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Hey folks,

Welcome to my Holy Flame Totem guide for the Hierophant! This guide is currently updated for patch 3.8 (Blight).

IMPORANT: In terms of 3.8, this guide is a work in progress and you should expect things to be tweaked in the coming days (especially once I have a chance to play around with Inspiration in practice to determine if it is really worth slotting in our main gem links). Currently I have updated most sections to the best of my ability, but these initial league changes almost always see further changes after the league launches.

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Gear


Helm


A good Rare helm is your target here. Treat this slot as a defensive piece; you'll want life, mana, and resistances mostly. Fossil crafting with Scorched Fossils will allow you to potentially roll the affix "Nearby Enemies have -X% Fire Resistance" which would be a slight boost in overall DPS, but don't go after this affix until you've crafted a Belt with those same Scorched Fossils. This build already has so much penetration available that this is not worth as much as having up to 30% Fire Damage on the belt slot which is exclusive to Fossil crafting.

For your helm enchant, the new Holy Flame Totem enchant that makes enemies take 9% more damage while in the totem's consecrated ground will be the highest single target boost, the 30% Projectile Speed enchant will be the best overall enchant for map clearing to improve the totem's range, and the basic 40% increased Holy Flame Totem damage is the middle ground between the two. After some time I've come to feel that the 30% Projectile Speed is the overall winner since it is such a good clear speed improvement, and still has some utility in boss fights like Uber Elder as it allows your totem placement to be a little messier and still reach a target, or cover more mobs during add phases.

My helm as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

Corpse Crown
Necromancer Circlet
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  • +239 to Accuracy Rating
  • +60 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +87 to maximum Life
  • 22% increased Rarity of Items found
  • +20% to Cold and Lightning Resistances




  • Body Armour


    My personal recommendation here is a Rare Shaper chest with Life and +1.4 or higher critical strike chance for spells. The craft one of these you'll need an item level 84 or higher Shaper chest, which you can use a Scouring Orb on and then begin using Orbs of Alteration to try and find the +1-1.5% spell crit affix. If you find the affix by itself, I recommend using a Regal Orb immediately instead of adding a second affix via Orb of Augmentation; you'll want to eventually multi-mod this chestpiece down the road and you'd rather have the free prefix/suffix open than risk rolling something awful and not having a safe way to remove it. Craft +life until you unlock the Can Have Multiple Crafted Mods affix for your crafting bench.

    This is probably our most flexible slot overall though and you're free to use whatever you prefer. Loreweave is another good choice for providing a big boost to elemental mitigation and still offering decent damage, for example.

    My body armour as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

    Oblivion Carapace
    Devout Chainmail
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  • 40% increased Armour and Energy Shield
  • +119 to maximum Life
  • +44% to Cold Resistance
  • 2% additional Physical Damage Reduction
  • Spells have +1.45% to Critical Strike Chance
  • 6% increased maximum Life
  • 8% increased maximum Mana




  • Gloves


    Rare Shaper gloves that have the "Socketed Gems are supported by level 18/20 Faster Casting / Increased Cast Speed" affix are ideal here. Item level 75 is needed for level 18 Faster Casting affix while 84 is needed for level 20.

    Since that affix will provide global cast speed on top of the socketed gem bonus, the rest of your affixes should be defensive in nature. Life, resistances and mana if you still need to balance your mana pool for Mind Over Matter.

    As far as glove enchant, I personally like Commandment of Winter here to give you a slight defensive trigger that will chill enemies sometimes when you are hit. None of the glove enchants do much for us in general so don't worry too much about getting one.

    My gloves as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

    Blood Grasp
    Soldier Gloves
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  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 18 Faster Casting
  • +234 to Accuracy Rating
  • 12% increased Cast Speed
  • +80 to maximum Life
  • +20% to Fire and Lightning Resistances




  • Boots


    Rare boots are my preference here as well; like the helmet slot I treat this mainly as a defensive piece, so life, resists and mana are the focus on top of getting as much movement speed as possible. In terms of truly min-max items, a Synthesized pair of boots with Unwavering Stance implicit would be perfect as it would trade our tiny amount of attack evasion for stun immunity and free up our Major Pantheon slot for something else.

