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Righteous Fire Inquisitor Build

Righteous Fire Inquisitor Build

The build with excellent survivability and mapping - Righteous Fire Inquisitor. It's affordable and easy to play

Righteous Fire
Inquisitor Build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
February 16, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.17
April 5, 2022
-Minor tweaks were added to reflect the actual state of our Youtube video guide
-Updated gameplay video
Build overview
Tags: [CASTER] [ELEMENTAL] [DOT] [HYBRID]

Budget: 

Defenses: 

Boss DPS:

AoE:

 

Righteous Fire Inquisitor is one of the tankiest builds in the game, your combined Life and Energy shield should be 8 or even 10k, and with Fire Resistance at 90%, tons of Life and ES Regeneration, Consecrated Ground effect, Armour, Divine Shield, and instant Enduring Cry you can't really die that easily. You won't deal any damage with hits. Your Flame Wall and Righteous Fire deal damage over time, so bury that in mind when linking your Support Gems and looking for mods on your rare gear. This build uses a six-linked Flame Wall as its single-target damage and RF (Righteous Fire) for clearing. With all your Life and Energy Shield the damage of RF will be enough as a four-link Skill but the Helmet mods will provide you with an additional link of Support Skill Gem or two. Inquisitor is the best Ascendancy due to the Pious Path - the effect of the Consecrated Ground you create while standing lingers for four more seconds, meaning that you will regenerate your ES alongside your Life which is great for a Hybrid build with Corrupted Soul Keystone - the only condition is to stand still, use a Flame Wall or even Flame Dash once every four seconds.

Righteous Fire has been increasingly more popular as of late, in Path 3.17 Legacy of Fury Unique Boots have been reworked so it scorches nearby enemies and significantly increases your clear speed, it's a mandatory item now. The new Melding of the Flesh Jewels allows you to increase all of your Maximum Elemental Resistances to 90%, which is a significant boost to your survivability.

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1. Gameplay

It's so safe and easy to run maps with this build you can do it with one hand - you walk and the enemies around you die. Use your Enduring Warcry to regenerate a huge amount of your life in a span of one second and gain some extra damage reduction - be ready to activate it when you expect to take a big hit. To deal with bosses RF will not be enough, that's why you use Flame Wall for it works in a similar fashion to RF - it deals Fire Damage Over Time and doesn't Hit enemies. Additionally, a Curse of Flammability and Elemental Weakness will be applied by a Brand. By standing still you'll create a Consecrated Ground - keep that in mind when you run out of Flask Charges as it is really beneficial with your Piety Path from your ascendancy tree.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • safe and simple
  • good clear speed
  • excellent defence - lots of Life, ES, and dual Regeneration
  • cheap to start
CONS
  • not really a boss-killer build, but it doesn't mean you won't be able to kill all the bosses in the game
  • low Chaos Resistance

 

3. Leveling tips

Leveling RF build is slow. You'll lack damage and before you can sustain Righteous Fire you'll need a placeholder Skill. For that, we recommend using Scorching Ray or Flame Wall - these don't deal damage per Hit so your DPS won't be impaired by lack of this type of damage in your tree and gear. You can obtain it as soon as level 12 for Scorching Ray and level 4 for Flame Wall. You'll start your tree by taking Maximum Life and Fire Damage nodes right away and as you progress you'll just take more of them. Around act 6 to 10 you should be able to sustain RF. Look for Increased Fire Damage and Burning Damage.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Scorching Ray setup
Scorching Ray Scorching Ray - Use this or Flame Wall Flame Wall, whichever suits you
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - for more Elemental Damage
Efficacy Support Efficacy Support - for more Fire Damage Over Time
 Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - for More Damage, Over Time type of Damage can't deal Critical Strikes anyway
Flame Dash setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - use this Movement Skill to move around
Arcane Surge Support Arcane Surge Support - Keep it at a level low enough that a single cast of Flame Dash will activate it
Arcanis Brand setup
Arcanist Brand Arcanist Brand - Sticks to an enemy and casts linked Spells
Flammability Flammability - a Curse to reduce Fire Resistance on enemies

