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[3.1] Dual Flame Totem Blood Magic Marauder (Chieftain)

Intro & build description

Not sure what to play in new upcoming league? Look no further, Flame totems will carry you into endgame without any problems. Since totems both deal damage and tank hits from enemies, you are very safe to progress through acts while leveling and starting maps in endgame. Great build to start farming Atziri very early, which can make you huge amounts of currency to invest in this build or to fund next, expensive build.

Build Pros

  • Both Softcore and Hardcore viable
  • Cheap, all you need is 4-link to get started
  • Deals huge amount of damage without any expensive items
  • Very safe, we get around 200% increased maximum life
  • Great league starting build
  • You can easily farm Atziri very early in the league
  • Tanky

Build Cons

  • Totem build, some people don't like the playstyle
  • Clear speed is slower than most skills, but not by much

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Full Build


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Ngamahu Flame's Advance
Labyrinth 2Hinekora Death's Fury
Labyrinth 3Arohongui Moon's Presence
Endgame LabyrinthRamako Sun's Light

Skill gem setup


Cast When Damage Taken Support (9 lvl)

Immortal Call (11 lvl)

Molten Shell (14 lvl)

Increased Duration Support (20 lvl)

Body Armor

Flame Totem

Faster Casting Support

Fire Penetration Support

Controlled Destruction Support

Faster Projectiles Support

Iron Will Support


Cast When Damage Taken Support (4 lvl)

Arctic Breath (7 lvl)

Greater Multiple Projectiles Support (20 lvl)

Chain Support (20 lvl)


Cast When Damage Taken Support (4 lvl)

Temporal Chains (7 lvl)

Summon Flame Golem (6 lvl)

Summon Skeletons (10 lvl)

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Flame Dash


Faster Casting Support

Offhand weapon / shield

Vaal Haste

Increased Duration Support

Arctic Armour (Unlinked)

Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Eternal Burgonet

Find helm with highest possible life and resistances, nothing extreme here.

Body Armour

Infernal Mantle

Very common and cheap chest piece while providing huge damage. Go with any armour chest till you find or buy one.


Winds of Change

Great gloves to have, they increase damage and projectile speed which increases clears speed immensely.


Titan Greaves

Generic movement speed boots with life and resistances. Try to get pair with 30% MS since gloves are reducing our MS by 10%.

Left Ring

Two-Stone Ring

High life,increased rarity of items found and some resistances. If resistances are already capped, cast speed on rings are sweet too.

Right Ring

Two-Stone Ring

High life, some resistances and stats for support gems if you are lacking.


Turquoise Amulet

Look for amulet with some spell damage, life and resistances. Build is very flexible, if you are capped, get cast speed or increased fire damage.


Leather Belt

Very easy to find and they tend to be very cheap since we don’t have to look for anything specific. Your basic belt with 100+ life and pair it with 70+ resistances.

1Hand Weapon

Apep's Rage

Great wand to have for endgame, chaos damage is really strong on flame totems. Any rare wand with spell damage and cast speed will do just fine till you find or buy Apep’s Rage.


Lioneye's Remorse

You don’t have to go with Lioneye’s Remorse, if you are lacking resistances – use any rare shield with high life and resistances.


Clear Mind

Since we are going Blood Magic with this build, this jewel is just insane for the build. Huge damage increase.


Cobalt Jewel

Stat priority on jewels:

  1. Increased spell damage
  2. Increased maximum life
  3. Increased cast speed
  4. Increased fire damage


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

About prime

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  1. Hey, cool build. I haven’t played this game in like a year or so, was just wondering if you could give me an idea on when to get blood magic/ any recommendations on skill tree progression. Thanks 😀

  2. Hey, do you think you could make a leveling skill tree. I am a new player and I have no idea what nodes to go for first. Other than that, awesome guide!

  3. Do you aim for dual curse anywhere in this build? i guess the temp chains is more of a defensive thing and you just manually cast flam when needed?

  4. After playing a bit more, I have another quick question. Where in the heck do you get all your int from? Also for the 4 link, is the best setup the first 4 gems listed from top to bottom in your list?

    • The four link should be from the chest armour piece. But what would I know xD

    • There’s plenty of intelligence on the tree for this build. While you are leveling and getting stats on gear, I suggest you take Ancestral knowledge node (+30 to intelligence) and later when you have required intelligence from gear and tree, just refund that skillpoint and put it somewhere else.

  5. What skill are you leveling with until you can use Flame Totem at 31?

    • It doesn’t actually matter a lot, pick which one you like the best. Good way to level is to buy Limbsplit for 1c max and just use some melee skills to level, you should be able to get to lvl 31 and then switch to totems.

  6. I’m kinda a noob…. just wondering where you get your 2nd totem from ?

  7. Why not use Tukohama’s Fortress in offhand?

    • You can, but that is luxury most players will not be able to afford, especially in temporary leagues – if you have it, feel free to use it.

  8. Hey hey! I’ve been using this build for the last couple of days and really having fun. Thanks!

    I have a question regarding gem usage while leveling. I have Solaris Lorica Copper Plate at the moment with 2 red, 1 blue and 1 green sockets, all linked. I am using Totem, Iron Will and Faster Projectiles on it, but I dont know what to use on blue socket for now; any idea?

