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Glacial Hammer DW Gladiator build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Glacial Hammer DW Gladiator build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

This dual-wielding Gladiator provides insane clear speed and massive AoE Damage

Glacial Hammer
Dual-Wield Gladiator
Build updated to Patch 3.4

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Guide notes
June 23, 2018
-Build created
June 29, 2018
-Added gameplay video
September 1, 2018
-Updated to Patch 3.4

Gladiator is a well-balanced melee class. It provides high melee DPS bonuses, and high Block Chance, which is the core defense layer of nearly every Gladiator character. This build also utilizes several unique items, which supposedly makes up for the highest possible Glacial Hammer DPS in the game; these are Doryani's Catalyst, Razor of the Seventh Sun and Hrimburn gloves. On top of violent AoE explosions that obliterates entire packs of monsters with just your first hit, this build provides excellent defenses and fantastic mobility with Whirling Blades skill. 

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1. Gameplay

This build is based on 100% Cold Damage conversion of your Glacial Hammer and making Cold Damage Ignite enemies on hit. Glacial Hammer can be used only with Maces and Staves, which makes you use only Doryani's Catalyst in your main-hand to deal the damage, while Razor of the Seventh Sun in the off-hand slot increases your Physical Damage by 100% against Ignited enemies, and allows you to use Whirling Blades for fantastic mobility. Also if you are using Doryani's Catalyst and socket Whirling Blades in it, it will be supported by level 20 Elemental Proliferation. This will cause Whirling Blades to Freeze and Ignite most of the packs you engage, giving your Glacial Hammer all the bonuses on its' first hit. 

This build's amazing AoE and clear speed come from:

  1. Winter Burial threshold jewel - granting splash in a small radius around your target
  2. Ancestral Call - which makes the melee splash from Winter Burial to overlap on multiple enemies
  3. Herald of Ice - which causes AoE Explosions when killing Frozen enemies

0:06 Apex of Sacrifice
1:16 Tier 15 Carcass
1:45 Tier 15 Siege
2:15 Tier 14 Dig

This video was recorded on a level 86 Gladiator with 55k unbuffed Glacial Hammer's DPS


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • nearly 1,000,000 single-target Glacial Hammer's DPS on approximately 10 Exalted Orbs budget
  • extremely high AoE damage with overlapping Glacial Hammer's and Herald of Ice explosions
  • over 50% chance to block Attacks and Spells while under the effect of Rumi's Concoction Flask
  • insane clear speed on maps
  • over 5000 Life
  • one of the best boss farming builds in the game
CONS
  • vulnerable to elemental reflection map mod

3. Leveling tips

We recommend to level up this Gladiator as a sword&board type of character and replace your shield at level 68 when you can use Razor of the Seventh Sun in your off-hand slot. Glacial Hammer is still one of the best skills to use during leveling, which makes it easier to get all the necessary Gems for the late game. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Glacial Hammer setup
Glacial Hammer Glacial Hammer - your primary Attack skill
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds additional Cold Damage to supported skills
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - grants terrific clear speed
Faster Attacks Faster Attacks Support - increases the Attack Speed of supported skills
Ancestral Warchief setup
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem which increases your Melee Damage
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases the DPS of your Ancestral Warchief
Utility Gems
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - Lightning Golem increases your Attack Speed
Frostbite Frostbite - the recommended Curse for this build
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - increases Cold Damage of your Attacks and Spells and causes AoE explosions when you kill Frozen enemies
Shield Charge Shield Charge - recommended mobility skill for the leveling phase


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Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

33 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Art of the Gladiator 2) Defiance 3) Retaliation 4) Fangs of Frost

61 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Primeval Force 2) Herbalism 3) Thick Skin 4) Bloodless 5) Bloody Buldgeon

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - great physical DPS leveling rings. Available as soon as level one will grant you amazing DPS bonuses
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 powerful belt which gives high DPS and Life bonuses
+(25-35) to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
+25 to Strength
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
 
Crest of PerandusCrest of Perandus - the best leveling shield for early levels
Chance to Block: 31%
Evasion: 51
+(60-80) to maximum Life
(5-7.5) Life Regenerated per second
+30% to Lightning Resistance
0.6% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
+5% Chance to Block
 

BrightbeakBrightbeak - amazing leveling Mace that also grants you greatly increased movement speed with Shield Charge

10% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
(50-75)% increased Physical Damage
50% increased Attack Speed
25% increased Critical Strike Chance
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
+(20-30)% to Lightning Resistance
 

Spine of the First ClaimantSpine of the First Claimant - the best weapon for its' level, though reaching the Intelligence requirement may be troublesome for Duelist characters

