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[3.8] Dominating Blow Templar (Guardian)

Intro & build description

This is top tier league starting build because it is cheap, effective and doesn’t need any specific items to work. Pick up any rares you find, balance out resistances and you are good to go.

Build Pros

  • Top tier league starter build
  • Very tanky
  • Dirt cheap
  • SSF viable (solo self-found)
  • Straightforward gameplay

Build Cons

  • Not the fastest build in the game

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.8] Full Build


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Radiant Crusade
Labyrinth 2Unwavering Crusade
Labyrinth 3Harmony of Purpose
Endgame LabyrinthTime of Need

Skill gem setup


Holy Relic

Increased Area of Effect Support

Summon Stone Golem

Blind Support

Body Armor

Dominating Blow

Minion Damage Support

Ancestral Call Support

Multistrike Support

Melee Physical Damage Support

Added Fire Damage Support


Herald of Purity

Maim Support

Minion Damage Support




Generosity Support


Faster Attacks Support

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Leap Slam

Fortify Support

Faster Attacks Support

Offhand weapon / shield

Cast When Damage Taken Support

Increased Duration Support


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


Rare Helmet

Rare helmet with high life and elemental resistances.

Body Armour

Belly of the Beast

Belly of the Beast is super endgame upgrade, you don’t need it to progress. Tabula Rasa or any rare chest with life and elemental resistances will do the trick.


Rare Gloves

Rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and dexterity.


Rare Boots

Rare boots with high life, elemental resistances and at least 25% movement speed.

Left Ring

Rare Ring

Life, physical attack damage leeched as mana and some elemental resistances.

Right Ring

Rare Ring

High life, elemental resistances and dexterity.


Rare Amulet

Rare amulet with life, strength, dexterity and mana regeneration.


Stygian Vise

Look for one with highest life and elemental resistances you can afford.

1Hand Weapon


In general, we want fastest weapon we can find for smooth movement. Mods on weapon doesn’t matter at all.


Rare Shield

High life and elemental resistances.


Rare Jewels

  1. Minion damage
  2. Minion attack speed
  3. Life
  4. Mana or resistances


Flask Setup

  1. Seething Divine Life Flask of Staunching
  2. Chemist’s Granite Flask of Iron Skin
  3. Writhing Jar
  4. Ample Sulphur Flask of Curing
  5. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Heat

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

About prime

Prime is knowledgeable in everything builds related. Mostly focuses on writing build guides and tutorials on how to play with certain skills.


  1. Is this still a good guide today or was anything of this nerfed/changed?

  2. What pantheon choices did you use for this build?

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