[3.5 Video Guide] Beginner Friendly: Winter Orb Elementalist

This thread goes through all the details of the build, for gameplay & TLDR guide version check out: Winter Orb Build Guide Video

Higher budget CI Crit Occultist version: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2270461

If you have any questions you can always come to my twitch stream to get them answered or just to enjoy the stream: Ghazzy's Livestreaming Channel

Path of Building Link for the guide: https://pastebin.com/VQs2ugRt
Simply go to "Import/Export Build" > Click the "Import from Pastebin" paste the link in there, and then click "Import"

NOTE:
The DMG calculations in PoB seems to be extremely off and only count for the average hit dmg of 1 projectile, despite the fact that the explosions from each projectile is able to shotgun.

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Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for a Winter Orb build that has good enough single target damage for the end-game!

2. A build capable of competing in the clear speed meta.

3. Boss kill potential despite being designed as a clear speed build.

4. A cheap yet very effective clear speed build.

5. If you prefer a build guide that has a video linked to it.

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How the build functions:

You level up the build generally by not using Winter Orb itself, you can read the leveling tips further down in this guide.

Winter Orb is a channeling ability that builds up stages up to 10 (12 with helmet enchant from uber lab), that then decays over a duration. The higher the stack is the more frequent your orb you've created over your head will shoot projectiles that then explodes on the ground in an AoE based damage area. This AoE damage shotguns, which means that each projectile can hit the same target, this is why we use support gems like Lesser Multiple Projectiles as well as Concentrated Effect. This makes the build function very similarly to a Blade Vortex build where you charge up the ability, then you move through the map whilst your ability kills everything to then only stop briefly to recharge a few stages of your ability.

A lot of people have complained about the lack of single target Winter Orb has, so I've designed this build to sort that issue this way:

Herald of Ice is linked to simply be the ability that clear packs of enemies for you, whilst Winter Orb is linked & focused on actual single target damage. This is being supported by things like the Ascendancy node Void Beacon as well as Frost Bomb, for the sake of reducing the enemies cold resistance. I've had no issues killing Shaper with this build in rather decent gear.

The core design of this build is to simply freeze & shatter everything it comes close to, it is by design focused on being a super meta clear speed build, though it seems as the single target damage makes it suitable for most if not all end-game bosses.

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Build Enabling Items:

This build doesn't have any specific item that truly enables it to be played. However, the core design of this specific version being the Occultist crit CI one is using 2x Void Batteries which is also the main factor that brings this build from a potential low budget to a high budget state.
However, the build can easily be done with Incursion weapons, you simply search for "Cold Damage" and have that be at least 80%+ then you can chose from base items granting Elemental Penetration or even more spell damage resulting in well over 100% increased damage + some flat spell dmg additions to the build which is VERY cheap and effective.
Example search: https://i.imgur.com/D32uhU6.png

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Defence & Utility

The build is designed to freeze & shatter everything it comes near and on top of this it has well over 6000 HP which makes it a very suitable beginner friendly build.

The utility toolkit comes in the form of the following:
Phase Run, this is used to make us faster as we are speeding through map clearing.
Vaal Righteous Fire, this is used as an extra damage boost for bosses or tougher enemies such as the Immortal Syndicate members!
Malachai's Artifice, this is used to be able to utilize Elemental Equilibrium with the use of a Flame Golem this increases our Fire Resistances by TONS!
Lastly, we use the Atziri's Promise which helps out with both damage as well as extra leech!

Rampage:
We are recieving this buff via; Bisco's Leash however, this item has finally reached the popularity it deserves and is therefor a rather expensive item. Any other rare belt that grants you Life such as a Heavy or Leather belt or even a good rolled Stygian Vise allowing for another Jewel would be ideal lower budget options that also grants you better defence.

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Pantheon Choices:

Pantheon List

Major God:

- Soul of Lunaris
Basically just helps with avoiding some projectile damage as well as chaining projectiles from our golem to us.

