[3.14] Broodmother: A Summon Spiders Necro | Deathless Maven | 7m DPS | 11k EHP



Introduction
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Are you tired of struggling with endgame bosses? Do you like standing around playing dodgeball with Maven’s abilities while your spiders melt her down for you? Do you secretly love spiders? Then this is the build for you!

I have been tweaking this build since Legion league and with the Echoes of the Atlas expansion I have yet again cleared all of the end game deathless. This build originally began by adding my own twist to old Summon Spider builds and I believe that my build is better than many of the older Summon Spider builds that I drew inspiration from.

If you have questions or need to contact me about the build, please post on this thread. Don't PM me in game or on forums. I will check this thread regularly.

Proof of endgame completion:
Spoiler

Patch 3.14 Update
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Build hasn't been nerfed any! I added a small leveling section to the guide and I started using Predator Support for Atziri and Uber Elder, I recommend you swap it for Minion Damage Support. The build should be good for Ultimatum but I may have to make changes depending on how hard the trials actually are, if I do I will update the guide again.

Patch 3.13 Update
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Echoes of the Atlas launched this league and with it a new endgame. Maven is a fun and challenging fight and this build is perfect for it! The build did take a small hit, we lost 20% increased minion duration which sucks but isn’t a huge deal. Otherwise damage and EHP numbers are the same.

Videos
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3.13 Deathless Maven

Spiders do all the damage while we just focus on dodging attacks and keeping Spirit Offering and Enduring Cry up. Pretty easy fight and very fun!

https://youtu.be/MnrbGP0Fef0

Pros/Cons and Highlights
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Pros
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- No 5 or 6 links required
- Minions have a very large aggro range, no need for Feeding Frenzy
- Minions are invincible (literally) and cannot be targeted
- Solid clear speed
- Melts bosses
- Cheap for how much DPS you get
- Can do ALL map mods
- Semi-automated healing
- Tanky

Cons
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- Summoning mechanic takes some getting used to
- Spiders are on a timer and will despawn at the end of it
- Required uniques can be expensive at league start
- Not SSF friendly
- Summoning spiders in the middle of a fight can be spooky sometimes

Highlights
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- 7m Shaper DPS @ lvl 90
- 11.2k EHP @ lvl 90
- Enemies are always blinded thanks to a jewel
- Consume corpses every 5 seconds with The Devouring Diadem for instant full
heal
- Automatically generates corpses for Devouring Diadem to eat with Cast when
Damage Taken + Desecrate
- Aspect of the Spider reduces enemy damage and slows them, as well as
increasing the damage they take
- Temporal Chains adds even more slows on top of Aspect of the Spider
- Free 2.2k DMG shield from Bone Armor

How to Summon Spiders
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Spoiler

To summon spiders, make sure your Devouring Diadem has just procced so it won't eat the corpses you spawn. Next, summon corpses with Desecrate and drop worms at the same time, then IMMEDIATELY cast Bane on top of the corpses. The circle should cover the worms and corpses and summon 20 spiders at once.

This method takes practice, but gets easier as you play the build.


POB Link
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Realistic Gear lvl 90:
https://pastebin.com/XpFKKddX

NOTE: The POB below has completely maxed gear with very expensive jewels. This is just an idea of how far we can push the build.
Maxed Gear lvl 100:
https://pastebin.com/fjjA5en8


Required Uniques
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Spoiler

Without these uniques we can’t summon spiders, so they're required.


Highly Recommended Uniques
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Spoiler


Without this we can’t use all of the auras we want, and we also won’t have the defense boost from the Mind over Matter/Eldritch Battery combo. You can get away with a rare helm but this helm is insanely good for us, no reason to not use it.



Fenumus’s Shroud isn’t a hard requirement, but it’s too good to pass up. You can use a rare chest in the meantime if you can’t afford this chest, but you really want to get it. The mod “Enemies affected by your spider’s webs deal 10% reduced damage” is a great boost to our defenses, and the energy shield regen mod also makes sure we never run out of mana even when we are getting hit and losing ES due to the Eldritch Battery/Mind over Matter combo.



Blood of the Karui gives us a great heal. If we get chunked for a large portion of our life and use the flask, we start to heal up. If we get hit for a large chunk again, then the flask will again heal us for full HP at the end of the duration. Very nice to have in a big fight with lots of stuff hitting us constantly.


Gear Used in Deathless Maven
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Spoiler


Make sure you have Aspect of the Spider on one of your rings!


