FROST BLADES

BUILD

INFORMATION

This is a Gladiator based build focusing on the Skill Frost Blades. Great build for fast clearing maps. Has an easy leveling process and it's cheap, great for beginners looking for a build to start a new League.

Pros

  • Cheap

  • Awesome Clear Speed

  • Great Single Target

  • Awesome Survivability

  • High Armour

  • Fun Playstyle

  • League Starter

Cons

  • Best Shield for this build is expensive

EQUIPMENT
  • BODY ARMOUR
- The best body armour for this build would be an Elder one with a lot life, and more critical strike chance for attacks. Examples here.
- I also recommend a Belly of The Beast, it provides up to 40% increased maximum life and 15% to all elemental resistances.
  • SWORD
- Ichimonji is cheap and awesome for this build, It has up to 270 DPS, 5% reduced mana reserved, 10% increased effect of your buffs and 25% increased attack speed.
- If currency is not a problem you can treat yourself a rare foil with high physical DPS, Attack speed and Critical Chance. Examples here.
  • SHIELD
- The best shield for this build is The Surrender, It grants 30% chance to block, Up to 120 Life, up to 1513 armour, +1500 armour if you've blocked recently and you recover 250 Life when you block. Unfortunately it's a bit expensive.
- The best budget option is the Lioneyes' Remorse, it grants 30% Block Chance, up to 210 Life and up to 1727 Armour.
  • HELMET
- ​I recommend a rare helmet with life, elemental resistances and armour. Examples here.
- If currency is not a problem you can get one with "Nearby Enemies have -9% to Cold Resistance". Examples here.
  • GLOVES
- Rare gloves with life, elemental resistances and dexterity. Examples here.
  • BOOTS
- ​Rare boots with movement speed, life, elemental resistances and armour. Examples here.
  • BELT
- ​A rare belt with life and elemental resistances. Examples here.
  • RING #1
- ​A rare ring with life, elemental resistances and accuracy. Examples here.
  • RING #2
- ​A rare ring with life, elemental resistances and Intelligence. Examples here.
  • AMULET
- ​The Pandemonius is expensive and not mandatory, but if you have the money to buy it you should. This amulet grants 20% cold penetration, 30% increased cold damage and it blinds your enemies granting more survivability.
- A rare amulet with life, elemental resistances and Intelligence. Examples here.
  • FLASKS
- Divine Life Flasks. Look for mods like ''instant recovery'', ''removes bleeding'' and ''removes freeze''. Examples here and here.
- Diamond Flask for more critical strikes. Look for mods like "increased duration" and "increased armour during flask effect". Examples here.
- The good old Atziri's Promise for a big boost to your damage and life leech. 
- A Lion's Roar to boost your armour and melee physical damage.
- A Rumi's Concoction grants the extra block chance you need to get Max Block.
- A Wise Oak to boost your damage with cold penetration. Remember that your uncapped cold resistance must be the highest. Details here.
  • ENCHANTMENTS
- ​Helmet: 40% Increased Frost Blades Damage.
- Gloves: Of Fury
- Boots: Elemental Penetration
P.S. Enchantments are not super important, so don't feel bad if you don't have the right ones ;)
  • RECOMMENDED ANOINTMENTS
- ​First Choice: Panopticon (Verdant + Indigo + Opalescent)
- Alternative Option #1: //
- Alternative Option #2: //
  • FULL BUILD ATTRIBUTE REQUIREMENTS
- ​Strength: 159
- Dexterity: 155
- Intelligence: 98
GEMS
  • BODY ARMOUR
Frost Blades
Multistrike
Change Ancestral Call for Ruthless  when facing bosses
Ancestral Call
Elemental Damage with Attacks
Fortify (If 5 Linked Sockets)
Melee Physical Damage (If 6 Linked Sockets)
  • BOOTS OR HELMET
Cast When Damage Taken (level 11)
Increased Duration
Steelskin (level 16)
Vaal Molten Shell
  • BOOTS OR HELMET
Ancestral Protector
Multiple Totems
Ancestral Warchief
Culling Strike
  • GLOVES
Hatred
Herald of Purity
Herald of Ice
Enlighten
  • SWORD
Leap Slam
Summon Ice Golem
Blood Rage
  • SHIELD
Arcanist Brand
Assassin's Mark
Frost Bomb

SUMMARY

CLASS: Duelist

ASCENDANCY: Gladiator

HEALTH TYPE: Life

MAIN SKILL TYPE: Melee Attack

COST: $$$$$

DIFFICULTY: 2/5

STARTER VIABLE: Yes

BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Yes

GAMEPLAY: Here

 
 
 
THIS BUILD'S FAQ
  • Is there a good place to buy unique items?
- Not only for unique items, poe.trade or pathofexile.com/trade are great websites for trading your items.
  • I'm lvl 40 and I'm dying a lot, what can I do?
- Please take a look at your Elemental Resistances, they are really important for your survivability. After lvl 40 try to keep at least 50% of each. The meximum is 75%, try to reach that when on end game.
  • I don't have as much HP as the gameplay shows and I've followed the Skill Tree step by step. Can you help me?
- Look for more HP at your rare gear. You can have ''+89 to maximum life'' on your helmet for instance.
  • You say the build is cheap, but there are some expensive recommended items there. How?
- Those items are only recommended and not mandatory. Maximize a build with the best possible items and 6 Linkeds takes a good amount of currency. Start using 4 Linkeds on low tier maps in order to farm currency to upgrade your gear.