The Absolution Necromancer works extremely well for end-game bossing, achieving significant single target damage on lower budgets and smoothly scaling to hilariously high damage numbers thanks to Doryani's Prototype packing negative lightning resistance which we make up for using Determination to stack armor. However, PoB is currently heavily miscalculating the sDPS they’re doing.
Since this build has a very niche playstyle, I would strongly recommend watching the video linked below to see if it’s something you’d find enjoyable to play.
Below, you can see the build in action from my YouTube guide. Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated information.
In this section, I will outline the pros, cons, and general playstyle. This will allow you to determine if this is the right build is for you!
+ League Starter – The build packs a heavy punch even without the Doryani Prototype making it more than functional in SSF as well as a league-starter build!
+ Bosser – The damage output this build can achieve even in low budget is completely absurd.
+ Unique Play Style – You will summon Absolution sentinels that will cast the same ability used to summon them but with only being able to reach 3 sentinels the play-style needs to adjust with that in mind.
– Unique Play Style – Due to the nature of this build’s playstyle, it is a build that not everyone will find enjoyable. I strongly recommend watching the gameplay video before starting this build.
– Special Ramp-up – Absolution is summoned by either having the target killed after being hit by the spell or via a 25% chance on hit vs rare or unique targets makes this build only summon the sentinels vs end-game bosses every 4th hit by average. This problem can present a situation with having a bad streak of not summoning any sentinels for a few seconds before your damage kicks in and completely destroys the boss(es).
The playstyle is based around summoning your Absolution sentinels by either hitting a rare/unique enemy or having a normal or magic enemy die either to or right after being hit by Absolution. We also make use of a very specific set-up for utility minions layering defensive gains to the build as well as helping you start the build up when you first enter a map.
Damage Scaling And Defensive Layers
Minion damage is the bread & butter for our damage output since it all comes from our Sentinels destroying our enemies. Defensive layers come in the form of life, high block & recovery of life when you block. You have the option of investing more in to defense at the cost of offense if you feel the need for it.
PoB And Passive Skill Tree
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Seeing as this build can very well be played without the need of Doryani's Prototype the guide itself will entirely be focused around that approach mostly because it is WAY more budget friendly but I will leave a medium & high budget PoB utilizing this as it is the natural pairing with the skill. As Swapping into Doryani usually is a full itemset swap all in one go, I have given you two separate medium budgets in the Pob. Once we swap to Doryani, our first aim is to drop our lightning resistance as low as we can possibly go (cap is -200 lightning resistance and you are likely not getting there).
Here you’ll find the low budget PoB for the build: https://pobb.in/mAYvUwuhSfdz
For the bigger versions you can check out the medium as well as the high budget variants within this PoB: https://pobb.in/ZWJ8mxEcPCCM, please do note that there’s a bit of information regarding the Medium Budget version in the “notes” section of this PoB.
You can find more information on our dedicated page, along with all the recommended gem links.
Affliction League Specific Notes
Below you’ll find notes about the specific mechanics surrounding the current league; Affliction 3.23 League.
The recommendation is to start with the Warden of the Maji in which we more or less only have use of 1 of the nodes which is Oath of the Maji allowing us to avoid putting gems in our boots for a significant increase in speed as we clear the campaign and early maps.
After this we don’t care for the other nodes but we do want to keep our eyes open for proper Charms that will allow us to move over to the Wildwood Primalist. This is something you’ll do either when you have charms and you’re ready to do the switch or when you become so socket starved as you progress that you no longer benefit from the Maji anymore. The type of Charms we utilize can be a large variety of modifiers a full comprehensive list of these can be found here: https://poedb.tw/us/Charm. My personal recommendation is to aim for the “Onslaught” providing one (Guardian’s prefix) which is located on Intelligence or Strength based Charms, this will give you and nearby allies if 5 or more are in range the 20% attack, cast and movement speed increase! Second priority would be any sort of attributes and/or Spell Suppression which will help alleviate pressure on your gearing. This will fit on all budgets for this build.
