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Poet's Pen Storm Call/Lightning Warp Assassin - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Poet's Pen Storm Call/Lightning Warp Assassin - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Extremely fast and powerful Poet's Pen build. This build provides insane damage and mobility

Poet's Pen
Storm Call/Lightning Warp
Assassin Shadow
Build updated for Patch 3.3

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Guide notes
April 15, 2018
-Build created
June 6, 2018
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.3

Since the introduction of Poet's Pen wands, they have been the core items for various powerful and enjoyable builds. What describes Poet's Pen builds, is good mobility (since you usually socket a movement Spell in one of the wands) and very high damage. These are in general, very enjoyable and, at the same time, totally end-game viable builds.

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1. Gameplay

As most of the Poet's Pen builds, our build utilizes the Frenzy attack skill. Frenzy is a ranged attack that has high Attack Speed, and generates Frenzy Charges for even higher Attack Speed and increased damage. Each time you attack with Frenzy, your spells socketed in Poet's Pen wands will be triggered. This will make you teleport to the targeted location, and Storm Call will be cast. This is repeatedly done with insane speed, making you breeze through maps and deal crazy burst damage.

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • insane clear speed
  • amazing AoE damage
  • able to clear all the endgame content
  • smooth leveling as soon as you get the Poet's Pen wands
  • immunity to damage reflection from Critical Hits
  • fantastic mobility with fast and off-cooldown teleports
  • end-game bosses may require significant investments in gear
  • the pace of this build and Lightning Warp's mechanics need a bit of experience to be played efficiently

3. Leveling tips

Poet's Pens are excellent leveling weapons. 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.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Frenzy setup 
Frost Blades Frenzy - your primary attack skill. Attack with this skill to trigger Poet's Pens spells. Until you reach level 16, just use Elemental Hit instead
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - great buff to your FB's DPS
Life on Hit Support Life on Hit Support - grants good Life recovery
1st Poet's Pen
Lightning Warp Lightning Warp - your main mobility skill which teleports you to target location after a short delay. It also deals Lightning AoE damage at your original position and the destination
Storm Call Storm Call - core DPS AoE spell of this build. During the leveling phase, you should use more Spells, as the number of support gems is limited, that's why you can find Storm Call in the first of your wands
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
2nd Poet's Pen
Storm Call Storm Call - used again to create more markers for an extra burst
Spell Cascade Support Spell Cascade Support - it will make Storm Call affect a wider area
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - increases Elemental Damage
Utility Gems
Ice Golem Ice Golem - the best Golem for this build. It increases your Critical Strike Chance 
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the recommended Curse for this build. It increases Critical Strike Chance versus cursed enemies
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - adds additional Lightning damage to spells and attacks


We suggest helping Alira for additional Crit. Multiplier and Resistances

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Trickery 2) Coordination 3) Coldhearted Calculation 4) Cruel Preparations

63 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blast Radius 2) Occultist's Dominion 3) Mind over Matter 4) Quick Recovery 5) Blood Drinker

Recommended leveling items:

PraxisPraxis - an excellent leveling ring. It reduces the Mana cost of skills 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 - the best leveling gloves for Poet's Pen builds. They significantly increase Spell Damage at the cost of reduces Cast Speed, but since Poet's Pen builds rely on Attack Speed instead, the adverse effect 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 - core item for this build. It can be used starting at level 12 and should be acquired as soon as possible
(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 - a great helmet that we can use since level 1. It provides 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

BriskwrapBriskwrap - a very decent body armour, that provides increased Attack and Movement Speed. Both of these stats are extremely important during the leveling phase

10% increased Attack Speed
+(120-180) to Evasion Rating
+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed
(20-25)% increased Mana Recovery from Flasks
15% increased Dexterity



4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

1. Ambush and Assassinate
2. Opportunistic
3. Unstable Infusion
4. Deadly Infusion


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/TRIGGER] Frenzy setup
Frenzy Frenzy - primary attack skill for this build. It triggers the Spells socketed in Poet's Pen wands
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number Frenzy's projectiles by 4. It is used mainly to help you apply supported curses
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - will make Frenzy apply your supported curses
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - recommended Curse for this build. It increases the chance for cursed enemies to be critically hit
Conductivity Conductivity - second DPS-oriented curse we recommend using. It reduces monsters' resistance to Lightning Damage
Life Gain on Hit Support Faster Attacks Support - increases the Attack Speed of Frenzy skill
[AURA/UTILITY] Arctic Armour & Haste
Arctic Armour [3L]Arctic Armour - grants high Physical damage mitigation
Haste [3L]Haste - increases Attack, Cast, and Movement speed
Enlighten [3L]Enlighten - reduces the amount of Mana Reserved  by your Auras
Ice Golem Ice Golem - increases your Critical Strike Chance and Accuracy Rating
[DEFENSE] Immortal Call setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast supported skills after a certain amount of damage is taken by the player. It is recommended to keep this Gem at level 1 for most frequent casts
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Immortal Call and Vaal Haste 
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - increases your Movement and Attack Speed
[UTILITY] Flame Dash 
Flame Dash Flame Dash - used mainly for the Arcane Surge buff since you can travel much faster with the Lightning Warp
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - grant speedier movement speed with Flame Dash
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Arcane Surge buff
Arcane Surge Arcane Surge Support - grants increased Spell Damage and Mana Regeneration. You should have the Gem at around level 9 to make it proc with every cast of Flame Dash
[DPS] Lightning Warp setup
(1st Poet's Pen)
Lightning Warp Lightning Warp - your main mobility Spell. It will teleport you to the targeted location, dealing additional Lightning Damage
Less Duration Support Less Duration Support - lowers the delay before you get teleported
Swift Affliction Swift Affliction Support - used for the reduced duration
[DPS] Storm Call setup
Storm Call Storm Call - a powerful Lightning/AoE Spell which is the primary source of DPS in this build
Lightning Penetration Lightning Penetration Support - makes supported Spells penetrate Lightning Resistance
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - increases the chance for Storm Call to Critically Hit (and also trigger the Lighting Bolt from Choir of the Storm amulet)

