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Vaal Reave White Wind Champion Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Vaal Reave White Wind Champion Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Extremely powerful Melee fighter based on the reworked Vaal Reave skill and White Wind unique dagger

Vaal Reave White Wind
Champion build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
June 3, 2018
-Build created
December 12, 2018
-Updated for Patch 3.5

Reave is one of the most enjoyable Melee Attacks in Path of Exile. It provides very good AoE, which increases which each consecutive blow. With 3.3's changes to Vaal skills, you can use both Reave and Vaal Reave in the same slot, which grants amazing burst DPS versus Bosses and tougher content. Also, this build revolves around the Champion Ascendancy class which got severely buffed in Patch 3.2 and White Wind unique dagger.

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1. Gameplay

This is a full Cold Elemental Damage Melee build, which revolves around the amazing Champion Ascendancy class, which grants amazing balance between offensive and defensive utility. This build has very high DPS, and amazing defenses with capped Dodge Chance, high Evasion Rating, decent Life Pool and Life Leech. This build provides very high DPS in general, and if needed the primary DPS Skill Gem can be replaced with Blade Flurry for much higher damage versus end-game Bosses

0:06 Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
0:47 Tier 16 Pit of the Chimera
1:17 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:46 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix

This video was recorded on a level 93 Gladiator. Current progress: all 4 Guardians deathless. Let us know in the comments if we should continue the project


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • insane DPS, both single-target (Blade Flurry) and AoE (Reave)
  • amazing clear speed with high Attack Speed, Whirling Blades skill and Reave's wide radius
  • capped Dodge and very high Evasion
  • all content viable
CONS
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect maps

3. Leveling tips

You can level up this Duelist as a standard Melee fighter. We suggest using Frost Blades as your primary attack since you will be taking mostly Elemental Damage nodes and this way you do not have to refund many passives later on. At the same time, Frost Blades attack is one of the most effective leveling skills in PoE making it a perfect choice.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Frost Blades setup
Frost Blades Frost Blades - your primary attack during the leveling phase
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - grants additional Cold Damage
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - grants increased Attack Speed
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Lesser Multiple Projectiles - increases the number of Frost Blades projectiles
Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - your mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Utility Gems
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
Frostbite Frostbite - the best curse for leveling with cold-based DPS skills
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - provides extra DPS and AoE explosions for smoother leveling
Clarity Clarity - increases Mana Regeneration Rate

Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

30 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Art of the Gladiator 2) Master of the Arena 3) Fangs of Frost 4) Primeval Force 5) Herbalism

67 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Forces of Nature 2) Revenge of the Hunted 3) Constitution

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - the best rings for the earlies levels. Will greatly boost your melee physical DPS
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
5% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 3 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(2-4) Life Regenerated per second
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
 
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - great leveling belt
+(25-35) to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
+25 to Strength
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
 
GiantsbaneGiantsbane - this pair of gloves will greatly increase your Frost Blade's DPS
Adds (3-6) to (10-12) Physical Damage to Attacks
+(30-40) to Strength
(80-100)% increased Armour
Iron Grip
 
Last ResortLast Resort - first unique claw you can equip. Great for leveling
+3 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
25% increased Attack Speed when on Low Life
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 2 to 10 Physical Damage
100% increased Claw Physical Damage when on Low Life
100% increased Accuracy Rating when on Low Life
 

Al DhihAl Dhih - another great leveling claw

+19 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
(100-120)% increased Physical Damage
3% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
10% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold with this Weapon
Socketed Gems have 10% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on Hit
Trigger Level 1 Abyssal Cry on Hit
 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Unstoppable Hero
  2. Conqueror
  3. Worthy Foe
  4. First to Strike, Last to Fall

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Solaris 6% Physical Damage Reduction if there is only one nearby Enemy, 20% chance to take 50% less Area Damage from Hits

Minor God: Soul of Garukhan +5% chance to Evade Attacks if you've taken a Savage Hit recently

