Bleed-based Bow Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Harvest 3.11)

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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 Bleed-based Bow Gladiator is a great choice if you prefer the Bleed-oriented builds. It has extreme endgame potential if you have enough currency to invest into best-in-slot items. The character’s main idea is to inflict very powerful Bleed effects, which can stack multiple times on a single target via the Crimson Dance keystone notable. This build has very high single target damage potential along with a smooth clear speed via the Gladiator’s Gratuitous Violence.

We mainly scale our damage by taking advantage of Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall, as when placed near Cleaving, Slaughter, and Razor’s Edge we are able to pick extremely strong melee nodes, which are transformed into Bow nodes. Along with these we also pick Deadly Draw, which results in a total of 45% “Bleeding you inflict deals damage #% faster”, essentially doubling our Bleed damage. The build is also non-Crit and we take Resolute Technique in order to solve Accuracy Rating issues.

For clearing, we choose to use Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows, while Puncture Puncture proves to be our best skill choice for single target.

Build Summary

Ideally, in an endgame scenario we want to play around Blasphemer's Grasp Blasphemer's Grasp in combination with full set of Elder-based items. This can result in a 150% increased damage with Ailments just from the Gloves, which allows us to invest our passive nodes in other places instead of inefficient damage nodes. Overall, the character will require some serious tweaking before it would be finished but it will be definitely worth it, simply because you will easily be able to tackle the hardest of Path of Exile’s content.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Good clear speed
+ Insane single target damage potential

Cons

- Expensive to gear up
- Dies to Physical Reflect

Playstyle

Offensively, the build feels very good while clearing with Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows, Gratuitous Violence being the main reason. When you need to deal maximum single target damage, simply make sure you stack up your Bleeds on the target via Puncture Puncture. In boss fights Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows also helps out with its increased effect of Maim.

Defensively, you will stun enemies most of the time, simply because you are dealing only Physical damage, which is the best type of damage when it comes to stunning. The character also reaches a very respectable amount of Life and Life sustain via the Life Leech from Blood Rage Blood Rage and other sources.

For playstyle, attack once or twice with Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows in order to destroy monster packs. Ideally, before stacking up Bleeds on a tough boss via Puncture Puncture, you would want to activate your Focus skill, which is acquired by crafting “% increased Duration of Ailments you inflict while Focussed” on your Helmet; this can be a great damage increase if properly used. Swapping between Blood and Sand stance via Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone will ensure you have good uptime on your Arena Challenger stacks.

Passive tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree for the build.

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 Elder-based Helmet
Amulet Rare Elder-based Amulet
Chest Rare Elder-based Body Armour
Gloves Blasphemer's Grasp Blasphemer's Grasp
Boots Rare Elder-based Boots
Belt Ryslatha's Coil Ryslatha's Coil
Rings Rare Elder-based Rings
Weapon Rare Elder-based Bow
Quiver Rare Elder-based Quiver

Leveling

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

The character can easily be leveled as melee by using powerful leveling skills like Ground Slam Ground Slam and Earthquake Earthquake. You can also invest some passive points into One-Handed or Two-Handed melee weapons, which will be re-speced later on.

Leveling Trees

With this passive skill tree we aim to pick up Resolute Technique as soon as possible, then we can invest into some Bleed nodes like Bloodletting and Red Storm, then we are ready to pick Crimson Dance. Considering this is a guide for a relatively expensive character, we’ve crafted the passive tree with having Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall in mind even early on.

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. Split Arrow Split Arrow
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support

At level 4, you should pick up Dash Dash for additional mobility.

By level 8, your Split Arrow Split Arrow link should look like this.

  1. Split Arrow Split Arrow
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  4. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At this point you should also have single target Puncture Puncture setup.

  1. Puncture Puncture
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support

At level 10, you should add Blink Arrow Blink Arrow for additional mobility.

At level 16, you should add Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone and Ensnaring Arrow Ensnaring Arrow.

