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Lancing Steel Impale Champion build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Lancing Steel Impale Champion build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Extremely powerful Impaling Champion build that can deal Millions of raw physical damage

Lancing Steel
Impale Champion build

Updated for Patch 3.16

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Guide notes
March 1, 2021
-Updated for Patch 3.13
January 12, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.16

 

Lancing Steel is one of the first Skills that introduced the Impale mechanics to PoE. It's a Projectile Attack that can deal simply massive Physical Damage by stacking Impale quickly. Lancing Steel Champion is a very flexible and well-rounded character. It can use both Two-handed and One-handed weapons depending on your personal preference and budget. Our recommended setup revolves around dual-wielding, whereas using Paradoxica and The Saviour yields the best results and allows you to scale your DPS nearly indefinitely (min-maxed builds, with extra Rage from attacking Hydropshere before Bosses on the weapon swap, can get you to over 150M DPS).

At the same time, it's a tanky and fast build, which can obliterate entire screens of enemies thanks to the increased number of Projectiles and extra Chain. Most enemies will die within several Attacks, and tougher enemies will die from the additional attacks inflicted by your Mirage Warriors from The Saviour Unique Sword. The build can reach 6 to 7k of Maximum Life, some of which is reserved. It has a high Evasion Rating, a lot of Armour, Permanent Fortify, Petrified Blood, and rapid Life Regeneration.

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1. Gameplay

Champion Ascendancy is the most optimal choice for this build, not only it grants amazing defenses but also buffs the Impale mechanic, which is our primary source of additional Physical Damage. Build utilize purely Physical DPS to maximize the extra damage from Impale. Lancing Steel's main projectiles apply the Impale ailment, which adds additional Physical Damage to the next attacks against the Impaled target. With high Attack Speed, high base Physical Damage, and a great number of projectiles your single-target DPS is simply amazing. On the other hand, Life, Dodge, and permanent Fortify with increased effectiveness help us survive most of the incoming damage when we are standing close to Bosses for maximum Point Blank damage multiplier. Dash will help you move quickly through maps. You can also consider using Hydrosphere on weapon swap, with any random Attack to generate Rage while attacking it, and Berserk Spell. You can build up 50 Rage, cast Berserk, and Rush to the Boss area with nearly double your regular DPS ( the time required for setting this up is not exactly what most people are expecting from PoE, so this isn't included in the following guide, but the massive DPS bonus that's potentially possible in this build is definitely worth mentioning).

The biggest downside to this build is the fact that you will best off swapping Chain Support for Slower Projectiles against Bosses if you want to farm Tier 16+ content. You should be still able to kill most of the Bosses even with Chain, but if there are no ads around, it will just take significantly longer.


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • insane DPS with nearly endless scaling
  • good AoE from multiple Projectiles and Chain
  • high defenses thanks to Champion Ascendancy and Perma Fortify
  • good mobility with fast movement skills
CONS
  • vulnerable to Physical Reflect Maps
  • a lot of different skills you are going to use manually (for some it may be actually a desirable aspect)
  • best played with Gem swap

 

3. Leveling tips

You can level up this Duelist as a standard Melee fighter. It's recommended to use Cleave as your primary attack since you can use the same supporting gems for your Lancing Steel as well. You will also pick Physical Damage nodes on your skill tree, that will boost your Cleave damage during the leveling process. You can switch to Lancing Steel at higher levels when you have Master of Metal, and Impale mechanic provides much more consistent bonuses. 

