Ice Spear Freezing Pulse Totem Hierophant Build Guide (PoE Scourge 3.16)




The build is abusing certain mechanics surrounding self-cursing which will barely if at all affect us and allow us to deal significant amounts of damage. The details about these mechanics that we will be abusing is listed in the guide!

Since this is a very niche playstyle I would strongly recommend watching the video linked below to determine if it’s something you’d find enjoyable to play.

Below, you can see the build in action from my YouTube guide. Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, and you should always refer to this guide to make sure you have the updated information.


In this section, I will outline the pros, cons, and general playstyle. This will help you to determine if this is the right build is for you!


+ High Sustaining – Due to the nature of this build, sustaining our defensive layers is very effective as the tools are provided by the ascendancy as well as skill-tree choices.

+ League Starter – The only mandatory item is generally very cheap early in a league.

+ Bosser – The damage output this build can achieve even in low budget is completely absurd.


Squishy – The build is not designed to face-tank enemies and can, in lower levels of gear, feel somewhat squishy. A careful playstyle can negate this issue.


This playstyle is based around leveraging the unique Soul Mantle Soul Mantle to summon an army of powerful totems that bury your foes in ice while also utilizing a variety of tools to negate the dangers of the unique’s self-curse effect.


This build deals solely cold damage and, due to the scales of crits, we are consistently chilling and freezing enemies resulting in them being shattered. This is a very effective offensive mechanic that also provides a defense against monsters such as porcupines and bone husk. Using the Soul Mantle Soul Mantle, we will consistently curse ourselves and when combined with the Self-Flagellation Self-Flagellation jewel this results in our damage output skyrocketing.

To counter the massive amount of curses we are applying to ourselves we have a couple of options. The cheap one being 2x Kikazaru Kikazaru coupled with the Soul of Yugul pantheon power to reach 100% curse effectiveness reduction. Do keep in mind that curse-rolled maps in the red tier will still afflict you with a minor curse. To avoid being below elemental resistance versus an Elemental Weakness rolled map, you’ll need 15% fire, cold, and lightning resistance above the cap. The more expensive alternatives include Viridi’s Veil and Atziri's Reflection Atziri's Reflection.


The PoB community fork created by Localidentity is the only version being kept up to date, so make sure you have the correct version: PoB Community Fork.

Here is the Freezing Pulse Ice Spear Totem Hierophant Low Budget PoB:. For a quick glance over the finished skill tree for this version, check out this link.

Due to time limitations leading into 3.16, I’ve focused on getting all my guides updated before launch. Therefore, the PoB listed for high budget is still for 3.15 and is available here: Freezing Pulse Ice Spear Totem Hierophant High Budget PoB

You can find more information about this, as well as about the gem links for the build, on our dedicated page.

IS/FP Totem Hierophant PoB, Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links


A lot of the end-game gear can easily be crafted. For a general overview of crafting and to learn how to craft specific items, check out my crafting guides here.

You can read more details about our gearing recommendations on the dedicated page. You’ll find a summarized version below.

IS/FP Totem Hierophant Gear, Jewels & Flasks

Item Slot Item Name Rarity
Head Life then res/attributes as needed Rare
Amulet Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Chest Soul Mantle Soul Mantle Unique
Gloves Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Boots Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Belt Darkness Enthroned Darkness Enthroned Unique
Rings 1x Kikazaru Kikazaru & a Rare with Life then Res/Attributes as needed Unique & Rare
Weapons Rare wands with spell dmg/cast speed/spell crit Rare


You can read about the recommended Ascendancy, Bandit choice, and Pantheon Power recommendations for this build on our dedicated page.

IS/FP Totem Hierophant Ascendancy, Bandits & Pantheon Powers


It is recommended to level this build by self-casting your abilities till you’re able to spec Ancestral Bond. Once you’ve allocated this Keystone passive, you’ll be able to utilize totems and the build’s masochistic power will begin to shine.


Generic spell abilities before totems comes in play:

Once you reach level 4, you are able to get Holy Flame Totem Holy Flame Totem:

  1. Holy Flame Totem Holy Flame Totem
  2. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

This works very well together with Flame Wall Flame Wall

The Aura decision comes in Act 2, which is when you will enable Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder and Herald of Ash Herald of Ash.

Once you get access to the Ancestral Bond Keystone, you can continue using the Holy Flame Totem. Further down the road (in act 5) you can change to Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse as you get access to First Snow First Snow granting free extra projectiles and improving your clearing speed.

For more general leveling advice, we recommend the following guides.


To guarantee that my guides are tools you can utilize to enhance your experience in Path of Exile, all you need to do is post your question in the comments and I will personally attend to them as soon as possible.


As much as I love making build guides, it is very crucial in a game like Path of Exile that you play the game the way you enjoy playing it. With that said, if you’ve made any tweaks to the build compared to what I’m showing in this guide I would love it if you’d posted it in the comments! Sharing this information is an extremely effective way to help other players and it helps me grow as a build guide creator!

I hope you found the build guide useful and I wish you all many Exalted Orb Exalted Orb drops!

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    Hi there, thanks for the build! I enjoyed it a lot! Still have a lot of optimizations items wise for my build, but at level 80 in yellow maps so far. Really fun.

    I ran this for 3.15 and it feels great damage wise, but at times really squishy. The new league makes everything harder to kill and that makes it even harder to survive at times.

    My question is what would be the best solution for more survivability?

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    On 27/07/2021 at 7:04 PM, So1S4lty said

    why is totem support used with freezing pulse?

