[3.11] SOULWREST PHANTASM NECROMANCER Build

Soulwrest Necromancer is probably one of the last variations of Necromancer build i was yet to try and so finally i managed to “taste” it this league. The numbers on phantasms didn’t look promising with 20k per one and i kinda started to doubt they will be viable in end-game at all.
Original goal was to use Phantasms for all “trash” and strong melee spectres for all “single target”. After a certain amount of experiments, investments and min-maxing it turned out to be a way better build than i expected and i managed to kill Sirus 8, Shaper and pretty much all content to my surprise.
What i’ve planned as a “fast trash mapper” transitioned into a good all-around universal build which is also very cheap. The build itself is a lot of fun and utilizes some very cool mechanics like self-sustaining corpses.

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http://www.angryroleplayer.com/path-of-exile-builds/soulwrest-phantasm-necromancer-path-of-exile-build/
V 1.1 Update (25/06/2020):
-Actually a small QoL buff. Enduring Bond passive now has a 5% chance to refresh Phantasms duratrion when hit a Unique enemy.
-Pob updated for 3.11. Hasn't really changed
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How does it work, in general?
Phantasms shoot PHYSICAL PROJECTILE SPELLS. This stuff is not easy to scale to start with lol. At the same time in order to summon phantasms you need to consume a corpse while using Soulwrest. By inserting Summon Phantasm Support we can summon TWICE more Phantasms = 20 instead of 10. Sockets in the Soulwrest do not to be linked as well!
Generating Corpses is done by Desecrate and… well.. Killing monsters! Consuming corpses, however, is handled by 2 things: Queen’s Hunger and Devouring Diadem. These two constantly consume corpses and provide different bonuses like regeneration and different Offerings which boost you and your minions.
4 Melee Tanky Spectres deliver necessary single target as Phantasms barely have any. I’ve settled up on Enhanced Vaal Fallens. They can be found in any Vaal City in Delve. Keep in mind there are MANY different types of Vaal mobs, you need EXACT ONES with this name.
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1) PROS
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+very cheap
+very fast
+moderately tanky with 50-70 block and 6000+ life with regen boosts
+overall good build for farming everything fast

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2) CONS
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-hard to find any TBH lol.. Probably not one-shotting things?

3) Skill Tree Progression / Path of Building / Ascendancy / Bandits
For the levelling tree please watch the video guide or check PoB!
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Path of building:https://pastebin.com/CEj3sV1S
For Ascendancy: Mindless Aggression, Unnatural Strength, Commander of Darkness, Plaguebringer
Bandits: Kill All

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4) Early Levelling Gear / Skills
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Levelling is a very standard zombie / phantasm character. You can either use Zombies linked with Phantasms in Tabula or add Summon Raging Spirits. Use any mix of minions that you like. If you have Tabula use Zombies + Phantasms in a 6L. Give minions some minion leech jewels (without level requirement) in Darkness Enthroned belt.
Some gear to consider for any minion builds are
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Bones_of_Ullr
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Sidhebreath
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Aukuna%27s_Will
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Grip_of_the_Council
https://pathofexile.gamepedia.com/Skullhead
Starting with level 40 you can get a wand with a temple minion mod


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5) My Actual Gear / End-Game Skills
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For Uber Lab enchant:
Bone Offering block chance (best defense) / Flesh Offering attack speed (OK but not crazy) / Spirit Offering extra damage (highest DPS)
Phantasms 5L: Summon.Phantasm-Minion.Damage-Minion.Speed-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Controlled.Destruction
Phantasms 6L: Summon.Phantasm-Minion.Damage-Minion.Speed-Greater.Multiple.Projectiles-Controlled.Destruction-Added.Fire
Spectres 6L: Summon.Spectre-Minion.Damage-Melee.Physical-Multistrike-Deathmark
Spectres 6L: Summon.Spectre-Minion.Damage-Melee.Physical-Multistrike-Deathmark-Empower.lvl.4
JEWELS: Life, Minion Blind / Taunt / Leech
Watcher’s Eye: Purity of Elements with 2-3 mods

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6) Flasks
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Mostly defense and speed.

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7) Pantheon Gods
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Major: Arakaali
Minor: Shakari

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8) Hardcore Viable or not?
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Can be done, but needs to be more defensive, probably.

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9) FOR THE RICH GUYS
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3x mod Watcher’s Eye, awakened gems (some can be really expensive like Multistrike and GMP / Melee Phys)

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MORE VIDEOS:

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FAQ
1) Where do i get the Spectres you have here?
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They can be found in any Vaal Outposts, early on in Delve. Keep in mind there are MANY different types of Vaal mobs, you need EXACT ONES with this name. They have the best damage and life. Enhanced Vaal Fallen


2) Is it a good league starter?
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Yes, and cheap since noone gives a shit about Soulwrest

3) Is this build really cheap?
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The only thing that might be expensive is good Spectre boots. The rest are all cheap, outside of min-maxing with super insane Awakened Gems

4) What is the Animated Guardian setup?
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You can find his gear in path of building, but i will list it here as well:
Kingmaker
Mask of the Tribunal
Garb of the Ephemeral
Meginord’s Vise
Victario’s Flight


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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Jun 25, 2020, 4:38:53 AM
Last bumped on Aug 9, 2020, 11:05:01 AM
Just tried this build out in Standard as a respec with non- optimal gear. I could clear red maps without a problem! Nice.

