The Broken Build - Blade Blast Chieftain Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

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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

Since this build works as soon as you swap to it after the storyline, you’ll be completely fine regardless but I’ll leave you with this Path of Building to give you an idea as to what I would suggest your tree looks like at the beginning of maps.

If you’re not comfortable with Path of Building, here’s a PoePlanner to give you an idea of how your tree should look like whenever you’re at about that level.

Gem Links

Blade Blast Blade Blast – Main Link (6-Link)

Blade Blast scales exceptionally well with levels. Getting a 21/20 is a really big upgrade! Awakened Gems are very potent in this build as well, try to get them when / as you can afford them!

  1. Blade Blast Blade Blast
  2. Awakened Controlled Destruction Support Awakened Controlled Destruction Support
  3. Awakened Elemental Focus Support Awakened Elemental Focus Support
  4. Awakened Fire Penetration Support Awakened Fire Penetration Support
  5. Inspiration Support Inspiration Support
  6. Awakened Increased Area of Effect Support Awakened Increased Area of Effect Support

Spawning blades with Bladefall Bladefall

Because you want to create as many blades with a single cast to make mapping and bossing as smooth as possible, you’re using Unleash and Spell Cascade to get as many of them as you can! Additionally, by linking Combustion to it, monsters get a huge Fire Resistance reduction Blade Blast can then make use off.

  1. Bladefall Bladefall
  2. Spell Cascade Support Spell Cascade Support
  3. Unleash Support Unleash Support
  4. Combustion Support Combustion Support

Movement & Utility

Since this build is pretty socket starved, if you want to have max utility you will have to either manually cast your Immortal Call Immortal Call or drop your Tempest Shield Tempest Shield all together. This setup will not run Tempest Shield but if you’re okay manually casting Immortal Call, you’d run a Tempest Shield Tempest Shield gem in your weapon for automatic triggers.

  1. Immortal Call Immortal Call (1)
  2. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (1)
  1. Flame Dash Flame Dash
  2. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

Aura’s / Enduring Cry

Again, as I’m assuming you’re not using Tempest Shield in your Trigger Weapon, you’re going to put a Herald of Ash there (as that can’t be triggered). If you would run a Tempest Shield in your weapon, you can move your Herald of Ash here.

  1. Herald of Purity Herald of Purity
  2. Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots
  3. Blood Rage Blood Rage
  4. Enduring Cry Enduring Cry

Trigger Wand Setup

As you want to get all of these buffs automatically cast, you need to socket them in your Trigger Wand. These effectively add a ton of Damage through lowering resistances and exposing enemies to Fire Damage (and potentially getting you block chance if you chose to go the Tempest Shield Route)

  1. Herald of Ash Herald of Ash
  2. Flammability Flammability
  3. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction

Fortify & Vaal Righteous Fire

Since everyone likes being tanky, this build runs a Shield Charge supported by Fortify to get you another layer of defenses. It’s not the biggest of deals if it drops of left and right but you should use it on bosses for sure! Additionally, this is where you put your Vaal Righteous Fire for the big damages!

  1. Shield Charge Shield Charge
  2. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  3. Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire

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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

    Welcome

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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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