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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 3.13

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Guide notes
January 19, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.13

 

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 even the toughest Bosses, but still Map farming and starting new Leagues is what this build excels at. We recommend this build as a League Starter because it's very cheap to start dealing a high amount of damage and solid defenses even when equipped in a set of random rares.

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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, which teleports them to your position, immediately attaching them to nearby enemies. Or, as in our case, you can simply place new Brands as you progress through Maps. You will be also using Fire Wall which adds another instance of Fire DoT damage that is not Ignite (as you can't apply more than one) greatly increasing your single target DPS and AoE coverage. For the defenses, this build offers solid Life and Energy Shield pool (approximately 8,000 Total) and high Block Chance with Glancing Blows. If you combine that with Golems' buffs, Primal Aegis, and immunity to Reflected Elemental Damage, you end up with a pretty tanky character right there.

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. This video is from Patch 3.6 - we have thoroughly rebuild it for Patch 3.13 and the newly updated gameplay footage will follow up shortly


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • amazing AoE damage
  • great clear speed 
  • high Life pool
  • high flexibility in terms of item choices, with just a few required uniques
  • very relaxing and smooth to play
CONS
  • low Physical Damage mitigation
  • mediocre end-game single-target DPS

 

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 which makes it more convenient to play. 

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
Elemental Focus Elemental Focus Support - grants an increased Elemental Damage
Armageddon Brand setup
Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand - the primary Skill used in this build which becomes accessible at level 28. It deals mainly Fire DoT in form of Ignite so most of the Support Gems linked should increase Damage over Time, Ignite Damage, and Burning Damage
Ignite Proliferation Support Ignite Proliferation Support - increases the damage you deal with Ignites and makes inflicted Ignites spread 
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - greatly increases damage you deal with Damage over Time effects caused by your Brand
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
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - the best Golem for the leveling phase which increases your Cast Speed, making it much smoother to play
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

Leveling Skill Trees:

35 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Fire Walker 2) Heart and Soul 3) Discipline 4) Light of Divinity 5) Divine Judgement

60 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Elemental Overload 2) Holy Fire 3) Purity of Flesh 4) Breath of Flames

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 - one of the best 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:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Shaper of Flames
  2. Liege of the Primordial
  3. Elemancer
  4. Bastion of Elements

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
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 and inflicting deadly Ignite 
Combustion Support Combustion Support - grants more Fire Damage, higher Chance to Ignite, and reduces enemies' Fire Resistance. All-around best support gem for this setup
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
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - greatly increases your Damage over Time
Ignite Proliferation Support Ignite Proliferation Support - significantly increases your Ignite Damage and makes it spread to nearby enemies
[DPS] Flame Wall
Flame Wall Flame Wall - your secondary source of Fire Damage over Time which stacks with your Ignite. Flame Wall has a decent radius and has very high base Damage over Time  
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - greatly increased Elemental Damage but makes Flame Wall unable to Inflict Ignite (and DoT effects can't do it anyway)
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support
Efficacy Support Efficacy Support - grants high bonus to Spell Damage and DoT
[UTILITY] Golems/Flame Dash
Flame Dash Flame Dash - the recommended mobility Spell used in this build
Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - as you want to use 4 different Golems, Stone is one of the best ones you can choose for this build. Like all the other Golems in this build, it will be summoned automatically when slain
Summon Chaos Golem Summon Chaos Golem - grants high Physical Damage mitigation
Flame Golem Summon Flame Golem - grants increased damage
Note: If you don't have Golem Commander Passive, you should replace Flame Golem with a level 6 Arcane Surge Support to buff your Flame Dash and global Spell Damage
[UTILITY] Steelskin
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Steelskin after a certain amount of damage is taken
Steelskin Steelskin - grants a protective shield that absorbs some of the incoming damage
[UTILITY] Lightning Golem
(In Malachai's Artifice)
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - Lightning Golem has to be socketed in Malachai's Artifice as its hits will proc Elemental Equilibrium
[UTILITY] Auras
Malevolence Malevolence - the best DPS Aura for all Damage over Time builds
Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots - not really an Aura, but it is a Passive skill that reserves Mana. Skitterboots will apply Chill and Shock to nearby enemies
[UTILITY] Wave of Conviction/Curse setup
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Wave of Conviction after you take damage. Keep this Gem at level 1
Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction - used to apply Fire Exposure and trigger your linked Curse. Keep this Gem at level 7
Flammability Flammability - it is the recommended Curse for this build. It will reduce Fire resistance of your enemies
Hextouch Support Hextouch Support - will apply Flammability on Hits with Wave of Conviction


