[3.7] Big DPS Summoner | Slave Driver Spectres | All Bosses | Cheap League Starter + Leveling Guide



18 AUG
UPDATED GEM LINKS
+Added Temp Chains + Blasphemy for more survivability.
+Dropped 2nd damage aura.

NEW LEVELLING GUIDE
+Simplified guide that requires no respec.
+Much easier to play.
+Spectres have improved survivability.
+Necromancer has improved survivability.
+Updated equipment shopping list
+New staged passive trees
+New levelling walkthrough

6 AUG
Update Pledge of Hands build: more survivability. lower cost.






This is the original Slave Drivers spectre summoner build. It is a cheap league starter that excels at boss killing while also having good defences, movement speed and map clearing speed.

This guide is divided into two main parts:

The 'league starter' is designed to work from a fresh league start on day 1. It is a simple build that uses equipment you can pick up or buy for cheap. It focuses on using a wand & shield, and can clear Uber Elder with a low budget. It includes a detailed levelling guide, spectre summoning guide with video, a detailed breakdown on gear/items/gems and basic crafting guides.

The 'advanced builds' expands on the wand & shield build with advanced crafting guides, gear suggestions and gem alternatives to increases DPS and survivability. It also contains the Pledge of Hands build, which is the perfect blend of endgame DPS and survivability (for a significant cost).


As Slave Drivers are not in Path of Building, there is a workaround included in the guide.


The previous version of the build focused on Cannibal Fire-Eaters, which you can find in the build archive.




Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Wand + Shield build

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Pledge of Hands build

Slave Drivers vs Shaper | Shaper at 100% in 3rd phase

Slave Drivers vs Aul | 343 Depth

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Level 68 | Wand + Shield

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Deathless @ Level 68 | Pledge of Hands

Slave Drivers T16 Mapping | Vaal Legion and Minotaur kill


More videos at https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming




PASSIVES & ASCENDANCY
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Passive Skill Tree


Level 96

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Bandits
Kill all

Ascendancy

1st: Invoker
2nd: Soul Weaver
3rd: Commander of Darkness
4th: Puppet Master

Pantheons
Major: Soul of Lunaris - avoid projectile, extra dodge, avoid chain

Minor: Soul of Shakari - poison immunity


EQUIPMENT
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Weapons, Armour & Accessories
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Boots:
Boots gives +1 spectre.
Start with Bones of Ullr. Cheap & many available.
Later, craft boots with +1 spectre and high movement speed. See: crafting section.

Shield:
Victario's Charity with Necromantic Aegis passive gives frenzy & power charges.
Cheap & many available.
NOTE: Green socket should not be linked.

Helmet:
Use Wraithlord while levelling.
Progress to helmet with high life.
Later, craft a +3 minion helmet, see: crafting section.
Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Chest:
Cheap 5L rare -> Tabula Rasa or cheap 6L -> 6-link Vis Mortis.
NOTE: do not waste currency on a 5-link Vis Mortis! See: 'cheap 6-link spectres' below.

Weapon:
Start with any wand or scepter.
Later, get a wand/scepter with 90%+ increased minion damage.
NOTE: it must have 1 open suffix for crafting 'trigger'. See: crafting section.

Belt:
Stygian Vise. Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Gloves:
Any gloves. Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Jewellery:
Amulet: Look for highest total life, high dex and any resists you need.

Rings: Look for highest total life and any resists you need.


Jewels & Flasks
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Jewels:

You'll need two unique jewels:
Anatomical Knowledge - 23 flat life & 8% increased maximum life
Unending Hunger - 50% chance for minion to gain Soul Eater


Then buy/craft the remaining jewels. Look for ghastly eyes.
Get: life + increased minion cast speed or life + increased minion damage.


Recommended Flasks:
Blood of the Karui - fast life recovery + instant life recovery
Bubbling Divine Flask of Staunching - instant life flask & remove bleed
Chemist's Quicksilver of Adrenaline - 70% increased movement speed
Experimenters's Quartz Flask of Heat - 10% Dodge & remove freeze
Experimenter's Jade Flask of Dousing - Evasion & remove burning


Cheap 6-linked spectres (under 10c)

A 6-link Vis Mortis typically costs about 6ex on trade and the price will remain stable for much of the league. If you are struggling to earn currency, there is a cheap alternative.
Find the cheapest helmet with 'concentrated effect' and 'minion damage'. They can be as cheap as 5c. These act as gem supports, which means your 4L helmet is like a 6L!
Then buy any Vis Mortis so you can get the +1 spectres. They usually cost 1c after the first weekend of a new league.


Now you can enjoy 6-link spectres without having to spend 6ex.



CRAFTING
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Cheap 5-link chest


League starter option: Three 5-link spectres can carry you into red maps. So, don't waste your currency buying a 30c+ 5-link Vis Mortis.

Total cost: 2 chaos. Look for a 5-link chest with INT base &
Screaming Essence of Greed. They should cost 1c each.


Trigger Wand/Sceptre



Trigger will auto-cast any gems in your weapon when you use another skill, eg. holy flame totem. This means you will not have to self cast desecrate + flesh offering.

You will need:
one-handed weapon, 90%+ minion damage, 1 free suffix.
NOTE: Avoid 'adds x lighting damage to spells'

Craft 'trigger' (3c).


NOTE: This craft comes from syndicate encounters and is rare; you may need to find a crafter for.


+1 Spectre Boots



A big upgrade over Bones of Ullr, these will have more life and movement speed.

You will need:
Two-tone boots
2-socket resonator
bound fossil (+1 spectre)
shuddering fossil (movement speed)



NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get the stats you want.


