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Oni-Goroshi Molten Strike Trickster Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Oni-Goroshi Molten Strike Trickster Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Powerful melee build based on the reworked Trickster class and powerful Oni-Goroshi sword that can be used starting at level 2

Oni-Goroshi
Molten Strike Trickster
Patch 3.2 Build

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Guide notes
March 18, 2018
-Build created
April 13, 2018
-Fixed the Curse/Spell Totem setup
May 24, 2018
-Added gameplay video

Oni-Goroshi is a secret unique weapon which was added in Patch 3.1. It can only drop from Hillock after the player reaches level 7 - meaning you have to repeatedly clear the first area (The Twilight Strand) without completing the Enemy at the Gate quest. It is extremely powerful sword which always has 6 links, can be worn starting at level 2, and its' physical damage scales with player level - which means you never have to upgrade your weapon. 

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1. Gameplay

Molten Strike is one of the most powerful elemental/melee skills in Path of Exile. Melee hits with this weapon also cause balls of molten magma to be cast near your initial target. These are projectile attacks that deal Fire damage.

This Trickster build is based on full Fire damage conversion, very high Attack Speed, high Life, and Life Recovery from Patient Reaper passive. With proper gear, this build is capable of defeating all the bosses in Path of Exile and clearing all its' content. The reworked Trickster Ascendancy class is one of the best choices for this build.

0:06 Tier 9 Estuary Map
0:25 Tier 10 Belfry Map
0:54 Tier 11 Spider Forest Map

This video was recorded on a level 84 Trickster with 3 Labyrinths completed.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • one of the highest single target DPS
  • budget-friendly with the core item providing 6 sockets for a very low price
  • good defenses based on high Life and Life recovery 
  • good mobility thanks to very high Attack Speed
CONS
  • can't face tank everything
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect map mod

3. Leveling tips

Oni-Goroshi is one of the best leveling items in the game. You can use it as soon as you reach level 2, it's relatively cheap, and it's also the core weapon for this build. Oni-Goroshi's weapon damage scale with your level and Molten Strike is available after completing the first quest which makes it even easier. You will be leveling up your core DPS setup right from the beginning, and all you need to upgrade in terms of your gear are Life/Res rares that you should find along the way.

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Molten Strike setup
Molten Strike Molten Strike - your primary attack skill. You can use it during leveling phase too 
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - adds additional Fire Damage to your attacks
Faster Attack Support Faster Attacks Support - greatly increases your Attack Speed
Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - your main mobility skill
Faster Attack Support Faster Attacks Support - increases the "movement" speed of your Leap Slam skill
Utility gems
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - adds additional Fire Damage to your attacks
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - this golem will increase your Attack Speed
Flammability Flammability - recommended curse for this build

Bandits:

We recommend killing all bandits for the additional 2 passive points

Leveling skill trees:

37 Points Skill tree
Priorities: 1) Trickery 2) Coldhearted Calculation 3) Blood Drinker 4) Forces of Nature

62 Points skill tree
Priorities: 1) Herbalism 2) Primeval Force 3) Thick Skin 4) Point Blank

Recommended leveling items:

Oni-GoroshiOni-Goroshi - build-defining item. Since you can use it starting at level 2 it's just natural you should try to get it as soon as possible
40% increased Accuracy Rating
Uses both hand slots
(70-90)% increased Critical Strike Chance
Adds 2 to 3 Physical Damage to Attacks per Level
Gain Her Embrace for 3 seconds when you Ignite an Enemy
While in Her Embrace, take 0.5% of your total Maximum Life and Energy Shield as Fire Damage per second per Level
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
 
GoldrimGoldrim - the best leveling helmet. Will cover all your elemental resistances needs for over 50 levels
+(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)
 
Atziri's FoibleAtziri's Foible - with 6 links for your Molten Strike setup it will cost a lot of mana. This amulet should do the job for the most part of the leveling phase
(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+100 to maximum Mana
(16-24)% increased maximum Mana
(80-100)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
Items and Gems have 25% reduced Attribute Requirements
 

Mokou's EmbraceMokou's Embrace - amazing leveling ring for this build

+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
(15-25)% increased Fire Damage
+(25-40)% to Cold Resistance
(5-10)% chance to Ignite
20% increased Attack Speed while Ignited
20% increased Cast Speed while Ignited
+25% chance to be Ignited
 

GiantsbaneGiantsbane - great leveling gloves that add physical damage to your Attacks and grant the Iron Grip passive

Adds (3-6) to (10-12) Physical Damage to Attacks
+(30-40) to Strength
(80-100)% increased Armour
Iron Grip
 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final skill tree:

116 Points Final Skill Tree
116 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Harness the Void
  2. Weave the Arcane
  3. Patient Reaper
  4. Swift Killer

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 Abberath - 5% reduced Fire Damage taken while moving, Unaffected by Burning Ground

