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Winter Orb CwC Ice Spear Inquisitor build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Winter Orb CwC Ice Spear Inquisitor build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

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Winter Orb CwC Ice Spear/Lightning Warp
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Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
March 13, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.6

Winter Orb is a new channeled skill, based on Cold Elemental Damage. It creates an Orb above you which sends projectiles, automatically targeting nearby enemies. Ice Spear has been reworked in Patch 3.5 giving it insane single target DPS - it's like Barrage, but for spellcasters. This build combines these two skills, making it automatically cast homing Cold rockets and Ice Spears all over the screen. This leads to both amazing clear speed and single target damage, making it one of the most powerful builds at the moment. On top of that, you can also add Lightning Warp and you will be automatically teleported throughout the Maps.

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1. Gameplay

If you don't like to press 10 buttons to make build work properly this is definitely the right build for you. Channeling Winter Orb will automatically teleport you all over the screen and homing Cold rockets will shatter whole packs of monsters. Insane DPS on single target makes this build viable even on the hardest encounters in the game like Shaper and Elder. Shattering packs of enemies with Herald of Ice Cold explosions makes it very enjoyable to play. 

0:06 Tier 10 Arachnid Tomb
0:41 Tier 10 Port
1:18 Tier 11 Spider Forest
1:49 Tier 13 Ghetto

This video was recorded on a level 83 Inquisitor wielding Taryn's Shiver Staff

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • relaxing playstyle
  • with an optimized build up to 95% effective Critical Strike Chance
  • 6000 Life thanks to Kaom's Heart 
  • scales well end-game with proper gear and character level
  • very fast clear speed
  • need 6-link to work with full CWC setup
  • vulnerable to elemental reflect map mods

3. Leveling tips

For leveling, we are going to use Freezing Pulse, before we can switch to 6-link Cast while Channeling setup. Every node on the Passive Skill Tree that we are picking for the final build will boost Freezing Pulse damage as well, so with dual-wielded Axiom Perpetuum leveling should be very fast and easy. If you have Tabula Rasa, CwC setup can be used since level 38 when you grab Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Gem.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Freezing Pulse setup
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - one of the first available spells in PoE
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds a lot of Cold Damage 
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - boosts the number of supported skills' projectiles
Ice Spear setup
Ice Spear Ice Spear - this will be your main skill for single target. You can socket it right after you reach level 12
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support 
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - will boost your Cold Damage and Chance to Freeze enemies
Utility Gems
Ice Golem Ice Golem - the recommended Golem for this build which increases your Critical Strike Chance
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - perfect Curse for our build. Increases the Chance to Critically Strike cursed enemies and grants Power Charges which are going to increase Critical Strike Chance and Spell Damage
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - additional Cold Damage for spells and big AoE Cold explosions will clear big packs much faster


We recommend helping Alira for increased Crit. Multiplier and Elemental Resistances

Leveling Skill Trees:

35 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Discipline and Training 2)Light of Divinity 3) Devotion 4) Amplify 2) Arcane Potency 5) Purity of Flesh

55 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Quick Recovery 2) Heart and Soul 3) Cruel Preparation 4) Blast Radius

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)
Maligaro's VirtuosityMaligaro's Virtuosity - powerful gloves, will make our Critical Strikes hit like a truck
+(20-30) to Dexterity
5% increased Attack Speed
50% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(20-30)% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
(60-80)% increased Evasion Rating
Karui WardKarui Ward - grants amazing DPS boost to our builds, because both Freezing Pulse and Ice Spear are Projectiles
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - they provide everything - Attributes, Damage, and Resistances. Perfect choices for the whole leveling process
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
Axiom PerpetuumAxiom Perpetuum - best leveling weapon in the game for spellcasters. A lot of Additional Damage to Spells and an insane amount of Critical Strike Chance for them. It's recommended to dual-wield them
(4-6)% increased Cast Speed
(100-140)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Fire Damage to Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds 1 to (10-12) Lightning Damage to Spells

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 Judgment
  3. Instruments of Virtue
  4. Augury of Penitence


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] Winter Orb CwC Ice Spear
Winter Orb Winter Orb - your primary source of DPS, will cast Ice Spear and Lightning Warp while you are channeling it
Cast while Channeling Support Cast while Channeling Support - it's our build defining support gem. Thanks to it, we will cast all other spells linked to Winter Orb automatically
Ice Spear Ice Spear - our best single target spell, will melt bosses in seconds
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - will increase Critical Strike Chance of all linked spells, making all Critical Strike Multiplier affixes on your gear much stronger
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - will increase the number of projectiles for both Ice Spear and Winter Orb
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - increases both Cold Damage and Chance to Freeze monsters
Optional gem options
Lightning Warp Lightning Warp - should replace Increased Critical Strikes Support for mapping. Will be automatically cast by Winter Orb and provide insane mobility
[CURSE/AURA] Herald of Ice and Assassin's Mark setup
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - main aura for additional Cold Damage, Cold explosions on big packs and 
Curse on Hit Support Curse on Hit Support - makes supported spells apply the supported Curse
Flammability Assassin's Mark - the recommended Curse for this build, increases Critical Strike Chance
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite - after killing monsters with Herald of Ice explosions Ice Bite will generate Frenzy Charges, increasing both Movement and Cast Speed
[AURA] Herald of Thunder and Clarity
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - adds additional Lightning damage to spells
Clarity Clarity - provides Mana Regeneration
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Vaal Lightning Trap setup
Vaal Lightning Trap Vaal Lightning Trap - pop it only for Bosses. It will Shock enemies which increases their Damage Taken
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 1
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep this Gem at level 3
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - will extend the duration of Immortal Call and Vaal Haste effects
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - we need one attack ability for proccing Instruments of Virtue Inquisitor's Passive plus its great Movement ability 
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support  - faster movement with Leap Slam
Fortify Support Fortify Support  - grants Fortify buff for more survivability
Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support - you will pay life for using a movement skill  

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5. Gear Setup

This Winter Orb CwC Ice Spear 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. 

