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HoWA Molten Strike CI Juggernaut build

HoWA Molten Strike CI Juggernaut build

One of the best Path of Exile builds ever made with unlimited scaling with high-end equipment

Hand of Wisdom and Action Molten Strike
Energy Shield/Chaos Innoculation
Juggernaut build

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
April 13, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.6

Molten Strike even after nerfs still remains one of the strongest skill in the game, especially versus Bosses. This time we are going unconventional way for this build because it's built around Hand of Wisdom and Action, which results in Chaos Inoculation Energy Shield character. Juggernaut is the best choice for Melee focused ES build because it solves all problems that typical ES attack builds have. Ascendancy grants everything we need for our build to work flawlessly - Stun Immunity, a lot of Attack Speed, Endurance Charges which helps with Physical mitigation and reduced Damage taken. Cyclopean Coil will make us immune to Ignite and Shock, so we can focus on more damage oriented Flasks like Atziri's Promise, Vessel of Vinktar or The Wise Oak. On top of that we are using Incandescent Heart, that neglects a lot of Elemental Damage, thanks to a conversion to Chaos Damage which we are immune to. With investment and reaching around 11-12k Energy Shield, this build is unkillable and you can kill Shaper without any problems.

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1. Gameplay

For clearing Maps, we are using Molten Strike with Ancestral Call attached to it, so we can clear packs in one shot. Our main movement skills to travel through maps quickly is Shield Charge and Blood Rage will generate Frenzy Charges which are going to pump our movement speed by a lot. Versus bosses, we are popping all flasks, Ancestral Protector totem, and Vaal Haste. If the boss doesn't have a phase with damage immunity, he should die in a matter of seconds.

0:06 Tier 16 Pit of the Chimera
0:43 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
1:13 Tier 15 Lava Lake
1:51 Shaper

This video was recorded on a level 90 Trickster on Standard mode with a total budget of approximately 15 Exalted Orbs


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • insane Defenses thanks to 8-13k Energy Shield and Juggernaut Ascendancy
  • Shaper/Uber Elder fastest boss killer
  • can clear all content in the game
  • Immunity to most debuffs (Temporal Chains, Ignite, Shock)
  • good clear speed
CONS
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect map mods

3. Leveling tips

For leveling, we are going to use Molten Strike as well and every support gem linked to it will be used in the endgame. During leveling, it's recommended to use Life Gear, before you switch to full Energy Shield because it's easier to regenerate with Life Flasks. If you have enough gear with Energy Shield to make your play comfortable, you can do the switch at any time.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Molten Strike setup
Molten Strike Molten Strike - our main skill that is available since the beginning
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - it will mimic our Molten Strike skill on nearby enemies
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - increases Elemental Damage
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - boosts Elemental Damage of Molten Strike
Utility Gems
Shield Charge Shield Charge - your main Movement Skill
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - aura that provides Fire Damage and Ignites enemies 
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - totem that boosts our Attack Speed

Bandits:

We recommend killing all Bandits for two additional Passive Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

37 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Born to Fight 2) Point Blank 3) Retribution

63 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Elemental Overload 2) Divine Fervour 3) Harrier 4) Faith and Steel

Recommended leveling items:

Goldrim Goldrim - one of the best leveling helmets in Path of Exile, will fix your Elemental Resistances during leveling
+(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 Deceiver Belt of the Deceiver - powerful belt, that provides Life, Resistances and increased Damage

+(25-35) to Strength
(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

 
Wall of BramblesWall of Brambles - one of the strongest leveling chests. Provides so much Armour you are almost immune to Physical damage during leveling
Adds 2 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+2000 to Armour
+(12-20) to maximum Life
-2 Physical Damage taken from Attacks
40% of Melee Physical Damage taken reflected to Attacker
 
Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - these Rings provide everything - Attributes, Damage, and Resistances. Perfect choice for the entire leveling process
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
RedbeakRedbeak - great leveling sword which you can use since level 1
40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
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 - you can use it since level 20. It will add a lot of additional Elemental Damage and Elemental Resistances penetration
40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
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
 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Undeniable
  2. Unstoppable
  3. Unflinching
  4. Unbreakable

