[3.10] Carrotizer's Voidforge 6m Flicker Strike/12m Heavy Strike 7.4k+ life Inquisitor

Previous builds:
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3.9 Metamorph (40/40 complete): https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2704515
3.7 Legion (40/40 complete): Divine Ire/Vaal Arc Inquisitor (https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2610732)



Stream & playthrough videos:
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/Carrotizer
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEQpUz-xi6HQxrw1QKzzOJA

This build is based off of Mathil's Voidforge Flicker Strike/Heavy Strike build. I've made modifications for 3.10 and to fit my own playstyle. I recommend checking out Mathil's build list (under Metamorph) and his videos, as they are great resources.

PoB Links:
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PoB link @ Level 98: https://pastebin.com/6DZVwfCs
* Better Divined Headhunter
* Upgraded cluster jewel (more Chaos resistance, slightly more +all attributes, + more ES but this does nothing :))
* Double-corrupted Voidforge for 5% attack speed & Onslaught support implicit
* Fitted in War Banner with Enlighten instead of Vengeance -- no mana problem with Fuel the Fight node. Just make sure you have at least 200 mana!

PoB link @ Level 97 with optimized tree (respec 2 pathing points to get +10 str and -10 int, and replace Devastator jewel with a different Large cluster): https://pastebin.com/FvWsz6tL
PoB link @ Level 97: https://pastebin.com/G4511Csr
PoB link @ Level 96: https://pastebin.com/sxdakCVA

* 6m Shaper DPS Flicker Strike
* 12m Shaper DPS Heavy Strike
* 7456 life with Tenacity annointed

Upgrades-to-do:
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* 21/23 Fortify for Flicker Strike

* Get a good small cluster jewel for more life/chaos res
* Get a double/triple Precision Watcher's Eye with crit multi + attack speed or Hatred crit chance + phys to cold conversion (yeah...this is a stretch goal :)).

Upgrades done!


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2020/05/05:
* Warlord Exalt slam gloves for Culling Strike (anything but stun avoid...)
* ...yup, it unfortunately was stun avoidance :( UGHHHHHHHHH
* Temple Lens on Awakened Melee Splash 5/20 -> 6/20!
2020/05/04:
* 5 Ex for Awakened Melee Physical Damage for Heavy Strike
* 3.5 Ex for 21/23 Herald of Purity
* Lethal Pride in the jewel under Duelist (94 str, 4% life, 40% melee/phys damage, 20% burning damage)
* Awakened Multistrike for Flicker Strike
* Upgrade Shaper Assassin's Mark ring to a better one: alt regal Two-Stone Ring base until I got Lv 12 Assassin's Mark. Got T3 WED + T5 Strength. Multimodded and called it done!
* Tailwind & Elusive boots
* Enchant's done!
* Going to wait until Leo lv 3 in Research to slam the 6th mod...and got 7% Fire Resistance :(




Why Flicker Strike & Heavy Strike?
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Why Inquisitor?
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Consecrate Ground
* Mana regen for sustain and massive quality of life
* Health regen for additional defense + automatic sustain for Blood Rage
* Elemental resistance ignorance works perfectly with Voidforge's random 300% mod.


Skill & Gem Link Set-up:
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6L Flicker Strike and 6L Heavy Strike take Voidforge and chest piece slot, so we are left with helmet, gloves, and boots to fill in the following:
* Leap Slam + Faster Attacks (main skills have Fortify, so this one doesn't need it)
* Vaal Ancestral Warchief
* Berserk
* Blood Rage
* Auras + Enlighten
* Enduring Cry
* Vaal Molten Shell + Cast when Damage Taken (trigger regular version, and manually cast Vaal Molten Shell)

We could get an extra gem slot if we use an Unset ring, but I prefer the implicit stat over the extra gem slot.

Auras + Enlighten need to be in the same slot (max 4-link, including Enlighten). I used Path of Building to calculate the following:
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* Precision grants the most DPS by a large margin (31.4% more DPS, due to crit being so important to our build and accuracy-check for crit mechanism) for approximately 23% mana reservation. The numbers may vary if you get more flat accuracy rating from gear.
* Hatred grants (50% reservation) grants 16% more DPS. Note that if we take Hatred + Precision, we cannot reserve more mana; I want to have minimum 228 (above 200 should be OK with mana leech) mana because Flicker Strike currently costs 57 mana per use.
* Herald of Purity (25% reservation) grants 9.6% more DPS, and allows us to use 1 more skill.
* I chose Herald of Ice for extra shatter/clear. I considered Flesh and Stone and Arctic Armour for blind/more damage reduction, and decided to go with Herald of Ice. Arctic Armour seems the best among other options.

Also note that if you have Hatred Watcher's Eye for additional crit chance + phys to cold conversion, it will likely grant more damage, but dual Hatred Watcher's Eye costs 50+ Exalts, so that's not an option :)


Then, we want to link Faster Attacks to Vaal Ancestral Warchief, so that leaves 1 additional slot in that 4-link (I put Berserk). That leaves Cast when Damage Taken - Vaal Molten Shell - Enduring Cry - Blood Rage for the last 4-link.



