[3.7]🐉 Dragon's Breath Elementalist - Incinerate - All Content&Map Mods - League Starter&SSF viable

Hi fellow exiles and welcome to my original Dragon’s Breath Witch Elementalist build guide.
14.6. BUILD UPDATE, added Essence ring crafting and 6L staff div cards



3.7 LEGION FULLY UPDATED

FEATURED BY LiftingNerdBro in 3.6 Synthesis league
Check out the video and subscribe to his channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgxL1D1Vpog


Special thanks to exile SicknessXI who maxed out build in 3.6 to insane levels (16M Shaper dps) and gave me great ideas for further development.
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SicknessXI


This build was made out of desire to go off current meta in 3.5 and give some love to unrightfully forgotten Incinerate skill with 3.5 reworked Martyr of Innocence staff at the time. It is a self-cast semi-crit build. I wanted it to be flexible, all content capable and most important, to be fun to play. With that in mind I tried not to sacrifice defenses and make a build with enough life that can take a hit or two including Über Elder. I also focused on maximizing the area of effect for good clear speed and scaling of cast speed (over 15casts/sec) to easily reach max dps potential in action. It's pretty straightforward to make but if you get stuck ill be there to help out.

You can also checkout new 3.7 Chieftain version of this build

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2506867

and new 3.7 Torstein's Oni-Goroshi Slayer
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2554593

Please read full guide before starting the build.
For any feedback, questions or help with the build, leave a comment on this thread.
Wish you many fun hours of play.

TorsteinTheFallen

Change log 14.June
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14.6.
Added Essence ring crafting
Added Div cards for 6L staff crafting base
12.6. Removed Aspect of the Spider
Added Flesh & Stone aura, you will use Sand stance
Nearby Enemies are Blinded while in Sand Stance
You take (10-11)% less Damage from Enemies that aren't nearby while in Sand Stance

7.6Updated crafting manual
No important nerfs for this build in 3.7 patch
Fully reworked build for 3.7 Legion league
All map mods! just Alch & GO
No need for Warlord's Mark curse
No mandatory Watcher's Eye jewel
All content & SSF viable
Elemental damage immune golems

Pros&Cons
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+high life pool, 7.5+k life
+very high damage, 3+ million Shaper dps
+great clear speed, huge AOE
+all content viable
+Acrobatics&Phase Acobatics, up to 75%/75% dodge
+easy Uber Lab, one-shots Izaro due to preloading of 8 Incinerate stages
+easy boot swaps for UE fight
+All map mods
+SSF viable
+Flesh&Stone blinds nearby enemies & 11% less damage taken from far enemies


*although quite safe, it's not a facetanking build and requires to manually dodge some things (see Uber Atziri fight video, and yes, she one-shoted me once with the spear ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
*not a 200% movement speed buil


-Chaos and Phys damage can hit you hard


Path of Building for 3.7 ⭐League Starter⭐
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https://pastebin.com/Wrr5mrqA
In the bottom left corner of the PoB you have a menu to see points distribution while leveling.



This is an example for a league start with leveling passive tree menu. As you progress you can transition item by item to the full build. As weapons you can use Lifesprig, Nycta's Lantern or any combination of those and rare crap wands/sceptres/daggers with some cast speed/spell damage/fire damage/added fire damage to spells/elemental damage will be ok.

As you can see in PoB with complete garbage gear and min investment you will have 5.5K life and will be pushing over a 900K dps on Shaper. Even with 5L you are gonna be just fine.
That is more than enough to easily clear everything from T1-T10


Path Of Building for 3.7 Full Build
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https://pastebin.com/NuFQhdZN
In the bottom left corner of the PoB you have a menu to see points distribution while leveling.



