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[3.22] Detonate Dead Ignite Elementalist (League Starter)

Intro & build description

Detonate dead elementalist is still one of the best league starters in 3.22 Trial of The Ancestors. This is a 2-button build: you use desecrate to spawn corpses and detonate dead to, well, detonate them. Despite this, the build has very solid map clear and boss damage and if you are looking for an all-arounder, this is the build for you.

Build Pros

  • With some investment, can do all the content game has to offer
  • Good map clear
  • Works really well even with basic gear and doesn't require expensive uniques
  • Quite tanky with more than 6k life and 90% physical damage reduction

Build Cons

  • 2-button builds might not be for everyone

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Full Build
PoB - Early Mapping
PoB - Endgame


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 LabyrinthBastion of Elements

Skill gem setup





Enlighten Support (As high level as you can get)

Body Armor

Vaal Detonate Dead

Awakened Swift Affliction

Awakened Unbound Ailments

Cruelty Support

Ignite Proliferation Support

Awakened Burning Damage Support


Arcanist Brand


Elemental Weakness

Flame Surge


Vaal Molten Shell (LVL 11)

Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 3)

Faster Attacks Support (LVL 20)

Shield Charge (LVL 20)

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Divine Blessing Support


Defiance Banner

Offhand weapon / shield

Flame Dash


Spell Cascade Support

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


Rare Helmet

Look for rare helmet with increased mana reservation efficiency of skills explicit. Also craft it as an implicit (by using elderslayer embers & ichor).

Other mods to look for are standard – high life and resistances.

As for the lab enchant, “Detonate Dead has a 45% chance to detonate an additional corpse” is the one we need.

Body Armour

Rare Body Armour

Look for simple rare body armour with high life and resistances. Spell suppressions is a good mod to have as well.


Rare Gloves

Look for rare gloves with at least 70 life, high resistances and spell suppression.

Get fire exposure implicit as soon as possible.


Rare Boots

Look for rare boots with at least 70 life, some resistances, 30% movement speed and spell suppression.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

Look for rare ring with high life, resistances, +1 to minimum endurance charges and chance to gain an endurance charge on kill.

Right Ring

Replica Emberwake

Great ring for many ignite builds, due to ignites dealing damage faster, which is essentially a multiplier for ignite builds.

Until you can get this ring, Pyre is a great alternative.


Rare Amulet

On amulet, look for damage over time multiplier + fire damage over time multiplier mods. Pair these 2 mods with life and resistances and you have a solid endgame amulet.


Rare Stygian Vise with Hunter Influence

Look for rare stygian vise with at least 80 life, % increased maximum life hunter mod and some resistances.

1Hand Weapon

Rare Oscillating Sceptre

Look for Oscillating Sceptre as your endgame base for weapon. In terms of mods, look for damage over time or fire damage over time multiplier, high spell / fire damage.


Rare Shield

Look for rare evasion-based shield with high life, spell suppression and +2% to maximum resistances.


Jewel Setup

Build uses 3 unique jewels and 1 rare.

On the rare abyss jewel, look for “Chance to avoid being shocked”, life, resistances / attributes if you need them.

Unique jewels that the build uses are:

1) Militant Faith – Look for elementel damage per devotion + effect of non-cure auras per devotion.
2) Stormshroud – used to avoid elemental ailments.
3) Careful planning – for attributes.


Flask Setup

Build uses following flasks:

1) Divine life flask with bleed removal
2) Quartz flask
3) Quicksilver flask
4) Granite flask
5) Taste of Hate

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

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