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Lightning Strike Berserker Build

Lightning Strike Berserker Build

Lightning Strike build for Berserker which is one of the most popular Melee builds in PoE currently

Lightning Strike
Berserker build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
February 28, 2022
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Build overview



Boss DPS:



It's a Berserker build that uses Lightning Strike with Trinity Support making you deal a lot of Elemental Damage. You will also be using Crystallised Omniscience to transform your Attributes into Omniscience - it grants you Elemental Resistances and Elemental Resistances Penetration instead of the regular stats that comes with Attributes. Berserker is one of the Ascendancies heavily focused on dealing a lot of Damage with Attacks, and Lightning Strike is one of the best Strike Skills to deal Elemental Damage with. It creates Projectiles so that your clear speed is improved as you can reach enemies further away. With Trinity Support you will have to deal more than one type of Elemental Damage to create Resonance stacks - it's easy to do with Lightning and Cold Damage.

With around 4k of Maximum Life, Chance to Block, Chance to Suppress Spell Damage, Elusive buff, Fortify, and Elemental Resistances sourced from Omniscience it's a relatively tanky build as well as a damage-oriented one. Your Elemental Resistance Penetration is very high, and as a Berserker your Attack should be supported by Rage mechanics, Blitz Charges, Flawless Savagery, and Aspect of the Carnage resulting in tons of Damage. The build offers a lot of flexibility as there are not a lot of required Unique Items, and you won't have to focus heavily on Resistances.

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1. Gameplay

Lightning Strike is the only Skill used to deal damage, the Strikes are supposed to target more than one enemy, and the Projectiles created should Pierce. During boss fights activate several Skills to boost your damage for a short time - use both Ancestral Totems, General's Cry, Withering Step, and Berserk. The Skills such as Precision, Determination, Anger, Defiance Banner, and Blood Rage shall be turned on at all times. For a Guard Spell use Molten Shell, while the Whirling Blades is a good pick for a Movement Attack. Use Assassin's Mark linked with Mark on Hit for more Critical Strikes and Critical Strike Damage.

Full gameplay video:


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • very high Elemental damage
  • it excels at clearing maps after meeting certain conditions
  • It's fast at mapping thanks to the Elusive buff
  • it's cheap to start with and has a big potential to be expanded on later
  • It requires you to hit a target with a Melee Strike which might slow you down
  • it has a lot of keys to press


3. Leveling tips

Lightning Strike is good only when your Strikes target additional Targets and your Projectiles can Pierce, before that use a Skill that would allow you to easily get through the first Acts. During the first few levels use Ancestral Protector with Ancestral Call Support, allocate Tribal Fury and you're set for the next five acts. After allocating Piercing Shots you can start using Lightning Strike, link it with Trinity Support if you're able to create Resoncances - try out Auras such as Anger, Wrath, Hatred, or different Heralds to achieve it. Crystallised Omniscience requires level 20, you can put it on as soon as the majority of your damage is Elemental, not Physical.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Ancestral Protector setup
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - it's a Totem that uses Strikes, it also grants you a buff increasing your, and its own Attack Speed
Nightblade Support Nightblade Support - the best pick if you're using Claws or Daggers, Critical Strikes grants you an Elusive buff. If you're using Swords or Axes you can go for Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support - Strikes Skill can target only one enemy, but this Support Gem allows them to target two more
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - Every third Melee Attack is much stronger. If you want to deal more Elemental Damage use Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - one of the best movement Attacks for Claw users, with other Melee Weapon use Leap Slam instead
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - makes your Movement Attack cost Life instead of Mana
Utility Gems
Determination Determination - defensive Aura for more Armour
Anger Anger - Anger adds Fire Damage to your Attacks, it's good with Lava Lash and Added Fire Damage Support
Precision Precision - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Flammability Flammability - the Curse that lowers Fire Resistance of  afflicted Opponents, use it if you deal mostly Fire Damage - after implementing Trinity Support start using Elemental Weakness or Assassin's Mark
Ancestral Cry Ancestral Cry - a Warcry that enhances your Strike Skills which is especially useful early on


You should kill all the Bandits and take two more Passive Skill Points

Leveling Skill Trees:

41 Points Skill Tree
If you're using Strike Skill allocate Tribal Fury with its Mastery. Start making your way to a Notable "Piercing Shots" if you plan to use Lightning Strike. If you deal mostly Fire Damage pick Laval Lash and Fire Mastery for Damage Conversion.

