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Vaal Power Siphon Scion Elementalist/Raider build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Vaal Power Siphon Scion Elementalist/Raider build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Extremely fast Scion Elementalist/Raider build. It is perfect for PoE Currency farming on mid-tier maps

Power Siphon
Scion Elementalist/Raider
Patch 3.3 Build

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Guide notes
June 9, 2018
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This Power Siphon Scion build is one of the best builds for efficient map/currency farming. It provides insane Movement and clear speed thanks to the reworked Vaal Power Siphon skill gem, which as of Patch 3.3 grants both the regular and Vaal versions of the skill. On top of high DPS and amazing AoE, this build utilizes the Queen of the Forest unique body armour for easily over 100% bonus Movement Speed. If you are looking for a fast and versatile build, this will be a perfect choice.

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1. Gameplay

This Vaal Power Siphon Scion build is extremely fast ranged wander build. The core DPS comes from Piscator's Vigil unique wand which has high bonuses to Elemental Damage dealt, and high Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier. At the same time Power Siphon grants amazing AoE because of a high number of projectiles shot with each attack, and obliterates entire screens when using the Vaal version of the skill. On the other hand, this build's defenses are based on Life, very high Evasion Rating, Dodge Chance and insane Movement Speed which allows kiting enemies in open areas.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • beginner-friendly with just two active skills being used when playing casually
  • amazing AoE damage
  • unmatched clear speed on mid-tier maps
  • decent League starter build
  • Elemental reflect immunity
  • high Evasion Rating and Dodge Chance
CONS
  • requires 3 Labyrinths completed to connect to Ranger's part of the Skill Tree without loosing too many Passive Points
  • mediocre single-target DPS which renders this build somewhat useless against end-game Bosses

3. Leveling tips

We recommend leveling this Scion with Power Siphon/Vaal Power Siphon right after you reach level 12. This skill's AoE is amazing for leveling, and since it's the core skill in this build, it's just a natural choice for each stage of the game. While on early levels Crit.-related stats are not exactly popular, it's best to focus on raw Spell Damage and Life bonuses, and switching to Crit. at latter levels. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Freezing Pulse setup
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - recommended spell for level 2-12
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - grants Spell Damage, and Mana Regeneration Rate
Power Siphon setup
Power Siphon Power Siphon - the primary skill in this build
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - adds flat Lightning Damage
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds flat Cold Damage
Faster Attacks Faster Attacks Support
Utility Gems
Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness - the recommended Curse for this build during leveling
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds Cold Damage to your Spells and Attacks, and causes AoE explosions after killing Frozen enemies
Clarity Clarity - provides increased Mana Regeneration rate
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - increases your Attack and Cast Speed


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Bandits:

It's recommended to kill all the Bandits for the two additional Passive points. At very high level (95+) it might be a good idea to switch to Alira for extra Crit. Multiplier

Leveling Skill Trees:

30 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Harrier 2) Hired Killer 3) Constitution 4) Forces of Nature

61 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Primeval Force 2) Herbalism 3) Acrobatics 4) Blood Drinker 5) Coordination (picking up all the nodes along the way)

Recommended leveling items:

PraxisPraxis - great leveling ring which will help you with Mana management
+(20-25) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
(3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
-(8-4) to Total Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
 
GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best leveling unique helmets in Path of Exile
+(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)
 
Tasalio's SignTasalio's Sign - amazing DPS ring for this build. It can be fairly powerful even during early mapping stage
+(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
 
Storm PrisonStorm Prison - the best leveling wand for early levels
(11-15)% increased Spell Damage
(40-60)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to (35-45) Lightning Damage
(15-25)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+1 to Maximum Power Charges
(25-35)% chance to gain a Power Charge on Kill
 

TwyzelTwyzel - another decent wand with high Physical DPS. It is best to be used with Physical to Lightning Support Gem in your Power Siphon setup

(17-21)% increased Spell Damage
Socketed Gems fire an additional Projectile
(80-120)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (5-8) to (13-17) Physical Damage
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
(10-20)% increased Critical Strike Chance
 

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

121 Points Final Skill Tree
121 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Ranger Ascendancy - Raider
  2. Witch Ascendancy - Elementalist
  3. Way of the Ranger

