[3.14] KissMeQuick's Gladiator Reave: REBORN — T19 100% Maps & A8 Sirus 1:19 Speedrun — Starter



Ths is your rare opportunity to play a build which can handle the hardest content in the game without breaking the bank! The build has evolved through hundreds of patches - always capable of playing the hardest content cheap, fast and safe!
Once you start with this build and progress your character, you'll finally experience how it really feels to play a power demon build which is not based on deceptive language, unrealistic gear or hidden PoB tricks.

I am most of all a league start player and I need a strong starting build every league start; that is why I've started every league since Abyss with this Reave build.
This is not a "broken & patched in the next week build" - this is simply the top of the cream of building a melee character efficiently & effectively.
If the thread title corresponds with the current league, you'll be able to farm all of the hardest content deathless with this build.

This build got only buffed in 3.13 and 3.14
This is an extremely strong build for Ultimatum

We use Reave as our main tool of destruction and if we encounter a boss or an enormously tanky mob - we get additional assistance from our 6-linked Vaal Double Strike in boots & 3-linked Ancestral Warchief.
Encounters like Sirus, Uber Elder & Shaper are made even easier by swapping to Blade Flurry but it absolutely is not necessary as Reave can handle it very well as well.
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🔥 Boss killer, Simulacrum, league farmer & a mapper - all in one.
🔥 Uber Elder, AW8, T19 100% Delirious maps deathless!
🔥 One of the strongest league starters!
🔥 Very flexible - will not shatter under market pressure even if it's popular!
🔥 Pseudo-melee on steroids - the biggest melee AOE in the game.
🔥 A skill and playstyle which is fun & engaging!
🔥 A build where you can feel the power & progress!
🔥 Very fun to build in Hardcore & SSF.
🔥 5M DPS with 2 EX budget gear - up to realistic 150M in league!
🔥 79%+ Spell Block & Block, 60%+ Evade, Immortal Call, Endurance charges, 6K HP, Fortify and more!

VIDEOS & IMAGES

All videos are deathless and made in 3.12, meaning that the damage is 25% higher in Ultimatum league.

Uber Elder Speedrun - 1:28
Done in Heist league with my BF speedrunning gear.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoSxS_0ee7E

Awakener 8 Sirus - 1:19 Speedrun
Well well well!
In Heist league on 80 EX gear with a few more damage nodes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faJrB4EWkZk

T19 Map 100% Delirious
To give you some perspective, the rare mobs have the HP of Shaper while white mobs are around 10% of Shaper's HP.
No Headhunter.
Melted Omniphobia, the map boss & all beasts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAcFgn0LoO0

Wave 20 Omniphobia, Towerless Blighted T16, AW8 Hunter, Cortex
Everything except Hunter is with Reave.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYM9E-F06AE

Phoenix - Level 80 with 1 EX gear
Removed 15 skill points from the tree and using 1 EX cheap gear.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp_RcSLaNBs

Deathless Maven by KillToLive
Preeeety good!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmgPvUcWgCU


3 Mirrors of Kalandra - 2 Weeks into Heist
Mostly acquired through running T19 100% maps and 200 heists with this build.



PATH OF BUILDING

Use the community fork version of PoB.
https://github.com/PathOfBuildingCommunity/PathOfBuilding/releases

Ritual Day 2 - Yellow maps
https://pastebin.com/27CLxNTP


Ritual Day 4 - T16 Maps Before buying Thread of Hope
https://pastebin.com/YJnxKi5L


Ritual Day 7 - 15 EX PoB
https://pastebin.com/Yb2jMK0a

4.5M Reave + 3M Vaal Double Strike DPS.
Levelled 93 - 95 in T16 60% delirious maps with bosses and doing Sirus AW8 in 2 min on Blade Flurry.

Reave 90 EX T19 100% Delirious Mapping
https://pastebin.com/aEQWBikn

22.7M Reave + 19.5M Vaal Double Strike DPS.

Blade Flurry 100 EX boss speedrunning
https://pastebin.com/fca7at5r

74.0M Blade Flurry + 28.4M Vaal Double Strike DPS.