Bandits:

KIlling all Bandits is the best option

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Allocate Breath of Flames by taking Life and Elemental Nodes on your way there

66 Points Skill Tree
Grab Acrimony, Divine Judgement, Sovereignty, and more Maximum Life and Armour

 

Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - gives you Elemental Resistances and some damage
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
 
PyrePyre - use for more Burning Damage and Cold and Fire Resistances  
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(25-35)% to Fire Resistance
(60-80)% increased Burning Damage
40% of Cold Damage Converted to Fire Damage
10% increased Light Radius
Ignited Enemies you hit are destroyed on Kill
 
Doryani's CatalystDoryani's Catalyst - it does require level 75 but even after that you're about to have difficulties finding a better weapon  
32% increased Elemental Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
Adds (65-85) to (100-160) Physical Damage
(11-15)% increased Attack Speed
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(30-40)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
(80-100)% increased Elemental Damage
 
SpringleafSpringleaf - available since level 7 this shield grants you a lot of Life Regen so that it's easier to sustain RF, even before act 5   
+4% to all Elemental Resistances
(80-120)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
50% reduced Freeze Duration on you
Regenerate 3% of Life per second
Regenerate 3% of Life per second while on Low Life
 
GoldrimGoldrim - a fine Helmet to keep your Elemental Resistances high
+(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)
 
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - it's good but as you'll start doing maps it is important to find something with mods on it, Life it's really crucial in this build
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
 
AshcallerAshcaller - Fire-oriented Wand you can get for 1c, available at level 18, increases your Fire Damage
(18-22)% increased Spell Damage
10% chance to Trigger Level 8 Summon Raging Spirit on Kill
+(15-25)% to Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Adds (4-6) to (7-9) Fire Damage to Spells
(20-30)% increased Burning Damage
(16-22)% chance to Ignite
 


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

111 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster or Unique Jewels)
122 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Sanctuary
  2. Pious Path
  3. Augury of Penitence
  4. Righteous Providence

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Arakaali: 10% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time, +40% Chaos Resistance against Damage Over Time

Minor God: Soul of Shakari: You cannot be Poisoned while there are at least 3 Poisons on you, 50% less Duration of Poisons on You; 5% reduced Chaos Damage taken, 25% reduced Chaos Damage over Time taken while on Caustic Ground

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Righteous Fire setup
socketed in Helmet with built-in Support Gems
Righteous Fire Righteous Fire - we Recommend using Vaal Righteous Fire for extra damage upon activation, but what's more important is to have this Gem at level 21
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - increases your damage with no drawbacks
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - increases your Damage, and allows RF to be affected by Swift Affliction, keep at maximum level
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - more Damage over Time for Duration Skills
  Support Skills you can find as Mods in your helmet
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support -  Elder Suffix for more Burning Damage
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - Elder Prefix for more damage but less AoE
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - Shaper Prefix that increases your Area fo Effect
[DPS] Flame Wall/Fire Trap
Flame Wall Flame Wall - The Skill you're using to deal with bosses. Scorching Ray doesn't deal that much damage and requires you to stand still, which is not recommended when fighting bosses. A more suitable alternative is Flame Trap - it deals much more damage, but it takes some time to deploy.
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support -  use it for more burning damage
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - for more Spell damage
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - combined with level 1 Lifetap on Flame Dash, it will still increase your Damage from Lifetap Buff from Gem on level 20 here, it also allows you to link the Skill with Swift Affliction
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - For more Damage over Time. If you're using Fire Trap, go for Trap and Mine Damage Support instead.
[UTILITY] Brand
Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand - will periodically hit enemies, used to apply Curses
Flammability Flammability - your most important curse since you're dealing Fire Damage
Combustion Support Combustion Support -  lowers Fire Resistance of ignited enemies
Hextouch Hextouch - Used to apply linked Curse as you hit enemies with linked Skill
[UTILITY] Warcry and Guard Spell setup
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - Regenerates around 2k of Life in one second, and reduces Physical Damage taken. You can also use Infernal Cry Infernal Cry instead as it covers enemies in Ash and makes them explode on death.
Molten Shell Molten Shell - Guard Spell that reduces the damage you take, it grows more efficient with your Armour
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - lowers the cooldown of linked Skills and grants an additional Charge
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - great movement tool
Lifetap Lifetap - keep it at level 1 for constant Lifetap Buff for your Flame Wall
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support
[UTILITY] Auras
Malevolence Malevolence - Aura granting more DoT and Skill Effect Duration
Determination Determination - Aura granting more Armour, great when combined with Divine Shield Keystone
Vitality Vitality - It regenerates your Life and Energy Shield. If Life Regeneration is not as important as is Armour, use the Defiance Banner Defiance Banner instead.
Purity of Fire Purity of Fire - for 4% additional Maximum Fire Resistance, if you can make this gem level 23, the maximum Resistance will be 5%, you can then increase your Aura Efficiency for more Max Res. If your Max Fire Res reaches 90% without it, go for Purity of Elements Purity of Elements instead.
[UTILITY] Stone Golem
Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem - you can use it for increased Life Regeneration


