Ultimate Raise Spectres Necromancer — 8M+ DPS Powerhouse on a Budget (PoE Delirium 3.10)

Ultimate Raise Spectres Necromancer — 8M+ DPS Powerhouse on a Budget (PoE Delirium 3.10)


April 4th, 2020, 17:12


About the Author

Furty has been playing Path of Exile since the release of the Onslaught League in 2013, and has a deep and diverse well of experience within the game. Equally comfortable playing on Hardcore, Softcore, and Solo-Self Found Leagues, recent ladder results include finishing Delirium League at Rank 61 playing his Kinetic Blast & Power Siphon Pathfinder Build, Rank 5 on the Legion SSF League playing his Essence Drain & Contagion Trickster Build, and the Betrayal League at Rank 186 playing his Elemental Hit Ascendant Build. You can follow him on Twitter, or check out his occasional streams on Twitch.


Guide Format

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. In addition to the current page, which presents general information about the build and also contains a Leveling and FAQ section, we have the following pages:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown


Raise Spectre Raise Spectre is the defacto king of summoner builds, sporting the best clear and the best damage. Better yet, it is not gated by any expensive Uniques or items — you can be tearing apart your first Awakener kill or blitzing through red maps for less than a hundred Chaos Orb Chaos Orbs. The main uniques incorporated, such as Victario's Charity Victario’s Charity or The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem, can be obtained easily on any league (such as SSF) or are entirely optional.

There are several types of Spectres that are commonly used, however, this build focuses on making use of the Slave Drivers, an underutilized Spectre that actually puts the rest of them to shame. Boss killing, mapping, deep delving — all fall before the spectral army we can employ, giving this build a rare flexibility that few others can boast of.

In Patch 3.10 Delirium League the Raise Spectre Raise Spectre gem received nerfs:

Raised Spectres are now level 31 at gem level 1, up to level 76 at gem level 20 (previously level 80 at gem level 20).

This is a fairly significant reduction, cutting damage output by roughly ten percent and the health values by slightly more. While this impact to performance will be felt, the build is left in a place that is still extremely powerful, especially when painted in contrast with the state of summoner builds prior to the Necromancer rework that was implemented several patches past. Currently we are unsure of how the health values will affect performance overall, but our strong suspicion is that it will only affect deep delving where high incoming physical damage against the spectres is prevalent and sustained.

With some changes made to the gearing table and skill tree, we may have even managed to make this build’s damage even stronger for Patch 3.10, or at least capable of matching the Patch 3.9 version. This comes [literally] at a cost; the more powerful configurations come with a corresponding set of gear that is more expensive or correspondingly more difficult to obtain without trade. This was previously unnecessary, as it only served to further complicate the build and increase the cost for newer players, but is now recommended for end-game players looking for the cleanest possible kills of bosses like Uber Awakener.

Uber Awakener

Overall, this means that Solo Self-Found players will feel the ~10% damage nerfs directly, while trade league players will likely be able to compensate or exceed previous thresholds with their free market advantage.

Build Assessment


+ Exceptional boss slayer — used for many Uber Awakener first kills last league

+ Massive DPS from our cadre of Raise Spectre Raise Spectres (5M+ Shaper DPS)

+ Strong all around defenses (high maximum life, regeneration, 9 Jewel sockets, Phase Acrobatics, high Evasion)

+ Excellent league starter

+ Reaches millions of DPS even with less than an Exalted Orb Exalted Orb of investment

+ Delve to depths of ~650+ without trouble

+ Flatten all types of content from the safety of the backline — let your army do the work

+ High movement speed


Summoner playstyle is polarizing — usually a “love it or hate it” type of build

Playstyle and Build Mechanics

Many players find Necromancer to be a polarizing Ascendancy — the Summoner archetype is a fairly unique one in feel and gameplay, and while certain players fall in love with it from the get-go, others find themselves alienated by the differences. Our Raise Spectre Raise Spectre Necromancer strikes a nice balance between a conventional build and a summoner — since Armageddon Brand Armageddon Brand is used as the main trigger for our Elemental Equilibrium, this build does have the combined feel of a spellcaster and a summoner.

This build makes use of the Slave Driver, an uncommon choice but our overall best option in Patch 3.10 Delirium League. Unlike past iterations of the summoner, we do not need to make use of multiple types of spectres to maximize our potential in all areas of the game — boss killing, clear, and delve, the Slave Drivers are exceptional at it all.

