Glacial Cascade Mines Saboteur Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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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:

Introduction

Today we are looking at a very solid build that places mines and detonates them in order to obliterate enemies. Mines are always placed at the feet of the character and can be detonated by an additional key bind. Most non-melee skills can be supported by Blastchain Mine Support in order to be turned into a mine. Saboteur is a great choice since it provides a lot of areа of effect, chance to place additional mines, mine throwing speed, Blinding nearby enemies, Immunity to Shock and Ignite, and lastly but not in terms of importance, great sustain via Pyromaniac.

The skill chosen for the build, which we turn into a mine is Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade. Due to the skill mechanics, this ability can hit one target multiple times with a single cast. It is also a physical spell, which means the build benefits from shaper stat-sticks. To bypass the additional work of detonating the mine after placing it, you can link Detonate Mines Detonate Mines with Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support gem. With this gem setup you can summon a totem that detonates all mines you place. This works well when encountering tough bosses. Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity also complements this combo well, since you might have some mana problems while placing so many mines quickly.

Build Summary

The build can be started with no currency at all. Even on a 4-Link you can comfortably clear up to yellow maps without issues. All you need in order to start playing is 4-Link item and level 28. Link Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade with Blastchain Mine Support, Swift Assembly Support and Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support. The levels that Glacial Cascade gets will carry you through the content. Later on it is recommended to get two thresh hold jewels The Long Winter The Long Winter. This will provide additional burst and physical to cold conversion. The conversion gets better the more cold penetration you have.

Although in this build we will be mainly discussing the Life/Mind over Matter variant, you can also play a Low-Life version. The low-life version requires further investment and at least having Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ One of the best single target damage dealers in the game
+ Smooth levelling experience
+ Can be played on a budget
+ Reflect does not matter

Cons

- Due to the skill mechanic clearing can feel clunky sometimes
- Might be slower when it comes to clear speed, compared to other builds

Playstyle

Offensively, place mines while keeping your distance from enemies. When detonated, mines will target the closest monster. Considering that you can manipulate the way mines aim, positioning can be key in most situations. The big cold damage bursts will freeze and shatter monster packs and even some bosses. Use the Detonate Mines Detonate Mines totem/Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity setup mentioned in the introduction when feels necessary.

Defensively, the large life pool combined with Mind over Matter, Acrobatics, Phase Acrobatic, the blind and sustain from the ascendancy take care of most things passively. Steelskin Steelskin can be used for additional damage mitigation. Movement skills like Shield Charge Shield Charge and Whirling Blades Whirling Blades and Flame Dash Flame Dash also can save you in fatal situations.

For Playstyle, keep your distance whenever possible and place one set of mines, it should be enough to clear most packs. Sometimes letting monsters get near you is not so bad, since they will be blinded via Born in the Shadows ascendancy. Using Mind over Matter means if you get hit hard your mana might be drained to 0 and you will not have the ability to stay offensive. Efficient use of a mana flask should be enough to deal with this problem.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive Tree Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

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

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

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

Gem Link Page

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Carcass Jack Carcass Jack
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Weapon
Shield Rare Shield

Leveling

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

As a Shadow, pick Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse. This spell will carry you to level 12 when you can get Icicle Mine Icicle Mine. This gem combined with Minefield Support Minefield Support will get you to level 28 quickly, then you can just start using Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade. The build is pretty straight forward and not confusing at all. While levelling you can use Clarity Clarity aura to deal with mana problems, running Hatred Hatred at early levels is not really necessary.

Leveling Passive Trees

This is what your passive skill tree should look like around level 62.

Useful leveling uniques

As you begin a new character there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

At level 8, your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse should look like this.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

At level 12, you should replace your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse with the following Icicle Mine Icicle Mine link.

  1. Icicle Mine Icicle Mine
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support

By level 18, your Icicle Mine Icicle Mine link should look like this.

  1. Icicle Mine Icicle Mine
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support

At level 28, finally, you can transition from Icicle Mine Icicle Mine to you signature skill Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade. At this point you should also activate Hatred Hatred for additional damage.

  1. Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade
  2. Blastchain Mine Support Blastchain Mine Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support

By level 31, your Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade link should look like this.

  1. Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade
  2. Blastchain Mine Support Blastchain Mine Support
  3. Swift Assembly Support Swift Assembly Support
  4. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  5. Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support
  6. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support

FAQ

Is there any type of content the build cannot do?

The Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade Saboteur miner excels at everything the game has to offer. It is great at Delve, Bestiary, Incursion and Betrayal. It can even one-shot Izaro which make it reliable Labyrinth runner.

What makes mine builds better boss killers than other builds?

The mine play style is way more different than other builds. The thing that a mine build is better at than others is that it can setup damage before the encounter starts and deal a great burst of it, that can “phase” bosses in matter of 3 seconds or less.

Conclusion

This is one of the builds that costs literally nothing to start and can farm its way to end game. Many of the top-tier boss killers use Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade mines due to its insane burst potential. Placing and detonating mines is just another way to control your damage output in a sense. Also bosses that are not instantly triggered and take some time to spawn let you place down 15+ mines and just annihilate them when they are spawned. Clear speed can feel a bit clunky sometimes but the build does the job. End game you will end up with 8k effective life pool at the very least, this puts the character in a very safe spot.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build still remains one of the best boss killers in the game.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build still remains a very solid boss killer.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. Recent changes to Mines affect the build but it still remains very solid.

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    Revisited and updated for Legion 3.7. Improved Gem and Gearing sections along with replacing old passive skill trees.

