Reave Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Metamorph 3.9)

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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

Reave Reave has been a very good clearing melee skill for very long time. Its Vaal version allows for great area coverage even without any passive nodes or support gems. In combination with the Gladiator’s Gratuitous Violence, the skill becomes very efficient at clearing. The way the character scales its damage allows for very easy swap between Reave and Blade Flurry Blade Flurry if you need extra damage in order to deal with tough endgame bosses.

The Gladiator ascendancy also allows us to heavily invest into Chance to Block Attack and Spell Hits. Picking up most of the efficient Shield nodes on the tree provides great amount of defense along with respectable offense. Capping out Chance to Block with this build is not so far-fetched, if you choose to invest into the mechanic, which is very underestimated, considering Blocked Attacks and Spells’ damage is completely mitigated.

Build Summary

The build does not require any mandatory or expensive items, which makes it a good league-starter. There are a few unique items that are very budget-friendly and can carry you a long way. A simple Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast can be used even as an endgame Body Armour. Scaeva Scaeva is a unique Sword that has somewhat decent pDPS and will be enough to get you to red maps. Besides that, simple rare items will be enough to get to the endgame, then you have the option to heavily invest into gear in order to tackle the hardest of content the game has to offer.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Very high Block Chance
+ Great clear speed

Cons

- Mediocre single target
- Cannot do Physical Reflect

Playstyle

Offensively, the main thing you should focus on is keeping up your Vaal Reave Vaal Reave stages. They increase your area coverage by a great deal and will allow you to be more efficient. An Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief and War Banner War Banner will augment your single target damage when needed.

Defensively, having very high Chance to Block Attack and Spell Hits will allow you to mitigate great amounts of damage. Whenever you get hit hard, the main way to recover is to back off and deal some damage in order to Leech your Life. Great Attack Speed in combination with a fast mobility skill will allow you to dodge lethal game mechanics.

For playstyle, the character is required to be active and observant of the environment. Keeping up Blood Rage Blood Rage and Reave stages will ensure you are fulfilling your true potential. Using Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief and War Banner War Banner accordingly will allow you to deal very decent single target damage without swapping Reave with Blade Flurry Blade Flurry.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive skill tree for the build.

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.

Gems

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.

Our recommendation:

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

Leveling

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

The Reave Gladiator can easily be leveled by using powerful leveling melee skills like Blade Flurry Blade Flurry. You should transition to Reave Reave once you have enough damage and Attack Speed for the skill to feel good.

Leveling Trees

Here is an example of the early passive skill tree for the build. While leveling, restricting yourself to a single weapon type (Swords for example) is not a great idea, this is why we leave the Sword nodes for later on. First, we aim to pick all the efficient Shield, One-handed nodes along with a lot of Life and Life and Mana Leech. Once you acquire a decent Sword you will be able to start investing into Sword nodes and transition into Critical Strikes.

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.

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. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 10, you are able to add Shield Charge Shield Charge, which will help with your mobility.

At level 12, you should replace your Frost Blades Frost Blades link with the following one.

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

At level 16, you should add Herald of Purity Herald of Purity.

By level 18, your Sunder Sunder link should look something like this:

  1. Sunder Sunder
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Maim Support Maim Support
  6. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 24, you should add Hatred Hatred.

Finally, at level 28, you can transition into Blade Flurry Blade Flurry, the leveling skill that will get you through the leveling content. We recommend the following link.

  1. Blade Flurry Blade Flurry
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
  5. Maim Support Maim Support
  6. Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support

Note: You should swap Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support with Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support while fighting tough single targets.

FAQ

What map mods should be avoided?

You will die to damage Reflect. Although you will probably survive the first couple of hits due to the fact you will be able to Block them, if you have a respectable amount of damage you will not be able to withstand your own damage output and should avoid both Physical and Elemental Reflect mods. Not to mention you will basically one-shot yourself against a pack of Physical Reflecting mobs, due to the fact the 10% maximum Life explosion from the Gratuitous Violence is also Reflected.

Conclusion

The Reave Gladiator is a melee type of character that specializes in Blocking incoming damage while having a very respectable clear speed. The build requires active playstyle and has the potential to kill endgame bosses by using Blade Flurry Blade Flurry against single targets.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build plays out as before and is great for clearing.

  •   

    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build remains untouched and is still very solid.

  •   

    Revisited several sections of the build guide and updated Passive trees and Gems.

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    Build added.

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    HI what if i want to change to dual wielding jeweled foils?
    are there any gem links and skill tree nodes i would have to change?

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    On 25/10/2019 at 2:23 AM, Beastial said

    HI what if i want to change to dual wielding jeweled foils?
    are there any gem links and skill tree nodes i would have to change?

    Hey, just pick up Dual Wield nodes instead of Shield ones.

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