3.12 | Lyends' Definitive Spectre Guide! - All Content / Budget / 50M+ Dps / 9k+ HP / Leveling Guide

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Hi there! I'm Lyends, and it's time we talk about Spectres!

I wanted to make a guide for all of the people looking to get into a minion build or want to play something similar to what I’m playing this season.

Spectres are decently tanky melee or ranged spell caster ghosts of dead mobs you reanimate to do your bidding. There are hundreds of spectres you can choose from that can deal Lightning, Cold, Fire, Physical & even Chaos damage! With a wide array of possibilities you can tailor a build to your liking in terms of Spectre type & build path!

I want to make it as friendly as possible to beginners who have never played a minion build but also go in depth for people who want to go further.

If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask or come by my stream Ill be more than happy to help!

You can find me on Twitch here - https://www.twitch.tv/leeends


Changelog

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9/23/20 - After playing Heist and discovering all there is to it, I have made some more updates to better reflect the current state of Spectres and added some new tools to play with! I am also shifting the build over to armor & life stacking as it would do better.
9/16/20 - Updated to 3.12!
6/23/20 - Updated to 3.11! Im experimenting with an armor stacking version of this too that I will update the guide about at a later date!
5/2/20 - Updated Scinteel Synthite recommended gems, minor gramatical tweaks, fixed one broken link, added Thaumaturge video!
5/2/20 - There is now a changelog!




3.11 Harvest
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Harvest is here! With it brings some nerfs to our build. Vicious Bite was nerfed from +50% Multiplier to +20% which sucks but we still can hit over 50m dps easily!

It also brought the additions of Glancing Blows & moved Unwavering Stance closer to us which gave us a HUGE boost to tankiness! Late game this build is honestly unkillable by anything other than super unlucky sirus DIE! lasers that managed to not get blocked 3 times in a row.

Gear is the same but I'm experimenting with an armor version that was an idea that came up in 3.10. I will update the guide if its worth looking at!


3.12 Heist
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Harvest is here! With it brings some nerfs to our build. Vicious Bite was nerfed from +20% Multiplier to +15% and from +50% Crit Chance to 30% which sucks but we still can hit over 50m dps easily!

Glancing Blows also recieved a small nerf and Mistress of Sacrifice was further nerfed too. Overall GGG didn't like our build this season.

In terms of gear we are looking for the same gear and I will update the guide with alternative quality and replica uniques as they get datamined at the start of Heist!

Lastly, the ever so popular Redemption Sentries were nerfed by 33% which sucks but Scinteels were luckily left untouched! If you do want to run Redemption sentries, you are going to be more pressured into getting a super expensive 7 link helmet to have extremly high boss dps where you kill the boss in 1-2 seconds.




Now without further ado let's get into some Spectres!

In this guide you can find:

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Videos showcasing Spectres
An Intro to Spectrography
Encyclopedia Spectra
Leveling Options / Gems / Act by Act guide
Passives, Ascendancy, Bandits & Pantheon
Skills & Alternative links
Gear options from 1C to 1Mirror
Recommended Upgrade Path
Endgame farming tips


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Videos
Standard T16 Sulphite Promenade w/ Scinteel Synthites
Juiced T14 Delirium Ramparts w/ Scinteel Synthites
Sirus DELETION w/ Baranite Thaumaturges

More to come!


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An Intro to Spectrography


Path of Building

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Before we start I HIGHLY recommend you download Path of Building if you don’t have it. If you do, I HIGHLY recommend to swap to the Community Fork if you do not have it. It has much more accurate calculations that we rely on for the math.

If you don’t know what PoB is, it is a program developed by the community to simulate PoE. With it you can plan your build, see what different passives & gear will do to your dps, HP, ES, ect. & allows you to easily share it with others! It is widely used by pretty much everyone in the community and is the standard when discussing builds.

PoB Community Fork: Download

Once you have PoB you can import my build into it through the Pastebin link below.

