Purifying Flame Inquisitor Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

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Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

This version of the build is the most complete, offering both superb damage and a well-rounded phalanx of defenses. While the build can be comfortably played without Mind Over Matter, the risk of random one-shots — from Syndicate members, heavily modded Rares, and so on — in Tier 16 maps and Delves starts to become too pressing to ignore. For that reason, we recommend sacrificing a small amount of damage in order to provide a significant increase in stability. This addition also makes this a great a build for Hardcore, especially for newer players attempting Hardcore for the first time.

If you want to proceed without Mind Over Matter, you have a few options in how you might allocate the nodes you can drop. Force Shaper can be nice to round the build out once everything else is filled out, and the additional Jewel socket adjacent to Constitution’s “wheel of life” is also a tasty acquisition if you can spare the points.

You may also opt to sacrifice more damage for Life and/or Regeneration, all of which is available if you proceed downwards from Sanctity, into the nodes surrounding the Marauder’s starting wheel.

Gems

Purifying Flame Purifying Flame is our main skill for damage in all situations, and fits in to the only 6-Link we will incorporate into the build. Our damage is supported by the Zealotry Zealotry and Herald of Ash Herald of Ash auras, both of which boost our damage by a fair margin, and the latter of which facilitates ignite-chains that clean up enemies that avoid the main blast in an instant. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction and Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness debuff tankier targets with debuffs that further empower our damage against them, which can be a noticeable boost when dealing with bosses like the Uber Elder. Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand and Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support also team up to provide us with a little bit of extra damage and some Power Charges for similar situations.

Purifying Flame Purifying Flame 6-Link

Intensify Support Intensify Support can also be replaced with Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support, however, this results in both a damage loss and an Area of Effect loss. It does, however, free you from some of the restrictions of Intensify, which requires you to cast in place sequentially to gain its full power. Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support can also be employed as the next best gem after Concentrated Effect and offers less restrictions on clear and targeting, however, we feel the damage difference is too great — almost a million DPS when weighed against Intensify Support Intensify Support in end-game gear. Most of the disadvantages of Intensify are dealt with by Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support, which is why we recommend it as our default choice.

  1. Purifying Flame Purifying Flame
  2. Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support
  3. Combustion Support Combustion Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  6. Intensify Support Intensify Support

Auras 4-Link

If you want to enable Righteous Fire Righteous Fire for this build, you will need to replace Discipline Discipline with Vitality Vitality. We believe this is unnecessary, since our damage is already quite good and it nulls the benefits of the Life Regeneration as a defense, however, it does at about 1 million DPS in end-game gear. If you are using Mind Over Matter without Eldritch Battery, or not using either, you can drop Discipline entirely.

  1. Zealotry Zealotry
  2. Herald of Ash Herald of Ash
  3. Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline
  4. Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support 4-Link

If you prefer to use a higher level golem, you may opt to level it to 20 instead. In our experience, however, having the automatic re-summon is usually best, as it results in the highest uptime, and the Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem has a tendency to die often due to its taunt.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 10)
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 12)
  3. Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness (Level 13)
  4. Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem (Level 12)

Temporal Chains Temporal Chains can also be used for greater defense, especially early on. It is largely a choice between defense and damage. If you are using a Shaped neck that has % Chance to Gain a Power, Endurance, or Frenzy Charge on Kill, this curse is not necessary even for defense. Drop the curse from this link entirely, in favor of Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support, if you are using Mark of Submission Mark of Submission.

Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction and Mobility 4-Link

  1. Flame Dash Flame Dash
  2. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support (Level 5)
  3. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction
  4. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

This link will need to be changed once you have access to The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem support, as you will no longer be able to procure Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support‘s effects due to Eldritch Battery (only Mana spent can activate Arcane Surge). We recommend:

  1. Flame Dash Flame Dash
  2. Second Wind Support Second Wind Support
  3. Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction
  4. Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support

Alternately, you could opt not to use Second Wind Support Second Wind Support and fit in a convenience gem of your choosing. Decoy Totem Decoy Totem is an option, as is an additional Vaal skill, Portal Portal, and so on.

Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support 3-Link

This is only to be used for bosses, to generate Power Charges and put out a smidgen of extra damage.

  1. Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand
  2. Power Charge On Critical Support Power Charge On Critical Support
  3. Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support

You can opt to replace Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support with a gem of your own choosing, such as Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support if your Critical Strike is low. Culling Strike feels especially nice on bosses like Aul, the Crystal King or Uber Elder, however, due to its ability to instantly end the boss when it reaches 10% Life.

Defensive 3-Link

These links are mostly Player’s Preference, however, we have provided two example links that could be used depending on your weapons and preference.

This link is another Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support link, and automatically slows the Attack, Cast, and Movement speed of your foes. You may need to lower the level of Cold Snap Cold Snap, depending on how much Dexterity you have.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 5)
  2. Cold Snap Cold Snap (Level 10)
  3. Bonechill Support Bonechill Support

This next link is a little more “advanced”, as it requires you to manually activate Fortify Support Fortify Support and alternate between movement skills as needed, in order to also procure Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support if you are not casting Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  3. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

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    Really enjoying your guide – just started mapping with it as my first POE character. Still need to buy a necklace and flasks. If you have any thoughts on whether I’m missing anything important so far, let me know! https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/kojoten/characters

  2. Vlad

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    On 15/06/2019 at 3:34 PM, kelengrad said

    Really enjoying your guide – just started mapping with it as my first POE character. Still need to buy a necklace and flasks. If you have any thoughts on whether I’m missing anything important so far, let me know! https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/kojoten/characters

    I have to say, for your first PoE character, that is actually looking very sweet! The Purifying Flame Inquisitor is a beast, as you have no doubt learned. I don’t know how far in the end-game you got, but that character can shred the Shaper, Elder, and even Uber Elder apart.

    I don’t see anything missing, except that quite a few of your items could be better, but I’m sure you know that (your belt in particular has a bad life roll, your neck is horrid, your head could be better). In particular, a helm with a Purifying Flame deals 40% increased damage would be a good upgrade – you can find some that aren’t that expensive, or you could get a cheap one, scour it and craft it yourself (Scouring keeps the head enchant).

    Aside from that, just don’t forget to use Flame Dash or Wave of Conviction often enough to keep up the Arcane Surge buff!

    Good luck!

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    Thanks a ton, both for the reply and all of the effort put in to this guide. Definitely on budget gear right now – but working on it! Made upgrades to the necklace and flasks today, and will check out the helm situation.

    Do you have any advice for a gap-filler 6 link until I can either afford to buy or fuse a carcass jack? The cheapest way to get a 6 link jack seems to be buying it at 5 ex, but I’m a very long way away from that.

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    So, I’ve started playing POE Legion and decided to use this build (it feels a lot like a better version of the ancestral call/smite/holy relic abomination I built for myself when I first stated playing). I’ve tried to play with my friends a couple of times in the past but always bounced off. I think that’s because I didn’t put in the work to understand all the game mechanics so everything felt very confusing and arbitrary. I’m loving it this time though, this game has so much complexity when you start looking at it, and we’re only in act 2.

    Anyway, on to my question. I am confused why the build devotes so much attention to critical strike, to the point it goes halfway around the passive tree to get assassination, but then puts focused destruction on its main damage skill. That feels really anti-synergy. Is it a case of getting enough critical strike to offset the support? If so, wouldn’t it be better to either accept you won’t crit and use those passive points on other things (going south down to Arsonist and Magmatic Strike looks like something this build would appreciate), or else build for crits and use some other support? I’m just trying to understand the reasoning here since I’m new and want to learn what makes a character good.

  5. Vlad

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    On 16/06/2019 at 12:59 PM, dementedwombat said

    So, I’ve started playing POE Legion and decided to use this build (it feels a lot like a better version of the ancestral call/smite/holy relic abomination I built for myself when I first stated playing). I’ve tried to play with my friends a couple of times in the past but always bounced off. I think that’s because I didn’t put in the work to understand all the game mechanics so everything felt very confusing and arbitrary. I’m loving it this time though, this game has so much complexity when you start looking at it, and we’re only in act 2.

