Cast While Channelling Winter Orb & Ice Spear Inquisitor Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

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 Cast while Channelling Support in order to cast Ice Spear Ice Spear while channelling Winter Orb 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.

Build Summary

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

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed
+ Decent endgame potential
+ Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support has different playstyle compared to other builds

Cons

- Bad physical damage mitigation
- Dies to Elemental Reflect

Playstyle

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 Winter Orb and Ice Spear 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.

Passive Tree

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.

Gems

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.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Eye of Chayula Eye of Chayula
Chest Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Dagger
Shield Rare Shield

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

The Cast While Channelling Winter Orb & Ice Spear Inquisitor can be leveled with Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse up to level 38, at which point you can switch to your signature skill setup.

Leveling Trees

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 Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Lifesprig 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.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa 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 Lifesprig.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

At level 4, you can add Frost Bomb Frost Bomb for better damage output.

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Ice Herald of Ice for additional damage.

By level 18, your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse link should look like this.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

At level 24, you can add Discipline Discipline and Zealotry Zealotry in order to level the gems or even activate them if you are comfortable with having low amount of unreserved Mana.

At level 38, you should drop your Freezing Pulse 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 Energy Leech Support and Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support with support gems that provide more damage for the leveling phase of the build.

  1. Winter Orb Winter Orb
  2. Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support
  3. Ice Spear Ice Spear
  4. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  5. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support
  6. Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support

FAQ

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.

Conclusion

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.

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    Hi! Thanks for the build! 1 question, why did you take the spiritual aid node? We dont have minion inthis build, or its juste for the accuracy ? Sorry for my english! Good day and thx again!

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    On 25/10/2019 at 2:27 PM, Ben0308 said

    Hi! Thanks for the build! 1 question, why did you take the spiritual aid node? We dont have minion inthis build, or its juste for the accuracy ? Sorry for my english! Good day and thx again!

    Spiritual Aid allows Minion Damage to also affect us. Considering that Minion Damage nodes are more efficient than regular nodes we choose to go for Spiritual Aid.

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    Edited by Darknes69 on October 31st, 2019

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    Hey there, can you please show the final end-game tree? As you said, we should transition to ‘Critical Strikes’, i didnt get what u mean. And please answer, is Inpulsa save choice for hc? Shouldn it be shavronne’s wrappings?

    Edited by CallMeWhenKitavaWakesUp on November 12th, 2019

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    On 12/11/2019 at 12:06 AM, CallMeWhenKitavaWakesUp said

    Hey there, can you please show the final end-game tree? As you said, we should transition to ‘Critical Strikes’, i didnt get what u mean. And please answer, is Inpulsa save choice for hc? Shouldn it be shavronne’s wrappings?

    Hey, here is the final passive skill tree. When it comes to the Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart you can definitely use it to boost up the clear speed. Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings is mainly used in builds that go Low-Life, which is not the case with this character.

    Edited by Vvckd on November 12th, 2019

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    Can you provide a Path of Building link? Can’t find it in the guide.

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    On 21/11/2019 at 6:52 AM, enumag said

    Can you provide a Path of Building link? Can’t find it in the guide.

    Hey, unfortunatelly we do not have PoB links at the moment.

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    On 21/11/2019 at 11:19 AM, Vvckd said

    Hey, unfortunatelly we do not have PoB links at the moment.

    Hmm? Why is that? Do the build authors not provide them or does the website not support it? If the site doesn’t support it, is that intentional or just a matter of not having someone to implement it?

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    On 01/12/2019 at 7:35 PM, enumag said

    On 21/11/2019 at 11:19 AM, Vvckd said

    Hey, unfortunatelly we do not have PoB links at the moment.

    Hmm? Why is that? Do the build authors not provide them or does the website not support it? If the site doesn’t support it, is that intentional or just a matter of not having someone to implement it?

    Hey, we have made a good effort of providing all the detailed information a player needs in the written build guides. PoB links are a delicate matter that would be time-consuming and for the time being we have decided not to work on it and focus on keeping all the content updated and answer any question the community has. If you have any questions I would be more than happy to answer.

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