[3.9] FROSTBOLT / ICE NOVA *NON-COC* Assassin Build . SELFCAST Spells! Uber Elder + VIDEO!

While everyone were obsessed with COC, i was experimenting with BALLS. With a selfcast BALLS. With Ice Novas on top of cause.
Mathil loves this build as well, and he played it three times actually, but i had a totally different vision for that since the very beginning. First of all i wanted to utilize insane Elder 8L staff i dropped from one of the Uber Elders, beef up the neglected Frostbolt (my very first ever build was Frostbolt back in 2017! Gotta pay the dues!) to the max, and go CI ES TANK as well, with ES spell leech.
All these ideas are combined and reflected in this build you see. I successfully killed all content deathless, so i guess it kinda worked!
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VIDEO BUILD/GUIDE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ2Haafb960
V 1.1 UPDATE (12/12/2019)
-POB updated for 3.9 (added Pantheons so make sure you use FORK for POB)
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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/frostbolt-ice-nova-non-coc-assassin-path-of-exile-build/
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How does it work, in general?
In 3.6 Ice Nova has been changed to expand from 2 Frostbolt projectiles, so it became possible to cast Frostbolt and follow-up Novas afterwards with doubled damage. With the new support gems like Unleash and changed Pledge of Hands (3.7), as well as skill gems like Inspiration (3.8) available on Elder items it became possible to raise up the DPS bar to a whole new heights!
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1) PROS
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+flying balls madness!! Visually insane
+2 strong cold spells in 1 build
+fantastic AOE and great clear speed.
+tanky with ES spell leech and 10K es without Mind over Matter

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2) CONS
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-bad against fast bosses (Chimera is VERY annoying)
-needs 2 six-links for full power
-still pretty squishy i would say, needs Acrobatics to became really tanky (if you want to go HC)
-need gem swap for Bosses
-i don’t know how rare elder and shaper bases will be in 3.9 for now, so hard to predict the FUTURE of the build

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
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Path of building:
https://pastebin.com/BjgNaw0y
For Ascendancy: Ambush and Assassinate, Mistwalker, Unstable Infusion, Deadly Infusion.
Bandits:Kill All

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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Axioms, Goldrim, Tabula, Lochtonial Caress, Wanderlust. Lifesprigs (Axioms are better in late game)


Start with Freezing Pulse + Added Cold Damage and at level 12 grab Storm Brand. You can add Added Lightning on top as well as Herald of Ice and Thunder as soon as they are available.
Another option is to level up with Arc Trap or Explosive Trap.
Elemental Focus or Hypothermia as well, when available.
In Act 5 you can get https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Frozen_Trail for free and start speccing into a real build. Although if you wish you can still carry on with Storm Brand.
Don’t forget to buy cheap FIVE LINK chest for 1 chaos early on!
There are some fantastic items that can help you with levelling as well:
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Mutewind_Whispersteps
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Voidbringer
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Tasalio%27s_Sign
Once you get enough crit chance you can start using a 2H STAFF, a 5L one is 1 alch.

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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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Pledge of Hands is a GG staff, unless you have 2x mod Elder Staff or a multimod elder staff.

For jewels looks for crit multi with elemental skills \ cold . For abyssal jewels: cold damage with spells.
For Uber Lab enchant: 20%% Reduced Discipline, 40% Ice Nova damage.
5L Frostbolt: Frostbolt-Hypothermia-Increased.Crit.Strikes-Unleash-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles(MAPS)/Slower.Projectiles(BOSSES)
6L Frostbolt: Frostbolt-Hypothermia-Increased.Crit.Strikes-Unleash-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles(MAPS)/Slower.Projectiles(BOSSES)-Energy.Leech
5L Ice Nova: Ice.Nova-Hypothermia-Spell.Echo-Energy.Leech-Increased.Area.of.Effect(MAPS)/Concentrated.Effect(BOSSES)
6L Ice Nova: Ice.Nova-Hypothermia-Spell.Echo-Cold.Penetration-Energy.Leech-Increased.Area.of.Effect(MAPS)/Concentrated.Effect(BOSSES)
Keep in mind it will be hard to get 2 green sockets on a staff base as you will be getting A LOT OF reds.I recommend just saving chromes and use 2G crafting bench.
For the gear i would prioritize:
1) Tabula Rasa and any levelling gear
2) lvl.10: Axiom’s Perpetuum X2
3) lvl.30-40: 5L Chest / Staff
4) lvl.42: Frozen Trail jewel
5) lvl.68: Pledge of Hands
6) lvl.70+: start grabbing ES stuff, like https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Beast_Fur_Shawl and https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Sin_Trek
7) lvl.80-90+: crafting a Vaal Regalia / Elder Staff
You can also use Essence Worm and put either Zealotry or Hatred there.

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6) Flasks
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Mana flask is mandatory.
Make sure you have highest cold res for Wise Oak to work. Otherwise get CInderswallow Urn and some added fire damage for ignites.


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7) Pantheon Gods
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Major: Brine King
Minor: Yugul (Uber Elder) / Gruthkul

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8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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Is viable, but you need to know 100% what you are doing. I would also spec into Acrobatics for sure

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9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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+1-2 T1 Crit Chest, GG corrupted jewels, 8L Staff like i have

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MORE VIDEOS:

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FAQ
1) What is the best base for crafting a weapon?
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I.lvl 80 Shaper Eclipse Staff

2) Why do i need Shaper chest?
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For base crit chance to spells

3) Have you tried Pledge of Hands? I heard it's BIS for this build
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I compared both and found next to no DPS difference. Pledge repeats more Ice Novas, but it seems like it hits weaker than Elder staff. I did many shaper kills to see what's the difference and it's pretty much none. It might be because my staff is really strong though. I recommend going with Pledge of Hands as it's much much easier to get, unless you really want to invest into a great multimid elder staff

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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Dec 12, 2019, 12:40:57 PM
Last bumped on Jan 11, 2020, 2:25:15 AM
How do you deal with stuns playing this build? Looking at the guide I don't see this being addressed anywhere.
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How do you deal with stuns playing this build? Looking at the guide I don't see this being addressed anywhere.

Taking the pantheon and that's it
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-POB updated for 3.9 (added Pantheons so make sure you use FORK for POB)
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Do you have life build for this?
how he will feel on blight maps from 13,14 tier ?
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Do you have life build for this?

Not worth it being life build.
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Zerati wrote:
how he will feel on blight maps from 13,14 tier ?

Feels great on all tiers once you have the gear. Bosses are dangerous though
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Do you have life build for this?

Not worth it being life build.


what would be the minimum ES to run red maps?
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prokent wrote:
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Do you have life build for this?

Not worth it being life build.


what would be the minimum ES to run red maps?

I would say 6-7k
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