67 Points Skill Tree
On the left side pick up Steadfast, Bloodless, and Utmost Might with Masteries as shown. On the right side allocate Piercing Shots, Ballistics, and Acuity if you need more Accuracy Rating, if not - go for "From the Shadows" and pick the Elusive-related Mastery, same as with the Claw Cluster

Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - it grants a lot of useful stats early on
(10-30)% increased Damage
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
GoldrimGoldrim - it's a Helmet commonly used for leveling as it grants tons of Elemental 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)
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - it's great for leveling, you can six-link the main setup from the start
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
RedbeakRedbeak - Redbeak is one of the best leveling Swords for the earliest stages
40% increased Global Accuracy Rating
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
The IgnomonThe Ignomon - another versatile Unique item that is used during the first few acts
(12-20)% increased Rarity of Items found
+10 to Dexterity
Adds 12 to 24 Fire Damage to Attacks
+(100-150) to Accuracy Rating
+(100-150) to Evasion Rating
+20% to Fire Resistance
Poacher's AimPoacher's Aim - the easiest way to make your Projectiles Pierce enemies
Projectiles Pierce an additional Target
10% increased Projectile Damage


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. War Bringer
  2. Flawless Savagery
  3. Aspect of Carnage
  4. Blitz


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

Minor God: Soul of Shakari You cannot be Poisoned while there are at least 3 Poisons on you


5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Lightning Strike setup
Lightning Strike Lightning Strike - A Strike Attack that creates Projectiles making it great for clearing, just be sure that your Strike Skills target more than one enemy, and that the Projectiles you create Pierce. Use Vaal version as it's great for boss fights.
Nightblade Support Nightblade Support - you should be using Claws so that this Support Gem will be able to increase your Critical Strike Chance and grant you an Elusive buff on a landing one
Trinity Support Trinity Support - your Elemental Damage has to be diversified between the different types of it to create Resonances, it's easily achievable
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - the Damage you deal with Attack Skill is increased
Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support - adds Cold Damage to your Attacks, you can swap it for Added Fire or Lightning Damage depending on your character as you have to activate Trinity's effect
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - you Attack much faster by rapidly repeating linked Attack
[UTILITY] Aura setup
can be socketed in a Shield with increased Reservation Efficiency if you have one
Anger Anger - an Aura that adds Additional Fire Damage to your Attack
Precision Precision - increases your Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Determination Determination - increases and provides you with an additional Armour
[UTILITY] Ancestral Totems setup
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - Totem grating you buff - more Melee Damage
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - gives you 20% more Attack Speed, even more with the Phantasmal variant
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - you can summon both of these totems at the same time 
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades setup
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - an Attack that makes you dash in a straight line to move faster
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - Whirling Blades are faster so that you move with ha greater speed
[UTILITY] Assassin's Mark setup
Assassin's Mark Assassin's Mark - Assassin's mark increases your Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier, grants you Power Charges, Life, and Mana on Kill
Mark on Hit Support Mark on Hit Support - linked Mark Curse is applied with every Hit 
Lifetap Support Lifetap Support - linked Skills use Life instead of Mana
[UTILITY] Defiance Banner
Defiance Banner Defiance Banner - Banner granting you increased Armour, Evasion, and reducing Critical Strike Chance for nearby enemies
[UTILITY] Molten Shell
Molten Shell Molten Shell - Creates a protective shield that absorbs a portion of incoming damage from hits, it's more effective the more Armour you have. You can link it to a CwDM as there is another skill that needs to be used as soon as it's off Cooldown, it's General's Cry.
[UTILITY] General's Cry
General's Cry General's Cry - use it as it's a Warcry with the shortest Cooldown and its only purpose is to generate Rage via War Bringer - it should be used constantly
[UTILITY] Berserk
Berserk Berserk - you can spend the Rage you generated on Berserk to gain the same stats that Rage provides, but magnified
[UTILITY] Blood Rage
Blood Rage Blood Rage - it's a Spell with a duration that refreshes each time you kill an opponent, use it for more Attack Speed, Life Leech, and Frenzy Charges
[UTILITY] Withering Step
Withering Step Withering Step - It instantly refreshes your Elusive buff to be applied anew with increased effectiveness, and it also grants you Phasing

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5. Gear Setup

Crystallised Omniscience is a key part of the build as it changes the way you gear up your character. Getting more Attributes, especially Strength gives you more Elemental Resistances and Elemental Damage Penetration, so it's great to stack it up. Activating Trinity's Resonances is another thing to pay close attention to - you can't deal the same type of Elemental Damage all the time, it has to change between at least two different ones, look for added Fire, Cold, or Lightning Damage on your Weapon, Gloves, and Rings. Be sure that you have enough Accuracy and high enough Hit Chance, Critical Strike Chance will come organically from your Ascendancy Keystones, but you still can look for it as Blitz Charges actually reduces it. The best way to get more Crit Chance is to cause Brittle - equip Galesight or allocate Secrets of Suffering for it. After capping Elemental Resistances, which should be fairly easy, seek more Maximum Life. Armour, Chance to Suppress Spell Damage, and Chaos Resistances are secondary defensive layers.

Our recommended items will:

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

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Strength
  3. Dexterity and Intelligence
  4. Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  5. Armour
  6. Critical Strike Chance
  7. Attack and Elemental Damage
  8. Accuracy Rating
  9. Attack Speed
  10. Critical Strike Multiplier
  11. Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
  12. Chaos Resistance
Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - Use Blizzard Crown as a base - it adds more Cold Damage to your Attacks. Besides Life and Attributes, you can get a variety of other mods that would increase your damage.
Min. requirements:
70 Maximum Life
50 Attributes
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Nearby Enemies take #% increased Elemental Damage
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Elemental Resistances
Galesight(Helmet) Galesight - You can inflict Brittle - that's the main reason to equip this Helmet. It's redundant after allocating Secrets of Suffering.
(240-280)% increased Energy Shield
+(30-40)% to Cold Resistance
(30-40)% increased Elemental Damage
25% chance to inflict Brittle
Cannot inflict Freeze or Chill
10% increased Elemental Damage per Sextant affecting the area
Helmet enchantments:
Lightning Strike enchantment
Claw(Weapon) Rare Claw - a lot of Added Damage of any Element can be sourced from a weapon, these Prefixes should interest you the most, Suffixes can get you Attributes, Accuracy, Critical, or Attack Speed mods
Min. requirements:
Adds 70 to 120 Fire Damage
Adds 70 to 120 Cold Damage
Adds 10 to 220 Lightning Damage
Optional affixes:
Critical Strike Chance
Attack Speed
increased Accuracy Rating
Attacks with this Weapon Penetrate #% Elemental Resistances
Rare Shield(Weapon) Rare Shield - Rare Shield can get you some more specific mods that you need the most, such as Reservation Efficiency for socketed Skills
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
40% Total Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
Socketed Gems have 30% increased Reservation Efficiency
increased Attack Damage with Elemental Skills
Chance to Block
Accuracy Rating
Redblade Banner(Weapon) Redblade Banner - this Shield ensures that each time you use a Warcry you gain a lot of Rage via War Bringer that you can spend on Berserker, it's a recommended option
+(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
The Brass Dome(Body Armour) The Brass Dome - you don't suffer from the only downside of this Armour so it's definitely the best option
(350-400)% increased Armour
+(1-5)% to all maximum Elemental Resistances
Strength provides no bonus to Maximum Life
Take no Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - get Movement Speed, Life, Attributes, and for the more expensive mods - Onslaught and Tailwind
Min. requirements:
30% Movement Speed
70 maximum Life
50 Attributes
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
You have Tailwind if you have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Chance to Avoid Elemental Ailments
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Gloves can grant you added Elemental Damage as Prefixes, it's an opportunity you can't miss on
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
50% Total Elemental Resistances
Added Fire, Lightning, or Cold Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Chance to Suppress Spell Damage
increased Attack Speed
Rare Belt (Belt) Rare Belt - Belts can get you a lot of Maximum Life, Resistances, Attributes, and even increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
40% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
40 Strength
Optional affixes:
Chaos Resistance
Elemental Resistances
increased Maximum Life
Crystallised Omniscience(Amulet) Crystallised Omniscience - It's a great fit for a build that deals Elemental Damage, such as this one. It transforms your Attributes to grant you Elemental Damage Penetration and Elemental Resistances instead of whatever was their former function.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
Modifiers to Attributes instead apply to Omniscience
+1% to all Elemental Resistances per 10 Omniscience
Penetrate 1% Elemental Resistances per 10 Omniscience
Attribute Requirements can be satisfied by (15-25)% of Omniscience
Recommended Anointments:
Utmost Swiftness
Utmost Intelect
Divine Judgement
Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - Rings are able to provide you with a  lot of Attributes and Added Elemental Damage to Attacks, but you should of course focus on Maximum Life as the goal of every build is to not die
Min. requirements:
50 to Maximum Life
50 Attributes
Added Fire, Lightning, or Cold Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Elemental Resistances
Accuracy Rating
Chaos Resistance
Non-Channelling Skills have -7 to Total Mana Cost (crafted)
Mark of the Elder(Ring) Mark of the Elder - If your other Ring is Shaper-influenced, you should definitely equip this one for a massive boost of added, and increased Damage
Adds (3-4) to (10-14) Physical Damage to Attacks
20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Tentacle Whip on Kill
Adds (26-32) to (42-48) Cold Damage to Attacks
(6-10)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(6-10)% increased maximum Life
(60-80)% increased Attack Damage if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
Cannot be Stunned by Attacks if your other Ring is an Elder Item
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - Maximum Life and Attributes are your top priority, but if you lack any of the more important stats such as Accuracy or Resistances, get this one first
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
increased Fire/Cold/Lightning Damage with Attacks/Claws
increased Evasion Rating
Mantra of Flames(Jewel) Mantra of Flames - it's one of the best Unique Jewels to increase your DPS as you have a lot of buffs such as Blitz Charges, Rage, and Fortify
Adds (3-5) to (8-12) Fire Attack Damage per Buff on you
Adds (2-3) to (5-8) Fire Spell Damage per Buff on you
Thread of Hope(Jewel) Thread of Hope - Put Thread of Hope next to Fervour and allocate Force of Nature, Piercing Shots, Primeval Force, One With Nature, and Quickstep. It has to have a Large Ring
Only affects Passives in Large Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
The Interrogation(Jewel) The Interrogation - with Secrets of Suffering you can apply Brittle, Sap, and Scorch with Critical Hits - it's a must-have
Adds Secrets of Suffering
watcher's eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - specific Aura enhancements can increase your Damage or survivability, you should definitely get yourself one of those
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - Expensive Flask that increases your Damage and Critical Strike Chance
40% increased Damage
Creates Consecrated Ground on Use
(20-40)% increased 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

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Granite Flask of Staunching for Bleed removal
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask with Immunity to Poison during Flask Effect
  3. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline
  4. Diamond Flask with random ailment removal
Quicksilver FlaskBottled FaithDiamond FlaskGranite FlaskLife Flask

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