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[3.6] Blade Vortex Witch (Elementalist)

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.

Build Pros

  • Good clear speed
  • Cheap to start, scales extremely well with currency invested
  • Can use Whirling blades for fast movement through mines

Build Cons

  • Inpulsa's Broken Heart will probably cost a lot at the beginning of the league

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Skill Tree [121 points]
[3.6] Skill Tree


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Shaper of Desolation
Labyrinth 2Beacon of Ruin
Labyrinth 3Liege of The Primordial
Endgame LabyrinthElemancer

Skill gem setup


Flame Dash

Blood Rage

Arcane Surge Support

Clarity (LVL 1)

Body Armor

Vaal Blade Vortex

Controlled Destruction Support

Increased Critical Strikes Support

Increased Area of Effect Support / Concentrated Effect Support

Increased Critical Damage Support

Hypothermia Support


Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 20)

Summon Ice Golem

Summon Flame Golem

Summon Lightning Golem


Whirling Blades

Faster Attacks Support

Fortify Support

Culling Strike Support

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 20)

Summon Chaos Golem

Immortal Call

Offhand weapon / shield

Cast When Damage Taken (LVL 3)

Molten Shell (LVL 11)

Enfeeble (LVL 6)

Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Mind 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 Armour

Inpulsa'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.


Rare Gloves

Look for rare gloves with high life and resistances. Good base would be Fingerless Silk Gloves for extra spell damage.


Rare boots

Look for rare boots with 30% movement speed, high life and some resistances.

Left Ring

Elder 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 Ring

Mark 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.


Rare 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.


Rare Stygian Vise

Look for Stygian Vise with high life and resistances.

Very high-end option would be Headhunter.

1Hand Weapon

Rare 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.


Rare 1handed Sword

Same as previously mentioned sword.


Jewel Setup

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.


Flask Setup

Build’s Flasks

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)

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

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  3. Is there any speccific powers in The Pantheon that should be used?

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