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Domination Blow Herald of Purity Guardian build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Domination Blow Herald of Purity Guardian build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Try one of the most interesting Minion builds in Patch 3.4 based on the reworked Guardian Ascendancy Class and Herald of Purity skill

Dominating Blow
Herald of Purity
Guardian/Templar
Patch 3.4 Starter build

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Guide notes
August 29, 2018
-Build created
September 1, 2018
-Added 3.4 Skill Trees
-Added Skill Gems in the PoB link

One of the biggest changes that were introduced in Patch 3.4 and the Delve League is related to the Guardian Ascendancy Class and Minion Passive Skills. Guardian emerges as one of the primary Minion-based classes, with powerful nodes that grant Attack Speed and Minion Damage bonuses to the user as well. By benefiting from the same Passives twice, Guardian can maintain very high DPS even with a very low budget-gear. On top of that, Minion build is a perfect choice for the Delve League's mechanic.

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1. Gameplay

Our Dominating Blow Guardian is a combination of a tanky Melee fighter with and a Minion build. Since you benefit from the Minion Passives directly, you can maintain high DPS on Dominating Blow without the necessity to pick up the standard Two-Handed Passives from Marauder and Duelist's areas. Killing enemies with the Dominating Blow's debuff will spawn Minions, which benefit from all the Support Gems that Dominating Blow does, and also all your Melee kills while Herald of Purity is active, will summon Sentinels of Purity, that are again amplified by a number of Melee-based Support Gems for greater effect. For the defensive part, Guardian relies on his Ascendancy Passives, very high Life, and Armour Rating.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • rock-solid defenses
  • good DPS both single-target and AoE
  • excellent League Starter build with no specific unique items required
  • Minions fit perfect the Delve's mechanic
CONS
  • mediocre mobility
  • requires Melee kills to summon Minions making it feel clunky when facing Bosses without any adds you can kill
  • vulnerable to Physical Reflect mods

3. Leveling tips

We recommend leveling up our Dominating Blow Guardian with any high Physical DPS weapon of your choice. Since Minion Passives will apply to any weapon type you come across, it makes it much more convenient and also, a great addition for SSF players. At low levels, you can use a wide variety of skills including Raise Zombie, Ancestral Warchief, and any Melee attack that works with your currently equipped weapon. You should focus on adding as much raw Physical Damage bonuses as possible on your gear and rely on Life Passive nodes to keep you alive.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Smite setup
Smite Smite - newly introduced in 3.4 Melee Skill that fits perfectly this build. On top of dealing regular damage to your target, it casts an Aura which adds additional Lightning Damage both to you and your Minions
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support - increases Physical Damage of supported skills
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Support - greatly increases your clear speed by making Smite attack two nearby additional targets
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Smite setup
Smite Dominating Blow - you can start using Dominating Blow after level 28, but it's recommended to start using it when you are level 40 and can afford Chober Chaber for its' insane DPS bonuses
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support 
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Support
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Raise Zombie setup
Raise Zombie Support Raise Zombie - one of the first Minion skills available in PoE. With Smite Aura's DPS bonus, on top of tanking some of the damage, Zombies will also greatly increase your damage output
Minion Life Support Minion Life Support - increases Zombies' Maximum Life
Minion Speed Support Minion Speed Support - increases Zombies' Attack and Movement Speed
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - direct increase to Minions' DPS
Utility Gems
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - increases your Melee Damage while active
Holy Relic Holy Relic - a new Minion that follows you and casts Physical DPS Nova Spell when you Attack and grants increased Life Regeneration to you and your Minions
Punishment Punishment - the best Curse for this build
Stone Golem Stone Golem - grants increased Life Regeneration
Herald of Ash Herald of Purity - grants extra Physical Damage to your Attacks. During the leveling phase it's mainly used for that purpose and it's not advised to Support this Gem with other recommended Gems
Leap Slam Consecrated Path - recommended Movement Skill for this build


