Ice Crash Inquisitor Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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Introduction

The Ice Crash Inquisitor is a melee type of character that uses Staves in order to deal immense amounts of Cold Critical damage. Staves are an underused weapon type in Path of Exile that excels in scaling Critical Chance and Critical Multiplier. The Inquisitor greatly complements this idea by allowing you to Penetrate enemies Elemental resistances with Critical Strikes.

Ice Crash Ice Crash is a slow-attacking melee skill that has an amazing amount of base damage; ideally we aim to one-shot monster packs with a single hit. Hegemony's Era Hegemony's Era is a budget-friendly Staff that is so good it can even be your endgame weapon.

Build Summary

There is no mandatory build-enabling item that the character needs. The gear you will need is not that expensive early on, and you also have the option to heavily invest into gear later on in order to reach the build’s full potential. Hegemony's Era Hegemony's Era is a unique Staff that can carry you a very long way, which has great balance between Critical Chance, Physical damage, and Attack Speed. Items like Hrimsorrow Hrimsorrow will allow you to fully convert your Ice Crash Ice Crash to Cold damage in order to benefit from the full Elemental Penetration you achieve via Inquisitor’s Inevitable Judgement.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Good balance between clear speed and single target damage
+ Uses Staves in order to attack, something that is not seen very often

Cons

- Can feel slow until you reach a decent amount of Attack Speed

Playstyle

Offensively, you should leap into monster packs and shatter them with a single Ice Crash Ice Crash. A Totem like Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector will improve your single target damage by doing damage itself and giving you an Attack Speed multiplier while it is active. War Banner War Banner should be dropped against bosses in order to gain the Adrenaline buff.

Defensively, the main idea of the build is to deal tons of Cold damage via Critical Strikes, which results in long Freezing effects on the enemies. You also reach a very good amount of Life along with reliable Life Leech.

For playstyle, you should consider how Ice Crash Ice Crash works: it deals most damage with its inner ring, which then diminishes with outer rings, so in order to deal maximum amount of damage you need to be close to the enemy in order to hit it with the center of the skill.

Ascendancy, Passive tree, Bandits and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Templar – Inquisitor)

  1. Righteous Providence
  2. Inevitable Judgement
  3. Instruments of Virtue
  4. Augury of Patience

Righteous Providence will improve your Critical Strikes, and this is the first step in transitioning to Critical Strikes.

Inevitable Judgement is the reason Inquisitor is so powerful; ignoring enemy Elemental Resistances with Critical Strikes is very powerful, especially against bosses.

Augury of Patience provides great balance between defense and offense.

Instruments of Virtue will provide additional Attack Speed and Attack damage.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive tree for the build.

We focus on picking up efficient Staff nodes along with a lot of Life, Two-handed nodes, and some powerful melee Critical nodes like Disemboweling.

Bandits

For this specific build we should help Alira in Act II. The critical multiplier, flat mana regeneration, and 15% all elemental resistances are stronger than the 2 passive skill points.

Pantheons

Major: All major Pantheon powers can be beneficial for the build, although Soul of Solaris is probably the best choice in general.

Minor: Same as major Pantheons, all minor ones are useful for the build. We recommend Soul of Gruthkul, which improves physical damage mitigation.

Pantheon powers can be upgraded by using Divine Vessel in the Map Device while you are activating the particular Map that contains the boss you need. Once you’ve killed the boss and captured his soul, you need to deliver the vessel to Sin in Oriath.

Gems

Ice Crash Ice Crash is your signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Leap Slam Leap Slam. In order to reserve your Mana you should use Hatred Hatred, Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, and War Banner War Banner. Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector will augment your single target damage whenever needed.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority, meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom. Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.

Ice Crash (6-Link)

Ice Crash Ice Crash is a melee skill that allows you to slam the ground and deal an area of effect damage. The skill deals most damage in its center and less damage per outer ring. This is a universal 6-Link that works great for both clearing and single target.

  1. Ice Crash Ice Crash
  2. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  3. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  5. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  6. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

Leap Slam (4-Link)

Leap Slam Leap Slam will improve your mobility by a great deal. Hitting enemies with the skill will give you the Fortify buff for a short duration.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  4. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support

Ancestral Protector (4-Link)

Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector will augment your single target damage output against tough boss encounters.

  1. Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

Other Gems

Hatred Hatred, Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, and War Banner War Banner should be used in order to reserve your Mana. Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell should be used in combination with a Granite Flask Granite Flask in order to create a decent shield that mitigates most of the incoming damage.

Gearing

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources.

