Ancestral Warchief Ascendant Build (PoE Betrayal 3.5)

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Introduction

We are looking at one very solid build that uses totems in order to kill foes. The main idea behind the build is utilizing Facebreaker Facebreaker unique gloves. They give a huge multiplier to the flat physical damage you get from other sources, as long as you are not wielding a weapon. Wearing the gloves and stacking flat physical damage anywhere you can will result in huge damage output when using Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief totems. We choose the Ascendant because of the additional totem from Hierophant and leech via Chieftain. Vaal Ancestral Warchief brings great utility to the build, since it turns your immobile totems into leaping ones that deal even more damage. Picking Resolute Technique solves the issue of your totems missing their hits. Stacking great amount of physical damage means Hatred Hatred and similar effects are that much stronger. Herald of Purity Herald of Purity is great for the build, because of the flat physical damage it provides.

Build Summary

The foundation of the build is basically just the gloves Facebreaker Facebreaker. That is all you need in order to start. Try to pick a pair with higher roll since it does matter a lot. Other than that all you need is to stack flat physical damage on rings and amulet. Even a perfect pair of Facebreakers does not exceed 30Chaos Orb Chaos Orb, so it is not that expensive. Helms like Deidbell Deidbell, Deidbellow Deidbellow are good options to start with. Abyssus Abyssus provides a lot of flat physical damage but makes you glass cannon. Other good sources of flat physical damage are the shield Great Old One's Ward Great Old One’s Ward, Loreweave Loreweave and two steel rings rolled with additional flat physical damage. For flasks you can go with the usual Atziri's Promise Atziri’s Promise and Lion's Roar Lion’s Roar. If you have the currency you can get Taste of Hate Taste of Hate too. Overall if you start the build with just badly rolled Facebreakers you can reach maps with less than 5Chaos Orb Chaos Orb budget. Use Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa until you farm your way to Loreweave Loreweave.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ High endgame single target potential
+ Safe to play
+ Do not have to worry about reflect

Cons

- Totem builds might not appeal to everyone
- Average clear speed

Playstyle

Offensively, dropping one totem will be enough to clear a pack of monsters. Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief bumps up the maximum totems to 4, which means for single target you can drop two average totems and two vaal totems for maximum damage output. Hatred Hatred, Herald of Purity Herald of Purity should be active at all times and offensive flasks when used properly improve damage even further.

Defensively, keeping your distance and letting totems do the work should feel safe. Additionally the life leech from damage dealt by your totems brings great sustain to the build. High life pool is easily obtainable.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree, Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Scion – Ascendant)

The reasons we choose Scion – Ascendant above Hierophant or Chieftain are the following. Hierophant specializes more into spell and critical/ Mind over Matter type of builds, all it brings to the build is basically additional totem and some totem placement speed. Chieftain on the other hand brings a lot of damage and tankiness to totems, along with leech, but you are locked into using just two totems. Combining the Pros of these two ascendancy classes is basically the Ascendant.

  1. Passive point
  2. Hierophant Ascendacy
  3. Chieftain Ascendancy
  4. Path of the Marauder

Hierophant brings the additional maximum totem which is a nice quality of life when it comes to clearing, and a big boost in single target damage. Picking Chieftain gives the build the sustain it needs in order to progress into harder content. Path of the Marauder lets you drop the starting points of Scion and save few passive skill points.

Passive Tree

Here is an endgame version of the passive tree. We pick some minion damage and attack speed because it applies to us via Spiritual Command and Spiritual Aid. The rest of the tree is basically life, damage, attack speed and totem nodes. Make sure you pick Ancestral Bond and Resolute Technique as early as possible.

Bandits

The Act II quest Deal with the Bandits presents few character choices for us. Considering the build does not benefit from helping any specific bandit we choose to kill them all.

Pantheons

Major: Even though every single major god can be used in the build, Soul of Solaris has a lot of raw defence power when fully upgraded and I recommend using it. Soul of the Brine King is also useful if you feel like stun is an issue.
Minor: Soul of Shakari is the recommended minor god. It brings poison immunity and more defence to chaos damage. Other minor gods can be used depending on personal preference.

Gem Links

6-Link

Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support Maim Support Maim Support Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support Ruthless Support Ruthless Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

Note: This is a universal 6-Link that will not require you to swap gems since it can be annoying, although if you do not have problem with doing that you can swap Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support with Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support for clearing and Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support for single target.

Mobility

Shield Charge Shield Charge Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support Fortify Support Fortify Support

Note: You can socket Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility over edges and cliffs.

4-Link

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support Immortal Call Immortal Call Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support Enfeeble Enfeeble

Auras

Hatred Hatred /Herald of Purity Herald of Purity only have to be socketed and not linked with anything.

Additional gems

Rallying Cry Rallying Cry is a nice addition to the build. A golem like Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem can help with sustain, or Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem or Summon Flame Golem Summon Flame Golem are helpful when it comes to damage output.

Gearing

Best source of damage for the build is jewelry with flat physical damage to attacks. Using a lot of Abyssal jewels with the same stat is important too. For survivability both Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast andLoreweave Loreweave will help out a lot.

