POE Synthesis Duelist Herald of Agony Gladiator Build - Budget, Endgame, Immortal

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Grants a buff giving more poison damage and a chance to inflict poison. When you poison an enemy while you have this buff, you gain Virulence, and summon an Agony Crawler minion that uses projectile and area attacks. You will lose Virulence over time, at a rate which increases the more Virulence you have. The minion will die when you have no Virulence.

Herald of Agony is a herald skill gem. When activated it reserves mana and grants a buff that gives a chance to inflict poison on enemies, if the enemy is successfully poisoned the character gains Virulence and an Agony Crawler minion.

POE Synthesis Duelist Herald of Agony Gladiator Build - Budget, Endgame, Immortal

 

Quick Jump

 

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • + Can do all map mods & content
  • + You are immortal 83% of the time!
  • + Works well on a budget

Cons

  • - A bit weak to Degen damage
  • - Not the fastest mapper
  • - Getting all the corruptions can be hard/expensive

 

Playstyle

Lead the way for your Agony Crawler by going through packs and see how your personal Artillery Canon blasts everything around you. Use Tempest Shield and Convocation every now and then. The crawler is immortal and you are not far behind yourself.

 

Skill Tree 

Ascendancy

Painforged -> Versatile Combatant -> Violent Retaliation -> Blood in the Eyes

Bandits

This quest is given to you by Eramir in the Forest Encampment after you complete Through Sacred Ground or talk with any of the bandit leaders. There are three different bandit leaders. You can either side with one of them (and kill the other two) to get the respective reward or you can kill all of them to get the reward from Erami - from Gamepedia

Kill them all

Pantheons

The Pantheon List

Major: Soul of Solaris provides many really nice defensive benefits for when you actually get hit

Minor: 

Soul of Shakari. Poison Immunity.

Soul of Yugul (upgraded) 5% Reduced cold damage taken if hit recently. Good for Über Elder / Shaper.

Passive Tree (Low Budget)

PoE 3.6 Herald of Agony Gladiator Passive Skill Tree

 

 

Gems Setup

Please note that this setup is not absolute. If you want to see the the setup for the Medium and Low budget builds, check the corresponding Path of Building builds found at section "POB"

Body: Herald of Agony - Pierce - Damage on Full Life - Minion Speed / Minion Damage + Vicious Projectiles + Vile Toxins (45-50% more dmg) / Maim / Empower 4 / Added Chaos

Getting 5 Off-colours on the Calamity can be hard, which is why I've included multiple alternatives for the 6th link.

Gloves: Cyclone - Life Gain on Hit - Fortify - Withering Touch - Faster Attacks - Poison

Note that I get 2 links from my gloves. Poison is a REQUIRED gem so if you don't have the gloves then you need to socket it. Lesser Poison is also a good option until you get an extra 20% chance to poison from gear or jewels.

Boots: Cast when Damage Taken (lvl 1) - Desecrate (lvl 7) - Spirit Offering (lvl 8) - Convocation (must be lvl 6 or above) / Increased Duration

For mapping, recommend Convocation instead of Increased Duration as Proximity Shield mobs will be very annoying otherwise. I Sometimes recolour my boots for Increased Duration when doing Über Elder.

Helmet: Tempest Shield - Curse on Hit - Temporal Chains - Culling Strike

Here you can experiment if you like. I love Temporal Chains but the only thing that's required is really the Tempest Shield. Abyssal Cry is also a valid contender here, especially if you pick up the instant cast warcry cluster.

Weapon: Herald of Purity - Withering Touch - Minion Damage - Maim - Faster Attacks - Melee Splash

Shield: Shield Charge + Faster Attacks + Blood Magic

If you don't use a Curse + Culling setup then you can use the helmet 4L for Shield Charge and throw in Fortify.

Ring: Hatred

The medium budget build will use Determination here instead to get the watcher's eye block. If you want to run Elemental Equilibrium then you want to link Hatred with Generosity, so you doesn't give the enemies +25% to cold resist. 

