[3.5 Video Guide] Beginner's Guide Spectre Summoner [HC/SC/Atziri/Shaper Viable]

For a more detailed explanation of the build check out the video guide: Solar Guard Spectre 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

Path of Building Link for the guide: https://pastebin.com/H0y9txBu
Simply go to "Import/Export Build" > Click the "Import from Pastebin" paste the link in there, and then click "Import"


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

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Is this build for you?

1. If you are looking for an amazing Necromancer build, that is not SRS, Zombies or AW.

2. A build that is not only viable in both hardcore & sofcore, but also Atziri.

3. Insanely high eHP with really good clearing speed that is NOT SRS or AW.

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

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Defence & Utility

The build is going pure life which allows for life flask usage as well as having a Vaal Lightning Trap to help cope with the insanely tanky bosses as of patch 3.0

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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:

Spectres:

- Raise Spectre, Spell Echo, Minion Damage, GMP, Controlled Destruction, Elemental Focus
(Switch GMP for Slower Projectiles vs harder bosses)

Optional setup is to use the Summon Phantasm On Kill instead of Controlled Destruction which is really cool and works very effectively as they get concovated by Convocation!

The spectres you'll be using are called Solar Guard and can be found in these areas:
[58] The Battlefront
[59] The Solaris Temple Level 1
[59] The Solaris Temple Level 2
[60] Harbour Bridge

The general recommendation is to resummon them in a map when ever you find them to further scale their efficiency. To do this you simply use Desecrate inside the map till you spawn them and are then able to resummon them of a higher area lvl. Please, don't forget to remove Spell Echo support gem when you summon or you'll get 1 unwanted spectre!


Meatshields + Mobility:

- Raise Zombie, Fortify, Leap Slam (or Shield Charge), Faster Attacks
(If you want, you can switch around the gem layout & add Minion Life support gem for the Zombies. Example: Remove Convocation from CWDT to make room).

A side note:
If you wish, you could use more of a dmg assisting zombie set-up using: Flesh Binder Ascendancy Node which means the support gems would look like this:
- Raise Zombie, Minion Life, Minion Damage, Void Manipulation

Curse on Hit:

- Ball Lightning, Curse on Hit, Enfeeble,
(For Softcore you could use Flammability over Enfeeble if you wish)
Note:
You could use Projectile Weakness over the curse as well if you'd like the pushback effect!

Utility:

- Flesh Offering, Vaal Haste, Increased Duration

Auras:

- Purity of Fire, Clarity lvl 1 + Generosity - Anger

Note:
Purity of Fire can be changed for any other purity of your choice, I believe I'd personally use Purity of Ice as the spectres has a base resistance of 75 fire 0 Cold & 0 Lightning. Even a Purity of Elements would work great to make sure they survive.

CWDT:

- CWDT, Immortal Call, Convocation

Note:
Unset Rings can be used for:
* Convocation (self-cast, keep in mind it shares CD with the CWDT convocation)
* Desecrate


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Skill-tree & Ascendancy Nodes:

Ascendancy Nodes:
Rush Soul Weaver then take Commander of Darkness and end with Mistress of Sacrifice for extra clear speed.


Leveling skill-tree, 32 points

Leveling skill-tree, 56 points

Leveling skill-tree, 84 points

Finished skill-tree

Notes:

* Remove the Increased Duration Cluster "Potency of Will" whenever you remove the SRS approach and start using your spectres.

* Only apply the curse nodes & EE when you have room for the Ball Lightning approach. Keep in mind that you can use the setup without 2 curses till you have socket slots for it.

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Leveling Tips:

Freezin Pulse till you can equip yourself with SRS + Melee Splash + Minion DMG. They will carry you till you feel comfortable using Victario's Charity this will literally carry you all the way to the end of yellow tier maps and works great for the transition mentioned below for your spectre approach.

As soon as you can equip a +2 Minion gem helmet, you should, as it will carry you with SRS till you get the Soul Weaver ascendancy node which will allow you to start using your spectres, at that point you can change the Baron helmet for better defensive stats.


Bandits:

- Kill them all, they provide us with nothing of value.

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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

Unique Shield to use with Necromantic Aegis is there beloved: Victario's Charity


Defensive Stats:

1. Life
2. Resistances
3. Strength
4. Minion Life

Offensive Stats:

1. Minion Damage

Jewels:

Unique:

You would use 1x Unending Hunger Jewels for increased splash effect & Soul Eater for your spectres :) this is to be placed in the jewel slot located north of the Witch start area zone.


