[3.13] SPECTRE SUMMONER (2021 Edition) Necromancer Build. BEST League Starter! + VIDEO GUIDE!

Here's an updated, strong, BETRAYAL and DELVing ready SPECTRE SUMMONER guide for you!
One of the best league starters in Path of Exile!
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VIDEO BUILD/GUIDE: https://youtu.be/UWF-LijeVDc
VIDEO v 1.2 Update: https://youtu.be/sR8gA1kOewc
V 1.12 UPDATE (15/01/2021)
-POB updated for 3.13.
I don't see any Spectre dramatic DPS/HP loss so far
V 1.11 UPDATE (01/07/2020)
-POB updated for 3.11. No real changes
V 1.10 UPDATE (12/03/2020)
-POB updated for 3.10
-edited the Minion damage % on a temple mod 1H due to a nerf.
V 1.9 UPDATE (13/12/2019)
-POB updated for 3.9 (added Pantheons so make sure you use FORK for POB)
V 1.8 Update (22/09/2019):
-3.8 PoB link updated.
-Feeding Frenzy buff enabled
-Refreshed the boots with proper Spectre mod, fixed Bone helmet from 40>20.
-Added Slave Drivers skill gem setup due to popular demand. Yes, nothing stops you from using Slave Drivers here as well. It's a universal Spectre build.
-Cleared the old information about the 90+ minion damage Sceptre from the crafting section and added new information about a 74% minion damage wand/sceptre as well as new Convoking Wand base. Also added new images as an example.
V 1.7 Update (10/09/2019):
-3.8 PoB link updated.
-switched Multistrike to Feeding Frenzy (it will show much less dps though as it's not yet supported in PoB!) on skellies. Meat Shield is optional.
-we now have 5 spectres and 12 skeletons as it seems.
-dropped 1 minion life node and now POB is at 94 levels.
-added a default Carrion golem instead of Stone Golem. Use him if you wish, he also adds 3% damage to skeletons.
V 1.6 Update (08/09/2019):
-3.8 PoB link updated. Levelling trees added!
-Both Viz Mortis and Bones of Ullr CANNOT have +1 spectres anymore, yet they still stay as best in slot items for levelling!
-faq section added about proccing EE.
V 1.5 Update (05/09/2019):
-3.8 PoB link updated.
-Spectre boots craft is gone!
-Simulated Onslaught for minions on a gem so far
-Ascendancy choices fixed
-As of PATCH 3.8 your spectre level depends on the SPECTRE GEM alone, and not on the corpse level!
-most of the time you will run 5 Spectres now. With 6 being only possible through a very high-investment setup described in FAQ section.
V 1.4 Update (06/06/2019):
-3.7 PoB link updated. No visible changes for now, just fresh!
V 1.3 Update (01/02/2019):
-Switched Anger to Zealotry. More damage!
V 1.2 Update (01/02/2019):
-Added EE
-Added Betrayal gear to PoB (with +1 Spectre Chest)
-Added Clarity in a 4L to proc Commander of Darkness
-Added Minion Damage Rings
-Added "melee spectres" 6L PoB section for you to experiment with Melee Spectres
VIDEO v 1.1 Update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DWbjJHhdEo
V 1.1 Update (05/12/2018):
-Greatly increased levelling link/gem section
-Added options for high/low level convocation
-Added new meta-crafting options for end-game weapons!
-New PoB link. Grave Intentions dropped for now. Got more minion life/regen.
-Added new Spectre for Levelling!
How does it work, in general?
What are Spectres?
By using Spectres you are effectively summoning real monsters to fight for you. They will use all attacks and spells they naturally have. As well as will become stonger with level.
In order to summon a desired monster you need a corpse of this monster, target a corpse with "A" and press Summon Spectre.
As of 3.8 Spectres only scale with the GEM LEVEL now. The level of corpse does not matter.
You will summon 5 strong Spectres who will obliterate screens and screens around, while you zoom across the screen with your Shield Charge. Literally 1 minute clears...
For bosses we will have 11-12 skeletons who will Taunt the boss himself and monsters around as well as Blind them on hit and distract and annoy the hell out of everyone. And they don't need corpses too. And we don't care if they die... EZ PZ.

