Best Marauder Build in Path of Exile

Kit out your Marauder with the best build in Path of Exile.

The Marauder is the pure strength class of Path of Exile, able to dish out massive damage while also taking it. When leveled and appropriately equipped, the Marauder can be an absolute monster on the battlefield, wiping out any enemy or boss in its path. Which is where this build comes into play:

The Molten Strike Juggernaut build is predicated on stacking damage to slaughter enemies in your path. Molten Strike itself is a melee attack that uses both physical and fire damage, while also causing balls of molten magma to launch out of enemies you hit, which will cause area of effect damage when exploding. This is the core of this build and is combined with 90% physical damage reduction, maximum resistances, and a lot of Life regeneration.

This build’s play-style is to rush into the middle of a group of enemies and wiping them out with a few swings. It utilizes defensive boosts and mitigation to be able to tank a lot of damage. In the end-game, the build will be able to handle the damage that will come your way, and with the addition of Life Leech, damage can easily be negated.

Passive Skill Tree

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You should be using any surplus points you earn to fill up the Large Cluster Jewels in each of the three Large Jewel sockets, and be sure to look for:

  • Overlord – permanent Fortify Support
  • Devastator – improves clear
  • Feed the Fury – life leech and damage
  • Fuel the Fight – Mana leech and attack speed

Try to get Iron Grip and Point Blank as well, as they are very important to this build.

Each Cluster Jewel should have two sockets that standard jewels will be placed into. Try to get one of each notable talent for their benefits, and then stack Weight Advantage for damage in the remaining notables.

Gem Links

The following are the Gem Links you should be focusing on as you level your character. Molten Strike will be the foundation of everything, so it stands as the first one to unlock.

Molten Strike 6-Link

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  1. Molten Strike
  2. Awakened Multistrike Support
  3. Awakened Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  4. Combustion Support
  5. Awakened Fire Penetration Support
  6. Slower Projectiles Support

Auras 4-Link

Using Vitality will help create a cloud of Life Generation around you and your teammates, which will help keep you alive while you aggro swarms of enemies.

  1. Vitality
  2. Herald of Ash
  3. Herald of Purity
  4. Enlighten Support

Mobility/Utility Link

Leap Slam is a valuable AoE attack that can dish a lot of damage to many enemies at once, and Enduring Cry will help you regenerate Endurance and give you a defensive boost when you need it. Make sure that Blood Cry is not linked to Blood Magic Support; make this a 3-Link with an empty socket.

This build doesn’t lack in attack speed, so you won’t necessarily need to use Faster Attacks Support, but you can use it for leveling and early mapping.

  1. Leap Slam
  2. Blood Magic Support
  3. Enduring Cry
  4. Blood and Sand

Flammability Link

Flammability will help you dish out Fire damage to the enemies around you and cause them to have increased odds of igniting.

  1. Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 1)
  2. Wave of Conviction (Level 7)
  3. Flammability (Level 5)

Vaal Molten Shell 3-Link

Vaal Molten Shell will give your character a good amount of defense, but it will need to be manually activated. The linking of Blood Rage will increase the speed of your attacks and generate Frenzy Charges, so have it active constantly.

  1. Vaal Molten Shell
  2. Blood Rage
  3. Increased Duration Support

Regular Jewels

Use Jewels to provide Elemental Resistances in the early stages of the game until you can find the rare pieces of gear. In the late-game, be sure to have one Jewel with “Corrupted Blood cannot be inflicted on you.”

Use the following affixes:

  1. % Increased Maximum Life
  2. % increased Attack Speed with Maces or Sceptres
  3. % increased Attack Speed while Dual Wielding
  4. % Increased Attack Speed

Abyssal Jewel

For your Abyssal Jewel, use the following affixes:

  1. Maximum Life (at least 35)
  2. % chance to Blind Enemies on Hit with Attacks
  3. % increased Attack Speed if you’ve dealt a Critical Strike Recently
  4. % Increased Attack Speed
  5. Damage Penetrates 1% Fire Resistance
  6. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Mace Attacks
  7. Adds # to # Fire Damage to Attacks

Ascendancy

You want to choose Juggernaut, as the name of the build suggests. This sub-class will help boost armor and defense as well as Endurance Charge. It has some solid offensive bonuses as well.

