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[2.6] CI Freezing Pulse Witch (Elementalist)

Intro & build description

This is build for those who do not have a lot of currency but still love crit builds. Required unique items cost less than 1 Exalted in Breach league – that kind of currency is nothing and can be acquired by anyone. With this build your character will be able to quickly clear maps, do endgame content very easy and efficiently.

Build Pros

  • Cheap
  • Fast AoE clear and single target DPS
  • Good survivability

Build Cons

  • Must be careful with elemental reflect if you are not using Life Leech
  • High-End gear is very expensive

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

50 Points
75 Points
100 Points
Full Passive Tree


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Paragon of Calamity
Labyrinth 2Liege of Primordial
Labyrinth 3Shaper of Desolation
Endgame LabyrinthPendulum of Destruction

Skill gem setup


Flame Dash

Faster Casting Support

Other gems are optional

Body Armor

Freezing Pulse

Added Cold Damage Support

Cold Penetration Support

Life Leech or Empower Support

Spell Echo Support

Increased Critical Strikes Support


Enlighten Support

Curse on Hit Support

Assassins Mark

Herald of Ice




Enlighten Support

Summon Lightning Golem

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Whirling Blades

Faster Attacks Support

Fortify Support

Offhand weapon / shield

Summon Ice Golem

Increased Duration Support

Vaal Haste

Build uniques / Example rare gear

Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade


Hubris Circlet

Stat priority:

1.)Energy Shield (Look for at least 270-300ES)



Body Armour

Vaal Regalia

Stat priority:

1.)Energy Shield (look for at least 600-650 ES)



Note: you can easily play with 5-linked chest, but its better to get 6-linked one, even if Energy shield is low.


Sorcerer Gloves

Stat priority:

1.)Energy shield (try to get at least 150 ES)




Sorcerer Boots

Stat priority:

1.)Energy Shield (look for at least 200 ES)



Movement speed isn’t required but it’s a nice bonus.

1Hand Weapon

Platinum Kris

Stat Priority:

1.)Spell Damage

2.)Increased Critical chance for spells

3.)Global Critical strike multiplier

Nice bonuses to have is added cold damage to spells, cast speed and lightning damage to spells but are not essential.

Note: in link you can see top tier daggers that are very expensive – don’t aim that high and get one with high Spell Damage + Increased Critical chance for spells and you should be fine. Try to get Platinum Kris base because of its implicit mod.

1Hand Weapon

Platinum Kris

Same stats as the first dagger.


The Pandemonius

Perfect amulet for the build – not only it increases cold damage you deal, it also blinds enemies and penetrates their cold res for even more damage.

Left Ring


Perfect ring for the build – adds cold damage, cast speed and additional projectile for Freezing Pulse.

Note: consider switching one of your Snakepit rings for Diamond Ring with resistances if you have trouble capping them.

Right Ring



Energy from Within

Great jewel to boost your Energy shield.


Cobalt Jewel

Best in slot jewel would look like:

1.)Increased Cold damage

2.)Increased global critical strike chance

3.)Increased Maximum energy shield

4.)Increased Projectile damage

Jewels with these 4 options can be very expensive so a combination of 3 will do very well.

With Legacy League new threshold Jewel – First Snow is introduced – definitely use this one for extra projectiles.


Vessel of Vinktar

Very good for boss kills as it shocks them, however it also shocks you therefore you need flask that removes shock with you.


Dying Sun

Great flask in terms of Damage – more AoE and extra projectiles, yes please!

This flask is expensive though.


Basalt Flask

For last 2 flasks get:

1.)Basalt flask with “of staunching” affix for bleed removal

2.)Quicksilver flask with “of grounding” affix for shock removal


Here you can see build in action doing T13 Scriptorium map:

Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

About gems

Always tries to keep up with the game, its ever-changing mechanisms and explain them in understandable manner.


  1. Awesome build!! Really helped me get to higher maps that I wasnt able to do with other builds!

  2. Do not wear a belt is new meta 😀

  3. Is this build hc viable?

  4. Why double golems? Can they both be summoned at the same time or do we swap depending on situation?

  5. Where to get Leeched as Life?

  6. Shouldn’t it be the Lightning Golem that gets Increased Duration? I don’t see that it applies anything to the Ice Golem.

    Also running Gifts from Above Diamond ring w/ First Snow instead of 2 Snakepits. Not sure if even more projectiles is better than the added crit ?

  7. Hi,

    First, thanks for the time you put in this guide.

    I am lvl 62, just went to merciless. I have 15-20k dps atm, but I really struggle against bosses. They just two shot me. I have 1k hp, 2k es, and I don’t really know how to improve my build not to die to bosses.

    A bit of help would be nice !

    Thanks 🙂

    • You should get gear pieces with as much energy shield as you can and switch to Chaos Inoculation (going full energy shield with 1 life).

  8. I have a question, what level do certain skill gems go up to? like the herald of ice, life leech, etc…

  9. Praetorian MK-II

    Arcane Vision in CI build. Wut? You either have 100% or 0% HP with CI:)

  10. What belt do you recommend on this??

  11. So how are you supposed to have enough dexterity at lower levels to use the green gems you are posting about using. Im level 43 and cant use alot of the ones posted here. Help?

  12. I’m following this build and i love it for clearing mobs, but i’m really suffering against strong enemies (orange tier, unique strongbox, bosses etc)

    I’m level 66 and i literally get one shotted by most elemental damage in act 2 and 3.

    Currently have 900hp 1400es, almost similar skill gems with FP doing about 11kdps . Originally went CI but i got obliterated

    • From what I see, you really need gear upgrades – in that level with CI you should have at least 5k-7k Energy shield with half-decent gear and Discipline aura. Make sure you have recommended gear with recommended energy shield values and switch to CI, because 2.3k effective HP is extremely low for lvl 66.

  13. Hi there nice guide, got a question tho:
    Why skill Arcane Vision if you run CI?
    And does it make sense to skill CI in lower levels (50’s) or would you recommend skilling it in late game?

    • Arcane vision is removed in last, full skill tree.
      I’d recommend speccing into CI when you are in lvl 60s, because then you have access to better items with much more energy shield than in lower levels (50s).

  14. William Hampson


    I followed this guide as close as i could,

    Im level 83 now and have coasted thru the first t10 maps so far

    I have made changes to some skills and items but still sticking close to the principles above upgrading my gear slowly as I earned more Chaos.

    About 91k tooltip dps while in hideout 9k es or 7k es without discipline

    Enjoyed this build a lot as my first build playing PoE

    Thanks alot for showing us this build

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