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[3.1]Starter CwC Shock Nova Berserker - Odealo's Crafty Guide

[3.1]Starter CwC Shock Nova Berserker - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Lightning Tendrils channelling Berserker build. With the 3.1 Patch we can finally try a Lightning version of this extremely powerful build

Cast while Channelling
Lightning Tendrils/Shock Nova
Berseker
Patch 3.1 Build

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Guide notes
March 3, 2018
-As of Patch 3.2 this build is no longer supported. Berserker Ascendancy class is no longer viable choice for any spell caster build

Lightning Tendrils was completely reworked in patch 3.1. It became a channelled spell and with this, we can finally try out a lightning version of CwC (Cast while Channelling) build. Since this type of builds require you to remain stationary, it is strongly advised to play them with a tanky character. And what else suits it better than high Life and sick (and instant) leech Blood Magic Berserker?

Our suggested build revolves around the Shock Nova spell. It grants amazing aoe damage and is pretty much the only lightninig spell that can make this build work. It works on pretty much any non-boss corpse, and is mainly used to summon powerful spell-caster mininons (including Solar Guards, that this build revolves around).

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1. Basic gameplay

As pretty much all the CwC builds, this one is also a "stationary" build, which require you to stay in place and channel your main spell. This makes your character vulnerable to all incoming attacks, making this build the most suitable for tanky characters. Berserker's high life pool, the best leeching capabilities, and the new Storm Barrier support gem makes your character extremely durable, maximizing your damage output at the same time.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • extremely powerful with Berserker ascendancy class granting the highest raw dps bonuses in PoE
  • very tanky - with high Life pool, and amazing Life recovery with Vaal Pact passive
  • one of the most enjoyable and visually appealing builds out there
CONS
  • should avoid "cannot leech life/mana" maps at all cost
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect maps
  • requires at least 5 linked sockets for proper dps output

3. Leveling tips

Since the suggested skill tree boosts neither type of damage, the best way to get your character to late-game is by using Flame Totem and Searing Bond Totem combination. This way you can deal enough damage to get you through all the early content, and with all the Life nodes you will have no problems staying alive even when facing tough bosses and rare monsters. Both your totem setups can be 

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Searing Bond setup
Searing Bond Searing Bond - this spell summons a totem that shoots fire beams towards your other totems and yourself. It deals moderately high burning damage allowing you to melt anything in your way, without any active fire/spell damage nodes  in your Passive Skill tree
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - the most effective support gem for the Searing Bond spell
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - another good dps buff
Flame Totem setup
Flame Totem Flame Totem - one of your main dps sources when leveling. You need 1  Flame Totem and 1 Searing Bond Totem active in order to maximize your dps
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - it boosts the rate at which Flame Totem casts its' projectile-based spell
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - another great leveling support gem for this setup
Utility gems
Flame Golem Flame Golem - flame golem will boost your dps 
Flammability Flammability - for leveling phase you should just aim to maximize your dps, which makes the flammability curse extremely useful
Anger Anger - another nice dps buff for your Flame Totem

Bandits:

We recommend killing all bandits for the additional 2 passive points

Leveling skill trees:

31 Points skill tree
31 Points Path of Building link
Priorities: 1) Retribution 2) Elementalist 3) Light of Divinity 4) Tireless

73 Points skill tree
73 Points Path of Building Link
Prorities: pretty much any order is possible, as long as you take the Blood Magic and Amplify nodes when you respec to your CwC setup

Recommended leveling items:

Pyre Pyre - the highest possible dps boost to your Searing Bond totems 
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(25-35)% to Fire Resistance
(60-80)% increased Burning Damage
40% of Cold Damage Converted to Fire Damage
10% increased Light Radius
Ignited Enemies you hit are destroyed on Kill
 
AshcallerAshcaller - a great leveling wand that increases the damage of both your totems
(18-22)% increased Spell Damage
Adds (10-14) to (18-22) Fire Damage
Adds (4-6) to (7-9) Fire Damage to Spells
(40-50)% increased Burning Damage
(16-22)% chance to Ignite
10% chance to Trigger Level 8 Summon Raging Spirit on Kill
 
GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best leveling helmets in Path of Exile. Should carry you till the mapping phase
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points and Pantheon

Final skill tree:

117 Points Final Skill Tree
117 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Pain Reaver
  2. Crave the Slaughter
  3. Aspect of Carnage
  4. Cloaked in Savagery

Pantheon:

Major God : Soul of Lunaris - 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%; 1% increased Movement Speed for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%

Minor God : Soul of Ryslatha - Life Flasks gain 3 Charges every 3 seconds if you haven't used a Life Flask Recently

