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Poison Barrage Ranged Totem Trickster build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Poison Barrage Ranged Totem Trickster build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

This Trickster build takes Poison DPS to a whole new level. As a Totem build it also makes it much easier to survive Boss encounters

Tornado Shot/Barrage
Poison Totem Trickster
Patch 3.3 Build

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Guide notes
June 1, 2018
-Build created
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.3
June 2, 2018
-Added gameplay video

This Trickster build is one of the most potent (DPS-wise) Totem builds in Path of Exile. As most of the Totem builds, it also makes it quite easy to stay alive in Boss encounters, and it is perfect for clearing end-game content by dealing insane Damage with your Poison. It is based on Valkuur's Guidance gloves, which make Lightning Damage apply Poison, Quill Rain unique bow for its'crazy Attack Speed bonuses, and Abyss jewels for added Lightning Damage to your Attacks (with Abyss jewels are what makes this build rather expensive).

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1. Gameplay

This build does not differ much from standard Totem builds. You summon your Totems and run around kiting and avoiding attacks. While two Barrage Ranged Attack Totems shoot around 65 Arrows per second each, with 100% to apply Poison, making them lethal weapons. While Totems do the job, you are free to worry about your well-being. You are free to use the Frenzy Attack skill as well, to generate Frenzy Charges, apply Poison, cull enemies and grant the Innervation buff. Also for smooth map farming, you can replace Barrage with Tornado Shot. Barrage may feel clunky when dealing with several bigger packs on open maps. It still shines in single-target battles. Also for better clear speed, it's worth to consider taking Piercing Shots Passive.

0:06 Tier 11 Spider Forest
0:23 Tier 14 Palace
1:08 Tier 15 Basilica
1:22 Apex of Sacrifice

This video was recorded on a barely level 80 Trickster with 3 Labyrinths completed. We were so excited we had to do it ASAP. Hopefully we get to grind some more levels, complete the 4th Lab and record a video with all the Bosses killed with a RAT Trickster build :)

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • terrific single-target damage
  • great clear speed with Totems instantly obliterating enemies, and your excellent mobility
  • insane Life/Mana Recovery rate from Lightpoacher and Trickster's passives
  • immune to reflect map mods
  • all content viable
  • your friends won't believe what your Ranged Attack Totems are capable of
  • requires approximately ten expensive Abyss jewels 
  • requires swapping Barrage and Tornado Shot between encounters. May feel clunky and slow otherwise
  • requires refunding some passives after you get your character leveled up

3. Leveling

If you want to follow the final Skill Tree during leveling, your life won't be easy. It is recommended to level up this Trickster character as an elemental conversion bow build, and respec later on. Otherwise, the process may be very problematic and take way longer than it should. Simply go for Ice Shot/Tornado Shot and take the Ranger's Bow nodes to get you going. Focus Physical DPS gear, and upgrade your weapons every now and then, and you should be totally fine.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Ice Shot setup
Split Arrow Ice Shot - very good bow skill, which deals moderate AoE damage in a cone behind your main target
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - increased Cold Damage of supported skills
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Ice Shot projectiles, but slightly reducing its' damage
Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support - increases the damage of your projectiles, and the damage they deal with Poison
Blink Arrow setup
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - the only bow movement skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Utility Gems
Despair Frostbite - recommended Curse for the leveling phase
Clarity Clarity - helps a lot during leveling to sustain your Mana Pool
Hatred Hatred - the best DPS elemental conversion Aura
Stone Golem Stone Golem - grants increased Life Regeneration per second


Kill all bandits for the two additional Passives Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

31 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Siphon 2) Fangs of the Viper 3) Deadly Draw 4) Heavy Draw

64 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Lethality 2) Primeval Force 3) Thick Skin 4) King of the Hill 5) Small Leech nodes

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - one of the best Phys. DPS leveling rings. You can get two of those if you can afford it and use them for the first 30 levels 
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
5% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 3 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(2-4) Life Regenerated per second
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - great Phys. DPS belt. It also grants amazing maximum Life bonus, and after you buy it, you can wear it until you switch to your Poison Totem gear
+(25-35) to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
+25 to Strength
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
SilverbranchSilverbranch - the first unique bow that you can find in Path of Exile
+1 to Level of Socketed Bow Gems
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+30 to Accuracy Rating
+10 Mana gained on Kill

