenzy Charges, Onslaught, Elusiveness, the benefits of Rotgut Flask, and Avatar of the Slaughter. The build is expensive, there are costly Uniques such as Mark of the Elder or Farrul's Fur, but the most valuable are the Rare Items that could have a lot of Affixes synergizing well with this build.

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1. Gameplay

Lightning Strike is a melee Attack to use with a Claw, it fires up to seven Projectiles that improve your Clear Speed significantly. To enhance your Clear Speed even more anoint your Amulet with Tribal Fury or get a pair of Gloves with Hunter's Prefix that works the same way. Use Ancestral Protector and Ancestral Warchief to boost your damage during long fights, Whirling Blades as your movement Skill, have a Blood Rage constantly up, and Link your Immortal Call to a Cast when Damage Taken Skill Gem. Use Precision, Grace, Anger, and Herald of Ice which is a preferable alternative to Herald of Thunder - it helps with clear speed.


This video was recorded on a level 94 Raider using 300~ Elemental DPS Imperial Claw, Farrul's Fur, Darkray Vectors, Mark of the Elder, and a bunch of random rares. Lightning Strike's DPS was at around 2kk, which isn't the highest possible, but allowed us to comfortably and quickly farm Red Maps


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • it has very high damage when properly geared making it a good choice for a mid-to-late-league build
  • it's really fast thanks to all the raider's gimmicks
  • has a lot of evasion rating and spell suppression so it's quite tanky
CONS
  • can't run Reflect Maps
  • can get very expensive
  • it's melee despite the projectiles

 

3. Leveling tips

Start with any Attack that creates projectiles - it can be Spectral Throw, Spectral Helix, Splitting Steel, Frost Blades, and other such skills you feel comfortable with. Lightning Strike can be used as soon as level 12, but it's not crucial to use it right away. As you start putting your Skill Points specifically into Claws be sure to have one by then. Around act 2 or 3 start specializing in Elemental Damage, especially Cold Damage. You can use most of the Essences really, especially Essences of Hatred.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Ice Shot setup
Spectral Throw Spectral Throw - use this or a similar Skill Gem to level up your character
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - to increase the Elemental Damage you're causing
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds flat Cold Damage to your Attacks, you can use Added Fire or Added Lightning Damage Support gems too
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - it lowers Mana cost of Skills, increases Elemental Damage and Crit Chance
Aura setup
Precision Precision - keep it at a low level so it won't affect your Mana Pool too much, it increases your Crit Chance
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - use this Herald to deal more Cold Damage, Freeze and Shatter enemies
Curse and Mobility setup
Frostbite Frostbite - lowers Cold Resistance of your foes, you can use Curses such as Conductivity and Flammability if you're dealing more Lightning or Fire Damage
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - your Movement Skill you can use with Swords, Claws, or Daggers

Bandits:

Two Additional Passive Skill Points seems like the best option for this build

Leveling Skill Trees:

37 Points Skill Tree
look for Projectile Damage, Elemental Damage, and Claw Damage

66 Points Skill Tree
Get more Life, Elemental Damage, Accuracy Rating, Point Blank Keystone, and Fangs of Frost to deal more Cold Damage

 

Recommended leveling items:

Tasalio's SignTasalio's Sign - adds a lot of Flat Cold Damage and other bonuses to help you early on
+(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
HrimburnHrimburn - another great cold-related unique item for this build
+(20-30) to Strength
Adds (5-7) to (13-15) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(40-50) to Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Reflects 10 Cold Damage to Melee Attackers
Your Cold Damage can Ignite
PrismweavePrismweave - adds flat damage for each Element, increases your Physical Damage, Elemental Resistances, and Elemental Damage during Flask Effect
(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
GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best unique leveling helmets for it gives a lot of 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)
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - a Body Armour that allows you to you can connect any six Gems
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

116 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels)
116 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

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

Pantheon:

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 Shakari for You cannot be Poisoned while there are at least 3 Poisons on you; 50% less Duration of Poisons on You and additional Chaos Damage mitigation

