Low-Life Righteous Fire Guardian Build Guide (PoE Legion 3.7)

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Introduction

Righteous Fire Righteous Fire has been a popular skill for a long time. The skill essentially degenerates player’s life and energy shield pool in order to create a burning circle around the character. Righteous Fire has a decent clear speed along with the potential to kill all endgame bosses. The Low-Life Righteous Fire Guardian is a character that specializes in stacking heavy amounts of Energy Shield, Life regeneration that transitions to Energy Shield and a good amount of Maximum Resistances. This is achieved by running strong auras in combination with the Guardian ascendancy class, which provides great perks when you reserve your mana and life.

The build achieves extreme amounts of Energy Shield, Armour and Maximum Resistances, which allows you to land smooth and safe kills on endgame bosses. The build is also not recommended for beginner players, since it requires some game knowledge and specific items and gem setups in order to work.

Build Summary

The Low-Life Righteous Fire Righteous Fire Guardian requires few specific items in order to work. Every Low-Life build needs to somehow mitigate Chaos damage, as otherwise it will easily kill you since you have very little life. To prevent Chaos damage from bypassing your Energy Shield you need Solaris Lorica Solaris Lorica, Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings, or Coruscating Elixir Coruscating Elixir. We also need to deal with being stun-locked, and for this we will need Eye of Chayula Eye of Chayula early on, and Presence of Chayula Presence of Chayula as an endgame amulet.

The build can get pricey later on, but all you need in order to get started is a simple Solaris Lorica Solaris Lorica, Eye of Chayula Eye of Chayula, and preferably a crafted Shield with “% Reduced Damage Taken From Damage Over Time”.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great for boss killing
+ One of the tankiest builds available
+ Decent clear speed

Cons

- Not recommended for new players
- Cannot be played since the beginning of the game; requires respecing

Playstyle

Offensively, standing near enemies is necessary, since Righteous Fire Righteous Fire deals damage in an area around you. Once the enemies are in your burning area and take damage, you can lower their resistances via Scorching Ray Scorching Ray. Orb of Storms Orb of Storms has two purposes – lowering enemies’ resistances via Elemental Equilibrium and triggering Elemental Overload. Shield Charge Shield Charge will allow you to move around quickly.

Defensively, you mostly rely on your extreme defense and damage mitigation in combination with immense amount of life regeneration in order to survive. Running all the elemental purities, along with Discipline and Vitality will give you everything you need in order to stay safe.

For Playstyle, when you active Righteous Fire you simply run into packs of monsters, they should die in a second from the burning effect. If you encounter stronger foes you should drop down an Orb of Storms and start channelling Scorching Ray. For defense, you should focus on one big thing – the Time of Need ascendancy node. This ascendancy node will heal 30% of your life pool every 5 seconds, which will allow you to step back when you get hit hard and recover the damage taken.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree, Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Templar – Guardian)

  1. Time of Need
  2. Radiant Faith
  3. Unwavering Faith
  4. Bastion of Hope

Time of Need provides a great life recovery mechanic, which you can depend on in sticky situations. Radiant Faith is another very strong ascendancy node; it provides a lot of Energy Shield and Armour to you depending how much mana and life you’ve reserved. Unwavering Faith provides a decent amount of physical mitigation and life regeneration, both of which are very useful for the build. Bastion of Hope basically provides a great amount of Block Chance.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree.

The build focuses on picking up huge amount of life regeneration, which is converted to Energy Shield regeneration via the Zealot’s Oath passive keystone node. Elemental Overload and Elemental Equilibrium increase your damage potential by a great deal. All the aura nodes are picked in order to allow you to reserve 5 auras, which are also empowered by the aura effectiveness nodes.

Bandits

Considering the build does not benefit from helping any specific bandit, we choose to kill them all in Act II.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of Arakaali is a great choice when it comes to major Pantheons.

Minor: There are many valuable minor Pantheons; Soul of Shakari’s Poison Immunity is a great choice for the build.

Pantheon powers can be upgraded by using Divine Vessel in the Map Device while you are activating the particular Map that contains the boss you need. Once you’ve killed the boss and captured his soul, you need to deliver the vessel to Sin in Oriath.

