[3.10] Shattering Steel Impale Champion - tanky & solid mapper - crazy boss dps - all content

Hello Exile,

Welcome to my Shattering Steel Impale Champion Guide.

For those who don't know i have already a SST Bleed Gladiator Guide here in the Forum.

I really love those kind of Projectile Attack Skills and played a Shattering Steel Champion for a bit last season.

Started 3.10 with a BV Assasin and enjoyed the overpowered Archmage Stuff.

But now i'm back to my beloved skills. Tried this as a Deadeye / Slayer / Champion and all are nice options.

As Champion is the most thematic for Impale and Shattering and also scales very well i decided to start with a guide for this one.

I really wanted to use the new Cluster Jewels as it gives some variety to the default trees and also offers good damage / life.

Currently farming T14-T16 Atlas at Level 8 for Conqueror. Most of them you can just burst down. Awakener deathless was also not hard. Did 20/20 Simulacrum. Also finished some older content like Shaper / Elder / Über Elder / Atziri without problems.


Pros & Cons:

+ good & save mapping
+ crazy boss dps
+ can do all content
+ tanky through multiple layers of defense
+ enjoyable shotgun playstyle
+ already strong on a budget
- can be expensive to min/max
- not the mapping speed like a herald/storm brand build


Changelog:
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-> 18.04.20 - initial thread


Gem Links:
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Main Link:
4 Link
Shattering Steel - Impale - Vicious Projectiles Support - Brutality Support - Support




5 Link
Maim Support


6 Link
Increased Critical Strikes / Increased Critical Damage: Best DPS Options

Pierce / Fork / Greater Multiple Projectiles: Clear Options

Aura Setup:
Pride: 50%
Pride is a good way to go for a pure physical build.

Flesh and Stone: 25%
Gives us blind so we are at least 50% evasive. You can go for Iron Reflexes and profit from the armour buff.

Precision:
I use it to boost my Accuracy / Crit. Just adjust the level to your mana needs.

Link those 3 to Enlighten Support



Dread Banner:
Boosts our Impale effect and gives some defence.



Utility:
Blood Rage:
Leech, Frenzy Generation, Attack Speed.



Leap Slam / Whirling Blades - Faster Attacks - (Blood Magic)
Movement setup. IAs i use my movementskill more positional and don't want to have the need to charge in a group just to proc Fortify. You do not need Blood Magic if you feel comfortable with your mana.




Dash:
Get over Gaps. With the 3.10 Buff and a Second Wind Support this is really awesome now. Optional when using Leap Slam.



Vaal Molten Shell - (Cast when damage taken) - (Increased Duration)
With the granite flask i have over 35k armour, which gives some huge boosts. You can use the normal version as additional life and the vaal one as "oh shit" button. If your lazy or want to buff it with increased Duration that's also an option.



Flexible Setups:

Enduring Cry:
Endurance charges



Ancestrall Protector - Culling Strike Support:
Gives a boost on bosses.




Phase Run:
Phasing in Delirium is really good Quality of Life. Also you can trigger Beltimbers while standing still.





Items:
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Weapon:
Beltimber Blade is crazy for this build.


2 Additional Projectiles and reasonable Physical Damage for almost no investment cost. Also Accuracy and some extra defense while moving is nice.

Alternative:
You can improve with the classic high budget swords like Paradoxica or Rare Foils. But you will also need to get Greater Multiple Projectiles. This process is really expensive and i will not cover it for now in the guide. As you can do all content easily with Beltimber.


Chest:
Crafted Astral Plate
- Crusader Mod with explode
- reduced Mana Cost to Skills
- Attacks have +% Critical Strike
- Consecrated Ground while stationary

Pick some combination you like.


Alternative:
Lioneye's Vision.
Always a good chest for Projectile Based Attacks. Pierce is a nice multiplier and you get a ton of armour.

Yriel's Fostering (Rhoa).
This chest is a bit underused in my opinion. Good amount of life, crit & attack/movement speed, intimidate as multiplier.


Amulet:

Rare with Physical damage, life, Resist, Crit Chance, Crit Multiplier.
Use a base with Intelligence.


