[3.5] Crimson Dance Bow Gladiator, Tornado Shot + Siege Ballista | Actually viable bleed build



For a longest time i've tried to make a functional ranged bleed focused build. Bleed was in a rough spot for last two years, completely abandoned and maybe used as a bonus dps for a hit based melee build. Until now...

Bestiary introduced elder weapons, allowing to create a 7-link items. It was a direct buff to bow bleed builds but not enough to justify the cost. The clear was good but single target was really lacking. Delve solved this problem. Corroded fossils allow to roll mod that nearly doubles single target damage.

This build features a reasonably tanky character with enough damage to tackle majority of the content this game has to offer. It uses unique combination of Tornado Shot for map clear and 2 Siege Ballistas for single target damage. Relatively tanky with right gear, but still on squishy side.


Pros
+ Viable bleed focused build
+ Good clear speed and mediocre single target
+ Quite tanky thanks to dodge, evasion and Purity Sentinels (bodyguards)
+ Bleedsplosion popcorn sound
+ Relatively cheap to get started
+ Decent but not great for beginners, SSF and league start
+ Somewhat hardcore viable

Cons
- Requires few key items to really start rolling
- Siege Ballista might feel clunky/annoying and dies quickly sometimes
- End game gear is very expensive
- Only 5000 to 6000 life



Passive Tree and Bandits
Level 90 - Base passive tree

Passive tree with all the essential nodes, that makes total level 88 + 2 for extra jewel slot. Besides of scaling life and bleeding damage, the tree focuses on:

* Crimson Dance to have reliable damage in all situations.
* Resolute Technique keystone is great QoL and effective dps increase.
* Frenzy charges for more AS and damage.
* Dodge/evasion as a secondary defence.

For levels above 90, just pick up jewel slots. They're way too good.

Bandit Reward: Oak (recommended) OR 2 passive points

Ascendancy: Gratuitous Violence -> Outmatch and Outlast -> Painforged

Pantheon
Major God: Soul of Lunaris

All around best god for evasion based builds. Extra speed is avoidance is always welcome. Solaris and Arakaali can be used too, but Lunaris is what i recommend.

Minor God: Soul of Ryslatha OR Ralakesh

Minor one are more preference based, you can pick almost anything, really. Ryslatha is always a good option for builds that use instant flasks to quickly heal up a big hit. Also really useful for labs.

Ralakesh is very viable option. Corrupted blood is one of the most troublesome mechanics i've encountered while playing. Reduced damage and chance to avoid might help in tough situations.

Gem Setups
Main Skill (GGGRRR):
Tornado Shot - GMP - Chance To Bleed - Brutality - Deadly Ailments - Maim
Optional link: Swift Affliction instead of GMP

Besides the fact Tornado Shot is one of the strongest skills in the game, it is used primarly for ability to quickly apply multiple bleeding instances with reasonable damage. With +2 TS projectiles helmet it's amazing for clearing.

GMP damage penalty doesn't lower bleed damage and the build doesn't need much to clear well. It takes only 1 monster to start bleedsplosion chain.

This setup can as both clearing and single target, however you need additional projectiles on the gear (+1 arrow quiver+Dying Sun) to reach it's maximum potential.

Single Target Setup (GGGRRB):
Siege Ballista - Chance To Bleed - Brutality - Deadly Ailments - Unbound Ailments - Swift Afflict

Siege Ballista is hardest hitting physical bow skill, making it the best skill for single target damage. The problem is low attack speed, making it unreliable tool for bleed application. The issue is solved with not 1 but 2 totems (Skirmish quiver) and Unbound Ailments for more and longer bleed stacks.

If you have elder bow with Vicious Projectiles, this setup should be socketed inside it.

Cursing Setup (GGBR):
Frenzy - Greater Multiple Projectiles - Curse on Hit lvl 5 - Vulnerability

Use it to curse tanky rares, bosses and whenever you need to refresh your frenzy charge duration. Unfortunately you'll have to refresh the curse duration quite often against bosses, as this build doesn't need or have a lot of intelligence to support high CoH gem level.

CWDT Immortal Call (RRR):
Cast when Damage Taken lvl 3 - Immortal Call lvl 5 - Increased Duration lvl 20

Standard CWDT setup. Immortal Call is useful against random bleeding / porcupines / lab traps. Not a mandatory setup, but very much recommended.

Aura: Grace / Vaal Grace

Grace gives huge amount of addtional evasion. Vaal Grace allows us to cap Dodge / Spell dodge, and is best used during abyss/breaches/harbingers etc. Vaal Grace can be linked with CWDT Immortal Call setup for longer aura duration, it will not trigger automatically but still benefit from Increased Duration.

Self-buff: Herald of Purity

The more physical damage the better, especially when it's almost free. The minions spawned are pretty good meatshield too, draw aggro and stop projectiles for you.

Frenzy Generation: Blood Rage - Increased Duration (optional)

Natural choice. Attack speed is great, physical leech is perfect for this build and frenzy generation during mapping is insanely easy.

Increased duration is great bonus link so you don't have to recast the skill very often. It's also a downside if there's no monsters around, that's why it's optional.

Movement Skill: Blink Arrow

That leaves 1 free skill gem of your choice. Just 1. I like to use Decoy Totem sometimes to allow me to reposition myself.

Equipment
My current gear / TL;DR:
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Weapon: Bow with Bleed fossil mod, read in-depth explaination for details
Quiver: Skirmish OR +1 arrow quiver with life and resistances
Armour: Kintsugi OR Loreweave


Helmet: Life and resists, +2 TS projectiles enchantment
Boots: Life, resists and movement speed
Gloves: Life, resists and added phys OR Blasphemer's Grasp.


Belt: Ryslatha's Coil
Rings: Life, resists and added phys
Amulet: Life, resists and added phys


Flasks: 1 Life flasks, 4 utility flasks recommended. Flexible, use what you want.
Dying Sun is great for additional clear.


Jewels: Life and damage on all of them, very efficient if you have at least 3 good mods.
One abyss jewel with life and chance to gain onslaught on kill is recommended.
Rain of Splinters is great for Siege Ballista accuracy/AoE potential

Below you will find the gear explained in-depth. Piece by piece.

