The Broken Build - Blade Blast Chieftain Gear, Jewels & Flasks

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Summary – TL;DR

As per usual, nothing matters more than capping your Elemental Resistance before anything else. This means modifiers on gear are subordinate to Resistances as long as you’re not capped. Since you’ll be running a decent amount of Unique items, it’ll be important to look out for a lot of resistances on your Rare pieces!

We’re providing you with an extensive analysis further down the page but chose to start off with an overview / recommendation.

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet with High Life, Resistances and -9% to Fire Resistance
Amulet Rare Amulet with Life, +1 Physical Gems and Resistances
Chest Explode Chest piece with Maximum Life
Gloves High Life, Resistances and Dexterity
Boots High Life, Dexterity, Resistances and Movement Speed
Belt Stygian Vise Stygian Vise with High Life and Resistances
Rings Coral Ring Coral Rings or Opal Ring Opal Rings with Life, Fire Damage & Resistances
Weapon Rare Sceptre with Fire Damage, Spell Damage or +1 to Skills, Cast Speed and Trigger Mod
Shield High Life and Recover % Life when you Block

For crafting Rare items, you can check out all the affixes that can roll on an item base, depending on its level, influence, and many other factors, using our affix tool.

Armour Pieces

Helmet

The ideal Helmet obviously has as many damage stats as possible (or even defensive stats like Fortify effect), but to keep the goals a bit realistic I think the best damage modifier you can find is -9% Fire Resistance. As per usual, the highest priority on most of your items is a high Life roll. Otherwise, some additional resistances here are nice!

  1. +# to maximum Life (at least 95)
  2. Nearby Enemies have -#% to Fire Resistance
  3. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until cap)

Body Armour

Your optimal base item is most likely an Astral Plate Astral Plate, as it frees up a lot of affixes on your other items because of the inherent resistances. Additionally, getting Life here together with the “Enemies you kill Explode, dealing 3% of their Life as Physical Damage” will be challenging enough that I don’t think you want to expect more on your chest piece.

  1. Enemies you kill Explode, dealing #% of their Life as Physical Damage
  2. +# to maximum life (ideally at least 110)

Gloves

One of your filler slots are your Gloves. Ideally you’re looking for a pair that has high Dexterity whilst still having High Life and Resistances. If you give up the Dexterity on either your Gloves or Boots, you’ll have to find more on a Ring or lose a skill point in your tree.

  1. +# to maximum Life (at least 90)
  2. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until cap)
  3. +# to Dexterity (preferably at least 40)

Boots

The same goes for Boots, you ideally are looking a decent chunk of Dexterity whilst maintaining high Movement Speed and as much Life as possible. If possible, a little bit of Resistances is really helpful.

  1. +# to maximum Life (at least 90)
  2. #% increased Movement Speed (preferably 30, at least 20)
  3. +# to Dexterity (preferably at least 40)
  4. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until cap)

Belt

A Stygian Vise Stygian Vise is recommended here as it allows you to socket an Onslaught Jewel. You will however have an Onslaught Flask regardless, but cast speed is so obscenely huge for QoL on this build that you want as much uptime on Onslaught as you possibly can get. Alternatively you can go for a Leather belt, which would be approximately the same! Try to find one where you can still craft the Regeneration affix on the Crafting Bench as that is huge for sustaining Righteous Fire Righteous Fire.

  1. +# to maximum Life (at least 90)
  2. Regenerate #% of Life per second during any Flask Effect (or #% increased Life Recovery Rate on an Elder Leather belt)
  3. +# to Strength (as much as you can find)
  4. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until cap)

Accessories

Amulet

Ideally, you’re looking for an amulet that scales both your Explosions and your Bladefall. Generally, these aren’t particularly easy to find, as you’d be looking for Fire Damage / Elemental Damage Penetration and stuff like that. The easier to find Amulet is probably just a Life amulet with an extra level of Physical Spells for your Blade Blast.

