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[3.7] Caustic Zombie Cyclone Clouds - Aukuna's Will - Uber Viable

I haven't tested much with bubonic trail yet because I don't have many spare links. I think the -9% chaos res doesn't stack but I haven't tested much yet because my helmet is missing the mod. Arakaali's fang would lower the zombie HP by a huge amount since mon'treguls gives +5000 zombie life.
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Hey man super excited to try out this build! I do have a question though, this is my first season I'm giving PoE a real try and I saw that you said you can use a belly of the beast. So I already have a 6 link beast but have no clue how I would gem it myself and was wondering if you had any suggestions if you used a belly instead of kaom?
Hey dude cool to hear you are going to try the build. With belly of the beast it is only meant as a chest option alternative to kaoms heart when you already have a minion helm for the main setup. It might be possible to get the right colours using 120 chromes to guarantee 3 blue sockets with the crafting bench.
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Sorry to be rude, but please don't check "Is the enemy Shocked?" in PoB. It applies a maximum 50% shock which is not possible with your build unless I missed something.

Sorry to single out your really creative build guide, but so many people on the forums do this to pad their numbers.
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Deadseeds wrote:
Sorry to be rude, but please don't check "Is the enemy Shocked?" in PoB. It applies a maximum 50% shock which is not possible with your build unless I missed something.

Sorry to single out your really creative build guide, but so many people on the forums do this to pad their numbers.


Hey deadseeds I can see your point but one of my rings always has the crafted mod "Shock nearby enemies for 4 seconds when you focus". This is only a 4 second shock for 20% increase damage taken instead of the 50% but I haven't really advertised a specific damage output so never seen it as a huge problem. If I was simply trying to pad the numbers I would have included withered from spectres or a totem to make a massive increase even larger than ticking shocked.
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Last edited by SmokinTumbleWeed on Jun 27, 2019, 2:33:57 PM
Hey great build, looking forward trying it!


Any tip on how to level this until you get Flesh Binder?


Thanks!
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Hey great build, looking forward trying it!
Any tip on how to level this until you get Flesh Binder?
Thanks!


Hey dude i would use Summon Raging Spirits or just normal spell casting like arc until you have the Aukuna's Will gloves and Flesh Binder.
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Hi SmokinTumbleWeed!

So I've now see 3 threads of builds using the Aukuna's Will with caustic cloud zombie's. All the PoB's seem to struggle with survivability but yours seemed to lay a foundation with Life Regen. I decided to build on this for more survivability and add some defenses. Every piece of gear I could get % Life Regen increase on, I did. This includes going with Bloodbond Bone Armour. Its great for the build, 30% increased minion life, 25% increase life and 1% life regen. For my bone helmet, I went with the stone golem buff and use Holy Relic for more regen.

I also substituted in Aul's Uprising with Envy and removed the need for clarity gem for Commander of Darkness to give resists. While Envy doesn't work for the caustic clouds it does provide chaos damage to other minions. The important piece to me was the 20% increased Global Defenses and adding chaos damage for spectres. My Animate Guardian has Kingmaker for the fortify and culling along with a helmet that has -9 to chaos damage to nearby enemies.

At level 92 I have 1119.6 life regen.

I've increased zombie cloud damage maximizing gems, jewels and minion life on gear as much as possible. PoB damage at just over 3mil. My PoB does have 3 withered stacks applied which is conservative and I included the shock like you did in your PoB (I have it on ring as well).

To help with clear I decided on 3 spectres of Risen Vaal Advocates (Fire version). They spread withered stacks and the firestorm helps in boss fights. For spectre movement and casting speed I placed Flesh offering in with my despair curse utilizing enhance lvl 4. This gives spectres a 31% increase to casts and movement with a minimum duration of 4 seconds.

Here is my gear:


I included Cinderswallow Urn for the 3% life regen.

Another item I worked on getting was an Elegant Hubris Timeless Jewel. This jewel gives me two Minion Damage nodes at 80% increase each for 160% increased minion damage. There is also a 10% life increase on it but not worth the three points to get it. In my PoB it's the +30 to strength next to EO and the Dark Arts Nodes. The Enigmatic Reach Node has the life.


Here is my PoB: https://pastebin.com/JTKVx4ui
I've included my current lvl 92 tree and a lvl 100 tree.

I was worried about minions dying because of the -50 elemental resists from Maligaro's Lens but with the giant pools of life I haven't had one die yet. I'm at delve 300 so far and have killed elder, haven't tried shaper yet.

Thanks again for the great guidance on the build it's pretty fun to play!
Last edited by MonkiGW2 on Jul 7, 2019, 9:19:15 PM
@monkiGW2

Hey dude thanks for the detailed response of how you approached the build, I still need to update the guide with alot of choices/options the build has and will include some of the ideas from this thread.

The only thing I would suggest to change in your setup is not having convocation rely on CWDT and instead having it linked with your enhance gem for extra cooldown reduction. Convocation is the best way to move your zombies for damage output and to make sure they are "nearby" for maligaro's lens. Having Bloodbond will allow you to have some more utility gems/options but I would add your offering to the CWDT setup and move convocation to self cast.

The Queen's Hunger is a very good alternative chest to Kaom's Heart/Bloodbond that I haven't put in the guide yet that may be beneficial to people wanting offerings. The veiled mod can have additional curse or other good options and the chest is very cheap. (Offerings can explode your zombies so be careful with any heartbound loop/cwdt variations)

The timless jewels have some very cool potential for huge damage but the variation in power and location will make them very niche and I can only suggest people try them if they have a good understanding of the tree and min maxing potential.
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Last edited by SmokinTumbleWeed on Jul 8, 2019, 3:14:33 AM
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@monkiGW2
The only thing I would suggest to change in your setup is not having convocation rely on CWDT and instead having it linked with your enhance gem for extra cooldown reduction. Convocation is the best way to move your zombies for damage output and to make sure they are "nearby" for maligaro's lens. Having Bloodbond will allow you to have some more utility gems/options but I would add your offering to the CWDT setup and move convocation to self cast.


Thanks SmokinTumbleWeed.

At first I read your post about the switch and didn't think it would change much and also reduce damage of my spectres. However, I decided to try anyways and it really does make a difference. In T13 Shaped Toxic Sewers and in T14 Shaped Underground River the change made everything smoother, after every direction change or corridor it cleared faster. Thanks for the suggestion, it really is helping make a difference.

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