Kayella's build archive - Big DPS Summoner

Build guide as at 6 JULY 2019

Guide covers general spectre summoning with many mini guides for specific spectres.









This spectre summoner build is designed to give you good defences, movement speed and big DPS. It is a cheap league starter that can clear Shaper/Uber Elder. The build can also be scaled and customised to your own liking and playstyle.

This guide is divided into two parts:

The 'league starter' is for people who are new to PoE, spectre summoners or are just interested in the build. With a modest amount of currency, you will have a character able to kill Uber Elder. It includes a detailed levelling guide, spectre summoning guide with video, a detailed breakdown on gear/items/gems and basic crafting guides.

The 'advanced' section is for people who enjoy this build and want to push it further: more dps/more defenses/different spectres. It contains advanced crafting guides, information on using Animate Guardian, as well as alternate variants that have been submitted by other players.

There are four recommend spectres, each with their strength and weaknesses.
Cannibal Fire-Eaters
Solar Guards
Frost Sentinels + Spiders
Enhanced Vaal + Spiders




1min 56s Uber Elder vs Fire-Eaters/Solar Guard (@Tusk_Luv)

Uber Elder vs Frost Sentinels (@Magritte)

Uber Elder vs Enhanced Vaal Fallen

Aul vs Fire-Eaters (608 depth)

Uber Elder vs 4-link Fire-Eaters

Shaper @ level 70 with 5L and gear from Acts

Playstyle & Mapping Demo with Cannibal Fire-Eater

Solo deep delve to 700

More videos at https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming




PASSIVES & ASCENDANCY
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Passive Skill Tree


Level 94
10 jewel sockets
40% attack dodge
30% spell dodge
4% reduced mana reserved

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Bandits
Kill all

Ascendancy

1st: Invoker
2nd: Soul Weaver
3rd: Commander of Darkness
4th: Puppet Master

Pantheons
Major: Soul of Lunaris - avoid projectile, extra dodge, avoid chain

Minor: Soul of Shakari - poison immunity


EQUIPMENT
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Weapons, Armour & Accessories
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Boots:
Boots gives +1 spectre.
Start with Bones of Ullr. Cheap & many available.
Later, craft boots with +1 spectre and high movement speed. See: crafting section.

Shield:
Victario's Charity (+ Necromantic Aegis) gives frenzy charges (minions: 45% increased cast speed, 12% more damage and 15% increased movement speed).
Cheap & many available.

Chest:
Start with Tabula Rasa or cheap 6L (10-15c).
Upgrade to 6-link Vis Mortis (4-5ex).
Best in slot: crafted rare chest with +1 spectre (7ex+). See: advanced crafting section.

Weapon:
Weapon gives extra minion damage.
Start with Earendel's embrace or any one-hander.
Later, look for a one-handed weapon with 90%+ increased minion damage (15c+). It needs 1 open suffix for crafting 'trigger'. See: crafting section.

Belt:
Stygian Vise. Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Helmet:
Any helmet; Bone Helmet, preferred. Look for highest total life and any resists you need.
Best in slot: crafted rare helmet. See: crafting section.

Gloves:
Any gloves. Look for highest total life and any resists you need. Needs 1 open prefix for crafting 'minions deal 20% icreased damage'.

Jewellery:
Amulet: Look for highest total life, high dex and any resists you need.
Two Unset Rings: Look for highest total life and any resists you need.


Jewels & Flasks
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Jewels:
Jewels give both hp and minion dps. There are 10 jewel sockets to fill.

You'll need two unique jewels (1c each):
Anatomical Knowledge - 23 flat life & 8% increased maximum life
Unending Hunger - 50% chance for minion to gain Soul Eater


Then buy/craft the remaining 8 jewels.
Look for ghastly eyes.
Start with 25 life + % cast speed (1-5c each).
Upgrade to 46-50 life and %damage or %cast for end game (20c to 1ex).

NOTE: You must have at least one ghastly eye with 'minions deal additional fire damage'. Any amount is fine. (See: GEM LINKS, 4L(Helmet) for explanation)

Recommended Flasks:
Blood of the Karui - fast life recovery + instant life recovery
Bubbling Divine Flask of Staunching - instant life flask & remove bleed
Chemist's Quicksilver of Adrenaline - 70% increased movement speed
Experimenters's Quartz Flask of Heat - 10% Dodge & remove freeze
Experimenter's Jade Flask of Dousing - Evasion & remove burning



CRAFTING
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Trigger Wand/Sceptre



Trigger will auto-cast any gems in your weapon when you use another skill, eg. storm brand. Once you get this, you will not have to self cast desecrate + flesh offering.

You will need:
one-handed weapon, 90%+ minion damage, 1 free suffix.
>> NOTE: Avoid 'adds x fire damage to spells' <<

Craft 'trigger' (3c).


NOTE: This craft comes from syndicate encounters and is rare; you may need to find a crafter for.


+1 Spectre Boots



A big upgrade over Bones of Ullr, these will have more life and movement speed.

You will need:
Two-tone boots
2-socket resonator
bound fossil (+1 spectre)
shuddering fossil (movement speed)



NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get the stats you want.


Reduce Mana Reserve Helmet



This build uses 2x 50% auras. You either take two passive in the tree or craft this helmet.

You will need:
Bone Helmet
2-socket resonator
bound fossil (reduce mana reserve)
pristine fossil (life)



NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get the stats you want.

NOTE: bound fossil can also roll +2/3 to socketed minion gem, which is needed if you want to swap Stone Golem for AG.




GEM LINKS
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Body Armour

The three main spectres in PoE have different gem links.
Solar Guards



Fire-Eaters



Frost Sentinels





Helmet, Boots & Gloves


Helmet: 2 red and 2 blue.

1. Stone Golem gives you 105hp/s regen.
2. Stone golem can apply combustion if you have a ghastly eye jewel with 'added fire damage to minions'.

* Can swap Stone Golem for Animate Guardian. See: Advanced - Animate Guardian section.

Boots: 1 green, 1 blue and 2 red.

Haste + Generosity gives minions 22% more cast speed.
Vaal Haste + Generosity gives an additional 43% cast speed.
Zealotry + Generosity gives minions 21% more damage and a 6% hp/s regen ground effect.


Gloves: 2 blue and 2 green

Storm Brand is used to apply Elemental Equilibrium (passive skill) and Projectile Weakness (curse). It also has a chance to blind any monsters it hits.

NOTE: Keep Storm Brand at level 1


Weapon & Shield


Weapon: 2 blue and 1 green.


With the 'trigger' craft: when you cast storm brand, trigger will auto-cast desecrate, then flesh offering, then skeleton. This eliminates the need to self-cast them.


Defensive Setup

To use a a defensive setup, you need the trigger craft and 'added cold/lightning damage to spells' on your wand.

1 red, 1 blue and 1 green.





Blade Vortex has 100% uptime (trigger CD = 4s vs BV = 5s), and it has knockback and increased aoe. This will push monsters away from your summoner.


Shield: 2 red and 1 green

Cast When Damage Taken + Immortal Call will protect against additional physical hits.
Phase Run gives +49% movement speed, phasing (run through monsters) and reduced visibility (monsters won't attack you).

NOTE: The green socket should be unlinked.

NOTE: Keep CWDT & IC at level 1.


Unset Rings


NOTE: Keep Flame Dash at level 1


How to use two 50% auras

Take -4% reduced mana reserved above Necromantic Aegis:



You can also get '-5% reduced mana reserved' on your helmet. This will free up 2 passive points:





LEVELLING GUIDE
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1. Useful Tips & Crafting

Quick town portal trick

To teleport back to town when you don't have a portal scroll:
press 'esc' on your keyboard
select 'exit to character selection'
open your character again
you will now be in the town

Craft 10% ms boots


Sell to town vendor: white boots + augmentation orb + quicksilver flask. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft +1 socketed gem wand


If you have: Orb of Alteration, you can craft a +1 cold gem wand (for Act 1) & +1 lightning gem wand (for Act 2,3,4).

First: buy/find iron ring + cold/lightning spell. Sell both to a vendor to get a sapphire/topaz ring.


Second: sell to vendor:magic wand (blue) + Orb of Alteration + sapphire/topaz ring. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft +1 chaos gem wand (for desecrate)


Craft a +1 chaos gem wand to boost the level of your desecrate gem. Sell to vendor: any magic wand + chaos skill gem.


Cheap 5-link chest


League starter option: 5-link that will carry you into maps. Total cost: 2 chaos. Look for a 5-link chest with INT or INT/DEX base & Screaming Essence of Greed. They should cost 1c each.




2. Equipment & Gem Links

Level 1

In Act 1, look for 3-link wand/scepter with 2 blue and 1 green.
Also useful will be a 3L 3 blue socket item.


Level 34

Before transitioning to using spectres, you must buy Wraithlord (spectre survivability) & Bones of Ullr (+1 spectre).

Mouseover to see gem links:











NOTE: Add Curse on Hit to gloves when you hit level 38



Level 50

Buy Victario's Charity (frenzy & power charges).

Mouseover to see gem links:


NOTE: The green socket should be unlinked because you want to self-cast Phase Run for its speed boost and phasing




3. Passive Trees

Stage 1: Early Levelling (Acts 1-4)

Stage 2: Transition to Spectres (Act 4)

Stage 3: Pathing to Phase Acro (Acts 4-8)

Stage 4: Pathing to Righteous Army (Acts 8-10)

Stage 5: Completing the Tree (Act 10/Maps)



4. Walkthrough for Acts 1 to 10


Act 1

Main skills: Freezing Pulse & Raise Zombie.

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

starting zone: pick up wand. pick up 'fire ball'. ignore all monsters. open chest. pick up 'arcane surge'. link: fireball + arcane surge. kill hillock. enter the town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take raise zombies. talk to nessa. buy freezing pulse. by added cold damage. sell fireball.
link: freezing pulse + arcane surge + added cold damage
the coast: get waypoint. go to tidal island.
tidal island: kill hailrake. take medicine chest. [quick portal trick*]
town: talk to nessa. take summon phantasms. waypoint to coast.
link raise zombie + summon phantasm.
the coast: go to entrance to mud flats
mud flats: break eggs. find entrance to submerged passage (ignore fetid pool for now)
submerged passage: find entrance to flooded depths.
flooded depths: kill deep dweller. [quick portal trick*]
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. waypoint to submerged passage.
submerged passage: find entrance to the ledge.
the ledge: find entrance to the climb.
the climb: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: find waypoint, head back to town.
town: talk to nessa. take minion damage support. buy combustion. waypoint to lower prison.
link: raise zombie + minion damage support + summon phantasm.
lower prison: labyrith trial, find entrance to upper prison.
upper prison: find entrance to boss. kill boss. exit to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: waypoint to town
town: talk to tarkleigh. take flame dash. waypoint to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find entrance to cave.
cave: find the dead slave. get the allflame. exit to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find fairgraves, kill. [quick portal trick*]
town: talk to bestel. take skill book. waypoint to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find entrance to canvern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: get waypoint, find entrance to cavern of anger.
caver of anger: find merveil's lair.
merveil's lair: kill boss.


Act 2

Main skills: Storm Brand & Raise Zombie/Phantasms

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

southern forest: find entrance to forest encampment.
forest encampment: waypoint to act 1 town
act 1 town: talk to nessa. take flesh offering. buy storm brand & elemental proliferation. sell freezing pulse & arcane surge.
link: storm brand + added cold damage + elemental proliferation.
portal to act 2 town.
town: go to old fields.
old fields: find entrance to the den.
the den: kill old beast. find exit.
old fields: find entrance to crossroads.
crossroads: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to the top-right of the map.
broken bridge: find kraityn. kill kraitlyn. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take heavy belt (the strength is needed later). go to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find waypoint (use flame dash to jump over the streams). follow path to find entrance to western forest.
western forest: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to the bottom of the map. kill blackguard. pick up thaumetic emblem, open path. find alira. kill alira. find weaver's chamber. enter.
weaver's chamber: kill weaver and get maligaro's spike. portal to town.
town: waypoint to riverways.
riverways: head to the left of the map to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find oak. kill oak. find waypoint (usually on the left of the map). waypoint to town.
town: talk to eramir to get 2 passive pts. talk to silk. take elemental focus. talk to yeena. buy faster casting and controlled destruction.
link: faster casting + flame dash.
waypoint to act 1 town.
act 1 town: talk to bestel. take skill book. waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: go to the right to find entrance to felshrine ruins.
felshrine ruins: follow path to find the crypt.
crypt level 1: complete labyrith trial
crypt level 2: get golden hand. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take survival instincts (we need dex!) and book of regrets (2 respec). waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: head left. find extrance to chamber of sins
chamber of sins: go to level 2, kill fidelis. grab baleful gem. find labyrinth trial. portal back to town.
town: talk to helena. talk to greust. take desecrate. portal to wetlands.
wetlands: poison the tree roots.
vaal ruins: just run as fast as possible to exit.
northern forest: find waypoint, don't go to town. find entrance to caverns.
caverns: find waypoint. find entrance to ancient pyramid.
ancient pryamid: kill boss


Act 3

Main skills: Storm Brand & Raise Zombie/Phantasms

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

city of sarn: save clarissa. find entrance to town.
town: head straight to entrance to slums.
slums: find the crematorium.
crematorium: take the waypoint. complete labyrinth trial. find piety. take tolman's bracelet. portal to town.
town: talk to clarissa. get sewer keys. buy flammability & zealotry. talk to maramoa. take convocation. go to entrance to slums.
the slums: find the sewers entrance (close to town exit).
the sewers: find waypoint. find 3 quest items. find entrance to marketplace.
marketplace: find waypoint. go to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book (2 passive + 2 respec). waypoint to marketplace.
marketplace: find the entrance to catacombs.
catacombs: complete labyrinth trial. portal to town.
town: waypoint to marketplace
marketplace: find entrance to 'the battlefront'
battlefront: find waypoint. take ribbon spoon. find entrance to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2
solaris temple level 2: find waypoint. talk to dialla. take jade amulet (we need dex!). waypoint to the battlefront
battlefront: find the entrance to the docks.
docks: find supple container. pick up thaumatic sulphite. ignore fairgraves. portal to town.
town: waypoint to solaris temple level 2
solaris temple level 2: talk to dialla. take infernal talc. waypoint to the sewers
sewers: clear the undying blockage. find entrance to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: find waypoint. kill gravicius. find entrance to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find waypoint. go to town
town: talk to maramoa. take raise spectre. take waypoint to lunaris temple.

NOTE: slot Raise Spectre to level up gem, but do not use yet: we will use spectres after level 34.

lunaris temple: find portal. kill piety. take the tower key. portal to town.
town: talk to grigor. take skill book. waypoint to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: head towards top-right of map to find entrance to imperial gardens
imperial gardens: head to top of map to find waypoint. head left to find the library.
the library: find siosa and waypoint (nearby). find 'loose candle'.
archives: find golden pages. portal to town.
town: waypoint to library.
library: talk to siosa. we don't need the quest reward for this build. buy 'added fire damage' and 'haste'. waypoint to town.
town: waypoint to imperial gardens.
imperial gardens: heard to top-left to find the labyrinth trial. complete trial. head bottom-right. find 'locked door'.
scepter of god: go up two levels. find waypoint. find entrance to upper scepter of god
upper scepter: go up two levels. find entrance to tower roof top. kill dominus (bleed immunity flask will help). talk to dialla to open portal to act 4


Act 4

Main skills: Transition to Raise Spectre

At level 34, SEE: Passive Trees Stage 2
Then Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3


Buy: Bones of Ullr & Wraithlord
See: Gear & Gem Links: Level 34


aqueduct: find the entrance to the town.
town: go to dried lake entrance.
dried lake: head to the bottom-right of map to find boss. kill boss. get deshret's banner. portal to town.
town: open mines entrance. don't enter. talk to oyun. take stone golem.
mines level 1: find entrance to level 2.
mines level 2: find deshret's spirit. find entrance to crystal veins.
crystal veins: find waypoint. talk to dialla. waypoint to town.
town: talk to tasuni. take skill book (1 passive, 2 respec). waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: enter kaom's dream.
kaom's dream: find entrance to kaom's stronghold.
kaom's stronghold. get waypoint. find boss room. kill kaom. take 'eye of fury'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. enter daresso's dream.
daresso's dream: find entrance to the grand arena. kill daresso. take 'eye of desire'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. take waypoint to town.
town: talk to dialla. take spell echo. talk to petarus and vanja. buy 'curse on hit support'

link: storm brand + curse on hit + flammability

crystal vein: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast level 1 & 2: find entrance to bowels of the beast.
bowels of the beast: defeat piety. enter the harvest.
the harvest: find waypoint. find & kill doedre, maligaro & shavronne. talk to piety. enter the black core.
the black core: fight malachai + piety. go into second boss room. defeat malachai. portal to town.
town: talk to petarus and vanja. buy 'curse on hit support'
the ascent: head top-left of map to find portal to oriath.


Act 5

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3

the slave pens: find entrance to overseer's tower (town).
town: talk to lani. take whichever ring helps you balance your resists.
control blocks: find miasmeter. find entrance to oriath square.
oriath square: get waypoint. waytpoint to town.
town: talk to vilenta. take skill book. waypoint to oriath square.
oriath square: head to top-right to find entrance to templar courts.
templar courts: get waypoint. find entrance to chamber of innocence.
chamber of innocence: find boss room. defeat avarius. talk to sin. exit boss room. enter torched courts.
torched courts: find entrance to ruined square.
ruined square: head to the left part of the map to find entrance to the ossuary. get waypoint.
ossuary: find sign of purity (yellow !). exit to ruined square.
ruined square: head to bottom/bottom-right to find entrance to reliquary. ignore utula.
reliquary: get waypoint. find the 3 quest items in the corners of the map (yellow !). portal to town.
town: talk to lani. take skill book (1 passive + 2 respec). waypoint to ruined square.
ruined square: head to bottom-left/left of map to find entrance to cathedral rooftop.
cathedral rooftop: find and kill kitava. talk to sin. talk to lilly roth.


Act 6

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3

Buy: Victario's Charity & Unending Hunger
See: Gear & Gem Links: Level 50


town: talk to lilly. go to twilight strand.
twilight strand: kill all monsters.
town: talk to lilly. take book of regrets. go to the coast.
the coast: find the entrance to mud flats. get the waypoint. enter mud flats.
the mud flats: find boss. kill boss. take quest item. head to top-left to find entrance to karui fotress.
karui fortress: find boss arena. kill boss. head to the top of the map to find entrance to the ridge.
the ridge: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: grab waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. portal to lower prison
lower prison: find labyrinth trial. find entrance to shavronne's tower.
shavronne's tower: find entrance to prison rooftop.
prison rooftop. kill shavronne and brutus. talk to sin.
warden's chambers: find entrance to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: you can switch to goatman fire-raiser spectres here (more single target dps). find entrance to valley of the fire drinker (top-right).
valley of the fire drinker: kill abberath. talk to sin. return to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: head to bottom/bottom-right to find entrance to western forest
western forest: follow path to top to find waypoint. grab waypoint. continue upwards to find entrance to riverways.
riverways: follow path upwards to find waypoint. grab waypoint. go left to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: head to the left of the map to find entrance to spawning ground.
spawning ground: kill rysratha. talk to sin. portal to town
town: talk to bestel. take book of skill. talk to tarkleigh. take book of skill. waypoint to riverways
riverways: follow path to the top-right of the map. when you hit the edge of the map. follow the edge to the right to find the entrance to southern forest.
southern forest: head towards the right of the map to find the entrance to caverns of anger. grab the waypoint.
caverns of anger: open flag chest. take black flag.
passage: find entrance to beacon (top of the map).
beacon: grab waypoint. head to the top-right of the map. complete 'refuel the beacon' escort puzzle (yellow !). light the beacon (yellow !). click on beacon (yellow !). talk to weylam.
brine king's reef: find the brine king's throne.
bring king's throne. kill boss (TIP: try to stay behind him at all times). talk to sin. talk to weylam to go to act 7.


Act 7

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3 or 4

broken bridge: follow path to entrance to crossroads
crossroads: follow path to the waypoint. grab waypoint. head to the right of the map. find entrance to fellshrine ruins.
fellshrine ruins: follow the path to the crypt entrance.
the crypt: grab waypoint. find labyrinth trial. find sarcophagus (entrance to next area). enter stairs. search map for 'container of sins' (yellow !). take maligaro's map. portal to town.
town: take waypoint to crossroads
crossroads: find entrance to chamber of sins level 1.
chamber of sins level 1: find silk. grab the waypoint. use 'maligaro's map' in the map device. enter portal to maligaro's sanctum
maligaro's sanctum: find maligaro's workshop (head to the right of the map, then go up, then go left).
kill maligaro. take black venom. portal to chamber of sins level 1
chamber of sins level 1: talk to silk. take obsidian key. head to the top-right of the map to find entrance to level 2
chamber of sins level 2: complete labyrinth trial. find entrance to the den (yellow !) - usually on far left of the map.
the den: grab the waypoint. find entrance to the ashen fields.
the ashen fields: grab waypoint. follow path to find entrance to fortress encampment (boss room).
boss room: kill greust. talk to sin.
northern forest: find entrance to dread thicket.
dread thicket: collect fireflies. find entrance to den of despair.
den of despair: kill gruthkul. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir. take book of skill. take second book of skill. waypoint to northern forest.
northern forest: find the entrance to the causeway.
the causeway: find waypoint. find kishara's star - it will be close to the entrance to the vaal city.
vaal city: find waypoint (in the centre of the map). portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. take book of skill.
vaal city: talk to yeena. enter temple of decay level 1.
temple of decay level 1 & 2: find entrance to arakaali's web.
boss fight: kill arakaali. talk to sin. talk to yeena. enter sarn ramparts.


Act 8

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3 or 4

sarn ramparts: grab waypoint. find entrance to town.
town: enter toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find entrance to doedre's cesspool.
doedre's cesspool: find boss room ('loose grate').
the cauldron: kill doedre. enter 'sewer outlet'.
doedre's cesspool: find entrance to the quay.
quay: not far from the starting area, there is a side area with 'sealed casket' (yellow !). open and take 'ankh of eternity'. find entrance to ressurection site. talk to clarissa. kill tolman. backtrack a little to find entrance to the grain gate.
grain gate: grab waypoint. find & kill gemling legion. find entrance to 'the imperial fields'.
imperial fields: follow path. grab waypoint. find entrance to solaris temple.
solaris temple level 1: desecrate and search corpses for 'solar guard'. raise three. these will be you spectre until you find cannibal fire-eaters in maps. find waypoint. waypoint to town.
town: talk to maramoa. take skill book (1 passive). talk to clarissa. take skill book (1 passive 2 respec). waypoing to aspirant's plaza.
aspirant's plaza: do cruel lab: take Soul Weaver. portal to town.
town: waypoint to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find entrance to level 2.
solaris temple level 2: find portal to boss room. kill boss. take sun orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find entrance to 'the grand promenade'
grand promenade: run to entrance to 'the bath house'. don't waste time to clear all monsters.
bath house: complete labyrinth trial. kill hector. take wings of vastiri. find entrance to 'high garden' (on left side of map).
high garden: kill yugul. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book (1 passive point). waypoint to bath house.
bath house: find entrance to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: grab waypoint. find entrance to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2.
lunaris temple level 2: find portal to boss room. kill boss. take moon orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: find entrance to the harbour bridge.
harbour bridge: find the entrance to the sky shrine. kill both bosses. talk to sin.


