[3.10] SIEGE BALLISTA HIEROPHANT Build v1.1 > Iron Commander & 15 Ballistas! CHEAP LEAGUE STARTER!

Ballistas were changed a lot in 3.9. +2 totems now + more on the tree, +2 two completely new skills gems + reworked Ranged Attack Totem Support.
In metamorph i really wanted to try Ballistas as a League Starter and later decide which ones are better now. Well, it appears that the classic Iron Commander Siege Ballista build is still one of the best, if not the ABSOLUTELY best “RAT” possible.
I’ve explored different possibilities, added some cool tricks and juiced up the build to the max here. Would definitely recommend for all content, a league starter and a valid all-around totem experience.
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VIDEO BUILD/GUIDE V1.1 UPDATE: https://youtu.be/0S2G3FQeRbE
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V 1.2 Update (12/03/2020):
-POBs. No real changes
V 1.1 Update (15/01/2020):
-POB updated with better tree, thanx to EmperorIzaro
-video update 1.1
-removed Lioneyes Fall and Transendent Flesh from gear section (no other gear changes). So the build is WAY cheaper to league start now.
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How does it work, in general?
Iron Commander gives +1 totem per 200 dexterity and stacks added physical attack damage per 25 dexterity, so the goal is to stack it as much as possible.
At the same time different uniques give us life and quality of life. High evasion is the most important defense. Yes, just DON’T GET HIT.
Plant an army of Ballistas, run around. Things die.
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1) PROS
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+Can do all content
+Cheap and great league starter
+20000+ evasion
+offscreen boss kills / metamorphs
+15% life regen per second
+needs only 1 six-link
+can do Hall of the Grandmasters

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2) CONS
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-oneshots do happen but i would NOT consider this build squishy
-chaos resistance is very problematical

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
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Path of building:
https://pastebin.com/NVsVNNiF
For Ascendancy: Pursuit of Faith, Ritual of Awakening, Conviction of Power, Divine Guidance
Bandits:Alira

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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Axioms/Lifesprigs (because you will play Holy Flame Totem for a while) Goldrim, Tabula, Lochtonial Caress, Wanderlust.
(standard totem gear)
Start with Holy Flame Totem + Added Cold Damage + Added Fire. This will carry you hard till the actual Siege Ballista.
Here comes a standard "bow attacks" levelling gear






Don’t forget to buy cheap FIVE LINK chest for 1 chaos early on!

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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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Place Lioneye's Fall under the Staff wheel next to Resolute Technique.
For Uber Lab enchant: Siege Ballista Deals 40% Increased Damage

Siege Ballista 5L: Siege.Ballista-Added.Cold-Ele.Damage.with.Attacks-Hypothermia-Damage.on.Full.Life.
Siege Ballista 6L: Siege.Ballista-Added.Cold-Ele.Damage.with.Attacks-Hypothermia-Damage.on.Full.Life-Cold.Penetration
5L Curses: Frenzy-Curse.on.Hit-Pierce-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Projectile.Weakness
6L Curses: Frenzy-AWAKENED. Curse.on.Hit.(lvl.5!)-Pierce-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Projectile.Weakness-Frostbite
For the gear i would prioritize:
1) Tabula Rasa and any levelling gear (any bow if you want to start with bows, Silverbranch for example)
2) lvl.5: Karui Ward
3) lvl.9: 6L Briskwrap is worth 1 divine now!
4) lvl.10: Hyrri's Bite (you won’t get Siege Ballista till level 12)
5) lvl.20: Berek's Pass (insane damage early on!)
6) lvl.20: Astramentis (would be very expensive at league start!)
7) lvl.25: Prismweave
8) lvl.32: Sacrificial Heart
9) lvl.32: Iron Commander
10) lvl.45: Hyrri’s Demise
11) lvl.62: Garukhan’s Flight + Fractal Thoughts
12) lvl.57: 6L Wildwrap (can upgrade Briskwrap through prophecy)
13) lvl.65: Hyrri’s Ire (if Dex over 1700+ then Wildwrap is better)
14) lvl.68: Cyclopean Coil

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6) Flasks
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7) Pantheon Gods
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Major: Arakaali
Minor: Shakari

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8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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Not viable because of low HP pool

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9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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Corrupted Chests and weapon, GG corrupted jewels.

