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Arakaali's Fang Spider Summoner Guardian Build

Arakaali's Fang Spider Summoner Guardian Build

An Energy Shield Guardian build with one of the best defenses in the game that utilizes the unique property of Arakaali's Fang

Arakaali's Fang
Guardian Build

Updated for Patch 3.15

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Guide notes
June 12, 2021
-Build created
June 30, 2021
-Added gameplay video
September 3, 2021
-Build updated for Path 3.15

 

Arakaali's Fang is a Rune Dagger that summons Spiders from nearby corpses when you kill an enemy. These Spiders are not only immune to damage and extremely powerful on their own, but they also boost the damage of other allies - Sentinels of Purity. Guardian's ascendancy outperforms Necromancer in this particular case - it has significantly better defenses when combined with the stats like Mana and Armour and Unique gear. The build is pretty well established with a lot of Unique items properties that the community reached a consensus on, that's why gaining the Elemental Resistances might be the only problem but we're able to allocate a lot of it from Skill Tree and Ascendancy Points.

The defensive layers of this Guardian character are: Energy Shield (5 to 10k) with Chaos Inoculation that grants complete immunity to Chaos, 50 to 100k Armour, capped Chance to Block at 75% with Glancing Blows Keystone and instant ES on Block. The Auras used in this build are defensive-oriented as well. Additional easy to get layers are Guard Spells and Fortify. The character stacks a lot of Mana which translates to a lot of Armour and ES, Intelligence grants us ES and Mana so stacking a lot of Intelligence is highly beneficial. Curses will have little to no effect on you. The only weakness is damage over time - from Bleeding or Fire mostly. It can be countered by magic Flasks mods.

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1. Gameplay

You'll be using Cyclone just so you can land hits on enemies which will spawn Sentinels of Purity from your Herald of Purity Skill. To spawn the Spiders there needs to be some corpses nearby as you kill enemies. Usually, that's not an issue at all but there are some boss fights where the lack of corpses and small enemies you can easily kill could cripple your performance, that's why you need Desescrate - to spawn corpses, and Writhing Jar - to kill something and enable the summoning mechanic. There are two Offering Spells for you to choose from - Flesh or Spirit, depending on your preferences. the Guard Spell of your choice should be Molten Shell since it scales with the Armour which the character has a lot. Holy Relic is a utility Minion that can benefit us, it doesn't die often so a popular choice is to link it with Cast When Stunned.


This video was recorded on a level 91 Guardian. We had approximately 80k fully buffed Armour Rating and the character felt nearly unkillable. The Boss DPS wasn't insane, but it feels like the only reason was that it wasn't easy to generate Flask Charges - if we had a Rare Belt or Precision Watcher's Eye mod that would allow us to generate Charges with Cyclone it would have been so much smoother - possible upgrade coming soon :)


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2. Build's PROS & CONS

PROS
  • one of the best defenses in the game
  • able to run all the Maps
  • it's cheap with all the uniques reasonably priced
  • good clear speed with minions automatically seeking enemies
CONS
  • might be hard to cap your Elemental Resistances

 

3. Leveling tips

As with all Chaos Inoculation build, you start with Life to later switch to ES. The point at which you switch cannot be pinpointed to a specific level, you need to have a reasonable amount of ES on your gear already and some Skill Points along with enough Refund Points or Orb of Regret. Your leveling Skill tree can vary a lot from the final one. Before act 2 in which you can get Herald of Purity Skill use a generic Minion Skill like Raise Zombies or Summon Skeletons. Summon Holy Relic is a Skill you can get early on, use it with an Attack like Smite, Shield Charge.

Suggested leveling Gem setups:

Herald of Purity setup
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - be aware of your Mana pool - supporting this Skill with more Gems will increase the amount of Mana it Reserves.
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - increases the Damage of all linked Minion Spells
Melee Physical Damage Support Melee Physical Damage Support - one of the best Support Gems for Sentinels of Purity which boosts their Physical/Melee DPS
Multistrike Support Multistrike Support - makes Attacks of your Sentinels to repeat additional times with increased Damage and speed
Flame Dash setup
Flame Dash Flame Dash - use Flame Dash to move around and pass through rivers and cliffs
Faster Casting Support Faster Casting Support - increases your mobility with Flame Dash
Holy Relic setup
Summon Holy Relic Summon Holy Relic - it heals you and your minions as you attack, for example with Smite or later with Cyclone
Increased Area of Effect Support Increased Area of Effect Support - increases the radius of your Holy Relic's abilities
Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support - grants your Holy Relic a chance to gain the Feeding Frenzy buff that grants increased DPS to your other Minions

Bandits:

Bandits can't offer you any favorable option to the two Skill Points you gain after killing them

Leveling Skill Trees:

32 Points Skill Tree
There are a lot of Beneficial Notables near your starting location. Take Sanctity and from there go for Gravepact, Amplify, and Resolute Technique Keystone so that your this will always land.

