[2.5 Video Guide] Beginner's Build: Dual Flame Totem, Blood Magic Chieftain [Atziri & HC/SC Viable]

Video Guide: Path of Exile: Dual Flame Totem Ultimate Beginner's Build! [HC/SC & Atziri Viable]

Check this short (5-6 min) build guide video above. It will show you how the build performs and explain how to set everything up!

If you have any questions about the build come to my twitch stream and I will do my best to answer them:

Lifting's Twitch Live Stream Channel
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This is my official thread for my Dual Flame Totem Blood Magic build. In this thread I will cover the most basic requirements of the build. To see the build in action, check out the link to my video guide above.

This build is very strong compared to the amount of currency you have to invest into it. Flame Totem requires nothing more than a 4-link to start doing lots of damage. That doesn't mean that Flame Totem doesn't benefit from getting 5 or 6-linked, it does. A lot actually, but if you can't afford that yet, don't despair a 4-linked chest will carry you until you can.

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First of all, what is this build and who is it suited for?

1. This build is designed for beginners and veterans alike. It is very cheap, simple and effective. This build is able to effectively destroy bosses and farm end-game maps.

2. Players who seek a powerful, but simple and easy build to understand and play.

3. Fans of totems and flamethrowers!

4. A build that is both viable for hardcore as well as softcore.

5. People who prefer a build that has a video-guide linked to it.

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Build mechanic introductions:

In short this builds defensive capabilities lies in its high amount of life, armor, endurance charges, life regeneration and the use of 3 different CWDT skill-gem setups. The finished build has a total of 199% increased total maximum life and an additional 1% extra fire resistance. That combined with mobs typically attacking your totems makes us very tanky and safe.

This build further utilizes the Blood Magic keystone, which allows us to focus on what's important; damage and survivability and allows us to use the Clear Mind Jewel and the Infernal Mantle unique armor.

Since we are using totems as our primary way of killing, reflect damage is never a problem.
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Skill-gems and setups:

Primary Damage setup:

- Flame Totem, Faster Casting, Fire Penetration, Controlled Destruction, Faster Projectiles and Iron Will.

Defensive Setup 1:

- Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 9), Immortal Call (lvl 11), Molten Shell (lvl 14) and Increased Duration (max lvl)

Note: If you use Tawhoa, Forest Strength instead of Ramako, Sun's Light I'd suggest taking out Molten shell and adding in Enduring Cry (you need to manually cast this though)

Defensive Setup 2:

- Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 4), Arctic Breath (lvl 7), Greater Multiple Projectiles (max level) & Chain (max level)

Defensive Setup 3:

- Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 4), Temporal Chains (lvl 7), Flame Golem (lvl 6) & Summon Skeletons (lvl 10)

Mobility & Curse

- Flame Dash, Flammability & Faster Casting.

Defence & Utility

- Vaal Haste, Increased Duration & Arctic Armor.

Note: Arctic Armor should not be linked with Increased duration as that will increase the amount of life it reserves to run.

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Skill-trees & Ascendancy class:

Ascendancy Class: The Chieftain

Ascendancy Points: Ngamahu Flame's Advance, Hinekora Death's Fury, Arohongui Moon's Presence & Ramako Sun's Light.

Note: Alternative you can pick Tawhoa instead of Ramako for more armor and resistances, but you will have to manually cast Enduring cry to gain endurance charges then.

Leveling skill-tree, 34 points:


Leveling skill-tree, 54 points:


Leveling skill-tree, 83 points:


Leveling skill-tree, 98 points:


Finished build, Marauder 111 points (includes Ascendancy points):


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Leveling Tips:

1. Grab Flame Totem after completing the "Breaking Some Eggs" quest in act 1.
2. If you can afford it, use 1x Lifesprig and 1x Abberath's Horn Wand to greatly increase you damage early on. OR craft +1 to fire skill-gems sceptre/wand. Recipe: 1 blue scepter/wand, 1 ruby ring & 1 alteration orb. Sells this to the vendor to get a +1 scepter back and add in Flame totem to this.
3. Buy a cheap 5-link or Tabula Rasa once you reach level 50.

Note: Flame totem damage can be somewhat slow during the first levels, but it drastically increases once you get to Ancestral Bond.

Bandit Quest Rewards:

- Normal : Help Oak for 40+ life
- Cruel : Kill them all for 1 extra skill point
- Merciless: Kill them all for 1 extra skill point
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Gearing and stat priorities:

Defensive affixes, in priority:

1. Life
2. Elemental Resistances (75% on Merciless)
3. Armor
4. Strength (Iron Will)
5. Chaos Resistance

Offensive affixes, in priority:

1. Fire/Spell/Elemental Damage
2. Added Flat elemental damage to spells (for wands/scepters)
3. Increased Cast Speed
4. Increased Projectile Speed
5. Strength (Iron Will damage)

My Current Gear: (ignore the socketed gems)


Jewels:

- Inc. Spell damage%
- Inc. Maximum life %
- Inc. Cast Speed%
- Inc. Fire Damage%
- Inc. Totem Damage%
- Inc. Elemental Damage%
- Inc. Dexterity/Intelligence
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Recommended unique items:

Gloves: Winds of Change
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Weapon: Apep's Rage (note a well crafted rare Wand, will be better)
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Shield: Lioneye's Remorse
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Body armor: Infernal Mantle
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Jewel: Clear Mind
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None of these uniques are required, but they can greatly increase the power of the build if you are willing to invest the time and currency

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The above information serves as a rough guideline to get you started with the build. I recommend watching my video-guide, especially if you are new to the game. In the video I will explain some of the skills and how they work and how you should spend your skill points while leveling.

Video Guide: Path of Exile: Dual Flame Totem Ultimate Beginner's Build! [HC/SC & Atziri Viable]

Check out my other build guides for 2.4

- 2.5 Warchief Totems Champion/Juggernaut [HC/SC]

- 2.5 Tanky Cyclone Champion/Juggernaut [HC/SC]

- 2.5 Earthquake Champion/Juggernaut/Slayer [HC/SC]

Stay safe!

Kind Regards
Lifting
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Last edited by LiftingNerdBro on Dec 2, 2016 8:08:05 AM
Last bumped on May 28, 2017 4:45:20 AM
Guys if you notice any typos or anything that seems out of place, do me the favor and let me know please :)
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It is good to see a low cost build for beginners that doesn't require any uniques.
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mpqnb wrote:
It is good to see a low cost build for beginners that doesn't require any uniques.


I appreciate you saying so man. Thank you! :)
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Awesome guide bro! :)
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Completed 8 ChallengesNarzicus wrote:
Awesome guide bro! :)


Thanks a lot! :)
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You going to post the unique's soon?
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Completed 12 ChallengesNagriz wrote:
You going to post the unique's soon?


Tomorrow evening mate :)
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OP updated with suggestions for OPTIONAL but awesome uniques for this build!
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Let me know if there are any questions guys :)
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