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Purifying Flame Cospri's Chieftain build

Purifying Flame Cospri's Chieftain build

Possibly the first Cospri/Chieftain build to take down Shaper

 Purifying Flame
Cospri's Malice Chieftain build 

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
April 2, 2019
-Build created
April 3, 2019
-Added gameplay video

This is a very unique Cospri's Malice build based on full Elemental Damage conversion to Fire and two powerful triggered Fire Spells. These are Glacial Cascade socketed in Cospri's Malice and Purifying Flame triggered by Cast on Critical Strike Support Gem. Both Spells deal Physical Damage, which allows us to greatly benefit from Chieftain's damage conversion, and as a class, this build provides much better defenses and end-game viability. 

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1. Gameplay

This build is very straightforward. You use Cyclone to breeze through enemies and trigger extremely powerful Fire Spells whenever you Critically Strike. The mechanic is very similar to all the other Cospri's builds, however, Chieftain class provides higher DPS and defenses, but is much harder to level up if you decide to directly follow your final Passive Skill Tree. Chieftain will also require more specific gear to reach satisfactory Accuracy and Critical Strike Chance needed to proc your Spells.  

0:06 Tier 15 Waste Pool
0:27 Tier 15 Defiled Cathedral
0:46 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:12 Tier 16 Forge of the Phoenix
1:44 Shaper

This video was recorded on a level 91 Chieftain on Synthesis Softcore 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • insane burst DPS
  • amazing clear speed
  • Life and Mana Leech
  • all content Viable
  • high Life Pool
  • you get to play something completely different
  • unflexible when it comes to item choices
  • reliant on Flasks and uniques to grant sufficient effective Crit. Chance
  • vulnerable to Elemental Reflect mods

3. Leveling tips

It is recommended to level up this character with Molten Strike and to equip One-handed Weapon and a Shield. You can follow the route to Shadow's part of the Skill Tree and collect a bunch of useful Passives on the way. This way, you won't have to refund too many of the Passives allocated making it the most efficient option. Molten Strike is the best melee skill and will get you to Maps easily, but with the number of items required for this build, we would not recommend it as a League Starter build.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Molten Strike setup
Molten Strike Molten Strike - your primary DPS source. We are using it for the entire leveling process
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - grants additional Fire Damage to your Attacks
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - makes Molte Strike hit two additional enemies tripling the number of Magma projectiles fired
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - grants more Elemental Damage with supported skills
Utility Gems
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem which increases your Melee Damage
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - grants extra Fire Damage and AoE explosions based on your overkill damage
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - a great tool for leveling up with this build by adding extra Physical Damage to your Attacks
Leap Slam Leap Slam - the recommended Movement Skill used for this build


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Strong Arm 2) Solidity 3) Constitution 4) Defiance

61 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Precise Interception 2) Fatal Blade 3) Heartseeker 4) Acrobatics

Recommended leveling items:

Karui ChargeKarui Charge - very powerful Amulet which will greatly increase your Molten Strike DPS and the extra movement Speed is extremely useful during leveling
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
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)
Belt of the DeceiverBelt of the Deceiver - all Resistances and additional Life are amazing during leveling, on top of that it grants high DPS bonus
(15-25)% increased Global Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
RedbeakRedbeak - perfect sword for early game
100% increased Damage when on Low Life
50% increased Physical Damage
Adds 2 to 6 Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+2 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
The Tempestuous SteelThe Tempestuous Steel - extremely powerful weapon for this Elemental Conversion build
Adds (5-8) to (15-20) Physical Damage
(8-14)% increased Attack Speed
Hits can't be Evaded
Attacks with this Weapon Penetrate 30% Elemental Resistances
Gain 15% of Physical Attack Damage as Extra Lightning Damage
Gain 15% of Physical Attack Damage as Extra Fire Damage

BlackheartBlackheart - one of the best leveling Ring for classes that use Attacks

Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
5% increased Global Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 3 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(2-4) Life Regenerated per second
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Ngamahu, Flame's Advance
  2. Hinekora, Death's Fury
  3. Tawhoa, Forest's Strength
  4. Ramako, Sun's Light


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] Cyclone/Purifying Flame
Cyclone Cyclone - Cyclone is used to Critically Strike and trigger both Glacial Cascade and Purifying Flame Spells
Cast on Critical Strike Support Cast on Critical Strike Support - makes Criticals with Cyclone to trigger Supported Spells
Purifying Flame Purifying Flame - powerful Area spell which deals Physical Damage fully converted to Fire
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - greatly increases Elemental Damage but makes it unable to inflict Elemental ailments
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - insane DPS boost at the exchange of lower AoE
Fire Penetration Support Fire Penetration Support - makes supported skills ignore a large portion of your target's Fire Resistance
[DPS] Glacial Cascade
Glacial Cascade Glacial Cascade - which is a Cold Spell that can be triggered by Cospri's Malice. And thanks to the fact that it deals Physical Damage converted to Cold, we can fully change it to Fire Damage thanks to Avatar of Fire and Cold to Fire Support Gems
Cold to Fire Support Cold to Fire Support - converts 50% of Cold Damage to Fire and adds extra Fire Damage based on the skill's Cold DPS
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam
Leap Slam Leap Slam - your primary Movement Skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases Movement Speed with Leap Slam
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants extra damage reduction buff on Melee Hits with Leap Slam
[UTILITY] Assassin's Mark and Herald of Ash
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - grants added Fire Damage based on your Physical Damage. It works for both of the core spells used in this build
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - the second Curse used in this build. It increases your chance to Critically Hit your enemies and generates Power Charges
Blasphemy Support Blasphemy Support - with Blasphemy linked to Curse you can use it as an Aura, that will automatically curse nearby enemies
Empower Support Empower Support - increases the level of your Curse and Herald of Ash for some extra DPS. You need this Gem on level 2 and above to have any effect
[UTILITY] Vaal Righteous Fire and Vaal Haste
Vaal Righteous Fire Vaal Righteous Fire - while active deals high AoE damage around every second and increases your Spell Damage
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - grants increased Attack, Cast, and Movement Speed bonus for a short duration
Efficacy Support Efficacy Support - increases the duration of supported spells and increases the damage of Vaal Righteous Fire
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Immortal Call and Molten Shell
[UTILITY] Golem and Molten Shell
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - triggers all the supported spells
Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance. Both extremely important stats that are hard to get elsewhere
Molten Shell Molten Shell - grants a protective shield that increases your Armour and absorbs some of the incoming damage
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike - will cause Molten Shell and your Golem to kill enemies below 10% Life

