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Rolling Magma Inquisitor Build

Rolling Magma Inquisitor Build

A budget-friendly Inquisitor Build that deals Fire Damage with self-cast Rolling Magma

Rolling Magma
Inquisitor Build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
January 24, 2022
-Build created
January 25, 2022
-Added gameplay video
February 07, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.17
Build overview
Tags: [CASTER] [ELEMENTAL] [HYBRID] [STARTER]

Budget: 

Defenses: 

Boss DPS:

AoE:

 

Rolling Magma is an old Skill that shares a lot of similarities with Fireball - these are both Fire Spell Projectiles with similar base damage. The difference is that Rolling Magma bounces off the ground several times, dealing Area damage each time it collides with the surface, while Fireball explodes just once on contact with its target. That's why it's more efficient to play it not as an Ignite build - in this instance the damage comes from the on-Hit Damage you cause with Projectiles. It's one of the simplest builds that doesn't use any overly complex game mechanics. The damage of your multiple Magma orbs won't overlap with other projectiles of this type from the same cast when damaging one opponent, that's why it's recommended to swap one of the Suppor Gems during boss fights and when clearing maps.

Inquisitor and Elementalist are both great candidates for such build, and while Witch's Ascendancy has some merits it's more suited for an Ignite build. Templar's Inquisitor Ascendancy seems better - your Critical Hits ignores Elemental Resistances of the target and your Crit. Chance is increased. You can also pick between more Elemental Damage with Augury of Penitence, or Pious Path for passive Life and ES Regeneration with the enhanced effect of Consecrated Ground. It's a hybrid build that uses both - Life and Energy Shield, you're able to reach 10k of hit points in total which already classifies this build as a tanky one. With the Consecrated Ground effect active most of the time Curses have less effect on you. You also have a high Block Chance, Life and ES Leech, and some Armour.

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1. Gameplay

Rolling Magma is your only damaging ability, clearing maps should be a smooth experience thanks to the Herald of Ash which will burn enemies you kill. During Boss Fights you can use Flame Wall which will increase the Damage of your Projectiles. When Ignoring Elemental Resistances you can't lower them below 0%, which you're normally able to, that's why you don't need to use Flammability Curse as it has no effect. When you're Low on Health use Enduring Cry. Steelskin is your Guard Spell and Flame Dash a Travel Skill. Your Mana Reserving Skill should be Herald of Ash, Zealotry, Anger, Discipline, and Vitality.

Full gameplay video:

 

This video was recorded on a level 95 Inquisitor using 12 Exalted Orb Wand with Increased Crit, Faster Casting, and 40% More Spell Damage + the Squire resulting in over 500k unbuffed tooltip DPS on rolling Magma and a very smooth and enjoyable playstyle (sadly being a non-meta skill, it can get pretty pricey to reach a satisfactory level like the one displayed)


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • beginner-friendly due to its simplicity
  • doesn't require any expensive items, it's quite cheap
  • has excellent clear speed and decent single target damage
CONS
  • can't run Elemental Reflect Maps
  • requires Gem swapping for higher efficiency

 

3. Leveling tips

You can Start with Rolling Magma as it's available right from the start and leveling with it isn't a bad experience at all. Initially look for items granting you more Life, Spell, and Fire Damage. You will then gradually transition to the late-game version where Energy Shield and Critical Strike Chance are equally important. Keep your Resistances High through all the Acts. You don't need to invest in Ignite and Burning Damage as it won't be your main source of damage.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Rolling Magma setup
Rolling Magma Rolling Magma - you can use it for leveling, it deals Spell Damage with Fire Projectiles
Combustion Support Combustion Support - enemies have reduced Fire Resistance and you deal more Fire Damage with increased Chance to Ignite
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - Arcan Surge grants you more Spell Damage and faster Mana Regeneration
Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - you can fire more projectiles for better AoE
Utility skills 
Flammability Flammability - lowers Fire Resistance, use it until you allocate Inevitable Judgement
Flame Dash Flame Dash - a Spell that allows you to dash
Clarity Clarity - use to regenerate your Mana faster
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - it helps you with clear speed and increases Fire Damage

Bandits:

Two Additional Passive Skill Points seems like the best option for this build

Leveling Skill Trees:

37 Points Skill Tree
Get Maximum Life and Fire Damage

69 Points Skill Tree
continue getting more Life and Fire Damage, additionally, look now for Critical Strike Chance

 

