[3.9]🐉 Dragon's Breath Elementalist - Incinerate - All Content - League Starter&SSF viable

Hi fellow exiles and welcome to my Dragon’s Breath Witch Elementalist build guide.

UPDATED GUIDE FOR 3.9
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE LATEST PASTEBIN BEFORE LEAGUE START


FEATURED BY LiftingNerdBro in 3.6 Synthesis league
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Featured by G3 Iron in his starter list for 3.9
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https://youtu.be/kazXd9AB4ck


Special thanks to exile SicknessXI who maxed out build in 3.6 to insane levels (16M Shaper dps) and gave me great ideas for further development.
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SicknessXI


This build was made out of desire to go off current meta in 3.5 and give some love to unrightfully forgotten Incinerate skill with 3.5 reworked Martyr of Innocence staff at the time. It is a self-cast semi-crit build. I wanted it to be flexible, all content capable and most important, to be fun to play. With that in mind I tried not to sacrifice defenses and make a build with enough life that can take a hit or two including Über Elder. I also focused on maximizing the area of effect for good clear speed and scaling of cast speed (over 15casts/sec) to easily reach max dps potential in action. It's pretty straightforward to make but if you get stuck ill be there to help out.


Check out my new build for 3.9, Torstein's Icebreaker - Glacial Hammer - Sleeper end-game crusher
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2686278


Please read full guide before starting the build.
For any feedback, questions or help with the build, leave a comment on this thread.
Wish you many fun hours of play and good start in Metamorph league!

TorsteinTheFallen

Change log 12.12.
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12.12.
-changed staff. Due to +3 on all fire gems being in some cases extremely hard to get (3000+ Alterations) I decided to make things simpler and you will now craft on a Warstaff for "+2 to level of socketed Fire gems".
-removed shaped items for the time being
-build will be further improved as the league develops and we see which new things will be available

18.9.
-changed Controlled Destruction support for Inspiration support in 6L
-passive tree optimization, respec Assassination into Elemental Focus, respec Arcane will and Deep Thoughts and add 2 jewel sockets on the tree
-you only need now one -3 mana for Channeling skills. If you have more than one -3 crafts on your gear Inspiration support wont work!
-pastebin updated
Result from this: more life, more damage, less crafting, easier proc of Elemental Overload


Pros&Cons
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+high life pool, 7.5+k life
+high damage
+great clear speed, huge AOE
+all content viable
+Acrobatics&Phase Acobatics, up to 75%/75% dodge
+easy Uber Lab, one-shots Izaro due to preloading of 8 Incinerate stages
+easy boot swaps for UE fight (optional)
+SSF viable
+Reflect Immune
+great league starter


*although quite safe, it's not a facetanking build and requires to manually dodge some things (see Uber Atziri fight video, and yes, she one-shoted me once with the spear ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )
*not a 200% movement speed buil


-Chaos and Physical damage can hit you hard
-no mana regeneration map mod only possible with mana flask



Path of Building for 3.9 ⭐League Starter⭐
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League starter is a build that will easily carry you to maps and mapping with very little or no currency at all. You will be able to comfortably get into yellow maps with 0 currency investment on a 5L that you will find on the ground.
https://pastebin.com/GKvxpg8R

In the bottom left corner of the PoB you have a menu to see points distribution while leveling.



Also in the NOTES window you have whole leveling part copied. Follow the leveling from the NOTES for the league starter and gem links from the "skills" window.

Just passive tree
www.poeurl.com/cDwY

This is an example for a league start with leveling passive tree menu. As you progress you can transition item by item to the full build if you want to continue with the same character. As weapons you can dual wield any rare crap wands/sceptres/daggers with some cast speed/spell damage/fire damage/added fire damage to spells/elemental damage will be ok.


Path Of Building for 3.9 Full Build
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https://pastebin.com/UDRdpCFp
In the bottom left corner of the PoB you have a menu to see points distribution while leveling.