By level 18, your Split Arrow Split Arrow and Puncture Puncture links should look like this.

Split Arrow

  1. Split Arrow Split Arrow
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  4. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
  5. Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support
  6. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

Puncture

  1. Puncture Puncture
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support
  4. Deadly Ailments Support Deadly Ailments Support
  5. Maim Support Maim Support

At level 24, you can add Malevolence Malevolence for additional damage, although it might reserve too much of your Mana, in which case you can wait until you have a reliable source source of Mana leech.

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to run?

You will one-shot yourself to Physical Reflect. No Regeneration and Cannot Leech are also very nasty. Monster have Chance to Avoid Bleeds also reduces your damage and clear speed by a considerable amount, although it is very manageable.

What anointment should we go for?

Both Hunter’s Gambit and Master Fletcher are great notables you can pick up.

Conclusion

The Bleed-based Bow Gladiator is a character that specializes in inflicting very powerful Bleed effects on enemies with two different Bow skills, depending on the type of content you are dealing with. For clearing we use Vaal Rain of Arrows Vaal Rain of Arrows and for single target we greatly utilize Puncture Puncture. Keep in mind this is one of the best Bleed-based Bow builds out there that has an immense endgame potential, but it comes at the cost of being really expensive to fully gear and requiring some in-depth game knowledge, which is why it is not recommended for newer players.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Harvest 3.11. The build is looking solid and plays out as before.

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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build remains extremely solid and only gets better with new Cluster Jewel notables.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build gets buffs in serveral ways: the addition of Ensnaring Arrow; buffs to Bow bases in general; buff to the Rain of Arrows gem.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build received a tremendous buff via the addition of Damage over Time Multiplier for Bleeding.

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    Build added.

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    Well for Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall usage it is not quite far enough for reaching Cleaving axe note

  2. Vvckd

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    On 27/08/2019 at 12:21 PM, MKRei said

    Well for Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall usage it is not quite far enough for reaching Cleaving axe note

    Bleeding deal damage 15% faster is what we pick it for, it applies to all Bleeds.

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    On 28/08/2019 at 5:04 AM, Vvckd said

    On 27/08/2019 at 12:21 PM, MKRei said

    Well for Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall usage it is not quite far enough for reaching Cleaving axe note

    Bleeding you inflict deals damage 15% faster is what we pick it for, it applies to all Bleeds.

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    can you flesh out the guide a little bit more for beginners? Just started and wondering what other gem-links to use.

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    On 27/03/2020 at 1:38 PM, coco said

    can you flesh out the guide a little bit more for beginners? Just started and wondering what other gem-links to use.

    Hey, it is pretty straight forward as it is now. I understand PoE can be very overwhelming and this is why we are here to help. Ask anything and I’d be glad to answer.

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    Yo. I am new to POE. onto making a second character but this build is too damn confusing. Firstly, it got no links to poe trade or weighted sums. Secondly already mindblown how you are telling me to 6-link Vaal Earthquake, 6-link Vaal Rain of Arrows, and 6-Link Puncture. I do have a Tabula Rosa to start fresh for 2nd character and then you give me so much leeway in equipment department. Like I am just here to have fun, not figure out the best equipment. Here for a good time, not a long time.

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    Hey! I didn’t quite get how to add “Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Vicious Projectiles”. when using the corroded fossil, the item will reroll, right?

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    Is the axe and sword % damage the most efficient way to invest the points? I see that there is percent bleed and stuff in the paths as well but I feel like they could go towards life leech or something of the sort. Could you explain the logic there please? I’m pretty new.

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    On 01/04/2020 at 1:33 PM, baneofcerberus said

    Is the axe and sword % damage the most efficient way to invest the points? I see that there is percent bleed and stuff in the paths as well but I feel like they could go towards life leech or something of the sort. Could you explain the logic there please? I’m pretty new.