Pantheon:
Upgrade Soul of Arakaali as soon as possible for increased Recovery of Energy Shield

Major God: Soul of Arakaali 5% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time; 10% chance to Avoid Lightning Damage when Hit
Upgrade: 50% increased Recovery of Life and Energy Shield if you've stopped taking Damage Over Time Recently

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

We are not using all slots for Gems, so you can use remaining slots for leveling additional Molten Strike in order to corrupt it to level 21 with Vaal Orb.

[DPS] Molten Strike setup
Molten Strike Molten Strike - primary Attack Skill used in this build
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - replace it with Multistrike against Bosses
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support 
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support - since we are playing CI ES build we are always on Full Life thus this gem provides an insane Damage boost
Lightning Penetration Support Lightning Penetration Support - we are mostly dealing Lightning Damage so it's best Penetration gem for our build
  Optional: 
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - you can replace Ancestral Call versus Bosses for higher single-target DPS
[UTILITY] Wrath and Discipline
Wrath Wrath - grants insane boost to Lightning Damage
Discipline Discipline - adds a lot of flat Energy Shield that scales extremely well with increased Energy Shield from Intelligence
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces Mana Reserved by supported Auras
[UTILITY] Vaal Haste and Ancestral Protector
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - grants a temporal boost to Attack and Movement Speed. Use it against Bosses
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - totem that boosts our Attack Speed
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of both the Totem and Vaal Haste
[UTILITY/CURSE] Immortal Call and Enfeeble setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast supported spells after a certain amount of damage is taken by the player. Do not upgrade it above level 12
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep this Gem at level 14
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - will extend the duration of Immortal Call 
Enfeeble Enfeeble - a curse that lowers the enemy's damage and chance to hit. Keep this Gem at level 15. Skip this Gem if you have Elemental Weakness Curse on your Gloves
[MOBILITY] Shield Charge setup
Shield Charge Shield Charge - your main Movement Skill 
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support  - faster movement with Shield Charge
Fortify Support Fortify Support  - after hitting an enemy with Shield Charge you will gain Fortify buff that will reduce damage taken from hits
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - this support will immediately kill enemies that are below 10% maximum Life when you hit them with Shield Charge
[UTILITY] Golem, Wave of Conviction and Blood Rage
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts supported skills. Use a level 12 Gem
Blood Rage Blood Rage  - grants increased Attack Speed and Frenzy Charge generation. Use a level 15 Gem
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack and Cast Speed while active. Use a level 14 Summon Lightning Golem Gem
Wave of Conviction Wave of Convication - applies Lighting Exposure to enemies assuming it deals the highest damage of the Lightning type which reduces affected enemies Resistance to Lightning. Use a level 15 Gem


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5. Gear Setup

This Molten Strike build is a moderately expensive build. Below you will find all the recommended gear. If you would like to have the end-game items also added here please let us know in the comments below. This build is extremely easy to upgrade, all you need to do is to increase bonus Intelligence on each part which can endlessly scale your DPS and Maximum Energy Shield. At the same time, this build can endlessly scale the items' prices :)

The recommended items from our list will:

  1. Help you cap your Elemental Resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS and Energy Shield to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Intelligence
  2. Energy Shield
  3. Elemental Resistances
  4. Elemental Damage
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - this is our best choice, grants a lot of Energy Shield and Intelligence
Min. requirements:
250 Energy Shield
45 Intelligence
Optional affixes:
Resistances
Helmet enchantments:
Blood Rage grants an additional 12% increased Attack Speed
Molten Strike fires 2 additional projectiles
Hand of Wisdom and Action(Weapon) Hand of Wisdom and Action - nothing to say here. Our character is built around this weapon. Try to get one with maximum Intelligence roll
+46 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
(8-12)% increased Dexterity
(8-12)% increased Intelligence
Adds 1 to 10 Lightning Damage to Attacks with this Weapon per 10 Intelligence
1% increased Attack Speed per 25 Dexterity
(25-30)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Shield(Shield) Rare Energy Shield - the same as the helmet, we focus on highest Intelligence and Energy Shield
Min. requirements:
250 Energy Shield
45 Intelligence
10% to All Elemental Resistances
Incandescent Heart(Body Armour) Incandescent Heart - insane armor for this build. While it doesn't provide much Energy Shield, it boosts our damage by a lot and reduces Elemental Damage Taken by 25%
(220-240)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(80-90) to maximum Life
(0.8-1)% of Attack Damage Leeched as Life
Gain (10-20)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
25% of Elemental Damage from Hits taken as Chaos Damage
(20-30)% increased Light Radius
Light Radius is based on Energy Shield instead of Life
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - while it's very expensive, it will provide the highest damage and defense boost

Min. requirements:
15% Increased Maximum Energy Shield
1% increased Damage per 15 Intelligence
50 Intelligence
Optional affixes:
Resistances
Increased Intelligence/Attributes

Astramentis(Amulet) Astramentis - a cheap alternative to the high-end rare amulet
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(80-100) to all Attributes
-4 Physical Damage taken from Attacks
Rare RingRare Ring(Ring) Rare Opal Ring -definitely the best option for this build. Grants Intelligence and resistances
Min. requirements:
40 Maximum Energy Shield
12% to all Elemental Resistances
35 Intelligence
Optional affixes:
Resistances
Lightning Damage to Attacks
Rare boots(Boots) Rare Energy Shield Boots - get a pair with the highest maximum Energy Shield and Intelligence bonuses you can afford
Min. requirements:
150 Energy Shield
45 Intelligence
29% Lightning Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
Boots enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Cyclopean Coil(Belt) Cyclopean Coil - mandatory belt for this build. Provides Damage, Attributes, Shock and Ignite immunity. Keep in mind, that Dexterity should be your lowest 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
Shaper's Touch(Gloves) Shaper's Touch - insane gloves for attribute stacking build. Grants a lot of Accuracy and Energy Shield
(80-120)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+4 Accuracy Rating per 2 Intelligence
+1 Life per 4 Dexterity
+2 Mana per 4 Strength
2% increased Energy Shield per 10 Strength
2% increased Evasion Rating per 10 Intelligence
2% increased Melee Physical Damage per 10 Dexterity
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - here we are fixing resistances. If you are capped then you can focus on more damage oriented jewels
Recommended affixes:
increased Maximum Energy Shield
Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Lightning Damage
Intelligence
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - here we are fixing resistances. If you are capped then you can focus on more damage oriented jewels
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Energy Shield
Resistances
Optional affixes:
Intelligence
Lightning Damage to Attacks
Wildfire(Jewels) Wildfire - grants 2 additional projectiles for Molten Strike
(10-15)% increased Fire Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike fires 2 additional Projectiles
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Molten Strike has 25% increased Area of Effect
Brute Force Solution(Jewels) Brute Force Solution - grants a lot of Intelligence. Place it in jewel socket over Point Blank node
+(16-24) to Intelligence
Strength from Passives in Radius is Transformed to Intelligence

Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants a lot of additional damage and 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

Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - additional projectiles are insane for Molten Strike

(-10-10)% increased Charges used
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - grants additional Lightning Penetration. Remember to have Lightning Resistance higher than other ones
During Flask Effect, 10% reduced Damage taken of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is lowest
During Flask Effect, Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Resistance of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is highest
Vessel of Vinktar(Flask) Vessel of Vinktar - great boost to our Lightning Damage and shock nearby enemies
(80-100)% increased Charges used
Shocks nearby Enemies during Flask effect, causing 10% increased Damage taken
You are Shocked during Flask effect, causing 50% increased Damage taken
Adds (25-35) to (110-130) Lightning Damage to Attacks during Flask effect
20% of Lightning Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
Atziri's PromiseDying SunThe Wise OakVessel of VinktarQuicksilver Flask


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