  1. +# to maximum Life (at least 75)
  2. +# to Level of all Physical Skill Gems (1)
  3. +#% to Elemental Resistances (until cap)

Rings

You don’t need much on your rings which means you’re opening up the possibility to run Vermillion Ring Vermillion Rings or Opal Ring Opal Rings. These should always have some high Life modifier with ideally some combination of Elemental Damage (for example through Essence Crafting for % increased Fire Damage). One of the two requires you to have Dexterity too if you’re not willing to sacrifice a Passive Point in the tree for it.

Note : Catalyzing these is incredibly potent if you’re running Vermillion Rings. Life & Mana Catalysts work for explicit life rolls, Mana and %life implicits.

  1. +# to maximum Life (at least 75 – before Catalysts)
  2. +# to Dexterity (on one)
  3. +# Elemental Resistance (until cap)
  4. #% increased Fire/Elemental Damage

Weapon

As I explained in the build’s overview, you mainly want to scale Elemental and Fire Damage as it also scales your Explody Chest Piece. Similar to the amulet, it’s going to be very hard to obtain a Sceptre with the most optimal scaling modifiers for both Blade Blast & your Explosions hence I went for the +1 to Level of All Spell Skill Gems here as well over another modifier that would scale both. Additionally, you need your Sceptre to have a trigger modifier and some cast speed for the best QoL. This is most easily acquired by multimodding a Sceptre with High Fire Damage and +1 to Spell Skills.

  1. Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Use a Skill
  2. #% increased Fire Damage
  3. +# to Level of All Spell Skill Gems
  4. #% increased Cast Speed

Shield

Even though you shield could have a lot of damage, it’s more important to focus on getting High Life and Life when you Block on this piece. If, however, you can afford extra modifier on it, feel free to grab them.

  1. +# to maximum Life (Preferably at least 85)
  2. Recover #% of Life when you Block (Preferably 5)
  3. Elemental Resistances (until cap)
  4. #% increased Cast Speed

Flasks

I believe flasks are highly preference-based. One isn’t just outright better than another one for specific / certain builds. Obviously, sometimes, there’s a set in stone set of Flasks you should be using just because they synergize with your build so well. I wouldn’t say those really exist in this setup, but I’d strongly advise you to stick with the setup listed here.

As this build was written to function in a Solo Self-Found environment, it runs little unique Flasks. The strength of a Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn is not to be underestimated though as you’re automatically going to be enabling its 10% more Damage multiplier as you’re going to inherently ignite monsters with your spells. If you can’t access this Flask, it gets replaced by a regular Silver Flask Silver Flask. If you’re buying one, try going for a Cinderswallow with the #% of Life Regenerated per second during Flask Effect modifier.

Other than that, as said, you’re only running magic Flasks. Sadly this build requires you to run a Mana Flask. Even though I know a lot of players think this generally is annoying and a waste of your Flask slot, in this particular case, it would put way to much stress on your item pieces to get your Mana cost low enough to be able to sustain without it. Ever since the introduction of the Enduring prefix however, running a Mana Flask has become a lot more efficient.

Next up, I think the build runs enough base Armour to justify a Granite Flask Granite Flask. This Flask should push you over the 15,000 Armour threshold which is good for numerous mathematical reasons. You could swap this out for a Basalt Flask Basalt Flask but I honestly think in this rare situation the Granite will outperform it.

Your last utility Flask should most likely be a Quartz Flask Quartz Flask. I think Phasing is almost mandatory in most builds that are looking to clear the highest content and getting it here is super convenient as a even without it a Quartz Flask is extremely powerful. 10% Dodge and Spell Dodge just adds another layer of defenses that damage would have to pass through! Lastly, a Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask is there to replenish some Life if you’re going low.

Regardless of which utility Flasks you go for and whether you follow our recommendations or not, you’ll need to stick to the suffixes we have picked for you (Staunching, Warding, Heat, Iron Skin). The affixes on your non-unique Flasks can be changed around, but I recommend the following setup (based on the Flask duration, charges, and affix priorities):

Our recommendation:

Slot Flask
1 Bubbling Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask of Staunching
2 Chemist’s Quartz Flask Quartz Flask of Warding
3 Chemist’s Granite Flask Granite Flask of Iron Skin
4 Enduring Eternal Mana Flask Eternal Mana Flask of Heat
5 Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn

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.