Elemental Equilibrium allows us to deal massively increased damage with our minions for free and is easily applied using a self-cast spell. While this is not completely necessary for clearing standard mobs, it is an enormous increase for bossing and Legion rares, and helps us really power through targets that are a bit more beefy. Slave Drivers deal a heavy amount of Lightning damage and can Shock.

Obtaining the Slave Driver Spectres

  1. Go to the Control Blocks in Act V.
  2. Cast Desecrate Desecrate to spawn corpses.
  3. Cast Raise Spectre Raise Spectre on a Slave Driver (holding “A” makes this process far easier).

With the new Raise Spectre Raise Spectre gem, the summoned spectre’s level is based on the level of your Raise Spectre Raise Spectre gem and not the level of the zone you are in. You should be certain that you are using the highest level Raise Spectre Raise Spectre gem you can afford.

Remove Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support from the link when casting Raise Spectre Raise Spectre to summon the Slave Drivers, or you will summon twice in a row causing additional random spectres to spawn. We are using Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support purely for influencing the Slave Drivers damage, not for the manual casting of Raise Spectre Raise Spectre itself.

  1. Cast Raise Spectre Raise Spectre on a Slave Driver (holding “A” makes this process far easier). Repeat this and the previous step until you have the maximum number of Spectres.

Passive Skill Tree

This is our recommended Level 100 Passive Skill Tree.

For more information, be sure to check out the Passive Skill Tree page.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links


We go over all of the gem links this build uses in the end-game on our Gem Link page.

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Our Ascendancy, Bandit, and Pantheon Power page goes into detail about all the choices you need to make in these regards.

Ascendancy, Bandits, Pantheon Powers

Gear Summary / TL;DR

These items strike a balance between power and cost-effectiveness. If you want to explore more options for Gear (both budget and high-end), Flasks, or get more information on alternatives and specialty items, please ensure you read the Gear, Jewels, and Flasks section in its entirety.

Our recommendation:

Item Slot Item Name
Head Rare Bone Helmet Bone Helmet or The Devouring Diadem The Devouring Diadem (has separate gem setup)
Amulet Rare Amulet
Chest Rare Chest with +1 to Maximum Spectres
Gloves Rare Gloves
Boots Elder Rare Boots_ with +1 Raise Spectre Raise Spectre Level
Belt Rare Stygian Vise Stygian Vise
Rings Rare Unset Ring Unset Rings
Weapon Trigger a Socketed Spell When You Use a Skill Rare Wand
Shield Victario's Charity Victario’s Charity

For much more detailed information on the best gear, jewels, and flasks to use, be sure to check out our Gear page.

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown


As a reminder, we have several guides to help you level up a character.

Start out with Freezing Pulse Freezing Pulse after killing Hillock. You can also buy Raise Zombie Raise Zombie from Nessa at this point. Ideally, you should socket both and use the Zombies as extra damage.

As early as possible, you will want to link:

  1. Raise Zombie Raise Zombie
  2. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  3. Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support
  4. Summon Phantasm Support Summon Phantasm Support

When you reach level 12 you will also want to grab Storm Brand Storm Brand. Link it to Added Lightning Damage Support Added Lightning Damage Support and Onslaught Support Onslaught Support for extra damage and movement speed. Do not forget to acquire Flame Dash Flame Dash in Act I for movement speed.

Replace Summon Phantasm Support Summon Phantasm Support with Minion Speed Support Minion Speed Support in Act II.

If you want to switch to Raise Spectre Raise Spectre while leveling, you should use Wraithlord Wraithlord, otherwise you will lack damage and have a difficult time keeping them alive. The 4-Link in Wraithlord Wraithlord is:

  1. Raise Spectre Raise Spectre
  2. Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support
  3. Controlled Destruction Support Controlled Destruction Support
  4. Spell Echo Support Spell Echo Support (from Level 38 onwards) / Minion Speed Support Minion Speed Support

Bones of Ullr Bones of Ullr and Sidhebreath Sidhebreath are also good for leveling if you have them, and Bones of Ullr Bones of Ullr can even be used throughout the entire end-game.

Improving the Animate Guardian Animate Guardian

Animate Guardian Animate Guardian is similar to having your own personal [budget] aura-bot, following you and your undead army around and keeping them buffed up and strong. You can equip the Animate Guardian Animate Guardian with powerful items and gear, however, if the guardian dies all its equipped items are lost on death.

