3.11 KING OF ALL SUMMONERS. Zombies & Skeletons & Spectres on STEROIDS! | League-Start to End-Game

23 June 2020: Quick T16 Test using Speed Gear... haven't played in a couple of months so I am rusty. Still crushing it. Can swap in a belt for more defence, gloves for more defence, bone or spirit offering for more defence, staff for more defence, and still have 3 passive points to use... so very versatile as always. https://youtu.be/2oTtIaDRVc4

3.11 UPDATE: A couple minor adjustments:

-We lost 30% Minion Accuracy - skill tree "Lord of the Dead"
-We lost 5% Additional Physical Damage Reduction - skill tree "Soul of Steel"
-We lost 10 Strength - Skill tree "Purity of Flesh"
-We gained 4% armour - Skill tree "Juggernaut"

Vaal Molten Shell was also nerfed unfortunately.

Nothing game-changing or build-breaking.

So keep kicking ass exiles. Enjoy!


2 April 2020: Simulacrum Waves 18-20: https://youtu.be/jOsJeAHCRPw (thanks Elorathiel)

28 March 2020: 60 SECOND MINOTAUR CLEAR (Using Bow and Quiver!): https://youtu.be/7xFUq7bkqIM

27 March 2020: T19 FULLY JUICED MAP DEMOLISHED BY RANGED SPECTRES: https://youtu.be/ZGxcwtiNBG0

25 March 2020: RANGED SPECTRES SETUP: Super fun and versatile gameplay! And Yes, that is Al-Hezmin getting SMOKED in 2 seconds again in 3.10, with just 11 zombies: https://youtu.be/2dz8Rf7fE_I

22 March 2020: SPEED SETUP: 8 Auras PUMPING WITH OVER 1MILLION DPS PER ZOMBIE: https://youtu.be/CAZaWbFtoqI

20 March 2020: The Lazy mans game: DUAL WAND and DUAL OFFERINGS setup:https://youtu.be/NSb0zXVpr4c

19 March 2020: STILL THE TANKIEST AND STRONGEST in POE!: https://youtu.be/6biodQfpzRg

18 March 2020: Farming T16s on a BUDGET! https://youtu.be/8g_DGSyN-o8

17 March 2020: Vaal Molten Shell is Your Friend: https://youtu.be/hBLTNpGvXg4

15 March 2020: We still KICK ASS!! Mapping + Metamorph + Al-Hezmin. Life Barely Budges: https://youtu.be/lbZXP1ZiKYc

12 March 2020: Simulator for 3.10 as a Worst Case Scenario: https://youtu.be/lzoZJ87BR9A



STICKY

Welcome to the FASTEST, the STRONGEST, and the TANKIEST summoner in the history of POE (no, that is not an exaggeration).

DPS: Over 1 million DPS per zombie (upwards of 2 million per zombie... multiply that by 15 or so zombies. You can also throw on an extra 12 Skeletons doing another 1 million DPS each if you wish).
TANKY: Over 10,000 eHP (upwards of 25,000 eHP)
SPEED: Over 200% movespeed (upwards of 300%)

Not only that, but this build is probably the most VERSATILE summoner in the history of POE. The core build runs with Zombies as the main source of DPS, but we can easily run Skeletons, Spectres, Golems and Holy Relic to demolish all content. There are so many cool variations you can do with this build while still creaming all content, you can enjoy this from league-start to league-end.

30 Dec 2019: King of All Summoners Build Discussion Video... PLUS SOME CRAZY SHIT HAPPENING FROM 47:40 ONWARDS: https://youtu.be/FDxcrhKkuoc

The above video in green has lots of info about this build. Note that this video was done at start of Metamorph league and the build has drastically improved since then... so know that the DPS is far greater than that shown here. For examples see more recent videos below this sticky:

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QUICK VIDEOS (For all latest videos and updates see top of guide):

16 Feb 2020: 1 SECOND Conqueror Kills... Yes, 1 SECOND!: https://youtu.be/u9REbV9jfh4

29 Jan 2020: THE ULTIMATE FUN SETUP! 6L Zombies, 5L Ranged Spectres, 4L Holy Relic, all buffed by 7 Auras, and Headhunter Shenadigans: https://youtu.be/bp9VBV1FJpE

23 Jan 2020: NEW BUILD SETUP and showcase: This is a "Balanced" version giving 7 Auras.. yes, 7!! Also discuss Aura options as well as Lethal Pride vs Elegant Hubris: https://youtu.be/RGSwUc8e6kg

8 Jan 2020: Sirus Fight Guide - We make this an EASY GAME!: https://youtu.be/kEEvVU5CW7w

For more videos of this build that have been recorded recently see the Video and Updates Log Archive in the second post in this thread.

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BUILD INTRO AND OVERVIEW:

Introduction

Welcome to the FASTEST, the STRONGEST, and the TANKIEST summoner in the history of POE!

This build OUTPERFORMS every dedicated Spectre build there is (and we are not even a dedicated spectre build). Example: https://youtu.be/ldZZ_FmDLCs

This build OUTPERFORMS every dedicated Golem build there is (and we are not even a dedicated golem build) Example: https://youtu.be/MEImsLQKbMg

This build is the FASTEST SUMMONER in the history of POE. We reach over 200% MOVEMENT SPEED consistently and can get over 300% movement speed if you want to go all out on speed. Example: https://youtu.be/WA046CFs7Mk

This build is EXTREMELY VERSATILE to suit any playstyle. See Alternate Setups for some fun suggestions.

This build is INSANELY SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE. There is no crazy crafting required or massive 10+ exalt gear like other builds. It's built around uniques that everyone can easily access and replicate. You can do all content without clicking any buttons. Examples:
- Minotaur run using just a quicksilver flask: https://youtu.be/DE3Kcx_jfGM

Every flask, every skill you use, ever golem, every aura, every curse are OPTIONAL. We do all content WITHOUT THEM so you can put in whatever you like to suit your playstyle.

