[3.1] Lifting's Quad Frostbolt Totems Hierophant - Strong League Starter!



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What's new in 3.1?

The build is viable without any major changes for 3.1 War for the Atlas.
The only "real" difference we will notice is having slightly less mana due to the nerfs to the nodes behind the Mind Over Matter keystone.

This build is still a strong choice to start out in the Abyss league.



1. Gameplay and video guide here:

2. I do not reply to private messages, if you have any questions please post them in this thread or visit me at twitch (link above).

3. This build was inspired by TheElementalist's 2.6 Frostbolt totem guide. I have merely added my own personal preferences. You can find his guide here: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1876139

4. PoB Pastebin link: https://pastebin.com/3hU6By9U


Strengths and Weaknesses of the build


- Beginner and new league "friendly" - the build is somewhat simple in design and easy to understand.

- Great clear speed all the way up to tier 16 maps.

- Cheap, no unique items are required, except for 2x Frozen Trail jewels.

- Viable for both hardcore and softcore gameplay!


- I do not recommend this build if you want to farm bosses. The single target damage simply isn't there. That said I have killed all the guardians, except the hydra with this build, but it was rather painful and slow.

- Your totems will destroy themselves on elemental reflect maps.


Gem Setup:

Damage setup:

- Frostbolt, Spell Totem, Faster Casting, Controlled Destruction, Cold Penetration (5-link) & Increased Critical Strikes (6-link).

Note: Once you get The Pandemonius you are better off using Hypothermia instead of Cold Penetration.

Note: A regular 5-link 2+ cold staff is better than a 4-link Taryn's and a 2+ 6-link staff is better than a 5-link Taryn's. The only time a Taryn's staff is better if you can get it 6-linked.

Defensive Setup:

- Cast When Damage Taken (lvl 9), Immortal Call (lvl 10), Flame Golem (lvl 10) & Increased Duration (max lvl)

Mobility, Damage & Regen:

- Flamedash, Faster Casting, Arcane Surge & Increased Duration

Note: Make sure to NOT level Arcane Surge any higher than the amount of mana you can realistically spend for it to proc. It is better to leave it a low level and have it proc reliably than the other way around.


- Orb of Storms, Power Charge on Crit, Increased Critical Strikes, Clarity.

Note: This setup is used to help maintain power charges against bosses. It is not necessary for mapping. Clarity should always be on.

Curse & Vaal Skills:

- 2x Vaal Haste, Projectile Weakness & Increased Duration.


Skill-trees & Ascendancy classes:

Ascendancy Class: The Hierophant

Ascendancy Points: Divine Guidance --> Pursuit of Faith --> Ritual of Awakening --> Conviction of Power.

Note: If you prefer offense over defense, I'd recommend picking up Ritual of Awakening as your first priority. Just keep in mind that casting 4 totems is very mana intesensive.

Note: That if you at any point need more dexterity, simply pick up the 30+ notables in the skill-tree and spec out of them later when you are able to cover these requirements via gear.

Leveling Tips:

1. Use Freezing Pulse* + Flame Totem* (but remember to level Frostbolt), until you can socket your first Frozen Trail jewel into the tree, from there start using Frostbolt and pick up Ancestral Bond.

* For leveling link Freezing Pulse with Added Cold and Added Lightning. Swap out Added Lightning for Controlled Destruction later.

* Flame Totem links: Flame Totem, Added Lightning, Added Cold. Swap out Added Cold for Controlled Destruction later.

Note: remember, once you pick up Ancestral Bond you can no longer deal damage with skills directly cast from your character. You will have to rely on your totems from there on.

2. Prioritize getting your 2'nd Frozen Trail jewel socketed (but only if you can afford it or already have it. If not spend points on more damage/life.)

3. Level 28+ Get a 4-link for your Frostbolt setup.

4. Level 40+ try getting yourself a cheap 5-linked staff for your Frostbolt setup. This makes a big difference in damage.

5. level 70+ start saving up for a 6-linked staff. (If you can afford a 6-linked Taryn's Shiver go for that)

6. Try to get someone to boost you in uberlab. The single target simply isn't there, unless you have really good gear already.

