Physical Summon Carrion Golem Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Blight 3.8)




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, 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.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree, Bandits, and Pantheons


  1. Mindless Aggression
  2. Unnatural Strength
  3. Bone Barrier
  4. Commander of Darkness OR Mistress of Sacrifice OR Plaguebringer

The first three points are fairly set in stone. Mindless Aggression provides a bit of speed and damage to your minions, helping them to keep up with you and quickly clear out packs. More importantly, it allows access to Unnatural Strength and Bone Barrier, which boost your damage and defenses quite a bit. Your fourth ascendancy point is largely up to personal preference.

Commander of Darkness offers a balance between offence and defense, though a physical setup does not gain quite as much benefit from this node as a more traditional elemental build, because most of your auras do not confer direct benefits. The additional elemental resistances make this a particularly appealing option early in a league, or in solo self-found. Mistress of Sacrifice offers pure speed, allowing you to benefit from your own offerings. With Flesh Offering Flesh Offering, this is a boost to attack, cast, and movement speed, making your casting and movement skills much faster, a great choice if you are intending to speed clear with this build. Plaguebringer offers the highest potential, but requires you to be aware of corpses, and make sure that you keep them around as often as possible. This is likely the best option for endgame bossing, though it is more than doable on either other option as well.

Passive Tree

There are two different level 90 trees, and while they are similar, they have a few notable differences. Necromantic Aegis is taken on one, to pass the benefits of a Victario's Charity Victario's Charity to your minions, granting them uptime on Power and Frenzy charges. It is recommended that you use this tree after buying or finding The Anima Stone The Anima Stone, and before then, to dual wield Clayshaper Clayshaper, in order to maintain a high number of minions. This will be discussed more in detail in the gearing and skills section of the guide.

Recommended level 90 skill tree with Necromantic Aegis

This tree offers over 190% life, enough jewel sockets to take advantage of The Anima Stone The Anima Stone, and plenty of damage.

Level 90 non-Necromantic Aegis tree

In place of taking Necromantic Aegis, this tree picks up a bit aura area, which helps out all three of the build’s recommended auras, and an extra damage node.

Recommended level 100 tree

By level 100, it is unlikely that you will not be able to afford or self-farm The Anima Stone The Anima Stone, so Necromantic Aegis is always recommended on this tree.


As a minion node, the only sensible option is to kill all the bandits. No options offer anything that outweighs 2 passive points.


As a minion build, Soul of Lunaris with the Ambrius, Legion Slayer bonus is recommended, as avoiding chained projectiles can save you from being shotgunned by projectile attacks that would otherwise miss you.

The choice of minor god is fairly unimportant, with Soul of Shakari and Soul of Ryslatha being the most useful general purpose options.


For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority, meaning that if you lack the required number of sockets to fit all the gems, the first ones to drop are the ones at the bottom. Also note that in-game, as long as the sockets are linked, it makes no difference at all what order the gems are placed in.

Carrion Golems

Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem is the main damage dealer of the build, and should be put in your highest link count as soon as possible. The recommended links are as follows:

  1. Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem
  2. Brutality Support Brutality Support
  3. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  4. Multistrike Support Multistrike Support
  5. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  6. Pulverise Support Pulverise Support OR Ruthless Support Ruthless Support

Prior to getting a Primordial Might Primordial Might, you should be sure to use Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support, because Golems are naturally quite passive, and this will make them much more willing to attack enemies. For the sixth link, Pulverise Support Pulverise Support offers slightly faster clearing, while Ruthless Support Ruthless Support gives noticeably better single target damage. These can be swapped out, though you can easily do most content with either support in.


Vaal Summon Skeletons Vaal Summon Skeletons offers a boost to single target damage, and keeps your Golems buffed up by being near them. You will cast them while mapping to get the buff from Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support, and the bonus from Fearsome Force on the tree. The links recommended provide generic bonuses, rather than the focused bonuses on Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem, to support the mages, archers, and generals that spawn with the Vaal version. The recommended links are as follows:

  1. Vaal Summon Skeletons Vaal Summon Skeletons
  2. Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support
  3. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  4. Minion Speed Support Minion Speed Support

Zombies and Spectres

Raise Zombie Raise Zombie and Raise Spectre Raise Spectre provide a defensive and supportive bulwark to this build. Taunting enemies and either generating charges (early in gearing) or providing proximity shields, they are your biggest line of defense. Early in gearing, before you are using Victario's Charity Victario's Charity to grant charges to your minions, you should use Stygian Silverback Spectres, found in act 2 Riverways. They have a warcry-like effect that grants frenzy charges to nearby allies. This is not as consistent, thanks to a high cooldown and AI that does not like using it consistently. When you do have Necromantic Aegis, Undying Evangelists provide proximity shields, with reasonable uptime, rendering you immune to long ranged enemies. They can be picked up in either level of the Sceptre of God.

