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:
The Inquisitor ascendancy class is not your ordinary choice when it comes to Bow builds. In this guide we utilize the Inquisitor in order to penetrate enemies’ resistances via Inevitable Judgement. The build uses Lightning Arrow for clearing and Shrapnel Shot for single target damage output.
Windripper is one of the best choices for the build, since it has great Attack Speed and Critical Chance, and the elemental damage it provides is also very decent. The build scales very well with gear, which can be expensive later on, which is why it is not budget-friendly.
Realistically, The Shrapnel Shot/Lightning Arrow Inquisitor has the potential to clear any content in the game. In the endgame, you will be able to achieve at least 6,5K Life while also using Acrobatics.
The bulk of the damage for the build comes from gear, although even on a low budget you can do fine since you will get enough damage from auras/buffs for early maps. Windripper is one of the best choices for the Weapon slot. Since you need a second link on Lightning Arrow only for clearing; you can swap your Body Armour with Kaom's Heart for additional survivability when facing tough bosses.
Pros & Cons
+ Hardcore viable
+ Fun playstyle
+ Decent clear speed
- Can be expensive
Offensively, one or two shots of Lightning Arrow will be enough to clear most monster packs. When fighting tough foes, staying near them will ensure you will melt them with Shrapnel Shot, while also utilizing the Point Blank keystone notable. Keeping up Blood Rage will increase your clear speed further.
Defensively, you will mostly rely on Acrobatics and your decent Life pool for survivability. Vaal Grace can be used for the additional Dodge Chance in sticky situations. Decoy Totem will take the pressure off you for certain duration.
For Playstyle, having good uptime on your Diamond flask will ensure you deal the maximum amount of damage, since it is very important to Critically Strike with this build. Use Lightning Arrow for clearing and stay near bosses and shotgun them with Shrapnel Shot.
Here is the endgame passive skill tree, which can be modified based on personal preference. The two main keystone notables we pick are Point Blank and Acrobatics. Besides that we focus on Life, efficient Bow and Accuracy nodes. A single point in Mana Leech near the Ranger solves our Mana problems.
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.
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.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Belt||Rare Stygian Vise|
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- 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.
The build can be leveled with some unique Bows easily, by using Shrapnel Shot all the way.
The early passive skill tree is very straight forward. You should start by going for Acrobatics, picking all the Life and damage on the way. Having two jewel sockets near Dexterity nodes in important for the two Collateral Damage nodes. Once you have Windripper equipped, you can start investing into Critical Strike nodes.
Useful Leveling Unique Items
As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Storm Cloud and The Tempest will provide enough damage in order to deal with the game content up until you are ready to equip Windripper.
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.
Using 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.
At level 4, you should pick Decoy Totem.
At level 8, your Shrapnel Shot should look like this.
At level 10, you should pick Blink Arrow for additional mobility.
At level 16, you should add Herald of Ice for additional damage.
By level 18, your Shrapnel Shot should look like this.
- Shrapnel Shot
- Added Cold Damage Support
- Added Lightning Damage Support
- Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
- Elemental Focus Support
- Faster Attacks Support
At level 24, you should add Anger for more consistent damage.
What map mods are impossible to do?
Elemental reflect is impossible to do. No regeneration is also very tough.
Penetrate enemies’ resistance with your powerful elemental shots by playing the Shrapnel Shot and Lightning Arrow Inquisitor.