Due to the latest balancing changes, we do not recommend playing this build anymore, as it does not meet the high standards we apply to our guides in terms of fun and performance. We are leaving it up as a reference and it might be revived in a later patch.
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. Keep in mind with the changes in the past few leagues this build has gone towards more of a glass cannon build at higher budgets.
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 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.
+ 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
– 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 Low Budget gear, High budget gear, a Multiple skill trees, 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 .
Playstyle and Build Mechanics
This Bleed Bow Gladiator uses a bow — the name is a dead giveaway — to apply lethal bleeds using Puncture and Split Arrow. 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.
Passive Skill Tree and PoB’s
We go over the PoB’s and skill trees on our Skill Tree and Gem Links page
We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our 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.
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.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Head||Rare Evasion Helmet or Assailum — Life/Resistances/Intelligence|
|Amulet||Rare Amulet ( Agate Amulet preferred) — Life/Physical Damage/DoT Multiplier|
|Chest||_Rare Armour/Evasion base _ — Life/Resistances/Evasion|
|Gloves||Rare Slink Gloves — Life/Resistances|
|Boots||Rare Boots — Life/Movement Speed/Resistances|
|Rings||Rare 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.
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
Using 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.
At level 4, you should pick up Dash for additional mobility.
By level 8, your Split Arrow link should look like this.
At this point you should also have single target Puncture setup.
At level 10, you should add Blink Arrow for additional mobility.
- Split Arrow
- Chance to Bleed Support
- Pierce Support
- Vicious Projectiles Support
- Deadly Ailments Support
- Onslaught Support
At level 24, you can add Purity of Elements for additional defenses 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.
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: