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Disambig.png This article is about the deployable skill. For the enemy, see Cleaver (Enemy).

Cleaver is a deployable skill which deploys a bed of sawblades to lacerate and inflict bleeding on enemies walking over them.


  • Special Effects:
    • Throws an arcing projectile which explodes on contact with an enemy or a horizontal surface. The projectile will bounce off a Shieldbearer's shield without detonating. Upon exploding, it deploys a bed of sawblades.
      • Cleaver deals damage over time to enemies walking over it at a rate of 2 ticks per second, producing a base tick damage of 17.5.
      • Cleaver inflicts bleeding on enemies for 1.8 seconds, damaging them for 6 DPS per effect.
      • Cleaver can be destroyed by enemies. Remaining health is indicated by small yellow bars floating above the traps.
        • The cleaver only takes damage when enemies walk on it.
      • Only one bed of sawblades per Cleaver skill is allowed at a time - attempting to deploy a second one will destroy the first one.
      • Cleaver ceases to function if the player moves too far away, but resumes operation once the player comes back into range.
  • Tags: Deployable, Bleed, NeedPower
  • Legendary Version: Cutthroat
  • Forced Affix: Bleed Propagation
    • "If the victim dies from bleed damage, surrounding enemies begin to bleed as well."


  • This item was previously called Meat Grinder.


  • 0.0: Introduced.
  • 0.1:
    • Now requires the player to be in range to operate.
    • Now inflicts bleed damage.
  • 1.9:
    • Rally effect has been removed.
    • No longer activates cooldown reduction mutations.
  • 2.1: Scaling changed from Str Skill.png Brutality/ Tactics to Strength Stat.png Brutality.
Traps & Turrets
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