To import it:

Copy the Pastebin link
Click on Import/Export Build
Click on Import from Pastebin…
Paste the link
Click on Import

Pastebin Link: https://pastebin.com/SK2D8uB8

VERY USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS POB PLEASE READ
VERY USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS POB PLEASE READ
VERY USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS POB PLEASE READ


If you go to the Tree section in the bottom left you will be able to change passive trees. This PoB features alot of them for different things!

1.) Leveling trees in increments of 10 from Level 10-90

These are designed to help you level a necromancer for this build! If you want more leveling info/help please visit the Leveling this Build section.

2.) This PoB was created with 3 price/progression points in mind:

Earlygame - A 1-4Ex setup
Midgame - A 4-50Ex setup
Endgame - A 50Ex+ setup

Because of this there are 3 different sets of trees at Level 95.

These are ment to be guides on how you can put together this tree.
The Earlygame version comes with 1 extra tree with no cluster jewels designed for the SUPER budget.

HOW TO USE THIS POB CORRECTLY

1.) Pick your Pricepoint/Progression Passive tree (Earlygame, Midgame, Endgame)
2.) Pick the apropriate gear setup from the Items section. This can be found as a dropdown above all of the items.
3.) Thats it :)

KEEP IN MIND:

All of the items listed are GENERIC items ment to act as a guide. If you want more information on gear please visit the Gear section of this guide!







Pros & Cons

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Super strong on a budget!
Tons of variety in playstyle
Super tanky 9k+ HP / Fortify / 50% Phys Reduction / 3 Endurance Charges / 76% All Res / 75% Attack & Spell Block / Tons of Regen
High dps 50M+
Low APM
Somewhat of an AFK Blight farmer
Bad visual clarity at times
All of your friends will hate your super OP and afk build!


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Your Spectre & You

The Basics

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What is a Spectre

Spectres are copies of dead enemies that you can reanimate to do your bidding. Most of the mobs in-game can be reanimated & will gain the abilities of said mobs. These can range from supportive Spectres that buff you & your allies to absolute powerhouses of destruction that will delete everything on-screen (and 2 screens away) in 1 frame!

Summoning

To summon a Spectre all you have to do is simply target a corpse you want as a Spectre & just press your keybind for your Spectre gem. To precisely target a corpse go to your Settings -> Input -> Find & keybind to a comfortable key “Enable corpse targeting”. While that key is pressed you will highlight what corpse you are currently selecting for your spell.

Hint: GGG doesn't know how hitboxes work and 99.9999999% of Spectres can easily be targeted by mousing near their feet. (Some don’t have a targeting outline unfortunately, THANKS GGG.)

If you have Spell Echo linked to your Spectre gem take it off first as you will summon two Spectres each time with the 2nd one being a randomly selected corpse near your cursor.



The rabbit hole of Spectre choices

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There are WAY too many Spectres in PoE and in this section I will try to cover what I believe are Spectres worthwhile in pursuing broken down by damage type. I will be adding more with time!

Lightning

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Scinteel Synthite
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Single Target DPS: 8
AoE DPS: 9
Survivability: 10
AI: 9


Found in: Cortex & Twisted Distant Memory

Scinteels are in my opinion, the best of the best, the premier of the premier.

They are the top dogs when it comes to their hybrid ability (a measure of Boss dps & clear speed) & I have been using them for most of the season.

They have 3 attacks:
A normal lightning projectile
A sweeping laser beam
A ground targeted AoE that leaves a DoT

Scinteels are extremely strong in both their ability to pump out insane amounts of dps to one target & a pack at the same time. The ability that makes them shine above all else is the sweeping laser beam they do. It does absurd amounts of damage allowing for them to instantly kill a pack or do large amounts of damage to one target. Other than that they sometimes do their AoE to mobs really far away and spam their projectile basic attack.

On top of all of this Scinteels have a 5x health multiplier making them OMEGA tanks. Mine currently have 300k HP and literally could care less that Sirus is spamming 15 DIE attacks at once every second. They also have a passive Energy Shield that is super strong allowing us to use Damage on Full Life with nearly 100% uptime on maps and 100% uptime on bosses.