Bleeding Bow
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The core item of this build. The ideal bow needs 2 mods:

* 60% chance for Bleeding inflicted with this Weapon to deal 100% more Damage
* Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Vicious Projectiles /
(127–134)% increased Physical Damage

Both of them combined almost triple your damage with bleed. Only the first mod is absolutely neccessary tho. Only available from Corroded fossils.

To obtain both of these two affixes you would need 6-linked elder bow. It also requires a lot of fossil crafting to hit both of them at the same time, so for cheaper version you should craft a normal high ilvl 6-link bow with only 100% more bleeding mod. You won't miss out too much by skipping Vicious Projectiles.

Details how to craft it can be found in crafting section. I suggest to begin with starter version and then move on to elder bow after you've acquired other necessary gear.

Body Armour
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Kintsugi
My personal choice of body armour. I use it to mitigate potential oneshots from bosses, and it saved me multiple times in the past. Additional 50% evasion if you get hit is a really nice bonus for mapping. The "20% Less Damage Taken if you've not been hit Recently" also works against degens (LAB TRAPS!) until you've been hit. It's quite reliable when you need it the most, but doesn't always protect you.

Loreweave
Amazing chest for DPS and elemental defence. Not my personal favorite since it lacks evasion but it's still great for defence and offence. Requires 105 intelligence to wear.

Quiver
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Skirmish for additional totem. Without it, the Siege Ballista cannot achieve it's maximum potential. You can vaal the quiver for +1 arrow, so the ballista has easier time hitting your enemies. All other corruptions are useless for this build.

Before you get to use Siege Ballista, a normal rare quiver with as much life, resistances and added physical damage is the best option.

End game option:
In case you don't want to use Siege Ballista - a rare quiver with life, resistances and added physical damage. Shaped broadhead quiver with +1 arrow is probably what you should be looking for. You'll end up crafting it most likely - details how to do it can be found in crafting section.

Helmet, Gloves and Boots
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Packed into same category, as you want same thing from all of them:

* Life
* Resistances
* Movement Speed (boots only)

Evasion based preferred, especially the helmet (can achieve really high evasion).
You should avoid ES based gear due to very low intelligence this build has.
On top of that, gear with ES makes end game crafting much more difficult.

End game options:
Helmet crafted with Jagged fossil can roll very good mod that increases physical damage taken by nearby enemies. It shouldn't even be too hard to craft.

It's worth mentioning Blasphemer's Grasp. These gloves are absolutely BiS if you can manage to obtain a lot of elder influenced rares/uniques. Great if you want to min-max the build.

Elder gloves crafted with fossils can also give you nearly as much damage the unique ones but without forcing you to use multiple elder items. Details can be found in crafting section.

Enchantments

Helmet: Tornado Shot fires 2 additional secondary Projectiles

Amazing for clear speed in general. In case you want more single target damage, then any of the Siege Ballista enchantments is good.

Boots:
#1 - 16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
#2 - 8% chance to Spell Dodge if you've taken Spell Damage Recently.
#3 - 10% increased Movement Speed if you haven't been Hit Recently

All of them are really good, pick based on your preferences.

Gloves: +1 Frenzy vaal implicit

Glove enchantments are kinda worthless. Vaal implicits are quite awesome tho, with +1 Frenzy being the best. Vulnerability on hit is also an option, just a small QoL thing. Easiest way to acquired them are Blasphemer's Grasp gloves.

Belt
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Core item of this build.

Ryslatha's Coil is basically a 20-30% more damage multiplier. 50 life on stun is really useful during the map clear, as the bleedsplosions often stun enemies around. It can also be corrupted for one of the very good vaal implicits:

* 6-8% increased maximum Life
* 14-16% to all Elemental Resistances
* 8-12% increased Attack Speed during any Flask Effect
* 8–12% increased Movement Speed during any Flask Effect

Rings and Amulet
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Like majority of other gear and little bit more:

* Life
* Resistances
* Added physical damage
* ~25 Intelligence total

Steel rings are obviously the best for additional damage. Coral rings are also great to make up for no health on quiver. You should prioritize life/resistances first and then the damage. You can always mastercraft a little bit of added damage.

Assuming you use Skirmish, you need ~25 intelligence total to use level 20 Unbound Ailments and lvl 5 Curse on Hit. You'll most likely have get it on jewellery.

End game option:
Amulets crafted with fossils can give you A LOT of damage. Added physical and up to 70% increased damage, but at the cost of resistances. Check crafting section for details.

Elder amulets can roll "Projectiles Pierce an additional Target" that would allow to drop pierce nodes on the tree and pick up additional jewel slot. Crafting a decent one is going to be really hard tho.

Flasks
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1 life flask for emergencies and 4 utility flasks. Standard for most builds. The setups are flexible, use everything to your preferences.

I VERY much recommend using Quicksilver flask of Adrenaline since this build doesn't have too much movement speed on it's own. Jade/Stibnite flask also seems like a natural choice since it's easy to get decent amounts of evasion, allowing for relatively high mitigation. That's also why i pick up life/evasion cluster on passive tree. Quartz flask is also one of my favorites due to synergy with acrobatics and phasing.

From unique flasks:
* Dying Sun - 2 additional projectiles = more clear speed and faster bleed applying with Tornado Shot. Along with +1 arrow quiver/bow, it should allow you to drop GMP for Swift Affliction.

* The Writhing Jar - Great flask for end game bosses. Allows you to refresh frenzy charges during waiting phases (like Shaper).

Jewels
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There's not much to discuss, you want any 3 out of these 4 mods on your jewels:

* 5-7% increased maximum life
* 16–20% increased Damage with Bleeding
* 14–16% increased Global Physical Damage
* 12–16% increased Bleeding Duration / Attacks have 3–5% chance to cause Bleeding

Life on the jewel is especially valued, get it if you can. Bleeding duration might seem useless, but it works like a dimnishing multiplier. Good to invest into it once or twice.

