[1.1.9.0 - 1.1.9.4] Ice Unbreakable - Mageslayer Cold Flames of Ignaffar Infiltrator [sr+][mi][vid]

Hi! :slightly_smiling_face:

Before 1.1.9.1 patch brings in a lot of confusing features and nerfs, I would like to share a somewhat quickly assembled build for chilling in Grim Dawn (yes, pun is intended :laughing:). Infiltrator class is ideal for the idea - both masteries have Cold Damage and RR.

First, I wanted to try Flames of Ignaffar skill. But ordinary Fire or Chaos/Vitality did not fascinate me enough. And then I stumbled upon Farath’s Cube which turns flames into a freezing torrent. It was indeed amazing to watch :astonished:. It reminded me of my favorite Druid spell in Diablo 2 - Arctic Blast :snowflake:. That was awesome experience indeed. Oh, good old days… Need to install Diablo 2 again :relaxed:.

But let us return to the current topic and show what I have made. Want to mention another simmilar build from Ashes of Malmouth era [1.0.2.0]Cold Ignaffar Infiltrator - The Mage Slayer by @Superfluff. I found that build after finishing my own, so all coincidences are accidental :smile:. Good build, even though it is outdated.

1. Grimtools link
Infiltrator, Level 100 (GD 1.1.9.0) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator - Original setup
Infiltrator, Level 100 (GD 1.1.9.1) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator - with Chillheart and Vestment of Mourning (more Frostburn damage, big global Lightning-to-Cold conversion, squishy)
Infiltrator, Level 100 (GD 1.1.9.1) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator - with Chillheart and Fateweaver’s Raiment (defensive variant)

I decided to go Leviathan path with some QoL features like Chariot constellation for smooth gameplay. And I like its Whirlpool proc :slightly_smiling_face:.

2. In-game character stats (Original setup)
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general stats, only passive and Word of Renewal with Pneumatic Burst buffs are active


Flames of Ignaffar breakdown

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magic stats

cold_foi_infiltrator_defense_stats
defense stats

3. Gear/Build explanation
I tried to balance both defense and damage output as well as (most important) CC resists. The build is pretty sturdy, but not mobile because of Inquisitor Seal ability. You need to facetank much. With those thoughts in mind I have chosen the following gear:

  1. Core items.
    Full Mageslayer set. Supports both masteries, Elemental Flames of Ignaffar (Cold included, no conversions - that is what we need), good bonuses to Veil of Shadow.
    Off-hand. Farath’s Cube. Makes our FoI Cold, some RR for Box of Elgoloth. Has great bonuses overall, but… Why no Casting Speed? :thinking: For channeled spell or spammable one (Panetti’s Missiles) it is crucial for damage and surviving (as I saw in Shattered Realm with Casting Speed mutators, that was rough).
    Medal. Bloodsworn Sigil. Lifeleech for FoI, more Endless Flame points to reduce manacost. Look for OA/DA suffixes mostly (we can dump some components and augments for resistances). Dread Lord and Light Bringer prefixes are also great (additional Life Leech and Casting Speed).
  2. Mandatory items.
    Weapon. Spelldrinker. + 1 to Inquisitor skills, huge %Elemental bonus, Energy Absorption, Cast Speed. Or Chillheart dagger that provides global Lightning-to-Cold conversion and bigger damage, if you did not find Spelldrinker, from 1.1.9.4 patch it is worse damage-wise.
    Chest. Fateweaver’s Raiment. Big boost for all Resistances (Physical included) except CC, Elemental Damage on the top. Great item. Or Vestment of Mourning for global Lightning-to-Cold conversion and +2 to Night’s Chill.
    Ring 1. Band of the Eternal Haunt. Another Cold RR, nice stats, craftable.
    Relic. Bane. Cast Speed, %OA, ADCtH, healing proc. I think this is the best Inquisitor relic in the game :face_with_monocle:. Change my mind.
  3. Can be changed.
    Ring 2. Time-Flux Band. I took it because of overall bonuses, Slow Resistance and useful proc (against most enemies). Craftable. Living Ring (MI) can be an alternative.
    Pants. Mageguard Legguards. Full Inquisitor Seal line, Physical Resistance, big chunk of Health, some points to Elemental Awakening. Arcane Harmony Legguards are an alternative (or some good-rolled Solael Sect MI ones).
    Belt. Scales of Beronath. +1 to Inquisitor skills, +2 to Inquisitor Seal, a solid item. Ugdenbog Waistguard MI belt with appropriate affixes can be an alternative.
    Boots. Amatok’s Step. My personal choice. Slow and Physical Resistances, OK proc. Can be easily changed though. Choose whatever you want (Footpads of the Grey Magi, Stoneplate Greaves etc.).
    Craft for Stun Resistance (blacksmith in Steelcap District) at least two items. In my case, I have helmet and Time-Flux ring with Stun res and Haunt ring with Freeze (did not have enough materials, would choose some DA or Physique instead).

