Lydia's Summon Raging Spirit Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)

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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 boss fights like Uber Elder and dangerous guardian maps 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 micro-transaction 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 excels 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.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree, Bandits, and Pantheons

Ascendancy

  1. Mistress of Sacrifice
  2. Mindless Aggression
  3. Unnatural Strength
  4. Commander of Darkness OR Bone Barrier

Undergoing a considerable rework in 3.8.0, Necromancer now offers even greater benefits to minion builds outside of the Spectre, Zombie, and Skeleton specialists. Mistress of Sacrifice, already a mainstay of Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit builds, gained an additional 25% offering effect, a boost of 7% to your attack, cast, and movement speed.

Mindless Aggression is a useful but rather unexciting node, that simply provides movement speed and damage to our spirits. The more important purpose of this node, however, is to access Unnatural Strength, a 2 level bonus to all of our minion gems. This applies not only to Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit, but also Flesh Offering Flesh Offering, Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support, Raise Zombie Raise Zombie, and Meat Shield Support Meat Shield Support. This is a huge boost to damage, and a noticeable one to quality of life and clearspeed.

The final ascendancy notable is largely up to personal preference. If you are playing in a hardcore league, or simply value survivability, Bone Barrier offers 10% physical damage reduction, the Bone Armour guard skill, and 20% more minion life. This is a potent option when it comes to staying alive, and makes a great choice if you are looking to do deep delving or hard bossing. Commander of Darkness, on the other hand, offers pure speed. It grants an additional 3% attack and cast speed to you and your minions per active aura, which is boosted by your aura effectiveness, which is a great option to scale on this build. Overall, Bone Barrier is the default recommendation for the build, as it is more useful, and more likely to be missed, in difficult content.

Passive Tree

Recommended level 90 skill tree

This tree offers over 170% maximum life, plenty of aura effectiveness, 5 jewel sockets, all the keystones needed for the build, and plenty of damage. It is worth noting that, if you are using The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem, you can drop the Leadership aura cluster and Eldritch Battery on the tree to pick up a bit more life.

Recommended level 100 tree

As you approach level 100, look to pick up some more jewel sockets, and a bit more life, as these will be the most efficient overall additions to the build.

Bandits

As a minion build, the only reasonable choice is the two additional passive skill points gained from killing all the bandits.

Pantheon

The recommended major god for this build is the Soul of Lunaris, with the Ambrius, Legion Slayer bonus of avoiding chained projectiles. This bonus will invisibly save your life, potentially many times in chain maps. Without it, the chain mod on maps should be avoided, as it is likely to kill you with no real way to avoid it.

As for minor gods, Shakari and Ryslatha are good options, depending on the content you are running.

Gems

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority, meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom. Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.

Summon Raging Spirit

  1. Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit
  2. Unleash Support Unleash Support
  3. Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support / Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  4. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  5. Elemental Damage with Attacks Support Elemental Damage with Attacks Support
  6. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support

Unleash Support Unleash Support takes the playstyle of the build from middling speed to blazing fast, and is also extremely useful in any encounters where you will need to be kiting often to avoid damage. Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support should be used the majority of the time, only switching away when facing tough bosses, like Shaper, Uber Elder, Guardians, or deep delve bosses. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support is recommended for these, because your minions will be staying on top of them anyway, so there is no need to worry about the clunkiness of the support. The rest of the supports are simple damage supports, providing strong, consistent damage.

As this will be socketed into your body armour, the “Socketed gems are supported by level 1 Maim Support Maim Support” mod can be quite potent, providing an additional 15% more damage multiplier, and a decent chance to maim on hit.

Auras

As an Eldritch Battery build, it is recommended that you reserve all of your mana. Hatred Hatred linked with Generosity Support Generosity Support will provide a sizeable damage bonus to your minions, while Haste Haste buffs your speed, as well as that of your minions. It is recommended you use a high level Vaal Haste Vaal Haste, because this buff sends your minions into overdrive for nearly 10 seconds, more than enough time to kill all but the toughest bosses. Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone rounds out the auras with a powerful defensive buff, blinding enemies in range and reducing the damage you take from further foes.

If you have The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem, all of these should be socketed in your helmet. Unfortunately, without it, you will need a level 3 Enlighten Support Enlighten Support to run all three, or a corruption or reservation reduction enchantment. If you cannot afford any of these options, it is recommended that you drop the aura nodes, and simply use Hatred Hatred and Haste Haste until you can afford one of them.

If you choose to use Commander of Darkness, it is highly recommended that you also make use of a Clarity Clarity and a Precision Precision, for an additional bit of attack and cast speed to yourself and your minions. Keep these at low levels, as their actual bonuses are unimportant.