Here's the FASTEST UBER ELDER KILL IN HISTORY PLAYING WITH ONE HAND (no flasks, no skill bar, and no chest armour to show you are super tanky even if you were to use nothing or a tabula):

https://youtu.be/mn7exUyqf48

And here is Uber Elder killed using NO GEAR WHATSOEVER... yes that's right... WE DON'T NEED ANY GEAR to complete end-game content:

https://youtu.be/l3P3cTQL_qA

Don't let the OP'ness of this build put you off. Yes, it can be your LEAGUE STARTER as unlike other build guides that require a crazy piece of gear, all items are relatively cheap to get started (see budget gear) and can be upgraded along the way.

Enjoy!



Pro's and Con's

Pros:
The Greatest Summoner Build in the History of POE
Fast clear
Fast farming
Easy Sirus
Easy Shaper
Easy Uber Elder
Easy all content
90 minions doing everything for you
Minimal buttons
Can play POE while watching Netflix
Can play POE with one hand (mouse only)
Feels as smooth as butter
Versatile, can go more offensive or defensive with easy gem/gear swap to suit any playstyle
All map mods (except Phys reflect)
Cheap (can do T15 on a few chaos... simply upgrade your gear as you progress)
Extremely high damage (Fastest Uber Elder kill in the history of POE)
Tanky (15000+ life, overcapped resistances, physical mitigation, leech, defensive minions, fortify, meat shield, and more.. and of course, extremely fast)... just watch me absorb a Shaper Beam in the Uber Elder gif at the top.
With late game setup you will reach over 15,000 eHP!!
Never die


Cons
People will get jealous of how you can farm three times as much currency as them and take down all content so easily on such a cheap starting build without pressing buttons


Videos

Regular Setup:
75 second T16 Phoenix Clear: https://youtu.be/NKxRWk8msEY

Ranged Spectres Setup
Showcase of various ranged spectres: https://youtu.be/bp9VBV1FJpE
Showcase with combination spectres: https://youtu.be/ldZZ_FmDLCs

Instagibbing Bosses:
1 Second Conqueror Kills: https://youtu.be/u9REbV9jfh4
T16 Minotaur Kill and Shaper Kill (30 sec vid): https://youtu.be/r9k-W15E3ZA

World Records:
Uber Elder using a weapon only. As of writing, I believe I am still the only player in the history of the game to have achieved this:https://youtu.be/l3P3cTQL_qA

One-handed Uber Elder (Fastest in POE History - 1min 34sec): https://youtu.be/mn7exUyqf48

Using nothing but a quicksilver flask:
60 Second T16 Minotaur clear (using only a quicksilver flask): https://youtu.be/DE3Kcx_jfGM
Shaper Kill (using only a quicksilver flask): https://youtu.be/ODM3ZRsQByQ
Uber Elder done deathless (using only a quicksilver flask): https://youtu.be/4shwf57qF5Q

Guides (with my commentary):
General Build Discussion: https://youtu.be/FDxcrhKkuoc
Sirus Fight Guide: https://youtu.be/kEEvVU5CW7w
Auras, Lethal Pride, and Elegant Hubris discussion: https://youtu.be/RGSwUc8e6kg


Many more videos in the video logs at top and bottom of guide.



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BUILD DETAILS:

Gear, Gems, Tree, POB Code


There are various options of setups (did I mention that this is one of the most versatile builds?). Use these as a starting point and then as you learn the build and how it all works, flex it to suit your own style!:

3.11 BUDGET STARTER SETUP


Yes, you can comfortably farm T16s on a budget with this build.

https://youtu.be/8g_DGSyN-o8

My recommendation is to start with this setup, farm end-game and make some $$$ to transition into a late-game setup.

POB: https://pastebin.com/Xx3EAYWC

Ignore gem levels in the setup. You do NOT need level 21 gems etc.. just get a level 1 gem and start leveling it up as you go. Same with Enlighten, just start leveling one and get it to level 3. If you can't run all auras (which you won't be able to initially), simply drop Flesh and Stone.

An alternative to the chest below is a Geoffri's Sanctuary chest.







3.11 TANKY END-GAME SETUP


POB: https://pastebin.com/ByZBVHFj

This is a solid all-round choice that most people transition to after starting with the Budget Setup. It doesn't have the Speed or DPS of the SPEED FARMING or RANGED SPECTRES versions, but it's the safest way to level to 100 if that's what you want to do.

For Thread of Hope, allocate Ravenous Horde and Cruel Preparation.

For the Bottom Left jewel, that is my Elegant Hubris giving me 240% increased minion damage. So ignore the Skull Cracking pathing. Your Elegant Hubris or Lethal Pride will be unique to you. See the FAQ on Lethal Pride/Elegant Hubris if you don't know what I am talking about.







3.11 DUAL WAND + DUAL OFFERINGS SETUP


Ok guys so you wanna just run around without cycloning and just watch everything die around you?

You wanna run with two wands? Why? Because your a WITCH and that's what witches use.

And you wanna run with not one, but TWO OFFERINGS (or THREE if you REALLY want)?

I got your back!

Just grab yourself this baby:



And also a trigger wand:



and then just watch your offerings get auto-triggered as you just run through and around packs while things melt around you. And YES, we take Mistress of Sacrifice with this setup so YOU also get the benefit of the offerings. YES, you CAN run all three offerings at the same time.

Video: https://youtu.be/NSb0zXVpr4c

POB: https://pastebin.com/SxwQ9y4H

For Thread of Hope, allocate Ravenous Horde and Cruel Preparation.

For the Bottom Left jewel, that is my Elegant Hubris giving me 240% increased minion damage. So ignore the Skull Cracking pathing. Your Elegant Hubris or Lethal Pride will be unique to you. See the FAQ on Lethal Pride/Elegant Hubris if you don't know what I am talking about.



Enjoy!



3.11 CLUSTER STACKING SETUP

This is courtesy of Elorathiel who has been vigorously testing out Cluster Jewels with this build and has come across a winning combination that provides massive minion life (they will never die) and massive DPS!

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Elorathiel wrote:
I've been asked by some to drop a small build guide in the thread when it's finalized so here goes:

Let me preface this guide by saying that you don't have to have my gear. I understand that my gear may not be obtainable for everybody, at least not immediately. The gear is not GG but it is fairly expensive to players not involved in crafting/selling. I have several friends running this build with lesser gear. It's working just fine.

My friend Adriano447 and I put this together when we were discussing whether it might be able to take my single cluster area HUGE ZOMBIE build and possible do two large clusters for even bigger zombies. The build is very tight on points. Expect to have most of your points at 97/98. It depends on your Lethal Pride rolls.

This is NOT strictly a dual wand build. I am using dual wands, yes. I prefer them. However, the passive tree will work just fine with a typical zombie 2H weapon. Simply change the skill gems around to match your preferences. You could even use a Bow/Quiver if you want and manually cast Offerings. It doesn't matter.

This is a very powerful endgame build. Those of you who don't like your minions to die, ever. This is for you. My minions are nigh unkillable. The video below shows minion health (32 zombie, 28 AG, 26 Golem):

https://youtu.be/SBDhBv0FX3w

The build:
https://pastebin.com/0e4etNir

Note: You will need the community PoB fork to utilize clusters, see impale damage, etc.
Instructions for modifying PoB to fork:
https://github.com/PathOfBuildingCommunity/PathOfBuilding/wiki/Installing-this-Fork

Build Overview Video:
https://youtu.be/wgXgWWDQ1r8

My gear:
Spoiler


Gameplay Videos (More to follow):
Spoiler


Casual Mapping with a 2H weapon:
https://youtu.be/fDRjuLJQbrg

Mapping with dual wands:
https://youtu.be/lebL-4tQOrc

Dual wands vs Chimera:
https://youtu.be/OLgc3yulXUE

Dual wands vs Al-Hezmin:
https://youtu.be/CDcYF5NWYX0



Cluster crafting guide (Not by me):
https://www.reddit.com/r/pathofexile/comments/fjwdvd/defacto_cluster_jewel_crafting_guide/

Wand crafting:
Brunowa has already added my wand crafting guide to the first post. Check it out.

Quick note about trigger wands:
Trigger wands trigger a socketed ability when you cast any ability. They are cast in order, from top to bottom. If you need something to go off first, place it at the top of the wand. I like my Phase Run up there. But others may like Desecrate up top with Spirit offering following it to ensure they have Spirit Offering up as soon as possible.

Please use the normal builds to level. This is an end game build. Whether you are new or not to the game and necromancers, please use the existing build guide to level up your necromancer. When you hit about 85 or so, you can start thinking about migrating to this build. The large clusters are expensive (for good reason) and have a level restriction. And yes, they are essential to the build. All of them.

If you have any questions, I'm available in game. Keep in mind, I'm a player like you and I might be busy. Please don't take offense. I will get to you.




3.11 SPEED FARMING SETUP (WHAT I MOSTLY PLAY WITH)

So you like clearing maps faster than those Ranger guys with bows?

And you still like having the fastest boss killing capability in the game?

And you like farming Conquerors and Sirus faster than any other build in the game while making shitloads of $$$?

Then this setup is for you!

Video: https://youtu.be/CAZaWbFtoqI

POB: https://pastebin.com/SZmdnv4A

This build PUMPS Auras to the MAX while zooming around with a speed belt, flesh offering, and phase run (and haste)!

Dread Banner, Haste, Vaal Haste, Pride, Purity of Elements, Flesh & Stone + Maim, Aspect of the Avian, and Clarity if you wish. Yes that's right... up to 8 AURAS getting buffed like crazy.

Definitely my favourite setup (along with ranged spectres) as it's Hella fun demolishing everything so quickly and easily. It is a bit more squishy than other variants but still packs 5000 hp and 1000 es.

For Thread of Hope, allocate Ravenous Horde and Cruel Preparation.

For the Bottom Left jewel, that is my Elegant Hubris giving me 240% increased minion damage. So ignore the Skull Cracking pathing. Your Elegant Hubris or Lethal Pride will be unique to you. See the FAQ on Lethal Pride/Elegant Hubris if you don't know what I am talking about.

P.S. This is the setup where I do my 1 or 2 second Conqueror Kills. Hands down the FASTEST and HIGHEST DPS out of any summoner in the game, and perhaps any build in the game (except for meme builds that have no defence).

Best in slot Bow and Quiver because of speed AND bonus quiver stats:








3.11 RANGED SPECTRES SETUP (SPECTACULARLY FUN)

So you wanna shoot massive beams or balls or missiles out at enemies?

And you like clearing fast and wide and demolishing all content?

And you still like killing Conquerors in 2 seconds?

Well then this setup is for you!

Video: https://youtu.be/2dz8Rf7fE_I

POB: https://pastebin.com/YHXmyzR4

This setup incorporates Ranged Spectres in a Hungry Loop ring. There are a shitload of different ranged spectres to choose from to mix up your gameplay. My favourite is Frost Sentinels found in Act 8 - Lunaris Temple.

Note in the video above I simply swapped in Minion Damage on Al-Hezmin purely to see how fast I could kill him. Leaving in Minion Speed will make the fight last about 2.5 seconds instead of 2 seconds :P

Note you can go much FASTER but it takes more balancing of stats. Use a Speed Belt for 36% movespeed and use a bow and quiver for another 20% movespeed. This is what I actually run with, but have added the setup in this section because it is easier to gear.

For Thread of Hope, allocate Ravenous Horde and Cruel Preparation.

For the Bottom Left jewel, that is my Elegant Hubris giving me 240% increased minion damage. So ignore the Skull Cracking pathing. Your Elegant Hubris or Lethal Pride will be unique to you. See the FAQ on Lethal Pride/Elegant Hubris if you don't know what I am talking about.

Best in slot Bow and Quiver because of speed AND bonus quiver stats:






Enjoy!