    For the boot enchant, the best options here are "120% increased Critical Strike Chance if you haven't crit recently" or "Damage Penetrates 10% of enemy resistances if you have not killed recently". Since our totems do killing instead of us, we have these effects up permanently.

    My boots as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

    Rift Spur
    Legion Boots
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  • +39 to Strength
  • +69 to maximum Life
  • +48 to maximum Mana
  • +34% to Lightning Resistance
  • 30% increased Movement Speed
  • 20% increased Totem Placement speed




  • Weapon


    A Rare Sceptre, Wand or Dagger will all work here. You're looking for standard "caster" stats - spell damage, elemental damage, fire damage, critical strike chance, and critical strike multiplier.

    Remember that Avatar of Fire prevents us from dealing any type of damage that isn't fire; crafted affixes like "gain X% of Fire damage as Extra Chaos Damage" do nothing for us because Avatar of Fire will delete that Chaos damage in the end.

    One advantage a Wand will have over the other two options is the opportunity to roll Projectile Speed as a possible affix, which is the only stat that increases the range of Holy Flame Totem. In terms of raw damage, a Rare Shaper scepter has the potential to win out due to being able to roll the "Gain X% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage" affix; you'll want an item level 80 scepter to get the highest possible roll (ideally on a 40% Elemental Damage implicit base sceptre such as Void Sceptre).

    We also now have the option of getting "+1 to All Fire Skill Gems" as a global affix, which beats some of our previous multi-mod options like flat fire damage to spells. In an ideal world, you'd roll something that had one of those two prefixes, Regal Orb the item into the other affix, then (if needed) Annulment Orb any unwanted suffix off the item. Don't expect to come across a weapon like this, though, they will likely be exceedingly rare and extremely expensive.

    My weapon as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

    Wrath Crack
    Sambar Sceptre
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  • Damage Penetrates 6% Elemental Resistances
  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 18 Faster Casting
  • Adds 44 to 80 Fire Damage to Spells
  • 17% increased Cast Speed
  • 107% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  • Can have multiple Crafted Modifiers
  • 58% increased Spell Damage
  • +53 to maximum Mana




  • Shield


    A Rare Shaper shield is your main goal here for the "+1 to number of maximum summoned totems" affix. This only requires an item level of 70 or higher to appear on Shaper shields so acquiring a base shield to craft isn't too bad. I recommend crafting on something like a Fossilised Spirit Shield base for the highest possible Spell Damage implicit bonus.

    Thanks to the 3.8 changes, we can now also roll the "+1 to All Fire Skill Gems" onto pure Intelligence requirement shields, which is a really solid damage gain and should be your second priority on a rare shield after "+1 to number of maximum summoned totems" affix. Unlike the weapon slot, this 3.8 change is a pure upgrade to the build, so keep an eye out for a shield with both these affixes.

    Otherwise, look for either defensive stats where you're currently lacking (life, mana, resists) or general offensive caster stats like cast speed, spell damage, or spell crit chance bonuses.

    My shield as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

    Dusk Pith
    Fossilised Spirit Shield
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  • 20% increased Spell Damage
  • 12% increased Cast Speed
  • +10% to Chaos Resistance
  • +1 to maximum number of Summoned Totems
  • 37% chance to Chill Attackers for 4 seconds on Block
  • +66 to maximum Life




  • Rings


    Even though Circle of Anguish makes a return in 3.8, our safest bet is the Essence Worm to allow us to use Herald of Ash and Zealotry without reserving any mana (keeping it available for Mind Over Matter). If you only have one of these, prioritize Herald of Ash over Zealotry and use a good Rare ring in your other ring slot with standard defensive or caster offensive affixes (cast speed, critical strike chance, critical strike multiplier, life, mana, resists, etc).

    Compared to the Essence Worm setup, having only one Circle of Anguish doesn't seem like it will be a worthy upgrade for how expensive the ring will be. If you can somehow manage to get yourself two of these rings however (with both relevant affixes for mana reservation reduction and Herald of Ash buff effect), dropping Zealotry and focusing entirely on Herald of Ash should be a worthwhile upgrade.

    My rings as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league (welcome back!):

    Circle of Anguish
    Synthesised Ruby Ring
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  • 8% increased Fire Damage
  • +23 to Strength
  • Adds 24 to 27 Fire Damage
  • +29% to Fire Resistance
  • 46% increased Fire Damage while affected by Herald of Ash
  • Herald of Ash has 97% increased Buff Effect
  • I condemned an innocent man to the pyres, but to admit this mistake is to condemn myself.