Act 9

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 4

blood aqueducts: find entrance to town.
town: find the entrance to 'the descent'
descent: run through this zone to the exits (run past most monsters)
vastiri desert: find the waypoint. find 'storm-weathered chest' (yellow !). take storm blade. continue towards top of map. go to the right. find blocked entrance to 'the oasis'. find the entrance to 'the foothills'.
foothills: find the waypoint). near waypoint is the entrance to 'the boiling lake'.
boiling lake: find and kill boss. take basilisk acid. portal to town.
town: talk to petarus and vanja. ignore items. talk to sin. talk to petarus and vanja again. take 'bottled storm'. waypoint to vastiri desert.
vastiri desert: go to entrance to 'the oasis'.
oasis: find and kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. waypoint to foothills.
foothills: find entrance to the tunnel.
tunnel: complete labyrinth trial. find waypoint. find entrance to 'the quarry'.
quarry: find waypoint. find entrance to 'the refinery'.
refinery: find the boss room (yellow !). caution: boss encounter starts when you enter. kill boss. open theurgic precipitate machine. take trarthan powder. portal to town.
town: waypoint to quarry. find entrance to 'shrine of the winds'. kill boss. talk to sin. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. waypoint to quarry.
quarry: enter belly of the beast
belly of the beast: find entrance to 'the rotting core'
rotting core: find entrance to 'the black core'. talk to sin. kill shavronne, maligaro and doedre. talk to sin. enter 'the black heart'
black heart: kill depraved trinity. talk to lilly. sail to oriath.


Act 10 & Epilogue

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 4

NOTE: Can attempt Labyrith 3 before Kitava.

town: enter cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: enter cathedral apex. kill monsters. talk to bannon. portal to town.
town: talk to NPCs. go to cathedral rooftop
cathedra rooftop: find entrance to 'the ravaged square'
ravaged square: find entrance to 'the control blocks'.
control blocks: find waypoint. find arena. kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. talk skill book (1 passive). waypoint to control blocks.
control blocks: enter ravaged square
ravaged square: ignore reliquary entrance. find entrance to 'the ossuary'. take waypoint. enter ossuary.
ossuary: complete labyrinth trial. find 'sealed chest' (yellow !). take elixir of aullure. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find entrance to 'the torched courts'.
torched courts: find entrance to 'desecrated chamber'.
desecrated chamber: take waypoint. find 'sanctum of innoncence. kill avarius. take 'staff of purity'. portal to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to innocence. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find innocence (Yellow !). talk to innocence. enter 'the canals'
the canals & feeding trough:
make your way to kitava. kill kitava. go to oriath.
oriath: talk to lani. talk skill book (2 passive).






BASIC GUIDE TO SPECTRES & SUMMONING
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Important Notes (read this first)

Spectre level is incredibly important - a level 73 spectre has half the dps of a level 84.

The level of your spectre is limited by 'Raise spectre', 'Desecrate' and the zone you raise them in, whichever is lowest.

Example 1: Both gems at level 19:
1) Shaper's Realm, map level 84
2) Raise Spectre can raise spectres up to level 100
3) Desecrate can create corpses up to level 81

Result: Your spectres will be level 81

Example 2: Both gems at level 11:
1) Start of Act 9 (Blood Aqueducts), map level 61
2) Raise Spectre can raise spectres up to level 61
3) Desecrate can create corpses up to level 53

Result: Your spectres will be level 53

Use a +1 or +2 socketed any/spell/chaos gems item to boost your Desecrate gem level, allowing you to desecrate higher-level spectres. You can put this in your off-hand slot.*


Now, Desecrate has been boosted to level 13 (11+2) and can create corpses up to lvl59. Your spectres will be level 59.

Credit:@consecotaleo

The boss kill: Cannibal Fire-Eater


Great at boss killing.



Fire spell, melee range.
Shoots 3 projectiles
High APS.

Desecrate in Act 1 - The Ledge.

The Mapper: Frost Sentinel


Great at mapping because of freeze.

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Cold spell, long range
Shoots 3 projectiles
Can freeze/chill.
7% base crit.

Desecrate in Act 8 - Lunaris Temple.


The all-rounder: Solar Guard


Good at everything.



Fire spell, longe range: fireball.
Fire spell, longe range: aoe (8s cooldown).

Good for mapping, boss killing.
Best in outdoor maps.

Desecrate in Act 8 - Solaris Temple.


Specialist boss kill: Enhanced Vaal Fallen


Incredible boss killer.

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Melee, Elemental hit
Leap slam
Extremely slow

Desecrate in Delve - Vaal city zone.

Good for boss killing.


Video Guide


Video demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmuYyzk0vpA

Turn on subtitles to see the step-by-step instructions.




Kay's Spectre Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Last edited by kayella on Jul 6, 2019, 3:54:48 AM
Last bumped on May 10, 2020, 6:44:08 AM


DETAILED GUIDE TO SPECTRES
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coming soon



ADVANCED GEAR & CRAFTING
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Multimod Trigger Wand



Video guide: https://youtu.be/JpRpBj3osIk
(new video coming soon)

Look for: one-handed weapon, 95% minion damage, 1 free suffix & 1 free prefix.

[if there is only 1 free suffix]
pre-1. craft 'prefixes cannot be changed' (2ex)
pre-2. scour (1 scour)

[if there are 3 free suffixes]
1. craft 'can have multiple mods' (2ex)
2. craft 'trigger' (3c)
3. craft 'minion attack/cast speed' (4c)
4. craft 'cold damage to spells' (4c)

>>> NOTE: Avoid any weapon that adds fire damage to spells. <<<

Thanks to @M0nteCristo for supplying a blue Profane Wand for the build video. (upload coming soon)


Spell Dodge Shield with CWDT



Drop Necro Aegis passive and put Victario's Charity into your stash.
Get an elder i85+ 'supreme spiked shield' for 4% spell dodge.
We are looking for %life roll and cast when damage taken (elder mod), so we will only use a pristine fossil for this craft:


NOTE: We lose frenzy charges but gain cwdt as a shield mod. You need to swap CWDT gem with Increased Duration.



Multimod +1 spectre chest



Thanks to Tusk_Luv for the Syndicate crafting. I couldn't have done this without his help.

Youtube: Crafting a Best in Slot Body Armour for Big DPS Summoner build

Turn on subtitles for a description of the process!

You will need a +1 spectre chest, preferably a INT or INT/DEX base.
It is adrop only item from azurite mine.


Annul: only 1 prefix: +1 spectre.
Craft: +x% to Quality
Jeweller's: 6 socket.
Fuses to 6 link.
Remove: %quality
Craft: Multi-mod
Craft: life
Divine: 80+ life
Craft: +1 curse
Craft: (your choice of suffix)




USING ANIMATE GUARDIAN FOR MORE PROTECTION
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An Animate Guardian can be equipped with gear and acts as a 'party buffer'. You can give your AG the Kingmaker axe which provides you and your minions with fortify (20% reduced damage taken) and culling strike. However, the AG can die easily if you don't have the right gear/gems.

Video Guide:
https://youtu.be/K-Mj_6EdQcc
Turn on subtitles to see the description!

Gear for summoner:
You will need a +2/+3 minion gem helmet to increase AG's gem level and its HP:


Gem links:


4th gem:
Empower (more AG HP), Stone Golem (life regen) or Raise Zombie (more meatshield).


Recommended gear for AG:


Crafting Notes:
A helmet with -9% fire res gives a much bigger dps boost than 15% increase from Leer cast. Take any helmet and fossil craft with pristine and scorched. You want to hit -9% fire res, and hopefully 1% life regen.


Rare boots with 35%+ fire & lightning will res cap the AG. If you want a BiS option, you need to fossil craft. Buy any boots with 2% regen enchant (should cost 1-2c). Then use pristine and metallic fossils. Hopefully, you can hit 1% life regen and 35%+ lightning res.


Alternate body armour:
This is an expensive option for your AG (90-100c). Your AG will lose 5% regen from Gruthkul's, but will give your party immunity to critical strikes and being slowed below base level.


Credit to @RoosterAfro for ideas on boot crafting for AG.


ADVANCED/ALTERNATE BUILDS
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"
HideousPride wrote:
Kaom's Heart Build Path - Final Update

Summary
- 24 challenges completed
- Level 93
- 8.5K health
- Shaper deathless
- Elder deathless
- T16s deathless
- Still died a ton to Vaal Temple 83 because I'm noob
- Uber Elder deathless
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Pros of this alternate build?
- This build replaces the typical early-game Vis Mortis with Kaom's Heart and a Pseudo 6L helmet for your Spectres.
- It provides a significant DPS and survival upgrade from a 5L Vis Mortis, and was significantly cheaper to put together initially than a 6L Vis Mortis.
- At 8.5K health, the only things you'll get one shot by are telegraphed attacks. Any deaths you incur will feel like your fault.
- You'll still have more than enough damage to clear all the content in the game.
- Also pretty good for leveling in the 90s when deaths become more punishing to your exp.


Gear
The helmet + Kaom's Heart are the unique parts of the build.

Lvl 20 Conc Effect/Minion Damage give your Spectres a power boost over the traditional 5L Vis Mortis. Try to get a high life roll if at all possible.

If you can get Socketed Gems deal X% more Elemental Damage, you can turn your Spectres into 7L champions, but it's pretty prohibitively expensive.


Shell out a couple extra chaos if you can find a corruption that's even slightly beneficial.








The rest of the gear is pretty standard late-game fare. Since the whole point of this build is to be beefy, prioritize T1 life rolls everywhere, you can get % maximum life on shield and gloves as well.

If you can get high elemental resistance rolls on most of your gear, you have the option to grab increased % minion damage affixes on amulet/ring/gloves without sacrificing defenses.





Enhanced Vaal Fallen
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Pastebin:
https://pastebin.com/8K1hbdCW


Equipment


Equipment is the same as the base build, but many pieces have different colours.

Mouseover to see gem links:



Offhand:







Kayella's DPS Build: 1.8mil+ shaper DPS per spectre
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Dual curse, 13 jewels

Level 94, 13 jewel sockets, dual curse


Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/xGLXES3f



Kayella's Endgame Phase Acro build
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Pastebin:
https://pastebin.com/P1A574Xz

Gear:




Magritte's Frost Sentinel Crit build: 1mil+ shaper DPS per spectre
"
Magritte wrote:
Frost Sentinels Crit Version
updated April/2019 (new 1080p videos + more in-depth explanations)
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What’s the point of this version?
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This version excels in quick mapping, while still maintaining good single target DPS. The goal is to have as much clear speed as possible and still be able to do Uber Elder deathless and effortlessly.
Shaper DPS: 1.1M per Frost Sentinel
(sustained damage, no temporary buffs like flasks, vaal skills or Focus)


Frost Sentinels vs Cannibal Fire-Eaters?
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They are very different and serve different purposes. Fire-Eaters have the strongest DPS of all spectres, but only cast their spells when they are in melee range of the enemy. “Regular” projectile based spectres in this aspect have a much better behavior. This is even more important when we want to maximize fast mapping


Frost Sentinels vs Solar Guards / Flame Sentinels / Goatman fire-raiser?
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Frost Sentinels have the following advantages:
7% base crit chance
No damage penalty for extra projectile spells (unlike Flame Sentinels)
Freezing/shattering enemies
No low damage/long animation cooldown skill like solar guards’s beam
Great AI/behavior
They benefit from Hatred aura and Frost Bomb


PoB Link:
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https://pastebin.com/FBfRh5vh
Note: I edited my shield to include bonuses not calculated by PoB, such as Animated guardian gear, Zealotry Watcher's Eye and the extra crit chance against enemies on consecrated ground.


Skill Tree
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http://poeurl.com/cncr
It’s a bit different but follows the same principle of trying to get life and jewel sockets. We also need mana reservation nodes because we can’t use a “–mana cost of skills” amulet.
Mistress of Sacrifice is used instead of Puppet Master, for more movement/cast speed.


Gear
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The gear is pretty much the same as the original guide, with a few notes:
Aul’s amulet is a great way to fit a third aura into the build (Hatred)
Victario’s Charity + Necromantic Aegis is mandatory, because we must have a way to maintain Power charges while mapping.



Gem Links
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Single target setup: Raise spectre / Minion damage / Increased Crit multiplier / Spell echo / Power charge on critical / Hypothermia
This setup is optimal, there really isn’t much variation there
Note: Power charge on critical is needed because Victario’s charity only generates power charges on kill, and so is not reliable for prolonged boss fights.

Mapping setup:
Here things get interesting. There are many different combinations of gems, depending on preference, availability of white sockets and the amount of lag your computer can take.
Recomended (requires a white socket): Raise spectre / Minion damage / Increased Crit multiplier / Summon phantasm on kill / Pierce / Greater multiple projectile

Alternative gems for mapping: Spell echo (really laggy with GMP), Hypothermia, Bonechill, increased critical strikes. Find what works best for you.


Videos:
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https://youtu.be/WuuPeKjEhi4 Clear speed demo + Minotaur kill (HD)
https://youtu.be/bbHoOLI-5N0 Uber Elder deathless (HD)
Low quality videos:
Phoenix map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljP8BqxZIL4
Uber Elder deathless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZaV4mZzT2c





Tusk_Luv's Triple Aura build: 10mil+ shaper DPS
"
Tusk_Luv wrote:
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My FINAL pastebin - https://pastebin.com/8rC4dLbJ

Attention: all these gear combined costs a lot of money. Some ~1 ex, some ~15 ex and more. I just show what can be achieved with this Build, the improvements can be made step by step. The most expensive are Mirror-Tier boots. The least expensive is probably Shield and Belt and Gloves. Jewels up to you, i try to use tier 1 life + minion dmg + some bonus stats on my like hinder or blind or other, 1 of each kind. + attack/cast speed as 3rd or 4th mod is the best.


My version - 3 auras + 0 mana cost of all skills + chaos resist.

7565 Life + some ES
8.8+ million Shaper DPS
11.2+ million with Victario Frenzy charges or 10.4+ million with 2nd wand


Every single piece of gear is crafted by myself (jewelry's Delve-only drop).

My gear:









Flasks i'm using:






Tanky + DPS by ff3 (960k dps / 9.1k life)

"
ff3 wrote:

https://pastebin.com/JRyiZPs2

A few random tips. If you can afford a double craft on the weapon, 14-15% Cast speed is a lot of dps. -# Total Mana Cost on jewelry solves the no regen map problem completely. Minion Life and Minion Damage on a bone helmet is easy to craft with fossils and is also a good boost to the spectres. Cooldown Recovery on the belt also lowers the cooldown for the skills in the weapon slot (3.57 sec at 12%). To apply Combustion, you can also use Sadima's Touch gloves on your Guardian. I swap Controlled Destruction for GMP and run 2 Cannibals with 2 Solar Guards for everything but Uber Elder. With this setup, I'm at 960k dps / 9.1k life.




FORTIFY WITHOUT KINGMAKER AG




You will need these 5 items:
Ichimonji
The Vigil
20/20 Vigilant Strike
20/20 Fortify
20/0 Ancestral Call

Equip 'Ichimonji' in your offhand slot. Put 'The Vigil' near 'Devotion' in the passive tree.


How it works:
'Ichimonji' + 20/20 'Vigilant Strike' give 12s of Fortify.
'Ancestral Call' makes it easy to hit melee targets to proc Fortify.
'The Vigil' increases Fortify to 36s and shares with minions.
20/20 'Fortify' increases the time of to 40s.







TIPS FOR DELVE/AZURITE MINE
Spoiler

Betrayal League:


Video demonstration: Solo deep delve to 700 + fortify trick

Delve has extremely high monster density and, if you go deep, rippy mods. There are many one-shots ready to kill you. So, here are some tips to make delving easier:

1. Run as fast as possible between encounters. Use phase run + quicksilver. If you go slowly, there is a large chance of getting one-shotted.

2. Completely clear around any encounter before you start (if possible) because random monsters can wander in and kill you from behind.

3. Offscreen clear the encounter. Summoners do not have leech/regen, so send your spectres in by attacking the encounter from distance. Stand at the very edge of the darkness and cast 3 storm brands; your spectres will attack anything that storm brand hits. (see: video)

4. Use 'Vaal Summon Skeletons' at the encounter. They will body block monsters, keeping your safer.

5. Use the defensive build.

6. Use fortify snapshot trick. At the start of the path, use your offhand 'Ichimonji' to proc fortify, then weapon swap back to your wand & shield to run the path.



QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
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Why are my Fire-Eater's DPS so low in 3.7 compared to 3.6

Cannibal Fire-Eaters have been stealth nerfed. They're still good, but DPS is a lot lower.
Explanation here: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/post-reply/2181275/page/168#p22031223


How about Bitterbind instead of Victario's Charity?

"
DjParagon wrote:
What do you think about the new Bitterbind Point spectre shield, could it be useful for the build ?


Bitterbind only gives level 1 arcane surge, which gives 10% more dmg + 10% increase cast speed.

Victario's Charity with Necro Aegis gives 12% more dmg + 45% increased cast.

How to activate 'Increased Minion Damage If You've Used A Minion Skill Recently'?

Any gem with the 'minion' tag will activate the minion jewels. Using Convocation and Flesh Offering are two main ways. This works before you craft your wand.



After crafting 'trigger' on your wand and slotting Flesh Offering there, it will not activate the minion jewels. The jewel can only be activated by self-cast gems. So, the only way to do it is with Convocation, which has a cooldown of 2.35s (vs 4s for the buff)


Are there any map mods that cannot be done?

Elemental Reflect will instantly kill your spectres.




MORE VIDEOS


CHANGE LOG - 3.6
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14 MAY:
Added defensive wand setup.
Changed Gem link for Storm Brand.

10/11 MAY:
UPDATED LEVELLING GUIDE FOR FLASHBACK EVENT:
New numbered passive trees.
New Eqipment & Gem Links.
Updated Walkthrough.
New Spectres picture guide.

UPDATED PASSIVES:
New PoB pastebin: contains multiple trees for levelling.
Added PoE Planner link for people who can't use PoB.

6 MAY:
New guide + video for Animate Guardian. https://youtu.be/K-Mj_6EdQcc
30 APRIL:
Added Magritte's Frost Sentinel Crit build to Advanced/Alternate builds.

25/26 APRIL:
Phase Acro build is now League Starter build.
DPS build moved to Advanced.
Updated Phase Acro passive tree.
Updated Gem Links.
Updated Animate Guardian.

2 APRIL:
Added info + video guide for using Animate Guardian. See: Animate Guardian.
Adden info on crafting rare shield. See: More Crafting.

27 MARCH:
Added video for crafting BiS body armour (see: crafting)

24 MARCH:
Added notes for using dual 50% auras under 'Gem Links'
Added notes for +1 chest craft

17 MARCH:
Updated passive tree and gems to now include two auras (Haste and Zealotry).
Added alternate defensive build to main guide.
Revised gear prices.
Added crafting info.
Added wraithlord to levelling guide.
Simplified summoning section.
Added info about level 86 spectres.



GEAR ARCHIVE
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Synthesis League

https://pastebin.com/0jPtyii3










Betrayal League



Kay's Spectre Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Build guide as at 18 AUGUST 2019



9 AUG
Currently working on an updated levelling guide.

6 AUG
Update Pledge of Hands build: more survivability. lower cost.


Note: Passive Trees in Levelling Guide have not been fully updated for Slave Driver spectres.






This is the original Slave Drivers spectre summoner build. It is a cheap league starter that excels at boss killing while also having good defences, movement speed and map clearing speed.

This guide is divided into two main parts:

The 'league starter' is for people who are new to PoE, spectre summoners or Slave Driver spectres. It focuses on using a wand + shield, and can clear Uber Elder with a low budget. It includes a detailed levelling guide, spectre summoning guide with video, a detailed breakdown on gear/items/gems and basic crafting guides.

The 'advanced builds' section is for people who enjoy this build and want to push the build to its peak. This section contains advanced crafting guides and endgame gearing to push into double digit DPS numbers*. It also contains the Pledge of Hands build. Lastly, it has alternative builds for using other spectres, such as Solar Guards.

As Slave Drivers are not in Path of Building, there is a workaround included in the guide.


The previous version of the build focused on Cannibal Fire-Eaters, which you can find in the build archive.




Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Wand + Shield build

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Pledge of Hands build

Slave Drivers vs Shaper | Shaper at 100% in 3rd phase

Slave Drivers vs Aul | 343 Depth

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Level 68 | Wand + Shield

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Deathless @ Level 68 | Pledge of Hands

Slave Drivers T16 Mapping | Vaal Legion and Minotaur kill


More videos at https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming




PASSIVES & ASCENDANCY
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Passive Skill Tree


Level 95

Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/Y4FPLYQq

PoE Planner
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Official PoE Website
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Bandits
Kill all

Ascendancy

1st: Invoker
2nd: Soul Weaver
3rd: Commander of Darkness
4th: Puppet Master

Pantheons
Major: Soul of Lunaris - avoid projectile, extra dodge, avoid chain

Minor: Soul of Shakari - poison immunity


EQUIPMENT
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Weapons, Armour & Accessories
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Boots:
Boots gives +1 spectre.
Start with Bones of Ullr. Cheap & many available.
Later, craft boots with +1 spectre and high movement speed. See: crafting section.

Shield:
Victario's Charity with Necromantic Aegis passive gives frenzy & power charges.
Cheap & many available.
NOTE: Green socket should not be linked.

Helmet:
Use Wraithlord while levelling.
Progress to helmet with high life.
Later, craft a +3 minion helmet, see: crafting section.
Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Chest:
Start with Tabula Rasa or cheap 6L.
Upgrade to 6-link Vis Mortis.
NOTE: do not get a 5-link Vis Mortis! See: special gear progression notes below.

Weapon:
Start with any wand or scepter.
Later, get a wand/scepter with 90%+ increased minion damage.
NOTE: it must have 1 open suffix for crafting 'trigger'. See: crafting section.

Belt:
Stygian Vise. Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Gloves:
Any gloves. Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Jewellery:
Amulet: Look for highest total life, high dex and any resists you need.

Two Unset Rings: Look for highest total life and any resists you need.


Jewels & Flasks
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Jewels:

You'll need two unique jewels:
Anatomical Knowledge - 23 flat life & 8% increased maximum life
Unending Hunger - 50% chance for minion to gain Soul Eater


Then buy/craft the remaining jewels. Look for ghastly eyes.
Get: life + increased minion cast speed or life + increased minion damage.


Recommended Flasks:
Blood of the Karui - fast life recovery + instant life recovery
Bubbling Divine Flask of Staunching - instant life flask & remove bleed
Chemist's Quicksilver of Adrenaline - 70% increased movement speed
Experimenters's Quartz Flask of Heat - 10% Dodge & remove freeze
Experimenter's Jade Flask of Dousing - Evasion & remove burning


How to get 6-linked spectres for under 10c

A 6-link Vis Mortis typically costs about 6ex on trade and the price will remain stable for much of the league. If you are struggling to earn currency, there is a cheap alternative.
Find the cheapest helmet with 'concentrated effect' and 'minion damage'. They can be as cheap as 5c. These act as gem supports, which means your 4L helmet is like a 6L!
Then buy any Vis Mortis so you can get the +1 spectres. They usually cost 1c after the first weekend of a new league.


Now you can enjoy 6-link spectres without having to spend 6ex.



CRAFTING
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Trigger Wand/Sceptre



Trigger will auto-cast any gems in your weapon when you use another skill, eg. storm brand. Once you get this, you will not have to self cast desecrate + flesh offering.

