Raise Spectre Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Legion 3.7)

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Introduction

The Raise Spectre Necromancer is a type of summoner that relies on raising a copy of a fallen foe. There are many great choices when it comes to raising a spectre. Most powerful ones are mainly ranged casters. Solar Guards from Solaris Temple in Act VIII are one of the most popular spectres, simply because they have great balance between survivability, clear speed and single target damage output. Undying Incinerators from Crematorium in Act III are another great mob base for spectres. Tukohama’s Vanguards from The Coast in Act VI are great boss killers, but are bad at clearing.

As a Necromancer, your job is to stay behind your minions and empower them. You depend on your minions to do everything for you, you are simply helpless without them. Raise Zombie Raise Zombies can be used in the build as a “meat shield”. Essentially, Raise Spectre Raise Spectre will do all the damage you will need, beyond that you focus on utility and survivability.

Build Summary

Such a build can be very cheap and easy to make, although it can be hard to play in a SSF environment, simply because some specific unique items bring a lot of power to the build. Bones of Ullr Bones of Ullr and Vis Mortis Vis Mortis will increase the maximum number of spectres you can summon, essentially multiplying your damage potential. Unending Hunger Unending Hunger will give your spectres the Soul Eater buff, which allows them to consume souls of fallen enemies; this makes your spectres way stronger and faster than they usually are. Besides these “mandatory” items, everything else is optional. All of the items mentioned above are very cheap, and Unending Hunger will probably be the most expensive one at cost of no more than 10 Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs in the beginning of a new league.

Pros & Cons

Pros

+ Hardcore viable
+ Scales great into late game

Cons

- Relying on minion AI can feel clunky at times

Playstyle

Offensively, you should make sure that your spectres are raised as high level as possible, as this is where most of your damage comes from. Flesh Offering Flesh Offering will provide a lot of speed to your minions and you via the Necromancer ascendancy, this skill should be up all the time. You should move around with Shield Charge Shield Charge.

Defensively, staying behind your minions is mandatory. The build does not rely on leech mechanics or any other kind of life sustain. The main way of mitigating damage is by not taking it at all. You will also achieve a decent life pool, which will let you tank some hits in hairy situations.

Raising Spectres

Here we would like to give few tips on how to summon high level spectres. Your spectres will do very little damage and die very fast if not raised properly.

Desecrating the Proper Corpse

The first thing you want to do is add the corpse of the monster you want to raise in your Desecrate Desecrate corpse pool. Go into the zone your particular chosen monster spawns, there you will need to spam Desecrate on the ground until you see the corpse of the monster you are looking for. Then raise it with your Raise Spectre Raise Spectre gem, hold “A” key in order to target corpses. Once this is done your Desecrate will be able to spawn the corpse of this monster in every zone you go.

Raise High Level Spectres

Once you are able to Desecrate the corpse you need, go to as high level zone as possible. If your gems are high enough, you can raise a spectre in The Shaper’s Realm, which will be level 84. This is the highest level zone in which you can raise your spectres for maximum damage output and survivability. Keep in mind that you will need at least level 19 Raise Spectre gem and level 20 Desecrate gem in order to do raise a level 84 spectre.

Ascendancy, Passive Tree, Bandits and Pantheons

Ascendancy (Witch – Necromancer)

  1. Invoker
  2. Soul Weaver
  3. Mistress of Sacrifice
  4. Flesh Binder

Invoker provides a good amount of minion life regeneration along with the very handy cooldown reduction for Convocation Convocation. Soul Weaver is what allows you to start using spectres at around level 50-55. Mistress of Sacrifice allows offering skills to also affect you, which will improve your clear speed since Flesh Offering Flesh Offering will make you faster. Flesh Binder raises the maximum of your zombies by 2 and gives you 1% physical reduction for each zombie, this is a great source of permanent physical damage mitigation since you can easily reach 8+ zombies late game.

Note: Any other ascendancy can be chosen instead of Flesh Binder based on personal preference.

Passive Tree

The Raise Spectre Necromancer focuses on picking as much minion life and damage as possible. Besides that the build can achieve over 200% Increased maximum life on the passive skill tree, along with 6 jewel sockets.