Recommended leveling items:

LifesprigLifesprig - a widely-used generic Wand for Spell-casters
(8-12)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
(20-28)% increased Spell Damage
(5-8)% increased Cast Speed
+(15-20) to maximum Life
+(15-20) to maximum Mana
Regenerate (6-8) Life over 1 second when you Cast a Spell
Karui WardKarui Ward - it grants you some Dexterity which will be needed and Projectile Damage
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
Gifts from AboveGifts from Above - it has some nice synergies with Consecrated Ground, and it also increases your Critical Strike Chance
(20-30)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Trigger Level 10 Consecrate when you deal a Critical Strike
(30-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(10-15)% increased Light Radius
(40-50)% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Enemies killed with a Critical Strike
50% increased Damage while on Consecrated Ground
+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while on Consecrated Ground
GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best unique leveling helmets as it grants  a lot of 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
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - allows you to create a six-linked Gem setup
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

101 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels)
119 Points Path of Building (PoB) link - Wand + The Squire setup
116 Points Path of Building (PoB) link - classic more budget-oriented setup

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Righteous Providence
  2. Inevitable Judgement
  3. Sanctuary
  4. Pious Path

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 Shakari for You cannot be Poisoned while there are at least 3 Poisons on you; 50% less Duration of Poisons on You and additional Chaos Damage mitigation

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Rolling Magma setup
Rolling Magma Rolling Magma - Fire Spell that fire Projectiles that bounces off the ground, number of bounces scales with Chain. Phantasmal Support is recommended for increased Damage.
Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support - you repeat the Spell cast with more Cast Speed
Increased Critical Damage Support Increased Critical Damage Support - your Critical Strike Chance should be around 100% so boosting Crit. Multiplier is one of the best ways to scale your damage. If you have lower Crit. Chance, it's better to use Increased Critical Strikes SupportIncreased Critical Strikes Support instead because of the Inquisitor's penetration from Crits
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - you're unable to cause Ignites, but in exchange, it increases the Damage of linked Skill
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - it lowers Mana Cost, increases Crit. Chance, and Elemental Damage as you spend Mana on Rolling Magma
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - More projectiles increase your clear speed. You can swap it for Concentrated Effect Concentrated Effect during boss fights.
Wand and the Squire variant:
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Damage Support - Increased Critical Strikes can be easily found as Support Gem granted by your Wand, so in such case simply skip the Gem entirely and socket Increased Critical Damage SupportIncreased Critical Damage in your items
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - another Gem that can be granted by Wands as an affix. It simply boosts your Cast Speed and DPS as a result
[DPS] Auras setup
Discipline Discipline - you gain additional Energy Shield and its Recovery Rate
Zealotry Zealotry - you have increased Critical Strike Chance and Spell Damage, it also creates Consecrated Ground when fighting more formidable opponents
Anger Anger - grants an additional Fire Damage with Spells, you can also swap it for Determination Determination if you value your Armour more than damage
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - Linked Spells Reserve less Mana
[UTILITY] Vitality setup
Vitality Vitality - it grants you increased Life Regeneration, with Pious Path it also regenerates the same amount of Energy Shield when on Consecrated Ground
Arrogance Support Arrogance Support - you probably won't be able to fit it in your Mana Pool, but you still have a lot of Life you can use
[UTILITY] Herald of Ash
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - you have more and increased Spell Fire Damage, and the enemies you kill will cause other nearby opponents to take a lot of Burning Damage which increases your clear speed (if using the Squire, just add link to other Auras and Enlighten)
[UTILITY] Flame Dash setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - a basic Travel Skill used to move faster and avoid damage
Arcane Surge Arcane Surge Support - Arcane Surge grants you more Spell Damage and increased Mana Regeneration Rate
[UTILITY] Brand setup
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - Cursed enemies take more Damage from Projectiles which will split after impact. Hitting Cursed enemies with Projectiles will replenish your Mana and Life Flasks
Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction - Spell that is used mainly to apply Fire exposure upon your foes. Use a level 1 Gem here
Arcanist Brand Arcanist Brand - linked Spells are cast every second via Brand which is attached to an enemy. Again, just a level 1 Brand will suffice here
Combustion Support Combustion Support - enemies Ignited by Linked Spells have their Fire Resistance reduced by 10% which is a very powerful debuff for Fire-based builds
[UTILITY] Flame Wall setup
Flame Wall Flame Wall - Creates a wall of fire that not only damages enemies but makes your Projectiles that passes through deal additional Fire Damage
Spell Cascade Support Spell Cascade Support - you create more Flame Walls so it's easier to fire Rolling Magma Orbs through them
increased Area of Effect Support increased Area of Effect Support - Flame Wall has increased Area of Effect
[UTILITY] Steelskin
Steelskin Steelskin - Guard Spell which reduces a certain amount of Hit damage you take by 70% for a short duration. With a high Armour Rating (when using Determination for example), you may be better off using Molten ShellMolten Shell instead here


