Molten Strike Juggernaut Build Guide (PoE Heist 3.12)

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About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing Delirium League at Rank 61 playing his Kinetic Blast & Power Siphon Pathfinder Build, Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing his Essence Drain & Contagion Trickster Build, and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing his Elemental Hit Ascendant Build. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.

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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:

Passive Skill Tree & Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

Introduction

Molten Strike Molten Strike is a skill that likes to stand and deliver. By stacking extreme amounts of Attack Speed and bonus projectiles, Molten Strike Molten Strike can melt through bosses like a hot knife through butter. To back up our potent single target, Juggernauts are an immovable object that can face tank virtually everything. With 90% Physical Damage reduction, increased maximum Resistances via Loreweave Loreweave, heaps of Chaos Resistance from our dual Nebuloch Nebulochs, and powerful Life Regeneration and Life Leech, this build isn’t afraid to take a beating as it dishes out its damage.

Build Assessment

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Very high single target damage

+ Extreme durability; 90% Physical Damage reduction, 78% Maximum Resistances, high Chaos Resistance, very high Regeneration and Leech, additional defenses from dual-wielding Nebuloch Nebuloch

+ Excellent boss killing capability

+ Superb at farming Chayula's Pure Breachstone Chayula's Pure Breachstone (and other Breachstones) due to high Chaos Resistance, cramped environment, and boss killing capability

+ Strong Delver

+ Hardcore viable

Cons

Clear speed is below S-Tier Mappers, especially in open environments

End-game gear is expensive

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

Our Molten Strike Molten Strike Juggernaut can land in the middle of any pack without fear, instantly removing all nearby enemies with just a swing or two. Layers of defensive mitigation will gives this build the confidence to play with extreme aggression, allowing the player the freedom to tank many mechanics in order to dish out more damage. For example, bosses such as the one in Maze of the Minotaur Map Maze of the Minotaur Map can be easily tanked without any issues. Both Endurance Charges and Frenzy charges — via Blood Rage Blood Rage — are utilized to further empower the build as it Leap Slam Leap Slams around the area.

An easy way to counter Nebuloch Nebuloch‘s degeneration effect is by using two of the Kaom's Way Kaom's Way rings. With decent end-game gear, this build has plenty of surplus regeneration to deal with incoming damage. Add some Life Leech on top of that and any damage that is slipping past our defenses is being instantly negated, adding further cushion to play with.

Passive Skill Tree

Click here for our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

For more details on the Passive Tree, an earlier game version, skill acquisition order, and more, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree section for in-depth information.

Passive Skill Tree

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

Gem Links

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

Gem Links

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks section in its entirety.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Royal Burgonet Royal Burgonet or Eternal Burgonet Eternal Burgonet (with +2 Projectiles enchantment)
Amulet Xoph's Blood Xoph's Blood
Chest Loreweave Loreweave
Gloves Rare Gripped Gloves Gripped Gloves
Boots Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings 2x Kaom's Way Kaom's Way
Weapon 2x Nebuloch Nebuloch

This build utilizes Cluster Jewels and is also heavily reliant on standard jewels to scale damage, so it is highly recommended you thoroughly read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks section.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks

Leveling

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

The Molten Strike Juggernaut can be leveled with its signature skill since level 1. Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler and Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa are extremely useful leveling items if you have access to them, and can make the leveling experience one of the smoothest available.

Leveling Trees

Here is an example of the early skill tree. Pick up the Jewel socket as soon as possible so you can socket in your threshold Jewel, which will make Molten Strike Molten Strike that much stronger. Then go for Iron Grip and Point Blank, these two keystone notables will immensely increase your damage.

Note: For endgame passive skill tree, please refer to the passive tree section.

Useful Leveling Uniques

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. Dual-wielding two The Screaming Eagle The Screaming Eagle axes will carry you up to level 28, when you can equip Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler.

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 Siosa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you should add Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector for additional single target damage. At this point your Molten Strike Molten Strike link should look like this.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support

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

At level 16, add Herald of Ash Herald of Ash for additional damage. Ancestral Cry Ancestral Cry is the Warcry you should start using all the time at this point.

By level 18, your Molten Strike Molten Strike link should look like this.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support Lesser Multiple Projectiles Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  6. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support

At level 24, you should add Anger Anger for additional damage.

Once you have Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler equipped and you ascend into Unflinching, you can replace Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support with Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support or Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support at level 38.