Jewels

SSF Jewels

Because you want to stay relatively tanky, I really like grabbing #% increased Maximum Life on every single one of my Rare jewels, of which this build requires a decent amount. Your best modifiers are any source of Increased damage however it can’t be stated enough how big of a QoL cast speed is for this build. Hence, I think you prefer cast speed over damage on your jewels.

  • #% increased maximum life
  • #% increased Cast Speed
  • #% increased Cast Speed While Holding a Shield
  • #% increased Damage
  • #% increased Fire Damage
  • #% increased Area Damage

Glorious Vanity

If you are willing to drop a significant amount of Damage Affixes on gear and spend a decent chunk of Currency on getting your Chaos Resistance to 80 or higher (which would require you to run Small Cluster Jewels with Born to Chaos), the Divine Flesh notable, which is found on the Xibaqua Glorious Vanity would increase your Life Regen by a ridiculous amount (because a part of your Righteous Fire Damage would be taken as Chaos Damage and therefore degen you less then it does otherwise) and increases your tankiness by a decent chunk. I personally however feel like it’s not a necessity but I do know a lot of people opt to use one of these on Chieftain builds like this one.

You would socket a Glorious Vanity of Xibaqua under the Mind over Matter keystone which will turn that one into Divine Flesh. You will then need 120% Chaos Resistance on Gear (obtainable on Rings, Gloves, Boots, Belt, Chest Piece and Helmet) to cap out your Chaos Resistance at 80%. If you want to go even further, a single Born of Chaos notable increases your maximum Chaos Resistance by 3%. If you run a Large Cluster, you could run two of those, getting you to 86% Maximum Chaos Resistance and making it so 50% of the Elemental Damage you take gets mitigated twice as much as usual. Overall really strong if you can get the gear but a very very late game thing to do.

Cluster Jewels

Cluster Jewels generally are not too amazing for your damage but because I’m pretty sure some of you will like to squeeze out some extra DPS, Doryani’s Lesson for some extra leech and probably a Prismatic Heart for the extra Damage and Resistances are pretty nice notables.

If you are looking for the most optimal way to acquire your Cluster Jewels, or have any other questions whatsoever about them, such as how to craft or price them, we refer you to our complete guide on Cluster Jewels.

I don’t think you would run any Medium Clusters and would just socked more rare jewels in the sockets the Large Cluster Jewel Large Cluster Jewel would give. Potentially, in a non-SSF scenario, you’d be able to keep your Health level at the same point while including one of these Clusters by dropping some Life nodes on the tree (which will have to be made up by gear) to acquire more damage overall.

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    hey man i’m a little confused about evasion base boots and gloves since the tree is armor nodes and not evasion, isn’t this choice going to make the character a little squishy?

    Edited by yvblake on December 30th, 2020

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    On 30/12/2020 at 10:59 PM, yvblake said

    hey man i’m a little confused about evasion base boots and gloves since the tree is armor nodes and not evasion, isn’t this choice going to make the character a little squishy?

    You need Dexterity on your boots which is only rollable on Evasion based boots. The thing is though that a single piece of Armour or Evasion on a build hardly matters. Even more so, investing in either is generally not super recommended and only done so on specific builds who kinda get a decent chunk of it for free already. You shouldn’t worry too much about the bases of your items, generally.

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    i guess man and you’re probably right but it just seems weird to me (a very new player) to split the defenses since both the bench and essences can force dex to a str boots.

    anyway only thing i’m having trouble with now is getting a 5-6 link chest with good colors (ssf here). 4 link is good still but i have not tried t14 maps yet.

    thanks for the build dude it’s pretty fun and i sure do like to play a spell casting marauder.

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    On 31/12/2020 at 3:09 AM, yvblake said

    i guess man and you’re probably right but it just seems weird to me (a very new player) to split the defenses since both the bench and essences can force dex to a str boots.

    anyway only thing i’m having trouble with now is getting a 5-6 link chest with good colors (ssf here). 4 link is good still but i have not tried t14 maps yet.

    thanks for the build dude it’s pretty fun and i sure do like to play a spell casting marauder.

