Coldslinger Occultist Build Guide (PoE Ultimatum 3.14)

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Introduction

The Coldslinger build is pretty much Cold Snap Vortex DoT made a lot faster by utilizing the Spellslinger Support 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 Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, and you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated version.

Build Overview

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!

Pros

+ 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.

Cons

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.

Playstyle

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 Spellslinger Support and then we will have to side-step with left-click where we also have Vortex 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 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.

Here is the ColdSlinger PoB, and for a quick glance over the finished skill tree for this version, check out this link.

You can find more information about this as well as about all our recommended Gem Links on our dedicated page.

Passive Skill Tree, PoB & Gem Links

Gearing

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.

Coldslinger Occultist Gear, Jewels & Flasks

Item Slot Item Name Rarity
Head Rime Gaze Rime Gaze unique
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.

Ascendancy, Bandits & Pantheon Choices

Leveling

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 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:

Once you reach level 12 you are able to purchase Creeping Frost 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:

For more general leveling advice, we recommend the following guides.

Questions?

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.

Final Notes

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 Exalted Orb drops!

Changelog

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    Build was checked and updated for 3.14 Ultimatum (no major changes needed).

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    Build was checked and updated for 3.14 Ultimatum (no major changes needed).

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    Hi Ghazzy,

    thx for the great guide? I have all the gems linked like you recommend but my Frostbolt does only fires 1 projectile instead of 4
    What i am doing wrong, i am at level 40 atm. Is it right to link the frostbolt only with Spellslinger?

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    @ForsakenWraith:

    Frozen Trail Frozen Trail needs to be socketed in either the slot shown in the guide or any slot that has 40 intelligence within the radius of the jewel (do note that the intelligence doesn’t actually need to be specced, just needs to exist within the circle).

    This will let your Frostbolt fire more projectiles!

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    @Johnking:

    The build works absolutely, however, I’m not sure how the market works on the console in terms of what items are high or low budget. The build works :)

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    Heya G, thank you for the nice guide.

    I was wondering about using the Astral Projector ring to make Vortex casting feel a little better. I’m still leveling, but I’m finding the left mouse auto casting to be a little random and strange feeling. I feel like targeting i find the vortex to be hit or miss and not always where I want it to be.

    Your thoughts?

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    @Spicydee:

    Hey,
    It would target where your mouse is and would only slightly change the way you clear maps, vs bosses you’re running around either way so might as well utilize that ring slot for better stats than to provide you with such a tool. But hey, it’s not a bad ring, try it out and see what you prefer :)

    (Can always re-keybind to use Vortex on a separate key than left-click as well of course)

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    Yeah, you’re right. I tried it last night, and it actually feels worse than your way in the guide. Like you explained, it takes a little getting used to the stutter stepping, but now that I’m getting all the gems in place it really packs quite a punch.

    Thanks again for your response.

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    hey man im having a lot of trouble with how to set up the hotbar for this build to work, its been good so far only having to use creeping frost but i should be able to start spellslinging now. i am a very new player and have only ever self casted. it appears in your video your pressing one button and all your spells are casting, how do you do this?

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    @Grittem:

    The spellslinger support gem makes the other active skill linked to it get automated when you use an attack which is the base purpose of the entire build. They act as “mana reservation auras” if you will.

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