Just passive tree
www.poeurl.com/cDwS

-Path of Building download site
https://github.com/Openarl/PathOfBuilding/releases


Videos
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All videos are recorded in 3.5 Betrayal League during initial testing. Build is improved since.
Kurgal, the Blackblooded @359 depth

Videos below were recorded with Martyr of Innocence staff

***Deathless Uber Elder***

***Uber Atziri, Queen of the Vaal***

Shaper & Friends full run
Damage demo can best be seen at min 7:00

Full Minotaur run

Argus & Izaro, Ethernal Labyrinth

Incinerate & how to use it
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Incinerate gains more damage when cast continuously from one spot, up to a maximum of 200% more damage (25% per stage up to 8 stages maximum, or 10 if you use the helmet enchantment). The next stage is reached after every tick (0.2s). At each stage, the flames become visibly larger and will spread out in a huge cone. Since the spell is a channeling spell, if the player is stunned or interrupted in any way while casting incinerate, the spell will come back to stage 1.
At the end of the channeling (Final Wave), Incinerate deals big chunk of extra damage, 500% MORE damage with Hits and 500% MORE damage with Ignite. That’s a lot of extra damage.

To get the maximum dps out of Incinerate you should channel to 8(10 with enchant) stages and release. Final wave deals massive damage. If you played Blade Flurry, this is the same principle.
Monster mobs die fast so maximum channeling is not needed. The area will still be very good.

Build defences
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-Build uses Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics keystones which gives passive 30 + 10% attack dodge and 30% spell dodge. Quartz flask gives +10% on both. Atziri's step boots, +14-16% spell dodge. Vaal Grace will cap your dodge at 75/75%. Excellent for mapping and bossing.

-Decent life pool ~7.5k life gives a nice buffer

-Aspect of the Spider (more damage and slows enemies)

Flesh and Stone aura, use Sand Stance! -Nearby Enemies are Blinded while in Sand Stance
You take (10-11)% less Damage from Enemies that aren't nearby while in Sand Stance

-Immortal Call


Active skills
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Main Skill
–Incinerate
-Focus

Movement
–Flame Dash, gives us ability to get over cliffs, gaps and quickly position ourselves in 1 to 4 successive moves

Utility
-Vaal Righteous Fire, 29% more damage at the cost of % of our life at the time of casting. You are not supposed to use regular RF but VAAL. Regular one will burn you down in no time.
-Stone Golems
-Vaal Grace will cap your dodge at 75%

Ascendancy
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Elementalist Ascedancy

Normal Labyrinth –Pendulum of Destruction
Cruel – Mastermind of Discord
Merciless – Paragon of Calamity
Ethernal – Liege of the Primordial


Items for the full build
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Ignore the gem links in this section.
STAFF CRAFTING
Lets start from the staff. This is the best bang for your money crafted staff. Better staves can be crafted ofc but this is easy and most cost worthy solution. Total price for staff crafting is ~4 Exalted orbs.

You are going to skip crafting this mods from the example staff "Adds (41–55) to (83–96) Fire Damage to Spells" and "increased cast speed", because later in the game you will have open prefix to slam new exalted orbs. :)

If you don't want to bother crafting buy 6L Martyr of Innocence staff. It will push out 20% less damage than the crafted one but it's still great option. In that case do not craft -3 mana on your ring.

-How to craft it
Crafting base: 6L casting base staff but this league you will be using WARSTAFF with min. item level 55!

If you are playing SFF you can also get the 6L crafting base form the "The Dark Mage" divination cards. You can buy cards or farm them in the following areas:
*Overgrown Ruin
*The Chamber of Sins Level 2


DO NOT LINK THE STAFF YOURSELF! BUY THE 6L BASE IT'S CHEAP!


THESE ARE WAR STAVES BASES:
Iron Staff-Warstaff
Coiled Staff-Warstaff
Vile Staff-Warstaff
Military Staff-Warstaff
Serpentine Staff-Warstaff
Foul Staff-Warstaff
Ezomyte Staff-Warstaff
Maelström Staff-Warstaff
Judgement Staff-Warstaff


1.Use Scouring orb and use Transmutation orb to make item Magic
2.Spam Alteration orbs until you get +2 to Level of socketed fire Gems prefix mod
It requires ~150 Alterations to hit +2 mod

3.Use Regal orb to make item Rare
4.Now you should have just +2 to Level of socketed fire Gems mod and one or two another mods after using Regal. Use Annulment orbs to remove 1 or 2 random mods. There are 33-50% chances to be left with just +2 mod
If you were unlucky and got +2 mod removed, repeat the whole process from point 1.

