Lacerate Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Expedition 3.15)

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Introduction

Lacerate Lacerate is a skill that often flies under the radar in the Path of Exile community. Despite Cyclone Cyclone garnering a lot of the attention, Lacerate Lacerate can reach similar heights on significantly 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. Not only does it boast great damage through a combination of upfront hits and bleeds, but it also has strong across the board defenses that make it stable in any environment.

In Ultimatum 3.14 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

+ Excellent clear speed and movement speed

+ Ideal league starter as it requires no bottleneck Uniques

+ Flexible build path and skill choices

+ Long range melee skill grants more options in how you engage enemies and bosses

+ Well rounded late game

Cons

Melee build; despite its ranged advantage it still requires proper positioning on end-game content and bosses

Does not scale indefinitely due to Resolute Technique; even with the best gear damage is unlikely to exceed ~5m DPS

Path of Building

Path of Building data for this build can be found here.

Included in the Path of Building are skill trees, all gem links and possible variations, and an example set of gear with room for upgrades. For simplicity’s sake, Elemental Resistances are not included on gear, and you can fill them in as you like depending on available gear.

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.

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 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.

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
Shield Lioneye's Remorse Lioneye's Remorse

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 in place of Onslaught Support Onslaught 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.

We recommend leveling as Dual Wield with a little more emphasis on the early Axe nodes, which you can respec out of later on in favor of more bleed damage, defense, and utility.

FAQ

What Annointment Should I Use on my Amulet?

  • Dirty Techniques is our current recommendation and is fortunately very cheap as well.

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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    Hey Furty, great build! I was looking for Lacerate builds and yours seems pretty good. Since I’m new to the game I have a noob question. Is it possible to use Berserker ascendancy instead Gladiator for this build? I’m asking because there is a lot of nodes in Marauder area and Berserker would also feel nice playing Lacerate. Thanks and Cheers!

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    On 18/09/2019 at 4:29 AM, Reaveden said

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

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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 :)

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    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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    thanks man! i will do that next! :D

    No worries, feel free to check in again once you’ve made some progress, or if you have any questions!

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    On 18/09/2019 at 7:09 PM, Rltm said

    Hey Furty, great build! I was looking for Lacerate builds and yours seems pretty good. Since I’m new to the game I have a noob question. Is it possible to use Berserker ascendancy instead Gladiator for this build? I’m asking because there is a lot of nodes in Marauder area and Berserker would also feel nice playing Lacerate. Thanks and Cheers!

    It’s possible and a fine choice. I’d give this build the edge for all rounding but Berserker can definitely be done.

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    Hello there! I much prefer the look and feel of 2h weapons. Is the ascendancy point in “Outmach and Outlast” still working if you have a 2h axe equipped? Thanks in advance, great build!

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    On 03/10/2019 at 5:55 PM, Shady Mike said

    Hello there! I much prefer the look and feel of 2h weapons. Is the ascendancy point in “Outmach and Outlast” still working if you have a 2h axe equipped? Thanks in advance, great build!

    Only the “Main Hand” component of it will work.

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    Hi Furty!
    I just wanted to say that even though I almost exclusively play standard (weird right?), I’ve spent a long time trying to find a good way to utilize Lacerate because I’ve always found it to be awesome in concept, but never found success with it. However, once I found your guide, everything changed for me. This was hands-down, the most enjoyable build I have played in the almost 4 years that I’ve been playing PoE, and I wanted to say THANK YOU!!

    I’ve had an absolute blast playing this build :D

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    Sorry if this question has be answered but I couldn’t find it anywhere…..which oil to use on ammy? Love this build!!

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    On 17/10/2019 at 11:10 PM, Ravvynfall said

    Hi Furty!
    I just wanted to say that even though I almost exclusively play standard (weird right?), I’ve spent a long time trying to find a good way to utilize Lacerate because I’ve always found it to be awesome in concept, but never found success with it. However, once I found your guide, everything changed for me. This was hands-down, the most enjoyable build I have played in the almost 4 years that I’ve been playing PoE, and I wanted to say THANK YOU!!

    I’ve had an absolute blast playing this build :D

    Glad to hear it. I found the skill much the same, and really wanted a cool way to utilize it with the 3.7 reworks, and that was the inception of this build. Good luck!

