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Path of Exile: Leveling and Progression Guide | Sentinel

The Explosive Arrow Ballista is a build suitable for both start and end game builds that allows you to quickly clear content and kill bosses in no time.




Path of Exile’s Explosive Arrow Ballista build is popular because it can absolutely melt bosses and allow enough defense to occasionally take hits. Attack speed is crucial for this build and should be your priority for your gear. If you want to know how to level and progress with the Explosive Arrow Ballista build, we’re here to help you.

Leveling and Progression Guide in Path of Exile

Contrary to popular belief, the Explosive Arrow Balista’s mechanics are actually relatively easy. You want to stack as many explosive arrows on a target as possible to take advantage of the gem’s high damage multiplier.

Because the damage scaling is so high, the build concentrates on stacking a lot of protection, allowing you to strike a balance between defense and offense.

However, you might get overwhelmed regarding leveling and progression if you’re fairly new to the game. So, let’s focus on leveling resources, passive tree progression, and item progression.

General Tips

With that said, here are some of the tips that can help you better understand leveling and progression for the Explosive Arrow Ballista build:

Leveling Resources

  • Act 1
    • Enemy at the Gate – Freezing Pulse and Purifying Flame
    • Mercy Mission – Summon Phantasm Support
    • Breaking Some Eggs – Flame Wall
    • Breaking Some Eggs 2 – Frostblink
    • The Caged Brute – Flame Dash
    • The Caged Brute 2 – Combustion Support
    • The Sirens Cadence
  • Act 2
    • Intruders in Black – Herald of Ash and Herald of Purity
    • Sharp and Cruel – Faster Casting Support
  • Act 3
    • Lost in Love – Flammability and Purity of Elements
    • Sever the Right Hand – Armageddon Brand and Cremation
    • A Fixture of Fate – Explosive Arrow, Ballista Totem Support, Faster Attacks Support, Grace, Determination, Lightning Spire Trap, Frenzy
  • Act 4
    • Breaking the Seal – Summon Lightning Golem
    • The Eternal Nightmare

Passive Tree Progression (Acts 1-4, until Level 40)

  • Cast Speed
  • Spell Damage
  • Heart and Soul
  • Life Mastery
  • Heart of Flame
  • Purity of Flesh
  • Primal Manifestation
  • Sovereignty

Item Progression

  • Evasion and Armor Scaling items
  • When leveling, prioritize Storm Cloud + Skirmish
  • Get Tabula as soon as possible
  • Lifetap immediately to be able to free up Mana
  • Grace + Determination + Defiance Banner for defense
  • Life Roll in early and Spell Suppression for late game

ALSO READ: Path of Exile: Which Class to Play

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Total War Three Kingdoms: Court Guide

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Alexis Ongsansoy



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Going to war and managing your troops in the heat of battle has always been the core gameplay of Total War, either that or deliberately heading straight into battle outgunned or outnumbered in order to test the mettle of your troops. But with the Three Kingdoms things can get mighty confusing when you’re not out fighting. You’d be surprised how something as simple as choosing who to put on councils can take up your time when you’re not quite sure of your decisions. That will all go away as we show you the way of heaven’s will in this guide and lead your kingdom to prosperity!

Court Guide | Total War Three Kingdoms

Now the court is made up of your faction leaders, heirs, and your administrators. You manage your dynasty here as you unlock more positions when you progress. Let’s go further into detail below and see how you can manage your people better.

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While you’re in the in-game map click on the Court button or press 2 to bring up the rest of your family tree. What you can do here first is to hover over everyone’s portraits to see the positive and negative benefits they can offer if they’re to be assigned to a certain position.

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Next thing that you should be on the lookout for is the character’s Background. You can find this by hovering over the general’s name, there’s plenty of generals each with their own unique background so be careful who you choose! For this example, Liu Bei is a Virtuous Idealist. That helps you with public order and upkeep but gives you 25% less income due to their poor background.

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Another interesting thing to keep in mind are the basic Traits. You will have to keep a close eye on this as it influences character relations throughout the campaign. Same with the Background, there are numerous Traits in the game and your character can earn more as you progress with them.

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Of course besides the individual Traits and Backgrounds you also would want to know more about navigating the Court itself. Each individual position in the court will have its own explanation and allows you to see the rank required in order to unlock it.

You can choose good old fashioned nepotism and assign a post to a family member or a general who’s done actual work with their own hands. Each character will offer various bonuses depending on the position they’re assigned to.

Remember – not all your characters need to be out in the field as some of them are more proficient with administrative affairs. The pen is mightier than the sword, and all of that.

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Now that you’ve assigned a post to the members of your Court the next thing you need to do is to make sure everyone is satisfied. You wouldn’t want someone in a position of power to complain and suddenly decide it would be in their best interest to rebel! That gets in the way of prosperity and no one wants that.

In order to view a character’s Satisfaction go and hover over their character panel or check the characters list on your campaign screen. If you choose the character panel check to the right of their age in order to see their opinion about you.

Some of the things you can do to make sure they don’t look elsewhere is to make sure that the post you assigned to them is compatible with their class. For example if your character’s class is Sentinel then you would want to make that character into an Administrator.

Lastly, it’s recommended that you assign a post that complements their level. Give them a post that’s too out of reach for them and their satisfaction will suffer just as much. Now that’s good work ethic!

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And that is how you manage internal affairs in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Now that you know the intricacies of the court you can be your very own Sun Tzu and lead by example!

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