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Reave Slayer Duelist Build

Reave Slayer Duelist Build

Pure-physical Reave setup for the Slayer class that utilizes Sword & Board playstyle for extra defensive utility

Pure Physical Reave
Slayer Build

Updated for Patch 3.17

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Guide notes
January 24, 2022
-Build created
February 03, 2022
-Added gameplay video
March 09, 2022
-Updated for Patch 3.17
Build overview
Tags: [MELEE] [PHYSICAL] [IMPALE] [LIFE] 

Budget: 

Defenses: 

Boss DPS:

AoE:

 

Reave is an Attack that has a short initial range, but after the first four Hits, it grows a fair amount. When deciding to play a version suited for Physical Damage, it's recommended to pick Slayer Ascendancy. Slayer specializes in among other things - rapid Life Leeching, Boss Killing, and high Melee Physical Damage. Physical Attack builds, such as this one, often use the Game Mechanics such as Impale and Rage. Impale is a stackable Debuff that basically deals Damage as you repeatedly hit an enemy. Rage is a stackable Buff that increases your Attack Damage, Attack Speed, and Movement Speed as you keep Hitting foes, you can later spend Rage on Berserk in exchange for a powerful Buff. Combined with Pride Aura it makes your DPS and AoE grow over time as you keep attacking opponents, which is perfect for killing bosses.

You should be able to achieve 6k Maximum Life with a lot of Armour and Block Chance. Your Endurance Charges, Purity of Elements, and Fortify form an additional layer protecting you from Damage, but your best survivability tactic is your Life Leech - as a Salyer with Brutal Fervour you can Leech very fast, and the effect of Leeching is not removed on Full Life. You also take no Reflected Physical Damage and reduced Damage while Leeching. The Reave Attack deals exclusively Physical Damage, which is then increased by multiple other Active Skills and Passive Auras. Reave Skill Gem has also a Vaal variant of it which has better AoE and much higher Damage.

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1. Gameplay

The gameplay consists mostly of using Leap Slam to move around and attacking groups of enemies with Reave. During Boss fights use your Vaal Raeve, place both Ancestral Totems to boost your Damage and activate Berserk. This high damage spike should kill most of the bosses in seconds. Use Mana-reserving Skills such as Pride, Precision, Purity of Elements, Blood and Sand, Herald of Purity, and Dread Banner. Blood Rage Buff is supposed to stay active at all times. Vulnerability Curse should be applied via Ring Affix.

 

This video was recorded on a level 93 Slayer in Patch 3.16 using more DPS-oriented Auras. The build remains pretty much the same in the upcoming Patch, but we should update it accordingly over the course of the following weeks


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • very high DPS against bosses
  • doesn't require overly expensive rare items
  • a tanky build with a lot of Life, Armour, Block Chance, and other various defensive aspects
CONS
  • might run into Mana issues due to multiple Mana-reserving Skills
  • vulnerable when not Leeching, can't do no-leech maps

 

3. Leveling tips

You can start with Reave right from the start, but you can use literally any other Melee Attack such as Sweep or Perforate. Just be sure that the Attack doesn't convert your Physical Damage to any other Elemental type of Damage after you acquire Brutality Support Gem, or after you start to specialize in Physical Damage exclusively. Keep your Elemental Resistances High as to not die, and regularly check if you qualify to equip better level-restricted items.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Cleave setup
Cleave Reave - it's the Attack that's not irreplaceable, it should deal Melee Physical Attack Damage with your one-handed weapon
Maim Support Maim Support - you deal more Physical Damage and Maim enemies reducing their Movement Speed
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - Melee Physical Damage is increased but your Attack Speed is reduced
Damage on Full Life Support Damage on Full Life Support - as a Slayer with Brutal Fervour your Life should be Full most of the times
Auras setup
Pride Pride - enemies near you receive more Physical Damage, this effect is increased after four seconds
Precision Precision - Increased Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Curse and Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - a Travel Skill that you can use to jump over cliffs and rocks and move faster
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - makes your Leap Slam faster resulting in higher mobility
Vulnerability Vulnerability - causes enemies to take more Physical Damage, and be more susceptible to Bleeding

Bandits:

Kill all three bandits and be rewarded with two additional Skill Points

 

Leveling Skill Trees:

36 Points Passive Tree
take Master of the Arena, Art of the Gladiator, Defiance, Fortify Mastery, Sword Mastery for higher Crit. Chance, Unvawering Stance, and Born to Fight
 

67 Points Passive Tree
Allocate more Maximum Life, Life Leech Mastery, and more Physical Damage

 

Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - grants you more Damage with Attacks, Attributes, and Elemental Resistances, all of which is important
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
GoldrimGoldrim - it provides you with a lot 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 - has six, white, linked sockets
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - an early game Belt that adds Strength and Physical Damage to your Attacks
+(25-35) to Strength
+25 to Strength
Adds 5 to 15 Physical Damage to Attacks
10% increased maximum Life
+(10-20)% to Cold Resistance
25% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
RedbeakRedbeak - Redbeak is one of the best early-game Swords for Physical Melee builds
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
Carnage HeartCarnage Heart - you can Leech more Damage at a higher rate, and your Damage is increased
+(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 total Recovery per second from Life Leech
(30-40)% increased Damage while Leeching
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4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Brutal Fervour
  2. Bane of Legends
  3. Headsman
  4. Impact

Pantheon:

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; 50% less Duration of Poisons on You

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Reave setup
Vaal Reave Vaal Reave - Melee Attack that grows in size after the first four Hits, at maximum stages it can cover most of your screen and is wide-angled. You can use the Phantasmal version for even more AoE.
Brutality Support Brutality Support - deal increased Physical Damage, but no Elemental Damage
Impale Support Impale Support - your Attacks have a higher chance to Impale, and the Impale effect is increased
Rage Support Rage Support - you have added Physical Damage per Rage, and your hits generate Rage, which is later spent on Berserk
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support  - Attack a few more times with increased Attack Speed but reduced Damage
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - your Attacks Speed is reduced, but Melee Physical Damage increased
[UTILITY] Offensive Auras to choose from
Precision Precision - you have a higher Accuracy Rating and Critical Strike Chance
Blood and Sand Blood and Sand - you can switch between having more AoE and less Area Damage, or more Area Damage and less AoE
Dread Banner Dread Banner - It's the Banner that grants you an increased Impale Effect and chance to Impale while lowering the Accuracy Rating of nearby enemies
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - At level 20 this Gem grants 12% more Physical Damage which is a lot. It also creates Minions which may divert some of the attention from you.
Pride Pride - nearby enemies take more Physical Damage, and after 4 seconds of exposure, this effect is increased. Can be cast for free with Aul's Uprising. It's the most important Aura and it has to be included.
[UTILITY] Defensive Auras to choose from
Dread Banner Dread Banner
Purity of Elements Purity of Elements - Makes your character immune to all Elemental Ailments and grants you Elemental Resistances. Can be cast for free with Aul's Uprising.
Determination Determination - a defensive-oriented Aura that increases and adds more Armour to your character
Tempest Shield Tempest Shield - another defensive Aura that you can use to increase your Block Chance and be immune to Shock
[UTILITY] Ancestral Totems setup
Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector - a Totem which grants more Attack Speed, you can use Phantasmal version for increased Buff effect
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - a Totem that grants you more Melee Attack Damage
Multiple Totems Support Multiple Totems Support - you can now summon both Totems at the same time
Maim Support Maim Support - Totems will Maim on Hit reducing the Movement Speed of your foes
[UTILITY] Blood Rage setup
Blood Rage Blood Rage - increases your Attack Speed, generates Frenzy Charges on Kill, and grants you more Life Leech
Enhance Support Enhance Support - with increased Quality of Blood Rage you gain more Attack Speed
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - you can jump over obstacles, and move faster by using this Attack
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - faster Leap Slam means faster movement
[MOBILITY] Phase Run
Phase Run Phase Run - Phase Run grants you Phasing so that you don't collide with opponents, increased Movement Speed, and Physical Damage. The duration of this Skill scales with Frenzy Charges that you've spent on it.
[UTILITY] Berserk
Berserk Berserk - If you accumulate some Rage use this Skill to get more Attack Speed, Attack Damage, Movement Speed, and reduced Damage Taken for a short time
[UTILITY] Steelskin
Steelskin Steelskin - A Guard Spell of your choice that reduces the damage you take for a short duration. You can replace it with Molten Shell if you have a lot of Armour.
[UTILITY] Vulnerability
Vulnerability Vulnerability - Curse that should be applied via Ring Affix. Your enemies take more Physical Damage and have a chance to Bleed as you Hit them. If you can apply an additional Curse, it should be Punishment Punishment.

