Tectonic Slam Chieftain Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

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DISCLAIMER

This guide is NOT updated for HEIST 3.12 and we cannot currently recommend it. We are committed to providing an updated version as soon as possible, though. Thank you for your patience.

Passive tree

This is the endgame passive skill will allow you to have more than enough Life along with the needed damage to beat the endgame.

Gems

Tectonic Slam Tectonic Slam is your signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, you should use Leap Slam Leap Slam. For buffs, you should use Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and Anger Anger. Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief will augment your single target damage. War Banner War Banner can be used for the additional damage and the Adrenaline buff. Blood Rage Blood Rage should be used for Frenzy charge generation and more Attack Speed.

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.

Tectonic Slam (6-Link)

Tectonic Slam Tectonic Slam is a ground-targeting melee skill that slams for a high amount of base damage. It has base conversion from Physical to Fire damage of 60%. We recommend one gem link that works great for both clearing and single target.

  1. Tectonic Slam Tectonic Slam
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Fist of War Support Fist of War Support
  5. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  6. Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support

Leap Slam (4-Link)

Leap Slam Leap Slam will improve your overall mobility by a great deal, it will also give you the Fortify buff for a short duration when you land on enemies.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support
  4. Fortify Support Fortify Support

Ancestral Warchief (4-Link)

Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief will help out with additional single target damage. You can additionally use its Vaal version to bypass the maximum number of totems summoned, this way you will be able to have two placed totems at a time.

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

Other Gems

For buffs, you should use Anger Anger, Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and War Banner War Banner. Once you feel comfortable with your Life Regeneration, you can add in Blood Rage Blood Rage. Enduring Cry Enduring Cry should be used all the time in order to have a short burst of healing whenever needed or just keep up Endurance charges.

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Changelog
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    Reworked the build guide and changed ascendancy from Juggernaut to Chieftain. The build now uses a Two-hand weapon and focuses on dishing out tons of Fire damage with single Slam attacks. It is stronger than before due to changes to Chieftain and Two-hand Melee weapons.

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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build remains unchanged and only gains more endgame potential with the addition of Cluster Jewels.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build remains solid as long as you have Oni-Goroshi.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build is unchanged and performs as before.

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    Build added.

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    interesting build, i’ll try shortly

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    BTW, is it possible to build this with Scion?

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    On 07/04/2019 at 1:35 PM, null said

    BTW, is it possible to build this with Scion?

    You can make a Tectonic Slam Tectonic Slam character with many of the classes, Scion is one of them for sure.

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    Help me out…

    I count 13 sockets in gears, with full kaom. Where do i put the rest? :/ show some pictures in the guide on how to equip gems and where please!

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    On 19/04/2019 at 9:04 PM, Zinizo said

    Help me out…

    I count 13 sockets in gears, with full kaom. Where do i put the rest? :/ show some pictures in the guide on how to equip gems and where please!

    Hey Zinizo, your main gem setups are for Tectonic Slam Tectonic Slam, Leap Slam Leap Slam and Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector. So you basically need your Oni-Goroshi Oni-Goroshi and 2 four linked items, other gems can be used based on personal preference and you should have at least a little bit of free space.

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    Would you recommend skipping Tombfists then?
    Since I only have 12 or 13 sockets in total when wearing tombfists…
    Or should I leave out Kaoms boots for rare?

    I wonder what’s best to do.. I will use loreweave anyways untill I can afford Kaom but after that the gems would be an issue like this :/

    Nice build tho, loving it so far

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    On 21/04/2019 at 12:35 PM, Zinizo said

    Would you recommend skipping Tombfists then?
    Since I only have 12 or 13 sockets in total when wearing tombfists…
    Or should I leave out Kaoms boots for rare?

    I wonder what’s best to do.. I will use loreweave anyways untill I can afford Kaom but after that the gems would be an issue like this :/

    Nice build tho, loving it so far

    Both Tombfist Tombfist and Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots can be replaced with rares. You will not lose a huge amount of value so do not stress about it too much. Thanks for the kind feedback.

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    thank you for this build. im enjoying it… other than the oni-goroshi, 2x kaom’s way, a few gems and a decent helmet, i already had all the other items. i repurposed my poets pen jugg, since they nerved the poets pens… love your guides. thanks again

    cheers

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    On 20/05/2019 at 7:34 PM, darc888_ch said

    thank you for this build. im enjoying it… other than the oni-goroshi, 2x kaom’s way, a few gems and a decent helmet, i already had all the other items. i repurposed my poets pen jugg, since they nerved the poets pens… love your guides. thanks again

    cheers

    Thank you for the kind feedback!

