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[3.22] Creeping Frost / Vortex Elementalist (League Starter)

Intro & build description

Running this build offers some interesting combinations. We both deal amazing damage while also being quite tanky due to chills and freezing as well as the on-ground effects we leave. This build is so strong, that you will be able to get all the Voidstones with practically no gear at all as it scales exceptionally well with gem levels and minimal investment.

If you want to progress and take on the hardest encounters in Trial of the Ancestors expansion, this build is a very solid choice.

Build Pros

  • Strong overall clear speed
  • Can be played as a league-starting character
  • Can be scaled very well with minimal investment
  • Can achieve insane DoT damage

Build Cons

  • Build is quite heavy on button presses as we rotate quite many skills

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Full Build
PoB Link


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Mastermind of Discord
Labyrinth 2Heart of Destruction
Labyrinth 3Bastion of Elements
Endgame LabyrinthShaper of Storms

Skill gem setup


Defiance Banner




Body Armor


Creeping Frost

Controlled Destruction Support

Empower Support

Awakened Swift Affliction Support

Hypothermia Support


Vaal Cold Snap

Bonechill Support

Efficacy Support

Controlled Destruction Support


Shield Charge

Faster Attacks Support

Vaal Molten Shell

Cast when Damage Taken Support

2h Weapon


1h Weapon


Divine Blessing Support


Offhand weapon / shield

Flame Dash


Elemental Weakness

Build uniques / Example rare gear

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The Devouring Diadem

Devouring Diadem works greatly for plethora of builds due to increased mana reservation efficiency as well as built in sustain provided by Feast of Flesh.

Use any rare helmet wit high life and enough elemental resistances until you get Feast of Flesh.

Body Armour

Skin of the Lords

Great chest to boost overall damage. Paired with good keystone, it is best in slot chest for sure.

Use anything with life and elemental resistances until you get your hands on Skin of the Lords.


Rare Gloves

Rare gloves with life and elemental resistances.

As we socket our Cold Snap setup in the gloves, it would benefit to craft +1 to levels of socketed gems.


Rare Boots

Rare boots with high life, high movement speed for mobility and elemental resistances.

Crafting chance for Onslaught on kill is a solid option as well.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

Rare ring with life, stats or elemental resistances depending on which you are lacking the most.

To boost damage, you can look for the Damage over Time Multiplier on the ring.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

Rare ring with life, stats or elemental resistances depending on which you are lacking the most.

To boost damage, you can look for the Damage over Time Multiplier on the ring.


Rare Amulet

Rare amulet with life and +1 levels of all cold skill gems. Anything extra such as stats or elemental resistances are welcome.

Endgame upgrade also would be pairing “+1 to Level of all Skill Gems” with “+1 to Level of all Cold Skill Gems” to get a total +2 cold skills on the amulet, but such combination can be quite expensive.


Rare Belt

Any rare belt with high life and elemental resistances. We don’t need anything fancy here.

Both Leather Belt bases and Stygian Vise works great, depending on your needs.

With well rolled jewel, Stygian Vise would probably be better.

1Hand Weapon

Rare Sceptre

We are looking for a well rolled Rare Sceptre with spell damage and +1 to cold spell skill gems.

Also, if you can craft a damage over time multiplier.


Rare Shield

Rare Shield with life and +1 to cold spell skill gems. If you

If you can craft or afford, get some elemental resistances as well.


Watcher's Eye

Pretty much any well rolled Watcher’s Eye depending on your current setup.

Build does not rely on jewels that much.


Flask Setup

1. Effusive Divine Life Flask of Sealing
2. Endless Granite Flask of Armadillo
3. Bottomless Quicksilver Flask of the Order
4. Flagellant’s Jade Flask of thr Kakapo
5. 4. Flagellant’s Quartz Flask of Surefootedness

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

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