+3 Minion Helmet



Your Animate Guardian gains a lot of life from 3 extra levels. This is a highly recommended craft.

You will need:
Bone Helmet with item level 86
1-socket resonator
bound fossil



NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get +3 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems.




GEM LINKS
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Body Armour

Slave Drivers do area of effect lightning damage. So we need 6 blue sockets.



For more DPS against bosses, swap:



Helmet, Boots & Gloves


Helmet: 2 red and 2 blue.

1. Animate Guardian can be equiped to give party buffs. See: Animate Guardian.
2. Chaos Golem gives you +5% physical damage reduction.
3. Dread Banner reduces enemy's chance to hit you.

Boots: 3 blue and 1 red.

1. Wrath + Generosity gives minions 29% more lightning damage.
2. Convocation teleports spectres to the necro.
3. Flame Dash is a get-out-of-trouble movement skill.

Gloves: 1 blue, 2 green and 1 red.

1. Blasphemy + Temporal Chains + Enhance combo reduces the attack/cast/movement speed of monsters.
2. Holy Flame Totem gives a 6% heal, curse immunity and is used to apply Elemental Equilibrium (-50% lightning res).



Weapon & Shield


Weapon: 2 green and 1 blue.


When you have a trigger wand: doing any action will auto-cast desecrate, flesh offering and blade vortex. This eliminates the need to self-cast them.

Why Blade Vortex?

If you have added fire or added cold damage to spells on your wand, Blade Vortex will be able to proc EE. This means you won't need to stop and cast Holy Flame Totem while clearing trash mobs.


Shield: 2 red and 1 green

1. Cast When Damage Taken + Steelskin will allow you take additional damage.
2. Phase Run gives +49% movement speed, phasing (run through monsters) and reduced visibility (monsters won't attack you).

NOTE: The green socket should be unlinked.

NOTE: Cast When Damage Taken should be level 15
NOTE: Steelskin should be level 18




LEVELLING GUIDE
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1. Useful Tips & Crafting

Craft 10% ms boots


Sell to town vendor: white boots + augmentation orb + quicksilver flask. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft +1 fire gem wand


If you have: Orb of Alteration, you can craft a +1 fire gem wand for your Summon Raging Spirits.

First: buy/find iron ring + red gem. Sell both to a vendor to get a ruby ring.


Second: sell to vendor:magic wand (blue) + Orb of Alteration + ruby ring. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft +1 chaos gem wand (for desecrate)


Craft a +1 chaos gem wand to boost the level of your desecrate gem. Sell to vendor: any magic wand + chaos skill gem.




2. Equipment & Gem Checklist

Make sure you have these equipment & gems at the end of each Act. Also try to match the socket colours and links as best you can.

End of Act 1



If you are low on Strength or Dexterity, consider buying either of these from Nessa:

Prioritise Strength as you will need it to level up your Holy Flame Totem.

End of Act 2







End of Act 3










End of Act 4






Act 5 - no changes

Act 6 - Full Transition to Spectres















Level these in offhand:


Act 7 when you reach level 50



Acts 8, 9, 10 - no changes



3. Passive Trees

These passives trees are based on notable passives with a suggest level in brackets. They take into account skill books from quests.

Stage 1: Death Attunement (19)



Stage 2: Quick Recovery, Grave Pact & Shaper (31)



Stage 3: Sacrifice (39)



Stage 4: Elemental Equilibrium & Leadership (45)



Stage 5: Necromantic Aegis (50)



Stage 6: Phase Acrobatics (55)



Stage 7: Sentinel (62)



Stage 8: Discipline and Training (65)



Stage 9: End of Acts (68)



Full Tree (96)





4. Walkthrough for Acts 1 to 10


Act 1

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

starting zone: pick up wand. pick up 'fire ball'. ignore all monsters. open chest. pick up 'arcane surge'. link: fireball + arcane surge. kill hillock. enter the town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take freezing pulse. sell fireball.
link: freezing pulse + arcane surge
the coast: get waypoint. go to tidal island.
tidal island: kill hailrake. take medicine chest. portal to town.
town: talk to nessa. take quicksilver flask. take summon phantasms. waypoint to coast.
the coast: go to entrance to mud flats
mud flats: break eggs. find entrance to submerged passage (ignore fetid pool)
submerged passage: find entrance to flooded depths.
flooded depths: kill deep dweller. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take summon raging spirits. take skill book. talk to nessa. buy holy flame totem. link:

waypoint to submerged passage.
submerged passage: find entrance to the ledge.
the ledge: find entrance to the climb.
the climb: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: find waypoint, head back to town.
town: talk to nessa. take minion damage support. buy added cold damage. waypoint to lower prison.
link:

lower prison: labyrith trial, find entrance to upper prison.
upper prison: find entrance to boss. kill boss. exit to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: waypoint to town
town: talk to tarkleigh. take flame dash. waypoint to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find entrance to cave.
cave: find the dead slave. get the allflame. exit to ship graveyard. find entrance to canvern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: get waypoint. waypoint to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find fairgraves, kill. portal to town.
town: talk to bestel. take skill book. talk to nessa. take flesh offering. waypoint to cavern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: get waypoint, find entrance to cavern of anger.
caver of anger: find merveil's lair.
merveil's lair: kill boss.


