Ultimate Bleed Bow Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Scourge 3.16)

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3.16 Scourge Disclaimer

The Scourge Challenge League has turned Path of Exile on its head in many new and exciting ways. While the full scope of the changes have not yet been fully felt, we expect several updates to this build over the first week of the league as new insights are gained through playtesting.

Introduction

The Bleed Bow Gladiator has become a community favorite and a powerhouse that can function at any level of gear. Gladiator is the perfect Ascendancy to facilitate this damage over time focused character, providing huge amounts of innate bleed chance, damage, and defense. All of this combines to make a character that is a capable all-rounder, with devastating single target damage and clear.

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If you haven’t played a bleed character before, virtually all of the damage comes from the bleed itself. We use tools like Ensnaring Arrow Ensnaring Arrow to ensure that we can take full advantage of this effect in any situation. This build can also make incredible use of some of those end-game influenced items, which gives you practically infinite room to optimize, craft, and upgrade.

3.16 Changes

Skill tree pathing has changed significantly, as with all builds. We get a lot more Life with less investment and damage is up in most cases, however, there aren’t many Masteries this build can make effective use of as the Bleeding ones are very lackluster at the moment. Masteries do offer a lot of flexibility, especially in defense, and you can easily configure the build to have even more Life or Evasion for a beefier exile.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Good single target capability, requires low uptime as virtually all damage is from your bleed (allowing you to focus on mechanics)

+ Well rounded defenses and corpse removal from bleed explosion

+ Works on any level of budget and very SSF capable

+ Clear matches up well with top tier clear builds

Cons

End game gear is specific and expensive or requires crafting knowledge

Can’t deal with Physical Reflect

Has a few gear breakpoints where it can plateau before the next big item is acquired

Path of Building

Path of Building for this build is available here.

Included is the recommended set of mid-game gear, a full skill tree, and all the gem links needed to get the build to tick.

We use the Path of Building Community Fork for all of our builds, which is highly recommended. If you are encountering errors importing the build, please ensure you are using the Community Fork.

Furty’s Character from 3.13 Ritual League

Click here to refer to with Furty’s Ultimate Bleed Bow Gladiator in 3.13 Ritual League.

Playstyle and Build Mechanics

This Bleed Bow Gladiator uses a bow — the name is a dead giveaway — to apply lethal bleeds using Puncture Puncture and Rain of Arrows Rain of Arrows. Anyone who favors big and juicy damage over time effects is going to have an absolute riot with this style of ranged assassin. Very few things feel as satisfying as applying an eviscerating bleed to a beefy boss and watching its health drain smoothly down in a couple of seconds as you safely kite.

Enemies pop with a cathartic splatter via our Ascendancy, which sounds sweet and doubles as a defensive layer that prevents corpse reanimation or detonation. The build has a lot of malleability and most of your utility links can be adjusted to suit player taste. No matter how you configure your character, however, you’re always left with a reasonably tanky ranged reaper that can eviscerate virtually all available content without issue.

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Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended early-game skill tree for our Ultimate Bleed Bow Gladiator.

For more details on the Passive Tree, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page for in-depth information. The Path of Building has a more end-game tree with cluster jewels.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Gems

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

Gem Link Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

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

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page thoroughly.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Evasion Helmet or Assailum Assailum — Life/Resistances/Intelligence
Amulet Rare Amulet (Agate Amulet Agate Amulet preferred) — Life/Physical Damage/DoT Multiplier
Chest Rare Assassin's Garb Assassin's Garb — Life/Resistances/Evasion
Gloves Rare Slink Gloves Slink Gloves — Life/Resistances
Boots Rare Boots — Life/Movement Speed/Resistances
Belt Ryslatha's Coil Ryslatha's Coil
Rings Rare Steel Ring Steel Rings
Weapon Rare Bleed Bow

For in-depth recommendations for gear, flasks, jewels, and crafting advice be sure to read our Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

Leveling

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

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?

Dirty Techniques or Cleaving.

Check out the rest of the guide for any additional information:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers


Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

Changelog

  • 3.16 Scourge; updated the skill tree, gem links, and rebuilt POB to match some of the updates to gear and clusters.

  • 3.15 Expedition updates.

  • 3.14 Ultimatum first round of updates. More to come when new Bleed mod is in POB.

  • Added video of full Pit of the Chimera (with Maven) clear.

  • Updated Build Assessment and Introduction.

  • Added Furty's profile link for his 3.13 character and expanded explanation in the Gems section.

  • 3.13 Ritual; Full re-write from the ground up by Furty — every word is brand new. Absolute powerhouse for the new league.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • Build added.

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  1. 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

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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

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    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!

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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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    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?

  19. Vvckd

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    On 09/05/2020 at 6:26 PM, Etix said

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

    Hey, fixed, thanks!

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