HERALD OF CASCADE

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is a Assassin based build focusing on Herald Skills. Great build for fast clearing maps and farming currency.

Pros

  • Really Fun

  • Awesome Clear Speed

  • Good Single Target Damage

  • Currency Maker

Cons

  • Expensive

  • Needs 2 Body Armours for Single Target Damage

  • High Level Mandatory Uniques

  • You only start using Heralds after level 

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR (CLEAR SPEED)
- The Coming Calamity is mandatory for this build, because it grants "mana reservation of Herald skills are ALWAYS 45%”, this way you can support your Heralds as much as you want, that in the end you'll always have mana to activate 2 Heralds.
  • BODY ARMOUR (BOSSES)
- This build needs 2 body armours, 1 for clear speed and another for single target, you'll see more datails about it later on this guide. For now I'd like to let you know that Carcass Jack is the best option for you Single Target Armour, it grants up to 50% increased area damage, it's easy to get the right colours and it's super cheap to buy.
  • HELMET
- ​A rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and armour . Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- ​The best option here are rare gloves crafted with the Essence of Insanity that grants "Socketed Gems have 16% more Attack and Cast Speed" with life, elemental resistances and armour. Examples here. (We are going to socket the Shield Charge setup here)
- But if you can't buy of those, just rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and armour are fine. Examples here.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare boots with movement speed, life, elemental resistances and armour. Examples here.
  • SHIELD
- ​I recommend Lioneye's Remorse that grants a lot of life, armour and block chance.
- Lycosidae is also a good choice since with 100% chance to hit, you deal more critical strikes triggering Cospri's Malice more often.
- Or you can just take a good rare shield with armour, life and elemental resistances. Example here.
  • SWORD
- Cospri's Malice is mandatory here, because it triggers a socketed cold skill on melee critical strikes, it increases a lot your clear speed.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #1 
- ​A rare ring with life, and a lot of Dexterity. Examples here.
  • RING #2
- ​A rare ring with life, and a lot of Dexterity. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- A lightning Impresence is mandatory because it reduces in 100% the amount of mana reserved by Conductivity.
  • 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 evasion during flask effect". Examples here.
- Rumis's Concoction as a defensive flask to boost your armour and block chance.
- The good old Atziri's Promise for a big boost to your damage and life leech. 
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR (CLEAR SPEED)
Herald of Thunder
Increased Critical Strikes
Added Cold Damage
Lightning Penetration
Added Lightning Damage (If 5 Linked Sockets)
Increased Critical Damage (If 6 Linked Sockets)
  • BODY ARMOUR (BOSSES)
Blade Flurry
Cast While Channeling
Glacial Cascade
Concentrated Effect
Hypothermia (If 5 Linked Sockets)
Cold Penetration (If 6 Linked Sockets)
  • GLOVES
Shield Charge
Increased Critical Strikes
Fortify
Faster Attacks
  • HELMET OR BOOTS
Herald of Ice
Ice Bite
Increased Critical Strikes
Cold Penetration
It might be tricky to get 3 green sockets in a pure armour equipment. I recommend a pure evasion instead. Example here.
  • HELMET OR BOOTS
Cast When Damage Taken (level 9)
Vortex (level 12)
Frost Bomb (level 14)
Summon Lightning Golem
It might be tricky to get 3 blue sockets in a pure armour equipment. I recommend a hybrid instead. Example here.
It might be tricky to get 3 blue sockets in a pure armour equipment. I recommend a hybrid instead. Example here.
  • SWORD
Freezing Pulse
Greater Multiple Projectiles
Cold Penetration
Change Greater Multiple Projectiles for Hypothermia when facing bosses
  • SHIELD
Blasphemy
Warlord's Mark
Conductivity

SUMMARY

CLASS: Shadow

ASCENDANCY: Assassin

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Area Damage

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 3/5

STARTER VIABLE: No

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: No

GAMEPLAY: Here

 
 
 
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.
  • How do you generate Power charges?
- The ascendancy Assassin has a passive called Unstable Infusion that grants Power charges on critical hits.
  • How do you generate Frenzy charges?
- Herald of Ice is linked with Frostbite, this way you have 67% Chance to get a Frenzy Charge on Killing a frozen enemy with Herald of Ice
  • I can’t use Conductivity curse, why?
- You need to equip your Lightning Impresence that grants 100% reduced mana reserved by Conductivity
  • My Cast When Damage Taken setup is not working, what can I do?
- Please be sure that your Cast When Damage taken is lvl 9, your Vortex is lvl 12 and Frost Bomb is lvl 14
  • Why Cast When Damage Taken at lvl 9 , Vortex lvl 12 and Frost Bomb at lvl 14?
- Cast When Damage Taken can only support Spell gems that have the same required lvl or lower. At lvl 9, the required level of Cast When Damage Taken is 54 

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