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Freezing Pulse Elementalist Starter Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Freezing Pulse Elementalist Starter Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Beginner-friendly starter build with no expensive item requirements

Freezing Pulse
Crit Elementalist build

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
March 13, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.6

This Freezing Pulse Elementalist build is one of the most suitable builds for Path of Exile beginners. It requires no specific items, yet provides decent DPS, clear speed, and enough defenses to start mapping on the currency you find during the leveling phase. The Freezing Pulse spell had received a long-range damage buff in Patch 3.3 which made it even better. With further damage increase in Patch 3.6, Freezing Pulse became one of the best Cold Spell in Path of Exile.

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1. Gameplay

This is a typical spell-caster build that revolves around the Freezing Pulse spell. Freezing Pulse fires a projectile which pierces all targets, making it a great tool for leveling up and farming low-tier maps. This is also a Crit. build which causes Freezing Pulse to Freeze nearly all the enemies it passes through. Freeze is one of your core layers of defense.

0:06 Tier 9 Plateau
0:34 Tier 10 Shaped Peninsula
0:59 Tier 11 Bazaar
1:22 Tier 12 Castle Ruins

This video was recorded on a level 86 Berserker with Xoph's Nurture, Kaom's Heart and The Nomad belt


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • beginner-friendly with no complex mechanic involved
  • budget-friendly 
  • good clear speed 
  • decent League starter build
  • provides a smooth transition to more powerful Crit/Spell-caster Elementalist builds after grinding enough currency
CONS
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect map mods
  • not suitable for end-game content

3. Leveling tips

This build is fun and easy to play starting at level 1. You can get Freezing Pulse Gem as soon as you complete the first quest in the game, and you can start using it right away. It's also advised to pick up Raise Zombie Gem, and have Zombies tank big portion of the incoming damage. During the leveling phase, you should focus more on getting Life and Spell Damage, and leave Critical Strike Chance for later levels when decent Crit. gear becomes relatively cheap.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Freezing Pulse setup
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - your primary DPS spell starting at the very first levels
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases Cast Speed of supported spells
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - grants Spell Damage, and Mana Regeneration Rate bonuses after spending enough Mana on supported spell
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - additional Cold Damage to your Freezing Pulse
Raise Zombie setup
Raise Zombie Raise Zombie - Zombies act as meatshields and tank incoming damage
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - increases your Zombies' Life and survivability
Utility Gems
Elemental Weakness Frostbite - the recommended Curse for this build during leveling
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - adds Cold Damage to your Spells and causes AoE explosions after killing Frozen enemies
Clarity Clarity - provides increased Mana Regeneration rate

Bandits:

Help Alira for increased Elemental Resistances and Crit. Multiplier

Leveling Skill Trees:

29 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Heart and Souls 2) Elementalist 3) Light of Divinity 4) Quick Recovery

60 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Annihilation 2) Cruel Preparation 3) Coordination 4) Coldhearted Calculation 5) Deep Thoughts/Soul Siphon

Recommended leveling items:

PraxisPraxis - one of the best spellcaster's leveling ring in PoE
+(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
 
GoldrimGoldrim - the best leveling unique helmet. Grants enough Resistances to cover up all your needs for them during earlier 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)
 
Tasalio's SignTasalio's Sign - amazing Spell DPS ring for this build. It can be fairly powerful even during early mapping stage
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
Adds (7-10) to (15-20) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(200-300) to Evasion Rating
50% chance to Avoid being Chilled
10% chance to Freeze
Adds 40 to 60 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
 
TulbornTulborn - great leveling wand for Cold spellcasters
(15-19)% increased Spell Damage
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
50% chance to gain a Power Charge on Killing a Frozen Enemy
Adds 10 to 20 Cold Damage to Spells per Power Charge
+(20-25) Mana gained on Killing a Frozen Enemy
 

Lochtonial CaressLochtonial Caress - the best spell-caster leveling pair of gloves

(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(15-10)% reduced maximum Mana
10% chance to gain a Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charge on Kill
Conduit
 

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Pendulum of Destruction
  2. Mastermind of Discord
  3. Shaper of Desolation
  4. Beacon of Ruin

