Lich Queen Skeleton Summoner Build Guide (PoE Scourge 3.16)




This build has existed within the PoE community for over four years and has been the baseline standard for most of my Summoner builds. It focuses on the use of spectres for clearing along with the help of melee skeletons to provide great single target DPS. This build truly shines on a low budget approach. Since this build uses spectres only for the sake of clearing, we are granted a large variety of options with very little difference in clear speed. In this guide, I will go through my preferred choices.

Spectres in general can be a bit tricky, as minion builds are generally the most complex genre of builds in Path of Exile. The purpose of this guide is to walk you through everything you’ll need to know and then some.

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 Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated information.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 case, the video shows the use of Zombies over Skeletons, so while it does deviate slightly from this guide it still effectively shows the general functionality of the build.


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 – This build performs very well as a league starter as the unique items used are very common and cheap.

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

+ A Lot Of Variety Options – Since we are utilizing spectres for clearing purposes, having our skeletons deal with the single target, there are multiple spectre choices one can make based solely on personal preference.

+ Insanely High Roof For High Budget Options – Upgrading this build is very easy, straightforward, and offers many options ranging from low budget investments all the way up to mirror tier gear pieces if you so wish and can afford.


Minion Build – Since your minions are doing the heavy lifting, defensive layers such as leeching are not possible in this build. You’ll have to make sure to keep your distance from large packs of enemies or bosses.

Socket Starved – To play this build optimally, you’ll generally be extremely socket starved, leaving very little room for utility options.

Act Leveling – Using Spectres to level with during the campaign Acts requires specialized twink gear to function, so will be using other methods to level with until reaching level 65-70. However, leveling with skeletons is perfectly fine.


Until you’re able to get a “Trigger Socketed Spell When You Use A Skill” bench-crafted weapon, you’ll be self-casting Desecrate, an Offering, and a Curse. You don’t want to face-tank bosses. Instead, let your minions do the tanking for you while melting the boss with their damage.


Depending on how you wish to play, you can build very defensively or offensively based solely on your choices. The most important decision you’ll make is to decide on your choice of Offering. I prefer Flesh Offering, but utilizing Bone Offering is certainly viable strategy as well.

  • Flesh Offering Flesh Offering increases your clear speed as well as damage output significantly
  • Bone Offering Bone Offering allows you to very easily reach the attack and spell block cap if you include Mystic Bulwark node on the tree as well as Glancing Blows.

Offensively, this build entirely focuses on your skeletons and all additions to the build are designed to increase their efficiency. Optimally you would want to get a Shaper/Elder helmet to move away from a 6-Link chest and instead use a 7, 8, or even a 9-Link set-up in your helmet for higher budget versions.


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 Lich Queen Low 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 Page


A lot of the endgame gear can easily be crafted. For a general overview of crafting and to 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. You’ll find a summarized version below.

Gear Page

Item Slot Item Name Rarity
Head Life then Res/Attributes as needed (High budget will want Shaper/Elder with Socketed gems are supported by: Minion dmg, Hypothermia as well as +# level of socketed minion gems modifiers) Rare
Amulet Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Chest Life then Res/Attributes as needed (High budget can get a Delve dropped chest with “+1 to maximum spectres”) Rare
Gloves Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Boots Bones of Ullr Bones of Ullr or Rare with: Life then Res/Attributes as needed Unique/Rare
Belt Darkness Enthroned Darkness Enthroned Unique
Rings Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Weapon Trigger Weapon with Minion damage and/or + level of all spell and/or minion gems Rare
Shield Victario's Charity Victario's Charity Unique


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

Ascendancy, Bandit & Pantheon Power Page


The current meta of leveling through the Campaign Acts 1-10 is to never use minions. However, this guide is not designed to guide you to finish Kitava in two hours. With that said, the following suggestions for leveling ensure you won’t have to use any Orb of Regret Orb of Regret to change your build when you are ready to enable the spectres.


Before you are able to utilize minions for your leveling experience you will need to make sure they function for actual clearing, specifically by being able to hit multiple targets. This can be taken care of as early as level 8, when you can get Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support. The skills listed below are the ones I prefer to use till I hit level 8:

Once you reach level 8, you are able to purchase Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support, which costs 1 Orb of Transmutation Orb of Transmutation, and link it with Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons. With this approach, your links should be as folllows:

Do keep in mind that if you feel like you’re lacking single target damage versus any boss during the Acts, you can swap your Melee Splash Support gem for a red damage support gem such as Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support or Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support. Once you get a 4-Link, you can go for the melee physical and, if needed, you can change the Splash for Multistrike Support Multistrike Support for single target damage. I recommend enabling Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support at level 31 as its 4th link gives your skeletons a charge-like ability which makes clearing a lot smoother.