Rain of Splinter is a great unique jewel for Siege Ballista's accuracy. Also allows to use the totems for more AoE coverage in encounters like breach/abyss/harbingers etc. You also might want a single abyss jewel with chance to gain onslaught on kill, awesome for clearing.

Getting a jewel with all 4 good mods is kinda impossible, but finding one with 3 mods at once should be easy. Be sure to look out for other mods that can be beneficial for you:

* Totem mods
* Attack speed mods
* 10–12% increased Damage over Time
* 8–10% increased Damage
* 0.2–0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
* 14–18% increased Evasion Rating
* Any resistance / intelligence mods

Levelling and Progression
Bleed levelling (Act 1-10)
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Gem Progression:
Shrapnel Shot - Chance to Bleed - Mirage Archer
Rain of Arrows - Chance to Bleed - Mirage Archer - Vicious Projectiles

Your levelling setups for first 3 acts. Shrapnel shot has amazing single target damage in close range. Later should be switched to Rain of Arrows for better clearing.

Split Arrow - Chance to Bleed - Pierce - Deadly Ailments OR Brutality
Tornado Shot - Chance to Bleed - Greater Multiple Projectiles - Deadly Ailments OR Brutality

Your clearing setup after respec to bleed. Split Arrow has amazing AoE coverage.
Tornado Shot can also be used starting from level 38, but it's optional until level 55.
You can use Deadly Ailments or Brutality depending on your 4-link colors.

Siege Ballista - Chance to Bleed - Vicious Projectiles OR Brutality - Deadly Ailments

Additional setup for bosses. Summon Ballista in a place from where it can accurately attack and let it do the work. Swap Vicious Projectiles for Brutality when you reach level 38 and have a suitable 4-link.

Frenzy - Lesser Multiple Projectiles

Frenzy generation against bosses. LMP is used to make it easier to hit. You can upgrade it to final Cursing Setup later, but it's probably too hard to maintain 3 4-links without sacrificing gear upgrades.

Vulnerability - Curses enemies to increase damage. Use on bosses, tough packs, rares etc.
Blood Rage - Frenzy generation and attack speed against normal enemies
Herald of Purity - Additional physical damage and Sentinels for drawing aggro

Blink Arrow : Your movement skill
Grace : Your aura, grants additional evasion.
Purity of Elements : If you really need resistances. Use instead of Grace if necessary.

Passive Tree Progression
Level ~10 (Act 1)
Level ~22 (Act 2)
Level ~29 (Act 3)
Level ~29 (After Respec), after normal Labyrinth
Level ~45 (Act 4-5), Respec 1 Bleed chance and last starting node after taking Heavy Draw
Level ~55 (Act 6-7), Respec 2 Bleed chances and take Crimson Dance after cruel Labyrinth
Level ~71 (Act 8-10), before Kitava

Bandit Reward: Oak (recommended) OR 2 passive points

Ascendancy Order: Gratuitous Violence -> Outmatch and Outlast -> Painforged

Gem Rewards:
* lvl 2 - Shrapnel Shot
* lvl 3 - Mirage Archer (Medicine Chest side quest)
* lvl 4 - Siege Ballista (buy from Nessa)

* lvl 8 - Lesser Multiple Projectiles
* lvl 10 - Blink Arrow
* lvl 12 - Rain of Arrows

* lvl 18 - Vicious Projectiles
* lvl 24 - Grace, Vulnerability (buy other one from Clarissa)
* lvl 38 - Greater Multiple Projectiles

Additional Gem Purchases:
* lvl 4 - Chance to Bleed (Act 1)
* lvl 29 - Split Arrow, Pierce (Act 1), 2x Deadly Ailments (Act 2)
* lvl 38 - 2x Brutality (Act 4)
* lvl 55 - Tornado Shot (Act 3)

General Levelling Guidelines
First and most important to remember - when searching for an equipment, your priority on them is Life and Resistances. Links are equally as important, be sure to look out for correct socket colors. Upgrade potions regularely. This applies to all acts.

The exception to the "Life and Resistance" part is your bow. You'll have to upgrade it overtime to maintain high amount of physical damage. In case you cannot find a good rare bow, you can craft one with following recipe (sell to vendor):

Bow + Blacksmith's Whetstone + magic/rare Rustic Sash

This recipe should easily carry you through majority of the storyline. There are few very notable bases you should be crafting with this method:

Short Bow -> Bone Bow -> Decurve Bow -> Citadel Bow

Starting from Decurve bow, use Whetstones on white bow to increase quality and rare Rustic Sash for higher physical damage.

Act by Act Guidelines:
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First 3 acts are trivial. Stack added physical damage early on since there's almost no danger. You'll be using normal attack based build as bleeding isn't very good just yet. Try to find Lapis Amulet before lvl 16, you'll need a little bit of intelligence to use Herald of Purity.

At level 29, after killing Piety and beating normal Labyrinth you can respec to Bleed. You'll have to finish side quests in Fetid Pool and Crypt to be able to respec all but one point. The last point will be respec later at act 5.

Once you fully convert to bleed, the playstyle will change massively. Majority of the monsters should die quickly, but those that don't move much will be huge pain in the ass. Be sure to have Siege Ballista setup and use it efficiently. It is absolutely necessary against bosses.

In act 4 it's important to have good resistances, especially fire resist. At level 38 after you breach the beast, you can change (but don't have to) your Split Arrow setup to Tornado Shot. You can also buy Brutality support, it's a good idea to link it to your clearing skill.

Act 5 is where things get little bit tougher. Monsters out there are quite dangerous and it's recommended to have capped fire and lightning resitances. It's also a time where bleed removal life flask becomes necessary. I suggest to farm Chambers of Innocence until you reach level 45 and then face the Innocence himself. Don't forget to respec Bleed chance nodes after taking Heavy Draw keystone. Next boss is Kitava, 1600 life is enough to tank all of his abilities.

Once you arrive in act 6, check your resistances. If they're below 60%, you should pick up Purity of Elements from Clarissa (act 3) - use it instead of Grace aura until you solve the resistance problem. It's recommended to have them capped before the final boss.