Fully functional 50 Mirror PoB
https://pastebin.com/23p2RumE

270.1M Reave, 427.9M Blade Flurry + 289.7M Vaal Double Strike DPS, 6.6K Life.
I made this just for fun - it's for window shopping.


GEAR

The prices in this thread are 1 month into Heist league with Exalted Orb being 70 Chaos.
The prices are not set in stone and depend on how popular the build or melee is.

Weapon & Shield

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8 Exalted

Don't spend money on getting high phys% damage. 80% vs 100% is only 3% damage difference but 10 EX more expensive.
Blind is FAR better than Impale and gives you much better survivability in T19 100% Delirious Maps - Impale is only 1% more damage.

If Paradoxicas are expensive, use Path of Building and compare what a rare foil would get you for the same money.



30 chaos.
Get it as soon as possible.
Even a badly rolled Paradoxica is better than a good Ahn's.



5 Chaos.

Set your budget between 5 and 10 chaos - get the one which has the most pDPS.



5 Exalted.

Must have life % gained when block and life.



1 Exalted.

I'm using this to speedrun AW8 Sirus only. This shield gives me 11% more damage which is a lot! Global phys is a standard mod and 1% increased Damage per 1% Chance to Block Attack Damage is an Elder / Crusader mod.



1 Exalted.



1 Chaos.


Body

Spoiler




20 Exalted as 6L.

Might want some white sockets for Blade Flurry.
Your goal.
You want explosion + frenzy on hit most of all - both are very important.
25% increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills is also really strong - 10+% more damage!



3 Exalted as 6L.



1 Divine / 8 Chaos.

Don't buy a Tabula if you're high enough level to wear a rare 6L.
Tabula even in league start is the same price as a rare 6L except it has no stats.


Helmet, Gloves & Boots

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20 Chaos.

You want below 42% increased physical damage taken and at least 110 critical multiplier.
Don't bother with helmet enchants unless you're willing to divine it to 40% and 120+%. If you do bother - Blood & Sand effect( best), Reave Radius, BF damage, Ancestral Warchief effect, Dread Banner effect are worth it.

Considering how tanky the build itself is, I don't suggest any other helmet.
If you die too much, remove some damage nodes and take some more life.
For XP ROTAs equip any rare helmet with some HP.

If you have Vulnerability on rings, you have free reign over your gloves selection - I just find it considerably cheaper to get it as a corruption on gloves.



40 Chaos.

These with Vulnerability are actually best in slot due to how much we use Vaal skills. Rare gloves with Vulnerability curse would work if you don't have a curse on rings.



1 Chaos.

Should be always used before the explosion chest.
Vulnerability version costs 1-2 EX so Enfeeble is great budget option!



40 Chaos.

They're common and cheap as the combination is not often used.
You want life + increased duration + fortify to have a pseudo 6-link for your Vaal Double Strike.
It's also possible to get Hunter's Tailwind.


Belt, Rings & Amulet

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5 Exalted.

The MAXIMUM stat is far more significant than the MINIMUM - try to buy or divine MAXIMUM to as high as you can.



1 Chaos - 1 Exalted.

Get as much life and resistances as your budget allows, this is a good belt to avoid high expenses on resistances in league start.



1 Chaos.

Cheap alternative if you don't need to cap resistances and just want some more damage.



10 Exalted - seems like it's very expensive in Ritual.
It's absolutely and totally worth it.



10 Chaos.

You want life & physical damage the most.




3 Exalted.

You want life + physical damage and then as much resistances as possible.



5 Exalted.

15%+ Global Multiplier is highly suggested - can be crafted only with Elder influence or essences! 22% on both rings is a total of 16% MORE damage!


Jewels

Spoiler




20 Exalted.

You want 2 additional impale hits.
One of the strongest Watcher mods - around 20% more damage, worth it.
Always divine the life to 7% as the impale mod cannot change.




10 Chaos.
Two of these please!



1 Exalted.

Corrupted Blood is almost mandatory, playing without it is a lot more stressful when doing the hardest content in game as Corrupting Blood is everywhere.
Rare jewels should have life % most of all.
Global multis and weapon specific attack speeds are the best.



