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Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain Pathfinder build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain Pathfinder build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

One of the most powerful Pathfinder builds based on the Scourge Arrow skill and terrific Poison DPS

 Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain
Pathfinder build

Updated for Patch 3.11

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Guide notes
June 24, 2020
-Updated for Patch 3.11


Patch 3.4 introduced new interesting Chaos/Bow skills - Scourge Arrow and Toxic Rain. At the same time, the Pathfinder class was redesigned, which now grants very high Poison and Chaos Damage bonuses from Attack skills, making it one of the most powerful DoT-classes in Path of Exile. While there are plenty of users running around with Toxic Rain, it's the Scourge Arrow to apparently provide much higher single-target DPS when used correctly and Toxic Rain is used as a Utility Attack - applying debuffs and Curses. 

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1. Gameplay

This Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain Pathfinder is a typical ranged build. You should focus on slowing down enemies with Toxic Rain, which slows them down and applies Curses, while you deal insane Damage over Time with fully Charged Scourge Arrow. Charging Scourge Arrow should take less than 2 seconds, and just 1 hit will take out anything except for Bosses. The damage it deals is simply terrific. For defenses, this build provides over 5,000 Life, Evasion, Dodge, and Elusive buffs. This makes this build all content viable. By utilizing additional Cluster Jewels, you get an additional source of Chaos Damage over Time Multipliers, allowing you to scale your DPS to a very high level.

0:06 Tier 13 Ghetto
0:30 Tier 15 Reef
0:57 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
1:10 Tier 9 Elder
1:23 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
1:35 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:45 Tier 16 Pit of the Chimera
1:57 Apex of Sacrifice

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • high AoE and single-target DPS
  • Millions of Shaper DPS when fully buffed
  • great clear speed
  • solid defenses
  • smooth gameplay
  • can do any map mod
  • requires two 5-6 Linked items
  • no Auras
  • scaling DPS can get expensive with Cluster Jewels and Chaos DoT Multiplier gear


3. Leveling tips

Leveling this character is very easy. If you can afford a 4-linked Quill Rain that shouldn't cost more than 2 Chaos Orbs, it will be a smooth ride starting from level 5. Quill Rain provides the highest bonus Attack Speed in the entire game, and the damage reduction does not affect ailments you inflict with Attacks or Caustic Arrow's Damage over Time. You can focus on increasing your Movement Speed and defenses, while Caustic Arrow's Mirage Archer will clear everything for you. You can use this setup until level 66 when you can start using Lioneye's Glare and other higher-level gear.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Caustic Arrow setup
Caustic Arrow Caustic Arrow - one of the best skills for leveling which can be supported by Mirage Archer as of Patch 3.4. This combination allows you to run around the area while Mirage Archer spreads the Caustic Cloud for you providing insane clear speed with no effort
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - when you hit with supported skill a Mirage Archer is summoned that used Caustic Arrow with slightly reduced Attack Speed and Damage
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - increases Chaos Damage dealt by supported skills
Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support - increases Caustic Arrow's Damage over Time
Toxic Rain setup
Toxic Rain Toxic Rain - Toxic Rain is used to slow down enemies, apply Withered, and deal additional damage
Withered Touch Support Withered Touch Support - grants a chance to apply Withered on hit, which increases Chaos Damage taken
Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support
Utility Gems
Herald of Agony Herald of Agony - new Herald Skill which increases your Chance to Poison and Poison Damage
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - grants increased Attack and Cast Speed
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - Movement Skill used in this build


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

35 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Herbalism 3) Master Fletcher 4) Fatal Toxins

68 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Siphon 2) Growth and Decay 3) Atrophy

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - one of the best leveling Rings for this build
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
Quill RainQuill Rain - the best leveling weapon for this build
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

GoldrimGoldrim - the best leveling Helmet in Path of Exile. And if you plan using Thread of Hope, you will need the extra Resistances it provides

+(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 - great leveling Amulet for Bow/Ranged characters

+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage

Thread of HopeThread of Hope - allows you to pick up very important Passives without having them connect to your Tree, saving up a lot of points

Only affects Passives in a Very Large Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Nature's Reprisal
  2. Master Toxicist
  3. Nature's Adrenaline
  4. Nature's Boon


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 Attack Hits if you've taken a Savage Hit Recently


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Scourge Arrow
Toxic Rain Scourge Arrow - is a channelled Bow skill that should be released always at 5 stacks. It deals moderate "on Hit" damage and insane Poison Damage from all the smaller arrows that are shot from the Spore Pods
Chaos Damage Support Added Chaos Damage Support - adds flat Chaos Damage to supported skills
Poison Support Poison Support - grants a high increase to Poison Damage and Chance to Poison on Hit with Scourge Arrow
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - increases the Damage from Ailments inflicted by supported skills
Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support - increases the Damage from Ailments inflicted by supported skills
Vile Toxins Support Vile Toxins Support - increases the damage for every stack of Poison the enemy has
[DPS/UTILITY] Toxic Rain
Toxic Rain Toxic Rain - Toxic Rain is used mainly to slow down enemies, apply debuffs, and Curses
Withering Touch Support Withering Touch Support - grants a chance to apply the Withered debuff on Hit, increases Chaos Damage taken by affected enemies
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - summons a Mirage Archer on your back who will use Toxic Rain for a duration. It's great, as it will continue firing even when you are channelling your Scourge Arrow
Awakened Curse on Hit Support Awakened Curse on Hit Support - allows you to apply two Curses with Toxic Rain. If you can't afford it, just go with a standard Gem and apply either of the following Curses
Temporal Chains Temporal Chains - one of the best defensive Curses which will significantly slow down affected enemies
Despair Despair - the best Curse for DoT builds
[UTILITY] Wither
Wither Wither - applies a debuff to enemies which increases Chaos Damage they take. It will be cast automatically by Spell Totems
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - allows you to summon Totems which will cast Wither for you
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - allows you to create additional Totems which will help you stack the maximum number of Withered stacks faster
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Malevolence Malevolence - the best DPS Aura for DoT builds which greatly increases your damage output
Precision Precision - low-level Precision may be very useful to reach 100% Chance to Hit with your Attacks
Herald of Agony Herald of Agony - increases your Chance to Poison and damage you deal with it
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces Mana Reservation Cost of Supported Spells
[UTILITY] Flame Dash and Plague Bearer
Flame Dash Flame Dash - recommended mobility Skill used in this build
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Plague Bearer Plague Bearer - allows you to store some of your Poison Damage and unleash it in a form of Aura giving you an extra burst of damage against Bosses
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - allows you to store additional charges on Supported Spells and increased their Cooldown Recovery Speed

