With a new expansion come new PoE builds
It’s not unusual for Path of Exile to have new skills, but not all of them get to have POE builds centered on them. This expansion, there are two of them. Whether you get their core skills by chance or by trading POE currency, what matters is that you know how they work. Here’s the lowdown for the two.
Throwing Around That Fire
First is Blazing Salvo, a fire AOE spell that is thrown in an arc and deals damage to the enemies it hits. The farther away the arc is, the more the projectiles are spread out, therefore hitting a wider area and more targets.
Currently, there are a few Path of Exile builds with Blazing Salvo as the core skill: a Saboteur, an Assassin, and a Totem build. Because of how reliant the skill is on the player making sure that they throw it far, it has become a challenging yet fun and popular PoE build that’s very much worth a try, even just once.
Hand in hand with this skill is another new spell, Firewall. As its name suggests, it creates a wall of fire that damages any monster that goes in contact with it. On top of that, said monster also receives a burning damage debuff. Lastly, projectiles from you and your party members that pass through the wall receive fire damage bonus and also a burning damage debuff.
With this spell, you can safely lob Blazing Salvo from a distance, as the Firewall stops them from getting to you. Then again, it’s not the only skill that lets you do that, but it is the latest.
Firing That Laser Beam
The Crackling Lance is another new spell. It shoots out a beam that deals lightning damage to everything in its path. Also, smaller beams fork out from certain points, and they deal damage as well.
What makes Crackling Lance unique is that its form and damage depend on Intensity counters. When it has that 1 default Intensity counter, it deals more damage and has wider AOE. However, it loses that Intensity counter after 0.25 seconds of walking or teleporting, so you shouldn’t be moving around before using it. After all, much like in shows, the beam spell or cannon requires the user to be firmly on the ground first, lest they get blown away as well.
To further maximize this spell, you can use the Intensify support gem, which you can either farm for or get via POE trading. If you’re new to Path of Exile, then you might be surprised to know that this gem was added first before Crackling Lance. In fact, Crackling Lance is the first spell to have its own Intensity counters. With the extra Intensity counters you’ll get from the Intensify support gem, you can deal even more damage and have a wider beam AOE.
On the other hand, there are fewer beams branching from another angle for every Intensity counter. So if you want to hit more enemies, just cast away. However, the spell will deal less damage. Also, take into account the fact that the spell isn’t meant to be spammable.
Currently, the Elementalist, Assassin, and Inquisitor make good use of this skill. These are the best choices mostly because these ascendancies are able to help you in dealing more damage with the skill, or providing certain utilities for it and other supporting skills. Try them out for yourself if you like seeing powerful beams that annihilate enemies.
New expansion means new PoE builds, which in turn mean new ways to have fun in Wraeclast. So what are you waiting for? Try either of them out for yourself, or perhaps even both. Maybe you’ll find them to your liking.