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Lightning Strike setup
Lightning Strike Lightning Strike - The main damaging Attack in this build - it's a strike Attack that creates Projectiles, which helps with clear speed
Nightblade Support Nightblade Support - more Crit Chance, Elusive Effect on Critical Strike, and enhanced effect of Elusive
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - increases your Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - reduces your Mana Cost of Skill, increases Critical Strike Chance, and Elemental Damage
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds flat Cold Damage to your Lightning Strike
Trinity Support Trinity Support - Creates Resonance Stack as you deal damage with more than one Element - these increase your Elemental Damage and Elemental Damage Penetration
[UTILITY] Auras setup
Anger Anger - an Aura that adds flat Fire Damage to your Attacks and Spells
Precision Precision - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance, keep it a low level to save Mana
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds flat Cold Damage to your Attacks and Shatters Frozen enemies increasing your clear speed
Grace Vaal Grace - your chance to evade Attacks, and Spells is increased, use during boss fights
[UTILITY] Duration Spells setup
Withering Step Withering Step - grants you Elusive Buff with increased effect and inflicts Withered debuff on enemies
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed and Life Leech while generating Frenzy charges and draining your Life
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - reduces the cooldown recovery rate
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - a quick dash you can perform while wielding Claws that has no cooldown
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases the attack speed of Whirling Blades
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - you will use Life instead of mana for Whirling Blades
[UTILITY] Totems setup
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - increases your Attack Speed
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - increases your Melee Damage
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - allows you to have both of these totems up at the same time
Clarity Clarity - regenerates Mana si you won't run out of it too fast
[UTILITY] Immortal Call setup
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration for Immortal Call
Immortal Call Immortal Call - keep it at level 3 to periodically take much less damage
Cast when Damage Taken Cast when Damage Taken -  keep it at level 1 t automatically cast Immortal Cast as often as possible


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6. Gear Setup

You're using Lightning Strike so the Stats you're looking for the most are Elemental Damage with Attacks, Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier, Elemental Penetration, Attack Speed, Accuracy Rating, and added or increased Elemental Damage with Attacks. Your defenses are primarily Maximum Life and Evasion Rating with Spell Suppression. Look for Flat Added Damage to your Attacks, and if you're using Farrul's Fur, have an item with Aspect of the Cat. The build requires 155 Strength for Totems which you will have to look for on your gear. 

