[3.4] For Chieftain - Ngamahu Overloaded (Ngamahu's Flame Cyclone / Consecrated Path Build)


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Short intro: I am the creator for the build:
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Chieftain Changes Patch 3.2
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3.2 changes to Chieftain pretty much make it perfect fit for Ngamahu Flame so I decided to make a build for it utilizing Elemental Overload.

Resolute Technique skill trees are included in the guide for league starter.

Why is Chieftain good for Ngamahu?
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Chieftain ascendancy = free Xoph's Blood.

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Screenshots
Technically Deathless Shaper Run (1 Lag Death)



Gears Used



Videos

Showcasing Consecrated Path with Ngamahu's Flame:
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Required Gears
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Free Molten Burst that does impressive damage with huge AOE granting high clear speed. Requires 0 link. You just want to pop support gems into this weapon to buff Molten Burst.

Preferred stats:
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- at least 11% increased attack speed
- 410 pDPS

Recommended Gears

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Setup 1: Elder amulet + Watcher's Eye (Most Damage Output)

Detail Explanation

Above is a sample of how an elder amulet should roll like. Refer to Recommended Rares section for preferred rolls. Special thanks to @DeGyrst for providing a GG sample (Woe Medallion shown above).

Watcher's Eye provides very good damage boost to the build when you run Anger aura.

Tombfist with Curse Enemies with Level 10 - 12 Elemental Weakness On Hit allows you to drop Flammability curse.

NOTE:
- Watcher's Eye is optional.

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Setup 2: Impresence + Watcher's Eye

Detail Explanation
Impresence 0% mana reservation enabling you to use another aura (i.e. Anger).

Watcher's Eye provides very good damage boost to the build when you run Anger aura.

NOTE:
- Watcher's Eye is optional.


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Provides very good damage boost to the build when you run Anger aura.

If you are not able to obtain the above stats, prioritize "Gain #% physical damage as extra fire damage while affected by Anger".

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Loreweave is the perfect chest for Elemental Overload skill tree.

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Provides attack speed, dexterity, critical strike chances and huge amount of life.

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Provides attack speed, movement speed, dexterity and chaos resistance.

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Up to 50% increased Cyclone damage, 25% increased attack speed, 10% increased movement speed. You can run with 5L. Main drawback is the lack of defense stats.

Bronn's Lithe provides great damage buff to the build. Thanks to @Lunartuna for testing it out.

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Shrouding is the perfect chest if you are running Cremation + Cast on Melee Kill setup.

E.g.:

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20% more AOE radius, great clear speed, comes with all resist and decent life. You can run with 5L.

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Belly's large life pool couple with Windscream's +1 curse (for Enfeeble), you can easily reach effective life pool of 8300. Great setup when you are focused on leveling.

Cons: You have to skip hexproof maps as curse do not work on the mobs.

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Similar to Belly + Windscream, Cospri's Will with Enfeeble works great for leveling and your curses work in hexproof maps too.

Cons: Lower effective life pool as compared to Belly + Windscream combo

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Run this ring to shatter ignited mobs. You have to drop Elemental Focus to gain ignite. Great for handling porcupine mobs.

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29% chance to gain endurance charge on kill (with Diamond Skin). A lazy man approach to gain endurance charges without self casting Enduring Cry.

This jewel is pure luxury.

You socket the jewel near Barbarism node as shown:


Recommended Rares
Gloves - Titan Gauntlets Preferred
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  • At least 75 life (can roll over 100 life in patch 3.0)
  • At least 10% Attack Speed
  • At least 30% Fire / Cold / Lightning Resist (or any number that can get resistance capped)
  • Intelligence (optional. if you need it to equip gears)

Belt - Stygian (preferred), Rustic or Vanguard Belt
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  • At least 75 life
  • At least 30% Fire / Cold / Lightning Resist
  • At least 20% Elemental Damage With Attacks
  • At least 300 armor (optional but highly recommended)

Amulet - Onyx or Turquoise (Elder preferred)
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  • At least 40 life (60+ preferred, prefix)
  • Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage (Elder prefix ilvl 75)
  • #% of Fire Damage Leeched as Life (Elder prefix ilvl 68)
  • +% of maximum Life per second to maximum Life Leech rate (Elder prefix ilvl 68)
  • #% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (prefix)
  • Flat physical damage (prefix)


