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Tectonic Slam Slayer Duelist Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Tectonic Slam Slayer Duelist Build - Odealo's Crafty Guide

Slayer class is based on raw DPS and insane Life Leech. This build provides very high Fire Damage with the new Tectonic Slam attack skill

Tectonic Slam
Patch 3.2 Build

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Guide notes
March 3, 2018
-Updated Skill Trees to Patch 3.2
May 24, 2018
-Added gameplay video

Slayer is one of the most DPS-oriented classes in Path of Exile. It focuses on maximizing raw DPS when wielding a two-handed weapon and provides increased Life Leech for more sustainability. This build revolves around the newly added in patch 3.2 Skill Gem - The Tectonic Slam. This is a powerful area/melee attack skill that is a successor to the nearly forgotten Earthquake. It deals very high  

We expect this build to be fully Uber Elder viable with proper end-game gear, including Atziri's Disfavour unique axe.

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1. Gameplay

Tectonic Slam is an area melee attack skill that can also deal damage from a distance, making several end-game's encounters much easier. It also provides one of the highest melee DPS which makes this extremely viable choice for Patch 3.2 and the Bestiary League. We suggest to use it with high physical damage axes, as they provide the highest base damage, good weapon range, and the best passive nodes from the Duelist/Marauder's part of the Skill Tree. Tectonic's Slam damage is based on high Fire damage conversion.

0:06 Tier 8 Armoury Map
0:18 Tier 9 Arachnid Tomb Map
0:42 Tier 11 Spider Forest Map
0:56 Tier 14 Double Boss Palace Map

This video was recorded on a level 86 Slayer on Bestiary SC League

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2. Build's PROS & CONS

  • great damage from two-handed axes and elemental damage conversion
  • a good League starter build with no special unique item requirements and insane Life and DPS bonuses provided by your Skill Tree. This allows you to start mapping efficiently with just inexpensive equipment
  • high Life and Leech provided by Life gear and Slayer Ascendencies
  • scales well with end-game gear and can clear all Path of Exile's content when properly equipped
  • elemental reflect mod maps
  • may require a Mana Flask

3. Leveling tips

Leveling with Duelist/Slayer may feel a bit slow on lower levels, but if you can afford to upgrade your two-handed axe every 5-8 levels it will be a piece of cake. You can use a wide variety of melee Skill Gems, depending on your personal preference, but still, Sunder remains one of the best leveling skills that provide good area damage and clear speed. Other than that it's all about upgrading your damage through flat added physical DPS gear and following the suggested Skill Tree's path.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Molten Strike setup (up to level 12)
Molten Strike Molten Strike - good melee DPS ability that is the first skill you can get after killing Hillock
Ruthless Support Ruthless Support - grants increased damage with every 3rd hit
Added Fire Support Added Fire Damage Support - adds additional damage as a percentage of your physical weapon damage
Sunder setup
Sunder Sunder - this skill provides better DPS and amazing AoE for leveling. It's advised to switch to Sunder at level 12
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support
Melee Physical Damage Melee Physical Damage Support
Utility Gems
Flame Golem Flame Golem - increases your damage
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - summons a Totem that deals additional Physical Damage as well as increases your own melee damage
Punishment Punishment - recommended leveling curse for this build
Shield Charge Leap Slam - great mobility skill that can be used with two-handers equipped


We recommend killing all bandits for the extra 2 passive points

Leveling Skill Trees:

31 Points Skill Tree
Priorities: 1) Art of the Gladiator 2) Destroyer 3) Butchery 4) Splitting Axes

63 Points Skill Tree
1) Barbarism 2) Devotion 3) Catalyse 4) Elementalist 5) Amplify 6) Discipline and Training

Recommended leveling items:

Blackheart Blackheart - amazing leveling ring that has no level requirement
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
LimbsplitLimbsplit - cheap and powerful two-handed unique axe
+1 to Level of Socketed Strength Gems
(80-100)% increased Physical Damage
Adds 5 to 10 Physical Damage
+(15-30) to Strength
Culling Strike
WideswingWideswing - this axe will work wonders with your Sunder skill and help you get through the leveling phase
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
Meginord's GirdleMeginord's Girdle - amazing leveling belt. Provides insane damage boots at early levels, and can be used during early mapping phase as well
+(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

4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

115 Points Final Skill Tree
115 Points Path of Building link
This is the final tree at level 92. You should always prioritize major nodes and leave the jewel sockets and small life nodes (the 5% ones) as the last passive points you are planning to take

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Headsman
  2. Bane of Legends
  3. Endless Hunger
  4. Brutal Fervour