Zombies and Spectres

  1. Raise Zombie Raise Zombie
  2. Raise Spectre Raise Spectre
  3. Minion Life Support Minion Life Support
  4. Meat Shield Support Meat Shield Support

The introduction of the behavior altering supports in 3.8.0 made zombies far more useful to the build. They will stay close, attack, and taunt any enemies that come near you, leaving you free to reposition yourself or simply cast more spirits. Similarly, a variety of good support spectres exist for the build, the recommended spectre being Undying Evangelists, found in the Sceptre of God. They provide proximity shields, defending you quite well against ranged enemies.

Support Skills

Storm Brand Storm Brand or Orb of Storms Orb of Storms, linked with Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness and Curse On Hit Support Curse On Hit Support will massively debuff enemy fire and cold resistance, significantly boosting your spirits’ DPS.

Flesh Offering Flesh Offering massively boosts the speed of yourself and your minions, and should be linked with Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support, for an average duration of 10+ seconds. Desecrate Desecrate spawns corpses to consume with Flesh Offering Flesh Offering and with the Feast of Flesh skill granted by The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem, if you choose to use it. This can be linked to Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support if you choose to, though you do not need to.

If you are not making use of Bone Armour, it is highly recommended that you use Immortal Call Immortal Call, linked with Cast when Damage Taken Support Cast when Damage Taken Support for automation.

Newly introduced in 3.8.0, Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem provides some bonus damage to your minions, which is always welcome. If you have the open sockets, this should be linked with the Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support, to gain access to an additional buff for your minions.

Gear

Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit makes for a great league starter build thanks to its ability to take on practically all content on a shoestring budget. With little damage gained from gear and only inexpensive uniques, it performs admirably, while more expensive gear can boost it to truly absurd levels. This gearing section will guide you through all levels of gearing, whether you are just getting started, or pushing this build to its limits.

An important thing to note, you will need up to 155 Dexterity in order to run a fully leveled Haste, so keep this in mind as you are buying your gear, along with life and resistances.

Weapon

Minion builds have an interesting time with weapons, as they provide less damage than on many other build types. A few uniques make for viable options, as well as rares crafted with a Bound Fossil Bound Fossil, or the new Carved Wand Carved Wand base.

A great choice for early in the league, Aurumvorax Aurumvorax offers a heap of resistances. On day one or two of the league, this can remove a lot of stress from your other gear slots, and the reduced item rarity is basically a non-issue, as it does not affect currency drops, the majority of your wealth gain in the game.

The Scourge The Scourge offers minion attack speed and a large boost to your minion damage if you have hit recently, a condition you will usually be fulfilling in tougher fights, thanks to your Elemental Equilibrium setup. It offers Spectral Wolves, which can be supported by socketed skills, and is surprisingly common to proc, thanks to minions killing with damage over time effects being attributed as your own kills. If you are using this, it is recommended that you socket your Raise Zombie Raise Zombie links here, to gain additional defensive minions.

A rare weapon, ideally with minion damage, minion attack and cast speed, and, if you are lucky, +1 to level of all minion gems, is likely the best option for this build. It offers a lot of damage, and unlike The Scourge The Scourge, that damage is unconditional. A Carved Wand Carved Wand is the ideal base, and crafting with Dense Fossil Dense Fossils makes it fairly easy to craft a useful weapon.

As an alternative to the default, a bow with +3 to total level of socketed fire gems can be great for this build. Thanks to the method explained in this guide, you can make a great weapon relatively cheap, which opens up a few useful options for quivers as well. Most notably, you can use Soul Strike Soul Strike for very fast Energy Shield recharge times, which synergizes greatly with Wicked Ward. If you are using this option, be sure to un-allocate Necromantic Aegis from your tree, and socket your main links here.

Body Armour

This build is capable of completing all content with only a lowly Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa equipped, but it can actually gain some large benefits from a well crafted body armour. It is recommended that you use an Energy Shield, Armour, or hybrid Armour/ES body armour, for ease of rolling sockets. An Astral Plate Astral Plate is generally going to be your best option, for the extra elemental resistances, though you may prefer an Energy Shield base, especially before you have the x% of life as extra maximum Energy Shield modifier.

Look for high life and resistance rolls early on, but later, some extremely useful mods open up as you have more currency. In particular, the “Gain x% of maximum life as extra maximum energy shield” crafted mod and “Socketed gems are supported by level 1 Maim Support Maim Support” affixes are great options for survivability and damage, respectively.

The recommended stat priority for body armours is as follows:

  1. High maximum life roll
  2. Elemental resistances
  3. Socketed gems are supported by level 1 Maim Support Maim Support
  4. Gain x% of maximum life as extra maximum energy shield (Or an open prefix to craft this mod yourself)

Shield

Taking advantage of Necromantic Aegis is important for this build, as it is the most efficient method of generating charges for your minions. Victario's Charity Victario's Charity is by far the best option for this build, as it quickly grants power and frenzy charges to your entire horde of flaming skulls. Keep in mind, you do not gain any of the benefits of the shield, including the resistances, so do not forget to make up those resistances on the rest of your gear.

