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Ball Lightning of Static Totem Hierophant Build

Ball Lightning of Static Totem Hierophant Build

A simple Hierophant build that uses the Ball Lightning of Static with Totems

Ball Lightning of Static Totem
Hierophant build

Updated for Patch 3.23

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Guide notes
January 26, 2024
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Build overview



Boss DPS:



The Ball Lightning of Static is a new version of a very basic Lightning Spell that deals Lightning Hit Damage to enemies around it. This one, as the name suggests, is static (not a Projectile anymore), allowing it to hit the same stationary target more times, but it is worse for clearing maps with a lot of enemies on them, as it cannot move. A clever way in which you can mitigate this downside is by using Totems. Each Totem can cast its own Static Ball Lightning which has its own Cooldown (this version of Ball Lightning has Cooldown and Charges, much like Flame Dash), making it already much better with Totems than by self-casting it. You're allowed to have as many Ball Lightning of Static as you can conjure (they do have a fixed duration and Hit frequency), and the best way to increase your DPS is by placing more Totems, or by reducing Your Cooldown Recovery Rate, so that your Totems can spawn a new Ball sooner.

The obvious choice for most Spell Totem builds is a Hierophant. The Pursuit of Faith and Ritual of Awakening passives are simply the best ones you can get. While you're a Hierophant, grab the Conviction of Power for Charges, and Arcane Blessing for Arcane Surge. With Mind over Matter, your Mana Pool serves as a secondary Life Pool, and you should take advantage of that. Mana Pool will be a very potent defensive layer with Arcane Cloak that creates a defensive layer out of your Mana. Try to equalize your Mana and Life to benefit from MoM. Your defensive layers are Mana, Armour, Evasion, Spell Suppression, Block Chance, and Life/Mana Regeneration. Energy Shield is somewhat high. It's a perfect build for an SSF character as it does not require any unique or complex items.

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1. Gameplay

Spawn the Totems ahead of you, each has a large AoE so clearing maps should not be as bad as you may have initially thought. If you stumble across a tough enemy, cast your Arcanist Brand and spawn additional Searing Bond Totems. Activate your temporary Aura, and cast the Vaal Righteous Fire if you have one. Arcane Cloak and Sigil of Power can be deployed there too. Your passive Skills are Zealotry, Clarity, and Vitality Auras. You can use Determination if you really need it.

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • the stationary Ball Lightning is a potent damage source against tough stationary enemies.
  • great defensives with MoM and Physical Damage Reduction
  • requires cheap (or none at all) unique items
  • clunky at clearing maps, (the balls are stationary)


3. Leveling tips

Follow our in-depth leveling guide - Templar Leveling Guide using Toems. It's a basic Totem Spell gimmick that will carry you all the way to the Red Maps, and and that point you should be able to comfortably switch to this specific version of a Totem Build.


When dealing with the bandits, kill all of them for the two additional Skill Points.


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

116 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Unique nor Cluster Jewels)
123 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Pursuit of Faith
  2. Ritual of Awakening
  3. Arcane Blessing
  4. Conviction of Power


Major God: Soul of the Brine King: You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds; 100% chance to Avoid being Frozen

