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General's Cry BF Berserker Marauder Build

General's Cry BF Berserker Marauder Build

The best way to describe this build is "meme but strong" and that pronounces "insanely strong"

General's Cry
Blade Flurry Berserker build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
November 13, 2020
-Build created
March 31, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.17
April 7, 2022
-Updated gameplay video
Build overview



Boss DPS:



General's Cry is a Warcry Gem with very unique properties. It's a Warcry that makes it feel more like would be playing a Minion build as it creates multiple Mirage Warriors from nearby corpses that will cast a Melee Attack linked to it. While you would normally treat Warcry as an extra secondary skill that slightly buffs you, in this build it's your primary damage-dealer, with tons of AoE damage and simply massive single-target damage. 

The best description of this type of build could be "meme but strong" which just happens to be how someone described this type of build on Path of Exile's Reddit. And that just happens to be exactly the case here. By reducing your Warcries cooldown and automatically creating corpses around you with Desecrate, you will deal simply absurd damage without any exceptionally expensive equipment.

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1. Gameplay

This is a very unique type of build that feels like a Melee build but is quite far away from it. You are going to mainly spin around with Cyclone, but its main goal is to buff you with Fortify, Infusion, and to create corpses by triggering Desecrate thanks to the linked Cast while Channelling Gem. While spinning, you are going to spam General's Cry (which happens to be an instant-cast Spell that doesn't stop your Cyclone) with a greatly reduced cooldown. Mirage Warriors from nearby corpses will be summoned to deal insane damage with Blade Flurry. In terms of raw damage, Blade Flurry is the best ability for this build, as it not only hits once like most of the attacks but instead will be channeled up until 6 stacks and released for high damage burst. You can also try this out with any other Melee Attack, and in most cases, this build is pure fun. You can try Charged Dash or Flicker Strike which also works just fine and doesn't require you to switch anything in the recommended Passives/equipment. By using Redblade Banner (which is kind of a must-have item here) and War Bringer Passive, you will basically generate 50 Rage with each Warcry, and deal 50% More Damage with General's Cry supported Attacks. Rage generated with War Bringer will also allow you to keep up the Berserk buff for a significant duration, for massive DPS bonuses. 

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • insane DPS both single-target and AoE
  • decent defenses
  • cost-effective with no expensive item requirements
  • enjoyable non-meta playstyle
  • all content viable
  • vulnerable to Physical Reflect
  • mediocre damage mitigation against end-game Bosses


3. Leveling tips

We recommend leveling up with a standard Melee character that uses one-handed Swords and Cleave to deal decent AoE Damage (you can also use Blade Flurry, Cyclone, Sunder with Axe, or any other Melee Attack you feel comfortable leveling with). Whether you use Shield (better defenses) or dual-wield (more DPS) is entirely up to you, just make sure to skip Shield-related nodes if you decide to go the second way. It's also a good idea to make a secondary Vaal Double Strike setup for extra burst against Bosses. Other than that, just make sure to upgrade your Physical DPS on weapons, and get Life and Resistances on your equipment. Below you will find the base Gem setups for the leveling phase and several extremely useful Uniques you can use for it. Assuming you are not starting up on a new League, all of the Items should be very easy to acquire. It's also recommended to get Redblade Banner at level 35, as soon as it becomes available for your character.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cleave Cleave - one of the first AoE Melee Attacks that can be used with Swords. It offers a decent radius and has high added Physical Damage which should help you breeze through the campaign
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - great buff to your DPS and one of the core Support Gems for this type of build
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - this will make your every 3rd hit much stronger, which helps a lot with killing bosses
Brutality Support Brutality Support - increases the Physical DPS of Supported Skills but makes linked Skills unable to deal other types of damage
Vaal Double Strike setup
Vaal Double Strike Vaal Double Strike - summons spectral copies of your weapons for a short duration which will deal massive damage. Just use the Vaal part of this skill for a massive burst against Bosses
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - great buff to your DPS and one of the core Support Gems for this type of build
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - makes supported Attacks repeat additional times with greatly increased damage and Attack Speed
Maim Support Maim Support - increases the Physical DPS of Supported Skills and the Physical Damage taken by enemies Maimed by it
Utility Gems
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - this Totem increases your melee damage and deals a lot of damage by itself, which might come in handy versus strong Rare enemies or Bosses
Vulnerability Vulnerability - one of the best Curses for this build. On lower levels, it has to be cast manually (assuming you need extra damage against Bosses)
Pride Pride - the best Aura for this purely Physical DPS build
Precision Precision - one of the core Auras for this build. It's very important on lower levels as your Attacks can miss quite often without additional sources of Accuracy Rating. Do not upgrade it above level 6/7
Dash Dash - recommended mobility Skill for this build


