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Corrupting Fever Tornado Shot Gladiator Build

Corrupting Fever Tornado Shot Gladiator Build

Gladiator Build that deals Damage over Time via Corrupting Fever that its applies stacks via Tornado Shot

Corrupting Fever Tornado Shot
Gladiator Build

Updated for Patch 3.21

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Guide notes
November 10, 2021
-Build created
April 7, 2023
-Updated for Patch 3.21
Build overview



Boss DPS:



It's a build very similar to the one we've already covered, it was a Corrupting Fever Scion Ascendant Build. The premise of the build is strikingly similar so if you played id before, you will have no problem adjusting to this version. Most players switched from Ascendant to Gladiator due to much more potent and accessible DoT Passives and mods, Iron Will, and no need for Unique Items. Gladiator is a class specialized in among other things - Bleeding and Physical Damage over Time. Corrupting Fever causes enemies to take Physical DoT by applying stacks, one with each Hit, of Corrupted Blood on them, ten of these being the maximum number of debuffs. To apply as many hits as quickly as you can on a large number of foes consistently use Tornado Shot - Ball Lighting and Sire of Shards would be better at this, but by equipping a Rare Bow you can get a lot more Damage over Time, Physical Damage, and Attack Speed.

The most important for your DPS is the Level of the Corrupting Fever Gem - you can increase it by starting with a level 21 Gem, and then increasing the level by the mods on your Amulet and Bow, and Empower Support. Your amulet will play another very important role - it needs a mod that makes your Skills cost no Mana while Focused, otherwise you won't be able to activate Corrupting Fever at all. The build has a moderately high Maximum Life - 5 to 7k, Armour to prevent over half of the incoming Physical Damage, Unwavering Stance, and the Resolute Technique. Your Damage is high enough to deal with all the content in the game, and Gratoitouas Violence helps with clear speed immensely. The build is expensive - although it doesn't need any specific Unique Items, the Rare ones are costly.

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1. Gameplay

As you enter a map, use your Focus ability to take no damage from Corrupting Fever, and activate it - it should last indefinitely for the rest of the map. The build plays like a regular Tornado Shot build - try to stay at a safe distance, away from your foes, and shoot them until they die. Use Flame Dash to dodge and move faster, Enduring Cry to regenerate your Life in times of need, and Blood Rage for Life Leech, Faster Attacks, and Frenzy Charges. Your Guard Spell is Molten Shell as it scales well with Armour, use it as frequently as you can. Have a ring with Vulnerability Curse on Hit and use Auras such as Pride, Malevolence, Herald of Purity, and War Banner. Most of the Skills you will end up using shouldn't cost any Mana due to Lifetap Support.


This video was recorded on a level 93 Gladiator with a total level of 28 on the Corrupting Fever game and approximately 2kk DPS at 10 stacks according to PoB. In terms of clear speed, it was simply amazing, but we will be looking into ways to increase the single-target DPS (this shouldn't be considered a Boss-killer build so it's not the top priority at this point though)

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • it deals a lot of DoT, which can't be blocked, evaded, or reflected
  • excellent clear speed, enemies explode on death
  • build is sturdy, it has a decent Life and Armour, plus it's ranged
  • getting to the end-game can get expensive, especially with the Bow and Amulet's prices
  • mediocre single-target DPS


3. Leveling tips

Start with a Physical Attack that's preferably ranged because with your First Ascendancy you will pick Blood in the Eyes Keystone. Splitting Steel is a great candidate for an Attack to start with, it requires a Sword or an Axe. You will Swap to a Bow much later after you already have a decent one with an increased Gem Level or Physical DoT. Keep your Elemental Resistances High and the early stages should be a breeze. You can use Essences of Contempt for added Physical Damage, or Essences of Zeal for Attack Speed.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Totem setup
Splitting Steel Splitting Steel - Splitting Steel is a great Attack to start with, it has good damage and can hit multiple enemies
Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support - you will start dealing Bleed damage early on so it's a good choice
Maim Support Maim Support - to Maim your opponents and deal more damage
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases your Melee Physical Damage
Aura setup
Pride Pride - enemies receive more Physical Damage from you
Curse and Leap Slam setup
Vulnerability Vulnerability - Curse to make enemies take more damage and cause Bleed to be more efficient
Leap Slam Leap Slam - Leap Slam is used to enhance your mobility
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - spend Life instead of Mana on linked Skills


Kill all three bandits and be rewarded with two additional Skill Points


Leveling Skill Trees:

36 Points Passive Tree
Allocate Unwavering Stance and Resolute Technique, Bleed, and Life Cluster on the way

62 Points Passive Tree
Take Iron Will after you start using Corrupting Fever, more Maximum Life, and Physical Damage, especially Physical DoT


Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - adds a lot of Elemental Resistances and damage
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
The MagnateThe Magnate - increases your Strength, Physical Damage and Resistance if you have 200 Strength
(20-30)% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
+(40-50) to Strength
(25-40)% increased Global Physical Damage
50% increased Flask Charges gained
+(20-25)% to all Elemental Resistances while you have at least 200 Strength
GoldrimGoldrim - another great source for Elemental Resistance
+(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 - allows you to link any six gems and has no level restriction
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

108 Points Final Passive Tree (doesn't include Cluster Jewels)
123 Points Path of Building (PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Blood in the Eyes
  2. Gratuitous Violence
  3. Outmatch and Outlast
  4. Arena Challenger


Major God: Soul of Arakaali: 10% reduced Damage taken from Damage Over Time

Minor God: Soul of Ryslatha: Life Flasks gain 3 Charges every 3 seconds if you haven't used a Life Flask Recently


5. Final Gems links

[UTILITY] Tornado Shot setup
Tornado Shot Tornado Shot - a Bow Attack that fires the most projectiles, it will not be used to deal damage, but only to apply Corrupting Blood
Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support - you fire more Projectiles to cause more debuffs
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - Switch to Life instead of Mana to use this attack since you will use it a lot. It will additionally keep your Corrupting Fever duration constantly refreshed and ensure that Lifetap Buff is up at all times
Faster Projectiles Faster Projectiles Support - basically lets you stack Corrupting Fever faster, but this Gem is far from being mandatory here
Chain Support Chain Support - Projectiles that chain hit more enemies resulting in faster clear speed
Life Gain on Hit Support Life Gain on Hit Support - as you will hit a lot of enemies constantly, Life on Hit has a huge potential to be the best Life recovery mechanic
[DPS] Corrupting Fever setup
Corrupting Fever Corrupting Fever - You can activate it only after Focusing and it will stay active as long as you spend Life on Tornado Shot. While this buff is active, your hits will cause Corrupting Fever debuff dealing Physical DoT.
Brutality Support Brutality Support - You will deal more Physical damage, but you won't be able to deal any other type of damage
Efficacy Support Efficacy Support - more DoT and more Duration for Corrupting Blood
Swift Affliction Support Swift Affliction Support - you will deal more DoT, but the duration of linked skills are reduced
Empower Support Empower Support - increases the level of Corrupting fever, which is extremely important
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - Lifetap grants you a buff of the same name as you spend your Life on linked Skills. It also has a very high Cost Multiplier, so if your Life is too low, just use Increased Duration instead (or boost your Life somehow)
[UTILITY] Auras setup
Pride Pride - nearby enemies receive more Physical Damage, and if you stay for over four seconds near them, this effect is magnified
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - Herald skill which increases your Physical Damage and adds some minor effects
Determination Determination - an Aura that boosts your Armour Rating which is one of your primary defensive layers
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - lowers the Mana Reservation cost for all linked Spells
[UTILITY] Movement and Warcry setup
Malevolence Malevolence - the best DPS Aura for this build, but in this particular setup it will be used in form of a temporary Blessing. Make sure to recast it whenever it expires
Divine Blessing Suppor Divine Blessing Support - allows you to use Malevolence as a temporary Aura paying a higher cost than you normally would
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - use a level 1 Gem here so that you can actually use the Blessing without paying the Mana cost. It can also keep up the Lifetap buff easily that way
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - recovers your Life in a fashion similar to instant Life Flask. Can be linked here to also benefit from Lifetap Support
[UTILITY] Various skills w/o links
War Banner War Banner - it's used mainly to increase Physical Damage taken by nearby enemies. You do not need to plant it anywhere so just keep it on the alt bar
Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone - you can Maim nearby enemies to make them take more Physical Damage or cause Blind and take less damage from Attacks
Molten Shell Molten Shell - the recommended Guard Spell for this build that boosts your Armour Rating and grants a protective shield
Flame Dash Flame Dash - movement Spell to instantly teleport and leave a trail of burning ground

