Games Marketplace - Odealo
0.00 Credits are the medium of exchange on
Credits have a fixed 1:1 exchange rate with US dollars (1 Credit = 1 USD)
(Click on the icon to view details)


Toxic Rain Pathfinder Starter build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Toxic Rain Pathfinder Starter build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

One of the best Ranged Starter builds in Path of Exile

Toxic Rain Pathfinder
Starter build

Updated for Patch 3.9

The Best Crafty Guides by Odealo

Estimated budget: low
Buy PoE Currency


Guide notes
December 13, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.9
December 20, 2019
-Added updated gameplay video


Toxic Rain is one of the skills introduced in Patch 3.4. It is a Chaos/AoE Bow attack that shots several arrows in the air that fall dawn rapidly creating Spore Pods. Arrows deal damage when they hit enemies, Spores deal damage over time to nearby enemies, and after a short delay, they explode dealing Chas Damage in a small area. With Pathfinder's Ascendancy, your Poison deals greatly increased Damage and spread to nearby enemies, making it a deadly weapon even without any expensive items. Quill Rain which is the core item for this build has been nerfed in Patch 3.5, but Toxic Rain Pathfinder still remains a very good pick for a League Starter build. After all, if players can kill Uber Elder with a level 5 weapon, you know that something is truly overpowered.

Toxic Rain received a reasonable DPS buff in Patch 3.9, and with the entire Patch being heavily oriented on Bow-archetype, it's among the best builds to play in Conquerors of the Atlas Expansion and Metamorph League. 

You can also check our other Path of Exile builds at Odealo's Crafty Guides - Full List


1. Gameplay

This is a typical Ranged build that relies on taking down your opponents from a distance. It is based on very high Attack Speed granted by the Quill Rain Bow, allowing you to stack a lot of Poison on enemies, which also spreads. While your upfront DPS may seem a little bit low, Toxic Rain is a perfect Skill for applying multiple Poison stacks. It deals damage in three phases; arrows hit enemies when they land applying Poison, then Pods deal damage over time in a small radius and after they explode dealing AoE Damage, additional Poison is inflicted on enemies. On the other hand, this build provides very high Life (over 6,000 with our low-budget items listed), 77% Chance to Evade Attacks, Enfeeble Aura, instant Life, and Mana recovery through the Thief's Torment Ring, and 30% Chance to Dodge Attacks. 

0:07 Tier 13 Crimson Temple
0:22 Tier 13 Carcass
0:50 Tier 15 Iceberg
1:23 Tier 14 Defiled Cathedral

This video was recorded on a level 89 Pathfinder with low-budget gear and a six-link Rare Bow with high Attack Speed bonuses

Odealo is a player-driven marketplace for PoE Currency, Orbs, and Unique items.


2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • good ranged DPS
  • no specific item requirements
  • good clear speed
  • high Life
  • smooth gameplay
  • can do any map mod
  • budget-friendly
  • very easy to level up
  • with the recent nerfs to Quill Rain it is no longer a viable end-game build


3. Leveling tips

Your primary objective should be getting Quill Rain after you reach level 5. Even 4-linked one will do for most of the campaign. You should start your adventure with Caustic Arrow as it has no level requirement, and then add Toxic Rain at level 12. Caustic Arrow is best to be used initially to summon the Mirage Archer for some extra DoT, and then attacking enemies with Toxic Rain while it's up. Other than that, just focus on defensive gear and you should be more than fine throughout the entire process.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Caustic Arrow setup
Caustic Arrow Caustic Arrow - very efficient leveling skill when combined with Mirage Archer Support Gem.
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - Mirage Archer uses the supported skill with slightly reduced Attack Speed and Damage
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - increases Chaos Damage
Toxic Rain setup
Toxic Rain Toxic Rain - Toxic Rain is the primary skill in this build. You can start using it after you reach level 12
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - listed here mainly because of low-level requirement. After you reach level 31 you should replace it with Added Chaos Damage Support
Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support - grants added Chaos Damage to your Attacks and 40% Chance to Poison on Hit
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - greatly increases your Poison Damage
Utility Gems
Herald of Agony Herald of Agony - increases your Chance to Poison and Poison damage
Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - grants increased Life Regeneration per second
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - Movement Skill used that can be used with Bows


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree 
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) King of the Hill and Master Fletcher 3) Heart of Oak 4) Toxic Strikes 5) Fatal Toxins

62 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Drinker 2) Trickery 3) Avatar of the Hunt/Master Fletcher 4) Thick Skin

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 core weapon for both the leveling phase and end-game
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 Damage

Karui WardKarui Ward - the best 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

Viper ScalesViper Scales - another interesting unique item. It will help you reach 100% Chance to Poison even on lower levels. It also grants increased Movement Speed and Poison immunity

