[3.12] Aspect of Carnage Ground Slam Berserker, Bosser, Fast, League starter

Feel free to ask questions or make suggestions so I can continue to update the guide. Beginner friendly.

Ground Slam
is a large AoE skill, with a small close range area that does 50% MORE damage. This means it excels at both clear and single target. The high attack speed and damage of berserker allows for really fast clear speed and a really quick leap slam which helps a ton with bossing. The build has pretty decent damage, even on a small budget, and can have above average tankyness. This build guide is intended for budgets ranging from 0.5 ex to 50. People with a budget less than 10ex probably shouldn't consider going crit with axes.

RT= Resolute Technique: 100% chance to hit, cannot crit. It can be very very hard to cap hit chance without significant sacrifices to damage (or the wallet), which is why RT is a viable option.

Two variants of this build: (For the average player I suggest 2h RT)
* RT 2handed Axe: Really cheap, and works pretty well. A little tankier than the crit variant. Can later transition to crit.
* Crit 2handed Axe: The most expensive and highest damage version. For players with a relatively big budget. Invalidate most boss mechanics through sheer damage. Lower budget gear will result in less damage than the RT version.

3.12 CHANGES: NO DIRECT CHANGES TO THE BUILD IN 3.12. STILL HAS BUSTED DAMAGE. LOSS OF HARVEST CRAFTING MAKES IT SIGNIFICANTLY HARDER (STILL POSSIBLE) TO REACH 50 MILLION DPS. Main casualties of the loss of harvest crafting are chaos res, explode chests, and absurdly high pdps weapons, none of which are necessary,

Screenshot taken in map. NOT HIDEOUT TOOLTIP. Picture is updated for my 2H RT axe character just a week and a half into harvest league. Im using fortify support, pulverize support, and impale support in my main link, all of which can be replaced by gems that give a higher tooltip, however tooltip isnt the point. This should be a realistic mapping tooltip for players to attain in league:


- is a key point, or something to do/obtain
* is something to note, think about.


- Cheap, league starter, new player friendly, scales well with investment
- Fast mapper
- All content, bossing feels responsive. (HoGM and Atziri can be exceptionally tough and require slight changes to the build to be runnable)
- Good damage, kill red map conquerors even with 5link (Less than 0.5ex total investment)
- No need to gem swap for bosses
- Resistant to oneshots, especially with endurance charges up (not necessary). Tanked shaper slams.
- High life total, 6-7k+, exceptional life leech.
- Endurance charges on stun and frenzy charges/Onslaught on kill.
- Barely notice temporal chains with Kaom's Roots.


- Cant run phys reflect or no leech. 60% less recovery can be tough in t16s depending on other map mods and awakening level, just dont use blood rage and you should be fine.
- Aspect of carnage ascendancy makes us take 10% more damage
- Minor self inflicted DoT
- Being melee for bosses requires a little more player skill, responsive internet, relatively frequent moving.
- Takes time for everything to ramp up, you wont be doing full damage if you just zoned in and leaped into combat.
- Not a jug, cant facetank everything. Will have to manually dodge some stuff.
- It seems this build has some issues particularly with hests where 50+ monsters hide behind a door and attack all at once. This issue is shared among most melee builds.


- More than the average build.
- It's definitely in the millions, but beyond that it just depends too much on the gear setup/budget, if you're ramped up, which buffs/flasks you have up etc. Good RT setup has a realistic potential of over 15 mil dps. Top end crit variant has a potential burst dps of over 25 mil without seismic cry, and with seismic cry, for 5 hits (a little over a second) I have 50+mil dps. Don't expect to have this much damage without a rather large investment or something drastic like an abyssus.
- (Shaper, Uber Elder, and A8 Sirus are the only enemies who can last more than a second when fully buffed)
- Down below is what the tooltip says with 25mil effective non-seismic cry dps. There are a ton of 'hidden' damage increases that dont show up on tooltip.


* Ground Slams visual has been changed, but the size and functionality is identical to that seen below.


- [Suggested Tree] This is the 3.12 2h Axe Resolute technique tree. Kill ALL bandits. Vaal Pact is personal preference and only 2 points. Annoint Harvester of Foes for max damage. Note you CANNOT CRIT.

- Lab 1: Pain Reaver
- Lab 2: Crave the Slaughter
- Lab 3: Rite of Ruin
- Lab 4: Aspect of Carnage

* Aspect of Carnage is the highest dps ascendancy node, but it's better to take it later when you have some defensive layers.

- Cluster jewel's give the main benefits of points a little better than the tree and 2 extra sockets for rare jewels. Only use this tree if you have a good 2 socket 3 notable 10 passive or less cluster jewel:


* The more multipliers on the jewel(s) is to compensate for the ground slam 50% More multiplier of being close with ground slam, and impale, which PoB doesn't calculate.

Annoint Harvester of Foes.

