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Quad Dark Pact Totem Hierophant Templar - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Quad Dark Pact Totem Hierophant Templar - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Find out how to effectively use one of the most powerful Chaos Damage spells with the use of Quad Spell Totem Hierophant

Quad Dark Pact
Totem Hierophant
Build updated for Patch 3.2

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Estimated budget: moderately low (10-12 Exalted Orbs)
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Guide notes
March 17, 2018
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.2
-Adjusted Ascendancy passives to utilize the reworked Hierophants class

Quad Dark Pact Totem is excellent for both Hardcore and Softcore modes because your totems will tank most of the damage and high life pool combined with Mind over Matter passive and Hierophant’s Ascendancy will help you tank damage directed to you with ease. Chaos damage from Dark Pact scales insanely well with increased % damage, which combined with Pursuit of Faith Hierophant’s Ascendancy node allows you to deal massive damage while mapping. Flat damage from dual wielding Apep’s Rage or increased level of socketed Chaos Gems from the newly added staff Cane of Unravelling can massively increase your Dark Pact’s damage. Investing into Tukohama’s Fortress allows you to have five totems placed at one time! While it may not make much difference when mapping, it gives high damage increase versus bosses.

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1. Gameplay

Dark Pact Totem Hierophant is a very straightforward build - you summon skeletons and drop Totems which will sacrifice the undead dealing violent area explosions and clearing full screens at once. Your movement skill Flame Dash, due to its high mana cost from Apep’ s Rage, will proc Arcane Surge Support, which will provide us with constant increased spell damage and increased Cast Speed.

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • insane damage even with a low budget
  • both Hardcore and Softcore viable thanks to totems tanking most of the damage
  • scales very well into the endgame with investing into flat added spell damage
  • great starter build, thanks to considerable damage with little to no investment
  • high defense thanks to 3 layers of defense – totems, Mind over Matter and high life pool
  • can do all map mods with reflects/cannot leech map mods included
  • slightly slower in clearing maps than pure range builds

3. Leveling tips

Recommended leveling process is to use Freezing Pulse until level 28 when you switch to Dark Pact linked with Spell Totem Support Gem. High base damage of Dark Pact should carry you by itself until endgame. For leveling the recommended option is to use two wands with a high Spell Damage and flat added damage to spells as possible. If you are playing this build on Abyss League, you should find Abyss Jewel with the highest added damage to spells and socket it into Stygian Vise belt.

Suggested leveling gem setups:

Freezing Pulse setup
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - best spell for the early leveling phase
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - great buff to your DPS providing flat damage added to spells
Lesser Multiple Projectiles Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support - this will make your FP viable for faster clearing through locations
Dark Pact setup
Dark Pact Dark Pact - you should start using Dark Pact at level 28
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - it’s mandatory to link it to DP because you cannot use spells directly after you grab the Ancestral Bond node
Added Chaos Damage Support Added Chaos Damage Support - this gem provides an insane damage boost to your Totems. Keep in mind that you can only drop it or buy from other players. You cannot buy it from any vendor
Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support - another gem giving a lot of flat added damage to your Totems
Utility gems
Summon Stone Golem Stone Golem - grants a bit of Life Regeneration which helps a lot with survivability while leveling
Summon Skeletons Summons Skeletons - Dark Pact Totems can sacrifice skeletons for increased damage explosions. Recommended to link Increase Minion Life, because of Dark Pact scaling with sacrificed minion’s maximum Life


We recommend killing all bandits for the additional 2 passive points

Leveling skill trees:

30 Points Skill tree
Priorities: 1) Amplify 2) Inspiration 3) Light of Divinity 4) Purity of Flesh 5) Quick Recovery

72 Points Skill tree
Priorities: 1) Ancestral Bond 2) Devotion 3) Totemic Mastery 4) Totemic Zeal 5) Shamanistic Fury 6) Blast Radius

Recommended leveling items:

Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - definitely the best item for leveling, allows you to link up to 5 support gems to your spell gems starting at level 1. It can be used up to late endgame when you switch to Carcass Jack
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
HrimsorrowHrimmsorrow - great gloves that provide a lot of flat damage added to spells
+(20-30) to Strength
Adds (5-7) to (13-15) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(40-50) to Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Reflects 10 Cold Damage to Melee Attackers
Karui WardKarui Ward - amazing DPS and movement speed bonuses granted by this amulet, combined with freezing pulse projectiles will make your leveling process before getting Dark Pact much smoother
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
LifesprigLifesprig - a perfect wand, which can be used since level 1. It gives a lot of Spell Damage and Cast Speed. It can also be dual-wielded for even higher damage
(8-12)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Spell Gems
(20-28)% increased Spell Damage
(5-8)% increased Cast Speed
+(15-20) to maximum Life
+(15-20) to maximum Mana
Regenerate (6-8) Life over 1 second when you Cast a Spell

Amplification RodAmplification Rod - another great wand, will provide you with semi 6link if you cannot afford Tabula Rasa

(15-19)% increased Spell Damage
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Increased Area of Effect
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Spell Echo
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Controlled Destruction
+(10-30) to Intelligence

Clear MindClear Mind Cobalt Jewel - insanely powerful jewel. We are not reserving any mana because of Mind over Matter, that gives us a lot of defenses. This means we are getting all the bonuses provided by this unique jewel

(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
(40-60)% increased Spell Damage while no Mana is Reserved

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points and Pantheon

Final skill tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
116 Points Path of Building link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Pursuit of Faith
  2. Illuminated Devotion
  3. Divine Guidance
  4. Ritual of Awakening


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 Ryslatha - Life Flasks gain 3 Charges every 3 seconds if you haven't used a Life Flask Recently

5. Final gems links

[DPS] Dark Pact Spell Totem setup
Dark Pact Dark Pact - your main DPS spell. It grants incredible AoE and excellent single target DPS that will be cast by your Spell Totems
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - main support gems, which makes totem’s cast linked spell
Added Chaos Damage Support Added Chaos Damage Support - boosts your chaos damage by a lot
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - increases your spell damage, which scales well with all flat damage added to spells
Void Manipulation Support Void Manipulation Support–increases all chaos damage
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
[MINIONS] Summon Skeletons 4L setup
Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons - summons skeletons which are sacrificed for more Dark Pact damage
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - improved quality of this support gems, makes summoning skeletons faster
Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support - increased quality of this gem is recommended
Minion Life Minion Life Support - colossal DPS boost, because Dark Pact damage is based on sacrificed minion’s life
[DEFENSE/Utility] Cast When Damage Taken 4L setup
Stone Golem Stone Golem - grants additional life regen. While linked to CwDT gem, the GOlem will be summoned automatically
Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support - will make it cast supported spells after the player takes a certain amount of damage
Molten Shell Molten Shell - will grant a temporary boost to armour. It is automatically cast by the CwDT
Decoy Totem Decoy Totem - Decoy Totem taunts nearby enemies who might come in handy in dangerous situations
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash 4L setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - our main movement skill, it grants the Arcane Surge buff
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases cast speed of Flame Dash
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - with an increased mana cost of skills from Apep’s Rage our Flame Dash will apply Arcane Surge every cast which increases spell damage and cast speed
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Arcane Surge buff
[CURSE] Wither/Despair 3L setup
Despair Despair - curse reduces chaos resistance and adds additional damage cursed enemies receives
Wither Wither - channeling skill which stacks a debuff on your enemies increasing chaos damage taken
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increase cast speed for both Wither and Despair

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended items for the Quad Dark Pact Totem Hierophant. We have included several gear options for both low and higher budgets. The main difference lies in the body armour and weapon choices.