Gear Detailed:

NOTE: IGNORE GEM SETUPS IN THIS SECTION... use the above Setups for gem selection.

Weapon:


Rare crafted weapon is best. See Weapon Crafting Guide section on how to do this.

Queen's Escape is a great option giving good movement speed for minions.

Femurs of the Saints is the best budget version for DPS.

Mon'treguls Grasp is less DPS but is cheaper and can be used with a shield, allowing for more defence such as resistances, life, and energy shield.

A Chaber Cairn can also be used. I killed Uber Elder on a 5L Chaber Cairn pretty easily so that's another cheap option.


Armour:


Geofri's is the most tanky of the chests. It provides a massive about of defence from strength stacking. We get great ES and resistances.

Victario's is great for speed farming. It provides a massive boost to auras if you are running that setup, enabling you to do a tonne of DPS with your zombies and speed farm through maps easily.

Saqawal's provides a balance with more defence than Victario's (but less than Geofri's), and more offence then Geofri's (but less than Victario's).

Rare Astral Plate is great for overall defence. Life, resistances, armour, and an extra zombie and skeleton. Doesn't provide as much eHP as Geofris but is a good option if Geofri's is too expensive.

Tabula is great for getting started but you will want to upgrade to a 5L of one of the above chests at high tier maps because you will have no defence with a tabula.

Other options include the "The Queen's Hunger" for extra zombie/skeleton, free offerings, good life/ES, or "Saqawal's Nest" for increased attributes, reduced mana reservation, and aspect of the avian buff.

If you want to use ranged spectres, just swap in a Tabula or get any BBBGGR chestpiece. See Spectres section for more details on this setup. Alternatively you can put ranged spectres into gloves on a 4L.


Helmet:

Just great for zombies and all minion builds in general...


Gloves:


Shaper's Touch gives us a huge amount of ES and is best in slot, particularly when coupled with Geofri's Sanctuary.

Triad Grip's are for converting your damage to chaos damage. This allows you to scale chaos damage through Spirit Offering, Withering Touch, Withering Step, and Despair curse. It's a fun playstyle but overall slightly weaker than pure Physical.

Meginord's Vise is a budget item to get +100 strength to help us get to 1000 strength for Baron leech bonus


Boots:


Alberon's Warpath boots are great for giving us massive strength which we get benefit from all of The Baron, Geofri's Sanctuary, and Shaper's Touch.

Seven-League Steps are perfect for Speed Farming. Throw them on when you are not bossing.

Rare boots are great for helping with resistances. Get ones with strength, resistances, and 30% movement speed.

Stampede's are a cool alternative which you can annoint. This provides less movespeed, less strength, and no resistances, but it is a relaxing playstyle simply cycloning through packs as long as you can get your strength and resistances elsewhere.


Belt:


Rare belt gives us massive strength which we benefit from The Baron, Shaper's Touch, and Geofri's Sanctuary.

Headhunter gives us great strength, plus all the fun and cool mods for mixing up gameplay.

String of Servitude is best in slot for speed mapping. My favourite belt in the whole game.

Cyclopean Coil is a cheap way of getting 15% increase attributes and more strength. Can also give freeze immunity if you get your stats right.

Soul Tether provides awesome defence. The 2% damage leech we get from Baron helmet pairs perfectly with this belt, giving us a constant supply of life and ES leech.

Umbilicus Immortal is just awesome fun for smashing through bosses as fast as possible. This is more a gimmick and a fun item than for every day use.


Amulet:

Astramentis gives strength for Baron bonuses. Also helps with dex/int stats for gems such as Haste.

Aul's gives some strength, but also Pride reserves no mana, so it's a free damage aura! This is a great option if you are not strugglign with strength or dexterity elsewhere.

Rare amulet gives a lot of strength and can help with resistances.

Oils
- Anoint Death Attunement


Rings:

Rare rings give strength, life, resists.

Hungry Loop is an option to get another 5 link. This makes capping resistances harder but it can be done. You can add your 5L skeletons here or even a 5L ranged spectre setup which is insanely fun.


Flasks:




3.11 Weapon Craft Guide


Wands

Buy As many Prime Alchemical Resonators as you can afford (say 5 or 10). Buy the same amount of these fossils:

Jagged/Corroded/Shuddering/Metallic.

Buy ilevel 72 convoking wands, if you want best chance at making something good.

Buy ilevel 84 convoking wands if you want to make a GG wand but have less chance of making something good.

Scour the bases if they aren't white.

Smash the resonators into the plain bases. If you get 1/1. You win. If you don't like the one you receive, if you are blessed to receive one, sell it and use the proceeds to make some more until you are happy.

Good luck!


Two-Handed Mace/Staff

There are a few options for crafting weapons (I am currently using the second one with fortify):



They all work great... craft one like below or simply buy one on the market.

Here is a simple guide for the staff:

1) Buy the base that has (or goto Alva's temple to try drop it):
+1 to level of socketed gems; and
Minions have x% increased damage
Minions have x% chance to deal double damage

You will probably get something like this:


I had the above with another prefix "Adds x% fire damage".


2) Use an Orb of Annulemt to hopefully annul off the prefix you don't want. As in the above, I used an orb and had a 1 in 4 chance to remove ""Adds x% fire damage"". I was lucky and got it.

3) If your suffix remaining is good, you can craft from here. If not you may want to remove it. In the case above, I would want to remove "reduced attributes" because it's worth nothing and I would rather exalt slam something good down the track.

So I would craft "Prefixes cannot be changed".

4) Scour the Staff. This leaves only the prefixes we want: +1 gems and the minion mods.

5) Craft "Can have 3 additional mods"

6) Craft "+2 Socketed Support Gems"

7) Craft "Minion Attack/Cast Speed"

That will end you up with this:



For the Fortify route which gives 20% More Damage, you need to do the following:

1) Buy an Elder 2h Mace or Sword.

2) Scour it

3) Orb of Transumation to make it a magic item.