Recommended Gem Links

Raise Spectre - Spell Echo - Minion Damage - Controlled Destruction - Damage on Full Life - Lesser Multiple Projectiles

Alternatives

Controlled Destruction -> Feeding Frenzy to afk Blights.
Controlled Destruction -> Pierce slightly less dps but ALOT more clear speed.
Lesser Multiple Projectiles -> Slower Projectiles to kill bosses faster (You really don’t need this they are op enough but it's here if you want it)


Slave Driver
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Single Target DPS: 9
AoE DPS: 5
Survivability: 5
AI: 10


Found in: Act 5 The Control Blocks

The good ole reliable, the one thing you can always count on, the man that's always there for you.

Slave Drivers used to be the “most op” Spectre before the 350 new additions in 3.10. With that said they are still very strong and super reliable. They have very strong single target dps and average clear speed.

They have 1 attack:
Lightning Surge

Slave Drivers spam their Surge attack at supersonic speeds, while it is their only attack it is an AoE making them reliable for clearing & it has high base damage making them excellent for bursting one mob.

Their AI is top notch making them extremely aggressive which is great for clearing. The only problem is they have extremely low health which is fine as it is more than enough to live everything. The problem arises on Sirus where their aggressive nature makes them consistently run into the storms and kill themselves as they don’t have enough HP to live it. For all content but Sirus they will live just fine.

Recommended Gem Links

Raise Spectre - Spell Echo - Minion Damage - Controlled Destruction - Concentrated Effect - Elemental Focus

Alternatives

Controlled Destruction -> Feeding Frenzy to afk Blights.
Elemental Focus -> Lightning Penetration late game when your Drives do so much damage that Lightning Pen + Shock from their crits is higher DPS than Focus

Baranite Thaumaturge
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Single Target DPS: 10
AoE DPS: 4
Survivability: 9
AI: 7


Found in: Map Areas when The Crusader (Baran) is spawning mobs.

The biggest HC nightmare and the bane of no shock immunity! The insta kill mob of legends!

Thaumaturges are extremely busty spectres and can delete any mob in a fraction of a second if everything lines up properly. They can be a very very good bossing spectre but somewhat lack in clear speed.

They have 3 attacks:
A normal projectile auto
A minefield of explosives
A giant laser beam

Thaumaturges will use their minefield attack on cooldown placing loads of mines everywhere that will explode a second later. These things do disgusting amounts of damage having one of the highest base scalings for any spectre in the game. If you can hold a boss in place for a second as all of your spectres do the attack it will insta kill even Sirus. Their laser beam attack is also great as it aids with their poor clear speed but has the downside of being a 8 second cooldown.

Their AI is somewhat competent being on par for spectre AI with nothing noteworthy. Their health pool is also very large at 405% making them unkillable to anything but reflect. On top of that Thaumages have a very large Energy Shield allowing us to abuse Damage on Full Life.

Recommended Gem Links

Raise Spectre - Spell Echo - Concentrated Effect - Damage on Full Life - Minion Damage - Controlled Destruction

Alternatives

Controlled Destruction -> Feeding Frenzy to afk Blights

Scale of Esh
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Single Target DPS: 8
AoE DPS: 6
Survivability: 4
AI: 5


Found in: Esh’s Domain & Ech Breaches

The friend with multiple friends! The lightning buggy boy that used to crash your game!

Scale of Esh are a fun spectre offering a variety of decent attacks. What makes them special is that they summon mini versions of themselves! They have alright single target dps and decent clearspeed. Unfortunately their health pool is somewhat miniscule.

They have 4 attacks:
A Slave Driver esque Lightning Surge
A Arc attack
A stationary Ball Lightning
A summoning skill

Scales tend to spam their Arc attack and use their Ball Lightning & Lightning Surge whenever possible. Unfortunately, unlike Slave Drivers this attack has a cooldown of 5 seconds drastically reducing clear speed. Their Ball Lightning attack is spawned in one location and doesn't move. If you can get a boss to stand still this will absolutely delete them! Their summoning move summons tiny copies of themselves. This used to have no limit and you could have hundreds of tiny Scales everywhere but has since been limited to 3 (boo).

