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Eye of Winter Miner Inquisitor Build

Eye of Winter Miner Inquisitor Build

An Inquisitor build that uses Eye of Winter cast via Mines with very slow Projectiles making it one of the best Boss killer builds in PoE

Eye of Winter
Inquisitor Build

Updated for Patch 3.23

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Guide notes
January 22, 2024
-Updated for Patch 3.23
Build Overview



Boss DPS:



The Traps and Mines playstyles are in most cases reserved for Saboteurs, but that's not always the case. The advantage of Mines is the ability to cast multiple Spells all at once ignoring Cast Speed completely, but what is more important here, is that it allows you to keep a safe distance from your target as the Projectiles released from Mines are very slow. Eye of Winter works similarly to Ball Lightning, you want the target to be constantly in the area of a Projectile to sink in all the damage it constantly radiates. Eye of Winter is a Projectile that shoots out secondary Projectiles. At the end of its duration, it fires an extra wave of shards, so it's likely that the enemy would be caught in its radius too for a massive burst of damage. The reason to use this Spell over Ball Lightning is the ability to Freeze and equip the freshly-reworked Heathiver Helmet. Inquisitor is simply one of the best Ascendancies to deal Elemental Damage, and with Pious Path Keystone, it boosts your defenses too. The build is not very expensive, it uses The Annihilating Light as a Weapon and Skin of the Lords as Body Armour. You won't even need to six-link the Staff.

As an Inquisitor, you'll have a high base Critical Strike Chance, Inevitable Judgement, so you won't need any Elemental Damage Penetration, no need for Cast Speed, and the base damage already tripled via The Annihilating Light. The Gem setup grants more and increased Damage on top of the already high flat base damage, which scales really well with the Eye of Winter's Gem Level. The passive skill tree is used to obtain extra Spell Critical Strike mods, Mana Reservation Efficiency, and Mine-related nodes. It uses two Large Cluster Jewels and four medium ones simply for even more DPS. If you have enough damage to Freeze bosses, Heatshiver will double your damage by adding the same amount of Cold Damage as Fire Damage, but it works with the enemies that are just Chilled. The build doesn't invest in any kind of Elemental Penetration or the Effect of Elemental Ailments so adding this extra damage layer is especially beneficial. It's not very good for mapping and its defenses are poor, but it is excellent at boss-killing.

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1. Gameplay

You're dealing damage via Mines - throw them in from of you and let Skitterbots detonate them for a smooth gameplay experience. You might want to swap some of them gems for mapping, like Slower Projectile Support Gem for one that allows you to throw them faster or cover more area. Your damage will be high enough to Freeze any opponent. To enhance your single-target damage use Arcane Surge with Flame Wall, Bear Trap, and Sniper's Mark. It will be rarely used. For a Guard Spell use low-level Immortal Call with Cast when Damage Taken. Flame Dash is the best movement Skill. For Auras use Vitality, Hatred, Purity of Elements (or Anger), and Zealotry which should be linked to Divine Blessing Support and activated during boss fights. For more Damage use Righteous Fire, it's not a trouble to sustain its damage for an Inquisitor.

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • deals very high damage and freezes enemies immobilizing them
  • good clear speed thanks to the explosions and spreading Ignite
  • relatively cheap for its performance
  • it is expensive later on
  • might run into Mana Reservation Efficiency issues
  • poor defenses


3. Leveling tips

We recommend leveling with an Elemental Damage Spell, Templar's really good at it. There are a lot of Lightning Damage nodes just outside your starting location, pick them all up and pick up Arc or Ball Lightning. You will need to respec these passive skill points invested in Elemental Damage anyway to make some space for Cluster Jewels later on anyway. First, we recommend picking up the regular Lightning Damage nodes with some Maximum Life, doing so you'll be easily able to reach yellow maps. The Annihilating Light requires level 68, after quipping it you can switch to Cold Damage, and if you have allocated at least two Mine Clusters on your Skill Tree, and a six-link, you can switch to the final Mine setup. Coward's Legacy requires level 52, but equip it only after allocating Pious Patch to reduce the Curse effect.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Arc setup
Arc Arc - a simple Lightning Spell that Chains multiple times hitting several enemies at once
Added Lightning Damage Added Lightning Damage Support - adds Lightning Damage to Arc
Inspiration Inspiration Support - lowers Mana Cost, increases Elemental Damage, and Critical Strike Chance
Arcane Surge Arcane Surge Support - grants Arcane Surge buff for more Spell Damage and Mana Regeneration
Spell Echo Spell Echo Support - Spell repeat additional times granting much more Cast Speed, but lowering Arc's damage
Mana Reservation setup
Wrath Wrath - use it to gain more Spell Damage
Purity of Elements Purity of Elements - Grants a lot of Elemental Resistances and protects you from Elemental Ailments
Clarity Clarity - increases Mana Regeneration Rate as a full-lined Arc costs a lot of Mana
various Gems
Conductivity Conductivity - Curse that lowers Lightning Resistance


you should kill all three Bandits for two additional Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

38 Points Skill Tree
Start with Spell Damage, Cast Speed, Lightning Damage, and maximum Life

75 Points Skill Tree
Just pick more of the aforementioned stats to amplify your damage and survivability. You will also need Mana Reservation Efficiency.


Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - use it for its Attributes, Damage, and Resistances
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
GoldrimGoldrim - offers a lot of Elemental Resistances
+(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)
PraxisPraxis - One of the best leveling Rings for all characters with expensive Skills
+(20-30) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
Regenerate (3-6) Mana per second
-(8-4) to Total Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken Recouped as Mana
LifesprigLifesprig - You can wield it at level 1, an amazing leveling weapon for spell-casters
(8-12)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
(20-28)% increased Spell Damage
(5-8)% increased Cast Speed
+(15-20) to maximum Life
+(15-20) to maximum Mana
Regenerate (6-8) Life over 1 second when you Cast a Spell
Atziri's FoibleAtziri's Foible - If you need even more Mana, which you probably will if you have Tabula Rasa, consider this Amulet
(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+100 to maximum Mana
(16-24)% increased maximum Mana
(80-100)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
Items and Gems have 25% reduced Attribute Requirements
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - use Tabula for the six, white, linked sockets
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

90 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster or Unique or Cluster Jewels)
123 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Sanctuary
  2. Pious Path
  3. Righteous Providence
  4. Inevitable Judgement


Major God: Soul of the Brine King: You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds

Minor God: Soul of Ralakesh: Moving while Bleeding doesn't cause you to take extra Damage; 25% reduced Physical Damage over Time taken while moving


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Eye of Winter setup
Eye of Winter Eye of Winter - A Projectile Spell that fires multiple other, malles Projectiles to release an extra wave of shards at the end of its duration. It deals Cold Damage scaling really well with the Gem Level.
Empower Empower - Increases the Gem Level of Eye of Winter.
Trap and Mine Damage Trap and Mine Damage Support - Grants over 50% more Mine Damage, but lessens Throwing Speed. You can swap it for the Increased Critical Damage Support Increased Critical Damage Support if you don't have a Green socket, it's the second-best Support Gem.
Blastchain Mine Blastchain Mine Support - Transforms the Eye of Winter to be cast in a form of a Mine, the more Mines you have already detonated, the more damage each next one will deal.
Charged Mines Support Charged Mines Support - Upgrades your Mines - damage, Throwing Speed, and Crit Chance. It also generates Frenzy and Power Charges to scale up these upgrades alongside them. 
Slower Projectiles Slower Projectiles Support - Very important Gem when fighting stationary targets, it lowers the Projectile Speed of Eye of Winter so that the Shards are more likely to Hit the same target multiple times.
[UTILITY] Aracanist Brand setup
Arcanist Brand Arcanist Brand - The Brand will cast all linked Spells every second while attached to an enemy.
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - Sniper's Mark increases Projectile Damage the cursed enemy is receiving.
Flame Wall Flame Wall - Your Projectiles will deal bonus Fire Damage after passing through the Flame Wall.
Bear Trap Bear Trap - immobilizes the target which is really good against mobile opponents, it also increases Mine Damage the affected enemy takes.
[UTILITY] Vitality setup
Vitality Vitality - Vitality Regenerates your Life every second, it will help you sustain Righteous Fire degen.
Arrogance Arrogance Support - Vitality reserves Life instead of Mana.
[UTILITY] Zealotry setup
Zealotry Zealotry - Increases Critical Strike Chance for Spells and grants more Spell Damage.
Divine Blessing Divine Blessing Support - Makes Zealotry a temporary Aura that reserves no Mana, but its cost will have to be paid to activate it. Use the Divergent Version to lessen the cost. Allocate Eldritch Battery to be able to cast it at all.
Inspiration Inspiration Support - It's used only to lower the Mana Cost so you might want to use a Divergent version as well.
[UTILITY] Mana-reserving Spells
Hatred Hatred - An Aura that simply grants more Cold Damage.
Purity of Elements Purity of Elements - Grants extra Elemental Resistances and complete immunity to all Elemental Ailments. For a full glass canon setup go for Anger Anger instead.
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - Skitterbots Chill and Shock enemies, provide you with more Mine Damage, but most importantly, activate your Mines and re-arm then resulting in much more DPS.
Enlighten Enlighten Support - You might not need it if your Mana Reservation Efficiency is high enough.
[UTILITY] Immortal Call setup
Immortal Call Immortal Call - Immortal Call mitigates incoming Physical and Elemental Hit Damage for a short time. Keep it at level 3.
Cast when Damage Taken Cast when Damage Taken - Level 1 Cast when Damage Taken should activate Immortal Call automatically every time you take 528 Damage.
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - A simple movement Skill that teleports you over a short distance.
[UTILITY] Righteous Fire
Righteous Fire Righteous Fire - It's used only for more Spell Damage buff it grants, you should be able to sustain it easily with Vitality and Pious Path, but don't use it when mapping, only during boss fights. Get the Divergent version.