  1. Unflinching
  2. Undeniable
  3. Unbreakable
  4. Unrelenting

Pantheon Powers

Major Gods

Soul of Solaris is the best choice for its defense, which is borderline unstoppable when you fully upgrade it.

Minor Gods

Soul of Gruthkul will help with bossing and delving, while also giving you additional physical damage reduction.

Soul of Ralakesh will reduce physical damage over time, which is good for Labyrinth farming, while also providing Blind immunity once upgraded.

Equipment

These items combine cost-effectiveness along with power. The build uses jewels to scale its damage, so you want to have the right gear for it.

Gear

Helmet

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A Royal Burgonet or Eternal Burgonet rolled using a Pristine Fossil and Scorched Fossil. The affixes should be prioritized as such:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. Nearby Enemies have -#% to Fire Resistance
  4. +# to Armour

We recommend enchanting the helmet with Molten Strike firing two additional projectiles as soon as you can. You can purchase a white base and then craft it.

Body Armour

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We recommend the Loreweave and then get the 78% Maximum Resistance, and a high percentage Increased Elemental Damage roll. You can also use a Belly of the Beast until you can acquire the Loreweave as it is very easy to obtain.

Affixes should be as follows:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Elder / Hunter)
  4. % Increased Armour

Gloves

Use a rare pair of Gripped Gloves for their defensive stats and damage. You can use an Awakener’s Orb to get both a Hunter and Warlord mod; however, it is pretty expensive.

Affixes:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistance
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % increased Attack Speed
  4. Strike Skills Target 1 Additional Nearby Enemy (Hunter)
  5. Culling Strike (Warlord)
  6. % Increased Damage while Leeching (Crafted)

Boots

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Kaom’s Roots are the way to go as they are very cheap, and you can also invest in a corrupted pair once you have enough money.

Weapons

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The build is based on dual-wielding Nebulochs. This weapon will give out a ton of damage and offers you Elemental Damage reduction, Chaos Reduction, and Armour. Even with its degeneration effect, its regeneration and leech will make up for it.

If you can’t handle the degeneration effect of two weapons in the early stages, you can use the Brutus’ Lead Sprinkler or Grelwood Shank until you can find twin Kaom’s Way rings to help.

Accessories

Amulet

Xoph’s Blood will save you skill points while giving you great damage output. It also provides a potent “Covered in Ash” effect.

Here is the affix priority list:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. Gain % of Physical Damage as Extra Fire Damage (Elder or Warlord)
  5. % Increased Attack Speed
  6. Damage Penetrates % Fire Resistance (Warlord)
  7. % Increased Fire Damage
  8. Adds # to # Physical Damage to Attacks

Rings

The twin Kaom’s way rings will give you a boost to Endurance Charge and negate the degeneration effects of your Nebuloch weapons.

Belt

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A Sytgian Vise is the belt to use and prioritize the affixes as such:

  1. [Uncapped] Elemental Resistances
  2. +# to Maximum Life
  3. % Increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
  4. % Increased Fire Damage ( Scorched Fossil)
  5. % Increased Elemental Damage ( Prismatic Fossil)
  6. % Increased Damage (Crafted)

Flasks

Using The Wise Oak will allow you to penetrate any enemy fire resistance, so make sure your Fire Resistance is highest for this:

Also use the Cinderswallow Urn, Bottled Faith, Dying Sun, and Chemist’s Basalt Flask of Warding.

Watcher’s Eye

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This is a fantastic pick-up in the late-game, especially with Vitality mods. This will pretty much make your character invincible, specifically with its Life Gain on Hit. This is very potent with the high speed of attack and number of projectiles. Even with just one target, you can heal any and all damage that is dealt to you.