[3.12] 2H CRIT TREE:

Only suggested with a good rare 2h axe with high base crit chance. Aim for 95-100%+ hit chance, you'll need accuracy on gear. You'll need to obtain mana leech on some jewelry or jewel slot. KILL ALL BANDITS. Annoint Feller of Foes for max damage. DO NOT TAKE RESOLUTE TECHNIQUE.

- Lab 1: Pain Reaver
- Lab 2: Crave the Slaughter
- Lab 3: Rite of Ruin
- Lab 4: Aspect of Carnage
- Respec Pain Reaver to Flawless Savagery once you have life and mana leech.

- Cluster jewel's give the main benefits of points a little better than the tree and 2 extra sockets for rare jewels. Only use this tree if you have a good 2 socket 3 notable 10 passive or less cluster jewel:

* CRIT PoB Pastebin:

- This gear was my character in harvest league, but a lot of the craziest items don't give me that much more damage than much more budget items, aside from the rare chest which gives me 19% More damage as opposed to a belly.
* The more multipliers on the watcher's eye is to compensate for the ground slam 50% More multiplier of being close with ground slam, and impale, which PoB doesn't calculate.


* Annoint Feller of Foes

Cluster jewel suggestions are in the jewels section of the guide

IMPALE: (Mechanics Explanation)

- impale gives us more damage, but doesn't show up on the tooltip (The number when you hover over your skill on the bar). Once you go impale, you should go all the way, selecting the impale associated passives, and equipping the impale support gem. The Forceful and Swift Skewering wheels give 20% chance to impale each and the Harpooner wheel gives 30% chance to impale. The impale support gem gives another 40% chance totaling a 100% chance to impale.

- Impale functionally stores a percentage of the damage from a hit, and releases that percentage of the impaling hits damage every hit (10% of the hits damage is stored, then for the next 5 hits that 10% damage is released 5 times adding up to 50% total at which point point that impale ends.) Without impale effect, this means that the first hit will not do any extra damage from impale, but proceeding to attack 5 more times will mean the first hit in the end did 50% more damage. Enemies can have several impales on them at once, with each hit releasing damage from all impales. This doesn't help much for low life enemies (They die too quick) but for high health bosses this is effectively a 50% more damage multiplier for every hit after about a second of hitting the enemy. With impale effect this number can be much higher. (IT SHOULD BE NOTED ONLY PHYSICAL DAMAGE CAN IMPALE AND BE STORED)

- The impale support gem gives up to 60% impale effect. The impale passive nodes give a total of 40% impale effect (if you annoint Harvester of Foes). The combined total impale effect is 100% effect. With the base effect averaging out to 50% more damage, this means impale instead grants an average of 100% MORE damage. It literally doubles our damage.
*10% stored with 100% effect is 20% of damage stored, released 5 times.(20x5=100)

- The "Impales you inflict last 2 additional hits while affected by pride" mod on Watcher's Eyes brings the average damage increase from 100% to ~140%.(20x7) The difference between having no jewel then gaining +2 impale is 20% MORE damage.

- The interesting thing about impales is you don't need to land the hit yourself for the impales to be 'released'. This is significant because this means your Vaal Ancestral Warchief Totems can actually release several impales in between your hits, meaning it can take as few as 3 or so hits for you to ramp up to the 140% more damage of having 7 impales. The result is much more dps much sooner in the boss fight.


ACT 1-3:

- Act 1-3 tree: poeurl.com/cTMT (32 levels and 7 passives from quests)

- Act 1:
* Grab Ground Slam the second you get in town. Link it with Ruthless Support. Level a second one so you'll be able to make one of them 20% quality for later use.
* Iron rings will give a significant amount of damage early on. Equip 2 of them.
* After doing the medicine chest quest you'll get added fire damage support. Add it to ground slam and ruthless support.
* When you kill Brutus grab Leap Slam from town. This 'attack' will be our mobility skill and should not be used to try to kill things.

- Act 2:
* After killing the weaver you should unlock melee physical damage support, and faster attacks support. Support ground slam with Ruthless Support and Melee physical damage support. Buy a faster attacks support for leap slam. You'll have to buy a gem from Yeena.

- Act 3:
* Completing Lost in Love will unlock the pride aura. This will reserve 50% of our mana. if mana regen is a serious issue, you don't have to enable this yet. This will greatly increase our damage against nearby enemies.
* You can optionally go into the library from the garden to do Soisa's quest and buy fortify and impale support. You may wait until act 6 to do this.
* During this act you may find a 4link item. Having a 4link for ground slam is more important than any other stats the item might have, this is unless its your weapon. Having damage on your weapon is pretty important.
* You can continue using a mana flask or just go do lab if your confident.

