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Doryani's Touch Herald Elementalist Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Doryani's Touch Herald Elementalist Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Truly amazing Lightning/Melee Elementalist build based on the Doryani's Fist's unique Attack skill - the Doryani's Touch

Doryani's Touch
Herald Elementalist
Patch 3.2 Build

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Guide notes
April 18, 2018
-Build created
April 28, 2018
-Removed Wrath from the skills' set

Doryani's Fist is a very interesting pair of unique gloves. It allows alternative unarmed playstyle in comparison to the popular Facebreakers' builds. It adds very high Lightning Damage to both Spells and Attacks, and grants unique melee Attack skill - the Doryani's Touch. Doryani's Touch deals high AoE damage and provides very enjoyable gameplay mechanics. With the Elementalist class, you utilize the Herald skills and high Elemental Damage Penetration bonuses.

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1. Gameplay

Doryani's Touch Elementalist is a Melee build, which relies on very high Elemental Damage dealt by the Doryani's Touch skill and Herald skills - Herald of Thunder and Herald of Ice. Most of the enemies get instantly frozen and shocked, and as the result, entire screens explode within seconds. And Doryani's Touch is mainly required as the primary source of damage versus Bosses and Rares, hence it's best used with the Concentrated Effect Support Gem. 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • high AoE damage even with a low budget
  • perma-freeze and shock enemies
  • immunity to Elemental Damage reflection
  • no expensive uniques required
  • who doesn't like unarmed melee combat in PoE?
  • mediocre single-target DPS
  • mediocre damage scaling potential in the end-game

3. Leveling tips

We recommend using Firestorm as your primary spell during the leveling phase. It provides high damage, and good area coverage, allowing you to quickly progress through the early levels. Also, the combination of our recommended leveling uniques provides very good results and makes it very easy to reach level 63. This is when you can wear Doryani's Fist and switch to your final Melee/Herald setup.

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Firestorm setup
Firestorm Firestorm - great AoE spell, that's available from level 12
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases the Cast Speed of the Firestorm spell
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - reduces the radius, but increases Damage of supported area spells
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - greatly increases Spell Damage at the cost of a reduced chance to Critically Hit
Flame Totem setup
Flame Totem Flame Totem - Flame Totem will add some extra DPS
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - increases the number of Flame Totem's projectiles
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases the Cast Speed of the Flame Totem's spells
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - adds Lightning Damage to your Totem's projectiles
Fireball setup
Fireball Fireball - the first spell available to Witches. Can be used as single-target DPS spell, and to proc Arcane Surge buff
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - grants the Arcane Surge buff, which increases your Spell Damage and Mana Regeneration Rate
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
Chance to Ignite Support Chance to Ignite Support - increases Fire Damage dealt by supported spells, and increases their chance to Ignite enemies
Utility gems
Summon Stone Golem Stone Golem - grants increased Life Regeneration which helps a lot with survivability while leveling as a Witch
Flammability Flammability - the recommended Curse for the leveling phase
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - use it during leveling for increased Fire/Burning Damage. It also will grant 25% Fire Resistance Penetration after you complete the 2nd Labyrinth 


We recommend killing all bandits for the additional 2 passive points

Leveling skill trees:

30 Points Skill tree
Priorities: 1) Heart and Soul 2) Blast Radius 3) Cruel Preparation

59 Points Skill tree
Priorities: 1) Amplify 2) Discipline and Training 3) Devotion

Recommended leveling items:

Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - one of the best leveling items in Path of Exile. Grants 6 links at the cost of no defensive stats. Can host very powerful Spell setups during leveling phase. May require increased Mana Regeneration Rate items in order to cover up increased Mana cost of spells
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
Abberath's HornAbberath's Horn - can be dual wielded for amazing DPS bonuses
(10-14)% increased Spell Damage
(20-30)% increased Fire Damage
Adds (4-6) to (8-12) Fire Damage to Spells
(40-60)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+10 Life gained on Killing Ignited Enemies
25% reduced Ignite Duration on Enemies
Cloak of FlamesCloak of Flames - this body armour works great in combination with Mokou's Embrace and Abberath's Horn 
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(30-50)% to Fire Resistance
(30-50)% increased Ignite Duration on Enemies
10% chance to Ignite
Reflects 15 Fire Damage to Melee Attackers
20% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage
Mokou's EmbraceMokou's Embrace - very nice leveling ring. If you are using Cloak of Flames you will be Ignited in nearly every fight, which grants you very high Cast Speed bonus
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
(15-25)% increased Fire Damage
+(25-40)% to Cold Resistance
(5-10)% chance to Ignite
20% increased Attack Speed while Ignited
20% increased Cast Speed while Ignited
+25% chance to be Ignited

