Passive Skill Tree
You can find an optimized Path of Building here. Every build I release will use the community fork of Path of Building, which is maintained and updated in a much more regular fashion than the original one. You can find PoB’s Fork, by LocalIdentity, here.
If you are not comfortable with Path of Building, we also have a PoePlanner for you. Do note that PoE Planner does not support Cluster Jewels and some specific unique jewels and it is highly recommended you install Path of Building to follow builds most optimally.
Since this build works as soon as you swap to it after the storyline, you’ll be completely fine regardless but I’ll leave you with this Path of Building to give you an idea as to what I would suggest your tree looks like at the beginning of maps.
If you’re not comfortable with Path of Building, here’s a PoePlanner to give you an idea of how your tree should look like whenever you’re at about that level.
Detonate Dead – Main Link (6-Link)
A Vaal Detonate Dead is more important than a corrupted level 21 regular version. Detonate Dead is insane on bosses or hard single target. Do note that the build was not played with Awakened Versions of these gems but I mention them just for those people who do want to use them in Trade Leagues. They are not required whatsoever
- Vaal Detonate Dead
- Awakened Unleash Support
- Awakened Elemental Focus Support
- Awakened Spell Cascade Support
- Awakened Fire Penetration Support
- Energy Leech Support or Inspiration Support (Preference, one is safer, the other is more consistent DPS)
Spawning Corpses with Desecrate
Since you want to Detonate Corpses, you’re going to need to spawn them in the first place. This is where Desecrate comes in. As mentioned before, the gem will spawn your Spectres regularly which increases the monster life of monsters you’re detonating. It’s linked to Arcane Surge to guarantee the buff’s uptime and Spell Cascade to create more corpses.
Movement & Utility
You’re linking both Enduring Cry and Flame Dash to Second Wind. Since this is a potential free socket, you’re socketing your Raise Spectre gem here as well. Sadly, you don’t have any sockets to give it supports, so you might have to re-summon them regularly, but as long as you don’t leave the zone they died in, recuperating them is easy enough. The Spectres you want to summon are one Stoneskin Flayer & one Lithomancer from Primeval Ruins (Delve), just because they have the most Life possible right now. Grab one of each if you can as from what I tested having two of the same Spectres doesn’t raise the odds of it being created. Therefore, having the 2 highest health Spectres is important as then it adds two in the pool.
You might consider dropping the Second Wind Support to add an Elemental Army Support, but judging from Path of Building’s numbers on these spectres, I honestly don’t think they can ever die. If you really want to avoid your minions dying, then you can make the swap; it is definitely personal preference!
Herald & Cast when Damage Taken
As your sole mana reserving buff you’re running Herald of Ash. While that has no links, you’re using this space to 3-Link a high level Cast when Damage Taken Support. Steelskin and Tempest Shield offer some extra defenses when we just took a scary hit.
Trigger Wand Setup
As you want to get all of these buffs automatically cast, you need to socket them in your Trigger Wand. These effectively add a ton of Damage through lowering resistances and exposing enemies to Fire Damage while granting you Bone Offering, the cornerstone of your build.
Fortify & Combustion
Through casting General’s Cry, you’re making the summoned minions attack enemies with Vigilant Strike. This grants you fortify through The Vigil jewel. As long as you cast this once every 30 seconds, you will have permanent Fortify!
Wherever you decided to socket this, you can also socket your Armageddon Brand which helps you proc Elemental Overload as well as applies Combustion which reduced the enemies Fire Resistance by a significant chunk. Make sure to throw these down when fighting bosses.