1. Minion Damage
2. Increased Max Life
3. Resistances
4. Minion Life

Flasks:

2x Seething Divine Life Flasks <w/e sufix>
1x Ample Eternal Life Flask of Staunching
1x Ample Granite Flask of Staunching
1x Ample 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: Solar Guard Spectre 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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I've reached a point where I have too many build guides to keep up with responding personally on each comment as I've always done on my threads in the past. I will obviously continue doing this but on the youtube videos instead. I hope you guys will understand, sadly I'm not a fulltime streamer and for me to keep build guides like this posted this was an inevitable result!
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Last edited by Ghazzy on Jun 24, 2018, 12:04:06 AM
Going to make one :)
Nice Guide, looks pretty awesome.
Keep up the good work!
Going to update when my Char is progressing.
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Completed 13 Challengesmarcel2142 wrote:
Going to make one :)
Nice Guide, looks pretty awesome.
Keep up the good work!
Going to update when my Char is progressing.


Sounds great bro! Thank you :)
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Have you done Atziri/uber atziri with it in hardcore? Since you're claiming it's viable for it.
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CantDutchThis wrote:
Have you done Atziri/uber atziri with it in hardcore? Since you're claiming it's viable for it.


Atziri, yes.
Uber, not yet. I am explaining the reason behind this in my video guide and as soon as the bug is fixed I will go ahead and make a detailed guide for how to execute the map and each of the boss fights. I've killed Atziri/Uber Atziri well over 6500 times as a summoner. The theoritcal damage output is far higher than that of my current classic summoner that can and have killed Uber Atziri (in current patch and prior to Ascendancy). On top of having far higher defensive possibilities. On top of this, there is a good chance that spectres will have a higher eHP than that of a Chaos Golem in that map which will make it even easier to do.

I am however expecting a nerf to this damage once they fix the bug.
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Hey man, love your guide/build. Having a blast playing it right now. Had a few questions. What are your thoughts on not running zealots oath? Having around 150 life regen is really helpful in not having to use flasks for any small little hit that happens. And I feel like the es regens to full inbetween packs/not casting spells enough that es regen is not needed. Granted I have not done mid-high level maps so maybe I could be wrong. Second question, what are your thoughts on using stygian revenants and replacing ball lightning with something like firestorm for eq? Or do you think flame sentitels are just better clear speed overall?
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Completed 5 ChallengesGKCzar wrote:
Hey man, love your guide/build. Having a blast playing it right now. Had a few questions. What are your thoughts on not running zealots oath? Having around 150 life regen is really helpful in not having to use flasks for any small little hit that happens. And I feel like the es regens to full inbetween packs/not casting spells enough that es regen is not needed. Granted I have not done mid-high level maps so maybe I could be wrong. Second question, what are your thoughts on using stygian revenants and replacing ball lightning with something like firestorm for eq? Or do you think flame sentitels are just better clear speed overall?



Hey bro! Glad you like it! :D

Removing Zealot's Oath would ruin the whole idea of using MoM/EB as it guarantees your eHP gain from those keystones. If you're taking consistent damage such as DoT's or mere hits you won't regen your ES and will therefor loose valuable eHP and could honestly might as well have been a "normal" hybrid character using ES & Life as your eHP. The regen simply guarantees the eHP to be there for you at all times.


Spectres is a very complex topic and here is the answer to all your questions about which one to use:
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Now that we have been provided with support gems such as Elemental Focus as well as Controlled Destruction we have the possibility of using 6 extremely high damage providing modifying gems. This means that Flame Sentinels who doesn't require any Projectile modifying support gems and that also has the most aggressive AI making them consistently attack the enemies. This makes them the most superior spectre to use for pure damage output.

Stygian Revenants requires a projectile modifying support gem to be viable for mapclearing and with that as well as their slightly less aggressive AI compared to the superior Flame Sentinels makes the Stygian Revenants inferior for pure damage output. However, they are perfect to utilize for shocking with these support gems: Raise Spectre + Spell Echo + Chain + Innervate (If more sockets add: GMP & Increased Duration for higher duration shocks).


Now with the Soul Weaver ascendancy node giving spectres such insane damage one shall not ignore the possibility of using the 100% piercing big fat asses in Dried Lake known as "Knitted Horrors" these guys are doing pure physical damage and does the most damage of all spectres available atm. However, their AI is even worse than that of the Stygian Revenants. The important part here is to look past their bleed which is insignificant but instead focus on the fact that they do 100% physical damage and have such high projectile speed that they can shoot roughly 1.5 - 2 screens away. So using proper support gems as well as Hatred Aura they can pretty much one shot most content 1.5 - 2 screens away in open world maps.
This makes them inferior for higher tier maps that are not in an open world, as well as in maps where the enemies does not get killed instantly. Though, with a ton of spectres they can still be very viable. Main problem remains in their horrible AI making them in the end inferior to that of Flame Sentinels.


Hope it helped!
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Last edited by Ghazzy on Mar 19, 2016, 4:45:34 PM
Sweet, thanks for the answers :D!
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Completed 5 ChallengesGKCzar wrote:
Sweet, thanks for the answers :D!


My pleasure bro!
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