Forum Index Marauder [3.8] GLACIAL SHOCKWAVE HAMMER Berserker Build. ONE PUNCH MAN! (Uber Elder Done)

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Hello and welcome to probably one of the least played melee skill in Path of Exile melee patch!

If you are still here, then i guess you wanna see how is it, to play a TRULY MELEE build?
Glacial Hammer is one of these "rare" skills that i never played, so in 3.7 i decided i am gonna give it a try after playing Ice Crash for a while. It was an easy switch, and on top of that i could use the new SHOCKWAVE support. The result was actually an interesting, yet contradicting experience. The tankiness, single target and aoe are decent, but Uber Elder fight was the hardest ever for me. And not because of damage or sustain, but because of absolutely tiny melee range on top of new "animation cancelling". Sometimes you just don't hit because you are not close enough or cancel your hit and don't even realize what was the problem. And if you hit air you lose mana too :)
So all in all it's a solid setup with very decent damage and superb tankiness. But if you are used to clearing screens with MELEE cyclone aoe then this build is definitely not for you, because are literally facing danger face to face. This is a very PERSONAL build ;)
This is a ONE PUNCH MAN build!

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VIDEO BUILD/GUIDE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwEMG13mIkI
V 1.1 UPDATE (06/09/2019)
-POB updated for 3.8
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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/glacial-shockwave-hammer-berserker-path-of-exile-build/
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How does it work, in general?
You slam monsters with maces and BIG DICK damage. They freeze and die before they can even realize WTF happened. Frozen enemies and enemies with 30% less life instantly become SHATTERED. D E S T R O Y E D
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1) PROS

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+Easily reaches 7000+ life
+Good single target and bossing damage
+Feeezes and shatters trash, freezes and phases bosses before they can even say HELLO
+Great sustain for league mechanics with Steelskin on top of Enduring Cry and leech.

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2) CONS
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-Really crappy aoe even with Ancestral Call support
-Uber Elder can be hard if you are lacking experience

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3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
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Path of building:
End-game Setup with levelling tress up to 97: https://pastebin.com/geEqSXUL
For Ascendancy: Crave the Slaughter, Rite of Ruin, War Bringer, Flawless Savagery (Aspect of Carnage for absolute madman)
Bandits: Alira / Kill All

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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In current state of the game you can level with whatever skill you want: Cleave, Sweep, Sunder. I personally used Cleave.
Link it with Melee.PhyS.Damage + Ruthless + Multistrike (when you get it) and you are good to go till maps.
Other useful mace skills are Ground Slam, Tectonic Slam, Earthquake, Ice Crash, Wild Strike, Cyclone
In terms of gear there are plenty of good swords and maces that can be used:
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/List_of_unique_swords
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/List_of_unique_maces
Springleaf
Plank Kite Shield
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  • +4% to all Elemental Resistances
  • 83% increased Armour and Energy Shield
  • 50% reduced Freeze Duration on you
  • Regenerate 3% of Life per second
  • Regenerate 3% of Life per second while on Low Life
  • From death springs life.

    Goldrim
    Leather Cap
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  • +45 to Evasion Rating
  • 10% increased Rarity of Items found
  • +34% to all Elemental Resistances
  • Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
  • No metal slips as easily through the fingers as gold.

    Tabula Rasa
    Simple Robe
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    Wanderlust
    Wool Shoes
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  • +5 to Dexterity
  • +16 to maximum Energy Shield
  • 36% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
  • 20% increased Movement Speed
  • Cannot be Frozen
  • All the world is my home.

    Araku Tiki
    Coral Amulet
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  • Regenerate 2.1 Life per second
  • +100 to Evasion Rating while on Low Life
  • +38 to maximum Life
  • +24% to Fire Resistance
  • Regenerate 1% of Life per second while on Low Life
  • It is said to make you invisible when the Great

    Spirit comes to take you on your final journey.


    At level 50 get two Frostbreaths and you can switch to Glacial Hammer. These will be your weapons for a while till level 75.
    Frostbreath
    Ornate Mace
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  • 15% reduced Enemy Stun Threshold
  • Adds 29 to 37 Physical Damage
  • Adds 28 to 38 Cold Damage
  • 8% increased Attack Speed
  • +45% to Fire Resistance
  • 42% increased Chill Duration on Enemies
  • Attacks with this Weapon deal Double Damage to Chilled Enemies
  • A merciful murderer swept through the streets of Sarn

    Robbing breath from the weak and worthless.



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    5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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    Doryani's Catalyst
    Vaal Sceptre
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  • 32% increased Elemental Damage
  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
  • Adds 76 to 154 Physical Damage
  • 15% increased Attack Speed
  • 6% increased Cast Speed
  • 33% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • 0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
  • 87% increased Elemental Damage
  • The result of the catalytic reaction would be either immortality for all,

    or death for all. It was a risk Doryani was willing to take.

    Rage Wrap
    Astral Plate
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  • +12% to all Elemental Resistances
  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 1 Maim
  • +116 to maximum Life
  • 4% increased maximum Life
  • Regenerate 22.8 Life per second
  • Regenerate 1% of Life per second
  • 6% increased maximum Life
  • 8% increased maximum Mana
  • Chimeric Salvation
    Gladiator Helmet
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  • +21 to Intelligence
  • +92 to Armour
  • +117 to maximum Life
  • 8% increased Rarity of Items found
  • +32% to Cold Resistance
  • +19% to Fire and Cold Resistances
  • Doryani's Catalyst
    Vaal Sceptre
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  • 32% increased Elemental Damage
  • Socketed Gems are Supported by Level 20 Elemental Proliferation
  • Adds 85 to 151 Physical Damage
  • 15% increased Attack Speed
  • 9% increased Cast Speed
  • 35% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
  • 0.2% of Elemental Damage Leeched as Life
  • 93% increased Elemental Damage
  • The result of the catalytic reaction would be either immortality for all,

    or death for all. It was a risk Doryani was willing to take.

    Death Locket
    Onyx Amulet
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  • +16 to all Attributes
  • +28 to Strength
  • Adds 15 to 22 Physical Damage to Attacks
  • +32% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 42% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  • +53 to maximum Life
  • Mark of the Elder
    Steel Ring
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  • Adds 4 to 14 Physical Damage to Attacks
  • 20% chance to Trigger Level 20 Tentacle Whip on Kill
  • Adds 31 to 48 Cold Damage to Attacks
  • 8% increased maximum Energy Shield
  • 10% increased maximum Life
  • 78% increased Attack Damage if your other Ring is a Shaper Item
  • Cannot be Stunned by Attacks if your other Ring is an Elder Item
  • Be not stirred by the Void.

    Blood Eye
    Two-Stone Ring
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  • +16% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
  • +130 to Evasion Rating
  • +79 to maximum Life
  • +34% to Fire Resistance
  • +42% to Lightning Resistance
  • 22% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  • Oskarm
    Nubuck Gloves
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  • 32% increased Global Accuracy Rating
  • +47 to maximum Life
  • -11% to Chaos Resistance
  • 8% chance to Dodge Spell Hits
  • Curse Enemies with Level 10 Assassin's Mark on Hit
  • 2% increased Attack Critical Strike Chance per 200 Accuracy Rating
  • Land and sea did not dissuade,

    nor did the Kelpie's maw;

    the wild beast crossed half the world

    to sate his hungry claw.

    Perseverance
    Vanguard Belt
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  • +314 to Armour and Evasion Rating
  • 8% increased maximum Life
  • +29% to Cold Resistance
  • 1% increased Attack Damage per 300 of the lowest of Armour and Evasion Rating
  • 20% chance to gain Fortify when you Stun an Enemy with Melee Damage
  • You have Onslaught while you have Fortify
  • "Some blows must be evaded. Some blows must be endured.

    The trick is to tell them apart."

    - Daresso, the Sword King

    Horror Stride
    Two-Toned Boots
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  • +12% to Cold and Lightning Resistances
  • +88 to maximum Life
  • +22% to Fire Resistance
  • +35% to Cold Resistance
  • +35% to Lightning Resistance
  • 30% increased Movement Speed
  • 40% increased Evasion Rating
  • +26 to maximum Life
  • Fate Shackle
    Stygian Vise
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  • Has 1 Abyssal Socket
  • Grants Level 20 Aspect of the Spider Skill
  • 30% increased Cold Damage
  • +67 to maximum Life
  • +46% to Cold Resistance
  • 29% increased Elemental Damage
  • 31% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills

  • Chest with both Maim and "Attacks Have +% Critical Strike Chance" is very expensive, but is a nice stretch end-game goal (that's what i have in PoB)
    JEWELS:
    Life, Crit Multi with Elemental Skills, Global Multi Crit, Crit with One Handed weapons, Crit while Dual Wielding, Crit with Cold Skills. Cold damage. Intelligence, Melee Damage.
    1 WINTER BURIAL
    Spirit Curio
    Crimson Jewel
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  • +12% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • +15% to Critical Strike Multiplier with One Handed Melee Weapons
  • 7% increased maximum Life
  • Viper Blood
    Crimson Jewel
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  • 16% increased Cold Damage
  • +10% to Global Critical Strike Multiplier
  • 6% increased maximum Life
  • 10% increased Melee Damage
  • Spirit Curio
    Viridian Jewel
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  • +15 to Strength
  • +15% to Critical Strike Multiplier with One Handed Melee Weapons
  • 7% increased maximum Life
  • Winter Burial
    Crimson Jewel
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  • You cannot be Maimed
  • 14% increased Cold Damage
  • With at least 40 Strength in Radius, Glacial Hammer deals Cold-only Splash Damage to surrounding targets
  • With at least 40 Strength in Radius, 25% of Glacial Hammer Physical Damage Converted to Cold Damage
  • Exposure led to the deaths of many slaves.

    And it was the duty of slaves to bury the dead in the frozen ground.

    A growing circle of misery and death

    that the elite were all too happy to sustain.


    For Uber Lab enchant: 15% of Glacial Hammer Physical Damage Gained as Extra Cold Damage. 40% Glacial Hammer is second best!
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    I use different setups for different content. Another reason why i like this build. It's flexible and you don't need to recolor anything!
    Mindless Mapping 6L: Glacial.Hammer-Melee.Physical.Damage-Elemental.Damage.With.Attacks-Ruthless-Shockwave-Ancestral.Call
    Mindless Mapping 5L: Glacial.Hammer-Melee.Physical.Damage-Elemental.Damage.With.Attacks-Shockwave-Ancestral.Call
    Bossing 6L (Uber Elder/Shaper): Glacial.Hammer-Melee.Physical.Damage-Elemental.Damage.With.Attacks-Ruthless-Shockwave-Fortify

    For general mapping move Fortify to Leap Slam.
    For bossing move Fortify to chest and use Rage with Leap Slam instead

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    6) Flasks
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    Atziri's Promise
    Amethyst Flask
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  • 2% of Chaos Damage Leeched as Life during Flask effect
  • Gain 20% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
  • Gain 14% of Elemental Damage as Extra Chaos Damage during effect
  • "Death needs not your understanding. It needs only your loyalty."

    - Atziri, Queen of the Vaal

    Lion's Roar
    Granite Flask
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  • 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
  • 21% more Melee Physical Damage during effect
  • A sprinkle of hunger, a spoonful of menace

    and three generous cups of Might.

    Ample Diamond Flask of Heat
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  • +15 to Maximum Charges
  • Immunity to Freeze and Chill during Flask effect Removes Freeze and Chill on use
  • Taste of Hate
    Sapphire Flask
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  • 20% of Physical Damage from Hits taken as Cold Damage during Flask effect
  • Gain 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
  • A sip will freeze your lips,

    A swig will chill your heart,

    A glass will still your soul.

    Blood of the Karui
    Sanctified Life Flask
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  • 100% increased Life Recovered
  • 19% increased Recovery rate
  • Recover Full Life at the end of the Flask Effect
  • "Kaom fought and killed for his people.

    Kaom bled for his people.

    And so the people gave, the people bled,

    So their King might go on."

    - Lavianga, Advisor to Kaom



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    7) Pantheon Gods
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    Major: Arakaali
    Minor: Ryslatha

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    8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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    I would say YES, but can be tricky indeed with Legion and especially hard with Uber Elder.

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    9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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    Watcher's Eye with Hatred Penetration + Precision Crit Multi (40-50 ex). Triple Crit Multi jewels.

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    MORE VIDEOS:

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    FAQ
    1) What is the best base for a chest?
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    item level 86+ Elder Astral Plate

    2) How can i craft Maim + Attacks have Critical Strike Chance?
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    Pristine + Serrated Fossil (+ sanctified if you are super rich)

    3) I tried using these fossils and never got Crit Chance!
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    Check if your chest is ELDER or not. Crit is an ELDER mod.

    4) Can i get Maim in any other way other than fossils??
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    No

    5) I can't for the life of me get Maim + Crit! I've spent million of fossils!
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    RNG

    Angry_Roleplayer
    Aug 07, 2019 16:08:45 PM

    V 1.1 UPDATE (06/09/2019)
    -POB updated for 3.8

    Angry_Roleplayer
    Sep 05, 2019 23:14:29 PM
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