5. Final gems links

[DPS] Molten Strike setup
Molten Strike Molten Strike - your primary Attack Skill
Elemental Damage with Attack Skills Elemental Damage with Attack Skills Support - increases Elemental Damage dealt with supported skills
Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support - reduces monster's resistance to fire damage
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - causes your Molten Strike to repeat itself with greatly increased Attack Speed
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - reduces Molten Strike explosions' radius and greatly increases their damage
Immolate Support Immolate Support - adds Fire damage to attacks against burning enemies
[CURSE] Flammability/SR Spell Totem setups
Spell Totem Support [2L]Spell Totem Support - you will create a Totem that will cast the Scorching Ray spell to reduce monsters' Fire Resistance
Scorching Ray [2L]Scorching Ray - Scorching Ray applies a stacking debuff that reduces Fire Resistance (the damage it deals is negligible)
Faster Casting Support [2L]Faster Casting - increases the Cast Speed of your Curse (it has to be applied manually)
Flammability [2L]Flammability - reduces cursed enemies' resistance to Fire
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam -  your main mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - link it to your Leap Slam for faster movement
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a very decent damage reduction buff on melee hits with your Leap Slam attack skill
[AURAS] Anger and Herald of Ash
Anger Anger - adds Fire Damage to spells and attacks
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - increases Fire Damage dealt. Also increases your burning damage, which makes up for quite a bit of your total DPS
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces mana reserved by your Auras
[OTHER] Golem and Blood Rage
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed and provides Frenzy Charge generation mechanics. It deals damage to self which is reduced by Trickster Ascendancy and the chosen Pantheon gods


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5. Gear Setup

This is a budget-friendly build, which is also a great starter build. Even though Oni-Goroshi is rather expensive, any player can get it by investing few hours to farm Hillock for it. Except for the sword, all the other gear can be Life/Res rares. They will allow you to farm currency for Kaom's Heart, which is the best in slot body armour for this build.  

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/ES to start mapping successfully
  3. Save you at least a couple of hours, as it's already all planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Melee/Fire/Elemental/Projectile Damage
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - very good helmet option for this build. Grants increased DPS, however, lacks a Life bonus
15% increased Attack Speed
(60-75)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
150% increased Evasion Rating
(20-25)% increased Rarity of Items found
10% increased Movement Speed
10% reduced Character Size
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Life/Res helmet - it will be the best in slot option for this build
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength
increased number of Molten Strike projectiles enchantment
Oni-Goroshi(Weapon) Oni-Goroshi - a mandatory unique weapon for this build. It can be wielded starting at level 2
40% increased Accuracy Rating
Uses both hand slots
(70-90)% increased Critical Strike Chance
Adds 2 to 3 Physical Damage to Attacks per Level
Gain Her Embrace for 3 seconds when you Ignite an Enemy
While in Her Embrace, take 0.5% of your total Maximum Life and Energy Shield as Fire Damage per second per Level
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
Kaom's Heart(Armour) Kaom's Heart - the best in slot armour for this build
Has no Sockets
+500 to maximum Life
(20-40)% increased Fire Damage
Rare Armour(Armour) Life/Res armour - any decent rare will do for currency farming. It's still recommended to get Kaom's Heart as soon as you can afford one
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength
Rare boots(Boots) Rare Life/Res boots - simply go for the highest stats you can afford
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% increased Movement Speed
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength
The Nomad(Belt) The Nomad - the best in slot belt for this build. Provides amazing DPS bonuses
(20-30)% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
(25-40)% increased Global Physical Damage
+(40-50) to Strength
+(40-50) to Dexterity
50% increased Flask Charges gained
+(20-25)% to all Elemental Resistances while you have at least 200 Strength
(40-50)% increased Projectile Attack Damage while you have at least 200 Dexterity
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - try getting one with increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Strength
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res gloves 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Coral Ring(Rings) 2x Rare Life/Res ring - just grab one with the highest ES bonus and cap your resistances
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
added min. 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Attack Speed
increased Fire Damage
Xoph's Blood(Amulet) Xoph's Blood - best in slot amulet for this build
+(20-30) to Strength
10% increased maximum Life
+(20-40)% to Fire Resistance
10% increased Strength
Damage Penetrates 10% Fire Resistance
Cover Enemies in Ash when they Hit you
Avatar of Fire
Wildfire(Jewels) Wildfire - mandatory threshold jewel for Molten Strike. Grab two of those and socket them in the Marauder/Duelist part of the skill tree
(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike fires 2 additional Projectiles
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike has 25% increased Area of Effect
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - used mainly to provide more Life and DPS
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Melee/Fire/Elemental damage
Optional affixes:
% increased Attack Speed
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - a very good Flask for this build. It grants additional Molten Strike's projectiles, greatly increasing your DPS. Also increases maximum Fire Resistance, which reduces the damage dealt to you while under the effect of Her Embrace buff (from Oni-Goroshi)
+50% to Fire Resistance
+6% to maximum Fire Resistance
(-10-10)% increased Charges used
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - provides additional Fire Damage penetration if your uncapped Fire Resistance is the highest 
+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
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill effects)
  3. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Grounding (used for increased mobility and removes shock)
Dying SunThe Wise OakDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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