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Sunder Juggernaut Marauder 2H Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Sunder Juggernaut Marauder 2H Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Sunder Juggernaut is one of the strongest melee fighters in Path of Exile. Atziri and Shaper viable Build

Juggernaut/Marauder build

Updated for Patch 3.6

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Guide notes
March 12, 2019
-Updated for Patch 3.6

Sunder Juggernaut is one of the most durable Melee builds in Path of Exile. Extremely high defense combined with high damage allows you to clear all the endgame content. On top of that Sunder combined with Herald of Ash will make groups of monsters explode, making it very fast in terms of clear speed. Juggernaut, as opposed to other Ascendancy classes, provides excellent Physical Damage mitigation obtained from endurance charges, which lets you farm maps and Labyrinths with ease. Investing in Atziri’s Disfavour and Belly of the Beast makes it possible to kill the hardest bosses in the game - the Shaper and the Atziri.

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1. Gameplay

The long range of Sunder’s seismic wave allows you to decide to fight either from melee or range, depending on the encounter. The high defense will enable you to tank most of the hits in the game, which leads to very active and fast gameplay – jumping between packs with Leap Slam, obliterating whole groups of monsters with Sunder and Herald of Ash's explosions.

0:06 Tier 13 Double-Boss Ghetto
0:35 Tier 13 Park
1:02 Tier 14 Colosseum
1:38Tier 16 Lair of the Hydra

This video was recorded on a level 88 Juggernaut wielding Atziri's Disfavour and wearing Kaom's Heart

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • very high damage and high AoE
  • great defense from Juggernaut ascendancy and endurance charges
  • best league starter with only 4-links you can farm most of the white maps with ease
  • scales very well into the endgame with investments into more expensive uniques
  • relaxing to play – high defense allows you to stop worrying about getting one-shotted
  • over 6000 life with just a little bit of investments
  • slightly slower in clearing maps than pure range builds
  • vulnerable to physical reflect mods maps

3. Leveling tips

Leveling as Marauder is one of the easiest in Path of Exile, due to a lot of life and strength nodes on the passive tree, which let you facetank most of the encounters while leveling. Sunder scales well not only in the endgame but also while leveling, which result in killing bosses in no time. We recommend using Molten Strike early on and replace it with Sunder as soon as you kill Merveil in Act 1. Preferably use one or rare Two-Handed Axe with the highest Physical DPS you can find.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Molten Strike setup
Molten Strike Molten Strike - one of the first available skills you will get as a quest reward after killing Hillock. It will do great until you reach the Sunder skill Gem
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - great buff to your DPS, scaling well with Physical Damage
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - this will make your every 3rd hit much stronger, which helps a lot with killing bosses
Sunder setup
Sunder Sunder - you will get Sunder as a quest reward after killing Merveil. Try to use(and level up) as many support Gems you plan to use later on with this setup. This always makes the transition to your final build much easier
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - it's an essential support Gem for Sunder. Buy it in act 2 as soon as you hit level 18
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - the second most crucial support Gem that will increase your attack speed by a lot. Available to buy at level 38 or as a reward after killing Malachai
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - combined with Multistrike is a great boost for your damage, especially versus boss encounters
Utility Gems
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - this totem increases your melee damage and deals a lot of damage by itself, which might come in handy versus strong rares or bosses. You can buy it at level 28. You can link Maim, Faster Attacks, and Culling Strike support Gems to increase its damage even more
Punishment Punishment - definitely the best curse for this build, which grants you more melee damage and attack speed when you hit cursed enemies. You can start using it from  level 24
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - combined with Sunder’s seismic wave it will destroy packs of monsters in no time
Leap Slam Leap Slam - this movement skill, linked with Faster Attacks Support allows you to move through locations much faster


The best option is to help Oak. He will increase your Life Regeneration and grant additional Physical Damage mitigation

Leveling Skill Trees:

34 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Butchery 2) Amplify 3) Constitution 4) Resolute Technique

73 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Barbarism 2) Cleaving 3) Slaughter 4) Devotion 5) Juggernaut 6) Stamina 7) Endurance 8) Bloodless 9) Wrecking Ball

Recommended leveling items:

BlackheartBlackheart - great Phys. DPS leveling rings. Available as soon as level one will grant you amazing DPS bonuses
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
Belt of the DeceiverBelt of the Deceiver - mighty belt, provides Life, Resistances and Intimidate, which increases damage monsters receive by 10%. Being used in endgame build as well
(25-35) to Strength
(15-25)% increased Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
Kaom's WayKaom’s Way - this Ring provides a lot of life regeneration per endurance charges, also gives one more maximum endurance charge. Being used in endgame build as well. However, this ring is very expensive
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+(10-20) to Strength
0.4% of maximum Life Regenerated per second per Endurance Charge
+(2-4) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
+1 to Maximum Endurance Charges