Minor God: Soul of Garukhan: 60% reduced Effect of Shock on you

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Ball Lightning of Static setup
Ball Lightning of Static Ball Lightning of Static - A stationary ball with fixed hit frequency and duration. It stores charges that are regained over time, just like in the case of Flame Dash. It has no limit on how many balls you can have, so the only limiting factor is your Cooldown Recovery Rate (improved with Gem Quality).
Lightning Penetration Support Lightning Penetration Support - Use the awakened version for free Exposure on Hit (that's additional Resistance Penetration). It causes you to Penetrate the Lightning Resistance of your enemies.
Cruelty Cruelty Support - Cruelty grants more Damage. It's hard to find a better Support Gem for this setup.
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - Increases Critical Strike Chance for linked Spell.
Increased Critical Damage Support Increased Critical Damage Support - Increases Critical Strike Damage.
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - It transforms the linked Spell to be cast by a Totem. You should be able to summon up to 4 of these Totems.
[UTILITY] Searing Bond Totem setup
Searing Bond Searing Bond - Place them to benefit from the Ironwood notable and Ritual of Awakening passive. With Multiple Totems, Ashes, and level 4 Enhance you will be able to summon 13 of these Totems.
Multiple Totems Multiple Totems Support - This lets you bypass the global Totem Limit, just summon Searing Bond Totems first during boss fights.
Enhance Support Enhance Support - Improves Quality of Linked Skill Gems.
Flame Dash Flame Dash - This Skill lets you dash around to avoid being damaged and to move faster. Quality improves its Cooldown Recovery Rate.
[UTILITY] Arcanist Brand setup
Arcanist Brand Arcanist Brand - This Skill casts linked Spells with each activation while being attached to an enemy.
Faster Casting Faster Casting Support - The Brand activates faster.
Creeping Creeping Frost - Creates Chilled Ground beneath the target, so that you can benefit from Algor Mortis.
Assassin's Assassin's Mark - Increases your Critical Strike Chance Chance and Critical Strike Multiplier against marked enemies. Your Crit Chance is quite high.
[UTILITY] Arcane Cloak and Sigil of Power setup
Arcane Cloak Arcane Cloak - Sacrifies a portion of your actual Mana (which is mostly unreserved) to create a protective barrier around you. It's a potent defensive layer in this build.
Sigil of Power Sigil of Power - As you spend Mana inside the circle, you gain additional Lightning Damage and you take less Damage while inside of it.
Increased Duration Increased Duration Support - Increases the Skill Effect Duration. Arcane Cloak and Sigil of Power last longer.
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - As you spend enough Mana (which is not difficult with Arcane Cloak) you gain the Arcane Surge buff for increased Mana Regeneration Rate and Cast Speed.
[UTILITY] Wrath setup
Wrath Wrath - Wrath simply grants you more Lightning Damage with Spells.
Divine Blessing Divine Blessing - Wrath is now a temporary Spell Aura that you can activate when you need more damage. It costs a lot of Mana.
Inspiration Inspiration Support - Divine Wrath costs less Mana to activate.
[UTILITY] Auras setup
Vitality Vitality - Vitality Regenerteas a fixed amount of Life over time.
Clarity Clarity - Clarity Regenerates Mana over Time.
[UTILITY] Vaal Righteous Fire
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire - As you activate it, you deal more Spell Damage for the next few seconds. It consumes your Life and ES. Determination Determination can be used here instead if you really need the extra Physical Damage Reduction - it's great, especially against small enemies.

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6. Gear Setup

The build does not need any Unique Items, you can assemble it in an SSF environment. However, we do recommend Mark of the Shaper Ring, Algor Mortis Gloves, and Ashes of the Stars Amulet. These are the best-in-slot items, at least for a regular player. If you feel like your damage is not enough, even after acquiring a good weapon, get the Soul Mantle Body Armour. However, the Ball Lightning of Static is so good against bosses that it should not be a necessity. Focus on Cooldown Recovery Rate, Spell Damage, and Critical Strike Chance to maximize your DPS. Maximum Mana (with Mind over Matter) and Maximum Life will provide you with a large Life Pool. If you want to be even more tanky seek Physical Damage Reduction, Chaos Resistance, and Spell Suppression Chance. You can even reach a 100% Spell Suppression Chance with the right items.

Our recommended items will:

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Elemental Resistances
  2. Maximum Life
  3. Gem Level of Ball Lightning
  4. Maximum Mana
  5. Cooldown Recovery Rate
  6. Critical Strike Chance for Spells
  7. Added Lightning Damage to Spells
  8. Critical Strike Multiplier for Spells
  9. Spell Suppression Chance
  10. Chaos Resistance
  11. Physical Damage Reduction
  12. Life Regeneration Rate
  13. Mana Regeneration Rate
Viridi's Veil(Helmet) Viridi's Veil - This Helmet can be used with one Magic Ring to be Hexproof. Consider it only if you're wearing Soul Mantle. Socket your Auras here.
+(1-2) to Level of Socketed Gems
(120-160)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(15-25)% to all Elemental Resistances
Damage of Enemies Hitting you is Unlucky while you have a Magic Ring Equipped
You are Hexproof if you have a Magic Ring in right slot
Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes if you have a Magic Ring in left slot
Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - Use Helmet for Maximum Life, Maximum Mana, Resistances, and Spell Suppression Chance. It's also an opportunity to reduce Physical Damage Taken. Seek Physical Damage Taken as Fire Damage as Eldritch Implicit. The other one may increase your Crit Chance for Spells.
Min. requirements:
+80 Maximum Life
+40% total Elemental Resistance
+60 Maximum Mana
+10% Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
Life Regeneration
Physical Damage taken as Elemental 
wand(Weapon) Rare Weapon - +1 or +2 wand for Lightning Spells with additional Maximum Mana, Spell Damage, and Critical Strike Chance for Spells is what you should look for.
Min. requirements:
60% increased Spell/Lightning/Elemental Damage
+1 to level of all Lightning Spell Skill Gems
+80 Maximum Mana
Optional affixes:
+1 to level of all Spell Skill Gems
increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Added Lightning Damage
Shield(Off-hand) Rare Shield - Get a Shaper's Shield for +1 Maximum Totem. There are tons of other modifiers a Spell Shield has to offer. Maximum Life, Crit Chance, Spell Damage, Maximum Mana, and Spell Suppression are the most important.
Min. requirements:
+1 to maximum number of Summoned Totems (Shaper's Prefix)
+70 to maximum Life (crafted)
Optional affixes:
Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Maximum Mana (crafted)
increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Life Regeneration
increased Spell/Lightning/Elemental Damage
Atziri's Reflection(Off-hand) Atziri's Reflection - A rather poor Shield (at least when compared to expensive Rare ones) for an end-game build, but it's still quite good. It can be used with Soul Mantle to become Hexproof. It has tons of Intelligence, Energy Shield, Evasion, and some Elemental Resistances.
6% increased Movement Speed
+(40-60) to Intelligence
(180-200)% increased Evasion Rating
+(180-200) to maximum Energy Shield
+(20-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
Hex Reflection
Unaffected by Curses
(15-20)% increased Effect of your Curses
Soul Mantle(Body Armour) Soul Mantle - Use it for the built-in Spell Totem Support Gems - it lets you make a 7-link setup for the Ball Lightning. A good Rare Body Armour is still better unless you have a Corrupted Soul Mantle with +2 or even +3 (twice Corruppted) to Level of socketed Aoe Gems. Be sure you're Hexproof if wearing it.
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Spell Totem
(20-25)% increased Spell Damage
(100-120)% increased Energy Shield
(20-30)% increased Totem Life
Inflicts a random Hex on you when your Totems die
Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - A basic Armour with a lot of Maximum Life, Resistances, Spell Suppression, and Maximum Mana will be perfect. Remember to Craft a Prefix that shifts a portion of Physical Damage to Fire and Lightning. For the Eldritch mods, get an increased Aura Effect and a Frenzy Charge every 15 seconds.
Min. requirements:
+100 to maximum Life
70% total Resistances
+15% Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
Maximum Mana
Life Regeneration per Second
% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire/Lightning Damage (crafted)
increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - Boots, besides the default Maximum Life, Movement Speed, and Resistances, should also get you additional Maximum Mana and Cooldown Recovery Rate. It's a Shaper/Crusader Suffix. Alternatively, it can be added via Eldritch Orb.
Min. requirements:
25% Movement Speed
+80 to Maximum Life
+80 to Maximum Mana
40% Total Elemental Resistances
Cooldown Recovery Rate
Optional affixes:
Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Chaos Resistance
