Lacerate Slayer Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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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:

Introduction

The Lacerate Slayer is a brute that decimates enemies from medium range with a two-handed Sword. Lacerate 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.

Build Summary

The build does not require any initial investment but scales very well into late game with decently rolled items. Starforge 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 Kaom's Heart for better survivability. A simple Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast can also carry you a long way. Carnage Heart 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

Pros

+ Hardcore
+ Great survivability via the Life Overleech
+ Makes great use of the Bleed mechanic

Cons

- Has to attack in order to survive, has no Life Regeneration

Playstyle

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 Slam Leap Slaming forward in order to clear faster. When you fight tough single targets, you can use Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief and War Banner 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 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 Blood Rage and start using Leap Slam Leap Slam in order to move forward. One or two Lacerate 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.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive skill tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive 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.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

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.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast
Gloves Haemophilia Haemophilia
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Starforge Starforge

Leveling

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

Even though Lacerate Lacerate is a great skill, it needs some gem levels in order to scale its area coverage, this is why we recommend levelling with Earthquake Earthquake up until level 60-65.

Leveling Trees

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 Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Reaper's Pursuit Reaper's Pursuit and The Blood Reaper 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.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa 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.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you should add Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector and War Banner War Banner for additional single target damage.

By level 8, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 10, you should add Leap Slam Leap Slam for additional mobility.

At level 12, you should replace your Ground Slam Ground Slam with your signature skill Lacerate Lacerate.

  1. Lacerate Lacerate
  2. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support

Note: Once you have the level requirements, you should use the ideal 6-Link gem setup.

  1. Lacerate Lacerate
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  4. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  5. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  6. Maim Support Maim Support

At level 16, you should add Herald of Purity Herald of Purity for the additional damage.

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

Elemental Reflect and Cannot Leech.

Conclusion

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.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build plays out as before and remains a solid choice.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build remains solid as before and is pretty much unaffected by monster Armour increases.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build received a slight nerf in the form of reducing Overwhelm's Critical Chance. The build received a great buff with the addition of Damage over Time Multiplier for Bleeding.

  •   

    Revisited and updated several sections for Legion 3.7. The build is overall buffed.

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    Build added.

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    Hello,
    I’ve just started playing the game so sorry in advance if my question may seem obvious!
    I’m trying this build and I don’t understand how I can use the enfeeble and herald of purity skills as the int stat is really low.
    What am I missing?

    Thanks

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    On 28/08/2019 at 8:13 PM, H3ke said

    Hello,
    I’ve just started playing the game so sorry in advance if my question may seem obvious!
    I’m trying this build and I don’t understand how I can use the enfeeble and herald of purity skills as the int stat is really low.
    What am I missing?

    Thanks

    Hey, you can acquire more Intelligece on item pieces like Amulet, Rings and Helmet.

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    All right, thanks! I was wondering if there was some kind of secret mechanism I wasn’t aware of ;)
    And thank you so much for all your very detailed guides and advice, they are of great help!

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    On 01/09/2019 at 9:59 AM, H3ke said

    All right, thanks! I was wondering if there was some kind of secret mechanism I wasn’t aware of ;)
    And thank you so much for all your very detailed guides and advice, they are of great help!

    Thank you for the kind feedback!

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    Hey,

    Big fan of the build.

    I have a question though. Why did you go for Damage on full life support? I understand because of slayer leech that we will be max hp most of the time but would something like Multistrike not be better? Would that not do more damage and stack up the bleeds up faster?

    Thanks

    EDIT: I just tested it, I see why now, nevermind.

    Edited by Zurkon on September 15th, 2019

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    On 15/09/2019 at 4:47 PM, Zurkon said

    Hey,

    Big fan of the build.

    I have a question though. Why did you go for Damage on full life support? I understand because of slayer leech that we will be max hp most of the time but would something like Multistrike not be better? Would that not do more damage and stack up the bleeds up faster?

    Thanks

    EDIT: I just tested it, I see why now, nevermind.

    Hey, thanks for the kind feedback. You should always question everything and try your own thing, I am glad you did that. You will eventually find something on your own that you like better than the guides discribe for sure.

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    Hello, the early game leveling skill tree its so confuse for a newbie like me, can you make a more specific version, like from 1 to 10 level this, then 10 to 20… thanks!

