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Windripper Elemental Tornado Shot Deadeye build

Windripper Elemental Tornado Shot Deadeye build

One of the fastest Bow/Ranged builds in PoE making it a perfect setup for grinding high Tier Maps

Elemental Tornado Shot
Deadeye build

Updated for Patch 3.9

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Guide notes
January 30, 2020
-Updated for Patch 3.9


With major changes to Passive Skill Tree introduced in Patch 3.7, making an Elemental Bow build is much easier. Both Master Fletcher and King of the Hill now apply their bonuses to ALL types of Bows instead of just Physical ones. Furthermore, it's now much easier to cap Chance to Hit, and we are no longer limited to Lioneye's Glare or expensive gear with high Accuracy Rating bonuses. These changes heavily impact Bow playstyle so we have decided to make a very flexible Tornado Shot build. It's extremely fast, with Mirage Archer clearing everything for you; extremely powerful, with most of the Bosses down even when optimized for maximum Movement Speed; and budget-friendly, as you can easily farm high Tier Maps with just 5-linked Tempest Bow. 

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1. Gameplay

This build is mainly oriented on clearing Maps in a blink of an eye. You let Mirage Archer do most of the job, so all you have to do is attack once in a while to have in summoned, and progress through Maps. In our recommended setup, most of the enemies including Rare ones on Tier 15 and Tier 16 Maps will be one-shotted, thanks to overlapping Herald of Ice explosions. And against Bosses, you have Barrage Attack which has the highest single-target DPS out of all Bow Skills. You should still have some respect for Tier 15+ Bosses as this is definitely not a Boss-killer build. You can get one-shotted if you don't roll your Evasion/Dodge, and the DPS is rather low without higher investments in gear. If you are still leveling or grinding currency, you can just stick to Tornado Shot even against Bosses, it will do just fine on mid-Tier Maps.

0:08 Tier 13 Dig
0:35 Tier 14 Conservatory
0:59 Tier 14 Malformation
1:27 Tier 15 Acid Caverns
1:48 Tier 15 Grotto

The video was recorded on a level 91 Deadeye with a Rare Elemental DPS Bow, Queen of the Forest, and two Taming Rings. The anointment was Freedom of Movement for better mobility and no Catalysts were used since it was on the permanent League 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • insane clear speed
  • decent single-target DPS
  • can do most content with ease
  • can reach over 200% increased Movement Speed
  • can't do Elemental Reflect Maps
  • mediocre DPS against end-game Bosses
  • squishy if your Dodge/Evasion rolls fail


3. Leveling tips

Leveling as a Ranger is of the easiest kind. It usually is more than enough to upgrade your gear with the self-found items, and the build itself provides a great balance between offense and defense. You can use at least a couple bow skills that will do just fine, with either higher single or AoE DPS. We recommend using Burning Arrow(or other Bow Attacks that you can get for completing the first quest - content is easy enough to pick any of them) early on and replace it with Tornado Shot at level 28.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Caustic Arrow setup
Burning Arrow Caustic Arrow - I have personally found Caustic Arrow to perform the best on the first levels. Assuming you don't invest excessively during first levels, you DPS may be low if you decide to use a skill that scales with your weapon's damage
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - allows you to progress through campaign while Mirage Archer uses Caustic Cloud to take down enemies
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support - increases Chaos Damage dealt with Supported skills
Tornado Shot setup
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot - the primary Attack Skill used in this build. You should equip it right after you reach level 28. Make sure to equip a Bow with high Elemental DPS(preferably The Stormcloud, and eventually The Tempest) when you switch to Tornado Shot, which wasn't that important when you were running with Caustic Arrow
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - one of the best Support Gems for Tornado Shot, since all the secondary projectiles can hit the same target
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - increases Elemental Damage dealt with supported Attacks. It's also one of the recommended end-game Gems
Utility Gems
Summon Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - the recommended Golem for this build which increases your Attack and Cast Speed
Projectile Weakness Projectile Weakness - the recommended Curse for this build
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - greatly increases your clear speed by causing AoE explosions when you kill Frozen enemies
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - adds Lightning Damage to your Attacks


We recommend helping Alira for increased Critical Strike Multiplier and Elemental Resistances

Leveling Skill Trees:

33 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Finesse 2) Herbalism 3) Master Fletcher/King of the Hill 4) Thick Skin 5) Freedom of Movement

60 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Acrobatics 2) Blood Drinker 3) Jewel Sockets 4) Coordination 5) Lethality

Recommended leveling items:

Berek's Grip Berek's Grip - amazing leveling Ring which gives you high Life Leech bonuses
+(12-16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
(25-30)% increased Cold Damage
Adds 1 to (50-70) Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(30-40) to maximum Life
1% of Damage Leeched as Life against Shocked Enemies
1% of Damage Leeched as Mana against Frozen Enemies
Wake of DestructionWake of Destruction - if you are running with Storm Cloud or Tempest, this pair of boots will give you an amazing DPS bonus
Adds 1 to 120 Lightning Damage to Attacks
(20-60)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(10-20) Life gained on Kill
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
15% increased Movement Speed
Karui WardKarui Ward - amazing DPS and Movement Speed bonuses makes it one of the best leveling Amulets for Bow builds
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
StormcloudStorm Cloud - the best leveling Bow for this build. On lower levels it makes your Mirage Archer cover the screen with Caustic Clouds, and later on, provides very high Elemental Damage for Tornado Shot
No Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
StormcloudThe Tempest- fated version of Storm Cloud which grants very high Lightning Damage bonus. It works perfectly if you can get two or three Abyssal Jewels with flat added Lightning Damage to Attacks
No Physical Damage
100% increased Lightning Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed




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. Far Shot
  2. Endless Munitions
  3. Gathering Winds
  4. Ricochet


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 Garukhan +5% chance to Evade Attacks if you've taken a Savage Hit recently


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Tornado Shot
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot - your main DPS skill. It grants amazing clear speed when linked with Mirage Archer Support allowing you to just run around Maps when it does the job
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - core Support Gem for Tornado Shot
Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support - created a Mirage Archer on your back which uses Tornado Shot to take down enemies while you are running
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - grants a very high increase to Elemental Damage and Critical Strike Chance, at the same time reducing Tornado Shot's Mana Cost
Immolate Support Immolate Support - grants high bonus Damage against burning enemies
[DPS] Barrage setup
Barrage Barrage - used mainly against Bosses for its' unparalleled single-target DPS
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - greatly increases Elemental Damage caused by Barrage but you need the Mirage Archer anyway to inflict Elemental Ailments
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support
Immolate Support Immolate Support
[UTILITY] Herald of Ice setup
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants extra Cold Damage to Spell and Attacks and causes AoE explosions which will apply your Curse
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - makes Herald of Ice explosions apply linked Curse
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the recommended Curse for this build. It increases your Critical Strike Chance and generates Power Charges
[UTILITY] Vaal Skills
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - increases your Movement and Attack Speel while active
Vaal Grace Vaal Grace - we use the regular Aura for extra Evasion (and Movement Speed if you have Queen of the Forest equipped). The Vaal part of the skill grants high Attack and Spell Dodge Chance
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of both Vaal effects
[UTILITY] Golem setup
Cast when Damage Taken Cast when Damage Taken Support - will automatically resummon your Golem after you take a certain amount of damage
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - grants increased Attack and Cast Speed
[MOBILITY] Blink Arrow
Blink Arrow Blink Arrow - your main mobility skill. It's great for avoiding big damage spikes and Bosses' abilities
[UTILITY] Blood Rage
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed and generates Frenzy Charges for even more DPS

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find the recommended gear for our Elemental Tornado Shot build. It's mainly oriented around maximizing clear speed and we didn't push the DPS too hard to keep the total budget at a reasonable level.

The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Help you cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS and Life to start mapping successfully
  3. You will save at least a couple of hours since all the item requirements are listed