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5. Gear Setup

Poet's Pen Inquisitor is budget and beginner-friendly build. It does not require anything above 4 links and the core items shouldn't cost more than few Exalted Orbs. Your main weapons have only 3 sockets, and all the other gear is used for utility and defenses. This allows most of the items to be standard Life/Res rares, making the gear very easy to obtain. At the same time, the build scales very well with end-game high Spell Damage gear.

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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, as it's already all planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Spell/Lighting/Area Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Attack Speed (you should have at least 4 attacks per second)
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - very good helmet for this build. It is also very cheap and easily accessible even early in the League
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
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja’s Head - another great helmet option for this build. In comparison to Rat's Nest, it provides much higher defensive utility
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
Poet's Pen(Weapon) The Poet’s Pen - you have to dual wield this wands. This is the mandatory item for this build. You will be triggering spells socketed in Poet's Pen with your attack skills (Frenzy)
(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 - always a good choice for any Life build
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
Carcass Jack(Body Armour) Carcass Jack - another good option for this build. Provides decent defensive bonuses and increased Area Damage
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(120-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(9-12)% to all Elemental Resistances
20% increased Area of Effect
(40-50)% increased Area Damage
Extra gore
Inpulsa's Broken Heart(Body Armour) Inpulsa's Broken Heart - another nice DPS-oriented body armour option
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(60-80) to maximum Life
(20-50)% increased Damage if you have Shocked an Enemy Recently
(25-40)% increased Effect of Shock
Unaffected by Shock
Shocked Enemies you Kill Explode, dealing (5-10)% of
their Maximum Life as Lightning Damage which cannot Shock
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Life/res boots - simply aim for the highest affordable defensive stats
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Inya's Epiphany(Boots) Inya's Epiphany - another decent option. These boots provide amazing DPS bonus, though it will be harder to cap the resistances
+(50-70) to maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
(5-8)% increased Intelligence
5% increased Damage per Power Charge
25% chance that if you would gain Power Charges, you instead gain up to
your maximum number of Power Charges
Belt(Belt) Rare Life/Res. belt - again, we try to grab one with the highest Life and Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
100 Maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Choir of the Storm(Amulet) Choir of the Storm - best in slot amulet for this build. It grants insane DPS bonuses
+(20-30) to Intelligence
(10-20)% increased maximum Mana
Critical Strike Chance is increased by Lightning Resistance
50% increased Lightning Damage
Trigger Level 20 Lightning Bolt when you deal a Critical Strike
Opal Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res. Opal Ring
Min. requirements:
75 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
10% Cold Resistance
10% Lightning Resistance
increased Elemental Damage
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Berek's Grip(Ring) Berek's Grip - very important part of this build. It grants Life and Mana Leech, as well as adds additional Lightning Damage to your Spells and Attacks
+(12-16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
(25-30)% increased Cold Damage
Adds 1 to (50-70) Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(30-40) to maximum Life
1% of Damage Leeched as Life against Shocked Enemies
1% of Damage Leeched as Mana against Frozen Enemies
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res. Gloves - preferably with increased Attack Speed
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
15% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Atziri's Acuity(Gloves) Atziri's Acuity - the best in slot pair of gloves for this build. They are very expensive though and will require you to adjust Elemental Resistances on other parts of your gear (Rare ring, boots, and belt)
+(60-80) to Intelligence
+(60-75) to maximum Life
(200-220)% increased Armour
(25-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
You have Vaal Pact if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
abyss jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - these should provide additional life and flat damage added to spells
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Flat Added Damage to Spells (recommended min. 2 such affixes)
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances 
maximum Mana
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Area/Spell/Lightning Damage
% increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - very important Flask, which provides Lightning Penetration, as long as your uncapped Lightning Resistance is the highest 
+35% to all Elemental Resistances
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 - with added Lighting Damage to Spells. Requires a Shock removal Flask if you aren't using Inpulsa's Broken Heart
+50% to Lightning Resistance
+6% to maximum Lightning Resistance
(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 (15-25) to (70-90) Lightning Damage to Spells during Flask effect
20% of Lightning Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Experimenter’s Diamond Flask of Reflexes (more Critical Strike Chance and Evasion)
  3. Experimenter’s Quicksilver Flask of Heat (increased Movement Speed and Freeze/Chill immunity)
The Wise OakVessel of VinktarDivine Life FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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