+safe across most content. Bosses offscreening.
+extremely fast for map clearing
+around 70% potential Phys Damage Reduction (Basalt, Taste of Hate, etc)
+decent regen
+flexible, can stack a lot of block chance if needed
+great single target damage (around 3 million with Victario)
+much better than Zombies as you don't need to constantly resummon spectres, also you don't care if Skeletons die. So you effectively are PAIN-FREE.
+can go Energy Shield and 4-5 spectres too! POGCHAMP!


-Not super tough

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
Path of building:
5 Spectres (4 without +1 Convoking Wand) and 11 Skeletons (not counting Vaal ones): https://pastebin.com/cP04dcrm
For Ascendancy: Mindless Agression, Unnatural Strength, Commander of Darkness, Plaguebringer
Bandits: Kill All

4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills

Get Explosive Trap after the very first quest, use it along with ZOMBIES.
Once you get Multiple Traps, attach it to the Explosive Trap.
2L Explosive Trap: Explosive Trap-Multiple Traps
You can also use Arc Traps later instead of Explosive Trap
3L Arc: Arc-Trap Support-Multiple Traps
You can also link Phantasms to your Explosive Trap or Arc Trap
4L Arc: Arc-Trap Support-Multiple Traps-Summon Phantasm on Kill.
Also start using Summon Raging Spirits if you wish, but it is not necessary.
3L Zombies: Zombies-Minion Damage
3L Zombies: Zombies-Summon Phantasm on Kill-Minion Damage
4L Zombies: Zombies-Summon Phantasm on Kill-Minion Damage-Melee Phys.Damage (melee phys gem can be bought from Yeena in act 2)
You can use Zombies up till maps and drop them if you wish or just put them into Flesh Offering link, dropping Increased Duration there.
They will still die all over in end-game...
Start using Skeletons at level 10. Link them with
2L Skeletons: Skellies-Minion Damage
3L Skeletons: Skellies-Minion Damage-Melee.Phys
4L Skeletons (no Elder Helm): Skellies-Minion.Damage-Multistrike-Melee.Phys
Your Spectres will NOT be VERY effective till Cruel lab (this is when you can POTENTIALLY (if you saved enough currency to buy a Vis Mortis)
For the gear, i recommend 3L Lifesprig for +1:

Then buy Incursion/Bestiary Staff or a 1Hander with a lot of Minion Damage:

Start using Anger at level 24. And link it with Generosity at level 31.
Also don't forget Blasphemy with Elemental Weakness!
Buy a cheap Vaal Summon Skeletons gem with high quality.
Make sure you have https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Bones_of_Ullr by level 28 (when u get first Spectre).

SELFCAST Convocation helps A LOT in Delves and in Syndicate encounters! Don't put it into CWDT if you feel unsafe or your Spectres are too slow! I recommend to have both a low-level Convocation for CWDT, as well as a high level one for Delves
At level 59, let's hope you have enough currency for

You will be using https://poedb.tw/us/mon.php?n=Flame+Sentinel till
Act 5. Then you will get https://poedb.tw/us/mon.php?n=Prayer+Guard and will be using them in a 4L
Spectres 4L: Spectre-Minion.Damage-Spell.Echo-Ele.Focus
Or https://poedb.tw/us/mon.php?n=Slave+Driver from Act 5 Control Blocks.
You will use them till Act 8, this is where you can finally get https://poedb.tw/us/mon.php?n=Solar+Guard or stick with Slave Drivers.
Then just progress to the maps.
Buy a cheap https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Bone_Helmet at level 73 and use Blessed Orb on it when you can.
There are many cheap uniques that you can use:
I strongly recommend using Skullhead before you can afford a good Bone Helmet.
Helena allows you to craft lower Minion Damage as well (during levelling):

5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills

For Uber Lab enchant:You don't need one.. just use a Bone Helmet
(keep in mind, i am using Minion Damage here instead of Brutality because it's not an ELDER helmet at this point)

