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Caustic Arrow Poison Ballista Trickster

Last Updated: May 18th 2023

The Forbidden Sanctum 3.20Archived

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Gear Overview

The Caustic Arrow Ballista Trickster is a great all around League starter. It kills bosses with tons of Poison Stacks and clears entire screens of monsters with its huge amount of overlapping projectiles!

This build abuses a clever combination of Unique Items to get huge damage bonuses.

For mid to late game, this build requires you to get certain Uniques, making it sub-optimal for players who don't want to trade or are new to the game!

Strengths and Weaknesses


Skills Breakdown

Caustic Arrow is a ranged Bow attack that has an initial hit which triggers area damage, followed by spreading Caustic Ground. In this build, you are focusing on the hit portion, which allows you to Poison enemies.
What makes this skill special is that it can overlap several times when stacking "additional projectiles", giving it great bossing and clear potential. You do NOT scale the secondary Caustic Ground effect, since it cannot stack or poison enemies and has therefore mediocre damage potential.

Ascendancy Breakdown


The Trickster is an easy choice for Caustic Arrow as it offers incredible boosts to damage, Life Recovery and Defensive Capabilities.

  • One Step Ahead increases your Movement and Attack Speed, while making enemies around you slower. It also protects you from certain slowing effects!
  • Polymath is one of the strongest Ascendancies currently available in PoE. It provides damage on top of Life, Mana and Energy Shield Recovery. Can't ask for more!
  • Heartstopper is a versatile defensive boost. It's a little random but also extremely powerful whenever it works in your favor!
  • Swift Killer gives you extra Frenzy scaling and increases the Duration of your Charges, making it easier to keep them up at all times!

To learn how the Labyrinth works, you can consult our Labyrinth Guide!

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