Double Strike Gladiator Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

Although instant life leech is mostly a thing of the past in Path of Exile, there are still ways to achieve it. The Bloodseeker Bloodseeker unique Claw grands instant life leech when you hit with it. Although it has low physical damage, the Critical Chance and Attack Speed stats are decent. By using Double Strike Double Strike you gain a lot of flat physical damage against bleeding enemies, which compensates the Claw’s low pDPS. Gladiator’s Gratuitous Violence boost the clear speed of the build by a great deal, while Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike in combination with an Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief totem helps you melt down endgame bosses.

When it comes to survivability, you mainly depend on the instant leech and Gladiator’s high Block Chance. The end-game damage is enough to out leech any hits that do not one-shot you. Block Chance to attacks and spells will help you completely mitigate a portion of the incoming hits. We mainly focus on building a great life pool in order to prevent getting one-shot.

Build Summary

This build is very budget-friendly. The main build-enabling item is Bloodseeker Bloodseeker, which you ideally want to dual wield. For expensive endgame goals you can also use one Bloodseeker and a very well rolled physical Claw. Essentially this will boost your damage by a great deal, while you are also able to rely on instant leech, since every second hit will be with the Bloodseeker Claw. For other gear pieces, we recommend focusing on rare items with as much life, flat physical damage, critical modifiers and attack speed as possible. Belly of the Beast Belly of the Beast andLoreweave Loreweave are both great choices. For endgame you can also use a well rolled Elder-based chest piece. Using rare Steel Ring Steel Rings will bring a lot of damage with the additional flat physical damage to attacks they provide. The helm, boots and gloves should simply have as much life and resistances as possible. You do not need movement speed on the boots since you will mainly rely on Whirling Blades Whirling Blades for movement. Additional attack speed and flat physical damage can be acquired by using decently rolled gloves.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Can be started without any currency investment
+ Scales very well into late game

Cons

- Melee builds force you to get into more dangerous situations than ranged ones
- Cannot do reflect and no leech maps

Playstyle

Offensively, Gratuitous Violence’s explosions will smooth out your clear speed by a great deal. This mechanic also scales very well with monster’s increasing life later on in the game. The single target damage potential is very high. When encountering a tough foe, you have to do a quick setup, which will ensure you do great amounts of damage. Dropping Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief along with summoning your clones via Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike is enough to take most bosses down. As long as you have enough life regeneration to out-regenerate the Blood Rage Blood Rage‘s degeneration effect, you are able to also benefit from Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support. Whirling Blades Whirling Blades is the movement skill, which you will be mostly relying on in order to move around.

Defensively, the instant leech along with your great life pool and Block Chance will ensure you do not get into sticky situations very often. As long as you do not get one-shot and stay offensive, you should be able to out-leech any incoming damage. Degeneration effects like burning, ground effects, bleeds, beams and such are not considered hits, therefore they cannot be Blocked. When it comes to dealing with bleeds and mainly Corrupted Blood, you should rely on your bleed removal flask. The endgame version of the passive skill tree can achieve more than 200% Increased Maximum Life, which is insane, considering the damage potential of the build. This can translate into more than 7.5k life when properly geared. Based on personal preference, you can always drop some life and spec into more damage if you feel like it.

For Playstyle, as long as you know most of the game’s one-shot mechanics, you should be able to survive any content. This build allows for very aggressive playstyle. Your high attack speed also translates into more mobility, since it scales the speed of your Whirling Blades Whirling Blades. You should be able to explode most packs with one or two attacks of Double Strike Double Strike. Keeping up Blood Rage Blood Rage all the time is recommended.

Passive Tree

This is what our endgame passive skill tree should look like.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive Tree Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Gem Link Page

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Loreweave Loreweave
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Belt
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon 2x Bloodseeker Bloodseeker

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

It is fairly easy to level a dual wielding melee build with skills like Ground Slam Ground Slam. You can switch to fully relying on Double Strike Double Strike around level 55-60, when you ascend into Gratuitous Violence, which will smooth out your clear speed. Until then it may feel kind of clunky. Overall the Double Strike Gladiator is very easy to level, even with no investment into leveling gear.