30 Chaos.

Need mana leech from somewhere!


Flasks

Spoiler




20 Exalted.
Last expensive item to buy.



1 Chaos.
Replacement for Bottled Faith.
Remember to use it on top of the boss to put them on the consecrated ground which makes them receive more critical strikes.



10 Chaos.



1 Chaos.

You want these specific rolls to have as high uptime as possible.



1 Chaos.

Not mandatory, can be replaced with anything.



60 Chaos.

Pretty good for bossing & mapping in general!
If you take <40 charges, you will be able to proc it before the Sirus last phase.
I often run two of them for Uber Elder / Shaper.



1 Chaos.

Before you get a corrupted blood jewel.



GEMS

Spoiler




Always set your attacking skills as attack without moving.

If the gem's socket location has no inherent bonuses, then it's chosen based on where you're more likely to get the colours.

Auras & Gems before getting Aul's

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Enlighten lv 2+ - Precision LV 12 - 20 - Pride - Blood & Sand



Ancestral Protector( Phantasmal) - Vaal Ancestral Protector - Culling Strike - Maim



Dash - Blood Magic( Optional) - Second Wind( Optional)



Cast When Damage Taken LV9 - Immortal Call Lv10 - Dread Banner ( not linked)

You can buy these with correct levels from their respective act vendors.








Vaal Reave - Body

Make sure your Vaal Reave is level 20 or 21 as it provides +1 radius - this should be one of your earliest purchases.
It's best to get 4 stacks and then use your Vaal Reave to push it to 8 stacks.

Vaal Reave - Impale - Fortify - Pulverise - Multistrike - Brutality



Blade Flurry - Body

Blade Flurry is not mandatory at all but it is useful if you're planning to kill Sirus & Shaper often.
It's most effective to hold until you have 6 stacks and then release.
Getting 20 quality early on Infused Channelling is a very good idea!

Blade Flurry - Impale - Fortify - Melee Physical Damage - Brutality - Infused Channelling OR Close Combat

or


Vaal Double Strike - Boots

This becomes a pseudo 6-link if you have the proper boots.
As it has 2 charges, it's wise to plan them ahead and use once every phase if the boss has multiple phases.

Vaal Double Strike - Impale - Ruthless - Melee Physical Damage



Precision, Herald of Purity & Skitterbots - Gloves

It's best to put them in gloves because the colours are hard to roll in the helmet.
The lower your Enlighten level is, the lower your Precision gem can be.
You want to have at least 100 mana free.

Precision - Herald of Purity - Summon Skitterbots - Enlighten



Whirling Blades, CWDT Immortal Call - Weapon

CWDT and Immortal Call have to be level 9 & level 11.
You can buy CWDT & Immortal Call with proper levels from Act 4 if you're level 55+. It's good to get quality asap on Whirling Blades to move faster.

Cast When Damage Taken Lv. 9 - Immortal Call Lv. 11 - Whirling Blades



Dread Banner, Blood & Sand, Pride - Shield

Dread Banner - Blood & Sand - Pride



Vaal Ancestral Warchief, Ancestral Protector - Shield

You should spawn Ancestral Protector first and then Vaal Warchief, not the normal Warchief.
These two buff our damage by almost 90% + Culling Strike - using them correctly is the key to instaphasing all bosses!
It's highly suggested to change Culling Strike to Divergent Riposte if you're plain mapping and not strictly doing bossing content.

Vaal Ancestral Warchief - Ancestral Protector - Maim - Culling Strike or Divergent Riposte





PROGRESSING, PANTHEON & MAPS

Levelling

Spoiler


Bandit: Alira
Ascendancy: Arena Challenger -> Painforged -> Violent Retaliation -> Versatile Combatant
Pantheon: Arakaali & Abberath

Levelling this build is very easy as there are a lot of 2-hander nodes nearby and two-handed weapons are dirt cheap even on the first day of the league.
Two-handers are also extra strong with Warcries early on.
4 links and two 1C physical weapon upgrades is all you need to complete the acts without any struggles.

For a detailed leveling guide, please see this beginner's guide I've made for the Duelist

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3079573

After levelling up with two-handers, you should regret all points which the build doesn't use.