OR

- Soul of the Brine King
This is used to avoid getting chain stunned, however, we should always have active stages of Winter Orb so this shouldn't be needed. I prefer Lunaris myself.

Minor God:

- Soul of Tukohama
Basically when we are channeling Winter Orb we are very stationary vs bosses this allows us to build up some mitigation during those seconds.

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Skill-gems & Setups:

Winter Orb:

- Winter Orb, Lesser Multiple Projectiles, Concentrated Effect, Increased Duration, Added Cold Damage, Controlled Destruction

Note:
You could skip Increased Duration and use Cold Penetration if you feel like the duration is fine with the skill-tree.
Also quick note on the Controlled Destruction, this is a common missunderstanding that this support gem would make you deal 0 crits, this is not true, it only decreases the chance by 100% whereas we have tons of increased critical strike chance modifiers elsewhere making up for this loss. We use to get the "more" spell damage modifier which is a multiplicative one.

Auras:

- Herald of Ice, Ice Bite, Curse on Hit, Warlord's Mark

- Herald of Thunder

Note:
If you get yourself a Curse on Hit ring you can then remove the CoH setup and add: Bonechill & Onslaught instead.

Mobility:

- Flame Dash, Arcane Surge [LvL 8], Faster Casting, Enhance

Note:
The Enhance is very optional but does decrease the cooldown of the Dash.

Utility:

- Frost Bomb, Bonechill, Unbound Ailments

- Flame Golem OR Lightning Golem

Note:
This is to be used in the Malachai's Artifice!

- Phase Run, Vaal Righteous Fire, Increased Duration

Note:
We don't use the normal version of Righteous Fire, it is only there as an extra dmg boost for harder enemies or bosses.

3 OPEN SLOTS

With this gem setup you should have an entire 3L open for what ever you prefer, I like to use a CWDT setup which looks like this:

- CWDT, Immortal Call, Vortex

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Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes:

Ascendancy Nodes:

You want to start of by taking the Shaper of Desolation node, and move into the Beacon of Ruin.
Once done, you want to spend your 3rd lab node on Pendulum of Destruction and finish the uber lab with Mastermind of Discord!

Leveling skill-tree, 37 points

Leveling skill-tree, 90 points

Finished skill-tree

Notes:
Once the skill-tree is finished you should focus 100% on adding more jewels to it!

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Leveling Tips:

What skills to use:

You start of by using Freezing Pulse which should be linked with Arcane Surge and either Added Cold or Added Lightning.
Once lvl 12, you should pick up Arc, now this gives you 2 different options:
1) Self-cast, this means you want to pick up Elemental Overload and have the links look like this:

- Arc, Arcane Surge, Added Cold, Added Lightning

This can later in act 2 get the additions of Faster Casting, Controlled Destructions which would replace 1 of the added supports and Arcane Surge.

The other approach looks like this which I personally prefer:

- Arc, Trap, Multiple Traps, then either Added Cold or Added Lightning

At this point you can still spec Elemental Overload but will then require you to use something like Orb of Storms to proc as the traps won't proc it for you. This should carry you all the way to the point where you can switch to Winter Orb!

LvLing Auras:

In Act 2, you'll be able to get Herald of Ice & Herald of Thunder. This won't change till you hit act 3 in which case you can switch your Herald of Ice for Wrath.

If you do so, make sure you get yourself a weapon or shield to have in your off-slot that is not active, to lvl up your Herald of Ice in. This is also a good opertunity to get 1 or more Winter Orb gems to lvl in your off-slot as well so you don't forget to add those. This is done to avoid having an under lvld gem when it's time to transition.

General Tips

This setup should have no problems carrying you all the way till you want to transition, so when is the best time to transition to Winter Orb?
You simply stop at Blood Aqueduct in Act 9, to farm 9 Humility Divination Cards this will then be handed in to Tasuni in Act 9 town for a Tabula Rasa. At which point you should have no problems playing with Winter Orb, I do strongly recommend making sure you have the Malachai's Artifice with a Flame as well as Frost Bomb setup sorted, all of these links are visible in the skill-gem setup in this guide.


