Intro & build description
Since Void Batteries have significantly dropped in price but not in power, I decided to write up a build that focuses on these wands. The primary skill of the build is Freezing Pulse which is not only satisfying to play, but it also clears maps very well.
- Very fast map clear
- Can do all the bosses including Uber Elder (Uber Elder Fight takes practice though)
- Can do Shaper on budget
- Can do all map mods except Elemental Reflect
- Very end-game upgrades are expensive
Passive tree(s)[3.5] Skill Tree [119 points] [3.6] Skill Tree
|Bandits Quest Choice|
Ascendancy skill points
|Labyrinths||Skill point choice|
|Labyrinth 1||Ambush and Assassinate|
|Labyrinth 2||Unstable Infusion|
|Labyrinth 3||Deadly Infusion|
Skill gem setup
Herald of Ice
Ice Bite Support
Increased Critical Strikes Support
Freezing Pulse (Ideally LVL 21)
Controlled Destruction Support
Spell Echo Support
Power Charge on Crit Support
Cold Penetration Support / Empower (LVL 4 if you can afford it)
Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 20)
Summon Lightning Golem (LVL 20)
Immortal Call (LVL 20)
Increased Duration Support (LVL 20)
Lightning Warp (LVL 20)
Swift Affliction Support (LVL 1)
Less Duration Support (LVL 20)
Faster Casting Support (LVL 20)
Arcane Surge Support (LVL 6)
Spell Cascade Support
Offhand weapon / shield
Curse On Hit
Build uniques / Example rare gearTip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade
HelmetRare Hubris Circlet
Look for high item level Hubris Circlet and use Essence of Loathing on it.
Essence of Loathing gives us “Reduced mana reserved” mod which gives us bigger mana pool and therefore survivability.
Other good mods are life, resistances and increased energy shield.
Body ArmourCloak of Defiance
Cloak of Defiance is great defensive chest for the build.
Look for rare energy shield gloves with high life and resistances.
If you have some currency you can spare, consider getting gloves with “Increased damage with hits against chilled enemies” mod, life and resistances.
Great pair of boots that synergizes perfectly with this build.
Left RingMark of The Shaper
This is a ring you should aim for when you approach higher tiers of maps. In combination with Warlord’s Mark Elder Ring, Mark of The Shaper will provide us with huge boost to spell damage.
Until you can afford these rings, use 2x Snakepit.
Right RingRare Elder Ring
Look for Elder ring and craft “Curse Enemies with Level 12 Warlord’s Mark on Hit” on the ring. It will synergyze very well with Mark of The Shaper.
Until you can get Warlord’s mark ring and Mark of The Shaper, use 2 Snakepit rings.
Great amulet for most cold damage builds.
Until you can get it, any amulet with life, critical dmg and critical strike chance would work.
Look for Stygian Vise with high life and resistances.
1Hand WeaponVoid Battery
Dual Void Batteries are items around which the build revolves, get them as soon as you can.
Get Void Battery for off-hand slot as well.
This build uses 2x First Snow Jewels for extra Freezing Pulse projectiles, so get these jewels as soon as possible.
JewelRare Jewel Setup
On your rare jewels look for:
1.) Increased maximum life
2.) Crit Multiplier with cold skills / Global Critical Strike Multiplier / Critical Strike Multiplier while dual wielding
3.) Any Spell damage mods
4.) Increased maximum mana
Look for following flasks:
1.) Divine Life Flask with instant recovery and bleed removal
2.) The Wise Oak
3.) Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
4.) Atziri’s Promise
5.) Diamond Flask with Freeze removal