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Quad Frostbolt Totem hybrid Hierophant build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Quad Frostbolt Totem hybrid Hierophant build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Budget-friendly and easy to play Starter Templar build. Utilize the power of six Totems and the Hierophant Ascendancy class

Hexa Frostbolt
Totem Hierophant
Build updated for Patch 3.5

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Guide notes
July 27, 2018
-Build created
December 10, 2018
-Updated for Patch 3.5
-Increased the number of active Totems from four to six

Hierophant is currently one of the most popular classes in Path of Exile. It is based on Totem playstyle which allows various Starter and budget-friendly builds to be based on this class. Our Hexa Frostbolt Totem Hierophant is no different, and thanks to the Spell Totem, and the newly added in Patch 3.5 Multiple Totem Support Gems, you can build up rock-solid defenses and good DPS on a very reasonable budget, with no specific unique items requirements. All that combined makes up for one of the best new League starter builds.

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1. Gameplay

Totems provide a specific playstyle. You are summoning Totems which deal the damage for you, while focusing on supporting them with Auras, applying Curses, and staying alive. This playing a Totem character may not seem like the most exciting thing, it surely is one of the most beginner and budget-friendly type of builds. If you plan to play Special Event League or participate in a race, Totems are nearly always a viable choice.

Our Hierophant build focuses on defenses, which will allow you to farm high Tier maps and possibly end-game Bosses with comfort. Hybrid version gives you approximately 4,000 Life, 5,000 Energy Shield with Mind over Matter and additional Damage reduction from Hierophant's Ascendancy Passives.

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • good DPS with broad area coverage
  • both Hardcore and Softcore viable 
  • great defenses with nearly 10,000 combined Life and Energy Shield Pool
  • great as a League Starter build
  • immunity to reflect map mods
  • mediocre end-game DPS

3. Leveling tips

Leveling with Totems is very easy. They deal very high damage, allowing you to play safe from a more significant range, and also tank some of the damage. Regarding recommended gear, you should mainly focus on Mana Regeneration, Spell Damage, and Movement Speed bonuses, while all the other can be random rare gear with Life and Elemental Resistances (you don't precisely focus stats related to Critical Strikes and Energy Shield early on). 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Freezing Pulse setup
Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse - the recommended Spell until you get the Frozen Trail and Ancestral Bond Passive. While you use Freezing Pulse remember to level up Frostbolt simultaneously in one of the empty sockets
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds Cold Damage to supported skills
Added Lightning Damage Added Lightning Damage Support - adds Lightning Damage to supported skills
Frostbolt Spell Totem setup
Dark Pact Frostbolt - your primary Spell in this build, which is cast by your Spell Totems
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - mandatory Support Gem. It allows you to summon Totems that cast supported spells
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support
Added Lightning Damage Added Lightning Damage Support
Utility Gems
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - increases your Attack and Cast Speed healing out greatly in terms of clear speed
Clarity Clarity - grants increased Mana Regenerated per second
Projectile Weakness Projectile Weakness - recommended Curse for this build


We recommend helping Alira for the Critical Strike Multiplier, Mana Regeneration, and Elemental Resistances

Leveling Skill Trees:

30 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Retribution 2) Elementalist 3) Light of Divinity 4) Devotion 5) Ancestral Bond

63 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Shaman's Dominion 2) Annihilation 3) Occultist's Dominion 4) Arcane Potency 5) Mind over Matter

Recommended leveling items:

Lochtonial CaressLochtonial Caress - great leveling pair of gloves. It greatly increases your Cast Speed, and they have no level requirement
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(10-15)% increased Cast Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(15-10)% reduced maximum Mana
10% chance to gain a Power, Frenzy or Endurance Charge on Kill
Victario's FlightVictario's Flight - on top of high Movement Speed, these boots provide good Mana Recovery mechanic
+(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 - grants high DPS bonus and increased Movement Speed
+(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 solid leveling wand, which can be used since level 1. It grants a lot of Spell Damage and Cast Speed. It can also be dual-wielded
(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

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Pursuit of Faith
  2. Divine Guidance
  3. Ritual of Awakening
  4. Sanctuary of Thought


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 Garukhan +5% chance to Evade Attacks if you've taken a Savage Hit recently

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Frostbolt Spell Totem
Frostbolt Frostbolt - your primary DPS. It is cast by your Spell Totems
Spell Totem Support Spell Totem Support - allows you to summon two additional Totems and makes you plant two Totems instead of one
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - allows you to use two additional 
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - increases Spell Damage at the cost of reduced Critical Strike Chance
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - increases Damage with hits against chilled enemies and grants a higher chance to Freeze
Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support - increases the Crit. Chance of supported skills
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades Support
WB Whirling Blades - one of the fastest movement skills in Path of Exile
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support 
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a great defensive buff on Hit with Whirling Blades
[AURAS] Clarity and Discipline
Clarity Clarity - grants Increased Mana Regenerated per second
Discipline Discipline - increases maximum Energy Shield
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces Mana Reservation of supported skills
[UTILITY] Phase Run
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts supported skills after a certain amount of damage is taken. Keep this Gem at level 7
Phase Run Phase Run - grants Phasing for a brief duration which increases your Movement Speed and reduces your visibility to enemies making them more likely to target your Totems. Keep this Gem at level 9
[CURSE] Projectile Weakness
Projectile Weakness Projectile Weakness - the recommended Curse for this build. Sadly, it has to be cast manually
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
[UTILITY] Immortal Call and Golem setup
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - keep it at level 12 in this setup
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - do not upgrade the Golem above level 14
Immortal Call Immortal Call - grants brief Physical Damage immunity. Keep the Gem at level 14
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - increases the duration of Immortal Call
[UTILITY] Frost Bomb
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - it is an AoE/Duration Spell which reduces affected monsters' resistance to Cold
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
Arcane Surge Arcane Surge - if you match this Gem's Mana Cost to the cost of Frost Bomb, with each cast you will gain the Arcane Surge buff which increases your Spell Damage and Mana Regen. rate

