ICE NOVA BOLT CAST ON CRITICAL

SUMMARY

CLASS: Shadow

ASCENDANCY: Assassin

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Cast on Critical

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 3/5

STARTER VIABLE: No

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: No

GAMEPLAY: Here

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is a very interesting build where spells are triggered when you deal a critical strike. This build has a great clear speed and a very nice damage for bosses. It's not suitable for beginners though.

Pros

  • Very Fast

  • Good Currency Farmer

  • Fun to Play

  • Great Clear Speed

  • Great Single Target Damage

Cons

  • Not so Cheap

  • Vulnerable to Elemental Reflect

  • Not Viable to Beginners

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
​Carcass Jack is the best body armour for this build, it grants up to 70 life, 50% increased area damage, 50% increased area of effect and even 12% to all elemental resistances.
- A Tabula Rasa is also recommended for this build because having 6 Linked slots is very important. Use it while can't link 6 slots on your Carcass Jack.
- ​You can also use a rare evasion body armour with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • SWORDS
- Cospri's Malice is the mandatory sword, mainly because it Triggers a socketed Cold Spell on melee critical strikes. Since we’re using 2, one will hold Frostbolt and the other Ice Nova. This will maximize a lot the damage from the main Ice Nova setup on your body armour.
  • HELMET
- A Starkonja's Head is an awesome choice that provides 10% attack speed, 25% critical chance, up to +100 life and even a big boost to evasion when on low life.
- ​A rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and evasion/energy shield. Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- ​Rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and evasion/armour. Examples here.
- Oskarm is an awesome choice for this build, it grants 40% Increased Accurary Rating, +50 Life, 8% Chance to Dodge Spells and Curse Enemies with Assassin’s Mark on hit for for critical strike chance and multiplier.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare boots with movement speed, life, elemental resistances and evasion/energy shield. Examples here.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life, strength and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #1
- ​A rare Ring with strength and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #2
- ​A rare Ring with strength and elemental resistances. Examples here.
- You can also boost your survivability with a Shaper Ring that grants "life gained for each enemy hit by your spells". Examples here.
- ​The Pandemonius is expensive and not mandatory, but if you have the money to buy it you should. This amulet grants 20% cold penetration, 30% increased cold damage and it blinds your enemies granting more survivability.
- ​A rare Amulet with Life, Intelligence, strength and some resistances. Examples here.
  • FLASKS
- Divine Life Flasks. Look for mods like ''instant recovery'', ''removes bleeding'' and ''removes freeze''. Examples here and here.
- Diamond Flask for more critical strikes. Look for mods like "increased duration" and "increased armour during flask effect". Examples here.
- Quicksilver Flask is awesome to increase your movement speed. Look for "Increased Duration" and "Increased Movement Speed during flask effect". Examples here.
- A Wise Oak to boost your damage with Cold penetration. Remember that your uncapped cold resistance must be the highest. Details here.
- The good old Atziri's Promise for a big boost to your damage and life leech. 
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Cyclone
Ice Nova
Hypothermia
Increased Critical Damage
Cast on Critical Strike
Elemental Focus
  • BOOTS
Vaal Righteous Fire
Flame Dash
Increased Duration
Vaal Grace
  • GLOVES
Cast When Damage Taken (level 11)
Steelskin (level 16)
Summon Ice Golem
Increased Duration
  • HELMET
Zealotry
Summon Skitterbots
Precision (level 10)
Enlighten
  • SWORD #1
Frostbolt
Slower Projectiles
Added Cold Damage
  • SWORD #2
Ice Nova
Concentrated Effect
Elemental Focus
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.
 
 
 

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