    My only choice is to strive harder.

    Circle of Anguish
    Synthesised Ruby Ring
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  • 6% increased maximum Mana
  • +28 to Strength
  • Adds 21 to 33 Fire Damage
  • +27% to Fire Resistance
  • Herald of Ash has 33% reduced Mana Reservation
  • Herald of Ash has 96% increased Buff Effect
  • I condemned an innocent man to the pyres, but to admit this mistake is to condemn myself.

    My only choice is to strive harder.





    Amulet


    A good Rare is my recommendation here, especially if you are running two unique rings as your resists will be harder to cap. Offensively the most important affix you can get in this slot is critical strike multiplier as it rolls higher in this slot than any other jewelry slot we have. Life should also be on this slot; beyond that pick up whatever resists you need patched and then grab more offensive caster affixes (critical strike chance, cast speed, spell / fire damage).

    Elder rares in particular have a very nice "Gain XX% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage" affix (ilvl 75 or higher) which is a great offensive affix for this build. If you're going to craft an Amulet, try to use an Elder base.

    My amulet as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

    Beast Torc
    Jade Amulet
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  • +20 to Dexterity
  • +183 to Accuracy Rating
  • +15% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • +77 to maximum Life
  • +67 to maximum Mana
  • +16% to all Elemental Resistances
  • Gain 11% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage




  • Belt


    Another Rare slot, but there are two good options here: either a Rustic Sash or Stygian Vise.

    Treat this like a standard defensive belt slot - as much life as you can get, resists, and flask bonuses. Increased damage from Veiled crafting is another good affix for this slot. Fossil crafting with Scorched Fossils will allow you to roll a potential additional 30% Fire Damage compared to a regular belt, which would be the best in slot option here I believe. With patch 3.8, we can also roll mana on belts, which gives you some flexibility if you need help balancing your life-to-mana ratio for Mind Over Matter.

    My belt as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

    Empyrean Bond
    Stygian Vise
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  • Has 1 Abyssal Socket
  • +264 to Armour
  • +22 to maximum Energy Shield
  • +94 to maximum Life
  • +42% to Cold Resistance
  • +29% to Lightning Resistance
  • 25% increased Stun Duration on Enemies




  • Jewels


    Rain of Splinters is the first unique jewel that you will want to run for clear speed purposes. This will reduce your damage slightly (not by that much since it is not multiplicative), but is more than offset by the increased totem coverage as each totem will now shoot 5 gouts of flame instead of 3. The only downside really is that it can make it a little hard to see what is going on in terms of dodging dangerous enemy attacks.

    Clear Mind is the second unique jewel you'll want to have access to. For as long as you are using an Essence Worm and have no reserved mana, this should be used for the nice spell damage boost and minor regen bonus. Drop it as soon as you switch to a ring setup that results in Herald of Ash reserving any mana.

    Watcher's Eye is a very powerful but very expensive endgame jewel - if you can get your hands on one that grants both Fire Penetration and Added Fire Damage while under the effect of Anger, then you can replace Herald of Ash in your Essence Worm with Anger for a big damage boost. A Zealotry Watcher's Eye with 14-15% Cast Speed will also be better than most rare jewels, but maybe not by enough to justify the expense without a second Zealotry affix.

    For any remaining jewel slots, your Rare jewel priorities should be maximum life, critical strike multiplier with fire spells (or global critical strike multiplier), projectile speed, critical strike chance with fire spells (or global), totem damage, fire damage, damage. If you still have resists that are uncapped this is also a potential place to find additional sources.

    If you are using a Stygian Vise belt (or any other item with abyss sockets), abyss jewels with life, physical damage to spells, and fire damage to spells would be ideal (again unless you have uncapped resists somewhere).

    My jewels as of Uber Elder kill in Synthesis league:

    Rain of Splinters
    Crimson Jewel
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  • 34% reduced Totem Damage
  • Totems fire 2 additional Projectiles
  • "If one is an annoyance

    then a hundred is a threat."