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6. Gear Setup

What you have to keep in mind is that you won't need any Cast Speed or Damage Penetration due to Mine Throwing Speed being not affected by Cast Speed, and Elemental Damage Penetration is overwritten by Inveitalbe Judgement. The most important will be the extra Levels for Eye of Winter Gem and Critical Strike Chance and its Multiplier. You should be able to increase the level of this Spell to 27 or rather effortlessly, just from Skin of the Lords and level 3 Empower, but with the Awakened Empower at level 5 and two extra Gem Levels from Amulet, and double-Corrupted Skin of the Loyal with just the right Implicits, it's possible to make it 34, which is what you should ultimately strive for. You should be able to reach a 100% Critical Strike Chance with some additional modifiers from rare items (including Strength due to the Righteous Providence). Look for some extra Mana Reservation Efficiency, it can be found on an Amulet or Small Cluster Jewels. The build uses a lot of Unique Items, only Boots, Gloves, and one Ring are of Rare Quality, you will need a lot of Elemental Resistances on them to combat the abundance of Uniques. Additionally, The Annihilating Light lowers them by 60% so be prepared to get some expensive rares. Cluster Jewels will be important, you can use up to two Large and four Medium ones. You will have up to six Jewel sockets, so gathering the missing Resistances and Attributes from there is very recommended. You will also need 155 Dexterity for Sniper's Mark, it might be hard to get.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Gem Level of Vortex
  2. Critical Strike Multiplier
  3. Critical Strike Chance
  4. Maximum Life
  5. Elemental Resistances
  6. Mana Reservation Efficiency
  7. Attributes (Strength and Dexterity)
  8. Elemental Damage
  9. Chaos Resistance
Heatshiver(Helmet) Heatshiver - Improves your Damage against Chilled enemies which you should be able to do with ease. It's still good even after the nerf.
(80-100)% increased Evasion Rating
60% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
Gain 1% of Cold Damage as Extra Fire Damage per 1% Chill Effect on Enemy
Gain 30% of Cold Damage as Extra Fire Damage against Frozen Enemies
Cowl of the Thermophile(Helmet) Cowl of the Thermophile - Fixes your Fire Resistance at 75% which allows you to run Righteous Fire even with no Fire Resistance on your gear - extremely useful with The Annihilating Light.
Can have a second Enchantment Modifier
+(20-30) to all Attributes
(60-80)% increased Armour
Fire Resistance is 75%
(55-50)% reduced Cold Resistance
(55-50)% reduced Lightning Resistance
The Annihilating Light(Weapon) The Annihilating Light - Triples your Elemental Damage but reduces Elemental Resistances. It should be reasonably priced as you don't need to six-link it
+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
(70-60)% reduced Elemental Resistances
Deal Triple Damage with Elemental Skills
Skin of the Lords(Body Armour) Skin of the Lords - It's used only for the two extra Levels it grants to your Skill Gems, so if you don't have capped Resistances yet, use any Rare Armour with them as a substitute. You can also try looking for a double-corrupted Skin of the Loyal with extra Gem levels for the Eye of Winter
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Sockets cannot be modified
+2 to Level of Socketed Gems
100% increased Global Defences
You can only Socket Corrupted Gems in this item
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
<Random Keystone>
Dialla's Malefaction(Body Armour) Dialla's Malefaction - This Body Armour should increase the Level of your Active Skill and the Quality of most of your Support Gems as it is where the Quality matters more. It should be cheaper than Skin of the Lords.
Gems can be Socketed in this Item ignoring Socket Colour
Gems Socketed in Red Sockets have +2 to Level
Gems Socketed in Green Sockets have +30% to Quality
Gems Socketed in Blue Sockets gain 100% increased Experience
Has no Attribute Requirements
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - Rare Boots should get you a lot of Elemental Resistances, at least 25% increased Movement Speed and some Maximum Life. It's also where you can find Attributes
Min. requirements:
25% increased Movement Speed
+40 to maximum Life
+100% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Spell Suppression Chance
Ralakesh's Impatience(Boots) Ralakesh's Impatience - Use these boots for extra Charges, there is no time to generate them fast enough any other way.
+(15-25)% to Cold Resistance
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
30% increased Movement Speed
Count as having maximum number of Endurance Charges
Count as having maximum number of Frenzy Charges
Count as having maximum number of Power Charges
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Besides Maximum Life and Resistances, you should be able to gain some Dexterity or Strength here. Increased Damage with Hits against Chilled Enemies can be a bit expensive
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
+80% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Damage with Hits against Chilled Enemies
Doedre's Tenure(Gloves) Doedre's Tenure - Mine Throwing Speed is unaffected by Cast Speed so these Gloves can be quite good in this particular case.
+(20-50) to Intelligence