Act 7 shouldn't give you any troubles outside of boss fights and spooky ghosts inside Crypt. Progress easily, collect all passive points and before you descend to Temple of Decay - you should face Izaro inside cruel Labyrith.

This marks second big setup change during levelling. Allocate 2 more ascendancy points, respec 2 bleed chance nodes, take Crimson Dance keystone and switch your main setup to Tornado Shot if you didn't already. Now you're ready to face Arakaali.

Act 8 should be a piece of cake, every single fight (yes, even Doedre). After taking Crimson Dance, your clear speed should be somewhat similar to previous acts but single target is much, much stronger. It's good to have freeze removal flask for Lunaris area, in case you don't have it already. Defeat the final boss of this act and proceed to Blood Acqueducts.

Preparing for maps:

The area with a long stream of blood is where you'll spend next 1-2 hours. It's a great place to farm experience, i recommend staying there until level 71. Look for gear upgrades and slowly adjust your gems to recommended final setups.

You should start looking out for 5-link body armour OR Tabula Rasa which you can farm in Blood Acqueducts. You'll probably end up buying, either the armour or the remaining Humility cards. The gem setup socketed inside should be:

Tornado Shot - Greater Multiple Projectile - Chance to Bleed - Brutality - Deadly Ailment
6th link (Tabula): Maim

You should also try to find/craft/buy a bow with higher damage and attack speed than your current one. There are two amazing and cheap unique options:

* Reach of the Council
* Lioneye's Glare

In case they're out of your price range or unavailable at all (first day of the league / SSF), just craft or buy an Imperial bow with at least 200 max physical damage. You cannot find one in acqueducts, but you can buy it from Irasha starting from level 66.

Once you're ready, go on and finish the storyline. Act 9 should be really easy. The monsters in act 10 hit quite hard so make sure to have a Jade/Stibnite flask for defence. It is a good idea to finish merciless Labyrinth before Kitava. 4000 life is enough to not get one-shot in both fights, might be a little hard to acquire tho.
Mapping Progression
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If you're here, i'm assuming you have at least a 5-link AND/OR decent physical bow. Preferably both, but just one one them is enough for smooth experience.

White maps:

They shouldn't be a problem at all. Most map mods are trivial, running them blue is completely viable. No real danger outside of few bosses like Pen, Grotto or Spider Lair. The best of all, the equipment you acquired before Kitava is enough to easily kill everything. You have 2 very simple goals for this map tier

* Upgrade your gear that's not a bow or body armour (Life and Resistances)
* Level up as much as you can.

There's no real goal for this tier, so the best you can do is prepare for what's to come.

Yellow maps:

This is where you'll spend quite a lot of time, recommended level is 80-90. This map tier isn't too risky, but some map mods might be deadly without proper defences/damage.
Gear goals for this tier:

* 6-linked bleed Bow, crafted with fossils
* Skirmish + Rain of Splinters
* 5-linked Kintsugi / Loreweave
* Ryslatha's Coil
* General gear upgrades

The bow is primary objective of yellow maps. The easiest and cheapest way is to buy the 6-linked base (Imperial/Citadel/Spine Bow) and make it yourself. All details about crafting can be found in crafting section. You should socket Siege Ballista setup inside the bow.

Once you acquire the bow, you should also start using Skirmish quiver for the additional totem. Rain of Splinters jewel is also very much recommended as without it, the Ballista might miss the target and effectively lower the damage.

It is also the time to start looking for one of the unique body armours. Kintsugi is what i always recommend, cheap and prevents oneshots when you need it the most. Loreweave is an offensive option. 5-link is enough, easiest way to get one is with Jeweller's Touch prophecy.

The last unique item you should get is Ryslatha's Coil. Gives insane amount of effectve damage and decent chunk of life. Try to get one with as much life and maximum physical roll.

Of course, with such major changes to the build you should also adjust your other gear. Never stop looking for upgrades.

Red maps:

That's where mapping becomes tough. Defences has worse effectiveness, monsters can hit hard, map bosses become tanky. Your damage should carry you through most maps easily, but the bosses combined with some map mods can be too scary. The build should be fully functional at this point and all you can do now is improve it to be faster and stronger.
There are 4 following goals for map tier:

* 7-link elder bleed Bow, crafted with fossils
* +2 Tornado Shot projectiles helmet
* 6-linked Kintsugi / Loreweave
* Min-maxing the build - fossil crafted gear, Blasphemer's Grasp etc.

The bow is the ultimate single target damage upgrade. It will take huge amount of money to craft one, so you can postpone it for later. Again, all details how to make one can be found in crafting section.

Helmet enchantment will boost your clear speed by A LOT. Massive QoL upgrade. It is really expensive tho. Avoid bases with ES, they make crafting harder and intelligence requirement can be really high. You should craft one with fossils (again, crafting section for details)

6-linked body armour is not necessary but still welcome damage upgrade. You should know that Maim support applied from Tornado Shot will apply the debuff on enemy that also boosts damage of Siege Ballista.

Lastly, general gear upgrades. It's all min-maxing at this point. I cannot tell what combination you should run as it all depends on your current and future gear. Overall, fossil crafted gear can massive increase your damage. You should also think about Blasphemer's Grasp, see if you can include it in your setup (requires massive investment).

After that, all you can do now is enjoy the build, kill some end game bosses and look for another build you want to play.

Map Mods
Map Mods you cannot run:

* Monsters reflect #% of Physical Damage
Highway to standard. Don't run it, you'll kill yourself. The build deals surpringly high amount of hit damage due to nature of Tornado Shot hitting monsters multiple times.

* Cannot Leech Life / Mana from Monsters
This mod is so rare it might as well not exists. It's really awful tho, doable but you would need to use mana flask for this. I think it's best to just avoid it entirely.

Map Mods you can run but are annoying/slightly dangerous:

* Players cannot Regenerate Life, Mana or Energy Shield
Build mostly relies on leech so it's totally fine to run. Just make sure to not run out dry by using non-clearing skills. Mana pool is small after all.