5.If the item is Rare (yellow) and only have +2 to Level of socketed fire Gems mod, craft suffix "Can have Multiple Crafted Modifiers" on bench. It costs 2 Exalted orbs.
6.Further craft on bench
prefix (hybrid) (59–66)% increased Spell Damage & Gain (5–6)% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage ---4 Chaos Orbs
suffix (26–30)% chance to deal Double Damage while Focussed ---1 Divine Orb
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If you don't have some crafting recipes look on forum for crafting service threads in the Community section. Lots of them help for free or tips.

Body armour
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Kaom's Heart

Not much to say about this one, +500 to maximum life speaks for itself.


Jewels
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-Getting cast speed and life is a priority!



Belt
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Preferably Stygian Vise belt with high total life roll. Belt slot is the best to get strength attribute. Min 80% total ele res. Anything else is bonus. If you can't afford Stygian, go for the Heavy or Leather belt with high life roll, they are perfectly fine.


Gloves
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Just regular rare gloves to cap your resistances and get life.


Rings
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You want 2 Opal rings (min item level 80). They are craftable with
which gives you guaranteed (27-30 increased fire damage). You just need to hit life and resistance with it. These essences are ~2c. You can also use Screaming Essence of Anger that is even cheaper.

Pay attention to have free prefix after essence/fossil crafting so you can craft Channelling Skills have -3 to Total Mana Cost. Craft that on only one ring or amulet, so you don't need mana leech! This is important.
On other ring if you have free suffix craft "+1 to minimum Frenzy charges".



Amulet
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Just simple rare amulet with life and resistance. You can craft on amulet Aspect of the Spider and "+1 to minimum Frenzy charges" if there is free suffix.


Boots!
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Atziri's Step boots are very good choice because they further increase spell dodge chance, have 30% movement speed and ok life. They are also dirt cheap.



Helmet and helmet enchant
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Buy high ilvl helmet with preferably enchant on it and fossil craft (pristine and scorched fossils) it further for high life, fire res and -9% fire res to nearby enemies.

+2 maximum Incinerate stages is the best enchant
10% increased Incinerate damage for each stage is the second best


Flasks
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Please use Blood of the Karui flask when you get above 6k life!!!

Cinderswallow Urn is the best dps flask instead of Atziri's Promise. Besides damage it provides amazing sustain. Aim for 2-3% life recovered on kill with 3% life regeneration during flask effect if you can afford.

Suffixes:
-of Staunching (Bleeding immunity)
-of Heat (Freeze and chill immunity)
-of Warding (Curse immunity)


Aspect of the spider
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Aspect can be crafted on any rare item that has free suffix. You can buy jewelry with or without it and beastcraft aspect as long the item has free suffix. Beastcraft with this

Don't use Aspect of the Spider before you craft on ring -(3) mana mod for CHANNELING SKILLS AND GET ENLIGHTEN LEVEL 4 GEM




3.9 🔨 Torstein's Icebreaker /view-thread/2686278
3.9 Ultimate Poison Pathfinder /view-thread/2639074
3.8 Oni-Goroshi Slayer Cyclone /view-thread/2554593
3.9 Elementalist Incinerate /view-thread/2318921
3.9 Chieftain Incinerate /view-thread/2506867
Последняя редакция: TorsteinTheFallen. Время: 13 дек. 2019 г., 8:49:53
Last bumped on 13 дек. 2019 г., 13:57:35
Gem Links
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You should be aiming for level 21 Incinerate gem. Detailed gem levels and qualities you can see in Path of Building.

6L –Incinerate - Combustion - Faster Casting - Infused Channeling - Concentrated Effect - Inspiration

Use Increased Area of Effect when mapping instead of Concentrated Effect!!!

4L
Herald of Ash - Flesh and Stone - Enlighten level 4 - Summon Skitterbots
You don't need Enlighten 4 before you get Aspect of the Spider

4L
Flame Dash - Vaal Righteous Fire- Arcane Surge level 5 max - Summon Stone Golem

4L
Immortal Call - Vaal Grace lvl 15 max - Cast When Damage Taken-Wave of Conviction

Pantheons
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should be fully upgraded

Major- “Soul of Lunaris”
Minor- “Soul of Tukohama”

For end game bosses
Major- “Soul of Solaris”
Minor- “Soul of Yugul”

Bandits
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Kill all.


