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POE 3.4 Delve: Beginner Builds - Arc Witch Elementalist Lightning Caster Build

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POE 3.4 Delve: Beginner Builds - Arc Witch Elementalist Lightning Caster Build

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A lot of new players joining the POE Every New League, so how to start the game is a challenge. Check out the with "beginner" tags builds, and you'll get a lot of POE Builds detailed introduction, choosing your favorite class and Enjoy the game. Elementalist Lightning Caster is the better choice. Next, I would like to introduce "Arc Elementalist Build" in detail.


About Arc Elementalist Lightning Caster Feature


  • cheap to equipment
  • fully SSF-capable
  • relatively fast mapping
  • smooth gameplay & progression
  • can run most mapmod combinations
  • immune to all kinds of reflected damage
  • fairly safe, can stay ranged + Decoy Totem


  • good endgame boss damage requires investment
  • requires good Flask & Buff management
  • Lightning has a huge damage range
  • not made for facetanking


Main Mechanics in Arc Elementalist Lightning Caster build

  • Chaining: Arc is a lightning-based spell with the ability to chain between monsters.
    Each time it chains, it will also split to a second nearby enemy from where it can't chain further. The amount of times Arc can chain depends on its gem level and can be increased by enchantments, with a maximum of 10 chains attainable with this build. 
  • Shock: An elemental status ailment which increases the damage an enemy takes by up to 50% for a duration, based on our lightning damage dealt within a single hit. Arc comes with an implicit 10% chance to shock, which we further amplify and back up through shock effect to assure consistently strong shocks on all targets.
  • Semi-Crit: Instead of going all out on crit, we just get some to proc Elemental Overload, a conditional buff which gives us a 40% more damage multiplier if we've crit in the past 8 seconds.
  • Mind over Matter: This is a Keystone which redirects 30% of damage we take to our mana pool, as long as we have sufficient mana. In order for this to be effective, we need an unreserved mana pool equal to approx. 43% of our life pool and a quick way to refill mana, which we gain through regeneration and optional leech.

ACT1-ACT10 Storyline

Elementalist Act 1-10 skill tree

Elementalist Act 1-10 skill tree


  • Get Arcane Surge (keep it Lv1 for now!) from Large Chest and kill Hillock
  • Get Freezing Pulse, link it with Arcane Surge and throw away Fireball
  • Start looking out for a 3-linked, all blue socket Wand or Sceptre
  • Get the Coast Waypoint, kill Hailrake on Tidal Island and get Quicksilver Flask in town
  • Enter Submerged Passage, look for Flooded Depths and kill the Dweller of the Deep
  • Get Orb of Storms and Passive Skillpoint in town
  • Enter Prison, get Added Lightning Damage and link it to Freezing Pulse + Arcane Surge
  • Start looking out for 2x Sapphire Rings
  • Complete Trial of Ascendancy in Lower Prison
  • Kill Brutus, progress to Ship Graveyard and get the Waypoint
  • Look for Ship Graveyard Cave, get All flame then get Cavern of Wrath Waypoint
  • Travel to Ship Graveyard Waypoint and kill Fairgraves
  • Go to town to get Passive Skillpoint, Clarity, Flame Dash & Arc
  • Throw away Freezing Pulse and craft a +1 Lightning Gem Wand/Sceptre
  • Put Arc + Arcane Surge + Added Lightning Damage in there
  • If needed, the recipe for Topaz Rings is Iron Ring + Green Skill Gem
  • Equip Sapphire Rings and kill Merveil


  • Once in town, enter the Old Fields first
  • Start looking out for 2x Topaz Rings
  • Look for the Den, kill Great White Beast and get second Quicksilver in town
  • Continue to Crossroads and get Waypoint 
  • Enter Chamber of Sins, complete Trial of Ascendancy on Level 2 and kill Fidelitas
  • Get Herald of Thunder in town
  • Go back to Crossroads, enter Broken Bridge and kill Kraityn
  • Back to Crossroads once more, enter Fellshrine Ruins and Crypt
  • Complete Trial of Ascendancy in Crypt
  • Back to town, enter Riverways and get the Waypoint
  • Go to Western Forest, kill Alira & Captain Arteri
  • Look for Weaver's Chambers and kill Weaver
  • Back in town, get Controlled Destruction and replace Arcane Surge with it
  • Link Arcane Surge to Orb of Storms
  • You may now start leveling Arcane Surge, keep its threshold below Orb of Storms' mana cost
  • Enter Lioneye's Watch and get Passive Skillpoint
  • Go back to Riverways, enter Wetlands, kill Oak and get Waypoint
  • Get two Passive Skillpoints from Eramir in town
  • Make your way to the Ancient Pyramid, equip Topaz Rings and kill Vaal Oversoul


