Ice Shot Ascendant Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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This build is not updated for the current patch, but we have evaluated it and we consider it to still work as intended. You can try it out, but you may find slight differences between this guide and the current game state. Although viable, this build is not considered strong enough to be an optimal play choice during this league.

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 Ice Shot Ascendant is a Cold-based type of archer that excels at clearing areas with great efficiency. The build achieves decent survivability by combining a 7K+ Life pool with Acrobatics, Phase Acrobatics and other defensive mechanics. Ice Shot Ice Shot is a great Bow skill when it comes to clearing, but has mediocre single target damage, which is why we aim for strong Critical Strikes combined with a lot of Cold Resistance Penetration from different sources.

By picking Ascendant we gain a lot of perks compared to other ascendancy classes. 16% Resistance Penetration, great flask sustain, additional Golem, 10% Movement and Attack Speed are just some of them. Other ascendancy classes like the Deadeye might look like a viable choice for archers in general, but they have very little synergy with the Ice Shot skill and the nature of the build.

Build Summary

The Ice Shot Ascendant can be played on a budget, with the option to heavily invest into gear later on. You will need at least one Omen on the Winds Omen on the Winds unique jewel, which is very cheap. Lioneye's Glare Lioneye's Glare is one of the best unique bows in the game, simply because of the decent attacks per second, Far Shot (that is basically a 7th link), and “Hits Cannot be Evaded”. Considering the power of this Bow, it is very cheap for the value it brings; a decently rolled one might cost a couple of Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs. The Pandemonius The Pandemonius is an example of the more expensive items for the build; it helps out with Penetrating a great amount of enemies’ Cold resistance and is great for tough endgame fights.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed
+ Immune to Reflect mods

Cons

- Mediocre single target

Playstyle

Offensively, you should shoot enemies from as far as possible in order to stay safe and utilize Far Shot. Blood Rage Blood Rage will improve your Attack Speed and give you Frenzy charge generation mechanic. A single Ice Shot Ice Shot should be enough to shatter whole packs of regular monsters. When encountering tough foes, you should swap Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support with Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support. Frost Bomb Frost Bomb will lower enemies’ Cold resistance even further.

Defensively, the build’s playstyle allows for very safe positioning, which is key in every Bow build. Freezing and shattering enemies before they even have the chance to strike at you is a great defensive mechanic. A great Life pool combined with a lot of Chance to Dodge Attacks and Spells will allow you to tank some hits here and there. Decoy Totem Decoy Totem is archer’s best friend.

For playstyle, when entering a new zone, activate your Blood Rage Blood Rage and start clearing. Once you encounter map bosses, you can drop a Frost Bomb for additional damage and pin them down with your Decoy totem. You will be able to kill most map bosses without even swapping gems in your main setup.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive skill tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive 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.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

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.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head
Amulet The Pandemonius The Pandemonius
Chest Hyrri's Ire Hyrri's Ire
Gloves Southbound Southbound
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Lioneye's Glare Lioneye's Glare
Quiver Voidfletcher Voidfletcher

Leveling

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

The build can be easily leveled by using a few unique Bows in combination with Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows. Ice Shot Ice Shot will do great at clearing early on, but you will lack the single target damage in order to clear the leveling content; you should switch to Ice Shot once you’ve equipped Lioneye's Glare Lioneye's Glare.

Leveling Trees

This passive skill tree will allow you to get through the leveling content. Once you’ve ascended into Path of the Ranger, you should respec all the unnecessary passive points.

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. Storm Cloud Storm Cloud is a powerful leveling unique Bow.

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. Ice Shot Ice Shot
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you can add Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support to your Ice Shot Ice Shot link. You can also pick Frost Bomb Frost Bomb for additional single target damage output.

By level 8, your Ice Shot Ice Shot link should look like this.

  1. Ice Shot Ice Shot
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

At level 10, you should add Blink Arrow Blink Arrow.

At level 12, you can start using Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows. It will replace your Ice Shot Ice Shot link for now.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

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

By level 18, your Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows should look like this.

  1. Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows
  2. Mirage Archer Support Mirage Archer Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

The build can run everything, except for the combination of No Regeneration and Cannot Leech.

Conclusion

Obliterate everything from a distance with your powerful Ice Shots. The Ice Shot Ascendant is an archer that excels at clearing zones fast and has great endgame potential.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build will fit well in the clear speed Meta.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build plays out as before and even received a buff via changes to Freeze.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. Ice Shot now gains added Cold Damage to attacks as the gem levels (previously had none), which is a considerable buff for the build.

  •   

    Revisited and updated for Legion 3.7. Improved Gem and Gearing sections along with replacing old passive skill trees.

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    Build added.

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the awesome build, but i got a question tho.

    We need to use the vaal rain of arrow on lvl 12. When do we use ice shot again?

    Greetings

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    On 01/07/2019 at 9:35 PM, GsusBro said

    Hi,

    Thanks for the awesome build, but i got a question tho.

    We need to use the vaal rain of arrow on lvl 12. When do we use ice shot again?

    Greetings

    Hey, you can keep using Ice Shot for leveling if you want, although I recommend using Rain of Arrows at least up to Blood Aqueduct.

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    Thank you very much!

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    Silly question but why the Claw nodes? I’m diggin the build though. Pretty fun.

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    On 29/08/2019 at 10:00 PM, dee7976 said

    Silly question but why the Claw nodes? I’m diggin the build though. Pretty fun.

