In Path of Exile, the Gladiator is an Ascendancy class for Duelists. The Gladiator takes the hybrid nature of the Duelist a step further, with a combination of speed, power, and protection. The Gladiator works well with dual wielding or one-handed weapon and shield combinations.
The class offers opportunities to build around applying bleed, improving the player’s blocking, and enhancing Endurance and Frenzy Charges. Players may know, Gladiator has has some changes recently.
1. Blood in the Eyes: Swapped places with Gratuitous Violence. No longer reduces damage taken from bleeding Enemies by 6%. Now causes Attacks to Maim on Hit against Bleeding Enemies (Up from 30% chance), Enemies you Maim take 10% increased Physical Damage, and 10% chance to inflict Blind on Bleeding Enemies you hit.
2. Gratuitous Violence: Now requires Blood in the Eyes. Now grants 25% more Damage with Bleeding.
3. Painforged: Now causes your Counterattacks to deal Double Damage. You also Cannot be Stunned by Hits you Block.
4. Violent Retaliation: No longer grants increased Movement Speed for each Hit you’ve Blocked recently. Now grants 8% increased Physical Damage for each Hit you’ve blocked in the past 10 seconds (rather than Recently), 80% increased Physical damage if you’ve Blocked a Hit from a Unique Enemy in the past 10 seconds (rather than recently), 1% additional Block Chance for each Hit you’ve Blocked in the past 10 seconds, and grants +4% to Maximum Block Chance.
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