The build is abusing certain mechanics surrounding self-cursing which will barely if at all affect us and allow us to deal significant amounts of damage. The details about these mechanics that we will be abusing is listed in the guide!
Since this is a very niche play-style I would strongly recommend watching the video linked below to see if it’s something you’d find enjoyable to play.
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 Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, and you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated version.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!
+ High Sustaining – Due to the nature of this build sustaining our defensive layers is very effective as the tools are provided by the ascendancy as well as skill-tree choices.
+ League Starter – The only mandatory item is generally very cheap early in a league.
+ Bosser – The damage output this build can achieve even in low budget is completely absurd.
– Squishy – The build is not designed to face-tank enemies and can in lower levels of gear feel somewhat squishy, careful play-style negates this issue.
The play-style is based around summoning a massive amount of spell totems that will cast your spells, by doing so we are self-crusing ourselves due to the Soul Mantle which we are negating the curse effects with a variety of tools.
DAMAGE SCALING AND DEFENSIVE LAYERS
Since the build does solely cold damage and scales of crits we are consistently chilling & freezing enemies which results in them being shattered. This is a very effective offensive mechanic that also provides a defensive layer against monsters such as Porcupines & Bone Husks, due to them being shattered. Since we are using Soul Mantle we will consistently curse ourselves this allows us to use the Self-Flagellation jewel to skyrocket our damage gain by doing so. To counter the massive amount of curses we are applying to ourselves we have a couple of options, the cheap one being 2x Kikazaru coupled with the Soul of Yugul pantheon power to reach 100% curse effectiveness reduction. Do keep in mind that curse rolled maps in red tier maps will still affect you with a super small curse, this means that to avoid being below elemental resistance vs an Elemental Weakness rolled map you’ll need 15% fire, cold & lightning resistance above the cap! The other options are a bit more expensive and comes in the form of either: Viridi’s Veil or Atziri's Reflection.
PoB AND PASSIVE SKILL TREE
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 Freezing Pulse Ice Spear Totem Hierophant Low Budget PoB:, and for a quick glance over the finished skill tree for this version, check out this link.
For high budget approach I would suggest taking a look at this link: Freezing Pulse Ice Spear Totem Hierophant High Budget PoB
You can find more information 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|
|Head||Life then res/attributes as needed||Rare|
|Amulet||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Gloves||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Boots||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Weapons||Rare wands with spell dmg/cast speed/spell crit||Rare|
ASCENDANCY, BANDIT & PANTHEON RECOMMENDATIONS
You can read about the recommended Ascendancy, Bandit choice, and Pantheon Power recommendations for this build on our dedicated page.
It is recommended to level this build by self-casting your abilities till you’re able to spec Ancestral Bond, once you have this you’re able to utilize totems all the way from there.
BEFORE YOU GO TOTEMS
Generic spell abilities before totems comes in play:
- 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 4 you are able to get Holy Flame Totem:
This works very well together with Flame Wall
Once you get access to the Ancestral Bond Keystone you can continue using the Holy Flame Totem or you can change further down the road to Freezing Pulse when you get access to First Snow in act 5 as you get free extra projectiles to further scale your clearing speed.
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!