[3.16] CheapBunny Petrified Blood Low Life 6 Aura Double Strike Champion



Introduction
I always wanted to play hybrid Armour/Evasion character, and Scourge league is a great time to do so (Armour and Evasion buff), so I make this build. As usual, you can check out the build thought section below to see my thought process making this build, enjoy =).


Build Thought

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Why Champion?
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Champion has great access to armour/evasion hybrid node.


Why Low Life?
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Determination and Grace is buffed in 3.16, and I want to use both to get high armour/evasion, however both of them requires 50% mana reserved to cast.

So, I use

This shield allow me to cast aura by reserving life


Petrified Blood allow me to stay low life without sacrificing ehp.

Dooministry explaining Petrified Blood
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StFFGLO-jjw



With heavy investment into defense, how to get enough dps?
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Dual wield sword/helmet

The increased physical damage taken downside is mostly mitigated as we have so much armour.

Since we are low life, we can use

Bloodthirst provide more damage compared to other support gem, especially for one-handed weapon.


With this belt, we can scale armour/evasion and damage at the same time.


"First to strike, Last to Fall" ascendancy node provide huge dps buff when reaching low life.


Trade evasion and accuracy into critical strike chance.




Videos
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Scourge League

T12 Crimson Temple + Al-Hezmin (Mid-game gear)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skOhZ2NzA6o

T16 Chimera (Mid-game gear)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4nYx1JuFX0

Shaper - Maven Witnessed (Mid-game gear)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ICooxP1UFo

A8 Sirus (Mid-game gear)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzLZfpfPjdk

Maven (Late-game gear)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I29VhYvh4vE


Skill Tree (PoB)
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Kill all bandits.

28 Oct 2021 - [POE 3.16] 96 lvl skill tree
https://pastebin.com/wPdLxZJZ

8 Nov 2021 - [POE 3.16] 96 lvl skill tree (with "Second Sight" Keystone") (Latest)
https://pastebin.com/L8X15Giz
(note 1: You might want to take "20% chance to impale enemy" on "Sword Mastery", I took it out because I got impale chance from my "Paradoxica")
(note 2: Do not use "Brutal Restraint" jewel until you have at least 2500 accuracy and 70% critical chance. Before that, just use "Call to Arms" with Ancestral Cry. After using the jewel, you will need to drop Ancestral Cry.)

(Please refers to Gear/Gem Link section for Gear/Gem Info, because I might not update Item/Gem in PoB if I did not change the skill tree)


Leveling
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Levelling will be same as normal melee character, do not use petrified blood and do not turn into low life before you have obtained Abysus, Perseverance and Prism Guardian.

I use double strike with attack totem to level since act 1, early 4L setup is double strike + melee splash/ancestral call + melee physical damage/brutality/fortify + multistrike

Strongly suggest to use all offensive aura before you turn into low life, because one hander build usually has dps problem early game.

Dread Banner (10% Mana Reserve)
Increase enemy physical damage taken, provide slight dps boost.

Pride (50% Mana Reserve)
Increase enemy physical damage taken, provide huge dps boost

Flesh and Stone (Blood Stance) (25% Mana Reserve)
Increase enemy physical damage taken, provide dps boost again.



Ascendancy
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Master of Metal -> Unstoppable Hero -> Inspirational / First to Strike, Last to Fall



Pantheon
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This build is vulnerable to damage over time because Petrified Blood does not protect against damage over time. Strongly suggest to stick with this two Pantheon unless you know what you doing.


Gears
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Weapon
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Early Game
200+ pdps one handed rare sword with crits or The Scaeva


Mid Game
350+ pdps one handed rare sword with crits or Dreadbeak


Late Game
450+ pdps pdps one handed rare sword with 7.5+ crits or Paradoxica with Physical Damage and Critical




Shield
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Early Game
Life/Resis/Armour/Evasion

Mid/Late Game

(Transit into Prism Guardian and Low Life, only after you have Perseverance and Abyssus)



Helmet
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Early Game
Life/Resis

Mid/Late Game
or
(with Paradoxica)

The increased physical damage taken mod roll is very important, you need to get one with 40%/41% increased physical damage taken.

