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Burning Arrow Elementalist Ignite Build

Burning Arrow Elementalist Ignite Build

Insanely powerful Ignite build that melts enemies instantly all over your screen thanks to Ignite Proliferation and massive DoT damage

Burning Arrow
Elementalist Build

Updated for Patch 3.14

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Guide notes
May 2, 2021
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Elementalist became one of the most popular classes in Path of Exile with its recent rework. It's your primary choice for Ignite/Fire DoT builds, which makes it extremely easy to apply a spreading burning debuff on enemies with a 100% Chance to Ignite and increased damage. At the same time, scaling damage with Elementalist is very easy, as in most cases all you need to do is summon multiple Golems and benefit from greatly increased DPS and defensive bonuses from Passives and Elementalist's Ascendancy bonuses. Because of how easily you can scale your global damage and defenses, Elementalist is a very good choice for a League Starter build, and at the very same time, one of the most versatile and flexible ones. The aforementioned bonuses will apply to most of the builds you decide to play as an Elementalist character. 

On top of being a great League Starter, this is also an amazing build that can perform very well on Red Maps. By increasing the DoT damage and the speed at which it's applied, you will deal Millions of DPS, allowing you to kill most of the enemies instantly. When you end up getting Xoph's Nurture, Dyadian Dawn, a few Blowback Passives from Cluster Jewels, all enemies you see on your screen will basically die the moment you fire your Arrow, which completely doesn't make it feel like your typical DoT build. This combined with Ignite Proliferation makes it an insanely fast Map farming build.

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1. Gameplay

This is a Ranged/Bow build which utilizes Fire Damage over Time applied to "screens" of enemies with each hit thanks to the use of Ignite Proliferation Support Gem. Because of additional bonuses to how fast Ignite dealt is dealt to enemies through Dyadian Dawn and Blowback Passives, most of the DoT is applied nearly instantly, which feels like the enemies are dying from the Hits itself. For the most part, you will be just running/dashing around Maps firing arrows and entire screens of enemies will burn to death. You can also further amplify your damage by casting Wave of Conviction linked with Flammability Curse and Combustion for its' Fire Res. debuff. You can also benefit from Blood Rage, and generate extra Frenzy Charges for more damage multipliers, whereas, the self-damage it deals to your character is easily negated by the Life Regeneration offered by your Stone Golem.

This video was recorded on a level 94 Elementalist wearing Xoph's Nurture, Dyadian Dawn, Berek's Respite, and random rare gear. The DoT damage from Ignites was at around 5kk and as you can see in the video, everything was dying basically upon getting Hit by the Burning Arrow

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • MASSIVE AoE and clear speed
  • insane DoT from Ignites that's applied nearly instantly
  • solid defenses based on Life on Golems' bonuses
  • all content viable
  • can be played on a budget
  • immunity to Elemental Reflect
  • requires a bunch of Cluster/Unique Jewels and crafted equipment to reach maximum potential


3. Leveling tips

Leveling this character is quite easy. You initially don't benefit from Golems and their massive bonuses, so you may have some Accuracy-related Issues, but luckily, that's during the easy part of the campaign. As soon as you get to Act 4, complete first Labirynth, and get Golem Commander Passive, the entire content becomes a piece of cake. The bonuses granted by Elementalist and (initially) three Golems are simply massive, and if you supplement it with some Unique Items to increase your Fire DoT, you will already feel how powerful this character can become. It's possible to level up using different Skills with similar effects, but we recommend sticking to Burning Arrow to learn the skill during lower levels and get into Maps with a solid dose of experience with it. Below you will find the basic Gem links for the campaign and some very useful Uniques that can be equipped early on.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Burning Arrow setup
Burning Arrow Burning Arrow - the core skill used in this build which is also great for the leveling part being one of the first Bow Skills available in the game
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Lesser Multiple Projectiles - increasing the number of Projectiles increases your chance to Hit enemies and apply your Ignite, also increases the radius of your Skills and clear speed. Later on, replace it with Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
Burning Damage Burning Damage Support - greatly increases your Fire DoT
Elemental Prolliferation Support Elemental Proliferation Support - makes your Ignite spread to nearby enemies. It's available at level 1, and should be replaced with Ignite Proliferation at level 38
Combustion Support Combustion Support - increases Fire Damage and reduces the Fire Resistance of enemies Ignited by linked Skill
Wave of Conviction setup
Wave of Conviction Wave of Conviction - applies a powerful debuff that increases your Fire Damage against enemies Hit
Curse on Hit Support Hextouch Support - when this Gem becomes available in Act 4, you can start using Wave of Conviction to also apply your Curse
Flammability Flammability - the best Curse for this build which greatly increases your Fire DPS
Utility Gems
Clarity Clarity - grants increased Mana Regeneration which might be extremely useful on lower levels and allow you to spam your Skills
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - this Golem increases your Chance to Hit which effectively increases your chance to apply Ignite with Attacks
Summon Flame Golem Summon Flame Golem - another valuable Golem which shines on lower levels with its' high bonus Damage
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - the best Herald for this build which increases your Fire Damage and causes an extra AoE Burning effect when you kill enemies
Flame Dash Flame Dash - the best mobility skill for this build

