Blade Flurry Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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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

The Blade Flurry Gladiator is a character that aims to get as much Block Chance as possible while also having a good amount of Armour and Evasion Rating. Gladiator’s Gratuitous Violence allows us to use single target setup for Blade Flurry Blade Flurry while also remaining with very high clear speed. This essentially means in a build like this the clear speed is almost the same as Reave Reave, but the single target is way better.

Having above 60% Chance to Block Attacks and Spells is a very strong way of mitigating damage. For the build, we choose to play with a one-handed sword since this allows to build around critical strikes. Swords have the best passive nodes on the passive skill tree when it comes to efficiency with one-handed Critical-based builds.

Build Summary

The Blade Flurry Blade Flurry Gladiator does not need any mandatory unique items, just recommended ones. It can be played as a league-starter. When it comes to mapping you can gear very easily for the beginning of it. Considering how Gratuitous Violence deals damage based on monster’s life it scales very well into higher map tiers.

A simple Scaeva Scaeva can carry you until red maps. After that you should spend some currency on a well rolled rapier that has decent pDPS, attack speed and critical chance. The build scales well with gear and you can feel the progress.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Amazing survivability
+ Great clear speed
+ Can be played with no investment, great league-starter

Cons

- Has a bit less single target damage compared to other top tier builds

Playstyle

Offensively, use Shield Charge Shield Charge to move around. Briefly channelling with Blade Flurry Blade Flurry will be enough to explode the whole monster pack via Gratuitous Violence. For single target your extreme survivability will let you stand still and obliterate bosses by keeping high stacks of Blade Flurry. Blood Rage Blood Rage should be used for additional Frenzy charges and attack speed since you will have enough life regeneration and leech to mitigate its downside. Dread Banner Dread Banner should be used for additional damage.

Defensively, capping your Chance to Block at 75% for both attacks and spells is completely realistic, which means only 25% of hits will actually hit you. Block is a defensive mechanic that is very underused considering its power. A good amount of Armour and Evasion Rating is easily obtainable. The little damage you take will be easily leeched back. Blade Flurry Blade Flurry has a decent area of effect, so you can keep your distance most of the time, you do not have to charge straight into packs of monsters.

The way % Chance to Block works is that every hit directed to you is checked by your % Chance to Block; if you roll a Block, you completely mitigate the hit’s damage. The % Chance to Block Attacks and % Chance to Block Spells are two different things in Path of Exile, but this build will gain both by ascending into Versatile Combatant, so you mainly focus on stacking up % Chance to Block Attacks, which translates into % Chance to Block Spells.

For newer players, it is important to note that there are many effects in Path of Exile that cannot be blocked, like ground effects, Corrupted Blood, bleeds, etc. So, while reaching 75% chance to Block (including spells) will make you very durable, it by no means guarantees you will not die. For example, to avoid Bleeding effects, make sure to have Bleed removal / Immunity on your flasks.

Passive Tree

Here is the endgame passive skill tree which achieves solid balance between offence and defense. As always, you have the freedom to drop few damage nodes to pick up more Life or vise versa.

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 Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Loreweave Loreweave
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Sword
Shield Lioneye's Remorse Lioneye's Remorse

Leveling

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

Leveling the build from scratch is easy. Use skills like Frost Blades Frost Blades and Sunder Sunder until you get Blade Flurry Blade Flurry, and move around with Shield Charge Shield Charge. The clear speed will pick up when you manage to do the Cruel Labyrinth. The build easily gets into maps.

Leveling Trees

Use this this build before transitioning into Critical Strikes.

While leveling, we recommend that you first pick pick all the Life and Damage nodes around the Marauder and Scion starting areas, and then go for the shield nodes.

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. Redbeak Redbeak and The Screaming Eagle The Screaming Eagle provide great amount of damage which can easily carry you up to Act IV.

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 extremely rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have vast amounts of 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. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 10, you are able to add Shield Charge Shield Charge, which will help with your mobility.

At level 12, you should replace your Frost Blades Frost Blades link with the following one.

  1. Sunder Sunder
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support

At level 16, you should add Herald of Purity Herald of Purity.

By level 18, your Sunder Sunder link should look something like this:

  1. Sunder Sunder
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  6. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 24, you should add Hatred Hatred.

Finally, at level 28, you can transition into Blade Flurry Blade Flurry, your signature skill. We recommend the following link.

  1. Blade Flurry Blade Flurry
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  6. Close Combat

FAQ

Can This Build Do Reflect Maps?

No, the physical explosions created from Gratuitous Violence will obliterate you on physical reflect maps. The damage provided from Hatred Hatred will probably be enough to kill yourself on elemental reflect too.

Is There Any Type of Content the Build Cannot Do?

Except for the reflect maps, the build is very versatile and can do anything, as long as you are well geared and have damage and life. The block mechanic is extremely strong and will save you in many lethal encounters.

Conclusion

If the extremely tanky and safe melee build is your type of thing, this build should satisfy you. The damage is also good enough for endgame encounters. Considering it can be started from scratch without any investments makes the build that much better and accessible.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build is still very strong and a good choice for those who like good balance between offense and defense.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build gets a slight nerf via changes to monster Armour.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build remains unchanged and is still solid.

  •   

    Revisited the whole build guide and updated Passive trees and Gem sections for Legion 3.7.

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    Improved Gem and Gearing sections.

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    Updated passive trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Made the playstyle section more descriptive, and improved the gearing section by providing more detailed recommendations.

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    Reworked Gem Link and Gem Progression sections for improved visibility.

