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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 Zombies can be used in the build as a “meat shield”. Essentially, Raise Spectre will do all the damage you will need, beyond that you focus on utility and survivability.
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 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
+ Hardcore viable
+ Scales great into late game
- Relying on minion AI can feel clunky at times
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 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.
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.
Here is what you need to do in order to summon the specific spectre you want and keep in your 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 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 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.
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.
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.
|Item Slot||Item Name|
|Head||Rare Bone Helmet|
|Boots||Bones of Ullr|
|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.
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 allows you to have a 6-Linked skill as early as you get the gems. Wanderlust gives a decent movement speed, which will make your levelling that much more efficient. Goldrim provides a lot of elemental resistances, this will let you worry less about gearing when approaching certain Act encounters. Matua Tupuna and The Baron can be used in combination with Raise Zombie for a very smooth levelling experience. 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.
Using 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.
At level 10, you should add Flame Dash for additional mobility.
By level 18, your Freezing Pulse link should look like this.
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.
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.