Low-Life Righteous Fire Guardian Build Guide (PoE Metamorph 3.9)

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This build is not updated for the current patch, and due to the mechanical changes, it is essentially not viable. We have chosen to leave it up for reference, and since it may be revived in the future, but for now we do not recommend trying it out.

Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

Righteous Fire Righteous Fire has been a popular skill for a long time. The skill essentially degenerates player’s life and energy shield pool in order to create a burning circle around the character. Righteous Fire has a decent clear speed along with the potential to kill all endgame bosses. The Low-Life Righteous Fire Guardian is a character that specializes in stacking heavy amounts of Energy Shield, Life regeneration that transitions to Energy Shield and a good amount of Maximum Resistances. This is achieved by running strong auras in combination with the Guardian ascendancy class, which provides great perks when you reserve your mana and life.

The build achieves extreme amounts of Energy Shield, Armour and Maximum Resistances, which allows you to land smooth and safe kills on endgame bosses. The build is also not recommended for beginner players, since it requires some game knowledge and specific items and gem setups in order to work.

Build Summary

The Low-Life Righteous Fire Righteous Fire Guardian requires few specific items in order to work. Every Low-Life build needs to somehow mitigate Chaos damage, as otherwise it will easily kill you since you have very little life. To prevent Chaos damage from bypassing your Energy Shield you need Solaris Lorica Solaris Lorica, Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings, or Coruscating Elixir Coruscating Elixir. We also need to deal with being stun-locked, and for this we will need Eye of Chayula Eye of Chayula early on, and Presence of Chayula Presence of Chayula as an endgame amulet.

The build can get pricey later on, but all you need in order to get started is a simple Solaris Lorica Solaris Lorica, Eye of Chayula Eye of Chayula, and preferably a crafted Shield with “% Reduced Damage Taken From Damage Over Time”.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great for boss killing
+ One of the tankiest builds available
+ Decent clear speed

Cons

- Not recommended for new players
- Cannot be played since the beginning of the game; requires respecing

Playstyle

Offensively, standing near enemies is necessary, since Righteous Fire Righteous Fire deals damage in an area around you. Once the enemies are in your burning area and take damage, you can lower their resistances via Scorching Ray Scorching Ray. Orb of Storms Orb of Storms has two purposes – lowering enemies’ resistances via Elemental Equilibrium and triggering Elemental Overload. Shield Charge Shield Charge will allow you to move around quickly.

Defensively, you mostly rely on your extreme defense and damage mitigation in combination with immense amount of life regeneration in order to survive. Running all the elemental purities, along with Discipline and Vitality will give you everything you need in order to stay safe.

For Playstyle, when you active Righteous Fire you simply run into packs of monsters, they should die in a second from the burning effect. If you encounter stronger foes you should drop down an Orb of Storms and start channelling Scorching Ray. For defense, you should focus on one big thing – the Time of Need ascendancy node. This ascendancy node will heal 30% of your life pool every 5 seconds, which will allow you to step back when you get hit hard and recover the damage taken.

Passive Tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive Tree Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Gem Link Page

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Memory Vault Memory Vault
Amulet Presence of Chayula Presence of Chayula
Chest Shavronne's Wrappings Shavronne's Wrappings
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Sin Trek Sin Trek
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Doryani's Catalyst Doryani's Catalyst
Shield Rare Shield

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

The Low-Life Righteous Fire Guardian should be leveled with a strong leveling spell such as Storm Brand Storm Brand. You can respec into Low-Life RF even before maps, as long as you have the required gear.

Leveling Trees

This is an example of a leveling passive skill tree for using Storm Brand Storm Brand. You can level with any skill you prefer, just make sure you do not spec into too many nodes that you will have to respec later.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you can add Frost Bomb Frost Bomb for additional single target damage. War Banner War Banner can be picked for the Adrenaline buff it provides for a short duration when dropped.

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

At level 12, you should replace your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse with Storm Brand Storm Brand.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

By level 18, your Storm Brand Storm Brand link should look like this.

  1. Storm Brand Storm Brand
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  5. Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support
  6. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support

At level 28, you should add the following Lightning Spire Trap Lightning Spire Trap link, which will greatly augment you single target damage output.

  1. Lightning Spire Trap Lightning Spire Trap
  2. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  3. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

The build cannot do no regeneration maps. You should be fine with less regeneration maps in most cases, but it still might feel kind of clunky.

What is the very least the build needs in terms of a budget in order to get started?

Solaris Lorica Solaris Lorica and Eye of Chayula Eye of Chayula are mandatory. As long as you have decently leveled gems you can choose to not run one of the purities (Ice or Lightning), which will save you a lot of money on Enlighten Support Enlighten Support. Getting a Shield with the crafted mod “% Reduced Damage Taken from Damage Over Time” is also important early on. To start the build you do not need a huge amount of currency, but to improve it you will.