  • Start looking out for 4-linked Intelligence-based or Hybrid (Int + other stat) gear
  • Kill the Blackguards in City of Sarn and enter town
  • Go to Slums, enter Crematorium, finish Trial of Ascendancy and kill Piety
  • Get Sewer Key in town
  • Go back to Slums, enter Sewers, get Waypoint, find three busts and get skillpoint in town
  • Get Marketplace Waypoint and finish Trial of Ascendancy in Catacombs
  • Enter Battlefront, get Waypoint and kill Captain Aurelianus
  • Go to Docks and get Thaumetic Sulphite
  • Back to Battlefront, enter Solaris Temple and talk to Lady Dialla
  • Destroy the Undying Blockade in Sewers
  • Enter Ebony Barracks, get Waypoint and kill General Gravicius
  • Enter Lunaris Temple, kill Piety and get Skillpoint in town
  • Get Imperial Gardens Waypoint and finish Trial of Ascendancy
  • Go to Library and finish Sosa's quest
  • You can now buy all unlocked gems at Sosa (currency needs to be in the bag!)
  • Get Lightning Penetration from Sosa and replace Added Lightning Damage with it
  • Also get Decoy Totem and Mana Leech from Sosa
  • Link Mana Leech to Orb of Storms
  • Enter the Sceptre of God and kill Dominus


  • Enter the Dried Lake, kill Voll and enter the Mines
  • Free Deshret's Spirit in Mines Level 2, progress to Crystal Veins and get Waypoint
  • Get Passive Skillpoint and Summon Lightning Golem in town and optionally farm Dried Lake
  • Complete the first Labyrinth, you can enter it through the Sarn Encampment
  • Read up on the Lord's Labyrinth and Izaro to get an idea what's going on
  • After finishing the Labyrinth, ascend to Elementalist and get Paragon of Calamity
  • Go back to Crystal Veins, enter Kaom's Dream and kill Kaom 
  • Now enter Daresso's Dream and kill Daresso
  • Get Spell Echo from Dialla and buy Cast when Damage taken in town
  • Put your Arc setup into a 4L and add Spell Echo
  • Replace your now-outdated weapon with a good scepter, the Spell Damage recipe can help
  • Get Enfeeble in Act 3 and add it to CwDt (keep CwDt Lv7 and Enfeeble Lv10!)
  • Also get Shield Charge and Faster Attacks in Act 3 and link them together
  • Kill Piety in Belly of the Beast, and finally Malachai in the Harvest


  • Kill Overseer Krow and enter town
  • Find the Miasmeter in Control Blocks and kill Justicar Casticus
  • Get Silver Flask and Skillpoint in town
  • Replace one Quicksilver Flask with Silver Flask and try to roll of Staunching on it
  • Make your way to Templar Courts, kill Avarius and get a unique jewel in town
  • Get Ruined Square Waypoint and optionally kill Utula to get Assassin's Haste in town
  • Finish the quest in Reliquary and get Skillpoint in town
  • Look for the Sign of Purity in Ossuary
  • Kill Kitava on Cathedral Rooftop
  • You will suffer a permanent -30% resistance penalty after this fight


  • Clear the Twilight Strand to unlock Lilly as Skillgem Vendor
  • Get Immortal Call and link it to CwDt (keep it at Lv3!)
  • Get Increased Duration and link it to Orb of Storms + Arcane Surge
  • Get Fortify and link it to Shield Charge + Faster Attacks
  • Get to Mud Flats and kill the Dishonored Queen
  • Enter Karui Fortress, kill Tukohama and get Skillpoint in town
  • Finish Trial of Ascendancy in Prison and kill Shavronne
  • Enter Prisoner's Gate, kill Abernathy and get Skillpoint in town
  • Get Riverways Waypoint
  • Enter Wetlands, kill Puppet Mistress and get Skillpoint in town
  • Light the Beacon and kill the Brine King