    - Ancient Karui Proverb

    Cataclysm Creed
    Viridian Jewel
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  • 15% increased Fire Damage
  • 7% increased maximum Life
  • 8% increased Projectile Speed
  • Armageddon Bliss
    Cobalt Jewel
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  • +12% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 7% increased maximum Life
  • 8% increased Projectile Speed
  • Chimeric Ruin
    Cobalt Jewel
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  • +17% to Critical Strike Multiplier with Fire Skills
  • 7% increased maximum Life
  • +15% to Fire Resistance
  • 8% increased Projectile Speed






  • Gem Links


    Primary damage links in order of priority:

    Holy Flame Totem -> Elemental Focus -> Fire Penetration -> Infused Channelling -> Controlled Destruction -> Added Fire Damage

    Pretty straightforward, these are the highest damage supports you can link to your Holy Flame Totem. Infused Channelling claims to not apply its Infusion buff effect to totems (even though visually it shows them gaining Infusion for some reason), but even without Infusion the 39% more damage multiplier does work for totems, which is a larger damage increase than any of our other supports except for Elemental Focus.

    Once you have more than 20% Physical as Extra Fire Damage on your gear (i.e. affixes on both your weapon and your amulet), you will find that Added Fire Damage value falls to where Combustion is the better support gem. You can see this for yourself in the example Path of Building link; until you have such gear, though, stick with Added Fire Damage support.

    Offensive support 4-link:

    Flammability -> Arcane Surge -> Increased Duration -> Spell Cascade

    This should be your priority for your first spare 4-link. Remember to level your Arcane Surge gem such that the mana cost of Flammability is equal or higher than the trigger for Arcane Surge to grant its buff effect. You want Flammability to grant Arcane Surge every single time it is cast; maximum uptime is worth more than slightly increasing Arcane Surge's buff effect. Spell Cascade allows you to both increase Flammability's cost (to give you more room for a higher level Arcane Surge) and allows you to blanket a much larger area without increasing Flammability's cast time.

    The reason this gem link does not contain Faster Casting is that it is intended to be socketed into Shaper gloves that contain the affix "Socketed Gems are supported by level 18/20 Faster Casting" on them. Until you have such gloves, feel free to drop Increased Duration for Faster Casting.

    For late-game purposes, Projectile Weakness will actually prove to be a stronger curse damage-wise than Flammability, with two caveats; a much lower mana cost (making it harder to consistently trigger high-rank Arcane Surge) and a very high Dexterity requirement (155 Dexterity required for rank 20). As such, I recommend you stick with Flammability from the outset and only in endgame once you have the flexibility and currency to start refining gear for minor stats like +Dexterity, consider switching to Projectile Weakness. Just remember to keep an eye on your rank of Arcane Surge; you generally want to trigger that buff within 2 casts of your curse so that you are never without the Arcane Surge buff. Personally, I plan to just stick with Flammability.


    Utility support 4-link:

    Steelskin -> Cast When Damage Taken -> Increased Duration -> (Your Choice)

    I've actually started running Steelskin over Immortal call as of late; even though we do generate Endurance Charges in this build, we have a low base amount of physical mitigation, and do not rebuild our Endurance Charges that consistently after Immortal Call eats them, which can leave us a bit vulnerable to physical damage once Immortal Call wears off if we are not fully out of danger. Steelskin doesn't consume our Endurance Charges when it triggers, so we get to keep the additional physical mitigation at all times. The downside of Steelskin is that it requires a much higher rank of skill gem to really be useful later, so you'll want to level up Steelskin and Cast When Damage Taken to relatively high levels. I personally run a level 17 Cast When Damage Taken and a level 19 Steelskin, which allows Steelskin to absorb up to around 2k damage during its buff effect.

    The final link here is yours to decide; Vaal Righteous Fire would be my recommendation as it is a big damage increase when available. Just make sure whatever you slot here is high enough rank that it is not triggered autoamatically by Cast When Damage Taken unless you want it to be.

    Movement links:

    Flame Dash -> Lightning Warp -> Faster Casting

    Not much to say here, you just want your movement skills to cast as fast as possible. If, like me, you can't stand using golems, you can use your spare 4-link specifically for Lightning Warp in the following links:

    Lightning Warp -> Faster Casting -> Reduced Duration -> Swift Affliction

    This will give you the fastest possible Lightning Warp by further reducing the duration of the teleport effect. This also opens up your Flame Dash 3-link for something like this:

    Flame Dash -> Faster Casting -> Portal

    Just to save you some Portal Scrolls in the long run.