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Flat added Elemental Damage to Attacks
  4. Increased Elemental Damage with Attacks
  5. Critical Strike Multiplier
  6. Critical Strike Chance
  7. Accuracy Rating
  8. Attack Speed
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - very solid Helmet which grants very high 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
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - another great Helmet which greatly boosts your clear speed. The Physical Damage reduction doesn't affect as at all which makes it even better
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
Helmet enchantment:
Tornado Shot fires 2 additional secondary Projectiles
The Tempest(Weapon) The Tempest - which is one of the recommended leveling weapons for this build. Surprisingly, it offers almost the same DPS as good-rolled Windripper, but for a map-farming build, the latter performs much better. If you are playing on a budget, just stick to The Tempest
No Physical Damage
100% increased Lightning Damage
Adds 1 to 85 Lightning Damage
(36-50)% increased Attack Speed
Windripper(Weapon) Windripper - decent base Elemental DPS, high Attack Speed, and extra Crit. Chance makes this one of the best Elemental Bows in the game (except for Mirror-level stuff obviously)
(20-24)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Adds (48-60) to (72-90) Cold Damage
Adds 1 to (120-150) Lightning Damage
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(30-40)% increased Critical Strike Chance
15% increased Quantity of Items Dropped by Slain Frozen Enemies
30% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Slain Shocked Enemies
Rare Bow(Weapon) Rare Bow - can be potentially the BiS Weapon for this build. Just aim for the highest possible Elemental DPS and possibly some additional stats like Crit. Multi or Chance to deal double damage
Min. requirements:
450 Elemental DPS
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Chance to deal Double Damage
Hyrri's Demise(Quiver) Hyrri's Demise - grants very high bonus damage and it shouldn't cost more than a few Chaos Orbs
+(3-4) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
+(15-30) to all Attributes
(7-10)% increased Attack Speed
+(2-3) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
10% increased Area of Effect
Adds 1 to 2 Cold Damage to Attacks per 10 Dexterity
Adds 1 to 2 Fire Damage to Attacks per 10 Strength
Adds 0 to 3 Lightning Damage to Attacks per 10 Intelligence
Rigwald's Quills(Quiver) Ringwald's Quills - amazing Quiver which makes all your Tornado Shot's projectiles Fork, giving this build unparalleled area coverage and clear speed
(20-30)% increased Global Accuracy Rating
-10% to Fire Resistance
+(20-30)% to Lightning Resistance
+7 Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
20% reduced Projectile Speed
(30-50)% increased Projectile Damage
Projectiles Fork
Queen of the Forest(Body Armour) Queen of the Forest - top recommendation for this build. It allows us to reach over 200% bonus Movement Speed 
(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 600 Evasion Rating, up to 75%
-(50-40) Physical Damage taken when Hit by Animals
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - with high Evasion Rating, defensive stats, and Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
500 Evasion Rating
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
maximum Mana
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Stygian Vise - Abyssal Socket makes this Belt the best possible choice for this build
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
24 Intelligence
28% Global Critical Strike Multiplier
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Optional affixes:
All Elemental Resistances
added Elemental Damage to Attacks
Opal RingOpal Ring(Ring) Rare Rings
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
90% All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
added Elemental Damage to Attacks
The TamingThe Taming(Ring) The Taming - one of the best Rings for this build. It grants insane damage bonuses since we are going to inflict all three Elemental Ailments on your enemies
+(8-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
20% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments per Freeze, Shock and Ignite on Enemy
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
+(20-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
30% increased Elemental Damage
10% chance to Freeze, Shock and Ignite
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - just aim for high defensive stats and good Evasion rolls
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
400 Evasion Rating
25% Fire resistance
25% Lightning resistance
25% Cold resistance
Tombfist(Gloves) Tombfist - amazing pair of gloves even after the most recent nerfs. It provides up to two Abyssal Sockets, and each of them can provide powerful bonuses
Has 2 Abyssal Sockets
(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
Lioneye's Fall(Jewels) Lioneye's Fall - this Jewel should be socketed below the Claw nodes, and it will grant a lot of Crit Chance and Multiplier, as well as, extra Leech. If you can't afford/obtain it, just pick the regular Life and small Mana Leech nodes from below Vaal Pact
Melee and Melee Weapon Type modifiers in Radius are Transformed to Bow Modifiers
Brutal Restraint (Maraketh)(Jewels) Brutal Restraint (Maraketh) - a great choice for the Jewel Socket in the Jewel socketed located on the right side of the Skill Tree right next to Heartseeker Passive. We had Maraketh one with the count at around 6,000 on it, which provided the following bonuses
Denoted service of (500-8000) dekhara in the akhara of Nasima
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Maraketh
Our bonuses (approx 6,000):
4% Increased Maximum Life
+60 Dexterity
25% Increased Global Critical Strike Chance
20% Increased Evasion Rating
5% Increased Attack Speed
Abyss Jewel Bow(Jewels) Rare Abyss Jewels - with high flat Elemental Damage added to Attacks/Bow Attacks and Life

Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Elemental Damage to Attacks/Bow Attacks
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Damage if you have killed recently

Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - this should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Damage with Bows/Projectile Damage
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - one of the best Flasks in the game which grants very high bonus DPS and Life Leech while costing near to nothing
+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
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - increases the number of your projectiles, greatly increasing DPS and clear speed
+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. Ample Diamond Flask of Heat (Freeze Immunity)
  3. Ample Jade Flask of Warding (Curse Immunity)
Atziri's PromiseDying SunLife FlaskDiamond FlaskJade Flask

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