Act 2

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

southern forest: find entrance to forest encampment.
forest encampment: go to old fields.
old fields: find entrance to the den.
the den: kill old beast. find exit.
old fields: find entrance to crossroads.
crossroads: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to find broken bridge.
broken bridge: find kraityn. kill kraitlyn. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take quicksilver. go to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find waypoint (use flame dash to jump over the streams). head to the left of the map to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find oak. kill oak. find waypoint. waypoint to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find entrance to western forest.
western forest: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to the bottom of the map. kill blackguard. pick up thaumetic emblem, open path. find & kill alira. find weaver's chamber.
weaver's chamber: kill weaver and get maligaro's spike. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir to get 2 passive pts. talk to silk. take elemental focus. talk to yeena. buy melee physical damage & faster casting.
link:

waypoint to act 1 town.
act 1 town: talk to bestel. take skill book. waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: go to the right to find entrance to felshrine ruins.
felshrine ruins: follow path to find the crypt.
crypt level 1: complete labyrith trial
crypt level 2: get golden hand. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take survival instincts (we need dex!) and book of regrets (2 respec). waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: head left. find extrance to chamber of sins
chamber of sins: go to level 2, kill fidelis. grab baleful gem. find labyrinth trial. portal back to town.
town: talk to helena. talk to greust. take desecrate. portal to wetlands.
wetlands: poison the tree roots.
vaal ruins: just run as fast as possible to exit.
northern forest: find waypoint, don't go to town. find entrance to caverns.
caverns: find waypoint. find entrance to ancient pyramid.
ancient pryamid: kill boss


Act 3

city of sarn: save clarissa. find entrance to town.
town: head straight to entrance to slums.
slums: find the crematorium.
crematorium: take the waypoint. complete labyrinth trial. find piety. take tolman's bracelet. portal to town.
town: talk to clarissa. get sewer keys. buy wrath. talk to maramoa. take convocation. go to the slums.
the slums: find the sewer grating. unlock.
the sewers: find waypoint. find 3 quest items. find entrance to marketplace.
marketplace: find waypoint. find the entrance to catacombs.
catacombs: complete labyrinth trial. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book. waypoint to marketplace.
marketplace: find entrance to 'the battlefront'
battlefront: find waypoint. find Blackguard chest. take ribbon spoon. find entrance to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2
solaris temple level 2: find waypoint. talk to dialla. take jade amulet (need dex). waypoint to the battlefront.
battlefront: find the entrance to the docks.
docks: find supple container. pick up thaumatic sulphite. find waypoint. waypoint to to solaris temple level 2.
solaris temple level 2: talk to dialla. take infernal talc. waypoint to the sewers.
sewers: clear the undying blockage. find entrance to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: find waypoint. kill gravicius. find entrance to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find waypoint. go to town
town: talk to maramoa. take raise spectre. take waypoint to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find portal. kill piety. take the tower key. portal to town.
town: talk to grigor. take skill book. waypoint to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: head towards top-right of map to find entrance to imperial gardens
imperial gardens: head to top of map to find waypoint. head left to find the library.
the library: find siosa and waypoint. find 'loose candle'.
archives: find golden pages. portal to town.
town: waypoint to library.
library: talk to siosa. take blasphemy. buy temporal chains, generosity and haste. waypoint to town.
town: waypoint to imperial gardens.
imperial gardens: heard to top-left to find the labyrinth trial. complete trial. head bottom-right. find 'locked door'.
scepter of god: go up two levels. find waypoint. find entrance to upper scepter of god
upper scepter: go up two levels. find entrance to tower roof top. kill dominus. talk to dialla to open portal to act 4.


Act 4

Buy: Bones of Ullr & Wraithlord

aqueduct: find the entrance to the town.
town: go to dried lake entrance.
dried lake: head to the bottom-right of map to find boss. kill boss. get deshret's banner. portal to town.
town: open mines entrance. don't enter. talk to oyun. take chaos golem.
mines level 1: find entrance to level 2.
mines level 2: find deshret's spirit. find entrance to crystal veins.
crystal veins: find waypoint. talk to dialla. waypoint to town.
town: talk to tasuni. take skill book. waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: enter kaom's dream.
kaom's dream: find entrance to kaom's stronghold.
kaom's stronghold. get waypoint. find boss room. kill kaom. take 'eye of fury'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. enter daresso's dream.
daresso's dream: find entrance to the grand arena. kill daresso. take 'eye of desire'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. take waypoint to town.
town: talk to dialla. take spell echo. talk to petarus and vanja. buy 'increased area of effect'
crystal vein: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast level 1 & 2: find entrance to bowels of the beast.
bowels of the beast: defeat piety. enter the harvest.
the harvest: find waypoint. find & kill doedre, maligaro & shavronne. talk to piety. enter the black core.
the black core: fight malachai + piety. go into second boss room. defeat malachai. portal to town.
town: exit town.
the ascent: head top-left of map to find portal to oriath.


Act 5

You will start using Slave Driver Spectres.
You should do Labyrinth after raising your spectres.

the slave pens: find entrance to overseer's tower (town).
town: talk to lani. take whichever ring helps you balance your resists.
control blocks: desecrate corpses. look for 'Slave Driver'. raise 1 spectre. return to your Hideout. raise 3 new spectres. go to act 3 town and do the first labyrinth. return to act 5.
control blocks: find miasmeter. find entrance to oriath square.
oriath square: get waypoint. waytpoint to town.
town: talk to vilenta. take skill book. waypoint to oriath square.
oriath square: head to top-right to find entrance to templar courts.
templar courts: get waypoint. find entrance to chamber of innocence.
chamber of innocence: find boss room. defeat avarius. talk to sin. exit boss room. enter torched courts.
torched courts: find entrance to ruined square.
ruined square: find the ossuary. get waypoint.
ossuary: find sign of purity. exit to ruined square.
ruined square: find reliquary. ignore utula.
reliquary: get waypoint. find the 3 quest items. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. take skill book. waypoint to ruined square.
ruined square: find cathedral rooftop.
cathedral rooftop: find and kill kitava. talk to sin. talk to lily roth.


