[3.5] Face-Cannon Frost blades Assassin. Face Tank everything! (Shaper, Uber elder video added)



3.5 Update: Nothing has been nerfed for this build with 3.5 updates, and I even think the build is more powerful than 3.4 now. I will explore the new mods, items, etc and provide update.


3.4 Update: Sorry was AFK for a long time, but it seems everything still works for 3.4. We got a DPS buff due to the new herald of purity gem. I have updated the POB and passive tree since the previous links seem not working anymore. Enjoy!

3.4 Update 2:
1. The new Herald of Purity provides much more DPS than Herald of Ice, please take out herald of ice and use this new gem!
2. The leech rate is higher than we need, I have respec 3 points from Vitality Void and get some % life nodes. It brings me to around 6.2K life now.
3. Corrupt your bloodseekers! The best corruption will be crit multi or attack speed.
But the add fire/cold/lightning, weapon range, crit chance, frenzy on kill are also very good.
3.4 Update 3:
Made a few modifications on the passive tree to incorporate Might of the Meek jewel [placed at the socket above Blood Drinker node]. Lose around 100 life, but got 80k more DPS, more evasion and more dex. I feel it's worth it.
3.4 Update 4:
I'm adding back the old version without Might of the Meek jewel as well, since that jewel was a little expensive and anyways it's not necessary at all.



Hi all, my name is NT and this is my first build guide, so all advices are welcome :). I want to share my face-cannon frost blades build. This build sacrifices a little DPS (still got around 400k in pob [edit:Already reach 2.1 million dps (960K shaper DPS without frenzy)!!]) by using bloodseekers, but can face tank almost all bosses up to SHAPER, even with dangerous mods like elemental reflect([edit:See video for T16 ele reflect Vaal Temple face tank!]). The clear speed is very fast and it can easily face tank uber lab, atziri, yellow elder, T16 Chimera, Minotaur, Hydra. (Phoenix you have to dodge the big explode). Haven't tried red elder yet, but will give updates later[edit:Already tried, simply face tank. See video].

This build does not require much budget since all required uniques are cheap,but if you're rich, there is also huge space to improve. The build uses Bloodseeker for instant life leech and from Opportunistic ascendancy of Assassin (no crit from boss), we can face tank most of the bosses without worrying about positioning.


What if I feel squishy? : This build needs a good balance between DPS and life, you need high DPS to provide enough leeching, and high life as well to prevent 1 hit. So make sure you got T1 life rolls on all your rare gear, i.e. 70+ life on rings, 80+ life on amulets and boots, 100+ life on belt (abyss belt with life jewel or leather belt). Also make sure at least one of your rings is Steel Ring, and have 2 or more DPS mods (increased cold dmg, WED, flat phys). Make sure your amulet have 3 or more DPS mods. (flat phys, increased cold dmg, crit multi, WED) WED means elemental damage with attack skills.
If you die a lot due to stuns/freeze, wear a Kaom's root. But then you need more expensive gear to support your resistance.

Videos




Red Elder face tank

T16 Vaal Temple face tank with ele reflect

Guardians Face Tank


T16 Chimera face tank

T16 Hydra face tank

T15 Reef Elemental Reflect Boss Fight

The map also has 40% resistant, but the boss still die very fast.
https://youtu.be/yNt-DV1FiUk

T15 Sunken City Full Map Run

Facetank boss, again :D
https://youtu.be/rV07zwXMZY0


videos before my updates

T13 Ghetto with ele reflect and enfeeble

I did not even switch the Pantheons to Yugul. No life flask used.
https://youtu.be/y_ZU6ZG33_E

T13 Park with temp chain




POB pastebin

POB version: 1.4.99
Updated with the 2.14 million dps version
https://pastebin.com/ivDBdiPw


Tooltip and Defense

Defense



Hideout



Buffed





Leveling Guide

Here are some unique claws I used during leveling:
Lv34 Mortem Morsu, Lv46 Ornament of the East, Lv62 Bloodseeker'

If you can not afford a 6L belly:
You could use Tabula to level until around Lv80.
You could buy a 6L rare with 120+ to level until Lv90.