Gear:

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Voidforge
Links: Heavy Strike - (Awakened) Melee Physical Damage - Close Combat - Ruthless - (Awakened) Elemental Damage with Attacks - Fortify

Abyssus
The flavor text is quite fitting: when you have slain all of your enemies, what is there to fear?
The massive flat damage this gets MASSIVELY TRIPLED by Voidforge for more massive damage. Offensively, this is most likely the best-in-slot gear for any Voidforge builds.
Links: Cast when Damage Taken - Vaal Molten Shell - Blood Rage - Enduring Cry


Chest armour
Links: Flicker Strike - (Awakened) Melee Physical Damage - (Awakened) Multistrike - (Awakened) Ancestral Call Support - (Awakened) Melee Splash


Mark of the Elder
Great implicit, huge attack damage bonus, 10% life. Since we want Assassin's Mark ring anyway, Mark of the Elder is also great.


Post-Headhunter:

Shaper ring with Assassin's Mark


Post-Headhunter:

Gloves
Fun fact: Reflection copies size, so you can see giant reflections with Headhunter buffs!



Boots



Belt


Post-Headhunter:

Amulet


Fitting in Headhunter:
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I was losing 150% elemenetal resistances from Stygian Vise, so I needed to upgrade gloves, Shaper ring, and amulet
I still wanted Temple mod gloves (since it's free ~40-50% increased damage). It would be nice to have a well-rounded one with life so that I can craft physical to cold conversion, but I settled on one without it.
I realized that at this point, T1 flat physical (a prefix) is more efficient than crit multi (a suffix) since I'd rather have a high chaos res or elemental resistance to fill in the gaps, since I already have very high crit multi. I saw a Spider amulet that checked all the boxes I was looking for, so I bought it for 8 exalts IIRC. Then, after running some math, I realized I'd cap my Fire and Lightning resistances exactly if I catalyst Shaper ring with Prismatic and Divine my boots to give max Fire (11%) from suffix. Since I wanted more Chaos resistance, I searched for T1 life, flat phys prefix, Assassin's mark, and empty suffix and found one.

I also wanted more Chaos resistances to go for 99 or 100 (currently 98), so I got 3-node small Chaos res small one with cold resistance for 2 ex.
It looks like I can't link the cluster jewels while they're in passive tree, but you can still checkout via my profile->characters. I've linked all new gears in the gear section.



Passive Tree:
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How good is cluster jewel?
EXTREMELY. The cluster jewel is both highly efficient and customizable. You get a good notable/jewel slot every other point.

How many cluster jewel slots can you fit in?
I could only fit 1 set of large-medium (and small to be added later) jewel in this build. I imagine some builds can fit in 2 full large-medium-small cluster jewels in.


Leveling:
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I leveled with Stormbrand for a long time while farming gear before switching.
PPoB link for the Inquisitor (tried Hierophant for leveling): https://pastebin.com/Y1meebiZ
Link before switching: https://pastebin.com/Qt23s5Qj


Tips:
* Arctic Armour doesn't work while FLicker Striking because you are not considered Stationary while Flicker Striking. Consecrated Ground effect applies because it lingers, but it needs to be "reset"
* Make sure to have at least 1 ES to get full benefit of Inquisitor ascendancy (200 ES regen/sec). You can get it from gear, Abyss jewel, or Cluster jewel.
* When swapping to Sinvicta's to start Rampage, don't let that be your first attack into a pack. Because it does much less damage than Voidforge, there's a (slim but still) greater chance of Flicker Strike failing to gain a Frenzy Charge. This can put you inside a pack with Flicker Strike on cooldown.
* You don't actually need to start Rampaging with Sinvicta's for Rampage; you just need to kill at least 1 monster to get the kill counter started, then switch back to Voidforge.
* Movement speed is always nice, but between Flicker Strike and Leap Slam, you don't need 30/35% movespeed boots. Prioritize life + resist.
* When Delving, always carry max flares and upgrade flare radius; Flicker Strike can place you into a random location and it takes a second or two to figure out where you are while in complete Darkness.
* You don't need to worry about physical reflect from Tentacle Whipe, but Sinvicta's will instantly kill you, so...just stay away from reflect maps without sextant's help.

Miscellaneous stats:
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Time after A10 Kitava + 3 labyrinths: 13 hours
Time after Lv 90: 1 day, 20 hour, 23 minute (got 1st Exalt from the same map I leveled up to 90 in)
* 2 jeweller to 6 socket 28q Voidforge. 194 fusing to 6L it
* 107 jeweller to 6s 28q sinvictas'
* 211 jeweller to 6 socket 20q Belly of the Beast...2 fusing to 5L it.
* Ended up buying 6L astral with crit for 10 ex after bricking 2x Hunter's Exalted Orbs to chance attack crit on 2 Temple mod (life %) Astral Plate bases
* Bought high roll 6L Inpulsa (BBB + 3 white socket) for 4 ex + 30c to hit the last few levels in the 90 before switching to Voidforge. Sold for 4 ex later.