Leveling
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Quests

While leveling you will use dual Wands/Sceptres as weapons that you will find along the way. Absolutely no gear is required to buy.

From level 2-12 use Magma Orb or Fireball - Arcane Surge(keep at gem lvl1)-Combustion
When you finish Act 1 start using Flame Dash as movement skill

After The Caged Brute quest buy Combustion support gem
Act 1
Nessa

After Mercy Mission quest
Act 1
Nessa
get Infused Channeling support gem

After The Siren's Cadence quest
Act 1
Nessa
you can use Incinerate for leveling.
3L Incinerate - Combustion - Infused Channeling
Arcane Surge lvl 1 - Flame Dash

Intruders in Black
Act 2
take Herald of Ash

After Sharp and Cruel quest
Act 2
4L Incinerate - Combustion - Infused Channeling - Faster Casting

A Fixture of Fate
Act 3
Clarissa
4L Incinerate - Combustion - Faster Casting - Inspiration
From level 16 start using Herald of Ash

From level 18 onward and you get the chance to upgrade you main setup add gems in this order, Incinerate – Combustion -Faster Casting - Infused Channeling - Inspiration - Increased Area of Effect(Conc. Effect for bosses)

Finish normal Labyrinth when you get at least 1000 life.

Cruel 2000+ life

Merciless 3000+ life

Uber 5000+ Life

When you finish quest A Fixture of Faith in Act 3, buy from Siosa Summon Skitterbots.

Usefull leveling items (optional):
Tabula Rasa
Lifesprig
Wanderlust
Goldrim
Praxis - until you get Praxis ring use mana flask
Meginord's Girdle
Le Heup Of All
Lochtonial Caress
Ngamahu's Sign

For other item slots use rare items and prioritize life and resistances.

Take defensive points first for each stage of leveling.


In Path of Building, in the bottom left corner you have the menu to see level by level point distribution.


Anointing amulets
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Good passive points to anoint are:
Off: Divine Judgement (best bang for buck), Disciple of Slaughter, Prodigal Perfection

Off/deff: Singular Focus, Overcharged, Golem Commander

Deff: Golem's Blood, Heart of Oak, Soul of Steel

Mobility: Fleetfoot




FAQ - Frequently asked questions

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-Why Vaal Grace lvl10-15?
Because it's enough and dexterity for that is provided by passive tree. Going higher can give you problems with dex attribute and it's not necessary.

-Can I use 2 Wands?
You can use pretty much any crap you want but, getting 2 one handed weapons means you have to get 6L on chest. Having Kaom's Heart (+500 life) and 6L in your staff is the biggest advantage of this build.

-Which items to upgrade first?
Go for staff and Kaom's Heart next!

-I die often, what's the problem?
You probably don't have enough life/capped res, wrong flasks or not using them.


My other builds
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Torstein's Icebreaker - Glacial Hammer
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2686278


🐍Ultimate Poison Pathfinder - Venom Gyre / Pestilent Strike - All content & Map Mods
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2639074


Oni-Goroshi Slayer Cyclone
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2554593


Dragon's Breath Chieftain Incinerate
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2506867


3.9 🔨 Torstein's Icebreaker /view-thread/2686278
3.9 Ultimate Poison Pathfinder /view-thread/2639074
3.8 Oni-Goroshi Slayer Cyclone /view-thread/2554593
3.9 Elementalist Incinerate /view-thread/2318921
3.9 Chieftain Incinerate /view-thread/2506867
Последняя редакция: TorsteinTheFallen. Время: 12 дек. 2019 г., 3:49:34
Hey there - I'm new to the game as of 2 weeks ago. I tried your build yesterday and it was amazingly fun! You switched out cold snap for (vaal's) grace, but kept hypothermia on the 6L chest piece. Was that an oversight?

Since I don't know all the game mechanics and spells, I was wondering what you would put in place of that for additional damage since nothing is doing cold damage any longer? Again, I'm new, so I could be overlooking something here.
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KBeutler написал:
Hey there - I'm new to the game as of 2 weeks ago. I tried your build yesterday and it was amazingly fun! You switched out cold snap for (vaal's) grace, but kept hypothermia on the 6L chest piece. Was that an oversight?

