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UPDATE 26/08/18:
Added 3 builds: 2H fire purifier, 2H elemental cadence tactician, DW vitality DK.

Need your help with crucible maps. If anyone knows how to do this please write to me. Info under the spoiler:
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When you invest dozens of hours of leveling and farming you want to feel powerful, want to be able to beat all end-game content game has to offer.

The hardest game content by far is gladiator crucible. It is also very rewarding:
for 100-150 waves of gladiator crucuble you get 8 legendaries and other stuff (including rare MI items). This takes less than 30 min for these builds. And how much legendaries do you farm in the campagn in 30 min? One or two if lucky.

You can take a build from Build Compendium, but there are actually a lot of weak ones there and you will be very disappointed dying over and over again. Also, you won't find some of these masterpieces there.

The builds below are checked by myself in gladiator crucible to ensure that they are powerful and you won't be disappointed.

As I am frequently asked about best build for new players, here are some tips:
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Builds to clear lvl 150-170 gladiator, in no particular order:
[Times are with 4 blessings, no banners, Crucible of the Dead]


"Great tacticians learn that consistency often trumps potential." (c)

Arpg fans should know where this quote comes from. I added this quote to describe my way of playing/testing builds: I go for 90+% success rate in clearing crucible. If you feel like you are fine with less defenses of you're pushing for records you are free to make builds more offensive.

MATHS about PTH formula and new cap of effective DA:
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Warning! Very serious picture under the spoiler!
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Tips and thoughts about speed clearing. Gotta go fast!
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Categories are very nominal, as all these builds breeze through crucible. New standard is under 12 min run on 4 blessings, no banners.

Full Metal Tanks

1-5. Forcewave Squadron.
If you ask me what is the best skill in the game, I'll easily answer: this. So hold on tight, kids, the cavalry's here!
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6. S&B death knight by Zhuugus [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=65663
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/pZrr4G0Z [new 1.0.6.0 version]
After the DA nerf DK can now be more offensive and feel absolutely comfortable with it cause monsters were nerfed too. 12min is the new clearing time with 4 buffs (in Crucible of the Dead). Waves 160 and 170 are now not meant to be facetankable 100% of the time, kite a bit when you face nasty stuff like Reaper+Aleks+Maiden+Fabius.

7. Vitality Blood Knight DK by Superfluff [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72608
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/aZqKX0m2 [my version]
Here comes the new set! Death Knights received a third very strong build for lategame (in addition to Krieg and phys forcewave). This outheals tons of damage, Counter Strike is doing wonders. But I still find my version with more DA better - just to play safe and don't worry about anything. 12 min on 4 blessings in Crucible of the Dead.


Beefy Casters

1-4. RoH Division.
If there is a spell in this game that can rival Forcewave it is Rune of Hagarrad. It is so good because it shotguns: all its projectiles can hit the same target. That means it is literally a nuclear bomb!
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5. Cataclysm elemental vindicator by Chthon [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68653
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/O2GpP4JV [my version for 150-170]
Chthon made his own cataclysm build. I liked his devotion and gear choices a lot, 100-150 took 20-22min. But still had to make adjustments for 150-170: these add you more OA, which fully compensates for the ring procs (even better if you ask me) and massive extra 600 DA, which is huge in crucible. This build finishes faster than Superfluff's deceiver (which ended in the archive) - in 12 min on 4 blessings.

6. Burn BWC purifier by blingi [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68718
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/qNYDlzlZ [my version]
As the author didn't bother to update the build after DA nerf, I did it myself. I changed a few things, so instead of having 5k DA that doesn't work anymore (the effective cap is 3700), this now has a lot more damage and crits. Shield gives great phys res, DA stops at 3700, heals from pot and Word of Renewal are enough. Remember, this is a kiting build, do not facetank waves 160 and 170. I had no trouble even against double Reaper+Maiden+Fabius. Under 12 min.

7. Physical mortar defiler by Zhuugus [updated for 1.0.6.1]
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/r2BOzJJV [new version]
I've had this dream for a long time: making a defiler for 150-170. Main problem was that defiler is probably the worst class in the game and is nearly unplayable. So you should imagine this is a very exotic build! I should thank Cmak414, because I took idea from his mortar purifier.
After DA was nerfed in [1.0.6.0] this needed a reliable source of sustain. And I found one! I use Gladiator's Distinction belt to convert all vitality from Scales of Ulcama devotion and Kilrian's Soul component into physical so they can provide a good healing source. It works! I also made this much more damage-oriented, which definitely helped with clearing times. 12 min on 4 blessings, 10 min on 2 blessings + Vanguard banner. Since patch [1.0.6.0] Mortar Trap has projectile speed increased by 33%, so now you are able to kite in circles around monsters and mortars won't miss every shot anymore.
Remember that this is a defiler, leveling it is PITA, don't even try it if you don't already have all the items, particularly Beronath sword. In other words: absolutely new-player-unfriendly. But still, this sucking class that received zero love from devs with this particular build can be on par with the tough guys. Defilers still need massive support from devs, this one is pure exotic, it represents words "overcoming" and "despite" in GD.