(can be expensive and hard to get)
For speedfarming:

Spectres 5L: Spectre-Minion.Damage-Spell.Echo-Ele.Focus-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles
Spectres 6L Mapping: Spectre-Minion.Damage-Spell.Echo-Ele.Focus-Controlled.Destriuction-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles
Spectres 6L Bossing: Spectre-Minion.Damage-Spell.Echo-Ele.Focus-Controlled.Destriuction-Slower.Projectiles
^These are the most common, basic, reliable gem setups for ANY spellcaster spectres of ANY element.
If you decided to stick with Solar Guards and use fire, you can also try this combination:
Spectres 6L Fire: Spectre-Minion.Damage-Spell.Echo-Combustion-Fire.Penetration-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles/Slower.Projectiles
Slave Drivers 6L (they use Lightning AOE spell): Spectre-Minion.Damage-Spell.Echo-Elemental.Focus-Controlled.Destruction-Concentrated,Effect
4L Skeletons (in 5-6L Minion Damage Elder Helm): Skellies-Brutality-Multistrike-Melee.Phys (this is END-GAME Skeleton links, assuming we have Elder Helm with Minion Damage)

From Dust is not needed for mapping, but it's a QoL for bossing.

Soulwrest Staff can be quite useful pre-maps and while mapping, to give you more DPS juice

You also need 1
for mapping.
Jewels are very important. get TAUNT jewel as fast as possible for your skeletons. Blind very good too.
HINDER jewel would be very useful for Spectres too.
Overall you need cast speed/miniond damage.
If you want to go full DPS you can try to buy a +1 Skeleton amulet.

If you don't have money to buy a good mace/wand with minion damage then just get Scourge
. The real problem here is hitting something every 4 seconds.
The easiest way to get minion damage is to use BOUND FOSSIL though, on a level 75 MACE!
You can craft up to 80% Minion Damage this way.
But BETTER way is to drop %Minion Damage gear from a level 3 Temple of Atzaotl room called https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Hybridisation_Chamber (Hatchery->Automation Lanb>Hybridisation_Chamber) or just buy yourself a 70+ Minion Mace/Wand. They are pretty cheap now! And you can add a minion attck+cast speed suffix veiled mode too:

This makes a CHEAP and very powerful weapon.
In 3.8 a new base called CONVOKING WAND was added. It's the only type of weapon that can roll +1 to ALL MINION SKILL GEMS (does not buff support gems).
This type of weapon can roll a variety of mods and is potentially the BEST weapon, but a good combination is hard to get and costs a lot of exalts.

However this kind of weapon, for example only beats a 10c wand by around 10%. Using 2x Convoking Wands is the only way to get the 6th Spectre "normally" (without Midnight Bargain).
You can also craft increased Minion Life on a Stygian Wise belt using the same fossil. Do it if you are not lacking resists. Strongly recommended for UBER ELDER!
For the chest, there is a HARD TO GET option instead of Vis Mortis, a Delve-only-drop chest with +1 Spectre. Very hard to find with proper colors and it cannot be crafted! You need a ES-based chest with potentially opened prefix to craft LIFE on it (or with LIFE already). Luckily they are fairly affordable due to MASSIVE amount of people playing!

For the gear i would prioritize:
1) Bones of Ullr
2) Vis Mortis 5-6L
3) Getting a TAUNT jewel
4) Bone Helmet
5) Crafting Minion Damage Gloves
6) Buying a +70% TEMPLE Minion Damage MACE/Sceptre with/without additional Veiled Attack/Cast Speed Minion Mod. Or Convoking Wand with +1 All Minion Skill Gems.
7) Crafting / Buying GG ES/EVA-based chest with +1 Spectres
8) Crafting / Buying Minion Movement Speed Rings
9) Crafting a 2x-3x res high life Stygian Wise with Bound Fossil
10) Elder Bone Helmet with +1-2-3 and Minion Damage to create a solid 5L for Skeletons.