100% increased Spell Damage
(25-15)% reduced Cast Speed
Coward's Legacy(Belt) Coward's Legacy - A permanent Vulnerability Curse is bad unless you can reduce its effect by 3/4 when standing on Consecrated Ground, which you can do by simply stopping every four seconds. It makes you Low on Life so that you can allocate Pain Attunement for 40% more Damage
+(9-20) to maximum Energy Shield
+(15-20) to all Attributes
(5-10)% increased Movement Speed
50% increased Effect of Curses on you
You count as on Low Life while you are Cursed with Vulnerability
You are Cursed with Vulnerability, with 80% increased Effect
Uul-Netol's Vow(Amulet) Uul-Netol's Vow  - If you have a good Uul-Netol's Vow with high Resistances go ahead and use it, it allows you to socket an additional Gem which is valuable since you can't change colors on Skin of the Lords
Has 1 Socket
Socketed Support Gems can also Support Skills from your Body Armour
+(-30-30)% to Fire Resistance
+(-30-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(-30-30)% to Lightning Resistance
+(-23-23)% to Chaos Resistance
Replica Dragonfang's Flight(Amulet) Replica Dragonfang's Flight  - By far the most efficient way to gain more damage in most Spell builds, including this one.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+3 to Level of all <Random Skill> Gems
+(5-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
(5-10)% increased Reservation Efficiency of Skills
Items and Gems have (10-5)% reduced Attribute Requirements
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet  - The most important is the additional level to Eye of Winter, it can be upgraded by two, but such an Amulet would be expensive, just one is good. Resistances and Attributes or Critical Strike mods can be found here too
Min. requirements:
+40 Maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
+1 to Level of all Skill/Cold Skill Gems
Optional affixes:
+1 to Level of all Skill/Cold Skill Gems
Mana Reservation Efficiency
Recommended Anointments:
Adjacent Animosity
Diamond Skin
Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - This one Rare Ring should be Elder-influenced to activate Shaper's Mark bonus. Seek mostly for Resistances and Attributes with some Maximum Life for survivability, there's not much more to look for
Min. requirements:
+40 to Maximum Life
+90% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Mark of the Shaper(Ring) Mark of the Shaper - It's the best-in-slot Ring to increase your Spell Damage. It grants Elemental Damage, Maximum Life, ES, and extra Spell Damage if your other Ring is Eldritch
(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
Jewels(Jewel) Rare Jewels - You would be able to access a lot of Attributes and Resistances from these Jewels, and if you already got it sorted out, seek Maximum Life and Critical Strike modifiers
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
Critical Strike Chance
Critical Strike Multiplier
Militant Faith(Jewel) Militant Faith - The Dominus variant which grants Innter Conviction is very good, especially with Ralakesh's Impatience to gain some extra damage at no cost.
Carved to glorify (2000-10000) new faithful converted by High Templar Avarius
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Templars
<two random mods of devotion>
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - You're using Hatred, Purity of Elements, Vitality, and the temporary Zealotry. Maybe Anger. We recommend extra Chaos Resistance from Purity of Elements or Critical Strike Chance from Hatred.
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - Cold to the Core for Damage, Doryani's Lesson for Life Leech, and Prismatic Heart for Elemental Resistances are the best three notables here.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Cold to the Core
1 Added Passive Skill is Doryani's Lesson
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - One Arcane Pyrotechnics is mandatory, it grants an Arcane Surge, and alongside it, you can gain Guerilla Tactics. Eye to Eye and Repeater can be used for more Damage.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Eye to Eye
1 Added Passive Skill is Repeater
1 Added Passive Skill is Arcane Pyrotechnics
1 Added Passive Skill is Guerilla Tactics
Small Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Small Cluster Jewel - For more Mana Reservation Efficiency of Hatred use one Small Cluster Jewel with Spiteful Presence.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Spiteful Presence
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - Atziri's Promise grants extra Damage sourced from Elemental Damage, Life Leech, and Chaos Resistance - all quite good.
+35% to Chaos Resistance
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (5-8)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (5-8)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - A very expensive Flask that's simply used for more DPS so you can replace it with a regular magic Sulphur Flask.
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(30-15)% reduced Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Flask effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
  2. Diamond Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  3. Life Flask with an increased Critical Strike Chance
Atziri's PromiseBottled FaithDiamond Flaskquicksilver flasklife flask

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