[3.14] Dominating Blow Guardian - 5mil+ DPS on low budget, easy Ultimatums

Summary:
Dominating Blow is a pretty simple skill: you hit an enemy, and if it dies soon after, it's resurrected as a sentinel minion. These sentinels will inherit rare/magic modifiers from the monster as well.

This is most brain-dead build I have ever played. It blows up maps and annihilates bosses. You can practically beat Ultimatums by standing in one spot and holding down Dom Blow and flasks.

Offensively, having 10+ minions who do upwards of 500k DPS each is incredible. While clearing, they spread out in a massive wave and murder packs almost as soon as you see them. For single target, all dozen or so sentinels beating down on a boss will pulverise it in an instant.

Defensively, we have block, Fortify, blind, high chaos res, etc. Plus, your minions are the ones taking the brunt of the damage anyways.

Pros:
- Excellent clearspeed
- Pretty high DPS on a budget
- Solid defenses
- No need to micromanage tons of utility skills
- Scales well with investment
- Steal rare mobs' auras for yourself

Cons:
- Takes time to summon all your sentinels against a boss with no adds
- Minion jewels are expensive

Videos:
T15 Al-Hezmin map showcase
T16 Trialmaster kill

Path of Building:
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Build: https://pastebin.com/1PWYE0MM
Current character: https://pastebin.com/MMikuC1g
Character on webiste (DominatingBlowPun)

Character stats:
- 8.2mil single target DPS with all sentinels and Frenzy/Power charges (full DPS in PoB is calculated incorrectly)
- 5.9k life, 58/28 block, 63% chaos resistance, basically permanent blind
- 900 life regen per second (PoB only shows 780 because it doesn't calculate Holy Relic), 1200 life leech per second
- About 5ex of jewels and 2-3ex of other gear

Passive trees, bandit, etc:
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These are provided as a reference, feel free to take certain nodes earlier/later if you find you need them at a different time.

Lv25: http://poeurl.com/dijZ
Lv55: http://poeurl.com/dij0
Lv70: http://poeurl.com/dij1
Lv85: http://poeurl.com/dij2
Lv90: http://poeurl.com/dij3
Lv100: http://poeurl.com/dij4

Ascendnacies (in order):
- Radiant Crusade: free Onslaught and some elemental resistances. You'll have 5 permanent minions in endgame, so this will be up all the time.
- Unwavering Crusade: more damage and AoE for your sentinels.
- Bastion of Hope: attack and spell block, and a conditional stun immunity that's active almost all the time.
- Time of Need: basically an automatic mini life flask every 4 seconds. Reduced curse effect is nice and reduces the pressure to have 100% uptime on a Warding flask.

- Kill all bandits
- I recommend Soul of Lunaris and Gruthkul

Gear:
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Since we get 44% elemental resistances from passives, you have plenty of room to invest in chaos resistance on gear.

Weapon:

The Scourge is not quite best-in-slot, but it's pretty close, and you can score a good roll for 5c or less.

An endgame upgrade would be a sceptre with Temple minion damage and crafted minion attack speed, the downside being that starting up your sentinels is tougher due to having less weapon DPS and the lack of "minion damage applies to you". I'd only consider this if I was going to multimod it and craft trigger, in order to move the Arcanist Brand setup (see Gems) into the scepter instead and save a socket.

To craft such a scepter, purchase a magic sceptre with the Temple minion damage mod ("minions deal increased damage/minions have chance to deal double damage"), as high rolled as possible. Regal it (any outcome is OK), craft "can have 3 crafted mods", and then craft "minions have increased attack/cast speed" and "trigger a socketed spell when you use a skill".

Shield:

Whakatutuki o Matua is, in my opinion, a very strong and somewhat overlooked shield. It provides +3 levels to socketed minion gems (which we will use to great effect), a hefty chunk of aura effect, and life regen for you and your allies if you've blocked recently.