 


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6. Gear Setup

A weapon you're supposed to use is a one-handed Sword, preferably a good Paradoxica or a Rare Foil. A shield can provide you with Block Chance, but most importantly you're able to find an Affix that increases Mana Reservation Efficiency for socketed Gems if you need any. The build can be played with no Unique Items, however, Aul's Uprising Unique Amulet allows you to cast one of your most expensive Auras for free so it's definitely worth buying. Getting enough Dexterity and Intelligence might be a hassle, but not a big one, one or two mods should be enough to cover your need for these Attributes. Try to achieve a 100% chance to Impale on Hit as it's your primary Damage source. Look for Maximum Life, Resistances, Armour, and Block Chance to increase your Defences, and Melee Physical Attack Damage and Critical Strike mods for offences.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS and Life to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. to cap your Elemental Resistances
  2. Maximum Life
  3. increased or added Melee Physical Damage with Attacks
  4. Chance to Impale and Imaple Effect
  5. Attack Speed
  6. Critical Strike Chance and Multiplier
  7. Area of Effect and Area Damage
  8. Accuracy Rating
  9. Armour
  10. Block Chance
  11. Dexterity and Intelligence
  12. Chaos Resistances
Rare Helmet(Helmet) Rare Helmet - Rare Helmet is the optimal choice if you value your survivability over raw damage, it can grant you Life and Resistances
Min. requirements:
+50% to Elemental Resistances
+60 to maximum Life
Nearby Enemies take 9% increased Physical Damage
Optional affixes:
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Accuracy Rating
Intelligence
Armour
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - Abyssus is a perilous choice, it increases your damage by a lot, but you also take more Physical Damage yourself
+(20-25) to all Attributes
Adds 40 to 60 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(100-125)% to Melee Critical Strike Multiplier
(100-120)% increased Armour
(40-50)% increased Physical Damage taken
Helmet enchantments:
Reave enchantment mods
Sword(Weapon) Rare one-handed Sword - a Rare Foil could potentially outmatch Paradoxica in terms of damage, but it would cost much, much more
Min. requirements:
around 300 DPS
170% increased Physical Damage
Adds 15 to 28 Physical Damage
12% increased Attack Speed
25% increased Critical Strike Chance
+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Optional affixes:
Accuracy Rating
Hits with this Weapon Overwhelm #% Physical Damage Reduction
Paradoxica(Weapon) Paradoxica - strive for affixes such as increased Physical Damage, chance to deal Double Damage, Critical Strike Multiplier or Attack Speed while a Rare or Unique Enemy is Nearby
+25% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
Attacks with this Weapon deal Double Damage
Veiled Prefix
Veiled Suffix
shield(Weapon) Rare Shield - The reservation efficiency mod is a great solution to your Mana problem, it can save you some Skill Points. Besides that, look for more Life and Block Chance.
Min. requirements:
Socketed Gems have #% increased Reservation Efficiency
+90 to maximum Life
Optional affixes:
Elemental Resistances
Chance to Block
Armour
increased Global Physical Damage
Rare Body Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - a Body Armour with a lot of Maximum Life, Elemental Resistances, and additional Critical Strike chance is good enough
Min. requirements:
+100 to maximum Life
Attacks have +1.5% to Critical Strike Chance
+70% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
You can apply an additional Curse
Enemies you Kill have a chance to Explode, dealing a tenth of their Maximum Life as Physical Damage
increased Area of Effect
Armour
Rare Boots(Boots) Rare Boots - Try to get the default defensive affixes, and later on look for the Tailwind, Onslaught, or Elusive mods
Min. requirements:
+60 to maximum Life
25% increased Movement Speed
+60% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
You have Tailwind if you have dealt a Critical Strike Recently
chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill
chance to gain Elusive on Critical Strike
Rare Gloves(Gloves) Rare Gloves - Hunter and Warlord influence can get you some of the best offensive affixes such as Chance to Impale or added Physical Damage per Impale, definitely worth checking out
Min. requirements:
+50 to maximum Life
+70% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
increased Melee Damage
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
chance to Impale Enemies on Hit with Attacks
Adds Physical Damage for each Impale on Enemy
Accuracy Rating
increased Damage while Leeching (crafted)
Atziri's Acuity(Gloves) Atziri's Acuity - This Unique Pair of Gloves grants you a lot of intelligence, Crit Chance, Maximum Life, Armour, and Vaal Pact when you're in a fight. It makes you Leech Life much faster increasing your survivability against a constant stream of damage.
+(60-80) to Intelligence
(40-60)% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
(200-220)% increased Armour
+(60-75) to maximum Life
You have Vaal Pact if you've dealt a Critical Strike Recently
Ryslatha's Coil(Belt) Ryslatha's Coil - this Unique Belt grants you the best offensive stats and a lot of Maximum Life, get one as soon as you're able to equip it
(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
Rare Belt(Belt) Rare Belt - It's not as good as Ryslatha's Coil, use it if you're in dire need of Elemental Resistances or Maximum Life
Min. requirements:
+100 to Maximum Life
+80% to Elemental Resistances
Optional affixes:
increased Maximum Life
Armour
increased damage
Aul's Uprising(Amulet) Aul's Uprising - there are two versions of this Amulet you can get - one is Strength-related and it gets you free Pride, and one correlates to Intelligence so that you can cast Purity of Elements off charge. Intelligence one gets you increased Crit. Chance and ES. The Strength variant is for increased Armour and reduced Stun and Block Recovery for enemies.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(20-30) to Strength / Intelligence
(15-20)% increased Armour / Maximum Energy Shield
+(50-70) to maximum Life
Nearby Enemies have 10% reduced Stun and Block Recovery / Hits against Nearby Enemies have 50% increased Critical Strike Chance
<Random Strength / Intelligence aura> Reserves no Mana
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Amulet - Added Physical Damage to Attacks is the most valuable offensive affix, but you can also aim for the missing Attributes, Resistances, Accuracy, Mana Leech, Crit. Chance, or Reservation Efficiency
Min. requirements:
+70% to Elemental Resistances
+50 to Maximum Life
Adds 10 to 20 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Global Critical Strike Chance
Global Critical Strike Multiplier
increased Area of Effect
Physical Attack Damage Leeched as Mana
Attributes
Accuracy Rating
increased Mana Reservation Efficiency for Auras you're suing
Recommended Anointments:
Tenacity
Assassination
Fatal Blade
Discipline and Training
Rare Ring(Ring) Rare Ring - One of your Rings should Curse enemies with Vulnerability on Hit. Aim for Defensive stats such as Maximum Life and Resistances, and then look for some of the Warlord's Affixes that will increase your Melee Physical Damage.
Min. requirements:
+80% to Elemental Resistances
+60 to Maximum Life
Curse Enemies with Vulerability on Hit
Optional affixes:
increased Melee Damage
Accuracy Rating
increased Attack Speed
Adds Physical Damage to Attacks
Dexterity and Intelligence
Cobalt Jewel(Jewel) Rare Jewels - increase your Maximum Life and Physical Damage for Attacks, get missing Attributes, Resistances, chance to Impale, and Crit. mods