    Essence Worm ring sockets:

    Herald of Ash

    Even though Herald of Ash is not considered an Aura gem and thus does not gain the +2 levels from Essence Worm, a level 20 Herald of Ash still increases our damage significantly more than a level 22 Anger, so Herald of Ash takes priority.

    Zealotry

    Once you have a second Essence Worm up and running, Zealotry should be the second aura slotted. This is a big increase to both Critical Strike Chance and Spell Damage, and will allow your totems to create additional pools of Consecrated Ground when hitting Rare or Unique mobs.



    Ascendancy


    Pursuit of Faith -> Ritual of Awakening -> Conviction of Power -> Divine Guidance

    Not much choice here for a totem build. Luckily all four of these nodes are very strong and make Hierophant the standard bearer for totem builds.



    Amulet Anointment


    Disciple of the Slaughter - This notable grants +1 to minimum Frenzy charges, meaning you'll have a permanent Frenzy charge that grants 4% more damage and 4% increased cast speed at all times. It also grants you 5% increased damage per Frenzy charge, and a 5% chance to gain a Frenzy charge on kill (which works for totems since it does not specify "when you kill"). Even without considering the low chance to gain Frenzy charges, this is a very good raw damage node for the permanent Frenzy charge, and would probably be my primary pick for a purely offensive anointment.

    Heart of Fire - Another raw damage notable, this one is will grant more base damage than Disciple of the Slaughter, but doesn't grant you the chance to gain Frenzy charges on kill for clearing speed. Still, I'd consider this one roughly tied with it as our most desirable notable option through anointment.

    Throatseeker & Heartseeker - Both of these notables grant the exact same bonus of 30% increased critical strike multiplier, which is a very strong damage gain for our build. They aren't quite as strong as either of the above nodes in my opinion, but they are great damage nodes nonetheless.

    Soul of Steel - This is probably our premiere defensive notable option. The armor and physical damage reduction really help with our biggest defensive weakness of physical damage, and the +1% to maximum elemental resistances works out to about a 4% reduction in elemental damage taken. It also won't require any adjustment to your life or mana pools in terms of maintaining your Mind Over Matter ratio to get full effect.

    Constitution - This is another great defensive choice that grants the single largest life increase of any notable on the passive tree. The only real downside is that it may require you to shuffle some investment around to ensure you can cover the additional life with Mind Over Matter, but we are connected to plenty of good mana nodes in the passive tree if that is needed.



    Pantheon


    (Major) Soul of the Brine King - We don't get any stun immunity in this build, so Brine King helps prevent us from getting totally stunlocked in bad situations. The reduced Chill effect is also good for fights like Uber Elder where your Freeze flask can run out leaving you very vulnerable to Chill.

    (Minor) Soul of Shakari - Honestly the Minor doesn't make too much of a difference in this build. I often leave Shakari on for the Poison immunity (once upgraded). Especially useful to be immune to the poison from dart traps in the Labyrinth. In the end, though, just use whatever you're most comfortable with here.



    Bandits


    Help Alira (5 Mana Regenerated per second, +20% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier, +15% to all Elemental Resistances)

    Especially as a league starter, helping Alira is simply too beneficial to this build to take over 2 passive skill points. The resists and mana regeneration are super useful at the start of the game and remain good bonuses all the way through Uber Elder, while critical strike multiplier is weak early but the strongest offensive stat available to us at endgame. At the high end of things you can only get slightly more damage out of 2 passive skill points; the sacrifice of resistances and mana regeneration simply isn't worth it in my opinion.



    Leveling Tips


    Act 1


    You initially acquire Holy Flame Totem at level 4 (once you have used the three shells in Mud Flats), which Templar can choose as a reward from the quest Breaking Some Eggs in the Mud Flats. Grab the reward gem and buy 6 more from Nessa as early as you can, and socket them in your weapon swap set (a couple of white 1-handed axes or maces are easiest as they will be most likely to have red sockets) to begin leveling them. You'll want the opportunity to create your own level 21 Holy Flame Totem much further down the road in the endgame content.

