Elemental Hit Ascendant "Bane of Bosses" Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing Delirium League at Rank 61 playing his Kinetic Blast & Power Siphon Pathfinder Build, Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing his Essence Drain & Contagion Trickster Build, and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing his Elemental Hit Ascendant Build. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers


Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Introduction

Uber Elder

There is a vast variety of bow builds in Path of Exile, and many of them share a common flaw — they struggle to deal with the toughest bosses, and they get slapped around in difficult maps. This build is a fine answer; sporting excellent clear speed, potent single target damage, the unique kiting a bow build provides, and a healthy Life pool to ensure you can tackle any challenge without fear. Our Elemental Hit Ascendant is a unique and interesting twist on the conventional bow builds floating around the game, and will empower you to take on some of the game’s most deadly encounters.

Uber Atziri

Although this build is a difficult league starter, there are a variety of investments that you can make throughout the league to produce an indestructible exile that can find success in virtually any environment. Fortunately, Scion is the most flexible of classes, and our chosen Ascendancy points are suitable for a variety of popular leveling skills, should you wish to play this character from day one. Once this character starts coming into its own, you will have little trouble dispatching some of the game’s most lethal, such as the Guardians, Uber Elder, and Uber Atziri.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Great boss damage (~4.5m Shaper DPS in average gear, up to 10m+ in “GG” gear)
+ Formidable survivability; Slayer overleech, large health pool, high Evasion/Dodge, and exceptional mobility
+ Top-tier clear speed
+ Satisfying pops when enemies die; Pyre Pyre causing them to explode in gory chunks (also eliminates risk of Detonate Dead)
+ Flexible tree choices and Ascendancy
+ Plenty of investments to further empower the build later in the league
+ Hardcore viable

Cons

Requires a few Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs worth of capital to get started
Difficult to level (as Elemental Hit Elemental Hit)
Requires at least Merciless lab to come online
Two weapons are necessary for maximum effectiveness

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Playstyle

This build clears through all maps without any issues, even on minimal gear. The ridiculous amount of Life Leech we can acquire, combined with the gratifying Slayer overleech, ensures that we rarely feel in danger, even against the toughest opponents or map mods. This feels especially comfortable while Delving, as you can venture into the darkness for quite a while without your health pool so much as budging, due to the overleech.

Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support also provides us with an incredible amount of damage and leech, which gives us an incredible amount of freedom to reposition without loss of uptime throughout your battles. Since we also get Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support from the Slayer Ascendancy, this actually leads to some amusing moments where the Mirage Archer solos down the last 30% of the boss and then culls it instantly while you are repositioning.

Since Elemental Hit Elemental Hit is both our clearing and bossing skill, it does not take long to become comfortable with the style of play. This build has an old school feel since it plays fairly simply and straightforward, but it boasts incredible power and top-tier single target damage and clear speed, forming an extremely satisfying combination.

Skill Tree

This is our recommended skill tree for the build.

For more details on the Passive Tree, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information.

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Powers page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page thoroughly.

Some example gear used by our character:

Gear Example

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Yoke of Suffering Yoke of Suffering
Chest Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart
Gloves Tombfist Tombfist (2 Abyssal Sockets)
Boots Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail (2 Abyssal Sockets)
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Ring 1 Pyre Pyre
Ring 2 Rare Ring
Weapon 1 +3 Gems Bow
Weapon 2 +3 Gems Bow
Quiver 1 Corrupted Drillneck Drillneck with Point Blank
Quiver 2 Shaped Rare or Drillneck Drillneck

For in-depth recommendations for gear, flasks, jewels, and crafting advice be sure to read our Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

Leveling as Scion can be an extremely difficult endeavor. You will need to respec your tree once you get Merciless Lab and Path of the Duelist, so you can actually pick any build to level with. Our preference is Sunder Sunder as we are typically making use of the early Ascendancy best by choosing a melee skill. Start out with your preferred skill, which you should use until Level 12, when Sunder Sunder can be acquired. Sunder is a fairly potent leveling skill due to its high base damage and ease of use. Your Sunder links, in order of priority, are:

  1. Sunder Sunder
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  5. Maim Support Maim Support
  6. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

Just use what you can get until the gems become available — Maim Support Maim Support and Ruthless Support Ruthless Support are available very early, along with Onslaught Support Onslaught Support, but you will have to wait until Act II for Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support is an option in the meantime, if you are using a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa.

Blood and Sand Blood and Sand is available right at Level 4, and should be picked up immediately. Acquire Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and Herald of Purity Herald of Purity in Act II to help you level up. You can get Pride Pride in Act III after doing Lost in Love and drop Herald of Purity Herald of Purity.

This is only a recommendation. Scion leveling is not for inexperienced players and you should pick something you are comfortable with to minimize deaths.

FAQ

Which Annointments Are Best for my Amulet?

