[3.12] ⚡Velyna's LowLife Storm Brand⚡7m DPS | Leaguestart Section | Guardian | All Content






3.12 Heist Updates

Build is unchanged and ready for Heist.


Tons of damage and the ability to hit while moving make brands a strong build choice. This guide finishes as LowLife but can be started at any budget or even in a fresh league. Easily capable of all content with modest investment and it just gets better from there, this build is perfect for upgrading slowly over the course of a league to hit insane numbers.

Path of Building: Leaguestart/Pre-LL | Midrange | Endgame | Literal God

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1. Introduction

1.1. Why brands?

Brands offer a highly mobile and therefore very safe playstyle, it's basically like a little totem that sticks to things and can't be killed. Along with the changes in 3.11 and addition of Swiftbrand support, storm brand had its damage increased and I'm enjoying the more active playstyle. It's also a fantastic levelling skill.

1.2. Pros/Cons
Pros
  • Smooth levelling: We use storm brand all the way through into endgame and the power curve feels great. In addition to being strong, it's an insanely fast skill for levelling with its drop and go playstyle.
  • Big scaling: We have tons of options to boost DPS, with all the aura's we run and the ability to scale them our potential is massive. This is a fantastic build to work on over time.
  • Safety: The playstyle of brands offers superior mobility compared to most other skills. We can spend our time focusing on staying alive.

Cons
  • Ramping: This build can take some investment to comfortably steamroll high tier maps, and may have low boss dps when starting out. Can end up being expensive, as many LowLife builds are. Will feel fantastic with the investment though.
  • Not immortal: We don't have fortify or a massive health pool, you need to use your mobility well and not take oneshot hits.

1.3. HC/SSF/Leaguestart Viable?

This can be leaguestarted in softcore, I have no idea if it's hardcore viable but imagine it is with decent gear.

SSF seems pretty hard and would require some big brain adjustments depending on gear.

1.4. Upgraded PoB
Installer

This version is updated faster and has extra features. The PoB links in the guide all use this and there might be differences from the standard one.

Uninstall PoB before installing this or you might get errors.

1.5. FAQ
-Why am I dying in phys reflect maps?-
Wave of conviction deals phys damage and will give issues in reflect maps, you can either swap to frost bomb or remove wave for those maps.

1.6. Thanks
-Arkaynan-
Theorycrafting mastermind and handsome gentleman.





2. Leveling

This will show what I used and how I specced while levelling a simulated leaguestart. We go life and armour at first while gathering gear for LL, if you have gear already feel free to skip this section and level however you want. I had a very easy time through the acts following this path.

Act 1

---Attack---

---Misc---

---Movement---

Storm brand is available near the end of this act, before that I used freezing pulse. Dont level your arcane surge gem because brands have a low mana cost.

The town vendors will often have 2 and 3 link blue socket wands for you to buy so check back every level. Flame totem + added lightning helps a lot with our single target dps.


Act 2

--Attack--

---Recall---

---Aura/Misc---

---Movement---

We pick up herald of lightning in this act plus 2 very strong supports. You can also start levelling herald of ice in a weapon swap at this point.

Act 3

---Attack---

---Recall---

---Aura---

---Movement---


We can get life leech in this act, to link with either storm brand or our herald for some sustain. I had it linked to the herald. When you run first lab put the first 2 ascend points in Harmony of Purpose.



Act 4-6

---Attack---

---Recall---

---Aura---

---CWDT---

---Movement---

Adding a CWDT setup in act 4 gives us some defense. Make sure your buying all the aura's needed later to level now as it really helps smooth the LL swap.

When you run second lab take Radiant Crusade, make sure you set up the CWDT+golem so you get the 10% more damage from it.


Act 7-10


The third and fourth lab runs can wait until getting through acts, they dont benefit us much before going LL anyway.

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3. Gear

I'm going to do this a bit different from my other guides and break the gearing section down into phases. LowLife can be confusing so hopefully this lays out the upgrade path. I leaguestarted this build in Harvest doing exactly what's shown here and it went very smoothly.

The first phase can be skipped if you have gear ready. If not just follow the levelling section above then jump into phase 1.

Phase 1: Leaguestart (Before LowLife)

At first we're going to use armour+life gear with a bit of ES, buying Cerberus Limb + Lioneyes Remorse makes this phase of the build feel a lot better so I highly recommend it if you need to farm for awhile. They should both be fairly cheap and you can use the limb after going LowLife. We don't have leech without it, although leech support could be used in a 5 or 6 link.

Make sure you follow the leaguestart tree as its very different from the LL one.

Phase 2: Midrange (LowLife Transition)

You need the chest, shield and probably necklace before jumping into LowLife. This will be a large respec from life to ES nodes, and we finally care about the last 2 labs ascend points so do them if you haven't yet. We get stun immune from necklace but you need a freeze flask until getting crafted boots.

Phase 3: Endgame (Scaling DPS)

Helmet

Hubris with "-9% to Cold Resistance" plus whatever resists you need and as much ES as possible. If you can afford it, buy or craft one with a lab enchant.

Gloves

Gloves are flexible, anything with ES and/or resists is fine. You get a ton of DPS from the curse on hit surgebinders but ES will suffer, it's up to you.