Death's HarpDeath's Harp - a very powerful unique bow. It provides high Physical Damage and makes your bow attacks fire an additional projectile

(30-50)% increased Critical Strike Chance
(100-125)% increased Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+100% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Bow Attacks fire an additional Arrow

Death's OpusDeath's Opus - much more powerful version of Death's Harp bow. However, it is powerful enough to be the most expensive leveling item listed in this guide

(30-50)% increased Critical Strike Chance
(100-125)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (10-20) to (30-35) Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+100% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Two additional Arrows

Karui WardKarui Ward - the best bow leveling amulet. Karui Ward's fated version is also the end-game recommended amulet for this build, so you might be lucky and actually come across The Karui Rebellion prophecy

+(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:

116 Points Final Skill Tree
116 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Harness the Void
  2. Patient Reaper
  3. Prolonged Pain (requires to refund the Evasion/Energy Shield small node)
  4. Weave the Arcane


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] Barrage/Tornado Shot
(in Dendrobate)
Spectral Throw Barrage - your core DPS skill which will be used by your Ranged Attack Totems. Those should fire approximately 80 arrows each, applying nearly 400 Poison stacks on a single enemy. If you have not taken Pierce, it's best to swap it with Tornado Shot for map clearing/farming.
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot - the alternative attack skill that is much better for clearing open-space maps and bigger packs. It works well versus Bosses on lower tiers as well
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of supported skills' projectiles. The damage from your Hits is much less important than the number of Hits
Ranged Attack Totem Support Ranged Attack Totem Support - allows you to summon a Totem that will use the supported bow attack skill
Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support - increases the duration and damage of your Poison
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - dramatically increases your Poison Damage. This Support Gem was also buffed in Patch 3.3 which made it even more powerful
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - since your damage type is Lightning, and it's the Lightning Damage that applies your Poison, it's another very important Support Gem in this setup
Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support - increases the chance to Poison on Hit, and adds Chaos Damage to supported attacks. It is granted by the Dendrobate unique armour
[UTILITY] Frenzy
(in Quill Rain)
Barrage Frenzy  - Frenzy is used to 
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - makes Frenzy apply the supported curse
Despair Despair - the recommended curse for this build. It can also be used as an Aura with the Impresence amulet, however, staying in melee range for it to work pushes your character's defenses to the limit
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - instantly kills enemies below 10% Life. Also allows dealing killing blows with Frenzy, which grants the Innerave buff
Innervate Support Innervate Support - grants the Innervation buff to your other skills (Barrage Totem) on kills with supported skills
[UTILITY 1] no links required
Arctic Armour Arctic Armour - provides Physical and Fire Damage mitigation
Wrath Wrath - adds extra Lightning Damage
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - used for mobility and Spell/Attack avoidance
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
[UTILITY 2] Wither
Wither Wither - increases Chaos Damage taken by affected enemies
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases Cast speed of the With spell
[UTILITY] Immortal Call setup
Shock Nova Shock Nova - an auto-cast spell that has a chance to Poison (if that mattered) and Knockback enemies. Do not upgrade it above level 4
Knockback Support Knockback Support - grants supported skills a chance to knockback enemies
CwDT Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast supported spells after a certain amount of damage is taken by your character. Keep this gem at level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Immunity. Will be auto-cast if you keep it at maximum level 3

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5. Gear Setup

This Quill Rain Poison Ranged Attack Totem build is extremely powerful and when making this build we have realized we might have previously overused this adjective. Sadly, such power comes at a high cost. In general, this is a very expensive build to complete, with at least twelve expensive Abyss Jewels required. 

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Our recommended items will:

