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Trinity Molten Strike Champion Build

Trinity Molten Strike Champion Build

Molten Strike Build for Champion that uses two-handed Elemental Swords, dealing tons of damage via this iconic Attack skill

Trinity Molten Strike
Champion Build

Updated for Patch 3.22

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Guide notes
September 23, 2023
-Updated for Patch 3.22
Build overview



Boss DPS:



Molten Strike is a Melee Attack that after a successful Hit creates several Projectiles that slowly fall on the ground, dealing AoE Damage on the impact, and each Projectile can Hit the same target separately, making it one of the highest Damage output Attack Skill in the game. It can be used with any Melee Weapon, which makes it very universal. There are hundreds of viable ways to make a Build with this Skill, but in this variant, we decided to use a Unique 2-handed Elemental Sword called Rakiata's Dance. Attack with this Weapon treats Enemy  Resistance values as inverted, which makes most Enemies an easy target against Elemental Damage. You can still Penetrate their Resistances further, but you don't have to worry about Elemental Curses or Exposures. There is an Elemental Mastery that grants you a 25% chance to apply this effect to your Hits with any Weapon, but guaranteeing this effect is always better. 

Molten Strike has a great synergy not only with sources of additional Projectiles but also with Returning Projectiles. After the first impact, they will bounce back to you, focusing on a small area, which will simply double your Damage if you stand directly on top of your Enemy. To obtain this Effect you can use either the Nimis Ring or Returning Projectiles Support Gem. 

Why Champion and not any other Ascendancy? Is a great defensive-oriented pick for any Attack Build. It grants you permanent 20 stacks of Fortify, a lot of Armour, Adrenaline, and free Banner with increased effect of Skill Auras. It's not a Crit build, but you will need more Accuracy than Maximum Life as you have to allocate the Precise Technique Keystone, which grants you 40% more Attack Damage. The defences are obviously very high as your Chance to Evade is 90%, the same as your Physical Damage mitigation with additional Fortify, Adrenaline, and some Block and Spell Suppression Chance. Your Life oscillates around 4-5k which should be more than enough given your stats, but you will have to be careful around DoTs.

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1. Gameplay

Despite it being a Melee Strike build it's not that bad at clearing maps as you focus more on the Projectile Damage rather than a Strike itself. With additional targeting for Strike Skills and an increased Strike Range, it works quite well. Use Smite - after using it grants you an Aura Buff for added Lightning Damage. There is also a Buff from Ancestral Protector Totem for more Attack Speed you can take advantage of. You can sacrifice your Life Regeneration and turn it into Rage, which you can use to sustain the Berserker Buff. You should have some space left for your mobility skill - Leap Slam is the recommended one thanks to your very high Attack Speed. 


This video was made with Rakiata's Dance equipped to show the potential of this new interesting Weapon

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • Lots of defensive layers
  • Has very high damage against Bosses and decent clear speed
  • Doesn't require expensive items - the Uniques are cheap
  • Additional Resistance on Monsters makes them more vulnerable
  • susceptible to DoTs
  • slightly delayed Damage due to Projectile travel time


3. Leveling tips

You can safely start with Molten Strike at the very beginning of your journey and use it till the end. Sources of additional Strikes are very important for your Clear Speed. You can use any Weapon you will get, you should focus on simply the highest Damage you can get. There are tons of useful Leveling Uniques you can use to significantly boost your Elemental Damage. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Molten Strike setup
Molten Strike Molten Strike - a Strike Skill you can use since level 1, it's good to level with right from the start, but you will need sources of additional Strike Targets for good clear. 
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - makes every third Melee Attack more powerful.
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - Strike Skills target additional enemies.
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - improves your Attack Speed. You should swap it to the Multistrike Support when you unlock it.
Elemental Damage with Attacks  Support Increased Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - improves your Elemental Damage.
Inspiration   Support Inspiration Support - lowers your Mana Costs and increases your Elemental Damage.
Auras setup
Determination  Determination - grants you tons of Armour Rating which will make surviving the campaign much easier. 
Precision  Precision - it is a very important Aura, as it gives you a lot of Accuracy Rating, which you will need to enable the Precise Technique Keystone.
Curses and Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - it's a good mobility Skill, it scales with your Attack Speed. 
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - makes your Leap Slam much faster to perform.  
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - it is a Mark Spell that increases the Damage Enemy Takes from Projectile Hits. 