  • #% increased Attack Speed (Elder suffix ilvl 82)
  • At least 30% Fire / Cold / Lightning Resist (or any number that can get resistance capped, suffix)
  • 200+ to Accuracy Rating (suffix)
  • #% increased Critical Strike Chance (suffix)


Rings - Opal or Steel Rings Preferred
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  • At least 40 life (60+ preferred, prefix)
  • 200+ to Accuracy Rating (highly recommended)
  • At least 30% Fire / Cold / Lightning Resist (or any number that can get resistance capped)
  • At least 20% Fire damage (optional, can be crafted using Essence of Anger)
  • At least 20% Elemental Damage With Attacks (optional but highly recommended)
  • Flat physical damage roll (optional but recommended)

Boots - Titan Greaves Preferred
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  • At least 75 life (can roll over 100 life in patch 3.0)
  • At least 30% Fire / Cold / Lightning Resist (or any number that can get resistance capped)
  • At least 15% movement
  • #% chance to gain an Endurance Charge on Kill (elder prefix, recommended)
  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Fortify (elder prefix)


Gems Setup

Ngamahu's Flame (Do NOT require 6L)
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Swap Elemental Focus to Chance to Ignite for ignite damage over time.

My personal preference will be to run Ignite on Axe and Elemental Focus on Cyclone.

4/5/6L Chest: Pure Cyclone (For Everything)
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3R 2B 1G - Highest Damage, Very Hard to Obtain on Bronn's Lithe
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4L
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5L
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Replace with Concentrated gem for boss fight.

6L
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2R 3B 1G - 2nd Highest Damage on Bronn's Lithe
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For players who are aiming for 3R2B1G but gotten this color instead, you can definitely stick to it as it does more damage than 2R2B2G.

4L
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5L
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Replace with Concentrated gem for boss fight.

6L
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2R 2B 2G - Easier to Obtain on Bronn's Lithe
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4L
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5L
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Replace with Concentrated gem for boss fight.

6L
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4/5/6L Chest: Consecrated Path (For Everything)
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4L
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You can replace Elemental Focus with Combustion for mapping.

5L
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You can replace Concentrated with Ignite Proliferation for mapping.

6L
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Replace with Fortify for more toughness.


4/5/6L Chest: Cyclone + Cast On Melee Kill + Cremation (For Variety)
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4L
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Swap Cremation with Volatile Dead for Boss fight and use Vaal Breach or Desecrate:

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Swap Fortify with Fire Penetration for more damage (requires linking of Fortify to Leap Slam):

5L
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6L
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Helm / Gloves / Boots
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You can replace Warchief with Protector for stationary boss (e.g. Shaper) fight.

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If you are following Uber Lab farmer skill tree:
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Important: Immortal Call needs to be level 20.

Detailed Explanation
- You will use Enduring Cry (more reliable than Tawhoa) to gather endurance charges when there are a few mobs near you. Re-cast Enduring Cry to refresh the duration.

- For physical damage traps, manual cast Immortal Call (you should be immune to traps damage for 7+ seconds) and run through them like a boss.

Otherwise:
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Optional Gems: Increased Duration Gem and Lightning Golem

Recommended Gem Level For:
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Cast When Damage Taken: 1
Immortal Call: 3

For Elemental Overloaded skill tree, you will want to use Ice Golem.

For Resolute Technique skill tree, you will want to use Lightning / Fire Golem.

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You can swap Flammability with Enfeeble (level 13) for leveling.

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This setup provide more resistance reduction to mobs and enabling Blood Rage to provide more attack speed.

Main drawback is the intelligence requirement is steep (155 needed).

NOTE: You will want Enhance 4 to maximize the setup.

Optional Gem: Blood Rage

Flasks Setup - IMPORTANT
Recommended Flask Setup
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Anti-bleed for life flask.
Anti-freeze for Quick Silver flask.


IMPORTANT: To run this setup, ensure your overcapped fire resistance is at least 50% higher than overcapped cold resistance and highest among all resistances.
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E.g. Fire Resist: 159, Cold Resist: 109, Lightning Resist: 109

or

Fire Resist: 125, Cold Resist: 75, Lightning Resist: 75

Budget Flask Setup (Great For Uber Lab Too)
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Anti-bleed for life flask.
Anti-curse for Granite flask.
Add Knockback for Basalt flask (to fight Argus in Uber lab).
Anti-freeze for Quick Silver flask.


You can replace Quick Silver with:

You can replace Wise's Oak with:

Special Thanks
To: @noneskii and @ADM0N for pointing out Atziri's Promise to be a viable flask for the build since Chieftain is not restricted by Avatar of Fire.