4) Use orbs of Alternations until you land either:
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems; OR
Socketed gems are supported by Level 1 Fortify

5) Use an Orb of Augmentation to try add the other mods you need.

6) Use a Regal Orb to try add the other mods you need.

7) If you don't get +1 Socketed Gems AND fortify, scour the weaopon and go back to 1).

8) If you have _1 Socketed Gems AND either fortify or onslaught, congrats!

9) You are now at Step 3 in the Staff example above.. progress from there.



Spectres and Animated Guardian

Spectres:
We get 4 Spectres with our build (you need a level 21 Raise Spectre gem to get the fourth).

Offensive options:
Carnage Chieftain: Gives frenzy charges to all of your minions (Act 7 Ashen Fields)

Host Chieftain: Gives power charges to all of your minions (Act 7 Ashen Fields)

Mervail's Retainer: Curses enemies with Vulnerability (in maps with mod "Area is inhabited by Sea Witches and their Spawn")

Defensive options:
Ruins Hellion: Taunts enemies giving extra damage and less damage taken (Act 8 The Quay)

Diabolist: Curses enemies with Enfeeble (Act 1 Upper Prison).

Undying Evangelist: Has a proximity shields and defends the army (Act 3 The Sceptre of God).

When running Melee Spectres, my recommendation is to ALWAYS have at least 1 Carnage and 1 Host Chieftains. Then take your pick of one or two of the other options.

Ranged options:

- Flame Sentinals (Act 8 Solaris Temple)
- Solar Guards (Act 8 Solaris Temple)
- Goatman Fire-Raiser (Act 6 Prisoner's Gate)
- Frost Sentinel (act 8 Lunaris Concourse)

Ranged options are great for clearing and just really fun in general. Support your Raise Spectre gem with Greater Multiple Projectiles, Faster Projectiles, and Spell Echo. For a 5th link (ie Hungry Loop) add Empower Level 3.


Animated Guardian:

The only mandatory item for your AG is a Kingmaker (weapon). Everything else is totally up to you. Here are a couple of suggestions:

Helmet: Mask of the Stitched Demon
Chest: Crafted chest with "Gain 10% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield"
Gloves: Southbound
Boots: Victarios Flight

Budget version:
Weapon: Dying Breath
Helmet: Leer Cast
Chest: Belly of the Beast or Bloodbond or Ambush Charge or Gruthkels Pelt
Gloves: Southbound
Boots: Victarios Flight

WARNING: if your Animated Guardian dies you also lose all the gear you equipped on him. To prevent this I would recommend not using him until your gem level is 19 (more HP). AG is not essential, you can kill everything in the game without him, but it's a very nice quality of life.

People have mentioned that their AG has died in the Hall of Grandmasters as well as Acid Cavern maps, so perhaps turn him off for those maps.



Bandits & Ascendency & Pantheon

Bandits: Kill All

Ascendancy order: Mindless Aggression - Unnatural Strength - Commander of Darkness - Mistress of Sacrifice.

Pantheon: Major: Soul of Solaris. Minor: Soul of Shakari


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Last edited by brunowa on Jun 22, 2020, 8:38:46 PM
Last bumped on Jul 2, 2020, 1:54:00 PM
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SUPPORTING INFO:

Levelling

Start with Summon Raging Spirits... Transition into Summon Skeletons and Raise Zombies. Support those main skills with minion life, minion damage, feeding frenzy, melee physical damage, melee splash... (or any other minion gem you come across). Focus on gems in final build and start leveling them.

Levels 4-12 Get 2B+1R Staff and 2B+1R Chest/Boots/Helmet or (preferably)Wand 1R+2B and Shield, so that you can have:

A-Minion damage, Melee splash, Summon Raging spirit

B-Minion damage, Melee splash, Summon Skeletons

If you cannot get a 2B+1R and can get a 3B item somewhere...

Minion damage, Infernal Legion, Summon Raging spirit

and...

Minion damage, Infernal Legion, Summon Skeletons

Meanwhile, level up Raise Zombie gem elsewhere.

Gear doesn't really matter as your minions do the damage and they are based on gem level. In saying that, do make sure that you continually upgrade your gear and links as you go. Use a chaos or two to buy a helping leveling unique if need be (see useful leveling uniques below).

When you reach Act 6 just make sure you are resistance capped. Goldrim is fantastic for helping with this.

More detail:











Useful Levelling Uniques







Alternate Setups (to mix things up and have some fun!)


Ranged Spectres Setup:


This setup is awesome and I often run with this.

Ranged Spectres just change up your game experience so much which spices things up greatly. They look awesome, and they are fantastic for clearing maps and we still take down all bosses with 1 or 2 seconds.

Gems (put them in a Hungry Loop ring): Raise Spectre, Spell Echo, GMP, Faster Projectiles, Empower



Some good ranged spectre options include:
- Frost Sentinel (act 8 Lunaris Concourse)
- Flame Sentinels (Act 8 Solaris Temple)
- Solar Guards (Act 8 Solaris Temple)
- Goatman Fire-Raiser (Act 6 Prisoner's Gate)

Video examples:
90sec T16 Minotaur Clear using combination of Flame Sentinals, Frost Sentinals, and Solar Guard. No need for single target gem swap at boss like all other spectre builds do!: https://youtu.be/ldZZ_FmDLCs

Examples of different ranged spectres: https://youtu.be/bp9VBV1FJpE



Dual-Wand or Wand+Shield

Thanks to Elorathiel for this POB:

https://pastebin.com/J9F01rZX







Chaos Inoculation (CI) Setup

Thanks to crazypearce for this POB:

https://pastebin.com/1GGp5DVT



Golem Setup (Awesome DPS and Single Target Damage)

Check out this 60 second Minotaur clear and the super fast single target.. and check me just take that Minotaur slam like a badass!:

https://youtu.be/MEImsLQKbMg

So what you gotta do?

Get these bad boys!


Then spec into some jewel sockets, and spec into Golem Commander (respec out of some life).

Swap in Carrion Golem instead of Minion Damage in Zombie setup so they both become 5 links.