Helmet

Here we have a few unique helmed options. Deidbell Deidbell and Its upgraded version Deidbellow Deidbellow are both a good choice for the build because of the great flat physical damage they give. Abyssus Abyssus gives insane amount of damage but makes you squishy. Rare helm can also be used. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Strength
  4. Chaos Resistances

Body Armour

Offensively, Loreweave Loreweave is the best choice. Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast brings a lot of tankiness to the build. Rare body armor can also be used. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Strength
  4. Chaos Resistance

Gloves

Facebreaker Facebreaker is the obvious choice. Try to get a pair with 750 percent or higher roll. These gloves can be corrupted for additional mods:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Increased Attack Speed

Boots

A pair of Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail are best in slot for the build but can get very expensive, especially with two abyssal sockets. Instead you can use a rare pair of boots. The RareAffix Priority is:

  1. Movement Speed
  2. Maximum Life
  3. Elemental Resistances
  4. Strength
  5. Chaos Resistance

Belt

Due to the power abyssal jewels bring to this build we can either choose well rolled Stygian Vise or Darkness Enthroned. Before getting one of these you can use Meginord's Girdle Meginord’s Girdle. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. Maximum life
  2. Elemental resistances
  3. Elemental damage with attacks

Amulet

Best in slot is a rare amulet with high flat physical damage roll. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. Adds # – # Physical damage to attacks
  2. Maximum life
  3. Elemental Resistances
  4. Elemental damage with attacks
  5. Desired Attributes (Intelligence;Dexterity)

Rings

Same as the amulet, we are looking for high flat physical roll. Make sure you choose Steel Rings due to the additional damage it brings to the build. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. Adds # – # Physical damage to attacks
  2. Maximum life
  3. Elemental Resistances
  4. Elemental damage with attacks
  5. Desired Attributes (Intelligence;Dexterity)

Shield

Here we have a lot of options. Tukohama's Fortress Tukohama’s Fortress brings a lot of defence to the build, but also adds Blood Magic, which means you cannot run Hatred Hatred and Herald of Purity Herald of Purity. Great Old One's Ward Great Old One’s Ward is a great choice because of the additional damage it provides. Other unique shields that can be considered are Lioneye's Remorse Lioneye’s Remorse, The Surrender The Surrender and Kaltensoul Kaltensoul. Another option that is recommend is a decently rolled rare shield with crafted flat physical damage. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. Maximum life
  2. Flat physical damage (crafted)
  3. Elemental resistances

Flasks

Quicksilver flask, referably of Adrenaline for additional movement speed. Silver flask, since the character does not attack and kill by itself there is no easy way to gain Onslaught, this flask fixes the problem. Divine life Flask – An instant life flask is always handy in sticky situations, having bleeding removal on it is optimal. Basalt flask is a great defensive choice in every build, especially this one. Atziri's Promise Atziri’s Promise Lion's Roar Lion’s Roar Taste of Hate Taste of Hate – These three unique flasks bring a lot of damage to the build and should be purchased depending on the currency you have to spend.

Jewels

Spire of Stone Spire of Stone is a unique jewel that we recommend in every totem build. Besides that there is no other unique jewel that outweighs the power of abyssal jewels with flat physical damage to attacks and life. The Rare Abyssal jewel Affix Priority is:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks

Note: Besides these two mods you can improvise.

Leveling

Leveling the build is very easy. Just buy a pair of Facebreaker Facebreaker gloves and level up to 28 using Sunder Sunder. Then you can start using Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief. Meginord's Girdle Meginord’s Girdle combined with Herald of Purity Herald of Purity will easily carry you to Blood Aqueduct. Additional unique items that will make your leveling a breeze are The Deep One's Hide The Deep One’s Hide, Deidbell Deidbell and Great Old One's Ward Great Old One’s Ward.

Leveling Trees

This is where you should be when you start using Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief.

This is a passive skill tree prior to absolute endgame.

Useful Leveling Uniques

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. The Screaming Eagle The Screaming Eagle will help you reach level 28 with ease. Meginord's Girdle Meginord's Girdle will provide a great amount of damage when you start using Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief with a pair of Facebreaker Facebreaker gloves.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, this is why such are shown down below as examples. In order to acquire gems that are not available to your classas a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, do it yourself in Act III Library or buy them off poe.trade.

Level 1

Molten Strike Molten Strike Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

Level 4

Molten Strike Molten Strike Onslaught Support Onslaught Support Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support Maim Support Maim Support Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

Level 8

Molten Strike Molten Strike Onslaught Support Onslaught Support Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support Maim Support Maim Support Ruthless Support Ruthless Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

Level 10

Flame Dash Flame Dash

Level 12

Sunder Sunder Onslaught Support Onslaught Support Maim Support Maim Support Ruthless Support Ruthless Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

Level 16

Herald of Purity Herald of Purity

Level 18

Sunder Sunder Onslaught Support Onslaught Support Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support Maim Support Maim Support Ruthless Support Ruthless Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

Level 24:

Hatred Hatred

Level 28

Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support Maim Support Maim Support Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support Ruthless Support Ruthless Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

FAQ

Is there any particular content the build cannot do?

The Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief Ascendant is great for all types of content. The extreme damage endgame will be enough to take down any boss while you also have a great amount of sustain via the leech from Chieftain.

Conclusion

Overall a solid build that can be started with little to no investment. One of the stronger totem builds that feels very safe to play if you are into that kind of play style. In endgame scenarios the build has more than enough damage to deal with Shaper’s guardians, Shaper himself and even Uber Elder.

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