The Spectre Summoner Build Guide (PoE Scourge 3.16)




In my opinion the strongest summoner build in the game. It has great clearing with absolutely insane single target damage output. This build guide will always be updated to be using the best spectres in the game for optimal performance. Due to how straight forward the design is with the use of 0 cluster jewels still beating all end-game content I would argue for this to be one of the smoothest league starter summoner builds available as well!

Spectres in general can be a bit tricky. One should not forget that minion builds are the most complex genre of builds in Path of Exile. This guide will walk you through everything you need to know and then some.

Below you can see the latest update video I made on this build from YouTube. Do note that the video might be outdated in terms of information, and you should always look at this guide to make sure you have the updated version. In this case the previous videos on this build showcases the incorrect spectre and we are now using the Slave Drivers hence the decision to remove the gameplay showcase video.


In this section I will outline the pros, cons, & the general playstyle. This will allow you to determine if the build is for you or not!


+ League Starter – There are no direct mandatory uniques but getting your hands on a pair of Algor Mortis Algor Mortis is a significant damage increase for the build, this is a rather common and very cheap unique item. Does bring some minor problems for SSF oriented players.

+ Bosser – Minion builds are in a current state of bliss where bosses simply just melt with the damage output available.

+ A Lot Of Variety Options – The build is showing the play style that I personally prefer. You can always opt out of Necromantic Aegis, change cursing or even utility skills to better fit your personal play style when you’re more experienced with the build and/or game.

+ Insanely High Roof For High Budget Options – Upgrading this build is very easy, straight forward and offers a lot of options ranging from lower budget investment to make the build better all the way to mirror tier gear if you so wish and can afford.


Minion Build – Since your minions are doing the heavy lifting, defensive layers such as leeching are not possible in this build; this means you don’t want to be having any kissing sessions with packs of enemies or bosses.

Socket Starved – To be optimal with this build you’re going to be extremely socket starved.

Act Leveling – Using Spectres to level with during the campaign acts requires twink gear to function. This means we will be using other methods to level with til level 65-70.


It’s rather normal that you’ll be re-summoning your zombies before your gear & gem levels gets better which can be a bit annoying in the early stage map progression. Once you’ve grabbed yourself a trigger crafted weapon a lot of nuisances this build brings to the table is pretty much non-existing after that point.

Normally you don’t want to face-tank bosses but instead let your minions do the tanking as they melt super fast.


Depending on how you wish to play this build you can be very defensive or offensive based of your choices. Specifically this comes down to 2 different choices:

  1. Offering Choice – Flesh Offering Flesh Offering increases your clear speed as well as damage output significantly whilst Bone Offering Bone Offering allows you to very easily reach the attack & spell block cap if you include Mystic Bulwark node on the tree. I personally prefer the Flesh Offering strategy myself here.
  2. NA or na? – Necromantic Aegis makes so all modifiers from your shield is applied to all your minions instead of you. This is equivalent to ~35-45% of your spectres damage with the lowest budget option shield. Due to this fact I personally prefer to use the NA node. However, this is since 3.15 Expedition League only something you’ll consider if you go with the high budget version of this build.

Offensively this build is entirely focusing on your spectres, so all other additions to the build is designed to increase their efficiency.


The PoB community fork created by Localidentity is the only version being kept up to date, so make sure you have the correct version: PoB Community Fork.

Here is the The Spectre Summoner Low Budget PoB, and for a quick glance over the finished skill tree for this version, check out this link.

For the medium budget version still being life based you can check this one out:

If you’re looking for the god-like MIRROR (PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS DISGUSTINGLY EXPENSIVE AND SHOULD NOT BE PLAYED UNLESS YOU ARE FILTHY RICH) tier version of this build we will be taking 2× 12-passive cluster jewels:

If you don’t like to live but enjoy having over 100mil sDPS you can look at the 3× 12-passive cluster set-up which is similar to the extreme budget mentioned above but trading even more survivability for more damage:

You can find more information on our dedicated page.

PoB & Passive Skill Tree Page


A lot of the end-game gear can easily be crafted, to learn how to craft as well as learn how to craft specific items check out my crafting guides here.

