Path of Exile 3.6 Ice Nova Most Popular Build Guide
[PoE 3.6 Assassin] CCC - "Cospris Cool Crit" - Assassin | Cyclone + Ice Nova BuildThis guide revolves around the reworked Cast On Crit Support Gem. The whole idea of this build isn't new and there seem to be a few videos/guides showcasing this build or similar ones out there, but I wasn't able to find any up to date guide to this exact play style. To fill this gap, I decided to write this guide.
The main mechanic of this build is the updated Cast on Crit Support Gem paired with the Cospris Malice Sword. Go check the Wiki Page of CoC and the Sword now in case you are not yet familiar with them. This Guide originally started as GC+IN CoC build. I removed GC almost fully from the guide tho as it simply can't compete with IN only. The base damage and aoe of IN are just way better...
I will explain how CoC + Cospris work in detail because you will need it to calculate your total damage and to know what actually happens.
Pros & Cons;
+ great clear speed
+ can easily shred Shaper and his Guardians
+ boss damage is great as well
+ Turkish survivability
+ freeze and shatter
+ delving is great fun
+ clearing incursion is very easy
+ crit CrIt CRIT CRIIIIT
+ Boom Boom Boom Boom
+ can run reflect maps
+ huge fun, overall a great mapper
+ don't want to play Arc Traps anymore? You don't have to level a new char, just change your Ascendancy Class and tree!
+ great gear curve, even during the end game
+ 6 links are only required to face bosses, t16 maps on 5 links are no problem
- bad league starter
- not HC or SSF viable
- quite expansive
- definitely NOT for beginners
Leave Alira alive or pick 2 Skill points, you can get some nice things with those.
in the following order:
1. Unstable Infusion
2. Ambush and Assassinate: 99% Crit Chance on the first hit and last hits as well as Culling Strike...
3. Deadly Infusion: Even more crit chance and multiplier
4. Opportunistic: Nice movement speed, boss damage and basically no reflected damage anymore
- Soul of Lunaris, as we are cycling into mobs we always have a lot of monsters around us and projectiles are often very dangerous too as they come in your count and not all of them will be evaded/dodged
- Soul of Garukhan, even more, evade chance and movement speed
- Soul of Yugul when running reflect maps
Cospri's Malice Setups:
Most Fun: You got GC for the fanciness and FB and IN for damage
Glacial Cascade 21/20 - Ice Nova 21/20 - Frost Bolt21/20
Most Damage: This way you just cast endless FBs that deal damage and create vortexes that deal damage as well... quite FPS heavy from time to time tho
Frost Bolt - Ice Nova 21/20 - Greater Multiple Projectiles 21/20
Most IN Action: If you want IN only for whatever reason^^
Elemental Focus 21/20 - Ice Nova 21/20 - Concentrated Effect 21/20
Life Leech PoE Support Gem: swap out warlords mark for enfeebling. That's actually a more tanky way to get your leech. Hexproof maps aren't a problem anymore, but you should get some mana leech nodes in the tree! Do not use this for boss fights like shaper because you do not leech as much damage as with wm with this setup!
Life Leech Support 21/20 - Ice Nova 21/20 - Frost Bolt 21/20
Vaal Cyclone 21/20 - Ice Nova 21/20 - Hypothermia 21/20- Cast on Critical Strike 21/20 - Concentrated Effect 21/20 - Cold Penetration 21/20
- (Increased Area of Effect 21/20 for mapping)
- 4-Link: Cast when Damage Taken 1 - Immortal Call 3- Frost bomb - Ancestral Protector
- 3-Link: Leap Slam - Faster Attacks - Fortify
- 4-Link: Herald of Ice - Onslaught - Blasphemy - Warlord Mark
- Utility: Blood Rage, Lightning Golem, Vortex, Bonechill Support
T16 Map with some Betrayal action:
[PoE 3.6 Assassin]CheeQu's CoC Ice Nova BuildThis guide will teach you how to properly handle a CoC (like Vegan) and how to unleash its full potential. So sit back and enjoy as I breakdown every single detail regarding game mechanics, interactions and Minmaxing in this all-in-one build I made for 3.6.
Up to 7m Shaper DPS (~2 sec per phase) • Amazing clearspeed and Movement Speed.
~8000 EHP @lvl 90 • Fortify • Perma Blind combined with some Evasion • 42% Less Damage of Enemies through Enfeeble with Curse Effectiveness (also reduces enemies' Accuracy, Critical Strike Chance and Critical Strike Multiplier) • 80% Elemental Resistances, 25%+ Physical Damage mitigation with Basalt Flask • Perma Chill/ Freeze • 36% Block Chance • 5% Dodge Attacks and Spells • Fast and reliable Life Leech combined with ES Gained on Hit • Life Flask + some Life Regeneration • And our best defense: Everything dies instantly!
Unstable Infusion - Deadly Infusion - Opportunistic - Ambush and Assassinate.
Body Armour: Cyclone - Cast on Critical - Ice Nova - Increased Critical Strikes - Hypothermia - Elemental Focus or Fortify or Concentrated Effect or Increased Area of Effect.
Cospri's Malice: Frostbolt - Ice Nova - Life Leech.
Shield: Shield Charge or Leap Slam - Faster Attacks - Fortify.
Helmet: Blasphemy - Enfeeble - Herald of Ice (replaced with Discipline when we have the Watcher's Eye shown in the gear section) - Phase Run or Decoy Totem or Vaal Righteous Fire or Enlighten.
Gloves: Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 1) - Immortal Call (lvl 1) - Frost Bomb (lvl 10) - Summon Chaos Golem (lvl 3).
Boots: Vortex - Bonechill - Unbound Ailments - Arcane Surge (low lvl).
Help Alira. Kill Oak and Kraityn. From this, we get Critical Strike Multiplier, some Elemental Resistances and Mana Regeneration - all of which are very much needed for this build.
Major God: Lunaris. Offers useful Physical Damage mitigation and Movement Speed through packs. I also recommend upgrading this god as it offers Dodge and Chance to avoid projectiles.
Solaris is the best defensive option against end-game bosses like Shaper, Elder, Mastermind, Guardians, etc. Definitely upgrade this as well when possible.
Minor God: Gruthkul. More Physical Damage mitigation. Upgrading this god also reduces enemies' Attack Speed when they hit you by 8% (quite a lot!).
Garukhand can be a good alternative for mapping after upgrading it for 6% Movement Speed.
Yugul can also be used against encounters involving Cold Damage such as Elder or Shaper.