ACT 4-6:

Act 4-6 tree: poeurl.com/cTNy (50 levels and 14 passives from quests, 1 lab done)

- Act 4:
* It is in act 4 when I suggest you do your first Labyrinth. Overleveling the labyrinth will make it significantly easier and will essentially guarantee a clear. The first lab is lvl 33. (Choose Pain Reaver), After you retrieve the mana leech ascendancy node, you should be able to reserve most of your mana.
* Around the end of act 4 you will unlock multistrike support, brutality support, and pulverize support. Feel free to use mix and match supports for ground slam while leveling. Brutality support may or may not be alot more damage for you than other supports based on your weapon.

- Act 5:
* Grab Rapid Expansion when given the quest reward for a threshold jewel.

- Act 6:
* Complete the quest to fully clear the twilight strand to unlock Lilly as a gem vendor for the rest of the story and 'act 11' town. Buy any gems you don't yet have that you'll need.

ACT 7-10:

Act 7-10 tree: poeurl.com/cTNv (70 levels and 24 passives from quests, 3 labs done) Look at the passive tree section for the final tree.

- Act 7:
* Nothing of note.

- Act 8:
* This is when I suggest you do the second lab. (Choose Crave the Slaughter)

- Act 9:
* You can choose to farm blood aqueducts over and over again for humility cards (9 of which make a tabula rasa) This may take a few hours. Ctrl Click on the waypoint for blood aqueducts (FROM A WAYPOINT)to make a fresh zone to run.

- Act 10:
* You can do the 3rd lab before or after killing kitava. (Choose Rite of Ruin)
* After you complete act 10, type /passives in game to see what passive giving quests you missed in the story. Go back and do these quests. Start setting up gem setups and supports you haven't yet done.


* You can click on the little boxes above each weapon slot in the inventory to bring up the weapon swap slot. Hitting X after equipping a weapon there will let you swap between weapons. Put 2 3 socket weapons or a 6 socket weapon in this slot so you can level 6 additional gems, rolls don't matter. It should be noted that you cannot use the gems in those weapons unless you have swapped to that weapon. We only do this to give those gems xp.

* Vendor a level 20 gem and one gemcutter's prism to get a lvl 1 20% quality gem. This only works if the gem is uncorrupted. Do this with all gems as soon as they hit level 20 (leave one high level ground slam). The damage loss will be very short lived as the gems will level very fast. DO NOT MAKE YOUR ONLY GROUND SLAM LEVEL ONE. YOU WILL REGRET IT. Level at least 2 ground slams so you can 20% quality ONE and use the other without quality for a while.

MAIN SKILL: (6link)

(5R 1G)

- [Ground Slam] or [Vaal Ground slam] Ground slam is a large AoE skill with bonus damage to closer enemies. Vaal ground slam requires the souls of enemies to attack, but can do more damage per hit than your basic ground slam, and it is much better at stunning if the enemy can be stunned. The Ground slam portion of the vaal ground slam is identical to the normal ground slam gem. With ground slam losing its flat damage in 3.11, levels don't matter as much anymore. Quality gives 0.5% AoE.
* NOTE: The gem inherently gives up to 50% more damage to closer enemies so for optimal damage you need to be in their faces. That 50% more damage multiplier doesn't show in tooltip.

- [Melee Physical Damage Support] Up to 50% more damage. Being physical based this gem gives very significant damage. No downsides. Quality on this gem gives 0.5% increased melee physical damage.

- [Fortify Support] Gives up to 35% more damage and guaranteed permanent fortify. (Fortify gives 20% less damage taken from hits) All the damage reduction we can get will make the build feel smoother while in enemies and bosses faces. Each quality gives 0.5% increased attack damage. Replace this with a higher damage support if you obtain fortify another way.

- [Impale Support] 40% chance to impale and up to 60% impale effect. Most of the damage this gem gives wont show up on the tooltip But I assure you it is a ton of damage. Quality on this gem gives impale effect, make 20 quality a priority. Make sure if your using this gem that you have the impale nodes in the passive tree.

- [Brutality Support] Up to 60% More physical damage, but makes it so we cant do anything but physical damage. The tooltip might go slightly down compared to other gems if you have a lot of phys as extra chaos or elemental damage, but with impale the loss is more than compensated for. Quality gives 0.5% increased physical damage.

- [Pulverize Support] Up to 60% Area damage and a significant amount of AoE. The tradeoff is 15% less attack speed. The gem averages out to a little over 35% More damage. Quality gives 0.5% increased area damage.


[Ruthless Support] Gives every 3rd hit up to 135% more damage, and overall averages out to up to 45% more damage.

[Concentrated Effect] Up to 55% more damage, but it gives a huge penalty to AoE and needs a ton of int, which we wouldn't otherwise have to get. Personal preference.

[Multistrike Support] Averages out to 32% more damage I dont suggest this support because it disables ground slam's ability to be exerted by seismic cry.

*Fist of war support is simply not suited to a build that attacks this fast*

RESERVATIONS: (2link +2 other gems)


- [Pride] Gives nearby enemies up to 40% increased physical damage taken (40% more damage) if they are close to us. As effective as another link in our ground slam, but it wont show up on tooltip. Reserves 50% of our mana. Each quality gives 1% AoE, which helps if you need to stand farther away from the enemy due to deadly effects.

