[3.12] Memoria's Crackling Lance Assassin [Leveling Section updated]



What's up everyone!

I'm sure that I'm not the only one looking into the new Crackling Lance skill and I've tried to come up with a decent starting build for this.

Feel free to join me Twitch or Discord if you have any questions or want to see the build in action.

Discord: https://discord.gg/NgZTgBs
Twitch: https://twitch.tv/Memoria_gaming

Path of Building


Videos
Coming Soon

Progress
Day 1: Act 1-10 in 6hr, lvl 80, conq down.
Day 2: Lvl 88 red tier maps. Decided to replace Cracklance with Storm brand until later on when I have more currency. Feels like we need to invest quite a bit more to make it work lategame.

Damage is bonkers in most cases, need to work with survivability (Shield/1h + block most likely)

Pros

+ Nice clear
+ Skill looks great
+ New and exciting
+ Single target dmg is sweet


Cons

- Squishy - Shield/block might be an option
- Needs to stand still in order to deal high single target dmg


How the build works
Spoiler

The idea is to utilize Assassin to scale our lightning damage through power charges & crit. The base damage looks good and combined with intensify we are looking at some juicy crits. For single target we need to be more or less standing still and for that we need some defensive options such as Phase acro and we might need to swap out one Void Battery for a shield and focus more on block. We also got Tempest Shield, Arctic Armour, Enfeeble & immortal call to look into for defenses.


Talent tree for those without PoB Community Fork
Spoiler
40pts Normal lab

60pts Cruel lab

80pts Merciless lab

100pts Uber lab


Ascendancy & Pantheon
Spoiler

Ascendancy

Opportunistic -> Mistwalker -> Unstable Infusion -> Deadly Infusion

Bandits
Help Alira for crit multi and res

Pantheons

Major - Brine King
Minor - Ryslatha for bosses, Shakari or Gruthkul for clear


Gear
Spoiler


Weapon


Double Void battery, optional to use a shield instead or go Staff with +1 Power charge & dmg per power charge

Helm


Mods to look for on rare
Life
Res
+1 to Maximum Power Charge
%# elemental damage
Crit multi

Body Armour


Rare with Explode + Frenzy or Spell crit
Inpulsa might be a good choice here

Gloves


Mods to look for
Life
Res
Spell Damage
Culling Strike
Unnerve

Belt


Mods to look for
Life
Res
Lightning/ele dmg (not to attacks, won't work)
Crit chance against shocked enemies

Boots


Mods to look for
Life
Res
MS
Tailwind

Amulet
Choir of the Storm
Rare amulet with Life/res/crit multi/+ lightning/int skill gems
Badge of the brotherhood

Rings


Mods to look for
Life
Res
Conductivity
Assassin's mark
Added flat lightning dmg per power charge
Crit multi
Lightning damage


Jewels
Life
Crit multi
Dex
Spell/area/lightning dmg

Glorious Vanity - Place either below Pain attunement or Mind over Matter. Gives Corrupted Soul (20% of max life as extra ES + 50% of non-chaos damage taken bypasses ES). This let's us leech ES and life at the same time.

Cluster Jewels
Large: Storm Drinker, Doryani's Lesson, Disorienting display and any other Elemental/lightning damage mod
Medium: Towering threat, magnifier or any other lightning/spell/area/crit dmg
Small: Chaos res with anti-venom if needed, else Life with Fettle

Flasks
Instant Life Flask
Diamond Flask
Vessel of the Vinktar
Cinderswallow Urn or Atziri's Promise
Quicksilver FLask


Gems and Links
Spoiler

Crackling Lance - Lightning Pen - Controlled Destruction - Elemental Focus - Unleash - Added Lightning

Immortal Call - Wave of Conviction - Cast When Damage Taken - Arctic Amour (Dual Wield) or Tempest Shield (Shield)

OOS Clear
Orb of Storms - Controlled Destruction - Added Lightning Damage - Chain

OOS Curse
Orb of Storms - Curse on Hit - Conductivity

Wrath - Herald of Thunder - Enlighten lvl 3


Leveling Guide
I'll start by saying that I'm not 100% sure how I will level this but here's my rough idea.