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Lightning Damage to Attacks
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Attributes (300 Dexterity and 150 Intelligence is required)
  6. Accuracy Rating (min. 90% is recommended)
Lightpoacher(Helmet) Lightpoacher - our recommended pick for the helmet slot. It allows you to use two additional Abyss Jewels for extra damage
Has 2 Abyssal Sockets
Trigger Level 20 Spirit Burst when you Use a Skill while you have a Spirit Charge
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Recover (4-5)% of Life when a Spirit Charge expires or is consumed
(15-20)% chance to gain a Spirit Charge on Kill
+1 to Maximum Spirit Charges per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - another good pick for this build. Provides amazing defensive bonuses and increased Attack Speed
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
Helmet Enchantments:
Barrage fires an additional Projectile
Tornado Shot fires 2 additional secondary Projectiles
Quill Rain(Weapon) Quill Rain - the core weapon for this build. Quill Rain provides the highest global Attack Speed in the entire game
100% increased Physical Damage
+(10-20) to Dexterity
100% increased Attack Speed
+(25-50) to Accuracy Rating
+2 Mana gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
(50-100)% increased Projectile Speed
40% less Weapon Damage
Skirmish(Quiver) Skirmish - mandatory Quiver for this build. Allows you to summon the second Ranged Attack Totem. Also getting corrupted one that increases the number of arrows fired should be very easy. It should not cost more than 10 Chaos Orbs because of the items' low popularity
(20-30)% increased Accuracy Rating
+(15-25) to Intelligence
+(30-50) to maximum Mana
(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
0.2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Attack skills can have 1 additional Totem Summoned at a time
Dendrobate(Body Armour) Dendrobate - mandatory item for this build. It provides the additional link and greatly increases your Poison Damage and duration
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 10 Lesser Poison
(130-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+40 to maximum Energy Shield
+(15-25)% to all Elemental Resistances
(75-100)% increased Damage with Poison if you have at least 300 Dexterity
(15-25)% increased Poison Duration if you have at least 150 Intelligence
Boots(Boots) Rare Life/Res. boots - you will need to wear Rare Boots or it may be extremely hard to cap your Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Boots Enchantments:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
10% Chance to Dodge if you've taken a Critical Strike Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Life/Res. belt - simply aim for the highest defensive stats you can afford
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - with similar stats to the regular belt. Will be more expensive and provide the additional Abyssal socket
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Impresence(Amulet) Impresence (Chaos) - is a good choice for increased Chaos and Damage over Time
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(30-40)% increased Damage over Time
Adds (17-19) to (23-29) Chaos Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
100% reduced Despair Mana Reservation
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Karui Charge(Amulet) Karui Charge - this amulet provides very high DPS boost but lacks defensive stats. If you are still farming currency for your Abyss jewels on lower tier maps, this might be the best choice for you
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - can be a very solid and inexpensive pick
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
added Lightning Damage to Attacks
missing Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Lightning Damage
Opal Ring(Ring) Rare rings - with Essence of Delirium crafted Opal Rings being the best in slot
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
added Lightning Damage to Attacks
missing Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Damage with Poison (from Essence of Delirium)
increased Attack Speed
Valako's Sign(Ring) Valako's Sign - if getting enough Essences (or a proper Opal Ring) is problematic for you, you can use Valako's Sign instead. This ring provides very good Lightning Damage bonuses, and increases the Damage you deal with Hits against Shocked enemies
+(20-30)% to Lightning Resistance
40% increased Damage with Hits against Shocked Enemies
20% increased Lightning Damage
+(20-40) to maximum Mana
0.2% of Damage Leeched as Life against Shocked Enemies
10% chance to Shock
Volkur's Guidance(Gloves) Volkuur's Guidance - the Lightning version obviously is the mandatory pair of gloves for this build. Volkuur's Guidance make your Lightning Damage Poison, which is the core mechanic of this build
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Gloves Enchantment:
Decree of Spite
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - with as many Lightning Damage affixes you can find and afford
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Lightning Damage to Attacks
added Lightning Damage to Bow Attacks
Optional affixes:
chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
increased Attack Speed if you have Crit. recently
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - the best Bow/Projectile Flask in Path of Exile
+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
Coralito's Signature(Flask) Coralito's Signature - grants insane DPS buff during Flask effect
Your Critical Strike Chance is Lucky
Take 30 Chaos Damage per Second during Flask effect
25% chance to Poison on Hit during Flask effect
Your Critical Strikes do not deal extra Damage during Flask effect
(50-75)% increased Duration of Poisons you inflict during Flask effect
Grants Perfect Agony during Flask effect
Witchfire Brew(Flask) Witchfire's Brew - provides very high DoT bonus during the Flask's effect. Also creates the Smoke Cloud, which Blinds enemies
100% increased Evasion Rating
Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use
50% increased Charges used
(25-40)% increased Damage Over Time during Flask Effect
Grants Level 21 Despair Curse Aura during Flask Effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching (bleeding immunity)
  2. Seething Divine Life Flask of Heat (chill and freeze immunity)
Dying SunCoralito's SignatureWitchfire's BrewLife FlaskLife Flask

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