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Freezing Poet Scion Ascendant build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Freezing Poet Scion Ascendant build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Great build for leveling up a Scion-Ascendant character and quick farming mid and high-tier Maps

Freezing Poet
Scion-Ascendant build

Build updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
January 30, 2019
-Build created

Poet's Pen is one of the best leveling items in Path of Exile. It makes your damage skyrocket regarding of the Spells you decide to socket in them. As long as you can maintain high Attack Speed and good mobility, Poet's Pen will help you finish campaign mode and start mapping. Furthermore, even there, they remain exceptionally powerful and provide the most efficient Trigger mechanism in the entire game letting you spam powerful Spells without their original Mana Cost. One of the best things about Poet's Pen builds is the fact that you can use them with almost every spell, giving players immense diversity and available options. 

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1. Gameplay

Freezing Poet is a Wander build that utilizes Frenzy Attack Skill that has very high Attack Speed and grants Frenzy Charges for increased Damage. Whenever you attack with Frenzy, Spells socketed in your Poet's Pen are automatically cast with greatly increased cast-frequency and no Mana Cost. You should aim to get over four Attacks Per Second, which will make Poet's Pen cast Freezing Pulse and Ice Spear four times per second for terrific DPS. This build also provides solid defenses, with high Life Pool and Life and Mana Leech. It's one of the best builds to level up a Scion character, however, you should keep in mind that completing end-game content even with the upgraded Ice Spear and Freezing Pulse, will require slightly higher investments in gear. 

0:06 Tier 13 Orchard
0:42 Tier 14 Cemetery
1:15 Tier 14 Relic Chambers
1:45 Tier 14 Waterways

This video was recorded on a level 84 Ascendant wearing Starkonja's Head, Belly of the Beast and Maligaro's Virtuosity Gloves with Spell Crit. Chance corruption

2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • amazing clear speed
  • high AoE and single-target DPS
  • extremely fast leveling
  • good defenses with high Life and Leech
  • one of the most enjoyable playstyles
  • good mobility with high Movement Speed
CONS
  • expensive when it comes to dealing with end-game content
  • mediocre Physical Damage mitigation

3. Leveling tips

Poet's Pen is one of the best leveling weapons in Path of Exile. You can wield them from level 12, and you don't have to worry about the weapon slots forever. Merely upgrade other gear, which should increase your defenses (top priority) and grant Attack Speed and Spell Damage bonuses. You can use any Spell in Poet's Pen during leveling, the damage bonuses and cast frequency provided by Poet's Pen will be more than enough to carry you to Maps. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Frenzy setup 
Frost Blades Frenzy - your primary attack skill. Attacks with this skill to trigger Poet's Pens' spells. You can use any other attack until Frenzy becomes available
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Life on Hit Support Life on Hit Support
Freezing Pulse
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - one of the first Spells available in Path of Exile. It grants high base damage and good clear speed with a cheap threshold jewel; First Snow
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds flat Cold Damage to supported skills
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - greatly increases Spell Damage
Ice Spear
Ice Spear Ice Spear - one of the core Spells used in this build. It has the same level requirement as Poet's Pen Wand
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Ice Spear's Projectiles. Very important Gem which should be used until late game when you can get the extra projectiles from other sources
Utility Gems
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - will increase your Attack Speed which is the core attribute of every Poet's Pen build
Frostbite Frostbite - the recommended Curse for this build
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - very useful Herald Spell which grants increased Cold Damage and extra AoE DPS

Bandits:

We suggest killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

30 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Shaper 2) Quick Recovery 3) Heart and Soul 4) Annihilation 5) Arcane Potency

59 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Celestial Judgement & Punishment 2) Devotion 3) Light of Divinity 4) Discipline and Training 5) Cruel Preparation

Recommended leveling items:

PraxisPraxis - will greatly reduce your Mana Cost allowing you to spam Frenzy
+(20-25) to maximum Mana
+(30-60) to maximum Mana
(3-6) Mana Regenerated per second
-(8-4) to Total Mana Cost of Skills
8% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
 
Doedre's TenureDoedre’s Tenure - perfect Gloves for Poet's Pen builds. They increase your Spell Damage greatly, but since you base your damage on regular attacks, the reduced Cast Speed is negligible
(50-60)% increased Spell Damage
+20 to Intelligence
15% reduced Cast Speed
+32 to maximum Energy Shield
 
Poet's PenThe Poet’s Pen - build-defining weapons. They can be used starting at level 12 and will greatly increase the pace at which you progress through the storyline
(11-15)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Active Skill Gems per 25 Player Levels
Adds 3 to 5 Physical Damage to Attacks with this Weapon per 3 Player Levels
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Attack
 

GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best Helmets for leveling in Path of Exile

+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
 

FoxshadeFoxshade - very solid Armour for leveling with Poet's Pen

3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Adds 5 to 12 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+500 to Evasion Rating while on Full Life
(50-70)% increased Evasion Rating
10% increased Movement Speed

 