Algor Mortis(Gloves) Algor Mortis - These Gloves are the best. They Sap enemies and cause them to take increased Lightning Damage, but only if they're on Chilled ground. You create them with Creeping Frost on your Arcanist Brand.
+(50-70) to maximum Energy Shield
+(15-20)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
(20-30)% chance to Sap Enemies in Chilling Areas
Enemies in your Chilling Areas take (25-35)% increased Lightning Damage
(15-20)% increased Effect of Non-Damaging Ailments
Rare Belt (Belt) Rare Belt - A Belt with Maximum Life, Resistances, and increased Cooldown Recovery, which can be Crafted, is good enough, but to improve it seek Maximum Mana, Armour, and Life Regeneration.
Min. requirements:
+90 to Maximum Life
90% Total Elemental Resistances
12% increased Cooldown Recovery Rate
Optional affixes:
increased Maximum Life
Chaos Resistance
Maximum Mana
Life Regeneration
Ashes of the Stars(Amulet) Ashes of the Stars - Ashes is the best Amulet in our opinion. The extra Skill Gem Level improves damage, whilst the Quality upgrades all your Skill Gems, which is particularly great in Ball Lightning of Static, Flame Dash, Searing Bond, Arcane Cloak, and many others. Only the finest Rare Amulet can outclass it.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
(5-10)% increased Experience Gain of Gems
+1 to Level of all Skill Gems
+(20-30)% to Quality of all Skill Gems
Recommended Anointments:
Whispers of Doom (Conductivity)
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - Here you will seek missing Attributes, mostly Strength and Dexterity. Maximum Life and Mana are the best Prefixes that can be crafted. Look mostly for these, as much as you can afford. Influence it with Elder.
Min. requirements:
+50 to Maximum Life
+60 to Maximum Mana
40% Total Resistances
Optional affixes:
more Attributes and Resistances
global Critical Strike Multiplier
Mark of the Shaper(Ring) Mark of the Shaper - It adds Lightning Damage to Spells and increases Spell Damage by 80% if your other Rare Ring is influenced by Elder. It has Maximum Life, some ES, and a Volatile Anomaly which is not really useful.
(15-25)% increased Elemental Damage
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Summon Volatile Anomaly on Kill
Adds (13-18) to (50-56) Lightning Damage to Spells
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Spell Damage if your other Ring is an Elder Item
Cannot be Stunned by Spells if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - Seek missing Resistances, Attributes, Maximum Life, Maximum Mana, and maybe Crit Chance or added Lightning Damage if it's an Abyss Jewel.
Recommended affixes:
Totem Damage
Critical Strike Chance
Elemental Resistances
increased Maximum Life
increased Maximum Mana
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - The Scintillating Idea is the most important - it Grants Maximum Mana and Lightning Penetration. Supercharge is better the lower your Crit Chance is, which we don't expect to be capped anyway.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Widespread Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Overshock
1 Added Passive Skill is Prismatic Heart
1 Added Passive Skill is Supercharge
1 Added Passive Skill is Scintillating Idea
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - Sleepless Sentries is used for Onslaught, while Ancestral Reach increases Totem Damage, Placement Speed, and Placement Range.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Sleepless Sentries
1 Added Passive Skill is Ancestral Reach
Self-Flagellation(Jewel) Self-Flagellation - Good only with Soul Mantle and while Hexproof. It increases your Damage by a lot.
(10-20)% increased Damage per Curse on you
An additional Curse can be applied to you
watcher's eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - You're using Vitality, Clarity, Zealotry, and maybe Determination or Wrath. Look for Crit Chance and Elemental Penetration. Vitality has minor Life Regeneration mods, and Clarity offers Damage taken from Mana before Life, Mana Recoup, or Mana Recovery.
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - It's a Consecrated Ground, grants more damage, and increased Crit Chance against enemies on it. Use it during boss fights.
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(30-15)% reduced Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Bubbling Life Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  2. Diamond Flask with increased Critical Strike Chance
  3. Granite Flask with increased Movement Speed
  4. Quicksilver or Jade Flask with increased Armour
Bottled FaithQuicksilver FlaskDiamond FlaskGranite FlaskLife Flask

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