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cleave Cleave - your primary attack during the leveling phase
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - grants a very high bonus to Physical Damage dealt
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - grants increased Attack Speed
Maim Support Maim Support - increases Physical Damage received by enemies and dealt by Cleave
Lancing Steel setup
Lancing Steel Lancing Steel - you can switch to Lancing Steel at level 28, or preferably after you complete your first Lab and get Master of Metal for massive early game DPS bonus
Maim Support Maim Support
Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support - greatly increases Physical Damage dealt by your Projectile Attacks
Impale Support Impale Support - one of the core Support Gems in this build which increases your chance to Impale on Attacks
Chain Support Chain Support - causes Lancing Steel projectiles to chain, greatly boosting your clear speed
Utility Gems
Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed
Dash Dash - the recommended mobility Skill for this build
Vulnerability Vulnerability - the best curse for leveling with Physical Damage skills. Increase Physical Damage against enemies and increases your chance to inflict Bleeding
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - provides extra Physical Damage
Pride Pride - increases Physical Damage you deal to nearby enemies

Bandits:

We recommend killing all the Bandits for two additional Passive Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Master of the Arena 2) Dervish 3) Constitution 4) Bloodless 5) Blade of Cunning

69 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Point Blank 2) Iron Grip 3) Born to Fight 4) Forceful Skewering 5) Golem's Blood 6) Thick Skin 7) Bastion Breaker

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - the best rings for the earlies levels. It Will greatly boost your melee physical DPS
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 - great leveling Belt, increasing Physical Damage, and Maximum Life
+(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
 
Victario's FlightVictario's Flight - the best Boots for leveling that grant high bonus Movement Speed and extra Attributes for Gem requirements
+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
 
Karui ChargeKarui Ward - great amulet for Lancing Steel, increasing both your Attack Speed and Projectile Damage
+(20-30) to Dexterity
+(20-30) to Strength
(5-10)% increased Attack Speed
+100 to Accuracy Rating
30% increased Projectile Speed
10% increased Movement Speed
30% increased Projectile Damage
Redbeak Redbank - you can use this sword since level one, which is an insane DPS boost for the early leveling process
100% increased Damage when on Low Life
50% increased Physical Damage
Adds 2 to 6 Physical Damage
10% increased Attack Speed
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+2 Life gained for each Enemy hit by Attacks
 

 

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

114 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't Include Unique or Cluster Jewels)
122 Points Path of Building(PoB) link 

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Master of Metal
  2. Unstoppable Hero
  3. Fortitude
  4. First to Strike, Last to Fall

Pantheon:

Major God: 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 Tukohama While stationary, gain 3% additional Physical Damage Reduction every second, up to a maximum of 9%

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Lancing Steel setup
Lancing Steel Lancing Steel - your main skill, for both AoE and single target. It is a Physical Ranged Attack that utilizes the Impale mechanics for massive damage bonuses on consecutive Hits. It's recommended to switch between Chain Support and Slower Projectiles against Bosses
Brutality Support Brutality Support - greatly increases Physical Damage dealt, but makes you unable to deal Elemental and Chaos Damage with the supported attack (which is negligible)
Vicious Projectiles Support Vicious Projectiles Support - grants very high Physical Projectile Damage bonuses
Maim Support Maim Support - increases Physical Damage taken by enemies and slows them down
Impale Support Impale Support - increases the chance and effectiveness of your Impale
Chain Support Chain Support - makes your Lancing Steel's projectiles chain which boosts your clear speed. You should replace it with Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support against Bosses
[UTILITY] Auras setup
Vitality Vitality - grants you passive Life Regeneration
Precision Precision - increases your Accuracy Rating and Crit. Chance. You don't have to use it at the maximum level, upgrade it to the point where you still feel comfortable with your unreserved Mana Pool (level 3 in our case)
Dread Banner Dread Banner - The Impale-oriented Banner that increases the efficiency of this mechanics, Accuracy, and Chance to Impale. When Placed grants Maximum Fortification, AoE, and Aura Effect
Arrogance Support Arrogance Support - linked Spells reserve Life instead of Mana
[UTILITY] Auras setup
Pride Pride - increased Physical Damage taken by nearby enemies, being more efficient as you stand near them for over four seconds
Petrified Blood Petrified Blood - the Lower Half of your Life is lost more gradually when taking damage from Hits giving you precious time to recover it instead of dying instantly
Determination Determination - grants you increased and added Armour, you could swap it for Purity of Elements Purity of Elements or more offensive-oriented Skills such as Herald of Purity Herald of Purity or Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the Mana Reservation cost of li
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - main mobility skill for faster movement through maps
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - allows you to Leap faster increasing your mobility
Blood Magic Support Lifetap Support - makes Dash cost Life instead of Mana
[UTILITY] Various utility Gems
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - spawns a Totem that will increase your Attack Speed
Blood Rage Blood Rage - grants increased Attack Speed, Life Leech, and lets you generate Frenzy Charges for more damage
Sniper's Mark Sniper's Mark - significantly increases your Projectile damage against marked targets. Should be used manually against Bosses
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - Totem kills enemies that are low on Life, which is useful against the toughest bosses
[UTILITY] Molten Shell setup
Molten Shell Molten Shell - creates a barrier that reduces the Damage you receive, it scales with your Armour
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - you spend Life instead of Mana on linked Spell
[UTILITY] Enduring Cry
Enduring Cry Enduring Cry - a Warcry that generates Endurance Charges and grants instant Life recovery
[UTILITY] Vulnerability
(applied via Ring affix)
Vulnerability Vulnerability - the best Curse for this build which increases Physical damage taken by affected enemies. It has to be applied by a Ring affix