    Other important gems you want to pick up in this act are Arcane Surge and Infused Channelling supports from killing Hailrake, Combustion and Added Fire Damage supports after killing Brutus, and Flame Dash also after killing Brutus. Whichever you don't select as a quest reward can be purchased from Nessa's 2nd vendor tab.

    Combustion, Infused Channelling and Added Fire Damage should be linked to Holy Flame Totem, and Arcane Surge linked to Flame Dash. Even if you don't yet have available links for them, try to socket them and begin leveling these gems as you'll be using them for the rest of the game.

    In terms of the passive tree, your primary goal is to head towards Ancestral Bond while picking up the Light of Divinity and Retribution notables along the way. For the first 20 levels or so before you get there, I recommend keeping another active skill gem equipped such as Purifying Flame or Freezing Pulse as your single Holy Flame Totem won't consume that much mana and you'll want to deal some additional damage alongside your totem to speed things up.

    Good unique items for jump starting your leveling process:

    Tabula Rasa body armour for immediate access to a 6-link for Holy Flame Totem
    Goldrim helm for a large chunk of elemental resists to get you through the early game
    Wanderlust boots for early game movement speed and chill / freeze immunity
    Lifesprig or Abberath's Horn wands for damage

    Skill point quests in Act 1 that should be completed:

    The Marooned Mariner
    The Dweller of the Deep
    The Way Forward



    Act 2


    The main four gem pickups you can get here are Herald of Ash from killing Fidelitas, and Controlled Destruction, Elemental Focus, and Faster Casting supports from killing The Weaver. Elemental Focus can replace your Combustion from this point on. You won't have links available for Controlled Destruction to Holy Flame Totem at this point (and it is not worth replacing any of the other supports on a 4-link), so just socket this gem anywhere else to start leveling it when you can. If you did manage to get a Tabula Rasa, you can add Controlled Destruction and Faster Casting to the 6-link for Holy Flame Totem and toss Added Lighting out altogether. A Faster Casting gem should also be linked to your Flame Dash at first opportunity; leveling two Faster Casting gems isn't a waste as you'll use both of them down the road (and possibly a third if you set up a Lightning Warp 4-link).

    I highly recommend helping Alira during this act instead of killing all bandits for 2 passive skill points, especially if you are using this build as a league starter. The resists and mana regeneration are very powerful when your gear is at its worst, and the critical strike multiplier is very strong so the Alira choice remains competitive with 2 skill points even at endgame, even just in the context of raw damage.

    For the passive tree you should be able to reach Ancestral Bond at some point during this act, after which you can dump whatever active spell you were using alongside it. You can also choose to delay taking Ancestral Bond until later if you want to continue self-casting, as the initial switch can feel a little slow until you pick up the Ritual of Awakening ascendancy node (which happens around level 55). I've personally started to favor delaying it until then, but either way will work perfectly fine.

    Beyond Ancestral Bond, start heading towards either Divine Fury or Purity of Flesh depending on how your defenses feel.

    Skill point quests in Act 2 that should be completed:

    None (unless choosing to kill all bandits instead of helping Alira)



    Act 3


    Your main two gem targets here are Flammability from returning Tolman's bracelet in the Crematorium, and Fire Penetration from returning the Golden Pages to Siosa in the Library. Fire Penetration will be your last Holy Flame Totem link for endgame (replacing Faster Casting if you are using a Tabula Rasa), and Flammability your main damage incresaing utility by further reducing enemy fire resistance as well as being linked to Arcane Surge for more reliable triggering of that support than Flame Dash. You will also have the option of picking up Anger in this act after returning Tolman's bracelet, which you can run alongside Herald of Ash until you are ready to pick up Mind Over Matter later down the road. Mana management can be a little tight when running both but not unbearable with a mana flask on deck. Anger is not as strong for this build as Herald of Ash so if you find the mana issues too much of a burden don't feel bad about skipping it altogether.

    For your passive tree, grab Divine Fury or Purity of Flesh (whichever you did not work towards in the end of act 2), then grab Avatar of Fire and the Arcane Capacitor wheel before you start heading out of the Templar starting area towards the Witch area. You should also grab the jewel socket in our starting area (just below Arcane Capacitor) if you've managed to get your hands on a Rain of Splinters jewel; if you haven't, you can skip this jewel socket and come back for it later.