Chest

We're pretty much locked into shavs for this slot.

If you have the budget, grab one corrupted with damage or max resistance then bench color it with vaal+chromatics. Increased ES or +1 gems are good options also.

Boots

High movespeed + resists and Cannot Be Frozen are more important than ES here.

The chaos resist is a luxury.

Jewellery

Presence of Chayula: Remember that once you anoint Tranquility, the helmet from our previous phase loses most of its value. Crown of the Inward Eye should be replaced around the same time you change anoints.

Call of the Brotherhood: Make sure to stack elemental catalysts here for full conversion, if your bored and rich you can catalyst then corrupt to hit cant be ignited or something else juicy.

Belt

Crystal belt with high ES and ideally armour, plus resists. High STR on belt can save one point on the tree which is fantastic. Either defense or resist catalysts can be used to get more from this slot.

Jewels

Watchers Eye: Hatred+Zealotry penetration is probably top dps here, but we have tons of auras and therefore flexibility.

Transcendent Flesh: This jewel gives a very high amount of damage and usually isn't too expensive. We have such a perfect spot it's hard to imagine putting anything else there.

Energy from Within: Gives a lot of ES, and it's a fantastic place for minus reservation corrupt later.

Cluster Jewels

  • Large: There are a few options, I like this combination because it gives me leech plus some straight damage. Leech can be gotten elsewhere so feel free to experiment.
  • Medium: Brand Loyalty increases our single target, and we also pick up some duration. Holy Conquest is optional but I prefer how the build feels with it.
  • Small: Probably not used until a very high level. We can grab armour, max res, ES or a few other things here plus some resists.


Weapon

There's lots of options here, generally we want:

  • +1 Lightning/Spell Gems
  • Spell Damage
  • Crit Chance for spells/Crit Multi
  • Cast Speed
  • Flat lightning to spells
  • Suffix open for "trigger socketed spell"

Shield

If you can afford it, get a +2 AOE or Aura gem corrupt.

Flasks

Atziris Promise: Super cheap, super useful. Damage and defense together means we get a lot of mileage out of this flask

Bottled Faith: Crazy damage boost if you can afford it.

Wise Oak: Fantastic DPS when cold resist is highest. You can use this instead of bottled faith if money is tight, or instead of sprint flask.

Utility: We want to get freeze and bleed immune here, probably on diamond and silver flasks. The quicksilver is optional, put anything you want here.


Phase 4: Literal God

With a crafted helmet and 2 corrupted jewels we can add spider aspect to the build. By using Fenumus' Weave we gain an easy source of ele weakness on hit. This can get expensive because you will probably want a corrupted blood jewel as well, so the only real choices are transcendent flesh and energy from within.





4. Misc

4.1 Ascend
  • Harmony of Purpose
  • Radiant Crusade
  • Radiant Faith
  • Unwavering Faith

Harmony of Purpose is fantastic and should be first always, Radiant Crusade comes second to help us balance resists and give a 10% more multiplier when we have golem out.

The other 4 points only become good after switching to LowLife so don't stress about them.

4.2 Bandit

Alira gives us 3 things we like a lot so we help her.

4.3 Pantheon

Major: Solaris or Lunaris

Minor: Gruthkul

This is my standard setup, feel free to run whatever you want.
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Last edited by Velyna on Jul 16, 2020, 12:55:00 AM
This may be exactly what I was looking for for a friend of mine. She's only into casters, but wants something tanky and inexpensive.. She rips too much, I was thinking inquisitor but this may fit her better in late game
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Rakie1337 wrote:
This may be exactly what I was looking for for a friend of mine. She's only into casters, but wants something tanky and inexpensive.. She rips too much, I was thinking inquisitor but this may fit her better in late game


Brands + guardian makes for a very safe playstyle compared to other casters, I'm playing this as a leaguestart in harvest right now and did Sirus 8 deathless a few days ago. As for price I would say its a medium price tag to get started, and skies the limit for upgrading.
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Interested to see what this can do with a bit of investment, DPS seems solid.
Oh man thank you for that, I was really wanting to play a Guardian for some reason but I all builds I could find were either aurabots or heralds.
Pretty shitty drops this league despite sinking over 200 hours only got a single ex so I'm pretty scared of LL but let's do this.
Im fallowing your build on console. I have to say im having a real blast so far. Iv never played guardian. Thx for posting this build.
Im fallowing your build on console. I have to say im having a real blast so far. Iv never played guardian. Thx for posting this build.
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werchiel wrote:
Oh man thank you for that, I was really wanting to play a Guardian for some reason but I all builds I could find were either aurabots or heralds.
Pretty shitty drops this league despite sinking over 200 hours only got a single ex so I'm pretty scared of LL but let's do this.


LowLife can be expensive and/or intimidating for sure, working on some changes to the guide that should help with the process of transitioning into LL and gearing up.

A linked shavs is the main expensive thing at first, every other piece in the Midrange PoB should be affordable.

GL!
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Last edited by Velyna on Jul 7, 2020, 7:59:23 PM
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gloryous1987 wrote:
Im fallowing your build on console. I have to say im having a real blast so far. Iv never played guardian. Thx for posting this build.


Nice man glad to hear you're enjoying it!
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