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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. Chaos/Spell Damage
  4. Cast Speed
  5. Added Damage to Spells
Voll's Vision(Helmet) Voll’s Vision - this helmet provides nice bonuses to maximum Life, Life Regeneration, and Elemental Resistances, but you cannot equip corrupted items for it to work
+(260-300) to Armour
+(26-32)% to Fire Resistance
+(8-16)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Light Radius
(8-12)% increased Maximum Life if no Equipped Items are Corrupted
Regenerate 100 Life per second if no Equipped Items are Corrupted
Apep's Rage(Weapon) Apep’s Rage - definitely the best in slot wand for this build. It is recommended to dual wield them, giving a lot of flat chaos damage, spell damage and increased cast speed
(38-42)% increased Spell Damage
Adds (50-65) to (90-105) Chaos Damage to Spells
(25-30)% increased Cast Speed
+(5-10)% to Chaos Resistance
40% increased Mana Cost of Skills
Rare Wand(Weapon) Rare Wands 
Min. requirements:
80% increased Spell Damage
60 Added Damage to Spells
15% increased Cast Speed
Optional affixes:
Increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Increased Maximum Mana
Cane of Unravelleing(Weapon) Cane of Unravelling - it’s another good option for this build, which provides a lot of additional chaos damage, but it requires you to link your Dark Pact setup to it
18% Chance to Block
+2 to Level of Socketed Chaos Gems
(60-80)% increased Chaos Damage
2% increased Cast Speed per Power Charge
Gain a Power Charge after you spend a total of 200 Mana
2 Mana Regenerated per Second per Power Charge
Tukohama's Fortress(Shield) Tukohama’s Fortress - another great unique item that will increase both your damage and defenses and on top of that it allows you to summon additional totem
+(20-30) to maximum Life
40% increased Totem Damage
+(80-100) to maximum Life
Can have up to 1 additional Totem summoned at a time
+300 Armour per active Totem
Blood Magic
Tabula Rasa(Body Armour) Tabula Rasa–great, cheap 6-link body armour that comes at the cost of no defensive stats. The most budget-friendly chest variant for this build
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
Skin of the Loyal(Body Armour) Skin of the Loyal - another great cheap 6-link chest. It is much better than Tabula Rasa as it provides 100% increased global defenses, but you have to find one with proper socket colors (you cannot alter them in any way)
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Sockets cannot be modified
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
100% increased Global Defences
Carcass Jack(Body Armour) Carcass Jack - best in slot armour for this build, increasing area of effect and damage of your Dark Pact. On top of that gives you a lot of Life and Elemental Resistances
(120-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(9-12)% to all Elemental Resistances
20% increased Area of Effect
(40-50)% increased Area Damage
Extra gore
Cherrubim's Maleficence(Body Armour) Cherrubim’s Maleficence - another great armour that  increases your life pool and chaos damage
(50-80)% increased Chaos Damage
(160-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(70-100) to maximum Life
100% increased Life Leeched per second
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Life/res boots - get a pair with the highest maximum Life bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
20% increased Movement Speed
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Rare Belt(Belt) Rare Life/res belt - again, we try to grab one with the highest maximum life and elemental resistances bonuses
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Flask Duration
increased Movement Speed
Bisco's Collar(Amulet) Bisco’s Collar - great, but expensive amulet. It provides insane increased rarity and quantity of item’s dropped, but comes at a cost of no additional stats. Requires highest PoE Currency investment in other gear pieces
(12-20)% increased Rarity of Items found
(100-150)% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Slain Magic Enemies
(50-100)% increased Quantity of Items Dropped by Slain Normal Enemies
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/res amulet crafted with Essence of Envy (for % increased Chaos Damage)
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
% increased Chaos Damage
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
Coral RingCoral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/res rings crafted with Essence of Envy (for % increased Chaos Damage)
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
% increased Chaos Damage
Optional affixes:
maximum Mana
ES Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/res gloves
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% Fire resistance
25% Lightning resistance
25% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Rarity of Items Found
Clear Mind(Jewel) Clear Mind - insanely powerful jewel. We use it for the very same reason we advised to use it during leveling phase - amazing increased Spell damage bonus
(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
(40-60)% increased Spell Damage while no Mana is Reserved
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare jewels - they should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Spell/Chaos Damage
% increased Cast Speed
Optional affixes:
% increased Area Damage
% increased Totem Damage
Forbidden Taste(Flask) Forbidden Taste - very good flask, recovering all your life on use
Recover Full Life on use
8% of maximum Life taken as Chaos Damage per second
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Warding/Curing/Grounding (immunity of your choice)
  3. Catalysed Eternal Mana Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze)
  4. Alchemist’s Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
Forbidden TasteDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskEternal Mana FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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