Passive Skill Tree
Currently we offer two different versions of the build.
League Starting / Solo Self-Found / All-Rounder
This is our default variant and the most suited to approaching all situations. It is survivable and malleable, suitable to any level of gear, experience, or league. Solo Self-Found players, in particular, will rejoice at how easily this build slips into their league with its lack of reliance on unique items and easy transition into maps and end-game.
This build can achieve a lot of power early, as most surplus points are invested towards tying Jewel Sockets together. What does this mean for the average player? You can hit your “full tree” power spike, with all the critical nodes acquired, in the early to mid eighties. Any levels you gain afterwards will still have noticeable impact as you consolidate Jewels and better gear, but they will not break the build either. The result is a build that feels comfortable all the way through the end-game, from the first map to the first Awakener kill.
A nice Life cushion is picked up by tying together all the critical nodes on the North West portion of the tree, as well as swinging by a few big players in other areas such as Constitution and Written in Blood. This does not make us an outright tank, but it does give you a nice buffer to avoid getting one shot by “rogue waves”. Elemental Equilibrium is triggered by our Armageddon Brand, however, it should not be used before reliable triggering can be employed. You on your Armageddon Brand and/or Blade Vortex or you will trigger Elemental Equilibrium and the enemy’s Lightning Resistance will be raised. because, as the tooltip states, “Enemies hit with Elemental Damage temporarily get +25% Resistance to those Elements and -50% Resistance to other Elements.”
Since our build utilizes both Wrath and Zealotry, the reduced Mana reservation node in the Sovereignty notable wheel is taken. Jewels should be invested towards as soon as you have them — since this build makes exclusive use of Ghastly Eye Jewels, which are typically not expensive or difficult to self-craft, this can usually be done fairly early on.
Ultimate End-Game Sirus Slayer ( The Devouring Diadem)
This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree for our Raise Spectre end-game Sirus Slayer.
So what is different about this version other than the clickbait style title?
- Significant damage increase (~60% more end-game DPS per spectre, or about 10m Shaper DPS with four spectres)
- Mind over Matter
- Full Mana Reservation possible due to Eldritch Battery provided by The Devouring Diadem
Trade League players should look at this variant as the logical end-point for your build excluding true “luxury” items that only the truly rich players can make eyes at. The gear required is not particularly expensive or restricted as Path of Exile builds go, but it might be difficult to acquire on Solo Self-Found. At the core of the concept is The Devouring Diadem, which improves auras considerably and allows for more investment of Mana, as well as providing Eldritch Battery. Since we do not naturally need a lot of Mana to function, we get maximum benefit: a bit of extra Energy Shield padding, a fully reserved Mana bar, and Mind Over Matter.
Check out the Gems section for specific linkages pertaining this this variant of our build. The gear page also contains recommendations for players opting for this end-game version of our Spectres Necromancer.
Passive Tree Progression Advice
Due to a fair amount of allocation being invested towards Jewel sockets, you can easily acquire all the core notables and keystones by the time you reach maps. Most of the end-game points are used to pick up additional Jewels and Maximum Life.
In addition to the Raise Spectre link for our Slave Drivers, we also use Armageddon Brand as a means of procuring the Elemental Equilibrium effect, as well as applying our curse of choice and Blind Support. Brand skills are excellent to suit this purpose, as they stick to targets, can be cast at range while repositioning, and do not need to be re-applied if the target moves. This makes Armageddon Brand the ideal candidate versus other skills that are often used to fulfill a similar purpose.
Auras are relatively flexible, but our preferences are Wrath and Haste. Zealotry is a better choice than Haste, however, if you are not using Awakened Controlled Destruction Support (or its standard counterpart). Wrath adds a huge amount of Lightning damage to our Raise Spectres. We are able to add a third aura by using The Devouring Diadem, Summon Skitterbots, which is a huge increase to both damage and survivability.
A classic combination of Desecrate and Flesh Offering gives all of our minions a massive injection of attack, cast, and movement speed, and these can be auto-cast to eliminate any frustration — see the Gear section for more information.
Raise Spectre Slave Drivers 6-Link
Many players have complained of the Slave Drivers having “twitchy” AI, and not behaving as predictably as other spectres. Having Feeding Frenzy Support replace our Deathmark for mapping is the key to addressing this issue. Awakened gems even for end-game boss killing and can be swapped out for their normal counterparts without any interference.
