COLD ETHEREAL KNIVES 

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is a Elementalist based build focusing on the Skill Ethereal Knives. This build is fast, powerful and fun, everything you might ask for. It's not expensive to build but it gets super strong with  more investment.

Pros

  • Easy to play

  • Great Single Target Damage

  • Great Clear Speed

  • Evasive

  • Satisfying Explosions

  • Mana isn't a Problem

Cons

  • Many mandatory Uniques

  • Vulnerable to Chaos Damage

  • Can't run Elemental or Physical Reflect Maps

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
​The Covenant is mandatory for this build because socketed gems have Blood Magic, this way Mana will never be a problem. It also grants 10% increased life and Added Chaos Damage support.
  • MAIN HAND
- I recommend Singularity, it grants a huge amount of spell damage and even increases your survivability.
- If you are rich you can beat Singularity with a rare dagger with Physical Damage as extra Cold Damage, Elemental Damage as extra Chaos Damage and a good amount of Critical Chance. Examples here.
  • OFF HAND
- I recommend Singularity, it grants a huge amount of spell damage and even increases your survivability.
- If you are rich you can beat Singularity with a rare dagger with Physical Damage as extra Cold Damage, Elemental Damage as extra Chaos Damage and a good amount of Critical Chance. Examples here.
  • HELMET
- Get yourself a Helmet with "Socketed gems are supported by level xx Hypothermia". We'll use it for Vall Brade Vortex that will help our single target damage. Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- ​Hrimsorrow is mandatory because it converts 50% of your physical damage to cold damage.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare Armour boots with movement speed, life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #1
- ​An Essence Worm ring is mandotory, so we can use the Hatred Aura without sacrificing a huge amount of mana.
  • RING #2
- ​A rare Ring with life and some elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- I recommend a rare Amulet with Life and some resistances. Examples here.
  • FLASKS
- ​Divine Life Flasks. Look for mods like ''instant recovery'', ''removes bleeding'' and ''removes freeze''. Examples here and here.
- Quicksilver Flask is awesome to increase your movement speed. Look for "Increased Duration" and "Increased Movement Speed during flask effect". Examples here.
- 1 Stibnite Flask for evasion boost and blind source for your enemies. Examples here.
- Diamond Flask for more critical strikes. Look for mods like "increased duration" and "increased evasion during flask effect". Examples here.
- The good old Atziri's Promise for a big boost to your damage and life leech.
- If you have a good amount of currency you can also use Sin's Rebirth for more damage. Use it instead of the Magic Stibnit Flask.
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Etheral Knives
Controlled Destruction
Pierce
Increased Critical Damage (If 5 Sockets Linked)
Spell Echo
When facing bosses, change Pierce and Faster Projectiles for Hypothermia and Slower Projectiles
Faster Projectiles (If 6 Sockets Linked)
  • HELMET
Vaal Blade Vortex
Concentrated Effect
Controlled Destruction
Increased Duration
  • GLOVES OR BOOTS
Herald of Ash
Herald of Thunder
Summon Lightning Golem
Herald of Ice
  • GLOVES OR BOOTS
Orb of Storms
Arcane Surge (level 6)
Increased Duration
Power Charge on Critical Strike
  • MAIN HAND
Vaal Righteous Fire
Vaal Grace
Increased Duration
  • OFF HAND
Flame Dash
Faster Casting
Culling Strike
  • RING
Hatred
THIS BUILD'S FAQ
  • Is there a good place to buy unique items?
- Not only for unique items, poe.trade or pathofexile.com/trade are great websites for trading your items.
  • I'm lvl 40 and I'm dying a lot, what can I do?
- Please take a look at your Elemental Resistances, they are really important for your survivability. After lvl 40 try to keep at least 50% of each. The meximum is 75%, try to reach that when on end game.
  • I don't have as much HP as the gameplay shows and I've followed the Skill Tree step by step. Can you help me?
- Look for more HP at your rare gear. You can have ''+89 to maximum life'' on your helmet for instance.
  • You say the build is cheap, but a 6 Linked body armour is expensive. How?
- 6 Linked body armour is not mandatory for this build to work. Maximize a build with the best possible items and 6 Linkeds takes a good amount of currency. Start using 4 Linkeds on low tier maps in order to farm currency to upgrade your gear.
  • Why Arcane Surge level 6?
- Arcane Surge needs mana spent to be triggered, level 6 is a good balance between Buff Power and mana spent needed. 

SUMMARY

CLASS: Witch

ASCENDANCY: Elementalist

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Spell

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 2/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

 
 
 

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