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[3.8] Bladestorm Marauder (Berserker)

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.

Build Pros

  • 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

Build Cons

  • Melee build, which means you have to be up close to deal damage
  • Physical reflect is a no-go

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.8] Skill Tree


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Flawless Savagery
Labyrinth 2Blitz
Labyrinth 3Crave The Slaughter
Endgame LabyrinthRite of Ruin

Skill gem setup


Vaal Ancestral Warchief



Blood Rage

Body Armor


Close Combat Support

Impale Support

Pulverise Support

Rage Support

Brutality Support


Leap Slam

Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support

Fortify Support

Blood Magic Support


Flesh and Stone

Blood and Sand



2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Dread Banner

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 gear

Tip: Click on the item to view it on PoE Wiki or to view similar rare items in poe.trade


Starkonja's Head

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 Armour

Rare 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.


Rare 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.


Rare boots

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 Ring

Rare 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 Ring

Rare Ring

Pretty much the same as previously mentioned ring.


Rare amulet

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.


Rare Stygian Vise

Look for rare Stygian Vise with at least 80 life and as high resistances as you can find.

1Hand Weapon

Rare 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.


Rare Crafted Jewelled Foil

Look for another Jewelled Foil just like the one I described previously.


Tempered Flesh

Tempered Flesh is a great jewel for critical builds.

Place it in the slot right under the Stamina notable.


Rare jewels

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


Flask Setup

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

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

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