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[3.0] Crit Shock Nova Witch (Elementalist)

Intro & build description

Shock nova is an interesting skill with good AoE and is very satisfying to play. It doesn’t have great single target damage but this build solves that problem. The built itself is not the cheapest one but it doesn’t use items that are extremely expensive so its still manageable as a league starter.

Build Pros

  • Satisfying gameplay as crit character
  • Good AoE and single target damage
  • Shocks monsters making them take increased damage

Build Cons

  • Elemental reflect maps are a no-go

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Passive Skill Tree [112p]


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Shaper of Desolation
Labyrinth 2Liege of the Primordial
Labyrinth 3Pendulum of Destruction
Endgame LabyrinthParagon of Calamity

Skill gem setup


Cast When Damage Taken Support

Immortal Call

Summon Lightning Golem

Herald of Ice

Body Armor

Storm Call

Controlled Destruction Support

Spell Echo Support

Increased Critical Strikes Support

Concentrated Effect Support

Less Duration Support


Summon Ice Golem

Lightning Warp

Less Duration Support

Faster Casting Support


Warlord's Mark

Curse on Hit Support


Herald of Thunder

2h Weapon

Shock Nova

Increased Critical Strikes Support

Power Charge on Critical Support

Faster Casting Support

Increased Critical Damage Support

Empower Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Eternal Burgonet

Look for Armour / Armour + Energy shield helm with life and as much resistances as you can get. High armour is good bonus.

Body Armour

Belly of The Beast

Great defensive chest for the build.


Titan Gauntlets

Same as helm, get gloves with life, resistances and armour/es.


Titan Greaves

On boots look for 30% movement speed, life and some resistances (put priority on movement speed).

Left Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Look for ring with life, some resistances and attributes (if you are lacking). Cast speed is a great bonus on ring.

Right Ring

Call of The Brotherhood

Great ring for the build – boosts our lightning damage and converts some of it to cold (meaning you also consistently freeze monsters now).


Choir of the Storm

Really good dps amulet for the build but can be a bit expensive at the beginning of new challenge league. Great investment.


Leather Belt

Get a rare leather belt with as much life and resistances as you can find. Armour is a great bonus.

2Hand Weapon

Pledge of Hands

I always thought this was an underrated staff – gives us free 7-link with lvl 30 Spell Echo, good mana boost and substantial spell damage increase – overall very solid choice for the build.


Jewel setup

On jewels look for following stats:

1.) Increased maximum life
2.) Increased spell damage
3.) Increased spell damage while wielding a staff
4.) Increased damage
5.) Increased Cast speed
6.) Resistances / Attributes if you are lacking


Flask Setup

1.) Divine life flask with instant recovery and bleed removal
2.) Divine life flask with instant recovery and freeze removal
3.) Divine life flask with instant recovery and shock removal
4.) Vessel of Vinktar
5.) Surgeons quicksilver flask of adrenaline or Basalt flask of iron skin

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. How high do you guys level green gems? I’m having issues getting dexterity.

    • You should always get enough attributes to fully level your gem setup – try getting some dex on your jewels, gloves or ring.

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