- [Flesh and Stone] Blind reduces enemy hit chance by half, but if you're using kaom's roots we cant evade, meaning blinding enemies is functionally useless. Don't use sand stance if you're using Kaom's Roots. Use blood stance for the 16% increased damage taken by maimed enemies.

- [Maim Support] Since Flesh and Stone itself actually maims, the second part of Maim Support actually increases its effect. Brings flesh and stone's total damage to maimed enemies up to 30%. Quality doesnt matter since Flesh and Stone itself doesn't do any damage.

- [Blood and Sand] Reserves 10% of our mana and gives us either 15% AoE or 15% more damage. I suggest staying in blood stance. Feel free to try both. Quality doesn't matter.


You can make your auras a 5-6link all linked to enlighten if you have a second 6link. This can allow you to get a few more levels on precision.

- [Precision] This skill grants flat accuracy and increased crit chance based on its level. Be very careful about leveling this gem. Unlike most reservation skills, this skill reserves a flat amount of mana based on its level. The higher level the gem is the more mana it'll reserve. Having enlighten linked to your Pride and Flesh and Stone auras will allow more of your mana to be 'free' for you to level this gem higher. Quality doesn't matter.
* Aim to have around or barely under enough mana to ground slam 3x before running out of mana. Any less mana than that and you'll start running into issues. (25 cost GS means you need about 75 mana)
* Very likely you'll end up leveling precision a little too high at some point. Vendor it with an Orb of scouring to delevel it one level. Vendor it with an orb of regret to revert it back to level one. This only works if its uncorrupted.

- [Enlighten Support] In order to fit the last (Precision) aura we need an enlighten as we would have almost none of our mana unreserved without it. A lvl 3 enlighten (92% mana multiplier) is functional, and quality on this gem doesn't matter. (as it only makes it gain xp faster and lvl 3 is 'max').

MOVEMENT SKILL: (3link or 4link)

(2R 1G)

- [Leap Slam] Quickly leaps to a location. Neither quality nor level actually matter for this gem.

- [Faster Attacks] Faster attacks increases leap speed. Quality gives 0.5% attack speed. A level 11 20quality faster attacks is the same as a level 20 with no quality. Make quality a priority.

- [Blood magic] This allows us to spam leap slam basically for free without taking all our mana which may prevent us from using ground/leap slam. It also allows us to get out of danger when out of mana. We can even leech mana with leap slam if we run out while in no regen maps. Level and quality both reduce the life cost of leap slam.

* Can use fortify support for leap slam to 'save' a link in the 6link allowing for a higher damage support. I consider it inconvenient to keep fortify up by leaping onto enemies, but its a personal preference thing. If you're using fortify on leap slam then you can use one of the alternative supports for your 6link.

[Culling Strike Support] Quality gives leap slam 0.5% increased attack speed, and it allows you to cull really high health bosses like sirus, where 10% of his life is in the millions.

CWDT SETUP: (2 link)


- [Cast When Damage Taken Support] will free cast linked skills so long as the supported skill requires the same or lower level that the CWDT does. I have 7k life and so keep CWDT at lvl 14 (casts with just under 2k damage taken). I suggest a lower level for lower life totals, as the higher the gem the less often it will proc. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the level requirement of both this gem and the supported one. Do not let the supported skill outlevel this or it will no longer free cast. Quality on this gem gives 0.5% increased damage with supported skills which does literally nothing for us

- [Steelskin] I chose steelskin instead of immortal call because I don't want to lose my endurance charges while i'm mapping. only takes one perfectly timed hit to oneshot without endurance charges/Immortal call. Steelskin gives 70% damage reduction until the total damage the skill shields against is consumed. I keep this at lvl 18 to get the most effect from my lvl 14cwdt, and at this lvl it shields against 1711 damage.
* You can manually cast this instead of linking it to CWDT, this is only a viable option if you actually hit it when you are going to take damage. Can level it to 20 or 21 if you manually cast it.

* Since we don't stack armour in this build, molten shell isn't worth it.
* RIGHT click on the plus sign under the minimap to make the gem-up message go away. At the bottom of your inventory is that message should you choose to level it up again later.

BURST EFFECT BUFFS: (Up to 4 gems, No links required)

- [Vaal Ancestral Warchief Totem] The vaal version of the skill gives 32% MORE damage, and the skill inherently can have 2 totems active. Use this button for boss deletion. This skill shares soul gain prevention with vaal haste/vaal ground slam, but nothing prevents you from hitting both at the same time for absurd burst damage. I generally don't suggest you waste time casting the non vaal version of this skill. Levels/Quality don't matter.