Major God: 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%

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] Tectonic Slam setup
Tectonic Slam Tectonic Slam - your main DPS ability. It is a melee/area attack that deals very high elemental damage. It also consumes one endurance charge for increases damage
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - grants additional physical damage, which also increases the elemental damage dealt thanks to damage conversion
Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support - converts 50% of physical damage to lightning and adds extra lightning damage. Core Gem for the elemental conversion setup 
Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support - increases all elemental damage dealt by the supported skill
Chance to Bleed Support Chance to Bleed Support - grants flat added physical damage. Amazing Gem for melee/conversion builds
Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support - grants additional fire damage
[UTILITY] Ancestral Warchief setup
Ancestral Warchief Ancestral Warchief - spawns a Totem that will increase your melee damage. It also deals a fair amount of damage on its' own
Brutality Support Brutality Support - greatly increases melee physical damage of your Totem
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - increases Ancestral Warchiefs damage
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - increases damage dealt, and makes your Totem instantly kill low life enemies on hit
[MOBILITY] Leap Slam setup
Leap Slam Leap Slam - your main mobility skill
Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support - increases the movement speed of LS skill
Fortify Support Fortify Support - grants a nice damage reduction buff on hit with supported skill (the Leap Slam must hit enemies upon landing)
Stone Golem [1L]Stone Golem  - Stone Golem provides increased Life regeneration per second
[CURSE/AURA] Warlord's Mark / Hatred setup
Warlord's Mark Warlord's Mark - recommended curse option for this build. Increases your Life and Mana Leech and provides endurance charge generation for Tectonic Slam's increased damage
Blasphemy Blasphemy - will make Warlord's Mark work as an aura around you
Enlighten Support Enlighten Support - reduces the amount of mana reserved by Hatred and your curse/aura
Hatred Hatred - this aura provides the highest damage bonus out of all Path of Exile's auras available

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5. Gear Setup

In this section, you will find all the suggested items for this build. We always try to include optional gear in our listing and all the stat. requirements are also included.

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Keep in mind that our recommended gear will:

  1. Cap your resistances 
  2. Give you enough DPS and Life to map efficiently
  3. Save you at least a couple of hours, as it's already planned out for you!

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Life
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Added Physical Damage to Attacks
  4. Increased Physical/Elemental Damage
  5. Attack Speed
Abyssus(Helmet) Abyssus - the best in slot item for this build. It provides the highest flat Physical Damage bonus out of armour slot items
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
Devoto's Devotion(Helmet) Devoto's Devotion - another good helmet option. It provides additional Attack and Movement Speed which is great speed-farming low and mid-tier maps
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
Kaom's Heart(Body Armour) Kaom's Heart - best in slot armour for this build. Provides the highest flat Life bonus out of all Path of Exile items (except for the Kaom's Heart Legacy variant of course)
Has no Sockets
+500 to maximum Life
(20-40)% increased Fire Damage
Astral Plate(Body Armour) Rare Life/Res. body armour - just use this piece while collecting currency for Kaom's chest. Sockets are irrelevant here, you may want to take 3 linked ones though, and put the Immortal Call/CwDT/Inc. Duration setup in it
Min. requirements:
80 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
High Armour
Atziri's Disfavor(Weapon Slot) Atziri's Disfavour - one of the best in slot items (putting Tier 1 mirrored gear aside)
+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
Titan Greaves(Boots) Rare Life/Res. boots - pick the pair with the highest Life and movement speed bonus you can afford
Min. requirements:
75 maximum Life
25% Fire Resistance
25% Cold Resistance
25% Lightning Resistance
25% increased Movement Speed
Leather belt(Belt) Rare Life belt - leather belt or vanguard belts are both perfectly viable options. Getting one with increased Elemental Damage should be your goal, but will surely depend on your available budget
Min. requirements:
95 maximum Life
30% Fire Resistance
30% Cold Resistance
30% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
increased Physical Damage
Carnage Heart(Amulet) Carnage Heart - great DPS amulet. Increases your Life Leech and damage while Leeching, which is just perfect for the Slayer class
+(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
Citrine Amulet(Amulet) Rare Life/Res. - rare amulets can provide much better stats than Carnage Heart, but such piece will cost a fortune
Min. requirements:
65 maximum Life
20% Fire Resistance
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Added min. 9 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
Added flat Elemental Damage to Attacks
Rare RingsRare Rings(Rings) Rare rings with Life and Elemental Resistances - both Steel and Opal Rings are good
Min. requirements:
70 maximum Life
15% Fire Resistance
15% Cold Resistance
15% Lightning Resistance
Added min. 7 Physical Damage to Attacks
Optional affixes:
increased Elemental Damage
increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Attack Speed
Spiked Gloves(Gloves) Rare Life/Res./Melee Damage gloves - as this is the last item you might want to adjust the Resistances. After that, simply choose the pair with highest life/attack speed combination and within your budget
Min. requirements:
75 maximum Life
20% Cold Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
20% Lightning Resistance
Optional affixes:
increased Melee Damage
Cobalt Jewel(Jewels) Rare jewels - simply find jewels the highest values of the following recommended stats
Recommended affixes:
% increased maximum Life
% increased Generic/Physical/Melee/Area/Elemental Damage
Optional affixes:
% increased Attack Speed
Atziri's Promise(Flask) Atziri's Promise - one of the best Flasks in Path of Exile. Provides additional damage, defenses and Life Leech
+35% to Chaos Resistance
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 - gives great defensive and damage bonuses
+3000 to Armour
Adds Knockback 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 on Flask use
Taste of Hate(Flask) Taste of Hate - provides decent damage boost and amazing defensive utility
+50% to Cold Resistance
+6% to maximum Cold Resistance
20% of Physical Damage taken as Cold Damage during Flask effect
Gain (15-20)% of Physical Damage as Extra Cold Damage during effect
30% chance to Avoid being Chilled during Flask effect
30% chance to Avoid being Frozen during Flask effect
Other suggested Flasks:
  1. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Heat (immunity to chill and freeze effects)
  2. Bubbling Divine Life Flask of Staunching (bleeding immunity)
Atziri's PromiseLion's RoarTaste of HateDivine Life FlaskDivine Life Flask 

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