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Hammer Throw Forge Guard Sentinel build for Last Epoch

Hammer Throw Forge Guard Sentinel build for Last Epoch

Powerful build based on Diablo 2's Hammerdin which utilizes Hammer Throw skill and the Forge Guard Master Class

Void Hammer Throw
Forge Guard "Hammerdin" Build

Build notes:
May 29, 2019
-Build created
Things to look forward to:
-Mana Leech would be greatly appreciated. This build uses a spammable attack and has limited means of regeneration Mana. Also, with Ephemeral Stance active you lose more Mana from Mana Drain effects


Build Overview

Our Void Hammer Throw Forge Guard build bears resemblance to the popular Hammerdin build from Diablo 2 which most of older aRPG fans should be familiar with. It's a unique melee build which creates plenty of Hammer that orbits around you dealing very high damage. This build relies on the very high Damage over Time each of your hammers deal to nearby enemies thanks to Disintegration Passive. If you also decide to use  Hammer Vortex, they will follow you wherever you go, however, it greatly increases Hammer Throw's Mana cost which makes it much harder to sustain in the current state of the game. This build also provides insane defenses, thanks to Sentinel's Passives, high Health, high Block and Armor, and multiple defensive bonuses from Paladin's Holy Aura.

You can also check our other Last Epoch builds and character guides


 Pros  Cons
 Very high DPS with wide area coverage  Mana Management
 Good mobility  
 Rock solid defenses  
 Very high Physical Damage mitigation from Armor and high Block Chance  


Passive Skill Trees

Sentinel Skill Tree (20 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. FearlessFearless - grant very high bonus Health and Health Regeneration making it one of the best defensive Passives on this Tree
  1. GladiatorGladiator - another powerful defensive Passive which grant increased chance to Block and additional Block Protection
  1. Armour CladArmour Clad - grants very high bonus Armor

Void Knight Skill Tree (23 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. Void BoltsVoid Bolts - Passive which grants a very high bonus Void Damage to your attacks
  1. World EaterWorld Eater - grants a very high Health Leech bonus making it a must-have if you plan to use Ephemeral Stance at all times

Forge Guard Skill Tree (37 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. PeltastPeltast - grant very high damage bonuses to your thrown attacks which obviously includes Hammer Throw
  1. Rallying BlockRallying Block - grants insane defensive bonuses each time you have blocked an attack recently
  1. MightMight - grants bonus Strength and Armor

Forge Guard's Tree offers a wide diversity. We have decided to keep a balance between offense and defense, however, you may want to experiment with other Passive Sets. You can also pick Hammerhead and Javelineer and go full Crit. build at the cost of reduced defenses

Paladin Skill Tree (10 Points)

Notable Passives:

  1. ValorValor - which grants a high Vitality bonus and increases your healing effectiveness. 

It's mandatory (unless you want to do a glass cannon build) to spend 10 Points on the Paladin's Tree to get the Holy Aura skill which provides an amazing defensive utility



Hammer Throw

Hammer Throw - a primary spammable skill which lets you throw multiple hammers that orbit around you dealing very high damage. Hammers in this setup deal both "on-hit" damage and Damage over Time which obliterates everything around you. Currently, because Sentinel lacks a reliable way to replenish or Leech Mana, it's not advised to use the Hammer Vortex which makes your hammers follow you when you move, making this build even smoother to play

Hammer Throw


Lunge - it's your primary movement skill which greatly increases your mobility. At the same time, Lunge grants various defensive bonuses for a short duration after you use it


Ephemeral Stance

Ephemeral Stance - passively increases your Physical and Void Damage but adds a Health cost to your skills. With high Leech, it should be easy to overcome this downside. Optionally, Juggernaut Stance can be used for more defensive utility

Holy Aura

Holy Aura - an aura spell which passively grants various defensive and offensive bonuses. In this build, it's fully oriented on defenses and increases your Armor and Elemental Protection. It also slows down all nearby enemies thanks to the Punishment Passive

Holy Aura

Volatile Reversal

Volatile Reversal - you travel back in time by several seconds restoring your Mana to the previous value. You also gain extra Attack and Movement Speed for a short duration. This should be used after you drain your entire Mana, to instantly replenish it. It's currently the most efficient way to recover your Mana but it has to be timed well

Volatile Reversal



Stat priority:

This build utilizes several types of damage making it easier to obtain the necessary equipment. You should primarily focus on Throw Damage, Void Damage, and Damage over Time. For the defenses, you should go for Health and Armor, with Glancing Block being also a good addition, but I am yet to verify how it correlates with attacks that you successfully block

  1. Thrown Damage
  2. Void Damage
  3. Strength
  4. Health
  5. Damage over Time
  6. Armor

The differences between the listed damage types are very small, and currently, hard to calculate. Eventually, we hope to provide more accurate data in that manner. 

Recommended Unique Items:

Urzil's Pride

Urzil's Pride - grants very high bonuses to your Mana and Armor. It also increases your Mana Regeneration rate based on your Armor, making it a perfect choice for this build

Riverbend Grasp

Riverbend Grasp - this pair of gloves grants a very high Throwing Damage bonus and high bonus Health. This is one of the best items you can possibly find in the game, second only to end-game crafted gloves



This is the first beta version of our Void Hammer Throw Forge Guard Sentinel build for Last Epoch. It's one of the builds that we fully believe will find its' place in the core game's meta eventually as it carries an insane Arena and Monolith farming potential. It's also a very balanced and consistent build. If you decide to use it for yourself, we would appreciate your feedback.

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