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Vaal Reave
Vaal Reave Vaal Reave - your primary attack. With the changes to Vaal skills in Patch 3.3, you can use both the regular Reave and Vaal Reave in a single socket
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - a mandatory Support Gem as it's full Elemental Damage build
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support - makes Reave penetrate a high portion of enemies' Cold Resistance
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - makes the supported attack repeat twice with greatly increased Attack Speed and slightly lower damage
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds flat Cold Damage
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support - adds flat Cold Damage and generates Frenzy Charges when slaying frozen enemies
[DPS] Blade Flurry
(single-target DPS, requires to replace Gems in the Body Armour slot)
Blade Flurry Blade Flurry - a channeled attack that deals insane damage at maximum stacks
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support
Multistrike Support Damage on Full Life Support - replacement for the Multistrike which does not work with Blade Flurry
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support
[AURA/CURSE]
Frostbite [2 Links]Frostbite - Frostbite Curse reduces cursed enemies' resistance to Cold Damage
Blasphemy Support [2 Links]Blasphemy Support - makes the supported Curse reserve no Mana
Vaal Grace [1 Link]Vaal Grace - regular Grace will greatly increase your Evasion Rating, and while you activate Vaal Grace, it will cap your Dodge Chance for the duration
Ice Golem [1 Link]Herald of Ice - used for extra Cold Damage and AoE explosions
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a great defensive buff on melee hits with Whirling Blades
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief setup
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - spawns a Totem that will increase your Melee Damage
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - makes your Totem instantly kill enemies below 10% Life
[DEFENSE] Immortal Call setup
Immortal Call [3 Links]Immortal Call - grants brief immunity to Physical Damage. Keep it at level 3
Cast when Damage Taken Support [3 Links]Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Immortal Call. Keep it at level 1
Increased Duration Support [3 Links]Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Immortal Call
Lightning Golem [1 Link]Lightning Golem - this Golem grants increased Attack Speed


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended and required gear for this build. Most of the items should be easily obtained, and everything except for the White Wind dagger can be temporarily replaced with cheaper rare alternative items.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Cold/Melee Damage
  4. Attack Speed
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Life/Res. Helmet this is a very solid option for this build. Picking up a rare helmet will make it much easier to cap Elemental Resistances and wear the other required unique gear 
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - is the best Helmet in terms of clear speed. Provides the highest Attack Speed bonus and additional Movement Speed
10% reduced Global Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Reave Damage
12% increased Reave Radius
White Wind(Weapon) White Wind - build-defining item. It provides insane Cold Damage while not wearing the off-hand slot item and is very cheap for a 400+ Elemental DPS weapon
30% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Adds (160-190) to (280-320) Cold Damage
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
+(300-400) to Evasion Rating
20% chance to Dodge Attacks while your Off Hand is empty
100% increased Cold Damage while your Off Hand is empty
Zodiac Leather(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - Evasion-based Chest is not a bad pick. For early mapping and currency farming phase you can use one even with 5 links
Min. requirements:
2000 Evasion Rating
100 maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Attributes
Atziri's Step(Boots) Atziri's Step - the best in the slot. They are also very cheap so it's not worth to bother with possible replacements here
180% increased Evasion Rating
+(55-75) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
(14-16)% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Cold Damage if you've been Hit Recently
Spiked Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res. Gloves - possibly with increased Melee Damage or increased Attack Speed
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Added Cold Damage to Attacks
Melee Damage
Attack Speed
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Force
Rare Belt(Belt) Rare Life/Res. Belt
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
35% increased Elemental Damage with Attack skills
Stygian Vise(Belt) Stygian Vise - the best in the slot
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
35% increased Elemental Damage with Attack skills
Impresence(Amulet) Impresence (Cold) - we suggest using this amulet. Makes it much more enjoyable to play as you do not have to worry about your Curses
+(10-16) to all Attributes
Adds (20-24) to (33-36) Cold Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
(45-50)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+(20-25)% to Cold Resistance
100% reduced Frostbite Mana Reservation
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res. Ring
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Tasalio's Sign(Ring) Tasalio's Sign - this ring provides great DPS buff and is very cheap at the same time
+(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
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - with added flat Cold Damage to Attacks/Dagger Attacks
Recommended affixes:
Added Cold Damage to Attacks
Added Cold Damage to Dagger Attacks
maximum Life
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - they should provide extra Life and damage
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Melee/Cold/Elemental Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - one of the most popular Flasks in Path of Exile. It's cheap and extremely useful
+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
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - if you can keep your uncapped Cold Resistance as the highest one, this Flask will grant additional Cold Resistance Penetration
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to Chill and Freeze effects)
  3. Experimenter's Quartz Flask of Reflexes (grants increased Evasion Rating)
Atziri's PromiseThe Wise OakDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskQuartz Flask


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