The recommended links for your zombies and spectres are as follows:

  1. Raise Zombie Raise Zombie
  2. Raise Spectre Raise Spectre
  3. Meat Shield Support Meat Shield Support
  4. Minion Life Support Minion Life Support


This build makes use of a trio of powerful auras to debuff your enemies. Pride Pride and War Banner War Banner both increase damage taken by nearby enemies, while Flesh and Stone Flesh and Stone switches between blinding nearby enemies and maiming them, as you choose. This aura setup offers a good balance of offence and defence, and it is not recommended to switch away from this on the build.

Supporting Skills

Flesh Offering Flesh Offering increases the speed of your minions significantly, as well as your own if you choose to take Mistress of Sacrifice. Desecrate Desecrate allows you to spawn corpses for your offering, as well as to raise your spectres and zombies. Convocation Convocation, ideally with a high quality for cooldown reduction, will help keep your minions with you. In panic situations, you can recast them to pull your spectres and zombies on top of yourself, which can save you if you are using Undying Evangelists, as mentioned above. Granted by your ascendancy, Bone Armour functions identically to Steelskin Steelskin, except that it also protects your minions, allowing you to cast it as you need the extra health.

For movement, it is recommended that you use either Flame Dash Flame Dash or Shield Charge Shield Charge. Flame Dash Flame Dash is great with no investment, but Shield Charge Shield Charge will provide greater speed if you have Mistress of Sacrifice selected. If you are using Shield Charge Shield Charge, it is best to link it with Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support and Fortify Support Fortify Support to get more speed and durability.


This build revolves around a small subset of uniques, with the rest of its gear being easily filled with decent rare items. As usual, capping your resistances is required for safe endgame mapping, though Necromancer takes much of the pressure off of your gear, thanks to providing a decent amount of elemental resistances.


This build makes use of the Clayshaper Clayshaper unique mace, which offers an additional golem summoned. This is one of the strongest bonuses that the build can gain access to, and it is recommended that you use two of them until you have The Anima Stone The Anima Stone and at least three other primordial jewels, as discussed in the jewel section. When you do have these, you should pick up a Victario's Charity Victario's Charity, and switch to Necromantic Aegis.

Body Armour

The recommendation for body armour on this build is simply to use a rare. Armour bases will provide you with the easiest time coloring your sockets, and Astral Plate Astral Plate is your best in slot option, for its additional elemental resistances. In high endgame, you will ideally want the Serrated Fossil Serrated Fossil modifier, “Socketed gems are supported by level 1 maim.” For more information on crafting your own chest, check out our Fossil Crafting Guide.

The recommended mod priority on rare body armours is as follows:

  1. High flat life roll
  2. Elemental resistances
  3. Socketed gems are supported by level 1 Maim Support Maim Support


The ideal helmet is, unsurprisingly, a rare Bone Helmet Bone Helmet. There are no required enchantments for this build, so a bonus to Summon Carrion Golem Summon Carrion Golem, Flesh Offering Flesh Offering, or any other skill you are using is nice. A well crafted elder helmet, with Minion Life Support Minion Life Support can be a good option to socket your zombies and spectres in. A fossil crafted helmet with the Jagged Fossil Jagged Fossil “nearby enemies take 9% increased physical damage” mod is good, though because it is additive with your auras, this does hit the point of diminishing returns.

The recommended mod priority on rare helmets is as follows:

  1. Elemental resistances
  2. High flat life roll
  3. Socketed gems are supported by level X Minion Life Support Minion Life Support
  4. Nearby enemies take 9% increased physical damage


Once again, your default option for this slot is to use a rare. However, there is a great unique option, in Command of the Pit Command of the Pit. While it is not needed for the additional accuracy, the abyssal socket is a nice boost to your damage, and the cast speed and % life are welcome.

