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Armageddon Brand Elementalist build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Armageddon Brand Elementalist build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Enjoyable build based on the newly added Armageddon Brand Spell

Armageddon Brand
Ignite Elementalist build

Updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
December 10, 2018
-Build created
December 17, 2018
-Updated Skill Gem setups

Betrayal League not only added Immortal Syndicate, which is very fun endgame content but also added a lot of new gems, with Armageddon Brand being probably the best in terms of clear speed, even on the highest tiers of Maps. AoE Fire explosions all over the screen make this build very enjoyable and attractive. Ignite from Armageddon Brand and Vaal Righteous Fire will melt bosses in a matter of seconds. We recommend this build as a League Starter because it's very cheap to start dealing a high amount of damage, but few uniques like Carcass Jack or Xoph's Blood will definitely help you reach immense DPS.

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1. Gameplay

Armageddon Brand Elementalist is slightly different than regular spellcasters. Brands are the new type of skill, that attaches them to nearby enemies and they will periodically deal AoE damage. After you move away or enemy with an attached brand is killed, brands are set free and you can use Brand Recall skill, which teleports them to your position, immediately attaching them to nearby enemies. This makes this build very enjoyable and relaxing to play, thanks to casting a few brands at the beginning of the map and then only running, recalling them to yourself. Vaal Righteous Fire is the ultimate skill that we can use after we acquire enough souls from killing regular enemies, that increases our Armageddon Brand damage by a lot and add another source of Burning Damage for killing Bosses as quickly as possible. Pendulum of Destruction passive will increase Vaal Righteous Fire and meteors AoE by a lot and Beacon of Ruin will spread Ignite, burning all enemies on our screen.

0:06 Tier 11 Mesa
0:34 Tier 11 Arachnid Tomb
1:10 Tier 12 Arsenal
1:33 Tier 14 Sunken City

This video was recorded on a level 83 Elementalist. This character used six-linked Searing Touch and Kaom's Heart. Because of a rather low-level, we did not force Maps and Bosses above Tier 15 with this build


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • amazing AoE damage
  • great clear speed 
  • high Life pool thanks to Kaom's Heart
  • Mind over Matter grants additional survivability
  • high flexibility in terms of item choices, with just a few required uniques
  • very relaxing to play thanks to Brand Recall teleporting Armageddon Brands
CONS
  • low Physical Damage mitigation
  • dependent on Quicksilver Flask for moving through maps fast

3. Leveling tips

You can level up this Witch character with Firestorm spell. It provides us with both great AoE and single target damage versus bosses. You should be using this setup until you can buy Armageddon Brand spell at level 28. Some of the support skills that are linked to Firestorm are also being used as support for Armageddon Brand.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Firestorm setup
Firestorm Firestorm - your primary DPS source. Later on, it should be replaced with Armageddon Brand
Added Lightning Damage Added Lightning Damage Support
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - increases our damage output by a lot, an expense of lower AoE
Combustion Support Combustion Support - grants an increased chance to Ignite and Fire Damage
Utility Gems
Elemental Weakness Flammability - the recommended Curse for this build, reducing enemies fire resistance and increasing Chance to Ignite
Flame Golem Flame Golem - best golem for this build, increases damage from Armageddon Brand and Righteous Fire
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - grants increased Burning Damage and causes slain monsters to Ignite nearby monsters for a percentage of the overkill damage
Clarity Clarity - provides increased Mana Regeneration rate
Flame Dash Flame Dash - your primary mobility skill

Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passives Points or helping Alira if you prefer additional Mana Regeneration and easier capping resistances thanks to +15% All Elemental Resistances 

Leveling Skill Trees:

30 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blast Radius 2) Elemental Overload 3) Discipline and Training 4) Amplify 5) Explosives Runes

68 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Holy Fire 2) Runebinder 3) Devotion 4) Purity of Flesh 5) Cruel Preparation 6) Runesmith

Recommended leveling items:

EmberwakeEmberwake - one of the best spellcaster's leveling ring for fire builds. It increases Ignite chance and Fire Damage
(30-40)% increased Fire Damage
(5-10)% increased Cast Speed
10% chance to Ignite
You can inflict an additional Ignite on an Enemy
Ignited Enemies Burn 65% slower
 
PyrePyre - a great leveling ring which grants an amazing Burning Damage bonus, which is applied from Armageddon's Brand ignite
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(25-35)% to Fire Resistance
(60-80)% increased Burning Damage
40% of Cold Damage Converted to Fire Damage
10% increased Light Radius
Ignited Enemies you hit are destroyed on Kill
 
GoldrimGoldrim - amazing leveling Helmet which covers up all your needs for Elemental Resistances during early levels
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
 