Leveling Trees

This is a very early representation of what your passive skill tree should look like. After that you can head to the Scion life wheel if you do not have enough life. Next, you should start going to the right side of the passive skill tree and get ready to pick up the Claw nodes.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Redbeak Redbeak and The Screaming Eagle The Screaming Eagle provide great amount of damage which can easily carry you up to Act IV.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you should add Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector and War Banner War Banner for additional single target damage.

By level 8, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

At level 10, you should add Leap Slam Leap Slam for additional mobility.

At level 16, you should add Herald of Purity Herald of Purity for additional damage.

By level 18, your Ground Slam Ground Slam link should look like this.

  1. Ground Slam Ground Slam
  2. Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Maim Support Maim Support
  5. Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
  6. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

At level 24, you should add Hatred Hatred for additional damage.

FAQ

What map mods can’t be done with the Double Strike Gladiator?

Basically, you cannot do any reflect map. Cannot leech life/mana is also impossible to do. Bleed avoidance can be annoying but is doable. Besides that, nothing should be a problem.

Why no Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support setup?

When it comes to Immortal Call Immortal Call, it will strip off your Endurance charges all the time and you will not be able to benefit from the Outmatch and Outlast ascendancy. If you want you can use Cast when Damage Taken setup with curses like Enfeeble Enfeeble, Temporal Chains Temporal Chains, Vulnerability Vulnerability or Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark.

Conclusion

The Double Strike Gladiator can take on any type of content and has very high endgame potential. Utilizing instant life leech is not something that many builds can do nowadays. It basically allows you to tank any hit that does not instantly kill you. This will allow you to survive many encounters that other builds cannot.

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    Hi, passive skill trees have a problem, can you correct him plz ? Thx you

  2. Vvckd

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    Hey Atix, please check out passive trees again.

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    It’s good, nice job ;)

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    Claws requires 95 INT, how do you that with only 44 INT in skill tree ?

  5. Vvckd

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    On 30/04/2019 at 8:55 PM, Mortedza015 said

    Claws requires 95 INT, how do you that with only 44 INT in skill tree ?

    You can get Intelligence from Helmet, Rings, Amulet and Loreweave Loreweave.

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    Hello,

    Thanks for this template, as a new player this will help me a lot.
    Guess double claw for reliable than double axes for late game content.

    Also, can you tell me which passive to focus ?
    Is Strong arm > Golem’s Blood > Heart of Oak // Path of the warrior > Claw // Soul Raker (end at 62 to match the bloodseeker) a good path ?

    Edited by Xchore on May 17th, 2019

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    Fantastic guide everything is straight forward and very easy to follow.Thank you very much for taking the time to write it all out. I do have one question whirling blades is very buggy on ps4 causing rubber banding and death. Do you have any skill recommendations for a alternate? I currently swapped to phase run linked to increase duration but wanted to see if you have any ideas.

  8. Vvckd

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    On 18/05/2019 at 3:34 AM, Micheal102 said

    Fantastic guide everything is straight forward and very easy to follow.Thank you very much for taking the time to write it all out. I do have one question whirling blades is very buggy on ps4 causing rubber banding and death. Do you have any skill recommendations for a alternate? I currently swapped to phase run linked to increase duration but wanted to see if you have any ideas.

    Hey, thanks for the kind feedback. When it comes to movement skills, Whirling Blades Whirling Blades is the only reliable one that can be used with Claws unfortunately. The rubber-banding might be caused by a bad internet connection in combination with Lockstep mod, try switching between the two and see how it works.

  9. Vvckd

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    On 17/05/2019 at 10:16 PM, Xchore said

    Hello,

    Thanks for this template, as a new player this will help me a lot.
    Guess double claw for reliable than double axes for late game content.