    Anyway, on to my question. I am confused why the build devotes so much attention to critical strike, to the point it goes halfway around the passive tree to get assassination, but then puts focused destruction on its main damage skill. That feels really anti-synergy. Is it a case of getting enough critical strike to offset the support? If so, wouldn’t it be better to either accept you won’t crit and use those passive points on other things (going south down to Arsonist and Magmatic Strike looks like something this build would appreciate), or else build for crits and use some other support? I’m just trying to understand the reasoning here since I’m new and want to learn what makes a character good.

    Hey! Furty, the guide’s creator, will no doubt answer you, but until he does, I can give you my take.

    I suspect the reason is, as you guessed, that you get so much Crit that you offset the downside of the support (it does not prevent you from ever critting – it’s just a decrease that can be overcome with more crit). I think the math/theorycrafting works out such that even spending crit to offset the downside still makes the other bonuses of that gem bring an overall net DPS gain (or perhaps even the best DPS gain out of all the possible gem options for that socket).

    This game is indeed very complex (and without meaning to be condescending, if you’re in Act 2 and enjoy the game’s complexity, you’re going to love it in the end-game), and sometimes there are so many different interactions working together that it’s impossible to tell what’s best just by looking at a skill. This is where tools like Path of Building come in handy.

    Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying the guide and the game, and please don’t hesitate to ask about anything you may wish to know!

  6. Furty

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    On 16/06/2019 at 2:03 AM, kelengrad said

    Thanks a ton, both for the reply and all of the effort put in to this guide. Definitely on budget gear right now – but working on it! Made upgrades to the necklace and flasks today, and will check out the helm situation.

    Do you have any advice for a gap-filler 6 link until I can either afford to buy or fuse a carcass jack? The cheapest way to get a 6 link jack seems to be buying it at 5 ex, but I’m a very long way away from that.

    The only real “filler” 6-Link is the Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa — other items tend to be multiple Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs. This isn’t due to the item cost, but the Orb of Fusing Orb of Fusing investment required to actually 6-Link the item. In most cases, it is cheaper to link items yourself.

  7. Furty

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    On 16/06/2019 at 12:59 PM, dementedwombat said

    So, I’ve started playing POE Legion and decided to use this build (it feels a lot like a better version of the ancestral call/smite/holy relic abomination I built for myself when I first stated playing). I’ve tried to play with my friends a couple of times in the past but always bounced off. I think that’s because I didn’t put in the work to understand all the game mechanics so everything felt very confusing and arbitrary. I’m loving it this time though, this game has so much complexity when you start looking at it, and we’re only in act 2.

    Anyway, on to my question. I am confused why the build devotes so much attention to critical strike, to the point it goes halfway around the passive tree to get assassination, but then puts focused destruction on its main damage skill. That feels really anti-synergy. Is it a case of getting enough critical strike to offset the support? If so, wouldn’t it be better to either accept you won’t crit and use those passive points on other things (going south down to Arsonist and Magmatic Strike looks like something this build would appreciate), or else build for crits and use some other support? I’m just trying to understand the reasoning here since I’m new and want to learn what makes a character good.

    Vlad has explained it pretty well — Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support is obscenely strong — but you should also note that by using a Diamond Flask you are essentially able to crit cap yourself regardless, or very close, which nullifies any disadvantage you might experience. Many crit builds use Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support due to its effectiveness.

    I would also note that “going halfway around the tree for assassination” is a little bit hyperbolic. There is no point after Arcanist’s Dominion near the Witch starting area where you are going more than 2 +10 stat nodes without snapping up a valuable wheel or notable, and all of these produce pretty exceptional damage returns.

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    Hello i loved this guild!!!

    is mi first character and i really have mana problems!

    help me!

    https://pastebin.com/J7hDaECM

  9. Furty

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    On 25/06/2019 at 11:51 PM, Pablore said

    Hello i loved this guild!!!

    is mi first character and i really have mana problems!

    help me!

    https://pastebin.com/J7hDaECM

    It’s a lot easier to sustain once you get The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem and can take Eldritch Battery. Good use of Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn helps a lot on clearing, as well. Make sure you put a point into Quick Recovery, and maybe consider puttint two (temporary) points into Deep Thoughts.

