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Pyroclast Mine ES/Low-Life Saboteur Build

Pyroclast Mine ES/Low-Life Saboteur Build

An alternative approach to the Miner/Saboteur archetype based on Pyroclast Mine Spell and Shavronne's Wrappings

Pyroclast Mine
Energy Shield/Low-Life
Saboteur Build

Updated for Patch 3.8

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Estimated budget: high

Guide notes
October 24, 2019
-Build created
October 25, 2019
-Added gameplay video

 

Pyroclast Mine is one of the newest Mine Spells introduced in Patch 3.8 which offers very high damage and wide area coverage with multiple Fire Projectiles covering your screen in chaotic explosions. This is currently the second most popular Mine Spell, and with the recent changes to the Miner/Saboteur Class, also one of the most popular builds overall. As of Patch 3.8 Miners can now throw their Mines instead of just planting them beneath their location, they also get to Summon Skitterbots which will grant significant utility and help them Detonate Mines for much smoother playstyle. 

This build is based on Low-Life/Energy Shield variation based on Shavronne's Wrappings Unique Body Armour so that we can use extra Auras and provide us with Chaos Damage immunity. Obviously we are picking up the Saboteur Class, which is heavily oriented on Mines and Traps, and its Passives increase Mines Damage, Throwing and Detonating frequency.

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1. Gameplay

As a Miner you will throw Mines that once detonated, will trigger powerful Spells. When using this build, you will also Summon Skitterbots, which will periodically detonate your Mines for extra Casts since Mines Detonated by Skitterbots will automatically rearm. This build is based on Pyroclast Mine which fires multiple projectiles that deal very high Fire Damage in an Area. This is your primary Spell used on most occasions, however, we have also decided to include Icicle Mines in our build, that will be used to Chill enemies to grant us extra Elemental Damage Penetration from Explosives Master Passive. Icicle Mine will be also set-up for Frenzy and Power Charge Generation, and with its' wide AoE, it can be also used for clearing trash mobs. 

For the defenses, this build utilizes several defensive mechanics which include high Maximum Energy Shield, Blinding nearby enemies via Born in the Shadows Passive, undisturbed Energy Shield Regeneration thanks to Wicked Ward, Temporal Chains Curse, and reduced damage dealt by enemies with the use of Destructive Apparatus Passive.


0:06 Tier 16 Minotaur (Boss only)
0:16 Tier 16 Mastermind's Lair (Catarina Boss)
0:50 Tier 16 The Constrictor
1:33 Tier 16 The Eradicator
2:05 Tier 17 Uber Elder

This video was recorded on a level 90 Saboteur on Standard Softcore mode


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • insane burst DPS which simply melts stationary Bosses
  • all content viable on a reasonable budget
  • solid defenses with permanent Stun immunity
  • great AoE
  • immune to Damage Reflection
CONS
  • requires several expensive Unique Items
  • needs leveling up as Hybrid Life/ES character and refunding a bunch of Passives around level 70

 

3. Leveling tips

When it comes to dealing damage, Saboteurs are extremely powerful. Your damage will come mainly from Passives and Skill Gems, so, for the most part, you will have to focus on defensive Rare gear when leveling, which will help you stay alive. Also, Mana Management may be a little bit harsh early on, so it's recommended to get some of the Uniques listed which help greatly. However, you will be required to level up your character based on Life or hybrid Life/Energy Shield during the questing part. It's recommended to stick mainly to Life equipment until you can afford Shavronne's Wrappings and respec around level 70. We have included two Passive Trees at level 68, one before, and another after the respec. Below you will find the base Gem setups for the leveling part, obviously, if you reach higher levels and get more Sockets in your Items, just fill them in with appropriate Support Gems.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Stormblast Mine
Stormblast Mine Stormblast Mine - the first Mine Spell which becomes available for the Saboteur Class. Since Pyroclast Mine requires level 28 to use, we will stick to this Spell for the first levels
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - adds extra flat Lighting Damage to Supported Spells
Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support - gives you a chance to Throw additional Mines with each cast. It's also one of the Support Gems used in the final build so it's a good idea to start leveling it up early
Trap and Mine Damage Support Trap and Mine Damage Support - increases the damage of your Mines
Pyroclast Mine setup
Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine - primary Spell used in this build. It deals massive Fire/Projectile Damage when detonated
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - I have found this Support Gems extremely useful during the leveling since on top of increasing your DPS, it reduces the Mana Cost of Supported Skills. After switching to the final build just link this Gem to Icicle Mines
Trap and Mine Damage Support

Trap and Mine Damage Support - increases the damage of your Mines

Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - greatly increases Spell Damage at the cost of slightly reducing your Critical Hit Chance
Utility Gems
Clarity Clarity - increases your Mana Regenerated per second which is extremely important for Saboteurs
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - mandatory Skill in this build. Skitterbots will help Detonate Mines and increase your Mine Damage. They also Chill and Shock nearby enemies
Herald of Ice