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6. Gear Setup

Few Unique Items such as one granting Corrupted Soul and one of the Unique Shields will be really important, your rare gear will generally focus on accumulating as much Maximum Life and Armour as possible. There are a few good mods that will be mentioned, but besides that, the build is pretty basic. Your Fire Resistance should reach the hard cap of 90% - you can then redirect some of the damage you take to take it as Fire Damage via affixes. You will need around 100 Dexterity to run this build, it can be easily found on most Rare Items. Look for Fire Damage, Damage over Time, and Fire Damage over Time. Spell Damage and Ignite Damage will have no effect unless you're using Fire Trap. Fire Trap's DoT is affected by Spell Damage. Also, note that RF does not cost you Mana or Life, so lowering the Cost of Life Skills will not make you take less damage. Chaos Damage is your biggest weakness, but it can also be capped at 75% with the right gear. Forbidden Flame and Forbidden Flesh are useful for Time Of Need Keystone.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%, and Fire Resistance at 90%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Maximum Fire Resistance (up to 90%)
  4. Life Regeneration rate
  5. Fire Damage
  6. Damage over Time
  7. Dexterity
  8. Armour
  9. Area of Effect
  10. Chaos Resistance
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - One of the most significant parts of your gear, this is where your RF will be linked so having one or two Support Skills you can find in form of Mods in your helmet from section 5 will be important if not mandatory. If you want a non-influenced Helmet to later use Eldritch Embers and Ichors on it, just get the "Socketed Gems deal 30% more Elemental Damage" affix.
Min. requirements:
+60 Maximum Life
60% to Elemental Resistances
Socketed Gems are Supported by: Increased Area of Effect, Concentrated Effect, or Burning Damage (you won't be able to get all 3)
Increased Burning Damage
Optional affixes:
+# to level fo socketed AoE Gems
Socketed Gems deal 30% more Elemental Damage (Essence of Horror)
Increased Area of Effect
Armour
Increased Area Damage
Crown of the Inward Eye(Helmet) Crown of the Inward Eye - It offers a lot of Maximum Life, Armour, Energy Shield, and Damage. It's definitely worth considering.
333% increased Armour and Energy Shield
(9-21)% increased maximum Life, Mana and Global Energy Shield
Transfiguration of Soul
Transfiguration of Body
Transfiguration of Mind
Helmet enchantments:
increased Flammability Curse Effect
increased Righteous Fire Damage
increased Righteous Fire Area of Effect
Flame Wall deals increased Damage
Sceptre(Weapon) Rare Sceptre - It gives you Increased Elemental Damage from its Implicit. Look for offensive mods, such as increased Fire, Burning, Spell, and Over Time Damage. A good way to find a decent Sceptre is to add a pseudo filter "#% increased Burning Damage" on the trading website and sort from highest to lowest. pseudo filter Burning Damage includes Fire Damage, Fire Damage Over Time, Burning Damage, and Elemental Damage. The other very important affixes are ones granting the increased global level to all Fire and/or Spell Skill Gems.
Min. requirements:
100% Increased Fire Damage
+1 to Level of all Fire Skill Gems
Optional affixes:
Fire Damage Over Time
+1 to Level of all Spell Skill Gems
Burning Damage
Elemental Damage
Damage Penetrates Fire Resistance
Saffell's Frame(Shield) Saffell's Frame - increases your maximum Elemental Resistances by 4%. Other than that, it gives you Increased Spell Damage and a chance to Block Spell Damage. Additional Maximum Fire Resistance is really important.
+4% to all Elemental Resistances
(15-20)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(20-30)% increased Spell Damage
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+4% to all maximum Resistances
Cannot Block Attacks
Rise of the Phoenix(Shield) Rise of the Phoenix - +5% to your Maximum Fire Resistance is a lot and it's one of the most important stats. All the other Stats are good too, it adds a lot of Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances.
+8% to all Elemental Resistances
(80-100)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(40-60) to maximum Life
Regenerate (15-20) Life per second
+5% to maximum Fire Resistance
+(20-25)% to Fire Resistance
