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The Pure Fire Shockwave Totem Chieftain is a very tanky Totem character that has great sustain and fun playstyle. The build is non-Crit-based and utilizes multiple keystone notables in order to reach its full potential. Ancestral Bond allows us to fully rely on our Totems to do the work, while Avatar of Fire makes them only deal damage of the Fire element and non else. Elemental Overload boosts our Elemental damage substantially and Blood Magic & Mortal Conviction solve all of our Mana problems and allow us to run Anger for free.
The build requires no initial investment and is a great league-starter. We mainly focus on well-rolled rare items, which also allows you to play the build in an SSF environment. Even with little gear the build will achieve a respectable Life pool due to the great amount of % increased Life that is picked up on the passive skill tree. The damage is scaled by Spell damage, Totem damage, Physical damage, Fire damage and AoE damage. A cheap unique like Doon Cuebiyari can be used, since you will probably have a great amount of Strength.
Pros & Cons
+ Hardcore viable
+ Good boss killer
+ Great life sustain via Tukohama, War’s Herald ascendancy node
- Single target damage in the endgame is not comparable to top tier boss killers, but is enough
Offensively, placing a single set of Totems will be enough to kill most monster packs. Considering the build is taking advantage of the Elemental Overload node, you can drop down an Orb of Storms in order to trigger the keystone. To augment your single target damage further, you can hand-cast curses like Flammability.
Defensively, keeping your distance and letting Totems do the work is what the build is all about. If you get hit you can easily recover, since you leech Life based on the damage done of your Totems. The build also achieves a good amount of Life regeneration.
For playstyle, place Totems next to monster packs and move on. When encountering a tougher monster, curse it with your offensive curse and drop down Orb of Storms in order to trigger the Elemental Overload effect.
This is what the endgame passive skill tree looks like.
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.
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.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Chest||Belly of the Beast|
|Belt||Rare Stygian Vise|
|Rings||Rare Opal Ring|
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
Useful Leveling Unique Items
As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. 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.
Using 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.
At level 10, add Leap Slam for additional mobility.
By level 18, your Molten Strike link should look like this.
- Molten Strike
- Ancestral Call Support
- Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
- Elemental Focus Support
- Melee Physical Damage Support
- Concentrated Effect Support
At level 24, you should pick up Anger.
Once you have picked up Ancestral Bond, you can start using your signature skill, Shockwave Totem. You should ideally do this around level 38, until then the skill might feel clunky (the reason being Multiple Totems Support). Replace Molten Strike with the following Shockwave Totem link.
- Shockwave Totem
- Multiple Totems Support
- Controlled Destruction Support
- Added Fire Damage Support
- Elemental Focus Support
- Fire Penetration Support
Why do you pick Minion nodes?
The Spiritual Aid node on the passive tree allow you to benefit from Minion damage; Minion nodes on the passive tree are very point-efficient in general.
What map mods are impossible to do?
This is one of the very few builds that can do all map mods.
The Pure Fire Shockwave Totem Chieftain places very tough Totems that deal reliable amount of damage that is enough to take down the hardest of encounters. The character is very tanky and has great sustain, which will allow you to learn boss fights while having the option to make a mistake here and there.