For passive skill tree pathing, you have to keep in mind that Raise Spectre Raise Spectre will not be reliable up until you do your Cruel labyrinth for Soul Weaver. Up until then focus on picking up as much life as you need, along with some minion life and damage nodes. Lord of the Dead, Spiritual Command and Sacrifice should be the first major nodes you pick, after that head to Righteous Army, Spiritual Aid and Redemption, pick up as much life as you need on the way. Then you should be ready to start relying on spectres, go for Death Attunement as soon as you start raising spectres.

Note: For leveling passive skill trees prior to the absolute endgame, refer to the leveling section of this build.

Bandits

Considering the build does not benefit from helping any specific bandit, we choose to kill them all for the two additional passive skill tree points.

Pantheons

Major: Soul of Lunaris will give you immunity to damage from chained projectiles. Projectile chain mods on map can be lethal to most summoners. In order to upgrade the Pantheon power you need to kill Ambrius, Legion Slayer in Colosseum Map while you have Divine Vessel in the map device.

Minor: For minor god powers there are many valuable choices, we recommend Soul of Ryslatha for the additional Life flask sustain. Capture Gorulis, Will-Thief in Infested Valley Map to upgrade the Pantheon power. Other minor Pantheons can be chosen based on personal preference.

Gems

Raise Spectre Raise Spectre is your main skill, which should ideally be used in a 6-Link. For mobility, use Shield Charge Shield Charge and Flame Dash Flame Dash. Flesh Offering Flesh Offering and Bone Offering Bone Offering can be swapped based on the content you are running. A Curse On Hit Support Curse On Hit Support gem setup can be utilized in order to lower enemies’ elemental resistances. Raise Zombie Raise Zombies should be used for additional protection. Summon Chaos Golem Summon Chaos Golem and Animate Guardian Animate Guardian can be used for the additional utility they provide.

For all the gem links we provide below, keep in mind that we list the gems in order of priority (starting from the top left, going to the right on each row of the links), 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 (with the bottom right being the last). 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.

Raise Spectre (6-Link)

Here, we will generally be talking about having Solar Guards as a Raise Spectre Raise Spectre. Solar Guards shoot fire damage-based projectiles, very similar to Fireball Fireball. This is why augmenting projectiles and spells with the support gems proves to be very beneficial for the spectres. We recommend using two different links for clearing and single target.

For clearing, use the following link.

  1. Raise Spectre Raise Spectre
  2. Pierce Support Pierce Support
  3. Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
  4. Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support
  5. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  6. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support

For single target, use the following link.

  1. Raise Spectre Raise Spectre
  2. Slower Projectiles Support Slower Projectiles Support
  3. Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support
  4. Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support
  5. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  6. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support

Note: Greater Multiple Projectiles Support Greater Multiple Projectiles Support is worth keeping in your single target link, because projectiles can hit multiple times against certain target, especially in indoor maps.

Raise Zombie (4-Link)

Raise Zombie Raise Zombies are used just as a “meat shield”. We aim to just make them as hard to kill as possible.

  1. Raise Zombie Raise Zombie
  2. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  3. Minion Life Support Minion Life Support
  4. Minion and Totem Elemental Resistance Support Minion and Totem Elemental Resistance Support

Freezing Pulse and Elemental Weakness (3-Link)

Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse is used in order to lower enemies’ elemental resistances via the Elemental Equilibrium keystone on the passive skill tree, along with the Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness curse. This curse can always be swapped with a more defensive option, like Enfeeble Enfeeble or Temporal Chains Temporal Chains.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Elemental Weakness Elemental Weakness
  3. Curse On Hit Support Curse On Hit Support

Shield Charge (3-Link)

Shield Charge Shield Charge is the mobility skill that should be used all the time.

  1. Shield Charge Shield Charge
  2. Fortify Support Fortify Support
  3. Faster Attacks Support Faster Attacks Support

Other Gems

Convocation Convocation will summon all your minions next to you, this is very useful when you need to reposition quickly. You can choose between Flesh Offering Flesh Offering and Bone Offering Bone Offering depending on the content you are doing. Flame Dash Flame Dash helps out if you need to jump over terrain. Summon Chaos Golem Summon Chaos Golem is used for the additional physical damage mitigation. For auras, you have a lot of freedom, we recommend Anger Anger.

Animate Guardian

Animate Guardian Animate Guardian is a minion skill that allows you to equip items on a minion. Essentially, with this skill we are building a mini aura bot with the following items: Leer Cast Leer Cast, Dying Breath Dying Breath, Victario's Flight Victario's Flight. For gloves and body armour, use anything that has life and resistances on it. If the Animate Guardian dies, the items are lost and you have to acquire them again in order to summon him.

