Triple Herald Blade Vortex Elementalist Build Guide (PoE Scourge 3.16)

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Introduction

The Triple Herald Blade Vortex Elementalist has become an iconic staple of the Path of Exile meta since its rise to power in Incursion League and a fast favorite amongst exiles everywhere. Truly a capable jack-of-all-trades, this build feels comfortable in virtually all environments, whether you are blasting through a Shaper kill or disintegrating groups of enemies as you plough through maps. Perhaps most importantly, this build is a very viable League Starter and can be played to great effect in the SSF leagues. In fact, a variant of this build was the first to reach Rank 1 & 2 of the Incursion HCSSF ladder, which is a true testament to the build’s ability to excel in all environments.

Mapping

This build deals nearly exclusively Elemental damage, which stems from the Herald auras themselves as well as our Blade Vortex Blade Vortex damage, which is converted from Physical to Elemental. The high amount of Critical Chance we end up with allows us to move through maps like a blender, freezing and shattering the entire screen using Herald of Ice Herald of Ice, Herald of Ash Herald of Ash, and Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder. A healthy amount of leech and Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise ensure that we are always sitting at a comfortable amount of health, provided there is a target to hit.

Special thanks to R4mpa for helping to refurbish this build for 3.14 and beyond!

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Very fast clear speed

+ Several layers of defense

+ Satisfying explosion chains

+ Immune to reflect

Cons

Blade Vortex Blade Vortex mechanics can feel clunky to some players, particularly before you acquire Increased Duration nodes/enchant

More of a nostalgia build than a current meta build — this is no longer the best way to run a BV build

Melee build means that you actually have to do mechanics

Path of Building

Path of Building for the build is available here.

Included is the recommended set of mid-game gear, a full skill tree, and all the gem links needed to get the build to tick.

We use the Path of Building Community Fork for all of our builds, which is highly recommended. If you are encountering errors importing the build, please ensure you are using the Community Fork.

Playstyle

This build is very relaxing, and a ton of fun to play. Blade Vortex Blade Vortex plays similarly to Righteous Fire Righteous Fire builds, with the player dashing into packs with Shield Charge Shield Charge or Whirling Blades Whirling Blades while Blade Vortex and Herald chain shatters take care of the rest. The Triple Herald Blade Vortex Elementalist is a true all-rounder, but unlike others that fall into this category, it feels incredibly powerful in virtually all environments. This is a build for blasting through bosses and maps while satisfying explosions and colorful lights erupt all around you. Let us get started.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 96 Passive Skill Tree for the build.

For more details on the Passive Tree, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Gems

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

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

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

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page thoroughly.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart
Gloves Hrimburn Hrimburn
Boots Rare Two-Toned Boots (Cold and Lightning Resistances) Two-Toned Boots (Cold and Lightning Resistances) or any other base
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Ring 1 Mark of the Shaper Mark of the Shaper
Ring 1 Rare Elder Ring
Weapon 1 Rare Shaped Dagger
Weapon 2 Rare Shaped Dagger

For in-depth recommendations for gear, flasks, jewels, and crafting advice be sure to read our Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page .

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Leveling

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

Start out with Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse and use it to quickly push through Act I until you reach Merveil’s Caves. Pick up Blade Vortex Blade Vortex from Nessa, which can be used from Level 12 and is a fantastic level skills. In Act I you can link it to:

  1. Blade Vortex Blade Vortex
  2. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  3. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
  4. Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support
  5. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support
  6. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

Begin to work the other recommended gems as you level up. Be sure to pick up Vaal Blade Vortex Vaal Blade Vortex as early as possible and acquire all the Herald auras, as well as Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support and Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support, in Act II. You will also want to purchase Hrimsorrow Hrimsorrow very early on, even when league starting.

FAQ

Which Annointment Should I Use for my Amulet?

Static Blows is an excellent choice that offers some of the best possible DPS as well as being very cheap.

How Many Stacks of Blade Vortex Should I Clear With?

Depending on the Map tier, you will need varying levels of Blade Vortex stacks to instantly kill packs, but 2-3 stacks is generally suitable. With many Path of Exile builds, the true optimization comes through managing your flasks correctly, and this one is no exception — do not overlap whenever possible, but do not let your charges stack up and get munched.