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6. Gear Setup

Get Corrupted Soul Keystone - preferably from Replica Soul Tether. You should have a decent Life and Energy Shield Regeneration and Leech making you able to constantly sustain taking damage to your Life and ES at the same time. Primarily focus on getting a lot of maximum Life, your ES is sourced from Life but increasing it will surely help. You should be able to achieve 100% Crit Chance with the Flask on, that's enough to fully ignore enemies' Fire Resistance. Look for Dexterity, you will need some to level up your Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Gem. There are no mandatory Unique Items - except Replica Soul Tether or Glorious Vanity granting you Corrupted Soul. The build is a good candidate for a Starter. Remember to have one source of Life Leech and one of ES Leech from your Spells, or Fire Damage.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Elemental Resistances
  2. Maximum Life
  3. Critical Strike Chance
  4. Energy Shield
  5. Spell or Fire Damage
  6. Critical Strike Multiplier
  7. Block Chance
  8. Armour
  9. Dexterity
  10. Chaos Resistance
  11. Cast Speed
Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - Rare Helmet is good when you need Elemental Resistances or some of the luxurious Hunter's or Warlord's affixes
Min. requirements:
+80 to maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Dexterity
Armour
Energy Shield
Adds Fire Damage to Spells
increased Elemental Damage
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Crown of the Inward Eye(Helmet) Crown of the Inward Eye - it should be the best choice as you need Life, ES, and Armour which this Helmet supplies you with
333% increased Armour and Energy Shield
(9-21)% increased maximum Life, Mana and Global Energy Shield
Transfiguration of Soul
Transfiguration of Body
Transfiguration of Mind
Helmet enchantments:
Rolling Magma enchantments
Sceptre(Weapon) Rare Sceptre or Wand - get a weapon that increases your Spell and Fire Damage, and grants you increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells. If you're using The Squire try to find any two "Supported by" Affxies which you can find on an Elder or Shaper items.
Min. requirements:
60% increased Fire Spell Damage
70% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
+1 to Level of all Spell Skill Gems
+1 to Level of all Fire Spell Skill Gems
Socketed Skills deal #% more Spell Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Controlled Destruction, Increased Critical Strikes, Increased Critical Damage, Faster Casting, Fire Penetration, Spell Echo
Shield(Weapon) Rare Shield - Defensive mods are your Priority, but if you struggle with Mana Reservation there is a mod to help you with this issue
Min. requirements:
+60% to Elemental Resistances
+80 to maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Chance to Block
Socketed Gems have #% increased Reservation Efficiency
Armour
Energy Shield
The Squire(Weapon) The Squire - it's an optional, immensely expensive item that allows you to fit in an additional 6-linked setup. With build-in support Gem into your main-hand weapon, you can achieve the highest DPS that's possible for such build.
120% increased Block Recovery
Has 3 Sockets
All Sockets are White
+(5-8)% to Quality of Socketed Support Gems
Socketed Support Gems can also Support Skills from your Main Hand
(100-150)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(3-5)% Chance to Block
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - Try to increase your Life and Resistances. Additionally, you should get the Shaper's Suffix for Crit. Chance for Spells
Min. requirements:
+70 to maximum Life
+50% to Elemental Resistances
+1.5% to Spell Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Dexterity
Energy Shield
+1 to Level of Socketed Active Skill Gems
You can apply an additional Curse
increased maximum Life
Infernal Mantle(Body Armour) Infernal Mantle - most of the mods here are beneficial, and the Item itself is usually cheap, an option you can definitely consider
+1 to Level of Socketed Fire Gems
(25-35)% increased Fire Damage
100% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(120-160)% increased Energy Shield
15% of Fire Damage Converted to Chaos Damage
15% increased Spell Damage taken when on Low Mana
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - Maximum Life, Movement Speed, and Elemental Resistances are your top priorities
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
+50% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Energy Shield
Armour
You have Tailwind if you have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Cannot be Frozen (crafted)
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Gloves don't have much to offer, try to get the usual defensive stats and maybe Crusader's increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Energy Shield
Dexterity
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - Strive for Life, Energy Shield, and Resistances. If you decide to go for a Rare Blet you will need another source of Corrupted Soul which may cost you some Passive Skill Points.
Min. requirements:
70 Maximum Life
+50% to Elemental Resistances
25% increased Energy Shield from Body Armour
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage
Maximum Energy Shield
increased Damage
increased Maximum Life
Replica Soul Tether(Belt) Replica Soul Tether - Maximum Life as Energy Shield and Corrupted Soul is what makes it the best choice
(15-25)% increased Stun and Block Recovery
+(20-40) to Strength
Gain (4-6)% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield
Corrupted Soul
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - It's a good place to look for various mods such as Attributes, Crit. Chance, Level of your Fire and Intelligence Skill Gems, and other stats
Min. requirements:
+50 to maximum Life
+40% to Elemental Resistances
30% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Dexterity
+1 to Level of all Intelligence Skill Gems
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
+1 to Level of all Fire Skill Gems
Energy Shield
Non-Channelling Skills have -7 to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
Recommended Anointments:
Charisma
Divine Judgement
Heartseeker
Written in Blood
Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - a Ring with a lot of Life, and Sniper's or Assassin's Mark is a powerful tool, you can then start looking for other various affixes like increased Fire Damage or Crit. Chance
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
Trigger Level 12 Assassin's Mark or Sniper's Mark when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy and have no Mark
Optional affixes:
Maximum Energy Shield
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Non-channeling Skills have -7 to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
Chaos Resistance
increased Fire Damage
Circle of Anguish(Ring) Circle of Anguish - Circe of Anguis is great as long as you're using Herald of Ash. You're able to get more Damage, increased Mana Reservation Efficiency, or increased Buff Effect.
<One to three random Synthesis implicit modifiers>
+(20-30) to Strength
Adds (20-25) to (26-35) Fire Damage
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
<Two Random Herald of Ash modifier>
Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - look for Affixes with Maximum Energy Shield and Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and Critical Strike Multiplier with Elemental Skills