    I’m using Controlled Destruction for now, since it gives more dps at the moment.

  9. How do you reach the INT requirement for Apep?

  10. Guys, Skin of the Loyal looks so much stronger on this build than infernal mantle !

    +1 to all the gems (so great benefit if we put Empower instead if Iron will)

    Its a lot cheaper than a 6l infernal mantle which basically doesnt exist, as the item is not valuable enough to invest so much currency in (i think ?)

    Yes it requires the right sockets, but i bought mine 37c with the right sockets (3 red, 2 blue, one green), so nothing crazy !

    And the 100 % increased global defences is also very nice, personnally bumped my armor by 4000. 🙂

  11. What’s your priority for quality gems? Where should I be dumping my GCPs first.

    • Don’t use GCPs on gems that don’t already have at least 17% quality. It’s miles cheaper to level gem to lvl20 and do the quality recipe where gem is returned lvl1 with 20% quality. You can level it up to 18 in one day after that.
      Another way is to buy 20% gems, those are very cheap right now, only a few chaoses.

  12. I’m almost done with gearing based on your suffestions, only Infernal Mantle left to buy. What route do you think I should go after that? Do you have some suggestions to “upgrade” the equipment after that? I’m still new to the game, and it would be cool if you could point me out some BiS items. Thanks in advance.

    • BiS items would get veeeery expensive but mostly they would be just better rares – Opal Rings with increased fire damage, Life, cast speed (Essence crafts), Amulet with %spell damage, %fire damage and %cast speed (maybe well rolled talisman with %spell damage implicit). Potentially anything that has %increased spell damage or %increased fire damage could be an upgrade when coupled with life and cast speed (if possible on given gear piece).

  13. Thanks for the build, I’m using it right now. One question tho, is there any reason why I should stop leveling some gems? for example, the helmet ones? they all use strenght…

    • You should stop because when you level Cast When Damage Taken, it requires more and more damage taken to trigger – these levels are the sweetspot.

  14. justanordinaryman

    what about the flasks (i think dying sun will be BiS but what about the other flasks)

  15. Any good potions for this build?

  16. When will I be able to summon 2 flame totems?

  17. What should be the priority after finishing the core build? I mean, after getting extra levels should I keep putting my passive points in HP nodes, or go for damage?

  18. At level 80 what should be a decent amount of DPS? I feel like I am low at about 14K.

  19. Hi,

    thank you for the great build.
    I understand why dont max the gem “Cast When Damage Taken Support” (9 lvl)

    But what about following, what is there the reason?
    Immortal Call (11 lvl)
    Molten Shell (14 lvl)
    Increased Duration Support (20 lvl)

    • Those are maximum levels you can have on gems that are supported with lvl 9 Cast when Damage Taken for them to trigger. It doesn’t apply to Inc. Duration so you can level that to lvl20.

  20. OK my Character’s tabs were hidden. They should be available now.


  21. https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Targwyn/characters

    Here is my character.. im level 77.. DPS is currently a smidge under 10k…

    Been farming Dried Plains gathering maps ready to push on to the next part of the game.. This is my first character and its been a great intro to the game i think.. really enjoying it..

    Still missing a few pieces of the kit and a few nodes on the path but feel im going okish.. just trying to gather the currency to get those last pieces of eq…

    Just wondering if there are any tips as to what I should be looking at for my character next…

  22. If i can only get 4 links on my chest… which gems should i use?

  23. Having Vaal Haste in the offhand slot does not allow it to gain souls.
    Is there a way around this?

  24. Hey Gems,

    is it possible to update the suggestion for Gear?
    That you make more suggestions for the items that are very expensive, expensive, cheap.
    It would also help if you can suggest “orange” items which can be exactly buyed. E.g. there are a helm and a belt which increase fire damage but i dont know the name.

    Armor 1.) 6L Infernal
    Armor 2.) 5L Infernal
    Armor 3.) Tabu Larasa

    Shield 1.) The one with +1 Totem
    Shield 2.) Lioneye’s Remorse
    Shield 3.) ….

  25. Quick question: Could taming and emberwake work with this build? I have altered it a bit and am currently using two apeps but would swtich to one apep and shield if i used emberwake and taming. I am trying to figure out if the two rings are worth purchasing. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks. 🙂

    • Personally I have never used that ring, so it’s really hard to tell but you could give it a shot and tell how it goes 🙂

  26. First Thanks for that great build, but im missing a few things here.
    what enchant from uberlab would be the best here ? Helm gloves boots i think ( new player btw).
    What flasks should i buy ?
    can maybe someone post a endgame gear ?
    im lvl 87 and i deal 13.5k dps with 6.5 Hp. It was enough for uberlab

    • Uber lab enchant with Flame totem damage is great, for boots and gloves is not that important, pick something that you think you lack the most.
      For endgame gear – look for rings and amulet upgrade.

  27. How much HP should i have around level 80 i have that feel i wont get good amount of hp because infernal mantle

  28. on the chest, theirs no lvls next to the gems, how come?? what lvls should they be? does that mean their at 0?? ty.

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