Act 6


Buy: remaining end game gems

town: talk to lilly. go to twilight strand.
twilight strand: kill all monsters.
town: talk to lilly. take book of regrets. go to the coast.
the coast: find the entrance to mud flats. get the waypoint. enter mud flats.
the mud flats: find & kill boss. take quest item. find & talk to nessa. find entrance to karui fotress.
karui fortress: find & kill boss. find entrance to the ridge.
the ridge: waypoint to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. talk to nessa. buy missing gems.
the ridge: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: grab waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. portal to lower prison
lower prison: find labyrinth trial. find entrance to shavronne's tower.
shavronne's tower: find entrance to prison rooftop.
prison rooftop. kill shavronne and brutus. talk to sin.
warden's chambers: find entrance to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to valley of the fire drinker (top-right).
valley of the fire drinker: kill abberath. talk to sin. return to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to western forest
western forest: follow path to top to find waypoint. grab waypoint. continue to find entrance to riverways.
riverways: follow path upwards to find waypoint. grab waypoint. go left to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find entrance to spawning ground.
spawning ground: kill rysratha. talk to sin. portal to town
town: talk to bestel. take book of skill. talk to tarkleigh. take book of skill. waypoint to riverways
riverways: find the entrance to southern forest.
southern forest: find the entrance to caverns of anger. grab the waypoint.
caverns of anger: open flag chest. take black flag.
passage: find entrance to beacon.
beacon: grab waypoint. complete 'refuel the beacon' escort puzzle. light the beacon. click on beacon. talk to weylam.
brine king's reef: find the brine king's throne.
brine king's throne: kill boss. talk to sin. talk to weylam to go to act 7.


Act 7

Major Passives: Necromantic Aegis, Acrobatics

Buy: Victario's Charity

broken bridge: follow path to entrance to crossroads
crossroads: follow path to the waypoint. grab waypoint. head to the right of the map. find entrance to fellshrine ruins.
fellshrine ruins: follow the path to the crypt entrance.
the crypt: grab waypoint. find labyrinth trial. find sarcophagus (entrance to next area). enter stairs. search map for 'container of sins'. take maligaro's map. portal to town.
town: take waypoint to crossroads
crossroads: find entrance to chamber of sins level 1.
chamber of sins level 1: find silk. grab the waypoint. use 'maligaro's map' in the map device. enter portal to maligaro's sanctum
maligaro's sanctum: find maligaro's workshop.
kill maligaro. take black venom. portal to chamber of sins level 1
chamber of sins level 1: talk to silk. take obsidian key. find entrance to level 2.
chamber of sins level 2: complete labyrinth trial. find entrance to the den.
the den: grab the waypoint. find entrance to the ashen fields.
the ashen fields: grab waypoint. follow path to find entrance to fortress encampment (boss room).
boss room: kill greust. talk to sin.
northern forest: find entrance to dread thicket.
dread thicket: collect fireflies. find entrance to den of despair.
den of despair: kill gruthkul. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir. take book of skill (x2). waypoint to northern forest.
northern forest: find the entrance to the causeway.
the causeway: find waypoint. find kishara's star (close to vaal city entrance).
vaal city: find waypoint (in the centre of the map). portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. take book of skill.
vaal city: talk to yeena. enter temple of decay level 1.
temple of decay level 1 & 2: find entrance to arakaali's web.
boss fight: kill arakaali. talk to sin. talk to yeena. enter sarn ramparts.


Act 8

Major Passives: Phase Acrobatics, Constitution

Can do 2nd Labyrinth

sarn ramparts: grab waypoint. find entrance to town.
town: enter toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find doedre's cesspool.
doedre's cesspool: find boss room ('loose grate').
the cauldron: kill doedre. enter 'sewer outlet'.
doedre's cesspool: find entrance to the quay.
quay: find 'sealed casket' (yellow !). open and take 'ankh of eternity'. find ressurection site. talk to clarissa. kill tolman. find grain gate.
grain gate: grab waypoint. find & kill gemling legion. find the imperial fields.
imperial fields: follow path. grab waypoint. find solaris temple.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. waypoint to town.
town: talk to maramoa. take skill book. talk to clarissa. take skill book). waypoint to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find entrance to level 2.
solaris temple level 2: find portal to boss room. kill boss. take sun orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find 'the grand promenade'
grand promenade: find 'the bath house'.
bath house: complete labyrinth trial. kill hector. take wings of vastiri. find 'high garden'.
high garden: kill yugul. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book. waypoint to bath house.
bath house: find entrance to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: grab waypoint. find lunaris temple (top left).
lunaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2.
lunaris temple level 2: find portal to boss room. kill boss. take moon orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: find 'the harbour bridge' (bottom right).
harbour bridge: find 'the sky shrine'. kill both bosses. talk to sin.


