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:
Taking great advantage of the buffs to physical damage in the 3.7 update, the Tornado Shot Champion has risen from an obscure, hardcore-oriented choice to an excellent all-around choice. It boasts incredible damage and toughness to rival the other best builds in the game, and keeps up with the quick clearspeed of the recent metas, making it an excellent all-around build. It is easy to start this build on any budget, and has nearly endless room for growth through gear.
If a build that excels in all areas of the game, with versatile gear and a fun, fast playstyle is appealing to you (and why wouldn’t it be?) then the Tornado Shot Champion may well be what you’re looking for.
The Tornado Shot Champion is versatile on every level, both in terms of the content it can run and the gear it can use. In spite of its average life pool, the Champion ascendancy skyrockets the build’s defenses thanks to an improved and permanent Fortify buff. The defense of the build is rounded out with Flesh and Stone and Soul of Steel on the passive tree, as well as a variety of potential gear options. Combined with the ranged playstyle of the build, this makes for an extremely good choice for the Metamorph league’s dangerous boss encounters. Offensively, the build takes advantage of the Impale Support and the impale nodes on the tree to mount a fearsome offense thanks to the rapid-hitting nature of Tornado Shot. Its consistency, clearspeed, and damage can be further augmented by a variety of options within its gear, both on rare and unique pieces of gear.
+ Good clearspeed
+ Budget-friendly, with lots of room to grow. Even on modest gear, the build is able to take on all the content the game has to offer, and with better gear it can trivialize it
+ More durable than the majority of other ranged builds in the game, especially on the same budget
+ Extremely high damage, easily capable of millions of DPS on even middling gear
- Not quite as fast in terms of clearspeed as the more traditional Tornado Shot Deadeye
- The Tornado Shot fires 1 additional projectiles helmet enchantment can be quite expensive.
Playstyle and Core Mechanics
Offensively, the build utilizes additional arrows to scale the damage of Tornado Shot and increase its coverage. This also allows for rapid hits, which in turn stacks up to max impales very quickly. Each of these impales have 107% increased effect, and last two additional hits thanks to the Master of Metal ascendancy notable. This results in a total of 145% extra damage after impales have been stacked up, a multiplier that other builds only wish they could have. Many of the unique items presented within this guide are dedicated to improving damage, but others, like Haemophilia and Rigwald's Quills offer a significant boost to your clearspeed.
Defensively, Fortify, Flesh and Stone, Acrobatics, and Soul of Steel come together to form a powerful core of defenses, augmented by a potentially large pool of both evasion and armour. Champion alone offers 2000 flat armour, and depending on item and defensive skill choices, this can be augmented further, resulting in an even bulkier than typical setup. Because there are so many defensive options available to this build, all of which are good options, they will largely be discussed as they are brought up later, in the gearing and skills sections.
As for playstyle, the build rushes through maps with respectable move speed, quickly destroying packs with the help of Mirage Archer Support. Because it picks off stragglers, you don’t need to worry about firing at leftover monsters, leaving you more time to keep zooming through the map.
Passive Skill Tree
For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.
We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.
Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon
Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page has all the details on the choices made for this build.
For an in depth look at the recommended gear, check out The gear page, but we have some basic outlines here.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Amulet||Rare Lapis Amulet|
|Chest||Rare Body Armour or Farrul's Fur|
|Gloves||Haemophilia or Shadows and Dust|
|Belt||The Nomad or Rare Stygian Vise|
|Rings||Rare Rings or Mark of the Elder|
|Quiver||Rare Quiver or Rigwald's Quills|
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
While notorious for being slow to level, bow builds have gotten plenty of useful items and skill reworks that have turned leveling from a pain to a breeze. Outside of powerful twink gear, the rare Rustic Sash recipe (a rare Rustic Sash, any weapon, and a Blacksmith's Whetstone to receive a weapon with % increased physical damage) and Rain of Arrows make leveling easy and comfortable throughout the process.
It is generally recommended that you simply follow the level 90 tree for leveling, pathing first to the ranger section of the tree to pick up the powerful bow nodes, as well as point blank. Wait to pick up the impale nodes until you have the first labyrinth completed, when transitioning to pure physical damage becomes worth it. As you are levelling, pick up life nodes as needed, taking them when you find yourself feeling squishy, and taking damage nodes if you find yourself struggling to kill fast enough.
At the start, pick up Split Arrow, and use it with Chance to Bleed Support and Mirage Archer Support until you reach level 12. From there, use Rain of Arrows with the same links and order as Tornado Shot, replacing Greater Multiple Projectiles Support with your choice of Faster Attacks Support and Chance to Bleed Support, depending on the bow you are using. If you have access to leveling gear, the best options are Quill Rain early on, switching to a rare bow crafted using the Rustic Sash recipe for a few levels when that drops off, before switching to Death's Harp and then Death's Opus, which is more than enough to carry you to endgame. With Death's Opus it is generally recommended that you switch to Tornado Shot to take advantage of the additional projectiles.
What map mods do you need to avoid?
The only important map mod to avoid is physical reflect. This build won’t always die in one shot to its own damage, but it is enough to make running them extremely dangerous. No regeneration can be annoying, especially on higher tier maps, but it is doable overall.
What anointments should I use?
Any critical strike multiplier node or life node is a great choice, as is Tenacity.