Raise Spectre Necromancer Build Guide (PoE Metamorph 3.9)

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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:

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. 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 this “mandatory” item, everything else is optional.

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 is what you need to do in order to summon the specific spectre you want and keep in your Desecrate Desecrate “corpse pool”.

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.

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

For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheons

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Gems

We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items provide a good balance between offense and defense and are enough to deal with the endgame, although there is definitely a room for improvement. Please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels and Flasks page in its entirety.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Bone Helmet Bone Helmet
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Vis Mortis Vis Mortis
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Bones of Ullr Bones of Ullr
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Rings
Weapon Rare One-hand
Shield Ahn's Heritage Ahn's Heritage

Leveling

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

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.

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 Metamorph 3.9. The build needs more investment but still remains at the top of the food chain.

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    Updated passive trees for Blight 3.8. The build is overall buffed with the changes in Blight 3.8.

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    Updated several item recommendations along with providing better guidance for the new Necromancer nodes. The build is getting buffed and will rely on acquiring more gem levels than before, which can result in Spectres that are higher level than ever.

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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)

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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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    Vvckd i was wondering what is best for this league starter Raise Specter Necromancer or The Baron Zombies & Skeletons (they are youre builds)

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    Vvckd i was wondering what is best for this league starter Raise Specter Necromancer or The Baron Zombies & Skeletons (they are youre builds)

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    On 13/12/2019 at 5:02 PM, Awen said

    Vvckd i was wondering what is best for this league starter Raise Specter Necromancer or The Baron Zombies & Skeletons (they are youre builds)

    Hey, I’d recommend going for the Raise Spectre Necromancer.

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    Hi ! Thank’s for the guide : )

    I was wondering why you are using 2 mobility spells ? Flame dash isn’t enough ?

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    On 17/12/2019 at 10:36 PM, Boula said

    Hi ! Thank’s for the guide : )

    I was wondering why you are using 2 mobility spells ? Flame dash isn’t enough ?

    Hey, Shield Charge Shield Charge is amazing for overall mobility, but if you sometimes have to jump over ledges or get stuck into map terrain you will need Flame Dash Flame Dash.

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    Ho ok ! Thank’s again !!!

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    How many spectres are you currently able to achieve. If over 3 can you explain how

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    On 26/12/2019 at 6:45 AM, Boombah said

    How many spectres are you currently able to achieve. If over 3 can you explain how

    Hey, at level 25 of the gem you can summon 3 Spectres, the 4th one comes from Body Armours that drop in the Delve from Minion nodes. At the moment 4 is your best bet.

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    Hi,
    What GEARS would you suggest for for AG? TIA
    Thanks for the build guide…cheers.

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    So… Ahn’s Heritage with Fragility gems AND Necromantic Aegis doesn’t really make any sense to me? Jewels don’t lower the cap on minions and if you have the Aegis node you won’t get to 0 max yourself either… Am I supposed to get the missing charges from somewhere or am I just completely missing something. Thanks.

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    On 31/12/2019 at 9:48 AM, jimihenrik said

    So… Ahn’s Heritage with Fragility gems AND Necromantic Aegis doesn’t really make any sense to me? Jewels don’t lower the cap on minions and if you have the Aegis node you won’t get to 0 max yourself either… Am I supposed to get the missing charges from somewhere or am I just completely missing something. Thanks.

    Hey, you should not be using the Ahn's Heritage Ahn's Heritage + Fragility Fragility combo along with Necromantic Aegis. You just need the Shield along with 2 of the Jewels and your maximum Endurance charges will be 0, which will allow you to get the benefits from the Shield.

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    Yeah, so my spectres are dying to ele reflect maps like crazy. No idea why either. I’m spamming convocation as much as I can but its not helping.

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    On 04/01/2020 at 6:56 PM, Krendog said

    Yeah, so my spectres are dying to ele reflect maps like crazy. No idea why either. I’m spamming convocation as much as I can but its not helping.

    Hey, Spectres are dying to Elemental reflect simply because they deal tons of Elemental damage and that is normal, you should not be doing Elemental Reflect maps in general.

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    Yeah, I was just commenting in regards to your comment in the guide where you said ele reflect maps should be fine. They are definitely not fine lol.

    Edited by Krendog on January 5th, 2020

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    Attached is my character sheet and I’m having issues with the +3% resists on Ahn+2 fragility. I’m receiving onslaught but not the resists. Thanks for your help https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/punkguy1219/characters

    Edited by punkguy1219 on January 6th, 2020

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    On 06/01/2020 at 1:47 AM, punkguy1219 said

    Attached is my character sheet and I’m having issues with the +3% resists on Ahn+2 fragility. I’m receiving onslaught but not the resists. Thanks for your help https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/punkguy1219/characters

    Hey, unfortunately your account is set to private. This profile tab has been set to private, or you lack the permissions to view it.

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