Ethereal Knives Ignite Elementalist

Last Updated: 18 May 2023

Crucible 3.21

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Warning: Ethereal Knives Ignite Elementalist is a High Budget Witch Build costing in excess of 100 Divine Orbs. This guide assumes that you already reached Path of Exiles endgame and have enough Currency to gear your character as the guide recommends. The EK-Ignite Elementalist is not a beginner-friendly build! In order to utilize its full potential, you have to understand how Damage Conversion works to apply the biggest Ignites in Wraeclast.

The Ethereal Knives Ignite Elementalist is a well-rounded beast, capable of farming all content, including Wave 30 Simulacrum, 100% Delirium, Uber Pinnacle Bosses as well as speed mapping. While having a very comfortable one button play style, this build excels at clearing maps very fast, thanks to explosions, Herald of Ash and Ignite Proliferation. It's able to defeat the hardest bosses in the game and can also be played as a Magic Finder with a few gearing adjustments.

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Ethereal Knives is our primary source of damage and our main skill, which fires an arc of knives in front of
the caster. It is a Physical Spell that we first convert into Cold Damage and then convert a big portion into
Fire Damage, using Cold to Fire Support. Since we play Elementalist, our Ascendancy Node
Shaper of Flames lets all of our Damage sources Ignite, including Physical, Lightning, Cold, Fire and Chaos Damage.

Ascendancy Breakdown

The Elementalist Ascendancy is necessary since the passive Shaper of Flames, enabling all of converted damage to Ignite. Alongside strong offensive Layers, this Ascendancy also allows us to become immune to reflected Elemental Damage and can provide us with an Elemental Damage Shield. Overall, the Elementalist is one of the strongest Ascendancies in the Game. To learn how the Labyrinth works, feel free to check out our Labyrinth Guide!

  • Shaper of Flames is the core Passive our build is built upon. With Shaper of Flames, ALL of our Damage can Ignite, and has 100% chance to Ignite, including Physical, Fire, Cold, Lightning and Chaos Damage. On top of that, we get 25% more Ignite Damage when our highest Damage from our hit was caused by fire.
  • Mastermind of Discord empowers our Fire Exposure by an additional 25%, inflicted from the eldritch implicit on our gloves. Also grants us Mana regeneration if we have inflicted an exposure recently (past 4 seconds).
  • Heart of Destruction is probably one of the strongest Ascendancy Nodes in Path of Exile. It grants 60% increased Area of Effect by default, while changing to Convergence for 4 seconds after we hit a Unique Monster, granting us an astonishing 30% more Elemental Damage multiplier. Basically, we gain increased AoE for mapping and more Elemental Damage for Bossing.
  • Shaper of Storms is the equivalent of Shaper of Flames, but based on Lightning Damage. Since all of our Damage can inflict Shock with this Node, it is worth it to scale Increased Effect of Non-Damaging Ailments. This inflicts big shocks allowing our Ignites to deal a ton more damage. This Node can also be swapped to Shaper of Winter if you prefer a more defensive playstyle, or Bastion of Elements to become elemental damage reflect immune as well as an elemental damage shield to boost our defence.

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