Path of Exile Witch Ethereal Knives Crit Build by yhateful
Update : Reworked into a CI build after feedback and testing.
Basically my experience was that Voll’s and power charges we’re not worth going EB for. And without Voll’s you can easily sustain three auras and EK without EB if you put some points into mana and mana regeneration.
I might revisit a EB version when I’m rich in release, with a 6-link for EK and lots of good life gear. :D
What is this build about?
The idea was to create a high damage AoE farming build for Open Beta that isn’t a Ice Witch.
The build is basically a Ethereal Knives crit spammer, also using a totem with Ethereal Knives. It uses CI to easily survive late game, coupled with critical chance. You can swap out crit chance for crit multiplier if you like using Diamond Flasks.
Do you use any other skills or just rest your head on the keyboard?
Curses : Critical Weakness or Vulnerability. I prefer Vulnerability.
Buffs : Blood Rage. Free frenzy, 15% extra cast speed. Who can say no?
Totems : Spell Totem + Added Fire Damage + Fork + EK for diversions, scouting dangerous rooms and physical reflects. Faster Projectiles could work instead of Fork.
Movement : Phase Run.
Auras : Discipline, Clarity and Hatred.
Will I need some fancy gems or items?
Some things you may have to buy or trade from other players, mainly Added Fire Damage, Faster Projectiles, Hatred and Blood Rage. If you don’t mind making two alts, you can get them all, except Blood Rage, from Act 1 Normal with a Ranger and a Marauder.
EK itself will be using Added Fire Damage + Fork/Chain (Chain is drop only, so harder to find) + Faster Projectiles. If you happen to have or get a 5 or 6-link, Increased Critical Multiplier and Faster Casting is what I would add, but it isn’t necessary.
What about DPS?
At level 60 in mediocre gear, for reference.
Ethereal Knives + Fork/Added Fire Damage/Hatred – 1885
Ethereal Knives + Chain/Added Fire Damage/Hatred – 1414
Ethereal Knives Totem + Fork/Added Fire Damage – 708
Ethereal Knives Totem + Chain/Added Fire Damage – 531
There are skills and builds with much higher DPS, but given the mechanics of Chain/Fork and 10 projectiles, it is absolutely devastating versus large packs, especially when it crits.
How about survivability?
The new and improved CI Pussy Version (no offense CI users, not really xD) has you more or less completely covered, even with minimal point investment in ES. I like to use a Granite or two to keep myself safe while herding packs.
How does your current gear look?
Pretty crap, lots of improvements can be made, but I had nothing in default when I started again. Some of these I’ve since upgraded, but not very much so.
How does it look in action?
Not sure how far I’ll level this character with a set date for Open Beta now, but I did do a few map runs already. Somehow didn’t manage to roll increased pack size though, so it’s not very good material. Also managed to run into two Physical Reflect Necros in a row. -.-
Enough already, give me the build!
I find a lot of the time some choices come down to taste. I’ll post the skeleton of my build and comment on the options beyond that, or choices you can make to modify it.
Always assuming skill point from Bandits in this build.
After this you are close to additional ES, cast speed, mana as well as crit multiplier and spell damage in the middle. You can also get a large amount of ES on shield and block next to Elemental Equilibrium.
Level 69 – Alternative crit multiplier version
If you prefer Diamond Flask abuse, you can easily switch out some crit chance for multiplier, or all of it, like in the above example build. This is probably a more viable option than crit chance, but I don’t like using Diamond Flasks. I might give them a try if there is another passive reset before OB though.
You could have taken X passive node, or you should use Y support gem, or why don’t you use Z piece of gear?
I welcome any feedback or suggestions to improve the build. :)Other Path of Exile Articles
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