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Poet's Pen Volatile Dead Inquisitor Templar - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Poet's Pen Volatile Dead Inquisitor Templar - Odealo's Crafty Guide

One of the most enjoyable Inquisitor/Templar builds in Path of Exile. Powerful Poet's Pen-based Crit. Spellcaster

Poet's Pen
Volatile Dead/Unearth
Inquisitor Templar build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
March 15, 2018
-Build created
October 15, 2018
-Updated to Patch 3.4
-Added gameplay video
December 20, 2018
-Updated for Patch 3.5

This is one of the most enjoyable builds in Path of Exile. We have previously made a Berserker build based on the Poet's Pens wands, but since patch 3.2 and the redesign of Berserker Ascendancy class it is no longer efficient. This led us to make this Templar Inquisitor guide, which provides the highest end-game DPS out of all Ascendancy classes in this setup. This build utilizes the newly added Gems in Patch 3.1 - Volatile Dead, Unearth, and Bodyswap which complement each other in a fascinating way.

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1. Gameplay

Poet's Pen Inquisitor is a ranged build, which relies on high Attack Speed of your Frenzy Attack Skill. Frenzy will trigger spells socketed in your Poet's Pens wands and generate Frenzy Charges for even higher Attack Speed. Volatile Dead, which is your core spell will provide amazing DPS and instantly clear entire screens. This makes it one of the most enjoyable and visually appealing builds out there.

0:06 Tier 14 Colosseum
0:34 Tier 16 Marshes
0:54 Tier 15 Dig

This video was recorded on a level 83 Inquisitor. At that time Anger was used, which is not removed in order to maintain high Mana for Mind over Matter and grant much better defenses


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • great clear speed
  • high Life pool
  • able to clear all endgame content
  • smooth leveling with Poet's Pen wands available at level 12
  • amazing damage and defenses even on a low budget
CONS
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect mods

3. Leveling tips

It’s one of the easiest and fastest characters to level up. You can use your endgame wands (Poet's Pen) starting at level 12 so you don’t have to worry about changing equipment every few levels. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Frost Blades setup 
Frost Blades Frost Blades - one of the first attack skills you can get after killing Hillock. You will switch it to Frenzy at level 16 for triggering Poet’s Pen skills
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - great buff to your Frost Blades DPS
Onslaught Onslaught Support - grants a chance to gain Onslaught buff on a kill
Volatile Dead setup
(1st Poet's Pen)
Volatile Dead Volatile Dead  - it’s our main DPS skill, it will explode corpses and send Fireballs towards enemies
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support– increases elemental damage by a lot (can be used from level 18)
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
Unearth setup
(2nd Poet's Pen)
Unearth Unearth - it will fire projectiles and summon bone archers on impact. It also provides additional corpses for Volatile Dead
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Lesser Missiles Projectiles Support - it will send 2 additional Unearth’s projectiles. Replace with Greater Missiles Projectiles at level 38
Power Charge on Critical Strike Support Power Charge on Critical Strike Support - it will grant Power Charges which increases your Critical Strike Chance (can be used since level 18)
Frenzy setup
Unearth Frenzy - our main single target skill, triggering skills socketed into Poet’s Pens and grants frenzy charges, that increases Attack, Movement, and Cast Speed, on top of that increases physical damage per Frenzy Charge
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Lesser Missiles Projectiles Support
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks - increases Attack Speed of your Frenzy skill, which results in the faster triggering of Poet’s Pet socketed spells
Life Gain on Hit Support Life Gain on Hit Support
Utility Gems
Stone Golem Stone Golem - provides additional life regeneration
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the recommended curse option for this build, increases critical strike chance versus cursed enemies
Anger Anger - adds additional Fire damage to spells and attacks

Bandits:

We suggest killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Sanctity 2) Retribution 3) Heart and Soul 4) Amplify 5) Annihilation 6) Blast Radius

62 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Cruel Preparation 2) Coordination 3) Arcane Potency 4) Throatseeker 

Recommended leveling items:

PraxisPraxis –great leveling ring, which reduces the mana cost of skills by a lot
+(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 - extremely powerful gloves, that grant a lot of spell damage for our Volatile Dead/Unearth. Reduced cast speed doesn’t affect our build because spells are triggered based on your Attack Speed
(50-60)% increased Spell Damage
+20 to Intelligence
15% reduced Cast Speed
+32 to maximum Energy Shield
 
Karui WardKarui Ward - amazing DPS and movement speed bonuses granted by this amulet, make it the best in slot leveling item for our projectile focused build
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
 
Poet's PenThe Poet’s Pen - our build defining weapon, we can use it since level 12, mandatory to wear 2 of them, both with 3-linked sockets
(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 nice Body Armour, that provides additional Attack and Movement Speed, which makes leveling faster

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(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

