Intro & build description
Bladestorm was one of the skills introduced with melee rework and 3.7 patch. It’s pretty different as far as melee skills go, because it has unique interaction with Blood and Sand skill. When in blood stance, the storms created will be stationary and will grant you attack speed while standing in them. In sand stance, the storms created will move and give you some movement speed when standing in them.
This particular build dual-wields swords, scales physical damage and critical strike multiplier, also has a decent chance to impale.
- Decent life pool
- Fast clear speed
- Cheap to start and scales really well with currency invested
- Has plenty of single target damage, so the build can kill Shaper and Uber Elder
- Melee build, which means you have to be up close to deal damage
- Physical reflect is a no-go
Passive tree(s)[3.8] Skill Tree
|Bandits Quest Choice|
|Kill all bandits|
Ascendancy skill points
|Labyrinths||Skill point choice|
|Labyrinth 1||Flawless Savagery|
|Labyrinth 3||Crave The Slaughter|
|Endgame Labyrinth||Rite of Ruin|
Skill gem setup
Vaal Ancestral Warchief
Close Combat Support
Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support
Blood Magic Support
Flesh and Stone
Blood and Sand
Herald of Purity
Summon Ice Golem
Offhand weapon / shield
Immortal Call (LVL 3)
Assassin's Mark (LVL 1)
Cast When Damage Taken (LVL 3)
Build uniques / Example rare gearTip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade
Perfect helm for most melee builds with a great balance of offensive and defensive stats.
You could also go for rare armour or evasion based helmet with 100+ life, “Nearby Enemies take 9% increased Physical Damage
” mod crafted with jagged fossil and some resistances.
Body ArmourRare Astral Plate with Maim
Ideally, the build should look for a 6-linked Astral Plate, crafted with Serrated fossils.
It should have “Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Maim”, since this mod by itself gives a lot of damage. Any life or resistance mods on top of that would be ideal.
GlovesRare Spiked Gloves
Look for Rare Spiked gloves with life, physical damage to attacks and increased attack speed.
Any resistances on top of that would be great, but can get pricey.
Look for generic rare boots with ~80 life, 30% incresed movement speed and some resistances.
Good enchantment would be “16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you’ve Killed Recently”.
Left RingRare Ring
Look for rings with life, #-# physical damage to attacks and as much resistances as you can get.
When you have more currency, you could look for rare Steel rings with aforementioned mods.
Right RingRare Ring
Pretty much the same as previously mentioned ring.
We want amulet with as many damage mods as we can get for this build.
Look for one with at least 30% to global critical stike chance and multiplier and as high #-# physical damage to attacks as you can get.
Life is always a good bonus on top of damage stats.
BeltRare Stygian Vise
Look for rare Stygian Vise with at least 80 life and as high resistances as you can find.
1Hand WeaponRare Crafted Jewelled Foil
This build dual wields rare Jewelled Foil swords – you can craft them yourself or buy them.
I would approach crafting one in a following way:
1.) Get a Jewelled foil with 83 item level
2.) Roll it using Orbs of Alteration until you hit Champion’s, Conqueror’s, Emperor’s or ideally Dictator’s prefix
3.) Regal it
4.) Craft “Can have multiple Crafted Modifiers” mod for 2 EX
5.) Craft increased physical damage, adds #-# physical damage, attack speed and quality.
Follow the link to poe.trade to take a look at similar foils.
OffhandRare Crafted Jewelled Foil
Look for another Jewelled Foil just like the one I described previously.
Tempered Flesh is a great jewel for critical builds.
Place it in the slot right under the Stamina notable.
On rare jewels look for following mods:
1.) Global critical strike multiplier / critical strike multiplier with one handed melee weapons
2.) Increased maximum life
3.) Any Increased attack speed mod
4.) Increased damage / melee damage / physical damage
5.) Resitances or attributes that you are lacking, if any
1.) Lion’s Roar
2.) Cinderswallow Urn
3.) Instant Recovery Divine life flask with bleed removal
4.) Diamond Flask with freeze removal
5.) Sulfur Flask / Basalt Flask with curse removal