- Raise Spectre
- Awakened Spell Echo Support
- Awakened Minion Damage Support
- Deathmark and Feeding Frenzy Support
- Awakened Controlled Destruction Support
- Awakened Elemental Focus Support
On fights like Awakener (Sirus) Deathmark is the key to saving your Slave Drivers from themselves. What this gem does is essentially forces your spectres to stick to the target, which is exceptionally useful as it allows you to run around without worrying about them leashing back to you or running off into the Deatomization Storms and killing themselves. For almost all situations other than (think Elder, Shaper, Awakener, etc.) you will want to use Feeding Frenzy Support to set the Slave Drivers AI aggressive, which helps prevent them from standing idly while you clear a map. There is no need to swap Feeding Frenzy Support and Deathmark for map bosses unless you are really going for maximum optimization.
- Empower Support (Level 4) should be used in place of Elemental Focus Support if you cannot afford or obtain the awakened version (SSF).
- Elemental Army Support — good all-purpose option that also beefs up your spectres. Only recommended to use if it is not in your Animate Guardian link already.
Remember to , or you will summon twice in a row causing additional random spectres to spawn. We are using Spell Echo Support purely for influencing the Slave Drivers damage, not for the manual casting of Raise Spectre itself.
Armageddon Brand 4-Link
As we mentioned earlier in the guide, Armageddon Brand is a self-cast skill that is used to trigger the Elemental Equilibrium effect. In addition to being a straight damage boost for that aforementioned reason, it can also be used as a means of applying a Curse of Choice as well as Blind Support.
Our default recommendation for your curse is Conductivity, since our build has fairly potent base survivability and most players look to maximize their damage output. For this purpose, Conductivity is an ideal candidate, adding further chance to shock and further reducing enemy Lightning Resistance alongside Elemental Equilibrium. Other options can be more defensive, especially for players on the Hardcore servers, or for those who want to give themselves the best chance of reaching Level 100. Good options for defense are Temporal Chains and Enfeeble.
Vaal Haste is only used for the active effect, and Haste itself is not employed. Generosity Support is a very important gem for maximizing the damage of our Raise Spectres. Quality on the aura gems is actually beneficial, unlike most builds, because having a healthy area of effect ensures that your spectres are always benefiting from your buffs.
The Devouring Diadem Build
These auras must be socketed in The Devouring Diadem. Zealotry can be a better choice than Vaal Haste depending on your level of gear — check POB for accurate information pertaining to your character.
These auras should be linked together:
These auras should be unlinked to Generosity Support:
- You have Phasing while affected by Haste
- You gain Onslaught for 4 seconds on Kill while affected by Haste
- (5-8)% chance to Dodge Spell Hits while affected by Haste
Animate Guardian 4-Link
Animate Guardian is an important support minion that can equip items and even Uniques to help buff you and your Raise Spectres. Summon Stone Golem grants Life Regeneration and acts as a distraction in many situations. If you are struggling to keep your Animate Guardian alive early on, consider replace the golem with Minion Life Support until you are able to better equip your guardian. It is also very important that your Animate Guardian is Level 20 before making any significant investment as this has a very large influence on survivability of the guardian.
The most important items to equip your Animate Guardian with are typical support Uniques. These are commonly used for this purpose and very cheaply obtained, and perfectly viable for leagues such as Solo Self-Found:
We will go into more detail about the Animate Guardian and more ways of optimizing it later in the guide — check the Improving the Animate Guardian section on the main page to learn more.
Desecrate and Flesh Offering 3-Link
This link should ideally be socketed in a wand with the crafted affix “Trigger a Socketed Spell When You Use a Skill” if possible, as it removes the need to cast any of these skills.
Blade Vortex can be an alternate means of procuring Elemental Equilibrium while clearing, as stopping to cast Armageddon Brand constantly is simply not worth it. You will need to have Cold or Fire damage to spells on your wand for this to work, and Blade Vortex is not worth using unless this setup is being employed. Replace it with a gem of your choosing if this is the case; Enduring Cry, your Curse of Choice, and Convocation are examples of options.
- Cast when Damage Taken Support (Level 10)
- Immortal Call (Level 12) or Guard Skill of Choice
- Phase Run (Level 12)
Unset Ring(s) 1-Link(s)
If you are not using Convocation in your Wand, it can be helpful to have a second Unset Ring with Convocation socketed. If you have Convocation elsewhere, you can opt for another ring base, or add a golem in the unset ring slot.
Similar to Armageddon Brand, it can be beneficial to keep these gems at Level 1 to avoid running out of Mana if you are casting them often.