Bandits:

- Kill all.

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Gearing & Stat Priorities

The base items of this build really doesn't matter as we don't care about the base defensive stats such as armour(str), evasion(dex) or energy shield(int). So instead the base items will follow the stat priority listed in this guide.
However, the attribute requirement of the items will base how hard it is to chrome (color) which will be the only thing we will think about when planing our gearing.
So, if you need 4 blue sockets in an item the recommendation is to get an item that has Energy Shield (int) base or a hybrid base which includes Energy Shield (int).

By using this chrome calculating website: https://siveran.github.io/calc.html you can easily track how hard it will be to chrome the colors you need. This YouTube playlist can help a lot for new players and also includes a few tricks when coloring items with the "wrong attribute requirements" for your build: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuu-MdPs0Af8A4e3gSsJ1xDKNNcdFwY1r


Defensive Stats:

1. Life
2. Resistances
3. Strength

Offensive Stats:

1. Cold Damage
1. Spell Damage


Jewels:

1. Flat Life
2. Cold Damage
2. Spell Damage/Spell Damage whilst dual wielding


Flasks:

1x Seething Life FLask of w/e suffix
1x Atziri's Promise
1x Dying Sun or if this is too expensive you can balance your resistance to make use of The Wise Oak
1x w/e prefix Granite Flask of Staunching
1x w/e prefix Quicksilver flask of Heat

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Recommended Unique Items:


Recommended LvLing Uniques:


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Outro:

This thread goes through all the details of the build, for gameplay & TLDR guide version check out: Winter Orb Build Guide Video

Before you start posting questions I would recommend checking the video. I am as always available in my stream!

Hope you guys will enjoy the build! Below you can access my other build guides:

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//Ghazzy
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I've reached a point where I have too many build guides to keep up with responding personally on each comment as I've always done on my threads in the past. I will obviously continue doing this but on the youtube videos instead. I hope you guys will understand, sadly I'm not a fulltime streamer and for me to keep build guides like this posted this was an inevitable result!
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BUILD IS NOW COMPLETED!


(If you see any misstakes or issues, let me know asap please!)
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awesome build, cant wait to try it out!
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Completed 28 Challengesjoswann1 wrote:
awesome build, cant wait to try it out!


Hope you'll have fun with it! :D
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Can you go directly for Winter Orb if you already have a Tabula waiting in your stash? Or is leveling with Arc smoother?
Hello thanks for the build, i'll try it ! Is it good for delving ?

I'm looking for a build with a nice speed clear + map boss doable
Hi, thank you for your work, very nice and detailed build. Any tips how to survive ele reflect maps? Yugul + LL gem isn't enough for surviving.
Seems like not many damage nodes, will you struggle on bosses?
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Completed 18 ChallengesLostSoul15 wrote:
Can you go directly for Winter Orb if you already have a Tabula waiting in your stash? Or is leveling with Arc smoother?


With a Tabula it should be fine tbh.


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Completed 14 ChallengesShinro28 wrote:
Hello thanks for the build, i'll try it ! Is it good for delving ?

I'm looking for a build with a nice speed clear + map boss doable


Not sure how the higher depths will feel with the build, it is designed to be a clearing build so it should by default do very well.


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Completed 12 ChallengesKoshi4ka wrote:
Hi, thank you for your work, very nice and detailed build. Any tips how to survive ele reflect maps? Yugul + LL gem isn't enough for surviving.


Like many if not most builds this build simply should avoid elemental reflect maps.


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Completed 12 ChallengesRitchey92 wrote:
Seems like not many damage nodes, will you struggle on bosses?


I've had 0 issues with map bosses, the t16 bosses has been somewhat slowish but absolutely no problems in handling.

Shaper was easy as well, gonna run Pale Court & Shaper today on stream to get the footage up to youtube for the build.
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