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[PoE 3.12 Build] Max Block Bleed Earthquake Duelist (Gladiator)

Intro & build description

Recently added warcry skills have significantly buffed certain melee builds and this one is not an exception. Not only does this Earthquake build has high damage and good clear speed, it also has exceptional survivability due to max block and spell block, decent chance to evade attacks and high armour.

Build Pros

  • Very tanky, has multiple layers of defense
  • Fast clear due to high AoE of Earthquake skill
  • Can clear maps well with minimal currency investment
  • Good single target damage for a build this tanky

Build Cons

  • Unique items this build uses will probably be quite expensive early on

Passive tree(s) and Path of Building

[3.12] Skill Tree
Path of Building


Bandits Quest Choice
Kill all bandits

Ascendancy skill points

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

Skill gem setup


Blood Rage

Seismic Cry


Herald of Purity (Unlinked)

Body Armor

Vaal Earthquake (Use regular version as your main skill)

Melee Physical Damage Support

Chance to Bleed Support

Deadly Ailments Support

Fist of War Support

Brutality Support


Vaal Molten Shell (LVL 15)

Summon Flame Golem (LVL 14)

Cast When Damage Taken Support (LVL 12)

Tempest Shield (LVL 5)



Enlighten Support (LVL 3)

Maim Support

Flesh and Stone

2h Weapon


1h Weapon

Leap Slam

Culling Strike Support

Faster Attacks Support

Offhand weapon / shield

Chance To Bleed Support

Melee Physical Damage Support

Brutality Support

Build uniques / Example rare gear

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Rare Armour + Evasion Helmet

Look for rare armour + evasion helmet with at least 70 life, some intelligence and resistances. Try to get one with at least 300 armour and 300 evasion.

Body Armour

Rare Astal Plate

Look for 6-linked Astral Plate, good idea is to use Celestial Justicar divination cards.

Craft it using Pristine + Serrated and optionally Prismatic fossils.

Main mods to look for is at least 90 life, Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Maim and
Socketed Attacks have -15 to Total Mana Cost.
If you get resistances on top of these 3 mods, it’s ideal.


Rare Spiked Gloves

Look for rare Spiked gloves.

Mods to look for:
at least 80 to maximum life, some physical damage to attacks and as high elemental resistances as you can get.

You could also go with gloves that has Vulnerability on Hit corruption, giving your more versatility in terms of ring choice, since good ring with Vulnerability on hit will be really expensive.


Rare Armour + Evasion boots

Look for rare armour + evasion boots with at least 70 life, 30% increased movement speed and resistances.

Left Ring

Circle of Guilt

Look for Circle of Guilt with Herald of Purity has x% increased Buff effect and Herald of Purity has x% reduced Mana Reservation. Look for a ring with as high rolls as possible.

Right Ring

Rare Ring with Vulnerability on Hit

On our rare ring, we need Curse enemies with level 5 vulnerability on hit mod. Rings with this mod only drop in Azurite mine, so a good ring with this mod, life and resistance can be expensive.

Alternatively, you can try getting gloves with Vulnerability on hit corruption. Then you can get a regular Steel Ring with high life, physical damage to attacks and resistances.


Rare Amulet with Elder Influence

Look for rare amulet with Elder Influence.
The main mod we are looking for is Physical damage over time multiplier, the higher the better.
Other good mods would be #-# physical damage to attacks, life and resistances.


Ryslatha's Coil

Really good belt for bleed builds.
Not only it gives us huge damage boost, it also has high life and 50 life recovery when we stun, which we do often.

1Hand Weapon

Rare 1-Handed Siege Axe with Elder Influence

This build needs axe with 60% chance for Bleeding inflicted with this Weapon to deal 100% more Damage” mod, which you can only get on Elder items.

To get an axe like that, your best bet would be to craft one yourself. Use 2 socket resonators with Jagged and Corroded fossils – you are looking for the previously mentioned 100% more damage bleed mod together with high physical damage mod.


The Surrender

This is an excellent shield for the build, although it’s pretty expensive. Since we block very often, it gives us tons of survivability in terms of life recovery on block. Reckoning also gives some extra damage.

Since you probably won’t be able to get The Surrender right off the bat, Lioneye’s Remorse is a good cheap shield to use until then.


Jewel Setup

On jewels look for following mods:

1.) Increased maximum life
2.) Increased global phsyical damage, damage with bleeding, damage over time
3.) Resistances or attributes if you are lacking them


Flask Setup

1.) Divine Life flask with instant recovery and bleed removal
2.) Quicksilver flask of Adrenaline
3.) Silver Flask with freeze removal
4.) Quartz Flask with curse removal
5.) Rumi’s Concoction

This build is based on Kogaras EQ Gladiator – his twitch stream.

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

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