The Cleave Ascendant Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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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

With the death of stat-sticks in Patch 3.5, people are forced to play “true” dual-wielding builds. Cleave Cleave is one of the best skills for this purpose. Attacking with two fast Swords allows us to build around critical strikes. Swords are chosen because they are arguably the best one-handed weapon when it comes to critical strike-based builds. Ascendant’s over leech from Slayer and the additional toughness and damage from Juggernaut make a great combination. This is one of the builds that does not require specific items and can be played as a league starter.

Build Summary

The great thing about Cleave Cleave is that you can use it since level 1. Combining the damage from two rare one-handed weapons will carry you through the content, as long as you replace weapons every 5-10 levels. The threshold jewel is a reward from The Act V quest, has a limit of 2, and is very useful. It basically provides free Fortify effect and increases the area of effect by a considerable amount. When it comes to mapping, two Scaeva Scaeva, Ahn's Might Ahn's Might, Dreadbeak Dreadbeak, or any rare Swords with at least 300 pDPS will carry you until red maps with ease.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Great clear speed
+ Can be played on a budget
+ Amazing endgame scaling with gear
+ Cleave also has very respectable single target damage
+ Great survivability via over leech mechanic and great life pool

Cons

- Dies to elemental reflect
- Melee builds might not appeal to some

Playstyle

Offensively, keeping up Blood Rage Blood Rage is important. Moving around with Whirling Blades Whirling Blades and one-shotting packs of monsters with single Cleave Cleave multistrike is what the offensive playstyle is all about. Big chucks of cold criticals, due to the fact you are using Hatred Hatred, will shatter and freeze enemies. Keeping Summon Ice Golem Summon Ice Golem alive is nice for the additional accuracy and critical chance.

Defensively, the over leech mechanic remains unchanged. Due to how powerful it can be defensively, we focus on building a huge life pool while also having enough damage to instantly leech it. The additional endurance charge generation from Juggernaut will give us 2-3 seconds of physical damage immunity via the Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support and Immortal Call Immortal Call gem setup.

For Playstyle, entering a new zone you have to keep in mind that you cannot regenerate life. Hit few monsters in order to store some over leech before you activate Blood Rage. Once you’ve got you leech up, you are ready to go aggressive, single multistrike of should be enough to kill a pack of monsters. For additional single target damage you should drop down your charged Dread Banner Dread Banner and an Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief totem. You should use Whirling Blades all the time, due to your high attack speed this is more efficient than running around for mobility.

Passive tree

This is an endgame version of the passive skill tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive 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.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

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

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.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Carnage Heart Carnage Heart
Chest Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast
Gloves Haemophilia Haemophilia
Boots Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon 2x High pDPS Swords

Leveling

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

Leveling as Cleave Cleave is easy. Keep in mind that the gem gains radius with gem levels, so in the beginning the area of effect will be much smaller compared to the endgame. You can always level with some other skill and switch to Cleave later on if you want to.

Leveling Trees

Early on, focus on having around 300 life per Act. For example, if you are in Act 6, you should have approximately 1800 life. If you have enough life, simply pick up some more damage nodes nearby.

Early passive tree.

First head to Marauder and pick all the life and damage nodes, then go through the Duelist area and get the Leech nodes before you have the Slayer Ascendancy.

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. Redbeak Redbeak and The Screaming Eagle The Screaming Eagle provide great amount of damage which can easily carry you up to Act IV.

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. Cleave Cleave
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

At level 4, pick Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector in order to improve single target damage output.

By level 8 your Cleave Cleave link should look like this:

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

At level 10, you can pick Leap Slam Leap Slam, which at this point is more useful than Whirling Blades Whirling Blades, since you do not have enough attack speed yet.

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

By level 18 your Cleave Cleave gem setup should look like this:

  1. Cleave Cleave
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage 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 24, you should add Hatred Hatred for additional damage.

At level 28, replace Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector with Vaal Ancestral Warchief Vaal Ancestral Warchief for additional damage output. If you have the links you can have the following gem setup for it.

