[3.8] Scion Groundslam | Great League Starter | Budget Friendly | Stun Your Enemies

Credits to: ANightcodexAppeared for the build inspiration. He came up with the entire build and he's a great creator which is why you should go check him out!

Original build here: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2514590

WARNING: This is my first ever build that I've created even if somewhat tweaked from another player. Please give me some feedback or any comments about it, it would be appreciated. Thank You!

This build is specifically designed for the people who don't have a tremendous amount of time to spend daily on Path of Exile, as well as for people who want a good and easy start to any league in the future. To even reach endgame if you wanted to.

Video Showcase:


Pros and Cons:
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Pros:

- Uber lab is not necessary for this build!

- Very cheap to gear!

- Beefy (Can tank somewhat and is able to dish out tons of damage)

- Easy and fast clear!

- All content viable!

- With an casual player investment and no luck in drops we can obtain and average of 5.5k hp.

Cons:

- With only 5k hp (Avg hp), can get 1 shot easily in high tier maps and bosses

- With many Unique items in play, you may need to get resist and life on other remaining equipment you have. This may be a problem late-game.


Leveling:
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1. Level 1 - 12: In Act 1! Get Groundslam or any other melee skill gems until you get Groundslam.

* Main skill: Groundslam / Added Fire Dmg / Maim
* Aura skill: Blood and Sand
* Movement skill: Leap Slam
* Extra Dmg Output: Ancestral Protector

2. Level 18+: You should now be in Act 2! You now want faster attacks as well as faster movement speed.

* Main skill: Groundslam / Melee Physical Damage / Maim]
* Aura skill: NEW Herald of Ash & Herald of Purity
* Movement skill: Leap Slam / NEW Faster Attacks
* Extra Dmg Output: NEW Blood Rage

Note: With all 3 of your auras in place, you may have problems with mana so keep a mana flask with you. You won't need it later in late-game.

3. Level 20+: You want to buy [2x Brightbeak] as well as a [Carnage Heart]. You'll basically be using your 2x Brightbeak as your endgame weapons - Why? More details below

4. Level 38+: By now you should be in Act 4. You want to make sure that you complete the quest and level in Dried Lake, I usually level until Level 42 to make sure I'm levels ahead in the upcoming areas. Additionally, here you will want to get the rest of your skill gems all linked.

* Main skill:
NEW SETUP Groundslam / Multistrike Support / Melee Physical
Damage / Ruthless / Damage On Full Life
Support(5-link) / Increased Area Of Effect (6-link)


* Aura skill:
NEW SETUP Curse On Hit Support / Herald Of Thunder /
Vulnerability / Punishment


* Movement skill: Leap Slam / Faster Attacks / NEW Blood Magic

* CWDT skill:
NEW SETUP CWDT (Lvl 11) / Immortal Call (Lvl 11) /
Blood Rage / Summon Lightning Golem


Note: Blood and Sand / Ancestral Protector / Herald of Ash / (Unset Ring) Herald of Purity doesn't need to be linked

5. At Level 49, get Wyrmsign Gloves

6. At Level 68, get Kaom's Roots or any Rare filling boots


Why Brightbeak? and other Unique Item:
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Brightbeak:
In this basic and easy build, we will be using 2x Brightbeaks for the entirety of our play-through. From level 20, you'll be clearing areas fast, really fast! This means any pack of monsters you encounter will evaporate into ash, even bosses will die before they can hit you due to the amount of time you'll stun-lock them (approved and trusted). Stunning your enemy in this build is key and essential in surviving, because without it, enemies will be able to hit you with your low hp and 1-shot you, but as you're able to continually stun-lock them you're not going to get hit. It's just an overall easy and fast way to level quickly and it's not that expensive to get after a couple days of a brand new league either.

Carnage Heart:
Also, as soon as you reach level 20 you should also get Carnage Heart as your amulet, this is due to it providing you with a massive increase to your attribute points. As noted above, what you'll lack in is Intelligence so by having Carnage Heart you already acquire the basic need of dealing with it; and you can either invest a passive point +30 in the tree if you're still lacking in it. Additionally, it gives decent amounts of Life Leech which is also important because you'll be leeching from your enemies 24/7 which also means whilst your leeching - you'll get an added % to your physical damage overall - and you get % to all your resistances which is nice.

Wyrmsign:
When reaching level 49, buy Wyrmsign gloves - it provides us with decent amounts of maximum life which is nice and Conc. Effect supported gem, but we're not using it because of those. We're using it because of it's ability to gain 'Rampage', this provides us with rewards for killing increasing numbers of enemies without stopping. This means, for every monster we kill (not including resurrected monsters) we enter a rampage tier - this includes:

* 1% increased Movement Speed per 20 Rampage Stacks
* 2% increased Damage per 20 Rampage Stacks
More info. here: https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Rampage

Kaom's Roots:
!!These boots are not needed in anyway in this build!! When reaching level 68, you might/but don't have to invest in Kaom's Roots for your boots - it provides massive amounts of maximum hp, however, it doesn't have any sockets which may look like a bad idea but if you look at your skill gem setup; you have no space for anymore. The reason why we're using these is because of 'Unwavering Stance' - this is a keystone passive skill that grants guaranteed stun avoidance, but prevents the character from evading attacks. Also, movement speed can't be modified - this prevents effects such as Chill, Freeze, or Temporal Chains; ignoring them when wearing the boots.


