Molten Strike Juggernaut Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

With the recent changes to stack-stick weapons in 3.5 Betrayal many melee skills lost a lot of raw power. Molten Strike Molten Strike remained a very solid choice though. Not only does the skill have incredible single target damage potential, it has some decent clear speed too, thanks to Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support. The Juggernaut ascendancy class can accumulate extreme amounts of damage mitigation, partially because our weapons of choice are Nebuloch Nebuloch, which have great synergy with the Endurance charge stacking we are aiming to achieve. When properly geared, the build can achieve 90% physical damage mitigation and 80% elemental damage mitigation, at the very least. You also get 12% chaos resistance per Endurance charge due to the fact you are combining two Nebuloch maces with the Unrelenting ascendancy node. To mitigate the fire degeneration effect from Nebuloch weapons, the build can achieve over 1500 life regeneration per second.

Build Summary

The Molten Strike Juggernaut can be very expensive when you aim to have best in slot items, although it can also be played on a budget. To mitigate the Nebuloch Nebuloch degeneration effect you will ideally want two Kaom's Way Kaom's Way, which can be couple of Exalted Orb Exalted Orbs each. Loreweave Loreweave is the best in slot chest, simply because the build has capped physical mitigation and your only problem is the elemental damage you might take. The way you scale Molten Strike Molten Strikes damage is by adding additional projectiles. This is achieved by acquiring a Dying Sun Dying Sun and a helmet, which is enchanted with “Molten Strike fire 2 additional projectiles”. Wildfire Wildfire is Molten Strike’s threshold jewel, which is very cheap and will provide the damage you need early on. If you plan to play on a budget, you will probably not have the currency to spend on all the items mentioned above, in that case you should buy a Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler, this mace will allow you to farm the currency you need for better items.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Extreme damage mitigation
+ Very high single target damage output
+ Great endgame potential

Cons

- Average clear speed
- Cannot run certain map mods
- Can be very expensive

Playstyle

Offensively, the Molten Strike Juggernaut is not afraid to jump into packs of monsters and destroy them. One or two hits with Molten Strike Molten Strike will be enough to kill everything in your reach. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support will improve your clear speed by a great deal. Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector and War Banner War Banner can be utilized when encountering tougher enemies. Leap Slam Leap Slam is the build’s mobility skill, which will be used all the time.

Defensively, all the stacked damage mitigation will make you feel invincible, except for the one-shot mechanics everyone has to dodge. The very high maximum resistances combined with all the three utility flasks for additional elemental damage mitigation will keep you safe from incoming elemental damage, while more than 30k armour will take care of the physical hits.

For Playstyle, in every zone you just entered, the first thing you have to do is make sure you reached maximum Endurance charges as soon as possible. Go slow on the first pack of monsters, once you have done that, you can activate Blood Rage Blood Rage and become aggressive.You should be using Leap Slam Leap Slam all the time in order to move around as quickly as possible.

Passive Tree

The endgame passive skill tree should look like this.

For more information, be sure to check out the passive skill tree page.

Passive Tree Page

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheons Page

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Gem Link Page

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Gear Page

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Loreweave Loreweave
Gloves Tombfist Tombfist
Boots Kaom's Roots Kaom's Roots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings 2x Kaom's Way Kaom's Way
Weapon 2x Nebuloch Nebuloch

Leveling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

The Molten Strike Juggernaut can be leveled with its signature skill since level 1. If you have Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler and a Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa this can be one of the easiest characters you have leveled. If not, Molten Strike Molten Strike is still a good choice, just make sure you have Wildfire Wildfire as soon as possible.

Leveling Trees

Here is an example of the early skill tree. Pick up the Jewel socket as soon as possible so you can socket in your threshold Jewel, which will make Molten Strike Molten Strike that much stronger. Then go for Iron Grip and Point Blank, these two keystone notables will immensely increase your damage.

Note: For endgame passive skill tree, please refer to the passive tree section.

Useful Leveling Uniques

As you begin a new character there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your leveling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Dual-wielding two The Screaming Eagle The Screaming Eagle axes will carry you up to level 28, when you can equip Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 4, you should add Ancestral Protector Ancestral Protector for additional single target damage. At this point your Molten Strike Molten Strike link should look like this.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support

At level 10, add Leap Slam Leap Slam for additional mobility.

At level 16, add Herald of Ash Herald of Ash for additional damage.

By level 18, your Molten Strike Molten Strike link should look like this.

  1. Molten Strike Molten Strike
  2. Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support
  3. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Elemental Focus Support Elemental Focus Support
  5. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  6. Concentrated Effect Support Concentrated Effect Support

At level 24, you should add Anger Anger for additional damage.

Once you have Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler equipped and you ascend into Unflinching, you can replace Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support with Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support Endurance Charge on Melee Stun Support or Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support at level 38.