Their AI seems to feel a bit on the lower end as they sometimes are not very responsive and their health pool is tiny making them very easy to be killed by bosses.

Recommended Gem Links

Raise Spectre - Spell Echo - Concentrated Effect - Minion Damage - Controlled Destruction - Feeding Frenzy

Alternatives

Feeding Frenzy -> Elemental Focus for higher dps



Cold

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Redeemer Sentry
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Single Target DPS: 6
AoE DPS: 10
Survivability: 9
AI: 8


Found in: Map Areas when The Redeemer (Bird Lady) is spawning mobs.

The fancy show off Robin Hood of dreams! The screen clear terror of legends and the coldest friend you'll ever have!

Sentries are premier AoE oriented Spectres that have a wide array of tools they use against their enemies. While they have great AoE, their single target falls behind other Spectres making them a lower end choice for bossing.

They have 4 abilities:
A default basic attack
A piercing projectile
A projectile that breaks into multiple fragments
A bomb attack

Sentries swap between all of their attacks as they are in combat making them very strong for clearing but super weak for single target DPS as most of the attacks are horrible for throughput. Their piercing attack is the most deadly instantly being able to wipe a screen clear, which goes great with its low CD.

Their AI is pretty good, usually liking to attack mobs off screen with Feeding Frenzy. Their HP is also excellent allowing them to never die to anything but the highest damage intake.

Recommended Gem Links

Raise Spectre - Damage on Full Life - Minion Damage - Controlled Destruction - Added Cold Damage - Lesser Multiple Projectiles

Alternatives

Controlled Destruction -> Feeding Frenzy to afk Blights
Lesser Multiple Projectiles -> Greater Multiple Projectiles for even higher clear speed
Lesser Multiple Projectiles -> Slower Projectiles for bosses

Frost Sentinel
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Single Target DPS: 6
AoE DPS: 9
Survivability: 7
AI: 6


Found in: Act 8 The Lunaris Concourse

The blue ribbons of death! The most mesmerising display of beauty ever! The prettiest Spectre around!

Frost Sentinels have excellent AoE capability with their built in Greater Multiple Projectiles. Because of this we can save a gem link and put it to work on higher single target DPS!

They have 1 ability:
A basic attack w/ built in Greater Multiple Projectiles

Sentinels spam their basic attack which has a moderate scaling & built in extra projectiles. They can easily be scaled to great single target dps but are held back a bit by their lower quality AI. With all of that said they have a very high attack speed which makes them amazing for clear speed builds.

Their AI tends to be a bit more passive which makes them a bit weaker with no Feeding Frenzy. On top of this they have slightly more health than Slave Drivers which makes them susceptible to dying to large bursts of damage but don't run around wildly which makes them a bit safer. They might be a bit hard to keep alive on Sirus making them not the greatest choice for bossing.

Recommended Gem Links

Raise Spectre - Spell Echo - Minion Damage - Controlled Destruction - Added Cold Damage - Hypothermia

Alternatives

Controlled Destruction -> Feeding frenzy to afk Blights
Hypothermia -> Cold Penetration for higher clear speed



Fire
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Solar Guard
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Single Target DPS: 7
AoE DPS: 9
Survivability: 7
AI: 9


Found in: Act 8 The Solaris Temple

The flamey bois of legend! The giga laser shooters of old!

Solar Guards have one of if not the best AoE clear in the game. Long have they been praised for their ability to delete screens insanely fast.

They have 2 attacks:
A default basic attack
A laser of death

Solar guards exell in AoE damage and clear speed because of their laser attack. While it has an 8 second cooldown, your spectres rotating between each one for different packs negates the downsides of it. When the laser hits its target it explodes adding even more AoE potential. With this said solar guards struggle a bit with single target dps as their default attack isn't too strong and they don't scale too well. With that said they still can delete bosses pretty quickly.

Their AI is top tier with them constantly attacking mobs off screen. On top of this they have 198% health making them very tanky. They should have no trouble with living aany boss ability thrown at them and can handle all content efficiently.