3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(80-100)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(15-25)% to Cold Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed
20% chance to Poison on Hit with Attacks
Cannot be Poisoned


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

114 Points Final Skill Tree
114 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 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 Garukhan +5% chance to Evade Attacks if you've taken a Savage Hit recently


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Toxic Rain
Toxic Rain Toxic Rain - primary Attack Skill in this build
Chaos Damage Support Added Chaos Damage Support
Lesser Poison Support Lesser Poison Support
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - increases the Damage you deal with Ailments
Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support - increases the Damage you deal with Ailments
Vile Toxins Support Vile Toxins Support - increases the damage for every stack of Poison the enemy has
[UTILITY] Wither Spell Totem
Wither Wither - a duration Spell that applies a debuff on enemies increasing Chaos Damage they take
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - allows you to summon a Totem that will cast Wither
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - allows you to summon more Wither Totems to apply the debuff faster
[UTILITY] Portal
Cast on Death Cast on Death Support - casts supported Spell on your death
Portal Portal - summoning Portal on your death is extremely handy
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will automatically resummon your Golem
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack and Cast Speed
[UTILITY] Blood Rage
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed and generates Frenzy Charges for more Damage
[UTILITY] Herald of Agony
Herald of Agony Herald of Agony
[MOBILITY] Blink Arrow
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - movement skill which can be used with Bows
[CURSE] Enfeeble Aura
Enfeeble Enfeeble - the recommended Curse for this build. Extra defenses will let you farm much higher Tier Maps
Blasphemy Blasphemy Support - makes the supported Curse work as an Aura around you
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Phase Run
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-cats support Spells. Keep this Gem at level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants a powerful defensive reduction buff for a short duration. Keep this Gem at level 1
Vaal Blight Vaal Blight - Vaal Spell which increases Chaos Damage taken by affected enemies. It also slows enemies down
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Odealo supports player-to-player trading for Path of Exile Currency, Orbs, and Unique items. Buying from regular players on Odealo guarantees the best prices and highest security of every transaction.


5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for this build. All the items are easy to obtain and should be relatively cheap. Also, this build is perfect for beginners and solo self-found mode. None of the items are mandatory and can be easily replaced by Rares. 

Using this opportunity, we would like to invite you to visit our PoE Marketplace where you can buy cheap PoE Currency with real cash from other Path of Exile players.

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. Chaos Damage/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 grants 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
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Helmet enchantment:
Toxic Arrow deals 40% increased Damage
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - the best in the slot. It grants very high Life bonus making it one of the best Armours for any Life build 
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
Extra gore
Quill Rain(Weapon) Quill Rain - the best in the slot. It grants the highest Attack Speed bonus out of all items in Path of Exile
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 Damage
Maloney's Nightfall(Weapon) Maloney's Nightfall - one of the best quivers for this build. It increases your damage by up to 60% against Blinded enemies and it's inexpensive at the same time
(25-35)% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
10% increased Attack Speed
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(12-16)% to Chaos Resistance
Adds (8-10) to (14-16) Physical Damage to Bow Attacks
25% chance to create a Smoke Cloud when Hit
(40-60)% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments against Blinded Enemies
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - with high defensive stats, Life, and Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
35 Intelligence
25% increased Movement Speed
38% Fire Resistance
38% Cold Resistance
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
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt 
Min. requirements:
120 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40 Intelligence
15 All Attributes
10% All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
increased Evasion Rating
Thief's Torment(Ring) Thief's Torment - makes a perfect combination when paired with the Quill Rain. It grants insane instant Life and Mana recovery
+(8-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
(10-16)% increased Quantity of Items found
Can't use other Rings
+(16-24)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% reduced Effect of Curses on you
+(40-60) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
+30 Mana gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
32% Fire Resistance
32% Cold Resistance
32% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Projectile Damage
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Force
Commandment of Frost
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Chaos Damage/Damage over Time
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Searching Eye Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - get at least one Abyss Jewel (preferably three) that grant you a chance to Blind enemies on Hit
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Physical/Chaos Damage to Attacks
a chance to Blind enemies on Hit
Optional affixes:
Evasion Rating
Coralito's Signature(Jewels) Coralito's Signature - mandatory Flask for almost every Poison Build. It greatly increases Poison Damage and its duration
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
Witchfire Brew(Flask) Witchfire Brew - another important Flask for this build. It increases your Damage over Time
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)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to Freeze and Chill)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
Coralito's SignatureWitchfire BrewDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver Flask

Buying PoE Currency with real money is a hassle-free way to get all the items you need for your character.


If you have any other build requests, please leave that in the comments below.

Pictures used in this article are the intellectual property of Grinding Gear Games.