+25% to Fire Resistance while on Low Life
10% increased Movement Speed when on Low Life
Cannot be Ignited while on Low Life
Aegis Aurora(Shield) Aegis Aurora - if you're using Melding of the Flesh, it’s recommended to use this Shield. The bonus to Maximum Cold Resistance will apply to other Resistances including Fire, and you will also benefit from this shield’s insane energy shield recovery
(300-400)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+5% to maximum Cold Resistance
+6% Chance to Block
Replenishes Energy Shield by 2% of Armour when you Block
(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
ES Armor(Body Armour) Rare Armour - The main reason we're not using Kaom's Heart is that we need a 6-link for Fire Trap. Try to make up for Kaom's Huge Life Bonus and look for other valuable mods you can find on a Rare Armour.
Min. requirements:
+100 Maximum Life
60% to Elemental Resistances
Gain 10% of Maximum Life as Extra Energy Shield
Optional affixes:
You Can Apply Additional Curse
increased Armour
Armour
Maximum Energy Shield
Increased Life Recovery rate
#% Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage
Legacy of Fury(Boots) Legacy of Fury - these are mandatory as of now, it's a significant boost to your damage and clear speed as Scorched enemies have lowered Elemental Resistance
(200–300)% increased Armour and Evasion
30% increased Movement Speed
Nearby Enemies are Scorched
(30–50)% increased Effect of Scorch
(30–40)% chance when you Kill a Scorched Enemy to Burn Each surrounding Enemy for 4 seconds, dealing 8% of the Killed Enemy's Life as Fire Damage per second
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - again, Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances are a priority, also look for Maximum Energy Shields
Min. requirements:
+70 Maximum Life
60% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Maximum Energy Shield
Dexterity
+# to Fire Damage Over Time Multiplier
+1 to Level of Socketed AoE Gems
Replica Soul Tether(Belt) Replica Soul Tether - Provides you with ES based on your Maximum Life - around 20% of the value. Half of the Non-Chaos Damage taken now bypasses Energy Shield, you will however regenerate ES at the same rate as Life thanks to Pious Path.
(15-25)% increased Stun and Block Recovery
+(20-40) to Strength
Gain (4-6)% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield
Corrupted Soul
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - +1 to Level of all Fire Skill Gems is a really nice mod to have but the usual Life and Resistances will do
Min. requirements:
+60 Maximum Life
80% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Fire Damage Over Time Multiplier
+1 to Level of all Intelligence Skill Gems
+1 to Level of all Fire Skill Gems
Increased Maximum Energy Shield
Replica Atziri's Foible(Amulet) Replica Atziri's Foible - grants you tons of Life and Life Regen, and reduced Attribute Requirements which is also great since you won't need as much Dexterity as you normally would
Regenerate (1-2)% of Life per second
+100 to maximum Life
(20-25)% increased Life Recovery rate
Items and Gems have 25% reduced Attribute Requirements
Recommended Anointments:
Growth and Decay
Written in Blood
Arsonist
Breath of Flames
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - Just look for Elemental Resistances and Life, don't look for Curses on Hit, you have a Brand for that. Opal Rings are offensive options, while Life and Two-Stone Rings are more on the defensive side.
Min. requirements:
+70 Maximum Life
60% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Maximum Energy Shield
Dexterity
Chaos Resistance
Pyre(Ring) Pyre - Pyre is still a good Ring even in the final version of it only because it grants a lot of Burning Damage
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
+(25-35)% to Fire Resistance
(60-80)% increased Burning Damage
40% of Cold Damage Converted to Fire Damage
10% increased Light Radius
Ignited Enemies Killed by your Hits are destroyed
Death Rush(Ring) Death Rush - Your weak spot is Chaos Damage, use this Ring to increase your Chaos Resistance, get some Life, Armour, and Onslaught Buff
+(17-23)% to Chaos Resistance
+(300-350) to Accuracy Rating
+(260-300) to Armour
+(40-50) to maximum Life
+(15-20)% to Chaos Resistance
(0.6-0.8)% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
You gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and Fire Damage