You will have 15 Zombies, 4 Spectres, and 4 BIG AND BADASS GOLEMS kicking some butt... oh and don't forget the 50 or so Skellies that you can pop because they want in on the action too...

Here is my POB with Golems setup + ranged spectre setup (this setup is REALLLYY fun... High DPS, great clear, and looks epic... it does have a bit less life though). But you will instakill Shaper, Uber Elder, Uber Atziri, and all end-game bosses with this setup. Note that if you use the normal melee spectres you will get even MORE dps because your zombies will have frenzy charges:
https://pastebin.com/VcgCR9wR



Instagib Bossing fun:

Swap in this belt that gives all your flasks to your minions:


Then load your flask bar with offensive flasks like these... and simply pop them on bosses to annihilate them! Note you will have to swap your Brutality gem in Zombie setup for Fortify otherwise you won't get the elemental damage benefits.


Video example:
1 second Conqueror Kills: https://youtu.be/u9REbV9jfh4
Minotaur and Shaper boss kill: https://youtu.be/r9k-W15E3ZA




Dual-Curse Setup:

Refund 3 passive points from life wheel (or any other passives you don't need).

Allocate Whispers of Doom passive (top left corner).

Swap out a gem for your curse of choice!


Other fun items to play with:

Rampage belt:





Frequently Asked Questions


Why do we use Blood Magic in helmet?

Our spectres use mana to cast war crys that give frenzy and power charges to our zombies and skeletons.

Blood Magic allows them to spam their warcries so that your minions always have full frenzy and power charges (big boost to DPS).



Why is Death Attunement allocated in skill tree with no pathing to it? How do I do this?

This is a Blight League mechanic.

You can use Oils that drop from Blight fights to annoint Death Attunement on your amulet. For this you need a Clear Oil, Silver Oil, and a Crimson Oil.

Take your amulet and those oils to Sister Cassia in your hideout and she can annoint Death Attunement on your amulet.

You can then unspec the points in your tree that lead to Death Attunement and use them for something else!



How do we get 4/5 Spectres?

From 3.9 onwards we only get 4 spectres now.

You get the fourth spectre from having a level 21 Raise Spectre gem in your Baron which makes it a level 25 gem giving us the extra spectre.

Level 21 from gem +2 from ascendancy +2 from baron helmet = level 25 gem.



Why are my minions dying?

For anyone who is having issues with minions dying, try these strategies:

1) Make sure you have your Spirit Offering up, giving resistances to your minions.

Still dying?

2) Make sure you have Grave Intentions specced into for chaos and further resistances.

3) Get "Minions Leech x% of Damage as Life" on a jewel, or pickup "Minion Life leech" next to Sacrifice passive node (1 passive point).

Still dying?

4) Spec into Indominable Army.


How do we cap resistances? POB shows they are uncapped?

POB does not calculate all resistances.

We get +30% resistances from Commander of Darkness ascendency.

If using Spirit Offering, you also get +22% to resistances due to it's interaction with Mistress of Sacrifice ascendency.



Why do we use Fortify on weapon if we get Fortify from Kingmaker (on Animated Guardian)?

The Fortify Buff we get from the Kingmaker equipped on our AG is NOT the same as the Fortify Support.

The Fortify Support gives the buff too, but the difference is that the Fortify Support from weapon ALSO gives 20% MORE damage (which the buff alone does not).



How are you running all those auras? I don't seem to be able to run that many

Make sure your auras are linked with Enlighten Level 4.

Also make sure you have picked up Sovereignty cluster in skill tree.

If you're running the Speed Setup, make sure you also pick up the Influence cluster in top right of Skill Tree.



Where do I put my Lethal Pride/Elegant Hubris and how do they work?

There are 2 types of Timeless Jewels you can use with this build, but you can only use ONE AT A TIME.

Lethal Pride:
This will give you more strength. It's a more defensive option and works really well with Geofri's sanctuary chest.

A Lethal Pride jewel will ADD additional properties to nodes on your tree in it's radius.

You want to buy the cheapest Lethal Pride you can find and socket it in your tree in between Devotion and Faith and Steel nodes on the left hand side of tree. Check your nodes to see if you have increased strength on any of them. If not, you want to use a Divine Orb to reroll your Lethal Pride. Check the nodes again to see if you have increased strength.

Goal: You want at least 10% Increased strength without having to spend many nodes to get there. 15% strength is fantastic. 20% strength is amazing but very hard to get.

Elegant Hubris:
This will give your minions more damage. It's a more offensive option.

An Elegant Hubris jewel will TRANSFORM nodes in it's radius into pretty epic nodes. But it comes at a sacrifice - all pathing nodes give NOTHING.

For this reason, you want to buy the cheapest Elegant Hubris you can find and slot it in the tree where it doesn't affect your existing nodes. Next to Stamina or Resolute Technique are good options. But check others too depending on your tree setup.

Goal: You want at least 160% increased minion damage (2x 80% minion damage nodes). If you can get 240% increased minion damage that is fantastic. If you can get 320 increased minion damage that is absolutely EPIC.

Use a Divine Orb on your Elegant Hubris jewel to reroll it's seed and stats if your current one doesn't give you the right minion damage.



How do I raise the spectres I want when using a Hungry Loop?

Simply use Raise Zombie on wanted corpses. You are left with only your wanted spectres on the ground.




Notes
Notes:
This will probably be the best build you ever play. Just putting it out there.

The great thing is it is so versatile... we already do all game content very easy.

You can easily just run with a quicksilver flash and go fast and in fact this is what I do most of the time because it's just so chill. The fewer the buttons the better.

Quartz flask is also great because we get phasing and so you don't get blocked. Popping a Phase Run is incredibly fun... it's like a rocket booster that gets you to 230% movement speed.

If you don't care too much about speed or you're struggling to get life, resistances, or strength, chuck on a rare set of boots with all the stats you need. With 30% movement speed boots you will still hit 160% movespeed by popping just a quicksilver flask. Same thing for the belt.. it's basically an open slot you can do anything you want with. Have some fun with it and mix things up!

