HERALD OF CASCADE

BUILD

SHOWCASE
Herald of Thunder
Main source of damage. If you kill a shocked enemy, lightning bolts will strike enemies around you for a short duration
Herald of Ice
Main source of clear speed. If you shatter an enemy, they explode and deal AoE cold damage to enemies near them. 
Shield charge
Awesome movement skill that not only will grant the Fortify buff for less damage taken, it will also deal critical strikes triggering the Freezing Pulse on your Cospri's Malice for more clear speed.
Freezing Pulse
It'll be casted automatically when you deal a melee critical strike, it's a great source of damage for maps and for bosses.
Vortex
Frost Bomb
Linked with Cast When Damage Taken it will be casted automatically when you take a certain amount of damage, reducing enemies' cold resistance
Summon Lightning Golem
Golem that grants an attack speed buff
Conductivity
Reserves 0 mana because of the Lightning Impresence, it reduces enemies lightning resistance in 44%. Turn it off when facing bosses.
Warlord's Mark
Aura that grants mana and life leech, only turn it on when facing bosses.
Glacial Cascade
As I've said before, this build uses 2 Body Armours, the Glacial Cascade will be your main source of single target damage and it will be socketed on your secondary body armour (Carcass Jack) that you'll keep on your inventory and equip it only when facing bosses. It'll be linked with Blade Flurry + Cast While Channeling, this way you not only have a low mana cost Glacial Cascade but also have the Freezing Pulse beeing constantly triggered on your Cospri's Malice because of the amount of melee critical strikes provided by Blade Flurry.
TREE
ASCENDANCY
  • FIRST LABYRINTH
- ​Unstable Infusion for Power charges generation
  • SECOND LABYRINTH
​Deadly Infusion for more critical chance and multiplier. 1 additional Power charge
  • THIRD LABYRINTH
Ambush and Assassinate for Culling strike, critical chance and multiplier.
  • UBER LABYRINTH
​Opportunistic for more movement speed and damage against bosses.
  • STEP BY STEP
Check the steps here
PANTHEON
  • MAJOR GOD
- ​Soul of Lunaris
  • MINOR GOD
​Soul of Tukohama 
JEWELS
  • RECOMMENDED ATTRIBUTES
- ​x% Increased Lightning Damage
- x% Increased Maximum Life
- x% Increased Attack Speed
- x% Increased Cold Damage
- x% Increased Area Damage
- x% Increased Critical Multiplier
BANDIT CHOICE
  • HELP ALIRA
- ​Help Alira and get 20% critical multiplier, 15% to all elemental resistances and mana regeneration.
LEVELING
  • LEVELING SKILLS 
This build has a normal leveling process. You can start with Spark until level 68, using Blade Flurry - CWC - Glacial Cascade for bosses. Then change for the Herald setup. For detailed auras and 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. It's very cheap and you can start using already at lvl 1. I like to use 2 or even 3 of them for leveling
- 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)
- 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)
- Chitus' Needle has a good amount of elemental damage and critical multiplier. Equip it as secondary weapon (press X to switch weapons) and use it for bosses using the Blade Flurry - Cast While Channeling - Glacial Cascade setup. You won't need it anymore on lvl 68 when you equip your Cospri's Malice (equipable at level 30 but only needed at level 38)
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 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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

Linked with Cast When Damage Taken it will be casted automatically when you take a certain amount of damage, dealing cold area damage

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