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Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Retribution 2) Spiritual Command 3) Sacrifice 4) Redemption, Righteous Army, Spiritual Aid

59 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Devotion 2) Resolute Technique 3) Constitution 4) Heart of the Warrior

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - great Physical DPS leveling ring. You can use it from level 1
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
5% increased Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 3 Chaos Damage to Attacks
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(2-4) Life Regenerated per second
10% chance to Cause Monsters to Flee
 
Belt of the DeceiverBelt of the Deceiver - very solid belt for Melee builds. Can be used until late game and in low-level maps
(25-35) to Strength
(15-25)% increased Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
 

QuecholliQuecholli  - a powerful Melee weapon which adds extra AoE explosions 

30% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 5 to 25 Physical Damage
+(25-50) to all Attributes
+10 Life gained on Kill
Enemies killed explode dealing 10% of their Life as Fire Damage
 

Chober ChaberChober Chaber - one of the best weapons for this build, with its' Fated version being the best in the slot. It grants very high DPS bonuses to your Minions and it should host your Dominating Blow setup

30% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
+1 to Level of Socketed Melee Gems
+1 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
(200-220)% increased Physical Damage
25% increased maximum Mana
Minions have (20-40)% increased maximum Life
15% increased Skill Effect Duration
20% reduced Strength Requirement
 

SkullheadSkullhead - again very powerful item for this build. It can be used during early mapping phase as well

(60-80)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(50-70) to maximum Mana
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
Minions have 10% Chance to Block
Minions have +(300-350) to Armour
Minions Regenerate 2% Life per second
 

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

114 Points Final Skill Tree
114 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Radiant Crusade
  2. Unwavering Crusade
  3. Harmony of Purpose
  4. Time of Need

Pantheon:

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] Dominating Blow
Dominating Blow Dominating Blow - primary Attack skill in this build. It will deal a moderate amount of damage and also spawn additional Minions when you kill enemies affected by its' debuff
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
Maim Support Maim Support - melee attacks with supported skills will Maim the target causing it to have reduced Movement Speed and receive increased Physical Damage
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - will instantly kill enemies below 10% Life
[DPS] Herald of Purity setup
preferably socketed in the weapon with + to Gem levels
Sunder Herald of Purity - the newly added in Patch 3.4 Herald Skill that grants extra Physical Damage and summons Sentinels of Purity when you kill enemies. Sentinels of Purity are Minions that benefit from all the Support Gems in this setup and Minion Passives on your Skill Tree
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
Minion Speed Support Minion Speed Support
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support - increases the Damage of your Sentinels and grant them the Fortify buff
[MOBILITY] Consecrated Path
Consecrated Path Consecrated Path - the recommended movement skill for this build. Upon teleporting to a nearby enemy, you will create Consecrated Ground which will benefit both you and your Minions
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support
Blood Magic Support Blood Magic Support - makes Consecrated Path consume Life instead of Mana
[UTILITY] Punishment and Holy Relic setup
Holy Relic Holy Relic - Holy Relic is a new Minion type that grants Life Regeneration to your and your allies, and also cast Nova when you Attack. Match this Gem's level with your Cast when Damage Taken Support Gem
Punishment Punishment - recommended Curse for this build. Keep this Gem at level 12
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts your Curse and the Holy Relic. Keep this Gem at level 9
[UTILITY] Rallying Cry
Rallying Cry Rallying Cry - Warcry that increases your Damage and Attack Speed
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief and Stone Golem
Ancestral Warchief [1-Link]Ancestral Warchief - spawns a Totem which increases your Melee Damage
CwDT [3-Links]Cast when Damage Taken - auto-cats your Golem and Blood Rage skills
Stone Golem [3-Links]Stone Golem - Stone Golem grants increased Life Regeneration
Blood Rage [3-Links]Blood Rage - grants increased Attack Speed, generated Frenzy Charges, and adds Life Leech to your attacks for the duration


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5. Gear Setup

Our Dominating Blow Guardian build has no specific items requirements. It can be played with only rares, any two-handed weapon type as its' core damage comes from Passive Skills, Guardian's Ascendancy, and Skill Gems. Below you will find all the recommended items, but as stated, you can replace any of the items below with Rare gear with similar attributes.

