Sweep Slayer Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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Introduction

The Sweep Slayer swings a two-handed Sword that deals tons of Critical Strike damage around the character. For this particular build we chose Swords, simply because they are extremely efficient when you decide to scale Critical Strikes. Slayer’s Impact and Overwhelm greatly benefit the build with the immense amount of extra damage and area coverage they provide; Headsman allows you to run Physical Reflect maps and deal even more damage to bosses, while Bane of Legends is probably one of the most powerful ascendancy nodes in the game when it comes to fighting tough enemies, simply because it allows you to execute any foe at 20% life.

Build Summary

The build does not require any mandatory items in order for it to work, which is why it is a very good league-starter. Simple unique items like Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast and Doomsower Doomsower can carry you a long way. The build has the room for improvement and you can heavily invest into gear for great results when it comes to the late-game.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Cheap to start
+ Great clear speed
+ Culls enemies at 20% health

Cons

- Dies to Elemental Reflect (if you choose to do hybrid damage, there is always the option to go full physical with Brutality Support Brutality Support)

Playstyle

Offensively, leaping into packs of monsters with Leap Slam Leap Slam and swinging your Sword with Sweep Sweep will allow you to clear monster packs in very few hits. When you encounter tougher enemies you can place down your Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief for greater single target damage output.

Defensively, you will stun most enemies when hitting them, which is a great defensive mechanic. Having good flask uptime on your defensive flasks will ensure you take way less damage. Sweep’s knock-back will occasionally prevent melee mobs from hitting you. You will reach a decent amount of Life leech via Blood Rage Blood Rage and other Life leech sources.

For playstyle, you should swap between Blood and Sand stance while dealing with bosses or clearing respectively. Dropping down your War Banner War Banner will give you the Adrenaline buff for short duration, which greatly increases your damage output.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree, Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Duelist – Slayer)

  1. Headsman
  2. Bane of Legends
  3. Impact
  4. Overwhelm

Headsman will ensure you deal more damage while bossing and clearing, it also makes you immune to Reflected Physical damage.

Bane of Legends basically makes boss fights a joke. 20% Culling Strike on everything you hit is actually so strong, when you get used to it and play some other build you will miss it for sure.

Impact greatly increases your area coverage, solves most of your Chance to Hit issues and provides even more damage to enemies closer to you.

Overwhelm allows you to smoothly transition to Critical Strikes by making any Sword have 7.5% base Critical Chance.

Passive Tree

This is what your endgame passive skill tree should look like.

We mainly focus on picking all the powerful Sword nodes along with decent amount of Life. As in all Critical-based builds, we recommend transitioning into Critical Strikes at level 60+. Early on, you can pick up some Mana leech near the Duelist starting are (below Vaal Pact), which will be respeced later on when you acquire it on an item like Jewels, Rings or Amulet.

Bandits

For this specific build we should help Alira in Act II. The Critical Multiplier, flat Mana Regeneration, and 15% all elemental resistances are stronger than the 2 passive skill points.

Pantheons

Major: All major pantheons can be used based on personal preference, but we recommend using Soul of Solaris.

Minor: for Critical-based attack builds Soul of Ralakesh is probably the best minor got, since he can provides Blind immunity.

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

Sweep Sweep is your signature skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, you should use Leap Slam Leap Slam. For Mana reservation, we use War Banner War Banner, Precision Precision, Blood and Sand Blood and Sand and Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone, there is also room for improvisation, some of these can be dropped for Pride Pride or any defensive aura. Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief can be used to augment your single target damage even further. Blood Rage Blood Rage will provide % increased Attack Speed along with Frenzy charges generation.

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.

Sweep (6-Link)

Sweep Sweep is a melee skill that allows you to swing your two-handed melee weapon above your head and deal area damage in the process. The skill has in-built chance to knock-back enemies along with very high base damage. We recommend one link that works well for both single target and clearing.

  1. Sweep Sweep
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  4. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Maim Support Maim Support

Leap Slam (4-Link)

Leap Slam Leap Slam will improve your mobility by a great deal. Hitting enemies with the skill will give you the Fortify buff for a short duration.

  1. Leap Slam Leap Slam
  2. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
  3. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  4. Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support

Ancestral Warchief (4-Link)

Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief will augment your single target damage output against tough boss encounters.

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

Other Gems

You can socket in Blood Rage Blood Rage for additional Attack Speed and Frenzy charge generation. Steelskin Steelskin can be used as another layer of defense, and it should be activated manually. War Banner War Banner will help out with its Adrenaline buff.