8. Aether spellbinder by Ptirodaktill [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=57552
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/w26wnOAV
This guy makes a glorious comeback! It was #1 caster in builds for 100-150, but when new waves came out in december 2017 it became a glass cannon. Piloting it before [1.0.6.0] was a job for perfectionists and/or masochists. But now it is great for everyone once again! Author has a dozen versions of it, I chose this particular one because it has the most DA of them all and additional 15% phys res from the amulet - these help A LOT. Most of the time you will be casually facetanking using MoE and MoT, but there is one situation when things get complicated - double Reaper spawn. They build up their attack, so they can eventually oneshot you even through MoT. So do not tank them more than 5 sec of MoT and 3 sec of MoE, immediately kite afterwards and repeat only when these are recharged. 13 min with 3 blessings, and it means you can buy all four and finish under 12 min, thus you can do 150-170 twice on the same set of blessings!

9. Radaggan vitality deceiver & cabalist by Superfluff [updated for 1.0.6.0]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72799
Both guys here are very fast and strong, I can't choose my favorite. The amount of life leech is amazing. The best way to pilot both is to buy all 4 blessings and go to Crucible of the Dead as this way you finish under 12 min, so you are able to do 2 runs on one set of blessings. We've got ourselves a new awesome set.

10. Blood Knight bleed warder by Excelsiar [updated for 1.0.6.0]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=72848
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/nZoDWrkN
Bleed incarnation of Blood Knight is a kiting DoT caster. Try to make bleed as many targets as possible and the huge bleed duration will take care of them while you run away in safety. This is also very fast, 12 min on 4 blessings in Crucible of the Dead, so you are able to do 2 runs on one set of blessings and not run out of tributes. Note that main attack is Cadence, Savagery should only be clicked once every few seconds just to maintain the OA/DA buff.

11. PB vitality reaper by sir spanksalot [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71571
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/JVl3r6b2
This Reaper truly stands for his name: he reaps! Reaps everything and the carnage can't but fill your heart with joy. The author has 2 variants, always choose the DPS one, it still has very good durability, plus offense is best defense! Under 11 min on 4 blessing even NOT in crucible of the dead. Bloody. Juicy. Fun.

12. Vitality Ritualist by Weyu [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=75597
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/q2m9yGr2
You know how I like 3,5k+ DA, right? Well, this one doesn't need it, it's healing through skills is enormous! And very fast too, 150-170 under 12 min on 4 blessings. As weapon-based builds are on the rise how (especially 2H ones), this one stands proud, defending caster's glory.

Moar stuff in the next post!

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Dual-Wield and 2H Stuff

1. DW aether spellbinder by Suede Lee [updated for 1.0.6.1]
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/lNk3BQbN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-m5zW6f5EM
Hey, what is this, a dual-wield build? Yes it is! So how does it survive the carnage? Well, it is half-immortal. That's right: it chains Mirror of Ereoctes with Mark of Torment to have either complete immunity or 50% damage absorbtion. And Aeon's Hourglass devotion resets the cooldowns, so if you're careful enough you can have almost 100% uptime. This requires some practice to get used to, I can't say it's very hard but not for new players. I've tried other spellbinders that use this mechanic, but they were kiting casters. I found this one easier to play because it also has another upside - huge lifesteal. Fiend devotion bound to Ravenous Earth gives great AoE and sustain. Don't forget, half of chaos damage becomes aether (from ring), all fire damage becomes aether, half of elemental damage from Iskandra Elemental Exchange becomes aether, there are also huge flat aether bonuses from Fabric of Reality and Reckless Power. All together these make our damage output right out gigantic so my average clear time was 13 minutes. That's incredible!
1.0.6.0 update: nerfs to MoE/MoT/Hourglass don't really matter because we don't need that much defenses now. Everything remains the same, including clear times. As it clears in 13 min on 2 blessings, it also is able to clear under 12min on 4. That's a more optimal way, 2 runs on 1 set of blessings.

2. DW cold korba trickster by Zhuugus [updated for 1.0.6.1]
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/wV1Pbyn2 [new vervion]
In the ages nearly buried in sands of time, Jajaja came up with a korba trickster. That was a fearsome damage machine but also a glass cannon. That creation had zero chance in the new ruthless crucible, but then the light of chinese wisdom of high DA enlightened our way!
Aeons passed. DA era has ended. Now I run a damage-oriented devotion setup, new time is 9,5 min on 4 blessings no banner. Feels powerful! And don't think this is a glass cannon, it has pretty good DA as well.