A quick note about my gear: You do not need Aul's Uprising to kill Maven. Instead you can use a rare amulet with life, res, ES and %max ES. However, if you can afford Aul's (was 2ex when I bought it) it gives us about 600k DPS while maintaining our life and ES pools. The rest of the gear is pretty cheap and you can definitely get gear similar to this for about 3-4ex total (not including Aul's Uprising).


Gem Links and Explanation
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Spoiler
Level all gems to 20 or 21 unless otherwise stated.

PUT BONE ARMOR ON YOUR LEFT CLICK

Arakaali’s Fang: Withering Touch - Minion Damage (Predator Support for Atziri/Uber Elder) - Melee Splash (Melee Physical Damage for bosses)

We use Withering Touch because the focus of this build is scaling the Poison DOT damage of spiders.

Shield: Shield Charge - Fortify - Faster Attacks

Use the two red one green recipe to color your shield.

Helm: Generosity - War Banner - Malevolence - Vaal Haste

For coloring your helm I recommend using the Jeweler method. Get a single socket on the helm that is green for Vaal Haste, then craft two and one sockets over and over until you get a green and a red. Then craft three and two sockets over and over until you get 1 green and 2 reds. Lastly craft 4 sockets and you should get a single blue.

Chest: Raise Specter - Minion Life - Blood Magic

ON A SEPARATE THREE LINK ON CHEST: Spirit Offering (lvl 21) - Desecrate (lvl 1) - Spell Cascade (lvl 1)

With specters we can go to Act 2 Riverways and grab a Carnage Chieftain (the ape that gives frenzy charges to allies) to give our Spiders frenzy charges.
Blood Magic allows them to spam their frenzy charge generating ability.

On the separate three link we have our manually cast Spirit Offering and Desecrate to give our Spiders even more DPS.

Gloves: Cast when Damage Taken (lvl 1) - Desecrate (lvl 1), Convocation, Anomalous Enduring Cry

This setup allows us to spam corpses whenever we get hit, which will then be consumed by our helm to give us a burst healing

Convocation is included as a way to direct our spiders some. Sometimes they run off and attack something on the other side of the screen while a monster is standing beside you hitting you, so you want to be able to pull them back to save you.

Enduring Cry is a good boost to our regen (acts as a mini life flask) and gives us endurance charges during boss fights. Try to use it whenever it’s up!

Boots: Bane (lvl 21/23) - Temporal Chains (lvl 21/23) - Despair (lvl 21/23) - Enhance (lvl 3, 4 if you're rich)

We use Bane because with quality it increases the effectiveness of our curses giving us more damage and a stronger slow, and we can also cast it from any range instantly instead of waiting for something like Ball Lightning to move across the screen. For the 4th link we use Enhance to further increase the quality of our curses as well as the quality of Bane which gives us even more curse effectiveness.


Jewels
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Spoiler
Jewels are really important for us as we are somewhat starved for flat life on gear. Stack jewels with these mods:

And then get one jewel that also has:

Use these cluster jewels:


Bandits and Other Info
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Spoiler
Bandits: Kill All

Pantheon: Soul of the Brine King and Soul of Ryslatha

Soul of the Brine King is VERY important because it stops us from getting chain stunned. If we get hit for a large amount and get stunned, then we will probably get stunned a second time and most likely die. We need to be able to escape and heal.

Soul of Ryslatha for life flask regen during boss fights. Really good to have in long fights like Uber Elder where we have damage but need to focus on sustaining and staying alive while spiders do the damage. This pantheon power also passively gives us charges for Writhing Jar.

Lab Enchants:

Gloves: War
Boots: Movement Speed, Life Regen, or Spell Dodge
Helm: Spirit Offering grants +12% of Physical Damage as Extra Chaos Damage OR 15% increased Effect of Curses applied by Bane


Leveling
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I highly recommend leveling with Summon Raging Spirits. It uses all of the same nodes and ascendancy passives that Summon Spiders uses, so the transition between them is very smooth.

Make sure to check the different trees at the bottom of POB, I have made multiple for before your 1st lab and then 1 for after you complete each lab. Continue to use SRS until you are able to afford an Arakaali's Fang and a Writhing Jar.

https://pastebin.com/LAUeCh3v

Some gems and when to get them:

Lvl 8: Buy SRS, Infernal Legion, and Minion Damage support.
Lvl 10: Get Clarity from quest reward, buy Vitality and Flame Dash
Lvl 12: Get Flesh Offering from quest reward
Lvl 16: Get Desecrate from quest reward
Lvl 18: Buy Melee Physical Damage, use with SRS for a 4 link, buy Minion Life, use with Zombies for a 4 link
Lvl 24: Get Purity of Elements from quest reward, buy Hatred from Clarissa
Lvl 34: Get Carrion Golem from quest reward

Get a Jade or Citrine amulet as soon as possible for Dexterity and Strength requirements.

