Lydia's Summon Raging Spirit Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Delirium 3.10)

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Guide Format

This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Introduction

Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit has undergone many changes over time, but it has remained a viable, if fringe, choice for all that time. With buffs to the Necromancer ascendancy and the addition of the Unleash Support Unleash Support gem, it has become a powerful, fast, and overall great choice for all skill and wealth levels. A variety of defensive setups are viable, and the addition of the Meat Shield Support Meat Shield Support has vastly improved the survivability of the build.

Capable of reaching over 100,000 DPS per spirit on modest gear, this build deals with endgame content quickly and efficiently. If you are looking for a high damage, mobile, and easy to play build, this may well be what you are looking for!

Build Summary

Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit, alongside Flesh Offering Flesh Offering and the Mistress of Sacrifice ascendancy keystone allows for an extremely fast playstyle, while the reworks to the Necromancer ascendancy and new support gems have brought an extra layer of defense in 3.8.0. Overall it makes for a smooth as butter build that can handle all content in the game.

Pros

+ Inexpensive to get going, excellent league starter
+ Tanky, with 5500+ Life and 2000+ ES
+ Capable of completing all content in the game
+ Very fast clearspeed
+ Lots of room to improve gear via jewels and weapons

Cons

- Summoner playstyle is not for everyone
- Difficult endgame boss fights like can take a lot of practice to execute well

Playstyle and Core Mechanics

Summon Raging Spirit Mechanics

Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit summons a single flaming skull (or raven, or bee, depending on your microtransaction preference) that aggressively seeks out enemies to attack. It deals physical damage, with 50% converted to fire. Unlike most minions, it cannot be targeted by enemies, and cannot taunt enemies, meaning that they are only offensive. Because of their low life pool, they are constantly at risk of being killed by incoming hits from projectiles or area of effect attacks, so you should take care to recast them often. Because they fly, they are able to skip over many barriers, and ignore ground effects.

Playstyle

Offensively, the build simply casts Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit, relying on Unleash Support Unleash Support to cast several at once, and runs along behind them, sped up by Flesh Offering Flesh Offering, as they quickly clear out packs. On tough single targets, using Storm Brand Storm Brand or Orb of Storms Orb of Storms to apply Elemental Equilibrium and Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness will boost your damage through the roof. It is a comfortable and fast playstyle, that can excel in difficult encounters like deep delving and bossing.

Defensively, the build makes use of Mind over Matter, alongside Eldritch Battery and Wicked Ward, to gain access to a large and consistent health pool bonus. The build makes use of Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone, Raise Zombie Raise Zombie linked with Meat Shield Support Meat Shield Support, and your choice of Immortal Call Immortal Call or Bone Armour to mount a considerable defensive bulwark.

Passive Tree

Recommended level 90 skill tree

For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page has all the details on the choices made for this build.

Gear Summary

For an in depth look at the recommended gear, check out The gear page, but we have some basic outlines here.

Item Slot Item Name
Head The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem
Amulet Rare amulet or The Jinxed Juju The Jinxed Juju
Chest Rare Body Armour
Gloves Command of the Pit Command of the Pit
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare Convoking Wand Convoking Wand
Shield Victario's Charity Victario's Charity

Levelling

As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit is an excellent leveling skill, and the build can be used from the start quite easily. A Mark of the Red Covenant Mark of the Red Covenant can be great, especially before getting access to Unleash Support Unleash Support. Simply pick up whatever you are missing at the time, damage or survivability, as you level towards the recommended trees.

FAQ

What map mods do you need to avoid

Luckily, no map mods are impossible for this particular build. Elemental Reflect can be annoying, as your minions will die to it fairly quickly, so rerolling it is entirely reasonable.

What Anointments should the build use?

While levelling, and early in the gearing process, your most likely difficulties will be your resistances or dexterity requirements. Luckily, Diamond Skin and 30 point dexterity nodes are very cheap to anoint. If you are looking to augment your damage, Grave Pact and Fearsome Force are likely the strongest offensive options. Thunderous Salvos can be a good option for farming difficult bosses or deep delves, as its benefit will be felt when you need to dodge often and your minions are dying regularly. For defenses, any life nodes are useful, particularly Written in Blood for the bonus energy shield as well, but nothing can surpass the sheer power level of Soul of Steel, and it has a price to reflect that.

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    Nice build, although I keep dying all the time at delve depth 110 or in red maps.

    A question: you write “Defensively, the build makes use of Mind over Matter, alongside Eldritch Battery …”, but in the Skill Tree that Notable is not chosen – is the tree wrong or the description?

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    Both are… Kinda correct. Devouring Diadem grants Eldritch Battery, I just goofed up with the description and forgot to mention that, I’ll throw an edit in. If you don’t have it, you do need to pick it up on tree, but it’s only 2 passive points.

    Also, if you are looking for a bit of extra survivability, you can use The Jinxed Juju The Jinxed Juju for 10% damage reduction, if you don’t need more stats.