Act 9

Major Passives: Sentinel, Discipline and Training

Pro Tip: Reach level 64 before starting Act 10

blood aqueducts: find entrance to town.
town: find the entrance to 'the descent'
descent: run through this zone to the exits (run past most monsters)
vastiri desert: find the waypoint. find 'storm-weathered chest' (yellow !). take storm blade. continue towards top of map. go to the right. find blocked entrance to 'the oasis'. find the entrance to 'the foothills'.
foothills: raise new spectres here (level 62)
find the waypoint. near waypoint is the entrance to 'the boiling lake'.
boiling lake: find and kill boss. take basilisk acid. portal to town.
town: talk to petarus and vanja. ignore items. talk to sin. talk to petarus and vanja again. take 'bottled storm'. waypoint to vastiri desert.
vastiri desert: go to entrance to 'the oasis'.
oasis: find and kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. waypoint to foothills.
foothills: find entrance to the tunnel.
tunnel: complete labyrinth trial. find waypoint. find entrance to 'the quarry'.
quarry:find waypoint. find entrance to 'shrine of the winds'. kill boss. talk to sin. return to quarry.
quarry: find entrance to 'the refinery'.
refinery: find the boss room (yellow !). caution: boss encounter starts when you enter. kill boss. open theurgic precipitate machine. take trarthan powder. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. talk to sin. waypoint to quarry.
quarry: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast: find entrance to 'the rotting core'
rotting core: find entrance to 'the black core'.
black core: raise new spectres here (level 64)
talk to sin. kill shavronne, maligaro and doedre. talk to sin. enter 'the black heart'
black heart: kill depraved trinity. talk to lilly. sail to oriath.


Act 10 & Epilogue

Major Passives: Scion Life Wheel

Can do 3nd Labyrinth before Kitava

town: enter cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: enter cathedral apex. kill monsters. talk to bannon. return to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to lani. take quartz flask. go to cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: find entrance to 'the ravaged square'
ravaged square: find entrance to 'the control blocks'.
control blocks: raise new spectres here (level 66)
find waypoint. find arena. kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. talk skill book. waypoint to control blocks.
control blocks: enter ravaged square
ravaged square: ignore reliquary entrance. find entrance to 'the ossuary'. take waypoint. enter ossuary.
ossuary: complete labyrinth trial. find 'sealed chest' (yellow !). take elixir of aullure. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find entrance to 'the torched courts'.
torched courts: find entrance to 'desecrated chamber'.
desecrated chamber: take waypoint. find 'sanctum of innoncence. kill avarius. take 'staff of purity'. portal to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to innocence. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find innocence (Yellow !). talk to innocence. enter 'the canals'
the canals & feeding trough:
make your way to kitava. kill kitava. go to oriath.
oriath: talk to lani. talk skill book.







SUMMONING GUIDE: SLAVE DRIVERS
Spoiler

Important Notes on Summoning

Spectre level is incredibly important - a level 73 spectre has half the dps of a level 84.

The level of your spectre is limited by 'Raise spectre', 'Desecrate' and the zone you raise them in, whichever is lowest.

Example 1: Both gems at level 19:
1) Shaper's Realm, map level 84
2) Raise Spectre can raise spectres up to level 100
3) Desecrate can create corpses up to level 81

Result: Your spectres will be level 81

Example 2: Both gems at level 11:
1) Start of Act 9 (Blood Aqueducts), map level 61
2) Raise Spectre can raise spectres up to level 61
3) Desecrate can create corpses up to level 53

Result: Your spectres will be level 53

Use a +1 or +2 socketed any/spell/chaos gems item to boost your Desecrate gem level, allowing you to desecrate higher-level spectres. You can put this in your off-hand slot.*


Now, Desecrate has been boosted to level 13 (11+2) and can create corpses up to lvl59. Your spectres will be level 59.

Credit:@consecotaleo


Slave Drivers are in Act 5 - Control Blocks.

1. Portal to the Act 5 town and enter the Control Blocks.
2. Cast Desecrate.
3. Hold the 'a' key and check corpses.
4. When you find a 'Slave Driver', cast Raise Spectre once only.
5. You now have a level 41 Slave Driver spectre.
5. Go to the highest level zone you have access to (My Delve mine is level 83).
6. Unequip and Reequip your Raise Spectre gem to despawn the level 41 spectre.
7. Check yor Desecrate says 'can create corpses up to level 100'.
8. Cast Desecrate.
9. Hold the 'a' key and check corpses.
10. Remove Spell Echo from Raise Spectre link.
10. When you find a 'Slave Driver', cast Raise Spectre.
NOTE: Take your time and be careful, corpses overlap and it's easy to raise the wrong one if you are rushing.


Video demonstration: https://youtu.be/6r6lblhzi6E

Uberelite's PoB work-around

Uber has provided a work-around for i84 Slave Drivers.

You will need to edit you 'Unending Hunger' jewel and paste this text into the box (completely replace the existing info):

Unending Hunger, 84 Slave Driver workaround
Cobalt Jewel
Unique ID: 6646eb37d8e29a92e2fcba9a58399b6b489339e16f2b2b68d140dd57ab215656
Item Level: 77
Radius: Medium
Limited to: 2
Implicits: 0
Minions have 8% increased Area of Effect
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Raised Spectres have a 50% chance to gain Soul Eater for 30 seconds on Kill
Spectres have 15% reduced Cast Speed
Spectres have 50% more Cast Speed
Minions deal 840 to 2517 additional Lightning Damage
#Use Bearded Shaman, set ability to Shock Nova.
#Set spectre level to 84
#This estimates what I think the 84 Slave Drivers numbers would be if we had them.





ANIMATE GUARDIAN
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The Animate Guardian is a 'support' minion.


Unlike a spectre, it can be equiped with armour and a weapon. This allows us to give it items that give party buffs.

At the basic level, it can be equiped with these inexpensive uniques that cost 1c each:


Video guide on how to summon and equip your AG:
https://youtu.be/V5MSR9bARg4

NOTE: If your Animate Guardian is killed, all the equipment will be lost!

The Animate Guardian can be equipped with even more powerful equipment for more investment. Check the Advanced section on how to do this.


