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Bloodseeker Dual Strike Gladiator Build

Bloodseeker Dual Strike Gladiator Build

A build with one of the highest survivability rate - it uses the unique instant Leech mechanics combined with a lot of Attack Speed

Bloodseeker Dual Strike
Gladiator Build

for Patch 3.14

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Guide notes
June 23, 2021
-Build created
July 9, 2021
-Added gameplay video


Bloodseeker Unique Claw has one very special property - the Life Leeched from this weapon is instant. You don't have to worry about total Recovery per second from Life Leech or Maximum total Recovery per second from Life Leech because it doesn't apply anymore. These restrictions are usually limiting to the regenerative capabilities of Leeching Builds - that's why the pre-nerf Vaal Pact was so good, it worked in a similar way to the Bloodseeker. With instantaneous Leech, it is possible to survive the aftermath of every hit that doesn't kill you, given that you're capable of landing a hit. The only limiting factor to its regenerative potential - besides its melee nature - is the fact that only 10% of your maximum Life can be recovered on hit, thus Attack Speed is the most important end-game statistic.

Dual Strike has a low base Attack Speed - only 70%, you can switch to other Attack Skills such as Cyclone if you value survivability over damage. If you have high enough Attack Speed, your character will be able to survive Shaper's beam for an extended period of time, but that's not really vital for the overall performance. By attacking with Dual Strike the leech will be instant for both weapons. The protecting layers of this build consist of Gladiator's impressive Block Chance for both - Attacks and Spell Hits, relatively high Armour, Fortify, Steelskin, Phase Acrobatics, and the Arctic Armour from The Perfect Form, Life pool at around 5k, and of course instant leech. With all these features it's really hard to kill this character. Your Damage will come mostly in form of Cold Damage due to easily obtainable nodes on the Skill Tree. For maximum efficiency, it is recommended to swap Melee Splash and Inspiration Support when fighting bosses.

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1. Gameplay

Use Whirling Blades to rapidly dash between packs of enemies to gain Fortify and use Dual Strike to deal with them. Use Enduring Cry to generate Endurance Charges. At maximum - that is three - you will take 10% less Physical Damage, it also heals you. Steelskin is your Guard spell to use whenever it is off cooldown. Ancestral Warchief will boost your damage during challenging fights, while Frostbomb and Frostbite Curse it applies will decimate enemies Cold Resistance.

This video was recorded on a level 93 Gladiator with slightly over 5 Attacks per second (a stat that's very important if you want to sustain instant Leech vs. Shaper's beam for example) and around 3kk full buffed single-target DPS - not much, but it was possible to farm all the Bosses thanks to it being such a tanky build. 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • very tanky due to many defensive layers and high Block
  • very high DPS based on 100% Physical to Cold conversion
  • hard to kill because of instant Leech mechanic
  • beginner friendly, being very easy mechanically
  • can't do No Leech Maps
  • short Attack range that require Melee Splash or Ancestral Call to provide reasonable clear speed


3. Leveling tips

It's a basic Dual-Wielding Claw-using Elemental-Damage-dealing Gladiator. The best approach is to use two weapons right from the start, later in the game, the character will specialize in Claws. Frost Blades are one of the best options here on lower levels. Initially you can just focus on getting high base Physical DPS on your one-handed weapons of choice, as thanks to Frost Blades you will easily get nearly 100% Damage conversion just from Passives and the Skill Gem. Below you will find the recommended Skill setups and early level equipment.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Frost Blades setup
Frost Blades Frost Blades - an AoE Attack which has good base damage and hits multiple enemies with Cold Damage
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - a great boost to Elemental Damage
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds Cold Damage to your linked Skills offering high DPS bonus
Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support - this Gem grants high Elemental Damage multiplier but makes Frost Blades unable to inflict ailments
Cyclone setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - one of the fastest Movement Skills for this build
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants Fortify buff on hits with Whirling Blades which boosts your defenses
Utility Gems
Hatred Hatred - the best Aura for this build which grants more Cold Damage and extra Cold Damage Conversion
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - Herald Spell that increases your Cold Damage and causes AoE Explosions when you kill Frozen enemies
Frostbite Frostbite - a Curse that lowers Cold Resistance which fits this build's perfectly because of it being 100% Damage Conversion build
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - a Spell that lowers Cold Resistance via powerful Cold Exposure applied in its area


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Master of the Arena 2) Golem's Blood 3) Fangs of Frost 4) Blade Barrier 5) Swagger

68 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Primeval Force 2) Thick Skin 3) Twin Terrors 4) Claw cluster

Recommended leveling items:

Wurm's MoltWurm's Molt - pretty good Blet with all the important stats
+(25-40) to maximum Life
+(20-30) to Strength
+(20-30) to Intelligence
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
0.4% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best Helmets for Leveling that grants a ton of extra Resistances
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - Body Armour that's the optimal choice to get through the initial stages of the game with
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)

