Corrupting Fever Gladiator


The Corrupting Fever Gladiator is a league start mapping specialist that excels in clearing packs of monsters in early maps on a moderate budget. You are a ranged attack specialist with a damage over time playstyle that explodes packs of monsters with the Gladiator's Gratuitous Violence Ascendancy power. In this guide we will cover step by step how to progress from Act 1 all the way to End Game Mapping and Currency Farming.

End Game Corrupting Fever Gear

Strengths And Weaknesses


Skills Breakdown

Corrupting Fever

Keep Corrupting Fever active at all times, the initial activation should be done at the start of each encounter. In the event Corrupting Fever expires reapply it immediately in a safe area or while a Life Flask is available to mitigate the cost.

Kinetic Blast

Kinetic Blast is your primary method of applying Corrupting Fever to monsters. Due to the Lifetap Support it costs Life instead of Mana. Use it often and incrementally even outside of combat to keep Corrupting Fever active.

Utility And Auras

Keep all of your Aura Gems active at all times. These need to be reapplied after dying. Dash should be used whenever available to assist with movement. Blood Rage should be maintained at all times while mapping and situationally while killing Bosses.

Spell Slinger

Spellslinger is a Support Gem that causes linked Active Skill gems to function as an Aura that Reserves your Mana. Whenever using a wand attack it triggers the linked spell (in this case Exsanguinate). Keep Spellslinger active alongside your other Auras at all times so it triggers automatically.

Single Target Abilities

When battling high health enemies, cast and maintain Vulnerability so they take increased damage from your damage over time effects. Against tanky enemies swap from sand stance to blood stance. This can be achieved by toggling Blood and Sand.

Ascendancy Breakdown

The Gladiator is our choice as it offers many speed mapping enhancements, along with modest defensive bonuses:

  • Gratuitous Violence causes all Bleeding enemies to explode bolstering, our Map clear significantly.
  • Arena Challenger grants us Challenger Charges that increase our Movement and Attack Speed significantly.
  • Blood in the Eyes as well as Outmatch and Outlast offer considerable damage increases to the Physical Damage over Time playstyle we build around.


When playing as the Corrupting Fever Gladiator your primary focus is to keep Corrupting Fever active at all times. Activating Corrupting Fever costs a significant portion of your Life and it should only be activated initially or refreshed when you are not in danger or have your Divine Life Flask available.

While you have Corrupting Fever active each hit from any source applies up to 10 stacks of Corrupted Blood to targets. Maintaining those stacks on all enemies is critical to dealing maximum damage.


When mapping as the Corrupting Fever Gladiator you must rely on your range as your primary form of defense. Keep your distance from monsters and use Kinetic Blast to mow down packs. Whenever taking on weaker monsters stay in Sand Stance to generate Challenger Charges.


When dealing with tougher enemies swap from Sand Stance to Blood Stance and maintain a safe distance from the target you're trying to take down. When dealing with tankier high threat targets always be on the move while maintaining 10 stacks of Corrupted Blood on the target. Make sure Vulnerability is maintained at all times on high Health enemies.

Build Scaling


Corrupting Fever and Exsanguinate are damage over time Skill Gems. Our offensive scaling focuses on increasing these as high as possible with the following, primary stats:

  • Increased Physical/Damage over time
  • Increase Physical/Damage over time multiplier
  • Generic Damage Increases (Frenzy Charges)
  • Auras and increased aura effect (Pride, Herald of Purity)
  • Curses Vulnerability

These damage multipliers are scarce on the Passive Skill Tree and Gear hence we mainly rely on Jewels and Cluster Jewels to increase our damage.


The Gladiator has a wide variety of defenses on its gear and passive Skill Tree to focus on:

  • Armor and Evasion from Gear, Flasks, Skill Tree and Determination
  • Capped Elemental Resistances at 75%
  • 100% Ailment Avoidance
  • Stun Immunity
  • Endurance Charges
  • Corrupted Blood Immunity
  • Life Gain On Hit Life Gain on Hit Support

These defenses grant the build solid mitigation and recovery against one shots and unavoidable ailment deaths. Remember that Corrupting Fever is still a ranged glass cannon reliant on excellent positioning and dodging.

Leveling Section by tytykiller

This build is easy to level, provided that the player understands how to create a good leveling Weapon. Pasting this line, called a regex, into the Search Bar of Vendors selling Armors and Weapons when you go back to town, substantially speeds up leveling. -[rgb]-.-|g-g-r|g-r-g|r-g-g|nne

Your Weapon is your most important upgrade! Always keep your Two-Handed Weapon up to date within ~7 levels of yourself. Make sure your Weapon either has % Physical Damage or Flat Damage. Here is an example of a good Weapon at Level 23: Double Axe

When deciding between two weapons to use for your build, you may hover your mouse over your main skill gem (Splitting Steel early on) to see which of two weapon choices provides the highest DPS. Besides picking up an Axe and identifying it, our primary way of getting a weapon is from using an Essence that adds Flat Damage on Two-Handed Weapons, whether its Physical, Fire, Cold or Lightning Damage. This method has the highest probability to create a good Weapon, especially early on.