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

At level 38, your Cleave Cleave link should look like this. Keep in mind this is a leveling gem setup that is meant to give most damage while leveling and should be replaced by the superior endgame gem setup mentioned in the Gem section above.

  1. Cleave Cleave
  2. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  3. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

FAQ

The build has no life regeneration, what do I do when I try to run Labyrinths?

When running Labyrinths you can simply on an Orb of Regret Orb of Regret and take out Vaal Pact. Once you are done with the Labyrinth you can put it back in.

How much Critical Chance is needed for a build to be relevant?

In every critical-based build anything above than 35% is considered enough. Remember that you also roll this chance twice with your Diamond Flask.

Conclusion

The Cleave Ascendant is a pretty straight forward build, easy to get into. If you have played any Blade Flurry Blade Flurry or Reave Reave Ascendant before, this is a pretty similar build, but definitely more powerful now. This is because of the changes made to stat-sticks. The Cleave Ascendant is overall very solid, durable and versatile build, that can start from scratch and farm its way up to absolute endgame. It also does not lack in any type of content.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build remains solid and plays out as before.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build remains solid and not majorly affected by changes to monster Armour.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. The build remains as before since it was not affected by any changes.

  •   

    Revisited the whole build guide and updated Passive trees and Gem sections.

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    Improved Gem and Gearing sections.

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    Updated passive trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Made the playstyle section more descriptive, and improved the gearing section by providing more detailed recommendations.

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    Reworked Gem Link and Gem Progression sections for improved visibility.

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    Released Cleave Ascendant guide

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    Having fun leveling my first Scion. Please post a Path of Building link for gem links and CWDT setup.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Glad to hear you are having fun, all the information you need about gems is in the 5.Gems section. For CWDT specifically, take a look at 5.3.

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    On 20/01/2019 at 6:27 PM, Vvckd said
    Glad to hear you are having fun, all the information you need about gems is in the 5.Gems section. For CWDT specifically, take a look at 5.3.

    What about Blood Rage and the support links?

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    You do not need any support gems for Blood Rage Blood Rage. It should be just socketed in a piece of gear.

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    hey. this build looks fun, going to try it:) leveling as i speak, i had most of the items listed here in my stash, exept loreweave / belly, so i’ll use my tabula until i can afford any of those chest pieces:)

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    On 14/05/2019 at 2:02 AM, Maldrog666 said

    hey. this build looks fun, going to try it:) leveling as i speak, i had most of the items listed here in my stash, exept loreweave / belly, so i’ll use my tabula until i can afford any of those chest pieces:)

    Sounds good, GL & HF

    Edited by Vvckd on May 14th, 2019

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    In theory, would Atziri’s Promise work really well with Sin’s Rebirth? (And the build in general?)

    Also, why Kaom’s Roots? I feel like Unwavering Stance mitigates Enfeeble a little bit and also i dont like the sound of not being able to evade attacks :P

    I also wondered why you didn’t go for Razor’s Edge in the Passive tree?

    sorry for all the questions :P I’m loving the build and doing a lot of mapping, which i’ve never done before, I even did Atziri for the first time and even without dying. Thanks for creating such a great guide!

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    On 04/06/2019 at 5:26 AM, kathhound said

    In theory, would Atziri’s Promise work really well with Sin’s Rebirth? (And the build in general?)

    Also, why Kaom’s Roots? I feel like Unwavering Stance mitigates Enfeeble a little bit and also i dont like the sound of not being able to evade attacks :P

    I also wondered why you didn’t go for Razor’s Edge in the Passive tree?

    sorry for all the questions :P I’m loving the build and doing a lot of mapping, which i’ve never done before, I even did Atziri for the first time and even without dying. Thanks for creating such a great guide!

    Hey, both flasks you’ve mentioned are beneficial for the build. Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots give you the very important Stun and Freeze immunity, which can be Life saving considering the character is melee. Razor’s Edge is fine, but not as point-efficient as other nodes, you can pick it if you want to. Glad to hear you are having fun, thanks for the kind feedback.

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    Hey, love the guide thanks.

