Big Dark Pact Totems Hierophant Ascendancy, Bandits & Pantheon Powers

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Scourge League

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Ascendancy (Templar – Hierophant)

Pursuit of Faith

As your first node while leveling, this comes in at the perfect time. Right about now is where you’d like that extra Totem to get some extra Boss DPS and Clear Speed on top of some useful Duration! The 100% Increased Totem Placement Speed is also a really nice Quality of Life addition to leveling with Totems.

Ritual of Awakening

This node now gets you 5% More Damage per Summoned Totem which is a really big more multiplier. Getting +- 25% more damage on an ascendancy that also provides you with a reasonably big chunk of Mana Regeneration and some Energy Shield Regen is fairly nice!

Divine Guidance

This node grants you a little bit of Damage through Transfiguration of Mind, which makes increases and reductions to maximum Mana apply to Spell Damage, at a lesser effectiveness; it is mainly chosen for the 10% extra Damage taken as Mana before Life.

Sanctuary of Thought

Sanctuary of Thought is the notable that makes us use Energy Shield so effectively! It is a huge chunk of Energy Shield to provide a baseline for Zealot’s Oath to be effective. Additionally, getting another +/- 25% Increased Area of Effect here is definitely really nice for some extra smooth clear!

Bandits

The choice is really up to you here. Both Alira and Eramir (kill all) are very solid picks. Alira provides you with 15% Crit Multiplier, a solid chunk of Mana Regen and some Resistances. Generally, that helps you gear up a decent amount and is fairly hard to beat. However, if you have some spare currency to up the quality of your gear a notch, Eramir does outscale Alira’s 15% Crit Multi by getting you 2 extra Skill Points.

Pantheons

Major Gods

Soul of Lunaris is probably your best pick. No one has ever said no to some extra Physical Damage Reduction! This is especially true with the Coward's Legacy Coward's Legacy shenanigans.

Minor Gods

I would recommend Soul of Shakari here as Damage over Time cannot be mitigated in any other way.

Upgrading your Pantheons

Whilst upgrading your Pantheons never hurts you, it’s not that important for this character. If you have nothing else to do at some point, sure, why not, but it shouldn’t be something you focus on or spend a lot of time on.

Pantheon powers can be upgraded by using Divine Vessel Divine Vessel in the Map Device while you are activating the particular Map that contains the boss you need. Once you’ve killed the boss and captured his soul, you need to deliver the Divine Vessel Divine Vessel, which’ll be filled up in the map device, to Sin in Oriath.

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Changelog

  • Updated for Ritual 3.13.

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    I umm… isn’t the skill tree from the last century? for me it is… I .. spent some time till I realized it.. sad.

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    On 22/01/2021 at 5:33 PM, MonkaBaa said

    I umm… isn’t the skill tree from the last century? for me it is… I .. spent some time till I realized it.. sad.

    Excuse me?

    “Build Guide with Cluster Jewels” – Must be from the Last Century.
    “Caps Elemental Ailment Avoidance” – Literally impossible before 2 Leagues ago. Jep! Definitely from the last Century!

    Instead of shouting out stuff like that, perhaps you could ask a question so I could help you fix whatever it is that’s going on.

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    I apologize.. Also as a total noob the cluster jewel was far more than I tought it was. I didnt realized It added a new branch to the tree. Im still gonna follow through with this build. :’(

    I was in the wrong!

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    Hi,
    I looked for a new totem build and I will try this – thanks for the build guide.

    Did a bit of research regarding the ring, there is a div card “Haunting Shadows”, that can be exchanged in a set of four, for a Metamorph unique item. This div card is introduced with this 3.13 league.

    The loot table has four items, including Astral Projector.
    At the moment of this post, the card is obtainable for ~2c in SC trade league.
    I bought one set and got the ring, just a nice way if you want to save some currency and don’t fear the gamble :).

