Lacerate Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Legion 3.7)

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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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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.

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.

In Patch 3.7.0 Legion, Lacerate Lacerate is a great league starter that 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
+ Strong single target damage (~2.5 million DPS in average gear)
+ 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 designed to facetank bosses like Minotaur
- 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.

The most essential keystone is Resolute Technique, which offers a large boost in damage. Bleeding ticks cannot deal Critical Strikes, which makes this keystone even more well suited to this build than most. You will also want to pick up all of the Axe notables, such as Cleaving, Slaughter, Hatchet Master, and Splitting Strikes before reaching Maps. The Gladiator’s Perseverance and Strong Arm (or Martial Experience and Butchery if you are using a 2-Handed weapon, respectively) are also great pickups for beefing up your damage later on.

Start acquiring the Bleed focused nodes next, picking up Crimson Dance once you have a fair chance to bleed on Lacerate Lacerate. This will boost your single target damage immensely while in Blood stance, and help you take full advantage of your Ascendancy keystones. Impale chance and effect are “icing on the cake” style nodes, and pair nicely with crafted axes that also have chance to impale. Jewel sockets should be among your latter priorities, but can be acquired earlier if you have very high quality Jewels ready for use in advance.

Gems

Lacerate Lacerate is our main skill and the only 6-Link necessary to incorporate into the build. It works perfectly fine with both 1-Handed and 2-Handed weapons, but we prefer 1-Handed axes by default. The auras we run are Blood and Sand Blood and Sand, which is essential to virtually all Gladiator builds, and transforms Lacerate Lacerate into a far more potent and flexible skill, as well as Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone for greater defenses. The Pride Pride aura is also used to debuff nearby enemies and boost our Physical damage far above what it would be by default.

Other links are relatively flexible, but we like to use Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief to pump out some extra burst whenever needed. Since this build is inflicting heavy bleeds with Lacerate Lacerate, we can incorporate the underutilized Bloodlust Support Bloodlust Support gem to add even more potency to your Warchief. Leap Slam Leap Slam is a good means of getting around, particularly with the movement skill changes added in Patch 3.7 Legion.

Lacerate Lacerate 6-Link

You can opt for either Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support or Ruthless Support Ruthless Support — they have relatively equal damage output, our preference is Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support as feel it is a little less restrictive in playstyle.

  1. Lacerate Lacerate
  2. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  3. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support OR Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  5. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  6. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support

If you are on a 5-Link, you should choose between Fortify Support Fortify Support or Pulverise Support Pulverise Support. Fortify Support Fortify Support offers more damage and defense, but Pulverise Support Pulverise Support grants a large increase in area of effect resulting in slightly faster and smoother clear.

Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief 4-Link

On tanky bosses, you will want to place both the Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief and the Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief. In average end-game gear, they each deal about 500k DPS.

  1. Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief
  2. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  3. Bloodlust Support Bloodlust Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support

Auras 4-Link

  1. Pride Pride
  2. Blood and Sand Blood and Sand
  3. Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone
  4. Enlighten Support Enlighten Support (Level 3/4)

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support 4-Link

Immortal Call Immortal Call can be swapped out with another

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 10)
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call (Level 12)
  3. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support
  4. Curse of Choice

The three best curse options are Vulnerability Vulnerability (Level 13), Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark (Level 13), and Enfeeble Enfeeble (Level 13). Our preference is to use Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark starting out and transition into Enfeeble Enfeeble in higher-end maps, keeping Vulnerability Vulnerability in a separate link as a manual-cast curse purely for use on bosses.

Leap Slam Leap Slam 3-Link

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support

Player’s Preference 3-Link

These final three gem slots can be used for a variety of useful gems and abilities. Some recommendations:

Our current preference is:

  1. Vulnerability Vulnerability
  2. Blood Rage Blood Rage
  3. Vaal Grace Vaal Grace

The gems do not need to be linked unless you are incorporating Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support to prolong the other two chosen gems.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Ascendancy

Lacerate Gladiator

  1. Arena Challenger
  2. Blood in the Eyes
  3. Gratuitous Violence
  4. Outmatch and Outlast

Bandits

Since we take Resolute Technique on the tree, the only realistic pick is killing all Bandits for the 2 Passive Points. Solo Self-Found (especially SSFHC) players may opt to help Alira early on for the Resistances, but should respec when appropriate gear is acquired later in the game.

Pantheon

Major Gods

  • Soul of the Brine King can be very valuable for preventing stun chains, especially if you are the type of player that is constantly leaping inside packs of monsters.
  • Soul of Solaris is exceptionally safe when fully upgraded, preventing crit chains against your character. A great choice for players taking full advantage of the range of Lacerate Lacerate.

Minor Gods

  • Soul of Shakari is a fantastic all-round choice when fully upgraded and removes Poison as an affix to worry about.
  • Soul of Gruthkul is a good choice for further defending against Physical damage.

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 section 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

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

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.

Helmet

A Rare helmet with an Armour base, such as an Eternal Burgonet Eternal Burgonet, is also a fine choice, particularly if you are still using Sunder Sunder. Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % of Physical Damage taken as Fire Damage (Signature Mod – Redblade)
  4. +# to Attributes
  5. % Increased Armour
  6. +# to Armour

Devoto's Devotion Devoto's Devotion is can be an exceptional option for boosting clear speed even further. It has a nice combination of valuable stats: Dexterity in heaps, solid defenses, and most importantly, Movement Speed. If you are on a trade league, Devoto’s is very likely to be much more expensive than usual this league due to the influx of melee builds, many of which feature this item as the best possible Helmet. Devoto’s is also likely to have a fair number of available enchants, which can be convenient.

