Arc Totems Hierophant Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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Build Introduction

Here we are going to take a look at a very simple, yet effective build. Our main skill will be Arc Arc supported by Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support. As always, this build might not suit everyone’s taste for gameplay as it mainly focuses on totems. However, totem builds give us huge survivability, as we will be able to keep moving while they cast and avoid danger this way. The clear speed of this build is good and it is fairly cheap, which makes it an amazing league starter. The only problems with this build will be single target damage and really high end content.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Great clear speed
+ Cheap items to start / great league starter
+ Good Survivability

Cons

- Slow boss killer
- Struggles at the very high end game content
- Totem gameplay might not be suitable for everyone

Playstyle

The playstyle of the build is relatively simple. We will deploy our Arc Arc totems and they will clear everything for us; while this is happening we will try to avoid danger by running away from it or using Flame Dash Flame Dash if needed. For tougher fights and boss fights we will also be using Conductivity Conductivity. We will also be using Wrath Wrath to further increase the damage of our totems.

Passive tree

Early Game

Here is the Early Game Passive Tree

Mid Game

Here is the Mid Game Passive Tree

End Game Passive Tree

Now that most of the stuff is out of the way, we will need to pick our Power charges, Mind Over Matter, and some extra mana and damage. This is the End Game Passive Tree

Ascendancy – Hierophant

Normal Lab – Pursuit of Faith

Pursuit of Faith increases our Cast Speed, our Damage, and gives us one additional Totem we can place: it is great to start with.

Cruel Lab – Ritual of Awakening

Ritual of Awakening is great to pick second, as it will give us a nice Life and Mana regeneration which will make our leveling much smoother.

Merciless Lab – Conviction of Power

Conviction of Power is one of our most important nodes as it is our main generator of Power Charges. We will be able to generate 8 power charges in total, which makes Conviction of Power mandatory.

Eternal Lab – Divine Guidance

Divine Guidance will give us some extra defense and even more mana for our Mind Over Matter.

Gem Links

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority, meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom. Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.

Arc (6-Link)

  1. Arc Arc
  2. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  3. Lightning Penetration Support Lightning Penetration Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Increased Critical Damage Support Increased Critical Damage Support
  6. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support

Note : Switch out Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support if you have Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart equipped . You should use Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support instead.

Wrath / Clarity (3-link)

  1. Wrath Wrath
  2. Clarity Clarity
  3. Enlighten Support Enlighten Support

Note : The reason we tagged this as a 3 link is because ideally you will link your Wrath & Clarity with Enlighten Support Enlighten Support which will give us more mana for Mind over Matter.

Conductivity (3-link)

  1. Conductivity Conductivity
  2. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
  3. Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support

Immortal Call (3-link)

  1. Immortal Call Immortal Call ( keep it at level 3 )
  2. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support ( keep it at level 1 )
  3. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Flame Dash (2-link)

  1. Flame Dash Flame Dash
  2. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

These gems do not need to be linked.

Bandits & Pantheon

Bandits

Help Alira.

Pantheon

Major God

For a major god, the best one is Soul of Lunaris for the extra damage reduction plus movement speed.

Minor God

For a minor god, the best one is Soul of Garukhan for the bonus evasion and movement speed.

Gear / Items

Weapon

The best weapons for this build is having 2x Void Battery Void Batterys, this might prove to be the most expensive part of the build. Not to worry about we can always use 2x Divinarius Divinarius or 2x Doryani's Catalyst Doryani's Catalyst until we get our hands on Void Battery Void Battery.

Helmet

For Helmet, the best in slot is a Rare helmet with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % to maximum Mana
  4. + % increased maximum Life

Note: Both the enchants from the Lab do a great job here. You can get one that increases the damage of Arc Arc by 40% or the one that makes Arc chain to an additional target. Of course the recommended would be the 40% damage increase as it would boost our damage against bosses, which is the main weakness of this build. Nonetheless we recommend you start with with whichever enchant is cheaper on the market.

Body Armour

The best Body Armour for this build is Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart for the extra damage, but there are other good options like Loreweave Loreweave for defenses instead. However, we recommend just starting out with a Rare 6-linked Body armour with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % increased maximum Life

Gloves

For gloves, the best in slot are Rare gloves with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % to maximum Mana

Belt

A Rare belt (ideally a Stygian Vise Stygian Vise) is the best option with:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % increased Lightning Damage

Boots

You can use just a regular Rare boots with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % to maximum Mana
  4. + % Movement speed increase

Note: The recommended enchant from the Lab here is “Damage Penetrates 10% of Enemy Elemental Resistances if you haven’t Killed Recently”.

Rings

For rings, having two Rare Opal Ring Opal Rings is the best option. Stats to look for on these rings are:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % increased Lightning Damage
  4. + % to maximum Mana

Amulet

You can use a Rare Amulet with the following stats:

  1. + % total Resistances (until capped)
  2. + % to maximum Life
  3. + % to maximum Mana
  4. + % increased Lightning Damage
  5. + % Increased Spell Damage

Jewels

We are going to prioritize Abyssal Jewels over regular ones, and make sure they have the following stats:

  1. + % increased Lightning Damage
  2. + % increased Totem Damage
  3. + % increased Damage

Note: Spire of Stone Spire of Stone is always great to have in a totem build. We strongly recommend using it.

Note #2: It is good to have Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with one of the following affixes, but keep in mind that these Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eyes will be quite expensive and it is not a mandatory item:

  • (40-60)% increased Lightning Damage while affected by Wrath
  • (70-100)% increased Critical Strike Chance while affected by Wrath
  • (6-10)% of Damage taken from Mana before Life while affected by Clarity
  • Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Lightning Resistance while affected by Wrath

Flasks

For Unique flasks, we would recommend Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise for the extra damage.

Other than that, go for one Silver Flask Silver Flask ideally with movement speed increase & duration increase and two instant recovery Health flasks. Make sure you have Freezing removal (of Heat), Burning removal (Dousing), and Bleeding removal (of Staunching) effects on your flasks. A Diamond Flask Diamond Flask is also great to have.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Leveling

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

You can start leveling up with Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse. While leveling up you should look for Spell Damage/Life and Resistance on items. Start leveling with Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse and at level 12 get Arc Arc.

Link your Arc Arc with Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support. At level 18 start you can also link it with Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support. Use Clarity Clarity as well. You should add Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support once you have the Ancestral Bond node picked from your passive tree.

At level 50 you can start using 2x Heartbreaker Heartbreaker, as it is pretty cheap and will increase our damage tremendously.

Useful leveling items are:

Conclusion

The Arc Totems Hierophant is one of the best league starters out there. While it is not the strongest build in the game, it performs great in all areas for a cheap cost of items.

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