Annoint:
True Strike / Master of Force / Assasination / Blade Master
Constitution / Disciple and Training / other big life node

Ring:
Just 2 rares with alot of Resist and Life.
You can also aim for mana leech, physical to attacks.

As a base i would use Steel rings vs Coral/Vermillion. Either you want more damage or a bit more tankiness.

I use one mastercrafted Prefix for -9 Mana cost

With Warlord influence you can try to fit vulnerability on hit here, otherwise check for glove corruptions.


Belt:
Stygian Hunter Belt with Life, %Life and Resist

Eye Jewel with Life + Onslaught on Kill


Alternative:
A Hunter Leather Belt should be really cheap and give even more life. But you missing out a jewel.


Gloves:
Offering to the Serpent.
Overleech is just awesome as melee. Also gives needed Attributes, Damage and Attack Speed.


Alternative:
Rare Gripped Gloves with Life, Attack Speed, Resist
Hand of the High Templar with good corruptions
Haemophilia, Explosions help with clear


Glove Corruptions. Vulnerability on Hit, Attacks X to Critical Strike Chance

Boots:
Rare Boots with Life, Resist, Movement speed
I really would get Tailwind here. It's a great multiplier.


You can also get things like Pierce on boots. But multiple mods get really expensive


Helm:
Rare Helmet with Life, Resist.
The +1 projectile enchant for Shattering Steel is a good boost.


If you can get an Elder Base you can try to hit the -physical resist modifier. Sadly this moved to elder ilvl 85 and is not that easy to craft with as before with just Jagged.


Jewels:
We just use 1-2 normal Jewel Slots.

Watcher's Eye: 2 Additional Impales is awesome. If you have the money go for it.
But there are also some really cheap Pride / Precision mods that give good damage boosts.

Rare Jewels:
Look out for
- Maximum Life / Physical Damage / Crit Multiplier / Crit Chance

Flasks:

Bubbling/Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
Instant heal flask as in most of life builds with bleed removal.

Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Heat
Going fast. Freeze Removal

Diamond Flask of Warding
Flask is mandatory for any crit build.

Experimenter's Granite Flask of Iron Skin
The Iron Skin suffix boosts our armour by a ton. Great flask for Molten shell

Dying Sun
2 Additional Projectiles is great for this build. Helps a lot on mapping.

Prefix are changeable.



Cluster Jewels
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Large:
You want to use Attack Damage (while Dual Wielding / with Swords)

The best one are 8 passives with 3 Nodes and 2 Sockets. You will then need only 5 Points for both Sockets, skipping one big node. You don't need the perfect ones to start. Just aim for Deep Cuts and the shortest route your budget allows.

The secondary node is exchangable.
- Feed the Fury for good dps boost
- Fuel the Fight as a source of mana leech and damage
- Devastator for Explosions



Medium:
We want to use the Projectile Damage jewels.

I prefer the Combination of :
- Repeater 30% Damage and 8% Attack Speed.
- Eye to Eye 60% Damage


Small:
I take all Life here as we don't have that much % increased Life from the tree otherwise.

I would also prefer 3 over 2 nodes. As the additional small node is always 4% life + some crazy benefits if you roll your jewels well.

For the notable good options are:
- Fettle
- Feast of Flesh
- Adrenaline




Ascendancy / Bandits:
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Master of Metal -> Unstoppable Hero -> Fortify -> Inspirational

Kill all bandits


Pantheon:
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Major:
I often take Lunaris on my characters for some extra movement / defense in most situations.

Arakaali is strong on this character, as Damage Over Time is a weak point and i run no Grounding Flask

Switch to Solaris if your doing crit map / delve

Brine King is not useful as Stuns are no issue.

Minor:
You could swap this regarding the encounter you do.

I'm lazy and just run Shakari for Poison Immunity and some Chaos reduction.


Leveling:
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Currently the best leveling for any melee character is just move outwards to a cluster jewel. Put One With Nothing in and take Hollow Palm Technique. Now just Brain afk with something like Smite until Maps.