Perandus BlazonPerandus Blazon - provides decent Life and Attribute bonuses, which helps with a lack of Dexterity and Strength on our Passive Tree. On top of that grants increased Flask effect duration, which makes our Quicksilver Flask work longer
+(20-30) to all Attributes
(6-8)% increased Quantity of Items found
+20% to Fire Resistance
20% increased Flask effect duration
-2 Physical Damage taken from Attacks
 
LifesprigAxiom Perpetuum - increased Cast Speed, additional flat Damage to Spells and an immense amount of Critical Strike Chance for Spells make it best leveling weapon for our build. Recommended for dual-wielding
(4-6)% increased Cast Speed
(100-140)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Fire Damage to Spells
Adds (2-3) to (5-6) Cold Damage to Spells
Adds 1 to (10-12) Lightning Damage to Spells
 

Lochtonial CaressLochtonial Caress - one of the best spell casters' leveling gloves

(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(15-10)% reduced maximum Mana
10% chance to gain a Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charge on Kill
Conduit
 

Thousand RibbonsThousand Ribbons - a perfect choice to use for the Firestorm/Armageddon Brand setup. Grants a cheap 5 links and can be used as a cheaper alternative to Tabula Rasa

3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 5 Elemental Proliferation
Adds 2 to 3 Fire Damage to Spells and Attacks
Adds 2 to 3 Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
Adds 1 to 4 Lightning Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(10-20) to Evasion Rating
+6 to maximum Life
+6 to maximum Mana
+(10-20) to maximum Energy Shield
+(5-10)% to Fire Resistance
+(5-10)% to Cold Resistance
+(5-10)% to Lightning Resistance
 

Ungil's HarmonyUngil's Harmony - great leveling amulet, grants Life and Mana, but most importantly Increased Critical Strike Chance which can help proccing Elemental Overload during leveling

100% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
-25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
+(30-50) to maximum Life
+(30-50) to maximum Mana
40% increased Stun and Block Recovery

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

113 Points Skill Tree
113 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Pendulum of Destruction
  2. Mastermind of Discord
  3. Shaper of Desolation
  4. Beacon of Ruin

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Lunaris 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%; 1% increased Movement Speed for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%

Minor God: Soul of Gruthkul 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Armageddon Brand
(Staff)
Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand - your primary DPS spell. Skills attach brands to enemies, which causes meteors to fall from the sky, dealing massive AoE damage to nearby enemies. 
Combustion Support Combustion Support - grants more Fire Damage, higher Chance to Ignite and reduce enemies Fire Resistance. All-around best support gem
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - provides an insane damage boost to Ignite and Burning Damage
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - increases the damage of your Ignites
Immolate Support Immolate Support - grants additional Fire damage against all enemies, that are Ignited
Empower Support Empower Support - increases the level of your main skill, making it deal much more Damage thanks to great Armageddon's Brand gem level scaling. Fire Penetration Support is also a viable option instead of Empower 
[DPS] Vaal Righteous Fire setup
(Helmet)
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire - this skill deals an insane amount of Burning Damage and increases Damage of our Armageddon Brand skill. Remember that it can be used only after acquiring enough souls, so save it for hard unique monsters or bosses
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases Duration of Vaal Righteous Fire
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - another multiplier for Vaal Righteous Fire Damage
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - increases Burning Damage 
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash setup
(Gloves)
Flame Dash Flame Dash - your primary movement skill. Keep it at 18 level for proccing Arcane Surge Support
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - Flame Dash will be cast faster. Keep it at 18 level
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - after casting Flame Dash it will grant us Arcane Surge bonus, which increases Spell Damage, Cast Speed and Mana Regeneration. Keep it at 7 level
[AURA] Herald of Ash
(Gloves)
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - after killing an enemy, Herald of Ash will inflict all surrounding enemies with Burning based on overkill damage. On top of that, it will increase Fire and Burning Damage for both Armageddon Brand and Vaal Righteous Fire
[UTILITY] Immortal Call
(Boots)
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Immortal Call after a certain amount of damage is taken. Keep this Gem at level 5
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep this Gem at level 7
Flammability Flammability - it is the recommended Curse for this build. It will reduce Fire resistance of your enemies. Keep this Gem at level 8
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Immortal Call and your Curse
[UTILITY] Brand Recall
(Unset Ring)
Brand Recall Brand Recall - our second most important skill. Casting Brand Recall detach all previously casted brands and teleport them to our location, automatically attaching to nearby enemies. It should be used in Unset Ring with +2/3 levels to socketed gems
[UTILITY] Stone Golem
(Body Armour - only non-Kaom's Heart)
Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - grants increased Life Regeneration
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support
[UTILITY] Molten Shell
(Body Armour - only non-Kaom's Heart)
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - use at a medium level for more frequent casts, and match your Molten Shell Gem level to it
Molten Shell Molten Shell - creates a shield that absorbs some of the damage dealt to you
Life Leech Support Life Leech Support - makes Molten Shell's explosions recover some of your Life


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended and required items for this build. As usual, all required stats are listed (items are also included in the PoB link). This is a rather inexpensive build, which should not cost more than a few Exalted Orbs, but you can increase it's power immensely by investing into more powerful uniques. 