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    On 26/06/2019 at 8:08 AM, Furty said

    On 25/06/2019 at 11:51 PM, Pablore said

    Hello i loved this guild!!!

    is mi first character and i really have mana problems!

    help me!

    https://pastebin.com/J7hDaECM

    It’s a lot easier to sustain once you get The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem and can take Eldritch Battery. Good use of Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn helps a lot on clearing, as well. Make sure you put a point into Quick Recovery, and maybe consider puttint two (temporary) points into Deep Thoughts.

    thank you right now I’m going to try it
    the Eldritch Battery. does not nullify the effect of arcane surge?

  11. Furty

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    On 26/06/2019 at 9:48 PM, Pablore said

    On 26/06/2019 at 8:08 AM, Furty said

    On 25/06/2019 at 11:51 PM, Pablore said

    Hello i loved this guild!!!

    is mi first character and i really have mana problems!

    help me!

    https://pastebin.com/J7hDaECM

    It’s a lot easier to sustain once you get The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem and can take Eldritch Battery. Good use of Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn helps a lot on clearing, as well. Make sure you put a point into Quick Recovery, and maybe consider puttint two (temporary) points into Deep Thoughts.

    thank you right now I’m going to try it
    the Eldritch Battery. does not nullify the effect of arcane surge?

    Yes, it does. Drop Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support and replace it with Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support, or turn it into a 3-Link and make your Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand your new 4-Link with a support of your choice (Combustion Support Combustion Support for a little extra damage).

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    ok ok!

    this was what I did

    Helmet (devourin diadem) zealotry-herald of ash-righteus fire- and change increased duration for anger (sry
    I do not know how to link in chat)

    and gloves : take out arcane surge and replace for increased duration

    mi inglish isnt good, sry

  13. Furty

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    On 27/06/2019 at 7:22 PM, Pablore said

    ok ok!

    this was what I did

    Helmet (devourin diadem) zealotry-herald of ash-righteus fire- and change increased duration for anger (sry
    I do not know how to link in chat)

    and gloves : take out arcane surge and replace for increased duration

    mi inglish isnt good, sry

    Awesome, let me know how it works out for you, or if you need any tips!

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    On 27/06/2019 at 9:29 PM, Furty said

    On 27/06/2019 at 7:22 PM, Pablore said

    ok ok!

    this was what I did

    Helmet (devourin diadem) zealotry-herald of ash-righteus fire- and change increased duration for anger (sry
    I do not know how to link in chat)

    and gloves : take out arcane surge and replace for increased duration

    mi inglish isnt good, sry

    Awesome, let me know how it works out for you, or if you need any tips!

    if it really worked for me, my mana problems were over, my dps has increased
    I lost a bit of cast speed due to arcane surge but I prefer it like that
    in fact right now I’m having an energy shield that I’ll try to change for armor items
    I would only see how it works later in the game since I am not full of items
    First of all thank you very much for answering my doubts.

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    My pleasure, good to hear things are falling properly into place.

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    Absolutely great guide – really goes in depth – a person like me returning.. this is just the medicine!

    I’ve spend some time trying to craft the weapons but no luck yet – still need to do a bit of leg work there – but otherwise it feels like I am pretty far away from the “top” dps mentioned in this post.

    sitting at around 155k, aura’s on – no flasks, and about 4,6k health which is fine considering i left alot of life nodes out.

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/MrSabras/characters

    Look for RedHatLegion

    Any help would be greatly appriciated – Thanks!

    Edited by redhat on July 8th, 2019

  17. Furty

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    On 08/07/2019 at 12:11 AM, redhat said

    Absolutely great guide – really goes in depth – a person like me returning.. this is just the medicine!

    I’ve spend some time trying to craft the weapons but no luck yet – still need to do a bit of leg work there – but otherwise it feels like I am pretty far away from the “top” dps mentioned in this post.

    sitting at around 155k, aura’s on – no flasks, and about 4,6k health which is fine considering i left alot of life nodes out.

