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Melee Elemental Hit Raider build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Melee Elemental Hit Raider build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

One of the best setups for a pure Fire Elemental Hit Melee character

 Fire Elemental Hit
Melee Raider
Build updated to Patch 3.4

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Guide notes
August 19, 2018
-Build created
August 22, 2018
-Added gameplay video
September 2, 2018
-Updated to Patch 3.4

Elemental Hit is considered the most overpowered skill in Patch 3.3. Most of the builds floating around are based on ranged classes and using high attack speed bows as your main weapon. We have decided to take a different approach and build a very efficient map farming Melee Elemental Hit build. This build revolves around White Wind dagger, which grants very high Cold Damage bonuses, which is fully converted to Fire, making it one of the best weapon choices for Fire-conversion Elemental Hit builds. Note: with the 3.4 nerfs to Elemental Hit, which reduced the Damage of "ignored" Elements by 50%, total DPS of this build dropped down by approximately 40%

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1. Gameplay

Our Melee Elemental Hit Raider is a very swift and powerful build. It utilizes 100% Damage conversion of Elemental Hit which grants the skill insane DPS. On top of that, Raider Ascendancy grants high Attack Speed, Melee Damage, and Elemental Damage bonuses, both directly and through Onslaught and Phasing buffs. For the defensive part, this build should easily reach over 5000 Life, 20000 Evasion Rating (approximately 70% Chance to Evade) and cap the chance to Dodge Spells and Attacks both at 75%.

0:06 Tier 13 Arsenal
0:24 Temple of Atzoatl level 78
0:52 Tier 13 Malformation
1:14 Tier 14 Plaza
1:36 Tier 14 Double Boss Colosseum

This video was recorded on a level 85 Raider without fully leveled Gems (level around 19 and no quality)

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • budget-friendly
  • very high clear speed
  • great mobility
  • scales well end-game with possible upgrade to a Crit. based build
  • amazing defenses with high Life pool and 
  • requires to take Avatar of Fire as soon as possible, making leveling phase to depend heavily on gear
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect map mods
  • requires three specific unique items which may get expensive because of Elemental Hit's high popularity

3. Leveling tips

We recommend leveling with a Bow (preferable Storm Cloud) and all three elements Elemental Hit. The ranged variation is much faster and safer during early levels. The main goal is to reach the Avatar of Fire and two jewel sockets as soon as possible. This makes you extremely reliant on gear. While leveling isn't hard, and Elemental Hit deals high damage regardless of your equipped gear, at least a few uniques from the list may come in very handy. It's recommended to use a Bow with increased Attack Speed until you get White Wind Dagger. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Elemental Hit setup
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - the core skill in this build. Until late game, it is used with Bows
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Elemental Hit's projectiles, greatly increasing your clear speed
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - using Elemental Hit will summon a Mirage Archer on your back that also uses Elemental Hit but with reduces Attack Speed
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - core Support Gem for this build
Blink Arrow setup
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - movement skill that can be used with Bows
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Utility Gems
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - the recommended Golem for this build. Lightning Golem increases your Attack Speed
Haste Haste - the recommended Aura for this build. It increases your Attack and Movement Speed
Decoy Totem Decoy Totem - spawns a Totem which attracts nearby enemies to attack it


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

48 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Heart of Oak 2) Herbalism 3) Primeval Force 4) Avatar of Fire

71 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Two Jewel sockets (near Ranger and Duelist areas) 2) Lava Lash 3) Acrobatics 4) Phase Acrobatics

When you pick Avatar of Fire, it's a must have to:

  1. Get two Jewel sockets for the Combat Focus Gems
  2. Equip The Call of the Brotherhood ring
  3. Use Cold to Fire Support Gem or Pyre Ring

Recommended leveling items:

GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best leveling helmets
+(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)
Karui WardKarui Ward - one of the best leveling amulets for characters that use Bows
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
BriskwrapBriskwrap - great leveling armour. It increases both your Attack and Movement Speed
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
10% increased Attack Speed
+(120-180) to Evasion Rating
+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed
(20-25)% increased Mana Recovery from Flasks
15% increased Dexterity
StormcloudStormcloud - the best leveling Bow for Elemental Hit. It grants very high bonus Attack Speed, which makes this Bow fully viable until you reach level 66 and switch to Melee
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Rapid Assault
  2. Quartz Infusion
  3. Avatar of the Veil
  4. Avatar of the Chase


