Physical Golem Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Lake of Kalandra 3.19)

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Introduction

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 Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated information.

Build Overview

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!

Pros

+ 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.

Cons

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.

Playstyle

The playstyle is very generic; we’ll use 1x Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem for the life regen and how it buffs the rest of our army with primordial jewels. We also use a handful of Zombies that will apply both Maim and Feeding Frenzy this is required for the build. In the low budget build, the remaining golems should be Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem.

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 6000 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 low budget PoB: https://pobb.in/5sIIqY27dZyN

Both medium & high budget PoB can be found here: https://pobb.in/CA0KKfIDF089

You can find more information on our dedicated page, along with all the recommended gem links.

PoB, Passive Skill Tree & Gem Link Page

Gearing

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.

Gear Page

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
Belt Darkness Enthroned Darkness Enthroned Unique
Rings Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Weapon 1x Clayshaper Clayshaper if it’s too expensive you can run with 1x Cold Iron Point Cold Iron Point (+1 or +2 Wands for higher budget) Unique/Rare
Shield The Surrender The Surrender if it’s too expensive any rare with high life & preferably %life recovered on block will suffice 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.

Ascendancy & Bandits Page

Leveling

You can level with your Carrion Golems once you obtain 2x Clayshaper Clayshaper, which requires level 41. Before then, or if the Clayshapers turn out to be too expensive it is recommended to level with Absolution Absolution which will work all the way into maps. Once at maps you can equip the shield/1h combo with either Clayshaper or the Cold Iron Point and start using your Golems as planned.

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 Freezing Pulse and Stormblast Mine Stormblast Mine as well as Frost Bomb Frost Bomb until you reach level 12. You can also assist your damage output throughout Act 1 with the help of Holy Flame Totem Holy Flame Totem linked with Summon Phantasm Support Summon Phantasm Support. After level 12 you’ll want to run:

  1. Absolution Absolution
  2. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  3. Added Cold Damage Support Added Cold Damage Support or Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support

Later you’ll be able to slot in Physical to Lightning Support Physical to Lightning Support with a 4-Link by purchasing the gem from Siosa (Library – Act 3 quest), in Act 4 you’ll be replacing the Added Cold or Lightning support for Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support.

For more general leveling advice, we recommend the following guides:

Questions?

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Final Notes

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 Exalted Orb drops!

Changelog

  • Build was checked and updated for 3.14 Ultimatum (no major changes needed).

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