[3.5 Video Guide] Beginner's Build: Soulwrest Summoner

For a more detailed explanation of the build check out the video guide: Soulwrest Summoner Build Guide Video

If you are new or uncertain how summoners work, how they are scaled or behave, check out this video guide: Generic Summoner Mechanic Guide

If you have any questions you can always come to my twitch stream to get them answered or just to enjoy the stream: Ghazzy's Livestreaming Channel

Path of Building Link for the guide: https://pastebin.com/czbVnemC
Simply go to "Import/Export Build" > Click the "Import from Pastebin" paste the link in there, and then click "Import"

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Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for an actual Soulwrest build that can be played in the end-game!

2. A build that is keeping a high quality despite having a very low budget.

3. Insanely high clear speed for a summoner build.

4. A build with a high budget version allowing you to literally deal with ALL content in the game.

5. If you prefer a build guide that has a video linked to it.

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Build Enabling Items:

This build is designed around the unique staff Soulwrest so that's obviously the most important piece. However, the other options depend on how you'd like to play the build. If you're aiming to play the way I prefer it to then the other build enabling items would be these:

Vis Mortis
Bones of Ullr (or any rare boots granting + spectres)

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Defence & Utility

With the use of a Quartz Flask you're provided with Phasing, that combined with high speed allows you to run through enemies whilst your massive army of minions clears everything in a heartbeat!

Utility wise this build offers a lot of options that you can decide on yourself depending on your personal playstyle preference. I personally prefer to utilize melee skellies with the build allowing for the enhanced single target approach which I felt the spectres/phantasms didn't provide enough power for.

Rampage:
WE are recieving this buff via; Bisco's Leash however, as of patch 2.2 we are no longer recieving any bonuses to our minions, however the insane effects it grants increases our clear speed significantly. On top of this it also grants us movement speed which is highly appreciated for this build.

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Pantheon Choices:

Pantheon List

Major God:

- Soul of Lunaris
Basically just helps with avoiding some projectile damage

Minor God:

- Soul of Ryslatha
Basically just an additional layer of defence when you're on low life.

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Skill-gems & Setups:

Phantasms in Soulwrest:

- Phantasm on Kill, Faster Casting, Minion Damage, Controlled Destruction, Greater Multiple Projectiles, Faster Projectiles

Note:
First of, you don't need this item 6L it's enough there are 6 sockets. We are using the Phantasm on kill support as it allows us to get 20 instead of 10 phantasms.
We are using Faster Casting over Spell Echo as it is simply not working for them.
Faster Projectile can be changed for Slower Projectile for higher damage output but will significantly hurt clear speed.

Melee Skellies:

- Summon Skeletons, Minion Damage, Melee Splash, Melee Physical, Faster Attacks, Ruthless

Also note that if you hit 4R2B you can switch Faster Attacks for Multistrike!
Switch Melee Splash for Added Fire vs single target (or the next gem in order of efficiency if you don't have a 6L)

NOTE ABOUT VAAL SUMMON SKELETON:
It can absolutely be used to give you a significant damage increase to killing bosses, but has very little use outside of that aspect.


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Spectres, Solar Guards:

- Raise Spectre, Minion Damage, Spell Echo, Elemental Focus

Solar Guard they can be found in these areas:
[58] The Battlefront
[59] The Solaris Temple Level 1
[59] The Solaris Temple Level 2
[60] Harbour Bridge

An optimal helmet for this build would be an Elder helmet with as many of these mods as possible:
Minion DMG > Conc effect > 30% More Elemental DMG allowing for 5,6 or even 7 linked spectres in your helmet!

Also to note:
If you are uncertain of how you scale spectres this video and the pinned comment below will help you a lot: Generic Summoner Mechanic Guide


Utility:

- Flesh Offering, Increased Duration, Spell Cascade, Desecrate

Utility:

- Convocation

Aura:

- Hatred

Mobility:

- Flame Dash

Defence:

- CWDT, Immortal Call

Note:
I usually don't lvl the CWDT higher than 3, which means you can't have Immortal Call higher than 5. Obviously these lvls comes down to a matter of personal taste.

EE:

- Orb of Storms

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Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes:

Ascendancy Nodes:

You're gonna want to start by picking up Invoker then you pick up Soul Weaver to utilize spectres early on.

Second last node you'll pick up is the Mistress of Sacrifice to enhance your general clear speed.

Lastly you decide if you want to utilize skellies in which case you take Bone Sculptor you can if you want to run Zombies or any other minions or if you'd prefer, you can even run utility links instead of another minion.


Leveling skill-tree, 32 points

Leveling skill-tree, 82 points

Finished skill-tree

Notes:
Once the skill-tree is finished, just focus 100% on more jewel slots.

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Leveling Tips:

Use Freezing Pulse till you hit lvl 8 where you get yourself Melee Splash, remember to pick up SRS after "Breaking Some Eggs" quest in Mud Flats and if you lack Strength to use the Melee Splash gem, simply equip yourself with a Heavy Belt or any strength providing item.

Once you've reached lvl 20 you can equip a Brightbeak to use together with Faster Attacks linked to Leap Slam or Shield Charge to speed through the content.

Simply use any +1 or +2 minion gem helmet before you feel comfortable switching over to skelly summoner which I'd recommend doing when you get 5L or 6L setup for your skellies.

The Baron it carries you well in to the Soulwrest switch at lvl 62 with the links "SRS - Minion DMG - Melee Splash - Melee Physical" as you are lvling the build, AND it's equippable from lvl 26!

Bandits:

- Kill them all, they give nothing of proper value for you.

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Gearing & Stat Priorities

What base items to use:

The base items of this build really doesn't matter as we don't care about the base defensive stats such as armour(str), evasion(dex) or energy shield(int). So instead the base items will follow the stat priority listed in this guide.
However, the attribute requirement of the items will base how hard it is to chrome (color) which will be the only thing we will think about when planing our gearing.
So, if you need 4 blue sockets in an item the recommendation is to get an item that has Energy Shield (int) base or a hybrid base which includes Energy Shield (int).

By using this chrome calculating website: https://siveran.github.io/calc.html you can easily track how hard it will be to chrome the colors you need. This YouTube playlist can help a lot for new players and also includes a few tricks when coloring items with the "wrong attribute requirements" for your build: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuu-MdPs0Af8A4e3gSsJ1xDKNNcdFwY1r


Defensive Stats:

1. Life
2. ES
3. Resistances
4. Dexterity

Offensive Stats:

1. Minion Damage


Jewels:

1. Flat Life
1. %minion dmg when you've used a minion skill recently
2. % Life
3. Other minion dmg related mods


Keep in mind that as a melee skelly approach you're gonna want to use 1x From Dust Jewel!

Also keep in mind that if you're going with spectres you're gonna want to use 1 Unending Hunger


Flasks:

1x Seething Divine Life Flask of w/e suffix
1x w/e prefix Eternal Life Flask of Staunching
1x w/e prefix Quartz Flask of Adrenaline
1x Rumi's Concoction Granite Flask
1x w/e prefix Quicksilver flask of Heat

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Recommended Unique Items:


Recommended LvLing Uniques:


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Outro:

This build thread is merely a rough guide to lead you in to the builds basics. If you wish to see more details about this beautiful build check out the video guide: Soulwrest Summoner Build Guide Video

Before you start posting questions I would recommend checking the video. I am as always available in my stream!

Hope you guys will enjoy the build! Below you can access my other build guides:

Build Guides


//Ghazzy
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NOTE:

Soulwrest went from being VERY cheap to being VERY expensive, with that said. This build still works very well as a beginner friendly, but it is not a league-starter in the terms of you being able to easily have all your gear sorted within the first 24h.

