[3.5] SHOCK NOVA Elementalist Build (1M DPS, Shaper DOWN) + video guide! MASSIVE AOE!

Hello everyone!

VIDEO GUIDE: https://youtu.be/NPM_m_YRkkw

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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/shock-nova-elementalist-build-for-path-of-exile/
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Shock Nova Elementalist is a project that i wanted to do for a long time and it's finally done and it's affective. Fully end-game viable, Shaper and Elder dead, so it's not so "hipster" anymore.
Massive AOE, decent mobility and competitive boss damage!
Fast to level up and can be done in temporary league as well, no mirror gear required! The total investment here was around 10 exalts (if we assume you are gonna 6L a chest yourself, which i usually accomplish in temp league).
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Why Shock Nova is so good?
a) It has high raw damage, almost as high as Lightning Tendrils for example. But Lightning Tendrils sucks your mana much faster.
b) It has absolutely MASSIVE AOE, incomparable to any other lightning skill, except maybe Vaal Arc. Unlike Tendrils it hits everything around you, not just ahead of you.
c) It has highest shock effectiveness in the game.
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How to maximize your damage! IMPORTANT!
The skill itself has 2 areas: the nova and the ring. The ring does about 1/5 of what nova does. BUT! you can combine this damage if you hit enemies BY THE RING, because nova will still hit through the area damage.

You need to hit bosses with the ring (where red dot is). Purple dot is nova. White dot is NO DAMAGE.
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1) PROS
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPM_m_YRkkw&t=241s
+massive AOE
+decent clear speed
+great with Inpulsa
+fast for mapping/xp

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2) CONS
Spoiler

-pretty squishy against bosses
-not your Blade Flurry 20 million shaper damage
-a wand build, but not a wander

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
Spoiler
Path of building: https://pastebin.com/WgnEk8Sa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPM_m_YRkkw&t=383s
For Ascendancy: Pendulum of Destruction, Mastermind of Discord, Shaper of Desolation, Beacon of Ruin (uber lab)
Bandits: Kill All or Alira (i took Kill All)

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
Spoiler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPM_m_YRkkw&t=1044s
Nothing crazy here. Double Lifesprigs, Wanderlust, Lochtonial Caress, switch to Axioms when you will spec more into crit.



For skills: Fire Trap / Firestorm till level 28. Then Shock Nova.
4L: Shock Nova-Faster Casting/Spell Echo (when available)-Added Lightning-Increased Area of Effect/Conc.Effect
Use Clarity/Vaal Clarity if you need more mana regen.

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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPM_m_YRkkw&t=1188s
5L: Shock Nova-Lightning Penetration-Increased Crit.Strikes-Spell Echo-Inc.Area of Effect/Conc.Effect
6L: Shock Nova-Lightning Penetration-Increased Crit.Strikes-Spell Echo-Inc.Area of Effect/Conc.Effect


For Shaper/Guardian bossing:

For mapping and map bosses:


generic jewels:


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6) Flasks
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPM_m_YRkkw&t=1464s
For Mapping:

For bossing:

I've got legacy Wise Oak and Atziri's Promise here, but it's no big deal. Current versions work just fine.

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7) Pantheon Gods
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPM_m_YRkkw&t=1544s
Major: Soul of the Brine King is pretty mandatory to survive chain-stunning.
Minor: Soul of Gruthkul helps a bit from heavy hitters.

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8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPM_m_YRkkw&t=1627s
Unfortunately not. No Vaal Pact, no crazy phys mitigation, no high evasion or block chance. Just as much spell leech as possible to sustain boss damage, but extra mods can RIP you in no time. So don't rune extra damage mods, extra life, no regen, etc

9) More leech gear
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There are some items which can help to gain more leech. If you equip two Doryani's Catalysts
and Doryani's Invitation you will get
0.6% more life leeched.

10) FOR THE RICH GUYS
Spoiler

You can buy this double or even triple Wrath gem and your DPS will skyrocket! Prices range from 35 ex to ETERNITY.


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MORE VIDEOS:
Shaper Kill: https://youtu.be/aQuz8P6AHRg
Atziri: https://youtu.be/jJhc2Lu7ppk
T13 Park: https://youtu.be/PKmabY0_aw4
T15 Carcass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWXSRNBgFv0
T14 Acid Lakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8joqOqIiLP0
T11 Pit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J8rTiMOKWc
Xoph's Domain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoV4hk9X82g
T12 Castle Ruins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsbFrpCZb0I
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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Dec 5, 2018, 2:32:50 PM
Last bumped on Nov 5, 2018, 2:00:09 AM
Your pastebin has "enemy is shocked" with elemental focus in your links.
Crit Shockwave Totem 650k +: #1657327 / Crit VMS (1 mil DPS): #1511368 / Crit self-cast spark: #1565708
1.3 crit firestorm: #1280086 / 1.3 crit Ice Nova: #1219809 / Flame Nova (sire of shards incinerate): #1359847
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Simplesim45 wrote:
Your pastebin has "enemy is shocked" with elemental focus in your links.

Thanx! my bad lol. Will fix that
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Updated vids?
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Updated vids?

The whole build guide will be done tomorrow i guess. I finished the build and it's fully viable and functional
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I updated the build guide for the FINAL version of the build: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPM_m_YRkkw . PoB also updated with my real gear.
Also posted Shaper Kill video and will add much more videos for the next couple of days including mapping ones.
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added different sections for levelling/gear/etc as well as some mapping videos. Will add more tomorrow!
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Awesome guide! Shock Nova has always been one of my favorite skills, glad to see it shining here.

Curious, would a CwC setup with Tendrils be a major drop in damage?
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Completed 3 ChallengesInfinityD wrote:
Awesome guide! Shock Nova has always been one of my favorite skills, glad to see it shining here.

Curious, would a CwC setup with Tendrils be a major drop in damage?

Hi there and thanx for feedback!
CwC Tendrils is very common setup, it's just different and IMHO is not necessary. It won't be that much of a DPS increase (if not a loss even) as you will be casting weak tendrils and weak shock nova. Nova has enough damage on it's own to do all content, Tendrils are not necessary at all. I did a lot of Shaper testing for both tendrils and shock nova alone and results were basically identical. But for map clearing Shock Nova absolutely beats anything.
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added to the listing. had to change the title a bit, to fit with naming conventions. looks like a fun build, pm me if you have any requests for the naming.

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