[3.14] Memoria's HoT Autobomber Assassin [Video Guide] [FAST, Deathless Sirus A8, All content]
Hello and welcome to my Herald of Thunder + Storm Secret autobomber guide!
Feel free to join me Twitch or Discord if you have any questions or want to see the build in action.
How it works
This build utilizes the Storm Secret ring and it's buff to Herald of Thunder in combination with Inpulsa/Crit chest explosions. We also need some talents/jewels/items to counter the total of 500 unmitigated lightning damage we take from each Herald of Thunder procc.
Video Guide: https://youtu.be/PZIPZvnNLWQNew
T15 maps showcase: https://youtu.be/mlULtgXTmSw
Deathless Sirus A8: https://youtu.be/WT1geG49aS4
Path of Building
You will need PoB Community fork to get it to work: https://github.com/PathOfBuildingCommunity/PathOfBuilding/releases
Will update shortly but the build remains unchanged for now and is viable in 3.14.
TLDR;Build is completely fine, minor nerf to crit (rougly 10% dmg loss) and nerf to Glancing blow, need to change tree a bit to get 5 extra points for it. Ring is more rare and cost around 80C.
HUGE - Calamitous Vision is only 90C, last league it was 10-20EX.
Video guide added
PoB updated with my current gear
Updated to 3.12.
New PoB added
POB and gear section updated with new gear
Deathless Awakener lvl 8 video added
Leveling section added to POB
Budget Shopping List added
3.11 Content Cleared
Awakener Lvl 8
Final Harvest Boss
Every map is a breeze
+ Insane clearspeed
+ Satisfying explosions
+ Single-Target DPS is actually viable for an autobomber
- A bit tricky to balance resist and dex/str requirements
- Not SSF/HC Friendly
- Will struggle against Sirus/other difficult bosses until you get really good gear. It's not supposed to be a bosskiller
How to play/Playstyle
There are several ways to play this build but the basics is to proc Herald of Thunder in some way, it could be with Orb of Storms, Storm Brand, Ball lightning etc. Then run around and watch everything explode by the help of Inpulsa. That's it. However, we need to counter the damage we take from Storm Secret which we'll get into in the gear section.
Ascendancy & Pantheon
Opportunistic -> Mistwalker -> Unstable Infusion -> Deadly Infusion
You can replace Mistwalker with Ambush and Assassinate and grab "No Witnesses".
Help Alira for crit multi and res
Major - Up to you, typically Solaris vs single-target and Lunaris for clear
Minor - I'm using Gruthul for clear and Ryslatha for bosses for the flask charges
Rare with these mods:
+3 to Lightning Skill Gems (+2 works too)
+2 to All Skill Gems
+1 to maximum power charges
#% damage per power charge
Ele/lightning dmg as extra chaos
Flat added lightning damage
Mods to look for on rare
Str + Dex (if needed)
+1 to Maximum Power Charge
-cold res to nearby enemies
Enchant: HoT Damage or reduced mana reservation. Storm brand enchant works too but it's expensive and not as good.
Inpulsa as budget option. IMPORTANT! If you have low DPS then Inpulsa is WAY BETTER in terms of explosions. Rare armour with explode will feel bad.
If you use Inpulsa, get Storm's Gift to make sure killed enemies explodes + spread shock.
Replica Soul Tether - Gives us Corrupted Soul. Can be used as a cheap option to Glorious Vanity.
Mods to look for
Str/dex as needed
Lightning/ele dmg (not to attacks, won't work)
Mods to look for
Badge of the Brotherhood (Expensive, fast)
Mods to look for on rare
+1 int/lightning skill gem
Damage per power charge
Replace one of them with Circle of Regret with Herald of thunder Lightning Damage + Lightning res/to max lightning res for less damage taken from your procs. Around 20% DPS loss.
Str/dex if needed
Calamitous Visions - HUGE dmg boost, around 100%.
Glorious Vanity - Place either below Pain attunement or Mind over Matter. Gives Corrupted Soul (20% of max life as extra ES + 50% of non-chaos damage taken bypasses ES). This let's us take 50% dmg from life and other 50% from ES, allowing us to leech ES and life at the same time to combat Storm Secret damage.
Large: IMPORTANT! Get A lightning jewel with Storm Drinker & Doryani's lesson if you need more leech. This will greatly help with the Storm Secret Damage. If leech is fine go for Overshock (helps with shocking) and any other dmg cluster mod.
Medium: Empowered Envoy + Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Small: Chaos res with anti-venom if needed, else Life with Fettle or Sublime Sensation/Towering Threat.
Gems and Links
Herald of Thunder - Awakened Added Lightning - Energy leech - Awakened Lightning Penetration - Awakened Elemental Focus - Power Charge on Critical
Other options: Swap out lightning pen, added lightning or Power charge for Inspiration.
Storm Brand - Energy Leech - Power Charge on crit - Awakened Lightning Penetration - Awakened Added Lightning Damage - Awakened Controlled Destruction
Other Options: If you get Inspiration on HoT, swap it in here instead.
Wave of Conviction - Conductivity - Cast when Damage Taken - Shock Nova - Cold Snap
Conductivity - Orb of Storms - Awakened Curse on hit - Assassin's Mark
Flame Dash - Arcane Surge - Faster Casting - Second Wind
Budget Shopping List (Around 7-15ex)
Items below will clear up to T16's with 5L. For Sirus A8 you'd want atleast 1 x 6L and Calamitous Vision.