If you run into mana issues (e.g. no mana regen maps), you can replace quick silver with mana pot:


Abyssal Jewels - Patch 3.1+
Stats to look out for:
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  • 25 to 50 flat life (prefix)
  • Add 7 to 12 flat physical damage to axe (prefix)
  • +# to Accuracy Rating (suffix)
  • #% increased Accuracy Rating if you haven't Killed Recently (suffix)
  • Add 15 to 40 flat fire damage (suffix)
  • Add 4 to 8 flat physical damage (suffix)
  • 2% elemental resistance penetration if you have not kill recently (suffix)
  • #% increased damage against abyssal monsters (suffix)

Recommended (pick 2 prefixs and 2 suffixes):
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  • 25 to 50 flat life (prefix)
  • Add 7 to 12 flat physical damage to axe (prefix)
  • 121+ to Accuracy Rating (suffix)
  • #% increased Accuracy Rating if you haven't Killed Recently (suffix)
  • 2% elemental resistance penetration if you have not kill recently (suffix)

Jewels Setup
Stats to look out for:

  • Increased attack speed %
  • Physical damage %
  • Fire damage %
  • Area damage %
  • Increased projectile damage %
  • Max life %
  • Damage over time % (ignite skill tree only)
  • Chance to ignite % (ignite skill tree only)
  • Critical strike chance %
  • Resistance (if you are missing)
  • Intelligence (if you are missing)


Samples:

Leveling Skill Trees
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3 different skill trees. 2 of which are budget and league starter friendly.

Re-specing from 1 set to another will cost between 10 to 30 regret orbs.

No Vaal Pact
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Ascendancy
Ngamahu, Flame's Advance -> Tawhoa, Forest's Strength -> Hinekora, Death's Fury -> Ramako, Sun's Light

Uber Lab Farmer - Resolute Technique (Cheaper To Gear, League Starter Friendly)
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Skill Tree - Level 25: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 55: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 75: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 90: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 95: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 100: poeplanner.com


Vaal Pact
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Ascendancy
Ngamahu, Flame's Advance -> Hinekora, Death's Fury -> Arohongui, Moon's Presence -> Tukohama, War's Herald

Resolute Technique Version (Cheaper To Gear, League Starter Friendly)
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Skill Tree - Level 25: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 55: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 75: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 90: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 95: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 100: poeplanner.com

Elemental Overload Version (Highest Potential Damage)
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Skill Tree - Level 25: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 55: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 75: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 90: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 95: poeplanner.com

Skill Tree - Level 100: poeplanner.com


POB Pastebin
Following pastebin is based on gears (tailored for EO skill tree) from my SSF Standard Chieftain character.

If you are playing in trading league, you will be able to acquire better gears and have better stats.

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Special Thanks
To @AvengingTenshi for fixing the POB by including Chieftain's 70% extra fire damage every 10 seconds for 3 seconds and pointblank.

Ascendancy
Offensive:
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Ngamahu, Flame's Advance ->

Hinekora, Death's Fury ->

Arohongui, Moon's Presence ->

Tukohama, War's Herald

Defensive (More Budget Friendly):
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Ngamahu, Flame's Advance ->

Hinekora, Death's Fury ->

Tawhoa, Forest's Strength ->

Ramako, Sun's Light

Special Thanks
To @lemosvini, @CrownedClownSs and @noneskii for pointing out that this path is more budget friendly.

Pantheon System
Soul of Solaris
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  • 6% Physical Damage Reduction if there is only one nearby Enemy
  • 20% chance to take 50% less Area Damage from Hits
  • 8% reduced Elemental Damage taken if you haven't been Hit Recently
  • Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes if you have taken a Critical Strike Recently
  • 50% chance to avoid Ailments from Critical Strikes

Soul of Arakaali (if you use Blood Rage)
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  • 5% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time
  • 10% chance to Avoid Lightning Damage when Hit
  • 50% increased Recovery of Life and Energy Shield if you've stopped taking Damage Over Time Recently
  • 30% reduced Effect of Shock on you
  • 30% reduced Shock Duration on You
  • +25% Chaos Resistance against Damage Over Time

Soul of Ryslatha
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  • Life Flasks gain 3 Charges every 3 seconds if you haven't used a Life Flask Recently
  • 60% increased Life Recovery from Flasks used when on Low Life


Lab Enchantments
Priority listed is top (best) down (worse).