GUIDE IN PROGRESS!!
Any feedback/question is appreciated!
Metamorph 40/40: Lv 98 Self-cast Ice Nova Assassin #2704515
Legion 40/40: Lv 99 Disintegrator Divine Ire/Vaal Arc Inquisitor #2610732
Betrayal 40/40: Lv 100 Soul Mantle Arc Totem Hierophant
Abyss 40/40: Lv 95 Piscator Barrage/Kinetic Blast Ascendant
Breach 36/40
Last edited by Carrotizer on May 16, 2020, 2:29:20 AM
Last bumped on May 22, 2020, 12:53:37 AM
reserving slot
Metamorph 40/40: Lv 98 Self-cast Ice Nova Assassin #2704515
Legion 40/40: Lv 99 Disintegrator Divine Ire/Vaal Arc Inquisitor #2610732
Betrayal 40/40: Lv 100 Soul Mantle Arc Totem Hierophant
Abyss 40/40: Lv 95 Piscator Barrage/Kinetic Blast Ascendant
Breach 36/40
reserving slot #2
Metamorph 40/40: Lv 98 Self-cast Ice Nova Assassin #2704515
Legion 40/40: Lv 99 Disintegrator Divine Ire/Vaal Arc Inquisitor #2610732
Betrayal 40/40: Lv 100 Soul Mantle Arc Totem Hierophant
Abyss 40/40: Lv 95 Piscator Barrage/Kinetic Blast Ascendant
Breach 36/40
hey two question why no hatred and why skipping the conversion ( just wonring if i loose alot dbps) really new in poe and playing this build for the frist time can wondering how importent the conversion part are ^^
mabey you can explain aswell why going for astrecall and the warcrys thank in advance would really help me
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Eldacan wrote:
hey two question why no hatred and why skipping the conversion ( just wonring if i loose alot dbps) really new in poe and playing this build for the frist time can wondering how importent the conversion part are ^^
mabey you can explain aswell why going for astrecall and the warcrys thank in advance would really help me


I added gem link set-up section.
Enduring Cry with medium cluster jewel grants 10 rage per use and enables us to use Berserk and grants 3 Endurance Charges (12% additional physical damage reduction, and extra resistances when under Elemental Weakness). I respec'ed out of the right side of the tree compared to Mathil's build after fitting in a large cluster jewel + 2 medium cluster.

Mathil explains Voidforge mechanic really well and in-depth in his video. I recommend checking it out!

Metamorph 40/40: Lv 98 Self-cast Ice Nova Assassin #2704515
Legion 40/40: Lv 99 Disintegrator Divine Ire/Vaal Arc Inquisitor #2610732
Betrayal 40/40: Lv 100 Soul Mantle Arc Totem Hierophant
Abyss 40/40: Lv 95 Piscator Barrage/Kinetic Blast Ascendant
Breach 36/40
Hi,

I was going to respec one of my characters to this build (Standard league)

I was looking at your cluster jewels, In standard league I can only get hold of the large cluster jewel with : 1 ADDED PASSIVE SKILLS ARE JEWEL SOCKET.

Because of this which medium cluster jewel is best for this build ?



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Sentry001 wrote:
Hi, I was going to respec one of my characters to this build (Standard league)

I was looking at your cluster jewels, In standard league I can only get hold of the large cluster jewel with : 1 ADDED PASSIVE SKILLS ARE JEWEL SOCKET.

Because of this which medium cluster jewel is best for this build ?


You need a Rage generator from the Cluster Jewels (either Bloodscent or Mob Mentality) for Berserk. I recommend Warcry medium jewel for Mob Mentality + Warning Call.
Metamorph 40/40: Lv 98 Self-cast Ice Nova Assassin #2704515
Legion 40/40: Lv 99 Disintegrator Divine Ire/Vaal Arc Inquisitor #2610732
Betrayal 40/40: Lv 100 Soul Mantle Arc Totem Hierophant
Abyss 40/40: Lv 95 Piscator Barrage/Kinetic Blast Ascendant
Breach 36/40
Thankyou very much for your help (amazingly fast response :) )
It doesn't look like I will be able to get the cluster jewels I would like in standard league, so I will respec my character to your standard league spec which I can see on you character list.

when the league finishes ill update my build to your new one.

Did you have any problems keeping up frenzy charges for flicker strike with your standard league build ?




I've never had problem with keeping up Frenzy charges with Voidforge except against bosses. If you're extremely unlucky, if you Flicker Strike with Sinvicta's with 0 Frenzy charges into a pack of mobs and you fail to kill any mobs somehow and miss on frenzy-charge-on-hit roll, then you might get mowed down. So make sure to have some charges before swapping for Rampage.

Metamorph 40/40: Lv 98 Self-cast Ice Nova Assassin #2704515
Legion 40/40: Lv 99 Disintegrator Divine Ire/Vaal Arc Inquisitor #2610732
Betrayal 40/40: Lv 100 Soul Mantle Arc Totem Hierophant
Abyss 40/40: Lv 95 Piscator Barrage/Kinetic Blast Ascendant
Breach 36/40

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