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Burning Icestorm Blood Magic Berserker - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Burning Icestorm Blood Magic Berserker - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Powerful Blood Magic Berserker build based on Whispering Ice unique staff and the Icestorm spell that scales well with Intelligence gear

Burning Icestorm
Blood Magic Berserker
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 spellcaster build

Whispering Ice is an extremely powerful staff, that provides the unique Icestorm spell. It not only scales extremely well with high Intelligence gear (Intelligence increases Icestorm's base damage, duration and grant global Spell Damage increase) but also provides very cheap 7 linked item. Support Gems in Whispering Ice staff do not have to be linked together to buff the Icestorm spell, with the exception of Scorching Ray linked with Cast while Channeling Support Gem, which is suggested in this build.

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1. Gameplay

This build is based on Cast while Channeling mechanics socketed in the Whispering Ice staff. It allows to bypass high Mana Cost and greatly increases the Cast Speed of your Icestorm spell. Scorching Ray not only halves the Cast Speed but also costs only 5 Mana (Life in our case) And because you will be using Blood Magic passive, your core spell will be basically cast for free. The Berserker class also provides amazing damage and Life Leech bonuses, making it extremely durable and powerful spell-caster build. 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • great AoE damage
  • budget-friendly with no high-linked gear requirements
  • good clear speed
  • scales well with end-game and high Int. gear
  • good defenses with over 8000 Life and insane Life leech
  • not suitable for new Leagues, because of a high number of specific unique items required 
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect map mod

3. Leveling tips

Leveling with Whispering Ice is very easy. All you have to do is get to level 33 when you can equip it, and your DPS will simply skyrocket, providing you did stack Intelligence attribute on your gear. Also, it's very important to make sure you Whispering Ice is item level 50 or above, otherwise, you will be unable to craft 6 sockets on it. We recommend leveling up with any melee attack until level 16 when you start using Righteous Fire Spell Totem and Searing Bond Totem - they both deal amazing DPS without any specific Passive Skills and Spell Damage nodes required, making it the easiest way to reach level 33

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Infernal Blow setup
Infernal Blow Infernal Blow - one of the first available attack skills for Marauders. Should carry you till level 16 when you switch to pure Righteous Fire/Searing Bond Totems leveling
Maim Support Maim Support - increases Physical Damage taken by maimed enemies. Maimed enemies are also slowed down by a fair amount
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - increases the damage of the Infernal Blow skill
Fire Trap
Fire Trap Fire Trap - one of the few low levels skills available to Marauders. Fire Trap deals decent damage and will help you reach level 16
Righteous Fire Totem setup
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - will spawn a Totem that will use the Righteous Fire spell
Righteous Fire Righteous Fire - deals insane Area Damage, while also dealing Degeneration Damage to the caster himself - in this case, this means the Spell Totem only 
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - greatly increases Burning Damage dealt by your Spell Totem
Searing Bond Totem setup
Searing Bond Searing Bond - spawns a Totem that will shoot fire beams towards you and your other Totems. Enemies in the beam receive high damage over time
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - greatly increases Burning Damage dealt by your Spell Totem
Icestorm setup
(Whispering Ice only)
Icestorm Icestorm - core spell of this build. It's only available with the Whispering Ice staff equipped. It scales with Int attribute and does not require links to fully benefit from all the socketed Support Gems
Added Cold Damage Added Cold Damage - adds flat Cold Damage to your spells
Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support - makes Icestorm repeat additional time, with greatly increased Cast Speed
Cold to Fire Support Cold to Fire Support - converts 50% of Icestorms damage to Fire, and also adds additional Fire Damage
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - greatly increases leveling speed
Utility Gems
Frostbite Frostbite - a curse that reduces monster's resistance to Cold Damage
Leap Slam Leap Slam - your main mobility skill during leveling phase
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - increases your cold damage and causes AoE explosions on killing frozen enemies, which improves your leveling speed
Clarity Clarity - increases Mana Regeneration, great Aura for spellcaster classes


We recommend killing all bandits for the additional 2 passive points

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Warrior's Blood 2) Retribution 3) Amplify 4) Elementalist 5) Devotion

