[3.16] Freeze Battlemage: Permanently Freeze (almost) Everything

I'm am very pleased to hear you are enjoying the build, thank you for sharing your feedback! :)

So the way to "jump" on the skill tree like that is to gain your "path of the shadow" ascendancy. It's something special that Scion's can do, after you've allocated that ascendancy point, you will then be able to jump across the tree like that.

I'm continuing to play this character even today, and I'm finding little things I can do to improve upon it. I'll update the POB later when I feel like there's enough tweaks to warrant making the update.
I updated the POB, refunded the passives down in the large/medium cluster jewel at the bottom and used those points to gain more spell suppression and evasion. Also purchased a watchers eye, and crafted a frostbite on hit ring. The next upgrades would be to get awakened support gems and perhaps experiment with alternate quality gems, or an amulet with +1 to cold gems and probably +1 to intelligence gems. Or perhaps with flat added physical or flat added cold.

Been running a lot of heists lately and the build has been great in heists since it's less about single target DPS and more about AOE clear or even just freezing enemies and walking right past them on your way out the door with your loot. Also posted an updated video, only 2 minutes long. Hope anyone who is following the build is enjoying it.
I'm really enjoying the low level part of this build, looking forward to it later on. Great fun, especially once you get hydrosphere :D

Edit: life pool seems low, but i guess nothing hits as it's frozen haha

2nd edit: going to run inward eye as the suggested helmet is 5ex at the moment. Should bring some more survivability.
Last edited by Forcer_Josh on Nov 8, 2021, 1:37:59 PM
you can put winter burial in the socket by the res node at scion start isn't much but might help a little for early clear
Last edited by razlo11 on Nov 8, 2021, 11:30:45 PM
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razlo11 wrote:
you can put winter burial in the socket by the res node at scion start isn't much but might help a little for early clear


Good to know, thank you!

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Forcer_Josh wrote:
I'm really enjoying the low level part of this build, looking forward to it later on. Great fun, especially once you get hydrosphere :D

Edit: life pool seems low, but i guess nothing hits as it's frozen haha

2nd edit: going to run inward eye as the suggested helmet is 5ex at the moment. Should bring some more survivability.


Glad to hear you're enjoying it! :) Yeah the character is relatively squishy and relies on the freeze to stay alive. Certain enemies are a big threat to this build, like lightning mirage <-- even if you freeze enemies with this ability, they still summon lightning mirages and it *will* kill you if you stand still for too long (as happened in the first video I made on this character). Enemies with persistent effects that happen even when they are frozen can be a pain.

I've been tinkering around with different skills and decided to drop the holy relic + stone golem and instead run void sphere:



There's a lot of good situations to drop void sphere, like right before popping a harvest, or like when you're fighting metamorphs and they spawn those enemies around the edge of your screen. You can just drop a void sphere, it will freeze and pull everything in towards the center and cause their deaths to overlap AOE damage explosions and clean up the pack nice and easy.

Just in case anyone's interested, here's a clip of this character running a breach. I recommend teaming up with other players and running rotations if you intend to run breachstones. The biggest thing this character has to offer when running breaches is that you prevent players from dying during the boss fight at the end. All the breachlords get permafroze by this character, including pure chayula. Pure Chayla can be a scary boss and kill a lot of players, but with Freeze Battlemage in the party, Chayula isn't a threat. I haven't tried running the new "aspirational" breaches yet, so I'm not sure what to expect there.

https://youtu.be/6Wj30JAqE3Y
Last edited by Boozbaz on Nov 9, 2021, 2:24:51 AM
I gotta say I love how on the gear section you said "for the boots im running this" That was amazing pun.

Anyways, I really loved the mapping video and really wanted to make the build but i wanted for it to be able to do 'end game' bosses so i decided to go for crit



I'm using this ring with hydrosphere inside to get brittle and with all the non-damaging ailment effect its super easy to get 15% flat crit which makes hitting 100% crit chance super duper easy

Dude, that is a really neat idea!! I love it! I was thinking of ways to get more value out of the non-damaging ailments. Hmmm you just helped me a lot with my next iteration of a freeze character. Would you be willing to share your POB? I'm interested in how you made the character more viable for end game stuff.
This is a great idea! Looking forward to trying out something a little different. Thank you for the build.

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