One of the primary factors behind the survival of the Animate Guardian Animate Guardian is gem level. Your Animate Guardian Animate Guardian gem level should be at least Level 20 before you start to equip it with proper gear, especially if they are items you fear to lose. Additionally, there are a few ways of improving your Animate Guardian Animate Guardian‘s gem level:

Your Animate Guardian Animate Guardian wants as much Life Regeneration as possible to ensure it always stays healthy, even with constant use of Convocation Convocation. One of the main Uniques that is excellent for fulfilling this purpose is Gruthkul's Pelt Gruthkul’s Pelt, which gives it a large injection of Life, Resistances, and a healthy 5% Life Regeneration per second.

Kingmaker Kingmaker is also an exceptional upgrade for damage and survivability, and ensures that a mobility skill like Shield Charge Shield Charge (which can procure Fortify Support Fortify Support) is not at all necessary. It grants you and all your minions Fortify Support Fortify Support in perpetuity, Culling Strike, +50% to Critical Strike Multiplier, and a nice Rarity bonus. Kingmaker Kingmaker is the best possible upgrade, but not the most essential out of the gate — you want to ensure that your Animate Guardian Animate Guardian will always survive before you start investing too heavily.

Upgrading the Rainbowstride Rainbowstride boots to a pair with the enchant Regenerate 2% of Life and Mana per second if you were Hit Recently is also ideal. Alternately, you can get a Rare pair of boots with Elemental Resistances, Life, and Life regeneration, although this is a larger investment and commitment and not necessary.

Life is one of the best stats for the Animate Guardian Animate Guardian, as we want as much Regeneration on it as possible, creating a nice synergy.

Animate Guardian Animate Guardian End-Game 4-Link

These are your options for improving your Animate Guardian Animate Guardian in the end-game. Even without Empower Support Empower Support and Minion Life Support Minion Life Support the Animate Guardian Animate Guardian will be extremely difficult to kill. There are some attacks, however, that it may not survive such as Sirus’ meteor attack if you forget to use Convocation Convocation. It is highly recommended to use either Minion Life or Empower if you are delving past ~250, as the physical damage from monsters starts to become extremely high. Avoid taking the guardian any deeper than around 450, as it will likely be killed if the wrong combinations of mods arises.

  1. Animate Guardian Animate Guardian
  2. Empower Support Empower Support (Level 3/4) or Summon Stone Golem Summon Stone Golem
  3. Elemental Army Support Elemental Army Support
  4. Minion Life Support Minion Life Support or Raise Zombie Raise Zombie

Here is our end-game recommendations for Animate Guardian Animate Guardian equipment, once it is properly Level 20 and you have Empower Support Empower Support Level 3/4.

Remember that having a Bone Helmet Bone Helmet equipped on your character that has +# to Level of Socketed Minion Gems is enormously beneficial to your Animate Guardian Animate Guardian‘s ability to survive (providing you have your link in the helmet, of course).


Which Annointment is Best for My Amulet?

Our current preferences are:

My Spectres Are Dying

There are a few additional Minion Survivability nodes on the tree you can take if you find you need them, however, with the Ascendancy and Passive Recommendations we provided your minions should be extremely durable. Ensure you are casting Convocation Convocation often if this process is not already automated.

How Can I Run Two 50% Auras?

As we note on the Passive Skill Tree Page, you will need to acquire the reduced Mana in the __Sovereignty_ wheel up in the top-left of the skill tree before being able to run both of your auras.

What Map Mods should I avoid?

Elemental Reflect is the only Map mod that is not possible/majorly inconvenient for this build, so avoid it at all points.

Check out the other pages of our guide for more information:

Passive Skill Tree and Gem Links

Ascendancy, Bandits, and Pantheon Powers

Gear, Jewels, and Flasks Breakdown


  • 26
    Mar 2020


    Gem links updated, added more context on Feeding Frenzy and Deathmark for clarity.

  • 12
    Mar 2020


    Patch 3.10 Delirium: Updated skill tree, added an alternate tree for end-game players, updated gem links.

  • 04
    Feb 2020


    Updated Gems.

  • 30
    Nov 2019


    Added a note about Spell Echo to reduce confusion with summoning spectres.


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