The Whispering Ice Occultist 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 Whispering Ice The Whispering Ice unique staff has been in the game for long time, although it has several problems when building around. The staff essentially introduces a new spell you can use in order to deal damage, called Icestorm. In patch 3.6 Icestorm got buffed by reducing its cast speed from 1 second to 0.75 and its Critical Strike chance got buffed from 5% to 6%. This makes Icestorm much more viable than before.

With The Whispering Ice unique staff we aim to get as much Intelligence as possible in order to scale the skill’s base damage; we also choose to go for Critical Strikes, since Icestorm’s Critical Chance is decent. Playing an Intelligence-stacking build has great synergy with having a lot of Energy Shield, which is why we choose to go Chaos Inoculation. Since we are using a staff we lose some Energy Shield from the Shield slot, which is why we choose the Occultist ascendancy class; this class also provides the best Energy Shield sustain mechanics in the game, an easy way to sustain Power charges and smooths out clear speed with Profane Bloom.

Build Summary

In order to get started, you only need The Whispering Ice The Whispering Ice; it is super cheap since no one uses it. The other great thing about this staff is that you do not need to 6-Link it, all you need is to 6-socket it with the right colours and all the support gems you put in will affect the Icestorm spell. When it comes to the other items, we mainly focus on good amounts of Energy Shield and Intelligence. Overall, the Whispering Ice Occultist can be very cheap to start and has the room for improvement when you collect some currency.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Budget-friendly
+ Great survivability

Cons

- Mediocre clear speed/mobility

Playstyle

Offensively, casting Icestorm once or twice will be enough to clear packs of monsters. When it comes to boss killing, you should use all the free time you have to spawn Icestorms, which will last longer and deal more damage depending on the amount of Intelligence you have. For mobility, you should use Flame Dash Flame Dash.

Defensively, Icestorm’s chilling ground is a great defensive mechanic. The great Energy Shield pool in combination with Wicked Ward, Vile Bastion, and Energy Shield Leech will allow you to tank immense amounts of damage. Arctic Armour Arctic Armour can provide additional damage mitigation. The build can also make use of Mind over Matter.

For playstyle, you should cast while moving forward, in a sense you need to “pre-cast” the Icestorm wherever the mobs will be when you pull the aggro, so by the time they start chasing you they will enter the Icestorm and die. Bosses that reposition fast will be kind of annoying to deal with, since you will not be able to stack a lot of Icestorms for maximum damage output, but are still manageable.

Passive tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree we recommend. We mainly focus on Energy Shield, Energy Shield Leech, Cold Damage, Intelligence, and some efficient Area of Effect, Staff and Critical Strike nodes. The two main keystone notables we pick are Chaos Inoculation and Zealot’s Oath.

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 Rare Vaal Regalia Vaal Regalia
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Inya's Epiphany Inya's Epiphany
Belt Cyclopean Coil Cyclopean Coil
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon The Whispering Ice The Whispering Ice

Leveling

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

You can start using The Whispering Ice The Whispering Ice since level 33, and it has enough damage to carry you through the leveling content and smoothly transition into mapping.

Leveling Trees

This is an early version of the passive skill tree. We pick some life nodes before transitioning to Chaos Inoculation, then the life has to be respecced.

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 10, you are able to add Flame Dash Flame Dash, which will help with your mobility.

At level 16, you can pick Arctic Armour Arctic Armour for additional defense.

By level 18 your 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. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  5. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support
  6. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

At level 24 you can pick up Discipline Discipline for additional defense.

Finally, at level 33 you can equip The Whispering Ice The Whispering Ice. You should drop your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse and use Icestorm instead.

  1. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  2. Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support
  3. Energy Leech Support Energy Leech Support
  4. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
  5. Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support
  6. Efficacy Support Efficacy Support

Note: At level 38, you should replace Efficacy Support Efficacy Support with Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support.

FAQ

What are the weak points of the build?

The Whispering Ice Occultist has mediocre clear speed, but compensates with the extreme single target damage potential against static targets.

What map mods cannot be done with the build?

Elemental Reflect and No Regeneration.

Conclusion

The Whispering Ice Occultist is a very unique Cold self-casting build. It specializes in calling down very strong chilling blizzards in order to shatter enemies into pieces.

Changelog
  •   

    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build remains unchanged and is as solid as before.

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    Revisited and updated passive tree for Blight 3.8. The build got a decent buff in the form of new Power charges node called "Disciple of the Forbidden".

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    Revisited and updated for Legion 3.7. Improved Gem and Gearing sections along with replacing old passive skill trees.

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    Build added.

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    Hi,
    which is the gem setup for this build beside for the described whispering ice and flame dash?

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