Herald of Ice - will add Cold Damage to your Spells and cause AoE explosions when you kill Frozen enemies. On lower levels, you won't have enough Mana to sustain both Heralds so it's much better to use the Ice one for the amazing clear speed bonus

Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two extra Passives

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Siphon 2) Saboteur 3) Blood Drinker 4) High Explosives

66 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Doom Cast 2) Volatile Mines 3) Successive Detonations 4) Cruel Preparation 5) Annihilation

Below you will find two Passive Trees for around level 70 characters, before and after transitioning into full Energy Shield

91 Points Skill Tree  (Hybrid's final moment)

Priorities: 1) Destructive Apparatus 2) Arcane Potency 3) Purity of Flesh 4) Sovereignty

91 Points Skill Tree  (Energy Shield transition)

Recommended leveling items:

LifesprigLifesprig - very popular leveling Wand which grants high Spell Damage bonus and increases your Life and Mana
(8-12)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
(20-28)% increased Spell Damage
(5-8)% increased Cast Speed
+(15-20) to maximum Life
+(15-20) to maximum Mana
Regenerate (6-8) Life over 1 second when you Cast a Spell
 
Axiom PerpetuumAxiom Perpetuum - one of the best leveling weapons for Spell Casters which will work wonders for at least 20 levels
12% increased Elemental Damage
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Fire Damage to Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds 1 to (10-12) Lightning Damage to Spells
(4-6)% increased Cast Speed
(100-140)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
 
PraxisPraxis - helps with Mana Management. If you can afford it, make sure to get one as soon as you can equip it
+(20-25) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
(3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
-(8-4) to Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
 
Victario's FlightVictario's Flight - this pair of Boots grant high Movement Speed bonus and an efficient Mana Recovery mechanic
+15 to Dexterity
+15 to Intelligence
(100-150)% increased Evasion Rating
15% increased Movement Speed
(5-10)% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
10% increased Movement Speed for you and nearby Allies
 

 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Bomb Specialist
  2. Explosives Expert
  3. Pyromaniac
  4. Born in the Shadows

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 Garukhan +5% chance to Evade Attacks if you've taken a Savage Hit recently

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Pyroclast Mine setup
Pyroclast Mine Pyroclast Mine - primary Spell used in this build. It offers insane burst damage with a decent AoE
Trap and Mine Damage Support Mine and Trap Damage Support - grants a very high bonus to Trap and Mine Damage
Minefield Support Minefield Support - makes you throw extra Mines with each Cast
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - greatly increases Spell Damage of supported Skills
Combustion Support Combustion Support - grants more Fire Spell Damage, and makes enemies Ignited by Pyroclast Mine take increased Fire Damage
Immolate Support Immolate Support - adds a lot of flat Fire Damage against Burning enemies
[DPS] Icicle Mine
(preferably in Shaper Helmet)
Icicle Mine Icicle Mine - Icicle Mines are used to Chill enemies and to generate Frenzy and Power Charges via Charged Mines Support
Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support - gives you a chance to throw extra Mines with each Cast
Charged Mines Support Charged Mines Support - give you a chance to generate Frenzy and Power Charges when detonating Supported Mines
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - reduces the Mana Cost and Elemental Damage dealt by Supported Spells
[UTILITY] Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - the best Spell Caster Movement Skill which will also grant Arcane Surge buff with each Cast
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Arcane Surge Arcane Surge Support - grants Arcane Surge which increases your Spell Damage and Mana Regen Rate. Keep this Gem at level 8 to proc with each Cast
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the Duration of Arcane Surge's buff
[UTILITY] Mana Reservation Spells
Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - a mandatory addition to this build. Skitterbots will increase your DPS output by occasionally detonating Mines for additional explosions
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants extra Cold Damage to your Spells and causes AoE Explosions when you kill Frozen enemies
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - grants extra Lightning Damage to your Spells which will now be able to Shock your targets, and gain extra Crit Chance from Explosives Expert Passive
[UTILITY] Blood Magic Auras
Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline - grants extra Maximum Energy Shield and the Vaal part makes your ES Regeneration disregard taking damage
Clarity Clarity - increases Mana Regeneration Rate
Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support - makes Supported Spells Reserve Life instead of Mana, allowing us to be at Low Life at all times and benefit from Pain Attunement Passive
[UTILITY] Curse/Immortal Call setup
Temporal Chains Temporal Chains - the recommended Curse for this build. It slows down enemies' Action Speed (Attack, Movement, Cast Speed). Keep this Gem at level 7
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - will automatically cast Supported Spells, and apply your Curse. Keep this Gem at level 3
Immortal Call Immortal Call - greatly reduces Physical and Elemental Damage taken for a short duration. Keep this Gem at level 5
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support


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5. Gear Setup

In this section, you will find all the required and recommended Items for this Pyroclast Mine Saboteur Build. Unlike other typical Miner/Saboteur builds (for example our Icicle Mine Saboteur Build) this one has slightly higher item requirements. Luckily enough, this doesn't significantly increase this build's budget, but certainly makes it less viable for a League Starter or Solo Self Found mode. 