Helm
  • 15% increased Cyclone Attack Speed
  • 40% increased Cyclone Damage
  • Ancestral Protector Totem grants 18% increased Attack Speed while Active
  • Blood Rage grants additional 12% increased attack speed
  • Ancestral Warchief Totem grants 30% increased Melee Damage while Active
  • 30% Increased Flammability Curse Effect
  • 15% reduced Anger Mana Reservation
  • 30% reduced Herald of Ash Mana Reservation


Gloves
  • Attack with Commandment of Fury on Hit

WARNING: Gloves enchantment on Spike Gloves will lose the melee damage

Boots
  • 120% increased Critical Strike Chance if you haven't Crit Recently (only for Elemental Overload skill tree)
  • Damage Penetrates 10% of Enemy Elemental Resistances if you haven't Killed Recently
  • 16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
  • 0.6% of Damage Leeched as Life and Mana if you've Killed Recently
  • Adds 45 to 68 Fire Damage if you've Killed Recently


Bandits
Kill all for 2 passives

Leveling to 55
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NOTE: Besides the skill gems listed below, you can also switch and stick to Cyclone and use that for leveling from level 28 onward.

Weapons that you can use to get to level 55:
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From Level 1 to Level 12
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At Level 12
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You can switch Molten Strike to

From Level 18 to 38
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From Level 38 to 55
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At level 28, you can start using Ancestral Warchief:
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Remember to socket Cyclone gem into alternate weapon and level it at the same time when you reach level 28.

Jewelries you can use to manage your mana:


Skills you can use to manage your mana:


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the pros/cons of Slayer vs Champion vs Scion vs Chieftain?
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Slayer (requires Xoph's Blood or Avatar of Fire)
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- Best Uber lab farmer
- 20% Culling Strike makes a long fight end so much faster
- Overleech makes Vaal Pact not necessary, and it greatly improve survivability if you do pick Vaal Pact

Champion (requires Xoph's Blood or Avatar of Fire)
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- Ability to run Elemental Overload skill tree without investing into accuracy
- Permanent Fortify from Fortitude, allows running 5 x damage support gems for Cyclone
- Free intimidate and adrenaline damage buff (if you drop Fortitude and pick First to Strike, Last to Fall)

Scion (requires Xoph's Blood or Avatar of Fire)
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- Benefit from Slayer's overleech and 10% culling strike
- Potentially higher damage than Slayer and do not require "On kill" to achieve that
- More jewel sockets and provide more flexibility in gearing choices

Chieftain (Do not require Xoph's Blood nor Avatar of Fire)
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- Cheapest to gear
- Can be great Uber lab farmer (if you follow Uber lab skill tree and gem setup)
- Most flexible when it comes to gearing choices (no elemental penalty from Avatar of Fire)
- You achieve 100% fire conversion once you complete Cruel lab
- Highest potential damage on end game gears

Q: How much accuracy should I aim for?
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At least 600 on gears / jewels. You want to aim for 90% chance to hit.

Q: Why do we pick Point Blank from the skill tree?
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Molten Burst from Ngamahu are projectiles and Point Blank will provide 50% more damage to the balls.

As shown:


Q: I am confused as to what aura to run if I am using (or not) Impresence.
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Hopefully this flowchart makes it clearer:


Q: What is the easiest way to get 3R 2B 1G on Bronn?
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If your Bronn is 6L, Vorici's bench with 2R 1B combination is your best bet.

If your Bronn is NOT 6 linked, you can use jewelers method shown here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79wOQQxXsu0

Q: What priority of gems should I focus on to get it to 20% quality?
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Physical damage gems, concentrated gems gets the priority but eventually you will want all gems to be 20/20.

Personally, when a gem hit level 20, I just vendor it with 1 gemcutter's prism for a level 1, 20% quality gem and level it all over again.

@Hitoseijuro wrote a very comprehensive reply on the specific gems to GCP in Slayer's version of the build.