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Critical Strike Chance
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Added Elemental Damage to Attacks
  6. Evasion Rating
  7. Elemental Penetration
  8. Attack Speed
  9. Strength
Blizzard Crown(Helmet) Rare Blizzard Crown - The best option is a Blizzard Crown since it adds a lot of flat Cold Damage to your Attacks. Get one with standard mods such as Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances.
Min. requirements:
90 to Maximum Life
+40% to Elemental Resistances
30% increased Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Nearby Enemies have decreased Fire/Cold/Lightning Resistance
Evasion Rating
increased Area Damage
Helmet enchantments:
Lightning Strike enchantments
Rare Claw(Weapon) Rare Claw - There are many affixes you can get, the most important are ones that add flat Fire, Cold, or Lightning Damage to your Attacks. Use Imperial Claw for Life gain on Hit, or Gemini Claw for Life and Mana on Hit. Try to balance out the types of damage you're dealing so that none of the three types of Elemental Damage stand out too much.
Recommended affixes:
adds Fire Damage
adds Cold Damage
adds Lightning Damage
increased Attack Speed
increased Critical Strike Chance
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Attacks with this Weapon Penetrate #% Elemental Resistances
Accuracy Rating
Shield(Weapon) Rare Shield - you can score a lot of nice defensive mods there, especially Life, Evasion Rating, and Elemental Resistances; some mods may also be offensive such as increased Attacks Speed
Min. requirements:
+70 to maximum Life
50% increased Evasion Rating
+50% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chance to deal Double Damage
increased Attack Speed
Accuracy Rating
Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - you should look for high Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances, additionally - strive to increase your Base Critical Strike Chance, it's one of the very few offensive mods you can find on Body Armour
Min. requirements:
+90 to Maximum Life
+50% to Elemental Resistances
Attacks have +1% to Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
You can apply an additional Curse
Enemies you Kill have a #% chance to Explode, dealing a tenth of their Maximum Life as Physical Damage
increased Area of Effect
increased Maximum Life
Farrul's Fur(Body Armour) Farrul's Fur - If you decide to go with this Body Armour, keep in mind that you will need to have an Ascepct of The Cat crafted on some of your gear. This Body Armour offers a lot of Life and Evasion, but no Elemental Resistances.
(100-150)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(80-100) to maximum Life
Aspect of the Cat has no Reservation
+2 seconds to Cat's Stealth Duration
Gain up to your maximum number of Frenzy and Power Charges when you gain Cat's Stealth
You have Phasing while you have Cat's Stealth
Darkray Vectors(Boots) Darkray Vectors - these have great synergy with Frenzy Charges, high Evasion Rating, and Lightning Resistance, definitely one of the best choices for the build
(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 Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - You can use Gripped Gloves as a base for more Projectile Damage. You should look for one with high Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances, and optionally Hunter's "Strike Skills target 1 additional nearby Enemy".
Min. requirements:
70 Maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
increased Critical Strike Chance
Accuracy Rating
Strike Skills target 1 additional nearby Enemy
increased Damage with Hits against Chilled/Burning/Shocked Enemies
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances will be the mods to look for; Stygian Vise is the recommended base for additional Abyss Jewel Slot.
Min. requirements:
90 Maximum Life
+90% to Elemental Resistances
20% increased Elemental Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased maximum Life
increased Flask Effect Duration
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - What you should be interested in besides the obvious defensive mods are increases or better yet - added in Elemental Damage with Attacks. 
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
+80% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
adds Fire/Cold/Lightning Damage to Attacks
Damage penetrates Elemental Resistances
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Strength
Recommended Anointments:
Disciple of the Slaughter
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - Get a ring with a Curse on Hit, Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and optionally Strength, and added or increased Elemental Damage. It's a good place for Aspect of the Cat Skill.
Min. requirements:
60 Maximum Life
+80% to Elemental Resistances
Curse on Hit - Elemental Weakness or/and Assassin's Mark
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attacks
Accuracy Rating
Strength
Non-channeling Skills have (-7–-6) to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
Added Fire/Cold/Lightning Damage to Attacks
Mark of the Elder(Ring) Mark of the Elder - The amount of Attack Damage this ring grant is too big to ignore. The only downside is the need for a Shaper's Ring on your other Ring Slot and no defenses besides increased Maximum Life.
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
Jewel(Jewel) Rare Abyss Jewels - Look for Affixes with Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, Attributes, or added Elemental Damage with Claws. Abyss Jewels are valued more than the regular ones since they add flat values instead of increasing your existing ones.

Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Critical Strike Multiplier mods
Elemental Resistances
Strength
Intelligence
Critical Strike Chance with Elemental Skills
Added Elemental Damage with Claws

Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye -  One of the most expensive, but impactful Jewels. Look for Precision or Anger Aura modifiers that will suit your 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:
Precision: Inc Attack Damage
Precision: Inc Attack Speed
Precision: Inc Crit Strike Mult
Anger: inc Critical Strike Mult
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - these Jewels are completely optional, however, you can add them to the build if you're lacking some specific offenses and more Jewel Sockets for your Abyss Jewels
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Drive the Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Opportunistic Fusilade
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Corrosive Elements
1 Added Passive Skill is Disorienting Display
1 Added Passive Skill is Martial Prowess
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - an optional Flask to increase your Damage by a lot
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
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - adds more Chaos Damage based on your Elemental and Physical Damage, and it also increases your Chaos Resistances
+35% to Chaos Resistance
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (5-8)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (5-8)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Rotgut(Flask) Rotgut - a Quicksilver Flask that also grants you Onslaught for the duration based on your Frenzy Charges
40% increased Movement Speed
50% chance to gain a Flask Charge when you deal a Critical Strike
Consumes Frenzy Charges on use
Gain Onslaught for 3 seconds per Frenzy Charge on use
(30-50)% increased Duration

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Diamond Flask of Staunching (Bleed removal)
  2. Life Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
  3. Jade Flask with random ailment removal
RotgutAtziri's PromiseDiamond Flaskjade flasklife flask


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