Our recommendations:

  • Constitution — A great all purpose choice and adds a huge amount of beef to the build that we could not access before this patch
  • Heart of Flame — Best possible damage node that is not regularly accessible to this build
  • Disciple of the Slaughter — Highest DPS if you are using the Raider Ascendancy instead of Pathfinder

Can I Level as Elemental Hit?

While it is, of course, possible to level using Elemental Hit Elemental Hit, it is not recommended. If you are set on playing a Bow build throughout the entire leveling process, it is advised you instead use Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows, for example. It is generally easiest to level with a melee skill with high base damage, such as Blade Vortex Blade Vortex, so you can acquire the life and tankiness surrounding the Marauder starting area. Our Ascendancy allows us to play nearly any build to great effect, so do not feel any rush to respec into the full Elemental Hit build until you have the levels and currency to support it.

Can I Make This Build Work With Only a Single Weapon?

It is difficult to play this build to any level of effectiveness without using a Chin Sol Chin Sol weapon swap, which rely on for our powerful single target damage and overleech. Being able to have two differently colored 6-links is also a huge advantage, allowing us to use Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support in our clearing link while maximizing our boss damage with Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support in our Chin Sol. You should obtain a 6-link clearing bow before aiming for 6-link Chin Sol, as it can be more easily obtained by using the method described in the Weapons section of the guide.

Which Map Mods are Most Difficult?

Elemental Reflect is not possible using this build, and should always be avoided in any circumstance. No Leech is a risky mod to attempt, but possible with patience and good flask play. Monsters have 90% chance to Avoid Elemental Ailments is an inconvenient affix and should be rerolled if you can spare the currency.

Which Bosses are Most Difficult?

This will vary from player to player, but I find Guardian of the Phoenix to be one of the most dangerous, especially with turbo mods or increased area of effect. The general zoning of the boss makes abusing Chin Sol Chin Sol a difficult game plan, and the phoenixes, which can easily stun you with their damage, must be periodically cleared using your Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support bow. The phoenix’s can be very dangerous if the map is rolled with additional projectiles mods, and should be cleared immediately. Guardian of the Phoenix can be dealt with safely and easily, but it must be played more slowly and patiently than most bosses.

How Do I Approach Uber Elder?

Uber Elder should be played very aggressively, as most of our defense relies on the powerful overleech we sustain through our Chin Sol Chin Sol damage when we are right next to the target. This build can push through phases quickly, and afford to make a few mistakes, but it can still be easily one-shot if you are unfamiliar with the mechanics of the encounter. Using Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots will reduce your damage, but remove possible RNG overlaps between Shaper and Elder’s mechanics that result in one-shots. If you do die during the encounter, you will need to be very careful when re-entering the fight, as your powerful overleech will not be ticking and you can die very quickly to some of the ground effects. When dealing with null portals and adds, try to move in a circular pattern around the top half of the arena to allow you to continually dodge Shaper orbs without having to pay much attention to them.

Check out the rest of the guide for any additional information:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers


Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Changelog
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    3.10 Delirium; guide updated with new tree, formatting, and general recommendations.

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    Updated for 3.9 Metamorph; Gear Recommendations, Passive Skill Tree, Format, Annointment Advice, Build Assessment, and Ascendancy.

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    Added Annointment advice and updated Gearing advice.

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    Fully updated for Patch 3.8 Blight League — the Elemental Hit Ascendant is back and ready to take names!

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    Large update for 3.7: Skill Tree, Item Recommendations, Videos section, Gem and Auras setups, and more!

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    Removed references of the old Forbidden Masters crafting system.

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    Updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Small fixes.

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    Updated and expanded the "Gems" section of the guide!

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    Added new videos for Aul, the Crystal King (Depth 350) and a full Pit of the Chimera run!

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    Added an "About the Author" section.

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    Hi, can you add a leveling section in this guide plz ? Thx you :)

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    On 28/01/2019 at 3:45 PM, Atix said
    Hi, can you add a leveling section in this guide plz ? Thx you :)

    I’ll look into it, although this build is not really viable to level using Elemental Hit Elemental Hit. I’d recommend leveling with Arc Arc, either self-cast or Saboteur, and respeccing once you have the necessary currency. I played this build from league start as Slayer/Sunder and respecced at 92 (horrible decision in retrospect). You could also level it as a bow build using Rain of Arrows or Tornado Shot if you’re really set on playing a bow build.

    Basically, the choices for leveling this kind of build are pretty broad since the passive tree and skills we used for the end-game simply don’t work very throughout the early game.

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    Can i use Dying sun flask instead any common flask when farming maps with The Wise Oak?

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    On 29/01/2019 at 1:05 PM, Bizmousse said
    Can i use Dying sun flask instead any common flask when farming maps with The Wise Oak?