 

Gear

Weapon: In most cases a rare Gemini Claw will be the best option. However, if you are on a budget or playing SSF then the Advancing Fortress is a great option.

Prefixes to Look for

Minions deal #% increased Damage

% increased Physical Damage + (18–20)% chance to Poison on Hit (crafted)

Adds #x to #x Fire/Lightning Damage (to proc Elemental Equilibrium if you use ii)

Suffixes to look for

#% increased Attack Speed

#% chance to Intimidate Enemies for # seconds on Hit

+# Life gained for each Blinded Enemy Hit by this Weapon

Trigger a Socketed Spell when you Use a Skill (great for desecrate & offerings)

#% chance to Poison on Hit

#% chance to Blind Enemies on Hit with Attacks

Curse Enemies with Level # Despair on Hit

Shiled: Lioneye's Remorse is one of the best shields you can get, especially if you can manage to get the +1 to maximum chance to block attack damage corruption on it. Any unique shield that has life and around 30% block chance will make a good substitute to the Lioneye's Remorse.

Prefixes to Look for

+# to maximum life
+# to maximum Life + #% increased maximum Life
#% additional Physical Damage Reduction
#% increased Area of Effect
#% increased maximum Life
#% to maximum Fire Resistance
#% to maximum Cold Resistance
#% to maximum Lightning Resistance
#% to all maximum Resistances

Suffixes to look for

+#% Chance to Block
Gain an Endurance, Frenzy or Power charge when you Block
Recover #% of your Maximum Life when you Block
#% additional Physical Damage Reduction
+# to Dexterity
+# to Intelligence
+#% to XXX Resistance
+# to Strength

Helmets: Any helmet with the "Summoned Agony Crawler fires 2 additional Projectiles" will work. 

Prefixes to Look for

+# to maximum life
+# to maximum Life + #% increased maximum Life
(depending on base type) Evasion / Armour

Suffixes to look for

+# to Dexterity
+# to Intelligence
+#% to XXX Resistance
Nearby Enemies take 9% increased Physical Damage
Nearby Enemies have -9% to Chaos Resistance
#% of Life Regenerated per second
+# to Strength

Armours: The Calmning Calamiy

Without the Coming Calamity getting a level 21 HoAg will become a higher priority. This is because at lvl 21 the crawler goes from 3% to 4% increased attack speed and 19% to 20% damage per virulence stack, adding 40% iAS and 20% damage in addition to the extra flat damage.

Gloves: Rare Elder Gloves with Chance to block Attack Damage.

Prefixes to Look for

# to maximum life
+# to maximum Life + #% increased maximum Life
Minions deal #% increased Damage

Suffixes to look for

#% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Faster Attacks
Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Poison
+# to Dexterity
+# to Intelligence
+#% to XXX Resistance
Socketed Skills have 18% increased Attack Speed
+# to Strength

Belts: Belt of the Deciever or a rare Leather/Stygian bel

Prefixes to Look for

+# to maximum life
#% increased Movement Speed
#% increased maximum Life

Suffixes to look for

+# to Dexterity
+# to Intelligence
+#% to XXX Resistance
+# to Strength

Boots: Any Rare one will do

Prefixes to Look for

+# to maximum life
#% increased Movement Speed
+# to maximum Life + #% increased maximum Life
Unaffected by Chilled Ground
Unaffected by Shocked Ground
+# to Strength

Suffixes to look for

+# to Dexterity
+# to Intelligence
+#% to XXX Resistance
+# to Strength

Rings: 1x Essence Worm

Prefixes to Look for

+# to maximum life
+# to maximum Mana (can help if you often run out of mana while cycloning)
# to Total Mana Cost of Skills

Suffixes to look for

+# to Dexterity
+# to Intelligence
+#% to XXX Resistance
+# to Strength
Minions have #% increased Movement Speed
+# Life gained for each Enemy hit by your Attacks

Amulet: The Anvil. Try to get one with the 4-5% chance to block attack damage corruption. If you are SSF aim for life & resists here.