It's a lot cheaper to make this yourself, by buying a Matua Tupuna and The Mentor prophecy.

Helmet:

Life and resistances. The ideal enchantment is +1 rare sentinel, as that's basically an extra rare monster aura. This is very powerful in Ultimatums due to the incredible quantity of rare mobs.

If you can get an Elder helmet with "socketed gems are supported by lvl # Minion Life", you can squeeze out another gem socket, but that's not necessary at all.

Body:

Life and resistances again. As usual, it's fine to start with a 5-link if you can't afford a 6-link. Or use a Tabula Rasa early and make up for the loss of defenses elsewhere.

Good influenced mods to consider are +1 active gems (Shaper, Warlord), and Consecrated Ground while stationary (Crusader). Elevated +1 active gems also gives up to 10% quality to active gems, which is super OP with Phantasmal Dominating Blow (see Gems section).

Gloves:

Again, life and resistances. You should craft +1 level of socketed AoE gems on either your gloves or your helmet, and socket all your auras in there for a little extra boost.

A potential endgame upgrade is Breathstealer, which is quite strong in Ultimatums since you basically have every possible aura up at all times (energy shield, speed, physical damage, life regeneration, etc). You do lose some life and resists, but can get an extra anointment. I'd recommend something like Crystal Skin for +1% maximum elemental resistances.

Boots:

Life and resists, and 30% movement speed. Good boots are pretty cheap this league. Good boot enchants are life regen if you've been hit recently, and the attack and spell dodge ones.

Rings:

Life, resists, and dexterity if necessary. Not much to write home about.

If you can get an Assassin's Mark on hit (Shaper) or Poacher's Mark on hit (Elder) ring, you can save a gem socket.

Amulet:

Again, life, resists, and dexterity. Ravenous Horde is by far the best DPS anointment. It's nice to have mana leech somewhere, be it on a ring, amulet, or jewel, since you're just barely sustaining Dom Blow's mana cost with regen alone.

The Jinxed Juju is a decent unique amulet to consider, granting useful stats such as chaos resistance, aura/curse effect, and damage taken from spectres' life before yours.

Belt:

Darkness Enthroned is your best in slot belt once you have good Abyssal jewels. Before that, you can use a regular Stygian Vise, or even a Leather Belt with life and resistances.

Flasks:

Fairly normal lineup. You don't get any value out of offensive flasks, so you can go full defensive. As usual, you want bleed and freeze immunity. Curse immunity is less of a priority due to our 100% reduced curse effect (which does not make you curse immune, since map mod curses have increased curse effect). The last flask suffix is flexible, but I like shock immunity.

The Writhing Jar sounds great in theory for summoning sentinels against bosses, but in practice your other minions tend to kill the worms before you can, so it's not very helpful.

Jewels:

This is probably where the bulk of your money will be going.
- The ideal Abyss jewel has flat life, increased minion damage if you've used a minion skill recently, and other useful stats like minion blind chance or minion taunt chance.
- Your two best Abyss jewels should go into your Darkness Enthroned once you buy that.
- Blind is a very strong defensive layer, so it's worth buying a jewel or two with just blind and life (and maybe added phys for minions) if you can't afford better ones.
- 7% life from a regular jewel gives you more life, but less room for damage. I chose to use just one of them.
- The ideal large cluster jewel is 8 passives, with Rotten Claws, Feasting Fiends, and Call to the Slaughter. These are quite expensive though, mine cost 1.8ex. On a budget, you can buy one with 9 or 10 passives, or fewer notables.
- A good medium cluster jewel to have is a 4-5 passive aura effect one with Master of Command and Replenishing Presence. Another option is a curse effect one with Wish for Death, just for the culling strike.

Gems:
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The main 6-link, with supports listed in order of importance. Swap the last one (Brutality on a 4L, Multistrike on a 5L, Melee Phys on a 6L) out for Melee Splash while clearing.