Change Logs
EDIT 1: Added defensive path for Ascendancy and updated FAQ.
EDIT 2: Updated flasks section to include Atziri's Promise. Special thanks to @noneskii and @ADM0N for pointing out Atziri's Promise to be a viable flask for the build since Chieftain is not restricted by Avatar of Fire.
EDIT 3: Added Uber Lab runner skill tree and recommended Immortal Call setup (gems section).
EDIT 4: Added Loreweave into recommended gears section
EDIT 5: Updated skill tree for patch 3.4.
EDIT 6: Added Consecrated Path setup.
Last edited by kira1414 on Sep 27, 2018, 9:15:17 PM
Last bumped on Nov 18, 2018, 6:35:49 PM
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Arohongui, Moon's Presence ->

Tukohama, War's Herald


Why not take tawhoa path? way much safer and have endurance charge generator
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Completed 1 Challengelemosvini wrote:
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Arohongui, Moon's Presence ->

Tukohama, War's Herald

Why not take tawhoa path? way much safer and have endurance charge generator

Tukohama War's Herald is better choice because it makes Protector/Warchief totem behave like Decoy and they reflect 15% of maximum life as fire damage when hit by mob.

Tawhoa Forest's Strength generates endurance charges on kill and Red Dream jewel will be able to replace it easily.
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Completed 39 Challengeskira1414 wrote:
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Completed 1 Challengelemosvini wrote:
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Arohongui, Moon's Presence ->

Tukohama, War's Herald

Why not take tawhoa path? way much safer and have endurance charge generator

Tukohama War's Herald is better choice because it makes Protector/Warchief totem behave like Decoy and they reflect 15% of maximum life as fire damage when hit by mob.

Tawhoa Forest's Strength generates endurance charges on kill and Red Dream jewel will be able to replace it easily.


I think it should take into consideration that it is a good cheap option for those who are starting.

Endurance Charge generation (budget)
+ 10% fire damage per endurance
10% of physical damage from hits taken as fire dmg (pretty nice)
0.5% life regen per endurance
+100% fire res (budget)
+ 3% life regen when hit
Hey, I played the slayer version in Abyss thank again,
I'll probably go SSF next league so I don't know if i'll be able to play Ngamahu again ... Anyway I have several questions.

How do you plan to proc effectively EO ?
Is it worth to drop RT for it ? we will need to invest a lot in accuracy then.
And finally the slayer version was really solid thanks to the leech, here I don't see so much investment in defenses, do you think VP + totems taunt will be enough or do you expect some changes to the leech that are not mentionned here.

Last edited by Antozell on Feb 26, 2018, 7:00:37 AM
What if you combine the Chieftain ascendancy and the Xoph's Blood? Will the 100% conversion of physical damage be a fire damage? And is there any point in this?
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Completed 24 ChallengesAntozell wrote:
Hey, I played the slayer version in Abyss thank again,
I'll probably go SSF next league so I don't know if i'll be able to play Ngamahu again ... Anyway I have several questions.

How do you plan to proc effectively EO ?
Is it worth to drop RT for it ? we will need to invest a lot in accuracy then.
And finally the slayer version was really solid thanks to the leech, here I don't see so much investment in defenses, do you think VP + totems taunt will be enough or do you expect some changes to the leech that are not mentionned here.


At base 5% crit chance, with high attack speed and 90% chance to hit, you should be able to proc Elemental Overload frequently.

At least 80% of the time during mapping, and 90+% during boss fights. This is the same as the EO skill tree in the Slayer build.

If you push your crit chance to around 14%, you will pretty much have 100% up time for EO.

FYI, Slayer EO provides higher damage than Resolute Technique version when you have the proper gears for it.

P.S. The skill tree is spec-ed such that you can easily spec out of EO and switch to RT (by investing into Cleaving + Executioner). :)



In terms of toughness, Chieftain is pretty much the same as Slayer. With Vaal Pact, you will have enough life per second to keep you alive.

And just like Slayer, dropping Flammability for Enfeeble curse is great for leveling your character.

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Completed 14 ChallengesCarloccn wrote:
What if you combine the Chieftain ascendancy and the Xoph's Blood? Will the 100% conversion of physical damage be a fire damage? And is there any point in this?

You don't need Xoph's Blood at all because you are already at 100% conversion as Ngamahu's Flame convert the other 50%. :)
Last edited by kira1414 on Feb 26, 2018, 9:49:55 AM
How do you think this build compares to Ahfack's Crimson Cyclone build in terms of both DPS and survivability?
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Completed 6 ChallengesvxCHAZxv wrote:
How do you think this build compares to Ahfack's Crimson Cyclone build in terms of both DPS and survivability?
Having played both Ahfack's and Ngamahu's Slayer, I would say they are both at the same tier of power, with ngamahu being cheaper overall. Vs. Chieftain though I think chieftain would be better for achieving the same amount of DPS for cheap however you lose a bunch of QOL
from the Slayer Ascendancy.

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