Agnerod South 5L 2C - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/po9nlXi0
Inpulsa 6L 5EX - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/3vJXpJF5
Inpulsa 5L (budget) 50C - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/wB2Wn9ib
Rare Helmet STR, Life, Res 10-30C - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/GlD06wWcb
2x Storm Secret 190c each - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/gkjwyqPsQ
Rare Stygian Vise Life, Res, Str 30-50c - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/3j082oJs5
Rare boots - MS, Life, Res 20-50c - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/53WkjJha
Choir of the Storm 20C - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/EnXKT5
Storm's Gift 2C - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Harvest/YGo47gUY
Replica Soul Tether 8C - https://www.pathofexile.com/trade/search/Heist/mWvKEXeU6
For Talent Points Allocation, check leveling trees in POB: https://pastebin.com/pgJ4SpYL
Tabula Rasa, Goldrim, Lochtonial Caress, Wanderlust, Le Heup of all, Lifesprig, Axiom Perpeteum, Eclipse Solaris, Obliteration, Storm Prison.
Rare wand with spell/elemental damage, spell crit/multi, added flat dmg.
Leveling Gem Links
Start with Freezing Pulse - Onslaught - Added Lightning Damage
If you have tabula, get Added Cold damage and Arcane Surge.
Either go for Kinetic Bolt with Added lightning - LPM - Added cold/Elemental damage with attacks or go with Storm brand:
At lvl 12: Storm Brand - Added Lightning Damage - Added Cold Damage - Onslaught - Arcane Surge - Faster Casting
At lvl 18: Storm Brand - Elemental Focus - Controlled Destruction - Added Lightning Damage - Faster Casting - Onslaught
At lvl 21 Get 4L Lightning spire as well for additional single-target damage: Lightning Spire Trap - Added Lightning Damage - Trap and Mine Damage - Controlled Destruction
Remember to get Herald of Thunder.
In Act 3 (Around lvl 24) you can get Spellslinger and get Arc + Ball lightning:
Ball Lightning - Elemental Focus - Spellslinger - Added Lightning Damage
Arc - Increased Critical Strikes - Spellslinger - Added Lightning Damage
Can be triggered with normal attacks or Frenzy linked to Faster Attacks.
My other build guides
Storm Brand Archmage Trickster https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2803112
Icicle Mines Saboteur https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2638570
Scourge Arrow Slayer https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2525823
Blade Vortex Explode Chieftain: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2743315
Wintertide/Vortex Trickster: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2887634
Last edited by Memoria_Gaming on Apr 16, 2021, 3:34:07 PM
Last bumped on Nov 13, 2021, 2:07:13 PM
on Jul 1, 2020, 12:39:39 AM
oh yeah finally :D
on Jul 1, 2020, 3:17:12 AM
Build guide is now added! I will update with more information and a leveling & crafting section.
on Jul 3, 2020, 1:25:52 PM
on Jul 3, 2020, 1:30:12 PM
Grat guide :)
I am using a Necro variation of the Autobomber and its insane tanking but the dps without Calamitous Visions jewel is really bad, in your guide you do not mention this jewel, you don't use it? The dps in red maps its good without it?
on Jul 3, 2020, 2:07:19 PM
https://streamable.com/x0d85t Dmg is fine withouth calamitous. I did Bran a8 recently witouth problem and all shaper guardians (chimera is bit tricky, need to add immortal call to this fight becouse when u get unlucky in fog faze u can die :P)
on Jul 3, 2020, 3:44:25 PM
It's my bad, I accidently deleted it from the Jewel part. It almost doubles your Herald of thunder dmg but you can absolutely go without it. Did A8 without it too.
YOu can clear all maps with budget gear, no problem.
on Jul 3, 2020, 6:40:17 PM
White Maps very impressive so far.
Life Sustain was a Pain with low Gem Levels, but works fine now, atleast with one Storm Secret. But I must say that I got +2 Max Lightning Res (1 from Tree and one on Ring implicit), before that I still could die on some Map Bosses. With two Storm Secrets I also cannot Sustain Life in Garden and Delve.
It's a cool Combination of laziness and Fun, never played something so easy.
Do you have an advice what I should upgrade next? I think more Life comes with Higher level only. Also I need boots/helm and Belt with ES maybe, for better sustain? Also I wonder what we could do with the 22% unreserved Mana, maybe try some reservation Nodes and get an Aspect? I don't know anymore what "Auras" will work with Lone Messenger, but some do, atleast there were some when I played a Agony Build in 3.8.
In the "how to play" Section would be nice to clarify if or not we need to keep the Inspiration Charges up for max DPS, or if the Inspiration Support works with HoT even if we do not see Charges. Because if I don't lay Brands down I don't get Charges, atleast not visually.
Also I am currently trying Innervate in the Shock Nova, works so far. I wonder why so many People don't use it in their (whatever Lightning Skill) Builds. Wiki sais it is almost as good as Added Lightning Support and advisable to trigger it with a secondary Skill.
Not worth it?
on Jul 4, 2020, 2:33:52 PM
Get Glorious vanity with Doryani and place below Mind over Matter or Pain attunement, it will do wonders. Get life leech/ES leech on lightning cluster jewel helps a lot too. Haven't tried innervate, will look into it, same with adding more info to the how to play section. Try if Aspect of the spider works with Lone messenger, not sure but could be worth it.
After that I'd get a rare staff with + power charge and +3 lightning gems with whatever else you could get. You can also go for Badge of the brotherhood if you get rich.
on Jul 4, 2020, 3:08:11 PM
anyone can guide on how to level with storm brand? i jz reach act 6 and the storm brand damage even on a 6L is horrendous.
on Jul 4, 2020, 6:29:06 PM