If you want to spice things up, swap out your Undying Evangelist spectres and go for something funky like some cool ranged fireball spectres (they'll do jack shit because your zombies will kill enemies before their projectiles get there, but it's a free MTX!)

See Alternate Setups above for some fun, unique, and different ways of playing this build with a couple quick item swaps!




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VIDEO AND UPDATE LOG ARCHIVE

3.9 video and update log archive

19 Jan 2020: 2 SECOND CONQUEROR KILLS!!... they literally DON'T HAVE TIME TO DsetupO ANYTHING!!! If I used Skellies as well as had more zombies (I'm running with only 14) and used Awakened gems we could probably do 1 second kills... LOL!!: https://youtu.be/RqL2v4PDUVk

16 Jan 2020: 1min 43 Sec SIRUS KILL - Pretty Damn Fast!!!: https://youtu.be/-tBQMKpzNag

14 Jan 2020: The #1 Jewel in POE! 320% Increased Minion Damage in a SINGLE JEWEL!: https://youtu.be/m8lEGDACd2E

11 Jan 2019: NEW Sirus Fight wearing SPEED GEAR... This game just got EVEN EASIER for us!: https://youtu.be/Tbr1ZEFOOaY

7 Jan 2020: SPEED TEST: Flesh Offering vs Spirit Offering for our Speed Setup. Both runs of T16 Phoenix under 90 Seconds: https://youtu.be/tHXGKzmZeNc

29 Dec 2019: RANGED SPECTRES ARE VERY FUN! 90 Second Coves Clear using Frost Sentinals: https://youtu.be/8OnWoOMsOMQ

28 Dec 2019: T16 Metamorph Kill and a T16 Phoenix Kill- MELTED! (Thanks to EVORALPH): https://youtu.be/F8GYFcnA4Ao

27 Dec 2019: 5L Queen's Escape and 5L Victario's Influence works WONDERS! https://youtu.be/NZpk8EU2WGI

26 Dec 2019: Victario's Influence is OP AS F**K!!!!!!!! https://youtu.be/pzi4AJ4ARxE

20 Dec 2019: CHAOS CONVERSION ZOMBIES! Things just DIE!!: https://youtu.be/okqPifSVWpA

10 Jan 2020: All 4 Conquerors Getting SMOKED at Awakening Level 8 (60 second video): https://youtu.be/KVAscJkIYt0

2 Jan 2020: Sirius Awakening Level 8 Kill - My Very First Attempt and still learning the fight: https://youtu.be/YPfr5w0Ovw4

19 Dec 2019: Conqueror Kill (Tier 4) Al-Hezmin, The Hunter AKA Poison Guy! Not even poison can touch us! https://youtu.be/gsS29hDq1D4

18 Dec 2019: Sirius (the Awakener) kill. Cut me some slack guys as I have never done the fight before :P https://youtu.be/BXoknnZ0qxM

18 Dec 2019: Eating a Tier 4 Conqueror for breakfast: https://youtu.be/03-lcWs7SH8

17 Dec 2019: Shaper Kill - testing DPS using Queen's Escape and tanking beam and slam to test defence. Shaper's buffed life is very noticeable... but still a very easy fight for us: https://youtu.be/ceAl1GSjHTU

16 Dec 2019: T16 Carcass - we are still the FASTEST, STRONGEST, and most TANKY summoner in the history of POE: https://youtu.be/r0mQV-d5qr0

16 Dec 2019: High Tier Conqueror Watchstone Boss Kill - example DPS in 3.9 as a quick test: https://youtu.be/ZM45_5X9KGQ


3.8 video and update log archive


12 Nov 2019: WORLD FIRST: Uber Elder deathless FULLY NAKED with NO GEAR: https://youtu.be/l3P3cTQL_qA

7 Nov 2019: Shaper deathless FULLY NAKED with NO GEAR: https://youtu.be/84ld8EmviZw
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6 Nov 2019: T16 Guardians deathless FULLY NAKED with NO GEAR: https://youtu.be/JlIJXx3PB3g

24 Oct 2019: NEW RECORD: FASTEST UBER ELDER KILL IN HISTORY (1min 34secs) USING ONE-HAND ONLY https://youtu.be/mn7exUyqf48

22 Oct 2019: SHAPER KILL USING JUST ONE ZOMBIE: https://youtu.be/vKuCvl4VjgA

17 Oct 2019: Here's some comparison videos for you guys with different setups:

1) Using Headhunter and Speed Boots + Flesh Offering: https://youtu.be/gnTVEEoHhos

2) Using Speed Belt and Speed Boots + Flesh Offering: https://youtu.be/LPy4RWfnD88

3) Using Headhunter and Speed Boots + Spirit Offering in DELVE: https://youtu.be/AwV9XbdlC8U

15 Oct 2019: HEADHUNTER SUMMONERS!!!!!!!!!!!!! INSANELY FUN, TANKIEST and STRONGEST SUMMONER IN THE HISTORY OF POE: https://youtu.be/feiP3eFKl6E

3 Oct 2019: BIGGEST MINION ARMY IN THE HISTORY OF POE - 90 MINIONS!: https://youtu.be/RVuSODGNz-s

2 Oct 2019: FASTEST AND STRONGEST GOLEM BUILD IN THE HISTORY OF POE: https://youtu.be/MEImsLQKbMg

27 Sep 2019: FASTEST AND STRONGEST SPECTRE BUILD IN THE HISTORY OF POE: https://youtu.be/ldZZ_FmDLCs

26 Sep 2019: FASTEST UBER ELDER KILL IN THE HISTORY OF POE (1min 40sec): https://youtu.be/I2uQVxdQzoc

Not only do we have the fastest clear in the game, we have the fastest boss killer too.