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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 in more powerful uniques and Rares with Fire Damage over Time Multiplier. On higher-level (95+) you can also consider adding more Cluster Jewels

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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 Damage over Time Multiplier
  4. Spell Damage/Damage over Time
  5. Cast Speed
Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - a decent pick for this build which will grant strong defensive bonuses

Min. requirements:
75 maximum Life
90% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Nearby Enemies have -9% to Fire Resistance

Crown of the Inward Eye(Helmet) Crown of the Inward Eye - grants high bonus Life, Energy Shield, and Mana, and based on your total bonuses it will also increase your damage. If you don't want to spend too much on some crazy Rare, this will be most likely the best choice for this build
333% increased Armour and Energy Shield
(9-21)% increased maximum Life, Mana and Global Energy Shield
Transfiguration of Soul
Transfiguration of Body
Transfiguration of Mind

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 - the BiS item for this build which also is much easier to obtain than a similar Rare
+18% Chance to Block Attack Damage while wielding a Staff
+2 to Level of all Fire Spell Skill Gems
(70-90)% increased Fire Damage
10% increased Cast Speed
+(40-60)% to Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Staff(Weapon) Rare Staff - if you are playing SSF or can't obtain Searing Touch, you can try getting any Rare with Fire Damage over Time Multiplier and possible some 

Min. requirements:
50% increased Spell Damage
50% increased Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Burning Damage
+# to Level of all Fire Spell Skill Gems
Cast Speed

Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - the BiS option in terms of defenses. Look for high Life and bonus Energy Shield based on your Max Life which should increase your effective HP by a lot
Min. requirements:
100 Maximum Life
Grants 10% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield
Optional affixes:
Maximum Life %
Elemental Resistances
Carcass Jack(Body Armour) Carcass Jack - if you want to maximize your DPS and clear speed on low Tier Maps, this is one of the best Items you can get
(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
90% Total Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Attributes
Boot enchantment:
Regenerate 2% of Life and Mana per second if you were Hit Recently
Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Belt  - use any base, either Leather for the highest bonus Life and Stygian Vise for an extra Abyss Jewel

Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
90% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Attributes
Increased Damage
Maximum Life%

Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - the best in Slot. You will need extra Life, Attributes, and it can also grant Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
15% Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
40 Dexterity
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Spell Damage
Attributes
Two Stone Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - preferably a Ring with highest defensive bonuses and Life (Two-Stone or Vermillion Ring)

Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
90% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Attributes

Malachai's Artifice(Ring) Malachai's Artifice - causes your Lightning Golem Socketed in it to proc Elemental Equilibrium which greatly reduces Fire Resistance of affected enemies
Has 1 Socket
Socketed Gems have Elemental Equilibrium
-20% to all Elemental Resistances
+(75-100)% to Fire Resistance when Socketed with a Red Gem
+(75-100)% to Cold Resistance when Socketed with a Green Gem
+(75-100)% to Lightning Resistance when Socketed with a Blue Gem
All Sockets are White
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - preferably Fingerless Silk Gloves but all types are viable
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
13% Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Attributes
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - as you are using Malevolence Aura, picking up a Watcher's Eye Jewel is the easiest (but not cheapest) way to increase your Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Recommended Aura modifiers:
+(18-22)% to Damage over Time Multiplier while affected by Malevolence
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - all jewels should provide extra Life and at least one Damage amplification mod
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Spell Damage
Damage Over Time
Attributes
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - in our case - level 90 character, we were able to use one Medium Cluster Jewel with extra Ignite DPS bonuses
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Exposure Therapy
1 Added Passive Skill is Smoking Remains
1 Added Passive Skill is Blowback
1 Added Passive Skill is Brush with Death
1 Added Passive Skill is Burning Bright
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - priority is maximum Life and Phasing/Onslaught which make your character much faster
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Chance to gain Onslaught on kill
Chance to gain Phasing on kill
Increased Damage if you've killed recently
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Enduring Eternal Mana Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
  4. Experimenter's Silver Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
  5. Experimenter's Sulphur Flask of Quickening (increased damage and Cast Speed)
Divine Life FlaskEternal Mana FlaskQuicksilver FlaskSilver FlaskSulphur Flask


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