Big DPS Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
Big DPS Summoner videos: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Last edited by kayella on Aug 21, 2019, 12:36:32 PM
Last bumped on Aug 22, 2019, 3:07:46 AM



PLEDGE OF HANDS BUILD
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Transition at 68 Path of Building Pastebin & Passive Tree
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Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/31HUGrgr

Passive Tree



Complete Path of Building Pastebin & Passive Tree
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Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/Vyy4VNua

Passive Tree


Equipment & Items
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Equipment and Armour:


Flasks:


Jewels:



Special summoning wand:



Gem Links
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Weapon: Pledge of Hands. 6-link.


Note: Swap Increased AOE (mapping) for Concentrated Effect (bossing)


Helmet: Diadem.
2-link:


Unlinked:


Body: Vis Mortis or Rare +1 Spectre.
4-link Group:


Unlinked:


Gloves - 4-link.


Boots - 4-link.


Unset rings


Special summoning wand




How to summon while using Pledge of Hands
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There is a trick to summoning your spectres one by one even though you have spell echo build into Pledge.

1. You must have a level 20 Raise Spectre in slot 1 (top left) of your Pledge.
2. Have a fully linked off hand (can be a wand), again have level 20 Raise Spectre in slot 1.
3. Desecrate & Summon with your off hand wand.
4. Swap back to Pledge. The spectre should not despawn if you did #1 & #2.

Demonstration video: https://youtu.be/45L0xTzSjCQ




ADVANCED GEAR & CRAFTING
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Multimod Trigger Wand



Video guide: https://youtu.be/JpRpBj3osIk
(new video coming soon)

Look for: one-handed weapon, 95% minion damage, 1 free suffix & 1 free prefix.

[if there is only 1 free suffix]
pre-1. craft 'prefixes cannot be changed' (2ex)
pre-2. scour (1 scour)

[if there are 3 free suffixes]
1. craft 'can have multiple mods' (2ex)
2. craft 'trigger' (3c)
3. craft 'minion attack/cast speed' (4c)
4. craft 'add fire damage to spells' (4c)

NOTE: Avoid any weapon that adds lightning damage to spells.


Spell Dodge Shield with CWDT



Drop Necro Aegis passive and put Victario's Charity into your stash.
Get an elder i85+ 'supreme spiked shield' for 4% spell dodge.
We are looking for %life roll and cast when damage taken (elder mod), so we will only use a pristine fossil for this craft:


NOTE: We lose frenzy charges but gain cwdt as a shield mod. You need to swap CWDT gem with Increased Duration.



Multimod +1 spectre chest



Thanks to Tusk_Luv for the Syndicate crafting. I couldn't have done this without his help.

Youtube: Crafting a Best in Slot Body Armour for Big DPS Summoner build

Turn on subtitles for a description of the process!

You will need a +1 spectre chest, preferably a INT or INT/DEX base.
It is adrop only item from azurite mine.


Annul: only 1 prefix: +1 spectre.
Craft: +x% to Quality
Jeweller's: 6 socket.
Fuses to 6 link.
Remove: %quality
Craft: Multi-mod
Craft: life
Divine: 80+ life
Craft: +1 curse
Craft: (your choice of suffix)




ANIMATE GUARDIAN WITH FORTIFY PARTY BUFF
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You can equip your Animate Guardian with more expensive equipment for better party buffs:

The Kingmaker axe will provides you and your minions with fortify (20% reduced damage taken), culling strike & +50% crit multi. We can also equip it with a -9% lightning res helmet so it will debuff nearby monsters.

A high level AG gem will give it more life and survivability. You should also try to get a high % life regen.

Video Guide:
New video coming soon.

Gear for summoner:
You will want a +3 minion gem helmet to increase AG's gem level and its HP:


Gem links:
Minion Life (more life) + Empower (more levels).


4th gem:
Chaos Golem (phys dmg reduction), Stone Golem (life regen) or Raise Zombie (more meatshield). If you can reserve more mana, you can also consider Dread Banner (nearby monster -21% accuracy) or Flesh and Stone (nearby monster blinded & take 11% less damage)


Recommended gear for AG:


Crafting Notes:
A helmet with -9% lightning res gives a much bigger dps boost than 15% increase from Leer cast. Take any helmet and fossil craft with pristine and metallic. You want to hit -9% lightning res, and hopefully 1% life regen.


Rare boots with 35%+ fire will res cap the AG. If you want a BiS option, you need to fossil craft. Buy any boots with 2% regen enchant (should cost 1-2c). Then use pristine and scorched fossils. Hopefully, you can hit 1% life regen and 35%+ fire res.



Credit to @RoosterAfro for ideas on boot crafting for AG.


ADVANCED/ALTERNATE BUILDS - OUTDATED
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HideousPride wrote:
Kaom's Heart Build Path - Final Update

Summary
- 24 challenges completed
- Level 93
- 8.5K health
- Shaper deathless
- Elder deathless
- T16s deathless
- Still died a ton to Vaal Temple 83 because I'm noob
- Uber Elder deathless
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Pros of this alternate build?
- This build replaces the typical early-game Vis Mortis with Kaom's Heart and a Pseudo 6L helmet for your Spectres.
- It provides a significant DPS and survival upgrade from a 5L Vis Mortis, and was significantly cheaper to put together initially than a 6L Vis Mortis.
- At 8.5K health, the only things you'll get one shot by are telegraphed attacks. Any deaths you incur will feel like your fault.
- You'll still have more than enough damage to clear all the content in the game.
- Also pretty good for leveling in the 90s when deaths become more punishing to your exp.