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] Vaal Power Siphon
Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon - your primary DPS attack which grants both the normal Power Siphon skill and its' Vaal variation, which has insane AoE and clears the entire screen 
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - mandatory Support Gem for this setup
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - grants bonus Lightning Damage to supported skills
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - grants increased chance to Freeze and Chill enemies, also increasing the damage you deal with Hits again chilled enemies
Innervate Support Innervate Support - grants bonus Lightning Damage to supported skills, and also the Innervation buff after dealing a killing blow with supported skill. Innervation buff grants even more damage
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - increases Power Siphon's Critical Strike Chance
[UTILITY] Herald of Ice and Thunder setup
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants added Cold Damage and causes AoE explosions
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - grants added Lightning Damage
Enlighten Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of Mana Reserved by your Herald skills
Empower Empower Support - increases the level of supported active Gems
[GOLEMS] Double Golem setup
Herald of Ice Ice Golem - grants high DPS bonuses by increasing Crit. Chance and Accuracy Rating
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - will save you the effort of resummoning your Golems frequently
[UTILITY] Phase Run setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts supported spells after a certain amount of damage is taken by your character. Keep this Gem at level 1
Phase Run Phase Run - increases your Movement Speed and makes you less visible to enemies (they will be more likely to target your Golems)
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
[UTILITY] Immortal Call
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Frost Bomb. Keep this Gem at level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. Keep this Gem at level 3
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of supported spells
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - Vaal Aura that grants increased Movement and Attack Speed for the duration
[UTILITY] Tempest Shield
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Tempest Shield. Keep this Gem at level 5
Tempest Shield Tempest Shield - increases your chance to Block for the duration and deals Lightning Damage that will have a chance to blind enemies on Hit. Keep it at level 10
Chain Support Chain Support - will make Tempest Shield hit multiple enemies with each zap
Blind Support Blind Support - grants a chance to Blind enemies on Hit


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for this build. In case several items are good choices for the same slot, we will try to list them all. Also, our gear is usually aimed towards more casual players. This will never be maxed out gear with specific hard-to-get corruptions and similar end-game stuff.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully
  3. Save you at least a couple of hours since it's all planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks
  4. Increased Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Attack Speed
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - is the best Helmet in terms of clear speed
10% reduced Global 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
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - this Helmet, on top of the very important stats, provide amazing 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
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - while lacking defensive stats, Rat's Nest provide the highest DPS bonus
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
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Power Siphon Damage
Piscator's Vigil(Weapon) Piscator's Vigil - pretty much a mandatory wand for this build. Rare Elemental DPS wands may be better, but at the same time very expensive
(35-39)% increased Spell Damage
No Physical Damage
(10-18)% increased Attack Speed
+(340-400) to Accuracy Rating
(20-30)% increased Critical Strike Chance
Attacks with this Weapon have (100-115)% increased Elemental Damage
Damage with Weapons Penetrates 5% Elemental Resistance
Rare Shield(Shield) Rare Life/Evasion/Res. shield - rare shield helps you cap Resistances, and wear all the other recommended powerful uniques 
Min. requirements:
900 Evasion Rating
80 maximum Life
28% Fire Resistance
28% Cold Resistance
28% Lightning Resistance
Queen of the Forest(Body Armour) Queen of the Forest - a mandatory item for this build. With proper gear it should add at least 25% increased Movement Speed
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(200-240)% increased Evasion Rating
+(60-70) to maximum Life
+(6-10)% to Fire Resistance
+(26-40)% to Cold Resistance
+(11-25)% to Lightning Resistance
25% reduced Movement Speed
1% increased Movement Speed per 450 Evasion Rating, up to 100%
-(50-40) Physical Damage taken when Hit by Animals
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Atziri's Step(Boots) Atziri's Step - one of the best pair of boots for this build. They grant high Evasion Rating, Dodge Chance and astounding 30% increased Movement Speed
180% increased Evasion Rating
+(55-75) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
(14-16)% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Boot enchantment:
% chance to Dodge Spell Hits if you've taken Spell Damage Recently
10% Chance to Dodge Attack Hits if you've taken a Critical Strike Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Life/Res. Stygian Vise 
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
38% Fire Resistance
38% Lightning Resistance
20% Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
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Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/Crit. amulet
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
30% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
15% increased Evasion Rating
10% All Elemental Resistances
added Lightning Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
Attributes
Opal Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res. Ring - first of the Rings is used to grant as much defensive stats (Life, Evasion, Resistances) as possible. The best choice would be an Opal Ring to slightly increase your DPS too
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
28% Lightning Resistance
120 Evasion Rating
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage
Diamond Ring(Ring) Diamond Ring - the second ring should grant missing Resistances, and focus on offensive bonuses
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
24% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
24% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
added Lightning Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Lightning Damage
Elemental Resistances
Attributes
Gripped Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res. gloves - preferably with increased Projectile Attack Damage implicit modifier
Min. requirements:
500 Evasion Rating
70 maximum Life
Optional affixes:
increased Projectile Attack Damage
Added Elemental Damage to Attacks
increased Attack Speed
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Frost
Abyss Jewels(Jewels) Abyss jewels - are the best for this build
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Elemental Damage to Attacks/Wand Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Vessel of Vinktar(Flask) Vessel of Vinktar - preferably with added Lightning Damage to Attacks. The version with extra penetration is not bad for budget builds
+50% to Lightning Resistance
+6% to maximum Lightning Resistance
(80-100)% increased Charges used
Shocks nearby Enemies during Flask effect, causing 10% increased Damage taken
You are Shocked during Flask effect, causing 50% increased Damage taken
Adds (25-35) to (110-130) Lightning Damage to Attacks during Flask effect
20% of Lightning Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (bleeding immunity)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to chill and freeze)
  3. Ample Jade Flask of Reflexes (increased Evasion)
  4. Ample Stibnite Flask of Grounding (increased Evasion and self-shock removal)
Vessel of VinktarDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskJade FlaskStibnite Flask


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