Minion Helmets can be extremely confusing, as they often make use of 2 influence types on top of modifiers to socketed minion gems. We have written this guide to give you an easy step by step rundown to follow on making your own helmet.
On a medium budget they can often be cheaper to craft yourself than buying a finished product, as the player base defined meta heavily impacts the demand of items, such as Minion Helmets in Archnemesis League.
This craft can also be seen here using the new Craft Of Exile Kranglandanator 9001. We can use this app to simulate crafting the item across however many trials as we want.
The Finished Product
Our finished product will be a Bone Helmet with both Shaper and Elder influence, our main modifiers will be
- + to level of socketed minion gems (Preferrably +3)
- Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Hypothermia, #% increased Effect of Cold Ailments
- Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Minion Damage, Minions deal #% increased damage.
- (Crafted) “ +1 to maximum number of Raised Zombies, +1 to maximum number of Skeletons)
The perfect base will have be a Bone Helmet with both Elder and Shaper influence, as well as an Item Level of 86 or higher, this item level is required to hit +3 to level of socketed minion gems.
Acquiring a base
Either buy or find an ilvl 86+ Bone helmet, even if we don’t have influence on it yet don’t worry as it can be forced with harvest crafting.
Getting the influence can be quite easy if you know what you’re doing, using “randomise the influence on an armour” Harvest craft is one such method, we would do this until we hit either Elder influence or Shaper influence on the base.
After this, we Awakener's Orb the item with another helmet of the other influence type we’re looking for. ( The influence is transferred onto the second base we click with our awakener orb, and the first item is consumed. As such, always make sure to click your Bone Helmet base second). the 2nd helmet of the influence we’re missing doesn’t need to have a specific item level, and will easily be available for purchase on the trade website for a chaos or two.
The Crafting Method
The crafting method is relatively simple, using fossils to reach our needed modifiers, and hoping for an open prefix. Following this we just Bench craft our needed modifier.
Step 1 – Fossil Crafting
- +3 to Level of Socketed Minion Gems
- Socketed gems are supported by Level # Hypothermia, #% increased Effect of Cold Ailments (any tier)
- Socketed Gems are Supported by Level # Minion Damage, Minions deal #% increased Damage (any tier)
The +3 to level of socketed minion gems cannot be given enough props for how broken it is in this helmet, as such even going to a +2 will be a significant drop off in damage numbers, we don’t want to compromise on this. The latter 2 modifiers aren’t necessarily required to be tier 1, as the damage dropoff between a single level of a support gem is 1%, assuming tier 3 modifiers ( Level 16) on both the minion damage and hypothermia, we “lose” 8% total damage and some % increased minion damage. This is nothing compared to the (give or take) 40% we lose from having +2 as opposed to +3 to level of socketed gems. If you hit the 3 modifiers here but have low level influenced modifiers, you can continue with the next steps or start on another base.
This on average takes roughly 100 sets of fossils to hit for +3 to level of socketed minion gems with either tier of the influenced modifiers.
Step 2 – The remaining Prefix
At this stage in the craft, we will have the +3 to level of socketed minion gems, the Hypothermia, and Minion Damage on a Bone Helmet, hopefully when you hit this base with a fossil spam, you landed on an open prefix. If you didn’t then we’ll have to gamble away the unnecessary prefix by using an Orb of Annulment, if we brick the item by removing one of the needed mods we have to start using fossils again.
Once we have the modifiers with an open prefix, we can choose to craft Life, Energy shield, or +1 to maximum number of Raised Zombies, +1 to maximum number of Skeletons if we’re playing a Skeleton/Zombie build.
- Frigid & Bound Fossil spam a Shaper + Elder influenced ilvl 86 Bone Helmet
- Hope for open prefix or yolo annul it
- Craft +1 to maximum number of Raised Zombies, +1 to maximum number of Skeletons
As much as I love making guides, it is very crucial in a game like Path of Exile that you play the game the way you enjoy playing it. This guide merely describes the most effective approach to craft the best items.
I hope you found the guide useful, and I wish you all many Tier 4 Seeds & Successful Divination Card gambles!
I hope you found the build guide useful and I wish you all many Divine Orb drops!