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The Ultimate Flicker Strike Raider Build

The Ultimate Flicker Strike Raider Build

The best installment of the insanely fast Flicker Strike build

The Ultimate
Flicker Strike Raider build

Updated for Patch 3.16

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Guide notes
September 23, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.15
October 10, 2021
-Updated gameplay video
December 08, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.16


Flicker Strike is one of the most unusual and exciting Melee Attacks in the entire Path of Exile. It makes you instantly teleport to a nearby enemy, dealing very high damage, but has a cooldown unless you spend a Frenzy Charge on your attack. The general idea behind this build is to generate Frenzy Charges at a higher rate than you can spend them on Flicker Strike to be able to freely spam it even against Bosses. That's achieved by utilizing the Raider class and Uniques like Farrul's Fur. Combining Flicker Strike with Multistrike will allow you to instantly teleport between packs of enemies obliterating them thanks to the extra AoE explosions from Herald of Ice, making it one of the fastest melee builds in the game. The flashy visual effects, however, may not suit everyone. 

This Flicker Strike setup can get very expensive, but at the same time, it's the most powerful version of this build, that will allow you to farm pretty much all of the content in the game, with insane AoE/mobility and very solid single-target DPS. It's one of the most iconic builds that everyone should try at least once during their adventure in Path of Exile!

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1. Gameplay

Flicker Strike offers a very unique melee playstyle. It makes you instantly teleport between enemies, so as long as, you can see new enemies on the edge of your screen, you can progress through areas with insane speed. The main concept of this build is to generate your maximum number of Frenzy Charges (9 is something you can achieve on a reasonable budget, with 10-11 pushing you into Mirror-level equipment or so) via Farrul's Fur. By socketing Less Duration in the Item with beastcrafted Aspect of the Cat, you will trigger it every 3 seconds or so. You will be also generating extra Frenzy Charges via Blood Rage, Ice Bite Support, and Way of the Poacher from Raider's Ascendancy. This will allow you to endlessly spam Flicker Strike even with very high Attack Speed. In this build you will be dealing mainly Cold Damage which is multiplied by Paradoxica - while this weapon has low base damage, it will double all the damage from other sources like Ice Bite, Frenzy Charges (with corresponding Ring affixes), Replica Abyssus, Abyssal Jewels, and more. All around, the sky is the limit when it comes to this budget, and you can reach tens of millions DPS with this setup. 

Full gameplay video:

The video was recorded on a level 93 Raider with slightly over 5000 Maximum Life and approximately 5.5kk Flicker Strike DPS. The character was wearing Replica Abyssus, Farrul's Fur, Darkray Vectors, Paradoxica, and random Unique equipment in a moderate budget. The clear speed was insane, and the build did the job done against Bosses too, but surely you may want to scale single-target further (which is more than possible in this build)

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • insane mobility and clear speed
  • one of the most enjoyable builds in Path of Exile if you can stand the flashy visual effects
  • amazing AoE allowing one of the fastest Map clearings in PoE
  • very high single-target DPS with nearly unlimited scaling
  • very high Evasion and Dodge allowing you to face-tank Bosses (Guardians included)
  • vulnerable to Elemental Reflect
  • can get very expensive and requires a number of specific Unique Items


3. Leveling tips

It's basically impossible to start off with Flicker Strike. The cooldown and inability to generate Frenzy Charges on lower levels makes this skill pretty useless. We recommend leveling up with Frost Blades which is one of the best starting melee attacks in the game. It hits multiple targets at once and has high base Cold Damage. And since it's a Cold/Elemental Attack, you will be able to use the same Passives and Support Gems as with your final Flicker Strike Build. Still, it's best to simply have a level 90+ Raider with tons of Currency ready before you try out this build. Below you will find some recommended low-level Gem setups and possible leveling Uniques, but you can technically level up anyway you want to, and simply respect at a later phase. 