This build was originally designed from my "Lich Queen" build which is an extremely popular league-starter & beginner friendly build. You simply play Soulwrest as a Lich Queen, which means you don't use Soulwrest till you can equip it. That's it.
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Last edited by Ghazzy on Dec 10, 2018, 9:23:30 PM
Looks like fun. Any thoughts regarding linking blood magic in the Elder helm to run one carnage chieftain for frenzy charges?
Added rampage info under utility tab.

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Completed 10 Challengestanis0 wrote:
Looks like fun. Any thoughts regarding linking blood magic in the Elder helm to run one carnage chieftain for frenzy charges?


It's a nice addition / approach however, seeing as in deep delves or t15/16 maps there are situations where the Phantasms doesn't always survive very well in which cases the spectres are your "back-up" if you will. All in all, it's a matter of personal taste of how you'd prefer to run the build.

This build offers A LOT of free choices that won't impact its efficiency that much.
Due to popular demand and me not being a full-time streamer I'm unable to go through all forum threads as I used to, however, I still respond to every question on my YouTube videos!
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Quick note for new people reading my guides:

Since I'm not a fulltime streamer I have issues keeping up with responding to each and everyone in my threads so I've decided to simply respond on the YouTube vid linked in each guide, Discord or stream :)
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Fixed a minor misstake in the flask section.
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Thanks 4 the guide just one thing, noobs like me who are playing this game from scratch still need leveling guide, normal with suggestions which stones to use on what lvl and bla bla. I dont need items i just need what stones to use on what lvl for a normal leveling. Not everybody is playing this game from beginning. We try to search all forum, but it will be better that everything will be in one place. Thank you, thats just an opinion of a guy who is playing his first season. And you are streaming thats great just you are not online all day :( so the questions its on me :(
I watch your stream video trying to figure it out all the stones from lvl 12, and it took me 30 min to see all of them, so its time that i lost. It would take 5 min for to to write everything in one place for idiots like me :(
Last edited by BugisBugis on Oct 20, 2018, 1:50:46 PM
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Completed 6 ChallengesBugisBugis wrote:
Thanks 4 the guide just one thing, noobs like me who are playing this game from scratch still need leveling guide, normal with suggestions which stones to use on what lvl and bla bla. I dont need items i just need what stones to use on what lvl for a normal leveling. Not everybody is playing this game from beginning. We try to search all forum, but it will be better that everything will be in one place. Thank you, thats just an opinion of a guy who is playing his first season. And you are streaming thats great just you are not online all day :( so the questions its on me :(
I watch your stream video trying to figure it out all the stones from lvl 12, and it took me 30 min to see all of them, so its time that i lost. It would take 5 min for to to write everything in one place for idiots like me :(


Hey!

In the guide there is a lvling skill-tree progression listed? First one being HERE which shows how you start the tree out and grabs the minion dmg and life nodes before heading out to the left side to chase more life & minion dmg nodes.

Below that skilltree is the second one in the guide which will show you an aprox of how your tree should look like at the little higher levels and then finishing with the finished tree.

What is important to understand with skill-tree progression in PoE is that the better gear you have the less eHP/defence you need from the tree (at least in general) which means you can prio take dmg nodes over defensive ones. Whilst having bad gear in terms of eHP / resistances will force you to prio those defensive nodes first. With this in mind, it is impossible to make a template saying "hey take this node when you hit lvl 5, this one at lvl 6" etc etc which is why my guides are including "tree examples" such as the one I linked here in this response which is the first one in the guide saying:
"32 points skill-tree" so 32 points in which is I think around lvl 25...? (You get skillpoints from quests as well) This serves as a template that you can view and see so that your tree should look something like that when you've invested 32 points to the tree.

I hope my answer helped!
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Hey Ghazzy, great build!

Thanks for writing this guide, my first time playing necro and already loving it.

I have one question, which red gem can I put into the staff while I can't get another green socket?



Also, which utility flask do you recommend for defense to replace one life flask?
Not sure if armor or evasion will work fine with this.

Thank you!
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Last edited by Ghazzy on Dec 5, 2018, 4:15:31 PM

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