Summon Raging Spirits, or SRS, are the red-headed stepchildren of the minion world. Often overlooked, these minions can really shine if you know how to optimize them and use what is considered to be their disadvantages as assets. Their ability to quickly move through packs of monsters, refresh their own duration against bosses, heal you when they die, and blind and stun things around you, make them an all-purpose, all-in-one minion.
The other upside about a build like this is a substantial reduction in minion management and screen clutter. No Predator Support (formerly Deathmark), no Convocation, no Animate Guardian gearing, no Specters. It’s just you and the boys instead of a Zoo that obscures 80% of your screen.
Sound great so far? This build can comfortably do all content as well! It may not boast the highest DPS you’ll see out there for an SRS build; but it is more than sufficient to take on all content, and do so in a way that is forgiving to a new or casual player, turning punishing bosses into reliable farming opportunities.
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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.
Here we’ll touch upon all the fundamental basics of how this build works. This will provide an adequate overview so you can make an informed decision if this is the right build for you.
While these to not cover every advantage and disadvantage of this build, I believe these are the important highlights.
+ Bosser – Has cleared all common end-game boss content including Elder, Shaper, Uber Atziri, Uber Elder and AW8
+ Mapper – No ‘Dead Mods’ to speak of. You can run anything. Reflect, no regen, no problem!
+ League Starter – Recommended Uniques are extremely common or non-meta, so this is league start friendly!
+ SSF-Friendly – Every recommended Unique has rare-workarounds, allowing you to be flexible when using this build in SSF
+ Modular – You can be as offense or defense-oriented as you’d prefer, with a variety of options at your disposal to customize.
– Damage Halts – Bosses with powerful AoE can wipe out your SRS with a single ability and thus halt your damage. This is especially true if you favor Ruthless/Multistrike over Empower
– Ramp-Up Time – It does take time to build up 20 skulls, especially after the nerf to Mistress of Sacrifice. Sources of cast speed plus the increased duration of SRS makes this a bit smoother
– Minion Build – This is a summoner build. The minions will do the damage, and you will do none. You will not be able to facetank things.
As an all-inclusive build, capable of all content, this is the perfect build for those who like to focus on just one character at a time. This build is highly modular, and you can scale it into the 20+M DPS ranges should you want to go for high amounts of investment. How much of its proposed safety you want to utilize is also up to you. You can peel pack various defensive layers you do not believe you need to invest in damage.
Primarily a bosser, but this build be played both as quickly or slowly as you are comfortable with. The goal is to get a ‘rolling wave’ of SRS by casting a few skulls, using a movement skill, then casting a few more. Over time you’ll master the ‘feel’ of sustaining the SRS wave, as well as have a better grasp of the aggro range of the skulls and how to best lead them through packs. Unleash helps with this immensely.
Any boss you have have the ability to pre-cast and set up all 20 skulls in advance for will quickly meet its fate.
Damage Scaling and Defensive Layers
We combine Glancing Blows with multiple overlapping sources of recovery, therefore despite its recent rework, you will have plenty of ways to buff out the damage as it comes in. You’ll have Life Flask recovery from a normal Seething Divine Life Flask, in addition to the powerful Blood of the Karui Sactified Life Flask. The Life flask perpetually refill due to Soul of Ryslatha pantheon. You’ll also regenerate 20% of your Maximum Life over 1 second every 5 seconds due to the Surging Vitality small cluster notable, with a baseline life regeneration of 8.8%. You can also additionally work in the new Vitality as much as you please. You also gain some recovery from Bone Offering’s Life recovery on block. To top it all off, you’ve got Enduring Cry when all else fails which you’ll use to generate your endurance charges, as well as take advantage of his powerful life recovery effect.
You’re also Ailment Immune with 3 crafts on your Helm, Body Armor, and Gloves combined with the Crystal Skin anoint. No more worries about Freeze, Shock, Ignite, Brittle, Sapped or Scorched again!
Similarly, your SRS can both Blind and Stun which provides you a natural 50% chance to evade from Blind, and well as interrupting casts and preventing attacks due to stuns.
Current League Tips and Suggestions
In Heist, you may want to be sneaky, and as an SRS build, you don’t have an entire squadron of minions following you around. No zombies, no AG, no Specters. You can de-summon your Carrion Golem as well on the way into the Artifact room allowing you to move through the Heist as any normal build would. Unleash allows you to quickly dispatch any foes who do detect you.
Likewise, when the alarm is raised, not only do your minions pack a punch, you’ll have plenty of defenses in case things get a little scary!
PoB and Passive Skill Tree
This is the PoB for the end-game version of our build.
To get a quick cursory glance at the passive tree, here’s a link for the part of the end-game build.
Please note that PoE Planner does not support the use of Thread of Hope or Large Cluster Jewel, Medium Cluster Jewel, and Small Cluster Jewel. So missing from this planner are the notables allocated by the Thread, including Heart and Soul, Cruel Preparation, and Ravenous Horde. Likewise the Cluster Setups provide the build with quite a lot of damage, utility, and Life. Check out the screenshot below to get a better idea of these setups.
Further Build Information
These sections cover everything else there is to know about the build! I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible from gear to some of the decisions you can make to customize this build even further to your needs and preferences as a player.
Check out my leveling guide if you are newer to PoE and wish to have a guided tour of Wraeclast:
Otherwise, there are these additional guides on the website:
- Step-by-step leveling walkthrough, which allows even more experienced players to save time and speed through the leveling process.
- Guide to Unique Items for leveling, which helps you gear up your characters for the leveling process.
- Beginner Guide, which answers many of the questions new players might have and will set you on the right path.
How do I Solve Mana? SRS are Expensive to Cast!
Initially, you may want to rely on The Covenant‘s Blood Magic property until you can unlock the Betrayal craft for “-mana cost to spells”, or a Praxis. Similarly, you’ll have wiggle room to invest in either Vitality, Clarity, or both! to help with either Mana solution. Eventually, after you’ve unlocked the craft from Betrayal unveils, you’ll want to craft both of your rings with the crafts that reduce the Mana cost of a cast by a flat amount.
Why don’t you use Necromantic Aegis?
We do not use Necromantic Aegis despite using a Victario's Charity due to needing the shield for our own defenses. As long as you’re keeping up with your SRS and they are in proximity of your Storm Brand while you’re clearing, the SRS will still be granted Frenzy Charges. Likewise, pathing over to the Keystone is point-cost prohibitive, especially when you would not be granted Power Charges on sustained single target fights like Sirus.
How do I craft … ?
Don’t worry. There’s detailed steps to crafting most of the gear in the gearing section. I wouldn’t leave you high and dry.
SRS is a underutilized skill gem with a lot of potential benefits and potential scaling. It’s also the skill I learned this game on, as I played it for my first three leagues, and continue to play it in private leagues and SSF/SSFHC. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the skill as much as I did and do! Thanks for considering it!