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Fire/Burning/over Time Damage
  4. Cast Speed
  5. Mana/Mana Regeneration Rate
Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - most solid pick for this build. An Elder helmet that grant Burning Damage Support gem can also be great to make even more powerful Vaal Righteous Fire setup

Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
socketed Gems are supported by # Burning Damage
increased Burning Damage

Helmet enchantments:
Armageddon Brand deals 40% increased Damage
Armageddon Brand has increased Activation Frequency
Armageddon Brand Damage Penetrates Enemy's Fire Resistance

The Searing Touch(Weapon) The Searing Touch - it's a very viable and cheap option as your first weapon when you reach maps. Increase level of socketed gems, fire damage, and burning damage will boost your DPS by a lot
+2 to Level of Socketed Fire Gems
(70-90)% increased Fire Damage
10% increased Cast Speed
70% increased Burning Damage
Staff(Weapon) Rare Staff - our best in slot item for weapons is definitely rare stuff with +3 socketed gems. It will maximize our DPS output with Armageddon Brand

Min. requirements:
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
+2 to Level of Socketed Fire Gems
50% increased Spell Damage
30% increased Fire Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Burning Damage

Tabula Rasa(Body Armour) Tabula Rasa - is cheap and can provide additional levels to socketed. Great choice if you can not afford 6-link staff 
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
Corrupted modifiers:
+2 levels of Socketed AoE Gems
+1 level of Socketed Gems
increased Damage
Kaom's Heart(Body Armour) Kaom's Heart - is our go-to option for body armor. Provides the biggest in the game maximum Life bonus for survivability and increased Fire Damage
Has no Sockets
+500 to maximum Life
(20-40)% increased Fire Damage
Carcass Jack(Body Armour) Carcass Jack - optional armor, if you prefer more Damage than survivability. Carcass Jack offers not only Life and Resistances, but on top of that larger Area of Effect and Damage for both Armageddon Brand and Vaal Righteous Fire
(120-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(9-12)% to all Elemental Resistances
(40-50)% increased Area of Effect
(40-50)% increased Area Damage
Extra gore
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Boot enchantment:
Regenerate 2% of Life and Mana per second if you were Hit Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt 

Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength or Dexterity for meeting attributes requirements

Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - with the same stat as the regular belt. Will grant Abyss socket and allow you to use one more jewel
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
29% Fire Resistance
29% Cold Resistance
29% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Strength or Dexterity for meeting attributes requirements
Xoph's Blood(Amulet) Xoph's Blood - more Fire penetration, maximum Life and Avatar of Fire, which converts all type of damage to Fire. Definitely best option for amulet's slot
10% increased maximum Life
+(20-40)% to Fire Resistance
10% increased Strength
Damage Penetrates 10% Fire Resistance
Cover Enemies in Ash when they Hit you
Avatar of Fire
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
20% Fire Damage
15% Spell Damage
10% to all Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Cast Speed
Maximum Mana
Opal Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - preferably Opal Ring for increase Elemental Damage

Min. requirements:
40 maximum Life
20% Fire Damage
10% to all Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Cast Speed
Maximum Mana

Unset Ring(Ring) Rare Unset Ring - the socket is needed for Brand Recall skill, so we can increase its level for Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed and Brands Attachment Range
Min. requirements:
+2/3 to level of socketed Gems
40 maximum Life
10% to all Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Increased Fire Damage
Cast Speed
Strength
Maximum Mana
Pyre(Ring) Pyre - grants high Burning Damage bonus and can be used by lower level players (or those with a smaller budget)
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(25-35)% to Fire Resistance
(60-80)% increased Burning Damage
40% of Cold Damage Converted to Fire Damage
10% increased Light Radius
Ignited Enemies you hit are destroyed on Kill
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - preferably Fingerless Silk Gloves but all types are viable
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Maximum Mana
Attributes
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Frost
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - all jewels should provide extra Life and at least one Damage amplification mod
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Burning Damage/Damage over Time/Fire Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Cast Speed
increased Cast Speed with Fire Skills
increased Cast Speed while holding a Staff
increased Spell Damage
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - priority is maximum Life and flat damage to spells
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Elemental Damage to Spells
Optional affixes:
increased Spell Damage
increased Cast Speed
Witchfire Brew(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants additional Chaos Damage based on Fire damage and Leech, which is very useful for self-cast spellcasters
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (10-15)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Bubbling Eternal Mana Flask of Heat (Freeze and Chill immunity)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
  4. Experimenter's Silver Flask of Dousing/Grounding/Warding (immunity of choice)
Witchfire BrewDivine Life FlaskEternal Mana FlaskQuicksilver FlaskSilver Flask


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