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[3.13 PoE Build] Archmage Arc / Ball Lightning Scion (Ascendant)

Intro & build description

Archmage Support is one of the fairly recently added gems that add mana scaling as a damage option for your spells. It gives the spell added lightning damage, based on how much mana was spent casting it, making it perfect for Arc or Ball lightning builds. This particular Archmage build utilizes high mana for its damage and survival, allocating Mind Over Matter, and getting mana on every piece of gear it can. It also uses Essence Worm to use an aura without mana reservation. It also has a noticeable amount of block and spell block which makes the build a bit safer as well.

Build Pros

  • Really good single target damage
  • Good map clear
  • Pretty easy to gear in a new league

Build Cons

  • As a self-cast build, you will have to worry about reflect

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.13] Skill Tree
Path of Building


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Dexterity and Intelligence, Passive Point
Labyrinth 2Shadow Ascendancy, Strength and Intelligence
Labyrinth 3Passive Point, Inquisitor Ascendancy
Endgame LabyrinthPassive Point, Path of The Templar

Skill gem setup


Vaal Grace

Vaal Righteous Fire (Only use Vaal Version of this skill)

Precision (LVL 1)

Increased Duration

Body Armor

Storm Brand

Culling Strike Support

Innervate Support

Archmage Support

Power Charge On Critical Support

Arcane Surge Support


Wave of Conviction

Spell Totem Support

Multiple Totems Support

Physical To Lightning Support


Flame Dash

Arcane Cloak Support

Sigil of Power

Second Wind Support

2h Weapon

Vaal Arc

Archmage Support

Arcane Surge Support

Spell Echo Support

Lightning Penetration Support

Controlled Destruction Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Crown of The Inward Eye

This helmet is one of the best offensive caster helmets in the game right now. Until you get it, use rare one with life and resistances.

Enchantment-wise, look for 40% increased Arc damage.

Body Armour

Cloak of Defiance

Great body armor for mana stacking builds. It has flat mana, regeneration and extra damage taken from mana.


Rare Gloves

Look for rare gloves with high life, high mana and resistances.


Rare Boots

Look for rare Two-Toned Boots with high life, mana, 30% increased movement speed and resistance or 2.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

Look for rare ring with life and conductivity curse on hit. Other good mods to have in addition would be mana, resistances and intelligence.

Right Ring

Essence Worm

A must have, since this build cannot afford to reserve mana. Get it as soon as you can afford it.


Atziri's Foible

Great and cheap amulet for mana-based builds. Try to get one with good rolls.


Rare belt with Redeemer or Shaper influence

Since mana regen is so important in the build, look for belt with %increased mana recovery rate. This mod is only found on Shaper or Redeemer influenced belts. Combine this mod with life, mana and resistances for an ideal belt.

2Hand Weapon

Pledge of Hands

Great, fairly affordable staff which is ideal for our build. Not only does it give 7th link, it also provides us with high spell damage and 100% increased mana.


Jewel Setup

In terms of unique jewels, this build uses 1 or 2, depending if you want to get Watcher’s Eye.

A must-have unique jewel is Healthy Mind, put it in the socket on the right from Instability notable.

If you can afford it, get Watcher’s Eye with lightning penetration while affected by Wrath.

You could go for cluster jewels as well – look for mana, spell damage, lightning damage or elemental damage notables. Good examples would be Clarity of Purpose or Genius or Inspired Oppression.

On regular rare jewels look for:

1.) Increased maximum life
2.) Increased maximum mana
3.) Increased spell damage / cast speed while wielding a staff
4.) Global critical strike multiplier with elemental / lightning skills


Flask Setup

Build uses following flasks:

1.) Divine Life flask with instant recovery and bleed removal
2.) Quicksilver flask of adrenaline
3.) Cinderswallow Urn
4.) Rumi’s Concoction / Diamond flask
5.) Divine Mana flask with freeze removal

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

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