    Swap out the Quartz if you want to use Dying Sun Dying Sun. It’s great for clear, especially in the larger/more open maps.

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    The skill tree you have shown, doesn’t start in the middle? Where do I start?

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    On 16/07/2019 at 10:51 PM, Heartgrave said

    The skill tree you have shown, doesn’t start in the middle? Where do I start?

    One of the advantages of Scion is that it allows you to start from other Ascendancies once you have finished Merciless Lab. As for where you should start, this isn’t a league starting build so it would depend on what skill you choose for leveling. If you’re going to play a melee skill, go towards the Marauder starting area and mirror some of the common melee builds. If you want to level as a caster, head up towards Witch and Shadow and grab whatever suits your build. You’ll have to respec later on once your labyrinths are completed.

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    Using bow, pretty much following your build above from the start, as able to. Where would I start then? Thankfully, I am playing with someone already high level and has passed me some of the gear and almost all of the gems.

    Edited by Heartgrave on July 17th, 2019

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    For the Gem levels in ( ), does that mean you want us to stop leveling those gems at that gem level?

    Cast when Damage Taken Support(Level 10) Immortal Call (Level 12)

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    On 02/08/2019 at 9:42 PM, Heartgrave said

    For the Gem levels in ( ), does that mean you want us to stop leveling those gems at that gem level?

    Cast when Damage Taken Support(Level 10) Immortal Call (Level 12)

    Yes, that is what it means, however, you are welcome to use separate levels for your Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support. The advised levels are simply my preference with this build!

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    Hi, Furty. I may be too late to the party. Is this build viable in Blight?

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    On 28/09/2019 at 8:24 PM, jefftea17 said

    Hi, Furty. I may be too late to the party. Is this build viable in Blight?

    It’s viable, although I don’t consider it to be as strong as it was in its prime (Incursion, Delve, Betrayal). Still, it remains a great (S-Tier) build for softcore and hardcore alike and will receive a full update on the coming weekend!

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    Hi Furty, thank you for the guide. I have one quick quesiton, Shrieking Essence of Rage no longer gives +2 to socketed fire gems. I tried to google this but I was not able to find anything. Do you know if there is an alternative to this?

    Thank again!

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    On 05/10/2019 at 5:19 PM, Mr Fahrenheit said

    Hi Furty, thank you for the guide. I have one quick quesiton, Shrieking Essence of Rage no longer gives +2 to socketed fire gems. I tried to google this but I was not able to find anything. Do you know if there is an alternative to this?

    Thank again!

    I don’t think there is beyond just fossil crafting a +3 bow now, which is honestly pretty close to being as economically viable. I’ll update that section!

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    Furty

    A lovely guide and very detailed, i have followed it to the letter well just about, but my DPS sucks, like some rare mobs takes 10-20 secs to kill and i keep getting one shotted and cannot sustain life leech to kill even T11 bosses, what have i done wrong i have looked at skill tree its the same but as i am only lvl83 some points not done, and the gear is nigh on exact. The whole build to me atm is just so squishy. would you take a look how can i get you it to you so you could have a look please. Thank you in hope…..

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    hi i have used many of your builds but i am confused in why u say take resolute tecnique and then u go spec 3 points into crit chance and crit multiplier on your skill tree provided

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    hi i have used many of ur builds but with this one i am confused as to why you would take resolute technique and then spec 3 points into crit chance and crit multiplier

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    ive also just crafted my bow with chaospam ussually within 10 30 i have +3 bow i dont know if thats a cheaper option or would there be a mod i could miss out on
    i done it in about ten chaos this time i payed 15 chaos for my 6 link imperial bow and coloured it in about ten chromatics

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    Hey Furty,

    first of all. Thanks! Great build! Its going pretty well with about 50k/60k DPS right now at 86!

    Both my Bows have crafted “% Chaos DoT”.

    My Bows
    https://ibb.co/SVbxBZq
    https://ibb.co/1fHJjKM

    Since i am not so into crafting, is there another mod i should aim for? I dont want to miss out on something valueable. I asked a mastercrafter for “%fire dmg” like on the example above but he said, that the bows exclude that already excluded by their other mods.

    Thanks mate!

    Edited by fghdhgdhg on January 13th, 2020

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    Whyinvest points in Heartseeker if we spec into Resolute Technique ? Seems useless since we cant crit

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    Hi, thx first of all for this guide. i have found it quite useful, although i did make some minor different choices mostly opting for a unset ring, so i can also carry projectile weakness.

    I am wondering about your build skill tree though. what is up with the frenzy passive skill? I don’t see any frenzy skill gem, so i am wondering what the use of the allocation is of maximum frenzy charges? Also i see you have opted for heartseeker (critical strike multiplier) when you have first selected resolute technique (never deal critical strike). This seems contradictionary?

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