Shattering Steel Berserker 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

The Berserker ascendancy class has been an underdog for a very long time. The problem of the class is mainly that it heavily specializes in offense with some nodes that even increase your overall damage taken, instead of reducing it. With the Shattering Steel Berserker we aim to remain very strong offensively, while also achieving decent amounts of damage mitigation and life sustain in order to continue our slaughter.

Only the Berserker has the Rage mechanic in Path of Exile; Rage essentially gives you Attack damage, Attack speed, and Movement speed depending on how many points of Rage you have; it also applies a life degeneration effect, which we mitigate with good amount of life regeneration and life leech.

Shattering Steel Shattering Steel is an attack skill that requires a Sword or Axe in order to be used. This attack fires projectiles in a cone in front of your character and when the projectiles expire they deal area of effect damage; this essentially allows you to “shotgun” single targets. Shattering Steel also has 40% base chance to Impale, which allows us to take advantage of this mechanic too.

Build Summary

The build can be played on a budget, although it would be a good idea to have some currency saved up first. For this particular build we choose to dual wield Swords; ideally two Grelwood Shank Grelwood Shanks, although there are multiple budget options before that. The build can make use of Scaeva Scaeva, Ahn's Might Ahn's Might, and Beltimber Blade Beltimber Blade. You can also use decent rare Swords, but the two additional projectiles from Grelwood Shank and Beltimber Blade are an amazing damage boost. For body armours, a simple Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast can carry you all the way to endgame; Loreweave Loreweave is also a great choice. For other slots you can improvise and use certain unique items, and you should mainly focus on capping resistances, acquiring flat physical damage via Steel Ring Steel Rings and decent amount of life everywhere you can.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Once geared, the build has great potential
+ Can be started with low amount of currency
+ Decent clear speed

Cons

- Cannot do reflect mods
- Requires an active playstyle

Playstyle

Offensively, keeping up your Rage via your Warcry skill and moving forward aggressively is what you should be doing. Shattering Steel Shattering Steel covers a decent area, meaning you will probably have to strike two or three times in order to clear one side of the screen. Having your Banner skill in mind and using it effectively will make you that much more effective.

Defensively, you will mostly rely on life leech and War Bringer, which is like an instant Life flask every two seconds or so. Using Enduring Cry Enduring Cry all the time will also provide some Endurance charges, keeping up your utility flasks ensure you get hit for less damage.

For playstyle, the Shattering Steel Berserker requires a very active playstyle. Making good use of the War Bringer ascendancy node means you will have to use a Warcry every so often. You mostly rely on Leap Slam Leap Slam in order to move around. For single target, you should drop your Banner skill and place a totem. When hitting with Shattering Steel Shattering Steel you will have to consider the distance between you and the target for maximum damage output. Overall, the build requires some practice in order to be utilized to its fullest potential.

Passive tree

This is the endgame passive skill tree you should aim for.

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 Loreweave Loreweave
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings 2x Rare Steel Ring Steel Ring
Weapon 2x Grelwood Shank Grelwood Shank

Leveling

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

We recommend leveling this build with Ground Slam Ground Slam, since Shattering Steel Shattering Steel can feel clunky until you gain additional projectiles from several sources.

Leveling Trees

Here is an example of an early passive skill tree that works for leveling with any weapon, allowing you to take advantage of all powerful unique weapons.

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. Simple unique weapons like The Screaming Eagle The Screaming Eagles and Story of the Vaal Story of the Vaal can carry you all the way up to Act IX Blood Aqueduct.

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. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. 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. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

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

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

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

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

The Shattering Steel Berserker cannot do reflect mods, although you can choose to play with Brutality Support Brutality Support, which will allow you to only avoid Physical Reflect; this will require you to drop all the flasks that provide chaos or elemental damage.

Conclusion

The Shattering Steel Berserker is a frenzied brute that requires aggressive and active playstyle.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. Changes to monster Armour and Impale nodes balance out and the build plays as before.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. With Impale remaining the same, the build is still as solid as before.

