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[3.4] DW Sunder Duelist (Gladiator)

Intro & build description

If you don’t know what to play in upcoming leagues, look no further, this build will carry you till endgame and you will find yourself farming currency with ease without any huge investment. Build offers great damage due to how powerful sunder is while remaining extremely tanky using block and huge health pool (8k-9k life).

Build Pros

  • Cheap
  • HC viable
  • Extremely tanky
  • Great damage
  • Fast gameplay

Build Cons

  • Clearspeed isn't top tier
  • Melee

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.4] Full Build


Bandits Quest Choice
Help Oak

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Blood in the Eyes
Labyrinth 2Gratuitous Violence
Labyrinth 3Painforged
Endgame LabyrinthVersatile Combatant

Skill gem setup


Whirling Blades

Faster Attacks Support

Fortify Support

Blood Magic Support

Body Armor


Melee Physical Damage Support

Added Fire Damage Support

Multistrike Support

Melee Physical Damage on Full Life Support

Concentrated Effect Support



Herald of Ash

Arctic Armor

Enlighten (3 lvl)


2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Cast When Damage Taken Support (1 lvl)

Enfeeble (5 lvl)

Enduring Cry (20 lvl)

Offhand weapon / shield

Vaal Grace

Increased Duration Support

Ancestral Warchief

Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Eternal Burgonet

Generic helmet with life, resistances or intelligence. Depends on your jewelry.

Body Armour

Belly of the Beast

Kaom’s Roots and Belly of the Beast combo provides huge life pool to this build, use rare chest with armor, resistances and life till you can afford belly.


Spiked Gloves

Life, resistances, attack speed or flat physical damage. If possible, get all of these mods.


Kaom's Roots

Makes us unable to be slowed below base movement speed, great for temporal chains curse and chilled ground. + makes us immune to stuns and knockbacks.

Left Ring

Steel Ring

Stack as much flat physical damage as possible paired with life and elemental resistances.

Right Ring

Steel Ring

Stack as much flat physical damage as possible paired with life and elemental resistances. If resistances are capped, stats like intelligence goes a long way.


Lapis Amulet

Lapis Amulet will help you with intelligence stat requirement for support gems and gear.


Belt of the Deceiver

Very solid belt all around, You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes, it has resistances, physical damage, life and mod ”Nearby Enemies are Intimidated” which makes mobs take 10% more damage from your attacks.

1Hand Weapon

Siege Axe

Highest possible one handed axe you can find/buy/craft.


The Tempestuous Steel

Stat stick, gives us huge amounts of extra elemental damage scaled from our physical damage. Prismatic Eclipse works great in offhand as well.


Crimson Jewel

% life, % physical damage and 3rd stats is whatever you need. Either resistances or block, damage.


Crimson Jewel

% life, % physical damage and 3rd stats is whatever you need. Either resistances or block, damage.


Crimson Jewel

% life, % physical damage and 3rd stats is whatever you need. Either resistances or block, damage.


Seething Divine Flask of Staunching

Instant life recovery flask which removes bleeding. Must have.


Experimenter's Basalt Flask of Warding

Reduces physical damage taken and makes you immune to curses during flask effect. Solid choice all around.


Lion's Roar

This would be first flask you would want to buy. Given how powerful flasks are in PoE, this is your best upgrade for flasks.


Taste of Hate

Taste of Hate is your second flask to buy, offers great defense and offense.


Atziri's Promise

3rd strongest flask you can get. It is very cheap and provides huge damage boost to your attacks while leeching some of it back to you as life.

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

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  1. Can you post a skill tree

  2. Which skill is used for moving around the map? Sorry Im new to the game

  3. Why do you choose to go for Savagery (+1 to frenzy charges) and also the first ascendancy choice which gives 25% chance to gain frenzy charge on kill etc. if you have no frenzy charge generating skills?

    • Outmatch and Outlast literally generates frenzy charges on kill (25% chance), sure, you will lose charges on prolonged boss fights without adds, but they provide more damage while you clear rest of the map. Builds are just templates, you can squeeze in Blood Rage gem to generate charges as well if you feel like.

  4. In the build you don’t talk about gods powers which ones are recommended to use for this build?

    • They are all situational, hence you can swap them in and out in hideout or city, it depends on what kind of encounter you are facing. Soul of the Brine King is always good pick, but as I said before, they are all situational. As for Minor Gods, Soul of Yugul in reflect maps, Soul of Tukohama and Soul of Gruthkul are great for physical mitigation. Pick them based on content you are about to face. 🙂 Thank you.

  5. Hi , how do manage multitrike and its multitarget with bosses such as izarro, atziri ? Not being able to focus make the fight harder…do you replace multistrike by something else ? FA?

    • I’m curious why aren’t you able to focus on target? In these boss fights it’s actually much easier to focus single target than in maps.

      • Hi, thanks for replaying.
        In fact, multistrike effect is systematically switching target betzeen izarro and all the adds appearing. During mapping is not important since everything is quickly clean; but with some bosses I’d prefer to keep my focus and “forget” about adds.
        About atziri…I have not tried yet but I’d imagine that it will easily touch mirrors, that’s not cool 🙂

        • Well if Multistrike is the issue try switching it up for example to Ruthless Support, gives some more raw damage and will not switch targets.

  6. what about pantheon system???

  7. Enduring cry does not proc with cast when damage is taken.

  8. Hi
    I have Kaom’s roots with implicit mod “+1 to max frenzy charge”
    Can I do not take Savagery for Weapon Artistry ?

  9. How do we generate frenzy charges in 3.2?

  10. How do we generate frenzy charges in 3.2?

    • We don’t, since with 3.2 we take Gratuitous Violence instead of Outmatch and Outlast. I overlooked ”Savagery” node and didn’t remove it. Thanks for pointing it out.

      • thanks!
        How about adding bloodlust to the mix? I’m using it now without arctic armor, and it seems to do the trick.

  11. what about mana problems??

    • Life and Mana leech node near Vitality Void notable should be enough to solve the mana problems for the build. Until you get that skill point, use mana flask.

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