Recommended affixes:
increased Fire Damage
Maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Fire Damage over Time Multiplier
Damage over Time

Melding of the Flesh(Jewel) Melding of the Flesh - It lowers all your Elemental Resistances by 70 or 80%, but the upside is that your Maximum Resistance for one Elemental Resistance applies to all of the Elemental Resistances - as RF build you can increase only your Max Fire Res to 90% and have all your resistances to be capped at 90%. Maximum Fire Resistance is still the easiest one to hard-cap.
(-80--70)% to all Elemental Resistances
Elemental Resistances are capped by your highest Maximum Elemental Resistance instead
Glorious Vanity(Jewel) Glorious Vanity - if you're not using Replica Soul Tether, but a regular Rare Belt with tons of Life and Resistances instead, you still have to have a Corrupted Soul Keystone from Doryani's version and that's another way to get it
Bathed in the blood of (100-8000) sacrificed in the name of Doryani
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Vaal
Historic
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - The build relies on four Auras - Malevolence, Vitality, Determination, and Purity of Fire or Purity of Elements. There are many great Aura enhancements, especially for Malevolence or Vitality, but the best one you can find is a Purity of Elements mod - it's the one that gives you a lot of Chaos Resistance.
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - This build uses just one Fire Damage-based Large Cluster Jewel. Look for Notables Listed Here. The most important is to have Burning Bright on both.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Burning Bright
1 Added Passive Skill is Cremator
1 Added Passive Skill is Doryani's Lesson
1 Added Passive Skill is Smoking Remains
1 Added Passive Skill is Widespread Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Master of Fire
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewels - Look for Exposure Therapy and Burning Bright on each of four Medium Cluster Jewels
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Burning Bright
1 Added Passive Skill is Exposure Therapy
1 Added Passive Skill is Wrapped in Flame
1 Added Passive Skill is Brush with Death 
1 Added Passive Skill is Antifreeze (only if using Aegis Aurora)
1 Added Passive Skill is Winter Prowler (only if using Aegis Aurora)
Small Cluster JewelJewel) Small Cluster Jewels - Molten's One Mark and Fettle are the best options, but Fettle is significantly more expensive
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Molten's One Mark
1 Added Passive Skill is Fettle
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - one of the best Flasks in the game, Sulphur Flask is a  nice addition to the build and there is no better option than this one
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(20-40)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Flask effect
Rumi's Concoction(Flask) Rumi's Concoction - the additional Block Chance is really good when you're also using Aegis Aurora
+1500 to Armour
+(8-12)% Chance to Block Attack Damage during Flask effect
+(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage during Flask effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Granite Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
  3. Life Flask for random Elemental Ailment removal
  4. Basalt Flask for random Elemental Ailment removal
Life FlaskBottled FaithQuicksilver FlaskGranite FlaskBasalt Flask


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