You should kill all the Bandits for two additional Passive Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Heart and Soul 2) Quick Recovery 3) Elemental Overload 4) Holy Fire

64 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Cruel Preparation 2) Golem's Commander 3) Discipline and Training 4) Precision 5) Magmatic Strikes 6) Tireless 


Recommended leveling items:

GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best leveling Helmets in Path of Exile with simply insane all Resistances bonus
+(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)
Xoph's InceptionXoph's Inception - one of the best leveling weapons for this Ignite builds. Later on, you are going to use the "upgraded" version of this build for late game and Maps
(70-90)% increased Physical Damage
+(20-30) Life gained on Killing Ignited Enemies
Gain 20% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
10% chance to Ignite
DrillneckDrillneck - amazing Quiver which grants extra damage with Hits and Ailments, and offers additional Pierce increasing your clear speed
Arrows Pierce an additional Target
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
+350 to Evasion Rating
+(40-50) to maximum Life
Adds (10-14) to (19-24) Physical Damage to Bow Attacks
Arrows deal 50% increased Damage with Hits and Ailments to Targets they Pierce
Replica EmberwakeReplica Emberwake - amazing Ring which grants an insane boost to the speed at which your Ignite's DoT is applied. It's also a decent end-game Ring if you find a place for it in your own build
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
(30-40)% increased Fire Damage
(5-10)% increased Cast Speed
90% reduced Ignite Duration on Enemies
10% chance to Ignite
Ignites you inflict deal Damage (35-45)% faster
Victario's FlightVictario's Flight - a great pair of Boots that offers very high bonus Movement Speed, Mana Recovery, and extra Attributes
+15 to Dexterity
+15 to Intelligence
(100-150)% increased Evasion Rating
15% increased Movement Speed
(5-10)% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
10% increased Movement Speed for you and nearby Allies
Karui WardKarui Ward - one of the best leveling Items in the game which also grants extra Movement Speed - which greatly reduces the time of completing the campaign for any character
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

117 Points Skill Tree  (doesn't include Passives from Cluster Jewel)
117 Points Path of Building(PoB) link (includes all Passives and Items)

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

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


Major God: Soul of Solaris 6% additional Physical Damage Reduction while there is only one nearby Enemy; 20% chance to take 50% less Area Damage from Hits

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] Burning Arrow
Burning Arrow Burning Arrow - primary Skill used in this build. It is a Bow Attack that deals increased damage with Ignite
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support - core Support Gems for most Ignite builds. It's best to pick up the Awakened variant of this Gem just like all the following listed Support Gems
Greater Multiple Projectiles Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of your Burning Arrow projectiles which basically means you will hit every time with it
Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support - greatly increases the damage you deal with Ailments, including Ignite
Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support - just like above, increases the damage you deal with Ailments
Elemental Damage with Attacks Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - increases the Elementa Damage with Attacks caused by linked skills
Gems granted by Xoph's Nurture:
Ignite Proliferation Support Ignite Proliferation Support - increases the damage you deal with Ignite, and also makes it spread to nearby enemies causing them to melt all over your screen after each Hit
[UTILITY] Golems
Flame Golem Summon Flame Golem - you are going to use five different Golems that all grant valuable bonuses for your char. The only exception is the Carrion Golem
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - Lightning Golem increases your Attack and Cast Speed
Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Summon Chaos Golem Summon Chaos Golem - grants Physical Damage mitigation which is a very important defensive aspect in this build
Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - increases Life Regeneration per second
Empower Support Empower Support - increases the level of all your Golems and the effectiveness of buffs they grant