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Energy Shield
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Spell Damage
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  6. Mana/Mana Regeneration Rate
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - preferably Shaper Helmet with extra Support Gems for our Icicle Mine setup. It's optional though as it's merely our secondary source of damage
Min. requirements:
140 maximum Energy Shield
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Socketed Gems are Supported by level # Trap and Mine Damage
Optional affixes:
Nearby enemies have -#% to Fire Resistance
Attributes
Helmet enchantment:
Pyroclast Mine fires 2 additional Projectiles
Pyroclast Mine deals 40% increased Damage
Shavronne's Wrappings(Body Armour) Shavronne's Wrapping - the only must-have item in this build, and also most likely the most expensive one. It is the foundation of all Low-Life builds, causing Chaos Damage to not bypass Energy Shield
(3-10)% increased Spell Damage
(100-150)% increased Energy Shield
10% faster start of Energy Shield Recharge
+(30-40)% to Lightning Resistance
Reflects 1 to 250 Lightning Damage to Melee Attackers
Chaos Damage does not bypass Energy Shield

Rare Sceptre(Weapon) Rare Spectre or Wand - aim for high Fire/Spell Damage bonus, Spell Crit. Chance, and Added Fire Damage to Spells. The higher stats combined the better

Min. requirements:
60% increased Fire Spell Damage
90% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
25 added Fire Damage to Spells
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
increased Cast Speed
Gain % of Fire/Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
Doryani's Catalyst(Weapon) Doryani's Catalyst - this will work just fine in this build giving us all the important stats
32% increased Elemental Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
Adds (65-85) to (100-160) Physical Damage
(11-15)% increased Attack Speed
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(30-40)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
(80-100)% increased Elemental Damage
Rare Shield (Shield) Rare Shield - used mainly for defensive Stats and some extra Spell Damage bonus
Min. requirements:
220 maximum Energy Shield
60% increased Spell Damage
80% Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Attributes
Gain % of Fire/Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - again, aim for high Movement Speed and defensive stats
Min. requirements:
120 maximum Energy Shield
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Attributes
Sin Trek(Boots) Sin Trek - a great option with high Base Energy Shield, extra Dexterity, and unique affix that makes enemies unable to Leech Mana from us
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Intelligence
(80-100)% increased Evasion Rating
+(100-150) to maximum Energy Shield
30% increased Movement Speed
Enemies Cannot Leech Life From you
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - you can use any base, but Stygian Vise with the extra Abyssal Socket will be the best option. For more defenses, you can also use Crystal Belt (possibly with 100+ Maximum Energy Shield)
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
50 maximum Energy Shield
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Damage (Crafting Bench)
Strength
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - will do just fine until you can afford the Presence of Chayula
Min. requirements:
35 Energy Shield
15% maximum Energy Shield
30% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Spell Damage
Elemental Resistances
Attributes
Presence of Chayula(Amulet) Presence of Chayula - the BiS Amulet we can use for this build. It grants very high bonus Energy Shield and gives us permanent Stun Immunity
+(10-16) to all Attributes
30% increased Rarity of Items found
+60% to Chaos Resistance
Cannot be Stunned
20% of Maximum Life Converted to Energy Shield
Amulet anointment:
Tranquility (Two Golden and Azure Oil)
Moonstone RingMoonstone Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - most bases will do depending on what you want to maximize. Moonstone Rings will provide highest ES, Diamond/Opal can give you some extra damage
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Energy Shield
40 maximum Mana
35 Strength/Dexterity
Optional affixes:
50% Elemental Resistances
ES Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - prioritize defensive stats including high Energy Shield and Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
140 Energy Shield
35% Fire Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Spell Damage (Fingerless Silk Gloves only)
Damage during any Flask Effect (Crafting Bench)
Murderous Eye Jewel(Jewel) Murderous Eye Jewel - with the chance to gain Onslaught on kill. It increases our mobility and makes the build much smoother to play
Recommended affixes:
maximum Energy Shield
chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on kill
Optional affixes:
increased Damage if you have Killed recently
Critical Strike Multiplier
Cobalt Jewels(Jewel) Rare Jewels - should also provide increases to Energy Shield and Damage
Recommended affixes:
maximum Energy Shield
Mine/Projectile Damage
Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Attributes
Energy from Within(Jewel) Energy from Within - socket it below the Melding Passive to give us approximately 20% increased maximum Energy Shield
(3-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
Increases and Reductions to Life in Radius are Transformed to apply to Energy Shield
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants a very high DPS bonus and it's pretty much the most cost-effective Flask in the game
+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
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Saturated Mana Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Experimenter's Sulphur Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
  3. Ample Diamond Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
  4. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
Atziri's PromiseEternal Mana FlaskSulphur FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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