You will need:
one-handed weapon, 90%+ minion damage, 1 free suffix.
NOTE: Avoid 'adds x lighting damage to spells'

Craft 'trigger' (3c).


NOTE: This craft comes from syndicate encounters and is rare; you may need to find a crafter for.


+1 Spectre Boots



A big upgrade over Bones of Ullr, these will have more life and movement speed.

You will need:
Two-tone boots
2-socket resonator
bound fossil (+1 spectre)
shuddering fossil (movement speed)



NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get the stats you want.


+3 Minion Helmet



Your Animate Guardian gains a lot of life from 3 extra levels. This is a highly recommended craft.

You will need:
Bone Helmet with item level 86
1-socket resonator
bound fossil



NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get +3 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems.




GEM LINKS
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Body Armour

Slave Drivers do area of effect lightning damage. So we need 6 blue sockets.



For more boss DPS, swap:



Helmet, Boots & Gloves


Helmet: 3 red and 1 blue.

1. Animate Guardian can be equiped to give party buffs. See: Animate Guardian.
2. Stone Golem gives you 105hp/s regen.
3. Dread Banner reduces enemy's chance to hit you.

Boots: 3 blue and 1 green.

Armageddon Brand is used to apply Elemental Equilibrium (-50% lightning res) and Conductivity (curse). It also has a chance to blind any monsters it hits.

NOTE: Keep Armageddon Brand at level 1

Gloves: 2 blue, 1 green and 1 red.


Wrath + Generosity gives minions 29% more lightning damage.
Zealotry + Generosity gives minions 21% more damage and a 6% hp/s regen ground effect.
Vaal Haste + Generosity gives an additional 43% cast speed.

NOTE: We don't enable the Haste Aura. We will only use Vaal Haste as a self cast spell


Weapon & Shield


Weapon: 2 green and 1 blue.


When you have a trigger wand: when you cast storm brand, trigger will auto-cast desecrate, flesh offering and blade vortex. This eliminates the need to self-cast them.

Why Blade Vortex?

If you have added fire or added cold damage to spells on your wand, Blade Vortex will be able to proc EE. This means you won't need to stop and cast Armageddon Brand while clearing trash mobs.


Shield: 2 red and 1 green

1. Cast When Damage Taken + Steelskin will allow you take additional damage.
2. Phase Run gives +49% movement speed, phasing (run through monsters) and reduced visibility (monsters won't attack you).

NOTE: The green socket should be unlinked.

NOTE: Cast When Damage Taken should be level 15
NOTE: Steelskin should be level 18


Unset Rings


NOTE: Because this build reserves almost all mana, I recommend keeping both gems at level 1.


But how to use 2x 50% auras and 10% banner?

We have a total of -12% reduced reserve mana from the passive tree.



LEVELLING GUIDE
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1. Useful Tips & Crafting

Quick town portal trick

To teleport back to town when you don't have a portal scroll:
press 'esc' on your keyboard
select 'exit to character selection'
open your character again
you will now be in the town

Craft 10% ms boots


Sell to town vendor: white boots + augmentation orb + quicksilver flask. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft +1 socketed gem wand


If you have: Orb of Alteration, you can craft a +1 cold gem wand (for Act 1) & +1 lightning gem wand (for Act 2,3,4).

First: buy/find iron ring + cold/lightning spell. Sell both to a vendor to get a sapphire/topaz ring.


Second: sell to vendor:magic wand (blue) + Orb of Alteration + sapphire/topaz ring. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft +1 chaos gem wand (for desecrate)


Craft a +1 chaos gem wand to boost the level of your desecrate gem. Sell to vendor: any magic wand + chaos skill gem.


Cheap 5-link chest


League starter option: 5-link that will carry you into maps. Total cost: 2 chaos. Look for a 5-link chest with INT or INT/DEX base & Screaming Essence of Greed. They should cost 1c each.




2. Equipment & Gem Links

Level 1

In Act 1, look for 3-link wand/scepter with 2 blue and 1 green.
Also useful will be a 3L 3 blue socket item.


Level 34

Before transitioning to using spectres, you must buy Wraithlord (spectre survivability) & Bones of Ullr (+1 spectre).

Mouseover to see gem links:











NOTE: Add Curse on Hit to gloves when you hit level 38



Level 50

Buy Victario's Charity (frenzy & power charges).

Mouseover to see gem links:


NOTE: The green socket should be unlinked because you want to self-cast Phase Run for its speed boost and phasing




3. Passive Trees

Stage 1: Early Levelling (Acts 1-4)

Stage 2: Transition to Spectres (Act 4)

Stage 3: Pathing to Phase Acro (Acts 4-8)

Stage 4: Pathing to Sacrifice & Purity of Flesh (Acts 8-10)

(placeholder image until I have time to number the passives)

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Stage 5: Completing the Tree (Act 10/Maps)



4. Walkthrough for Acts 1 to 10


Act 1

Main skills: Freezing Pulse & Raise Zombie.

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

starting zone: pick up wand. pick up 'fire ball'. ignore all monsters. open chest. pick up 'arcane surge'. link: fireball + arcane surge. kill hillock. enter the town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take freezing pulse. sell fireball.
link: freezing pulse + arcane surge
the coast: get waypoint. go to tidal island.
tidal island: kill hailrake. take medicine chest. portal to town.
town: talk to nessa. take elemental proliferation.
link: freezing pulse + arcane surge + elemental proliferation
waypoint to coast.
the coast: go to entrance to mud flats
mud flats: break eggs. find entrance to submerged passage (ignore fetid pool for now)
submerged passage: find entrance to flooded depths.
flooded depths: kill deep dweller. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. talk to nessa. buy holy flame totem. waypoint to submerged passage.
submerged passage: find entrance to the ledge.
the ledge: find entrance to the climb.
the climb: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: find waypoint, head back to town.
town: talk to nessa. take minion damage support. buy added cold damage. waypoint to lower prison.
link: freezing pulse + elemental proliferation + added cold damage
link: holy flame totem + minion damage support + summon phantasm.
lower prison: labyrith trial, find entrance to upper prison.
upper prison: find entrance to boss. kill boss. exit to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: waypoint to town
town: talk to tarkleigh. take flame dash. waypoint to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find entrance to cave.
cave: find the dead slave. get the allflame. exit to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find fairgraves, kill. portal to town.
town: talk to bestel. take skill book. waypoint to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find entrance to canvern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: get waypoint, find entrance to cavern of anger.
caver of anger: find merveil's lair.
merveil's lair: kill boss.


Act 2

Main skills: Storm Brand & Raise Zombie/Phantasms

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

southern forest: find entrance to forest encampment.
forest encampment: waypoint to act 1 town
act 1 town: talk to nessa. take flesh offering. buy storm brand & elemental proliferation. sell freezing pulse & arcane surge.
link: storm brand + added cold damage + elemental proliferation.
portal to act 2 town.
town: go to old fields.
old fields: find entrance to the den.
the den: kill old beast. find exit.
old fields: find entrance to crossroads.
crossroads: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to the top-right of the map.
broken bridge: find kraityn. kill kraitlyn. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take heavy belt (the strength is needed later). go to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find waypoint (use flame dash to jump over the streams). follow path to find entrance to western forest.
western forest: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to the bottom of the map. kill blackguard. pick up thaumetic emblem, open path. find alira. kill alira. find weaver's chamber. enter.
weaver's chamber: kill weaver and get maligaro's spike. portal to town.
town: waypoint to riverways.
riverways: head to the left of the map to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find oak. kill oak. find waypoint (usually on the left of the map). waypoint to town.
town: talk to eramir to get 2 passive pts. talk to silk. take elemental focus. talk to yeena. buy faster casting and controlled destruction.
link: faster casting + flame dash.
waypoint to act 1 town.
act 1 town: talk to bestel. take skill book. waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: go to the right to find entrance to felshrine ruins.
felshrine ruins: follow path to find the crypt.
crypt level 1: complete labyrith trial
crypt level 2: get golden hand. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take survival instincts (we need dex!) and book of regrets (2 respec). waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: head left. find extrance to chamber of sins
chamber of sins: go to level 2, kill fidelis. grab baleful gem. find labyrinth trial. portal back to town.
town: talk to helena. talk to greust. take desecrate. portal to wetlands.
wetlands: poison the tree roots.
vaal ruins: just run as fast as possible to exit.
northern forest: find waypoint, don't go to town. find entrance to caverns.
caverns: find waypoint. find entrance to ancient pyramid.
ancient pryamid: kill boss


Act 3

Main skills: Storm Brand & Raise Zombie/Phantasms

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

city of sarn: save clarissa. find entrance to town.
town: head straight to entrance to slums.
slums: find the crematorium.
crematorium: take the waypoint. complete labyrinth trial. find piety. take tolman's bracelet. portal to town.
town: talk to clarissa. get sewer keys. buy flammability & zealotry. talk to maramoa. take convocation. go to entrance to slums.
the slums: find the sewers entrance (close to town exit).
the sewers: find waypoint. find 3 quest items. find entrance to marketplace.
marketplace: find waypoint. go to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book (1 passive + 2 respec). waypoint to marketplace.
marketplace: find the entrance to catacombs.
catacombs: complete labyrinth trial. portal to town.
town: waypoint to marketplace
marketplace: find entrance to 'the battlefront'
battlefront: find waypoint. take ribbon spoon. find entrance to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2
solaris temple level 2: find waypoint. talk to dialla. take jade amulet (we need dex!). waypoint to the battlefront
battlefront: find the entrance to the docks.
docks: find supple container. pick up thaumatic sulphite. ignore fairgraves. portal to town.
town: waypoint to solaris temple level 2
solaris temple level 2: talk to dialla. take infernal talc. waypoint to the sewers
sewers: clear the undying blockage. find entrance to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: find waypoint. kill gravicius. find entrance to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find waypoint. go to town
town: talk to maramoa. take raise spectre. take waypoint to lunaris temple.

NOTE: slot Raise Spectre to level up gem, but do not use yet: we will use spectres after level 34.

lunaris temple: find portal. kill piety. take the tower key. portal to town.
town: talk to grigor. take skill book. waypoint to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: head towards top-right of map to find entrance to imperial gardens
imperial gardens: head to top of map to find waypoint. head left to find the library.
the library: find siosa and waypoint (nearby). find 'loose candle'.
archives: find golden pages. portal to town.
town: waypoint to library.
library: talk to siosa. we don't need the quest reward for this build. buy 'added fire damage' and 'haste'. waypoint to town.
town: waypoint to imperial gardens.
imperial gardens: heard to top-left to find the labyrinth trial. complete trial. head bottom-right. find 'locked door'.
scepter of god: go up two levels. find waypoint. find entrance to upper scepter of god
upper scepter: go up two levels. find entrance to tower roof top. kill dominus (bleed immunity flask will help). talk to dialla to open portal to act 4


Act 4

Main skills: Transition to Raise Spectre
Spectre: Cannibal Fire-Eaters

At level 34, SEE: Passive Trees Stage 2
Then Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3


Buy: Bones of Ullr & Wraithlord
See: Gear & Gem Links: Level 34


aqueduct: find the entrance to the town.
town: go to dried lake entrance.
dried lake: head to the bottom-right of map to find boss. kill boss. get deshret's banner. portal to town.
town: open mines entrance. don't enter. talk to oyun. take stone golem.
mines level 1: find entrance to level 2.
mines level 2: find deshret's spirit. find entrance to crystal veins.
crystal veins: find waypoint. talk to dialla. waypoint to town.
town: talk to tasuni. take skill book (1 passive, 2 respec). waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: enter kaom's dream.
kaom's dream: find entrance to kaom's stronghold.
kaom's stronghold. get waypoint. find boss room. kill kaom. take 'eye of fury'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. enter daresso's dream.
daresso's dream: find entrance to the grand arena. kill daresso. take 'eye of desire'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. take waypoint to town.
town: talk to dialla. take spell echo. talk to petarus and vanja. buy 'curse on hit support'

link: storm brand + curse on hit + flammability

crystal vein: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast level 1 & 2: find entrance to bowels of the beast.
bowels of the beast: defeat piety. enter the harvest.
the harvest: find waypoint. find & kill doedre, maligaro & shavronne. talk to piety. enter the black core.
the black core: fight malachai + piety. go into second boss room. defeat malachai. portal to town.
town: talk to petarus and vanja. buy 'curse on hit support'
the ascent: head top-left of map to find portal to oriath.


Act 5


Spectre: Slave Drivers

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3

the slave pens: find entrance to overseer's tower (town).
town: talk to lani. take whichever ring helps you balance your resists.
control blocks: desecrate corpses. look for 'Slave Driver'. raise 3. find miasmeter. find entrance to oriath square.
oriath square: get waypoint. waytpoint to town.
town: talk to vilenta. take skill book. waypoint to oriath square.
oriath square: head to top-right to find entrance to templar courts.
templar courts: get waypoint. find entrance to chamber of innocence.
chamber of innocence: find boss room. defeat avarius. talk to sin. exit boss room. enter torched courts.
torched courts: find entrance to ruined square.
ruined square: head to the left part of the map to find entrance to the ossuary. get waypoint.
ossuary: find sign of purity (yellow !). exit to ruined square.
ruined square: head to bottom/bottom-right to find entrance to reliquary. ignore utula.
reliquary: get waypoint. find the 3 quest items in the corners of the map (yellow !). portal to town.
town: talk to lani. take skill book (1 passive + 2 respec). waypoint to ruined square.
ruined square: head to bottom-left/left of map to find entrance to cathedral rooftop.
cathedral rooftop: find and kill kitava. talk to sin. talk to lilly roth.


Act 6

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3

Buy: Victario's Charity & Unending Hunger
See: Gear & Gem Links: Level 50


town: talk to lilly. go to twilight strand.
twilight strand: kill all monsters.
town: talk to lilly. take book of regrets. go to the coast.
the coast: find the entrance to mud flats. get the waypoint. enter mud flats.
the mud flats: find boss. kill boss. take quest item. head to top-left to find entrance to karui fotress.
karui fortress: find boss arena. kill boss. head to the top of the map to find entrance to the ridge.
the ridge: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: grab waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. portal to lower prison
lower prison: find labyrinth trial. find entrance to shavronne's tower.
shavronne's tower: find entrance to prison rooftop.
prison rooftop. kill shavronne and brutus. talk to sin.
warden's chambers: find entrance to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: you can switch to goatman fire-raiser spectres here (more single target dps). find entrance to valley of the fire drinker (top-right).
valley of the fire drinker: kill abberath. talk to sin. return to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: head to bottom/bottom-right to find entrance to western forest
western forest: follow path to top to find waypoint. grab waypoint. continue upwards to find entrance to riverways.
riverways: follow path upwards to find waypoint. grab waypoint. go left to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: head to the left of the map to find entrance to spawning ground.
spawning ground: kill rysratha. talk to sin. portal to town
town: talk to bestel. take book of skill. talk to tarkleigh. take book of skill. waypoint to riverways
riverways: follow path to the top-right of the map. when you hit the edge of the map. follow the edge to the right to find the entrance to southern forest.
southern forest: head towards the right of the map to find the entrance to caverns of anger. grab the waypoint.
caverns of anger: open flag chest. take black flag.
passage: find entrance to beacon (top of the map).
beacon: grab waypoint. head to the top-right of the map. complete 'refuel the beacon' escort puzzle (yellow !). light the beacon (yellow !). click on beacon (yellow !). talk to weylam.
brine king's reef: find the brine king's throne.
bring king's throne. kill boss (TIP: try to stay behind him at all times). talk to sin. talk to weylam to go to act 7.


Act 7

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3 or 4

broken bridge: follow path to entrance to crossroads
crossroads: follow path to the waypoint. grab waypoint. head to the right of the map. find entrance to fellshrine ruins.
fellshrine ruins: follow the path to the crypt entrance.
the crypt: grab waypoint. find labyrinth trial. find sarcophagus (entrance to next area). enter stairs. search map for 'container of sins' (yellow !). take maligaro's map. portal to town.
town: take waypoint to crossroads
crossroads: find entrance to chamber of sins level 1.
chamber of sins level 1: find silk. grab the waypoint. use 'maligaro's map' in the map device. enter portal to maligaro's sanctum
maligaro's sanctum: find maligaro's workshop (head to the right of the map, then go up, then go left).
kill maligaro. take black venom. portal to chamber of sins level 1
chamber of sins level 1: talk to silk. take obsidian key. head to the top-right of the map to find entrance to level 2
chamber of sins level 2: complete labyrinth trial. find entrance to the den (yellow !) - usually on far left of the map.
the den: grab the waypoint. find entrance to the ashen fields.
the ashen fields: grab waypoint. follow path to find entrance to fortress encampment (boss room).
boss room: kill greust. talk to sin.
northern forest: find entrance to dread thicket.
dread thicket: collect fireflies. find entrance to den of despair.
den of despair: kill gruthkul. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir. take book of skill. take second book of skill. waypoint to northern forest.
northern forest: find the entrance to the causeway.
the causeway: find waypoint. find kishara's star - it will be close to the entrance to the vaal city.
vaal city: find waypoint (in the centre of the map). portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. take book of skill.
vaal city: talk to yeena. enter temple of decay level 1.
temple of decay level 1 & 2: find entrance to arakaali's web.
boss fight: kill arakaali. talk to sin. talk to yeena. enter sarn ramparts.


Act 8

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 3 or 4

sarn ramparts: grab waypoint. find entrance to town.
town: enter toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find entrance to doedre's cesspool.
doedre's cesspool: find boss room ('loose grate').
the cauldron: kill doedre. enter 'sewer outlet'.
doedre's cesspool: find entrance to the quay.
quay: not far from the starting area, there is a side area with 'sealed casket' (yellow !). open and take 'ankh of eternity'. find entrance to ressurection site. talk to clarissa. kill tolman. backtrack a little to find entrance to the grain gate.
grain gate: grab waypoint. find & kill gemling legion. find entrance to 'the imperial fields'.
imperial fields: follow path. grab waypoint. find entrance to solaris temple.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. waypoint to town.
town: talk to maramoa. take skill book (1 passive). talk to clarissa. take skill book (1 passive 2 respec). waypoing to aspirant's plaza.
aspirant's plaza: do cruel lab: take Soul Weaver. portal to town.
town: waypoint to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find entrance to level 2.
solaris temple level 2: find portal to boss room. kill boss. take sun orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find entrance to 'the grand promenade'
grand promenade: run to entrance to 'the bath house'. don't waste time to clear all monsters.
bath house: complete labyrinth trial. kill hector. take wings of vastiri. find entrance to 'high garden' (on left side of map).
high garden: kill yugul. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book (1 passive point). waypoint to bath house.
bath house: find entrance to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: grab waypoint. find entrance to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2.
lunaris temple level 2: find portal to boss room. kill boss. take moon orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: find entrance to the harbour bridge.
harbour bridge: find the entrance to the sky shrine. kill both bosses. talk to sin.


Act 9

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 4

blood aqueducts: find entrance to town.
town: find the entrance to 'the descent'
descent: run through this zone to the exits (run past most monsters)
vastiri desert: find the waypoint. find 'storm-weathered chest' (yellow !). take storm blade. continue towards top of map. go to the right. find blocked entrance to 'the oasis'. find the entrance to 'the foothills'.
foothills: find the waypoint). near waypoint is the entrance to 'the boiling lake'.
boiling lake: find and kill boss. take basilisk acid. portal to town.
town: talk to petarus and vanja. ignore items. talk to sin. talk to petarus and vanja again. take 'bottled storm'. waypoint to vastiri desert.
vastiri desert: go to entrance to 'the oasis'.
oasis: find and kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. waypoint to foothills.
foothills: find entrance to the tunnel.
tunnel: complete labyrinth trial. find waypoint. find entrance to 'the quarry'.
quarry: find waypoint. find entrance to 'the refinery'.
refinery: find the boss room (yellow !). caution: boss encounter starts when you enter. kill boss. open theurgic precipitate machine. take trarthan powder. portal to town.
town: waypoint to quarry. find entrance to 'shrine of the winds'. kill boss. talk to sin. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. waypoint to quarry.
quarry: enter belly of the beast
belly of the beast: find entrance to 'the rotting core'
rotting core: find entrance to 'the black core'. talk to sin. kill shavronne, maligaro and doedre. talk to sin. enter 'the black heart'
black heart: kill depraved trinity. talk to lilly. sail to oriath.


Act 10 & Epilogue

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 4

NOTE: Can attempt Labyrith 3 before Kitava.

town: enter cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: enter cathedral apex. kill monsters. talk to bannon. portal to town.
town: talk to NPCs. go to cathedral rooftop
cathedra rooftop: find entrance to 'the ravaged square'
ravaged square: find entrance to 'the control blocks'.
control blocks: find waypoint. find arena. kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. talk skill book (1 passive). waypoint to control blocks.
control blocks: enter ravaged square
ravaged square: ignore reliquary entrance. find entrance to 'the ossuary'. take waypoint. enter ossuary.
ossuary: complete labyrinth trial. find 'sealed chest' (yellow !). take elixir of aullure. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find entrance to 'the torched courts'.
torched courts: find entrance to 'desecrated chamber'.
desecrated chamber: take waypoint. find 'sanctum of innoncence. kill avarius. take 'staff of purity'. portal to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to innocence. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find innocence (Yellow !). talk to innocence. enter 'the canals'
the canals & feeding trough:
make your way to kitava. kill kitava. go to oriath.
oriath: talk to lani. talk skill book (2 passive).






SUMMONING GUIDE: SLAVE DRIVERS
Spoiler

Important Notes on Summoning

Spectre level is incredibly important - a level 73 spectre has half the dps of a level 84.

The level of your spectre is limited by 'Raise spectre', 'Desecrate' and the zone you raise them in, whichever is lowest.

Example 1: Both gems at level 19:
1) Shaper's Realm, map level 84
2) Raise Spectre can raise spectres up to level 100
3) Desecrate can create corpses up to level 81

Result: Your spectres will be level 81

Example 2: Both gems at level 11:
1) Start of Act 9 (Blood Aqueducts), map level 61
2) Raise Spectre can raise spectres up to level 61
3) Desecrate can create corpses up to level 53

Result: Your spectres will be level 53

Use a +1 or +2 socketed any/spell/chaos gems item to boost your Desecrate gem level, allowing you to desecrate higher-level spectres. You can put this in your off-hand slot.*


Now, Desecrate has been boosted to level 13 (11+2) and can create corpses up to lvl59. Your spectres will be level 59.

Credit:@consecotaleo


Slave Drivers are in Act 5 - Control Blocks.

1. Portal to the Act 5 town and enter the Control Blocks.
2. Cast Desecrate.
3. Hold the 'a' key and check corpses.
4. When you find a 'Slave Driver', cast Raise Spectre once only.
5. You now have a level 41 Slave Driver spectre.
5. Go to the highest level zone you have access to (My Delve mine is level 83).
6. Unequip and Reequip your Raise Spectre gem to despawn the level 41 spectre.
7. Check yor Desecrate says 'can create corpses up to level 100'.
8. Cast Desecrate.
9. Hold the 'a' key and check corpses.
10. When you find a 'Slave Driver', cast Raise Spectre.
NOTE: Take your time and be careful, corpses overlap and it's easy to raise the wrong one if you are rushing.


Video demonstration: https://youtu.be/6r6lblhzi6E

Uberelite's PoB work-around

Uber has provided a work-around for i84 Slave Drivers.