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    On 17/12/2019 at 3:54 PM, cheToZZ said

    Hello, the early game leveling skill tree its so confuse for a newbie like me, can you make a more specific version, like from 1 to 10 level this, then 10 to 20… thanks!

    Hey, here is a very early version of the passive skill tree. Next, this is what your passive tree should look like, if you need further help do not hesitate to ask anything, always glad to help new players.

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    I’m following your guide with very little changes, now i’m thinking on buying Kaom’s Heart, but i don’t know where to put all the auras (it’s my first time on poe, so maybe there’s something i’m missing)

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    On 06/01/2020 at 1:58 PM, Abramelin said

    I’m following your guide with very little changes, now i’m thinking on buying Kaom’s Heart, but i don’t know where to put all the auras (it’s my first time on poe, so maybe there’s something i’m missing)

    Hey, you can drop some unnecessary gems like Totems gem setups.

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    Thank you! i’ve got another question ¿is Hiltless viable before i can buy a Starforge? it have good stats but I don’t know if the reflected damage will be too much and haven’t got enough currency for just testing.

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    On 08/01/2020 at 9:49 PM, Abramelin said

    Thank you! i’ve got another question ¿is Hiltless viable before i can buy a Starforge? it have good stats but I don’t know if the reflected damage will be too much and haven’t got enough currency for just testing.

    Hey, you should be just fine with Hiltless Hiltless.

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    thanks! i’m using it now and I think it is very good for its cost. Another question: which helmet/boots are best option to wear? i mean: armor or armor/evasion?

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    On 13/01/2020 at 8:45 PM, Abramelin said

    thanks! i’m using it now and I think it is very good for its cost. Another question: which helmet/boots are best option to wear? i mean: armor or armor/evasion?

    Hey, you can go for both as long as the items have good rolls.

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    Essence of hysteria gives “Gain 10% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage” to rings, what happens with Starforge “deal no elemental damage” then?. Essence of contempt gives “Adds (10-11) to (16-17) Physical Damage to Attacks” instead, were you talking about that one?

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    On 10/02/2020 at 4:58 AM, Abramelin said

    Essence of hysteria gives “Gain 10% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage” to rings, what happens with Starforge “deal no elemental damage” then?. Essence of contempt gives “Adds (10-11) to (16-17) Physical Damage to Attacks” instead, were you talking about that one?

    Hey, with the Starforge Starforge version the essence is useless indeed. Contempt is the right one in this case indeed.

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    Hi,
    I would like to convert my lvl80 cyclone slayer to a lacerator. Is it possible to go acro/phase acro+hyrri’s ire+dodge boots and 6linking double strike on chest for better single target damage, or will it hurt life points very bad?
    General concern about lacerate is mana cost and attack speed, should I expect such problems with this build?

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    On 15/03/2020 at 8:09 PM, das_Gestalt said

    Hi,
    I would like to convert my lvl80 cyclone slayer to a lacerator. Is it possible to go acro/phase acro+hyrri’s ire+dodge boots and 6linking double strike on chest for better single target damage, or will it hurt life points very bad?
    General concern about lacerate is mana cost and attack speed, should I expect such problems with this build?

    Hey, going the dodge route can drastically lower your survivability since you will be semi-melee any ways. You should have enough attack speed and a single leech node should be enough to sustain mana though.

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    With the reminder of me not being rude, where can i find the PoB and does it makes really sense to make a lvl 100 tree? For the majority of the players, that will never ever happen. Take me for example, i´m usually play until lvl 92-94 then i´ve reached the maximum of the build, to make a 100 build is way overdue.

    Thanks for the guide and an awesome site!

    Your friend

    Ixxen

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    On 02/05/2020 at 4:04 PM, Ixxen said

    With the reminder of me not being rude, where can i find the PoB and does it makes really sense to make a lvl 100 tree? For the majority of the players, that will never ever happen. Take me for example, i´m usually play until lvl 92-94 then i´ve reached the maximum of the build, to make a 100 build is way overdue.

    Thanks for the guide and an awesome site!

    Your friend

    Ixxen

    Hey Ixxen,

    I completely understand since I too am done with most of my characters by level 95 or so. Providing a level 100 tree essentially allows the player to pick his own way depending on if he either wants more damage, survivability or even utility. It is merely a suggestion after all by no means do we expect players to follow the 100 tree, especially with the addition of Cluster Jewels. We do not plan to use PoB links for the time being.

    Edited by Vvckd on May 3rd, 2020

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