In act 2 and 3 watch out for a Bone Spirit Shield. If you get one, sell it along with any life flask and an Orb of Transmutation. This will give you a life flaks that recovers life to your minions. Sell this life flask you just got with an Alteration Orb and a Magic helmet to get a helmet with +1 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems. Put your SRS setup in your helm.

Ascendancy order is Commander of Darkness, Mindless Aggression, Mistress of Sacrifice, and Bone Barrier.
My guides:
[3.13] Broodmother: A Summon Spiders Necro | Deathless Maven | 7m DPS | 11k EHP
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2540439
Last edited by Inkira on Apr 15, 2021, 10:33:29 PM
Last bumped on Apr 15, 2021, 2:22:21 PM
interesting! how does it work with the monolith? is it hard to wake them up? have u try endgame boss with this kinda gear yet?
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greenlupo wrote:
interesting! how does it work with the monolith? is it hard to wake them up? have u try endgame boss with this kinda gear yet?


Sometimes the spiders can get so aggressive they don't hit every single monster you want during a legion encounter, but that's just the nature of their aggression.

I haven't personally done Shaper or anything like that yet this league but this build is entirely capable of melting him. Others have done so already. This build is just a different take on what already works.
My guides:
[3.13] Broodmother: A Summon Spiders Necro | Deathless Maven | 7m DPS | 11k EHP
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2540439
Last edited by Inkira on Jun 16, 2019, 10:27:39 PM
I've updated the thread a bit since posting and I'm going to work on gameplay videos very soon!
My guides:
[3.13] Broodmother: A Summon Spiders Necro | Deathless Maven | 7m DPS | 11k EHP
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2540439
Hey thanks for the well made guide,im gonna reroll and try this build, hopefully i can get far this league

Do you think you could add a more detailed leveling guide? like at what level to put some items and gems, or even the links you suggest for RS ? Thanks
Last edited by Damspy1 on Jun 17, 2019, 5:46:42 PM
hi!

How well does this build handle legion content? Done any 4/5-way battles? Gonna run either this or ice golems, and was hoping to do some battles on a farily decent budget :)
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jhrlund wrote:
hi!

How well does this build handle legion content? Done any 4/5-way battles? Gonna run either this or ice golems, and was hoping to do some battles on a farily decent budget :)


I haven't done any legion fights yet aside from the monoliths while mapping so I can't comment on how it will work within the fight's particular mechanics but DPS is not an issue.

What I'm unsure of is how the minion AI will react, because spiders are VERY aggro, and sometimes they like to run off and hit some white mob on the edge of the screen and not the rare mob that you want them to hit. This may be a problem or it may not, I don't know yet.

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Damspy1 wrote:
Hey thanks for the well made guide,im gonna reroll and try this build, hopefully i can get far this league

Do you think you could add a more detailed leveling guide? like at what level to put some items and gems, or even the links you suggest for RS ? Thanks


I can add more leveling info sure, tho the section won't be extensive as this isn't a guide for new players, nor do you level with this build anyways, you switch to it at lvl 60, but yes I can add some more info.
My guides:
[3.13] Broodmother: A Summon Spiders Necro | Deathless Maven | 7m DPS | 11k EHP
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2540439
I updated the leveling section some as well as added a video section with my first video.
My guides:
[3.13] Broodmother: A Summon Spiders Necro | Deathless Maven | 7m DPS | 11k EHP
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2540439
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Inkira wrote:
I updated the leveling section some as well as added a video section with my first video.


Thank you so much for this :) im currently in the process of trying it, i have a fair bit of currency and wanted to give a summoner a try.
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Damspy1 wrote:
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Inkira wrote:
I updated the leveling section some as well as added a video section with my first video.


Thank you so much for this :) im currently in the process of trying it, i have a fair bit of currency and wanted to give a summoner a try.


If you have any specific questions feel free to ask me. :)
My guides:
[3.13] Broodmother: A Summon Spiders Necro | Deathless Maven | 7m DPS | 11k EHP
https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2540439

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