Karui ChargeKarui Charge - very cheap Amulet that's good if you're using Frost Blades becuase of the Projectile damage bonuses

+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

116 Points Final Skill Tree (does not include Thread of Hope configuration)
116 Points Path of Building (PoB) link 

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Painforged
  2. Versatile Combatant
  3. Violent Retaliation
  4. Outmatch and Outlast


Major God: Soul of Lunaris 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%; 1% increased Movement Speed for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%

Minor God: Soul of Gruthkul 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Dual Strike
Dual Strike Dual Strike - Dual Strike is the Attack Skill this build uses due to Bloodseeker's interaction with it - the damage is Leeched from both Claws, not just from the Bloodseeker. If you need more Attack Speed switch to Cyclone and adjust Support Gems accordingly.
Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support - essential for map clearing, if you plan a long boss fight, switch to Inspiration Support Inspiration Support
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - grants high increase to your Elemental Damage making it one of the core Gems for this setup
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - makes supported Attacks repeat itself with increased Damage and Attack Speed
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - increases your Damage against chilled enemies, making it one of the primary Supports for Cold-oriented builds
Ice Bite Support Ice Bite Support - Generates Frenzy Charges which adds extra Cold Damage ot your Attacks
[UTILITY] Whirling Blades and Blood Rage
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - due to your high Attack Speed it's the best movement Skill for this build
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants you a powerful defensive buff if you hit an enemy with Whirling Blades, reducing all your damage taken
Blood Rage Blood Rage - More Attack Speed, Life Leech, and Frenzy Charges on kill. You don't need to link it to anything, just find an empty socket for it and cast it manually when needed
[UTILITY] Totem, Warcry, and Guard Spell
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - while you're near this Totem you deal more Damage
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - grants you Life Regeneration and Endurance Charges, which are important since you have Outmatch and Outlast Ascendancy Notable
Steelskin Steelskin  - The most suitable Guard Spell, it blocks a huge portion of incoming damage
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support  - reduces the cooldown of linked skills and adds extra Charge to your Enduring Cry
[UTILITY] Frost Bomb
Frost Bomb Frost Bomb - cripples defenses such as Life and ES regeneration of your opponent and reduces their Cold Resistance by applying Cold Exposure
Frostbite Frostbite - a Curse that reduces the enemy's Cold Resistance by a lot, an obligatory Skill when fighting Bosses
Hextouch Support Awakened Hextouch Support - Frost Bomb will apply Frostbite on Hit. If you can afford the Awakened Gem, you will be able to apply a second Curse via a Ring affix
[UTILITY] Auras and Herald
Precision Precision - an Aura that provides you with more Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance that will be needed to reach close to 100% Chance to Hit
Hatred Hatred - the best Aura for this build which grants More Cold Damage and converts Physical Damage to Cold Damage by Watcher's Eye affix
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - Herald that grants you more Cold Damage and causes AoE explosions when you kill frozen enemies
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of Mana that the linked Skills reserve
[UTILITY] Arctic Armour
Arctic Armour Arctic Armour - since you can have it for free thanks to your Body Armour, it's a good opportunity to link it with a lot of useful Support Gems, it makes you take less Physical and Fire Damage, and slows dows enemies by approximately 60% for a short duration
Bonechill Support Bonechill Support - enemies that are Chilled by linked Skills (Arctic Armour) take more Cold Damage
Elemental Proliferation Support Elemental Proliferation Support - increases the Duration and of Chill that now spreads among enemies
Unbound Ailments Support Unbound Ailments Support - Chill and Freeze are now vastly more powerful in terms of Duration and effectiveness. You can use Awakened Unbound Ailments for better effect

[UTILITY] Petrified Blood

Petrified Blood Petrified Blood - This new Skill Gem could be an interesting addition to your build. With some tweaks, you can go for Pain Attunement Keystone and benefit from Low Life. The gradual Life loss won't be a problem at all for this character, but the damage from single powerful hits will be now slightly more likely to one-shot you, even when you take only 60% of the damage instantly. We've decided not to use it, but if feel like you need more damage, go for it.

