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[2.6] Flameblast Totem Templar – Huge Damage – (Inquisitor)

Intro & build description

You like high damage, huge AoE skills but elemental reflect messes stuff up for you? Well, this build solves this issue for us – when using totems they take reflected damage instead of you. Totem builds are inherently very safe due to the fact that you don’t have to get close to monsters – your totems deal with them. This build is inspired by “Pizza sticks” build that I have played previously and enjoyed very much, hope you do too.

Build Pros

  • Can do every single map mod
  • Huge damage due to the fact that we utilize critical strikes
  • Can do all the endgame content (Shaper, Uber Atziri, Guardians etc)
  • Has huge AoE and great clear speed; bosses also get killed in seconds
  • Perfect starting build in new league
  • Can be done properly even with 0 unique items

Build Cons

  • Some people do not like totem builds, if you do, well, there are no real cons then :)

Passive tree(s)

Passive skill tree


NormalHelp Oak
Cruel Help Alira
Merciless Help Alira

Ascendancy skill points

Labyrinth difficultySkill point choice
Normal labyrinthRighteous Providence
Cruel labyrinth Inevitable Judgement
Merciless labyrinthAugury of Penitence
Uber labyrinthInstruments of Virtue

Skill gem setup


Flame Dash


Faster Casting Support

Lightning Warp

Body Armor

Spell Totem Support


Increased Area of Effect Support

Faster Casting Support

Increased Critical Strikes Support

Controlled Destruction Support


Summon Flame Golem




Ice Spear (LVL 1)

Power Charge on Critical Support (LVL 1)

Faster Casting Support (LVL 11)

Greater Multiple Projectiles (LVL 10)

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Whirling Blades

Blood Magic Support

Faster Attacks Support

Offhand weapon / shield

In other dagger you can level gems for selling, such as Empower, Enlighten & Enhance

Build uniques / Example rare gear

Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade


Hubris Circlet

Primarily look for helm with at least 250 Energy shield, some life (60+) and ideally resistances.

Body Armour

Carcass Jack

Carcass Jack is great chest for the build – it gives us life, energy shield, AoE and damage along with some resists.

Alternative chest could be rare Energy shield chest with at least 500 ES, some life and resistances.


Sorcerer Gloves

Look for Sorcerer gloves with as much ES as possible (at least 160 recommended) coupled with some life and resistances.


Sorcerer Shoes

Look for boots with at least 180 Energy Shield, some life and resistances. Movement speed is a nice bonus but not mandatory as we use Whirling Blades and Flame Dash to move around.

Left Ring

Two-Stone Ring

On rings look for cast speed, life and some resistances. Energy shield and mana regen is a nice bonus but can get expensive.

Opal Ring due to its implicit would be another great choice for base item but it’s quite expensive.

Right Ring

Two-Stone Ring

On rings look for cast speed, life and some resistances. Energy shield and mana regen is a nice bonus but can get expensive.


Turqoise Amulet

On amulet look for cast speed, critical strike chance, critical strike multiplier and life.

Energy Shield, resistances or spell damage are nice bonuses.


Crystal Belt

Ideally you should look for Crystal belt with +to maximum energy shield and at least 65 life. Resistances in combination with ES and Life can get expensive.

At the beginning of league chain belt will work just fine until you can afford Crystal Belt.

1Hand Weapon

Platinum Kris

On your daggers look for increased spell damage, increased critical strike chance for spells and cast speed.

Great affix to have is added damage to spells (ideally fire) but can get expensive in combination with aforementioned mods.

Make sure you choose platinum Kris or Golden Kris base for its implicit.


Platinum Kris

Same options as previously mentioned.



On your jewels mainly look for cast speed, life and energy shield – we already have tons and tons of damage, cast speed will help tremendously with clearspeed.
Extra survivability also is extremely useful for any build.


Flask Setup

1.) Divine Flask with instant recovery and bleed removal is ideal as 1st flask.

2.) Divine Flask with instant recovery and freeze removal.

3.) If you can afford it, get Rumi’s Concoction, if not, get Granite flask with increased armor.

4.) Basalt flask is great defensive option / Silver Flask is great offensive option – choose whichever you feel will help you the most.

5.) Resistance Flask of your choice – curse removal option would be great on your resistance flask.

Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

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  1. Or even better just don’t use life,…. and instead of ice spear an “orb of storms”.

    • gems

      Yes, you can go CI as well, just needs some tree adjustments. The reason we use ice spear is to gain power charges – it has higher base crit chance (7%) than the Orb of Storms (5%).

