[3.5] SKELEMANCER (Summon Skeletons Necromancer) Build (UBER ELDER done) + VIDEO GUIDE!

It's the project that i've started in Flashback Incursion Event and then finished during Delve league.
STRONG, pretty FAST and EFFECTIVE!
Also incredibly cheap!

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VIDEO BUILD/GUIDE: https://youtu.be/K1bbILxeXLI
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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/skelemancer-summon-skeletons-necromancer-build-for-path-of-exile/
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How does it work, in general?
You summon around 11-13 skeletons and they kill monsters with their CRAZY ASS WEAPONS while you are zooming through the map with Shield Charge. Ohh.. and you also have an Animated Guardian to boost them even more.. and a protective Spectre too!
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1) PROS
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1bbILxeXLI&t=226s
+safe across most content. Bosses offscreening.
+high effective HP: can be over 11000+ with MoM or 9000 HP with Lioneye's Remorse. Uber Elder viable.
+around 70% potential Phys Damage Reduction (Basalt, Taste of Hate, etc)
+decent regen
+flexible, can stack a lot of block chance if needed
+great single target damage (around 3.5-4 million with Victario)
+actually not so slow for mapping
+much better than Zombies as you don't need corpses to summon, also you don't care if Skeletons die.

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2) CONS
Spoiler

https://youtu.be/K1bbILxeXLI?t=415
-Mediocre clear speed because SKELLIES are not SPECTRES. Still faster than Zombies, for the most part.

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
For the levelling tree please watch the video guide!
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Spoiler
Path of building:
Normal version 11 Skeletons: https://pastebin.com/qGqwbdg2
More DPS/Less HP 12 Skeletons: https://pastebin.com/F1F1hQdQ
For Ascendancy: Invoker, Bone Sculptor, Commander of Darkness, Puppet Master
Bandits: Kill All

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1bbILxeXLI&t=1246s
Get Explosive Trap after the very first quest, use it along with ZOMBIES.
Once you get Multiple Traps, attach it to the Explosive Trap.
Also start using Summon Raging Spirit if you wish, but it is not necessary
3L Zombies: Zombies-Summon Phantasm on Kill-Minion Damage
4L Zombies: Zombies-Summon Phantasm on Kill-Minion Damage-Melee Phys.Damage
Your skeletons will NOT be effective till Cruel lab!
For the gear, i recommend 3L Lifeprig for +1:

Then buy Incursion/Bestiary Staff or a 1Hander with a lot of Minion Damage:

Start using Hatred at level 24.
Buy a cheap Vaal Summon Skeletons gem with high quality.
Buy a cheap https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Bone_Helmet and use Blessed Orb on it when you can.
Start levelling Animated Guardian and Spectre gems, but don't use Animated Guardian yet because he will die anyway.
Then just progress to the maps.
You will be able to craft +1 Skeletons in Betrayal and core game too.
So you can temporary buy a 5L or 6L rare chest with an open mod.

There are many cheap uniques that you can use
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Sidhebreath
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Bones_of_Ullr
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Alberon%27s_Warpath
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Wraithlord
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Skullhead
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Violent_Dead
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Mon%27tregul%27s_Grasp
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Midnight_Bargain
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Severed_in_Sleep

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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1bbILxeXLI&t=1420s
For Uber Lab enchant: 40% increased Skeletons damage, but you can just use a Bone Helmet

Summon Skeletons 5L: VaalSummonSkeletons-Minion.Damage-Melee.Phys-Multistrike-Maim
Summon Skeletons 6L Mapping: VaalSummonSkeletons-Minion.Damage-Melee.Phys-Multistrike-Maim-Melee.Splash
Summon Skeletons 6L Bossing: VaalSummonSkeletons-Minion.Damage-Melee.Phys-Multistrike-Maim-lvl.4.Empower
If you don't have currency for level 4.Empower = use Ruthless

Jewels are very important. get TAUNT jewel as fast as possible.
If you want to go full DPS you can try

as well as buy a +1 Skeleton amulet.

If you don't have money to buy a good mace with minion damage then just get Scourge
. The real problem here is hitting something every 4 seconds.
The easiest way to get minion damage is to use BOUND FOSSIL though on a level 75 weapon!
http://poedb.tw/us/item.php?n=Bound+Fossil
You can also craft increased Minion Life on a Stygian Wise belt using the same fossil.

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6) Flasks

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7) Pantheon Gods
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1bbILxeXLI&t=1650s
Major: Arakaali
Minor: Ryslatha

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8) Hardcore Viable or not?
Spoiler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1bbILxeXLI&t=1721s
Indeed very viable. Just don't Shield Charge into death!

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9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
Spoiler

+1 belly / +2 duration Belly. GG high life Eyes.
+2-3 Minion Elder Bone Helmet with Minion Life!

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MORE VIDEOS:
Spoiler

T16 Chimera: https://youtu.be/hPGH8FHCwaQ
Minotaur, RED TIER Eradicator & Purifier: https://youtu.be/wwI7s15Wcsc
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/Yke1aekTWt8

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FAQ
1) How to kill Uber Elder?
Spoiler

Drop Desecrate for Purity of Ice. use Taste of Hate, drop Victario's Charity for Lioneye's Remorse and unspec Necromantic Aegis to get the bonus yourself. Use new skill points to get a couple more jewel sockets for more life.
Use Kaom's Roots.
Spectre and Animated Guardian will still die to degen towards the end of the fight

2) Animated Guardian setup
Spoiler

Start using Animated Guardian when he gets to at least level 19. Better use him in a +1-3 minion Helm.
These items make him last the most and be most useful/effective:
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Southbound
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Dying_Breath
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Leer_Cast
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Victario%27s_Flight
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Bloodbond
you can also use https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Ambu%27s_Charge, but Bloodbond is better for Uber Elder.
Drop them all on the ground and click (in a map on in lab) on Animated Guardian to let him use these items.
If he dies = all will be lost and you have to rebuy/restock/reequip again.
If you LOGOUT or quit the game you don't have to rebuy/reequip everything. Just resummon him.

