[ARCHIVED] Archmage Storm Brand Hierophant Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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This build is not updated for the current patch, and due to the mechanical changes, it is essentially not viable. We have chosen to leave it up for reference, and since it may be revived in the future, but for now we do not recommend trying it out.

Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

Storm Brand Storm Brand has been shining since its release to the point where it had to receive several nerfs. The main thing it was then lacking was base damage, which is no problem considering that we now have Archmage Support Archmage Support. Archmage Support is an extremely powerful support gem that provides tons of extra Lightning Damage, especially when used in builds that have great amounts of maximum Mana. The Archmage Storm Brand Hierophant flies through content and is an excellent speed-clearing build.

Build Summary

The build becomes extremely powerful once you manage to equip several unique items. The synergy between Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart and Storm's Gift Storm's Gift is just insane and is one of the reason the build is able to reach top clear speed. Soul Tether Soul Tether will allow you to have a good amount of extra sustain. Essence Worm Essence Worm gives you the freedom to run Wrath Wrath for free. Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction will allow you to reach Block cap while Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn will provide even more sustain during clearing. Fevered Mind Fevered Mind Jewels will allow you to reach large Mana cost on Storm Brand Storm Brand, which will result in tons of extra damage via Archmage Support Archmage Support. Even without any unique items the build will work just fine, but having these will ensure you do very well.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Cheap to start
+ Top tier clear speed
+ Fun playstyle

Cons

- Requires changes in order to deal with endgame bosses, build is tailored with having maximum clear speed in mind
- Does not have great damage mitigation for the complete endgame

Playstyle

Offensively, you must drop down Storm Brand Storm Brands on the ground then you can start moving forward with Shield Charge Shield Charge. Once you are nearby enemies you will use Brand Recall Brand Recall to bring the brands upon your enemies.

Defensively, by using Soul Tether Soul Tether you will have a decent amount of sustain. Combining Mind over Matter with a huge Mana pool will ensure you have a good amount of effective Life. You should keep up the Fortify buff by regularly hitting mobs with Shield Charge. By utilizing Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction and Tempest Shield Tempest Shield the build is able to achieve the Block cap of 75%.

For Playstyle, you should get used to keeping up your momentum. Hierophant’s Pursuit of Faith provides 6% increased Damage per enemy you’ve killed Recently and this can provide up to 200%+ easily. On tougher enemies you can use things like Conductivity Conductivity if you do not have Curse on Hit Gloves. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction can help you lower enemies’ resistances even further.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree for the build, which also has Cluster Jewels in mind.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive Tree Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Passive Tree Page

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Atziri's Foible Atziri's Foible
Chest Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart
Gloves Storm's Gift Storm's Gift
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Soul Tether Soul Tether
Rings Essence Worm Essence Worm + Rare Ring
Weapon Rare Weapon
Shield Rare Shaper-based Shield

Leveling

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

You can start using the build signature skill – Storm Brand Storm Brand as soon as level 12. To get used to the build’s playstyle we recommend using signature skills as soon as they are available.

Leveling Tree

This is the foundation of the passive skill tree, which will allow you to get through the levelling content with ease.

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. Lifesprig Lifesprig will help early on if you socket your spell into it.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

At level 4, you can pick up Frost Bomb Frost Bomb for extra damage.

At level 10, you are able to add Flame Dash Flame Dash, which will help with your mobility. Clarity Clarity can be used for the extra Mana regeneration.

At level 12, you can finally start using your signature skill – Storm Brand Storm Brand. Drop your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse setup for the following gem link.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

At level 16, you should pick Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, which will augment your clear speed and Brand Recall Brand Recall will improve your utility by a great deal by allowing you to move your active brands wherever you want.

By level 18, your Storm Brand Storm Brand link should look like this.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  3. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  4. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

At level 24, you can pick up Wrath Wrath, which should only be levelled at that point.

At level 31, your Storm Brand Storm Brand link should look like this.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Archmage Support Archmage Support
  3. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  4. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  5. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  6. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

FAQ

What map mods should we skip?

The Archmage Storm Brand Hierophant cannot do Elemental Reflect and No Regeneration maps. Besides that other mods can be tough but you can deal with them none the less.

Cluster Jewel Notables?

You can check our recommendations at the bottom of the Gear section of the build guide.

Conclusion

The Archmage Storm Brand Hierophant is a character that attaches powerful lightning brands to his enemies in order to bring them down. It requires active playstyle and the build is made mainly for clearing areas very fast.

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    Any chance you can give more details on the low-life Shavronne’s variation of this build? Or will you upload it like a separate build in the future?

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    On 29/04/2020 at 3:20 PM, ALFAGAGA said

    Any chance you can give more details on the low-life Shavronne’s variation of this build? Or will you upload it like a separate build in the future?

    Hey, for the time being I do not have plans to make a low-life version of the build. I will try to summarize the main idea behind it and why it has way more damage at the cost of more currency of course. The low-life version also has worse clear speed but way more single target. If you want to clear simply stick with this version. For low-life you will need a 6-Linked Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings, which will allow you to reserve your life with Discipline Discipline+Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support. Then you need a great Energy Shield gear, which also provides a decent amount of Mana. You will have to make sure you do not get stun-locked due to how stun and low-life/ CI builds interact, I suggest getting something like Soul of the Brine king from you Pantheons. Besides that it is pretty straight forward, stack ES instead of Life and make sure you have a decent amount of Chaos resistance. You should overall deal 30-40% more damage. You can even go to the extreme and drop Elemental Overload and go Crit, but this will require even more currency.

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    Why pursuit of faith? as far as I can tell, there are no totems to be found here.

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    On 29/04/2020 at 4:54 PM, RabidCadaver said

    Why pursuit of faith? as far as I can tell, there are no totems to be found here.

    It provides 6% increased damage for every enemy YOU killed recently. This quickly stacks up while clearing and can result in an insane amount of extra damage.

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    Hey, thanks for the detailed guide. I have a 6 link Inpulsa but it’s corrupted with 4 blue and 2 green, I don’t have the currency to change it especially when I’m trying so hard to get a fevered mind. If you had to drop a blue and swap in a green gem, which one would you swap? Thanks a bunch?
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    On 20/05/2020 at 1:51 AM, DreamRekker said

    Hey, thanks for the detailed guide. I have a 6 link Inpulsa but it’s corrupted with 4 blue and 2 green, I don’t have the currency to change it especially when I’m trying so hard to get a fevered mind. If you had to drop a blue and swap in a green gem, which one would you swap? Thanks a bunch?
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    Hey, in that situation dropping Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support for Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support will work well if you have enough flat Cold damage. Keep in mind Hypothermia is not calculated in the tool-tip so you will lose a huge amount of damage according to numbers. Just rolling one blue on the bench with 4 Chroms + 4 Vaals is easy enough to color it.

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    Archmage Support killed the Brand Recall star. Fun build while it lasted; Harvest seems bent on nerfing brand damage while adding pointless fluff.

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    On 05/06/2020 at 3:49 PM, Final said

    Archmage Support killed the Brand Recall star. Fun build while it lasted; Harvest seems bent on nerfing brand damage while adding pointless fluff.

    Hey, the build will take a hit, we cannot be sure how hard until we get patch notes though. It should be still playable any ways.

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