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    On 24/10/2019 at 1:54 AM, hauck3509 said

    Sorry if this question has be answered but I couldn’t find it anywhere…..which oil to use on ammy? Love this build!!

    I’ll add it to the guide in the FAQ section. There is a lot you can do with annointments so there is a fair amount of personal preference involved. For example, you could use Graceful Assault to drop the Silver Flask Silver Flask in favor of another. Ambidexterity is probably one of the best bets for straight damage, and Whispers of Doom can be utilitized in some really unique ways that can offer superb damage and survivability at great expense.

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    Hey there. Started playing this very recently. Having alle 3 aura active, however, I have only 32 mana available with no regen apart from base. Mana flasks are rendered borderline useless by the tiny mana max after reservations. You mentioned mana leech on amulets in the guide but during leveling, how would/did you go about that?

    Thanks in advance :)

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    On 25/10/2019 at 2:15 PM, Furty said

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    On 24/10/2019 at 1:54 AM, hauck3509 said

    Sorry if this question has be answered but I couldn’t find it anywhere…..which oil to use on ammy? Love this build!!

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    I’ll add it to the guide in the FAQ section. There is a lot you can do with annointments so there is a fair amount of personal preference involved. For example, you could use Graceful Assault to drop the Silver Flask Silver Flask in favor of another. Ambidexterity is probably one of the best bets for straight damage, and Whispers of Doom can be utilitized in some really unique ways that can offer superb damage and survivability at great expense.

    Thanks for the prompt reply appreciate it!

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    On 25/10/2019 at 11:10 PM, hauck3509 said

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    On 25/10/2019 at 2:15 PM, Furty said

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    On 24/10/2019 at 1:54 AM, hauck3509 said

    Sorry if this question has be answered but I couldn’t find it anywhere…..which oil to use on ammy? Love this build!!

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    I’ll add it to the guide in the FAQ section. There is a lot you can do with annointments so there is a fair amount of personal preference involved. For example, you could use Graceful Assault to drop the Silver Flask Silver Flask in favor of another. Ambidexterity is probably one of the best bets for straight damage, and Whispers of Doom can be utilitized in some really unique ways that can offer superb damage and survivability at great expense.

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    Thanks for the prompt reply appreciate it!

    No problem, I’ll add official recommendations to this guide later today.

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    Hi furty. Thanks alot for all of the builds. Im kind of confused how you go about getting the syndicate %phys/%impale crafted in addition to the rolled %phys, mine wont let me craft a mod of the same type? Would really appreciate any help you could offer

    Edit: i think i figured it out you can still do %% phys because the one you roll is a two piece with #accuracy?

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    Hi, I’m pretty sure I’ll do this build as starter for 3.9

    I wonder what gems I should level in secondary weapons, what gem benefits most from being level 21 ?
    Someone told me melee/attack gems don’t scale as much as spells and minion gems in terms of getting that extra level from 20 to 21

    Anyways, the guide is very well written :)

    EDIT: I’m wondering if it’s okay to swap ancestral warchief with Vaal Doublesrike (for singletarget ultimate) I don’t like totems at all :P Vaal doublestrike is wicked awesome though

    Thanks in advance
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    hello! great build and love lacerate! im going to go this 3.9 and wondering why not herald of purity over pride?

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    Hello Furty, Im big fan of you.
    I have something to ask you about the 3.9 League.
    Many people are saying that Melee builds have been nerfed so bad,
    that they are even saying 3.9league is a melee dead league.
    Is it okay to start with this build? even in 3.9 League? Thanks..

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    Hi i am doings this build and is preety fun but i have a question why you didnt add a point in path of the warrior?

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    On 25/10/2019 at 6:00 PM, M3rc33 said

    Hey there. Started playing this very recently. Having alle 3 aura active, however, I have only 32 mana available with no regen apart from base. Mana flasks are rendered borderline useless by the tiny mana max after reservations. You mentioned mana leech on amulets in the guide but during leveling, how would/did you go about that?

    Thanks in advance :)

    I too am wondering this, for the most part i’m doing ok with most maps so far (act 3) but seems like in the very near future my mana will not outlast my opponents. Seems like running 2 would be a better option however then it seems to take a big hit to damage.

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