[UTILITY] Wave of Conviction
Storm Brand Wave of Conviction - applies Fire Exposure to enemies reducing their Fire Resistance. It will also apply Combustion debuff and your linked Curse
Combustion Combustion Support - enemies Ignited by Wave of Conviction will have their Fire Resistance reduced
Awakened Hextouch Support Hextouch Support - allows you to apply a linked Curse when you hit enemies with Wave of Conviction
Flammability Flammability - the best Curse for this build which reduces Fire Resistance of affected enemies
Zealotry Malevolence - grants high Damage over Time Multiplier increasing your DPS significantly. It also allows you to use Watcher's Eye with Malevolence Aura modifiers
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - the best Herald Spell for this build which increases your DPS and causes AoE explosions when you kill enemies
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the Mana Reservation cost of linked Spells
[UTILITY] Various Gems
Flame Dash Flame Dash - the recommended Movement Skill for this build. It allows you to progress faster through Maps and avoid high damage
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - increases the Cooldown Recovery Speed of linked spells and adds an additional charge to Dash
Blood Rage Blood Rage - killing enemies will let you generate Frenzy Charges quickly. It also increases your Attack Speed, which is however much less relevant
Steelskin Steelskin - an amazing instant-cast Guard Spell which grants a protective shield that absorbs incoming damage

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find the recommended gear for our Burning Arrow Elementalist Build. We have primarily focused on the base stats that you want to find on your equipment so that you can easily start a new League using this guide. The number of extra "end-game" modifiers that can be used when playing higher Tier content like Sirius and Delirious Maps is just very high to list them all. Still, if you want to push this build to its limits and you have no idea how to proceed, let us know in the comments and we will be happy to assist you. 

Most of the gear can be replaced with Random Rares, but it's strongly advised to obtain Xoph's Nurture as the BiS weapon which adds a 7th link to your main setup, extra Life Recovery, and decent base damage for DoT build. 


Stat priorities on items:

  1. Elemental Resistances
  2. Maximum Life
  3. Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
  4. Added Fire Damage to Attacks/Elemental Damage with Attacks
  5. Accuracy Rating (if you don't have it at 100%)
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - mainly for defensive stats like Life and Resistances. If you manage to get a Helmet that reduces the Fire Resistance of nearby enemies, it will also affect your DPS slightly
Recommended affixes:
80 Maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Nearby enemies have -#% Fire Resistance
Helmet enchantment:
Burning Arrow has 24% increased Debuff Effect
40% increased Burning Arrow Damage
Rare Armor(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - just aim for the highest defensive stats like Life and Resistances
Recommended affixes:
100 Maximum Life
10% Maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Physical Damage Reduction
Xoph's Nurture(Weapon) Xoph's Nurture - the best possible weapon for this build which offers an extra Support Gem for your core DPS setup and decent base damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Ignite Proliferation
(265-330)% increased Physical Damage
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Fire Damage
10% chance to Ignite
Recover (40-60) Life when you Ignite an Enemy
Quiver(Quiver) Rare Quiver - a rare with defensive stats and Fire Damage over Time Multiplier is the best option. You can look for a base with extra Pierce as Implicit
Recommended affixes:
80 Maximum Life
15% Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - once again, just a random Rare with defensive stats and Movement Speed. If you want to upgrade this piece, just try to get a pair with a chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
Recommended affixes:
80 Maximum Life
25% Movement Speed
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chance go gain Elusive on Critical Strike
Boot Enchantment:
80% chance to Avoid being Stunned if you've Killed Recently
Dyadian Dawn(Belt) Dyadian Dawn - the BiS option for the Belt Slot which grants insane DPS boost by making Ignite deal its damage much much faster
+(25-35) to Strength
+(70-85) to maximum Life
+(20-40)% to Fire Resistance
+(20-40)% to Cold Resistance
1% of Attack Damage Leeched as Life against Chilled Enemies
Ignites you inflict with Attacks deal Damage 35% faster
Deal no Physical Damage
Stygian Vise(Belt) Stygian Vise - always a solid option. Get as much Life here as possible, and some extra Resistances
Recommended affixes:
110 Maximum Life
10% Maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Increased Damage/Elemental Damage
Primordial Chain(Amulet) The Primordial Chain - the BiS Amulet which allows you to summon extra Golems and greatly boost all the bonuses they grant. It also counts as a Primordial Item towards Anima Stone's extra Golem, so using it saves you an extra Jewel Socket
Regenerate (2-4) Life per second
+3 to maximum number of Golems
You cannot have non-Golem Minions
25% reduced Golem Size
Golems Deal (45-35)% less Damage
Golems have (45-35)% less Life
Golems have (80-100)% increased Movement Speed
Recommended Anointments:
Burning Brutality
Two Stone Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - mainly for defensive stats and attributes. Most likely you will need a lot of Dexterity here
Recommended affixes:
60 Maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
40 Dexterity
Optional affixes:
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Non-channelled Skills have -# to Total Mana Cost
Berek's Respite(Ring) Berek's Respite - greatly increases your clear speed as not only your Ignite will spread when you inflict it, but also after enemies dying, basically doubling the effect (if any enemies survive somehow)
+(12-16)% to Fire and Lightning Resistances
Adds (20-25) to (30-50) Fire Damage to Spells and Attacks
(25-30)% increased Lightning Damage
+(30-40) to maximum Mana
When you Kill a Shocked Enemy, inflict an equivalent Shock on each nearby Enemy
When you Kill an Ignited Enemy, inflict an equivalent Ignite on each nearby Enemy
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - again, a Rare Pair with Fire DoT Multiplier. Also, if needed, you may look for an extra Accuracy Rating here
Recommended affixes:
70 Maximum Life
14% Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Elemental Resistances
 Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - you are going to use two Large Cluster Jewels which will "host" additional 4 Medium ones. The most important Passive here is the Primordial Bond which boosts the effects granted by your Golems. Other Passives are much less relevant and you can pick pretty much anything, or just get extra affixes that increase the stats granted by the Small Passives here
Recommended affixes:
 1 Added Passive Skill is Primordial Bond
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - you can use four identical Medium Cluster Jewels with Blowback and Burning Bright. All other Fire DoT Multiplier or DoT Multiplier should work too
    Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Blowback
1 Added Passive Skill is Burning Bright
Careful Planning(Jewel) Careful Planning - in most cases, it will be necessary to use it to have enough Dexterity to use Xoph's Nurture Bow. It should be socketed to  the left of Witch's Starting Point
+(16-24) to Dexterity
Intelligence from Passives in Radius is Transformed to Dexterity
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye -  allows you to get very powerful DoT Aura modifiers while you are affected by Malevolence
(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
Damaging Ailments you inflict deal Damage (10-15)% faster while affected by Malevolence
Transcendent Mind(Jewel) Transcendent Mind - grants a lot of DoT Multiplier, boosting your damage significantly. It should be socketed right above Witch's Starting Point
-1 Intelligence per 1 Intelligence on Allocated Passives in Radius
+3% to Damage over Time Multiplier per 10 Intelligence on Unallocated Passives in Radius
3% increased Mana Recovery Rate per 10 Intelligence on Allocated Passives in Radius
2% reduced Mana Recovery Rate per 10 Intelligence on Unallocated Passives in Radius
Mantra of Flames(Jewel) Mantra of Flames - an amazing Unique Jewel which adds a lot of flat Fire Damage to your Attacks for each buff you have. This includes buffs granted by your Golems/Heralds/Auras etc.
Adds (3-5) to (8-12) Fire Attack Damage per Buff on you
Adds (2-3) to (5-8) Fire Spell Damage per Buff on you
The Anima Stone(Jewel) The Anima Stone - allows you to summon up to two extra Golem. You need two additional Primordial Jewels socketed and the Primordial Chain Amulet for the second one
+1 to maximum number of Golems
+1 to maximum number of Summoned Golems if you have 3 Primordial Items Socketed or Equipped
Primordial Eminence(Jewel) Primordial Eminence - the best Primordial Jewels for this build which increase the effectiveness of your Golems' Auras. You need two of these socketed in your Passive Tree
Golems have (16-20)% increased Attack and Cast Speed
30% increased Effect of Buffs granted by your Golems
Golems have +(800-1000) to Armour
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Rare Abyss Jewel - you can get extra Life and Added Damage to Attacks in here if you are using a Stygian Vise
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Added Elemental Damage to Attacks/Bow Attacks
Optional affixes: 
Increased Damage if you've Killed Recently
Elemental Resistances
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - just get Maximum Life, Fire DoT Multiplier, and some additional optional bonuses like for example Damage with Bows
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Increased Damage with Bows/Projectile Damage/Damage over Time
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants a lot of extra Chaos Damage, which can also Ignite enemies thanks to the Shaper of Flames Passive
+35% to Chaos Resistance
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
Cinderswallow Urn(Flask) Cinderswallow Urn - grants high bonus Damage, Onslaught, and Life/Mana Recovery which boosts your defenses as well
Recharges 1 Charge when you Consume an Ignited corpse
Enemies Ignited by you during Flask Effect take 10% increased Damage
Recover (1-3)% of Life when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
Recover (1-3)% of Mana when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
Recover (1-3)% of Energy Shield when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
Veiled Suffix
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - if your uncapped Fire Resistance is the highest, this Flask will greatly increase your DPS by giving you extra Fire Penetration
+35% to all Elemental Resistances
During Flask Effect, 10% reduced Damage taken of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is lowest
During Flask Effect, Damage Penetrates (10-15)% Resistance of each Element for which your Uncapped Elemental Resistance is highest
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (Bleeding Immunity)
  2. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
Atziri's PromiseCinderswallow UrnThe Wise OakLife FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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