CRACKLING LANCE

BUILD

SUMMARY

INFORMATION

This is a Elementalist based build focusing on the Skill Crackling Lance. This is a very interesting spell. It brings the best of both worlds having a large area for clear speed and reducing the area and increasing the damage if standing still for single target damage.

Pros

  • Easy to play

  • Great Single Target Damage

  • Great Clear Speed

  • Satisfying Explosions

  • Safe Ranged Spell

  • No Gem Swaps

  • Immune to Reflect

Cons

  • Vulnerable to Physical Damage

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
​Inpulsa's Broken Heart is the best body armour for this build, it grants up to 80 life, 50% increased damage, 25% increased shock effect and makes your shocked enemies explode dealing AoE damage. Without this body armour you’ll have less clear speed, but it’s ok if you can’t buy it yet.
- ​You’ll be fine using a rare Energy Shield Body Armour with Life and Elemental Resistances while saving currency to buy this beauty. Examples here.
  • WEAPON
- 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 weapon with a good amount of Spell Damage, at least 80% Critical Chance, some Cast Speed and +1 to level of all Lightning gems. Examples here.
  • SHIELD
- I recommend Light of Lunaris, it grants +100% to critical strike multiplier, 15% increased spell damage and 80% increased critical chance with spells. This Shield is the one that grants more damage, but it has 2 problems. It costs around 20 Chaos and it doesn't grant any life.
- If you can’t buy this shield yet, you’ll be fine with a rare Shield with Energy Shield, some life and spell damage. Examples here.
- Now, if you have more currency you can get one with high damage and life. Examples here.
  • HELMET
- The Devouring Diadem is mandatory, mainly because It ends mana problems, reduces mana reservation allowing us to use one more aura and grants 10% chance to start Energy Shield recover every time you use a skill. This helmet might be a little expensive during the first weeks of a new League.
- If you can't afford it yet, you can use a rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and energy shield (But remeber that you'll also have to deactivate Zealotry and Herald of Thunder. And also pick Eldritch Battery on your skill tree). Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- ​Rare energy shield gloves with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare Energy Shield boots with movement speed, life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #1
- ​A rare Ring with life, dexterity and some elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #2
- ​A rare Ring with life, dexterity and some elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- I recommend a rare Amulet with Life, Dexterity and Cast Speed. 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.
- Diamond Flask for more critical strikes. Look for mods like "increased duration" and "increased armour during flask effect". Examples here.
- A Rumi's Concoction grants extra block chance and armour.
- The good old Atziri's Promise for a big boost to your damage and life leech. 
- A Wise Oak to boost your damage with Lightning penetration. Remember that your uncapped lightning resistance must be the highest. Details here.
  • ENCHANTMENTS
- ​Helmet: Crackling Lance has 16% increased Cast Speed
- Gloves: Of Reflection.
- Boots: Elemental Penetration.
P.S. Enchantments are not super important, so don't feel bad if you don't have the right ones ;)
  • RECOMMENDED ANOINTMENTS
- ​First Choice: Command of Steel (Amber + Crimson + Opalescent)
- Alternative Option #1: //
- Alternative Option #2: //
  • FULL BUILD ATTRIBUTE REQUIREMENTS
- ​Strength: 155
- Dexterity: 155
- Intelligence: 155
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Crackling Lance
Intensify
Concentrated Effect
Controlled Destruction (If 5 Sockets Linked)
Spell Echo
Added Lightning Damage (If 6 Sockets Linked)
  • HELMET
Wrath
Herald of Thunder
Enlighten
Zealotry
  • GLOVES OR BOOTS
Arcanist Brand
Assassin's Mark
Wave of Conviction
Desecrate
  • GLOVES OR BOOTS
Vaal Grace
Vaal Haste
Vaal Righteous Fire
Increased Duration
  • MAIN HAND
Flame Dash
Increased Duration
Steelskin
  • SHIELD
Summon Lightning Golem
Cast When Damage Taken (Level 11)
Tempest Shield (Level 14)
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.

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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