Recommended Gem Links

Raise Spectre - Spell Echo - Concentrated Effect - Minion Damage - Controlled Destruction - Lesser Multiple Projectiles

Alternatives

Lesser Multiple Projectiles -> Increased Criticals for higher single target dps
Controlled Destruction -> Feeding frenzy to afk Blights
Concentrated Effect -> Increased Area of Effect for more clear speed



Physical

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Enhanced Vaal Fallen
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Single Target DPS: 11
AoE DPS: 4
Survivability: 7
AI: 8


Found in: Delve Vaal Areas

The literal NUKE of nukes. The deleter of any singular mob. The powerhouse of legends!

Enhanced Vaal Fallen do one thing, DELETE a single mob. They have insane scaling and can absolutely shred anything in their way.

They have 2 abilities:
Elemental Hit
Leap Slam

Vaal Fallen has one of the highest scaling abilities in the game. On top of that it is the only attack they spam and when linked properly can absolutely shred any single mob. Their weakness is in their poor AoE which can be made up but in return makes them lose single target DPS. Because of this I recommend them as a bossing spectre but I've done plenty of maps with them and they have no problems.

Their AI is pretty good with no feeding frenzy for a melee spectre. Their health is also very high making them a good frontline mob that should have no issues with dying to any content.

Recommended Gem Links

Raise Spectre - Multistrike - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Minion Damage - Melee Physical Damage - Concentrated Effect

Alternatives

Concentrated Effect -> Melee Splash for more clear speed
Minion Damage -> Feeding Frenzy for afk Blights





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Leveling

There are two ways to go about leveling from level 1 to maps!

Hollow Palm Technique

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Hollow Palm Technique is a new Keystone added in 3.10 with the One With Nothing unique small cluster jewel. It adds ungodly amounts of flat damage to your skills and allows you to 1 shot everything through the Acts.

It is by far the fastest way to level ALL classes and you can put together a leveling kit from anywhere to 50c for the low end up to 2 Ex for a high end setup. I am someone who hates leveling and this has allowed me to level characters in 2-3 hours down from 4-5 hours previously.

If you want more information on it check out my Hollow Palm leveling guide!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFycxoV4dag&t=1s


Normal Leveling

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If you don’t want to pursue the Hollow Palm Technique for leveling mentioned above, then we shall go into a leveling guide here.

Gear

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Here are some uniques you can use to speed up leveling!

Helmet
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Goldrim is the strongest choice for all characters as it offers up to 40% to all resistances making leveling much smoother. You can pick 1 up for anywhere between 1 Alch to 2-3C for a max rolled one.


Skullhead at level 36 is an alright option too if you want a bit less resistance but more life for you and your pets.

Chest

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Tabula Rasa is the premier choice for all characters as you can immediately use any 6 linked setup you want starting from level 1.

Gloves
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Lochtonial Caress are super strong gloves usable from level 1 allowing you to gain charges on kill. These are very nice and can carry you to maps easily.


Flesh and Spirit are a pair of gloves usable at level 15. They grant you access to the Rampage mechanic that gives you extra damage and movement speed as you rack up more kills. On top of that you also cast special abilities at different Rampage levels.


Boots
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Seven-League Step are the premier leveling boots. No other pair of boots has more movement speed than them and they are usable at level 1. The 50% increase will massively help improve leveling time!


Wanderlust are the next best pair of boots after Seven-League Step. Significantly cheaper but with the downside of having 30% less movement speed. Comes with the upside of Cant be Frozen which is nice in some acts.


Bones of Ullr are a decent pair to use as well and can serve as a budget option for boots once you get to maps! They offer slightly less MS than Wanderlust but make up for it with their +1 to Zombies and Spectres granting you more DPS.

Belt
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String of Servitude with “x% increased Movement Speed during any Flask Effect” is your best option for a belt. It is usable at level 48 and offers the most movement speed available on any belt.


Belt of the Deceiver is a wonderful alternative until 48 or to the end of the story. It offers a hefty amount of resistances and makes enemies near you Intimidated allowing any physical damage dealing pets to do 10% More damage.