Gems

Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire is the build’s signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Shield Charge Shield Charge and Flame Dash Flame Dash. For additional single target damage, you should use Scorching Ray Scorching Ray and Orb of Storms Orb of Storms. The auras that the build runs should be specifically linked in different gem setups in order for the build to work.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority (starting from the top left, going to the right on each row of the links), meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom (with the bottom right being the last). Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.

Righteous Fire (6-Link)

Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire is a skill that creates a burning aura around your character. In order to improve your single target damage output, you can use the vaal version of the skill. We recommend two different links for both clearing and single target.

For clearing, use the following link.

  1. Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire
  2. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  3. Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support
  4. Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support
  5. Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support
  6. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

For single target, use the following link.

  1. Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire
  2. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  3. Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support
  4. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  5. Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support
  6. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support

Scorching Ray (4-Link)

Scorching Ray Scorching Ray is a channelling skill that stacks a debuff on the target, which lowers their Fire resistance.

  1. Scorching Ray Scorching Ray
  2. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  3. Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support
  4. Efficacy Support Efficacy Support

Auras

Two of the elemental purities need to be active in combination with Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support, once you have an Enlighten Support Enlighten Support level 4. Before that you can run Discipline Discipline on your life instead. Down below we will provide an example of the ideal endgame gem setup you would want to run.

Purities

  1. Purity of Ice Purity of Ice
  2. Purity of Lightning Purity of Lightning
  3. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support
  4. Enlighten Support Enlighten Support

Discipline and Vitality

  1. Discipline Discipline
  2. Vitality Vitality
  3. Enlighten Support Enlighten Support

You would ideally socket your Purity of Fire Purity of Fire into an Unset Ring Unset Ring that provides additional gem levels.

Shield Charge (3-Link)

Shield Charge Shield Charge is the build’s main mobility skill. If you hit enemies with the skill you will get the Fortify buff for a short duration.

  1. Shield Charge Shield Charge
  2. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  3. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

Other Gems

Flame Dash Flame Dash will provide additional mobility when you need to jump over map terrain. Orb of Storms Orb of Storms should be dropped on the ground near tough enemies in order to increase your single target damage potential. You can utilize Vaal Molten Shell Vaal Molten Shell very well due to the amount of Armour you can achieve with the build.

Gearing

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources. Ideally, you would want to get two important endgame items – Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings and Presence of Chayula Presence of Chayula. Besides that the most expensive thing you will have to purchase is level 3 or 4 Enlighten Support Enlighten Support.

Helmet

A well rolled rare Energy Shield base is best in slot. For enchant, you would want to look for “% reduced Discipline Mana Reservation”. The Rare Affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. Energy Shield (at least 300)
  3. Nearby Enemies Have -9% to Fire Resistance (Scorched Fossil Scorched Fossil)

Body Armour

If you are on a budget, you will be forced to use Solaris Lorica Solaris Lorica. For endgame, you should look to buy a Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings. Since the Body Armour is build-enabling for the build, we will not recommend any Rare Affix priority.

Gloves

A well rolled rare Energy Shield base gloves are best in slot. The Rare Affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. Energy Shield (at least 120)

Boots

A well rolled Energy Shield base boots are best in slot. Sin Trek Sin Trek and Steppan Eard Steppan Eard are both a good choice for the build. For enchant, look for “Regenerate #% of Life and Mana per second if you were hit recently”. The Rare Affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. Energy Shield (at least 120)
  3. % increased Movement speed (at least 25%)

Belt

A well rolled Stygian Vise Stygian Vise is best in slot. The Rare Affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. Energy Shield
  3. Grants level 20 Aspect of the Spider
  4. % increased Energy Shield from Body Armour (Dense Fossil Dense Fossil)

Amulet

The budget amulet for the build is Eye of Chayula Eye of Chayula, which will prevent you being stun-locked. Its upgraded version, Presence of Chayula Presence of Chayula will provide a lot of energy shield, but this amulet is very pricey.