3. DW cold infiltrator by Zhuugus [updated for 1.0.6.1]
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/m23PJDYV [new version]
Blue items meta strikes once again This is very similar to korba trickster, but it is noticeably safer thanks to such great defensive tools as Inquisitor Seal and Aura of Censure debuff. You can facetank wave 160 and 170 with this (including double Reaper for example), kiting only when there is too much DoT on the ground.
Update: new devotion setup allows us to be on par with korba trickster doing 9,5 min runs on 4 blessings no banner. Nice.

4. DW "ranged" chaos pyromancer by korsar [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63371
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/nZoDxRdN [my new version]
Chaos! I've tried several chaos builds with all possible gear and relevant class combos like pyro, purifier, deceiver, even witchblade. Chaos builds suck! Seriously, wtf is Abominable might proc from devotion, wtf is Harbinger set full bonus, why the hell Darkblaze belt does not have %chaos damage?! Triggered!
So, the only chaos build that does not suck is ranged chaos pyro with Darkblaze set. Melee version of it sucks even with great MI weapons, Harbinger version of it also sucks.
This version of mine is pretty good and competitive though, clears in 14 min average. Brimstone and %WD procs from Seal of the Void provide great AoE, very delightful to see all this chaotic carnage on the screen.
1.0.6.0 update: no need for high DA now, so clearing times improved. Under 12 min now on 4 blessings, so 2 runs on 1 set. Also increased lifesteal, since this build has a lot of WPS, 16% lifesteal is doing wonders here.

5. DW bleed trickster by Rhylthar [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=64034
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/d2jOE8mV [my new version]
So, the blademaster above used both flat and DoT types of damage, this one however is fully DoT! At first look I had doubts that it would have enough damage output but it turned out to be pretty good, 16 min clear. The upcoming patch will probably significantly affect our defenses, but we are full DoT after all, we can always kite like crazy!
1.0.6.0 update: this axe heals A TON! But nevertheless, facetanking is a bad idea now. You have so much DoT, why put your life at risk? Just cut them a bit and they will bleed to death while you happily run in circles nearby! As we can afford more damage now, clear times became 12 min. (4 blessings, Crucible of the Dead)

6. 2H physical Blade Arc witchblade by Poisonman2 [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67636
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/xZyvz6nN
Spamming physical Blade Arc as a two-hander in a Bloodrager set is not that obvious. I somehow always considered this set only as a bleed one (maybe because coat strangely does not have %phys dmg?), but it actually works great in pair with Blade Arc. I would never think that. Moreover, it satisfies modern thrirst for speed, finishing under 12 min and thus being able to clear 150-170 2 times on one set of 4 blessings.

7. 2H physical Cadence witchblade by Tora and JoV [updated for 1.0.6.1]
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/d2jKByEV
Right when you think Cadence is obsolete and there are far better options now, it strikes back! This was born right on the pages of this very thread, I like that! Again, it satisfies modern thirst for speed, finishing under 12 min and thus being able to clear 150-170 2 times on one set of 4 blessings.

8. 2H lightning Primal Strike conjurer by Superfluff [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showt...627#post638627
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/a2EA8Pn2 [my version]
Boy, Ultos set was shit for such a long time! Massive changes were needed to fix that, and they arrived. Still, I find original version pretty glassy. The amount of DA you see in grimtools for the original is with Judicators' buff and it generally doesn't work on boss waves. So I turned to good old Stalwart of Readiness. My version has about 600 more DA right when you most need it - on boss waves. Finishes under 12 min and thus being able to clear 150-170 2 times on one set of 4 blessings.

9. 2H cold trickster by veretragna [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73354
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/q2m9PED2 [my version]
So after [1.0.6.0] shaman weapon-based builds are rising! This one is doing great, 11 min on 4 blessings no banner. Stiil had to add DA-based rings to it, with 4 blessings it has 500 more DA this way. As before, I still think that trading a small portion of damage for a huge chunk of survivability through extra DA is a no-brainer.

10. 2H fire vindicator by veretragna [updated for 1.0.6.1]
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/r2BOvqrV
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/vNQzwKp2 [my version]
This weapon though! Is is the core to the build if you didn't notice. Luckily, it's easily obtained through buying recipe from Coven of Ugdenbog! Fire vindicator: who knew, right? Vindicator was always associated with lightning. But not this time! My version comes with more DA (hmm, that reminds me something!) and still under 12 min on 4 blessings.

11. 2H fire purifier by Ptirodaktill [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showt...ghlight=archon
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/qNYKeE4V [my version]
This one utilizes the Archon Warmaul - a weapon specifically designed to make Fire Strike great again! Pretty simple build. Its AoE allows to clear quickly and match current speed demands. Much better than my DW fire purifier with great MI weapons.