Amulet
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Karui Ward would be your best option as it would give you the greatest amount of movement speed greatly increasing leveling time.


Astramentis is a very nice necklace that can be used starting at level 20. It gives you a hefty chunk of all 3 attributes removing the need to worry about having enough stats to use gems & gear while leveling.


Sidhebreath is a nice alternative if you want your minions to do more damage instead.

Anointing
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If this isn't your first character that you are leveling i HIGHLY recommend you anoint whatever amulet you choose to level with the Freedom of Movement notable. This can be done with Sister Cassia in your hideout using a Clear, Sepia, & Violet oil. It gives you 10% movement speed & Phasing which allows you to move through enemies. It is super cheap and just speeds everything up.

Rings
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Perandus Signet is a nice option to start off with. Each one offers 2% increased experience and you can even use it all the way to maps if you want a bit of extra xp.


Doedre’s Damning is excellent for the first few levels. Each one offers 5% resistance & some mana on kill which is handy when you have mana issues the first few levels.


Le Heup of All is the strongest option at level 24 due to its superior resistances. Each one offers up to 30% resistance and when paired up with a Goldrim, this allows you to be resistance capped up until Act 10.

Weapons
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Lifesprig is your best option to start off with at level 1 until you can use better items. It offers a decent amount of tankiness with the life recovery and decent damage through its other stats.


Ashcaller is a great option at level 18 giving you some extra SRS for a bit of damage.


Queen’s Decree is an amazing weapon usable at level 27 and can be used all the way though the story and into maps if you so choose to. The +1 maximum to all minions is very strong especially for Spectres on top of the extra life and damage it provides for them.


Victario’s Charity is your best-in-slot option late game and can be used at level 50. If you do plan to use it make sure to pick up Necromantic Aegis in your passive tree otherwise it will be significantly weaker. This is due to your minions being able to proc the frenzy & power charges much more reliably than you can.


Gems

This is a section of what gems to run and what Acts you can change your build. Acts not listed mean there is nothing of importance to note.
There is a TL;DR section at the bottom!


Act 1

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To start off I would level with Freezing Pulse until Level 10. This is due to Zombies & Summon Raging Spirits not being too strong to start with. I would recommend you pick up a Zombie gem and level it in a spare socket so it's ready to be used.

Freezing Pulse - Lesser Volley - Arcane Surge
(keep Arcane Surge a low level for it to be up at all times)

At level 10 I would swap over to Skeletons & Zombies. The Zombies might still be a bit too weak but we are rushing the Sacrifice notable on the tree which should give them the health regen they need to stay alive.

You should also link them together in your Tabula so they can both benefit from the same support gems early on.

Pick up Minion Damage, Summon Phantasm, & Melee Splash from Nessa and link them to your minions. At the same time, think about a movement skill, I prefer Flame Dash.

Summon Zombie - Summon Skeleton - Minion Damage - Melee Splash - Summon Phantasm

Flame Dash

Act 2

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At level 16 you get Melee Physical Damage which can be linked to your Zombies and Skellies. Also pick up Desecrate and put it wherever there is space. This allows you to summon corpses on demand if your Zombies die.

At level 18 you get Minion Speed, the same should be done for this as well.
Replace Phantasms at this point.

Other than this just kill all 3 bandits for 2 Passive Points.

Summon Zombie - Summon Skeleton - Minion Damage - Melee Splash - Minion Speed - Melee Physical Damage

Flame Dash

Desecrate

Act 3

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At Level 24 you can use Auras, these will massively increase our dps. Pick up Pride, Dread Banner, & Hatred. Make sure you pick up the mana reservation at Sovereignty to be able to use it all. Also pick up Convocation, this allows you to summon all of your pets to you on demand & give them a bit of health.

Tip: You can put Convocation on your Left Click and it will automatically cast it for you on cooldown as you walk around with no extra effort!

At 28 pick up Raise Spectre & Animate Guardian. Don't worry about these just yet! Just put them anywhere you have space so they can gain xp for later on. We don’t use Spectres until Act 5 & Animate Guardian until maps but it's CRUCIAL that the guardian is as close to Level 20 as possible.