 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

121 Points Final Skill Tree
121 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

1. Shadow Ascendancy - Assassin
2. Path of the Shadow
3. Duelist Ascendancy - Slayer

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

5. Final Gems links

[TRIGGER] Frenzy setup
Frenzy Frenzy - your primary Attack. Frenzy Attacks will trigger Spells socketed in Poet's Pen Wands and also apply both of your Curses
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Frenzy's projectiles
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - will cause Frenzy to apply supported Curses
Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark - one of the recommended Curses which grant Endurance Charges on Kill and amazing Leech
Frostbite Frostbite - DPS-oriented Curse which reduces affected enemies' resistance to Cold
[DPS] Freezing Pulse
(first Poet's Pen)
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - one of the two primary Spells in this build
Hypothermia Hypothermia - grants increased damage against Chilled enemies
Controlled Destruction Controlled Destruction Support - greatly increases Spell Damage at the cost of slightly reduced chance to Critically Hit
[DPS] Ice Spear
(second Poet's Pen)
Ice Spear Ice Spear - the primary source of DPS as it deals an insane amount of Cold Damage in the second form
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus - increases Elemental Damage, but makes supported skill unable to inflict elemental ailments
Controlled Destruction Controlled Destruction Support
[UTILITY] Herald skills
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants added Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - grants added Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
[UTILITY] Golem
Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - this Golem increases your Attack Speed
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - optional Gem which can be used to automatically resummon your Golem
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Righteous Fire
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - this Gem should be level 6 in this setup
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage whenever triggered. Keep this Gem at level 8
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire - used only for the Vaal part of the skill which will increase your Spell Damage for a brief duration
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
[UTILITY] Frostbomb
Frostbomb Frostbomb - area spell which reduces affected enemies resistance to Cold Damage
Bonechill Support Bonechill Support - increased the effect of Chill and makes affected enemies take increased Cold Damage based on the Chill effect (it is, however, unclear how exactly it is calculated)
Faster Casting Support Faster Castin Support - used to increases the Mana Cost of Frostbomb to allow using a higher level of Arcane Surge
Arcane Surge Arcane Surge - grants increased Mana Regeneration Rate and Spell Damage after you spend a certain amount of Mana with the supported spell. It should be kept at level 6 to trigger the effect with every Frostbomb's cast (assuming all the other Gems are level 20)

5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the required gear for this build. This is a very versatile build, which only requires the Poet's Pen Wands as your weapons, and all the other gear can be replaced with Rare gear. While Poet's Pen may seem expensive, they are totally worth it. You can use them during leveling and they will save you a lot of time, and you can also use them to level up almost every character class quickly. 

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. Cold/Spell Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier
  5. Attack Speed (at least 4 Attacks per Second are required for the highest Poet's Pen efficiency)
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - one of the most popular Helmets in Path of Exile. It provides very high defensive utility and both Attack Speed and Crit. Chance bonus
50% reduced Damage when on Low Life
+(50-70) to Dexterity
10% increased Attack Speed
25% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(100-130)% increased Evasion Rating
+(80-100) to maximum Life
150% increased Global Evasion Rating when on Low Life
Helmet enchantments:
Ice Spear fires an additional Projectile
40% increased Freezing Pulse Damage
Poet's Pen(Weapon) The Poet’s Pen - mandatory weapons in this build
(11-15)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Active Skill Gems per 25 Player Levels
Adds 3 to 5 Physical Damage to Attacks with this Weapon per 3 Player Levels
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Attack
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - very solid pick for this build. It provides very high Life bonus, making it a perfect choice defense-wise
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(150-200)% increased Armour
(30-40)% increased maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
Extra gore
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Adds 45 to 68 Cold Damage if you've been Hit Recently
Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - aim to get the highest defensive stats
Min. requirements:
120 Maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Stygian Vise(Belt) Stygian Vise - also a very good option because of the extra Abyssal Socket. It is usually more expensive though
Min. requirements:
75 Maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Abyssal Socket
Darkness Enthroned(Belt) Darkness Enthroned - a solid and budget-friendly Belt for this build. The only downside to it is the lack of Elemental Resistnaces
Has 1 Abyssal Socket
Has 1 Abyssal Socket
50% increased Effect of Socketed Jewels
Yoke of Suffering(Amulet) Yoke of Suffering - one of the best Amulets for this build. It grants a very high damage bonus
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(10-20)% to Fire Resistance
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
+(20-40)% to Lightning Resistance
30% reduced Duration of Ailments on Enemies
(5-10)% chance to Shock
Enemies take 5% increased Damage for each type of Ailment you have inflicted on them
Your Elemental Damage can Shock
Opal Ring Rare Rings - with high defensive stats
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental/Cold Damage
Attributes
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Spell Damage
Maligaro's Virtuosity(Gloves) Maligaro's Virtuosity - a very solid pair of Gloves which grant very high bonus damage and extra Attack Speed
+(20-30) to Dexterity
5% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(20-30)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
(60-80)% increased Evasion Rating
abyss jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - at least one Abyss Jewel is recommended with added Fire Damage to Spells to inflict Ignite and increase your damage when you have Yoke of Suffering equipped
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Added Cold Damage to Spells
Optional affixes:
Added Fire Damage to Spells/to Spells while Dual-wielding
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Cold/Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
First Snow(Jewel) First Snow - threshold Jewel for the Freezing Pulse Spell. You can use one or two of those for greatly increased AoE and clear speed
(7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Freezing Pulse fires 2 additional Projectiles
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, 25% increased Freezing Pulse Damage if
you've Shattered an Enemy Recently
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants very high Bonus Damage 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
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - increases the number of all your skills projectiles making it one of the best end-game Flasks for this build
+50% to Fire Resistance
20% less Fire Damage taken
(-10-10)% increased Charges used
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Heat (immunity to Freeze and Chill)
  3. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
Atziri's Promise Dying Sun Divine Life FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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