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6. Gear Setup

Ther are no Unique Items mandatory for the build, it does, however, require a lot of investment to run - a good Bow with an increased Gem Level for Corrupting Fever and Damage over Time, and an Amulet with a Veiled Suffix to pay no cost for using Skills during the effect of Focus, and increased Physical and Strength Gem Level. The rest of your gear should provide Armour, Maximum Life, cap the Resistances, and Physical Damage over Time. The build's requirements for Dexterity are depending on the Bow you're using, usually, it's around 200. With Resolute Technique You won't need Critical Strike Chance, Added Physical Damage, or Accuracy Rating, just the increased Physical Damage, and Damage over Time.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Corrupting Fever Skill Gem Level
  4. Physical Damage Over Time
  5. Dexterity
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - Helmet with high Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and one causing enemies to take more Damage is good
Min. requirements:
80 Maximum Life
+60% Total Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies take 9% increases Physical Damage
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
increased Mana Reservation Efficiency of Skills
Helmet enchantments:
Tornado Shot enchantment mods
Bow(Weapon) Rare Bow - the best way to obtain a bow such as this is to craft it yourself with meta-craft mods on a Warlord-influenced rare base with already two or three good affixes, but you can also buy it since it's a popular build
Min. requirements:
+ 2 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
+20 % To Physical Damage over Time Multiplier
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
Optional affixes:
increased Physical Damage over Time
increased Damage over Time
Quiver(Weapon) Rare Quiver - Get a Penetrating or a Sharktooth Quiver with Maximum Life, increased Damage over Time, and an additional projectile or Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
+70 to maximum Life
Damage over Time Multiplier with Attack Skills
Bow Attacks fire an Additional Arrow
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Elemental Resistances
chance to gain a Frenzy Charge when you Hit a Rare or Unique Enemy
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - regular Body Armour with a lot of Resistances and Maximum Life will be an optimal choice
Min. requirements:
+100 to maximum Life
+100% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Maximum Life
High Armour
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - get a lot of Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and increased Movement Speed
Min. requirements:
+50 to maximum Life
+60% Total Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
increased Armour
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Gloves can provide a lot of Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and Physical Damage over Time. Apothecary Gloves are probably the best base.
Min. requirements:
+60 to Maximum Life
+60% to Elemental Resistances
+15% to Physical Damage over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Culling Strike
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - get a Blet with increased Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and increased Global Physical Damage
Min. requirements:
+60 to Maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
20% increased Global Physical Damage
Optional affixes:
Flasks applied to you have increased Effect
increased Maximum Life
increased Damage
Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - mainly aim to increase the level of your Corrupting Fever Gem with the Amulet if you want to push this build to end-game. Other than that, just look for defensive stats and Attributes
Min. requirements:
+1 to Level of all Physical Skill Gems
+1 to Level of all Strength Skill Gems
Optional affixes:
Physical Damage over Time Multiplier
Maximum Life
Recommended Anointments:
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - A Ring with increased Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and a Vulnerability Curse on Hit will meet all your needs, you could additionally aim for other affixes that'd suit the build
Min. requirements:
90 Maximum Life
+90% Total Elemental Resistances
Curse Enemies with Vulnerability on Hit
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Attack Speed
increased Armour
increased Damage
Circle of Guilt(Ring) Circle of Guilt - one of the best Rings for this build when it comes to raw DPS. Make sure to get one with increased Herald of Purity's buff effect, and increased Physical Damage while you have it
<One to three random Synthesis implicit modifiers>
+(10-20) to all Attributes
Adds (8-10) to (13-15) Physical Damage
+(350-400) to Armour
<Two Random Herald of Purity modifiers>
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - you will need some Jewels with Increased Maximum Life, missing Attributes, and a fair amount of Physical DoT mods

Recommended affixes:
Maximum Life
Physical Damage Over Time Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Physical Damage/Damage over Time

Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - Your Auras are Pride and Malevolence, look for Damage over Time Multiplier while affected by Malevolence which will be the best modifier that you can get here
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - you won't need any of Large Cluster Jewels, but you will be able to fit one or two later on; look for Physical Damage increase
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Battle-Hardened
1 Added Passive Skill is Furious Assault
1 Added Passive Skill is Master the Fundamentals
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewels - look for Damage over Time Notables, these can be found on Medium Cluster Jewels with the Physical Damage over Time base
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Brush with Death
1 Added Passive Skill is Wasting Affliction
1 Added Passive Skill is Flow of Life
1 Added Passive Skill is Student of Decay
Rumi's Concoction(Flask) Rumi's Concoction - one of the best defensive Flasks, it grants Armour and Block Chance
+1500 to Armour
+(8-12)% Chance to Block Attack Damage during Flask effect
+(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage during Flask effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Life Flask of with Freeze immunity/removal
  2. Basalt Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  3. Silver Flask with random ailment removal
  4. Quicksilver Flask with random ailment removal or increased Movement Speed
silver flaskLife FlaskRumi's Concoctionbasalt flaskquicksilver flask

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