Spark Inquisitor Build Guide (PoE Harvest 3.11)

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing at Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing Essence Drain Essence Drain and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing Elemental Hit Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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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:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers


Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Introduction

Spark Spark is now one of the oldest skills in Path of Exile, and has weaved its way in and out of many metas through the years, from totem builds designed for clear speed and safety to self-cast variants that shred the entire screen. This build is one of the latter, a self-casting terror that has an excellent combination of damage, defense, and economy.

This build is an excellent league starter, and requires very little investment to start rolling over maps and bosses. Due to range and nature of Spark Spark, even content that outstrips your current character or power level can be easily approached at a distance and eliminated. By combining the natural Lightning damage of Spark with Cold damage converted from Call of the Brotherhood Call of the Brotherhood, we also ensure that most enemies are frozen and shattered long before they even have a chance to approach.

Even for less than the sum of 15 Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs our Spark Inquisitor has the damage and the survivability to leap right into the end-game and get farming. The high amount of Life Regeneration and Leech gives the build an extremely comfortable and forgiving feeling, making it relaxing to play and a great choice for players of all levels of experience. Spark Spark is available right after defeating Hillock in Act I, and is a viable and effective leveling choice. This gives newer players a chance to get comfortable with the skill while leveling up and negates any need for build swapping and juggling of gems later on.

Many of the gems and items can be swapped out for alternative options to further empower your damage, or to bolster your defensive capabilities. This level of flexibility is perfect for both challenge leagues and shorter events — such as Flashbacks — as the build can be easily adapted to suit your needs and budget. By the same token, this also makes this build a great choice for Solo Self-Found Leagues and Hardcore, should that be your preference.

Overall, the sheer strength, flexibility, and relaxing pick-up-and-play nature of this build makes it a potent all-rounder that has a seat at the table in virtually any environment.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ League starter
+ Extremely high damage for clear and single-target (Spark Spark does it all)
+ Great for new players and veterans alike
+ Well rounded defenses and very safe clear (long distance, freezes and shatters foes)
+ Excellent clear and movement speed
+ Strong choice for Hardcore and Solo Self-Found Leagues

Cons

Certain Map affixes are not possible or annoying to deal with (Elemental Reflect, No Regeneration, 90% to Avoid Elemental Ailments)
Not designed to facetank single large hits (Elder/Guardian Map Syndicate, Shaper Slam, etc.)

Playstyle and Build Mechanics

This build clears very quickly and has a lot of natural screen coverage due to the nature of Spark Spark‘s mechanics and performance as a skill. Using Vaal Spark Vaal Spark only furthers your ability to clear without slowing down at all, which makes this build adept at ripping apart maps and generating fat rates of experience per hour.

Even without any special gear or investment we can easily obtain upwards of 10% Life regenerated per second, giving the build a very stable and solid feeling in any situation. Underscoring that is a large amount of Energy Shield Leech, Life Leech, and Life gained on-hit, which feels incredible when paired with the large number of Spark Sparks flying around the screen. In most situations, any incoming damage is immediately healed away, or it fails to penetrate the Energy Shield at all.

Despite the fabulous Energy Shield and Life sustain, it is rare that these defenses need to be relied on at all. Most enemies are immediately frozen and subsequently shattered from the Cold conversion provided by Call of the Brotherhood Call of the Brotherhood. Enemies that survive long enough to inflict damage are usually limited to bosses once this excellent ring has been obtained. A healthy combination of Avoidance and Block Chance serves as further smoothing for any damage. Mind Over Matter can also be easily incorporated if you choose, adding a final layer of defense that is perfect for Hardcore players in particular.

Offensively, this build is quite the powerhouse. Spark Spark has received a slew of buffs over several leagues running and still flies under the radar for many players as a top-tier skill for clearing and bossing alike. By stacking Critical Strike and Multiplier, we rip apart enemies and apply ailments continuously. Power Charges and Consecrated Ground help power up our Critical Strike and damage immensely.