* Player Dodge chance is Unlucky / Monsters have #% increased Accuracy Rating
Awful mod, almost completely nullifies your defences. However you will kill majority of the monsters almost instantly so it's not that big deal. Some tanky rares might be very dangerous tho.

* +#% Monster Physical Damage Reduction
Absolutely awful. Unlike "Monster Life" mod, this also lowers the damage of bleedsplosions. Lowers clear speed and single target by a lot. Obviously doable but it's best to avoid it.

* Monsters have a #% chance to avoid Poison, Blind, and Bleeding
Almost the same as Phys Damage Reduction. It's annoying as hell but Tornado Shot with GMP hits so many times it's not that big deal.

* #% increased Monster Movement/Attack/Cast Speed
Problematic for Siege Ballista. The faster and more mobile the monster is, the smaller chance of Ballista hitting it.

* Players gain 50% reduced Flask Charges
This build has no flask nodes on the tree and cannot have flask mods on belt, so this map mod is very annoying in low density maps. It's OK for the most part tho.


Other than that, it's standard. Too many damage mods are dangerous, curses are scary for bosses etc.
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3.4 Build Videos

Shaper kill
Guardians: Minotaur / Phoenix / Chimera / Hydra

Uber Elder Guardians:
Constrictor / Purifier / Eradicator / Enslaver

T16 Scriptorium on 5-link
T16 Scriptorium (No regen)
T15 Siege on 5-link (45% monster life)
T10 Belfry, low level and gear
T4 Gorge (SSF league start)


Path of Building
PoB code:
https://pastebin.com/ur4hZztb

This PoB is based on my current character in Delve HC. It's not optimized, but you can get the general idea and calculate damage. All pieces of gear are reasonable (no mirror tier bullshit).

Ryslatha's Coil and Bleed fossil mod don't work in PoB, so the DPS is much lower than it is in reality. For levels above 90, i socketed typical bleed jewel inside all nearby jewel sockets.

Shaper/Guardian config is enabled by default. Build can reach up to ~750k realistic single target DPS with VERY good gear and high level. It's closer to ~500k with reasonable gear and 7-link bleed bow.

You can also find mini-guide inside the notes that i wrote some time ago.

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= CALCULATING EFFECTIVE DPS - PLEASE READ THIS =
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PoB is really awful at calculating bleed dps, even more if you use Crimson Dance.
For actual accurate DPS numbers, i've created google doc specifically for it:
Bleed DPS Calculator. All the necessary info can be found in the document.

To quickly estimate the damage, go to "Calcs" tab and find Bleed:

#1 - Take max roll of MH Source Physical
#2 - Multiply it by 8 to match Crimson Dance stacks
#3 - Multiply by 250% - To take Ryslatha's and fossil bleed mod into account
#4 - Multiply by Effective DPS Mod - you get theorethical max DPS
#5 - Multiply by ~75-80% - now you get realistic dps

Crafting Section
How to craft your own gear. To remind:

Magic items can have 2 affixes: 1 prefix and 1 suffix
Rare items can have 6 affixes: 3 prefixes, 3 suffixes
To check what mod is prefix or suffix, enable Advanced Mod Descriptions in game (Options -> UI)

Additional resources:
Poeaffix.net
PoEDB.tw
Fossil Cheat Sheet

In case your masters don't have required level for crafting, ask a trusted mastercrafter. You can find them on forums under Trading -> [your league] - Shops. They'll require a small fee for their services.

Bleeding Bow crafting
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Best bow bases:
* Imperial Bow - highest AS with good max phys
* Citadel Bow - highest max phys with low AS
* Spine Bow - slightly worse Imperial, but cheaper

Normal Bow crafting (starter version):
Requires: 6-linked bow, highest ilvl possible (easiest to buy one)
Method: Corroded + Jagged
Fossil mods: 60% chance for Bleeding inflicted with this Weapon to deal 100% more Damage

Step 1: Use fossil crafting method until you hit 100% more bleeding damage mod
Step 2: Check if the bow has at least 2 out of 3 following mods:
#1 - ~100%+ increased Physical Damage (hybrid and single mod, combined)
#2 - ~36+ added maximum Physical Damage
#3 - ~10%+ increased Attack Speed
Step 3: Mastercraft the remaining affix. If you cannot craft, go back to step 1.

Elder Bow crafting (expensive version):
Requires: Elder bow, good bow base, ilvl 80+ (ilvl 83+ recommended)
Method: Corroded + Jagged

Step 1: Use fossil crafting method until you these 2 prefixes:
#1 - 60% chance for Bleeding inflicted with this Weapon to deal 100% more Damage
#2 - Supported by Level X Vicious Projectiles

Step 2: Check how many following mods the bow has:
#1 - X added Physical Damage OR hybrid X% increased physical damage
#2 - X% increased Attack Speed

Step 3a: 2 affixes - End the crafting
Step 3b: 1 affix - Mastercraft the remaining suffix if you can, end the crafting.
Step 3c: 0 affixes - Ask me for help in forum thread/in-game. It's very hard to tell you what to do depending on your current mods. Writing it down would be lots of work, but i also don't want you to brick your bow. I have different solution in mind that i'll execute later, but for now, just ask me for help.

Shaped Quiver crafting, +1 Arrow & Life
Spoiler
Let's start with a quick look at good exclusive mods:

* Adds an additional Arrow (prefix)
* 7–10% increased Movement Speed (prefix, T2: 3-6%)
* 9–10% chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill (suffix, T3: 5-6%, T2: 7-8%)

Pretty much all of them would be awesome to have. This build lacks movement speed so anything helps.

Useful non-shaper mods you might want on the quiver:
* +#% to Fire/Cold/Light/Chaos Resistance
* #% increased Attack Speed
* Adds X to X Physical Damage to Attacks
* Projectiles Pierce 2 Additional Targets (Deafening Essence of Misery)

Alt -> Regal method
Step 1: Spam alts/augs until you hit +1 arrow
Step 2: Regal the quiver
Step 3: If you regaled life below 60, scour the quiver and go back to step 1
Step 4: Mastercraft 55-64 life

Cheapest way to craft one, enough to satisfy your needs. You could also play around with "Can have multiple Crafted Mods" depending on what you got.