FAQ

I cannot sustain the burn from two Nebuloch Nebuloch maces since I do not have the rings yet, but the damage with Brutus' Lead Sprinkler Brutus' Lead Sprinkler sucks for maps, what should I do?

If you cannot sustain the degeneration effect you can use only one Nebuloch and a shield until you acquire Kaom's Way Kaom's Way. Use a rare shield with life and resistances.

Why is Ancestral Call Support Ancestral Call Support present in the single target gem setup?

Once you pick up Master of the Arena on the passive skill tree, you will have enough weapon range to attack an enemy from a distance that will essentially allow you hit the same target twice. Both with your own attack and with the Ancestral Call attack, which will spawn twice as many molten orbs, improving your single target damage a lot.

Why do you not recommend Multistrike?

Multistrike Support Multistrike Support is a great support gem, which can be used in a clearing gem setup. When it comes to single target you will encounter one problem, only the first attack from the Multistrike sequence can proc Elemental Overload, which means if you are unlucky with Critical Strikes you will have very poor Elemental Overload uptime on bosses.

Conclusion

The Molten Strike Juggernaut is a top-tier endgame boss killer. There are very few other builds that can achieve this amount of damage mitigation while also having the damage to bring down the toughest bosses the game has to offer.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Delirium 3.10. The build remains a very solid choice for those who like the more durable characters.

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    Revisited and updated for Metamorph 3.9. The build gets a slight buff via changes to Molten Strike and a nerf via changes to Point Blank. Overall it is still a very solid build.

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    Revisited and updated for Blight 3.8. It is worth mentioning that the build has extreme damage potential and is one of the tankiest in the game, but it might feel clumsy to some due to the fact it does not reach vast amounts of attack speed like other builds do.

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    Revisited the whole build guide and updated Passive trees and Gem sections for Legion 3.7.

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    Updated passive trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6.

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    Made the playstyle section more descriptive, and improved the gearing section by providing more detailed recommendations.

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    Hi what is the difference with “dual Nebuloch” and “Grelwood shank / shield” ? Thx you

    Edited by Atix on February 24th, 2019

  2. Vvckd

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    Hello Atix, sorry for the long delay on my replay. The difference is that with Nebuloch you gain incredible amounts of flat Armour, Chaos resistance and physical damage per Endurance charge, which is great when you stack a lot of Endurance charges. Grelwood works good as a budget option and is used in other Molten Strike builds.

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    Firstly, i think the skill tree is incomplete. Second, im lvl 76 and i have troubles with even uberlab, i get one shotted by izaro. İ have 3 good jewels, 2 nebulochs, 2 kaom’s way, kaom’s roots, wise oak flask and decent rares. Any suggestions? BTW do you have any footage defeating Uber Elder , Pale council , Breachlords etc.. with THİS build?
    Waiting for your replies.

  4. Vvckd

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    Hello MrNoo, can you please provide a link to your character so we can check it out.

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    Yea I don’t see the “end game” passive tree, the link to the section below doesn’t go anywhere fruitful.

  6. Vvckd

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    On 04/04/2019 at 12:25 AM, lllusa said

    Yea I don’t see the “end game” passive tree, the link to the section below doesn’t go anywhere fruitful.

    The link you are referring is probably in the note of section 4.2 Passive Tree and it says “Note: For leveling skill trees prior to this endgame passive skill tree, please refer to the leveling section down below.” This is a link to the leveling trees and it works as intended.

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    Hi, is Loreweave still the best in slot chest piece with only 78% max res in synthesis?

    Ps: Very nice guide, I made my first character with it and had no trouble getting to t15 maps so far. Only atziri has been a problem but that’s because i suck at dodging x)

    Edited by Depfrost on April 18th, 2019

  8. Vvckd

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    On 18/04/2019 at 5:04 PM, Depfrost said

    Hi, is Loreweave still the best in slot chest piece with only 78% max res in synthesis?

    Ps: Very nice guide, I made my first character with it and had no trouble getting to t15 maps so far. Only atziri has been a problem but that’s because i suck at dodging x)

    Loreweave Loreweave is still one of the top choices for the build for sure. You can also use other substitutes, if you choose to do so. Thanks for the kind feedback.

    Edited by Vvckd on April 18th, 2019

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    The endgame passive skill tree is unavailable can u post the link for it.

  10. Vvckd

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    On 29/04/2019 at 12:45 PM, null said

    The endgame passive skill tree is unavailable can u post the link for it.

    The link provided in section 4.2 should work as intended. If you still have issues please let us know.

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    Hey do you have a Path of Building link for this at all?

  12. Vvckd

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    On 04/05/2019 at 1:12 AM, stewpid52 said

    Hey do you have a Path of Building link for this at all?

    Everything you need to know is written in the build guide. Feel Free to ask anything.