    Hey, we get them for the 15% Faster Bleed damage. You will also need Lioneye's Fall Lioneye's Fall to benefit from the melee stats.

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    What do you think of trading one of the bow support gems for a Siege Ballista Siege Ballista? Adds a new source of DPS/bleed and will distract enemies from coming after you. In addition, for bosses with proximity shield, you can put one in there and jump off to safety.

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    On 08/04/2020 at 3:01 PM, DarthBeepe said

    What do you think of trading one of the bow support gems for a Siege Ballista Siege Ballista? Adds a new source of DPS/bleed and will distract enemies from coming after you. In addition, for bosses with proximity shield, you can put one in there and jump off to safety.

    Hey, I’d say that although this might seem like a good idea I’d not recommend it. If you want to use a Ballista you can simply use Ensnaring Arrow Ensnaring Arrow + Ballista Totem Support Ballista Totem Support or just use Decoy Totem Decoy Totem.

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    Hey,

    Thank you for the in depth build. I came back for this league and made this my starter hero- been fun! I have been fortunate to say the least in term of currency.. already have a Lioneye’s at lvl 50.

    Question: It was stated above but you did not answer- The Lioneye’ gem circle does not reach the “Cleaving” node to receive the +15% bleed damage speed. Is this critical for the build to work? Since it does not reach, what would be you’re preferred Nodes of the 3? (Sword, Axe, “Cleave”). I went with the Axe first to pick up that nice 10% chance of Onslaught on kill as well as the attack speed.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks again!

    Edited by Bomb3r on April 12th, 2020

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    On 12/04/2020 at 3:33 PM, Bomb3r said

    Hey,

    Thank you for the in depth build. I came back for this league and made this my starter hero- been fun! I have been fortunate to say the least in term of currency.. already have a Lioneye’s at lvl 50.

    Question: It was stated above but you did not answer- The Lioneye’ gem circle does not reach the “Cleaving” node to receive the +15% bleed damage speed. Is this critical for the build to work? Since it does not reach, what would be you’re preferred Nodes of the 3? (Sword, Axe, “Cleave”). I went with the Axe first to pick up that nice 10% chance of Onslaught on kill as well as the attack speed.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks again!

    “Bleeding you inflict deals damage 15% faster” applies to all Bleeds, not just ones with Axes. The main thing you lose on is the Ailment damage increase, but it is not that big of a deal. Hopefully this is clear enough, if not I’d be glad to discuss things further.

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    “Bleeding you inflict deals damage 15% faster” applies to all Bleeds, not just ones with Axes. The main thing you lose on is the Ailment damage increase, but it is not that big of a deal. Hopefully this is clear enough, if not I’d be glad to discuss things further.

    Yes I am aware, BUT the Lioneye’s gem circle does NOT reach that node. You are unable to get that talent. That is what I am asking. I have not seen it to be an issue so far but am still curious.

    Thanks!

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    The Lioneye’s radius is only relevant for changing the weapon-specific attributes to bow attributes. As the faster bleeding effect is weapon independent, it does not matter if it’s in the jewel’s range, it’s enough to allocate the node to get that bonus.

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    But I actually have another question: what would you pick as extra notable on the amulet by using the oils from Blight encounters? Pure Life such as “Discipline and Training” or “Avatar of the Hunt” for the damage and bleed bonus?

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    On 16/04/2020 at 8:44 PM, DarthBeepe said

    But I actually have another question: what would you pick as extra notable on the amulet by using the oils from Blight encounters? Pure Life such as “Discipline and Training” or “Avatar of the Hunt” for the damage and bleed bonus?

    Yep, those are great ones.

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    I have problems with the mana reserve and im always out mana

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    On 07/05/2020 at 2:16 PM, seftras said

    I have problems with the mana reserve and im always out mana

    Hey, can you please provide a link to your character.

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    Hi there. Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Vicious Projectiles, doesn’t seem to exist as a prefix?

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