68 Points Skill Tree
Form a path to Chaos Inoculation but don't take it yet. Grab the Maximum Life and Mana nodes that are close. At the end of the last act, you'll be able to respec 20 points for free, and by following this tree that should be barely enough.

 

Recommended leveling items:

Le Heup of AllLe Heup of All - it is generally perceived as a great all-around leveling Ring
Adds 1 to 4 Physical Damage to Attacks
+(10-30) to all Attributes
(10-30)% increased Damage
(10-30)% increased Rarity of Items found
+(10-30)% to all Elemental Resistances
 
GoldrimGoldrim - Tons of Elemental Resistances from the get-go
+(30-50) to Evasion Rating
10% increased Rarity of Items found
+(30-40)% to all Elemental Resistances
Reflects 4 Physical Damage to Melee Attackers
Level Requirement reduced by 100 (Hidden)
SkullheadSkullhead - we highly recommend this Hemet, you can get it at level 36 and it benefits you and your minions with a lot of useful stats
(60-80)% increased Armour and Evasion
+(50-70) to maximum Life
+(50-70) to maximum Mana
+(10-20)% to all Elemental Resistances
Minions have +10% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Minions have +(300-350) to Armour
Minions Regenerate 2% of Life per second
Tabula RasaTabula Rasa - Tabula is usually a great idea for Body Armour but it can be easily bested by other Rare Armours later on
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Item has 6 White Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
 


4. Final Skill Tree, Ascendancy Points, and Pantheon

Final Skill Tree:

121 Points Final Skill Tree (doesn't include Cluster or Unique Jewels)
121 Points Path of Building(PoB) link

Ascendancy points:

Preferably in that order:

  1. Radiant Crusade
  2. Radiant Faith
  3. Unwavering Crusade
  4. Time of Need

Pantheon:

Major God: Soul of Lunaris 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%; 1% increased Movement Speed for each nearby Enemy, up to 8%

Minor God: Soul of Gruthkul 1% additional Physical Damage Reduction for each Hit you've taken Recently up to a maximum of 5%

 

5. Final Gems links

[DPS] Herald of Purity
Herald of Purity Herald of Purity - a Mana Reserving Skill that allows you to summon Sentinels to deal damage for you, one of your main damage sources
Minion Damage Support Minion Damage Support - increases the damage dealt by your minions
Predator Support Predator Support - gives you the ability to mark a target which will cause your minions to attack it, it increases their damage as well
Bloodlust Support Bloodlust Support - it is important to corrupt your Unique Gloves so that you curse enemies with Vulnerability on Hit, which causes them to bleed as you hit them with your Attacks
Empower Support Empower Support - supports your Herald of Purity
Impale Support Impale Support - your Minions can Impale on hit which magnifies the damage especially against bosses
[DPS] Raise Spiders
(socketed in Arakaali's Fang)
Melee Splash Support Melee Splash Support - use it for better AoE
Withering Touch Support Withering Touch Support -  increases Spider's damage
Predator Support Predator Support - gives you the ability to mark a target which will cause your minions to attack it, it increases their damage as well
[UTILITY] Cyclone
Cyclone Cyclone - you have to use Attack to generate Minions, Cyclone is the best option due to its high Attack Speed, Aoe, and mobility
Fortify Support Fortify Support - gives you Fortify buff, increasing your damage mitigation even further
Culling Strike Support Culling Strike Support - makes you able to kill with one hit enemies that have less than 10% of their Maximum Life
Maim Support Maim Support - maimed opponents are slower
[UTILITY] 
Desecrate Desecrate - creates corpses which are really important during boss fights where you typically lack in corpses such as Shaper's fight
Clarity Clarity - keep it at a low level or get rid of it completely, you can switch it to enlighten support Enlighten Support or Faster Casting support Faster Casting Support if that's your preference
Flame Dash Flame Dash - your mobility Skill, one of the best ones you can get
Determination Determination - an Aura that increases your Armour
[UTILITY] 
Vaal Discipline Vaal Discipline - an Aura that increases your Energy Shield
Molten Shell Molten Shell - a Guard Spell that scales really well with your Armour, which you have a lot in this build
Spirit Offering Spirit Offering - Enhances your Minion Damage and their defenses
Increased Duration Support Increased Duration Support - Vaal Discipline, Molten Shell, and Spirit Offering will last longer

