[3.10] Mana guardian Icestorm ~ 20/20 Simulacrum double boss / All Content cleared

DELIRIUM CHANGES: The only nerf we really took as icestorm was a nerf to our ES through Radiant Faith, but it was only a small nerf. Everything else is still 100% viable.


For league start you will want to farm div cards as soon as you hit the appropriate level to get right to a Whispering Ice (act 6 western forest drops the div card)
Until then you can just go with a generic Life Based Freezing Pulse setup or something of the sort for leveling, until you're able to make the switch :)


Hey guys! I started my guardian off playing Herald of Agony when I rolled him this league, and I have to say, I hated every second of it, because the build was too broken, and there wasn't enough interaction. While it cleared all content.. I wanted something more interactive, something that would push me to craft gear and put my brains to the test. It then dawned on me that I could abuse guardian for some insane defensive gains, while also stacking int like the Ascendant does, for some really nice DPS. Lets get into the build, and some comparisons to Scion and a little chat about WHY we go Guardian over Ascendant.

Guardian Pros:
~Higher DPS than Ascendant
~Option of wearing Memory Vault for HUGE armour gain at small cost to DPS
~20% All Res, 30% heal every 5 seconds, and Ailment removal every 5 seconds
~Very nice reach for the nodes we need
Guardian Cons:
~Much less ES than ascendant
~Less int to scale with
~Less Access to passive tree than ascendant

The build as a whole can be played on a budget, one of the nice things about whispering ice is that there is a low floor, but a high ceiling in terms of gearing and expenses.

Path of Building Link:

Gearing Section:
You can go with memory vault for tankiness, or an int%int ES base helm for more ES and damage. With Memory Vault, and a Granite Flask of Iron Skin, we are able to use Molten Shell / Vaal Molten Shell + Increased Duration, which is a HUGE damage mitigation skill (Remove CWDT20 + Immortal Call from your body armor for VMS + Inc Duration

Stuff like this is ideal. Astramentis is a great starter, then transition into Cold/Spell Damage, penetration and dmg per 15 int as your next tier. For your final tier, you need to sink ALOT of currency into a double influence craft, hit the Alteration + Augment, then imprint the neck, slam regals until you hit the third mod (Ideally %int, %attributes, 1% dmg per 15 int) then multimod %ES and whatever else you want from your prefixes onto the amulet. An amulet like this will run 150+ exalts, so crafting it is probably easier. I have sunk over 15k Alterations into my base before i hit the double mod. It is not ideal to even TRY to craft this necklace as it will cost you ALOT of currency.

Rings are where we plug most of our resistances. Ideal ring needs +energy shield, +% energy shield, +int, and then resistances. These rings ran me around 3-5 exalts a piece, but with a lower int roll you can probably get them cheaper.

Cyclopean coil is a MUST. Buy or divine one to 15%, slam it with 20 intristic catalysts for 18% all attributes, and corrupt it. Ideal mods: Crit multi during flask effect, %int hybrid, Aura effect modifiers (Zealotry or hatred implicit with either aura works perfectly, but crit multi pulls ahead and %int is just god tier)

Here we are looking for +int, resists, movementspeed, and ES. ES is the LOWEST priority, as a guardian int scales our mana and our %ES, and we gain ES from our mana pool, so for ALL gear, int is more important

Body Armour:
Body armor 1 is much more damage, at a cost of energy shield, as to where option 2 is around 1300 more energy shield at the cost of 8% damage. While 8% may not sound like alot, it really is. I paid 2 exalts for the first body armor, and socketed and linked it myself. Armor 2 is fossil crafted and worth around 40 exalts. Ideally you want an armor somewhere in the middle, with your suffixes being +Int, +%Int, and Crafted %Attributes, and around 550+ Energy shield. Best way to do this is to slam perfect fossils onto a vaal regalia until it is 28-30% Quality, then slam Dense fossils on said regalia until you get the desired rolls

Granite flask replaces atziri flask if you run memory vault. If you cannot afford a bottled faith, it can be replaced with a Cinderswallow with crit on it, for a fairly large DPS loss, but not enough to kill the build

the 1% Reserved mana is needed on all 4 jewels. If you can't afford a level 4 enlighten and run a level 3, you may need to grab more mana reservation on your tree. Watcher's eye is an expensive upgrade (30ex+), but can be replaced with ES Gain on hit while affected by discipline, or ES Regen while affected by discipline. You can also go with a more offensive option such as a hatred or zealotry jewel since you can run hatred or zealotry

Gem Links:
Helm: Discipline/Vaal Discipline, Enlighten 3/4, Zealotry or Hatred, Summon Skitterbots
Staff: (Only Cyclone and Cast when Channeling need to be linked): Cyclone, [Awakened] Cast while channeling, [Awakened] Spell Cascade (Swap to Concentrated Effect for end game bosses such as Uber Elder/Sirus), [Awakened] Controlled Destruction, [Awakened] Elemental Focus, Energy Leech
Boots: Bonechill, Vortex, Flame Dash, Level 5 Arcane Surge
Gloves: Summon Flame Golem, Minion Life Support, Frost Bomb, Lvl 1 Clarity
Body Armor (4 link + 2 Link): CWDT lvl1, Ball Lightning Lvl1, Curse on Hit Lv20, Frostbite Lv20 //// CWDT Lv20, Immortal Call Lv5 or however many levels you can get with your current strength

Leveling Guide: Use Freezing Pulse all the way until 38, then switch to whispering ice at 38 and start CWC + Cyclone with 4 support gems. Simple setup.

Bandits: Kill All
Pantheons: Brine King + Gruthkul

A8 Redeemer Facetank:
A8 Baran 8 Second Kill: https://youtu.be/pD4q9h9iXrI
A8 Sirus 2.5 Minute Deathless Kill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WITjjGmyeMA

Last edited by H4RM4G3DD0N on Mar 22, 2020, 4:11:26 AM
Last bumped on Apr 30, 2020, 2:27:12 PM
Looks promising! Will be waiting on videos to make up my mind tho, gj bud!
Looks promising! Will be waiting on videos to make up my mind tho, gj bud!

I can post some, its just hard to capture mapping footage bc Awakened Spell Cascade puts my FPS down the shitter lmao
Looks promising! Will be waiting on videos to make up my mind tho, gj bud!

1 video posted, will get more up. will only be able to show boss content as Awakened Spell cascade puts my FPS to 10-15, and would make for some choppy videos, but i assure you the clear speed is there.
Added 2 a8 guardian kills and a deathless 2.5minute sirus kill.
Is that watcher's eye absolutely necessary?

Thanks for the build. I am having a blast !

I cannot afford the watcher's eye nor the bottled faith, but I would like to run 3 auras. Currently I cannot run skitterbots due to mana reservation issue.

I don't get it. I checked my pob. Even with enlighten at level 4, I cannot seem to have enough mana left.

What is different from my build and yours ? Ok I am missing one brute force with 1% mana reserved, but that's not it.


Could you let me know what I am doing wrong please ? SHould I annoint charisma or Sovereignity to compensate ?

Don't mention the annointment. I purchased the amulet with it and have not found the time to change it.

Thanks a lot !
Last edited by edessiex on Feb 3, 2020, 7:15:53 PM
How viable is this for HC?
What ascendancy order do I go for this?
Any Skill Tree per level?
@edessiex, It's because you are wearing memory vault as your helm which INCREASES your reserved mana
Silly me !
Thanks. I like having the extra energy shield, but I will gain a ton of damage with an extra aura...

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