The recommended Spectres in this guide will work perfectly fine, however, Affliction league is offering a very specific mechanic that allows us to purchase corpses from a vendor, these range from different qualities and different type of monsters. As this entire topic is a very complex one I’ve decided to instead list the recommended options that could replace the original list in the guide should you chose to. Since these bad boys are a bit harder to get your hands on or can be expensive it’s hard to pin-point what budget they fit in. They are also not shareable. That said, feel free to join my in-game global channel by typing “/global 6666” in-game in which you can receive help with any questions just as much as in my stream channel over at twitch or the PoE-Vault Discord server for direct assistance with any guides.
Hulking Monstrosity – These provide an insane buff of damage increase and if you get a “perfect” quality one it will also make your minions deal 20% of their physical damage as extra lightning!
Perfect Guardian Turtle – These can directly replace the need to run your Determination aura and instead offer you the possibility to add other auras not in the build guide such as Purity of Elements which further boosts your defensive scaling.
Turtle is my go-to recommendation for its absurd buff. You can, and should, feel free to run a different 50% aura spectre instead if you prefer. As running Turtle opens up the option of not running Determination ourselves and thus fitting a new aura, it truly is something to consider. There’s a lot of personal freedom with these new specters, and you absolutely can experiment with this.
The primary recommendation will still be:
Arena Master (as your third, hulking provides a better buff AND a meatshield army after all)
There are plenty of other options most of which I talk about in this video that I’d recommend taking a look at if you want to try some different combinations our yourself: https://youtu.be/O9urpDxJIks?si=KS0bqzqtJOHXem6A
A lot of the endgame gear can easily be crafted.
You can read more details about our gearing recommendations on the dedicated page. You’ll find a summarized version below.
|Life then Res/Attributes as needed (For high budget you can get a helmet with “+ to level of all minion skill gems)
|Life then Res/Attributes as needed
|Tabula Rasa / Doryani's Prototype or rare with high life, Res/Attributes as needed
|Life then Res/Attributes as needed, getting the eldritch influence with Brittle is desired for endgame and bossing
|Life then Res/Attributes as needed
|Rare with + level of minion and/or spell skills
|Rare with %life recovered on block or The Surrender
Ascendancy, Bandits & Pantheon Recommendations
You can read about the Ascendancy, Bandit choice, and Pantheon Power recommendations for this build on our dedicated page.
Absolution is a great way to level any Witch minion build in the game, the PoB covers the levelling more in detail. Below you’ll find an initial TLDR to get started!
Levelling this build with Herald of Purity alongside Absolution from lvl 16 & 12 respectively is entirely doable, and while not the fastest it will feel great to see your build scale up without having to respec from a levelling setup.
Before You Enable Minions
Before you are able to utilize minions for your levelling experience you will need to get to level 12 as that’s when Absolution truly kicks of and excels your speed. Prior to that you’ll run the following:
- Stormblast Mine for single target
- Freezing Pulse for clearing
- Frost Bomb for clearing when you get it instead of the Freezing Pulse
Once you reach level 12 you are able to pick up the Absolution skill and level with the ability all the way. Any links providing extra damage for the minions would be preferable early on:
- Absolution (There is an error with this gem, THIS IS A RED GEM )
- Minion Damage Support
- Added Cold Damage Support
- Added Fire Damage Support
- Added Lightning Damage Support
In Act 3 Library you’re able to pick up Physical to Lightning Support which enhances the damage significantly, auras doesn’t come in play till Act 3 either, at which point you’ll want to run Wrath & Zealotry depending on if you’ve taken the reduced mana reservation nodes or not. Mana will be sustained via a mana flask till you are able to pick up the Energy Shield leech node & Eldritch Battery.
For more general levelling advice, we recommend the following guides.
- Our step-by-step levelling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the levelling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for levelling, which helps you gear up your characters for the levelling process.
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I hope you found the build guide useful and I wish you all many Divine Orb drops!