Any double strike enchantment is good, but 15% to deal double damage is the best. However, if you are using Paradoxica, this enchantment will have no effect because paradoxica already has 100% chance to deal double damage, you should use other helmet enchantment,

(Use Abyssus only after you have Prism Guardian and Perseverance, and turned into low life. Before that, just use rare helmet with life and resis)



Body Armour
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Early Game
Life/Resis

Mid Game
Life/Resis/Critical Strike chance to attack


Late Game
Life/Resis/Critical Strike chance to attack/Chance to gain power charge on crit



Gloves
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Early Game
Life/Resis

Mid Game
Life/Resis/Attack Speed


Late Game
Life/Resis/Attack Speed/Strike skill attack additional target



Boots
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Early/Mid Game
Life/Resis/Movement speed


Late Game
Life/Resis/Movement speed/Tailwind on Critical Strike



Belt
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Early Game
Life/Resis

Mid/Late Game



Amulet
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Early Game
Life/Resis/INT

Mid Game
Life/Resis/INT/Critical Strike Multiplier


Late Game
Life/Resis/INT/Critical Strike Multiplier/Added physical dmg/Critical strike chance


(No specific annointment)


Rings
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Early Game
Life/Resis

Mid Game
%Life/Life/Resis/Vulnerability on hit


Late Game
%Life/Life/Resis/Vulnerability on hit/Added physical damage/Critical Strike Multiplier



Jewels
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Early Game
Life/Critical Strike Multiplier


Mid/Late Game


Nice mod to have:
Increase attack damage while affected by Precision
Increased Life recovery rate while affected by Vitality
Evade chance while affected by Grace
Chance to suppress spell while affected by Grace

Late Game

Use "Brutal Restraint" (Nasima Variant) to turn "Call to Arms" into "Second Sight", it is only worth doing so when you have at least 2500 accuracy and 70% critical chance. Before that, just use "Call to Arms" with Ancestral Cry. After using this jewel, you will need to drop Ancestral Cry.





Gem Link
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6L Double Strike (Body Armour)
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With "Ancestral Cry" and "Call to Arms" (Before "Second Sight")
Map Clear


Single Target


After turn into "Second Sight"
Map Clear


Single Target




Aura reserved in Life (Shield)
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There three auras will be reserved in life.





Aura reserved in Mana (No Specific)
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Recommend to use Anomalous variant for Petrified Blood, it provides more protection against one shot.


Stay in Blood Stance.







Other Gems (No Specific)
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3L Ancestral Warchief


3L Molten Shell


2L Shield Charge or Leap Slam


Leap Slam is better for boss fight.

Ancestral Cry
Use after you pick up "Call to Arms" keystone. Put Ancestral Cry into your LMB after you pickup "Call to Arms" Keystone, it will auto cast when you move. You need to drop this skill after you turn "Call to Arms" into "Second Sight".


Dash


Corrupting Fever
Corrupting Fever cost 520 life to cast at level 20, use it to stay low life after using flask and proc "Andrenaline" buff.








Common Problem for Petrified Blood Low Life Build
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Damage Over Time
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Damage over time is greatest bane for this build because Petrified Blood does not prevent damage from damage over time, which means this build has half EHP against damage over time. To counter this, I use :

i) Pantheon Arakaali/Ralakesh

ii) Life Regen



iii) Life leech cluster


iv) Flask






My other build guide
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Summon Reaper Build (Hit based + Bleed + Poison) + Animate Weapon
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/3155821
Last edited by cheapbunny on Nov 8, 2021, 12:39:47 PM
Last bumped on Dec 6, 2021, 1:13:05 PM
Update

3 Nov 2021
- Added A8 Sirus video

8 Nov 2021
- Added Times Jewel Keystone "Second Sight" into the build, now the build has 100% critical strike chance
- Updated Skill Tree with "Second Sight" Keystone"
- Added "Second Sight" info in "Build Thought"
- Added "Second Sight" info in "Gears - Jewels"
- Added "Second Sight" info in "Gem Link - Double Strike"
- Added "Second Sight" info in "Gem Link - Ancestral Cry"

9 Nov 2021
- Added Maven video
Last edited by cheapbunny on Nov 8, 2021, 1:39:23 PM
nice, w8 you
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stardustzz wrote:
nice, w8 you


The build guide is ready now :).
Great build dude ! So far, works like a wonder for me
How about such a leveling progression on skill tree.
https://pastebin.com/6HWeR4Ji
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How about such a leveling progression on skill tree.
https://pastebin.com/6HWeR4Ji



Would't be better to rush tribal fury and Call to Arms to drop Ancestrall call and start using melee Splash?
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LaTripsimon wrote:
Great build dude ! So far, works like a wonder for me


Glad you like it, I have made changes to the build, you might want to check the update log.

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Techmozhylas wrote:
Would't be better to rush tribal fury and Call to Arms to drop Ancestrall call and start using melee Splash?


Yes, I do get these first.

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How about such a leveling progression on skill tree.
https://pastebin.com/6HWeR4Ji


It would be nice to get tribal fury and Call to Arms first, I branch to right side of tree last.
I have added Times Jewel Keystone "Second Sight" into the build, checkout the update log for updated section.
Last edited by cheapbunny on Nov 8, 2021, 10:06:33 AM
Hi Bunny,

Thanks for the build, it’s amazing to use.

I don’t know why this particular build isn’t in the major list of PoE builds, only encountered this build while surfing the forums for unique duelist builds.

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