- [Blood Rage] This should typically only be used for the map, although it will likely remain active when you enter the bosses arena. We mostly use this for frenzy charge generation on kill. If you don't waste time when you go into the arena then the frenzy charges should still be up allowing you to delete the boss. You can choose to hit this in boss fights where there are a lot of boss minions so you can retain your frenzy charges. The issue with blood rage is it takes 4% of your life per second which can really add up when you have to wait in-between boss phases.

- [Seismic Cry] Allows for a very short term very large boost to damage. More impressive for when you have 10+mil dps and can kill t16 map bosses in less than 4 hits. Very good, although not that worth it for anything but bosses, which is why I don't particularly feel the warbringer ascendancy node is worth it, as it would lower the damage/speed the rest of the time.


- [Vaal Haste] We only use this gem for the vaal version. Activating this skill will give 31% attack speed and for 4 seconds without the need to reserve anything. It should be noted that the soul gain prevention of this skill is a cooldown on gaining charges, and other vaal skills share this cooldown, so generally you should save all vaal skills to hit at once. Spreading out when you use the skills means the others will take far longer to be usable again. Quality doesnt change anything in any way for solo play. THIS GEM REQUIRES 155 DEX AT LVL 20.


- [Berserk] I do not suggest this gem. Unlike vaal haste this gem has a huge downside. Right after hitting it the damage increase is insane. The issue is it consumes ALL our rage. If we were only using crave the slaughter to enable us to gain rage, this would be much more viable. But since we take Rite of Ruin which triples the effects of our rage, The damage loss when its over is much more significant and long lasting than the damage gain while its active. Use this very sparingly if you choose to use it.


- You can drop tombfist or kaom's roots for additional gem slots. As mentioned you can link fortify up to leap slam. You can use two war cries
- You could use both vaal haste and berserk.

Could choose to manually cast for high health bosses if you don't have it on gloves. Levels don't matter that much.

- If you simply cant stand using portal scrolls you can use this. Idk why some people love it so much. You can also link it to cast on death portal (lvl doesn't matter) This can save a lot of walking.


* Prioritize capping resists, and getting high life on armour/jewelry before worrying about damage. High life total is the single best form of mitigation (assuming res capped). 6k life should be easily obtainable. You'll need a lot of dex unless you want to let the dex gems stay a lower level.


JEWELS: (The only REQUIRED uniques, use 2)

- [Rapid Expansion] This jewel generates endurance charges, giving us some when we stun enemies (we will naturally stun most enemies because we hit so hard). The increased angle means instead of being a cone, it will expand to be a semi-circle that reaches even behind us. It wont increase the range. This is absolutely essential for our clear speed and defense. The four corruption implicits above are all decent implicits.

- [Watcher's Eye] If you have exalts to spare, you can get a watchers eye with the "Impales last 2 additional hits while affected by pride" mod. This is 20% MORE damage for a single jewel socket in the tree. Additional useful Watcher's Eye mods are "Chance to deal double damage with pride" which is 8-12% MORE damage, and "40-60% increased physical attack damage with Pride.
* Note that the 40-60% increased physical attack damage while affected by pride has WAY less effectiveness because of our just shy of 900% increased damage. Admittedly this is still more damage than a rare.

- [Cluster Jewels] Cluster jewels can be better than the tree depending on their rolls, but if its not rolled better than the tree than dont use one. Cluster jewels mostly grant 2 extra sockets that can be places for extra currency to be spent for more damage.


- [Generic/RT Rare Jewel(s)] A rare with % life, Attributes if needed, and attack speed or some other damage mod are all fine for a jewel. If your not using a cluster jewel with sockets, only use a rare jewel in the absence of a Watcher's Eye.

- [Critical Rare Jewel(s)] If your crit, crit multi is the highest damage mod a rare jewel can have, so jewels like these would be ideal if currency isnt an issue. If you cant get mana leech on jewelery you may need to get it on a jewel if you dont have Pain Reaver.

- [Eye Jewel(s)] Only use an eye jewel for abyssal sockets in gear such as found in Tombists or a Stygian Vise. Life, attributes if needed, and damage mods are all good mods on an eye jewel. Crit multi is only good if you are the crit variant.


- [Rare Helmet] Aim for high life and resists, and maybe a dex or int roll. If you're going crit this is a place you can get a few hundred flat accuracy rating. If you can get a redeemer mod with physical damage taken as cold, it really helps survival especially when paired with a taste of hate. You can have a close to finished helmet with an open prefix, and slam it with a redeemers exalt for the highest chance to hit something good.

- [Starkonja's Head] Life, attack speed, and up to 70 dex potentially solving all dex problems. It just has no resists. It's commonly enchanted so even enchanted it should be relatively cheap. Evasion is only useful if you aren't using kaom's roots. The crit chance is only useful if you aren't Resolute Technique.

- [Crown of the Inward Eye] Gives up to 21% increased life, which is a lot of life for a helmet, and transfiguration of body which gives 30% of your life% as attack damage. It will be somewhere between 45-80% increased attack damage depending on your level and gear. You'll likely sit around 55-65% increased damage.