Some more tips:


After finishing acts, type /passives to see which quest passive points are you missing.

Do the sidequests immediately.

Do each lab before each Kitava fight - the first lab is extra good for levelling.

Filter out Wisdom Scroll already in the start - Whetstones give 4 Wisdoms when sold.

Crafting when starting the league during levelling is a good idea!

You can buy level requirement 50+ gems from act 1 - 5 after completing the acts.



Buying items & mapping

Spoiler


Use "COUNT" if multiple affixes fit you.
Useful for jewels.



Use "NOT" if there's a mod which you do not want.
Useful for Paradoxica.



Use ~ in front of the affix which you're searching if you're unsure what the affix exactly was named.



VS



Hard map mods

The build can do all map mods except physical reflect, even cannot leech ones can be done but you might want to avoid these map mods for sure if you're doing T19 100% Delirious maps.

1. Lowered block chance
2. Cannot leech
3. Shocked Ground

Regarding maps there's no need to rush T16+ maps if you don't have enough Atlas completion as you'll eventually have to grind it out anyways and the experience gain in yellow maps is higher than in T16s if you're below 90.



GAMEPLAY

Important gameplay mechanics

Spoiler


1. It's important to have your Vaal souls ready for the bosses in maps to gun them down fast.

2. It's important to use your Vaal souls as consecutive as possible as the soul gain restriction applies to all skills.

3. There is no use in using two Vaal Warchiefs, one is enough and it's used for DPS boost.

4. Vaal Reave is used for range increase and when OOM, if you use it carelessly you might not have enough souls for other skills.

5. You should always keep your totems up at bosses as you gain ~ 40% more damage from Protector and ~ 70% more with Vaal Warchief added to it.



Maximizing your damage & defences

Spoiler


To set up the perfect boss killing settings you have to do the following:

0. Make sure you have Blood Stance
1. Ancestral Protector
2. Vaal Ancestral Warchief 1.5 seconds before phase start
5. Use VDS clones 1 second before phase start
3. If you have Blade Flurry, start channelling it
4. As soon as the boss is vulnerable - use all flasks and release Blade Flurry
5. After the soul gain prevention use Soul Ripper and repeat.

You want to use VDS clones only when you're certain that they're able to do their fullest of damage.

Remember that souls are allocated randomly to where there are souls missing. This means that as an example it's sometimes better to not use your Vaal Warchief in order to fill up your VDS up with Soul Rippers.

You may use two Soul Rippers if you're against any other boss except Sirus.
It's also a good idea to spam your Soul Ripper if you have them with low charges just to get the 10% Dodge & Spell Dodge + phasing for maps or the Simulacrum.

Since we use Tukohama & Steadfast - after not moving for 4 seconds, you have an additional 10 physical damage reduction which is equivalent to 3 Endurance charges.

It's most preferred to have 6.5K+ life if you're levelling.
If you're not levelling, it's important to reach 5.5K+ life in order to have decent survivability with some deaths once in a while.

It's important to not ignore your Pantheon - the bonuses provided by both of the Gods are very strong! Eater of Souls allows you to ignore critical modifiers on maps completely.

Since the build is tanky enough, chaos damage can be ignored but it's the biggest weakness. It's a problem mostly for the Hunter Conqueror if you don't instakill him. If you have open suffixes, taking chaos resistance is an okay idea.

If you're doing T19 delirious or in general really hard maps, you should try to constantly keep up a Vaal Warchief to have 45% more damage and Onslaught if you have Vaal Caress gloves.


Failing? Important character checks here!

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These are the most important things to have:

1. 5.5K+ life - life on all non-unique equipment is a must
2. Capped resistances
3. Finished Pantheon
4. Corrupted Blood jewel or bleed flask
5. Same passive tree & ascendancy as the build
6. Curse & freeze flask
7. Fortify on your main attacking skill
8. 80+ Unreserved mana
9. Have at least 1 curse
10. Level 90+



Changelog

Spoiler


20th October - The guide is created
22nd October - Phantasmal Ancestral Protector is added
11th November - Elusive boots, Pulverise in chest, Awakened Melee in boots
24th January - Changed gems and pantheon.



