Intro & build description
Splitting steel is ones of those solid all-arounder builds that you can get to do almost anything. It’s tanky, has decent life pool and obliterates most of the content you are likely to encounter. Due to its tankiness, the build is perfect for the return of Ultimatum as well as new affliction content.
For Wildwood ascendancy, pick either Warden of the Maji or Wildwood Primalist.
- Smooth progression
- Cheap to start, yet scales well
- Good survivability - high armor and evasion, capped spell suppression
- Quick life recovery via Vaal Pact
- Not the best sanctum farmer
Passive tree(s) and Path of BuildingSkill Tree Path of Building Community
|Bandits Quest Choice
|Kill all bandits
Ascendancy skill points
|Skill point choice
|Master of Metal
Skill gem setup
Awakened Brutality Support
Returning Projectiles Support
Awakened Vicious Projectiles Support
Increased Critical Strikes Support
Increased Critical Damage Support
Vaal Ancestral Warchief
Cast When Damage Taken Support
Flesh and Stone
Mark on Hit Support
Leap Slam (Unlinked)
Arrogance Support (Linked only to Precision)
Offhand weapon / shield
Build uniques / Example rare gearTip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade
HelmetRare Armor / Evasion Helmet
Look for a simple rare helmet with high life, 10% mana reservation efficiency for skills and craft +1 socketed projectile gems.
Such helmet can be easily essence-crafted by yourself.
Body ArmourRare Armor / Evasion Chest
Go for rare body armor with high life, spell suppression and mana reservation efficiency. Such armor can be crafted with essences quite easily as well.
GlovesRare Armor / Evasion Gloves
Look for rare gloves with at least 80 life, 400 to accuracy and as much resistance as you can get.
BootsRare Armor Boots
Look for rare armor-based boots with at least 80 life, 30% increased movement speed, 40+ strength and resistances.
Left RingUnset Ring
Look for unset ring with at least 60 life, 40 intelligence and as much resistance as you can get.
Socket Dread Banner in the ring.
Right RingRare Amethyst Ring
Look for rare ring with at least 60 life, 40 intelligence, 30+ chaos resistance and any other resistance that you need.
AmuletReplica Dragonfang's Flight
In the endgame, look for Replica Dragonfang’s Flight version with +3 to Splitting steel gems.
Look for Perseverance as soon as you can get it – this is an item that synergizes with the build very, very well.
2Hand WeaponRare 2-Handed Sword
In the endgame, look for a rare Ezomyte Blade with as much physical DPS as you can find.
Make sure the sword has local critical strike chance and global critical strike multiplier mods, as this is a crit-based build.
Build uses quite a few jewels.
2 Large Cluster Jewels – look for battle-hardened, force multiplier and master the fundamentals mods on them.
2 Medium Cluster Jewels – look for Repeater and Eye to Eye mods.
Forbidden Flame and Flesh with Headsman ascendancy.
Watcher’s Eye with impales lasting 2 additional hits.
Impossible escape with Perfect Agony keystone – very endgame option to save a few points, unless you can get it cheaply.
Build also uses regular rare jewels. On those, look for increased max life, global critical strike multiplier and attack speed.
In the endgame, build uses following flasks:
1) Bottled Faith (Endgame)
2) Divine Life flask with bleed removal
3) Granite Flask
4) Jade Flask
5) Diamond Flask