GoldrimGoldrim - the best leveling helmet in Path of Exile. Provides very high Elemental Resistances, and will work extremely well until the mapping phase

+(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)

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points and Pantheon

Final skill tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Pendulum of Destruction
  2. Mastermind of Discord
  3. Paragon of Calamity
  4. Liege of the Primordial


Major God: Soul of Solaris - 6% Physical Damage Reduction if 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] Doryani's Touch
(Doryani's Fist gloves only - does NOT require any links)
Doryani's Touch Doryani's Touch - Doryani's Fist unique attack skill. It is a Melee/AoE attack
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attack Support - increases your Attack Speed 
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - since you deal only Elemental Damage, this is a core Support Gem for this setup
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - adds flat Lightning Damage to Doryani's Touch skill
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - increases all damage by a lot in exchange for reduced Dark Pact's AoE. Can be swapped for Increased Area of Effect Support or Faster Casting Support for mapping if it doesn’t cut your clear speed
[DPS] Heralds setup
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - this is the Cold-type Herald skill, which on top of added Cold Damage to Attacks and Spells, causes AoE explosions when killing frozen enemies
Herald of Thunder Herald of Thunder - grants additional Lightning Damage to Attacks and Spells
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support - adds Cold Damage, generated Frenzy Charges, and grants chance to freeze monsters
Innervate Support Innervate Support - grants added Lightning Damage and increases the chance to shock
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - grants added Lightning Damage to your Herald skills
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - grants increased damage versus chilled enemies, as well as grants a chance to freeze and chill
[MOBILITY] Shield Charge setup
Shield Charge Shield Charge - your mobility skill. It also deals moderate damage on its' own, making it more than enough to clear trash just by charging into them
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases Attack/Movement speed of Shield Charge
Fortify Fortify Support - grants good defensive buff when hitting enemies with Shield Charge
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - directly increases the damage of Shield Charge
[AURAS/CURSE] Vaal Haste/Conductivity
Vaal Haste [1L]Vaal Haste - increases your Attack and Movement Speed for a brief duration
Conductivity [2L]Conductivity - recommended Curse option for this build. It has to be used as an Aura around you, with 0% Mana Reserved, thanks to Impresence unique amulet
Blasphemy Support [2L]Blasphemy Support - makes Conductivity work as an Aura around you
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
Stone Golem Stone Golem - increases your Life Regeneration per second
Cast when Damage Taken Support [2L]Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts supported spells. Keep this gem at level 1
Cast when Damage Taken Support [2L]Immortal Call - grants brief Immunity to Physical Damage. Is auto-cast by CwDT Support Gem. Keep it at level 3