You will need to edit you 'Unending Hunger' jewel and paste this text into the box (completely replace the existing info):

Unending Hunger, 84 Slave Driver workaround
Cobalt Jewel
Unique ID: 6646eb37d8e29a92e2fcba9a58399b6b489339e16f2b2b68d140dd57ab215656
Item Level: 77
Radius: Medium
Limited to: 2
Implicits: 0
Minions have 8% increased Area of Effect
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Raised Spectres have a 50% chance to gain Soul Eater for 30 seconds on Kill
Spectres have 15% reduced Cast Speed
Spectres have 50% more Cast Speed
Minions deal 840 to 2517 additional Lightning Damage
#Use Bearded Shaman, set ability to Shock Nova.
#Set spectre level to 84
#This estimates what I think the 84 Slave Drivers numbers would be if we had them.





ANIMATE GUARDIAN
Spoiler

The Animate Guardian is a 'support' minion.


Unlike a spectre, it can be equiped with armour and a weapon. This allows us to give it items that give party buffs.

At the basic level, it can be equiped with these inexpensive uniques that cost 1c each:


Video guide on how to summon and equip your AG:
https://youtu.be/V5MSR9bARg4

NOTE: If your Animate Guardian is killed, all the equipment will be lost!

The Animate Guardian can be equipped with even more powerful equipment for more investment. Check the Advanced section on how to do this.


Kay's Spectre Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming



ADVANCED GEAR & CRAFTING
Spoiler


Multimod Trigger Wand



Video guide: https://youtu.be/JpRpBj3osIk
(new video coming soon)

Look for: one-handed weapon, 95% minion damage, 1 free suffix & 1 free prefix.

[if there is only 1 free suffix]
pre-1. craft 'prefixes cannot be changed' (2ex)
pre-2. scour (1 scour)

[if there are 3 free suffixes]
1. craft 'can have multiple mods' (2ex)
2. craft 'trigger' (3c)
3. craft 'minion attack/cast speed' (4c)
4. craft 'add fire damage to spells' (4c)

NOTE: Avoid any weapon that adds lightning damage to spells.


Spell Dodge Shield with CWDT



Drop Necro Aegis passive and put Victario's Charity into your stash.
Get an elder i85+ 'supreme spiked shield' for 4% spell dodge.
We are looking for %life roll and cast when damage taken (elder mod), so we will only use a pristine fossil for this craft:


NOTE: We lose frenzy charges but gain cwdt as a shield mod. You need to swap CWDT gem with Increased Duration.



Multimod +1 spectre chest



Thanks to Tusk_Luv for the Syndicate crafting. I couldn't have done this without his help.

Youtube: Crafting a Best in Slot Body Armour for Big DPS Summoner build

Turn on subtitles for a description of the process!

You will need a +1 spectre chest, preferably a INT or INT/DEX base.
It is adrop only item from azurite mine.


Annul: only 1 prefix: +1 spectre.
Craft: +x% to Quality
Jeweller's: 6 socket.
Fuses to 6 link.
Remove: %quality
Craft: Multi-mod
Craft: life
Divine: 80+ life
Craft: +1 curse
Craft: (your choice of suffix)




ANIMATE GUARDIAN WITH FORTIFY PARTY BUFF
Spoiler

You can equip your Animate Guardian with more expensive equipment for better party buffs:

The Kingmaker axe will provides you and your minions with fortify (20% reduced damage taken), culling strike & +50% crit multi. We can also equip it with a -9% lightning res helmet so it will debuff nearby monsters.

A high level AG gem will give it more life and survivability. You should also try to get a high % life regen.

Video Guide:
New video coming soon.

Gear for summoner:
You will want a +3 minion gem helmet to increase AG's gem level and its HP:


Gem links:
Minion Life (more life) + Empower (more levels).


4th gem:
Chaos Golem (phys dmg reduction), Stone Golem (life regen) or Raise Zombie (more meatshield). If you can reserve more mana, you can also consider Dread Banner (nearby monster -21% accuracy) or Flesh and Stone (nearby monster blinded & take 11% less damage)


Recommended gear for AG:


Crafting Notes:
A helmet with -9% lightning res gives a much bigger dps boost than 15% increase from Leer cast. Take any helmet and fossil craft with pristine and metallic. You want to hit -9% lightning res, and hopefully 1% life regen.


Rare boots with 35%+ fire will res cap the AG. If you want a BiS option, you need to fossil craft. Buy any boots with 2% regen enchant (should cost 1-2c). Then use pristine and scorched fossils. Hopefully, you can hit 1% life regen and 35%+ fire res.



Credit to @RoosterAfro for ideas on boot crafting for AG.





Transition at 68 Path of Building Pastebin & Passive Tree
Spoiler

Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/31HUGrgr

Passive Tree



Complete Path of Building Pastebin & Passive Tree
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Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/Vyy4VNua

Passive Tree


Equipment & Items
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Equipment and Armour:


Flasks:


Jewels:



Special summoning wand:



Gem Links
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Weapon: Pledge of Hands. 6-link.


Note: Swap Increased AOE (mapping) for Concentrated Effect (bossing)


Helmet: Diadem.
2-link:


Unlinked:


Body: Vis Mortis or Rare +1 Spectre.
4-link Group:


Unlinked:


Gloves - 4-link.


Boots - 4-link.


Unset rings


Special summoning wand




How to summon while using Pledge of Hands
Spoiler

There is a trick to summoning your spectres one by one even though you have spell echo build into Pledge.

1. You must have a level 20 Raise Spectre in slot 1 (top left) of your Pledge.
2. Have a fully linked off hand (can be a wand), again have level 20 Raise Spectre in slot 1.
3. Desecrate & Summon with your off hand wand.
4. Swap back to Pledge. The spectre should not despawn if you did #1 & #2.

Demonstration video: https://youtu.be/45L0xTzSjCQ





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HideousPride wrote:
Kaom's Heart Build Path - Final Update

Summary
- 24 challenges completed
- Level 93
- 8.5K health
- Shaper deathless
- Elder deathless
- T16s deathless
- Still died a ton to Vaal Temple 83 because I'm noob
- Uber Elder deathless
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Pros of this alternate build?
- This build replaces the typical early-game Vis Mortis with Kaom's Heart and a Pseudo 6L helmet for your Spectres.
- It provides a significant DPS and survival upgrade from a 5L Vis Mortis, and was significantly cheaper to put together initially than a 6L Vis Mortis.
- At 8.5K health, the only things you'll get one shot by are telegraphed attacks. Any deaths you incur will feel like your fault.
- You'll still have more than enough damage to clear all the content in the game.
- Also pretty good for leveling in the 90s when deaths become more punishing to your exp.


Gear
The helmet + Kaom's Heart are the unique parts of the build.

Lvl 20 Conc Effect/Minion Damage give your Spectres a power boost over the traditional 5L Vis Mortis. Try to get a high life roll if at all possible.

If you can get Socketed Gems deal X% more Elemental Damage, you can turn your Spectres into 7L champions, but it's pretty prohibitively expensive.


Shell out a couple extra chaos if you can find a corruption that's even slightly beneficial.








The rest of the gear is pretty standard late-game fare. Since the whole point of this build is to be beefy, prioritize T1 life rolls everywhere, you can get % maximum life on shield and gloves as well.

If you can get high elemental resistance rolls on most of your gear, you have the option to grab increased % minion damage affixes on amulet/ring/gloves without sacrificing defenses.




Magritte's Frost Sentinel Crit build: 1mil+ shaper DPS per spectre
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Magritte wrote:
Frost Sentinels Crit Version
updated April/2019 (new 1080p videos + more in-depth explanations)
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What’s the point of this version?
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This version excels in quick mapping, while still maintaining good single target DPS. The goal is to have as much clear speed as possible and still be able to do Uber Elder deathless and effortlessly.
Shaper DPS: 1.1M per Frost Sentinel
(sustained damage, no temporary buffs like flasks, vaal skills or Focus)


Frost Sentinels vs Cannibal Fire-Eaters?
Spoiler
They are very different and serve different purposes. Fire-Eaters have the strongest DPS of all spectres, but only cast their spells when they are in melee range of the enemy. “Regular” projectile based spectres in this aspect have a much better behavior. This is even more important when we want to maximize fast mapping


Frost Sentinels vs Solar Guards / Flame Sentinels / Goatman fire-raiser?
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Frost Sentinels have the following advantages:
7% base crit chance
No damage penalty for extra projectile spells (unlike Flame Sentinels)
Freezing/shattering enemies
No low damage/long animation cooldown skill like solar guards’s beam
Great AI/behavior
They benefit from Hatred aura and Frost Bomb


PoB Link:
Spoiler
https://pastebin.com/FBfRh5vh
Note: I edited my shield to include bonuses not calculated by PoB, such as Animated guardian gear, Zealotry Watcher's Eye and the extra crit chance against enemies on consecrated ground.


Skill Tree
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http://poeurl.com/cncr
It’s a bit different but follows the same principle of trying to get life and jewel sockets. We also need mana reservation nodes because we can’t use a “–mana cost of skills” amulet.
Mistress of Sacrifice is used instead of Puppet Master, for more movement/cast speed.


Gear
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The gear is pretty much the same as the original guide, with a few notes:
Aul’s amulet is a great way to fit a third aura into the build (Hatred)
Victario’s Charity + Necromantic Aegis is mandatory, because we must have a way to maintain Power charges while mapping.



Gem Links
Spoiler
Single target setup: Raise spectre / Minion damage / Increased Crit multiplier / Spell echo / Power charge on critical / Hypothermia
This setup is optimal, there really isn’t much variation there
Note: Power charge on critical is needed because Victario’s charity only generates power charges on kill, and so is not reliable for prolonged boss fights.

Mapping setup:
Here things get interesting. There are many different combinations of gems, depending on preference, availability of white sockets and the amount of lag your computer can take.
Recomended (requires a white socket): Raise spectre / Minion damage / Increased Crit multiplier / Summon phantasm on kill / Pierce / Greater multiple projectile

Alternative gems for mapping: Spell echo (really laggy with GMP), Hypothermia, Bonechill, increased critical strikes. Find what works best for you.


Videos:
Spoiler
https://youtu.be/WuuPeKjEhi4 Clear speed demo + Minotaur kill (HD)
https://youtu.be/bbHoOLI-5N0 Uber Elder deathless (HD)
Low quality videos:
Phoenix map: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljP8BqxZIL4
Uber Elder deathless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZaV4mZzT2c





Tusk_Luv's Triple Aura build: 10mil+ shaper DPS
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Tusk_Luv wrote:
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My FINAL pastebin - https://pastebin.com/8rC4dLbJ

Attention: all these gear combined costs a lot of money. Some ~1 ex, some ~15 ex and more. I just show what can be achieved with this Build, the improvements can be made step by step. The most expensive are Mirror-Tier boots. The least expensive is probably Shield and Belt and Gloves. Jewels up to you, i try to use tier 1 life + minion dmg + some bonus stats on my like hinder or blind or other, 1 of each kind. + attack/cast speed as 3rd or 4th mod is the best.


My version - 3 auras + 0 mana cost of all skills + chaos resist.

7565 Life + some ES
8.8+ million Shaper DPS
11.2+ million with Victario Frenzy charges or 10.4+ million with 2nd wand


Every single piece of gear is crafted by myself (jewelry's Delve-only drop).

My gear:









Flasks i'm using:






Tanky + DPS by ff3 (960k dps / 9.1k life)

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ff3 wrote:

https://pastebin.com/JRyiZPs2

A few random tips. If you can afford a double craft on the weapon, 14-15% Cast speed is a lot of dps. -# Total Mana Cost on jewelry solves the no regen map problem completely. Minion Life and Minion Damage on a bone helmet is easy to craft with fossils and is also a good boost to the spectres. Cooldown Recovery on the belt also lowers the cooldown for the skills in the weapon slot (3.57 sec at 12%). To apply Combustion, you can also use Sadima's Touch gloves on your Guardian. I swap Controlled Destruction for GMP and run 2 Cannibals with 2 Solar Guards for everything but Uber Elder. With this setup, I'm at 960k dps / 9.1k life.






3.7 SUMMONING GUIDE: SLAVE DRIVERS
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Important Notes on Summoning

Spectre level is incredibly important - a level 73 spectre has half the dps of a level 84.

The level of your spectre is limited by 'Raise spectre', 'Desecrate' and the zone you raise them in, whichever is lowest.

Example 1: Both gems at level 19:
1) Shaper's Realm, map level 84
2) Raise Spectre can raise spectres up to level 100
3) Desecrate can create corpses up to level 81

Result: Your spectres will be level 81

Example 2: Both gems at level 11:
1) Start of Act 9 (Blood Aqueducts), map level 61
2) Raise Spectre can raise spectres up to level 61
3) Desecrate can create corpses up to level 53

Result: Your spectres will be level 53

Use a +1 or +2 socketed any/spell/chaos gems item to boost your Desecrate gem level, allowing you to desecrate higher-level spectres. You can put this in your off-hand slot.*


Now, Desecrate has been boosted to level 13 (11+2) and can create corpses up to lvl59. Your spectres will be level 59.

Credit:@consecotaleo


Slave Drivers are in Act 5 - Control Blocks.

1. Portal to the Act 5 town and enter the Control Blocks.
2. Cast Desecrate.
3. Hold the 'a' key and check corpses.
4. When you find a 'Slave Driver', cast Raise Spectre once only.
5. You now have a level 41 Slave Driver spectre.
5. Go to the highest level zone you have access to (My Delve mine is level 83).
6. Unequip and Reequip your Raise Spectre gem to despawn the level 41 spectre.
7. Check yor Desecrate says 'can create corpses up to level 100'.
8. Cast Desecrate.
9. Hold the 'a' key and check corpses.
10. Remove Spell Echo from Raise Spectre link.
10. When you find a 'Slave Driver', cast Raise Spectre.
NOTE: Take your time and be careful, corpses overlap and it's easy to raise the wrong one if you are rushing.


Video demonstration: https://youtu.be/6r6lblhzi6E

Uberelite's PoB work-around

Uber has provided a work-around for i84 Slave Drivers.

You will need to edit you 'Unending Hunger' jewel and paste this text into the box (completely replace the existing info):

Unending Hunger, 84 Slave Driver workaround
Cobalt Jewel
Unique ID: 6646eb37d8e29a92e2fcba9a58399b6b489339e16f2b2b68d140dd57ab215656
Item Level: 77
Radius: Medium
Limited to: 2
Implicits: 0
Minions have 8% increased Area of Effect
With at least 40 Intelligence in Radius, Raised Spectres have a 50% chance to gain Soul Eater for 30 seconds on Kill
Spectres have 15% reduced Cast Speed
Spectres have 50% more Cast Speed
Minions deal 840 to 2517 additional Lightning Damage
#Use Bearded Shaman, set ability to Shock Nova.
#Set spectre level to 84
#This estimates what I think the 84 Slave Drivers numbers would be if we had them.





TIPS FOR DELVE/AZURITE MINE
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Betrayal League:


Video demonstration: Solo deep delve to 700 + fortify trick

Delve has extremely high monster density and, if you go deep, rippy mods. There are many one-shots ready to kill you. So, here are some tips to make delving easier:

1. Run as fast as possible between encounters. Use phase run + quicksilver. If you go slowly, there is a large chance of getting one-shotted.

2. Completely clear around any encounter before you start (if possible) because random monsters can wander in and kill you from behind.

3. Offscreen clear the encounter. Summoners do not have leech/regen, so send your spectres in by attacking the encounter from distance. Stand at the very edge of the darkness and cast 3 storm brands; your spectres will attack anything that storm brand hits. (see: video)

4. Use 'Vaal Summon Skeletons' at the encounter. They will body block monsters, keeping your safer.

5. Use the defensive build.

6. Use fortify snapshot trick. At the start of the path, use your offhand 'Ichimonji' to proc fortify, then weapon swap back to your wand & shield to run the path.



MORE VIDEOS


CHANGE LOG - 3.7 Legion League
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22 AUG
UPDATED POB PASTEBIN
+Now has staged passive trees included

18 AUG
UPDATED GEM LINKS
+Added Temp Chains + Blasphemy for more survivability.
+Dropped 2nd damage aura.

NEW LEVELLING GUIDE
+Simplified guide that requires no respec.
+Much easier to play.
+Spectres have improved survivability.
+Necromancer has improved survivability.
+Updated equipment shopping list
+New staged passive trees
+New levelling walkthrough

20 JUL
Update Pledge of Hands build: more defenses, DPS unchanged.

16 JUL
Updated Passive Tree
New PoB Pastebin
Added Pledge of Hands build to Advanced section.

14 JUL
Added Uberelite's PoB work-around for Slave Drivers.

6/7 JUL
Build guide re-written for Slave Drivers.

New Showcase Videos
New Passive Tree
New PoB Pastebin
New Equipment Information
New Information on '10c' 6-link Spectres
Updated Crafting Guide
Completely New Gem Links
New Summoning Guide
New Summoning Video Guide (Slave Drivers)
New Animate Guardian Guide
New Animate Guardian Video Guide (Inexpensive version)



GEAR ARCHIVE
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Synthesis League

https://pastebin.com/0jPtyii3










Betrayal League



Kay's Spectre Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Build guide as at 28 SEP 2019

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28 SEP





This summoner build specialises in using a small team of powerful spectres. It is a cheap league starter that excels at boss killing while also having good survivability and decent map clearing speed. The build focuses on Slave Driver spectres, but can be easily adapted for other spectres. It can be played in SSF, and will also work on PS4 & XBox.


Thank you all for your comments and feedback. I do read everything, but due to the sheer number of posts, I can only reply to build mechanics-related questions.


Previous leagues' versions can be found in the build archive.




Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Wand + Shield build

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Pledge of Hands build

Slave Drivers vs Shaper | Shaper at 100% in 3rd phase

Slave Drivers vs Aul | 660 Depth | Pledge of Hands build

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Level 68 | Wand + Shield

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Deathless @ Level 68 | Pledge of Hands

Comparison of Eight Spectres in T16 mapping


More videos at https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming




This is the standard build that works from a fresh league start on day 1. It uses equipment you can pick up or buy for cheap, and can be played in SSF. The build can clear Uber Elder with a modest budget and is scalable to extremely high DPS. It is also very flexible and will work with all spectres, even melee spectres.


PASSIVES TREE & POB PASTEBIN
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Passive Skill Tree


Level 100

Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/nQ7Xr7La

Bandits
Kill all

Ascendancy

1st: Mindless Aggression
2nd: Unnatural Strength
3rd: Commander of Darkness
4th: Bone Barrier

Pantheons
Major: Soul of Lunaris - avoid projectile, extra dodge, avoid chain
Minor: Soul of Shakari - poison immunity


GEAR
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Weapons, Armour & Accessories
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Boots:
Any boots -> Bones of Ullr -> Fossil-crafted boots.

Shield:
Any shield -> Victario's Charity.

Helmet:
Any helmet -> Wraithlord -> helmet with high life -> +3 minion helmet
Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Chest:
Any chest -> 5L rare -> Tabula Rasa or 6L rare -> 6L Vis Mortis -> 6L crafted delve rare.
NOTE: do not buy 5-link Vis Mortis!

(thanks MoistCheezIT for Vis Mortis)

Weapon:
Any wand -> crafted wand/crafted convoking wand.

Belt:
Any belt -> Stygian Vise. Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Gloves:
Any gloves. Look for highest total life and any resists you need.

Jewellery:
Amulet: Look for highest total life, high dex and any resists you need.

Rings: 1x unset ring & 1x any ring.
Look for highest total life and any resists you need.


Jewels & Flasks
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Jewels:
You can craft or buy ghastly eyes.
Priority: life
Secondary: increased minion attack/cast speed or increased minion damage
Third: Taunt/Hinder


Recommended unique jewels (can be expensive):
Anatomical Knowledge - 23 flat life & 8% increased maximum life
Unending Hunger - 50% chance for minion to gain Soul Eater


Recommended Flasks:
Blood of the Karui - fast life recovery + instant life recovery
Bubbling Divine Flask of Staunching - instant life flask & remove bleed
Chemist's Quicksilver of Adrenaline - 70% increased movement speed
Experimenters's Quartz Flask of Heat - 10% Dodge & remove freeze
Experimenter's Jade Flask of Dousing - Evasion & remove burning




CRAFTING
Spoiler

Cheap 5-link/6-link chest



Look for a 5-link/6-link chest with INT base & Screaming Essence of Greed.


Trigger Wand



Trigger will auto-cast any gems in your wand when you use another skill. This means you will not have to self cast desecrate + flesh offering.

You will need: wand with 1 free suffix.
NOTE: Avoid 'adds x lighting damage to spells'

Craft 'trigger' (3c).


NOTE: This craft comes from syndicate encounters and is rare; you may need to find a crafter for.


+1 minion skill gem wand



Getting +1 minion skill gem is pure RNG. The base wand can roll both minion and caster mods, so the possible mod pool is very large. However, there are some tricks you can do to improve your chances.

You will need:
A low ilevel Convoking Wand (I recommend mid 70s)
Bound fossil
1-socket resonator


Bound fossil increases the chances of getting a minion mod.
Low ilevel base decreases the chances of getting a caster mod.

NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get +1 minion skill gem.


+1 Spectre Gem Boots



A big upgrade over Bones of Ullr, these will have more life and movement speed.

You will need:
Any boots (two-tone preferred)
2-socket resonator
bound fossil (+1 spectre)
shuddering fossil (movement speed)



NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get the stats you want.


+3 Minion Helmet



Your Animate Guardian gains a lot of life from 3 extra levels. This is a highly recommended craft.

You will need:
Any helmet with item level 86 (Bone helmet, preferred)
1-socket resonator
bound fossil



NOTE: You may need to repeat the craft several times to get +3 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems.




GEM LINKS
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Body Armour

Slave Drivers do area of effect lightning damage. So we need 6 blue sockets.



For more DPS against bosses, swap:



Helmet, Boots & Gloves


Helmet: 1 red & 3 blue.

1. Animate Guardian can be equiped to give party buffs. See: Animate Guardian.
2. Zombies provide more minions for the Bone Barrier buffs.
3. Feeding Frenzy will proc the feeding frenzy buff (all minions gain +10% damage, +15% ms, +15% attack/cast speed).
4. Elemental Army applies -10% lightning res on monsters hit by AG & Zombies.

NOTE: Zombies can cause lag on PS4 & XBox. I recommend replacing Raise Zombie with Summon Stone Golem or Summon Chaos Golem



Boots: 3 blue & 1 red.

1. Wrath + Generosity gives minions more lightning damage.
2. Convocation teleports spectres to the necro.
3. Flame Dash is a get-out-of-trouble movement skill.


Gloves: 2 blue & 2 green.

1. Blasphemy + Temporal Chains + Enhance combo reduces the attack/cast/movement speed of monsters.
2. Armageddon Brand is used to apply Elemental Equilibrium (-50% lightning res).

NOTE: Keep Armageddon Brand at level 1.


Weapon & Shield


Weapon: 1 green, 2 blue.


1. Desecrate spawns corpses.
2. Flesh Offering consumes corpses to buff minions.
3. Vaal Summon skeletons for mass minions when you want it.

Shield: 2 red, 1 green

1. Cast When Damage Taken + Steelskin will allow you take additional damage.
2. Phase Run gives +49% movement speed, phasing (run through monsters) and reduced visibility (monsters won't attack you).

NOTE: The green socket should be unlinked.

NOTE: Cast When Damage Taken should be level 14
NOTE: Steelskin should be level 18


Unset Ring



Level 1 Precision activate Commander of Darkness buff & gives a small boost to minion DPS.




