Reave Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Legion 3.7)

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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.

Ascendancy, Passive tree, Bandits and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Duelist – Gladiator)

  1. Blood in the Eyes
  2. Gratuitous Violence
  3. Painforged
  4. Versatile Combatant

Blood in the Eyes provides a lot of utility and damage.

Gratuitous Violence is what makes the build so efficient and fun to play; this ascendancy node boosts the clear speed immensely.

Painforged provides a nice amount of Chance to Block if you were hit recently, or damage if you were not. Considering how hits can Stun you even though you blocked the damage is
annoying. Painforged makes you immune to Stuns from hits you block. Double damage on counter-attacks is also great.

Versatile Combatant is the second big thing about this build, as Chance to Block Spell Hits is a very strong defensive mechanic.

Passive tree

Here is the endgame passive skill tree for the build. When it comes to weapons, we choose to go for Critical Strikes, and this is why we choose Swords, which is the most efficient melee weapon type for this purpose. We also focus on picking up all the efficient Shield nodes along with great amount of Life.

Bandits

For this specific build we should help Alira in Act II. This should generally be done in every Critical-based build.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of Arakaali has damage over time reductions. This type of damage cannot be blocked so it comes in handy for the build.

Minor: Many of the minor gods can be used although it is recommended to use Soul of Ralakesh. Again, the damage over time mitigation is great, also the blind and maim immunities are very useful.

Pantheon powers can be upgraded by using Divine Vessel in the Map Device while you are activating the particular Map that contains the boss you need. Once you’ve killed the boss and captured his soul, you need to deliver the vessel to Sin in Oriath.

Gems

Vaal Reave Vaal Reave is your signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Shield Charge Shield Charge. Blood Rage Blood Rage is used for the additional Attack Speed and Leech it provides, along with the very handy Frenzy charge generation mechanic. Arctic Armour Arctic Armour, Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and Herald of Purity Herald of Purity are your Mana reservation buffs that should be active at all times, along with the War Banner War Banner.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority, 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. 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.

Vaal Reave (6-Link)

Vaal Reave Vaal Reave is a melee skill that gets increased area of effect every time you hit an enemy. The maximum number of stages of the default skill is 4, and the Vaal version bumps up this number to 8, which increases the area coverage by a great deal. Stages fall off after short duration, which is why staying active and clearing pack after pack is important in order to keep up a high number of stages.

  1. Vaal Reave Vaal Reave
  2. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support
  5. Increased Critical Strikes Support Increased Critical Strikes Support
  6. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

Note: In order to boost your single target damage by a decent amount, you can swap Vaal Reave and Multistrike with Blade Flurry Blade Flurry and Maim Support Maim Support. This should only be necessary against tough endgame bosses.

Shield Charge (4-Link)

Shield Charge Shield Charge is your mobility skill, which will allow you to move around swiftly and more efficiently. When you hit an enemy with the skill, you will also gain the Fortify buff for additional damage mitigation.

  1. Shield Charge Shield Charge
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support
  4. Fortify Support Fortify Support

Immortal Call, Enfeeble & Tempest Shield (4-Link)

Immortal Call Immortal Call, Enfeeble Enfeeble and Tempest Shield Tempest Shield are triggered by the Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support gem in order to provide additional defense; you should keep all these gems at level requirement 40 or lower. Enfeeble will reduce the damage and Accuracy Rating of monsters, while Tempest Shield provides 3% additional Block Chance. Immortal Call is used in order to prevent deaths in hairy situations.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support
  2. Tempest Shield Tempest Shield
  3. Enfeeble Enfeeble
  4. Immortal Call Immortal Call

Ancestral Warchief (4-Link)

The Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief will deal a decent amount of damage along with providing additional damage multiplier to your attacks.

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

Other Gems

For buffs, we recommend using Arctic Armour Arctic Armour, Herald of Ash Herald of Ash and Herald of Purity Herald of Purity; this combination provides good balance of offense and defense to the build. War Banner War Banner is another very useful offensive tool, especially when you encounter tough single targets, simply dropping the charged up banner on the ground will give you the Adrenaline buff, which allows for great damage burst potential. Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem will give you additional Accuracy Rating and Critical Chance.