Aura decision comes in Act 3 which is when we enable Hatred Hatred for optimal damage output.

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


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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 it if you share 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!

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    Hey @GhazzyTV,

    How much SDPS this build probably will have for a budget ~50ex with updated mages?

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    On 13/01/2021 at 10:43 AM, VermiLLIon said

    Hey @GhazzyTV,

    How much SDPS this build probably will have for a budget ~50ex with updated mages?

    He did mention on stream he was aiming for anything from 50-100M DPS with this once gear is acquired.

  3. GhazzyTV



    Without knowing the proper scaling of spectres I’m currently unable to verify the actual end-game possible DPS as we might want to use melee spectres with mage skellies but the original version that is in the guide as of this moment is more than fine and should be accurate for low budget. High budget versions are extensive and can be done in multiple ways.

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    Looking forward to the mage version and your overall thoughts on it. :)

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    New to POB and POE in general but I have always played Minions in ARPGS so I was directed to your guides. Thanks for the super comprehensive and informative video.

    Can I expect a POB link for Mages or do I just have to change something in POB?

  6. GhazzyTV




    I’m still tweaking a pure skelly mage version out of this and will post a video on it. A forum guide will not emerge until I’ve tested it properly in-game (which will be my league-starter), I’m glad you like the guide!

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    A few issues:

    • PoB is still 3.12 not 3.13 version.
    • Pros section says “no mandatory Unique” but then you list mandatory uniques in the gear section and also in the PoB.

  8. GhazzyTV




    PoB will remaing to claim its 3.12 til the league releases the PoB people can get behind the ggpk file as there are still minor things not updated, for now all you can do is click the convert button and as soon as PoB has the full update from the content they need via the ggpk file I’ll be updating all PoBs.

    I’ll fix the mandatory unique miss asap sir!

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    Hey Ghazzy, how are you doing on the full mage version?

    I’ve been messing around and honestly have no idea where to proceed from where I am – I’m definitely a ‘follower’ of builds and not a creator! Plus PoB seems to not be calculating the Skelly Mage DPS correctly – Spell Echo is showing as a 0 dps increase

    Could I grab your PoE account name if you’re not ready to fully share – just to see what you’ve done?


  10. GhazzyTV




    Mage Skellies + Primal Crushclaws, I won’t make a forum guide out of it since it is literally this build just add Dead Reckoning Dead Reckoning and use the Lobsters for spectres. I’m personally not a big fan of mage skelly play-style and I believe melee skelly approach is superior.

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    Hi Ghazzy this is the first necromancer build I’ve ever tried and loving it so far, got to level 90.

    One quesiton, I don’t really know how to boost my defences other than max life? I have steelskin on left click and no CWDT links so I’m unsure how to not get one shot on some maps, any suggestions?

    i was considering switching out the offensive offering for the defensive one, what do you think?

  12. GhazzyTV




    Awesome to hear man! Bone Offering and going for max block is absolutely an option, I prefer the damage over the defense myself but you should try it see how you like it :)

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    @GhazzyTV Hey Ghazzy, I wanted to comment on your build here. This is an amazing build for league start. I have a pretty bad PC and POE really likes to stutter with my limited ram so I need builds that can do the work for me while thats happening. Your builds are fantastic, I loved the Dark Pact build but because of my lagging issues I had to reroll. I decided to level your Lich build, I went ahead and leveled as a summoner and it was pretty rough until lvl 38 with a tabula where it just went crazy, its been extremely fun and I appreciate the effort you put in for those of us who don’t have the time to understand every mechanic behind poe, much respect.

  14. GhazzyTV




    Thank you for taking the time to tell me, I’m glad you’re enjoying the build and hope you get many exalts :D

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    I just got a Vaal Summon Skeletons gem to drop, is it worth to use for single target dmg/bosses over normal?

  16. GhazzyTV




    Well, you want to prio having level 21 skeletons over Vaal Skellies but if you don’t have a 21 then go for the Vaal version of course! (Best case scenario is a 21 Vaal but I’d assume that’s mega expensive!)

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    There is a Div Card(The Bones) for LvL 21 Vaal Summon Skeletons, which is not that expensive usually.

  18. GhazzyTV




    Very true, I prefer the quality myself but each to their own. It’s a great addition either way :)

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