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] Elemental Hit
Elemental Hit Elemental Hit - your primary source of DPS
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Cold to Fire Support Cold to Fire Support - converts 50% of Cold Damage to Fire allowing the 100% Damage conversion to Fire
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - makes Elemental Hit repeat on two nearby enemies, greatly increasing your clear speed
Combustion Support Combustion Support - grants high chance to Ignite, and Ignited enemies have reduced Resistance to Fire
Optional gem options
Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support - can be used during Boss fights instead of Ancestral Call Support Gem
[CURSE] Flammability setup
Flammability Flammability - the recommended Curse for this build. Keep this Gem at level 11
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto casts your Flammability Curse. Keep this Gem at level 8
[UTILITY] Herald of Ash and Ancestral Protector
(these Gems do not have to be linked together)
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - Herald of Ash increases your Fire Damage and causes AoE explosions when killing enemies
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - spawns a Totem which greatly increases your Attack Speed
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - keep it at level 1 in this setup
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. It is auto-cast
[UTILITY] Immortal Call
Vaal Grace Vaal Grace - used mainly for the Vaal skill, but the Aura can also be freely switched with Haste depending on circumstances
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - Haste should be your main Aura in this build
[UTILITY] Golem and Blood Rage
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed, Life Leech and generates Frenzy Charges
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - used at maximum (20) level here
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - your primary movement skill. It is one of the fastest movement skills in Path of Exile 
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attack Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support - Hits with Whirling Blades grant you the Fortify buff
Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support - makes Whirling Blades use Life instead of Mana

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the required gear for our Melee Elemental Hit Raider build. Please let us know in the comments below if we should also include items for the Crit. build. Just keep in mind that those will be extremely.

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The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Help you cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS and Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Elemental Damage to Attacks
  4. Fire/Elemental/Melee Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - one of the best helmets for this build. It's also very cheap and easily obtainable even early Leagues
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
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - another great helmet option. Greatly increases clear speed but provides less defensive utility
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
Helmet enchantments:
Elemental Hit deals 40% increased Damage
White Wind(Weapon) White Wind - core item for this build. White Wind has very high Elemental DPS, and grants high Cold Damage bonus and Dodge Chance if your off-hand is empty
No Physical Damage
100% increased Lightning Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
Hyrri's Ire(Body Armour) Hyrri's Ire - grants high Evasion, Dodge Chance and additional Cold Damage to Attacks
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 Attack Hits
10% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - another great option. While it does not increases your DPS, it grants higher defensive utility
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
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
40 Intelligence
Added min. 15 Fire Damage to Attacks (can be other Elements too)
10% all Elemental Resistances
30% Lightning Resistance
Call of the Brotherhood(Ring) Call of the Brotherhood - mandatory item for this build, which allows 90% of the Elemental Hit's Lightning Damage converted
+(12-16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
+(15-25) to Intelligence
(15-25)% increased Lightning Damage
(30-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
40% of Lightning Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Your spells have 100% chance to Shock against Frozen Enemies
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Ring
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
50 maximum Mana
36% Fire Resistance
33% Cold Resistance
34% Lightning Resistance
Atziri's Step(Boots) Atziri's Step - great and inexpensive pair of Boots for this build. They grant high Evasion Rating and extra Dodge Chance
180% increased Evasion Rating
+(55-75) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
(14-16)% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Life/Res. belt
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
39% Fire Resistance
33% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Optional affixes:
Evasion Rating
Cold Resistance
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res. gloves - with Spiked Gloves being the best base for this item
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
32% Fire resistance
32% Lightning resistance
32% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
Melee Damage
Added Fire Damage to Attacks
Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Attack Speed
Glove enchantment:
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Fire/Melee Damage
Optional affixes:
increases Attack Speed
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Elemental Damage to Attacks
added Elemental Damage to Dagger Attacks
Optional affixes:
Evasion Rating
Dodge Chance
Combat Focus(Jewels) Combat Focus - this Crimson Jewel blocks Elemental Hit from choosing Cold
Elemental Hit deals (10-15)% increased Damage
With 40 total Strength and Intelligence in Radius, Elemental Hit cannot choose Cold
Combat Focus(Jewels) Combat Focus - this Crimson Jewel blocks Elemental Hit from choosing Lightning
Elemental Hit deals (10-15)% increased Damage
With 40 total Dexterity and Strength in Radius, Elemental Hit cannot choose Lightning
Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - if you uncapped Fire Resistance is the highest, The Wise oak grants additional Fire Penetration
+35% to all Elemental Resistances
During Flask Effect, 10% reduced Damage taken of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is lowest
During Flask Effect, Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Resistance of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is highest
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Curing (immunity to Poison)
  3. Alchemist's Stibnite Flask of Reflexes (increased Evasion Rating)
  4. Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
Wise OakDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskStibnite FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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