Power Siphon Inquisitor Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree , Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Templar – Inquisitor)

  1. Righteous Providence
  2. Inevitable Judgement
  3. Sanctuary
  4. Pious Path

Righteous Providence provides a lot of Critical modifiers along with increasing the effect of your Freezes and Shocks.

Inevitable Judgement is the bulk of damage of the build; ignoring elemental resistances with Critical Strikes proves to be very strong, especially with this build.

Sanctuary provides 10% overall damage increase against enemies that stand on Consecrated Ground, and it also allows you to have better uptime on that particular ground effect.

Pious Path provides a lot of offense and sustain in the form of 200 Energy Shield per second and Elemental Ailment immunity.

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.

Bandits

For this specific build we should help Alira in Act II. The Critical Multiplier and 15% all elemental resistances are stronger than the 2 passive skill points.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of the Brine King helps you avoid getting chain-stunned. Others can be used based on personal preference.

Minor: Soul of Shakari makes you immune to poison damage if you upgrade it. Soul of Ralakesh is always a viable choice when it comes to doing labyrinth runs.

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

Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon is the build’s signature skill, it should ideally be used in a 6-Link. Both Shield Charge Shield Charge and Dash Dash can be used for mobility. Steelskin Steelskin should be used in hairy situations. Wrath Wrath and Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline should be used in order to reserve Mana, while War Banner War Banner can also be considered if you are comfortable with having a low amount of unreserved Mana.

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.

Vaal Power Siphon (6-Link)

Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon is an attack skill that can only be used with Wands; its Vaal version is great for clearing. The skill has great base damage and has additional Critical modifiers per Power charge; this is why picking all Power Charges on the passive tree is a good idea. We recommend two links for clearing and single target respectively.

For clearing, use the following link.

  1. Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support
  4. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  5. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

For single target, use the following link.

  1. Vaal Power Siphon Vaal Power Siphon
  2. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support
  3. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

Shield Charge (3-Link)

Shield Charge Shield Charge is a great choice for a mobility skill. Hitting enemies while using it will provide a Fortify effect for free with the following link.

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

Other Gems

Dash Dash can be used for additional mobility. Steelskin Steelskin can be used for additional damage mitigation. Wrath Wrath, Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline and War Banner War Banner should be used in order to reserve your Mana. Precision Precision also deserves mentioning but is problematic if you do not have any reduces to Mana reservation.

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 the best in slot. For the labyrinth enchant, look for any Power Siphon Power Siphon enchant. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 250)

Body Armour

Incandescent Heart Incandescent Heart for great budget Body Armour for the build. ideally, a well rolled Elder-based Vaal Regalia Vaal Regalia is best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 600)
  3. Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance (Elder Suffix)

Gloves

Rare Gloves are the best choice. You can play with Thunderfist Thunderfist for the psuedo 5-Link early on. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 150)
  3. Adds # to # Cold Damage
  4. Adds # to # Lightning Damage
  5. Adds # to # Fire Damage

Boots

Well-rolled rare Boots are best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. % increased Movement Speed (at least 20-25%)
  3. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 150)

Belt

Crystal Belt Crystal Belt and Stygian Vise Stygian Vise are good bases for the build. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. % increased Elemental Damage (Prismatic Fossil Prismatic Fossil)

Amulet

We are looking for a rare Amulet, Presence of Chayula Presence of Chayula is an expensive unique Amulet that can solve all of your issues with Stuns. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  3. % to Global Critical Strike Multiplier (at least 20%)
  4. Flat amount of Elemental damage added to attacks

Rings

Opal Ring Opal Rings are best in slot for the build, on this base we can also roll Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark on Hit. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. Curse Enemies with Level # Assassin’s Mark on Hit (at least iLvl 75, Shaper Suffix)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. Flat amount of elemental damage added to attacks

Weapon

Piscator's Vigil Piscator's Vigil is a budget-friendly unique Wand that can carry you a long way. When it comes to rare Wands we are mainly looking for decent Attack Speed and Critical Chance. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. % increased Critical Strike Chance (at least 8%)
  2. % increased Attack Speed
  3. Damage Penetrates #% Elemental Resistances (Shaper Suffix)
  4. Adds # to # Cold Damage
  5. Adds # to # Lightning Damage
  6. Adds # to # Fire Damage

Shield

For the Shield we are looking for the purely defensive aspect of the item; having high Energy Shield is what we need. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +to maximum Energy Shield (at least 300)

Flasks

Diamond Flask Diamond Flask is mandatory in every Critical-based build, this is a good flask to have Curse or Freeze immunity on. Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise brings a lot of damage to the build. Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask, Basalt Flask Basalt Flask, Granite Flask Granite Flask, Jade Flask Jade Flask, Stibnite Flask Stibnite Flask and Quartz Flask Quartz Flask are all great utility flasks that the build can make great use of. Make sure you have Bleed, Freeze and Curse immunity rolled 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

The build does not require any Jewels in order to work. A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Wrath Wrath mods is the endgame goal, but it can get very expensive at this point. You should prioritize Abyssal Jewels over regular ones due to the nature of the build.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % increased Maximum Energy Shield
  2. % increased Damage
  3. % increased Projectile Damage
  4. % increased Critical Multiplier

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. +# to Maximum Energy Shield
  2. % chance to gain Onslaught for # seconds on Kill
  3. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Wand Attacks
  4. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Wand Attacks
  5. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Wand Attacks
  6. Adds # to # Cold Damage to Attacks
  7. Adds # to # Lightning Damage to Attacks
  8. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Attacks

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 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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