WideswingThe Wideswing- the first unique 2-handed Axe you can start using since level 18. It’s recommended to socket Sunder into it which result in increased AoE

Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Increased Area of Effect
(120-160)% increased Physical Damage
+10 to Strength
+(50-80) to Accuracy Rating
+10 Mana gained on Kill
+2 to Weapon range

The CauteriserThe Cauteriser –this weapon is recommended to use since level 40. Additional fire damage from one of its affixes will increase your damage by a lot

+1 to Level of SocketedStrength Gems
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 5 to 10 Physical Damage
Adds (30-40) to (70-80) Physical Damage
+(15-30) to Strength
Gain 70% of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage
Culling Strike

Kaom's PrimacyKaom’s Primacy – it’s one of the highest physical damage weapons for leveling, available from level 58. This weapon should carry you through most of the white and yellow maps up to the point where you can use Atziri’sDisfavour

(160-220)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (16-21) to (32-38) Fire Damage
+(150-250) to Accuracy Rating
+20 Life gained on Kill
Culling Strike

4. Final Skill tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

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

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Unflinching
  2. Unyielding
  3. Unrelenting
  4. Unstoppable


Major God - there are 2 choices depending on whether you are clearing Maps or want to challenge endgame Bosses

For clearing 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%

For single target 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] Sunder setup
Sunder Sunder - your main DPS skill. It grants terrific AoE and decent single target DPS
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - the most important support Gem for increasing your DPS
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - makes Sunder repeat two additional times with greatly increased Attack Speed
Maim Support Maim Support - increases Physical Damage and maims enemies, which increased the damage they take
Fortify Support Chance to Bleed Support - grants increased Physical Damage and increased chance to cause Bleeding with your attacks
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support - increases Area Damage in exchange for reduced Sunder's radius. Can be swapped for Increased Area of Effect Support for mapping if it doesn’t reduce your clear speed
[DPS] Ancestral Warchief setup
(use in Body Armour or in 4-link in Boots if you are using Kaom's Heart; both Kaom's pieces don't pair well in this build)
Sunder Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem which increases your Melee Damage. At the same time, it deals quite a lot of damage on its' own
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - will instantly kill enemies below 10% Life
Maim Support Maim Support
Fortify Support Chance to Bleed Support (only in Body Armour)
Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support (only in Body Armour)
[AURAS] Hatred + Herald of Ash
Hatred Hatred - grants the highest DPS boost out of all Auras available in Path of Exile
Herald of Ash Herald of Ash - grants moderate DPS boost and AoE explosions
[CURSE] Vulnerability Aura
Vulnerability Vulnerability - recommended Curse for this build. It will be used as an Aura with the Impresence Amulet which makes gameplay much smoother
Blasphemy Blasphemy Support - makes your Curse work as an Aura around you. With Impresence amulet equipped it will reserve 0 Mana
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam and Stone Golem
Stone Golem Stone Golem - it grants additional Life Regeneration
Leap Slam Leap Slam - your main movement skill, helps with getting through gaps or escaping from danger
Fortify Support Fortify Support - will grant you the Fortify buff after you hit an enemy with Leap Slam skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

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5. Gear Setup

Sunder Juggernaut is an extremely flexible build. It can be entirely viable even with a very tight budget. While our list of recommended items will include some more expensive gear options, this can always be replaced with cheaper alternatives for the leveling/early mapping phase.  If you are looking for a way to get cheap PoE Currency required to complete this build, we are delighted to invite you to visit the market section on our website.

