Lacerate Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.11)

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing at Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing Essence Drain Essence Drain and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing Elemental Hit Elemental Hit. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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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:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers


Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Introduction

Lacerate Lacerate is a skill that often flies under the radar, but with the Gladiator reworks and the new Blood and Sand Blood and Sand aura it is one of the skills that benefited most from the attention that melee received in Patch 3.7 Legion. Despite Cyclone Cyclone garnering a lot of the attention, Lacerate Lacerate can reach greater heights on less gear, and with a unique style and flair that few other melee skills have. This is partially because Lacerate Lacerate is not really a true melee skill — in the end game, you will be able to obliterate packs nearly a full screen away, reminiscent of the Vaal Reave Vaal Reave builds of old.

In Patch 3.11 Delirium Lacerate Lacerate remains a great league starter and one of the best melee skills for solo self-found due to its lack of reliance on critical strike or build-making uniques.

Lacerate Delve

Blood and Sand Blood and Sand and Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone transform the skill, giving it two separate sides to the same coin. While in Sand stance, Lacerate has an increased area of effect and angle of attack, but deals slightly less area damage. While in Blood stance, however, nearby enemies are maimed, attacks have a greater chance of inflicting Bleeding, and Bleeding deals more damage, you deal more area damage, but have a narrower angle of attack and less area of effect. This dichotomy gives you the flexibility to clear without comprising your boss damage in any way.

Lacerate Lacerate scales into a proper end-game giant that can deal with virtually any boss and clear with ease. The bleeds the build takes advantage of gives the skill a fresh element that few builds incorporate and allow it to scale without relying on conventional damage stats like Critical Strike. Our Lacerate Lacerate Gladiator is fast and powerful and feels totally fresh.

Build Assessment

Pros

+ Great clear speed
+ Perfect league starter
+ Flexible build path and skill choices
+ Long range melee skill grants more options in how you engage enemies and bosses

Cons

Melee build; requires proper positioning on end-game content and bosses
Not great at facetanking powerful bosses
Bleeding does not scale with Critical Strike; like most Resolute Technique builds, damage caps out around 3.5m DPS

Playstyle and Build Mechanics

While Lacerate Lacerate itself is a fairly straightforward skill, this build has a few moving parts that keep it feeling energetic, such as the new Blood and Sand Blood and Sand aura. Using Leap Slam Leap Slam we can move through the map quickly, using Lacerate Lacerate to quickly rip packs apart.

The Gladiator Ascendancy keystones play perfectly into the strengths of this build; Arena Challenger grants the unique Challenger Chargers, which increase Movement and Attack Speed by 20%, further empowering our clear. Gratuitous Violence causes enemies that are Bleeding to explode and deal 10% of their Maximum Life as Physical damage, functioning as a sort of Inpulsa's Broken Heart Inpulsa's Broken Heart for free. We generate all types of charges and apply Maim Support Maim Support for free. Overall, there is no better choice for this build than Gladiator.

In Sand stance, our Lacerate Lacerate has a greatly increased angle of attack and effective area, which makes clearing feel super smooth and relaxed. In Blood stance, however, the cone of attack is more focused and empowers our damage and bleeds, allowing us to melt down bosses and enemies without much trouble. Curses and defense are very flexible; Vulnerability Vulnerability is fantastic for bosses and bolstering damage, Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark is a good choice for smooth clear and Mana sustain, and Enfeeble Enfeeble remains the king of defense.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

For more in-depth information on the ordering of skills and details and tricks about the tree be sure to check out our Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links page.

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.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for budget or “GG” gear, see recommendations about Jewels or Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks page in its entirety.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet or Talisman
Chest Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast OR Rare Astral Plate Astral Plate
Gloves Rare Spiked Gloves Spiked Gloves
Boots Rare Titan Greaves Titan Greaves OR Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots (Uber Elder)
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Steel Ring Steel Rings
Weapon 1 Crafted/Multi-modded Siege Axe Siege Axe
Weapon 2 Crafted/Multi-modded Siege Axe Siege Axe

For much more detailed information on the best gear, jewels, and flasks to use, be sure to examine our Gear Page in its entirety.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

Leveling

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

Start out with Ground Slam Ground Slam, which you should use until Level 12, when Lacerate Lacerate can be acquired. Lacerate is a fairly strong leveling skill, and is a perfectly fine choice to use all throughout the leveling process and into Maps. Your links for leveling should be:

  1. Lacerate Lacerate
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  4. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  5. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  6. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

Work in Fortify Support Fortify Support once you reach the second half of the game and have acquired a Silver Flask Silver Flask. Early on, linking Lacerate Lacerate to whatever gems are available is fine until you reach the latter acts when Brutality Support Brutality Support and Multistrike Support Multistrike Support become available. Be sure to grab Blood and Sand Blood and Sand immediately at the start of the game, Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone in Act II, and Pride Pride at the start of Act III.

FAQ

What Annointment Should I Use on my Amulet?

  • Offense: Ambidexterity is the best option for pure damage.
  • Utility: Graceful Assault gives you Onslaught for clear, allowing you to drop your Silver Flask Silver Flask. It typically provides the best overall clear speed but loses performance on bosses with few or no adds.
  • Leech: Hematophagy is a great option if you have put some extra points aside for Vaal Pact and Vitality Void.
  • Defense: Discipline and Training will give you a few hundred extra health, which can be enormously beneficial for Hardcore players.

