Learn about the key leveling notes and campaign step by step for the Caustic Arrow Ballista Trickster Build.

Key Leveling Notes

This build starts with a Duelist to mule Splitting Steel, and switches over to using Poisonous Concoction at level 12. Make sure to grab two Caustic Arrow gems at some point around Act 4, and level these in your off-hand weapons. Gems gain levels even if you are not using them if they are equipped somewhere.

Bandits are Kill all for 2 skill points.

Campaign Step By Step

Beginner players should follow Enki's Campaign Progression guide.

The levels listed below are based on speedrunning. Always be greater or equal to the levels listed.

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For Information on how to unlock your Pantheon, consult our Pantheon Guide!

For the Major Pantheon select Brine King to gain Immunity to Freeze and the Reduction of Chill Effect. This bonus is not baseline and needs to be acquired with a Divine Vessel.

For Minor Pantheon, select Abberath and upgrade it. This grants you defences but more importantly Immunity to Burning Ground.

Against Bosses, select Ryslatha to recover your Life Flasks faster.

Mapping Preparation

You're done with the Campaign and are ready to take on Path of Exile's Endgame. Priority 1 is capping your Elemental Resistances (75%) and having sufficient Attributes to continue leveling your Skill Gems. Use Essences you have gathered on any item that is not Magic or Rare already. Items with an open modifier slot can be crafted on. Head to the Crafting Bench and craft Resistances you need and Life wherever else possible.

Map Modifiers

Avoid (or cautiously run) the following modifiers:

  • Avoid Chance to avoid Poison and Bleed because your Poison Damage goes down significantly!
  • Take care of -% to maximum Resistances because you then get destroyed by Elemental Damage!
  • Avoid Reduced Effect of Auras because it reduces your Armour and Evasion, making you vulnerable to attacks!
  • Avoid Enemy Chaos Resistance since it significantly reduces your Damage!