When this method does NOT work, we use the Rustic Sash Vendor Recipe. When you sell a Rare Rustic Sash with a Blacksmith's Whetstone and a Weapon, the Recipe produces a % Physical Damage Weapon back! You may then use an Orb of Augmentation and pray that you land Attack Speed, a Resistance or a different (hopefully useful) stat.

Campaign Step By Step

Beginner players should follow Enki's Campaign Progression guide.

The levels listed below are based on speedrunning. Always be greater or equal to the levels listed.

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Corrupting Fever Leveling Tree

Mapping Preparation

You're done with the Campaign and are ready to take on the Path of Exile Endgame. Priority 1 is to ensure your Elemental Resistances are capped (75%) and you have sufficient Attributes to continue leveling your Skill Gems. Use Essences you have gathered on any items that are not Magic or Rare already. Items with an open modifier slot can be crafted on. Head to the Crafting Bench and craft Life and Resistances wherever possible according to what you need.

Recommended Farming Content

After completing the campaign the first step is to progress through the Atlas following our Atlas Progression Guide. As a mapping character, focus on the mechanics listed below depending on what level of content your character can complete. If you're struggling in higher tier content it is always recommended to step back and farm up more Currency and Gear. Clicking the League Mechanics below takes you to either a full Explanation Guide or a detailed Currency Farming Guide based around maximising your profits from that mechanic or content.

Map Modifiers

Always re-roll or avoid running the following modifiers when they appear on your maps.

  • Monsters reflect x% of physical damage

Consider re-rolling or avoiding the following modifiers when they appear on maps:

  • x% Monster physical damage Reduction
  • Players have x% reduced effect of Non-Curse Auras from skills


For information on the Pantheon read our Pantheon Guide!

For Major Pantheon, select Brine King to gain Immunity to Freeze and Reduction of Chill Effect. This bonus is not baseline and needs to be acquired with a Divine Vessel.

For Minor Pantheon, select Abberath and upgrade it. This grants you defenses but most importantly Immunity to Burning Ground.

Skill Gems

Gems are a fundamental part of your build, and getting the correct link setups and levels before entering Maps is your main goal. This is how your Gem setup will look throughout the different stages of progression.

Early Game Gem Setup

In the early game having all your Gem Links correct and ensuring you are able to maintain the correct colors is your priority. The colors on your wands can be difficult to achieve through standard use of Chromatic Orbs, so it is recommended you use the crafting bench to color them more reliably.

Corrupting Fever Skill Gem Progression
Mid Game Gem Setup

In the Mid Game you'll acquire your 6 link which should be used to beef up your Kinetic Blast utility. Due to the steep cost associated with including additional links on Corrupting Fever and Exsanguinate it is our only option.

Before you can reserve Determination you will need to level your Spellslinger gem to level 16, ensure you have all aura reservation nodes listed, Charisma annointed and Conqueror's Efficiency Socketed. Use Determination in place of Herald of Purity until End Game.

End Game Gem Setup

After purchasing a Vulnerability on Hit Ring replace your Vulnerability Skill Gem with Molten Shell. Adjust your sockets to include Cast when Damage Taken Support.

In the end game after acquiring an Eldritch Helmet you can reserve Herald of Purity at the same time as Determination. This change requires re-organizing your links in order to facilitate this swap.

Skill Tree Progression

Corrupting Fever End Game Skill Trees

Levelling to Early/Mid Game Tree Swap should be performed as soon as you have been able to transition from the levelling setup supplied in the campaign walkthrough over to corrupting fever. Removing the extra points on your tree used for the melee portion of levelling allows you to re-allocate the points into more damage or defense.

Transition To Endgame Tree should be completed as soon as the last Mid Game milestone has been completed, remember to allocate the required skill points necessary for Inspired Learning to function if you purchase it.

Socketed Cluster Jewel Example

Large Stat Nodes can and should be picked up as you need them to level up your Skill Gems or equip gear, the final end game tree accounts for them so don't be afraid to spend a couple passive points picking up +30 intelligence or dexterity while progressing.

Cluster Jewel Sockets on the edge of the passive tree should only be allocated after you have acquired the jewels to socket within them. After socketing clusters ensure you allocate all points needed to fully unlock all jewel sockets and relevant notable passive nodes.

Character Progression

Path of Building

For users of Path of Building you can use view the build in it's finished state using the Pastebin below:


Upon completing this guide you will have an outstanding mapper capable of farming some of the most profitable mapping content in the game. This currency can be used to reroll into another even more powerful end game focused character.


Written by Grimro.
Reviewed by Raxxanterax.


Aug 15th 2022
Build Updated for Patch 3.19

Jul 20th 2022
Build Guide Created.