- Enchant is by no means required (I don't prioritize one) but 40% increased Ground Slam damage, 24% increased Ground Slam Area of effect, or 24% increased Ground slam angle (basically makes it a 3/4 circle around you instead of half of one) are all good.

- Using elder helmets you can get the mod "Nearby enemies take 9% increased physical damage" (ilvl 85+ elder helmet) Which adds a bit more damage. I suggest you focus more on getting resists but do what you want.
* Note this mod is a suffix, meaning its competing with resistances and attributes for room on the item.


- [Tombfist] These gloves have up to 6% life and an abyssal socket. It is corrupted frequently, So enfeeble (best defensive curse) or temporal chains curse on hit implicits are really cheap. Vulnerability curse on hit gloves are usually a couple exalts but are better for bossing as enfeeble/temp chains effect on bosses is almost nonexistent due to a hidden penalty. Socket it with a murderous eye jewel to intimidate enemies (which despite saying they take increased damage, it actually acts multiplicitively with most of your damage increases.

- [Hands of the High Templar] A tankier more expensive alternative to tombfist that also makes it easier to cap resists. These gloves are what I consider to be Best in Slot (BiS) depending on its corruptions. These gloves have up to 12% life and some resists, and uniquely can have up to 5 corruption implicits while still being able to have quality, sockets, and numeric values of implicits/explicits modified with orbs. There are several useful implicits it can have.

-Curse enemies with level (10-12) vulnerability/enfeeble/temporal chains on hit: DO NOT HAVE MORE THAN ONE CURSE ON HIT IMPLICIT, you can only apply one.
-(4-6)% Increased maximum life: Note you can blessed orb it to 6%.
-+1 level of socketed gems: If you have enlighten and auras socketed, they will reserve less and be more potent.
-+2 level of duration gems: Steelskin will shield against more damage while also not requiring a higher level cast when damage taken.
-+2 to level of socketed AoE gems: Affects auras.
-+2 to level of socketed aura gems:
-(8-10)% attack speed.
-+1 maximum frenzy/endurance charges.
-Attacks have +#% to critical strike chance. This is base crit and worth it.

- [Rare] Life and resists, with maybe some attack speed or flat phys damage depending on your budget. Even Spiked gloves with 20% implicit melee damage, some flat phys and some attack speed will not give you as much damage as tombfists will.


* If you are not using Kaom's Roots then you can use sand stance for flesh and stone to be exceptionally more evasive. Most bosses use spells which you cant evade so use blood stance for bossing.

- [Kaom's Roots] They give up to 200 life, and immunity to stun, freeze, and slow (even tho it states cannot be slowed below base value, this applies to freezes as 0 speed is below base value). They disable your ability to evade, but you can still dodge. A corruption implicit of %life is rather cheap as people tend to prefer + max charges, but either work well. I have boots with implicit 6% life. While it has no movespeed, that doesnt affect clear speed as the entirety of our movement comes from spamming leap slam which is unaffected by movespeed. VERY HIGHLY SUGGESTED FOR AT THE VERY LEAST THE UBER ELDER ENCOUNTER.

- [Rare Boots] Life, resists and even some evasion if you want to be able to evade. I don't think you need any movement speed, but feel free to get some. Be aware that Kaom's roots give more life than a rare can. You just have to be above 25 rage to be immune to stun, and you have to run a freeze flask.

- [Atziri's Step] Pretty good if you are choosing to do evasion, as they give life, evasion, and some spell dodge which is good as evasion only allows you to avoid attacks, not spells. I highly suggest you swap these out for kaom's roots when you do uber elder as he does a very crippling slow/freeze.

* The attack speed enchantment is ideal but a pure luxury. Its not too rare since there are only 20 boot enchantments as opposed to the over 500 helmet enchantments. I would personally run some uber labs to enchant rather than buying boots with it. Getting attack dodge or spell dodge enchantments aren't bad either.



- [Belly of the Beast] High life and some resists. This is the ideal option for a mid range budget. Only needs to be 6linked if your weapon isn't.

- For super budget use a rare 5link (good through shaper) or a tabula rasa/rare 6link.

* [Kaom's Heart] Great if you want to prioritize survivability. A corruption implicit of % life or 1% max res are both really good. This chest has an insane amount of life at a cost (no sockets), we can only use it if we meet some conditions:
* Must have a 6link 2 handed weapon.
* Must have 4 socket boots (Not Kaom's Roots)
* Drop a couple sill gems, as youll lose 2 sockets compared to 6 socket chest and kaom's roots.

* Rare with life and resists. There are a ton of influence mods that can be exceptionally useful, too many to cover here. Astral Plate is the best base, with its implicit 12% all res. Feel free to use this site to see the possible mods.