Gear
The helmet + Kaom's Heart are the unique parts of the build.

Lvl 20 Conc Effect/Minion Damage give your Spectres a power boost over the traditional 5L Vis Mortis. Try to get a high life roll if at all possible.

If you can get Socketed Gems deal X% more Elemental Damage, you can turn your Spectres into 7L champions, but it's pretty prohibitively expensive.


Shell out a couple extra chaos if you can find a corruption that's even slightly beneficial.








The rest of the gear is pretty standard late-game fare. Since the whole point of this build is to be beefy, prioritize T1 life rolls everywhere, you can get % maximum life on shield and gloves as well.

If you can get high elemental resistance rolls on most of your gear, you have the option to grab increased % minion damage affixes on amulet/ring/gloves without sacrificing defenses.





Enhanced Vaal Fallen
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Pastebin:
https://pastebin.com/8K1hbdCW


Equipment


Equipment is the same as the base build, but many pieces have different colours.

Mouseover to see gem links:



Offhand:







Kayella's DPS Build: 1.8mil+ shaper DPS per spectre
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Dual curse, 13 jewels

Level 94, 13 jewel sockets, dual curse


Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/xGLXES3f



Kayella's Endgame Phase Acro build
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Pastebin:
https://pastebin.com/P1A574Xz

Gear:




Magritte's Frost Sentinel Crit build: 1mil+ shaper DPS per spectre
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Magritte wrote:
Frost Sentinels Crit Version
updated April/2019 (new 1080p videos + more in-depth explanations)
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What’s the point of this version?
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This version excels in quick mapping, while still maintaining good single target DPS. The goal is to have as much clear speed as possible and still be able to do Uber Elder deathless and effortlessly.
Shaper DPS: 1.1M per Frost Sentinel
(sustained damage, no temporary buffs like flasks, vaal skills or Focus)


Frost Sentinels vs Cannibal Fire-Eaters?
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They are very different and serve different purposes. Fire-Eaters have the strongest DPS of all spectres, but only cast their spells when they are in melee range of the enemy. “Regular” projectile based spectres in this aspect have a much better behavior. This is even more important when we want to maximize fast mapping


Frost Sentinels vs Solar Guards / Flame Sentinels / Goatman fire-raiser?
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Frost Sentinels have the following advantages:
7% base crit chance
No damage penalty for extra projectile spells (unlike Flame Sentinels)
Freezing/shattering enemies
No low damage/long animation cooldown skill like solar guards’s beam
Great AI/behavior
They benefit from Hatred aura and Frost Bomb


PoB Link:
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https://pastebin.com/FBfRh5vh
Note: I edited my shield to include bonuses not calculated by PoB, such as Animated guardian gear, Zealotry Watcher's Eye and the extra crit chance against enemies on consecrated ground.


Skill Tree
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http://poeurl.com/cncr
It’s a bit different but follows the same principle of trying to get life and jewel sockets. We also need mana reservation nodes because we can’t use a “–mana cost of skills” amulet.
Mistress of Sacrifice is used instead of Puppet Master, for more movement/cast speed.


Gear
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The gear is pretty much the same as the original guide, with a few notes:
Aul’s amulet is a great way to fit a third aura into the build (Hatred)
Victario’s Charity + Necromantic Aegis is mandatory, because we must have a way to maintain Power charges while mapping.



Gem Links
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Single target setup: Raise spectre / Minion damage / Increased Crit multiplier / Spell echo / Power charge on critical / Hypothermia
This setup is optimal, there really isn’t much variation there
Note: Power charge on critical is needed because Victario’s charity only generates power charges on kill, and so is not reliable for prolonged boss fights.

Mapping setup:
Here things get interesting. There are many different combinations of gems, depending on preference, availability of white sockets and the amount of lag your computer can take.
Recomended (requires a white socket): Raise spectre / Minion damage / Increased Crit multiplier / Summon phantasm on kill / Pierce / Greater multiple projectile

Alternative gems for mapping: Spell echo (really laggy with GMP), Hypothermia, Bonechill, increased critical strikes. Find what works best for you.


Videos:
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https://youtu.be/WuuPeKjEhi4 Clear speed demo + Minotaur kill (HD)
https://youtu.be/bbHoOLI-5N0 Uber Elder deathless (HD)
Low quality videos:
Phoenix map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljP8BqxZIL4
Uber Elder deathless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZaV4mZzT2c





Tusk_Luv's Triple Aura build: 10mil+ shaper DPS
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Tusk_Luv wrote:
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My FINAL pastebin - https://pastebin.com/8rC4dLbJ

Attention: all these gear combined costs a lot of money. Some ~1 ex, some ~15 ex and more. I just show what can be achieved with this Build, the improvements can be made step by step. The most expensive are Mirror-Tier boots. The least expensive is probably Shield and Belt and Gloves. Jewels up to you, i try to use tier 1 life + minion dmg + some bonus stats on my like hinder or blind or other, 1 of each kind. + attack/cast speed as 3rd or 4th mod is the best.


My version - 3 auras + 0 mana cost of all skills + chaos resist.

7565 Life + some ES
8.8+ million Shaper DPS
11.2+ million with Victario Frenzy charges or 10.4+ million with 2nd wand


Every single piece of gear is crafted by myself (jewelry's Delve-only drop).