Kill all three bandits for two additional Skill Points


Leveling Skill Trees:

31 Points Passive Tree

We suggest picking up nearby Notables to boost your Damage during the Campaign and respec them later with the Free Respec Points available through Campaign Quests.
Recommended order: 1) Bravery 2)Precise Technique Keystone 3) Thick Skin 4) Point Blank Keystone 5) Adjacent Animosity 6) Entrench
Optional Notables: 1) Fury Bolts 2) Graceful Assault 3) Life and Mana Leech 4) Bladedancer

67 Points Passive Tree
Recommended order: 1) Herbalism 2) Acuity 3) Inveterate 4) Multishot 5) Forces of Nature 6) Revenge of the Hunted 7) Charisma


Recommended leveling items:

Replica Tasalio's SignReplica Tasalio's Sign - this Ring gives you an absurd amount of Cold Damage and makes you immune to Chills. 
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
Adds (15-20) to (25-35) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(200-300) to Evasion Rating
Your Cold Damage cannot Freeze
Immune to Chill
Adds 60 to 80 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
GoldrimGoldrim - a Helmet used mainly for its great Elemental Resistance bonus. 
+(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 - allows you to six-link a setup from the start. 
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
PrismweavePrismweave - another great source of Elemental Damage for your Attacks. It also boosts your Elemental Resistances. 
(12-24)% increased Global Physical DamageAdds (14-16) to (30-32) Fire Damage to Attacks
Adds (10-12) to (24-28) Cold Damage to Attacks
Adds 1 to (60-68) Lightning Damage to Attacks
+(6-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
30% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills during any Flask Effect
Karui WardKarui Ward - a great leveling Amulet that grants you plenty of Damage. It also boosts your Movement Speed, which is very rare for a slot that is not a Boots. 
+(20-30) to Strength
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
RedbeakRedbeak - one of the best low-level Swords, it can be used with the Petrified Blood Aura to greatly boost your additional Elemental Damage from other sources. 
40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
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
Ewar's MirageEwar's Mirage - it grants tons of utility in the form of additional Projectile and Chain. Moreover, it greatly increases your Elemental Damage with Attacks. 
+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Adds 1 to (45-55) Lightning Damage
(16-22)% increased Attack Speed
Attacks Chain an additional time when in Main Hand
Attacks fire an additional Projectile when in Off Hand
(40-55)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Rakiata's DanceRakiata's Dance - your final Weapon of choice can be used halfway through the Campaign, right at the 48 level. 
60% increased Global Accuracy Rating
Adds (150-200) to (300-350) Cold Damage
Adds 1 to (550-600) Lightning Damage
(15-20)% increased Attack Speed
Treats Enemy Monster Elemental Resistance values as inverted

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

103 Points Final Passive Tree (doesn't include Unique Jewels)
118 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Unstoppable Hero
  2. Fortitude
  3. Inspirational
  4. First to Strike, Last to Fall


Major God: Soul of The Brine King: You cannot be Stunned if you've been Stunned or Blocked a Stunning Hit in the past 2 seconds.

Minor God: Soul of Shakari: 50% less Duration of Poisons on You; You cannot be Poisoned while there are at least 3 Poisons on you.


5. Final Gems links

[UTILITY] Molten Strike setup
Molten Strike Molten Strike - the main and only damaging ability, it should deal mixed types of Damage to activate Trinity's Resonance mechanics. Most of the Damage comes from the overlapping Projectiles it creates. 
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - allows you to repeat an attack with increased Attack Speed for more DPS.
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - use it to increase your Elemental Damage with Attacks.
Trinity Support Trinity Support - if you have at least 2 types of Elemental Damage at a similar level, you will gain Resonance which grants you an Elemental Damage and Penetration bonus. 
Elemental focus support Elemental Focus Support  - greatly increases your Damage but also disables your ability to inflict Elemental Ailments. You can also use the Inspiration Support instead, which grants less Damage but reduces your Mana Costs. 
Volatility  support Volatility Support - improves your maximum Damage and lowers your Minimum Damage. You can swap it to Ancestral Call Support for much better Map Clear. 
[UTILITY] Aura setup
Petrified Blood Petrified Blood - spreads part of the incoming Damage over 4 seconds. It also makes activating Adrenaline from your Ascendency much easier. 
Determination Determination - use for increased and additional Armour. A mandatory Aura for this build.
Grace Grace - use for increased and additional Evasion Rating. Just like Determination, it's mandatory to have it activated at all times.
Enlighten Enlighten Support - lowers the amount of Mana Reserved by linked Auras. 
Defiance Banner Defiance Banner - increases your Evasion and Armour while reducing enemies' chance to Critically Strike. Your Ascendency removes the Reservation on all Banner Skills.
[UTILITY] Arrogance setup
Precision  Precision - grants you a lot of flat Accuracy Rating. It also reserves a flat value of Mana instead of the usual percentage. 
vitality Vitality - an Aura similar to the Precision, but grants you Life Regeneration. It is very important for your Berserk Skill to have lots of Regeneration.
Blood and Sand Blood and Sand - being in Blood Stance increases your AoE Damage. The Sand Stance grants you a bit more Area of Effect, but it is barely noticeable. 
Arrogance Support Arrogance Support - causes linked Auras to Reserve your Life instead of Mana. Thanks to Petrified Blood you don't lose any effective Life. 
[UTILITY] Mark setup
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - Cursed enemies take increased Projectile Damage and it gives you the ability to Split Projectiles on Hit, which causes even more overlaps. 
Mark on hit support Mark on Hit Support - linked Mark will be applied on Enemies Hit by your Attacks at a slightly reduced effectiveness. 
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam and Smite setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - one of the best movement Skills which allows you to jump and move faster.
Smite Smite - hitting an Enemy with this Attack grants you a temporary bonus in the form of additional Lightning Damage. You can use the Vaal version for more Damage. 
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - improves the Attack Speed of linked Attacks, making them faster to perform. 
[UTILITY] Other Utility Skills
Berserk  Berserk - consumes your Rage to grant you a very powerful Buff that increases your Damage and Speed, and reduces Damage Taken. 
Molten Shell Molten Shell - it's a Guard Spell that is more effective the more Armour you have. It creates a Barrier that absorbs part of the incoming Damage. 
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - a Totem that grants you more Attack Speed while active. 
Blood Rage Blood Rage - this Buff grants you plenty of Attack Speed but drains your Life over time. 