* [Rare] High life and resists. Life or global physical damage are viable implicits, with a stygian vise being the best and most expensive (rare) option. (Gotta have a decent jewel in it too). Hunter and elder belts can have up to 10% life.


- [Generic/RT Rare] High life, and dex/int. Physical damage to attacks, crafted Area damage/increased AoE, and resists are all viable stats. Importance is to res cap and have enough stats to use the items and gems.

- [Crit Rare]If you're crit you can pick up crit chance, crit multi, and accuracy mods here, but it may be more difficult to get the necessary dex/int or resistances.

- [Carnage heart] This unique amulet gives a ton of int and dex, and some all res, life leech and damage while leeching. Only bad thing about it is it doesn't give much life (only what comes from the 50ish strength) Cheap amulet until you can afford a better rare. Between life leech, mana leech, and slightly undersustaining life regen, we basically are almost always leeching.


- [Harvester of Foes] 20% Axe damage, 10% axe attack speed, 10% impale effect. Probably the highest damage passive you can annoint (if you're not crit)
* Amber Oil, Amber Oil, Violet Oil.

- [Feller of Foes] 30% Axe damage, 40% Crit multi, 200 accuracy rating.
* Amber Oil, Black Oil, Opalescent Oil.


- [Generic/RT Rare Rings] Capping resistances is most important, then life, then attributes, and lastly damage mods like physical damage to attacks or chaos res. If you have the luxury of choice, use vermillion or steel ring bases.

- [Crit Rings] If you are crit, you will need additional mods like accuracy and mana leech (only need one mana leech mod across your entire character). This cant be at the cost of undercapping resistances. The rings along with the weapon are why the crit variant can be much more expensive to get up and running.

- Crafting your own rings can be the most cost effective strategy for vermillion and steel ring base types, since they are exceptionally rare base types. Use ilvl 84 rings and the essences above as needed.


* Because we dont care about accuracy or crit chance, we can mostly use pdps (Physical DPS) as a measure of how good our weapon is.

- [Sinvicta's Mettle] A 2handed axe of at least 400 pdps that can be extremely cheap. It also gives rampage which gives minor damage bonuses and other various effects based on your kill streak. You dont need it 6linked if you have a 6link chest, although you will need it 6 socketed. If its your 6link it might be much harder to replace it, especially with a rare. Its a great 'first weapon' for you to start from, but isn't ideal as far as damage goes. Both a rare and Atziri's Disfavour can have a lot more damage, but are also a lot more expensive especially depending on the age of the league and additional mods it might have.

- [Atziri's Disfavour] A unique axe with the potential to go over 600pdps. And is the highest pdps unique axe in the game. The weapon range and bleed chance is completely irrelevant but the +2 support gems actually is a fair amount of damage across 5 supports. A fairly suitable axe that can do a lot of damage. This axe isn't suitable for going crit. Can be rather expensive or cheap depending on the league. Ideally if you have this axe you'll have your 6link in it, although you might have to link it yourself.

- [Rare 'RT' Axe] When you use RT you can effectively use exclusively pdps as a measure of how good the item is. This axe has a pdps of over 900 (50% more than an Atziri's Disfavour), and I crafted it in the first week of the league. While an axe this good isnt realistic for most players, a rare with 700-800 pdps is much more obtainable and still more damage than any unique. Its typically cheaper to craft 2handed axes than buy them, but crafting them usually isn't simple and requires a fair bit of crafting knowledge.

- [Rare 'crit' Axe] While a vaal axe has a higher base pdps than a fleshripper axe, the fleshripper can have a much higher base crit, which can make up for lacking axe nodes that give good crit. If your using a vaal axe, you need it to have crit chance, and you need base crit from other sources like gloves, bottled faith, and chest. If you are going crit, youll have to obtain enough flat accuracy across helmet and jewelery have a 95%+ chance to hit monsters.


- To calculate pdps, add the low end of the physical damage range and the high end of the damage range, then divide that number by two. example: (145+277)/2 = 211. That number is the average damage per hit. Just take the damage per hit and multiply by the attacks per second example: (211*1.2) = 253.2. That number is the pdps of the weapon (pdps is entirely calculated off of physical damage, but you can use the elemental damage range to get the edps (elemental dps))

FLASKS: (Pick your favorite 5)


- [Life Flask(s)] You can either use a catalysed eternal life flask or a Bubbling divine life flask (Which heals less, but is instant) depending on preference. (I suggest eternal because we have so much life) This flask should have immune to bleeding as its the ailment that kills us the fastest.

- [Unique Life Flask] When your health approaches 7k+ life you should probably use a unique life flask which heals you to full. Forbidden taste can instantly heal you to full but then gives a 4 sec life degen as chaos damage which can get you killed. Blood of the Karui takes time before it actually heals you. Either work and have their trade offs.

