COLD ETHEREAL KNIVES

BUILD

SHOWCASE
Ethereal Knives
Fires an arc of knives in front of the caster which deals physical damage. We're converting most of its physical damage to cold damage and using an unique jewel to cast knives in a nova.
Orb of Storms
It will trigger Arcane Surge for more spell damage and cast speed.
Heralds
These 3 Heralds are the reason why this build is so explosive. They also increases your Damage and Penetration.
Vaal Grace
Temporary aura that grants extra chance to dodge attacks and spells.
Summon Lightning Golem
Stone Golem boosts your Cast Speed.
Flame Dash
Great moviment skill.
Vaal Blade Vortex
Activate it on bosses for more single target damage.
Vaal Righteous Fire
Temporary aura that grants a huge amount of extra spell damage. (use it on bosses)
TREE
ASCENDANCY
  • FIRST LABYRINTH
Pendulum of Destruction
  • SECOND LABYRINTH
Mastermind of Discord
  • THIRD LABYRINTH
- ​Shaper of Desolation
  • UBER LABYRINTH
Beacon of Ruim
  • STEP BY STEP
Check the steps here
PANTHEON
  • MAJOR GOD
- ​Soul of Lunaris
  • MINOR GOD
​Soul of Tukohama
JEWELS
  • RECOMMENDED ATTRIBUTES
- ​Spell Damage
- Cold Damage
- Critical Multiplier
- Projectile Damage
- Maximum Life
  • ABYSS JEWEL
- I highly recommend you guys to get an Abyss Jewel with "x% chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on kill" and "+x to maximum life" Examples here.
  • UNIQUES
Ring of Blades (mandatory)  
- Place it like this.
BANDIT CHOICE
  • HELP ALIRA
- ​Help Alira and get 20% critical multiplier, 15% to all elemental resistances and mana regeneration.
LEVELING
  • LEVELING SKILLS 
Start using Spark until level 12 then change to Arc. Keep it as your main skill until you reach the Winter Spirit node in your passive tree, around level 62, then equip your Mandatory Uniques and 2 Singularity. Now you are ready for Ethereal Knives. For auras and detailed leveling setups click here
  • LEVELING ITEMS
-​ Elreon Jewelry are in my opinion the best items to level any build, imagine goes all the way until lvl 50 ~ 60 without needing to spend one single Mana point. But low level ones might be hard to acquire if you are not playing on Standard. If you are playing on the Challenge League check the next ring.
-​ Praxis are the mana rings you want if you couldn't get a nice Elreon Ring. It grants a lot of mana regeneration and -8 to total mana cost of skills. (equipable at level 22)
- Lochitonial Caress for gloves, mainly because of it's cast speed buff. (equipable at level 1) 
- Asenath's Mark is an offensive helmet, gives you even more cast speed. equipable at level 8)
- Goldrim is a defensive Helmet, gives you more elemental resistances (equipable at level 1)
- String of Servitude is another awesome and cheap way to get a lot of elemental resistances. (equipable at level 1).
- Wanderlust for movement speed and frozen immunity (equipable at level 3)
- Tabula Rasa is a great body armour for leveling, it provides a 6 Linked starting on level 1, not so cheap though. (equipable at level 1)
- Lifesprig is awesome to level cast speed characters, use two of them. (equipable at level 1)
- Axiom Perpetuum is totally awesome for leveling up this build, it grants elemental damage, cast speed and a LOT of critical chance. (equipable at level 10)
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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