Elemental Hit Ascendant
The Ascendant was a classic example of an awesome plan but poor execution. Emphasis on “was”, as the class finally has a build that’s not only tough but also viable for all content in Synthesis. It’s no other than the Elemental Hit Ascendant.
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Passive Skill Tree and Skill Gems
For the passive skill tree, check here.
- Core Skill: Elemental Hit with Elemental Damage with Attacks, Combustion, Fire Penetration, and Mirage Archer. For single targets, add Damage on Full Life. For clearing mobs, put Greater Multiple Projectiles.
- Aura: no aura required because this is a Blood Magic build, but Anger/Flammability-Blasphemy/Herald of Ash/Arctic Armor are viable options.
- Cast When Damage Taken: Immortal Call with Blood Rage. Keep CWDT at Level 1.
- Mobility: Blink Arrow with Faster Attacks support.
- Utility: Lightning Golem and Decoy Golem.
- Extra Buffs: Vaal Haste and Vaal Grace.
- Helm: any Rare helmet with bonuses to life, elemental resistances, armor, and attack speed.
- Chest: Kaom’s Heart (Unique) for increased fire damage and maximum life; or Rare armor with bonuses to life and elemental resistances.
- Bow: any Rare bow with bonuses to socketed skill gem levels, damage dealt by socketed skill gems, attack speed, and critical strike chance.
- Off-hand: Drillneck (Unique) for increased bow attacks, attack speed, evasion, life, and more damage with hits and ailments.
- Gloves: Tombfist (Unique) to curse enemies with level 11 Elemental Weakness on hit, increased attack speed and life.
- Boots: Kaom’s Roots (Unique) for extra Life and immunity to Frozen, Chilled, Stunned, and Temporal Chains.
- Belt: any Rare Stygian Vise with bonuses to elemental resistance and elemental damage; Eye Jewel with bonuses on Life and Mana.
- Yoke of Suffering (Unique Amulet) for bonus to all attributes, elemental resistances, chance to shock, increased damage for every ailment on enemy.
- Rare ring with bonuses to elemental resistances, life, and elemental damage.
- Pyre (Unique Ring) for cold resistance and fire resistance, increased burning damage, 100% of cold damage converted to fire damage, increased light radius, and instant kill of ignited enemies.
- Jewels: any Rare jewels that have bonuses on life and elemental damage.
- Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching for life recovery and bleeding immunity/removal
- The Wise Oak (Unique) for +35% elemental resistances.
- Experimenter’s Quark Flask of Heat for attack and spell evasion and chill immunity/removal
- Experimenter’s Silver Flask of Warding for Onslaught and curse immunity/removal
- Chemist’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline for increased movement speed.
It’s a Wrap
Finally, the Ascendant is back on the map. And with the Elemental Hit build, which is, pun intended, a hit, it’s going to be huge.