-Path of Building download site
https://github.com/Openarl/PathOfBuilding/releases


Videos
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All videos are recorded in 3.5 Betrayal League during initial testing. Build is significantly improved since.
Kurgal, the Blackblooded @359 depth

Videos below were recorded with Martyr of Innocence staff

***Deathless Uber Elder***

***Uber Atziri, Queen of the Vaal***

Shaper & Friends full run
Damage demo can best be seen at min 7:00

Full Minotaur run

Argus & Izaro, Ethernal Labyrinth

Incinerate & how to use it
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Incinerate gains more damage when cast continuously from one spot, up to a maximum of 200% more damage (25% per stage up to 8 stages maximum, or 10 if you use the helmet enchantment). The next stage is reached after every tick (0.2s). At each stage, the flames become visibly larger and will spread out in a huge cone. Since the spell is a channeling spell, if the player is stunned or interrupted in any way while casting incinerate, the spell will come back to stage 1.
At the end of the channeling (Final Wave), Incinerate deals big chunk of extra damage, 500% MORE damage with Hits and 500% MORE damage with Ignite. That’s a lot of extra damage.

To get the maximum dps out of Incinerate you should channel to 8 stages and release. Final wave deals massive damage. If you played Blade Flurry, this is the same principle.
Monster mobs die fast so maximum channeling is not needed. The area will still be very good.

Build defences
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-Build uses Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics keystones which gives passive 40% attack dodge and 30% spell dodge. Quartz flask gives +10% on both. Atziri's step boots, +14-16% spell dodge. Vaal Grace caps dodge chance at 75% for attack and spell dodge. Excellent for mapping and bossing.

-Decent life pool ~7.5k life gives a nice buffer

-Flesh and Stone aura, use Sand Stance! -Nearby Enemies are Blinded while in Sand Stance
You take (10-11)% less Damage from Enemies that aren't nearby while in Sand Stance

-Steelskin! It instantly hardens your skin, granting a damage barrier that absorbs 70% of all damage taken. This is basically your second life pool.

6 active skills
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Main Skill
–Incinerate
-Focus

Movement
–Flame Dash, gives us ability to get over cliffs, gaps and quickly position ourselves in 1 to 4 successive moves

Utility
–Orb of Storms, enables almost instant proc of Elemental Overload (40% more damage) on single targets. It's not required to cast during mapping
-Vaal Grace caps dodge chance
-Vaal Righteous Fire, 29% more damage at the cost of % of our life at the time of casting

Ascendancy
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Elementalist Ascedancy

Normal Labyrinth –Pendulum of Destruction
Cruel – Mastermind of Discord
Merciless – Paragon of Calamity
Ethernal – Liege of the Primordial

Items for the full build
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Ignore the gem links in this section.

Lets start from the staff. This is the best bang for your money crafted staff. Better staves can be crafted ofc but this is easy and cheap solution. Total price for staff crafting is 3-4 Exalted orbs.

-How to craft it
Crafting base: any 6L casting base staff (not War staff) with min. item level 55
You can also get the 6L crafting base form the "The Dark Mage" divination cards. You can buy cards or farm them in the following areas:
*Overgrown Ruin
*The Chamber of Sins Level 2

DO NOT LINK THE STAFF YOURSELF! EITHER BUY 6L BASE OR GET CARDS!

1.Use Scouring orb and use Transmutation orb to make item Magic
2.Spam Alteration orbs until you get +2 to socketed Fire gems prefix mod
3.Use Regal orb to make item Rare
4.Now you should have just +2 to socketed Fire gems mod and another mod that Regal added. Use Annulment orb to remove 1 random mod. There are 50% chances to be left with just +2 mod.
If you were unlucky and got +2 mod removed, repeat the whole process from point 1.

