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Herald of Thunder Elementalist League Starter – Patch 3.23

Check out our Herald of Thunder Elementalist League Starter – Patch 3.23, including Leveling, Path of Building, Endgame and even more!

Path of Exile 3.23 – Affliction

League Starter Build Guides for 3.23 – Affliction

In Path of Exile: Affliction, you’ll cleanse the Viridian Wildwood of its Affliction, earn valuable rewards and learn the ancient ways of the Azmeri Wanderers.

Our December expansion introduces the Affliction challenge league, three new Wildwood Ascendancy Classes, the return of the Ultimatum League, over a hundred new Transfigured Gems, and much more!

Check out the full League Summary for Patch 3.23 here.

Leveling Act 1-10

In order to be able to play this Build, you have to choose a Witch in the Character Creation.

Before you reach the Endgame, players have to finish all 10 Acts of the Campaign. Most of the times, you will not be able to use the same abilities in the early game as you do in the Endgame. Here is an overview how you can progress easily throughout the Campaign. In this List, you will find all Gems to use in the Early Game, and To-Do Lists for all Act 1 – 10.

For even further advice to Leveling, refer to our Leveling Guide here.

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 3-Linked Items
  • Pick a Quick Silver Flask as a Quest Reward
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Prison”
 
Abilities

In Town, buy Explosive Trap and get Freezing Pulse as Quest Reward

At Level 4, get Frost Bomb and Chance to Poison as Quest Reward. Buy Elemental Proliferation and Swift Assembly from Nessa.

At Level 10, replace Frostblink with Flame Dash

  • Frost Bomb – Arcane Surge
  • Explosive Trap – Swift Assembly – Chance to Poison (or Added Lightning Damage)
  • Flame Dash
  • Clarity
To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 3-Linked Items
  • Pick a new Quick Silver Flask as a Quest Reward
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Crypt” and “The Chamber of Sins”
 
Bandits

In Act 2, Players are tasked to kill three Bosses, Oak, Kraityn and Alira. You can either “Help” or “Kill” them, whenever you engage with them. You can “Help” only one of them, or kill them all. This Quest will grant Players a Bonus for their Character Power, depending on their choice. This choice can be changed later on if you made a mistake.

In our Build, we kill all Bandits.

 
Abilities

At the Start of Act 2, buy Storm Brand from Nessa in Act 1.

  • Storm Brand – Added Lightning Damage – Chance to Poison
  • Explosive Trap – Swift Assembly
  • Flame Dash – Faster Casting
  • Clarity
  • Herald of Thunder
  • Herald of Ice
  • Brand Recall – Arcane Surge (Lvl.1)
To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
  • Complete the Side-Quest in “The Library” to unlock the Gem Vendor
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Crematorium”, “The Catacombs” and “The Imperial Gardens”
 
Abilities
  • Storm Brand – Added Lightning Damage – Chance to Poison – Innervate
  • Lightning Spire Trap
  • Flame Dash – Faster Casting
  • Clarity (Lvl.3)
  • Herald of Thunder
  • Herald of Ice
  • Brand Recall – Arcane Surge (Lvl.1)
  • Conductivity
  • Defiance Banner
  • Tempest Shield
To-Do List
  • After Act 3, complete the Trial of Ascendancy to unlock your first Ascendancy
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
 
Abilities

At the Start of Act 4, go back to the Library to buy all the remaining Gems.

  • Storm Brand – Faster Casting – Chance to Poison – Innervate
  • Lightning Spire Trap – Elemental Focus – Controlled Destruction – Added Lightning Damage
  • Flame Dash – Faster Casting
  • Clarity (Lvl.3)
  • Herald of Thunder
  • Herald of Ice
  • Brand Recall – Arcane Surge (Lvl.1)
  • Conductivity
  • Defiance Banner
  • Tempest Shield
  • Lightning Golem
To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Check your Resistances (Hotkey: C — Defence), Use Crafting Bench in Hideout if needed (if <75% Resistance)
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Lower Prison”
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Crypt” and “The Chamber of Sins”
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • After Act 7, complete the 2nd Trial of Ascendancy 
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Check Vendors for 4-Linked Items if still needed
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Bathhouse”
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Use The Blood Aqueduct zone to Level up to ~60 if needed
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Tunnel”
 
Abilities

Unchanged

To-Do List
  • Progress through every Zone on the Map (Hotkey: U)
  • Remember the Trial of Ascendancy in “The Ossuary”
  • Complete the 3rd Trial of Ascendancy before you kill the last Boss of Act 10!
 
Abilities

Unchanged

Talents - Ascendancy - Pantheon

Talent Masteries: 
  • +50 to Maximum Life
  • 25% increased Maximum total Life, Mana and Energy Shield Recovery per second from Leech
  • Regenerate 2% of Energy Shield per Second
  • +15% to Maximum Effect of Shock
  • 10% of Leech is Instant
  • 60% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies with Lightning Exposure
  • 10% of Damage Taken Recouped as Mana
 
Ascendancy:

Ascendancies are Specializations of your Character, which are granted after solving the Trial of Ascendancies. There are 4 Trials that will reward these unique Talent Points.