    Soul mantle gives it spell totem.

  3. GhazzyTV




    Honestly, this build scales so well with crit which thanks to doing cold damage allows for consistent freezing which provides an insanely effective defensive layer. But I do agree that surviving with most if not all builds is harder in 3.15 than it ever was.

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    On 27/07/2021 at 8:17 PM, peekatchu said

    On 27/07/2021 at 7:04 PM, So1S4lty

    what should i use instead of the soul mantle instead for now because i dont have 2ex to spend and dont see my self coming across it anytime soon

    why is totem support used with freezing pulse?

    Soul mantle gives it spell totem.

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    “2x Kikazaru coupled with the Soul of Yugul pantheon power to reach 100% curse effectiveness reduction”

    I’m following this guide, but I can’t understand how Yugul helps us with self-cursing.

    EDIT: Ghazzy helped me with this. Yugil gives 20% once upgraded. POB and the wiki are out of date and give the wrong info regarding this pantheon power.

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    Yugul has 3 effects:

    Upper both: 25% reduced reflected damage for you and your minions and 50% chance to reflect enemy chills and freezes
    lower one: 20% reduced effect of curses on you.

    If you have 1 Divine Vessel, you can combine it with a map where the Boss is for Yugul to unlock the the lower one of Yuguls effects.

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    question about survivability:
    Will it be any god to you if you get wicked ward and anoint heart of ice to get the “0,2% cold dam. leeched as ES” and does it work with totems


  8. GhazzyTV




    Well you’re then forced to use the Spell Totem support till you’re able to get yourself the Soul Mantle! :)

    Eadred & Livius:

    Basically what Livius is referring to and as I stated earlier when we spoke; You have to upgrade the Yugul pantheon to reach 100%, however, Sanctum of Thoughts (3p node cluster) on the left hand side between Marauder & Templar start will provide the remaining 20% till you’ve upgraded the Pantheon (or skip curse maps till you’ve upgraded it).


    The leech would not apply to use since we are essentially not the ones doing the damage!

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    can anyone explain what the point of second wind in the arcane cloak setup is?

    It’s not instant, so no extra charge, and unless you get the gem to 25+ it’s just a reduction to the cooldown speed…

    and about FP vs IS: FP clear IS bossing? or is IS viable for claer later?

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    I think the Second Wind Gem is just to reduce the cooldown of Arcane Cloak.

    FP is JUST for clearing because the clear speed with IS is damn low even with the unique jewel Rain of Splinters.

  11. GhazzyTV



    This is true, it’s an oversight on my end. I still use Second Wind on mobility skills it actually feels rather ok. But for Arcane Cloak this is true. I’ll be taking a round on all my guides tomorrow to adjust this among a few other minor things in PoB’s. Any other mistake you see, please poke me asap and I’ll have it sorted!

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    Well the res test jewel should probably not be in the pob, but a second treshold jewel instead.

    Oh, and CWDT setup also has a useless second wind.

    otherwise everything seems ok in the budget version at least

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    Hello, I am having a strange issue that is possibly me just being a noob but my damage for freezing pulse doubles the damage that ice spear puts out. Granted, my build is nowhere near finished but I just find it strange and wanted to see if anyone else was experiencing this or if there was a common mistake I am making or something.

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    About the problem with the both Second Wind setups.
    Which Gem would do you prefer to use instead of Second Wind?

  15. GhazzyTV




    The resistance test jewel is for people to check the actual eHP values in PoB. I can see how that can be somewhat confusing so I’ll consider removing it. A second threshold jewel is not needed as it will only affect Freezing Pulse where 1 is more than enough for consistent high efficient clearing, since we are switching to Ice Spear the threshold jewel provides no value which is why we don’t want to use more than 1 or it would create a scenario where we would prefer to switch the jewels before a boss fight as well which would be very annoying.


    Once you get crit going it is important that you check the “second form” of ice spear as that is where the damage kicks in by reaching 100% crit chance. It is very possible that your Ice Spear is showing less dmg if you are checking it vs the “first form” which deals significantly less damage!


    Efficacy Support Efficacy Support seems to be the best option as it is literally just a filler, ultimately you could might as well have a portal gem in there with how little efficacy provides. I couldn’t find any other gem switches that would make much sense.

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    Thanks for you fast answer @GhazzyTV. :)

    I like your build it’s really smooth. But one question, do you use 2 First Snow or just 1?

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    Oh and another question. I would like to add Cluster jewel to this build.

    There aren’t that much notables for totems. In my opinion just 5:

    Ancestral Echo: gives 20% totem placement speed and 10% attack/cast speed
    Ancestral Inspiration: gives Arcane Surge if you place a totem and spells casted by a totem have 25% increased dmg.
    Ancretral Might: 20% totem dmg, 30% totem duration, 30% dmg if no totem summoned ln the past 2 sec.
    Ancestral Reach: 25% totem dmg, 25% totem placement speed, 25% placement range.
    Snaring Spirits: 30% totem dmg, totems hinder enemys near totem with 25% reduced movement speed.

  18. GhazzyTV




    My pleasure, I try my best!
    Only 1 is being used in the guide.

    I think you’ll need to check them in PoB to verify which would be the strongest combination tbh, I didn’t like adding clusters to this build as it demands such a wide spread on the tree but there are a few styles for the higher budget investment that would work well. My personal enjoyment of this build is the value behind the strength of this builds performance on low budget.

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