Recommended affixes:
Maximum Energy Shield
Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
increased Fire or Spell Damage
Dexterity
Critical Strike Multiplier or Chance with Elemental Skills or with Spells

Intuitive Leap(Jewel) Intuitive Leap - you can socket it next to Instability and allocate Notables on the Mana and Reservation Cluster
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye -  Zealotry, Discipline, or Anger mods are usually useful, get this Jewel as soon as you can, even a cheap one is very good for your defenses
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - Doryani's Lesson is a source of your Life Leech, Prismatic Hear and Smoking Remains are some of the best mods to increase your Damage
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Doryani's Lesson
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Smoking Remains
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - these are used to get you more Damage with the Crit-related Notables
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Basics of Pain
1 Added Passive Skill is Pressure Points
1 Added Passive Skill is Quick Gateway
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - one of the most expensive Flasks, but it's also one of the best suited for you
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(20-40)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Flask effect
Rumi's Concoction(Flask) Rumi's Concoction - use it to get more Armour and Chance to Block Attacks and Spells
+1500 to Armour
+(8-12)% Chance to Block Attack Damage during Flask effect
+(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage during Flask effect
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - the best part of this Flask is the two additional Projectiles you fire during its duration
+50% to Fire Resistance
20% less Fire Damage taken
(125-150)% increased Charges per use
(60-40)% less Duration
(10-20)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
The Sorrow of the Divine(Flask) The Sorrow of the Divine - it's a situational Flask, only to be used if you took Augury of Penitence instead of Pious Path
40% increased Damage
Requires Level 35
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(25-50)% increased Duration
Zealot's Oath during Flask effect
Life Recovery from Flasks also applies to Energy Shield during Flask Effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Life Flask of Staunching for Bleed removal
  2. Diamond Flask with Immunity to Poison during Flask Effect
  3. Mana Flask with random ailment removal
Rumi's ConcoctionDying SunLife FlaskBottled FaithDiamond Flask


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