14% increased Elemental Damage
(100-140)% increased Physical Damage
40% increased Damage with Hits against Frozen Enemies
(30-50)% increased Cold Damage
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
(4-8)% increased Cast Speed
5% chance to Freeze
 

Atziri's FoibleAtziri's Foible - amazing leveling amulet which solves all your Mana problems until you can Leech efficiently

(20-30)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+100 to maximum Mana
(16-24)% increased maximum Mana
(80-100)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
Items and Gems have 25% reduced Attribute Requirements
 

Tasalio's SignTasalio's Sign - grants amazing DPS buff and huge additional damage against frozen enemies

+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
Adds (7-10) to (15-20) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(200-300) to Evasion Rating
50% chance to Avoid being Chilled
10% chance to Freeze
Adds 40 to 60 Cold Damage against Chilled Enemies
 

Winter BurialWinter Burial - Glacial Hammer's threshold jewel, use it as soon as you get to the first jewel socket

(10-15)% increased Cold Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Glacial Hammer deals
Cold-only Splash Damage to surrounding targets
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, 25% of Glacial
Hammer Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
 

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

Pantheon:

Major God:

Map farming: 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%

Boss fights: 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] Glacial Hammer setup
Glacial Hammer Glacial Hammer - your primary Attack skill. It converts 50% of Physical Damage to Cold and has increased chance to Freeze. Also, it instantly kills Frozen enemies below 35% Life on Hit
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases your Physical Damage which is later converted to Cold
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - increases Elemental Damage of supported skills
Ancestral Call Ancestral Call Support - makes Glacial Hammer also hit two nearby enemies. This makes the splash effect granted by Winter Burial to overlap on multiple enemies and deal amazing AoE damage
Cold Penetration Support Cold Penetration Support - makes supported attacks penetrate a big portion of monsters' resistance to Cold
Hypothermia Support Hypothermia Support - increases the damage you deal to chilled enemies. Also, grants increased chance to Freeze enemies
Optional Support Gems:
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - grants increased Attack Speed. Can replace Hypothermia Support against Chill/Freeze immune enemies
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - Ancestral Call's replacement during single-target encounters
[UTILITY] Golem and Blood Rage setup
Cast when Damage Taken Cast when Damage Taken Support - auto-casts supported spells. Use it at max level
Lightning Golem Lightning Golem - Lightning Golem increases your Attack Speed
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed and grants increased Life Leech. Also, deals moderate damage to self
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief setup
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - spawns a Totem which increases your Melee Damage. It also has amazing DPS on its' own
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Culling Strike Support Faster Attacks Support
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - increases the DPS of Ancestral Warchief at the cost of reduced radius to its' splash attacks
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - one of the fastest movement skills in Path of Exile. It's best to be socketed in Doryani's Catalyst which will make it Ignite and Freeze entire packs of monsters when you engage them in combat
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Fortify Support Fortify Support - Hits with Whirling Blades will grant you the Fortify buff which reduces your damage taken
[AURA] Herald of Ice and Hatred
Hatred Hatred - grants very high bonus Cold Damage based on your Physical Damage
Herald of Ice Herald of Ice - grants moderate flat added Cold Damage to your Spells and Attacks. Also, causes AoE explosions when killing Frozen enemies
[UTILITY] Single-socket Gems
Vaal Lightning Trap [1L]Vaal Lightning Trap - will shock enemies, increasing the damage they take
Enduring Cry [1L]Enduring Cry - generates Endurance Charges. It's less convenient but much cheaper than using The Red Dream unique jewel
[CURSE] Riposte and Vengeance CoH setup
Riposte Riposte - counter-attack skill which triggers when you successfully block
Vengeance Vengeance - another counter-attack skill which triggers when you are Hit. Different counter-attacks have separate internal cooldowns, which makes this setup much more effective, and also deal more damage
Curse on Hit Curse on Hit Support - makes the supported counter-attack skills to apply the supported Curse
Frostbite Frostbite - the recommended Curse for this build. Reduces Cold Resistance and grants increased chance to Freeze


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the required and recommended gear for this build. While a number of specific uniques is required, most of them are easy to obtain and they are all rather cheap. We recommend switching from Shield when you obtain all the uniques that amplify your Damage against Ignited enemies.

