[3.10] HERALD OF AGONY MAX BLOCK GLADIATOR Build. Super Tanky & Cheap. Great League Starter!

With the nerf to Herald of Agony Mana Guardian i wanted to try an “older” version of Crawler using the max block gladiator. It appears that it’s still super effective, while staying ultimately cheap and powerful. I can totally recommend this build to anyone who want to push end-game to the max without being frustrated at constant RIPs or lack of damage.
I did numerous Simulacrums and 100% Delirious T16s with it.

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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/herald-of-agony-gladiator-path-of-exile-build/
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How does it work, in general?
Whenever you poison an enemy you get a Virulence stack and a Crawler from the Herald of Agony pops out and starts spitting acids everywhere, destroying enemies.
Cyclone with a lot of attack speed and attached POISON SUPPORT guarantees keepup of the high virulence stacks through 90% combined chance to POISON. Virulence Stacks add damage to the Crawler.
With the introduction of Cluster Jewels it’s now possible to get more virulence stacks, some extra block and life gained on block.
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1) PROS
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+one of the strongest, cheapest and tankiest builds in the game WITHOUT any broken mechanics.
+over 80% block with good recovery and chaos resistance
+around 4 MILLION of Agony Crawler damage (enough for all content)
+overall good build for everything, including delve
+Watchers Eye is not needed

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2) CONS
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-need lvl.4 Empower and +1 Chest for max Crawler damage (30-35 ex)
-cluster jewel heavy (2 large wheels)

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
For the levelling tree please watch the video guide or check PoB!
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Path of building:https://pastebin.com/A4fVZseD
For Ascendancy: Painforged, Versatile Combatant, Violent Retaliation, Arena Challenger
Bandits: Kill All

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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Levelling is a very standard melee character. You can use Molten Strike, Cyclone or anything till you get Herald of Agony at level 16.
Keep in mind, even though Herald of Agony is powerful alone, it can be painfully slow while levelling.
You will also need to run Clarity for a while, to sustain channelling mana cost of Cyclone. Mana Gained on hit jewels are very important and will help dramatically. Get one early on.

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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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Anvil at level 45:
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/The_Anvil
Shield at 50:
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Victario%27s_Charity
Dagger at 62:
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Cold_Iron_Point

For Uber Lab enchant:
Herald of Agony 30% Reduced Reservation
Herald of Agony 5L: Herald.of.Agony-Minion.Damage-Pierce-Damage.on.Full.Life-Vicious.Projectiles
Herald of Agony 6L: Herald.of.Agony-Minion.Damage-Pierce-Damage.on.Full.Life-Vicious.Projectiles-Empower
Replace normal gems with awakened versions if you have the currency.
JEWELS: Life, Block, Mana gained on hit. Chaos damage to Minions, Minion Attack Speed. 1 Corrupted Blood for Sirus fight.
Watcher’s Eye: Not needed

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6) Flasks
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Bottled Faith is the most expensive one and gives the most damage of cause. The rest are mostly defense and onslaught for more attack speed (to stack poison faster)

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7) Pantheon Gods
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Major: Solaris
Minor: Shakari

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8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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Viable

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9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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+1 Skin of the Loyal (30-70EX depending on the league)
Good crafted -chaos res helm with HOAG enchant like i have.

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MORE VIDEOS:
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All A8 Bosses (Conquerors, Uber Elder, Sirus):
https://youtu.be/XpN1JLc6SZk
First ever attempt at Simulacrum on this build:
https://youtu.be/BCUTQA_BhqQ
T16 100% Delirious Tower with Beyond:
https://youtu.be/JlAU-9Si4Og
T16 Phoenix:
https://youtu.be/gFZUy8Oysfs

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FAQ
1) How can i get more damage from the Crawler?
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His damage mostly increases with LEVELS of a gem. So anything that gives +1 Physical or Chaos Skills gems will boost dramatically. Cold Iron Point and lvl.4 Empower are biggest boosts.

2) Is it a good league starter?
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It is, but chest and weapon would be expensive at league start. Well, like most other good items i guess.

3) Is this build really cheap?
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It is 10 times cheaper than the “old” Mana Guardian. Outside of +1 chest, there’s literally nothing to spend money on.

4) But JUGG is better?
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JUGG is not better. He can sustain damage well, but Gladiator blocks it entirely, so literally nothing comes though.

5) Why you are not using Golden Rule?
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It’s not needed. Without it you have 40 stacks against any single target anyway + you need cluster jewel with Antivenom to prevent dying from Poison. IMHO it’s a waste of a slot for a life build.

6) Why you didn’t put Whirling Blades in gloves to benefit from Faster Attacks?
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It will increase mana cost from 10 to 30 and will leave WAY LESS for Cyclone.

7) Where can i get these Stoneskin Flayers?
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In Primeval Ruins in delve, starting with 200+ delve.

Before that, you can use any tanky guys, like these ones: https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Towering_Figment

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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on May 20, 2020, 8:42:50 AM
Last bumped on May 25, 2020, 9:00:02 AM
This seems like a really solid build. I did one similar in SSF delirium using molten strike instead of cyclone to get some bonus LGoH action. Yours has much improved damage compared to mine which was the only weakness.

My only comment is on the anointment. If you can handle the loss of resistances from sanctuary then deflection is awesome. With versatile combatant allocated the increase in projectile block also applies to spell projectiles granting 12% chance to block projectiles. IMO that is too good to pass up.

Other than that good build!
IGN: EpiphoneWinterBird
Last edited by momo526 on May 13, 2020, 12:44:28 PM
Hey, alternate tree without the cluster for leveling, at least? the cluster on hc is 5+ ex.
hey man loving the build so far, do you recommend any specific specters or just run with what you find?
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Trel96 wrote:
Hey, alternate tree without the cluster for leveling, at least? the cluster on hc is 5+ ex.

Take as much life and minion damage as possible. And you would need to take some block nodes with a shield
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lethaldevilv1 wrote:
hey man loving the build so far, do you recommend any specific specters or just run with what you find?

I recommend these, because they are tanky. You can also use Vaal Risen Advocates as they are pretty tanky as well
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Didn't think Vict Charity worked without Necro Aegis?

Testing out Unshattered Will.
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Didn't think Vict Charity worked without Necro Aegis?

Testing out Unshattered Will.

It does work, with or without.
If you have 1 minion it's doing just fine on it's own. Only for frenzies though
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Didn't think Vict Charity worked without Necro Aegis?

Testing out Unshattered Will.

It does work, with or without.
If you have 1 minion it's doing just fine on it's own. Only for frenzies though


Good to know thanks.

Thoughts about:
Lionseye
The surrender with gems to match
Magna eclipses

All have high armor which is doubled from soil and higher block.
Last edited by LockedGoblin689 on May 14, 2020, 9:18:58 AM
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Didn't think Vict Charity worked without Necro Aegis?

Testing out Unshattered Will.

It does work, with or without.
If you have 1 minion it's doing just fine on it's own. Only for frenzies though


Good to know thanks.

Thoughts about:
Lionseye
The surrender with gems to match
Magna eclipses

All have high armor which is doubled from soil and higher block.

All worthless, you need these frenzy charges
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