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MORE VIDEOS:
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A8 Sirus
https://youtu.be/OnB0Qi4jvSk
A8 T16 Vaal Temple
https://youtu.be/bNlU9MD3Zw4
Uber Atziri A8 Deathless
https://youtu.be/r6IV3SLIImA
Uber Elder A8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03fH5trwqwI
Red Elder AFK
https://youtu.be/u7coVPy848o
First Shaper Attempt Deathless A7
https://youtu.be/ZiyvZ2mmOz8
T16 Chimera
https://youtu.be/vhbyJYWST1c
Sirus A1
https://youtu.be/X98fSuG6PO8
Juiced up T14 Orchard (Speed and Sustain Demo)
https://youtu.be/4RzTyJ3eu1I
Hall of the Grandmasters
https://youtu.be/f2kXS-R7VmY

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FAQ
1) What about going Raider of Scion?
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Theoretically Raider gives the most damage per totem, but the quality of life that Hiero gives is impossible to beat. Same for Scion. Not great not terrible, just not AS GOOD.

2) Can i get more dexterity, like 2000+?
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You surely can, by travelling to the far Ranger areas and taking more jewels. But i found it not necessary as it does not give more damage per totem. As far as HP = it will give more HP, but not SO MUCH to consider it a worthy addition. You will still die to one-shots as you will never be able to go over 6k life even with all dex on the tree. I consider 1800 to be a sweet spot

3) What is better, Wildwrap or Hyrri's Ire?
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With 1700+ dex, Wildwrap is better, especially if you are lacking resists.
Overall they are just different. Hyrri gives WAY more evasion and 10% dodge. Wildwrap gives up to 40% cold resistance and movement speed, as well as WAY easier to reach 1800+ dex. Damage-wise they are practically identical. The biggest difference is the PRICE!
Wildwrap can be acquired very cheaply in a few steps:
1) get a 6L Briskwrap with high cold resistance
2) get https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Last_of_the_Wildmen
3) Go to Strand map, kill boss
4) you have 6L Wildwrap
Overall i would still recommend Hyrri for a huge evasion boost. Damage difference would be about 3-5%.
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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Mar 12, 2020, 12:00:10 PM
Last bumped on May 12, 2020, 2:19:03 PM
Having played this build for most of the month already, I can't say enough about how great it is. It can be a bit rippy if you're not careful, but once you get used to it, it's very solid. Love having your guide to help work out some of my own decisions and make this build much better than I would have done alone!
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Bystrick wrote:
Having played this build for most of the month already, I can't say enough about how great it is. It can be a bit rippy if you're not careful, but once you get used to it, it's very solid. Love having your guide to help work out some of my own decisions and make this build much better than I would have done alone!

Sweet, my friend!!
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Sup angry just started this build seen you on stream destroying content lets hope i do the same.btw on your set up you said 5link twice on actualy gear not 5 and 6 links just thought mention it
Last edited by Bezmageddon on Jan 6, 2020, 4:50:10 PM
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Bezmageddon wrote:
Sup angry just started this build seen you on stream destroying content lets hope i do the same.btw on your set up you said 5link twice on actualy gear not 5 and 6 links just thought mention it

Hey Bez!
Yeah only 1 6L for siege and the other can be 4-6l
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Skitterbots instead Hatred?

P.S. If use Skitterbots, i dont need add cold gem? Free slot?
Last edited by Atermoon on Jan 8, 2020, 5:36:24 AM
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Atermoon wrote:
Skitterbots instead Hatred?

P.S. If use Skitterbots, i dont need add cold gem? Free slot?

hatred is better
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Hi there! I'm also playing this build, although my tree is different. I think it's more efficient? Thought I'd share, so you can see if it works better.

http://poeurl.com/cH24

(Scion Start node + "Pure Talent" jewel is +25 all attributes.)

I use Sign of Purpose because "Enemies take 10% increased damage for each of your brands attached to them." And use armageddon brand with cwdt.

Also thank you for making the guide! I forgot I could use damage on full life. Your curse setup is better too.
Last edited by EmperorIzaro on Jan 8, 2020, 7:24:40 AM
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EmperorIzaro wrote:
Hi there! I'm also playing this build, although my tree is different. I think it's more efficient? Thought I'd share, so you can see if it works better.

http://poeurl.com/cH24

(Scion Start node + "Pure Talent" jewel is +25 all attributes.)

I use Sign of Purpose because "Enemies take 10% increased damage for each of your brands attached to them." And use armageddon brand with cwdt.

Also thank you for making the guide! I forgot I could use damage on full life. Your curse setup is better too.

Hi there! yeah that's what most people use on the poe.ninja. But it's less dps
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