The Best and Detailed PoE 3.5 Armageddon Brand Builds

PoE 3.5 Armageddon Brand Hierophant Builds

This build continues to be a operate in progress. From my expertise with it so far and on paper this create has been performing genuinely fantastic but I am nowhere close to testing it out on any finish game content, and since I've small to no construct creating expertise I can’t say for sure no matter whether or not that is going to be a “viable” construct. 

Pros & Cons:
+ Several Defensive Layers
+ Very good for both Single Target and Clearing
+ SSF friendly as gear is mostly irrelevant until T4+ maps
+ Run and Bomb Playstyle
+ Endgame Damage Scaling Isn’t Great 
+ Cannot Do Certain Map Mods (namely Elemental Reflect)

Step 1: Spawn in the map
Step 2: Cast Armageddon Brand Until Capped
Step 3: Run around pressing brand recall until everything in the map is dead
Step 4: Profit

Gems Links:
That is the main skill, you could swap a few things around and use Storm Brand if you want but Armageddon has more flat dps which seems to become better overall.

Armageddon Brand [20/20]
Concentrated Effect [20/20]
Controlled Destruction [20/20]
Elemental Focus [20/20]

Fire Penetration [20/20]

Combustion [20/20]

Brand Recall [06/20]
Arcane Surge [20/20]

Scorching Ray [20/20]
Spell Totem Support [20/00]
Multiple Totems [20/00]

Flammability [20/20]
Blasphemy [20/20]

Cast When Damage Taken [01/00]
Immortal Call [03/00]
Increased Duration [20/20]
Cold Snap [07/20]

Leap Slam [20/00]
Fortify [20/20]
Faster Attacks [20/20]
Culling Strike [20/20]
Blood Magic [20/20]

Normal: Illuminated Devotion; Extra spell damage from the arcane surge is fantastic and the spell damage leeched as life is huge for survivability. 
Cruel: Sign of Purpose; Additional Brand is a huge boon to clear speed, Brand Recall cooldown is QOL, and the extra damage doesn’t hurt. 
Merciless: Divine Guidance; 10% additional MoM which is great for survivability. 
Eternal: Sanctuary of Thought; Free energy shield, mana, mana regen, and reduced mana cost.

Leveling Guide:
The passive trees below can be used as a general guideline to use while leveling. Your first priority is going to become getting the Runebinder Keystone to double your dps, but after that, the order is up to you. Some very good nodes to prioritize early on are MoM (you want health to mana ratio of 70/30 or 60/40 with divine guidance ascendancy node), maximum life, elemental overload, and the brand skill clusters. 

Help Alira, 15% all res makes capping resistances easy. If you don’t need resistances you can choose to kill all of them for the extra passive points.

Your pantheon choice depends on personal preference and what content material you are going to become running. For Major gods pick either Lunaris for the movement speed and avoidance or Arakaali for the reduced DoT, and for Minor gods, you can go with either Ralakesh or Shakari depending on your needs. 

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PoE 3.5 Elementalist Self Ignite Armageddon Brand Builds

This build has defeated T15 Red Elder, Shaper, Uber Atziri, and all guardians, all on a 5+link, scroll down to see my thoughts on the fights. Uber Elder has been killed on a 6+link. This construct revolves around ignite. Not the damage from igniting, but the effects while we are ignited.

Bandits: Kill All

Pantheon: Does not matter

Ascendancy: Pendulum of Destruction +> Mastermind of Discord +> Shaper of Desolation +> Beacon of Ruin

Gems Link:
Armageddon Brand is our main damage skill with solid flat fire damage in the gem. It also increases ignite damage but we don't worry about that, we use ignite as a utility to heal and boost damage.

Hypothermia is a great boost to our damage as it provides 39% more damage with hits against chilled enemies. With Beacon of Ruin, we always chill enemies.
Faster Casting speeds our clear significantly as it both decreases the cast time, but also increases the brand activation frequency
Immolate provides flat added fire damage against burning enemies

Controlled Destruction greatly increases our damage at the cost of critical strike chance, but we don't care, we just need to crit to proc elemental overload every once in a while. With 5 brands, we do not need additional crit chance.