Passive Tree, Ascendancy & Patheon:
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Ascendancy Class: Ascendant

Ascendancy Points, in priority: Slayer --> Berserker --> Duelist.

Groundslam - 1:
https://pastebin.com/qM6FsegJ

Groundslam - 2 (Normal Lab)
https://pastebin.com/HtkN9tUM

Groundslam - 3 (Cruel Lab)
https://pastebin.com/E4dRPDgY

Groundslam - 4 (Merciless Lab)
https://pastebin.com/vP1BiUZ0

Groundslam - 5 (Uber Lab)
https://pastebin.com/VEpwtJUJ

Note1: This build is purely made for Attack Dmg and Dmg in general, the reason why the hp for the build is low. However, it is fast, very fast and always 90% of the time stuns your enemies.

Note2: If you at any point need more Intelligence to level your gems then simply pick up the +30 nodes in the passive tree and/or buy any Rare Ring or Amulet.

Pantheon:

* Soul of Arakaali (Everytime CWDT procs blood rage the effect procs of Arakaali (tested))
* Soul of Ryslatha (filling up potions and extra effect of health potions)


Bandits:
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- Help Alira if you need the resists and mana regen (Great for league starter)

- Kill All (Preferred)


General Gear:
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My Current Gear: ItsCalledSlamm

Weapons:


Armour:


Rings/Amulet:


Important:

1. % Resistance
2. % / # Life
3. % Attack speed
4. % / # Flat phys

Jewels:

* 2x Rapid Expansion - Unique Jewel

* Attack speed with Maces and Scepters
* Generic attack speed
* Attack speed with one handed melee weapon
* % Maximum Life
* % Resistance

Flasks:

* 1x Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching
* 1x Lion's Roar (More melee dmg)
* 1x Avenger’s Basalt Flask of Warding
* 1x Ample Quicksilver Flask of Heat
* 1x Atziri's Promise
Last edited by KingAced on Sep 20, 2019, 9:16:49 PM
Last bumped on Sep 23, 2019, 3:10:59 AM
This is actually pretty cool, Better than i expected!
Good that you pointed out the leveling section for new players.

Awesome hope you have fun in blight!
Hey, thank you for the guide!!

I'm new to the game, trying this build. Does Brutality really work with Herald of Thunder?
Your mentioned character does not have any gear currently. Can you link your gears instead in the General Gear section, for a better review of the build? Thanks!
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MetalCrawler wrote:
Hey, thank you for the guide!!

I'm new to the game, trying this build. Does Brutality really work with Herald of Thunder?


I have been experimenting on this build, and it's really up to you on what you want. Tbh I would go with Ruthless Support instead as it causes every third attack made with the skill to deal substantially more damage and have increased base stun duration which is needed for this type of build. So Ruthless would work better with HOT.
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sirdond wrote:
Your mentioned character does not have any gear currently. Can you link your gears instead in the General Gear section, for a better review of the build? Thanks!


I have updated the post, you can now see the linked Skill Gems in my gear.
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This is actually pretty cool, Better than i expected!
Good that you pointed out the leveling section for new players.

Awesome hope you have fun in blight!


I personally like to see the Leveling aspects of a build as it helps me, so I decided to also do a leveling guide just in case. Also, Thank You too!
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KingAced wrote:
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sirdond wrote:
Your mentioned character does not have any gear currently. Can you link your gears instead in the General Gear section, for a better review of the build? Thanks!


I have updated the post, you can now see the linked Skill Gems in my gear.


Thank you!

How far into the atlas can you get with this setup?
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sirdond wrote:
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KingAced wrote:
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sirdond wrote:
Your mentioned character does not have any gear currently. Can you link your gears instead in the General Gear section, for a better review of the build? Thanks!


I have updated the post, you can now see the linked Skill Gems in my gear.


Thank you!

How far into the atlas can you get with this setup?


Well as it is a league starter build - don't forget. I've managed to get to T9 mapping on it, still yet to try T10's n above, but other than that you can stop the build once you feel satisfied with the currency you've got and go for another build.
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KingAced wrote:

Well as it is a league starter build - don't forget. I've managed to get to T9 mapping on it, still yet to try T10's n above, but other than that you can stop the build once you feel satisfied with the currency you've got and go for another build.


Yes, I know, I'm just curious :)
Thanks again for the answers!

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