LEVELLING GUIDE
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Notes on early levelling

Before spectres, level using Summon Raging Spirits, Holy Flame Totem, Phantasms and Zombies.

Drop a Holy Flame Totem at your feet, then cast SRS. The totem will spawn Phantasms and give you a 6% heal. Zombies will run around and add some dps.

Here's what it's like without zombies:


1. Useful Tips & Crafting

Craft 10% ms boots


Sell to town vendor: white boots + augmentation orb + quicksilver flask. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft Flask of Animation (heals minions)

Keep your minions alive in Acts 1 - 5.


Sell to vendor: Orb of Transmutation + Any life flask + Bone Spirit Shield.


Craft +1 minion gem helmet

Increase minion damage in Acts 3+.
Only do this craft if you find a 4-link helmet.


Sell to vendor: Orb of Alteration + Flask of Animation + blue helmet.




2. Equipment & Gem Checklist

Make sure you have these gems at the end of each Act. Important socket links and colours for equipment is also shown. Try to match them as best you can. All other gems can go in any empty socket for levelling up.

NOTE: All uniques listed here are optional. The build will function without them.

End of Act 1



If you are low on Strength or Dexterity, consider buying either of these from Nessa:

Prioritise Strength as you will need it to level up your Holy Flame Totem.

End of Act 2







End of Act 3










End of Act 4



Raise Spectre + Spell Echo + Minion Damage + Deathmark
Raise Zombie + Carrion Golem + Minion Damage + Feeding Frenzy
Blasphemy + Temporal Chains
Wrath + Generosity



Act 5 - no changes

Act 6 - Full Transition to Spectres















Level these in offhand:


Act 7 when you reach level 50



Acts 8, 9, 10 - no changes



3. Passive Trees

These passives trees are based on notable passives with a suggest level in brackets. They take into account skill books from quests.

Stage 1: Death Attunement (18)



Stage 2: Enduring Bond, Quick Recovery & Sacrifice (31)



Stage 3: Spiritual Command & Shaper (39)



Stage 4: Elemental Equilibrium & Leadership (45)



Stage 5: Necromantic Aegis (50)



Stage 6: Phase Acrobatics (55)



Stage 7: Sentinel (62)



Stage 8: Discipline and Training (65)



Stage 9: End of Acts (68)



Level 76



Level 85



Level 96





4. Walkthrough for Acts 1 to 10


Act 1


starting zone: pick up wand. pick up 'fire ball'. ignore all monsters. open chest. pick up 'arcane surge'. link: fireball + arcane surge. kill hillock. enter the town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take raise zombie. buy freezing pulse. sell fireball.
link: freezing pulse + arcane surge
the coast: get waypoint. go to tidal island.
tidal island: kill hailrake. take medicine chest. portal to town.
town: talk to nessa. take quicksilver flask. take summon phantasms. waypoint to coast.
the coast: go to entrance to mud flats
mud flats: break eggs. find entrance to submerged passage (ignore fetid pool)
submerged passage: find entrance to flooded depths.
flooded depths: kill deep dweller. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take summon raging spirits. take skill book. talk to nessa. buy holy flame totem. link:

waypoint to submerged passage.
submerged passage: find entrance to the ledge.
the ledge: find entrance to the climb.
the climb: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: find waypoint, head back to town.
town: talk to nessa. take minion damage support. buy 2nd minion damage support. buy added cold damage. waypoint to lower prison.
link:

lower prison: labyrith trial, find entrance to upper prison.
upper prison: find entrance to boss. kill boss. exit to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: waypoint to town
town: talk to tarkleigh. take flame dash. waypoint to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find entrance to cave.
cave: find the dead slave. get the allflame. exit to ship graveyard. find entrance to canvern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: get waypoint. waypoint to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find fairgraves, kill. portal to town.
town: talk to bestel. take skill book. talk to nessa. take flesh offering. waypoint to cavern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: get waypoint, find entrance to cavern of anger.
caver of anger: find merveil's lair.
merveil's lair: kill boss.


Act 2

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

southern forest: find entrance to forest encampment.
forest encampment: go to old fields.
old fields: find entrance to the den.
the den: kill old beast. find exit.
old fields: find entrance to crossroads.
crossroads: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to find broken bridge.
broken bridge: find & kill kraitlyn. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take quicksilver. go to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find waypoint (use flame dash to jump over the streams). head to the left of the map to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find & kill oak. find waypoint. waypoint to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find entrance to western forest.
western forest: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to the bottom of the map. kill blackguard. pick up thaumetic emblem, open path. find & kill alira. find weaver's chamber.
weaver's chamber: kill weaver and get maligaro's spike. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir to get 2 passive pts. talk to silk. take elemental focus. talk to yeena. buy concentrated effect & deathmark.
link:

waypoint to act 1 town.
act 1 town: talk to bestel. take skill book. waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: go to the right to find entrance to felshrine ruins.
felshrine ruins: follow path to find the crypt.
crypt level 1: complete labyrith trial
crypt level 2: get golden hand. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take survival instincts (we need dex!) and book of regrets (2 respec). waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: head left. find extrance to chamber of sins
chamber of sins: go to level 2, kill fidelis. grab baleful gem. find labyrinth trial. portal back to town.
town: talk to helena. talk to greust. take desecrate. portal to wetlands.
wetlands: poison the tree roots.
vaal ruins: just run as fast as possible to exit.
northern forest: find waypoint, don't go to town. find entrance to caverns.
caverns: find waypoint. find entrance to ancient pyramid.
ancient pryamid: kill boss


Act 3

city of sarn: save clarissa. find entrance to town.
town: head straight to entrance to slums.
slums: find the crematorium.
crematorium: take the waypoint. complete labyrinth trial. find piety. take tolman's bracelet. portal to town.
town: talk to clarissa. get sewer keys. buy wrath. talk to maramoa. take convocation. go to the slums.
the slums: find the sewer grating. unlock.
the sewers: find waypoint. find 3 quest items. find entrance to marketplace.
marketplace: find waypoint. find the entrance to catacombs.
catacombs: complete labyrinth trial. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book. waypoint to marketplace.
marketplace: find entrance to 'the battlefront'
battlefront: find waypoint. find Blackguard chest. take ribbon spoon. find entrance to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2
solaris temple level 2: find waypoint. talk to dialla. take jade amulet (need dex). waypoint to the battlefront.
battlefront: find the entrance to the docks.
docks: find supple container. pick up thaumatic sulphite. find waypoint. waypoint to to solaris temple level 2.
solaris temple level 2: talk to dialla. take infernal talc. waypoint to the sewers.
sewers: clear the undying blockage. find entrance to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: find waypoint. kill gravicius. find entrance to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find waypoint. go to town
town: talk to maramoa. take raise spectre. take waypoint to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find portal. kill piety. take the tower key. portal to town.
town: talk to grigor. take skill book. waypoint to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: head towards top-right of map to find entrance to imperial gardens
imperial gardens: head to top of map to find waypoint. head left to find the library.
the library: find siosa and waypoint. find 'loose candle'.
archives: find golden pages. portal to town.
town: waypoint to library.
library: talk to siosa. take blasphemy. buy temporal chains. waypoint to town.
town: talk to clarissa. buy feeding frenzy & generosity. waypoint to imperial gardens.
imperial gardens: heard to top-left to find the labyrinth trial. complete trial. find 'locked door'.
scepter of god: go up two levels. find waypoint. find entrance to upper scepter of god
upper scepter: go up two levels. find entrance to tower roof top. kill dominus. talk to dialla to open portal to act 4.


Act 4

If possible, buy: Bones of Ullr & Wraithlord

aqueduct: find the entrance to the town.
town: go to dried lake entrance.
dried lake: head to the bottom-right of map to find boss. kill boss. get deshret's banner. portal to town.
town: open mines entrance. don't enter. talk to oyun. take chaos golem.
mines level 1: find entrance to level 2.
mines level 2: find deshret's spirit. find entrance to crystal veins.
crystal veins: find waypoint. talk to dialla. waypoint to town.
town: talk to tasuni. take skill book. waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: enter kaom's dream.
kaom's dream: find entrance to kaom's stronghold.
kaom's stronghold. get waypoint. find boss room. kill kaom. take 'eye of fury'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. enter daresso's dream.
daresso's dream: find entrance to the grand arena. kill daresso. take 'eye of desire'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. take waypoint to town.
town: talk to dialla. take spell echo. talk to petarus and vanja. buy 'increased area of effect'
crystal vein: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast level 1 & 2: find entrance to bowels of the beast.
bowels of the beast: defeat piety. enter the harvest.
the harvest: find waypoint. find & kill doedre, maligaro & shavronne. talk to piety. enter the black core.
the black core: fight malachai + piety. go into second boss room. defeat malachai. portal to town.
town: exit town.
the ascent: head top-left of map to find portal to oriath.


Act 5

Start using Slave Driver Spectres.
You should do Labyrinth after raising your spectres.

the slave pens: find entrance to overseer's tower (town).
town: talk to lani. take whichever ring helps you balance your resists.
control blocks: desecrate corpses. look for 'Slave Driver'. raise 2 spectres. go to act 3 town and do the first labyrinth. return to act 5.
control blocks: find miasmeter. find entrance to oriath square.
oriath square: get waypoint. waytpoint to town.
town: talk to vilenta. take skill book. waypoint to oriath square.
oriath square: head to top-right to find entrance to templar courts.
templar courts: get waypoint. find entrance to chamber of innocence.
chamber of innocence: find boss room. defeat avarius. talk to sin. exit boss room. enter torched courts.
torched courts: find entrance to ruined square.
ruined square: find the ossuary. get waypoint.
ossuary: find sign of purity. exit to ruined square.
ruined square: find reliquary. ignore utula.
reliquary: get waypoint. find the 3 quest items. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. take skill book. waypoint to ruined square.
ruined square: find cathedral rooftop.
cathedral rooftop: find and kill kitava. talk to sin. talk to lily roth.


Act 6

Buy: remaining gems from Lily

town: talk to lilly. go to twilight strand.
twilight strand: kill all monsters.
town: talk to lilly. take book of regrets. go to the coast.
the coast: find the entrance to mud flats. get the waypoint. enter mud flats.
the mud flats: find & kill boss. take quest item. find & talk to nessa. find entrance to karui fotress.
karui fortress: find & kill boss. find entrance to the ridge.
the ridge: waypoint to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. talk to nessa. buy missing gems.
the ridge: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: grab waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. portal to lower prison
lower prison: find labyrinth trial. find entrance to shavronne's tower.
shavronne's tower: find entrance to prison rooftop.
prison rooftop. kill shavronne and brutus. talk to sin.
warden's chambers: find entrance to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to valley of the fire drinker (top-right).
valley of the fire drinker: kill abberath. talk to sin. return to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to western forest
western forest: follow path to top to find waypoint. grab waypoint. continue to find entrance to riverways.
riverways: follow path upwards to find waypoint. grab waypoint. go left to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find entrance to spawning ground.
spawning ground: kill rysratha. talk to sin. portal to town
town: talk to bestel. take book of skill. talk to tarkleigh. take book of skill. waypoint to riverways
riverways: find the entrance to southern forest.
southern forest: find the entrance to caverns of anger. grab the waypoint.
caverns of anger: open flag chest. take black flag.
passage: find entrance to beacon.
beacon: grab waypoint. complete 'refuel the beacon' escort puzzle. light the beacon. click on beacon. talk to weylam.
brine king's reef: find the brine king's throne.
brine king's throne: kill boss. talk to sin. talk to weylam to go to act 7.


Act 7

If possible, buy Victario's Charity

broken bridge: follow path to entrance to crossroads
crossroads: follow path to the waypoint. grab waypoint. head to the right of the map. find entrance to fellshrine ruins.
fellshrine ruins: follow the path to the crypt entrance.
the crypt: grab waypoint. find labyrinth trial. find sarcophagus (entrance to next area). enter stairs. search map for 'container of sins'. take maligaro's map. portal to town.
town: take waypoint to crossroads
crossroads: find entrance to chamber of sins level 1.
chamber of sins level 1: find silk. grab the waypoint. use 'maligaro's map' in the map device. enter portal to maligaro's sanctum
maligaro's sanctum: find maligaro's workshop.
kill maligaro. take black venom. portal to chamber of sins level 1
chamber of sins level 1: talk to silk. take obsidian key. find entrance to level 2.
chamber of sins level 2: complete labyrinth trial. find entrance to the den.
the den: grab the waypoint. find entrance to the ashen fields.
the ashen fields: grab waypoint. follow path to find entrance to fortress encampment (boss room).
boss room: kill greust. talk to sin.
northern forest: find entrance to dread thicket.
dread thicket: collect fireflies. find entrance to den of despair.
den of despair: kill gruthkul. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir. take skill books. waypoint to northern forest.
northern forest: find the entrance to the causeway.
the causeway: find waypoint. find kishara's star (close to vaal city entrance).
vaal city: find waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. take book of skill.
vaal city: talk to yeena. enter temple of decay level 1.
temple of decay level 1 & 2: find entrance to arakaali's web.
boss fight: kill arakaali. talk to sin. talk to yeena. enter sarn ramparts.


Act 8


sarn ramparts: grab waypoint. find entrance to town.
town: enter toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find doedre's cesspool.
doedre's cesspool: find boss room ('loose grate').
the cauldron: kill doedre. enter 'sewer outlet'.
doedre's cesspool: find entrance to the quay.
quay: find 'sealed casket'. open and take 'ankh of eternity'. find ressurection site. talk to clarissa. kill tolman. find grain gate.
grain gate: grab waypoint. find & kill gemling legion. find the imperial fields.
imperial fields: follow path. grab waypoint. find solaris temple.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. waypoint to town.
town: talk to maramoa. take skill book. talk to clarissa. take skill book). waypoint to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find entrance to level 2.
solaris temple level 2: find portal to boss room. kill boss. take sun orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find 'the grand promenade'
grand promenade: find 'the bath house'.
bath house: complete labyrinth trial. kill hector. take wings of vastiri. find 'high garden'.
high garden: kill yugul. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book. waypoint to bath house.
bath house: find entrance to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: grab waypoint. find lunaris temple (top left).
lunaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2.
lunaris temple level 2: find portal to boss room. kill boss. take moon orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: find 'the harbour bridge' (bottom right).
harbour bridge: find 'the sky shrine'. kill both bosses. talk to sin.


Act 9


blood aqueducts: find entrance to town.
town: find the entrance to 'the descent'
descent: find exits.
vastiri desert: find the waypoint. find 'storm-weathered chest' (yellow !). take storm blade. continue towards top of map. go to the right. find blocked entrance to 'the oasis'. find the entrance to 'the foothills'.
foothills:find the waypoint. near waypoint is the entrance to 'the boiling lake'.
boiling lake: find and kill boss. take basilisk acid. portal to town.
town: talk to petarus and vanja. ignore items. talk to sin. talk to petarus and vanja again. take 'bottled storm'. waypoint to vastiri desert.
vastiri desert: go to entrance to 'the oasis'.
oasis: find and kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. waypoint to foothills.
foothills: find entrance to the tunnel.
tunnel: complete labyrinth trial. find waypoint. find entrance to 'the quarry'.
quarry:find waypoint. find entrance to 'shrine of the winds'. kill boss. talk to sin. return to quarry.
quarry: find entrance to 'the refinery'.
refinery: find and kill boss. open theurgic precipitate machine. take trarthan powder. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. talk to sin. waypoint to quarry.
quarry: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast: find entrance to 'the rotting core'
rotting core: find entrance to 'the black core'.
black core: talk to sin. kill shavronne, maligaro and doedre. talk to sin. enter 'the black heart'
black heart: kill depraved trinity. talk to lilly. sail to oriath.


Act 10 & Epilogue


town: enter cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: enter cathedral apex. kill monsters. talk to bannon. return to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to lani. take quartz flask. go to cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: find entrance to 'the ravaged square'
ravaged square: find entrance to 'the control blocks'.
control blocks: find waypoint. find arena. kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. talk skill book. waypoint to control blocks.
control blocks: enter ravaged square
ravaged square: ignore reliquary entrance. find entrance to 'the ossuary'. take waypoint. enter ossuary.
ossuary: complete labyrinth trial. find 'sealed chest' (yellow !). take elixir of aullure. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find entrance to 'the torched courts'.
torched courts: find entrance to 'desecrated chamber'.
desecrated chamber: take waypoint. find 'sanctum of innoncence. kill avarius. take 'staff of purity'. portal to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to innocence. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find and talk to innocence. enter 'the canals'
the canals & feeding trough:
find and kill kitava. go to oriath.
oriath: talk to lani. talk skill book.






ANIMATE GUARDIAN
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The Animate Guardian is a 'support' minion.


Unlike a spectre, it can be equiped with armour and a weapon. This allows us to give it items that give party buffs.

At the basic level, it can be equiped with these inexpensive uniques that cost 1c each:


Video guide on how to summon and equip your AG:
https://youtu.be/V5MSR9bARg4

NOTE: If your Animate Guardian is killed, all the equipment will be lost!

The Animate Guardian can be equipped with even more powerful equipment for more investment. Check the Advanced section on how to do this.


Endgame Animate Guardian

You can equip your Animate Guardian with more expensive equipment for better party buffs:

The Kingmaker axe will provides you and your minions with fortify (20% reduced damage taken), culling strike & +50% crit multi. We can also equip it with a -9% lightning res helmet so it will debuff nearby monsters.

Gem links:


Recommended gear:


Crafting Notes:
A helmet with -9% lightning res gives a much bigger dps boost than 15% increase from Leer cast. Any helmet + pristine and metallic. You want to hit -9% lightning res, and hopefully 1% life regen.


Rare boots with 35%+ fire will res cap the AG. Buy any boots with 2% regen enchant. Then use pristine and scorched fossils. Hopefully, you can hit 1% life regen and 35%+ fire res.


Kay's Spectre Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Last edited by kayella on Sep 28, 2019, 12:53:11 PM


This build variants uses special interactions between several uniques to greatly increase player survivability while keeping spectre DPS around the 1mil shaper mark. It uses equipment which may be costly in the early league or simply not be available. The build can be significantly more expensive than the league starter. It can only be used for spell caster spectres, not melee.


PASSIVES TREE & POB PASTEBIN
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Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/pCrEyyWP

Passive Tree



GEAR
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Weapon, Armour & Accessories
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Weapon: Pledge of Hands. Must have 6 blue sockets. Having 2-3 white sockets will give you flexibility to play with all spectres. Must be 6-linked.

Chest: Rare +1 Spectre number delve chest. Must have 2 red sockets, other sockets blue or white. Minimum 5 links.

Helmet: Devouring Diadem. 2-linked blue+red sockets. Unlinked green socket. Unlinked blue socket.

Gloves: Rare crafted Shaper gloves. 1 red socket, 1 blue socket, 2 green sockets. 4-linked.

Boots: Rare crafted +1 spectre level boots. 2 red sockets, 1 green socket, 1 blue socket. 4-linked

Belt: Stygian Vise. Prioritise: life roll; secondary: resists; third: energy shield.

Jewellery:
Amulet: Solstice Vigil or Aul's Uprising with Haste or Wrath reserves no Mana.

Rings: 2x Unset rings. Prioritise: life roll; secondary: resists; third: energy shield.



Jewels & Flasks
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Rare Jewels:

Unique Jewels:

Recommended Flasks:





IMPORTANT CRAFTS
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The single most important craft for this build is 'Gain 10% maximum life as extra maximum energy shield'. This will add 500-700 base ES, depending on your total life.




GEM LINKS
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Weapon
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Can swap FC with CE for boss fights:



Body Armour
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NOTE: Flame Dash can be unlinked.


Helmet, Boots & Gloves
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Helmet:


NOTE: Wrath should be linked to Generosity.
NOTE: Vaal Haste must be unlinked.


Boots:


NOTE: CWDT should be level 1 to proc desecrate as often as possible. The corpses spawned are used by Diadem for life/es sustain as well as Plaguebringer Ascendancy.

Gloves:




Unset Rings
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HOW TO SUMMON SPECTRES WHILE USING PLEDGE OF HANDS
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There is a trick to summoning your spectres one by one even though you have greater spell echo built into Pledge.

1. You must have a level 20/21 Raise Spectre in slot 1 of your Pledge.
2. Have a fully linked off hand (can be a wand), again have level 20/21 Raise Spectre in slot 1.
3. Desecrate & Summon with your off hand wand.
4. Swap back to Pledge. The spectre should not despawn if you did #1 & #2.


NOTE: If you do not have Raise Spectre in slot 1 in both weapons, your spectres will despawn when you weaponswap.

Demonstration video: https://youtu.be/45L0xTzSjCQ






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SLAVE DRIVER
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Lightning spell-caster.
Uses: Lightning Whip (pbaoe).

Demo videos:
T16 map: https://youtu.be/JORZxXCluBo
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/k1eGGSRGP_c

Where:
Act 5 - Control Blocks.

6-link:
Boss:

Map:



Aura:


EE trigger:


PoB:
Pledge of Hands: https://pastebin.com/x9gR0ZsW
Wand & Shield: https://pastebin.com/Bcv2SV3y


LIGHTNING RISEN VAAL ADVOCATE
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GOATMAN FIRE-RAISER
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Fire-based Spectre.
Uses Fireball, Magma Orb, Molten Shield.

Demo videos:
T16 map: https://youtu.be/tklWQ3y2yn4
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/XPzye1b3Tt0

Where:
Act 6 - Prisoner's Gate.

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:


PoB:
Pledge of Hands: https://pastebin.com/MdNY6xbQ
Wand & Shield: https://pastebin.com/03CX39FN

SOLAR GUARD / PRAYER GUARD
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FLAME SENTINEL
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CANNIBAL FIRE-EATER
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FROST SENTINEL
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ABOUT ELEMENTAL EQUILIBRIUM...
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Enemies you hit with Elemental Damage temporarily get +25% Resistance to those Elements and -50% Resistance to other Elements

The effect lasts 5 seconds or until being overwritten.

Trap, Mine, and Totem skills trigger EE ... Minions do not trigger EE.

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Elemental_Equilibrium

This means any spell that you use, eg. Armageddon Brand, will proc EE on all enemies that you hit. Your minions cannot proc EE, but they will benefit from its effects.

Example:
Slave Driver spectres use lightning 'flamewhip', which is 100% lightning damage. So, you want to hit monsters with either fire or cold damage. Self-cast Holy Flame Totem will proc EE: monsters will get +25% fire res and -50% lightning and cold res.


Elemental Equilibrium appears as pink circles under monsters.


ABOUT SPELL ECHO...
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Spell Echo is a support gem that makes linked spell gems repeat themselves after the initial cast.

Spell Echo only works for spells cast by an actual player or minion

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Spell_Echo_Support

This means that both the player and minions will benefit from the repeated cast, as well as the increased cast speed. Spell Echo will more than double your spectres' DPS.

Note 1: Wand & Shield Build
Spell Echo will cause Raise Spectre to repeat, so you need to remove it before raising spectres. Remember to put the gem back in when you are finished.

Note 2: Pledge of Hands Build
Spell Echo stacks with Greater Spell Echo. It will give a 3rd repeat with 105% more Damage and 150% increased area. See: official wiki for more details.


ABOUT THE NUMBER OF SPECTRES...
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1. RAISE SPECTRE GEM LEVEL

The level of your Raise Spectre gem determines the base number of spectres. You will get 1 spectre from gem level 1-10, 2 spectres from 11-20, 3 spectres from 21-30 and 4 spectres at 31*.


