[2.2] Full Block Earthquake with Varunastra + Aegis (Gladiator)
BoR vs 6L
If you have not much currency (<5ex), you should start this build with BoR.
Even with BoR setup, you can do the end game contents easily, like t15 double boss, atziri.
In fact, all my videos on video sections were done by BoR setup.
However, by going into 6L setup, you gain a bit more dps and defense.
It's not a huge difference, so if you are satisfied with BoR setup, you don't have to aim for 6l build,
but it's something that you can make an end game goal to achieve if you are really enjoying the build.
If you have decent amount of currency saved up, you can just start this build with 6L setup.
You'll need to have a 6l body armour (armor based), Aegis, and high roll varuanstra as your main required items.
Required Uniques are: Bringer of Rain and Varunastra
Note on Bringer of Rain:
The Aftershock for Earthquake is not affected by Faster attack on bringer of rain.
However, it is still good dps boost for your initial hit.
Try to get high roll for Varunastra
Aegis Aurora is not required, but try to get it asap since it's gives good boost on your dps/sustain.
Before Aegis, you can use Lioneye's remorse.
For other gears priority stat:
Gloves: Life, Resistance, Physical x-y, Leech
Boots: Life, Resistance, Armour/Evasion, Movement speed
Ring/Amulet: Life, Resistance, Needed stat (Int or dex), Physical x-y, leech
Belt: Life, Resist, Armour, Elemental Damage with Weapons
6L High Armour + Helm Setup
Start by buying good base with decent itemlevel 6l armour, either white or blue.
You'll have to chaos spam it until you get decent amount of armour and life.
Try to aim for 1k + armour and 80+ life.
Buying a rare chest with decent stat is also good choice.
If you get to have a really good body armour, you can actually grab nice es rares on your other gears, but it's not required to do so, since you'll have to get decent amount of intelligence stat as well to equip them.
1) I don't use jade flask anymore since we don't have IR anymore.
2) I have stun avoid on my boots now since I don't have US.
3) I used enlighten gem to use determination + Hatred, if you don't have enlighten, use herald of ash + Hatred.
level 3 enlighten should be enough.
With this gear, I currently have 6.4k life / 1.2k es
For passive, there are 2 choices, one with anvil and one with rare amulet.
For my case, I had to use rare amulet since I was lacking chaos resist and intelligence for my ES helm.
If you are fine with resists/stats with anvil, use anvil,
if not, use rare amulet.
Anvil Passive: poeurl.com/APU
Rare Amulet Passive: poeurl.com/APV
- You need more block nodes than anvil node, and you are also required to use 1% block chance jewel.
6L = EQ - Less Duration - AoE(Conc, phys to lightning) - Melee Damage on Full Life(Wed) - Added Fire - Melee Physical Damage
Use Conc effect on hard bosses, and use phys to lightning on phys reflect maps.
The tooltip dps could be lower depends on your gear, but this is because we are no longer using faster attack.
However, this will boost damage of the aftershock, making more dps overall.
Bringer: Earthquake - Less Duration - Melee Damage on Full Life (Added Fire Damage) - Area of Effect (Concentrated Effect, Physical to Lightning)
6L: EQ - Less Duration - AoE(Conc, phys to lightning) - Melee Damage on Full Life(Wed) - Added Fire - Melee Physical Damage
Use Melee on Full Life when you get your Aegis, before then use Added Fire Damage.
You should also switch it to Added Fire Damage on maps where you can't sustain full life most of the time.
(For example, No regeneration map, reflect map, blood magic etc)
For phys reflect, switch AoE gem with Phys to Lightning.
Switch out Area of Effect on hard bosses
Sunder - when there are more than 2 mobs, it will have better dps overall, but it lacks in single target.
BoR Link: Sudner - Multistrike - Melee Damage on Full Life (Added Fire Damage) - Area of Effect (Concentrated Effect)
6L: Add melee physical and FA
Reave - Decent dps, AoE
BoR Link: Reave - Multistrike - Melee Damage on Full Life (Added Fire Damage) - Area of Effect (Concentrated Effect)
6L; Add melee physical and FA
BoR Link: Cyclone - Melee Damage on Full Life(Added Fire Damage) - Area of Effect (Concentrated Effect) - Weapon Elemental Damage
BoR other Links:
3L: Hatred - Herald of Ash - Enduring Cry
3L: CWDT(lvl 1) - Tempest Shield(lvl 7) - Enfeeble (lvl 5)
4L: Vengeance - Reckoning - Melee Physical Damage - Flicker Strike
4L: Blood magic - Whirling Blades - Faster Attacks - Fortify
6L other Links:
I used enlighten gem to use determination + Hatred, if you don't have enlighten, use herald of ash + Hatred.
