Path of Exile 3.6 Storm Brand Most Popular Build Guide

Storm Brand is a skill that was introduced in Betrayal League. Storm Brand creates a magical brand which can attach to a nearby enemy. It periodically activates while attached, firing beams which deal damage to nearby enemies and those around them. The brand will detach if the enemy dies.

In Path of Exile 3.6 Synthesis, Storm Brand Update has Mana Cost at gem level 20 is now 21 (was 20)Now deals 2 to 7 Lightning damage at gem level 1 (from 3 to 8) and 75 to 225 Lightning damage at gem level 20 (from 97 to 290)Now has an added damage effectiveness of 30% (from 35%). Brands are an attachable spell, which every short period of time casts Lightning Projectiles that shoots from attached nearby enemies dealing massive AoE damage and attaching themselves to another nearby enemy after the first one is killed.

[PoE 3.6 Inquisitor] Storm Brand Beginner Friendly Build

This is a beginner-friendly, league-starter viable, solo-self-found viable, and comprehensive Storm Brand Inquisitor guide. The leveling section in this guide is meant to take players with a fresh install or in a fresh league and get them into maps and started on a powerful character. Interested readers can find gear priority, stat suggestions, mechanics explanations, and a whole bunch of links that might be useful for newer players.

Path of Exile 3.6 Updates:
- Day 3 Uber Elder Down! - Gear snapshot added and a pure clip of the fight start to finish for those interested.
- Loreweave nerfed, Storm Brand damage nerfed. Build still functions just fine. It's still mechanically great.
- Keeping an eye on items, synthesized simplicity, and anything else that might be important for the build.
- Added section in Shields about +2 Minimum Frenzy Charges.

Pros & Cons:
+ Beginner and League Starter Friendly. Virtually no gear requirements. Can be done on all rares. 4-link is enough to complete the story and progress into maps. Like all spells, the power comes from the level of the skill gem so progression feels smooth.
+ Brand Playstyle. Cast from range and stay out of danger. Place your brands and watch them pulse and kill enemies while you run around and pick up loot or plan your next move.
+ Mind over Matter. Acrobatics/Phase Acrobatics. MoM is one of the best defensive Keystones in the game. Acro/Phase Acro are great "free lives" while learning the game and helps for times where you just can't move away from damage.
+ Gearing is straightforward. Being Inquisitor makes the range of stats you care about even less. No need to care about the resist of your enemies means all you care about is life, resistances, mana, and crit.
+ Not that many buttons to press. I list this here as a pro because I can't be bothered to keep up multiple buffs, curses, golems, and whatnot. This guide is supposed to be new player friendly. You have your Brand, Brand Recall, and a couple mobility skills. That's it. For newer players, this really helps manage flask usage.
- Can't do Elemental Reflect. Even with pantheons or anti-reflect rings, you will do too much damage and one-shot yourself to elemental reflect. Look out for this mod when doing maps. Reroll maps with reflecting and don't choose maps with reflecting if Zana presents you with an option.

Gems Links:
Storm Brand - Faster Casting - Added Lightning - Increased Crit Chance - Controlled Destruction - Increased Crit Damage*
Brand Recall - Arcane Surge - Empower - Enhance
Heralds/Aspects/Arctic Armor/Curse-Blasphemy.
Cast When Damage Taken – Immortal Call
Storm Brand - Damage Supports - Increased Crit Strikes

Help Alira. Kill them All is an alternativeThemyou don't need resists and the 2 skill points help your build more.

- Righteous Providence
- Inevitable Judgement
- Instruments of Virtue
- Augury of Penitence
Grab Instruments first if you're more experienced and can benefit from the cast/movespeed while leveling.

Major God – Soul of the Brine King if without Kaoms Roots. Soul of Solaris if you have them.
Minor God – Gruthkul for mapping Yugul for Uber Elder


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[PoE 3.6 Elementalist] Storm Brand League Starter Build

Storm Brand Elementalist offers excellent clear speed and capable boss damage. I used it as my league starter for Betrayal league, and it exceeded my expectations.

Gameplay is smooth thanks to the instant cast nature of brand recall, as well as the  instant damage from Storm Brand (as opposed to Armageddon Brand). Brand elementalist is a popular build, with several streamers running something similar. My take on the build is fairly defensive, with an eye towards being able to do all map mods and all content, including safely farming uber elder.

PoE 3.6 Update:
1) Damage loss isn't that big of a deal
2) Crit change means it is harder to keep up elemental equilibrium with controlled destruction. I recommend getting the "crit chance if you haven't crit recently" boot enchant from lab, and using something other than lab enchant for your mana solution (several mana solutions are discussed in the gear section). Without the boot enchant or any other source of crit, you'll have 2.2% crit, which may be a bit low (but warrants testing).
3) A wave of conviction for elemental exposure would be a good addition to help boss damage. It could be linked to curse on hit elemental weakness as well, since curses aren't completely useless on bosses now. It does NOT need to be supported by phys to lightning, the added lightning damage on our weapons will make it do more lightning than fire.

Killing all the bandits for that sweet +2 skill points.

we're not stunned immune, so brine king. Whatever you like for minor. Flask refill can be nice, so can poison immune.

Starts with Shaper of Desolation -> Beacon of Ruin. Beacon of ruin is our power node, and the entire reason to be an elementalist. Prolif and 20% min shock (with increased shock effect, ~33%) is simply amazing.

Gems Setup:
Storm Brand + Concentrated Effect + Controlled Destruction + Added Lightning + Hypothermia + Lightning penetration
Lightning Spire Trap + Controlled Destruction + Added Lightning + Lightning Penetration +
CWDT + immortal Call + Enfeeble + increased duration
Flame Dash + Faster Casting + Arcane Surge
Brand Recall + Empower + Enhance
Vaal Grace + Vaal Clarity + Vaal Righteous Fire + Increased Duration


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[PoE 3.6 Elementalist] Vowel's Crit Storm Brand Flaskless Uber Elder Build

This build is budget and friendly to play - gearing up requires knowledge of multiple facets in the game. The purpose of this build is to do all endgame content on a budget. Including Shaper, Uber Elder, Hitting Level 100. As a result, this build needs speed, damage and survivability.

Pros & Cons:
+ Super Fast
+ Very Tanky (enough to tank Shaper Slam)
+ Variety of ways to gear
+ Lots of ways to improve gear/build
+ Easy to start up on a budget
+ Very good Single Target DPS with Lightning Spire Trap
+ Excellent AoE DPS with Storm Brand
+ Brainless
+ lexible
- Storm Brand needs LS to help Single Target when not geared.
- Lightning Spire Trap can sometimes not activate if a mob moves.
- Not invincible

Gems Link:
Storm Brand - Controlled Destruction - Elemental Focus - Added Lightning Damage
Storm Brand - Controlled Destruction - Concentrated Effect - Lightning Penetration
Storm Brand - Controlled Destruction - Concentrated Effect - Lightning Penetration - Faster Casting - Added Lightning Damage

- Shaper of Desolation
- Beacon of Ruin
- Pendulum of Destruction
- Mastermind of Discord

Kill all for the 2 Skill Points

Soul of the Brine King and Soul of Shakari for mapping


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[PoE 3.6 Hierophant]Storm Brand-Clear the Atlas,Incursion and Delve on a Budget Build

Storm Brand got nerfed. While we lose an overall of 15-20% damage with the current setup it should still be a good league starter. But I can't tell if we will still be able to kill uber elder with this build anymore. I already updated the tree to the 3.6 but keep in mind it's not set in stone yet. 

Pros & Cons:
+ Very cheap to play
+ Very fast map clearer
+ Bore your partymembers because when they get there, everything is dead
- Ultra agressive screenshake on immortal mobs (For me it's fun as hell but party members cry a lot)
- No face tanking

Gems Setup:
Storm Brand - Increased Critical Strikes - Concentrated Effect - Controlled Destruction - Faster Casting - Lightning Penetration
Vaal Storm Call - Less Duration - Added Lightning Damage - Controlled Destruction
Flame Dash - Faster Casting - Increased Duration - Vaal Righteous FireIce Golem - Cast when Damage Taken - Increased Duration - Immortal Call
Brand Recall - Empower - Arcane Surge
Decoy Totem - Multiple Totems - Faster Casting

Bandits: Help Alira

Ascendancy: Hierophant
1. Sign of Purpose
2. Illuminated Devotion
3. Conviction of Power
4. Divine Guidance

The only reason we use Sign of Purpose as first Ascendancy is easy: Faster Brand Recall. This is the most important skill in this build. Read more about it in the "How to Play" section.Celestial Judgement and Punishment are the very LAST things to take to finalize your Build on Level 94

Big God: Brine King - Because Stuns suck.
Small God: Gruthkul - Better Defense and slowed enemies


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[PoE 3.6 Pathfinder]Storm Brand - All Content - League Starter Build

This build is designed to run fast and clear maps safely. It summons storm brands that shock, freeze and trigger our herald to clear massive packs of mobs both on screen and off. With Brand Recall we can pull the brands with us to a new screen, clear it AND extend the duration of the brands themselves. It has good single target for map bosses because if 2 brands attach themselves to the same target, it increases the damage each brand does by 50% more damage.

PoE 3.6 Update:
Path of Building has been updated. The nerf to Storm Brand was not bad at all! If my math is correct it should be around a 25% dps loss from the nerf. Our damage should still be fairly comparable and fine for doing all bits of content. When we finished this league my PoB on bosses was around 800k dps ON shaper which is plenty of damage. Therefore, this season requires a lot of Path of Exile Obrs.

Pros & Cons:
+ Pathfinder Ascendency means you have infinite flasks
+ Immune to elemental Ailments like freeze shock and ignite and an increase chance to cause those same ailments by 20%!
+ Clears effectively and looks cool as HECK
+ Can do all content!
- Low hp
- Cannot do Elemental Reflect

Nature's Boon > Nature's Adrenaline > Master Alchemist > Master Surgeon
The only change is once you acquire a jewel with "corrupted blood cannot be inflicted on you" - You replace Master Surgeon with Veteran Bowyer for the extra Elemental Penetration

Kill all for +2 points or Alira - Both are great for us

Gem Link:
Vaal Storm Call > Less Duration Support > Lightning Penetration > Concentrated Effect

Herald of Ice > Ice Bite > Innervate > Enlighten(lv 3+)

Cast when Damage Taken(lv 1) > Immortal Call(lv 1) > Increased Duration > Vaal Righteous Fire(lv 20)

Brand Recall > Empower > Arcane Surge (lv 4)

Flame Dash > Faster Casting

Herald of Thunder > Enlighten(lv 2+)
Switch from Herald to Aspect of the Spider when you can.



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