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Tornado Shot Raider/Ranger Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Tornado Shot Raider/Ranger Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Raider is currently the best Ranger Ascendancy class for the end-game viable Tornado Shot Ranger build

Tornado Shot
Raider/Ranger
Build updated for Patch 3.3

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Guide notes
March 3, 2018
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.2
-Added new 3.2 uniques: The Nomad
June 12, 2018
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.3

Tornado Shot is one of the most popular bow skills in Path of Exile. And obviously, Ranger is pretty much the most suitable class to use it. All 3 Ranger Ascendency classes are extremely good, and choosing one of them has always been a close call. Deadeye was our pick in Patch 3.1 and Abyss League, while with the recent changes in Patch 3.2 we recommend using the Raider class. It has been significantly buffed and while Deadeye still provides higher AoE, it's the Raider that will be dealing with end-game content faster. Nearly 100% uptime on Onslaught with doubled effect and the increased dodge chance from phasing-related passives make it the besAscendancy class for Tornado Shot in the Bestiary League.

This build is a very good League Starter build. It does not require any specific uniques, all you need to get you through mid-tier maps is a decent DPS bow and flat added physical damage rings and amulet. 

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1. Gameplay

This build is very classic ranged/bow build. Tornado Shot shoots a projectile that pierces all targets and explodes at the target location. It then splits into multiple arrows that are fired in all directions. This provides decent area damage, and while single enemies can be hit by multiple smaller arrows, it is also a decent single-target attack skill. However, end-game bosses may require you to use 2 main DPS setups, with Barrage as the best single-target bow skill. 

On the other hand, this build's defenses rely on your Life pool, high Dodge Chance and Evasion Rating. Players experienced in kiting and avoiding attacks and spells will also find it much easier to play. 

0:07 T14 Colosseum Map
3:53 T15 Lava Lake Map
9:48 T16 Pit of the Chimera

This video was recorded on a Deadeye - the gameplay does not differ much except for slightly higher single-target DPS with the Raider class


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • very high damage and great AoE
  • good as a League starter build - with no expensive unique items required
  • scales extremely well end-game with proper gear and high DPS bows
  • very fast clear speed
CONS
  • can get one shotted by end-game bosses and high physical DPS attacks (if you don't dodge or evade them)
  • vulnerable to reflect mods maps
  • requires kiting experience
  • it is recommended to have two 5-6 linked items for different single-target and AoE DPS setups

3. Leveling tips

It is very easy to level up with a Ranger character. Your skills and gear provide enough damage to deal with all the early content, while as a ranged class you are less likely to die. It is most important to upgrade your weapon once in a while to not prolong the tougher fights. We recommend using Burning Arrow early on and replace it with Tornado Shot at level 28.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Burning Arrow setup
Burning Arrow Burning Arrow - the first bow skill available to you in Path of Exile
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - provides additional Fire damage
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases your Attack Speed
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of your Burning Arrow projectiles
Tornado Shot setup
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot - Tornado Shot is pretty much the most powerful bow attack skill, which provides great single-target and AoE damage. Replace the Burning Arrow Gem as soon as you get TS
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - improved version of LMP Support Gem. Provides more projectiles which deal slightly less damage each
Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support - greatly increases your DPS
Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support - another great DPS-oriented support Gem
Utility Gems
Stone Golem Stone Golem - provides increased Life regeneration per second
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the recommended curse option for this build. It increases the chance for monsters to be Critically Hit
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds additional Cold Damage to your Attacks and causes slain monsters to explode
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - main mobility skill for bow users


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Leveling Skill Trees:

36 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Ballistic Mastery 3) Heavy Draw 4) Deadly Draw 5) Lethality 6) Primeval Force

59 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Drinker 2) Sniper 3) Coordination (with all the major nodes on the way) 4) Acrobatics 

Recommended leveling items:

Blackheart Blackheart - great physical DPS leveling ring. You can wear two of those for their amazing DPS buff
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 - one of the best physical damage leveling belts. It is also useful at latter levels and early mapping phase
+(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
 
Karui WardKarui Ward - best leveling amulet for bow/ranged classes
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
 
StormcloudStormcloud - great unique bow we suggest using from level 8
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
 