    Somewhere around the end of this act or the start of act 4 you should be ready to hit the normal Labyrinth. For your first two points you'll want to take Pursuit of Faith.

    Skill point quests in Act 3 that should be completed:

    Victario's Secrets
    Piety's Pets



    Act 4


    Immortal Call from killing Voll and Cast When Damage Taken from killing Malachai are the only important gems in this act. You likely won't have the links or maybe even the sockets for these yet, so you can delay getting these until act 6 or later if you want. You also get the option to pick up a golem reward from killing Voll; I personally don't like using golems, but if you do I'd recommend using Summon Lightning Golem for this build. At this point you have access to all of the gems you'll need for the rest of the game.

    In the passive tree your main target is getting the Quick Recovery notable near Mind Over Matter and then over towards the Cruel Preparation and Deep Thoughts life & mana notables. I don't recommend taking Mind Over Matter in this act.

    Skill point quests in Act 4 that should be completed:

    An Indomitable Spirit



    Act 5


    Your next passive tree steps here picking up Cruel Preparation, and Mystic Bulwark[/b]. In this range is the earliest I would consider taking Mind Over Matter; mainly I think the Innocence fight is probably the first big difficulty spike in the game where it is worth considering.

    Remember that you want enough unreserved mana to try and cover your entire life pool; you can figure out how much mana that is with the following formula:

    Mana / (amount MoM diverts) x (amount Life takes)

    So if you had, say, 1,000 mana at this point, it would be:

    1,000 / (.3) x (.7) = 2,333 life protected by your mana

    Note that this formula is the same once you upgrade your Ascendancy with Divine Guidance, you'd just divide by .4 and multiply by .7 instead.


    Skill point quests in Act 5 that should be completed:

    In Service to Science
    Kitava's Torments



    Act 6


    Once you kill Kitava at the end of Act 5, you are inflicted with a permanent 30% penalty to all of your resistances; your first priority in Act 6 is to do what you can to offset this penalty and get yourself back to 75% elemental resistances. Purity of Flesh that we took earlier grants us 20% chaos resistance which is more than enough for that damage type (as it balanced around the assumping you will have little to no chaos resistance unlike elemental).

    Act 6 is also an opportunity to pick up any gems you didn't or couldn't fit in your gear prior to this; Lilly Roth will sell all available gems to you after you complete her initial quest to clear the Twilight Strand of undead. As your gem links expand you can always come back to her to purchase gems you skipped earlier in the game.

    Passive tree wise I'd consider picking up Prodigal Perfection here, grab Mind Over Matter if you didn't pick it up in Act 5, and then start working towards Fire Walker for some additional damage while leveling.

    Skill point quests in Act 6 that should be completed:

    The Father of War
    The Puppet Mistress
    The Cloven One



    Act 7


    Not much to advise here other than passive tree stuff - after Fire Walker, path over to Heart and Soul for some additional life & mana.

    Around the end of Act 7 you'll have the opportunity to hit the Cruel version of Labyrinth for 2 more Ascendancy points. Once you complete it, you'll want to take Ritual of Awakening for another big boost in power for your totems. If you've been delaying taking Ancestral Bond, this is the time to do a quick respec and pick it up so you can go full-on totems from this point.

    Skill point quests in Act 7 that should be completed:

    The Master of a Million Faces
    Kishara's Star
    Queen of Despair



    Act 8


    Passive tree progression here will be hitting Deep Wisdom on your way towards the Nimbleness cast speed and Melding life wheel. From here we'll be heading into the Shadow area.

    Skill point quests in Act 8 that should be completed:

    Reflection of Terror
    Love is Dead
    The Gemling Legion



    Act 9


    After finishing off the Melding wheel, your next targets are Trickery and the Blood Siphon life notable below it in the Shadow starting area.

    Skill point quests in Act 9 that should be completed:

    Queen of the Sands
    The Ruler of Highgate



    Act 10


    Your last goal in the passive tree during the story should be to pick up Assassination and Coldhearted Calculation before grabbing the Lethal Assault notable for some projectile speed.

    You'll also find the Merciless Labyrinth trial in Act 10. I'd recommend trying to complete this before you fight Kitava and finish the campaign; you will get 2 skill points from killing Kitava, but you will also be inflicted with another permanent 30% resistance penalty on top of the one you received in Act 5. It'll likely be easier to defeat Merciless Izaro without that resistance penalty than it will with 2 more skill points, as there are a fair amount of possible elemental damage sources when facing Izaro depending on which version of Labyrinth is active that day.

