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How Does This High-Budget Crit Arc Totems Hierophant Build Perform In POE 3.24?

May 29, 2024

Hello fellow exiles, here I want to show my Crit Arc Totems Hierophant build. What’s really cool is that it’s built entirely with rare gear items! Of course, many of the items in this guide can be used until the mid-game, when better items will be available.

Therefore, maybe this guide is more suitable for players with a higher POE Currency budget. If you are looking for a top-level build with strong crit damage, don’t miss this guide. Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

How Does This High-Budget Crit Arc Totems Hierophant Build Perform In POE 3.24?

Why Soul Mantle Doesn’t Work With This Build?

First of all, I have to say that I didn’t use Soul Mantle on this build. You may be wondering why I didn’t use Soul Mantle this time.

While Soul Mantle is a great unique skill that provides pseudo-7-link and powerful corruption, adding a ton of damage, Arc is neither a projectile nor an AoE skill, so Corrupted Implicit Mods like +2 to level of Socketed Projectile or AoE Gems do not benefit Arc.

Additionally, Soul Mantle Unique Body Armour no longer has +1 max Summoned Totems, so this will also nerf the effectiveness of Arc Totems.

POE 3.24 Soul Mantle


So, this also brings us to the question: how do we deal with enough damage using only rare items?

In addition to stacking crit chance and crit multiplier, we also get a portion of our damage from Arcane Cloak buff. It costs a lot of manas and increases lightning damage based on 15% of mana cost. Therefore, getting mana on most of our gears is very important.

The rest of the damage comes from Wrath Aura, Lightning Penetration Support, Exposure, and Charges. I cleared everything except tier 17 and the uber boss with this build.

During my run, I took on Feared at 70% quantity. Died a few times, but overall, the fight wasn’t bad. One time was because of a Shaper slam while my Flame Dash was on cooldown. Just keep summoning Totem, moving around, and occasionally throwing Wave of Conviction traps to cause Exposure.

It’s important to note that as of POE 3.24, instant skills are no longer tied to the left click. Therefore, we have to link Arcane Cloak to the new support gem, Automation, so that it triggers automatically after activation.


For defense, you will always have at least four Endurance Charges and Power Charges, and have Conviction of Power Ascendancy, which reduces the physical damage you take, increases your Elemental Resistance, and increases your critical strike chance.

You can also restore 1% of life per second for each summoned totem through Ritual of Awakening. So this build has the high health of Templar tree and a strong defensive advantage of being able to use a shield.

I ran a lot of 8-mod maps with this build to farm Harvest and Expedition. It’s not the best build for this strategy, but the clearing is still very satisfying.

I felt very safe because everything died very quickly and had no problems running in maps with multiple dangerous mods like Increased Crit, Vulnerability and Increased AoE.

Even though my defense only consisted of Mind Over Matter, 100% Spell Suppression and some Block, I could stay away from monsters because of Totem playstyle, which really improved our survivability.

My only concern was Fire, Rock and Projectiles thrown by Cannibals, which blocked me off the screen many times while mapping.

Arc Totem vs Shockwave Totem vs Storm Burst Totem

In terms of clear speed, I think Arc Totem is on par with Shockwave Totem. Even though Storm Burst Totem doesn’t clear very well, it has a very good clear speed.

As for single target damage, Shockwave Totem and Storm Burst Totem are the clear winners. Arc Totem doesn’t even come close. You can get 3 times the damage of Arc Totem with the same budget. So, if you want to farm Uber bosses, either go to Shockwave Totem or Storm Burst Totem.

But to be honest, Arc Totem and Storm Burst Totem are easier to build because they require less unique items. Storm Burst Totem requires some league specific unique items, so it’s not very suitable as a league starter.

Path of Exile 3.24 Shockwave Totem Hierophant

Gear & Mods

Finally, I have to say that upgrading with this Arc Totem build is a breeze. Because it doesn’t require mandatory items. You just need to take the time to grab any Sceptre or Wand with the highest spell or lightning damage and slowly upgrade the weapon once you reach the map.

You can totally look for these mods when you make your next upgrade. The most important mod for your shield is +1 to maximum number of Totems. I also highly recommend getting +1 to Level of Lightning Spell Skill Gems.

For the rest of your gear, look for the following mods: Life, Mana, Resistances, Dexterity and Chance to Suppress Spell Damage. Note that Dexterity is important because it helps limit the spell suppression we have because of Magebane Keystone. Of course, you can also try installing some cast speed or damage mods on your Jewellery to get more damage.

That’s it for this complete guide to Crit Arc Totems Hierophant build made entirely with rare items. Whether you’re new to totem builds or a seasoned player looking for a powerful setup, Arc Totems Hierophant is a pleasant choice for you in POE 3.24.


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