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[3.5] Ngamahu’s Flame Cyclone Marauder (Chieftain)

Intro & build description

After 3.2, Chieftain ascendancy changes made Ngamahu’s Flame synergize extremely well with the Chieftain ascendancy. By choosing Chieftain ascendancy, we remove the need for Xoph’s Blood and open up the amulet slot for amulets with more damage / different build variations. The build is pretty tanky yet deals tons of damage.

Build Pros

  • Cheap to gear, yet has very high damage potential with more currency invested in it
  • Tanky
  • Very flexible in gear choices
  • Good boss killer and map farmer

Build Cons

  • Elemental reflect is a no-go

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Skill Tree [117 points]


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 LabyrinthTukohama, War's Herald

Skill gem setup


Ancestral Warchief

Anger (Use it if you have Watcher's Eye with Anger mods)

Faster Attacks

Leap Slam

Body Armor


Elemental Damage With Attacks Support

Elemental Focus Support

Fortify Support

Increased Area of Effect / Concentrated Effect Support

Melee Physical Damage Support


Blasphemy Support


Herald of Ash

Blood Rage


Cast When Damage Taken Support (Level 1)

Immortal Call (Level 3)

Summon Flame Golem (Level 3)

Molten Shell (Level 10)

2h Weapon

Elemental Damage With Attacks Support

Fire Penetration Support

Combustion Support

Concentrated Effect Support

Greater Multiple Projectiles Support

Elemental Focus Support

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


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


Devoto's Devotion

Perfect helm for the build which gives us much faster clear speed.

Ideally if you can get Devoto’s With increased “40% increased Cyclone damage”, but that will be expensive.

Body Armour


Loreweave is an unique chest which was introduced fairly recently. It works very well within the build, by giving free flat physical damage that is later converted, but more importantly, up to 80% maximum resist, which is huge. Try to prioritize maximum resists when buying this armour.


Gripped Gloves / Tombfist

Look for rare Gripped gloves because of the implicit. Stats-wise aim for high life and some attack speed. If you can get resist or 2 on top of that – ideal.

If you have resistances capped, you could go for Tombfist and good abyssal jewel for more damage.


Rare Boots

Look for rare boots with high life, 30% movement speed and resist or 2.

Left Ring

Opal Ring / Steel Ring

Look for 2 Opal Rings / Steel Rings with following stats:

1.) At least 60 to maximum life
2.) At least 30% increased elemental damage with attack skills / %Increased fire damage
3.) fire damage to attacks
4.) Resistances / Attributes if you need them

Rings like that will be expensive though, so you can look for less expensive bases like Two-Stone Rings or other resistance rings, but later on it’s recommended to switch to opal or steel bases.

Right Ring

Opal Ring / Steel Ring

Same as previously mentioned ring.


Rare Elder amulet

Look for rare Elder amulet with following mod:

“Gain x% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage”.

Other good stats to have alongside the aforementioned mod are:

1.) Maximum life
2.) Elemental damage with attack skills
3.) Increased fire damage / fire damage to attacks


Stygian Vise

Look for Stygian Vise with high life and resistances. Elemental damage with attack skills is a great bonus but that will be expensive.

2Hand Weapon

Ngamahu's Flame

Item around which the build revolves around – get this item first.
Note: you don’t have to 6-link it, 6 socketing it is enough for all 6 support gems to affect built-in Molten burst.


Watcher's Eye

To scale build for more damage, get Watcher’s Eye with “Gain x% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage while affected by Anger” mod.


Rare Jewels

On jewels look for:

1.) Increased maximum life
2.) Any attack speed mod that works for us
3.) Fire damage / Area Damage / Increased damage etc
4.) Resistances or attributes if you are lacking


Flask Setup

Look for following flasks:

1.) Instant recovery life flask with bleed removal
2.) Instant recovery life flask with freeze removal
3.) Quicksilver Flask of adrenaline
4.) The Wise Oak
5.) Lion’s Roar / Taste of Hate / Atziri’s Promise / Defensive Flask

Build was inspired by kira1414’s build on Path of Exile forum.

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. What weapons would you recommend using leading up to the point when you can use the Ngamahu’s Flame?

  2. Guy using this build

    I’ve been using a rare 2hand axe with lots of added physical and fire damage, socketed with molten strike until I act 3 when i could get Cyclone, but cyclone’s damage is waaay lower than molten strike until you get ngamahu’s flame, so i just continued using molten strike with ancestral call support, physical damage support, added fire damage and fortify.

    Lv 48 currently and too poor to afford the axe so early in the league atm.

    • You could go for any unique axe with high physical damage – tree still scales physical damage very well and you will be fine until you get Ngamahu’s by using other cheap unique axes, such as The Blood Reaper or Kaom’s Primacy, Hezmana’s Bloodlust, which would even allow you to clear maps.

  3. Why is the weapon nothing but supports?

  4. Any other unique alternatives for chest? and will 5l unique be enough cause 6l is super expensive ? 5l unique or 6l rare?

  5. This build looks pretty strong, my only question I have is why wouldn’t you get Resolute Technique? This build doesn’t rely on crits and not having to worry about getting accuracy would be nice. And it would be just one extra skill point to use.

  6. The Watcher’s Eye jewel gives extra fire damage when affected by anger… but what in this build causes anger? I’m a little confused about that.

  7. Any chance to have an updated version for Delve?

  8. What auras do you guys have active on this at lvl 70? Cant have herald + anger + flamability all on.

  9. when you switch to anger do you have flammability aura or HoA on ? if so which one is the best choice to go with anger?

  10. I’m a level 86 using the cyclone chieftan build and mapping anywhere between level 5 and 11 maps I keep getting killed easily at times. I use most everything you have for this build except I use either belly of the beast or the brass dome for body armor. I am just surprised that besides reflect damage I get killed by other strong beasts. Any suggestions would help. My health is at 36k and armor at 15k,

  11. I don’t know if you’re still answering questions, but I have a few.

    Anger Aura
    Should this replace one of the other auras, or should you do something like buy the Impresence amulet to remove Flammability cost? If it should replace an aura, which one is it?

    Chest Armor
    Is Loreweave much better than Belly of the Beast? Currently running Belly because it’s cheaper, I just rolled 6 links on it tho, so I can afford Loreweave, just wondering if I should prioritise Loreweave over something like Watcher’s Eye or Cyclone enchant on helm

    • Impresence with Flammability is a nice option.
      I’d prioritize a good Watcher’s Eye over Loreweave. 6-link Belly is still an extremely great chest and I wouldn’t go looking for upgrades until I was absolutely sure items in other slots were great.

  12. im confused, you want us to use herald of ash, anger & flammability but I don’t have enough mana reserve to have all three auras active ? any ideas on a fix ?

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