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Perforate Bladestorm Champion Duelist build

Perforate Bladestorm Champion Duelist build

Interesting Melee build based on the newly added in Patch 3.7 Perforate and Bladestorm skills

Champion Duelist build

Updated for Patch 3.7

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Guide notes
August 2, 2019
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Bladestorm and Perforate are two new attacks introduced in Patch 3.7, and both of them have extra effects based on your Active Stance. We have decided to combine them both into a very interesting build which uses Bladestorm as a supporting Attack which periodically deals damage through Tornadoes while you spam Perforate to deal insane single-target damage. This build isn't far from the current Melee meta, as it offers a very interesting playstyle and well-balanced stats - very solid singlet-target DPS, AoE attacks to clear out trash, and very solid defenses based on high Life and Physical Damage mitigation.

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1. Gameplay

This build revolves around two base skills which have to be used in succession. First of all, you want to create three spinning Bladestorm Tornadoes with Multistrike Support which will quickly apply stacks for Impale and deal a moderate amount of damage. Then you follow up with Perforate which will one-shot most of your victims. You can also switch between stances, with Sand stance increasing your AoE, mobility, and defenses, while Blood Stance grants higher DPS against Bosses. 

At the same time, this build offers very high Physical Damage mitigation with around 85% Damage Reduction with Flasks active. It is further amplified by Champion's Ascendancy Passives which reduce your damage taken and grant Stun Immunity.

0:06 Tier 14 Wasteland
0:24 Tier 15 Caldera
0:39  Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra
1:05 Tier 16 Maze of the Minotaur
1:31 Shaper

The video was recorded on a level 88 Champion dual-wielding Jewelled Foils with 380 Physical DPS each

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • very high single-target DPS
  • good mobility
  • solid defenses
  • all content viable
  • interesting playstyle based on two complementary Melee Attacks
  • cannot do Physical Reflect Maps
  • mediocre Area Damage
  • not the Melee meta


3. Leveling tips

Leveling is very similar to other Melee classes. You focus on high Life, Physical DPS, and Movement Speed bonuses. It's initially very slow, but when you get Bladestorm at level 28 you can use it in Sand Stance which will make them travel, killing enemies in a wider area. It's very important to take the Master of Metal Ascendacy first, which grants very high flat added Physical Damage based on the number of Impale stacks on the enemy. After level 31, this Passive alone will more than double your DPS.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Perforate setup
Perforate Perforate - primary attack used in this build. Make sure to level us using Sand stance for increased AoE and clear speed
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases the Physical Melee Damage of supported skills
Maim Support Maim Support - this Gem increases your Physical DPS and Maim enemies, slowing them down
Impale Support Impale Support - can be used after you reach level 31. If you get Master of Metal, this will grant the highest DPS bonus at lower levels
Bladestorm setup
Bladestorm Bladestorm - secondary attack used in this build which is used to summon three spinning Tornadoes that periodically damage enemies
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Impale Support Impale Support - grants very high bonus DPS at a cost of reduced Attack Speed
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - allows you to create the maximum number of Bladestorm Tornadoes with each attack
Utility Gems
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem which increases your Melee Damage
Punishment Punishment - the recommended Curse for this build which increases your Melee Damage and Attack Speed
Blood and Sand Blood and Sand - allows switching between Blood and Sand stances. You should use Sand for leveling/farming, and switch to Blood Stance when facing Bosses or tougher Rare monsters
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - the recommended Movement Skill used in this build
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed


It's recommended to kill all the Bandits for two extra Passive Points, however, you can also switch to Alira for the extra Crit. Multiplier if you reach level 90 or higher

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Art of the Gladiator 2) Master of the Arena 3) Dervish 4) Blade Master

60 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Forceful Skewering 2) Swift Skewering 3) Herbalism 4) Fatal Blade

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - one of the best leveling Rings in the game. You should be able to efficiently use them between levels 1 to 45
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 - very solid Belt which can be used until early Maps
+(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

RedbeakRedbeak - has high DPS and can be used from level 1

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

Lakishu’s BladeLakishu’s Blade - great option to socket your Bladestorm in it for the free Multistrike

Physical Damage: (45 to 56)–(77.4 to 94)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: (1.65 to 1.72)
+190 to Accuracy Rating
(60-80)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (5-8) to (10-14) Physical Damage
(10-15)% increased Attack Speed
(40-30)% reduced Stun and Block Recovery
20% chance to Avoid being Stunned
Socketed Gems are supported by Level 1 Multistrike

Seven League StepSeven League Step - this pair of Boots grant the highest possible Movement Speed bonus making it one of the most popular leveling items in the game

50% increased Movement Speed
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)


4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building(PoB) link 

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Master of Metal
  2. Conqueror
  3. Worthy Foe
  4. Unstoppable Hero


Major God: there are two choices depending on if you are grinding Maps or want to challenge end-game Bosses.

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%

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] Perforate setup
Perforate Perforate - your primary DPS skill which deals insane single-target DPS in Blood Stance and gets more area coverage while in Sand Stance
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - one of the core Support Gems for all Melee/Physical skills
Brutality Brutality Support - grants the highest Physical Damage bonus, but makes supported skill unable to deal non-physical damage
Impale Support Impale Support - grants increased chance to Impale and its effectiveness
Fortify Fortify Support - grants very high bonus damage and a very solid defensive buff
Maim Support Maim Support - increases your Physical DPS and Maim enemies on Hit
[DPS] Bladestorm setup
Bladestorm Bladestorm - secondary attack used in this build which is used to create three Tornadoes for extra damage which is applied over 3-second duration
Brutality Brutality Support
Impale Support Impale Support
Multistrike Multistrike Support - allows you to three create all three Tornadoes with a single-attack. Make sure not to break the animation before it ends
Pride Pride - greatly increases Physical Damage taken by enemies in the radius
Dread Banner Dread Banner - grants increased Chance to Impale and Physical Damage taken by nearby enemies
Blood and Sand Blood and Sand - allows you to use the new Blood and Sand stances. Blood Stance grants increased Damage, and Sand Stance increased AoE
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief and Blood Rage
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - will increase your Melee Damage when active
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed, Life Leech, and generated Frenzy Charges
Enhance Support Enhance Support - increases the quality of supported Gems; it's mainly used for extra Attack Speed granted by Blood Rage
[MOBILITY] Whirling Blades
Whirling Blades Whirling Blades - one of the fastest Movements Skill in PoE which is recommended for use with this build
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
[UTILITY] Steelskin and Vaal Haste
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - will auto-cast Steelskin when you take a certain amount of damage
Steelskin Steelskin - grants a protective shield which absorbs up to 2200 damage
Vaal Haste Vaal Haste - Vaal Aura which grants greatly increased Attack and Movement Speed for a short duration
Increased Duration Increased Duration Support - increases the maximum duration of Vaal Haste and Steelskin
CwDT Cast when Damage Taken Support - will resummon your Golem automatically
Summon Lightning Golem Summon Lightning Golem - increases your Attack Speed while active

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5. Gear Setup

Below you will find the recommended gear for this Perforate/Bladestorm Champion build. We do not go into meta-crafted/Mirror level gear or extremely expensive Elder/Shaper items. Excessive spendings with this build are not recommended unless you really want to push your character to its maximum potential. 

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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. Physical Damage
  4. Critical Strike Multiplier
  5. Critical Strike Chance
  6. Armour Rating
  7. Attack Speed
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - a Rare Helmet can provide very high defensive stats and shouldn't be expensive to get
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
90% All Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
Nearby enemies take #% Physical Damage
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - grants insane bonus damage but increases Physical Damage you take. If you strictly follow this build, this may be the option to go as it shouldn't affect your defenses that much
Adds 40 to 60 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(20-25) to all Attributes
+(100-125)% to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
(100-120)% increased Armour
(40-50)% increased Physical Damage taken
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja's Head - grants good defensive utility, high Life bonus, and extra DPS. It also gives you Dexterity needed for Blood Rage Gem requirements
50% reduced Damage when on Low Life
+(50-70) to Dexterity
10% increased Attack Speed
25% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(100-130)% increased Evasion Rating
+(80-100) to maximum Life
150% increased Global Evasion Rating when on Low Life
Helmet enchantment:
Blood Rage grants additional 12% increased Attack Speed
Jewelled Foil(Weapon) Rare Jewelled Foil  - offer high Weapon Range and high DPS thanks to the extra Implicit modifier
Min. requirements:
370 Physical DPS
1.75 Attack Speed
Optional affixes:
Increased Critical Strike Multiplier
Increased Critical Strike Chance
Grelwood Shank(Weapon) Grelwood Shank  - greatly increases your defenses thanks to the Iron Reflexes Passive and extra Armour, however, has much lower DPS when compared to Rare Foils
+475 to Accuracy Rating
(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
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Iron Reflexes while stationary
Rare Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - preferably with high Armour Rating
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
1600 Armour Rating
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
%maximum Life
Attacks have +# to Critical Strike Chance
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - get pair with the highest maximum Life bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
High Armour Rating
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Stygian Vise(Belt) Stygian Vise - again, aim for high defensive stats
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
300 Armour Rating
30% Fire Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Damage or Physical Damage
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet 
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
35 Intelligence
15% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 12 Physical Damage to Attacks
30% increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Steel Ring(Ring) Rare Rings - aim for a Shaper Ring with Assassin's Mark Curse
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
Curse enemies with level # Assassin's Mark on Hit
30 Intelligence
Optional affixes:
Added Physical Damage to Attacks
Elemental Resistances
Mark of the Elder(Ring) Mark of the Elder - grants insane Attack Damage bonus if you other Ring is a Shaper Item. It's one of the best Rings for this build 
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
Spiked Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35% Lightning resistance
35% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
added Physical Damage to Attacks
Attack Speed
Tempered Flesh(Jewels) Tempered Flesh - when socketed between Barbarism and Juggernaut nodes, this Jewel grants over 70% extra Crit. Multiplier
-1 Strength per 1 Strength on Allocated Passives in Radius
+5% to Critical Strike Multiplier per 10 Strength on Unallocated Passives in Radius
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare Jewels - this should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
increased maximum Life
increased Physical/Melee/Area Damage
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Murderous Eye Jewel(Jewels) Murderous Eye Jewel 
Recommended affixes:
maximum Life
added Physical Damage to Attacks/Sword Attacks
increased Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - grants very high bonus Melee Damage and Armour Rating
+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)
  2. Experimenter's Basalt Flask of Iron Skin (increased Armour)
  3. Experimenter's Silver Flask of Adrenaline (Movement Speed)
  4. Ample Diamond Flask of Heat (Freeze immunity)
Lion's RoarLife FlaskBasalt FlaskSilver FlaskDiamond Flask

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