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    Revisited and updated for Legion 3.7. The build got buffed by a great deal via the Berserker ascendancy rework and the additional Impale passive nodes added on the tree.

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    Hi!
    Thanks!
    Very Nice guide!
    But I can’t get enough dex to run the skill…
    Congrats the guide, like all other are awesome!

  2. Vvckd

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    Hey Fezao, thanks for the great feedback. When it comes to the Dexterity requirement early on, use things like Jade Amulet Jade Amulet and some gear with Dexterity rolls. Once you reach Duelist and head to Ranger you will have no issues with Dexterity. Also I have leveled this character with Shattering Steel Shattering Steel just for the sake of it, but I’d recommend leveling with Ground Slam Ground Slam up to level 66, when you can get your decent weapons. Ground Slam is a great leveling skill, while Shattering Steel might feel clunky early on.

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    Oh Nice!
    Thanks for the reply!
    I will try!

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    Great guide, thank you.
    1 question though. You talk about having the warbringer node unlocked. But how can I get warbringer if I use all points for the 4 nodes you have in the accendency segment. Or is there a way to get 10 points?
    Pretty new to the game. Sorry if I misunderstood something

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    On 09/08/2019 at 10:39 AM, Schokoman42 said

    Great guide, thank you.
    1 question though. You talk about having the warbringer node unlocked. But how can I get warbringer if I use all points for the 4 nodes you have in the accendency segment. Or is there a way to get 10 points?
    Pretty new to the game. Sorry if I misunderstood something

    Hey, you get 8 ascendancy points overall, the main idea is to drop Flawless Savagery for Warbringer if you like the Warcry playstyle, but you will also have to invest passive points in things like Battle Cry.

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    should i use a corrupted shattered steel instead of normal one?

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    On 10/08/2019 at 2:00 PM, Raikiri said

    should i use a corrupted shattered steel instead of normal one?

    It depends if its properly corruped, ideally you’d want a double corrupted gem that is level 21 with 23% quality.

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    Hey Vvckd!

    Gotta say really fun and solid build, but I am wondering what you would suggest as a neck enchantment with the oils?

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    On 15/10/2019 at 10:36 PM, Holymaim said

    Hey Vvckd!

    Gotta say really fun and solid build, but I am wondering what you would suggest as a neck enchantment with the oils?

    Hey, thanks for the kind feedback. Anything like Ambidexterity, Assassination, Discipline and Training would be useful.

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    On 16/10/2019 at 4:39 AM, Vvckd said

    On 15/10/2019 at 10:36 PM, Holymaim said

    Hey Vvckd!

    Gotta say really fun and solid build, but I am wondering what you would suggest as a neck enchantment with the oils?

    Hey, thanks for the kind feedback. Anything like Ambidexterity, Assassination, Discipline and Training would be useful.

    Thanks for the response man, will see which one i’d prefer the most out of them, appreciated! I’ve never played Marauder before, but the rage mechanic and the engagement of the build is really really enjoyable and the instructions are very well made and clear. Never seen a Shattering Steel build before but it’s so satisfying!

    +1 well done, thanks again for the response :) all the best

  11. Vvckd

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    On 16/10/2019 at 5:12 PM, Holymaim said

    On 16/10/2019 at 4:39 AM, Vvckd said

    On 15/10/2019 at 10:36 PM, Holymaim said

    Hey Vvckd!

    Gotta say really fun and solid build, but I am wondering what you would suggest as a neck enchantment with the oils?

    Hey, thanks for the kind feedback. Anything like Ambidexterity, Assassination, Discipline and Training would be useful.

    Thanks for the response man, will see which one i’d prefer the most out of them, appreciated! I’ve never played Marauder before, but the rage mechanic and the engagement of the build is really really enjoyable and the instructions are very well made and clear. Never seen a Shattering Steel build before but it’s so satisfying!

    +1 well done, thanks again for the response :) all the best

    Thank you very much for the kind feedback!

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