However, I have one question: I'm using Triad Grip with 3 Green and 1 Red socket instead of Grip of The Council and therefore Elemental Army as a support gem for the phantasms.
You said that there are hardly any gems to scale physical spell damage. Why do you use Grip of the Council then instead of converting all minion damage?
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Thorsten94 wrote:
Just tried this build out in Standard as a respec with non- optimal gear. I could clear red maps without a problem! Nice.

However, I have one question: I'm using Triad Grip with 3 Green and 1 Red socket instead of Grip of The Council and therefore Elemental Army as a support gem for the phantasms.
You said that there are hardly any gems to scale physical spell damage. Why do you use Grip of the Council then instead of converting all minion damage?

trip is conversion, but grip is a solid extra. it will beat the grip DPS-wise, even without Elemental Army (as you will will be using plenty of decent supports). It's just the 6th support gem that is weak. But the extra cold damage pays off.
Converting from pure phys to ele is not very good for minions, unless you are converting to full chaos.
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This is a pretty powerful build. Talk about wrecking shite!

Kudos,

Bane_Helios
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Keiper909 wrote:
This is a pretty powerful build. Talk about wrecking shite!

Kudos,

Bane_Helios

Thanx!
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trip is conversion, but grip is a solid extra. it will beat the grip DPS-wise, even without Elemental Army (as you will will be using plenty of decent supports). It's just the 6th support gem that is weak. But the extra cold damage pays off.
Converting from pure phys to ele is not very good for minions, unless you are converting to full chaos.


Ok, thank you. So I will use Grip of the Council too.
Is there any way to see the phantasm DPS in PoB? To me it seems like all projectile gems are not taken into account at all....

And do you think this build might be worth a full chaos conversion? (I have a 4W Triad Grip in Standard). With phantasm support gems like
Minion Damage - Controlled Desctruction - GMP - Faster Projectiles - Void manipulation
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Thorsten94 wrote:
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trip is conversion, but grip is a solid extra. it will beat the grip DPS-wise, even without Elemental Army (as you will will be using plenty of decent supports). It's just the 6th support gem that is weak. But the extra cold damage pays off.
Converting from pure phys to ele is not very good for minions, unless you are converting to full chaos.


Ok, thank you. So I will use Grip of the Council too.
Is there any way to see the phantasm DPS in PoB? To me it seems like all projectile gems are not taken into account at all....

And do you think this build might be worth a full chaos conversion? (I have a 4W Triad Grip in Standard). With phantasm support gems like
Minion Damage - Controlled Desctruction - GMP - Faster Projectiles - Void manipulation

You can see phantasm dps in pob for sure. It's very low, but enough to clear trash. Damage is per 1 projectiles of cause.
As for Chaos conversion = it is worth in some cases, because minions would be immune to reflect. But you need withering touch as well
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Converting from pure phys to ele is not very good for minions, unless you are converting to full chaos.


That seems wrong. The highest possible dps builds on Skellies, Zombies, Carrion Golem and even Blink Arrow & Mirror Arrow are cold conversion builds.
The same is true for Soulwrest Phantasms.


Triad Grip is 54% more damage for this Phantasm build (Council only 19%): https://pastebin.com/9xE41sL1

and the build reaches 500k+ dps per Phantasms with just 1 gem swap. I played a version of this build on Guardian this league with standalone Phantasms and took everything down - 20/20 Simulacrum, t16 100%, Sirus A8, Uber Elder.

Phantasms with Clusters are in a good spot now where you don't necessarily need to fit in Skeletons or DPS-Spectres anymore.

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Prevy wrote:
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Converting from pure phys to ele is not very good for minions, unless you are converting to full chaos.


That seems wrong. The highest possible dps builds on Skellies, Zombies, Carrion Golem and even Blink Arrow & Mirror Arrow are cold conversion builds.
The same is true for Soulwrest Phantasms.


Triad Grip is 54% more damage for this Phantasm build (Council only 19%): https://pastebin.com/9xE41sL1

and the build reaches 500k+ dps per Phantasms with just 1 gem swap. I played a version of this build on Guardian this league with standalone Phantasms and took everything down - 20/20 Simulacrum, t16 100%, Sirus A8, Uber Elder.

Phantasms with Clusters are in a good spot now where you don't necessarily need to fit in Skeletons or DPS-Spectres anymore.


Chaos is still better, cause you can get a shitton more with wither and other things.
As for Phantasms damage... with all the juice like EE, aul and saqawal there is indeed way more damage. My build is supposed to be WAY more budget though.
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Last edited by Angry_Roleplayer on Jun 2, 2020, 11:27:39 AM
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As for Chaos conversion = it is worth in some cases, because minions would be immune to reflect. But you need withering touch as well


But Withering Touch only applies to attacks as far as I can see. So I think I could only use it together with the melee spectres.

Anyway, of course a build with full chaos conversion wouldn't be a budget build anymore...

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