Penance Brand Elementalist

By | July 5th, 2020 | Categories: Spellcaster Builds

Brands were among the skills that got a nerf in Path of Exile: Harvest, so it’s only fitting for some exiles to avoid builds whose bread and butter are brands. An exception to that, however, is the Penance Brand Elementalist, as it manages to be as good as or even better than other PoE builds that weren’t nerfed.


  • Fast clear speed
  • Satisfying explosions, good AoE
  • 5 Herald effects
  • League Start viable


  • Need to have good understanding of Penance Brand
  • Delayed damage
  • Low life

Passive Skill Tree

Here’s the Passive Skill Tree.

Skill Gem Setup

  • Core Skill: Penance brand with Swift brand, Controlled destruction, Concentrated effect, Cold to Fire, and Hypothermia support gems.
  • Debuff/Secondary DPS: Orb of Storm with Elemental Weakness, Curse on hit, and Culling strike support gems.
  • Buffs: Hatred, Wrath, and Zealotry.
  • Heralds and Aura: Herald of Thunder, Herald of Agony, Herald of Ice, and Discipline.
  • Mobility: Flame dash – Arcane surge level 7 – Second wind.

Gear Setup

  • Weapon: Any Rare scepter with bonuses to elemental (especially lightning) and spell damage, cast speed, and 5% of non-chaos damage as chaos damage.
  • Off-hand: Prism Guardian (Unique) for elemental resistances, +2 to level of socketed aura gems, blood magic and reduced mana reservation on socketed gems, and dexterity.
  • Head: Any Rare circlet with bonuses to chaos and elemental resistances, energy shield, stun and block recovery, and intelligence.
  • Body: Shavronne’s Wrappings (Unique) for increased spell damage, energy shield, lightning resistance, lightning damage reflection to melee attackers, faster energy shield recharge, and chaos damage no longer bypasses energy shield.
  • Gloves: Any Rare gloves with bonuses to energy shield, dexterity, elemental resistances, armor, and life.
  • Belt: Any Rare belt with bonuses to strength, energy shield, and elemental resistances.
  • Boots: any Rare boots with bonuses to energy shield, elemental resistances, stun and block recovery, and movement speed.
  • Accessories:
    • Two Call of the Brotherhood (Unique Rings) for increased intelligence, lightning damage, mana regen, 48% of lightning damage converted to cold damage, and spells shock enemies
    • Presence of Chayula (Unique Amulet) for increased rarity of items found, chaos resistance, stun immunity, and 24% of life converted to energy shield
  • Jewels:
    • Medium cluster jewel with Purposeful Harbinger
    • Vengeful Commander
    • Intuitive Leap
    • Thread of Hope left of Templar
    • Energy from Within northeast of Scion
  • Flasks:
    • Enduring Eternal Mana Flask of Warding for mana recovery and curse immunity/removal
    • Bottled Faith (Unique) for increased damage and Consecrated Ground on use
    • Chemist’s Quicksilver Flask of Heat for increased movement speed and freezing/chill immunity/removal
    • Flagellant’s Quartz Flask of Staunching for 10% spell and attack dodge and bleeding immunity/removal
    • Cinderswallow Urn (Unique) for Onslaught and life, mana, and energy shield recovery when killing enemies
    • Taste of Hate (Unique) for 50% cold resistance and cold damage taken reduced, 20% of physical hits taken become cold damage, 19% of physical damage you deal as cold damage, and 30% chance to prevent freezing/chill

If you’re up to the challenge, try this Penance Brand Elementalist. After all, those that go against the flow get rewarded. It’s time you took up the gauntlet and went against the grain.

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