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.

Helmet

A well rolled rare Helmet should be best in slot for the build. A simple Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head can also carry you a long way. For labyrinth enchant, you should look for “Blood Rage grants additional 12% increased Attack Speed”. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (at least 60)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 90)
  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 very budget-friendly option when it comes to unique Body Armours. Loreweave Loreweave is also a great choice, but it will be slightly more expensive. A well rolled rare Body Armour can also be very powerful for the build, but will also be the most expensive option. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (at least 60)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 100)
  3. +#% increased maximum life (Elder Mod; Pristine Fossil)
  4. Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance (Elder Mod)
  5. Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Maim (Serrated Fossil)

Gloves

Well rolled rare Spiked Gloves Spiked Gloves are best in slot. Tombfist Tombfist can also be considered. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (at least 50)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 60)
  3. % increased Attack Speed
  4. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks

Boots

Death's Door Death's Door and Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots are two great unique Boot choices. Prior to them you can easily use rare Boots. For labyrinth enchant, look for “% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you’ve Killed Recently”. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (at least 50)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 70)
  3. % increased Movement Speed (at least 20%)

Belt

Rare Belt is best in slot. Belt of the Deceiver Belt of the Deceiver can be used early in your gear progress. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (at least 50)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills (at least 25%)
  4. % increased Global Physical Damage (Jagged Fossil)

Amulet

A well rolled rare Elder-based Amulet will provide a great amount of damage for the build. Prior to it, use a rare Amulet in order to gain some extra Life and fill in resistance/attribute gaps. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Gain #% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage (Elder Mod)
  4. Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage (Elder Mod)
  5. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  6. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills

Rings

Having an Elder-based Ring with Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark on Hit will increase your sustain and survivability by a decent amount, while having a Shaper-based Ring with Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark on Hit will increase your offensive power. Rare Steel Ring Steel Rings provide a lot of extra damage. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills

Weapon

A well rolled rare Sword is the best weapon you can use, look for at least 320+ pDPS when searching for rare Swords. Prior to that, a simple Scaeva Scaeva will carry you a long way. Other unique Swords you can use: Ahn's Might Ahn's Might, Dreadbeak Dreadbeak. The rare affix priority is:

  1. % increased Physical Damage
  2. Adds # to # Physical Damage
  3. % increased Physical Damage / +# to Accuracy Rating
  4. % increased Attack Speed
  5. % increased Critical Strike Chance

Shield

For a starter Shield you can use Lioneye's Remorse Lioneye's Remorse. Our endgame goal is definitely The Surrender The Surrender. Meanwhile use any rare Shield in order to fill resist gaps and get some Life. The rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to maximum life (100)
  3. % increased Armour / +#% Chance to Block

Flasks

Diamond Flask is mandatory in every Critical-based build. The usual instant or half-instant Divine Life flask should be used, ideally you would want to roll it with Bleeding removal (Staunching). Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise will provide a lot of extra damage and Life Leech. Other unique flasks like Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction, Lion's Roar Lion's Roar and Taste of Hate Taste of Hate can be used. You can also use other utility flasks like Granite, Basalt or any resistance flask based on the content you are running. You should have Curse and Freeze immunity rolled on your utility flasks.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

Jewels

The build does not require any mandatory jewels in order to work properly. A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Hatred Hatred mods can provide a lot of offensive power and make the aura worth using.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % increased maximum Life
  2. % increased Attack Speed while holding a Shield
  3. % increased Attack Speed with Swords
  4. % increased Physical Damage with Swords
  5. % increased Physical Damage with One Handed Melee Weapons
  6. % increased Melee Physical Damage while holding a Shield

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. +# to maximum Life
  2. % chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
  3. % chance to gain Unholy Might for 4 seconds on Melee Kill
  4. Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage if you’ve dealt a Critical Strike Recently
  5. % increased Attack Speed if you’ve dealt a Critical Strike Recently
  6. % chance to Blind Enemies on Hit with Attacks

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

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    Build added.

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