A variety of gear options allow this build to perform at all levels of budget — for example, players that do not have Call of the Brotherhood Call of the Brotherhood can still use The Three Dragons The Three Dragons to gain the massive defensive benefit of freezing the entire screen. While we will discuss the options in detail in the Gear section, this build can be tailor made to suit your preference and your purse.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

For more details on the Passive Tree, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Powers page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page thoroughly.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Hubris Circlet Hubris Circlet
Amulet Choir of the Storm Choir of the Storm
Chest The Covenant The Covenant
Gloves Rare Fingerless Silk Gloves Fingerless Silk Gloves OR Shadows and Dust Shadows and Dust
Boots Voidwalker Voidwalker
Belt Rare Crystal Belt Crystal Belt
Ring 1 Call of the Brotherhood Call of the Brotherhood
Ring 2 Rare Opal Ring Opal Ring
Weapon Shaped Void Sceptre Void Sceptre
Shield* Rare Fossilised Spirit Shield Fossilised Spirit Shield

For in-depth recommendations for gear, flasks, jewels, and crafting advice be sure to read our Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Leveling

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

You can acquire Spark Spark immediately in Act I after killing Hillock. Link it with Pierce Support Pierce Support, Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support and Onslaught Support Onslaught Support for now (in order of priority), and add in Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support and Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support as soon as possible.

In order of priority, your links for leveling should be:

  1. Spark Spark / Vaal Spark Vaal Spark
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support

Make sure to acquire Herald of Ice Herald of Ice and Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder in Act II, and then Zealotry Zealotry in Act III. Elemental Overload is a great keystone for the first half of the leveling process until you have enough Critical Strike to matter.

FAQ

What Annointment is Best for my Amulet?

  • Heartseeker offers superb damage in the end-game.
  • Heart of Thunder loses value since we cannot make full use of the penetration, but still offers decent damage coupled with Energy Shield leech.

Why Don’t You Have -% Elemental Resistances or Penetration on any Gear?

The Ascendancy node Inevitable Judgement causes Critical Strikes to ignore enemy Elemental Resistances, and non-criticals to penetrate 10% of Elemental Resistances. This is an amazing keystone but seriously devalues penetration as a stat for us, allowing us to budget a lot more affixes elsewhere and freeing up a flask slot that would otherwise need to be used for The Wise Oak The Wise Oak.

How About Archmage Support Archmage Support with Indigon Indigon?

Very viable choice, but takes a large reconfiguration of the tree and comes at the expense of defenses. Currently we are working on theorycraft to determine whether not the sacrifice is worth the damage gained. Our current math indicates that Archmage Support Archmage Support with Indigon Indigon and a Mana build makes the gem about twice as good as Awakened Added Lightning Damage Support Awakened Added Lightning Damage Support (in a direct gem comparison, not cumulative DPS).

Changelog
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    Updated passive skill tree for 3.11 Harvest.

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    Hi all

    Here I am again!!!
    Let´s get to the questions!

    I’m playing this league with this build and and it’s amazing!
    But i´m lacking in other attributes can make use of a Brawn unique Crimson Jewel?
    And… one or two Hazardous Research? :)

    Thank you for everything you provide!

    PS.: I’ll be testing soon the Essence Drain/Contagion and Blight Trickster Build Guide!!!

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    Hi, thank you for providing this build to us.

    Can somebody give some advice, I kept dying when I was mapping, how can I fix this situation? I’m level 89, blood 4700+ ES 1700.

    Best Regard!

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    Hi
    bq.

    Can somebody give some advice, I kept dying when I was mapping, how can I fix this situation? I’m level 89, blood 4700+ ES 1700.

    Check the resistances.
    They are always in the foreground in many cases even before Life an Energy Shield, I always advise anyone who asks to keep the resistances to the maximum!

  4. Furty

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    On 25/06/2019 at 2:13 PM, Fezao said

    Hi all

    Here I am again!!!
    Let´s get to the questions!