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    I love duelist builds, but I had a question. On the passive tree you have Aspect of the Panther (over in the ranger section), which is for dual wield. Weapon Artistry works for either, but unless I’m missing something isn’t Aspect of the Panther only for dual wielding?

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    You should pick the two shield nodes below it, Thank you for the comment, the tree is fixed now.

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    You have a 6 link in the 5.1 section and the 7.3 section. Which one is recommended for end game?

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    On 20/07/2019 at 6:11 AM, Jason said

    You have a 6 link in the 5.1 section and the 7.3 section. Which one is recommended for end game?

    7.3 Is under 7.0 Levelling, use that link while levelling and switch to the endgame version when you start doing maps.

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    Ok thank you for your response

    Edited by Jason on July 21st, 2019

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    Can I use Whirling Blades instead shield charge?

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    And what weapon use before I can use Scaeva?

    Edited by Navel on July 21st, 2019

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    On 21/07/2019 at 9:28 AM, Navel said

    And what weapon use before I can use Scaeva?

    Pretty much any decent Physical rare or unique can be used prior to it, you will not have any problems progressing through the levelling content since Blade Flurry Blade Flurry has great single target and decent clearing any ways.

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    How does damage on full life work with blood rage? I know it stops buffing you but is it still beneficial or are you supposed to wait to cast blood rage until you get hit or is something like maim a better option while using blood rage?

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    On 25/07/2019 at 9:27 AM, Jason said

    How does damage on full life work with blood rage? I know it stops buffing you but is it still beneficial or are you supposed to wait to cast blood rage until you get hit or is something like maim a better option while using blood rage?

    If your Life Regeneration outweigths the Blood Rage Blood Rage degeneration effect you are considered full Life and benefit from Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support. With this build you easily reach the point where you have more than 4% Life Regenerated per second.

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    I much prefer leap slam as a mobility skill especially on lab and boss fights, is there any downside to this or is shield charge just a personal preference to you?

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    On 03/09/2019 at 5:11 PM, ReznoV said

    I much prefer leap slam as a mobility skill especially on lab and boss fights, is there any downside to this or is shield charge just a personal preference to you?

    Hey, Leap Slam Leap Slam is an amazing skill and you can definitely use it as a main mobility skill. The downside of it is that it is not as “spammy” as Shield Charge Shield Charge, simply because consecutive Leap Slams have delay between the attacks after the first one. It is definitely up to personal preference and you should use whatever you like better.

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    Hi. Firstly I want to say, great work with all the build guides. Thanks for that. I always follow your guides when making a new character. I have an odd question, probably not viable but I’ll ask anyway. I like the whole block idea behind this build, but also want a durable character, so is there a way I can change this into a poison build? Without loosing the main skill? It’s just a thought because I really want to try this but with poison as my main damage. If it’s even possible in any way. Thanks in advance.

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    On 13/09/2019 at 2:44 AM, Dirk said

    Hi. Firstly I want to say, great work with all the build guides. Thanks for that. I always follow your guides when making a new character. I have an odd question, probably not viable but I’ll ask anyway. I like the whole block idea behind this build, but also want a durable character, so is there a way I can change this into a poison build? Without loosing the main skill? It’s just a thought because I really want to try this but with poison as my main damage. If it’s even possible in any way. Thanks in advance.

    Hey, thanks for the kind feedback. If you want to play a Poison build you are definitely better off playing an Assassin. If you try to build a Poison Gladiator you will simply lose too much damage compared to the other class.

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    Maybe a stupid question, but I recently started playing PoE using your build. I´m currently LVL 31 and purchased Blade Flurry from Clarissa. However, due to my lack of INT I can´t use Blade Flurry. In your proposed build, your endgame base stat for INT is 24, and even the LVL 1 Blade Flurry gem requires 28 INT. My question is: How do I use Blade Flurry considering my low INT stat (I have been following your passive skill tree)?

    Thanks in advance.

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    On 04/01/2020 at 9:23 PM, iamvile said

    Maybe a stupid question, but I recently started playing PoE using your build. I´m currently LVL 31 and purchased Blade Flurry from Clarissa. However, due to my lack of INT I can´t use Blade Flurry. In your proposed build, your endgame base stat for INT is 24, and even the LVL 1 Blade Flurry gem requires 28 INT. My question is: How do I use Blade Flurry considering my low INT stat (I have been following your passive skill tree)?

    Thanks in advance.

    Hey, welcome to Path of Exile, we are here to help. You should not worry about Int on the passive tree too much, you can acquire it on items such as Helmet, Rings and Amulet. A simple Lapis Amulet Lapis Amulet will solve your issues early on.

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    What do you recommend for amulet anointment? It seems that Bloodletting might be useful, or Rampart if using Fortify and you want to be more defensive. Or Command of Steel for the bump in Block chance.

    Edited by Mr Humphries on January 24th, 2020

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    On 24/01/2020 at 9:17 PM, Mr Humphries said

    What do you recommend for amulet anointment? It seems that Bloodletting might be useful, or Rampart if using Fortify and you want to be more defensive. Or Command of Steel for the bump in Block chance.

    Hey, they are all great. I’d also recommend checking out Blade Master, Blade of Cunning and Dismembering.

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    Hi. I’m a new player as well. Could you please explain which way should I go first on the skill tree? I’m not sure in which order I should pick up the nodes.

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    On 11/03/2020 at 11:34 AM, blackpearl said

    Hi. I’m a new player as well. Could you please explain which way should I go first on the skill tree? I’m not sure in which order I should pick up the nodes.

    Hey, simply pick up Damage or Life according to your needs while levelling. Leave the Crit nodes for last, you’d preferably want to start investing into Crit at level 60+.

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