Cold Convert Golem Elementalist Build Guide (PoE Expedition 3.15)

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Introduction

Golem builds in general serves as insanely strong league starters offering a lot of variations for the end game. This guide specifically focuses on cold conversion to get more dps output over the generic impale strategy whilst keeping the same original tankiness.

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 Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated information.

Build Overview

In this section I will outline the pros, cons, & the general playstyle. This will allow you to determine if the build is for you or not!

Pros

+ Beefy – Despite being a minion build, it packs a very comfortable eHP #, as well as mitigation, allowing it to function in Hardcore very well.

+ League Starter – The only mandatory item(s) for this build is super cheap even during the first few days of a league release.

+ Bosser – Minion builds are in a current state of bliss, where bosses simply just melt with the damage output available.

Cons

Upgrades – The build eventually forces you to purchase Primordial jewels which can in the first couple of days of a league be rather expensive, they quickly go down in price within the first week. However, the upgrade from low/medium budget to high budget for this build has a massive currency difference as we are heading in to aurastacking for the end-game high budget style.

Clearing – Since we are using melee minions the clear speed is some-what limited compared to other minion builds such as the Spectre build among others.

Playstyle

The play-style is very generic, we use 1x Summon Chaos Golem Summon Chaos Golem, 1x Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem and the remaining golems are filled out with Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem which is our main focus of damage output. Thanks to our ascendancy nodes we never have to worry about resummoning them as they will automatically resummon if any of them dies. Outside of this we will in the lower budget versions be required to keep re-summoning our Raise Zombie Raise Zombie as they will fall over here & there and of course keep up the up-time of our Flesh Offering Flesh Offering. In the medium budget version we are increasing the efficiency of our golems and will lose 2 maximum golems to do so which results in a better damage output and it also offers the possibility to automate the re-summoning of Zombies as well as the Flesh Offering buff making the build super smooth as you work towards the high budget version.

Damage Scaling and Defensive Layers

Thanks to the massive scaling of buffs provided by golems we will with the help of flasks reach 90% physical damage mitigation on about 5000 eHP and capped elemental resistances. For a super low budget build that is a very good number. For the higher budget versions it becomes even more insane as we move towards increasing the maximum resistance caps as well!

PoB, Passive Skill Tree, Gem Links

The PoB community fork created by Localidentity is the only version being kept up to date, so make sure you have the correct version: PoB Community Fork.

Here is the Low Budget PoB and for a quick glance over the finished skill tree for this version, check out this link.

Here is the Medium Budget PoB and for a quick glance over the finished skill tree for this version, check out this link.

You can find more information on our dedicated page, along with all the recommended gem links.

PoB, Passive Skill Tree & Gem Link Page

Gearing

A lot of the end-game gear can easily be crafted, to learn how to craft as well as learn how to craft specific items check out my crafting guides here.

You can read more details about our gearing recommendations on the dedicated page, but for now you can see a summarized version below.

Gear Page

Item Slot Item Name/Mods Rarity
Head Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Amulet Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Chest Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Gloves Triad Grip Triad Grip Unique
Boots Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Belt Darkness Enthroned Darkness Enthroned Unique
Rings Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Weapon 2x Clayshaper Clayshaper (+1 or +2 Wands for higher budget) Unique/Rare

Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power Page

You can read about the recommended Ascendancy, Bandit choice, and Pantheon Power recommendations for this build on our dedicated page.

Ascendancy & Bandits Page

Leveling

You can level with your Carrion Golems once you get yourself the 2x Clayshaper Clayshaper which requires level 41. Before this it is recommended to level with Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit which will work all the way in to maps, should the weapons be too expensive early on in a league-start.

To check the more detailed leveling advise, I’d recommend looking at the leveling section in the passive skill-tree page.

You’ll start of with utilizing Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse & Stormblast Mine Stormblast Mine as well as Frost Bomb Frost Bomb til you get to level 8. This is where we gain access to Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support and we start using your Summon Raging Spirits. The following links are in order of importance and can be used all the way to when you start using your golems:

  1. Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit
  2. Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support
  3. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  4. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support

If you feel that you’re lacking single-target during the harder campaign bosses you can always switch the splash for Multistrike Support Multistrike Support. However, I do strongly recommend picking up Unleash Support Unleash Support over the Minion Damage when possible to make the summoning process of the SRS smoother!

For more general leveling advice, we recommend the following guides.

Questions?

To guarantee that my guides are tools you can utilize to enhance your experience in Path of Exile, all you need to do is post your question in the comments and I will personally attend to them as soon as possible.

Final Notes

As much as I love making build guides, it is very crucial in a game like Path of Exile that you play the game the way you enjoy playing it. With that said, if you’ve made any tweaks to the build compared to what I’m showing in this guide I would love if you’d posted it in the comments! It’s an effective way to show other approaches and it helps me grow as a build guide creator!