    I’m playing this league with this build and and it’s amazing!
    But i´m lacking in other attributes can make use of a Brawn unique Crimson Jewel?
    And… one or two Hazardous Research? :)

    Thank you for everything you provide!

    PS.: I’ll be testing soon the Essence Drain/Contagion and Blight Trickster Build Guide!!!

    I only recommend using 1 Hazardous Research Hazardous Research. The extra projectiles are valuable, but the nova effect is one of the main reasons we use it, and we only need one to achieve this. Essentially, socketing a second one only results in 2 extra projectiles and another 17% reduced duration, which isn’t worth it.

    What attributes are you lacking? I found that once I had Voidwalker Voidwalker I didn’t have any issues with Dexterity, and I have enough Strength from the tree. In any case, I wouldn’t recommend Brawn Brawn, simply because 4-6% won’t do a lot for you if you don’t have much to begin with, and it is a really inefficient Jewel in general. If you need more Dexterity I’d recommend putting 2 points into Precision — it’s an all around decent notable, offering some movement speed and cast speed in addition to the +20 Dexterity. If you need Dex and Strength, maybe just grab the +30 stat notes (Alacrity, Physique) on the top right of the tree.

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    On 25/06/2019 at 5:31 PM, Louisanity said

    Hi, thank you for providing this build to us.

    Can somebody give some advice, I kept dying when I was mapping, how can I fix this situation? I’m level 89, blood 4700+ ES 1700.

    Best Regard!

    My pleasure!

    My defenses aren’t a whole lot different (4550 Life, 2700 ES) and I personally haven’t had a lot of issues. It’s hard to give any generic advice that will apply to your situation, but just remember that this is a relatively long-range build — you shouldn’t be getting hit that much to begin with, and with proper movement virtually all damage should be avoidable. Call of the Brotherhood Call of the Brotherhood helps a lot if you don’t have it already — Spark Spark should be freezing the entire screen, and Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support should help keep you healthy.

    If you’re really struggling, swap out of or two of the damage flasks for some more defensively oriented ones, like a Basalt Flask Basalt Flask and/or a Granite Flask Granite Flask of Iron Skin. Let me know if there’s anything else you want to me to take a look at or help with!

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    On 25/06/2019 at 9:16 PM, Furty said

    On 25/06/2019 at 2:13 PM, Fezao said

    Hi all

    Here I am again!!!
    Let´s get to the questions!

    I’m playing this league with this build and and it’s amazing!
    But i´m lacking in other attributes can make use of a Brawn unique Crimson Jewel?
    And… one or two Hazardous Research? :)

    Thank you for everything you provide!

    PS.: I’ll be testing soon the Essence Drain/Contagion and Blight Trickster Build Guide!!!

    I only recommend using 1 Hazardous Research Hazardous Research. The extra projectiles are valuable, but the nova effect is one of the main reasons we use it, and we only need one to achieve this. Essentially, socketing a second one only results in 2 extra projectiles and another 17% reduced duration, which isn’t worth it.

    What attributes are you lacking? I found that once I had Voidwalker Voidwalker I didn’t have any issues with Dexterity, and I have enough Strength from the tree. In any case, I wouldn’t recommend Brawn Brawn, simply because 4-6% won’t do a lot for you if you don’t have much to begin with, and it is a really inefficient Jewel in general. If you need more Dexterity I’d recommend putting 2 points into Precision — it’s an all around decent notable, offering some movement speed and cast speed in addition to the +20 Dexterity. If you need Dex and Strength, maybe just grab the +30 stat notes (Alacrity, Physique) on the top right of the tree.

    Thanks for reply Dex to use Starkonja’s Head, but on the I choose a rare helm, and problem solved….

  7. Furty

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    On 26/06/2019 at 12:13 AM, Fezao said

    On 25/06/2019 at 9:16 PM, Furty said

    On 25/06/2019 at 2:13 PM, Fezao said

    Hi all

    Here I am again!!!
    Let´s get to the questions!