[UTILITY] Holy Relic setup

Summon Holy Relic Summon Holy Relic - it heals you and your minions as you attack, for example with Smite or later with Cyclone
Cast when Stunned Support Cast when Stunned Support - Holy Relic can die often, so to automate the resummoning process you can link it with this Support Gem
Feeding Frenzy Support Feeding Frenzy Support - grants more damage to your Minions when your Holy Relic gains the Feeding Frenzy buff


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5. Gear Setup

One hundred percent of your gear will consist of Unique Items. If you need Elemental Resistances you will have to resort to looking for them in Jewels or equip a Crystal Belt instead of the Unique Stygian Vise. Abyss Jewels will perform exceptionally well here since you can socket two of them in your Unique Belt.

Our recommended items will:

  1. Cap your resistances at 75%
  2. Provide you with enough DPS/ES to start mapping

Stat priorities on items:

  1. Energy Shield
  2. Elemental Resistances
  3. Intelligence
  4. Mana
  5. Armour
  6. Aura Effect
  7. Minion Damage
Memory Vault(Helmet) Memory Vault - Unquestionably the best Helmet you can get. The only downside is the increased Mana Reservation but with the right gear Cluster Jewels and Rings, you should have enough unreserved Mana to comfortable play.
+(130-160) to maximum Energy Shield
+(150-200) to maximum Mana
(30-40)% increased Mana Regeneration Rate
+(20-30)% to Fire Resistance
10% increased Mana Reserved
Gain Armour equal to your Reserved Mana
Helmet enchantments:
Herald of Purity enchantments
Arakaali's Fang(Weapon) Arakaali's Fang the core element of the build, the spiders are really doing the heavy lifting there
40% increased Global Critical Strike Chance
100% chance to Trigger Level 1 Raise Spiders on Kill
(170-200)% increased Physical Damage
Adds (8-13) to (20-30) Physical Damage
Adds 1 to 59 Chaos Damage
15% chance to Poison on Hit
Aegis Aurora(Shield) Aegis Aurora - Block Chance, Elemental Resistances, Armour, ES, and instant ES based on your Armour on the Block makes this shield insanely powerful for this particular build
(300-400)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+10% to all Elemental Resistances
+5% to maximum Cold Resistance
+6% Chance to Block
Replenishes Energy Shield by 2% of Armour when you Block
(10-20)% increased Elemental Damage with Attack Skills
Skin of the Loyal(Body Armour) Skin of the Loyal - increases your Global Defences - Armour and Energy Shield, and it just so happens that you rely on them the most. Get the right sockets since they can not be recolored later.
Item has no level requirement and Energy Shield (Hidden)
Sockets cannot be modified
+1 to Level of Socketed Gems
100% increased Global Defences
Item has 6 Sockets and is fully linked (Hidden)
Rainbowstride(Boots) Rainbowstride - all of the stats provided by this pair of boots will benefit you greatly and it'd be hard to find a pair of rares comparable to Rainbowstride
(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
(140-180)% increased Energy Shield
+(40-60) to maximum Mana
+20% to all Elemental Resistances
25% increased Movement Speed
Shaper's Touch(Gloves) Shaper's Touch - corrupt this pair of gloves so that you'll have Vulnerability on Hit implicit mod. With a decent amount of Strenght and Intelligence, this pair of Gloves works really well here.
(80-120)% increased Armour and Energy Shield
+4 Accuracy Rating per 2 Intelligence
+1 Life per 4 Dexterity
+1 Mana per 4 Strength
1% increased Energy Shield per 10 Strength
2% increased Evasion Rating per 10 Intelligence
2% increased Melee Physical Damage per 10 Dexterity
Darkness Enthroned(Belt) Darkness Enthroned - due to its flexibility it can give you tons of the stats you need the most at the moment. Hypnotic Abyss Jewels performs really well since you can get more Mana, ES, Elemental Resistances, Armour, Intelligence, and other good stuff.
Has 2 Abyssal Sockets
75% increased Effect of Socketed Jewels
Astramentis(Amulet) Astramentis - the character of yours will scale with both Strenght and Intelligence, especially with Intelligence, so it's a natural choice for an Amulet. The only rare Amulets that maybe can outperform this one are non-existent or worth one Mirror.
+(10-16) to all Attributes
+(80-100) to all Attributes
-4 Physical Damage taken from Attack Hits
Recommended Anointments:
Charisma
Circle of Guilt(Ring) Circle of Guilt - Aim for "Herald of Purity has (40-60)% increased Buff Effect" and "Herald of Purity has (20-15)% reduced Mana Reservation" on both of these Rings. As for Implicit - the list of good ones goes on, it all depends on what you need, typically to get both Herald of Purity mods and Implicit mods of your choice is a rarity so better not be picky.
<One to three random Synthesis implicit modifiers>
+(10-20) to all Attributes
Adds (8-10) to (13-15) Physical Damage
+(350-400) to Armour
<Two Random Herald of Purity modifiers>
Abyss Jewel(Jewel) Abyss Jewels - Around three to four of these will be needed. It's the most customizable part of the build so naturally, after capping your Elementa Resistances look for the stats that'd benefit you the most such as ES, Intelligence, or Armour
Recommended affixes:
Maximum Mana
Maximum Energy Shield
Elemental Resistances
Intelligence
Armour
The Blue Nightmare(Jewel) The Blue Nightmare - With this Jewel socketed between "Faith and Steel" and "Devotion" it will grant you the most Spell Block Chance. Allocate Faith and Steel, Sanctuary, and maybe Holy Dominion for the best outcome.

