The Coldslinger build is pretty much Cold Snap Vortex DoT made a lot faster by utilizing the Spellslinger Support to sling our cold DoT spells rather than self-casting. Though being faster also makes this version a lot squishier so it is no longer a proper tank build which is the cost for the speed achieved.
Below you can see the build in action from my YouTube Guide. Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, and you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated version.
In this section I will outline the pros, cons, & the general play-style. This will allow you to determine if the build is for you or not!
+ Fast – Unlike the self-cast version the Coldslinger is very fast at clearing which is the main focus of the build.
+ League Starter – With unique items being available from quests during the campaign acts this build is very easy to gear even in SSF leagues.
+ High Variety End-Game – The build can very easily be transitioned to self-cast style or even open up for the possibility of going both CI or Low Life for end-game better bossing capabilities.
– Squishy – Unlike the self-cast version this build is a lot faster but the cost for this is tankiness, to avoid dying you have to play accordingly. This means not rushing in to enemies but instead side-stepping as you cast your spells.
– Bossing – Since this build is focusing entirely on clearing end-game bosses can take a little longer than the self-cast version.
– Stutter-Step – The unique play-style this build promotes is based of casting your main ability and then left-clicking to move to initiate the Vortex as you move, this play-style is not for everyone.
The play-style is very straight forward yet unique for this type of build. We are going to be using Power Siphon to trigger our spells via Spellslinger Support and then we will have to side-step with left-click where we also have Vortex on the key-bind which will cast the spell as we move. This is repeated consistently for our damage output. Since the build is focusing on clear-speed and is therefor slightly squishy it is recommended to not rush in to enemies doing this and instead side-step when you encounter large packs of enemies to avoid taking unnecessary damage.
Damage Scaling and Layers
Since we are utilizing cold damage over time as our main source of damage output we are slowing enemies down and we can even apply Temporal Chains to further emphasize on this defensive layer. Offensively we have a very high up-time of damage output thanks to the build focusing on damage over time ground effects. This allows for us to dodge enemy attacks/spells reliably whilst still doing 100% of our damage.
Passive Skill Tree, PoB, and Gem Links
The PoB community fork created by Localidentity is the only version being kept up to date, so make sure you have the correct version: PoB Community Fork.
You can find more information about this as well as about all our recommended Gem Links on our dedicated page.
A lot of the end-game gear can easily be crafted, to learn how to craft as well as learn how to craft specific items check out my crafting guides here.
You can read more details about our gearing recommendations on the dedicated page, but for now you can see a summarized version below.
|Item Slot||Item Name||Rarity|
|Amulet||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Chest||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Gloves||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Boots||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Belt||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Rings||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Weapons||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers
You can read about the recommended Ascendancy, Bandit choice, and Pantheon Power recommendations for this build on our dedicated page.
This build has the grand privilege of being able to level with the abilities that we are going to use in the end-game.
Getting to the Spellslinger Gem
Before you get to the Spellslinger Support (LvL 24) we will be self-casting specific spells. The skills listed below are the ones I prefer to use til I hit level 12:
- Stormblast Mine for single target
- Freezing Pulse for clearing
- Frost Bomb for clearing when you get it instead of the Freezing Pulse
Once you reach level 12 you are able to purchase Creeping Frost which we are going to be using all the way to level 24 before we start slinging our spells. The links should be:
- Creeping Frost
- Volley Support
- Efficacy Support
- Added Lightning Damage Support or Added Cold Damage Support
For more general leveling advice, we recommend the following guides.
- 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.
To guarantee that my guides are tools you can utilize to enhance your experience in Path of Exile, all you need to do is post your question in the comments and I will personally attend to them as soon as possible.
As much as I love making build guides, it is very crucial in a game like Path of Exile that you play the game the way you enjoy playing it. With that said, if you’ve made any tweaks to the build compared to what I’m showing in this guide I would love if you’d posted it in the comments! It’s an effective way to show other approaches and it helps me grow as a build guide creator!
I hope you found the build guide useful and I wish you all many Exalted Orb drops!