Shock Nova Inqusitor 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 Shock Nova Inquisitor is a Crit-based caster that specializes in dealing tons of Lightning damage. The character achieves this by taking advantage of Inquisitor’s Inevitable Judgement, which allows you to penetrate enemies’ elemental resistances with Critical Strikes. This results in Shock Nova Shock Nova‘s incredibly big hits essentially being “true” damage. The build also does great work of utilizing Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support in combination with Eldritch Battery and Mind over Matter.

Build Summary

There are no mandatory items the build requires in order to work. The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem can save up some passive tree points if you choose to use it. Carcass Jack Carcass Jack greatly increases the area of effect of the character, which can result in smoother clear speed. A well-rolled Shaper-based Staff might be the most expensive part of the build along with a decent Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Wrath Wrath mods.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Good balance between clear speed and single target damage
+ Has the potential to Shock bosses

Cons

- Cannot do Elemental Reflect

Playstyle

Offensively, placing down an Orb of Storms Orb of Storms and casting Shock Nova Shock Nova is what you should be doing. Vaal Ice Nova Vaal Ice Nova can be used in a 4-Link to clean up weaker monster packs. While fighting bosses, keep Intensify Support Intensify Support in mind, because that gem makes it so that you do more damage closer to you the more you cast.

Defensively, you will kill most things before they even have the chance to strike back. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support in combination with Eldritch Battery and Mind over Matter will result in a reliable Life buffer.

For playstyle, while clearing try to keep a little distance between you and the enemies and cast Shock Nova. When you need to deal great amounts of single target damage make sure your Diamond Flask Diamond Flask is active and stay close to the target for maximum damage output.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive tree for the build.

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 Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Carcass Jack Carcass Jack
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Shaper-based Staff

Leveling

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

Leveling Trees

The early passive skill tree is very straight forward. As in order build guides, we recommend transitioning to Critical Strikes around level 60 or above, at this point you should have Inevitable Judgement and you should start picking up efficient Critical nodes like Doom Cast and Assassination.

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.

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. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

At level 4, you can add Frost Bomb Frost Bomb for better damage output.

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Ice Herald of Ice and Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder for additional damage.

By level 18, your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse link should look like this.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support
  5. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  6. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

At level 24, you should pick up Discipline Discipline and Wrath Wrath in order to level the gems.

Finally, at level 28 you can drop your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse link and start using your signature skill, Shock Nova Shock Nova.

  1. Shock Nova Shock Nova
  2. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  3. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
  4. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

At level 38, your Shock Nova Shock Nova link should look like this.

  1. Shock Nova Shock Nova
  2. Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support
  3. Intensify Support Intensify Support
  4. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support
  5. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support
  6. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

Elemental reflect is impossible to do. No Regeneration and Cannot Leech should also be skipped.

Conclusion

The Shock Nova Inquisitor is a Critical-oriented caster that excels at dealing tons of Lightning damage, which penetrates enemies’ resistances. The character’s damage potential is exceptionally high when properly geared and has enough survivability to deal with the endgame content.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build remains with insane damage potential in the endgame.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build still remains with great clear speed and very solid single target.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build remains as solid as before, nothing has changed.

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    Build added.

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    Hi! Thx for the build! Just 1 question, why you take spiritual aid ? Sry for my english !! Thx a lot!

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    On 25/10/2019 at 10:45 AM, Ben0308 said

    Hi! Thx for the build! Just 1 question, why you take spiritual aid ? Sry for my english !! Thx a lot!

    Hey, the Spiritual Aid and points leading up to it are very point-efficient and this is why we choose to pick it.

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    Do you have a more in depth guide to crafting I’d love to get into this build but suck at crafting. Certain body base to slam with the fossils? If you could provide me with any means to learn how to craft the gear better that’d be wonderful i got about 183ex lookin for an uber killer.

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    On 02/12/2019 at 10:09 PM, Supported said

    Do you have a more in depth guide to crafting I’d love to get into this build but suck at crafting. Certain body base to slam with the fossils? If you could provide me with any means to learn how to craft the gear better that’d be wonderful i got about 183ex lookin for an uber killer.