Jewels: The Red Nightmare or a Watcher's Eye with +% Block when affected by Determination (reduced dmg from crits is a bonus here too) For the reamining rare jewels it doesn't matter much if they are regular jewels or Ghastly Abyssal jewels. Regular jewels can however be used to reach 100% chance to poison.

Prefixes to Look for

+# to maximum life
#% increased Minion Damage
#% of Life Regenerated per second
+# to maximum Life
Minions deal # to # additional Physical Damage

Suffixes to look for

Minions have #% increased Movement Speed
Minions have #% increased Attack Speed / Minions have #% increased Cast Speed
#% Chance to Poison / #% Increased Poison Duration
#% Chance to Block Attack Damage
+# to Dexterity
+# to Intelligence
+#% to XXX Resistance
#% of Life Regenerated per second while moving

Flasks

This isn't a particulary fast build by itself, so the one flask I strongly recommend to get is the Alchemist's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline. It'll make a difference for you while mapping.

Rumi's Concoction is a great option for 2 scenarios. Either when running a -#% block chance map, or if you haven't been able to pick up all block nodes and/or gear.

The remaining flasks can be any combination of utility & life flasks. Just make sure that you have Bleed / Freeze / Curse immunities on your non-instant flasks and you'll do great.

 

Leveling

Leveling your character with Herald of Agony from as soon as you could use it, even if it can be wise to wait for lvl 31 and the Poison Support before you try committing to it. Link Cyclone (or Molten Strike) with Poison Lesser Poison Life on Hit and get a Double Claw (Life & Mana on hit) with attack speed on level 36 and that will take you to maps. Herald of Agony should be linked with (in order of importance) Pierce Damage on Full Life Minion Speed/Minion Damage/LMP Vicious Projectiles/LMP

Leveling Trees

Feel Free to pick up the block nodes, more life nodes, or more minion nodes earlier. The Leveling tree's should serve as an outline to how you can do it, but depending on your gear and taste you can always go for what suits you better.

Up to level 55 when you can use the Coming Calamity, and after if you don't have one yet, you can go for any other body armour. The mana cost for Herald of Agony with the links found in 4.1.2. isn't too high even on a 6L, so if you have a tabula go for it!

The 3 skills and links I would get ASAP when leveling are

  • HoA - Pierce - Damage on Full Life - Minion Speed / Damage (for bosses) - Vicious Projectiles
  • Cyclone - Poison - Lesser Poison - Life Gained on Hit
  • Shield Charge - Faster Attacks - Blood Magic - Fortify

The remaining links you can pick up when you have the sockets & links for it.

I also strongly recommend to level 6 Herald of Agony gems in your off-sockets. Having a fairly good chance at getting at least one of them to lvl 21 + 20 quality will be very nice indeed.

 

Use a Rumi's Concoction to play -#% to block chance maps with ease.

If you can get +2 Mana Gained on Hit on 1-2 jewels then is the Advancing Fortress an awesome weapon with its 15% block and 30-50 life!

Try out the Gluttony belt and see if you like it. It is a pretty good belt, even if I prefer other options.

Try fossil crafting your own weapon with: Jagged + Bound fossils. Go to https://poedb.tw/us/mod.php?cn=Claw to see available mods and experiment with possible fossil crafting outcomes.

Not using Withering Touch? In that case is the fossil mod "Nearby enemies take 9% increased physical damage" better than the -9% to chaos resistance version.
Vorici at the Syndicate Research Branch makes it a lot easier to gain the correct colours on your Calamity.

 

PoB - Recommended High Budget (lvl 95): https://pastebin.com/shpAcf5T (~1.75m dps, 6.7k Life)
PoB - Low Budget / HC (lvl 90): https://pastebin.com/iWDNaDVx (~390k dps, 7k Life)
PoB - BiS Super High Budget (lvl 100): https://pastebin.com/5xf1pUKZ (~2.4m dps, 8k life)

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