12. 2H elemental cadence tactician by Veretragna [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77621
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/xZyd7aqV
22/12 Inquisitor Seal! Oh yes. I remember how people were convincing me in 2017 that seal is useless. Needless to say: they didn't succeed Seal is such a great defensive tool, allows to have less DA, focus on damage instead and still survive. I must mention the gloves: 55% weapon damage to Cadence is HUGE. But if you don't have them, you may use Discord and Deadly momentum instead, that's just not optimal as it requires a lot of skill points.
Elemental damage is great in GD, each constituent of it - fire, lightning or cold - is great and combined together they allow to bypass some heavy resistanses on monsters. Fast and furious!

13. DW vitality DK by Veretragna [updated for 1.0.6.1]
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=77561
https://www.grimtools.com/calc/4NOKrmaN
Yep, DK is one of the top classes. This build is another proof why. Just look at his juicy lifesteal! From main attacks, Reaping Strike, Counter Strike: he basically bathes in blood of enemies (or whatever liquids they have).


Crucible guide

- Reaper: probably most dangerous enemy in crucible. He has "Charged attack that becomes more efficient with each charge" (c). So if you don't kill him in 5-7sec, you better kite back and wait for his attack to reset.
- Aleksander: can compete with Reaper for the 1st place, his aether meteors are EXTREMELY dangerous, try to avoid them at all costs. He throws them every 7 sec, so eventually you will learn to dodge. 40+ aether overcap is welcome. Arches can fully protect you from meteors, a very good one in located in Crusible of Sands in south-east. On wave 161 he spawns with a bunch of healers who can heal him to full in split second multiple times, so always kill healers first.
- Kubacabra: always kill this nemesis first, no matter what. Otherwise this annoying piece of shit masterpiece of gamedesign will just heal everybody else and they will never die. Use hit-and-run tactics not to stay in his healing pools.
- Generally, overcapping all resistanses is the way to go because literally in every wave someone will shred your resists. New Ulo blessing helps with that a lot.
- Theodin Marcell on wave 169 has 2 phases, do not kill his first phase last, otherwise wave 170 will start and you will have to deal will additional boss.
- Anasteria: appears on wave 169, 137, 104. Why is she dangerous? She has Projectile burst which applies "50% Reduced target's Resistances for 5 Seconds". Insane resist shred, everyone will suddenly deal A LOT more damage to you. Overcapping resistances helps against this (new blessing of Ulo for example).
- Rashalga the Mad Queen: Appears on wave 147 and 162. When she glows red (like 50% of the time) she has her ridiculous aura on, which amplifies her damage like 10 times IF you use any projectile-based skills. Even tanks can be blown into pieces. So you either kite or don't use any skills/devotions with projectiles.
- Zantarinn: He is very weak, but has a mindblowing charging attack. When he raises his weapon and starts glowing red your have 2 seconds to get your ass out before you will be inevitably one-shot. Damage is insane because it is a shotgun attack. Watch out!

I'm so glad that I started this thread, people gave me a lot of great builds to try. I couldn't even imagine that so many builds can provide that sweet sweet sense of power and satisfaction!
Feel free to post powerful builds you know.
My special thanks to all the authors of the builds.
I also say thank you to all people who shared builds in the comments.

More builds are on their way, stay tuned!

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Archive part 1. Builds to farm lvl 150-170 gladiator, in no particular order:
[Times are with extra spawn, 2 standard blessings (+damage, +health), no banners]

These are good and get the job done. Unfortunately, they are too slow by today's standards, they can't finish under 12 min on 4 blessings only.

Melee

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Casters

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Archive part 2. Builds to farm lvl 100-150 gladiator, in no particular order:
[Times are with extra spawn, 2 standard blessings (+damage, +health), no banners]

Please be aware that most of these are pretty old builds. Some of them evolved and can be found in the posts above, some got outshined by other sets and mastery combos. Still, they should do the job and if you're making your own build you can get ideas from here.


Melee

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Caster

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You should really consider Dracarris build by DaShiv if you are basing this on reliable solo gladiator clearing.
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Jajaja's new build, doubleblitz commando, seems really stronk.

http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62107 THT's builds here have extremely fast clear times, they're on hardcore too.
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You should really consider Dracarris build by DaShiv if you are basing this on reliable solo gladiator clearing.
you mean this build?
http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showt...ight=Dracarris

It's really impressive for a pet build to even clear crucible. I don't play pet builds, all I know is that they are fragile as hell. In the video you can see that he is struggling, by no means it's a cakewalk.
Anyway, it should definitely please pet enthusiasts.
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It seems like the goal post keeps moving...
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It seems like the goal post keeps moving...
as a newer player, mind explaining which of these are the "weaker" builds you're referring to?
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