Golem builds in general serve as insanely strong league starters which also offer many options at endgame play.
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 Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated information.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 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!
+ Beefy – Despite being a minion build, it packs a very comfortable eHP #, as well as mitigation, allowing it to function in Hardcore very well.
+ League Starter – The only mandatory item(s) for this build is super cheap even during the first few days of a league release.
+ Bosser – Minion builds are in a current state of bliss, where bosses simply just melt from the damage output available.
– Upgrades – The build eventually requires you to purchase Primordial jewels which can, in the first couple of days of a league, be rather expensive. However, they quickly go down in price within that first week.
– Clearing – Since we are using melee minions, the clear speed is somewhat limited compared to other minion builds such as the Spectre build among others.
The playstyle is very generic; we’ll use 1x Summon Stone Golem that will apply both Maim and Feeding Frenzy required with the build. In the low budget build, the remaining golems should be Summon Carrion Golem. As you invest more currency into the build, specifically by stacking more and more Primordial Harmony jewels, the Stone Golem becomes better and better to use.
Damage Scaling and Defensive Layers
Thanks to the massive scaling of buffs provided by golems we will, with the help of flasks, reach 90% physical damage mitigation on about 5000 HP and capped elemental resistances, which is great for a super low budget build.
PoB, Passive Skill Tree, Gem Links
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 High Budget PoB. It is crucial to note that “high budget” means exactly that. It requires a TON of currency. We are moving over to using 4 golems and they will be STONE Golems and NOT Carrion, so we will want to stack Harmony jewels to lower the cooldown of the Slam. It is also important to note that the PoB displays sDPS of the Slam which is NOT accurate for Stone Golem builds. The DPS displayed is only for the Slam which is crazy good but when it’s on cooldown they will use their default attacks which is significantly lower. With Harmony jewels, Stone Golems will outperform Carrion Golems for single target but have slightly worse clear. You could of course run this version of the build with Carrion Golems if you prefer.
You can find more information on our dedicated page, along with all the recommended gem links.
A lot of the end-game 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.
|Item Slot||Item Name/Mods||Rarity|
|Head||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Amulet||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Chest||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Gloves||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Boots||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Rings||Life then Res/Attributes as needed||Rare|
|Weapon||2x Clayshaper (+1 or +2 Wands for higher budget)||Unique/Rare|
Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power Page
You can read about the Ascendancy, Bandit choice, and Pantheon Power recommendations for this build on our dedicated page.
You can level with your Carrion Golems once you obtain 2x Clayshaper, which requires level 41. Before then, it is recommended to level with Summon Raging Spirit which will work all the way into maps, should these weapons be too expensive at the start of a league.
For more detailed leveling advice, I recommend checking out the leveling section in the passive skill-tree page.
You’ll start of with utilizing Freezing Pulse and Stormblast Mine as well as Frost Bomb until you reach level 8. This is where you’ll gain access to Melee Splash Support and can start using your Summon Raging Spirits. The following links are in order of importance and can be used all the way through when you start using your golems:
If you feel that you’re lacking single target damage during the harder campaign bosses, you can always switch the splash for Multistrike Support. However, I do strongly recommend picking up Unleash Support over the Minion Damage when possible to make the summoning process of the SRS smoother.
For more general leveling advice, we recommend the following guides:
- Our step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Our guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Our beginner leveling guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
To guarantee that my guides are tools you can utilize to enhance your experience in Path of Exile, all you need to do is post your question in the comments and I will personally attend to them as soon as possible.
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 drops!