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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 3.14

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Guide notes
May 13, 2021
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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.

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, 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. 

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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 Storm 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.

This video was recorded on a level 92 Inquisitor on Standard League with no really fancy gear. Just random Rares with some Life and occasionally Fire DoT Multiplier. We only had two Vermillion Rings with tons of Resistances which actually cost a bit, but they had no DPS amplifying mods so they should within reach of most players. Certainly, you can increase the DPS output of this build If you want to play around with it a little bit more, and obviously, invest some extra Currency

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

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


3. Leveling tips

Leveling RF build is hard. 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 7 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 cast linked Spells, will activate Elemental Overload upon Critical Strike
Flammability Flammability - a Curse to reduce Fire Resistance on enemies


KIlling all Bandits is the best option

Leveling Skill Trees:

37 Points Skill Tree
Take Fire Walker, Holy Fire, Devotion, and Constitution

78 Points Skill Tree
Grab Elemental Overload, Elemental Equilibrium, Get more Maximum Life and then start heading for the Call to Arms Keystone.


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
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:

116 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels nor Thread of Hope)
116 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

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


Major God: Soul of Solaris: 6% additional Physical Damage Reduction while 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] Righteous Fire
Righteous Fire Righteous Fire - we Recommend using Vaal Righteous Fire for extra damage upon activation
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - increases your damage
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - increases your Area of Effect
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - you can swap it for Inspiration Flame Wall, you'll then generate Inspiration Charges for your character by having Inspiration Flame Wall linked with another Spell that you spend Mana for, like Flame Wall for example. Both are comparable when it comes to damage, so we're gonna use Swift Affliction.
  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
Flame Wall Flame Wall - the Skill you're gonna be using to deal with bosses. There is no substitution for this Skill Gem, Scorching Ray doesn't deal that much damage and requires you to stand still, which is not recommended when fighting bosses.
Burning Damage Support Burning Damage Support -  use it for more burning damage
Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support - for more Spell damage
Inspiration Support Inspiration Support - use it to reduce Mana Cost of Skills and to gain more damage
Efficacy Support Efficacy Support - increases Damage Over Time
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - for more Elemental Damage
[UTILITY] Storm Brand
Storm Brand Storm Brand - will periodically hit enemies, used to apply Curses and trigger Elemental Overload
Flammability Flammability - your most important curse since you're dealing Fire Damage
Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness -  use it only if you can apply an additional Curse
Hextouch Hextouch - your Brand Skill will apply curse on hit, you can use Awakened Hextouch Awakened Hextouch if you want to apply additional Elemental Weakness Curse
[MOBILITY] Shield Charge setup
Shield Charge Shield Charge - use it to dash and move around the map and apply Fortify Buff
Faster Attack Support Faster Attack Support - allows you to use Shield Charge faster
Fortify Support Fortify Support - Will grant you Fortify Buff upon hitting an enemy
[MOBILITY] Flame Dash setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - great movement tool
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - use to rapidly regenerate Life and ES
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - for the additional cast of linked Spells and Warcries
Vitality Vitality - increases your Health Regeneration, which is really important to sustain the RF damage
Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone - use only Sand Stance, will Blind nearby enemies and it makes you take less damage
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - lowers the Reserved Mana Cost of linked Gems
Vaal Impurity of Fire Vasal Impurity of Fire - for 4% additional Maximum Fire Resistance, if you can make this gem level 23, the maximum Resistance will be 5%

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6. Gear Setup

Few Unique Items such as Replica Soul Tether or Saffell's Frame will be really important, your rare gear will generally focus on accumulating as much Maximum Life as possible. There are few good mods that will be mentioned, but besides that, the build is pretty basic, nothing too crazy. There is however one important thing that should be mentioned: be sure that you don't have any added Fire Damage on Hits - due to how Elemental Equilibrium works, it will make your enemies more resilient to Fire Damage.

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. Fire Damage
  4. Area of Effect
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - One of the most important 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.
Min. requirements:
Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
Socketed Gems are Supported by: Increased Area of Effect, Concentrated Effect, or Burning Damage (realistically you won't be able to get all 3)
Increased Burning Damage
Optional affixes:
+# to level fo socketed AoE Gems
Increased Area of Effect
Increased Area Damage
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 Affix. 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.
Min. requirements:
Increased Fire Damage
Optional affixes:
Fire Damage Over Time
Burning Damage
Elemental Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Fire Penetration
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
ES Armor(Body Armour) Rare Armour - The main reason we're not using Kaom's Heart is that we need a 6-link for Flame Wall. 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:
Increased Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
You Can Apply Additional Curse
Enemies you Kill have a chance to Explode, dealing a tenth of their Maximum Life as Physical Damage
Maximum Energy Shield
Gain #% of Maximum Life as Extra Energy Shield
Increased Life Recovery rate
#% Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - look for Life and Elemental Resistances 
Min. requirements:
Maximum Life
Elemental and Chaos Resistances
Optional affixes:
chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
Boot enchantment:
Damage Penetrates #% of Enemy Elemental Resistances if you haven't Killed Recently
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - again, Maximum Life and Elemental Resistances are a priority, also look for Maximum Energy Shields
Min. requirements:
Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Maximum Energy Shield
+# 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 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:
Maximum Life
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 Spell Damage
Increased Maximum Energy Shield
Recommended Anointments:
Growth and Decay
Written in Blood
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - Just look for Elemental Resistances and Life, don't look for Curses on Hit, you have Storm Brand for that
Min. requirements:
Maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Maximum Energy Shield
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - they should provide extra Life and Fire Damage

Recommended affixes:
increased Fire Damage
Maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances

Lethal Pride(Jewel) Lethal Pride - look for Rakiata variant and turn your Agnostic Keystone into Tempered by War. It's important, it will reduce the Elemental Damage you take.
Commanded leadership over (10000-18000) warriors under Rakiata
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Karui
Thread of Hope(Jewel) Thread of Hope - get one with a Very Large Ring and put it between Juggernaut and Stamina on the skill tree. Put your Skill Points into Heart of the Warrior, Warrior's Blood, Inexorable, and Arsonist
Only affects Passives in Very Large Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-#% to all Elemental Resistances
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - This build uses two Fire Damage-based Large Cluster Jewels. 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
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 
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, it required to have Sulphur Flask and there is no better option than this one
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 - Great if you have the highest Resistance for Fire - which you probably will without even trying
+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
Cinderswallow Urn(Flask) Cinderswallow Urn - Great Sustain tool. Look for additional Life Regeneration as a Veiled Mod.
Recharges 1 Charge when you Consume an Ignited corpse
Enemies Ignited by you during Flask Effect take 10% increased Damage
Recover (1-3)% of Life when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
Recover (1-3)% of Mana when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
Recover (1-3)% of Energy Shield when you Kill an Enemy during Flask Effect
One Veiled Modifier

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Experimenter's Granite Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
  3. Taste of hate
Cinderswallow UrnBottled FaithQuicksilver FlaskGranite FlaskWise Oak

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