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[2.6] Earthquake Duelist – Guardian & Shaper killer (Slayer)

Intro & build description

If you like huge AoE and melee builds, this one is for you. Build can kill Guardians and basically every other challenging boss currently in the game, run Uber Labyrinth well and clear T15 maps with ease. Can be great as starter because it has good survivability and nice damage even without high-end gear.

Build Pros

  • Good survivability and damage
  • Budget viable
  • Can kill Guardians, Shaper and Uber Atziri
  • Good starter build for new league

Build Cons

  • Can get expensive to complete build with 6-links

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Passive tree (34 Points)
Passive tree (66 Points)
Passive tree (86 Points)
Passive tree (112 Points)


Bandits Quest Choice
Help Oak

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Bane of Legends
Labyrinth 2Endless Hunger
Labyrinth 3Brutal Fervour
Endgame LabyrinthHeadsman

Skill gem setup


Cast When Damage Taken Support


Vaal Lightning Trap

Immortal Call

Body Armor

Ancestral Warchief

Bloodlust Support

Melee Physical Damage Support

Concentrated Effect Support

Faster Attacks Support

Melee Damage on Full Life Support

Note: If you are not using Cospri's Will, swap Melee Damage on Full life Support out for Poison Support


Leap Slam

Faster Attacks Support

Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support

Blood Magic Support



Blasphemy Support

Temporal Chains

Enhance Support

2h Weapon


Melee Physical Damage Support

Less Duration Support

Increases Area of Effect Support

Rapid Decay Support

Fortify Support

If you are not using Cospri's Will, swap Fortify Support out for Poison Support.

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade


Devoto's Devotion

Devoto’s Devotion is great helm for the build – it has increased attack speed, decent armor and evasion and increased movement speed.

Body Armour

Cospri's Will

Very nice chest that gives us free damage in form of poison, additional curse and ability to affect Hexproof monsters with your curses. This armour can be expensive though and if you cannot afford it, good alternatives are:

1.)Lightning Coil

2.)Rare chest armor with high life and resistances

3.)Belly of The Beast


Spiked Gloves

For glove base choose Spiked gloves for Increased Melee Damage implicit.

Affix-wise look for life, some resistances. Attack speed is a nice bonus.

If you can afford it, buy white Spiked Gloves and try you hand at Essence of insanity craft – more attack and cast speed is huge bonus to Leap Slam.


Atziri's Step

For your boots choose Atziri’s Step with +1 to level of socketed gems corruption, they should be pretty affordable after first week or two in new league.

Another alternative would be Armour / Evasion boots with at least 25% increased movement speed, life and ideally some resistances as well but that can get pricey.

Left Ring

Two-Stone Ring

Look for Two-stone or other resistance ring with high life and resistances. Weapon Elemental damage or increased attack speed are nice bonuses.

Right Ring

Unset Ring

Look for Unset ring with high life and resistances. Weapon Elemental damage or increased attack speed are nice bonuses.


Turqoise Amulet

Look for Turquiose amulet or Lapis amulet bases – we need intelligence for some gem requirements.

For stats look combination of intelligence, all attributes and life. Any resistance is a good bonus.


Leather Belt

Look for belt with +1 to maximum endurance charge corruption – if you can get it, base doesn’t matter.

Life coupled with decent resistances affix-wise is what we want. Flask recovery is a nice bonus.

2Hand Weapon

Atiziri's Disfavour

Our ultimate goal is getting Atziri’s Disfavour for our weapon.

Good alternatives are Kaom’s Primacy or Hezmana’s Bloodlust.



Flask setup for the build:

1.) Divine flask with instant recovery for emergency ideally coupled with shock removal.

2.) Lion’s Roar for more damage and knockback.

3.) The Writhing Jar for overkill leech and more survivability.

4.) Ruby Flask with curse removal.

5.) Sapphire / Topaz flask with chill and freeze removal.



For jewels we want following stats:

1.) Increased maximum life

2.) Increased attack speed

3.) Increased area damage

4.) Increased physical damage

5.) Some intelligence or dexterity if you are lacking

Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

About gems

Always tries to keep up with the game, its ever-changing mechanisms and explain them in understandable manner.


  1. the links to the skill tree are dead. can you please update.

  2. Helo, thanks for the build! I have a question regarding the skilltree though.
    It is missing consistency next to Spirit Void notable.
    Also – is it intendet that the change from “66 points” to “86 points” requires at least 5 respecs and to “112 points” at least another 4? Can you revisit the skilltree, please?

  3. Hi, just got here looking for the best shaper and atziri killer, since my other character is good at breaches. What build would you say is the best for that? Cheers

  4. Why this fking website is so baaaad?? Why it takes so long to moderate my comments?! You fking lazy bastards.

    • You are free to ask anywhere else 🙂
      There are plenty of comments coming in every day and we need to prepare informed answer to almost each of them. Maybe you don’t have a day job and can sit home doing nothing all day but we do have them and our time is limited.

  5. Ok, how am I suppose to buy this armor and then do it 5 off-color??? This shit ain’t worth it! I would rather pick different setup. Fk 2 curses. I can easy pick some buffs.

    • There were alternatives mentioned in build guide, Cospri’s is endgame goal, if you cannot afford it just pick some other chest – it’s not carved in stone that you should only use this one.

  6. Hey, I’m currently using this build but I have trouble gaining endurance charge.
    How do you get them ? Only with Vortex ?

    • Make sure you have Endurance Charge on Melee Stun linked to your Leap Slam – then just leap into packs of mobs and you should be good.

  7. What level to take for Cast when damage taken support?

  8. Other question… i dont have Atiziri’s Disfavour, so what would i take over Bloodlust gem?

  9. Cant open the passive trees

  10. The skill trees don’s seem to be working again.

  11. yo nice build but the tree skill is down:( help me out will ya?

  12. Last question probably… Why Unset Ring? What skill gem to put in there?

  13. I completed this build mostly (my capris will is 6l but lack of one redsocket) and have rly hard time with minotaur guardian. Whatever i do i instakilling me 1-2 hits. Have about 6k life. Could you give me some advice

    • I’d suggest trying life leech somewhere in the gem setup – minotaur doesn’t attack very fast so you can try leeching the damage he does back (at least that’s how I killed him).

  14. should we start off using 2h weapons or no?

  15. Hi, I was wondering how you made the connection to the Vitality Void without one of the Mana Leeches being an active passive?

  16. I don’t have disfavor what to use instead of blood lust

  17. Why Vaal Lightning Trap? Just curious. I dont see it dealing THAT much dmg.

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