FAQ

I cannot sustain the burn from two Nebuloch Nebuloch maces since I do not have the rings yet, but the damage with Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler sucks for maps, what should I do?

If you cannot sustain the degeneration effect you can use only one Nebuloch and a shield until you acquire Kaom's Way Kaom's Way. Use a rare shield with life and resistances.

Why do you Not Recommend Multistrike?

Multistrike Support Multistrike Support is a great support gem, which can be used in a clearing gem setup. When it comes to single target you will encounter one problem, only the first attack from the Multistrike sequence can proc Elemental Overload, which means if you are unlucky with Critical Strikes you will have very poor Elemental Overload uptime on bosses.

What Anoint should we go for?

Divine Judgement is a solid damage boost. If you are not using Loreweave Loreweave you can also go for Anointed Flesh.

Conclusion

The Molten Strike Juggernaut is a top-tier endgame boss killer. There are very few other builds that can achieve this amount of damage mitigation while also having the damage to bring down the toughest bosses the game has to offer.

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    Hi what is the difference with “dual Nebuloch” and “Grelwood shank / shield” ? Thx you

    Edited by Atix on February 24th, 2019

  2. Vvckd

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    Hello Atix, sorry for the long delay on my replay. The difference is that with Nebuloch you gain incredible amounts of flat Armour, Chaos resistance and physical damage per Endurance charge, which is great when you stack a lot of Endurance charges. Grelwood works good as a budget option and is used in other Molten Strike builds.

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    Firstly, i think the skill tree is incomplete. Second, im lvl 76 and i have troubles with even uberlab, i get one shotted by izaro. İ have 3 good jewels, 2 nebulochs, 2 kaom’s way, kaom’s roots, wise oak flask and decent rares. Any suggestions? BTW do you have any footage defeating Uber Elder , Pale council , Breachlords etc.. with THİS build?
    Waiting for your replies.

  4. Vvckd

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    Hello MrNoo, can you please provide a link to your character so we can check it out.

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    Yea I don’t see the “end game” passive tree, the link to the section below doesn’t go anywhere fruitful.

  6. Vvckd

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    On 04/04/2019 at 12:25 AM, lllusa said

    Yea I don’t see the “end game” passive tree, the link to the section below doesn’t go anywhere fruitful.

    The link you are referring is probably in the note of section 4.2 Passive Tree and it says “Note: For leveling skill trees prior to this endgame passive skill tree, please refer to the leveling section down below.” This is a link to the leveling trees and it works as intended.

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    Hi, is Loreweave still the best in slot chest piece with only 78% max res in synthesis?

    Ps: Very nice guide, I made my first character with it and had no trouble getting to t15 maps so far. Only atziri has been a problem but that’s because i suck at dodging x)

    Edited by Depfrost on April 18th, 2019

  8. Vvckd

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    On 18/04/2019 at 5:04 PM, Depfrost said

    Hi, is Loreweave still the best in slot chest piece with only 78% max res in synthesis?

    Ps: Very nice guide, I made my first character with it and had no trouble getting to t15 maps so far. Only atziri has been a problem but that’s because i suck at dodging x)

    Loreweave Loreweave is still one of the top choices for the build for sure. You can also use other substitutes, if you choose to do so. Thanks for the kind feedback.

    Edited by Vvckd on April 18th, 2019

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    The endgame passive skill tree is unavailable can u post the link for it.

  10. Vvckd

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    On 29/04/2019 at 12:45 PM, null said

    The endgame passive skill tree is unavailable can u post the link for it.

    The link provided in section 4.2 should work as intended. If you still have issues please let us know.

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    Hey do you have a Path of Building link for this at all?

  12. Vvckd

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    On 04/05/2019 at 1:12 AM, stewpid52 said

    Hey do you have a Path of Building link for this at all?

    Everything you need to know is written in the build guide. Feel Free to ask anything.

    Edited by Vvckd on May 4th, 2019

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    Sorry im a noob. I just started playing a week ago. building my first char based on your build. well i dont have any of the recommended uniqe items stated above. just using rares for now. but soon i will get some from trades. The thing is i didnt understand the rare affix thing. U say for Loreweave body armour 1st thing is elemental resistance. i looked up all the items but couldnt see any elemental resistance benefit. Could you explain where i do wrong ? Thanks for the build btw. and im lookıng forward to use other builds for new chars

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    On 31/05/2019 at 11:28 PM, Opos61 said

    Sorry im a noob. I just started playing a week ago. building my first char based on your build. well i dont have any of the recommended uniqe items stated above. just using rares for now. but soon i will get some from trades. The thing is i didnt understand the rare affix thing. U say for Loreweave body armour 1st thing is elemental resistance. i looked up all the items but couldnt see any elemental resistance benefit. Could you explain where i do wrong ? Thanks for the build btw. and im lookıng forward to use other builds for new chars

    Hello, and welcome!