2. DEATH ATTUNEMENT PASSIVE SKILL

Death Attunement gives +1 spectre. It can be found at the top left of the tree.


3. ITEMS WITH +1 MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SPECTRES

NOTE: +1 chest is a rare delve drop; it cannot be crafted.


4. INCREASING SKILL GEM LEVEL

Unnatural Strength ascendancy passive gives +2 level to the gem.


Items can also give +1 level to raise spectre or minion gems.


Boots and Convoking wand give global +1. Helmet gives +2/3 only when Raise Spectre is slotted in the helmet.

Empower 4 will give +3 levels if it's linked to Raise Spectre.



HOW CAN I GET 6 SPECTRES?
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It requires a lot of investment to get 6 spectres.


Firstly you will need 4 spectres on the skill gem:


1. LEVEL 21 RAISE SPECTRE


2. +1 MINION GEM LEVEL WAND


3. +1 SPECTRE GEM LEVEL BOOTS


4. +3 MINION GEM LEVEL HELMET


5. EMPOWER 4


6. UNNATURAL STRENGTH ASCENDANCY



Lastly, you will need +2 maximum number of spectres:

1. DEATH ATTUNEMENT


2. +1 SPECTRE CHEST FROM DELVE



CAN I DO ELEMENTAL REFLECT MAPS?
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In short, no you cannot do reflect maps.



This build scales spectre DPS to the point where they will kill themselves in seconds.

However, there is one exception: Risen Vaal Advocate.


Risen Vaal Advocates (RVA) has a base 405% life. This makes them incredibly tanky and able to simple leech/regen their way through reflect maps. However, their DPS is much lower than Slave Drivers.

There are several types of RVA, and the Lightning type is the most useful for both mapping and bossing. You can find them in the Atzoatl temple and Delve Vaal Outpost.


NOTE: Lightning RVAs have a blue lightning + dark flame effect on their hands.

T16 Mapping | 18% ele reflect: https://youtu.be/X_rAjVaHEx8

See: poedb for more details.



CAN YOU CHECK MY GEAR? WHAT SHOULD I UPGRADE?
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There are 3 things you need to do:

1. Check the gear sections in the Wand & Shield and Pledge builds for suggested items.

2. Make sure your spectres are in a 6-link.

3. Stack life on all your gear. You should have a minimum of 100 life on your gloves, belt, rings. Other items will vary depending on whether you are using uniques or rares.

That's basically it.

Kay's Spectre Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Last edited by kayella on Sep 28, 2019, 1:00:51 PM
Build guide as at 10 OCT 2019:



10 OCT:
It's finally completed and uploaded. My first video guide...
PoE 3.8 - Pledge of Hands EB/MoM - Video Build Guide

PoB Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/QkL73RrV



3 OCT:
PoE 3.8 - PoH EB/MoM v2 preview | Shaper & Guardians

2 OCT:
Levelling guide updated.

28 SEP
Wand & Shield version 2 is now live!

It is a complete re-build with a major emphasis on survivability.
V2 includes a new tree, new gem links, new gear progression, new crafting & updated levelling guide.
The PoB Pastebin has levelling trees included, as well as a Skitterbot workaround (added to Anatomical Knowledge).

Version 1 (Evasion/Phase Acro) is accessible in the build archive.





This summoner build specialises in using a small team of powerful spectres. This build is designed to work from a fresh league start. It can take you from day 1 start all the way to Uber Elder on self-found and self-crafted gear. The build is also extremely flexible: you can follow the build exactly or customise it to your preference, and it will work with all spectres, even melee spectres.


Thank you all for your comments and feedback. I do read everything, but due to the sheer number of posts, I can only reply to build mechanics-related questions.


Previous leagues' versions can be found in the build archive.




PoE 3.8 - Wand & Shield v2 - T16 Mapping Demo

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Wand + Shield build

Slave Drivers vs Shaper | Shaper at 100% in 3rd phase

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Level 68 | Wand + Shield


More videos at https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming




PASSIVES TREE & POB PASTEBIN
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Passive Skill Tree


Level 100

Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/QCXgy4kN
(includes levelling trees)

Bandits
Kill all

Ascendancy

1st: Mindless Aggression
2nd: Unnatural Strength
3rd: Bone Barrier
4th: Mistress of Sacrifice

Pantheons
Major: Soul of Lunaris - avoid projectile, extra dodge, avoid chain
Minor: Soul of Shakari - poison immunity


GEAR
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Note: Always look for highest total life and any resists you need.
See: Crafting section below for how to craft your gear.


Armour
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Helmet:
Crafted +1 helmet -> (Wraithlord) -> life helmet -> Crafted +3 helmet

Chest:
Any chest -> 5L rare -> Tabula Rasa or 6L rare -> (6L Vis Mortis) -> 6L crafted delve +1.
NOTE: never buy 5-link Vis Mortis!

(thanks MoistCheezIT for Vis Mortis)

Gloves:
Any gloves -> Crafted shaper gloves

Boots:
Any boots -> (Bones of Ullr) -> Fossil-crafted boots.



Weapons
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Any wand -> Crafted convoking wand

NOTE: must not have 'adds x lighting damage to spells'

Shield:
Any shield -> Crafted shield.



Accessories
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Belt:
Any belt -> Stygian Vise

Jewellery:
Amulet: High total life & high dex.

Rings: 2x unset rings
Look for highest total life and any resists you need.



Jewels & Flasks
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Jewels:
You can craft or buy ghastly eyes. Mod priorities:
#1: life
#2: increased minion attack/cast speed or increased minion damage
#3: Taunt


Recommended Unique Jewels:
Anatomical Knowledge: +flat life & 8% increased maximum life
Unending Hunger: 50% chance for minion to gain Soul Eater


Recommended Flasks:
Blood of the Karui - fast life recovery + instant life recovery
Bubbling Divine Flask of Staunching - instant life flask & remove bleed
Chemist's Quicksilver of Adrenaline - 70% increased movement speed
Experimenters's Quartz Flask of Heat - 10% Dodge & remove freeze
Rumi's Concoction - 20%/10% block & 3000 armour




CRAFTING
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Note: Crafting results are random, so you may need to repeat the craft several times to get the required mods.

Cheap 5-link/6-link chest



Look for a 5-link/6-link chest with INT base & Screaming Essence of Greed.


Trigger Wand



Trigger will auto-cast any gems in your wand when you use another skill. This means you will not have to self cast desecrate + flesh offering.

You will need: wand with 1 free suffix.

Bench craft 'trigger' (3c).


Note: This craft comes from syndicate encounters and is rare; you may need to find a crafter for this.


+1 Minion Skill Gem Wand



You will need:
Convoking Wand
Bound fossil
1-socket resonator


Notes: The base wand can roll both minion and caster mods, so the possible mod pool is very large. Bound fossil increases the chances of getting a minion mod. Low ilevel wand decreases the chances of getting a caster mod.


+1 Spectre Gem Level Boots



You will need:
Any boots (two-tone preferred)
2-socket resonator
bound fossil (+1 spectre)
shuddering fossil (movement speed)




+3 Minion Helmet



This craft is for the support minions, which are socketed in the helmet.

You will need:
Any helmet with item level 86 (Bone helmet, preferred)
1-socket resonator
bound fossil






GEM LINKS
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Body Armour

Slave Drivers do area of effect lightning damage: 6 blue sockets.



For more DPS against bosses, swap:



Helmet, Boots & Gloves


Helmet: 1 red & 3 blue.

1. Stone Golem gives life regen.
2. Zombies help proc Bone Barrier buffs, Feeding Frenzy buff and Elemental Army: exposure.
Feeding Frenzy: all minions gain +10% damage, +15% ms, +15% attack/cast speed.
Elemental Army: exposure applies -10% lightning res on enemies.


Boots: 2 blue, 1 red & 1 green.

1. Wrath + Generosity gives minions more lightning damage.
2. Flame Dash is a get-out-of-trouble movement skill.
3. Precision gives extra crit chance & accuracy to minions.

Gloves: 3 blue & 1 green.

1. Armageddon Brand is used to apply Elemental Equilibrium (-50% lightning res).
2. Armageddon Brand applies Elemental Weakness curse (-50% elemental res).

NOTE: Keep Armageddon Brand at level 1.


Weapon & Shield


Weapon: 1 green, 2 blue.


1. Desecrate spawns corpses.
2. Bone Offering consumes corpses to increase block chance for minions and necro.
3. Vaal Summon skeletons for mass minions when you want it.

Shield: 2 red, 1 blue

1. Cast When Damage Taken + Immortal Call will reduced damage taken by 28%.
2. Convocation teleports your spectres to you.

NOTE: The blue socket should be unlinked.

NOTE: Cast When Damage Taken should be level 5.
NOTE: Immortal Call should be level 7.

NOTE: Substitute CWDT with Increased Duration if you have CWDT in your Elder shiled.


Unset Rings


Skitterbots apply 20% shock and 10% chill on enemies.


Phase Run gives +40% movement speed, phasing (run through monsters) and reduced visibility (monsters won't attack you).



LEVELLING GUIDE
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Notes on early levelling

In act 1, use holy flame totem and zombies. The totem gives a 6% heal, so stand close to it. Your zombies will die occasionally, so you will need to re-summon them. Later, you will get skeletons. Summon skeletons at your cursor and stay safely out of range.
In act 2, you will get access to skitterbots which you will link with infernal legion. They will handle most monster killing; just summon skeletons against bosses.


1. Useful Tips & Crafting

Craft 10% ms boots


Sell to town vendor: white boots + augmentation orb + quicksilver flask. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft Flask of Animation (heals minions)

Keep your minions alive in Acts 1 - 5.


Sell to vendor: Orb of Transmutation + Any life flask + Bone Spirit Shield.


Craft +1 minion gem helmet

Increase minion damage in Acts 3+.
Only do this craft if you find a 4-link helmet.


Sell to vendor: Orb of Alteration + Flask of Animation + blue helmet.




2. Gem Checklist

Make sure you have these gems at the end of each Act.

End of Act 1

Linked:






Unlinked:


Buy amber amulet from Nessa if you need strength to level up Holy Flame Totem.


End of Act 2

Linked:








Unlinked:


End of Act 3

Linked:









Unlinked:



Offhand/Levelling:


End of Act 4

Linked:









Unlinked:



Offhand/Levelling:


End of Act 5

Linked:









Unlinked:



Offhand/Levelling:


Buy all remaining gems in Act 6






3. Passive Trees

Please follow the levelling trees in the PoB Pastebin.


4. Walkthrough for Acts 1 to 10


Act 1


starting zone: pick up wand. pick up 'fire ball'. open chest. pick up 'arcane surge'. link: fireball + arcane surge. kill hillock. enter the town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take raise zombie. buy freezing pulse. sell fireball.
link: freezing pulse + arcane surge
the coast: get waypoint. go to tidal island.
tidal island: kill hailrake. take medicine chest. portal to town.
town: talk to nessa. take quicksilver flask. take summon phantasms. waypoint to coast.
the coast: go to entrance to mud flats.
mud flats: break eggs. find entrance to submerged passage.
submerged passage: find flooded depths.
flooded depths: kill deep dweller. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. talk to nessa. buy holy flame totem.
link: holy flame totem + phantasms.
waypoint to submerged passage.
submerged passage: find entrance to the ledge.
the ledge: find entrance to the climb.
the climb: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: find waypoint, head back to town.
town: talk to nessa. take minion damage support. buy infernal legion. waypoint to lower prison.
link: zombies + minion damage
lower prison: labyrith trial, find entrance to upper prison.
upper prison: find entrance to boss. kill boss. exit to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: waypoint to town
town: talk to tarkleigh. take summon skeleton. talk to nessa. buy flame dash & minion damage. waypoint to prisoner's gate.
link: skeletons + infernal legion + minion damage
prisoner's gate: find entrance to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find entrance to cave.
cave: find the dead slave. get the allflame. exit to ship graveyard. find entrance to canvern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: get waypoint. waypoint to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find fairgraves, kill. portal to town.
town: talk to bestel. take skill book. talk to nessa. take flesh offering. buy bone offering. waypoint to cavern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: find entrance to cavern of anger.
caver of anger: find merveil's lair & kill boss.


Act 2

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

southern forest: find entrance to forest encampment.
forest encampment: go to old fields.
old fields: find entrance to the den.
the den: kill old beast. find exit.
old fields: find entrance to crossroads.
crossroads: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to find broken bridge.
broken bridge: find & kill kraitlyn. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take quicksilver. go to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find waypoint (use flame dash to jump over the streams). head to the left of the map to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find & kill oak. find waypoint. waypoint to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find entrance to western forest.
western forest: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to the bottom of the map. kill blackguard. pick up thaumetic emblem, open path. find & kill alira. find weaver's chamber.
weaver's chamber: kill weaver and get maligaro's spike. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir to get 2 passive pts. talk to silk. take elemental focus. talk to yeena. buy concentrated effect & deathmark.
link: zombies + minino damage + deathmark
waypoint to act 1 town.
act 1 town: talk to bestel. take skill book. waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: go to the right to find entrance to felshrine ruins.
felshrine ruins: follow path to find the crypt.
crypt level 1: complete labyrith trial
crypt level 2: get golden hand. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take survival instincts. and book of regrets. waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: head left. find extrance to chamber of sins
chamber of sins: go to level 2, kill fidelis. grab baleful gem. find labyrinth trial. portal back to town.
town: talk to helena. talk to greust. take desecrate. talk to yeena. buy skitterbots. portal to wetlands.
link: skitterbots + infernal legion
link: skeletons + minino damage
(link change)
wetlands: poison the tree roots.
vaal ruins: just run as fast as possible to exit.
northern forest: find waypoint, don't go to town. find entrance to caverns.
caverns: find waypoint. find entrance to ancient pyramid.
ancient pryamid: kill boss


Act 3

city of sarn: save clarissa. find entrance to town.
town: head straight to entrance to slums.
slums: find the crematorium.
crematorium: take the waypoint. complete labyrinth trial. find piety. take tolman's bracelet. portal to town.
town: talk to clarissa. get sewer keys. buy wrath, elemental weakness. talk to maramoa. take convocation. go to the slums.
the slums: find the sewer grating. unlock.
the sewers: find waypoint. find 3 quest items. find entrance to marketplace.
marketplace: find waypoint. find the entrance to catacombs.
catacombs: complete labyrinth trial. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book. waypoint to marketplace.
marketplace: find entrance to 'the battlefront'
battlefront: find waypoint. find Blackguard chest. take ribbon spoon. find entrance to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2
solaris temple level 2: find waypoint. talk to dialla. take jade amulet (need dex). waypoint to the battlefront.
battlefront: find the entrance to the docks.
docks: find supple container. pick up thaumatic sulphite. find waypoint. waypoint to to solaris temple level 2.
solaris temple level 2: talk to dialla. take infernal talc. waypoint to the sewers.
sewers: clear the undying blockage. find entrance to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: find waypoint. kill gravicius. find entrance to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find waypoint. go to town
town: talk to maramoa. take raise spectre.
unlink: summon skeletons
link: raise spectre + minion damage + elemental focus + concentrated effect
way point to solaris temple level 2.
solaris temple level 2:use desecrate to create corpses. look for 'flame sentinel'. raise two spectres. take waypoint to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find portal. kill piety. take the tower key. portal to town.
town: talk to grigor. take skill book. waypoint to ebony barracks.
ebony barracks: find entrance to imperial gardens.
imperial gardens: head to top of map to find waypoint. find the library.
the library: find siosa and waypoint. find 'loose candle'.
archives: find golden pages. return to siosa.
library: talk to siosa. take feeding frenzy.
link: raise zombies + minion damage + feeding frenzy
waypoint to town.
town: talk to clarissa. buy elemental army, generosity. waypoint to imperial gardens.
imperial gardens: heard to top-left to find the labyrinth trial. complete trial. find 'locked door'.
scepter of god: go up two levels. find waypoint. find entrance to upper scepter of god
upper scepter: go up two levels. find entrance to tower roof top. kill dominus. talk to dialla to open portal to act 4.


Act 4

aqueduct: find the entrance to the town.
town: upgrade boots. go to dried lake entrance.
dried lake: head to the bottom-right of map to find boss. kill boss. get deshret's banner. portal to town.
town: open mines entrance. don't enter. talk to oyun. take stone golem.
mines level 1: find entrance to level 2.
mines level 2: find deshret's spirit. find entrance to crystal veins.
crystal veins: find waypoint. talk to dialla. waypoint to town.
town: talk to tasuni. take skill book. waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: enter kaom's dream.
kaom's dream: find entrance to kaom's stronghold.
kaom's stronghold. get waypoint. find boss room. kill kaom. take 'eye of fury'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. enter daresso's dream.
daresso's dream: find entrance to the grand arena. kill daresso. take 'eye of desire'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. take waypoint to town.
town: talk to dialla. take spell echo. talk to petarus and vanja. buy increased area of effect, curse on hit.

When you reach level 38:
gem change: remove concentrated effect
link: raise spectre + minion damage + spell echo + elemental focus

crystal vein: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast level 1 & 2: find entrance to bowels of the beast.
bowels of the beast: defeat piety. enter the harvest.
the harvest: find waypoint. find & kill doedre, maligaro & shavronne. talk to piety. enter the black core.
the black core: fight malachai + piety. go into second boss room. defeat malachai. portal to town.
town: exit town.
the ascent: head top-left of map to find portal to oriath.


Act 5

the slave pens: find entrance to overseer's tower (town).
town: talk to lani. take whichever ring helps you balance your resists. go to act 3 town
act 3 town:talk to clarissa. buy armageddon brand. return to act 5 town.

Start using Slave Driver Spectres.
control blocks: desecrate corpses. look for 'Slave Driver'. raise 2 spectres.

gem removal: holy flame totem, summon phantasms, infernal army
unlinked: skitterbot
link: wrath + generosity
link: armageddon brand + curse on hit + elemental weakness
link: raise zombie + minion damage + elemental army + feeding frenzy

You should do Labyrinth after raising your spectres.

control blocks: find miasmeter. find entrance to oriath square.
oriath square: get waypoint. waytpoint to town.
town: talk to vilenta. take skill book. waypoint to oriath square.
oriath square: head to top-right to find entrance to templar courts.
templar courts: get waypoint. find entrance to chamber of innocence.
chamber of innocence: find boss room. defeat avarius. talk to sin. exit boss room. enter torched courts.
torched courts: find entrance to ruined square.
ruined square: find the ossuary. get waypoint.
ossuary: find sign of purity. exit to ruined square.
ruined square: find reliquary. ignore utula.
reliquary: get waypoint. find the 3 quest items. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. take skill book. waypoint to ruined square.
ruined square: find cathedral rooftop.
cathedral rooftop: find and kill kitava. talk to sin. talk to lily roth.


Act 6

town: talk to lilly. go to twilight strand.
twilight strand: kill all monsters.
town: talk to lilly. take book of regrets. go to the coast.
the coast: find the entrance to mud flats. get the waypoint. enter mud flats.
the mud flats: find & kill boss. take quest item. find & talk to nessa. find entrance to karui fotress.
karui fortress: find & kill boss. find entrance to the ridge.
the ridge: waypoint to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. talk to lilly. buy cast when damage taken, immortal call, phase run, precision.
the ridge: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: grab waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. portal to lower prison
lower prison: find labyrinth trial. find entrance to shavronne's tower.
shavronne's tower: find entrance to prison rooftop.
prison rooftop. kill shavronne and brutus. talk to sin.
warden's chambers: find entrance to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to valley of the fire drinker (top-right).
valley of the fire drinker: kill abberath. talk to sin. return to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to western forest
western forest: follow path to top to find waypoint. grab waypoint. continue to find entrance to riverways.
riverways: follow path upwards to find waypoint. grab waypoint. go left to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find entrance to spawning ground.
spawning ground: kill rysratha. talk to sin. portal to town
town: talk to bestel. take book of skill. talk to tarkleigh. take book of skill. waypoint to riverways
riverways: find the entrance to southern forest.
southern forest: find the entrance to caverns of anger. grab the waypoint.
caverns of anger: open flag chest. take black flag.
passage: find entrance to beacon.
beacon: grab waypoint. complete 'refuel the beacon' escort puzzle. light the beacon. click on beacon. talk to weylam.
brine king's reef: find the brine king's throne.
brine king's throne: kill boss. talk to sin. talk to weylam to go to act 7.


Act 7

broken bridge: follow path to entrance to crossroads
crossroads: follow path to the waypoint. grab waypoint. head to the right of the map. find entrance to fellshrine ruins.
fellshrine ruins: follow the path to the crypt entrance.
the crypt: grab waypoint. find labyrinth trial. find sarcophagus (entrance to next area). enter stairs. search map for 'container of sins'. take maligaro's map. portal to town.
town: take waypoint to crossroads
crossroads: find entrance to chamber of sins level 1.
chamber of sins level 1: find silk. grab the waypoint. use 'maligaro's map' in the map device. enter portal to maligaro's sanctum
maligaro's sanctum: find maligaro's workshop.
kill maligaro. take black venom. portal to chamber of sins level 1
chamber of sins level 1: talk to silk. take obsidian key. find entrance to level 2.
chamber of sins level 2: complete labyrinth trial. find entrance to the den.

Can attempte labyrinth 2 now: Unnatural Strength ascendancy + Level 9 Raise Spectre will allow 3 spectres.

the den: grab the waypoint. find entrance to the ashen fields.
the ashen fields: grab waypoint. follow path to find entrance to fortress encampment (boss room).
boss room: kill greust. talk to sin.
northern forest: find entrance to dread thicket.
dread thicket: collect fireflies. find entrance to den of despair.
den of despair: kill gruthkul. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir. take skill books. waypoint to northern forest.
northern forest: find the entrance to the causeway.
the causeway: find waypoint. find kishara's star (close to vaal city entrance).
vaal city: find waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. take book of skill.
vaal city: talk to yeena. enter temple of decay level 1.
temple of decay level 1 & 2: find entrance to arakaali's web.
boss fight: kill arakaali. talk to sin. talk to yeena. enter sarn ramparts.


Act 8


sarn ramparts: grab waypoint. find entrance to town.
town: enter toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find doedre's cesspool.
doedre's cesspool: find boss room ('loose grate').
the cauldron: kill doedre. enter 'sewer outlet'.
doedre's cesspool: find entrance to the quay.
quay: find 'sealed casket'. open and take 'ankh of eternity'. find ressurection site. talk to clarissa. kill tolman. find grain gate.
grain gate: grab waypoint. find & kill gemling legion. find the imperial fields.
imperial fields: follow path. grab waypoint. find solaris temple.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. waypoint to town.
town: talk to maramoa. take skill book. talk to clarissa. take skill book). waypoint to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1 & 2: find & kill boss. take sun orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find the grand promenade.
grand promenade: find the bath house.
bath house: complete labyrinth trial. kill hector. take wings of vastiri. find high garden.
high garden: kill yugul. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book. waypoint to bath house.
bath house: find entrance to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: grab waypoint. find lunaris temple.
lunaris temple level 1 & 2: find & kill boss. take moon orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: find the harbour bridge.
harbour bridge: find the sky shrine. kill both bosses. talk to sin.