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Frost Blades
Frost Blades Frost Blades - one of the best Melee Attacks for leveling which releases additional projectiles from your initial Hit and has high added Cold Damage
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases your Frost Blades damage
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds flat Cold Damage to your Attacks
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - mandatory support Gem for the Frost Blade setup
Utility gems
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants added Cold Damage and causes AoE explosions on killing Frozen enemies
Precision Precision - Aura Spell that boosts your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - your primary Mobility Skill
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - Totem Spell which increases your Attack Speed
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - the recommended Golem for this build which increases your Crit. Chance and Accuracy Rating


Both killing all the Bandits for two additional Skill Points and helping Alira for Mana Regeneration, Critical Damage Multiplier, and Elemental Resistances are viable options

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Cold Mastery 3) Herbalism 4) Fatal Blade with Sword Mastery 5) Primeval Force

71 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Thick Skin 2) Fangs of Fros 3) Golem's Blood 4) Blood Drinker 5) Retaliation 6) Graceful Assault

Recommended leveling items:

RedbeakRedbeak - amazing starting weapon that has high base damage and can be used right after you start your game
40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
100% increased Damage when on Low Life
50% increased Physical Damage
Adds 2 to 6 Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+2 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
PraxisPraxis - in order to maintain your Mana this Ring (or even two of them) will be extremely useful. After all, you won't get much Mana/Mana Regeneration from your Passive Skill Tree
+(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
Karui WardKarui Ward - great Damage and Movement Speed boost granted by this Amulet, make it one of the best leveling items for this build. Also, the projectiles bonuses apply to Frost Blades if you end up using it on lower levels
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
Tasalio's SignTasalio's Sign - if you can manage your Mana without the Praxis Ring, it's recommended to grab at least one of these. Your DPS will skyrocket after equipping Tasalio's Sign
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
Adds (7-10) to (15-20) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(200-300) to Evasion Rating
50% chance to Avoid being Chilled
10% chance to Freeze
Adds 40 to 60 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
Ewar's MirageEwar's Mirage - an amazing weapon for leveling a character with Frost Blades. It's also a Sword so you can benefit from all the Passives that you want to be allocated for Flicker Strike
+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
(40-55)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds 1 to (45-55) Lightning Damage
(16-22)% increased Attack Speed
Attacks Chain an additional time when in Main Hand
Attacks have an additional Projectile when in Off Hand


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

90 Points Final Skill Tree (does not include Passives from Cluster Jewels and Intuitive Leap)
122 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Quartz Infusion
  2. Avatar of the Veil
  3. Way of the Poacher
  4. Avatar of the Slaughter


Major God: Soul of the Brine King You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds

Minor God: Soul of Shakari 5% reduced Chaos Damage taken 25% reduced Chaos Damage over Time taken while on Caustic Ground


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Flicker Strike setup
Flicker Strike Flicker Strike - the build defining skill that makes you teleport instantly to nearby enemies dealing massive Cold/Elemental damage on each hit with extra explosions from Herald of Ice
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - core Support Gem for Elemental Attack Skills
Multistrike Multistrike Support - makes your Attack repeat two additional times with greatly increased Attack Speed and Damage
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - every third Hit from linked Attacks will deal greatly increased damage, making it one of the best (DPS-wise) Gems for this setup
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support - adds Flat Cold Damage to your Attacks for each Frenzy Charge and also allows you to generate extra Frenzy Charges
Melee Splash Melee Splash Support - your Attacks will also damage nearby enemies, greatly boosting your clear speed
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - the recommended Movement Skill you can use in this build which will also grant the Fortify buff
Second Wind Support Faster Attacks Support - increases the "movement" speed of your Leap Slam
Fortify Support Fortify Support - hitting enemies with Leap Slam will grant you the Fortify buff that reduces all incoming damage to your character
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - makes linked skills cost Life instead of Mana
Hatred Hatred - the best Aura for this build. It grants a lot of extra Cold Damage and opens up new powerful options on Watcher's Eye jewel
Precision Precision - one of the best Auras for this build. It grants a lot of effective DPS increase, but also has some insane Watcher Eye's Jewel mods. Depending on your Mana Pool, you can use as low as level 1 Precision in this build
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds extra Cold Damage to your Attacks and causes AoE Explosions on killing Frozen enemies
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the Mana Reservation Cost of linked Auras. It's best to use a level 3 or 4 Enlighten here
[UTILITY] Immortal Call / Aspect of the Cat
(Socketed in Shield with Aspect of the Cat)
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - keep this Gem at level 1 in order to make it cast supported Gems more frequently
Immortal Call Immortal Call - will grant damage reduction buff for a short duration. Keep this Gem at level 1 to 3
Less Duration Support Less Duration Support - this Gem should apply ONLY to Aspect of the Cat, meaning you will have to unlink it from the Immortal Call setup
[UTILITY] Vortex
Vortex Vortex - an AoE Spell that is used to apply a linked Curse and also debuff enemies via Bonechill Support to increase their damage taken. You can use a level 1 Vortex to reduce its Mana Cost
Hextouch Support Hextouch Support - will cause Vortex to apply your linked Curse
Frostbite Frostbite - the best Curse for this build which reduces the monster's resistance to Cold Damage
Bonechill Support Bonechill Support - increased Cold Damage taken affected by your Vortex's Chill
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief/Blood Rage
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Watchief - allows you to summon a Totem which increases your Melee Damage. Just place it in a safe spot when facing Bosses, on regular enemies, it won't be needed
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed and allows you to generate additional Frenzy Charges
Enhance Support Enhance Support - increases the Attack Speed bonus granted by Blood Rage