Mana Leech leeches mana for us to sustain MOM + you can remove this if you opt for the warlord's mark setup in favor of Unbound ailments

Combustion ignites enemies and lowers fire resistance
Inc AOE makes the orb thicc+ you can remove this in favor of Unbound ailments

Arcane Surge linked to Brand recall gives us access to an easy arcane surge as we will be constantly recalling our brands
A CWDT Immortal Call, you can link a curse to this as well as we currently do not use any curses
Herald of Ash Gives us fire damage, but more importantly 25% fire penetration. This is our only mana reserving skill.
Flame Dash is our primary movement other than running
Scorching Ray gives us something to do other than running away while our brands hit bosses, it also reduces the boss' fire resistance which is nice.
Lightning Golem gives us more cast speed for our brands.

Shaper Killed: 

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PoE 3.5 Hierophant Armageddon Brand Builds

This really is a short guide for my take on Armageddon Brand. The make is amazing. Can be easily customized for more Tankyness or crit. With crit, the variant can also use the store brand. Still could get much higher DPS. This build will perform with Armageddon Brand as the only damage skill. If you would like to drop cremation, replace Elemental Focus with Combustion. Or you can find another way to ignite and apply the Combustion debuff.

Pros & Cons:
+ tanky
+ mobile
+ great dps(single target and clear speed)
+ super fun to play
+ scales well with gear
+ there are absolutely no needed/enabling items
+ SSF friendly
+ HC viable
- ele reflect maps 

Sign of Purpose -> Illuminated Devotion -> Arcane Blessing -> Divine Guidance

Bandits: Kill All!

- Major: Brine King
- Minor: Gruthkul (Shakari, if poison immunity needed)

Xoph's Heart/Xoph's Blood
In general Xoph's Blood is better. But if u have a lot of gear with gain % of ele dmg es chaos, then Xoph's Heart might be better.
Attention: Can't use Atziri's Promise with Xoph's Blood! Or any kind of %of ele dmg as extra chaos.

Kaom's Heart
With a 6L helmet could use this body armor for more Tankieness in the expense of dps. Would also need to replace Elemental Focus with Combustion for Armageddon Brand, if you decide to drop Cremation completely.

Scorching Ray
Could incorporate as a link to spell totem for 15-20% more DPS on single target. Would need extra link or passive for multi totems because of Runebinder.

Can have extra stuff in addition to Concentrated Effect and Immolate for more DPS.
1. Craft with Essence of Horror for 30% more ele dmg.
2. Craft with Scorched Fossil for -9% fire resists to nearby enemies.
3. 7th link Less Duration. This one is debatable if the DPS increase is worth recasting 2x as much.

Corrupted Carcass Jack
It is possible to have it with +4(AoE + duration) double corruption for Armageddon Brand. Only insane helmet with horror craft, the open prefix for +1 gem and -9% fire res and/or Less Duration would beat it DPS wise.

Vaal Righteous FIre
Could be used instead of Vaal Lightning Trap.

Elder Ring with Warlord's Mark on the hit
Could make farming expertise safer. Very helpful for no regen maps.

Mark of the Shaper
Combined with very good elder ring is a DPS increase at expense of mana. Very good combination for elder ring with Warlord's Mark on hit.

- Cinderswallow Urn - amazing all-round flask for this construct(i am using it right now)
- Wise Oak: excellent dps increase.

Malachai's Artifice
Great DPS increase, for which defense pays the price. Due to the fact the DPS increase is only for bosses, I opted to stay on the safer side and go with a rare ring.
Compared to a fantastic rare ring, it is about 20% more DPS for ~400 HP and other stats.

Herald of Ash
Extra DPS and a bit clear speed for flat mana.


Uber Elder:

Easy Shaper: 

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PoE 3.5 Chieftain Armageddon Brand Builds

Pros & Cons:
+ Fast Clear Speed
+ Low budget viable
+ SSF viable
+ Very high damage ceiling with Ex investment
+ Decently Tanky
- Getting boss level damage will cost some exalts
- Feels clunky at times if you misplace yourself
- Cannot do reflect maps

Use Arakaali with the captured soul of The Queen of the Great Tangle. Captured soul of Armala is also recommended.
Use Shakari with the captured soul of Terror of the Infinite Drifts.
Swap Shakari to Yugul with the captured soul of Shimmering Aberration for Uber Elder Fight, you can also use this to fight Guardian of the Hydra, Elder, and Shaper.

