Infernal Blow Chieftain (Facebreaker) Build Guide (PoE Metamorph 3.9)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

Infernal Blow Infernal Blow is a melee skill that can be utilized for clearing to great success. It essentially allows you to detonate enemies’ corpses upon killing them, which can result in a great chain reaction.

For this particular build guide, we choose to use the Facebreaker Facebreaker unique gloves, since they are very cheap and you can build around them with little currency investment. The build can also be played with many weapon choices.

For the ascendancy, we choose to go with Chieftain, because of the great synergy this class has with Fire-themed builds. It allows us to fully convert our damage to Fire, gives us a great amount of Life leech and regeneration, Fire penetration and a huge rotational damage buff.

The build uses Resolute Technique, which allows us to not worry about Hit Chance, easily reaches over 230% increased maximum Life, and has enough damage to deal with the endgame.

Build Summary

All you need in order to start playing is a pair of the unique Facebreaker Facebreaker gloves. A near perfectly rolled ones should not cost more than a couple of Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs. Beyond that, you should focus on stacking as much flat Physical damage added to attacks as possible, since this is your main source of damage, which is greatly scaled by your Gloves.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Very satisfying clearing
+ Budget-friendly
+ Relatively tanky

Cons

- Mediocre mobility
- Mediocre single target

Playstyle

Offensively, you will be able to hit monsters from distance via the Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support gem. A single Infernal Blow Infernal Blow hit will be enough to one-shot most monster packs. When fighting single targets, having adds near the boss will allow you to explode them and deal great amount of damage. Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief will help out with additional single target damage.

Defensively, achieving a great Life pool and a lot of Life regeneration and Life leech is what the build is all about. The Infernal Blow Chieftain also has great Physical mitigation via the additional Endurance charges and 10% of Physical damage taken as Fire via the Romoka, Sun’s Light ascendancy node.

For Playstyle, hitting a pack of monster once or twice will be enough to destroy them and move forward. Infernal Blow’s explosion scales great into endgame, simply because it deals % of monster’s maximum life. Blood Rage Blood Rage can be used for additional Attack Speed and Frenzy charges.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive skill tree for the Infernal Blow Chieftain.

For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast
Gloves Facebreaker Facebreaker
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Steel Ring Steel Rings
Weapon Unarmed
Shield Great Old One's Ward Great Old One's Ward

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

You can start playing the Infernal Blow Chieftain as early as level 16, when you can equip Facebreaker Facebreaker.

Leveling Trees

Here is an example of the passive skill tree before maps. We rush Resolute Technique, then take the most efficient route, damage and Life wise. You do not need the Endurance charges until you do the Merciless labyrinth. You should head to Duelist first, since you might struggle with Mana, the Mana and Life leech node should fix this problem.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, your Molten Strike Molten Strike link should look like this.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  4. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 4, you should also add Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector for additional single target damage.

At level 8, your optimal Molten Strike Molten Strike gem setup looks like this.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash, this allows you to save time by jumping over certain terrain obstacles.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Purity Herald of Purity. At this point you are also able to equip Facebreaker Facebreaker. This is why we recommend replacing your Molten Strike Molten Strike with the following Infernal Blow Infernal Blow gem setup.

  1. Infernal Blow Infernal Blow
  2. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  3. Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

By level 18, your Infernal Blow Infernal Blow link should look like this.

  1. Infernal Blow Infernal Blow
  2. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  3. Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  5. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  6. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

At level 24, you should add Anger Anger for additional damage.

At level 28, you should replace your Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector with the following Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief link.

  1. Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief
  2. Combustion Support Combustion Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

When you ascend into Ngamahu, Flame’s Advance you are ready to use the endgame Infernal Blow Infernal Blow gem setup.

FAQ

What map mods should we avoid?

The build dies to Elemental Reflect. No Regeneration is manageable but tough and should also be avoided.

Conclusion

The Infernal Blow Chieftain obliterates foes with powerful Fire damage hits. The build is very budget friendly, with the option to be invested into for good endgame potential.

Changelog
  •   

    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build remains solid for clearing.

  •   

    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build is unchanged and plays just the same way as before.

  •   

    Updated for Legion 3.7. Improved Gem and Gearing sections along with replacing old passive skill trees.

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    Build added.

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