61 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Quick Recovery 2) Deep Wisdom 3) Blast Radius 4) Elemental Overload

Recommended leveling items:

PyrePyre - grants insane damage bonuses to both your RF and 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 - great leveling wand, that is supposed to be used with the Totem setups
(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 - the best leveling helmet. Will cover all your elemental resistances needs until 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)
AstramentisAstramentis - the best in slot amulet for this build. Not to mention it can be worn starting at level 20
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(80-100) to all Attributes
-4 Physical Damage taken from Attacks

Whispering IceWhispering Ice - the mandatory item for this build. You should get one with item level 50 or above as soon as you reach level 33. This staff will greatly increase your DPS and will carry you all the way to the end-game

18% Chance to Block
+1 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
Grants Level 1 Icestorm Skill
Plays Whispering Ice sound on killing a rare Monster (Hidden)
(8-12)% increased Cast Speed
1% increased Spell Damage per 10 Intelligence
(14-18)% increased Intelligence

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Crave the Slaughter
  2. Aspect of Carnage
  3. Pain Reaver
  4. War Bringer


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 Gruthkul - 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Icestorm 2L + 4 Sockets setup
Scorching Ray [2L]Scorching Ray - this is your main skill. You have to channel it to trigger Icestorm through Cast while Channelling Support Gem. Because we use channeled spell on level 1, your Icestorm basically cost no Mana and is cast twice as frequent. Scorching Ray also reduces monsters resistance to Fire damage. You should not link any of the Support Gems to Scorching Ray otherwise they will increase its' mana cost
Cast while Channelling Support [2L]Cast while Channelling Support - will make Scorching Ray trigger Icestorm spell
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - increases elemental damage, but makes the supported spell unable to inflict negative status ailments
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - increases Icestorm's spell damage, but reduces its' chance to critically hit
Cold to Fire Support Cold to Fire Support - one of the most important Gems in this setup. Converts 50% of damage to Fire, as well as adds 25% as extra Fire damage
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - reduces Icestorm radius, but greatly increases its' damage
Icestorm Icestorm - your main DPS source, which is granted by the Whispering Ice staff
[CURSE] Orb of Storms setup
Orb of Storms Orb of Storms - one of the best spells used for applying curses
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - will make Orb of Storms apply your supported curse
Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness - recommended curse option for this build. Will reduce monsters' resistance to both cold and fire damage
Chain Support Chain Support - this Support Gem will greatly increase the radius of Orb of Storms, and make it nearly cover the entire screen with your curse
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam
Leap Slam Leap Slam -  your main mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - link it to your Leap Slam for faster movement
Fortify Support Fortify Support - increases the duration of Arcane Surge buff
Arcane Surge Support Flame Golem - recommended Golem for this build. Increases your damage
[DEFENSE/UTILITY] Immortal Call / Rallying Cry
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will trigger supported spell after you take a certain amount of damage. Keep this Gem at level 1
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support – increases Immortal Call and Rallying Cry duration
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immortality. Match this Gems level with the CwDT Gem
Rallying Cry Rallying Cry - suggested warcry for this build. Will increases your damage. This skill can be linked together with other Gems in this setup, to increase its' buff duration, but still, as a Warcry, it will have to be cast manually

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5. Gear Setup

Our Whispering Ice Berserker build is very budget-friendly, considering it requires a maximum of 4 links in your gear. On the other hand, it is not suitable as a League starter, mainly because it requires quite a few specific unique items, that may be expensive and hard to get early in new Leagues. Even if you choose to use this weapon for its' free 7 links, it still remains extremely good for leveling and low tier mapping even with rare Intelligence capped gear.

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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, as it's already all planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Cold/Fire/Elemental Damage
  4. Cast Speed
Black Sun Crest(Helmet) Black Sun Crest - the best in slot item for Whispering Ice builds. It provides insane attribute bonuses, though high rolled Int piece will cost quite a bit. Socket your curse in it for the extra Gem level - other setups don't need it at all
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
(100-150)% increased Armour
40% reduced Light Radius
(5-15)% increased Dexterity
(5-15)% increased Strength
(5-15)% increased Intelligence
Whispering Ice(Weapon) Whispering Ice - build-defining item. It provides free 7 links and the unique Icestorm spell
18% Chance to Block
+1 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
Grants Level 1 Icestorm Skill
Plays Whispering Ice sound on killing a rare Monster (Hidden)
(8-12)% increased Cast Speed
1% increased Spell Damage per 10 Intelligence
(14-18)% increased Intelligence
Kaom's Heart(Armour) Kaom's Heart - the best in slot armour for this build. Grants almost 1500 extra Life and amazing Fire damage bonus. Since you do not use any Auras in this build, the extra sockets are redundant too
Has no Sockets
+500 to maximum Life
(20-40)% increased Fire Damage
Rare Armour(Armour) Rare Body Armour - with high Life and int bonus. You can use the extra sockets for the Frost Bomb Spell Totem setup
Min. requirements:
120 maximum Life
40 Intelligence
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Life/Res boots - just get the highest stats you can afford
Min. requirements:
75 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Cyclopean Coil(Belt) Cyclopean Coil - this belt provides a lot of additional attributes, and also increases damage dealt by around 30% (from approx. 150 of your lowest Dexterity Attribute)
+(25-40) to maximum Life
+(60-80) to maximum Life
(5-15)% increased Attributes
Cannot be Frozen if Dexterity is higher than Intelligence
Cannot be Ignited if Strength is higher than Dexterity
Cannot be Shocked if Intelligence is higher than Strength
1% increased Damage per 5 of your lowest Attribute
Atziri's Acuity(Gloves) Atziri's Acuity - the best in slot gloves for this build. They provide the highest Int bonus out of all gloves in Path of Exile, as well as basically double your Life Leech
+(60-80) to Intelligence
+(60-75) to maximum Life
(200-220)% increased Armour
(25-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
You have Vaal Pact if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res gloves - one of the best gloves for this build, which are also very cheap. 
Min. requirements:
75 maximum Life
45 Intelligence
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
increased Spell Damage
Le Heup of All(Ring) Le Heup of All - good rolled ones are the best in slot for this build (but very expensive) You should aim to cap your resistances first, and then try to get the highest damage and attributes they provide. You can wear 2 of them, and corrupting them for increased Cast Speed is advised
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res ring - you have to cap your resistances with this item. Compared to Le Heup of All this ring will provide extra Life, but it might be easier (and cheaper) to get Le Heup Rings which provide additional damage
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
40 Intelligence
28% Fire Resistance
28% Cold Resistance
28% Lightning Resistance
Astramentis(Amulet) Astramentis - this amulet provides the highest attribute bonuses in Path of Exile, and with the other recommended gear including Black Sun Crest and Cyclopean Coil, Astramentis bonuses are multiplied
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(80-100) to all Attributes
-4 Physical Damage taken from Attacks
Brute Force Solution(Jewels) Brute Force Solution - converts Strength bonuses in radius to Intelligence. You will need 3 of them in the following sockets:
  • The left side of the tree right above Juggernaut node
  • The left side of the tree right above Devotion node
  • to the bottom/left of Marauder's starting point, below Constitution node
+(16-24) to Intelligence
Strength from Passives in Radius is transformed into Intelligence
Clear Mind(Jewels) Clear Mind - this unique jewel provide insane Spell damage bonus, but you need to cap your resistances without the jewel sockets. With all the recommended uniques you may need to grab rare jewels with all elemental resistances instead
(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
(40-60)% increased Spell Damage while no Mana is Reserved
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - used mainly to cap resistances, increase Life and grant extra Intelligence
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
% increased Spell/Elemental/Fire/Cold/Area Damage
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - very good Flask which provides extra damage, resistances and Life Leech 
+35% to Chaos Resistance
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (10-15)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Forbidden Taste(Flask) Forbidden Taste - this Flask will instantly heal you to Full life. Great for emergency situations
10% chance to Dodge Attacks
10% chance to Dodge Spell Damage
Recover Full Life on use
8% of maximum Life taken as Chaos Damage per second
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill effects)
  3. Experimenter's Sulphur Flask of Iron Skin (creates Consecrated Ground on use, also provides additional armour)
Atziri's PromiseForbidden TasteDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskSulphur Flask

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