    The thing is, even with decent amounts of %increased Armour a pair of boots will in the most optimal non-influenced scenario have Movement Speed, Life & Life/armour Hybrid as its three prefixes since you would never trade off more life for more armour. Therefore, the best possible boots you’d ever be able to wear would have like .. idk .. Ballpark 300 armour.

    In a build that doesn’t scale %armour to deal damage (there’s a couple of those that exist), the most %armour you’re ever going to see is around 100. So, perfect boots in a perfect build (which is never going to happen) will add around 600 armour to your build. Very very negligable since you can get 4000 from your Chest, 2000 from a helmet, …

    You also can’t force 40 Dex on the Bench (and getting 30MS, 85Life, Some Resists with Dexterity essence is not something I recommend anyone to do, regardless of how much you play, letalone if you’re not playing too much) so you’d always require double suffixes which just loses you another suffix somewhere and isn’t worth it.

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    Excellent build. Ran it HC SSF twice. 1st time died at 84 half asleep on a reflect map I didn’t notice as I was just spam running whites and killed myself. Made a second one to 90 and just yolo’d him into the most juiced up map I could make as I was done with the league. He lasted longer than expected.
    From my angle:
    Pros-
    Can take a beating and keep going strong
    Easy to gear, you can get a low level Darkwood scepter base in the early zones and alt spam it for +1 Phys gems pretty easily. Then around yellow maps I used the bench to add 60% spell dmg.

    Only big con I had was prox shields and …damn with the Flashback league mechanics, they were everywhere haha. Early leveling was slow too, but that was from being SSF, so I didn’t have the regrets pooled in stash to easily respec out of melee

    Thanks again for the wonderful build.

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    On 01/01/2021 at 9:58 PM, Wrong_Turn said

    Excellent build. Ran it HC SSF twice. 1st time died at 84 half asleep on a reflect map I didn’t notice as I was just spam running whites and killed myself. Made a second one to 90 and just yolo’d him into the most juiced up map I could make as I was done with the league. He lasted longer than expected.
    From my angle:
    Pros-
    Can take a beating and keep going strong
    Easy to gear, you can get a low level Darkwood scepter base in the early zones and alt spam it for +1 Phys gems pretty easily. Then around yellow maps I used the bench to add 60% spell dmg.

    Only big con I had was prox shields and …damn with the Flashback league mechanics, they were everywhere haha. Early leveling was slow too, but that was from being SSF, so I didn’t have the regrets pooled in stash to easily respec out of melee

    Thanks again for the wonderful build.

    Thank you!

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    This is the most rewarding build so far for me! I had a great time taking me to white maps. For the first time I feel powerfull! :)
    I’m running this in SSF, and I guess I had RNG with me. Pieces falling in to place at a nice pace.
    Many thanks for the work putting this guide together!

    /KurtVresig

    Edited by JHex63 on January 6th, 2021

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    On 06/01/2021 at 10:38 PM, JHex63 said

    This is the most rewarding build so far for me! I had a great time taking me to white maps. For the first time I feel powerfull! :)
    I’m running this in SSF, and I guess I had RNG with me. Pieces falling in to place at a nice pace.
    Many thanks for the work putting this guide together!

    /KurtVresig

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    Hi, TbXie.

    Gotta say, you’ve been really prolific with all of these build guides here, yet the quality of them hasn’t faltered at all. Will probably be counting on one of your amazing contributions here to get me through 3.13.

    About this build in particular, though, the explosion chest is a little hard to come by for a PoE pauper. Would the Bubonic Trail boots be effective at all in boosting clear speed in comparison?

    Thanks, and of course keep up the good work.

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    On 07/01/2021 at 2:16 AM, Bhitaker said

    Hi, TbXie.

    Gotta say, you’ve been really prolific with all of these build guides here, yet the quality of them hasn’t faltered at all. Will probably be counting on one of your amazing contributions here to get me through 3.13.

    About this build in particular, though, the explosion chest is a little hard to come by for a PoE pauper. Would the Bubonic Trail boots be effective at all in boosting clear speed in comparison?

    Thanks, and of course keep up the good work.