Conclusion

The Low-Life Righteous Fire Guardian is a very strong endgame boss killer. It does require some game knowledge and gear investment in order to get started. This build is not recommended for beginner players.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build still remains a great boss killer.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. Healthy Mind now has a limit of 1, which is a nerf to the build. The build still remains strong and playable.

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    Revisited and updated for Legion 3.7. Improved Gearing and Gem sections along with replacing old passive trees.

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    Updated passive skill trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Honestly, this build is tedious as hell to play.

  2. Vvckd

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    On 07/08/2019 at 8:41 PM, Zurkon said

    Honestly, this build is tedious as hell to play.

    It might not be for everyone, it still proves to be one of the most solid endgame boss killers we have.

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    Hi

    Why not to all Builds add Videos?

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    Hey there, how important is the aspect of the spider belt suffix? I’d have assumed you would try to fit it onto one of the pieces of gear that have an enlighten socketed.

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    On 11/10/2019 at 9:03 PM, Glory said

    Hey there, how important is the aspect of the spider belt suffix? I’d have assumed you would try to fit it onto one of the pieces of gear that have an enlighten socketed.

    Hey, it is not of big importance but it would be nice to have it.

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    I need help.
    Everytime i am using Memory Vault and 4-Link (Bloodmagic,Enlighten(lvl4),purity of lightning,purity of ice)
    the life reservation of those auras is going up to 55% each…
    i am doing something wrong!
    do i have to anull. “charisma” on the tree to reduce the mana/life reservation even further?

  7. Vvckd

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    On 09/12/2019 at 8:23 PM, Numenking said

    I need help.
    Everytime i am using Memory Vault and 4-Link (Bloodmagic,Enlighten(lvl4),purity of lightning,purity of ice)
    the life reservation of those auras is going up to 55% each…
    i am doing something wrong!
    do i have to anull. “charisma” on the tree to reduce the mana/life reservation even further?

    Hey, can you please provide a link to your character, I’d be glad to help.

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    sure, sry i forgot.
    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Numenking/characters
    thats the setup with teh memory vault helmet.
    thank you in advance

  9. Vvckd

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    On 11/12/2019 at 8:09 AM, Numenking said

    sure, sry i forgot.
    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Numenking/characters
    thats the setup with teh memory vault helmet.
    thank you in advance

    Your setup is pretty decent, in order to get your Auras below the threshold you can respec some of the nodes near Marauder and go for even more % Reduced Mana Reserved with the one behind Leadership and Charisma. You’ve already figured that out as I saw in the previous comment though. Let us know how it goes and please let me know if I can help with anything.

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    Hello, I am struggling with this build for a while now.

    I bought all gear, still need to level up to be able to wear a crystal belt.

    I can’t run all 4 purities at once. I lack life to run the fourth purity. I used arctic armour to reserve more life, but even with all the extra mana and reduce mana cost nodes I still can’t run it.

    I followed the tree, I followed the gear as I heavily invested but it is still not running. What am I doing wrong?

    https://www.pathofexile.com/my-account

    Thx in advance for your reply

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    Sorry, here’s the link for my character profile: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Schlaudraff/characters

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    On 24/12/2019 at 11:06 AM, Schwarzenbek said

    Hello, I am struggling with this build for a while now.

    I bought all gear, still need to level up to be able to wear a crystal belt.

    I can’t run all 4 purities at once. I lack life to run the fourth purity. I used arctic armour to reserve more life, but even with all the extra mana and reduce mana cost nodes I still can’t run it.

    I followed the tree, I followed the gear as I heavily invested but it is still not running. What am I doing wrong?

    https://www.pathofexile.com/my-account

    Thx in advance for your reply

    Hey, here are several hints that should help out. You can replace one of your Energy From Within Energy From Withins (which is placed below the Templar starting area) with Conqueror's Efficiency Conqueror's Efficiency. Getting corrupted Jewels with 1% Mana reservation reduction is also very helpful. There are several nodes that will lower the cost even further behind Influence / Leadership. Charisma is a very strong cluster that will definitely solve your issues but should remain the last resort since you will probably not have to respec for it. Let me know how it goes, I’d be glad to discuss things further.

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    First of all, thank you very much for your reply.

    I solved the mana and life issue by switching my shield to a prism guardian. This gives 25% reduced mana reservation on socketed gems. I invested two points in the righteous decree node.

    This means I can run all aura’s now: the four purities, discipline, clarity and malevolance.

    However, this meant I lost my spirit shield which gave me 2000 more ES. The guides I have read go for an ES of around 16-19k. I wonder where I will get those numbers from as I don’t have much gear to switch around anymore. I could invest in new boots, a stygian belt and jewel and maybe some upgraded jewelery and that’s about it. Then I still need to buy a watchers eye, these go for around a 100 ex. All in all a pretty expensive build of which I doubt getting the numbers the guides tell me to get.