    Also, can you tell me which passive to focus ?
    Is Strong arm > Golem’s Blood > Heart of Oak // Path of the warrior > Claw // Soul Raker (end at 62 to match the bloodseeker) a good path ?

    These nodes should be good enough, we choose to use Claws simply because of the instant leech Bloodseeker Bloodseeker provides, which is very strong and unobtainable in other ways at the moment. Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike is a great skill that compensates when it comes to the low pDPS of the Claws.

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    Hey, I’m really interested in that build! Just wanted to ask if it can handle endgame easily with the gear you mentioned :)
    I’d love to see gameplay videos of your guides to see how they perform better :)

  11. Vvckd

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    On 17/06/2019 at 2:02 AM, Atlas said

    Hey, I’m really interested in that build! Just wanted to ask if it can handle endgame easily with the gear you mentioned :)
    I’d love to see gameplay videos of your guides to see how they perform better :)

    Hey, unfortunately I do not have any gameplay videos but played the build myself, it does exceptionally well with very little investment and is endgame viable for sure!

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    Any thoughts on an end game passive tree?

    Also, I’ve got a few open gem slots. Any ideas on what I should use that isn’t already listed?

  13. Vvckd

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    On 19/06/2019 at 9:44 PM, Luminaire4192 said

    Any thoughts on an end game passive tree?

    Also, I’ve got a few open gem slots. Any ideas on what I should use that isn’t already listed?

    You can find the endgame passive skill tree in the Passive tree section of the build guide. When it comes to additional items, you can add anything based on personal preference, I’d recommend Steel Skin.

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    On 19/06/2019 at 9:44 PM, Luminaire4192 said

    Any thoughts on an end game passive tree?

    Also, I’ve got a few open gem slots. Any ideas on what I should use that isn’t already listed?

    Hey. In addition to what Vvckd said, you could, as a last resort, use unused gem slots (including your alternative weapons, toggled using X) to level up other gems to sell later. You can check prices to see which popular gems are worth something at level 20, and level up a few.

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    Used two free gem slots now for Blasphemy – Vulnerability and am using an Impresence. Works great :)

  16. Vvckd

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    On 21/06/2019 at 2:40 PM, Atlas said

    Used two free gem slots now for Blasphemy – Vulnerability and am using an Impresence. Works great :)

    Sounds good!

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    Can we get some build references/pob on this? My current build is incomplete but still struggling to imagine 9k life, this is what I currently have… https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/NosesforSale/characters

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    On 23/06/2019 at 3:57 PM, nosesforsale said

    Can we get some build references/pob on this? My current build is incomplete but still struggling to imagine 9k life, this is what I currently have… https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/NosesforSale/characters

    Your character page is set to private :p

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    Wooops fixed now :)

    On 23/06/2019 at 5:41 PM, Vlad said

    On 23/06/2019 at 3:57 PM, nosesforsale said

    Can we get some build references/pob on this? My current build is incomplete but still struggling to imagine 9k life, this is what I currently have… https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/NosesforSale/characters

    Your character page is set to private :p

  20. Vvckd

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    On 23/06/2019 at 3:57 PM, nosesforsale said

    Can we get some build references/pob on this? My current build is incomplete but still struggling to imagine 9k life, this is what I currently have… https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/NosesforSale/characters

    Hello, here are few things that when changed can improve your life pool drastically. You can have crafted flat Life + % Life via Pristine Fossil Pristine Fossils on Helmet, Body Armour, Gloves and Boots. You can also pick Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots for additional life. Your belt also has a low roll of life. Something else I’d consider changing is your flask setup, in the endgame you should not be using a Mana flask at all, the second Life flask is also not needed and the The Overflowing Chalice The Overflowing Chalice is very weak compared to other unique flasks like Taste of Hate Taste of Hate, Atziri's Promise Atziri's Promise, Lion's Roar Lion's Roar or any utility flasks such as Silver, Basalt, Granite, Stibnite or even Jade.

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