  • After 1st Trial of Ascendancy: Skill Shaper of Storms
  • After 2nd Trial of Ascendancy: Skill Mastermind of Discord
  • After 3rd Trial of Ascendancy: Skill Bastion of Elements
  • After 4th Trial of Ascendancy: Skill Heart of Destruction
 
Pantheon:

Pantheon (Hotkey: Y) grant Players passive bonuses. You can change them at any time, but you also have to unlock more passives by using a Divine Vessel with the specific Map in your Map Device.

  • Major Pantheon: Soul of the Brine King
  • Minor Pantheon: Soul of Shakari

Affliction Ascendancy

Primalist Ascendancy: 
  • Skill Might of the Bear
  • Skill Charm Socket
  • Skill Charm Socket
  • Skill Charm Socket

 

Suggested Charm Sockets:
  • Explosion on Kill
  • Area Damage
  • Onslaught

Gear - Flasks - Jewels

Low Budget ItemDesired Item

Hubris Circlet

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes
  • Level to Socketed Gems

Hubris Circlet

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

    Conductivity Effect  /  Lightning Penetration
The Coming Calamity, Destroyer Regalia

Inpulsa’s Broken Heart, Sadist Garb

  • High Damage Rolls

Sorcerer Gloves

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Sorcerer Gloves

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes
  • Cold Resistance  /  Increased Damage to Chilled Targets
  • Increased Damage while Leeching

    Lightning Exposure  /  Herald of Thunder Effect

Sorcerer Boots

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Movement Speed

Sorcerer Boots

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Movement Speed  /  Onslaught on Kill

    Movement Speed  /  Life Regeneration Rate

Crystal Belt

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Crystal Belt

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Attribute Amulet

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Voice of the Storms, Lapis Amulet

  • High Rolls

    Annoint: Whispers of Doom

Resistance Rings x2

  • Resistances
  • Life
  • Attributes

Storm Secret, Topaz Ring x2

  • High Rolls

Rare Staff

  • Lightning Damage
  • Resistances
  • Attributes

The Annihilating Light, Quarterstaff

  • Low Reduced Resistances (<62%)
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  1. Buy Storm Secret, Topaz Ring. These Rings are very cheap early on, but start using only 1 during Midgame.

  2. Buy Calamitous Vision, Small Cluster Jewel Voice of the Storms

  3. Buy The Coming Calamity, Destroyer Regalia if you can get it for cheap. Start saving some Currency for Inpulsa’s Broken Heart.

  4. Buy Annihilating Light, Quarterstaff. Make sure you can compensate the missing Resistances with your Flask and other Items.

  5. Buy Glorious Vanity Jewel

  6. Buy Voice of the Storms
Flasks:

Divine Life Flask – Instant Recovery  /  Grants Immunity to Bleeding

Bottled Faith, Sulphur Flask – Unique Flask
Use a regular Sulphur Flask (Increased Duration / Reduced Effect of Curses before you get this one

Vessel of Vinktar or Atziri’s Promise – Unique Flask

Bismuth Flask – Increased Duration  /  Increased Elemental Resistances during Flask Effect

Quicksilver Flask – Increased Duration  /  Spell Damage Leeched as Energy Shield during Flask Effect

 
Jewels:

Calamitous Visions – Unique Small Cluster Jewel

Inspired Learning – Unique Jewel

Glorious Vanity – Unique Jewel
Conquered by Doryani  /  Look for Lightning Damage Nodes (Example: #2120 / 1818 / 3929 / 1574 / 6456 and more..)

Abilities

Main Skills:

Herald of Thunder – Lightning Penetration – Elemental Focus – Added Lightning Damage – Power Charge on Crit – Energy Leech

 
Other Skills:

Shock Nova (Lvl.1) – Cast When Damage Taken (Lvl.1) – Hextouch – Conductivity – Elemental Weakness – Enhance
Before you have Whispers of Doom annointed on Necklace, only use Conductivity. You can use Power Charge on Crit, Innervate or Inspiration during Early Game.

Wave of Conviction (Lvl.1) – Cast When Damage Taken (Lvl.1) – Purifying Flame (Lvl.1) – Culling Strike

Phase Run – Increased Duration – Immortal Call (Lvl.3) – Cast When Damage Taken (Lvl.1)

Flame Dash

Storm Brand – Overcharge

Flame Golem

Atlas Talent Tree

The Atlas Talent Tree can alter your game experience heavily. This Tree is designed to empower and direct certain League Mechanics towards your personal preference. Beware that the suggested Talent Tree works pretty well with the current Build, but this may differ for each individual player. Take this Suggestion with caution!

Atlas Tree: Map Progression / Early Game / Fast Map Tier Upgrades

External Links

We want to keep our League Starter Guides as simple as possible. We understand that using Path of Building and other 3rd Party Tools might not be the best way for New Players. 

  • Refer to our New Players Guide here.
  • Refer to our Path of Building Guide here.

 

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