Physical Summon Carrion Golem Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Harvest 3.11)



Guide Format

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 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 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.

Build Summary

Making use of a few powerful unique items, like Clayshaper Clayshaper and The Jinxed Juju 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 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 Summon Carrion Golem works much like Raise Spectre Raise Spectre, summoning its minions and then rushing through maps while your minions smash through packs of monsters. Summon Skeletons 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 Feeding Frenzy Support in endgame gear. A Flesh Offering 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 Raise Zombie and Raise Spectre Raise Spectre minions linked with Meat Shield Support 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 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.

Passive Tree

Recommended level 90 skill tree

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.

Gear Summary

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 Bone Helmet
Amulet The Jinxed Juju The Jinxed Juju
Chest Rare Astral Plate Astral Plate
Gloves Rare Gloves or Command of the Pit Command of the Pit
Boots Rare Boots
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Clayshaper Clayshaper
Shield Victario's Charity Victario's Charity


As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

The recommended levelling path is to use Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit or Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons until you reach level 41, when you can equip 2 Clayshaper Clayshaper and start using Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem until endgame.


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.


    Updated passive tree to 3.10.


    Build added.

  1. Posts

    This build looks intriguing. Do you have any video links of this build?

  2. Lydia



    Here’s a link to a hydra kill

    This is with pretty bad gear, and as I mentioned, the performance on this build got MUCH worse in the most recent patch (failing Blights due to bad performance, worse framerate issues than before, when I had none) but the build is definitely a pretty good one. Better when you remember to turn your auras on :P

  3. Posts

    Wow! That was awesome, shitty gear and didn’t even have auras on at the end. I def want to try this out, thanks! Hope the lag issues get fixed soon though.

    Edited by turtle328 on September 21st, 2019

  4. Posts

    Upvoted. Currently on lv. 93 doing red maps. Nice boss killer, fast delve, easy blight.
    Perfect for lazy players that want to watch minions do all the work.

    Can add another aura with Impresence (Physical) Impresence (Physical)

    Edited by Alerite on October 6th, 2019

  5. Posts

    Why not use the Summon Phantasm Support? You can easily create lots of Phantasms with it. Or they simply don’t deal as much damage as the combination shown here?

  6. Lydia



    On 12/01/2020 at 7:54 PM, Greybleidd said

    Why not use the Summon Phantasm Support? You can easily create lots of Phantasms with it. Or they simply don’t deal as much damage as the combination shown here?

    Outside of dedicated builds, phantasms don’t do much. They are great as a dedicated build, but otherwise simply do not perform well.

    Edited by Lydia on January 13th, 2020

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    That’s great to know; I had never realised that! Since they deal physical damage and are easily generated in the heaps, I thought they’d be great performers.

    On the other hand, I might have never noticed they’re not that good because my character is currently super cheesy. For most of my play, I checked every nook and cranny of the maps, resulting in a character consistently several levels above the area. As a result, although I’m super squishy, my minions melt anything in fractions of a second. :-p

  8. Posts

    Interesting build, will start farming the parts/currency and might respec my current Necro to this.

    How is it performing in Delirium, or is it a strong contender for 3.10 end-game?

  9. Posts

    How are you reserving 3 auras?

  10. Posts

    On 07/04/2020 at 2:36 AM, canned.salmon said

    How are you reserving 3 auras?

    The 3 mentioned aura’s only reserve 85% (50%+25%+10%) mana.

  11. Posts

    sorry found….

    Edited by altijdwat on May 5th, 2020

  12. Posts

    Hello! Will this build be updated for the new league?

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