My gear:









Flasks i'm using:






Tanky + DPS by ff3 (960k dps / 9.1k life)

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ff3 wrote:

https://pastebin.com/JRyiZPs2

A few random tips. If you can afford a double craft on the weapon, 14-15% Cast speed is a lot of dps. -# Total Mana Cost on jewelry solves the no regen map problem completely. Minion Life and Minion Damage on a bone helmet is easy to craft with fossils and is also a good boost to the spectres. Cooldown Recovery on the belt also lowers the cooldown for the skills in the weapon slot (3.57 sec at 12%). To apply Combustion, you can also use Sadima's Touch gloves on your Guardian. I swap Controlled Destruction for GMP and run 2 Cannibals with 2 Solar Guards for everything but Uber Elder. With this setup, I'm at 960k dps / 9.1k life.




FORTIFY WITHOUT KINGMAKER AG




You will need these 5 items:
Ichimonji
The Vigil
20/20 Vigilant Strike
20/20 Fortify
20/0 Ancestral Call

Equip 'Ichimonji' in your offhand slot. Put 'The Vigil' near 'Devotion' in the passive tree.


How it works:
'Ichimonji' + 20/20 'Vigilant Strike' give 12s of Fortify.
'Ancestral Call' makes it easy to hit melee targets to proc Fortify.
'The Vigil' increases Fortify to 36s and shares with minions.
20/20 'Fortify' increases the time of to 40s.







TIPS FOR DELVE/AZURITE MINE
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Betrayal League:


Video demonstration: Solo deep delve to 700 + fortify trick

Delve has extremely high monster density and, if you go deep, rippy mods. There are many one-shots ready to kill you. So, here are some tips to make delving easier:

1. Run as fast as possible between encounters. Use phase run + quicksilver. If you go slowly, there is a large chance of getting one-shotted.

2. Completely clear around any encounter before you start (if possible) because random monsters can wander in and kill you from behind.

3. Offscreen clear the encounter. Summoners do not have leech/regen, so send your spectres in by attacking the encounter from distance. Stand at the very edge of the darkness and cast 3 storm brands; your spectres will attack anything that storm brand hits. (see: video)

4. Use 'Vaal Summon Skeletons' at the encounter. They will body block monsters, keeping your safer.

5. Use the defensive build.

6. Use fortify snapshot trick. At the start of the path, use your offhand 'Ichimonji' to proc fortify, then weapon swap back to your wand & shield to run the path.



MORE VIDEOS


CHANGE LOG - 3.7 Legion League
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20 JUL
Update Pledge of Hands build: more defenses, DPS unchanged.

16 JUL
Updated Passive Tree
New PoB Pastebin
Added Pledge of Hands build to Advanced section.

14 JUL
Added Uberelite's PoB work-around for Slave Drivers.

6/7 JUL
Build guide re-written for Slave Drivers.

New Showcase Videos
New Passive Tree
New PoB Pastebin
New Equipment Information
New Information on '10c' 6-link Spectres
Updated Crafting Guide
Completely New Gem Links
New Summoning Guide
New Summoning Video Guide (Slave Drivers)
New Animate Guardian Guide
New Animate Guardian Video Guide (Inexpensive version)



GEAR ARCHIVE
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Synthesis League

https://pastebin.com/0jPtyii3










Betrayal League



Big DPS Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
Big DPS Summoner videos: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Last edited by kayella on Aug 18, 2019, 10:36:02 AM
Gz on the build guide!
Nice build,

and nice dps

How Uber elder is with this build ?
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Nice build,

and nice dps

How Uber elder is with this build ?


The DPS is definitely there for a deathless kill, but I have yet to do it deathless, though. Working on it.
Big DPS Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
Big DPS Summoner videos: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
This is a strictly worse version of a SG+Skele build. Your fire-eaters clear slower than pierce+faster proj SGs, and your single-target is worse than pseudo 5-linked skele. Plus walking around in 3.3 with 1.4k HP sans Visage/Wrappings is just asking to die.
cannibal fire eaters are available on the coast, when i played with them 2 seasons ago
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Sher101 wrote:
This is a strictly worse version of a SG+Skele build. Your fire-eaters clear slower than pierce+faster proj SGs, and your single-target is worse than pseudo 5-linked skele. Plus walking around in 3.3 with 1.4k HP sans Visage/Wrappings is just asking to die.


SG+Skele is certainly a good build, I agree with you there. However, the point of this build was to see if FEs could replace TVs without needing FGs or some other minion as clear speed helpers. I think it succeeds; it certainly feels a lot better than TVs without Dyadus.

1.4k HP without shav's is asking to die in any league. It's managable though - I've done a full deathless chayula, for example. Also, the build is really meant for T16+Shaper+Uber Elder, so I never really considered getting a shav's. But, I'll see if I can borrow a 6L shav's to link to the build, when I can. Thanks for the suggestion.





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prospecial wrote:
cannibal fire eaters are available on the coast, when i played with them 2 seasons ago


Oh. I didn't see them there, I'll have to check again, carefully. Thanks!
Big DPS Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
Big DPS Summoner videos: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Last edited by kayella on Jul 10, 2018, 12:38:34 PM
Interesting build. I will try those spectres for a change.


The pastbin for the High DPS version returns an error: 'This page has been removed'
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kayella wrote:
High DPS
https://pastebin.com/KjR5JF6H

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Hamallainen wrote:
Interesting build. I will try those spectres for a change.


The pastbin for the High DPS version returns an error: 'This page has been removed'
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kayella wrote:
High DPS
https://pastebin.com/KjR5JF6H



Hi, sorry for the late reply. I've been busy tweaking this build for Uber Elder.
As a result, I've had to update the guide because 'High DPS' wasn't viable for Uber Elder.

I've simplified the build to just one setup: https://pastebin.com/a5L8k51t
Big DPS Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
Big DPS Summoner videos: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming

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