For helmet, both goldrim and Peregrine are good choices.
For belt, you could use meginord.


Gear






Flasks

The quicksilver flask is a switchable flask. Some potential flasks are "Wise Oak" "Lion's Roar", Jade flask, onslaught flask; depending on what you need/want.




Skill gems

Updated on April 16. 2018:

Chest: Frost blades - Melee Physical Damage - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Multistrike - Faster Attacks - Elemental Focus

Note: For more DPS, You can use Ruthless or increased critical damage instead of faster attacks. I enjoy a fast attack speed play style so I kept faster attacks here.

Helmet: Enlighten (Lv4) - Hatred - Herald of Ash (or Herald of Ice, or Arctic Armour) - Herald of Purity

Note: Lv3 Enlighten will be good enough for mapping, but for single target the mana may hit 0 every few seconds.
Why Herald of Ash? : When your physical dmg is high enough, herald of ash may provide more damage. Your herald of ice will not trigger frequently since you don't freeze with elemental focus, but herald of ash can be triggered without problem.

Boots: Blood Magic - Whirling Blades - Faster Attacks - Fortify

Glove: CWDT - Frost bomb - Frostbite - Immotral Call

Weapon 1: Ancestral Warchief - Faster Attacks - Ruthless (or Conc effect)

Weapon 2: Ice Golem - Blood Rage - Vaal Haste



Passive Tree

Note that we can not pick Winter Spirit for full phys to cold conversion, since the Bloodseeker only leech physical damage as life.
[edit: see update 4. We do take winter spirit now since we use elemental focus]

I am currently using two Fight For Survival jewels, one Might of the Meek jewel and one watcher's eye jewel.


94 pts passive tree is up to date (3.4). I haven't modified the rest yet.












Ascendancy

Unstable Infusion
Ambush & Assassinate
Deadly Infusion
Opportunistic


Bandits

Take Alira or two passives.


Pantheons

Brine king
Tukohama


If you are rich...

Here are some future directions you can try:

1. Use shaper/elder amulet with High life roll, Gain #% *** dmg as *** dmg, Crit multi, Phys dmg etc.
2. Use Steel ring with Phys dmg, life and WED.
3. Use Abyss belt with one abyss jewel.
4. Elder body armor with base crit/ percent life/ +1 level support gem.
5. Watcher's Eye with hatred mod
[edit:One hatred mod jewel is NOT better than fight for survival, two hatred mods jewel will outperform fight for survival. However, I would suggest grab the socket above blood drinker from int side, it will free you one point of +30 int also]




3.3 updates archive

Update 1: Just added T16 Chimera and Minotaur boss kill. Fairly easy just face tank.
Update 2: Since clear speed is already insanely fast and safe, I feel it's not necessary to freeze enemies. So I replace increased damage support with elemental focus. I am not able to freeze enemies now, but the DPS goes to 500k.
Update 3: T15 red elder down. Able to face tank all his physical attacks/ frost blades. Pretty simple if you know how to dodge the slam.
Update 4: After switching to elemental focus for my 6-L setup, I realized that by taking "Winter Spirit" will provide much more dps. It means we are 100% cold conversion now and thus lose our physical damage leech as life. However our life leech rate INCREASED since the damage boost is too large.
Update 5: Shaper is killed. Did not try to face tank all the attacks though ^^
Update 6: After some discussion in this post, I would suggest use blood rage during mapping! You can get three free frenzy charges, make the clear speed even more insane.
Update 7: UBER ELDER DOWN and dropoed a two hatred mod jewel :)))
Update 8: Face tank shaper video added! Stand in the beam and face tank the cold penetration balls!


I am really enjoying this build so far and if you have any question or suggestion please let me know!




----Change Log -----
2018.04.16 Changed to elemental focus gem and use Blood rage to generate frenzy charges
2018.10.9 Updated passive tree and PoB. Remove Vitality Void, Use herald of purity.
2018.10.17 Updated passive tree and PoB. Took 4th jewel socket, use Might of the Meek jewel.