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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find all the recommended and required gear for this build. Most of the items should be easily obtained. While our recommended setup revolves around two expensive and hard to obtain Unique Weapons they can be replaced with any High Physical DPS Swords (you could even use Two-Handed weapons for this build with some small Passive adjustments)

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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. Added Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Accuracy Rating
  6. Global Critical Strike Chance
  7. Attack Speed
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet this is a very solid option for this build. It can give you a ton of extra defensive stats, and increase your DPS as well
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
Nearby enemies take #% Increased Physical Damage
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Elemental Resistances
Chaos Resistance
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Lancing Steel Damage
Lancing Steel has a 30% chance count as consuming Steel Shards without Consuming them
Paradoxica(Weapon) Paradoxica - with high added Physical Damage from Champion's Ascendancy and Impale, this is truly the best Weapon you can use for this build. You should aim to get one with as close to 200 Physical base DPS as possible
+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Attacks with this Weapon deal Double Damage
Veiled Prefix
Veiled Suffix
The Saviour(Weapon) The Saviour - Paradixoca and The Saviour is the best possible combination of Weapons for this build. While The Saviour has low base damage, it creates Mirage Warriors to mimic your Attacks, which result in dealing nearly 40% More Damage than it would appear from your stats
40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
Triggers Level 20 Reflection when Equipped
(40-50)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (16-22) to (40-45) Physical Damage
(8-12)% increased Attack Speed
(8-12)% increased Critical Strike Chance
Rare Sword(Weapon) Rare Jewelled Foil - Rare, high Physical DPS Jewelled Foil is a great pick for this build if you can't afford/obtain The Saviour and The Paradoxica Swords
Min. requirements:
150% increased Physical Damage
Adds 15 to 30 Physical Damage
20% increased Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Chance
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Grelwood Shank(Weapon) Grelwood Shank - a perfect budget weapon for this build. It grants you an extra Passives Point as you can refund Point Blank and two extra Projectiles for Lancing Steel
(185-215)% increased Physical Damage
(15-20)% increased Attack Speed
80% increased Armour while stationary
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles if you've been Hit Recently
Point Blank
Iron Reflexes while stationary
Rare Armor(Body Armour) Rare Armour - the best in the Slot Armour for this build. It can give you tons of extra Life and increase the base Crit. Chance for your Attacks which is the best affix you can get from it. Extra Physical DPS explosions when you kill enemies is also amazing, but pieces like that can get really expensive
Min. requirements:
110 maximum Life
Attacks have +#% to Critical Strike Chance
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Maximum Life %
Enemies you kill Explode, dealing 5% of their Maximum Life as Physical Damage
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - they are the best choice if you need to fix your Resistances. You can try getting Tailwind or Elusive on those (or even both if you can afford such a pair) and the highest possible Life
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
60% Elemental Resistances
25% Movement Speed
Optional affixes:
#% chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
You have Tailwind if you have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
10% Chance to Dodge Attack Hits if you've taken a Critical Strike Recently
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - if you need to fix your Resistances and increase Maximum Life they are the go-to choice
Min. requirements:
90 maximum Life
90% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Adds Physical Damage to Attacks
Melee Damage
Damage while Leeching