Phantasmal Dominating Blow grants one extra normal sentinel per 10% quality, which is a significant boost to both clearspeed and single-target damage. It is a bit pricey though, at around 1ex.


All the auras. Only Flesh and Stone and Maim have to be linked, but all four gems should be socketed into whatever item you have the +1 AoE gems craft on (see Gear section).


Spectres in a 4L. Meat Shield and Minion Life to keep them from dying, and Lifetap to improve their skill uptime. I recommend a Carnage Chieftain (Frenzy charges), a Host Chieftain (Power charges), and a They of Tul (attack and spell dodge).


An Arcanist Brand to trigger utility skills. Make sure the Desecrate is higher up than the Offering in the link chain, so that Arcanist Brand activates it first. Unsocket Arcanist Brand if you need to manually cast Descrate in hideout to summon spectres.

Bone Offering helps keep your permanent minions alive during Ultimatums, and can be swapped out for Flesh Offering for more DPS in less-dangerous content.

Poacher's Mark may be a little better than Assassin's Mark depending on your exact setup (check in PoB), but requires you to get extra dexterity.


Your movement and guard skill. Place Steelskin on left click so that it's active as often as possible.


Your other permanent minions, which should be socketed in your shield to benefit from the +3 to minion gems. They also proc the Feeding Frenzy buff for your sentinels. Carrion golem only provides a tiny DPS increase for your sentinels due to their high base flat physical damage, so use a Stone golem for defense instead.

Note: You don't have room for a Portal gem unless you manage to take out Minion Life or Assassin's Mark as described in the Gear section. If you do make room for one, consider getting Vaal Breach (and potentially a Soul Ripper flask) as a method for easily spawning sentinels against bosses with no adds.

Levelling:
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General levelling advice:
Start with Purifying Flame (and later Holy Flame Totem) with whatever relevant support gems you can socket in: Added Fire Damage, Controlled Destruction, Combustion, etc. You can also use Scorching Ray to apply fire exposure for a little extra damage.

Once you reach the Library and complete Siosa's quest to unlock all the gems, grab Dominating Blow, Impale, Fortify, Melee Physical Damage, and Melee Splash. As mentioned in the Gems section, use Melee Splash for clearing and Melee Phys for bossing. Swap Melee Phys out for Brutality once you unlock that.

For auras, use them as you unlock them, but feel free to not turn them on if you're having issues with mana sustain. You can use Herald of Purity while levelling for extra minions (and thus extra damage), but those fall off later without support gems and should eventually be replaced with the endgame aura setup.

You don't really need to worry about the other minions (spectres, Stone golem, Holy Relic) during levelling, but they are nice if you have enough sockets for them.

Stats to look out for on gear:
Life and resistances on gear, boots with movement speed, and a 4-link or better for your Dominating Blow. Once you start using Dominating Blow, you'll want a melee weapon with at least reasonable DPS so that you can summon sentinels without too much struggle.
Last edited by jwfiredragon on May 24, 2021, 2:51:52 AM
Last bumped on May 24, 2021, 2:52:14 AM
Great build
Looks Interesting. Could you provide an Video please?
Would this work on SSF?
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sabotagge wrote:
Would this work on SSF?


I feel like it would be functional, but obviously weaker. You lose out on easy access to the Scourge and all the minion jewels early on, which make up a good portion of the build's endgame power. I tested on my build and I'm at about half the DPS without Scourge and jewels (which is still a passable 4mil with all sentinels/charges).

Scourge is now a global drop, so in theory you can drop it anywhere, but it's harder to target farm. It might be easier to aim for a Temple minion damage sceptre. I'm not big on self-crafting jewels though, so I can't comment on how hard it would be to make your own set of minion jewels in SSF.
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chinsuko wrote:
Looks Interesting. Could you provide an Video please?

Alright, I've finally gotten around to doing the videos, if you're still interested.

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