I hope you found the build guide useful and I wish you all many Exalted Orb Exalted Orb drops!

Changelog

  • Build was checked and updated for 3.14 Ultimatum (no major changes needed).

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    Quick question: in the PoBs it shows the minions having frenzy and power charges but I cant see where they would be getting them. Am I blind or does it not actually gain them? Trying to gauge how much damage I’m pulling out correctly.

    Edit: I see, its the specters. Sorry for being blind. :)

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    Hi,

    Please consider adapting the PoB and add some info about early stage skill gems (all the phys stuff like Pride / Vulnerability etc.), as the whole build in the PoB’s and video relies on Triad’s Grip and cold conversion which as a 4 Green socket item is not achieveable for a league starter early game. It’s easy to miss that the triad’s Grip is actually an armor+es item meaning 4 Green sockets is quite the investment early in the league.

    Neither your video or your PoB’s is very clear about you basically using a phys setup until you get Triads to 4 Green and I just now see it on the forum guide as a small line that you started using Pride at 24.

    Other than that it’s a really nice build and I can recommend it. Thanks for the work of putting it together and sharing it with us. Keep up the good work.

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    @Rynea:

    I appreciate the feedback, it’s the second time I hear something similar. The problem with it is that if I where to add all detailed information in the PoB a some, experienced, people would just take the PoB and grab the info from there making the written guide less needed whilst the majority of people have need of the written guide over the info existing in PoB. Not to mention it’s easier for me to verify the information I provide is accurate/correct having it stated in the written guides over added info in PoB!

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    Ghazzy,

    Love the builds, thanks for the time you put into them.

    I can’t seem to get the large minion cluster to have primordial bond in the same place as the POB. My large cluster is a minion cluster, adds 8 passive skills and ilevel 79.

    Whats the trick?

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    Good day, I really liked the build, something between spectra and golems, but there is also survivability. Tell me, only the mid-budget version of the build is indicated in the build, is there a final version of this build?

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    Sorry, im having a hard time understanding why you use a trigger wand with spectre in it. it will just keep spawning spectres… please explain. lol.

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    @Pahbi:

    Test around in PoB which other notables would work to get the one(s) you want in the correct position that’s the best tip i can give you as it will display the correct order and you can then verify what you need to purchase to make that happen!

    @Gumlunging:

    Yes it is very viable despite the nerfs indeed.

    @DLL:

    The high budget version was taken down as aura-stackers got nerfed heavily and the mana reservation on some approaches made the high budget which was fine-tuned to perfection no longer possible. It is still optimal to go aura-stacking but you’ll have to fine-tune what auras and how to run them with X amount of RMR jewels to make it possible.

    @Sixence:

    Spectres are not suppose to be in the trigger weapon? O,O

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    thanks for replying. i figured that, its just in the PoB it says 2xTrigger weapons = remove hextouch add spectre. all i was curious about.

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    It’s a place-holder depending on how people want to play but no if you have spectres in your weapon you don’t want it to be triggering :)

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    haha right, okay thanks a bunch my man. Build has been great!

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    On a high budget, would it be good to use the same +3 socketed minions/minion damage/hypothermia helmet used in the spectre build for this the golems in this build too?

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    @Stormytuesday:

    Yes indeed that would be a nice addition :)

    @FadeVlad:

    My pleasure, glad you like it!
    Cold conversion isn’t stopped but you are unable to apply EE since you’re not able to deal any elemental dmg which is ultimately a big dps loss.

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    Hello Ghazzy,

    Thanks so much for the reply, it’s pretty cool that you stay in touch and try to help.
    I’m on my way to do the high budget version but i have come to a complete stop. I’m playing on Ps4 and the amulet(aul with hatred) is not even on the market-low player base. Is there any way this can be overided? The rest of the gear seems doable but the ammy is not.
    Thanks!

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    @Fadevlad2:

    Hey, I do my best to help everyone!
    The high budget is basically aura-stacking, you can fiddle around in PoB in reaching the desired high ele res caps & dmg increase, there are hundreds of routes you can take. Anything from changing amulet to switching around the medium cluster(s) since I don’t know how the market looks on the console part of this game I’d strongly recommend playing around in PoB and find a balance that would work :)

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    Thanks a lot bro, i’ll give it a shot. One last thing and then i’m done i swear :)
    In the chest piece there is a 4 link raise spectre. Would that be the host and carnage spectres?

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    @Fadevlad2:

    You can always ask questions in here :)
    That would be correct yes, some encounters specially Ultimatum can be a bit devastating if that’s the case you can change them for “Arena Masters” if you feel that they are more reliable.

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    Hello Ghazzy,
    Me again :)
    I just dropped a 1 point voices(lucky me) and i was wondering if this is something i can incorporate in thr high budget version or if i’m better off selling it and completing the build as per your specifications. I can get about 700 ex for it which i could dump into the build.
    Thank you!
    Vlad

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