Fossil crafting
Method: Corroded + Metallic + Serrated / Shuddering
Fossil mods:
* 30–40% increased Damage with Ailments (suffix, Corroded)
* 3–5% chance to gain a Frenzy Charge when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy (suffix, Shuddering)

An option to Skirmish for more life / additional arrow.

First two fossils block majority of the prefixes. Serrated fossil should massively increase chances of rolling +1 arrow on top of low prefix pool. Shuddering fossil is optional to Serrated, gives higher chance of hitting good suffixes but isn't nearly as good at hitting +1 arrow itself.

Don't get your hopes up tho, hitting both prefixes at same time is still rare, or you might hit low hp roll. In the long run, it's best way to make +1 arrow quiver with over 64 life that you can mastercraft.

In case you want elder influenced quiver for Blasphemer's Grasp ailment remove on flask, this method can also be used for that purpose.

Damage crafts - Helmet, Amulet, Gloves
Spoiler
Helmet
Method: Jagged + Pristine
Fossil mods:
* Nearby Enemies take 9% increased Physical Damage (suffix, Jagged)
* 1% Life Regeneration (suffix, Pristine)
* 2-3% increased maximum Life + 15-25 maximum Life (prefix, Pristine)

Same as elder belt, except selling is probably not an option here because of an enchantment. One of the biggest damage increases you can get, as it's a straight multiplier to the damage dealt. The damage is additive with Vulnerability/Maim debuffs.

Amulet
Method: Jagged + Pristine (optional) + Corroded (optional)
Fossil mods:
* 20-30% increased Physical Damage (prefix, Jagged)
* 30-40% increased Damage with Ailments (suffix, Corroded)

I think spamming Jaggeds is the best way to roll the amulet. Highest chance of rolling great damage prefixes. You'll have to be a little lucky with the life tho. You can add Pristine, but it will heavily increase chance of physical leech mod that's not needed at all. Single fossil spam should give you best results.

Again, Corroded blocks elemental resistances so it's purely optional. Marble amulet is really cool base to craft, it's always that little extra regen to mitigate degens (like Blood Rage). Not necessary by any means, only a personal preference.

Elder Gloves
Method: Jagged/Pristine/Both + Corroded (optional)
Fossil mods:
* Adds 6–8 to 9–11 Physical Damage (prefix, Jagged)
* Adds 7–11 to 12–18 Physical Damage against Bleeding Enemies (prefix, Corroded)
* 1% Life Regeneration (suffix, Pristine)
* 2-3% increased maximum Life + 15-25 maximum Life (prefix, Pristine)

Gloves can give you A LOT of added physical damage. On top of that, elder gloves can bonus damage with bleeding AND act as a pseudo 5-link (for Tornado Shot clering). Any approach to fossil crafting is viable pretty much.

These gloves are really competitive with Blasphemer's Grasp damage wise. The potential HP is still higher for the unique ones + ability for +1 frenzy charge corruption but if you don't have a lot of elder items... well, that's a very tempting option.

Other crafts - Rings, Boots, Jewels
Spoiler
Rings
Method #1: Jagged + Pristine (optional)
Method #2: Corroded + Pristine/Jagged/Both (optional)
Fossil mods: 30-40% increased Damage with Ailments (suffix, Corroded)

Unlike amulet, rings don't have global physical damage mod. I don't think it's worth to fossil craft the rings overall, chaos spam feels like a better option honestly.

I wouldn't advice to use Corroded fossils either. You gotta get resistances somewhere. Before crafting rings for damage, you should craft amulet or gloves first.

Elder Boots
Method: Pristine
Fossil mods:
* 1% Life Regeneration (suffix, Pristine)
* 2-3% increased maximum Life + 15-25 maximum Life (prefix, Pristine)

Elder boots can roll really great stuff for defence. Endurance Charge on Kill and up to 10% Spell Dodge are simply amazing. Simple Pristine spam is definitely the best, since the prefix pool on boots is really low.

Crimson Jewels
Method: Corroded + Jagged (optional) + Pristine (optional)
Fossil mods: 15–20% increased Damage with Ailments (suffix, Corroded)

Jewels have a really high pool of mods, so hitting the right mods might be really hard - especially hitting life. Getting right combination of damage mods should be relatively easy, maybe even all 4 damage mods. If you're seeking 5-7% maximum life mod, it's probably easier and cheaper to simply buy the jewel. Nobody builds around bleeding after all.

Crimson jewel is the base with highest chance of rolling physical/life mods. Don't craft any other jewel base.

FAQ
Q: Is this build good for a new player?
A: It's decent because it's easy to get good damage on a budget. Survivability and versatility is a slight issue tho and overall playstyle is a little unique (totems + self-clearing).

If you want a new player friendly build, you should check out my Caustic Arrow Raider guide.

Q: How do you level with twink gear?
A: There's so many possibilities. Bleed with good bows, good old Sunder, Toxic Rain/Caustic Arrow, elemental bow... I don't know which one is the best. I'm sure you can think of something.

Q: How does the bleed work?
A: Mechanics are quite simple:

#1 - Each hit that applies bleeding is inflicted on the enemy, but only 1 ailment can deal damage (or 8 in case of Crimson Dance)
#2 - Bleeding damage is based on source physical damage. It also includes the high or low rolls of the damage.
#3 - Game ALWAYS proritizes highest bleeding damage instance
#4 - Having previous points in mind, that means hitting target multiple times will increase the damage output since you apply more high damage bleeding instances.

Q: Why don't you use Vicious Projectiles?
A: Lowers AS. Other support gems offer nearly as much damage without any real downside. Plus it's also a goal to have 7-link bow, with Vicious Projectiles being the bonus link.

Q: How about Mirage Archer?
A: Sure, why not. If that's what you like anyway. You will lose good chunk of DPS tho.

Q: How's the hardcore viability?
A: On the edge of viability. I managed to get to level 93 on HC somehow, but it's not very good build for it. Once you get enough damage, you shouldn't have many issues with survivability as almost everything dangerous will die quickly.