- [Lion's Roar] Gives up to 25% more phys multiplier for your ground slam. For bosses immune to knockback this is an incredible damage increase. The issue with this flask is that it gives knockback and you do less damage to farther enemies meaning you can actually lose damage for hitting the flask. This isnt necessarily bad tho as some enemies like red beasts can be very deadly in melee range meaning you can keep things at bay, using the flask purely for the defense the range gives. Overall a very useful flask although the build functions perfectly fine without it.

- [Basalt Flask] gives 15% physical damage reduction which is very good as generally you'll die to mostly physical damage. You can put curse or freeze immunity on this flask. Note this flask can be used with Taste of Hate.

- [Taste of Hate] Very good flask. It gives 20% cold damage reduction, which is nice considering that both Elder and Shaper do predominantly cold damage for most of their attacks. With 75% cold resist, 20% cold damage reduction, and 20% of physical damage taken as cold, its effectively a 16% physical damage reduction flask. It also gives up to 20% phys as extra cold, which with brutality support doesn't matter. Can be somewhat expensive depending on how old the league is, and Lion's Roar I think has a higher priority.

- [Quartz Flask] gives 10% attack and 10% spell dodge. This averages out to 10% less damage take but it can take a hit that would have well over one-shot you and make it do no damage. Having dodge from other sources like boots actually makes each % dodge more valuable.

- [Amethyst Flask] gives some chaos resistance. Sirus, Al-Hezmin, and The Constricor all do significant chaos damage. Poison is chaos damage. You can use this flask for those boss fights, namely if you need to dip into a deatomization storm to get under Sirus so he'll actually come down to fight you.


- [Jade Flask] is very useful if you choose to stack a little evasion. You really want the increased evasion suffix mod as that is really the only global evasion increase you would get as increased evasion on armour is local. Use boots with relatively high evasion and a starkonja's head helmet.


- [Diamond Flask] Makes your critical strike chance lucky, which means if your hit failed to roll a critical stike, it'll roll it one more time. (With a 50% crit chance and diamond flask you effectively have 75% crit chance). Absolutely essential for any crit build that doesn't have a natural 90%+ crit chance.

- [Bottled Faith] A rather expensive flask that can be more than 10ex. The damage it grants is actually kind of insane, but don't try buying this at the cost of having low quality gear. This flask really excels in a crit build that has already has some investment into it.


- I chose Soul of Lunaris and Soul of Gruthkul for the physical damage reduction.
- Soul of Shakari (if upgraded) with the 50% reduced duration of poisons and maximum of 5 poisons on you can be useful against Al-Hezmin and the constrictor elder guardian. As of 3.11 it no longer grants permanent immunity to poison.
- Pantheon is entirely personal preference and doesn't matter very much.


* If you did or didn't enjoy the build, please comment so I can know what to improve and other players can make a better decision as to play it or not.

* I dont mind answering questions in game, within reason. Copy the text below and write your message:
Last edited by Ekule731 on Oct 20, 2020, 2:19:42 PM
Last bumped on Nov 27, 2020, 10:03:34 PM
Can you post the skills tree plz
Hey Ekule! Thanks for sharing your build! I'm kinda of a new player and have a question. Isn't getting a 21/23 vaal ground slam strictly better than a regular 21/23? I have the option to use the vaal skill but if we don't it's the same gem right? Thank you
Xibanga wrote:
Hey Ekule! Thanks for sharing your build! I'm kinda of a new player and have a question. Isn't getting a 21/23 vaal ground slam strictly better than a regular 21/23? I have the option to use the vaal skill but if we don't it's the same gem right? Thank you

Im not OP, but yes Vaal GS is strictly better at same lvl and same quality as regular GS

Vaal GS is pretty amazing overall, huge AoE, good dmg, guaranteed stuns

use it and abuse it!
Xibanga wrote:
Hey Ekule! Thanks for sharing your build! I'm kinda of a new player and have a question. Isn't getting a 21/23 vaal ground slam strictly better than a regular 21/23? I have the option to use the vaal skill but if we don't it's the same gem right? Thank you

The actual ground slam portion of the vaal gem is in fact identical to the normal version. If you would prefer to have the option to use the vaal version then yes the vaal gem is better.
Patrozor wrote:
Can you post the skills tree plz

I didnt realize there was a way to specifically link a clickable url when I made the initial build guide. It has been updated with the final suggested passive tree and passive tree states for different levels. Different viable versions of the passive tree are a work in process
Giving this build a try, don't really have any question atm, nice guide. Keep us updated on your progress this league OP !
Last edited by blaupe on Sep 9, 2019, 1:26:40 PM
Great guide, thank you for this! :)
Great guide. As I like ground slam I'll give it a try.

A question about watcher's eye:
Would the watcher's eye with "xx % increased physical attack damage" not be much stronger? This can go up to over 50 % extra physical attack damage which should be a big dmg boost.
I always wanted to do a ground slam build. And i will give this a try!
But since I have a really insane 2H Axe I wanted to ask if it would be possible to go for a 2H aswell. OFC with changes in the Passive Tree.

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