Big Dark Pact Totems Hierophant Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

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Scourge League

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Passive Skill Tree

You can find an optimized Path of Building here. Every build I release will use the community fork of Path of Building, which is maintained and updated in a much more regular fashion than the original one. You can find PoB’s Fork, by LocalIdentity, here.

If you are not comfortable with Path of Building, we also have a PoePlanner for you. Do note that PoE Planner does not support Cluster Jewels and some specific unique jewels and it is highly recommended you install Path of Building to follow builds most optimally.

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Progression Advice

This build scales pretty well off of everything, which means levels are equally as important as gear is. Therefore, you will feel significantly weaker while you’re progressing through the game, but since Dark Pact Dark Pact does relatively well at lower levels, that shouldn’t be an issue.

Here’s a level 80 Path of Building and a “PoePlanner“https://poeplanner.com/ABYAAMEAFiUAAF0c3IPzCPRR-48avOq2-o5kwGbDCSL01YG5k_IdoS8qEwSzEMyuEprgW6CVLkWdf8ZmnuNijEYRLTLRfA6vbIVt6-6TJ0PIHRQWb08EzRaiAPDVbAv1-h8YsTbGrvAfPC0LYRVQj_rr9RbzBx63OPfBbRmDX6Py42rYJL6KNsVOrhGW-tIk2I9GpwhTUiY8WOWnVSu2hTJaK3yD96ZJUWjyLJxFRy-d-JNqQwOacWJ1KismOhYEUWhahoIAAAAAAA== to give you an idea of how your tree should look like whenever you’re at about that level. This should carry you to the stages where you can afford some nice item upgrades!

Gem Links

Dark Pact Dark Pact – Main Link (6-Link)

As you notice, this build runs a couple of Awakened Gems. While they’re definitely a nice thing to have, they’re not required whatsoever and you’ll do completely fine with regular versions.

  1. Dark Pact Dark Pact (level 21/20 ideally!)
  2. Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support
  3. Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support
  4. Awakened Controlled Destruction Support Awakened Controlled Destruction Support
  5. Empower Support Empower Support (level 4)
  6. Awakened Void Manipulation Support Awakened Void Manipulation Support

Auras

Since you want to make thee most use of Mind over Matter, you’re only using Precision Precision and Vitality Vitality, as they reserve flat amounts of Mana and you have plenty of total Mana. This makes it so they don’t interfere with your tankiness from MoM. As you don’t require any links to them, feel free to socket your Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire here. Use Vaal RF whenever you’re on a boss and need the extra DPS.

  1. Vitality Vitality
  2. Precision Precision
  3. ##item:Vaal-Righteous-Fire###

Power Charge Generation

The skill of choice for you to generate Power Charges is Storm Brand Storm Brand. Storm Brand has a really high activation rate, which means it crits fairly often and is very suitable for Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support. If you have a trigger wand, this goes in your wand so it automatically gets cast and you don’t have to worry about it.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support
  3. Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support

Wither

Wither makes your enemies take increased % Chaos Damage. Since this is a very big damage amplification, and you have plenty of time of casting it yourself, you’re linking it to Cast while Channeling – Despair to apply a curse on monsters. You should be casting this whenever monsters don’t die to the first tick of your Dark Pact totems.

  1. Wither Wither
  2. Despair Despair
  3. Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support
  4. Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support

Utility

Since you will not be taking Damage regularly (as you mostly hide behind your Totems and their absurd damage), we chose to keep the Cast when Damage taken fairly high level. This enables the Stone Golem to be linked to it and still maintain a high level and a high uptime for more Energy Shield regen! Immortal Call is there to get you out of iffy situations and provide that extra bit of mitigation.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call
  3. Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem
  4. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Mobility

Flame Dash Flame Dash is the preferred movement skill just because of the absurd amount of Cast Speed you’re picking up. This makes it feel almost instant which is really nice! You’re linking it to the Arcane Surge buff, which is to be kept up as much as possible!

  1. Flame Dash Flame Dash
  2. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support
  3. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
  4. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support (level 5)

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Changelog

  • Updated for Ritual 3.13.

  • Build added.

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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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