Prepare your gear before you respec, be super careful at levels 70-80 and overall play safe.

Q: Why do you link Vaal Grace with CWDT? You can't trigger it!
A: It's linked so it can benefit from Increased Duration. You save one gem slot that way. CWDT won't trigger Vaal Grace, and that's for the better. It's best to manually activate it when you need it the most.

Q: Is it good for party play?
Should be fine overall. Even if you can't kill monsters well, bleedsplosions will contribute greatly.

Changelog
To do list (for me mostly)
Spoiler
* Work on totem survivability / another single target setup. This is going to take some time of in-game testing

* Wait for new skill gems.

* Proof read every single time there's a new big update.
December 6th, 2018
Path of Building
* Updated PoB link
* Updated build's passive tree (super minor change)
* PoB now reflects recent item changes to the build
* Ryslatha's Coil is updated to 3.5 values (added +95 life mostly)

December 5th, 2018 - Betrayal League
Pros and Cons:
* Build is now considered somewhat hardcore viable. Moved from cons to pros.
* Life range is still 5000-6000, but the build can surpass that estimate now.

Equipment:
* Ryslatha's Coil is now core unique of the build.
* Removed any mentions of non-Ryslatha's belts from all sections.

Path of Building:
* PoB link not updated yet, but will be after Openarl applies 3.5 changes.
* Removed the line talking about custom crafted bow (outdated now)

FAQ:
* Updated questions about hardcore viability and new player friendliness.
* Removed the question about my unoptimized gear (outdated now)

December 2nd, 2018
Videos:
* Added 4 new videos, Uber Elder Guardians:
Constrictor / Purifier / Eradicator / Enslaver

December 1st, 2018
Videos:
* Added Shaper kill

November 30th, 2018
General:
* Split guide in 2 posts (50k character limit, we meet again)

Levelling and Progression:
* Mapping Progression (Act 1-10) has been released.
* Added 5/6-link setup at map preparation for convenience.

Videos:
* Two more new videos: T16 Scriptorium (No regen) and T4 Gorge (SSF league start)

November 29th, 2018
Pros and Cons:
* Added new con - "Siege Ballista might feel clunky/annoying"

Equipment:
* Updated bow and flask setup
* Added Elder amulet with +1 pierce as an end game option to save 3 passive points.
* Stygian Vise is now primary option to Ryslatha's Coil.
* Fossil crafted Stygian Vise is listed as viable end game option.
* Removed elder Rustic Sash as a recommendation (still OK if you can't afford Leather Belt)
* Dying Sun is no longer necessary for end game
* Added Rain of Splinters jewel as an option (very recommended)

Levelling and Progression:
* Added recommendation to upgrade bow before leaving blood acqueducts.

Videos:
* 4 new videos added: Minotaur / Phoenix / Chimera / Hydra

FAQ:
* Updated "Is this build good for a new player?" and "How do you level" questions.

November 25th, 2018
Pros and Cons:
* Updated to reflect recent changes to the guide

NEW SECTION: Levelling and Progression:
* Bleed levelling (Act 1-10) has been released
* Early mapping section will be released later as i still need more experience on that. Might finish it before beginning of the new league.

Levelling and Progression:
* Started work on it, don't pay much attention to it yet.

November 23th, 2018
Passive Tree:
* Provided actual passive tree for Bleed Gladiator instead of my CA Raider
* I know, it's embarrassing that the build had wrong tree for whole 12 days.

November 19th, 2018
Passive Tree:
* Rewritten to give better understanding of the build.

Gem Setups:
* Added note that Tornado Shot setup can also be used as single target for end game.
* Added optional Increased Duration gem linked to Blood Rage.

Equipment:
* Removed Bleeding Bow crafting, you can find more detailed version in newly added section.
* Rewritten some parts of the gear explaination to be more insightful for basic and end game gear.
* Added new options for end game gear, most of them require fossil crafting.
* As always, details how to craft can be found in the suitable section.

Crafting:
* Added another Quiver crafting method, Alt -> Regal
* Expanded more on Quiver crafting
* Changed optional Pristine fossil in Quiver crafting to Shuddering.
* Moved Belt crafting to Damage crafts

November 18th, 2018
NEW SECTION: Crafting
* As simple as it's named. How to craft your gear.
* It's fossil crafting only, as that's the best way to do it for all gear except rings.
* Will be updated once we know more about new mastercrafting mods. Assuming they're as broken as they seem to be.

November 15th, 2018
Path of Building:
* Bleed DPS Calculator remade to be universal for all bleed builds.
* As a result, fixed the problem where DPS was too high by ~42%
* New PoB code to reflect above changes (custom bleed mods have been removed)

November 13th, 2018
Equipment:
* Adjusted Ryslatha's Coil more DPS to actual values - 15-20% more damage

Path of Building:
* Added accurate Bleed DPS Calculator

NEW SECTION: Changelog
* There was no point having one without any changes, right?

November 11th, 2018
* Guide's release
* Did you know that i've specifically motivated myself to finish this guide to release it this guide on Poland's indepence day?
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Last edited by DankawSL on Dec 6, 2018, 8:46:34 AM
sick build mate, can't wait to try it out next league.
Next league the build is probably gonna die out, unless there's a way to obtain fossils. You can still use the build, but it's damage is going to be nearly halved. Will require much more work to feel good (at least 6-link for red maps).
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Now that Delve becomes a permanent addition to the game, i can safely commit to improving the guide. I already pushed small update yesterday:

November 13th
Spoiler
Equipment:
* Adjusted Ryslatha's Coil more DPS to actual values - 15-20% more damage

Path of Building:
* Added accurate Bleed DPS Calculator

NEW SECTION: Changelog
* There was no point having one without any changes, right?
Next things up to do are:
* Rewriting some parts of the guide to be little bit better for less experienced players.
Fixing typos/sentences is also a priority.
* Playing the build to try to actually reach it's full potential. Kinda hard to do so later into the plus i want to play an insanely hard private league too.
* My nemesis - levelling / progression guide. Most time consuming part because you have to run tests and also make it as compact as possible while being good for beginners...