The recommended mod priority on rare gloves is as follows:

  1. Elemental resistances
  2. High flat life roll
  3. Dexterity, if needed
  4. Attack speed, if using Shield Charge Shield Charge


Once again, rare boots are the default, though the abyssal socket on Bubonic Trail Bubonic Trail is a great boon for the build. There is little special to gain in boot slots, so just look out for movement speed, resistances, and life.

The recommended mod priority for rare boots is as follows:

  1. Movement speed (at least 25%)
  2. Elemental resistances
  3. High flat life roll
  4. Dexterity, if needed


The ideal belt for this build is a rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise, looking for the typical stats of choice, between life, resistances, and helpful flask modifiers. An abyssal socket is the best implicit, while Leather Belt Leather Belt or Heavy Belt Heavy Belt are your next best options.

The recommended mod priority for a rare belt is as follows:

  1. Elemental resistances
  2. High flat life roll
  3. Crafted dexterity, if needed
  4. % increased maximum life (Elder mod, only available on leather or heavy bases)
  5. % increased flask life recovery rate


This build can choose between an amulet to make up for needed resistances, life, and attributes, or you can use The Jinxed Juju, which provides 10% damage mitigation from hits. During the Blight league, you will have access to annointments, which can provide great bonuses to a build. Early on, you can make use of Diamond Skin or Cloth and Chain for some additional resistances, which will serve you well during the gearing process. Later in gearing, a variety of life nodes are great options, as well as Soul of Steel, aura notables, Transcendance, or any non-selected minion notable on the tree.

The recommended mod priority for a rare amulet is as follows:

  1. Elemental resistances
  2. High flat life roll
  3. Attributes, as needed


This build wants fairly simple rings, with life, resistances, and attributes as needed. A great endgame option is to get rings crafted with high tier fear essences, for their minion movement speed bonus, but this is by no means needed. The best in slot base is the new Vermillion Ring, for its % increased life implicit, but any life or resistance base is perfectly usable.

The recommended mod priority for rare rings is as follows:

  1. Elemental resistances
  2. High flat life roll
  3. Attributes, as needed
  4. Minion movement speed


As a golem build, this build ideally will be using one Primordial Might Primordial Might, two Primordial Harmony Primordial Harmony, and The Anima Stone The Anima Stone. This will give two extra golems, improve the AI of your golems, and reduce the cooldown of their slam. Before acquiring these, or in any abyssal sockets you may have, you will ideally be using Ghastly Eye Jewel Ghastly Eye Jewels in as many slots as possible.

The recommended mod priority for rare jewels is as follows:

  1. Flat life
  2. Minions deal #-# additional physical damage
  3. Minions have % increased attack and cast speed
  4. Minions have % increased movement speed


There are no required unique flasks for this build, so use magic ones in every slot. Make sure to get immunity to freeze, bleeding, and curses on your flasks. A Quicksilver Flask Quicksilver Flask of adrenaline is recommended for speed, while a bubbling or seething Divine Life Flask Divine Life Flask is your best option for life restoration. Aside from these, defensive flasks are recommended in most slots, with Basalt Flask Basalt Flask being the most useful.

Gear Progression

This build has a somewhat complex gear progression, thanks to some of its core items being fairly expensive, especially early in the league. This is a recommended progression of gear to use as you are progressing through the story and maps.

  1. Get two Clayshaper Clayshaper maces. This will provide enough damage to clear most content before high tier maps.
  2. Get a five link armour, craft it with alteration orbs, essences, or fossils, to get a decent life roll. This is around when you should be getting the rest of your basic endgame gear, though you can keep on the lookout for upgrades during the rest of your gearing process.
  3. Upgrade your five link armour to a six link. Craft it similarly to your five link.
  4. Get Primordial Might Primordial Might. This will allow you to drop Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support from your links, replacing it with a better support.
  5. Get two Primordial Harmony Primordial Harmony. The cooldown reduction will make your golems clear faster, as they will use their slam attack more often.
  6. Get The Anima Stone The Anima Stone, switch to Necromantic Aegis, and start using Victario's Charity Victario's Charity. This gives you an extra golem versus before, and more consistent charges than your previous spectres.
  7. Start crafting or buying high-end upgrades. Maim chest, increased physical damage helmet, and enchantments all come into play at this point.

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  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

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    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

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