Bandits: Kill them all.

Guardian of the Chimera with lots of reses, first serious try with this build, Kaom's hearth, unoptimized tree, not fully leveled supports and using 6l Disintegrator

Shaper's Realm - Texas GW bc Sao Paulo was broken

Uber Elder along with the already classic crapton of stutters of the first time :(

The clear speed with Doryani's Catalyst + Balefire on the weapon switch:

Vs ItBurnsWhenIPeeFire at the HOGM

The Hall of Grandmasters 1st Wing

The Hall of Grandmasters 2nd Wing

The Hall of Grandmasters 3rd Wing

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PoE 3.5 Armageddon Brand Hierophant Builds

MoM non-crit Armageddon Brand Hierophant with Kaom's and Staff. Very easy to kill Shaper with it, should be all content viable for less than 10ex
Budgett version of this might cost 2-3ex and should be very good enough to farm red maps. 
Hierophant maybe won't reach as high dps as Elementalist or some crit Ascendancy, but he makes up for it with tankyness and few quality of life bonuses. Overall it's a very smooth playstyle.

That is the tanky version of Armageddon Create. We don't care about crit, so we can focus on tankyness instead. But that doesn't mean, the damage is low. It can burst down Tier 1-15 bosses in 1-2 second, kill guardians or Shaper very fast and easily. People did Uber Elder with similar builds, so it should be all content material viable. 

Brands offer 2 playstyles in 1:
- You can put brands on enemies from a safe distance, run around and wait for them to kill everything - similar to totems. You pretty much never die if you stick to this tactic, so do this for exping.
- Or be a man, run straight into monsters and spam Brand Recall. This is a super fast playstyle for farming, Incursion rooms, etc. But you might die on rippy maps while doing this.

Pros & Cons:
+ Super tanky and safe playstyle
+ Easy leveling, Storm Brands might be #1 leveling skill atm, Armageddon Brand isn't too far behind that.
+ High damage.
+ Build is very flexible, None of the items are mandatory, it can be done on a pretty low budget, different links, etc.
+ Brands continue hitting the enemy for 5-10 seconds even after you die.
- Can't do reflect maps.
- Despite being a self-cast, brands don't have the "feeling" of hitting monsters by yourself. It feels more like playing totems or traps, some people may not like that.
- Not so low computer spec friendly.
- Could be cheaper, obviously.

The Budget:
- Kaom's Heart 1-2ex
- Decent Staff with +2 fire gems and cast speed. Crafting my current staff cost me 5ex, but I ran with much worse ~40c staff until Guardians
-Xoph's Blood 3-5ex - Tbh I'm not positive was it worth is, because you can't use extra Chaos damage with it. It's a great amulet nevertheless and if you have a few spare exalts, I'd recommend it.
- The rest of the gear are Malachai Artifice and a bunch of random rare stuff.

Bandits: Kill all bandits. 

Take Sign or Purpose, then Illuminated Devotion, then Arcane Blessing and after Uberlab try to get some mana on your gear and get Divine Guidance.

Doesn't matter that much, Took Garukhan for movement speed and Lunaris, cause it seemed the most useful

Leveling Guide:
Start with anything, then get Storm Brand, then switch to Armageddon Brand. Honestly, brands are so excellent for leveling that you won't need any specific tips. Just wear random stuff you find and save money for Kaom's Heart and staff.

After 10th Act you can nonetheless do some white maps in crappy gear or buy Kaom's and search for 5-6 link rare Staff, they aren't that exspensive. 
Either use +lvl of fire gems Essence on a white staff or search for one with things like +level to socketed fire gems, cast speed, fire/spell damage or a chance to deal double damage.

I also suggest getting boots with high movement speed and using 2 Quicksilver flasks. Brands are very fast at killing multiple packs simultaneously, so you're going to spend most of the time running. 

And use Anger until you finish Uberlab, then remove it and switch to Mind over Matter on the tree.

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