Stygian Vise(Belt) Stygian Vise - a decent choice, you can put additional Abyss Jewel in them to increase your Physical Damage 
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
80% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Maximum Life%
Global Physical Damage/Increased Damage
Ryslatha's Coil(Belt) Ryslatha's Coil - the best Belt you can get - it grants not only a lot of Life but also increases your Damage significantly
(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
Carnage Heart(Amulet) Carnage Heart - a cheaper alternative for high-end Rare Amulet. It will improve your Life Leech which yields better survivability. 
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(20-40) to all Attributes
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
(1.2-2)% of Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Life
50% increased Life Leeched per second
(30-40)% increased Damage while Leeching
Extra gore
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - it's definitely the best option, will provide the highest DPS boost with Global Critical Strike Multiplier affix
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40 Dexterity
35% Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Adds min. 10 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Chance
Elemental Resistances
Attributes
Steel Ring(Ring) Rare Steel Rings - the best base for your Rings which adds the highest possible Physical Damage to Attacks. One of the Rings should have the Vulnerability Curse on it
Min. requirements:
50 maximum Life
75% Total Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 12 Physical Damage to Attacks
Curse enemies with Vulnerability Curse on Hit
Optional affixes:
Attributes
Attack Speed
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - with added flat Physical Damage to Attacks/Sword Attacks
Recommended affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks/Sword Attacks
maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Chance to gain Onslaught on Kill
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - they should provide extra Life and damage
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Increased Physical Damage/Damage with Swords
Unnatural Instinct(Jewel) Unnatural Instinct - put it in a socket above Sentinel Notable to gain some substantial benefits
Allocated Small Passive Skills in Radius grant nothing
Grants all bonuses of Unallocated Small Passive Skills in Radius
Lord of Steel (Impale effect)(Jewel) Lord of Steel - There are three variants of this Jewel, you should go for the one that increases the Impale Effect, it's a mandatory item for the build
5% increased Impale Effect
Call of Steel deals Reflected Damage with (40-50)% increased Area of Effect
Call of Steel has (80-100)% increased Use Speed
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - the BiS Jewel if you get one that increases the maximum number of Impale stacks while you have Pride Aura active
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Recommended Aura modifiers:
Impales you inflict last 2 additional Hits while using Pride
Gain a Flask Charge when you deal a Critical Strike while affected by Precision
+(20-30)% to Critical Strike Multiplier while affected by Precision
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - pretty much the best Utility Flask in the game which greatly increases your Critical Strike Chance and damage. It's quite expensive, so if you can't afford it, you can use Cinderswallow Urn or a Magic Sulphur Flask for some extra bonus damage
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(30-15)% reduced Duration
Consecrated Ground created by this Flask has Tripled Radius
Consecrated Ground created during Effect applies (7-10)% increased Damage taken to Enemies
(100-150)% increased Critical Strike Chance against Enemies on Consecrated Ground during Flask effect
Dying Sun(Flask) Dying Sun - this Flask will add additional projectiles to your Lancing Steel
+50% to Fire Resistance
20% less Fire Damage taken
(-10-10)% increased Charges used
Skills fire 2 additional Projectiles during Flask Effect
(15-25)% increased Area of Effect during Flask Effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  2. Experimenter's Stibnite Flask with random ailment removal
  3. Ample Diamond Flask with random ailment removal
Bottled FaithDying SunDivine Life FlaskStibnite FlaskDiamond Flask


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