Rings

Two decently rolled Unset Ring Unset Rings can be used if you are socket-starved, if not you will need just one. The Rare Affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  2. +# to Levels of Socketed Gems (for Purity of Fire)
  3. % Increased Maximum Energy Shield (crafted via crafting bench)
  4. Flat Energy Shield
  5. Added Cold or Lightning damage to attacks (will allow you to trigger Elemental Equilibrium with your Shield Charge Shield Charge)

Weapon

Brightbeak Brightbeak is a cheap weapon that will carry you a long way. Doryani's Catalyst Doryani's Catalyst provides a lot of elemental damage, which scales your Righteous Fire damage.

Shield

A well rolled rare Energy Shield base is best in slot. The Rare Affix priority is:

  1. % Reduced Damage Taken from Damage Over Time (crafted via crafting bench)
  2. +#% total Elemental Resistance (until capped)
  3. Energy Shield (at least 350)

Flasks

Ruby flask will reduce the damage you take from Righteous Fire even further. Sulphur flask provides additional damage and life regeneration. Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction helps you cap your Block Chance and provides a good amount of flat Armour. Witchfire Brew Witchfire Brew provides a lot of damage over time, which helps out with your damage output. For the last flask slot you can choose between many utility flasks, we recommend Quicksilver for mobility, or Basalt, Topaz or Sapphire for defence. Make sure you have Freeze, Bleed and Curse immunity flasks.

Jewels

The build can make use of some expensive unique jewels. Energy From Within Energy From Within can be used in two jewel slot on the passive skill tree. A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with the “% increased Energy Shield Recovery Rate while affected by Discipline” can be very beneficial for the build. Besides that you should focus on regular rare jewels.

Rare Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % Increased Energy Shield
  2. % Increased Burning Damage
  3. % Increased Fire Damage
  4. % Increased Damage over Time
  5. % Increased Damage
  6. % Increased Area damage

Rare Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Energy shield (at least 35)
  2. % Chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
  3. % Increased Damage Over Time While Holding Shield
  4. % Increased Damage if You’ve Killed Recently

Leveling

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

The Low-Life Righteous Fire Guardian should be leveled with a strong leveling spell such as Storm Brand Storm Brand. You can respec into Low-Life RF even before maps, as long as you have the required gear.

Leveling Trees

This is an example of a leveling passive skill tree for using Storm Brand Storm Brand. You can level with any skill you prefer, just make sure you do not spec into too many nodes that you will have to respec later.

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. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you can add Frost Bomb Frost Bomb for additional single target damage. War Banner War Banner can be picked for the Adrenaline buff it provides for a short duration when dropped.

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

At level 12, you should replace your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse with Storm Brand Storm Brand.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

By level 18, your Storm Brand Storm Brand link should look like this.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support

At level 28, you should add the following Lightning Spire Trap Lightning Spire Trap link, which will greatly augment you single target damage output.

  1. Lightning Spire Trap Lightning Spire Trap
  2. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  3. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

The build cannot do no regeneration maps. You should be fine with less regeneration maps in most cases, but it still might feel kind of clunky.

What is the very least the build needs in terms of a budget in order to get started?

Solaris Lorica Solaris Lorica and Eye of Chayula Eye of Chayula are mandatory. As long as you have decently leveled gems you can choose to not run one of the purities (Ice or Lightning), which will save you a lot of money on Enlighten Support Enlighten Support. Getting a Shield with the crafted mod “% Reduced Damage Taken from Damage Over Time” is also important early on. To start the build you do not need a huge amount of currency, but to improve it you will.

Conclusion

The Low-Life Righteous Fire Guardian is a very strong endgame boss killer. It does require some game knowledge and gear investment in order to get started. This build is not recommended for beginner players.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Legion 3.7. Improved Gearing and Gem sections along with replacing old passive trees.

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    Updated passive skill trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Honestly, this build is tedious as hell to play.

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    On 07/08/2019 at 8:41 PM, Zurkon said

    Honestly, this build is tedious as hell to play.

    It might not be for everyone, it still proves to be one of the most solid endgame boss killers we have.

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    Hi

    Why not to all Builds add Videos?

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