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5. Gear Setup

The build - as the title suggests - is mostly based on a cheap Unique Claw called Bloodseeker. The other Unique Item is Body Armour - The Perfect Form. The rest of the build is pretty simple to compose - you look for Maximum Life, Attack/Cold/Claw/Melee Damage, and Critical Strike mods. Elemental Resistances are important, but over-capped Cold Resistance will grand you more Evasion Rating - converted to Armour with Iron Reflex. The build is overall on the cheap side, but due to the number of useful affixes, it can be upgraded to be really strong, much stronger than the one presented here. Redeemer-influenced items are usually the ones offering you the best choices.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Attack Speed
  4. Cold Resistance
  5. Cold/Elemental Damage
  6. Cold/Elemental Penetration
  7. Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier
  8. Accuracy Rating
  9. Attributes
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - Try to score the highest amount of Life and Elemental Resitacnes, it's also a good place to look for Accuracy Rating and at least one affix from the list of optional affixes.
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance
Freeze Enemies as though dealing (30–50)% more Damage
Accuracy Rating
Melee Strike Range
Helmet enchantments:
15% increased Dual Strike Attack Speed
90% increased Dual Strike Critical Strike Chance
40% increased Dual Strike Damage
Bloodseeker(Weapon) Bloodseeker - the instant Life Leech is one of a kind mod and the build is certainly based around it, use Bloodseeker combined with another claw for the stats on this weapon are unimpressive
1.6% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
(150-170)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 10 to 12 Physical Damage
5% increased Attack Speed
1.2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
5% increased Movement Speed
Life Leech from Hits with this Weapon is instant
claw(Weapon) Rare Claw - the list of useful mods goes on and on, this gear slot is a sponge for your currency, but the most important mods are - increased damage, preferably Physical and Attacks Speed - for faster Life Leech 
Min. requirements:
150% increased Physical Damage
+20% Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
Adds Physical Damage
Adds Cold Damage
Critical Strike
Chance to Maim on Hit
Chance to Block Attack Damage while Dual Wielding
Accuracy Rating
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Damage Penetrates #% Elemental/Cold Resistances
Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
#% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
The Perfect Form(Body Armour) The Perfect Form - Mandatory Unique for this build, not only it grant you Phase Acrobatics, it has the potential to give you tons of Armour. It allows you to run Arctic Armour off charge and increases your base stats as well by a solid amount.
(5-10)% increased Dexterity
(30-50)% increased Evasion Rating
+(50-80) to maximum Life
-30% to Cold Resistance
Arctic Armour has 100% reduced Mana Reservation
Evasion Rating is increased by Uncapped Cold Resistance
Phase Acrobatics
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - Life, Resistances, and Movement Speed are at most important. Boots also offer some of the most unique and luxurious mods for the more invested players, Tailwind being the most notable.
Min. requirements:
70 Maximum Life
70% Total Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
You have Tailwind if you have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
Freeze and Chill immunity
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
belt(Belt) Rare Belt - Look for Hunter's or Redeemer's influence for some unique mods that could be really helpful. A good Stygian Vise could be really expensive but it offers you a lot of flexibility due to the Abyss Jewel slot.
Min. requirements:
100 to MaximumLife
100% Increased Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Maximum Life %
increased Cold Damage
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - Basically some Life, Resistances, and DPS bonuses can be found here. Look for Strenght and Intelligence since some of it will be required. Also, search for Redeemer's mods since almost all of them are useful for this build.

Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
+1 to Level of all Cold Skill Gems
Elemental Resistances
Damage Penetrates #% Cold Resistance
Hatred has #% reduced Reservation
Gain #% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage
#% increased Effect of Non-Damaging Ailments

Recommended Anointments:
Claws of the Falcon
Divine Judgement
Frost Walker
Heart of Ice
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - You can get Curse on hit - Elemental Weakness or Assassin's Mark if you can apply more than one Curse. Generally look for Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and some form of offensive stats such as Accuracy Rating, Attacks Speed, and such.
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
60% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Trigger Level # Assassin's Mark when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Adds Cold Damage against Chilled or Frozen Enemies
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Defensive stats are a priority, after that look for some other mods that'd be useful for your build
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Adds # to # Cold Damage if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Physical to Cold Damage Conversion
Attack Speed
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - try to get extra Life -  7% increased, and some Damage mods such as Attack Speed or Critical Strike. Try to get one with Corrupted Blood immunity
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
Optional affixes:
increased Melee/Cold/Physical Damage
increased Attack Speed
Critical Strike Chance
Critical Strike Multiplier
Thread of Hope(Jewels) Thread of Hope - a must-have Jewel to get 100% Damage Conversion. With a Large Ring, it can provide around five very useful nodes when placed near Fervour that include Forces of Nature, Aspect of the Lynx, Weapon Artistry, and Winter Spirit with the adjact small conversion node
Only affects Passives in Large Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
Watcher's Eye(Jewels) Watcher's Eye - look for a Jewel with Hatred and Precision mods. Getting Physical to Cold conversion is a must have in order to Convert 100% of your Damage to Cold Element and have the highest possible DPS
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - on top of decent defenses, this Flask also grants you Physical to Cold Conversion which is very welcomed
20% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Cold Damage during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage during effect
30% chance to Avoid being Chilled during Flask effect
30% chance to Avoid being Frozen during Flask effect
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - One of the Best Flasks in the game for every build that uses Critical Strikes
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(30-50)% increased Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
+(1-2)% to Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Effect
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
  2. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (Movement Speed)
  3. Experimenter's Diamond Flask of Warding (Curse immunity)
Taste of HateLife FlaskBottled FaithQuickSilver FlaskDiamond Flask

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