6) Flasks

These make you safe against Uber Elder.
For general mapping, make sure you have anti-bleed and anti-freeze flask. Nothing else is important.
You can also use Rumi's as a cheap substitute for Taste of Hate.

7) Pantheon Gods

Major: Arakaali
Minor: Ryslatha

8) Hardcore Viable or not?

Indeed very viable. Just don't Shield Charge into death!


+1 Vis Mortis / GG high life Eyes.
+2-3 Minion Elder Bone Helmet with Minion Damage! SUPER POG!
+1 Spectre ES-based Chest with Life and Resists


T15 Shaped Bog
T14 Shaped Waste Pool + Chayula Breach
Undying Incinerators kill Shaper on a 5L
Uber Elder with Victario's Charity and GMP
Uber Atziri

1) How to Raise a Spectre

Find a desired corpse. Remove SPELL ECHO. Target a corpse with A. Cast Spectre.
If your Spectre dies = Desecrate till you see desired Corpse. Remove SPELL ECHO. Target a corpse with A. Cast Spectre.

2) How to kill Uber Elder/ Uber Atziri?

If you have problems..
Drop Desecrate and Blasphemy/Ele.Weakness for Purity of Ice. use Taste of Hate, drop Victario's Charity for Lioneye's Remorse and unspec Necromantic Aegis to get the bonus yourself. Use new skill points to get a couple more jewel sockets for more life.
Use Kaom's Roots if you can.
Make sure your Spectres have enough leech and life pool to survive everything!
Purchase additional MINION LEECH jewel if necessary!
Drop Unending Hunger for From Dust. It's a great QoL for bossing.
. You will unpack your skellies much faster this way!
Also use Anatomical Knowledge too, to get 200+ HP!
.Make sure you place it near a lot of int

Overall Uber Elder can't kill your Spectres if you have enough minion leech and life. Uber Atziri can though, her FLameblasts are deadly. So make sure you dispatch her as fast as possible!

3) Animated Guardian setup

I do not recommend using AR with Spectres, as it's just not necessary, but if you fit him, here are some tips:
Start using Animated Guardian when he gets to at least level 19. Better use him in a +1-3 minion Helm.
Gems: Minion Life, Minion & Totem Resistances are MANDATORY to keep him alive in high-tier content.
These items make him last the most and be most useful/effective:
you can also use https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Ambu%27s_Charge, but Bloodbond is better for Uber Elder.
Drop them all on the ground and click (in a map on in lab) on Animated Guardian to let him use these items.
If he dies = all will be lost and you have to rebuy/restock/reequip again.
If you LOGOUT or quit the game you don't have to rebuy/reequip everything. Just resummon him.

4) Best Spectres?

I prefer Solar Guards for so many projectiles, but you don't have to stick to them. There are plenty of cool spectres to explore! Ranged.. melee. spells.. attacks..
As of PATCH 3.8 your spectre level depends on the SPECTRE GEM alone, and not on the corpse level!
Don't forget to remove SPELL ECHO before you desecrate, or you will suck in unnecessary corpses around.
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MhfebgcAlF8
+good HP
+projectiles + AOE
+great damage both AOE and single target
+good move speed / control / cast rate
-just fire res
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb5vXkTUGLY
+2x tankier than solar guards
+projectiles only, no delays
+good damage both AOE and single target
+good move speed / control / cast rate
+have resistances against all elements
-15% less damage than solar guards
VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb5vXkTUGLY
+2x tankier than solar guards
+decent damage both AOE and single target
+good move speed / control / cast rate
+have resistances against all elements
-40% less projectile damage than solar guards but higher damage delayed attack
-massive clusterfuck on screen
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/6SL7pgLn0Qw
+great single target and decent AOE
+decent move speed / control / cast rate
+easy to get
-just fire res
-low HP
VIDEO: https://youtu.be/1GEf1n-3Stw
+great single target and decent AOE
+easy to get
+good HP (can potentially survive Uber Elder)
-just fire res
-very slow (never keep up even with Move Speed Ring)

5) Is it possible to get more Spectres? 5-6? What is tne maximum now?

