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 Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated information.
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!
+ 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.
– 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.
The play-style is very generic, we use 1x Summon Chaos Golem, 1x Summon Stone Golem and the remaining golems are filled out with 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 as they will fall over here & there and of course keep up the up-time of our 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.
You can find more information on our dedicated page, along with all the recommended gem links.
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.
|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|
|Boots||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Rings||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Weapon||2x 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.
You can level with your Carrion Golems once you get yourself the 2x Clayshaper which requires level 41. Before this it is recommended to level with 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 & Stormblast Mine as well as Frost Bomb til you get to level 8. This is where we gain access to 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:
If you feel that you’re lacking single-target during the harder campaign bosses you can always switch the splash for Multistrike Support. However, I do strongly recommend picking up 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.
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
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.
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 drops!