[3.9] The Perfect Ice Nova | Hierophant | 20m+ DPS | 12k EHP | Exceptional Bosskiller | 1100+ Delve

Hi friends. I've been playing Ice Nova for a while now and wanted to share my build with you all. It's a very well rounded build that excels at bosskilling, which should be perfect for 3.9 league.

+ 20-30m Shaper DPS
+ 12k Effective HP
+ Up to 88% Attack Avoid Ch.
+ Up to 67% Spell Avoid Ch.
+ Clears all endgame content
+ Great for killing bosses
+ Budget version is still powerful

- Clear speed is decent but unexceptional
- Budget build is cheap, but further upgrades are expensive
- Requires pressing 2+ buttons

Video Showcase:
Original (3.8): https://youtu.be/ksmSPvk8ya0
Sequel (3.9): https://youtu.be/HYYGIZNea6g

Detailed Guide (READ THE NOTES AT THE BOTTOM for extra info):

* How to see notes if "Some tools might be unavailable due to heavy traffic in this file":
At bottom left:

Path of Building (I recommend checking out Standard Build first):
1 - Budget Build: https://pastebin.com/y2id7tRx
2 - Standard Build: https://pastebin.com/S0iu0Sfy
3 - Delve Build: https://pastebin.com/fv9APCCL
4 - Premium Build: https://pastebin.com/TNjgAk5Z

Reddit thread:

2020-01-15: Updated slides with more info about Conqueror Slams, Cinderswallow Urn, full PoB config options, Zealotry, Frostbite/Ele. Weakness
2020-01-10: Fixed an issue with the Premium Build PoB.
2020-01-09: Added new 3.9 showcase video. Updated slides with more streamlined layout of build variants & gem setup. Added Smoke Mine. Replaced 6L 4-offcolor body armour recommendation with an easier setup. Added Premium Build info (Farrul's/Tailwind). Other miscellaneous fixes.
2019-12-23: Updated slides with detailed info about Ice Nova support gems, including Awakened gems and swap setups for ailment immunity maps.
2019-12-11: Updated slides with more info on budget build / league starting / leveling.
Last edited by Arcinde on Jan 15, 2020, 3:35:00 PM
Last bumped on Feb 20, 2020, 1:22:40 PM
Very detailed guide! I look forward to using this as my bosser this upcoming league with all the new bosses :)
Looks very good.

Suitable for league starter?

Pledge of hands 6L is gonna be pretty tough to get early on.

Build looks awesome, what would you suggest using in place of PoH early on? May try to use this as a league starter!
Pretty cool build and nice video!

It feels to me like a bit clunky as a league starter, but definitely going to try this out later on!
As league start: I have less expertise here, but I can make a few suggestions. As league start it's viable but feels sluggish until you get more cast speed. Before you get a Pledge, you can use rare staff/dual wands/dual sceptres with good stats: %cold, %spell, flat cold, cast speed, crit multi, crit chance, maybe mana/res. If you do use dual wands/sceptres make sure not to take Serpent Stance/Counterweight in passives tree. Examples:

You should switch to Pledge ASAP, it's the single biggest upgrade in the build and 5L Pledge shouldn't be too expensive. At this point you have 35-40% the DPS of the full build, definitely not bad considering the full build is 20-30m DPS.
Thoughts on the new Nova ring? Any shenanigans possible with your build or would it be entirely different?
Last edited by Microchaton on Dec 11, 2019, 5:35:45 PM
Microchaton wrote:
Thoughts on the new Nova ring? Any shenanigans possible with your build or would it be entirely different?

Interesting, I hadn't seen it before. I don't think it's useful for this build, assuming it works the way I think it does. If you had Frostbolts out, it would cast around them even with the ring. If you didn't have Frostbolts out, you'd lose the shotgun/no-lockdown mechanics that give you the 12x DPS multiplier.
very nice build showcase , but don't mind if i ask , did you level it with frostbolt and ice nova or something else ?
NoobInAction wrote:
very nice build showcase , but don't mind if i ask , did you level it with frostbolt and ice nova or something else ?

For leveling I did something like holy flame totem + a self cast spell (I forget which). Frostbolt/Ice Nova is completely unplayable for Templar until at least Act 3 Library when you can buy LMP from Siosa. After that it's workable but will feel clunky until you get some cast speed.

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