3) best Spectres for Defense
Spoiler

I prefer Undying Evangelists and Heretical Guardians for their Proximity Shields
http://poedb.tw/us/mon.php?n=Heretical+Guardian
https://poedb.tw/us/mon.php?n=Undying+Evangelist
Once you get them, go the to the highest LEVEL map/zone, Desecrate the ground till you see a corpse of your spectre. Press and hold "A" to target corpses to check. Once you see the needed corpse cast SPECTRE on it. This way you will get HIGH LEVEL SPECTRE of the same kind and he won't die as much, as well as will do much more damage too :)
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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Dec 13, 2018, 2:54:16 AM
Last bumped on Dec 13, 2018, 2:54:02 AM
Maybe this is a stupid question but what passive nods should i strive to get early on, with the first PoB link?

Kinda interested to try this out for the flashback league as well x)

But we arent using queens escape for this build though? Thought that sword was almost mandatory for skellies.
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Completed 2 ChallengesLoLau wrote:
Maybe this is a stupid question but what passive nods should i strive to get early on, with the first PoB link?

Kinda interested to try this out for the flashback league as well x)

But we arent using queens escape for this build though? Thought that sword was almost mandatory for skellies.

get Lord of the Dead and Grave Intentions first, then start grabbing life and go down to fat life wheel and Grave Pact. This is it. You can can grab Skill Effect Duration on the road as well for SRS and unspec later.
Queen's Escape is kind not necessary once you get minion speed rings. And you loose a lot of damage and utility from not using 1h+shield
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Hiya!

I'm doing a really similar build to this in flashback. I took the mana reservation nodes in the top left to run both 50% auras. I don't have the incr mana nodes and I have a slightly different path in the south to get more dex but otherwise very close.

I'm finding flashback just murders my minions. Even AG gets mowed down before I can disable him if I hit a double perandus pack. I see you have a minion resist gem linked to AG, isn't he res capped with just the ascendancy and the node on the tree?

I really want to find a way to make the skellies tankier without having to swap to femurs. Right now all I can think of is to maybe max out their block with bone offering and necromatic aegis. Have you run into similar issues at all?
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Completed 1 ChallengeZenzen wrote:
Hiya!

I'm doing a really similar build to this in flashback. I took the mana reservation nodes in the top left to run both 50% auras. I don't have the incr mana nodes and I have a slightly different path in the south to get more dex but otherwise very close.

I'm finding flashback just murders my minions. Even AG gets mowed down before I can disable him if I hit a double perandus pack. I see you have a minion resist gem linked to AG, isn't he res capped with just the ascendancy and the node on the tree?

I really want to find a way to make the skellies tankier without having to swap to femurs. Right now all I can think of is to maybe max out their block with bone offering and necromatic aegis. Have you run into similar issues at all?

What's your gem level of AG? Generally he should not be used till lvl 19-20. He's just a squishy bag.
AFAIK he isn't res capped, but not entirely sure. What's your equip on AG?
Skellies are kinda crappy in general, very low HP pool. Another reason why in most cases you need to use Empower instead of Ruthless in a 6L. THey might simply not live long to deliver 3rd hit. Empower lvl4 is what you need to aim for as it also increases their life. Bone Offering is a great choice btw.
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Hi I'm looking for a good end-game summoner build and wanted to ask if it is possible to integrate zombies to this build in terms of helping with map clearing via slam and survivability as constant meat-shields. I like having the persistent minions around and specters aren't my favorite to use.

I understand that zombies would probably not be great for bosses since they require corpses to resummon so if it isn't viable then that makes sense too.
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Completed 9 ChallengesDwerfty wrote:
Hi I'm looking for a good end-game summoner build and wanted to ask if it is possible to integrate zombies to this build in terms of helping with map clearing via slam and survivability as constant meat-shields. I like having the persistent minions around and specters aren't my favorite to use.

I understand that zombies would probably not be great for bosses since they require corpses to resummon so if it isn't viable then that makes sense too.

I used zombies up till maps and then gave up on them entirely.
For a couple of reasons
1) they are just very squishy and outside of Baron builds are pretty worthless. They will die instantly to ele damage no matter how minion resists you have. And without 6L their damage will be too poor to leech
2) they need corpses
3) it's not possible to invest im both skeletons and zombies at the same time. Zombies are absolute garbage DPS-wise without 2 slam jewels and a 6L
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Hello Angry_Roleplayer,

Thank you very much for your builds!

Would it be viable to use Summon Holy Relic and Scourge?
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Completed 7 Challengesarkul78 wrote:
Hello Angry_Roleplayer,

Thank you very much for your builds!

Would it be viable to use Summon Holy Relic and Scourge?

Hi!

Scourge yes, you need to shield charge and hit every 4 seconds.
Holy Relic might be useful at first, but in the end it;s pretty garbage. Dies all the time, as well as regen is pretty poor.
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Alright, this is what I'm going to use for league start. Love the build, though I would personally like to have more written down instead of just linking to the video. A lot of times I like to read the build while playing and it would make it more accessible. Though I will say that the video was well down and I look forward to more of your builds.
Last edited by Roobtheloob on Dec 7, 2018, 12:34:26 PM

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