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

Changelog

  • Skill tree and gems updated.

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    On 27/04/2021 at 8:48 PM, CRY6IX said

    Hey i’ve been using this build for the past few days levelling a new char and all I can say is it’s great. Feels really strong and have been breezing through the story easily.

    I will say there is a problem that i’ve encountered and as a newer player i’m not sure how to get around it. I can’t have Pride, Blood and Sand and Flesh and Stone running at the same time. Currently I can’t use Pride as it requires 50% and combined the other two take up 50.25%. I’m not sure why this is but it means I can’t use Pride which is a huge part of the build.

    Should I use Pride over one of the other two and If so which one? Or alternatively is there a way around this altogether where I can have all 3 equipped like in the guide?

    Hey, I’m no expert but I ran this build last league and had a lot of fun with it, it’s my league starter currently. You’re likely missing the 4th gem in the aura link (as detailed on the gem page), Enlighten Support. Enlighten Support at gem level 2+ reserves less mana for linked gems, and so linking Pride, F&S and B&S to Enlighten Support will allow you to run all 3.

    Note that Enlighten Support is a very rare drop and you will likely need to trade for it.

    I’m missing ES now as well so I’m just running F&S and B&S as I feel they’re more “core” to the build but I welcome insight from more experienced players as far as alternative suggestions until running all 3 becomes possible with ES.

  2. Furty

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    On 27/04/2021 at 8:48 PM, CRY6IX said

    Hey i’ve been using this build for the past few days levelling a new char and all I can say is it’s great. Feels really strong and have been breezing through the story easily.

    I will say there is a problem that i’ve encountered and as a newer player i’m not sure how to get around it. I can’t have Pride, Blood and Sand and Flesh and Stone running at the same time. Currently I can’t use Pride as it requires 50% and combined the other two take up 50.25%. I’m not sure why this is but it means I can’t use Pride which is a huge part of the build.

    Should I use Pride over one of the other two and If so which one? Or alternatively is there a way around this altogether where I can have all 3 equipped like in the guide?

    You can use Herald of Purity Herald of Purity instead of Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone but eventually you’ll want to revert to the recommended setup when you can run all three.

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    Hi, I’m enjoying the build and plough through maps no problem, but I can’t seem win an ultimatum for shit. Any tips on improving survivability with this build? I have a resistances capped, 6.5k life. Things can be going ok and then all of a sudden I get slapped.

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    Maybe I’m missing something in the build somewhere, but on the PoB, Dirty Techniques is highlighted without any of the nodes leading to it. Is there some Item that I’m missing or something else we’re using to get Dirty Techniques?

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    On 06/05/2021 at 3:05 AM, SpaceRaptor said

    Maybe I’m missing something in the build somewhere, but on the PoB, Dirty Techniques is highlighted without any of the nodes leading to it. Is there some Item that I’m missing or something else we’re using to get Dirty Techniques?

    Yeah, that’s the Annoint (or enchant) Dirty Techniques on the necklace. You want to see Cassia about that.

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    Enjoying the build! I’m level 70 so far.

    Two questions:
    1: when should I begin respecting over to the level 100 leveling path? I notice many nodes are aligned with shield damage bonuses, for example, but the recommendation is for two axes?
    2: similarly, when to move to a shield, assuming that is still the best bet?

    I imagine these changes should take place at the same time, given the shield nodes on the late game path.

    Thanks!

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    Thank you for this amazing build. Can u update some end game gear, like some expensive gears, gems and jewels ? I want to stay with this build for a long time XD

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    Rather fun build without being the standard old cyclone build. The one thing I dislike is the Lacerate works. Click it 2-3 times and you are stuck waiting for the action to end, or you have to move and start again. If you need to spin or aim a different direction, Lacerate locks you into one direction until it is complete. I made it thru act 10 but with a Tabula but now I am dead in the water unless I can find a better 6 link. Resists are so low I cannot do much now.

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    Hi Furty – this guide looks extremely fun and relatively easy to follow. Thanks for your effort in producing high quality guides.

    I am really keen for this build to be my league start in 3.15, but the prospect of vague nerfs on the horizon makes me scared to commit. This isn’t intended to pressure you as I’m sure you are a busy man, but what would you see as your timeframe in assessing/updating your builds once the patch notes are released?

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