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

[DPS] Freezing Pulse
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - your primary DPS spell
Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support - makes supported spells repeat additional time with increased Cast Speed
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - grants a very high Spell Damage bonus
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - grants increased chance to Freeze and Chill enemies, also increasing the damage you deal with Hits again chilled enemies
Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support - slows down Freezing Pulse projectiles but increases its damage
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - greatly increases your Spell Damage after you spend a certain amount of Mana on Supported Skills
[UTILITY] Herald skills
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants added Cold Damage and causes AoE explosions
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - grants added Lightning Damage
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - optional Gem which reduces Mana Reservation of your Herald Skills
[UTILITY] Golem
Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack and Cast Speed
Cast When Damage Taken Support Cast When Damage Taken Support - will automatically resummon your Golem
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - your main mobility skill. It is used also to gain the Arcane Surge buff
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases the movement speed with Flame Dash
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - needs to be on a low level to match the Mana threshold with the Mana cost of Arcane Surge to gain the buff with every cast
[UTILITY] Frost Bomb
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Frost Bomb. Keep this Gem at level 1
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - area spell that pulses for no damage reducing affected monster's resistance to Cold Damage
[CURSE] Assassin's Mark
Frost Bomb Orb of Storms - used mainly to apply your Curse
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - makes Orb of Storms apply the linked Curse
Chain Support Chain Support - will make Orb of Storms hit enemies even slightly offscreen
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the recommended Curse for this build. It increases Crit. Chance, Crit. Damage and generates Power Charges
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Clarity setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - keep this Gem at level 1 in this setup
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. Use at level 1 as well
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire - grants increased Spell Damage while active making it a very useful buff against Bosses
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support


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5. Gear Setup

This Freezing Pulse Elementalist is extremely budget-friendly build. It requires no specific unique items, and none of the listed items are expensive. With mainly rare gear equipped, you can also skip Elemental Resistances on Body Armour, which allows you to find a relatively cheap 5 or 6-linked one with only the linked sockets and maximum Life bonus. 

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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 since it's all planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Cold Spell Damage
  4. Increased Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Cast Speed
Helmet(Helmet) Rare Life/Res. Helmet - used for the defensive stats it can provide
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
26% Fire Resistance
26% Lightning Resistance
26% Cold Resistance
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Freezing Pulse Damage
Wand(Weapon) Rare Wand or Dagger - with added Elemental Damage to Spells, Crit. Chance, Multiplier, and Spell Damage
Min. requirements:
60% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
45% increased Cold Spell Damage
added min. 20 Cold Damage to Spells
10% increased Cast Speed
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Tulfall(Weapon) Tulfall - very decent option for this build
(35-39)% increased Spell Damage
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
50% chance to gain a Power Charge on Killing a Frozen Enemy
Adds 15 to 25 Cold Damage to Spells per Power Charge
Lose all Power Charges on reaching Maximum Power Charges
Gain a Frenzy Charge on reaching Maximum Power Charges
(10-15)% increased Cold Damage per Frenzy Charge
Rare ES Shield(Shield) Rare Spell Damage/Crit. Shield - is definitely the best option 
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
50% increased Cold Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Rathpith Globe(Shield) Rathpith Globe - is a decent shield for this build and should be rather cheap
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(40-60)% of Block Chance applied to Spells
(40-60)% increased Spell Damage
10% increased maximum Life
(120-160)% increased Energy Shield
+25% to Lightning Resistance
Rare Chest(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - simply get as many linked sockets and Life bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
5-6 linked sockets
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Boots(Boots) Rare Life/Res. Boots - with high stats and at least 20% increased Movement Speed
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
0.6% of Damage Leeched as Life and Mana if you've Killed Recently
Adds 45 to 68 Cold Damage if you've been Hit Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Life/Res. Belt 
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/Crit. Amulet
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
30% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
20% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Cold Damage
Attributes
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res. Ring - with Opal Ring as the best possible base rings
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% Fire Resistance
15% Cold Resistance
15% Lightning Resistance
20% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Elemental Damage
Attributes
Tasalio's Sign(Ring) Tasalio's Sign - is a great budget option even for maps
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
Adds (7-10) to (15-20) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(200-300) to Evasion Rating
50% chance to Avoid being Chilled
10% chance to Freeze
Adds 40 to 60 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res. Gloves - cap your resistances with this piece and get some extra Life
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% Fire Resistance
15% Cold Resistance
15% Lightning Resistance
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - all jewels should provide extra Life and at least one Damage amplification affix
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Cold/Projectile/Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
% increased Cast Speed
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants increased damage and Life Leech
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. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Warding (immunity to curses)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Grounding (immunity to shock)
  4. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Reflexes (increased Evasion)
Atziri's PromiseDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver FlaskDiamond Flask


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