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Cospri's CoC Ice Nova/Glacial Cascade Assassin build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Cospri's CoC Ice Nova/Glacial Cascade Assassin build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

One of the fastest map-clearing builds in Path of Exile based on the powerful Cospri's Malice Sword

Cospri's CoC
Ice Nova/Frostbolt
Assassin build

Updated for Patch 3.8

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Guide notes
September 25, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.8

 

In Patch 3.5 many Cold skills got reworked and also Cast on Critical Gem's cooldown was lowered 0.5s to 0.15s, letting it proc up to 7 times per second! This change made Cast on Critical Strike based builds one of the strongest in the game. This build is focused mainly on triggering Ice Nova and Frostbolt with Cyclone, but it fits all kind of Cold spells really well, so if you prefer to play Glacial Cascade or Freezing Pulse, you don't need to change anything except the desired Spell Gems. The only required, and the most expensive item in this build is Cospri's Malice, the rest is focused on stacking as much Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier as possible.

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1. Gameplay

Gameplay is pretty straightforward - you Cyclone into packs of monsters and trigger all your socketed Cold Spells. The more monsters, the more spell casts per second. It's one of the most satisfying and fastest map-clearing builds in the game, thanks to cold explosions and ice projectiles flying all over the screen. Getting high Attack Speed is critical versus Bosses, as you increase the number of Hits per second, and trigger your Spells more frequently.


0:06 Tier 15 Colonnade
0:24 Tier 16 The Enslaver
0:56 Tier 16 The Eradicator
1:27 Tier 16 The Constrictor
1:49 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra

This video was recorded on a level 90 Assassin wearing Loreweave and The Pandemonius Amulet


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • one of the best AoE in the game
  • great clear speed 
  • decent Life pool and solid defenses
  • enjoyable triggering mechanism
  • high flexibility in terms of item choices, with just a few required uniques
  • can run reflect maps
CONS
  • requires to be played in Melee range with mediocre Physical Damage mitigation
  • expensive if you want to kill Guardians and Shaper

 

3. Leveling tips

This build feels really good, when you have all gear required for it and leveling Cast on Critical strike might be hard, that's why we recommend using Frost Blades for leveling, until you hit level 68, when you can wear all the required unique items. During leveling focus on upgrading your weapon to the highest Elemental/Physical DPS you can find.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Frost Blades setup
Frost Blades Frost Blades - your primary DPS source. We are using it for the entire leveling process
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - a lot of additional Cold damage
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - it will hit two additional nearby enemies with Frost Blades, which helps a lot with clearing packs
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - increases Elemental Damage
Utility Gems
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - great totem, that deals a lot of damage against Single targets but also increases Melee Damage
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - grants increased Burning Damage and causes slain monsters to Ignite nearby monsters for a percentage of the overkill damage
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - additional Cold Damage and Ice Explosions that shatters whole packs of monsters
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - your primary mobility skill

Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passives Points or helping Alira if you prefer additional Mana Regeneration and making it easier to cap Elemental Resistances

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blood Siphon 2) Coldhearted Calculation 3) Blood Drinker 3) Throatseeker

62 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Acrobatics 2) Heartseeker 3) Herbalism 4) Frost Walker

Recommended leveling items:

Wake of DestructionWake of Destruction - definitely best-leveling boots for attack based builds, provides a lot of flat Lightning damage to attacks
Adds 1 to 120 Lightning Damage to Attacks
(20-60)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(10-20) Life gained on Kill
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
15% increased Movement Speed
 
Karui ChargeKarui Charge- amazing amulet, that increases Attack Speed and Damage for your Frost Blades and your Movement Speed, making leveling faster and smoother
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
 
GoldrimGoldrim - amazing leveling Helmet which covers up all your needs for Elemental Resistances during early levels
+(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)
 
Belt of the DeceiverBelt of the Deceiver - all Resistances and additional Life are amazing during leveling, on top of that we have little DPS boost
(15-25)% increased Global Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
 
RedbeakRedbeak - perfect sword for early game, that you can use it since level 1
100% increased Damage when on Low Life
50% increased Physical Damage
Adds 2 to 6 Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+2 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
 
The Tempestuous SteelThe Tempestuous Steel - this will be perfect for full conversion to Elemental Damage leveling build because all attacks with this weapon Penetrate enemies Resistances
Adds (5-8) to (15-20) Physical Damage
(8-14)% increased Attack Speed
Hits can't be Evaded
Attacks with this Weapon Penetrate 30% Elemental Resistances
Gain 15% of Physical Attack Damage as Extra Lightning Damage
Gain 15% of Physical Attack Damage as Extra Fire Damage