    Nah, Bubonic Trails really are nothing in comparison to Explody chest and honestly aren’t even the same thing to start from. The main reason why explody chests are this good is because they use the only wording that doesn’t specify that something has to be killed by not-the-explosion for it to work, making it so it explodes off of its own explosions.

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    Maybe a dumb question, but what good are Call to Arms in passive tree do for this build? I can’t see there is any warcies?

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    On 08/01/2021 at 3:25 PM, JHex63 said

    Maybe a dumb question, but what good are Call to Arms in passive tree do for this build? I can’t see there is any warcies?

    There’s an Enduring Cry in the Gem Links?

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    On 08/01/2021 at 6:58 PM, JHex63 said

    Ahh, that’s right. I was only looking in pob. Sorry :)

    No worries! PoB’s often stem from my own play (and I don’t like using a lot of buttons, I’d rather manually dodge – but that doesn’t mean it’s optimal ^^)

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    yo im trying to make this build work but im 60 ex down and still dies right left and center on t14+ maps, is there a chance that any1 with a bit more knogleg than me coudt lend me some wisom and hopefully get it to work x’D

    here is a link to my char if that helps: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/lakridspiben/characters

    Edited by meebz on January 9th, 2021

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    On 09/01/2021 at 9:53 PM, meebz said

    yo im trying to make this build work but im 60 ex down and still dies right left and center on t14+ maps, is there a chance that any1 with a bit more knogleg than me coudt lend me some wisom and hopefully get it to work x’D

    here is a link to my char if that helps: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/lakridspiben/characters

    I see you went for a little more offensive approach without the Glorious Vanity. Your gear however looks fairly solid. What exactly is killing you though? It almost has to be a playstyle thing? Cause with this build, no monster should almost ever be able to hit you as they all die instantly? Are you dying to on death effects like Volatiles, Bearers, …?

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    yea i think it was a playstyle isue, im rushing thrue all the maps now and im owm to try out a a8 sirus but the only problem i have left is the mana. i sem to always run out of it and when im out of flask charges im pretty screwed, is there a way to fix that? ^^

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    On 10/01/2021 at 4:59 AM, meebz said

    yea i think it was a playstyle isue, im rushing thrue all the maps now and im owm to try out a a8 sirus but the only problem i have left is the mana. i sem to always run out of it and when im out of flask charges im pretty screwed, is there a way to fix that? ^^

    You can fix that, but its incredibly highend gearwise. You’d have to get -9 on Rings & Jewellery and use a Replic Conqueror’s Efficiency as far as I can tell. The Mana flask should almost always be up though!

    Actually, maybe a Mana Gained for Each Enemy Hit by Your Spells mod on a shaper ring COULD suffice! I haven’t tried that though myself but if you get 3 mana per hit, and bladefall bladeblast hit a lot so that might actually be enough.

    If you end up testing it, let me know though so I can recommend it perhaps!

    Edited by TbXie on January 10th, 2021

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    sure think m8 thank yo so much for the help and the guide!
    even tho the sirus kill failed it wasnt the build but me messing up and pc studdering

    again tywm!

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    Hey – I ran a poison version of this build (the Ghazzy one on this site actually) and a “+3 Mana gained for each enemy hit by your spells” ring solved this issue for me entirely. Given the nature of the skill it winds up procing a ton.

    On 10/01/2021 at 6:02 AM, TbXie said

    On 10/01/2021 at 4:59 AM, meebz

    yea i think it was a playstyle isue, im rushing thrue all the maps now and im owm to try out a a8 sirus but the only problem i have left is the mana. i sem to always run out of it and when im out of flask charges im pretty screwed, is there a way to fix that? ^^

    You can fix that, but its incredibly highend gearwise. You’d have to get -9 on Rings & Jewellery and use a Replic Conqueror’s Efficiency as far as I can tell. The Mana flask should almost always be up though!

    Actually, maybe a Mana Gained for Each Enemy Hit by Your Spells mod on a shaper ring COULD suffice! I haven’t tried that though myself but if you get 3 mana per hit, and bladefall bladeblast hit a lot so that might actually be enough.

    If you end up testing it, let me know though so I can recommend it perhaps!

    Edited by BobbyFeru on January 12th, 2021

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