Spoiler

Stats to look for while leveling to increase your dmg
+1 to lightning spell skill gems
Flat lightning/spell dmg added to spells
Other flat ele dmg to spells
increased lightning/spell dmg
Crit is not important in the beginning but will be better the more dmg you have

Leveling tree's added in PoB

Skill gems for leveling
---------Lvl 1---------
Freezing Pulse - Onslaught [B-G]
Stormblast Mine [B]
---------Lvl 4---------
Frost Bomb - Onslaught [B-G]
Orb of Storms [B]
---------Lvl 8---------
Frost Bomb - Onslaught - Added Lightning [B-B-G]
Stormblast Mine - Added Lightning - Swift assembly [B-B-G]
---------Lvl 18---------
Orb of Storms - Onslaught - Added lightning [B-B-G]
Stormblast Mine - Swift Assembly - Controlled Destruction - Added Lightning [B-B-B-G]
---------Lvl 28---------
Crackling Lance - Intensify - Controlled Destruction - Elemental Focus[B-B-B-B]
---------Lvl 38---------
Wave of Conviction - Curse on Hit - Conductivity - Phys to Lightning [B-B-B-B]
Crackling Lance - Intensify - Spell Echo - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction [B-B-B-B]
Arcane Cloak - Arcane Surge [B-B]
Sigil of Power - Increased Duration - Increased Area of effect [B-B-R]
Orb of Storms - Controlled Destruction - Elemental Focus - Chain


Remember to pick up Herald of Thunder and Wrath.



My other build guides
Storm Brand Assassin - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2904469
Herald of Thunder Autobomber - https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2891996
Herald of Ice BV Autobomber Assassin https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2899679
Storm Brand Archmage Trickste
r https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2803112
Icicle Mines Saboteur https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2638570
Scourge Arrow Slayer https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2525823
Blade Vortex Explode Chieftain: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2743315
Wintertide/Vortex Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2887634
Last edited by Memoria_Gaming on Sep 20, 2020, 3:37:52 AM
Last bumped on Sep 26, 2020, 4:45:02 PM
I'm wondering if Cracking Lance would be any good with a CwC setup. Could be with Storm Burst or Divine Ire, but I'd like to try with my Lightning Tendrils Trickster, for full Palpatine-style. Usually, people channel Arc with LT, but I think that CL can look even more Sith ;-) and probably better against single targets. There may be issues with the Intensity mechanics, though.

I'll test it first thing when 3.12 launches !
"Here are the thrill seekers, corrupt and immoral..."
Last edited by rahsaan on Sep 17, 2020, 5:23:47 PM
Why are you using Pinpoint Support in your links? Pinpoint only works for projectiles, and Crackling Lance does not have projectiles. I would 100% recommend using Intensify Support as well, due to how much % more damage it gives.
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Why are you using Pinpoint Support in your links? Pinpoint only works for projectiles, and Crackling Lance does not have projectiles. I would 100% recommend using Intensify Support as well, due to how much % more damage it gives.


Thank you, I completely missed it!
I would go for frost shield, dmg should be enough if u go for 2x void battery and I would go with Shroud of the Lightless and HoI for clear. Maybe later switch to explode chest or +1 gems chest and for really late game maybe go for int stacking.
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I would go for frost shield, dmg should be enough if u go for 2x void battery and I would go with Shroud of the Lightless and HoI for clear. Maybe later switch to explode chest or +1 gems chest and for really late game maybe go for int stacking.


Considering Inpulsa later on in the league but we'll see.

Currently I'm a bit worried about the leveling experience since Storm brand is a bit lackluster atm and not sure about Crackling lance when it comes to leveling. Maybe level it as ED/contagion and swap later on..?
This looks pretty similar to what I thought about playing in Heist.

Leveling might not be too rough when using either Storm Brand or Arc and switching to Crackling Lance if it turns out to be alright in the lower levels, but I suspect that the first couple of days/the first week will be spent farming currency in mid tier maps until the build really comes online with Void Battery and possibly Inpulsa for clear.

It might also be worth to consider a more reliable leech option other than just Atziri's Promise. Valako's Sign perhaps together with more of a focus on shocks?

I will be following this thread and also try to make this work (although I suck at making builds).

Edit: This is my very unoptimized (using arc as filler spell, no jewels, clusters, too lazy to craft good rares, very squishy, just fucking around basically) POB for what I had in mind:

https://pastebin.com/kpBfTmTH

Last edited by DerMaggis on Sep 17, 2020, 11:10:21 PM
BV works well to level with, or freezing pulse is probably fine too.
I guess im going to follow this one for my starter

https://pastebin.com/xvfXnScv
Can Cracklance be used with bows? Wondering if its doable to aim for Voltaxic and go chaos damage with shocks

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