Intro & build description
The build is based on pure melee name locking skill Glacial Hammer. GH can be used only with maces, scepters, and staves which narrows possible weapon choices. Although Glacial Hammer skill is super unpopular, it is insanely strong and can freeze everything that can be frozen for 4-5 seconds and it is a super safe map clearer and boss killer paired with insane damage provided by berserker ascendency.
- Super tanky
- Passive Endurance and Power charge generation while mapping
- Excels versus high tier rare monsters and bosses
- Culling strike at 30% of life of frozen monsters
- High to insane damage depending on the weapon. Can scale to 10 million Shaper DPS
- ~7.5k life
- No passive regen due to Vaal Pact
- Can't do elemental reflect and no leech maps
Passive tree(s)[3.9] Skill trees
|Bandits Quest Choice|
|Kill all bandits|
Ascendancy skill points
|Labyrinths||Skill point choice|
|Labyrinth 2||Pain Reaver|
|Labyrinth 3||Flawless Savagery|
Skill gem setup
Herald of Ice
Faster Attacks Support
Physical to Lightning Support
Cast When Damage Taken Support
Precision (5 lvl)
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Melee Physical Damage Support
Damage on Full Life Support
Offhand weapon / shield
Build uniques / Example rare gearTip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade
Rare helm with lots of life and elemental resistances. As a best in slot item you can fossil craft helmet using frigid fossil (-cold resistance for nearby monsters).
Body ArmourKaom's Heart
Great item to boost effective health pool. Alternative is rare chest with high life and elemental resistances or Belly of the Beast. Gives you option for second 6-link or additional utility gems. Completely up to you.
Rare gloves with high life, elemental resistances and crafted mod ”25% of physical damage converted to cold damage”. This mod paired with Winter burial unique jewel gives us 100% physical to cold conversion. Mod is obtainable to craft by unveiling rare items.
Generic rare boots with life, movement speed and elemental resistances.
Left RingRare Ring
High accuracy, life and elemental resistances.
Right RingRare Ring
Insanely strong offensive amulet which can blind enemies as well. Use rare amulet with life and elemental resistances/states till you can afford Pandemonius.
2Hand WeaponHegemony's Era
Super cool item. High DPS/crit chance + lets us passively generate power charges on critical strikes.
Strong jewel to socket in jewel slot between ”Barbarism” and ”Juggernaut” notables.
Winter Burial jewel gives you 2 valuable things:
-built-in melee splash that with the help of Herald of Ice and Ancestral Call support gem will blow up packs with one tap. Splash from this jewel will deal 100% of your hit cold damage, while Melee Splash support gem deals 40% less splash damage.
25% phys to cold conversion which can only be found on Watcher’s eye jewels otherwise. With this 25% and conversion from the gloves, we will make full physical to cold conversion on Glacial Hammer.
- Increased maximum life
- Global Critical Strike Multiplier
- Melee Critical strike Multiplier
- Attack speed/Increase Damage
- Panicked Eternal Life Flask of Staunching
- Chemist’s Diamond Flask of Warding
- Chemist’s Basalt Flask of Heat
- Atziri’s Promise
- Lion’s Roar