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:
The Lacerate Slayer is a brute that decimates enemies from medium range with a two-handed Sword. Lacerate releases two damaging waves consecutively when you attack; the skill also has 25% Chance to Bleed enemies and deals 25% more damage with hits against Bleeding targets. For this build we choose to use Swords because of the Slayer’s Overwhelm ascendancy node, which allows us to build around the very powerful Critical Strike nodes that Swords have on the passive tree.
The Slayer ascendancy class is great for the Life Overleech mechanic. Even though it got nerfed, it is still great if you make proper use of it. In order to do so you need to have a fast-hitting character because you cannot leech more than 400 points of Life per hit. The Lacerate Slayer excels at dealing great amounts of damage through initial hits and Bleeds, the damage is dealt from medium range.
The build does not require any initial investment but scales very well into late game with decently rolled items. Starforge is a great endgame weapon choice. Since we are using a two-handed weapon, we can have our 6-Link gem setup there and use Kaom's Heart for better survivability. A simple Belly of the Beast can also carry you a long way. Carnage Heart is a cheap and very powerful Amulet for the Slayer early on. Besides that, focusing on just decent rares will also do the work, and this is why the Lacerate Slayer can even be played in an SSF environment.
Pros & Cons
+ Great survivability via the Life Overleech
+ Makes great use of the Bleed mechanic
- Has to attack in order to survive, has no Life Regeneration
Offensively, when entering a new zone you have to keep in mind you have no Life Regeneration because of the Vaal Pact node. This is why you should be careful with the first monster pack; once you’ve killed and you have your Overleech up, you can go berserk and start Leap Slaming forward in order to clear faster. When you fight tough single targets, you can use Vaal Ancestral Warchief and War Banner in order to improve your damage output.
Defensively, staying at medium range and hitting enemies before they even get to you is what you should be doing. Considering you are using a two-handed weapon and striking for high amounts of damage per Hit means you will Stun-lock most monsters, which is a great defensive mechanic. Vaal Grace can be used in tricky situations.
For playstyle, once you’ve killed the first pack in the zone, you should activate Blood Rage and start using Leap Slam in order to move forward. One or two Lacerates will be enough to kill monster packs. Against single targets, attacking as much as possible will ensure stacking Bleeds on the foe via the Crimson Dance passive keystone.
Here is the endgame passive skill tree.
For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.
Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons
Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.
We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.
Gear Summary / TL;DR
These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Chest||Belly of the Beast|
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
Here is an example of an early passive tree that will help you easily get through the leveling content. You should have more than enough damage and Life in order to deal with the leveling content. You should pick up Vaal Pact once you have Brutal Fervour.
Useful Leveling Unique Items
As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Reaper's Pursuit and The Blood Reaper are great unique Axes for leveling.
If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.
Using Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.
In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.
From level 1, you should use the following link.
By level 8, your Ground Slam link should look like this.
At level 10, you should add Leap Slam for additional mobility.
Note: Once you have the level requirements, you should use the ideal 6-Link gem setup.
- Melee Physical Damage Support
- Damage on Full Life Support
- Brutality Support
- Pulverise Support
- Maim Support
At level 16, you should add Herald of Purity for the additional damage.
What map mods are impossible to do?
Elemental Reflect and Cannot Leech.
The Lacerate Slayer is a melee character that excels at mutilating foes from medium range. If you like the two-handed brute archetype, this build might be for you.