5. Final gems links

[DPS] CwC Lightning Tendrils setup
Lightning Tendrils Lightning Tendrils - your main active skill gem. You should remain stationary even when facing bosses and tough elites. Your life leech should keep you alive. Kite only in emergency situations
Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support - mandatory support gem for this setup. It will make channelling LT to cast Shock Novas
Shock Nova Shock Nova - your main source of dps. You will not be castint it directly though but through the CwC support gem
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - since Shock Nova is area spell this is one of the most suitable support gems for this setup. You can replace it when facing bosses as no aoe will be needed there
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - another good dps support gem
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - same as above
Storm Barrier Support (optional)Storm Barrier Support - this is the new gem that directly affects channelled spells. It will however only boost your defenses in this build, so use it only when having problems staying alive (or as a replacement for Inc. Area of Effect support gem vs bosses)
[AURA] Wrath (Essence Worm)
Wrath Wrath - additional lightning damage to your spells
[UTILITY] Vaal Skills
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - increases your cast speed (and movement speed, but this is  irrelevant in this build)
Vaal Lightning Trap Vaal Lightning Trap - will apply shock much more effectively than your active skills (since it's a low critical hit chance build). Also since you have plenty of empty sockets, there is no reason not to throw it in there
[CURSE] Enfeeble Curse on Hit setup
Orb of Storms Orb of Storms - spell used to apply your curse by linking it with Curse on Hit support gem
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - will make Orb of Storms apply the supported curse
Enfeeble Enfeeble - our recommended defensive curse
Conductivity (optional)Conductivity - this curse will amplify your damage output, use it if you have no problems staying alive, or optionally you can do dual-curse with Windscream boots
Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - put it in the 4th socket for extra Life regen. if your are not using two curses 
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - your main mobility skill
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - will increase the "movement" speed of your Flame Dash spell
[DEFENSIVE/UTILTY] Decoy Totem 4L setup
Decoy Totem Decoy Totem - a great defensive spell, that summons a totem which taunts nearby enemies
Minion and Totem Elemental Resistances Support Minion and Totem Elemental Resistance Support - great defensive support gem for your totem
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - increases the range at which Decoy totem taunts enemies
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases your totem's duration, which allow you to focus on dealing damage
[DEFENSIVE/UTILTY] CwDT Molten Shell setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will cast supported spells when certain amount of damage is taken
Molten Shell Molten Shell - grants a shield that prevents up to 1500 damage,and grants up to 943 Armour (at level 20)
Iron Will Support Iron Will Support - increases the damage of the Molten Shell spell, at the same time increasing the amount of healing done from the Life Leech Support gem
Life Leech Support Life Leech Support - will grant a quick burst of healing from the Molten Shell's damage
[DEFENSIVE/UTILTY] Immortal Call CwDT
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will cast supported spells when certain amount of damage is taken. Do not level it up above level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immortality when activated by the Cast when Damage Taken Support gem. Do not level up above the level of CwDT support gem


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5. Gear Setup

Each item on our list included minimum stat requirements and estimated price. CwC Lightning Tendrils Bersekers should maximize the defensive stats on all of the following items in accordance with their budget. If you can't afford some of the items, you may want to visit our Path of Exile market and find cheap PoE Orbs required to complete your build.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully
  3. Save you at least a couple of hours!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Spell/Lightning damage
  4. Armour
  5. Attributes
  6. Cast speed
The Brine Crown(Helmet) The Brine Crown - grants amazing defensives bonuses. The +800 Armour bonus while stationary (when channelling) is irreplaceable for this build
(100-120)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(30-50)% to Cold Resistance
Cannot be Frozen
+800 Armour while stationary
60% increased Mana Regeneration Rate while stationary
15% chance to create Chilled Ground when Hit with an Attack
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - grants one of the best Life bonuses in the entire Path of Exile. It also shouldn't be expensive since you do not need more than 6 sockets / 4 links in this item
3% reduced Movement Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour
(30-40)% increased maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
Extra gore
Agnerod West(Weapon Slot) Agnerod West - extremely powerful weapon for this build. The increased strength requirement should be no problem for a Berserker either. Any other Agnerod staff will work for starters, and they are rather easy to get with relatively cheap Divination Cards. 4x Divination Card The Stormcaller can be exchanged for Agnerod Staff
18% Chance to Block
+2 to Level of Socketed Lightning Gems
+(80-120) to Intelligence
(30-50)% increased Lightning Damage
Adds (5-15) to (100-140) Lightning Damage to Spell
40% increased Strength Requirement
Damage Penetrates 20% Lightning Resistance
Rare boots(Boots) Rare Life/res boots - a minimum of 20% increased movement speed is recommended, and the highest Life/res combination you can afford
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Windscream(Boots) Windscream - can be used for the dual-curse version of Orb of Storms setup
(50-80)% increased Armour
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
15% increased Movement Speed
(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage
Enemies can have 1 additional Curse
Rare life/res belt(Belt) Rare Life/res belt - just grab the highest Life you can afford. Additional Armour will be a valuable additional affix
Min. requirements:
85 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Armour
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/res - possibly with some extra Lightning/Spell damage and Attributes
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
10% All Elemental Resistances
12% Increased Lightning Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
Attributes
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/res ring - no special requirements except for high Life/res combination. End-game users may want to use Opal ring for additional elemental damage bonus
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
10% All Elemental Resistances
15 All Attributes
Essence Worm(Ring) Essence Worm - good option if you want to have a "free" aura (Wrath in this case) for extra damage
Has 1 Socket
+2 to Level of Socketed Aura Gems
Socketed Gems Reserve No Mana
40% increased Mana Reserved
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/res gloves - and once again, additional Armour is recommended
Min. requirements:
300 Armour
95 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare jewels - Life is the most important bonus on all your jewels
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Elemental/Lightning/Spell/Area Damage
Optional affixes:
% increased Cast Speed
% increased Cast Speed while wielding a Staff
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (bleeding immunity)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (freeze and chill immunity)
  3. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Warding/Curing/Grounding (additional immunity of your choice)
  4. The Overflowing Chalice Sulphur Flask - for extra life regeneration while inside the Consecrated Ground 
  5. Forbidden Taste Quartz Flask - amazing instant life recovery for emergency situations
Divine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskDivine Life Flask Overflowing ChaliceForbidden Taste


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