4L: Hatred - Determination - Enlighten - Enduring Cry
4L: Vengeance - Reckoning - Melee Physical Damage - AoE(I used this socket to switch out gem for EQ)
4L: Blood magic - Whirling Blades - Faster Attacks - Fortify
3L: CWDT - Golem of your choice - flicker (using flicker just for utility)
3L: CWDT - Tempest Shield - Enfeeble
Any links other than the earthquake are all optional, use at your own preference.
32 points: poeurl.com/zUx
50 points: poeurl.com/zUy
72 points: poeurl.com/zUz
Final Passive: poeurl.com/zOI
Look at above 6L + Helm spoiler :D
Outmatch and Outlast(bleed) vs Gratuitous Violence(frenzy on kill)
I highly suggest Gratuitous Violence. The More damage looks tempting, but the bleeding + inc damage from bleeding is pretty decent. The explode damage is really helpful on clear speed as well.
On the other hand, outmatch is really situational. If you look at the tier15 Colosseum two bosses video I uploaded, I was bleeding the boss almost whole time, and there was no mobs I could kill to gain frenzy unless I use extra slot for frenzy skill.
Merciless: Kill (If you love enduring charges, you can get enduring charge as well)
Helm: % Reduced Earthquake Duration
Helm enchant is something that takes a long time due to hundreds of different possibility enchant.
I personally suggest just buying one.
For 6L setup, it's actually cheaper since there are quite of helms available for EQ duration.
Gloves: Anything starts with "Attack"
I my favorite on gloves was: "Attack with Decree of Fury on hit"
I suggest one of these two
- Life/Mana regen
- Life/Mana leech
Since we don't have US for this setup, I suggest "stun avoid % on kill".
Last edited by GeGuRi on Mar 30, 2016, 12:45:58 PM
Last bumped on Dec 27, 2016, 11:01:13 AM
on Mar 15, 2016, 8:39:40 PM
This is pretty cool
on Mar 15, 2016, 10:11:29 PM
You had me at full block earthquake
on Mar 15, 2016, 11:39:14 PM
What a fuckin' cool build. I'm pumped to give this a go in PHC.
on Mar 16, 2016, 12:26:56 AM
You had me at Varunastra :D
on Mar 16, 2016, 12:40:10 AM
hiya! i am very intersted in your build!
Do you mind to post your offence and defence stats without flasks?
on Mar 16, 2016, 3:05:43 AM
Great build! Nice to see melee clearing Tier 15 maps, very encouraging. I was wondering if you wouldn't mind posting your ascendancy points that you took. Obviously Painforged and and Versatile Combat, but what was your third? I imagine arguments could be made for all three options (Outmatch and Outlast, Violent Retaliation, and Gratuitous Violence). Thanks!
on Mar 16, 2016, 3:56:12 AM
I dont get it, BoR gives 6%, shield 32% and you pick up 22% block from tree. how do you get max block without rumi?
I can only see 60& block in total..
edit, add 4% from gladiator to make 64%..???
Don't Touch my Sweep please GGG!
Last edited by xchokeholdx on Mar 16, 2016, 5:35:32 AM
on Mar 16, 2016, 5:30:30 AM
32Aegis, 6BoR, 3TS, 4+8 Ascendency,22tree = 75
i would try to get jewels for 4% block and craft 2%block on gloves to skip the BoR, a awesome rare helmet (or even Devoto's) + Rare 6L (or Coil for being evne more tanky or carcass for additional es/dmg) would be better (BoR gems are quite low and miss Quality what would boost alot!
Last edited by PvtPJ on Mar 16, 2016, 6:32:04 AM
on Mar 16, 2016, 6:26:29 AM
Without Pot: http://i.imgur.com/6ZTrYe0.jpg (tempest shield + 8% from Painforged)
With Pot: http://i.imgur.com/1NVJjDs.jpg
With Area of Effect: http://i.imgur.com/Q0VD1DT.jpg
With Conc Effect: http://i.imgur.com/BORQgYE.jpg
Last edited by GeGuRi on Mar 16, 2016, 7:18:54 AM
on Mar 16, 2016, 7:15:39 AM