About Resistance Reduction. Total amount is ~153% (-47% from modified Veil of Shadow, -29% from Aura of Censure, -12% from modified Storm Box of Elgoloth, -10% from Eternal Haunt ring proc, -23% from Murmur constellation and 32 flat from Rhowan’s Crown constellation proc) plus 20% RR from Viper constellation, so it can vary. Only Kubacabra, Moosilauke and some heavily-geared mages are able to hold for long against such values :slightly_smiling_face:.

4. Gameplay
Cast Storm Box of Elgoloth on the thickest enemy, Inquisitor Seal under yourself (or enemy) for tankiness and freeze everything with FoI. Uptime Word and Burst, Shadow Strike and Amatok’s Breath for battlefield movement. Blade Barrier in dire circumstances (be careful, you cannot move during its cast). Simple and straight gameplay (with Autocaster :rofl:)

5. Videos (done with Original setup)
Mad Queen

Lokarr (I think I see some weird doll with Cold top and Fire bottom on the preview :crazy_face:)

Morgoneth

Kra’Vall

Reaper of the Lost

SR 75 full (as usual, reckless gameplay)

I finished SR 80 with this character just for curiosity. Nothing special. I will continue farm 75-76 Shard for loot.


That is it for now. Thank you for attention and future feedback :grinning:. Will add more videos in the future. Have a good time!

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Reserved for future ideas.

Added Kra’Vall and Reaper of the Lost (a.k.a. Tiny Ravager) videos. Also, I killed Mogdrogen.


First time I was too confident and made a stupid mistake, resulting in my defeat. Frustrated, I took my revenge second time. But did not turn on video recording :laughing:. Anyway, the fight was not long (about 5-6 minutes), first phase was pure facetanking, second required some distancing due to Mogdrogen’s love for shotguns in hero’s face and increased damage (also, my DA and Stun res were too low for him, I think :thinking:). Used occasional health potions only in second phase.

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wow so i never really payed attention to the fact that this FoI innately has weapon damage. That is pretty neat. Overal this build has many good stats for a lot of situations. Seems very cool(literally) well done.

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This is how I try to make my builds - to handle most situations with simple adjustments if needed (Augments, potions etc). Do not like making specified Crucible or SR/Celestials builds :man_shrugging:.

Hello, fellow builders! :slightly_smiling_face:

Patch 1.1.9.1 brings some changes to this build:

  • Chillheart: added 16% Cast Speed and increased Cold damage modifier for Eye of Reckoning to 60
  • The Mageslayer Set: replaced % Elemental Resist with 20% Chaos Resist
  • Mageslayer’s Hood: increased % Pierce Resist to 28%

So, the Chillheart dagger is now our weapon of choice and it beats Spelldrinker scepter damage-wise.

The topic was updated with two new Chillheart builds (look at Grimtools link section). Here are two SR75 videos as well.

Have fun!

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Hello again, fellow builders! :slightly_smiling_face:

It is time to update this Cold FoI infiltrator for current 1.1.9.4 patch. In short - I returned to original setup with some component tweaks and different medal (was used in Chillheart setups). Now GT link is like this: Infiltrator, Level 100 (GD 1.1.9.4) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator. Since we desperately need Casting Speed and Chillheart was nerfed (but we have got full conversion for FoI on Farath’s Cube), Spelldrinker is again our weapon of choice (better damage and more %CS, Energy Absorption).
Here are buffs and nerfs this build suffered:

  • Rare Prefix - Tempest: increased % Offensive Ability to 4% on level 82+ versions of the affix
  • Chillheart: reduced Cast Speed to 10%
  • Farath’s Cube: increased % Offensive Ability to 5% and % Health to 8%. Increased Cold damage modifier for Panetti’s Replicating Missile to 100 and added 100% of Lightning dealt as Cold modifier for Flames of Ignaffar. Added +2 to Distortion (whatever :unamused:).
  • Mythical Spelldrinker: added 45% of Pierce dealt as Elemental.
  • The Mageslayer Set: increased % Health bonus to 16% and increased Frostburn modifier for Veil of Shadow to 300 / 2s. Increased % Cold Resist Reduction modifier for Olexra’s Flash Freeze to -18% (whatever as well).
  • Flames of Ignaffar: increased Target area cone by approximately 10% and increased Fire damage scaling with rank
  • Intensify: increased Lightning damage scaling with rank
  • Lightning Tether: increased Lightning damage scaling with rank, particularly at ultimate ranks
  • Phantasmal Armor: increased Armor scaling with rank to 152 by rank 12, 320 by max ultimate rank

As always, full SR 75 run.

Build is still good, suffers from heavy Physical monsters a bit, but that is not a huge problem.

Thanks for your support and have fun! :slightly_smiling_face:

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This build looks super fun! I’ve gotten a lot of the stuff together while farming on my main char. Just wondering if you have any lvling advice for an infiltrator? Any skill choices for lvling or devotion route would be cool. Thanks!

Thank you for appreciation :slightly_smiling_face:.

Since Cold FoI is available only in endgame (from 94), I would recommend usual Inquisitor leveling with Word of Pain/Storm Box of Elgoloth (as I did), or, if you want, use this nice guide by @banana_peel [1.1.6.2] Beginner's Shadow Strike Infiltrator. Cruise through endgame in faction gear and without keyboard.

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