[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - 6 spectres, very tanky, party friendly, good for delving



Hello and welcome to my another guide. This time for Slave Driver Raise Spectre Necromancer.

So, why I chose Slave Drivers? Well, I was kind of getting tired of lag with summoners this league and I decided to go for something that does not have a lot of visual clutter, and is nice all rounder. I wasn't really happy with other Slave Driver builds I found either here or poe.ninja, so I decided to make my own, with stuff that I think is best fitting for my playstyle (I want to be fast, tanky and have really solid DPS, and mainly, I don't want to lag). Originally I started with Carrion Golems, and the build was great, not gonna lie. The only issue was it was still a bit laggy sometimes. So spectres sounded like my best bet, and Slave Drivers are super easy on performance as they have just 1 simple middle-range skill. I also wanted to push Delve this league, so my next priority was both mine and my spectre's survivability. So I grabbed some defensive stuff, some defensive minion nodes and then simply put everything else into damage. Of course I also wanted to fully utilize new Bone Barrier node, so I started thinking about how to raise my minion count to 10 without much hassle and so I don't have to run stuff like zombies and skeletons. And well, solving that was pretty simple. 2 Skitterbots, 2 golems (stone and chaos, also contributing to my survivability a lot), 1 animated guardian and 5-6 spectres = 10 to 11 minions, that are completely lag free (at least compared to other minions), party friendly, have good clear, good damage and give me a lot of survivability.

Sounds perfect right? Because it is, at least for me and my ideal Necromancer build I was trying to theorycraft this whole league.

Changelog

Spoiler

8th October 2019
- Replaced Stygian Vise with Elder Leather Belt
- Replaced +3 on helmet with more life and regen

7th October 2019
- Moved Feeding Frenzy to main spectre link
- Moved Golems together with Animated Guardian to 6 link
- Moved Skitterbots and Convocation to +3 helmet
- Added workaround for Consecrated Ground critical strike chance to PoB
- Replaced 1 abyss jewel with Fortress Covenant

27th September 2019
- Created the build


Pro's & Con's

+ Very good single target. Can reach up to 7M single target DPS.
+ Decent clear speed (well, that is mostly because Unending Hunger on spectres is absurd)
+ 6 spectres
+ 190% increased movement speed
+ 170% increased movement speed and 55% more movement speed for Spectres
+ 8.5K+ EHP (7.5K+ Life, 1K+ ES)
+ 100K+ Spectre Life
+ 25K+ Armour (what also equal around 15k shield from Vaal Molten Shell)
+ 76% maximum resistances (thanks to Soul of Steel)
+ 39% additional physical damage reduction
+ 22%+ life regenerated per second
+ We get "healed" for 15% of our maximum HP as energy shield each time we get hit (thanks to CWDT + Spirit Offering)
+ 30% reduced damage taken when hit (20% thanks to Fortify from Kingmaker and 10% thanks to Jinxed Juju)
+ Enemies are chilled (10% reduced action speed) (thanks to Summon Skitterbots)
+ Very good league starter with Necromantic Aegis version

- Can't do elemental reflect map mod
- We have to use Careful Planning to get our Dexterity requirements
- We are socked starved and require unset rings for final setup
- Min-maxing setup is pretty expensive, mainly +2/+2 bow,+1 spectre body and off-coloring

Content Done

- All guardians
- Atziri
- Mastermind
- Shaper
- Elder
- Uber Elder
- Delve depth 550+

My characters using this build

- Blight character (poe.ninja)

Path of Building

Path of Building is tool for PoE to plan gear, skill tree and calculate effective damage. It also contains Bandits choice. You can download it here. Then simply import below Pastebin URL.

Pastebin

Navigating through PoB (important, read carefully)

There are trees for level 100, 90, 80 and 70.

There is also 1 special tree:
- Aegis: This setup is using Necromantic Aegis from tree. It is to be used with Starter setup and Convoking Wand + Victario's Charity for Frenzy/Power charge generation for minions

Use dropdown in bottom left corner of Tree section in PoB to cycle between the trees.

There are 3 item sets:
- Default: This is end-game optimized version
- Starter: This setup is designed for league start, utilizing some cheap and very effective uniques and Necromantic Aegis
- Animated Guardian: This item set is items that you should ideally equip for your Animated Guardian.

There are 2 6L Spectres gem sets:
- Default: This setup is used with bow and the whole 6 link is located inside of it, using also empower
- Aegis: This setup is for 6 link in body, dropping empower and is good with budget Necromantic Aegis setup

There are 2 1L Movement gem sets:
- Default: This setup is using Blink Arrow for movement over ledges because we are using bow
- Aegis: This setup is using Flame Dash instead of Blink Arrow because it's for 1h + shield Necromantic Aegis setup

How to configure PoB for your own character

After importing your character to PoB, follow these steps to properly configure it to show your actual stats:

1. Find Raise Spectre in Main Skill section on left, click Manage Spectres..., find Slave Driver in Available Spectres: section, click Add and then Save
2. Enable all flasks in items section and switch to configuration section
3. Set Is enemy boss? to Shaper/Guardians
4. Check Is the enemy Deathmarked?
5. Check Is Feeding Frenzy active?
6. Check Is the enemy Taunted?
7. Check Have you been hit recently?
8. Check Are you on Consecrated Ground?
9. Check Is the enemy on Consecrated Ground?
10. Set Enemy Lightning Resistance to -19
11. Select some item in items section (except flask), click Edit.. and add

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= Start of workarounds =
== Skitterbots ==
Enemies Taunted by you take 24% increased damage
== Consecrated Ground ==
Minions have 100% increased Critical Strike Chance
== Boots +1 mod ==
+1 to level of all Minion skill gems
== Bone Barrier ==
10% additional physical damage reduction
+30% to all elemental resistances
30% increased Life recovery rate
== Minion regen ==
Minions regenerate 4% life per second
== Spirit Offering ==
Gain 15% of maximum life as extra maximum energy shield
== Animated Guardian ==
=== Kingmaker ===
Nearby Allies have +50% to Critical Strike Multiplier
You have Fortify
=== Victario's Flight ===
You and nearby allies have 10% increased Movement Speed
=== Curse on hit ===
Curse Enemies with Level 10 Elemental Weakness on Hit
= End of workarounds =


at bottom and click Save. These are workarounds for some not yet supported keywords and mechanics in PoB that this build is utilizing.


