Blade Flurry Inquisitor Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

The Blade Flurry Inquisitor is a melee type of character that deals tons of elemental damage by dual wielding Swords. This is achieved by converting a large portion of our physical damage to elemental via Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support and the Winter Spirit passive node. This is done in order to greatly benefit from Inquisitor’s Inevitable Judgement ascendancy node, which allows us to penetrate elemental resistances every time we critically strike.

The character has great balance between clearing and single target damage output and achieves a respectable amount of survivability.

Build Summary

The build can be played on a budget but we recommend having some currency saved up before you try this build. We are looking for two well-rolled Rapiers with at least 350pDPS. Early on, if you lack damage and not really care about survivability you can equip Abyssus Abyssus for the great damage boost it provides. A well-rolled Elder-based Body Armour is best in slot but it can be expensive, before that the build makes great use of unique Body Armours like Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast, Loreweave Loreweave, Carcass Jack Carcass Jack and Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Good balance between clear speed and single target damage
+ Immense damage potential

Cons

- Requires great currency investment if you decide to gear well

Playstyle

Offensively, you should leap into monster packs and shatter them with a rapidly unleashed series of attacks via Blade Flurry Blade Flurry. A Totem like Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector will improve your single target damage by doing damage itself and giving you an Attack Speed multiplier while it is active. War Banner War Banner should be dropped against bosses in order to gain the Adrenaline buff.

Defensively, the main idea of the build is to deal tons of Cold damage via Critical Strikes, which results in long Freezing effects on the enemies. You also reach a very good amount of Life along with reliable Life Leech.

For playstyle, considering Blade Flurry Blade Flurry achieves a respectable amount of area of effect you can attack from a decent distance, which will allow you to stay safe in most situations. Whenever you need to deal great amounts of single target damage, place your Totem and drop your War Banner War Banner, then start channelling your Blade Flurry as long as possible. Instruments of Virtue (Ascendancy node) should also be triggered by using things like Steelskin Steelskin.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive tree for the build.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive Tree Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Gem Link Page

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Rare Body Armour
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon 2x Rare Rapier

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

The build can be leveled with Ground Slam Ground Slam until you get Ice Crash Ice Crash at level 28.

Leveling Trees

The early passive skill tree is very straight forward. As in order build guides, we recommend transitioning to Critical Strikes around level 60 or above, at this point you should have Inevitable Judgement and you should start picking up efficient Critical nodes like Dismembering, Fatal Blade and Disemboweling.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support

At level 4, you should add War Banner War Banner and Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector for additional damage. Dash Dash helps out by improving your mobility early on. Steelskin Steelskin can be used whenever you need the damage mitigation.

By level 8, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Vaal Ground Slam Vaal Ground Slam
  2. Maim Support Maim Support
  3. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  4. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  5. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  6. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support

At level 10, you should add Leap Slam Leap Slam for additional mobility.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Ice Herald of Ice.

By level 18, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Vaal Ground Slam Vaal Ground Slam
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 24, you should add Hatred Hatred for additional damage improvement.

Finally, at level 28 you can replace Ground Slam Ground Slam with your signature skill, Blade Flurry Blade Flurry.

  1. Blade Flurry Blade Flurry
  2. Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support
  3. Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  5. Rage Support Rage Support

Pulverise Support Pulverise Support should be added in the main link once you reach level 31.

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

Elemental reflect is impossible to do. No Regeneration and Cannot Leech should also be skipped.

Conclusion

The Blade Flurry Inquisitor is attack-based character that dual-wields Swords in order to deal immense amounts of elemental Critical Strike damage, which penetrates elemental resistances.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build will still be very solid but requires gear investment.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build gets a buff via the changes to weapon elemental damage mods.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build remains the same with the exception of a slight nerf via changes to Pulverise Support. The damage output remains as solid as before.

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    Build added.

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