How to get a 6-linked staff:

- Check for cheap 6-linked staves on poe.trade OR

- Farm or purchase 6 The Dark Mage divination cards.

Optional, but powerful leveling unique's:

- 2x Lifesprig
- Wanderlust
- Goldrim

Alternatively, if you cannot afford these, then try the following method:

- Crafting a 1+ to cold gems wand/sceptre in the beginner adds some nice damage while leveling. You can do that by getting a blue (magic) wand/sceptre, saphire ring and an orb of alteration. By trading/selling this to the vendor he will in return give you back a weapon with +1 to cold gems. If you want a 1+ for your flame totem you simply need to change out the saphire ring for a ruby ring.

Bandit Quest:

- Help Alira for some sweet mana regen, crit multiplier and 15% too all elemental resistances.


Gearing and stat priorities:

Defensive affixes, in priority:

1. Life
2. Elemental Resistances (75% on Merciless)
3. Armor

Offensive affixes, in priority:

1. Spell/Cold/Elemental Damage
2. Cast Speed
3. Critical Strike Chance
4. Critical Strike Multiplier

Note: depending on your crit chance, "Critical Strike Multiplier" eventually becomes the best way of scaling the damage.

My Current Gear:

Note: please ignore the currently socketed gems in the gear, refer to the "Gem Setups" section for accurate information.


- Inc. Maximum life
- Inc. Spell/Elemental/Cold/Totem Damage
- Inc. Cast Speed
- Inc. Critical Strike Chance
- Inc. Critical Strike Multiplier


- 1x Seething Divine Life Flasks of Staunching
- 1x Seething Sanctified Mana Flask of Grounding
- 1x Surgeon's Basalt Flask
- 1x Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Warding
- 1x Surgeon's Quicksilver Flask of Heat

Note: Once you get a Rumi's Concoction Flask you should use that instead of the basalt flask.


Required unique items:

Jewel's: 2x Frozen Trail


Recommended unique items:

Weapon: Taryn's Shiver


Chest Armor: Belly of the Beast


Gloves: Wind's of Change


Amulet: The Pandemonius


Flask: Rumi's Concoction



Don't forget to check out the video

FREQUENTLY ADDED AND UPDATED BUILD GUIDES AT: https://www.youtube.com/LiftingNerdBro
Last edited by LiftingNerdBro on Dec 7, 2017 7:01:26 PM
Last bumped on Feb 21, 2018 11:48:45 AM
FREQUENTLY ADDED AND UPDATED BUILD GUIDES AT: https://www.youtube.com/LiftingNerdBro
If you don't have a five link, once you reach maps you can farm a Flora's gift card in a couple minutes (in Jungle Valley map, unless they change where it drops. Unlikely though).

You can then craft some spell damage on that (alt+aug or essence) or +2 cold gems (alt+aug or essence).

Very minor guide edit - the Pandemonius is listed as a gloves, but it is an Amulet. The way to get this is by finding/buying a The Halcyon (which is good, not great) from a Tul breach or by killing the Breachlord Tul, and then using a Blessing of Tul to upgrade it.
Last edited by jolsen26 on Aug 3, 2017 10:42:16 AM
Pastebin for path of Building required :)
looks great and lots of fun..will try this.
quik question is if u can get us the Pastebin for PoB for easy configuration.

thx again
pastebin ?
Hi, sorry if my question is stupid but in the beginning of league how do you get access to the frozen trail? Wait to have it in trade?

Because that seems to be more important for the build and it interests me a lot.

Nice guide. I am tempted to go for this, but with the vendor shop for threshold jewels removed in 3.0 , you can only get one from you quest line, right ? And that means this league starter build might struggle to get where it can afford the second one for a little or what?
Ty for this one lifting, just what i was looking for.
Hey Lifting! Great build and video as always! I am thinking of trying this as my starter.

What would you think of using the new glacial cascade instead of frostbolt? Maybe a more single target focused version? I may give it a try.

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