    I’m playing this league with this build and and it’s amazing!
    But i´m lacking in other attributes can make use of a Brawn unique Crimson Jewel?
    And… one or two Hazardous Research? :)

    Thank you for everything you provide!

    PS.: I’ll be testing soon the Essence Drain/Contagion and Blight Trickster Build Guide!!!

    I only recommend using 1 Hazardous Research Hazardous Research. The extra projectiles are valuable, but the nova effect is one of the main reasons we use it, and we only need one to achieve this. Essentially, socketing a second one only results in 2 extra projectiles and another 17% reduced duration, which isn’t worth it.

    What attributes are you lacking? I found that once I had Voidwalker Voidwalker I didn’t have any issues with Dexterity, and I have enough Strength from the tree. In any case, I wouldn’t recommend Brawn Brawn, simply because 4-6% won’t do a lot for you if you don’t have much to begin with, and it is a really inefficient Jewel in general. If you need more Dexterity I’d recommend putting 2 points into Precision — it’s an all around decent notable, offering some movement speed and cast speed in addition to the +20 Dexterity. If you need Dex and Strength, maybe just grab the +30 stat notes (Alacrity, Physique) on the top right of the tree.

    Thanks for reply Dex to use Starkonja’s Head, but on the I choose a rare helm, and problem solved….

    Well, for Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head you don’t actually need the Dexterity permanently, since it has +50-70 Dexterity on the item. Usually, you can just equip a Jewelry piece or two that has Dexterity on it, put on the Starkonja’s, then put your regular gear back on.

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    On 25/06/2019 at 9:25 PM, Furty said

    On 25/06/2019 at 5:31 PM, Louisanity said

    Hi, thank you for providing this build to us.

    Can somebody give some advice, I kept dying when I was mapping, how can I fix this situation? I’m level 89, blood 4700+ ES 1700.

    Best Regard!

    My pleasure!

    My defenses aren’t a whole lot different (4550 Life, 2700 ES) and I personally haven’t had a lot of issues. It’s hard to give any generic advice that will apply to your situation, but just remember that this is a relatively long-range build — you shouldn’t be getting hit that much to begin with, and with proper movement virtually all damage should be avoidable. Call of the Brotherhood Call of the Brotherhood helps a lot if you don’t have it already — Spark Spark should be freezing the entire screen, and Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support should help keep you healthy.

    If you’re really struggling, swap out of or two of the damage flasks for some more defensively oriented ones, like a Basalt Flask Basalt Flask and/or a Granite Flask Granite Flask of Iron Skin. Let me know if there’s anything else you want to me to take a look at or help with!

    Hi Furty, I’m so excited that you answer my question so quickly and really appreciated. Yes I have used the Call of the Brotherhood Call of the Brotherhood. Actually, I had no problem while I was mapping, but when I met the boss of Syndicate, I sometimes killed by them(50~60%). Also when I opened the stone monument, I usually died too. I just killed by them suddenly and was very confused what I had seen.

    Below is the information of my character, but the website is Chinese. Sorry that I don’t know how to turn the website to English.
    my character

    Thank you!

  9. Furty

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    No problem!

    Unfortunately for me it says Access Has Been Denied — maybe there is some kind of region locking. For Syndicate and Legion Rares, dodging is definitely the most important thing since most of their attacks are avoidable. I’d recommend just ensuring you have as much Life as you can get on gear and Jewels, swapping out a Flask, and putting a few more Passive Skill tree points towards defense.

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    OK, I’ll try to make my life more as possible as I can. I really like this build, thank you~.

  11. Furty

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    On 26/06/2019 at 4:50 PM, Louisanity said

    OK, I’ll try to make my life more as possible as I can. I really like this build, thank you~.

    My pleasure, good luck out there!