Gain 5% of Lightning Damage as Extra Chaos Damage
Passives granting Lightning Resistance or all Elemental Resistances in Radius
also grant Chance to Block Spell Damage at 35% of its value
Passives granting Lightning Resistance or all Elemental Resistances in Radius
also grant an equal chance to gain a Power Charge on Kill

Fortress Covenant(Jewel) Fortress Covenant - provided your Minions with more damage, put in in the socked between Templar's and Witch's starting location so that no Notable will be wasted
Minions deal (35-45)% increased Damage
Minions have +(10-12)% Chance to Block Attack Damage
Minions have +(10-12)% Chance to Block Spell Damage
Notable Passive Skills in Radius are Transformed to
instead grant: Minions take 20% increased Damage
Healthy Mind(Jewel) Healthy Mind - after you put it next to the "Instability" Notable "Cruel Preparation" and "Heart and Soul" will be significantly better, granting you around 1000 Mana in total
(15-20)% increased maximum Mana
Increases and Reductions to Life in Radius are Transformed to apply to Mana at 200% of their value
Watcher's Eye(Jewel) Watcher's Eye - your Auras are Determination, Discipline, and maybe Clarity so look for mods that will affect these Auras, there are many good ones.
(4-6)% increased maximum Energy Shield
(4-6)% increased maximum Life
(4-6)% increased maximum Mana
<Two or Three random aura modifiers>
Medium Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Medium Cluster Jewels - Medium Cluster of a base that grants your Minion increased damage while you're affected by Herald is obviously the best choice here.
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Cult-Leader
1 Added Passive Skill is Disciples
Small Cluster Jewel(Jewel) Small Cluster Jewels - Stalwart Commander increases Aura Effect of two of your Auras by 15%, and it's the one we recommend the most
Recommended affixes:
1 Added Passive Skill is Stalwart Commander
The Writhing Jar(Flask) The Writhing Jar - One or even two of these Flasks are absolutely necessary for a long fight with bosses. killing Writhing Worms will summon Spiders from your Arakaali's Fang.
Instant Recovery
(75-65)% reduced Amount Recovered
2 Enemy Writhing Worms escape the Flask when used
Writhing Worms are destroyed when Hit
(20-10)% reduced Charges used
Rumi's Concoction(Flask) Rumi's Concoction - Use for Increased Chance to Block Damage, with this Flask Activated your chances to Block both Spell and Attack Hits should be capped at 75%.
+1500 to Armour
+(8-12)% Chance to Block Attack Damage during Flask effect
+(4-6)% Chance to Block Spell Damage during Flask effect

Other suggested Flasks:

  1. Experimenter's Granite Flask of Staunching (immunity to Bleeding)
  2. Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline (increased Movement Speed)
The Writhing JarThe Writhing JarQuicksilver FlaskGranite FlaskRumi's Concoction


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