Helmet

The best in slot helmet for this build is The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem. It saves 2 points on the passive tree by granting Eldritch Battery, provides reservation reduction for your auras, makes energy shield recharge more consistent, and heals you for a large chunk, if not all of your health, every five seconds. Additionally, look for one with a veiled +Dexterity modifier, as this is a stat the build is greatly lacking. However, it is replaceable, and using other gear provides several compelling options.

If using a rare, the best base is, unsurprisingly, a Bone Helmet Bone Helmet. However, any base with a relevant enchantment, such as reservation reduction, Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit modifiers, or Flesh Offering Flesh Offering bonuses, can be very useful. Additionally, elder bases can provide bonus supports to your golem and zombie links, or even additional levels.

The recommended stat priority for rare helmets is as follows:

  1. High maximum life roll
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. +# to level of socketed minion gems
  4. Relevant additional support gems

Gloves

Thanks to the changes to minion accuracy in 3.8.0, the glove slot has opened up a considerable amount. Command of the Pit Command of the Pit remain a viable choice, for their extra abyssal socket, and will provide a good deal of damage, depending on the quality of socketed jewel. Rare gloves with life and resistances are also a great option, as they also allow you to pick up some much needed Dexterity.

The recommended stat priority for rare gloves is as follows:

  1. Elemental resistances
  2. High maximum life roll
  3. Dexterity

Boots

For boots, the default and easiest to incorporate option is a pair of rare boots. There are no stats special to this build that need to be picked up, so just be on the lookout for a well rolled rare. On the other hand, you could also make use of Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail offers one or two abyssal sockets, making them a potent way to scale extra damage, if you choose.

The recommended stat priority for rare boots is as follows:

  1. At least 25% increased movement speed
  2. Elemental resistances
  3. High maximum life roll

Rings

Rings are, plain and simple, a place to get survivability and Dexterity. There are no worthwhile Unique options for this slot.

The recommended stat priority for rare rings is as follows:

  1. Elemental resistances
  2. Dexterity
  3. High maximum life roll
  4. Flat energy shield

Amulet

Much like rings, amulets will simply be used for Dexterity and survivability on this build. Keep an eye out for Dexterity bases, as you can easily get 60+ Dexterity for very cheap this way. If you can meet your dexterity requirements on other gear, The Jinxed Juju The Jinxed Juju provides an additional 10% survivability with very little cost, as a hit that would even dent the health of your spectres would have to kill you ten times over.

The recommended stat priority for rare amulets is as follows:

  1. Elemental Resistances
  2. Dexterity
  3. High maximum life roll
  4. % increased energy shield

Belt

There are a few great options for belts. If you are looking to clear as fast as possible, Bisco's Leash Bisco's Leash is the best option. Rampage applies a variety of bonuses, but the most relevant is a ramping movement speed bonus. Belt of the Deceiver Belt of the Deceiver can offer a powerful damage bonus if you have the nerves to stay in close range to enemies, as well as being a decent all-around belt for its generic stats.

However, the default recommendation for belts is to make use of a rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise. It provides damage, as well as plenty of useful resistances, and more life than the unique options. A Leather Belt Leather Belt can be used, especially if you are on a budget, but it should be upgraded as soon as possible.

The recommended stat priority for rare belts is as follows:

  1. High maximum life roll
  2. Elemental resistances
  3. Dexterity (crafted, only if needed)
  4. Flat energy shield

Jewels

Abyssal Jewels are one of the best ways to scale damage on your minions, while also providing decent survivability to yourself. Look for a high life roll, alongside minion speed mods, or added fire, physical, or cold damage.

The recommended mod priority for Abyssal Jewels is as follows:

  1. Maximum Life
  2. Flat physical damage to minions
  3. Minion movement speed
  4. Minion attack and cast speed
  5. Flat fire or cold damage to minions

Flasks

There are no required flasks for the build, so your choice of flasks is entirely up to your own preference. Just make sure to get bleed, curse, and freeze immunity, split across flasks as you see fit. And as always for a build that moves by walking, rather than by movement skills, a Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask of adrenaline is a great choice.

Be sure to check out our Flask Crafting Guide to learn everything you need to know about how to set up your non-Unique flasks.

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.

Changelog
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    Updated skill tree for clarity, added The Jinxed Juju recommendation, added Anointment FAQ section

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    Build added.

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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?

  2. Lydia

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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?

  4. Lydia

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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

  6. Lydia

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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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