Ice Spear Totems Ascendant Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

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Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree you should aim for. Our mainly keystones are Ancestral Bond and Mind over Matter; besides that we focus on picking Spell Critical Strike nodes, Life, Mana, and totem nodes.

Gems

Ice Spear Ice Spear is the build’s signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, both Shield Charge Shield Charge and Flame Dash Flame Dash can be used. Frostbite Frostbite, Frost Bomb Frost Bomb and an Orb of Storms Orb of Storms gem setup can be used in order to augment your single target damage. Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem can be summoned, since it will probably not die very often. Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity will improve your mana regeneration. Herald of Ice Herald of Ice can be used for additional damage, or you can also not use any aura if you choose to socket in the unique jewel Clear Mind Clear Mind.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority (starting from the top left, going to the right on each row of the links), 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 (with the bottom right being the last). 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 Spear (6-Link)

Ice Spear Ice Spear is a Cold-based spell that fires a barrage of projectiles, which have two forms. The second form occurs after the projectiles travel a certain distance. The second form gains an immense boost to Critical Chance and Multiplier, along with very nice Projectile Speed. You should always try to place your totems in such a position that they have the opportunity to utilizes the projectiles’ second form. We recommend two different links for clearing and single target.

For clearing, use the following link.

  1. Ice Spear Ice Spear
  2. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support
  3. Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support
  4. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  5. Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
  6. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support

For single target, use the following link.

  1. Ice Spear Ice Spear
  2. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support
  3. Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support
  4. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  5. Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support
  6. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support

Shield Charge (3-Link)

Shield Charge Shield Charge is a mobility skill that can be used to move around quickly. When you hit enemies with this skill you will gain the Fortify buff, which provides additional damage mitigation.

  1. Shield Charge Shield Charge
  2. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  3. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

Orb of Storms (4-Link)

Orb of Storms Orb of Storms can be dropped on the ground in order to curse enemies and provide Power charges.

  1. Orb of Storms Orb of Storms
  2. Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support
  3. Curse On Hit Support Curse On Hit Support
  4. Frostbite Frostbite

Other Gems

For auras, you can use Vaal Clarity Vaal Clarity and Herald of Ice Herald of Ice. Flame Dash Flame Dash will help out with mobility. Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem can be summoned for the additional Cast speed and Attack speed. Steelskin Steelskin is a Guardian skill that synergizes well with the build, it should be manually activated.

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    This seems like a nice league starter for 3.8. However, wouldn’t it be easier to level with Cleave Cleave and Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector, until you get Ancestral Bond? From my initial testing, it seems to work a lot better than spells which have no damage support (other that wands) and trouble getting levels due to the lack of intellect early on.

    Edited by Noceo on August 23rd, 2019

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    On 23/08/2019 at 1:27 PM, Noceo said

    This seems like a nice league starter for 3.8. However, wouldn’t it be easier to level with Cleave Cleave and Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector, until you get Ancestral Bond? From my initial testing, it seems to work a lot better than spells which have no damage support (other that wands) and trouble getting levels due to the lack of intellect early on.

    Levelling as melee is always a good choice, you can do it for sure!

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    In the passive tree I notice that there are no passives taken connected to the start of the tree. How is that possible? Did you refund or is the point of the tree to take the quickest route to the highlighted passives?

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