Herald of Ice & Orb of Storms Assassin (CI Version) 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 Herald of Ice & Orb of Storms Assassin is a character with a very interesting build concept. It aims to scale the Herald of Ice Herald of Ice‘s explosion enough that it is able to clear monster packs very efficiently. Considering the skill has no base Critical Chance we have to add some via things like Assassin’s Deadly Infusion, the Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark Curse and Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support, which is how we are making Herald of Ice’s explosions able to Critically Strike.

The build uses Orb of Storms Orb of Storms to trigger these chain reactions of Cold explosions. You also have a Storm Brand Storm Brand in order to improve your single target damage potential when needed. The character is CI-based and mainly relies on a lot of Energy Shield Leech in order to sustain its Energy Shield pool.

Overall, the character has an amazing clear speed and farms maps very efficiently but has mediocre single target damage output and should not be used for boss killing.

Build Summary

The build can be started with almost nothing and can even work as a league-starter. With the items for late-game we have the option to heavily invest in order to turn the character into a clear speed monster. These items are Energy Shield bases with high amounts of ES and can cost a lot if you go for best-in-slot gear pieces, but it is not necessary at all.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Very high clear speed
+ Can be started on a budget

Cons

- Mediocre single target, should not be used for boss killing
- Dies to Elemental Reflect and high amounts of Physical damage (has low Physical damage mitigation)

Playstyle

Offensively, you should keep your Tempest Shield Tempest Shield activated all the time and drop Orb of Storms Orb of Storms near monster packs. This will result in great chain reactions of explosions from your Herald of Ice Herald of Ice and will barely ever league anything alive. For tougher enemies make sure they are getting hit by your Orb of Storms and place a Storm Brand Storm Brand on them.

Defensively, the character is mainly sustained by its decent Energy Shield pool in combination with Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support and even more Energy Shield leech on the passive tree.

For playstyle, try to keep your distance and do not take unnecessary hits, replace your Orb of Storms whenever needed and keep up your utility flasks and Tempest Shield. Flame Dash Flame Dash will help you get out of sticky situations.

Passive tree

Here is an example of the endgame passive skill tree.

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 Shroud of the Lightless Shroud of the Lightless
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Void Battery Void Battery
Shield Rare Shield

Leveling

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

Leveling trees

Here is an early version of the passive skill tree prior to transitioning to 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 help out with the damage output early on.

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.

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

At level 4, you are able to pick up Orb of Storms Orb of Storms.

At level 10, you are able to add Flame Dash Flame Dash, which will help with your mobility.

At level 12, you should drop your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse link in order to replace it with the following Storm Brand Storm Brand setup.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

At level 16, you should pick up Herald of Ice Herald of Ice in order to level up the gem while you are progressing.

At level 18, your Orb of Storms Orb of Storms and Storm Brand Storm Brand links should look like this.

Orb of Storms

  1. Orb of Storms Orb of Storms
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

Storm Brand

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

FAQ

When Should I go CI and How Much Energy Shield Should I Have at That Point?

If you have decent gear you can go Chaos Inoculation as early as level 60-70. You should be using Dream Fragments Dream Fragments at this point. With decent gear you should easily achieve 6-7k Energy Shield at the very least.

Conclusion

Herald of Ice & Orb of Storms Assassin is a character that excels at clearing zones very fast and efficiently. It can blast multiple screens of mobs with a single cast, which can be very satisfying. The build’s main con is the low single target damage output when played on a budget.

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    Hello,

    how do you solve the mana problem of having Herald of Ice and Discipline together ?

    Thx

  2. Vvckd

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    On 07/11/2019 at 2:42 AM, BATTLEFROG said

    Hello,

    how do you solve the mana problem of having Herald of Ice and Discipline together ?

    Thx

    Hey, drop some of the Herald of Ice links until you reach a point where you have enough unreserved Mana in order to feel comfortable. You can also invest into some Mana nodes and % Reduced Mana Reserved.

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    Hello,

    I follower your guide for my first character and I am lvl81 now doing T4/T5.

    I read to late that i should have 7/8k of energie shield but i have only 2k5 which is pretty low to prevent from dying I guess.

    What should I do? I try to buy some stuff but i don’t find a way to update significantly my energie shield.

    Thanks for your help

  4. Vvckd

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    On 02/12/2019 at 9:36 AM, Bsnlolo said

    Hello,

    I follower your guide for my first character and I am lvl81 now doing T4/T5.

    I read to late that i should have 7/8k of energie shield but i have only 2k5 which is pretty low to prevent from dying I guess.

    What should I do? I try to buy some stuff but i don’t find a way to update significantly my energie shield.

    Thanks for your help

    Hey, I’d like to check out your character. Please provide a link to your PoE profile and I’d be glad to help.

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