We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points. You can also choose to help Alira for extra Crit. Multiplier, though this build is not purely Crit-based without very expensive gear

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Born to Fight 2) Defiance 3) Constitution 4) Art of the Gladiator 5) Command of Steel

64 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Blade Master 2) Blade of Cunning 3) Bloodless 4) Call to Arms 5) Barbarism 6) Disembowelin 7) Dismembering

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - great Physical DPS leveling Ring. You can use two of these for a massive damage bonus on lower levels
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
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - a fantastic low-level Belt that offers a high DPS bonus and extra Life
+(25-35) to Strength
+25 to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate

GoldrimGoldrim - one of the best leveling Helmets in PoE which offers tons of additional 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)

Victario's FlightVictario's Flight - my personal favorite leveling Boots. On top of giving you a high bonus Movement Speed, they offer an extra Mana Recovery mechanic and Attributes which are very useful on lower levels

+15 to Dexterity
+15 to Intelligence
(100-150)% increased Evasion Rating
15% increased Movement Speed
(5-10)% of Damage taken gained as Mana over 4 seconds when Hit
10% increased Movement Speed for you and nearby Allies

Redblade BannerRedblade Banner - core item used in this build. Since it has a level requirement of 35 it can be only used during the leveling phase and campaign

+(20-30) to maximum Life
(80-100)% increased Armour
+(50-60) to maximum Life
20% increased Taunt Duration
+5% Chance to Block
50% increased Warcry Cooldown Recovery Rate
Warcries have infinite Power



4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

94 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Unique or Cluster Jewels)
121 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. War Bringer
  2. Aspect of Carnage (you may also skip this entirely and go for Pain Reaver if you don't like the extra  damage taken)
  3. Flawless Savagery
  4. Blitz


Major God - there are 2 choices depending on whether you are clearing Maps or want to challenge endgame Bosses

For clearing Maps:

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%

For single-target/Bosses:

Soul of Solaris 6% Physical Damage Reduction if there is only one nearby Enemy; 20% chance to take 50%  less Area Damage from Hits