Gearing

Capping your elemental resistances is essential and it should always be your top priority in any build; it should be the first thing you do when gearing up a character. Obtaining a 6-link, while very powerful and certainly recommended, can potentially be very expensive (requiring an average of 1500 Orbs of Fusing, obviously depending on your luck); as such, this should not really be a goal for you while gearing up, and you should instead settle for a 5-link until you have enough resources.

Bones of Ullr Bones of Ullr and Vis Mortis Vis Mortis should be acquired for the additional maximum spectre. Unending Hunger Unending Hunger will improve spectre’s power by a great deal. Ahn's Heritage Ahn's Heritage can be used in combination with two Fragility Fragility for permanent +3% Maximum Elemental Resistances.

Helmet

A rare Bone Helmet Bone Helmet is best in slot. You do not need any labyrinth enchant, since its minion damage is an implicit mod. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil)
  4. Additional levels of socketed minion gems (for zombies)

Body Armour

Vis Mortis Vis Mortis is a solid chest piece, it can be replaced later on with a very well rolled rare body armour. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +1 to maximum number of Spectres (crafted via crafting bench)
  3. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  4. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil; Elder Prefix)

Gloves

Well rolled rare gloves are best in slot. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 60)
  3. # to Dexterity (at least 25)
  4. % Increased Minion Damage (crafted via crafting bench)

Boots

Bones of Ullr Bones of Ullr will carry you a long way. A better but more expensive option is well rolled rare pair of boots. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +1 to maximum number of Spectres (Bound Fossil)
  2. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  3. +# to maximum life (at least 60)
  4. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil)
  5. % Movement Speed (not mandatory)

Belt

A well rolled rare belt is best in slot, preferably Stygian Vise for the additional utility via the Abyssal socket. For clear speed you can also choose to use Bisco's Leash Bisco's Leash. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)

Amulet

Look for well rolled rare amulet with the attributes you need. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 50)
  3. # to Dexterity; Strength

Rings

Same as the amulet, here you should also try to fill attribute gaps. Use Unset Ring Unset Ring if you are too socket-starved. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 50)
  3. # to Dexterity; Strength

Weapon

Here you can choose between Brightbeak Brightbeak for additional mobility via Shield Charge Shield Charge, or a well rolled 1-Hand for additional Minion Damage. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. Minions Deal #% Increased Damage (Incursion mod)
  2. Minions Have #% Increased Attack and Cast Speed (crafted via crafting bench)
  3. % Increased Attack Speed (for faster Shield Charge)

Shield

We recommend using the unique shield Ahn's Heritage Ahn's Heritage in combination with two Fragility Fragility jewels. This shield has very high Block Chance, along with decent life and most importantly, 3% to all Maximum Resistances while you have no Endurance charges. Victario's Charity Victario's Charity is also a decent option. Any other shield can be used based on personal preference. The Rare Affix Priority is:

  1. +#% total Elemental Resistances (until capped)
  2. +# to maximum life (at least 80)
  3. % Increased Maximum Life (Pristine Fossil; Elder Prefix)
  4. % to all maximum Resistances (Shaper Prefix)

Flasks

Half-instant Divine Life flask should be used, preferably with Bleed removal Suffix. Silver flask will improve your overall speed. Based on personal preference, you can run any utility flask you want. We recommend having at least Basalt. Taste of Hate Taste of Hate can improve your physical damage mitigation even further, but can be very expensive and you should not focus on it too much. Make sure you have Curse and Freeze immunity rolled on your utility flasks.

Jewels

As mentioned previously, having two Fragility Fragility is mandatory when you choose to use Ahn's Heritage Ahn's Heritage. Besides that the only important unique jewel is Unending Hunger Unending Hunger. Rare Ghastly jewels bring best value to the build when it comes to rare jewels.

Regular Jewel Affix Priority

  1. % Increased Maximum Life
  2. % Increased Minion Damage

Abyssal Jewel Affix Priority

  1. Maximum Life (at least 35)
  2. Minions have #% Chance to Taunt on Hit
  3. Minions have #% Chance to Blind on Hit
  4. Minions have #% increased Attack and Cast Speed if you or your Minions have Killed Recently
  5. % increased Minion Damage if you’ve used a Minion Skill Recently

Leveling

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

The Raise Spectre Necromancer can be very easily leveled if you use several leveling items. Raise Spectre Raise Spectre is not very reliable early on, this is why we recommend using Raise Zombie Raise Zombie or Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit. Once you do your Cruel labyrinth, you can start using spectres as main minions.