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended and required Items for this Flicker Strike Raider Build. This build offers some diversity when it comes it item choices, but, for the most part, picking up cheaper alternatives will be very punishing. You are also aiming at getting the maximum possible number of Frenzy Charges, and this rarely comes cheap. This combined put this build in the most expensive category, but it's one of the builds we truly recommend trying out for it's insane playstyle and exceptional performance. 

Our recommended gear pieces will always:

  1. Cap your Resistances
  2. Grant sufficient Life pool for Mapping
  3. Give you more than enough damage to mid/high tier Map farming

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Maximum Frenzy Charges
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Added Damage per Frenzy Charge/Increased Damage per Frenzy Charge
  6. Critical Strike Chance
  7. Accuracy Rating
  8. Attack Speed
Abyssus(Helmet) Replica Abyssus - in terms of raw DPS, it's one of the best Helmets for this build. It adds a ton of Elemental Damage to your Attacks, and also Melee Crit. Multiplier. As a downside, it will increase Elemental Damage taken by your character, but this is partly mitigated by high Chance to Dodge and Evade
+(20-25) to all Attributes
Adds 40 to 75 Fire Damage to Attacks
Adds 30 to 65 Cold Damage to Attacks
Adds 10 to 130 Lightning Damage to Attacks
+(100-125)% to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
(100-120)% increased Armour
(40-50)% increased Elemental Damage taken
Forbidden Shako(Helmet) Replica Forbidden Shako - with the right affixes, the single-best (and most expensive) Helmet you can get here. With level 35 Ice Bite it can provide, the added damage from Frenzy Charges is simply insane, and it still can have a decent 6th link on it
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level (1-10) <random Support Gem>
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level (25-35) <random Support Gem>
+(25-30) to all Attributes
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - a Rare Helmet with high defensive stats which reduce the Cold Resistance of nearby enemies is a solid and well-rounded choice. It's also possible to get a Helmet with extra Crit. Multiplier for some additional DPS too
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance
75% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Helmet enchantment
9% increased Flicker Strike Damage per Frenzy Charge
Farrul's Fur(Body Armour) Farrul's Fur - a must-have Body Armour that will generate your Maximum Frenzy Charges every 3seconds or so. It offers one of the most consistent Frenzy Charge generations in the game, making it a perfect choice for this build
(100-150)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(80-100) to maximum Life
Aspect of the Cat Reserves no Mana
+2 seconds to Cat's Stealth Duration
Gain up to your maximum number of Frenzy and Power Charges when you gain Cat's Stealth
You have Phasing while you have Cat's Stealth
Paradoxica(Weapon) Paradoxica - the best in slot weapon, and actually the only one we recommend for this particular setup. It doesn't have high base damage, but it will basically double all the flat added Damage from your Items/Skill Gems and Passives, making it a truly godly weapon here
+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Attacks with this Weapon deal Double Damage
Veiled Prefix
Veiled Suffix
Recommended veiled affixes:
#% increased Attack Speed
Attacks with this Weapon Penetrate #% Elemental Resistances
Rare Shield(Shield) Rare Shield - you need to have a Shield with the highest defensive stats you can afford and you need to best craft the Aspect of the Cat on it
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
Grants level 20 Aspect of the Cat Skill
Optional affixes:
High Evasion Rating
Elemental Resistances
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - we recommend picking a high Life/Resistances Rare Belt. You can use almost any base, but preferably Leather Belt, Rustic Sash, or Stygian Vise
Min. requirements:
100 Maximum Life
10% Increased Maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Two-toned boots(Boots) Rare Boots - aim for the highest defensive stats and high Movement Speed bonus. You can also get a pair with Elusive/Tailwind, though it would be very expensive and grant a similar effect to that of Darkray Vectors for just a few Chaos Orbs
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
Chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
You have Tailwind if you have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Chaos Resistance
Darkray Vectors(Boots) Darkray Vectors - massive Raider's bonuses for each Frenzy Charge active, make Darkray Vectors one of the best budget-wise picks for this build
(40-70)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(20-40)% to Lightning Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed per Frenzy Charge
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
40% reduced Frenzy Charge Duration
25% reduced Light Radius
2% chance to Dodge Attack Hits per Frenzy Charge
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Spiked Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves -  very solid choice which will help you Cap your Resistances. Also, Spiked Gloves will both provide a decent DPS increase via its implicit mod. End-game items should add extra Frenzy Charge via Warlord affix
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Adds # to # Cold Damage if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Yoke of Suffering(Amulet) Yoke of Suffering - you are going to apply three types of Elemental Ailments if you are using Replica Abyssus, so this Amulet will provide a substantial DPS bonus
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(10-20)% to Fire Resistance
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
+(20-40)% to Lightning Resistance
30% reduced Duration of Ailments on Enemies
(5-10)% chance to Shock
Enemies take 5% increased Damage for each type of Ailment you have inflicted on them
Your Elemental Damage can Shock
Onyx Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - great pick for all kinds of missing stats, and possibly a ton of extra DPS bonuses. There are too many powerful options here to list them, below you will find the most common ones
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
28% increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Increased Damage per Frenzy Charge
Added Cold Damage to Attacks
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Accuracy Rating
Critical Strike Chance
Vermillion Ring(Rings) Rare Rings - since you are going to use so many Unique Items, you will need a lot of Life and Resistances on your Rings to provide this build with sufficient defenses
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
90% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Added Cold Damage per Frenzy Charge
Added Cold Damage against Chilled enemies
Increased Critical Strike Multiplier if you have Shattered an enemy recently
Chaos Resistance
Intuitive Leap(Jewel) Intuitive Leap - allows you to pick up a bunch of important Passives without connecting them to your Tree and saving you a lot of points in the process. It should be allocated right above Herbalism
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree

Allocated Passives:
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - one of the best end-game Jewels for this build. You should get one with Added Cold Damage or Cold Penetration while you are affected by Hatred and possibly some additional Precision mod Life Flask Charges on Crit. or Crit. Multiplier
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Recommended Aura modifiers:
Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Cold Resistance while affected by Hatred
Adds (58-70) to (88-104) Cold Damage while affected by Hatred
Gain a Flask Charge when you deal a Critical Strike while affected by Precision
+(20-30)% to Critical Strike Multiplier while affected by Precision
Large Cluster Jewels(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - you are looking to maximize your DPS via Medium Cluster Jewels, so you need at least two Large Cluster Jewels with some bonus DPS and two types of Leech to increase your sustainability
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Sadist
1 Added Passive Skill is Doryani's Lesson
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight
1 Added Passive Skill is Calamitous
1 Added Passive Skill is Smite the Weak
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - stack as many Crit. Medium Jewels as possible to reach as high Crit. Chance and Crit. Damage as possible, as those two stats are a great way to boost your effective DPS
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Basics of Pain
1 Added Passive Skill is Pressure Points
1 Added Passive Skill is Precise Commander
1 Added Passive Skill is Quick Gateway
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - with flat Added Elemental Damage, Crit. Multiplier and Life. Any type of Damage will do, but Cold is the preferred one
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Elemental Damage to Attacks/Claw Attacks
Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - look for similar stats as on Abyss Jewels. The best end-game Jewels should have two types of Crit. The multiplier that benefits this build. Aim to get one Jewel with Corrupted Blood cannot be inflicted on you implicit mod
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Global/Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Increased Damage with Swords
Corrupted Blood cannot be inflicted on you
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - one of the best Flasks in the game which adds a ton of effective Crit. Chance
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(20-40)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Flask effect
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - a great inexpensive flask. It's one of the most popular flasks in Path of Exile - grants additional Chaos Damage and Life Leech 
+35% to Chaos Resistance
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (5-8)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (5-8)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Cinderswallow Urn(Flask) Cinderswallow Urn - grants Onslaught buff and increases your damage against enemies Ignited by your Hits (which is basically anything you manage to Hit)
+90 to Maximum Charges
Recharges 5 Charges when you Consume an Ignited corpse
(175-200)% increased Charges used
Enemies Ignited by you during Flask Effect take (7-10)% increased Damage
Veiled Suffix
<One of the three modifiers>
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
Divine Life FlaskBottled FaithAtziri's PromiseCinderswallow UrnDiamond Flask

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