1. Righteous Providence
2. Inevitable Judgement
3. Instruments of Virtue
4. Augury of Penitence

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/TRIGGER] Frenzy setup
(preferable in Elder Gloves)
Frenzy Frenzy - main attack skill. It is used to trigger the Poet's Pen socketed spells and generate additional Frenzy Charges
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Frenzy's projectiles by 4. Hence greatly increasing the number of Frenzy's hits
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - will make Frenzy apply your supported curse
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - recommended Curse for this build. It increases the chance for cursed enemies to be critically hit
[UTILITY] Herald of Ash
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - grants additional Fire Damage and causes AoE Explosions. Since it reserves only 25% of your Mana it's the best pick for this build
[UTILITY] Curse/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. It is recommended to keep this Gem at level 5
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to physical damage. Keep it at level 7
Temporal Chains Temporal Chains - will slow down nearby enemies reducing the chance of you dying. Keep it at level 8
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash 
Flame Dash Flame Dash - mobility Spell. It will proc the Instruments of Virtue buff so you have to use it once in a while
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - grant faster movement speed with Flame Dash
[UTILITY] Golem 
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast your Golem Spell
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - grants increased Attack Speed. If you have at least 4 attacks per second without it, you may as well use Ice or Stone Golem
[DPS] Volatile Dead setup
(1st Poet's Pen)
Volatile Dead Volatile Dead - your main DPS. Will cause corps toes explode and send Fireballs on nearby enemies
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - increases the Critical Strike Chance of your Volatile Dead spell. It is a mandatory Gem in this setup since Crits ignore monster's Elemental Resistance
Concetrated Effect Support Concentrated Area Effect Support - increases area damage of explosions by a lot, at the cost of reduced area of effect
[DPS] Unearth setup
(2nd Poet's Pen)
Bodyswap Bodyswap - makes your body explode dealing Fire area damage. Also, "teleports" you to the targeted corpse
Unearth Unearth - provides additional corpses for Volatile Dead explosions, as well as deals moderate physical/projectile damage
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Greater Missiles Projectiles Support - increases the number of Unearth projectiles


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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. Fire/Elemental/Spell Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Attack Speed (you should have a min. of 4 attacks per second)
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - the best in the slot item 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. Provides slightly more defensive utility compared to Rat's Nest but will lack the extra crit
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 enchantment:
40% increased Volatile Dead Damage
Volatile Dead destroys up to 1 additional Corpse
Poet's Pen(Weapon) The Poet’s Pen - you have to dual wield these 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 a Life build. But since anything above 4 links in your Frenzy setup is considered a luxury, Kaom's Heart provides higher Life and DPS bonuses and approximately same price
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
Kaom's Heart(Body Armour) Kaom's Heart - the BiS armour for the build. Grants amazing defensive bonuses as well as extra Fire Damage
Has no Sockets
+500 to maximum Life
(20-40)% increased Fire Damage
Zodiac Leather(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - until you can afford the Kaom's Heart, you can use any rare Body Armour with Life and Elemental Resistances. It doesn’t need any sockets because 4-link in helm for our frenzy setup is enough, but can always host a CwDT+Immortal Call setup
5% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
30% reduced Chance to Block Attacks and Spells
(600-650)% increased Armour
10% reduced Movement Speed
50% increased Shock Duration on You
Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - simply aim for the highest affordable defensive stats
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Reduced cooldown recovery speed (Shaper affix)
Darkray Vectors(Boots) Darkray Vectors - a very nice pair of boots. They provide additional Movement Speed, Dodge Chance per Frenzy Charge and 1 additional maximum Frenzy Charge
(40-70)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(20-40)% to Lightning Resistance
5% increased Movement Speed per Frenzy Charge
+1 to Maximum Frenzy Charges
40% reduced Frenzy Charge Duration
25% reduced Light Radius
2% chance to Dodge Attacks per Frenzy Charge
Boot enchantment:
0.6% of Damage Leeched as Life and Mana if you've Killed Recently
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Heavy Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - again, we try to grab one with the highest Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances bonuses
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
35 Strength
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Reduced cooldown recovery speed (Shaper affix)
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - pretty much the best in slot item for this build. Grants amazing boost with the extra Abyss jewel, but a Stygian Vise will be much more expensive than a similar Leather Belt without the socket
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Reduced cooldown recovery speed (Shaper affix)
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
50 Dexterity
10% All Elemental Resistances
30% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Attributes
maximum Mana
Opal RingOpal Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - with Opal Rings being the best for this build
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
45 maximum Life
80% mixed Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Fire/Elemental Damage
Attributes
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - preferably Elder gloves with Faster Attacks and Faster Projectiles affixes
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
Socketed Gems are Supported by level # Faster Attacks
Socketed Gems are Supported by level # Faster Projectiles
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Atziri's Acuity(Gloves) Atziri's Acuity - potent gloves for this build. They are best used with Life and Mana Leech Boot enchantment
+(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 - Abyss Jewel that grants a chance to gain Onslaught on kill is recommended
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
a chance to grant Onslaught on Kill for 4 seconds
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
maximum Mana
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - they should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Area/Spell/Fire Damage
Critical Strike Multiplier (Global or with Elemental/Fire Skills)
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - provides additional 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
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Warding (immunity to Curses)
  3. Experimenter’s Diamond Flask of Reflexes (more Critical Strike Chance and Evasion)
  4. Experimenter’s Quicksilver Flask of Heat (increased Movement Speed and Freeze/Chill immunity)
Atziri's PromiseDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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