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    On 26/06/2019 at 8:13 AM, Furty said

    On 26/06/2019 at 12:13 AM, Fezao said

    On 25/06/2019 at 9:16 PM, Furty said

    On 25/06/2019 at 2:13 PM, Fezao said

    Hi all

    Here I am again!!!
    Let´s get to the questions!

    I’m playing this league with this build and and it’s amazing!
    But i´m lacking in other attributes can make use of a Brawn unique Crimson Jewel?
    And… one or two Hazardous Research? :)

    Thank you for everything you provide!

    PS.: I’ll be testing soon the Essence Drain/Contagion and Blight Trickster Build Guide!!!

    I only recommend using 1 Hazardous Research Hazardous Research. The extra projectiles are valuable, but the nova effect is one of the main reasons we use it, and we only need one to achieve this. Essentially, socketing a second one only results in 2 extra projectiles and another 17% reduced duration, which isn’t worth it.

    What attributes are you lacking? I found that once I had Voidwalker Voidwalker I didn’t have any issues with Dexterity, and I have enough Strength from the tree. In any case, I wouldn’t recommend Brawn Brawn, simply because 4-6% won’t do a lot for you if you don’t have much to begin with, and it is a really inefficient Jewel in general. If you need more Dexterity I’d recommend putting 2 points into Precision — it’s an all around decent notable, offering some movement speed and cast speed in addition to the +20 Dexterity. If you need Dex and Strength, maybe just grab the +30 stat notes (Alacrity, Physique) on the top right of the tree.

    Thanks for reply Dex to use Starkonja’s Head, but on the I choose a rare helm, and problem solved….

    Well, for Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head you don’t actually need the Dexterity permanently, since it has +50-70 Dexterity on the item. Usually, you can just equip a Jewelry piece or two that has Dexterity on it, put on the Starkonja’s, then put your regular gear back on.

    I use this “technique” of equipping and exchanging to be able to use the items, but in the case it was some of my carelessness. I used a jade amulet and a jewel that solved the problem.

    Thanks for the accuracy and quick answers … I can now make maps from 12 to 14 without difficulties with this build!
    Amazing!!!

  13. Furty

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    Excellent to hear man, glad it is working out for you! Let me know if you need anything else :)

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    Where do we go on the tree first? Can we have some leveling passive trees?

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    On 01/07/2019 at 2:31 AM, vimation said

    Where do we go on the tree first? Can we have some leveling passive trees?

    Tree is actually super flexible depending on your available gear. I’d grab the immediate Templar starting area stuff immediately and head over towards Witch and Doom Cast.

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    Do you think we should still used Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark since it can no longer leech for spell and you can get endurance charge once we get Intuitive Leap Intuitive Leap and allocate overcharged anyway

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    On 10/07/2019 at 4:01 PM, MKRei said

    Do you think we should still used Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark since it can no longer leech for spell and you can get endurance charge once we get Intuitive Leap Intuitive Leap and allocate overcharged anyway

    You can use whatever curse you like. Enfeeble Enfeeble and Temporal Chains Temporal Chains are both great alternatives.

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    This might be a stupid question from a noob. but why use controlled destruction on the vaal spark?
    this build seems to build around crit.
    I am sure there is something I am missing here, but I really want to understand this.

    EDIT: Nevermind. I did som googling and found the answer.

    Edited by Stigmar on July 28th, 2019

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    On 28/07/2019 at 3:14 PM, Stigmar said

    This might be a stupid question from a noob. but why use controlled destruction on the vaal spark?
    this build seems to build around crit.
    I am sure there is something I am missing here, but I really want to understand this.

    EDIT: Nevermind. I did som googling and found the answer.

    No problem, it’s a common question. Maybe I’ll add an FAQ blurb on it to alleviate any confusion on this and similar builds on our site.

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    Hello. I have mana problems.

    419 not reserved mana
    60 cost of SPARK

    When I was watching movies, mana pool was not changing, like spark was 0 cost.
    Where I made mistake or what Im missing ?
    What is main mana problems resolver ?

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