Intro & build description
Blade Vortex Elementalist has been a huge hit in Incursion and Delve Leagues so they are toning the build down a bit with the stat stick nerfs, however it will still be very strong. Build is cheap to start, can clear effortlessly and has good survivability. Build also utilizes golems for various bonuses.
- Good clear speed
- Cheap to start, scales extremely well with currency invested
- Can use Whirling blades for fast movement through mines
- Inpulsa's Broken Heart will probably cost a lot at the beginning of the league
Passive tree(s) and Path of BuildingSkill Tree [121 points] [3.6] Skill Tree
|Bandits Quest Choice|
|Kill all bandits|
Ascendancy skill points
|Labyrinths||Skill point choice|
|Labyrinth 1||Shaper of Desolation|
|Labyrinth 2||Beacon of Ruin|
|Labyrinth 3||Liege of The Primordial|
Skill gem setup
Arcane Surge Support
Clarity (LVL 1)
Vaal Blade Vortex
Controlled Destruction Support
Increased Critical Strikes Support
Increased Area of Effect Support / Concentrated Effect Support
Increased Critical Damage Support
Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 20)
Summon Ice Golem
Summon Flame Golem
Summon Lightning Golem
Faster Attacks Support
Culling Strike Support
Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 20)
Summon Chaos Golem
Offhand weapon / shield
Cast When Damage Taken (LVL 3)
Molten Shell (LVL 11)
Enfeeble (LVL 6)
Build uniques / Example rare gearTip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade
HelmetMind of The Council
Mind of The Council is great helmet for the build defensively and offensively. It helps mitigate reflected lightning damage as well as gives us a great way to recover mana since we shock enemies very often.
An alternative helm would be rare helm with high life and resistances.
Ideal enchantment for the helm – increased Blade Vortex duration.
Body ArmourInpulsa's Broken Heart
Inpulsa’s is the best chest for the build hands down. It boosts our clear immensely due to the fact that we shock often which then generates explosions.
Look for rare gloves with high life and resistances. Good base would be Fingerless Silk Gloves for extra spell damage.
Look for rare boots with 30% movement speed, high life and some resistances.
Left RingElder Diamond Ring
Look for Elder Diamond ring and craft “Curse Enemies with Level x Warlord’s Mark on Hit” on the ring.
Life and mana would be great bonuses but Warlord’s Mark is the primary thing we are looking for.
Right RingMark of The Shaper
Mark of The Shaper is ideal damage ring when your other ring is Elder rare ring, however it will be quite expensive at the beginning.
You could also go for regular Diamon Ring with life and resistances or Ventor’s for better item drops.
AmuletRare Shaper /Elder Amulet
Ideal amulet for the build would have 2 “Gain x% of Physical damage as extra lightning / cold / fire damage” of these mods.
On Shaper amulet it would be extra lighting damage in combination with extra cold damage, on Elder amulet it would be chaos damage in combination with fire damage.
Amulets with 2 extra damage as element mods will be expensive so at the beginning look for ones with just one mod – it will still be better than amulet with just crit mods.
BeltRare Stygian Vise
Look for Stygian Vise with high life and resistances.
Very high-end option would be Headhunter.
1Hand WeaponRare 1handed Sword
Look for 2x rare Shaper / Elder daggers / foils with “Gain % of physical damage as extra cold / fire / lighting damage”.
Spell critical strike chance and critical strike multiplier would be good bonus.
OffhandRare 1handed Sword
Same as previously mentioned sword.
On rare jewels look for:
1.) Maximum life
2.) Maximum mana
3.) Resistances if you are lacking
4.) Any crit mods / area damage mods
5.) Attack speed mods for faster movement
6.) Attributes if you are lacking
7.) Chance to gain onslaught (Abyss jewel)
This build uses 2 Unique jewels –
Watcher’s Eye with “x% of Damage taken from Mana before Life while affected by Clarity” for damage mitigation.
The Anima Stone – For extra golem.
1.) Divine Life Flask
2.) The Wise Oak
3.) Atziri’s Promise
4.) Taste of Hate
5.) Utility Flask of your choice (with curse removal)