I'll definitely be playing this build again in Betrayal league as my 2nd character (assuming i won't die). It's going to be easier to plan gear now that i've locked the final setup.
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Last edited by DankawSL on Nov 14, 2018, 11:53:35 AM
I've been thinking of doing something like this using the new crit bleed bow. No idea if it's going to work though. Have to switch things around and probably utilize Lioneye's Fall.
November 15th
Path of Building:
* Bleed DPS Calculator remade to be universal for all bleed builds.
* As a result, fixed the problem where DPS was too high by ~42%
* New PoB code to reflect above changes (custom bleed mods have been removed)

I'll be updating the guide silently until a lot of stuff accumulates over time.

"
Completed 9 Challengesremirami wrote:
I've been thinking of doing something like this using the new crit bleed bow. No idea if it's going to work though. Have to switch things around and probably utilize Lioneye's Fall.

This bow looks cool and that's about it. For bleeding itself, it's almost useless. It simply cannot compare with fossil mod crafted bow.

It can be good as a starting weapon especially with TS and it's multiple hits, but it still has to compete with

* Reach of the Council (LMP + high AS and max phys)
* Lioneye's Glare (high damage, can't be evaded + far shot)
* Death's Opus (LMP + high crit chance and multi, perfect agony build LUL)

It can see some use for raw bleed DPS early on but that's it. Crits ailments deal 150% dmg by default and you have to invest into crit in the first place. Perfect Agony sucks so getting crit multi is not worth the trade off. Other bows are very competitive and that doesn't even include absolute #1 that's bleed fossil mod... Yeah...

The real reason to use the bow are increased flask charges, but it's not really that needed in current speed of the game. I have very minor issues without any flask mods at all.

It's still a pretty good bow, but mostly for attack builds (phys or phys -> 99% ele conversion), not bleed ones.


Lioneye's Fall is definitely an option, but i didn't play around with it too much. It would probably require big changes to the passive tree and i'm comfortable and confident in the current one.
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Last edited by DankawSL on Nov 16, 2018, 3:33:44 PM
Changelog, November 18-19th
Spoiler

November 18th, 2018
NEW SECTION: Crafting
* As simple as it's named. How to craft your gear.
* It's fossil crafting only, as that's the best way to do it for all gear except rings.
* Will be updated once we know more about new mastercrafting mods. Assuming they're as broken as they seem to be.

November 19th, 2018
Passive Tree:
* Rewritten to give better understanding of the build.

Gem Setups:
* Added note that Tornado Shot setup can also be used as single target for end game.
* Added optional Increased Duration gem linked to Blood Rage.

Equipment:
* Removed Bleeding Bow crafting, you can find more detailed version in newly added section.
* Rewritten some parts of the gear explaination to be more insightful for basic and end game gear.
* Added new options for end game gear, most of them require fossil crafting.
* As always, details how to craft can be found in the suitable section.

Crafting:
* Added another Quiver crafting method, Alt -> Regal
* Expanded more on Quiver crafting
* Changed optional Pristine fossil in Quiver crafting to Shuddering.
* Moved Belt crafting to Damage crafts

The first part of the roadmap is done. I've started to work on the second and that is getting to end game. I'm certain that i won't be able to 6-link the elder bow at this point, so all i can do is craft the bow and wait for the league to end. Once that's done and my character is moved to permanent league, i'll 6-link it with Vorici from the saved up fuses. That way i'll be able to test the hard encounters, even if it means i have to suicide to standard.

For levelling section, i'll most likely make few characters and see how it goes. It might not be ready before 3.5 as it takes a lot of time as well. We'll see how it goes.
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November 23th, 2018
Passive Tree:
* Provided actual passive tree for Bleed Gladiator instead of my CA Raider
* I know, it's embarrassing that the build had wrong tree for whole 12 days.

November 25th, 2018
Pros and Cons:
* Updated to reflect recent changes to the guide

NEW SECTION: Levelling and Progression:
* Bleed levelling (Act 1-10) has been released
* Early mapping section will be released later as i still need more experience on that. Might finish it before beginning of the new league.

===============================

Instead of fossil farming i've spent my time making the levelling section. It was surprisingly decent, on pair with other methods i've run in past. ~6-7 hours to get to BA is a very reasonable time for HC viable method. Of course, levelling with bleed has it's own problems but it's good overall.

I'll focus on creating that damn bow now. Adjusted gear and passive tree on my current bleed char so i can fossil farm. I also bought 100 jagged fossils at very good price so... high chance i'll finally be able to craft it in few days.
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November 29th, 2018
Spoiler
Pros and Cons:
* Added new con - "Siege Ballista might feel clunky/annoying"

Equipment:
* Updated bow and flask setup
* Added Elder amulet with +1 pierce as an end game option to save 3 passive points.
* Stygian Vise is now primary option to Ryslatha's Coil.
* Fossil crafted Stygian Vise is listed as viable end game option.
* Removed elder Rustic Sash as a recommendation (still OK if you can't afford Leather Belt)
* Dying Sun is no longer necessary for end game
* Added Rain of Splinters jewel as an option (very recommended)

Levelling and Progression:
* Added recommendation to upgrade bow before leaving blood acqueducts.

Videos:
* 4 new videos added: Minotaur / Phoenix / Chimera / Hydra

FAQ:
* Updated "Is this build good for a new player?" and "How do you level" questions.

In case you don't want to look inside, it's almost all gear optimizations plus i've released 4 new videos (and there's more to come). Yes, i've finally managed to craft the bow i needed. Saved up whole 150 fossil tries and managed to hit Vicious Proj + bleed fossil mod total 4 times. The bow is... nuts. Almost perfect since it's T2/T1/T1 prefixes and i cannot craft attack speed since suffixes are full. Nope, not annuling, i'm done crafting. Unfortunately i still didn't manage to 6-link the bow so my damage can still improve quite a lot.

Anyway, before i face Shaper, i'll attempt Elder first so it might one or two days before i get to him. After that i'm not sure what's my next move going to be. We'll see.
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