Otherwise there are some really good Bladestorm leveling guides on youtube e.g. tyty.


Insights:
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Shotgun effect:
Shattering Steel is one of the few skills who can shotgun the enemy. That means if you are standing directly in front of the enemy and fire e.g. 5 projectiles all can hit the same enemy. so you dealing 5 times damage. The new Path of Building fork has an option "All Projectiles Hit". But keep in mind projectile stacking is not infinite. The more you get the harder it is to hit even bosses with all of them. I would aim for 7-10 projectiles.


My gear:
I linked most of my gear in the item section. Also my profile is public and you can just click on my account. Character: paLeRiumChamp



FAQ:
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I will try to answer questions from the thread in here.


Tree and Videos:
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Path of Building:
https://pastebin.com/vAqZmpT9


Videos are a bit laggy for my PC. But if you have some request i can try.


Please let me know if you think something important is missing. I'm also available for feedback and questions via Forum / Ingame.

I will try to update the build for new patches or changes

I hope you enjoy playing this build.


Guides:
Spectral Shield Throw Bleed Gladiator: www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2672813
Shattering Steel Impale Champion: www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2839530
Last bumped on Apr 29, 2020, 7:21:31 PM
Hi thanks for the build. Looks promising. Gonna try this one as i havent play physycal for a while.
What order do I take nodes on the passive tree as I level?
I hope you like it.

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awawawawa wrote:
Hi thanks for the build. Looks promising. Gonna try this one as i havent play physycal for a while.



I would not level with shattering, i would swap to it at level 66 when Beltimbers are unlocked. As mentioned in leveling section i would move outwards for One with nothing.

I quickly created https://pastebin.com/JBQv87m1 if you like to try One punching everything. Just use Smite some supports and Dexterity on all your gear (Astramentis, Attribute rings ...)

Just respecc the useless Dexterity nodes later.

Not sure if that's for you, otherwise i would recommend searching on youtube for "PoE 3.10 - Melee Leveling Guide" and respecc later.

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What order do I take nodes on the passive tree as I level?
Guides:
Spectral Shield Throw Bleed Gladiator: www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2672813
Shattering Steel Impale Champion: www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2839530
Hi can u look at my build because my damage was ok but i really expected much more.

Currently dualwielding paradoxica and sacrifice clearspeed for more damage on bosses which i still feel lacking.

except gem quality + awakened gem

https://pastebin.com/G4X55K7J

thanks again for the build !!!
Hi,

Quality on all gems and levels will add a lot. I just checked in POB.

Also this should not cost much. A Shattering Steel 21/23 e.g. costs 10 chaos ;)

Not only Quality on your Main gems will add also on things like Dread Banner / Blood Rage.

One Paradoxica is sadly only 150 dps and i guess you are better off with Beltimbers. As GMP is a big less multiplier.

Also for Yriels i would go with Rhoa. This adds up to 15% Attack speed and Intimidate . Which is 10% more Damage for us since we have no other source for this buff.

I think you can also level your Precision a bit more. You have 2x - Mana cost and > 150 unreserved mana.

Maybe also go for a Damage annoint. You already have pierce on Boots. and for me 1 source was enough. Maybe use the helm craft for this if you want a bit more.

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask me if anything pops up.

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awawawawa wrote:
Hi can u look at my build because my damage was ok but i really expected much more.

Currently dualwielding paradoxica and sacrifice clearspeed for more damage on bosses which i still feel lacking.

except gem quality + awakened gem

https://pastebin.com/G4X55K7J

thanks again for the build !!!
Guides:
Spectral Shield Throw Bleed Gladiator: www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2672813
Shattering Steel Impale Champion: www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2839530
Hi thanks for the reply !!!

I didnt realise there were different beastial minion for yriel so thaks for the rhoa suggestion.
I have crusader astral plate ready to craft but i cant get the color right because i need 3G 2R 1B for increased critical damage gem (used 3 vorici benches and still failed).

How about the double damage on paradoxica? shouldnt it be better although it has lower pdps than beltimber?

Anyway thanks for the tips looking forward to levelling up more to grab those dps nodes!!!

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