Pantheon

For major god Soul of Lunaris is almost mandatory because of Avoid Projectiles that have chained mod it provides. Because we are running a lot of minions, chaining projectiles can easily kill us otherwise.

For minor god Soul of Soul Gruthkul is very good pick for some extra physical damage reduction and slowing of enemies. For some content Soul of Soul Tukohama can be better alternative to Gruthkul.

Ascendancy

Get Mindless Aggression first. Then get Unnatural Strength and Bone Barrier for some damage and defense and finally get Mistress of Sacrifice from Uber Lab.

Leveling and gearing

Gem progression

- At level 1 grab Freezing Pulse, Arcane Surge and Onslaught
- At level 4 replace Freezing Pulse with Summon Raging Spirit, drop Onslaught and grab Frostblink
- At level 8 grab Melee Splash and Minion Damage and socket it to your SRS link
- At level 10 replace Frostblink with Flame Dash
- At level 12 grab Flesh Offering
- At level 16 grab Summon Skitterbots and Desecrate
- At level 18 grab Melee Physical Damage and Deathmark and add it to your Summon Raging Spirit link. Also grab Elemental Focus and Controlled Destruction and start leveling them
- At level 24 grab Convocation, Wrath and Anger. Start using Anger and just level Wrath
- At level 28 grab Raise Spectre and start leveling it. Also grab Storm Brand for applying EE
- At level 34 grab Phase Run (if you have enough Dexterity). Also grab Summon Chaos Golem and Summon Stone Golem, Feeding Frenzy and Elemental Army
- At level 41 switch to Slave Drivers. Drop Anger, Summon Raging Spirit and Melee Physical Damage and link your Raise Spectre gem with Minion Damage, Spell Echo (that you can grab now), Deathmark, Elemental Focus and Controlled Destruction (in order of importance). Also replace Storm Brand with Armageddon Brand

After leveling you can add Animated Guardian setup, but before that it is not really necessary (for details see respective sections).

Also add Spirit Offering setup as soon as you get Mistress of Sacrifice.

When you get enough armour you can also add Vaal Molten Shell setup (if you have the Vaal version), but it is not really necessary early as well.

Spectres

We use Slave Driver spectres. You can raise them in The Control Blocks in Act 5. Simply enter the area, remove Spell Echo link from your spectre gem, cast Desecrate hold A and find Slave Driver corpses, and then simply use Raise Spectre on them.

Animated Guardian

We use these items for our Animated Guardian:
- Weapon: Kingmaker to give fortify to us and our minions and also to slightly buff their damage
- Helmet: Nearby enemies have -9% to lightning resistance rare helmet
- Body: Gruthkul's Pelt for some additional survivability
- Gloves: Southbound with Curse enemies with level 10 Elemental Weakness on hit corruption for some life and also so our guardian will curse enemies
- Boots: Victario's Flight to increase movement speed of our other minions


Media

Mapping
Maze of the Minotaur Lvl 94
Elder Underground Sea Lvl 95

Bossing
Uber Elder Lvl 95
Ahuatotli Delve Depth 452 Lvl 95
Kurgal Delve Depth 529 Lvl 95

Delving
Delve Depth 322 Lvl 94
My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done
Last edited by thedeathbeam on Oct 7, 2019, 7:13:01 PM
Last bumped on Oct 7, 2019, 7:14:15 PM
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My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done
Added minotaur run vid:

Maze of the Minotaur Lvl 94
My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done
So I decided to use Null & Void again to improve my clear and for slightly more comforable delving (I did the same thing before on my Raise Spider char and my SA char). It is really effective, so I recommend trying them on summoners, they are great:



I will probably add mention of them to gearing section later.

I am also at the moment running Increased Area of Effect instead of Deathmark for main link because my damage atm is just more than enough, so again, improved clear.
My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done
Added new gameplay vid

Uber Elder Lvl 95

I am sorry (again) for quite bad quality, but that is just how I roll (playing PoE on Linux is hard).
My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done
Added new gameplay vid:

Elder Underground Sea Lvl 95
My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done
Hmm, I noticed that Pastebin I had somehow expired, so I reuploaded it:

Pastebin
My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done
Last edited by thedeathbeam on Sep 30, 2019, 4:16:48 AM
Added new Delve bossing vid:

Ahuatotli Delve Depth 452 Lvl 95
My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done
Nice build and only recently update bow necro :D
I think you should list your gear right here instead link to other page. Faster and easier to look at.
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zenrom wrote:
Nice build and only recently update bow necro :D
I think you should list your gear right here instead link to other page. Faster and easier to look at.


Thanks :)

Well I usually don't link gems or gear directly in my build for multiple reasons:
1. People can already see it on my linked characters
2. People can also see my gem setups and gear in PoB
3. I try to keep my guides updated with w/e optimizations I come up with so they are never just make and post builds, and updating items and gems in post when I change my setup a lot is just chore and not fun at all
My builds:
[3.8] Scourge Arrow Poison Prolif Pathfinder - Fast, tanky, easy and fun to play, beginner friendly
[3.8] Slave Driver Spectre Necromancer - Very tanky, fun, party friendly, delve, all content done

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