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    Thanks for your answer!

    I did pick Eldritch Battery on the tree, since I haven’t found the Diadem yet – same with the Jinxed Juju. Can I use that amulet even without Spectres?

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    Oh shoot, I didn’t realize I hadn’t updated the guide to include spectres. I’ve been using spectres in the same setup with zombies, personally, though it definitely isn’t needed. I like the proximity shields from Undying Evangelists, personally.

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    Do you mean you switched one of the support gems of the Zombies to Raise Spectre or do you use it in a 4-link and turn one of the other 4-links into a 3-link?

    [edit] typo

    Edited by SamHotte on October 11th, 2019

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    I’ve personally added them in a four link, and I’ll add them to the guide when I have an opportunity. I’m personally not using the Jinxed Juju, because I don’t have the attributes I’d need to support it on my current gear.

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    Okay, thank you for your answers! And for the nice build :-)

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    Hi Lydia,
    I really like the build and was able to reach cLvl 92 with it, still I’ve got a problem: I can’t delve below monster level 80 and therefore am not able to get the 6-link recipe in the mine.
    My resistances are all capped, life is at 4525 – is that much too low or am I just a too bad player?
    Regards,
    SamHotte

  9. Lydia

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    Personally, I wouldn’t be comfortable delving particularly deep without at least 5K life and 1500+ ES, and that’s probably playing a little looser than I should with ES. If you link your profile, I can likely help you to figure out where you can improve your gear most comfortably. Also, I highly recommend that you buy a six link (Unless you are playing in SSF, of course) and craft it, as you can get powerful gear (including a large damage boost) for relatively cheap this way.

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    Hello was following the build and got a bit confused. “he new Triad Grip are a powerful option as well. Make sure to roll four blue sockets, for full conversion to fire damage” Wont blue sockets give it electricity damage? And is it intended to use the sockets for your zombie, spectre, and supports?

  11. Lydia

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    Yeah, I just realized I goofed that up. I don’t use Triad Grip on my character, because my testing with them made me feel incredibly socket starved, so I will probably remove them as a recommendation. They can improve your damage, but I don’t think they are worth it. I recommend rare gloves or Command of the Pit. Sorry about the confusion!

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    Hello,
    I really like this build I just get a bit confused on the skill gems and how and what to link in what weapon or gear.
    Would it be possible for you (anyone really :)) to post a picture of the goal for the gems and linkage in what gear please it would really help?

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    I wanted to say thank you so much for this build. I have never gotten as far as I have this league with any other build ive tried or had more fun. Im still working on getting better gear, but ive had so much fun running this i cant wait for 3.9 now. Thank you again Lydia. :)

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    Anyone know how the necro nerfs are going to affect this build? Kinda worried now. :(

  15. Lydia

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    The necro nerfs are a slight nerf to minion movement speed for this build, it wasn’t directly affected. Your top end is slightly nerfed with the removal of Maim body armours, but I did Shaper on a 5 link with no weapon on this build, so I wouldn’t worry too much. Also, all the minion-specific gear is going to be way cheaper than it was in 3.8. I’ll have a full update out for it in the next couple days, but not much has really changed.

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    Awesome!! Thank you Lydia :)

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    hello littel question can i have the name of you poe acount to watch you builds an 2 ten how mutch dps have tis builde

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    Thanks for the build, Lydia!

    I’m particularly interested in the combination of Mind over Matter, Eldritch Battery, and Wicked Ward. This is a trio I’ve seen mentioned elsewhere, but no one really digs into why it works so well. Maybe you can shed some light?

    1. I can see how EB allows for 100% mana reservation, but why is MoM so important when using EB?
    2. I assume that WW is needed because this build constantly casts SRS, which would prevent mana regen without WW. If you were running a non-SRS Necro, would WW become unnecessary?
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    EB allows for 100% mana reservation, MoM lets you still use your energy shield as a defence, since you take damage to it, in the same way you would to your mana normally. As for WW, it isn’t needed to ensure that your ES will recharge while casting, (Casting is basically the only thing that doesn’t interrupt recharge) but I personally really like it for a bit of extra safety, it makes it so that a small hit won’t interrupt your recharge.

    Essentially, they work together to ensure that you have the defences of a traditional Mind over Matter build, without sacrificing damage. As for a non-SRS summoner, I’d take a look at other guides, because this one is very specifically set up to take advantage of SRS, and would lose out a lot of damage with another skill, compared to a dedicated Baron, Spectre, Golem, or Skele Mages.

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    ok, admitted noob here but i’m learning quick.

    Question about dps. Im in act 10 now, have a good chunk of the build going and I have not struggled at all with content, however my charecter dps states 328? Am I doing something wrong or are there just numbers at play that i am not seeing?

    Thanks for the guide! It was very helpful in not totally screwing up my first build.

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