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[3.24] Splitting Steel Champion

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 new challenges of Necropolis.

Build Pros

  • Smooth progression
  • Cheap to start, yet scales well
  • Good survivability - high armor and evasion, capped spell suppression
  • Quick life recovery via Vaal Pact

Build Cons

  • Not the best sanctum farmer

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

Skill Tree
Path of Building Community


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Master of Metal
Labyrinth 2Unstoppable Hero
Labyrinth 3Fortitude
Endgame LabyrinthInspirational

Skill gem setup





Enlighten Support

Body Armor

Splitting Steel

Awakened Brutality Support

Returning Projectiles Support

Awakened Vicious Projectiles Support

Increased Critical Strikes Support

Increased Critical Damage Support


Ancestral Protector

Vaal Ancestral Warchief

Enhance Support

Blood Rage


Cast When Damage Taken Support

Molten Shell


Flesh and Stone

2h Weapon

Sniper's Mark

Mark on Hit Support


Leap Slam (Unlinked)


Arrogance Support (Linked only to Precision)

1h Weapon


Offhand weapon / shield


Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare 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 Armour

Rare 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.


Rare Armor / Evasion Gloves

Look for rare gloves with at least 80 life, 400 to accuracy and as much resistance as you can get.


Rare Armor Boots

Look for rare armor-based boots with at least 80 life, 30% increased movement speed, 40+ strength and resistances.

Left Ring

Unset 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 Ring

Rare Amethyst Ring

Look for rare ring with at least 60 life, 40 intelligence, 30+ chaos resistance and any other resistance that you need.


Replica 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 Weapon

Rare 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.


Jewel Setup

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.

Endgame Jewels:

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.


Flask Setup

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

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

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