Lacerate Slayer Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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.

Ascendancy, Passive tree, Bandits and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Duelist – Slayer)

  1. Impact
  2. Endless Hunger
  3. Brutal Fervour
  4. Overwhelm

Impact provides a great amount of area coverage,damage and 50% Global Accuracy Rating.
Endless Hunger makes leech more reliable and you do not have to worry about bleeds any more.
Brutal Fervour is the bread and butter of the build. This ascendancy combined with Vaal Pact is what makes the build great.
Overwhelm allows you to turn even the lousiest Critical Chance base into a very reliable choice.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive skill tree.

We achieve around 190% increased maximum Life, which is a very respectable amount. Besides that, we pick all of the efficient Sword and two-handed passive nodes, along with the following keystone notables: Crimson Dance and Vaal Pact.

Note: If you choose to run Grace Grace you can also pick up Iron Reflexes, since it is only one passive point away. This is a good defensive option for the build.

Bandits

Since this is a build that utilizes Critical Strikes, we recommend helping Alira.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of Arakaali is a decent choice for this particular build, although other Major Pantheons can be utilized based on personal preference and type of content.

Minor: Soul of ShakariPoison immunity is always a good addition to a build. Other minor gods can be chosen depending on personal preference. Just keep in mind Ralakesh is useless to this build since you are Bleed immune, although it still helps when upgraded and while running through Labyrinth traps.

Gems

Lacerate Lacerate is your signature skill, which should be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Leap Slam Leap Slam. Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief will improve your single target damage output by a decent amount. Blood Rage Blood Rage will improve your damage and clear speed overall. When it comes to buffs, you can use a combination of Grace Grace, Arctic Armour Arctic Armour, War Banner War Banner, Herald of Purity Herald of Purity, Precision and Pride.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority (starting from the top left, going to the right on each row of the links), meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom (with the bottom right being the last). Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.

Lacerate (6-Link)

Lacerate Lacerate is a melee skill that deals damage in a cone infront of your character. It has great base damage along with 25% Chance to Bleed and 25% more damage with hits against Bleeding enemies. We recommend one link that works great for both single target and clearing.

  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

Ancestral Warchief (4-Link)

Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief provides additional damage it deals on its own, along with Attack Speed multiplier that applies to your attacks.

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

Leap Slam (4-Link)

Leap Slam Leap Slam will provide the mobility you need. When combined with a decent amount of attack speed this skill will feel very good when you need to move around quickly; you will also get the Fortify effect for free with the following link.

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

Immortal Call and Enfeeble (4-Link)

Immortal Call Immortal Call is used for the additional damage mitigation. Since the build does not utilize any other curse, Enfeeble Enfeeble is used in combination with Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support as an additional layer of defence. You should keep all gems except Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support at level requirement of 40 or lower.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support
  2. Immortal Call Immortal Call
  3. Enfeeble Enfeeble
  4. Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support

Other Gems

Blood Rage Blood Rage should be socketed in anywhere you can. Vaal Grace Vaal Grace will provide additional Dodge chance to Spells and Attacks when you need it. Offensive and defensive buffs should be used based on personal preference, we recommend the following combination: Herald of Purity Herald of Purity, Precision and War Banner War Banner.

Gearing

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources. As in every Attack-based build, your weapon is the most important item slot, you should invest into it first. A simple Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast can be used early on, once you have the currency you can replace it with Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart.

Helmet

A well rolled rare helmet is best in slot. For labyrinth enchant, look for any Lacerate Lacerate enchant. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil)
  4. Nearby Enemies take #% Increased Physical damage (Jagged Fossil)

Body Armour

Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast is a cheap starting option for the build. Later on it is recommended moving to Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart when you 5 or 6-Link your weapon. Rare Body Armor with same stat priority as the helm can work too. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Elder mod; Pristine Fossil)
  4. Socketed Gems are supported by Level 1 Maim (Serrated Fossil)
  5. Attack Skills have +#% to Critical Strikes Chance (Elder mod)

Gloves

Haemophilia Haemophilia is a great choice when it comes to clearing, for single target and tough bosses they can be swapped with decently rolled rare Gloves. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 50)
  3. % increased Attack speed
  4. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks

Boots

The build can make use of Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots for the additional maximum Life. For labyrinth enchant, look for % increased Attack Speed if you’ve killed recently. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 50)
  3. % increased Movement speed (preferably 25%+)

Belt

Heavy Belt Heavy Belt, Leather Belt Leather Belt, Rustic Sash Rustic Sash and Stygian Vise Stygian Vise are all good belt bases. A well rolled rare belt provides more benefits than any unique for the build. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % increased Global Physical Damage (Jagged Fossil)

Amulet

Carnage Heart Carnage Heart can also be used while you progress through content. A well rolled Amulet will bring more value to your character in the long run. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 50)
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks
  4. % to Global Critical multiplier (at least 20%)
  5. % increased Critical chance (at least 20%)
  6. # to Accuracy Rating (at least 200)

Rings

Best in slot rings are very specific and can get very expensive. Steel Ring Steel Ring rolled with Essence of Hysteria for the extra damage. Before that use rare rings with following mods. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 50)
  3. Adds # to # Physical damage to Attacks

Weapon

Starforge Starforge is one of the best weapon choices, which can only be outclassed by extremely well rolled rare Sword by using Corroded Fossils for the “60% chance for Bleeding inflicted with this Weapon to deal 100% more Damage”. Prior to that, use a rare or unique Sword with decent pDPS(at least 400).

Flasks

Lion's Roar Lion's Roar is a great unique flasks that provide a good damage boost. Divine Life Flask is the usual instant or half-instant Life flask you need in every build. Diamond flask is needed since we are relying on Critical Strikes. Any utility flask can be used based on personal preference, we recommend having at least Basalt. Remember to have Freeze Immunity rolled on at least one of your flasks if you are not wearing Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots.

Jewels

There is no specific unique jewel that is required for the build. You should prioritize Regular jewels over Abyssal jewels.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % increased Maximum life
  2. % increased Physical damage
  3. % increased Melee damage
  4. % increased damage
  5. % increased Area Damage
  6. % increased Attack Speed with Swords / two-handed weapons

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Maximum life (at least 35)
  2. % Chance to Blind enemies on hit with attacks
  3. Increased damage if you if you’ve killed recently
  4. Unholy Might on kill

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
  •   

    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.

  •   

    Build added.

  1. Posts
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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

  2. Vvckd

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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!

  4. Vvckd

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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

  6. Vvckd

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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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