[2.3 Video Guide] Crit Ball Lightning Inquisitor [HC/SC & Atziri Viable]

Video Guide: Path of Exile: Crit Ball Lightning Freeze Build Guide! [HC/SC Viable]

Watch this short (5-6 min) build guide video. It will show you how the build performs and explain how to set everything up!

If you have any questions about the build come to my twitch stream and I will do my best to answer them:

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This is the official thread for my Crit Ball Lightning Freeze Build. In this thread, I will cover the most basic requirements of the build. To get a more detailed explanation of how the build works and needs to be set up, check out the link to my video guide above.

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First of all, what is this build and who is it suited for?

1. Anyone who wants a build that is designed for both new players and veterans alike. The build has potential to run the highest level maps, it is fairly tanky and the clear speed is great!

2. Someone who seeks a build that is fairly budget friendly - no unique items are required in order to make it work. There are however a few very strong recommended ones.

3. People who enjoy a good roaring thunderstorm.

4. A build that is both viable for hardcore as well as softcore.

5. People who prefer a build that has a video-guide linked to it.

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Build mechanic introduction:

For defenses, this build utilizes the Mind Over Matter keystone and Eldritch Battery. To freeze enemies the Call of the Brotherhood ring is used. To sustain the energy shield cost of Ball Lightning you will be using Life Leech + Ghost Reaver.

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Skill-gems and setups:

Primary Damage setup:

- Ball Lightning, Spell Echo, Increased Area of Effect and Life Leech. When you get a 5-link add in Faster Casting and for your 6th link add Inc. Critical Strikes.

Note: Since the Inquisitor subclass gives 100% elemental penetration on crits, there is no need for Lightning Pen. You may however want to use it until then. Besides, there is no need to use Life Leech until you go Ghost Reaver.

Secondary Damage Setup:

- 2x Vaal Stormcall, Spell Echo and Increased Duration.

Defensive Setup:

- Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 4), Arctic Breath (lvl 7), Greater Multiple Projectiles (max level) & Temporal Chains (lvl 7)

Auras/Mana Reservation & Golem:

- Wrath, Arctic Armor, CWDT (lvl 1) & Flame Golem (lvl 3).

Mobility & Defence:

- Whirling Blades, Faster Attacks & Fortify.

Note: this setup requires a dagger to use.

Curse and Power Charge generation:

- Curse on Hit, Assassin's Mark & Herald of Thunder.

Note: Once you get yourself the Call of The Brotherhood Ring you need to use Herald of Ice instead of Herald of Thunder.

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Skill-trees & Ascendancy class:

Ascendancy Class: The Inquisitor

Ascendancy Points: Righteous Providence, Inevitable Judgement, Instruments of Virtue & Augury of Penitence.

Leveling skill-tree, 22 points:


Leveling skill-tree, 51 points:


Leveling skill-tree, 71 points:


Leveling skill-tree, 98 points:


Finished skill-tree, 116 points (includes Ascendancy points):


Note: That if you at any point need strength or dexterity, simply pick up the 30+ notables in the skill-tree and spec out of them later when you are able to cover these requirements via gear.
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Leveling Tips:

1. Buy Ball Lightning from Clarissa after completing the quest, Sever The Right Hand.
2. Equip 2 Lifesprig wands. Add in Freezing Pulse, Added lightning and Faster Casting in one of them.
3. Buy a Reverberation Rod at level 24 and start using this. Don't use Life Leech until you go Ghost Reaver. Add the Ball Lightning setup to this once you get the skill.
4. Once you reach level 50+ you should buy a cheap ES 5-link.

Note: If you have trouble sustaining the cost of Ball Lightning via your energy shield, I'd recommend temporarily speccing into Zealot's Oath (skill-tree close to the templar) and using the Stone Golem. Using these two together greatly increases ES regen. This shouldn't be necessary for end-game though!

Bandit Quest Rewards:

- Normal : Help Oak for 40+ life.
- Cruel : Kill them all for 1 extra skill point.
- Merciless: Help Alira for +1 to maximum power charges.

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Gearing and stat priorities:

Defensive affixes, in priority:

1. Life
2. Elemental Resistances (75% on Merciless)
3. Energy Shield (Mind Over Matter)
4. Evasion
5. Chaos Resistance

Offensive affixes, in priority:

1. Increased Crit Multi%
2. Increased Crit Chance%
3. Increased Spell Damage%
4. Increased Cast Speed%

My Current Gear (Same as the Arc character, hence the arc setup):


Jewels:

- Inc. Critical Strike Multiplier%
- Inc. Maximum life %
- Inc. Critical Strike Chance%
- Inc. Spell Damage%
- Inc. Cast speed%

Flasks:

- 2x Seething Divine Life Flasks of Staunching
- 1x Surgeon's Basalt Flask of Warding
- 1x Surgeon's Granite Flask of Ironskin
- 1x Surgeon's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

Note: If you obtain a Taste of Hate use that instead of the Basalt Flask and craft "of warding" onto one of your life flasks.

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Recommended unique items:

Ring: Call of the Brotherhood

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Gloves: Maligaro's Virtuosity

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Flask: Taste of Hate (Phys and reflect mitigation)

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Outro:

Make sure to watch the video guide to see some actual gameplay of how the build performs as well as to get a better explanation of how it works!

Video Guide: Path of Exile: Crit Ball Lightning Freeze Build Guide! [HC/SC Viable]

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Feel free to ask me any questions regarding the build, but please do me the favor of watching the video first. It should explain a lot of the common questions you might have. I do not reply to private messages though, as I simply don't have the time! :)

Stay safe!

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Lifting
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Last edited by LiftingNerdBro on Jun 6, 2016 10:58:54 AM
Last bumped on Mar 18, 2017 10:49:08 AM
If you notice any typos etc, please let me know :)
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NOTE: As a temporary solution to opening the skill-trees for now. Use this skill-tree calculator and copy the skill-tree URL into the program.

https://github.com/EmmittJ/PoESkillTree/releases
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Skill-trees updated, you no longer need the calculator :)
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Is Inquistor really that much better for this build than Heirophant?
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Completed 16 ChallengesDeathSpam wrote:
Is Inquistor really that much better for this build than Heirophant?


The inqusitor will deal MUCH more damage, so in this case I think so! :)
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Can you please post your gears?
Doing this build, but use storm call instead. DPS is great so far.
weapons ? double wands/sceptre or 1 and shield ?
I have added "My Current Gear" to the gear section so you guys can see what I am using.

Hopefully this should help :)
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