OLD THREAD:
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2064695

Leave all your questions, concerns, criticisms and comments in this thread - I'll do my best and reply to every single one of you (:
I've revived my Gladiator Reave - stronger than ever with up to 600M DPS!
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2976624
Last edited by Kiss_Me_Quick on Apr 16, 2021, 2:43:15 AM
Last bumped on Apr 16, 2021, 3:24:40 AM
The old thread got automatically locked so I'm starting a new one - the first post will be filled within the next few days (:
I've revived my Gladiator Reave - stronger than ever with up to 600M DPS!
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2976624
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Kiss_Me_Quick wrote:

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Once you start with this build and progress your character, you'll finally realize how it feels to really play a power demon build which is not based on deceptive language, insane budget or hidden PoB warrior tricks.


If the thread title corresponds with the current league, you'll be able to farm all of the hardest content deathless with this build.

This will be the only time i will post on your topic since you started things on mine, isn't all this fair?

you say on your title "Gladiator Reave" but your endgame demonstration only shows you using Blade Flurry

who is being dishonest, using deceptive language?
why don't you change the title of your topic then?

think about it :)
Last edited by Dragoon_Diver on Oct 19, 2020, 7:56:42 PM
I've finished the larger part of the text and the guide should be usable by now but I will keep on adding content over the next days.
I've revived my Gladiator Reave - stronger than ever with up to 600M DPS!
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2976624
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Dragoon_Diver wrote:

This will be the only time i will post on your topic since you started things on mine, isn't all this fair?

you say on your title "Gladiator Reave" but your endgame demonstration only shows you using Blade Flurry

who is being dishonest, using deceptive language?
why don't you change the title of your topic then?

think about it :)


We use the 6L VDS more often than Blade Flurry - there's no point in me writing all the skills in the title.

Regarding Blade Flurry itself:
Strictly endgame bosses are done more effectively with Blade Flurry which is not necessary - the Guardian bosses and T19 100% Delirium Bosses in the videos are done with Reave - should be satisfactory!

Players who might want to fight bosses from a longer range, might not want to opt for Blade Flurry at all.
The Sirus AW8 video isn't using Blood Stance so it's effectively demonstrating what the Reave damage would look like.
I've revived my Gladiator Reave - stronger than ever with up to 600M DPS!
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2976624
Hi, would the saviour sword pair well with this build for t16 maps?
Last edited by danstrafe on Oct 21, 2020, 12:20:00 AM
Hey, noob question!

How would be leveling more like the final build itself, 1h/shield (without 2h). Recommended skill gems and tree progression? or is it just better to level as 2h?

Thanks in advance!
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danstrafe wrote:
Hi, would the saviour sword pair well with this build for t16 maps?


We cannot use The Savior because it's DPS is way too low compared to Paradoxica.
The Savior is mostly used when dual wielding to overcome that issue.

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Kimahri wrote:
Hey, noob question!

How would be leveling more like the final build itself, 1h/shield (without 2h). Recommended skill gems and tree progression? or is it just better to level as 2h?

Thanks in advance!


It's a good question and I'll post a tree for that as well (:
If you already have some mula, you may as well go with one-handers.

EDIT: Added a one-handed levelling PoB.
I've revived my Gladiator Reave - stronger than ever with up to 600M DPS!
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2976624
Last edited by Kiss_Me_Quick on Oct 21, 2020, 4:13:30 AM
I’m pleasantly surprised and amused that this badboy shrugs off T19 and claps them. Might just have to give this a try ;)
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SnotZombie wrote:
I’m pleasantly surprised and amused that this badboy shrugs off T19 and claps them. Might just have to give this a try ;)


Let us know how it goes :P

Added another video of me dropping wave 20 Omniphobia in 3 seconds.
I think I'm done with videos for now (:

Wave 20 Omniphobia, Towerless Blighted T16, AW8 Hunter, Cortex
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYM9E-F06AE
I've revived my Gladiator Reave - stronger than ever with up to 600M DPS!
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2976624
Last edited by Kiss_Me_Quick on Oct 21, 2020, 8:20:54 AM

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