Dominating Blow Guardian Build Guide (PoE Heist 3.12)

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INTRODUCTION

Dominating Blow Dominating Blow is an insanely strong league start ability offering a lot of variations for the end game. This guide specifically utilizes Herald of Purity Herald of Purity in the end-game for that extra push of both clear speed as well as significant boss damage scaling. Thanks to the straight forward design of the ability we are able to tweak this build in to some pretty juicy defensive styles allowing it to be a solid first choice for starting a league in Hardcore as well!

Below you can see the build in action from my YouTube guide. Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated information.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ghazzy clocked over 25K hours in PoE, with the main focus of creating helpful content for new players & veterans alike in the form of guides in general for the community. He hosted the Build Creation Panel at ExileCon 2019 and now creates guides here on PoE Vault for your pleasure. You can follow him on Twitch, YouTube or Twitter. You can also join his Discord Community.

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.

Gear, Jewels & Flask Page

PoB, Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits & Pantheon Powers

BUILD OVERVIEW

In this section I will outline the pros, cons, & the general playstyle. This will allow you to determine if the build is for you or not!

PROS

+ Beefy – Despite being a minion build, it packs a very comfortable eHP #, as well as mitigation, allowing it to function in Hardcore very well.

+ League Starter – The only somewhat mandatory item for this build is super cheap even during the first few days of a league release.

+ Bosser – Minion builds are in a current state of bliss where bosses simply just melt with the damage output available.

CONS

Face-tanking Bosses – The build requires you to consistently be hitting enemy bosses to keep your minions up.

Minion Build – Since your minions are doing the heavy lifting, defensive layers such as leeching are not favorable in this build. It will rely on regeneration & life flasks if you take any damage.

PLAYSTYLE

The build uses Dominating Blow Dominating Blow, which summons sentinel minions based of the Rarity of the enemy you hit with the ability, in a few different ways: if you strike a Unique enemy you have a 25% chance to summon a normal sentinel of dominance (this is the main way to keep minions up against bosses). You will be guaranteed a sentinel if a Normal, Magic or Rare enemy dies within 1 second of being hit by Dominating Blow. The sentinel summoned will copy the modifiers that enemy had, so if a Rare enemy you kill has an aura modifier granting Haste to nearby allies, your Rare sentinel will also have that aura. This is where Dominating Blow becomes REALLY fun to play, as you can get some absolutely crazy combinations!

DAMAGE SCALING AND DEFENSIVE LAYERS

The build pumps out a beautiful eHP count of ~7K Life with complete cap of both attack & spell block thanks to the Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction flask. The damage scaling is very straightforward in this build, as it is ultimately a very generic minion-oriented build. With an army of minions you can utilize modifiers such as Blind & Taunt on Hit on a Ghastly Eye Jewel Ghastly Eye Jewels.

CURRENT LEAGUE TIPS & TRICKS

3.12 Heist League doesn’t offer a lot of tricks for this build other than the generic cheese strategy to deal with tight corners and doors. If you stand on the side, away from any line of sight to enemies on the other side of a door being opened, you can have your minions deal with the threat whilst you’re keeping yourself safe and sound out of harm’s way.

PoB AND PASSIVE SKILL TREE

The PoB community fork created by Localidentity is the only version being kept up to date, so make sure you have the correct version: PoB Community Fork.

Here is the Dominating Blow PoB and for a quick glance over the finished skill tree for this version, check out this link.

You can find more information on our dedicated page.

PoB & Passive Skill Tree Page

GEARING

You can read more details about our gearing recommendations on the dedicated page, but for now you can see a summarized version below.

Gear Page

Item Slot Item Name/Mods Rarity
Head Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Amulet Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Chest Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Gloves Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Boots Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Belt Darkness Enthroned Darkness Enthroned Unique
Rings Circle of Guilt Circle of Guilt (HoP Reservation) Unique
Weapon The Scourge The Scourge Unique
Shield Life then Res/Attributes as needed; can include “% chance to block spell dmg” Rare

ASCENDANCY, BANDIT & PANTHEON RECOMMENDATIONS

You can read about the recommended Ascendancy, Bandit choice, and Pantheon Power recommendations for this build on our dedicated page.

Ascendancy, Bandit & Pantheon Power Page

LEVELING

You can level with Dominating Blow as you get the skill at level 28, until then it is recommended to utilize both Raise Zombie Raise Zombie with Summon Holy Relic Summon Holy Relic & Smite Smite.

To check the more detailed leveling advise, I’d recommend looking at the leveling section of the skill tree & gem link page.

Once at level 28, the links for DB should be like this in order of importance:

  1. Dominating Blow Dominating Blow
  2. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  3. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support

If you have a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa, the remaining 2 links while leveling should be:

  1. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  2. Maim Support Maim Support

For more general leveling advice, we recommend the following guides.

QUESTIONS?

To guarantee that my guides are tools you can utilize to enhance your experience in Path of Exile, all you need to do is post your question in the comments and I will personally attend to them as soon as possible.

FINAL NOTES

As much as I love making build guides, it is very crucial in a game like Path of Exile that you play the game the way you enjoy playing it. With that said, if you’ve made any tweaks to the build compared to what I’m showing in this guide I would love if you’d posted it in the comments! It’s an effective way to show other approaches and it helps me grow as a build guide creator!

I hope you found the build guide useful and I wish you all many Exalted Orb Exalted Orb drops!

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    Hey, up to this season I played the Dominating Blow Guardian to my satisfaction. Noticing this build it occurs to me that the build has significantly changed!

    I am about to start it but I noticed that you don’t mention any shield nor any gem links for in a shield. Is that on purpose or did you forget? Eitherway I’m going to use the shield set up from the 3.10 Dominating Blow setup (if I can find it!).

    If you have a good suggestion for a shield, let me know!

    Thanks!

    Edited by Regilla on November 19th, 2020

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    On 19/11/2020 at 1:07 PM, Regilla said

    Hey, up to this season I played the Dominating Blow Guardian to my satisfaction. Noticing this build it occurs to me that the build has significantly changed!

    I am about to start it but I noticed that you don’t mention any shield nor any gem links for in a shield. Is that on purpose or did you forget? Eitherway I’m going to use the shield set up from the 3.10 Dominating Blow setup (if I can find it!).

    If you have a good suggestion for a shield, let me know!

    Thanks!

    Hey,

    I’ve sorted this miss and it will be shown momentarily! :)

    Focus for the shield is high life, res & attributes as needed and for higher budget look for #% increased chance to block spell damage!

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    Hi great build. been playing a while and it is smooth and great league starter. I don’t do well on single target though. :(
    I was wondering why all the ES boots and gloves? Is there any particular reason for the sorcerers equips and not go for more armor?

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