    As for damage, I feel it’s quite low at the moment. I still have some point to spend as I will level up, but will this make up all the difference? I haven’t got any sockets coming up if I follow the passive tree setup.

    One last question: which passive would you annoint on your amulet? I am thinking of heart of flame, breath of flames or essence surge.

    Thanks!

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    On 26/12/2019 at 10:22 AM, Schwarzenbek said

    First of all, thank you very much for your reply.

    I solved the mana and life issue by switching my shield to a prism guardian. This gives 25% reduced mana reservation on socketed gems. I invested two points in the righteous decree node.

    This means I can run all aura’s now: the four purities, discipline, clarity and malevolance.

    However, this meant I lost my spirit shield which gave me 2000 more ES. The guides I have read go for an ES of around 16-19k. I wonder where I will get those numbers from as I don’t have much gear to switch around anymore. I could invest in new boots, a stygian belt and jewel and maybe some upgraded jewelery and that’s about it. Then I still need to buy a watchers eye, these go for around a 100 ex. All in all a pretty expensive build of which I doubt getting the numbers the guides tell me to get.

    As for damage, I feel it’s quite low at the moment. I still have some point to spend as I will level up, but will this make up all the difference? I haven’t got any sockets coming up if I follow the passive tree setup.

    One last question: which passive would you annoint on your amulet? I am thinking of heart of flame, breath of flames or essence surge.

    Thanks!

    Hey, the Watcher’s Eye will boost your ES by a great amount considering the amount of Mana you are able to achieve. The damage of the build is not the greatest but bosses also had a great increase in Life and the survivability of the build allows you to out-sustain fights, which is a win in the long run. When it comes to annointments Breath of Flames is a great choice.

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    Hello

    I’m having troubles getting below 53% life reserved without getting the “charisma nodes”.
    This is for ice/lightning purities. Fire is in a ring with +3 levels.
    I’m running lvl 4 enlighten, 20 blood magic with 1% jewel and every reservation node except the “charisma nodes”.
    I put everything i had into this build but i can’t seem to get it working as intended.

    Without memory vault it is fine.

  16. Vvckd

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    On 29/12/2019 at 2:46 AM, Skada said

    Hello

    I’m having troubles getting below 53% life reserved without getting the “charisma nodes”.
    This is for ice/lightning purities. Fire is in a ring with +3 levels.
    I’m running lvl 4 enlighten, 20 blood magic with 1% jewel and every reservation node except the “charisma nodes”.
    I put everything i had into this build but i can’t seem to get it working as intended.

    Without memory vault it is fine.

    Hey, not using Memory Vault Memory Vault will be a bit problematic. If you provide a link to your character I’d be glad to help out.

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    edit: fixed it myself

    Edited by Godelot on December 29th, 2019

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    On 29/12/2019 at 8:25 AM, Vvckd said

    On 29/12/2019 at 2:46 AM, Skada said

    Hello

    I’m having troubles getting below 53% life reserved without getting the “charisma nodes”.
    This is for ice/lightning purities. Fire is in a ring with +3 levels.
    I’m running lvl 4 enlighten, 20 blood magic with 1% jewel and every reservation node except the “charisma nodes”.
    I put everything i had into this build but i can’t seem to get it working as intended.

    Without memory vault it is fine.

    Hey, not using Memory Vault Memory Vault will be a bit problematic. If you provide a link to your character I’d be glad to help out.

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Dannesomfan/characters
    Here it is. RighteousDanne.
    I just got my SinTreks, no judging please :)

  19. Vvckd

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    On 29/12/2019 at 4:24 PM, Skada said

    On 29/12/2019 at 8:25 AM, Vvckd said

    On 29/12/2019 at 2:46 AM, Skada said

    Hello

    I’m having troubles getting below 53% life reserved without getting the “charisma nodes”.
    This is for ice/lightning purities. Fire is in a ring with +3 levels.
    I’m running lvl 4 enlighten, 20 blood magic with 1% jewel and every reservation node except the “charisma nodes”.
    I put everything i had into this build but i can’t seem to get it working as intended.

    Without memory vault it is fine.

    Hey, not using Memory Vault Memory Vault will be a bit problematic. If you provide a link to your character I’d be glad to help out.

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Dannesomfan/characters
    Here it is. RighteousDanne.
    I just got my SinTreks, no judging please :)

    Hey, you can use things like Prism Guardian Prism Guardian in order to fix some Mana issues. You should also drop at least one of the Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask. Overall your character looks good.

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    I just really want to avoid using Prism Guardian. Is there no other way?
    I’m thinking anointments maybe but losing 2000 ES from my shield means I need more raw damage.

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