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] General's Cry setup
General's Cry General's Cry - primary DPS skill in this build even though it inherently doesn't do any damage. It's a Warcry that will create multiple Mirage Warriors to use a linked Melee Attack once - Blade Flurry in our case
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - one of the core Support Gems in this build. It has an Awakened variant, which grants an even higher DPS bonus but costs quite a bit
Pulverise Pulverise Support - grants a high bonus Area Damage but reduces Attack Speed. It's negligible as even with a very low Attack Speed, your Mirage Warriors will only attack once anyway. It's a good idea to get a Divergent Pulverise for an extra "10% more" damage dealt
Brutality Support Brutality Support - increases Physical Damage but makes Supported Attacks unable to deal Elemental or Chaos Damage. It's a must-have Gem for this setup, which also has an Awakened variant that offers an even higher DPS bonus
Blade Flurry Blade Flurry - the recommended Attack which will be used by your Mirage Warriors. Out of all Attacks, Blade Flurry will offer the highest possible DPS for General's Cry, as the Mirage Warriors will channel it for its duration instead of attacking just once
Impale Support Impale Support - increases the Chance to Impale on Hit with Supported Attacks. Since you can't pick up all the Impale Passives from Skill Tree, that's the best way to get Impale Chance to 100%
[UTILITY] Cyclone/Desecrate
Cyclone Cyclone - in this build Cyclone is used to apply Fortify/Infusion buffs and create Corpses so that your General's Cry can work without any issues
Cast while Channelling Support Cast while Channelling Support - while you channel Cyclone, linked Spells will be cast automatically
Desecrate Desecrate - a must-have Spell which will create piles of corpses for your General's Cry usage
Infused Channelling Support Infused Channelling Support - increases your overall DPS and grants a defensive buff if you channel Cyclone for a certain duration (meaning you will have it at all times)
Gems granted by the Elder Boots:
Fortify Support Fortify Support - increases the damage of your Cyclone and grants you the Fortify buff which reduces the damage taken by your character
[UTILITY] Totems setup
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem which increases your Melee Damage
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - summons a Totem which increases your Attack Speed
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - This Support Gem allows you to have both Totems being summoned simultaneously
Maim Support Maim Support - Totems will Maim on hit reducing movement speed
[UTILITY] Dash/Berserk setup
Dash Dash - the recommended Mobility Skill used in this build, you can also use Leap Slam as an alternative
Berserk Berserk - grants some fantastic bonuses at the cost of your Rage. Since you basically generate 50 Rage with every second Warcry, this will be easy to keep this buff for an extended duration, making it a perfect tool to fight Bosses and tougher enemies
Second Wind Support Second Wind Support - increases the number of Dash charges and reduces the cooldown of both Dash and Berserk

[UTILITY] Blood Rage

Blood Rage Blood Rage - Blood Rage grants more Attack Speed, Frenzy Charges, and Life Leech. Level 1 Blood Rage should be provided by your Paradoxica.
[UTILITY] Auras 1
Pride Pride - the best Aura for this build which greatly increases Physical Damage taken by enemies in its radius
Herald of Putiry Herald of Purity - it grants Physical Damage and is the most beneficial out of all Heralds. Swap it for Determination Determination if you're lacking in survivability.
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - use at least a level 3 Enlighten so that you have enough Mana Pool to use your Skills without interruptions
[UTILITY] Auras 2
Blood and Sand Blood and Sand - it increases your Area Damage significantly while you are in the Blood Stance
Precision Precision - increases your Crit. Chance and Accuracy Rating. Use a level 4-10 Precision depending on your available Mana Pool
Dread Banner Dread Banner - increases your Chance to Impale and Impale effectiveness
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - again, use a level 3+ Enlighten here

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find the recommended items for our General's Cry Blade Flurry Berserker Build. This build can be played with any random rare equipment, however, using Redblade Banner is heavily recommended. Also, Paradoxica with high increased Physical Damage/Impale/Bloodrage appears to be the best possible weapon for this setup and it shouldn't cost a fortune either. 


Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Physical Damage
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance
  6. Armour Rating
Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - a regular Helmet with high Life and Elemental Resistances is our top recommendation. It allows you to use multiple Uniques (Weapon Slots and Belt) and still have decent survivability
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
100% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Nearby enemies take #% Increased Physical Damage
Critical Strike Multiplier
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - grants the highest possible DPS but turns you into a Glass Cannon. Use if you are feeling comfortable enough to take some extra damage
+(20-25) to all Attributes
Adds 40 to 60 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(100-125)% to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
(100-120)% increased Armour
(40-50)% increased Physical Damage taken
Helmet enchantment:
General's Cry has +1 to maximum number of Mirage Warriors
Rare Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - a Crafted Armour with very high Life is the best you can get. You can also get extra Crit. from this Piece
Min. requirements:
110 maximum Life
Attacks have +(1.1–1.5)% to Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Maximum Life%
Elemental Resistances
Paradoxica(Weapon) Paradoxica - the best possible Weapon for this build. Just make sure it has increased Physical Damage and a triggers level 1 Blood Rage
+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Attacks with this Weapon deal Double Damage
<Two Veiled Mods>
Redblade Banner(Shield) Redblade Banner - pretty much a must-have and the best in slot Shield for this build. It causes your Warcries to generate maximum Rage with each cast and greatly reduces their cooldown
+(20-30) to maximum Life
(80-100)% increased Armour
+(50-60) to maximum Life
20% increased Taunt Duration
+5% Chance to Block
50% increased Warcry Cooldown Recovery Rate
Warcries have infinite Power
Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - recommended choice, get pair with the highest maximum Life bonus, and Movement Speed you can afford. Preferably pick a pair with Evasion as it will be easier to get the right sockets for it (pure Armor base may cost you a couple of Exalted Orbs to get 2 Blue/2 Green on it)
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
You have Tailwind if you have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Socketed Gems are Supported by level # Fortify
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Rare Belt - again, we try to grab one with the highest maximum Life and Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
75% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Physical Damage/Damage
Maximum Life%
Armour Rating
Ryslatha's Coil(Belt) Ryslatha's Coil - one of the best Belts in terms of DPS. It also happens to add a very high Life bonus, but sadly 0 Resistances
(20-30)% increased Stun Duration on Enemies
+(20-40) to Strength
(30-40)% more Maximum Physical Attack Damage
(40-30)% less Minimum Physical Attack Damage
Adds 1 to (15-20) Physical Damage to Attacks
+(80-100) to maximum Life
Gain 50 Life when you Stun an Enemy
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - the best Option for this build. You will need a lot of Attributes for Paradoxica and other Dexterity Gems. A Rare Amulet can provide both that and extra Life and DPS bonuses
Min. requirements:
60 Dexterity
30 Intelligence
50 Maximum Life
Adds 12 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
Channelled Skills have -# to Total Mana Cost
Critical Strike Multiplier
Recommended Anointments:
Steel Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - you should aim for Mana Cost reduction of your Cyclone on both of the Rings to spam it comfortably. You should also get a Ring with a Vulnerability Curse.
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
85% Total Elemental Resistances
Curse enemies with level # Vulnerability on Hit
Optional affixes:
Channelling Skills have -# to Total Mana Cost
Non-Channelling Skills have -# to Total Mana Cost
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Chaos Resistance
Spiked Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Aim for the highest defensive stats possible and extra Accuracy if needed. You could also corrupt them for an Implicit - a Vulnerability Curse on Hit.
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
400 Accuracy Rating
Optional affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Elemental/Chaos Resistance
increased Melee Damage
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - Watcher's Eye with extra Impale stacks while using Pride is the best DPS Jewel you can get for this build
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Recommended Aura modifier:
Impales you inflict last 2 additional Hits while using Pride
Kitava's Teachings(Jewel) Kitava's Teachings - a must-have Jewel for this build since you will have Corpses around you all the time which will be consumed to instantly recover 5% of your Maximum Life and Mana every second
Adds Disciple of Kitava
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Physical/Area/Damage with Swords
Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Rare Abyss Jewel - if you are using a Stygian Vise you should get one Abyss Jewel with high Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Physical Damage to Attacks/Sword Attacks
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Multiplier
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewel - it's recommended to get one Large Cluster Jewel with Attack Damage bonuses while you are using a Shield. It's good to have the extra Mana Leech and Life from Gladiator's Fortitude. The third one can be pretty much anything with Attack damage bonus
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight
1 Added Passive Skill is Gladiator's Fortitude
1 Added Passive Skill is Smite the Weak
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewel - you should use two Medium Jewels with bonuses to Exerted Attacks. There are three extremely  valuable Passives here, so you should try getting all of them on those 2 Jewels
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Haunting Shout
1 Added Passive Skill is Lead By Example
1 Added Passive Skill is Mob Mentality
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - great defensive and offensive utility Flask that is moderately cheap and offers simply fantastic DPS bonus
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
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - the best Flask in Path of Exile which offers tons of extra Damage for pretty much all Crit builds
40% increased Damage
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 Staunching for Bleed removal
  2. Experimenter's Diamond Flask with random ailment removal
  3. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask with random ailment removal
Lion's RoarBottled FaithLife FlaskDiamond FlaskQuicksilver Flask

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