HrimsorrowHrimmsorrow - great Gloves, providing additional Damage and Physical Conversion to Cold, which scales with Elemental/Cold Damage nodes on the skill tree

+(20-30) to Strength
Adds (5-7) to (13-15) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(40-50) to Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Reflects 10 Cold Damage to Melee Attackers
 

 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

116 Points Skill Tree
116 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Opportunistic
  2. Mistwalker
  3. Unstable Infusion
  4. Deadly Infusion

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Solaris 6% Physical Damage Reduction if there is only one nearby Enemy; 20% chance to take 50% less Area Damage from Hits

Minor God: Soul of Garukhan +5% chance to Evade Attacks if you've taken a Savage Hit recently

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Cyclone
(Body Armour)
Cyclone Cyclone - this is our main skill gem, that will cast linked Sells and Spells socketed into Cospri's Malice on Critical Strikes
Ice Nova Ice Nova - this is our main Damage dealing spell. It has great both single target and AoE damage
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - since we are dealing mainly Cold Damage this will grant the best Damage multiplier from all gems. It also increases the chance to Freeze enemies
Cast on Critical Strike Support Cast on Critical Strike Support - the most important gem in this setup. It will cast linked spells on Critical Strikes dealt by Cyclone
Controlled Destruction Controlled Destruction Support - insane DPS boost at the exchange of lower Crit. Chance which is negligible in this build
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support - this Gem will let our Ice Nova penetrate through enemies' Cold Resistance
[DPS] Frostbolt
(Cospri's Malice)
Frostbolt Frostbolt - Frostbolts are recommended for this build since they greatly increases our clear speed and radius of Spells triggered by Cospri's Malive
Elemental Focus Elemental Focus Support - greatly increase Elemental Damage but makes Frostbolts unable to Freeze or Chill
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash
(1-link)
Flame Dash Flame Dash - recommended Movement/Blink Spell which increases your mobility and gives you a decent kiting/avoidance mechanic
[AURAS] Herald of Ice, Hatred, Precision
(Gloves)
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - provides additional Cold Damage and huge Ice explosions, making your clear speed insanely fast
Hatred Hatred - increases Cold Damage you deal with Skills
Precision Support Precision - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance. Keep this Gem between level 10-14 depending on your maximum Mana pool
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Withering Step
(Shield)
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Immortal Call after a certain amount of damage is taken. Keep this Gem at level 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep this Gem at level 1
Withering Step Withering Step - resets your Elusive buff increasing its effect. Use this Gem at level 8
[UTILITY] Frost Bomb
(Boots)
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - grants increased Attack and Cast Speed
Vaal Grace Vaal Grace - grants extra Dodge whenever you use the Vaal part of this Skill
Increased Duration Increased Duration Support - increases the Duration of Supported Spells and Arcane Surge's buff
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - keep this Gem at level 6 so that all casts of Frost Bomb will give you Arcane Surge buff for extra Spell Damage and Mana Regen.
[UTILITY] Curse
(Helmet)
Temporal Chains Temporal Chains - the recommended Curse for this build if you are using Solstice's Vigil. It greatly slows down all enemies around your character. If you don't have the Vigil, just use it in a low-level Cast when Damage Taken  setup
Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support - allows you to use Temporal Chains as an Aura around you
Enhance Support Enhance Support - increases the Quality of Supported Gems, hence increasing the slow effect from Temporal Chains


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended and required items for this build. As usual, all required stats are listed (items are also included in the PoB link). This is a rather inexpensive build, which should not cost more than a few Exalted Orbs, but you can increase it's power immensely by investing in more powerful uniques. 