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The recommended items from our list will:

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Spell Damage/Cold Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Cast Speed
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - this is our best choice for fixing both Elemental Resistances and Dexterity requirements

Min. requirements:
30 to Dexterity
70 to maximum Life
35% to Fire Resistance
35% to Lightning Resistance

Helmet enchantments:
Winter Orb deals 40% increased Damage
Winter Orb has +2 Maximum Stages
Taryn's Shiver(Weapon) Taryn's Shiver - it's a perfect choice for a budget friendly build. Spell Damage, Cast Speed and Increased Level of Socketed Gems is all you need
+2 to Level of Socketed Cold Gems
(50-60)% increased Spell Damage
(40-50)% increased Cold Damage
(10-20)% increased Cast Speed
8% chance to Freeze
Enemies Frozen by you take 20% increased Damage
Duskdawn(Weapon) Duskdawn - another great Staff, that provides us with a lot of Spell Damage and Critical Strike Multiplier
+10% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
(60-80)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Gain (10-20)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
+1% to Critical Strike Multiplier per 1% Chance to Block Attack Damage
+60% to Critical Strike Multiplier if you've dealt a Non-Critical Strike Recently
(120-150)% increased Spell Damage if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Rare Staff(Weapon) Rare Eclipse Staff - with the right stats this is the best option for our build. +3 to Socketed Gems is the most important affix for increasing Damage output
Min. requirements:
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
+2 to Level of Socketed Cold Gems
95% increased Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
75+% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
25+% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Kaom's Heart(Body Armour) Kaom's Heart - we can use it for biggest Life boost in the game because we have already 6-link in our weapon
Has no Sockets
+500 to maximum Life
(20-40)% increased Fire Damage
Rare Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - basically any armour will do, just try to get with the highest Life and Resistances

Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:

Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - with the right stats this will be best in slot
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
15% increased Spell Damage
20 All Attributes
Optional affixes:
Increased Global Critical Strike Chance
The Pandemonius(Amulet) The Pandemonius - amulet that provides both a lot of Damage thanks to Cold Damage and Cold Penetration, but also survivability due to Blinding all enemies hit by Cold spells
(20-30)% increased Cold Damage
(35-40)% to Cold Resistance
Chill Enemy for 1 second when Hit, reducing their Action Speed by 30%
Blind Chilled Enemies on Hit
Damage Penetrates 20% Cold Resistance against Chilled Enemies
Berek's Grip(Ring) Berek's Grip - a great option for a budget build, grants a lot of damage and leech. Use it only if you have all Resistances capped already
(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 RingRare Ring(Ring) Rare Opal Ring - more expensive, but definitely the best option for this build. One with Fire, the other with Cold Resistance
Min. requirements:
40 to maximum Life
12% to all Elemental Resistances
29% to Fire Resistance/Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Cold Damage
Rare boots(Boots) Rare Life/Res boots - get a pair with the highest maximum Life and Movement Speed bonuses you can afford
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% increased Movement Speed
29% Fire Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Mutewind Whispersteps(Boots) Mutewind Whispersteps - these boots provide insane damage boost if you can afford to lose a bit of Resistances on this slot
Adds (25-30) to (40-50) Cold Damage to Spells
(50-70)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
(100-150)% increased Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Unaffected by Chilled Ground
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Life/Res. belt
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
22% Fire Resistance
22% Lightning Resistance
22% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - with the same stat as the regular belt. Will grant Abyss socket and allow you to use one more jewel
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength or Dexterity for meeting attributes requirements
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - extra attack speed may be a good addition for faster movement with Leap Slam
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
29% Fire resistance
29% Lightning resistance
29% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Command of the Pit(Gloves) Command of the Pit - use these gloves only if you can afford 2-socket versions. They will grant you immense Damage boost and free Arcane Surge buff
Has 2 Abyssal Sockets
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
With a Ghastly Eye Jewel Socketed, Minions have +1000 to Accuracy Rating
With a Hypnotic Eye Jewel Socketed, gain Arcane Surge on Hit with Spells
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - the recommended jewels will not be the best in the slot but should be relatively cheap
Recommended affixes:
increased Maximum Life
increased Spell Damage/Spell Damage while wielding a Staff
increased Cold Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - priority is maximum Life and flat damage to spells
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Elemental Damage to Spells
Optional affixes:
increased Spell Damage
increased Cast Speed

Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants additional Chaos Damage based on Cold Damage and Leech, which is very useful for self-cast spellcasters

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 for Winter Orb and Ice Spear will immensely increase your single target Damage and clear speed

(-10-10)% increased Charges used
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
Suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to Freeze and Chill)
  2. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding and Crit)
  3. Chemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
Atziri's PromiseDying SunDivine Life FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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