    For Loreweave, one of the variable mods is “Your Maximum Resistances are 76 – 78%” – the comment in the guide means that you should focus on this one and try to find a Loreweave that has a “good” roll there, like 78. Honestly, I’m not sure how relevant this still is (I’ll ask Vvckd) since in the past, that range used to be 76-80, meaning there was actually a big difference between a good and a bad roll for that mod. With such a small gap, it might not matter as much.

    Feel free to ask any other questions you may have!

  15. Vvckd

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    On 31/05/2019 at 11:28 PM, Opos61 said

    Sorry im a noob. I just started playing a week ago. building my first char based on your build. well i dont have any of the recommended uniqe items stated above. just using rares for now. but soon i will get some from trades. The thing is i didnt understand the rare affix thing. U say for Loreweave body armour 1st thing is elemental resistance. i looked up all the items but couldnt see any elemental resistance benefit. Could you explain where i do wrong ? Thanks for the build btw. and im lookıng forward to use other builds for new chars

    The Loreweave Loreweave roll is not of super big importance but I’d recommend getting a 78% one, even 2% maximum resistance can make big difference in the endgame. You can easily use a Divine Orb Divine Orb on your own, you will have 33% chance to hit the highest roll, which is not bad.

    Edited by Vvckd on June 1st, 2019

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    I found a small way to modify the final passive tree to be better. Instead of grabbing the str ABOVE Golem’s Blood and going over grab the dex ABOVE Point Blank. This will give you 40 Dex instead of 30 Dex/10 Str, BUT you can grab the +30 Str at the top left of the map later or get the +8% fire damage & +12% burning damage on the top left when you reach it instead. This method gives you +20 more raw Str OR -10 raw Str for +8% fire damage. Here is a link to the modified skill tree: https://poeplanner.com/ABEAAQ0AEREAAIPG2FhjPfyMz_ZIXz8UIO8OUEfkUcEEeWipbsAaeA218jWS2L3-j03jpldvO1ivNuiGYCKvOFN25zpSvJ8YkRRN_Esyfg48FHHZfIIH8kH46_PdaGW77ZHO6hh2rM9-rY33MnKprKpZ8xo4kFUnL58-LdI62DD4d-XkVaIA8B8Es4KbwGZyD2aelG9mVPrSFm_jaiSqNukdFI9GpwjYJFZIr41hUu9OXhNAoHrvBS107Ua302-S0BLhIWB08RjbFHWkwnfX459noId2Sn1M_04qj2Aj05pqvqdlTb02R35qkxm0Aecb-iXfpBma_guN1WVbr4TZEmnAAQbGXaTd1cse0jh9c60JAAAAAAA=

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    Sorry im pretty new to the game, I got 2 kaoms and 2 nebulochs. im lvl 68 and no matter how much life regen I put on the nebulochs absolutely destroy me. what am I doing wrong?

  18. Vvckd

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    On 15/06/2019 at 1:26 AM, Fireblaze172 said

    Sorry im pretty new to the game, I got 2 kaoms and 2 nebulochs. im lvl 68 and no matter how much life regen I put on the nebulochs absolutely destroy me. what am I doing wrong?

    You should have picked up all the Endurance charges and most of the important Life Regeneration on the tree, if you are still degen-ing you just need a bigger Life pool, which will make your Life Regeneration more efficient. At this point we recommend using just one of the Nebuloch maces until you feel comfortable sustaining the two.

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    Jup pretty much the same with me. Those two maces eat my HP like nothing. but jeah im also new 2-3 day into the game so i must be doing something wrong :D

  20. Vvckd

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    On 19/06/2019 at 1:25 PM, Frostcold said

    Jup pretty much the same with me. Those two maces eat my HP like nothing. but jeah im also new 2-3 day into the game so i must be doing something wrong :D

    I do understand your problem in battling the degeneration effect, reaching over 1k Life Regeneration requires some specific itemization and is not so easy. Having the two Kaom's Way Kaom's Way rings in combination with all of your Endurance charges and a Vitality Vitality is pretty much mandatory in the beginning.

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