Check out the rest of the guide for more information:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers


Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown

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    I got my first deathless uber elder with this build, Thank you Furty. Ive been following your guides since icy veins.

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    On 08/07/2019 at 9:19 PM, Elyown said

    I got my first deathless uber elder with this build, Thank you Furty. Ive been following your guides since icy veins.

    Congratulations, that’s really great to hear! I appreciate the continued support, don’t hesitate to give a shout if you need any advice. Best of luck out there :)

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    Hi, noob here! Would this build be possible with swords, or are axes mandatory with bleed builds or something? I’m thinking of retooling my Cyclone Slayer to a Gladiator and I’ve already got a couple of good Scaeva.

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    i tried this but i cant understand how you regenerate/leech mana, i have almost no mana to play this build

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    On 24/07/2019 at 7:52 PM, TheMightyThor252 said

    Hi, noob here! Would this build be possible with swords, or are axes mandatory with bleed builds or something? I’m thinking of retooling my Cyclone Slayer to a Gladiator and I’ve already got a couple of good Scaeva.

    Axes are definitely the superior choice, but you can of course retrofit the build to use swords, and respec once you have equivalent Axes if you wish.

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    On 26/07/2019 at 12:51 AM, FANTOZZI said

    i tried this but i cant understand how you regenerate/leech mana, i have almost no mana to play this build

    As quoted in the Gear section:

    You will need at least one item with % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana in order to sustain Lacerate Lacerate without investing points on your Passive Skill Tree.

    Additionally, Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark helps, and you’ll find in the Gear section we also recommend investing towards Mana Leech on certain items. If you have none of these items, invest a point in the small node leading into Vitality Void.

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    Really nice build, having a lot of fun playing it!

    Just wondering, why not Vaal Pact? Our regen is negligeable, and we have very strong attack-speed and leech.
    Might help out in those situations where youre static and dishing out big damage, and the node itself is pretty close.

    Edited by Chobo on August 2nd, 2019

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    On 02/08/2019 at 2:56 AM, Chobo said

    Really nice build, having a lot of fun playing it!

    Just wondering, why not Vaal Pact? Our regen is negligeable, and we have very strong attack-speed and leech.
    Might help out in those situations where youre static and dishing out big damage, and the node itself is pretty close.

    Vaal Pact is perfectly fine. In my case, I didn’t see a huge need for it, and with 4.4% Regeneration you are giving up a little bit of point efficiency. It’s definitely one of those investments you could opt for if you like the feel of it, and you could make an argument for Vitality Void as well depending on your playstyle and preferences.

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    Great guide as always! Do the changes to bleeding DoT multipliers mean that this build would work better without Resolute Technique/as crit-based?

    Thanks in advance!

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    hi, what blight craft should we use on amulet?

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    On 10/09/2019 at 11:02 AM, Swingley said

    Great guide as always! Do the changes to bleeding DoT multipliers mean that this build would work better without Resolute Technique/as crit-based?

    Thanks in advance!

    You’ll definitely have higher potential late-game damage, obviously coming at the cost of significantly increased investment. I’ll look at adding in some additional recommendations for players who want to push that envelope a bit further.

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    On 15/09/2019 at 8:16 AM, Reaveden said

    hi, what blight craft should we use on amulet?

    I’ll be adding annointment advice to my builds this week, but there are numerous options to fill out what you need.

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    Sweet guide! Having loads of fun! I was curious about the passive tree, should we save the constitution wheel for last? Or should we spec into it earlier if we are feeling squishy.

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    On 15/09/2019 at 7:15 PM, bighoss33 said

    Sweet guide! Having loads of fun! I was curious about the passive tree, should we save the constitution wheel for last? Or should we spec into it earlier if we are feeling squishy.

    Definitely the latter — I’m a hardcore player so I tend to prioritize living first — since you want to maximize opportunity to generate experience and damage, particularly in threatening situations like blights [and blighted maps].

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    Hi,i have played this build in few days and it feel so good,thank you.

    How do you think amulet Impresence?it gives armour,hp,and a lot of damage, its a perfect amulet for this build imo.

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    On 16/09/2019 at 3:51 AM, jasong0113 said

    Hi,i have played this build in few days and it feel so good,thank you.

    How do you think amulet Impresence?it gives armour,hp,and a lot of damage, its a perfect amulet for this build imo.

    It’s definitely a viable choice!

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    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/grudaa_/characters

    hi, this is my character soo far in Blight league can u tell me if it is good and what should i change :)

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    On 17/09/2019 at 6:40 PM, Reaveden said

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/grudaa_/characters

    hi, this is my character soo far in Blight league can u tell me if it is good and what should i change :)

    Looking good so far. Some more/better Jewels and 20/20 Gems will go a long way plus some Steel Ring Steel Rings.

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    On 17/09/2019 at 11:37 PM, Furty said

    On 17/09/2019 at 6:40 PM, Reaveden said

    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/grudaa_/characters

    hi, this is my character soo far in Blight league can u tell me if it is good and what should i change :)

    Looking good so far. Some more/better Jewels and 20/20 Gems will go a long way plus some Steel Ring Steel Rings.

    thanks man! i will do that next! :D

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    https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/grudaa_/characters

    hi, update of my build! :D but i need like 50dext to run blood rage :/

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