Recommended affixes:
7% increased maximum Life
Elemental Resistances
chance to Impale Enemies on Hit with Attacks
Dexterity or Intelligence
increased Physical Damage or Attack Speed with Swords
increased Attack Damage, Attack Speed, Crit Chance, or Crit Multiplier while holding a Shield, or with One-Handed Melee Weapons

Brutal Restraint(Jewel) Brutal Restraint - There's a great place for this Jewel, it's near Stamina Notable. It gives you more Dexterity, and allocated Notables in range grant you various bonuses such as Crit. Chance, Accuracy, Maximum Life, Onslaught on Kill, or increased Attack Damage.
Denoted service of (500-8000) dekhara in the akhara of Nasima
Passives in radius are Conquered by the Maraketh
Historic
Thread of Hope(Jewel) Thread of Hope - get a Large Ring variant and allocate it next to Vigour and Savagery so that you can pick Notables like Panopticon, Deflection, Spirit Void, and Art of the Gladiator
Only affects Passives in Large Ring
Passives in Radius can be Allocated without being connected to your tree
-(20-10)% to all Elemental Resistances
Unnatural Instinct(Jewel) Unnatural Instinct - one of the best Jewels you can select for this setup. When allocated right below Scion's starting point, it grants a lot of extra Resistances, Block Chance, Physical Damage and Movement Speed (along with other less relevant bonuses)
Allocated Small Passive Skills in Radius grant nothing
Grants all bonuses of Unallocated Small Passive Skills in Radius
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - you want one of these Jewels for most of the builds that use any Aura. In this case, Pride and Precision mods are the most valuable for you, with Impale lasting for 2 additional Hits being the best one possible
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Large Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Large Cluster Jewels - you can find some of the most powerful Notables on a Large Cluster Jewel, consider taking two if you can find decent ones
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Vicious Skewering
1 Added Passive Skill is Drive the Destruction
1 Added Passive Skill is Fuel the Fight (if you need Mana Leech)
1 Added Passive Skill is Feed the Fury
1 Added Passive Skill is Smite the Weak
1 Added Passive Skill is Martial Prowess
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - your Melee Physical Damage is increased considerably. It also grants extra Armour Rating for better defenses
+1500 to Armour
Adds Knockback to Melee Attacks during Flask effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area when you use a Flask
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(7-10)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Bottled Faith(Flask) Bottled Faith - you have increased Critical Strike Chance and Damage while on Consecrated Ground, making it one of the best Utility Flasks in the game
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

Suggested Flasks:

  1. Quicksilver Flask with Bleeding immunity/removal
  2. Life Flask with random ailment removal
  3. Diamond Flask with random ailment removal
Lion's RoarBottled FaithQuickilver FlaskLife FlaskDiamond Flask


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