24 Sep 2019: STRONGEST AND MOST TANKY SUMMONER IN THE HISTORY OF POE: https://youtu.be/r9k-W15E3ZA



3.9 Build Setups for Reference


Setup 1) Balanced Setup using Saqawal's Nest

This setup provides the grestest balance of DPS and Defence. Your DPS will be fantastic (greater than with Geofri's) and your defence still solid (between 10,000 and 14,000 eHP).

We run 7 auras... yes... 7!! Note that Haste is not active while mapping though, we just pop Vaal Haste on bosses.

POB Link: https://pastebin.com/tqdhWSwm

Note that POB doesn't pickup Lethal Pride jewel (left hand side) and Thread of Hope allocations - you should use skill points on Ravenous Horde and Cruel Preparation.

Purity of Elements can be swapped for Discipline for more ES, or Skitterbots for more DPS.

Carrion Golem can be swapped to Chaos Golem for more defence.

Maim can be swapped for Vaal Molten Shell for more defence.

Lethal Pride can be swapped for Elegant Hubris for more offence (swap Elegant Hubris Jewel location with either Watcher's Eye, Efficient Training on right hand side, or Brawn Jewel. This is so it doesn't remove your other nodes in Lethal Pride's location.




NOTE: Watcher's Eye, Emperor's Mastery, and Lethal Pride are totally NOT needed. They are simply min-maxing for the rich folk.




Setup 2) Tanky Setup using Geofri's Sanctuary

This setup is very tanky and a great option for most players. It is the setup that this build was built from and what most players at end-game currently use. It is the most tanky of the setups, but has slightly weaker DPS and movement speed compared to the Speed Setup below.

You will have over 15,000 HP/ES for INSANE defence, and you can kill Uber Elder in 1min 34 seconds with the BIGGEST DPS in the game WHILE PRESSING NO BUTTONS.. (literally, see video below):

https://youtu.be/mn7exUyqf48

Note that in the video above I have lower ES purely because I decided to do the run without chest amour (for the lolz!)

Note: Because we have 3 red and 3 blue sockets in chest, you can CHOOSE to either use the setup shown below (auras), or use a 6L Skeleton Setup dependingg on your preference. Auras provide smoother gameplay due to not having to raise skellies, but skellies do some great DPS.

Skeletons links would be: Vaal Summon Skeletons, Minion Damage, Feeding Frenzy, Melee Physical Damage, Multistrike, Melee Splash. Melee Splash can be swapped with Maim for bosses.

Impale in the weapon below can also be swapped for Minion Damage. The extra blue socket can provide more versatility - for example swapping in minion speed while mapping. If not using impale, war banner is better than dread banner.

If your Empower is not at least level 3, use Maim instead.

Clarity in the ring is only needed if you have the watchers eye that gives "x% if maximum mana is gained as extra maximum energy shield while affected by Clarify". Flame Dash is also good skill to put here or in another unset ring if you have one.

POB Link: https://pastebin.com/swGfbb2k





NOTE: Watcher's Eye, Emperor's Mastery, and Lethal Pride are totally NOT needed. They are simply min-maxing for the rich folk.



Setup 3) DPS and Speed Setup using Victario's Influence

This setup provides the fastest clear speed of any summoner in the game while doing amazing DPS. The sacrifice is you are not as tanky as Setup 1 above. You can still do all content in the game with this setup very easily, but you may die here or there.

Impale in the weapon below can also be swapped for Minion Damage. The extra blue socket can provide more versatility - for example swapping in minion speed while mapping. If not using impale, war banner is better than dread banner.

If your Empower is not at least level 3, use Maim instead.

Clarity in the ring is only needed if you have the watchers eye that gives "x% if maximum mana is gained as extra maximum energy shield while affected by Clarify". Flame Dash is also good skill to put here or in another unset ring if you have one.

POB Link: https://pastebin.com/PsKUKsxU
POB Link (old one using Blasphemy + Vulnerability): https://pastebin.com/WhVMRkw5





NOTE: Watcher's Eye, Emperor's Mastery, and Lethal Pride are totally NOT needed. They are simply min-maxing for the rich folk.





Setup 4) Budget and Newbies Setup

This setup is what most new players or players at the start of a league would start with before progressing to one of the 2 setups above. It's very budget friendly but obviously does not have the DPS and tankiness of the above two. This is where you should start this build, and as you make currency and get a feel for the build, you progress to your choice above.

If you need more defence, simply swap in discipline instead of flesh and stone and use chaos golem instead of carrion golem.

POB Link: https://pastebin.com/5F4Lh16T










Enjoy!
Last edited by brunowa on Mar 26, 2020, 9:21:19 PM
looks nice!
PoB link or talentree link?:)
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Eliasdk wrote:
looks nice!
PoB link or talentree link?:)


Done! just added
Also just added a Shaper fight where I used absolutely nothing... no flasks, no active skills.. no buttons whatsoever.

I accidentally did it with a 5L without knowing.. and 20% movement speed boots instead of 50%.
Have edited the build for even more movespeed.

We now do 160% movement speed and it feels amazing to play.

Also updated vids.
Last edited by brunowa on Sep 17, 2019, 11:04:51 PM
Heya, thinking of starting this build today. Never played summoner before so any general tips and tricks are welcome. Also what about lab? bandits? What spells should I use while leveling? Aand what is the hatred for in your POB?
Hatred was just temporary before I coloured correctly. Swap it out for Convocation.

Kill all for bandits.

Ascendency take Mindless Aggression - Unnatural Strength - Bone Barrier - Commander of Darkness.

Levelling is a total breeze.. start with Summon Raging Spirits... Transition into Summon Skeletons and Raise Zombies. Support those main skills with minion life, minion damage, feeding frenzy, melee physical damage, melee splash... (or any other minion gem you come across). Focus on gems in final build and start leveling them.

Gear doesn't really matter as your minions do the damage and they are based on gem level.

When you reach Act 6 just make sure you are resistance capped.

This was also my first summoner... I was pleasantly surprised.
What Spectres are you using?
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Tahotai wrote:
What Spectres are you using?


2x Host Chieftans for frenzy charges
3x Undying Evangelists for proximity shields and defending the army.

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