You can read more details about our gearing recommendations on the dedicated page, but for now you can see a summarized version below.

Gear, Jewel & Flask Page

Item Slot Item Name Rarity
Head Life then res/attributes (High budget wants The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem) Rare
Amulet Life then Res/Attributes as needed or The Jinxed Juju The Jinxed Juju Rare or Unique
Chest Life then Res/Attributes as needed (Higher budget can get a Delve dropped chest with “+1 to maximum spectres” Rare
Gloves Algor Mortis Algor Mortis Unique
Boots Bones of Ullr Bones of Ullr If a Rare then go life then Res/Attributes as needed with +1 level of spectre gems Unique or Rare
Belt Darkness Enthroned Darkness Enthroned Unique
Rings Life then Res/Attributes as needed Rare
Weapon Minion DMG with +1 level of spells and/or minion gems Wand or Amplification Rod Amplification Rod Rare or Unique
Shield Victario's Charity Victario's Charity Unique


You can read about the recommended Ascendancy, Bandit choice, and Pantheon Power recommendations for this build on our dedicated page.

Ascendancy, Bandit & Pantheon Power Page


The current meta of leveling through the Campaign Acts 1-10 is to simply never use minions. However, this guide is not designed to guide you to finish Kitava in 2 hours, It is a build guide. With that said the following suggestions for leveling makes sure you don’t have to use any Orb of Regret Orb of Regret to change your build when you are ready to enable the spectres.


Before you are able to utilize minions for your leveling experience you will need to make sure they function for actual clearing this means giving them tools to use for hitting multiple targets. This means you are able to level with minions as early as level 8 as that’s the restriction before you can get Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support. The skills listed below are the ones I prefer to use till I hit level 8:

Once you reach level 8 you are able to purchase Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support which cost 1 tOrb of Transmutation Orb of Transmutation. This can then be combined with either Summon Skeletons Summon Skeletons or Summon Raging Spirit Summon Raging Spirit, whichever you prefer. The links are slightly different depending on which one you decide to go for. Starting with the Skeleton approach the links should look like this:

If you go for the Raging Spirits (SRS) the links are similar, however, as soon as you get to Act 4-5 level 38 you will be able to get Unleash Support Unleash Support which I prefer or Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support which makes this type of leveling very smooth.

Do keep in mind that if you feel like you’re lacking single target damage vs any boss during the acts, you can always change your Melee Splash a red damage support gem such as Added Fire Damage Support Added Fire Damage Support or Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support. Once you get 4-Link I would go for the melee physical and later you can change the Splash for Multistrike Support Multistrike Support instead for single target.
Aura decision comes in Act 3 which is when we enable the Hatred Hatred for optimal damage output.

For more general leveling advice, we recommend the following guides.


To guarantee that my guides are tools you can utilize to enhance your experience in Path of Exile, all you need to do is post your question in the comments and I will personally attend to them as soon as possible.


As much as I love making build guides, it is very crucial in a game like Path of Exile that you play the game the way you enjoy playing it. With that said, if you’ve made any tweaks to the build compared to what I’m showing in this guide I would love if you’d posted it in the comments! It’s an effective way to show other approaches and it helps me grow as a build guide creator!

I hope you found the build guide useful and I wish you all many Exalted Orb Exalted Orb drops!

  1. GhazzyTV



    Build will receive some extensive updates & fine-tuning right after we see the Flickershade spectres fixed so we can determine if they are to be used or not.

  2. GhazzyTV



    This guide will receive a HUGE update tonight, keep your eyes open!

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    Help!! I bought items first based on the recommended link colors / qtys before reading the guide, but the link section seems to call out links that don’t match the things i bought. Specifically the auras and curse? Am I missing something? I only have 3 G triad because I’m still working on rolling into a 4th; 4th slot is blue, what would you recommend I put there?

    I bought 4B boots but based on looking at your recommended links not sure what i should put there either. Same for 4B helm.