5.If the item is Rare (yellow) and only have +2 to socketed Fire gems mod, craft suffix "Can have Multiple Crafted Modifiers" on bench. It costs 2 Exalted orbs.
6.Further craft on bench
prefix (hybrid) (59–66)% increased Spell Damage & Gain (5–6)% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage ---4 Chaos Orbs
prefix Adds (41–55) to (83–96) Fire Damage to Spells ---4 Chaos Orbs
suffix (26–30)% chance to deal Double Damage while Focussed ---1 Divine Orb
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For the last suffix choose one of those 2 mods. Hybrid mode with arcane surge is a better overall option and a lot cheaper.
suffix (21-28)% increased Cast speed ---1 Exalted Orb
OR
suffix(hybrid) (16-19)% increased Cast Speed
10% chance to gain Arcane Surge when you Kill an Enemy ---4 Chaos Orbs


If you don't have some crafting recipes look on forum for crafting service threads.
Also If you don't want to bother with crafting a staff 6L Martyr of Innocence is nice but with lower dps than a crafted one.

Body armour
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Kaom's Heart

Not much to say about this one, +500 to maximum life speaks for itself.


Jewels
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-Getting cast speed and life is a priority!


Watcher's Eye with Damage Penetrates % Fire Resistance while affected by Anger is a nice bonus but not mandatory!


Belt
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Preferably Stygian Vise belt with high total life roll. Belt slot is the best to get strength attribute. Min 80% total ele res. Anything else is bonus. If you can't afford Stygian, go for the Heavy or Leather belt with high life roll, they are perfectly fine.


Gloves
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Aim for gloves with max resistances you can find and cast speed. Life roll doesn't have to be high. Watch out for socket coloring.


Rings
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You want 2 Opal rings (min item level 80) like this one. They are craftable with
which gives you guaranteed (27-30 increased fire damage). You just need to hit life and res with it. They are also craftable with prestine, prismatic fossils and potent chaotic resonator. Essence crafting tends to be much cheaper than fossil crafting since these essences are ~2c. You can also use Screaming Essence of Anger that is even cheaper.

Pay attention to have free prefix so you can craft - to total Mana cost of skills. You only need tier 2 with values -(7-6). -9 is too much and cost too much, -(7-6) is perfectly fine. Craft those on both rings so you can reduce mana consumption by Incinerate to 0, so you don't need mana leech! This is important.
If you don't have currency/fossils to craft Opal rings like this one, just use any rings with life, resistance and craft - mana mod.


Amulet
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Aspect of the Spider is no longer used!
Shaped amulet with elemental penetration, cast speed/spell damage/fire damage, some life, some res.
OR
Elder amulet with "Gain #% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage", cast speed/spell damage/fire damage, some life, some res.

Anything else is not important.


Boots!
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Atziri's Step boots are very good choice because they further increase spell dodge chance, have 30% movement speed and ok life. They are also dirt cheap.


Rare boots are also very good choice and you will get desired colors more easily.

IF you want to use Kaom's Roots for the Uber Elder aim for the ones with high life, 30% movement speed and no resistances.
For Uber Elder fight use Kaom's Roots, preferably with movement speed corruption.

You can do UE without Kaom's Roots it's just easier with them.


Helmet and helmet enchant
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Buy high ilvl helmet with preferably enchant on it and fossil craft (pristine and scorched fossils) it further for high life, fire res and -9% fire res to nearby enemies.

+2 maximum Incinerate stages is amazing and gives most dps but only if you have very high cast speed ~14 casts/sec. Otherwise if you have lower it will keep you too much stuck in place and to get those stages you need to channel to 10th stage.
10% Increased Incinerate damage for each stage is the probably the best helmet enchantment for most of the players.


Flasks
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Please use Blood of the Karui flask when you get above 6k life!!!

Cinderswallow Urn is also a good choice for dps flask.

Suffixes:
-of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
-of Heat (Freeze and chill immunity)
-of Warding (Curse immunity)




My builds:
Torstein's Oni-Goroshi Slayer /view-thread/2554593
Dragon's Breath Elementalist view-thread/2318921
Dragon's Breath Chieftain view-thread/2506867
We are living in the RNG world, or are we...?
Last edited by TorsteinTheFallen on Jul 6, 2019, 6:50:45 AM
Last bumped on Jul 17, 2019, 8:59:18 AM
Gem Links
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You should be aiming for lvl21 of Incinerate gem. Detailed gem levels and qualities you can see in Path of Building.