At 31 there's lots of upgrades to make!

Pick up:

Second Wind
Impale x2
Feeding Frenzy

At this point, you will want to split your Skellies & Zombies into 2 different links. Skellies can not become a “cooldown” of sorts where you can summon them as needed on tougher mobs and we will be orienting them towards high dps while they are up. Zombies are going to be shifted towards doing most of the carrying outside of bosses.

Summon Zombie - Minion Damage - Melee Splash - Melee Physical Damage - Feeding Frenzy - Impale

Summon Skeleton - Minion Damage - Melee Physical Damage - Impale

Flame Dash - Second Wind

(these 7 can go anywhere there's space)
Pride
Dread Banner
Animate Guardian

Hatred
Desecrate

Raise Spectre
Convocation


Act 4

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At level 34 you have access to golems! Golems have their own action set & give you a nice buff too! You have the option of Stone Golem or Chaos Golem. Stone gives you a HP regen & Chaos gives you some physical damage reduction. Both are extremely strong.

At level 38 you can pick up Multistrike and this is going to make your DPS skyrocket! Remove Minion Damage from both Skellies & Zombies, then replace it with Multistrike. You also get access to Cast when Damage Taken which will automatically use whatever skill it's linked to whenever you take x amount of dmg based on its level. You can go back to Act 1 and pick up Steelskin and this will give you a wonderful automatic shield whenever you get hit!

Summon Zombie - Multistrike - Melee Splash - Melee Physical Damage - Feeding Frenzy - Impale

Summon Skeleton - Multistrike - Melee Physical Damage - Impale

Flame Dash - Second Wind

Cast when Damage Taken - Steelskin

(these 8 can go anywhere there's space)
Pride
Dread Banner
Animate Guardian

Hatred
Desecrate

Raise Spectre
Convocation

Stone OR Chaos Golem


Act 5

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At the start of Act 5 you get access to Slave Drivers. You can swap over to these from Zombies if you’d like but I would instead recommend replacing Skellies with them if you want to use them. If not you can keep using Zombies & Skellies to finish off leveling then swap after Act 10.

If you do want Slave Drivers they can be found in The Control Blocks. This is the zone you go into directly from the Act 5 town. You can simply spam desecrate at the entrance untill Slave Driver corpses show up. Refer to the An Intro to Spectrography - Your Spectre and You - Summoning for more into!

If you do want to swap to Drivers I recommend the following links

4 Link
Summon Spectre - Spell Echo - Concentrated Effect - Feeding Frenzy

6 Link
Summon Spectre - Spell Echo - Concentrated Effect - Feeding Frenzy - Minion Damage - Controlled Destruction

Other than that there are no other changes to make until the end of Act 10!

Once you reach the end of Act 10 please refer to the Skills section on how to transition to a Spectre build!



TL;DR

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Once you reach the end of Act 10 please refer to the Skills section on how to transition to a Spectre build!

1-10

Freezing Pulse - Lesser Volley - Arcane Surge

10-18

Summon Zombie - Summon Skeleton - Minion Damage - Melee Splash - Summon Phantasm

Flame Dash

18-24

Summon Zombie - Summon Skeleton - Minion Damage - Melee Splash - Minion Speed - Melee Physical Damage

Flame Dash

Desecrate

24-31

Summon Zombie - Summon Skeleton - Minion Damage - Melee Splash - Minion Speed - Melee Physical Damage

Flame Dash

Desecrate

Pride
Dread Banner

Hatred

31-38

Summon Zombie - Minion Damage - Melee Splash - Melee Physical Damage - Feeding Frenzy - Impale

Summon Skeleton - Minion Damage - Melee Physical Damage - Impale

Flame Dash - Second Wind

(these 7 can go anywhere there's space)
Pride
Dread Banner
Animate Guardian

Hatred
Desecrate

Raise Spectre
Convocation


38-Act 10

Summon Zombie - Multistrike - Melee Splash - Melee Physical Damage - Feeding Frenzy - Impale

Summon Skeleton - Multistrike - Melee Physical Damage - Impale

Flame Dash - Second Wind

Cast when Damage Taken - Steelskin

(these 8 can go anywhere there's space)
Pride
Dread Banner
Animate Guardian

Hatred
Desecrate

Raise Spectre
Convocation

Stone OR Chaos Golem


Leveling Guide - Act by Act

Spoiler
Coming Soon!
This guide was written in 1 day and my hands hurt so this portion will come later.