DoomfletchDoomfletch - another decent unique bow. It can be used starting at level 28
(20-24)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds (12-16) to (20-24) Physical Damage
(10-14)% increased Attack Speed
60% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
Gain 100% of Bow Physical Damage as Extra Damage of an Element

 

 

Death's OpusDeath's Opus - one of the most powerful leveling bows in PoE. Grants amazing DPS and adds the two additional arrows. It is fully useful for early mapping phase, but if you want you can always replace it with a higher DPS bow at level 60 or above
(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
2 additional Arrows
 

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. Rapid Assault
  2. Avatar of the Chase
  3. Quartz Infusion
  4. Avatar of the Veil

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

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Tornado Shot 5-6L setup
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot - your main DPS attack skill. It grants amazing AoE and good single target DPS
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - mandatory support Gem for TS setup. Since enemies can be hit by multiple projectiles it greatly increases also your single target DPS
Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support - increases physical damage of your TS, hence improving the conversion builds as well
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - mandatory support Gem for this build, since it relies on nearly full Elemental Damage conversion
Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support - another mandatory Support Gem for this build. It converts 50% of physical damage to lightning and also adds additional Lightning damage
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - increases Elemental Damage dealt by supported skills
[DPS] Barrage 5-6L setup
Barrage Barrage - this is the attack skill you should use when facing end-game bosses. It is not suitable for map farming but will outclass TS in terms of single-target DPS
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support Physical Projectile Attack Damage Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support
Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support - slows Barrage projectiles, but increases their damage by a lot
[AURA/CURSE] Hatred + Herald of Ice setup
Hatred [1L]Hatred - grants the highest DPS boost out of all available Path of Exile's auras
Herald of Ice [3L]Herald of Ice - grants moderate DPS boost, and will also apply your curse
Curse on Hit Support [3L]Curse on Hit Support - this Gem linked with HoI will make it apply the supported curse
Elemental Weakness [3L]Elemental Weakness - our recommended curse for this build. You can also use defensive curse if you are still gearing up and have problems staying alive (Enfeeble/Temporal Chains for example)
[UTILITY/DEFENSE] Immortal Call + Vaal Haste 4L setup
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - increases your Movement and Attack Speed. Has to be cast manually
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will cast the supported spell after a certain amount of damage is taken by you. Keep this Gem at low level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - will grant brief immortality. Match this Gem's level with CwDT Support Gem
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - this Gem will extend the duration of both Immortal Call and Vaal Haste
[MOBILITY/UTILITY] Ice Golem / Blink Arrow setup
Ice Golem Ice Golem - it grants additional Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy Rating. The best Golem for this build
Blood Rage Blood Rage - this skill grants increased Attack Speed, Life Leech, and Frenzy Charge generation
Blink Arrow [2L]Blink Arrow - your main mobility skill. Link it with Faster Attacks to make it teleport you faster
Faster Attacks Support [2L]Faster Attacks Support - link this Gem to Blink Arrow for faster movement 


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5. Gear Setup

Tornado Shot Raider is an extremely flexible build. It does not require any specific unique items and it is fully viable with just rare gear. Getting a decent DPS bow and flat added physical damage gear is recommended though. Below you will find all the recommended gear, including required stats.

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The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS and Life to start mapping successfully
  3. Save at least a couple of hours of gear-planning since it's already there

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Physical/Elemental Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Accuracy Rating (at least 90% is recommended)
  6. Attack Speed
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - beginner and budget-friendly option for the helmet slot. Grants a extra DPS
15% increased Attack Speed
(60-75)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
150% increased Evasion Rating
(20-25)% increased Rarity of Items found
10% increased Movement Speed
10% reduced Character Size
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - another decent helmet option. The additional Movement and Attack Speed will surely increase your clear speed
10% reduced Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - Abyssus provides the highest damage boost to our build out of all helmets available in Path of Exile
Adds 40 to 60 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(20-25) to all Attributes
+(100-125)% to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
(100-120)% increased Armour
(40-50)% increased Physical Damage taken
Harbinger Bow(Weapon) Rare 320+ pDPS bow  - preferably Harbinger Bow for the extra Crit Chance 
Min. requirements:
320 Physical DPS
Optional affixes:
Increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Elemental Resistances
Lioneye's Glare(Weapon) Lioneye's Glare - it is a high DPS bow that comes at a moderately low cost. It is a good alternative early on when you are still collecting currency for a Harbinger Bow
(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
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The Signal Fire(Quiver) The Signal Fire - the best in slot quiver for the full elemental conversion variant of this build. It is also great as a leveling item, because of very low level requirements
Adds 4 to 8 Fire Damage to Bow Attacks
10% increased Attack Speed
+(80-100) to Evasion Rating
+(10-30) to maximum Mana
Gain (25-35)% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
Adds 5 to 10 Fire Damage to Bow Attacks