6L –Incinerate - Combustion - Faster Casting - Infused Channeling - Controlled Destruction - Concentrated Effect
Use Increased Area of Effect when mapping instead of Concentrated Effect!!!

4L
Herald of Ash - Anger - Flesh and Stone - Summon Lightning Golem

4L
Orb of Storms - Flame Dash - Vaal Righteous Fire-Vaal Grace (max lvl 15)

4L should be in boots IF you want to swap to Kaom's Roots for Uber Elder
Steel Skin lvl 14- Cast When Damage Taken lvl 9-Increased Duration- Wave of Conviction lvl 12

Pantheons
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should be fully upgraded

Major- “Soul of Lunaris”
Minor- “Soul of Tukohama”

For Uber Elder
Major- “Soul of Lunaris”
Minor- “Soul of Yugul”

Bandits
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Kill all.

Leveling
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From level 2-12 use Magma Orb or Fireball-Arcane Surge(keep at gem lvl1)-Combustion
When you finish Act 1 start using Flame Dash as movement skill
From level 12 you can use Incinerate for leveling. Incinerate-Arcane Surge(lvl 1)-Combustion
From level 16 start using Herald of Ash

From level 18 onward and you get the chance to upgrade you main setup add gems in this order, 4L /Incinerate–Combustion-Infused Channeling-Faster Casting/ - 5L /Controlled Destruction/ - 6L /Increased Area of Effect(Conc. Effect for bosses)/

When you finish quest A Fixture of Faith in Act 3, buy from Siosa Blasphemy and link it to Flammability.
Also buy and link Shield Charge, & Faster Attacks gems and equip a shield. This will speed up your movement.
When you finish quest Fallen from Grace in Act 6, buy Fortify from Lilly and link it to Shield Charge.

Arcane Surge(lvl 1)-Flame Dash-Orb of Storms

Usefull leveling items:
Tabula Rasa
Lifesprig
Wanderlust
Goldrim
Praxis - until you get Praxis ring use mana flask
Meginord's Girdle
Le Heup Of All
Lochtonial Caress
Ngamahu's Sign

For other item slots use rare items and prioritize life and resistances.

Take defensive points first for each stage of leveling.


In Path of Building, in the bottom left corner you have the menu to see level by level point distribution.


FAQ - Frequently asked questions

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-Why Vaal Grace lvl10-15?
Because it's enough and dexterity for that is provided by passive tree. Going higher can give you problems with dex attribute and it's not necessary.

-Can I use 2 Wands?
You can use pretty much any crap you want but, getting 2 one handed weapons means you have to get 6L on chest. Having Kaom's Heart (+500 life) and 6L in your staff is the biggest advantage of this build.

-Which items to upgrade first?
Go for staff and Kaom's Heart next!

-I die often, what's the problem?
You probably don't have enough life/capped res, wrong flasks or not using them.


My other builds
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Torstein's Oni-Goroshi Slayer
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2554593


Dragon's Breath Chieftain
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2506867


My builds:
Torstein's Oni-Goroshi Slayer /view-thread/2554593
Dragon's Breath Elementalist view-thread/2318921
Dragon's Breath Chieftain view-thread/2506867
We are living in the RNG world, or are we...?
Last edited by TorsteinTheFallen on Jul 6, 2019, 6:49:12 AM
Hey there - I'm new to the game as of 2 weeks ago. I tried your build yesterday and it was amazingly fun! You switched out cold snap for (vaal's) grace, but kept hypothermia on the 6L chest piece. Was that an oversight?

