[3.11] VOLATILE / DETONATE DEAD HIEROPHANT Build. 10000+ ES, Not-a-Harold. + VIDEO GUIDE!

Few years ago there was a powerful build used on Hardcore: a Poet’s Pen Volatile Dead Hierophant. Tanky dude with massive spell leech, 8k life and a lot of endurance charges..I memorized the build and wanted to try and recreate it with the Spellslinger support, as VD is surprisingly popular once again.
Another reason for this build is that i ALMOST created a VD Inquisitor build back in the day, but could not defeat Uber Elder and after several nerfs to Volatile Dead i gave up and ended up with a lot of “dead” footage. Not that i wanted to reuse it, but i wanted to bring back the whole idea of using Volatile Dead and Templar as well.
On top of Volatile Dead, there is a DETONATE DEAD as well, which does 50% more damage than VD and really really help melting massive packs and bosses as well.
The result was actually great and even though it was not AS TANKY as before, because of the nerfed Warlord’s Mark and leech in general, it still works and I finished all content including Sirus 8.

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VIDEO BUILD/GUIDE:
https://youtu.be/_VXUtu4JL9o
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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/volatile-detonate-dead-hierophant-path-of-exile-build/
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V 1.1 UPDATE (01/07/2020)
-added new PoB for 3.11
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How does it work, in general?
Spellslinger support triggers all supported skills when you ATTACK A PROJECTILE from a WAND. Not many good projectile wand attacks out there, with Frenzy being one of the best. In order to trigger skills, Spellslinger support reserves the amount of mana used by the skills attached, multiplied by the other supports.
Spellslinger is attached to both Desecrate and Volatile Dead / Detonate Dead here, so when you fire Frenzy, spellslinger triggers both 3 skills at a time, creating corpses and spawning Volatiles / exploding DD.
Frenzy also gathers Inspiration charges for VD/DD.
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1) PROS
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+pretty tanky and fast
+really massive cool AOE
+HOMING BALLS OF NAPALM DESTROY EVERYTHING
+5-7 endurance charges
+ez Power Charges 100%
+overall good build for everything, including delve.

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2) CONS
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-pretty expensive to max-out (30-50ex+)
-probably not as tanky as high block Necromancer
- ~10% less damage than Necromancer

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
For the levelling tree please watch the video guide or check PoB!
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Path of building:https://pastebin.com/Czvf8LQJ
For Ascendancy: Conviction of Power, Divine Guidance, Sanctuary of Thought, Illuminated Devotion
Bandits: Kill All

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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Levelling is a very standard spellcaster.
2x Axioms are cheap great weapons for added spell damage.
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Axiom_Perpetuum
As well as
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Lifesprig
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Abberath%27s_Horn
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Storm_Prison
Later you can start buying any +1 to all Fire Spell Skills Gems / high Spell Damage wands with lowest level requirement possible.


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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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Overall a standard low-life build with Shavronne’s Wrappings. You might be playing a life/hybrid of CI till you get Shav’s AND Prism Guardian.
Death’s Door boots are fantastic option for this build with only 1 problem = duration of ailments. And this is longer FREEZES too, which can lead to way more deaths. This is why it’s only starter boots. Cannot be Frozen with + Endurance Charge is BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME.
Memory Vault is also a fantastic helmet which can give you a tonn of Armour as well. Highly recommended until you will be flexible enough to spend currency on high DPS Crown of the Inward Eye.
For Uber Lab enchant:
Skills Supported by Spellslinger have 30% increased Cooldown Recovery Speed (makes triggering really smooth) / Volatile Dead 40% Damage / Volatile Dead Consumes 1 Additional Corpse
Volatile Dead/Detonate Dead 5L: VD-DD-Spellslinger-Spell.Cascade-Inspiration
Volatile Dead/Detonate Dead 6L: VD-DD-Spellslinger-Spell.Cascade-Inspiration-Combustion
Replace normal gems with awakened versions if you have the currency.
Keep in mind GEMS ARE BALANCED HERE for Spellslinger support, because it reserves the mana cost. If, for example you will use Energy Leech instead of Combustion, you will have no mana left to cast anything :)
JEWELS: Fire Damage to Spells, Global Crit Multi, Energy Shield, Fire Damage to Spells while holding a Shield. 1 Corrupted Blood for Sirus fight.

Watcher’s Eye: Anger / Zealotry / Clarity.


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6) Flasks
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Bottled Faith is the most expensive one and gives the most damage of cause.

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7) Pantheon Gods
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Major: Arakaali
Minor: Gruthkul

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8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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It depends on the league. For Delirium i didn’t not feel very tanky, even with 10000 ES.

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9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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+2 +1 Shavronne’s Wrappings (150-250EX)
+2 Shavronne’s Wrappings (15-20EX) (around 10% more damage than just basic Shav)
Triple mod Watcher’s Eye with Clarity = 70-100 ex

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MORE VIDEOS:

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FAQ
1) Why not Necromancer?
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NOT A METACUCK THAT’S WHY
Seriously, as i described above, i had a build in mind and i wanted to create Templar for a reason.

2) What’s the difference with a Necromancer?
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With Necro you will have around 10-15% more damage and 15% less ES. You also need to invest into block. Necro is also way faster because of attack speed buffs.

3) How expensive is that?
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Rings are 5-10 ex each. Watcher’s eye.. Depends… 10-40 ex. Crown with the Spellslinger enchant was insanely overpriced in Delirium (20 ex).

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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Jul 1, 2020, 3:30:30 PM
Last bumped on Aug 6, 2020, 5:38:55 AM
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