    Once you do complete Merciless Labyrinth and receive 2 more Ascendancy points, they should go into Conviction of Power for easy generation of both Power and Endurance charges, as well as a bit more damage and mitigation for generating them.

    Skill point quests in Act 10 that should be completed:

    Vilenta's Vengeance
    An End to Hunger







    Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy the build!

    Feel free to stop by the stream if you have any questions or just want to chat:

    http://www.twitch.tv/wallachtv

    Wallach
    Mar 08, 2019 19:50:34 PM

    Very nice, I've been planning something similar.

    Why do you decide to go to the shadow area instead of going towards Totemic zeal etc? I guess you are building a more evasion/ES heavy guy with MoM while i was planning a meaty boi.

    Aakurb
    Mar 08, 2019 20:46:04 PM

    Also why do you ignore the channelling nodes? The totem has a channeling tag.

    Aakurb
    Mar 08, 2019 20:56:04 PM

    "
    Aakurb wrote:
    Very nice, I've been planning something similar.

    Why do you decide to go to the shadow area instead of going towards Totemic zeal etc? I guess you are building a more evasion/ES heavy guy with MoM while i was planning a meaty boi.


    Totemic Zeal doesn't ever really feel necessary for me on Hierophant. Shadow has some solid damage & life, but also has some Projectile Speed which is really the only way to increase the range of Flame Totem.

    "
    Aakurb wrote:
    Also why do you ignore the channelling nodes? The totem has a channeling tag.


    I'm not really ignoring them so much as just waiting for Path of Building to update so I can evaluate them more precisely. They're really just going to be damage nodes competing with all the other damage nodes we're already connected to, so once we're updated I'll check to see if they win out over anything already being taken.

    Wallach
    Mar 08, 2019 22:04:48 PM

    Path of Building was updated for 3.6 and while I won't be able to flesh out things more here until later today my time, I did update the PoB link and add some notes (both here and in the PoB Notes section) based on the updated gems.

    For my part I made it to 71 last night using this build and felt like it steamrolled pretty easily all the way there without any deaths or even any particularly close calls. Looks like I'll have to redo my gem links next time I'm on though; I definitely overestimated Immolate.

    Wallach
    Mar 09, 2019 15:02:49 PM

    Why would you use infused channeling it says totems do not gain infusion.

    ZidaneOrtef
    Mar 09, 2019 17:27:27 PM

    I think because its 39% more damage for channelling skills

    BeDarkAndy
    Mar 09, 2019 19:56:50 PM

    Right now I am going Shroud of the Lightless as we want a few abyss jewels and it gives us one of our 6 gems withotu having to try and 6 link a chest week one.

    trashtalkerbobby
    Mar 09, 2019 21:11:53 PM

    "
    Wallach wrote:
    Path of Building was updated for 3.6 and while I won't be able to flesh out things more here until later today my time, I did update the PoB link and add some notes (both here and in the PoB Notes section) based on the updated gems.

    For my part I made it to 71 last night using this build and felt like it steamrolled pretty easily all the way there without any deaths or even any particularly close calls. Looks like I'll have to redo my gem links next time I'm on though; I definitely overestimated Immolate.


    How do you think this build compare to Arc Totems in terms of clear speed and playstyle?

    Is it smooth to play like Arc Totems?

    Freakey_
    Mar 09, 2019 22:42:06 PM

    "
    "
    Wallach wrote:
    Path of Building was updated for 3.6 and while I won't be able to flesh out things more here until later today my time, I did update the PoB link and add some notes (both here and in the PoB Notes section) based on the updated gems.

    For my part I made it to 71 last night using this build and felt like it steamrolled pretty easily all the way there without any deaths or even any particularly close calls. Looks like I'll have to redo my gem links next time I'm on though; I definitely overestimated Immolate.


    How do you think this build compare to Arc Totems in terms of clear speed and playstyle?

    Is it smooth to play like Arc Totems?


    All totem builds are decently smooth, but I'm not convinced that it's better than Arc totems.

    int1223167
    Mar 09, 2019 22:57:03 PM
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