    Hey, for the Body Armour the base you need is iLvl 86 Vaal Regalia Vaal Regalia, use a resonator that is socketed with Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil and Lucent Fossil Lucent Fossil. The stats you are looking for ideally are high flat Life, % Life and “% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life”. When it comes to crafting it can get very complicated since you can use multiple game systems to craft. There are two specific guides we have for crafting flasks and crafting by using fossils.

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    What do you think about new ring for this build? Would it work well? Ring

    Edited by activation on December 12th, 2019

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    On 12/12/2019 at 4:10 AM, activation said

    What do you think about new ring for this build? Would it work well? Ring

    Hey, you can definitely sit from a distance and deal your damage. It would require more mastery of the game though since you will have to predict moster movement in order to hit the with the ring for maximum damage output, it definitely adds more of the “fun factor”.

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    What about new awakened gems? New added lightning dmg or increased aoe seems strong, should be better than faster casting, or theres no way to tell yet?

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    On 12/12/2019 at 7:36 PM, activation said

    What about new awakened gems? New added lightning dmg or increased aoe seems strong, should be better than faster casting, or theres no way to tell yet?

    They will definitely be great but I expect them to be very hard to get (especially the level 5 ones). I want to play the game abit and make conclusions, then I will make sure to update recommended links if needed.

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    Hey! Love the guide, and have been following it closely. However I am about to spawn sirius but really don’t feel secure about beating him. Have quite a few deaths. I also can only manage to have herald of thunder, herald of ice, and discipline up- can’t quite manage to have wrath up at same time.
    Could you give me some pointers? Have attached my build below- hope the link works!
    http://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/gaddzp/characters

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    On 04/02/2020 at 3:15 AM, GADDZP said

    Hey! Love the guide, and have been following it closely. However I am about to spawn sirius but really don’t feel secure about beating him. Have quite a few deaths. I also can only manage to have herald of thunder, herald of ice, and discipline up- can’t quite manage to have wrath up at same time.
    Could you give me some pointers? Have attached my build below- hope the link works!
    http://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/gaddzp/characters

    Hey, by the looks of it you have tons of damage. I’d recommend replacing at least one of your Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask with something like a Granite Flask Granite Flask. At this point you should drop Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder. Running MoM on a low amount of unreserved Mana is not very efficient. You can either free up more of your Mana or what I would recommend is dropping MoM and the Shadow starting area and invest into more Life nodes, such as Constitution and Purity of Flesh. You will lose some damage but you should have more than enough right now.

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    Thanks for such a fast and detailed response!
    I’ve now switched out a qucksilver for a granite.
    Just to clarify- I’ll drop Herald of thunder- but also put on Wrath in it’s place right?
    I’ll drop MoM if so.
    I dropped the shadow starter area and specced into both of the nodes and gained a 1K increased in hP- thankyou for tips!

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    one last question sorry!
    Is it worth keeping the energy shield leech supp. gem after getting pious path path in the inquisitor ascendency- 200 energy sheild regen whilst on consecrated ground.
    Or can i Swap this gem out for something else now?

    Edited by GADDZP on February 5th, 2020

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    On 05/02/2020 at 1:09 AM, GADDZP said

    one last question sorry!
    Is it worth keeping the energy shield leech supp. gem after getting pious path path in the inquisitor ascendency- 200 energy sheild regen whilst on consecrated ground.
    Or can i Swap this gem out for something else now?

    Hey, you can either keep it or swap it. I’d say if you have more than 1k ES keep it.

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    heya- im sure you are already doing this but have you investigated cluster gems etc for this build?
    Also I can record some gameplay for you to add to this guide if you would like.

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    On 02/04/2020 at 7:40 PM, GADDZP said

    heya- im sure you are already doing this but have you investigated cluster gems etc for this build?
    Also I can record some gameplay for you to add to this guide if you would like.

    Hey, Cluster Jewels are great and some of the notables can be really used. Honestly waiting for the announcement they are going into the core game before adding recommendations in the guides. I’d like to check out your gameplay and discuss it with superiors.

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    Ill record some gameplay today. How would you like it sent, or shall I upload to youtube and send u link

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    On 03/04/2020 at 9:01 PM, GADDZP said

    Ill record some gameplay today. How would you like it sent, or shall I upload to youtube and send u link

    Youtube would work.

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