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/MrSabras/characters

    Look for RedHatLegion

    Any help would be greatly appriciated – Thanks!

    You could probably start using Eldritch Battery since you have all the required items. I’d also drop the Mace notables in the upper left as well as Wicked Ward, and pick up Arcane Potency and Assassination instead to continue stacking up that crit. You’ll also want to grab a Diamond Flask Diamond Flask as soon as possible (drop a Life flask) and possibly upgrade your other Life Flask to a Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask for more lifesaving potential. You don’t need an of Heat flask because of the Pious Path Ascendancy keystone, and speaking of Ascendancy, get that Uber Lab done right away because Righteous Providence is enormous!

    That’s about all I’ve got at a quick glance. Your gear is a solid starting place and other than weapons you don’t need any urgent upgrades that I can see aside from Flasks. Let me know if you need anything else!

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    Hey again
    I seem to have some serious survivability issues.
    Damage does seem to be good tho, but I tend to get oneshot quite often. Trash is easy to plow thru but bosses not so much – even with movement etc. I even run with a shield from time to time.
    Slowely thinking about canning him and go with something else soon – i POB’ed my toon as of 27.07.19 latest update.
    https://pastebin.com/vDffZ4Xj

  19. Furty

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    On 26/07/2019 at 11:35 PM, redhat said

    Hey again
    I seem to have some serious survivability issues.
    Damage does seem to be good tho, but I tend to get oneshot quite often. Trash is easy to plow thru but bosses not so much – even with movement etc. I even run with a shield from time to time.
    Slowely thinking about canning him and go with something else soon – i POB’ed my toon as of 27.07.19 latest update.
    https://pastebin.com/vDffZ4Xj

    On 26/07/2019 at 11:35 PM, redhat said

    Hey again
    I seem to have some serious survivability issues.
    Damage does seem to be good tho, but I tend to get oneshot quite often. Trash is easy to plow thru but bosses not so much – even with movement etc. I even run with a shield from time to time.
    Slowely thinking about canning him and go with something else soon – i POB’ed my toon as of 27.07.19 latest update.
    https://pastebin.com/vDffZ4Xj

    Any particular reason you have a +10 strength node? I recommend taking the +30 strength node instead (Physique) so you’re at least getting some extra health out of that one point investment.

    Drop Spiritual Aid and nodes leading up to it. You have a wasted point by Holy Dominion and Light of Divinity (only one Elemental Damage minor node is needed to connect). Get Avatar of Fire immediately. Drop the extra point in Crit after Assassination, unless you want to grab the Blood Siphon notable, which could also be nice for you and solve your Strength problem!

    For more damage, look at picking up Snowforged as your next investment. I’d get Fire Walker after that since it’s a decent notable and an easy 2-point pickup.

    Not sure what’s going on with your Flask setup in POB, but it says you’re running two Granite flasks (Lion's Roar Lion's Roar and Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction) and a white Diamond flask, as well as a non-instant Divine Life Flask. If you’re going to run a Life flask at all, I highly recommend rolling a Seething of Staunching Divine. If you do not want an instant Life flask, use an Eternal Life Flask Eternal Life Flask instead with the Catalysed prefix. In general I would stick to the recommended Flask setup and swap out Bottled Faith Bottled Faith or Cinderswallow Urn Cinderswallow Urn (although I would take urn if I had to choose one) if you want to run the Life flask.

    I’d also chuck a few Divine Orb Divine Orbs at your Carcass Jack Carcass Jack. The Life roll is basically bottom of the table, as is the area bonus, so you could look to spruce that up. If you improve your Jewels to 45+ health each and make the other changes you’ll be up to around 6k Life, which is pretty great with MoM on top of it. Plus, you should gain a ton of damage, too.

    Make sure you are running Discipline Discipline now that you have The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem. I’d consider putting points towards the Foresight and/or Unnatural Calm notables to give you a bigger Energy Shield buffer, if you like.

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    Loved this Build in Legion, any chance you will be updating it for Blight?

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