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended gear for this build. Since we have decided to focus on creating a Starter build, there are no specific unique items required; all of the items on the list can be replaced with rares with similar stats. Also, because of the high number of rares in the build, you should feel free to alter the stats on each of the items, depending on what you can find on the market. 

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Our recommended items will:

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Spell/Cold/Elemental Damage
  4. Critical Strike Chance & Multiplier
  5. Mana
  6. Mana Regeneration Rate
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - preferably Energy Shield and Evasion base
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
50 maximum Mana
25% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Frostbolt Damage
Divinarius(Weapon) Divinarius - a decent and inexpensive Spell Dagger 
30% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(50-70)% increased Spell Damage
(80-100)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
+10 Life gained on Kill
+5 Mana gained on Kill
10% increased Area of Effect
Rare Dagger(Weapon) Rare Dagger - with similar stats to Divinarius. Depending on their values, rare Daggers can get very expensive
Min. requirements:
60% increased Spell Damage
80% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
Optional affixes:
Added Cold Damage to Spells
Increased Attack Speed
Magna Eclipsis(Shield) Magna Eclipsis - is a very nice shield in terms of defenses. It provides Life, Energy Shield and Elemental Aegis buff which absorbs some of the Elemental Damage dealt to your character 
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+2 to Level of Socketed Gems
Triggers Level 20 Elemental Aegis when Equipped
(200-250)% increased Armour
+(60-80) to maximum Life
+(80-100) to Evasion Rating and Energy Shield
Rare ES Shield(Shield) Rare Shield - Crit./Spell Damage shield will provide much higher DPS
Min. requirements:
40% increased Spell Damage
60% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
40 maximum Mana
Optional affixes:
maximum Life
maximum Energy Shield
Cloak of Defiance(Body Armour) Cloak of Defiance - is a great pick for this build. It provides the highest maximum Mana bonus out of all items in Path of Exile
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(110-150)% increased Evasion and Energy Shield
+(100-150) to maximum Mana
1% of Mana Regenerated per second
10% of Damage is taken from Mana before Life
Mind Over Matter
Skin of the Loyal(Body Armour) Skin of the Loyal - another decent pick for this build. Will increase your defenses, as well as, add +1 to your primary DPS Gems' levels
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
Rainbowstride(Boots) Rainbowstride - they provide all the necessary stats and are cheap
(20-25)% of Block Chance applied to Spells
+(40-60) to maximum Mana
(140-180)% increased Energy Shield
+20% to all Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Cold Damage if you've been Hit Recently
Rare Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - again, try to get the highest defensive stats you can afford
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40 maximum Energy Shield
28% Fire Resistance
28% Lightning Resistance
28% Cold Resistance
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet
Min. requirements:
30 to All Attributes
60 maximum Life
40 maximum Mana
15% All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Diamond RingDiamond Ring(Ring) Rare Rings 
Min. requirements:
40 maximum Life
40 maximum Mana
25 maximum Energy Shield
10% All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Dexterity (to match Gem stat. requirements)
Voidbringer(Gloves) Voidbringer - will grant very high DPS bonus at the cost of increased Mana Cost of skills
+1 to Level of Socketed Elemental Gems
(125-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance for Spells
(180-250)% increased Energy Shield
(80-40)% increased Mana Cost of Skills
+(15-20) Energy Shield gained on Kill
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Frost
Frozen TrailFrozen Trail(Jewel) Frozen Trail - mandatory jewels for this build. Use two of those
(7-10)% increased Projectile Damage
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Frostbolt Projectiles gain 40% increased Projectile Speed per second
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Frostbolt fires 2 additional Projectiles
Hypnotik Eye Jewel(Jewel) Rare Hypnotik Eye - use one for the Hinder on Spell Hit effect
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased maximum Energy Shield
increased maximum Mana
added Cold Damage to Spells
chance to Hinder on Spell Hit
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier if you have killed recently
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased maximum Energy Shield
increased maximum Mana
increased Spell/Cold/Projectile Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants additional Chaos Damage and Life Leech
+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
The Wise Oak(Flask) The Wise Oak - will grant 10% additional Cold Damage penetration as long as your highest uncapped resistance is Cold
+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 and Chill)
  3. Ample Diamond Flask of Grounding (immunity to Shock)
Atziri's PromiseThe Wise OakDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskDiamond Flask

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