The concept behind this build is to apply as much Frostbite to reduce freeze avoidance on enemies with Puncture while doing massive DoT dmg with Hail of Arrows. The goal is to freeze enemies as often as we can. So we stack freeze rate multiplier on HoA that has a chance to freeze enemies with each tick while constantly attacking with Puncture (scaling bleed and poison chance on Puncture tree).
PLEASE BE AWARE: This build was made for Monolith content. I can’t tell you how high it can push Arena. I’m usually not playing meta builds and always like to try out new builds to share with you. This might also not be the best dmg version, there is always room for improvement. So feel free to share your ideas to improve this build. Thanks!
Short Monolith Gameplay
This build requires some good timing and skill to provide the best dmg output on Hail of Arrows. Make sure to always cast a long duration HoA once you picked up a black arrow from Dark Quiver and after using Shift. You constanly attack with Puncture for the Frostbite debuff and also to generate Mana back. HoA has a huge Mana cost. Use Decoy to position the enemies around it and make the best use out of HoA’s AoE and Puncture. Kite around the HoA circle to bring all the enemies into this area. High Movement speed helps alot for defensive and offensive playstyle.
Level with Bow Puncture and already focus on getting as much Bleed and Poison Chance in the skilltree. Puncture alone should easily bring you through the story. It is one of the best Leveling dmg skills in early game. Only start using the quiver once you have a decent Bow (i recommend a Longbow with high flat dmg and add as much flat dmg as prefixes as you can). You can also use the Multishot Bow for high dmg and reduced mana cost if you already found it. Once you have a good Bow you can convert HoA to cold and use the quiver for cold conversion on Puncture. At level 70 you can start using the new cold Bow from Heorot.
While leveling i fully concentrated on resistances as suffix stats. Some dodge chance comes from the Rogue passive trees. Once you finish the story make sure to reach 100% Crit avoidance as soon as possible (Heightened Senses Marksman passive & 2x T5 Crit Avoidance rolls on gear should help you out). After completing the first Monolith Timeline you can easily switch to Woven Flesh to get 100%. After completing some more Timelines try to get Resistances and the Crit Avoidance Blessing from Reign of Dragons Timeline. This will make you help to focus more on dodge now for your suffix slots. From ‘Dodge and Parry’ & ‘Cloak of Shadows’ we get 31% base Glancing Blow chance that we can stack with Dusk Shrouds from Black Arrows (Dark Quiver) as our secondary defensive stat.
I’m not a big fan of the new Endurance mechanic and i think just from a class identity standpoint it doesn’t fit to Rogue, even though it’s a powerful mechanic. That’s why i mainly focus on Dodge, Glancing Blow & Resistances as my defensive mechanics.
22.02.2021 uploaded 0.8.1b version
Gear Planner / Skills / Passives
I share both Dammitt’s Last Epoch Planner for Skills and Passives and Tunk’s Gear Planner for the recommended gear.
Tunklab Gear Planner (Gear)
Last Epoch Planner (Press S for Skilltree and P for Passive Tree)
550% Bleed & Poison chance converted to Frostbite chance
Perma Frenzy Buff
Efficacious Toxin to boost HoA dmg
No points into ‘Timing’ because the attack speed is already low
Hail of Arrows
‘Nowhere to Hide’ & ‘The Hunt’ is our big dmg mechanic
Cold conversion & Freeze Rate Multiplier
‘Focus’ & ‘Pristine Fletcher’ for additional dmg multiplier
If you want more AoE just put some points from ‘Pristine Fletcher’ into ‘Focus’ or ‘Volley’, but you will lose dmg
Mana, Movement Speed & Invulnerability while Shifting
Put the rest of the points into boosting our HoA dmg
You need good timing together with Black Arrows from Dark Quiver to boost HoA dmg
5 stacks of Dusk Shroud for additional Dodge & Glancing Blow chance
Additional Freeze Rate Multiplier
Archer’s Focus, Heavy Arrows & Nature’s Focus are our HoA dmg multipliers
Needs good timing together with Shift
Mana Efficiency, Frailty & Haste Duration
Additional Charge & Longer Duration
Use it to taunt enemies in a risky situation or to bring all the enemies together for HoA dmg
We use 4x Ornate Idols with ‘‘Increased Bow Elemental Damage’’ to buff both Puncture and HoA damage as Prefix.
Suffix can be either ‘‘Chance to Slow on Bow Hit’’, ‘‘Dodge Rating if Hit Recently’’ or ‘‘Poison Resistance’’
Choose whatever you need and prefer for Suffix.
Special Thanks to @Tunk for some tips on scaling HoA dmg.
If you guys have any questions or suggestions on how to make the build better please feel free to answer or let me know.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy!