POE 3.4 Ranger Semi-MF Caustic Arrow Raider, DoT Focused Raider Build
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This build features easily acquirable 6000 life, very high evasion with up to 95% evade chance cap, 46/40% dodge/spell dodge. It's also immune to all ailments and can run absolutely any map mod. Any incoming damage can be easily solved with two instant life flasks healing you back to full life. Capable of clearing all content in the game. Everything with possiblity to use some magic find gear.
- Cheap starting cost, great league starter
- Very easy to play
- Tanky end game, over 6000 life and very high evasion + dodge
- Fast without flasks (over 80% ms, high AS)
- Flexible build, adjust how much you want to go MF / damage / tanky
- Can run literally any map mod, including "No regen"
- Capable of clearing all end game content
- 79% max res while mapping (Divination Distillate)
- Permanent flask uptime while mapping (except bosses)
- Mediocre single target damage
- Slightly expensive end game gear
- Weak against physical spells
Major God: Soul of Lunaris
Nuff said, straight up has the best synergy with the build. Others barely do anything except few specific cases.
Minor God: Soul of Shakari OR Ryslatha OR Garukhan
All three of them are pretty good, but my personal favorite is Shakari. Having full ailment immunity simply feels great. Use it only if you upgraded it.
Main Skill (GGGGBR):
Caustic Arrow - Void Manipulation - Swift Affliction - Vicious Projectiles - Concentrated Effect
6th Link: Damage on Full Life OR Empower lvl 3/4
Wither Totem (BBRR):
Wither - Faster Casting - Spell Totem - Increased Duration
Cursing Setup (GGBB):
Frenzy - Greater Multiple Projectiles - Curse on Hit - Despair
CWDT Immortal Call (RRR):
Cast when Damage Taken lvl 3 - Immortal Call lvl 5 - Increased Duration lvl 20
Aura: Grace / Vaal Grace
Movement Skill: Blink Arrow
Caustic Arrow - Pierce - Void Manipulation - Vicious Projectiles
Caustic Arrow - Vicious Projectiles - Void Manipulation - Swift Affliction
Toxic Rain - Mirage Archer - Withering Touch - Increased Duration
Siege Ballista - Use in 2 acts, extra damage against bosses, you can throw it out after
Decoy Totem - Great defensive skill against bosses, if you have necessary strength for it.
Despair : Curses enemies to increase damage. Use on bosses, tough packs, rares etc.
Blink Arrow : Your movement skill
Grace : Your aura, grants additional evasion.
Purity of Elements : If you really need resistances. Use instead of Grace if necessary.
General levelling guidelines:
First and most important to remember - when searching for equipment, your priority on them is Life and Resistances. Links are equally as important, be sure to look out for correct socket colors. This applies to all acts.
Act 1-3 should be very easy in general. That's where you slowly shape up your main skill. Majority of the necessary gems are rewards from quests. The ones you can't, you can buy from a Nessa, Yeena and Siosa as you progress through the main story.
In act 4 it's important to have good resistances, especially fire resist. Outside of that, it should be a breeze. It's a good idea to enter Labyrinth after you find waypoint inside Crystal Veins. Should trivial at this point.
Act 5 is where things get little bit tougher. Monsters out there are quite dangerous and it's also recommended to have capped fire and lightning resitances. It's also a time where bleed removal life flask becomes necessary. I recommend to farm Chambers of Innocence until you reach level 45 and then face the Innocence himself. Next boss is Kitava, 1600 life is enough to tank all of his abilities.
Once you arrive in act 6, check your resistances. If they're below 60%, you should pick up Purity of Elements from Clarissa (act 3) - use it instead of Grace aura until you solve the resistance problem. It's recommended to have them capped before the final boss.
Act 7 is quite easy. Beware of ghosts inside the Crypt, they can hit quite hard.
Act 8 features Deodre, the hardest boss you encounter during levelling. It's relatively safe if you have 2500 life, but that might be hard to acquire. After that, the act is going to be trivial. It's good to have freeze removal flask for Lunaris area, in case you don't have it already. Kill the final boss of this act and proceed to Blood Acqueducts.
Preparing for maps:
The area with a long stream of blood is where you'll spend next 1-2 hours. It's a great place to farm experience. Farm until level 71 and then respec the projectile nodes at ranger starting area. Look for gear upgrades and slowly replace your gems to recommended final setups. Before you proceed, you need a Tabula Rasa which you can farm in Blood Acqueducts OR you can buy 5-link bow with ilvl 64, high attack speed base if possible. The second option is better in general. On your newly purchased 5-link you can craft +2 bow gems with alteration/augmentation orbs. You should roll it within ~100 tries, still a bit RNG dependant. The 5-link CA setup is:
CA - Vicious Projectiles - Void Manipulation - Swift Affliction - Concentrated Effect