Act 9


blood aqueducts: find entrance to town.
town: find the entrance to 'the descent'
descent: find exits.
vastiri desert: find the waypoint. find storm-weathered chest (yellow !). take storm blade. continue towards top of map. go to the right. find blocked entrance to 'the oasis'. find the entrance to the foothills.
foothills:find the waypoint. near waypoint is the entrance to the boiling lake.
boiling lake: find and kill boss. take basilisk acid. portal to town.
town: talk to petarus and vanja. ignore items. talk to sin. talk to petarus and vanja again. take bottled storm. waypoint to vastiri desert.
vastiri desert: go to entrance to the oasis.
oasis: find and kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. waypoint to foothills.
foothills: find entrance to the tunnel.
tunnel: complete labyrinth trial. find waypoint. find entrance to the quarry.
quarry:find waypoint. find entrance to shrine of the winds. kill boss. talk to sin. return to quarry.
quarry: find entrance to the refinery.
refinery: find and kill boss. open theurgic precipitate machine. take trarthan powder. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. talk to sin. waypoint to quarry.
quarry: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast: -> rotting core -> black core.
black core: talk to sin. kill shavronne, maligaro and doedre. talk to sin. enter the black heart.
black heart: kill depraved trinity. talk to lilly. sail to oriath.


Act 10 & Epilogue


town: enter cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: enter cathedral apex. kill monsters. talk to bannon. return to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to lani. take quartz flask. go to cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: find entrance to the ravaged square
ravaged square: find entrance to the control blocks.
control blocks: find waypoint. find arena. kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. talk skill book. waypoint to control blocks.
control blocks: enter ravaged square
ravaged square: ignore reliquary entrance. find entrance to the ossuary. take waypoint. enter ossuary.
ossuary: complete labyrinth trial. find sealed chest (yellow !). take elixir of aullure. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find entrance to the torched courts.
torched courts: find entrance to desecrated chamber.
desecrated chamber: take waypoint. find sanctum of innoncence. kill avarius. take staff of purity. portal to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to innocence. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find and talk to innocence. enter the canals
the canals & feeding trough:
find and kill kitava. go to oriath.
oriath: talk to lani. talk skill book.






ANIMATE GUARDIAN
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You can swap Stone Golem for Animate Guardian.


The AG can be equiped with armour and a weapon, which allows it to give party buffs & enemy debuffs.

NOTE: If your Animate Guardian is killed, all the equipment will be lost!

Recommended gear:


Video guide on how to summon and equip your AG:
https://youtu.be/V5MSR9bARg4

The Animate Guardian can be equipped with even more powerful equipment for more investment. Check the Endgame Animate Guardian section below.


Endgame Animate Guardian

The Kingmaker axe will provide you and your minions with fortify (20% reduced damage taken), culling strike & +50% crit multi. We can also equip the AG with a -9% lightning res helmet so it will debuff nearby monsters.

Recommended Gear:


Helmet Crafting:
Any helmet + pristine and metallic. You want to hit -9% lightning res, and 1% life regen.


Boot Crafting:
Boots with 2% regen enchant + pristine.


Kay's Spectre Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
Last edited by kayella on Oct 9, 2019, 12:30:53 PM


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SLAVE DRIVER
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Lightning spell-caster.
Uses: Short-range aoe.

Demo videos:
T16 map: https://youtu.be/JORZxXCluBo
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/k1eGGSRGP_c

Where:
Act 5 - Control Blocks.

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:



LIGHTNING RISEN VAAL ADVOCATE
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GOATMAN FIRE-RAISER
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Fire-based Spectre.
Uses Fireball, Magma Orb, Molten Shield.

Demo videos:
T16 map: https://youtu.be/tklWQ3y2yn4
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/XPzye1b3Tt0

Where:
Act 6 - Prisoner's Gate.

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:



SOLAR GUARD / PRAYER GUARD
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FLAME SENTINEL
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CANNIBAL FIRE-EATER
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FROST SENTINEL
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ABOUT ELEMENTAL EQUILIBRIUM...
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Enemies you hit with Elemental Damage temporarily get +25% Resistance to those Elements and -50% Resistance to other Elements

The effect lasts 5 seconds or until being overwritten.

Trap, Mine, and Totem skills trigger EE ... Minions do not trigger EE.

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Elemental_Equilibrium

This means any spell that you use, eg. Armageddon Brand, will proc EE on all enemies that you hit. Your minions cannot proc EE, but they will benefit from its effects.

Example:
Slave Driver spectres use lightning 'flamewhip', which is 100% lightning damage. So, you want to hit monsters with either fire or cold damage. Self-cast Holy Flame Totem will proc EE: monsters will get +25% fire res and -50% lightning and cold res.


Elemental Equilibrium appears as pink circles under monsters.


ABOUT SPELL ECHO...
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Spell Echo is a support gem that makes linked spell gems repeat themselves after the initial cast.

Spell Echo only works for spells cast by an actual player or minion

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Spell_Echo_Support

This means that both the player and minions will benefit from the repeated cast, as well as the increased cast speed. Spell Echo will more than double your spectres' DPS.

Note 1: Wand & Shield Build
Spell Echo will cause Raise Spectre to repeat, so you need to remove it before raising spectres. Remember to put the gem back in when you are finished.

Note 2: Pledge of Hands Build
Spell Echo stacks with Greater Spell Echo. It will give a 3rd repeat with 105% more Damage and 150% increased area. See: official wiki for more details.


ABOUT THE NUMBER OF SPECTRES...
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1. RAISE SPECTRE GEM LEVEL

The level of your Raise Spectre gem determines the base number of spectres. You will get 1 spectre from gem level 1-10, 2 spectres from 11-20, 3 spectres from 21-30 and 4 spectres at 31*.


2. DEATH ATTUNEMENT PASSIVE SKILL

Death Attunement gives +1 spectre. It can be found at the top left of the tree.


3. ITEMS WITH +1 MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SPECTRES

NOTE: +1 chest is a rare delve drop; it cannot be crafted.


4. INCREASING SKILL GEM LEVEL

Unnatural Strength ascendancy passive gives +2 level to the gem.


Items can also give +1 level to raise spectre or minion gems.


Boots and Convoking wand give global +1. Helmet gives +2/3 only when Raise Spectre is slotted in the helmet.

Empower 4 will give +3 levels if it's linked to Raise Spectre.



HOW CAN I GET 6 SPECTRES?
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It requires a lot of investment to get 6 spectres.


Firstly you will need 4 spectres on the skill gem:


1. LEVEL 21 RAISE SPECTRE


2. +1 MINION GEM LEVEL WAND


3. +1 SPECTRE GEM LEVEL BOOTS


4. +3 MINION GEM LEVEL HELMET


5. EMPOWER 4


6. UNNATURAL STRENGTH ASCENDANCY



Lastly, you will need +2 maximum number of spectres:

1. DEATH ATTUNEMENT


2. +1 SPECTRE CHEST FROM DELVE



CAN I DO ELEMENTAL REFLECT MAPS?
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In short, no you cannot do reflect maps.



This build scales spectre DPS to the point where they will kill themselves in seconds.

However, there is one exception: Risen Vaal Advocate.


Risen Vaal Advocates (RVA) has a base 405% life. This makes them incredibly tanky and able to simple leech/regen their way through reflect maps. However, their DPS is much lower than Slave Drivers.

There are several types of RVA, and the Lightning type is the most useful for both mapping and bossing. You can find them in the Atzoatl temple and Delve Vaal Outpost.


NOTE: Lightning RVAs have a blue lightning + dark flame effect on their hands.

T16 Mapping | 18% ele reflect: https://youtu.be/X_rAjVaHEx8

See: poedb for more details.



CAN YOU CHECK MY GEAR? WHAT SHOULD I UPGRADE?
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There are 3 things you need to do:

1. Check the gear sections in the Wand & Shield and Pledge builds for suggested items.

2. Make sure your spectres are in a 6-link.

3. Stack life on all your gear. You should have a minimum of 100 life on your gloves, belt, rings. Other items will vary depending on whether you are using uniques or rares.

That's basically it.





This build variants uses special interactions between several uniques to greatly increase player survivability while keeping spectre DPS around the 1mil shaper mark. It uses equipment which may be costly in the early league or simply not be available. The build can be significantly more expensive than the league starter. It can only be used for spell caster spectres, not melee.


PASSIVES TREE & POB PASTEBIN
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Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/pCrEyyWP

Passive Tree



GEAR
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Weapon, Armour & Accessories
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Weapon: Pledge of Hands. Must have 6 blue sockets. Having 2-3 white sockets will give you flexibility to play with all spectres. Must be 6-linked.

Chest: Rare +1 Spectre number delve chest. Must have 2 red sockets, other sockets blue or white. Minimum 5 links.

Helmet: Devouring Diadem. 2-linked blue+red sockets. Unlinked green socket. Unlinked blue socket.

Gloves: Rare crafted Shaper gloves. 1 red socket, 1 blue socket, 2 green sockets. 4-linked.

Boots: Rare crafted +1 spectre level boots. 2 red sockets, 1 green socket, 1 blue socket. 4-linked

Belt: Stygian Vise. Prioritise: life roll; secondary: resists; third: energy shield.

Jewellery:
Amulet: Solstice Vigil or Aul's Uprising with Haste or Wrath reserves no Mana.

Rings: 2x Unset rings. Prioritise: life roll; secondary: resists; third: energy shield.



Jewels & Flasks
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Rare Jewels:

Unique Jewels:

Recommended Flasks:





IMPORTANT CRAFTS
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The single most important craft for this build is 'Gain 10% maximum life as extra maximum energy shield'. This will add 500-700 base ES, depending on your total life.




GEM LINKS
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Weapon
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Can swap FC with CE for boss fights:



Body Armour
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NOTE: Flame Dash can be unlinked.


Helmet, Boots & Gloves
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Helmet:


NOTE: Wrath should be linked to Generosity.
NOTE: Vaal Haste must be unlinked.


Boots:


NOTE: CWDT should be level 1 to proc desecrate as often as possible. The corpses spawned are used by Diadem for life/es sustain as well as Plaguebringer Ascendancy.

Gloves:




Unset Rings
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HOW TO SUMMON SPECTRES WHILE USING PLEDGE OF HANDS
Spoiler

There is a trick to summoning your spectres one by one even though you have greater spell echo built into Pledge.

1. You must have a level 20/21 Raise Spectre in slot 1 of your Pledge.
2. Have a fully linked off hand (can be a wand), again have level 20/21 Raise Spectre in slot 1.
3. Desecrate & Summon with your off hand wand.
4. Swap back to Pledge. The spectre should not despawn if you did #1 & #2.


NOTE: If you do not have Raise Spectre in slot 1 in both weapons, your spectres will despawn when you weaponswap.

Demonstration video: https://youtu.be/45L0xTzSjCQ

Kay's Spectre Summoner build guide: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2181275
My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
End of 3.8 league

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Welcome to my build guide. I specialise in spectres and have created two spectre summoner builds:

Wand & Shield
This build is focused on having high survivability while still having good DPS. It can take you from a fresh league start all the way to Uber Elder on cheap or self-crafted gear. This build is also designed to be playable on Solo Self Found and PS4/Xbox.

Pledge of Hand / EB & MoM
This build is focused on having massive DPS while maintaining good survivability. It is a showcase of the immense power of spectres, but it requires expensive equipment and rare uniques that are not available in early league.

These two builds are frequently tweaked & updated thanks to the theorycrafting, suggestions and ideas discussed within the pages.

If you have a question about the build, could you please post it here in the build guide? I cannot always answer questions in-game.




20 NOV:
Added images for levelling trees to imgur: https://imgur.com/a/LRdO3bs.
Added Jinxed Juju to W&S.

17 NOV:
Back from holiday.

12 OCT:
Updated passive tree for W&S build.
Added DPS build option for W&S.
Added anointments for W&S and PoH.
Added pros & cons for W&S and PoH.
Completed alternate spectres section.
Tidied up the build guide.


10 OCT:
It's finally completed and uploaded. My first video guide:
PoE 3.8 - Pledge of Hands EB/MoM - Video Build Guide

Build guide renamed from 'Big DPS Spectre Summoner'






PoE 3.8 - Pledge of Hands / EB & MoM - T15 Blighted map

PoE 3.8 - Wand & Shield - T15 Blighted map

PoE 3.8 - Wand & Shield - T16 Mapping Demo

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Wand & Shield

Slave Drivers vs Uber Elder | Level 68 | Wand + Shield

PoE 3.8 - Slave Driver vs Uber Elder | Level 68 Deathless | PoH EB/MoM

Slave Drivers vs Shaper | Shaper at 100% in 3rd phase

PoE 3.8 - 8-spectre comparison | T16 map + boss | PoH EB/MoM

More videos at https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming





PASSIVE TREE & POB PASTEBIN

Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/RKhTjYW0
(includes levelling trees)

Passive Skill Tree

Level 100

Bandits
Kill all

Ascendancy

1st: Mindless Aggression
2nd: Unnatural Strength
3rd: Bone Barrier
4th: Mistress of Sacrifice

Pantheons
Major: Soul of Lunaris - avoid projectile, extra dodge, avoid chain
Minor: Soul of Shakari - poison immunity

EQUIPMENT

Note: Always look for highest total life and any resists you need.
See: Crafting section below for how to craft your gear.


Armour
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Helmet:
Crafted +1 helmet -> (Wraithlord) -> life helmet -> Crafted +3 helmet

Chest:
Any chest -> 5L rare -> Tabula Rasa or 6L rare -> (6L Vis Mortis) -> 6L crafted delve +1.
NOTE: never buy 5-link Vis Mortis!

(thanks MoistCheezIT for Vis Mortis)

Gloves:
Any gloves -> Crafted shaper gloves

Boots:
Any boots -> (Bones of Ullr) -> Fossil-crafted boots.



Weapons
Spoiler

Any wand -> Crafted convoking wand

NOTE: must not have 'adds x lighting damage to spells'

Shield:
Crafted shield with high life -> Crafted Shaper shield with 'recover 5% life when block'



Accessories
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Belt:
Any belt -> Stygian Vise

Jewellery:
Amulet: Rare amulet with high life & high dex or Jinxed Juju (10% damage taken by minions instead of you).

Rings: 2x unset rings
Look for highest total life and any resists you need.



Jewels & Flasks
Spoiler

Jewels:
You can craft or buy ghastly eyes. Mod priorities:
#1: life
#2: increased minion attack/cast speed or increased minion damage
#3: Taunt


Recommended Unique Jewels:
Anatomical Knowledge: +flat life & 8% increased maximum life
Unending Hunger: 50% chance for minion to gain Soul Eater


Recommended Flasks:
Blood of the Karui - fast life recovery + instant life recovery
Bubbling Divine Flask of Staunching - instant life flask & remove bleed
Chemist's Quicksilver of Adrenaline - 70% increased movement speed
Experimenters's Quartz Flask of Heat - 10% Dodge & remove freeze
Rumi's Concoction - 20%/10% block & 3000 armour



CRAFTING GUIDES

Note: Crafting results are random, so you may need to repeat the craft several times to get the required mods.

Cheap 5-link/6-link chest



Look for a 5-link/6-link chest with INT base & Screaming Essence of Greed.


SSF: Farm 6 Dapper Prodigy cards.


Trigger Wand



Trigger will auto-cast any gems in your wand when you use another skill. This means you will not have to self cast desecrate + flesh offering.

You will need: wand with 1 free suffix.

Bench craft 'trigger' (3c).


Note: This craft comes from syndicate encounters and is rare; you may need to find a crafter for this.


+1 Minion Skill Gem Wand



You will need:
Convoking Wand
Bound fossil
1-socket resonator


Notes: The base wand can roll both minion and caster mods, so the possible mod pool is very large. Bound fossil increases the chances of getting a minion mod. Low ilevel wand decreases the chances of getting a caster mod.


+1 Spectre Gem Level Boots



You will need:
Any boots (two-tone preferred)
2-socket resonator
bound fossil (+1 spectre)
shuddering fossil (movement speed)




+3 Minion Helmet



This craft is for the support minions, which are socketed in the helmet.

You will need:
Any helmet with item level 86 (Bone helmet, preferred)
1-socket resonator
bound fossil




50+ dex unset ring



You will need:
High ilevel unset ring
Shrieking or Deafening Essence of Sorrow





GEM LINKS

Body Armour

Slave Drivers do area of effect lightning damage: 6 blue sockets.



For more DPS against bosses, swap:



Helmet, Boots & Gloves


Helmet: 1 red & 3 blue.

1. Stone Golem gives life regen.
2. Zombies help proc Bone Barrier buffs, Feeding Frenzy buff and Elemental Army: exposure.
Feeding Frenzy: all minions gain +10% damage, +15% ms, +15% attack/cast speed.
Elemental Army: exposure applies -10% lightning res on enemies.


Boots: 2 blue, 1 red & 1 green.

1. Wrath + Generosity gives minions more lightning damage.
2. Flame Dash is a get-out-of-trouble movement skill.
3. Precision gives extra crit chance & accuracy to minions.

Gloves: 3 blue & 1 green.

1. Armageddon Brand is used to apply Elemental Equilibrium (-50% lightning res).
2. Armageddon Brand applies Elemental Weakness curse (-50% elemental res).

NOTE: Keep Armageddon Brand at level 1.


Weapon & Shield


Weapon: 1 green, 2 blue.


1. Desecrate spawns corpses.
2. Bone Offering consumes corpses to increase block chance for minions and necro.
3. Vaal Summon skeletons for mass minions when you want it.

Shield: 2 red, 1 blue

1. Cast When Damage Taken + Immortal Call will reduced damage taken by 28%.
2. Convocation teleports your spectres to you.

NOTE: The blue socket should be unlinked.

NOTE: Cast When Damage Taken should be level 5.
NOTE: Immortal Call should be level 7.

NOTE: Substitute CWDT with Increased Duration if you have CWDT in an Elder shield.


Unset Rings


Skitterbots apply 20% shock and 10% chill on enemies.


Phase Run gives +40% movement speed, phasing (run through monsters) and reduced visibility (monsters won't attack you).


RECOMMENDED ANOINTMENT

Ravenous Horde

Minions deal 20% increased Damage
Minions have 5% increased Attack Speed
Minions have 5% increased Cast Speed
Minions have 20% increased Movement Speed
Minions have 10% chance to gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill

BUILD OPTION: MORE DPS

You can get a substantial DPS boost at the cost of survivability.
DPS increase from 797k to 1.3M.
Block decrease from 75/45 to 48/18.
Spectre life decrease from 52k to 42k.

Refund Ascendacy passives:
Bone Barrier (10 regrets)
Mistress of Sacrifice (10 regrets)

Take Commander of Darkness & Plaguebringer.


In your wand swap Bone Offering for Flesh Offering:


BUILD OPTION: ANIMATE GUARDIAN

You can swap Stone Golem for Animate Guardian.


The AG can be equiped with armour and a weapon, which allows it to give party buffs & enemy debuffs.

NOTE: If your Animate Guardian is killed, all the equipment will be lost!

Recommended gear:


Video guide on how to summon and equip your AG:
https://youtu.be/V5MSR9bARg4

The Animate Guardian can be equipped with even more powerful equipment for more investment. Check the Endgame Animate Guardian section below.


Endgame Animate Guardian

The Kingmaker axe will provide you and your minions with fortify (20% reduced damage taken), culling strike & +50% crit multi. We can also equip the AG with a -9% lightning res helmet so it will debuff nearby monsters.

Recommended Gear:


Helmet Crafting:
Any helmet + pristine and metallic. You want to hit -9% lightning res, and 1% life regen.


Boot Crafting:
Boots with 2% regen enchant + pristine.







EARLY LEVELLING NOTES

In act 1, use holy flame totem and zombies. Stand close to the totem for 6% heal. Zombies will sometimes die, re-summon them. Later, you will get skeletons. Summon skeletons to kill monsters and bosses.

In act 2, you will get skitterbots. Link them with infernal legion gem. They will burn and kill most monsters. Summon skeletons against bosses.

In act 3, replace skeletons with spectres. Keep zombies & skitterbots.

USEFUL CRAFTS FOR LEVELLING

Craft 10% ms boots


Sell to town vendor: white boots + augmentation orb + quicksilver flask. Socket links and colours do not change.


Craft Flask of Animation (heals minions)

Keep your minions alive in Acts 1 - 5.


Sell to vendor: Orb of Transmutation + Any life flask + Bone Spirit Shield.


Craft +1 minion gem helmet

Increase minion damage in Acts 3+.
Only do this craft if you find a 4-link helmet.


Sell to vendor: Orb of Alteration + Flask of Animation + blue helmet.



GEM CHECKLIST

Make sure you have these gems at the end of each Act.

End of Act 1

Linked:






Unlinked:


Buy amber amulet from Nessa if you need strength to level up Holy Flame Totem.


End of Act 2

Linked:








Unlinked:


End of Act 3

Linked:









Unlinked:



Offhand/Levelling:


End of Act 4

Linked:









Unlinked:



Offhand/Levelling:


End of Act 5

Linked:









Unlinked:



Offhand/Levelling:


Buy all remaining gems in Act 6




PASSIVE TREES


Levelling trees are at my imgur account: https://imgur.com/a/LRdO3bs.

The level ranges are labelled below the image. Please follow it as a guide. The level ranges are based on my own playthrough which included doing the side quests for extra passive points. You might be slightly ahead or behind.


FULL WALKTHROUGH FOR ACTS 1 - 10


Act 1


starting zone: pick up wand. pick up 'fire ball'. open chest. pick up 'arcane surge'. link: fireball + arcane surge. kill hillock. enter the town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take raise zombie. buy freezing pulse. sell fireball.
link: freezing pulse + arcane surge
the coast: get waypoint. go to tidal island.
tidal island: kill hailrake. take medicine chest. portal to town.
town: talk to nessa. take quicksilver flask. take summon phantasms. waypoint to coast.
the coast: go to entrance to mud flats.
mud flats: break eggs. find entrance to submerged passage.
submerged passage: find flooded depths.
flooded depths: kill deep dweller. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. talk to nessa. buy holy flame totem.
link: holy flame totem + phantasms.
waypoint to submerged passage.
submerged passage: find entrance to the ledge.
the ledge: find entrance to the climb.
the climb: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: find waypoint, head back to town.
town: talk to nessa. take minion damage support. buy infernal legion. waypoint to lower prison.
link: zombies + minion damage
lower prison: labyrith trial, find entrance to upper prison.
upper prison: find entrance to boss. kill boss. exit to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: waypoint to town
town: talk to tarkleigh. take summon skeleton. talk to nessa. buy flame dash & minion damage. waypoint to prisoner's gate.
link: skeletons + infernal legion + minion damage
prisoner's gate: find entrance to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find entrance to cave.
cave: find the dead slave. get the allflame. exit to ship graveyard. find entrance to canvern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: get waypoint. waypoint to ship graveyard.
ship graveyard: find fairgraves, kill. portal to town.
town: talk to bestel. take skill book. talk to nessa. take flesh offering. buy bone offering. waypoint to cavern of wrath.
cavern of wrath: find entrance to cavern of anger.
caver of anger: find merveil's lair & kill boss.