    Edited by Vvckd on May 4th, 2019

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    Sorry im a noob. I just started playing a week ago. building my first char based on your build. well i dont have any of the recommended uniqe items stated above. just using rares for now. but soon i will get some from trades. The thing is i didnt understand the rare affix thing. U say for Loreweave body armour 1st thing is elemental resistance. i looked up all the items but couldnt see any elemental resistance benefit. Could you explain where i do wrong ? Thanks for the build btw. and im lookıng forward to use other builds for new chars

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    On 31/05/2019 at 11:28 PM, Opos61 said

    Sorry im a noob. I just started playing a week ago. building my first char based on your build. well i dont have any of the recommended uniqe items stated above. just using rares for now. but soon i will get some from trades. The thing is i didnt understand the rare affix thing. U say for Loreweave body armour 1st thing is elemental resistance. i looked up all the items but couldnt see any elemental resistance benefit. Could you explain where i do wrong ? Thanks for the build btw. and im lookıng forward to use other builds for new chars

    Hello, and welcome!

    For Loreweave, one of the variable mods is “Your Maximum Resistances are 76 – 78%” – the comment in the guide means that you should focus on this one and try to find a Loreweave that has a “good” roll there, like 78. Honestly, I’m not sure how relevant this still is (I’ll ask Vvckd) since in the past, that range used to be 76-80, meaning there was actually a big difference between a good and a bad roll for that mod. With such a small gap, it might not matter as much.

    Feel free to ask any other questions you may have!

  15. Vvckd

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    On 31/05/2019 at 11:28 PM, Opos61 said

    Sorry im a noob. I just started playing a week ago. building my first char based on your build. well i dont have any of the recommended uniqe items stated above. just using rares for now. but soon i will get some from trades. The thing is i didnt understand the rare affix thing. U say for Loreweave body armour 1st thing is elemental resistance. i looked up all the items but couldnt see any elemental resistance benefit. Could you explain where i do wrong ? Thanks for the build btw. and im lookıng forward to use other builds for new chars

    The Loreweave Loreweave roll is not of super big importance but I’d recommend getting a 78% one, even 2% maximum resistance can make big difference in the endgame. You can easily use a Divine Orb Divine Orb on your own, you will have 33% chance to hit the highest roll, which is not bad.

    Edited by Vvckd on June 1st, 2019

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    I found a small way to modify the final passive tree to be better. Instead of grabbing the str ABOVE Golem’s Blood and going over grab the dex ABOVE Point Blank. This will give you 40 Dex instead of 30 Dex/10 Str, BUT you can grab the +30 Str at the top left of the map later or get the +8% fire damage & +12% burning damage on the top left when you reach it instead. This method gives you +20 more raw Str OR -10 raw Str for +8% fire damage. Here is a link to the modified skill tree: https://poeplanner.com/ABEAAQ0AEREAAIPG2FhjPfyMz_ZIXz8UIO8OUEfkUcEEeWipbsAaeA218jWS2L3-j03jpldvO1ivNuiGYCKvOFN25zpSvJ8YkRRN_Esyfg48FHHZfIIH8kH46_PdaGW77ZHO6hh2rM9-rY33MnKprKpZ8xo4kFUnL58-LdI62DD4d-XkVaIA8B8Es4KbwGZyD2aelG9mVPrSFm_jaiSqNukdFI9GpwjYJFZIr41hUu9OXhNAoHrvBS107Ua302-S0BLhIWB08RjbFHWkwnfX459noId2Sn1M_04qj2Aj05pqvqdlTb02R35qkxm0Aecb-iXfpBma_guN1WVbr4TZEmnAAQbGXaTd1cse0jh9c60JAAAAAAA=

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    Sorry im pretty new to the game, I got 2 kaoms and 2 nebulochs. im lvl 68 and no matter how much life regen I put on the nebulochs absolutely destroy me. what am I doing wrong?

  18. Vvckd

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    On 15/06/2019 at 1:26 AM, Fireblaze172 said

    Sorry im pretty new to the game, I got 2 kaoms and 2 nebulochs. im lvl 68 and no matter how much life regen I put on the nebulochs absolutely destroy me. what am I doing wrong?

    You should have picked up all the Endurance charges and most of the important Life Regeneration on the tree, if you are still degen-ing you just need a bigger Life pool, which will make your Life Regeneration more efficient. At this point we recommend using just one of the Nebuloch maces until you feel comfortable sustaining the two.

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    Jup pretty much the same with me. Those two maces eat my HP like nothing. but jeah im also new 2-3 day into the game so i must be doing something wrong :D

  20. Vvckd

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    On 19/06/2019 at 1:25 PM, Frostcold said

    Jup pretty much the same with me. Those two maces eat my HP like nothing. but jeah im also new 2-3 day into the game so i must be doing something wrong :D

    I do understand your problem in battling the degeneration effect, reaching over 1k Life Regeneration requires some specific itemization and is not so easy. Having the two Kaom's Way Kaom's Way rings in combination with all of your Endurance charges and a Vitality Vitality is pretty much mandatory in the beginning.

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