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The Cast While Channeling Winter Orb & Ice Spear Inquisitor is a Cold-based spell caster that excels in dealing tons of Critical damage while relying on a large Energy Shield pool and Energy Shield leech in order to survive. In this particular build guide we choose to utilize Cast while Channelling Support in order to cast Ice Spear while channelling Winter Orb. This results in great clear speed via the Winter Orb skill, while we also have very reliable and strong single target damage output from the free Ice Spear casts.
Although it is recommended to go Chaos Innoculation as soon as possible, you can play this build even as a Life-based character, which would be much cheaper to start; it is even possible to play the build as a league-starter. When it comes to the endgame gear we are mainly looking for a high amount of Energy Shield and Critical modifiers, which are very efficient in this build simply because when you Critically Strike an enemy you ignore their resistances via the Inquisitor’s Inevitable Judgement.
Pros & Cons
+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed
+ Decent endgame potential
+ Cast while Channelling Support has different playstyle compared to other builds
- Bad physical damage mitigation
- Dies to Elemental Reflect
Offensively, keeping few stages of Winter Orb and moving forward will be enough to clear regulars pack of monsters. Whenever you encounter a tougher foe you should sit in place and channel as much as possible, which will result in tons of extra damage from both Winter Orb and Ice Spear.
Defensively, we achieve a respectable Energy Shield pool, along with Freezing everything in our path, rendering enemies helpless.
For playstyle, we aim to clear as quickly as possible. For mobility, we use Shield Charge all the time, since this is the most efficient way to move around. Depending on how much Cast Speed you have, you should channel between one and two seconds between moving from screen to screen.
This is what the endgame passive skill tree looks like.
For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.
Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons
Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.
We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.
Gear Summary / TL;DR
These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Amulet||Eye of Chayula|
|Chest||Inpulsa's Broken Heart|
|Belt||Rare Stygian Vise|
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
The Cast While Channelling Winter Orb & Ice Spear Inquisitor can be leveled with Freezing Pulse up to level 38, at which point you can switch to your signature skill setup.
This is what your passive skill tree should look like before you transition to Critical Strikes and Chaos Inoculation.
Useful Leveling Unique Items
As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Lifesprig will fill your damage needs early on.
If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.
Using Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.
In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.
From level 1, you should use the following link in Lifesprig.
At level 4, you can add Frost Bomb for better damage output.
At level 10, you should add Flame Dash for additional mobility.
At level 16, you should add Herald of Ice for additional damage.
By level 18, your Freezing Pulse link should look like this.
- Freezing Pulse
- Onslaught Support
- Controlled Destruction Support
- Arcane Surge Support
- Added Cold Damage Support
- Faster Casting Support
At level 38, you should drop your Freezing Pulse for your signature gem setup. Keep in mind this gem setup is slightly changed since we are not yet investing into Critical Strikes and Chaos Inoculation, this is why we swap Energy Leech Support and Increased Critical Strikes Support with support gems that provide more damage for the leveling phase of the build.
- Winter Orb
- Cast while Channelling Support
- Ice Spear
- Controlled Destruction Support
- Hypothermia Support
- Cold Penetration Support
What map mods are impossible for the build to do?
You will one-shot yourself to Elemental Reflect. No Regeneration maps are also impossible/near impossible to do.
Does the build have enough damage for endgame encounters?
Once you are well geared you should have enough damage and survivability to deal with endgame encounters, as long as you are experienced and know the fights.
The Cast While Channelling Winter Orb & Ice Spear Inquisitor is a very interesting and different spell caster that heavily utilizes strong spell Critical Strikes in order to deal tons of Cold damage that Freezes and Shatters everything in its path.