    P.S. Love the Umbrella Corporation Icon

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    got a short question; is that one mana leech node supposed to be enough for single target? or is my dmg so bad? tooltip dmg is around 82’000 standing in the hideout and i seem to sometimes miss out on a few strikes on a single target cause my mana leeching isnt fast enough to handle the high attack speed :/ im at 101 free mana, running 3 auras; anger, hoa and war banner. im lvl 92 atm, so i still miss a few health and dmg nodes

    cheers

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    On 24/05/2019 at 3:42 PM, darc888_ch said

    got a short question; is that one mana leech node supposed to be enough for single target? or is my dmg so bad? tooltip dmg is around 82’000 standing in the hideout and i seem to sometimes miss out on a few strikes on a single target cause my mana leeching isnt fast enough to handle the high attack speed :/ im at 101 free mana, running 3 auras; anger, hoa and war banner. im lvl 92 atm, so i still miss a few health and dmg nodes

    cheers

    Hey darc888_ch, the first thing I’d recommend is dropping a single point of Life or whatever you choose on the tree and spec into another point of Mana Leech. You should be doing enough damage, the Mana Leech Rate just isn’t rapid enough to keep up with your Attack Speed as you mentioned.

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    Hi,

    I’m somewhat new to Path, been playing it on the PS4 and got a lvl 83 Marauder. My character used to be mostly solid but the endgame maps destroy me. I’m very intrigued by your build and am curious. Roughly much health and damage does this build give you?

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    On 28/05/2019 at 2:24 AM, Zaxust said

    Hi,

    I’m somewhat new to Path, been playing it on the PS4 and got a lvl 83 Marauder. My character used to be mostly solid but the endgame maps destroy me. I’m very intrigued by your build and am curious. Roughly much health and damage does this build give you?

    Hello Zaxust, the build has enough damage and survivability for the endgame of Path of Exile when geared properly. The Juggernaut has insane damage mitigation at the moment, this combined with a decent Life pool of over 7500+ Hit Points and enough Damage should feel good in the hands of anyone.

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    Hello again, I recently started following this build and in many ways resemble it and its passive tree. (Few exceptions such as I am not using Oni-Goroshi, using two Sceaves instead and a few other minor differences) All in all I enjoy the build but I question the mana regen. While using Molten Strike I easily lose all my mana during combat. Is this normal? Is there an easy solution to prevent losing all my mana fairly quickly?

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    On 29/05/2019 at 2:32 AM, Zaxust said

    Hello again, I recently started following this build and in many ways resemble it and its passive tree. (Few exceptions such as I am not using Oni-Goroshi, using two Sceaves instead and a few other minor differences) All in all I enjoy the build but I question the mana regen. While using Molten Strike I easily lose all my mana during combat. Is this normal? Is there an easy solution to prevent losing all my mana fairly quickly?

    Tectonic Slam and Molten Strike are very different skills that are scaled differently, you might not be dealing enough damage with Molten Strike in order to leech back your mana, also, if you are interested in a Molten Strike build I’d strongly recommend our Molten Strike Jugg build guide. I can respect that you are following a guide and trying to do your own thing but not using the recommended items or even skill will result in the character not working as intended. If you have any other questions we will be glad to help, keep experimenting.

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    My apologies! I wrote ‘Molten Strike’ but intended to write ‘Tectonic Slam’. I’ll keep looking over my build and get back to you if I have any questions. Thanks for the help!

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    I followed your build at 100% when it comes on the skill tree (including help Allira) , but i notice (as the maximum lvl on game is 100) that i am going to miss 2 skills at the end. Now i am at 90 lvl , and your build suggests a total of 120 skill points. i have already used 108 skill points and i need another 12 to complete it. But i don’t see how this will be possible. As i will not earn any more skill points after 100lvl. Is there something later like a reward that gives you 2 extra skill points?

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    On 02/06/2019 at 1:45 PM, Ranneck said

    I followed your build at 100% when it comes on the skill tree (including help Allira) , but i notice (as the maximum lvl on game is 100) that i am going to miss 2 skills at the end. Now i am at 90 lvl , and your build suggests a total of 120 skill points. i have already used 108 skill points and i need another 12 to complete it. But i don’t see how this will be possible. As i will not earn any more skill points after 100lvl. Is there something later like a reward that gives you 2 extra skill points?

    As in every other guide, this is an example passive skill tree that does not have to be 100% followed, you can drop Life or Damage if needed. You should tailor your tree to fill your needs. When it comes to your question specifically, helping Alira is a great choice, which can be kept later on or respeced for the 2 additional passive points if you feel its worth it. The last 5 or 10 points on the passive tree will not make or break your character, as long as you’ve already got the important stuff mentioned in the passive tree section. Feel free to ask anything else, would be glad to help.

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    Vvckd thx for your guide, im very tempted to go for it in Legion.
    Let me ask, how do you think its going to perform as a league starter ?
    Do you recommend spend the +10 hours farming the oni, or just buy it later and go with double scaevas instead until get the currency?

    I have the items and currency to do it in standar, but whant to try this new league…

    Edited by RoGPraetor on June 4th, 2019

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