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[3.15 PoE Build] Blade Blast Marauder (Chieftain)

Intro & build description

Blade blast and Chieftain ascendancy are 2 things that are going to be in a good place when the 3.14 Ultimatum league comes. It was strong in Ritual and is still strong in 3.14.
This build is a perfect league starter since it doesn’t require specific uniques and can be fully geared with just rare items. It also has max block and spell block as well as solid 6k+ life for nice survivability.

Build Pros

  • Tanky for the amount of damage it does
  • Great boss killer with tens of millions of dps with currency invested in gear
  • Great league starter
  • Good map clear

Build Cons

  • Vulnerable to reflect

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.15] Skill Tree
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Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Ngamahu, Flame's Advance
Labyrinth 2Hinekora, Death's Fury
Labyrinth 3Valako, Storm's Embrace
Endgame LabyrinthTasalio, Cleansing Water

Skill gem setup



Unleash Support

Spell Cascade Support

Combustion Support

Body Armor

Blade Blast

Elemental Focus Support

Fire Penetration Support

Inspiration Support

Intensify Support

Controlled Destruction Support


Flame Dash

Arcane Surge Support (LVL 4)

Second Wind Support

Enduring Cry


Vaal Righteous Fire (Only use Vaal version for bosses)

Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 1)

Steelskin (LVL 10)

Increaed Duration (Max LVL)

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Wave of Conviction

Hextouch Support


Offhand weapon / shield

Herald of Purity

Herald of Ash

Summon Skitterbots

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


Rare helmet

Look for rare helmet with high life and nearby enemies have -9% to fire resistance.

Good enchant would be 40% increased Blade Blast damage.

Body Armour

Rare Body armor with Crusader influence

The main thing we are looking for on our endgame armor is the “Enemies you Kill Explode, dealing 3% of their Life as Physical Damage” mod. The mod is really rare, but really powerful as well, giving our map clear huge boost. Other mods would be high life and resistances.

Until you can get body armor like that, you could use Carcass Jack or regular body armor with high life and resistances.


Rare Gloves

Look for gloves with high life and resistances. Consider including “x% increased Damage with Hits against Chilled Enemies” in your search, because often gloves like that are sold for cheap.


Rare Boots

Look for rare boots with high life and resistances. If you have damage against chilled enemies mod on your gloves, consider getting boots with # to # cold damage enchantment, so you could easily chill enemies.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

You should craft rings with Essence of Hysteria. Gain % of physical damage as extra fire damage mod is very valuable in terms of damage, so you should definitely get it.

Pretty easy way to craft a decent ring would be to buy a ring with fractured mod you want to have, like 70+ life, then roll it with Essence of Hysteria and craft something on it with crafting bench. Then you could exalt it with LVL 3 Leo in Syndicate.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

Same as previously mentioned ring.


Rare Amulet with Warlord influence

Look for Rare amulet with Warlord influence and “+1 to level of all physical skill gems” mod. Other good mods to have would be high life, increased fire damage or attributes.


Rare Belt with Elder influence

Look for rare belt with Elder influence.

The main combination of mods we are looking for is at least 80 to maximum life and %increased maximum life. Other good mods would be resistances or attributes.

1Hand Weapon

Rare Wand / Scepter

The ideal weapon would have %increased spell damage, +1 to level of all spell skill gems, high critical strike chance for spells, cast speed, and adds #-# lightning damage to spells. Wand with all of these mods would be pretty expensive, so pick 3, craft 4th and you should have yourself a decent mapping wand.


Rare Spirit Shield

Look for rare spirit shield with +1 to level of all physical spell skill gems, life and perhaps high critical strike chance for spells. If you have suffix open, craft resistance on it.


Jewel Setup

The build uses one unique jewel – Intuitive Leap.
Put it in the jewel socket to the right of Instability notable and allocate Discord Artisan, Mystic Bulwark, Prodigal Perfection and Blast Radius keystones.

On rare jewel look for:

1.) Global critical strike multiplier / multiplier with elemental / fire skills
2.) Increased maximum life
3.) Spell damage while holding a shield
4.) Attributes / resistances if you are lacking


Flask Setup

Build uses following flasks:

1.) Divine Life flask with instant recovery and bleed removal
2.) Cinderswallow Urn
3.) Wise Oak
4.) Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
5.) Divine Mana flask with freeze removal

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. 4 weeks ago i thougth about this as League starter for 3.13 now after Patch notes this will be fact 😂👍

  2. How to acquire the bladefall gem if it can’t be bought from vendor by maruder ?

    • Bladefall is usable from LVL 28, so you can get it in Act 3 after doing Fixture of Fate quest.

      • Okey thank you. And do you have appropriate way of acquiring gems ? You know… i mean correct order of acquiring, replacement gems during leveling.

        • You could use pretty much any skill to level to 28, provided you have a support gem or 2 for it, even ground slam + added fire and melee physical dmg with a 2-handed weapon. Should be very quick.

          • Yeah i broguht it already. I stared with ground slam and then changed it to sunder supported by two other gems… Very nice unique for it is Limbsplit woodsplitter. Now i only wonder does blade blast should be used automaticaly with blade fall or i need use blade blast and bladefall time and time again manually. And how i should use wave of conviction. You can write how properly use usable spells in that build on bosses and for clear. I’m new in POE so i’m thank full for your patient.

          • Oh yeah and what function is Summon Skitterbots in that build and how it should be used ? 😀

  3. The path of building code isn’t working.

  4. I have problems in levelling bladefall and bladeblast gems. Allways running out of dex.
    Any hint how to solve this?

    • Usually, jewels and rings are pretty good sources for the attributes, as well as helmets and gloves, specifically in this build.

  5. I really like the build, but can’t make Righteous fire gem to work. My life runs out, i have:

    Life regen: 493.7
    Life Leach: 1102.6

    i don’t have the final Ascendancy in Uber Lab yet ( Tasalio Cleansing Water)

    I’m lvl 85 i do 10 Mill damage now

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