Since I don't know all the game mechanics and spells, I was wondering what you would put in place of that for additional damage since nothing is doing cold damage any longer? Again, I'm new, so I could be overlooking something here.


Hi, i'm glad you are playing my build. :)

True, I made some changes but they are final now so pls dont forget to check new pastebin. I'm sorry for the confusion. Change log is updated.

Yes, i changed Cold Snap for Vaal Grace in boots due to changes i made to the build defences.
I switched from stacking block chance to stacking dodge chance thru Acrobatics and Phase Acrobatics keystones, flask and finally Vaal Grace.
Flask setup is also different and now you dont need to change flasks for Uber Elder.
I changed the main boot also to Atziri's step.
Defenses are much better now due to stacking of dodge that is at maximum level (75%/75%) in tough situations.

About cold damage. Pay attention in gear section. I said that you need to have Abyss jewel with cold damage to spells or cold damage to spells while wielding two handed weapon mod for hypothermia to work. Minimum roll is perfectly fine.
3.9 🔨 Torstein's Icebreaker /view-thread/2686278
3.9 Ultimate Poison Pathfinder /view-thread/2639074
3.8 Oni-Goroshi Slayer Cyclone /view-thread/2554593
3.9 Elementalist Incinerate /view-thread/2318921
3.9 Chieftain Incinerate /view-thread/2506867
Damn this build looks really nice, midterm season is coming so I doubt I can play much but I'll try to give it a shot.
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AnxietyOverload написал:
Damn this build looks really nice, midterm season is coming so I doubt I can play much but I'll try to give it a shot.


tnx! :)

give it a spin when you find time
3.9 🔨 Torstein's Icebreaker /view-thread/2686278
3.9 Ultimate Poison Pathfinder /view-thread/2639074
3.8 Oni-Goroshi Slayer Cyclone /view-thread/2554593
3.9 Elementalist Incinerate /view-thread/2318921
3.9 Chieftain Incinerate /view-thread/2506867
Really enjoying the build so far, only level 27. I am curious why even bother with Hypothermia. Does the chill and damage due to chill really make that much of a difference? Thanks
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kwiknez написал:
Really enjoying the build so far, only level 27. I am curious why even bother with Hypothermia. Does the chill and damage due to chill really make that much of a difference? Thanks

I'm glad you like it.

Yes, Hypothermia is worth and very potent gem but it needs Beacon of Ruin (Ascendancy Notable Passive Skill) to be acquired first and cold damage source which is Abyss jewel.

Hypothermia at gem lvl20

-Supported Skills deal 39% more Damage with Hits and Ailments against Chilled Enemies

Beacon of Ruin mechanics

-Beacon of Ruin overrides the minimum threshold of 1% effect that normally applies to chill and shock.[2][3] In other words, 1 point of cold damage from any hit will apply chill[4], and 1 point of lightning damage from a critical strike will apply shock. This also applies to damage types that are enabled by unique items, where 1 point of physical damage will apply chill when Soul Taker is equipped.[5]

more on PoeWiki
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Beacon_of_Ruin

3.9 🔨 Torstein's Icebreaker /view-thread/2686278
3.9 Ultimate Poison Pathfinder /view-thread/2639074
3.8 Oni-Goroshi Slayer Cyclone /view-thread/2554593
3.9 Elementalist Incinerate /view-thread/2318921
3.9 Chieftain Incinerate /view-thread/2506867
Последняя редакция: TorsteinTheFallen. Время: 30 янв. 2019 г., 5:23:52
Incinerate my fav skill ;) good old times when it was op af :)

Started lvling. thanks for sharing.
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MusicalMind написал:
Incinerate my fav skill ;) good old times when it was op af :)

Started lvling. thanks for sharing.


It's still very strong. :) rock on ^^
3.9 🔨 Torstein's Icebreaker /view-thread/2686278
3.9 Ultimate Poison Pathfinder /view-thread/2639074
3.8 Oni-Goroshi Slayer Cyclone /view-thread/2554593
3.9 Elementalist Incinerate /view-thread/2318921
3.9 Chieftain Incinerate /view-thread/2506867

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