5-Link Inpulsa vs. Tabula Rasa

In most situations, the 5-Linked Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart will outperform the Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa, or indeed, any Rare or Unique 6-Linked Chest. On single targets such as bosses, the difference is a little murkier, and the 6-Linked Chest will likely outperform Inpulsa. Regardless, we always recommend making the swap to Inpulsa as soon as you are able to purchase and equip one.

How Much Currency Will it Cost Before I Can Blow Up My Entire Screen?

Not very much, although the exact cost varies from league to league. Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart is the only real item necessary to kick the build into high gear, and even then, it is possible to continue leveling without it (if you are SSF, for example). You should easily be able to kit yourself out for less than 2 Exalts and be blasting through maps in no time.

Check out the rest of the guide for any additional information:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers


Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Changelog

  • Updated main link & replaced PCoC with Culling Strike.

  • Initial updates for 3.16 Scourge League added.

  • 3.14 Ultimatum updates are concluded; rebuilt the build with a different setup but damage should be stronger than ever.

  • Updated gem links.

  • Ready for Heist 3.12; Added Path of Building, new skill tree, new gem links, updated text body.

  • Initial updates for 3.11 Harvest.

  • Updated pros/cons section.

  • 3.10 Delirium; Initial updates for the patch, including skill tree, assessment, gear recs, and more.

  • Updated for Metamorph 3.9; Passive Skill Tree, Gear, Annointments, added Leveling section, and Gems.

  • Updated to include new Ascendancy Recommendations, Annointment Advice, Gem Links, and Passive Skill Tree.

  • Updated for Patch 3.8 Blight League — Passive Skill Tree, Gem Links, Introduction, Build Assessment, and more.

  • Updated gem links, weapon recommendations, and added base information for crafting.

  • Updated gem links and flask recommendations.

  • Updated Passive Skill Trees for Patch 3.7.0.

  • Updated for Synthesis 3.6.

  • Added a new section offering additional insight into the gem links of the build!

  • Added a new introduction.

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  1. Furty

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    On 26/06/2019 at 9:30 AM, Vertex101 said

    i was wondering if there was a PoB link for this build ?

    We don’t supply Path of Building links currently, simply because they themselves need to be constantly maintained and updated. It’s possible we will in the future, but for now we’re focused on making sure all new and existing content is top quality and fully up to date.

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    More. warlord mark, had not stopped working with this build?

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    On 28/06/2019 at 8:04 PM, Vertex101 said

    okies understandable thanks

    Appreciate the understanding, and feel free to reach out if you need anything clarified!

    On 28/06/2019 at 8:14 PM, Zhezao said

    More. warlord mark, had not stopped working with this build?

    Still grants Endurance Charges and stuns enemies but it can be swapped out to another curse of preference if you don’t feel it’s worth it after the Leech nerfs.

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    Finding it hard to get enough strength to support herald of thunder with a max warlords mark.

    Where are you getting the strength for this? Jewels, accessories?

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    On 30/06/2019 at 3:57 PM, Nijinsky said

    Finding it hard to get enough strength to support herald of thunder with a max warlords mark.

    Where are you getting the strength for this? Jewels, accessories?

    Anywhere you can, really. If you don’t have it on gear, I’d recommend grabbing Physique on the tree.

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    Still works very good, maybe will be better when u adding any craft idea weapon/ armor or how change unique for rare craft..:-)

    But good work ! :) Build is good for currency hunt in delve but with hight map havent problem too

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    On 11/07/2019 at 9:34 AM, r4mpa said

    Still works very good, maybe will be better when u adding any craft idea weapon/ armor or how change unique for rare craft..:-)

    But good work ! :) Build is good for currency hunt in delve but with hight map havent problem too

    Glad to hear it is working out for you!

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    Is there a good unique shield you would recommend picking up until I can get a nice rare one?

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    On 11/07/2019 at 5:43 PM, ThamHanks said

    Is there a good unique shield you would recommend picking up until I can get a nice rare one?

    Zeel's Amplifier Zeel's Amplifier is a pretty good budget option this league, as it pairs especially well with the league mechanic.

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    Nice, i have that shield. Loving this build. Couple other questions… I’m using Brightbeak for my main and it does well for clear speed. But I’m struggling with single target when my vaal blade vortex isnt ready. Is there another unique dagger or mace I can swap to for bosses? If so, should i duel wield those weapons or just pair a shield with the offhand weapon too?… Until I can get good rare weapons/shield.

