Lacerate Slayer Build Guide (PoE Synthesis 3.6)

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Introduction

The Lacerate Slayer is a brute that decimates enemies from medium range with a two-handed Axe. 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 Axes instead of Swords, simply because Axes have better damage in general and Swords’ passive skill tree nodes are mostly good for critical-based builds. This is why we choose to go with Axes, spec into Resolute Technique and focus on generic damage and maximum Life.

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 Slayer also provides some other great perks like the 20% health Culling Strike, which is insanely powerful against tough bosses.

Build Summary

The build does not require any initial investment but scales very well into late game with decently rolled items. Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour 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
+ 20% Execution (Culling Strike)

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 Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector and Dread Banner Dread Banner in order to improve your damage output; the 20% Culling Strike mechanic is very powerful and will help you fight tough bosses by a great deal.

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. Headsman
  2. Bane of Legends
  3. Endless Hunger
  4. Eternal labyrinth

You have no reason to invest into leech early on while leveling. This is why we are going for Headsman first. More damage and area of effect feels great while clearing game content.
Bane of Legends basically makes boss fights a joke. 20% Culling Strike on everything you hit is actually so strong, that once used to it you will certainly miss it when you play another build. Onslaught also improves overall speed.
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.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive skill tree.

We achieve around 200% increased maximum Life, which is a very respectable amount. Besides that, we pick all of the efficient Axe and two-handed passive nodes, along with the following keystone notables: Resolute Technique, 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

We should kill all the bandits in the Act II quest Deal with the Bandits.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of Arakaali – Capturing Arachnoxia provides us with 50% additional Life recovery rate if you’ve stopped taking damage over time recently. This means every time your Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support and Immortal Call Immortal Call setup is triggered you stop taking damage from Blood Rage Blood Rage. This increases the rate at which you leech Life greatly.

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, blind does not matter too since you are using Resolute Technique.

Gems

Lacerate Lacerate is your signature skill, which should be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Leap Slam Leap Slam. Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector 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, Dread Banner Dread Banner, Herald of Ash Herald of Ash, and Hatred Hatred.

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 has medium range. 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.

Lacerate Lacerate Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support Maim Support Maim Support
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

Ancestral Protector (4-Link)

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

Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Maim Support Maim Support Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks 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.

Leap Slam Leap Slam Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support

Immortal Call and Enfeeble (4-Link)

Immortal Call Immortal Call is used in order to prevent Porcupine deaths. 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 defense. You should keep all gems except Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support at level requirement of 40 or lower.

Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support Immortal Call Immortal Call
Enfeeble Enfeeble 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 Ash Herald of Ash, Arctic Armour Arctic Armour and Dread Banner Dread 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, except for the increased Critical Chance. The rare affix priority is:

  1. Elemental resistances (until capped)
  2. 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. Elemental resistances (until capped)
  2. Maximum life (at least 100)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Elder mod; Pristine Fossil)
  4. Socketed Gems are supported by Level 1 Maim (Serrated Fossil)

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. Elemental resistances (until capped)
  2. Maximum life (at least 60)
  3. Physical damage to attacks
  4. % increased Attack speed

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. Elemental resistances (until capped)
  2. Movement speed (preferably 25%+)
  3. Maximum life (at least 70)

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. Elemental resistances (until capped)
  2. Maximum life (at least 80)
  3. Elemental damage with attacks (at least 25%)

Amulet

A rare Elder-based Amulet is best in slot. Carnage Heart Carnage Heart can also be used while you progress through content. The rare affix priority is:

  1. Elemental resistances (until capped)
  2. Maximum life (at least 50)
  3. Gain percent of non-chaos damage as extra chaos damage
  4. Physical damage to attacks
  5. Elemental damage with attacks (at least 25%)

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. Elemental resistances (until capped)
  2. Maximum life (at least 50)
  3. Physical damage to attacks
  4. Elemental damage with attacks (at least 25%)

Weapon

Atziri's Disfavour Atziri's Disfavour is one of the best weapon choices, which can only be outclassed by extremely well rolled rare Vaal Axe Vaal Axe. Sinvicta's Mettle Sinvicta's Mettle is a great budget option. When it comes to the rare, look for at least 650+ pDPS.

Flasks

Lion's Roar Lion's Roar and Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise are great unique flasks that provide a good damage boost. Taste of Hate Taste of Hate is one of the strongest flasks both in offensive and defensive aspects, but can be expensive. Divine Life Flask is the usual instant or half-instant Life flask you need in every build. 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 Axes / 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.

Ground Slam Ground Slam Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

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

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

Ground Slam Ground Slam Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
Maim Support Maim Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

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

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

By level 18, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

Ground Slam Ground Slam Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
Maim Support Maim Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 24, you should add Hatred Hatred in order to improve damage even further.

At level 28, you can replace your Ground Slam Ground Slam gem setup with the following Earthquake Earthquake. Lacerate Lacerate is not the best levelling skill, due to the fact its area of effect scales with gem levels, at this point you also do not have enough Attack Speed for the skill to feel good. You should start using Lacerate around level 62, when you equip Sinvicta's Mettle Sinvicta's Mettle.

Earthquake Earthquake Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Maim Support Maim Support Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

By level 31, your Earthquake Earthquake link should look like this.

Earthquake Earthquake Less Duration Support Less Duration Support
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support Maim Support Maim Support
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support

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.

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