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Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS/Life to start mapping successfully
  3. Save you at least a couple of hours on planning your build

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Physical Damage/Melee/Cold Damage
  4. Attack Speed
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Life/Res. helmet - is the most balanced choice for the helmet slot. Choosing a rare helmet makes rings and amulet much cheaper as they do not have to be stacked with Elemental Resistances
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
28% Fire Resistance
28% Cold Resistance
28% Lightning Resistance
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - greatly increases clear speed on low and mid-tier maps, but lacks Elemental Resistances
10% reduced Global 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
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Glacial Hammer Damage
Doryani's Catalyst(Weapon) Doryani's Catalyst - our top recommendation for the main-hand slot. It grants high Physical Damage, very high Elemental Damage bonuses, Life Leech and also the Elemental Proliferation which is very useful in the Whirling Blades setup
32% increased Elemental Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
Adds (65-85) to (100-160) Physical Damage
(11-15)% increased Attack Speed
(6-10)% increased Cast Speed
(30-40)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
(80-100)% increased Elemental Damage
Cameria's Avarice(Weapon) Cameria's Avarice - another decent option for the main-hand slot. With the increase to Item Rarity, it is a great pick for currency farming on low tier maps and magic find variations of this build
15% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
(140-180)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (11-14) to (17-21) Physical Damage
(15-40)% increased Critical Strike Chance
40% increased Rarity of Items Dropped by Frozen Enemies
(30-40)% increased Cold Damage with Attack Skills
Trigger Level 20 Icicle Burst when you Kill a Frozen Enemy
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Razor of the Seventh Sun(Body Armour) Razor of the Seventh Sun - mandatory weapon for the off-hand slot. It greatly increases the damage of your Glacial Hammer when attacking Ignited enemies
40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
Adds (65-75) to (110-130) Physical Damage
100% increased Burning Damage if you've Ignited an Enemy Recently
Recover 1% of Maximum Life when you Ignite an Enemy
100% increased Melee Physical Damage against Ignited Enemies
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - the best in the slot. It's one of the most popular Body Armours for any Life build
3% reduced Movement Speed (Hidden)
(150-200)% increased Armour
(30-40)% increased maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
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Hrimburn(Gloves) Hrimburn - mandatory pair of gloves for this build. Hrimburn makes your Cold Damage Ignite which allows us to reach such high Glacial Hammer's DPS
+(20-30) to Strength
Adds (5-7) to (13-15) Cold Damage to Spells and Attacks
+(40-50) to Evasion Rating
+(20-30)% to Cold Resistance
50% of Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Reflects 10 Cold Damage to Melee Attackers
Your Cold Damage can Ignite
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Light
Gang's Momentum(Boots) Gang's Momentum - this boots grant increased damage against Ignited enemies, and synergize well with other items in this build. Also, the increased chance to Ignite is extremely important
(160-180)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+(50-60)% to Fire Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
(10-15)% chance to Ignite
(25-40)% increased Damage against Ignited Enemies
Boot enchantment:
Adds 45 to 68 Cold Damage if you've been Hit Recently
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Rustic Sash(Belt) Rare Life/Res. belt - preferably Rustic Sash for the highest DPS bonuses
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40% Lightning Resistance
40% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Physical Damage
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/Res. amulet 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25 Intelligence
10% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 9 Physical Damage to Attacks
26% Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res. Ring
Min. requirements:
55 maximum Life
33 Intelligence
10% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
20% Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Coral Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res. Ring
Min. requirements:
55 maximum Life
33 Intelligence
30% Lightning Resistance
Adds min. 12 Cold Damage to Attacks
20% Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Winter Burial(Jewel) Winter Burial - mandatory threshold Jewel for this build. It provides amazing clear speed in combination with Ancestral Call
(10-15)% increased Cold Damage
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Glacial Hammer deals
Cold-only Splash Damage to surrounding targets
With at least 40 Strength in Radius, 25% of Glacial
Hammer Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
Abyss Jewel(Jewels) Abyss Jewels - at least one of them is recommended with the added chance to gain Onslaught on a kill
Recommended affixes:
added maximum Life
added Physical Damage to Attacks/Mace Attacks
added Cold Damage to Attacks/Mace Attacks
Optional affixes:
chance to gain Onslaught on kill for 4 seconds (one is recommended)
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - this should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Generic/Physical/Melee/Cold Damage
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - one of the most popular Flasks in Path of Exile. Grants additional Damage and Leech
+35% to Chaos Resistance
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 - great defensive and offensive utility Flask that is moderately cheap
+3000 to Armour
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
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - the best Flask for this build
+50% to Cold Resistance
+6% to maximum Cold Resistance
20% of Physical Damage 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
Rumi's Concoction(Flask) Rumi’s Concoction - this Flask increases your chance to Block. Depending on your personal preference you can use another Life Flask instead
+3000 to Armour
(14-20)% Chance to Block during Flask effect
(6-10)% Chance to Block Spells during Flask effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (bleeding immunity)
Atziri's PromiseLion's RoarTaste of HateRumi's ConcoctionDivine Life Flask


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