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6. Gear Setup

Your primary focus on Rare Items is Defensive modifiers - most of your Damage comes from your Passive Tree and Unique Items. Look for Spell Suppression, maximum Life, sources of Physical Damage mitigation, and obviously Resistances. Life Regeneration is also useful, as it will improve the uptime on your Berserk Buff. The only expensive Unique Item here is the Nimis Ring - it is very powerful, but also not mandatory. You will also need a bit of Attribute to use all your Skills at the highest Gem Levels. 

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Spell Suppression
  2. Maximum Life
  3. Accuracy Rating (to have it more than Maximum Life)
  4. increased or added Damage with Attacks
  5. Elemental and Chaos Resistance
  6. Attack Speed
  7. Mana Reservation Efficiency
  8. Physical Damage Taken as Elemental
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - it should provide you with Mana Reservation Efficiency, maximum Life, Resistances, and Physical Damage Taken as Elemental. The Molten Strike Enchant for additional Projectile is very impactful on your Damage.   
Min. requirements:
+70 to maximum Life
+50% to Elemental Resistances
10% Mana Reservation Efficiency (Essence + Eldritch Implicit) 
Optional affixes:
% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage
Accuracy Rating
Helmet enchantments:
Molten Strike fires # additional Projectiles
Rakiata's Dance(Weapon) Rakiata's Dance - one of the most powerful Weapons for Elemental Attacks currently. It has decent Base Damage, and turns around the effect of Elemental Resistances, making most Enemies very vulnerable against your Hits. 
Adds (150-200) to (300-350) Cold Damage
Adds 1 to (550-600) Lightning Damage
(15-20)% increased Attack Speed
Treats Enemy Monster Elemental Resistance values as inverted
Paradoxica(Weapon) Rare Sword - if you can't get the Rakiata's Dance, you can use any high Elemental Damage Rare Sword you can find. You can then use the Elemental Mastery to get a 25% chance to reverse Enemy Elemental Resistances. 
Min. requirements:
800+ Elemental DPS
Optional affixes:
Attacks with this Weapon Penetrate (11-13)% Elemental Resistances
Double Damage Chance
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - you can get a lot of Spell Suppression on your Body Armour. It should also provide Physical Damage Reduction and Resistance. You can avoid Life modifiers to activate the Life Mastery for a bonus of 15% maximum Life. With Eldritch Implciits you can boost the Effect of your Auras. 
Min. requirements:
+50% to Elemental Resistances
+20% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
10% increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills
Optional affixes:
% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Elemental Damage
% additional Physical Damage Reduction
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - loof mostly for maximum Life and Spell Suppression, with a bit of Resistance on top of it. You can skip Movement Speed modifiers as you will use Leap Slam to move around anyway. 
Min. requirements:
+50% to Elemental Resistances
+70 to maximum Life
+10% chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Optional affixes:
Action Speed
Ailment Avoidance
Life Regeneration Rate
Boots enchantments:
Adds 1 to 160 Lightning Damage if you haven't Killed Recently
Dawnstrider(Boots) Dawnstrider - as a pure Dmage option you can choose to use those Boots. They make the Buff from Ancestral Protector much more reliable and more effective. 
+(80-100) to maximum Life
30% increased Movement Speed
100% increased Effect of Buffs your Ancestor Totems grant while Active
Buffs from Active Ancestor Totems Linger for 4 seconds
Maximum 1 Buff from an Active Ancestor Totem at a time
Kaom's Spirit(Gloves) Kaom's Spirit - those Gloves convert all your Life Regeneration into Rage, which you can use to sustain the Berserker Buff for massive gains. You still have plenty of sustain thanks to the Life Leech. 
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
(0.3-0.5)% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
Life Recovery from Regeneration is not applied
Regenerate 1 Rage per second for every 100 Life Recovery per second from Regeneration
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - you can also use a pair of Rage Gloves, ideally with Spell Suppression, maximum Life, additional Strike Targets, and Resistance. 
Min. requirements:
Strike Skills target 1 additional nearby Enemies
+40% to Elemental Resistances
+70 to maximum Life
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
increased Damage during any Flask Effect
Accuracy Rating
Perseverance(Belt) Perseverance - it is a great Belt for most Champion Builds out there. It grants you permanent Onslaught and greatly boosts your Damage with Attacks. 
+(260-320) to Armour and Evasion Rating
(4-8)% increased maximum Life
+(20-40)% to Cold Resistance
1% increased Attack Damage per 200 of the lowest of Armour and Evasion Rating
Melee Hits which Stun Fortify
You have Onslaught while Fortified
Voice of the Storm(Amulet) Voice of the Storm - it provides a lot of Damage thanks to the Lucky modifier, which works very well with a wide range of Lightning Damage. With the Precise Technique Keystone, all your Hits will be Non-Critical. 
+(20-30) to Intelligence
50% increased Lightning Damage
+(10-15) to all Attributes
(10-20)% increased maximum Mana
Lightning Damage with Non-Critical Strikes is Lucky
Recommended Anointments:
Arcing Blows
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - on the Ring you should look for sources of additional or increased Damage with Attacks, maximum Life, Resistance, and Attributes. You can also craft a special modifier that lowers your Mana Costs with Non-Channeling Skills. 
Min. requirements:
+80% to Elemental Resistances
+60 to Maximum Life
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Accuracy Rating
Non-Channelling Skills have -(7-6) to Total Mana Cost
Life Recoup
Nimis(Ring) Nimis - it is an expensive luxury, but it is very much worth it. Molten Strike fires its Projectiles in random directions by default, so this Ring has no downsides. 
+(20-30)% to Lightning Resistance
+(30-50) to Dexterity
(25-35)% increased Projectile Damage
Projectiles Return to you
Projectiles are fired in random directions
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - you should look for bonuses to your Maximum Life, Attack Speed, lacking Resistances or Attributes, and Accuracy Rating. You can also get a bit of Mana Reservation Efficiency here.

Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
Attack Speed
Elemental Resistances
increased Projectile Damage
increased Damage with Swords
increased Damage with One-Handed Weapons

Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - Feed the Fury is a very powerful Notable as you will always be Leeching due to the Petrified Blood Effect. The Martial Prowess is also great as it improves your Accuracy Rating which you need to fulfil the Precise Technique requirements. The third Notable is the least impactful, but the Calamitous is the best pick in terms of Damage. 
1 Added Passive Skill is Calamitous
1 Added Passive Skill is Feed the Fury
1 Added Passive Skill is Martial Prowess
medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - those Notables are extremely efficient in terms of boosting your Damage. You should use two of such Clusters for maximum effect. 
1 Added Passive Skill is Eye to Eye
1 Added Passive Skill is Repeater
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - the only offensive Aura you run is Precision, but you can mix it with other defensive Aura modifiers if your budget allows for it. 
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Recommended modifiers: 
(40-60)% increased Attack Damage while affected by Precision
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed while affected by Precision
Gain (20-30) Life per Enemy Hit while affected by Vitality
+(12-15)% chance to Suppress Spell Damage while affected by Grace
Unaffected by Vulnerability while affected by Determination
Lethal Pride(Jewel) Lethal Pride - it grants you a lot of Strength and can save you a few Suffixes on your Gear. It also can provide very useful bonuses to the Passives you pick anyway, such as Double Damage Chance. 
Commanded leadership over (10000-18000) warriors under (Akoya-Kaom-Rakiata)
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Karui
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - upon use it creates a very large Consecrated Ground which boosts your Life Regeneration and increases the Damage Enemies Take. 
(30-15)% reduced 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 Effect

Suggested Flasks:

  1. Quartz or Amethyst Flask with Attack Speed bonus
  2. Life Flask with Bleeding removal
  3. Granite Flask with Armour Rating bonus
  4. Jade Flask with Evasion Rating bonus
Granite FlaskJade Flaskquartz FlaskLife FlaskBottled Faith

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