Since I don't know all the game mechanics and spells, I was wondering what you would put in place of that for additional damage since nothing is doing cold damage any longer? Again, I'm new, so I could be overlooking something here.
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KBeutler wrote:
Hey there - I'm new to the game as of 2 weeks ago. I tried your build yesterday and it was amazingly fun! You switched out cold snap for (vaal's) grace, but kept hypothermia on the 6L chest piece. Was that an oversight?

Since I don't know all the game mechanics and spells, I was wondering what you would put in place of that for additional damage since nothing is doing cold damage any longer? Again, I'm new, so I could be overlooking something here.


Hi, i'm glad you are playing my build. :)

True, I made some changes but they are final now so pls dont forget to check new pastebin. I'm sorry for the confusion. Change log is updated.

Yes, i changed Cold Snap for Vaal Grace in boots due to changes i made to the build defences.
I switched from stacking block chance to stacking dodge chance thru Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics keystones, flask and finally Vaal Grace.
Flask setup is also different and now you dont need to change flasks for Uber Elder.
I changed the main boot also to Atziri's step.
Defenses are much better now due to stacking of dodge that is at maximum level (75%/75%) in tough situations.

About cold damage. Pay attention in gear section. I said that you need to have Abyss jewel with cold damage to spells or cold damage to spells while wielding two handed weapon mod for hypothermia to work. Minimum roll is perfectly fine.
My builds:
Torstein's Oni-Goroshi Slayer /view-thread/2554593
Dragon's Breath Elementalist view-thread/2318921
Dragon's Breath Chieftain view-thread/2506867
We are living in the RNG world, or are we...?
Damn this build looks really nice, midterm season is coming so I doubt I can play much but I'll try to give it a shot.
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Damn this build looks really nice, midterm season is coming so I doubt I can play much but I'll try to give it a shot.


tnx! :)

give it a spin when you find time
My builds:
Torstein's Oni-Goroshi Slayer /view-thread/2554593
Dragon's Breath Elementalist view-thread/2318921
Dragon's Breath Chieftain view-thread/2506867
We are living in the RNG world, or are we...?
Really enjoying the build so far, only level 27. I am curious why even bother with Hypothermia. Does the chill and damage due to chill really make that much of a difference? Thanks
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kwiknez wrote:
Really enjoying the build so far, only level 27. I am curious why even bother with Hypothermia. Does the chill and damage due to chill really make that much of a difference? Thanks

I'm glad you like it.

Yes, Hypothermia is worth and very potent gem but it needs Beacon of Ruin (Ascendancy Notable Passive Skill) to be acquired first and cold damage source which is Abyss jewel.

Hypothermia at gem lvl20

-Supported Skills deal 39% more Damage with Hits and Ailments against Chilled Enemies

Beacon of Ruin mechanics

-Beacon of Ruin overrides the minimum threshold of 1% effect that normally applies to chill and shock.[2][3] In other words, 1 point of cold damage from any hit will apply chill[4], and 1 point of lightning damage from a critical strike will apply shock. This also applies to damage types that are enabled by unique items, where 1 point of physical damage will apply chill when Soul Taker is equipped.[5]

more on PoeWiki
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Beacon_of_Ruin

My builds:
Torstein's Oni-Goroshi Slayer /view-thread/2554593
Dragon's Breath Elementalist view-thread/2318921
Dragon's Breath Chieftain view-thread/2506867
We are living in the RNG world, or are we...?
Last edited by TorsteinTheFallen on Jan 30, 2019, 5:23:52 AM
Incinerate my fav skill ;) good old times when it was op af :)

Started lvling. thanks for sharing.
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MusicalMind wrote:
Incinerate my fav skill ;) good old times when it was op af :)

Started lvling. thanks for sharing.


It's still very strong. :) rock on ^^
My builds:
Torstein's Oni-Goroshi Slayer /view-thread/2554593
Dragon's Breath Elementalist view-thread/2318921
Dragon's Breath Chieftain view-thread/2506867
We are living in the RNG world, or are we...?

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