4 from the gem at level 31, + 1 from chest and +1 from the tree. So technically 6 is possible without Midnight Bargain or Dual wielding. However in order to get 4 from the chest you need to put Spectre Gem in +3 helm along with lvl.4 Empower and Dual Wield some +1 wands. So you will have to switch Skellies back to body armour.
This way you will get:
Base 21 gem
+3 from Empower = 24
+2 from the Necromancer = 26
+2 from dual wielding = 28
+3 from the helm = 31.
It is also possible if you use:https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Midnight_Bargain. One or two of them. This will make you really squishy if you are running a LIFE build. But it is possible to do if you will respec into Energy Shield build. For this you need really good, expensive ES gear, as well as a Clarity Watcher's Eye jewel which is worth at least 10 exalted orbs alone.

6) How do you proc Elemental Equilibrium? Can minions do it?

Only you can do it. We proc EE by shield charging into bosses with added source of non-fire damage.
All builds: http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/
Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Jan 18, 2021, 4:56:06 AM
Last bumped on Dec 19, 2022, 7:08:42 PM
I am planning to make this build I think:) THANKS:)
But I have few questions. Could you please check if you updated EVERYTHING? In the poebuilding link I see unset rings, but in your actual gear I do not see them. And also some items in poebuilding are not the same as in the actual gear. Which one is more up to date then?
Mighty_fist wrote:
But I have few questions. Could you please check if you updated EVERYTHING? In the poebuilding link I see unset rings, but in your actual gear I do not see them. And also some items in poebuilding are not the same as in the actual gear. Which one is more up to date then?

my end game builds always go with unsets lets you stick in extra things like flame dash or phase run, or whatever you like for those odd times. my fav is an extra convocation not in the cwdt for those times i really want my damn spectres to get to where i am is handy. usually places like lab or something where they end up on the other side of a wall or the bottom of a cliff.

edit to say i also like having my slower proj in an unset for quick swapping and it gets levels
Last edited by Iznuts on Dec 6, 2018, 3:56:33 PM
Unfortunately it is still not clear for me:( I am not very familiar of all those slangs etc. Could you just write what to do and how step by step and give the exact end game build with exact gems setup? I cannot decide where and how to go without strict guidelines:(. I am not really "do whatever you feel to do" kinda guy, so the descriptions like "if you take this then you use that, but not this, if you do that you do not take this" are not really working for me:( I would really appreciate if you could just provide few gear/skill setups like low budget, medium, high and super rich so I could just upgrade step by step when I have currency. THANKS!!

As it is a friendly beginner guy etc:)
Last edited by Mighty_fist on Dec 6, 2018, 4:09:28 PM
the PoB link is pretty much bang on with everything. i was just saying why Unsets are end game cause you can socket more gems, these gems are to YOUR preferance. craft unset rings with the essence that gives minion move speed. Elder bone helmets are $$$$$ so use a normal bone helmet till you get the funds. craft a normal bone helm to have +1/2 to minion gems. use the shitty Bones of Ullr boots till you can craft +1 spectre boots from fossils.

the endgame gear spoiler tab at the bottom pretty much lists how you upgrade as you get the funds.
Can you possibly post leveling trees in POB or does it not work that way?
Mighty_fist wrote:
But I have few questions. Could you please check if you updated EVERYTHING? In the poebuilding link I see unset rings, but in your actual gear I do not see them. And also some items in poebuilding are not the same as in the actual gear. Which one is more up to date then?

PoB link is more like a "project" to give you an idea what stats and gear you should be aiming for. It does not contain mirror gear, but it as well might be slightly different from the actual gear that i am using at the moment. Unset Rings do not matter, they were just on my other SKELEMANCER build (and that was used a base to create a Spectre one). They have better stats than the ones that i currently managed to find from scraps on my another standard necromancer character (which i had to do to showcase some actual footage).
All builds: http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/
OhGodDanimal1 wrote:
Can you possibly post leveling trees in POB or does it not work that way?

It's in the video for now. But i will update the POB link today too!
All builds: http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/
I saw you only have 83 dex in POB, when GMP support need 111 dex ?

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