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    On 23/01/2021 at 10:35 PM, MonkaBaa said

    I apologize.. Also as a total noob the cluster jewel was far more than I tought it was. I didnt realized It added a new branch to the tree. Im still gonna follow through with this build. :’(

    I was in the wrong!

    Why is that? The build should own everything you encounter!

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    On 24/01/2021 at 9:23 AM, madock said

    Hi,
    I looked for a new totem build and I will try this – thanks for the build guide.

    Did a bit of research regarding the ring, there is a div card “Haunting Shadows”, that can be exchanged in a set of four, for a Metamorph unique item. This div card is introduced with this 3.13 league.

    The loot table has four items, including Astral Projector.
    At the moment of this post, the card is obtainable for ~2c in SC trade league.
    I bought one set and got the ring, just a nice way if you want to save some currency and don’t fear the gamble :).

    I’m pretty sure those items are weighted – But I’m also not sure if Projector is actually that rare.

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    With a tree this wide, are there any nodes you recommend taking first, or a general direction to focus on?

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    On 28/01/2021 at 3:07 AM, zelrion said

    With a tree this wide, are there any nodes you recommend taking first, or a general direction to focus on?

    Ancestral Bond is the direction you rush through while leveling. Other than that, it probably doesn’t matter much as long as you get to the level 80 tree like mentioned.

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    Just wanted to say ‘thank you!’ for this build. As someone who actually enjoys playing totems, this one is super fun. Was able to grab the ring for just 10 chaos and it’s been a real blast to play so far.

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    Hello TbXie i realy like the build so far but i still feel like im very weak both in terms of dps and tankyness.

    i was hopeing you coudt give me some advise on where to take my char from this point on.

    here is the link for my char: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/lakridspiben/characters

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    On 05/02/2021 at 1:45 PM, xanderge said

    Just wanted to say ‘thank you!’ for this build. As someone who actually enjoys playing totems, this one is super fun. Was able to grab the ring for just 10 chaos and it’s been a real blast to play so far.

    Heya! Happy you’re enjoying it :)

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    On 05/02/2021 at 7:38 PM, meebz said

    Hello TbXie i realy like the build so far but i still feel like im very weak both in terms of dps and tankyness.

    i was hopeing you coudt give me some advise on where to take my char from this point on.

    here is the link for my char: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/lakridspiben/characters

    I’m seeing an assassin?

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    New to this game and just want to say that this build is awesome, carried me through all the acts w/o dying and now on T2 maps. Totems, totems, and totems everywhere!

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    On 07/02/2021 at 5:51 PM, Exzult said

    New to this game and just want to say that this build is awesome, carried me through all the acts w/o dying and now on T2 maps. Totems, totems, and totems everywhere!

    Thanks! :-)

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    What about Conviction of Power Note in LAB? Drop Sacntuary of Thought at 98, take Conduit and go for perma end/power charges

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    On 11/02/2021 at 10:12 AM, NopantsNoWifeNoLife said

    What about Conviction of Power Note in LAB? Drop Sacntuary of Thought at 98, take Conduit and go for perma end/power charges

    Can only say : Try it. I think the AoE loss is huge and kinda shit but the 4 minium endurance charges are NICE for sure.

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    Did the most recent patch just kill this build? I have been using this on console and able to clear content but after 3.13.1c every fight takes a really long time.

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    On 12/02/2021 at 12:12 PM, ToxicElitist said

    Did the most recent patch just kill this build? I have been using this on console and able to clear content but after 3.13.1c every fight takes a really long time.

    No? It shouldn’t? Most content didn’t change much. Other than a lot of extra’s being added such as Beyond / Harvest / Harbingers in certain maps or the very endgame fights.

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    Literally unplayable, wasted 4 days, should have chosen cyclone _

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    On 15/02/2021 at 9:32 PM, nigoros said

    Literally unplayable, wasted 4 days, should have chosen cyclone _

    Okay. Great feedback! You should definitely only play cyclone then.

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