This build guide is split over multiple pages, both to prevent it from getting too long, as well as to help you better find the information you are looking for. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:
Introduced in 3.8.0, Summon Carrion Golem offers a powerful, versatile, and cool looking new option for minion builds. While not as popular as the more traditional Raise Spectre, they offer a powerful “zoo summoner” style of gameplay, gaining benefits from maintaining a large army of minions. This particular guide is focused on a purely physical setup, which results in a bulky and consistent setup, backed up by a bulwark of defensive minions.
Making use of a few powerful unique items, like Clayshaper and The Jinxed Juju, this build creates an army, both supported and led by your golems. It has a respectable life pool, several powerful defensive minions with Meat Shield Support, and several layers of defense.
+ Tanky thanks to good defensive layering
+ Fast clearspeed
+ High damage
+ Budget friendly, even early in a league
- Golems cost a huge amount of mana, so resummoning them upon logging in can take a while
- Minion playstyle does not suit everyone, it is very “love it or hate it”
Playstyle and Core Mechanics
Summon Carrion Golem works much like Raise Spectre, summoning its minions and then rushing through maps while your minions smash through packs of monsters. Summon Skeletons works its way into the build to proc Fearsome Feast, as well as ensuring that your golems have nearby minions for their buffs, and to trigger their Feeding Frenzy Support in endgame gear. A Flesh Offering speeds up all your minions, as well as yourself if you take Mistress of Sacrifice.
Defensively, the build has a bulwark made up of Raise Zombie and Raise Spectre minions linked with Meat Shield Support to keep enemies off of you. Bone Armour grants a guard skill that also applies to your minions, while Flesh and Stone keeps enemies blinded or maimed. It is rare for the build to actually be hit in the first place, outside of difficult boss fights, where you are able to position yourself easily thanks to the automatic damage of minions.
For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.
We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.
Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon
Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page has all the details on the choices made for this build.
For an in depth look at the recommended gear, check out The gear page, but we have some basic outlines here.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Head||Rare Bone Helmet|
|Amulet||The Jinxed Juju|
|Chest||Rare Astral Plate|
|Gloves||Rare Gloves or Command of the Pit|
|Belt||Rare Stygian Vise|
As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.
- 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.
What map mods does this build need to avoid?
This build mainly needs to avoid physical reflect, as your minions will often kill themselves against enemies.
What anointments should I use?
If you do not need a resistance anointment, any minion notable that the build does not already take is a great choice.