Recommended enchants for Lacerate Lacerate:

  1. 40% increased Lacerate Lacerate Damage
  2. 12% increased Lacerate Lacerate Area of Effect
  3. Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief Totem grants 30% increased Melee Damage while Active
  4. 40% increased Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief Totem Damage

Chest

Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast is your go-to Unique chest. The large health increase offers a lot of additional survivability, while still granting us some Resistances and an okay amount of Armour. Belly is also fairly easy to obtain, even on Solo Self-Found, making it one of the most accessible and affordable pieces for its comparatively high impact.

A Rare chest, such as an Astral Plate Astral Plate, is a fine alternative and can even surpass Unique chests if it is well rolled. You should prioritize stats as follows:

  1. Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % Increased Maximum Life
  4. % of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Fire Damage (Elder Prefix)
  5. +# to Strength
  6. % Increased Armour
  7. +# to Armour

If you do not have the Elder Prefix it can be better just to shoot for a chest with a really high Armour roll instead.

Boots

Armour bases are preferable, such as Titan Greaves Titan Greaves. Prioritize as follows:

  1. % Increased Movement Speed (30%+)
  2. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  3. +# to Maximum Life
  4. % Increased Armour Rating
  5. +# to Armour Rating

Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots can be a good option for survivability and are especially potent for the Uber Elder. We recommend dropping your Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support link if you want to fit these boots in, especially if you are only using them for Uber Elder.

Gloves

A pair of well rolled Spiked Gloves Spiked Gloves is typically the best option in most situations. Getting some Attack Speed on your gloves is a really nice boost but not required out of the gate. Prioritize your mods like so:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % Increased Attack Speed
  4. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  5. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
  6. % Increased Armour Rating
  7. +# to Armour Rating
  8. +# to Dexterity
  9. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life

A pair of 2 socket Tombfist Tombfist can also be quite comparable in the end-game, offering more Life, and slightly better offense, however, you will need high quality Abyss Jewels to make them worth the expensive cost. We recommend dropping your Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support link to just CWDT and Immortal Call Immortal Call, if you decide to go this route.

Weapons

Dual-wielding axes is our preference, but a 2-Handed axe could also be used.

A well rolled Rare Siege Axe Siege Axe is the best option. They are generally not that difficult to craft yourself using Essences, but they can also be purchased. You should look for at least 250-300 Physical DPS on each axe when starting out, but you will want to increase this to 350+ Physical DPS per axe by the time you are hitting Red Maps. You are mainly looking for axes with high % Increased Physical Damage and Adds # to # Physical Damage rolls, as well as Increased Attack Speed (which can be crafted). Since we have no use for Critical Strike, this is all you really need.

Siege Axe

The Syndicate Crafted affix % Increased Physical Damage / % Chance to Impale Enemies on Hit with Attacks can also be very valuable. If you are crafting your own Siege Axe Siege Axes, we recommend rolling a Magic axe until you get the affix % Increased Physical Damage / +# to Accuracy, then attempting to remove the other affixes using Orb of Annulment Orb of Annulment until this is the only affix on the axe. Multi-mod the axe and then craft % Increased Physical Damage / % Chance to Impale Enemies on Hit with Attacks, Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks, % Increased Attack Speed, and either % Damage Per Frenzy Charge or one of the Quality Increasing crafts to finish it out.

Soul Taker Soul Taker is a solid option but not as good as high quality Rares. It is a good choice if you can pick it up around the time you are first entering the upper tiers of Red Maps, where it helps significantly with Mana and deals good damage. Ultimately you will want to replace Soul Taker with a Rare Siege Axe Siege Axe that has 400+ Physical DPS.

Jewelry

Amulet

Since we have no need of Elemental Damage or Critical Strike, itemizing for Jewelry is very easy and usually quite cheap relative to other builds. Prioritize affixes as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. % Increased Attack Speed
  5. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
  6. % Increased Damage While Leeching (Crafted)
  7. % Increased Damage (Crafted)
  8. +# to Attributes (as Needed)
  9. % Increased Armour
  10. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life

Rings

Rare Steel Ring Steel Rings are the best option for the end-game.

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. % Increased Damage (Crafted)
  5. % Increased Attack Speed
  6. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
  7. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life

Belt

A Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise is the absolute best option for all situations. Prioritize stats as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. +# to Armour
  4. Any of the Flask Mods

Jewels

Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye Options

As with most builds that use classic Auras, a Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye is going to be your best bet in the extreme late-game, or when you are rolling in the Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs. This is not necessary at all for the build and was excluded from any of the damage stats and calculations, simply because it will not be a realistic acquisition for virtually all players.

Prioritize Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye mods as follows:

  1. (40-60)% increased Attack Physical Damage while using Pride Pride
  2. (8-12)% chance to deal Double Damage while using Pride Pride
  3. Impales you inflict last 2 additional Hits while using Pride Pride
  4. 25% chance to Impale Enemies on Hit with Attacks while using Pride Pride (only if you have <75% Impale chance)
  5. Your Hits Intimidate Enemies for 4 seconds while you are using Pride Pride

Standard Jewels

Standard Jewels are generally always better than Abyss Jewels, since we prioritize Increased Attack Speed so highly.

  1. % Increased Maximum Life
  2. % Increased Physical Damage with Axes
  3. % Increased Attack Speed with Axes
  4. % Increased Physical Damage while Dual Wielding
  5. % Increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
  6. % Increased Physical Damage
  7. % Increased Melee Damage
  8. % Increased Area Damage
  9. % Increased Attack Speed

Any other mods you can get your hands on that modify Attack Speed, Physical Damage, or Melee Damage are all excellent choices.

Flasks

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

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.

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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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