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Cold Damage to Spells
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance
  6. Accuracy Rating
  7. Cooldown Recovery Rate - grants amazing DPS bonus, but may be hard to get and will be expensive
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - great and inexpensive pick for this build, however, it grants no defensive Utility

15% increased Attack Speed
(60-75)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
150% increased Evasion Rating
(20-25)% increased Rarity of Items found
10% increased Movement Speed
10% reduced Character Size

Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - look for a Shaper piece with Added Cold Damage to Spells
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Added Cold Damage to Spells
maximum Mana
Helmet enchantments:
Ice Nova deals 40% increased Damage
Cospri's Malice(Weapon) Cospri's Malice - mandatory item for this build, which is based on this weapon. Try to get highest Attack Speed and flat Cold Damage to Spells as possible
No Physical Damage
Adds (80-100) to (160-200) Cold Damage
Adds (40-60) to (90-110) Cold Damage to Spells
(8-14)% increased Attack Speed
+257 Intelligence Requirement
60% increased Critical Strike Chance against Chilled Enemies
Trigger a Socketed Cold Spell on Melee Critical Strike
Lycosidae(Weapon) Lycosidae - mandatory item for this build, because it fixes all your Accuracy problems, making you hit with every attack
+(120-160) to Armour
+(30-40) to maximum Life
Your hits can't be Evaded
+(3-5)% Chance to Block
Adds 250 to 300 Cold Damage to Counterattacks
Tabula Rasa(Body Armour) Tabula Rasa - cheap and leveling option which should easy carry you through low and mid-tier Maps
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
Loreweave(Body Armour) Loreweave - our top recommendation for the Body Armour slot, however, it will be quite hard to get all the right sockets. You can try to get it to 3 Green/3 Blue and swap Cold Penetration with Increased Critical Damage Support Gem
Has 6 Sockets
+(8-24) to all Attributes
Adds (4-10) to (14-36) Physical Damage to Attacks
(20-60)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(15-50) to maximum Energy Shield
+(20-60) to maximum Life
+(20-50) to maximum Mana
(6-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
(15-50)% increased Elemental Damage
Your Maximum Resistances are (76-78)%
Carcass Jack(Body Armour) Carcass Jack - solid Body Armour which grants all the essential Stats and makes it easy to hit the right Socket Colors
(120-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(9-12)% to all Elemental Resistances
(40-50)% increased Area of Effect
(40-50)% increased Area Damage
Extra gore
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Cold Damage if you've been Hit Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt 

Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength or Dexterity for meeting attributes requirements

Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - with the same stat as the regular belt. Will grant Abyss socket and allow you to use one more jewel
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength or Dexterity for meeting attributes requirements
The Pandemonius(Amulet) The Pandemonius - a nice alternative to endgame Critical Rare Amulet. This one provides more damage and Cold Resistance Penetration
(20-30)% increased Cold Damage
+(35-40)% to Cold Resistance
Chill Enemy for 1 second when Hit, slowing them by 30%
Blind Chilled Enemies on Hit
Damage Penetrates 20% Cold Resistance against Chilled Enemies
The Solstice's Vigil(Amulet) Solstice's Vigil - allows us to use "free" Temporal Chains Aura, and grants solid DPS and defensive utility
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(20-25)% increased Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
Regenerate (2-3) Mana per second
Temporal Chains has 100% reduced Mana Reservation
Gain Shaper's Presence for 10 seconds when you kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - just grab a mixture of DPS and Utility stats until you can afford any of the above
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
30% Critical Strike Multiplier
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Attributes
Diamond Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - Diamond Rings are quite good option as they can increases your Critical Strike Chance. You can also try to get an Elder Ring to go with Mark of the Shaper

Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
75% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Chance
Elemental/Cold Damage

Gifts from Above(Ring) Gifts from Above - if you can afford to lose some Resistances, it's also a viable option, providing a ton of Critical Strike Chance and Damage increase
(20-30)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Trigger Level 10 Consecrate when you deal a Critical Strike
(30-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(10-15)% increased Light Radius
(40-50)% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Enemies killed with a Critical Strike
50% increased Damage while on Consecrated Ground
+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while on Consecrated Ground
Mark of the Shaper(Ring) Mark of the Shaper - one of the best choices for the Ring slot, as long as, your other Ring is an Elder item
(15-25)% increased Elemental Damage
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Summon Volatile Anomaly on Kill
Adds (13-18) to (50-56) Lightning Damage to Spells
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Spell Damage if your other Ring is an Elder Item
Cannot be Stunned by Spells if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - preferably Fingerless Silk Gloves but most other types are also viable
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Maximum Mana
Attack Speed
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Frost
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - all Jewels should provide extra Life and at least one Damage amplification mod
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
increased Cold Damage
increased Spell Damage
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - priority is maximum Life and flat damage to Spells
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Elemental Damage to Spells
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants very high bonus DPS and Life Leech which comes in handy during Boss fights
+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
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Ample Quartz Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
  3. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Adrenaline (Inc. Movement Speed)
  4. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
Atziri's PromiseDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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