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    Updated passive skill trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Made the playstyle section more descriptive, and improved the gearing section by providing more detailed recommendations.

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    Reworked Gem Link and Gem Progression sections for improved visibility

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    I’m starting with this build. thank you.

  2. Vvckd

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    If you have any questions do not hesitate to come back and ask, we will help with any information regarding Path of Exile.

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    i would really like to try this build but i cant access the endgame skill tree (the low life version opens fine but not the normal version)

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    Hello @Taurus, I will look into it right now and fix it right away. Feel free to ask any questions.

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    Hey, I’m trying this build out and reading it makes me exited! I was wondering, is there a path of building connected to this? Like a pastebin to use in PoB? Can’t seem to find one and I’m kinda confused as to why we are able to have two 6-links when the only thing we’re using is GC mines.

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    The only 6-Link gem setup in the build indeed the Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade mine setup, you do not need any other 6-Link.

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    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/brytan06/characters?characterName=btrains

    I have made one myself for a month now and I have some different opinions.

    1) In weapon slot and amulet – The implicit – convert elemental damage as extra chaos damage is the best vs the” physical to lightning “ and the “physical to cold” conversions. According to Path of Building it has extra DPS.

    2)Helmet- You NEED the “place one additional mine” implicit- its more DPS for sure

    3)Belt – There is a Delve Craft which scales elemental damge and cold damge – incase you capped your resist

    4)Gloves – Get the Suffix- Physical to Cold Conversion if possible if you happen to max your resistances

    This guide is very good but these 4 inputs made my build so much stronger than this build. I got alot of currencies from Carrying people to Uber Elder and can do it flawless with no deaths. Feel free to ask some questions.

    Note: My Build is overly capped in resist because i use “ kaoms roots “ in killing uber elder-boots slot, so if i swap my two-toned boots with it i still get 80% max resist”. it took me awhile to get the proper resist though. /heh

    Edited by Brytan on February 27th, 2019

  8. Vvckd

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    Hey Brytan,

    Looks like you are experienced and you know what you are doing, I have to say that you have a pretty well geared character right there.

    1. The extra damage as chaos is great, especially if you stack a lot of conversion, even on gloves like you chose to do. Something to note here is that even if you overcap your conversion to cold, this is still beneficial for the additional damage as chaos, so you can still run two threshold jewels and have the conversion on gloves.
    2. The additional mine from Shaper-based helmet is great, as you mentioned. I will make sure to add that to recommended mods.
    3. Rolling belt with Fossils can be very beneficial indeed, we started recommending that more often in recent builds. We will revisit old ones such as this one and implement more recommended Fossil mods.
    4. This is a good addition to the build but is not mandatory, especially early on when you can get two threshold jewels instead.

    Edited by Vvckd on February 27th, 2019

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    Thank you for posting your build. It made me Enjoy PoE again since my last league “Breach League”. I be taking a rest on the next league and who knows when I will come back. I really2 had fun especially when you finish the game content so easily.

    Edited by Brytan on March 2nd, 2019

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    Hey Brytan, good to hear from you again, thanks for the kind feedback. Path of Exile is a great game and it is always easy to come back. See you around exile.

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    Hey, I just wanted to know why you picked Expeditious Minutions when you are using mines. Does it apply ?

    Good build though thx for making the guide =).

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    It is a mistake, thank you for pointing that out, will fix it shortly.

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    Hi, are there a max. lvl for the Gems?

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    Hello Afobbs, in Path of Exile regular gems cap at level 20, corrupting a gem has the possibility to turn a level 20 gem into level 21.

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    Hi. First of all thanks for your great work.

    I have a question about the jewels. By using the long winter, is it necessary to get 40 INT for the Burst and 20% convert DMG? Cause with your skilltree I’m only getting the 10% cold DMG. If it’s just for the cold DMG I could use some better jewels?
    Or maybe I can switch some points to get 40 INT?

    Hope you understand my limited English.

    Greetings from Germany^^

    Edited by Dakitor on May 12th, 2019

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    On 12/05/2019 at 2:39 PM, Dakitor said

    Hi. First of all thanks for your great work.

    I have a question about the jewels. By using the long winter, is it necessary to get 40 INT for the Burst and 20% convert DMG? Cause with your skilltree I’m only getting the 10% cold DMG. If it’s just for the cold DMG I could use some better jewels?
    Or maybe I can switch some points to get 40 INT?

    Hope you understand my limited English.

    Greetings from Germany^^

    Hey Dakitor, thank you for the kind feedback. You do not need the Intelligence to be allocated, it simply needs to be in the radius of the jewel in order to work.

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    Is there something wrong with the level 80 leveling tree?
    It suddenly goes in a completely different direction, and starts focusing on trap damage instead of mines.

    Then the final skill tree goes back to the level 60 design again.

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    On 22/05/2019 at 5:20 PM, Sral94 said

    Is there something wrong with the level 80 leveling tree?
    It suddenly goes in a completely different direction, and starts focusing on trap damage instead of mines.

    Then the final skill tree goes back to the level 60 design again.

    You are right, will fix that shortly, thank you!

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    “The mine play style is way more different than other builds.”
    A glorious sentence if there’s ever been one.

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    On 03/01/2019 at 1:42 PM, Vvckd said

    If you have any questions do not hesitate to come back and ask, we will help with any information regarding Path of Exile.

    Sorry i’ve a problem: I link the 3 top prority support to glacial cascade in my armour and also Detonate Mine-Spell totem support-fast casting in my gloves but not work on ps4. I must detonate myself the glacial cascade… why it isn’t automatic? Where i’m wrong?? Thank you

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