Power Siphon Inquisitor Build Guide (PoE Metamorph 3.9)

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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 Power Siphon Inquisitor is a ranged attack-based Wander that specializes in dealing tons of Elemental damage that penetrates enemies’ resistances when you hit with a Critical Strike. The character is built around the idea to have very high Critical chance along with scaling Energy Shield through the Chaos Inoculation keystone in order to survive. Overall, the build deals great amounts of damage, has enough Energy Shield sustain via Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support, solves all of its Mana problems with Mind Drinker (passive node near the Shadow starting area) and has the potential to tackle the hardest of bosses the game has to offer.

For this particular build, we chose the Inquisitor ascendancy class because Righteous Providence and Inevitable Judgement are extremely strong offensively with any build that scales Critical Strikes and deals Elemental damage. Inquisitor’s Sanctuary and Pious Path, on the other hand, provide a lot of utility and defense in the form of Energy Shield per second while on Consecrated Ground, immunity to Elemental Ailments, Attack & Cast Speed, Mana Regeneration, and better uptime on the Consecrated Ground itself.

Build Summary

The build does not require any mandatory items to work properly, although there are some recommended ones. This build is not a great league-starter. Piscator's Vigil Piscator's Vigil is an amazing unique Wand when it comes to dealing Elemental damage with attacks; it has great balance between Attack Speed, Critical Chance, and overall base damage increase. Incandescent Heart Incandescent Heart can be used simply because it mitigates 25% of incoming Elemental damage because the character is immune to Chaos damage via Chaos Inoculation, this Body Armour also has a somewhat decent amount of Energy Shield along with additional perks like the damage gain and Life Leech if you choose to pick up Ghost Reaver.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed via Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon

Cons

- Getting best in slot items is very expensive
- Cannot do Elemental Reflect

Playstyle

Offensively, while clearing you should use Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon on cooldown; it is especially good in open areas. For single target, you should swap Pierce Support Pierce Support with Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support.

Defensively, having 8-9k+ Energy Shield can even be achieved on a budget. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support allows you to sustain very well.

For playstyle, as this is a ranged character, keeping your distance is recommended whenever possible. Whenever you take hits you can use Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline and keep attacking in order to leech back your Energy Shield.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree. The main key notable we build around is Chaos Inoculation, which reduces our Life to 1 point and makes us immune to Chaos damage. This way we are able to only scale Energy Shield to great amounts; Zealot’s Oath converts all of our useless Life Regeneration to Energy Shield Regeneration. Mind Drinker solves all of the build’s Mana problems once you reach a certain damage output. On the passive tree we also pick up all of the strong Critical, Wand and Energy Shield nodes.

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 Rare Amulet
Chest Incandescent Heart Incandescent Heart
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Crystal Belt Crystal Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Piscator's Vigil Piscator's Vigil
Shield Rare Shield

Leveling

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

Leveling Passive Trees

This is what your passive skill tree should look like around level 65-70.

At this point the build is ready to respec all the Life and transition to CI as long as you have the gear to do so.

Useful leveling uniques

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.

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 should add Steelskin Steelskin for the additional damage mitigation. War Banner War Banner should also be used for the Adrenaline buff. Dash Dash will improve your mobility.

At level 8, your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse should look like this.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

At level 12, you should replace your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse with the following Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon link and start using Storm Prison Storm Prison.

  1. Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

By level 18, your Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon link should look like this.

  1. Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

At level 24, you should add Wrath Wrath and Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline.

FAQ

What map mods should be avoided?

No regeneration and Elemental Reflect should be avoided at all costs.

Conclusion

The Power Siphon Inquisitor is a Wander that obliterates the enemy with powerful Elemental attacks that penetrate resistances every time you hit with a Critical Strike. The build is not recommended for newer players, it has high endgame potential once it is well geared.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build is unchanged and plays out as before.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build remains one of the more solid Wander choices.

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    Build added.

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    Can I ask for a pob? i’m korean i want look koreans

  2. Vvckd

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    On 19/09/2019 at 9:47 AM, bonobono said

    Can I ask for a pob? i’m korean i want look koreans

    Hey, unfortunatelly we do not create PoB links for now.

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    so thank you ingame comment

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    pardon me, but why do you need poison immunity from Soul of Shakari when you’re already immune to chaos damage from CI?

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    On 26/09/2019 at 8:15 AM, infiniium said

    pardon me, but why do you need poison immunity from Soul of Shakari when you’re already immune to chaos damage from CI?

    Hey, you need it prior to speccing into CI, which can take some time if you do not have the required gear.

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    I see. Thanks for the reply!

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    what order on the skill tree do you recommend?

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    On 13/12/2019 at 5:54 PM, DrzZ said

    what order on the skill tree do you recommend?

    Hey, please check out the levelling passive skill tree and pick Life or damage according to your needs.

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