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[3.2] Quad Frostbolt Totem Templar [Hierophant]

Intro & build description

The given build is our version of Lifting’s Quad Frostbolt Totem build in which I attempted to remedy single target problem.
This is great league starter build because it’s very cheap and can quickly farm maps which is crucial when starting out in a new league. It only has 2 required unique items – 2x Frozen Trail jewels to succeed, so it’s easy to gear as your first character.

Build Pros

  • Very cheap, beginner friendly and easy to start
  • Great clearspeed
  • Can do reflect maps much easier than self-cast builds
  • HC Viable

Build Cons

  • Mediocre to low single target damage, so it's not intended for killing bosses

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Skill Tree [117p]


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Pursuit of Faith
Labyrinth 2Ritual of Awakening
Labyrinth 3Illuminated Devotion
Endgame LabyrinthArcane Reverence

Skill gem setup


Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 9)

Immortal Call (LVL 10)

Flame Golem (LVL 10)

Increased Duration Support (Max LVL)

Body Armor


Orb of Storms

Curse on Hit Support

Elemental Weakness Support

Vaal Haste

Increased Duration


Arcane Surge Support (LVL 8)

Lightning Warp

Less Duration Support

Faster Casting Support



Power Charge on Critical Support

Ball Lightning

Frost Bomb

2h Weapon


Spell Totem Support

Faster Casting Support

Controlled Destruction Support

Cold Penetration Support

Increased Critical Strikes Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Eternal Burgonet

Look for white helmet with “15% increased Frostbolt Cast Speed” enchant. Best bet would be to craft it yourself – some life + resistances and you should be alright.

Body Armour

Belly of The Beast

We use Belly of the Beast for it’s defense. It’s also the place where we will have our dual curse setup for bosses.

Coloring it might be a bit tricky as it needs 4 off-color sockets but should be doable using Vorici’s 3B craft as you go longer into the league.

Let me note, that armour doesn’t have to be 6-linked, main thing we use it for is curse setup, so 4 linked blue sockets is basically what we need from it.


Winds of Change

This is fairly inexpensive pair of gloves that give us great boost to damage and projectile speed.

Increased projectile damage goes to 50% on the gloves, so look for higher rolled ones while trying to get the “reduced movement speed” mod with lowest possible roll.


Two-Toned Boots

Look for rare Two-Toned boots with 30% movement speed, as high life and resistances as you can get.

If your resistances are capped, look for any boots with “120% increased Critical Strike Chance if you haven’t Crit Recently” enchantment instead.

Left Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Use this ring slot for a rare Two-Stone ring with as much resistance as you can find. Pair it with life & some mana if you can and you’re good.

Right Ring

Diamond Ring

For this slot use Diamond Ring with as much life and resistances as you can find. Maximum mana is a nice bonus.


The Pandemonius

Great amulet for most cold-based builds. Might be a bit pricey at the beginning of new league until more people are starting to farm breaches.


Stygian Vise / Leather belt

Look for Stygian Vise with high life and resistances and combine it with well rolled abyssal jewel.

Another option would be Leather belt.

2Hand Weapon

Taryn's Shiver

Taryn’s Shiver is the best staff for the build but only if you can 6-link it.

Until you can get 6-Linked Taryn’s, use 6-linked rare staff with +2 to cold gems crafted on it because it’s better than 5-linked Taryn’s.

6-linked normal staff can be obtained by using The Dark Mage divination cards that are usually very cheap when compared to other 6-link divination cards.


Frozen Trail

We need 2x Frozen Trail jewels for this build. They provide us with free extra projectiles without losing any damage.


Rare Jewels

On your rare jewels look for following stats:

1.) Increased maximum life
2.) Increased damage / spell damage / totem damage / elemental damage etc
3.) Increased cast speed
4.) Increased critical strike chance (with cold, elemental skills etc)
5.) Increased critical strike multiplier (with cold, elemental skills etc)
6.) Attributes or resistances if you are lacking


Flask Setup

1.) Instant Recovery Divine life Flask with bleed removal
2.) Instant Recovery Divine life flask with freeze removal
3.) Surgeon’s Quicksilver flask of adrenaline
4.) Atziri’s Promise
5.) Sanctified Mana flask / Lavianga’s Spirit

Getting to Frostbolt:

Until level 28, use Freezing Pulse while leveling Frostbolt. If you can, buy Lifesprig or Reverberation Rod for quicker progress. At level 28 switch to Frostbolt setup and as you level, try to get 5-link and then, naturally a 6-link.

How to deal with tougher bosses:

Drop your Frost Bomb on top of the boss to reduce his cold resistance -> Cast Orb of Storms with curse setup and make sure boss is cursed at all times -> Put down your totems. Make sure you keep your power charges up by casting Ball lightning occasionally and make sure Arcane Surge is up by using Lightning Warp.

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

About gems

Always tries to keep up with the game, its ever-changing mechanisms and explain them in understandable manner.


  1. Hey buddy,

    cheers for that nice, short guide.
    Just one question; What’s the Cold. Pen. Level you’d suggest, since it’s quite Dex. heavy?
    Would you rather get the Dex. via passive nodes / jewls, or threw the items?

    Thanks in advance. 🙂

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