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Hey sir! Iam kinda Lost here, for hit a massive, Very good, opie opie, Goku, super sexy damage, using Syndicate Operative spectres,
Whats the 6L? I Just have sure about spectre + spell acho + GMP , and the last 3x, what o should use?

Please help me!
Seems quite Squishy tbh :S
A question. Is it possible to carry this build without the animated guardian? I hate the way that skill works but this build catches my attention and I wanted to try it. Thanks
Hey!
Great stuff, I changed my old minion build to this on Heist league but I feel very squishy, I have dumped around 30ex on the build and I am getting one shot on some maps, not only heist but even minotaur.

I have the animate guardian with the kingmaker, didn't change much.

Any suggestions and tips ?
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Ckbeast wrote:
Hey!
Great stuff, I changed my old minion build to this on Heist league but I feel very squishy, I have dumped around 30ex on the build and I am getting one shot on some maps, not only heist but even minotaur.

I have the animate guardian with the kingmaker, didn't change much.

Any suggestions and tips ?



Get better gear. No life on Chest, helmet, low rolls on some other rares. Also im not using Glancing Blows. Do you think it's worth? Guide is not really clear in some points, but Lyends (which is not even replying in this thread anymore) doesn't use apparently.
Last edited by Pheu on Oct 12, 2020, 4:01:35 AM
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Hey sir! Iam kinda Lost here, for hit a massive, Very good, opie opie, Goku, super sexy damage, using Syndicate Operative spectres,
Whats the 6L? I Just have sure about spectre + spell acho + GMP , and the last 3x, what o should use?

Please help me!



Volley is more damage than LMP/GMP, then Vicious projectiles and Ele damage with attacks. Rest is normal minion damage and spell echo.
Last edited by Pheu on Oct 12, 2020, 4:04:43 AM
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Pheu wrote:
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Ckbeast wrote:
Hey!
Great stuff, I changed my old minion build to this on Heist league but I feel very squishy, I have dumped around 30ex on the build and I am getting one shot on some maps, not only heist but even minotaur.

I have the animate guardian with the kingmaker, didn't change much.

Any suggestions and tips ?



Get better gear. No life on Chest, helmet, low rolls on some other rares. Also im not using Glancing Blows. Do you think it's worth? Guide is not really clear in some points, but Lyends (which is not even replying in this thread anymore) doesn't use apparently.


You will get max block without glancing, which will negate all damage. then why would u want to take 65% of the damage with glancing blows? :P
Just wanted to thank you for a amazing guide! Great effort and organization, all perfectly created. Thanks again! (oh btw, do you think headhunter is good for the build or nah? :^) )
Hi, about enhanced Vaal Fallen, don't they use an elemental attack of a random element? (elemental hit)
That wouldn't be very great with EE right?
Hello. I've tried to follow your guide to make a minion character than can AFK blight maps but I'm having some problems. First of all, I don't really know how to play the build. I go into the map and stand there while my minions kill stuff. They do fine on the small mobs but once the big blight mobs come, they can't damage them enough before it kills the pump. I was trying on a T13 map I believe. The skill on my wand is greyed out so I can't cast it. Not sure if that's how it's suppose to be? I'm using frost sentinels because the links you listed for them seem to mesh well with the helmet I have. Here's my POB https://pastebin.com/6d4pcGXF

I leveled the character with Toxic Rain (my main skill) and equipped it mostly with gear I made from Harvest. It should be decently geared despite having some obvious areas of improvement (rings).

Do you have any suggestions to fix my character? I feel like I'm probably doing some things very wrong and hopefully some small fixes could make this guy excellent. Thanks so much!

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