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[3.22] Explosive Arrow Totem Elementalist (League Starter)

Intro & build description

Explosive arrow totem is a popular league starter choice and this guide is dedicated to the elementalist version. Main advantages of the elementalist are that it has higher damage vs bosses, gets going quicker and has quite decent tankiness overall.

Build Pros

  • Great damage
  • Decent tankiness
  • Does not require expensive items to start out

Build Cons

  • The delay of EA might not be for everyone

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.21] Skill Tree
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Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Shaper of Flames
Labyrinth 2Mastermind of Discord
Labyrinth 3Heart of Destruction
Endgame LabyrinthShaper of Storms

Skill gem setup


Summon Lightning Golem



Cast on Death Support

Body Armor


Vaal Haste

Enlighten Support (LVL4 ideally)

Defiance Banner




Arcanist Brand

Flame Surge


Elemental Weakness



Greater Multiple Projectiles Support

Life Gain on Hit Support

Vaal Molten Shell

2h Weapon

Explosive Arrow

Ballista Totem Support

Awakened Burning Damage Support

Deadly Ailments Support

Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

Empower Support (LVL4 ideally)

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Helmet

Look for rare helmet with fractured life on it.

Use essence to craft reservation efficiency on it by using Deafening Essence of Loathing, ideally together with resistances.

Until you can afford it, use regular rare helmet with high life and resistances.

Body Armour

Rare Body Armour with hunter influence

In the endgame, look for rare hunter-influenced body armor with spell suppression, additional curse and high life.

Until you can get something like that, Tabula Rasa or a regular rare with high life will work just fine.


Rare Gloves

Look for rare gloves with high life, spell suppression and resistance or 2.


Rare Boots

Look for rare boots with at least 70 life, 30% movement speed and 10%+ spell suppression. Resistances on top of that would be great.

Left Ring

Polaric Devastation

Fantastic ring for the build due to its unique mechanics like ailment duration and covering enemies in ash. Use it in the left rings slot, as soon as you can afford it.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

Look for rare ring with high life, chaos and elemental resistance and accuracy (important).


Rare Amulet

Look for rare amulet with +1 to all fire skill gems, 20%+ damage over time multiplier and high life.


Dyadian Dawn

A must-have item for the build – look for one with higher rolled “Ignites you inflict with Attacks Deal Damage x% faster”.


Rare Quiver

On quiver, we look for DoT multiplier with bow skills, attack speed and high life.

2Hand Weapon

Rare Bow

On our bow, mods that we are looking for are:

1) +1 to level of socketed gems
2) +2 to level of socketed support gems
3) At least 500 to accuracy rating
4) Increased attack speed

Bow like that can be crafted by yourself or can be purchased. Until you can afford bow like that, Quill Rain will be a suitable option.


Unique Jewels

For unique jewels, this build uses 2:

1) Lethal Pride – look for Akoya version with 10000 – 11000 roll. Look for “Ignites deal damage x% faster mod”, socket near Savagery.

2) Stormshroud – for elemental ailment avoidance.


Rare Jewel Setup

Look for rare jewels with following mods:

1) Fire damage over multiplier
2) Increased maximum life
3) Damaging ailments deal damage x% faster
4) Other relevant damage or resistance mods if necessary

Build also uses 1 large cluster jewel. On the cluster jewel, look for Martial Prowess and Tempered Arrowheads at the minimum.


Flask Setup

Build uses following flasks:

1) Divine Life flask with instant recovery and bleed removal
2) Divine Mana flask
3) Granite Flask
4) Quartz Flask
5) Quicksilver Flask

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

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