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 Elemental Damage to Attacks
  4. Increased Elemental Damage/Elemental Damage with Attacks
  5. Attack Speed
Starkonja's Head(Helmet) Starkonja’s Head - beginner and budget-friendly option for the helmet slot. Grants very high defensive utility and increased Attack Speed
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
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - another helmet option worth considering. Grants very high bonus Attack and Movement Speed, but slighly reduces your Weapon Damage
10% reduced Physical Damage
+(50-65) to Dexterity
16% increased Attack Speed
(150-200)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(15-25)% to Chaos Resistance
20% increased Movement Speed
Mercury Footprints
Helmet enchantment:
40% increased Sunder Damage
Belly of the Beast(Body Armour) Belly of the Beast - best in slot armour for this build, the second 5/6L equipment allows you to link Ancestral Warchief with Support Gems, helping with single target damage. This chest gives an insane amount of life for your build and extra elemental resistances which helps you cap them
Armour: (685 to 812)
(150-200)% increased Armour
(30-40)% increased maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
50% increased Flask Life Recovery rate
Extra gore
Kaom's Heart(Body Armour) Kaom's Heart - it’s a great alternative for Belly of the Beast if you want more HP at the cost of Ancestral Warchief setup
Has no Sockets
+500 to maximum Life
(20-40)% increased Fire Damage
Rare Armour(Body Armour) Rare Body Armour - until you can afford any of the unique body armours mentioned before, you can use any rare body armour, with decent life and elemental resistance bonuses
Min. requirements:
100 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
Atziri's Disfavour(Weapon)Atziri’sDisfavour - definitely best in slot weapon for this build. Preferably you want to socket Sunder setup into this weapon, so all Support Gems will gain +2 levels, increasing your damage by a lot
Physical Damage: (358.8 to 376.8)–(481.2 to 505.2)
Critical Strike Chance: 5.00%
Attacks per Second: (1.34 to 1.39)
+2 to Level of Socketed Support Gems
Adds (220-235) to (270-290) Physical Damage
(12-16)% increased Attack Speed
+2 to Weapon range
25% chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
Rare Axe(Weapon)Rare Two-Handed Axe - rare axe can be a cheaper alternative before upgrading to Atziri’s Disfavour
Min. requirements:
500+ Physical Damage
Optional affixes:
Chance to cause Bleeding on Hit
Increased weapon range
Boots(Boots) Rare Life/Res Boots –recommended choice, get pair with the highest maximum Life bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
20% increased Movement Speed
25% Fire Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
Kaom's Roots(Boots) Kaom’s Roots - good alternative if you can cap your resistances with other items. It grants extremely high amount of life and helps with temporal chains mods maps or any other kind of slows. In exchange for high amount of flat life you are losing your Curse on Hit setup
Has no Sockets
Cannot be Knocked Back
+(150-200) to maximum Life
You cannot be slowed to below base speed
Unwavering Stance
Boot enchantment:
16% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you've Killed Recently
Regenerate 2% of Life and Mana per second if you were Hit Recently
Leather Belt(Belt) Rare Life/res belt - again, we try to grab one with the highest maximum life and elemental resistances bonuses
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
35% Fire Resistance
35% Lightning Resistance
35% Cold Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Physical Damage
Belt of the Deceiver(Belt) Belt of the Deceiver–despite being very cheap, it’s extremely powerful belt, providing life, resistances and on top of that increases the damage monsters receive by 10%
(25-35) to Strength
(15-25)% increased Physical Damage
You take 30% reduced Extra Damage from Critical Strikes
+(30-40) to maximum Life
+(10-15)% to all Elemental Resistances
Nearby Enemies are Intimidated
Impresence(Amulet) Impresence (Physical) - one of the best amulets for this build. It allows you to use Vulnerability Aura with no Mana Reservation cost
+(10-16) to all Attributes
Adds (12-16) to (20-25) Physical Damage
+(400-500) to Armour
+(50-70) to maximum Life
(30-40)% increased Stun and Block Recovery
100% reduced Vulnerability Mana Reservation
Gain Maddening Presence for 10 seconds when you Kill a Rare or Unique Enemy
Rare Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/res amulet - using a rare amulet will require you to manually cast your curse (just against Bosses is enough) 
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
Increased armour
Steel RingSteel Ring(Ring) Rare Life/Res Steel Rings
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
15% All Elemental Resistances
Adds min. 14 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Kaom's Way(Ring) Kaom’s Way - ring that will provide a lot of life regeneration per endurance charges, also gives one additional maximum endurance charge
+(20-30) to maximum Life
+(10-20) to Strength
0.4% of maximum Life Regenerated per second per Endurance Charge
+(2-4) Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks
+1 to Maximum Endurance Charge
Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res gloves - extra attack speed may be a good addition in the end-game versions of this build
Min. requirements:
60 maximum Life
25% Fire resistance
25% Lightning resistance
25% Cold resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Attack Speed
Glove enchantment:
Commandment of Light
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare jewels - these should provide extra Life and damage bonuses
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Melee/Physical/Physical with Axes/Physical with Two-Handed Melee Weapons Damage
% increased Attack Speed/Attack Speed with Axes/Attack Speed with Two-Handed Melee Weapons Damage
Optional affixes:
% increased Area Damage
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - one of the most popular Flasks in Path of Exile. Grants additional chaos damage and extra life leech
2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Gain (10-15)% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
Lion's Roar(Flask) Lion's Roar - great defensive and offensive utility Flask that is moderately cheap
Adds Knockback to Melee Attacks during Flask effect
75% chance to cause Enemies to Flee on use
(20-25)% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
Knocks Back Enemies in an Area when you use a Flask
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (bleeding immunity)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to freeze and chill effects)
  3. Experimenter's Basalt Flask of Iron Skin (additional armour)
Atziri's PromiseLion's RoarDivine Life FlaskDivine Life FlaskBasalt Flask

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