Witch isn’t exactly the most popular class in Path of Exile, therefore the lack of variety in skill tree builds for them. Most players don’t roll a witch to play a tank or melee DPS, but if you truly wanted you can build something out of the ordinary. Most Witch builds are ranged casters , but I’ve included a couple of other builds as well in case you’re a special snowflake.
Below are a majority of most popular builds that players use on Witches, so if you need a head start on what skill gems and skill points to use this should point you in the right direction.
Dual Spark Low-Life Righteous Fire Build
This build isn’t for everyone, as it does require you to actually pay attention. Once you get the hang of it though and get the required items, you’ll easily be able to farm literally anything by yourself which is the biggest upside to this build. I recommend you check out the forum topic linked below and read more about this build and how to best make it work.
Dual Spark Chaos Inoculation Build
Another variety of the dual-totem build, this one based around Chaos Inoculation passive skill node (you have 1 health, but are immune to Chaos damage). As all dual totem builds it has great AoE damage, and since you’ll be using Spark there’s a chance to shock monsters for increased damage as well.
This build is a bit slow when leveling through Normal difficulty and even a bit in Cruel, but once you get the right passive skills you’ll be able to farm whatever your heart desires.
- Forum topic
- Skill tree build: 25 points (Normal difficulty), 45 points (early Cruel), 52 points (late Cruel), 63 points, level 93
Dual Totem Ice Spear Build
Unlike dual totem builds with Spark, Ice Spear’s goal is to freeze everything on your screen and dish out insane amounts of AoE damage. For single target damage you can use Bear and Fire Traps, and for particularly difficult monsters Conversion Trap can save your day.
This is a pretty low-risk and versatile build capable of dealing with any map in endgame. The author included three different variations of this build, but I recommend the Spectre one.
Dominating Blow Melee Witch Build
This is one of the few Witch melee builds that isn’t too gimmicky and might actually be fun to try. I wouldn’t recommend this for your first character as it does depend on a few gear pieces to be highly effective but if you’re looking for something unusual this is probably it.
It’s based around using Dominating Blow skill gem as the main attack which creates minions from slain enemies.
Cold Crit Chaos Inoculation Build
Cold Crit Witch basically locks down multiple enemies permanently with Freezing Pulse. The author does a really good job of going through every detail about this build so if you’re interested be sure to take a look at the forum topic linked below.
The list above doesn’t of course cover every Witch build but only the most popular ones. You can take a look at the list below (taken from this thread) for a more comprehensive list of Witch builds.
Cold Witch Builds
- A Cold Crit Witch Guide (The basics and everything you need to know to get started)
- Hardcore Frost Witch Guide (Updated for Open Beta)
- [HC] Xinryu’s Life/ES Cold Witch
- [Cold-CI-Build] Freenzy Pulse !
- Delaile’s Chaos Inoculation [END GAME] Cold Crit Witch Build
- CI Cold Witch (Full CI at lvl 40!) – A build by iNotSure – [Updated on 19-02-2013]
- ICE WITCH GUIDE (CI + FREEZING PULSE with LIFE LEECH 0.25 Cast Spd Per Pulse.)
Fire Witch Builds
- Improved Fire Witch! 18k+ Dps Molten Shell. (Video, User quit playing.)
- Righteous Fire Witch (player having problems with build later in game, Act 3 normal?)
- Delaile’s Fire Build Video Guide Double Curse Fireball Action
- Incinerate Pain Attunement witch build
Lightning Witch Builds
General Elementalist Witch Builds
- The Ailment Elementalist (Freezer / Shocker / Double Curser) (Note: Player stopped playing, but not because of the build.)
Summoner Witch Builds
- Heavy Summoner Arc Witch Guide [ Video Included ]
- The Summoner Compendium
- Lord of the Dead. (Witch Summoner Build) Currently level 76
- 7 Aura EB Summoner
- Brixtan’s Pure Summoner Build
- The Spectrel Gods ( A Summoners Build ) [SoftCore]
- My poormans witch HC solo build I use to clear maps
- My Summoner Witch (Completed Merciless on SC)
- Ryan’s all-round Summoner Build
- [0.10.0] HC Necro-Witch Guide | How to survive and progress as a pure summoner
- My level 77 Summoner Build! Duel Totem Duel Curse!
- [0.10.1] HC Necro-Witch Guide | How to survive and progress as a pure summoner.
- Dominion’s Hardcore Dual-Totem CI Witch 0.10.0
- [Strongest Solo Variation: Projectile Madness Spectres] LMP/GMP Ice Spear 2x Totem 2x Curse 3x Traps
- Dragnar,s ( dual totem arc minoin build CI) Fast grinding MF build ))tuned for hc added vid
- Dual Totem Dual Curse EK Witch level 78 5.5k dps ( Video and Guide )
- Incinerate | 2 totems | CI | 2 curses | Awesome DPS with low gear requirement
- [0.10.3c] ChillFire Trix (the fun dual totem build featuring fire traps)!
- Avicularia’s Dual EK TOTEM ‡‡‡GOD BUILD‡‡‡ (Guide/Stream/Video’s)
- Hardcore lvl 84 – Mullet’s EK Tanky Mofo Guide – 20k bear traps
- (hardcore) ktbanh’s Fiery Blood Witch + Video (pvp,tanky,mobile,quill,range,explosive,dots,survival)
- The True Fire Witch: Explosive Arrow
- Derba’s Hardcore Ethereal Knives Witch [0.10.0][EB, IR, Unwavering]
- 0.10.2b || Tri-ele Chain-Discharge Build ||
I do hope these builds help you discover how powerful your Witch can be. Don’t forget to experiment with builds yourself and adapt and choose them according to your own play style as well: find a build you will like playing, don’t just copy a build because it may be more powerful than some other. And remember to share your own thoughts and opinions in the comments below.