    Hey, glad you like the guide, the Claw nodes are turned into Bow nodes when you put Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall in the nearby Jewel socket.

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    omg that makes total sense. i didn’t read on the jewel. where would you place that jewel? right by the claw nodes? thanks so much. keep doing what you do. love the build and the hard work you put into these guides.

    Edited by dee7976 on August 30th, 2019

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    On 30/08/2019 at 10:00 PM, dee7976 said

    omg that makes total sense. i didn’t read on the jewel. where would you place that jewel? right by the claw nodes? thanks so much. keep doing what you do. love the build and the hard work you put into these guides.

    Thanks for the heartwarming feedback, you should put the Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall in the Jewel socket located between Acrobatics and the Claw nodes.

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    On 31/08/2019 at 9:04 AM, Vvckd said

    On 30/08/2019 at 10:00 PM, dee7976 said

    omg that makes total sense. i didn’t read on the jewel. where would you place that jewel? right by the claw nodes? thanks so much. keep doing what you do. love the build and the hard work you put into these guides.

    Thanks for the heartwarming feedback, you should put the Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall in the Jewel socket located between Acrobatics and the Claw nodes.

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    No problem. Now my dude. how do you deal with mana while leveling. I’m level 58 leveling and my mana is wasted by the 3rd or 4th shot. I even went with a 5 link instead of a tabula. i’m keeping my life and resistance but mana…done. even while holding, relocating and firing it’s still bad. what would you recommend? oh, and the only bow i’m getting good elemental dmg off of is the storm cloud.

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    On 31/08/2019 at 8:39 PM, dee7976 said

    No problem. Now my dude. how do you deal with mana while leveling. I’m level 58 leveling and my mana is wasted by the 3rd or 4th shot. I even went with a 5 link instead of a tabula. i’m keeping my life and resistance but mana…done. even while holding, relocating and firing it’s still bad. what would you recommend? oh, and the only bow i’m getting good elemental dmg off of is the storm cloud.

    You probably do not have enough damage to leech good amounts of Mana yet, what I would recommend doing is investing 3 passive points in a node called Essence Sap, which can be respecced later on. Another thing that can fix your issue is equipping the Lioneye's Glare Lioneye's Glare, it will greatly increase your damage output and improve your maximum Mana pool, which will allow you to regain more Mana overall.

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    Hi there,

    I was pumped to try this build for 3.8 but got confused. Is this supposed to be a scion or a ranger build? I did the beach area and got to lion’s gate but didn’t get any bows or ice shot/pierce gems.
    Then I tried it on the ranger and got the bow and burning arrow which makes more sense, but tree is different of course.

    Help!
    Thanks

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    On 07/09/2019 at 2:11 AM, Krispykitty said

    Hi there,

    I was pumped to try this build for 3.8 but got confused. Is this supposed to be a scion or a ranger build? I did the beach area and got to lion’s gate but didn’t get any bows or ice shot/pierce gems.
    Then I tried it on the ranger and got the bow and burning arrow which makes more sense, but tree is different of course.

    Help!
    Thanks

    Hey, the character is supposed to be played as Scion – Ascendant. Gems that are needed can easily be obtained via vendors and completing quests. Ranger’s Deadeye can also be a great Ice Shot character.

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    I’m using this build for now, but i got a question, i’m lvl 91, and dont have strengh to use Kaom’s heart, how i deal with it ?

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    On 03/10/2019 at 1:28 AM, begamer said

    I’m using this build for now, but i got a question, i’m lvl 91, and dont have strengh to use Kaom’s heart, how i deal with it ?

    Hey, you can do two things, acquire it from the passive tree or from gear. Item slots like the Amulet, Helmet and Rings can provide a vast amount of Strength, which will be enough to equip Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart.

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    I’m pretty new (guide’s been helpful and the build’s been fun) but I’ve got a question about the skill tree- are the dagger nodes below Acrobatics worth taking over Fangs of the Viper, and the 2 nodes by the Ranger’s start? And maybe From the Shadows over Coordination?

    Excluding Coordination & From the Shadows, it’s +26% projectile damage, 4% attack speed, +20 dexterity, and 20% increased physical damage (I assume the chaos damage is useless) vs. 34% damage with bows and 6% attack speed with bows (and the 34% increased damage with ailments, if that’s useful at all).

    Edited by Bed on November 8th, 2019

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    On 04/01/2020 at 3:33 AM, DragonForce2 said

    PoB?

    Hey, unfortunately we do not create PoBs at the moment.

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    Hello sir,i love ur build,but i want to ask something regarding the tree, is it ok for me follow ur tree but the elemental ive chosen is burning arrow ? cuz i would like to deal massive damge to single target like bosses ,and for clearing ill be using ice build …is that okay sir?
    thank you in advance! appreciate that ^^

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    On 24/01/2020 at 5:28 AM, KaitoLulu said

    Hello sir,i love ur build,but i want to ask something regarding the tree, is it ok for me follow ur tree but the elemental ive chosen is burning arrow ? cuz i would like to deal massive damge to single target like bosses ,and for clearing ill be using ice build …is that okay sir?
    thank you in advance! appreciate that ^^

    Hey, this is not ideal because this build scales Cold damage and scaling Burning Arrow is something completely different. Both skills do not synergize very well in one build.

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    ah i see,is there any way for me to be able to dealt pretty decent damage to bosses using ice shot?

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