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for this build. The entire budget of this build is approximately 20 Exalted Orbs, which is not the cheapest but should provide over 3,000,000 Shaper DPS when fully buffed. This should allow you to farm any Boss in the game if you are familiar with the fight's mechanics. If you would like to cut your expenses, you can use a 4 or 5-linked setup for your Toxic Rain, as it's mainly used as a supporting skill, and both Culling Strike and Increased Area of Effect Gems are optional. 

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Physical/Chaos/Damage over Time
  4. Attack Speed
  5. Evasion Rating
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - the best Helmet in terms of clear speed and mobility
+(50-65) to Dexterity
10% reduced Global Physical Damage
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - one of the best Helmets for this build. It only lacks Elemental Resistances, but still provides a terrific defensive utility
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(Helmet) Rare Helmet - preferably Evasion-based
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
40 maximum Mana
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Helmet enchantment:
Scourge Arrow deals 40% increased Damage
Scourge Arrow creates an additional spore pod at Maximum Stages
Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - it's critical that you pick up a Body Armour with reduced Mana cost of Socketed Skills or you will have hard times managing your Mana when channeling Scourge Arrow
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
5% increased maximum Life
Socketed Attacks have -15 to Total Mana Cost
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Darkscorn(Weapon) Darkscorn - the BiS Weapon for this build. It offers insane damage to Poison and high base DPS
+(15-25)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
(130-150)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (15-20) to (25-30) Physical Damage
20% increased Attack Speed
(15-30)% increased Global Accuracy Rating
25% of Physical Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
25% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Chaos Damage
20% chance for Poisons inflicted with this Weapon to deal 300% more Damage
Quiver(Weapon) Rare Quiver - aim for high defensive utility and possibly with Frenzy Charge on Kill generation
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chance to gain Frenzy Charge on Kill
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - with high defensive stats, Life, and Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
30 Dexterity
30 Intelligence
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Elemental Resistances
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Adds 120 to 180 Chaos Damage if you've taken a Critical Strike Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt 
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Physical Damage/Damage
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
10% Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Chaos Damage
Recommended Anointments:
Dirty Techniques
Steel Ring(Ring) Rare Ring
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
45 Intelligence
90% Total Elemental Re
Optional affixes:
Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Circle of Nostalgia(Ring) Circle of Nostalgia - can grant very high bonus Damage and possibly a lot of Chaos Resistance which boosts your defenses
+(9-13)% to Chaos Resistance
<One to three random Synthesis implicit modifiers>
+(10-20) to all Attributes
Adds (15-20) to (21-30) Chaos Damage
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
<Two Random Herald of Agony modifiers>
Recommended modifiers:
(40-60)% increased Chaos Damage while affected by Herald of Agon
+(31-43)% to Chaos Resistance while affected by Herald of Agony
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - aim for Chaos DoT Multiplier and high defensive stats
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Damage during Flask Effect
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewels) Large Cluster Jewel - you should get one Large Cluster Jewel which can offer some very interesting Passives like Unwaveringly Evil which makes you immune to interruptions from Stuns when you are channeling Scourge Arrow
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Touch of Cruelty
1 Added Passive Skill is Unholy Grace
1 Added Passive Skill is Unwaveringly Evil
2 Added Passive Skills are Jewel Sockets
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewels) Medium Cluster Jewel - you can get up to two Medium Cluster Jewels which are a new way to increase your Chaos DoT Multiplier
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Brush with Death
1 Added Passive Skill is Exposure Therapy
1 Added Passive Skill is a Jewel Socket
Viridian Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
Chaos Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Damage over Time
Searching Eye Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - if you get any Abyssal Sockets, try getting Jewels with added Physical or Chaos Damage to Attacks/Bow Attacks
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Physical Damage to Attacks/Bow Attacks
a chance to grant Onslaught on Kill
Thread of Hope(Jewels) Thread of Hope - allows you to pick up Hunter's Gambit, Heart of Oak, Revenge of the Hunted, and Swift Venoms without connecting them to your Tree
Only affects Passives in a Very Large Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
Coralito's Signature(Jewels) Coralito's Signature - this Flask grants the highest Poison Damage bonuses out of all Flasks in the game
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
Sin's Rebirth(Flask) Sin's Rebirth - grant Unholy Might buff which adds additional Chaos Damage based on your weapons Physical DPS
100% increased Evasion Rating
Creates a Smoke Cloud on Use
Gain Unholy Might during Flask Effect
Immunity to Ignite during Flask effect
Removes Burning on use
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Jade Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
  3. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
Coralito's SignatureSin's RebirthDivine Life FlaskJade FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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