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

Starkonja's Head Starkonja's Head is a great choice for the build. A rare Helmet can also be used. For enchant, look for “#% additional increased Attack Speed granted by Blood Rage”. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance (Jagged Fossil Jagged Fossil)

Body Armour

Both Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast and Carcass Jack Carcass Jack are great choices for the build. 6-Linking your weapon will allow you to even use Kaom's Heart Kaom's Heart for the great amount of extra Life it provides. A rare Body Armour is also a great choice, look for an Elder base. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (90)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Elder Prefix; Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance (Elder Suffix)

Gloves

Haemophilia Haemophilia will smooth out the clearing of the build by a decent amount. A rare pair of well rolled Spiked Gloves Spiked Gloves are best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (60)
  3. % Increased Attack Speed
  4. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks

Boots

Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots can be used since you are moving around with Leap Slam Leap Slam, which is not affected by Movement Speed. A rare pair of Boots can be also used. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (70)
  3. % increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossil)
  4. % increased Movement speed (not mandatory)

Belt

A well-rolled rare Belt is best in slot. A simple Belt of the Deceiver Belt of the Deceiver can carry you a long way. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (80)
  3. % increased Global Physical Damage (Jagged Fossil Jagged Fossil)

Amulet

A well rolled rare Elder-based Amulet is best in slot. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Gain #% of Non-Chaos Damage as extra Chaos Damage
  4. Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
  5. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  6. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
  7. % to Global Critical Strike Multiplier

Rings

Well-rolled rare rings are also a great choice for the build, preferably Steel Ring Steel Rings. The Rare affix priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (50)
  3. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. % of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
  5. Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark or Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark on Hit

Weapons

A well rolled two-handed Physical Sword is best in slot, you should look for at least 450pDPS. Doomsower Doomsower can act as a budget version that can take you a long way. Keep in mind that the local Critical Chance of the weapon does not matter since we already have 8% base Critical Chance via Slayer’s Overwhelm.

Flasks

Diamond Flask Diamond Flask is mandatory in every Critical-based build. Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask should used as Instant or half-Instant along with Bleeding Removal suffix. Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise can provide a lot of damage for the build. Taste of Hate Taste of Hate can provide a lot of offense and defense for the build, but can also be expensive. You can also use any utility flask you prefer, just make sure you have Freeze, Bleed and Curse immunity rolled on them.

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

A Watcher's Eye Watcher's Eye with Precision Precision mods can provide a lot of damage, but this jewel can also be very expensive.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % increased Maximum Life
  2. % to Critical Strike Multiplier with Two Handed Melee Weapons
  3. % increased Physical Damage with Swords
  4. % increased Attack Speed with Two Handed Melee Weapons
  5. % increased Attack Speed with Swords

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Maximum Life (at least 35)
  2. % chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
  3. % increased Attack Speed if you’ve dealt a Critical Strike Recently

Leveling

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

The Sweep Slayer can be levelled with its signature skill since level 12, the build is also a decent league-starter.

Leveling Trees

This is the passive tree, which will get you through the levelling content. As in all Critical-based builds, we recommend investing into Critical Strike nodes after level 60.

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, and 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. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you should add Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector,Dash Dash, Blood and Sand Blood and Sand and War Banner War Banner.

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

At level 8, your Frost Blades Frost Blades should look like this.

  1. Frost Blades Frost Blades
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  4. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support

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

At level 12, you should replace Frost Blades Frost Blades with your signature skill, Sweep Sweep.

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

At level 16, you should add Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone.

By level 18, your Sweep Sweep link should look like this.

  1. Sweep Sweep
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

At level 28, you can replace Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector with Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief.

By level 31, your Sweep Sweep should look like this.

  1. Sweep Sweep
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  6. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

At level 38, your Sweep Sweep link should look like this.

  1. Sweep Sweep
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  4. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Maim Support Maim Support

FAQ

What map mods are impossible to do?

You will die to Elemental Reflect, you can choose to go full Physical but you will lose a lot of damage if you drop some Elemental damage sources like Taste of Hate Taste of Hate or items with “% of Physical Gained as Extra X Element”

How to deal with the Mana issues since we do not have any Mana leech on the passive tree?

You will save some passive tree points by picking up a Jewel, Amulet, Gloves or Rings with Mana leech, a single item (around .2%) will be enough to cover your Mana needs.

Conclusion

The Sweep Slayer has the tools to clear areas very fast by swinging a two-handed weapon around his body. The build also very easily deals with tough single targets with Bane of Legends’ execution effect at 20% monster Life.

Changelog
  •   

    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build received a slight nerf in the form of changes to Pulverise Support and the Overwhelm ascendancy node.

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    Build added.

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