Last edited by nal_tony on Dec 13, 2018, 12:03:04 AM
Last bumped on Dec 15, 2018, 2:35:38 AM
Hello. I'm completely new to the game and got really interested in the visuals of Frost Blades skill and luck for me its seems to be quite a strong skill as well.

I was reading three guides that uses Frostblades (yours, the one you said on your guide and another one that uses Trickster as ascendacy).

Anyway, I can't decide haha. What would be the main difference between Trickster and Assassin? Also, which one would you recommend for someone new to the game?
I will definitely suggest my build for new players :))). You don't have to learn boss mechanics or how to position/dodge attacks, just stay still and face tank every boss.

Not quite sure which Trickster build you're referring to, but if it's the one with Oni-Goroshi, I would not suggest to play as a new player. Oni-Goroshi is not easy to obtain as a new player.

Assassin is offense-oriented and focuses more on Crits, and I feel Trickster is a mixture of offense and defense. I think either should be fine with frost blades, just your personal preference.
this build feels good to play from the start! currently lvl 36 and blasting through everything.
The only thing im a bit in doubt about is the lvling tree. atm im just picking all dmg+leech+ some life nodes.

Looking forward to mapping with this build ;)

edit: at 8k tooltip dps at lvl 36 :D
Last edited by AlexBrinkz on Mar 24, 2018, 9:04:00 PM
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Completed 8 ChallengesAlexBrinkz wrote:
this build feels good to play from the start! currently lvl 36 and blasting through everything.
The only thing im a bit in doubt about is the lvling tree. atm im just picking all dmg+leech+ some life nodes.

Looking forward to mapping with this build ;)

edit: at 8k tooltip dps at lvl 36 :D


Glad you like it! You can focus more on dmg and leech in early game, but when you start doing maps you need to pick more life nodes. This prevents you being one shot by some bosses/mobs. With my build you can always leech back as long as you don't get one shot.
Started playing your build fun so far, do you use fight for survival? or what jewels do you use?
Also what are your thoughts on spending 1 point for Point Blank?
Last edited by argoniashawks on Mar 25, 2018, 2:54:35 PM
How this build works to kill boses like elder, ubber atziri or guardians?...
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Completed 17 Challengesargoniashawks wrote:
Started playing your build fun so far, do you use fight for survival? or what jewels do you use?
Also what are your thoughts on spending 1 point for Point Blank?


Glad you're having fun with it! Yes I am using two fight for survival jewels (you can find that in the passive tree), but I'll also consider watcher's eye when I have enough currency.
I do not think you need Point Blank, first it won't help you during boss fight, since your primary hit is melee attack; second the clear speed is already very fast so you don't need that for the icy blades either, and sometimes your icy blades travel very far so it may even be a damage decrease.
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Madasan wrote:
How this build works to kill boses like elder, ubber atziri or guardians?...


I've got only 2 T16 drops so far (after many T15 runs).... and have finished Hydra and Chimera easily. Just face tank them (you need to dodge the balls when hydra boss disappear though, since nothing to leech). Yellow elder is simply face tank, did not try red elder & uber atziri yet. I'll keep the post updated and upload videos when those are done.
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Completed 12 Challengesnal_tony wrote:
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Completed 17 Challengesargoniashawks wrote:
Started playing your build fun so far, do you use fight for survival? or what jewels do you use?
Also what are your thoughts on spending 1 point for Point Blank?


Glad you're having fun with it! Yes I am using two fight for survival jewels (you can find that in the passive tree), but I'll also consider watcher's eye when I have enough currency.
I do not think you need Point Blank, first it won't help you during boss fight, since your primary hit is melee attack; second the clear speed is already very fast so you don't need that for the icy blades either, and sometimes your icy blades travel very far so it may even be a damage decrease.




Thanks, but the jewels don't show up in the tree for me, why I asked about them :)

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