  • Find the Silver Locket in Broken Bridge and get Basalt Flask in town
  • Replace one Life Flask with Basalt Flask
  • Enter Crossroads, get Waypoint then enter Crypt through Fellshrine Ruins
  • Finish Trial of Ascendancy and find Maligaro's Map
  • Go back to Crossroads and enter Chamber of Sins
  • Kill Maligaro in Maligaro's Sanctum
  • Finish Trial of Ascendancy in Chamber of Sins Level 2 and enter the Den
  • Make your way to Ashen Fields and kill Great, then get Skillpoint in town
  • Get Northern Forest Waypoint and enter Dread Thicket
  • Collect all Fireflies and kill Gruthkul, then get Skillpoint in town
  • Find Kishara's Star in Causeway and get Skillpoint in town
  • Good time to finish the second Labyrinth, get Shaper of Desolation
  • Get to the Temple of Decay and kill Arakaali


  • Enter the Toxic Conduits and kill Doedre
  • Go for Quay first, find Ankh of Eternity, kill Tolman and get Skillpoint in town
  • Kill the Gemling Legionnaires in Grain Gate and get Skillpoint in town
  • Enter Solaris Temple, get Sun Orb then enter Solaris Concourse and get Waypoint
  • Go back to Doedre's Cesspool and go for the Grand Promenade now
  • Get Bath House Waypoint and finish Trial of Ascendancy
  • Enter High Gardens, kill Yugul and get Skillpoint in town
  • Enter Lunaris Temple through Lunaris Concourse and get Moon Orb
  • Go to Harbour Bridge and kill Solaris & Lunaris


  • Find the Storm Blade in Vastiri Desert and speak to Petarus & Vanja in town
  • Look for a blocked entrance in Vastiri Desert
  • Go to town, talk to Sin and then to Petarus & Vanja
  • Kill Shakari and get Skillpoint in town
  • Get Foothills Waypoint, enter Boiling Lake and get Basilisk Acid
  • Enter the Tunnel and finish Trial of Ascendancy
  • Get Quarry Waypoint, enter Refinery and get Trarthan Powder
  • Go back to Quarry and kill Garukhan and get Sekhema Feather
  • Go to town and give the feather to either Tasuni or Irasha, get Skillpoint
  • Enter Belly of the Beast and kill the Depraved Trinity


  • Go left on Cathedral Rooftop and kill Plaguewing
  • Get Sulphur Flask in town, replace Quicksilver Flask with it
  • Go back to Cathedral Rooftop
  • Now go right, enter the Ravaged Square and go south
  • Enter the Control Blocks, kill Valenta and get Skillpoint in town
  • Optionally find the Teardrop in Reliquary
  • Go back to Ravaged Square and get its Waypoint in the upper part
  • Enter Ossuary, complete Trial of Ascendancy and get Elixir of Allure
  • Get to Desecrated Chamber through Torched Courts and kill Avarius
  • Finish the third Labyrinth and get Beacon of Ruin, if this is too hard then keep it for later
  • Enter the Canals and make your way to the final bossfight
  • You will suffer another permanent -30% resistance penalty after this fight


  • Talk to Lani for two Skillpoints
  • Enter Templar Laboratory and get a map from Zana, then buy all maps she's selling
  • That's it, you've reached the endgame! Gear up and switch to the endgame gem setup
  • Optionally farm yourself a Tabula Rasa through Humility cards in Blood Aqueduct

EndGame Gem Setup

Note: This is the endgame setup, for Act 1-10 check out the Leveling Section!

6L: Arc - Spell Echo - Controlled Destruction - Lightning Penetration - Added Lightning Damage - Hypothermia

4L: Orb of Storms - Arcane Surge - Increased Duration - Mana Leech

4L: Cast when Damage taken - Immortal Call - Cold Snap - Increased Duration

4L: Shield Charge - Faster Attacks - Fortify - Flame Dash

3L: Clarity - Cast when Damage taken - Enfeeble

3L: Decoy Totem - Summon Lightning Golem - Minion and Totem Elemental Resistance

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