[3.14] Enki's Arc Witch - a beginner friendly Lightning Caster

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Mentoya wrote:
Can someone give me an honest non bias opinion on how this build did last league? I'm thinking of running it again, as Necro's continue to get hit, but was wondering, did this build get you to end-game?

Judging by the amount of pages, I would have think it did okay, otherwise it would have much less popularity. But want some opinions on those who ran it and how far they got using this exact build guide..

thanks!

Despite bad luck with DPS items i've done the majority of content in HSSF without much playtime.

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The offering effect nerf hurts a bit but it was expected, and it's something that is easily countered by getting more block from other sources. Unless there's other changes in the patchnotes, this build will remain very tanky with enough DPS for everything except some very edge cases, like deep delving.

I've also got some further improvements planned to work on a few flaws the current build had.
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Last edited by Enki91 on Sep 15, 2020, 8:25:29 AM
Do you plan to add the new "sigil of power" to the build?

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2933919

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Sigil of Power
Sigil of Power creates a potent circle on the ground that grants additional lightning damage to you and allies standing within it, while also slightly increasing the cost of your skills. As you spend mana, the skill powers up in stages. Each stage grants more additional lightning damage. Once it's fully powered up, it also causes enemies standing within the circle to deal less damage.

This skill offers a way to empower your abilities while facing a difficult boss, providing additional damage when you need it. Its defensive properties can be really beneficial when you're able to keep the boss within the Sigil or against bosses that remain in one place.

Like the other spells mentioned above, this ability has a long cooldown and can take advantage of Second Wind if you'd like to. Increasing its area and duration also works well to extend the reach and lifetime of your powered Sigils. It works well alongside skills with the Archmage support to increase their mana cost, but other spellcast builds usually spend enough mana to fully charge up the Sigil.
Sigil of Power will be very dependent on how it scales, but the various shields might be worth looking into if SoP doesn’t pan out. If it exclusively provides flat lightning damage, I don’t see it being very relevant once you get a decent mana pool for any Archmage + Arcane Cloak. It’s duration and cast speed are also both unknown, though it appeared to me to have a low to instant cast speed. I’m really looking forward to coming back to Arc in Heist. I’ve been racking my brains coming up with how I want to play it. As with any starter build, must wait for the patch notes. As with any self-cast Arc build, must wait to see how Enki improves it and puts my preparation to shame.

Right now I’m leaning to Pledge of Hands staff. You get an extra 150% multiplier to Arc but makes you only have to spend mana every 4 casts when combined with Spell Echo. That allows for a 6L OoS or SB which can in turn be dropped in favor of Kaom’s Replica. The 3 staff nodes to get Whirling Barrier also provide some very good block. My overall goal is to be able to drop Clarity in favor of Wrath in Essence Worm + Supreme Ego as well as getting enough life sustain to manage RF if possible...haven’t figured out RF yet. Nope, I’m still looking. I haven’t discounted Ascendent either, but I have a feeling Ascendent-Necro will get self-Offering removed.

Edit: I forgot about SoP’s increased mana cost attribute. :)
I strongly recommend avoiding all tools that price check. There have been several reported bans for breaching the ToS, and I suspect this is the cause.
Last edited by Aldonés on Sep 15, 2020, 10:07:35 AM
What other sources are you referring to mate @enki

I do love this build , would be really keen to run it this league.
Feel like I hit a ceiling , likely down to gear but I am very new so put it down to build - if you've got changes planned that sounds awesome.

(Dont know if you can see my character 'Remindsmebabyofyou' to confirm its gear)

Love your work anyways!
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lovelevel60 wrote:
What other sources are you referring to mate @enki

I do love this build , would be really keen to run it this league.
Feel like I hit a ceiling , likely down to gear but I am very new so put it down to build - if you've got changes planned that sounds awesome.

(Dont know if you can see my character 'Remindsmebabyofyou' to confirm its gear)

Love your work anyways!


I can confirm your character is public, but I’m not about to do a gear check on a build I haven’t played in a year. Changes will be largely patch note dependent as well as any weak points the current build has I’m ignorant of. Entirely does make an effort to always make it beginner and starter friendly.
I strongly recommend avoiding all tools that price check. There have been several reported bans for breaching the ToS, and I suspect this is the cause.
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Aldonés wrote:
Sigil of Power will be very dependent on how it scales, but the various shields might be worth looking into if SoP doesn’t pan out.
Well sadly the frost shield won't work with Agnostic I'm afraid because it needs to consume energy shield to put it and agnostic makes energy shield =0. Unless I'm missing something here?
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Viktranka wrote:
Well sadly the frost shield won't work with Agnostic I'm afraid because it needs to consume energy shield to put it and agnostic makes energy shield =0. Unless I'm missing something here?
You are correct; I missed that part. Void Sphere could provide utility, group mobs up and then death-explosions would be much more effective. In any case I think these will all have a shared CD like guard skills

Edit: Shared CD is a bad way to say it. I think you will be more akin to brands. 1 of any type active at a time.
I strongly recommend avoiding all tools that price check. There have been several reported bans for breaching the ToS, and I suspect this is the cause.
Last edited by Aldonés on Sep 15, 2020, 12:55:39 PM
Unless there is something major in the patch notes that wasn't in the manifesto, this build will certainly survive. We essentially lose 9% spell/attack block chance and 150 life on block, which hurt but can be compensated for, as Enki says. Also expecting a nerf to Watcher's Eye mana recovery rate mod, which will also hurt but is hardly fatal. Don't see anything that would directly impact our damage output, though I'm willing to bet there's an alternate quality version of Arc (and other gems) that will benefit us.

Very curious to see what Enki has in mind!
Last edited by WorderMostFoul on Sep 15, 2020, 3:04:48 PM
Wow, no surprises in patch notes! Hallelujah.
Sigil of power looks great for boosting single target. Ideal orb of storms alternative.
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