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    Also one follow up question – if I’m using slave drivers still (hence don’t need the triad grip yet), i could replace those with a decent 3b-1r rare i had and put the animate guardian link there. That leaves my 4B helm and 4B boots that I’m unsure what to slot in

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    And disregard as I just read your comment about a huge update coming tonight, damn me

  6. GhazzyTV




    The update is already in. Only thing lacking is adding the craft guide sections which I plan on creating a HUB for!
    Since you’re still using Slave Drivers you don’t need the Triad that’s correct.
    The placements you have for your gems depends on which slot is best to put them in. For example, if you have a 4 blue set you want somewhere, it would be best fitted in an item that is intelligence based as it has the highest probability of hitting Blue colors.

    Where the links go doesn’t really matter, the only thing that do matter is the links in a trigger weapon because, well obviously it is going to trigger those abilities! And then later for higher budget it’s the spectres inside the helmet.

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    Hi Ghazzy,

    Thanks for the 3.13 spectres follow-up, I’m having a great time with SOs.
    I have a question about block cap. You mention that taking Mystic Bulward, Bone offering & Glancing Blows allows to easily reach block cap. If I do that in PoB, I only reach 36/52 attack/spell block. Of course I could add other block nodes and remove necro aegis, but I thought it was possible without doing that.

    Can you tell me what I am missing ?

    Also, my SOs are sometimes dying against Sirus when I have difficulty keeping them away from the rotating beams, will the 4 Renewal stacks prevent that ? Or should I switch to Crabbies against him maybe ?

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    Good day @GhazzyTV. First of all, I would like to express my deep gratitude for your work. I understand how much work you put into these builds. I have a question, I completely follow the guide, my assembly is halfway “MEDIUM BUDGET” 75% resistance except chaos (-40) 4600 health, the tree of passive skills is completely the same as in the assembly “MEDIUM BUDGET” – on red cards it kills me with one hit or by casting usual mobs, rituals are generally hell, if mobs do not hit the spectra and when approaching me I am a corpse, very low survivability, I am already thinking about the “bone barrier” talent, but is it not faithful to help me. How do I deal with survival rate? Thanks in advance for your reply.

  9. GhazzyTV




    Hey, that’s awesome to hear :)
    Add a Rumi's Concoction Rumi's Concoction and you should be block capped with 1-4% of the cap for spells.
    You could also and/or add the nodes under GB that would still apply as you’re in fact wearing a shield even if the shield itself isn’t giving you any stats due to Necromantic Aegis.

    Regarding Sirus, it’s mostly about making sure they are convocated out of heavy dmg sources, comes with experiencing the fight.


    Glad you like it so much sir :D
    If you’re using the Glorious Vanity jewel for Divine Flesh it is crucial that you cap your chaos resistance which is one of the best layers of defence the medium budget provides and is vastly tankier than the low budget starter version.

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    Love this guide. As far as reducing mana reservation – better to just push more mana items or go skill tree solution there?

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    @Ghazzy Thanks, I heard about the Rumi in your video guide but had forgotten :-)
    Congratz for the disgusting helmet xD I just crafted the “basic” +3/minion dmg/hypo/crit and it feels gooooood.

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    Hey Ghazzy love the build,Just wanted to know that if I can get the helm only with+3 and minion damage etc but only the wand with +1 and not the other + 1 would it make a huge difference?Because the +2 wand is like 36 ex alone.Thanks for the help!

  13. GhazzyTV




    Having more mana doesn’t change the % reserved by auras which is why getting the reduction to #% mana reserved is crucial to make us able to run all auras :)


    Still got prefixes to craft on it!


    +1 is a very good start, +2 is for higher budget tbh so don’t worry about it!

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    Hey about the shield, I’m don’t see any info about the +2/+2 having an “elevated” version with Maven’s orb. I would have expected it could go to +3/+3, which would be a pretty neat super endgame crafting goal.
    Do you know anything about that ?

  15. GhazzyTV




    Maven’s Orb only works on Boots, Gloves, Helmet & Body armor!

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    Doesn’t the spell frostbomb in wand cause cold damage, messing up EE? Or is it overrode fast enough from brand? Or is avatar of fire used?

    my Poe tree can’t scroll left on iPhone to see if avatar was used.

    thanks for build, thinking of converting from slave drivers.

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    Why do you use GMP instead of volley (at least for bosses). PoB says that the dmg is much more higher. Or is there something i am missing ?

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