Helmet

A well rolled rare Helmet is best in slot. Abyssus Abyssus can also be used if you choose to go full glass-cannon. For labyrinth enchant, look for “15% of Ice Crash Physical Damage gained as Extra Cold Damage”. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. # to Dexterity

Body Armour

Using a 6-Linked weapon allows you to not worry about links in your Body Armour, which is why
Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart is a great choice. Depending on personal preference you can use a wide range of other unique Body Armours like Loreweave Loreweave, Carcass Jack Carcass Jack, and Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast. A well-rolled rare Body Armour can also be very beneficial for the build. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil; Elder Prefix)
  4. Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance (Elder Suffix)
  5. % of Physical Damage taken as Cold Damage (Essence of Horror Essence of Horror)

Gloves

Hrimsorrow Hrimsorrow allows us to fully convert our damage to Cold, which greatly benefits us via the Inevitable Judgement ascendancy node. These Gloves can be replaced with a rare pair that has crafted conversion on them via Betrayal, but that will result in only 75%, which is not ideal. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (60)
  3. % of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
  4. % increased Attack Speed
  5. # to Accuracy Rating (at least 300)

Boots

Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots are one of the best choices when it comes to Boots, simply because they will provide a great amount of Life and will prevent you from getting Stunned and Fronze. For labyrinth enchant, look for “16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you’ve Killed Recently”. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)

Belt

A well-rolled Stygian Vise Stygian Vise outclasses other Belt choices. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack skills (at least 25%)
  4. % increased Cold Damage (Frigid Fossil Frigid Fossil)
  5. % increased Elemental Damage (Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil)

Amulet

A well-rolled Shaper-based Amulet is best in slot. In this item slot you should fill attribute requirements. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
  4. Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Lightning Damage
  5. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack skills (at least 25%)
  6. % to Global Critical Multiplier

Rings

Well rolled rare Rings are best in slot. Ideally, you would want one with a preferred Curse on hit; for Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark you will need a Shaper base, while for Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark you will need Elder base. Having Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark on hit will allow you to drop Versatility, Vitality Void, Golem’s Blood, and the Jewel socket on the passive tree in order to get the more point-efficient Brinkmanship, Soul of Steel, Bloodless, and Dismembering. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Curse Enemies with Level # Warlord’s Mark on Hit (Elder Suffix)
  4. Curse Enemies with Level # Assassin’s Mark on Hit (Shaper Suffix)
  5. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack skills (at least 25%)
  6. # to Accuracy Rating (at least 300)

Weapon

Hegemony's Era Hegemony's Era is the best unique Staff for the build. Ideally we would want to wield a well rolled rare one, but it can be expensive to roll one and you should not invest into that early on. There are specific Staff bases that can only roll attack mods and that is what we should be using. We are looking for an iLvl83 Elder-based Judgement Staff Judgement Staff. The rare affix priority is:

  1. Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Fortify / % increased Physical Damage (Elder Prefix)
  2. % increased Physical Damage / # to Accuracy Rating
  3. % increased Attack Speed
  4. % increased Critical Chance

Flasks

Diamond Flask is mandatory in every Critical-based build; this is a good flask to have Curse or Freeze immunity on. Divine Life Flask should used as Instant or half-Instant along with Bleeding Removal suffix. For the other flask slots we recommend using Lion's Roar Lion's Roar, Taste of Hate Taste of Hate and a Basalt Flask Basalt Flask. Make sure you have Bleeding, Curse and Freezing immunity on your flasks.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Jewels

There are no mandatory build-enabling Jewels for the build. A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Hatred Hatred mods can be very powerful, but expensive.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % increased Maximum Life
  2. % increased Attack Speed with Staves
  3. % increased Attack Speed
  4. % to Critical Strike Multiplier with Two Handed Melee Weapons
  5. % to Critical Strike Multiplier with Cold Skills
  6. % increased Damage with Two Handed Weapons
  7. % increased Damage with Staves

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Maximum Life (at least 35)
  2. % chance to gain Onslaught for # seconds on Kill
  3. % increased Attack Speed if you’ve dealt a Critical Strike Recently
  4. % to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. % to Critical Strike Multiplier if you’ve Killed Recently
  6. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Staff Attacks
  7. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  8. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Staff Attacks
  9. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks

Leveling

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

The build can be leveled with Ground Slam Ground Slam until you get Ice Crash Ice Crash at level 28.

Leveling Trees

The early passive skill tree is very straight forward. As in order build guides, we recommend transitioning to Critical Strikes around level 60 or above, at this point you should have Inevitable Judgement and you should start picking up efficient Critical nodes like Counterweight, Smashing Strikes, Disemboweling, Blunt Trauma and Serpent Stance.

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.

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.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support

At level 4, you should add War Banner War Banner and Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector for additional damage. Dash Dash helps out by improving your mobility early on. Molten Shell Molten Shell can be used whenever you need the damage mitigation.

By level 8, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Vaal Ground Slam Vaal Ground Slam
  2. Maim Support Maim Support
  3. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  4. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  5. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  6. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support

At level 10, you should add Leap Slam Leap Slam for additional mobility.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Ice Herald of Ice.

By level 18, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Vaal Ground Slam Vaal Ground Slam
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 24, you should add Hatred Hatred for additional damage improvement.

Finally, at level 28 you can replace Ground Slam Ground Slam with your signature skill, Ice Crash Ice Crash.

  1. Ice Crash Ice Crash
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  5. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  6. Maim Support Maim Support

By level 38, your Ice Crash Ice Crash should look like this.

  1. Ice Crash Ice Crash
  2. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  3. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  5. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  6. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

Elemental reflect is impossible to do. No Regeneration and Cannot Leech should also be skipped.

Conclusion

The Ice Crash Inquisitor uses Staves in order to deal immense amounts of Cold damage via Critical Strike hits. The character is well-rounded and is decent for any type of content. It is not particularly expensive and can be budget-friendly, with the option to invest more into gear later on.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build received a very slight AoE nerf via the changes to Pulverise Support; it still remains as good as before.

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    Build added.

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