Path of Exile strategy guide focuses on gameplay mechanics and describes the character categories and aspects of their development. Today we have a sample guide for Marauder. You will find here example character builds and some useful advice. Later we will update example guides on Ranger, Witch, Duelist, Templar, Shadow, etc. Stay tuned for here.
Marauder, being a character that relies on strength which gives him a health and physical damage bonus, considers punching in the face to be his main argument. This strategy works best for him so if you choose this character, you should focus on close combat with heavy weapons. In this build, he'll use two-hand maces.
How to play
Attacking swarms of enemies directly seems to be the best way to play. It doesn't make sense to choose an enemy to run away-you don't have to worry about your power when you use the right gems and correctly assign passive items.
This build focuses mainly on developing abilities related to maces - damage, chance to stun enemies with them, etc. Choosing passives related only to strength, the marauder will become a tank. The scheme shows the beginnings of character development - it defines initial passives and shows the best path towards them.
A Marauder built according to this guide should get skill gems that are related to strength, and don't collide with a weapon that the character uses. That means that their description should specify if their skill works for a mace owner. The chart below shows several gems that are perfect for this type of character. Make collecting them all your highest priority.
The character deals lots of damage to an enemy and throws them backward. Heavy Strike is a perfect skill to use in boss fights. When you're close to dying, using it may turn the tide and finish the battle.
The character leaps and deals physical damage while landing. Leap Slam is not just a powerful attack that pushes the enemies back, but also a great way to escape a fight. When you're surrounded by enemies, using this skill will let you avoid fighting. There's also a less important, a bit humorous way of using it - you can move using leaps instead of walking.
A lethal 360-degree turn that harms and pushes back the enemies is called Sweep. It's mainly used for killing large groups of weak enemies. It lets you save some time.
Supporting Vitality aura is an excellent choice for fighting hordes of strong enemies that deal lots of damage. High regeneration may often save your life. It's also perfect for enemies that deal with lasting damage.
1. Warrior's Blood
2. Heart of the Warrior
3. Born to Fight
6. Bone Breaker
7. Skull Cracking
Smaller nodes – Smaller nodes included in this build are related mainly to health and its regeneration, increasing armour and effectiveness of life potions. Aside from typical defensive passive skills, there are also melee physical damage, critical hits and what's really important - using maces.
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