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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 new Scourge Arrow skill and terrific Poison DPS

 Scourge Arrow/Toxic Rain
Pathfinder build

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
March 29, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.6

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 classes in Path of Exile. While there are plenty of users running around with Toxic Rain, it's the Scourge Arrow to apparently provides much higher single-target DPS when used correctly. 

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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 immobilizes them while Vaal Blight is active and taking them out with Scourge Arrow released at 5 charges for maximum damage. 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 approximately 5,000 Life, Mind over Matter with high Mana Regeneration and Mana Leech, as well as additional Evasion and Dodge Chance.

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

This video was recorded on a level 87 Pathfinder. The total budget was below 10 Exalted Orbs on Delve Softcore. Build also felt so smooth I completely forgot to use Vaal Blight

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • high AoE and single-target DPS
  • approximately 2,000,000 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
  • Curse has to be cast manually or granted by Witchfire's Brew

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:

29 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Heart of Oak 3) Herbalism 4) Heavy Draw 5) Deadly Draw

59 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Fatal Toxins 2) Toxic Strikes 3) Revenge of the Haunted 4) Blood Siphon 5) Blood Drinker

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

Seven League-StepSeven League-Step - great (but expensive) Boots for this build. Since Mirage Archer takes care of everything for you, progressing faster through areas should be your main focus

50% increased Movement Speed
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

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


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 Gruthkul 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Scourge Arrow
Toxic Rain Scourge Arrow - is a new channeled 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
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - increases Chaos Damage at the cost of reduced Elemental Damage
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. With Vaal Blight active any enemy hit will be immobilized, making it an extremely powerful tool in your arsenal
Withering Touch Support Withering Touch Support - grants a chance to apply the Withered debuff on Hit, increases Chaos Damage taken by affected enemies
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Toxic Rain's projectiles, hence increasing the number of Withered Stacks you can apply with each hit
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - will make Toxic Rain instantly kill enemies below 10% Life
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts supported spells when you take a certain amount of damage
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - Lightning Golem increases your Attack and Cast Speed
[MOBILITY] Blink Arrow
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - movement skill which can be used with Bows
[UTILITY] Herald of Agony
Herald of Agony Herald of Agony - mandatory skill for this build. It grants a higher Chance to Poison and increased Poison Damage 
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Vaal Haste
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-cats support spells. Keep this Gem at level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. Do not upgrade it above level 3
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - provides a Vaal Aura which grants increased Attack Speed and Movement Speed for a brief duration. Depending on your gear you can use Haste regular Aura as well
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
[UTILITY] Vaal Blight
Vaal Blight Vaal Blight - Vaal Blight increases Chaos Damage taken by affected enemies and slows them down
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

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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 30 Exalted Orbs, which is not the cheapest but should provide over 2,000,000 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
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
Cloak of Defiance(Body Armour) Cloak of Defiance - this is the recommended Armour for this build, as it adds up an additional solid layer of defense
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(110-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(100-150) to maximum Mana
1% of Mana Regenerated per second
10% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life
Mind Over Matter
Lioneye's Glare(Weapon) Lioneye's Glare - the best in the slot. It grants high DPS, additional Mana (which is extremely important with Mind over Matter) and makes your Attacks never miss
(20-24)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
(150-175)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (6-12) to (20-32) Physical Damage
(10-20)% increased Attack Speed
+(80-100) to maximum Mana
Hits can't be Evaded
Far Shot
Drillneck(Weapon) Drillneck  - a very powerful Quiver for this build, which greatly increases the damage you deal with ailments and Hits against enemies your projectiles pierce
Arrows Pierce an additional Target
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
+350 to Evasion Rating
+(40-50) to maximum Life
Adds (10-14) to (19-24) Physical Damage to Bow Attacks
Arrows deal 50% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments to Targets they Pierce
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
Rustic Sash(Belt) Rare Belt 
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Physical Damage
Flask Life Recovery Rate
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
added min. 9 Physical Damage to Attacks
15 All Attributes
10% All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Mana Regeneration Rate
maximum Mana
Steel RingSteel Ring(Ring) Rare Rings
Min. requirements:
Adds min. 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
60 maximum Life
35 maximum Mana
28% Fire Resistance
28% Cold Resistance
28% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Tombfist(Gloves) Tombfist - mandatory Gloves for this build. 1 Abyss Socket is enough, and you should input a Searching Eye Jewel in it. It should grant Onslaught on Kill, and it will also make your Attacks slow down enemies by additional 30%
Has 1-2 Abyssal Sockets
(6-10)% increased Attack Speed
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
With a Murderous Eye Jewel Socketed, Intimidate Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit with Attacks
With a Searching Eye Jewel Socketed, Maim Enemies for 4 seconds on Hit with Attacks
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Force
Commandment of Frost
Viridian Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Damage over Time
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed with Bows
Searching Eye Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - Searching Eye Jewel is required in the Tombfist, allowing you to immobilize all monsters with Toxic Rain
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Physical Damage to Attacks/Bow Attacks
a chance to grant Onslaught on Kill
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
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - increases the number of your Projectiles and Area of Effect (greatly increases Scourge Arrow's and Toxic Rain's DPS and AoE)
+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
Witchfire Brew(Flask) Witchfire Brew - grants increased Damage over Time and provides Despair Aura, which is extremely important as we don't include this Curse in the Gem setups
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. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
Coralito's SignatureSin's RebirthDying SunWitchfire BrewDivine Life Flask

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