CasualDan's Minion Army Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Trial of the Ancestors 3.22)

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Introduction

Just a few more days and we’re gonna play the Trial of the Ancestors League. This Minion Army Necromancer is a cheap league starter that will enable you to farm tier 16 maps on a budget of around 100 to 200 chaos. Fast, deadly, with a lot of quality of life features, 3.5 mil DPS, and 50K EHP, the Minion Army Necromancer is gonna run through maps at 200% movement speed and make bank.

Since a lot of newer players have tried out this build, I’m gonna answer the 2 most recurring question in the Introduction section. What are the specters that we’re using in this build, and what’s their purpose? The specters are Frost Auto-Scouts. To get them, you need a Tunnels or Repository Contract and you need to cast Desecrate Desecrate on the ground. Press “A” to see the name of the Specters, and raise 3 Frost Auto-Scouts. Their purpose is clear. They don’t do a lot of damage, but their attacks are covering the whole screen. I’ve tried out different specters, like Carnage Chieftains, Arena Master, Harpies, and although our DPS goes up in PoB, the clear in game is a lot worse. Use the Frost Auto-Scouts.

For the 3.22 Trial of the Ancestors League, I have updated and improved the build again. With the Asenath's Gentle Touch Asenath's Gentle Touch and Profane Proxy Profane Proxy combo, we have way better clearspeed than we did before. You can see a Tier 16 Map Run >>>Here<<< . Please excuse the poor video quality. It’s because of the recent engine update. Hopefully GGG will improve things a bit.

If you’d like to feel like a General of an Undead Army, then try out this league starter and you’re not gonna be disappointed.

Since the Passive Skill Tree is mostly the same, with just an Ascendancy change and some currency, you’re gonna be able to transition into my Arakaali's Fang Arakaali's Fang Occultist without any issues. This is what I’ve done for the past 3 league.

You can find the Arakaalis Fang Occultist >>here<< .

Below there is one video guide made for Youtube:

Overview

Pros

✔️ Huge Army of 23 minions without Vaal Summon Skeletons, and with Vaal S.S. a total of 61 minions

✔️ Great mobility with Phase Run and Flame Dash.

✔️ Good DPS at around 2.5 Million

✔️ Amazing Clearspeed in white and yellow tier maps, and good in red maps

✔️ OK defences for Softcore

✔️ Amazing transitional build that can be used to farm the currency needed for your second build

Cons

❌ The low budget version is not really a bosser, but with some investment we can take down all non uber bosses and farm Invitations

❌ Not for Everyone. This is a minion build after all.

❌ A bit spammy because of the Vaal Summon Skeletons

How Does it Play?

While mapping this build goes really fast, and the minions are doing all of the work. Summon your Skeletons and watch them destroy everything. When you encounter a tough monster like an Essence for example, summon your Skeletons, your Vaal Summon Skeletons, and curse the enemy with Punishment.

Do the same for map bosses and you’re gonna be ok.

In terms of tier 16 mapping, this build shines in Blight Encounters, since the bosses are gonna be stuck in place when you cast Vaal Summon Skeletons. Add a few Seismic towers and an Empowering tower in the middle and you can comfortably farm tier 16 maps.

Damage and Defensive Scaling

Damage Scaling

To scale damage we’re allocating most of the notables on the tree that give us minion damage, minion attack, and cast speed. For single target, we’re running Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots and a Punishment Punishment curse.

For the items try to get a trigger wand with a little bit of minion damage, 2 Ghastly Eye Jewel Ghastly Eye Jewel with Minions deal additional physical damage and you’re good to go. After the first few days of the league when Maw of Mischief Maw of Mischief goes down in price, add it to the build to make your minions aggressive by default.

Defensive Scaling

  • Shock Immunity
  • Reduced damage from Critical Strikes (Mastery)
  • Good Block and Spell Block at around 50% each
  • 75 resistances and positive chaos resistance
  • 4 Endurance Charges
  • 20-30k armor
  • 2 – 2.5k automated Molten Shell.

PoB Imports

The current PoBs for this build are always available here:

PoB

For help with this build go to our discord and ask for help there. and one of our moderators will help you ASAP: Discord

Make sure you are using the latest version of PoB Community Fork

End game viable?

For the 3.22 Trial of the Ancestors League this is gonna be my main build. I plan to upgrade it to at least 10 million DPS, so it’s gonna be able to do all content with the exception of Ubers.

If you plan on using just the 3.5 Million version and then transitioning into a different build, then you can run 6 main farming strategies:
  • Blights + Wrath of the Cosmos Altars in Tier 16 Maps;
  • Blighted Maps Tier 1-16;
  • Harvest + Wrath of the Cosmos Altars in Tier 16 maps;
  • Essences + Beasts in White Tier Maps;
  • Contracts + Blueprint;
  • Boss Rushing, preferably in Tier 14 maps, since bosses take a bit of time in Tier 16 maps.

Using these 6 main farming strategies is gonna enable you to farm anywhere from 2 up to 6 Divines profit per hour, on a build that costs 1/2 Divines.

Ascend, Bandits, and Pantheon

A full explanation of bandit, pantheon and ascend choices can be found here:

Link

Leveling

For the leveling we’re gonna explode our way through the campaign by running a lot of minions that detonate and burn the enemies.

You’re gonna start off on the Twilight Strand as a Witch. After you defeat Hillock you’re gonna get to Lioneye’s Watch. Get your Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit after completing the “Breaking Some Eggs” quest. Place it in a blue socket and use it as your main dps source.

After you defeat Brutus, you’re gonna get Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons as a reward. Link it to Infernal Legion Support Infernal Legion Support which will be available at Nessa at the same time, just after you defeat Brutus.

On your Passive Skill tree, you’re gonna go straight for the Minion Instability Keystone and you’re pretty much ready to blow up your up until act 10.

The playstyle is really simple. Use Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons when you see a pack, and if you encounter a dangerous rare or an Act Boss, then cast Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit as well to take them down a lot faster.

Once you defeat Fidelitas in Act 2, you’re gonna be able to buy Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots from Nessa which will be your second Infernal Legion Support Infernal Legion Support set-up. Now you’re pretty much an Autobomber with the Infernal Legion Support Infernal Legion Support Summon Skitterbots Summon Skitterbots , but the DPS is not gonna be enough for Rares and Bosses, so you’re gonna have to spam your Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons and Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit when you encounter tough enemies.

If you wanna go overboard (I usually do), add some Raise Zombie Raise Zombie and a Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem, and you’re gonna have a huge army of minions to carry you through the Acts.

Try to fit in a Flame Dash Flame Dash and a Phase Run Phase Run and remember to use your Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask to move faster through the Campaign. Shield Charge Shield Charge works amazing as well.

If you happen to have some extra sockets, add a Minion Life Support Minion Life Support and Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support on the Raise Zombie Raise Zombie or just a Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support on the Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem

Something really important that I have decided to add in the Forbidden Sanctum League, was the Flammability Flammability curse which you can easily buy from Act 3 Clarissa or get as a reward once you complete the quest “Lost in Love”. This was the final piece to make this leveling tech a lot better. Our DPS was really nice versus packs, but we struggled a bit versus bosses and rares. With Flammability Flammability I noticed that all act bosses go down really fast and rares fall near instantly, so don’t skip it.

If you’d like to see the leveling tech in action, then you can take a look at it >>>>>Here<<<<<

With this set-up you’re gonna be ok until Act 10, and if need be, all the way until red tier maps.

Changelog

  • Updated for Trial of the Ancestors 3.22

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