    Just saw something that I think you might have missed, in the 3.7 patch notes it says:“Overwhelming Odds: No longer grants increased Area of Effect for Cleave based on the number of nearby enemies, and now grants +1 to Cleave’s radius for each nearby enemy, up to +10. This jewel is now limited to 1.”

    But the guide still says that you need 2 overwhelming odds jewels. Is there any other unique jewel that I should replace it with or just go for a well stated rare?

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    On 18/06/2019 at 12:29 AM, Keadon said

    Hey, love the guide thanks.

    Just saw something that I think you might have missed, in the 3.7 patch notes it says:“Overwhelming Odds: No longer grants increased Area of Effect for Cleave based on the number of nearby enemies, and now grants +1 to Cleave’s radius for each nearby enemy, up to +10. This jewel is now limited to 1.”

    But the guide still says that you need 2 overwhelming odds jewels. Is there any other unique jewel that I should replace it with or just go for a well stated rare?

    Fixing that shortly thank you.

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    just hit level 38, was about to start setting up the four linked gems, just realized….. you recommend kaoms roots. no gem slots. I happen to be using a 4-link boots for ancestral warchief right now, and a tabula for the 6 link cleave, but how in the world are we going to have a 6 link cleave, 4 link warchief, and 4 link cast when damage taken setup all at once like you recommend?

    Tombfist has abbysal sockets… am I missing some obvious way to stick all of these gems in my gear?

    Edited by ededd on June 28th, 2019

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    On 28/06/2019 at 7:23 PM, ededd said

    just hit level 38, was about to start setting up the four linked gems, just realized….. you recommend kaoms roots. no gem slots. I happen to be using a 4-link boots for ancestral warchief right now, and a tabula for the 6 link cleave, but how in the world are we going to have a 6 link cleave, 4 link warchief, and 4 link cast when damage taken setup all at once like you recommend?

    Tombfist has abbysal sockets… am I missing some obvious way to stick all of these gems in my gear?

    Hey, these are just recommended links, not mandatory ones. Having your Cleave on a 6-Link is essential, everything else is customizable, you can have your totem setup in your Helmet and you can drop CWDT’s Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support and run it on a 3-Link in one of your weapons. You can also use rare boots instead of Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots.

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    Hi, I’m a little confused about how the scion acendency works. How can u get
    Passive point
    Slayer Ascendancy
    Juggernaut Ascendancy
    Path of the Marauder
    wouldn’t that be 5 acendency because u would have to get the passive skill on marauder first? So it would be 1. passive 2. slayer 3. passive 4. juggernaut 5. path of marauder ?

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    On 26/07/2019 at 11:28 PM, Kalani said

    Hi, I’m a little confused about how the scion acendency works. How can u get
    Passive point
    Slayer Ascendancy
    Juggernaut Ascendancy
    Path of the Marauder
    wouldn’t that be 5 acendency because u would have to get the passive skill on marauder first? So it would be 1. passive 2. slayer 3. passive 4. juggernaut 5. path of marauder ?

    Normal lab – 20 str/dex + passive point
    Cruel lab – Slayer + 40str
    Merciless lab – passive point + Juggernaut
    Uber lab – passive point + Path of the Marauder

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    Oh I see, so, getting the slayer doesn’t cost 2 points. Thanks.

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    What do you mean by At level 38, your Cleave Cleave link should look like this. Keep in mind this is a leveling gem setup that is meant to give most damage while leveling and should be replaced by the superior endgame gem setup mentioned in the Gem section above. What superior gem? im confused which gem do i replace cleave?

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    On 12/12/2019 at 5:56 PM, Takashi Bullet said

    What do you mean by At level 38, your Cleave Cleave link should look like this. Keep in mind this is a leveling gem setup that is meant to give most damage while leveling and should be replaced by the superior endgame gem setup mentioned in the Gem section above. What superior gem? im confused which gem do i replace cleave?

    Hey, what I meant by this is that there is a levelling Cleave link that differs from the one for endgame, which can be found in the Gem page of the build guide. There we make use of support gems like Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support, which is not that great for levelling but is insane once you’ve got your character together.

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    What do i need to remove, to make 5l version of this build?

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    What do i need to remove, to make 5l version of this build?

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