      • I think orb of storms is better, with PCoC, CoH and temp chains. If you’re using GMP with ice spear (which is probably necessary to generate enough charges), then you don’t get to curse on hit at the same time. With OOS you get both charges and curse at the same time, plus the orb continues to generate charges for you on it’s own after you place it. Temp chains helps alot for both keeping mobs off you and holding them in place so they stay inside the blast zone.

  2. Hi, I’m intrested by your build for starting the 2.6.
    It’s a life base build with ES equipement ? no armour , no eva, only dodging that’s it ?

    • gems

      Hi! Yes, it’s a life and energy shield hybrid build. Due to that fact, build will have very large effective life pool that will prevent oneshots. You will also have 2 instant life recovery flasks if you do get hit by something strong, Granite and Basalt flask combination (that should give you at least 50% physical mitigation when active). On top of that totem builds are inherently very safe to play so you should be good 🙂

  3. Can u update link to skill tree? I dont get it because its not full?

  4. TotemTemplarrito

    Can u update skill tree? its not full

  5. Hi was wondering if you had a leveling build for this i wanna try it for the new league.

    • gems

      Just take a 50/50 mix of damage and defensive skill points, use some leveling uniques and you should be fine. It’s entirely possible to even get to Merciless without allocating like 10 points, leveling uniques are far more important.

  6. Ok, ty.

    Can you tell me wich nodes in the three I have to prioritize ?

    • gems

      In the beginning get some life/mana nodes, Heart of Flame in top of the tree and some AoE nodes, at the beginning it’s really not that important which nodes you prioritize – put bigger focus on leveling uniques. Btw, Firestorm is good skill to use while you get to totems.

  7. Where do you get all the dex for the items? :p

  8. Is this possible to do with 4 link? I’ve always had a problem getting more than 4. I’m not talking endgame content, just wondering if I could make it anywhere without the 6 link. If less than 6 is doable, what order should I prioritize support gems? Thanks

    • gems

      Yep, a lot of builds are doable with just 4 link, this is one of them, although I’d suggest you get 5-link (they should drop in price to few Chaos orbs soon and I think you should be able to afford that). You can see gem priority in the build page, but here you go 🙂

      1.) Spell Totem Support
      2.) Flameblast
      3.) Increased Area of Effect Support
      4.) Faster Casting Support

  9. With tukohama fortress would change the build?

  10. What’s the lightning warp for?

    • gems

      Movement. If Flame Dash is enough you can put whichever gem you’d like there.

      • I see thanks for the response, and I assume that ice spear lvl 1 is to cut down on mana usage just for generating power charges. While whirling blades is extra damage after totems are placed?

        • gems

          Pretty much, however Whirling blades is also more for quick movement, do not use it as damage skill – totems have advantage of being ranged so going into melee range is not advised.

          • Wow ok so flame dash, lightning warp, and whirling blades for movement. That seems like overkill. I’m not the expert though so I’ll give it a go. Thanks

  11. Hi, thanks for the awesome, detailed guide. Just a quick question, do you take elemental overload while leveling and if yes, at what point do you respec out of it? Also, can you explain a little bit more why you chose that particular order of the ascendancy nodes?

    Thanks a bunch glhf

    • gems

      Hi. I personally did take ele overload while I didn’t have any ascendancies but already had some crit chance. I did spec out of it when I started taking crit multiplier nodes and when I got first 4 ascendancy points. Just play around with it when you have some crit, check the damage and how it feels, it only costs 1 point to respec out of it 🙂

  12. Hi. Which weapon you recommend for witch? The same like for inquisitor?

  13. How many Totems does this build account for and is it vital/negligible to get +Totems items?

  14. What should I change if I wanna use chaos inoculation? You just mentined there would be “something” to change
    Are there any cons to it?

  15. Why use controlled destruction when you have righteous providence? Doesn’t that make crit not possible?

  16. Would it be possible to play as a Witch instead of the Templar, or are the Inquisitor Skills that important for this Build to function?

  17. Stupid question (maybe), I am using your build as a basis because I have just started play POE again after 2 years. My question is if you have passive Ancestral Bond, how do you do anything with your Ice Spear? I am so confused and I am sure I am missing something. Please help me out. 🙂

    • gems

      That’s a good question, people have been discussing that before on reddit and forums. Yes, Ancestral Bond renders all of your skills to deal no damage – Ice Spear will not be able to chill/freeze enemies, but it will still be able to crit (however with no damage) and will generate power charges for us.

    • I was questioning myself with this as well.

  18. There’s only 1 Energy shield node and there are few life nodes, the surivability isn’t the highest but why would you want this many ES modifiers on items? wouldn’t it be better to go Armor+Life instead of Hybrid Life ES?

  19. Also why no Immortal Call?

  20. Where do you get the stats in this build?

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