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the required gear for this Purifying Flame Chieftain build. Sadly, it does not give you much freedom in terms of item choices, and in order to fully utilize this build's potential, it's recommended to grab all the items listed. You can try to replace some of the items, but without sufficient Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance, you will hardly ever trigger Spells making this build feel very clunky. If you would still like to try it with fewer restrictions - Assassin may be a better option.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to deal with all the content in the game

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Fire Spell Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Accuracy Rating
  6. Attributes (Intelligence mainly)
Rat's Nest(Helmet) Rat's Nest - one of the best Helmets for this build with very high Crit. Chance bonus

15% increased Attack Speed
(60-75)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
150% increased Evasion Rating
(20-25)% increased Rarity of Items found
10% increased Movement Speed
10% reduced Character Size

Helmet enchantments:
Purifying Flame deals 40% increased Damage
Cospri's Malice(Weapon) Cospri's Malice - mandatory item for this build. It is used to trigger Glacial Cascade 
No Physical Damage
Adds (80-100) to (160-200) Cold Damage
Adds (40-60) to (90-110) Cold Damage to Spells
(8-14)% increased Attack Speed
+257 Intelligence Requirement
60% increased Critical Strike Chance against Chilled Enemies
Trigger a Socketed Cold Spell on Melee Critical Strike
Unyielding Flame(Shield) Unyielding Flame - grants very high Critical Strike Chance bonus, making it perfect for this build
+12% to all Elemental Resistances
Trigger Commandment of Inferno on Critical Strike
(50-70)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
(8-12)% increased Cast Speed if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Loreweave(Body Armour) Loreweave - grants extra Crit., Attributes, and Elemental Damage. With this build's high restrictions, this is simply the best option for this slot
Has 6 Sockets
Adds (4-10) to (14-36) Physical Damage to Attacks
+(8-24) to all Attributes
(20-60)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
+(15-50) to maximum Energy Shield
+(20-60) to maximum Life
+(20-50) to maximum Mana
(6-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
(15-50)% increased Elemental Damage
Your Maximum Resistances are (76-78)%
Windshriek(Boots) Windshriek - will allow you to use two different Curses. Otherwise, you will miss a lot of Critical Hit Chance that Assassin's Mark provides
(200-250)% increased Armour
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage
You can apply an additional Curse (Hidden)
60% increased Area of Effect of Curse Skills
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Stygian Vise 

Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
40% Cold Resistance
40% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
Elemental/Fire Damage

Xoph's Blood(Amulet) Xoph's Blood - grants Avatar of Fire which allows us to fully convert Glacial Cascade's Damage to Fire
+(20-30) to Strength
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
Diamond Ring(Ring) Rare Elder Diamond Ring - any Ring will do, but only the Diamond Ring will increase your Crit. Chance further

Min. requirements:
55 maximum Life
35 Intelligence
Curse enemies with level # Warlord's Mark on Hit
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Elemental Resistances

Gifts from Above(Ring) Gifts from Above - grants very high Critical Strike Chance and extra Damage while you are on Consecrated Ground. This works exceptionally well in combination with the Bottled Faith unique Flask
(20-30)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Trigger Level 10 Consecrate when you deal a Critical Strike
(30-35)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(10-15)% increased Light Radius
(40-50)% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Enemies killed with a Critical Strike
50% increased Damage while on Consecrated Ground
+5% Chance to Block Attack Damage while on Consecrated Ground
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - preferably Fingerless Silk Gloves but all types are viable
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
35 Intelligence
350 Accuracy Rating
30% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
Spell Damage
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Flame
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewel - all jewels should provide extra Life and at least one Damage amplification mod
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Fire/Spell/Area Damage
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Chance
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Global Accuracy Rating
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewel - priority is maximum Life and flat damage to spells
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Fire Damage to Spells
increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Critical Strike Chance
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewel - at least one with the added chance to gain Onslaught on kill is a great pick
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
chance to gain Onslaught on kill for 4 seconds
increased Damage if you have killed recently
Optional affixes:
global Critical Strike Chance
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - extremely important Flask for this build. It greatly increases Crit. Chance and hence the frequency at which you trigger all your core Spells
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(30-50)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
+(1-2)% to Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Effect
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - grants extra Fire Damage Penetration if you Fire 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 (Bleeding immunity)
  2. Ample Basalt Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
  3. Ample Diamond Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
Bottled FaithThe Wise OakDivine Life FlaskBasalt FlaskDiamond Flask

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