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5. Gear Setup

Doryani's Fist Elementalist is a budget-friendly build. It does not require any expensive uniques, and the Herald setup is still powerful, even with 4 and 5 Links. This build, however, has moderate DPS scaling potential, and end-game content may require excessive investment in gear. It's best used to farm mid and high tier maps, in a very enjoyable manner.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully
  3. Save you at least a couple of hours, as it's already all planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Lightning Damage to Attacks (Doryani's Touch has 250% damage effectiveness!)
  4. Lightning/Elemental Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - the best in slot helmet for this build. Since you deal no Physical Damage, it basically has no negative effects, while providing high Attack and Movement Speed bonuses
10% reduced Global Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Lightpoacher(Helmet) Lightpoacher - another great choice. Lightpoacher with 2 Abyss sockets will be expensive, but 2 good rolled Abyss jewels with added Lightning Damage to Attacks will truly shine
Has 2 Abyssal Sockets
Trigger Level 20 Spirit Burst when you Use a Skill while you have a Spirit Charge
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Recover (4-5)% of Life when a Spirit Charge expires or is consumed
(15-20)% chance to gain a Spirit Charge on Kill
+1 to Maximum Spirit Charges per Abyss Jewel affecting you
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Life/Res. helmet - always a solid choice
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Lycosidae(Shield) Lycosidae - the best choice for the shield slot. It grants you 100% Accuracy with your Hits, which is very important, as you will be most likely getting close to none on your gear and Passive Tree
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(10-20) to maximum Life
+(120-160) to Armour
+(30-40) to maximum Life
Your hits can't be Evaded
+(3-5)% Chance to Block
Adds 250 to 300 Cold Damage to Counterattacks
Lioneye's Remorse(Shield) Lioneye's Remorse - cheap and inexpensive options. Provides a lot of bonus Life which can come in handy when playing a Melee Witch character
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(200-250)% increased Armour
20% increased Stun and Block Recovery
+(160-180) to maximum Life
5% reduced Movement Speed
-25 Physical Damage taken from Projectile Attacks
+5% Chance to Block
Doryani's Fist(Gloves) Doryani's Fist - the build-defining item. This pair provides the unique Attack Skill - Doryani's Touch and adds an insane amount of Lighting Damage to Attacks and Spells
Grants Level 20 Doryani's Touch Skill
+30 to maximum Energy Shield
10% chance to Shock
Adds (225-335) to (785-900) Lightning Damage to Unarmed Attacks
Adds (60-90) to (210-240) Lightning Damage to Spells while Unarmed
+30 Energy Shield gained on Killing a Shocked Enemy
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - always a very good choice for any Life build
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(150-200)% increased Armour
(30-40)% increased maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
Extra gore
Lightning Coil(Body Armour) Lightning Coil - this armour provides very high damage bonus. If you choose this body armour, it will require you to alter resistances on other parts of your gear. You need to get approximately 70% more Lightning Resistance
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Adds 1 to (20-30) Lightning Damage to Attacks
(90-120)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(60-80) to maximum Life
-60% to Lightning Resistance
30% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Lightning Damage
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Life/Res. boots - just aim for the highest defensive stats. A pair with "Added Lightning Damage if you haven't killed recently" enchantment will be the best pick
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% increased Movement Speed
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Added Lightning Damage if you haven't been hit recently enchantment
Rare Belt(Belt) Rare Life/Res. belt
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise - go for the same stats as on the regular belt. You just have to pay extra for the Abyss socket
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Impresence(Amulet) Impresence(Lightning) - the best in slot amulet. It not only greatly increases your Lightning Damage, but also allows you to use Conductivity in form of an Aura
+(10-16) to all Attributes
Adds (10-13) to (43-47) Lightning Damage
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(20-25)% to Lightning Resistance
1% of Energy Shield Regenerated per second
100% reduced Conductivity Mana Reservation
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/Res. amulet - a more budget-friendly amulet option
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
min. 35 Added Lightning Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res. ring 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
15% Lightning Resistance
15% Cold Resistance
min. 35 Added Lightning Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Call of the Brotherhood(Ring) Call of the Brotherhood - greatly increases your DPS, as well as increases the chance to shock enemies
+(12-16)% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
+(15-25) to Intelligence
(15-25)% increased Lightning Damage
(30-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
40% of Lightning Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Your spells have 100% chance to Shock against Frozen Enemies
Abyss Jewels(Jewel) Abyss jewels - these will be your best pick. Added Lightning Damage (or even Cold) will grant amazing DPS with the high Doryani's Touch damage effectiveness
Recommended affixes:
added Lightning Damage to attack skills
added Cold Damage to attack skills
Optional affixes:
maximum Life
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare jewels - these should provide increased maximum Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Lightning/Elemental/Area Damage
Optional affixes:
% increased Attack Speed
% increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield
Vessel of Vinktar(Flask) Vessel of Vinktar - the best DPS Flask for this build
50% to Lightning Resistance
+6% to maximum Lightning Resistance
(80-100)% increased Charges used
Shocks nearby Enemies during Flask effect, causing 10% increased Damage taken
You are Shocked during Flask effect, causing 50% increased Damage taken
Adds (25-35) to (110-130) Lightning Damage to Attacks during Flask effect
20% of Lightning Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - this is a very decent Flask that grants additional Lightning Damage Penetration as long as your uncapped Lightning Resistance is the highest
+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 (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Grounding (self-shock removal if using Vessel of Vinktar Flask)
Vessel of VinktarThe Wise OakDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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