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Our recommended items will:

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Melee/Physical Damage
  4. Minion Damage/Speed
  5. Armour Rating
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Life/Res. helmet - one of the best choices for this build. 
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
High Armour Rating
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - another decent option for this build. It provides great utility in terms of clear speed
10% reduced Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Skullhead(Helmet) Skullhead - solid and very cheap option for this build. It does provide all necessary defensive stats, and good bonuses to Minions
(60-80)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(50-70) to maximum Mana
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
Minions have 10% Chance to Block
Minions have +(300-350) to Armour
Minions Regenerate 2% Life per second
Helmet enchantment:
36% increased Dominating Blow Damage
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - always a solid pick for defensive purposes. Belly of the Beast is always one of the best Body Armours for all Life build
Armour: (685 to 812)
(150-200)% increased Armour
(30-40)% increased maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
Extra gore
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Rare Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - Rare piece with high Life/Armour Rating and Resistances will do the job just fine
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
High Armour Rating
Brass Dome(Body Armour) Brass Dome - great pick versus high Physical Damage Bosses like Minotaur Guardian
5% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
30% reduced Chance to Block Attacks and Spells
(600-650)% increased Armour
10% reduced Movement Speed
50% increased Shock Duration on you
Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
Rare Staff(Weapon) Rare Two-Handed weapon - with high Physical DPS and possibly increased level of socketed Gems
Min. requirements:
450 Physical DPS
+1 level to socketed Gems
Chaber Cairn(Weapon) Chaber Cairn - one of the best items for this build. Grants amazing Minion bonuses
30% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
+1 to Level of Socketed Melee Gems
+2 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
(200–220)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (25–35) to (45–55) Physical Damage
25% increased maximum Mana
Minions have (20–40)% increased maximum Life
30% increased Skill Effect Duration
Atziri's Disfavor(Weapon) Atziri's Disfavor - the best in the slot, end-game weapon for this build. It not only grants insane Physical DPS for your Dominating Blow but also increases all Support Gems' levels of your core DPS setup 
+2 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
Adds (220-235) to (270-290) Physical Damage
(12-16)% increased Attack Speed
+2 to Weapon range
25% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - with high defensive stats, Life, and Movement Speed bonus
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
0.6% of Damage Leeched as Life and Mana if you've Killed Recently
Rustic Sash(Belt) Rare Belt 
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
18% increased Physical Damage
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Belt of the Deceiver(Belt) Belt of the Deceiver - despite being cheap, it’s a great Belt for this build
(25-35) to Strength
(15-25)% increased Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
Sidhebreath(Amulet) Sidhebreath - the best in the slot. Grants amazing bonuses for your Minions and Mana Leech which is extremely important
(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+25% to Cold Resistance
0.2% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Minions have (10-15)% increased maximum Life
Minions have (10-15)% increased Movement Speed
(15-10)% reduced Mana Cost of Minion Skills
Minions deal (10-15)% increased Damage
Steel RingSteel Ring(Ring) Rare Rings
Min. requirements:
Adds min. 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
50 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
min. 0.3% Damage Leeched as Mana
Optional affixes:
Essence Crafted Minion Speed
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Spiked Gloves
Min. requirements:
Adds min. 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
60 maximum Life
7% Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Force
Commandment of Frost
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Melee/Physical/Minion Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - grants extra Chaos Damage and Life Leech. At the same time, it's a very cheap Flask
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (10-15)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - one of the best utility Flasks for Melee builds
Adds Knockback to Melee Attacks during Flask effect
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(20-25)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area when you use a Flask
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Bubbling Granite Flask of Iron Skin (increased Armour)
  3. Ample Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
Atziri's PromiseLion's RoarDivine Life FlaskGranite FlaskQuicksilver Flask


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