Act 2

Follow: Passive Trees Stage 1

southern forest: find entrance to forest encampment.
forest encampment: go to old fields.
old fields: find entrance to the den.
the den: kill old beast. find exit.
old fields: find entrance to crossroads.
crossroads: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to find broken bridge.
broken bridge: find & kill kraitlyn. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take quicksilver. go to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find waypoint (use flame dash to jump over the streams). head to the left of the map to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find & kill oak. find waypoint. waypoint to riverways.
riverways: follow path to find entrance to western forest.
western forest: follow path to find waypoint. continue following path to the bottom of the map. kill blackguard. pick up thaumetic emblem, open path. find & kill alira. find weaver's chamber.
weaver's chamber: kill weaver and get maligaro's spike. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir to get 2 passive pts. talk to silk. take elemental focus. talk to yeena. buy concentrated effect & deathmark.
link: zombies + minino damage + deathmark
waypoint to act 1 town.
act 1 town: talk to bestel. take skill book. waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: go to the right to find entrance to felshrine ruins.
felshrine ruins: follow path to find the crypt.
crypt level 1: complete labyrith trial
crypt level 2: get golden hand. portal to town.
town: talk to yeena. take survival instincts. and book of regrets. waypoint to crossroads.
crossroads: head left. find extrance to chamber of sins
chamber of sins: go to level 2, kill fidelis. grab baleful gem. find labyrinth trial. portal back to town.
town: talk to helena. talk to greust. take desecrate. talk to yeena. buy skitterbots. portal to wetlands.
link: skitterbots + infernal legion
link: skeletons + minino damage
(link change)
wetlands: poison the tree roots.
vaal ruins: just run as fast as possible to exit.
northern forest: find waypoint, don't go to town. find entrance to caverns.
caverns: find waypoint. find entrance to ancient pyramid.
ancient pryamid: kill boss


Act 3

city of sarn: save clarissa. find entrance to town.
town: head straight to entrance to slums.
slums: find the crematorium.
crematorium: take the waypoint. complete labyrinth trial. find piety. take tolman's bracelet. portal to town.
town: talk to clarissa. get sewer keys. buy wrath, elemental weakness. talk to maramoa. take convocation. go to the slums.
the slums: find the sewer grating. unlock.
the sewers: find waypoint. find 3 quest items. find entrance to marketplace.
marketplace: find waypoint. find the entrance to catacombs.
catacombs: complete labyrinth trial. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book. waypoint to marketplace.
marketplace: find entrance to 'the battlefront'
battlefront: find waypoint. find Blackguard chest. take ribbon spoon. find entrance to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. find entrance to level 2
solaris temple level 2: find waypoint. talk to dialla. take jade amulet (need dex). waypoint to the battlefront.
battlefront: find the entrance to the docks.
docks: find supple container. pick up thaumatic sulphite. find waypoint. waypoint to to solaris temple level 2.
solaris temple level 2: talk to dialla. take infernal talc. waypoint to the sewers.
sewers: clear the undying blockage. find entrance to ebony barracks
ebony barracks: find waypoint. kill gravicius. find entrance to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find waypoint. go to town
town: talk to maramoa. take raise spectre.
unlink: summon skeletons
link: raise spectre + minion damage + elemental focus + concentrated effect
way point to solaris temple level 2.
solaris temple level 2:use desecrate to create corpses. look for 'flame sentinel'. raise two spectres. take waypoint to lunaris temple.
lunaris temple: find portal. kill piety. take the tower key. portal to town.
town: talk to grigor. take skill book. waypoint to ebony barracks.
ebony barracks: find entrance to imperial gardens.
imperial gardens: head to top of map to find waypoint. find the library.
the library: find siosa and waypoint. find 'loose candle'.
archives: find golden pages. return to siosa.
library: talk to siosa. take feeding frenzy.
link: raise zombies + minion damage + feeding frenzy
waypoint to town.
town: talk to clarissa. buy elemental army, generosity. waypoint to imperial gardens.
imperial gardens: heard to top-left to find the labyrinth trial. complete trial. find 'locked door'.
scepter of god: go up two levels. find waypoint. find entrance to upper scepter of god
upper scepter: go up two levels. find entrance to tower roof top. kill dominus. talk to dialla to open portal to act 4.


Act 4

aqueduct: find the entrance to the town.
town: upgrade boots. go to dried lake entrance.
dried lake: head to the bottom-right of map to find boss. kill boss. get deshret's banner. portal to town.
town: open mines entrance. don't enter. talk to oyun. take stone golem.
mines level 1: find entrance to level 2.
mines level 2: find deshret's spirit. find entrance to crystal veins.
crystal veins: find waypoint. talk to dialla. waypoint to town.
town: talk to tasuni. take skill book. waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: enter kaom's dream.
kaom's dream: find entrance to kaom's stronghold.
kaom's stronghold. get waypoint. find boss room. kill kaom. take 'eye of fury'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. enter daresso's dream.
daresso's dream: find entrance to the grand arena. kill daresso. take 'eye of desire'. portal to town.
town: waypoint to crystal veins.
crystal veins: talk to dialla. take waypoint to town.
town: talk to dialla. take spell echo. talk to petarus and vanja. buy increased area of effect, curse on hit.

When you reach level 38:
gem change: remove concentrated effect
link: raise spectre + minion damage + spell echo + elemental focus

crystal vein: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast level 1 & 2: find entrance to bowels of the beast.
bowels of the beast: defeat piety. enter the harvest.
the harvest: find waypoint. find & kill doedre, maligaro & shavronne. talk to piety. enter the black core.
the black core: fight malachai + piety. go into second boss room. defeat malachai. portal to town.
town: exit town.
the ascent: head top-left of map to find portal to oriath.


Act 5

the slave pens: find entrance to overseer's tower (town).
town: talk to lani. take whichever ring helps you balance your resists. go to act 3 town
act 3 town:talk to clarissa. buy armageddon brand. return to act 5 town.

Start using Slave Driver Spectres.
control blocks: desecrate corpses. look for 'Slave Driver'. raise 2 spectres.

gem removal: holy flame totem, summon phantasms, infernal army
unlinked: skitterbot
link: wrath + generosity
link: armageddon brand + curse on hit + elemental weakness
link: raise zombie + minion damage + elemental army + feeding frenzy

You should do Labyrinth after raising your spectres.

control blocks: find miasmeter. find entrance to oriath square.
oriath square: get waypoint. waytpoint to town.
town: talk to vilenta. take skill book. waypoint to oriath square.
oriath square: head to top-right to find entrance to templar courts.
templar courts: get waypoint. find entrance to chamber of innocence.
chamber of innocence: find boss room. defeat avarius. talk to sin. exit boss room. enter torched courts.
torched courts: find entrance to ruined square.
ruined square: find the ossuary. get waypoint.
ossuary: find sign of purity. exit to ruined square.
ruined square: find reliquary. ignore utula.
reliquary: get waypoint. find the 3 quest items. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. take skill book. waypoint to ruined square.
ruined square: find cathedral rooftop.
cathedral rooftop: find and kill kitava. talk to sin. talk to lily roth.


Act 6

town: talk to lilly. go to twilight strand.
twilight strand: kill all monsters.
town: talk to lilly. take book of regrets. go to the coast.
the coast: find the entrance to mud flats. get the waypoint. enter mud flats.
the mud flats: find & kill boss. take quest item. find & talk to nessa. find entrance to karui fotress.
karui fortress: find & kill boss. find entrance to the ridge.
the ridge: waypoint to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. talk to lilly. buy cast when damage taken, immortal call, phase run, precision.
the ridge: find entrance to lower prison.
lower prison: grab waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to tarkleigh. take skill book. portal to lower prison
lower prison: find labyrinth trial. find entrance to shavronne's tower.
shavronne's tower: find entrance to prison rooftop.
prison rooftop. kill shavronne and brutus. talk to sin.
warden's chambers: find entrance to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to valley of the fire drinker (top-right).
valley of the fire drinker: kill abberath. talk to sin. return to prisoner's gate.
prisoner's gate: find entrance to western forest
western forest: follow path to top to find waypoint. grab waypoint. continue to find entrance to riverways.
riverways: follow path upwards to find waypoint. grab waypoint. go left to find entrance to wetlands.
wetlands: find entrance to spawning ground.
spawning ground: kill rysratha. talk to sin. portal to town
town: talk to bestel. take book of skill. talk to tarkleigh. take book of skill. waypoint to riverways
riverways: find the entrance to southern forest.
southern forest: find the entrance to caverns of anger. grab the waypoint.
caverns of anger: open flag chest. take black flag.
passage: find entrance to beacon.
beacon: grab waypoint. complete 'refuel the beacon' escort puzzle. light the beacon. click on beacon. talk to weylam.
brine king's reef: find the brine king's throne.
brine king's throne: kill boss. talk to sin. talk to weylam to go to act 7.


Act 7

broken bridge: follow path to entrance to crossroads
crossroads: follow path to the waypoint. grab waypoint. head to the right of the map. find entrance to fellshrine ruins.
fellshrine ruins: follow the path to the crypt entrance.
the crypt: grab waypoint. find labyrinth trial. find sarcophagus (entrance to next area). enter stairs. search map for 'container of sins'. take maligaro's map. portal to town.
town: take waypoint to crossroads
crossroads: find entrance to chamber of sins level 1.
chamber of sins level 1: find silk. grab the waypoint. use 'maligaro's map' in the map device. enter portal to maligaro's sanctum
maligaro's sanctum: find maligaro's workshop.
kill maligaro. take black venom. portal to chamber of sins level 1
chamber of sins level 1: talk to silk. take obsidian key. find entrance to level 2.
chamber of sins level 2: complete labyrinth trial. find entrance to the den.

Can attempte labyrinth 2 now: Unnatural Strength ascendancy + Level 9 Raise Spectre will allow 3 spectres.

the den: grab the waypoint. find entrance to the ashen fields.
the ashen fields: grab waypoint. follow path to find entrance to fortress encampment (boss room).
boss room: kill greust. talk to sin.
northern forest: find entrance to dread thicket.
dread thicket: collect fireflies. find entrance to den of despair.
den of despair: kill gruthkul. portal to town.
town: talk to eramir. take skill books. waypoint to northern forest.
northern forest: find the entrance to the causeway.
the causeway: find waypoint. find kishara's star (close to vaal city entrance).
vaal city: find waypoint. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. take book of skill.
vaal city: talk to yeena. enter temple of decay level 1.
temple of decay level 1 & 2: find entrance to arakaali's web.
boss fight: kill arakaali. talk to sin. talk to yeena. enter sarn ramparts.


Act 8


sarn ramparts: grab waypoint. find entrance to town.
town: enter toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find doedre's cesspool.
doedre's cesspool: find boss room ('loose grate').
the cauldron: kill doedre. enter 'sewer outlet'.
doedre's cesspool: find entrance to the quay.
quay: find 'sealed casket'. open and take 'ankh of eternity'. find ressurection site. talk to clarissa. kill tolman. find grain gate.
grain gate: grab waypoint. find & kill gemling legion. find the imperial fields.
imperial fields: follow path. grab waypoint. find solaris temple.
solaris temple level 1: find waypoint. waypoint to town.
town: talk to maramoa. take skill book. talk to clarissa. take skill book). waypoint to solaris temple level 1.
solaris temple level 1 & 2: find & kill boss. take sun orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to toxic conduits.
toxic conduits: find the grand promenade.
grand promenade: find the bath house.
bath house: complete labyrinth trial. kill hector. take wings of vastiri. find high garden.
high garden: kill yugul. portal to town.
town: talk to hargan. take skill book. waypoint to bath house.
bath house: find entrance to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: grab waypoint. find lunaris temple.
lunaris temple level 1 & 2: find & kill boss. take moon orb. portal to town.
town: waypoint to lunaris concourse.
lunaris concourse: find the harbour bridge.
harbour bridge: find the sky shrine. kill both bosses. talk to sin.


Act 9


blood aqueducts: find entrance to town.
town: find the entrance to 'the descent'
descent: find exits.
vastiri desert: find the waypoint. find storm-weathered chest (yellow !). take storm blade. continue towards top of map. go to the right. find blocked entrance to 'the oasis'. find the entrance to the foothills.
foothills:find the waypoint. near waypoint is the entrance to the boiling lake.
boiling lake: find and kill boss. take basilisk acid. portal to town.
town: talk to petarus and vanja. ignore items. talk to sin. talk to petarus and vanja again. take bottled storm. waypoint to vastiri desert.
vastiri desert: go to entrance to the oasis.
oasis: find and kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. waypoint to foothills.
foothills: find entrance to the tunnel.
tunnel: complete labyrinth trial. find waypoint. find entrance to the quarry.
quarry:find waypoint. find entrance to shrine of the winds. kill boss. talk to sin. return to quarry.
quarry: find entrance to the refinery.
refinery: find and kill boss. open theurgic precipitate machine. take trarthan powder. portal to town.
town: talk to irasha. take skill book. talk to sin. waypoint to quarry.
quarry: enter belly of the beast.
belly of the beast: -> rotting core -> black core.
black core: talk to sin. kill shavronne, maligaro and doedre. talk to sin. enter the black heart.
black heart: kill depraved trinity. talk to lilly. sail to oriath.


Act 10 & Epilogue


town: enter cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: enter cathedral apex. kill monsters. talk to bannon. return to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to lani. take quartz flask. go to cathedral rooftop.
cathedra rooftop: find entrance to the ravaged square
ravaged square: find entrance to the control blocks.
control blocks: find waypoint. find arena. kill boss. portal to town.
town: talk to lani. talk skill book. waypoint to control blocks.
control blocks: enter ravaged square
ravaged square: ignore reliquary entrance. find entrance to the ossuary. take waypoint. enter ossuary.
ossuary: complete labyrinth trial. find sealed chest (yellow !). take elixir of aullure. portal to town.
town: talk to weylam. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find entrance to the torched courts.
torched courts: find entrance to desecrated chamber.
desecrated chamber: take waypoint. find sanctum of innoncence. kill avarius. take staff of purity. portal to town.
town: talk to bannon. talk to innocence. waypoint to ravaged square.
ravaged square: find and talk to innocence. enter the canals
the canals & feeding trough:
find and kill kitava. go to oriath.
oriath: talk to lani. talk skill book.




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My youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/KayGaming
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VIDEO GUIDE

If you prefer to watch a video guide and playstyle demonstration, please click on the link below:

PoE 3.8 - Pledge of Hands EB/MoM - Video Build Guide

(sorry about my mic quality)

PASSIVE TREE & POB PASTEBIN

Path of Building Pastebin
https://pastebin.com/Yx5P1PTb

Passive Tree

Level 100

Ascendancy
1. Commander of Darkness
2. Unnatural Strength
3. Plaguebringer

Pantheon
Soul of Lunaris
Soul of Shakari

EQUIPMENT

Weapon, Armour & Accessories
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Weapon: Pledge of Hands. 6 linked sockets: 5 blue + 1 red.

Chest: Rare +1 Spectre number delve chest. 4 linked sockets: 2 blue + 2 red. 2 unlinked sockets: 2 blue.

Helmet: Devouring Diadem. 3-linked 2 blue + 1 red sockets. Unlinked green socket.

Gloves: Rare crafted gloves. 1 green socket, 3 blue sockets. 4-linked.

Boots: Rare crafted +1 spectre level boots. 3-linked: 2 red sockets, 1 blue socket. Green socket unlinked.

Belt: Stygian Vise. Prioritise: life roll; secondary: resists; third: energy shield.

Jewellery:
Amulet: Aul's Uprising with Haste reserves no Mana. If you cannot afford that, look for an amulet with increased minion damage. Without Aul's amulet, you can only use Vaal Haste and not enable Haste Aura (also cannot use Phasing/Haste Watcher's Eye).


Rings: 2x Unset rings. Prioritise: life roll; secondary: resists; third: energy shield.



Jewels & Flasks
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Rare Jewels:

Unique Jewels:

Recommended Flasks:




IMPORTANT CRAFT

The single most important craft for this build is 'Gain 10% maximum life as extra maximum energy shield'. This will add 500-700 base ES, depending on your total life.



GEM LINKS


Weapon
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Note: Empower is needed to get Raise Spectre Gem to level 25 for 3rd spectre.


Body Armour
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4-link:

Unlinked:

NOTE: Keep Clarity at level 1


Helmet
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3-link:

Unlinked:



Boots
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2-link:

Unlinked:



Gloves
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Unset Rings
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RECOMMENDED ANOINTMENT

Influence

14% increased effect of Non-Curse Auras from your Skills

HOW TO SUMMON SPECTRES WHILE USING PLEDGE OF HANDS

There is a trick to summoning your spectres one by one even though you have greater spell echo built into Pledge.

1. You must have a level 20/21 Raise Spectre in slot 1 of your Pledge.
2. Have a fully linked off hand (can be a wand), again have level 20/21 Raise Spectre in slot 1.
3. Desecrate & Summon with your off hand wand.
4. Swap back to Pledge. The spectre should not despawn if you did #1 & #2.


NOTE: If you do not have Raise Spectre in slot 1 in both weapons, your spectres will despawn when you weaponswap.

Demonstration video: https://youtu.be/45L0xTzSjCQ






SLAVE DRIVER

Spell:
Flame Whip: lightning damage, short-range, AOE
Note: in PoB it is called 'Flame Surge'.

Best at:
Boss killing

Demo videos:
T16 map: https://youtu.be/JORZxXCluBo
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/k1eGGSRGP_c

Where:
Act 5 - Control Blocks

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:



LIGHTNING RISEN VAAL ADVOCATE

Spell:
Lightning Ball: lightning damage, high-speed, long-range, projectile, small aoe

Best at:
Mapping

Demo videos:
T16 map: https://youtu.be/X_rAjVaHEx8
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/MqvcQcx1Yvo

Where:
Temple of Atzoatl
Delve - Vaal Outpost

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:


Special notes on summoning RVAs

There are several types of RVA. The corpses all look the same. The only way to know which one you have is to desecrate and raise the spectre. Lightning RVAs have a blue lightning + dark flame effect on their hands. If the RVA has a different effect, you need to go to another room in the temple or reload the vaal outpost and try again.


See: poedb for more details.


GOATMAN FIRE-RAISER

Spells (in PoB):
Fireball - fire damage, low-speed, long-range, projectile, small aoe
Magma Orb - fire damage, low-speed, short-range, projectile, small aoe, pierce
Molten Shield - fire damage, short-range, small aoe

Best at:
Mapping

Demo videos:
T16 map: https://youtu.be/tklWQ3y2yn4
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/XPzye1b3Tt0

Where:
Act 6 - Prisoner's Gate

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:



SOLAR GUARD & PRAYER GUARD

Spells:
Fireball - fire damage, low-speed, long-range, projectile, small aoe
Beam (SG only) - fire damage, long-range, aoe

Best at:
Mapping

Demo videos:
T16 map: https://youtu.be/aaD5slUdtyE
Uber Elder: https://youtu.be/XKMTXFHQceY (PG only)

Where:
Prayer Guard: Act 5 - Chamber of Innocence
Solar Guard: Act 8 - Solaris Temple

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:



FLAME SENTINEL

Spell:
Fireball - fire damage, low-speed, long-range, multiple projectiles, small aoe

Best at:
Mapping

Demo videos:
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Where:
Act 3 - Solaris Temple

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:



CANNIBAL FIRE-EATER

Spell:
Incinerate - fire damage, short-range, multiple projectiles

Best at:
Boss killing

Demo videos:
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Where:
Act 1 - Ledge

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:



FROST SENTINEL

Spell:
Ice Spear - cold damage, low-speed, long-range, multiple projectiles

Best at:
Mapping

Demo videos:
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Where:
Solar Guard: Act 8 - Lunaris Temple

6-link:
Boss:

Map:


Aura:


EE trigger:







HOW DOES ELEMENTAL EQUILIBRIUM WORK?

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Enemies you hit with Elemental Damage temporarily get +25% Resistance to those Elements and -50% Resistance to other Elements

The effect lasts 5 seconds or until being overwritten.

Trap, Mine, and Totem skills trigger EE ... Minions do not trigger EE.

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Elemental_Equilibrium

Any elemental spell you use will proc EE on all enemies that you hit. Your minions cannot proc EE, but they will benefit from its effects.

Example:
Slave Driver spectres use a lightning spell. So, you hit a boss with Armageddon Brand which is fire damage. It will proc EE: monsters will get +25% fire res and -50% lightning and cold res.


Elemental Equilibrium appears as pink circles under monsters.

WHY IS SPELL ECHO IN THE LINKS?

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Spell Echo is a support gem that makes linked spell gems repeat themselves after the initial cast.

Spell Echo only works for spells cast by an actual player or minion

https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Spell_Echo_Support

This means that both the player and minions will benefit from the repeated cast, as well as the increased cast speed. Spell Echo will more than double your spectres' DPS.

Note 1: Wand & Shield Build
Spell Echo will cause Raise Spectre to repeat, so you need to remove it before raising spectres. Remember to put the gem back in when you are finished.

Note 2: Pledge of Hands Build
Spell Echo stacks with Greater Spell Echo. It will give a 3rd repeat with 105% more Damage and 150% increased area. See: official wiki for more details.

HOW DO I GET 1/2/3/4/5 SPECTRES?


1. RAISE SPECTRE GEM LEVEL

The level of your Raise Spectre gem determines the base number of spectres. You will get 1 spectre from gem level 1-10, 2 spectres from 11-20, 3 spectres from 21-30 and 4 spectres at 31*.


2. DEATH ATTUNEMENT PASSIVE SKILL

Death Attunement gives +1 spectre. It can be found at the top left of the tree.


3. ITEMS WITH +1 MAXIMUM NUMBER OF SPECTRES

NOTE: +1 chest is a rare delve drop; it cannot be crafted.


4. INCREASING SKILL GEM LEVEL

Unnatural Strength ascendancy passive gives +2 level to the gem.


Items can also give +1 level to raise spectre or minion gems.


Boots and Convoking wand give global +1. Helmet gives +2/3 only when Raise Spectre is slotted in the helmet.

Empower 4 will give +3 levels if it's linked to Raise Spectre.


HOW ABOUT 6 SPECTRES?






It requires a lot of investment to get 6 spectres. You will also lose overall damage because you have to swap a damage support gem for Empower.


Firstly you will need 4 spectres on the skill gem:


1. LEVEL 21 RAISE SPECTRE


2. +1 MINION GEM LEVEL WAND


3. +1 SPECTRE GEM LEVEL BOOTS


4. +3 MINION GEM LEVEL HELMET


5. EMPOWER 4


6. UNNATURAL STRENGTH ASCENDANCY



Lastly, you will need +2 maximum number of spectres:

1. DEATH ATTUNEMENT


2. +1 SPECTRE CHEST FROM DELVE


CAN I DO ELEMENTAL REFLECT MAPS?

In short, no you cannot do reflect maps.



Almost all spectres will die quickly because they do elemental damage and their DPS is much higher than their regen/leech.

However, there is one exception: Risen Vaal Advocate. They have a base 405% life. This makes them incredibly tanky and able to simply leech/regen their way through reflect maps. However, their DPS is much lower than Slave Drivers.See spectre section for more details.


T16 Mapping | 18% ele reflect: https://youtu.be/X_rAjVaHEx8

WHY DID YOU PUT * NEXT TO UBER ATZIRI?

The Slave Drivers will instaphase Atziri, but they will also instantly die if they hit the mirror clone. So you need to be very quick and careful with positioning your spectres.

Here's a full run from 3.7: https://youtu.be/gRaieNyJgRg?t=150

At 2:50, one spectre hit the mirror clone and died instantly.

CAN YOU CHECK MY GEAR? WHAT SHOULD I UPGRADE?

There are 3 things you need to do:

1. Check the gear sections in the Wand & Shield and Pledge builds for suggested items.

2. Make sure your spectres are in a 6-link.

3. Stack life on all your gear. You should have a minimum of 100 life on your gloves, belt, rings. Other items will vary depending on whether you are using uniques or rares.

That's basically it.

THE BUILD GUIDE HAS CHANGED! WHERE CAN I FIND THE OLD VERSION?

Previous build versions can be found in the build archive.

https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/2581892





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