Farrul's Fur(Body Armour) Farrul's Fur - new Evasion-based armour that was introduced in Patch 3.2. It allows you to have free Aspect of the Cat. It also grants amazing Frenzy and Power Charge generation and high Life bonus. Even though the Aspect of the Cat effect is yet to be revealed, we expect it to be an extremely viable pick for this build. Aspect of the Cat is granted by the Farrul's Helmet, or by beastcrafted onto gear as suffix mod.

3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
116% increased Armour and Evasion
+92 to maximum Life
Aspect of the Cat Reserves no Mana
+2.00 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
Zodiac Leather(Body Armour) Zodiac Leather - good and cheap alternative for early map farming. Unless you are dealing with end-games bosses the extra sockets for Barrage setup are also unnecessary
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - one of the best defensive oriented body armours in Path of Exile. May provide sockets for the Barrage setup
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(150-200)% increased Armour
(30-40)% increased maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
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Rare boots(Boots) Rare Life/res boots - get pair with the highest maximum Life bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength (to match Abyssus req.)
Atziri's Step(Boots) Atziri's Step - great boots for this build. They lack elemental resistances though and you will have to adjust other gear to cap them
180% increased Evasion Rating
+(55-75) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
(14-16)% chance to Dodge Spell Damage
The Nomad(Belt) The Nomad - new Fated unique added in patch 3.2. It provides the highest Physical/Projectile damage bonus out of all belt items. If you can manage to get the 200 Strength it also provides very nice resistance bonuses. It's easiest to reach with the Abyssus equipped
(20-30)% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
37% increased Global Physical Damage
+49 to Strength
+40 to Dexterity
50% increased Flask Charges gained
+25% to all Elemental Resistances while you have at least 200 Strength
47% increased Projectile Attack Damage while you have at least 200 Dexterity
Rare life/res belt(Belt) Rare Life/res belt - try to get one with the highest maximum life and elemental resistances bonuses
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Physical Damage
Strength (to match Abyssus req.)
Doryani's Invitation(Belt) Doryani's Invitation - good and inexpensive belt. Grants additional elemental damage and elemental resistances. It lacks Life bonus though, but it's totally acceptable for a low-budget build
+(25-35) to Strength
(20-30)% increased Fire Damage
+(300-350) to Armour
+(30-35)% to Cold Resistance
+(30-35)% to Lightning Resistance
0.2% of Fire Damage Leeched as Life
10% chance to Ignite during any Flask Effect
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/res amulet 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 8 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Strength (to reach the Kaom's Heart req.)
Coral RingCoral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/res rings
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Accuracy Rating
Strength (to match Abyssus req.)
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Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/res gloves - high defensive stats are priority and increased Attack Speed can be a good addition
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% Fire resistance
25% Lightning resistance
25% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Atziri's Acuity(Gloves) Atziri's Acuity - best in slot gloves for pretty much any Crit build. They are very expensive and suitable only for the very best players
+(60-80) to Intelligence
+(60-75) to maximum Life
(200-220)% increased Armour
(25-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
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Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare jewels - this should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Physical/Projectile Damage
% increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
% increased Projectile Speed
% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - mandatory Flask for this build. Grants extra DPS and Life Leech. It is also very cheap
+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
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - grants bonuses to both your DPS and defenses. Replace with an random immunity Life Flask until you can afford it
+50% to Cold Resistance
+6% to maximum Cold Resistance
20% of Physical Damage taken as Cold Damage during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage during effect
30% chance to Avoid being Chilled during Flask effect
30% chance to Avoid being Frozen during Flask effect
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - grants incomparable DPS buff with its' 2 additional projectiles. Replace with an immunity Life Flask or a Diamond Flask of choice until you can afford it
+50% to Fire Resistance
+6% to maximum Fire Resistance
(-10-10)% increased Charges used
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill)
Atziri's PromiseTaste of HateDying SunDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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