[3.8] Spectral Shield Throw Impale build. [Tanky, Huge damage, Fast clear]

Disclaimer: This build is still a work in progress. I made the build last league and am working on remaking it this league. So I haven't played the build in a couple months. I don't think anything about the build changed with the 3.8 patch. So this might not be as detailed or in depth as my other guides.

Gameplay:
Red map: https://youtu.be/JQsG51JUWWg
Chimera map: https://youtu.be/0sI43SpsbuM
Shaper kill: https://youtu.be/ypa2dDExRg8

3.8 PoB link:
https://pastebin.com/WZBUnV0x

Info about the build:
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This build uses impale for a lot of damage.

We use Brutality gem because we're purely physical and it gives a big boost to physical damage. I'm sure you could get more damage with flasks and phys as extra elemental mods, but this is a physical build.


Map mods:
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Physical reflect: This might be possible but probably not.
No leech/regen: These are both hard on 90% of builds and this one is no exception. If you get both on 1 map then basically impossible.

Gear:
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**Divide and Conquer Jewel**



Gear explanation:
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**Divide and Conquer Jewel**
Divide and Conquer Jewel is what makes this skill feel great. Place it in the jewel socket at the very bottom center of the tree under duelist start.

Watcher's eye: We only use pride aura so there aren't many options. All of the pride mods are pretty good so if you can get 2 of them that'd be a great jewel

You need as much armor on your shield as possible. 2,000+ is good but it's possible to get 3k+ shields. Evasion shields work the exact same but have lower possible amounts, so it's up to you.


There aren't many options since your main hand weapon is just a stat stick. This gives 36% attack speed with 3 greens. Try to find one with resolute technique corruption to save some points on the tree.


The helm enchant isn't necessary. 5 extra shards only gives 1 extra shard due to the Divide and Conquer jewel. It is the best enchant for the build though, second best being projectile speed or 12% attack speed with blood lust.


Carnage heart has all the stats you could ever want for this build. By no means necessary but it's a good option.


I use this for a free 7th link. I was going through all the body armors and there weren't any stand out options for this build. You can use pretty much whatever here. Other options are:
The Perfect Form - for 30% spell dodge and free arctic armor
Kintsugi - Is an okay chest for a bit of tankyness
Belly of the beast - 30-40% increased life. This will also be the easiest to color
Daresso's Defiance - Is some weird gimmick with onslaught but it could fit in the build.
Loreweave - I don't generally like this item but it would work fine in this build.


These just make clearing feel more smooth, not required at all. If you need more resists from gloves just use rare gloves



Rare items with life and resists.



No unique flasks in this build.


Links:
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Main skill:
Spectral shield throw > Brutality > Impale > Vicious projectiles > Faster attacks > Maim > Pierce
Movement skill:
Whirling blades or Shield charge > Faster attacks > Fortify > Culling strike
Utility:
Blood rage - Pride - Summon stone golem - Portal

These are all the gems you need


Tree:
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Link: www.poeurl.com/cBJz

Leveling: Go right away to to the duelist area and get Point blank, blood magic and iron grip and all the impale nodes in the area. Then get RT and finish everything in the duelist area. Then start going up to shadow area of the tree.

Crimson dance: This is only 1 point and should give a bit more single target. Bleed is not a source of damage on this build.

Resolute Technique: If you get the corruption on your sword, just get Juggernaut and Aggressive Bastion and save the 6 points.

Blood magic: We get blood magic because there's only one aura that helps this build so might as well. If you wanna skip this then you'll have to deal with mana leech. It's 20% life for 4 points any way so there's no reason to skip it.


Ascendancy:
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We go deadeye because:
Tailwind makes everything faster and +1 Chain is nice plus that node gives 50% more damage on single target because of divide and conquer.

Gathering winds > Far shot > Ricochet > Powerful precision >
If you use lioneye's chest use either Rupture or fast and deadly instead

Other ascendancy options:

Slayer: Probably 2nd best option. You could use bane of legends and brutal fervor for better leech and damage.
Gladiator: You could use this for bleed explosions and lots of block buffs.
Jugg: Could probably make a crit build with juggernaut
Raider: With avatar of the chase and avatar of the slaughter. You would need to get frenzy charges from the tree. IMO raider isn't very good in general though.

Last edited by Brinstar4 on Oct 25, 2019, 11:17:33 PM
Last bumped on Nov 13, 2019, 1:31:26 AM
You don't mention champion, I thought it could be a good option for impale builds esp. with watcher's eye with +2 impale hits while affected by pride you can get 9-hit impales. What do you think?
Id like to have the skill tree linked please if you dont mind :)
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Viktranka wrote:
You don't mention champion, I thought it could be a good option for impale builds esp. with watcher's eye with +2 impale hits while affected by pride you can get 9-hit impales. What do you think?

That could be good too but imo the rest of the class is underwhelming. the impale watcher's eye is the best though

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Raeth3 wrote:
Id like to have the skill tree linked please if you dont mind :)


www.poeurl.com/cBJz
added 3 gameplay videos

Gameplay:
Red map: https://youtu.be/JQsG51JUWWg
Chimera map: https://youtu.be/0sI43SpsbuM
Shaper kill: https://youtu.be/ypa2dDExRg8

Keep in mind this isn't even the full potential of the build i have a 2.2k armor shield and level 19 gems for example
Last edited by Brinstar4 on Oct 25, 2019, 11:19:15 PM
been trying out this build with a few alterations, instead of running the blood magic route you could take some extra auras, like herald of purity or even skitterbots is pretty strong. And as for mana leech, I picked up the cluster just above arrow dancing, still plays super strong. just some food for thought.
very nice build tho so good job :).

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