Leveling Trees

This is what your early passive skill tree should look like. Early on we focus on picking some minion life regeneration in order to make zombies die harder and be more reliable. Violent Dead Violent Dead can help your zombies clear faster. Around level 50-55 you should head to Death Attunement. More minion damage nodes and life nodes for you should be picked depending on your gear.

Once you have the foundation, follow the endgame version of the passive skill tree.

Useful Leveling Unique Items

As you begin a new character, there are few unique items that can boost your power exponentially. Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your levelling that much more efficient. Goldrim Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Matua Tupuna Matua Tupuna and The Baron The Baron can be used in combination with Raise Zombie Raise Zombie for a very smooth levelling experience. Lifesprig Lifesprig will carry you up until level 23.

If you are a new player (or if this is your first character for the league), then note that obtaining these items will be very difficult, if not impossible. They are rare drops, which you can otherwise only acquire if you have saved up currency, so do not focus on them too much, and instead simply look for items that match the affix priorities listed in the gearing section above.

Gem Progression

Using Tabula Rasa Tabula Rasa will allow you to have 6-Link gem setups early on, which is why we show such examples below. If you cannot get Tabula Rasa (or another item with a 6-Link), then simply prioritize the first gems in each link provided below.

In order to acquire gems that are not available to your class as a quest reward, simply ask a friend to buy them off vendors for you, or buy them yourself from Sioasa in The Library in Act III Library.

From level 1, you should use the following link in Lifesprig Lifesprig.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support

At level 10, you should add Flame Dash Flame Dash for additional mobility.

By level 18, your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse link should look like this.

  1. Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse
  2. Onslaught Support Onslaught Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support

At level 23, you can equip Matua Tupuna Matua Tupuna and start using Raise Zombie Raise Zombie. If you do not have Violent Dead Violent Dead socketed, you should use Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support.

  1. Raise Zombie Raise Zombie
  2. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support

At level 24, you should add Convocation Convocation for the additional utility. You can also add Hatred Hatred or Anger Anger for additional damage.

At level 28, you can move your Raise Zombie Raise Zombie setup into The Baron The Baron. At this point the gem link should look like this.

  1. Raise Zombie Raise Zombie
  2. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  3. Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support
  4. Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support

FAQ

Are there any map mods the build cannot do?

No regeneration maps cannot be done, or they will be painful to say the least. “Chain” maps can be done once you update your Lunaris Pantheon, but your minions still might die. Your spectres should be fine doing elemental reflect. Besides that, there is nothing else worth mentioning.

How is the endgame potential?

The Raise Spectre Necromancer has great endgame potential when properly built. You will have enough damage to do all endgame content. The survivability and mainly life sustain is what might be lacking in the build.

Conclusion

The Raise Spectre Necromancer relies on an army of zombies for protection, and very strong spectres in order to destroy enemies. The build can achieve more than 7k life, along with great clear speed and single target damage output.

Changelog
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    Revisited and updated for Legion 3.7.

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    Updated passive trees.

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    Revisited and updated for Synthesis 3.6. Recent changes to Convocation are a buff for the build.

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    the ahn shield + fragility x2 combo isnt working for some reason (console player ps4)

  2. Vvckd

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    On 13/04/2019 at 7:55 PM, null said

    the ahn shield + fragility x2 combo isnt working for some reason (console player ps4)

    If you provide a link to your character I will figure out why.

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    On 24/06/2019 at 9:55 AM, Prisnagka said

    How does Anger work with the Solar Guards as spectres?

    I’m trying to use Solar Guards which I presume use FIRE as their main element for damage, but when I activate Anger and start using my Freezing Pulse, that one (FP) has a FIRE damage element added to it, and the mobs gets increased resistance to both COLD (okej) and FIRE (not okej).

    I also have LIGHTNING damage on my gear, which should be ok as long as I don’t add any FIRE to my own attacks.

    What am I doing wrong here?

    PS. Not sure how to provide a direct link, but https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Prisnagka/characters and then Raz_theWitch

    If you choose to use Anger Anger you should link it with Generosity Support Generosity Support so it does not apply Fire damage to your Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse so you can easily apply Elemental Equilibrium.

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