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    On 12/07/2019 at 2:02 AM, ThamHanks said

    Nice, i have that shield. Loving this build. Couple other questions… I’m using Brightbeak for my main and it does well for clear speed. But I’m struggling with single target when my vaal blade vortex isnt ready. Is there another unique dagger or mace I can swap to for bosses? If so, should i duel wield those weapons or just pair a shield with the offhand weapon too?… Until I can get good rare weapons/shield.

    I think the shield is completely useless. If a player plays a few maps, he will know where the single target is for your vaal vortex. If I’m not sure where the single target is, I jumping map eith flame dash or whirling blades , find a boss and Vaal vortex will charge for the NPCs I left behind.

    Good is getting a shapped or elder thing and making a dagger or mace yourself. here is a Page where you can find available mods for the subject. of course the bigger lvl item the more% for mode

    Btw for start i use double Divinarius

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    On 12/07/2019 at 2:02 AM, ThamHanks said

    Nice, i have that shield. Loving this build. Couple other questions… I’m using Brightbeak for my main and it does well for clear speed. But I’m struggling with single target when my vaal blade vortex isnt ready. Is there another unique dagger or mace I can swap to for bosses? If so, should i duel wield those weapons or just pair a shield with the offhand weapon too?… Until I can get good rare weapons/shield.

    Divinarius Divinarius is alright as a starter weapon, and Cerberus Limb Cerberus Limb works if you’re really strapped for currency. In all honesty, however, Rare weapons just far outstrip their unique counterparts.

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    On 12/07/2019 at 5:46 AM, r4mpa said

    On 12/07/2019 at 2:02 AM, ThamHanks said

    Nice, i have that shield. Loving this build. Couple other questions… I’m using Brightbeak for my main and it does well for clear speed. But I’m struggling with single target when my vaal blade vortex isnt ready. Is there another unique dagger or mace I can swap to for bosses? If so, should i duel wield those weapons or just pair a shield with the offhand weapon too?… Until I can get good rare weapons/shield.

    I think the shield is completely useless. If a player plays a few maps, he will know where the single target is for your vaal vortex. If I’m not sure where the single target is, I jumping map eith flame dash or whirling blades , find a boss and Vaal vortex will charge for the NPCs I left behind.

    Good is getting a shapped or elder thing and making a dagger or mace yourself. here is a Page where you can find available mods for the subject. of course the bigger lvl item the more% for mode

    Btw for start i use double Divinarius

    It depends on your priorities, more or less. Shields are going to give you higher clear speed but less damage whereas dual-wielding will give you higher top-end and boss killing capability. My personal preference is dual-wielding since the difference in clear speed is relatively minor and I like to farm Uber Elder, but there is a good case to be made for Shields, particularly if you are on the 100 grind.

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    Thanks for the responses guys. I’ve been enjoying the clear speed and survivability with brightbeak/shield combo. But I’ll have a weapon swap as double Divinarius for bosses and single target… Until I can craft better rares.

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    Hello, thanks for sharing this build, and also thanks for explaining it well !

    I’m quite new to the game and i was wondering why not taking “Emental Equilibrium” in the passive tree for 1 point ?
    It looks like with this build we are doing 3 types of elemental damage bringing resistance of the bad guys to -75%. Since we are converting part of our physical dmg to elemental is it not worth it ?

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    On 18/07/2019 at 1:35 PM, Flo_Jdr said

    Hello, thanks for sharing this build, and also thanks for explaining it well !

    I’m quite new to the game and i was wondering why not taking “Emental Equilibrium” in the passive tree for 1 point ?
    It looks like with this build we are doing 3 types of elemental damage bringing resistance of the bad guys to -75%. Since we are converting part of our physical dmg to elemental is it not worth it ?

    It’s the opposite; if you hit a target with multiple types of elemental damage in the same attack/hit it gives the target +25% to those Resistances (in this case it would give +25% to all three).

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    I bought a very good dagger and scepter not realizing you can’t use a scepter with whirling blades, I can use shield charge either as i dont have a shield, is there an alternative mobility skill.

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    On 26/07/2019 at 12:11 PM, socialparaya said

    I bought a very good dagger and scepter not realizing you can’t use a scepter with whirling blades, I can use shield charge either as i dont have a shield, is there an alternative mobility skill.

    You can use Leap Slam Leap Slam, although it is worse.

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